- "The Checkout: Live From 92Y Tribeca"
92YTribeca, 200 Hudson St., nr. Canal St.; 212-601-1000
Two of the most common knocks against jazz are that it doesn’t matter anymore and that it’s too expensive to see anyway. Radio host Josh Jackson’s monthly series, which is broadcast live on WBGO, drives a bari sax reed through the heart of both of those arguments. Jackson, a convincing advocate for the music’s vitality, picks two of the moment’s most adventurous and relevant musicians—saxophonist Marcus Strickland, singer Gretchen Parlato, pianist Dan Tepfer, to name but a few—and stages a double-bill concert for a very un-jazz-like $12 ($15 at the door). There’s no better ticket for those who want to expand their knowledge beyond Miles and Trane but are sick of paying tourist prices to do it.
Best Jazz Show
From the 2012 Best of New York issue of New York Magazine
So what exactly does “best” mean in a city with thousands of pizza joints, hundreds of celebrity masseuses, and museum-worthy concept shops on every corner? Well, in the case of this, our annual “Best of New York” roundup, there’s a heavy emphasis on what’s new or what has somehow remained virtually unheard of (until now, of course).