Jemeel Moondoc Interview

Jemeel Moondoc
Cover of Jemeel Moondoc

From Burning Ambulance:

Alto saxophonist Jemeel Moondoc first came to prominence on the New York loft jazz scene of the mid-1970s, as leader of the band Muntu. But he started out in Chicago, then moved to Boston, and then to Antioch College in Ohio in the early part of the decade, where he spent two years working with Cecil Taylor. (Moondoc was never a student, but he was nonetheless part of Taylor’s ensembles there.) In 1973, he moved to New York.

Jazz Listings From The New York Times


Connie Crothers at the Stone (through Sunday) Ms. Crothers, a restless but reflective pianist, has been in residence this week at the Stone, enlisting a wide array of collaborators. Among the remaining highlights are a pair of sets on Saturday featuring the saxophonist Richard Tabnik and the bassist Ken Filiano, among others; and a duo set at 8 p.m. on Sunday featuring Pauline Oliveros on electronics and accordion. At 8 and 10 p.m., Avenue C and Second Street, East Village,; $15 per set, $10 for students. (Chinen)

Dave Douglas Quintet (Friday and Saturday) The industrious trumpeter-composer Dave Douglas broke in a terrific new band last year, releasing two albums on his own Greenleaf label: “Be Still,” a contemplative recasting of Protestant hymns, and “Time Travel,” a more rambunctious postbop outing. The quintet — with Jon Irabagon on saxophones, Matt Mitchell on piano, Linda Oh on bass and Rudy Royston on drums — will most likely draw from both releases here. At 8:30 and 11 p.m., Birdland, 315 West 44th Street, Clinton, 212-581-3080,; $40 cover, with a $10 minimum. (Chinen)

Ben Goldberg’s ‘Unfold Ordinary Mind’ (Monday) Mr. Goldberg is a clarinetist of range and curiosity, and on his recent album, “Unfold Ordinary Mind,” he enlists collaborators of equal temperament, beginning with the guitarist Nels Cline and the drummer Ches Smith. They reconnect here, as part of the Sound It Out series, in a band that also features Rob Sudduth and Kasey Knudsen on saxophones. At 8 p.m., Greenwich House Music School, 46 Barrow Street, West Village, 212-242-4770,; $20, $15 for students. (Chinen)

Jon Irabagon Quartet (Thursday) A smart young saxophonist who has successfully ducked in and out of the mainstream jazz tradition, Jon Irabagon leads a postbop unit with Luis Perdomo on piano, Yasushi Nakamura on bass and Rudy Royston on drums. They’ll draw from a forthcoming album, which also features the trumpeter Tom Harrell, and is due out early next year. At 8:30 p.m., Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, Greenwich Village, 212-989-9319,; $10 cover, with a $10 minimum. (Chinen)

Mostly Other People Do the Killing (Wednesday) This impudent but wickedly proficient free-bop quartet — led by the bassist Moppa Elliott, with Jon Irabagon on saxophones, Kevin Shea on drums and, as part of its new lineup, Ron Stabinsky on piano — has never lacked for an animating concept. “Blue,” due out in October, is its painstaking attempt at a note-for-note re-creation of the Miles Davis album “Kind of Blue,” with a liner note essay by Jorge Luis Borges. At 8:30 p.m., Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, Greenwich Village, 212-989-9319,; $10 cover, with a $10 minimum. (Chinen)

Taylor Ho Bynum Happy to Take Listeners for a Ride

English: Taylor Ho Bynum, Moers Festival 2007
English: Taylor Ho Bynum, Moers Festival 2007 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From Georgia Straight

Not many improvising musicians show up for the gig in spandex, but Taylor Ho Bynum is an exception. Just don’t expect him to appear in hair-metal meggings, however. This summer, his uniform will be bike shorts and a helmet, as he’s taking his cornet on an 1,800-mile Acoustic Bicycle Tour of the West Coast, all the way from Vancouver to the Mexican border. Having played with such giants as Anthony Braxton, Cecil Taylor, and Wadada Leo Smith, Ho Bynum has long been a sonic adventurer.