Pop, Rock and Jazz in NYC This Week

WAXAHATCHEE at Warsaw (July 15, 9 p.m.). On albums like “Cerulean Salt,” released in 2013, and “Ivy Tripp,” from 2015, the band Waxahatchee — led by the Alabama-raised singer-songwriter Katie Crutchfield — has excelled at emotionally frank rock music. Waxahatchee is playing this show in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, to celebrate the release of its latest album, “Out in the Storm,” which critics have praised for its louder sound and blazingly focused songwriting.
866-777-8932, warsawconcerts.com

YO LA TENGO AND ULTIMATE PAINTING at Rumsey Playfield (July 17, 6 p.m.). This free SummerStage show unites two groups that share a spiritual kinship — despite having origins separated by three decades and an ocean. The Hoboken, N.J., band Yo La Tengo helped invent indie rock as we now know it starting in the late 1980s, making a long string of cult-favorite albums that emphasize subtle guitar hues and dreamy noise. The London-based duo Ultimate Painting, which began in 2014, is one of that sound’s premier latter-day proponents, and a perfect opening act.



The tenor saxophonist Jimmy Heath, above, will give a rare joint performance with Benny Golson as part of the 92nd Street Y’s Jazz in July programming; see listing below.

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ROY AYERS, SEUN KUTI & EGYPT 80, AND UNDERGROUND SYSTEM at Rumsey Playfield (July 16, 2 p.m.). This all-afternoon show approaches the legacy of Fela Kuti, the creator of Afrobeat, from three angles. The vibraphonist and vocalist Roy Ayers became famous in the 1970s for his laissez-faire soul-jazz sound; he joined Kuti to record “Music of Many Colors,” an often overlooked gem, in 1980. Seun Kuti, Fela’s son, plays fervid dance music with his band, Egypt 80, frequently singing messages of social and political militancy. The sound and the statements are an extension of his father’s legacy. The ensemble Underground System is more directly reminiscent of the original Afrobeat sound, but also influenced by lounge music. The free, outdoor concert is presented as part of the Paris New York Heritage Festival.

RAVI COLTRANE PRESENTS UNIVERSAL CONSCIOUSNESS at the Jazz Gallery (July 18-19, 7:30 and 9:30 p.m.). Throughout his career, the saxophonist Ravi Coltrane has sidestepped the shadow of his famous father, John Coltrane. (He has largely succeeded. His playing — marbled, dark and enigmatic — are a far cry from the elder Coltrane’s pinched, pure beam.) But he readily embraces the legacy of his mother, Alice Coltrane, with whom he grew up after John’s death in 1967. In May Mr. Coltrane presented an impressive tribute to her at the Red Bull Music Academy Festival; at the Jazz Gallery he plays two nights dedicated to her music, with a project he’s calling Universal Consciousness. It will feature a smaller but no-less-mighty ensemble that will include the pianist David Virelles at both performances and, on Tuesday evening only, the harpist Brandee Younger.
646-494-3625, jazzgallery.nyc

ORRIN EVANS LIBERATION BLUES QUINTET at Smoke (July 14-15; 7, 9 and 10:30 p.m.). Mr. Evans, a Philadelphia-based pianist, makes a minefield out of the typical postbop form — impishly twisting up a song’s flow or washing out the harmonies with big, dissonant chords. “Liberation Blues,” the 2014 album he recorded live at Smoke, is a master class in outside-the-box bluesiness and ear-catching contemporary composition. He appears here with the front line from that recording, although with a different rhythm section: Sean Jones on trumpet, J. D. Allen on tenor saxophone, Ben Wolfe on bass, and Mark Whitfield Jr. on drums.
212-864-6662, smokejazz.com

MARY HALVORSON OCTET at the Village Vanguard (July 18-23, 8:30 and 10:30 p.m.). Ms. Halvorson’s guitar sound is so distinctive — coiled and tart; unwieldy; both tinny and wooden — that you might wonder how it would fit in a relatively large ensemble. And how could she possibly arrange music for such a band that would both adhere to and expand that idiosyncratic sound? With her octet she accomplishes both those things, as proved on the band’s 2016 debut, “Away With You.” Most of that album’s personnel will join here: Jonathan Finlayson on trumpet, Jon Irabagon on alto saxophone, Ingrid Laubrock on tenor saxophone, Jacob Garchik on trombone, Susan Alcorn on pedal steel guitar, Chris Lightcap on bass, and Ches Smith on drums.
212-255-4037, villagevanguard.com

JAZZ IN JULY at the 92nd Street Y (through July 27). Now in its 33rd year, this festival reliably offers an impressive smorgasbord of straight-ahead jazz. The 2017 edition gets started on Tuesday with a concert celebrating the pianist Dick Hyman, 90, Jazz in July’s founding artistic director. The next night, the tenor saxophone giants Jimmy Heath and Benny Golson — who grew up together in Philadelphia in the 1940s — will make a rare onstage appearance together. On Thursday the vocalist Jane Monheit is featured in a program of Frank Loesser compositions. Each show in the festival will start at 7:30 p.m.
212-415-5500, 92y.org/jazzinjuly

ESPERANZA SPALDING at Carnegie Hall (July 20, 7:30 p.m.). On each of her three most recent albums Ms. Spalding, the bassist and vocalist, has chosen a new genre to infuse with jazz chops. Here she will perform selections from “Emily’s D+Evolution,” her 2016 rock fusion record, and “Chamber Music Society,” from 2010, an ode to chamber music. She’ll perform here with members of the Philadelphia Orchestra and NYO2, Carnegie Hall’s summer orchestral program for talented young musicians.
212-247-7800, carnegiehall.org


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