Vanguard Jazz Orchestra
Village Vanguard, Jan. 27-Feb. 1 at 8:30 and 10:30 p.m.
Typically this big band holds court only on Monday nights, but next week it will celebrate its 49th anniversary, drawing from a repertory fortified by some of the smartest composer-arrangers ever to ply the form. (Case in point: Its current album, “OverTime: The Music of Bob Brookmeyer,” which is nominated for a Grammy Award.) The long run is welcome, because it presents the musicians with a chance to really settle in — and also for the simple reason that hearing this band, in this room, is one of the irreducible New York pleasures.-- Nate Chinen, NYTimes
Chris Potter Underground Orchestra
Jazz Standard, Jan. 27-31 at 7:30 and 10 p.m., with an 11:45 p.m. set Jan. 29-30
“Imaginary Cities,” just out on ECM, is the vaulting new album by the saxophonist Chris Potter, featuring a beefed-up version of Underground, his flagship band. The additions include Scott Colley on acoustic bass, Steve Nelson on marimba and vibraphone, and a string quartet made up of seasoned improvisers like the violinist Mark Feldman — all of whom rejoin him for this engagement.-- Nate Chinen, NYTimes
Evolving Music Series
Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural Center, Jan. 23-30 at various times
This off-season series from the organizers of the Vision Festival, bearing the poignant title “BlackLivesMatter,” will accommodate a range of avant-garde approaches through the month’s end. Highlights include the bassist William Parker in a duo with the pianist Cooper-Moore, Friday at 8 p.m.; the pianist Connie Crothers with the drummer Warren Smith, Saturday at 9:30 p.m.; the trumpeter Nate Wooley with his quintet, Tuesday at 9:30 p.m.; and the Tony Malaby TubaCello Quartet, Thursday at 9:30 p.m.-- Nate Chinen, NYTimes
Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola, Frederick P. Rose Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Jan. 29-Feb. 1 at 7:30 and 9:30 p.m.
The tenor saxophonist Pharoah Sanders, one of the most significant survivors of 1960s free jazz, has never stopped imbuing his performances with the tone of a spiritual quest. He’ll lead a quartet with William Henderson on piano, Nat Reeves on bass and Joe Farnsworth on drums.-- Nate Chinen, NYTimes
Philip Dizack Quintet
The Jazz Gallery, Jan. 29 at 8 and 10 p.m.
A young trumpeter of power and precision, Philip Dizack released his second album, “Single Soul,” last year. He appears here with the guitarist Gilad Hekselman, the pianist Sam Harris and the bassist Matt Penman, with a drummer to be named later.-- Nate Chinen, NYTimes
Blue Note, Jan. 29-Feb. 1 at 8 and 10:30 p.m.
The declarative mode comes easily to Mr. Scott, a fiendishly gifted young trumpeter born and raised in New Orleans. His current band, appearing next week with a new book of music, includes Braxton Cook on alto saxophone, Elena Pinderhughes on flute, Warren Wolf on vibraphone, Lawrence Fields on piano, Kris Funn on bass and Corey Fonville and Joe Dyson on drums. (Mr. Scott’s wife, Isadora Mendez-Scott, will join as a guest vocalist.)-- Nate Chinen, NYTimes