Matana Roberts: ‘Coin Coin: the Remix’
The Kitchen, May 29-30 at 8 p.m.
Earlier this year Ms. Roberts, an alto saxophonist and composer of exploratory intent, released “Coin Coin Chapter 3: River Run Thee,” the latest installment of a 12-part cycle of personal, socio-historical and psychic inquisition. She made the album alone, layering vocal and instrumental parts with multi-track recording; for this performance, billed as a remix, she’ll enlist the drummer Tomas Fujiwara and a video piece by Daniel Marcellus Givens.-- Nate Chinen, NYTimes
Jane Ira Bloom Quartet
Jazz at Kitano, May 29 at 8 and 10 p.m.
On her most recent album, “Sixteen Sunsets,” the soprano saxophonist Jane Ira Bloom explores an all-ballads repertory, finding room in the format for horizon-scanning restlessness as well as the reassurance of lyricism. Her partners in this one-nighter are Dominic Fallacaro on piano, Cameron Brown on bass and Bobby Previte on drums.-- Nate Chinen, NYTimes
Terence Blanchard E-Collective
Jazz Standard, May 27-31 at 7:30 and 10 p.m.
The trumpeter and composer Terence Blanchard has a new album, “Breathless,” that represents both his plunge into electric fusion and his foray into sociopolitical protest. (Its title refers to the slogan “I Can’t Breathe.”) He celebrates the album’s release next week with a new band that features Fabian Almazan on piano and synthesizer, Charles Altura on guitar, Donald Ramsey on bass and Oscar Seaton on drums.-- Nate Chinen, NYTimes
Bill Charlap Trio
Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola, Frederick P. Rose Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center, May 19-24 and May 26-31 at 7:30 and 9:30 p.m.
The pianist Bill Charlap has become a trusted docent of the American Songbook through his decade-long programming role at the 92nd Street Y. But his interaction with jazz standards finds no clearer or more illuminating results than in this spruce trio, with Peter Washington on bass and Kenny Washington (they are not related) on drums.-- Nate Chinen, NYTimes
Mark Dresser at the Stone
The Stone, May 26-31 at 8 and 10 p.m.
A master of abstract texture and extended techniques, the bassist Mark Dresser concludes his residency at the Stone with a different configuration for each set. Among the highlights are C/D/E, with the drummer Andrew Cyrille and the multi-reedist Marty Ehrlich, at 10 p.m. on May 29; a duo with the trombonist Roswell Rudd, at 8 p.m. on May 30; and a trio with Peter Evans on trumpet and Earl Howard on saxophone and live sampling, at 10 p.m. on May 31.-- Nate Chinen, NYTimes
George Cables Trio
Village Vanguard, May 26-31 at 8:30 and 10:30 p.m.
The pianist George Cables has an elegant and gracious recent album, “Icons & Influences,” that pays homage to an array of former colleagues or associates, like the saxophonist Joe Henderson and the pianist Mulgrew Miller. He’ll engage with the same loose framework during this engagement, with Essiet Okon Essiet on bass and Victor Lewis on drums.-- Nate Chinen, NYTimes
Bill Frisell’s Up & Down the Mississippi: Traveling Highway 61
The Appel Room, Frederick P. Rose Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center, May 29-30 at 7 and 9:30 p.m.
For the final concert in his “Roots of Americana” series at Jazz at Lincoln Center, the guitarist Bill Frisell takes a thematic road trip along Route 61, which runs along the Mississippi River from New Orleans up to Minnesota. Helping him explore that territory — and a repertory that will include some Dixieland, some blues and most likely some Bob Dylan — are the trumpeter Ron Miles, the saxophonist Greg Osby, the pianist Craig Taborn and the drummer Rudy Royston.-- Nate Chinen, NYTimes