From JThe New York Times:
TIM BERNEâ€™S LITTLE SATAN (Wednesday) The alto saxophonist Tim Berne presents a coy riff on his established skronk-improv trio Big Satan: the drummer Tom Rainey remains, but Kieran Daly on electric mandolin fills in for the guitarist Marc Ducret. At 8 and 10 p.m., BarbÃ¨s, 376 Ninth Street, at Sixth Avenue, Park Slope, Brooklyn, (718) 965-9177, barbesbrooklyn.com; cover, $10.
DEATH AMBIENT (Tonight and tomorrow night) A descriptively titled experimental collective, consisting of Fred Frith on guitar, Ikue Mori on electronics and Kato Hideki on bass. At 8 and 10, the Stone, Avenue C and Second Street, East Village, thestonenyc.com; cover, $10. (Chinen)
SCOTT DUBOIS QUARTET (Sunday) Scott DuBois, a guitarist equally devoted to knotty compositions and free improvisation, leads a band with the saxophonist Hakon Kornstad, the bassist Eivind Opsvik and the drummer Jeff Davis. At 9:30 p.m., 55 Bar, 55 Christopher Street, West Village, (212) 929-9883, 55bar.com; cover, $10. (Chinen)
BILL HORVITZ EXPANDED BAND (Sunday) The guitarist Bill Horvitz presents a suite of new compositions dedicated to the memory of his brother Philip, a writer and performer; some 20 musicians will be involved, including the clarinetist Marty Ehrlich, the bassist Ken Filiano and the pianist and vocalist Robin Holcomb. At 8:30 p.m., Roulette, 20 Greene Street, at Grand Street, SoHo, (212) 219-8242, roulette.org; $15, $10 for students.
VIJAY IYER (Thursday) A pianist and composer given to restive energies and rhythmic conundrums, Mr. Iyer leads an exceptionally intuitive band, with the alto saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa, the drummer Marcus Gilmore and the bassist Matt Brewer. (Through May 12.) At 7:30 and 9:30 p.m., Jazz Gallery, 290 Hudson Street, at Spring Street, South Village, (212) 242-1063, jazzgallery.org; cover, $15; $10 for members. (Chinen)
CECIL TAYLOR: NEW AHA 3 WITH ANDY BEY (Sunday) On the surface, the fiery pianist Cecil Taylor and the mellifluous singer Andy Bey have little in common. But their interaction here is not a first, and it holds some cooperative possibilities, partly because of the audacious support of the bassist Henry Grimes and the drummer Pheeroan akLaff. At 8 and 10:30 p.m., Blue Note, 131 West Third Street, West Village, (212) 475-8592, bluenote.net; cover, $35 at tables, $20 at the bar, with a $5 minimum. (Chinen)
TURTLE ISLAND QUARTET (Tonight through Sunday night) This string ensemble, which won a 2005 Grammy for best classical crossover album, marks the release of a more recent effort, â€œA Love Supreme: The Legacy of John Coltraneâ€ (Telarc). At 7:30 and 9:30, with an 11:30 set tonight and tomorrow night, Jazz Standard, 116 East 27th Street, Manhattan, (212) 576-2232, jazzstandard.net; cover, $35; $30 on Sunday. (Chinen)
VISION TONIC (Tuesday) In response to the recent closure of Tonic, the Vision Festival absorbed a few off-season bookings, including two next Tuesday. The first, at 7:30, is a promising trio consisting of the guitarist Marc Ribot, the bassist Henry Grimes and the drummer Chad Taylor; the second, at 9:30, includes the drummer Andrew Barker and the multireedists Daniel Carter and Sabir Mateen. At 7:30 and 9:30 p.m., Clemente Soto VÃ©lez, 107 Suffolk Street, Lower East Side, (212) 696-6681, visionfestival.org; cover, $10 per set, with a one-drink minimum. (Chinen)
JOHN ZORNâ€™S BOOK OF ANGELS (Tonight and tomorrow night) â€œThe Book of Angelsâ€ is a body of 300 works composed by John Zorn during an apparently feverish three-month span. Tonight the cellist Erik Friedlander and the keyboardist Jamie Saft, among others, perform some of those pieces; tomorrow the interpretation falls to the bassist Shanir Blumenkranz and the Masada String Trio. At 8, Abrons Arts Center, 466 Grand Street, at Pitt Street, Lower East Side, (212) 352-3101, abronsartscenter.org; $20.