JOSH EVANS GROUP at Smalls (May 29, 10:30 p.m. and midnight). By now there’s not a lot ambiguity left: We’ve bought to reckon with Mr. Evans, a prodigious younger trumpeter, who’s pretty much as good a poster baby as any for the subterranean scene at Smalls, which carries an outsize significance on the New York scene. Straight-ahead jazz’s tradition of cutthroat competitors lives on on the membership’s late-night jam classes, and Mr. Evans has risen to the highest of the heap due to a passionate however understated sound, mixing the influences of Woody Shaw, Lee Morgan and Roy Hargrove. Every so typically he leads a gaggle of his personal at Smalls; this time he’s joined by Mike DiRubbo on alto saxophone, Davis Whitfield on piano, Rashaan Carter on bass and Kush Abadey on drums.
SULLIVAN FORTNER TRIO AND GUESTS at Jazz Standard (by May 27, 7:30 and 9:30 p.m.). Mr. Fortner, a New Orleans-raised pianist of rising acclaim, is a wondrous participant, mild of contact and vested with fleet, dazzling energy. Next week Impulse Records will launch “Moments Preserved,” his engrossing sophomore album. This weekend Mr. Fortner seems with Marcus Gilmore on drums and Matt Brewer on bass, together with a unique particular visitor every evening: the tenor saxophonist Melissa Aldana on Friday, the trumpeter Peter Evans on Saturday and the trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire on Sunday.
LAUREN HENDERSON on the Blue Note (May 27, 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.). Ms. Henderson sings in a low, foggy tone — someplace between a comforting whisper and a cogent declaration. On “Ármame,” her third album, Ms. Henderson delivers a group of originals and covers from the soul and jazz canons; the document blurs bossa nova, Cuban bolero, lounge jazz and low-lit R&B, reflecting Ms. Henderson’s personal mixture of North American and Caribbean heritage, and her twin residency in New York and Miami. At these lunchtime reveals, she performs in celebration of “Ármame’s” launch.
GUILLERMO KLEIN AND LOS GUACHOS on the Village Vanguard (by May 27, eight:30 and 10:30 p.m.). Never held hostage by the density of his personal concepts, Mr. Klein has turn into an outsider icon to jazz devotees of the previous 20 years. Since the mid-1990s, he’s written for and carried out with Los Guachos, a little bit massive band that may make tough, mental music really feel free-flowing, fetching and addictive. The band seems right here in its full 11-piece kind, with some outstanding figures in New York jazz: the alto saxophonist Miguel Zenón, the tenor saxophonist Chris Cheek and the drummer Jeff Ballard, amongst others.
JEFF LEDERER’S SHAKERS N’ BAKERS at Bar Lunàtico (May 28, eight:30 p.m.). The free-jazz saxophonist Albert Ayler was at all times working towards a private reconciliation of gospel, conventional jazz and avant-garde improvising. (It’s not a stretch: They all hint again simply to the black church.) He might have made the connection most express on “New Grass,” from 1968, a tough shot of pop-funk that seems like each a wierd genuflection to the mainstream and a second of gorgeous, absurd catharsis. Mr. Lederer, a tenor saxophonist whose perfervid type owes a lot to Ayler’s affect, has paid tribute to “New Grass” by throwing one other esoteric wild card into the combo: On “Heart Love,” a brand new album by his sextet Shakers n’ Bakers, Mr. Lederer mingles Ayler’s late-career music with hymns from the Shaker custom. Shakers n’ Bakers, which options two vocalists, will play choices from “Heart Love” at Bar Lunàtico.