Tuesday, 17 May 2011

Lists of jazz for the period from 13 to 19 may

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Full reviews of recent jazz concerts: nytimes.com/music.

J. D. Allen Trio (Wednesday) The post-Coltrane tenor saxophonist J. D. Allen has a righteous new album, “Victory!” (Sunnyside), that documents the continuing growth of his trio with the bassist Gregg August and the drummer Rudy Royston. This album-release concert will include a screening of a short film of the same name, by Mario Lathan; at 7:30 p.m.; doors open at 6:30. Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker Street, near Thompson Street, Greenwich Village , (212) 505-3474, lepoissonrouge.com; $15. (Nate Chinen)20110512

Fabian Almazan Trio (Friday) Fabian Almazan, an ambitious young Cuban pianist, won the 2007 Ascap Foundation Young Jazz Composer Award for “Personalities,” which he intends to revisit here in advance of an album release. In its original form it’s a piece for string quartet and jazz trio; he’s presenting only the trio, with Linda Oh on bass and Henry Cole on drums. At 9 and 10:30 p.m., Jazz Gallery, 290 Hudson Street, at Spring Street, South Village , (212) 242-1063, jazzgallery.org; $20; $10 for members. (Chinen)20110512

Jamie Baum Septet (Sunday) The flutist Jamie Baum favors an orderly approach to composition but clears ample space for improvisation. Her septet now features the trumpeter Taylor Haskins, the multireedist Sam Sadigursky, the guitarist Brad Shepik, the pianist John Escreet, the bassist Linda Oh and the drummer Jeff Hirshfield. From 7 to 8:30 p.m., Miles’ Cafe, 212 East 52nd Street, third floor, Manhattan , (212) 371-7657, milescafe.com/ny; $19.99 cover and one-drink minimum. (Chinen)20110512

★ Ran Blake (Sunday) Mr. Blake is a pianist with an attraction to cinematic imagery and spooky silence, at his most entrancing when unaccompanied, as he appears here. He has a new solo-piano album, “Grey December: Live in Rome” (Tompkins Square Records), but his repertory will instead be focused on music by (and associated with) Abbey Lincoln, a longtime inspiration. At 8 p.m., Cobi’s Place, 158 West 48th Street, Manhattan , (516) 624-9406; $20.20110512


The Cookers (Saturday and Sunday) This hard-bop wrecking crew has a new album, “Cast the First Stone” (Plus Loin), that captures its forward-plunging energy, though not as vividly as in performance. The lineup here, as on the album, includes Eddie Henderson and David Weiss on trumpet, Billy Harper on tenor saxophone, Craig Handy on alto saxophone, George Cables on piano, Cecil McBee on bass and Billy Hart on drums. At 9 p.m., with an additional 10:30 set on Saturday, Iridium, 1650 Broadway, at 51st Street , (212) 582-2121, theiridium.com; $30 cover, with a $10 minimum. (Chinen)20110512

Flat Earth Society (Thursday) This Belgian big band, which traffics partly in absurdist enthusiasm, is on its first United States tour, up and down the East Coast. Here the band, led by the clarinetist Peter Vermeersch, plays its first of three consecutive New York shows, each in a different location. At 8:30 p.m., David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center , (212) 875-5350, lincolncenter.org; free. (Chinen)20110512

Glass Bead Games: The Music of Clifford Jordan (Tuesday through Thursday) Clifford Jordan was a tenor saxophonist, originally from Chicago but later based in New York, who made his mark in the realm of hard- and postbop. This tribute, named after an album of his from the early 1970s, features the pianist Eric Reed, the saxophonist Seamus Blake, the bassist Dezron Douglas and the drummer Billy Drummond. (Through May 22.) At 7:30 and 9:30 p.m., Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, Frederick P. Rose Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center, 60th Street and Broadway , (212) 258-9595, jalc.org; $30 or $35 cover (students $15 for select sets), with a minimum of $10 at tables, $5 at the bar. (Chinen)20110512

★ Harlem Jazz Shrines Festival (Friday through Sunday) Meant to evoke more than one golden age of jazz in Harlem, this festival peaks with shows like a Friday-night tribute to Small’s Paradise, spearheaded by the pianist Jason Moran and the bassist Meshell Ndegeocello (at 9 and 11 p.m. at the Harlem Stage Gatehouse). At the Apollo Theater, the trombonist Wycliffe Gordon leads an all-star assembly that includes the tap dancer Savion Glover and the singers Carla Cook and Nikki Yanofsky (Friday at 8 p.m. and Saturday at 5 and 8 p.m.); at the Apollo Music Cafe, the pianist Geri Allen leads her group Timeline, with guests like the clarinetist and saxophonist Don Byron (Friday and Saturday at 10 p.m.). The finale is a tribute to the Park Palace, featuring Oscar Hernandez and the Spanish Harlem Orchestra (Sunday at 5 and 7 p.m. at the Harlem Stage Gatehouse). For a full schedule, see harlemjazzshrines.com. Minton’s Playhouse, 206 West 118th Street, Harlem ; prices vary. (Chinen)20110512

★ Roy Haynes Fountain of Youth Band (Wednesday and Thursday) The redoubtable drummer Roy Haynes recently turned 86, though you’d never guess it by the freshness and ferocity of his playing. His exemplary working quartet features musicians many years his junior: the alto saxophonist Jaleel Shaw, the pianist Martin Bejerano and the bassist David Wong. (Through May 22.) At 7:30 and 9:30 p.m., Jazz Standard, 116 East 27th Street, Manhattan , (212) 576-2232, jazzstandard.net; $35. (Chinen)20110512

Jose James (Sunday) Mr. James is in an unusual position: he’s a jazz singer with a following more in line with D.J. culture. But that balance has been shifting slightly, as he makes albums like “For All We Know” (Impulse!), a program of candlelit jazz standards released last year. This free afternoon concert is presented in conjunction with the 12th annual Central Brooklyn Jazz Festival. At 3 p.m., Weeksville Heritage Center, 1698 Bergen Street, Brooklyn , (718) 756-5250, Ext. 312, weeksvillesociety.org. (Chinen)20110512

Jazz Passengers (Tuesday) This downtown confab, lovingly tended by the saxophonist Roy Nathanson and the trombonist Curtis Fowlkes, recently released “Reunited” (Justin Time), its first album in a dozen years, with guest turns by the guitarist Marc Ribot and others. Mr. Ribot and the multireedist Marty Ehrlich both join the fold for this celebratory one-nighter, taking place on Mr. Nathanson’s 60th birthday. At 7:30 and 9:30 p.m., Jazz Standard, 116 East 27th Street, Manhattan , (212) 576-2232, jazzstandard.net; $25. (Chinen)20110512

Michael Kanan Quartet (Friday and Saturday) The articulate pianist Michael Kanan has made a specialty out of spotlighting overlooked jazz veterans — he was behind the recent comeback of the saxophonist Ted Brown — and so his lineup here isn’t out of the ordinary. He’ll be playing with the tenor saxophonist Joel Press and the drummer Joe Hunt, who were both on the scene in the 1960s. The bassist on Friday will be Sean Smith; on Saturday it’s Lee Hudson. From 7:30 to 9:45 p.m. on Friday at Smalls, 183 West 10th Street, (212) 252-5091, smallsjazzclub.com; $20 cover. From 7 to 11:30 p.m. Saturday at Sofia’s, 221 West 46th Street, Manhattan , (212) 719-5799, sofiasny.com; no cover or minimum. (Chinen)20110512

Oliver Lake Big Band (Saturday) Oliver Lake, a well-traveled alto saxophonist with a robust and piercing sound, features his own music for this large ensemble, with help from strong improvisers like the saxophonist Darius Jones and the trumpeter Freddie Hendrix. At 9 and 10:30 p.m., Jazz Gallery, 290 Hudson Street, at Spring Street, South Village , (212) 242-1063, jazzgallery.org; $20; $10 for members. (Chinen)20110512

Steve Lehman Trio (Wednesday) The saxophonist-composer Steve Lehman has made a strong impression in experimental circles in recent years, at the helm of a striking octet and in assorted collaborative settings. But he has deep experience in the trio format, like the one featured here, with Matt Brewer on bass and Damion Reid on drums. At 9 and 10:30 p.m., Jazz Gallery, 290 Hudson Street, at Spring Street, South Village , (212) 242-1063, jazzgallery.org; $20; $10 for members. (Chinen)20110512

★ Paul Motian Quartet (Tuesday through Thursday) Paul Motian, a drummer of stubborn mystery, might seem an unlikely fit for a tribute to the fastidious Modern Jazz Quartet. But that’s his objective here, as he leads a group full of intriguing sidemen: the vibraphonist Steve Nelson, the pianist Craig Taborn and the bassist Thomas Morgan. (Through May 22.) At 9 and 11 p.m., Village Vanguard, 178 Seventh Avenue South, at 11th Street, West Village , (212) 255-4037, villagevanguard.com; $25 cover, with a one-drink minimum. (Chinen)20110512

★ Overseas / Bizingas / Marika Hughes (Tuesday) Every band or artist on this triple bill has an investment in exploring timbre and subverting genre. At 8 p.m. Ms. Hughes, a cellist, plays her own solo pieces, as on a beguiling recent album, “Afterlife Music Radio” (DD Records). At 9 the trombonist Brian Drye leads his intelligent jazz-rock band Bizingas, with Kirk Knuffke on cornet, Jonathan Goldberger on guitar and Ches Smith on drums; at 10 the bassist Eivind Opsvik presents Overseas, a chamber-pop concern that features the tenor saxophonist Tony Malaby, the guitarist Brandon Seabrook, the keyboard Jacob Sacks and the drummer Kenny Wollesen. Littlefield, 622 Degraw Street, between Third and Fourth Avenues, Gowanus, Brooklyn , littlefieldnyc.com; $8 in advance, $10 at the door. (Chinen)20110512

★ Antonio Sanchez and Migration (Thursday) Mr. Sanchez is one of the standout jazz drummers on the contemporary scene, a polyrhythmic ace attuned to the subtlest dynamic fluctuations. Migration, named after his 2007 studio debut on Cam Jazz, is a sturdy group full of companionable partners: the saxophonists David Binney and Donny McCaslin, the pianist Aaron Goldberg and the bassist Scott Colley. (Through next Friday.) At 9 and 10:30 p.m., Jazz Gallery, 290 Hudson Street, at Spring Street, South Village , (212) 242-1063, jazzgallery.org; $20; $10 for members. (Chinen)20110512

Pharoah Sanders Quartet (Friday and Saturday) The tenor saxophonist Pharoah Sanders, one of the most significant survivors of 1960s free jazz, has never stopped imbuing his performances with the tone of a spiritual quest. At 8:30 and 11 p.m., Birdland, 315 West 44th Street, Clinton , (212) 581-3080, birdlandjazz.com; $30 and $40 cover, with a $10 minimum. (Chinen)20110512

★ Todd Sickafoose’s Tiny Resistors / Mary Halvorson Trio (Wednesday) Two bands of different sizes and processes but similar temperaments, each combining dissonance and groove to seductive ends. In Tiny Resistors, Mr. Sickafoose, a bassist, employs a chamberlike setup of trombone, saxophone, violin, two electric guitars and drums; the band’s roster here will include the violinist Andrew Bird, an emissary from the realm of craft-obsessed indie-rock. And the guitarist Mary Halvorson applies similar tensions in her always compelling working trio with the bassist John Hebert and the drummer Ches Smith; at 10 p.m. Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker Street, near Thompson Street, Greenwich Village , (212) 505-3474, lepoissonrouge.com; $15; students $10. (Chinen)20110512

Helen Sung Trio (Sunday through Thursday) Helen Sung, a smart young pianist with a crisp, precise style, draws from her new album, “(re)Conception” (Steeplechase), a program of standards neatly interpreted by her trio. She’ll be in residence through next Friday at the Bar on Fifth, a few blocks from the Empire State Building. (Through May 20.) From 8 to 11 p.m., Bar on Fifth at the Setai Hotel, 400 Fifth Avenue , (212) 695-4005, jazzbaronfifth.com; no cover, with a one-drink minimum. (Chinen)20110512

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