Staff Picks: The American Songbook Live

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Trio Da Paz & Friends @ Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola (New York, NY) - Tuesday night kicks off the Brazilian jazz group Trio Da Paz' annual two-week summer residency at Dizzy's. Take a night off and a trip to Brazil with the guitar masters of Trio Da Paz: Romero Lubambo, Milson Matta and Duduka da Fonseca. Joining them is Harry Allen on saxophone, Maucha Adnet on vocals and Claudio Roditi on trumpet.

Gerald Clayton Trio + 1 w/Peter Bernstein (New York, NY) - This week, guitarist Peter Bernstein makes a special appearance with pianist/composer Gerald Clayton. Bernstein cut his teeth playing alongside jazz greats like: John Scofield and Pat Metheny, and he is currently a member of the new Sonny Rollins Quintet. Tuesday and Wednesday evening, he'll play alongside a new generation of improvisers: Gerald Clayton (piano), Joe Sanders (bass) and Bill Stewart (drums). 2 performances each evening 7:30PM & 9:30PM

Celebrating Doris Day @ 54 Below (New York, NY) - Wednesday night, celebrate actress/singer Doris Day with a the new show, Doris & Me. The latest project from Scott Dreier, the show takes a tour through one man's obsession with the music and movies of this American Icon. Doors at 9PM.

Annie Ross @ The Metropolitan Room (New York, NY) - The vocal group Lambert, Hendrix and Ross are often heard on The Jonathan Channel. The group rose to prominence in the 1950s and completely revolutionized the way vocal groups approached their craft. Although they were together for only a short time, they left a mark. Tuesday evening, Annie Ross continues her residency at the Metropolitan Room.

The Latin Side of Horace Silver with Conrad Herwig @ Blue Note (New York, NY) - In June of this year, legendary jazz pianist Horace Silver passed away. Thursday evening at the Blue Note, trombonist Conrad Herwig & Grammy-award winning pianist Michel Camilo pay tribute by investigating the Latin Side of the late pianist's repertoire. Doors open at 9:45PM.

Audra Mariel @ Jersey Shore Coffee Roasters (Leonardo, NJ) - This Thursday, jazz vocalist Audra Mariel celebrates her recent self-titled release with a big ol' party. Join Mariel for the evenings festivities including (but not limited to) a celebration of jazz & standards, drinks and so much mingling. Doors at 7PM.

Cyrille Aimée @ Helsinki Jazz Festival (Helsinki, Finland) - French-Dominican gypsy jazz vocalist Cyrille Aimée is currently on tour promoting her new album, "It's A Good Day". The new album is a well executed blend of the American songbook with a fresh French-Dominican sound. Catch her Friday night.!__calendar

Tony Bennett @ Mesa Arts Center (Mesa, AZ) - Saturday evening, 88 year-old crooner Tony Bennett, takes the stage in this week in Mesa, Arizona. Currently, Bennett's in the middle of his international tour - catch him if you can.

Miles Electric @ SF Jazz (San Francisco, CA) - The Miles Electric band is an 11 piece improvising band which specializes Davis' music from the late 60s to the late 80s. Led by the trumpeter's nephew, Vince Wilburn Jr., the band includes many musicians who used to play with Davis. Find the full line up at the SF Jazz website. Doors at 7:30PM.

The NYC Cabaret Festival @ 54 Below (New York, NY) - Each Sunday in August, club 54 Below is presenting two performances a night during its New York Cabaret Festival. The event features 12 performers, some you know (like, Tony DeSare) and some you may not. Two performances each evening 7PM & 9:30PM.