Hudson plays Berklee Performance Center Oct. 8.
Nick Suttle


Celebrating Coltrane, Monk, and more

KATIE THIROUX Singer, bassist, and composer Thiroux has been approved by no less an authority than Quincy Jones (at whose jazz club in Dubai she spent her summer). Her second disc, “Off Beat” (out Sept. 12), finds her singing with appealing directness (those words mean something) and playing with an inventive swing on a variety of less-familiar standards, including Ellington’s “Happy Reunion,” Frank Loesser’s “Brotherhood of Man,” and the title track, a June Christy favorite. At the Regattabar, she’ll be joined by pianist Steven Feifke and drummer Matt Witek. Sept. 12. Tickets $20. Regattabar, Cambridge. 617-395-7757,

TOM RAINEY TRIO Drummer Tom Rainey has been a mainstay with saxophonist Tim Berne’s bands for 20 years, and a go-to guy on countless other sessions and recordings, able to channel multiple currents of rock and swing time as well as tightly composed pieces and free improvisation. His trio comprises path-breaking guitarist and composer Mary Halvorson and saxophonist Ingrid Laubrock. Sept. 13. Tickets $15. Lilypad, Cambridge.

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RAN BLAKE AND CHRISTINE CORREA To hear pianist Ran Blake, now 82, perform live with a singer is one of the pleasures of the Boston jazz scene. This summer, fans got to hear him at Thelonious Monkfish with one of his regular collaborators, Dominique Eade, following the release of their eloquent “Town and Country.” Now he’s playing with another singer he’s recorded with regularly, Christine Correa. The evening is called “Regatta Noir,” so expect to hear them dig into film noir, noirish originals, and original takes on standards and not-so-standards, marked by Blake’s uncanny harmonies and Correa’s knack for edge-of-your-seat musical drama. Sept. 27. Tickets $25. Regattabar, Cambridge. 617-395-7757.


BERKLEE BEANTOWN JAZZ FESTIVAL The annual rite of fall, presented by Berklee College of Music, is one of Boston’s best free block parties. Performers playing on three stages will include singer Lizz Wright, bassist Oscar Stagnaro with his Peruvian Tinge band; composer Mehmet Ali Sanlikol and his Whatsnext? ensemble playing his riveting fusion of Turkish traditional music and modern jazz; singer-saxophonist Camille Thurman with the Darrell Green Trio; Cape Verdean-born singer Assol Garcia; drummer-composer Marko Djordjevic and his band Sveti; singer Emily Estefan (daughter of Gloria and Emilio); the charismatic singer Jazzmeia Horn (winner of the 2015 Thelonious Monk International Vocal Competition); and the Boston-based Afropop group Kina Zoré, as well as the fourth annual Blue Man Group Boston Drum-Off competition. As a postlude, on Sunday, pianist Chick Corea and drummer Steve Gadd’s quartet play a ticketed event at the Berklee Performance Center. Street festival, Sept. 30 from noon to 6 p.m. Free. Columbus Avenue between Massachusetts Avenue and Burke Street. Corea/Gadd, Oct. 1. Tickets $47-$67. Berklee Performance Center, Boston.

John Coltrane
John Coltrane

40 YEARS OF CELEBRATING ’TRANE The John Coltrane Memorial Concert this year marks its 40th anniversary, as well as the 50th anniversary of John Coltrane’s death, with a week of events, Oct. 1-7, including a photo exhibit, panel discussions, and a screening of the 2016 documentary “Chasing Trane.” The week culminates with concerts by the 20-piece JCMC Ensemble (Friday) and by one of Coltrane’s key collaborators, saxophonist Pharoah Sanders, and his quartet: pianist William Henderson, bassist Nat Reeves, and drummer Johnathan Blake (Saturday). John Coltrane Memorial Concert; Oct. 6. Tickets $20-$35; Pharoah Sanders Quartet, Oct. 7. Tickets $30-$50. Blackman Auditorium, Northeastern University, Boston. 617-671-0789,

REGINA CARTER Carter is that rare virtuoso who doesn’t overplay, using all of her technical skill to serve the music she makes with her band. The winner of a MacArthur “genius” fellowship, Carter these days is following her very personal take on the music of Ella Fitzgerald (from the album “Ella: Accentuate the Positive”), making her stunning violin chops “sing” in another way. Oct. 8. Tickets $39-$55. Shalin Liu Performance Center, Rockport. 978-546-7391,

HUDSON This jazz supergroup — guitarist John Scofield, keyboardist John Medeski, bassist Larry Grenadier, and drummer Jack DeJohnette — is named for the Hudson River Valley where they all reside. Their debut CD mixes deep-groove originals with eloquent renderings of music associated with the area and, of course, Woodstock, in its various manifestations and meanings — Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Jimi Hendrix, the Band. In its own elegiac way, Hudson speaks to the current historical moment. Oct. 8.Tickets $45-$65. Berklee Performance Center, Boston. 617-482-6661,

MATANA ROBERTS A standout at the 2016 Newport Jazz Festival, Roberts is one of the most exciting emerging alto saxophonists, composers, and conceptualists on the jazz scene. Her ongoing, multichapter “Coin Coin” explores “themes of history, memory, and ancestry.” She returns to New England Conservatory (where she received her master’s degree) for a weeklong residency, and this concert with NEC students. Oct. 18. Free. Brown Hall, New England Conservatory, Boston. 617-585-1122,


MONK’S DREAM: THELONIOUS MONK AT 100 New England Conservatory presents this extravaganza marking the centenary of the iconic composer and pianist. Participants will include NEC faculty and alumni, including Ran Blake, Frank Carlberg, Fred Hersch, Nedelka Prescod, and Dominique Eade, as well as drummer T.S. Monk playing portions of his father’s legendary 1959 New York Town Hall concert with the NEC Jazz Orchestra, and commentary from Monk biographer Robin D.G. Kelley. Oct. 19. Free. Jordan Hall, Boston. 617-585-1122,

MAURICE HINES Choreographer and dancer Maurice Hines was, with his brother Gregory, as responsible as anyone for the tap dance revival. This show, called “Tappin’ Thru Life,” will likely combine autobiography, history lesson, and, undoubtedly, a clear demonstration of why tap is jazz. Drummer Sherrie Maricle’s Diva Jazz Orchestra provides the music, and Hines protégés the Manzari Brothers (John and Leo) also perform and perhaps engage in a bit of call-and-response with the master. Oct. 27. Tickets $28.50-$48.50. Cabot Theatre, Beverly. 617-927-3100,

HAROLD LOPEZ-NUSSA TRIO The Havana-based Lopez-Nussa is a young virtuoso with broad reach into classical repertoire, Cuban traditional music, and jazz, and he is an explosive soloist. He’s joined by his equally formidable younger brother, Ruy Adrián López Nussa, on percussion and Gaston Joya on bass. Oct. 28. Tickets $28-$42. Berklee Performance Center, Boston. 617-876-4275,

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CHRISTIAN MCBRIDE TRIO Bassist McBride, now 45, has been a star almost since the moment he emerged as a 17-year-old prodigy in Bobby Watson’s band. His chops are matched by taste and wit, and his trio is one of the most satisfying straight-ahead outfits on the scene. Pianist Christian Sands is McBride’s longtime foil, a phenomenon in his own right. The trio is rounded out by relative newcomer
Jerome Jennings. Oct. 29. Tickets $50-$60. Sanders Theatre, Cambridge. 617-482-6661,

EDDIE PALMIERI LATIN JAZZ ORCHESTRA Born of Puerto Rican parents in New York City, Palmieri has been a visionary force in Afro-Latin jazz since the days of leading his band La Perfecta in the early ’60s. For this tour, “Eddie at 80,” Palmieri will play with a big band, which might make it difficult to keep people from dancing in the aisles in this theater setting. Nov. 4. Tickets $45-$65. Berklee Performance Center, Boston. 617-482-6661,


BRIAN BLADE AND THE FELLOWSHIP BAND Drummer Brian Blade’s Fellowship Band has an affinity for pop, folk, and the blues, but their extended-form jazz favors meticulously arranged development, marked by testifying solos. The other members of the band are composer and keyboardist Jon Cowherd, horn players Myron Walden and Melvin Butler, and acoustic bassist Chris Thomas. Nov. 10, two shows. Tickets $35-$50. Scullers Jazz Club, Boston. 617-562-4111,

THE BAD PLUS Since they first got together in Minneapolis 17 years ago, this band has moved their subversive approach to jazz into the mainstream. With covers of everything from Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” and Black Sabbath’s “Iron Man” to Stravinsky’s “Rite of Spring” and Ornette Coleman’s “Science Fiction,” and a compelling book of originals, the Bad Plus have transformed the idea of what a “jazz piano trio” is and can be. This will be the farewell tour for pianist Ethan Iverson. Nov. 12. Tickets $30-$48. Berklee Performance Center, Boston. 617-876-4275,

Correction: A previous version of this story misstated the date of a Tom Rainey Trio show. It is Sept. 13.