Friday & Saturday – Anthony Braxton celebrates his 65th birthday with two shows highlighting his multigenerational collaborators. On Friday at Le Poisson Rouge, he’ll join Marilyn Crispell, Steve Coleman, Richard Teitelbaum, John Zorn, Dave Douglas, and his ensemble 12 (+1) tet. On Saturday, he’ll join up-and-comers Taylor Ho Bynum, Tyshawn Sorey, and Mary Halvorson and Jessica Pavone at Issue Project Room in Brooklyn.
Saturday – As part of the George Wein-produced CareFusion Jazz Festival, the Jazz Gallery will host bassist Eric Revis’ quartet, featuring the fiery saxophonist Ken Vandermark, pianist Jason Moran, and powerhouse drummer Nasheet Waits.
Sunday – Multi-instrumentalist Cooper Moore and the irrepressibly kinetic trumpeter Peter Evans each bring a trio to Zebulon tonight, as part of the CareFusion Jazz Festival.
Monday – Take to the streets today for some of New York’s finest musicians. Joe’s Pub is sponsoring bands in Astor Place starting at 10 am as part of Make Music In NY, a day of outdoor musical events throughout the city. One of my favorite groups, The Bill Murray Experience, bring their pre-war, blues-drenched style to the Cube sculpture in Astor Place at 2:30pm.
The second day of the 15th Annual Vision Festival features a free concert at Campos Plaza playground on 13th Street between Ave B & C, starting at 5 with William Parker’s Little Huey Sextet and followed at 6 by trumpeter Roy Campbell’s trio, featuring Parker on bass and drummer Michael Wimberly.
Also, the Vision Festival is at The Local 269 tonight with a stellar linup. Make sure you’re there for the saxophonist Darius Jones’ trio at 8:30 and at 9:30 for The Lowest Common Denominator, a fantastic quartet featuring saxist Tim Berne, trumpeter Herb Robertson, Matt Mitchell on electronics and the phenomenal drummer Dan Weiss.
Tuesday – Marty Ehrlich, along with Andy Laster, Michael Attias, and Ned Rothenberg comprise the band Four Alto’s, and will play at The Stone at 8pm. Stick around for cellist Tomas Ulrich’s Cargo Cult at 10.
Wednesday – Legendary pianist McCoy Tyner brings a band of relative youngsters to Summerstage in Central Park. Hearing McCoy is always a treat, but the inclusion of saxophonist Ravi Coltrane, bassist Esperanza Spaulding and drummer Francisco Mela makes this free concert a must-see.
Thursday – This year’s Vision Festival celebrates the life and music of pianist/composer Muhal Richard Abrams, and his music will be featured during tonight’s incredible lineup at Abrons Arts Center. Muhal will open the concert with a solo performance, before his colleagues Joseph Jarmon and Fred Anderson take the stage.
Also, pianist Uri Caine will perform at the Stone with his trio featuring drummer Ben Perowsky and bassist John Hebert.