January 16, 2010
Meridian Arts Ensemble, Abrons Arts Center
Dave Ballou, John Ferrari, Daniel Grabois, Benjamin Herrington, Brian McWhorter, Jon Nelson, Raymond Stewart
Open Circuit International Trumpet Ensemble, Abrons Arts Center
John Betsch, Taylor Ho Bynum, Jean-Luc Cappozzo, Franz Hautzinger, Joe McPhee, Itaru Oki, William Parker, Herb Robertson

January 15, 2010
Chuck Bettis & Dafna Naphtali Duo, IBeam
Chuck Bettis, Jeremiah Cymerman, Dafna Naphtali
Nate Wooley Solo, IBeam
Nate Wooley
Zach Layton & Ryan Sawyer Duo, IBeam
Zach Layton, Ryan Sawyer

January 11, 2010
Iron Dog, The Local 269
Sarah Bernstein, Andrew Drury, Stuart Popejoy
Tony Malaby‘s Paloma Recio, The Local 269
Tony Malaby, Ben Monder, Eivind Opsvik, Nasheet Waits

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Jazz Listings from the New York Times


ROY CAMPBELL’S AKHENATEN/MATANA ROBERTS’S ILLUMINATION (Thursday) Drawing on the expressive and searching music from his most recent album, “Akhenaten Suite” (2008), the trumpeter Roy Campbell leads a group with Bryan Carrott on vibraphone, Hilliard Greene on bass and Michael Wemberly on drums. Ms. Roberts, an alto saxophonist, pursues her own visions with a band that includes the cornetist Graham Haynes, the pianist Gabriel Guerrero, the harpist Shelley Burgon and the drummer Damion Reid. At 8 p.m., Roulette, 20 Greene Street, at Grand Street, SoHo , (212) 219-8242,; $15; $10 for members, students and those under 30. (Chinen)

EVOLVING MUSIC/EVOLVING VOICE (Monday) This weekly series features improvised music from the experimental side of the tracks, in a diverse array. At 7 p.m., things kick off with a duo of the vocalist Katie Bull and the bassist Joe Fonda; at 8, Yoon Sun Choi sings with backing from Jacob Sacks on keyboards and Vinnie Sperrazza on drums. The 9 p.m. slot will feature the saxophonist and trumpeter Joe McPhee, along with the bassist Dominic Duval and the trumpeter Jean-Luc Cappozzo; the final set, at 10, goes to Basso Continuo, a group led by the tenor saxophonist Stephen Gauci, with the trumpeter Herb Robertson and two bassists, Ken Filiano and Mike Bisio. The Local 269, 269 East Houston Street, at Suffolk Street, Lower East Side , (212) 254-5420,; $20. (Chinen)

? FORWARD FLIGHT (Friday and Saturday) Subtitled “A Gathering of Brass in Contemporary Music,” this four-day affair is a subseries of the Festival of New Trumpet Music. It wraps up this weekend with a lot of intelligent ruckus, notably through sets by the Chicago Underground Duo, which features the cornetist Rob Mazurek (Friday at 7:30 p.m.), and the Open Circuit International Trumpet Ensemble, a trans-Atlantic assemblage spearheaded by Taylor Ho Bynum, one of the festival’s chief organizers (Saturday at 9). For a full schedule, Abrons Arts Center, 466 Grand Street, at Pitt Street, Lower East Side , (212) 598-0400; $15; $12 for students. (Chinen)

TOMAS FUJIWARA AND THE HOOK UP (Friday) 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 Jonathan Finlayson on trumpet, Brian Settles on tenor saxophone, Mary Halvorson on guitar and Danton Boller on bass. At 8 p.m., the Stone, Avenue C and Second Street, East Village ,; cover, $10. (Chinen)

JOE MORRIS TRIO/FLAHERTY, CORSANO, CARTER (Tuesday) Joe Morris, a guitarist who applies the clear tone of Jim Hall to darker and pricklier purposes, has close history with the pianist Steve Lantner and the drummer Luther Gray, with whom he plays an 11 p.m. set. A preceding set, at 10, will feature quick-flash collective improvisation by the saxophonist Paul Flaherty, the drummer Chris Corsano and the multireedist and trumpeter Daniel Carter. Bowery Poetry Club, 308 Bowery, near Bleecker Street, East Village ,; cover, $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


IM BERNE AND LOS TOTOPOS (Wednesday) Mr. Berne, an alto saxophonist and composer with a taste for coarsely layered frictions, presents a newly minted ensemble here, with Matt Mitchell on piano and electronics, Oscar Noriega on clarinets and Ches Smith on percussion. The band focuses not only on sharp and convoluted new music by Mr. Berne, but also on some rather obscure material written more than 30 years ago by his former mentor, the saxophonist and composer Julius Hemphill. At 8 p.m., Barbès, 376 Ninth Street, at Sixth Avenue, Park Slope, Brooklyn , (347) 422-0248,; cover, $10. (Chinen)

GERALD CLEAVER (Saturday) Dealing less in rhythm than in pulse, Mr. Cleaver’s drumming perfectly suits the fluid requirements of jazz’s post-everything avant-garde. Here he leads Violet Hour, which features a front line with two tenor saxophonists (Wayne Escoffery and Andrew Bishop) and a smart rhythm section (the pianist Ben Waltzer, the bassist Chris Lightcap). 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)

GARAGE À TROIS (Saturday) This ruggedly groove-oriented collective — Skerik on saxophones, Mike Dillon on vibes, Marco Benevento on keyboards and Stanton Moore on drums — rolls through town while touring behind a new album, “Power Patriot,” on the Brooklyn indie label Royal Potato Family. At 9 p.m., Bowery Ballroom, 6 Delancey Street, near the Bowery, Lower East Side , (212) 533-2111,; $20. (Chinen)

KONCEPTIONS AT KORZO (Tuesday) In the first set of this weekly series, at 9:30 p.m., the saxophonist John O’Gallagher draws partly from his adventurous new trio release, “Dirty Hands” (Clean Feed). A later set, at 11, will feature a trio led by the hyper-literate guitarist Ben Monder. At Korzo Restaurant, 667 Fifth Avenue, near 20th Street, Park Slope, Brooklyn , (718) 285-9425,; cover, $7. (Chinen)

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 Drew Gress and the drummer Billy Drummond. 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)

POSITIVE CATASTROPHE TRIO (Monday) Positive Catastrophe is a 10-piece band, jointly led by the cornetist Taylor Ho Bynum and the percussionist Abraham Gomez-Delgado, that pursues a blend of Afro-Cuban rhythm and freewheeling improvisation. Here the group is radically pared down to three pieces: the two leaders, along with Reut Regev on trombone. At 7 p.m., Barbès, 376 Ninth Street, at Sixth Avenue, Park Slope, Brooklyn , (347) 422-0248,; cover, $10. (Chinen)

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FONT Music To Present Four-Night Event At Abrons Arts Center In January

Dave Douglas, SFJAZZ Collective
Image by @Siebe! via Flickr

From Improvised Communications:

The Festival of New Trumpet Music (FONT Music) will present Forward Flight, the third and final event of its 7th annual performance season, from Wednesday, January 13th through Saturday, January 16th at New York’s Abrons Arts Center.

This four-night celebration of the eclecticism of the trumpet in contemporary music, curated by Dave Douglas and Taylor Ho Bynum, will feature events on two stages, including performances by a diverse range of ensembles, three free FONT Music Workshop Series events and an opening night tribute to unheralded veteran trumpet player, Wilmer Wise.

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Taylor Ho Bynum and Herb Robertson at RUCMA

From New York’s Rise Up Creative Music & Arts:

Start: 08/24/2009 – 7:30pm
MONDAY, AUGUST 24 – A Brass Mass!
7:30PM – Taylor Ho Bynum Trio: Taylor Ho Bynum (cornet), Joe Morris (bass), Abraham Gomez-Delgado (percussion)
9PM – Herb Robertson Group: Herb Robertson (trumpet), others TBA

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Interview with Nate Wooley

Image of Nate Wooley from Facebook
Image of Nate Wooley

From Bagatellen:

Alongside Peter Evans, Taylor Ho Bynum and Rob Mazurek, Wooley is one of several post-Bill Dixon trumpeters turning brass improvisation on its head. But that’s only part of the story here. Born in Oregon in 1974 and schooled in postbop, Wooley’s search has been as much about individual expression and finding out what jazz and music mean to him, as it is about carving an alternative path for the instrument.

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Anthony Braxton Concerts

Upcoming Anthony Braxton shows:

Sun, Jul-12
North Sea Jazz Festival, Rotterdam, HOLLAND
Anthony Braxton Diamond Curtain Wall Trio [AB reeds, elec, Taylor Ho Bynum brass, Mary Halvorson g]

Fri, Jan-29
Christ Church Cathedral, Vancouver, CANADA
Anthony Braxton 12 1tet [AB reeds, Taylor Ho Bynum cor, Jessica Pavone vla, Jay Rozen tba, Carl Testa b, Aaron Siegel perc, Mary Halvorson g, Steve Lehman reeds, James Fei reeds, Andrew Raffo Dewar reeds, Reut Regev tb, Sara Schoenbeck bsn, Nicole Mitchell fl]

Sun, Jan-31
Roundhouse Festival Hall, Vancouver, CANADA
Anthony Braxton Sonic Genome Project

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Firehouse 12 To Present Trio BraamDeJoodeVatcher June 12th

From Improvised Communications:

On Friday, June 12th, Firehouse 12’s 2009 Spring Jazz Series will conclude with a two-set performance by Dutch jazz heavyweights, Trio BraamDeJoodeVatcher. Led by pianist/composer Michiel Braam, and featuring bassist Wilbert de Joode and drummer Michael Vatcher, the group is touring North America in June and July, performing new compositions and welcoming a local improviser into the group at each stop. For this event, the trio’s late set will feature special guest cornetist, and Firehouse 12 Records co-founder, Taylor Ho Bynum.

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Jazz Listings From the New York Times

In the Times:

DARCY JAMES ARGUE’S SECRET SOCIETY (Friday) “Infernal Machines” (New Amsterdam) is the long-awaited debut of this modern big band, led by Mr. Argue, an indefatigable young composer. Girded with indie-rock textures and a generous sense of drama, it deserves the big unfurling that has been organized here. At 10 p.m.; doors open at 9, Galapagos Art Space, 16 Main Street, at Water Street, Dumbo, Brooklyn, (718) 222-8500,; $10. (Chinen)

BILLY BANG AND WILLIAM PARKER (Friday) Mr. Bang, a violinist, and Mr. Parker, a bassist, share deep history in New York free-jazz circles, as well as an abiding interest in combining musical forms to new ends. Their duo rapport should be sturdy and, with some luck, intermittently surprising. At 7 p.m., Rubin Museum of Art, 150 West 17th Street, Chelsea, (212) 620-5000,; $20; $16.20 for members. (Chinen)

PETER BRÖTZMANN TRIO (Sunday) Few modern saxophonists can sound as powerfully abrasive as Mr. Brötzmann; this group, with the comparably more mainstream rhythm team of Eric Revis on bass and Nasheet Waits on drums, could stir some melodic undercurrents as well. The opening band, at 9 p.m., is Radio I-Ching, which recently self-released a vibrant album, “No Wave Au Go Go.” At 10 p.m., Cake Shop, 152 Ludlow Street, Lower East Side, (212) 253-0036,; $10. (Chinen)

BILL FRISELL TRIO (Tuesday through Thursday) On the last two trio releases under his name, both partly recorded at the Village Vanguard, the guitarist Bill Frisell conjured a compelling hallucination of the American popular songbook. His partners, now as then, are the bassist Tony Scherr and the drummer Kenny Wollesen, a widely traveled rhythm team. (Through May 17.) 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)

GO: ORGANIC ORCHESTRA (Monday) This meditative large ensemble, scheduled to perform at Roulette for the next three Monday nights, is a project of the open-minded percussionist, composer and conductor Adam Rudolph. Drawing inspiration from earthy and elemental sources, it features changeable layers of woodwinds, strings, percussion and guitars. At 8:30 p.m., Roulette at Location One, 20 Greene Street, at Grand Street, SoHo, (212) 219-8242,; $15; $10 for students, 60+ and those 30 and younger. (Chinen)

OTHER DIMENSIONS IN MUSIC (Monday) This free-improvising supergroup, performing at 9 p.m., consists of the trumpeter Roy Campbell, the multi-instrumentalist Daniel Carter, the bassist William Parker and the drummer Charles Downs. In an earlier set, at 7:30, the guitarist Cristian Amigo and the bassist Clif Jackson will perform as a duo. At the Local 269, 269 East Houston Street, at Suffolk Street, Lower East Side, (212) 254-1142,; $10 for the first set; $15 for the second; students, $7 and $8. (Chinen)

POSITIVE CATASTROPHE (Friday and Saturday) This raucous 10-piece ensemble, jointly led by the cornetist Taylor Ho Bynum and the percussionist Abraham Gomez-Delgado, has a new album, “Garabatos Volume One” (Cuneiform), which nails its distinctive blend of Afro-Cuban rhythm and freewheeling improvisation. Most of the album’s cast reassembles here, including the saxophonist Michaël Attias, the vocalist Jen Shyu and the drummer Tomas Fujiwara. At 9 and 10:30 p.m., Jazz Gallery, 290 Hudson Street, at Spring Street, South Village, (212) 242-1063,; $15 per set; $10 for members. (Chinen)

MARC RIBOT (Saturday, Sunday, and Tuesday through Thursday) Mr. Ribot, the guitar-playing polymath with a recorded history both subtle and scabrous, celebrates his 55th birthday this month with a cavalcade of shows, beginning on Saturday at the Brecht Forum with his fellow guitarist Marco Cappelli. On Sunday he appears in Brooklyn with his much-beloved “fake Cuban” band, Los Cubanos Postizos; on Wednesday he leads his Spiritual Unity band and a separate trio at Joe’s Pub. He’ll be at the Stone on two evenings, Tuesday and Thursday, performing in solo and diverse group settings. Saturday at 9 p.m., Brecht Forum, 451 West Street, near Bank Street, West Village, (212) 242-4201,; $20. Sunday at 1 p.m., Rose Live Music, 345 Grand Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, (718) 599-0069,; $15; $10 for mothers (must bring proof of motherhood) and children under 14. Tuesday and Thursday at 8 p.m., the Stone, Avenue C and Second Street, East Village,; $10. Wednesday at 9:30 p.m., Joe’s Pub, at the Public Theater, 425 Lafayette Street, at Astor Place, East Village, (212) 967-7555,; $20. (Chinen)

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