Top Ten Jazz Shows in NYC This Month
These are the best jazz shows in the city for the month of November.
The French singer Cyrille Aimée performs this month at Birdland with her sextet, the Surreal Band. Houston Person
If you like to do sexy things with bath salts and aromatic candles, the tenor saxophonist Houston Person has your soundtrack. The 77-year-old elder of jazz is a gospel torchbearer of the slow, simmering ballad, and you can find him with his quartet on Friday, Nov. 9, at Jazz 966 in Brooklyn. Person also plays in a monthly Saturday series at the Metropolitan Room with singer Pamela Luss.
Jazz and Colors
On the afternoon of Saturday, Nov. 10, several jazz bands will fill Central Park to perform fall- and city-themed standards like John Coltrane's "Central Park West" and Vernon Duke's "Autumn in New York." The bands include the Chris Dingman Quartet, the Kevin Hays Trio and the Jazz at Lincoln Center All-Stars, among many others. Isn't it romantic?
Victor Wooten Band
The bassist Victor Wooten came to prominence as a member of the Flecktones, a band that prizes virtuosity and musical one-upmanship. With his jazz-funk group, Wooten can be a bit of a show-off, but he delivers much more than flash. He'll perform on Sunday, Nov. 11, at the B.B. King Blues Club and Grill. The guitarist Jimmy Herring also plays with his own band.
Greg Lewis Organ Monk Trio
The organ trio, often a purveyor of clichéd blues licks and stilted dynamics, has frustrated jazz listeners since perhaps the early 1960s. But the Hammond C-3 player Greg Lewis sidesteps cliché with his Organ Monk group, which makes music influenced by Thelonious Monk. Hear him on his latest album, Uwo in the Black, or see him live at the Lenox Lounge on Tuesday, Nov. 13, with the blues singer Sweet Georgia Brown. (He's busy this month; check out his website for a full itinerary.)