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DAVE DOUGLAS AND BRASS ECSTASY (Thursday) Mr. Douglas, the indefatigable trumpeter, cornetist and composer, has a strong new album, “Spirit Moves” (Greenleaf), featuring this likably blustery ensemble. Along with four horn players, Mr. Douglas included, its lineup features a supple and dynamic drummer, Nasheet Waits. (Through June 21.) At 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. Jazz Standard, 116 East 27th Street, Manhattan , (212)576-2232, www.jazzstandard.net; $25.

 

NICHOLAS PAYTON GROUP (Wednesday and Thursday) The prodigiously gifted trumpeter Nicholas Payton has a fine recent album, “Into the Blue” (Nonesuch), that neatly synthesizes his dual allegiance to hard-bop and groove music. Its substance seems intended to come alive on the bandstand, and is especially likely to do so here, with Robert Glasper on piano, Vicente Archer on bass, Daniel Sadownick on percussion and Marcus Gilmore on drums. (Through May 23.) At 8:30 and 11 p.m., Birdland, 315 West 44th Street, Clinton, NYC, (212) 581-3080, birdlandjazz.com; cover, $40 and $30, with a $10 minimum.

 

RON MILES QUARTET (Tuesday and Wednesday) The trumpeter Ron Miles has a warm and rounded tone, and his compositions can tend toward summery bliss. His quartet here is well stocked with ruggedly resourceful improvisers: the pianist Jason Moran, the bassist Todd Sickafoose and the drummer Matt Wilson. At 7:30 and 9:30 p.m., Jazz Standard, 116 East 27th Street, Manhattan, (212) 576-2232, jazzstandard.net; cover, $25.

 

Mark Van Cleave Mark Van Cleave is a trumpet player that is well known especially among other trumpet players. His career has spanned several decades as lead trumpet and conductor on some of the most grueling gigs for any trumpet player including The Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra and Ringling Brothers Circus to name a couple. Most recently, Mark has formed his own big band and is playing a musical birthday tribute to one of the greatest of the trumpet greats; Maynard Ferguson. The concert will feature many of Maynard's hits with the 20 piece MVCJO. Location is at Snider H.S. auditorium in Fort Wayne, IN 5/8/10 at 7pm. All proceeds will go to benefit the award winning Snider music department. For more information check http://mvcjo.com

 

ROY HARGROVE BIG BAND (Monday and Tuesday) The trumpeter Roy Hargrove has led this big band intermittently, since the mid-1990s, with a crisp, old-fashioned rigor. “Emergence” (Groovin’ High/Emarcy), the group’s new debut, puts a bright gloss on sturdy conventions, with space reserved for gallant solo heroics. At 9 and 10:30 p.m., Jazz Gallery, 290 Hudson Street, at Spring Street, South Village , (212) 242-1063, jazzgallery.org; $35; $10 for members.

 

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