Jazz in NYC This Week 

Andrew Cyrille

Source: The New York Times.

ANDREW CYRILLE, BEN STREET AND DAVID VIRELLES at Jazz Standard (Oct. 15, 7:30 and 9:30 p.m.). Thelonious Monk’s influence is an impossible thing to bottle or comprehend, so the Jazz Standard’s approach seems apt: It is commemorating what would have been the pianist’s 100th birthday with a three-week-long kitchen-sink celebration. This show is among the many that you especially shouldn’t miss. Mr. Virelles, a pianist, has Monk’s love for corrosive locomotion, but his playing displays a cleaner grace. When he works with Mr. Cyrille, a drummer and luminary of the jazz avant-garde, it’s the percussion that provides a lot of the engine grease. They have played with Mr. Street, a formidable bassist, since at least 2012, when they all collaborated on Mr. Virelles’s stellar album “Continuum.”
212-576-2232, jazzstandard.com

GEORGE LEWIS AND STEVE AND IQUA COLSON at the Community Church of New York (Oct. 13, 8 p.m.). George Lewis, a composer and trombonist, literally wrote the book on the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians: His historical tome “A Power Stronger Than Itself” is the authoritative document on this influential collective of composers and improvisers. The association’s New York chapter is mounting weekly shows all month, and this evening Mr. Lewis will present compositions for strings, to be performed by the Mivos Quartet. Earlier in the evening, the association stalwarts and musical power couple Steve and Iqua Colson (he’s a multi-instrumentalist; she, a vocalist) will perform with their band, Continuum, featuring Marlene Rice on violin, Craig Harris on trombone, Santi Debriano on bass and Thurman Barker on drums.
800-838-3006, aacmnyc52years.bpt.me

DAN TEPFER’S ‘ACOUSTIC INFORMATICS’ at Le Poisson Rouge (Oct. 15, 8:30 p.m.). Mr. Tepfer, a pianist of lissome grace, is equally comfortable playing his interwoven jazz compositions or Bach’s “Goldberg” Variations. He has great sensitivity on the acoustic piano, but he can go places with his electric keyboard and laptop, too. And there’s more: Mr. Tepfer, who has a bachelor’s degree in astrophysics, has been working recently with the Yamaha Disklavier CFX, a sophisticated player piano. He programs it with algorithms, so that the instrument responds to his improvisations in real time. That project will be on display at this solo concert.
212-505-3474, lpr.com

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