Artist: Evan Parker / Agusti Fernández
Album: The Voice is One
Label: Not Two
Artist: Kyle Bruckmann
Album: Technological Music, Vol. I
Steve Coleman and Five Elements (Friday through Sunday) Mr. Coleman, a fiercely independent alto saxophonist and composer, has been in residency at the Stone, leading a different configuration of band mates in each set. Among his partners this weekend are the trumpeter Jonathan Finlayson, the guitarists David Gilmore and Miles Okazaki, and the drummers Sean Rickman and Gene Lake. At 8 and 10 p.m., the Stone, Avenue C and Second Street, East Village, thestonenyc.com; $15 for each set. (Chinen)
Endangered Blood (Saturday) Organized but not necessarily led by the multireedist Chris Speed, Endangered Blood draws strength from a collective sense of headlong commitment. In addition to Mr. Speed, its roster includes the alto saxophonist Oscar Noriega, the drummer Jim Black and, for this engagement, the bassist Michael Formanek. They’ll be drawing partly from a self-titled album on Mr. Speed’s label, Skirl, which has sold out its initial run. 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)
40Twenty/Jesse Stacken Quartet (Thursday) The collective known as 40Twenty — Jacob Garchik on trombone, Jacob Sacks on piano, Dave Ambrosio on bass and Vinnie Sperrazza on drums, performing at 8:30 p.m. — recently released its self-titled debut on the Yeah Yeah label, exploring an intersection of buoyant swing, rugged counterpoint and complex harmony. In the following set, at 10 p.m., the pianist Jesse Stacken will lead his quartet with Tony Malaby on tenor saxophone, Sean Conly on bass and Ted Poor on drums. At Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, Greenwich Village, (212) 989-9319, corneliastreetcafe.com; $25 cover, includes a drink. (Chinen)
Vijay Iyer: Solo, Trio, Sextet (Saturday) In his music for small ensembles, the pianist Vijay Iyer favors a surging, complex strain of postbop, steeped in portent and incident. This concert will feature him in a solo setting, and in a trio with Stephan Crump on bass and Tyshawn Sorey on drums. It will also put him at the helm of a sextet, augmenting that rhythm section with several veteran partners: the trumpeter Graham Haynes, the soprano and alto saxophonist Steve Lehman and the tenor saxophonist Mark Shim. At 9 p.m., Zankel Hall, Carnegie Hall, (212) 247-7800, carnegiehall.org; $40 to $50. (Chinen)
The Microscopic Septet (Wednesday) Still led by its founders, the soprano saxophonist Phillip Johnston and the pianist Joel Forrester, this outfit semi-recently released a breezy but insightful tribute to Thelonious Monk, “Friday the Thirteenth: The Micros Play Monk” (Cuneiform). With luck, a bit of that music will turn up here, on a gig otherwise devoted to material for a forthcoming release. At 10 p.m., SpectrumNYC, 121 Ludlow Street, north of Delancey Street, Lower East Side, microscopicseptet.com; $20 at the door. (Chinen)
A Night of Improvised Round Robin Duets It’s hard to take in the list of names on this bill — including the clarinetist Don Byron, the pianists Vijay Iyer and Robert Glasper, the saxophonists Joe Lovano and Matana Roberts, and the drummer Questlove — and not picture a traffic jam. But the structure of this show, part of the Red Bull Music Academy and partly organized by Undead Music, wards against that fate: the improvisers will drift on and off the stage in five-minute spells, never more than two playing at once. There’s potential for some aimless noodling, but also for a fleeting transcendence. From 8 p.m. to midnight, Brooklyn Masonic Temple, 317 Clermont Avenue, at Lafayette Street, Fort Greene, Brooklyn, redbullmusicacademy.com; sold out. (Chinen)
Wadada Leo Smith’s ‘Ten Freedom Summers’ (Wednesday through May 3) Mr. Smith, a trumpeter and composer of penetrating vision, was recently named a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize for “Ten Freedom Summers” (Cuneiform), his long-form work inspired by the arduous path of the civil rights movement. Performing the same music over three nights here, Mr. Smith enlists his excellent Golden Quartet alongside the Pacifica Coral Reef Ensemble, with imagery by the video artist Jesse Gilbert. At 8 p.m., Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue, near Third Avenue, Boerum Hill, Brooklyn, (917) 267-0363, roulette.org; $20, $15 for members and students. (Chinen)
From SF Weekly, Evangelista is interviewed:
Evagelista performs his piece Taglish, exploring Filipino-American culture, at the Red Poppy Art House on Friday, along with Wong and some other jazz stalwarts. He spoke with us about the improvisational element in Filipino music, how his political family supported him in an artistic career, listening to Ornette Coleman when he was young, and his ethical responsibility to be a musician.
From The Quietus:
Anyone familiar with Oren Ambarchi‘s solo albums, and particularly the four he recorded for Touch between 1999 and 2007, will have become schooled in his proprietary, unconventional approach to the guitar. Following an epiphany of sorts when witnessing the unique, visionary idiosyncrasies of a Keiji Haino performance, Ambarchi ditched the drums he’d been playing on the Australian free jazz circuit to develop a six-string method he could call his own. The mesmerising results come from a similar place to Sunn O)))’s sensory ‘minimalism meets metal’ (a band with whom Ambarchi would later frequently collaborate) but with more subtle and delicate dimensions: dark bowled tones are suspended and layered to form intricate harmonic patterns that coalesce and disintegrate to produce hypnotic, transcendental experiences for the listener.
An exhibit of paintings inspired by Chicago’s fee jazz scene will be on display in May.
A stream of the New York Philharmonic‘s new-music series CONTACT!, premieres of works by four Europe-based composers: Korea’s Berlin-based Unsuk Chin, Denmark’s Poul Ruders, France’s Yann Robin and Sweden’s Anders Hillborg.
The BBC’s Jazz on 3 will feature a Matthew Shipp Trio performance from the 2012 London Jazz Festival.