The wily pianist cherishes intimacy, spending the last three decades as a savvy architect, able to build an instant aura with his colleagues. Whether it’s singers, like this week’s Kurt Elling and Kate McGarry, or instrumentalists such as John Abercrombie and Ralph Alessi (have you heard their romp through Monk’s “Worry Later”?) there’s usually something daring and deep about the encounters. Really want to hear what he gets going with the up-for-anything Anat Cohen and her trusty clarinet. Call it a week of potpourri.
7:30 pm & 9:30 pm $20. Jazz Standard. 116 East 27 Street. 212-576-2232. MACNIE