Jazz in NYC This Week

English: Bill Frisell, moers festival 2010

Source: The New York Times.

‘GAME OF THRONES’ LIVE CONCERT EXPERIENCE at Madison Square Garden (March 7, 8 p.m.). The HBO saga “Game of Thrones” will come to life in a concert by the composer of the series’s music, Ramin Djawadi, who will lead an 80-piece orchestra and choir. The musicians will perform from multiple daises, including the King’s Landing stage, named for the capital city of the show’s fictional Seven Kingdoms. There will also be striking visual effects, including pyrotechnics and simulacra of “Game of Thrones” sites like Castle Black. The show’s actors are not scheduled to appear, but Mr. Djawadi hopes to provide an immersive experience. As he told The Chicago Tribune, “You feel like you’re there with the characters.”
866-858-0008, thegarden.com

STEVE COLEMAN REFLEX at the Jazz Gallery (March 3-4, 7:30 and 9:30 p.m.). Mr. Coleman’s adamant alto saxophone dances in and out of his own systems, avoiding harmonic resolution and toying with the experimental funk rhythms he composes. A MacArthur fellow, he often travels the globe in search of inspiration, rhythmic and otherwise. Mr. Coleman’s most recent album, “Synovial Joints,” featured a 21-piece orchestra, but at the Jazz Gallery he appears in a trio, with his longtime collaborators Anthony Tidd, on bass, and Sean Rickman, on drums. Expect relentless, bottom-heavy, tuneful interplay.
646-494-3625, jazzgallery.nyc

BILL FRISELL TRIO at the Village Vanguard (March 7-12, 8:30 and 10:30 p.m.). In his examinations of nostalgia, the guitarist Mr. Frisell doesn’t much challenge our love of bygone times. Instead, his glimmering music seems to question the limits — and the essence — of memory. His most recent album, “When You Wish Upon a Star,” features classic tunes from American cinema; the renditions are lulling and picturesque but not altogether soothing. Mr. Frisell, who turns 66 this month, will begin a two-week stint at the Vanguard with six nights alongside the bassist Thomas Morgan and the drummer Rudy Royston.
212-255-4037, villagevanguard.com

JON IRABAGON at the Stone (March 7-12, 8:30 p.m.). Hear a saxophonist as effortlessly versatile as Jon Irabagon and maybe you’ll think, He’s got this too easy. Mr. Irabagon doubles on alto and tenor saxophone, and he gamely switches from straight-ahead jazz to astringent post-metal ( his guitar-sax-drums combo, wryly named I Don’t Hear Nothin’ But the Blues). Swallow your doubts: There’s conviction in everything he plays, and often a sense of raffish provocation. Over the course of this weeklong residency at the Stone, Mr. Irabagon will perform with a different ensemble each night.
212-473-0043, thestonenyc.com

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