Jazz Listings From The New York Times

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From the Times:

AB BAARS TRIO WITH KEN VANDERMARK (Sunday) Ab Baars, a saxophonist and clarinetist prominent on the robust Dutch jazz scene, has a new album, “Goofy June Bug” (Wig 15), featuring this trio — with Wilbert de Joode on bass and Martin van Duynhoven on drums — along with Mr. Vandermark, a Chicago multireedist. The same coterie arrives here after more than two weeks on the road, which ensures only the most cohesive brand of mayhem. At 7 p.m., Joe’s Pub, at the Public Theater, 425 Lafayette Street, at Astor Place, East Village, (212) 598-7100,; cover, $20, with a two-drink minimum. (Chinen)

ESP-DISK LIVE (Tuesday) ESP-Disk, an important avant-garde label of the 1960s, recently resumed production, selling its visionary catalog through retailers and online at This showcase begins with a set by the percussionist Paul Thornton (at 10 p.m.), and continues with a performance by the Ras Ensemble, a chamberlike group led by the saxophonist Ras Moshe (at 11). Bowery Poetry Club, 308 Bowery Street, near Bleecker Street, East Village, (212) 614-0505,; $10. (Chinen)

PAUL MOTIAN OCTET + 1 (Friday through Sunday) A luminous and mysterious post-bop ensemble that consists of two contrasting pairs of improvisers (the saxophonists Chris Cheek and Bill McHenry, and the guitarists Steve Cardenas and Tim Miller); a couple of welcome stabilizers (Jerome Harris and Thomas Morgan, both bassists); a pair of wild cards (the violist Mat Maneri and the pianist Jacob Sacks); and a wily mastermind (Mr. Motian, on drums). At 9 and 11 p.m., Village Vanguard, 178 Seventh Avenue South, at 11th Street, West Village. (Chinen)

OPSVIK & JENNINGS (Tuesday) The bassist Eivind Opsvik and the guitarist Aaron Jennings have maintained this intelligent electro-acoustic duo collaboration for a handful of years, releasing two strong albums on the Norwegian label Rune Grammofon. Their live chemistry relies partly on the terse contributions of the trombonist and keyboardist Brian Drye, the trumpeter Rich Johnson and the drummer Dave Christian. From 9 to 11 p.m., Nublu, 62 Avenue C, between Fourth and Fifth Streets, East Village,; free before 10 p.m.; $5 after. (Chinen)

THE THING (Thursday) This rugged Scandinavian collective — with Mats Gustafsson on reeds, Ingebrigt Haker Flaten on bass, and Paal Nilssen-Love on drums — specializes in convulsive improvisation, drawing about equally from the protocols of free jazz and punk rock. Here the band shares billing with Sparks, a duo made up of the trumpeter Peter Evans and the bassist Tom Blancarte; and Little Women, a noise-jazz Brooklyn quartet. At 9 p.m., Zebulon, 258 Wythe Avenue, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, (718) 218-6934,; no cover.

YEAH YEAH RECORDS AND FRIENDS FESTIVAL (Friday) This series, running every Friday through the month’s end, features artists affiliated with the ruggedly independent Yeah Yeah label. Among them are the guitarist Khabu Doug Young, who performs here at 8 p.m.; a duo featuring the pianist Jesse Stacken and the trumpeter Kirk Knuffke, at 9; and at 10, a trio with the saxophonist Andrew Bishop, the drummer Gerald Cleaver and the bassist Tim Flood. I-Beam Music, 168 Seventh Street, Gowanus, Brooklyn,; $10. (Chinen)

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