This Week at the Velvet Lounge.

Kahil El'Zabar at Chicago's Ethnic Heritage En...
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From the Velvet Lounge:

Saturday, 12/26 — Umoja (Unity) with the Kahil El’ Zabar Quartet featuring Kevin Nabors, Justin Dillard, and Junius Paul;

Thursday, 12/31 — Kuumba (Creativity)/New Years Eve party with Nicole Mitchell & the Black Earth with special guest cameo appearance by Fred Anderson ($25 cover includes party favors, snacks & Champagne toast);

Friday, January 1 – Imani (Faith)/New Years party with the AACM Experimental Chamber Ensemble featuring Dee Alexander, Ann Ward, Taalib-din & Saalik Ziyad, Douglas Ewart, Mwata Bowden, Tomeka Reid, Art “Turk” Burton, Avreeayl Ra, and more tba;

Saturday, January 2 – Holiday weekend finale with James Sanders & Conjunto featuring Willy Garcia, Kevin O’ Connell, Brent Benteler, Roel Trevino, Jean-Christophe Leroy, with special guest cameo appearance by Fred Anderson.

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Jazz Listings From the New York Times

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THE BAD PLUS (Tuesday through Thursday) The pianist Ethan Iverson, the bassist Reid Anderson and the drummer David King constitute the Bad Plus, a delivery system for smartly sweeping original songs, as well as wryly affectionate renditions of pop tunes. (Through Jan. 3.) 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. Special New Year’s Eve packages on Thursday. (Chinen)

ERI YAMAMOTO TRIO (Sunday) On a good portion of her new album, “In Each Day, Something Good” (AUM Fidelity), the pianist Eri Yamamoto presents music inspired by the cinematic wizardry of Yasujiro Ozu. She revisits some of that evocative terrain here, with regular partners: David Ambrosio on bass and Ikuo Takeuchi on drums. At 8:30 p.m., Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, West Village , (212) 989-9319,; cover, $10, with a one-drink minimum. (Chinen)

? JOHN ZORN’S ANNUAL END OF THE YEAR IMPROV (Wednesday) Noise is the currency at a John Zorn improv party, which can feature any number of audacious and open-minded musicians. This jampacked edition — a benefit for Mr. Zorn’s nonprofit performance space, the Stone — will include the trombonists Jim Staley and Sam Kulik, the violinist Mark Feldman, the pianist Sylvie Courvoisier and the multireedist Ned Rothenberg. Arrive early, and be prepared to wait in the cold. At 8 and 10 p.m., the Stone, Avenue C and Second Street, East Village ,; cover, $25. (Chinen)

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