The Ten Best Jazz Shows in NYC This Month
Mostly Other People Do the Killing
This band's name is as playfully serious as its music, which dips into free jazz and funk and dissonant polyphony. Mostly Other People Do the Killing, a quartet featuring trumpeter Peter Evans and saxophonist Jon Irabagon, recently released their fifth record, Slippery Rock, and you can see the group perform selections from that album at Cornelia Street Café on February 28.
Benny Golson Quartet
The hard bop tenor saxophonist Benny Golson has written some of jazz's most enduring standards, including "Whisper Not," "Killer Joe," and "I Remember Clifford," a ballad he composed for the late trumpeter Clifford Brown. As part of a "Jazz Masters Series" presented by Ginny's Supper Club in Harlem, Golson, 84, will perform with his quartet for a three-night engagement beginning on February 21.
Joe Lovano Us Five
The avuncular saxophonist Joe Lovano recently released his 23rd album for Blue Note, Cross Culture; it's a chilled-out record, featuring his group Us Five. Lovano brings that combo -- including pianist James Weidman; bassist Esperanza Spalding; guitarist Lionel Loueke; and two drummers, Otis Brown III and Francisco Mela -- to Jazz at Lincoln Center's Allen Room on February 22 and 23.
The Music of Dexter Gordon
Dexter Gordon, the first great tenor man of bebop, played beautifully off-the-beat phrases; he's the hidden link between Lester Young and John Coltrane. So it's no wonder that his legacy is being celebrated at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola on February 26 and 27 (which posthumously marks his 90th birthday) by such acolytes as George Cables and Victor Lewis.
A wry and charming chameleon at the piano, Ethan Iverson, who is best known for his involvement with the Bad Plus, plays a solo recital at the Weill Recital Hall on February 27. As Iverson writes on his actively-updated blog, Do The Math, he'll play Stravinsky's "Serenade in A," Louise Talma's "Alleluia in Form of Toccata," original pieces and jazz standards.