Jazz Listings From The New York Times

From NYTimes.com:

Flat Earth Society (Thursday) This Belgian big band, which traffics partly in absurdist enthusiasm, is on its first United States tour, up and down the East Coast. Here the band, led by the clarinetist Peter Vermeersch, plays its first of three consecutive New York shows, each in a different location. At 8:30 p.m., David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center , (212) 875-5350, lincolncenter.org; free. (Chinen)

Oliver Lake Big Band (Saturday) Oliver Lake, a well-traveled alto saxophonist with a robust and piercing sound, features his own music for this large ensemble, with help from strong improvisers like the saxophonist Darius Jones and the trumpeter Freddie Hendrix. At 9 and 10:30 p.m., Jazz Gallery, 290 Hudson Street, at Spring Street, South Village , (212) 242-1063, jazzgallery.org; $20; $10 for members. (Chinen)

Steve Lehman Trio (Wednesday) The saxophonist-composer Steve Lehman has made a strong impression in experimental circles in recent years, at the helm of a striking octet and in assorted collaborative settings. But he has deep experience in the trio format, like the one featured here, with Matt Brewer on bass and Damion Reid on drums. At 9 and 10:30 p.m., Jazz Gallery, 290 Hudson Street, at Spring Street, South Village , (212) 242-1063, jazzgallery.org; $20; $10 for members. (Chinen)

Paul Motian Quartet (Tuesday through Thursday) Paul Motian, a drummer of stubborn mystery, might seem an unlikely fit for a tribute to the fastidious Modern Jazz Quartet. But that’s his objective here, as he leads a group full of intriguing sidemen: the vibraphonist Steve Nelson, the pianist Craig Taborn and the bassist Thomas Morgan. (Through May 22.) At 9 and 11 p.m., Village Vanguard, 178 Seventh Avenue South, at 11th Street, West Village , (212) 255-4037, villagevanguard.com; $25 cover, with a one-drink minimum. (Chinen)

Todd Sickafoose’s Tiny Resistors / Mary Halvorson Trio (Wednesday) Two bands of different sizes and processes but similar temperaments, each combining dissonance and groove to seductive ends. In Tiny Resistors, Mr. Sickafoose, a bassist, employs a chamberlike setup of trombone, saxophone, violin, two electric guitars and drums; the band’s roster here will include the violinist Andrew Bird, an emissary from the realm of craft-obsessed indie-rock. And the guitarist Mary Halvorson applies similar tensions in her always compelling working trio with the bassist John Hébert and the drummer Ches Smith; at 10 p.m. Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker Street, near Thompson Street, Greenwich Village , (212) 505-3474, lepoissonrouge.com; $15; students $10. (Chinen)

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