New York Jazz Appreciation Month 2013: 30 days of jazz shows

April is Jazz Appreciation Month. Use our guide to this festival and catch one recommended performance a day at New York jazz clubs around town.

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Clockwise from top left: Christian Scott (by Kiel Adrian Scott), Gerald Clayton (by Devin DeHaven), Jeff Ballard (by Andrea Boccalini), Branford Marsalis Quartet (by Eric Ryan Anderson), John Medeski (by Michael Bloom)

Clockwise from top left: Christian Scott (by Kiel Adrian Scott), Gerald Clayton (by Devin DeHaven), Jeff Ballard (by Andrea Boccalini), Branford Marsalis Quartet (by Eric Ryan Anderson), John Medeski (by Michael Bloom)


Thanks to the good people at the Smithsonian, April is now known worldwide as Jazz Appreciation Month. On the local front, it's business as usual: That is to say, every month is a great one for live jazz in NYC, and April 2013 certainly qualifies. In honor of JAM, we present to you the ultimate guide to New York jazz: a recommended show—handpicked by the TONY Music team—for every single night of the month.

Our selections run the stylistic gamut, from a swanky two-night stand by the Branford Marsalis Quartet to the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra's regular Monday night hang, an appearance from pop-friendly groovesmith extraordinaire Chris Dave and a visit from Dutch vanguardist Han Bennink and his Instant Composers Pool Orchestra. The action starts tonight, so what are you waiting for?

  • Apr 1: Mingus Big Band

  • Photograph: R.R. Jones

    Apr 2: Monterey Jazz Festival on Tour. (Left to right: Chris Potter, Christian McBride, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Lewis Nash, Benny Green, Ambrose Akinmusire.)

  • Photograph: Nanett Konig-Noguera

    Apr 3: E.J. Strickland

  • Photograph: Emra Islek

    Apr 4: Jerome Sabbagh

  • Photograph: Eric Ryan Anderson

    Apr 5: Branford Marsalis Quartet

  • Photograph: Scott Groller

    Apr 6: Wadada Leo Smith

  • Photograph: Peter Gannushkin / downtownmusic.net

    Apr 7: Matthew Shipp

  • Photograph courtesy Motéma Records

    Apr 8: Charnett Moffett

  • Photograph: Andrea Boccalini

    Apr 9: Jeff Ballard

  • Photograph: Michael Bloom

    Apr 10: John Medeski

  • Photograph: Courtesy Eland Productions

    Apr 11: Eric Harland

  • Photograph: Cameron Wittig

    Apr 12: The Bad Plus

  • Photograph: Andreas Terlaak

    Apr 13: Han Bennink

  • Photograph: Gerard Victor

    Apr 14: Chris Dave

  • Photograph: Salvatore Corso

    Apr 15: Orrin Evans and Captain Black Big Band

  • Photograph: Devin DeHaven

    Apr 16: Gerald Clayton

  • Photograph: Nick Suttle

    Apr 17: John Scofield

  • Photograph courtesy of the artists

    Apr 18: Claudia Quintet

  • Photograph: Scott Irvine

    Apr 19: New Zion Trio

  • Apr 20: Ted Daniel

  • Photograph: Michael Weintrob

    Apr 21: Tri-Centric Orchestra

  • Apr 22: Vanguard Jazz Orchestra

  • Michael Weintrob

    Apr 23: Steve Coleman

  • Photograph: Peter Gannushkin / downtownmusic.net

    Apr 24: Peter Evans and Zebulon Trio

  • Photograph: Luke Kaven

    Apr 25: Harold O'Neal

  • Photograph: Christopher Drukker

    Apr 26: Dayna Stephens

  • Photograph: Courtesy Chris Speed

    Apr 27: Endangered Blood

  • Photograph: Kiel Adrian Scott

    Apr 28: Christian Scott

  • Photograph courtesy of the artists

    Apr 29: Frank London

  • Photograph: Mary McHenry

    Apr 30: Bill McHenry

Apr 1: Mingus Big Band



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