The 25 must-see NYC summer jazz shows

The season heats up with these crucial live engagements.

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David S. Ware

David S. Ware Photograph: David Katzenstein

June 10 Planetary Unknown
Saxist David S. Ware and pianist Cooper-Moore, whose collaboration dates back to the '70s-era free-jazz trio Apogee, reunite at the Vision Festival in the heavy company of bassist William Parker and drummer Muhammad Ali. Ware and Cooper-Moore each play solo at the Stone on June 24, and Ware performs another unaccompanied set during Undead Jazzfest June 25 (see next page). Abrons Arts Center. 9:30pm; $30, seniors and students $20.

June 11 Billy Bang Tribute
Bass master William Parker presides over a musical eulogy for violinist Billy Bang, a local hero who passed away early this year. Abrons Arts Center. 11pm; $30, seniors and students $20.

June 12, 18 4th Annual Red Hook Jazz Fest
Traditionalist, avant-gardists and somewhere-in-betweeners appear at an affordable, family-friendly neighborhood celebration. The Urban Meadow. 1pm, $5.

June 16--19 James Farm
This groundbreaking new collective featuring saxophonist Joshua Redman, pianist Aaron Parks, bassist Matt Penman and drummer Eric Harland celebrates the release of its eponymous Nonesuch debut disc. Jazz Standard. 7:30, 9:30pm; $35.

June 17 Craig Taborn
An always-engaging pianist typically heard in sideman mode plays unaccompanied in support of Avenging Angel, a bewitching new solo CD. Rubin Museum of Art. 7pm; advance $18, at the door $20.

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