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Argue, Bynum, Eisenstadt And Halvorson Nominated For JJA Awards

From Improvised Communications:

We’re pleased to announce that four of our current clients are nominees for this year’s 2009 Jazz Journalist Association Awards.

Darcy James Argue:
Up & Coming Artist of the Year
Large Ensemble of the Year
Blog of the Year

Taylor Ho Bynum:
Trumpeter of the Year

Harris Eisenstadt:
Up & Coming Artist of the Year

Mary Halvorson:
Up & Coming Artist of the Year
Guitarist of the Year

Congratulations to all the nominees!

The award ceremony will be June 16th at The Jazz Standard in New York.

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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, ibeambrooklyn.com; 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, corneliastreetcafe.com; 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, corneliastreetcafe.com; 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, symphonyspace.org; $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, barbesbrooklyn.com; cover, $10. (Chinen)

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Jazz Listings From The New York Times

In the Times:

DAVE BURRELL WITH BILLY MARTIN (Friday) As he did a few years ago, for an album called “Consequences” (Amulet), the venerable avant-garde pianist and composer Dave Burrell engages in expansive duologue with Mr. Martin, the drummer best known as the second surname in Medeski Martin & Wood. At 7 p.m., Whitney Museum of American Art, (212) 570-3600, whitney.org; free with pay-what-you-wish museum admission. 20090219

TAYLOR HO BYNUM TRIO (Thursday) The cornetist Taylor Ho Bynum excels with improvisational miniatures, a form he seems likely to explore in this trio with the bassist John Hebert and the drummer Gerald Cleaver. At 9 and 10:30 p.m., Tea Lounge, 837 Union Street, near Sixth Avenue, Park Slope, Brooklyn, (718) 789-2762, tealoungeny.com; suggested donation, $5. 20090219

DUAL IDENTITY (Thursday) The alto saxophonists Rudresh Mahanthappa and Steve Lehman travel roughly the same orbit in jazz’s progressive solar system. And as the name of this quintet implies, their aesthetic kinship runs deep. At 9 and 10:30 p.m., Jazz Gallery, 290 Hudson Street, at Spring Street, South Village, (212) 242-1063, jazzgallery.org; cover, $15. 20090219

ENSEMBLE HELACIOUS (Friday) This exploratory trio consists of three shrewd and committed improvisers: the multireedist J. D. Parran, the trombonist Peter Zummo and the vibraphonist and drummer Kevin Norton. At 8:30 p.m., Roulette, 20 Greene Street, at Grand Street, SoHo, (212) 219-8242, roulette.org; $15 at the door; $10 for students, 30 and under, and 65+. 20090219

FREESTYLE MUSIC SERIES (Wednesday) This avant-garde concert series has settled for the moment at Cake Shop, one night a month. Next week the lineup includes the Exposed Blues Duo, with Fay Victor on vocals and Anders Nilsson on guitar (at 8:30 p.m.); the French Exit, a trio with roots in indie rock (at 10); Radio I-Ching, a free-improvising collective that includes the series organizer, Dee Pop, on percussion (at 9:15); and a group led by the alto saxophonist Peter Robbins (at 11). 152 Ludlow Street, between Stanton and Rivington Streets, Lower East Side, (212) 253-0036, cake-shop.com; $8. 20090219

DREW GRESS’S 7 BLACK BUTTERFLIES (Friday) On his most recent album, “The Irrational Numbers” (Premonition), the bassist Drew Gress pursues a disciplined brand of abstraction with this band, featuring the trumpeter Ralph Alessi, the alto saxophonist Tim Berne, the keyboardist Craig Taborn and the drummer Tom Rainey. At 9 and 10:30 p.m., Jazz Gallery, 290 Hudson Street, at Spring Street, South Village, (212) 242-1063, jazzgallery.org; cover, $15. 20090219

KEVIN TKACZ’S LETHAL OBJECTION (Tuesday) The bassist Kevin Tkacz (pronounced tax) features his own compositions in this adventurous new ensemble, with Ingrid Laubrock on saxophones, Angelica Sanchez on piano and Michael Sarin on drums. At 7 p.m., Barbès, 376 Ninth Street, at Sixth Avenue, Park Slope, Brooklyn, (347) 422-0248, barbesbrooklyn.com; cover, $10. 20090219

VISION COLLABORATION NIGHTS (Friday and Saturday) For one of the Vision Festival’s perennial off-season satellite series, dancers and musicians combine forces in improvisation. Among the likely highlights are two performances by the multi-instrumentalist Cooper-Moore: in a duo with the trombonist Willie Applewhite (Friday) and in a quintet with the saxophonists Charles Gayle and Tony Malaby, the bassist William Parker and the drummer Nasheet Waits (Saturday). At 7:30 p.m., Living Theater, 21 Clinton Street, Lower East Side, (212) 254-5420, livingtheatre.org; $15 in advance, $20 at the door, $15 students and 65+.

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Guitarist Mary Halvorson Makes Music ‘Sort of Based in Jazz’

Mary Halvorson gets more coverage of her show tonight in Brooklyn.

Ms. Halvorson, 28, has built a name as a guitarist in new-music circles, largely through an association with the celebrated multireedist and composer Anthony Braxton. And she has proved herself a judicious composer, in the duo with Ms. Pavone and in People, a willfully eccentric rock band.

“Mary’s reputation among musicians is beyond stellar,” said Taylor Ho Bynum, a cornetist and composer who features Ms. Halvorson in his sextet. “Whatever your personal aesthetic, you have to recognize the clarity of her ideas, her sound and her technique.”

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