Jazz Listings From The New York Times

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From NYTimes.com:

 

The Bad Plus (Friday through Sunday) 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. 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. (Chinen)

Kris Davis’s Infrasound (Monday) Ms. Davis, one of the more reliably compelling pianists to emerge within the last decade, has proved her salt as a large-ensemble arranger, notably on “Novela,” a recent album by the saxophonist Tony Malaby. With Infrasound, which has its premiere here, she enlists four bass clarinetists (Joachim Badenhorst, Andrew Bishop, Ben Goldberg and Oscar Noriega) alongside a rhythm section that includes the guitarist Nate Radley, the accordionist and organist Gary Versace, and the drummer Jim Black. At 8 p.m., Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue, near Third Avenue, Boerum Hill, Brooklyn, (917) 267-0363, roulette.org; $20, $15 for students. (Chinen)

Mary Halvorson Quartet (Saturday) Mary Halvorson, a guitarist fond of smart ungainliness and prickly fluency, recently delved into chamberlike ensemble territory with a vivid album titled “Illusionary Sea.” For this concert she leads a working quintet anchored by the bassist John Hébert and the drummer Ches Smith, and featuring a front line of Jonathan Finlayson on trumpet and Jon Irabagon on alto saxophone. At 9 p.m., BAMcafé, Brooklyn Academy of Music, 30 Lafayette Avenue, at Ashland Place, Fort Greene, (718) 636-4100, bam.org; free. (Chinen)

Rudresh Mahanthappa at the Stone (Tuesday through Jan. 12) Mr. Mahanthappa, an alto saxophonist who has made a project of expressive cultural hybridism, will be in residence at the Stone next week, working three nights apiece with two distinctive bands. The first of those is his Bird Project, inspired by Charlie Parker but hardly bound by idiomatic fealty; its dynamic rhythmic foundation will be the work of Matt Mitchell on piano, François Moutin on bass and Rudy Royston on drums. At 8 and 10 p.m., the Stone, Avenue C and Second Street, East Village, thestonenyc.com; $15 per set; $10 for students. (Chinen)

Winter Jazzfest (Tuesday through Jan. 11) For its 10th anniversary, the Winter Jazzfest has augmented a customary two-night marathon, which will subsume a cluster of spaces in Greenwich Village next Friday and Saturday. This year’s kickoff, on Tuesday at Le Poisson Rouge, will be “Terminals,” a new-music piece by the drummer Bobby Previte, featuring So Percussion, the keyboardist John Medeski and the guitarist Nels Cline. Then on Wednesday, Blue Note Records will present its own 75th anniversary concert at Town Hall, with two of its artists, Jason Moran and Robert Glasper, playing acoustic and Fender Rhodes pianos alongside the saxophonist Ravi Coltrane, the soul crooner Bilal and others. The Thursday offering, made in partnership with SummerStage and the Charlie Parker Jazz Fest, will involve the Revive Big Band, the Wallace Roney Orchestra and the organist Dr. Lonnie Smith. (A full schedule is at winterjazzfest.com.) Tuesday at 8 p.m., Thursday at 7 p.m., Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker Street, near Thompson Street, Greenwich Village, (212) 505-3474, lepoissonrouge.com; $10 on Tuesday; $15 in advance, $18 day of show on Thursday. Wednesday at 8 p.m., Town Hall, 123 West 43rd Street, Manhattan, (800) 982-2787, the-townhall-nyc.org; $27 to $47. (Chinen)

 

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