Wynton Marsalis appears with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra at Symphony Hall June 10.
Wynton Marsalis appears with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra at Symphony Hall June 10.
Joe Martinez


Critic’s picks: From Newport to Rockport, the best in jazz

TERENCE BLANCHARD AND THE E-COLLECTIVE Trumpeter and composer Blanchard’s E-Collective has become synonymous with Black Lives Matter, since the release, in 2015, of “Breathless,” an album named in honor of Eric Garner, who died at the hands of New York police. The music is by turns mournful, funky, searing. The band is guitarist Charles Altura, pianist Fabian Almazan, bassist David “DJ” Ginyard Jr., and drummer Oscar Seaton. June 7-8 at 8 and 10 p.m. $35-$40. Scullers Jazz Club, Boston. 617-562-4111, www.scullersjazz.com.

JAZZ AT LINCOLN CENTER ORCHESTRA WITH WYNTON MARSALIS The man, the band, and the institution that changed the popular face of jazz, for good and ill, make one of their regular Celebrity Series stops at Symphony Hall. But, after 30 years, the dust has settled, and the band’s music-making remains exceptional. This show is billed as an all-Ellington program, a particular passion of artistic director and star soloist Marsalis. Seating at Symphony Hall will be Pops style. June 10 at 6 p.m. $45-$95. Symphony Hall, Boston. 617-482-2595,

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CÉCILE MCLORIN SALVANT During the past five years, and over the course of three albums, the Thelonious Monk Institute vocal competition winner has become a phenomenon — gifted with an extraordinary instrument, and exceptional interpretive skill that are at one with her provocative choice of material. (Burt Bacharach and Hal David’s “Wives and Lovers” as a feminist anthem, anyone?) Her original material is on a par. Her stops at Scullers with the equally talented pianist Sullivan Fortner have become a regular thing for the past couple of seasons. Lucky us. June 15-16 at 8 and 10 p.m. $40. Scullers Jazz Club, Boston. 617-562-4111, www.scullersjazz.com.


NELLIE MCKAY The last time we saw Nellie McKay at the Regattabar, she was performing her one-woman show “A Girl Named Bill: The Life and Times of Billy Tipton,” and it was a tour de force: funny, moving, revelatory — especially in these gender-fluid times. McKay’s chops include vocal prowess, theatrical flair, and sharp songwriting. June 22 at 7:30 p.m. $25. Regattabar, Cambridge. 617-395-7757, www.regattabarjazz.com

TINARIWEN This Grammy-winning ensemble of Tuareg tribesmen from northern Mali has become emblematic of “desert blues,” with a mesmerizing Arabic-inflected mix of blues and pop — and the kind of guitar grooves that most jam bands would die for. July 26 at 8 p.m. $35-$40. The Sinclair, Cambridge. 617-876-4275, www.World

SAWAARI The pedigree of this Boston-based ensemble includes Club d’Elf, Newpoli, and Grand Fatilla. Each of the players is a master: percussionist and singer Fabio Pirozzolo; oud player Jussi Reijonen; tabla player Amit Kavthekar; and Mike Rivard on bass and sintir. The repertoire draws on Indian taals, Arabic maqams, and trance music from North Africa and Italy. But it’s the blend that creates the magic. July 28 at 8 p.m. $15. Third Life Studio, Somerville. 617-615-9467, www.mandorlamusic.net

NEWPORT JAZZ FESTIVAL The granddaddy of all music festivals (b. 1954) rounds up an encyclopedic gathering of mainstream stars and avant-garde talent. Friday night’s show at the International Tennis Hall of Fame stars the Pat Metheny Quartet plus José James (doing a tribute to Bill Withers). The rest of the weekend, at Fort Adams State Park, is billed as an 80th birthday tribute to Charles Lloyd; Lloyd will play with Sangam (Friday), his New Quartet (Saturday), and with “Friends” (Sunday), including Lucinda Williams. The rest of the Fort Adams bill includes more Metheny, plus Tony Allen, Anat Cohen and Marcello Gonçalves, Jon Batiste, Andra Day, Living Colour, Christian McBride with Laurie Anderson, George Clinton with Parliament-Funkadelic, Gregory Porter, and many more. Aug. 3-5, $20-$375 (multi-day packages available). International Tennis Hall of Fame at the Newport Casino and Fort Adams State Park, Newport, R.I. 401-848-5055, www.newportjazz.org.

TONY ALLEN The longtime drummer for Nigerian Afrobeat legend Fela Kuti, Allen in his latest music, from last year’s Blue Note debut “The Source,” retains Fela’s anthemic uplift and groove, but informed by jazz harmonies spread over a richly varied horn section. Aug. 4 at 8 p.m. $25-$38. City Winery, Boston. 617-933-8047, www.citywinery.com


ROCKPORT JAZZ FESTIVAL Rockport Music, which schedules jazz throughout the year, loads up for this fortnight: Cuban jazz pianist Harold Lopez-Nussa (Aug. 4); Brookline-raised saxophonist, singer, and composer Grace Kelly (Aug. 9); charismatic singer Kurt Elling (Aug. 10); the Jamaican-born pianist Monty Alexander and his trio (Aug. 11); and the Joe Lovano Quartet (Aug. 12). Varied pricing per show, $35-$72. Shalin Liu Performance Center, Rockport. 978-546-7391, www.rockportmusic.org

ARTURO SANDOVAL On his latest album, “Ultimate Duets,” the Cuban-born trumpeter recruited the likes of Stevie Wonder, Pharrell Williams, Placido Domingo, Juan Luis Guerra and . . . you get the idea. But the core of his music is still jazz and the Afro-Cuban tradition. Aug. 17 at 8 p.m. $25-$45. The Cabot, Beverly. 978-927-3100, www.thecabot.org