Jazz in NYC This Week

English: Tyshawn Sorey at moers festival 2010

Source: The New York Times.

YUKA C. HONDA at National Sawdust (May 28, 4 p.m.). In the 1990s, Ms. Honda made hip, surreal party music as one half of the Japanese-expatriate duo Cibo Matto. More recently, she has worked closely with Yoko Ono and delved further into artistic experimentation of her own, with thrilling results. At this afternoon show at National Sawdust, the Williamsburg nonprofit space where she’s an artist in residence, Ms. Honda will play electronic music along with a percussionist and a pair of tap dancers.
646-779-8455, nationalsawdust.org

VISION FESTIVAL 22 at Judson Memorial Church (May 28 through June 3). The Vision Festival, New York’s annual gathering of the improvising avant-garde, is a locus for some of the country’s most unbounded musicians. The alto saxophonist Darius Jones; Artifacts Trio (Nicole Mitchell, Tomeka Reid and Mike Reed); the tenor saxophonist David Murray; and Trio 3 (Oliver Lake, Reggie Workman and Andrew Cyrille) are all on the bill. And it’s a multimedia affair, with a reading by the esteemed poet Fred Moten; dance performances; and film screenings on the Black Panther Party and the musician Cooper-Moore, who is this year’s honoree. The festival will take place mostly at Judson Memorial Church in Greenwich Village, but some of the events, including midnight performances, are at Anthology Film Archive and Nublu.
212-254-5420, artsforart.org

JOHN ZORN at the Village Vanguard (May 28, 3 p.m.). Every once in a while Mr. Zorn, the alto saxophonist and experimental music figurehead, infiltrates the Vanguard, straight-ahead jazz’s temple, for a one-off matinee show. In November he convened a trio featuring the bassist Christian McBride and the drummer Milford Graves; the gig was an unqualified success — a shot of freak-jazz purgation just days after a bewildering presidential election. This Sunday he appears with Mr. McBride and a different drummer, Tyshawn Sorey. Bold and complex but disarmingly humane, Mr. Sorey recently spent a charmed week at the Vanguard, playing brilliantly with the Vijay Iyer Trio. His approach tends to create a big web of crosshatching; he and Mr. McBride may bring out something special in each other.
212-255-4037, villagevanguard.com

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