Newsbits: Shipp in Nashville / Inzinzac and Others in Philly / Minerva in South Bend

avant-garde pianist Matthew Shipp
avant-garde pianist Matthew Shipp (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A recent Matthew Shipp Trio performance in Nashville is reviewed.

On Sunday June 2nd, at 8pm, Inzinzac+Patrick Proctor, as well as Nick Millevoi solo will perform at the Rotunda, 4014 Walnut st, Philadelphia, PA.

The South Bend Tribune profiles Minerva in anticipation of their upcoming performance.

Nicole Mitchell Interview

From Washington City Paper, and interview with Nicole Mitchell in anticipation of her performance at the Kennedy Center in D.C. this weekend.

Mitchell is a particularly interesting choice. A former AACM president, she is also one of the most prolific of its members, with several different ensembles that each move in a different direction. Ice Crystals, a quartet project whose main thrust is to explore the textural mix of flute and vibraphone (in this case with vibist Jason Adasiewicz), is one of her more traditional jazz aspects. She spoke to Washington City Paper about the balance of that style with her others, the inspiration for the band’s name, and the increasing scope of Kennedy Center jazz.

Avant-Garde at the D.C. Jazz Festival

English: Peter Brötzmann, moers festival 2010
English: Peter Brötzmann, moers festival 2010 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From Washington City Paper, the D.C. Jazz Festival takes place in early June and features a handful of avant performances.

Then there’s the festival’s avant-garde contingent, which only came into being two years ago after a long spell of resistance—Washington audiences, after all, aren’t known for their experimental tastes. But CapitalBop’s 2011 entry into DCJF signaled outreach to the newer, younger, hipper District, and the offerings have only deepened since. This year they include a duet between free-jazz saxophonists Peter Brötzmann and Joe McPhee (June 8), as well as Black Host, a noisy, uniquely textured ensemble led by drummer Gerald Cleaver (June 9). This year, though, other wings of the festival are getting in on the avant act: Bassist Michael Formanek leads an edgy quartet (featuring Cleaver) at the Atlas (June 12), and Bohemian Caverns presents one of the titans of the music in saxophone great Pharoah Sanders (June 14-16), whose anthem “The Creator Has a Master Plan” inevitably will provide the closing theme for the entire festival.

Jazz Listings From The New York Times

Mark Helias at Cornelia street cafe Pnoto: Cla...
Mark Helias at Cornelia street cafe Pnoto: Claire Stefani (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Uri Gurvich (Friday through Sunday) Uri Gurvich, a young Israeli alto saxophonist, has a proudly cosmopolitan new album, “BabEl” (Tzadik), featuring the Argentine pianist Leo Genovese, the Bulgarian bassist Peter Slavov, the Cuban drummer Francisco Mela and the Moroccan oud player Brahim Fribgane. This week Mr. Gurvich has been in residency at the Stone, varying his instrumental format and welcoming a few guests, including the guitarist Lionel Loueke (on Sunday). At 8 and 10 p.m., Avenue C and Second Street, East Village,; $10 for each set. (Chinen)

Open Loose (Thursday) Mark Helias is a bassist equally committed to the causes of momentum and texture, and in that sense he has a very good thing in Open Loose, a band with Tony Malaby on tenor saxophone and Tom Rainey on drums. At 8:30 p.m., Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, Greenwich Village, (212) 989-9319,; $20 cover, includes one drink. (Chinen)

Mike Pride’s From Bacteria to Boys (Wednesday) Mr. Pride is a drummer of strong build and forceful attack, and his writing for From Bacteria to Boys runs toward shifty postbop, constitutionally hardy but prone to digression. Here he draws from “Birthing Days,” one of his two bracing new albums on Aum Fidelity, with a lineup featuring the saxophonists Jon Irabagon and Jonathan Moritz, the pianist and keyboardist Alexis Marcelo and the bassist Peter Bitenc. At 8 p.m., Greenwich House Music School, 46 Barrow Street, West Village, (212) 242-4770,; $15, $12 for students and 65+. (Chinen)