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, May 15, 7:30 p.m. - Jazz Theater! and Quartet Set

Dan BlakeSaxophonist-composer Dan Blake and spoken-word artist Jack Daniel team with chamber group Red Light New Music to present the premiere of the multi-disciplinary project "Without Walls," which combines chamber music, free improvisation, poetry and theatrical staging. Dan will also open the evening with a trio set. 

Dan Blake, saxophones; Jack Daniel, spoken word; Christa van Alstine, clarinets; Erin Wight, viola; Yegor Shevtsov, piano; Kevin Sims, percussion Dan Blake, saxophone; Ricardo Gallo, piano; tbd

Tickets: $20 ($15 for students and seniors)

Saturday, June 13, 7:30 p.m.  Celebrating Sound It Out’s 100th anniversary! 

Matt Mitchell Quartet + Devin Gray’s Relative Resonance

Sound It Out is celebrating its 100th show and three-year anniversary with a fantastic double-bill and post-concert party… with free adult refreshments! Please join us! 

Matt Mitchell Quartet: Matt Mitchell, piano; Chris Speed, saxophone/clarinet; Chris Tordini, double-bass; Dan Weiss, drums
Devin Gray's Relative Resonance: Devin Gray, drums; Chris Speed, saxophone/clarinet; Kris Davis, piano; Chris Tordini, double-bass

Tickets: $25 ($20 for students and seniors) 

Wednesday, June 17, 8:00 p.m. – Return of an ever-burning band!

Eivind Opsvik’s Overseas 

Bassist-composer Eivind Opsvik returns to the Sound It Out series with his rocking quintet Overseas, featuring Tony Malaby, Brandon Seabrook, Jacob Sacks & Kenny Wollesen.

Eivind Opsvik, double-bass; Tony Malaby, saxophones; Brandon Seabrook, guitar; Jacob Sacks, piano; Kenny Wollesen, drums

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

Friday, June 19, 8:00 p.m. - Chamber jazz with Dave Liebman!t

Charles Evans with Dave Liebman

Young saxophonist-composer Charles Evans brings his drummer-less quartet to the Sound It Out series to celebrate the release of "On Beauty," his second album of compositions written especially for the great veteran Dave Liebman.

Charles Evans, baritone saxophone; Dave Liebman, soprano saxophone; Ron Stabinsky, piano; Tony Marino, double-bass

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 

Jorma Kaukonen Tim Berne Steve Earle and
Allison Moorer

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

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