Clarinetist Ben Goldberg and trumpeter Jeremy Pelt in Chicago

Andrew Cyrille

Source: Bleader.

The 11th annual Hyde Park Jazz Festival kicks off tomorrow with a typically packed schedule of diverse sounds, focusing on some of the city’s most important and creative forces while making room for a selective smattering of national and international attractions. In this week’s paper I highlighted a couple of duo performances by Nick Mazzarella & Tomeka Reid and Andrew Cyrille & Bill McHenry, but naturally there’s much more that’s worth your time.

San Francisco Scene: September 22-29, 2017

Top of the Transamerica building, downtown San...

Source: Bay Improviser.

Friday, September 22

Fri 9/22 8:00 PM The Sound Room [2147 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94612]
Ian Carey’s WOOD/METAL/PLASTIC (Premiere): With Ian Carey, trumpet & compositions; Kasey Knudsen, alto saxophone; Lisa Mezzacappa, bass; Alisa Rose and Mia Bella D’Augelli, violins; Jessica Ivry, cello; and Jon Arkin, drums

Fri 9/22 8:00 PM Mills College Littlefield Concert Hall [5000 MacArthur Blvd Oakland]
A celebration of the amazing history of the Center for Contemporary Music. Concerts feature compositions and performances by CCM graduates and faculty chosen from each decade of its existence. (Concert #1)

Saturday, September 23

Sat 9/23 7:30 PM SFJAZZ Center [201 Franklin Street (at Fell) SF CA]
TIM BERNE’S SNAKEOIL, SATURDAY, SEP 23, 7:30PM, 9:00PM, Joe Henderson Lab
Since Tim Berne first emerged on New York’s roiling Downtown scene in the late 1970s the alto saxophonist has created one galvanizing ensemble after another. In recent years his primary vehicle has been Snakeoil, introduced on an acclaimed self-named 2012 quartet session for ECM.

Sat 9/23 8:00 PM Mills College Littlefield Concert Hall [5000 MacArthur Blvd Oakland]
A celebration of the amazing history of the Center for Contemporary Music. Concerts feature compositions and performances by CCM graduates and faculty chosen from each decade of its existence. (Concert #2)

Sat 9/23 8:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Eric Glick Rieman w/ Knitting Ensemble
Eric Glick Rieman works with composition in an area that embraces graphic scores and more traditional techniques in the Experimental Music continuum. To make the patterns of his scores, he has worked with animals such as snails and cats. He also just makes stuff up.

Sat 9/23 8:30 PM The Lab [2948 16th St SF]
Sam Ashley / John Krausbauer

Sunday, September 24

Sun 9/24 4:00 PM Mills College Littlefield Concert Hall [5000 MacArthur Blvd Oakland]
A celebration of the amazing history of the Center for Contemporary Music. Concerts feature compositions and performances by CCM graduates and faculty chosen from each decade of its existence. (Concert #3)

Sun 9/24 5:30 PM The Lab [2948 16th St SF]
Stranded presents: Grouper / Sarah Davachi
To celebrate Stranded’s 5th anniversary, we’re excited to present two great artists Grouper and Sarah Davachi at The Lab, San Francisco. Each artist will perform individual sets for early and late shows.
Early show: Doors at 5pm / Music at 5:30
Late show: Doors at 8:30 / Music at 9pm

Monday, September 25

Mon 9/25 7:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Ehnahre: The Marrow, with Kyle Bruckmann and Friends
The Boston based extreme new music ensemble Ehnahre, “draws forth the extreme quality of metal but also pushes it in different directions: extreme restiveness, but also extreme stasis, extreme haziness…switching between shadowy warmth and carpet-bomb assault…” (Matthew Guirrieri, New Music Box). Currently on tour in support of The Marrow, their most adventurous record to date, the group will be appearing with core members Ryan Mcguire (vocals, contrabass), Richard Chowenhill (guitars), and Joshua Carro (percussion, electronics).

Mon 9/25 9:30 PM Studio Grand [3234 Grand Ave, Oakland]
Join us for the next installment of Oakland Freedom Jazz Society! Our weekly Monday night live music series!

Wednesday, September 27
Wed 9/27 7:30 PM CCRMA [660 Lomita Dr. Stanford]
COLLISION STORIES is a four-piece abstract sound brigade based in San Francisco, CA.
Members: Jorge Bachmann, Bryan Day, Michael Gendreau, and Mason Jones.
Instruments may include: analog and digital synthesizers, guitar, bass, turntables, percussion, theremin, and handmade sound machines.

Wed 9/27 7:45 PM The Bindery [1727 Haight Street, SF, CA]
Kit Young & Friends, Elf Ass, arc, M-KAT

Wed 9/27 9:00 PM Ivy Room [860 San Pablo Ave Albany]
Amendola vs. Blades vs. John Schott

Thursday, September 28

Thu 9/28 7:30 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Isaac Pond’s Instrument Unveiling Party
Isaac Pond will be unveiling his unique percussive invention that utilizes air, water and motion to manipulate sound in a unique way. The concert will feature Isaac Pond playing his invention along with guest appearances by members of KingKongzilla, accompanying percussion and Bansuri flute by Aharon Wheels Bolsta.

Thu 9/28 8:00 PM Luggage Store Creative Music Series [1007 Market Street SF]
8:00 pm Sahba Sizdahkhani – santour, drums
9:00 pm PC Muñoz -electronics/drumset/poetry
Karl Evangelista – electric guitar

Friday, September 29

Fri 9/29 8:00 PM Starry Plough [3101 Shattuck Ave @ Prince Berkeley]
Qualia, Gentleman Surfer, Grex
Shattering, eldritch sounds at Berkeley’s Starry Plough, featuring the swooning torch songs of Qualia, Sacramento prog punk masterminds Gentleman Surfer (led by drummer Jon Bafus), and the ecstatic art rock-cum-free jazz stylings of Grex (Karl Evangelista-gtr, vocals, dms, Rei Scampavia-keys, vocals, dms).

Fri 9/29 9:00 PM Gray Area Art And Technology [2665 Mission St. SF]
DJ LAG and Siete Catorce (Live)
Join us for performances by electronic music pioneers DJ Lag and Siete Catorce! These two artists are at the forefront of minimalist, deep electronic rhythm making—not to be missed.

Heavy Metal Bebop: Pianist Matt Mitchell on the Bonds Between Jazz and Metal, and His Hard New Album

Source: WBGO.

Some jazz welcomes you in. Other jazz seems to announce, “Now this is happening, with or without you.”

Pianist Matt Mitchell’s work as a sideman — with trumpeter Dave Douglas, saxophonists Tim Berne and Rudresh Mahanthappa, and many others — spans this spectrum, but when he’s the one in charge, there’s a good chance you’re in for the latter. His music is, simply put, a handful.

Mitchell’s latest, A Pouting Grimace (due out on Sept. 29) is both his weirdest and most welcoming statement to date — and easily his best. The album takes his core trio, with bassist Kim Cass and drummer Kate Gentile, and adds a wild menagerie of sound, yielding a kind of mutant chamber jazz scored for 12-piece band.

Phrases zip, stutter and lurch, as striking instrumental colors — including Jon Irabagon’s sopranino sax, Sara Schoenbeck’s bassoon, Scott Robinson’s bass sax, Mitchell’s Prophet 6 analog synth and Dan Weiss’ tabla — leap out of the mix. Mitchell’s mad-scientist compositional sense is still on full display, but the album finds him playing with texture in a way that often feels downright gleeful.

Along with his deep immersion in jazz and contemporary classical music, Mitchell is a passionate fan of heavy metal — in particular, its more feral and outré extremes. He was a natural interview subject for Heavy Metal Bebop. So we met in Brooklyn last August to talk in depth about jazz and metal. A follow-up email Q&A, in which Matt discusses A Pouting Grimace, appears as a postscript to the main interview.

Jazz in NYC This Week

Source: The New York Times.

ANDREW CYRILLE AND BILL MCHENRY at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola. Mr. Cyrille, 77, a drummer, can exert a rumbling power without striking the drums especially hard. He’s an avant-gardist known for his work with free improvisers like Cecil Taylor and Oliver Lake, but his Haitian parentage has a way of shining through in the syncopations of his playing. He and Mr. McHenry, 45, a tenor saxophonist, released a powerful duo album last year called “Proximity.” It found Mr. McHenry’s lucid and tapered sound in fruitful partnership with the mercurial heft of Mr. Cyrille. On Sept. 26 they perform at 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. as part of the Coca-Cola Generations in Jazz Festival.

TOMAS FUJIWARA at the Jazz Gallery (Sept. 22, 7:30 and 9:30 p.m.). Mr. Fujiwara knows his way around a scorching climax, but his drumming isn’t really about that; it’s defined by his illustrative, attentive touch. The tunes he writes seem to grow out of that sensitivity: They have the abstruse allure of non-narrative cinema. Next month he’ll release a fine new album, “Triple Double,” with a band featuring Ralph Alessi on trumpet, Taylor Ho Bynum on cornet, Brandon Seabrook and Mary Halvorson on guitars, and Gerald Cleaver doubling with Mr. Fujiwara on drums. That group appears here, presumably previewing some of the album.

STEVE LEHMAN QUARTET Featuring María Grand (Sept. 26 at the National Jazz Museum in Harlem, 7 p.m.; Sept. 28 at the Jazz Gallery, 7:30 and 9:30 p.m.; Sept. 29 at Seeds Brooklyn, 9 p.m.). Mr. Lehman, 39, is an alto saxophonist at the forefront of experimental improvised music. He uses the complex electroacoustic technique known as spectral composition, but also has enough restraint to craft a heart-rending solo. Ms. Grand, 25, is a rising tenor saxophonist with a strong musical personality already intact. Here she performs in Mr. Lehman’s quartet — with Matt Brewer on bass and Damion Reid on drums — at different venues.