12 Pop, Rock and Jazz Concerts to Check Out in N.Y.C. This Weekend - The New York Times
URI CAINE at the Stone (May 28-June 1, 8:30 p.m.). Prodigiously gifted and bursting with vigor at the piano, Caine is the uncommon player who sounds just as deft on a deep groove, a classical minuet or a freely improvised odyssey. Highlights of his upcoming week at the Stone include a solo performance on Thursday, drawing from the second book in John Zorn’s epic “Masada” series, and his appearance on May 31 with a tango-inspired band featuring Mark Feldman on violin, Agustin Uriburu on cello, Julien Labro on bandoneon and Pablo Aslan on bass.
BRIAN KROCK’S LIDDLE AND CAROLINE DAVIS’S ALULA at Nublu 151 (May 30, 8 p.m.). Krock and Davis are two rising alto saxophonists with expansive notions of what it means to write instrumental music for small ensembles, and both have excellent new albums out: Krock with Liddle, a quintet inspired by metal, European modernism and M-Base avant-funk, and Davis with Alula, a trio centered on interplay between her horn and a battery of analog synthesizers. And as it happens, each group features a different side of Matt Mitchell: He plays synths with Alula, and piano and Fender Rhodes with Liddle.
JASON PALMER at the InterContinental New York Barclay (May 23-24, 7 p.m.). A coolly exploratory trumpeter, with a great sensitivity across the full range of his horn, Palmer here takes charge of an all-star ensemble featuring the tenor saxophonist Mark Turner, the vibraphonist Joel Ross, the bassist Edward Perez and the drummer Kendrick Scott. The plan is that these shows on Thursday and Friday, presented in the InterContinental’s Presidential Suite with hors d’oeuvres served throughout, will be made into a live album; it will be Palmer’s second funded by Giant Step Arts, a new nonprofit organization that makes quality live recordings of contemporary jazz. The resplendent suite will provide a fitting backdrop to a performance of Palmer’s latest original music, inspired by the notorious robbery at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, which was once a ritzy private home.
KOJO ODU RONEY EXPERIENCE at the Blue Note (May 24-25, 12:30 a.m.). After sets on Friday and Saturday night from Chris Dave — the game-changing drummer whose footprints are all over the present-day sounds of pop, hip-hop and jazz — come late-night performances from a head-turning drummer one-third his age. The son of the saxophonist Antoine Roney, Kojo Odu Roney was already sensational enough at age 12 to be featured in a documentary that was broadcast on PBS. This March, almost two years later, Roney brought his splashy, Tony Williams-inspired drumming to the Blue Note for his debut as a leader there. He returns this weekend, leading a quartet; on Friday he’ll welcome the virtuoso turntablist D.J. Logic as a special guest.
DR. LONNIE SMITH at Birdland (through May 25, 8:30 and 11 p.m.). A National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master, Smith is the acting chairman of the board when it comes to Hammond B3 organ playing in jazz. From the 1960s on, he has treated R&B rhythm, church-derived harmony and the nondenominational, mystic mid-60s sound of John and Alice Coltrane as his guides toward a personal approach. In recent years he’s performed and recorded primarily with a classic organ trio (featuring guitar and drums), but this week at Birdland he is accompanied by the Jazz Orchestra of the Concertgebouw, the Netherlands’ eminent big band.
ALEXA TARANTINO QUARTET at Dizzy’s Club (May 28, 7:30 p.m.). Tarantino’s forthcoming debut album, “Winds of Change,” announces this young alto saxophonist as a composer of sharply plotted but gracefully unencumbered straight-ahead jazz and — for those who haven’t already caught her in her capacity as a busy side musician around New York — an announcement of her lovely, ardent way of improvising. At Dizzy’s, Tarantino celebrates the album’s release with the pianist Christian Sands, the bassist Joe Martin and the drummer Ulysses Owens Jr.
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