Sound It Out Concert Series in New York

Source: Sound It Out.

Greenwich House Music School: 46 Barrow Street, just west of 7th Avenue South in New York City’s West Village;, 212-242-4770.

Saturday, January 14, 8:00 p.m. – Hip quartet!
Jerome Sabbagh Quartet w/ Ben Monder
Jerome Sabbagh, tenor saxophone; Ben Monder, electric guitar; Doug Weiss, double-bass; Rudy Royston, drums
For his first Sound It Out appearance, saxophonist Jerome Sabbagh brings his quartet featuring guitarist Ben Monder (of Bowie’s Blackstar fame) plus bassist Doug Weiss and hot drummer Rudy Royston. Jerome’s recent quartet LP with Monder, The Turn, scored a four-and-a-half-star review in DownBeat. And JazzTimes has said of the leader: “The willfully lyrical tenor saxophonist Jerome Sabbagh is the rarest of rare birds: a young tenor saxophonist with a distinctive concept, dependent not so much on his elders for inspiration as his own imagination.”
Tickets: $15 ($12 for students and seniors)

Saturday, January 21, 8:00 p.m. – Master drummer!
The Billy Hart Academy
Billy Hart, drums; Alex Cummings, saxophone; Jackson Laskey, piano; Dan Pappalardo, double-bass
Drum icon Billy Hart – renowned for his vintage work with artists from Wes Montgomery and Miles Davis to Stan Getz and Herbie Hancock, as well as his recent acclaimed ECM releases as a leader – returns to Sound It Out to front a quartet of handpicked young charges: saxist Alex Cummings, pianist Jackson Kaskey and bassist Dan Pappalardo. The Detroit Free Press has said of the band’s veteran leader: “Want to know what jazz is really about? Listen to Billy Hart.”
Tickets: $15 ($12 for students and seniors)

Friday, January 27, 8:00 p.m. – A pianist’s pianist!
Frank Kimbrough with Masa Kamaguchi & Kirk Knuffke
Frank Kimbrough, piano; Masa Kamaguchi, double-bass; Kirk Knuffke, cornet
Frank Kimbrough has long been a fixture on the New York scene, though his accent still rings of his native North Carolina, as does his blue-hued phrasing on the piano. He’s a deep-soul player steeped in the art of forebears from Herbie Nichols and Andrew Hill to Paul Motian and Paul Bley. A member of the Grammy-winning Maria Schneider Orchestra and professor of jazz piano at the Juilliard School, Frank has made a string of poetic albums, with the recent Solstice his fourteenth as a leader – and his best yet. He has played some of the most memorable Sound It Out concerts ever, and Frank returns with kindred-spirit bassist Masa Kamaguchi and ace cornetist Kirk Knuffke in tow.
Tickets: $18 ($15 for students and seniors)

Saturday, February 4, 7:30 p.m. – Vivid double-bill!
Taka Kigawa + Sebastien Ammann’s Color Wheel
Taka Kigawa, piano
Sebastein Ammann, piano; Michaël Attias, alto saxophone; Noah Garabedian, double-bass; Nathan Ellman-Bell, drums
Classical pianist extraordinaire Taka Kigawa has been a friend of Sound It Out from the start, and he returns to the series with an opening program of jazz-inspired pieces by the likes of Ligeti, Bartók and Stravinsky. The New York Times has called Taka “always a poised guide in the most daunting music,” praising his “cool, clarity and calm.” Then, capping the night’s double-bill, is pianist-composer Sebastien Ammann’s Color Wheel, featuring the ever-compelling saxophonist Michaël Attias and the rhythm duo of Noah Garabedian & Nathan Ellman-Bell. Sebastien and company will be celebrating the release of Color Wheel’s eponymous first album.
Tickets: $18 ($15 for students and seniors)

Saturday, February 11, 8:00 p.m. – Rocking guitarist!
Nick Millevoi’s Desertion Trio
Nick Millevoi, guitar; Johnny DeBlase, bass; Kevin Shea, drums
Avant-rock guitarist Nick Millevoi’s Clean Feed album Desertion was one of 2016’s most exciting finds, so it’s a pleasure to give Nick the chance to rock the house at Greenwich House for his Sound It Out debut. NPR described Desertion aptly as “the sweet spot from Neil Young’s exploratory Crazy Horse jams and a Spaghetti Western soundtrack,” going on to say: “When Nick Millevoi plays the guitar, it’s like a rocket darting skyward between clouds. With credits in Chris Forsyth & The Solar Motel Band, a quartet that performs John Zorn’s Bagatelles, and his own Many Arms punk-jazz band, the Philly musician comes at his instrument with an open mind.” That’s not to mention that none other than Nels Cline sat in with the Desertion Trio last month, and Nels has excellent taste…
Tickets: $15 ($12 for students and seniors)

Saturday, February 18, 8:00 p.m. – Special ECM duo show!
Francois Courturier & Anja Lechner
Francois Courturier, piano; Anja Lechner, cello
On a rare visit from Europe, the duo of jazz-minded pianist Francois Courturier and classically trained cellist Anja Lechner performs a concert coinciding with the release of their latest poetic ECM album, Nuit Blanche, by Couturier’s Tarkovsky Quartet. Reviewing Moderato Cantabile, Courturier and Lechner’s 2014 duo LP, All About Jazz praised the music’s blend of folk roots and spiritual depth, along with the “supple eloquence and sophisticated vibrancy” of the duo’s performances.
Tickets: $20 ($18 for students and seniors)