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Jazz Listings from the New York Times

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From NYTimes.com:

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, 55bar.com; 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, corneliastreetcafe.com; 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 , thestonenyc.com; $10. (Chinen)

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Sex Mob Meets Medeski Out on Thirsty Ear

From Thirsty Ear:

Sexmob Meets Medeski – Live In Willisau
Release Date: April 21st, 2009 CD

Sexmob was formed in October 1995 to play the “late nite hang” at the Knitting Factory, the now legendary mecca of downtown music. The band ,(consisting of Steven Bernstein – slide trumpet; Briggan Krauss- alto sax; Tony Scherr– bass ; and Kenny Wollesen – drums), starting off playing original compositions, but was soon drawing crowds to their all night partys with their inspired and unpredictable covers. Their first release “Din of Inequity” was released thru Columbia records and featured John Medeski on the organ. This led to years of touring in the US and Europe and the creation of a singular and unique musical language, and a powerhouse live band…combining the power of the Who with the subtelety of Ellington and a modern groove all their own.

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New Releases from Tzadik

Out on Tzadik:

Borah Bergman Trio
Luminescence

Feldman / Caine / Cohen / Baron
Secrets

Jamie Saft
Black Shabbis

Ori Dakari
Entrances

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MTO Review

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Steven Bernstein‘s MTO is reviewed.

Trumpeter Steven Bernstein loves to bring different aspects of music together in the bands he leads, whether it is the mix of Jewish music and jazz in the series of albums he has led for Tzadik, or the unclassifiable genre bending of Sex Mob, Bernstein is like a fine chef adding ingredients and looking for a new flavor combination. MTO is a large ensemble that combines the swing history of Kansas City jazz from the 20’s and 30’s with modern jazz and dashes of R&B and pop music.

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Review of MTO

Steven Bernstein’s Millennial Territory Orchestra grab a review.

Trumpeter and arranger Steven Bernstein might be the hardest working man in music these days. Just these last few years he has garnered a Grammy nomination (for Sexotica by his band Sex Mob) and a Annie nomination for scoring a children’s TV series; released an album under John Zorn‘s Tzadik label; scored some Laurel & Hardy flicks; arranged on albums by Rufus Wainright, Marianne Faithfull, Linda Thompson and Darlene Love; played as member in Levon Helm’s Midnight Ramble band; served as musical director for Hal Willner’s show, and much more.

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Creative Music Studio Yields a Trove of Tapes

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An article discusses a proejct to restore hundreds of hours of archival recordings.

The constant musical activity at the studio, in workshops and concerts, yielded about 400 hours of tapes: startling performances by Don Cherry, Anthony Braxton, Cecil Taylor, Lee Konitz, Frederic Rzewski, Jimmy Giuffre, Roscoe Mitchell, Steve Lacy, Abdullah Ibrahim, Carla Bley, Ed Blackwell and many others.

If the studio is to get its historical due, the tapes will lead the way. Karl Berger and Ingrid Sertso, the husband and wife who founded the school, have recently started restoring and remastering the recordings, a task expected to cost about $120,000. A benefit concert on Friday at Symphony Space will raise money toward that end, gathering friends, supporters and former associates of the school, including Mr. Braxton, John Zorn and Steven Bernstein. (Information and tickets are at symphonyspace.org.)

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Symphony Space – Creative Music Studio Celebration

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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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Jazz Listings from the NY Times

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From the Times.

WAYNE HORVITZ AND SWEETER THAN THE DAY (Sunday) A pianist attuned to contrast and texture, Mr. Horvitz has kept the spirit of the downtown scene percolating in Seattle since moving there years ago. His self-released new album “A Walk in the Dark” features the elastic working band appearing here. At 8 p.m., the Stone, Avenue C and Second Street, East Village, thestonenyc.com; cover, $10. (Chinen)

MEPHISTA (Tuesday) Texture and tonality are flexible elements in this exploratory trio, with Sylvie Courvoisier on piano, Susie Ibarra on drums and percussion and Ikue Mori on electronics. This performance is a benefit for the nonprofit performance space Roulette. At 8:30 p.m., Roulette at Location One, 20 Greene Street, at Grand Street, SoHo, (212) 219-8242, roulette.org; $20. (Chinen)

BOBBY PREVITE AND THE NEW BUMP (Saturday) Revisiting the sound of an atmospheric yet groove-oriented recent album, “Set the Alarm for Monday” (Palmetto), the drummer Bobby Previte convenes a handful of fellow travelers: the trumpeter Steven Bernstein, the vibraphonist Bill Ware, the bassist Brad Jones and the percussionist Jim Pugliese. At 12:30 a.m., Blue Note, 131 West Third Street, West Village, (212) 475-8592 bluenote.net; cover, $8, with a $5 minimum. (Chinen)

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