Despite what folks in other cities might think, NYC remains the best place in the world for jazz. So many of the city’s best jazz clubs feature top talent every night of the week, and there’s no shortage of the best music venues to explore. Whether you’re looking for a romantic date idea, or flying solo, these shows won’t disappoint.
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Best jazz shows this month in NYC
On his previous ECM releases, Swiss pianist Bartsch and his "Zen funk" band Ronin have served up hypnotic interlocking funk grooves that draw upon minimalism, techno and glitchy electronica, sheathed in an deceptively icy veneer. Awase—the band's first release in six years—features a trim quartet lineup that allows newfound flexibility in Bartsch's slow-burn approach.
Piano veteran Hersch holds court at the Jazz Standard, pairing with a different collaborator on four of his five nights. The run starts with clarinetist Anat Cohen and closes with bassist Esperanza Spalding. In between, duos with vocalist Kate McGarry and alto saxist Miguel Zenon and a weekend engagement of Hersch's Pocket Orchestra showcase a different angle on the mesmerizing improviser.
This trailblazing pianist—one of his generation's brightest jazz luminaries—explores jazz, pop and electronica vanguards with equal curiosity. You can hear the eclecticism throughout his impressively prolific portfolio the past few years: chamber works and a multimedia collaboration via his new label, ECM, cementing an alliance with all-star crew Trio 3 on the strong Wiring album and finishing a collaborative effort with trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith. Here he augments his highly acclaimed progressive-jazz trio to a six-man combo, playing behind the sextet's superb 2017 release, Far from Over.
This alt-jazz phenomenon made its name—and earned itself a few haters—interpreting favorites by Blondie, Nirvana and other rock icons, but has since aimed the spotlight on its striking, inventive postbop-gone-pop originals, tunes that handily demonstrate the group's uncommonly broad pool of influences. This week of shows welcomes a new chapter in the band's history, as Orrin Evans takes over the piano bench in the idiosyncratic Ethan Iverson's absence.
This veteran drummer's quartet with saxist Chris Potter, pianist Ethan Iverson and bassist Ben Street is one of the finest working bands on the current jazz landscape. The group’s elegantly shaded originals and ingeniously tweaked standards add up to a strikingly unpredictable take on postbop orthodoxy.