Staff Picks: The American Songbook Live

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Jazz in July @ 92nd Street Y (New York, NY) - Jazz in July continues this week at the 92nd Street Y with a great lineup of concerts. Tuesday night’s show is Three Generations of Piano Jazz with Dick Hyman, Bill Charlap and Christian Sands. Cècile McLorin Salvant with the Bill Charlap Trio: Celebrate Sarah Vaughan is on Wednesday night. Salvant is a recent Grammy nominee who’s making a sizable splash on the scene today with equal strengths in tradition and progression. The festival concludes with a unique pairing of disciplines. Thursday’s I Won’t Dance: The Fred Astaire Songbook features Renee Rosnes, Bucky Pizzarelli and Carl Allen, among others.

Tia Fuller Quartet @ Jazz at Lincoln Center (New York, NY) - Jazz at Lincoln Center presents the Tia Fuller Quartet on Tuesday and Wednesday. The versatile saxophonist works with groups as varied as the T.S. Monk Septet, Ralph Peterson and Beyoncè’s all-female touring band.

Jon Hendricks @ Jazz Gallery (New York, NY) - Jon Hendricks is another living legend we still have the great opportunity to hear perform live. As one of the founders of Lambert, Hendricks and Ross, he was one of the originators of vocalese and is a mighty fine scat soloist as well. He’s at the Jazz Gallery on Wednesday.

Count Basie Orchestra @ The Blue Note (New York, NY) - The Legendary Count Basie Orchestra plays in Greenwich Village at the Bluenote. The ensemble is still manned by musicians Basie hired and they maintain an active touring schedule at home and abroad. There isn’t a show in town this week that will swing quite as hard as this one. Thursday through Sunday

Kenny Barron @ Jazz Standard (New York, NY) - Kenny Barron leads a quartet at the Jazz Standard this weekend. His elegant approach to melody and rhythm is a treat to witness. Barron has worked with a venerable who’s-who-list of artists including Dizzy Gillespie, Stan Getz and Milt Jackson. His current ensemble includes vibraphonist Stefon Harris, Kiyoshi Kitigawa on bass and fellow Philadelphian Jonathan Blake on the drums. Thursday through Sunday

Django Reinhardt Festival All-Stars @ Regatta Bar (Boston, MA) - The Regatta Bar in Boston, MA presents the Django Reinhardt Festival All-Stars, a group carrying on the legacy of the gypsy guitarist. Featuring new interpretations of hits like “Minor Swing” and “Nuages,” this band of gypsies have been exporting their lightning-fast technique and romantic style from France for over a decade now.

Tony Bennett @ Mission Hill Family Estate (West Kelowna, BC) - Tony Bennett continues his summer tour in the idyllic mountain town of West Kelowna, British Columbia. Performing in this beautiful setting may inspire Tony to alter the lyrics to his hit song, if just for one night.