This Week: Staff Music Picks

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 9 - June 15.

Stacey Kent @ Birdland (New York, NY) - Stacey Kent is one of the most talented and unique voices interpreting the American Songbook today. She has a sound that is all her own, and a rhythmic sensibility that gets right to the core of whatever style she chooses to tackle. This week Birdland welcomes the Grammy nominated artist, performing music from her new Brazilian themed recording, “The Changing Lights.” Tuesday through Saturday http://www.birdlandjazz.com/

Anat Cohen @ Village Vanguard (New York, NY) - Israeli clarinetist and saxophonist Anat Cohen returns to the historic Village Vanguard this week. She’s won the critics and readers poll in Downbeat Magazine several years running now as well as clarinetist of the year six years in a row by the Jazz Journalist Association. Her virtuosity as a multi-instrumentalist is equally matched by her stylistic expertise. She will undoubtedly take the audience on a journey around the musical world: Brazilian samba and choro, New Orleans Dixieland, the swing of the golden era of New York big bands, African grooves and more. Tuesday through Sunday http://villagevanguard.com/html/schedule.html

Michael Feinstein @ The Appel Room (New York, NY) - Michael Feinstein is one of the world’s preeminent authorities on the American Songbook, hosts Song Travels on The Jonathan Channel and this week performs at the Appel Room in “Legends of the Jazz Age.” The program explores the music of the Roaring Twenties and Great Depression Eras’ most popular performers including Louis Armstrong, Mildred Baily and Fats Waller as well as “no small number of off the beaten path nuggets.” Joining Michael are Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks and vocalist Ann Hampton Callaway. Wednesday and Thursday at Jazz at Lincoln Center http://lc.lincolncenter.org/

On Tour: Jane Monheit @ Catalina's (Los Angeles, CA) - Jonathan Channel favorite Jane Monheit takes her show on the road to Los Angeles performing Thursday through Saturday at Catalina’s Jazz Club. She performs in a duo setting, interpreting the music of Frank Wildhorn. Thursday through Saturday http://catalinajazzclub.com/

Playboy Jazz Festival (Los Angeles, CA) This weekend, jazz music rubs elbows with the stars at the Playboy Jazz Festival. Held annually at the Hollywood Bowl, this year’s festival is packed with talent and style. Jamie Cullum, George Benson, Kenny Barron, Dianne Reeves, Ravi Coltrane, Fantasia, Jose James, Al Jarreau, Stanley Clark and so many more talented performers gather for the jewel of the west coast jazz festival circuit. http://www.hollywoodbowl.com/playboyjazz

On Tour: Dianne Reeves @SF Jazz Festival (San Francisco, CA) - If there were still titles in jazz like Count, Duke or Lady, Dianne Reeves would be the undisputed heavy-weight champion of jazz vocalists. Why don’t we call her the Queen, you ask? That would imply an inherited title. Dianne Reeves has earned her belt time and again. With an abundance of talent, discipline and class, she shows us that this is her world and the rest of us are along for the ride. She performs with her band Sunday at the San Francisco Jazz Festival. http://www.sfjazz.org/events/festival/2014/jun15/dianne-reeves