Blue Note Jazz Festival

A little bit of everything — that seems to be the way the Blue Note Jazz Festival has approached its annual June bash these past few years. This time ’round they stay the course, filling the calendar with a canny mix of vets, stars, newcomers, and also-rans. The kaleidoscopic future-fusion of Scofield/Mehldau/Guiliana (performing daily through June 5) has a fetching way of inverting grooves. The Rebirth Brass Band (June 19 and 20) choogles through its N’awlins songbook with total abandon. Robert Glasper (June 21-26) drops a fest-within-a-fest, shifting from acoustic swing to abstract funktronica (with Brainfeeder bud Taylor McFerrin) to piano duos (with Jason Moran). The living-legend card is played when Ron Carter, Roy Haynes, and others salute McCoy Tyner (June 4). And you can expect a mighty bluster and plenty of dancing when man-of-the-moment Kamasi Washington (June 18) hits Central Park for a freebie show. One last piece of advice: If you’re needing a dose of nuance, slip into guitarist Gilad Hekselman’s brunch gig (June 5). He’s amazing. Through July 2, various venues.

Blue Note Jazz Club, 131 West 3rd Street, 212-475-0049

Village VOICE



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