Jazz in NYC This Week

Source: The New York Times.

HARRIS EISENSTADT’S ‘POSCHIAVO 50’ AND PLAY at the Owl (Jan. 18, 7:30 p.m.). Mr. Eisenstadt, a drummer, is also possessed of a cinematic compositional voice. He wrote 50 short pieces during a residency at the Uncool Festival in Switzerland last year, and he’s been gradually unveiling them at the Owl, playing one show per month since November. For each concert he’s enlisted one or two different collaborators; at this one he’ll be joined by two fellow percussionists: Patricia Brennan on vibraphone and Chris Dingman on marimba. Also on the bill is Play, a trio led by the drummer Vinnie Sperrazza and featuring the pianist Jacob Sacks and the bassist Masa Kamaguchi. Play investigates the repertoires of mid-20th-century composers, usually in a briskly swinging style.
718-774-0042, theowl.nyc

ANNA WEBBER at the Jazz Gallery (Jan. 18, 7:30 and 9:30 p.m.). The compositions of Ms. Webber, a saxophonist and multi-reedist, play in fresh ways with chime and repetition and schematics. The synced-up interactions she has with her band don’t feel clinical or bolted down; they’re open and resonant and exposed to the wind. Here she leads a remarkable septet, featuring Jeremy Viner on tenor saxophone and clarinet, Jacob Garchik on trombone, Chris Hoffman on cello, Matt Mitchell on piano, Chris Tordini on bass and Ches Smith on drums and vibraphone.
646-494-3625, jazzgallery.nyc

WINTER JAZZFEST (through Jan. 17). Temperatures should be unseasonably high this weekend — good news for the Winter Jazzfest Marathon, taking place Friday and Saturday at clubs and theaters across Lower Manhattan. Corralling over 100 sets of boldly programmed music, it’s your opportunity to catch a gust of the trade winds sweeping across contemporary jazz. Acts include the Comet Is Coming, from London; the flutist Nicole Mitchell, this year’s featured festival artist; and the upstart Onyx Collective. The rest of the festival consists of nightly shows at venues around Manhattan, Sunday through Wednesday, all of them worth considering.