Best jazz shows this month in NYC
Expect heaps of technical virtuosity as Harrington—best known as half of the downtempo duo Darkside with dusky electronic wunderkin Nicolas Jaar—settles into a five-night residency with a rotating cast of characters, including his nebulous improvisational Merry Pranksters supergroup (Feb 2). Since Darkside's dissolution, the guitarist has wound his way between cinematic ambient synthscapes and funky, foot-tapping fusion.
Best known as the longtime bassist of Bela Fleck's Flecktones, Wooten's turned up in various capacities in the city the past several years, including alongside Chick Corea for the keyboard pioneer's 75th birthday celebration. No telling whether he's helming his own funky ensemble here or blowing through fiery solo improvisations, but you can certainly expect to be awed.
A veteran of Suicidal Tendencies and a protégé of Flying Lotus, electric-bassist Stephen Bruner now plies funky, jazzy grooves as Thundercat, in which guise his work can call to mind vintage Stanley Clarke and Bootsy Collins, as well as more recent low-end theorists Squarepusher and Victor Wooten. Here he settles into a residency at the Blue Note.
Years ago, the big story about this Philly guitarist was his return to touring and recording after a brain aneurysm forced him to relearn guitar from scratch. These days, Martino's tale is of a veteran playing like the boy wonder he was in the late ’60s, his fretwork back to its old incendiary self.
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The technically mesmerizing Israeli guitarist digs into crunchy, groovesome fusion with a little help from a couple jazz vets: Yellowjackets founding bassist Haslip and iconic "drummer's drummer" Weckl.
Jordan’s slick brand of guitaristics—which once was all about showing off his “magic touch”— gets awful gritty these days when the feeling hits, in the manner of a modern-day Wes Montgomery. This weekend, Jordan heads a solo show (Mar 28) and two nights in a trio format (Mar 29, 30).
There's far more to McFerrin than that giddy 1988 a cappella hit with the video featuring Robin Williams and Bill Irwin, including collaborations with symphony orchestras, jazz titans and scientists. Here, the uncategorizable vocal marvel plays with his latest ensemble, Gimme5, which bases its work off of McFerrin's "Circlesinging" practice and invites audience members to join in on its inventive reimagination of bluegrass, folk, jazz, pop and classical.
One of the biggest saxophone stars of the modern era, Redman plays innovative cuts from an upcoming quartet album—what will be his first in nearly two decades. This agile combo consists of pianist Aaron Goldberg, bassist Reuben Rogers and drummer Gregory Hutchinson.
One of music's most celebrated studio drummers, Gadd has left his unmistakeable touch on everything from pop mega-hits like Paul Simon's "50 Ways to Leave Your Lover" to landmark fusion releases like Chick Corea's The Leprechaun (along with a variety of other works by Steely Dan, Aretha Franklin, Al DiMeola, Stanley Clarke, Frank Sinatra…). Here the living legend turns up with his own dynamic, grooving live combo.