SARAH ELIZABETH CHARLES AND JARRETT CHERNER at the Cell Theater (June 9, 9 p.m.). Ms. Charles’s voice is haunting and ethereal, but her lyrics tend to tackle questions of social justice and contemporary society. That much was clear on “Free of Form,” her head-turning album from 2017. Here, she debuts a collection of new music written with Mr. Cherner, a pianist.
‘THE EVER FONKY LOWDOWN’ at Jazz at Lincoln Center (through June 9, 8 p.m.). Wynton Marsalis, the trumpeter and Jazz at Lincoln Center’s artistic director, recently lit a small firestorm when he suggested that hip-hop was among the greatest threats to the well-being of African-Americans. In some ways, he seemed intent on lodging his foot in his mouth, but Mr. Marsalis was aiming at a bigger, more viable point: Anyone who looks at the racial disparities in the present-day United States and doesn’t see the need for wholesale social change needs his or her “head examined,” he said. This weekend, Mr. Marsalis debuts “The Ever Fonky Lowdown,” a suite he wrote for the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra that investigates the country’s continuing racial dilemma. The orchestra will be joined by three vocalists, three dancers and the actor Wendell Pierce.
IMPROV NIGHT at the Stone (June 8, 8:30 p.m.). The Stone’s regular Improv Night benefit occurs for the first time in its new space at the New School. These shows feature round-robin exchanges between different groupings of improvisers. It’s always a mixed bag: Sometimes these brief conversations never take off; other times, the results are direct and marvelous and memorable. This week, the electronic musician Jad Atoui is the artist in residence at the Stone; he will perform here along with the saxophonist John Zorn, who runs the space, and a half-dozen other artists.
JAMES REESE EUROPE WWI CENTENNIAL at Symphony Space (June 8, 8 p.m.). James Reese Europe was arguably the most important American bandleader in the years just before jazz became a national craze. During World War I, leading the 369th Infantry Regiment’s “Harlem Hellfighters” band, he poured ragtime, blues and early-jazz influences into an orchestral sound that was equally informed by the marches of John Philip Sousa. (The two had been neighbors during Europe’s childhood in Washington.) The Hellfighters made their first appearance in France in 1918, helping to whet Europe’s appetite for jazz. At Symphony Space, Ron Wasserman and his New York Jazzharmonic Trad-Jazz Sextet will celebrate the centennial of this event, playing new arrangements of Europe’s music.
EDDIE PALMIERI SALSA ORCHESTRA at Sony Hall (June 14, 8 p.m.). At 81, Mr. Palmieri is arguably the most respected living musician in Latin jazz, and he still hasn’t lost the sparkplug intensity that made him such an electrifying performer in the 1960s and ’70s. Back then, his eagerness to blend jazz and soul influences with Afro-Cuban musical traditions helped lead a wave of innovation in salsa. Today his large orchestra performs in a slightly more traditional style, but it still embraces the diverse repertoire that he’s amassed over nearly 60 years as a bandleader. This concert at the recently opened Sony Hall is part of the Blue Note Jazz Festival.