Jazz Listings From The New York Times

Posted: December 7, 2012 by Mike in Performances

John Medeski performing with Medeski Martin Sc...

John Medeski performing with Medeski Martin Scofield & Wood in 2007 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From NYTimes.com:

Grass Roots (Thursday) This rough-and-ready avant-garde cohort — the alto saxophonist Darius Jones, the baritone saxophonist Alex Harding, the bassist Sean Conly and the drummer Chad Taylor — has a searing new album on Aum Fidelity, its self-titled debut. A mix of loosely sketched compositions (by all four members) and collective free improvisation, it embraces the lineage of 1970s free jazz, without succumbing to fixed nostalgia. At 7 and 8:30 p.m., Barbès, 376 Ninth Street, at Sixth Avenue, Park Slope, Brooklyn, (347) 422-0248, barbesbrooklyn.com; $10 cover for each set. (Chinen)

John Hollenbeck Large Ensemble (Monday) The drummer and composer John Hollenbeck uses his namesake orchestra as a panoramic canvas, blending color and texture with an eye toward the sweeping view. He has a gorgeous new album, “Songs I Like a Lot,” due out on Sunnyside next month, featuring his arrangements executed by the Frankfurt Radio Big Band; here he has the Large Ensemble at his disposal, along with the album’s two unerringly expressive singers, Theo Bleckmann and Kate McGarry. At 8 p.m., Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue, near Third Avenue, Boerum Hill, Brooklyn, (917) 267-0363, roulette.org; $15, $10 for members, students and 65+. (Chinen)

Irabbagast Records Festival (Friday) The inexhaustibly creative young saxophonist Jon Irabagon has simultaneously released two albums on his new label, Irabbagast, including “Unhinged,” which he celebrates here. As on that album, he leads his band Outright!, a shrewdly caterwauling ensemble with Ralph Alessi on trumpet, Jacob Sacks on piano and Tom Rainey on drums. (Eivind Opsvik fills in here for John Hébert on bass.) At 9 and 10:30 p.m., Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, West Village, (212) 989-9319, corneliastreetcafe.com; $10 cover for each set, with a $10 minimum. (Chinen)

Medeski Martin & Wood (Tuesday through Dec. 16) This peripatetic groove machine recently passed the 20-year mark, with strong evidence that it hasn’t grown complacent. Next week the band — John Medeski on keyboards, Chris Wood on bass and Billy Martin on drums — plays a residency with a different guest each night. On Tuesday their outside collaborator is the Senegalese hand drummer Aïyb Dieng; on Wednesday it’s the guitarist Nels Cline. On Thursday it will be another visionary guitarist, Marc Ribot. At 8 and 10:30 p.m., Blue Note, 131 West Third Street, Greenwich Village, (212) 475-8592, bluenote.net; $40 cover at tables, $30 cover at the bar, with a $5 minimum. (Chinen)

New Languages Presents: Music Factory (Friday through Tuesday) Equal parts conceptual-art marathon, sociopolitical statement and free-improv happening, Music Factory can plainly be described as a continuous 96-hour performance, featuring some five dozen musicians. Beginning at midnight on Friday, it will feature many configurations of improvisers in a project conceived by the multi-instrumentalist Alan Sondheim and organized with the saxophonist Jackson Moore. The industrial connotations of the title are purposeful: admission is pay as you wish (though advance tickets, $10 to $100, are available), and the actual hourly “wage” (based on the amount of money collected at the time of purchase) will be displayed, both on site and at newlanguages.org, where the event will be streamed. Eyebeam Art & Technology Center, 540 West 21st Street at 11th Avenue, Chelsea, (212) 937-6580, eyebeam.org, musicfactory.brownpapertickets.com. (Chinen)

Weasel Walter, Mary Halvorson and Peter Evans (Sunday) Mr. Walter, a blunt-force, spasmodic drummer, joins with Ms. Halvorson, an engagingly spiky guitarist, and Mr. Evans, a scarily proficient trumpeter; the trio, previously devoted to spontaneous inventions, features some premeditated form on its second album, “Mechanical Malfunction” (Thirsty Ear). At 9:15 p.m., Death by Audio, 49 South Second Street, between Kent and Wythe Avenues, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, entertainment4every1.net; $7. (Chinen)

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