French Quarter and Too Many Zooz join the program
For the past five years, the French Quarter project has brought the best of the French jazz scene to New York. This year, French Quarter lands in Montréal with saxophonist Yacine Boularès and his explosive debut album Ajoyo; saxophonist Samy Thiébault and his supremely energetic quartet, armed with the album Rebirth; and pianist Perrine Mansuy, with her silky touch and subtle harmonies, accompanied by trumpeter Christophe Leloil.
January 18, 8 p.m., L’Astral
Born in the depths of the subway and launched into the spotlight by a series of viral videos, this New York trio whips up a monumental “bass house” that’s both raw and incredibly sophisticated. After setting L’Astral blaze last summer (and landing in a Google ad), the group returns for a second blast of unbridled horns and primitive beats.
March 31, 8 p.m., L’Astral