New York Times: Jazz Listings for March 20-26

★ Lee Konitz and Dave Douglas Quintet (Friday through Sunday) At 87, Mr. Konitz is not just one of jazz’s most venerable alto saxophonists but also one of its most steadfast searchers. Which means he has the right artistic temperament to fall in easily with the trumpeter Dave Douglas and a dynamic rhythm section comprising Matt Mitchell on piano, Linda Oh on bass and Ches Smith on drums. At 7:30 and 10 p.m., Jazz Standard, 116 East 27th Street, Manhattan; 212-576-2232, (Chinen)

★ Steve Lehman Octet (Friday) The alto saxophonist Steve Lehman is a state-of-the-art musical thinker — a composer of high academic credentials and complex algorithm — but he has a true affinity for postwar jazz modernism, as a benchmark and a literature. His octet, featured on two superb recent albums, features longtime peers like the trumpeter Jonathan Finlayson, the tenor saxophonist Mark Shim, the vibraphonist Chris Dingman and the tubaist Jose Davila. At 8 p.m., Brooklyn Conservatory Concert Hall, 58 Seventh Avenue, at Lincoln Place, Park Slope; 718-622-3300, (Chinen)

★ Rudresh Mahanthappa: ‘Bird Calls’ (Tuesday) “Bird Calls” is the audacious new album by the alto saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa, which takes Charlie Parker as a point of departure, if not a distant lexicographic ancestor. To celebrate the album’s release, Mr. Mahanthappa reconnects with a frontline partner, the sharp young trumpeter Adam O’Farrill, and an anchor, the agile bassist François Moutin; rounding out the band are the pianist Bobby Avey and the drummer Jordan Perlson. At 7:30 and 10 p.m., Jazz Standard, 116 East 27th Street, Manhattan; 212-576-2232, (Chinen)

Barry Altschul and the 3dom Factor (Friday) The drummer Barry Altschul has been a stealth eminence in jazz: known mainly within the avant-garde, and for music he made many years ago. But that’s changing, thanks to work like “The 3dom Factor,” which features the youngish saxophonist Jon Irabagon, who has been one agent of Mr. Altschul’s recent re-emergence, and the veteran bassist Joe Fonda, who has been another. At 9 and 10:30 p.m., Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, Greenwich Village; 212-989-9319, (Chinen)