Jazz Listings From The New York Times

Steve Coleman in Paris, July 2004
Steve Coleman in Paris, July 2004 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From NYTimes.com:

Claudia Quintet/Anna Webber (Thursday) Smartly detailed composition and orchestration will be the common denominator in this double bill, featuring a 7 p.m. set by Claudia Quintet, a longtime outlet of the percussionist and composer John Hollenbeck. At 8:15 p.m. Ms. Webber, a saxophonist and flutist, will celebrate the release of “Simple,” a deceptively named trio album featuring Mr. Hollenbeck and the pianist Matt Mitchell. At ShapeShifter Lab, 18 Whitwell Place, Park Slope, Brooklyn, shapeshifterlab.com; $10. (Chinen)

Steve Coleman at the Stone (through Sept. 28, excluding Monday) Mr. Coleman — a formidable alto saxophonist, composer and bandleader, and a guru among the maverick class of jazz musicians — has embarked on a two-week residency at the Stone. This weekend he’s working strictly with Five Elements, his trademark band, featuring Jonathan Finlayson on trumpet, David Bryant on piano, Miles Okazaki on guitar, Anthony Tidd on bass and Sean Rickman on drums. Next week he’ll augment the group with members of Talea Ensemble and percussionists from Cuba and Brazil. At 8 and 10 p.m., the Stone, Avenue C and Second Street, thestonenyc.com; $15 or $20 per set. (Chinen)

Festival of New Trumpet Music (through Sept. 28) This annual hornucopia shines a light on new works by or for trumpeters, with an unrestrictive relationship to genre. Among the highlights in the coming week is a Saturday-night showcase for Riley Mulherkar, recipient of the festival’s new Laurie Frink Career Grant; he’ll play at 9 p.m. at Cornelia Street Café (29 Cornelia Street, Greenwich Village) with his own quartet and a brass ensemble called the Westerlies. On Sunday at 8:30 p.m., also at Cornelia Street, Igmar Thomas — who has received another festival honor, the Roy Campbell Jr. Commission — will perform with his group, preceding a 10 p.m. Campbell tribute featuring more than a dozen trumpeters, conducted by Lewis (Flip) Barnes and Dave Douglas. Both shows are $10, plus $10 minimum. And on Monday at Rockwood Music Hall (196 Allen Street, Lower East Side), starting at 7 p.m., Eric Biondo, Shane Endsley and Graham Haynes will each perform solo trumpet sets, with electronics; $15. For more information about the festival, visit fontmusic.org. (Chinen)

Darius Jones (Saturday and Sunday) Mr. Jones, an emotionally and stylistically intrepid alto saxophonist and composer, presents two related bodies of work this weekend. On Saturday he’ll preside over a performance of “The Oversoul Manual” by the Elizabeth-Caroline Unit, a vocal ensemble. On Sunday he’ll play with the band Brigitte’s Baby — Matt Mitchell on piano, Pascal Niggenkemper on bass and Ches Smith on drums — as well as the vocalist Emilie Lesbros. At 8 p.m., Greenwich House Music School, 46 Barrow Street, West Village, 212-242-4770, greenwichhouse.org; $25, or $20 for students. (Chinen)

Evan Parker (Thursday) Now 70, Mr. Parker has spent more than four decades in the British avant-garde, metabolizing the ideas of free jazz and perfecting his own strategies of sound, which skew atonal but often subversively lyrical. He performs a solo recital on soprano saxophone as part of the Interpretations series; sharing the bill is the duo of Earl Howard, on synthesizers and electronics, and J. D. Parran on flutes. (All three musicians are also due to play an improvisation on assorted woodwinds.) At 8 p.m., Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue, near Third Avenue, Boerum Hill, Brooklyn, 917-267-0363, roulette.org; $20, or $15 for members and students. (Chinen)

Jen Shyu (Saturday) Ms. Shyu, a vocalist, composer, multi-instrumentalist and dancer of indomitable vision, performs in two settings during this concert, beginning at 9 p.m. with “Solo Rites: Seven Breaths,” a solo performance. At 11 p.m. she presents “Winged Rain in Diamond Light” with Jade Tongue, an ensemble featuring David Binney on alto saxophone, Mat Maneri on viola, Thomas Morgan on bass and Dan Weiss on drums. At 9 and 11 p.m., the Jazz Gallery, 1160 Broadway, fifth floor, at West 27th Street, 212-242-1063, jazzgallery.org; $22, or $12 for members. (Chinen)

Jesse Stacken and Kirk Knuffke/Ben Holmes and Patrick Farrell (Thursday) Two trumpet-keyboard duos appear on this concert, part of the Sound It Out series: first, at 8 p.m., the pairing of Mr. Stacken on piano and Mr. Knuffke on trumpet, drawing from their fourth duo album together, “Five.” Then at 9 p.m. Mr. Holmes, a versatile trumpeter, teams up with Mr. Farrell, on accordion. At Greenwich House Music School, 46 Barrow Street, West Village, 212-242-4770, greenwichhouse.org; $15, or $12 for students. (Chinen)

AMN (Retro) Picks of the Week: Chicago Underground Duo / Enten Eller & Tim Berne / Adrian Moore

Tim Berne
Cover of Tim Berne

Recently I had the opportunity to purchase almost 50 used CDs at a very good price. I’m slowly going through these and will be posting some of the better ones in a few special “retro” Picks of the Week articles. Enjoy.

Chicago Underground Duo – 12 Degrees Of Freedom (1998)
Enten Eller & Tim Berne – Melquiades (1999)
Enten Eller & Tim Berne – Audo Da Fe (2001)
Adrian Moore – Reve de L’aube (2006)
Adrian Moore – Traces (2000)

Upcoming San Francisco Area Shows

From the Bay Improviser Calendar:

Friday, September 19

Fri 9/19 8:00 PM Mills College Littlefield Concert Hall [5000 MacArthur Blvd Oakland]
Littlefield Concert Hall
Performed by Mills faculty musicians Gloria Justen, violin; Gianna Abondolo, cello; Daniel Lockert, piano; Sara Ganz, soprano; Belle Bulwinkle, piano; and Robert Schwartz, piano.

Fri 9/19 8:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]

As part of his ambitious and expansive Acoustic Bicycle Tour, Connecticut-based composer and cornetist Taylor Ho Bynum passes through the Bay Area (on wheels) for a concert of duets with acclaimed pianist Myra Melford. Bynum is one of the most energetic, prolific and community-minded artists of his generation, working closely as both an instrumentalist and arts organizer with veterans like Anthony Braxton and the late Bill Dixon, and touring the world with his ensembles featuring stellar improvising contemporaries such as Mary Halvorson, Tomas Fujiwara, and John Hebert. In this first-time duo meeting, Bynum and Melford will perform a mix of improvisations and compositions.

Fri 9/19 9:00 PM LeQuiVive [1525 Webster Oakland]
NEW MUSIC at LeQuiVive presents

Saturday, September 20
Sat 9/20 1:00 PM Lytton Plaza [Palo Alto]
Taylor Ho Bynum and Ben Goldberg

Sat 9/20 7:30 PM San Francisco Conservatory of Music [50 Oak Street San Francisco, CA]
San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music (SFFCM) presents SFMusic Day. Live + Free to be held on September 20th and 21st 2014 at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. The event will highlight the vibrant and overlapping communities of local artists working in Early Music, Chamber Music, New Music, Jazz, and Creative Music.
7:30pm BELLA Piano Trio
8:00pm Frank Tusa Trio
8:30pm Telegraph Quartet
9:00pm Del Sol String Quartet
9:30pm Tanya Tomkins and Eric Zivian Duo

Sat 9/20 7:30 PM FAR LEAVES TEA [2626 San Pablo Avenue Berkeley, CA]
Lisa Sangita Moskow, electric sarod
Guillermo Galindo, Moog guitar and electronics

Sunday, September 21

Sun 9/21 12:00 PM San Francisco Conservatory of Music – Osher Salon [50 Oak Street San Francisco]
The Center for New Music offers a special “Field Report” as part of SFMusic Day, an annual marathon featuring approximately 40 different Bay Area music groups across genres. The set takes place at the SF Conservatory of Music, offering a pop-up showcase of highlights from the Center’s first 1.5 years as the new music hub of SF. The Field Report program features Rova Saxophone Quartet, Dohee Lee, Karl Evangelista’s Taglish, Bob Marsh, Mobius Trio, Common Ground with Luis Escareño and Anne Rainwater, a performance + installation by Chris Kallmyer, and a special video presentation.

Sun 9/21 4:30 PM Bird & Beckett Books and Records [653 Chenery St. SF]
Bruce Ackley Trio and Quartet – The Forest and the Zoo: A Celebration of the Music of Steve Lacy

Sun 9/21 8:00 PM Freight & Salvage [2020 Addison St. Berkeley]
The UCLA Charles Mingus Ensemble performs interpretations of Mingus’ classic compositions and new works bridging jazz, classical, and world music.

Monday, September 22

Mon 9/22 5:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
San Francisco Contemporary Music Players presents an exclusive Bay Area screening of the award-winning documentary film I Live 4 Art, exploring the angst, thrills, purpose and methods of the creative process, with filmmakers and composer Mark Applebaum.

Mon 9/22 8:00 PM Duende [468 19th Street Oakland]
Aram Shelton’s Sound Quartet (with Mark Clifford, Safa Shokrai, Britt Ciampa) plus the Ben Goldberg / Sheldon Brown / Vijay Anderson Trio

Tuesday, September 23
Tue 9/23 8:00 PM CNMAT [1750 Arch Street Berkeley]
Hear in Now
Mazz Swift: violin
Tomeka Reid: cello
Silvia Bolognesi: doublebass

Wednesday, September 24

Wed 9/24 7:30 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Hear in Now, the international improvising trio of Chicago cellist Tomeka Reid, New York violinist Mazz Swift and Italian bassist Sylvia Bolognesi, makes its Bay Area debut in a shared bill with Grass Valley reeds player Randy McKean’s inventive chamber jazz ensemble Bristle.

Wed 9/24 8:00 PM Berkeley Arts [2133 University Avenue Berkeley]
IMAGES – The music of Sun Ra (Sets at 8 and 9 pm) Dan Clucas – trumpet; Clifford Childers – trombone; David Boyce – tenor saxophone, effects; Phillip Greenlief – alto saxophone; Karl Evangelista – guitar; Dominique Leone – keyboard, piano; Jordan Glenn – drums

Wed 9/24 8:00 PM Turquoise Yantra Grotto [32 Turquoise Way SF]
Birgit Ulher (trumpet, radios, speaker, objects) and Tim Perkis(computer, electronics) practice a brand of atmospheric improvisation sometimes referred to as “minimal”…

Thursday, September 25

Thu 9/25 8:00 PM Luggage Store New Music Series [Outsound co-Presents @ The Luggage Store Gallery 1007 Market St. SF]
8:00pm Conan the Barbiturate
André Custodio – percussion & electronics
Josh Martin – bass/pedalboard
Returns to battle once again!
with guests: Bill Mowery: Drums and decay
Rent Romus: Horns
9:00pm Holly Caust (Alee Karim: Guitar & The Norman Conquest: Electronics)

Thu 9/25 9:00 PM Duende [468 19th Street Oakland]
Orchestra Nostalgico Plays the Film Music of Ennio Morricone, Nino Rota, Bernard Hermann, and more!

Friday, September 26

Fri 9/26 7:30 PM Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive [2626 Bancroft Way Berkeley, CA 94720]
Master percussionist William Winant and his cohorts return to L@TE with a program of pioneering percussion music. Don’t miss this chance to hear Steve Reich’s groundbreaking, thunderous work Drumming (Parts One and Two), along with other works by Reich, Lou Harrison, Johanna Beyer, and James Tenney, in the reverberant volume of BAM/PFA.
Programmed by Sarah Cahill.

Fri 9/26 9:00 PM Duende [468 19th Street Oakland]
Orchestra Nostalgico Plays the Film Music of Ennio Morricone, Nino Rota, Bernard Hermann, and more!

Fri 9/26 9:45 PM Studio Grand [3234 Grand Ave, Oakland]
Jazz Guitar Improvisations w/ Nahum Zdybel Trio + Ross Hammond with Steve Adams

Just Outside Reviews

From Just Outside:

Steve Flato – Mara’s Daughter (Lengua de Lava)
Joe Panzner/Greg Stuart – Jason Brogan/Sam Sfirri – Harness (Lengua de Lava)
Jürg Frey – more or less (New Focus Recordings)
Joëlle Léandre/Michael Duch – (live at) Gråmølna (Confront)
D.O.R. featuring Crys Cole – Hestekur (Caduc)
(Various) – Balloon & Needle Compilation (Balloon & Needle)
Kevin Drumm/Jason Lescalleet – The Abyss (Erstwhile)

Lee Hyla Tribute Memorial Concerts: New York, Boston & Chicago

Several concerts have been organized in tribute to beloved composer Lee Hyla after his untimely passing this June. Also important to note that a Lee Hyla Music Foundation is being set up in response to much interest in contributing toward a scholarship fund and/or establishing a fellowship in Lee’s name at the MacDowell Colony. More details to come as this develops.

Saturday September 20, 2014 12PM-3PM
St Marks Church-In-the-Bowery
131 E 10th St.
New York, NY
Free admission

Thursday, September 25, 2014 8PM
New England Conservatory of Music-Jordan Hall
Free admission

Thursday, October 16, 2014 7:30PM
Lutkin Hall
50 Arts Circle Drive
Evanston, IL
Free admission

Composer Lee Hyla was a friend, mentor and inspiration to ICE. The Bienen School of Music at Northwestern University honors Lee and his extraordinary music in this free memorial concert featuring many of the Chicago-based musicians and groups that he touched so deeply.

Featuring: Ryan Muncy and Thomas Snydacker, saxophone; Joshua Rubin, bass clarinet; Austin Wulliman, violin; Chris Wild, cello; Spektral Quartet; Nolan Pearson, piano

We Speak Etruscan
Basic Training
String Quartet No. 4

Mats Gustafsson Interview

Mats Gustafsson
Cover of Mats Gustafsson

From LondonJazz:

Mats Gustafsson, in this interview with Geoff Winston, gives the inside track on the Fire! Orchestra adventure which will be rolling in to The Laundry venue in Hackney on 26 September, as part of the Transcender festival, jointly promoted by Cafe Oto and the Barbican.

Audiences in London have appreciated Mats Gustafsson’s visits here in both small groups and as solo performer. Recent highlights have included collaborations with Thurston Moore and other great improvisers, and in trios including The Thing and the Fire! Trio (with Johan Berthling and Andreas Werliin), as well as his participation in the Brötzmann Chicago Tentet.