Jazz in NYC This Week

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From The New York Times.

LAURIE ANDERSON AND CHRISTIAN McBRIDE at the Town Hall (Feb. 23, 8 p.m.). Perhaps the pre-eminent straight-ahead jazz bassist of the last 20 years, Mr. McBride performed recently at the Village Vanguard alongside the avant-garde stalwarts John Zorn and Milford Graves. It was an unusual setting for him, and something notable happened: His playing, always husky and swinging and commanding, took on a fresh sense of possibility. Here he continues his flirtation with the outré, appearing in an improvised duet with Ms. Anderson, the fabled experimental musician and multimedia artist. Her songs draw upon incantation and repetition — sometimes issuing subtle social critiques, other times simply heightening the senses.
212-997-6661, thetownhall.org

DAVID BINNEY at Nublu (Feb. 21, 8 and 10 p.m.). Mr. Binney’s lissome power on the alto saxophone has served him over the years in work alongside the tenor saxophonist Chris Potter, the jam-band experimentalists Medeski Martin & Wood, and even Aretha Franklin. His fine new album, “The Time Verses,” balances urgency and poise; you hear his decades of exploration across idioms washing up onshore. Here he appears with Matt Brewer on bass and Antonio Sanchez on drums.
212-979-9925, nublu.net

DAWN OF MIDI at the Park Avenue Armory (Feb. 18, 7 and 9 p.m.). Dawn of Midi is a trio of jazz-trained improvisers who make entirely un-improvised music. Their tightly arranged pieces repeat and accrue, sounding like a big machine but never evoking circular imagery or rotation. There is a constant forward drive. In Aakaash Israni’s tough, woody bass playing; the desiccated thump of Qasim Naqvi’s snare drum; and the obstinate patterns Amino Belyamani plays on muted piano strings, you might hear influences ranging from deep house to the Gnawa music of Morocco. Listen for them in this pair of performances in the Veterans Room.
212-616-3930, armoryonpark.org

MOSTLY OTHER PEOPLE DO THE KILLING at the Cornelia Street Café (Feb. 19, 8:30 and 10 p.m.). The bassist Moppa Elliott and his cohort of young musicians take a twisted joy in ridiculing their own fascinations. In 2014, the band delivered its most infamous work, “Blue,” a note-for-note replica of Miles Davis’s complete “Kind of Blue” album. It was dead on arrival — which was the point, one assumes. The group recently reshuffled its lineup, expanding into a septet, and next week it will release “Loafer’s Hollow,” a playful new album of original tunes. The personnel on this show includes Steven Bernstein on trumpet, Bryan Murray on saxophone, Dave Taylor on trombone, Brandon Seabrook on guitar, Ron Stabinsky on piano, Mr. Elliott on bass and Kevin Shea on drums.
212-989-9319, corneliastreetcafe.com

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