Jazz Listings From The New York Times

Posted: August 24, 2012 by Mike in Performances

English: Darcy James Argue, moers festival 2009

English: Darcy James Argue, moers festival 2009 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From NYTimes.com:

Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society / Escort (Saturday) A composer who understands the grainy particulars behind a sweeping gesture, Mr. Argue has been gaining steep momentum recently with the Secret Society, his flagship orchestra. This free outdoor concert will spotlight the Secret Society alongside Escort, Brooklyn’s own 17-piece neo-disco band: each ensemble will play its own set, followed by a collaborative mash-up with new arrangements of “Penumbra,” a piece by Mr. Argue, and some of Donald Byrd’s groove-oriented work with the Mizell Brothers, from the 1970s. (The trumpeter Tim Hagans will stand in for Byrd.) At 7 p.m., World Financial Center Plaza, 220 Vesey Street, Lower Manhattan, artsbrookfield.com/new_york; free. (Nate Chinen)

Steven Bernstein’s Millennial Territory Orchestra (Friday through Sunday) This brashly exuberant little big band, led by the slide trumpeter and arranger Steven Bernstein, dusts off assorted vintages, with an emphasis on dirty swing. For this engagement, the band welcomes a guest, the New Orleans pianist Henry Butler, and plays nothing but the blues (in many shades). At 7:30 and 9:30 p.m., with an 11:30 set on Friday and Saturday, Jazz Standard, 116 East 27th Street, Manhattan, (212) 576-2232, jazzstandard.net; $30. (Chinen)

Moppa Elliott’s Hot Cup Chili Pepper 7 (Saturday) Led by the bassist Moppa Elliott, this rambunctious new ensemble is essentially an expanded edition of his primary band, Mostly Other People Do the Killing, with the addition of Dave Taylor on trombone, Brandon Seabrook on banjo and Ron Stabinsky on piano. The group, coyly named to evoke one of Louis Armstrong’s epochal recording units, can give the impression of a Dixieland band on amphetamines (mostly in a good way). At 8:30 p.m., IBeam, 168 Seventh Street, Gowanus, Brooklyn, ibeambrooklyn.com; $10 suggested donation. (Chinen)

Ethan Iverson, Ben Street, Albert (Tootie) Heath (Friday through Sunday) This collective trio, consisting of a certifiable elder and a pair of accomplished younger aces, moseys through what used to be jazz’s common-language repertory: tunes by Tadd Dameron, Mal Waldron and Frank Foster, among others. The musicians are Mr. Heath, a veteran bebop drummer; Mr. Iverson, a scholarly and commanding pianist; and Mr. Street, a strong and supple bassist. 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)

Russ Lossing Oracle Trio (Wednesday) Russ Lossing has a stark and moving new solo-piano album, “Drum Music” (Sunnyside), that pays homage to his former bandleader Paul Motian, who died last year. Here he draws from another recent album, “Oracle” (Hatology), re-enlisting the intuitive rhythm team of Masa Kamaguchi on bass and Billy Mintz on drums. At 8 p.m., Barbès, 376 Ninth Street, at Sixth Avenue, Park Slope, Brooklyn, (347) 422-0248, barbesbrooklyn.com; $10 suggested donation. (Chinen)

Donny McCaslin Quartet (Wednesday) “Casting for Gravity” is another compact but ambitious electro-acoustic venture — part gritty, part gleaming — by Donny McCaslin, a cool-headedly athletic tenor saxophonist and composer. The album, due out on Greenleaf in October, features perhaps the best possible rhythm section for the task: Jason Lindner on piano and synthesizers, Tim Lefebvre on electric bass, and Mark Guiliana on drums, all of whom will be on hand here. At 10 p.m., 55 Bar, 55 Christopher Street, West Village, (212) 929-9883, 55bar.com; $15 cover. (Chinen)

Jenny Scheinman Quartet (Tuesday through Sept. 2) As a violinist and composer, Ms. Scheinman often goes for rustic charm, but she never tempers her exploratory instincts. With this quartet, which made a splash here four years ago, she has empathetic and enlightened partners, beginning with the pianist Jason Moran, with whom she has established a thoughtful rapport. At the root of the band, but hardly playing subordinate roles, are the bassist Greg Cohen and the drummer Rudy Royston. 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)Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society / Escort (Saturday) A composer who understands the grainy particulars behind a sweeping gesture, Mr. Argue has been gaining steep momentum recently with the Secret Society, his flagship orchestra. This free outdoor concert will spotlight the Secret Society alongside Escort, Brooklyn’s own 17-piece neo-disco band: each ensemble will play its own set, followed by a collaborative mash-up with new arrangements of “Penumbra,” a piece by Mr. Argue, and some of Donald Byrd’s groove-oriented work with the Mizell Brothers, from the 1970s. (The trumpeter Tim Hagans will stand in for Byrd.) At 7 p.m., World Financial Center Plaza, 220 Vesey Street, Lower Manhattan, artsbrookfield.com/new_york; free. (Nate Chinen)

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