Ben Perowsky (pictured) and Chris Speed have played together for over a decade.
Ben Perowsky (pictured) and Chris Speed have played together for over a decade. Brian Geltner
We at NPR Music do a fair amount of live concert recording, including this gem of a show on Wednesday night. New York's WNYC is also in this habit: their Culture department recently started a concert recording series from two of the hippest and most eclectic venues in the city. No Cover goes to Barbes in Park Slope and Zebulon in Williamsburg every so often to document the various goings-on — including a bit of jazz. (Wait, jazz is sometimes played at clubs where other music is played too?)
A few months ago, drummer Ben Perowsky brought his quartet to Barbes to play songs from Esopus Opus, the band's 2009 record on Skirl Records. (Cough, highly-recommended, cough.) Skirl is the brainchild of reedman Chris Speed; incidentally, he's part of the Ben Perowsky quartet featured below (more info at WNYC.org):
Speed repaid the favor by bringing in his Trio Iffy, featuring Brandon Seabrook on banjo and Perowsky on drums. That show was presented with another of our favorite radio stations, WFMU. The audio is embedded, after the jump (more info at WNYC.org):
In any event, there are full sets of good jazz for your perusal. And, you know, the whole series features lots of good not-jazz (including jazz violinist Jenny Scheinman in her folk-Americana alter ego) to be perused too. [WNYC Culture: No Cover concert series]