The 25 must-see NYC summer jazz shows

The season heats up with these crucial live engagements.

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Gerald Clayton

Gerald Clayton Photograph: Ben Wolf

June 30--July 3 Gerald Clayton Trio
Young-buck pianist Gerald Clayton thinks like a modern and swaggers like a master on Bond: The Paris Sessions, the hugely impressive new CD he'll be celebrating all weekend with his tightly wound trio. Jazz Standard. 7:30, 9:30pm; $25--$30.

June 30 Darius Jones
One of NYC's most incisive and passionate saxists presides over two different small groups to cap a two-week residency curated by his label, the indispensible AUM Fidelity. The Stone. 8, 10pm; each set $10.

July 5--10 The Heath Brothers
Sibling revelry ensues as this legendary family act sets up shop for a week at the world's most storied jazz club. Village Vanguard. 9, 11pm; $25 plus one-drink minimum.

July 9 Ari Hoenig
A daredevil drummer celebrates the release of Lines of Oppression, a highly groovesome new album despite its downcast title. Cornelia Street Caf. 9, 10:30pm; $15 plus one-drink minimum.

July 19--24 Fred Hersch Trio
Evenings spent in the company of pianist Fred Hersch and his spry trio (here, John Hbert and Eric McPherson) are never more pleasurable than when they take place at the Village Vanguard. Village Vanguard. 9, 11pm; $25 plus one-drink minimum.

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