The Best Jazz Shows in NYC This Month
Cécile McLorin Salvant
These are the best jazz shows in NYC this month.
Cécile McLorin Salvant
Salvant's debut WomanChild (Mack Avenue) captures her rare gift as a vocalist and curator of song. Favoring an old-time aesthetic while sounding new and utterly individual, she gutsily takes on Bert Williams' "Nobody," the Bessie Smith vehicle "St. Louis Gal" and an unpredictable crop of originals. At 54 Below on June 25, she'll have Paul Sikivie on bass, Rodney Green on drums and the prodigious Aaron Diehl on piano.
At ShapeShifter Lab on June 7, Lost Tribe reunites in its original early '90s form with alto saxophonist David Binney, bassist Fima Ephron, drummer Ben Perowsky and the deadly paired guitarists Adam Rogers and David Gilmore. Their work on Lost Tribe, Soulfish and the post-Gilmore Many Lifetimes was far-reaching, a landmark in hard-edged electric jazz. Having them back is huge.
If you've seen his recent clip in the vintage subway car, you know that Gregory Porter is a prince among vocalists: uplifting, emotionally rich, effortlessly in tune, firmly in command of his soulful original songs. His SubCulture gig on June 10 follows news of his signing to Blue Note. The shoe fits: he's now labelmates with José James, Robert Glasper and other genre-blurring adventurers, with a good shot at a bigger audience.
The annual avant-garde convergence comes again to Roulette (June 12-16), and what a kickoff: renowned drummer-mystic Milford Graves leads a quintet featuring Cuban monster newcomer David Virelles on piano. Also watch for sets by legends Roscoe Mitchell, Sonny Simmons and Reggie Workman, not to mention younger trailblazers like drummer Tomas Fujiwara and bassist Eric Revis.
Gary Peacock & Marilyn Crispell
These two sages meet in the acoustically ideal Rubin Museum (June 14) to mark the release of their new duo disc Azure (ECM). Peacock, most widely known as Keith Jarrett's trio bassist for 30 years running, came to prominence in the '60s with Albert Ayler and Paul Bley. Crispell made history on piano with Anthony Braxton's quartet in the '80s and '90s. Her work balances calming lyricism and hardcore free-jazz roots.
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