Listen up! Listings, May 23 – May 29

Listen Up! is the title of Matt Miller’s new listing blog, which will migrate from Jazz Beyond Jazz to a whole new host-site next week; but ’til then, read on: 

Friday, May 23 –  Last two nights of drummer Al Foster at the Village Vanguard, backing
his quartet of saxophonist Eli Digibri, pianist Gary Versace, and bassist Doug
Weiss. 178 7th Ave South at 9 & 11 pm $35.

Saturday, May 24 Pianist-composer Angelica Sanchez injects lyricism
into avant-garde settings with bassist Chris Lightcap and drummer Chad Taylor
in her Circle Down Trio,  at
Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, 9 & 10:30 pm $10.

Sunday, May 25 Alto saxophonist Rob Brown‘s burbling tone and sophisticated
melodicism recall Cannonball Adderley – but he also has a penchant for
mercurial free-improvisation; with pianist Craig Taborn, drummer Gerald Cleaver
and bassist Todd Nicholson, at The Stone, northwest corner of Avenue C and 2nd
Street, 10 pm, $10.  

Monday, May 26 Bassist John Hebert, a sideman with the late Andrew
and a slew of post-bop improvisers, leads a quartet featuring saxophonist
Michael Attias, percussionist Satoshi Takeishi and drummer Nasheet Waits at the
Tea Lounge, 837 Union St. in Park Slope, Brooklyn. 8 pm, $5.  

Tuesday, May 27 – June 1 Acerbic drummer Paul Motian brings his Trio 2000 – a
quintet with pianist Masabumi Kiikuchi, bassist Thomas Morgan, and freely
associative saxophonists Michael Attias and Loren Stillman to the Village Vanguard, 178
7th Ave South at 9 & 11 pm $35.

Wednesday, May 28 Multi-media artist Joshua White and his Joshua Light Show end the month at
Brooklyn’s Issue Project room in a series of collaborations with
convention-shattering musicians. Images will be projected on 5/28 behind an
improvising quartet of turtablist Marina Rosenfeld, electronics improviser Ikue
Mori, guitarist Lee Ranaldo and accordionist Zeena Parkins; on the 29th,
tabla master Samir Chatterjee and sitarist K.V.
Mahabala, and on the 30th,
, guitarist Marc Ribot’s Spiritual Unity with bassist Henry Grimes,
drummer Chad Taylor and trumpeter Roy Campbell. The (OA) Can Factory, 232 3rd
Street at 3rd Avenue, 3rd Floor, Brooklyn, 8 pm every
night $20.

Thursday, May 29 The former
Center for Improvised Music in Park Slope, Brooklyn reopens this week as the
Douglass Street Music Collective, with Art Bailey’s Orkestra Popilar, pianist
Daniel Kelly‘s quartet, trumpeter John Carlson and drummer Matt Moran. 295
Douglass Street, between 3rd and 4th Avenues. 8pm.
(price? Sorry, we don’t know).
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