Critic's picks

By Bill Beuttler
Globe Correspondent / May 22, 2011

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EITHER/ORCHESTRA Russ Gershon’s adventurous ensemble will be just back from a visit this month to Ethiopia, and is promising to bring a to-be-named singer with them. May 26, 8 p.m. Tickets: $20. Scullers. 617-562-4111,

ARTURO O’FARRILL TRIO The son of the Latin jazz giant Chico O’Farrill is a Grammy-winning pianist and bandleader in his own right. He’s joined here by Ruben Rodriguez (bass) and Vince Cherico (drums). June 10, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $20. Regattabar. 617-395-7757,

BILL FRISELL Frisell is at the front rank of jazz guitarists, and an innovator comfortable exploring other genres. This set sees him joined by ‘‘Beautiful Dreamers’’ trio mates Eyvind Kang (viola) and Rudy Royston (drums). June 17, 7:30 and 10 p.m. Tickets: $25-$28. Regattabar. 617-395-7757,

NOAH PREMINGER QUARTET FEATURING BEN MONDER Rising tenor sax star Preminger is joined by underappreciated guitar veteran Monder for a night of cutting-edge jazz , with Aidan Carroll on bass and Colin Stranahan on drums. July 19, Beehive. 617-423-0069,

MONTY ALEXANDER HARLEM-KINGSTON EXPRESS The masterful piano veteran brings jazz arrangements to the music of his fellow Jamaican Bob Marley, among other delights. Aug. 5, 8 and 10 p.m. Tickets: $30. Scullers. 617-562-4111,

JANE BUNNETT & THE SPIRITS OF HAVANA The Canadian soprano saxophonist and flautist leads her Afro-Cuban-accented band on one of the alternate Saturdays Marblehead hosts jazz throughout the summer. Aug. 6, 8 p.m. Tickets: $25 - $35. Marblehead Summer Jazz, Unitarian-Universalist Church, 28 Mugford St., Marblehead. 781-631-1528,

ESPERANZA SPALDING Newport is hosting its usual deep lineup of stars, but only Spalding bested Justin Bieber as best new artist at this year’s Grammy Awards. She’ll perform both Saturday and Sunday. Aug. 5, 6, and 7. Tickets: $40-$100. Newport Jazz Festival, Fort Adams State Park, Newport, 401-858-5055,

RETURN TO FOREVER Jazz-rock fusion giants Chick Corea, Stanley Clarke, and Lenny White reassemble for a summer tour, joined by Jean-Luc Ponty on violin and Frank Gambale on guitar. Aug. 11, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $50-$60. Bank of America Pavilion. 800-345-7000,

‘‘SING THE TRUTH: WITH ANGELIQUE KIDJO, DIANNE REEVES, AND LIZZ WRIGHT’’ The title of Tanglewood’s Sunday-night festival closer is long but says it all. Reeves may be jazz’s preeminent female vocalist. Sept. 4, Tickets: $19-$62. Tanglewood Jazz Festival, Lenox. 888-266-1200,

RAMSEY LEWIS Lewis brings an electric band to revisit music from his hit 1974 album ‘‘Sun Goddess’’ (which featured drummer Maurice White and White’s new band, Earth Wind & Fire). Sept. 9, 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. Tickets: $45. Scullers. 617-562-4111,