Sound It Out

Established in 1905, 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, March 13, 8:00 pm 

Lucian Ban and Mat Maneri 

Romanian-born pianist Lucian Ban and Mat Maneri – the world’s greatest improviser on viola/violin – team to follow up their ECM album “Transylvanian Concert.”

Lucian Ban, piano; Mat Maneri, viola

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

Sunday, March 15, 7:30 p.m. – New Music from a NY Favorite!

Tony Malaby’s Paloma Recio

Great saxophonist Tony Malaby leads the quartet version of his band Paloma Recio in new music just before heading into the recording studio.

Tony Malaby, tenor and soprano saxophones; Ben Monder, guitar; Eivind Opsvik, double-bass; Nasheet Waits, drums

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

Saturday, March 21, 7:30 pm 

Vinnie Sperrazza’s Apocryphal and Loren Stillman and Russ Lossing

This double-bill opens with the searching duo of altoist Loren Stillman and pianist Russ Lossing, then it’s drummer Vinnie Sperrazza’s Apocryphal, which recorded the 2014 album “Apocryphal” – a great record that mixes jazz chops with rock atmospherics.

Vinnie Sperrazza’s Apocryphal: Vinnie Sperrazza, drums; Loren Stillman, alto saxophone; Brandon Seabrook, electric guitar; Eivind Opsvik, double-bass

Loren Stillman, alto sax; Russ Lossing, piano

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

Friday, April 17, 8:00 p.m.  The ever-tight, ever-entertaining Respect Sextet plays jazz! 

Respect Sextet 

The Respect Sextet plays music by the likes of Roland Kirk, Sun Ra and more. 

Eli Asher (trumpet, toys), James Hirschfeld (trombone, jamespectronics, toys), Dan Loomis (bass), Josh Rutner (reeds, radio, toys), Red Wierenga (piano, keyboard, accordion, redspectronics) and TBD (drums).

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

Wednesday, April 29, 8:00 p.m.  Hardcore piano trio! 

Mike Pride’s I Hate Work 

Mike Pride’s I Hate Work re-imagines the drummer’s music from his days in hardcore punk band MDC as classic piano-trio jazz, in league with Jamie Saft and Brad Jones. 

Mike Pride, drums; Jamie Saft, piano; Brad Jones, double-bass 

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

Friday, May 1, 8:00 p.m. – Double Bill!

Leni Stern’s African Trio and Surface to Air 

Leni Stern’s African Trio w/ Leni Stern, electric guitar, N’goni, calabash, vocals; Mamadou Ba, electric bass; Alionue Faye, sabar, Djembe, vocals; and Surface to Air w/ Jonathan Goldberger, electric guitar; Jonti Siman, double-bass; Rohin Khemani, tabla

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

Friday, May 15, 7:30 p.m. - Jazz Theater!

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)

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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