Jazz Listings From The New York Times

Darcy James Argue, moers festival 2009
Darcy James Argue, moers festival 2009 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society (Tuesday) This ambitious ensemble has announced plans for its second album, “Brooklyn Babylon,” featuring music composed for a recent multimedia commission. It’s probably safe to assume that some of that music — which blends modern jazz with aspects of postminimalism and atmospheric indie rock — will turn up here. At 10 p.m., Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker Street, near Thompson Street, Greenwich Village, (212) 505-3474,; $17 in advance, $20 day of show. (Nate Chinen)

Bill Frisell’s Beautiful Dreamers (Friday through Sunday, Tuesday through May 27) Mr. Frisell, a guitarist inexorably drawn to the rustic byways of American music, recently released the album “Beautiful Dreamers” (Savoy), featuring a springy trio with the violist Eyvind Kang and the drummer Rudy Royston. At 9 and 11 p.m., Village Vanguard, 178 Seventh Avenue South, at 11th Street, West Village, (212) 255-4037,; $25 cover, with a one-drink minimum. (Chinen)

Mary Halvorson Quintet (Saturday) Mary Halvorson, a guitarist fond of smart ungainliness and prickly fluency, recently released “Bending Bridges” (Firehouse 12), her cool but provocative third album — and the second to feature this agile quintet, with a front line of Jonathan Finlayson on trumpet and Jon Irabagon on alto saxophone. (There’s one substitution on this album-release gig: Stephan Crump fills in for John Hébert on bass.) At 9 and 10:30 p.m., Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, Greenwich Village, (212) 989-9319,; $15, with a $10 minimum. (Chinen)

David Virelles and Continuum (Thursday) An up-and-coming, freethinking Cuban pianist heard in excellent form with Steve Coleman and Five Elements, Mr. Virelles steps forward as a bandleader with Continuum, featuring the bassist Ben Street, the drummer Andrew Cyrille and the percussionist and vocalist Román Diaz. At 9 and 10:30 p.m., Jazz Gallery, 290 Hudson Street, at Spring Street, South Village, (212) 242-1063,; $15, $10 for members in the first set; $10, $5 for members in the second set. (Chinen)