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Your September Jazz Calendar

Ten top-tier jazz shows to catch this month.


Mark Guiliana  

Steve Davis
Smoke Jazz & Supper Club-Lounge; 9/7–9/9; 2751 Broadway, nr. 106th St.; 212-864-6662
The trombonist celebrates the release of Say When, his Smoke Sessions Records debut, a treatment of the music of valve master J.J. Johnson. Davis has got his usual firepower on this sextet, with saxophonist Eric Alexander, drummer Joe Farnsworth, and pianist Harold Mabern, whose playful vamping helped ground Johnson’s ’64 Impulse date Proof Positive.

Donald Harrison
Blue Note; 9/11–9/16; 131 W. 3rd St., nr. Macdougal St.; 212-475-8592
Treme cast member, Biggie mentor, and saxophonist Donald Harrison leads Ron Carter, the most recorded bassist in jazz, and drummer Billy Cobham, the engine of Miles’s early fusion days. It’s a three-man hall of fame, together for six hard-swinging nights.

Wynton Marsalis’s Spaces
The Rose Theater at Jazz at Lincoln Center; 9/13–9/15; 33 W. 60th St., nr. Broadway, fifth fl.; 212-258-9829
To tip off its 31st season of programming, Jazz at Lincoln Center presents its artistic director’s 2016 “animal ballet” Spaces, an Ellington-style big-band designed for dancers Lil Buck and Jared Grimes, who interpret the rhythms of the bugs and big predators invoked by the orchestra.

(Le) Poisson Rouge; 9/15; 158 Bleecker St., nr. Thompson St.; 212-205-3473
Bassist Chris Lightcap has cited scrappy favorites like German rockers the Monks and Link Wray as influences of his new improvisational band, Superette. Naturally, the band is guitar heavy — Jonathan Goldberger, Curtis Hasselbring, and Wilco’s Nels Cline plug in for this self-titled album-release party. John Medeski is on organ, too, to complete the garage feel.

Ulysses Owens Jr.
Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola; 9/20–9/23; 33 W. 60th St., nr. Broadway, fifth fl.; 212-258-9595
The Grammy-winning drummer is joined by the pliable bassist and St. Thomas native Reuben Rogers and Joel Ross, a young vibraphonist with an ear for explosive melodic runs.

Chris Speed
Korzo; 9/25; 667 Fifth Ave., nr. 19th St., Brooklyn; 718-499-1199
The dissonant saxophonist’s trios operate like a clandestine military cell: enter in small numbers and achieve maximum chaos. Cellist Hank Roberts pitches in, with Vinnie Sperrazza on drums.

Mark Guiliana Space Heroes
Jazz Standard; 9/25 and 9/26; 116 E. 27th St., nr. Park Ave. S.; 646-576-2232
Guiliana, fluent in styles across the board, played drums on the final Bowie record and writes towering songs about New Jersey. His new band, Space Heroes, is his tested lineup of bassist Chris Morrissey and saxophonist Jason Rigby, with a second reedist, Mike Lewis, throwing in runs on sax and synths.

Andrew Cyrille, Sylvie Courvoisier
National Sawdust; 9/26; 80 N. 6th St., nr. Wythe Ave., Brooklyn; 646-779-8455
Brooklyn native, and champion of crisp, outré drumming, Andrew Cyrille collides with Swiss pianist Sylvie Courvoisier in this duo presented by the Stone.

Future Fest
Jazz Gallery; 9/28-9/29; 1160 Broadway, nr. 27th St., fifth fl.; 646-494-3625
This two-day bash invites the next generation of New York improvisers, including trumpeter Adam O’Farrill with guitarist Gabe Schneider, vibraphonist Sasha Berliner, the noise quartet Tiny Gunk, and the fusion quartet Secret Mall, who re-create the weed haze of vaporwave with live instruments.

Brooklyn Comes Alive
Various locations; 9/29
The fourth annual funk-and-soul festival occupies Rough Trade, Brooklyn Bowl, and the Music Hall of Williamsburg, with Frankenstein mash-ups of expert jammers, including a those-we’ve-lost tribute from Meters alum George Porter Jr. and MonoNeon, the former bassist for Prince, leading a 13-piece band through the hits of the purple guru.

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