June 10-August 12, MetroTech Commons at MetroTech Center, corner of Flatbush and Myrtle avenues, Brooklyn, 718.636.4100,

AUGUST 12 Roy Hargrove and RH Factor


May 30-July 25, Dana Discovery Center, Central Park, 110th Street and Fifth Avenue,

JUNE 20: Dave Valentin

JULY 11: Cynthia Scott

JULY 25: Cecilia Coleman Sextet


June 15-August 11, various venues in Battery Park City, 212.528.2733,

JULY 20 Luciana Souza (World Financial Center Plaza): The singer’s got a knack for having her art songs do their job with little or no preciousness—a feat right there. On the new Neruda she uses Catalan composer Federico Mompou’s piano motifs as a springboard to cozy melodies, but it’s the Chilean master’s imagery and philosophy that helps explain the scope of Souza’s spectrum. With Lila Downs.

JULY 29 Cecil Taylor (Castle Clinton National Monument): The maestro’s big band raised the roof at Iridium a few weeks ago. Now the 75-year-old pianist tries to fill the New York harbor with the splashing of his time-tested abstractions. He remains fierce: The most vital and clever playing of any recent Taylor show has come from the bandleader himself.

AUGUST 11 Roy Hargrove and RH Factor (Rockefeller Park)


92nd Street Y, 1395 Lexington Avenue, 212.415.5500,

JULY 20 ‘Jazz in July 20th Birthday Bash’

JULY 21 ‘Blues After Dark’

JULY 22 ‘Saxophone City: In Memory of Benny Carter’

JULY 27 ‘If Bix Played Gershwin and Bessie Sang Berlin’

JULY 28 ‘Dick and Derek’s Annual Piano Party’

JULY 29 ‘Stride Monster: Fats Waller Turns 100’: See the pianist’s wily mix of blues and bounce for a perfect example of genius wrapped in hokum. The jazz world celebrates plenty of centennials these days, but if entrepreneurs truly want to fill seats, they’ll go long on Waller. His music’s joy is contagious. Dick Hyman, along with pals Wycliffe Gordon, Kenny Davern, and Eddie Locke (among others) tip their collective hat.


Various venues, 212.501.1390,

JUNE 15-26: Some years it’s inspired, some years it’s rote. The ’04 edition’s curatorial spin is marked by a smart balance of jazz, world, and funk that stretches from the mercurial trios of pianist Bill Charlap and guitarist John Scofield to the love cry of Ornette Coleman’s alto sax, to the whomping groove of George Clinton and earth mama blues of Abbey Lincoln. And its varied venues take you all over town.


August 10-30, Damrosch Park Bandshell, 62nd Street near Amsterdam Avenue; North Plaza, north of Metropolitan Opera House; 212.875.5766,

AUGUST 10 ‘Jazz Takes Flight’: Sonny Rollins: (Damrosch Park Bandshell): An oceanic sound and frightening energy level keep aficionados (meaning anyone with ears and a heart) sprawled around the Damrosch Park Bandshell when Newk steps up to the plate for these annual visits. Sometimes the music is godly, sometimes it’s merely gorgeous. Always, because of a stature based on a lifetime of inspired improv, it’s an event.

AUGUST 12 ‘Jazzmobile Presents’: Melba Joyce and Ensemble (North Plaza)

AUGUST 13 ‘Noche Caliente’: Plena Libre+Alfredo De La Fé and the Dancing Jazz Project (Damrosch Park Bandshell)

AUGUST 14 ‘Happy Birthday Jazzmobile!’: Heath Brothers+Dr. Billy Taylor (Damrosch Park Bandshell)

AUGUST 16 ‘Baritone Saxophone Band Pays Tribute to Gerry Mulligan’ (North Plaza)

AUGUST 22 Tin Hat Trio (North Plaza)

AUGUST 24 Na’rimbo (North Plaza)

AUGUST 27 Agatsuma (North Plaza)

AUGUST 30 Chick Corea (Damrosch Park Bandshell)


June 10-July 16, Josie Robertson Plaza, Columbus Ave and 64th Street, 212.875.5766,

JUNE 10 George Gee’s Swingin’ Big Band

JUNE 12 Willie Villegas y Entre Amigos With Jimmy Bosch

JUNE 16 Big Bad Voodoo Daddy

JUNE 17 Harbor Latin Big Band

JUNE 18 Deacon John’s Jump Blues

JUNE 19 Avantango

JUNE 22 Ed Polcer and the Magic of Swing Street

JUNE 23 Lincoln Center Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra

JUNE 29 Tiempo Libre

JULY 1 Roomful of Blues

JULY 3 Uptown Horns’ Soul Shingaling Revue

JULY 6 Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra: Wynton’s crew has scope on its side: In the last few months they’ve put a spin on the canons of both Ornette Coleman and Count Basie. Groove-wise, they’re seldom without lift-off, and on these warm summer evening shows, the context of community feeds their collective spirit. Pay attention to the brass section—it’s loaded with hot tickets.

JULY 7 Western Caravan With Thirsty Dave

JULY 13 Harry James Orchestra

JULY 15 Royal Crown Revue

JULY 16 Illinois Jacquet and His Big Band


The Center, 268 Mulberry Street, 212.696.6681,

MAY 25-31: This annual gathering of musicians, dancers, and poets has become the flagship affair for New York’s left-leaning improvisers. If you’re well-versed in spontaneous combustion and fluent in your loftspeak, it’s likely you’re on the bill. 150 artists are slated for the bash, and this year’s master stroke is the reunion of the Revolutionary Ensemble, with violinist Leroy Jenkins, bassist Sirone, and percussionist Jerome Cooper. Also booked are Kidd Jordan, Blood Ulmer, Joe McPhee, Barre Phillips, Butch Morris, and Khan Jamal.

MAY 25 James ‘Blood’ Ulmer+Khan Jamal Quintet+Marshall Allen and the Sun Ra Arkestra+Gus Solomons Jr.

MAY 26 Fred Van Hove & Johannes Bauer+Henry Grimes Trio+Equal Interest+Mark Dresser, Ned Rothenberg & Michiyo Yagi

MAY 27 Burnt Sugar the Arkestra Chamber+Amiri & Amina Baraka and Blue Ark+Whit Dickey, Matthew Shipp & William Parker+David Budbill & William Parker

MAY 28 Kidd Jordan New Orleans Band+Mixashawn+William Parker Quartet & Patricia Nicholson PaNic+Rob Brown Collective+Steve Dalachinsky, Ximena Garnica & Tim Barnes

MAY 29 Joe McPhee Quartet+Cooper-Moore Triptych Myth+Milford Graves Trio & William Parker+Sabir Mateen Quintet+Reggie Workman and Ashanti’s Message

MAY 30 Tri-Factor+Dave Burrell Echo/Peace Continuum+ Revolutionary Ensemble+Roy Campbell Jr. Tazz

MAY 31 William Parker Bass Quartet & Charles Gayle+Gunter Baby Sommer, Connie Bauer & Barre Philips+Gunda Gottschalk & Xu Feng Xia+New York Skyscraper & Butch Morris


July 11-August 29, Pier 25, North Moore Street and West Side Highway, 212.533.PARK,

JULY 11 David Berger and the Sultans of Swing

AUGUST 1 Ron Sunshine Band

AUGUST 29 George Gee’s Jump Jive and Wailers


American Museum of Natural History, Rose Center for Earth and Space, Central Park West and 79th Street, 212.769.5100,

JUNE 4 Harold Mabern Trio: The ability to polish a standard so it gleams in a new way has never precluded the pianist’s insistence that the blues be at the heart of his cagey interpretations. The Memphis of his youth still informs the New York of his graying years. Grit and groove are in his front pocket whenever he needs them.

JULY 2 Norman Hedman’s Tropique


July 6-27, Washington Square Park, West 4th and MacDougal streets, 212.252.3621

JULY 27 Felix Endico Swing Band

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