Jazz Listings From The New York Times

American Jazz musician and composer Mat Maneri.
American Jazz musician and composer Mat Maneri. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From NYTimes.com:

Darcy James Argue and Secret Society (Saturday) A composer who understands the grainy particulars behind a sweeping gesture, Mr. Argue has been gaining momentum over the last few years with the Secret Society, his flagship orchestra. Ten days before the release of the group’s second album — “Brooklyn Babylon” (New Amsterdam), a distillation of his recent work for the Next Wave Festival at the Brooklyn Academy of Music — Mr. Argue and crew return there to perform under more casual conditions. At 10 p.m., BAMcafé, 30 Lafayette Avenue, at Ashland Place, Fort Greene, (718) 636-4100, bam.org; free. (Nate Chinen)

Claudia Quintet (Friday and Saturday) This precisely calibrated but willfully spontaneous chamber-jazz group led by John Hollenbeck, a drummer and composer, makes the layering of timbre a suspenseful event. The ensemble — now with Chris Speed on tenor saxophone and clarinet, Matt Moran on vibraphone, Red Wierenga on accordion and Chris Tordini on bass — will be playing new music intended for a forthcoming album. At 9 and 10:30 p.m., Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, Greenwich Village, (212) 989-9319, corneliastreetcafe.com; $20 cover, includes a drink. (Chinen)

Steve Coleman and Five Elements (Tuesday through April 28) “Functional Arrhythmias” (Pi Recordings) is the engrossing new album from Mr. Coleman, a fiercely independent alto saxophonist and composer, featuring a revamped edition of his working band. It seems likely to provide some fodder for his residency next week at the Stone, with a different arrangement of collaborators in each set. Among them are the trumpeters Jonathan Finlayson, Graham Haynes and Shane Endsley; the guitarists David Gilmore and Miles Okazaki; and his funk-adept rhythm team from the album, the drummer Sean Rickman and the electric bassist Anthony Tidd. At 8 and 10 p.m., The Stone, Avenue C and Second Street, East Village, thestonenyc.com; $15 or $20 for each set. (Chinen)

Peter Evans’s Zebulon Trio (Wednesday) Peter Evans, a trumpeter with an expressive command of timbre and texture, named this trio — with John Hébert on bass and Kassa Overall on drums — after the sorely missed club in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, where it recorded an album last year. The album, “Zebulon,” is now out on Mr. Evans’s own More Is More Records, and provides a loose framework of expectation here. At 8:30 p.m., Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, Greenwich Village, (212) 989-9319, corneliastreetcafe.com; $20 cover, includes a drink. (Chinen)

Mat Maneri Trio (Thursday) Mat Maneri is a violist with an elastic approach to pulse and pitch; in this trio, he has intuitive support from Ed Schuller on bass and Randy Peterson on drums. At 8:30 p.m., Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, Greenwich Village, (212) 989-9319, corneliastreetcafe.com; $20 cover, includes a drink. (Chinen)

Tri-Centric Orchestra (Sunday) Established by the visionary composer Anthony Braxton, the Tri-Centric Orchestra is a new-music outfit stocked with keen improvisers like the saxophonist Josh Sinton and Taylor Ho Bynum, playing the cornet and fluegelhorn here. This concert, which will not involve Mr. Braxton, features the premieres of three ensemble commissions: “When Life’s Door Opens,” by the flutist Nicole Mitchell; “Shifting Shorelines, Within and Without,” by the violinist Jason Kao Hwang; and “Dark Flow,” by the accordionist Kamala Sankaram. At 8 p.m., Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue, near Third Avenue, Boerum Hill, Brooklyn, (917) 267-0363, roulette.org; $15, $10 for members. (Chinen)

Newsbits: Cleaver’s Black Host / Lescalleet and Others in Nashville / Cooke and Lash

Cooper-Moore (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Gerald Cleaver’s new project, Black Host, has an album entitied Life In The Candle Mines out soon. The group features Gerald Cleaver (drums, sound design), Cooper-Moore (piano, synth), Brandon Seabrook (guitar), Darius Jones (alto saxophone), and Pascal Niggenkemper (bass).

Jason Lescalleet, Terrorish, and Paul McCullars will play April 24th in Nashville.

A recent performance of Seth Cooke and Dominic Lash is available on video.



REDCAT, CalArts’ downtown center for contemporary arts, presents VLN & VLA, featuring violin virtuoso Malcolm Goldstein. This epic concert of music for solo, ensemble and concerto violin and viola, gathers internationally acclaimed string musicians to perform an exhilarating array of new, recent and older works. Curating and conducting the program is Mark Menzies, violin and viola faculty at CalArts. VLN & VLA will be held at REDCAT (Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater) on Monday, May 6, 2013 at 7:00 pm.

Guest of honor Malcolm Goldstein, whose Soundings improvisations have received accolades worldwide for extending the range of the violin’s tonal qualities and sound textures, reveals new dimensions of expressivity in a solo performance. On the program are his groundbreaking Soundings, a series of compositions that involve his unique combination of improvisation and composition; and Gentle rain before mushrooms (in memoriam John Cage).

Other special guest performers and composers include distinguished alumni Andrew McIntosh, who recently won a prize at the prestigious Gaudeaumus International competition, and Andrew Tholl, who will perform his violin concerto Asphyxiation. Providing an eloquent commentary on the perils of war from the 17th century is Heinrich Biber’s Battaglia that ends in tears, having explored what is considered the first composition in Western music to involve polytonality. The program culminates with CalArts’ renowned violin faculty Lorenz Gamma performing Lutosławski‘s Partita for violin and chamber orchestra with the obbligato piano solo performed by piano faculty Ming Tsu.

For more information, visit the event webpage on REDCAT.ORG: