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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.

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

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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Robert Glasper
Photograph: Janette Beckman
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Robert Glasper

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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Miho Hazama
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Miho Hazama and m_unit

This pianist-composer specializes in lush, inviting large-ensemble jazz that nods tastefully to the pop and classical realms. Here Hazama plays from her latest record, Dancer in Nowhere, which veers through frenzied jolts, twists and turns, as much as through slow moments of reverie.

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Stanley Clarke
Photograph: Courtesy Toshi Sakurai
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Stanley Clarke Band

Blue Note, Greenwich Village

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
Photograph courtesy of the artist
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John Scofield and Dave Holland Dup

Blue Note, Greenwich Village

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.

Upcoming jazz shows in NYC

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Bela Fleck and the Flecktones
Photograph: Courtesy BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival
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Béla Fleck and the Flecktones

The Town Hall, Midtown West

The virtuosic banjo player is a staple on the jam-band circuit, but even those who don't live for perfectly executed impromptu fusion wizardry might know Fleck's work—he and his Flecktones composed incidental music for the Weather Channel.

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Mark Guiliana
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Mark Guiliana

The Sultan Room, Bushwick

An acclaimed contemporary innovator behind the set, Guiliana has developed an erratic, explosive style of groove that turns the pocket inside-out as often as it nestles deep within it. He plays here with an unannounced "special surprise guest

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