DMG Newsletter October 23rd, 2009

From DMG:

John Zorn‘s Femina! Fujii & Kihlstedt! Jessica Pavone! Lester Bowie: The Entire 1967 ‘Numbers’ sessions! David Simons! Bob Downes/Barry Guy Open Music! Amiri Baraka & Rob Brown DVD! Chad Taylor! Mike Reed! Leo Smith’s Spirit Catcher!

Matthew Welch! Radu Malfatti/Klaus Filip! Anders Nilsson! Keith Lowe/Toshimaru Nakamura! Phill NIblock! OOIOO! European Jazz Ensemble! Espers! Christopher Hobbs! Kai Fagaschinski/Burhard Stangl! Brian Groder & Burton Greene! Dom Minasi String Qt!

Historic Recordings from Disconforme: Lots of Ornette Coleman! Sonny Rollins & Don Cherry! John Lewis! Bob Brookmeyer! ..Mosaic 3CD Sets from John Handy & Denny Zeitlin!..and Rare DIW Out-Of-Print CDs!

..and much more!


Downtown Music Gallery FREE In-Store Performance Schedule Continues with:

Friday, November 6th at 7pm –
Toronto Jazz Guitar Great meets Downtown’s Best Bassist!

Sunday, November 15th at 6pm:
Downtown Drum Wiz Engages Lithuanian Saxist!

Sunday, November 22nd at 6pm:
ANDERS NILSSON – Guitar Wiz Will Blow Your Mind!

Sunday, November 29th at 6pm: NONOKO YOSHIDA & DAVE SCANLON! Wonderful New Sax & Guitar Duo!

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DMG Newsletter October 16th, 2009

From DMG:

Henry Threadgill’s Zooid! Duck Baker with Derek Bailey, John Zorn & Roswell Rudd! Vandermark 5! Bobby Bradford/Frode Gjerstad Qt! 100NKA & Herb Robertson!

Dennis Gonzalez! Ben Allison! David Lang! Akira Sakata/Chris Corsano/Darin Gray! Manuel Mengis Gruupe 6! Lacy Pool! ..and The first of the Great ‘CD DVD-A’ Reissues of King Crimson’s classic titles: Red!

Downtown Music Gallery FREE In-Store Performances:

Sunday, October 18th at 6pm:
Superb New bass clarinet, baritone guitar & bass sax Trio!
Joachim plays in the Han Bennink Trio & this is a rare gig not to be missed!

Friday, November 6th at 7pm :
Toronto Jazz Guitar Great meets Downtown’s Best Bassist!

Sunday, November 15th at 6pm:
Downtown Drum Wiz Engages Lithuanian Saxist!

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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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October 15, 2009
Evan Parker Duo with Fred Frith, The Stone
Fred Frith, Evan Parker

October 13, 2009
Larry Ochs Sax & Drumming Core, Roulette
Scott Amendola, Satoko Fujii, Lawrence Ochs, Donald Robinson, Natsuki Tamura
Evan Parker Trio with Chris Corsano & Nate Wooley, The Stone
Chris Corsano, Evan Parker, Nate Wooley

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Bohemian in Exile Shows

From Detroit’s Bohemian folks:

Monday Sept 28th: Evan Parker/Ned Rothenberg Duo at 2739 Edwin
A leader of the American avant garde joins a leader of the European avant garde in a duo for winds that features free improvised music with a startling level of interplay.

British saxophonist Evan Parker is a pivotal figure in the development of European improvised music. Along with his early collaborator, guitarist Derek Bailey, he pioneered a new approach to free playing that moved away from a jazz based vocabulary. Their work in the mid-sixties was intended to be non-idiomatic, but both musicians had such distinct musical voices that they couldn’t help becoming an idiom unto themselves! Parker has worked with Cecil Taylor, Peter Brotzmann, Tony Oxley, Anthony Braxton et al., as well as more pop related performers like Spitirtualized, Spring Heel Jack and Robert Wyatt.

New Yorker Ned Rothenberg plays a variety of wind instruments, including alto saxophone, clarinet, bass clarinet and Shakuhachi. Involved with the ‘downtown scene’- performing with folks like John Zorn, Tom Cora and Marc Ribot– Rothenberg is also internationally-minded in his collaborations, which have included Tuvan throat singers and South Korean musicians.

Doors at 8 pm, music at 8:20. Located at 2739 Edwin, just off Jos Campau in Hamtramck. $10 suggested minimum donation. Please note, there is free parking behind 2739 Edwin, accessed by the alley along side the building. Please park there (if possible) to lower the impact on the neighbors. Thanks

Coming Soon:
10/2 Digital Primitives (Cooper Moore, Assif Tsahar, Chad Taylor) at 2739 Edwin
10/22 Jason Stein
11/4 Plastic Crime Wave, Kat Hernandez Duo

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MadLove – Dissonances, Drones and Feedback at Southpaw reviews Trevor Dunn‘s latest project.

The bassist Trevor Dunn has a lot of experience making music of canny disruption and outrageous effect. He’s well entangled in a few different scenes, notably the one that includes the experimental-metal supergroup Fantomas and the one that revolves around the avant-garde polymath John Zorn. (There’s some overlap there.)

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Upcoming Shows at Ars Nova

From Philly’s Ars Nova Workshop:

Friday, September 11, 8pm
with Mary Halvorson, el. guitar; Jonathan Finlayson, trumpet; Jon Irabagon, alto saxophone; Trevor Dunn, bass; and Tomas Fujiwara, drums

International House Philadelphia, 3701 Chestnut Street
$12 General Admission

A veteran of esteemed composer Anthony Braxton’s ensembles and “probably the most original jazz guitarist to emerge this decade” (Chicago Reader), guitarist Mary Halvorson returns with her new quintet. For this special performance she is joined by bassist Trevor Dunn (John Zorn’s Electric Masada, Fantomas), saxophonist Jon Irabagon, winner of the 2008 Thelonious Monk Jazz Competition and member of MOPDTK, and rising stars Tomas Fujiwara and Jonathan Finlayson (Steve Lehman, Steve Coleman). In addition to her acclaimed trio and quintet, she co-leads a chamber music duo with violist Jessica Pavone and the avant-rock band, People, with drummer Kevin Shea, as well as performs in groups led by Tim Berne, Taylor Ho Bynum, Jason Moran and John Tchicai. Not to be missed.

Thursday, September 24, 8pm
with Cooper-Moore, diddly-bo/banjo; Assif Tsahar, reeds; and Chad Taylor, drums

Fleisher/Ollman Gallery, 1616 Walnut Street, Suite 100
$12 General Admission

Cooper-Moore has been a major catalyst in the world of creative music for over 30 years. His first fully-committed jazz group was formed in 1970 – the collective trio Apogee with David S. Ware and drummer Marc Edwards – which opened up for Sonny Rollins at the Village Vanguard in 1973. Following a trying European tour with Ware, Beaver Harris and Brian Smith in 1981, Cooper-Moore returned home and destroyed his piano – with sledgehammer and fire – in his backyard. It was not until the early 90s, when William Parker asked him to join his ensemble, In Order To Survive, that Cooper-Moore’s gifts were again regularly featured in a jazz context. For this rare appearance, he performs with Digital Primitives featuring Israeli reedsman Assif Tsahar, known for his work with Rashied Ali, Peter Kowald and Hamid Drake, and drummer Chad Taylor, a member of the Chicago Underground Duo, Iron and Wine, and a major contributor to Chicago’s post-rock scene where he has recorded with Tortoise, Isotope 217, Stereolab and Sam Prekop.

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Jazz Listings From the New York Times


ALHAMBRA TRIO (Wednesday) “Alhambra Love Songs” (Tzadik), a new album by John Zorn, features his compositions exclusively, with a style uncharacteristically skewed toward romance. Two of its three cast members — the pianist Rob Burger and the drummer Ben Perowsky — reconvene here with the bassist Shanir Blumenkranz (filling in for Greg Cohen). The first set draws from the album; the second set features other even newer music by Mr. Zorn. At 8 and 10 p.m., the Stone, Avenue C and Second Street, East Village ,; $10 per set. (Nate Chinen)20090827

SATOKO FUJII MIN-YOH ENSEMBLE (Tuesday) Satoko Fujii, an adventurous pianist and composer from Japan, has worked fruitfully over the years with a number of American improvisers; in the Min-Yoh Ensemble, named after a form of Japanese folk music, her lineup includes Andrea Parkins on accordion and Curtis Hasselbring on trombone, as well as her husband, Natsuki Tamura, on trumpet. Two years ago this group released an album, “Fujin Raijin” (Victo); they will record its sequel soon after this performance. At 10 p.m., the Stone, Avenue C and Second Street, East Village ,; $10. (Chinen)20090827

? STEVE LEHMAN AND CRAIG TABORN (Sunday) Mr. Lehman, an alto and soprano saxophonist, and Mr. Taborn, a pianist and keyboardist, share an ultramodern worldview and an attraction to intelligent frictions. Each is a conceptual thinker as well as a daring improviser, and their duo interplay should be illuminating. At 8 and 10 p.m., the Stone, Avenue C and Second Street, East Village ,; $10 per set. (Chinen)20090827

? RUDRESH MAHANTHAPPA NORTH SEA QUARTET (Wednesday) An intense and inventive alto saxophonist, Rudresh Mahanthappa works here with a group that last convened a year ago at the North Sea Jazz Festival. Its personnel consists of serious partners, each attuned to a restless ideal: Craig Taborn on piano, François Moutin on bass and Dan Weiss on drums. At 8:30 and 10:30 p.m., Iridium, 1650 Broadway, at 51st Street , (212) 582-2121,; cover, $25, with a $10 minimum. (Chinen)20090827

DONNY MCCASLIN GROUP (Sunday) On his recent albums Donny McCaslin has applied his assertive tenor saxophone style to Latin American-inspired fusions. He does that here with expert help: the guitarist Lage Lund, the bassist Ricky Rodriguez and the drummer Adam Cruz. At 10 p.m., 55 Bar, 55 Christopher Street, West Village , (212) 929-9883,; $10. (Chinen)20090827

? PAUL MOTIAN, JOE LOVANO, BILL FRISELL (Friday through Sunday, and Tuesday through Thursday) Mr. Motian, a drummer and composer, sets a tone for this blue-chip trio that’s shadowy, slippery and as open-ended as a koan; his longtime partners are Mr. Lovano, on tenor and soprano saxophones, and Mr. Frisell, on guitar. They have memorably recorded at the Village Vanguard, and each of their returns feels like a generous occurrence. (Through Sept. 6.) At 9 and 11 p.m., Village Vanguard, 178 Seventh Avenue South, at 11th Street, West Village , (212) 255-4037,; cover, $35. (Chinen)20090827

? JOHN SURMAN QUARTET (Tuesday through Thursday) The baritone and soprano saxophonist John Surman has long been a leading figure in British jazz and improvised-music circles, and he doesn’t surface here nearly often enough. He’s celebrating the release of “Brewster’s Rooster” (ECM) with that album’s sterling cast: the guitarist John Abercrombie, the drummer Jack DeJohnette and the bassist Drew Gress. (Through Sept. 5.) At 8:30 and 11 p.m., Birdland, 315 West 44th Street, Clinton , (212) 581-3080,; $30, general seating; $40, premium seating. (Chinen)20090827

? CECIL TAYLOR (Monday) At 80, Mr. Taylor is an elder statesman by any measure, and his pianism has continued to bedazzle, growing more luminous but no less rigorous. He has made a handful of staggering appearances just in the last couple of years, and there’s no reason to doubt the potential of this one. At 8 and 10:30 p.m., Highline Ballroom, 431 West 16th Street, Chelsea , (866) 468-7619,; $25 in advance, $30 at door. (Chinen)

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AMN Picks of the Week

Here is where I post, at a frequency of about once a week, a list of the new music that has caught my attention that week. All of the releases listed below I’ve heard for the first time this week and come recommended. Don’t take the categories too seriously.

Le Car de Thon – Nos Meilleurs Stockhausen (2009, modern classical)
Hasselbring / Speed / Dunn / Hollenbeck – The New Mellow Edwards (2006, jazz)
Drew Gress – The Irrational Numbers (2007, jazz)
Zeena Parkins / Ikue Mori – Phantom Orchard (2004, experimental)
Moraine – Manifest Density (2009, fusion)
Diablo Swing Orchestra – The Butcher’s Ballroom (2006, gothic metal, experimental)

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