Jazz Listings From The New York Times

Henry Threadgill - Zooid
Henry Threadgill – Zooid (Photo credit: volume12)

From NYTimes.com:

Crystal Magnets (Wednesday through next Friday) The name suggests a Brooklyn indie-rock band, but it’s actually the handle of a dual-piano alliance between Andy Milne and Benoît Delbecq, inquisitive improvisers with an interest in manipulating timbre. For each of their three nights here, they’ll play an 8:30 p.m. set as a duo, and then a 9:45 p.m. set featuring one or more guests, notably the fellow pianists Ethan Iverson (on Wednesday) and Fred Hersch (on Thursday). At Shapeshifter Lab, 18 Whitwell Place, Park Slope, Brooklyn, shapeshifterlab.com; $15 for two sets, $30 for three nights. (Chinen)

Joe Lovano and Dave Douglas: Sound Prints (Tuesday through Dec. 2) The saxophonist Joe Lovano and the trumpeter Dave Douglas share a bustling and approachable vision of jazz, geared toward expedition while grounded in postbop custom. Sound Prints is their working band, a quintet capable of hair-trigger movements, featuring the drummer Joey Baron — a trusted colleague to both bandleaders, going back many years — along with the pianist Lawrence Fields and the bassist Linda Oh, younger players of evident promise. At 9 and 11 p.m., Village Vanguard, 178 Seventh Avenue South, at 11th Street, West Village, (212) 255-4037, villagevanguard.com; $25 cover, with a one-drink minimum. (Chinen)

Josh Sinton’s Ideal Bread (Tuesday) Led by the baritone saxophonist Josh Sinton, Ideal Bread puts a new shine on music by Steve Lacy, the great soprano saxophonist (and, briefly, Mr. Sinton’s mentor). The band — which also features the cornetist Kirk Knuffke, the bassist Richard Giddens and the drummer Tomas Fujiwara — has lately been focused on compositions from a pivotal period in Lacy’s career, during his early years as an expatriate in Paris (beginning in 1969). That repertory, including pieces like “Somebody Special” and “The Wire,” forms the crux of this concert. At 8:30 p.m., Shapeshifter Lab, 18 Whitwell Place, Park Slope, Brooklyn, shapeshifterlab.com; $10. (Chinen)

Henry Threadgill and Zooid (Friday and Saturday) Henry Threadgill, a penetrating saxophonist, flutist and composer, employs an expanded version of his flagship band, Zooid, in this premiere of a work with the disarmingly diminutive name of “Dimples.” His personnel will include the guitarist Liberty Ellman, the tuba and trombone player Jose Davila and the drummer Elliot Humberto Kavee — all longtime Zooid members — as well as the trumpeters Jonathan Finlayson and Stephanie Richards, the trombonists Jacob Garchik and Ben Gerstein, and the bassist Zachary Lober. At 8 p.m., Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue, near Third Avenue, Boerum Hill, Brooklyn, (917) 267-0363, roulette.org; $25, $20 for students and members. (Chinen)

Tomas Fujiwara on Tour

From Tomas Fujiwara:

Wednesday, Dec. 5
Taylor Ho Bynum Sextet
Brookline High School
Brookline, MA

Thursday, Dec. 6
Taylor Ho Bynum Sextet
Pioneer Valley Jazz Shares
Greenfield, MA

Friday, Dec. 7
Taylor Ho Bynum Sextet
Firehouse 12
New Haven, CT

Tuesday, Dec. 11
Ideal Bread
Brooklyn, NY

Friday, Dec. 14
Antibalas with Special Guest Red Baraat
Brooklyn Masonic Temple
Brooklyn, NY

Wednesday, Dec. 19
Instant Strangers
(Tim Berne, Mary Halvorson, Stephan Crump, Tomas Fujiwara)
Shapeshifter Lab
Brooklyn, NY