Jazz in NYC This Week

Alice Coltrane

Source: The New York Times.

THEO BLECKMANN, AMBROSE AKINMUSIRE AND SHAI MAESTRO at National Sawdust (May 21, 7 p.m.). Here’s an abbreviated index of Mr. Bleckmann’s personal canon: Bush, Kate; Dickinson, Emily; Ives, Charles; Sondheim, Stephen; Tin Pan Alley, composers of. A theatrical but elusive vocalist and composer, Mr. Bleckmann is also a curator in residence at National Sawdust in Williamsburg. On Sunday he’ll be joined there by the trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire and the pianist Shai Maestro (a frequent collaborator) for a night of acoustic-electric exploration.
646-779-8455, nationalsawdust.org

JANE IRA BLOOM TRIO at the Cornelia Street Café (May 21, 8:30 p.m.). The rare jazz musician to focus solely on the soprano saxophone, Ms. Bloom draws a somber and focused sound from the instrument. Her 2016 album, “Early Americans,” her first in a trio setting, played up the contrast between her horn and the pulsing bass of Mark Helias. That group, rounded out by the drummer Bobby Previte, comes together again for this show at the Cornelia Street Café to revisit the Bloom originals on that recording.
212-989-9319, corneliastreetcafe.com

THE ECSTATIC WORLD OF ALICE COLTRANE TURIYASANGITANANDA at the Knockdown Center (May 21, 6 p.m.). “World Spirituality Classics 1: The Ecstatic Music of Alice Coltrane Turiyasangitananda” is something like a fabled scroll that’s washed ashore. The album is the first official collection of the recordings Coltrane made at the Vedantic Center, an ashram she founded and ran in the last decades of her life. There she led a choir and experimented with both acoustic and electric instruments from around the world, recording the results but never releasing them to a wide audience. This concert, which closes the Red Bull Music Academy Festival, includes one set by Sai Anantam Singers of the Vedantic Center and another by a jazz ensemble featuring the saxophonist Ravi Coltrane (Alice’s son), the bassist Reggie Workman and the harpist Brandee Younger.
347-915-5615, knockdown.center
nyc.redbullmusicacademy.com

ROMAN FILIU QUINTET + 2 at the Cell Theater (May 20, 9:30 p.m.). Mr. Filiu, an alto saxophonist from Santiago de Cuba, has a clear and straight-seeing tone. He uses it to navigate his own molten compositions, which may linger on a single chord for a good while without seeming to be at rest. Since moving to New York in 2011, Mr. Filiu has played alongside Henry Threadgill, David Virelles and many others. But his solo work — at once cogitative and kinetic — has its own allure. For this show he’s assembled a remarkable band: Adam O’Farrill on trumpet, David Bryant on piano, Rashaan Carter on bass and Craig Weinrib on drums. The tenor saxophonist Maria Grand and the percussionist Roman Diaz appear as special guests.
646-861-2253, thecelltheatre.org

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