Eight Shows

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Some good, reasonably inexpensive jazz coming up. Details below the fold.

Sunday, May 28th: At Barbes, at 7pm:

ROY NATHANSON QUARTET with special guest Marc Ribot. Jazz Passenger Roy nathanson will be joined by his former bandmate in the Lounge Lizards as well as regular associates Sam Bardfeld (Violin) Tim Kaya (bass and vocals) and Gerald Cleaver (Drums). Roy’s latest project (which will be touring Europe under the name of “the Barbes band”) draws in part from his old songbook – made popular by the likes of Elvis Costello, Debbie Harry and Jimmy Scott – but the focus is on new pieces which feature Roy’s storytelling: an assortment of quirky narratives, memories, aphorisms and stream of consciousness monologues which range from moving to poignant to outright funny. The narratives are incorporated in tight musical structures which include sung choruses, quotations and superb arrangements and ensemble playing.

The drummer, Gerald Cleaver, is great. Haven’t heard any of the others yet. The bass player will briefly be our roommate in a few days (he’s moving in, we’re moving out, so we’ll overlap by a month).

But – tough call – at roughly the same time (6pm-8pm), at the Bowery Poetry Club:

Gersoritzviklellan + Weiss/Sacks Trio
Gersoritzviklellan – which features:

Ben Gerstein – trombone
Jonathan Moritz – tenor saxophone
Eivind Opsvik – bass
John McLellan – drums

Weiss/Sacks Trio – which is featuring:

Jacob Sacks – keyboard
Thomas Morgan – bass
Dan Weiss – drums

The cover is $7 for that show.

On Tuesday, May 31st, my current roommate Vinnie Sperrazza has a gig at the 55 Bar at 7pm. Great drummer too. No cover, but they expect you to buy a drink. Later in the evening around 10pm, same bar, Dave Binney’s Balance is playing. Should be good.

Same night at Nublu at 9pm, Bill McHenry is playing. I saw him play with a different group there last week and really enjoyed the show. No cover.

Barbes should be fun all night on Wednesday, June 1st. At 8pm, there is this:

MALABY/SANCHEZ/RAINEY – Tony’s playing is thick and powerful, nimble and lyrical. Whether composed or improvised, his music is so carefully crafted it always feels written. What he delivers in the end is old-fashioned beautiful music with unbelievable emotional power. The Malaby/Sanchez/Rainey Trio may be of his finest vehicles. The interaction between the three ferquent collaborators is near-telepathic. Their first release Alive in Brooklyn was recorded live at Barbes – with Angelica Sanchez on keyboard, Tom Rainey on drum and tony Malaby on saxophones. $8

Great stuff. And then at 10pm, the second half of Eivind Opsvik‘s CD release party:

Eivind Opsvik OVERSEAS II – CD Release Concert
Tony Malaby – tenor saxophone, Loren Stillman – alto sax, Jacob Sacks – piano, Jeff Davis – drums, Eivind Opsvik – bass and compositions. In 2003 Norwegian Bassplayer Eivind Opsvik released his debut CD on Fresh Sound Records; “Overseas”. The Press said: “Eivind Opsvik has an unusual gift for writing small, poignant pieces of music”(New York Times) “The excellent debut recording Â…shows what happens when a musician puts the whole range of his imagination into play” (Downbeat) In the month of May. The follow up “Overseas II” features eleven new compositions by Opsvik complemented by the spirited playing of his band. – $8

I saw the first set of the first CD release party last week at the 55 Bar and enjoyed it thoroughly.