Jazz Listings From The New York Times

From NYTimes.com:

The Bad Plus (Friday through Sunday) Since forming about a decade ago, this acoustic power trio — Reid Anderson on bass, Ethan Iverson on piano, David King on drums — has been known for its canny twists on the pop repertory, something the band pushed to the limit with “For All I Care,” an album released two years ago. “Never Stop” (E1), last year’s brave release, swings the pendulum the other direction: all originals, start to finish, with everybody pitching in. At 9 and 11 p.m. on Friday and Sunday and 9 and 11:30 p.m. on Saturday, Village Vanguard, 178 Seventh Avenue South, at 11th Street, West Village, (212) 255-4037, villagevanguard.com; $25 cover on Friday and Sunday, with a one-drink minimum. (Chinen)

End-of-the-Year Improv Party (Friday and Saturday) John Zorn, the indomitable alto saxophonist and composer, is also the proprietor of the Stone, where he sometimes convenes a clutch of collaborators for a sonic free-for-all to benefit the club. Among his fellow improvisers on Friday are the guitarist Thurston Moore, the trumpeter Frank London and the drummer Matt Wilson; on Saturday it will include the trombonist George Lewis (and perhaps the guitarist Marc Ribot, who’ll spearhead a later New Year’s Eve set in the same room). At 8 and 10 p.m. on Friday and 8 p.m. on Saturday, the Stone, Avenue C and Second Street, East Village, thestonenyc.com; $25. (Chinen)

Tom Rainey Trio (Friday) Tom Rainey, a starkly suggestive drummer, digs in with Ingrid Laubrock, a German-born, British-based tenor and soprano saxophonist, and Mary Halvorson, a guitarist with a sharp-splintered but flexible attack. The trio has a recent album, “Pool School,” on the Portuguese label Clean Feed. 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)