Evan Parker Sat. 9th May, Manchester

From Modisti:

An Evening of Improvised Music…
with –
Evan Parker – saxophones
Stephen Grew – piano
Phillip Marks – percussion

An all too rare appearance in Manchester by one of the great masters of the saxophone…

Evan Parker has been at the forefront of improvised and experimental music for over forty years, with a unique and innovative approach to his instrument that has been hugely influential. A master of extended techniques like circular breathing and multiphonics, he’s made over 200 albums with artists like Kenny Wheeler, Derek Bailey, Scott Walker, Robert Wyatt, Spring Heel Jack, Michael Nyman, Spiritualized, Cecil Taylor, Dave Holland, John Stevens’ Spontaneous Music Ensemble, Gavin Bryars, Chris McGregor’s Brotherhood of Breath, John Surman, Paul Lytton, Dudu Pukwana, Barre Phillips, Louis Moholo, Peter Brotzmann, Willem Breuker, Keith Rowe, Peter Kowald, Han Bennink, Tony Oxley, Steve Lacy, Anthony Braxton, London Jazz Composers Orchestra, Globe Unity Orchestra, Stan Tracey, Chris Corsano, John Edwards, Jah Wobble, Joe McPhee, John Tilbury, Eddie Prevost, Sainkho Namtchylak, Steve Beresford, Vic Reeves, Frank Perry, Manfred Schoof, Berlin Contemporary
Jazz Orchestra
, Thurston Moore, Lawrence Casserley, Walter Prati etc etc.

He is joined by Stephen Grew on piano and Phillip Marks on percussion who together and in their own bands Grutronic and Bark! have been making their own contributions to the world of adventurous improvisation for over 20 years. Those of you who saw them at last years Manchester Jazz Festival will know just how good they are…

Saturday May 9th
8:00 pm
Cross Street Chapel
Cross Street
Manchester M2 1NL
(not far from Albert Square)

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Releases Reviews

DMG Newsletter March 6th, 2009

From DMG:

Evan Parker & Ingebrit Haker-Flaten, BENGT BERGER BITTER FUNERAL BEER BAND With DON CHERRY, Aki Takase & Eugene Chadbourne Play Fats Waller, THE 13th ASSEMBLY w/ TAYLOR HO BYNUM & MARY HALVORSON, ROSCOE MITCHELL Solo,

The Return of Matt Darriau’s Paradox Trio w/ Brad Shepik, Noel Akchote & Han Bennink, Steve Geraci w/ Arthur Rhames & Rashied Ali, Abdullah Ibrahim Solo Piano Disc,

2 from Borbetmagus, 2 from Faust, Paul Flaherty LP Only & Trio w/ Greg Kelley & C. Spencer Yeh, Merzbow, Oren Ambarchi & The Institute of Sunology!

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January 30, 2009
Thurston Moore & Mats Gustafsson with Gene Moore, Club Rehab
Mats Gustafsson, Gene Moore, Thurston Moore
White Out with Samara Lubelski, Club Rehab
Lin Culbertson, Samara Lubelski, Tom Surgal

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Coming to the Bohemian National Home

Han Bennink im Club W71 in Weikersheim
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From Detroit’s Bohemian National Home:

Friday Jan 23rd at 2739 Edwin Gallery: Han Bennink and Mary Oliver! plus Traum (hall/buetow/riggs)
Han Bennink returns to one of his favorite cities with his partner and Instant Composers Pool collaborator Mary Oliver on violin and viola. Two of the outstanding musicians of our time, Han and Mary can careen from swinging chamber jazz to the furthest reaches of free improv.

Han first came to notice as the young Dutch drummer of choice for Dexter Gordon, Sonny Rollins and Eric Dolphy. Since the early 60’s, he has been a leading figure of the European avant garde, forming ICP with pianist Misha Mengelberg and performing with Peter Brotzmann, Fred Van Hove and Alexander von Schlippenbach. Over the last several decades, his amazing virtuosity has graced work by Don Cherry, Lee Konitz, Derek Bailey and Eugene Chadbourne.

Mary Oliver is a California native who attend Mills College. In addition to working with ICP and improvising greats like Evan Parker, George Lewis and Phil Minton, Mary has an impressive Classical/New Music career that has seen her debut works by Morton Feldman, John Cage and Iannis Xenakis.

Opening the night will be a set from chamber improvisers Traum: Ben Hall, Hans Buetow and Chris Riggs Come see these great musicians in one of the friendliest places in town. Loft music in Hamtramck!

2739 Edwin is located at 2739 Edwin! Doors at 8 pm; $10-20 suggested donation.

Coming soon:

In Feb: Jeff Marx Quartet

5/4 Peter Brotzmann Trio

5/14 OffOnOff (Terry Ex of The Ex and Paal Nilssen Love)

DATE CORRECTION: 5/30 Jack Wright/Bob Marsh

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Jazz Listings From The New York Times

Tim Berne
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In the Times:

ADOBE PROBE (Saturday) The alto saxophonist Tim Berne presides over this typically oblique ensemble but entrusts a lot of decisions to his collaborators: the multireedist Chris Speed, the trumpeter Shane Endsley, the guitarist Mary Halvorson, the pianist Matt Mitchell, the bassist John Hebert and the drummer Gerald Cleaver. At 8 p.m., the Stone, Avenue C and Second Street, East Village,; cover, $10.

HAN BENNINK AND DAVE DOUGLAS (Wednesday) About a decade ago the eminent Dutch drummer Han Bennink made a frisky duo record with the clever and industrious trumpeter Dave Douglas. For this engagement the two artists, hailing from separate generations but similar aesthetic regions, match wits with an additional partner, the bassist Matt Penman. At 8 and 10 p.m., Club Midway, 25 Avenue B, near Third Street, East Village, (212) 253-2595,; $15 per set. (Chinen)

STEVEN BERNSTEIN’S MILLENNIAL TERRITORY ORCHESTRA (Monday) “We Are MTO” (Mowo) is the brashly exuberant recent studio album from this serious little big band, led by the trumpeter and arranger Steven Bernstein. Its sound would seem to be too big for this room, but stranger things have happened. At 10 p.m., 55 Bar, 55 Christopher Street, West Village, (212) 929-9883,; cover, $10. (Chinen)

BRASS NIGHT AT IBEAM (Friday) Rich Johnson, who organized this themed evening, performs in the first of two groups, We Never Saw This Coming, alongside his fellow trumpeters Russ Johnson and Kirk Knuffke (at 8 p.m.). The second group is a free-blowing duo consisting of the trombonist Chris McIntyre and the multireedist Charles Waters. At I-Beam Music, 168 Seventh Street, between Second and Third Avenues, Gowanus, Brooklyn,; suggested donation, $10.

? BROOKLYN JAZZ UNDERGROUND FESTIVAL (Friday through Sunday) This plucky series, a production of the collective known as the Brooklyn Jazz Underground, showcases two or three working bands a night, each worthwhile. Of particular note are the quartets led by the violinist and violist Tanya Kalmanovitch (Friday at 7:30 p.m.) and the bassist Anne Mette Iversen (Saturday at 7:30); Cuarteto Ibérico, a signature group of the bassist Alexis Cuadrado (Sunday at 7:30); and the Alan Ferber Nonet, featuring the compositions of Mr. Ferber, a trombonist (Sunday at 11:30). At Smalls, 183 West 10th Street, West Village, (212) 252-5091,; cover, $20 per set. (Chinen)

MAT MANERI GROUP (Saturday) Mat Maneri is a violist with an elastic approach to pulse and pitch. Here he enlists the bright, exacting trumpeter Dave Ballou, the stalwart bassist John Hebert and the texture-minded drummer Randy Peterson. At 10 p.m., the Stone, Avenue C and Second Street, East Village,; cover, $10. (Chinen)

? NYC WINTER JAZZFEST (Sunday) This smorgasbord, now in its fifth year, coincides with the Association of Performing Arts Presenters conference, which means added incentive for a strong set and an extra opportunity to browse among them. Festivities begin around 6 p.m. and end well into the wee hours; three stages will run concurrently in three nearly adjacent Greenwich Village clubs. Highlights are too numerous to list, but a few to keep in mind would be By Any Means, a free-jazz trio spearheaded by the bassist William Parker (at 7:40); the Bandwagon, a mutable combo led by the pianist Jason Moran (at 8); the Marco Benevento Trio, an outfit led by a groove-leaning keyboardist (at 10:20); and, for an additional charge, the Watts Project, featuring music by the drummer Jeff (Tain) Watts for a cohort that includes the trumpeter Terence Blanchard and the bassist Christian McBride (at midnight). Various locations; $25 for showcase pass, $45 including the Watts Project. For more information, (Chinen)

? CRAIG TABORN (Sunday and Tuesday) Mr. Taborn, a keyboardist with kaleidoscopic vision and a keen attunement to atmosphere, programmed this month at the Stone, with head-turning results: every night includes something irresistible. On Sunday he allows himself a solo performance, on piano and reed organ (at 8 p.m.), and then a duo set with the alto saxophonist Tim Berne (at 10), a regular foil. On Tuesday he conjures the electrostatic feel of his outstanding and largely overlooked 2004 album, “Junk Magic” (Thirsty Ear), with help from the multireedist Chris Speed, the violist Mat Maneri, the bassist Erik Fratzke and especially the drummer David King. At 8 and 10 p.m., the Stone, Avenue C and Second Street, East Village,; cover, $10 per set. (Chinen)

WORDS AND MUSIC (Wednesday) The words in this venture, first attempted here a year ago, will be spoken by Charles Simic and Robert Pinsky, former poets laureate of the United States; the music rests with Vijay Iyer on piano, Lonnie Plaxico on bass and Andrew Cyrille on drums. If the poets can relax into the situation, and if Mr. Iyer can call on his experience with the spoken word, the results will suggest something other than two disciplines peering at each other over a divide. At 7:30 and 9:30 p.m., Jazz Standard, 116 East 27th Street, Manhattan, (212) 576-2232,; cover, $25. (Chinen)

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German jazz pianist Georg Graewe plans to jam with some of the Crescent City’s top musicians

An upcoming New Orleans Georg Graewe show is previewed.

As the birthplace of jazz, New Orleans remains one of the best spots to explore the music’s early history. But thanks to a handful of adventurous local presenters, the Crescent City is also becoming a good place to see how the city’s own brand of new music improvisers fits in with developments around the world.

In recent years, such top-notch European players as Peter Brotzmann, Han Bennink and Frank Gratkowski have played here. Their programs showcased the full range of the European styles, from spacey chamber jazz and dada-style theatrics to full-blown expressionist wailing.

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