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.
212-258-9595, jazz.org/dizzys

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.
646-494-3625, jazzgallery.nyc

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.
646-494-3625, jazzgallery.nyc

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