Jazz Listings from the New York Times

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STEVEN BERNSTEIN’S MILLENNIAL TERRITORY ORCHESTRA (Thursday) This brashly exuberant little big band, led by the slide trumpeter and arranger Steven Bernstein, dusts off assorted vintages, with an emphasis on dirty swing. The band’s ranks include serious improvisers, including the clarinetist Doug Wieselman, the saxophonist Peter Apfelbaum, the trombonist Clark Gayton and the drummer Ben Perowsky. At 10 p.m., 55 Bar, 55 Christopher Street, West Village , (212) 929-9883,; cover, $10. (Chinen)20100128

ELEVATION (Friday) This reflective ensemble, conceived by the pianist Lucian Ban and organized around the playing of the tenor saxophonist Abraham Burton, further includes an adaptable rhythm section, with John Hébert on bass and Eric McPherson on drums. At 9 and 10:30 p.m., Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, West Village , (212) 989-9319,; cover, $12, with a $6 minimum. (Chinen)20100128

CHAD TAYLOR AND CIRCLE DOWN (Friday) Mr. Taylor, a versatile and texture-aware drummer, functions as the first of equals in this exploratory trio, which also features the lyrical pianist Angelica Sanchez and the responsive bassist Chris Lightcap. At 8 p.m., the Stone, Avenue C and Second Street, East Village ,; $10. (Chinen)

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Company of Heaven Jazz Festival

The second edition of this fest takes place this weekend in New York.

Friday, January 8, 2010
8:30pm “R*Time” w/special guest Judith Insell(viola)
Reut Regev – trombone
David Phelps – electric guitar
Sean Conly – bass
Igal Foni – drums
9:45pm “The Other Quartet”
Ohad Talmor – tenor saxophone, clarinet
Russ Johnson – trumpet
Pete McCann – guitar
Mark Ferber – drums, percussion

11pm Mario Pavone‘s “Totem”
Mario Pavone  / bass
Peter Madsen / piano
Dave Ballou  /  trumpet , flugelhorn
Gerald Cleaver   drums

Saturday, January 9, 2010
8:30pm “The Thirteenth Assembly”
Taylor Ho Bynum – cornet
Mary Halvorson – guitar
Jessica Pavone – viola
Tomas Fujiwara – drums
9:45pm Tony Malaby‘s “Paloma Recio”
Tony Malaby, saxophone
Ben Monder, guitar
Eivind Opsik, bass
Nasheet Waits, drums

11pm Mark Helias’ “Open Loose”
Mark Helias – bass
Tony Malaby – tenor saxophone
Tom Rainey – drums

Sunday, January 10, 2010
8:30pm Michael Musillami’s Trio + 3
Michael Musillami – guitar
Joe Fonda – bass
George Schuller – drums
Marty Ehlich – Alto Sax
Matt Moran – Vibes
Ralph Alessi – trumpet
9:45pm George Schuller “Circle Wide”
George Schuller – drums, comp, arr
Peter Apfelbaum – tenor/soprano sax
Dave Ambrosio – bass
Tom Beckham – vibes
Brad Shepik – guitar
11pm Matt Darriau’s “Ballin’ the Jack”
Matt Darriau – alto/soprano sax, clarinet
Andy Laster – baritone sax, clarinet
Frank London – trumpet
Curtis Hasselbring – trombone
George Schuller – drums
Joe Fitzgerald – bass
Anthony Coleman – keyboard, piano

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Jazz Listings From The New York Times

From the Times:

THE BROOKLYN EXPERIMENTS (Sunday) This continuing series spotlights two good working bands here, each falling slightly to the left of center. Starting at 8:30 p.m. is a group led by the bassist Chris Tarry, and featuring reliable sparks from the alto saxophonist David Binney. Then at 10, the Execution Quintet, led by the trombonist Josh Roseman, takes advantage of some smart cohesion between the trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire, the alto saxophonist Myron Walden, the multireedist Peter Apfelbaum (playing organ here), and the drummer Rudy Royston. At Rose Live Music, 345 Grand Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, (718) 599-0069,; no cover. (Chinen)HOLLY COLE (Wednesday and Thursday) Ms. Cole is the sort of jazz chanteuse who coyly evokes an image of curling smoke and shadows, but she has solid musical footing. She draws here from a recent self-titled album, which she produced with the bassist Greg Cohen. At 8 and 10:30 p.m., Blue Note, 131 West Third Street, West Village, (212) 475-8592,; cover, $25 at tables, $15 at the bar, with a $5 minimum. (Chinen).

OLIVER LAKE BIG BAND (Friday) Oliver Lake, a well-traveled alto saxophonist with a robust and piercing sound, features his own music for this large ensemble, with help from strong improvisers like the multireedist Marty Erhlich, the trumpeter Peck Allmond and the trombonist Craig Harris. At 9 and 10:30 p.m., Jazz Gallery, 290 Hudson Street, at Spring Street, South Village, (212) 242-1063,; cover, $15; $10 for members. (Chinen)

TONY MALABY AND PALOMA RECIO (Saturday) The versatile tenor saxophonist Tony Malaby brings a Spanish tinge to this working band with the guitarist Ben Monder, the bassist Eivind Opsvik and the drummer Nasheet Waits. At 9 and 10:30 p.m., Jazz Gallery, 290 Hudson Street, at Spring Street, South Village, (212) 242-1063,; cover, $15; $10 for members. (Chinen)

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Jazz Listings from the New York Times

In the Times:

IN THE SPIRIT OF DON CHERRY (Friday) Don Cherry, who died in 1995, was one of the most broadminded trumpeters in jazz, an early champion of both free improvisation and the commingling of global folk forms. In this tribute the spark of his compositions falls to an ensemble that includes the cornetist Graham Haynes, the tuba player Bob Stewart, the multireedist Peter Apfelbaum and the bassist Mark Helias; some of the works will receive vocal performances, with lyrics by Ingrid Sertso. At 7:30 p.m., Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway, at 95th Street, (212) 864-5400,; $30; $25 for students and children; $20 for members. (Chinen)

GERALD CLEAVER, WILLIAM PARKER, CRAIG TABORN (Friday) On their deeply restrained new album — “Farmers By Nature” (Aum Fidelity), recorded live at the Stone last year — these three musicians interrogate one another with patience and poise. Mr. Cleaver, a drummer, and Mr. Parker, a bassist, both resist the easy pull of tempo; Mr. Taborn, on piano, filters every melodic urge through a fractured prism. At 8 p.m., the Stone, Avenue C and Second Street, East Village,; cover, $10. (Chinen)

FREESTYLE MUSIC SERIES (Wednesday) This avant-garde concert series, which has cycled through a few locations in recent years, settles for the moment at Cake Shop, one Wednesday night a month. Its first new installment includes the Hanuman Sextet, which includes the saxophonist Andy Haas (at 9 p.m.); the bumptious electro-acoustic bands Sediment Club (at 9:45) and Brown Wing Overdrive (at 10:30); and Mostly Others Do the Killing, a crackling free-bop quartet led by the bassist Moppa Elliott (at 11). At Cake Shop, 152 Ludlow Street, near Stanton Street, Lower East Side, (212) 253-0036,; $8. (Chinen)

VIJAY IYER TRIO (Sunday) A pianist-composer given to restive energies and rhythmic conundrums, Mr. Iyer leads his responsively supple trio, with Stephan Crump on bass and Marcus Gilmore on drums At 10 p.m., the Stone, Avenue C and Second Street, East Village,; cover, $10. (Chinen)

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Performances Reviews

Terri’s Music Blog

Peter Apfelbaum & Paul Shapiro
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Terri’s Music Blog reviews a bunch of recent New York shows.

# Peter Apfelbaum & the NY Hieroglyphics @ LPR 10/26…
# Zeena Parkins @ Roulette 10/25/08
# Mary Halvorson & Jessica Pavone @ The Stone 10/23/…
# John McNeil/Bill McHenry Quartet @ Iridium 10/23/0…
# Red Commie Storm @ The Stone 10/22/08
# Gutbucket @ The Stone 10/21/08
# Rashanim @ The Stone 10/19/08

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Symphony Space – Creative Music Studio Celebration

John Zorn (cropped version)
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From New York’s Symphony Space:

Creative Music Studio Celebration

Friday, October 24 at 7:30 pm • Peter Jay Sharp Theatre
Day of Show $35; Advance $30; Members $25

Leading jazz artists come together for an unforgettable concert honoring the legacy of the Creative Music Studio, the Woodstock hotbed of musical exploration that gave birth to the concept of world jazz—the improvisational and compositional expansion of the world’s musical traditions.

Join founders Karl Berger and Ingrid Sertso for a roof-raising concert, along with John Zorn, Anthony Braxton, and Steven Bernstein’s Millennial Territory Orchestra comprising Steven Bernstein, Clark Gayton, Charlie Burnham, Doug Wieselman, Peter Apfelbaum, Erik Lawrence, Matt Munisteri, Ben Allison and Ben Perowsky

This event benefits the efforts to preserve and digitize the CMS Archive, containing more than 400 audio and video tapes of live performances by some of the world’s greatest musical innovators, including Dave Holland, Lee Konitz, Carla Bley, Steve Reich, Lester Bowie, and Allen Ginsberg.

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Seattle’s Earshot Jazz Festival: The sweet sounds of independence

Peter Apfelbaum & Paul Shapiro
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A preview of this year’s Earshot Jazz Fest is available.

Aaron Parks Trio: 7 and 9:30 p.m. Oct. 23, Triple Door, 216 Union St., Seattle; $22.

Amir El Saffar: Two Rivers Ensemble: 7:30 p.m. Oct. 25, Triple Door, 216 Union St., Seattle; $20.

Cecil Taylor: 8 p.m. Oct. 26, Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave., Seattle; $25-$32.

Peter Apfelbaum & New York Hieroglyphics with Abdoulaye Diabate: 8 p.m. Oct. 28, Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center, 104 17th Ave. S., Seattle; $18.

Charlie Haden‘s Liberation Music Orchestra with Carla Bley: 8 p.m. Oct. 31, Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave., Seattle; $25-$32.

Toumani Diabate: 7 and 9:30 p.m. Nov. 9, Triple Door, 216 Union St., Seattle; $25-$30.

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