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    Critic’s picks: Jazz

    Guitarist Julian Lage and pianist Fred Hersch play Scullers on Nov. 21.
    John Rogers
    Guitarist Julian Lage and pianist Fred Hersch play Scullers on Nov. 21.

    JOHN SCOFIELD ÜBERJAM BAND The pan-stylistic guitar master busts out the grooves and effects pedals as he revives his Überjam Band. This edition includes rhythm guitarist Avi Bortnick, bassist Andy Hess, and drummer Tony Mason. Sept. 11-12. Regattabar, Cambridge. 617-395-7757,

    KAT EDMONSON Singer-songwriter Edmonson’s diminutive stature and small-bore sound belie a focused performer with exceptional expressive control and wit. Her urbane comedy “Champagne” doesn’t sound at all out of place next to Cole Porter’s “Night and Day.” She brought down the house last year at Scullers; now she crosses the river. Sept. 19. Regattabar, Cambridge. 617-395-7795,

    BOB MOVER The 61-year-old Boston-born saxophonist and vocalist — especially powerful on alto sax, and long a hero of the local scene — returns in support of his new double-CD, “My Heart Tells Me,” a side each of ballad standards and hard-bop flagwavers and originals. Sept. 23. Lily Pad, Cambridge.


    NOAH PREMINGER The 27-year-old New England Conservatory grad tenor saxophonist with a sound and approach wise well beyond his years celebrates his third and most exploratory album, “Haymaker,” with his superb band: guitarist Ben Monder, bassist Matt Pavolka, and drummer Colin Stranahan. Sept. 25. Scullers, Boston. 617-562-4111,

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    MIGUEL ZENÓN The composer, alto saxophonist, and MacArthur Fellowship winner boasts a huge sound, stunning chops, great band, and a provocative melding of jazz, chamber music, and Puerto Rican folk songs.
    Sept. 25. Regattabar, Cambridge. 617-395-7757,

    BERKLEE BEANTOWN JAZZ FESTIVAL The annual free South End block party this year features among its 15 artists on three stages: singer-songwriter bass monster Meshell Ndegeocello, former Living Colour drummer Will Calhoun with his trio, soul-jazz singer-songwriter Robin McKelle and the Flytones, trumpeter Christian Scott, the Mike Tucker Trio with vibes star Warren Wolf, and pianist Matt Savage and his quintet with saxophonist Bobby Watson. Sept. 28. Noon-6 p.m. Columbus Avenue. between Burke St. and Massachusetts Ave.

    KNEEBODY Among the latest generation of bands combining jazz and rock, this 12-year-old quintet is probably the hardest rocking of all, and the most in-your-face experimental. The group’s Boston appearance follows the Sept. 24 release of their Concord Records debut, “The Line.” Sept. 30. Cafe 939, Boston. 617-747-6038,

    AARDVARK JAZZ ORCHESTRA Boston’s magnificent progressive jazz orchestra kicks off its 41st season with “Blues and Other Hues” — an exploration of the form from Duke Ellington’s “Such Sweet Thunder” and Billy Strayhorn’s “Daydream” to Aardvark leader Mark Harvey’s “Boston Boy,” a salute to jazz scribe Nat Hentoff. Oct. 9. Scullers, Boston. 617-562-4111, wwww.scullers


    Abyssinian: A GOSPEL Celebration The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, with Wynton Marsalis, joins forces with the 70-voice Chorale le Chateau for a reprise of Marsalis’s full-length 2008 choral work, “Abyssinian 200: A Celebration.” Oct. 27. Symphony Hall, Boston. 617-482-6661,

    MADELEINE PEYROUX For her latest album, “Blue,” the former Paris busker again teamed up with producer Larry Klein (Joni Mitchell, Herbie Hancock, etc.), this time for a more-or-less Ray Charles-Hank Williams riff (“Born to Lose,” “I Can’t Stop Loving You”) but with some Randy Newman (“Guilty”), Leonard Cohen (“Bird on a Wire”) and a few others thrown in, all delivered in her own alluring, jazzy way. Oct. 27. Berklee Performance Center, Boston. 617-747-3161,

    9th ANNUAL FILM NOIR CONCERT: PREMINGER’S “LAURA” AND MORE New England Conservatory faculty members Ran Blake and Aaron Hartley again use Halloween season to explore the music and images of film noir, with faculty and students recomposing and reinterpreting classic scores in real-time accompaniment to screened footage from Otto Preminger’s “Laura” and “Whirlpool” as well as John Stahl’s “Leave Her to Heaven.” Nov. 5. Jordan Hall, Boston. 617-585-1260,

    JOSHUA REDMAN QUARTET Redman and his band — pianist Aaron Goldberg, bassist Reuben Rogers, and drummer Gregory Hutchinson — were one of the highlights of the 2013 Newport Jazz Festival. This World Music/CRASHarts concert offers a second chance to catch them. Nov. 8. Berklee Performance Center, Cambridge. 617-876-4275,

    CÉCILE MCLORIN SALVANT  The 24-year-old French-American winner of the 2010 Thelonious Monk Vocal Competition is perhaps the most accomplished and exciting jazz singer to come along since Sarah Vaughan, matching technical prowess, enthralling sound, and interpretive insight. Her backing trio will be fronted by Aaron Diehl, the pianist from her Mack Avenue debut, “WomanChild.” Nov. 15, Regattabar, Charles Hotel, Cambridge. 617-395-7757,


    FRED HERSCH AND JULIAN LAGE Pianist Hersch, 57, and guitarist Lage, 25, are uncommonly lyrical players as well as technical whiz kids. Their duo disc, “Free Flying” (Palmetto), recorded live at Kitano in New York, is one of the highlights of the year. Nov. 21. Scullers, Boston. 617-562-4111,

    WAYNE SHORTER 80th BIRTHDAY Maybe you celebrated with Wayne at Newport. But this deal is different. For one, it’s at Symphony Hall, and the warm-up acts are the Joe Lovano-Dave Douglas quintet Sound Prints and the trio of pianist Geri Allen, drummer Terri Lyne Carrington, and bassist Esperanza Spalding. Nov. 24. Symphony Hall, Boston. 617-482-6661,


    Jon Garelick can be reached at or @jgarelick