By Steve Weinstein
By Devon Maloney
By Tessa Stuart
By Alison Flowers
By Albert Samaha
By Jesse Jarnow
By Eric Tsetsi
By Raillan Brooks
'CARAMOOR JAZZ FESTIVAL'
Caramoor, 149 Girdle Road, Katonah, New York, 914-232-5035, caramoor.org/html/jazz.htm
July 30 and August 6Don't be fearful of training an hour north; some days it takes all afternoon just to reach the Rockaways. The Westchester haven has become a smart destination for hardcore jazzers; last year's affair was a well-rounded bill curated by Joe Lovano. He's back in the driver's seat this summer. So it ain't shocking to see a Charles McPherson-Tom Harrell homage to Bird & Diz; a "Percussion Discussion" featuring Carvin, Cyrille, and Hart; Lovano's own "Sax Summit" with Dave Leibman and Michael Brecker; and the Mingus Dynasty. Don't forget the food, the grounds, and the follow-up weekend date, which boasts Bill Charlap and Luciana Souza.
June 15'PIANO MASTERS SALUTE PIANO LEGENDS: CELEBRATING ELLINGTON, EVANS, HANCOCK & MONK' GERI ALLEN+KENNY BARRON+URI CAINE+RANDY WESTON (Frederick P. Rose Hall, Time Warner Center)
June 15 'DOWNBEAT MAGAZINE PRESENTS JAZZ COMBOS' (South Street Seaport)
June 16CHICK COREA & TOUCHSTONE (Frederick P. Rose Hall, Time Warner Center); JOANNE BRACKEEN QUARTET (Studio Museum in Harlem)
June 17'MICHEL CAMILO: SOLO, DUO, & TRIO' (Frederick P. Rose Hall, Time Warner Center)
June 17'WAYNE & DAVE': WAYNE SHORTER QUARTET+DAVE HOLLAND QUINTET(Carnegie Hall); George Wein's multi-concert baby is the bomb in June (the JVC Jazz Fest runs from 14-25), and this Carnegie Hall bill featuring co-headliners Wayne Shorter and Dave Holland is the right way to light the fuse. A couple spins through the forthcoming Beyond the Sound Barrier and you'll see why the tenor saxophonist's foursome is one of jazz's most sage and elliptical outfits. Holland's currently working a big band, but his agile quintet is at its core; they, invariably, move as one.
June 17BAD PLUS+CHARLIE HUNTER TRIO+JAMES CARTER ORGAN TRIO (Prospect Park Bandshell): Three sets of threes mark this JVC-associated Prospect Park romp. The Bad Plus is a piano trio that turns jazz inside out to let its rock vibe show. That means a splash 'n' thud drummer and a cover of "We Are the Champions." Charlie Hunter's trio splits the diff between unk-fay and oove-gray in a way that lets you know he wouldn't sell you no shite. James Carter's organ trio positions its blast-furnace saxophone boss in the center of some hard-hitting swing. Prepare to get physical.
June 17-19DAVE MURRAY AND THE GWO-KA MASTERS (Jazz Standard)
June 19'ALL FOR PAUL: LES PAUL 90TH BIRTHDAY SALUTE'(Carnegie Hall)
June 19LOU DONALDSON QUARTET (Schomburg Center)
June 20'ROSEMARY CLOONEY: AN ALL-STAR REMEMBRANCE OF AMERICA'S GIRL SINGER' (Carnegie Hall)
June 20CYRUS CHESTNUT+JOHN HICKS (Merkin Concert Hall)
June 20VANGUARD JAZZ ORCHESTRA AND JOE LOVANO (Village Vanguard)
June 21'A FOUR SCORE SALUTE TO BARBARA CARROLL'(Kaye Playhouse)
June 21CESARIA EVORA+KEREN ANN+LURA (Beacon Theatre) MARIA SCHNEIDER ORCHESTRA(World Financial Center Plaza) There's a luscious sweep to the composer/ arranger's large ensemble. While prioritizing subtletycheck her Grammy-winning Concert in the Garden for a glimpse of her group at its most eloquentshe spreads a wide canvas to be colored. The band, from Frank Kimbrough's piano to Donny McCaslin's tenor sax, fills it in like the charts were their own. Nurturing a coalition is a bandleader's duty, and Schneider's a pro at all the particulars.
June 21-25'DON BYRON: ALMOST COMPLETE' (Village Vanguard)
June 22'SEVEN STEPS TO JACO'+PORTRAIT OF JACO: REMEMBERING JACO PASTORIUS (Beacon Theatre)
June 23'TWO TIMES THREE TRIO!' STANLEY CLARKE+BÉLA FLECK+JEAN-LUC PONTY+PAUL MOTIAN+BILL FRISELL+JOE LOVANO (Carnegie Hall)
June 24'ALWAYS WELCOME' DAVE BRUBECK QUARTET+JOHN PIZZARELLI QUARTET (Carnegie Hall)
June 24ANAT FORT TRIO(Symphony Space)
June 25EDDIE PALMIERI Y LA PERFECTA II+'THE TWO WORLDS OF RAY BARRETTO'(Carnegie Hall)
June 25HARRY CONNICK JR. & BRANFORD MARSALIS+MIGUEL ZENON(Zankel Hall at Carnegie)
June 25'NEW YORK NOW!'(Knitting Factory) It's a fest within a fest as the Knit hooks up with the JVC squad. It's also one-stop shopping (on three stages) for the best and brightest of the city's younger generation. The curators took a deep breath when programming the show. There are freewheeling sax groups (Ben Allison's Kush and Tim Berne's Hard Cell), pianistic persuasiveness (Jean-Michel Pilc and Robert Glasper), and cool eclecticism (Min Xiao-Fen's Blue Pipa Trio and the Jacob Katz Jazz Odyssey). The physical layout of the Knit feeds the collective energy on nights like these; prepare for full-tilt exuberance.
August 13'LINCOLN CENTER OUT OF DOORS 35TH BIRTHDAY BASH': MARCIA BALL BLUES BAND (Damrosch Park Bandshell)
August 14DANNY MIXON QUARTET (North Plaza)
August 17BABATUNDE LEA QUINTET & KEVIN JONES+CHICO HAMILTON AND EUPHORIA (North Plaza)
August 23ZERUI GROUP (North Plaza)
August 28 DEE DEE BRIDGEWATER (Damrosch Park Bandshell) Intrepid is the word for the way the sublime jazz singer negotiates gems like "Let's Do It" and "My Ship." Her annual visits to the city usually conclude with longtime fans being reminded of the acrobatics that initially wooed them, and newcomers shaking their heads in wonder.