Prospect Park Bandshell, entrance at 9th Street and Prospect Park West, 718-855-7882,

July 5 Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra & Wynton Marsalis

More dates TBA.


Various venues, 528-2733,

July 4 Juilliard Jazz Ensemble+Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra: Juilliard is the wild card, but the Afro-Cuban band is actually the Chico O’Farrill Orchestra that his son, Arturo O’Farrill, has been leading at Birdland for years, and the LCJO is Wynton Marsalis’s ensemble, which has a large and growing classic jazz repertory, from Ellington to Monk.

July 24 Vernon Reid+James “Blood” Ulmer: The impact of a Blood Ulmer set owes as much to the guttural soulfulness of his singing, a lion’s roar fixed in the harmolodic web, as his stuttering, clashing guitar, which can suck all the air out of the room. This time he goes toe-to-toe with Vernon Reid, the former Living Colour guitarist, who plays jazz, acid jazz, rock ‘n’ roll, and everything in between.

August 27 Cecil Payne+Johnny Pacheco: Payne, the remarkable octogenerian bebop baritone saxophonist, got his start in Dizzy Gillespie’s first orchestra, which cemented jazz and Afro-Cuban rhythms for all time back in 1947. So he’s an ideal complement for Pacheco, whose Tumbao includes the celebrated Cuban flutist Maraca.


92nd St Y Tisch Center for the Arts, 1395 Lexington Avenue, 415-5500,

July 15-25: Dick Hyman has enjoyed at least two constants in his career during the past 20 years—scoring Woody Allen movies and programming the “Jazz in July” festivals. The movies are uneven; the festivals are amazingly even. Working with a top-rank group of mainstream pros, he explores ragtime, theater songs, blues, swing, and the diversity of jazz piano. Highlights this season include variations on Porgy and Bess, Bill Charlap’s trio, Jim Cullum’s New Orleans-style jazz band, and tributes to New York jazz legends Richard Rogers and the great stride master Ralph Sutton.

July 15 “Master Class with Dick Hyman”

July 16 Legends of New York Jazz: Dick Hyman, Vince Giordano & the Nighthawks, Marian McPartland, and Byron Stripling

July 18 The Jim Cullum Jazz Band

July 22 Variations on Porgy and Bess

July 23 Bill Charlap Trio

July 24 “Dick & Derek’s Annual Piano Party: A Tribute to Richard Rodgers”

July 25 “Remembering Ralph Sutton”


Various venues, 501-1390,

June 16-29: This year the real action may not be in the big halls. Lincoln Center isn’t participating, and the Carnegie, Beacon, and Kaye Playhouse rosters are fairly predictable—the Jarrett-Peacock-DeJohnette trio is back, the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band glimmers one last time along with a Hancock-Brecker-Hargrove show, and lots of singers, including Cassandra Wilson, João Gilberto, a tribute to Teddy King, and, stretching things, Lauryn Hill and Michael Feinstein. On the sidelines, though, this could be a telling couple of weeks: Greg Osby at the Studio Museum in Harlem; Jason Moran, Dave Douglas, Ethan Iverson, Don Byron at the Village Vanguard; Charles McPherson, Bill Charlap, and—can it really be?—Cecil Taylor at Birdland.

June 16 Micky Bass’s New York Powerhouse Ensemble, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

June 18 The Roots+Living Colour, Apollo Theater

June 19 The William Paterson University Jazz Quintet+New England Conservatory of Music Quartet +University of the Arts Jazz Quintet, Bryant Park

June 20 Michael Feinstein, Carnegie Hall

The Lonnie Plaxico Group+Erik Truffaz, Bryant Park

Greg Osby Quartet+Jason Moran, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

June 21 Brad Mehldau Trio & the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band, Carnegie Hall

Lew Tabackin/Howard Alden Quartet+Loren Stillman Quartet+Roberta Gambarini+Art Baron & the Duke’s Men, Bryant Park

June 22 João Gilberto, Carnegie Hall

June 23 Lauryn Hill, Carnegie Hall

Toshiko Akiyoshi Jazz Orchestra+Chico O’Farrill Afro-Cuban Jazz Big Band, Birdland

June 24 ‘We Remember Teddi King Benefit,’ Kaye Playhouse

Bill Charlap Trio+Kenny Washington+Peter Washington+Phil Woods+Frank Wess, Birdland

Joe Lovano & the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, Village Vanguard

June 25 Cassandra Wilson+Patricia Barber+Dave Douglas, Carnegie Hall

“Birthday Salute to John Bunch,” Kaye Playhouse

Cecil Taylor, Birdland

The Bad Plus, Village Vanguard

June 26 Keith Jarrett+Gary Peacock+Jack DeJohnette, Carnegie Hall

Wynton Marsalis Septet+Birds of a Feather+Tribute to Charlie Parker, Beacon Theatre

Jane Monheit+Barbara Carroll Trio+Peter Cincotti Quartet, Kaye Playhouse

Dr. Lonnie Smith+Joe Beck+Bob Berg+Idris Muhammad+Adam Rogers, Birdland

Don Byron Music for Six Musicians, Village Vanguard

June 27 Dave Koz &Friends+James Ingram,Beacon Theatre

Kenny Barron Quartet, Birdland

Mark Turner Trio, Village Vanguard

June 27-28

George Clinton & Parliament/Funkadelic, Apollo Theater

June 28

Bebel Gilberto+Angelique Kidjo, Beacon Theatre

Herbie Hancock+Michael Brecker+Roy Hargrove+Willie Jones III+George Mraz, Carnegie Hall

Dave Douglas New Quintet, Village Vanguard

June 28-29 Charles McPherson Quartet featuring Cyrus Chestnut+Lewis Nash+Peter Washington, Birdland

June 29 Eddie Palmieri y La Perfecta II+Ismael Quintana & Herman Olivera+Orquesta Aragon, Carnegie Hall

Omara Portuondo+Miriam Makeba, Beacon Theatre

Jason Moran Trio, Village Vanguard

June 29-30 Freihofer’s Jazz Festival, Saratoga Performing Arts Center


Various venues, 875-5108,

August 7 ‘The One and Only Jazzmobile Presents’: A rare appearance by the Jazzmobile, which began in 1964, and for years was an almost ubiquitous summertime presence uptown, bringing the best musicians alive (Ellington, Gillespie, Thad and Mel, Jimmy Heath, Milt Jackson, and the founders who kept it rolling, Billy Taylor and Dave Bailey) to places jazz didn’t often reach, and for free—like tonight.

August 13 ‘Jazz on the Plaza’: Bobby Sanabria and Quarteto Ache

August 16 ‘Jazz on the Plaza’: Joe Wilder

August 23 ‘Celebrate Mingus’


Josie Robertson Plaza, Lincoln Center, Columbus Avenue between 62nd and 65th streets, 875-5766,

June 26 The Sultans of Swing

June 27 Issac Delgado

June 28 African Blue Note

June 29 Los Soneros del Oriente

July 2 Machito Orchestra

July 3 TBA

July 4 Vince Montana & the SalSoul Orchestra

July 5 Tabou Combo

July 6 Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra & Wynton Marsalis

July 9 Gerard Carelli Orchestra

July 10 Andrej Hermlin & His Swing Dance Orchestra

July 11 Viento de Agua

July 12 Vince Giordano & the Nighthawks: A precision team, Giordano’s men play painstakingly transcribed arrangements from the ’20s, displaying no pain at all in bringing them to life. This evening they will focus on the Cotton Club, which promises an earful of Ellington and Cab Calloway, among others.

July 13 Coco Merenson

July 16 TBA

July 17 Dick Hyman & Jim Cullum’s Jazz Band: You don’t get to hear a lot of Dixieland around here, much less dance to it—at least not since Bob Crosby—but that’s what’s offered by this collaboration between a master of classic piano styles and one of the longest running (four decades) bands and most copious (1000 songs) in the New Orleans tradition.

July 18 International Garifuna Band+James Lovell Punta

July 19 Jimmy Bosch

July 20 Floxy Bee

July 23 TBD

July 24 The Billy Strayhorn Orchestra: An alto saxophonist in the Johnny Hodges tradition, Michael Hashim has focused much attention over the years on Ellington’s deputy arranger-composer and has even debuted unsuspected Strayhorn works found in his estate files. The very name of the band is a posthumous triumph for a brilliant musician who spurned the limelight—and so is the chance to dance to music he wrote for that purpose.

July 25 Yerba Buena

July 26 Groupo Saveiro

July 27 Illinois Jacquet


Pier 25, North Moore Street and West Side Highway, 533-PARK,

July 7 David Berger & the Sultans of Swing

July 14 Nelson Gonzalez y Son Mundano

July 21 Ron Sunshine Band

July 28 Tanguardia

August 4 Andy Faber & the Swing Mavens

August11 TBA

August 18 George Gee’s Jump Jivin Wailers


Pier 17, South Street Seaport, 732-7678,

June 26-August 28 “Jazz Wednesdays”

July 10-September 4 “Latin Jazz Concert Series”


American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West and 79th Street, 769-5100,

June 7, 14, 21, 28 T.K. Blue: The saxophonist Talib Kibwe, best known for his work with Randy Weston, is a stirring soloist who can suggest a sulphuric fury while coursing through the changes. He can also pluck a mean kalimba and occasionally employs calypso rhythms to vary the pace.


Various venues, 946-2110,

Through June 5: See the Shortlist.