Drummer-composer Devin Gray, a Sound It Out favorite, returns to lead his Relative Resonance band – featuring all-stars Chris Speed, Kris Davis & Chris Tordini – in brand-new material, recording live over two sets to follow up the group’s great Skirl studio debut from 2015.
A rare jazz duo piano show, with the Crystal Magnets Duo — featuring New Yorker Andy Milne & visiting Frenchman Benoit Delbecq. They’ll play the matched pair of Steinways at Greenwich House, with Tsugumi Yamamoto sitting in on koto for a tune or two.
Ever-intriguing saxophonist Michaël Attias leads his quartet featuring pianist Aruan Ortiz, bassist John Hébert & drummer extraordinaire Nasheet Waits in two sets. The foursome will be breaking in new material live before heading into the studio to record a new album.
One of Sound It Out’s favorite New York bands, Renku, returns to the stage of Greenwich House Music School to celebrate the release of their live album — recorded in the series at Greenwich House in 2014. The beautifully produced “Live in Greenwich Village,” released by Clean Feed this month, features the telepathic trio of saxophonist Michael Attias, bassist John Hebert and drummer Satoshi Takeishi at the top of their game.
Seven NYC pianists offer thanks, memories and performances for the late, great jazz iconoclast Paul Bley — a FREE concert featuring Ethan Iverson, Frank Kimbrough, Matt Mitchell, Aaron Parks, Jacob Sacks, Rob Schwimmer and Lucian Ban.
A rare trumpet duo double-bill! First on the bill, at 7:30, are trumpeter Aaron Shragge & guitarist Ben Monder (who played on David Bowie’s “Blackstar” LP). Second, at 9:00, are trumpeter Nadje Noordhuis & pianist Fabian Almazan.
Saxophone powerhouse Tony Malaby returns to the Sound It Out series with an ace new trio, featuring frequent drum foil Tom Rainey and very electric guitarist Ben Monder (who played on David Bowie’s “Blackstar”).
Alto saxophonist-composer Darius Jones, a New Yorker originally from Virginia, has made a name for himself with an alto sax sound that blends the holy-rolling preacher blues of Cannonball Adderley with the folk-flecked avant-garde wailing of Albert Ayler. He returns to Sound It Out and Greenwich House with a powerhouse new trio, featuring the great Mark Helias on bass and dynamo Nasheet Waits on drums.
Sound It Out welcomes genre-defying cellist Daniel Levin in a show featuring his chamber-jazz quartet with viola virtuoso Mat Maneri, vibist Matt Moran & bassist Toby Cederberg. Cellist Daniel Levin’s drummerless quartet occupies a musical space bordered by many kinds of music, but fully defined by none of them.
Guitarist Rez Abbasi celebrates the release of his new Cuneiform album, “Behind the Vibration,” with his electric quartet Junction, featuring Mark Shim (tenor sax, midi wind controller), Sam Harris (keyboards) & Kenny Grohowski (drums). All About Jazz has praised Abbasi for his “purposeful virtuosity and unshackled imagination,” while the Los Angeles Times has singled him out for making music that is “relentlessly new and progressive.”
Guitarist/banjoist extraordinaire Brandon Seabrook has played fantastic shows in Sound It Out series serving in the bands of others, but now he comes to the series to lead his own fantastical sextet Die Trommel Fatale, which might be translated as the killing drum.
All About Jazz has called Aaron Parks “a player and composer of great depth, with a truly cinematic vision.” He comes to Sound It Out @ Greenwich House with a color-rich electro-acoustic quintet, dubbed Little Big. Parks has recorded solo and in collectives for Blue Note, ECM and Nonesuch, collaborating with the likes of Joshua Redman, Kurt Rosenwinkel and Gretchen Parlato, among others.
All About Jazz has said: “André Matos is a free thinker,” while The New York Times has praised the Portuguese-born guitarist as one who “advances a pointedly contemporary air.” A keen collaborator onstage and on record with his wife, vocalist Sara Serpa, Matos has his own sound and sensibility as a leader, alternately lush and edgy. As for pianist-composer Jesse Stacken, The New York Times described his recent quartet album, “Helleborus,” as “scintillating” and “beautiful.”
Iconic saxophonist Tim Berne helped launch Sound It Out series in 2012 with a show by his hit band Snakeoil. Now he teams with bassist John Hébert – a longtime favorite of the series – for a new duo. The New York Times declared: “Few musicians working in or around jazz over the past 30 years have developed an idiomatic signature more distinctive than Tim Berne.” Hébert – an associate of figures from Fred Hersch to Mary Halvorson to Kris Davis, as well as a leader in his own right – is one of today’s top bassists.
Angie Sanchez returns to the Sound It Out series with an exciting new large ensemble, which features some of the creative music scene’s finest players giving voice to her most textured writing. The New York Times says: “In her piano playing as well as her compositions, Angelica Sanchez seeks out the lyrical heartbeat within any avant-garde storm.”
Born and bred in Cuba, saxophonist Roman Filiu – veteran of groups led by the likes of Chucho Valdés and David Murray – will front an alternate version of his New York quartet featuring pianist Sam Harris, along with the usual rhythm pair of bassist Thomas Morgan and great drummer Billy Hart. All About Jazz has called the sound from Filiu’s horn “a controlled musical substance, disarming and charming at the same time.”
Cellist-composer Hank Roberts – a longtime fixture in the vintage Downtown music scene alongside the likes of Bill Frisell and Tim Berne – makes his first appearance in the Sound It Out series with his color-rich Sextet. The New York Times has praised the “wisdom” and “catholicity” in Roberts’ music, which will be recorded live in this Greenwich House performance.
Brussels-based saxophonist – and pioneer of the aulochrome (a double soprano sax) – Fabrizio Cassol visits from Europe to play with a colorful American band, featuring trumpeter Amir ElSaffar, guitarist David Gilmore, bassist Matthew Garrison and drummer Daniel Dor. After his decisive journey with Aka Pygmies in the forest of Central Africa, Cassol has led the avant-jazz trio Aka Moon. For 25 years, he has dedicated his musical work to transcultural approaches.
Bass clarinetist Jason Stein, a notable presence on the Chicago avant-jazz scene, will be visiting New York City to open for his sister (Amy Schumer) at Madison Square Garden. He’ll also be playing the slightly more intimate space of Greenwich House to celebrate the release of the first album by his trio Hearts & Minds, with Paul Giallorenzo and Chad Taylor.
In her first Sound It Out @ Greenwich House appearance, saxophonist/flutist Anna Webber leads her Simple Trio, on tour in support of her new Skirl album, “Binary.” Praising the band’s first record at length, The New York Times said: “ `Simple’ is her best work yet, recorded with two of the best musicians working in New York’s high-concept avant-garde: pianist Matt Mitchell and drummer John Hollenbeck.
Oded Lev-Ari — renowned as an arranger and record producer — is stepping into the spotlight to lead an octet in a performance of his beautiful compositions at Greenwich House. Oded will conduct a new ensemble in music from his lovely debut album, “Threading,” which evokes diverse sonic worlds from jazz sound painters Gil Evans and Maria Schneider to tango nuevo king Astor Piazzolla and contemporary classical composers.
Avant-jazz songbird Fay Victor has performed some of Sound It Out’s most exciting shows ever. This season, the singer returns with another special event – In Praise of Ornette. A unique homage to the late, great Ornette Coleman, Victor’s project sets her words to the free-jazz icon’s classic music, backed by a knockout quartet featuring saxophonist Darius Jones, bassist Sean Conly and guitarist Kenny Wessel.
This double-bill pairs two trios led by fascinating guitarists: Mike Baggetta and Anders Nilsson. Baggetta returns to Sound It Out with electric bassist Jerome Harris and ever-subtle drummer Billy Mintz, who recently backed him on “Spectre,” an excellent new album. Anders Nilsson’s trio with saxist Michaël Attias and bassist Ken Filiano sees them essay venturesome atmospheres.
For his first Sound It Out appearance, trumpeter Dave Scott fronts a quintet with saxist Loren Stillman, pianist Leonard Thompson, bassist John Hébert and drummer Satoshi Takeishi. Scott has developed ace quintets over several albums of engaging post-bop adventurism, leading JazzTimes to say that “this band should be feted for its originality and cohesion.”
Pianist Mara Rosenbloom, making her Sound It Out debut, will lead her compelling trio with bassist Sean Conly and drummer Chad Taylor. Stepping out front, Conly – who has played Sound It Out in various guises – leads an alternate version of his potent Re:Action band, which released an eponymous album in 2008 that All About Jazz praised as “driving” and “audacious.”