The 25 must-see NYC summer jazz shows

The season heats up with these crucial live engagements.

Jos James

Jos James Photograph: Nathan Gallagher

July 20 The Key Players
Get a crash course in mainstream jazz piano circa now as four outstanding keyboardists—Kenny Barron, Bill Charlap, Bruce Barth and Bill Mays—share the stage in this Jazz in July affair. 92nd Street Y. 8pm; $50--$65, ages 35 and under $25.

July 23 Ben Monder Trio
An ever-enigmatic guitarist brings his thorny, atmospheric mastery to the West Village. Cornelia Street Caf. 9, 10:30pm; $15 plus one-drink minimum.

July 26--31 Paul Motian Septet
Iconoclastic drum wizard Paul Motian shows off the equally impressive range of his composing pen in this latest engagement with this large ensemble fronted by saxophonists Bill McHenry and Chris Cheek. Village Vanguard. 9, 11pm; $25 plus one-drink minimum.

July 28 Jos James
This fast-rising young singer has shared stages with Wynton Marsalis and McCoy Tyner, and cut deep-blue funky grooves for influential DJ Gilles Peterson's Brownswood imprint. BAM at MetroTech Commons. 12pm; free.

Aug 3--7, 9--14 Cedar Walton Quartet/Quintet
Venerated pianist and composer Cedar Walton settles into Dizzy's for a two-week residency; altoist Vincent Herring plays the leader's steady foil, with trombonist Steve Turre sliding in for the second week. Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola. 7:30, 9:30pm; $30--$35 plus $5--$10 minimum.

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