Jazz Listings From The New York Times


TIM BERNE AND LOS TOTOPOS (Thursday) Mr. Berne, an alto saxophonist and composer with a taste for coarsely layered frictions, presents a newly minted ensemble here, with Matt Mitchell on piano and electronics, Oscar Noriega on clarinets and Ches Smith on percussion. The band focuses not only on sharp and convoluted new music by Mr. Berne, but also on some rather obscure material written more than 30 years ago by his former mentor, the saxophonist-composer Julius Hemphill. At 9 p.m., I-Beam, 168 Seventh Street, Gowanus, Brooklyn ,; suggested donation, $10. (Chinen)20091126

DECOUPAGE (Tuesday) As the name implies, this improvising chamber group presents a study in artful layers: Curtis Hasselbring’s trombone, Matt Moran’s vibraphone, Satoshi Takeishi’s percussion and Mary Halvorson’s guitar. At 8 p.m., the Stone, Avenue C and Second Street, East Village ,; $10. (Chinen)20091126

PETER EVANS QUINTET (Thursday) Peter Evans, probably best recognized for his role in the upstart free-bop quartet Mostly Other People Do the Killing, is a trumpeter with an expressive command of timbre and tone. He’s also a bandleader of emerging promise; in this group he corrals the pianist Carlos Homs, the bassist Chris Tordini, the drummer Kassa Overall and the electronics artist Sam Pluta. At 8 p.m., the Stone, Avenue C and Second Street, East Village ,; $10. (Chinen)20091126

? JOHN HOLLENBECK (Monday) Mr. Hollenbeck, a percussionist-composer of broad vision and vibrant execution, presides over a triple bill in celebration of two new albums, “Eternal Interlude” (Sunnyside) and “Rainbow Jimmies” (GPE). Anchoring the evening is his Large Ensemble, a superbly cohesive big band stocked with musicians of similar temperament. Mr. Hollenbeck will also perform with Future Quest, a small-group project devoted to the music of Meredith Monk; and with a chamber trio featuring the violinist Todd Reynolds and the vibraphonist Matt Moran. At 8 p.m., Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker Street, near Thompson Street, Greenwich Village , (212) 228-4854,; $15. (Chinen)20091126

TODD SICKAFOOSE’S TINY RESISTORS (Friday) As a bassist, Mr. Sickafoose builds grooves from the ground up, but that’s no impediment to the buoyancy of his music. “Tiny Resistors” (Cryptogramophone), his most recent album, features a number of tunes in which horn parts and guitar lines swirl around a calmly asymmetrical pulse; among his partners here are the saxophonist John Ellis and the trombonist Alan Ferber. At 10 p.m., 55 Bar, 55 Christopher Street, West Village , (212) 929-9883,; cover, $10. (Chinen)20091126

NATE WOOLEY QUINTET (Wednesday) Nate Wooley, a perspicacious young trumpeter, leads an ensemble pointedly shaped to resemble Eric Dolphy’s band on the landmark album “Out to Lunch,” and charges it with all-new original music. The ranks will include Josh Sinton on bass clarinet, Matt Moran on vibraphone, John Hébert on bass and Harris Eisenstadt on drums. At 8:30 p.m., Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, West Village , (212) 989-9319,; cover, $10, with a $6 minimum. (Chinen)

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