Friday – Saxophonist Tony Malaby brings his irrepressible trio Tamarindo to the Jazz Gallery on Hudson Street. Featuring powerhouse bassist William Parker and the fiercely kinetic Nasheet Waits, the band is always an easy pick, but the inclusion of trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith makes this a must-see. Sets are at 9 and 10:30, and the band will be recorded live.
Saturday – I’ve seen each member of Trio 3 in person, but I’m ashamed to admit that I’ve never seen them together in this all-star group. If you’re in the same boat — and even if you’ve seen them dozens of times — head to Sista’s Place at 456 Nostrand Avenue in Brooklyn. Longtime collaborator, and visionary pianist Geri Allen will join saxophonist Oliver Lake, bassist Reggie Workman and drummer Andrew Cyrille.
If your staying in Manhattan, Frank Kimbrough — the lyrically gifted and harmonically daring pianist — will join multireedist Scott Robinson for two sets at the Kitano on Park Avenue.
Sunday – My good friend and committed activist Glenn Robinson brings his non-profit Bags For The People to the Renegade Craft Fair in McCarren Park in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. BFTP will also be at the fair on Saturday.
Also, ABC No Rio holds its annual COMA Benefit Concert, featuring a lengthy lineup of “free jazz and free form” musicians from across the city.
Monday – Located on East Houston Street, Local 269 sounds like a union hall, but is actually a bar/performance space that caters to freer musical tastes. Tonight, Andrea Wolper’s Objects in Mirror, a quintet of Hill Greene, Kris Davis, Joachim Badenhorst, Michael Wimberly, Paul Harding, Stephen Gauci’s Basso Continuo, and a duo performance by Jeremy Carlstedt and Brian Settles.
Also, John Waters speaks to Paul Holdengräber in the latest edition of “Live from the NYPL” at the branch at 455 5th Ave. in Manhattan.
Tuesday – Self-described “fermentation fetishist” Sandor Katz makes a rare NYC appearance at an event put on by Just Food. I’m not sure how Just Food’s mission “to unite local farms and city residents of all economic backgrounds” is furthered by charging $30 a pop to see a fermentation demonstration, but the instructor is Sandor Katz, so it is worth it. 6:30 to 9:00 pm @ Judson Memorial Church Assembly Hall 239 Thompson Street. Officially this is sold out, but you can email email@example.com to be put on the wait list. I will probably just show up to see if I can talk my way in.
Also, bassist, composer Mario Pavone begins a two-night run at Cornelia Street Cafe with his Orange Double Tenor Quintet, featuring saxophonists Jimmy Greene and Tony Malaby.
Wednesday – The slyly propulsive drummer Ben Perowsky brings a quartet featuring multireedist Chris Speed, accordionist Ted Reichman and bassist Trevor Dunn to The Stone.
Thursday – Two accomplished bassists lead quartets in the village tonight. Michael Bates’ adventurous band Outside Sources hits at 8:30 at Cornelia Street Cafe and Michael Formanek with a band featuring saxophonist Tim Berne, pianist Craig Taborn and drummer Gerald Cleaver play at 10 at the Stone.