Jazz Listings from the New York Times


ROY CAMPBELL’S AKHENATEN/MATANA ROBERTS’S ILLUMINATION (Thursday) Drawing on the expressive and searching music from his most recent album, “Akhenaten Suite” (2008), the trumpeter Roy Campbell leads a group with Bryan Carrott on vibraphone, Hilliard Greene on bass and Michael Wemberly on drums. Ms. Roberts, an alto saxophonist, pursues her own visions with a band that includes the cornetist Graham Haynes, the pianist Gabriel Guerrero, the harpist Shelley Burgon and the drummer Damion Reid. At 8 p.m., Roulette, 20 Greene Street, at Grand Street, SoHo , (212) 219-8242,; $15; $10 for members, students and those under 30. (Chinen)

EVOLVING MUSIC/EVOLVING VOICE (Monday) This weekly series features improvised music from the experimental side of the tracks, in a diverse array. At 7 p.m., things kick off with a duo of the vocalist Katie Bull and the bassist Joe Fonda; at 8, Yoon Sun Choi sings with backing from Jacob Sacks on keyboards and Vinnie Sperrazza on drums. The 9 p.m. slot will feature the saxophonist and trumpeter Joe McPhee, along with the bassist Dominic Duval and the trumpeter Jean-Luc Cappozzo; the final set, at 10, goes to Basso Continuo, a group led by the tenor saxophonist Stephen Gauci, with the trumpeter Herb Robertson and two bassists, Ken Filiano and Mike Bisio. The Local 269, 269 East Houston Street, at Suffolk Street, Lower East Side , (212) 254-5420,; $20. (Chinen)

? FORWARD FLIGHT (Friday and Saturday) Subtitled “A Gathering of Brass in Contemporary Music,” this four-day affair is a subseries of the Festival of New Trumpet Music. It wraps up this weekend with a lot of intelligent ruckus, notably through sets by the Chicago Underground Duo, which features the cornetist Rob Mazurek (Friday at 7:30 p.m.), and the Open Circuit International Trumpet Ensemble, a trans-Atlantic assemblage spearheaded by Taylor Ho Bynum, one of the festival’s chief organizers (Saturday at 9). For a full schedule, Abrons Arts Center, 466 Grand Street, at Pitt Street, Lower East Side , (212) 598-0400; $15; $12 for students. (Chinen)

TOMAS FUJIWARA AND THE HOOK UP (Friday) Mr. Fujiwara’s alert drumming has propelled some excellent ensembles on the new-music landscape. Here he presents his own open-ended compositions for a band with Jonathan Finlayson on trumpet, Brian Settles on tenor saxophone, Mary Halvorson on guitar and Danton Boller on bass. At 8 p.m., the Stone, Avenue C and Second Street, East Village ,; cover, $10. (Chinen)

JOE MORRIS TRIO/FLAHERTY, CORSANO, CARTER (Tuesday) Joe Morris, a guitarist who applies the clear tone of Jim Hall to darker and pricklier purposes, has close history with the pianist Steve Lantner and the drummer Luther Gray, with whom he plays an 11 p.m. set. A preceding set, at 10, will feature quick-flash collective improvisation by the saxophonist Paul Flaherty, the drummer Chris Corsano and the multireedist and trumpeter Daniel Carter. Bowery Poetry Club, 308 Bowery, near Bleecker Street, East Village ,; cover, $10. (Chinen)

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Taylor Ho Bynum in January

From SpiderMonkey Stories, THB provides his schedule of upcoming shows:

Thursday, January 7, noon – 3pm: Out to Lunch, WKCR 89.9FM
I’ll be sitting in the studio at NYC’s most venerable of jazz stations, mostly discussing matters of brass importance in preparation for the upcoming Festival of New Trumpet Music.

Friday, January 8, 7:30pm: Jason Kao Hwang’s Edge
St. Peter’s Church, 619 Lexington Ave (at E. 54th St), NYC
JKH – violin; THB – cornet; Ken Filiano – bass; Andrew Drury – drums
part of Reggie Workman’s Sculptured Sounds Festival

Saturday, January 9, 8:30pm: The Thirteenth Assembly
Cornelia St Cafe, 29 Cornelia Street, NYC
THB – cornet; Tomas Fujiwara – drums; Mary Halvorson – guitar; Jessica Pavone – viola
part of the Company of Heaven Jazz Fest

January 13 through 16: The Festival of New Trumpet Music
Abrons Art Center, 466 Grand Street, NYC
This should be an amazing event, and I’ve spilled much blood, sweat, and tears working on this over the past several months. (Not just an idle cliche, as one of the gigs will feature Lew Soloff.) Click here for the full details, which include a celebration of the great Wilmer Wise and concerts by Anti-Social Music, Charles Wuorinen, Chicago Underground Duo, The Low Anthem, Meridian Arts Ensemble, and many many more. Each night is only $15, a festival pass is only $40, an absolute steal. But here are the shows where I’ll be actually putting horn to lips:

Thursday, January 14, 9:00pm: The Chamber Music of Ornette Coleman
Wilmer Wise & Lew Soloff – trumpets; THB – cornet; Meg Okura & Scott Tixier – violins; Judith Insell – viola; Will Martina – cello; Warren Smith – percussion; Gerald Cleaver – drums; Darcy James Argue, Joseph C. Phillips, Jr. & JC Sanford – arrangers
I’ll be conducting Ornette Coleman’s “The Sacred Mind of Johnny Dolphin” for trumpet, string quartet, and percussion, featuring trumpeting legends Wilmer Wise and Lew Soloff. Then we’ll be premiering new arrangements of Coleman works by members of the Pulse Composer Federation for the same instrumentation. It should be a fantastic evening of music.

Saturday, January 16, 9:00pm: Open Circuit International Trumpet Ensemble
THB, Jean-Luc Cappozzo, Franz Hautzinger, Joe McPhee, Itaru Oki & Herb Robertson – trumpets & cornets; William Parker – bass; John Betsch – drums
Thanks to the generous support of the CMA/FACE French-American Jazz Exchange, we’ll be reuniting an international trumpet summit first convened in France by Jean-Luc Cappozzo in the spring of 2008. A really incredible cast of performers from France, Austria, Japan, and the US, something not to be missed!

Sunday, January 17, 7:00pm: FONT in Philly
International House, 3701 Chestnut St, Philadelphia
Co-sponsored by Ars Nova Workshop, FONT makes its first showing outside of NYC, with a triple bill featuring the Chicago Underground Duo, the Meridian Arts Ensemble, and the Open Circuit Internation Trumpet Ensemble. More brassy joy than even the city of brotherly love can handle.

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FONT Music To Present Four-Night Event At Abrons Arts Center In January

Dave Douglas, SFJAZZ Collective
Image by @Siebe! via Flickr

From Improvised Communications:

The Festival of New Trumpet Music (FONT Music) will present Forward Flight, the third and final event of its 7th annual performance season, from Wednesday, January 13th through Saturday, January 16th at New York’s Abrons Arts Center.

This four-night celebration of the eclecticism of the trumpet in contemporary music, curated by Dave Douglas and Taylor Ho Bynum, will feature events on two stages, including performances by a diverse range of ensembles, three free FONT Music Workshop Series events and an opening night tribute to unheralded veteran trumpet player, Wilmer Wise.

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Coming to Ars Nova Workshop

From Philly’s Ars Nova Workshop:

Presented by Ars Nova Workshop

Ars Nova Workshop is pleased to commence our season-long celebration of the work and life of multi-instrumentalist and composer Don Cherry (1936-1995). This week’s concert features the Philadelphia debut of trumpeter Dave Douglas‘s Bass Ecstasy. Other upcoming performances include Steven Bernstein‘s Millennial Territory Orchestra revisiting “Relativity Suite”, a new large ensemble led by MacArthur Fellow Ken Vandermark, and Karl Berger‘s In the Spirit of Don Cherry, featuring a stellar cast of former Cherry collaborators. Please join us for this rare look into the body of work of one of the most influential figures in jazz.


Thursday, October 22, 8pm
Dave Douglas, trumpet; Vincent Chancey, French horn; Luis Bonilla, trombone; Matt Perrine, sousaphone; and Jakubu Griffin, drums

A key figure in modern jazz, Dave Douglas will present his latest ensemble Brass Ecstasy in a rare exploration of Don Cherry’s dynamic body of work.

Two-time Grammy-nominated jazz musician Dave Douglas is arguably the most prolific and original trumpeter of his generation. From his New York base, where he’s lived since the mid-1980s, Douglas has continued to earn lavish national and international acclaim. His solo recording career began in 1993 with Soul Note’s “Parallel Worlds” and he has since released over 28 recordings. In 2005, after seven critically-acclaimed albums for Bluebird/RCA, Douglas launched his own record label, Greenleaf Music. The same year, he was honored with a Guggenheim Fellowship. Douglas is currently the artistic director of the Workshop in Jazz and Creative Music at the Banff Center and the co-founder and director of the Festival of New Trumpet Music, which will celebrate its 7th year in 2009. In addition to leading his own groups, Douglas has important ongoing musical relationship as a member of John Zorn‘s Masada and with artists such as Anthony Braxton, Don Byron, Joe Lovano, Miguel Zenon, Uri Caine, Bill Frisell, Cibo Matto and Misha Mengelberg.

Dave Douglas & Brass Ecstasy was funded by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage through the Philadelphia Music Project.

Advance tickets available at

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Piano Festival at the Cornelia Street Cafe

From New York’s The Cornelia Street Cafe:


August 14, 9pm, 10pm, 11pm

9pm – Jacob Sacks/Yoon Sun Choi
10pm – Russ Lossing/Mat Maneri
11pm – Hankus Netsky / Marty Ehrlich

Cornelia Street Café presents a night of Piano Duos August 14th, 9pm – 11pm as part of it’s Piano Festival.

Tickets will be $10 for each set. Cornelia Street café is located at 29 Cornelia Street. A/C/B/D/F/V to West 4.

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Jazz Listings From The New York Times


EVOLVING MUSIC (Monday) The next installment of this avant-garde series will feature two trios, each with a strong identity. First up at 7:30 p.m. is Flow Trio, with Louie Belogenis on tenor saxophone, Joe Morris on bass and Charles Downs on drums; the group has a stark but rewarding new album, “Rejuvenation” (ESP-Disk). At 9 the smartly blustery trombonist Ray Anderson leads a trio of his own, with bass and drums. The Local 269, 269 East Houston Street, at Suffolk Street, Lower East Side , (212) 254-5420,; $10 per set, $15 for the night; students $7 per set, $12 for the night (Chinen)20090625

TOMAS FUJIWARA AND THE HOOK UP (Saturday) Mr. Fujiwara’s alert drumming has propelled some excellent ensembles on the new-music landscape. Here he presents his own open-ended compositions for a band with Jonathan Finlayson on trumpet, Brian Settles on tenor saxophone, Mary Halvorson on guitar and Danton Boller on bass. At 9 p.m., Jalopy Theater, 315 Columbia Street, Red Hook, Brooklyn , (718) 395-3214,; $15. (Chinen)20090625

? MARY HALVORSON (Sunday) Last year the guitarist Mary Halvorson released “Dragon’s Head” (Firehouse 12), a brambly but engaging debut featuring her own compositions for a trio with the bassist John Hebert and the drummer Ches Smith. Ms. Halvorson draws again from that material here, but she’ll also perform newer music for quintet, enlisting the trumpeter Jonathan Finlayson and the alto saxophonist Jon Irabagon. At 7 p.m., Joe’s Pub, at the Public Theater, 425 Lafayette Street, at Astor Place, East Village , (212) 598-7100,; $12 in advance, $15 at the door, with a two-drink or $12 food minimum. (Chinen)20090625

ETHAN IVERSON AND TIM BERNE (Friday) Mr. Iverson, the pianist in the Bad Plus, has worked memorably with the alto saxophonist Tim Berne: last year they both appeared on “Buffalo Collision” (Screwgun), a self-titled debut by a collective, free-improvising quartet. Here they appear in mano-a-mano format, presumably with all the tension and cooperation that term implies. At 10 p.m., the Stone, Avenue C and Second Street, East Village ,; $10. (Chinen)20090625

TONY MALABY’S APPARITIONS (Monday) Rhythm and texture are often equal priorities for the tenor saxophonist Tony Malaby, but that would seem especially true in this band, which includes two venturesome drummers — Tom Rainey and John Hollenbeck — along with a bassist, Drew Gress. At 8:30 p.m., Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, West Village , (212) 989-9319,; cover, $10, with a one-drink minimum. (Chinen)20090625

ANDY MILNE AND BENOIT DELBECQ (Sunday) Mr. Milne and Mr. Delbecq are resourcefully contemporary pianists, both drawn to quixotic interrogations of harmony and timbre. They team up here, on two pianos, to revisit themes from a strangely beautiful new album, “Where Is Pannonica?” (Songlines). At 4:30 and 6:30 p.m., Klavierhaus, 211 West 58th Street, Manhattan , (718) 732-2276,; $15, reservations suggested. (Chinen)20090625

? NEW TRUMPET UNDERGROUND 2009 (Friday through Sunday) An off-season production of the Festival of New Trumpet Music, this weekend series gathers eight trumpeter-bandleaders under a progressive banner. Highlights include a set by Old Idea, a Chicago group led by the cornetist Josh Berman, which just released its self-titled Delmark debut (Friday at 10 p.m.); a commissioned premiere by Nadje Noordhuis, an Australian-born trumpeter with a strong, pristine sound (Saturday at 9); and the Russ Johnson Quartet, a steady fixture on the New York scene (Sunday at 9:30). For a full schedule, visit Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, West Village , (212) 989-9319,; $10 per set, or $15 per night. (Chinen)20090625

BEN PEROWSKY QUARTET (Saturday) Mr. Perowsky, an aggressive but nimble drummer, draws here from a very good forthcoming album, “Esopus Opus” (Skirl), with several reliable partners: the saxophonist and clarinetist Chris Speed, the accordionist Ted Reichman and the bassist Trevor Dunn. An earlier set, at 8 p.m., will feature the maniacally creative percussionist Cyro Baptista, improvising alone. At 10 p.m., the Stone, Avenue C and Second Street, East Village ,; cover, $10 per set. (Chinen)20090625

MARC RIBOT (Tuesday) Mr. Ribot is a vagabond poet on solo electric guitar, as he proved a handful of years ago with the album “Saints” (Atlantic). He draws partly from the same repertory here, though probably with a few surprises thrown in. At 8 p.m., the Stone, Avenue C and Second Street, East Village ,; cover, $10. (Chinen)20090625

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,; cover, $10. (Chinen)

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Performances Releases

New Josh Berman out on Delmark Records and Two CD Release Parties

From Delmark:

DELMARK DEBUT CD from Chicago cornet master, Josh Berman just released (on LP soon, too!) , with 2 CD release parties to celebrate this fantastic new release.

2 CD release parties this week for you to enjoy! Wednesday, June 3 at Hideout Chicago and Sunday June 7 at Hungry Brain, CHicago, and Josh will be also be performing at the end of the month in NYC for Dave Douglas‘ prestigious FESTIVAL OF NEW TRUMPET MUSIC!!

Wednesday, June 3 – Hideout, Chicago , – 1354 W. Wabansia, Chicago – 773 227 4433 – 9:30 pm

– Immediate Sound Series presents two sets with Josh Berman’s Old Idea record release concert for their self-titled debut on Delmark Records featuring
Josh Berman cornet
Keefe Jackson tenor sax
Jason Adasiewicz vibraphone
Anton Hatwich bass
Marc Riordan drums
DJ sets
James Falzone spins The Good of Goodman

Sunday, June 7 – Hungry Brain, Chicago – – 2319 W. Belmont, Chicago – 10 pm

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FONT Music To Present New Trumpet Underground 2009 June 26-28th

From Improvised Communications:

The Festival of New Trumpet Music (FONT Music) is pleased to announce New Trumpet Underground 2009, the first of three forthcoming events in the organization’s 7th annual performance season. This three-day gathering, curated by Taylor Ho Bynum and Chris DiMeglio, will take place Friday, June 26th through Sunday, June 28th at New York’s Cornelia Street Cafe.

Eight trumpeters representing a wide range of musical traditions, genres and techniques will perform with their respective ensembles, including Australian-born Nadje Noordhuis, who will present the world premiere of a piece commissioned by FONT Music for this event. These performances will be augmented by daytime educational offerings from Laurie Frink and John McNeil as part of FONT Music’s Workshop Series.

Schedule for New Trumpet Underground 2009

Friday, June 26th at 9:00 p.m.
Greg Bobulinski G-Men
Josh Berman’s Old Idea
Leron Thomas

Saturday, June 27th at 9:00 p.m.
Nadje Noordhuis Quartet
Jordan McLean’s Piano Music and Song Trio

Sunday, June 28th at 8:30 p.m.
Russ Johnson Quartet

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