Tom Harrell: Something Gold, Something Blue
Village Vanguard, March 31-April 5 at 8:30 and 10:30 p.m
Mr. Harrell, a trumpeter and flugelhorn player of prominence since the 1970s, has also been a beacon of small-group bandleading in recent years, working with a regular stable of sidemen. Two of them, the bassist Ugonna Okegwo and the drummer Johnathan Blake, join him in this engagement — alongside a sharp young trumpeter, Ambrose Akinmusire, and a guitarist, Charles Altura. There’s new music for the band, and some high expectations.-- Nate Chinen, NYTimes
Christian McBride Big Band
Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola, Frederick P. Rose Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center, March 31-April 5 at 7:30 and 9:30 p.m.
This spit-and-polish outfit, which won a recent Grammy for best large-jazz-ensemble album, thrives on the robust energies of the bassist-bandleader for which it is named. It also relies on the diligence of a lineup that includes stalwarts like the saxophonist Ron Blake, the trumpeter Freddie Hendrix and the trombonist Steve Davis.-- Nate Chinen, NYTimes
Sheila Jordan with the Steve Kuhn Trio
Birdland, March 31-April 4 at 8:30 and 11 p.m.
Ms. Jordan, 86, is an eminent and exploratory singer — she was recently anointed a Jazz Master by the National Endowment for the Arts — whose approach to jazz skews nearly kaleidoscopic. She has a good rapport with the pianist Steve Kuhn, who joins her here with his blue-chip trio.-- Nate Chinen, NYTimes
Nicholas Payton Trio
Blue Note, April 1-2 at 8 and 10:30 p.m.
A trumpeter of incisive prowess — and, in recent seasons, dauntless provocation — Nicholas Payton has often sounded best in the sparest settings, which bodes well for this two-nighter. Working with no pianist, he’ll lead a trio with two rhythm section gurus, the bassist Buster Williams and the drummer Lenny White.-- Nate Chinen, NYTimes
Michael Blake Quartet
Jazz Standard, April 1 at 7:30 and 10 p.m.
The tenor and soprano saxophonist Michael Blake has an appealing recent album — “Tiddy Boom,” inspired by the jaunty ease and fathomless style of Lester Young — made with two longtime partners, the pianist Frank Kimbrough and the bassist Ben Allison. They rejoin him here, in a quartet with the insightful and effervescent Rudy Royston on drums.-- Nate Chinen, NYTimes