HERBIE NICHOLS 100TH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION at the Stone (Jan. 2-5, 8:30 p.m.). While Bar Lunático will devote one night to honoring Nichols’s iconoclastic legacy, the Stone will welcome a different group each night for four days in a row. The multipart tribute kicks off with a performance from members of the Jazz Composers Collective, the confederation helmed by Ben Allison (see listing above). The radical, quizzical, often exuberant Fay Victor, who organized this full week of programming, will perform vocal interpretations of Nichols’s music on Jan. 3 with a five-piece band. On Jan. 4, a squad of pianists including Vijay Iyer and Anthony Coleman will give short solo recitals. The final night, six brass musicians affiliated with the trombonist Roswell Rudd — a champion of Nichols’s songbook who died last year — will play in a horns-only outfit led by the trumpeter Steven Bernstein.
GRETCHEN PARLATO at Jazz Standard (Jan. 2-3, 7:30 and 9:30 p.m.). Whether moving in a frictionless drift or scatting through a percussive passage, Parlato’s voice is as commanding and distinctive as any in contemporary jazz. Here she presents a new project, Flor, featuring the guitarist Marcel Camargo, the cellist Artyom Manukyan and the drummer Léo Costa.
QUEEN ESTHER at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola (Jan. 2, 7:30 and 9:30 p.m.). This singer has a strong and beadlike voice, as comfortable in a bluesy, countrified mode as it is in a classic jazz style. At Dizzy’s she will dip into Billie Holiday’s songbook, performing with the guitarist Jeff McLaughlin, the pianist Sharp Radway, the bassist Hilliard Greene and the drummer Darrell Green.
TOM RAINEY TRIO at Cornelia Street Café (Dec. 30, 8 and 9:30 p.m.). Well, here it is: the last jazz gig you’ll ever be able to hear at Cornelia Street Café. After New Year’s Day, the 41-year-old restaurant and performance space will close, leaving behind a long history of left-of-center artistic presentations — from poetry to Off Off Broadway to experimental jazz. Rainey, a drummer with a sensitive touch and a knack for crafty compositions, has performed at Cornelia often. His trio with the guitarist Mary Halvorson and the tenor saxophonist Ingrid Laubrock will provide a loving send-off.
BUSTER WILLIAMS AND BRANDON MCCUNE at Mezzrow (Dec. 28-29, 8 and 9:30 p.m.). Williams, a bassist, has been all over jazz’s playing field. He accompanied the pianist Mary Lou Williams during the gloried final chapter of her career, joined Herbie Hancock as a member of his jazz-funk band Mwandishi, and backed up such vocalists as Betty Carter and Nancy Wilson. These days, he often leads his own groups at clubs across Manhattan. Here he will perform straight-ahead repertory over two nights in an intimate duet with the pianist Brandon McCune.