Source: The New York Times.
The Bad Plus (Tuesday through Jan. 3) An acoustic piano trio with a collectivist heart, the Bad Plus holds fast to the idea of a group identity, essential and inviolable. This year the band released an excellent album with a respectful interloper, the saxophonist Joshua Redman, but for this annual booking, which includes a New Year’s Eve gig, the lineup will strictly feature core members: the pianist Ethan Iverson, the bassist Reid Anderson and the drummer Dave King. At 8:30 and 10:30 p.m.; at 9 p.m. only on Thursday, Village Vanguard, 178 Seventh Avenue South, at 11th Street, West Village, 212-255-4037, villagevanguard.com. (Chinen)
Mingus Big Band (Thursday) This well-stocked repertory band, which plays the ruggedly inventive music of Charles Mingus, has held a Monday-night residency here for years. The last time it set up shop in the club on New Year’s Eve, the resulting album, “Live at Jazz Standard,” won a Grammy Award. At 7:30 and 9:30 p.m., Jazz Standard, 116 East 27th Street, Manhattan, 212-576-2232, jazzstandard.com. (Chinen)
Tom Rainey Trio (Wednesday) Tom Rainey, a precisely off-kilter drummer, has broken into bandleading of late, often with the partners in this trio: Ingrid Laubrock, a tenor and soprano saxophonist of exploratory instincts, and Mary Halvorson, a guitarist with a sharp-splintered but flexible attack. At 8:30 p.m., Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, Greenwich Village, 212-989-9319, corneliastreetcafe.com. (Chinen)
John Zorn Improv Night (Tuesday through Jan. 3) Anything goes, musically speaking, at a John Zorn improv party, which can feature any number of intrepid and open-minded musicians. This weeklong edition — as always, a benefit for Mr. Zorn’s nonprofit performance space, the Stone — will feature inspired collaborators like the cellist Okkyung Lee, the pianist Craig Taborn and the trombonist George Lewis. (Check the schedule for details.) At 8 p.m., Avenue C and Second Street, East Village, thestonenyc.com. (Nate Chinen)