Maria Schneider Orchestra
Jazz Standard, Nov. 24-25 and Nov. 27-29 at 7:30 and 9:30 p.m.
Led by Ms. Schneider, a composer and orchestrator of penetrating insight, this group has an ambitiously realized new album — “The Thompson Fields,” its first release in eight years — that underscores its stature as the pre-eminent large ensemble of our time. The music from the album, much of it inspired by nature, will be a primary focus in this annual Thanksgiving-week engagement, an institution in and of itself.-- Nate Chinen, NYTimes
Jason Moran and the Bandwagon
Village Vanguard, Nov. 24-29 at 8:30 and 10:30 p.m.
Mr. Moran, the pianist and composer, has been even busier than usual in recent weeks: presenting new work at the Venice Biennale; programming events at the Kennedy Center; touring with several projects; unveiling a new label. The Bandwagon, his trio with the bassist Tarus Mateen and the drummer Nasheet Waits, still represents his baseline, which isn’t at all to imply that it has stopped pushing boundaries or taking risks.-- Nate Chinen, NYTimes
Terence Blanchard E-Collective
Blue Note, Nov. 26-29 at 8 and 10:30 p.m.
On his brooding new album, “Breathless,” the trumpeter Terence Blanchard takes both a plunge into electric fusion and a foray into sociopolitical protest. (Its title refers to the phrase “I Can’t Breathe.”) He draws from this well with a young band featuring Fabian Almazan on piano and synthesizer, Charles Altura on guitar, Donald Ramsey on bass and Oscar Seaton on drums.-- Nate Chinen, NYTimes
Cornelia Street Café, Nov. 27-28 at 9 and 10:30 p.m.
A collective jointly led by John McNeil, a trumpeter of dry wit and lyrical concision, and Jeremy Udden, a saxophonist of fluid introspection, Hush Point recently released a strong second album, “Blues and Reds.” The group’s rhythm team, as on the album, consists of the bassist Aryeh Kobrinsky and the drummer Anthony Pinciotti.-- Nate Chinen, NYTimes
Wycliffe Gordon & Friends
Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola, Frederick P. Rose Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Nov. 24-25 and Nov. 27-28 at 7:30 and 9:30 p.m.
Mr. Gordon, a trombonist, trumpeter, singer and one-man jubilation engine, settles in for a Thanksgiving-week engagement at his second home. He’ll be in good company, with the pianist Ehud Asherie, the bassist Yasushi Nakamura and the drummer Alvin Atkinson Jr.-- Nate Chinen, NYTimes
Iridium Jazz Club, Nov. 27-29 at 8:30 p.m.
Mr. Collin, a prepossessing young French pianist, has a new album, “Press Enter,” that confirms his strength in a style often described as “cinematic” — distinguished by dark grandeur, dynamic swells and a chamberesque layering of texture. He largely draws from the album in this weekend run with a trio featuring Harish Raghavan on bass and Clarence Penn on drums.-- Nate Chinen, NYTimes
Jane Ira Bloom Quartet
Jazz at Kitano, Nov. 27 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 Matt Wilson on drums.-- Nate Chinen, NYTimes
Tain + the Strain
The Jazz Gallery, Nov. 27-28 at 7:30 and 9:30 p.m.
The powerfully propulsive drummer Jeff (Tain) Watts has been doubling down as a bandleader and composer, most recently on a self-released album titled “Blue, Vol. 1.” He appears here with a band that includes Aaron Djuan Burnett on tenor saxophone, Theo Hill on piano and Romeir Mendez on bass.-- Nate Chinen, NYTimes