Jazz Right Now’s Best Live Creative Music of 2013

From Jazz Right Now:

Despite being urged by several musicians in the community to put together a best of 2013 list, I initially resisted doing so for two reasons. I set out for Jazz Right Now to be supportive of the community as a whole, to highlight the work of an entire generation (or two) of musicians who are emerging or who have recently become established, rather than promote a few individuals. This website is also the sole product of one person–me–unlike many other collaborative sites. I cannot possibly attend all of the concerts that I want to see, and there are even a few significant albums released this year that I have not yet tracked down. That said, I would like to offer my thoughts and observations of a year in review, a musical memoir so to speak. Rather than to be read as “this is good” and “that is bad”, I have organized my thoughts here around live music this year that compelled me to think and listen differently.

Jazz Listings From The New York Times

zorn (Photo credit: febbrile)



From NYTimes.com:


Mark Dresser Quintet (Saturday) A master of abstract texture and extended techniques, the bassist Mark Dresser has an expressive new album, “Nourishments,” that puts a hard spin on the postbop quintet language. For this one-nighter, he reconvenes the album’s uncompromising personnel: Rudresh Mahanthappa on saxophone, Michael Dessen on trombone, Denman Maroney on prepared piano and Michael Sarin on drums. At 9 and 10:30 p.m., Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, Greenwich Village, (212) 989-9319, corneliastreetcafe.com; $15 cover, with a $10 minimum. (Chinen)

John Zorn Improv Night (Wednesday through Dec. 29) Noise is the currency at a John Zorn improv party, which can feature any number of intrepid and open-minded musicians. This five-night edition — as always, a benefit for Mr. Zorn’s nonprofit performance space, the Stone — kicks off on Christmas night, with partners like the violinist Mark Feldman, the drummer Ches Smith and the pianists Sylvie Courvoisier and Uri Caine. Among the participants on subsequent evenings: the multireedists Marty Ehrlich and Chris Speed; the guitarists Thurston Moore and Mary Halvorson; and the percussionists Adam Rudolph and Billy Martin. At 8 p.m., Avenue C and Second Street, East Village, thestonenyc.com; $25. (Chinen)


Taran’s Free Jazz Hour Podcast 30/2013

English: Elliott Sharp live at Saalfelden 2009...


From Taran’s Free Jazz Hour:


Plop: Ville Herrala, B/ Mikko Innanen, as, Bari S, Celtic Hornpipe/ Joonas Riippa

Beginnings: Mikko Innanen/ Markus Personen/ Mika Kallio

Clustrophy: Mikko Innanen/ Fredrik Ljungkvist/ Daniel Erdmann/ Seppo Kantonen/ Joonas Riippa

Ten: Fredrik Ljungkvist’s Yun Kan 10

Lucky Prime: Pascal Niggenkemper Vision 7

Quintet: Elliott Sharp Aggregate

Floodstage: John Hébert Trio

Tone Hunting: Anna Kaluza/ Artur Majewski/ Rafal Mazur/ Kuba Guitar

Jeff Platz
Past & Present Futures: Jeff Platz/ Daniel Carter/ François Grillot/ Federico Ughi

Blaise Siwula
Merido Encuentro: Blaise Siwula/ Armando Martin/ Edgar Caamal/ Alvar Canto Torres

Call Red Dragon: Robyn Siwula, Vln, Vla/ Mike Irwin/ Dmitry Ishenko/ Brian Adler

Jim Hegarty
Time Space: Hegarty/ Steinbeck/ Robles