Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra: Trumpeter and roving ambassador for jazz Wynton Marsalis brings his nimble big band to town with a wealth of talent and tradition in tow. Expect sharp suits and even sharper tunes delivered by a band dedicated to bridging the gap between the music’s history and its present. Walt Disney Concert Hall, April 20 www.laphil.com
Ambrose Akinmusire: As if the weather weren’t enough for Angelenos to gloat about, jazz fans got yet another reason when this trumpeter returned to his West Coast roots as an instructor at USC’s Thornton School of Music. That means more opportunities to catch a unique, restless talent, including this residency, which should hint toward his next moves following his acclaimed Blue Note debut, “When the Heart Emerges Glistening.” The Blue Whale, March 15-17. www.bluewhalemusic.com.
Chick Corea: Whether leading the various incarnations of fusion innovators Return to Forever or continuing to explore duets with Gary Burton, this jazz piano great has hardly slowed down. This run of shows finds Corea exploring the trio form backed by Return to Forever bassist Stanley Clarke and Clarke’s longtime drummer, Ronald Bruner Jr. Catalina Jazz Club, April 9-14. www.catalinajazzclub.com.