12 pop, rock and jazz concerts to discover in New York this weekend
JOHNATHAN BLAKE AND PENTADE at the Jazz Gallery (August 27-28, 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.). Blake’s percussions are as daring as thunder and as subtle as the crackle of rain. He recorded his most recent album, the impressive “Trion” double disc, more than a few nights last year at the Jazz Gallery. He returns to this club on Tuesday and Wednesday with Pentad, a new ensemble featuring some of New York’s best young musicians. As you might have guessed, Trion was a trio and Pentad is a quintet; it includes Immanuel Wilkins on alto saxophone, David Virelles on piano, Joel Ross on vibraphone and Dezron Douglas on bass.
QUARTET ANDREW CYRILLE at Village Vanguard (until August 25, 8:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.). In recent years, this 79-year-old drummer and avant-garde luminary has become a frequent presence at Vanguard. This makes him one of the most prominent and experimental musicians to perform regularly at this legendary club. Until Sunday, he will be present with a quartet composed of guitarist Bill Frisell, pianist David Virelles and bassist Ben Street.
EDDIE PALMIERI at the Blue Note (until August 25, 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.). At 82 years old, this pianist shows no fatigue. Last year he released two invigorating albums – “Full Circle” and “Mi Luz Mayor”, explorations of the big band salsa sound that has been his primary medium over the past decades – on his new imprint, Uprising Music. And he continues to perform regularly around New York, the city to which his creative identity has always been linked. He performs here with Jonathan Powell on trumpet, Louis Fouché on saxophone, Jimmy Bosch on trombone, John Benitez on bass, Camilo Molina on timpani and Little Johnny Rivero on congas.
CHARLIE PARKER JAZZ FESTIVAL at various locations (until August 25). A ritual of trust in New York now in its 27th year, this festival draws overflowing crowds to public parks in Harlem and the East Village. Highlights come to Marcus Garvey Park – where Mwenso and the Shakes will present their new jazz revue on Friday night, and singer Dee Dee Bridgewater will headline Saturday afternoon – and in Tompkins Square Park on Sunday afternoon, when drummer Carl Allen honors Art Blakey, and tenor saxophonist George Coleman, a National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master, will lead a trio.
DANILO PÉREZ GLOBAL MESSENGERS at the Jazz Standard (August 23-25, 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.). Pérez is an esteemed pianist known for his own music – unifying the sound of his Panamanian homeland with contemporary American post-bop, as well as West African influences – and for his role in Wayne Shorter’s longtime quartet, with which Pérez won two Grammys. But in recent years he has also become famous for his educational and advocacy work, including creating a major jazz festival in Panama and founding the Berklee Global Jazz Institute. Pérez performs here with Global Messengers, a newly formed group that seeks common ground between nationalities and traditions; it includes Farayi Malek on vocals, Vasilis Kostas on laouto (a Greek string instrument), Layth Al-Rubaye on violin, Naseem Alatrash on cello and Tareq Rantisi on percussion.
TRIO DA PAZ AND FRIENDS at Dizzy’s Club (until August 25; August 27-September 1, 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.). This triumvirate of Brazilian jazz stars is now in its 33rd year, and for the past 12 years, they have enjoyed an extended summer residency at Dizzy’s. This year’s engagement began on Wednesday and will end in early September. Together, guitarist Romero Lubambo, bassist Nilson Matta and drummer Duduka da Fonseca play elegant and acrobatic music somewhere between bossa nova, classical samba and Afro-Cuban jazz; at this year’s residency they will be joined each evening by three special guests: singer Maucha Adnet, tenor saxophonist Harry Allen and trumpeter Claudio Roditi.