Jazz in NYC This Week

Source: The New York Times.

ODEAN POPE SAXOPHONE CHOIR WITH RAVI COLTRANE at the Blue Note (Oct. 30, 8 and 10:30 p.m.). The tenor saxophonist Odean Pope, a looming figure in his native Philadelphia, earned his stripes playing alongside Max Roach in the 1970s. But by now he’s most often thought of in association with the Saxophone Choir, a large ensemble he’s held together for the past 40 years. Surging momentum and full-blossom harmonies coexist happily in this group, which vests Mr. Pope’s compositions with a hard-bitten beauty. Its concerts at the Blue Note have become a tradition unto themselves, and typically involve one special guest. This show features Mr. Coltrane, a tenor and soprano saxophonist, performing with a 10-piece iteration of the ensemble.
212-475-8592, bluenote.net

SCOTT ROBINSON AND THE HELIOTONES at Jazz Standard (Oct. 31, 7:30 and 9:30 p.m.). The saxophonist and multi-instrumentalist Mr. Robinson, a remarkable talent with wildly varied interests, is about to release “Heliosonic Toneways, Vol. 1,” an engrossing album that he recorded in 2015, exactly 50 years after Sun Ra made the now-classic “The Heliocentric Worlds of Sun Ra (Vol. 1).” The original album laid down a new, Ra-specific standard for free improvising: darker, slower, cooler and thicker than the work of Ornette Coleman or Cecil Taylor. On “Heliosonic Toneways,” Mr. Robinson pays tribute with an all-star cast, using electronic and acoustic instruments to similarly viscous effect. He celebrates its release at this show, joined by Philip Harper on trumpet, Frank Lacy on trombone, Gary Versace on piano and organ, Pat O’Leary on bass and Matt Wilson on drums.
212-576-2232, jazzstandard.com

JEN SHYU at the Stone at the New School (Oct. 27-28, 8:30 p.m.). Ms. Shyu is a multi-instrumentalist and vocalist whose compositions trace a winding path back through history and heritage. “Song of Silver Geese,” her coming album, consists of an original, nine-part suite drawing on East Asian and Melanesian folk song, and the writings of two of her mentors. On the album, which finds Ms. Shyu cycling nimbly through languages and emotional registers, she is joined by a string quartet and her jazz septet, Jade Tongue. On Friday she will perform the suite with a five-piece band, then will give a solo concert on Saturday.

MIN XIAO-FEN WITH THE CREATIVE MUSIC ORCHESTRA at El Taller Latino Americano (Oct. 28, 8:30 p.m.). Ms. Min, a spry and fearless practitioner of the pipa, a Chinese lute, has a new album out, titled “Mao, Monk and Me.” On it she performs and sings unaccompanied, blending the music of Thelonious Monk with Chinese folk song and her own experimental excursions. She will appear here as a special guest of Karl Berger’s Creative Music Orchestra, a collective of improvisers whose approach to spontaneous composition, like Ms. Min’s, attempts to neutralize the divides between genres and cultural lineages.