My wife & I had a great time in NYC. I caught most of the shows described in my original post. I also heard Joel Ross' Parables -- a bunch of young, up-and-coming jazzers -- at the Jazz Gallery.
The band that knocked me out the most? Jacob Sacks' Quintet at Cornelia Street Cafe. Gorgeous, spontaneous, fun music. As I mentioned in my original post, I wasn't all that familiar with Sacks, but he really impressed me a ton -- both his playing and his compositions. I'm going to have to track down some of his recordings, although I don't think the particular line-up that I saw has released any.
Billy Hart's band was also wonderful -- subtle and Monkishly oblique. Joe Lovano's Us Five and Arturo O'Farrill's Big Band were great too.
Hell, it was ALL good.
I only wish I could've stayed longer and heard more.