Sound It Out Series at the Greenwich House

Tim Berne

Source: New York’s Greenwich House Music.

April-June 2017

Greenwich House Music School: 46 Barrow Street, just west of 7th Avenue South in New York City’s West Village; http://www.greenwichhouse.org, 212-242-4770.
Series producer: Bradley Bambarger

Saturday, April 22, 8:00 p.m. – House-rocking trio returns!
Anna Webber’s Simple Trio

Anna Webber, tenor saxophone/flute; Matt Mitchell, piano; John Hollenbeck, drums

Last fall’s Sound It Out show by Anna Webber’s Simple Trio so rocked the house that the saxophonist/flutist is returning with pianist Matt Mitchell and drummer John Hollenbeck for an encore show this spring. Anna and company will be playing material from the trio’s latest album, Binary (Skirl). Praising the band’s first record at length, The New York Times said: “Simple is her best work yet, recorded with two of the best musicians working in New York’s high-concept avant-garde: pianist Matt Mitchell and drummer John Hollenbeck. These pieces are bracing and engineered to show the range of the group: intense collective improvisation; rapid, chromatic steeplechases; research into long tones and textures.” All About Jazz, reviewing Binary, commended it as “an affecting… collection of sonorities and melodies.”

Saturday, May 6, 8:00 p.m. – New chamber jazz!
Harris Eisenstadt’s Recent Developments

Harris Eisenstadt, drums/compositions; Nate Wooley, trumpet; Jeb Bishop, trombone; Rubin Kodheli, cello; Anna Webber, flute; Sara Schoenbeck, bassoon; Joe Daley, tuba; Patricia Brennan, vibraphone; Eivind Opsvik, double-bass

The ever-prolific Harris Eisenstadt has led multiple bands in the Sound It Out series, and he returns with his latest, aptly dubbed Recent Developments. All About Jazz has declared Harris “one of his generation’s leading composers,” while The New York Times described his new project this way: “ ‘Recent Developments’ sounds like language from a research study, but it’s also the new body of work by Mr. Eisenstadt, a freethinking yet methodical drummer and composer.”

Thursday, June 22, 7:30 p.m. – Sound It Out 5th anniversary fundraiser!
“Motian in Motion”

Michaël Attias, alto saxophone/bandleader; Ralph Alessi, trumpet; Loren Stillman, alto sax; Dan Blake, tenor sax; Frank Kimbrough, Russ Lossing and Angelica Sanchez, piano; André Matos, guitar; Sean Conly and Chris Lightcap, bass; Satoshi Takeishi, Jeff Davis, Vinnie Sperrazza, Harris Eisenstadt and Billy Mintz, drums

Few musicians exerted a more iconic influence on the jazz of the 21st century than the late, great drummer-composer Paul Motian. His legacy stretches from early days drumming in the original Bill Evans Trio and with Keith Jarrett’s American Quartet to his later star trio with Bill Frisell & Joe Lovano and his youthful Electric Be-Bop Band. This concert – the first of four special events celebrating the fifth-anniversary month of the Sound It Out series – will be an all-star tribute to Motian’s music-making, with performances by an incredible revolving band including alto saxophonists Michaël Attias and Loren Stillman, trumpeter Ralph Alessi, tenor saxophonist Dan Blake, pianists Frank Kimbrough, Russ Lossing and Angelica Sanchez, guitarist André Matos, and bassists Sean Conly and Chris Lightcap – plus featured drummers Satoshi Takeishi, Jeff Davis, Vinnie Sperrazza, Harris Eisenstadt and Billy Mintz. More performers to be announced…

Friday, June 23, 7:30 p.m. – Sound It Out 5th anniversary fundraiser!
Fay Victor’s Herbie Nichols Sung

Fay Victor, voice; Michaël Attias, alto and baritone saxophones; Anthony Coleman, piano; Ratzo Harris, double-bass; Rudy Royston, drums

Fay Victor’s hard-swinging Herbie Nichols Sung ensemble returns to help celebrate the fifth-anniversary month of the Sound It Out series – with ticket proceeds going to help fund Greenwich House Music School, whose wonderful hospitality makes Sound It Out possible. Fay will lead an all-star band in her vocal re-creations of music by the great, unsung bop-era pianist-composer Herbie Nichols, who penned the music for Billie Holiday’s “Lady Sings the Blues.”

Thursday, June 29, 7:30 p.m. – Sound It Out 5th anniversary fundraiser!
Matt Mitchell solo + Tim Berne & Matt Mitchell duo

Matt Mitchell, piano; Tim Berne, alto saxophone

Tim Berne kicked off the Sound It Out series in June 2012 with his band Snakeoil. Now he helps celebrate the fifth anniversary of Sound It Out in league with Snakeoil bandmate Matt Mitchell – with ticket proceeds going to help fund Greenwich House Music School, whose wonderful hospitality makes Sound It Out possible. Matt’s new Screwgun album, førage, presents the compositions of Tim Berne like they’ve never been heard before.

Friday, June 30, 7:30 p.m. – Sound It Out 5th anniversary fundraiser!

“Monk on Guitars”

Rez Abbasi, guitar/bandleader; Nels Cline, Miles Okazaki, Liberty Ellman, Steve Cardenas, Anders Nilsson and Mike Baggetta, guitars; Stephan Crump and Chris Lightcap, bass; Colin Stranahan and Gerald Cleaver, drums; more TBA

No classic jazz composer’s art so lives and breathes night after night on bandstands across the country and around the world like that of Thelonious Monk. Melodically, harmonically, rhythmically and texturally, Monk’s music is always itself – fresh and accessible, surprising and renewable – even as it is interpreted by generation after generation, yielding new possibilities no matter the instrumental and stylistic variables.

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