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The best jazz shows this month in NYC

Wanna see some jazz? Check out our picks for the best jazz shows happening in New York City this month.

The Birdland Big Band
Photograph: Rob Shanahan The Birdland Big Band
By Ro S |
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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

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Peter Bernstein
Photograph: Michael Mastracci
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Peter Bernstein

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.

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Bill Frisell
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Bill Frisell

icon-location-pin Village Vanguard, West Village
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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).

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The Jazz Gallery (image provided by venue)
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Johnathan Blake

icon-location-pin The Jazz Gallery, Flatiron
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A cruising and, when the moment demands, bruising straight-ahead drummer in the Elvin Jones lineage, in-demand sideman Blake leads a powerhouse quartet.

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Orrin Evans
Photograph: courtesy Orrin Evans
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Orrin Evans Trio

icon-location-pin Jazz Standard, Flatiron
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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

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Ravi Coltrane
Photograph: Deborah Feingold
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Ravi Coltrane

icon-location-pin Village Vanguard, West Village
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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.

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Robert Glasper
Photograph: Janette Beckman
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Robert Glasper

icon-location-pin Blue Note, Greenwich Village
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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.

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Stanley Clarke
Photograph: Courtesy Toshi Sakurai
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Stanley Clarke Band

icon-location-pin Blue Note, Greenwich Village
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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.

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John Scofield
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John Scofield and Dave Holland Dup

icon-location-pin Blue Note, Greenwich Village
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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.

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