Sound It Out




Greenwich House Music has long been a focal point of the downtown arts scene, with pivotal figures from Henry Cowell, Edgar Varèse and John Cage to Meredith Monk, Joan La Barbara and Morton Subotnick linked with the institution. Singer-songwriter Steve Earle and guitarist Jorma Kaukonen have performed at Greenwich House, and jazz has a history there, too: Varèse and composer Earle Brown, collaborating with saxophonist-producer Teo Macero, hosted an improvisation session in 1957 with a group that included such players as Art Farmer and Charles Mingus. More recently, the Jazz Composers Collective held important concerts at Greenwich House in the 1990s. 

Sound It Out, founded by series curator Bradley Bambarger in June 2012, aims to continue this tradition by hosting musicians from jazz and other venturesome genres, further binding Greenwich House Music with progressive scenes across New York City. 

GHMS was named one of the five best jazz venues in New York City for 2013!


Friday, April 29, 8:00 p.m.

Sound It Out favorite Tony Malaby returns to the series with an ace new trio featuring frequent drum foil Tom Rainey and guitarist Ben Monder (who played on David Bowie’s Blackstar LP). DownBeat describes Malaby as “a formidably accomplished soprano and tenor saxophonist with an enviable tone and an endless font of compelling ideas, yet he steers his music away from perfection. His considerable gifts as a melodist tend to sneak up on you.”

Tony Malaby, soprano/tenor saxophones; Ben Monder, guitar; Tom Rainey, drums

Tickets: $15 ($12 for students and seniors)


Darius Jones Trio

Earthy Alto!

Saturday, May 21, 8:00 p.m.

Alto saxophonist-composer Darius Jones, a New Yorker originally from Virginia, has made a name for himself with an alto sax sound that blends the holy-rolling preacher blues of Cannonball Adderley with the folk-flecked avant-garde wailing of Albert Ayler. JazzTimes described Jones as player who can “keen, weep, caress – and cut, too,” while Jazzwise said: “Jones’ playing and composing may have some of the mercurial energy associated with the avant-garde, but the communicative immediacy of African-American folk traditions stands like a bedrock in his work.”

Darius Jones, alto saxophone; bass and drums, TBA

Tickets: $15 ($12 for students and seniors)


Daniel Levin Quartet

Chamber-jazz virtuosos!

Wednesday, May 25, 8:00 p.m.

Sound It Out welcomes genre-defying cellist Daniel Levin in a show featuring his chamber-jazz quartet with viola virtuoso Mat Maneri, vibist Matt Moran & bassist Toby Cederberg. All About Jazz described Levin as “one of the outstanding cellists working in the vanguard arena," while New York City Jazz Record extolled him as “ridiculously fluent, virtually overflowing with ideas.”

Daniel Levin, cello; Mat Maneri, viola; Matt Moran, vibraphone; Toby Cederberg, double-bass

Tickets: $15 ($12 for students and seniors)



Rez Abbasi’s Junction
Album release show!

Saturday, June 11, 8:00 p.m.

Following such widely praised records as Intents & Purposes, Continuous Beat and Natural Selection, guitarist Rez Abbasi celebrates the release of a new Cuneiform album with his electric quartet Junction. All About Jazz has praised Abbasi for his "purposeful virtuosity and unshackled imagination," while the Los Angeles Times has singled him out for making music that is "relentlessly new and progressive."

Rez Abbasi, electric guitar; Mark Shim, tenor saxophone and midi wind controller; Ben Stivers, keyboards; Kenny Grohowski, drums

Tickets: $15 ($12 for students and seniors)


Brandon Seabrook’s Die Trommel Fatale

Fantastical new sextet!

Thursday, June 23, 8:00 p.m.

Guitarist/banjoist extraordinaire Brandon Seabrook has played great shows in Sound It Out series serving in the bands of others, but now he comes to the series to lead his own fantastical ensemble Die Trommel Fatale, which might be translated as the killing drum… About Seabrook, Vice’s Noisey said: “On virtually any given night in the depths of Brooklyn’s DIY and experimental scene and beyond, apocalyptic finger-hopping, strings-abusing beast Brandon Seabrook can be found teaming with of titans for trips into otherworldly sonic shreddage.”

Brandon Seabrook, electric guitar and banjo; Marika Hughes, cello; Eivind Opsvik, double-bass; Dave Truet, drums; Sam Ospovat, drums; Chuck Bettis, drums

Tickets: $15 ($12 for students and seniors)


Aaron Parks and Little Big

Rising-star pianist with new band!

Friday, June 24, 8:00 p.m.

All About Jazz has called Aaron Parks "a player and composer of great depth, with a truly cinematic vision.” He comes to Sound It Out at Greenwich House with a color-rich electro-acoustic quintet, dubbed Little Big. Parks has recorded solo and in collectives for Blue Note, ECM and Nonesuch, collaborating with the likes of Joshua Redman, Kurt Rosenwinkel and Gretchen Parlato, among others. BBC Online described Parks as “a master of melody,” while The New York Times has praised him for being “a step ahead of everyone else.”

Aaron Parks, piano/keyboards; Greg Tuohey, guitar; Immanuel Wilkins, alto sax/clarinet; Spencer Murphy, bass; Kush Abadey, drums

Tickets: $15 ($12 for students and seniors)


Jesse Stacken Quartet and André Matos Trio

Hot double-bill!

Tuesday, June 28, 7:30 p.m.

All About Jazz has said: “André Matos is a free thinker,” while The New York Times has praised the Portuguese-born guitarist as one who “advances a pointedly contemporary air.” A keen collaborator onstage and on record with his wife, vocalist Sara Serpa, Matos has his own sound and sensibility as a leader, alternately lush and edgy. As for pianist-composer Jesse Stacken, The New York Times described his recent quartet album, Helleborus, as “scintillating” and “beautiful,” also pointing out “the quality of his cohesion with Tony Malaby, Sean Conly and Tom Rainey. At every turn on Helleborus, the ensemble plays with gusto.” The linchpin of both bands on this night is saxophonist Tony Malaby, who DownBeat has described as “a musician’s musician, one of New York’s most beloved creative artists.”

Jesse Stacken, piano; Tony Malaby, saxophones; Sean Conly, double-bass; Tom Rainey, drums; André Matos, guitar; Tony Malaby, saxophone; Billy Mintz, drums

Tickets: $15 ($12 for students and seniors)






Drummer, Dave King, and saxophonist, Chris Speed's, performance from Thursday, July 18, 2013. To view more footage, click here


Past performances in this series include 

Tim Berne’s Snakeoil . . . Devin Gray’s Dirigo Rataplan (w/ E. Eskelin, M. Formanek, R. Alessi) . . . Matt Mitchell Trio . . . Surface to Air . . . Big Satan (T. Berne, M. Ducret, T. Rainey). . . Open Loose (M. Helias, T. Malaby, T. Rainey) . . . Dan Tepfer’s “Goldberg Variations / Variations” . . . Sam Newsome & Ethan Iverson . . . Tony Malaby’s Novela with Kris Davis . . . Dan Blake’s “Aquarian Suite” . . . Noah Preminger Group (w/ B. Monder, M. Pavolka, C. Stranahan) . . . Joel Harrison’s String Choir: Music of Paul Motian . . . Michael Attias’s Spun Tree (w/ R. Alessi, M. Mitchell, S. Conly, T. Rainey) . . . Harold O’Neal . . . Sylvie Courvoisier & Mark Feldman . . . NY3 (Anat Cohen, Martin Wind, Matt Wilson) . . . Tim Berne & Kris Davis . . . Darius Jones Quartet . . . Paraphrase (T. Berne, D. Gress, T. Rainey) . . . Russ Lossing . . . Lucian Ban & Tony Malaby . . . Ted Nash’s “The Creep” . . . Ches Smith Quartet (w/ M. Maneri, J. Finlayson, S. Crump) . . . Renku (M. Attias, J. Hebert, S. Takeishi) . . . Ananda Gari w/ Rez Abassi, Tim Berne & Michael Formanek . . . Wadada Leo Smith & Angelica Sanchez . . . Tyshawn Sorey Quartet (w/ M. Kikuchi, T. Neufeld, T. Morgan, plus J. Garchik) . . . Mike Pride's From Bacteria to Boys . . . Curtis Macdonald Quartet w/ David Virelles . . . Frank Kimbrough & Scott Robinson . . . Roni Ben-Hur, Santi Debriano & Duduka Da Fonseca . . .


For more information about Sound It Out, contact Bradley at 917-805-8747 or bradleyb3@earthlink.net.

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Jesse Stacken Quartet and André Matos Trio

Hot double-bill!

Tuesday, June 28, 7:30 p.m.

All About Jazz has said: “André Matos is a free thinker,” while The New York Times has praised the Portuguese-born guitarist as one who “advances a pointedly contemporary air.” A keen collaborator onstage and on record with his wife, vocalist Sara Serpa, Matos has his own sound and sensibility as a leader, alternately lush and edgy. As for pianist-composer Jesse Stacken, The New York Times described his recent quartet album, Helleborus, as “scintillating” and “beautiful,” also pointing out “the quality of his cohesion with Tony Malaby, Sean Conly and Tom Rainey. At every turn on Helleborus, the ensemble plays with gusto.” The linchpin of both bands on this night is saxophonist Tony Malaby, who DownBeat has described as “a musician’s musician, one of New York’s most beloved creative artists.”

Jesse Stacken, piano; Tony Malaby, saxophones; Sean Conly, double-bass; Tom Rainey, drums; André Matos, guitar; Tony Malaby, saxophone; Billy Mintz, drums

Tickets: $15 ($12 for students and seniors)

Jesse Stacken Quartet and André Matos Trio

Hot double-bill!

Tuesday, June 28, 7:30 p.m.

All About Jazz has said: “André Matos is a free thinker,” while The New York Times has praised the Portuguese-born guitarist as one who “advances a pointedly contemporary air.” A keen collaborator onstage and on record with his wife, vocalist Sara Serpa, Matos has his own sound and sensibility as a leader, alternately lush and edgy. As for pianist-composer Jesse Stacken, The New York Times described his recent quartet album, Helleborus, as “scintillating” and “beautiful,” also pointing out “the quality of his cohesion with Tony Malaby, Sean Conly and Tom Rainey. At every turn on Helleborus, the ensemble plays with gusto.” The linchpin of both bands on this night is saxophonist Tony Malaby, who DownBeat has described as “a musician’s musician, one of New York’s most beloved creative artists.”

Jesse Stacken, piano; Tony Malaby, saxophones; Sean Conly, double-bass; Tom Rainey, drums; André Matos, guitar; Tony Malaby, saxophone; Billy Mintz, drums

Tickets: $15 ($12 for students and seniors)


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