Mary Halvorson In November

From Improvised Communications:

Fresh off a successful European duo tour with Jessica Pavone that ended earlier in the month, guitarist/composer Mary Halvorson is only playing a few gigs in November with Crackleknob, Ellery Eskelin and Lisa Mezzacappa.

Next month things heat up again when she will play two gigs with her quintet, record the follow-up to her acclaimed debut, Dragon’s Head (Firehouse 12 Records), and head back to Europe for a week-long tour with her longstanding trio featuring John Hébert and Ches Smith.

11/15 :: Douglass Street Music Collective (Brooklyn, NY)

Ellery Eskelin
11/21 :: Cornelia Street Cafe (New York, NY)

Lisa Mezzacappa
11/22 :: Zebulon (Brooklyn, NY)

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All About Jazz Reviews

From All About Jazz:

07-Mar-09 The Moss Project
Vision (Self Produced)
Reviewed by Roger Farbey

07-Mar-09 Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir; Estonian National Symphony Orchestra; Tallinn Chamber Orchestra; Tanu Kaljuste conductor
Arvo Part: In Principio (ECM Records)
Reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

07-Mar-09 Trio 3 / Irene Schweizer
Berne Concert (Intakt Records)
Reviewed by Nic Jones

07-Mar-09 Gerry Hemingway
Gerry Hemingway: Buffalo Pearl & Kinetics
Reviewed by Stuart Broomer

07-Mar-09 Frank Gratkowski
Frank Gratkowski: Palae, Wake and Live at the Musik Triennale Koln
Reviewed by John Sharpe

07-Mar-09 Peter Evans
Peter Evans: Oculus Ex Abyssus; Evans/Fei/Smith/Walter; Sparks
Reviewed by Sean Patrick Fitzell

07-Mar-09 Michael Jefry Stevens
Michael Jefry Stevens: Eastern Boundary Quartet, Michael Jefry Stevens Trio, Conference Call & Southern Excursion Quartet
Reviewed by Karen Hogg

07-Mar-09 Multiple Artists
Sax & Piano: David Murray and Mal Waldron; Ellery Eskelin and Sylvie Courvoisier
Reviewed by Kurt Gottschalk

07-Mar-09 Multiple Artists
Avant Large Ensembles: Making Love to the Dark Ages, Suites, Bill Dixon with Exploding Star Orchestra, Open Port
Reviewed by Ivana Ng

06-Mar-09 Cecil Taylor / William Parker / Masashi Harada
CT: The Dance Project (FMP Records)
Reviewed by Nic Jones

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Jazz Listings From The New York Times

From the Times:

HARRIS EISENSTADT/NATE WOOLEY (Saturday) Mr. Eisenstadt, a restlessly creative drummer, will be leading a promising new chamber group, Woodblock Prints, every Saturday this month. For this first installment he shares the bill with Mr. Wooley, a sharp trumpeter in whose trio he also plays. At 9 and 10 p.m., I-Beam Music, 168 Seventh Street, between Second and Third Avenues, Gowanus, Brooklyn,; suggested donation, $10. (Chinen)20090305

GERRY HEMINGWAY QUARTET (Friday) Texture is more of a priority than tempo in Gerry Hemingway’s drumming, and his compositions reveal a fruitful fascination with polytonality. He works here with three longtime collaborators: the trumpeter Herb Robertson, the tenor saxophonist Ellery Eskelin and the bassist Kermit Driscoll. At 9 and 10:30 p.m., Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, West Village, (212) 989-9319,; cover, $10, with a one-drink minimum. (Chinen)20090305

ADAM KOLKER QUARTET (Sunday) On “Flag Day” (Sunnyside), his most recent album, the saxophonist Adam Kolker seeks out a spirit of elevated modernity, with an ensemble anchored by the bassist John Hebert. He does the same here, welcoming to the equation the responsive drummer Gerry Hemingway and the fluid guitarist Ben Monder. At 8:30 p.m., Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, West Village, (212) 989-9319,; cover, $10, with a one-drink minimum. (Chinen)20090305

? OLIVER LAKE AND VIJAY IYER (Friday) Mr. Lake, a veteran alto saxophonist with a penetrating tone, teams up with Mr. Iyer, a pianist with a complex understanding of rhythm. They represent two generations of the avant-garde, but that should merely be understood as different positions along a continuum. At 7:30 p.m., Leonard Nimoy Thalia Theater, Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway, at 95th Street, (212) 864-5400,; $30 on the day of the concert; $25 in advance; $20 for members. (Chinen)20090305

THE THIRTEENTH ASSEMBLY (Wednesday) This collective — the guitarist Mary Halvorson, the cellist Jessica Pavone, the cornetist Taylor Ho Bynum and the drummer Tomas Fujiwara — has a new album, “(un)sentimental” (Important), that irons a noisy new wrinkle in the upstart avant-garde. In performance, the group seems inclined to draw from the album, but also diverge from it in whatever ways feel useful. At 8 p.m., Barbès, 376 Ninth Street, at Sixth Avenue, Park Slope, Brooklyn, (347) 422-0248,; cover, $10. (Chinen)

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The Dream of the Ants at the Issue Project Room

On Thursday, Feb. 5, 2009, a performance by The Dream of the Ants, a new chamber ensemble led by guitarist Terrence McManus will take place at New York’s Issue Project Room.

They will performing a new multi-sectional, through-composed work entitled, The Machine. The piece is divided into seven overlapping sections, and is highly influenced by the work of Morton Feldman, Gyorgy Ligeti, and Bela Bartok.

The Dream of the Ants
Thursday, February 5, 2009
Issue Project Room
The (OA) Can Factory
232 3rd Street, 3rd Floor
Brooklyn, NY 11215

The Dream of the Ants
Terrence McManus-classical guitar
Ellery Eskelin-saxophone
Gerry Hemingway-drums


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Jazz Listings in the New York Times

From the Times.

ELLERY ESKELIN TRIO (Sunday) Ellery Eskelin is a tenor saxophonist drawn to rhythmic tumult and tonal friction, though he also has his soulful side. He has a long rapport with Jim Black, who plays drums here; the organist Jamie Saft fills in the middle space, doubling as an adhesive agent and a counterfoil. At 10 p.m., the Stone, Avenue C and Second Street, East Village,; cover, $10. (Chinen)

FREESTYLE MUSIC SERIES (Wednesday) This admirably low-fi series is back from hiatus, having found a new space for its scrabbling inventions. Dee Pop, the series organizer, plays drums in Radio I-Ching at 9 p.m. Also on board are the bluegrass duo Uncle Monk, with Tommy Ramone and Claudia Tienan (at 8 p.m.); Gods & Monsters, a project of the guitarist Gary Lucas (at 10); and the Love Dogs, a Middle Eastern-tinged group led by the multi-instrumentalist Tom Chess (at 11). At Cake Shop, 152 Ludlow Street, Lower East Side, (212) 253-0036,; $7. (Chinen)

IDEAL BREAD (Sunday) The music of the soprano saxophonist Steve Lacy, who died in 2004, provides a prism through which this group views postwar jazz innovation; a strong idea, both practically and conceptually. Along with the baritone saxophonist Josh Sinton, the lineup includes Kirk Knuffke on trumpet, Reuben Radding on bass and Tomas Fujiwara on drums. At 9 p.m., Alphabeta, 70 Greenpoint Avenue, near Franklin Street, Brooklyn, (718) 383-4444,; $5. (Chinen)

JON IRABAGON (Monday) Mr. Irabagon, an energetic young alto saxophonist, has had a big year: last month, in addition to appearing on “This Is Our Moosic” (Hot Cup), the latest salvo by Mostly Other People Do the Killing, he took first place in the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition. For this concert, partly organized by the Thelonious Monk Institute, he draws from “Outright!” (Innova), his strong debut as a leader, released in May. At 7 p.m., TriBeCa Performing Arts Center, Borough of Manhattan Community College, 199 Chambers Street, (212) 220-1460,; $25; $15 for students. (Chinen)

MALABY-SANCHEZ-RAINEY TRIO (Friday) A collective trio that treads a middle ground between lyricism and abstraction, with Tony Malaby on tenor saxophone, Angelica Sanchez on piano and Tom Rainey on drums. At 10 p.m., the Stone, Avenue C and Second Street, East Village,; cover, $10.

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