Jazz in NYC This Week

Swiss pianist Sylvie Courvoisier, performing a...

Via The New York Times.

SYLVIE COURVOISIER TRIO at the Cell (Nov. 11, 8 p.m.). Ms. Courvoisier, a pianist, plays with a serious but open-minded demeanor; she crafts bright improvisations out of starkly defined parts. Ms. Courvoisier hails from Switzerland but lives in New York; her style is influenced by free improvisers from both sides of the Atlantic. She has a new album due early next year, “D’Agala,” featuring the bassist Drew Gress and the drummer Kenny Wollesen. This concert features that trio.
646-861-2253, thecelltheatre.org

JONATHAN FINLAYSON AND SICILIAN DEFENSE at the Jazz Gallery (Nov. 16, 7:30 and 9:30 p.m.). Mr. Finlayson is a young trumpeter who has apprenticed and performed for over a decade with the alto saxophonist and experimental jazz luminary Steve Coleman. With his own group, Sicilian Defense, Mr. Finlayson uses his pen to play with your ear — and its connection to your body. That puts him in line with Mr. Coleman, but his approach is original. His phrases stop short without making you lose balance, and shift key often to avoid the illusion of grounding. Sicilian Defense released a beguiling album this year, “Moving Still”; the band appears here in a slightly different — but equally remarkable — lineup: Miles Okazaki on guitar, David Bryant on piano, Chris Tordini on bass and Craig Weinrib on drums.
646-494-3625, jazzgallery.nyc

ROSWELL RUDD BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola (Nov. 16, 7:30 and 9:30 p.m.). Mr. Rudd is a trombonist of bulbous tone and lively, free-ranging attack. He started out in the 1960s on New York’s avant-garde jazz scene, but nowadays he tends toward music of clearer, gentler beauty. His mirthful new album, “Embrace,” features the vocalist Fay Victor, the pianist Lafayette Harris and the bassist Ken Filiano. Mr. Rudd recently received a diagnosis of cancer, and will not perform at this show. But the personnel from the album will, along with the vocalist Sheila Jordan, the saxophonist Archie Shepp and other all-star guests.
212-258-9595, jazz.org/dizzys

JOHN ZORN’S MASADA at the Village Vanguard (Nov. 14-19, 8:30 and 10:30 p.m.). Mr. Zorn, an alto saxophonist and downtown jazz doyen, has been writing music for his “Masada” series since the 1990s. Calling it “radical Jewish music,” he uses the composition series to explore Hebrew scripture and Jewish folk song, as well as the free jazz styles that have long informed his approach. Here he performs music from the project’s third book of music, with a different team each night.
212-255-4037, villagevanguard.com

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