Jazz Listings From The New York Times

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From NYTimes.com:

Karl Berger’s Improvisers Orchestra (Tuesday) Mr. Berger, the composer, conductor and former guiding spirit of the Creative Music Studio in Woodstock, N.Y., presides over this loosely defined large ensemble, which includes the multireedists Scott Robinson and Peter Apfelbaum and the trumpeter Steven Bernstein. This is the final performance of a series in which the musicians workshop ideas during a 7:30 p.m. open rehearsal, followed by a 9 p.m. concert. At Jazz Gallery, 290 Hudson Street, at Spring Street, South Village, (212) 242-1063, jazzgallery.org; $20 for workshop and performance ($15 for members and students) and $15 for performance only ($10 for members and students). (Chinen)

Steven Bernstein’s Millennial Territory Orchestra (Monday) Borrowing a page from the playbook of Karl Berger — see the preceding listing — Mr. Bernstein, a ruggedly resourceful trumpeter-arranger-composer, has initiated a residency with his Millennial Territory Orchestra, every Monday night through June. Each week he brings in new arrangements, leading the band in an open rehearsal at 7:30 p.m. and a performance at 9 p.m. At the Stone, Avenue C and Second Street, East Village, thestonenyc.com; $10. (Chinen)

Gerald Cleaver and Black Host (Friday) A jazz drummer of observant poise, Mr. Cleaver leads an intriguingly blustery new band here: Darius Jones on alto saxophone, Brandon Seabrook on guitar, Pascal Niggenkemper on bass and Cooper-Moore on piano and diddley bow. At 9 and 10:30 p.m., Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, Greenwich Village, (212) 989-9319, corneliastreetcafe.com; $10 cover, with a $10 minimum. (Chinen)

Mark Dresser Quintet (Tuesday) A master of abstract texture and extended techniques, the bassist Mark Dresser surrounds himself with sympathetic partners here: Rudresh Mahanthappa on alto saxophone, Michael Dessen on trombone, Denman Maroney on prepared piano and Tom Rainey on drums. 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)

★ Steve Kuhn, Steve Swallow, Joey Baron (Friday and Saturday) There’s a soft glow of erudition to “Wisteria,” a new piano trio album that ECM released this month. It comes from all three members of the group — the pianist Steve Kuhn, the bassist Steve Swallow and the drummer Joey Baron — but especially from Mr. Kuhn, who at 74 is one of jazz’s most careful rhapsodists. The trio wraps up an album-release engagement this weekend. At 8:30 and 11 p.m., Birdland, 315 West 44th Street, Clinton, (212) 581-3080, birdlandjazz.com; $30 and $40 cover, with a $10 minimum. (Chinen)

★ Cecil Taylor: A Celebration of the Maestro (Wednesday, Thursday and May 19) Mr. Taylor, one of the most distinctive improvising pianists of the last 50 years, receives due tribute with this festival, which began last week. On Wednesday it continues at Issue Project Room with performances by the pianist Thollem McDonas, the bass clarinetist Arrington de Dionyso and the drummer William Hooker. Then Mr. Taylor plays two concerts, on Thursday at Harlem Stage and on Wednesday and May 19 at Issue Project Room; the May 19 show is sold out. Issue Project Room, 22 Boerum Place, at Livingston Street, downtown Brooklyn, (718) 330-0313, issueprojectroom.org; $15, $12 for members. Thursday at 7:30 p.m., Harlem Stage Gatehouse, 150 Convent Avenue, at West 135th Street, Hamilton Heights, (212) 281-9240, harlemstage.org; $45, $36 for members. (Chinen)

Undead Music Festival (Friday and Saturday) This indie-minded festival concludes with two nights of unconventional programming, each night abiding by a concept. Friday is being billed as Night of the Living DIY, with pop-up shows in a range of spaces around Brooklyn, including 35 Claver Place, in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood, and Big Snow Buffalo Lodge, in Bushwick. On Saturday, at 92YTriBeCa, the concept involves a string of improvised, interconnected duets, with musicians like the drummer John Hollenbeck, the guitarist Miles Okazaki and the bassist Mark Helias. For more information, visit undeadmusic.com; suggested donation, $10. (Chinen)