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!


Saturday, September 10, 8:00 p.m. – Fifth-Anniversary Season Kickoff!!

Tim Berne and John Hébert

Tim Berne, alto saxophone; John Hébert, double-bass

Iconic saxophonist Tim Berne helped launch Sound It Out in 2012 with a show by his hit band Snakeoil. Now he teams with bassist John Hébert for a new duo to kick off the fifth-anniversary Sound It Out at Greenwich House season. The New York Times declared “few musicians working in or around jazz over the past 30 years have developed an idiomatic signature more distinctive than Tim Berne.” Hébert – an associate of figures from Fred Hersch to Mary Halvorson to Kris Davis, as well as a leader in his own right – is one of today’s top bassists. As Michaël Attias, his cohort in Renku, says “John has one of the most beautiful sounds of any bass player.”

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



Friday, September 16, 8:00 p.m. – New All-Star Ensemble!

Angelica Sanchez Nonet

Angelica Sanchez, piano; Thomas Heberer, trumpet; Kirk Knuffke, cornet; Chris Speed, tenor saxophone; Michael Attias, alto saxophone; Ben Goldberg, clarinets; Omar Tamez, guitar; John Hébert, double-bass; Sam Ospovat, drums

Angie Sanchez returns to the Sound It Out series with an exciting new large ensemble, which features some of the creative music scene’s finest players giving voice to her most textured writing. The New York Times says “in her piano playing as well as her compositions, Angelica Sanchez seeks out the lyrical heartbeat within any avant-garde storm.”  

Tickets: $18 ($15 for students and seniors)



Thursday, October 6, 8:00 p.m. – Altoissimo!

Roman Filiu Quartet

Roman Filiu, alto saxophone; Ralph Alessi, trumpet; Thomas Morgan, double-bass; Billy Hart, drums

Born and bred in Cuba, saxophonist Roman Filiu – veteran of groups led by the likes of Chucho Valdés and David Murray – will front an alternate version of his New York quartet featuring trumpeter Ralph Alessi, along with the usual rhythm pair of bassist Thomas Morgan and great drummer Billy Hart. All About Jazz has called the sound from Filiu’s horn “a controlled musical substance, disarming and charming at the same time.”

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



Saturday, October 15, 8:00 p.m. – Strings and Things!

Hank Roberts Sextet

Hank Roberts, cello; Dana Lyn, violin; Mike McGinnis; reeds; Brian Drye, trombone; Jacob Sacks, piano; Vinnie Sperrazza, drums

Cellist-composer Hank Roberts – a longtime fixture in the vintage Downtown music scene alongside the likes of Bill Frisell and Tim Berne – makes his first appearance in the Sound It Out series with his color-rich Sextet. The New York Times has praised the “wisdom” and “catholicity” in Roberts’ music, which will be recorded live in this Greenwich House performance.

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



Wednesday, October 19, 8:00 p.m. – From the Windy City Scene!

Jason Stein’s Hearts and Minds

Jason Stein, bass clarinet; Paul Giallorenzo, synthesizer, e pianet; Chad Taylor drums

Bass clarinetist Jason Stein, a notable presence on the Chicago avant-jazz scene, will be visiting New York City to open for his sister (Amy Schumer) at Madison Square Garden. He’ll also be playing the slightly more intimate space of Greenwich House to celebrate the release of the first album by his trio Hearts & Minds. All About Jazz has said of the leader: “Stein is exhilarating, a young master of his fiendishly difficult horn – a player to look out for.” 

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




Thursday, November 3, 8:00 p.m. – Hot New Trio!

Anna Webber’s Simple Trio

Anna Webber, saxophones; Matt Mitchell, piano; John Hollenbeck, drums

In her first Sound It Out at Greenwich House appearance, saxophonist/flutist Anna Webber leads her Simple Trio, on tour in support of her new Skirl album, Simple. Praising the record at length, The New York Times said “simple is her best work yet, recorded with two of the best musicians working in New York’s high-concept avant-garde: pianist Matt Mitchell and drummer John Hollenbeck. These pieces are bracing and engineered to show the range of the group: intense collective improvisation; rapid, chromatic steeplechases; research into long tones and textures.”

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

 

Friday, November 4, 8:00 p.m. – Beautiful New Ensemble!

Oded Lev-Ari Group

Oded Lev-Ari, conductor; full band lineup, TBA

Composer/arranger Oded Lev-Ari has earned plaudits as a producer of albums by hit band The Three Cohens, clarinetist Anat Cohen and woodwind sage Marty Erlich, as well as by singers Amy Cervini and Melissa Stylianou and hot new vocal trio Duchess. At Greenwich House, Lev-Ari leads a new large ensemble in music from his lovely debut album, Threading, which evokes diverse sonic worlds from jazz sound painters Gil Evans and Maria Schneider to tango nuevo king Astor Piazzolla and contemporary classical composers. Praising his work, DownBeat said “Putting lightning in a bottle is what Oded Lev-Ari specializes in.” 

Tickets: $18 ($15 for students and seniors)


Saturday, November 12, 8:00 p.m. – In Praise of Ornette!

Fay Victor’s In Praise of Ornette

Fay Victor, voice, arrangements, text; Darius Jones, alto saxophone; Kenny Wessel, electric guitar; Sean Conly, double-bass

Avant-jazz songbird Fay Victor has performed some of Sound It Out’s most exciting shows ever, namely with her wonderful Herbie Nichols Sung band. This season, the singer returns with another special event – In Praise of Ornette. A unique homage to the late, great Ornette Coleman, Victor’s project sets her words to the free-jazz icon’s classic music, backed by a knockout quartet featuring saxophonist Darius Jones, bassist Sean Conly and guitarist Kenny Wessel. Step Tempest has said evocatively of Victor “If you have never seen her perform live, she is joy incarnate. She scats, she wails, coos, squalls, caresses, plays with words as if writing a play on stage, and does so with a twinkle in her eye.”

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

 

Wednesday, November 30, 7:30 p.m. – Guitar Double-Bill!

Mike Baggetta Trio and Anders Nilsson Trio

Mike Baggetta, guitar; Jerome Harris, bass; Billy Mintz, drums

Anders Nilsson, guitar; Michaël Attias, alto saxophone; Ken Filiano, double-bass

This double-bill pairs two trios led by fascinating guitarists: Mike Baggetta and Anders Nilsson. Baggetta returns to Sound It Out with electric bassist Jerome Harris and ever-subtle drummer Billy Mintz, who recently backed him on Spectre, an excellent new album. Guitar Moderne has said: “Baggetta maintains a level of technical proficiency, tone, creativity and never-faltering musicality that make him one of the most interesting players in a city full of distinctive guitarists.” Nilsson’s trio with saxist Michaël Attias and bassist Ken Filiano sees them essay venturesome atmospheres. JazzTimes has described Nilsson as “steeped in the renegade six-string tradition of Bill Frisell, David Torn, Terje Rypdal and Fred Frith.”

Tickets: $18 ($15 for students and seniors)

 

Friday, December 2, 8:00 p.m. – Great Quintet!

Dave Scott Quintet

Dave Scott, trumpet; Rich Perry, tenor saxophone; Gary Versace, piano; John Hébert, double-bass; Satoshi Takeishi, drums

For his first Sound It Out appearance, trumpeter Dave Scott fronts his longstanding quintet with saxist Rich Perry, pianist Gary Versace, bassist John Hébert and new drummer Satoshi Takeishi. Scott has developed his ace quintet over several albums of engaging post-bop adventurism, leading JazzTimes to say that “this band should be feted for its originality and cohesion.”

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

 

Thursday, December 15, 8:00 p.m. – Powerhouse Double-Bill!

Mara Rosenbloom Trio and Sean Conly’s Re:Action+1

Mara Rosenbloom, piano; Sean Conly, double-bass; Chad Taylor, drums

Sean Conly, double-bass; Michaël Attias and Tony Malaby, saxophones; Kris Davis, piano; Gerald Cleaver, drums

Pianist Mara Rosenbloom, making her Sound It Out debut, will lead her compelling trio with bassist Sean Conly and drummer Chad Taylor. Time Out New York has called Rosenbloom’s pianism “soulful, songful, striking,” while New York City Jazz Record has pointed out that she “has a million catchy riffs and artfully employs them… to provide melodies for powerful improvisation.” Stepping out front, Conly – who has played Sound It Out in various guises – leads an alternate version of his potent Re:Action band, which released an eponymous album in 2008 that All About Jazz praised as “driving” and “audacious.”

Tickets: $18 ($15 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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