Jazz in New York this Week

Jazz Listings – New York Times

THE MANY MOODS OF MILES DAVIS The changeability of Miles Davis has become a defining notion, seemingly as crucial to his legend as the music he made. It’s one reason that Apple featured him in its “Think Different” advertisements a decade ago, alongside Bob Dylan and Picasso, chameleons with whom he is often compared. That quality also provides the premise for two concerts presented by Jazz at Lincoln Center this weekend under a mildly patronizing banner, “The Many Moods of Miles Davis.” Each concert will feature two ensembles and cover two incarnations of Davis’s career. Tonight that means bebop and “The Birth of the Cool,” courtesy of the trumpeter Ryan Kisor, a member of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra; and then the exploratory post-bop of the 1960s, courtesy of another trumpeter, Terence Blanchard. (Each artist will lead a quintet.) Tomorrow night promises more cognitive dissonance. While Nicholas Payton will fill the Davis role on the landmark album “Kind of Blue,” the electric bassist Marcus Miller will reprise his own role in the music of the 1970s and ’80s. Of course, there is some incongruity to conjuring Electric Miles on Jazz at Lincoln Center’s stage. (Wynton Marsalis, the organization’s artistic director, has characterized Davis’s post-’60s output as a product of commercial capitulation.) Partly for this reason, the tribute may not do enough to emphasize the clarity of vision behind all those so-called moods. So it seems appropriate to note the concurrent club engagement of 4 Generations of Miles, involving veterans of Davis’s employ. In chronological order of service, they are the drummer Jimmy Cobb, the tenor saxophonist George Coleman, the bassist Buster Williams and the guitarist Mike Stern. Their collective experience stretches as far back as the late ’50s and runs up through the early ’80s. Change will animate their music, to be sure, but continuity seems likely to play a part too. (Tonight and tomorrow night at 8, Frederick P. Rose Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center, 60th Street and Broadway, 212-721-6500, jalc.org; $30 to $120. 4 Generations of Miles performs tonight through Sunday night at 8 and 10, with a midnight set tonight and tomorrow, Iridium Jazz Club, 1650 Broadway, at 51st Street, 212-582-2121, iridiumjazzclub.com; cover, $35, with a $10 minimum.) NATE CHINEN

AHMED ABDULLAH’S EBONIC TONES (Tomorrow) Two years ago, on an album called “Traveling the Spaceways” (Planet Arts), the trumpeter Ahmed Abdullah presented a tribute to the Sun Ra Arkestra, of which he is a former member. Mr. Abdullah revisits that theme here, with musicians like the violinist Billy Bang and the saxophonist Salim Washington. At 9 and 10:30 p.m., Sista’s Place, 456 Nostrand Avenue, at Jefferson Avenue, Brooklyn, (718) 398-1766, sistasplace.org; cover, $20. (Nate Chinen)

★ MUHAL RICHARD ABRAMS (Tonight) In addition to being a venerable pianist and composer, Mr. Abrams is one of the original architects of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians. He performs tonight in a duo setting, with the guitarist Brandon Ross, and with a dynamic quartet featuring Aaron Stewart on tenor saxophone, Brad Jones on bass and Tyshawn Sorey on drums. At 8, Community Church of New York, 40 East 35th Street, Manhattan, (212) 683-4988, aacm-newyork.com; $25. (Chinen)

PETER APFELBAUM AND NEW YORK HIEROGLYPHICS (Tonight) Peter Apfelbaum, a multireedist and pianist, has been celebrating the 30th anniversary of this adventurous, African-inspired band, with collaborators including Abdoulaye Diabate on kora and Charles Burnham on violin. At 8, Bowery Poetry Club, 308 Bowery, near Bleecker Street, East Village, (212) 614-0505, bowerypoetry.com; cover, $15, with a one-drink minimum. (Chinen)

★ RAN BLAKE (Thursday) Mr. Blake is a pianist with an attraction to cinematic imagery and spooky silence, as he confirms on his fine recent album “All That Is Tied” (Tompkins Square). As on the album, he plays unaccompanied here. At 8 p.m., Center for Improvisational Music, 295 Douglass Street, near Third Avenue, Park Slope, Brooklyn, (212) 631-5882, schoolforimprov.org; admission, $15; $10 for students. (Chinen)

★ ALICE COLTRANE ASCENSION CEREMONY (Thursday) The death of the keyboardist Alice Coltrane in January came a shock to the jazz world, and to the California ashram that she established. This ceremonial tribute, timed to coincide with Ascension Day, will feature performances by the pianist Geri Allen; the bassists Reggie Workman and Charlie Haden; and the drummers Roy Haynes, Rashied Ali and Jack DeJohnette. Ms. Coltrane’s son Ravi Coltrane, a saxophonist, will also appear, among others. At 7:30 p.m., Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, 1047 Amsterdam Avenue, at 112th Street, Morningside Heights, (909) 744-0704 or (201) 928-0513. free. (Chinen)

EITHER/ORCHESTRA (Thursday) This 10-piece ensemble, based in Boston and led by the tenor saxophonist Russ Gershon, pursues a boisterous polyphony informed by both the visionary sweep of Sun Ra and the more terrestrial realm of Ethiopian pop. At 8:30 and 10:30 p.m., Iridium, 1650 Broadway, at 51st Street, (212) 582-2121, iridiumjazzclub.com; cover, $25, with a $10 minimum. (Chinen)

ANAT FORT TRIO (Thursday) Anat Fort is a prepossessing pianist with an auspicious debut on the ECM label. She performs her own music with her working trio, which includes the drummer Roland Schneider and the bassist Gary Wang. At 8:30 p.m., Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, West Village, (212) 989-9319, corneliastreetcafe.com; cover, $10 with a one-drink minimum. (Chinen)

ERIK FRIEDLANDER (Thursday) Mr. Friedlander is a superb jazz cellist whose technique extends to pizzicato fingerpicking. Here he previews material from his forthcoming album “Block Ice & Propane,” which reaches for a contemporary synthesis of American roots music. At 8 p.m., Barbès, 376 Ninth Street, at Sixth Avenue, Park Slope, Brooklyn, (718) 965-9177, barbesbrooklyn.com; cover, $10. (Chinen)

FRED FRITH (Sunday and Tuesday) The exploratory tastes of the guitarist Fred Frith are evident throughout this month’s calendar at the Stone, most obviously on the nights when he performs with notables like the composer and accordionist Pauline Oliveros (Sunday at 8), the alto saxophonist John Zorn (Tuesday at 8) and the harpist Zeena Parkins (Tuesday at 10). At 8 and 10 p.m., the Stone, Avenue C and Second Street, East Village, thestonenyc.com; $10; $20 on Tuesday at 8. (Chinen)

BEN GERSTEIN’S THE UP/EIVIND OPSVIK’S OVERSEAS (Wednesday) The trombonist Ben Gerstein conceived the Up as an open forum for improvisers like the tenor saxophonist Jonathan Moritz, the bassist Eivind Opsvik and the drummer John McLellan. Mr. Opsvik’s band Overseas, which features Tony Malaby on tenor saxophone, Jacob Sacks on Wurlitzer piano and Kenny Wolleson on drums, heeds more of a compositional framework. At 8 and 10 p.m., Barbès, 376 Ninth Street, at Sixth Avenue, Park Slope, Brooklyn, (718) 965-9177, barbesbrooklyn.com; cover, $10 per set. (Chinen)

JOEL HARRISON AND HARBOR (Wednesday) “Harbor” (HighNote), the new album by the guitarist Joel Harrison, imagines a fascinating modern fusion of Western and Eastern tonalities. Revisiting that music here, Mr. Harrison enlists another guitarist, Brad Shepik, along with the saxophonist David Binney, the bassist Stephan Crump and a pair of drummers, Jordan Perlson and Jamey Haddad. At 7:30 and 9:30 p.m., Jazz Standard, 116 East 27th Street, Manhattan, (212) 576-2232, jazzstandard.net; cover, $20. (Chinen)

KAMIKAZE GROUND CREW (Sunday) The trumpeter Steven Bernstein and the multireedist Peter Apfelbaum preside over this genre-scrambling outfit, with contributions from Gina Leishman and Doug Wieselman on saxophones, Art Baron on trombone, Marcus Rojas on tuba and Kenny Wollesen on drums. At 8 p.m., Cutting Room, 19 West 24th Street, Manhattan, (212) 691-1900, thecuttingroomnyc.com; cover, $10; $12 at the door. (Chinen)

CHRIS LIGHTCAP’S BIGMOUTH (Tomorrow) This ensemble employs compositional forms as a springboard; Chris Lightcap, a bassist, has creative colleagues in the tenor saxophonists Tony Malaby and Matt Renzi, the pianist James Carney and the drummer Gerald Cleaver. At 9 and 10:30 p.m., Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, West Village, (212) 989-9319, corneliastreetcafe.com; cover, $10, with a one-drink minimum. (Chinen)

THE MUSIC OF OLU DARA (Tonight) Before he was known as the father of the rapper Nas, Olu Dara was a trumpeter, guitarist and singer who infused New York avant-gardism with Mississippi twang. His music is the chief focus of this performance, with Bob Stewart on tuba, Craig Harris on saxophones and Bruce Purse on trumpet, among others. At 7, Aronow Theater, City College of New York, 135th Street at Convent Avenue, Hamilton Heights, (718) 884-5495, multiculturalmusic.org; $10. (Chinen)

BOBBY PREVITE (Wednesday) Mr. Previte, an adventurous and often effervescent drummer, teams up with musicians similarly inclined to pair aggressive experimentation with a rock-hard sense of groove: the tenor saxophonist Ellery Eskelin, the vibraphonist Bill Ware and the bassist Brad Jones. At 10 p.m., 55 Bar, 55 Christopher Street, West Village, (212) 929-9883, 55bar.com; cover, $10. (Chinen)

★ JENNY SCHEINMAN (Monday) Ms. Scheinman is that rare jazz violinist who embraces her instrument’s folksier side without making concessions to genre. The impressive group she leads here, in preparation for a recording session, includes the guitarist Bill Frisell, the pianist Jason Moran, the clarinetist Doug Weiselman and the cornetist Ron Miles. At 7 and 8:30 p.m., Barbès, 376 Ninth Street, at Sixth Avenue, Park Slope, Brooklyn, (718) 965-9177, barbesbrooklyn.com; cover, $20 to $30 per set. (Chinen)