Jazz in NYC This Week

Craig Taborn (Prezens, at the Vortex (London) ...

Source: The New York Times.

SAM NEWSOME QUARTET at Smalls (Feb. 24-25, 10:30 p.m.). Mr. Newsome plays the soprano saxophone, most of the time alone. After starting his career as a straight-ahead tenor saxophonist, he took a left turn — soaking up inspiration from the Arab world, sub-Saharan Africa and Japan, and focusing mostly on the solo soprano saxophone. But this weekend at Smalls, he appears in a quartet with three of the strongest voices in creative music: the pianist Angelica Sanchez, the bassist Mark Helias and the drummer Gerald Cleaver.
646-476-4346, smallslive.com

OSCAR NORIEGA at the Stone (Feb. 28 through March 5, 8:30 p.m.). For three decades Mr. Noriega has been a major player on Brooklyn’s outré acoustic-jazz scene. His attack stays relatively clean and unburdened on both alto saxophone and clarinet; he makes time for slow, focused development. This coming week he is in residence at the Stone, where he will perform each night with a different group. On Tuesday, he’s in a duo with the drummer and vibraphonist Ches Smith. On March 3, a mighty quartet will feature Mary Halvorson on guitar, Trevor Dunn on bass and Dan Weiss on drums.
212-473-0043, thestonenyc.com

CRAIG TABORN at the Village Vanguard (Feb. 28 through March 5, 8:30 and 10:30 p.m.). Mr. Taborn, a masterly pianist, is celebrating this month’s release of “Daylight Ghosts,” his third album on ECM and his first with a quartet. It has a standard format — Chris Speed on saxophone and clarinet, Chris Lightcap on bass, and Dave King on drums — but a different kind of sound that cools and focuses your ear. Mr. Taborn is a kind of miniaturist, building small and powerful patterns; clearing space for Mr. Speed’s simple, threadlike saxophone; and letting force accumulate without clouding the picture. All the album’s musicians will join him for this string of twice-nightly performances.
212-255-4037, villagevanguard.com

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