By Alex Distefano
By Scott Snowden
By Anna Merlan
By Steve Almond
By Jena Ardell
By Jon Campbell
By Alan Scherstuhl
By Tessa Stuart
Proving the most eloquent improvisers can trounce intergenerational differences, the saxophonist and pianist have turned heads with their quartet work for the past two years. Here's their alone-together moment, and methinks it might be as sublime as most of the city's jazz fans are hoping.
The "New Orleans: Congo Square" show finds Marsalis and pals celebrating the historic marketplace adjacent to the French Quarter where drummers were royalty. Blowing through charts by Jelly Roll Morton, Joe Robichaux, and Sam Morgan, the LCJO also make room for a Ghanaian hand percussionist.
Omer Avital Birthday Celebration
Jazz Gallery, 290 Hudson, 212-242-1063
One of the feistiest personalities on the local jazz scene, the Israeli bassist has been making his music soar since returning to action around the start of the year. Thick horn lines ride the gallop of the rhythm section in a keenly constructed musical world that sounds wonderfully loose.