Best jazz shows this month in NYC
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.
King of the jazz-fusion drummers by standard consent, Cobham has mixed bebop instincts with funk grooves and world-music influences in his most recent outings. Expect him in peak form as the Panamanian percussionist celebrates his 75th birthday with this Greenwich Village residency.
There's no bounds to what Pat Metheny means when he says he's debuting a new "playing environment"—in 2010, it indicated performing with a player-piano-inspired, Rube Goldberg–esque contraption operated with solenoids and pneumatics. This new project, "Side Eye," is less outré, but certainly so no less exciting. With this mutable combo's rotating cast, he highlights some of the brightest young stars in jazz. For this edition, catch drummer Marcus Gilmore and pianist James Francies exploring Metheny's customarily yearning chord progressions, sumptuous melodies and questing improv.
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.
Upcoming jazz shows in NYC
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.