Best jazz shows this month in NYC
This guitarist’s pristine sound usually lands him choice jobs with jazz veterans, but he savors the chance to cut loose with his own combos. Here Bernstein performs in a duo format with guitarist Gilad Hekselman, who's known for lilting postbop with plenty of sublimated fire.
The venerable crossover guitarist, famous for his luminous folk-jazz fusions, settles into a two-week residency at the Vanguard. Expect magic: His 2016 performances at the venue resulted in a live album, Small Town, released the following year. At this year's stay, he's sure to play from Harmony, his upcoming (and first) release with Blue Note Records. During week one, (Aug 6–11), Frisell will fire up a blazing trio, with Thomas Morgan on bass and Rudy Royston on drums; the second week, they're joined by special guest Greg Tardy on saxophone (Aug 13–18).
A cruising and, when the moment demands, bruising straight-ahead drummer in the Elvin Jones lineage, in-demand sideman Blake leads a powerhouse quartet.
One of the leading pianists of his generation, Evans regularly blurs the lines between bluesiness and abstraction, muscularity and tenderness. He's been busy as of late replacing the masterful Ethan Iverson in jazz-pop crossover trio the Bad Plus, but here he's heading his own combo. Over this four-night engagement, expect him to play from his most recent release, The Evolution of Oneself.
Upcoming jazz shows in NYC
Expect plenty of inside-outside postbop intrigue here, as the subtly commanding sax star distills the innovative spirit from his jazz-royalty legacy into a distinctly modern style with a killer quartet.
Robert Glasper has reinvented himself as an R&B auteur in recent years, but here the keyboard ace demonstrates all his many sides during a month-long residency at the Blue Note. Perhaps most notably among the different configurations in which he'll play: a trio with legendary rapper Yasiin Bey (f.k.a. Mos Def) special guesting.
What hasn’t Clarke played over the course of his four-decade career? He’s proficient in mainstream jazz, of course, but he has also taken on chamber-scaled projects of genuine delicacy and electric fusion of arena-rock proportions. He turns up here with a combo that includes young drumming prodigy Mike Mitchell, whose furious chops never fail to inspire awe.
Known for his distinctive tone, funky inclinations and rapport with the jam-band crowd, inventive guitarist Scofield shows no signs of slowing down even at 66 years of age. Both his most recent albums won Grammies: 2016's Country For Old Men, which interprets classic country melodies through his signature jazz-Americana fusion, and 2017's stellar collab with Jack DeJohnette and John Medeski, Hudson. Expect similarly imaginative magic from this duo set with master bassist Holland.