RIP Larry Coryell

Larry Coryell & Hot Club Pacific, Djangofest N...

Source: NPR.

Larry Coryell, the jazz guitarist known as the “Godfather of Fusion,” died Sunday night at a hotel in New York City, according to his publicist. He was 73. Coryell was still performing more than 50 years after his first recordings. He played at New York jazz club Iridium on Friday and Saturday night, and had plans for a summer tour with his fusion group The Eleventh House.

Coming to Detroit

Tony Buck

Source: Trinosophes.

Feb. 21: The Necks

The Necks are one of the great cult bands of Australia.
Chris Abrahams (piano), Tony Buck (drums), and Lloyd Swanton (bass) conjure a chemistry together that defies description in orthodox terms.

Featuring lengthy pieces which slowly unravel in the most mesmerizing fashion, frequently underpinned by an insistent deep groove, the eighteen albums by The Necks stand up to re-listening time and time again.

The deceptive simplicity of their music throws forth new charms on each hearing. Not entirely avant-garde, nor minimalist, nor ambient, nor jazz, the music of The Necks is a unique harmony of al these elements.
Doors at 8 pm. General admission $10 Reserved front row $15.

Friday, Feb 24: Mostly Other People Do the Killing
MOPDTK, lead by bassist Moppa Elliott, has produced some major new voices in improvised music, especially trumpeter Peter Evans and saxophonist Jon Irabagon, who have gone on to major careers, as has drummer, Kevin Shea.

Now retooled as a trio, Elliott and Shea are joined by outstanding pianist Ron Stabinsky, a player we’ve intended to bring to Trinosophes for a number of years. Not only is he a great jazz and improvised music player (think Craig Taborn), but he runs a creative music series in the unlikely location of Wilkes-Barre, PA.

MOPDtK performs compositions by Elliott, all of which are named after towns in his native Pennsylvania. Performances often employ elements of rock, pop, and classical music. Their albums Shamokin!!! and This Is Our Moosic were both included in critics’ Top 10 albums of the year.. In 2009, Mostly Other People Do the Killing was voted the winner of the 57th Annual Downbeat Critics’ Poll in the Rising Star Ensemble category.[2] Evans, Irabagon, and Elliott were also included in the poll in the respective categories of Rising Star Trumpet, Rising Star Alto Saxophone, and Rising Star Composer. Kevin Shea was named New York City’s “Best Drummer” in 2012 by the Village Voice.

3/12: book release for Free Jazz Harmolodics and Ornette Coleman by Stephen Rush
3/22: Elgar Trio

 Jon Hassell Profiled

Jon Hassell performing at Stockholm JazzFest09

Source: World Music

Born in Memphis, Tennessee, Jon Hassell grew up with ears alert to divergent aspects of the jazz tradition, one early influence including Maynard Ferguson’s “stratospheric” trumpeting with the Stan Kenton Orchestra. While studying at the Eastman School of Music, Hassell became increasingly interested in serial music and more experimental expressions of the new music avant-garde, in the mid-1960s traveling to Cologne to study with pioneering composer Karlheinz Stockhausen.

This Week in New York


The Carnegie Hill Concerts series, hosted at Church of the Advent Hope, programs an opportunity to experience “just intonation” works on a re-tuned acoustic piano, along with tabla, percussion and Indian vocals. Music by composers Michael Harrison and Michael Vincent Waller are featured.
Tuesday, February 21 at 7:00 PM
Suggest donation $20 , $10 students/seniors
Church of the Advent Hope, 111 East 87th Street, New York, NY

Inspired by “Laudato Si,” Pope Francis’s unprecedented 2015 encyclical about the environment, Sacred Music in a Sacred Space (SMSS), with co-producer New York Opera Society, presents Upon this Handful of Earth, a world premiere chamber opera from Norwegian composer Gisle Kverndokk and librettist Aksel-Otto Bull.
Friday, February 24 at 7:00 PM
Tickets $25-$80
Church of St. Ignatius Loyola, 980 Park Avenue, New York, NY

Unheard-of//Ensemble kicks off their 2017 East Coast Tour at Spectrum performing newly composed works for clarinet, cello and piano. The 2017 tour will feature the music of Kagan Breitenbach, Flannery Cunningham, Alan Hankers, Howie Kenty, Sunny Knable, Joe Sferra, and Christina Volpini as well as the Unheard-of//Electronics initiative featuring electronic works for clarinet written for Unheard-of.
Saturday, February 25 at 7:00 PM
Tickets $15, $10 students/seniors
Spectrum, 121 Ludlow Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY

This concert features the music by Conrad Winslow, Aaron Roche, Robert Ashley, Stravinsky, Bryce Dessner and others
Saturday, February 25 at 8:00 PM
Tickets $10
Scholes Street Studio, 375 Lorimer St, Brooklyn, NY

A continuation of loadbang’s ongoing project to expand the repertoire for their unique instrumentation (trumpet, trombone, bass clarinet, baritone voice), this concert will feature two world premieres by Bernardo Barros and Jonathan Dawe, a New York premiere, and a selection of favorite works composed for the group.
Sunday, February 26 at 7:30 PM
Tickets $15, $10 students
The DiMenna Center for Classical Music, 450 West 37th Street, New York, NY

All About Jazz Reviews

Wadada Leo Smith

Source: All About Jazz.

Trouble Kaze
June (Circum-Disc)

The Nu Band
The Final Concert (NoBusiness Records)

Rodrigo Amado’s Motion Trio
Desire & Freedom (NotTwo Records)

Microscopic Septet
Been Up So Long It Looks Like Down to Me: The Micros Play the Blues (Cuneiform Records)

Benedikt Jahnel Trio
The Invariant (ECM Records)

Harriet Tubman And Wadada Leo Smith
Araminta (Sunnyside Records)

Matt Mitchell
Forage (Screwgun Records)

Sylvie Courvoisier/Mary Halvorson
Crop Circles (Relative Pitch Records)

Chris Corsano/Sylvie Courvoisier/Nate Wooley
Salt Task (Relative Pitch Records)

Francois Couturier / Tarkovsky Quartet
Nuit Blanche (ECM Records)