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15 Pop, Rock and Jazz Concerts to Check Out in N.Y.C. This Weekend


AFRO-LATINO FESTIVAL at City Point at Albee Square (July 12-13). This annual festival, in its seventh year, will overtake the area around Long Island University in Downtown Brooklyn, infusing it with clave rhythm and dance music ranging from the traditional to the contemporary. Highlights will include a concert on Friday night paying tribute to the famed Puerto Rican composer Tite Curet Alonso, including a performance by the (all-female) mariachi band Flor De Toloache, and a festival-closing show on Saturday featuring José Alberto, the esteemed Dominican salsa singer known as El Canario.

RON CARTER QUARTET at the Blue Note (through July 14, 8 and 10:30 p.m.). A bassist who needs no introduction, Carter served as the slippery anchor in Miles Davis’s game-changing quintet of the mid-1960s and, over his career, performed on more than 2,000 recordings. Now 82, he largely sticks to leading his own ensembles and tacks to a relatively straight-ahead approach. This week he appears with Renee Rosnes on piano, Jimmy Greene on saxophone and Payton Crossley on drums.

TOOTIE HEATH TRIO at Birdland Theater (July 18, 7 and 9:45 p.m.). The drummer Albert Heath, known as Tootie, is a member of one of jazz’s most illustrious families: Together with his brothers Jimmy, a tenor saxophonist, and Percy, a bassist who died in 2005, he has been an off-and-on member of the Heath Brothers band since the 1970s. But his buoyant, aerated swing feel has also graced albums by numerous other jazz luminaries, including John Coltrane, Herbie Hancock and Dexter Gordon. When he leads his own ensembles in concert, Heath takes his time between songs, teasing the audience with playful banter. This concert — featuring the pianist Emmet Cohen and the bassist Russell Hall, both of whom are about a third Heath’s age — is aptly billed as a night of “jazz and comedy.”

DR. EDDIE HENDERSON QUINTET at Dizzy’s Club (July 12-13, 7:30 and 9:30 p.m.). The band joining Henderson at this run includes the New Orleanian saxophonist Donald Harrison, the pianist Peter Zak, the bassist Gerald Cannon and the drummer Mike Clark — who, like Henderson, came into his own in the 1970s, playing jazz-funk in bands led by Herbie Hancock. The group’s diversity makes sense for a trumpeter like Henderson, whose idea of jazz encompasses subtle backbeats, swarming atmospherics and virtuoso hard-bop playing.

JAMAICA DOWNTOWN JAZZ FESTIVAL at various locations (July 12-14). The inaugural edition of this festival will bring an impressive assortment of jazz talent to the heart of Jamaica, Queens, with a subtle emphasis on the avant-garde. Things kick off on Friday at the Jamaica Arts Center with a screening of the documentary “Milford Graves Full Mantis,” about the avant-garde drummer (and Jamaica resident) Milford Graves, followed by a duo performance from the pianist Jason Moran and the drummer Tyshawn Sorey. Saturday’s offerings include a walking tour of the neighborhood, and a mix of ticketed and free shows throughout the afternoon and evening (including one by Graves) at the arts center, the Jamaican Performing Arts Center, the central branch of the Queens Public Library and the King Manor Museum. On Sunday, the shows are all free and all based at the arts center; they culminate with a concert from the drummer Pheeroan akLaff.


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