Avant/Jazz Drummer Allison Miller Sits in with Seth Meyers Band 

Source: Allison Miller.

NYC based drummer Allison Miller is prolific, with a hefty load of gigs supporting such people as Ani DiFranco, Natalie Merchant, leads her own group Boom Tic Boom, and is a member of a number of collective bands. Two of those collectives, Lean and the Honey Ear Trio will be releasing records in the coming months – Lean on Sept 9 (with an NYC release show at Cornelia St Cafe on Sept 8) and Honey Ear Trio’s Swivel being released on Oct 21 (with an NYC release show at Cornelia on Oct 27). Last night was the first of three nights in which Allison subbed in the Late Night with Seth Meyers band.

Newsbits: Jungle / Yoni Kretzmer / William Parker / Marshall Allen / Battle Trance / Dreamland / Positively Underground

English: Marshall Allen

Jazz Right Now reviews the new Jungle release and the new Yoni Kretzmer release, and profiles William Parker.

Marshall Allen’s work with Cinema Soloriens is profiled.

The new album, Blade of Love, is out from sax quartet Battle Trance.

Dreamland, a Louisville venue for experimental music, is profiled.

The latest release from Positively Underground is reviewed.

Upcoming Detroit Shows

Fred Lonberg-Holm in 2002

Source: Detroit’s Trinosophes.

Sunday, Sept 4: Alex Harding hosts post-Jazz Festival jam session

Join us for a late-night, open jam-session following the Detroit Jazz Festival. Kicking off the proceedings is Alex Harding’s trio featuring the ubiquitous Djallo Djakate on drums and Jim Alfredson on organ. After their first set, the room will open up for other musicians to perform, including some TBA heavy-hitters from the festival.

Tuesday, Sept. 6: James Harrar’s Cinema Soloriens featuring Marshall Allen

Cinema Solariens is the multimedia project by filmmaker and musician James Harrar. He has been crafting densely lyrical film-poems since the late 1980s, exhibiting at such prestigious venues as the Museum of Modern Art, Anthology Film Archives, The Andy Warhol Museum and Yamaguchi Center for Art & Media. Harrar also plays tenor sax and various electronics. Harrar has performed with Daevid Allen (Gong, Soft Machine), Arthur Doyle, Anne La Berge, Chris Cutler & Geoff Leigh (Artaud Beats, Henry Cow), Michael Gibbons (Bardo Pond), Cathy Hayden, Giovanni Barcella, Eric Thielemans, Charles Cohen, Yahya Abdul-Majid & Art Jenkins (Sun Ra Arkestra) to name a few.


9/14: Leonard King Orchestra

9/17: Stirrup

10/15: Battle Trance, Ben Willis Bass Quartet

10/16: Frode Gjerstad Trio featuring Fred Lonberg-Holm

Musique Machine Reviews

Source: Musique Machine.

Prognostic Circle – Origin/Topic of the Veil
Pig Shrapnel – Snouts, Lips & Assholes
Vomir / Chier – Vomir / Chier
Gamiani – Obsession
Various HNW Artists – A Vulgar Abstract
Ralph Koper – Ancient Pulsations
Dumbsaint ý – Panorama in ten pieces
James Saunders & Apartment House – Assigned #15

Wandelweiser Collective: The Composers of Quiet 

Source: The New Yorker.

Wandelweiser is the name of an informal network of twenty or so experimental-minded composers who share an interest in slow music, quiet music, spare music, fragile music. The word might be translated as “signpost of change” or “sage of change.” It brings to mind a vaguely Romantic image of solitary figures meandering along circuitous paths. The composers live in Switzerland, Germany, New York, and California, among other places, and are seldom all seen together. Most of them take inspiration from John Cage; they understand his legendary work “4′33″,” in which the performer remains silent, not as a conceptual conundrum but as a practical point of departure.

Steve Coleman Profiled

Steve Coleman in Paris, July 2004

Source: The New York Times.

Steve Coleman is the most important jazz musician that many fans have never heard of. He’s been the leader on 30 albums in the last three decades and the mentor to a dozen younger artists now making headlines, yet he’s remained an underground figure, content to burrow his own pathways. Lately, though, his profile’s been rising. In the last two years, he’s won a trifecta of arts prizes: a Guggenheim fellowship, a Doris Duke performing artist award and a MacArthur genius grant.

On Tuesday, to celebrate his 60th birthday, he begins a monthlong residency at the Stone, in Manhattan’s East Village, playing almost every night with his longstanding quintet, Five Elements. It’s a throwback to a much earlier era, when the likes of John Coltrane or Thelonious Monk took over the stage at clubs like the Five Spot or the Half Note for a month or more to work out their next new things.