Jazz Listings From The New York Times

Cecil Taylor at moers festival 2008
Cecil Taylor at moers festival 2008 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From NYTimes.com:

Barbès Turns 10 (Friday through Sunday) On May Day 2002 a couple of French expatriates opened Barbès, a cozy, neighborly bar in the Park Slope section of Brooklyn, and began booking a cosmopolitan array of music, from Afropop to Gypsy swing. This week the place celebrates its anniversary with a crowded parade of regulars, including the bands Endangered Blood, One Ring Zero and Las Rubias del Norte. For a lineup, visit barbesbrooklyn.com. At Barbès, 376 Ninth Street, at Sixth Avenue, Park Slope, Brooklyn, (347) 422-0248; $10. (Chinen)

Celebrating Cecil (Tuesday and Wednesday) This two-night engagement, part of the Harlem Shrines Jazz Festival, pays tribute to the indomitable Cecil Taylor, one of the most distinctive pianists of the last 50 years. All three pianists on hand — Amina Claudine Myers, Craig Taborn and Vijay Iyer — are well versed in his style, and each will offer his or her own perspective on it, in solo and duo performances. The poet Amiri Baraka will be the special guest, and on Wednesday a postperformance discussion will be led by the composer and scholar George Lewis. At 8 p.m., Harlem Stage Gatehouse, 150 Convent Avenue, at West 135th Street, Hamilton Heights, (212) 281-9240, harlemstage.org; $10. (Chinen)

Amir ElSaffar Quintet (Friday) Mr. ElSaffar plays the trumpet, the santoor and a hammered dulcimer and sings in the Iraqi maqam tradition. He features his own compositions here, for a group that includes John Escreet on piano, François Moutin on bass and Dan Weiss 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 cover, or $10 for members. (Chinen)

Donny McCaslin Quartet (Monday) On “Perpetual Motion” (Greenleaf), his most recent album, the tenor and soprano saxophonist Donny McCaslin dives into his version of postfusion, mixing up approaches and angles of attack. Drawing from the album here, he enlists several sharp musicians well-equipped for the task: the keyboardist Jason Lindner, the bassist Tim Lefebvre and the drummer Mark Guiliana. At 10 p.m., 55 Bar, 55 Christopher Street, West Village, (212) 929-9883, 55bar.com; $10 cover. (Chinen)

Undead Music Festival (Wednesday through May 12) Encompassing four nights and dozens of musicians, this indie-minded festival begins on Wednesday with its usual Greenwich Village multiclub marathon, at Le Poisson Rouge, Sullivan Hall and Kenny’s Castaways; of particular interest is the programming at Le Poisson Rouge, designed to evoke the old scene at the lamented Lower East Side club Tonic. On Thursday the operation moves to the Brooklyn Masonic Temple in the Fort Greene section of Brooklyn, with a show featuring Medeski Martin & Wood and a slew of guests, including the keyboardists Marco Benevento and Anthony Coleman, the guitarist Vernon Reid and the drummer G. Calvin Weston. More information is available at undeadmusic.com. (Chinen)