Jazz Listings from the New York Times


IM BERNE AND LOS TOTOPOS (Wednesday) 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 and composer Julius Hemphill. At 8 p.m., Barbès, 376 Ninth Street, at Sixth Avenue, Park Slope, Brooklyn , (347) 422-0248,; cover, $10. (Chinen)

GERALD CLEAVER (Saturday) Dealing less in rhythm than in pulse, Mr. Cleaver’s drumming perfectly suits the fluid requirements of jazz’s post-everything avant-garde. Here he leads Violet Hour, which features a front line with two tenor saxophonists (Wayne Escoffery and Andrew Bishop) and a smart rhythm section (the pianist Ben Waltzer, the bassist Chris Lightcap). 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)

GARAGE À TROIS (Saturday) This ruggedly groove-oriented collective — Skerik on saxophones, Mike Dillon on vibes, Marco Benevento on keyboards and Stanton Moore on drums — rolls through town while touring behind a new album, “Power Patriot,” on the Brooklyn indie label Royal Potato Family. At 9 p.m., Bowery Ballroom, 6 Delancey Street, near the Bowery, Lower East Side , (212) 533-2111,; $20. (Chinen)

KONCEPTIONS AT KORZO (Tuesday) In the first set of this weekly series, at 9:30 p.m., the saxophonist John O’Gallagher draws partly from his adventurous new trio release, “Dirty Hands” (Clean Feed). A later set, at 11, will feature a trio led by the hyper-literate guitarist Ben Monder. At Korzo Restaurant, 667 Fifth Avenue, near 20th Street, Park Slope, Brooklyn , (718) 285-9425,; cover, $7. (Chinen)

TONY MALABY QUARTET (Friday and Saturday) Tony Malaby, a tenor saxophonist equally capable of focused tension and wild abandon, enlists experienced partners in this quartet: the trumpeter Ralph Alessi, the bassist Drew Gress and the drummer Billy Drummond. At 9 and 10:30 p.m., Jazz Gallery, 290 Hudson Street, at Spring Street, South Village , (212) 242-1063,; cover, $15; $10 for members. (Chinen)

POSITIVE CATASTROPHE TRIO (Monday) Positive Catastrophe is a 10-piece band, jointly led by the cornetist Taylor Ho Bynum and the percussionist Abraham Gomez-Delgado, that pursues a blend of Afro-Cuban rhythm and freewheeling improvisation. Here the group is radically pared down to three pieces: the two leaders, along with Reut Regev on trombone. At 7 p.m., Barbès, 376 Ninth Street, at Sixth Avenue, Park Slope, Brooklyn , (347) 422-0248,; cover, $10. (Chinen)

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