Ravi Coltrane Quartet
Birdland, June 30-July 4 at 8:30 and 11 p.m.
A tenor and soprano saxophonist with a dry tone and a sleek but undemonstrative style, Ravi Coltrane has lately cycled through a few iterations of his band. The personnel of this one suggests a nudge toward jazz-rock, or at least toward the style of his contemporary Chris Potter; it features Adam Rogers on guitar, Scott Colley on bass and Nate Smith on drums.-- Nate Chinen, NYTimes
Ingrid Laubrock, Kris Davis, Tyshawn Sorey
Cornelia Street Café, July 4 at 9 and 10:30 p.m.
“Union,” released a few years ago, was a fitting title for the second album by this fearless experimental trio, which also goes by the name Paradoxical Frog. The group typically interrogates compositions by all three members: Ms. Laubrock, a saxophonist, Ms. Davis, a pianist, and Mr. Sorey, a drummer.-- Nate Chinen, NYTimes
Fred Hersch Trio
Village Vanguard, June 30-July 5 at 8:30 and 10:30 p.m.
The articulate grace of Fred Hersch’s current piano trio, with the bassist John Hébert and the drummer Eric McPherson, found potent expression on “Floating,” one of the finest mainstream jazz albums released last year. The group returns to the Village Vanguard, the site of some of its notable triumphs.-- Nate Chinen, NYTimes
Joanne Brackeen and Lonnie Plaxico
Mezzrow, July 3-4 at 9:00 p.m.
Ms. Brackeen is a veteran postbop pianist who laces abundant harmonic insight with a playful disposition. Her partner for this duo engagement is Mr. Plaxico, a bassist of rock-solid intuition.-- Nate Chinen, NYTimes