All That Jazz: Stone Ends Curator Series After 8 Years, Winter Jazz Fest Returns

photo(53)Daniel Maurer

Some news to note in the world of East Village jazz: first, the NYC Winter Jazz Fest rolls into the neighborhood this weekend, bringing 70 groups to six venues in the East, West, and Greenwich Villages. The ninth installment of the festival aims to bring jazz back to Bleecker Street and the Village — and the Bowery will jump, too: among the artists taking the stage at Bowery Electric on Friday and Saturday are Bobby Previte, Erik Deutsch, Frank Lacy, Mario Pavone, and Red Baraat. Other venues include Sullivan Hall, (Le) Poisson Rouge, Zinc Bar, The Bitter End, and Culture Project Theater. Peruse the full schedule here.

Several of the artists performing at the festival — including Previte, Deutsch, and Pavone — have also played John Zorn’s non-profit The Stone, a homespun haven of avant-garde and experimental music. As you know from reading these pages, the club gives each month’s schedule over to a guest curator (next month’s is Vernon Reid, best known as the virtuoso axeman from Living Colour). But that will change in April.

A notice on The Stone’s Website reads: “Since April of 2005 The Stone has presented over 5,000 concerts and workshops booked by over 130 different curators from the US, Canada, Europe, Australia, Asia, the Caribbean and beyond! March 2013 marks the last of our curatorial series. In April and for the next several years we are proud to present a variety of distinguished cutting-edge artists in week-long Stone Residencies, performing their own work 6 nights a week, two sets a night.”

The residency series will kick off with pianist Matthew Shipp, playing with his trio on some nights and in duos with artists like saxophonist Darius Jones and poet Steve Dalachinsky other nights. He’ll be followed the next week by guitarist, composer and Zorn collaborator Jon Madof, and then by Jamie Saft, Steve Coleman, Cyro Baptista, Tim Berne, Uri Gurvich, Wayne Horvitz, and Mr. Bungle offshoot Secret Chiefs 3 (Trevor Dunn, a member of that band, will return for a solo stint in December, when Sonic Youth guitarist Thurston Moore will take the club into the new year.)

The occasional Zorn improv nights, which help the no-booze, cheap-cover club pay its rent, will continue, as will the annual Valentine’s Day jam.

Most of the artists slated for residencies will be familiar to anyone who was a regular at the Knitting Factory back when that club was on Houston Street: William Parker, David Krakauer, and gonzo guitarists Fred Frith, Elliott Sharp, and Eugene Chadbourne are among the more recognizable names. But with lineups varying from night to night there should still be plenty of room for revelation.