Jazz Listings from the New York Times

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STEVEN BERNSTEIN’S MILLENNIAL TERRITORY ORCHESTRA (Thursday) This brashly exuberant little big band, led by the slide trumpeter and arranger Steven Bernstein, dusts off assorted vintages, with an emphasis on dirty swing. The band’s ranks include serious improvisers, including the clarinetist Doug Wieselman, the saxophonist Peter Apfelbaum, the trombonist Clark Gayton and the drummer Ben Perowsky. At 10 p.m., 55 Bar, 55 Christopher Street, West Village , (212) 929-9883,; cover, $10. (Chinen)20100128

ELEVATION (Friday) This reflective ensemble, conceived by the pianist Lucian Ban and organized around the playing of the tenor saxophonist Abraham Burton, further includes an adaptable rhythm section, with John Hébert on bass and Eric McPherson on drums. At 9 and 10:30 p.m., Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, West Village , (212) 989-9319,; cover, $12, with a $6 minimum. (Chinen)20100128

CHAD TAYLOR AND CIRCLE DOWN (Friday) Mr. Taylor, a versatile and texture-aware drummer, functions as the first of equals in this exploratory trio, which also features the lyrical pianist Angelica Sanchez and the responsive bassist Chris Lightcap. At 8 p.m., the Stone, Avenue C and Second Street, East Village ,; $10. (Chinen)

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Coming up from RUCMA

From NY’s Rise Up Creative Music & Arts:

December 28
7:30 PM
Ray Anderson Trio
Ray Anderson – Trombone
Mark Helias – Bass / Gerald Cleaver – Drums

9:00 PM
Michael Attias Quartet
Michael Attias – Sax / Ralph Alessi – Tmp
Tom Rainey – Drms / Sean Conly – Bass

10:30 PM
Matt Lavelle – Trumpet
Bern Nix – Guitar / Francois Grillot – Bass

Next Week
January 4
Francois Grillot’s French Contraband
Francois Grillot – Bass
Steve Swell – Trumpet /Daniel Levin – Cello
Claire de Brunner – Bassoon / Jay Rosen – Drums

Patricia & William Parker Duo
Patriia Nicholson Parker – Dance & Words
William Parker – Bass

James Carney Group
James Carney – Keys
Others TBA

Trio Iffy
Chris Speed – Sax & Clarinet
Jamie Saft – Keys / Ben Perowsky – Drums

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Jazz Listings from the New York Times

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VIJAY IYER TRIO (Friday through Sunday) “Historicity” (ACT), likely to rank among this year’s most inventively purposeful jazz releases, finds the pianist and composer Vijay Iyer investigating the very premise of a repertory album, with restive versions of songs by (among others) M.I.A. and Andrew Hill. He celebrates the album’s release here, with the same bassist, Stephan Crump, and a worthy substitute drummer, Justin Brown. At 7:30 and 9:30 p.m., with an 11:30 set on Friday and Saturday, Jazz Standard, 116 East 27th Street, Manhattan , (212) 576-2232,; $30; $25 on Sunday. (Chinen)20091105

NUBLU JAZZ FESTIVAL (Friday through Thursday) For the last seven years the East Village club Nublu has promulgated a downtown mix of jazz, club music and international groove. For much of this month a similar sound prevails at its first annual jazz festival, with artists like the Inbetweens, led by the bassist Noah Jarrett (Saturday); the Seamus Blake Trio, led by its namesake saxophonist (Sunday); the drummer Ben Perowsky and his Moodswing Orchestra (Monday); and the trumpeters Eddie Henderson and Kirk Knuffke (both Thursday). At 9 and 10:30 p.m. and midnight, Nublu, 62 Avenue C, between Fourth and Fifth Streets, East Village ,; cover, $10. (Chinen)20091105

JESSICA PAVONE/CURHA-CHESTRA/SCOPA TRIO (Thursday) Ms. Pavone, playing violin as well as viola, presents “wordless songs inspired by life’s cast of characters,” a project with the guitarist Brandon Seabrook, the bassist Jonti Siman and the drummer Harris Eisenstadt. Also on the bill are the Curha-chestra, a boisterous ensemble led by the trombonist Curtis Hasselbring; and Scopa Trio, an improvising group led by the trombonist Brian Drye. At 8:30 p.m., Zebulon, 258 Wythe Avenue, near Metropolitan Avenue, Williamsburg, Brooklyn , (718) 218-6934,; free. (Chinen)

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Jazz Listings From the New York Times


ALHAMBRA TRIO (Wednesday) “Alhambra Love Songs” (Tzadik), a new album by John Zorn, features his compositions exclusively, with a style uncharacteristically skewed toward romance. Two of its three cast members — the pianist Rob Burger and the drummer Ben Perowsky — reconvene here with the bassist Shanir Blumenkranz (filling in for Greg Cohen). The first set draws from the album; the second set features other even newer music by Mr. Zorn. At 8 and 10 p.m., the Stone, Avenue C and Second Street, East Village ,; $10 per set. (Nate Chinen)20090827

SATOKO FUJII MIN-YOH ENSEMBLE (Tuesday) Satoko Fujii, an adventurous pianist and composer from Japan, has worked fruitfully over the years with a number of American improvisers; in the Min-Yoh Ensemble, named after a form of Japanese folk music, her lineup includes Andrea Parkins on accordion and Curtis Hasselbring on trombone, as well as her husband, Natsuki Tamura, on trumpet. Two years ago this group released an album, “Fujin Raijin” (Victo); they will record its sequel soon after this performance. At 10 p.m., the Stone, Avenue C and Second Street, East Village ,; $10. (Chinen)20090827

? STEVE LEHMAN AND CRAIG TABORN (Sunday) Mr. Lehman, an alto and soprano saxophonist, and Mr. Taborn, a pianist and keyboardist, share an ultramodern worldview and an attraction to intelligent frictions. Each is a conceptual thinker as well as a daring improviser, and their duo interplay should be illuminating. At 8 and 10 p.m., the Stone, Avenue C and Second Street, East Village ,; $10 per set. (Chinen)20090827

? RUDRESH MAHANTHAPPA NORTH SEA QUARTET (Wednesday) An intense and inventive alto saxophonist, Rudresh Mahanthappa works here with a group that last convened a year ago at the North Sea Jazz Festival. Its personnel consists of serious partners, each attuned to a restless ideal: Craig Taborn on piano, François Moutin on bass and Dan Weiss on drums. At 8:30 and 10:30 p.m., Iridium, 1650 Broadway, at 51st Street , (212) 582-2121,; cover, $25, with a $10 minimum. (Chinen)20090827

DONNY MCCASLIN GROUP (Sunday) On his recent albums Donny McCaslin has applied his assertive tenor saxophone style to Latin American-inspired fusions. He does that here with expert help: the guitarist Lage Lund, the bassist Ricky Rodriguez and the drummer Adam Cruz. At 10 p.m., 55 Bar, 55 Christopher Street, West Village , (212) 929-9883,; $10. (Chinen)20090827

? PAUL MOTIAN, JOE LOVANO, BILL FRISELL (Friday through Sunday, and Tuesday through Thursday) Mr. Motian, a drummer and composer, sets a tone for this blue-chip trio that’s shadowy, slippery and as open-ended as a koan; his longtime partners are Mr. Lovano, on tenor and soprano saxophones, and Mr. Frisell, on guitar. They have memorably recorded at the Village Vanguard, and each of their returns feels like a generous occurrence. (Through Sept. 6.) At 9 and 11 p.m., Village Vanguard, 178 Seventh Avenue South, at 11th Street, West Village , (212) 255-4037,; cover, $35. (Chinen)20090827

? JOHN SURMAN QUARTET (Tuesday through Thursday) The baritone and soprano saxophonist John Surman has long been a leading figure in British jazz and improvised-music circles, and he doesn’t surface here nearly often enough. He’s celebrating the release of “Brewster’s Rooster” (ECM) with that album’s sterling cast: the guitarist John Abercrombie, the drummer Jack DeJohnette and the bassist Drew Gress. (Through Sept. 5.) At 8:30 and 11 p.m., Birdland, 315 West 44th Street, Clinton , (212) 581-3080,; $30, general seating; $40, premium seating. (Chinen)20090827

? CECIL TAYLOR (Monday) At 80, Mr. Taylor is an elder statesman by any measure, and his pianism has continued to bedazzle, growing more luminous but no less rigorous. He has made a handful of staggering appearances just in the last couple of years, and there’s no reason to doubt the potential of this one. At 8 and 10:30 p.m., Highline Ballroom, 431 West 16th Street, Chelsea , (866) 468-7619,; $25 in advance, $30 at door. (Chinen)

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