The Ten Best Jazz Shows in NYC This Month
See also: Ten Jazz Albums to Hear Before You Die
Lou Donaldson Organ Quartet
The 86-year-old alto saxophonist Lou Donaldson was recently named a 2013 Jazz Master by the National Endowment for the Arts, but that doesn't mean he's resting on his laurels. Donaldson, a master stylist of soul jazz and hard bop, appears at Birdland with his Organ Quartet from February 5-9.
Chris Potter Quartet
The saxophonist Chris Potter's new album The Sirens is a musical interpretation of The Odyssey, and the music on it feels mysterious and ancient. On February 5, Potter will bring a quartet to the Village Vanguard for a six-day engagement, featuring the bassist Larry Grenadier and the drummer Eric Harland, who play on the album, and the pianist Ethan Iverson, who did not.
Sarah Vaughan and Blossom Dearie were very different singers, but Champian Fulton's voice manages to evoke them both. Following in the tradition of excellent singer-pianists like Diana Krall and Shirley Horn, Fulton celebrates the release of her new CD, Champian Sings and Swings, with her quintet at Smoke on February 13.
Fred Hersch and Julian Lage
The pianist Fred Hersch and the guitarist Julian Lage, who have recorded a duo CD to be released next fall, perform three nights straight at the Kitano this month. Jazz can be very romantic, and Hersch and Lage, both sensitive musicians, are likely to make it so, especially as the first night of their engagement falls on Valentine's Day.
Jack DeJohnette, Ravi Coltrane and Matthew Garrison
The drummer Jack DeJohnette, the saxophonist Ravi Coltrane and the bassist Matthew Garrison all possess a deep connection with John Coltrane, that demigod of a jazz musician who died in 1967. At ShapeShifter Lab in Gowanus, the three veteran musicians, who first got together 20 years ago to celebrate Coltrane's work, will perform on February 16 and 17.