Source: The New York Times.
THE BAD PLUS (Through Sunday) This hyperintelligent and crashingly heroic trio — Ethan Iverson on piano, Reid Anderson on bass, David King on drums — revives some proven old strategies on “It’s Hard,” out later this month. The album, which will be previewed in part during this weeklong run, deftly reimagines familiar songs by popular figures ranging from Prince to Johnny Cash to the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. At 8 and 10:30 p.m., Blue Note, 131 West Third Street, Greenwich Village, 212-475-8592, bluenote.net. (Nate Chinen)
STEVE KUHN TRIO (Friday and Saturday) Mr. Kuhn, an astute and lyrical pianist who began his career more than 50 years ago, has an engaging new album, “At This Time …,” featuring this fine trio. With Steve Swallow, a longtime peer, on electric bass guitar and Joey Baron, a newer colleague, on drums, it’s a group predisposed to alertness and buoyancy. At 8:30 and 11 p.m., Birdland, 315 West 44th Street, Clinton, 212-581-3080, birdlandjazz.com. (Chinen)
LIBERTY ELLMAN SEXTET (Friday) The guitarist Liberty Ellman has a knack for streamlining gnarly complexities into clean, appealing curvature. On “Radiate,” an excellent album from last year, he does so with the same loose-jointed, tight-focus ensemble that joins him here, featuring Jonathan Finlayson on trumpet, Jose Davila on tuba, Steve Lehman on alto saxophone, Stephan Crump on bass and Damion Reid on drums. At 7:30 and 9:30 p.m., the Jazz Gallery, 1160 Broadway, Manhattan, 646-494-3625, jazzgallery.org. (Chinen)
NOAH PREMINGER-FRANK KIMBROUGH DUO (Friday) Mr. Preminger, a cleareyed and self-assured young tenor saxophonist, has good history with Mr. Kimbrough, a graceful and exploratory pianist. They should have no problem connecting during this duo stand. At 8 and 10 p.m., Jazz at Kitano, 66 Park Avenue, at 38th Street, 212-885-7119, kitano.com. (Chinen)
JEN SHYU AT THE STONE (through Sunday) Ms. Shyu is a vocalist and player of folkloric stringed instruments, drawn to fascinating and often challenging designs. Her weeklong residency at the Stone will involve what she calls a six-day ritual, “Song of Silver Geese,” with collaborators including Mat Maneri on viola, Ben Monder on guitar, John Hébert on bass and Hong Jinwook on soribuk, a traditional Korean drum. At 8 and 10 p.m., Avenue C and Second Street, East Village, thestonenyc.com. (Chinen)
JOHN ZORN: BAGATELLES AT THE VANGUARD (through Sunday) One of the least expected new staples at the Village Vanguard has been John Zorn, the avant-garde composer, alto saxophonist and provocateur. This week he’s been presenting his Book of Bagatelles — some 300 short pieces composed last spring — with a different configuration of musicians for every set. Among the remaining highlights: a trio led by the pianist Matt Mitchell, at 7 p.m. Friday; a quartet led by the trumpeter Peter Evans, at 10:30 p.m. Friday; a trio led by the drummer Jim Black, at 8:30 p.m. Saturday; and a quartet led by Mary Halvorson, featuring her fellow guitarist Miles Okazaki, at 10:30 p.m. Sunday. At 178 Seventh Avenue South, at 11th Street, West Village, 212-255-4037, villagevanguard.com. (Chinen)