The Best Jazz Shows in NYC This Month
These are the best jazz shows in NYC this month.
Billy Childs Quartet
If you recall Billy Childs' impeccable touch and hair-raising solos with trumpet legend Freddie Hubbard in the late '70s and early '80s, you can imagine how this underrated West Coast pianist and composer has bloomed in the years since. His chamber-jazz and classical works are compelling, but it'll be good to hear him get loose for five nights at Birdland (July 16-20) with alto/soprano saxophonist Steve Wilson, bassist Scott Colley and drummer Johnathan Blake.
Brian Charette Organ Sextette
Brian Charette has the Hammond organ tradition in his blood, covering every base from unaccompanied to classic trio to the advanced four-horn unit he calls the Sextette. At Smoke on July 10, he'll draw from the 2012 disc Music for Organ Sextette and get deep into things with Itai Kriss on flute, Mike DiRubbo on alto, Kenny Brooks on tenor, Norbert Stachel on bass clarinet and the amazing Jochen Rueckert on drums.
Flutist Michel Gentile, pianist Daniel Kelly and drummer Rob Garcia are Works, the house trio of the nonprofit Connection Works, a bright light on the Brooklyn scene. For years Works has shared the spotlight with visiting masters in its series of collaborative concerts, but now an eponymous debut CD puts sole focus on the dynamic writing and deep simpatico of the trio itself. They celebrate the release at Cornelia Street Café on July 11.
Ben Allison Group
As a bassist, composer, commentator and arts policy advocate, Ben Allison has made things happen in New York and beyond since the early '90s, and you just don't know what lineup he'll turn to next. His four-night run at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola (July 11-14) features longtime allies Ted Nash on saxophones and Matt Wilson on drums, plus a monster guitarist usually found in other circles -- the one and only Peter Bernstein.
George Colligan Quintet
He's a bit under the radar, but pianist George Colligan can go head to head with anyone working today. He doubles on electric keys and organ and brings a refined artistry to bands led by Jack DeJohnette, Don Byron, Buster Williams and countless others. (He can play trumpet and drums too.) His band at Smalls (July 12 & 13) has serious muscle: altoist Jaleel Shaw, guitarist Tom Guarna, bassist Josh Ginsburg and drummer E.J. Strickland.