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Your October Jazz Calendar

Ten top-tier jazz shows to catch this month.

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Tom Harrell
Village Vanguard; 10/2–10/7, and 10/9–10/14; 178 Seventh Ave. S., nr. 11th St.; 212-255-4037
Trumpeter Tom Harrell’s tone is a perfect document of the post-bop revolution. He plays in a quartet with saxophonist Mark Turner, bassist Ugonna Okegwo, and drummer Adam Cruz at the beginning of the month in a band, Trip, that doesn’t play songs so much as attack them. Later in the month, he brings in pianist Danny Grissett to take a little edge off his compositions.

Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society
Jazz Gallery; 10/3; 1160 Broadway, nr. 27th St., fifth fl.; 646-494-3625
When Darcy James Argue’s 18-piece ensemble really starts to dig in, the spirit of Charles Mingus comes to life in the simultaneous soloing — wonderful, loud examples of a band falling apart, together.

Robert Glasper
Blue Note; 10/2–10/28; 131 W. 3rd St., nr. Macdougal St.; 212-475-8592
With his Black Radio albums, Glasper crossed genres with confidence and ease, proving he could do just about anything, including winning the 2014 Grammy for Best R&B Album. In October, the pianist posts up for a dizzying 48 shows, with guests including Kendrick Scott, Nicholas Payton, Bilal, and his new supergroup inspired by Nina Simone, R+R+Now.

Bria Skonberg
(Le) Poisson Rouge; 10/5; 158 Bleecker St., nr. Thompson St.; 212-205-3473
Bria Skonberg offers the full Louis Armstrong experience: in a single set, she can play rowdy Dixieland on her trumpet, break into a slow, plunger-muted ballad, and sing in her torrential voice, handled with a conversational wit.

Kevin Eubanks
Birdland; 10/9–10/13; 315 W. 44th St., nr. Eighth Ave.; 212-581-3080
The former bandleader for Jay Leno is a walking, shredding jukebox of soul-funk. He’s joined here by a band of bandleaders: trumpeter Nicholas Payton, bassist Ben Williams, and the reigning Terri Lyne Carrington on drums.

Joel M. Ross
The Stone at the New School; 10/16–10/20; 55 W. 13th St., nr. Sixth Ave.
This young vibraphonist from Chicago has a natural sense of spacing and employs it here with a week’s worth of killer bands; the stars at his Stone residency include saxophonist María Grand, trumpeter Adam O’Farrill, and drummer Marcus Gilmore.

BRIC Jazz Fest
BRIC House; 10/13–10/20; 647 Fulton St., nr. Rockwell Pl., Brooklyn; 718-683-5600
Brooklyn’s best jazz festival returns in its fourth year with a week of talks and concerts, including a three-day marathon featuring Christian Scott, JD Allen, and Lakecia Benjamin on Friday; Meshell Ndegeocello and Cyrus Chestnut on Saturday; and Terence Blanchard on Sunday.

Joey Alexander
The Rose Theater at Jazz at Lincoln Center; 10/19; 33 W. 60th St., nr. Broadway, fifth fl.; 212-258-9829
The 15-year-old Indonesian phenom sweeps through the piano in bombastic, refined runs that bring McCoy Tyner to mind. It’s a little odd to compare a teenager to Coltrane’s pianist, but it’s also odd for a teenager to have three Grammy nominations under his belt.

Christian Sands
Jazz Standard; 10/25-10/27; 116 E. 27th St., nr. Park Ave. S.; 646-576-2232
Sands, 29, has a résumé that would produce anxiety in a pianist twice his age, lending his complex blues to the bands of Bobby Sanabria, Gregory Porter, and Christian McBride. For three nights, he presents his working trio with the addition of guitarist Caio Afiune and trumpeter Keyon Harrold, a Ferguson native who played the horn lines on Jay-Z’s “Roc Boys (And the Winner Is) …” and Beyoncé’s “Back Up

Zeena Parkins
National Sawdust; 10/31; 80 N. 6th St., nr. Wythe Ave., Brooklyn; 646-779-8455
Zeena Parkins rifles through the harp with a percussive force and a mind for the atonal possibilities of the instrument. Here, she plays from her new album, Captiva, and premieres a new work, SCALE. Written with electronic composer Jeff Kolar, they explore “nature at its most disruptive and its most utopic.”


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