Coming to Seattle

Amy Denio performing with the Billy Tipton Mem...

From Seattle’s Wayward Music Series:

FRI. 12/28, 8 PM – Richard Webb (of Lullabies for Crumbling Empires) and Mari Matsutoya – multimedia collaboration via internet

SAT. 12/29, 8 PM – Ask the Ages is Steven Bell (vibes), Greg Campbell (drums), Brian Heaney (guitar), Kate Olsen (sax), John Seman (bass)

THU. 1/3 – Analog Honking Device, with saxophonists Cynthia Mullis and Brent Jensen

FRI. 1/4 – Greg Powers, trombone and Stuart Dempster, didjeridu = Pran

SAT. 1/5 – Wayne Horvitz trio with Briggan Krauss & Dylan van der Schyff + Robin Holcomb/Peggy Lee duo

FRI. 1/11 – Vance Galloway & Charles Buckingham, mysterious electroacoustic music

SAT. 1/12 – Seattle Rock Orchestra plays Beck Hansen’s Song Reader

FRI. 1/18 – Amy Denio: Mythunderstandings, a collaborative multimedia storytelling work-in-progress with Tiptons Sax Quartet, Paul Che oke tenWagner and others

SAT. 1/19 – Amy Denio: Mythunderstandings, a collaborative multimedia storytelling work-in-progress with Tiptons Sax Quartet, Paul Che oke ten Wagner and many others

Creative Differences in January

Han Bennink im Club W71 in Weikersheim
Han Bennink im Club W71 in Weikersheim (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From Baltimore’s Creative Differences:

SUNDAY JAN 6 @8PM – $10
Thumbscrew: Mary Halvorson,guitar Michael Formanek,bass & Tomas Fujiwara,drums
Thumbscrew is a collective band featuring compositions by all three members, fusing jazz, rock and experimental styles. Since the band’s Baltimore debut in March of 2012, the trio has continued to perform regularly, developing an original book of music and a strong band sound.

SUNDAY JAN 13 @8PM- $15/10 students w.ID
Barry Altschul‘s 70th Birthday Celebration
3dom Factor w. Jon Irabagon,saxes Joe Fonda,bass & Barry Altschul,drums
The New York City drummer Barry Altschul was a member of Circle, the innovative experimental jazz ensemble featuring Chick Corea, Dave Holland and Anthony Braxton, which released several stunning albums in the early-1970s on Blue Note and ECM. Altschul continued working with Braxton—sometimes alongside other AACM members such as Roscoe Mitchell, Leo Smith and George Lewis—and has worked with Paul Bley, Art Pepper, Lee Konitz and Andrew Hill. Altschul’s Threedom Trio brings together two musicians with whom he has collaborated on several occasions. His relationship with the bassist Joe Fonda began on the classic Dave Holland album Conference of the Birds and in the FAB Trio with Billy Bang, and Altschul has most recently worked with the saxophonist Jon Irabagon on the album Foxy, released in 2010 by Hot Cup. Fonda, a member of the long-running Nu Band, has played with Archie Shepp, Bill Dixon and Han Bennink. Irabagon, a Thelonious Monk Saxophone Competition winner, has worked with Vijay Iyer, Lou Reed and Evan Parker; he is also a member of Mostly Other People Do The Killing, with Peter Evans, Moppa Elliott and Kevin Shea. In celebration of Altschul’s 70th birthday, tonight the trio will perform pieces from its debut album, The 3dom Factor.

SATURDAY JAN 19 @9PM – $20/15 students w.ID
The Whammies: play the music of Steve Lacy
Jorrit Dijkstra, saxophone + lyricon,Nate McBride, bass,Jeb Bishop, trombone
Mary Oliver, violin, Pandelis Karayorgis, piano, Han Bennink, drums

The Whammies are an all-star sextet featuring leading voices from the improvised music scenes of Amsterdam, Chicago and Boston. Tonight the ensemble performs songs by the late New York City saxophone legend Steve Lacy. Taking its band name from a Lacy song, the Whammies released an album in 2012 titled The Whammies Play the Music of Steve Lacy. It was the first release on Driff Records, the label founded by Boston-based Whammies members Jorrit Dijkstra (saxophone, Lyricon) and Pandelis Karayorgis (piano). Dijkstra first saw Lacy perform with Whammies drummer Han Bennink (the co-founder of the Instant Composers Pool) in the early 1980s; he was deeply inspired by the composer, and studied with Lacy at the New England Conservatory two decades later. He has referred to Lacy’s bookFindings as the “saxophone bible.” The three other members of the Whammies are the Chicago-based trombonist Jeb Bishop and the bassist Nate McBride (both frequent Ken Vandermark collaborators), and the Amsterdam-based violinist Mary Oliver (whom, along with Bennink, is a member of the ICP Orchestra). Many of the Lacy compositions selected by the Whammies for this project have some sort of personal resonance with one of the group members; for instance, Bennink has fond memories of performing “Ducks (to Ben Webster)” with Lacy. And, in honor of Lacy’s deep respect for Thelonious Monk, the Whammies have worked Monk’s tune “Locomotive” into their repertoire.

THE WINDUP SPACE,12 W.North Ave,Baltimore MD 21201

Tres Hongos in Madison, Thursday, January 3, 8pm

From Madison’s Surrounded by Reality Music:

Tres Hongos is a trio comprised of Bay Area trumpeter Jacob Wick (White Rocket, HighLife), pianist Marc Riordan (Wishgift, Old Idea) and percussionist Frank Rosaly (Fast Citizens, Mandarin Movie, Rolldown), both from Chicago. The trio explores long and short form improvisation that draws influences from a wide range of sound and music traditions, from the improvised to the strictly composed. Their improvised performances are characterized by sudden, playful shifts between static harmonies and tones, modular melodies, pointillistic interplay and dense, percussive assaults. Tres Hongos is three modern musicians in suits.

More on the band is here.

Jazz Listings From The New York Times

English: Marc Ribot
English: Marc Ribot (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


The Bad Plus (Monday through Jan. 6) Few groups in the greater jazz orbit sound more doggedly intrepid than the Bad Plus, which flirted with electronic textures on “Made Possible” (eOne), released in the fall. The band — Reid Anderson on bass, Ethan Iverson on piano, David King on drums — can often sound impatient to greet the future, even as it basks in nostalgic reflection. A good fit, in other words, for a run that begins on New Year’s Eve. Monday at 9:30 and 11:30 p.m., Tuesday through Jan. 6 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; $150.00 for both sets on Monday and a $25 drink credit. (Chinen)

Bells at Midnight (Monday) The guitarist Marc Ribot has devoted a lot of artistic capital to the veneration of Albert Ayler, a saxophonist of searing ardor who helped carry out the free-jazz insurgency of the 1960s. Here, for the third year in a row, Mr. Ribot leads his Ayler-esque ensemble Spiritual Unity — with Roy Campbell Jr. on trumpet, Henry Grimes on bass and Chad Taylor on drums — in a New Year’s Eve resuscitation of Ayler’s landmark 1965 album, “Bells.” At 11 p.m., the Stone, Avenue C and Second Street, East Village,; $40, with a Champagne toast at midnight. (Chinen)

Countdown 2013: John Coltrane Festival (Friday through Jan. 5) John Coltrane’s music provides a reliable hook at Smoke this week and next, mostly with a band that features the tenor saxophonist Eric Alexander and the pianist Harold Mabern. On Friday they’ll join the alto saxophonist Steve Wilson in saluting Coltrane’s work with Cannonball Adderley; on Saturday and Sunday they’ll recreate the landmark album “Blue Train,” with help from the trombonist Steve Turre. On Monday, New Year’s Eve, they’ll add a singer, Vivian Sessoms, and on Tuesday they’ll address “My Favorite Things.” Then comes a shift change, on Wednesday and Thursday, when the tenor saxophonist Azar Lawrence leads his own band in a tribute to “A Love Supreme.” At 7, 9 and 10:30 p.m., (Monday at 6:30 and 9:45 p.m.), Smoke, 2751 Broadway, at 106th Street, (212) 864-6662,; $35 cover, special dinner packages on New Year’s Eve. (Chinen)

Mary Halvorson Trio (Thursday) The guitarist Mary Halvorson, a calmly prickly and increasingly prominent presence on the avant-garde landscape, holds down a three-night run at Cornelia Street Café next week, leading a different band each night. She begins with this working trio, featuring John Hébert on bass and Ches Smith on drums: the same pliable rhythm team she has used on each of the three albums recorded solely under her name. At 8:30 p.m., Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, West Village, (212) 989-9319,; $10 cover, with a $10 minimum. (Chinen)

Ben Perowsky presents: Reunions Pt. 1 (Saturday) Mr. Perowsky, a nimble and assertive drummer, anchors two regrouped bands that used to be fixtures of the downtown scene: Tronzo Trio, featuring David Tronzo on guitar and Stomu Takeishi on bass; and Spanish Fly, with Steven Bernstein on trumpet, Mr. Tronzo on slide guitar and Marcus Rojas on tuba. At 8:30 and 9:30 p.m., Shapeshifter Lab, 18 Whitwell Place, Park Slope, Brooklyn,; $12. (Chinen)

Tom Rainey Trio (Sunday) Tom Rainey is a starkly suggestive drummer who recently formed this working trio with Ingrid Laubrock, a tenor and soprano saxophonist adept with abrasive strategies, and Mary Halvorson, a young guitarist with a sharp-splintered but flexible attack. “Camino Cielo Echo” (Intakt), the trio’s rewarding second album, captures some of the forceful expressivity it’s sure to demonstrate here. At 8:30 p.m., Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, Greenwich Village, (212) 989-9319,; $10 cover, with a $10 minimum. (Chinen)