Jazz Listings From The New York Times

Lucian Ban at Jazzy Spring 2007 Hierogliphycs ...
Lucian Ban 

From NYTimes.com:

AACM50: Thomas Buckner (Thursday) Interpretations, the new music series, has been celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians. This concert finds Mr. Buckner, a baritone, performing works composed for him by the association members Muhal Richard Abrams, Leroy Jenkins, Roscoe Mitchell, Amina Claudine Myers, Wadada Leo Smith and Henry Threadgill. (He’ll be accompanied by an ensemble that includes Ms. Myers.) At 8 p.m., Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue, near Third Avenue, Boerum Hill, Brooklyn, 917-267-0363, roulette.org. (Nate Chinen)

Lucian Ban and Mat Maneri (Friday) The pianist Lucian Ban and the violist Mat Maneri have a lovely and restive recent album on ECM — “Transylvanian Concert,” recorded in Mr. Ban’s native land — that reveals their shared interest in enfolding mystery. They reconnect as part of the Sound It Out concert series. At 8 p.m., Greenwich House Music School, 46 Barrow Street, West Village, 212-242-4770, greenwichhouse.org. (Chinen)

Michael Formanek’s Cheating Heart (Friday and Saturday) Mr. Formanek, a bassist and composer drawn to scintillating frictions, probably has no intention of forming a Hank Williams cover band. Instead his Cheating Heart is a quintet with a front line featuring two saxophonists — Tim Berne, his longtime compatriot, on alto and Brian Settles on tenor — and an adaptable rhythm section that includes the pianist Jacob Sacks and the drummer Dan Weiss. At 9 and 10:30 p.m., Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, Greenwich Village, 212-989-9319, corneliastreetcafe.com. (Chinen)

Lee Konitz and Dave Douglas Quintet (Thursday through March 22) At 87, Mr. Konitz is not just one of jazz’s most venerable alto saxophonists but also one of its most steadfast searchers. Which means he has the right artistic temperament to fall in easily with the trumpeter Dave Douglas and a dynamic rhythm section comprising Matt Mitchell on piano, Linda Oh on bass and Ches Smith on drums. At 7:30 and 10 p.m., Jazz Standard, 116 East 27th Street, Manhattan, 212-576-2232, jazzstandard.net. (Chinen)