MOSTLY JAZZ FESTIVAL With good reason, the city of Vienna holds a distinguished place in the history of classical music. Its jazz legacy is much more difficult to pin down, but there have been significant advances in recent years. The city now has a handful of noteworthy clubs, including Joe Zawinulâ€™s Birdland, owned by Austriaâ€™s best-known jazz musician. (He recorded his latest release, â€œBrown Street,â€ at the club in 2005.) Naturally, thereâ€™s also a Vienna Jazz Festival, which began in 1991; this yearâ€™s edition kicks off on June 25. And there have been an increasing number of collaborations between Vienna-based musicians and their American counterparts; one of the newest and best is â€œFriendly Travelersâ€ (Material), by the guitarist Wolfgang Muthspiel and the drummer Brian Blade. The Mostly Jazz Festival, presented by the Austrian Cultural Forum in Midtown Manhattan, celebrates this spirit of transnational exchange even as it makes the case for an independent Austrian jazz aesthetic. â€œ â€˜No boundariesâ€™ seems to be the unspoken motto of musicians in Vienna,â€ writes Helge Hinteregger, the festivalâ€™s curator, in a program essay. (He doesnâ€™t say whether the titular echo of Mostly Mozart, Lincoln Centerâ€™s venerable festival, is fully intentional, though it probably is.) The series begins tonight with Big Four, consisting of the veteran Austrian saxophonist Max Nagl, the Paris-born guitarist NoÃ«l AkchotÃ© and two Americans, the trumpeter Steven Bernstein and the bassist Brad Jones. They perform at 7, followed by an inventive young trio called Kelomat, above, led by the saxophonist Wolfgang Schiftner. Tomorrow thereâ€™s another group featuring Mr. Schiftner, aptly named Vienna-New York Connection and including the saxophonist Tony Malaby. As for Mr. Nagl, he resurfaces on Tuesday with a project he calls Wumm Zack. The early slot tomorrow goes to Bassinstinct, an assembly of six double bassists. And on Monday, the pianist Hannes LÃ¶schel will entrust his own compositions to several well-qualified American improvisers â€” the multireedist Ned Rothenberg, the guitarist David Tronzo and the bassist Lindsay Horner â€” before a set of free improvisation by the saxophonist Clemens Salesny and the pianist Clemens Wenger. (Tonight through Tuesday night at 7 and 8, Austrian Cultural Forum, 11 East 52nd Street, 212-319-5300, acfny.org; free.) NATE CHINEN
THE FOUR BAGS/BROOKLYN QAWWALI PARTY (Sunday) The instrumental palette of the Four Bags â€” trombone, accordion, guitar and reeds â€” suits their modern sort of chamber jazz. Brooklyn Qawwali Party, which plays a later set, uses a more percussive assortment of instruments to create its caffeinated take on the Sufi devotional music of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. At 7 and 9 p.m., BarbÃ¨s, 376 Ninth Street, at Sixth Avenue, Park Slope, Brooklyn, (718) 965-9177, barbesbrooklyn.com; cover, $10.
GOLD SPARKLE TRIO (Tonight) This rough-and-tumble avant-garde outfit performs an early set tonight with Charles Waters on reeds and piano, Adam Roberts on bass and Andrew Barker on drums; a second set will include additional surprise guests. At 8 and 10, the Stone, Avenue C and Second Street, East Village, thestonenyc.com; cover, $10.
TONY MALABYâ€™S EXPLODING HEART (Tomorrow) Presumably the tenor saxophonist Tony Malaby didnâ€™t consult his cardiologist before coming up with the name for this strenuously experimental trio, with William Parker on bass and Nasheet Waits on drums. At 9 and 10:30 p.m., Jazz Gallery, 290 Hudson Street, at Spring Street, South Village, (212) 242-1063, jazzgallery.org; cover, $15; $10 for members. (Chinen)
â˜… DAVID MURRAY BLACK SAINT QUARTET (Wednesday and Thursday) A spirited, sometimes blustery tenor saxophonist, David Murray enlists the same working rhythm section that appears on his politically charged new album, â€œSacred Groundâ€ (JustinTime): the pianist Lafayette Gilchrist, the bassist Ray Drummond and the drummer Andrew Cyrille. (Through June 16.) At 8:30 and 11 p.m., Birdland, 315 West 44th Street, Clinton, (212) 581-3080, birdlandjazz.com; cover, $35, with a $10 minimum. (Chinen)
â˜… NIGHT OF THE RAVISHED LIMBS (Wednesday) In its first set, this installment of the Park Slope series showcases a collaborative trio with the Danish saxophonist Lotte Anker, the Minneapolis-reared pianist Craig Taborn and the Detroit-born drummer Gerald Cleaver. The second set features another trio, with Tony Malaby on tenor saxophone, Angelica Sanchez on Wurlitzer piano and Tom Rainey on drums. At 8 and 10 p.m., BarbÃ¨s, 376 Ninth Street, at Sixth Avenue, Park Slope, Brooklyn, (718) 965-9177, barbesbrooklyn.com; cover, $10.
RASHANIM (Tuesday) The guitarist Jon Madof, the bassist Shanir Ezra Blumenkranz and the drummer Mathias Kunzli are Rashanim, a rambunctious trio with a recent album, â€œShaloshâ€ (Tzadik), that supports John Zornâ€™s banner ideal of Radical Jewish Music. Here they welcome an additional percussionist, Rich Stein, and a pair of vocalists, Basya Schechter and Ayelet Rose Gottlieb. At 9 p.m., Zebulon, 258 Wythe Avenue, near Metropolitan Avenue, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, (718) 218-6934, zebuloncafeconcert.com; no cover.