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Jazz Listings from the New York Times

From NYTimes.com:

JACOB FRED JAZZ ODYSSEY (Friday) Having recently expanded from trio to quartet form, this road-savvy band now includes the pianist Brian Haas, the bassist Matt Hayes, the drummer Josh Raymer and the lap steel guitarist Chris Combs. “One Day in Brooklyn” (Kinnara), the group’s new EP, documents a two-pronged shift: toward countrified timbres and post-bop exposition. At 7 p.m., Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker Street, near Thompson Street, Greenwich Village , (212) 505-3474, lepoissonrouge.com; $15. (Chinen)20091008

LARRY OCHS SAX & DRUMMING CORE (Tuesday) The tenor and soprano saxophonist Larry Ochs is probably best known for his founding role in the Rova Saxophone Quartet, a new-music ensemble with more than 30 years of performing experience. “Stone Shift” (Rogue Art), his almost hypnotically intense new album, features the same ensemble heard here, with two assertive drummers (Scott Amendola and Donald Robinson); a keyboardist (Satoko Fujii); and a trumpeter (Natsuki Tamura). At 8:30 p.m., Roulette, 20 Greene Street, at Grand Street, SoHo , (212) 219-8242, roulette.org; $15; $10 for students and under 30. (Chinen)20091008

MARIO PAVONE (Tuesday and Wednesday) Mr. Pavone, a bassist and composer with an expansive worldview, surfaces with two groups next week, starting on Tuesday in Brooklyn, when he joins a trio with the saxophonist Mike DiRubbo and the drummer Tom Rainey. On Wednesday at 9:30 p.m. he leads a working group, Quartet Arc, with Tony Malaby on saxophone, Dave Ballou on trumpet and Gerald Cleaver on drums. (An earlier set, at 8, will feature a group led by the guitarist Joe Morris.) Tuesday at 8:30 p.m., Le Grand Dakar, 285 Grand Avenue, between Clifton Place and Lafayette Avenue, Clinton Hill, Brooklyn, (718) 398-8900, granddakar.com; free. Wednesday, Local 269, 269 East Houston Street, at Suffolk Street, Lower East Side , (212) 228-9874; $10. (Chinen)

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Larry Ochs’ Sax and Drumming Core Coming to NY

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From Roulette:

LARRY OCHS SAX & DRUMMING CORE: USA 2009
featuring SCOTT AMENDOLA & DON ROBINSON (DRUMS)
SATOKO FUJII (PIANO, SYNTHESIZER) // NATSUKI TAMURA (TRUMPET)

Larry Ochs Sax & Drumming Core was formed in June 2000 for a special – invitation performance in San Francisco. The Core’s music is a meditation on and a 21st-century distillation of the songs of American and eastern European blues-shouters, and of traditional chant-singers from Asia and Africa. This is the space that this band was inspired by – at first. But then, after all, the end result is modern. Larry Ochs Sax & Drumming Core consists of both Scott Amendola and Donald Robinson on drums and is led by Larry Ochs on tenor and sopranino saxophones. As of November 2007, the trio expanded to a quintet, including Satoko Fujii on synthesizers and piano, and Natsuki Tamura on trumpet.

OCTOBER 13th @ 8:30 PM
ROULETTE
20 Greene St (between Canal and Grand St)
Admission $15 Students/Seniors/Under 30s $10 MEMBERS FREE
TICKETS/RSVP: 212.219.8242

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An AAJ Interview with Larry Ochs

From All About Jazz:

Best known as a member of the Rova Saxophone Quartet, Mr. Ochs has recorded over two dozen albums in the past two decades plus with this ensemble. The material that Rova covers is diverse, challenging, and rewarding to both the band and listener alike, extending from raw, pure improvisation to complex composition (contributed by Mr. Ochs and band mates Steve Adams, Jon Raskin, Bruce Ackley in addition to Anthony Braxton, Tim Berne, John Carter, Muhal Richard Abrams, Jack DeJohnette, Barry Guy, Lindsay Cooper, Fred Frith, Robin Holcomb, Alvin Curran, and Terry Riley).

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Jazz Listings From The New York Times

In the Times:

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 Mary Halvorson on guitar and Danton Boller on bass. At 9 p.m., Douglass Street Music Collective, 295 Douglass Street, near Third Avenue, Gowanus, Brooklyn, myspace.com/295douglass; $10. (Chinen)20090226

KIDD JORDAN, WILLIAM PARKER, HAMID DRAKE (Friday) Mr. Jordan, a venerable New Orleans saxophonist, has a history of boisterous free improvisation with Mr. Parker, a stalwart bassist, and Mr. Drake, a responsive and powerful drummer: a few years ago they made an excellent album together, “Palm of Soul” (AUM Fidelity), and more recently they have made occasional appearances like this one. At 7:30 and 9 p.m., SEA Theater at Clemente Soto Vélez, 107 Suffolk Street, near Rivington Street, Lower East Side, (212) 254-5420, rucma.org; $15 per set, $25 for both sets, $10 per set for students. (Chinen)20090226

DONNY MCCASLIN TRIO (Friday) The tenor saxophonist Donny McCaslin has recorded a handful of rewarding albums with chamberlike ensembles, but on his excellent most recent release, “Recommended Tools” (Greenleaf), he tacks in the other direction, leading this muscular trio with the bassist Hans Glawischnig and the drummer Johnathan Blake. At 9 and 10:30 p.m., Jazz Gallery, 290 Hudson Street, at Spring Street, South Village, (212) 242-1063, jazzgallery.org; cover, $15, $10 for members. (Chinen)20090226

DOM MINASI STRING QUARTET (Saturday) A few years ago the guitarist Dom Minasi tapped a boisterous vein with an album called “The Vampire’s Revenge” (CDM). Here he enlists three adventurous musicians heard on the album: the violinist Jason Kao Hwang, the cellist Tomas Ulrich and the bassist Ken Filiano. At 8 p.m., 5C Jazz Cafe, 68 Avenue C, at East Fifth Street, East Village, (212) 254-1142, 5ccc.com; cover, $10, with a $5 minimum. (Chinen)20090226

ODE (Friday) Ode is a free-ranging collective that relies on the longstanding rapport between three powerful improvisers: the saxophonist Larry Ochs, the bassist Lisle Ellis and the bassist Trevor Dunn. For this appearance the group welcomes a guest percussionist, Michael Sarin. At 8:30 p.m., Roulette, 20 Greene Street, at Grand Street, SoHo, (212) 219-8242, roulette.org; $15 at the door; $10 for members and students. (Chinen)20090226

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February at Roulette

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From New York’s Roulette:

ROULETTE presents
20 Greene St (between Canal and Grand St)
Admission $15 Students & Under 30s, $10 MEMBERS FREE
TICKETS/RSVP: 212.219.8242
http://www.roulette.org/

INTERPRETATIONS: LARRY AUSTIN / ANNEA LOCKWOOD
Feb 12 – 8:30 PM

MARY HALVORSON TRIO
Fri Feb 13 – 8:30 PM

ROGER KLEIER “El Pocho Loco” Project
Feb 17 – 8:30 PM

JESSE STACKEN TRIO
Thu Feb 19 – 8:30 PM

ENSEMBLE HELACIOUS: JD PARRAN, PETER ZUMMO, KEVIN NORTON
Feb 20 – 8:30 PM

JOEY BARON
Sat Feb 21 – 8:30 PM

MORTON SUBOTNICK
Sun Feb 22 – 8:30 PM

SHOKO NAGAI & SATOSHI TAKEISHI: ABYSM (a tale of floating world)
Thu Feb 26 – 8:30 PM

ODE: Larry Ochs, Lisle Ellis, Trevor Dunn, and Michael Sarin
Fri Feb 27 – 8:30 PM

EAGLE AGER CHILDRENS CONCERT
Feb 28 – 2:00 PM $5

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Klaus Kugel/Mark Tokar: Free Jazz, Ukraine Style

Kugel and Tokar are interviewed.

Mark Tokar is a key person in the Ukrainian free jazz scene. The same could be said about Klaus Kugel who is a frequent guest at different jazz venues in the Ukraine. Besides Buchkys both musicians play with prominent Ukrainian saxophonist Yuriy Yaremchuk in a trio called YATOKU. So the conversation was mostly on the topic of those international groups, their most recent musical projects, and the free music scene in the Ukraine.

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The Sax & Drumming Core weaves roots music, attention to form

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Larry Ochs‘ Sax & Drumming Core is reviewed.

As a band concept, two drummers and a saxophonist might sound like a formula for wild free jazz wailing. But in the hands of Larry Ochs, the Sax & Drumming Core combines a love of visceral roots music with rigorous attention to form.

Best known as a founding member of ROVA Saxophone Quartet, a San Francisco Bay Area-based institution with a three-decade track record of innovative improvisational strategies, Ochs decided several years ago that he wanted to work in a drum-laden context.

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