The summer always fades away on a strong note for jazz buffs in proximity of NYC. At the annual Charlie Parker Jazz Festival, audiences uptown and down think of Bird and absorb inter-generational programs that illustrate how far the music’s come. This year the whomp of McCoy Tyner’s piano, the whisper of Jimmy Scott’s vocals, and the wiles of Jason Moran’s Bandwagon interplay (Nasheet Waits!!) mark the Harlem happening. On the Loisaida, the designated veteran is the ingenious James Moody (check “Along Came Betty” from that 4B joint), the riveting Vijay Iyer Trio (kinetics as swing, lyricism as raison d’etre), the seductive Catherine Russell (who gets extra points for informality masking depth), and the never-not-fierce JD Allen Trio (they recently stood a Newport audience on its head). The whole thing is free, too.
Nels Cline, Dirty Baby (Crytogramophone)
Avishai Cohen, Tirveni (Anzic)
Tom T. Hall, Places I’ve Done Time (Universal)
Mike Pride’s From Bacteria To Boys, Betweenwhile (AUM)
Nicholas Urie, Excerpts from An Online Dating Service (Red Piano)
John Hebert, Byzantine Monkey (Firehouse 12)