Jazz in NYC This Week

English: Darcy James Argue, moers festival 2009

Source: The New York Times.

DARCY JAMES ARGUE’S SECRET SOCIETY at Jazz Standard (July 4, 7:30 and 9:30 p.m.). With Secret Society, his 18-piece ensemble, the composer and bandleader Darcy James Argue makes music with a metallic and alkaline bite, often drawing on political inspirations. His latest album, “Real Enemies,” released last year, is a meditation on famous American conspiracy theories. Sonically, its cousins are the arrangements and compositions of Bob Brookmeyer; the orchestral works of Morton Feldman; and even, occasionally, Ornette Coleman’s Prime Time. Here Secret Society plays a sampling of new compositions, including the 40-minute suite “Tensile Curves” and the piece “Flux in a Box,” written for David Foster Wallace.
212-576-2232, jazzstandard.com

CELEBRATING ALLAN HOLDSWORTH at the Iridium (July 5-7, 8 and 10 p.m.). The guitarist Allan Holdsworth, who died this year, applied a fluid and clement touch to his instrument, lending a humane appeal to a brand of jazz-rock fusion that otherwise might have been too esoteric or bombastic for most listeners. Although he never achieved broad stardom, his legato playing and protean harmonic flow influenced a generation of guitarists. Over three nights at the Iridium, a core ensemble featuring veterans of Holdsworth’s band will be joined by esteemed guitarists from the worlds of jazz, metal and fusion: Nir Felder, Alex Skolnick, Alex Machacek and Tim Miller.
212-582-2121, theiridium.com

TYSHAWN SOREY at the Stone (July 5-9, 8:30 p.m.). As a drummer, Mr. Sorey is liable to make complex, reticulated patterns with a serious and almost inexplicable density. But he also plays trombone, piano and electronics — and he’s just as interested in exploring slow, viscid harmony, or music that verges on silence. For his residency at the Stone, he will perform in duos with the vocalist Jen Shyu (Wednesday) and the saxophonist John Zorn (July 8); in a quartet (next Friday); and alone (July 9).
212-473-0043, thestonenyc.com

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