Jazz in NYC This Week 

Dirty Projectors

Source: The New York Times.

DIRTY PROJECTORS AND KAMASI WASHINGTON at McCarren Park (June 8, 6:30 p.m.). The Dirty Projectors frontman David Longstreth took his long-running art-rock project in a surprising new direction with the February release “Dirty Projectors,” a searing concept album about his breakup with a former member of the band. At this show, presented by Northside Festival, Mr. Longstreth will be joined by the cosmic jazz saxophonist (and Kendrick Lamar collaborator) Kamasi Washington as well as the Bay Area singer-songwriter Jay Som.
northsidefestival.com

CONNIE CROTHERS TRIBUTE at Greenwich House Music School (June 3, 7:15 p.m.). The pianist Connie Crothers embodied the teachings of her mentor, Lennie Tristano, then took them with her as she entered a new and freer zone. An inventive improviser, she let a singer’s attention to melody be her guide; as a result, she played experimental jazz piano with a remarkably gut-opening, humane effect. And she made a deep impression on students — dozens of them, many of whom became devoted apostles of her teaching style and her legacy. Several of those musicians will perform in this free concert, including the pianist Carol Liebowitz, presenting her wonderful duet with the clarinetist Bill Payne, and the pianists Kazzrie Jaxen and Virg Dzurinko, also playing in duo.
212-242-4770, greenwichhouse.org

ECO-MUSIC BIG BAND at Zankel Hall (June 3, 8 p.m.). Since the dissolution of Sam Rivers’s Rivbea Orchestra, we’ve been low on big bands ready to mix the high-dial energy of experimental improvising with a syncretic approach to America’s vast popular-music tradition. So it’s good to find this politically engaged ensemble doing its thing. Since 2015 it has released two thrilling albums, full of big-shouldered groove, fine-grained harmonies and frothy improvising — as well as occasional operatic vocals. Here the group will play a program that it’s calling “Speaking Truth to Power,” with a jazz rendition of Stravinsky’s “L’Histoire du Soldat” (featuring the actor John Palladino, of “Orange Is the New Black”), and a performance of Fred Ho’s baritone saxophone concerto, “When the Real Dragons Fly.”
212-247-7800, carnegiehall.org

BRANDON SEABROOK at Joe’s Pub (June 8, 9:30 p.m.). Mr. Seabrook plays the guitar with a sharp and scratchy attack, as if he were clawing the notes off the instrument’s wooden surface. His new album, “Die Trommel Fatale,” out June 15, passes you through a gantlet of anxiety, promising little more than cataclysm at the other end. The music calls to mind the electric-acoustic composers Richard Tietelbaum and George Lewis while taking the throttling experimental rock of bands including Battles, Liars and Women into more deeply cracked terrain. Mr. Seabrook will perform with the personnel from that album, as well as a second bassist: Chuck Bettis on vocals and electronics, Marika Hughes on cello, Dave Treut and Sam Ospovat on drums, and Eivind Opsvik and Henry Fraser on bass.
212-967-7555, joespub.org

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