Barry Harris Trio
Barry Harris belongs to a generation of jazz pianists who carried the torch of bebop into an uncertain future. His touch and melodic instinct are unerring, and he leads this working trio — Ray Drummond is the bassist, Leroy Williams the drummer — with well-earned ease. (Chinen-NYT)
Village Vanguard, 178 Seventh Avenue South, at 11th Street
At 8:30 and 10:30 p.m., $25 cover, with a one-drink minimum.
Bill Charlap Trio
The pianist Bill Charlap, the bassist Peter Washington and the drummer Kenny Washington make up this spit-and-polish trio, which favors a crisp approach to standard songbook fare. That’s the personnel appearing this weekend, but next week the eminent bassist Ron Carter will fill in for Mr. Washington: a meaningful substitution, and a logical one. (Chinen-NYT)
Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, Jazz at Lincoln Center, 60th Street and Broadway,
At 7:30 and 9:30 p.m., $35 and $45 cover, with a $10 minimum.
Mike Reed’s People, Places & Things
The Chicago drummer Mike Reed has an abiding interest in the jazz heritage of his hometown, and with the excellent pianoless quartet People, Places & Things — featuring the alto saxophonist Greg Ward, the tenor saxophonist Tim Haldeman and the bassist Jason Roebke — he explores that history from multiple angles. This stop on the band’s east coast tour seems likely to include music from “Clean on the Corner” (482 Music), an album it released last year.
Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, Greenwich Village,
At 9 and 10:30 p.m., $20 cover, includes a drink.
(212) 989-9319, corneliastreetcafe.com; (Chinen-NYT)
Before making final plans, we suggest you call the venue to confirm dates and check times, as schedules are subject to change. =========================================
SPECIAL EXHIBITIONS @ 3 Museums:
(WestSide Manhattan & the BklynMuseum, easy via #2-3 subway)
‘Claes Oldenburg: The Street and the Store’ and ‘Claes Oldenburg: Mouse Museum, Ray Gun Wing’ (through Aug. 5)
‘Performing Histories (1)’ (through Aug. 5)
‘Bill Brandt: Shadow and Light’ (through Aug. 12)
Museum of Modern Art: 11 W 53rd St,
(212) 708-9400 / moma.org.
‘A Different Kind of Order: The ICP Triennial’ (through Sept. 8)
International Center of Photography
1133 Avenue of the Americas, at 43rd Street,
(212) 857-0000 / icp.org
‘Fine Lines: American Drawings From the Brooklyn Museum
(closes on Sunday, May 26)
‘John Singer Sargent Watercolors’ (through July 28) [see review below]
‘Gravity and Grace: Monumental Works by El Anatsui’ (through Aug. 4)
‘LaToya Ruby Frazier: A Haunted Capital’ (through Aug. 11)
Brooklyn Museum: 200 Eastern Parkway, at Prospect Park,
(718) 638-5000 / brooklynmuseum.org
John Singer Sargent Watercolors
“The exhibition brings together 93 of his watercolors and 9 oil paintings from the Brooklyn Museum and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Both institutions acquired significant quantities of his work early on, the Brooklyn Museum from Sargent’s career debut show in New York in 1909 and the Boston museum from a solo show there in 1912. The beauty of Sargent’s watercolors is in how seemingly effortlessly yet exactly he captured outdoor light and complicated man-made and natural forms. In landscapes, close studies of fruit and flowers and portraits of women you see at once the supremely deft action of the brush and the illusions of a sun-drenched halcyon world that it conjures. Prepare for bedazzlement.” (KEN JOHNSON-NYT)