Pundits often celebrate how oft-discrete jazz camps sometimes blend together, POVs and aesthetic attitudes melding to form a unique sound or test a tricky new lingo. These kind of moves need a lynchpin to get off the dime – someone who worked a variety of situations and sees value in the wealth of existing approaches. Lots and lots and lots of times, that’s Matt Wilson. For the last two decades the drummer-bandleader has been a poster boy for versatility, making sweet concoctions from old school swing, hard bop swag, and avant skronk. He and his cohort grab everything they hear and find a use for it – that’s why his numerous ensembles often sound as cosmopolitan as they do. They get the big picture. To celebrate Wilson’s 50th birthday, Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola invited a handful of his groups to the stage. The aptly named Open House is the most emblematic of his insightful curatorial skills. Put Joe Lovano, Mary Halvorson and Stefon Harris in the front line and you’re making a statement. Also this week: Arts & Crafts (his organ outfit), Topsy Turvy (quartet + guest horns), and an inviting collabo with veteran bassist Buster Williams and pianist Geri Allen. Hit two or more and your world will expand.
Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola
33 W. 60th St. New York, NY