Jazz in NYC This Week 

Lee Ranaldo

Source: The New York Times.

LEE RANALDO at the Bell House (Nov. 9, 9 p.m.). The New York guitarist Lee Ranaldo has been an underrated formal innovator since the early 1980s, both as a founding member of Sonic Youth, which disbanded in 2011, and elsewhere. His most recent solo album, “Electric Trim,” continues along Mr. Ranaldo’s well-trod path of bittersweet balladry and lovely noise, with several songs featuring lyrics by the novelist Jonathan Lethem.
718-643-6510, thebellhouseny.com

JOHN MCLAUGHLIN at the Town Hall (Nov. 3, 8 p.m.). Mr. McLaughlin — the guitarist who as a teenager helped define Miles Davis’s early forays into fusion and with his Mahavishnu Orchestra became an influential exponent of the marriage between rock, jazz and Indian classical music — appears to be winding down his career. At 75, he now says that the current tour will be his last; that would make this his final appearance in New York. He will perform here with 4th Dimension, a fusion quartet he has led since 2007, which just released a beguiling album, “Live at Ronnie Scott’s.” Then he’ll take the stage with an all-star band for a set of tunes from the Mahavishnu repertoire.
800-745-3000, thetownhall.org

NICOLE MITCHELL at the Stone at the New School (Nov. 3-4, 8:30 p.m.). Ms. Mitchell is one of the most creative jazz musicians to have played the flute. And one of the most tireless: To her fans it’s little surprise that she has released two remarkable recordings this year, one with her Black Earth Ensemble (“Mandorla Awakening II: Emerging Worlds”) and another in collaboration with the poet Haki Madhubuti (“Liberation Narratives”). Ever on to the next thing, she performs this weekend with a new intriguing team of diverse associates: Taylor Ho Bynum on trumpet, Rufus Reid on bass, Shirazette Tinnin on drums and Fay Victor on vocals.

GARY PEACOCK TRIO at Jazz Standard (Nov. 7-8, 7:30 and 9:30 p.m.). Mr. Peacock, a bassist best known for his work in trios led by Keith Jarrett and Bill Evans, has developed a lissome rapport with the members of his own three-piece combo: the pianist Marc Copland and the drummer Joey Baron. On “Tangents,” the group’s new album, Mr. Peacock’s somber bass takes center stage, and his band mates add a weightless webbing on top. At this show the trio will play music from the album, out on ECM Records, which consists largely of original compositions.
212-576-2232, jazzstandard.com