Thoughts on Sun Ra Feature

The recent Sun Ra feature in Chicago is discussed.


Jazz Listings in New York

As usual, the weekend brings great things for New Yorkers.

BEN ALLISON (Monday and Wednesday) On Monday Mr. Allison, a resourceful bassist and composer, leads the band featured on his recent album, “Cowboy Justice” (Palmetto): Ron Horton on trumpet, Steve Cardenas on guitar and Jeff Ballard on drums. On Wednesday he does the same with a good substitute drummer, Gerald Cleaver. Monday at 10 p.m., 55 Bar, 55 Christopher Street, near Seventh Avenue South, West Village, (212) 929-9883; cover, $10. Wednesday at 10 p.m., Barbès, 376 Ninth Street, at Sixth Avenue, Park Slope, Brooklyn, (718) 965-9177,; cover, $8. (Nate Chinen)

★ DAVE DOUGLAS QUINTET (Tuesday through Thursday) The trumpeter Dave Douglas has lately had an uncommonly cohesive working ensemble in this post-bop quintet, with Donny McCaslin on tenor saxophone, Uri Caine on piano and Fender Rhodes, James Genus on bass and Clarence Penn on drums. (Through Dec. 10) At 7:30 and 9:30 p.m., Jazz Standard, 116 East 27th Street, Manhattan, (212) 576-2232,; cover, $25. (Chinen)

PAUL DUNMALL, PAUL ROGERS, TONY LEVIN (Tonight through Sunday) The saxophonist Paul Dunmall, the bassist Paul Rogers and the drummer Tony Levin make up three-fourths of the longstanding British ensemble Mujician, a pillar of the European free-jazz scene. They perform as a trio tonight; tomorrow they welcome the tenor saxophonist Ellery Eskelin and the trombonist Ray Anderson. On Sunday their guests will include the tenor saxophonist Tony Malaby and the percussionist Kevin Norton. At 8 and 10, the Stone, Avenue C and Second Street, East Village,; cover, $10 ($15 tomorrow). (Chinen)

BEN GOLDBERG (Thursday) Mr. Goldberg, a clarinetist best known for his work in the eclectic improv-chamber group Tin Hat, has an engaging recent album called “The Door, the Hat, the Chair, the Fact” (Cryptogramophone). Drawing from the album, he leads a group consisting of Carla Kihlstedt on violin, Rob Sudduth on tenor saxophone, Trevor Dunn on bass and Ches Smith on drums. At 8:30 p.m., Roulette at Location One, 20 Greene Street, at Grand Street, SoHo, (212) 219-8242,; $15. (Chinen)

RON HORTON (Wednesday) Mr. Horton, a bright and surefooted trumpeter, revisits the material from his recent album, “Everything in a Dream” (Fresh Sound New Talent), with the tenor and soprano saxophonist Michael Blake, the bassist Ben Allison, the vibraphonist Tom Beckham and the drummer Gerald Cleaver. At 8 p.m., Barbès, 376 Ninth Street at Sixth Avenue, Park Slope, Brooklyn, (718) 965-9177,; cover, $8. (Chinen)

DAVID KRAKAUER’S KLEZMER MADNESS (Tomorrow) The clarinetist David Krakauer celebrates his 50th birthday with a concert featuring his acclaimed and supercharged klezmer band, augmented by the legendary funk trombonist Fred Wesley and the D.J. known as SoCalled. At 7:30 p.m., Zankel Hall, Carnegie Hall, (212) 247-7800,; $25 and $35. (Chinen)

TONY MALABY TUBA TRIO + ONE (Tonight) Tony Malaby, a versatile and intrepid tenor saxophonist, leads a trio with Marcus Rojas on tuba and John Hollenbeck on drums; their added guest is Ben Gerstein, on trombone. At 9 and 10:30, Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, West Village, (212) 989-9319,; cover, $10, with a one-drink minimum. (Chinen)

★ MICROSCOPIC SEPTET (Tonight and tomorrow) This rambunctious but soundly ensemble has put together a pair of retrospective releases on Cuneiform Records, and a tour to support them. The saxophonist Phillip Johnston and the pianist Joel Forrester are still steering the ship, and the group’s ranks still include the charter members Dave Sewelson (baritone saxophonist) and Dave Hofstra (bassist), as well as the longtime compatriots Don Davis and Paul Shapiro (both saxophonists). Tonight at 11:30, tomorrow night at 9:30, Joe’s Pub, 425 Lafayette Street, at Astor Place, East Village, (212) 539-8778,; cover, $20, with a two-drink minimum. (Chinen)

★ PAUL MOTIAN TRIO 2000 + 2 (Tuesday through Thursday) Show tunes and other standards receive loving and slyly imaginative interpretations on “Paul Motian on Broadway Vol. 4” (Winter & Winter), a handsome album featuring the drummer Paul Motian along with the pianist Masabumi Kikuchi, the vocalist Rebecca Martin, the tenor saxophonist Chris Potter and the bassist Larry Grenadier. Replacing Ms. Martin on this engagement is the alto saxophonist Greg Osby, whose presence may nudge the music further into flinty abstraction. (Through Dec. 10.) At 9 and 11 p.m., Village Vanguard, 178 Seventh Avenue South, at 11th Street, West Village, (212) 255-4037,; cover, $20, with a $10 minimum. (Chinen)

MILES OKAZAKI (Sunday) Mr. Okazaki, a confident guitarist and composer, celebrates “Mirror,” his ambitious self-released debut, with a group consisting of the alto saxophonists Miguel Zenon and David Binney, the multireedist Christof Knoche, the bassist Jon Flaugher and the drummer Dan Weiss. At 9:30 p.m., 55 Bar, 55 Christopher Street, near Seventh Avenue South, West Village, (212) 929-9883,; cover, $10. (Chinen)

MATANA ROBERTS’ MISSISSIPPI MOONCHILE (Tuesday) A bracing alto saxophonist and a junior member of Chicago’s AACM, Matana Roberts is at her best responding to ensemble actions. In this blues-abstracted working band, she interacts with the pianist Shoko Nagai, the trumpeter Jason Palmer, the vocalist Beatrice Anderson, the bassist Hill Green and the drummer Tomas Fujiwara. At 8 p.m., Tonic, 107 Norfolk Street, near Delancey Street, Lower East Side, (212) 358-7501; cover, $10. (Chinen)

WALLACE RONEY AND THE NEW JAZZ COMPOSERS OCTET (Monday) This post-bop ensemble owes much of its coherent drive to the trumpeter and arranger David Weiss. But the spotlight here will fall on Mr. Roney, a plangent trumpet soloist. At 8 and 10:30 p.m., Blue Note, 131 West Third Street, West Village, (212) 475-8592,; cover, $30 at tables, $20 at the bar, with a $5 minimum. (Chinen)

RUDDER (Tuesday) The direction of this funk-fusion vessel is collectively determined by its crew: Chris Cheek on saxophones, Henry Hey on Fender Rhodes piano, Tim LeFebvre on bass and Keith Carlock on drums. At 10 p.m., Zebulon, 258 Wythe Avenue, near Metropolitan Avenue, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, (718) 218-6934,; no cover. (Chinen)

ADAM RUDOLPH AND GO: ORGANIC ORCHESTRA (Sunday) This sprawling, meditative ensemble draws inspiration from earthy and elemental sources; in addition to the percussionist and composer Adam Rudolph, its ranks here will include the cornetist Taylor Ho Bynum, the multireedist Ned Rothenberg and the guitarist Leni Stern. At 8:30 p.m., Roulette at Location One, 20 Greene Street, at Grand Street, SoHo, (212) 219-8242,; $15. (Chinen)