The Best Jazz Shows in NYC This Month
These are the best jazz shows in NYC in March.
Chris Speed, tenor saxophone; Jim Black, drums
Chris Speed, Jim Black
From March 11-16 at the Stone, tenor saxophonist/clarinetist Chris Speed hits with six different projects, including his new trio with Bad Plus drummer Dave King (celebrating the Skirl release Really OK). Many of Speed's sets will involve drummer Jim Black, who gets his own Stone residency too, March 25-30. Once young upstarts in Tim Berne's Bloodcount, Speed and Black have built fascinating careers as collaborators and leaders, under names such as Human Feel, yeah NO, Pachora, Endangered Blood and more. Bloodcount's lineup, billed as "Not Bloodcount," will play March 25; guitarist Ben Monder reunites his classic 1997 trio (with Black) on March 26. If you want more Dave King -- and who doesn't? -- he's at ShapeShifter Lab for three sure-to-be-mindblowing nights (Mar. 7-9).
Ingrid Laubrock & Tom Rainey
German-born, New York-based tenor/soprano saxophonist Ingrid Laubrock has left an imprint with her own ensembles as well as the co-led trio Paradoxical Frog, featuring pianist Kris Davis and drummer Tyshawn Sorey. Some of her deepest playing is with esteemed drummer Tom Rainey, who heralds the release of Obbligato (Intakt) at Cornelia Street Café on March 14-15. Laubrock and Rainey have a duo release out as well, And Other Desert Towns (Relative Pitch), which they'll touch upon during Laubrock's residency at Clemente Soto Vélez, a segment in the Evolving Music Series (March 3, 10, 24). Also on the residency docket: Laubrock's duets with bassist William Parker and guitarist Mary Halvorson.
Brandon Ross & Stomu Takeishi
From the fiercest electric shredding to the quietest meditations, guitarist Brandon Ross has honed his distinctive approach in the company of greats including Henry Threadgill and Wadada Leo Smith. His co-led power trio Harriet Tubman plays BRIC House on March 16, with vocalist and longtime associate Cassandra Wilson, in a project called Black Sun. But on March 8 as part of Sound It Out at Greenwich House, Ross will pare down to a duo with acoustic bass guitarist Stomu Takeishi, celebrating their new duo disc Revealing Essence (Sunnyside). The two met during a stint with Threadgill's band Make a Move, and their Zen-like connection has brought about something headspinningly gorgeous. Ross plays all acoustic, as well as soprano guitar and banjo.
You won't often see a young guitarist with a Stratocaster dealing with the music of Andrew Hill, Charles Moore, Herbie Hancock and others on a high and risk-taking level. But Nir Felder did just that as a member of trumpeter David Weiss's Point of Departure Quintet on Venture Inward (Posi-Tone) as well as Snuck In and Snuck Out (Sunnyside). Appearances with Greg Osby, Terri Lyne Carrington, José James, Rudy Royston, Ben Wendel and others have built up Felder's rep, paving the way for his spacious rock- and groove-oriented debut album Golden Age (Okeh). At (Le) Poisson Rouge on March 10 Felder takes the stage with pianist Aaron Parks and drummer Nate Smith, with the brilliant Orlando Le Fleming subbing for Matt Penman on bass.
Noah Baerman's Jazz Samaritan Alliance
Pianist Noah Baerman is no stranger to aiming high: he made the trio record Patch Kit (Lemel) in 2002 with the legendary Ron Carter on bass and Ben Riley on drums. He's explored fabulous solo piano, long-form composition for septet and other concepts in the years since, all while fighting Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, a serious connective tissue disorder. He's also taken on social missions: fundraising for EDS research, supporting foster care and adoption, advocating powerfully for gun control in the wake of Newtown (which took a child of his close friend). On his new disc Ripples (Lemel), Baerman brings it all together, showcasing three different ensembles, doubling on slide guitar and vocals, pushing boldly past his limits. His Jazz Samaritan Alliance plays the Jazz Gallery to celebrate the release on March 13.
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