By Alex Distefano
By Scott Snowden
By Anna Merlan
By Steve Almond
By Jena Ardell
By Jon Campbell
By Alan Scherstuhl
By Tessa Stuart
'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.
September 2 TRIFACTOR: BILLY BANG, KAHIL EL ZABAR, AND BLUIETT Griping about Lincoln Center's banishment of outcats will be quelled for a moment; as the unusual blend of violinist Billy Bang and baritone saxophonist Hamiet Bluiett resounds through the North Plaza, it will be given a groove by percussionist Kahil El Zabar. Each is a go-getter when it comes to extended techniques, meaning their instruments are used in ways inventive enough to have earned all three the designation of "experimentalists."
August 4MCCOY TYNER (Castle Clinton) Some music is geared to sound just as strong outdoors as it is indoors. The pianist's modal magnificence has never had a problem reaching for the sky; the first time I ever caught him somewhere in the '70s around the time of Atlantishe created swell after swell of 10-fingered tenacity. That's exactly what he'll do here. Maybe having his current ensemble pointing its collective oomph at the waters of New York's harbor will generate extra inspiration.
'VISION FESTIVAL X'
Clemente Soto Velez, 107 Suffolk Street, 212-696-6681, email@example.com
(check)June 14-19 The tenth edition of this annual affair finds the post-loft aesthetic in good hands, the alignment of its participants bringing a cultural weight to an underground music that often goes unnoticed by the mainstream. For six days compelling veterans such as trumpeter Bill Dixon and violinist Leroy Jenkins share bills with younger free improvisers. This year, there's a hat tip to Chicago saxophonist Fred Anderson, and the overall lineup looks especially rich.
June 14JOSEPH JARMAN+CHARLES GAYLE ENSEMBLE+ELLEN CHRISTI, HAMID DRAKE & WILLIAM PARKER+WARM (Flamboyan Theater)
June 14JORGE SYLVESTER AND NORA MCCARTHY CONCEPTUALMOTION ORCHESTRA+BEJEWELED+THE GIFT (Milagro Theater)
June 15STEVE DALACHINSKY & MATTHEW SHIPP+HENRY GRIMES QUARTET+OLIVER LAKE, PHEEROAN AKLAFF & MICHAEL GREGORY (Flamboyan Theater)
June 16JOSEPH JARMAN ENSEMBLE+THURMAN BARKER STRIKE FORCE+STERLING D. PLUMPP (Milagro Theater)
June 17OTHER DIMENSIONS IN MUSIC+SOUND VISION ORCHESTRA+BILL DIXON GROUP+POSTIVE KNOWLEDGE(Flamboyan Theater)
June 17ELOPING WITH THE SUN+DAVID BUDBILL, WILLIAM PARKER & HAMID DRAKE+WHIT DICKEY, ROB BROWN, JOE MORRIS & ROY CAMPBELL+TYSHAWN SOREY+TODD NICHOLSON OTIC BAND+GUILLERMO E. BROWN+TATSUYA NAKATANI N.R.A.(Milagro Theater)
June 18BILLY BANG, SHOJI HANO, NGO THANH NAHN & TODD NICHOLSON+ROY CAMPBELL PYRAMID TRIO+PETER BROTZMAN & NASHEET WAITS (Flamboyan Theater)
June 18JOE MCPHEE & LORI FREEDMAN DUO+PANIC (Milagro Theater)
June 19LITTLE HUEY CREATIVE MUSIC ORCHESTRA+JOELLE LEANDRE & INDIA COOKE+MATTHEW SHIPP, WILLIAM PARKER, SABIR MATEEN & HAN BENNINK(Flamboyan Theater)
June 19KAREN BORCA QUARTET+ROB BROWN+DENNIS GONZALEZ YELLS AT EELS & OLIVER LAKE (Milagro Theater)