Source: The New York Times.
THE BAD PLUS at the Village Vanguard (Dec. 26-31, 8:30 and 10:30 p.m.). Since the early 2000s, the Bad Plus has been one of the easiest entities in jazz to have an opinion about. The acoustic trio is fond of inside-out pop covers and original compositions that range from jagged angularity to jocose lyricism. With Ethan Iverson on piano, Reid Anderson on bass and Dave King on drums, the group has stayed tightly bound: It has never played a gig with a substitute musician. But this run at the Vanguard is the original Bad Plus’s last stand: In January, Mr. Iverson will leave, and Orrin Evans will take over on piano. 212-255-4037, villagevanguard.com
SEXMOB at Bar Lunático (Dec. 28, 8:30 p.m.). Sexmob is a 20-year-old band that started out playing louche and lighthearted covers of funk and rock tunes, as well as its own reckless originals, in weekly shows at the Knitting Factory. This year the group released “Cultural Capital,” its first album of all original tunes. Featuring Steven Bernstein on slide trumpet, Briggan Krauss on saxophone, Tony Scherr on bass and Kenny Wollesen on drums, the band appears here at a Bedford-Stuyvesant cantina that boasts a stealthily strong lineup of live music. 718-513-0339, barlunatico.com
CHES SMITH at the Stone (through Dec. 23, 8:30 p.m.). Whether it’s a drum kit or a vibraphone or a set of bells, the percussionist Ches Smith attacks his instruments with a stark, space-clearing power. He’s heavily sought after as a side musician, playing in bands led by some of today’s leading avant-garde improvisers: Matt Mitchell, Mary Halvorson, Tim Berne. This weekend he finishes his own six-day residency at the Stone: On Friday he plays in a quartet exploring Haitian percussion, then in a duo on Saturday with the bassist Devin Hoff. thestonenyc.com
ERI YAMAMOTO TRIO at Cornelia Street Café (Dec. 26, 8 and 9:30 p.m.). Ms. Yamamoto, a scrupulous and graceful pianist, released a beguiling album this year, “Piano Solo: Live in Benicàssim.” Her playing has a sense of foresight and landscape, but it can also be bracing and propulsive — especially when she’s joined by her longstanding trio. The group features David Ambrosio on bass and Ikuo Takeuchi on drums. 212-989-9319, corneliastreetcafe.com