Jazz Listings From The New York Times

English: Darcy James Argue, moers festival 2009

From NYTimes.com:

Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society (Friday and Saturday) This postmillennial big band was last heard performing an ambitious multimedia opus, “Brooklyn Babylon,” as part of the Next Wave Festival at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. Mr. Argue, the band’s mastermind composer-conductor, revisits some of that material here, along with some as-yet-unreleased pieces from a forthcoming album. At 9 and 10:30 p.m., Jazz Gallery, 290 Hudson Street, at Spring Street, South Village, (212) 242-1063, jazzgallery.org; $20 cover. (Chinen)

Michaël Attias (Monday) Mr. Attias, a sonically adventurous alto saxophonist, has a strong sparring partner in the trumpeter Ralph Alessi; he also has a texture-minded and adaptable rhythm section, with Matt Mitchell on piano, John Hébert on bass and Satoshi Takeishi on drums. At 10 p.m., Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, Greenwich Village, (212) 989-9319, corneliastreetcafe.com; $10 cover, with a $10 minimum. (Chinen)

Claudia Quintet (Saturday) This precisely calibrated but purposefully spontaneous chamber-jazz group, led by the drummer-composer John Hollenbeck, appeared here last month with the singer Kurt Elling, performing music from “What Is the Beautiful?” (Cuneiform), an album inspired by the poems of Kenneth Patchen. The group returns without vocals, assigning its melodies mainly to the multireedist Chris Speed. At 8 p.m., Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, Greenwich Village, (212) 989-9319, corneliastreetcafe.com; $15 cover, with a $10 minimum. (Chinen)

Kris Davis Quintet (Wednesday) An inquisitive pianist with a willful but methodical approach to experimentation, Kris Davis has made herself indispensable on New York’s left-of-center jazz scene in recent years. She works here with the violist Mat Maneri, the clarinetist Oscar Noriega, the bassist Michael Formanek and the drummer Ches Smith. 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)

Rudresh Mahanthappa’s Gamak (Saturday) Mr. Mahanthappa, an alto saxophonist with a roving intellect and a bladelike articulation, presents Gamak, a new ensemble that skews a bit toward fusion, given the featured role filled by the guitarist David Fiuczynski. Anchoring the group is a quick-reflex rhythm team, with François Moutin on bass and Dan Weiss on drums. At 9:30 p.m., Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, Greenwich Village, (212) 989-9319, corneliastreetcafe.com; $15 cover, with a $10 minimum. (Chinen)

Winter & Winter at the Stone (Friday through Jan. 15) Stefan Winter, producer and proprietor of Winter & Winter Records, has programmed the first half of this month at the Stone, partly dedicating the run to the drummer Paul Motian, a label stalwart who died in November. Highlights include the Jim Black Trio, previewing music from a new acoustic album on Saturday and Sunday at 8 p.m.; the vocalist Theo Bleckmann, interpreting the music of Judee Sill (Saturday at 10 p.m.) and Weimar Germany (Wednesday at 10 p.m.); and the pianist Uri Caine, offering his postmodern revisions of Schumann, Mahler and Mozart, in both 8 and 10 p.m. sets on Tuesday. Avenue C and Second Street, East Village, thestonenyc.com; $10 cover. (Chinen)

Winter Jazzfest (Friday and Saturday) For New York City jazz fans, the Winter Jazzfest has become a perennial postholiday splurge and a righteous kick-start to the new year. Held this year in five separate clubs, all within a tight radius in Greenwich Village, it puts forth a profusion of available talent with an unspoken emphasis on cosmopolitan chic. With dozens of groups on board, it’s all too much to enumerate here; for details, see winterjazzfest.com. The festival’s base of operations is Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker Street, near Thompson Street, Greenwich Village; $35, or $45 for two-day pass. (Chinen)