Jazz Listings From The New York Times

ACL 2008 - Jenny Scheinman
ACL 2008 - Jenny Scheinman (Photo credit: Kingsnake)

From NYTimes.com:

Tim Berne (Friday) Mr. Berne, the alto saxophonist and composer, has a potent new album, “Snakeoil” (ECM), that typifies his relentlessly inventive style: meticulous but volatile, with a shifting balance between convoluted form and wide-open improvisation. The album features the same well-tested working band that appears here, as part of a cross-country tour: the clarinetist Oscar Noriega, the pianist Matt Mitchell and the drummer Ches Smith. At 7 p.m., Rubin Museum of Art, 150 West 17th Street, Chelsea, (212) 620-5000, rmanyc.org; $20, or $16.20 for members. (Chinen)

Jim Black Trio (Thursday) Jim Black is known as a drummer of convulsive intensity and a bandleader rooted in the plugged-in protocols of noise-rock. But on “Somatic” (Winter & Winter), his transfixing new album, he leads an acoustic trio featuring the young Austrian pianist Elias Stemeseder and the American bassist Thomas Morgan. Here Mr. Black reinvestigates the same original material with Chris Tordini on bass and Teddy Klausner on piano. 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)

Amir ElSaffar and Two Rivers (Tuesday) In a vivid example of the cross-cultural currents in modern improvised music, Mr. ElSaffar plays both the trumpet and the santoor, a hammered dulcimer, and sings in the Iraqi maqam tradition. He appears here with much of the crew from his most recent album, “Inana” (Pi Recordings), including Ole Mathisen on tenor and soprano saxophones, Tareq Abboushi on buzuq, Carlo De Rosa on bass and Zafer Tawil on oud and percussion; Tyshawn Sorey joins them on drums. At 7:30 and 9:30 p.m., Jazz Standard, 116 East 27th Street, Manhattan, (212) 576-2232, jazzstandard.net; $20 cover. (Chinen)

Jenny Scheinman’s Mischief & Mayhem (Monday) Ms. Scheinman, a violinist, favors a style both folksy and exploratory, leaning a bit more to the latter with this working band, which appears here in advance of an overdue (self-titled, independently released) studio debut, due out on March 6. Her partners are the engagingly prickly guitarist Nels Cline, the stalwart bassist Todd Sickafoose and the polymorphically propulsive drummer Jim Black. At 6:30 p.m., Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker Street, near Thompson Street, Greenwich Village, (212) 505-3474, lepoissonrouge.com; $15, free for members. (Chinen)