Jazz in NYC This Weekend

English: Mary Halvorson, Jazz guitarist; Pictu...

Source: The New York Times.

STEPHAN CRUMP, INGRID LAUBROCK AND CORY SMYTHE at the Jazz Gallery (March 30, 7:30 and 9:30 p.m.). Ms. Laubrock has a strong, unflinching tone on the tenor saxophone, but she uses it to outline and define space, not fill it. On the album “Planktonic Finales,” released last year, she joined Mr. Crump, a bassist whose playing is more embodied and abundant, and Mr. Smythe, a pianist of cogent articulation who comes at improvisation from the perspective of a contemporary classical musician.
646-494-3625, jazzgallery.nyc

TIA FULLER at Smoke (March 30-April 1; 7, 9 and 10:30 p.m.). Scalding and propulsive, Ms. Fuller always seems to be testing the limits of her own power — as if seeing if she can single-handedly overload your ear’s switchboard. It’s not every alto saxophonist’s way, but with Ms. Fuller’s blend of impeccable straight-ahead-jazz chops and gospelly inflections, it’s engrossing. Later this spring, she will release “Diamond Cut,” her first album in six years. She plays this weekend with the pianist Shamie Royston, the bassist Mimi Jones and the drummer Tyson Jackson.
212-864-6662, smokejazz.com

MARY HALVORSON at Jazz Standard (April 3-4, 7:30 and 9:30 p.m.). Ms. Halvorson’s fraying, sparkplug style makes her as singular a guitarist as they come. As a bandleader and composer, she’s always changing shape. Her latest project is one to seek out: Code Girl, a quintet in which the vocalist Amirtha Kidambi sings lyrics written by Ms. Halvorson. The band is about to release a fine debut album — a mix of indie-rock testimonial, noisy convulsion and warped group improvising — and will celebrate the disc with this two-night run, featuring Ms. Kidambi on vocals, Adam O’Farrill on trumpet (filling in for Ambrose Akinmusire, the group’s regular horn player), Michael Formanek on bass and Tomas Fujiwara on drums.
212-576-2232, jazzstandard.com

PATTY WATERS at First Unitarian Congregational Society (April 5, 8 p.m.). Few vocalists possess either the stark intimacy or the darkened mystery of Ms. Waters. She inhabits the territory of singers like Sibylle Baier, Jeanne Lee, Nick Drake, Billie Holiday — and hardly anyone else. A sylph of a singer, Ms. Waters spent a few potent years on jazz’s avant-garde in the 1960s, then vanished. Her 1965 debut, “Patty Waters Sings,” is still her definitive document. It features seven hushed and haunted originals, with little more than a piano backing her and a 14-minute take on “Black Is the Color of My True Love’s Hair,” the Appalachian folk song that she pulverizes into noxious dust. Now 72, Ms. Waters plays here in her first New York performance since a brief re-emergence in 2003. She is joined by Burton Greene, the pianist from “Sings,” as well as the bassist Mario Pavone and the percussionist Barry Altschul.
718-624-5466, blankforms.org

DAN WEISS at Nublu 151 (April 1, 8 p.m.). Next week, the drummer Mr. Weiss will release “Starebaby,” a seething, spacious album that unites doom and thrash metal with jazz. The band from that record — Craig Taborn and Matt Mitchell, both on keyboards and electronics; Ben Monder on guitar; and Trevor Dunn on bass — performs here in a special prerelease concert. The show starts with an opening set from Mick Barr and Brandon Seabrook, guitarists who each have their own idiosyncratic ideas about blending metal and jazz. (If you miss this show — or decide you haven’t had enough — Mr. Weiss will also kick off a five-night residency at the Stone on Tuesday.)