Staff Picks: The Great American Songbook Live

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Bucky Pizzarelli @ Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola (New York, NY) - The patriarch of the Pizzarelli family kicks off July at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola at Jazz at Lincoln Center. Master of the seven string guitar Bucky Pizzarelli is playing two sets tonight only at the Columbus Circle venue. Don’t miss this chance to hear a living legend in person.

Tony Bennett @ The Place Des Arts (Montreal, QC, CN) - The legendary singer performs many of his popular songs and will be joined by his daughter Antonia for a few special numbers.

Jon Weber @ The Metropolitan Room (New York, NY) - Jonathan Schwartz says “Jon Weber is one of the best piano players we’ve got.” He performs his solo show “Joplin to Jarrett” at the Metropolitan Room on Wednesday evening. He has an incredible command of his instrument and a talent for revealing unexpected connections between artists of different eras.

Our Sinatra: A Musical Celebration @ Birdland (New York, NY) - The early show at Birdland this week is a celebration of someone near and dear to our hearts: Our Sinatra. Eric Comstock, Christopher Gines and Harmony Keeney perform songs made popular by Sinatra in this nationally acclaimed and award winning revue. Tuesday through Saturday

Renne Rosnes @ The Village Vanguard (New York, NY) - The piano player and friend of The Jonathan Channel sets up shop this week at the cathedral of jazz. She is joined by vibraphonist Steve Nelson, bassist Peter Washington and drummer-extraordinaire Bill Stewart. Tuesday through Saturday

The Robert Glasper Experiment @ Celebrate Brooklyn (Brooklyn, NY) - It can be argued that the face of jazz to come is well represented by The Robert Glasper Experiment. The Grammy award winning, genre-bending quartet performs a free show on Saturday at Celebrate Brooklyn with Talib Kweli, Glenn Kotche and Aja Monet.

John Pizzarelli @ The Montreal Jazz Festival (Montreal, QC, CN) - The Montreal Jazz Festival is where the John Pizzarelli Quartet performs for our friends in the North on Sunday. This festival is packed with great performances, here we are highlighting our favorite.

Jane Monheit @ Birdland (New York, NY) - The Grammy nominated vocalist kicks off her summer residency this Sunday. She'll host a weekly performance in an informal setting that is part concert, part storytelling and part jam session. There will be hits of the American songbook as well as new material she's developing alongside some very special guests. This week she is joined by Michael Kanan, Neal Miner and Rick Montalbano.

The Legendary Count Basie Orchestra @ Yoshi's (Oakland, CA) - The sound of the Count Basie Orchestra can still be heard regularly around the world and many of the musicians are the same ones who played with Count Basie before his passing. This week they are in Oakland, California at Yoshi’s where you can get a sushi dinner while checking out an American institution. Saturday and Sunday

Tony DeSare @ Norwood Village Green (Norwood, NY) - After his guest DJ appearance this week on The Jonathan Channel, Tony DeSare takes his act to this family-friendly outdoor concert. It is the perfect show to enjoy a picnic dinner and the great American songbook.

The Montreux Jazz Festival (Montreux, Switzerland) - The summer festival season is in full swing right now. This week we highlight the Montreux Jazz Festival in Montreux, Switzerland. Set on the shores of Lake Geneva, this annual event presents a program that is truly pushing the envelope of what we identify as jazz music. Yes there are Herbie Hancock, John Scofield and Jamie Cullum but there are also, Stevie Wonder Van Morrison and Pharrell Williams.