Monterey Jazz Allstars
Birdland, Feb. 2-6 at 8:30 and 11 p.m.
This brand extension of the Monterey Jazz Festival, which has embarked on a cross-country tour, inhabits an stylishly sleek region of the modern mainstream. The trumpeter Nicholas Payton and the saxophonist Ravi Coltrane form a front line with Raul Midón, on guitar and vocals; the rhythm section consists of Gerald Clayton on piano, Joe Sanders on bass and Gregory Hutchinson on drums.-- Nate Chinen, NYTimes
Pat Martino Trio
Jazz Standard, Feb. 3-6 at 7:30 and 9:30 p.m.
Pat Martino is a guitarist of dazzling technique and rare composure who came to prominence more than 40 years ago in the ranks of Hammond B-3 organ groups, much like the one he leads here.-- Nate Chinen, NYTimes
Joe Farnsworth Prime Time Quartet
Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola, Frederick P. Rose Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Feb. 5-7 at 7:30 and 9:30 p.m.
Joe Farnsworth is a briskly swinging drummer, especially persuasive with the dialect of hard bop. For this shift as a bandleader, he features first-rate talent: the trumpeter Jeremy Pelt, the pianist Harold Mabern and the bassist Bob Cranshaw.-- Nate Chinen, NYTimes
Michael Attias: Renku
Greenwich House Music School, Feb. 6 at 8 p.m.
Renku, a trio made up of Mr. Attias on saxophones, John Hébert on bass and Satoshi Takeishi on drums, applies an elaborative process to group improvisation. The group returns here to the Sound It Out series and to the site of its new album, “Live in Greenwich Village.”-- Nate Chinen, NYTimes
Vanguard Jazz Orchestra: 50th Anniversary
Village Vanguard, Feb. 1-8 at 8:30 and 10:30 p.m.
Almost exactly half a century ago, the trumpeter-composer-arranger Thad Jones and the drummer Mel Lewis began their Monday-night big band residency at the Village Vanguard, establishing what became a hallowed tradition. “All My Yesterdays,” an album due out this month, documents the band’s inaugural performance. Here, the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, a direct outgrowth of the Jones-Lewis band, hunkers down for a weeklong engagement, playing music from across the historical spectrum.-- Nate Chinen, NYTimes