Jazz in NYC This Week 

English: Jean-Luc Ponty at the Nice Jazz Festi...

Source: The New York Times.

CHARLIE HADEN’S LIBERATION MUSIC ORCHESTRA WITH CARLA BLEY at the Blue Note (June 27, 8 and 10:30 p.m.). When not performing with the likes of Ornette Coleman and Hank Jones, the bassist Charlie Haden, who died in 2014, spent much of his time leading the Liberation Music Orchestra, an ensemble with political convictions, shadowy harmonies and a roster of restless improvisers. The pianist and composer Carla Bley was always a linchpin of the group, and she proved instrumental to the creation of its 2016 album, “Time/Life.” Ms. Bley now leads the orchestra, which is likely to play selections from that album here.
212-475-8592, bluenote.net/newyork

JEAN-LUC PONTY at B.B. King Blues Club & Grill (June 25, 8 p.m.). Mr. Ponty, a French violinist, is known for his flashy virtuosity and his venturesome original music, a fusion-era brew of European folk song, funk, postbop and rock. In the 1970s he became one of the first jazz musicians to use an electric violin. From 1976 to 1985 he released a string of albums for Atlantic Records, some of them minor gems. At this show, the last on his American tour, Mr. Ponty will revisit that repertoire with some of the musicians who played with him in the 1980s: Wally Minko on keyboard, Jamie Glaser on guitar, Rayford Griffin on drums and Baron Browne on bass.
212-997-4144, bbkingblues.com

PHAROAH SANDERS at Prospect Park Bandshell (June 23, 7:30 p.m.). Mr. Sanders, 76, played with John Coltrane near the end of his life, seeming to inherit Coltrane’s affinity for global folk musics, Eastern spirituality and caterwauling expressionism. In his own music, Mr. Sanders renders long and scorching solos over lovely vamps, balancing fury and enlightenment. (Fans of Kamasi Washington, take note: Mr. Sanders was doing it first.) Mr. Sanders draws much inspiration from Indian classical music, so the intrepid Brooklyn Raga Massive is an apt opener for Friday’s concert.
718-683-5600, bricartsmedia.org

TRIO S at National Sawdust (June 23, 10 p.m.). On Friday Doug Wieselman, a clarinetist and multi-instrumentalist, releases “Somewhere Glimmer,” a new album with his Trio S. The band includes the cellist Jane Scarpantoni and the drummer Kenny Wollesen; all three members are veterans of the New York downtown scene of the 1990s, when an impish countercultural attitude reigned and improvisers were boiling 20th-century minimalism, free jazz and punk rock into something new and instinctual. The eight original tracks on “Somewhere Glimmer” are soft, slow and cinematic; Mr. Wieselman often uses simple loops, not building to a critical mass, but lulling you into a rolling meditation.
646-779-8455, nationalsawdust.org

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