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Manhattan Jazz and Standards

Published: 2011-03-03
Randy Newman Jazz and Standards

Randy Newman

Town Hall
March 5: The acerbic and perennially entertaining singer-songwriter Randy Newman.

Maude Maggart
Algonquin Hotel
Through March 12: Injecting a welcome burst of youthful panache into the cabaret scene, Maude Maggart brings vocal charm and engaging stagecraft to the small room.

Kurt Elling
March 2-5: On his current album, “The Gate," the influential vocalist displays his familiar scope: he tackles everything from “After the Love Is Gone" to King Crimson's “Matte Kudasai," with the jazz classic “Blue in Green" thrown in for good measure.

Donald Harrison, Ron Carter, and Billy Cobham
Blue Note
March 1-6: Even in a stripped-down setting such as this, the trio of the saxophonist Donald Harrison, the bassist Ron Carter, and, particularly, the drummer Billy Cobham can generate room-shaking power.

Judy Collins
Café Carlyle
Feb. 15: The elegant, clear-toned Judy Collins branched out early from her folk roots, in the sixties, giving gorgeous interpretations of the songs of such wide-ranging artists as Leonard Cohen, Joni Mitchell, the Beatles, and Randy Newman, and her distinctive exploration continues to evolve. This is the beginning of a three-week stay here.

Sheila Jordan
Cornelia Street Café
March 5: All the iconic and resourceful jazz singer Sheila Jordan needs beside her onstage is a bass, and one of her choicest four-string collaborators has been the dependably inventive Cameron Brown, who joins her here.

Nicholas Payton
Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola
March 1-6: A hugely gifted trumpeter with eclectic leanings, Nicholas Payton fronts a big band that will provide a firm backdrop for his impassioned horn work.

Jazz at Lincoln Center
Jazz At Lincoln Center
March 3-5: His name long enshrined in theatrical legend, Kurt Weill has also touched innumerable jazz musicians from Louis Armstrong and Miles Davis to Henry Threadgill and Carla Bley, through both his imperishable Broadway songs and collaborations with Bertolt Brecht. On March 3-5, in the Rose Theatre, the singer Ute Lemper, a Weill specialist, joins the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis in a salute.

Fred Hersch
Jazz Standard
March 4-5: The brilliant pianist Fred Hersch initiates a week of duets interspersed with quintet performances. Among the guests are the singer Kate McGarry (March 2), the guitarist Julian Lage (March 3), and the saxophone star Joshua Redman (March 6); the quintet features the trumpeter Ralph Alessi and the saxophonist Noah Preminger.

Paul Motian, Ethan Iverson, Larry Grenadier
Village Vanguard
March 1-6: One of the considerable benefits of the veteran master drummer Paul Motian's decision to confine himself to New York City gigs is that more younger players have a chance to play with him. Here, two leading lights of their generation, the pianist Ethan Iverson and the bassist Larry Grenadier, complete the trio.

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