By Alex Distefano
By Scott Snowden
By Anna Merlan
By Steve Almond
By Jena Ardell
By Jon Campbell
By Alan Scherstuhl
By Tessa Stuart
July 29 Goapele + Alice Smith
August 3 The New Pornographers + Calexico + The Frames: Canadian power pop supergroup New Pornographers could give you a toothache with their cotton candy vocals, cheerful rhythms, and ripe, catchy hooks, but leader Carl Newman knows just how to balance the sweet with the minor-key sour, making for the perfect pop confection. Calexico's dusty, Southwestern ranch rock will be the perfect, tart margarita chaser. RABER
June 29 Carnegie Hall's Neighborhood Concert Series 30th Anniversary: Audra MacDonald
July 29 Goapele + Alice Smith
August 12 The Wild Magnolia Mardi Gras Indians + Irma Thomas + Hot 8 Brass Band
mid-park at 72nd Street
September 5 & 6 Ben Harper + Damian Jr. "Gong" Marley: Folk-soul dynamo Harper's always buttered his bread on the road; in recent years he's cultivated a loyal constituency on the jam-band scene, where his ability to sing gives him the aura of a prophet. Harper's new Both Sides of the Gunone disc of rockers, one disc of balladsshould provide plenty of live-show fodder. Opener (and son of Bob) Marley made one of 2005's best albums in Welcome to Jamrock, a bracing contemporization of his dad's conscious throb. WOOD
September 28Clap Your Hands Say Yeah: These local quirk-pop merchants have averted (or at least delayed) the hipster backlash that awaits them by lying relatively low for the last couple of months. Still, this end-of-summer blowout suggests they've got bigger things on their minds than the begrudging approval of the Pitchfork mafia. Expect new tunes and some special guests yet to be announced. WOOD
50 Route 120,
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June 4Hot '97 Summer Jam
July 18, 19, 29Bon Jovi
'Jazz in July'
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1395 Lexington Avenue,
July 18 'Love You Madly: Duke Ellington Celebration'
July 19 'Dick Hyman: A Jazz Life'
July 20 'Brilliant Corners: The Music of Thelonious Monk'
July 25 'Bossa Nova: The Brazilian Soul of Antonio Carlos Jobim'
July 26 'Twelve Hands, Two Pianos, One Night'
July 27 'One for My Baby: The Songs of Harold Arlen'
She Wants Revenge takes on the Siren Music Festival
photo: Michael Muller
June 14 'Tenors Galore': Houston Person Quartet + Eric Alexander Quartet (Kaye Playhouse)
June 15 'Jazz Combos': Milwaukee Youth Symphony + the Bronzeville + Apex Jazz Quartets + Kansas City Community College Jazz Combo + New Jersey City University Graduate Jazz Combo (St. Peter's Church)
June 15 Andrew Hill Trio (Studio Museum in Harlem): Love his horn bands, but there's always been something about the pianist's meandering threesomes that's struck me just as deeply. Polyrhythms spin, ruminations receive the traction they deserve, and elliptical lines trickle forth with a beguiling authority. MACNIE
June 15 'A Ladies Salute To A Pioneer': Toshiko Akiyoshi (Kaye Playhouse)
June 16 'New Century: Same Genius': Ornette Coleman Quartet (Carnegie Hall)
June 16 Marcus Miller Band + Roy Hargrove's RH Factor (Irving Plaza)
June 18 'A Father's Day Gift': Bobby Hutcherson Quartet
June 19 'Sweet Lorraine: A Jazz Celebration for the Village Vanguard': The Bad Plus + Roy Hargrove Quintet + Paul Motion Trio 2000 + One+ Dr. Michael White's Original Liberty Jazz Band (Carnegie Hall): The triangle-shaped room still defines the city's jazz experience, and its longstanding boss is as charismatic and engaging as the artists she books. The breadth of that booking is obvious at this homage concert; any show that offers the wiseacre wisdom of the Bad Plus and the trad polyphony of Dr. Michael White's Original Liberty Jazz Band is about scope. Roy Hargrove's modern hard bop and Paul Motian's piano trio cover the other aesthetic bases. MACNIE
June 19 'Bucky Pizzarelli's 80th Birthday Celebration' (Kaye Playhouse)
June 21 'Dave Brubeck's Birthday Party': Brubeck Quartet & Big Band (Carnegie Hall)
June 21 The Bad Plus & Gold Sounds (Irving Plaza)
June 21 'At Night, Alone': Ralph Towner (Zankel Hall)
June 21 'Brazil Nights I': Choro Ensemble (Jazz Standard)
June 22 Smokey Robinson (Carnegie Hall)
June 22 Sangam (Zankel Hall)
June 22 'Celebrate Cobi Narita': Kit McClure Band +Laurie Krauz & the Daryl Kojak Quartet (St. Peter's Church)
June 22 'Brazil Nights II': Cyro Baptista's Antropo-Fagia (Jazz Standard)
June 23 Herbie Hancock (Carnegie Hall)
June 23 Bill Frisell Trio (Symphony Space)
June 23 'Brazil Nights III': Trio da Paz (Jazz Standard)
June 24 'A Salute to Cachao: The Master of Mambo': Israel 'Cachao' Lopez + Spanish Harlem Orchestra (Carnegie Hall): The superhero Cuban bassist has been enlivening his invention (a little thing called mambo) for most of the past century. Pushing 90, he's going a tad slower but still making his music some of the most pleasurable you'll ever hear. He's flanked by pros who cover his back and feed him what he needs to shine. Sharing the bill, the Spanish Harlem Orchestra is one of the most vital salsa outfits around; if the room's acoustics are right, they'll mow you down. MACNIE