15 pop, rock and jazz concerts to discover in New York this weekend

AFRO-LATINO FESTIVAL at City Point in Albee Square (July 12-13). This annual festival, in its seventh year, will take over the area around Long Island University in downtown Brooklyn, infusing it with clave beats and dance music ranging from traditional to contemporary. Highlights will include a Friday night tribute concert to acclaimed Puerto Rican composer Tite Curet Alonso, including a performance by (all-female) mariachi band Flor De Toloache, and a Saturday festival closing show featuring Jose alberto, the famous Dominican salsa singer known as El Canario.

RON CARTER QUARTET at the Blue Note (until July 14, 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.). Bass player who is no longer introduced, Carter served as a sliding anchor in Miles Davis’ revolutionary quintet of the mid-1960s and, during his career, played on more than 2000 records. Now 82, he sticks largely to directing his own ensembles and takes a relatively straightforward approach. This week, he appears with Renee Rosnes on piano, Jimmy Greene on saxophone and Payton Crossley on drums.
212-475-8592, bluenote.net

TOOTIE HEATH TRIO at the Birdland Theater (July 18, 7 and 9.45pm). Drummer Albert Heath, known as Tootie, belongs to one of the most illustrious families in jazz: along with his brothers Jimmy, tenor saxophonist, and Percy, bassist who died in 2005, he has been an occasional member of the Heath Brothers group since the 1970s. But its airy swing feel has also graced the albums of many other jazz luminaries, including John Coltrane, Herbie Hancock and Dexter Gordon. When he leads his own sets in concert, Heath takes his time between songs, teasing audiences with playful jokes. This concert – featuring pianist Emmet Cohen and bassist Russell Hall, both about a third of Heath’s age – is rightly billed as an evening of ‘jazz and comedy’.
212-581-3080, birdlandjazz.com

DR. EDDIE HENDERSON’S QUINTET at Dizzy’s Club (July 12-13, 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.). The group joining Henderson on this tour includes New Orleans saxophonist Donald Harrison, pianist Peter Zak, bassist Gerald Cannon and drummer Mike Clark – who, like Henderson, made his mark in the 1970s, playing jazz. -funk in groups led by Herbie Hancock. The diversity of the group makes sense for a trumpeter like Henderson, whose idea of ​​jazz encompasses subtle backbeats, swarming atmospheres and virtuoso hard-bop game.
212-258-9595, jazz.org/dizzys

JAZZ FESTIVAL IN DOWNTOWN JAMAICA at various locations (July 12-14). The inaugural edition of this festival will bring an impressive assortment of jazz talent to the heart of Jamaica, Queens, with a subtle emphasis on the avant-garde. Things kick off on Friday at the Jamaica Arts Center with a screening of the documentary “Milford Graves Full Mantis”, about avant-garde drummer (and Jamaican resident) Milford Graves, followed by a duo performance by pianist Jason Moran and drummer Tyshawn Sorey . Saturday’s deals include a neighborhood walking tour and a mix of paid and free shows throughout the afternoon and evening (including one by Graves) at the Arts Center, Jamaican Performing Arts Center, the central branch of the Queens Public Library and the King’s Manor Museum. On Sundays, the shows are all free and all based at the arts center; they culminate with a concert by drummer Pheeroan akLaff.
718-658-7400, jcal.org

Willie J. Johnson