John O’Gallagher Trio
Greenwich House Music School, March 6 at 8 p.m.
John O’Gallagher, an alto saxophonist of dry tone and daring temperament, has a new album, “The Honeycomb,” featuring Johannes Weidenmueller on bass and Mark Ferber on drums — the same rhythm team that backs him in this concert, presented by the Sound It Out series.-- Nate Chinen, NYTimes
Tootie Heath, Ethan Iverson, Ben Street
Village Vanguard, March 3-8 at 8:30 and 10:30 p.m.
Albert (Tootie) Heath is a jazz drummer of experience — he was born in 1935, the youngest of the Heath Brothers, and has worked near the music’s aesthetic center for some 60 years — and he presides as a resident sage in this trio. Featuring a pair of collaborators in their 40s, Mr. Iverson on piano and Mr. Street on bass, the group is celebrating the release of its utterly convincing third album, “Philadelphia Beat.”-- Nate Chinen, NYTimes
Mike Stern and Bill Evans Band
Birdland, March 3-7 at 8:30 and 11 p.m.
Mr. Stern, a guitarist, and Mr. Evans, a saxophonist, have a long history together, stretching at least as far back as their tenure in the early-1980s comeback bands of Miles Davis. They have kept building on the language of jazz-rock and jazz-funk, each in his own way; their jointly led quartet has Tom Kennedy on bass and Steve Smith on drums.-- Nate Chinen, NYTimes
Anat Cohen Quartet
Jazz Standard, March 4-8 at 7:30 and 10 p.m.
Anat Cohen, a clarinetist and tenor saxophonist of irresistible rhythmic aplomb, has a new album, “Luminosa,” that covers some of her key interests, notably the music of Brazilian composers like Milton Nascimento. She draws from the album here, with an adaptable rhythm section of Jason Lindner on piano, Joe Martin on bass and Daniel Freedman on drums.-- Nate Chinen, NYTimes
Ron Carter Quartet
Blue Note, March 3-8 at 8 and 10:30 p.m.
Ron Carter, one of jazz’s most highly regarded bassists, tends to favor polish over power in his small-group work, but that doesn’t mean his bands lack a spark. This one shouldn’t, anyway: it features an intuitive pianist, Renee Rosnes, along with the drummer Payton Crossley and the percussionist Rolando Morales-Matos.-- Nate Chinen, NYTimes
Salute to Betty Carter
The Appel Room, Frederick P. Rose Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center, March 6-7 at 7 and 9:30 p.m.
Betty Carter was one of jazz’s greatest singers, a master of the infallible left-field digression. Her former drummer Alvester Garnett leads this tribute, stocked with other alumni of her one-woman academy, like the pianists Jacky Terrasson and Stephen Scott and the tenor saxophonist Craig Handy. On vocals is Charenee Wade, a spiritual heir; a troupe of tap dancers will also join the party. (Preconcert discussions, one hour before the performances, are free for ticket holders.)-- Nate Chinen, NYTimes
Steve Coleman and Five Elements
The Jazz Gallery, March 6-7 at 8 and 10 p.m.
Last year Mr. Coleman — a formidable alto saxophonist and composer, and a guru among the maverick class of jazz musicians — received a MacArthur Foundation fellowship, the so-called “Genius Grant.” His flagship band Five Elements has Jonathan Finlayson on trumpet, Anthony Tidd on bass and Sean Rickman on drums. For this engagement, part of the Jazz Gallery’s 20th anniversary festivities, it also has Marcus Gilmore as an additional drummer on Friday, and the guitarist Miles Okazaki on Saturday.-- Nate Chinen, NYTimes
Zankel Hall, Carnegie Hall, March 6 at 9:30 p.m.
Edmar Castañeda, the Colombian harpist, has a percussive interface with his instrument, saving the sweeping glissandi for special accents and otherwise using a sharp attack, all pluck and strum. He performs this concert with his longtime partners: the saxophonist Shlomi Cohen, the percussionist David Silliman and his wife, the vocalist Andrea Tierra.-- Nate Chinen, NYTimes