John Zorn: Three Fanfares for a Local Hero


This week the Miller Theater at Columbia University hosts a three-concert celebration of his prodigious, wide-ranging compositional output. The first, on Wednesday, focuses on Mr. Zorn’s orchestral writing, including his 1999 violin concerto “Contes de Fées” and the American premiere of “Suppôts et Supplications.” His chamber music is featured on Thursday with a handful of world premieres, and Friday brings a rich helping of his improvisatory Game Pieces from the 1970s and ’80s. (8 p.m., Wednesday through Friday, 2960 Broadway at 116th Street, Morningside Heights, 212-854-7799,

AMN Picks of the Week: Halvorson, Knuffke, Wilson / Braxton / Kayo Dot

English: Kayo Dot in Santa Cruz
English: Kayo Dot in Santa Cruz (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Here is where I post, at a frequency of about once a week, a list of the new music that has caught my attention that week. All of the releases listed below I’ve heard for the first time this week and come recommended.

Mary Halvorson / Kirk Knuffke / Matt Wilson – Sifter (2013)
Anthony Braxton – Solo (Porrentruy) 1978
Anthony Braxton – Quintet (Moers) 1977
Anthony Braxton – Quartet (Berlin) 1985
Kayo Dot – Hubardo (2013)

Taran’s Free Jazz Hour Podcast 21/2013

Lol Coxhill
Lol Coxhill (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From Taran’s Free Jazz Hour:


Charles Evans
Subliminal Leaps: Charles Evans, Bari Sax/ David Liebman, Ss/ Ron Stabinsky, P/ Tony Marino, B

Rich Halley
Crossing the Passes: Rich Halley, Ts/ Mike Vlatkovich, Tbn/ Clyde Reed, B/ Carson Halley, Dr

Jeff Platz
Differential Equations: Jeff Platz, G/ Kit Demos, B/ Fabio Delvo, S/ John Mclellan, Dr

Tribute to Coltrane: Paul Dunmal, Ts/ Tony Bianco, Dr

the Destructive Element: Harris Eisenstadt, Dr, Comp/ Ellery Eskelin, Ts/ Angelica Sanchez, P

Red Toucan
Knoten: Thomas Heberer, Tp/ Achim Kaufmann, P

Sitting on your Stairs: Lol Coxhill, Ss/ Michel Doneda, Ss

Circuitous: Pandelis Karayorgis, P/ Keefe Jackson, Ts, Cb Cl/ Nate Mcbride, B/ Frank Rosaly, Dr

Molto Subito: Jurg Solothurnmann, as, Ss/ Beat Unternahrer, Double Tb/ Christian Hartmann, B/ Dieter Ulrich, Dr, Bugle, Banjo

Alon Nechushtan
Ritual Fire: an, P/ Ken Filiano, B/ Bob Meyer, Dr/ Harold Rubin, Cl

Da Bang!: Billy Bang, Vln/ Dick Griffin, Tbn/ Andrew Bemkey, P/ Hilliard Greene, B/ Newman Baker Taylor, Dr

Jazz Listings From The New York Times

English: Muhal Richard Abrams, moers festival 2009
English: Muhal Richard Abrams, moers festival 2009 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Muhal Richard Abrams Solo and Ensemble (Thursday) The pianist/composer Muhal Richard Abrams is best known as the patriarch of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians, formed in Chicago in 1965. Here he kicks off the 25th season of the Interpretations series, with the program “Dialogue Social.” He’ll play solo in the first half; in the second he’ll preside over a group with two other pianists, Amina Claudine Myers and Joseph Kubera; four vocalists, including the Interpretations director Thomas Buckner; and a chamberlike cohort of violin, cello, clarinet, electronics and percussion. At 8 p.m., Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue, near Third Avenue, Boerum Hill, Brooklyn, (917) 267-0363,; $15, $10 for students. (Nate Chinen)

Steve and Iqua Colson Quintet/Amina Claudine Myers-Reggie Nicholson Duet (Friday) The New York chapter of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians presents one of its perennial concerts, headlined by longstanding members: the husband-and-wife team of Steve Colson, a pianist, and Iqua Colson, a vocalist, leading a quintet with Kelvyn Bell on guitar, Mark Helias on bass and Tyshawn Sorey on drums; and Ms. Myers, a pianist of restlessly broad imagination, in duologue with Mr. Nicholson, a freethinking drummer. At 8 p.m., Community Church of New York, 40 East 35th Street, Manhattan,; $30, $15 for students. (Chinen)

Drunken Sailor/Ben Holmes Quartet (Tuesday) The first band on this bill, playing at 9 p.m., is a wryly named collective of improvisers with a strong feel for group dynamics: the cornetist Kirk Knuffke, the saxophonists Jeff Lederer and Petr Cancura, the trombonist Brian Drye and the drummer Alison Miller. The second band, led by the trumpeter Ben Holmes and performing at 10:30 p.m., will be joined for the occasion by the tenor saxophonist and clarinetist Chris Speed. At 9 and 10:30 p.m., Korzo, 667 Fifth Avenue, at 20th Street, Park Slope, Brooklyn,; $10 suggested donation, with a $10 minimum. (Chinen)

Peter Evans’s Zebulon Trio (Thursday) Peter Evans, a trumpeter with an expressive command of timbre and texture, recently recorded fruitfully with this trio, featuring John Hébert on bass and Kassa Overall on drums. Their album, “Zebulon” (More Is More Records), provides a loose framework of expectation here. At 9 and 10:30 p.m., Jazz Gallery at Salt Space, 1160 Broadway, fifth floor, at West 27th Street, (212) 242-1063,; $15, $10 for members for the first set, $10, $5 for members for the second set. (Chinen)

Festival of New Trumpet Music (Sunday and Monday) This annual hornucopia founded by Dave Douglas shines a light on new works by or for trumpeters. Over the coming week the action shifts to St. Peter’s Church, where a concert on Sunday will feature performances by Hugh Ragin and Lew Soloff, veteran trumpeters from different aesthetic quadrants. On Monday Mr. Douglas will present new music for quintet and sextet, working with ace partners like the vocalist Heather Masse, the saxophonist Jon Irabagon, the trombonist Josh Roseman and the bassist Linda Oh. Sunday at 5 and 7 p.m., Monday at 7 p.m., St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, Lexington Avenue, at 54th Street,; suggested donation, $20; Sunday’s 5 p.m. performance is free. (Chinen)

Michael Formanek’s Ensemble Kolossus (Thursday) Mr. Formanek, a bassist and composer drawn to scintillating frictions, has stocked this big band with a true all-star lineup, full of powerhouse improvisers. They include the trumpeter Ralph Alessi, the saxophonist Tim Berne, the trombonist Jacob Garchik and the guitarist Mary Halvorson. At 8:15 and 9:30 p.m., ShapeShifter Lab, 18 Whitwell Place, Park Slope, Brooklyn,; $15. (Chinen)

Larry Ochs and Don Robinson (Thursday) Mr. Ochs, the tenor and soprano saxophonist, is probably best known for his founding role in the acclaimed Rova Saxophone Quartet. He appears here, under the auspices of the Sound It Out series, in a duo with Mr. Robinson, the assertive drummer who appeared on Rova’s mid-1990s album “Ascension” (Black Saint). At 8 p.m., Greenwich House Music School, 46 Barrow Street, West Village, (212) 242-4770,; $15, $12 for students. (Chinen)

Evan Parker at the Stone (Friday through Sunday) A titan of the British jazz avant-garde, and one of the leading saxophonists in his idiom anywhere, Mr. Parker has been in residence at the Stone this week, and he concludes with a series of duos and trios. The highlights are likely to be Saturday’s two sets with the percussionist Milford Graves; and an 8 p.m. set on Sunday with the trumpeter Nate Wooley and the clarinetist Jeremiah Cymerman. At 8 and 10 p.m., Avenue C and Second Street, East Village,; $20 for each set, $25 on Saturday; $10 for students. (Chinen)

Tri-Centric Orchestra (Tuesday and Wednesday) The resident large ensemble of the visionary composer and multi-reedist Anthony Braxton will perform a range of premieres at Roulette in Brooklyn, including “Composition No. 27,” a piece of Mr. Braxton’s composed 40 years ago. Among the other, younger composers presenting new work are the cornetist Taylor Ho Bynum and the saxophonists Steve Lehman, Chris Jonas and Ingrid Laubrock. At 8 p.m., Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue, near Third Avenue, Boerum Hill, Brooklyn, (917) 267-0363,; $20, $15 for students. (Chinen)