This show presents the ever-vivacious drummer Vinnie Sperrazza’s return to Sound It Out as the linchpin of a double-bill. The second half showcases guitarist Sean Moran – whom All Music Guide lauded for blending “a rock sensibility with a free aesthetic” – making his series debut, leading his Sun Tiger trio with Vinnie and cellist Hank Roberts. Their set will celebrate the release of the band’s eponymous debut album on Skirl Records. The night’s opening half features Vinnie’s new trio The Choir Invisible, with the drummer alongside saxophonist Charlotte Greve and bassist Chris Tordini.
Guitarist extraordinaire Brandon Seabrook – dubbed “wildly virtuosic” and “one of New York’s great musical individualists” – returns to the Sound It Out series to lead a powerhouse new trio featuring the great combo of pianist Cooper-Moore and drummer Gerald Cleaver.
In this double-bill, the ever-soulful Frank Kimbrough – one of Sound It Out’s very favorite artists, a pianist that the Paris Review has justly lauded for his “bewitching lyricism” – returns to the series to play in a duo with kindred-spirit bassist Masa Kamaguchi, visiting from Spain. Masa does double-duty on the night, also playing in the opening set in a trio with pianist Megumi Yonezawa and drummer Ken Kobayashi, whose set was the highlight of 2018’s 55th anniversary show at Greenwich House for ESP-Disk, the label that last year released the trio’s deeply poetic debut album, “Boundary.”
This double-bill presents two Sound It Out debuts… The second half of the evening will see saxophonist Caroline Davis making her series debut at the head of her trio Alula, featuring pianist Matt Mitchell and drummer Dan Weiss. Caroline’s playing has been praised by JazzTimes for its mix of “warmth and daredevilry.” Dan will also be behind the kit for the opening set by a group led by trombonist Michael Dessen, making his Sound It Out debut in a visit from California. DownBeat has called Michael “a musician for this moment.” His trio also includes bassist Chris Tordini, plus vocalist Fay Victor – a longtime Sound It Out fixture – as a special guest.
This double-bill presents electric bassist/guitarist Simon Jermyn’s debut as a leader in the Sound It Out series. The first half of the evening at Greenwich House features the Dublin native on guitar in his Sooner duo with Charlotte Greve on alto saxophone, electronics and voice, plus special guest Joe Branciforte on live processing and synth. The second set will find Simon leading his quartet Trot-a-Mouse, featuring him on bass guitar, Charlotte again on alto sax, Anna Webber on tenor sax and Mark Ferber on drums.
This double-set night presents the return to Sound It Out of a series favorite: alto saxophonist Michaël Attias, who will be celebrating the release of his first solo album, “échos la nuit.” Some of Michaël’s initial solo performances — on alto and piano, virtually simultaneously — were at Greenwich House as part of Sound It Out. In addition to his opening solo set, Michaël will close the night by leading his ace Quartet with Kris Davis (piano), Sean Conly (double-bass) and Satoshi Takeishi (drums).
Juno Award-winning pianist Andy Milne — whom The Guardian aptly describes as “a superb pianist of Herbie Hancock-like fluency” — makes his long-awaited return to the Sound It Out series with his trio Unison, featuring bassist John Hébert and drummer Clarence Penn. The show will also include colorful guest spots by koto player Yoko Reikano Kimura, cellist Hank Roberts and trumpeter Ralph Alessi. All About Jazz has praised Andy’s “sophisticated… sterling musicianship,” with the pianist saying that his piano-trio philosophy resides at “the intersection between texture and groove.”