Jazz Listings from the New York Times

From NYTimes.com:

Karl Berger’s Improvisers Orchestra (Thursday) Mr. Berger, the composer, conductor and former guiding spirit of the Creative Music Studio in Woodstock, N.Y., has set up a new residency for this loosely defined large ensemble, which features astute improvisers like the trumpeter Herb Robertson and the multireedist Peter Apfelbaum. The group, which also features Mr. Berger’s wife and longtime collaborator, the poet and vocalist Ingrid Sertso, will play an open rehearsal at 7:30 p.m., followed by a performance at 9 p.m. At El Taller, 2710 Broadway at 104th Street, third floor, Manhattan, (212) 665-9460, creativemusicfoundation.org, tallerlatino.org; $25, $10 for students; reservations are recommended. (Nate Chinen)

Jim Black Trio (Wednesday) Jim Black is known as a drummer of convulsive intensity and a bandleader rooted in the protocols of noise-rock. But on “Somatic” (Winter & Winter), his most recent 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 Mr. Morgan 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)

Coltrane Revisited (Tuesday through Sept. 22) In advance of what would have been John Coltrane’s 86th birthday, the pianist Steve Kuhn — one of Coltrane’s sidemen, however briefly — assembles a smart and respectful cast. Filling the saxophone seat is Eric Alexander; on trumpet, in a welcome twist, is Tom Harrell. The rhythm section consists of Lonnie Plaxico on bass and Andrew Cyrille on drums. 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)

Jeff Davis (Friday and Wednesday) This texture-aware drummer features his own compositions in each of these engagements. On Friday at 10 p.m. he connects with the pianist Russ Lossing and the bassist Eivind Opsvik — the same partners as on “Leaf House” (Fresh Sound New Talent), due out next month — and as a special guest, the tenor saxophonist Jason Rigby. (Mr. Rigby plays an 8:30 p.m. set, featuring Mr. Davis and a second drummer, Mark Ferber.) On Wednesday at 8 p.m., Mr. Davis presents Denver General, with two other regular collaborators, the guitarist Jonathan Goldberger and the cornetist Kirk Knuffke. Friday at I Beam, 168 Seventh Street, Gowanus, Brooklyn, ibeambrooklyn.com; $10 suggested donation. Wednesday at Barbès, 376 Ninth Street, at Sixth Avenue, Park Slope, Brooklyn, (347) 422-0248, barbesbrooklyn.com; $10 suggested donation. (Chinen)

Harris Eisenstadt and September Trio (Tuesday) Mr. Eisenstadt, a drummer and composer with an exploratory ken, reconvenes the ensemble from “September Trio,” an album released on Clean Feed last year. The group, with Ellery Eskelin on tenor saxophone and Angelica Sanchez on piano, follows this one-nighter with a European tour, during which it’s scheduled to record its second album. 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)

Ellery Eskelin Quartet (Saturday) The tenor saxophonist Ellery Eskelin favors rough texture and surprising turns of phrase, and here he has a rhythm section equipped to either cushion or challenge him. On piano is Marc Copland, with whom he worked regularly in the 1980s but rarely since; the bassist is Drew Gress and the drummer is Gerald Cleaver. 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)

Festival of New Trumpet Music (through Oct. 7) Now in its 10th annual season, this festival begins in earnest this weekend, with performances by the Adam O’Farrill Quartet (Friday) and the Taylor Ho Bynum Sextet (Saturday). On Wednesday the festival’s founder, Dave Douglas, ushers in the release of his poignant album “Be Still” (Greenleaf), with a new band featuring the singer Aoife O’Donovan. Thursday’s concert will be a partnership between the cornetist Rob Mazurek and the choreographer Marianne Kim. A full schedule is at fontmusic.org. Friday and Saturday at 9 and 10:30 p.m., Jazz Gallery, 290 Hudson Street, at Spring Street, South Village, (212) 242-1063, jazzgallery.org; $20 cover, $10 for members. Wednesday at 8 p.m., 92YTribeca, 200 Hudson Street, at Canal Street, (212) 415-5500, 92ytribeca.org; $12. Thursday at 8 p.m., University Settlement, 184 Eldridge Street, at Rivington Street, Lower East Side, universitysettlement.org; free. (Chinen)

Holding It Down: The Veterans’ Dreams Project (Wednesday through Sept. 22) The pianist-composer Vijay Iyer and the poet-performer Mike Ladd have collaborated on large-scale sociopolitical works before, with sharp results. For “Holding It Down” — a reflection on the dreamscapes of American war veterans, commissioned by Harlem Stage’s WaterWorks program — they further enlisted the poets Maurice Decaul and Lynn Hill, veterans of the campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan. In its premiere, the work will feature those contributors alongside Guillermo Brown and Latasha Nevada Diggs on vocals and electronics, Okkyung Lee on cello, Kassa Overall on drums and Liberty Ellman on guitar. At 7:30 p.m., Harlem Stage Gatehouse, 150 Convent Avenue, at 135th Street, Hamilton Heights, (212) 281-9250, harlemstage.org; $30, $24 for HarlemStage members; $60 on Wednesday. (Chinen)

Oliver Lake (Friday through Sunday) Mr. Lake, a multireedist and composer with acres of experience in the self-sustaining avant-garde — he was a founder of both the Black Artists Group in the 1960s and the World Saxophone Quartet in the ‘70s — turns 70 this weekend, celebrating with several nights on the bandstand. On Friday he leads his big band, featuring strong younger talent like the saxophonist Darius Jones. On Saturday and Sunday he appears in Trio 3, a knockabout collective also featuring the bassist Reggie Workman and the drummer Andrew Cyrille, with a guest turn by the pianist Geri Allen. At 7:30 and 9:30 p.m., with an 11:30 set on Friday and Saturday, Jazz Standard, 116 East 27th Street, Manhattan, (212) 576-2232, jazzstandard.net; $30 cover. (Chinen)

Rudresh Mahanthappa Quartet (Thursday) The alto saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa combines razorlike articulation with a probing improvisational style on “Codebook,” a body of work commissioned by Chamber Music America and released on Pi six years ago. For this performance, presented in a concert format at 7 p.m. and a more casual setting at 9 p.m., he regroups with the bassist François Moutin and the drummer Dan Weiss, who appear on the album, along with the perspicacious pianist Craig Taborn. At Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, 58 Seventh Avenue, at Lincoln Place, Park Slope, Brooklyn, (718) 622-3300, bqcm.org; $25, $20 students, $15 standing room. (Chinen)

The Prisoner (Sunday) Named after the late-1960s British television show, and more than casually inspired by it, this quartet is the brainchild of Max Johnson, an eclectic young bassist and composer. Its ranks include the saxophonist Ingrid Laubrock, the violist Mat Maneri and the drummer Tomas Fujiwara. At 8 p.m., Barbès, 376 Ninth Street, at Sixth Avenue, Park Slope, Brooklyn, (347) 422-0248, barbesbrooklyn.com; $10 suggested donation. (Chinen)

Classical Music Listings from the New York Times

From NYTimes.com:

Bargemusic (Friday through Sunday and Thursday) Thomas Schultz pays tribute to John Cage on Friday evening, mixing piano works by Cage with pieces by Frederic Rzewski, Morton Feldman and Hyo-shin Na. On Saturday and Sunday the Primo Quartet offers canonical staples by Mozart and Schubert, and Taneyev’s Piano Quintet in G minor with Olga Vinokur. And on Thursday, PUBLIQuartet plays pieces by members of the New York Composers Circle. Friday, Saturday and Thursday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m., Fulton Ferry Landing, next to the Brooklyn Bridge, Brooklyn, (718) 624-2083, bargemusic.org; $35, $30 for 65+, $15 for students on Friday and Thursday; $40, $35 for 65+, $20 for students on Saturday and Sunday. (Smith)

‘The Bee Symphony’ (Saturday) Issue Project Room mounts the United States premiere of “The Bee Symphony,” so called because it mixes the sounds of bees, as recorded by Chris Watson (formerly of the seminal postpunk band Cabaret Voltaire) and Mike Harding, with a sympathetically buzzy vocal-ensemble arrangement by Marcus Davidson, who conducts. Additional works by Mr. Watson and Mr. Davidson complete the program, part of a weekend series celebrating the 30th anniversary of Touch, an influential English multimedia collaborative and record label. At 8 p.m., Our Lady of Lebanon Cathedral, 113 Remsen Street, Brooklyn Heights, (718) 330-0313, issueprojectroom.org; $15, $12 for members and students. (Smith)

Composer Portrait: John Cage (Thursday) Given the bounty of Cage tributes being mounted during this, his centenary year, standing out from the crowd is a challenge. The International Contemporary Ensemble proposes an offbeat solution by mixing Cage and Pierre Boulez, an artist in most respects seemingly Cage’s opposite. Mr. Boulez’s “Marteau Sans Maître,” which ends the concert, might be more rigorously constructed than all seven Cage pieces sharing the program, combined. Still, hearing the icy precision of “Marteau” alongside the vaporous drift and shimmer of Cage’s “Atlas Eclipticalis” should be illuminating. At 8 p.m., Miller Theater, 2960 Broadway at 116th Street, Morningside Heights, (212) 854-7799, millertheatre.com; $25 and $30. (Smith)

Moving Sounds Festival (Friday and Saturday) This series, organized by the Austrian Cultural Forum, looks at music on the blurry line between classical and electronic composition. Friday’s two concerts feature ensemble mise-en, in a program of new and recent works by composers including Pasquale Corrado and Elisabeth Harnik, and the fabulously creative composer and pianist Annie Gosfield. Saturday brings the JACK Quartet in works by Clemens Gadenstätter and Georg Friedrich Haas and, later in the evening, the German electronic musician Bernhard Fleischmann. Ensemble mise-en at 7 p.m. and Annie Gosfield at 9 p.m., Czech Center New York, Bohemian National Hall, 321 East 73rd Street, Manhattan; JACK Quartet at 7:30 p.m. and Bernhard Fleischmann at 9:30 p.m., Austrian Cultural Forum New York, 11 East 52nd Street, Manhattan, (212) 319-5300 ext. 46, acfny.org; free with reservation. (Woolfe)

Nate Wooley (Wednesday) When this avant-garde trumpeter played part of his mesmerizing “Seven Storey Mountain” at Issue Project Room in June, he used a trumpet without a mouthpiece, amplifying it to create breathy, lightly pitched, sometimes squawking, sometimes almost spoken sounds that whispered over a dense shimmer of other instruments. He returns, again under the auspices of Issue Project Room, with another of the instrument’s innovators, Mazen Kerbaj, for an evening of solos and duets. At 8 p.m., Our Lady of Lebanon Cathedral, 113 Remsen Street, Brooklyn Heights, Brooklyn, (718) 330-0313, issueprojectroom.org; $10. (Woolfe)

Newbits: Carter / Chabon / Untoward / Schnug / Rip Rig

Elliot Carter, nearing 104 years of age, has been asked to join the Legion of Honor.

Michael Chabon explains why he still likes progressive rock.

Portland’s Creative Music Guild presents U n t o w a r d : A benefit for the Creative Music Guild, Friday, September 28th, 2012, Bamboo Grove – 134 SE Taylor. With a stunningly eclectic line up, this year’s CMG benefit brings twenty plus local musicians and dancers together for an unforgettable evening at intimate SE industrial performance space, Bamboo Grove. Untoward features performances by Concern, Interiors, Medicine Cabinet, Neal Morgan, Allie Hankins & Zac Pennington, Wet Wool. Danielle Ross has curated improvised dance & music Interstices by Mike Barber, Tracy Broyles, Joe Cunningham, Richard Decker, Linda K. Johnson, David Krom, Ryan Miller, John Savage, Ryan Stuewe, Doug Theriault, Reed Wallsmith, Lucy Yim, Ben Kates, Jeff Brodsky, Sally Garrido-Spencer, & Dawn Stoppiello. Between acts, you can enjoy a sound installation by Alex Ian Smith, some inexpensive and delicious food, and a couple sweet interactive improvisation games. Come to Untoward to celebrate the kick off for the Creative Music Guild’s ambitious 2012-2013 season.

577 Records has a new release out from the David Schnug Trio featuring David Schnug, saxophones, Chris Tordini, bass, and Max Goldman, drums.

On Sunday, September 16, Philapdelphia’s Rip Rig features the Leni Stern African Trio and the Dan Blacksberg Trio at Cafe Clave, 4305 Locust St, West Philadelphia.

Zeena Parkins and Nextworks Ensemble w/ JACK Quartet Reviewed

English: Zeena Parkins performing with Cosa Br...
English: Zeena Parkins performing with Cosa Brava at Jazzit in Salzburg, Austria, 2008-04-05. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From NYTimes.com:

In a question-and-answer session after her concert at Roulette on Monday evening, the composer and harpist Zeena Parkins said that she had long had the recurring image of her harp as a patient. So for the first part of “Spellbeamed: Fixexploded; Fixabolished,” the work she performed with the JACK Quartet and members of the Ne(x)tworks Ensemble, Ms. Parkins treated the instrument as exactly that.

Interview with John “Drumbo” French

ATP John French drumbo drumbs
ATP John French drumbo drumbs (Photo credit: Scott Macdonald)

From The LA Beat:

The name of John French is rarely if ever seen among those polls naming “best” – aka most famous – rock drummers of all time. But to the musicians who have had their world upended by the music of Captain Beefheart and the Magic Band, French is one of the giants of the form, the developer of an entirely new rhythmic language that threw linear groove out the window. In its place, French introduced a spastic series of blurts stacked up like unevenly-shaped bricks, shifting the accents to mirror the convolutions of Beefheart’s equally unchained melodies. Beefheart often complained about rock and roll’s reliance on the mama heartbeat, and said his response had to be a “non-hypnotic music to break up the catatonic state.” It was French who tackled the functional problem of how to keep time without reverting to hypnosis behind the kit.