Thursday, May 12 – 8:00 & 9:30pm
MICHAËL ATTIAS SPUN TREE
Michaël Attias, alto sax; Ralph Alessi, trumpet; Jacob Sacks, piano; Sean Conly, bass; Tom Rainey, drums
Spun Tree is back for a rare appearance at the Café with special guest Jacob Sacks filling in for Matt Mitchell at the piano. Balance, risk, montage, artifice, flow, adventure… a tree spins itself into being, gathering light, making patterns of wood and green stuff. New music and a few leaves fallen from the quintet’s eponymous 2012 Clean Feed release will be on the program.
Saturday, May 14 – 9:00PM & 10:30PM
ARUÁN ORTIZ QUARTET
Aruán Ortiz, piano; Ingrid Laubrock, tenor sax; Mark Helias, bass; Tom Rainey, drums
This project brings together a cast of forward thinking and creative musicians, equally comfortable with improvisation and interpreting composed material. As a musical collective they push the limits of jazz and contemporary classical music, using the rhythms of the New World as an unit in perpetual motion.
Wednesday, May 18 – 8:00 & 9:30pm
JON IRABAGON QUARTET
Jon Irabagon, tenor sax; Luis Perdomo, piano; Yasushi Nakamura, bass; Rudy Royston, drums
The quartet, who released Behind the Sky (featuring Tom Harrell) last year, will perform brand new pieces by Irabagon. They’ll be performing these compositions in Argentina in the next few months, and record their next record shortly after that. These compositions build on the groundwork laid in Behind the Sky, and features more open, adventurous and spacious compositions that both swing and hint at group interaction.
Friday, May 20 – 9:00PM & 10:30PM
JIM BLACK QUARTET
Hilmar Jensson, guitar; Hank Roberts, cello; Trevor Dunn, bass; Jim Black, drums
Icelandic guiarist/composer Hilmar Jensson joins forces with legendary cellist Hank Roberts, and long time rhythm section of bassist Trevor Dunn & drummer Jim Black. A first time meeting between these four improvisers of the NYC downtown scene.
Saturday, May 21 – 9:00PM & 10:30PM
TONY MALABY QUARTET
Tony Malaby, tenor sax; Hank Roberts, cello; Michael Formanek, bass; Ben Perowski, drums
Thursday, May 26 – 6:00PM
BLAISE SIWULA – ERIC PLAKS: CD RELEASE
Blaise Siwula, saxophones and clarinets; Eric Plaks, piano
Blaise Siwula – Eric Plaks – CD Release Performance for the new album Time In on No Frills Records. Experience a mesmerizing soundworld of unbridled improvisations by two NYC veterans of today’s creative music scene, Blaise Siwula (saxophones and clarinets), and Eric Plaks (piano). Channeling influences from a very broad spectrum of musical genres – gospel to free jazz with many stops in between – the duo creates a dense texture to delight the thoughtful ear and the listening mind. With this performance, Siwula and Plaks celebrate the 2016 release of their duet album on No Frills Records, Time In.