Jazz Listings from the New York Times

From NYTimes.com:

CAINE-SPEED-ALESSI-FELDER-LEFEBVRE-SMITH (Wednesday) Turbocharged jazz-funk is the likely purview of this awkwardly named assemblage, made up of the keyboardist Uri Caine, the multireedist Chris Speed, the trumpeter Ralph Alessi, the guitarist Nir Felder, the bassist Tim LeFebvre and the drummer Nate Smith. At 10 p.m., 55 Bar, 55 Christopher Street, West Village , (212) 929-9883, 55bar.com; cover, $10. (Chinen)

CLAUDIA QUINTET (Sunday) This improvising chamber ensemble pursues texturally oriented and often contrapuntal exploration; John Hollenbeck’s drumming is one color on a palette that also includes Chris Speed’s clarinet and tenor saxophone, Ted Reichman’s accordion, Drew Gress’s bass and Matt Moran’s vibraphone. For this performance, the product of a Chamber Music America commission, the group becomes a sextet with the addition of Gary Versace on piano. At 9 p.m., Douglass Street Music Collective, 295 Douglass Street, near Third Avenue, Gowanus, Brooklyn , myspace.com/295douglass; suggested donation, $10. (Chinen)

DAVE DOUGLAS QUINTET (Friday through Sunday) The trumpeter Dave Douglas has led a handful of bands in recent years, but this one — with Donny McCaslin on tenor saxophone, Uri Caine on piano, James Genus on bass and Clarence Penn on drums — may be the closest to his core. The group, last documented on a live recording in 2006, seems predisposed to make its Village Vanguard return into an event. At 9 and 11 p.m., Village Vanguard, 178 Seventh Avenue South, at 11th Street, West Village , (212) 255-4037, villagevanguard.com; cover, $20, with a $10 minimum. (Chinen)

DANIEL LEVIN TRIO / TEENAGE BURNOUT / MICHAËL ATTIAS (Tuesday) Mr. Attias, a saxophonist, opens this adventurous triple bill with an unaccompanied solo performance, at 8 p.m. Next up, at 9, is a trio led by the cellist Daniel Levin, with Ingebrigt Haker Flaten on bass and Frank Rosaly on drums. Finally, at 10, there’s Teenage Burnout, an intriguingly named project of the baritone saxophonist (and bass clarinetist) Josh Sinton, the guitarist Owen Stewart-Robertson and the drummer Tony Falco. At Douglass Street Music Collective, 295 Douglass Street, near Third Avenue, Gowanus, Brooklyn , myspace.com/295douglass; suggested donation, $10. (Chinen)

? TONY MALABY (Friday through Sunday) Mr. Malaby is a tenor and soprano saxophonist equally capable of focused tension and wild abandon. He covers that range with three unconventionally shaped bands this weekend: Double Heart, a group with two intuitive Norwegian bassists, and the drummer Tom Rainey (on Friday); Apparitions, featuring Mr. Rainey alongside another drummer, John Hollenbeck, and the bassist Drew Gress (on Saturday); and Malaby-Sanchez-Rainey, a collective trio with Mr. Rainey and the keyboardist Angelica Sanchez (Sunday). Friday and Saturday at 9 and 10:30 p.m., Sunday at 8:30 p.m., Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, West Village , (212) 989-9319, corneliastreetcafe.com; cover, $10, with a one-drink minimum. (Chinen)

DONNY MCCASLIN GROUP (Tuesday and Wednesday) “Declaration” (Sunnyside) is the thoughtful new release from the tenor and soprano saxophonist Donny McCaslin: an arranger’s album, featuring challenging music for nonet. Drawing on that music here, Mr. McCaslin re-enlists most of the same musicians, including Alex Sipiagin on trumpet, Marcus Rojas on tuba and Ben Monder on guitar. At 7:30 and 9:30 p.m., Jazz Standard, 116 East 27th Street, Manhattan , (212) 576-2232, jazzstandard.net; cover, $20. (Chinen)

MICROSCOPIC SEPTET (Friday) A few years ago the complete output of this high-spirited outfit was reissued by Cuneiform, thwarting any notion that jazz in the 1980s was strictly a conservative affair. Here the group draws partly from “Lobster Leaps In” (Cuneiform), a new release stocked with music by two diabolical resident composers, the pianist Joel Forrester and the soprano saxophonist Phillip Johnston. At 8 p.m., Barbès, 376 Ninth Street, at Sixth Avenue, Park Slope, Brooklyn , (347) 422-0248, barbesbrooklyn.com; cover, $10. (Chinen)

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Brooklyn Big Band Bonanza

A review of these recent performances from NYTimes.com:

Opening with a scrupulous fanfare and closing with an outbreak of anarchy, the Brooklyn Big Band Bonanza fulfilled much of its promise at the Bell House on Monday night. It was a gathering of three upstart ensembles — the Secret Society, the Industrial Jazz Group and the Bjorkestra — that share the standard dimensions of jazz big bands without a lot of the standard inhibitions. Stretching to about four hours, the program laid out several different angles of attack, running the gamut of intelligence and taste.

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Jazz Listings From The New York Times

From NYTimes.com:

MUHAL RICHARD ABRAMS AND FRED ANDERSON/MARK TAYLOR QUARTET (Friday) In addition to being a venerable pianist and composer, Mr. Abrams is an architect of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians, which presents one of its periodic New York concerts here. Performing with Mr. Abrams is the saxophonist Fred Anderson, a peerless veteran of the Chicago jazz scene; also on the program is a quartet led by the French horn and mellophone player Mark Taylor. At 8 p.m., Community Church of New York, 40 East 35th Street, Manhattan , aacm-newyork.com; $25, students $12. (Nate Chinen)20091015

BLUIETT (Saturday) This veteran baritone saxophonist — also known by his full name, Hamiet Bluiett — has always advanced an agenda of blustery incantation. His presence in a small combo like the one heard here, with Kahil El’Zabar on percussion, is heavily, intensely physical. At 9 and 10:30 p.m., Sista’s Place, 456 Nostrand Avenue, at Jefferson Avenue, Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn , (718) 398-1766, sistasplace.org; cover, $20. (Chinen)20091015

? BROOKLYN BIG BAND BONANZA (Monday) Organized by the composer Darcy James Argue and presented by the upstart promoters Search and Restore, this Monday showcase includes three ambitious young groups working with the palette (but not the parameters) of the traditional big band: Mr. Argue’s Secret Society, Andrew Durkin’s Industrial Jazz Group and Travis Sullivan’s Bjorkestra. Pound for pound, it’s the bargain of the week. At 7:30 p.m., Bell House, 149 Seventh Street, Gowanus , (718) 643-6510, thebellhouseny.com; $15. (Chinen)20091015

BROOKLYN EXPERIMENTS (Sunday) This relatively new series shines a spotlight on left-of-center jazz groups, like those featured here: the Mike Baggetta Quartet, led by its namesake guitarist and featuring Jason Rigby on saxophones, Eivind Opsvik on bass and George Schuller on drums (at 9 p.m.); and the Nate Radley Trio, another guitar-led enterprise, with the bassist Matt Pavolka and the drummer Dan Weiss (at 10:30). Rose Live Music, 345 Grand Street, Williamsburg , (718) 599-0069, roselivemusic.com; $10. (Chinen)20091015

EVAN PARKER (Friday) Mr. Parker, a titan of the British jazz avant-garde and one of the leading saxophonists in his idiom anywhere, has been in residence at the Stone every night this month so far. He closes shop with two characteristic sets: performing first at 8 p.m. with Tim Berne and Earl Howard on alto saxophones, and then at 10 with the electronics artist Ikue Mori. The Stone, Avenue C and Second Street, East Village , thestonenyc.com; $10 for the first set, $20 for the second set. (Chinen)20091015

TYSHAWN SOREY (Friday) Mr. Sorey can play the drums with an almost brutish physicality, but also with a sense of scale and equipoise. And he has lately been producing serious results as a composer, a side of his personality that figures most prominently here. At 9 and 10:30 p.m., Jazz Gallery, 290 Hudson Street, at Spring Street, South Village , (212) 242-1063, jazzgallery.org; $15, members $10. (Chinen)

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Jazz Listings from the New York Times

From NYTimes.com:

JACOB FRED JAZZ ODYSSEY (Friday) Having recently expanded from trio to quartet form, this road-savvy band now includes the pianist Brian Haas, the bassist Matt Hayes, the drummer Josh Raymer and the lap steel guitarist Chris Combs. “One Day in Brooklyn” (Kinnara), the group’s new EP, documents a two-pronged shift: toward countrified timbres and post-bop exposition. At 7 p.m., Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker Street, near Thompson Street, Greenwich Village , (212) 505-3474, lepoissonrouge.com; $15. (Chinen)20091008

LARRY OCHS SAX & DRUMMING CORE (Tuesday) The tenor and soprano saxophonist Larry Ochs is probably best known for his founding role in the Rova Saxophone Quartet, a new-music ensemble with more than 30 years of performing experience. “Stone Shift” (Rogue Art), his almost hypnotically intense new album, features the same ensemble heard here, with two assertive drummers (Scott Amendola and Donald Robinson); a keyboardist (Satoko Fujii); and a trumpeter (Natsuki Tamura). At 8:30 p.m., Roulette, 20 Greene Street, at Grand Street, SoHo , (212) 219-8242, roulette.org; $15; $10 for students and under 30. (Chinen)20091008

MARIO PAVONE (Tuesday and Wednesday) Mr. Pavone, a bassist and composer with an expansive worldview, surfaces with two groups next week, starting on Tuesday in Brooklyn, when he joins a trio with the saxophonist Mike DiRubbo and the drummer Tom Rainey. On Wednesday at 9:30 p.m. he leads a working group, Quartet Arc, with Tony Malaby on saxophone, Dave Ballou on trumpet and Gerald Cleaver on drums. (An earlier set, at 8, will feature a group led by the guitarist Joe Morris.) Tuesday at 8:30 p.m., Le Grand Dakar, 285 Grand Avenue, between Clifton Place and Lafayette Avenue, Clinton Hill, Brooklyn, (718) 398-8900, granddakar.com; free. Wednesday, Local 269, 269 East Houston Street, at Suffolk Street, Lower East Side , (212) 228-9874; $10. (Chinen)

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Mario Diaz de León – Players From Two Ensembles Support One Emerging Composer at Roulette

A recent New York performance from Mario Diaz de León is reviewed:

Part of the anticipation had to do with the performers on hand. The International Contemporary Ensemble, a flexible organization based in Brooklyn and Chicago, reliably attracts large, enthusiastic audiences with its wide-ranging programs and brilliant execution. Here, four members of the group — Claire Chase and Eric Lamb, on alto flutes; Joshua Rubin, a clarinetist; and Nathan Davis, a percussionist — worked alongside players from the Talea Ensemble, a four-year-old new-music group directed by Alex Lipowski, a percussionist, and Anthony Cheung, a pianist.

That an emerging composer had secured the attention of two prominent groups was itself cause for curiosity. Mr. de León, born in St. Paul in 1979, played in hard-core punk bands during the ’90s. When he started to write chamber works for acoustic instruments and electronics in 2001, he combined unorthodox techniques developed by composers like Gyorgy Ligeti, Iannis Xenakis and Giacinto Scelsi with influences culled from free improvisation, noise and black metal.

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ESP-Disk’ Live Shows

ESP-Disk’ is kicking off a new series of shows in NY.

ESP-Disk’ is proud to announce a new monthly music series at the Jazz Lounge (520 Dekalb Avenue, Brooklyn, New York 11205), starting Tuesday, October 6th. On the first Tuesday of every month, ESP will feature emerging artists from the New York music community as well as artists from the ESP-Disk’ catalog.

ESP-Disk’ LIVE @ The Jazz Lounge
Tuesday, October 6th 2009

8pm
Eli Keszler
&
Ashley Paul
http://www.myspace.com/ashleygpaul
http://www.relrecords.net/elikeszler.html

Eli Keszler Live at the Mills Gallery by Rare Frequency.
Multi-instrumentalist Eli Keszler is one of a coterie of exciting new Boston-based musicians whose music pushes the boundaries of noise, drones, improv, and electro-acoustic composition. Using a variety of percussion instruments, as well as guitar and electronics, Eli creates intense drones and fast, rhythmically complex pieces. In addition to his solo work, he currently plays in a number of ensembles including a new trio with keyboardist Anthony Coleman and reed-player/vocalist Ashley Paul, a duo with guitarist Geoff Mullen, and a longstanding partnership with fellow multi-instrumentalist Steve Pyne called Red Horse. He has a pair of CDs out on REL, both of which showcase his extraordinarily dynamic playing.

9pm
Hans Tammen “Endangered Guitar” (ESP 4031)
http://www.tammen.org/

In hundreds of solo performances since 1993, Hans Tammen has explored the sounds of concert halls and small clubs with an assortment of mechanical contrivances applied to his modified “endangered” guitars, interactive software programming, and stereo and multichannel sound systems. His music has been described as an alien world of bizarre textures and a journey through the land of unending sonic operations.

His instrument is a hybrid between a guitar and a computer, designed to react with the resonant frequencies of the room. It constantly records his sounds, and the information from the analysis of these sounds and the playing determines a wide variety of processes. This makes every performance a site-specific one, bringing the sonic qualities of the surrounding conditions to the listener’s attention.

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Jazz Listings from the NY Times

In the Times:

DARCY JAMES ARGUE’S SECRET SOCIETY (Friday) This postmillennial big band, led by Mr. Argue, an indefatigable young composer, recently released an admirable studio debut, “Infernal Machines” (New Amsterdam). In performance the group balances airtight precision with a good measure of looseness and crackle. At 9 and 10:30 p.m., Jazz Gallery, 290 Hudson Street, at Spring Street, South Village , (212) 242-1063, jazzgallery.org; $15, members $10. (Nate Chinen)20090917

TAYLOR HO BYNUM (Saturday) Mr. Bynum is a cornetist drawn to combustible interaction, but on his new release, “Madeleine Dreams” (Firehouse 12), which features his jazz-meets-classical ensemble SpiderMonkey Strings, he seeks out a gentle aesthetic, with vocal and literary touches. The same group appears here, drawing deeply from the album. At 9 and 10:30 p.m., Jazz Gallery, 290 Hudson Street, at Spring Street, South Village , (212) 242-1063, jazzgallery.org; $15, members $10. (Chinen)20090917

FRANK CARLBERG’S TIVOLI TRIO (Tuesday) Mr. Carlberg, an adventurous pianist and composer, pursues unusual textures and surprising actions in this trio, with the bassist John Hébert and the drummer Gerald Cleaver. The group will soon be recording an album, for release next year; so this one-nighter counts as a dress rehearsal. At 8 p.m., Douglass Street Music Collective, 295 Douglass Street, near Third Avenue, Gowanus, Brooklyn , myspace.com/295douglass; $10. (Chinen)20090917

JAMES CARTER (Friday and Saturday) Mr. Carter is a saxophonist of rampaging energies and unstoppable charisma, and he does some of his best work when tethered loosely to a concept. Here he pays tribute to the horizon-scanning music of John Coltrane with Rashied Ali, leading a plugged-in group that consists of the guitarist Bruce Edwards, the Hammond B-3 organist Gerard Gibbs and the drummer Eli Fountain. At 8:30 and 11 p.m., Birdland, 315 West 44th Street, Clinton , (212) 581-3080, birdlandjazz.com; $30, general seating; $40, premium seating. (Chinen)20090917

? CLEAN FEED FEST (Friday and Saturday) Named after a record label based in Lisbon, this festival celebrates the exploratory side of modern jazz. Among the highlights during the event’s final stretch: the multireedist Avram Fefer, leading the trio from his new album, “Ritual” (Friday at 10:30 p.m.); the trumpeter Kirk Knuffke, revisiting the music from his most recent release, “Big Wig” (Saturday at 8); and Fight the Big Bull, a raucous large group joined here by the trumpeter Steven Bernstein (Sunday at 9:30). Cornelia Connelly Center, 220A East Fourth Street, East Village , cleanfeed-records.com; $15. (Chinen)20090917

COLTRANE REVISITED (Wednesday and Thursday) In commemoration of John Coltrane, whose 83rd birthday would have fallen next week, the tenor and soprano saxophonist Joe Lovano leads a band with the pianist Steve Kuhn, the bassist Lonnie Plaxico and two drummers, Billy Hart and Andrew Cyrille. The repertory seems likely to coincide partly with “Mostly Coltrane” (ECM), a fine album recently released under Mr. Kuhn’s name, with Mr. Lovano as a featured guest. (Through Sept. 26.) At 8:30 and 11 p.m., Birdland, 315 West 44th Street, Clinton , (212) 581-3080, birdlandjazz.com; $30, general seating; $40, premium seating. (Chinen)20090917

JEMEEL MOONDOC QUARTET (Saturday) The saxophonist Jemeel Moondoc practices a form of boisterous exploration descended from the 1960s jazz avant-garde. He has the right partners for such a task here: the pianist Connie Crothers, the bassist (and now violinist) Henry Grimes and the drummer Chad Taylor. At 8 and 10 p.m., the Stone, Avenue C and Second Street, East Village , thestonenyc.com; $15. (Chinen)20090917

NEW LANGUAGES FESTIVAL (Thursday) Now in its fifth year, this musician-run festival draws a range of left-of-center musicians under its umbrella. This weekend that lineup includes the trombonist Ben Gerstein, presenting an electro-acoustic project he calls the Gates (Friday at 8:30 p.m.); the guitarist Brandon Ross, leading a trio (Saturday at 8:30); and the tenor saxophonist Bill McHenry, with his quintet (Saturday at 10). Next week it will include a trio consisting of the saxophonist Pete Robbins, the bassist Mario Pavone and the drummer Tyshawn Sorey (Thursday at 10), and a septet led by the festival’s chief organizer, the saxophonist Jackson Moore (Thursday at 11:30). (Through Sept. 26.) McCarren Hall, 98 Bayard Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn , newlanguages.org; $10 per night. (Chinen)20090917

JOHN O’GALLAGHER TRIO (Saturday) John O’Gallagher is an intrepid alto saxophonist and composer, but with a clear melodic streak. He draws here from his most recent album, “Dirty Hands” (Clean Feed), leading a responsive trio with the bassist Masa Kamaguchi and the drummer Jeff Williams. At 9 and 10:30 p.m., Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, West Village , (212) 989-9319, corneliastreetcafe.com; cover, $10. (Chinen)20090917

CHES SMITH’S THESE ARCHES (Wednesday) Avant-garde jazz and experimental rock are essentially intertwined in the music of These Arches, led by Mr. Smith, a drummer, and featuring the tenor saxophonist Tony Malaby, the guitarist Mary Halvorson and the accordionist Andrea Parkins. At 8 p.m., Barbès, 376 Ninth Street, at Sixth Avenue, Park Slope, Brooklyn , (347) 422-0248, barbesbrooklyn.com; $10. (Chinen)20090917

STELLAR REGIONS (Wednesday) The recent death of Rashied Ali, the visionary drummer in John Coltrane’s late-period bands, lends an especially poignant air to this free-jazz Coltrane tribute. Mr. Ali was a mentor of sorts to each of the musicians on hand here: the saxophonist Louie Belogenis, the trumpeter Roy Campbell Jr., the pianist Andrew Bemkey, the bassist Hilliard Greene and the drummer Michael Wimberly. At 8 p.m., Middle Collegiate Church, 50 East Seventh Street, at Second Avenue, East Village , (212) 477-0666, middlechurch.org; suggested donation, $15.

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Jazz Listings from the New York Times

In the Times:

REZ ABBASI GROUP (Thursday) “Things to Come” (Sunnyside) is the strong new statement from Rez Abbasi, a Pakistani-American guitarist with a taste for fluid introspection and slippery fusions. Here he reassembles the album’s superb cast: the alto saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa, the pianist Vijay Iyer, the bassist Johannes Weidenmueller, the drummer Dan Weiss and the vocalist Kiran Ahluwalia. At 9 and 10:30 p.m., Jazz Gallery, 290 Hudson Street, at Spring Street, South Village , (212) 242-1063, jazzgallery.org; $15 for the first set, $10 for members; $10 for the second set, $5 for members. (Nate Chinen)20090910

CLAUDIA QUINTET (Sunday) This improvising chamber ensemble pursues texturally oriented and often contrapuntal exploration; John Hollenbeck’s drumming is one color on a palette that also includes Chris Speed’s clarinet and tenor saxophone, Ted Reichman’s accordion, Drew Gress’s bass and Matt Moran’s vibraphone. For this performance, the group becomes a sextet with the addition of Gary Versace on piano. At 9 and 10:30 p.m., Jazz Gallery, 290 Hudson Street, at Spring Street, South Village , (212) 242-1063, jazzgallery.org; $15, $10 for members. (Chinen)20090910

? CLEAN FEED FEST (Wednesday and Thursday) Named after a record label based in Lisbon, this festival celebrates the exploratory side of modern jazz. Among the highlights during the event’s first leg: the drummer Harris Eisenstadt, leading the same band as on his fine album “Canada Day,” due out next month (Wednesday at 9:30 p.m.); and the cellist Daniel Levin, with the quartet featured on his new release, “Live at Roulette” (Thursday at 9:30). (Through Sept. 20.) Cornelia Connelly Center, 220A East Fourth Street, East Village , cleanfeed-records.com; $15. (Chinen)20090910

STEPHAN CRUMP’S ROSETTA TRIO (Saturday) An intriguing string-based ensemble, featuring the compositions and bass playing of Mr. Crump and the guitar work of both Liberty Ellman (acoustic) and Jamie Fox (electric). At 9 and 10:30 p.m., Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, West Village , (212) 989-9319, corneliastreetcafe.com; cover, $12, with a one-drink minimum. (Chinen)20090910

FUTURE QUEST (Friday) The subtitle of this performance, “Reimagining the Music of Meredith Monk,” partly explains what the quest in the title is about. Ms. Monk has long been a fearlessly multidisciplinary artist, and here she serves as a muse for two of her longtime ensemble members, the vocalist Theo Bleckmann and the percussionist John Hollenbeck. Also on board, in what promises to be a unique proposition: the saxophonists Ellery Eskelin and Tony Malaby, and the pianist Gary Versace. At 9 and 10:30 p.m., Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, West Village , (212) 989-9319, corneliastreetcafe.com; cover, $10, with a one-drink minimum. (Chinen)20090910

HENRY GRIMES (Saturday) Mr. Grimes, a bassist and long-lost titan of the avant-garde, performs a benefit concert for Harlem Textile Works alongside such fearless improvisers as the drummer Michael Wimberly and the multireedist Andrew Lamb. At 7 and 9 p.m., Black Box Theater, 308 West 133rd Street, Harlem , loftartsproductions.com; $15, $7.50 for students. (Chinen)20090910

JOHN HÉBERT QUARTET (Wednesday) “Byzantine Monkey” (Firehouse 12) is the engrossing debut from John Hébert, a bassist of deep intuition and extensive experience as a sideman. He draws partly from the album here, in a one-night stand featuring the trumpeter Ralph Alessi, the alto saxophonist Tim Berne and the drummer Satoshi Takeishi. At 8 p.m., Barbès, 376 Ninth Street, at Sixth Avenue, Park Slope, Brooklyn , (347) 422-0248, barbesbrooklyn.com; $10. (Chinen)20090910

INTERPRETATIONS: ADAM RUDOLPH/YUSEF LATEEF (Thursday) Mr. Lateef, 88, a legendarily open-minded multireedist, and Mr. Rudolph, 53, a horizon-scanning percussionist, have been collaborative partners on and off for the last 20 years, with shared investment in the idea of a musical universalism. Here they each present new works, though Mr. Lateef won’t be playing an instrument; in addition to composing much of the music, he reads his own poetry. At 8:30 p.m., Roulette, 20 Greene Street, at Grand Street, SoHo , (212) 219-8242, roulette.org; $15; $10 for students and under 30; free for Roulette members. (Chinen)20090910

? NEW LANGUAGES FESTIVAL (Thursday) Now in its fifth year, this musician-run festival draws a range of left-of-center musicians under its umbrella, including an admirable assembly here: the Respect Sextet, a dynamic collective (at 8:30 p.m.); House of Mirrors, an improvising quartet (at 10); and Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society, a precision-honed big band (at 11:30). (Through Sept. 26.) McCarren Hall, 98 Bayard Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn , newlanguages.org; $10. (Chinen)20090910

RED HOOK JAZZ FESTIVAL (Sunday) This low-key open-air festival, not far from the docks in Brooklyn, features a handful of indie-minded ensembles, led by venturesome improvisers like the saxophonist Ras Moshe and the trombonist Steve Swell. From 2 to 5:30 p.m., Cabrini Green Urban Meadow, at the corner of President and Van Brunt Streets, Red Hook, Brooklyn , myspace.com/redhookjazzfest; donations accepted. (Chinen)20090910

SEX MOB (Friday) The members of this downtown institution have lately been engaged in various other pursuits, but their sound is as raucous, and their rapport as rambunctious, as ever. Steven Bernstein plays slide trumpet and leads the charge, though equal weight is pulled by Briggan Krauss on alto saxophone, Tony Scherr on bass and guitar, and Kenny Wollesen on drums. At 10 p.m., 55 Bar, 55 Christopher Street, West Village , (212) 929-9883, 55bar.com; cover, $10. (Chinen)

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Jazz History Scrambled, With Love and Respect, at Zebulon in Brooklyn

NYTimes.com reviews Mostly Other People Do the Killing.

There’s a bustling, ostentatious impiety in the music of Mostly Other People Do the Killing. Led by the bassist Moppa Elliott, it’s a jazz quartet with a diligent grasp of history but an anarchic take on convention. At Zebulon in Brooklyn late on Thursday night, the group riffled through jazz idioms with hammy geniality, like an impressionist flaunting celebrity voices. The unruliness didn’t remotely make it a mess.

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Telluric Currents at Brooklyn’s IBeam

From the IBeam:

Continuing the new concert series curated by Brooklyn-based composer/clarinetist Jeremiah Cymerman, the second installment of the Telluric Currents series will take place September 25th and 26th at Brooklyn’s I-Beam. Future installments will occur once every three months for three nights, three sets per night.

Celebrating the diversity and creativity of New York’s underground musicians, each night of the series will present different groups of musicians who masterfully blur the lines between composition and improvisation, acoustic and electronic music, subtlety and extremity. The current experimental music scene in New York is as vibrant as ever and the Telluric Currents Concert Series seeks to pay tribute to the richness of the current musical landscape.

Friday, September 25th

8p Jessica Pavone Solo
9p Anthony Coleman/Jeremiah Cymerman/Christopher Hoffman
10p Matthew Welch’s “Looking at Mondrian” performed by Shawn Onsgard

Saturday September 26th

8p Mario Diaz de Leon/Doron Sadja Duo
9p Ches Smith Solo
10p Jon Irabagon/Mike Pride Duo

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