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

ALAN BRAUFMAN AND STANDING ON THE CORNER at National Sawdust (Aug. 3, 8 p.m.). In 1974, when Mr. Braufman was deeply embedded on New York’s radical free-jazz scene, he recorded “Valley of Search,” a record of darkly melodic improvising and portentous incantations and extempore group explosions. But the album had a very limited release, and soon Mr. Braufman was a committed side musician, working with the likes of Carla Bley and Philip Glass. By the time he became a bandleader again, he had changed his name (to Alan Michael) and his style. But “Valley of Search” saw a reissue in June, and at National Sawdust, Mr. Braufman, now 67, will play music from the album with a band including Cooper-Moore, the esteemed pianist who was on the original record, and James Brandon Lewis, a young tenor saxophonist. Standing on the Corner, an uncategorizable collective of improvisers and beat makers and poets from Brooklyn, will play an opening set.
646-779-8455, nationalsawdust.org

GERALD CLAYTON QUINTET at the Village Vanguard (through Aug. 5, 8:30 and 10:30 p.m.). Mr. Clayton plays mainline jazz piano with surging energy and a miniaturist’s attention to detail. Thinking of him as a sculptor, he’s more of a Hellenist than an Impressionist: He likes beauty and structure and logic, not messy displacement. Two of his big piano influences are Kenny Barron and Oscar Peterson, but the neat power of his playing — if not his harmonic choices — brings Chick Corea to mind. He appears here with four longtime associates: Logan Richardson on alto saxophone, Walter Smith III on tenor saxophone, Joe Sanders on bass and Marcus Gilmore on drums.
212-255-4037, villagevanguard.com

BÉLA FLECK at Murmrr Theater (Aug. 4, 8 p.m.). Mr. Fleck is the most renowned banjoist in modern music, with debts to a variety of American musical traditions. He and the Flecktones, his powerhouse ensemble, just completed a 30th-anniversary tour. In all those years, Mr. Fleck says, he’s never performed a solo show in New York City, his hometown. That’s remarkable, since the banjo has roots as a solo instrument — and as an unimpeachable virtuoso, Mr. Fleck seems like a natural for the format. This show is your chance to catch him onstage alone.

JON IRABAGON QUINTET at Smalls (Aug. 7, 7:30 and 9 p.m.). Mr. Irabagon won the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition 10 years ago thanks to a big saxophone sound that’s as sturdy as it is unruly. He has the language of the classic bebop greats in his playing — Dexter Gordon, Sonny Rollins — but he likes to stretch his references past breaking. Ever droll, Mr. Irabagon recently released an album titled “Dr. Quixotic’s Traveling Exotics,” and it’s classic Irabagon: intense, sophisticated, jokey, no-holds-barred post-bop. He appears at Smalls with the band from that record: Tim Hagans on trumpet, Luis Perdomo on piano, Yasushi Nakamura on bass and Rudy Royston on drums.
646-476-4346, smallslive.com

ALLAN HARRIS at Minton’s Playhouse (Aug. 3, 7:30 and 9:30 p.m.). A vocalist of smooth and brawny tone who doubles on guitar, Mr. Harris recently put out a new album paying tribute to Eddie Jefferson, a midcentury vocalist best known for writing words to famous bebop compositions. (The practice caught on and came to be known as vocalese.) Mr. Harris plays here with Arcoiris Sandoval on piano, Nimrod Speaks on bass and Shirazette Tinnin on drums.
212-243-2222, mintonsharlem.com

NICOLE MITCHELL at the Stone (Aug. 7-11, 8:30 p.m.). Ms. Mitchell, a masterly flutist and composer, is the exact kind of musician you want for a Stone residency: always bursting with recent projects and fresh ideas for new ones, and keyed into a broad, diverse network of friends. For her week here, Ms. Mitchell will start things off in a duo with the virtuoso pianist Cory Smythe on Tuesday, and cap things off on Aug. 11 with an all-star septet performing her sweeping, incandescent “Xenogenesis Suite.” On the intervening dates, she will play with a different small group each night.

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