Jazz Listings From The New York Times

Reid Anderson - bass Ethan Iverson - piano Dav...
Reid Anderson – bass Ethan Iverson – piano David King – drums (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


The Bad Plus Playing Ornette Coleman’s Science Fiction (Thursday) From the jump, the Bad Plus has had a profound relationship to Ornette Coleman’s music, both as a literature and a language. “Science Fiction,” his visionary album from the early 1970s, has been a particular source of inspiration, which imbues this concert with a revelatory air. Commissioned by Duke Performances, it will feature not only the Bad Plus — Reid Anderson on bass, Ethan Iverson on piano, David King on drums — but also the trumpeter Ron Miles and the saxophonists Sam Newsome and Tim Berne, each a different kind of student of Mr. Coleman’s style. At 7:30 p.m., N.Y.U. Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, 566 La Guardia Place, at Washington Square South, Greenwich Village, 866-811-4111,; $32 to $40. (Chinen)

Kenny Barron and Dave Holland (Tuesday through Oct. 25) Mr. Barron, a pianist, and Mr. Holland, a bassist, hail from the same jazz generation and share some crucial characteristics, notably a judicious technical command. They’ll naturally draw here from their brand-new duo album on the Impulse! label, aptly titled “The Art of Conversation.” At 8:30 and 11 p.m., Birdland, 315 West 44th Street, Clinton, 212-581-3080,; $40, with a $10 minimum. (Chinen)

Tomas Fujiwara Trio (Thursday) “Variable Bets,” the new album by the drummer Tomas Fujiwara, places him at the fulcrum of two strong and distinctive improvisers, the surgically precise trumpeter Ralph Alessi and the strategically unruly guitarist-banjoist Brandon Seabrook. This will be the official album-release celebration, with all three on deck. At 8:30 p.m., Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, Greenwich Village, 212-989-9319,; $10 cover, with a $10 minimum. (Chinen)

Ideal Microscopic Numbers (Wednesday) Cuneiform Records, a prolific indie label with a stylistically diverse roster, celebrates its 30th anniversary with this triple bill. First, at 7:30 p.m., is Curtis Hasselbring’s Number Stations, a downtownish band with its composer-bandleader on trombone and Chris Speed on saxophone, among others; at 8:30 p.m. the spotlight shifts to the Microscopic Septet, a landmark unit formed in 1981. Closing up at 9.30 p.m. is Ideal Bread, an ensemble inspired by the music of Steve Lacy, with a front line of Kirk Knuffke on cornet and Josh Sinton on baritone saxophone. ShapeShifter Lab, 18 Whitwell Place, Park Slope, Brooklyn,; $20 cover. (Chinen)

Julian Lage at the Stone (through Sunday) The guitarist Julian Lage is one of jazz’s breezier virtuosos, possessed of an unflappable technical facility and an almost boundless curiosity. His residency at the Stone has been an opportunity not only to showcase strengths (as in a working duo with his fellow guitarist Chris Eldridge, at 8 p.m. Friday) but also to stretch out (as in a trio set, on Sunday at 8 p.m., featuring the drummer Francisco Mela and the saxophonist, composer and club proprietor John Zorn). Avenue C and Second Street, East Village,; $15 per set, $10 for students. (Chinen)

Oliver Lake at the Stone (Tuesday through Oct. 26) Oliver Lake, a multireedist and composer with acres of experience in the self-sustaining avant-garde, is just the right sort of elder to encounter the Stone, where he settles in next week. Among the highlights: a duo set with the bassist William Parker (Tuesday at 10 p.m.); an encounter with the bassist Santi Debriano and the drummer Andrew Cyrille, one of his steadfast colleagues (Wednesday at 10 p.m.); and a set with Baikida Carroll on trumpet, Jason Kao Hwang on violin and Nasheet Waits on drums (Thursday at 8 p.m.). Avenue C and Second Street, East Village,; $15 per set, $10 for students. (Chinen)

Joe Lovano and Dave Douglas Quintet: Sound Prints (Tuesday through Oct. 26) The saxophonist Joe Lovano and the trumpeter Dave Douglas share a bustling, approachable vision of jazz, geared toward expedition while grounded in post-bop custom. Sound Prints — their well-traveled quintet with the pianist Lawrence Fields, the bassist Linda Oh and the drummer Joey Baron — has an album due out on Blue Note next year, which should provide much of the material for this engagement. At 8:30 and 10:30 p.m., Village Vanguard, 178 Seventh Avenue South, at 11th Street, West Village, 212-255-4037,; $25 and $30 cover, with a one-drink minimum. (Chinen)

Tyshawn Sorey Trio (Friday and Saturday) On his sober, scintillating new album, “Alloy,” due out on Pi Recordings this month, the drummer and composer Tyshawn Sorey combines a muted palette with the possibility for startling developments. His colleagues on the album, as on this preview booking, are the pianist Cory Smythe and the bassist Chris Tordini, who do a fine job of meshing with his deep-focus aesthetic. At 8 and 10 p.m., the Jazz Gallery, 1160 Broadway, fifth floor, at West 27th Street, 646-494-3625,; $22, $12 for members. (Chinen)