Jazz Listings From The New York Times

Drummer Tom Rainey perforrming live in concert...


From NYTimes.com:


The Bad Plus (Tuesday through Jan. 5) Few groups in the greater jazz orbit sound more doggedly intrepid than the Bad Plus — Reid Anderson on bass, Ethan Iverson on piano, David King on drums — and few have done more to bring robust improvisational practice to audiences well outside that orbit. Somehow it seems only fitting that the band starts this weeklong run on New Year’s Eve. Tuesday at 9:30 and 11:30 p.m., Wednesday through Jan. 5 at 8:30 and 10:30 p.m., Village Vanguard, 178 Seventh Avenue South, at 11th Street, West Village, (212) 255-4037, villagevanguard.com; $25 and $30 cover, with a one-drink minimum; $150 on New Year’s Eve, which includes both sets and a $25 drink credit, with finger food and party favors. (Chinen)

Open Loose (Saturday) 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 9 and 10:30 p.m., Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, Greenwich Village, corneliastreetcafe.com, (212) 989-9319; $10 cover, with $10 minimum. (Chinen)

Tom Rainey Trio (Monday) Tom Rainey, a drummer of far-ranging experience, has broken into bandleading in recent years, often with the two partners in this trio: Ingrid Laubrock, a tenor and soprano saxophonist of exploratory instincts, and Mary Halvorson, a guitarist with a sharp-splintered but flexible attack. At 8:30 p.m., Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, Greenwich Village, (212) 989-9319, corneliastreetcafe.com; $10 cover, with $10 minimum. (Chinen)

John Zorn Improv Night (Friday through Sunday) Noise is the currency at a John Zorn improv party, which can feature any number of intrepid and open-minded musicians. Among the participants: 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., the Stone, Avenue C and Second Street, East Village, thestonenyc.com; $25. (Chinen)