Jazz Listings from the New York Times

Tim Berne
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From NYTimes.com:

Tim Berne’s Paraphrase (Thursday) This rugged trio engages in an interplay that’s unscripted but hardly formless, thanks to the equal exertions of Tim Berne, alto saxophonist; Drew Gress, bassist; and Tom Rainey, drummer. The band hasn’t played together in New York in a while, which lends this concert, part of the Sound It Out series, the air of a special event. At 8 p.m., Greenwich House Music School, 46 Barrow Street, West Village, (212) 242-4770, greenwichhouse.org; $15, $12 for students. (Chinen)

Ekmeles Vocal Ensemble / Pheeroan akLaff’s Music of Global Mantras (Thursday) The Interpretations series presents a double bill with vocal experimentation as a common thread. Ekmeles is a new-music a cappella ensemble directed by the baritone Jeffrey Gavett; its repertory here will include works by Louis Karchin, Ben Johnston and Aaron Cassidy. As for Mr. akLaff, he’s a drummer and composer with an avant-garde profile, presenting two pieces with original librettos, inspired by his travels in the East. (His vocalists are D K Dyson, Hsuan Ma and Michael Rogers, and his group will also feature the multireedist Scott Robinson.) At 8 p.m., Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue, near Third Avenue, Boerum Hill, Brooklyn, (917) 267-0363, roulette.org; $15, $10 for members and students. (Chinen)

Tomas Fujiwara Trio (Wednesday) The intrepid drummer Tomas Fujiwara has been working meaningfully as a bandleader in recent years, typically with the instrumentation (if not the metabolism) of a classic jazz quintet. He pares down but preserves his momentum in this new trio, featuring an improvisational odd couple: the surgically precise trumpeter Ralph Alessi and the strategically unruly guitarist and banjoist Brandon Seabrook. At 8 p.m., Barbès, 376 Ninth Street, at Sixth Avenue, Park Slope, Brooklyn, (347) 422-0248, barbesbrooklyn.com; $10. (Chinen)

Vijay Iyer Trio (Wednesday through Jan. 27) The standout jazz album of 2012, at least by critical consensus, was “Accelerando” (ACT), a brilliant second effort from this aerodynamic trio. Led by the pianist Vijay Iyer and featuring the bassist Stephan Crump and the drummer Marcus Gilmore, the group strikes a balance of cleverly reframed cover tunes and vertiginously propulsive originals, finding endless traction in changeable rhythm. At 7:30 and 9:30 p.m., with an 11:30 set next Friday and Saturday, Jazz Standard, 116 East 27th Street, Manhattan, (212) 576-2232, jazzstandard.net; $25, $30 next Friday and Saturday. (Chinen)

Sam Newsome, Tim Berne, Ethan Iverson, Andrew Cyrille (Wednesday and Thursday) A convergence of four fearless improvisers stationed at slightly different aesthetic coordinates but more than capable of finding communion. Mr. Newsome is a soprano saxophonist, while Mr. Berne primarily plays alto; they join Mr. Iverson on piano and Mr. Cyrille, the uncompromising elder statesman of this assemblage, on drums. From 9:30 p.m. to midnight, Smalls Jazz Club, 183 West 10th Street, West Village, (212) 252-5091, smallsjazzclub.com; $20 cover. (Chinen)

Matthew Shipp, William Parker, Joe Morris, Gerald Cleaver (Thursday) These sly wizards of free improvisation have worked together in many configurations, usually reaching high-level cohesion. Here there’ll be one set apiece by two trios: the early one featuring Mr. Shipp on piano, Mr. Parker on bass and Mr. Morris on guitar, and the later one with Mr. Parker and Mr. Morris along with Mr. Cleaver on drums. At 8 and 10 p.m., the Stone, Avenue C and Second Street, East Village, thestonenyc.com; $10 for each set. (Chinen)