Jazz Listings From The New York Times

Peter Apfelbaum

From NYTimes.com:

Peter Apfelbaum’s NY Hieroglyphics (Friday) Mr. Apfelbaum, a saxophonist and pianist, formed his African-inspired Hieroglyphics Ensemble more than 30 years ago in the San Francisco Bay area. The New York edition of the group, heard here, includes companionable souls like the trumpeter Steven Bernstein and the trombonist Josh Roseman. At 9 and 10:30 p.m., Jazz Gallery, 290 Hudson Street, at Spring Street, South Village, (212) 242-1063, jazzgallery.org; $20, or $10 for members. (Chinen)

Taylor Ho Bynum Sextet (Saturday) A cornetist specializing in a thoughtful unruliness, Taylor Ho Bynum recently released an impressive album, “Apparent Distance” (Firehouse 12), with this working sextet. His band mates — all capable of adhering to or abandoning the script as the moment requires — are Jim Hobbs on alto saxophone, Bill Lowe on bass trombone and tuba, Mary Halvorson on guitar, Ken Filiano on bass and Tomas Fujiwara 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, or $10 for members. (Chinen)

Claudia Quintet +1, With Very Special Guest (Friday and Saturday) This precisely calibrated but willfully spontaneous chamber-jazz group, led by the drummer-composer John Hollenbeck, came up with the music on “What Is the Beautiful?” for a commission linked to the centenary of Kenneth Patchen, the enterprising American poet. The album assigns his verse to two literary-minded vocalists, Kurt Elling and Theo Bleckmann; of those two, Mr. Elling is the less frequent collaborator, which may tell you something about the “Very Special Guest” appearing here. At 9 and 10:30 p.m., Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, Greenwich Village, (212) 989-9319, corneliastreetcafe.com; $15 cover, with a $10 minimum. (Chinen)

Mary Halvorson’s Reverse Blue (Tuesday) The guitarist Mary Halvorson, a calmly prickly and increasingly prominent presence on the avant-garde landscape, works often and in many settings with Tomas Fujiwara, the drummer anchoring her new group. She has less history with the other two members: Chris Speed, a probing saxophonist and clarinetist, and Eivind Opsvik, a bassist drawn to glowing lyricism. At 8:30 p.m., Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, Greenwich Village, (212) 989-9319, corneliastreetcafe.com; $10 cover, with a $10 minimum. (Chinen)

Tony Malaby’s Novela (Sunday) The tenor saxophonist Mr. Malaby has spearheaded a number of provocative groups in recent years, but few with as many variables as this one, which includes Ralph Alessi on trumpet, Michael Attias on alto saxophone, Ben Gerstein on trombone, Kris Davis on piano and John Hollenbeck on drums. Totaling nine pieces altogether, the group draws here from “Novela,” now out on Clean Feed. At 9 and 10:30 p.m., Jazz Gallery, 290 Hudson Street, at Spring Street, South Village, (212) 242-1063, jazzgallery.org; $20, or $10 for members. (Chinen)

Wadada Leo Smith 70th Birthday Celebration (Friday) A couple days ahead of his 70th birthday, the fiercely creative trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith presides over an extravagant survey of his music, featuring new music for several distinct ensembles. The anchor is his Golden Quartet, a band with equal command of rhythm and texture. He’ll also present Organic, his version of an electric band, and the Silver Orchestra, with the premiere of his newest piece, “Occupy the World: For Freedom.” At 8 p.m., Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue, Boerum Hill, Brooklyn, (917) 267-0363, roulette.org; $15, or $10 for members and students. (Chinen)

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San Francisco Bay Area Scene

English: Rent Romus performing at the San Fran...

From Bay Improviser:

Thursday, December 15, 8pm
OutSound presents the Luggage Store New Music Series with guest curation by Josh Allen in an evening of duos, entitled Batterie and Brutality, featuring Phillip Greenlief (saxophone) and Spirit (percussion), and Josh Allen (saxophone) and Mark Miller (drums, vocals).  Luggage Store Gallery, 1007 Market St. (@ 6th Street), San Francisco | $6-10 sliding

Friday, December 16, 8pm
Inter-Relations presents, The Uncomfortable Zones of Fun, experiments in experience/participation performance. Frank Moore, world-known shaman performance artist, will conduct improvised passions of musicians, actors, dancers, and audience members in a laboratory setting to create altered realities of fusion beyond taboos. Bring your passions and musical instruments and your senses of adventure and humor. Temescal Arts Center, 511 48th St., Oakland | FREE – donations accepted

Friday, December 16, 8pm
The Berkeley Arts Festival presents BLOOD WEDDING. Blood Wedding is Danishta Rivero (vocals, digital processing) and Chuck Johnson (steel guitar, modular synth) – Come if you dig: just intonation, noise, heterodyning, doom, hyperobjects, duende, difference tone synthesis. Berkeley Arts Festival, 2133 University Ave., Berkeley | $10-20 sliding

From FaceBook:

Saturday, December 17, 7pm
The Old Soul Holiday Benefit Concert for the Sacramento Food Bank will feature music by: Electropoetic Coffee, Harley White Jr., Amy Reed and Ross Hammond, Josh Fernandez, Ian McGlone, The Inversions. Old Soul Coffee, Alley location, 1716 L St. (rear alley), Sacramento | $10 or food/clothing donation, info here.

From Bay Improviser:

Saturday, December 17, 7:30pm
The Yerba Buena Center for the Arts presents, as part of their FROM MUPPETS TO METAL: MUSIC MOVIES series, John Zorn: A Film in 15 Scenes. Cinema has inspired some of composer and artist John Zorn’s greatest works and deeply informed his artistic development. For this project, Zorn reached out to four acclaimed filmmakers, commissioning four different versions of a script he began writing in 1981. The script has 254 shots divided into 15 scenes, and explores juxtaposition and experimental narrative. Filmmaker Joey Izzo will be in attendance. Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission St. (@3rd), San Francisco | $8

Saturday, December 17, 8pm
The Berkeley Arts Festival presents The Shelton/Wright/Clifford/Hatwich/Glenn Quintet, a collective where each member can explore the fine line between improvisation and composition, featuring Aram Shelton (sax, clarinet), Corey Wright (reeds), Mark Clifford (percussion), Jordan Glenn (percussion) & Anton Hatwich (bass). Berkeley Arts Festival, 2133 University Ave., Berkeley | $10-20 sliding

Saturday, December 17, 8pm
The San Francisco Community Music Center will host an evening featuring the many facets of multi-woodwind master Vinny Golia. Performing first will be CD release (redux II) of Edge of Dark and new compositions by Lords of the Outland, featuring Rent Romus (saxophones), CJ Borosque (trumpet, electronics), Philip Everett (drums, electronics), Ray Schaeffer (bass), and Vinny Golia (saxophones, double reeds). Appearing second will be the Powell/Goodheart/Golia trio performing improvisations and holiday tunes, featuring Garth Powell (drums, percussion), Matthew Goodheart (piano), and Vinny Golia (saxophones, double reeds). San Francisco Community Music Center, 544 Capp St., San Francisco | $10-15 sliding

From FaceBook:

Sunday, December 18, 12noon
The NorCal NoiseFest and TIF.org present Sacramento Audio Waffle #33, featuring INSTAGON noise trio, Medicine Cabinet, One Infinite Loop, Kevin Corcoran / Wes Steed, and SMITE!(Jetrock from Uberkunst). FREE WAFFLES SERVED WHILE THEY LAST. The Javalounge, 2416 16th St., Sacramento | $5

From Bay Improviser:

Sunday, December 18, 7:30pm
OutSound presents the SIMM Series in A Skronk Solstice Special! Performing first will be Tri-Cornered Tent Show, featuring Philip Everett (autoharp, electronics, percussion), Ray Schaeffer (electric basses), Anthony Flores (drums, percussion), and Valentina Osinski (voice). Libertas will end the evening, featuring Tom Greisser (saxophones), Liz Byrne (electronics, tape machine, percussion), and Wade Driver (drums, anything & everything). Musicians Union Hall, 116 9th St. (@ Mission), San Francisco | $10/$8

From Nebraska Mondays

Monday, December 19, 7:30pm
Luna’s Cafe hosts the weekly Nebraska Mondays series, curated by Ross Hammond. This week: A Night of Duets, featuring Ross Hammond, Phillip Greenlief, Tony Passarell, Tom Monson, Randy Stark, John Vaughn and more. Luna’s Cafe, 1414 16th St. (between N and O St.), Sacramento | $5-10 sliding

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Coming to the Vortex Jazz Club

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From London’s Vortex:

Sunday 18 December | 7.30pm

Mopomoso’s annual end of year get together celebrating the strength and diversity in world of improvised music. Mopomoso’s annual end of year get together celebrating all things improvised. Something of an institution in the free improvisation calendar, the Mopomoso Christmas party provides an opportunity to listen to the varied and wide ranging approaches to the music in a less formal and friendly atmosphere. Last year had over 50 musicians play 27 short sets! A wonderful chance to check out new groups/players and revisit old friends. So far confirmed: Steve Beresford, John Russell, Caroline Kraabel, Matthew Hutchinson, Daniel Thompson, Dave Solomon, Kay Grant, Lol Coxhill, Will Connor, Anthony Donovan, Matt Chilton

Monday 19 December | 8.30pm

Caroline Kraabel & Friends

Caroline Kraabel is playing in two groups this evening. The first is an unusual, line-up featuring two flautists – Rowland Sutherland and Neil Metcalfe – plus Mark Sanders on percussion with Caroline Kraabel (alto sax and voice). They’ll be improvising, and playing some pieces by Kraabel – written not only for this combination of instruments but precisely for these musicians. The second ensemble is an established trio, with Veryan Weston (piano) and Mark Sanders (kit drums). They’ll be celebrating their CD, Playtime, which features improvisations as well as songs by Kraabel that have a fixed vocal melody with completely improvised accompaniment (different each time).

Thursday 22 December | 8.30pm

Parker / Edwards / Marsh

Evan Parker’s free improvisation residency featuring regular collaborators and mainstays of the London improvising scene, bassist John Edwards and drummer Tony Marsh. Parker is arguably the most important saxophonist since John Coltrane and his passionate, powerful playing is compelling.

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At Wordless Music Tonight

From New York’s Wordless Music Series:

An Evening with WHY?
Acoustic Grand Piano Shows
Thursday, December 15
Florence Gould Hall, NYC

Jeff Mangum
Shubert Theater, New Haven
BAM Howard Gilman Opera House

Jherek Bischoff
Wordless Music Orchestra
with David Byrne, Greg Saunier, Mirah,
Craig Wedren, and Zac Pennington
Ecstatic Music Festival at Merkin Hall

Manana: WHY? acoustic grand piano shows at Florence Gould Hall
Tomorrow (Thursday) night, December 15, returning Wordless Music favorites WHY? will bring their exceedingly rare acoustic grand piano show to one of New York’s most intimate seated venues: the 375-capacity Florence Gould Hall. The band will be premiering selections from next year’s forthcoming and recently recorded new album, along with older favorites from the WHY? catalog. All-ages tickets for the 7pm and 10pm shows are $20 and available online or through the Florence Gould box office.

Jherek Bischoff and the Wordless Music Orchestra, with friends
On Saturday, February 4, musical polymath Jherek Bischoff will join the Wordless Music Orchestra and an all-star cast of guest performers for the New York debut of songs from his new album, due out in February, including David Byrne, Mirah, Greg Saunier (Deerhoof), Craig Wedren (Shudder to Think), and Zac Pennington (Parenthetical Girls). This concert marks the first collaboration between Wordless Music and the Ecstatic Music Festival. $20 all-ages tickets are on sale now but will be sold out very soon.

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