The Best Jazz Shows in NYC This Month

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Derrick Hodge

These are the best jazz shows in NYC in August.

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Derrick Hodge
Having made his name in the bands of Terence Blanchard, Robert Glasper and others, bassist Derrick Hodge debuts as a leader this month with the seductive, lyrical, beat-oriented Live Today (Blue Note), featuring the likes of Common and singer-songwriter Alan Hampton. Hodge is a stunner on upright and electric but flaunts production chops as well: it's about the songs. His gig at The Cutting Room (Aug. 6) could be a highlight of the year.

Rob Reddy's Tenfold
On albums such as A Hundred Jumping Devils and Songs That You Can Trust, soprano/alto saxophonist Rob Reddy has conjured a universe of dissonant free-funk, folk-like hymns, ethereal out-of-tempo tone poetry and beyond. He'll end a brief performing hiatus with something new. What? Find out on August 5 -- and every Monday this month -- when he plays SubCulture with Tenfold, featuring drummer Pheeroan akLaff, violinist Charlie Burnham, guitarist Brandon Ross and more.

Trio 3 with Vijay Iyer
Alto saxophonist Oliver Lake, bassist Reggie Workman, drummer Andrew Cyrille: the co-leaders of Trio 3 go way back, and their avant-garde sound flows from deep sources in jazz history. Lately they've been inviting guest pianists, including Geri Allen and Jason Moran. So when Vijay Iyer, fresh from a residency at the Stone, takes his seat at Birdland (Aug. 6-10), he'll be in seriously good company. His methods of rhythmic entrancement should be a great fit.

James Weidman
From the funk-heavy "M-Base" experiments of Steve Coleman to the searing vocal music of Abbey Lincoln and the swing abstraction of Joe Lovano's Us Five, pianist James Weidman has quietly helped alter the jazz landscape for some decades now. In July he turned 60 -- a landmark he'll celebrate at Zinc Bar (Aug. 12) with his Aperturistic Trio (bassist Harvie S, drummer Steve Williams). They'll draw on material from the new Truth and Actuality (Inner Circle).

Christian McBride Trio
The bass titan has devoted energy to a big band and a quintet called Inside Straight in recent years. But his new Out Here (Mack Avenue) pares down to a trio with two compelling players on the rise: pianist Christian Sands and drummer Ulysses Owens, Jr. They'll appear at 54 Below on August 13, putting an earthy swing and blues vibe in the foreground but also hinting at McBride's debt to soul, modal jazz and much else. On August 25 Owens leads a group featuring Sands at Iridium.

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