MetroTech Commons at MetroTech Center, corner of Flatbush and Myrtle avenues, 718-636-4111,

July 10 Dirty Dozen Brass Band


Prospect Park Bandshell, 9th Street and Prospect Park West, 718-855-7882, ext. 45,

July 3 Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra With Wynton Marsalis

July 12 Eve’s Women

July 19 Derek Trucks Band


Rumsey Playfield, Central Park, at 72nd Street, 212-360-2777,

August 17 Bembeya Jazz


Various venues in Battery Park City, 212-528-2733,

June 25 Peter Cincotti (Rockefeller Park)

June 30 Paula Atheron & Interplay (Wagner Park)

July 14 Annette Aguilar and String Beans (Wagner Park)

July 29 Don Byron (World Financial Center Plaza): Byron forged a new personality for the clarinet in the 1990s, while suggesting multiple personalities for himself—he has played everything from Schumann to klezmer to Ellington to originals that comment sardonically on historical and current events. His sound can be as sweet as dew and as grating as the subway screeching to a stop, and to fulfill his quotient of unpredictability, he will share the stage this time with the Symphony Space Orchestra.

August 5 Sonny Bravo’s Charanga Jazz Experience (Wagner Park)

August 7 Joshua Redman Elastic Band (Castle Clinton National Monument)


92nd Street Y, 1395 Lexington Avenue, 212-415-5500,

July 22-31: Dick Hyman’s festival of mainstream jazz returns for its 19th year, with such gifted players as Joe Wilder, Randy Sandke, Howard Alden, Bucky Pizzarelli, Wycliffe Gordon, Ken Peplowski, Kenny Davern, Derek Smith, Dan Levinson, and Vince Giordano’s Nighthawks, among many others, in programs that celebrate the centenaries of Beiderbecke, Venuti, and Lang; pre-swing Benny Goodman; and stride pianists, as well as presenting new music by Hyman, Sandke, James Chirillo, and Jay Leonhart, and nights devoted to piano and clarinet.

July 22 “Venuti, Bix, and Lang at 100”

July 23 “Dick & Derek’s Annual Piano Party”

July 24 “New Stuff: Original Jazz Concert Music”

July 29 “Early Benny: Pre-Swing, Pre-Big-Band Benny Goodman”

July 30 “Licorice Schticks”

July 31 “The Lion, the Lamb, and Luckey”


Various venues, 212-501-1390,

June 15-28: It amounts to a historical imperative—whenever JVC touches bottom, as it practically did last summer, it bounces back like spring has sprung. One could have predicted the Bix tribute at the Kaye Playhouse, but not the return of Tony Scott in tandem with Buddy De Franco, or Randy Sandke making common cause with Marty Ehrlich and Uri Caine, or the tribute to Frank Wess and Joe Wilder, or the piano evening with Barron, Walton, Charlap, and five more. Lots of good stuff continues to take place at the clubs JVC assimilates during the week (memorial bands consecrated to Tadd Dameron and Charlie Parker play Birdland on June 27), but the big news is that jazz qua jazz returns to Carnegie and Avery Fisher, as Spike Lee emcees Terence Blanchard’s movie music, Chick Corea and Gary Burton duet again, Brubeck and Shirley Horn demonstrate fire and ice, Keith Jarrett returns, and jazz and pop make a go in tribute to Peggy Lee with a dozen singers—from Bridgewater to Petula. Best of all: Ornette Coleman reconvenes his trio with Charnett Moffett and Denardo Coleman, on a bill with Charlie Haden, at Carnegie on June 25; and Wayne Shorter shares the stage with his quartet, Herbie Hancock, and dancer Savion Glover at Carnegie on June 28.

June 15 Cedar Walton Quartet (Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture)

June 17 “Wild, Wilder Wess: A Celebration of the Music and Lives of Frank Wess and Joe Wilder” (Kaye Playhouse); “Legends of the Clarinet: Tony Scott & Buddy Defranco”: Bill Mays Trio (Iridium Jazz Club)

June 18 Cesaria Evora+Lila Downs (Beacon Theatre); “Legends of the Clarinet: Tony Scott & Buddy Defranco”: Bill Mays Trio (Iridium Jazz Club); “Piano Starts Here” (Kaye Playhouse)

June 19 “Happy Birthday Bix: A Centennial Celebration” (Kaye Playhouse); “Legends of the Clarinet: Tony Scott & Buddy Defranco”: Bill Mays Trio (Iridium Jazz Club); Carl Allen & New Spirit (Studio Museum in Harlem)

June 20 “The Movie Music of Spike Lee & Terence Blanchard” (Carnegie Hall); “Legends of the Clarinet: Tony Scott & Buddy Defranco”: Bill Mays Trio (Iridium Jazz Club)

June 21 “Havana-New York” (Carnegie Hall); “Legends of the Clarinet: Tony Scott & Buddy Defranco”: Bill Mays Trio (Iridium Jazz Club)

June 22 Chico O’Farrill Afro-Cuban Jazz Big Band+Toshiko Akiyoshi Jazz Orchestra (Kaye Playhouse); Vanguard Jazz Orchestra (Village Vanguard); Chico O’Farrill Afro-Cuban Jazz Big Band (Birdland); “Legends of the Clarinet: Tony Scott & Buddy Defranco”: Bill Mays Trio (Iridium Jazz Club)

June 23 “There’ll Be Another Spring: A Tribute to Peggy Lee” (Carnegie Hall); Toshiko Akiyoshi Jazz Orchestra (Birdland); Village Vanguard Orchestra (Village Vanguard)

June 24 Maceo Parker+Roy Hargrove’s RH Factor (Apollo Theater); “Inside Out: Mainstream Meets the New Music” (Kaye Playhouse); “6 Strings +88 Keys x 2” (Birdland); Tethered Moon (Village Vanguard)

June 25 Ornette Coleman+Charnett Moffett+Denardo Coleman+Charlie Haden+Michael Brecker (Carnegie Hall); Joe Cocker (Avery Fisher Hall); Machito & the Afro-Cubans (Birdland); Student Bands of Milwaukee School of Arts, Northern Illinois University & East Carolina University (Bryant Park, lunchtime); Marilyn Crispell+Mark Helias+Paul Motian (Village Vanguard)

June 26 “An Evening With Chick Corea & Friends” (Lincoln Center, Avery Fisher Hall); “Beautiful Songs—Then and Now” (Kaye Playhouse); George Wein & the Newport All-Stars+Rodney Jones+Mark Taylor+Peter Washington (Birdland); Bill McHenry Group (Village Vanguard)

June 27 Dave Brubeck+Shirley Horn (Carnegie Hall); India.Arie+Me’shell Ndégeocello (Lincoln Center, Avery Fisher Hall); Christian McBride+the Bad Plus+Belmondo Quintet (Bryant Park, lunchtime); “Birdland Salutes the Royal Roost”: Tadd Dameron Memorial Sextet+the Charlie Parker Memorial Quintet (Birdland); Paul Motian’s Electric Bebop Band (Village Vanguard)

June 28 Wayne Shorter+Herbie Hancock & Savion Glover (Carnegie Hall); the Crusaders+Lizz Wright (Lincoln Center, Avery Fisher Hall); “One4J: The Music of J.J. Johnson” (Birdland); Trio 2000 Plus 1 (Village Vanguard)


Various venues at Lincoln Center, Broadway and 65th Street, 212-875-5766,

August 2 McCoy Tyner & Dave Valentin (Damrosch Park Bandshell)

August 6 “Jazz on the Plaza”: Jazzmobile (North Plaza)

August 15 “Jazz on the Plaza”: Villicana, Bernal, Kautz Trio (North Plaza)

August 22 “Jazz on the Plaza”: Beale Street Caravan (North Plaza)


Josie Robertson Plaza, Lincoln Center, Columbus Avenue and 63rd Street, 212-875-5766,

June 25 Buster Poindexter

June 28 Harlem Renaissance Orchestra

July 2 Wynton Marsalis & the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra

July 9 Vaseline Intensive Care “Smooth Moves” Dance Competition+Ron Sunshine & Full Swing

July 10 “10th Annual Evening of Dancing and Desserts”: the Cab Calloway Orchestra

July 12 Hank Thompson & the Brazos Valley Boys

July 16 David Ostwald’s Gully Low Jazz Band

July 17 Café Accordion Orchestra With Charlie Giordano & Will Holshouser

July 19 Sugar Ray & the Bluetones With Monster Mike Welch

July 25 Cliff Korman’s Gafieira Dance Club

July 26 Illinois Jacquet & His Big Band


Pier 25, North Moore Street and West Side Highway, 212-533-PARK,

July 6 David Berger and the Sultans of Swing

July 20 Ron Sunshine Band

August 10 George Gee’s Jump Jive and Wailers


Rose Center for Earth and Space, American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West and 79th Street, 212-769-5100,

June 6 David Sánchez Quintet

July 4 Norman Hedman’s Tropique


The Center, 268 Mulberry Street, 212-946-2110,

May 21 Patty Waters+Burton Greene +Mark Dresser+ Billy Bang Sextet +Carl Hancock Rux+DJ Spooky+Joe Maneri Trio+ Joseph Jarman Opening Invocation

May 22 The Jemeel Moondoc+Connie Crothers Quintet+Nathan Breedlove+Adam Lane+John McCutcheon+Fred Anderson +Harrison Bankhead Duo+David S. Ware Quartet+Bill Cole Project +Warren Smith

May 23 Raphe Malik Quartet+Andrew Cyrille+Kidd Jordan+William Parker+Roy Campbell+Joe McPhee+Warren Smith+Kali Fasteau+Mixashawn+Maria Mitchell+Newman Taylor-Baker

May 24 Louis Belogenis+Roy Campbell+Hill Green+Michael Wimberly+Jin Hi Kim Trio+Billy Bang +William Parker+Milford Graves+Peter Brotzmann+Rob Brown+Rahman Herbie Morgan+Andy McCloud+Vijay Iyer+Rudy Walker+Amina & Amiri Baraka with Blue Ark

May 25 John Zorn Masada String Trio +Whit Dickey with Rob Brown+Roy Campbell & Joe Morris+Matthew Shipp Quartet +Patricia Nicholson & Joseph Jarman+Cooper Moore+Thomas Buckner+Roscoe Mitchell+Jerome Cooper+Harrison Bankhead

May 26 “Jeanne Lee Memorial”: “William Parker Leads Jeanne Lee Project”+Amina Claudine Myers +Gunter Hampel Galaxy Dream Band+Lou Grassi+Mark Whitecage +Ruomi Lee Hampel+Herscel Silverman+Prince Alegs+Steve Dalachinsky