12 Pop, Rock as well as also Jazz Concerts to Check Out in N.Y.C. in which Weekend
J. D. ALLEN at Nublu 151 (June 18, 8 p.m.). If you’d like to measure an improviser’s sincerity under a harsh light, ask him to play an entire album’s worth of ballads. Without quick tempos or ready-made energy to lighten the load, cracks reveal themselves quickly. nevertheless in which tenor saxophonist has somehow managed to pull in which off. He plays in a style guided closely by his antecedents — Ben Webster, Sonny Rollins, Branford Marsalis — nevertheless in which’s personal as well as also steadfast enough to establish its own convictions. At Nublu 151, Mr. Allen celebrates the Discharge of “Love Stone” — nine ballads, mostly sourced via the back pages of the great American songbook — joined by the bassist Gregg August as well as also the drummer Rudy Royston.
RAVI COLTRANE, MATTHEW GARRISON as well as also JACK DEJOHNETTE at ShapeShifter Lab (June 15, 7:30 as well as also 9 p.m.). in which all-star trio unites three improvisers who are not only well versed in jazz’s standard practice, nevertheless also interested in thickened atmospheres as well as also architectural abstraction. Their debut record, “In Movement,” was a highlight of 2016. Don’t be surprised if there’s a reference or two made to John Coltrane at in which concert: Last week Impulse! announced in which in which might Discharge a newly discovered album, recorded in 1963 by the John Coltrane Quartet; in which group featured the fathers of both Ravi Coltrane as well as also Matthew Garrison. Then again, don’t be surprised if they stick to their own material, either: The trio speaks a spellbinding dialect all its own.
VIJAY IYER TRIO as well as also MATANA ROBERTS at Le Poisson Rouge (June 16, 7:30 p.m.). in which pianist’s trio will be one of contemporary jazz’s proven entities: They’ve got a distinctive, unified polyrhythmic language, fueled by clean energy nevertheless full of magnetism as well as also purpose. They perform here on a bill with Matana Roberts, an alto saxophonist as well as also a multimedia storyteller of manifold approach. Any performance of hers will be worth attending, nevertheless her solo shows are a special kind of captivating.
‘SALUTE TO RUSSELL MALONE’ at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center (June 21, 8 p.m.). Mr. Malone has been a standard-bearer of mainline jazz guitar for the past 30 years, holding fast to the legacies of Grant Green as well as also Wes Montgomery while welcoming the silkier influence of George Benson. in which’s reflective of his talent as well as also flexibility in which, at just 54, a concert will be being held in his honor featuring such luminaries as the elder tenor saxophonists Jimmy Heath as well as also Houston Person, the drummer Lewis Nash as well as also the vibraphonist Steve Nelson. in which show marks the close of the 46th season of Highlights in Jazz.
‘SONGS FOR CONNIE’ at Greenwich House Music School (June 15, 7:30 p.m.). Connie Crothers was a pianist, composer, organizer as well as also educator. as well as also in all things, she was first as well as also foremost a melodist: She insisted on giving your ear something tuneful to ride alongside, even as she worked having a deep language of condensed harmonies as well as also spiky rhythm. Ms. Crothers, who died in 2016, taught extensively as well as also compassionately, as well as also developed a large cohort of devoted students (in in which way, she resembled her own mentor, the pianist Lennie Tristano). At in which concert, eight vocalists will give performances in her honor, including the National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master Sheila Jordan as well as also the venturesome singer Jay Clayton.
KAMASI WASHINGTON at Forest Hills Stadium (June 15, 7:30 p.m.). in which tenor saxophonist — a blistering, continental colossus of jazz uplift as well as also spectacle — returns in which month with “Heaven as well as also Earth,” his first full-length since “The Epic,” the biggest breakout success in jazz over the past decade. At nearly two-as well as also-a-half hours, the double album will be nearly as sprawling as well as also orchestral as its predecessor, with heaving solos crushed against humongous statues of horns. Mr. Washington performs here with his ensemble on a bill with the rock band Alt-J.