June 19, 2009
Alex Chechile Solo, IBeam
Alex Chechile
Cymerman-Sinton-Bauder Clarinet Trio, IBeam
Matt Bauder, Jeremiah Cymerman, Josh Sinton
Harris Eisenstadt & Ellery Eskellin Duo, IBeam
Harris Eisenstadt, Ellery Eskelin

June 18, 2009
Kris Davis Trio, Tea Lounge
Kris Davis, Mary Halvorson, Ches Smith

June 16, 2009
Arve Henriksen with Jan Bang, Le Poisson Rouge
Jan Bang, Arve Henriksen
Nils Petter Molvaer Trio with Audun Kleive & Eivind Aarset, Le Poisson Rouge
Eivind Aarset, Audun Kleive, Nils Petter Molvaer

June 14, 2009
At the Vision Festival 14, Abrons Art Center
Fred Anderson, Lewis Barnes, Jacques Bisceglia, Peter Brotzmann, Rob Brown, Steve Dalachinsky, Stefania Errore, Daniel Levin, Joe McPhee, Patricia Nicholson, William Parker, Marino Pliakas, Steve Swell, Michael Wertmueller
Fred Anderson Trio, Abrons Art Center
Fred Anderson, Hamid Drake, William Parker
Full Blast, Abrons Art Center
Peter Brotzmann, Marino Pliakas, Michael Wertmueller
Michele Rosewoman and Quintessence plus Guests, Abrons Art Center
Vincent Gardner, Brad Jones, Richard Padron, Michele Rosewoman, Tyshawn Sorey, Loren Stillman, Jacob Yoffee
Planet Dream, Abrons Art Center
Rob Brown, Daniel Levin, Steve Swell
Yamamoto-Dickey-Carter, Abrons Art Center
Daniel Carter, Whit Dickey, Eri Yamamoto

June 12, 2009
The Second Approach Trio with Roswell Rudd, IBeam
Igor Ivanushkin, Tatiana Komova, Andrei Razin, Roswell Rudd

June 11, 2009
Urs Leimgruber with Peter Evans & Okkyung Lee, Roulette
Peter Evans, Okkyung Lee, Urs Leimgruber

June 10, 2009
Wibutee, Nublu
Rune Brondbo, Wetle Holte, Hakon Kornstad
Burning Genitals, The Stone
Bobby Previte, Mike Pride, Jamie Saft

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Jazz Listings From the New York Times

Cover of "On the Corner"
Cover of On the Corner


MILES DAVIS’S ON THE CORNER (Monday) Released in 1972, “On the Corner” was Miles Davis’s attempt to reconnect with a young African-American fan base. This tribute includes the saxophonist Dave Liebman, an alumnus of the original sessions, as well as a crew seemingly inclined to emphasize the album’s avant-garde undercurrents, including the pianist Karl Berger and the trumpeter Graham Haynes. At 8 p.m., Merkin Concert Hall, 129 West 67th Street, Manhattan, (212) 501-3330,; $30; $20 for members. (Chinen)

ANGEL OV DEATH (Wednesday) If the name suggests a hardcore band rather than a jazz trio, relax; that’s precisely what its members want you to think. In fact, the group dynamic of the multireedist Andrew D’Angelo, the keyboardist Jamie Saft and the drummer Mike Pride is informed as much by post-bop protocols as by post-punk dynamics. At 9 p.m., Zebulon, 258 Wythe Avenue, near Third Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, (718) 218-6934,; no cover. (Nate Chinen)20090521

CONLY/ATTIAS/MCPHERSON (Monday) This exploratory trio features the collective efforts of the stalwart bassist Sean Conly, the inquisitive alto and baritone saxophonist Michaël Attias and the deftly propulsive drummer Eric McPherson. At 9:30 p.m., Royale, 506 Fifth Avenue, between 12th and 13th Streets, Park Slope, Brooklyn, (718) 840-0089,; $5 suggested donation, with a one-drink minimum. (Chinen)20090521

KRIS DAVIS TRIO (Wednesday) In her piano playing as well as in her composing, Kris Davis favors a sparkling restlessness, often skirting chaos but rarely succumbing to it. This trio relies on her rapport with the bassist John Hébert and the drummer Tom Rainey. At 9 and 10:30 p.m., Tea Lounge, 837 Union Street, near Sixth Avenue, Park Slope, Brooklyn, (718) 789-2762,; $5 suggested donation. (Chinen)20090521

MICHAEL MUSILLAMI TRIO +3 (Sunday) Michael Musillami, a guitarist firmly entrenched in the contemporary avant-garde, celebrates the release of “From Seeds” (Playscape), an album featuring not only his working trio but also the trumpeter Ralph Alessi, the multireedist Marty Ehrlich and the vibraphonist Matt Moran, who all regroup here. At 8:30 p.m., Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, West Village, (212) 989-9319,; cover, $10, with a two-drink minimum. (Chinen)20090521

WADADA LEO SMITH/GRAHAM HAYNES (Saturday) Mr. Smith, a trumpeter, and Mr. Haynes, a cornetist, hail from different generations but share a fondness for textural tensions. In this double bill Mr. Smith leads his excellent Golden Quartet, with the pianist Vijay Iyer, the bassist John Lindberg and the drummer Pheeroan akLaff; Mr. Haynes works with Hardedge, an electronic sound designer. At 8:30 p.m., Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway, at 95th Street, (212) 864-5400,; $25 in advance; $30 day of show; $20 for members. (Chinen)20090521

JESSE STACKEN TRIO (Friday) On “That That” (Fresh Sound New Talent), a recent album, the pianist Jesse Stacken presents a program of original pieces showcasing his slippery rapport with the bassist Eivind Opsvik and the drummer Jeff Davis, who rejoin him here. At 9 and 10:30 p.m., Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, West Village, (212) 989-9319,; cover, $10, with a $7 minimum. (Chinen)20090521

CECIL TAYLOR (Thursday) At 80, Mr. Taylor is an elder statesman by any measure, and his music has continued to bedazzle, growing more luminous but no less rigorous in recent years. At 8 and 10:30 p.m., Blue Note, 131 West Third Street, Greenwich Village, (212) 475-8592,; $35 at tables, $20 at the bar, with a $5 minimum. (Chinen)20090521

NATE WOOLEY (Tuesday) Nate Wooley is a trumpeter who favors restlessness and tension; he works here with a smart ensemble featuring Josh Sinton on bass clarinet, Matt Moran on vibraphone, John Hebert on bass and Harris Eisenstadt on drums. At 8 p.m., the Stone, Avenue C and Second Street, East Village,; cover, $10.

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The Week’s Best Albums From ALARM Magazine

From ALARM Magazine:

Omar Rodriguez-Lopez: Old Money (Stones Throw)
Jamie Saft: Black Shabbis (Tzadik)
Diagonal: s/t (Rise Above)
Ephel Duath: Through My Dog’s Eyes (Earache)

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All About Jazz Reviews

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From All About Jazz:

25-Jan-09 Jurg Wickihalder/ Henriette Groth
Saxophone and Piano Duets: A Feeling For Someone and Du Fugl
Reviewed by John Sharpe

25-Jan-09 Ingrid Laubrock
Sleepthief (Intakt Records)
Reviewed by Clifford Allen

24-Jan-09 Darren Johnston
The Edge of the Forest (Clean Feed Records)
Reviewed by Troy Collins

23-Jan-09 Matthew Shipp Trio
Harmonic Disorder (Thirsty Ear Recordings)
Reviewed by Lyn Horton

23-Jan-09 Charles Mingus
Mingus Ah Um (Legacy Recordings)
Reviewed by Matthew Miller

22-Jan-09 Ran Blake
Driftwoods (Tompkins Square)
Reviewed by Henry Smith

22-Jan-09 Mark O’Leary / Kenny Wollensen / Jamie Saft
The Synth Show (Leo Records)
Reviewed by Kurt Gottschalk

22-Jan-09 Millenial Territory Orchestra
We Are MTO (MOWO! Inc.)
Reviewed by Tom Greenland

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John Zorn at Henry Street

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Two John Zorn performances are coming to Henry Street Settlement in New York.

John Zorn: Masada Sextet
Friday, February 6 | 8 pm

John Zorn returns to the Abrons with the US premiere of his hot new Masada ensemble. The classic quartet of Zorn, Dave Douglas, Greg Cohen, and Joey Baron are augmented by the spectacular pianist Uri Caine and percussionist extraordinaire Cyro Baptista. The evening features two sets of Masada material old and new by this dynamic super band.

John Zorn: The Dreamers/O’o
Saturday, February 7| 8 pm

Marc Ribot, Jamie Saft, Kenny Wollesen, Trevor Dunn, Joey Baron, Cyro Baptista, John Zorn.

Two sets of music presenting The Dreamers and the World Premiere of The Dreamers Volume 2 O’o in one exciting concert Named for an extinct Hawaiian bird whose delightful song will never be sung again, O’o is the exotic and charming follow up to The Dreamers, one of Zorn’s most appealing projects. Featuring the same dynamic band of masters from Zorn’s inner circle, O’o presents more lyrical and adventurous instrumentals exploring World Music, Surf, Exotica, Minimalism, Film Soundtracks and more.

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John Zorn at Yoshi’s

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Zorn will be spending some time at Yoshi’s in San Francisco this March.

Sometimes a club is more than a club; it becomes an incubator. From March 11 through 15, Yoshi’s in San Francisco is bringing in saxophonist-composer John Zorn, still a radical at age 55, a man whose music ranges from roll-the-dice free improvisation to elastic, Ornette Coleman jazz, earsplitting punk-jazz, loungey surf-jazz, intimate chamber music and the Ennio Morricone songbook.

Each night at Yoshi’s, Zorn, who leads or composes for umpteen groups, will present a different band, including the Dreamers; Bar Kokhba; Masada String Trio; Electric Masada; and his Masada quartet, a fabulous band. It draws on Coleman and (like much of Zorn’s music) the yearning of Jewish folk forms; it features Zorn on alto saxophone, Dave Douglas on trumpet, Greg Cohen on bass and Joey Baron on drums. Other New York downtowners flying in to perform with one band or another include Marc Ribot, Kenny Wollesen, Erik Friedlander, Cyro Baptista, Mark Feldman, Jamie Saft and Ikue Mori. Tickets on sale soon: or (415) 655-5600.

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Multi-Instrumentalist and Multi-Culturalist Jamie Saft Speaks with Under Your Skin

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A video interview with Jamie Saft is available.

Enlisted by John Zorn, Bobby Previte, Merzbow, Dave Douglas, Bad Brains, the Beastie Boys, and dozens of other influential and notable artists, Jamie Saft is a massive talent. His work on assorted guitars and keyboards transcends countless genres, and his next solo release — Black Shabbis on Zorn’s Tzadik label — combines traditional Jewish music with metal.

Yesterday, an interview with Saft was posted online by Under Your Skin, a work-in-progress book/DVD that includes interviews of musicians across countless styles. Check out the video to hear Saft talk about his latest projects, his work with Bad Brains and the Beastie Boys, his record label, and his recent acoustic trio recordings with Zorn.

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The Stone in November

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Coming up at New York’s Stone:

November 2008 at the Stone curated by Brad Lubman / Stephanie Stone

11/1 Saturday (DSNJ)
8 pm
Andy Akiho
Andy Akiho (steel pan)

10 pm
Ken Thomson and SLOW/FAST
Ken Thomson (alto sax, bass clarinet, composition) Russ Johnson (trumpet) Eyal Maoz (guitar) Adam Armstrong (bass) Fred Kennedy (drums)

11/2 Sunday (MM)
8 pm
So Percussion
Josh Quillen, Adam Sliwinsky, Jason Treuting, Lawson White (percussion)

10 pm
Phil Everall (bass clarinet) Andy Kozar (trumpet) Will Lang (trombone) Jeff Gavett (baritone)
Loadbang plays musics new, improvised and electronic, written by the band and composer friends.

11/4 Tuesday (JAW)
8 pm
Gregg August
Gregg August (bass) Mike Lowenstern (bass clarinet) JD Allen (tenor saxophone) Rudy Royston (drums)

11/5 Wednesday (TCDS)
8 pm
Mark Stewart & Friends
Mark Stewart (guitar) and special guests

10 pm
The Music of Paul Coleman
Paul Coleman (composer)

11/6 Thursday (JC)
8 pm
Lisa Moore
Lisa Moore (piano, voice and sampler)
Lisa Moore performing music by Don Byron, Annie Gosfield, Missy Mazzoli, David Lang and Martin Bresnick. For more Moore visit

10 pm
Annie Gosfield
Annie Gosfield (composer)

11/7 Friday (TCBS)
8 pm
Lauren Radnofsky
Lauren Radnofsky (cello)

10 pm
Olivia DePrato
Olivia DePrato (violin)

11/8 Saturday (RK)
8 pm
The Wierenga Manoeuvre:
Chris Wicks (alto saxophone, feedback) Red Wierenga (piano and respectronics) Greg Chudzik (acoustic bass, electronics) Charlie Dye (drums, percussion)
The debut performance of a new hardcore electro-acoustic free jazz ensemble.

10 pm
The Respect Sextet
Eli Asher (trumpet and toys) Josh Rutner (tenor saxophone, bass clarinet, toys) James Hirschfeld (trombone, electronic valve instrument, toys) Red Wierenga (piano and respectronics) Malcolm Kirby (bass) Ted Poor (drums)
The Respect Sextet will perform copious free improvisations, selections from their forthcoming Sun Ra/Stochausen disc on Mode Records, and new themes from the work-in-progress Executive Suite.

11/9 Sunday (MM)
8 pm
Ning Yu
Ning Yu (piano)

10 pm
Baljinder Sekhon—A Collection of Solo Works

11/11 Tuesday (JAW)
8 pm
itsnotyouitsme and 5707
Caleb Burhans (e.violin, keys, loops) Ryan Ferreira (e.guitar, loops) Grey McMurray (e.guitar, loops) Garth Stevenson (bass, loops)
An evening of lush ambient soundscapes.

10 pm
Amanda Baker (viola) Nuiko Wadden (flute) Beth Meyers (harp)
Featuring music by Anna Clyne, Jason Treuting, and Caleb Burhans

11/12 Wednesday (TCDS)
8 pm
Jessica Schmitz and Kathy Supove
Jessica Schmitz (flute) Kathy Supove (piano)

10 pm
The Ukuladies
Katie Down (ukes, voice, toy piano, flute, glockenspiel, penny whistle, and kazoo) Mary Myers (ukes, voice, kazoo, toys) Philippa Thompson (ukes, voice, fiddle, saw) Heather Warfel (tap and interpretive dance, toy accordion, party favors and antics)
Audience sing-a-longs? Cheap champagne? Balloon animals? Delicious bacon? What more could you want? The Ukuladies, a perpetually-touring, twin-sister, aunt, and one tap-dancing-cousin act from Winnipeg, Canada with a lust for life and its idle curiosities include fraternal twins Genevieve (Katie Down), Jimmy Lou (Philippa Thompson), Aunt Mary (Mary Myers), and Cousin Bunny (Heather Warfel) are proud to have hit nearly every Holiday Inn on the Eastern seaboard. Come and join the “ladies” as they share cowboy love songs, Hawaiian hits, Ruth Wallis medleys, George Fornby favorites, and originals tunes. (

11/13 Thursday (BSNJ)
8 pm
bedroom community
Steven Swartz (ukulele, voice, live electronics) Kristi Sunde (accordion, voice).
ukuelctronica: bedroom community performs The Waves Recede from Reseda and other songs, with live loops and the occasional backing track.

10 pm
Philippa Thompson
Philippa Thompson (voice, musical saw, spoons, ukulele, violin) David Crowell (saxophone), Mary Myers (voice, piano), Eric Rockwin (bass), Jeremy Thal (French horn), Ken Thomson (clarinet), and more
An evening of music (including several world premieres) for musical saw, spoons, and other non-traditional instruments written especially for Philippa. Music by Ryan Brown, David Crowell, Ruby Fulton, Derek Johnson, Jonas Jurkunas, David Lang, Chris Marianetti, Paula Matthusen, Kate Moore, Tristan Perich, John Wriggle.

11/14 Friday (TCBS)
8 pm
Todd Reynolds
Todd Reynolds (violin)

10 pm
Michael Lowenstern
Michael Lowenstern (bass clarinet, electronics)

11/15 Saturday (DSNJ)
8 and 10 pm
John Zorn Improv Night I—A Stone Benefit
John Zorn (sax) and many special guests
Come out and support The Stone! A night of wild improvisation East Village style to benefit THE STONE. TWENTY DOLLARS.

11/16 Sunday (MM)
8 pm
Shelley Hirsch
Shelley Hirsch (voice)

10 pm
Consilience and Altruism: Of the Other Way of Thinking and Stephanie Stone
Herb Robertson (trumpet) Marty Erhlich (clarinet, saxophone, flute) David Taylor (bass trombone) Terry McManus (guitar) Mark Helias (bass) Jay Rosen (drums)
“A Bio-Musical Imaginative Theoretical Tribute” written and created by Ana Isabel Ordonez. Improvisational patterns and concepts by Herb Robertson. Design created by Claude Marc Bourget. Performed by The Herb Robertson Sextet. The sense of exhilaration that characterize Herb Robertson’s experiences under improvisational patterns is heightened for his new sextet as storytellers by his complicated and sincere intellectual and emotional active exertion, and by the intensity of struggling with a creative process under the pressure of a steady beat. From the outset of this performance the improvisers will enter into an artificial world of time in which reactions to the unfolding events of Stephanie must be immediate. The consequence of their music and action will be irreversible.

11/18 Tuesday (JAW)
8 pm
Steve Dalachinsky
Steve Dalachinsky (poetry) Stepahanie Stone (piano) Yuko Otomo (poetry)

10 pm
Yuko Fijiyama
Yuko Fujiyama (piano)

11/19 Wednesday (GG)
8 pm
Ikue Mori (laptop) Sylvie Courvoisier (piano) Suzie Ibarra (drums)

10 pm
Anthony Coleman
Anthony Coleman (piano)

11/20 Thursday (MP)
8 pm
Annie Gosfield Trio
Annie Gosfield (keyboards) Ches Smith (drums and percussion) Roger Kleier (electric guitar)

10 pm
Oscar Noriega
Oscar Noriega (sax)

11/21 Friday (TCBS)
8 and 10 pm
John Zorn Improv Night II—A Stone Benefit
Okkyung Lee (cello) John Zorn (sax) and many surprise guests
These are the nights that pay our rent and expenses. Only with your help can we continue to bring you the best and most diverse programming in New York. Come out and support The Stone! TWENTY DOLLARS

11/22 Saturday (DSNJ)
8 pm
Robin Holcomb
Robin Holcomb (piano, voice) Doug Wieselman, Marty Ehrlich (clarinet) David Hofstra, Kenny Wollesen (drums)
Robin Holcomb with Doug Wieselman, Marty Ehrlich, David Hofstra and Kenny Wollesen playing music from Larks, They Crazy and new tunes.

10 pm
Mark Dresser
Mark Dresser (bass)

11/23 Sunday (MM)
8 pm
Andrea Parkins
Andrea Parkins (accordion)

10 pm
Mark Feldman and Sylvie Courvoiser
Mark Feldman (violin) Sylvie Courvoiser (piano)

11/25 Tuesday (JAW)
8 pm
William Parker
William Parker (bass)

10 pm
Roy Campbell
Roy Campbell (trumpet)

11/26 Wednesday (MP)
8 pm
Erik Friedlander
Erik Friedlander (cello)

10 pm
Joey Baron Solo
Joey Baron (drums)


11/28 Friday (TCBS)
8 pm
Dave Sewelson
Dave Sewelson (sax)

10 pm
Malaby/Sanchez/Rainey trio
Tony Malaby (sax) Angie Sanchez (piano) Tom Rainey (drums)

11/29 Saturday (RK)
8 pm
Tim Keiper
Tim Keiper (percussion)

10 pm
Ned Rothenberg
Ned Rothenberg (alto sax, clarinets)

11/30 Sunday (MM)
8 pm
Butch Morris Conduction
Butch Morris with a spectacular ensemble

10 pm
Ellery Eskelin
Ellery Eskelin (tenor saxophone) Jamie Saft (organ) Jim Black (drums)

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