Jazz Listings from the New York Times

Cover of "Beat the Donkey"
Cover of Beat the Donkey

In the Times:

MEDESKI MARTIN AND WOOD (Saturday) This funk-enabled instrumental trio has an engaging new boxed set, “Radiolarians: The Evolutionary Set” (Indirecto), which pursues many angles on a groove: brittle, woozy, raunchy, tight. Yet however savvy the band has become in a studio setting, it’s still the in-person experience that resonates best, partly because that’s where the improvisation most clearly takes hold. At 8 p.m., Nokia Theater, 1515 Broadway, at 44th Street , (800) 745-3000, ticketmaster.com; $25 in advance; $28 at the door. (Chinen)20091112

PAUL MOTIAN OCTET + 1 (Tuesday through Thursday) 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 Ben Monder); 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). (Through Nov. 22.) At 9 and 11 p.m., Village Vanguard, 178 Seventh Avenue South, at 11th Street, West Village , (212) 255-4037, villagevanguard.com; cover, $25, with a $10 minimum. (Chinen)20091112

NUBLU JAZZ FESTIVAL (Friday through Thursday) For the last seven years the East Village club Nublu has promulgated a downtown mix of jazz, club music and international groove. For much of this month a similar sound prevails at its first annual jazz festival, with artists like the Dave Allen Quartet, led by its namesake guitarist (Friday); a cosmopolitan trio led by the pianist Jason Lindner (Sunday); and the vocalist Pyeng Threadgill, with her band (Tuesday). At 9 and 10:30 p.m. and midnight, Nublu, 62 Avenue C, between Fourth and Fifth Streets, East Village , nublu.net; cover, $10. (Chinen)20091112

TYSHAWN SOREY/AMINA CLAUDINE MYERS (Friday) Mr. Sorey can play the drums with gale-force physicality, but also a sense of scale and equipoise. He has lately been producing serious results as a composer, a side of his personality that figures prominently in this concert with Taylor Ho Bynum on cornet, Aaron Stewart on woodwinds and John Escreet on piano. Sharing billing on the concert, a production of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians, is Ms. Myers, a pianist and composer of restlessly broad imagination; she performs with the vocalist Janet Jordan and the violist Judith Insell. At 8 p.m., Community Church of New York, 40 East 35th Street, Manhattan , aacm-newyork.com; $25; $12 for students. (Chinen)20091112

JOHN ZORN’S TZADIK MINI LABEL FESTIVAL (Saturday) This artist showcase for Tzadik, the (very) independent label run by the indefatigable Mr. Zorn, celebrates two recent releases: “Infinito,” by the percussionist Cyro Baptista and his hyperkinetic group Beat The Donkey, and “Hope and Destruction,” by the guitarist Eyal Maoz and his klezmer-leaning band Edom. Also on hand is Wollesonic, a clangorous project of the drummer Kenny Wollesen. At 7 p.m., Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker Street, near Thompson Street, Greenwich Village , (212) 505-3474, lepoissonrouge.com; $15. (Chinen)

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