Jazz Listings From The New York Times

Pharoah Sanders
Pharoah Sanders (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From NYTimes.com:

Karl Berger’s Improvisers Orchestra (Sunday) Mr. Berger, the composer, conductor and former guiding spirit of the Creative Music Studio in Woodstock, N.Y., has set up another new residency for this loosely defined large ensemble, which features astute improvisers like 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. Shapeshifter Lab, 18 Whitwell Place, Park Slope, Brooklyn, shapeshifterlab.com; $15, $10 for students. (Chinen)

Steve Coleman and Five Elements (Friday and Saturday) Mr. Coleman’s alto saxophone cuts cleanly through the complex compositional forms on his most recent album, “The Mancy of Sound,” released on Pi last year. The album featured Five Elements, his signature band, which has been a stable proposition of late. But for this weekend engagement he re-enlists just one partner from the band’s recent lineup, the trumpeter Jonathan Finlayson, and otherwise calls on a muscular rhythm team he was using about a decade ago: Anthony Tidd on bass and Sean Rickman 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, $10 for members. (Chinen)

Jeff Davis Band (Monday) As on his rewarding 2010 album, “We Sleep Outside” (Loyal Label), the exploratory, texture-minded drummer Jeff Davis leads a group that includes Kirk Knuffke on cornet, Jonathan Goldberger on guitar and Eivind Opsvik on bass; also on hand is the tenor and soprano saxophonist Jason Rigby. At 8:30 p.m., Shapeshifter Lab, 18 Whitwell Place, Park Slope, Brooklyn, shapeshifterlab.com; $10. (Chinen)

Pharoah Sanders Quartet (Friday and Saturday) The tenor saxophonist Pharoah Sanders, one of the most significant survivors of 1960s free jazz, has never stopped imbuing his performances with the tone of a spiritual quest. At 8:30 and 11 p.m., Birdland, 315 West 44th Street, Clinton, (212) 581-3080, birdlandjazz.com; $30 to $40 cover, with a $10 minimum. (Chinen)