Top Ten Jazz Shows in NYC This Month
Gilad Hekselman Trio
Listen to Gilad Hekselman's latest album, Hearts Wide Open, and you'll hear a smart and sensitive guitarist who has internalized the music of Ornette Coleman, George Gershwin and Kurt Rosenwinkel, among other sources. The young, Israeli-born musician performs with his trio on Wednesday, Nov. 14, at the Museum of Jewish Heritage.
Ned Goold Trio
The last time we saw Ned Goold -- performing in a duo with the pianist Spike Wilner -- he seemed cranky, cursing and muttering odd remarks between songs. But when he got behind his horn, he delivered beautiful, smeary, off-the-beat phrases in the vein of Dexter Gordon. The tenor saxophonist is well-known for his work with Harry Connick Jr., but you'd do well to see him with his trio at Smalls on Friday, Nov. 16. He also hosts an after-hours jam session every Wednesday at Fat Cat, just around the corner.
You can't believe it, can you? Kenny Gorelick, the smooth jazz figurehead best known as Kenny G, included here. You know what, though? To see him play the saxophone in an intimate venue like the Blue Note will, in all likeliness, be one of the oddest and most interesting things you'll do this month. And aren't you looking for new experiences? He plays Thursday, Nov. 15, through Sunday, Nov. 18.
Cyrille Aimée and The Surreal Band
The lovely French vocalist Cyrille Aimée is equally at ease singing a dire, romantic ballad as she is with scatting through the chord changes of a bebop-inflected number. Hear her nimble voice at Birdland on Tuesday, Nov. 20, through Saturday, Nov. 24. She will perform with her sextet, the Surreal Band.
Ken Peplowski Quartet
On the tenor saxophone Ken Peplowski plays slow, breathy phrases, like Ben Webster, and on the clarinet he's got a sweet tone, similar to Benny Goodman's. But comparisons will only get you so far; Peplowski has a voice all his own. See him with his quartet -- including the pianist Don Friedman, the bassist Phil Palombi and the drummer Shinnosuke Takahashi -- on Saturday, Nov. 24, at the Kitano.
Mary Stallings with Eric Reed Trio
If you are into slow ballads of the sort that will slay you with their emotional resonance, Mary Stallings -- who has a deeply beautiful voice, nasal and metallic -- is the singer for you. She performs with an immaculate trio -- including the pianist Eric Reed, the bassist Reuben Rogers and the drummer Carl Allen -- Tuesday, Nov. 27, through Sunday, Dec. 2, at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola.