Various venues, 670-0276,, free

August 25 Marcus Garvey Park: Bebop saxophone heaven with Gary Bartz, Charles McPherson, Houston Person (with Etta Jones), and a rare chance to hear Barry Harris lead a quintet with Jimmy Heath and Antonio Hart.

August 26 Tompkins Square Park: The ageless Joe Wilder with an all-star band, Dick Katz with Helen Merrill, Joe Lovano’s nonet, Roy Haynes’s quartet, others.


Lakefront Plaza, Charles A. Dana Discovery Center, Central Park, 110th Street and Fifth Avenue, 860-1370, free

May 27 Jimmy Heath: The great saxophonist and friends.

June 3 Harlem Blues & Jazz Band: Featuring Ruth Brisbane.

June 17 Harbor Conservatory Jazz Festival

July 1 Jazzberry Jam: Focuses on women, including Sue Terry, Carline Ray, Bertha Hope, and Paula Hampton.


92nd Street Y, Lexington Avenue and 92nd Street, 415-5500,

July 17 ‘Americans in Paris’: The mainstream brigade, including Bucky Pizzarelli, Howard Alden, Ken Peplowski, Randy Sandke, Byron Stripling, Loren Schoenberg, Wycliff Gordon, others.

July 18 ‘Five Duos & a Grand Jam’: More brigade, plus Marvin Stamm, Bill Mays, Scott Robinson, others.

July 19 ‘Mickey, Dumbo & Betty Boop’: The usual suspects swing music written for film stars.

July 24 ‘Jelly Roll Morton & the New Orleans Rhythm Kings’: An extraordinary body of work, too rarely revived—Bob Greene, Kenny Davern, many others.

July 25 ‘Dick & Derek’s Annual Piano Party’: Dick Hyman and Derek Smith and friends—more notes than there are in heaven or hell.

July 26 ‘International Stride’: The metronomic Ralph Sutton, along with four Europeans.


Various venues, 501-1390,

June 17 ‘A Father’s Day Gift,’ Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture: Buster Williams Quartet, with Steve Wilson, Eric Reed, and Lenny White.

June 19 ‘Downbeat Magazine Presents,’ Bryant Park: A free concert with school bands from Berklee, Eastman, and Milwaukee.

June 19 ‘Who’s on First?’ Kaye Playhouse: Acerbic songs and stylings of Bob Dorough and Dave Frishberg, together and alone.

June 20 Joshua Redman & Eric Reed, Kaye Playhouse: Reed’s septet features Wycliffe Gordon and Donald Harrison.

June 20 Two Siberians+Sarah Morrow, Bryant Park: Free.

June 21 ‘The Cabaret Jazz Hall of Fame,’ Kaye Playhouse: Another hall of fame, with Joe Bushkin, Freddy Cole, Blossom Dearie, Jay Leonhart, many others.

June 21 Chico Freema, Studio Museum in Harlem: The saxophonist leads a quartet with Stephen Scott, Winard Harper, and Curtis Lundy; free.

June 21 Dickson Guillaume & the New York State Haitian Interdenominational Mass Choir+Institutional Radio Choir, Bryant Park: Free.

June 22 Cesaria Evora+Bebel Gilberto, Beacon Theater: They will have you on your feet and swaying.

June 22 ‘A Love Supreme: Remembering Coltrane,’ Kaye Playhouse: The heavy-hitting lineup includes Roy Hargrove, Michael Brecker, Jesse Davis, Larry Willis, and Jon Faddis and the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band.

June 22 Pucho & His Latin Soul Brothers+Sugarman 3, Bryant Park: Free.

June 23 ‘Salsa Jams/Latin Pianos,’ Carnegie Hall: With Richie Ray and Bobby Cruz, Pappo Lucca Y La Sonora Poncena, and Jimmy Bosch.

June 23 & 24 Pharoah Sanders, Joe’s Pub: The tenor saxophonist with a dark yodeling sound.

June 24 Toshiko Akiyoshi Jazz Orchestra, Birdland: Lew Tabackin is the key soloist, plus Randy Brecker sitting in.

June 24 ‘Calle 54,’ Beacon Theater: A movie tie-in with Paquito D’Rivera, Eliane Elias, Gato Barbieri, Michel Camilo, and Jerry Gonzalez’s Fort Apache Band.

June 24 ‘A Memorial for Milt ‘Judge’ Hinton,’ Riverside Church: Homage to the great bassist and photographer.

June 25 Hank Jones, Birdland: The sublime pianist leads a trio, plus Joe Lovano.

June 25 ‘Sondheim & Jazz: Side by Side,’ Carnegie Hall: Yeah, sure; with Jackie and Roy, Oscar Castro Neves, Billy Childs, Kurt Elling, Nnenna Freelon, Marian McPartland, Patrice Rushen, and the Antijazz herself, Maureen McGovern.

June 26 Johnny Griffin, Birdland: The superb tenor, plus the inimitable Clark Terry.

June 26 Keith Jarrett, Gary Peacock & Jack DeJohnette, Carnegie Hall: An astonishing trio.

June 27 & 28 North Mississippi All-Stars, Bowery Ballroom

June 27 Phil Woods Quintet, Birdland: The altoist’s quintet, including Bill Charlap, plus Johnny Griffin.

June 28 Andy Biskin Quintet+Matt Wilson Quartet, Exit Art: Two melodically quirky bands, including trumpeter Terrell Stafford.

June 28 Kevin Mahogany Organ Quartet, Birdland: With guitarist Dave Stryker and Dr. Lonnie Smith on the promised organ.

June 28 Nina Simone, Carnegie Hall: A religious event for true believers.

June 28 ‘Two Stars Shining: Wayne & Chick,’ Avery Fisher Hall: In which Shorter introduces a new quintet with Danilo Perez, John Patitucci, and Brian Blade, and Corea leads a trio with Jeff Ballard and Avishai Cohen.

June 29 & 30 Hadda Brooks & Senator Eugene Wright, Joe’s Pub: Amazing lady, still boogying at 85.

June 29 Eumir Deodato, Avery Fisher Hall: With the singer Maysa, Omar Hakim, Gerry Barnes, Sherrod Barnes, Bobby Sanabria, Eddie Montalvo, Teodross Avery, others.

June 29 Diana Krall, Carnegie Hall: A religious event for true believers.

June 29 ‘Planet Dance,’ Hammerstein Ballroom: Featuring Carlinhos Brown, Afro-Cuban All Stars, Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra, and three DJs.

June 29 ‘Dewey Redman’s 70th Birthday,’ Birdland: The Texas tenor is paid homage to by Tom Harrell and Joe Lovano, among others.

June 30 Gladys Knight & Dave Hollister, Carnegie Hall: Everybody wants a piece of this jazz thing.

June 30 Jazz Mandolin Project, Bowery Ballroom

June 30 Pat Martino, Birdland: The dynamic guitarist’s trio is amplified by organist Joey DeFrancesco and tenor Eric Alexander.


Various venues, 875-5108,, free

August 4 ‘Jazz Takes Flight,’ Damrosch Park Bandshell: With Diane Schuur, but Cyrus Chestnut should bring it safely to ground.

August 10 The One & Only Jazzmobile, North Plaza: A true New York legend; vote for the mayoral candidate who promises to keep it alive.

August 17 ‘My Funny Valentine: An 80th Birthday Tribute to Chico Hamilton,’ North Plaza: The drum-mer who has always gone his own way is, among other things, the last man standing from the original pianoless quartet.

August 22 Jay Hoggard, North Plaza: Swinging vibes.

August 23 Andrew Cyrille, North Plaza: Swinging drums.

August 24 ‘A Fine Romance,’ Damrosch Park Bandshell: Pianist Abdullah Ibrahim and singer Mary Stallings.

August 25 ‘Puente: Santeria to Swing,’ Damrosch Park Bandshell: Swinging Latins.

Josie Robertson Plaza, 875-5766,

June 27 Ben E. King with the Tim Ouimette Big Band: There is a rose in Lincoln Center.

July 3 White Heat Swing Orchestra

July 4 ‘A Celebration of Sidney Bechet’: With Daniel Bechet and Bucky Pizzarelli, and a promising and unusual booking for this series.

July 7 Artie Shaw Orchestra: Under the direction of Dick Johnson.

July 14 Casey MacGill+Mora’s Modern Rhythmists

July 19 ‘Support Swing! Benefit’: With the tireless George Gee’s Make-Believe Ballroom Orchestra, plus Ann Hampton Callaway and Claude “Fiddler” Williams.

July 28 Illinois Jacquet: A bona fide living legend, still making those reeds honk and croon.


Various venues,

August 7 Mark Dresser Trio+Tim Berne’s Hard Cell, Pace Downtown Theater: Berne’s new band includes Craig Taborn.

August 8 Archie Shepp & Roswell Rudd, Pace Downtown Theater: “Live in New York” with Andrew Cyrille, Grachan Moncur, and Reggie Workman; the ’60s avant-garde gets a healthy shot in the arm from these classic and sometimes superbly comical players.

August 8 ‘Verizon Spotlight on Emerging Talent,’ Bryant Park: Guest Chuck Mangione; free.

August 9 Ray Charles+Natalie Cole, City Center

August 9 Sun Ra Arkestra+Nels Cline & Gregg Bendian+DJ Spooky That Subliminal Kid, Pace Downtown Theater

August 10 ‘Latina Grooves,’ Beacon Theater: Featuring Daniela Mercury, Maria Rivas, and Albita.

August 11 Abbey Lincoln+Wayne Shorter+James Carter, Columbia University Quadrangle: An astonishing bill, with one goddess, one god, and a princeling, who will lead both his funk and Gypsy bands. Also: the Big 3 Palladium Orchestra featuring Giovanni Hidalgo and Tito Puente Jr. Free.


Knitting Factory, 74 Leonard Street, 219-3006,

May 30 Day 7: The summer’s key free festival; participants include Visions Orchestra with works by Warren Smith and Steve Swell, Malachi Favors, Hamid Drake, Alan Silva, Oscar Noriega, dancer Patricia Nicholson with Joseph Jarman, Cooper-Moore, many others.

May 31 Day 8: Wilber Morris, Jin Hi Kim, William Parker, Oliver Lake, Fred Anderson, Ori Kaplan, Steve Swell, many others.

June 1 Day 9: Jemeel Moondoc, Roy Campbell Jr., Bern Nix, Tyron Hill, Steve Swell, Zane Massey, Sirone, Peter Brotzmann, William Parker, Warren Smith, Joseph Daley, Cooper-Moore, Sam Furnace, many others.

June 2 Day 10: Accent on the spoken word, with Jayne Cortez, Bern Nix, Charnett Moffett, Denardo Colemen, the Transcendentalists, Roy Campbell, Daniel Carter, William Parker, Amiri and Amina Baraka, DD Jackson, Pheeroan akLaff, Daniel Carter, Raphe Malik, many others.

Orensanz Art Center, 172 Norfolk Street, 780-0175,

June 6 Day 12: Joe Maneri, Peter Kowald, Damon Smith, Daniel Carter, Sabir Mateen, Roy Campbell, Joe McPhee, Dominic Duvall, many others.

June 7 Day 13: Roy Campbell, dancer Aleta Hayes, poet Mike Ladd, Charles Gayle, William Parker, Rob Brown, Hamid Drake, many others.

June 8 Day 14: David S. Ware, Matthew Shipp, William Parker, Guillermo E. Brown, Patricia Nicholson, William Parker, Billy Bang, Gerald Cleaver, others.

Reviews by Gary Giddins