Upcoming Shows at Trinosophes

English: Susan Alcorn
Susan Alcorn (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From Detroit’s Trinosophes:

Every Wednesday in January: Chatoyant residency

Detroit’s rocked-out improvising quartet gets in shape for spring record release tour with a weekly residency at Trinosophes. Come one, come all, come no one- they’ll be performing full-tilt, extended sets throughout the night, regardless of what happens! We even gave them the keys to the place!
Doors at 9 pm; $5.

Friday Jan, 16: Baljo/Murphy/Peterson/Shelton Quartet and James Cornish with guests

A night of new groups in Detroit improvised music. First up is the debut of this particular combination:
James Baljo- tapes, mixer etc.
Shelby Murphy- voice, percussion, piano
Joel Peterson- guitar, percussion
Skeeter Shelton– winds

Brasswind improviser James Cornish has been busier than ever this past year, with projects of all kinds springing up- dance, multi-media, curation and more. He’ll have some recently collaborators in tow for this performance.
Doors at 9 pm; $5.


Jan 31: Dawn of Midi (co-presented by UMS)

February 2: Mind Over Mirrors

February 5-7: Over the Pavement Festival of Art Music
Featuring Marshall Allen and Danny Ray Thompson (longest running members of the Arkestra!), Susan Alcorn, Battle Trance, Thollem McDonas, Victor Ghannam, Stirrup (Fred Lonberg Holm, Charles Rumback, Nick Macri), Jaribu Shahid Quintet, Kenn Thomas, Clem Fortuna and Jennie Knaggs, James Cornish and more TBA shortly.

Free Jazz Blog Reviews

Joëlle Léandre at Cornelia street cafe Photo: ...
Joëlle Léandre

From Free Jazz:

John Dikeman – The Double Trio (Astral Spirits, 2014) ****
Icepick – Hexane (Astral Spirits, 2014) ***½
Joëlle Léandre & Vincent Courtois – Live at Kesselhaus Berlin 08.06.2013 (Jazzdor Series, 2014) ****
Oblik – Order Disorder (Ormo Records, 2014) *****
Selvhenter – Motion of Large Bodies (eget værelse, 2014) ****
Gustav Geißler, Strange, Punkt, Ziemann – Random Words (Otherunwise, 2014) ***½
Magda Mayas, Damon Smith & Tony Buck – Spill Plus (Nuscope, 2014) ****½

Jazz Memorial for Will Connell, January 12 in New York

Saxophonist/flutist/bass clarinetist/composer Will Connell Jr died on November 19, 2014. His official memorial will occur on January 12 at St. Peter’s Church in New York City. It promises to be a rather historic musical gathering.

Fueled by the creative, tenacious inspiration of his parents, William Myles Connell Sr and Shirley Floyd, Will Connell came of age in the 1960s as an invaluable part of Horace Tapscott’s organization and the LA Black Arts Movement. By 1975 he was acknowledged as the quiet giant of NY’s Free Jazz and New Music circle. Connell’s sudden passing in November occurred just days shy of his 76th birthday. He is survived by his daughter Safiya Martinez, a poet and actress, his former wife Thea Martinez, and the bevy of downtown artists of his extended creative family.

As is customary for musicians’ services at “the jazz church”, the memorial will indeed be in the tradition. The concert will feature many of the artists the much-loved Connell worked with over his 50+ years of performance, and an assortment of the ensembles he led or was a part of. The music will range from Will Connell works and dedications, to improvisational pieces, to devotional tapestries of the free and the composed. It will be heard within a full program including guest speakers, a video presentation and photo montage highlighting Connell’s great contributions to the creative community both here and in his prior home of Los Angeles.

The evening will close with Connell’s Dark Tree Ensemble, greatly expanded with many guests, performing an orchestral rendition of his “Mountain Song” with conduction by Steve Swell.

Host Safiya Martinez

Performances by:

Oliver Lake-alto saxophone, Craig Harris-trombone, Newman Taylor Baker-washboard/percussion


Vincent Chancey-French horn, Hayes Greenfield-alto saxophone, Ken Filiano-bass, Jeremy Carlstedt-drumset


Rocco John Iacovone-alto saxophone/compositions, Sana Nagano-violin, Ras Moshe- tenor saxophone, Michael Lytle-bass clarinet, TBA-bass, John Pietaro-percussion, Dalius Najo-drumset


Michael TA Thompson-conductor/sound rhythium, EJ Antonio-poetry, Rosi Hertlein-violin/poetry, Larry Roland-bass/poetry, Golda Solomon-poetry, Phylisha Villanueva-poetry,

Guest Ras Moshe-reeds


Andrea Wolper-voice, Connie Crothers-piano, Ken Filiano-bass


Jorge Sylvester-alto saxophone, Nora McCarthy-voice, Marvin Sewell-guitar, Kenny Growhowski-drumset, Bass-TBA


Trudy Silver-piano, Scottie Davis-actor/mime, Rosi Hertlein-violin


Tomas Ulrich-cello, Anders Nilsson-guitar, Rob Brown-alto saxophone


Frank Lacy-tenor saxophone, Newman Taylor Baker-washboard/percussion/drumkit

-THE DARK TREE ENSEMBLE conducted by Steve Swell performs Will Connell’s “Mountain Song”

Steve Swell-trombone, Rosi Hertlein-violin/voice, Andrea Wolper-voice, Ras Moshe-tenor saxophone, Hayes Greenfield-alto saxophone, Vincent Chancey-French Horn, Matt Lavelle-flugelhorn, Joe Daley-euphonium, Jesse Dulman-tuba, John Pietaro-vibes, Larry Rollin-bass, Jeremy Carlstedt-drumset –PLUS- On Ka’a Davis-guitar, Ravish Momin-percussion, Dave Sewelson-alto saxophone, Stephen Haynes-trumpet, Jason Kao Hwang-violin, Kali Z Fasteau-soprano saxophone, Andrew Drury-percussion, Jack De Salvo-cello and many more.


– Safiya Martinez
-Reading from Steve Isoardi
-Kristy Nguyen
-Jason Goodrow
-Steve Dalachinsky
-Jason Goodrow
-Zen and Tanya Matsuura
-Jason Kao Hwang
-John Pietaro
-William Parker
Video Tribute by Robert O’Haire

When: Monday January 12, 7:30 – 9PM: program in Sanctuary; 9-9:30, reception

Where: St. Peter’s Church, 619 Lexington Ave. at 54th St. NYC

12k New Releases

Coming soon on 12k:

Ryuichi Sakamoto
Taylor Deupree
Recorded live in Yamaguchi, Japan, Perpetual captures the communication between four musicians striving for deep listening. Haunting, textured and restrained.

Parallel Landscapes
Parallel Landscapes, comes packaged in a slipcase with a beautifully printed separate booklet of design and photography. The music sees Steinbrüchel at his most melodic and delicate as he explores the relationship between landscape and space with an essay by Lawrence English.

January’s New Revolution Arts Show in New York

Craig Taborn (Prezens, at the Vortex (London) ...
Craig Taborn 

The evening will open with Amsterdam-based reeds player Michael Moore in a duo with Brooklyn-based drummer Harris Eisenstadt. They will be followed by the Ches Smith Trio with Mat Maneri and Craig Taborn. It should be an incredible night of music by some of New York’s foremost musicians. When else will you get a chance to hear these performers in a house concert setting? Here are the details:

New Revolution Arts
7 Stanhope Street
Bushwick (Brooklyn)
J/M/L Trains
B38/B46 Buses
$10 suggested donation

Friday, January 16
7:30 — Doors

8 pm — Harris Eisenstadt/Michael Moore Duo
Harris Eisenstadt (drums)
Michael Moore (reeds)

9 pm — Ches Smith Trio
Ches Smith (drums)
Mat Maneri (viola)
Craig Taborn (Wurlitzer)