Source: The New York Times.
AACM 50th Anniversary Festival (Friday) The Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians, a groundbreaking institution for American experimental music, has been celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, with events both in and beyond Chicago, its city of origin. This concert series, presented by the association’s New York chapter, concludes on Friday with the drummer Reggie Nicholson, in a solo set, and an all-star group featuring, among others, Mr. Nicholson, the bassist Leonard Jones and the pianists Muhal Richard Abrams and Amina Claudine Myers. At the Community Church of New York, 40 East 35th Street, Manhattan, 800-838-3006, aacmnyc50th.bpt.me. (Nate Chinen)
Ben Monder and Andrew Cyrille(Wednesday) Mr. Monder is a guitarist whose cerebral cool manifests in his music as a form of ethereality, full of color and dimension but not much density. “Amorphae,” his debut as a leader on the ECM label, is a collection of beautifully atmospheric compositions played with partners including the master drummer Andrew Cyrille, who joins him here. At 8 p.m., Greenwich House Music School, 46 Barrow Street, West Village, 212-242-4770, greenwichhouse.org. (Chinen)
John Zorn at the Vanguard(Tuesday through Nov. 8) One of the least expected new staples at the Village Vanguard has been John Zorn, the avant-garde composer, alto saxophonist and provocateur. But this will be his third headlining engagement at the club in 18 months, featuring signature projects like Electric Masada (Tuesday and Wednesday) and the Dreamers (Thursday and next Friday). At 8:30 and 10:30 p.m., Village Vanguard, 178 Seventh Avenue South, at 11th Street, West Village, 212-255-4037, villagevanguard.com. (Chinen)