Best jazz shows this month in NYC
Fiery trumpeter Hargrove has deep crossover appeal—you can hear him grooving with Erykah Badu and Common on his early aughts album Hard Groove alongside his slick funky combo RH Factor. Since then, he's proven himself a veritable multitalent, switching over to a soulful neobop quintet. You'll be hearing him in the latter mode in the second half of his Blue Note residency (Aug 28–Sept 2) and in a duet format with Grammy-winning vet Paquito D'Rivera earlier in the month (Aug 13–Aug 16).
While playing piano in John Coltrane’s historic early-to-mid-’60s quartet, Tyner employed a pentatonic-derived, African-tinged chordal vocabulary that gave left-hand accompaniment and right-hand line playing a palpably physical forward thrust. Still blazing new trails, he's firing up a set at his favorite Village digs.
Versatile bass master McBride—one of the premier bandleaders (not to mention showmen) on the contemporary scene—teams up with saxist Marcus Strickland, trumpetist Josh Evan and drummer Nasheet Waits to realize his polished yet righteously bluesy bop.
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.
A true "drummer's drummer," Guiliana has developed an erratic, explosive style of groove that turns the pocket inside-out as often as it nestles deep within it. Here he debuts his newest project, Space Heroes, which features bassist Chris Morrissey and saxists Jason Rigby and Mike Lewis.
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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. Among the several different configurations in which he'll play are a trio with versatile bass master Christian McBride (Oct 16, 17), a tribute to Miles Davis with Grammy-winning singer Bilal, (Oct 19–21) and perhaps his most ambitious project yet, R+R=Now (Oct 25–28).
One of the borough's most celebrated musical institutions, BRIC is best known for its staple summer concert series, Celebrate Brooklyn! in Prospect Park. The organization puts the same keen curatorial eye for both local and international musicians to work at this massive festival. A week of jazz-related films and works culminates in a three-night star-studden marathon at the BRIC House in Fort Greene. The 2018 edition of this festival also crowns the organization's 40th anniversary. This year's headliners include singer and bassist Meshell Ndegeocello (Oct 19), who recently released a masterful collection of covers of ‘80s and ‘90s R&B hits, as well as Christian Scott, a wicked postbop trumpeter with a serious knack for groove-friendly atmospherics (Oct 19). Also not to be missed is Xenia Rubinos, who splits the difference between jazz fusion and Tune-Yards–like vocal experimentation (Oct 19). The full lineup also includes Stefon Harris & Blackout, Cyrus Chestnut Trio, The Jazz Passengers, Deva Mahal, Kat Edmonson and Noa Fort among many others. Additionally, this year features the festival's first debut commissioned work, completed by scorching trumpeter Keyon Harrold.
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