Jazz Listings From The New York Times

In the Times:

ERIK FRIEDLANDER’S BROKEN ARM TRIO (Friday) “Broken Arm Trio” (Skipstone), the most recent album by the cellist Erik Friedlander, trafficks in a boppish cadence suitable for nimble fingerpicking. Along with his trio partners — the bassist Trevor Dunn and the drummer Mike Sarin, both aboard here — Mr. Friedlander manages to create an effervescent small-group jazz, shot through with wit and soul. At 8 p.m., Barbès, 376 Ninth Street, at Sixth Avenue, Park Slope, Brooklyn, (347) 422-0248,; cover, $10.20090326

HENRY GRIMES AND MARC RIBOT (Friday) Mr. Grimes, a bassist and long-lost titan of the avant-garde, has jibed well in the past with Mr. Ribot, a vagabond poet on the guitar — but most often in group settings. Here they pare down to a conversational exchange, which just might be the best way to expose their rapport. At 7 p.m., Rubin Museum of Art, 150 West 17th Street, Chelsea, (212) 620-5000,; $20. (Chinen)20090326

RHYTHM IN THE KITCHEN MUSIC FESTIVAL (Thursday) The fourth annual edition of this avant-garde festival, presented by the Hell’s Kitchen Cultural Center, kicks off with an exploratory trio led by the guitarist Amanda Monaco (at 8 p.m.); a set by the collective quartet known as Little Women (at 9); and a duet by the multireedist Joe McPhee and the guitarist Bern Nix, both prominent figures in the avant-garde (at 10). (Through April 4.) At Church for All Nations, 417 West 57th Street, Clinton, (212) 333-5583,; $15; $35 for a full festival pass. (Chinen)20090326

BRAD SHEPIK GROUP (Saturday) “Human Activity Suite” (Songlines), the absorbingly eclectic new album by the guitarist Brad Shepik, harnesses folk traditions from across the world to make a light-handed statement about global warming. Reconvening the album’s excellent cast here, he connects with Ralph Alessi on trumpet; Gary Versace on piano, organ and accordion; Drew Gress on bass; and Tom Rainey on drums. At 9 and 10:30 p.m., Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, West Village, (212) 989-9319,; cover, $10, with a one-drink minimum. (Chinen)20090326

CECIL TAYLOR SPEAKS VOLUMES (Saturday) At 80, Mr. Taylor is an elder statesman by any measure, and his music has continued to bedazzle, growing more luminous but no less rigorous in recent years. His solo recitals — whorls of inimitable pianism, notated as well as freely improvised — are legendary. For this one, part of the Musically Speaking series at Merkin Concert Hall, he will also engage in discourse about his music. (That’s the idea, anyway.) At 8 p.m. Merkin Concert Hall, 129 West 67th Street, Manhattan, (212) 501-3330,; $25; $20 for members. (Chinen)

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