A selected guide to jazz performances in New York City.
Source: The New York Times.
Uri Caine and Mark Helias (Wednesday and Thursday) Mr. Caine is a pianist with strong and often sophisticated ideas, which puts him in the same orbit as Mr. Helias, an inexhaustibly adventurous bassist. They perform as an acoustic duo at Mezzrow, a room expressly designed for that format. At 9:30 and 11 p.m., 163 West 10th Street, near Seventh Avenue, Greenwich Village, 646-476-4346, mezzrow.com. (Nate Chinen)
Marco Cappelli 50th Birthday Celebration at the Stone (through Sunday) A guitarist from Italy that’s well established in the avant-garde, Mr. Cappelli has organized his week at the Stone around his 50th birthday. The offerings, characteristically varied, include his Acoustic Trio, augmented by Shoko Nagai on accordion (Friday at 10 p.m.); Italian Surf Academy, his interpretation of 1960s B-movie soundtracks (Saturday at 10 p.m.); and Ensemble Dissonanzen, a collective from Naples, with Marco Sannini on trumpet, Tommaso Rossi on flute and Ciro Longobardi on piano (at 10 p.m. Sunday). At Avenue C and Second Street, East Village, thestonenyc.com. (Chinen)
Elevation (Friday) This reflective ensemble, conceived by the pianist Lucian Ban and organized around the playing of the tenor saxophonist Abraham Burton, further includes the violist Mat Maneri and an adaptable rhythm team of John Hébert on bass and Eric McPherson on drums. At 9 and 10:30 p.m., Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, Greenwich Village, 212-989-9319, corneliastreetcafe.com. (Chinen)
Liberty Ellman Sextet (Thursday) The guitarist Liberty Ellman has a knack for streamlining gnarly complexities into clean, appealing curvature. On “Radiate,” his excellent new album, he does so with the same loose-jointed, tight-focus ensemble that joins him here, with Jonathan Finlayson on trumpet, Jose Davila on trombone and tuba, Steve Lehman on alto saxophone, Stephan Crump on bass and Damion Reid on drums. At 8:30 p.m., Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, Greenwich Village, corneliastreetcafe.com, 212-989-9319. (Chinen)
Tony Malaby’s Reading Band (Saturday) The tenor saxophonist Tony Malaby has a burly but beseeching tone, and in his own bands he often pushes toward an amiable ruckus. His name for this quartet suggests that he’ll be introducing new material on the bandstand — which wouldn’t be a setback, given the adaptive grace of its lineup: the trumpeter Ralph Alessi, the bassist John Hébert and the drummer Billy Drummond. At 9 and 10:30 p.m., Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, Greenwich Village, 212-989-9319, corneliastreetcafe.com. (Chinen)
Adam Rudolph’s Moving Pictures (Friday and Saturday) Mr. Rudolph, a hand percussionist, composer and world-music hybridist, has recently focused most of his attention on the Go: Organic Orchestra, a visionary large ensemble. But he never retired his Moving Pictures ensemble, stocked with longtime partners like the multireedist Ralph Jones and the guitarist and bassist Jerome Harris. This two-nighter, featuring some new compositions, will double as Mr. Rudolph’s 60th birthday celebration. At 7:30 and 9:30 p.m., the Jazz Gallery, 1160 Broadway, fifth floor, at West 27th Street, 646-494-3625, jazzgallery.org. (Chinen)