Jazz Listings from the New York Times

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VIJAY IYER TRIO (Friday through Sunday) “Historicity” (ACT), likely to rank among this year’s most inventively purposeful jazz releases, finds the pianist and composer Vijay Iyer investigating the very premise of a repertory album, with restive versions of songs by (among others) M.I.A. and Andrew Hill. He celebrates the album’s release here, with the same bassist, Stephan Crump, and a worthy substitute drummer, Justin Brown. At 7:30 and 9:30 p.m., with an 11:30 set on Friday and Saturday, Jazz Standard, 116 East 27th Street, Manhattan , (212) 576-2232,; $30; $25 on Sunday. (Chinen)20091105

NUBLU JAZZ FESTIVAL (Friday through Thursday) For the last seven years the East Village club Nublu has promulgated a downtown mix of jazz, club music and international groove. For much of this month a similar sound prevails at its first annual jazz festival, with artists like the Inbetweens, led by the bassist Noah Jarrett (Saturday); the Seamus Blake Trio, led by its namesake saxophonist (Sunday); the drummer Ben Perowsky and his Moodswing Orchestra (Monday); and the trumpeters Eddie Henderson and Kirk Knuffke (both Thursday). At 9 and 10:30 p.m. and midnight, Nublu, 62 Avenue C, between Fourth and Fifth Streets, East Village ,; cover, $10. (Chinen)20091105

JESSICA PAVONE/CURHA-CHESTRA/SCOPA TRIO (Thursday) Ms. Pavone, playing violin as well as viola, presents “wordless songs inspired by life’s cast of characters,” a project with the guitarist Brandon Seabrook, the bassist Jonti Siman and the drummer Harris Eisenstadt. Also on the bill are the Curha-chestra, a boisterous ensemble led by the trombonist Curtis Hasselbring; and Scopa Trio, an improvising group led by the trombonist Brian Drye. At 8:30 p.m., Zebulon, 258 Wythe Avenue, near Metropolitan Avenue, Williamsburg, Brooklyn , (718) 218-6934,; free. (Chinen)

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Avant Improv in Brooklyn

From Brooklyn’s MonkeyTown:

Lou Rossi/Carlos’ Red Shoes/Glass Bees/Frogwell

July 14th
58 N3rd Street (Between Whyte and Kent)
Williamsburg, Brooklyn, $5 cover.

This four-band bill celebrates Bastille Day with electric ambience and organic improv providing a diverse sonic feast. Featuring everthing from crystaline guitar trails to laptop bubblebaths, sineous tuba melodes and the iPhone-as-instrument to tickle your ears.


Lou Rossi
Lou Rossi creates ambient & textural sounds via baritone guitar, stick, pedals & loops. He credits his love of expressionism in the development of this style. Rossi received a degree in Film Scoring from Berklee & studied Microtonal Theory at NEC with Joe Maneri. Recent work includes the film ‘hyroplane’ by Frank Ferraro & the Urb Alt Festival live at BAM.


Carlos’ Red Shoes
CRS are Christopher Hamilton, Dan Jones, Christopher Meeder and Dave Wnorowski. The group’s instant compositions mix post-punk and krautrock rhythms with 60s free jazz motifs, a soupcon of guitar feedback and big tuba melodies. They are inspired by the fantastic footwear designs of Carlos Santana.


Glass Bees
The Glass Bees are Chris Williams, Jason Das, and Andrea Williams. Using electronics, guitar, keyboards, acoustic percussion, computer processed field recordings, and found objects, the Glass Bees assemble delicate soundscapes from colliding abstract loops, ambient noise, and sudden inspirations. Started as an improvisational studio and web project in 2006, the Glass Bees have posted over 50 tracks as an ongoing podcast on their website, In 2008, they released their first CD, titled Tops Crops Snaps Hots, which sequenced highlights from this series into a continuous 63-minute mix.

The Glass Bees have performed as part of the EyeWash video-audio series at Monkeytown and the Optosonic Tea series at the Diapason Gallery. In March they collaborated with instrument builder Ranjit Bhatnagar in a performance at Barbes, utilizing instruments he built from detritus salvaged near his apartment in Park Slope. The event was featured on NPR’s All Things Considered. Most recently, they shared a bill with electronic artist Blevin Blectum at the Envoy Enterprises gallery. Their music has also been featured in short documentaries by filmmaker Nerina Penzhorn on artists Chico McMurtrie and Mary Lynch.

Frogwell are an experimental improvising unit of composers and multi-instrumentalists. Their sound could be described as early Popol Vuh meets John Cage. Or it could be described as Flipper reincarnated as a Korean folk ensemble. The band’s lineup is: Robert Hardin, Richard Kamerman, Bob Lukomski, Jeremy Slater and Tamara Yadao. They are all equally comfortable in the water as well as out of the water.


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Marc Ribot Plans May Retrospective

From (of all places) Billboard:

Veteran jazz guitarist Marc Ribot will celebrate his 55th birthday this May with a career-spanning, week-long musical retrospective in New York City. Ribot will visit many of his critically acclaimed projects, including the Los Cubanos Postizos, his ode to Cuban roots music; the Young Philadelphians; and his Albert Ayler-influenced group, Spiritual Unity.

Here is Marc Ribot’s Retrospective Schedule:

May 9: Marc Ribot with Marco Cappelli & Ensemble Dissonanzen (Brecht Forum, New York)
May 10: Marc Ribot with Los Cubanos Postizos, Cotito, and La Cumbiamba eNeYe (Rose Live Music, Williamsburg, Brooklyn)
May 12: Marc Ribot solo, Marc Ribot with Shrek & Rootless Cosmopolitans (The Stone, New York)
May 13: Marc Ribot Trio and Spiritual Unity (Joe’s Pub, New York)
May 14: Marc Ribot plays Frantz Casseus with Marco Cappelli & Marc Ribot with Sun Ship (The Stone, New York)
May 15: Marc Ribot with Los Cubanos Postizos, Cotito, and La Cumbiamba eNeYe (Le Poisson Rouge, New York)
May 16: Marc Ribot and Ceramic Dog and Marc Ribot and the Young Philadelphians (Le Poisson Rouge, New York)

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Performances Reviews

A Duo With Phantom Contributors

A recent I Heart Lung performance is reviewed.

I Heart Lung, a guitar-and-drums duo from Southern California, makes music of calm comportment and shadowy effect. Its style combines minimalist repetition, free-jazz epiphany, noise-rock fervor and drone-music mystique: an avant-garde connoisseur’s blend, unsteadily but endlessly percolating. That may sound esoteric and precious, but I Heart Lung was neither of those things during an immersive performance at Death by Audio in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, on Tuesday night.

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