Cécile McLorin Salvant (Oct. 18)
Pharoah Sanders (Oct. 12)
Philadelphia United Jazz Festival | Lifeline Music, the presenters behind the late, lamented West Oak Lane Festival, return with a PECO-sponsored Center City celebration culminating in a weekend fest headlined by the Sun Ra Arkestra and the Odean Pope Trio. Sept. 13-22, philaunitedjazzfestival.com.
Pat Martino & Eldar | Virtuosity reaches across generations as Philly’s elder guitar statesman teams with the Russian-born pianist, who has evolved from child prodigy to a blistering keyboard acrobat. Sept. 27-28, Chris’ Jazz Café, chrisjazzcafe.com.
Pharoah Sanders | The legendary saxophonist, who ventured out with John Coltrane and then took his spiritual quest to new terrain with “The Creator Has a Master Plan,” makes a long, long overdue return to the region. Oct. 12, Montgomery County Community College, mc3.edu.
Diana Krall | The Canadian chanteuse reaches back to her father’s 78 rpm jazz records on her latest album, Glad Rag Doll. Oct. 12, Academy of Music, kimmelcenter.org.
Tim Berne’s Snakeoil | The ever-inventive saxophonist/composer has found one of his most fertile outlets in this latest ensemble, featuring clarinetist Oscar Noriega, drummer Ches Smith and Philly pianist Matt Mitchell. Oct. 15, Philadelphia Art Alliance, arsnovaworkshop.com.
Cécile McLorin Salvant | The singer followed up her 2010 Monk Competition win with a CD, WomanChild, that offers a vibrantly fresh take on the vocal jazz tradition. Oct. 18, Longwood Gardens, longwoodgardens.org.
Francois Zayas/Luke O’Reilly | The Bride refocuses its jazz series on local artists this season, beginning with a quartet led by Cuban-born percussionist Zayas and in-demand keyboardist O’Reilly’s trio. Oct. 18, Painted Bride, paintedbride.org.
Rhenda Fearrington | The former backup singer for Roberta Flack is a powerful vocalist and an even more vocal supporter of local jazz. Oct. 18, Philadelphia Museum of Art, philamuseum.org.
James Carter Organ Trio | A saxophonist with a huge, blustery sound, James Carter has never shown much regard for stylistic boundaries. His latest project caters to his Detroit-bred feel for bold blues and swing. Nov. 8-9, Chris’ Jazz Café, chrisjazzcafe.com.
Joshua Redman Quartet | The prolific saxophonist pares back to a quartet with Aaron Goldberg, Reuben Rogers and Gregory Hutchinson. Nov. 9, Annenberg Center, annenbergcenter.org.
Bobby McFerrin | An ingenious vocal mastermind sadly still best known for an ’80s novelty hit, McFerrin digs down deep into his gospel roots on Spirityouall, inspired by his opera-singing father. Nov. 10, Kimmel Center, kimmelcenter.org.
Ninety Miles | Vibraphonist Stefon Harris, saxophonist David Sanchez and trumpeter Christian Scott journeyed to Havana to play with Cuban musicians for this hybrid project. Dec. 14, Montgomery County Community College, mc3.edu.
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