Seasonal electricity: jazz “fusion” in NYC

Fusion, fission, energy and virtuosity reign supreme over coming holiday weeks as jazzers beyond genre constraints fill New York clubs. Starting tonight (Dec. 9) double-necked guitar madman Dave Fiuczynski fires up Iridium with ripping alto saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa and jam-band idol John Medeski on keybs; jazz sambas and tangos, ex-Milesian Mike Stern and smooth trumpeter Chris Botti, soul-drench organist Dr. Lonnie Smith and the Bad Plus follow. Details here, at my new column for City Arts-New York. And below — Fuze, vocalist Dean Bowman + Roy Hargrove knock out Miles Davis’ “What It Is” from Decoy (1984, and still state-of-jazz-funk).

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    Did you miss this one, Howard? It fits perfectly with your “seasonal electricity” description:
    At the Stone in Manhattan on New Year’s Eve, northwest corner of Ave. C & 2nd St. (, Friday, 12/31/1O, first set at 7 p.m., JOHN ZORN (alto saxophone) with BILL LASWELL (electric bass) and MILFORD GRAVES (drums), $4O admission for the set; and
    11 pm, “Bells at Midnight”: MARC RIBOT (guitar) w/ HENRY GRIMES (bass, violin), MARY HALVORSON (guitar), CHAD TAYLOR (drums), and JOHN ZORN (alto saxophone), Marc Ribot and his trio + 2 playing a free ritual / jam leading to a midnight rendition of Albert Ayler’s masterpiece “Bells,” $4O separate admission for this set includes traditional New Year’s Eve champagne toast at midnight.
    Maybe you’ll be doing a separate listing for New Year’s Eve in NYC…
    HM: Those read like exciting sets, Margaret, thanks for mentioning them.