Critic's picks

Joe Lovano will play at Regattabar Oct. 18. Regina Carter will perform at the same venue Oct. 29 and 30. Joe Lovano will play at Regattabar Oct. 18. Regina Carter will perform at the same venue Oct. 29 and 30. (Arnulfo Franco/Associated Press/File)
By Andrew Gilbert
Globe Correspondent / September 12, 2010

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DAVE LIEBMAN GROUP Since his early ’70s stints with Elvin Jones and Miles Davis, saxophonist Liebman, a 2011 NEA Jazz Master, has excelled as a bandleader, recording artist, and educator. His longtime band with the underrated guitarist Vic Juris is one of the best on the scene. Sept. 16, 8 p.m. Tickets: $20. Scullers. 617-562-4111,

ASIAN AMERICAN ORCHESTRA Led by visionary Berkeley percussionist/arranger Anthony Brown, the AAO brings a Pacific Rim perspective to classic jazz. After tackling Monk, Ellington, and Mingus, the AAO delves into Coltrane, adding West African and Hindustani instrumentation to his signature compositions. Sept. 19, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $20. Northeastern University’s Blackman Theatre. 617-373-8700,

FRANK CARLBERG’S TIVOLI TRIO Tapping into memories of carnivals and parades, Finnish-born pianist Carlberg has created an environment for serious play in Tivoli Trio, a cinematic-minded combo with a fine eponymous CD featuring bassist John Hébert and drummer Gerald Cleaver. Sept. 23, 8 p.m. Vernissage, 1627 Beacon St., Brookline. Tickets: $15. 617-566-3340,

AVISHAI COHEN’S TRIVENI A trumpeter of rare poise and lyricism, the Israeli-born Cohen has nowhere to hide in his new bare-bones trio with nimble New Zealand bassist Matt Penman and texturally acute drummer Nasheet Waits. Sept. 28, 7:30 p.m. Regattabar. Tickets: $16. 617-395-7757,

KENNY WERNER DUO Something of a guru who’s helped many musicians unleash their improvisational id, Werner puts his theories into practice, consistently delivering breathtaking performances. He’s joined by prolific Danish saxophonist Benjamin Koppel. Oct. 6, 8 p.m. Tickets: $20. Scullers. 617-562-4111,

AARON GOLDBERG TRIO A pianist with a deep affinity for the rhythms and melodies of Brazil, Goldberg is at his best in an unfettered trio setting. He celebrates the release of his latest Sunnyside album, “Home,’’ with drum maestro Eric Harland and stellar Israeli bassist Omer Avital. Oct. 8, 7:30 p.m. Regattabar. Tickets: $22, 617-395-7757,

RHIANNON Berklee voice professor Rhiannon creates a multiplicity of timbres and textures with her lustrous voice. In a project inspired by Bobby McFerrin’s conducted improvisations, Rhiannon teams with a versatile crew of collaborators, including vocalist/bassist Joey Blake, vocalist/beatboxer David Worm, and dancer Shizuno Nasu. Oct. 8, 7 p.m. Berklee Performance Center. Tickets: $10. 617-747-2261,

RON CARTER & BERKLEE WORLD STRINGS PLAY OSCAR PETTIFORD As a jazz cello pioneer, Pettiford is a natural subject for investigation by Carter, a consummate bassist (still magisterial at 73) who’s also explored the cello’s jazz potential. Oct. 14, 8:15 p.m. Berklee Performance Center. Tickets: $15-$20. 617-747-2261,

JOE LOVANO US5 While nominally a quintet, Lovano’s ensemble constantly subdivides into a revolving series of duos, trios, and quartets, while the reed master juggles tenor, straight alto, and the Hungarian taragato. The tandem of drummers Otis Brown III and Francisco Mela is worth the price of admission alone. Oct. 18, 7:30 p.m. Regattabar. Tickets: $28. 617-395-7757,

THE FRINGE & 3PLAY The Fringe is a Boston institution with a nearly four-decade track record of intrepid improvisation. This time the trio joins forces with 3Play+ featuring the Fringe’s George Garzone, trumpeter Phil Grenadier, pianist Josh Rosen, bassist Lello Molinari, and drummer Marcello Pellitteri. Oct. 19, 8:15 p.m., Berklee Performance Center. Tickets: $10. 617-747-2261,

RAS MOCHE UNIT Steeped in the spiritually charged free jazz movement of the 1960s, New York saxophonist Ras Moshe plays music that’s as likely to murmur and chant as to shout and wail. His band features Boston trumpeter Forbes Graham, drummer Dave Miller, and guitarist Tor Yochai Snyder. Oct. 23, 8 p.m. Tickets: $10. Outpost 186. 617-876-0860,

CHUCHO VALDES AND THE AFRO-CUBAN JAZZ MESSENGERS Valdes has gathered some of Cuba’s finest young players for “Chucho’s Steps,’’ his first new solo project since 2003. And while his arrangements leave the Messengers plenty of room to stretch out, his command of the keys makes clear who’s in charge. Oct. 28, 8 p.m. Berklee Performance Center. 617- 747-2261,

REGINA CARTER After winning a MacArthur “Genius’’ Fellowship, Carter spent three years researching “Reverse Thread,’’ a gorgeous Africa-centic CD exploring music from Kenya, Senegal, and Mali. The violinist will focus on material rich with accordion and kora. Oct. 29-30, 7:30 and 10 p.m. Tickets: $30. Regattabar. 617-395-7757,

DJAVAN Chet Baker, the Beatles, and bossa nova all provide creative grist for singer-songwriter Djavan, who’s created a sumptuous body of tunes widely covered by fellow Brazilian stars and American jazz musicians drawn to his sensuous melodies. Oct. 31, 8 p.m. Tickets: $30-$65. Berklee Performance Center. 617-747-2261,

AHMAD JAMAL Early in his career, Jamal introduced a small group approach that profoundly inspired Miles Davis, marked by open space and exquisite dynamic control. By any measure, he ranks as one of jazz’s most influential pianists, a regal improviser who’s still taking risks at 80. Nov. 18-20, 7:30 and 10 p.m. Tickets: $28. Regattabar. 617-395-7757,

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