Jazz Listings from the New York Times

Chris Speed
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From NYTimes.com:

Michael Bates’s Outside Sources (Thursday) On his most recent release, “Clockwise” (Greenleaf), the bassist Mr. Bates presents a batch of resourcefully slippery compositions for Outside Sources, a band consisting of fellow searchers. He does the same here, with the trumpeter Shane Endsley, the multireedist Quinsin Nachoff and the drummer Tom Rainey. At 8:30 p.m., Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, West Village , (212) 989-9319, corneliastreetcafe.com; $10 cover, with a one-drink minimum. (Chinen)

Endangered Blood / Skuli Sverrisson (Thursday) Organized but not necessarily led by the multireedist Chris Speed, Endangered Blood draws strength from its players’ mutual commitment. Besides Mr. Speed, its roster includes the alto saxophonist Oscar Noriega, the bassist Trevor Dunn and the drummer Jim Black; they’ll be playing music from a new album, “Reah” (Skirl). Also on the bill is another musician from this close-knit circle, the bassist Skuli Sverrisson, playing cinematic miniatures of his own. At 8 p.m., Littlefield, 622 Degraw Street, between Third and Fourth Avenues, Gowanus, Brooklyn , (718) 855-3388, littlefieldnyc.com; $10. (Chinen)

Tomas Fujiwara and Taylor Ho Bynum (Tuesday) Mr. Bynum, a cornetist, and Mr. Fujiwara, a drummer, engage in a duologue crackling with improvisational energy but guided by compositional prescription. They have an estimable new album — “Stepwise” (NotTwo Records), their second as a duo — from which they’ll draw here, with an extra assist from the pianist Shoko Nagai. At 8 and 10 p.m., University of the Streets, Muhammad Salahuddeen Memorial Jazz Theater, 130 East Seventh Street, second floor, East Village , (212) 254-9300, universityofthestreets.org; $10. (Chinen)

Ideal Bread (Thursday) This renegade jazz-repertory group, led by the baritone saxophonist Josh Sinton, puts a new shine on music by Steve Lacy, the great soprano saxophonist (and, briefly, Mr. Sinton’s mentor). For this one-nighter, that means material originally heard on Lacy albums like “Roba,” “Lapis” and “The Forest and the Zoo.” Along with Mr. Sinton, the band will feature an extended lineup with Kirk Knuffke on trumpet, Curtis Hasselbring on trombone, Jonathan Goldberger on guitar, Pascal Niggenkemper on bass and Tomas Fujiwara on drums. At 8 p.m.; doors open at 7. Salt Space, 1158 Broadway at 27th Street, fifth floor , saltspacenyc.com; $10. (Chinen)

Steve Swell Quintet (Wednesday) The commanding trombonist Steve Swell leads a group of avant-garde temperament, with Rob Brown on alto saxophone, Chris Forbes on piano, Hilliard Greene on bass and Michael T. A. Thompson on drums. At 9 p.m., University of the Streets, Muhammad Salahuddeen Memorial Jazz Theater, 130 East Seventh Street, second floor, East Village , (212) 254-9300, universityofthestreets.org; $10. (Chinen)

Henry Threadgill With Zooid (Thursday) Mr. Threadgill, the unclassifiable multireedist and composer, has had a banner year: his major-label output has back into circulation, courtesy of a Mosaic Records boxed set, and he has just released “This Brings Us To, Vol. 2” (Pi), the second album to feature his excellent current band. The band, Zooid, featuring sympathetic improvisers like the guitarist Liberty Ellman, will be in residence for three nights at Roulette next week; this first night will also feature the Flux Quartet. (Through Nov. 13.) At 8:30 p.m., Roulette at Location One, 20 Greene Street, at Grand Street, SoHo , (212) 219-8242, roulette.org; $20, or $15 for students and those under 30. (Chinen)

Greg Ward’s Fitted Shards (Sunday) A versatile young saxophonist with a full plate of sideman activity, especially in Chicago, his hometown, Greg Ward fills his work with nods to electronic music, postrock and other modern enticements. His new debut, “South Side Story” (19/8), features the same working band found here, with Rob Clearfield on keyboards, Jeff Greene on bass and Quin Kirchner on drums. At 8:30 p.m., Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, West Village , (212) 989-9319, corneliastreetcafe.com; $10 cover, with a one-drink minimum. (Chinen)

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Billy Bang in New York and New Jersey This Weekend

The amazing Billy Bang
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From Andrew Bemkey:

November 5, Friday
BILLY BANG – violin
Rubin Museum of Art
150 West 17th Street
btwn 6th & 7th Avs
New York City
Rubin Museum Web site
7 pm
$18 advance / $20 day of / $16 members
Tickets online; Info: 212.620.5000
Subway: Anything to 14th St / 7th Av vicinity
Bus: M5/M6/M7/M20 18th St; M14 6th or 7th Avs

November 6, Saturday
BILLY BANG – violin
Danforth Library
Assembly Room
250 Broadway
Paterson, NJ
2 pm
Info: 973.321.1223, ext. 2295; luck@patersonpl.org

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Squid's Ear Reviews

Elliott Sharp´s Carbon (Elliott Sharp, Zeena P...
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From The Squid’s Ear:

Morton Feldman – Trio
(Mode Records)

Morton Feldman – Clarinet & String Quartet

Wade Matthews / Stephane Rives – Arethusa
(Another Timbre)

Elliott Sharp Tectonics – Abstraction Distraction
(D’Autres Cordes)

Ulrich Mitzlaff / Miguel Mira – Cellos
(Creative Sources)

Joe Morris / Luther Gray – Creatures
(Not Two)

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December at Roulette

Ikue Mori
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From New York’s Roulette:

ROULETTE presents
20 Greene St (between Canal and Grand St)
Admission $15 Students/Seniors/Under 30s $10 MEMBERS FREE
TICKETS/RSVP: 212.219.8242

INTERPRETATIONS : Muhal Richard Abrams 80th Birthday Celebration
Thu Dec 2 – 8:00 PM
World-renowned pianist and composer Muhal Richard Abrams has been in the forefront of the contemporary music scene for half a century. A co-founder of The Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM), Abrams celebrates his 80th birthday this year. This concert will feature Abrams in two ensembles: with the percussion of Adam Rudolph and electronics of Tom Hamilton, and with vocalist Jay Clayton, bass clarinetist Marty Ehrlich, and bassist Brad Jones.

Andy Laster: Yiash + Recent Music for Strings
Fri Dec 3 – 8:30 PM
Andy Laster’s Yiash will perform arrangements of early 20th-Century Egyptian pop by Jewish composers Zaki Murad and Dawud Husni, among others, and Laster’s chamber jazz compositions utilizing the group’s unusual instrumentation and rhizomic approach to improvisation. (Andy Laster – alto and baritone saxophone, clarinet, Curtis Hasselbring – trombone, Erik Friedlander – cello, Kermit Driscoll – bass). In part two of the evening, Laster’s recent compositions for strings will be performed, including the world premiere of a trio written for cellist Erik Friedlander, violist Stephanie Griffin and violinist Jennifer Choi. Territories, for string quartet, will also be performed, along with the New York City premiere of Concrete Floor and Sailfish for quintet, to be conducted by Jonathan Yates.

Jim Staley w/ Ikue Mori, Kyoko Kitamura, Nate Wooley
Sat Dec 4 – 8:30 PM
Trombonist, composer, and founder of Roulette Jim Staley has been shaking up the downtown experimental music scene for over 30 years. Working primarily with improvisation, crossing genres freely between post-modern classical music and avant-garde jazz, Staley has collaborated for many years with other highly experienced improvisers, both dancers and musicians. Tonight Jim will be joined by special guests for an evening of explosive improv!

Jennifer Choi, Ikue Mori & Marco Cappelli
Sun Dec 5 – 8:30 PM
Ikue Mori (laptop), Jennifer Choi (violin), Marco Cappelli (guitar)
Three adventurous collaborators join forces in an evening of conceptualized and improvised combustion of sounds, noise, and music.

Sun Dec 5 – 2:00 PM
2 Sky TRIO presents an eclectic mixing of traditional and contemporary music that blends the western traditions of the violin and guitar along with centuries old Korean drumming, folklore, and dance. Hear, Watch, and Listen to new sounds and engaging uses of these time-honored instruments.
Once a month, Roulette opens its doors specially for tots and tweens, giving pre-K to fifth-graders the chance to listen and interact with adventurous, professional composers and musicians of a variety of genres. Come play instruments, explore wacky fun houses, listen to exciting new music, and experience sounds in a way you’ve never before!

Mon Dec 6 & Tues Dec 7 – 8:00 PM
Come support Roulette and help us raise money for our new concert hall! Lenny Pickett, Shelley Hirsch, Ned Rothenberg, Catherine Supove and more!
More info TBA.

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Coming to the Vortex Jazz Club

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From London’s Vortex:

Saturday 13 | 11.30pm | £5 | Book online
John Cage – Words and Music…
Indeterminacy with Stewart Lee & Steve Beresford
Writer, performer and comedian Stewart Lee is perhaps best known for his work with sketch and stand-up comedy, and for co-writing and directing the acclaimed stage show ‘Jerry Springer –The Opera’. However, Lee is also a lover of experimental music, and at midnight he will join fearless contemporary pianists Steve Beresford and Tania Chen for a performance of John Cage’s text and sound piece Indeterminacy. Indeterminacy was originally recorded in 1959, with David Tudor playing the piano and John Cage reading aloud 90 stories, each lasting one minute. Tonight Beresford and Chen will accompany these same stories, as read by Lee, with random and unrelated events on the piano, among other things.

Sunday 14 | 8.30pm | £10 adv £12 door | Book online
Led Bib

Led Bib, nominated for the 2009 Mercury prize are a stylistic shredder of a band, welding free improv, jazz, punk, funk and rock to their own feverish sound. Tonight the band are previewing new material from their forthcoming album, ‘Bring Your Own’, to be released on Cuneiform Records in January 2011.

Get the Blessing

Winners of the BBC Jazz Award 2008 for their debut album “All Is Yes” (Cake/Candid), Get The Blessing are currently one of the UK’s most exciting live bands.

Featuring bassist Jim Barr and drummer Clive Deamer from trip-hop legends PORTISHEAD, plus the twin horns & electronics of saxophonist Jake McMurchie and trumpeter Pete Judge, GTB have forged a unique signature sound that defies easy classification, yet never loses sight of thumping tunes, monstrously infectious beats, or joyous collective spontaneity.

Their second album, “Bugs In Amber”, perhaps best described as the post-jazz soundtrack to an imaginary low-budget James Bond movie remade by Tarkovsky and starring Buster Keaton, has received widespread critical and popular acclaim.

With influences ranging from Ornette Coleman and Tortoise, to Blondie and Samuel Beckett, GTB consistently confound expectation. Prepare to be teased, beguiled, soothed, spooked, jolted, and ultimately uplifted.
‘ This outfit will surely recharge the jazz world’ (BBC Music).


Schlippenbach Trio 40th Anniversary Performances
Wednesday 24 & Thursday 25 November

The Thing
Monday 29 & Tuesday 30 November

A very rare UK appearance of this legendary and explosive trio – Mats Gustafsson (alto, tenor, baritone and slide saxophone / live electronics), Ingebrigt Håker Flaten (bass and live electronics) and Paal Nilssen-Love (drums).

Gjerstad / Parker / Drake
Wednesday 1 December

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Ars Nova Workshop

Mick Barr
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Ars Nova Workshop:

Tonight! Thursday, November 4, 8pm

Kung Fu Necktie, 1248 N. Front Street
Only $5!

Over the past decade, guitarist and composer Mick Barr has released countless recordings on labels such as John Zorn’s Tzadik and Mike Patton’s Ipecac under the names Ocrilim, Orthrelm, and Octis, and has worked with Krallice, The Flying Luttenbachers, Zach Hill, and Weasel Walter. His lightning fast guitar style and singular approach to the instrument goes unrivaled among his contemporaries, leading Ian MacKaye (Minor Threat/Fugazi) to claim that “He is our Coltrane.” The saxophone/bass duo of Phillip Greenlief and Trevor Dunn (Mr. Bungle, Fantômas, John Zorn) provide an opening set for this doubleheader.


Read the ANW interview with Mick Barr at http://www.arsnovaworkshop.org.


Friday, November 5, 8pm
Jennifer Choi, violin; Cornelius Dufallo, violin; John King, viola; and Alex Waterman, cello

John Popham, cello; Emilie-Anne Gendron, violin; Andrew Roitstein, double-bass; and Erin Wight, viola

Philadelphia Art Alliance, 251 S. 18th Street
$12 General Admission

Join ANW for a special evening of string quartets led by two of the most exciting downtown composers. John King with the Crucible Quartet will be performing pieces from their 2010 collaboration 10 Mysteries which explores King’s innovative concept of “trilogic unity,” and Jessica Pavone with members of the Toomai Quartet will be performing pieces from their 2009 collaboration Songs of Synastry and Solitude.


Read the ANW interview with John King at http://www.arsnovaworkshop.org.


Wednesday, November 10, 8pm
Benjamin Herman, alto saxophone; Anton Goudsmit, guitar; Ernst Glerum, bass; and Joost Patocka, drums

Philadelphia Art Alliance, 251 S. 18th Street
$12 General Admission

This all-start Dutch quartet led by saxophonist Benjamin Herman will perform music by avant-garde composer, multi-instrumentalist and founder of the Instant Composers Pool – who have 3 Philadelphia dates in March 2011 – Misha Mengelberg. Benjamin has worked with Mengelberg on several occasions in the past and his ensembles are celebrated across Europe for their unique blending of punk, salsa, Afrobeat, free jazz and surf music.



On Friday, November 12, John McLaughlin & The 4th Dimension will be performing at the Keswick Theatre. We have 2 pairs of tickets to giveaway to the first 2 people to correctly answer the following question: In 1979 John McLaughlin formed a trio with former Lifetime bandmate Tony Williams and Jaco Pastorius that performed only one concert. What was the name of the trio and where was the concert? Please submit your response to elliott@arsnovaworkshop.org.

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