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Your March Jazz Calendar

Ten top-tier jazz shows to catch this month.


Jazzmeia Horn   

Jazzmeia Horn
Jazz Standard; 3/1–3/2; 116 E. 27th St., nr. Park Ave. S.; 212-576-2232
A promising voice among standards practitioners, 26-year-old Horn has the accolades worthy of her charismatic delivery, winning the Thelonious Monk Institute and Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal competitions, and receiving a Best Jazz Vocal Grammy nomination for her 2017 album, A Social Call. At the Grammy Premiere Ceremony in January, through a smile, Horn laid down a booming take of Bobby Timmons’s “Moanin’.”

Helen Sung
Smoke Jazz & Supper Club-Lounge; 3/2–3/4; 2751 Broadway, nr. 106th St.; 212-864-6662
Sung grew up playing classical piano, taking a stab at improvised music only in her early 20s. This two-track mind-set informs her work with a melodic, emotive tone. She'll be performing with a quintet throughout the weekend; Friday’s gig will get a particular charge from trumpeter and Chicago young gun Marquis Hill.

Subtle Degrees
Union Pool; 3/4 at 7 p.m.; 484 Union Ave., at Skillman Ave., Williamsburg; 718-609-0484
The duo of saxophonist Travis Laplante and drummer Gerald Cleaver pull from their new album-length composition A Dance That Empties. Like everything in their long collaboration, this project inhabits the border between avant-jazz and Minimalism.

2018 Women’s Jazz Festival
The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture; 3/5 at 7 p.m.; 515 Malcolm X Blvd., at 135th St.; 212-491-2200
Keep Mondays open for the Schomburg Center’s annual Women’s Jazz Festival, beginning with a performance dedicated to Alice Coltrane, led by harpist (and frequent Ravi Coltrane collaborator) Brandee Younger. The festival continues on March 12 with vocalist and reedist Fostina Dixon and her band Winds of Change treating the music of Abbey Lincoln; a talk on March 19 with singer Lizz Wright, Rutgers jazz archivist Angela Lawrence, and Lincoln biographer LaShonda Barnett considers Lincoln’s political and artistic life. The lineup for the closing ceremony on March 26 will be announced later this month.

Tyler Blanton's Hornē Electric Band
BRIC House; 3/15 at 6:30 p.m.; 647 Fulton St., nr. Rockwell Pl., Ft. Greene; 718-683-5600
Blanton plays the MalletKAT, a MIDI-update on the vibraphone, as his band dives deep into the soul-disco of dance pioneers like Roy Ayers. This BRIC event is free, as part of the program’s B-Side in-studio music series; overflow will be provided in their ground-floor Stoop space.

Roy Haynes 93rd Birthday Celebration
Blue Note; 3/15–3/18; 131 W. 3rd St., nr. Macdougal St.; 212-475-8592
Haynes, who played with ’40s icons like Charlie Parker, Bud Powell, and Lester Young, sits at the top of a short list of remaining golden-age jazz drummers. The personnel for the nonagenarian’s party hasn’t been announced, but given his endless collaborations and nine decades of clout, the “special guests” shouldn’t disappoint.

Harold Mabern 82nd Birthday Celebration
Smoke Jazz & Supper Club–Lounge; 3/16–3/18; 2751 Broadway, nr. 106th St.; 212-864-6662
Another Pisces jazz hero, hard-bop pianist Harold Mabern is known for his soulful comping with Wes Montgomery, Lee Morgan, and Roy Haynes, no less. His longtime collaborator, saxophonist Eric Alexander, joins him for this nine-set weekend, along with Mabern’s current group of bassist John Webber and drummer Joe Farnsworth.

Kaleta & Super Yamba Band
Nublu; 3/29 at 8 p.m.; 62 Ave. C., nr. 5th St.
An alum of both Fela Kuti and King Sunny Ade’s classic ’70s and ’80s ensembles, guitarist and vocalist Leon Ligan-Majek, better known as Kaleta, is a working legend in Afrobeat. Yamba, a name for weed in Senegal, approaches from the tradition of Benin outfits like Orchestre Poly Rythmo, which carries a little more melancholy than the pronounced funk of Nigerian stars like Kuti or William Onyeabor.

Stephan Crump’s Rhombal
The Jazz Gallery; 3/30 at 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.; Broadway, fifth fl., nr. 27th St.; 646-494-3625
Best known as the bassist for the do-no-wrong Vijay Iyer trio, Crump leads this quartet first assembled for his 2016 release Rhombal, a piano-less thing channeling the spirit of Ornette Coleman. It’s sure to pop off when saxophonist Ellery Eskelin and trumpeter Adam O’Farrill go toe-to-toe.

Black Art Jazz Collective
Smalls Jazz Club; 3/30–3/31; 183 W. 10th St., nr. Seventh Ave.; 212-252-5091
The Black Art Jazz Collective, founded in 2013, channels Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers in both celebrity and sound: The collective’s founding members, saxophonist Wayne Escoffery, trumpeter Jeremy Pelt, and drummer Johnathan Blake, are heavy-hitters with their ears tuned to the roiling post-bop of the ’60s group.