New York Jazz and Standards

Taj Mahal
Venue: Birdland
Feb. 22-26: Quest, an early-eighties collective that brought together four post-bop stalwarts—the saxophonist Dave Liebman, the pianist Richie Beirach, the bassist Ron McClure, and the drummer Billy Hart—reunites.

Robert Glasper Experiment
Venue: Blue Note
Feb. 24-27: The Robert Glasper Experiment. For the pianist and composer Glasper, the infusion of hip-hop and contemporary R. & B. within jazz isn't just a flavoring, it's an essential ingredient. To drive his point home, he expands his band here with three vocalists: Stokley, on the 24th, Lupe Fiasco, on the 25th and 26th, and Lalah Hathaway, on the 27th.

Benny Green
Venue: Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola
Feb. 23-27: Bebop, pure if not simple, lives on in the work of the pianist Benny Green and the saxophonist Jesse Davis, who, along with the rhythm section of bassist Peter Washington and drummer Kenny Washington, will explore the music of Thelonious Monk.

Ahmad Jamal, Lee Konitz, and Taj Mahal
Venue: Jazz At Lincoln Center
Feb. 25-26, in the Rose Theatre: Two enduring and utterly distinctive elder statesmen of jazz, the pianist Ahmad Jamal and the saxophonist Lee Konitz, present their own ensembles in what promises to be a memorable evening. Feb. 25-26, in the Allen Room: Back in the nineteen-sixties, Taj Mahal emulated his blues heroes. Since then, he has evolved into the genuine article, a questing artist who successfully melds world-music strains within the foundation of American rural blues.

7 Black Butterflies
Venue: Jazz Standard
Feb. 23: Drew Gress, a go-to bassist who confidently moves within both the new jazz and (edgier) mainstream worlds, convenes his own 7 Black Butterflies band, which gathers together such similarly inquisitive players as the trumpeter Ralph Alessi, the saxophonist Tim Berne, and the pianist Craig Taborn.

Lionel Loueke
Venue: Jazz Standard
Feb. 24-27: The inventive Beninese-expat guitarist and vocalist Lionel Loueke augments his trio with an impressive ringer, the pianist Jason Moran, fresh from his recent Jazz at Lincoln Center triumph with Charles Lloyd.

Mingus Big Band
Venue: Jazz Standard
Feb. 28: The Mingus Big Band, which just won a Grammy for a live album recorded here.

Venue: (Le) Poisson Rouge
Feb. 23: Gutbucket, a quartet out of Brooklyn—the guitarist Ty Citerman, the bassist Eric Rockwin, the saxophonist Ken Thomson, and the drummer Adam Gold—has forcefully staked out its own musical territory, an exciting land of power-chording rock guitar, squawking sax, and enough time shifts to keep you happily off balance. Opening is Boom Tic Boom, a sharp-edged jazz group led by drummer Allison Miller, and featuring Jamie Saft on piano, Jenny Scheinman on violin, and Todd Sickafoose on bass.

Village Vanguard
Feb. 22-27: An unexpected booking finds the Spanish singer Buika, whose fusion of ethnic sounds, R. & B., and jazz have made her a Continental star, headlining this legendary jazz bastion. Note: There will be single sets for this engagement.

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