Jazz Listings From The New York Times

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In the Times:

STEVEN BERNSTEIN’S MILLENNIAL TERRITORY ORCHESTRA (Monday) “We Are MTO” (Mowo) is the typically brash and exuberant new studio album from this serious little big band, led by the slide 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)

BLUIETT (Saturday) Both in the World Saxophone Quartet and in his own groups, this veteran baritone saxophonist — also known by his full name, Hamiet Bluiett — has always advanced an agenda of blustery incantation. He can leap from a foghorn honk to a jarring screech in a flash, and often does; his presence in a small combo, like the one heard here, 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,; cover, $20. (Chinen)

? TAYLOR HO BYNUM (Friday and Saturday) As a cornetist, Mr. Bynum works with extreme tension and pinprick control; as a composer he favors jostling counterpoint and elastic interplay. He has a thought-provoking new album, “Asphalt Flowers Forking Paths” (Hatology), featuring his sextet, which performs at 10:30 p.m. on Friday. (In an earlier set, at 9, he enlists just two of the sextet’s members, the guitarist Mary Halvorson and the drummer Tomas Fujiwara.) Both sets on Saturday feature his improvising chamber group, SpiderMonkey Strings. At 9 and 10:30 p.m., Jazz Gallery, 290 Hudson Street, at Spring Street, South Village, (212) 242-1063,; cover, $15. (Chinen)

JEFF DAVIS BAND (Thursday) Jeff Davis, a drummer of broad experience, features his own compositions for a group with Kirk Knuffke on trumpet, Tony Barba on reeds, Jon Goldberger on guitar, Eivind Opsvik on bass and Kris Davis, his wife, on Fender Rhodes piano. At 9 and 10 p.m., Tea Lounge, 837 Union Street, near Sixth Avenue, Park Slope, Brooklyn, (718) 789-2762,; suggested donation, $5. (Chinen)

TOMAS FUJIWARA AND THE HOOK UP (Wednesday) 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 new band with Nate Wooley on trumpet, Brian Settles on tenor saxophone, Mary Halvorson on guitar and Sean Conly on bass. At 8 p.m., Barbès, 376 Ninth Street, at Sixth Avenue, Park Slope, Brooklyn, (347) 422-0248,; cover, $10. (Chinen)

JOE LOVANO QUINTET (Friday through Sunday) Joe Lovano has become one of the stalwart jazz saxophonists, partly by triangulating John Coltrane’s harmonic inquiry, Ornette Coleman’s off-kilter lyricism and Ben Webster’s pathos. This quintet, also called “Us 5,” includes James Weidman on piano, Esperanza Spalding on bass, Francisco Mela on percussion and Otis Brown III on drums. At 9 and 11 p.m., Village Vanguard, 178 Seventh Avenue South, at 11th Street, West Village, (212) 255-4037,; cover, $25, with a $10 minimum. (Chinen)

MEPHISTA/ANTHONY COLEMAN (Wednesday) Texture and tonality are flexible elements in Mephista, an exploratory trio with Sylvie Courvoisier on piano, Susie Ibarra on drums and percussion and Ikue Mori on electronics. In a later set Anthony Coleman, a pianist and composer, performs a far-ranging solo recital. At 8 and 10 p.m., the Stone, Avenue C and Second Street, East Village,; cover, $10.

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Roulette: Television Clips and DVD’s

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Roulette has released some DVDs of their performances.

Manhattan’s Home of Experimental Music is pleased to announce:

with 6 hours of performances and interviews by:
…….Marilyn Crispell
…….Andrew Cyrille
…….Oliver Lake
…….Lois V Vierk
…….Joan La Barbara
…….Blue Gene Tyranny
…….Kathleen Supove
…….Phoebe Legere
…….Margaret Leng Tan
…….David Behrman

Over the last several years, Roulette has created more than thirty high quality music television programs focusing on the work of one composer. Now, for the first time on DVD, last year’s 12 TV shows are available for purchase and online streaming through the Roulette website –! With interviews and performances hosted by Phoebe Legere highlighting the work and ideas of Marilyn Crispell, Andrew Cyrille, Oliver Lake, Lois V Vierk, Joan La Barbara, Blue Gene Tyranny, Kathleen Supove, Phoebe Legere, Margaret Leng Tan, and David Behrman! Roulette TV is broadcast every Thursday on Manhattan Cable Television with 500,000 subscribers. Roulette has also teamed up with online archive UBUWEB to provide free streaming of all Roulette TV shows past and present, including interviews and performances by Billy Bang, Chris Cutler, Michael Gordon, Zeena Parkins, Shelley Hirsch, Christian Marclay, Ikue Mori, Sainkho Namchylak, Phil Niblock, Pauline Oliveros, William Parker, Elliott Sharp, Jim Staley.

View the shows in their entirety and purchase online at
or watch on UbuWeb at

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December at Roulette

Upcoming shows at New York’s Roulette:

December 4th @ 8:30pm
Audrey Chen / Duane Pitre
Chinese-American musician and performance artist Audrey Chen presents a series of improvisations utilizing her voice, cello and analog electronics. The consequences will run the gamut between conflagration and the tenderness of a shared space of warmth, like eskimos retreated into their igloo for the night, burning oil and experiencing the co-mingled heat of their bodies and breath… Chen is currently based in Baltimore, where she is a member of the Red Room and High Zero Collective, an on-going series and festival devoted to experimental music.

Brooklyn-based composer, performer, and improviser Duane Pitre’s work explores chaos and discipline—and the relationship that exists between the two. Tonight Pitre presents Ensemble Drones – a rule-based, long-tone composition for 20+ performers (Strings, Winds, and Brass along with bowed electric guitar played by the composer and harmonium) arranged in a formation that will partially encompass the audience. Ensemble Drones is an exercise in discipline and freedom, in the refinement of music, and in communal focus.

December 5th @ 8:30pm
H*E*R : Yvette Perez, Danny Tunik, Peter Zummo
H*E*R blends minimalism, jazz, and pop influences in delicate, mysterious, and sophisticated tunes about memory and the outer world that blur the line between improv and song; between prismatic recollection and blighted reality. The trio is led by the Carla Bley of avant-pop music vocalist/keyboardist, Yvette Perez, whose sensuously sparse soundscapes are reminiscent of Annette Peacock and Laurie Anderson. Legendary trombonist/composer Peter Zummo contributes some of his compositions and crafts masterful melodies and improvisations. Vibraphone and percussion player Danny Tunick adds distinctive textures and floating rhythms. The group performs this evening with alto-saxophonist Darius Jones as special guest.

December 6th @ 2:00pm
Metal dust pan, aluminum sheets, bronze gear, faucet sleeve, shish kabob skewers, plastic chopsticks. By bowing, scraping, circular breathing, and sometimes hitting objects such as these, and many others, Andrew Drury will give a solo floor tom performance that revels in the hidden voices of the drum and pushes young peoples’ imaginations beyond the limit. There will be Q&A and audience participation. Drummer/composer Andrew Drury works mainly in jazz and free improvisation, with regular forays into new music, pop, and other genres and media. The former student of Ed Blackwell has performed in Europe and North America, can be heard on over 20 CDs, and has led nearly 1,000 workshops in schools (pre-K to graduate), prisons, museums, Indian reservations, homeless shelters, and in remote villages in Guatemala and Nicaragua.

December 6th @ 8:30pm
Join Roulette for this special Benefit concert with performances by an eclectic mix of some of the most important names in contemporary music and rarely seen in such intimate settings – PHILIP GLASS, JON GIBSON, SHELLEY HIRSCH, ZEENA PARKINS, with films by HENRY HILLS. All tickets $25 to help benefit Roulette and make sure Roulette can continue for another 30 years!

December 7th @ 8:30pm
Brooke Hamre Gillespie: The Holy Experiment
– Circle – Bowing – Remember – Light –
Weaving her voice through dream-like sound-scapes composed of acoustic/electric sounds from violin, bells, flutes, drums, electronics, and other instruments, Brooke Hamre Gillespie (aka The Holy Experiment) creates evolving, organic architectures of vibration, light, shadow, and movement. The listener is guided on an inner journey where the lines of audience and performer become obscured. The Holy Experiment will be performing a fluid meditational piece in honor and prayer of the sacred lands and waters of the earth, for the earth changes that are currently happening, and the people who are currently experiencing the effects of these changes; a ‘new’ musical offering.

December 8th @ 8:30pm
Rozanne Levine & Chakra Tuning (w/ Mark Whitecage, Perry Robinson and Rosi Hertlein)
The “hauntingly beautiful” music of Chakra Tuning weaves in and out of melodies, exploring rhythms, moods and inner space in a transforming, unfolding journey. Sonic conversations emerge and develop as the group explores textures, sonorities and space. Ms. Levine performs on alto clarinet, clarinet and bamboo flute, and is joined by long-time collaborator Mark Whitecage (clarinet, soprano saxophone, electronics), Perry Robinson (clarinet) and Rosi Hertlein (violin, vocals). Rozanne Levine’s compositions form the thematic material from which the musicians improvise. Electronic manipulation plays a part in the group sound, as do bird whistles, ocarinas, half horns and percussion.

December 11th @ 8:30pm
INTERPRETATIONS: Thurman Barker’s Strike Force
Douglas R. Ewart & Inventions
AACM percussionist Thurman Barker leads his percussion quintet Strike Force for a set of fascinating new works.
Also a longtime AACM member, reedsman Douglas R. Ewart brings together his ensemble of New York and Midwest musicians, Inventions, to perform new works inspired by Mr. Ewart’s recent experiences in Haiti and the memory of trumpeter Lester Bowie. Strike Force: Bryan Carrott, vibraphone; Eli Fountaine, marimba; Wilson Moorman, xylophone/timpani; Ray Mantilla, conga drums and percussion; Thurman Barker, drums. Inventions: Dee Alexander, vocalist; Kamau Brathwaite, poet; George E. Lewis, trombone and electronics; Adegoke Steven Colson, piano; Reggie Nicholson, marimba and drums; Douglas R. Ewart, reeds, voice, and percussion

December 12th @ 8:30pm
Violinist Tom Chiu Meets Digital Media: New Works With Special Guests David First, Elise Kermani, and Michael Schumacher
Noted champion of new music, experimental violinist, composer, and improvisor Tom Chiu has performed over 100 premieres worldwide and has worked closely with many distinguished composers including Virko Baley, Dean Drummond, Oliver Lake and Chen Yi, among others. Tonight Chui teams up with David First, Elise Kermani, and Michael Schumacher – three musicians whose work he greatly admires and has worked with collaboratively for as long as thirteen years. By presenting new works by three stylistically disparate sound artists, Chiu, a pioneer in extended vocabularies and techniques on the violin, stretches the sonic boundaries of the storied instrument when placed in today’s digital media context.

December 13th @ 8:30pm
Amy X Neuburg
“One-woman musical hurricane” Amy X Neuburg combines poetry, theater, technology, and exploration of multiple genres using the many colors of her four-octave vocal range to create emotionally intense, meticulously crafted ‘avant-cabaret’ songs and stories. In this concert Amy will perform favorites from her past and present repertoire as well as introduce works-in-development using her newest gadget the Blippoo Box — a hand-built analog synthesizer created for her by instrument designer Rob Hordijk. Tonight special guest singer, songwriter, pianist, and NYC Anti-Folk veteran Steve Espinola will join Amy for an experiment in live looping using 1940s archaic recording technology.

December 14th @ 8:30pm
Jim Staley & Joey Baron
Virtuosic trombonist, composer, and Roulette founder Jim Staley has worked with everyone from Fred Frith, to John Zorn, Ikue Mori, and Elliot Sharp. Percussionist Joey Baron has worked with everyone from Carmen McRae, to Bill Frisell, Laurie Anderson, and Dizzy Gillespie. Tonight these two colossal forces collide for an evening of free improvisation!

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Jazz Listings from the NY Times

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From the Times.

WAYNE HORVITZ AND SWEETER THAN THE DAY (Sunday) A pianist attuned to contrast and texture, Mr. Horvitz has kept the spirit of the downtown scene percolating in Seattle since moving there years ago. His self-released new album “A Walk in the Dark” features the elastic working band appearing here. At 8 p.m., the Stone, Avenue C and Second Street, East Village,; cover, $10. (Chinen)

MEPHISTA (Tuesday) Texture and tonality are flexible elements in this exploratory trio, with Sylvie Courvoisier on piano, Susie Ibarra on drums and percussion and Ikue Mori on electronics. This performance is a benefit for the nonprofit performance space Roulette. At 8:30 p.m., Roulette at Location One, 20 Greene Street, at Grand Street, SoHo, (212) 219-8242,; $20. (Chinen)

BOBBY PREVITE AND THE NEW BUMP (Saturday) Revisiting the sound of an atmospheric yet groove-oriented recent album, “Set the Alarm for Monday” (Palmetto), the drummer Bobby Previte convenes a handful of fellow travelers: the trumpeter Steven Bernstein, the vibraphonist Bill Ware, the bassist Brad Jones and the percussionist Jim Pugliese. At 12:30 a.m., Blue Note, 131 West Third Street, West Village, (212) 475-8592; cover, $8, with a $5 minimum. (Chinen)

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Free Jazz Blog Reviews

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From Free Jazz:

Monday, September 29, 2008
Lotte Anker, Sylvie Courvoisier, Ikue Mori – Alien Huddle (Intakt, 2008) ****
The New Albert Beger Quartet – Big Mother (Earsay, 2008) ****

Saturday, September 27, 2008
Fight The Big Bull – Dying Will Be Easy (Clean Feed, 2008) ****½

Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Devin Hoff – Solo Bass (Self Published, 2008) ***½

Monday, September 22, 2008
Scott Tinkler – Backwards (Extreme, 2007) ****
Craig Green + David King (Long Song Records, 2008) ***½

Sunday, September 21, 2008
Raoul Björkenheim, William Parker, Hamid Drake – DGM@The Stone Vol. 2 (DMG, 2008) ****

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