Trenton resident – and saxophonist extraordinaire -- Phil Woods will part of a special "Living Jazz Saxophone Legends" at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center 199 Chambers Street, between Greenwich and West Street tonight at 8 p.m. He’s mixing it up with Lou Donaldson, Michael Weiss, John Webber, Bill Goodwin – and Lew Tabackin. Tickets are $35 for this show, part of the Highlights in Jazz series at Manhattan Community College. http://www.tribecapac.org/music.htm
Friday, April 17
Guitarist Dick Gratton will be at the Chambers Walk Cafe on main Street in Lawrenceville, with sets at 6 p.m. and 9 p.m.
The Trenton Marriott at 1 West Lafayette, always features live jazz music from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. No cover.
Head to the Creole Restaurant and Supper Club at 2167 Third Ave. in New York tonight at 8 p.m. for Grady Tate and Quintet
(John Di Martino, Noriko Ueda, Lance Murphy, Shinnosuki Takahashi and Chembo Corniel) and you may end up in the video being filmed for a documentary on the singer. If you don’t care about that, you can take in his 10 a.m. show or go Saturday night at 8 p.m. or 10 p.m. For information and reservations, call 212-876-8838, or check the Web site http://creolenyc.com/
Saturday, April 18
Dick Gratton will be at The Farnsworth House in Bordentown from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Sunday, April 19
Dick Gratton makes his regular appearance at Hightstown's Sunday Jazz Brunch at Bistro Soleil, 173 Mercer St. Sets at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.
The Somerset Jazz Consortium hosts a jam session from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. every Sunday at PJ's Coffee on Raritan Avenue in Highland Park.
The new Jersey Jazz Society Afternoon of Jazz at the Morristown Community Theatre will feature the always-delightful Bucky Pizzarelli Trio, with Jerry Bruno and Aaron Weinstein, in a salutes to Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli. Tickets are $15 and are available at the Community Theatre Box Office or by calling 973-539-8008.
Monday, April 20
West Coast trumpeter Bria Skönberg and trombonist Jim Fryer, who plays with the Nighthawks and leads his own bands, will be at the Bickford Theater in Morristown at 8 p.m. Monday. The duo’s Borderline Jazz Band includes reed player Anat Cohen, Mark Shane (piano), Gim Burton (banjo and guitar), Robbie Scott (drums) and Ed Wise (string bass). Tix are $15 in advance, $18 at the door (less for Morris Museum members) -- call 973-971-3706 to reserve yours.
They will also be at the Ocean County Library in Toms River Wednesday.
Tuesday, April 21
Pianist Tomoko Ohno has two shows at Shanghai Jazz tonight. www.shanghaijazz.com
That’s all for this week – but next week is shaping up to be another dandy one for Central Jersey jazzbos – lots of local highlights and great shows.