Jazz in NYC This Week

English: Tyshawn Sorey at moers festival 2010

Source: The New York Times.

SHOKO NAGAI and SATOSHI TAKEISHI’S VORTEX with BRIAN DRYE QUINTET at iBeam Brooklyn (Dec. 16, 8:30 p.m.). One could say that Ms. Nagai, a pianist and accordionist, is defined by her dynamics. She can play clusters of dissonant or oddly harmonized notes with a rolling momentum and a tonal sensitivity that become their own comforting logic. That’s especially the case when she’s working with the percussionist Satoshi Taeishi. Here the duo appears on a bill with the accomplished trombonist Brian Drye, whose quintet features Charlotte Greve on alto saxophone, Jonathan Goldberger on guitar, Matt Pavolka on bass and Jeff Davis on drums.

ERIC REVIS at the Jazz Gallery (Dec. 20-21, 7:30 and 9:30 p.m.). A bassist of bracing power and relentless solidity, Mr. Revis this year released a powerful album, “Sing Me Some Cry.” Central to its appeal was his rugged, protean tug-of-war with the pianist Kris Davis and the drummer Chad Taylor. That rhythm section appears at these shows — along with the alto saxophonist Darius Jones and the tenor saxophonist Bill McHenry — where Mr. Revis will debut a set of new compositions commissioned by the Jazz Gallery.
646-494-3625, jazzgallery.nyc

SARA SERPA AND CITY FRAGMENTS at the Cornelia Street Cafe (Dec. 15, 8:30 and 10 p.m.). Ms. Serpa, a Portuguese vocalist with a crisp, round tone, typically sings without words; she knows how to cut an unexpected melodic path while still conveying confidence and comfort. City Fragments is an ambitious project featuring two other vocalists, Sofía Rei and Aubrey Johnson, as well as the guitarist André Matos, the cellist Erik Friedlander and the drummer Tyshawn Sorey. Here they will perform original material Ms. Serpa composed in response to the work of Luce Irigaray, a feminist linguist and philosopher.
212-989-9319, corneliastreetcafe.com

STONEFEST at the New School’s Tishman Auditorium (Dec. 17-19, 7 p.m.). The Stone, the beloved avant-garde performance space on the Lower East Side, is transitioning into new digs at the New School, where it will move permanently at the end of February. In anticipation, the university is hosting a three-day festival, featuring a potent lineup of improvisers, at its Tishman Auditorium. On Sunday, the headliners include the guitarist Mary Halvorson’s quartet and the pianist Craig Taborn. The following night, the Kris Davis Trio will play, along with a large band performing John Zorn’s “Cobra,” an improvisation-driven composition. On Tuesday, the drummer Milford Graves leads a trio and the inventive trumpeter Peter Evans gives a solo set.