Ellery Eskelin Trio (Saturday) Ellery Eskelin is a tenor saxophonist drawn to rhythmic tumult and tonal friction, qualities he should have no problem fostering with this trio, with Kris Davis on piano and Billy Mintz on drums. 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)
Mostly Other People Do the Killing (Thursday) This impudent but wickedly proficient free-bop quartet — led by the bassist Moppa Elliott, with Peter Evans on trumpet, Jon Irabagon on saxophones and Kevin Shea on drums — celebrates the release of “Slippery Rock!” (Hot Cup), its fifth album, inspired by the idea of smooth jazz (but hardly beholden to it). 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)
Ches Smith and These Arches (Tuesday) A smartly unruly drummer active in devious art-rock and outsider jazz, Ches Smith leads These Arches, a texture-rich quartet featuring Tim Berne on alto saxophone, Tony Malaby on tenor saxophone, Mary Halvorson on guitar and Andrea Parkins on accordion and organ. The group will play Mr. Smith’s music, mainly from an album due out next month, aptly titled “Hammered.” At 8 and 9:30 p.m., Shapeshifter Lab, 18 Whitwell Place, Park Slope, Brooklyn, shapeshifterlab.com; $12 cover. (Chinen)
Janel and Anthony are a Washington DC based instrumental duo whose elegant experimental music has gained the attention of some of the world’s most important improvisers and musicians, and captivated live audiences (and NPR and BBC listeners) locally and abroad. For Where Is Home, their second album and first release on Cuneiform, the duo have created a lush, orchestral work investigating the treacherous emotional terrain at the hyper-mobile heart of 21st century America. Drawing on everything from Hindustani ragas and surf rock licks to Appalachian laments and post-bop harmonies, the album alternates between intricately lapidary, electro-acoustic soundscapes and brief improvised dialogues. Transcending music genre as well as geographic locale, Where Is Home is rooted equally in the 21st century’s global village and in Washington’s vanished past.
The evening’s headliner, Jacco Gardner, is a neo-psych/baroque pop artist from the Netherlands. Album ‘Cabinet Of Curiosities out February 11 2013 on Trouble in Mind and Excelsior Recordings in Benelux. He creates a unique sound by combining the sounds of Harpsichord, Strings, Flutes and other classical instruments with raw psychedelic effects.