Jazz in N.Y.C. This Weekend 

Source: The New York Times.

ALAN BRAUFMAN AND STANDING ON THE CORNER at National Sawdust (Aug. 3, 8 p.m.). In 1974, when Mr. Braufman was deeply embedded on New York’s radical free-jazz scene, he recorded “Valley of Search,” a record of darkly melodic improvising and portentous incantations and extempore group explosions. But the album had a very limited release, and soon Mr. Braufman was a committed side musician, working with the likes of Carla Bley and Philip Glass. By the time he became a bandleader again, he had changed his name (to Alan Michael) and his style. But “Valley of Search” saw a reissue in June, and at National Sawdust, Mr. Braufman, now 67, will play music from the album with a band including Cooper-Moore, the esteemed pianist who was on the original record, and James Brandon Lewis, a young tenor saxophonist. Standing on the Corner, an uncategorizable collective of improvisers and beat makers and poets from Brooklyn, will play an opening set.
646-779-8455, nationalsawdust.org

JON IRABAGON QUINTET at Smalls (Aug. 7, 7:30 and 9 p.m.). Mr. Irabagon won the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition 10 years ago thanks to a big saxophone sound that’s as sturdy as it is unruly. He has the language of the classic bebop greats in his playing — Dexter Gordon, Sonny Rollins — but he likes to stretch his references past breaking. Ever droll, Mr. Irabagon recently released an album titled “Dr. Quixotic’s Traveling Exotics,” and it’s classic Irabagon: intense, sophisticated, jokey, no-holds-barred post-bop. He appears at Smalls with the band from that record: Tim Hagans on trumpet, Luis Perdomo on piano, Yasushi Nakamura on bass and Rudy Royston on drums.
646-476-4346, smallslive.com

NICOLE MITCHELL at the Stone (Aug. 7-11, 8:30 p.m.). Ms. Mitchell, a masterly flutist and composer, is the exact kind of musician you want for a Stone residency: always bursting with recent projects and fresh ideas for new ones, and keyed into a broad, diverse network of friends. For her week here, Ms. Mitchell will start things off in a duo with the virtuoso pianist Cory Smythe on Tuesday, and cap things off on Aug. 11 with an all-star septet performing her sweeping, incandescent “Xenogenesis Suite.” On the intervening dates, she will play with a different small group each night.
thestonenyc.com

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