12 Pop, Rock in addition to Jazz Concerts to Check Out in N.Y.C. This kind of Weekend

ALTERNATIVE GUITAR SUMMIT at various locations (March 21, 25 in addition to 27-28, 7:30 p.m.). Organized by the guitarist Joel Harrison, the annual Alternative Guitar Summit gathers some of the most talented six-string improvisers in jazz, post-rock in addition to world music. This kind of year’s festival begins on Thursday which has a 50th-anniversary celebration of the music of Woodstock, at Le Poisson Rouge in Greenwich Village. Harrison will play music through the Richie Havens in addition to the Grateful Dead songbooks alongside the Everett Bradley Choir. The guitarist Ben Monder in addition to the vocalist Jo Lawry will collaborate on music by John Sebastian in addition to the Band. in addition to the guitarist Nels Cline, who’s best known for his work in Wilco, will revisit Santana’s iconic Woodstock performance. The summit’s second concert takes place on Monday, when Cline, Leni Stern in addition to others will pay tribute to the esteemed guitarist (in addition to multi-instrumentalist) Ralph Towner at Drom, within the East Village. the idea concludes on Wednesday in addition to Thursday at Jazz Standard with solo shows through Towner himself. (On the last two nights, there will be second sets at 9:30 p.m.)
alternativeguitarsummit.com

AARON DIEHL TRIO at the Baruch Performing Arts Center (March 28, 8 p.m.). Diehl’s piano playing has the same courtly, dapper flare as his wardrobe (he’s usually attired in a crisp, dark suit, sometimes topped off which has a pair of thick-framed glasses). Picking up the mantle of midcentury greats like Bud Powell, Barry Harris in addition to Cedar Walton, he espouses the ideal of jazz as America’s classical music, whether he’s performing standards or his own neo-traditionalist compositions. He may be best known for his work alongside Cécile McLorin Salvant, an eminent young vocalist, however at Baruch the spotlight will fall squarely on Diehl in addition to his trio, which features the bassist David Wong in addition to the drummer Aaron Kimmel. They will be playing music through his most recent album, “Space, Time, Continuum,” as well as some brand new pieces.
212-352-3101, baruch.cuny.edu/bpac

FIRE! in addition to MADALYN MERKEY at the Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural Center (March 28, 8 p.m.). The tenor saxophonist Mats Gustafsson, one of Europe’s most uncompromising free improvisers, angles toward the void in Fire!, a trio which includes the bassist Johan Berthling in addition to the drummer Andreas Werliin. Whether scrawling an illegible smear of notes across the top of a pounding beat or erupting in fury as the rhythm dissolves beneath him, Gustafsson keeps the intensity high in addition to your ears alight — even when his tone skews murky in addition to dark. Fire! shares the bill here with Merkey, whose semi-ambient electronic music guides listeners into a kind of dreamlike state. This kind of concert — Fire!’s first ever in brand new York — is usually presented by the nonprofit organization Blank Forms.
blankforms.org

DEREK GRIPPER at Roulette (March 23, 8 p.m.). Gripper, a South African guitarist, has developed a virtuoso approach to playing Malian music which was originally composed for instruments such as the kora (a 21-string instrument, somewhere between a harp in addition to a guitar) in addition to the ngoni (a possible progenitor of the banjo). He fingerpicks his classical guitar in percussive swirls, producing a sound which’s as enlivening as the idea is usually hypnotic. His repertoire includes music by the kora master Toumani Diabaté in addition to the guitarist Ali Farka Touré, as well as folk songs through South Africa’s Western Cape. This kind of concert kicks off the fifth annual A World in Trance festival, which spotlights music through around the globe with explicitly spiritual overtones.
917-267-0368, roulette.org

MANUEL VALERA in addition to THE brand new CUBAN EXPRESS BIG BAND at Terraza 7 (March 28, 9 p.m.). Valera, a Cuban-born pianist which has a blazingly fluent right hand in addition to a mellifluous compositional style, has long led the brand new Cuban Express, a midsize band which integrates elements of contemporary brand new York jazz with Afro-Cuban forms. On Thursday he will premiere a big-band iteration of the ensemble, featuring the vocalist Sofía Rei in addition to the alto saxophonist Román Filiú, plus 16 additional instrumentalists.
347-808-0518, terraza7.com

WEBBER/MORRIS BIG BAND at the Jazz Gallery (March 22, 7:30 in addition to 9:30 p.m.). The tenor saxophonist in addition to flutist Anna Webber recently put out “Clockwise,” an album full of atonality in addition to friction in addition to discomfited momentum — not to mention, some of brand new York’s premier improvising musicians. Angela Morris, a fellow saxophonist, shares some of Webber’s style, while also drawing more heavily on the influence of Impressionist composers in addition to jazz’s most ancient styles. They have been playing their ambitious original compositions in This kind of big band for a few years, in addition to supposedly there’s an album on the way — however so far all we have to show for the idea are a few YouTube clips in addition to a bit of buzz on the scene. To genuinely hear the Webber/Morris Big Band, you’ve got to go in person.
646-494-3625, jazzgallery.nyc
GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO