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    Evan Parker has hit New York for shows before — Gotham will always open its doors to revered global kingpins of free improvisation — but his extended stays at the Stone featuring...
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    The left-field producer (Marianne Faithfull, William S. Burroughs, etc.) and tribute impressario (Tim Buckley, the Marquis de Sade, etc.) caps six nights here with a set devoted to comedian...
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    Don’t expect “Jesus, Etc” or “Handshake Drugs” during the Wilco guitarist’s residency this week – he has two or three other lives he wants to show...
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    No musician straddles the crevasse between rock and free jazz with as much aplomb and credibility as guitarist Nels Cline. A linchpin of the Southern California improv milieu, Cline’s...
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    Scrutinizing percussion possibilities is the Medeski, Martin & Wood drummer's passion, and this week's six-night residency (22-27) finds him banging around with various cohorts, including a...
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    Expect bold music from the outer brasslands when this Israeli prog-jazz experimentalist kicks off his six-night, 10-act Stone residency this evening with a horn-heavy septet that includes...
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    The new Through Foundation is the third album of duets by the cornetist and drummer, who first started playing together in high school. The refinements they've made to their creative process...
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    One of New York's most inventive ensemble players, the pianist can be startling in an array of contexts. That means there should be numerous surprises at this six-night residency, a stretch...
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    Jamming — of both the improvising and disrupting varieties — provides the focus tonight and during the remainder of composer-performer Annie Gosfield’s week-long residence...
  • Sound of the City: Weekend
    For more shows throughout the weekend, check out our New York Concert Calendar, which we update daily.Friday, 3/28: Lady Gaga Roseland Ballroom Friday through Saturday, 8:00 p.m. daily,...
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    An expertise in abstract designs gives the drummer a refreshingly wayward approach to trad time-keeping, but the raucous pummeling and florid crashes that he’s honed into a personal...
  • Sound of the City: Listings
    For more shows throughout the week, check out our New York Concert Calendar, which we update daily.Monday, 3/10: Lorde Roseland Ballroom Monday through Wednesday, 7:00 p.m. daily,...
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    The saxophonist/clarinetist launches a six-day residence at John Zorn's no-frills bunker with two evenings celebrating the release of Really OK by his excellent trio with bassist Chris...
  • Sound of the City: Jazz
    These are the best jazz shows in NYC in March.Chris Speed, Jim Black From March 11-16 at the Stone, tenor saxophonist/clarinetist Chris Speed hits with six different projects, including his...
  • Sound of the City: Weekend
    For more shows throughout the weekend, check out our New York Concert Calendar, which we update daily.Friday, 1/24: Neutral Milk Hotel BAM, Peter Jay Sharp Building Friday & Saturday, 8:00...
  • Sound of the City: Listings
    For more shows throughout the week, check out our New York Concert Calendar, which we update daily.Monday, 1/20: Whitney Houston Jukebox Musical Cameo Gallery 8:00 p.m., $10 As far as we...
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    He’s earned a rep as a cagey structuralist by wildly reimagining Euro classical pieces, but from his spin on the Goldberg Variations to a Luciano Berio nod, the...
  • Sound of the City: Listings
    For more shows throughout the week, check out our New York Concert Calendar, which we update daily.Tuesday, 1/14: Parquet Courts + Amanda X + Household The Acheron 8:00 p.m.,...
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    Although his own music can come across as mathematically chilly on record, this composing alto saxophonist burns hot onstage. He's using this five-night run (offering two sets for the price...
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    Bird lives when Indian-American alto saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa opens a weeklong residency at sax kinsmen John Zorn's black box performance space The Stone: Here, Mahanthappa...
  • Sound of the City: Listings
    For more shows throughout the week, check out our New York Concert Calendar, which we update daily.Monday, 12/23: Mack Wilds S.O.B.'s 9:00 p.m., $10 After growing up on Staten Island and...
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    Tonight through Sunday, the saxophonist-composer bumps up his no-frills venue's usual sawbuck ticket price in order to subsidize same. But when you've got top-notch players like Ikue Mori...
  • Sound of the City: Jazz
    These are the best jazz shows in NYC in December. Joe Lovano Saxophonist Joe Lovano takes up residency at the Stone for six nights (Dec. 3-8) to mark his 60th birthday. Though he's been...
  • Sound of the City: Listings
    For more shows throughout the week, check out our New York Concert Calendar, which we update daily.Monday, 11/11: Sky Ferreira + Smith Westerns Webster Hall 7:00 p.m., $22 With the release...
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    From the variety of bands he builds to the number of horns he plays, versatility is everywhere in this saxophonist’s art. The current week-long showcase underscores that, pairing him...
  • Sound of the City: Listings
    For more shows throughout the week, check out our New York Concert Calendar, which we update daily.Monday, 10/28: Drake + Miguel + Future Barclays Center 7:00 p.m., $79.75-$109.75 Bad news,...
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    Led by saxophonist Bryan Murray, the Haggards perform outlandish, inventive, and often hilarious jazz-instrumental renditions of tunes by the great country songwriter Merle Haggard....
  • Sound of the City: Jazz
    These are the best jazz shows in NYC in October. Melissa Aldana Quartet Tenor saxophonist Melissa Aldana made an impression with two strong albums on Greg Osby's Inner Circle label (Free...
  • Sound of the City: Listings
    For more shows throughout the week, check out our New York Concert Calendar, which we update daily.Monday, 9/30: Jagwar Ma The Mercury Lounge 6:30pm, $12 Fusing a half-lidded lyricism with...
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    The powerful and prolific multi-instrumentalist begins a week-long residency with a pair of shows highlighting his considerable composition and improvisation skills, respectively. At 8 p.m....
  • Sound of the City: Weekend
    For more shows throughout the weekend, check out our New York Concert Calendar, which we update daily.Friday, 9/20: Laura Benanti 54 Below 8pm, Friday & Saturday; 11pm, Friday,...
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    The whirlwind British saxophonist has dazzled jazz’s freedom contingent for decades now, his virtuosity making abstraction seem like an utterly natural language and the physical impact...
  • Sound of the City: Weekend
    For more shows throughout the weekend, check out our New York Concert Calendar, which is updated daily.Friday, 8/30: Bat for Lashes + Barbarian Webster Hall 8pm, $30 A few days before...
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    It doesn’t happen often these days. The revered British string improviser’s visits to town are few and far between, so this stretch of dates, along with a mid-September hit at...
  • Sound of the City: Listings
    For more shows throughout the week, check out our New York Concert Calendar, which is updated daily.Monday, 8/26: Braids + Headaches The Glasslands Gallery 8:30 p.m., $12 These Canadian art...
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    The brilliant British avant-guitar innovator (Henry Cow, Art Bears, etc.) kicks off a six-night residency with a pricier-than-usual improvisatory canoodle with violinist-vocalist Laurie...
  • Sound of the City: Listings
    For more shows throughout the week, check out our New York Concert Calendar, which is updated daily.Monday, 7/29: RiFF RaFF + Heems + Lakutis + Dirty South Joe Highline Ballroom 8pm,...
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    It's often said the celebrated pianist's killer trio draws upon the Carnatic music of his heritage, and this week of gigs with various confreres might underscore those allusions. His...
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    Iyer begins a six day run here with the first of as many different lineups. Tonight, the inventive pianist is joined by Hprizm—a/k/a Kyle Austin, a/k/a High Priest of the Antipop...
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    The Amsterdam-based American improviser is an ICP Orchestra mainstay and one of our most insightful reed players, spending more time on pithy queries than boisterous declamation. This rare...
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    The wise keyboardist is also an inviting composer—the variety of groups he's led in the past three decades have all arrived with hip charts in front of them. This East Coast residency...
  • Sound of the City: Live
    Here's your carefully crafted guide to blowing your paycheck this week.Little Boots Music Hall of Williamsburg Tuesday, 9pm, $15 Though the music of Little Boots easily sits alongside the...
  • Sound of the City: Jazz
    These are the best jazz shows in NYC this month. Wadada Leo Smith's Ten Freedom Summers What better sound than Wadada Leo Smith's lacerating trumpet to depict the civil rights movement in...
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    Released last year and titled after his new quartet, the composer-saxophonist's first studio album in an unbelievable eight years (on ECM, surprisingly) suggested a set of controlled...
  • Sound of the City: Interviews
    With a monstrous, flowing, godlike beard, multi-instrumental guru Jamie Saft resembles a Hasidic mountain man who should be jamming on meaty blues licks with his beloved ZZ Top instead of...
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    The composer-trumpeter and Klezmatics co-founder gets klezmer on his jazz—not to mention jazz on his klezmer—during this month's weekly residency-workshops. Backed here by a 21...
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    Saft’s work always rings with intentions: From the reggae riddims of his New Zion Trio to the roar of Spanish Donkey's skronkprov, the keyboardist makes you feel his focus, and...
  • Sound of the City: Jazz
    These are the 10 best jazz shows in New York this month. (Here for more on Jazz Appreciation Month.) Steve Coleman and Five Elements Switching from its longtime format of guest curators in...
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    Greg "Ironman" Tate perpetuates the late Bruce Morris's conduction techniques in Burnt Sugar's score for African-American filmmaker Oscar Michaeaux's 1925 silent film Body and Soul, wherein...
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    A dazzling and funky cohesion of blues, jazz, and classical maneuvers, Butler is the latest and greatest in a line of stylistically voracious and percussively powerful New Orleans pianists...
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    An inspired improviser with an approach to the guitar both well-formulated and idiosyncratic, Joe Morris spent the past three decades refining creative ideas, playing in myriad instrumental...
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    It's been a little more than a decade since the ebullient Philadelphia-raised pianist released Solitaire, his first solo album. Its dense and playful allusions to Satie, Ravel, Gottschalk,...
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    This adventurous Shanghai native specializes in deeply nuanced modern-jazz adaptations of well-known Mandarin folk songs, Buddhist sutras, and poetry. Le Zhang's pop aspirations went haywire...
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    It’s one of those ongoing joys the way Bloom’s lithe soprano sax parkours through the ever-shifting architecture of bassist Mark Helias and drummer Bobby Previte. Forward motion...
  • Sound of the City: Listings
    These are the eight best concerts in NYC this week. And if you don't know, now you know.Memphis Bleek + Freeway + Young Gunz Wed., Dec. 19. 7:30. Gramercy Theatre. $19.50. Although this...
  • Sound of the City: Rat At Rat R
    "In my way of thinking, first there is Sonic Youth then comes Rat At Rat R then after that comes Swans -- that order was kind of their appearance in the New York scene. But Rat At Rat R...
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    After touring Europe with Talibam! and Mostly Other People Do the Killing, Kevin Shea, the Voice's choice for Best Drummer of 2012, returns to revel in the glory of both those accolades and...
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    The esteemed woodwind player has so many instruments in his arsenal that a simple five-tune set can vary wildly: Whether wielding his alto, flute, or clarinet, Ehrlich makes sure that his...
  • Sound of the City: Interviews
    When AUM Fidelity head Steven Joerg told the Voice that "Giants walk among us and you got to fucking pay attention," it was absolute that avant-garde jazz pianist Matthew Shipp was in his...
  • Sound of the City: Interviews
    The Brooklyn-based harpist Zeena Parkins doesn't follow rules. Whether she's playing with Björk, Thurston Moore, Ikue Mori or John Zorn, her harp rarely sounds like a harp. Instead, it's...
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    It’s tempting to deem this pianist/drummer one-nighter a harmony meets rhythm confab, but Mehldau has grown percussive on the keys and Guiliana has four or five ways of rendering a...
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    Best known as co-founding percussionist of afrotronica band Burkina Electric, the Austria-born drummer makes a rare foray into the jazz zone tonight with a band consisting of Leron Thomas...
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    Sly Stone may live in a camper in the Crenshaw neighborhood of Los Angeles and may not be familiar with the Stone in Alphabet City, but that’s not stopping Sex Mob frontman Steven...
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    Mark Stewart the guitarist (as opposed to Mark Steward the Pop Group vocalist or Mark Steward the Passing Strange composer) plays to the middle-outside as a founding member of the Bang on a...
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    The Ictus Festival is celebrating the wiles and rigor of free improvisation at John Zorn’s romper room, and Italian percussionist Centazzo, who launched the adventurous imprint decades...
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    Saxophonist John Zorn relinquishes curatorial duties at his no-frills Avenue C performance bunker to Andrea Centazzo for the first two weeks of the month. An intrepid, prolific, and somewhat...
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    The first half of the Stone's March calendar is dedicated to the Swiss Intakt label, and if there's a through-line binding these artists, it's a respect for aggressive abstraction. Drummer...
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    The highly influential experimental guitarist (Henry Cow, Art Bears, etc.) and occasional vocalist has been making some of the best music of his long career with his most recent band, Cosa...
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    Pharmaceutical trials and alternate levels of consciousness are among dovetail nicely within the context of this Baltimore-based musician’s discography, the sonic equivalent, roughly...
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    Trombonist Brett Sroka’s dreamy trio makes small, incremental moves sound profound, mixing together some ominous keyboard tinkle, a bit of digitally enhanced brass, and enough textural...
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    Once you get past the conceit of a baritone sax co-fronting a youngish band specializing in works by the great soprano saxophonist Steve Lacy, everything falls into place. Consisting of Josh...
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    Elaborate cross-hatching marks much of the bassist-composer’s engaging work, His modern jazz pieces threading a handful of melodies and at least two rhythmic notions per tune. This can...
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    The violinist and proprietor of the stylishly enigmatic Cryptogramophone label curated the first two weeks of this month's Stone lineup; he shows up tonight with a fiery, electronically...
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    Once a month, the city's avant-garde elite descend on Avenue C for an old-fashioned rent party to keep the Stone, their modest unofficial headquarters, afloat. A former Chinese restaurant...
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    Skittishness is central to the guitarist’s attack, and he delivers its unpredictability in a fetching way. It often feels like his sense of forward motion uses trad swing to calm a more...
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    At this point, I’d go way out of my way to be surrounded by the earthshaking drama percussionist Tyshawn Sorey designs on a regular basis, but this keenly balanced outfit is known for...
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    'My concept of a label came from SST Records in high school when I was getting into punk rock," explains Steven Joerg, owner, operator, and sole employee of the Brooklyn-based "jazz-forward"...

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All expenses are paid for by the MUSIC itself - through the online sale of special Limited Edition CDs released yearly on the Tzadik label. Each month a different musician is responsible for curating the programs with 100% of the nightly revenue going directly to the musicians.

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