VIJAY IYER SEXTET at Birdland (Jan. 9-13, 8:30 and 11 p.m.). Mr. Iyer’s sextet was a single of the most mentioned stories in innovative songs previous yr, when it introduced a stalwart debut album, “Far From About.” The team plays this pianist’s compositions, which minimize and weave though maintaining strong buildings, and establish a lot of their vitality all around the jagged interplay of the a few-horn front line. The sextet appears listed here with the lineup from the album: Graham Haynes on cornet, flugelhorn and electronics Steve Lehman on alto saxophone Mark Shim on tenor saxophone Stephan Crump on bass and Tyshawn Sorey on drums. (Marcus Gilmore will take Mr. Sorey’s area on Jan. 12 and 13.)
AMIRTHA KIDAMBI AND SAM NEWSOME/JAMES BRANDON LEWIS AND ARUAN ORTIZ at the Clemente (Jan. 9, 7 p.m.). The vocalist Amirtha Kidambi, who often doubles on harmonium, can take a holistic strategy to singing, which can suggest dealing with each and every factor as unfixed: Terms can be opened up, rendered nonspecific. Melody can be repeated and frozen and caught in location. Markings of rhythm can become completely abstract, freed from cadence. She appears below in duo with Sam Newsome, a soprano saxophonist whose solo performances frequently deconstruct the workings of his personal instrument in a related way. Previously in the night, the tenor saxophonist James Brandon Lewis and the pianist Aruan Ortiz — both equally prodigious experimenters — will also play in a duo. This live performance is portion of Arts for Art’s monthlong “Justice Is Compassion, Action Is Power” competition, which finishes afterwards in the 7 days. artsforart.org/evolving
LEE KONITZ at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola (Jan. 9-10, 7:30 and 9:30 p.m.). An early exponent of Lennie Tristano’s hybridized concept of improvising, Mr. Konitz slash a exclusive path on the alto saxophone in the 1940s and ’50s, when most others have been tracing the footsteps of Charlie Parker. Previous year Mr. Konitz celebrated his possess 90th yr with the launch of a beautiful quartet disc, “Frescalalto.” These shows at Dizzy’s — featuring the pianist Dan Tepfer and other customers of Mr. Konitz’s internal circle — are a variety of belated birthday fête.
JOSÉ JAMES at Le Poisson Rouge (Jan. 11, 7 p.m.). Mr. James occasionally utilizes his sleepy baritone to boast, or to posture, or to console — regular soul singer things — but it is challenging to get misplaced in his singing. He’s a shy romantic, relativist and self-questioning and advanced: Whether or not by layout or not, it is the uncertainty that helps make his operate attention-grabbing. His most recent venture is a tribute to Bill Withers, one more singer whose songs generally seemed much more outlined by his internal lifetime than by his general public persona. Mr. James provides Mr. Withers’ audio right here with an skilled quintet. The concert also consists of sets from 3 acts with their personal suggestions about how to make dance songs surprising: My Brightest Diamond, the No BS! Brass Band, and Knower.
SAMORA PINDERHUGHES’S ‘THE TRANSFORMATIONS SUITE’ at Joe’s Pub (Jan. 7, 7 p.m. Jan. 9 and 14, 9:30 p.m.). The youthful, Bay-Place-reared pianist Samora Pinderhughes unveiled “The Transformations Suite” on CD in 2016, but preferably it belongs onstage. A work of protest and incantation, it mixes stout horn arrangements with intense improvisations and radical poetry confronting the scourge of racial violence — physical and political — in the United States. At Joe’s Pub, Mr. Pinderhughes appears with a complete band, introducing movie and theatrical performance to the blend.
JOSHUA REDMAN QUARTET at the Blue Note (Jan. 9-14, 8 and 10:30 p.m.). Mr. Redman’s location is secure as one particular of the most effusive and engaging tenor saxophonists in straight-forward jazz. He seems in this article with 3 longtime compatriots — the pianist Aaron Goldberg, the bassist Reuben Rogers and the drummer Gregory Hutchinson — all effectively attuned to his language of elastic tenacity. 212-475-8592, bluenote.net