This Week in Jazz: Staff Music Picks

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The Jonathan Channel brings you great music to see live across the nation. Each week, we present a show list that is guaranteed to satisfy even the most selective music fan. Here are our picks for June 3- June 8. 

Banda Magda @ Regatta Bar (Boston, MA) - Tuesday night, Boston is the lucky host of Banda Magda tonight. Led by the ultra-talented singer and accordionist Magda Giannikou, the music draws from some of the more exciting styles of art music. From the Brazilian dance beats of baiao and samba, to jazz manouche and vintage French pop, an evening with Banda Magda is a humorous and fun time powered by incredible energy and musical virtuosity.

Freddy Cole @ Birdland (New York, NY) - Freddy Cole makes his annual visit to Birdland this week performing jazz tunes and songs from the great American songbook. A baritone with impeccable pitch and the phrasing of an artist truly devoted to his craft, he is unapologetic about sometimes sounding like is older brother Nat “King” Cole. Although there are some similarities, he sings, plays piano and performs with bass and guitar, Freddy Cole has a sound all his own. Tenor master Harry Allen joins the trio for this week-long run. Wednesday evening.

Sarah Elizabeth Charles Septet @ Dizzy's (New York, NY) - Wednesday night head uptown for a night of great music. One of the more unique voices on the scene today, Sarah Elizabeth Charles performs music from the great American songbook, re-workings of Haitian folklore music and intricately crafted originals. The S.E Charles Band will be returning to Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola to celebrate Caribbean Heritage Month on Wednesday night. Trumpeter Etienne Charles, tenor-saxophonist Jacques Schwartz-Bart and alto-saxophonist Godwin Lewis join the group.

Kate Davis @ Lincoln Center (New York, NY) - Kate Davis is equally at home among jazz musicians and the songwriting crowd. She has performed at venues as diverse as The Kennedy Center, The Blue Note and Rockwood Music Hall. The multi-instrumentalist sings and plays bass at the David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center on Thursday at 7:30.

Tribute to Ellington @ Rose Theater (New York, NY) - Thursday evening, Wynton Marsalis leads the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra in a program of music by Duke Ellington. Focusing on the complex side of the ultra-modern composer’s repertoire, the band will showcase some of his rarely heard film scores from Anatomy of A Murder and Paris Blues alongside some of Ellington’s most famous large-scale works: Far East Suite and Black, Brown & Beige.  

Ellis Marsalis @ Snug Harbor (New Orleans, LA) - If you happen to find yourself in the French Quarter this Friday stop by Snug Harbor to catch a set by Ellis Marsalis, the patriarch of the Marsalis family. If you’re looking for Dixieland, this isn’t the place. Ellis is one of the most respected modernist of his generation and is widely considered the father of the jazz resurgence of the 1980’s.

Sunday in New York with Jonathan Schwartz (New York, NY) - Jonathan and his friends John Pizzarelli, Jessica Molaskey, Tierney Sutton, Cyrille Aimee and Tony DeSare perform at the historic Harvey Theater at BAM on Sunday June 8th at 3PM. There are still tickets available to this very special event. We’ll be there, will you?