KENNY BARRON TRIO at the Village Vanguard (Dec. 13-18, 8 and 10 p.m.). Mr. Barron is a jazz pianist with more than 50 years of recorded excellence in his rearview, and on “Book of Intuition” — somehow the first album ever by his longtime working trio, featuring the bassist Kiyoshi Kitagawa and the drummer Johnathan Blake — he delivers a postbop statement at once aglow with insight and bursting with vital energies.
PETER BERNSTEIN QUARTET at the Jazz Standard (Dec. 8-11, 7:30 and 9:30 p.m.). The guitarist Peter Bernstein has an appealing new album, “Let Loose,” that confirms his gift for soulful ease in an articulate hard-bop dialect. He’ll draw from it during this engagement, leading a blue-chip band with Harold Mabern on piano, John Webber on bass and Jimmy Cobb on drums.
BIG BAND HOLIDAYS at the Rose Theater (Dec. 14-17, 8 p.m.; Dec. 18, 2 p.m.). Jazz at Lincoln Center’s holiday concert has become a seasonal staple in New York, a festive showcase for the organization’s resident orchestra, and a platform for spruce new arrangements of familiar Christmas fare. This year the saxophonist Sherman Irby will serve as musical director, with the unerringly soulful jazz singer Catherine Russell as a featured guest. (The Dec. 18 matinee will be a so-called relaxed performance, intended to accommodate audience members with autism, learning disabilities or other sensory needs.)