Jazz Listings From the New York Times

Cover of "AlasNoAxis"
Cover of AlasNoAxis

From NYTimes.com:

JIM BLACK’S ALASNOAXIS (Thursday) The drummer Jim Black can usually be counted on for fast-tumbling or convulsive momentum, but with AlasNoAxis — his band with the tenor saxophonist Chris Speed, the guitarist Hilmar Jensson and the bassist Skuli Sverrisson — he pulls back to panorama mode. This relatively rare appearance ushers in the release of “Houseplant” (Winter & Winter), the group’s strong new album. At 7 p.m., Bowery Poetry Club, 308 Bowery, near Bleecker Street, East Village , (212)614-0505, bowerypoetry.com; $14; $10 for students. (Chinen)20090611

MICHAEL BLAKE/MICHAEL BATES (Tuesday) Mr. Blake, a saxophonist and clarinetist, and Mr. Bates, a bassist, appear in two separate sets here, with groups that share a smartly rugged sensibility. At 8 p.m. Mr. Blake leads a trio with the bassist Ben Allison and the drummer Hamid Drake; at 10 Mr. Bates leads a quartet that includes a solid trumpeter, Russ Johnson. The Stone, Avenue C and Second Street, East Village, thestonenyc.com; $10 per set. (Chinen)20090611

?THE BLOOM FESTIVAL (Friday and Thursday) This monthlong series, running Thursday and Friday nights, turns the spotlight on female artists, and specifically those upholding against-the-grain ideals. On Friday one of the event’s organizers, the violist and violinist Tanya Kalmanovitch, leads a group called Balaclava; Thursday’s program will feature a trio led by the keyboardist Kris Davis, with Mary Halvorson on guitar and Ches Smith on drums. At 9 and 10:30 p.m., Tea Lounge, 837 Union Street, near Sixth Avenue, Park Slope, Brooklyn , (718)789-2762, tealoungeny.com; suggested donation, $5. (Chinen)20090611

?DAVE DOUGLAS AND BRASS ECSTASY (Thursday) Mr. Douglas, the indefatigable trumpeter, cornetist and composer, has a strong new album, “Spirit Moves” (Greenleaf), featuring this likably blustery ensemble. Along with four horn players, Mr. Douglas included, its lineup features a supple and dynamic drummer, Nasheet Waits. (Through June 21.) At 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. Jazz Standard, 116 East 27th Street, Manhattan , (212)576-2232, http://www.jazzstandard.net; $25. (Chinen)20090611

?ERIK FRIEDLANDER (Sunday) Mr. Friedlander’s technique as a cellist extends to pizzicato fingerpicking and well beyond it. He draws here from his album “Block Ice & Propane” (Skipstone), a solo cello odyssey that advances his personal synthesis of American roots music; his only accompaniment will be a film directed by Bill Morrison, with photographs taken by Mr. Friedlander’s father, Lee Friedlander. At 10 p.m., the Stone, Avenue C and Second Street, East Village, thestonenyc.com; cover, $10. (Chinen)20090611

?NILS PETTER MOLVAER/ARVE HENRICKSEN (Tuesday) Mr. Molvaer and Mr. Henriksen are both Norwegian jazz trumpeters, and each has demonstrated a superior command of electronics. But their styles are distinct: Mr. Molvaer is a shrewd fusioneer drawn to quick, dramatic shifts, while Mr. Henriksen often goes for a kind of folkloric bliss. At 10:30 p.m.; doors open at 10. Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker Street, near Thompson Street, Greenwich Village, (212)505-3474, lepoissonrouge.com; $15. 20090611

MOSTLY OTHER PEOPLE DO THE KILLING (Wednesday) Led by the bassist Moppa Elliott, this prankishly named free-bop quartet has a fairly serious recent record called “This Is Our Moosic” (Hot Cup), featuring impressive contributions from the trumpeter Peter Evans and the alto saxophonist Jon Irabagon. At 10 p.m., the Stone, Avenue C and Second Street, East Village, thestonenyc.com; $10. (Chinen)20090611

OPSVIK & JENNINGS (Monday) The bassist Eivind Opsvik and the guitarist Aaron Jennings have maintained this intelligent electro-acoustic collaboration for a handful of years, releasing several albums; their most recent is “A Dream I Used to Remember” (Loyal), which they celebrate here, in quintet formation. At 9 and 10:30 p.m., Nublu, 62 Avenue C, between Fourth and Fifth Streets, East Village, nublu.net; $5. (Chinen)20090611

?SEARCH AND RESTORE (Sunday) This jazz showcase, part of the Northside Festival, features experimental music of brainy design and visceral effect. The headliner is Five Elements, an influential band led by the alto saxophonist and composer Steve Coleman. Also on board: Andrew D’Angelo’s Gay Disco Trio, led by Mr. D’Angelo, a puckish multireedist; Kneebody, a youthful jazz-rock confab; and Slow/Fast, a chamberlike group led by the saxophonist Ken Thomson. From 2 to 7 p.m. Public Assembly, 70 North Sixth Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn , (718)384-4586, publicassemblynyc.com; $16; $13 for students. (Chinen)20090611

?VISION FESTIVAL (Friday though Monday) This annual avant-garde summit rolls on, with energies both celebratory and subversive. Among the likely highlights: Ayler Project, an Albert Ayler tribute ensemble featuring the trumpeter Roy Campbell (Friday at 10 p.m.); a quartet led by the drummer Milford Graves (Saturday at 9); just about everything scheduled for Sunday evening, start to finish; and Spontaneous River, a string-heavy orchestra led by the violinist Jason Kao Hwang (Monday at 7 p.m. at the Angel Orensanz Foundation, 172 Norfolk Street, near Houston Street, Lower East Side). Start times vary; a full schedule is at visionfestival.org. Abrons Arts Center, 466 Grand Street, at Pitt Street, Lower East Side , (866)811-4111, henrystreet.org; $30; $25 in advance; $20 for students. (Chinen)

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Jazz Listings From The New York Times

From NYTimes.com:

THE BLOOM FESTIVAL (Friday and Thursday) This monthlong series, running Thursday and Friday nights, turns the spotlight on female artists, and specifically those upholding against-the-grain ideals. On Friday the event’s namesake, the soprano saxophonist Jane Ira Bloom, leads a restless trio with the bassist Mark Helias and the drummer Bobby Previte; Thursday’s program will feature words by Sarah Deming and a burlesque performance by Peekaboo Pointe. At 9 and 10:30 p.m., Tea Lounge, 837 Union Street, near Sixth Avenue, Park Slope, Brooklyn, (718) 789-2762, tealoungeny.com; suggested donation, $10 to $20. 20090604

FREESTYLE MUSIC SERIES (Sunday) This installment of the durable avant-garde series, now on the Lower East Side, begins at 7 p.m. with Radio I-Ching, a collective ensemble. It also features a trio consisting of the saxophonist Jim Hobbs, the guitarist and bassist Joe Morris and the drummer Luther Gray (at 8:30) and the French Contraband Quartet, featuring the bassist François Grillot and the cellist Daniel Levin (at 10). Local 269, 269 East Houston Street, at Suffolk Street, Lower East Side, (917) 656-1587, myspace.com/thelocal269; $5. (Chinen)20090604

? SOREN KJAERGAARD, ANDREW CYRILLE AND BEN STREET (Tuesday) Mr. Kjaergaard, a Danish pianist, revisits some of the terse and ruminative music from “Optics” (ILK), an album released last year; his American partners then and now are Mr. Cyrille, an imposingly creative drummer, and Mr. Street, a resourceful and versatile bassist. At 8 p.m., Issue Project Room, 232 Third Street, third floor, Gowanus, Brooklyn, (718) 330-0313, issueprojectroom.org; $15. (Chinen)20090604

KIRK KNUFFKE (Wednesday) A trumpeter of sharp and open-ended perspective, Mr. Knuffke features his own compositions in a working quartet with Brian Drye on trombone, Reuben Radding on bass and Jeff Davis on drums. In separate sets, Mr. Drye and Mr. Knuffke also perform in a group called Bizingas, and Mr. Davis leads a quintet that includes Mr. Knuffke. At 9 p.m., Goodbye Blue Monday, 1087 Broadway, near DeKalb Avenue, Bushwick, Brooklyn, (718) 453-6343, goodbye-blue-monday.com; donations accepted. (Chinen)20090604

HAKON KORNSTAD (Monday, Wednesday and Thursday) Mr. Kornstad is a Norwegian tenor saxophonist with a quietly incandescent tone, a patient air and an arsenal of extended techniques. On Monday he performs in a trio with the bassist Eivind Opsvik and the drummer Gerald Cleaver; on Wednesday and Thursday he appears with Wibutee, a credibly contemporary electro-jazz ensemble. Monday at 9:30 p.m.and Wednesday at 9 p.m., Nublu, 62 Avenue C, between Fourth and Fifth Streets, East Village, nublu.net; cover, $5 on Monday, $10 on Wednesday. Thursday at 10:30 p.m., Monkey Town, 58 North Third Street, between Kent and Wythe Avenues, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, (718) 384-1369, monkeytownhq.com; cover, $8, with a $10 minimum. (Chinen)20090604

OLIVER LAKE ORGAN QUARTET (Friday and Saturday) The incisive alto saxophonist Oliver Lake has a soulful new album, “Makin’ It” (Passin’ Thru), featuring a trio with Jared Gold on Hammond B-3 organ and Johnathan Blake on drums. Here Mr. Lake expands to a quartet, enlisting Mr. Gold, along with the trumpeter Freddie Hendrix and the drummer Bill McLellan. Friday at 9 and 11 p.m. and 1 a.m., Sweet Rhythm, 88 Seventh Avenue South, at Bleecker Street, West Village, (212) 255-3626, sweetrhythmny.com; cover, $15, with a $10 minimum. (Chinen)20090604

? STEVE LEHMAN OCTET (Monday) The alto saxophonist Steve Lehman pursues an abstract lyricism informed by myriad traditions. Here he celebrates the release of a superb octet album, “Travail, Transformation & Flow” (Pi), with selfless improvisers like the trumpeter Jonathan Finlayson and the tenor saxophonist Mark Shim. At 6:30 p.m., Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker Street, near Thompson Street, Greenwich Village, (212) 505-3474, lepoissonrouge.com; $15. (Chinen)20090604

MAT MANERI QUARTET (Monday) Mat Maneri is a violist with an elastic approach to pulse and pitch. Here he presents new music for a well-attuned group with Craig Taborn on piano, Garth Stevenson on bass and Randy Peterson on drums. At 8 p.m., the Stone, Avenue C and Second Street, East Village, thestonenyc.com; cover, $10. (Chinen)20090604

? ROPEADOPE 10TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION (Wednesday) Doubling as a benefit for the producer Scotty Hard, who was paralyzed in a car accident last year, this show features an all-star coterie of groove players, along with a handful of guests. The house band for the evening is serious: John Medeski on keyboards, Charlie Hunter on guitar, John Ellis on saxophones, DJ Logic on turntables and Billy Martin on drums. At 9 p.m., Sullivan Hall, 214 Sullivan Street, between Bleecker and West Third Streets, Greenwich Village, (212) 477-2782, sullivanhallnyc.com; $20 in advance, $25 on the day of show. (Chinen)20090604

? VISION FESTIVAL (Tuesday though Thursday) The leading avant-garde jazz festival in this country — and, as a consequence of the cancellation of the JVC Jazz Festival this summer, the most substantive jazz event of any kind in New York City — starts next week with the usual wild profusion of must-sees. Among the wildest is an evening-long tribute to the alto saxophonist and Sun Ra Arkestra bandleader Marshall Allen, on Wednesday; and an all-star quartet led by the free-jazz drummer Sunny Murray, on Thursday. Start times vary from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., with festivities running through midnight; a full schedule is at visionfestival.org. (Through June 15.) Abrons Arts Center, 466 Grand Street, at Pitt Street, Lower East Side, (866) 811-4111, henrystreet.org; $25; $20 for students (Chinen)

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Jazz Listings From The New York Times

Paal Nilssen-Love
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From the Times:

AB BAARS TRIO WITH KEN VANDERMARK (Sunday) Ab Baars, a saxophonist and clarinetist prominent on the robust Dutch jazz scene, has a new album, “Goofy June Bug” (Wig 15), featuring this trio — with Wilbert de Joode on bass and Martin van Duynhoven on drums — along with Mr. Vandermark, a Chicago multireedist. The same coterie arrives here after more than two weeks on the road, which ensures only the most cohesive brand of mayhem. At 7 p.m., Joe’s Pub, at the Public Theater, 425 Lafayette Street, at Astor Place, East Village, (212) 598-7100, joespub.com; cover, $20, with a two-drink minimum. (Chinen)

ESP-DISK LIVE (Tuesday) ESP-Disk, an important avant-garde label of the 1960s, recently resumed production, selling its visionary catalog through retailers and online at espdisk.com. This showcase begins with a set by the percussionist Paul Thornton (at 10 p.m.), and continues with a performance by the Ras Ensemble, a chamberlike group led by the saxophonist Ras Moshe (at 11). Bowery Poetry Club, 308 Bowery Street, near Bleecker Street, East Village, (212) 614-0505, bowerypoetry.com; $10. (Chinen)

PAUL MOTIAN OCTET + 1 (Friday through Sunday) A luminous and mysterious post-bop ensemble that consists of two contrasting pairs of improvisers (the saxophonists Chris Cheek and Bill McHenry, and the guitarists Steve Cardenas and Tim Miller); a couple of welcome stabilizers (Jerome Harris and Thomas Morgan, both bassists); a pair of wild cards (the violist Mat Maneri and the pianist Jacob Sacks); and a wily mastermind (Mr. Motian, on drums). At 9 and 11 p.m., Village Vanguard, 178 Seventh Avenue South, at 11th Street, West Village. (Chinen)

OPSVIK & JENNINGS (Tuesday) The bassist Eivind Opsvik and the guitarist Aaron Jennings have maintained this intelligent electro-acoustic duo collaboration for a handful of years, releasing two strong albums on the Norwegian label Rune Grammofon. Their live chemistry relies partly on the terse contributions of the trombonist and keyboardist Brian Drye, the trumpeter Rich Johnson and the drummer Dave Christian. From 9 to 11 p.m., Nublu, 62 Avenue C, between Fourth and Fifth Streets, East Village, nublu.net; free before 10 p.m.; $5 after. (Chinen)

THE THING (Thursday) This rugged Scandinavian collective — with Mats Gustafsson on reeds, Ingebrigt Haker Flaten on bass, and Paal Nilssen-Love on drums — specializes in convulsive improvisation, drawing about equally from the protocols of free jazz and punk rock. Here the band shares billing with Sparks, a duo made up of the trumpeter Peter Evans and the bassist Tom Blancarte; and Little Women, a noise-jazz Brooklyn quartet. At 9 p.m., Zebulon, 258 Wythe Avenue, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, (718) 218-6934, myspace.com/zebuloncafeconcert; no cover.

YEAH YEAH RECORDS AND FRIENDS FESTIVAL (Friday) This series, running every Friday through the month’s end, features artists affiliated with the ruggedly independent Yeah Yeah label. Among them are the guitarist Khabu Doug Young, who performs here at 8 p.m.; a duo featuring the pianist Jesse Stacken and the trumpeter Kirk Knuffke, at 9; and at 10, a trio with the saxophonist Andrew Bishop, the drummer Gerald Cleaver and the bassist Tim Flood. I-Beam Music, 168 Seventh Street, Gowanus, Brooklyn, ibeambrooklyn.com; $10. (Chinen)

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FDR Trio at RUCMA

From RUCMA:

FDR Trio
Monday, November 10 @ 7:30 PM
Yippie Café: 9 Bleecker Street, near Bowery
General Admission: $10
Students and Seniors: $7
Jam Session @ 9:00: $5

Daniel Levin (cello)
Francois Grillot (bass)
Robert Dick (flutes)

http://www.myspace.com/francoisgrillot
http://www.robertdick.net
http://www.daniel-levin.com

François Grillot, born in Burgundy France, began studying trumpet, then guitar and electric bass. He recorded with Edition Speciale, on RCA, touring throughout France. Other credits include recordings with Mama Bea Teckelsk (RCA) and Serge Bringolf (Strave on Musea Records). Upon moving to New York he has been playing along side a number of notable musicians including Bill Bickford, Ken Hatfield, Adam Naussbaum, Harold Danko, and Mike Clarke. In 2001 his music took a turn with collaborators Matt Lavelle, Steve Swell, Daniel Carter, Matt Maneri, Roy Campbell, Mark Edwards, Jackson Krall, Lou Grassi, Jason Kwang, Robert Dick, Daniel Levin, William Hooker, Charles Burnham, Louie Belogenis, Bern Nix, Michael Marcus, Ken Filiano and a many others

Daniel Levin was born in 197 in Burlington, Vermont. He has performed or recorded with Billy Bang, Tim Berne, Anthony Braxton, Mark Dresser, Joe McPhee, William Parker, and Ken Vandermark among many others. John Kelman from All About Jazz Magazine states, ” Levin has a sound that ranges from subtle and understated to aggressive; with admirable technique as a performer and a compositional concept that blends structure with freewheeling exploration, he deserves to have his name added to the short list of cellists who are making a mark in improvisational music.”

As a composer in the classical world, Robert Dick is one of only two Americans ever to be awarded both Composers Fellowships (twice) and a Solo Recitalist Grant by the N.E.A. He has received a Guggenheim Fellowship and commissions from the Jerome Foundation, Fromm Music Foundation, Mary Flagler Cary Trust, the city of Zurich, the Philharmonie in Cologne and many more. Current compositional projects, all commissioned, include works for the Hopkins Center at Dartmouth, the New Century Saxophone Quartet and the flutists Elizabeth McNutt and Jun Kubo.As an improvisor, Dick has performed and recorded with New Winds, Tambastics, Oscura Luminosa, the Soldier String Quartet, the A.D.D. Trio, Paul Giger and Satoshi Takeishi, Jaron Lanier, Randy Raine-Reush and Barry Guy, Mari Kimura, Steve Gorn and many more of Europe and America’s finest improvisors. Over three decades of collaboration, musicians he has worked with include Steve Lacy, George Lewis, Georg Gräwe, Evan Parker, Malcolm Goldstein, Shelley Hirsch, Jöelle Leandre and John Zorn.

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