Jazz in NYC This Weekend 

English: Matana Roberts, moers festival 2010

Source: The New York Times.

THE RESIDENTS at Murmrr Theater (April 22, 8 p.m.). “Rock’s best-known nobodies, the Residents, played their first New York show Thursday night,” Jon Pareles wrote in The New York Times 32 years ago. The eyeball-headed, quasi-anonymous pranksters — still nobodies after all these years — will return to the city this weekend, invading the comparatively sedate quarters of the Murmrr Theater with their gonzo sound art.
877-435-9849, murmrr.com

BROOKLYN RAGA MASSIVE WITH AMIR ELSAFFAR at the Jazz Gallery (April 20-21, 7:30 and 9:30 p.m.). What raga is to South Asian music — a system of melodic patterns that also serve broadly as a guide — maqam roughly is to Arab, Turkish and Persian music. At this concert Mr. ElSaffar, a remarkable Iraqi-American trumpeter, joins the Carnatic violinist Arun Ramamurthy and other members of the Brooklyn Raga Massive for a series of original works that interweave maqam and raga techniques.
646-494-3625, jazzgallery.nyc

THE MESSTHETICS at the Bell House (April 20, 8 p.m.). There are two story lines for the Messthetics: It’s a reunion band, bringing together the bassist Joe Lally and the drummer Brendan Canty from Fugazi, an iconic Washington, D.C., post-punk ensemble; and it’s a place of ascent for Anthony Pirog, an extravagantly creative young guitarist hailing from Fugazi’s hometown. And the music that this trio creates has a double identity, too: sometimes a tangle of electric laceration, elsewhere an ethereal sprawl.
thebellhouseny.com

SOFÍA REI at the Stone (April 24-28, 8:30 p.m.). Ms. Rei, a vocalist hailing from Argentina, sings in a windblown, mountains-high voice, but she often sounds like she might be withholding something, too. It’s as if maybe the full delivery might be too overpowering — an engrossing suggestion. On Tuesday, Ms. Rei will perform a portion of John Zorn’s newly released, 11-volume collection, “The Book Beriah,” the closing installment of his epic “Masada” series. On Wednesday, she performs material from her own most recent album, a dedication to the Chilean folk icon Violeta Parra. On Thursday, she presents a gathering of eight vocalists titled “Slides, Stills & Snapshots.”
thestonenyc.com

TOMEKA REID QUARTET at the Jewish Museum (April 26, 7:30 p.m.). When playing in a swing rhythm, Ms. Reid creates a flow with her cello that’s tensile and quick — like so much free jazz of the 1970s and ’80s — but also earthy and more sturdily organized. Her playing has a sandpapery warmth and a stately power, and often a thick backbone of funk. Here she performs with Mary Halvorson on guitar, Jason Roebke on bass and Tomas Fujiwara on drums, the quartet behind a strong self-titled album from 2015. The concert is presented through a partnership between the Jewish Museum and Bang on a Can.
212-423-3337, thejewishmuseum.org

MATANA ROBERTS at the Park Avenue Armory (April 24, 7 and 9 p.m.). Ms. Roberts is an alto saxophonist with a big, blooming tone. She’s also a historically minded conceptualist, digging deeply into the workings of memory and taking up arms against the present-day traumas that will haunt us in the years ahead. Her primary musical form is the long suite, but recently she’s also solidified a visual art practice. Ms. Roberts is represented by the Fridman Gallery in Lower Manhattan, where her second solo exhibition, “Jump at the Sun,” is on view through Wednesday. In the mixed-media works presented there, she uses combinations of sound, musical scores, old photographs and other collaged items. This concert, uptown at the Park Avenue Armory, coincides with the closing of that show and features Ms. Roberts joined by a poet known as Geng and a sextet of snare drummers.
212-616-3930, armoryonpark.org

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