Jazz Listings From The New York Times

In the Times:

ERIK FRIEDLANDER’S BROKEN ARM TRIO (Friday) “Broken Arm Trio” (Skipstone), the most recent album by the cellist Erik Friedlander, trafficks in a boppish cadence suitable for nimble fingerpicking. Along with his trio partners — the bassist Trevor Dunn and the drummer Mike Sarin, both aboard here — Mr. Friedlander manages to create an effervescent small-group jazz, shot through with wit and soul. At 8 p.m., Barbès, 376 Ninth Street, at Sixth Avenue, Park Slope, Brooklyn, (347) 422-0248,; cover, $10.20090326

HENRY GRIMES AND MARC RIBOT (Friday) Mr. Grimes, a bassist and long-lost titan of the avant-garde, has jibed well in the past with Mr. Ribot, a vagabond poet on the guitar — but most often in group settings. Here they pare down to a conversational exchange, which just might be the best way to expose their rapport. At 7 p.m., Rubin Museum of Art, 150 West 17th Street, Chelsea, (212) 620-5000,; $20. (Chinen)20090326

RHYTHM IN THE KITCHEN MUSIC FESTIVAL (Thursday) The fourth annual edition of this avant-garde festival, presented by the Hell’s Kitchen Cultural Center, kicks off with an exploratory trio led by the guitarist Amanda Monaco (at 8 p.m.); a set by the collective quartet known as Little Women (at 9); and a duet by the multireedist Joe McPhee and the guitarist Bern Nix, both prominent figures in the avant-garde (at 10). (Through April 4.) At Church for All Nations, 417 West 57th Street, Clinton, (212) 333-5583,; $15; $35 for a full festival pass. (Chinen)20090326

BRAD SHEPIK GROUP (Saturday) “Human Activity Suite” (Songlines), the absorbingly eclectic new album by the guitarist Brad Shepik, harnesses folk traditions from across the world to make a light-handed statement about global warming. Reconvening the album’s excellent cast here, he connects with Ralph Alessi on trumpet; Gary Versace on piano, organ and accordion; Drew Gress on bass; and Tom Rainey on drums. At 9 and 10:30 p.m., Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, West Village, (212) 989-9319,; cover, $10, with a one-drink minimum. (Chinen)20090326

CECIL TAYLOR SPEAKS VOLUMES (Saturday) 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. His solo recitals — whorls of inimitable pianism, notated as well as freely improvised — are legendary. For this one, part of the Musically Speaking series at Merkin Concert Hall, he will also engage in discourse about his music. (That’s the idea, anyway.) At 8 p.m. Merkin Concert Hall, 129 West 67th Street, Manhattan, (212) 501-3330,; $25; $20 for members. (Chinen)

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Stephen Gauci Release and Shows

From Stephen Gauci:

Ensemble name: “Money Jungle”

Ensemble members:

Stephen Gauci- tenor saxophone
Kenny Wessel- guitar
Michael Bisio– bass
Jeremy Carlstedt- drums


“Money Jungle” is a quartet focusing on interpretations of Thelonious Monk compositions. The collaboration between Stephen Gauci (tenor saxophone), Ornette Colman “Prime Time” alumnus Kenny Wessel (guitar), Michael Bisio (bass), and Jeremy Carlstedt (drums) steers the music in a decidedly modern direction with elements of both post and free-bop in the mix, and all members contributing arrangements. The result is hard-swinging, contemporary, thoughtful re-workings of the music of the great master.

Date: Thursday April 23rd 7pm (one set)
Venue: Fat Cat
75 Christopher Street at 7th ave
Cover: $3

Date: Saturday May 23rd 6pm to 8:30 (two sets)
Venue: Puppets Jazz Bar
481 5th avenue, Park Slope Brooklyn
Cover: $6

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Jazz Listings From The New York Times

In the Times:

MARILYN CRISPELL (Saturday) Ms. Crispell, a pianist equally celebrated for aggressive atonality and delicate lyricism, plays the early set here (8 p.m.) as a solo recital. In the later set (at 10), she works with Michelle Makarski, a violinist, and Lukas Ligeti, a drummer and composer (and this month’s programmer at the Stone). At the Stone, Avenue C and Second Street, East Village, New York,; $20 per set.

MARY HALVORSON AND JESSICA PAVONE (Wednesday) Ms. Halvorson plays acoustic guitar in this duo, and Ms. Pavone plays viola. On their new album, “Thin Air” (Thirsty Ear), they continue their experiments with spindly melodies and confrontational harmonies, playing and singing in a way that suggests intimacy without comfort. At 7 p.m., Barbès, 376 Ninth Street, at Sixth Avenue, Park Slope, Brooklyn, (718) 965-9177,; suggested donation, $10.

MARY HALVORSON TRIO (Saturday) Last year the guitarist Mary Halvorson released “Dragon’s Head” (Firehouse 12), a brambly but engaging debut featuring her own compositions for a trio with the bassist John Hebert and the drummer Ches Smith. Ms. Halvorson will draw again from that material here, with Mr. Hebert and another responsive drummer, Tomas Fujiwara. Also on the bill: a collective quartet composed of the guitarist Chris Forsyth, the multireedist Chris Heenan, the sound collagist Aki Onda and the trumpeter Nate Wooley. At 8 p.m., Abrons Arts Center, 466 Grand Street, at Pitt Street, Lower East Side, (212) 598-0400,; $10.

JOHN HOLLENBECK’S CLAUDIA QUINTET (Friday and Saturday) This improvising chamber ensemble pursues texturally oriented and often contrapuntal exploration; Mr. Hollenbeck’s drumming is one color on a palette that also includes Chris Speed’s clarinet and tenor saxophone, Ted Reichman’s accordion, Drew Gress’s bass and Matt Moran’s vibraphone. At 9 and 10:30 p.m., Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, Greenwich Village, (212) 989-9319,; cover, $10, with a one-drink minimum.

ETHAN IVERSON TRIO (Monday and Tuesday) Ethan Iverson, the pianist probably best known as one-third of the Bad Plus, digs in with a different trio here, and more of a standard repertory. His partners are the drummer Albert (Tootie) Heath, a bebop veteran, and the bassist Ben Street, a versatile peer. At 9 and 10:30 p.m., Smalls, 183 West 10th Street, West Village, (212) 252-5091,; cover, $20.

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Jazz Listings From The New York Times

Jazz in the Times:

A BODY WITHOUT ORGANS (Sunday) This metaphysically named series, held every other Sunday in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, reflects the rugged ideals of its organizer, the drummer Mike Pride. In a late set here, at 10:30 p.m., Mr. Pride digs in with the German clarinetist Uli Kempendorf and the Norwegian bassist Eivind Opsvik. An earlier set, at 9:30, will feature a group led by the drummer Jeff Davis, with Mr. Opsvik, the multireedist Oscar Noriega and the guitarist Jonathan Goldberger. At CoCo 66, 66 Greenpoint Avenue, Brooklyn, (718) 389-7392,; cover, $6. 20090312

FONDA-STEVENS GROUP (Monday) This long-running free-jazz outfit, led by the bassist Joe Fonda and the pianist Michael Jefry Stevens, previews material from a new album, “Memphis” (Playscape); the other members in the group are the trumpeter Herb Robertson and the drummer Harvey Sorgen. At 8:30 p.m., Roulette, 20 Greene Street, near Canal Street, SoHo, (212) 219-8242,; $15; $10 for students, 60+ and those under 30. 20090312

THE LANGUAGE OF (Friday) The baritone saxophonist Charles Evans and the trumpeter Peter Evans jointly lead this freethinking young post-bop ensemble, which released an album a few years ago pointedly titled “No Relation.” Before the group’s featured slot here, at 10 p.m., Charles Evans will play a 9 p.m. duo set with the pianist Neil Shah, a longtime musical acquaintance. At I-Beam Music, 168 Seventh Street, Gowanus, Brooklyn,; suggested donation, $10. 20090312

TONY MALABY QUARTET (Friday and Saturday) Tony Malaby, a tenor saxophonist equally capable of focused tension and wild abandon, enlists experienced partners in this quartet: the trumpeter Ralph Alessi, the bassist John Hebert and the drummer Billy Drummond. At 9 and 10:30 p.m., Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, West Village, (212) 989-9319,; cover, $10, with a one-drink minimum. 20090312

TOM RAINEY, INGRID LAUBROCK, MARY HALVORSON (Wednesday) Mr. Rainey, a starkly suggestive drummer, teams up here with Ms. Laubrock, a German-born, British-based tenor and soprano saxophonist, and Ms. Halvorson, a guitarist with a sharp-splintered but flexible attack. Their core purpose is a subversive but graceful whole-group abstraction. At 8 and 10 p.m., Barbès, 376 Ninth Street, at Sixth Avenue, Park Slope, Brooklyn, (347) 422-0248,; cover, $10. 20090312

THE REFUGE TRIO (Tuesday) Throughout its recent self-titled release on the Winter & Winter label, this ensemble — Theo Bleckmann on vocals, Gary Versace on Hammond B-3 organ, and John Hollenbeck on drums — makes shrewdly atmospheric use of a distinctive textural palette. The group was named after a Joni Mitchell song, but its repertory extends to originals (by all three members), jazz standards (Monk, Coltrane) and farther-out fare (Allan Holdsworth). At 7:30 and 9:30 p.m., Jazz Standard, 116 East 27th Street, Manhattan, (212) 576-2232,; cover, $20. 20090312

THE THROES/FLOW TRIO (Monday) The Throes are a free-jazz outfit spearheaded by two inventive horn players, the trumpeter Nate Wooley and the cornetist Taylor Ho Bynum. Flow Trio, a bit more established, features Louie Belogenis on tenor saxophone, Joe Morris on bass, and Charles Downs on drums; the group has a stark but rewarding new album, “Rejuvenation” (ESP-Disk). At 7 and 8:30 p.m., the Local 269, 269 East Houston Street, at Suffolk Street, Lower East Side,; $10; $7 for students.

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Jazz Listings From The New York Times

From the Times:

HARRIS EISENSTADT/NATE WOOLEY (Saturday) Mr. Eisenstadt, a restlessly creative drummer, will be leading a promising new chamber group, Woodblock Prints, every Saturday this month. For this first installment he shares the bill with Mr. Wooley, a sharp trumpeter in whose trio he also plays. At 9 and 10 p.m., I-Beam Music, 168 Seventh Street, between Second and Third Avenues, Gowanus, Brooklyn,; suggested donation, $10. (Chinen)20090305

GERRY HEMINGWAY QUARTET (Friday) Texture is more of a priority than tempo in Gerry Hemingway’s drumming, and his compositions reveal a fruitful fascination with polytonality. He works here with three longtime collaborators: the trumpeter Herb Robertson, the tenor saxophonist Ellery Eskelin and the bassist Kermit Driscoll. At 9 and 10:30 p.m., Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, West Village, (212) 989-9319,; cover, $10, with a one-drink minimum. (Chinen)20090305

ADAM KOLKER QUARTET (Sunday) On “Flag Day” (Sunnyside), his most recent album, the saxophonist Adam Kolker seeks out a spirit of elevated modernity, with an ensemble anchored by the bassist John Hebert. He does the same here, welcoming to the equation the responsive drummer Gerry Hemingway and the fluid guitarist Ben Monder. At 8:30 p.m., Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, West Village, (212) 989-9319,; cover, $10, with a one-drink minimum. (Chinen)20090305

? OLIVER LAKE AND VIJAY IYER (Friday) Mr. Lake, a veteran alto saxophonist with a penetrating tone, teams up with Mr. Iyer, a pianist with a complex understanding of rhythm. They represent two generations of the avant-garde, but that should merely be understood as different positions along a continuum. At 7:30 p.m., Leonard Nimoy Thalia Theater, Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway, at 95th Street, (212) 864-5400,; $30 on the day of the concert; $25 in advance; $20 for members. (Chinen)20090305

THE THIRTEENTH ASSEMBLY (Wednesday) This collective — the guitarist Mary Halvorson, the cellist Jessica Pavone, the cornetist Taylor Ho Bynum and the drummer Tomas Fujiwara — has a new album, “(un)sentimental” (Important), that irons a noisy new wrinkle in the upstart avant-garde. In performance, the group seems inclined to draw from the album, but also diverge from it in whatever ways feel useful. At 8 p.m., Barbès, 376 Ninth Street, at Sixth Avenue, Park Slope, Brooklyn, (347) 422-0248,; cover, $10. (Chinen)

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Fractured Free Jazz Informed by a Hard-boiled Vanguard

Andrew D’Angelo’s Gay Disco Trio is reviewed.

Andrew D’Angelo’s new band is called Gay Disco Trio, which sounds funny and is at first misleading. It makes lean, rickety explosions for saxophone, bass and drums: not exactly dance music. Sometimes, in its gig on Wednesday night at the Tea Lounge in Park Slope, Brooklyn, it sounded a little like a scaled-down version of Prime Time, Ornette Coleman’s band from the 1980s, but with more aggression and tension and repetition.

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Jazz Listings from the New York Times

In the Times:

Note: The Daniel Levin performance actually begins at 7pm, not 9:30pm as listed.

PETER APFELBAUM AND NEW YORK HIEROGLYPHICS (Sunday) Mr. Apfelbaum, a saxophonist and pianist, formed his African-inspired Hieroglyphics Ensemble more than 20 years ago in the Bay Area. Here he presents, among other things, a suite called “Aural Histories — Nine Lives,” featuring the Malian vocalist Abdoulaye Diabate. At 7:30 p.m., Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker Street, Greenwich Village, (212) 796 0741,; $20. (Chinen)

CREATIVE MUSIC STUDIO CELEBRATION (Friday) From the early 1970s to the mid-’80s, the Creative Music Studio — established by the vibraphonist Karl Berger and the vocalist Ingrid Sertso in Woodstock, N.Y. — served as a base station for much of the era’s jazz-related experimental music. This benefit for the studio’s recorded archives spotlights both founders, along with Steven Bernstein’s Millennial Territory Orchestra and a pair of prolific saxophonist-composers, Anthony Braxton and John Zorn. At 7:30 p.m., Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway, at 95th Street, (212) 864-5400,; $35, $25 for members. (Chinen)

JOE FIEDLER TRIO (Wednesday) Revisiting music from his sparse but arresting recent album “The Crab” (Clean Feed), Joe Fiedler, a versatile trombonist, digs in with the bassist Lindsay Horner and the drummer Mike Sarin. At 8 p.m., Barbès, 376 Ninth Street, at Sixth Avenue, Park Slope, Brooklyn, (347) 422-0248,; cover, $10. (Chinen)

TOMAS FUJIWARA AND THE HOOKUP (Saturday) Mr. Fujiwara, a drummer with extensive credits in the contemporary avant-garde, features his own compositions in a group stocked with penetrating improvisers: the trumpeter Jonathan Finlayson, the tenor saxophonist Brian Settles, the guitarist Mary Halvorson and the bassist Danton Boller. At 9 p.m., Jalopy Theater, 315 Columbia Street, Red Hook, Brooklyn, (718) 395-3214,; $15. (Chinen)

DANIEL LEVIN QUARTET (Monday) Demonstrating an impressive breadth of texture and contrast, the cellist Daniel Levin comes well prepared for a career in jazz’s contemporary avant-garde. He has enlisted equally skilled partners here: the alto saxophonist Rob Brown, the bassist Peter Bitenc and, as on all three of his albums, the vibraphonist Matt Moran. At 9:30 p.m., Barbès, 376 Ninth Street, at Sixth Avenue, Park Slope, Brooklyn, (347) 422-0248,; cover, $10. (Chinen)

BOBBY PREVITE CONSTELLATIONS ENSEMBLE (Tuesday) Inspired by a series of transcendent small paintings made during World War II, “The 23 Constellations of Joan Miró” is an ambitious multimedia undertaking of the drummer and composer Bobby Previte. First performed in Europe in 2004, it makes its American debut here, with Mr. Previte working alongside insightful musicians like the multireedist Ned Rothenberg, the harpist Zeena Parkins and the keyboardist Wayne Horvitz; Christian Muthspiel conducts, and the actor David Patrick Kelly reads text from Miró’s contemporaneous correspondence. At 7 p.m., Winter Garden, World Financial Center, West Street, south of Vesey Street, Lower Manhattan, (212) 945-0505,; free.

JENNY SCHEINMAN (Tuesday through Thursday) As a violinist and composer, Ms. Scheinman often goes for rustic charm, but she never tempers her exploratory instincts. With this engagement she celebrates the release of an excellent new album, “Crossing the Field” (Koch), which features Jason Moran on piano; rounding out the group here are the bassist Greg Cohen and the drummer Rudy Royston. (Through Nov. 2.) 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)

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Cuneiform Artist News: Part VI

Roswell Rudd at Jazzfestival Frankfurt
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From Cuneiform Records:

Revolutionary Snake Ensemble

Revolutionary News – September 2008


Revolutionary Snake Ensemble’s 2nd CD Forked Tongue was released in May to resounding critical and radio acclaim. The disc was on the CMJ North American jazz top 20 chart for 2 months, peaking at #11, and has enjoyed a remarkable run of great reviews. In addition to extensive Canadian and American press and radio, the CD has been the subject of reviews, feature articles, and interviews so far in Switzerland, The Netherlands, Germany, Argentina, and elsewhere.

Recent performances have included the Institute of Contemporary Art (Boston), the Providence Sound Session, and the Sterling Stage Last Daze of Summer festival near Syracuse.


Sunday, October 26, 2008 (3pm):
Brooklyn Botanic Garden annual Halloween bash
1000 Washington Avenue, Brooklyn, NY

Sunday, October 26, 2008 (7-9pm):
Barbes, 376 9th St, Park Slope, Brooklyn, NY

Saturday, October 11, 2009
Roswell Museum & Art Center annual outdoor party
Roswell, New Mexico

Roswell Rudd

Roswell Rudd’as TROMBONE TRIBE will perform at the Lake George Jazz Festival on Sept. 13th

Roswell Rudd’s QUARTET will perform at the Princeton Arts Council on October 30th and at the Korean Cultural Center in NYC on Ocgtober 31st

Roswell Rudd’s TROMBONE TRIBE will perform at the Berlin Jazz Festival on November 8th and at the Bin Huis on November 9th

Upsilon Acrux

As of today we are in the midst of recording our latest for Cuneiform, it’s tentatively called “Radian Futura” and will feature a song that’s very close to 30 minutes long among other things. That has already been recorded and sounds really fucking good to me. Better at this stage than any other recordings we’ve done. This recording is being done at Infrasonic in Alhambra, CA like the last one but this time Pete is engineering it. This album should be out in May ’09.

We have one more show before we take a long hiatus… Oct 4th, Eagle Rock Music Festival, it’s free and there are a lot of good bands playing, I think we go on at 7:30pm so if there are any of those Cuneiform people in LA, I’ve not met any? Strange??

We are definitely coming to Europe in 2009, most likely May so anyone w/ a festival that needs something different and will pay, we are available. Bands in Europe that want to do shows together or tour a country together, get in touch!!!!


1) We made a very nice and positive tour last April in Eastern Europe (11 concerts in Czech Republic, Slovakia, but also Austria and Italy).

2) The group just decided some days ago to work on a new “composed” program (after our improvised tour of April 2008)

3) Our upcoming concerts will be in France :

-February 22nd “Festival de Chabeuil” (Chabeuil/Drôme).

-May 31st Festival “Sons Dessus Dessous” (Vaucluse)

Some more concerts are on the point to be fixed this coming season (like 1 in Rennes for the 20th anniversary of the french label In-Poly-Sons).

4) Volapük is seriously thinking to record a new album. It should be done in the nex year, we hope…

5) Volapük will appear soon on a compilation realised in Eindhoven (The “Stichting Jazz Power” of Eindhoven is doing this compilation for its 30th anniversary).The piece who will appear on this compilation was recorded in 1999 at the Wilhelmina Café in Eindhoven, called “Rondo” and never edited before.


The band hopes to be able to release (at last) its last recording : “Machines” before 2009. If not, it will be released for sure in 2009. For any inquiry about this release, and about booking and upcoming concert or simply for saying that you love them, please contact the band via its Myspace or Youtube (the band is currently looking for dates anywhere in Europe from March), there is a new live performance video there.

Frédéric L’Epée is founding a new band in Paris. The line up is 2 guitars, 1 saz (turkish lute), accordion, percussions, and maybe a brass instrument.
He has completed the composition of a new piece for electric guitar and accordion : “The end of the dream ( 3rd duo)”, ordered by the duo Jörgen Brilling and Uwe Mahnken. The musicians begin rehearsals now. The first performance is planned for April 2009.

Laurent James is currently rehearsing with the new line up of Lord of Mushrooms (prog-metal), preparing a China tour in October.

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Maneri and Peterson at BARBÈS

American Jazz musician and composer Mat Maneri.
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Mat Maneri and Randy Peterson play BARBÈS next month.

What: Mat Maneri (Viola), Randy Peterson (Drums)
When: October 9th, 2008, 10pm
Where: Barbes, 376 9th street , Brooklyn
Cost: $10

Mat Maneri and Randy Peterson will play at Barbes, Brooklyn on Thursday, October 9th, 10pm. These two renowned, maverick musicians draw from the essentials in historic and modern jazz without reverting to nostalgia or reproducing atmospheric dissonances. Their unique partnership and approach to music has developed from over 20 years of playing together as a duo and in various trio’s and quartets most notably with legendary saxophonist Joe Maneri.

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