Source: The New York Times.
ALAN BRAUFMAN AND STANDING ON THE CORNER at National Sawdust (Aug. 3, 8 p.m.). In 1974, when Mr. Braufman was deeply embedded on New York’s radical free-jazz scene, he recorded “Valley of Search,” a record of darkly melodic improvising and portentous incantations and extempore group explosions. But the album had a very limited release, and soon Mr. Braufman was a committed side musician, working with the likes of Carla Bley and Philip Glass. By the time he became a bandleader again, he had changed his name (to Alan Michael) and his style. But “Valley of Search” saw a reissue in June, and at National Sawdust, Mr. Braufman, now 67, will play music from the album with a band including Cooper-Moore, the esteemed pianist who was on the original record, and James Brandon Lewis, a young tenor saxophonist. Standing on the Corner, an uncategorizable collective of improvisers and beat makers and poets from Brooklyn, will play an opening set.
JON IRABAGON QUINTET at Smalls (Aug. 7, 7:30 and 9 p.m.). Mr. Irabagon won the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition 10 years ago thanks to a big saxophone sound that’s as sturdy as it is unruly. He has the language of the classic bebop greats in his playing — Dexter Gordon, Sonny Rollins — but he likes to stretch his references past breaking. Ever droll, Mr. Irabagon recently released an album titled “Dr. Quixotic’s Traveling Exotics,” and it’s classic Irabagon: intense, sophisticated, jokey, no-holds-barred post-bop. He appears at Smalls with the band from that record: Tim Hagans on trumpet, Luis Perdomo on piano, Yasushi Nakamura on bass and Rudy Royston on drums.
NICOLE MITCHELL at the Stone (Aug. 7-11, 8:30 p.m.). Ms. Mitchell, a masterly flutist and composer, is the exact kind of musician you want for a Stone residency: always bursting with recent projects and fresh ideas for new ones, and keyed into a broad, diverse network of friends. For her week here, Ms. Mitchell will start things off in a duo with the virtuoso pianist Cory Smythe on Tuesday, and cap things off on Aug. 11 with an all-star septet performing her sweeping, incandescent “Xenogenesis Suite.” On the intervening dates, she will play with a different small group each night.