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Blues and Jazz in New York City This Week - February 11-February 18

February 11, 2018 - by CG Directory Editor
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Music fans in NYC can find all the latest blues and jazz shows and performances in City Guide's calendar. With newer venues like Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola joined by world-famous classics like the Village Vanguard and Birdland, you'll find jazz from hard bop to progressive. The blues also live in NYC, at great spots like B.B. King's Blues Club and Grill and Terra Blues.

Melanie Stace - Birdland
February 11, 2018 - New York

Melanie Stace has appeared on stage and screen literally all over the world. Highlights' include appearing on The Royal Variety Show in the presence of HRH The Prince Of Wales, head-lining at the world famous London Palladium, playing leading lady roles including: Polly Baker in the Tony Award winning musical Gershwin Musical Crazy For You, April in the Lawrence Olivier Award winning Tap musical Hot Shoe Shuffle, and Lola in Barry Manilow's Copacabana on the West End. She has performed her show in London, Berlin, Amsterdam, Buenos Aires, Moscow, San Francisco and in New York in such legendary venues as Feinsteins at The Lowes Regency and Birdland: Jazz Corner Of The World. She has also headlined numerous times with her show "Melanie Stace Steppin ' Out With The BBC Big Band."

Sylvie Courvoisier Trio with Kenny Wollesen and Drew Gress - The Stone
February 11, 2018 - New York

Sylvie Courvoisier (piano) Kenny Wollesen (drums) Drew Gress (bass) Album Release Concert

Peter Valera & The Jump Blues Band - BB King Blues Club & Grill
February 11, 2018 - New York

"Don't worry if you can't get a seat close to saxophonist Peter Valera. When he is busy blowing the blues, Valera is liable to leap off the stage and wade into the crowd, moving as fast as the music pouring out of his horn. But that's not surprising: This is not Muzak or easy-listening. This is get-up-and-move music, blues played in a white-hot fury, volume and energy cranked up all the way to 11. Backed by the soulful Jump Blues Band, Valera doesn't so much play the saxophone as let it sing, unleashing a range of emotions and experiences too rich and wonderful for mere words to convey. Experience it yourself when this remarkable musician -- who just released his first record Jump Blues heats things up at Lucille's Grill at B.B. King Blues Club."

Valentine's Brunch Special Violette & La Vie En Rose - City Winery
February 11, 2018 - New York

La Vie En Rose La Vie En Rose Band is a tasteful marriage of French Chanson & Golden Age swing, with a repertoire of timeless American standards and French jazz songs: a unique alliance between the old world and the new, between French charm, American glam and soulful pop. With the melodious voice of French native singerViolette and her musicians from around the world, all the ingredients are gathered to make it hot and keep you swinging all night! Violette Raised in Ars-en-Re, a small village on an island off the French Atlantic Coast, and now making her home in Brooklyn, NY, singer-songwriter Violette began her musical journey at an early age, taking up the piano at five and later learning percussion while studying at the Conservatory. Her musical endeavors were clearly colored by influences from such French luminaries as Jacques Brel and Edith Piaf but quickly found her tastes and palette ranging much farther than her home. Soon her speakers were filled with the sounds of Ella Fitzgerald, Stevie Wonder, and Michael Jackson, all artists whose sound would have a hand in the development of her sophisticated pop sound. Her latest album "Falling Strong" was produced by Brian Bacchus ... (read more)

Leah Tash - Pete's Candy Store
February 11, 2018 - Brooklyn

Natalie Dietz - Club Bonafide
February 11, 2018 - New York

Jazz vocalist Natalie Dietz has made a strong impression on the US jazz scene in a short time, impressing both audiences and critics alike with her trademark ethereal, graceful vocal tone and strikingly original approach as a jazz composer and artist. Accepted into the renowned jazz vocal program at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music in 2009, Natalie honed her performing skills under the tutelage of Australian jazz luminaries. Since graduating with a Bachelor of Music (Jazz Voice Performance) in 2012, Natalie has toured Australia and New Zealand performing at renowned jazz venues. Her original compositions have attracted wide attention among her contemporaries with their complex harmonies combined with strong melodies. She is inspired to blend and create textures with the voice within an ensemble, using wordless melodies as well as lyrics. Her compositions explore the breadth of modern styles, distinguishing her as an innovative and multi-skilled artist.

Early Show American Nomads, Drew Angus - Mercury Lounge
February 11, 2018 - New York

American Nomads Musicians Walter Kenul and Dante DeLemos, along with lyricist Richard Humann founded the band American Nomads. The songs that they write and perform are in the American Roots style of music. They have worked together on numerous musical projects, including their most recent band before the founding of American Nomads, DRW, that from 2010 to 2015 released two full-length albums and two singles. American Nomads is comprised of musicians Walter Kenul on lead vocals and keyboards, Dante DeLemos on lead vocals and guitar, Susan Darmiento on lead and background vocals, Joseph Humann on harmonica and percussion, George LaGrange on guitar and background vocals, Joe Conoscenti on drums, Jay Rivera on bass and background vocals, and Gerald Menke on pedal steel Guitar. Their song, "A Revelation's Gonna Come" climbed to #6 on the Billboard AC chart, with over 40,000 national and international radio plays, and passed the first round of Grammy nominations for Best American Roots Single 2016. Drew Angus A promising young voice in songwriting, Drew Angus is just the kind of new blood that makes pop music so enduring. With indelible hooks, and savvy craftsmanship, and ci... (read more)

Nueva York Flamenco City - The Cornelia Street Cafe
February 11, 2018 - New York

You don't have to travel to Spain to experience flamenco. Ever since the Spanish bolero school dancer Fanny Elssler set foot on the New York stage in 1840 New York City has had a vibrant flamenco scene. This time "Nueva York Flamenco City" is comprised of singer and flautist Alfonso Cid, flamenco guitarist Raphael Brunn and dancer Xianix Barrera. Alfonso Cid was born and raised in Sevilla, the heartland of flamenco music. He also had the opportunity of attending the activities of one the most significant flamenco clubs in Andalusia, the Peña Flamenca Torres- Macarena in Seville. Alfonso is a well-known artist in the USA and abroad. Fresh from a tour of Spain with the New York Bojaira Jazz Flamenco Project, he has also toured Israel with the Jerusalem Andalusian Orchestra, and has traveled all over the world with famous bachata artist Romeo Santos. Xianix Barrera, a native New Yorker born to Puerto Rican and Dominican parents, had her first exposure to music and dance at an early age with studies in ballet, modern, jazz and percussion. Xianix began flamenco studies in New York and deepened them in Spain with distinguished masters including Andres Peña, Concha Vargas, Carm... (read more)

Alice Smith - City Winery
February 11, 2018 - New York

At first glance, the title may be simple, but Alice Smith's new album She is anything but. An intoxicating mixture of rock, pop and R&B, the album reveals a singer/songwriter/producer who has an unshakable sense of self and the attitude to match. Get ready, because here comes She. Alice was raised between Washington DC and Augusta, Georgia on a steady diet of gospel, pop, soul and a little go-go thrown in for good measure. Those influences remain on new songs like "Be Easy"and "The One",representing an evolution from her critically-acclaimed debut album, For Lovers, Dreamers & Me, released in 2006. In the time between albums, her fans across the globe have followed her remarkable live show to world famous venues like NYC's Joe's Pub, LA's Wiltern Theater and Paris' Le Zenith. Known for a 4-octave vocal range, Alice has the kind of live performance that can coax goosebumps and tears from even the most jaded listener. She has honed her stage presence since cutting her teeth in NYC's Afro-Punk Scene alongside artists like Tamar Kali and Imani Coppola. To her devoted followers, Alice's follow-up album can't come soon enough.

James Langton's Big Band CD Release 'Artie Shaw - Big Band Hits and Rarities' - Cutting Room
February 11, 2018 - New York

"Join James Langton's New York All-Star Big Band featuring Hot House Jazz magazine's Best Clarinetist of 2017, Dan Levinson and special guests as they debut their new CD "The Unheard Artie Shaw", paying tribute to one of the great icons of jazz and popular music. As well as highlights from the CD also featured will be many of Shaw's most famous songs such as "Begin The Beguine", "Stardust", "Frenesi" and many more."

The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra - Birdland
February 11, 2018 - New York

Grammy Award winning pianist, composer and educator Arturo O'Farrill -- leader of the "first family of Afro-Cuban Jazz" (NY Times) -- was born in Mexico and grew up in New York City. Son of the late, great composer Chico O'Farrill, Arturo was Educated at Manhattan School of Music, Brooklyn College Conservatory and the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College. He played piano in Carla Bley's Big Band from 1979 through 1983 and earned a reputation as a soloist in groups led by Dizzy Gillespie, Steve Turre, Freddy Cole, Lester Bowie, Wynton Marsalis and Harry Belafonte. The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra is the resident large format ensemble of the nonprofit Afro Latin Jazz Alliance (ALJA) founded by Arturo O'Farrill in 2007 and dedicated to preserving the music and heritage of big band Latin jazz, supporting its performance for new audiences, and educating young people in the understanding and performance of this important cultural treasure. For more information about the orchestra and other ALJA initiatives, please visit us at www.afrolatinjazz.org

Mario Adnet: Jobim Jazz Live - Dizzy's Club Coca Cola
Through February 11, 2018 - New York

With guitarist Mario Adnet, drummer Rafael Barata, pianist Vitor Gonçalves, bassist Eduardo Belo, reeds player Eduardo Neves Composer, arranger, producer, and guitarist Mario Adnet is a Grammy Award-winning musician and frequent contender at major events like the Latin Grammy Awards, Brazilian Music Awards, and more. While music speaks more loudly than awards, the diversity of his wins and nominations—including Best Classical Album, Best Crossover Album, Best Latin Jazz Album, and Best Arranger—sheds light on the depth of his talent. Adnet is acclaimed for his loving reinventions of Antonio Carlos Jobim's compositions, and Jobim actually recorded one of Adnet's arrangements on his final (Grammy Award-winning) album. The Jobim songbook is one of modern music's most beloved repertoires, and Adnet is one of the most creative and heartfelt artists currently engaging with this special music. He'll be supported by a superb group that includes two fellow musicians joining us from Brazil: drummer Eduardo Neves and guitarist Rafael Barata, the latter of whom recently performed in Rose Theater with international superstar Eliane Elias.

Kermit Ruffins & the Bbq Swingers - Mardi Gras Celebration - Blue Note
Through February 11, 2018 - New York

Whether listening to a track on his newest CD, engaging him in conversation or hearing his voice on an answering machine message, one word springs immediately to mind to describe Kermit Ruffins. Passion. The 44-year-old New Orleans native lives it, plays it and sings about it, and nowhere is it more evident than when he discusses his craft the swinging, good-time jazz that lured him in as a teenager and continues to whet his appetite even three decades and 10 solo recordings later. "You definitely pick that up from me. Thats definitely the way I live, man," he said. "From the time I wake up in the morning, I'm itching for my next show to happen. It can't get here fast enough for me. I think thats the basic ingredient of New Orleans music. Our traditional music. Its really just happy music. A lot of other jazz players are very technical and concentrating on studying hard. We study hard, too, but what we most want to do is just get up there and experiment with the tunes that weve been playing for years and years." Ruffins legacy-in-progress includes co-founding the Rebirth Brass Band in 1983. Rebirths creation was inspired by The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, which was cre... (read more)

Billy Hart Quartet - Jazz Standard
Through February 11, 2018 - Manhattan

More than 50 years into a storied professional career, "the eminent drummer Billy Hart brings his vast experience of working with everyone from Wes Montgomery to Miles Davis to his own tight–knit bands." (The New Yorker) Hart's voluminous credits include stints with Herbie Hancock (1969–73), McCoy Tyner (1973–74), and Stan Getz (1974–77); as a leader, he's released 11 albums beginning in 1977 with Enchance (A&M/Horizon). His latest CD, The Broader Picture (enja/Yellowbird, 2016), offers eight new Billy Hart originals, arranged and conducted by Christophe Schweizer, and superbly performed by the WDR Big Band. Hart brings in his tried and true quartet, made up of three of the most in demand musicians in jazz: Mark Turner, Ethan Iverson, and Ben Street. "Mr. Hart…has covered the full jazz spectrum during his accomplished career; he isn't a classicist or a throwback. His younger band mates demonstrate a grasp of modern traditions but also a strong aversion to nostalgia. The whole enterprise functions in the present tense." (The New York Times) Billy Hart - drums Mark Turner - tenor sax Ethan Iverson - piano Ben Street - bass

The Sweetheart Soirée - Norwood
Through February 11, 2018 - Manhattan

RETURN TO ROMANCE AT MICHAEL ARENELLA'S SWEETHEART SOIREE. For our Soirée's eighth, amorous year, we have the pleasure of hosting at the only rendezvous befitting -NORWOOD. "A home for the curious," the landmarked 1847 mansion is a private club. Enjoy a rare opportunity to experience this stylishly bohemian hideaway as our guest. Whether with an amour, wedded to one you adore, or hoping to meet the one you're looking for, this promises to be an evening of enchantment and intrigue. Plush seating, room for dancing, decadent cocktails and an array of delectable hors d'oeuvres and sweets assure a most divine affair. A passionate programme of entertainment will be featured over four floors of this lavish Victorian manse: MICHAEL ARENELLA and sextet, your devoted host and beloved bandleader. Jazz royalty, QUEEN ESTHER and trio. Enjoy a dance lesson for both singles and doubles at 9:30pm with ever-dapper and adorable RODDY CARAVELLA. A checky portrait in our SWEETHEART KISSING BOOTH with your nibs. Cupid-approved cocktails, wine and beer are available for purchase at three unique bars. Complinetary gourmet hors d' oeuvres and sweet treats will be served througho... (read more)

Kermit Ruffins & The Bbq Swingers Mardi Gras Celebration - Blue Note Jazz Club
Through February 11, 2018 - New York

Whether listening to a track on his newest CD, engaging him in conversation or hearing his voice on an answering machine message, one word springs immediately to mind to describe Kermit Ruffins. Passion. The 44-year-old New Orleans native lives it, plays it and sings about it, and nowhere is it more evident than when he discusses his craft the swinging, good-time jazz that lured him in as a teenager and continues to whet his appetite even three decades and 10 solo recordings later. "You definitely pick that up from me. Thats definitely the way I live, man," he said. "From the time I wake up in the morning, I'm itching for my next show to happen. It can't get here fast enough for me. I think thats the basic ingredient of New Orleans music. Our traditional music. Its really just happy music. A lot of other jazz players are very technical and concentrating on studying hard. We study hard, too, but what we most want to do is just get up there and experiment with the tunes that weve been playing for years and years." At this point in his career, in fact, having fun at work is a prerequisite. The mandate for fun in performing traces back to a musical role model Louis Arms... (read more)

Juilliard Jazz Ensembles - Dizzy's Club Coca Cola
February 12, 2018 - New York

The Juilliard School has been a destination for world-class music education since it was founded, and these incredible young musicians will exemplify that legacy in this performance. The Juilliard School Jazz Ensemble features some of the world's most talented emerging jazz artists, many of whom are already professional musicians. No stranger to Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola, the ensemble has also performed at noted venues such as the Blue Note and Alice Tully Hall. These gifted young musicians are proof of jazz's bright future.

Frank Vignola - Iridium
February 12, 2018 - New York

Frank Vignola is one of the most extraordinary guitarists performing before the public today. His stunning virtuosity has made him the guitarist of choice for many of the world's top musicians, including Ringo Starr, Madonna, Donald Fagen, Wynton Marsalis, Tommy Emmanuel, the Boston Pops, the New York Pops, and guitar legend Les Paul, who named Vignola to his "Five Most Admired Guitar List" for the Wall Street Journal. Vignola's jaw-dropping technique explains why the New York Times deemed him "one of the brightest…stars of the guitar". Born on suburban Long Island on December 30, 1965, Vignola was raised in the New York area. The Italian-American started playing the guitar at the age of six and grew up admiring a variety of guitarists. Far from a jazz snob, Vignola never listened to jazz exclusively and was also a major fan of classical, rock, R&B, and pop. The guitarists that he admires range from Django and Les Paul to rock icons like Frank Zappa and Eddie Van Halen. As a young adult, Vignola studied at the Cultural Arts Center of Long Island and went on to enjoy an enormous amount of sideman gigs in the 1980s including recording and touring with the likes of Madonna, Leon Re... (read more)

Al Di Meola Duo: An Intimate Acoustic Evening feat. song from 'Opus', Piazzolla, Lennon & McCartney & Di Meola' (Album Release) - City Winery
February 12, 2018 - New York

Al Di Meola's ongoing fascination with complex rhythmic syncopation combined with provocative lyrical melodies and sophisticated harmony has been at the heart of his music throughout a celebrated career that has spanned four decades and earned him critical accolades, three gold albums and more than six million in record sales worldwide. A bona fide guitar hero, perennial poll-winner (winning more awards than any guitarist living or dead), and prolific composer, he has amassed over 30 albums as a leader while collaborating on more than a dozen or so others with the likes of the fusion supergroup Return to Forever (with Chick Corea, Stanley Clarke and Lenny White), the celebrated acoustic Guitar Trio featuring fellow virtuosos John McLaughlin and Paco de Lucia, and the Rite of Strings trio with bassist Clarke and violinist Jean-Luc Ponty. And while his dazzling technique on both acoustic and electric guitars has afforded him regal status among the hordes of fretboard fanatics who regularly flock to his concerts, the depth of Di Meola's writing along with the soulfulness and the inherent lyricism of his guitaristic expression have won him legions of fans worldwide beyond t... (read more)

New Moon Acoustic Blues Band - Club Bonafide
February 12, 2018 - New York

Featuring Karl Schwarz and Gregory Morgan, the New Moon Blues Band is built around the sounds of traditional acoustic blues and spiritual tunes. Formed in the spring of 2016, they have developed a rich, full sound that stays true to the early acoustic blues. In an effort to recreate the emotion and feeling of America in the early 1900's, the band performs the music of artists such as the Reverend Gary Davis, Robert Johnson, Sam Chapmon, Mississippi John Hurt and the like.

Swing, Lindy Hop (Open Level) - 92Y
February 12, 2018 - Upper East Side

Once you've completed your swing and lindy foundations, you may be ready for the open class.Learn more steps and movements to Jazz, Big Band & contemporary retro-swing music.

Glen David Andrews Band, Soul Brass Band, John Michael Bradford - Brooklyn Bowl
February 12, 2018 - Brooklyn

Glen David Andrews is on a mission. The trombonist, singer and showman, who hails from an extended family of musicians in New Orleans' culturally rich Treme neighborhood, introduced himself to a national, and international, audience with the acclaimed 2014 album "Redemption." Always eager to be more than a hometown hero, he is ready to fully realize that ambition, to build on the platform/pulpit that "Redemption" gave him. "The last few years of investing in myself, I've seen the benefits," he says. "Now it's time to work to that next level." Andrews grew up steps away from the fabled Treme nightspot Joe's Cozy Corner. From an early age, he reveled in the sounds of second-line parades and church choirs; his cousins populated several New Orleans brass bands. Trouble occasionally found him, and vice versa.

The Alchemy, James Martin Band, John Michael Bradford - Brooklyn Bowl
February 12, 2018 - Brooklyn

Glen David Andrews is on a mission. The trombonist, singer and showman, who hails from an extended family of musicians in New Orleans' culturally rich Treme neighborhood, introduced himself to a national, and international, audience with the acclaimed 2014 album "Redemption." Always eager to be more than a hometown hero, he is ready to fully realize that ambition, to build on the platform/pulpit that "Redemption" gave him. "The last few years of investing in myself, I've seen the benefits," he says. "Now it's time to work to that next level." Andrews grew up steps away from the fabled Treme nightspot Joe's Cozy Corner. From an early age, he reveled in the sounds of second-line parades and church choirs; his cousins populated several New Orleans brass bands. Trouble occasionally found him, and vice versa. His young cousin Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews, now one of the Crescent City's breakout stars, suggested he pick up a horn. Armed with a trombone, Glen soon found himself gigging with the New Birth and Lil' Rascals brass bands. His first trip outside Louisiana was to perform with his cousin James Andrews in Zurich, Switzerland. Mentor Anthony "Tuba Fats" Lacen taught him how... (read more)

Mingus Big Band - Jazz Standard
February 12, 2018 - Manhattan

"A knockout band, full of players who combine ensemble spirit and instrumental mastery with the quirky roughness and individualistic timbres needed for Mingus' turbulent scores. It is thrilling to hear such big music in a small room: the audience immerses itself in this complex, highly emotional music to a degree that is impossible in a concert hall or festival stadium." (The London Guardian)

Jim Caruso's Cast Party - Birdland
February 12, 2018 - New York

"Jim Caruso's Cast Party is the best thing to happen to nightlife since prohibition ended."Think "American Idol" meets "The Tonight Show." Imagine Martin Short and Liza throw a hip house party around the baby grand…and you're invited! Cast Party is a wildly popular happening that has brought Broadway glitz and urbane wit to the legendary Birdland in New York City every Monday night since 2003. It is the ultimate spot to mix and mingle with show folk and the people who love them. Cast Party is a hilariously impromptu variety show where showbiz superstars and up-and-comers deliver jaw-dropping musical performances and razzle-dazzle. Legendary showman Jim Caruso guides the entire affair with razor-sharp humor and the unbridled enthusiasm of an uber-fan. Musical Director Billy Stritch holds court at the ivories, along with Steve Doyle on bass, and Daniel Glass on drums...but the real fun starts when the audience participates in the onstage festivities. Broadway legends, jazzers, cabaret divas, starry-eyed tourists and kids right off the bus take to the stage and entertain each other. If you have a voice, a dream and some sheet music, your Cast Party moment just might be at hand.

Mccoy Tyner With Special Guests - Blue Note Jazz Club
February 12, 2018 - New York

Jazz pianist McCoy Tyner is widely considered one of the finest and most influential pianists in jazz history. His signature booming left-hand and fleeting right created a unique sound that can be heard on his recordings as a sideman with the John Coltrane Quartet in the 1960s and on his 80-plus albums as a leader. Tyner?s most recent project for McCoy Tyner Music/Half Note Records is his first solo effort in almost a decade titled Solo: Live From San Francisco. The release is the third for his label and features eleven solo vignettes recorded at the Herbst Theater in 2007. Tyner?s blues based piano style, replete with sophisticated chords and an explosively percussive left hand has transcended conventional styles to become one of the most identifiable sounds in improvised music. His harmonic contributions and dramatic rhythmic devices form the vocabulary of a majority of jazz pianists.

A Gotham Kings Mardi Gras Celebration - Dizzy's Club Coca Cola
February 13, 2018 - New York

With trumpeter Alphonso Horne The Gotham Kings Mardi Gras Celebration returns to Dizzy's for another night of festivities. Led by rising star trumpeter Alphonso Horne, this fun-loving group of musicians and dancers will treat audiences to the infectious traditions of Creole jazz. The concert showcases the virtuosity of a young Louis Armstrong and the innovative genius of King Oliver, weaving the sounds of New Orleans into a rich musical fabric that uplifts and warms the soul. With special Mardi Gras drinks on the menu, the club will be in good spirits for the occasion.

LES Elegy 1: ¡Loisaida Siempre! - Orquesta Shekhina - The Stone
February 13, 2018 - New York

Justin Mullens, Pamela Fleming, Steve Gluzband, Rob Henke (trumpets) Brian Drye, Matt Haviland, Curtis Hasselbring, Reut Regev (trombones) Greg Wall, James Brandon Lewis, Zach Mayer, Matt Darriau, Lynn Ligammari (saxes) Brad Jones (bass) Richie Barshay (drums) Daniel Sadownick (congas) special guests: Arturo O?Farrill (piano) Carlos Maldonado (percussion)

B.B. King Blues Club All*Stars feat. The Harlem Blues Project - BB King Blues Club & Grill
February 13, 2018 - New York

Harlem Blues Project performing as the B.B. King Blues Club All*Stars specialize in soulful New York blues with a twist! The band features blues masters Jerry Dugger, Junior Mack and Barry Harrison along with a revolving cast of some of the finest blues musicians in NYC including BILL SIMS JR., MICHAEL HILL, IRVING LOUIS LATTIN and SOLOMON HICKS.

Mardi Gras Fat Tuesday w/ Davell Crawford ft Pedrito Martinez - Blue Note Jazz Club
February 13, 2018 - New York

Acclaimed as the "Piano Prince of New Orleans," Crawford brings equal exuberance to both modern and classic jazz, rhythm and blues, funk, blues, gospel, soul, pop, American folk and touches of country-western. Growing up in New Orleans and presently residing there and in New York City plus spending many youthful days in Southwest Louisiana, Crawford's influences run the gamut from Fats Domino to Sarah Vaughan, to Patsy Cline and even Liberace. In the tradition of those from the Crescent City who came before him, Crawford also believes in the art of entertainment. He'll get up from the piano, move to the apron of a stage, prance, joke and make folks feel at home. ? As a child, Crawford attended both Baptist and the Catholic churches. He watched the pipe organist so attentively that when he first sat in front of the impressive instrument he already knew the function of the stops and pedals. The organ at his church was the first he ever played and throughout his life he's continued to man the organ in both church and club settings. The prowess he developed is best exemplified on his 1998 Rounder Records release, the swinging, soulful and funky, The B-3 & Me. Tellingly, it includes two... (read more)

Beat Music Series - Showcase - Jazz / Soul / R&B / Folk - Silvana
February 13, 2018 - New York

This two-hour set promises to feature an eclectic mix of hip hop, jazz, soul, poetry, folk, and spoken word artists. The event is hosted by composer/producer Eric Joseph Meyer and poet/emcee Melissa Czarnik.

Stomp, Clap & Sing with Conroy Warren - Central Library, Dweck Center
February 13, 2018 - Brooklyn

Feeling the beat! Enjoy the power and pleasure of Jazz, Calypso and Reggae through singing and dancing in this interactive performance with versatile entertainer Conroy Warren. It's fun! It's exciting! Families will be given seating priority. Seating is limited. First come, first served. Stomp, Clap & Sing programs are made possible through generous support from the Estate of Pearl S. Reuillard in memory of her parents Yetta and Louis Schwartz.

Soul Brass Band, Michael Watson Presents: The Alchemy, James Martin Band - Brooklyn Bowl
February 13, 2018 - Brooklyn

Soul Brass Band is exactly what it needs to be: a great New Orleans Brass Band steeped in tradiGon that also plays the perfect party. Day aJer day in New Orleans, this all-star lineup is called upon for its top-flight tradiGonal Brass Band repertoire and Second line Parades; and then night aJer night, they're called upon again for frontman Derrick Freeman's signature brass band infusion of classic Soul. In Summer 2016 the band rocked the stage and the street at Ascona Jazz FesGval in Switzerland and Fringe Jazz Fest in Denmark, and they're coming back to Europe for a full tour in Summer 2017. Michael Watson Presents: The Alchemy All the while eschewing the restrictions of traditional musical genres, Michael Watson Presents: The Alchemy is a musical presentation of the work of a man who simultaneously embodies soul, R&B, and jazz, and elaborates far beyond these traditional genres. Mr Watson draws from years of experience in so many different kinds of bands - from large jazz orchestras, to Bill Summers, to the US Marines - that his work today can hardly be pinned to any one particular tradition. Influences include Gregory Porter, Donny Hathaway, Robert Glasper, Yellowjackets, ... (read more)

Elise @ The Inspired Word: Songs & Reflections on Love, Life & Valentine's Day - Parkside Lounge
February 13, 2018 - New York

Singer/Songwriter Elise Wiener will be the FEATURED ACT at 9:00 PM at the coolest show in town, Mike Geffner Presents The Inspired Word. Come out an hear Elise perform a set of heartfelt and inspiring originals from her newly released CD. Bring your valentine!! Tickets Listen on Spotify

Mardi Gras with Marcia Ball - Jazz Standard
February 13, 2018 - Manhattan

USA Today said: "Marcia Ball's rollicking roadhouse rave–ups and soulful Gulf Coast R&B, her barrelhouse playing and her feel–good party tunes are iconic." The Boston Herald declared: "Marcia Ball's voice can break your heart with a ballad or break your back with a rocker." Rolling Stone heard "rollicking, playful, good–time blues and intimate, reflective balladry…her songs ring with emotional depth." The Texas–born, Louisiana–raised musical storyteller and five–time GRAMMY Award nominee has earned worldwide fame for her ability to ignite a full–scale roadhouse rhythm and blues party every time she strolls onto the stage. On her 2014 album The Tattooed Lady And The Alligator Man, Ball painted a series of musical pictures richly detailed with characters, flavors and scenes straight out of Louisiana, Texas, and the Gulf Coast: the poignant "Just Keep Holding On," the fresh–start anthem "Clean My House," and the surprising and timely "The Squeeze Is On." A rockin' good time is guaranteed when Marcia Ball and her band bring the spirit of Mardi Gras to Jazz Standard – make your reservations now! Marcia Ball - keys and vocals Don Bennett - bass Mike Schermer - guitar Eric Bernh... (read more)

Mixology Festival 2018: Circuit Breakers: Gotye Presents a Tribute to Jean-Jacques Perrey - Roulette
February 13, 2018 - Brooklyn

The opening night of Mixology Festival 2018: Circuit Breakers features an intimate celebration of the artist Jean-Jacques Perrey and the Ondioline, an early electronic keyboard instrument invented by Frenchman Georges Jenny, organized and performed by Australian pop artist Wally De Backer aka Gotye. Performed in the round, with direct sightlines into the intricate playing of the instrument, the program will offer a rare opportunity for fans of early electronic pop music to celebrate Perrey's inventive studio work in a live environment. Jean-Jacques Perrey (1929-2016) was an alternative pop visionary, a pioneer of rhythmic tape editing techniques, and a virtuoso of the rare French electronic musical instrument, the Ondioline. Gotye, a long-time Perrey fan and a budding Ondiolinist, has assembled the Ondioline Orchestra, a new ensemble dedicated to reviving the spirit of this rare and unusually expressive early synthesizer. The ensemble features thereminist/keyboardist Rob Schwimmer, vintage synth specialist and ex-Psychedelic Furs member Joe McGinty, as well as members of acclaimed alternative band Zammuto. Perrey's best-known songs will be celebrated alongside ultra rare pieces ... (read more)

LES Elegy 2: Meditations on Love (Tribute to Joe Maneri) - The Stone
February 14, 2018 - New York

Charlie Burnham, Hajnal Pivnick (violins) Brian Marsella (piano) Judith Berkson (voice)

Lizz Wright - Lincoln Center
February 14, 2018 - New York

The last time Lizz Wright performed as a part of American Songbook in 2009, the New York Times described the Georgia-born singer-songwriter as "an awesome talent [who] stands in a direct line of descent from Odetta through Tracy Chapman, singers whose source of sustenance is the African-American spiritual tradition." A lot of life has happened for Wright since then, and her latest album, 2017's "potent, sanctified" Grace (Guardian, U.K.), a New York Times Best Album of the Year, reveals a new register that lends an affecting vulnerability to her sensual contralto voice and regal poise. Spurred by the divisiveness of the 2016 election, Wright felt compelled to reconnect with her Southern heritage both physically and artistically. The resulting sound boosts the down-home blues and gospel elements of her musical style that also traverses jazz, folk, and confessional singer-songwriter traditions, arriving at a place where all are welcome.

Tap (Open Level) - 92Y
February 14, 2018 - Upper East Side

The class is designed for those who have accomplished the basic tap foundations.We offer a blend of styles in our tap classes, ranging from the classic Broadway Tap moves of 42nd Street and Fred Astaire movies to the freestyle Rhythm Tap made popular by Savion Glover! Learn the basics and get your body moving in a safe, encouraging atmosphere. Spend six weeks learning basic tap vocabulary, class etiquette and proper warm-up techniques.

Rachelle Ferrell - Blue Note Jazz Club
February 14, 2018 - New York

Celebrate Valentine's Week at the Blue Note with vocalist Rachelle Ferrell. While Ferrell has a established fan base in the contemporary jazz scene, her unique visibility on the pop/urban contemporary scene has boosted her audience's interest in her overall breadth of work. She has made her mark as a crossover artist who's equally at home with urban contemporary pop, gospel, classical music and jazz.

Jazz+Wednesdays - American Folk Art Museum
February 14, 2018 - New York

Each Wednesday, from 2 to 3 pm, the Bill Wurtzel Trio play standards from the American Songbook. Limited seating. Info: publicprograms@folkartmuseum.org Read the Q&A with Bill Wurtzel in the New York Times.

Valentines with Maysa - BB King Blues Club & Grill
February 14, 2018 - New York

Often the true mark of a great singer is the ability to take a song and transform it into something unique and undeniably believable. Singer Maysa does just that every time she steps to the microphone. Maysa is a true original. Blessed with a remarkably beautiful and instantly recognizable voice, the vocalist possesses the ability to know just where to take a song and what to do to unearth the heart of it and drive it home. Maysa is a singer who is at home in any musical context whether it be jazz, soul, funk or R&B. She is also a first rate composer. It is no wonder why Jazziz Magazine calls her "One of the most identifiable and consistently enjoyable singers on the scene today!" and why The Baltimore Sun calls Maysa "one of the best singers in underground soul." The songbird, who was a member of Stevie Wonder's Wonderlove, has just nabbed a Soul Train Award for "Soul Approved Underground Singer." For Maysa, singing is truly a labor of love.

The Wailers, Kwame Binea Shakedown - Brooklyn Bowl
February 14, 2018 - Brooklyn

The legendary Wailers band returns to bring its revolutionary sound to fans around the world. Steered by famed bassist and founder Aston "Familyman" Barrett, and joined in solidarity with original Wailers' guitarists Junior Marvin and Donald Kinsey, The Wailers continue to make musical history. From 1973 to 1980, Bob Marley & The Wailers recorded, toured, and performed before countless millions worldwide. Since 1981, Familyman and Junior have carried on the mission to "keep The Wailers together," just as Bob requested, affirming: "By doing that, you keep me alive through the music." In tribute to the late co-founder and drummer Carlton "Carly" Barrett, The Wailers present Aston Barrett, Jr. on drums. It's startling how the young powerhouse delivers with his uncle's inspiring landmark style. Lead singer Joshua David Barrett is a Rastaman by lifestyle and culture. Josh delivers Bob's powerful message of Jah love and unity through his performance and interaction with the audience.

Robert Plant - Beacon Theatre
February 14, 2018 - Upper West Side

Lyric of Love: an Evening of Music, Poetry, Power & Magic - Harlem Stage
February 14, 2018 - New York

Rhonda Ross and Rodney Kendrick celebrate love in all its dimensions in their first full USA concert together in 15 years! Sharing new music as well as songs from their respective release(s) "In Case You Didn't Know" and "The Colors of Rhythm", the Harlem based duo will inspire through music and their obvious passion for their art, community, activism & for each other. International Social-Artist, Singer-songwriter, Rhonda Ross, explores questions of race, gender, power and spirituality through her art. She uses her fierce and heart-felt music to examine the society in which she lives. Pianist-composer, Rodney Kendrick, is that rare breed of pianist - old school in his percussive, abruptly rhythmic approach, yet ultimately contemporary and responsive to the current moment. Strongly influenced by Thelonious Monk, Rodney's sound integrates all genres of the African Diaspora. Together Rhonda and Rodney draw the audience into their love affair. It's magnetic.

Hot Jazz St. Valentine's Special with Mona's Hot Four Band - Drom NYC
February 14, 2018 - New York

Valentine's Day with Kate McGarry: the Subject Tonight Is Love - Jazz Standard
February 14, 2018 - Manhattan

This Valentine's Day, Jazz Standard is the place to be when vocalist Kate McGarry brings to life her new album, The Subject Tonight Is Love, coming 2/2 from Binxtown Records. Over the course of a dozen conceptually–linked songs, the collective group of McGarry, Keith Ganz, and Gary Versace investigate the concept of love in its many forms and from several different perspectives. The formidable talents of these GRAMMY-nominated musicians are in full bloom on this ambitious outing. Ganz shines on nylon, steel, electric and bass guitars while Versace moves masterfully between piano, electric keyboard, organ and accordion. A gentle, diaristic take on the classic "Secret Love" captures the song's shift from the surreptitious to the celebratory. Their breezy, intimate "Gone With the Wind" meets the notion of lost love with a resigned, "easy come, easy go" shrug, while Keith Ganz's hushed, intimate arrangement of "My Funny Valentine" is a perfect fit for McGarry's poignant delivery. Other highlights include compositions by Benny Golson and Kenny Dorham ("Fair Weather") and Egberto Gismonti ("Playing Palhaco," with new lyrics by Jo Lawry), and a reworking of "She Always Will," a song th... (read more)

Valentine's Day with Gema Corredera BoLeroSouL - The Jazz Gallery
February 14, 2018 - New York

Mixology Festival 2018: Circuit Breakers: Daisy Press & Nick Hallett // Rachika S - Roulette
February 14, 2018 - Brooklyn

Daisy Press – Voice Nick Hallett – Electronics, Voice Rachika S – Electronics, Guitar Vocalist Daisy Press collaborates with composer-performer Nick Hallett for a concert of new material that traverses medieval plainchant, ambient techno, Indian raga, spectral music, tintinnabuli, and other extended techniques for voices and electronics. Hallett's digital production weaves through Press's virtuosic incantations to create a dreamlike sonic landscape. In their decade of working together, Press and Hallett have teamed up in a range of cultural contexts — including opera, video, and performance art — at such venues National Sawdust, New Museum of Contemporary Art, The Kitchen, SFMOMA, Portland Institute of Contemporary Art, The Public Theater, Canticum Interruptus?, Le Poisson Rouge, and ISSUE Project Room, among many others.

Sheila Jordan with John DiMartino & Harvie S - Mezzrow
February 14, 2018 - New York

Sheila Jordan (Vocalist), John DiMartino (Piano), Harvie S (Bass)

David Ostwald's Louis Armstrong Eternity Band - Birdland
February 14, 2018 - New York

Inspired by the noble jazz pioneers Louis Armstrong, Bix Beiderbecke, Duke Ellington, Jelly Roll Morton and their colleagues, David Ostwald's Louis Armstrong Eternity Band breathes life and passion into America's own great art form. Legendary record producer George Avakian describes the band in this way: "There has never been a band quite like this one. Most groups, past and present, stick to one style. Some current groups attempt to recreate early recordings in their entirety. These guys do neither. Inspired by divergent bands of the 1920s and 30s, you'll hear them swing a variety of styles in music by a wide range of composers, always true to the joy and heart of the music." Now in its 17th year of residency at Birdland, the weekly post-workday engagement is the city's best musical bargain! Tuba player David Ostwald leads a rotating lineup that features talents such as clarinetist Anat Cohen, trombonist/vocalist Wycliffe Gordon, pianist Ehud Asherie, drummer Marion Felder and more!

Valentine Love: Normon Connors Live with a Special Tribute to Phyllis Hyman - Cutting Room
February 14, 2018 - New York

In the 1960's Norman left Temple University in Philadelphia Pa. (where he was studying medicine) and ended up a student at Julliard as well as a in-demand New York City Jazz drummer with Miles Davis as his friend and mentor. After a string of hits with Budda Records he planted the seed for the the love sound track of a generation or two. With songs like "You Are My Star Ship", "Valentine Love", and "Betcha By Golly Wow" he sold millions of records and received a Grammy nomination. Once Clive Davis got wind of the Norman Connors experience he signed him for a 6 record deal making Norman the first African American on ARISTA's label. Clive Davis (the label's founder) recognized Connors as a multi-talent: producer, composer, and arranger that had an uncanny ability to always find and discover phenomenal singers like Dee Dee Bridgewater, Phyllis Hyman, and Jean Carn; and then bring them to the national spot light. February 14, 2018 will be an evening of sexy, sweet, and soul as the audience begins to reminisce to the Norman Connors song book they will also be entertained by the music of Jean Carn and a Tribute to Phyllis Hyman before and after they went on to soar with their solo car... (read more)

Brown Girls Burlesque & Nucomme: Dirty Honey Shake – A Love Supreme - Joe's Pub at The Public
February 14, 2018 - New York

A Valentine's date with Coltrane's masterwork as a jump off point for the magical dances of LOVE. Texas-Born Vocalist, Singer-Songwriter,Guitarist, arranger, producer, poet and actress; Nucomme has been building a buzz since 2004 performing internationally and sharing the stage alongside artist such as Tamar Kali , Joi, Kymberli Nicole, Greg Tate, The Black Rock Coalition and many other Soul, Jazz and contemporary artists. Nucomme's desire to study the musical soundscapes and history is what led her to New York City. Like many artists her Classical studies at Hunter College was just the taste she needed to continue to explore NYC. She met Greg Tate of Burnt Sugar Arkestra when she lived in Harlem he introduced her to the heartbeat of the NYC music scene. From there she pieced together a revolving door of musicians she calls The Curators, she wrote and produced her first album "Hologram". Since 2010 Nucomme has been introducing new audiences to Betty's Story: a living legend many had forgotten existed or thought was dead. Betty's Story has gained attention and support from fans worldwide and sold out the world famous Apollo and Brooklyn Museum. Brown Girls Burlesque's m... (read more)

LES Elegy 3: Oriental Shtetl - Shekhina Big Band - The Stone
February 15, 2018 - New York

Anthony Coleman (piano) Michael Winograd (clarinet) Justin Mullens, Pamela Fleming, Steve Gluzband, Rob Henke (trumpets) Brian Drye, Matt Haviland, Curtis Hasselbring, Reut Regev (trombones) Matt Darriau, Lynn Ligammari, Greg Wall, James Brandon Lewis, Zachary Mayer (saxes) Richie Barshay (drums) Daniel Sadownick (congas)

Cold Fujon Funk/Jazz Live Performance - Pinks
February 15, 2018 - New York

Cold Fujon, funk/fusion jazz ensemble with a driving beat at Pinks in the East Village. No cover. Bar menu. Jammy award-winning Cold Fujon features touring artists coming together to perform up-tempo and hard-hitting fusion jazz with a driving beat. ColdFujon.com.

Flute Competition Finals - Paul Hall - The Juilliard School
February 15, 2018 - New York

Syncretics Series: Craig Taborn & Kris Davis - ISSUE Project Room
February 15, 2018 - Brooklyn

Thursday, February 15th, ISSUE presents the debut of its new Syncretics Series, a series of concerts featuring solo and duo performances by artists at highest level of their craft curated by Chris McIntyre. The opening event features two of the most revered and sought-after pianists in the experimental improvisation scene, Craig Taborn and Kris Davis. In addition to kicking off the new series, the Feb. 15 concert celebrates the release of Davis and Taborn's forthcoming live duo piano recording Octopus. The concert features individual solo sets and culminates with a duo performance of both new compositions as well as several included on the record. As soloists, collaborators, and composers, Ms. Davis and Mr. Taborn have both received accolades from across the critical spectrum. Hailed by Downbeat Magazine in 2016 as "one of most critically acclaimed players in jazz," Davis' various projects as performer and composer have situated her as a leading voice in the creative music scene. In her solo and ensemble recordings, Davis consistently demonstrates both composure and intensity. Of her solo recording Aeriol Piano, Ben Ratliff of the NY Times boasts that "it's seriously good, a kin... (read more)

Matt King : Monk in Brazil - Club Bonafide
February 15, 2018 - New York

The extraordinary music from Matt King's latest CD release, "Monk In Brazil", will be featured in this show. Matt's concept for the recording was to take the iconic, perennially modern works of the late jazz giant Thelonious Monk and set them to the pulsating, irresistible rhythms of Brazil. The results are jaw-dropping, ear-expanding, and soul-warming. Over the course of the album's 12 tracks, Matt utilized no less than 8 different Brazilian rhythmic styles, creating a fresh and seductive alchemy…and musical luminaries from both American and Brazilian jazz circles are raving about it. Matt is proud to have a truly world-class band, comprised of his fellow artists from the CD, joining him for this show: The unique multi-reed player Anton Denner, a longtime fixture on NYC's jazz scene; the amazing Rio-born bassist Itaiguara Brandão; and one of the world's greatest Brazilian drummers, Mauricio Zottarelli (and maybe some surprise guests as well). Come join them, and…as Rufus Reid said… "Get ready to party!"

André Carvalho Group - Club Bonafide
February 15, 2018 - New York

With two releases under his name, the Portuguese bass player André Carvalho, has been intensely dedicated to composition since he first picked up the bass. He has a special vision in conjuring his own groups and he is currently preparing and composing for his first stateside release. His first two albums, "Hajime" and "Memória de Amiba" show Carvalho's highly personal perspective in music featuring an original blend of contemporary jazz with elements from Portuguese music. Both projects got raving reviews from Portuguese and International media. André was awarded the prize "Carlos Paredes" in 2012, a prestigious prize that recognizes Portuguese music projects, as well as a "Best Group" recognition in the Bucharest International Jazz Competition. For this concert, Carvalho will play a set of his most recent compositions.

2018 Triennial: 'Songs for Sabotage' Artist Panel Discussion - New Museum
February 15, 2018 - New York

Join us during the opening week of the New Museum's 2018 Triennial: "Songs for Sabotage" for a special artist panel with Triennial artists Cian Dayrit, Haroon Gunn-Salie, and Shen Xin, moderated by the exhibition's curators. "Songs for Sabotage" adopts the notion of sabotage as a model for artistic production, positing that what unites these artists is an understanding of the inescapability of global political and economic networks and a desire to respond with individual, localized gestures.

Jacqui Naylor - Blue Note Jazz Club
February 15, 2018 - New York

Jazz vocalist and songwriter Jacqui Naylor returns to Blue Note following sold-out shows in the United States, Europe and Canada in support of her 2017 release, Q&A. Her albums have made the "top-ten" lists of USA Today, Jazziz and The Washington Post and she is recognized for her wide vocal range and ability to mix and "smash" multiple genres and generations of music. She is equally at ease singing the music of Johnny Mercer and David Bowie as she is her own original music, with several compositions used in national advertising.

Pedrito Martinez - BB King Blues Club & Grill
February 15, 2018 - New York

Pedro Pablo "Pedrito" Martinez was born in Havana, Cuba, Sept 12, 1973. He began his musical career at the age of 11, performing as vocalist and percussionist with such Cuban legends as Tata Guines and Munequitos de Matanzas. He was brought to Canada in 1998, by Jane Bunnett, to tour with her group, Spirits of Havana. His decision to remain in North America to pursue his career, proved to be an auspicious one when, two years later, the annual Thelonious Monk Institute Competition showcased Afro-Latin Hand Drumming for the first time ever. Pedro entered and won first place.

The Wailers, The Far East - Brooklyn Bowl
February 15, 2018 - Brooklyn

The legendary Wailers band returns to bring its revolutionary sound to fans around the world. Steered by famed bassist and founder Aston "Familyman" Barrett, and joined in solidarity with original Wailers' guitarists Junior Marvin and Donald Kinsey, The Wailers continue to make musical history. From 1973 to 1980, Bob Marley & The Wailers recorded, toured, and performed before countless millions worldwide. Since 1981, Familyman and Junior have carried on the mission to "keep The Wailers together," just as Bob requested, affirming: "By doing that, you keep me alive through the music." In tribute to the late co-founder and drummer Carlton "Carly" Barrett, The Wailers present Aston Barrett, Jr. on drums. It's startling how the young powerhouse delivers with his uncle's inspiring landmark style. Lead singer Joshua David Barrett is a Rastaman by lifestyle and culture. Josh delivers Bob's powerful message of Jah love and unity through his performance and interaction with the audience. Also on stage are singers Shema McGregor, daughter of I Three Judy Mowatt, and Hassanah, a multi-cultural powerhouse; veterans Owen "Dreadie" Reid on guitar/bass and Noel Davey on keyboards. The per... (read more)

Petros Klampanis Trio - The Cornelia Street Cafe
February 15, 2018 - New York

Bassist, composer, arranger and producer Petros Klampanis returns to Cornelia Street Cafe, in order to present music from his recent albums CHROMA and MINOR DISPUTE, as well as some songs from his upcoming album, with the excellent pianist Julian Shore. Roni Eytan, a young prodigy harmonica player from Israel, will join the two musicians for two of Klampanis' original composition.

Aurelia Trio - The Jazz Gallery
February 15, 2018 - New York

Nick Dunston – bass Theo Walentiny – piano Connor Parks – drums

Mixology Festival 2018: Circuit Breakers: Causings // Plan 23 - Roulette
February 15, 2018 - Brooklyn

Derek Baron Sandy Gordon Adam Gundersheimer Vanessa Haddad KT Pipal Aaron Smith John Welsh Plan 23: Dok Gregory – Lap Steel Guitar, Theremin, Cymbal, Electronics Peter Principle – Spirit Karl Scholz – WerkBench Sampler Jeremy Slater – Prepared guitar, Electronics, Shortwave Radio Wolfgang von Stuermer (WvS) – Digital Synthesizers, E-bass controller, Effects Chris Jordan – Live Visuals For their performance at Mixology, Causings investigates two intertwining sound worlds: one of glacial music formed by intensely slow-moving polyrhythms; the other a malleable choreography for honing free form at the microcosmic level. Causings is a collective with fluid membership and instrumentation based in New York City. The group explores structured improvisation using traditional and non-traditional instruments, 1-bit electronics, found objects, field recordings, cellphones, photographs, and signal-processing software. Members tend to include Derek Baron, Sandy Gordon, Adam Gundersheimer, Vanessa Haddad, James Krivchenia, KT Pipal, Aaron Smith, John Welsh, and occasionally others. Since 2015, Causings has been featured on WKCR, WGXC/Wave Farm, at Wesleyan University, Bennington... (read more)

eMPathia Duo + Art Hirahara - Mezzrow
February 15, 2018 - New York

The eMPathia Jazz Duo explores the classic songs of Italy, Brazil, France and the Great American Songbook. They will be joined by sensitive pianist, Art Hirahara, in their first Mezzrow performance.

Spike Wilner - 'after-hours' w. special guests - Mezzrow
February 15, 2018 - New York

Join pianist Spike Wilner for our after hours. He'll have special guests and an invitation-only jam session.

Kurt Elling - Birdland
February 15, 2018 - New York

Starting in Chicago, Kurt Elling -- "The standout male vocalist of our time," (New York Times) -- recorded several of his early albums, earned the first of many GRAMMY® nominations and catapulted onto the national stage before moving to Manhattan in 2008. Elling's recent CD release, "Passion World," is a tour-de-force program of love songs from around the world. Performing each song in its native tongue, Elling tells rich stories about musical history on a grand multicultural tour of exotic places and cultures.

Rush Hour Romance - Brookfield Place New York
Through February 15, 2018 - New York

Does your rush hour need a little more pizazz? Join us for two lively concerts sure to create a true rush hour romance just in time for Valentine's Day! February 14: Classical music with a piano quintet Chelsea Smith, violin Doori Na, violin Jeremy Kienbaum, viola/group leader Khari Joyner, cello Adam Rothenberg, piano February 15: Jazz music with the Alexa Tarantino Quartet Alexa Tarantino, saxophone/group leader Now in its 16th season, Juilliard Jazz offers bachelor's and master's degrees and the Artist Diploma. The curriculum combines classroom, private studio, and performance ensemble courses with substantial interactions with jazz masters and multiple performance opportunities in diverse venues around New York city and the world. The repertoire studied covers the entire jazz continuum, highlights its American vernacular roots, and emphasizes the social and cultural vitality of the music. The 2017-2018 season sees the Juilliard Jazz Orchestra in six concerts, Juilliard Jazz Ensembles in eleven performances and the Artist Diploma Ensemble in three concerts. The program engages students in the global jazz scene with residencies in Bolivi... (read more)

Pianist, Composer, Singer Akie Bermiss - BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center
February 16, 2018 - Tribeca

Akie Bermiss is a pianist, composer, and singer living and working in Brooklyn, NY. He is a graduate of Bard College with degree in music composition. Since graduating from Bard, Akie has made a name for himself with his signature sound – a voice that blends R&B, Jazz, Hip Hop, and Funk effortlessly. He is currently touring with Lake Street Dive, and he has recorded and performed with Aabaraki, the Screaming Headless Torsos, Miri Ben-Ari (the Hip Hop Violinist), Rap sensation Soul Khan, and he also works with his own band, the Akie Bermiss Trio. In addition, he is also the author of a children's book, "I Hate to Be Sick," out on Scholastic.

Suzzy Roche & Lucy Wainwright Roche - Sheen Center
February 16, 2018 - New York

We begin the Back on Bleecker Street series with a conversation and performances by the mother/daughter team of Suzzy Roche and Lucy Wainwright Roche. Their recording Fairytale and Myth, the first collaboration between them, won the Vox Pop best singer/songwriter CD for the Independent Music Awards. They have a brand new CD called Mud and Apples. The album is a mix of brand new original songs as well as much loved cover songs by such icons as Joni Mitchell and Stevie Nicks. Mesmerizing harmonies, and pure singing! The mother/daughter show is a fun filled evening of smart, thoughtful, songs with plenty of familial harmonies. John Platt of WFUV hosts a conversation with Suzzy and Lucy.

Live Music with The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music - Walker Hotel | The Parlour at Society Cafe
February 16, 2018 - New York

Stella Blue's Band - The Capitol Theatre
February 16, 2018 - Port Chester

Stella Blue's Band is a band on a mission. Attracting both talented musicians and kind folks, a project born out of love for the music, and jamming for fun, has blossomed into a force to be reckoned with in the Tri-State area's Grateful Dead tribute band scene. THE MISSION: To explore their own unique improvisational sensibilities while staying faithful to the style of the Grateful Dead, in search of that special musical alchemy that results when the whole is greater than the sum of it's parts. Playing the music we love, and loving doing it for a kind loving community who come to Groove, Dance and Rage to the Good Ole Grateful Dead!

Live Music with The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music - Walker Hotel | The Parlour at Society Cafe
February 16, 2018 - New York

Michael Sheelar is a pianist and composer based in New York City, he is completing his undergraduate degree at The New School for Jazz. Michael primarily works with original and improvised music. During his time in New York he has begun working in the field of cross- disciplinary collaboration, collaborating with the Joffrey School of Ballet, the Lincoln Center Library for Performing Arts, and Visual artist John Zinsser. He plans to continue his studies here in New York after he completes his undergraduate degree this Spring. Originally from Maine, Hattie Simon is a New York-based jazz vocalist and student at The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music. Hattie spends her time developing her craft, leading a neo-soul collective, and working with various artists throughout the city. She has a passion for composing, as well as interpreting jazz standards and the original works of others.

LES Elegy 4: Punjabi #1 - Sharabi - The Stone
February 16, 2018 - New York

Deep Singh (tabla & dhol) Chris Stromquist (drums) Yoshie Fruchter (guitar) Fima Ephron (bass) Shai Bachar (keys) Meetu Chilana & Sarah Mina Gordon (voices)

Kevin Quill, Trumpet - Morse Hall - The Juilliard School
February 16, 2018 - New York

An Eclectic Evening of Psychedelic Rock, R&B and Jazz : Ayumi Ishito / Votive Crown / Oceans - Club Bonafide
February 16, 2018 - New York

Ayumi Ishito was born and raised in Ishikawa, Japan. At the age of 4, Ayumi began her musical studies on classical piano. At the age of 19, she began playing tenor saxophone in a student big band at Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto. In 2007, Ayumi received a scholarship to attend Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. After graduating from Berklee in 2010, Ayumi moved to New York where she immediately found herself immersed in the jazz scene. She is a regular member of The Jazz Thieves, Marc Edwards and Slipstream Time Travel, Leon Lacey's Freshly Orchestrated, Eighty-pound Pug, and Platypus Revenge. Ayumi has been leading her own group since 2011 performing at numerous popular venues in New York City including Rockwood Music Hall, Pete's Candy Store, Sunnyvale, Mercury Lounge, and Muchmore's. In December of 2016, Ayumi released her debut album "View From A Little Cave". The album is receiving a lot of attention from home and abroad and has been featured on national and international music blogs including Bandcamp Daily, Rock the Body Electric, Divide and Conquer, Music Explosion (Russia), Axun Arts (Poland), Time Machine Music (Serbia), and Disk Union (Japan). The album... (read more)

Chris Turner - Blue Note Jazz Club
February 16, 2018 - New York

Chris Turner is a classically trained crooner, a soul singer for the ages, with a classic sound that defies his years. Proving to be a writer for our times, he deftly combines jazz, hip-hop, funk, and soul in his music. Chris Turner performs music from "Lovelife is A Challenge", several widely heard singles and collaborations as well as new pieces off of his upcoming project "Belvedere" set to release shortly. Chris Turner is a classically trained crooner, a soul singer for the ages, with a classic sound that defies his years. Proving to be a writer for our times, he deftly combines jazz, hip-hop, funk, and soul in his music. From falsetto to scatting to laying down smooth and creative phrasings, Chris is bringing old soul back in a fresh sound. Graduating from the New School University for Jazz and Contemporary Music immediately started working as an in-demand backing singer for the Soul, Jazz and R&B scenes in New York. Chris tours and records internationally with his own group as well as with Usher, The Roots, Stevie Wonder, Bootsy Collins, Killiam Shakespeare, Sam Smith, Disclosure, Mike Posner, Esperanza Spalding, Bilal, Harvey Mason Sr., Eddie Palmeri, Dianne Reeves, Eric Har... (read more)

Akie Bermiss - Tribeca Performing Arts Center
February 16, 2018 - Tribeca

Akie Bermiss is a pianist, composer, and singer living and working in Brooklyn, NY. He is a graduate of Bard College with degree in music composition. Since graduating from Bard, Akie has made a name for himself with his signature sound – a voice that blends R&B, Jazz, Hip Hop, and Funk effortlessly. He is currently touring with Lake Street Dive, and he has recorded and performed with Aabaraki, the Screaming Headless Torsos, Miri Ben-Ari (the Hip Hop Violinist), Rap sensation Soul Khan, and he also works with his own band, the Akie Bermiss Trio. In addition, he is also the author of a children's book, "I Hate to Be Sick," out on Scholastic.

Antibalas - Brooklyn Bowl
February 16, 2018 - Brooklyn

The musical collective known as Antibalas? (Spanish for bullet-proof or anti-bullets) was conceived of in Mexico City and formed in Brooklyn New York. The early nucleus of the group was composed of the band's founder Martín Perna and included several members from the Soul Providers / Dap Kings band, performing their first show in May 1998 in Harlem, NY. Soon after, Lagos, Nigeria native Amayo joined the band after seeing the band at a neighborhood concert. Fluent in the afrobeat music of Fela, he began composing and performing lyrics and assuming the role of the group's lead vocalist / frontman. The band began rehearsing and composing at Desco 41st street studios and later at the first Daptone Studios at Amayo's Afro Spot venue. They spent their first year performing exclusively in noncommercial spaces in lofts, community centers, parks, art galleries. In August 1999, they created a weekly residence called Africalia at Tribeca club NoMoore that ran for 18 months, where the band and repertoire expanded. In 2001, following their debut record (reissued independently, then licensed to Ninja Tune) they began touring internationally, from Glastonbury, Montreux to Newport Jazz and othe... (read more)

Cory Wong (Vulfpeck) & Mr. Talkbox (24k Magic) - Highline Ballroom
February 16, 2018 - New York

Cory Wong might just be your new favorite guitar player. The Minneapolis-based musician has put in his time as a versatile composer, arranger, producer, and collaborator, working on shows like NBC's "The Voice," playing alongside Ben Rector, Gene Simmons, Questlove, The Blind Boys of Alabama, Bootsy Collins, Blake Shelton, and most recently joining with the fast-rising funk band Vulfpeck as a touring and session guitarist. His expert playing and diverse influences have kept him in demand around the world and around the clock, but he remains loyal to his Midwestern home. Dubbed "the most famous Minnesota musician you've probably never heard of" by Minneapolis' The Current, Cory Wong is finally preparing to jump into the spotlight with his new album Cory Wong and the Green Screen Band.

Antibalas, Binky Griptite, Here Lies Man - Brooklyn Bowl
February 16, 2018 - Brooklyn

The musical collective known as Antibalas (Spanish for bullet-proof or anti-bullets) was conceived of in Mexico City and formed in Brooklyn New York. The early nucleus of the group was composed of the band's founder Martín Perna and included several members from the Soul Providers / Dap Kings band, performing their first show in May 1998 in Harlem, NY. Soon after, Lagos, Nigeria native Amayo joined the band after seeing the band at a neighborhood concert. Fluent in the afrobeat music of Fela, he began composing and performing lyrics and assuming the role of the group's lead vocalist / frontman. The band began rehearsing and composing at Desco 41st street studios and later at the first Daptone Studios at Amayo's Afro Spot venue. They spent their first year performing exclusively in noncommercial spaces in lofts, community centers, parks, art galleries. In August 1999, they created a weekly residence called Africalia at Tribeca club NoMoore that ran for 18 months, where the band and repertoire expanded. In 2001, following their debut record (reissued independently, then licensed to Ninja Tune) they began touring internationally, from Glastonbury, Montreux to Newport Jazz and other... (read more)

Melanie Fiona - BB King Blues Club & Grill
February 16, 2018 - New York

Just like powerful music itself, the two-time Grammy Award winner Melanie Fiona exudes soulful charm, wit, and a genuine story-telling ability that expresses both vulnerability and strength. Her distinctive voice has captivated the hearts and minds of countless souls. The Toronto native, who is signed and managed by Title 9 Productions, is creating new awe-inspiring music that promises to infiltrate the psyche of her fans.

The Jazz Gallery Celebration Series Presents Fabian Almazan Alcanza - The Jazz Gallery
February 16, 2018 - New York

Fabian Almazan – piano/electronics Sara Serpa – voice Megan Gould – violin Tomoko Omura – violin Karen Waltuch – viola Noah Hoffeld – cello Linda May Han Oh – bass Dan Weiss – drums This performance is made possible by the Chamber Music America Presenter Consortium for Jazz grant.

Mixology Festival 2018: Circuit Breakers: Jantar // Gaiamamoo - Roulette
February 16, 2018 - Brooklyn

GAIAMAMOO Shogo Haraguchi – Fretless Bass, Pedals, iPad Mehata Sentimental Legend – Vocal, Pedals, Kaoss Pad Jantar Ryan Jahn – Singing Bowls, Harmonium Tianna Kennedy – Cello Chad Laird – Guitar, Electronics Kirsten Nordine – Keyboard Ted Robinson – Clarinet, Electronics Kelly Rudman – Percussion, Electronics Japanese duo GAIAMAMOO offer textured, noisy improvised music accompanied by video projections of Japanese Noh by Hiroshi Mehata, a.k.a. Mehata Sentimental Legend. The duo focuses on the intersection of sight & image, demonstrated by improvised sounds and abstract visual patterns. GAIAMAMOO is an experimental improvisation group formed in 2012 by Shogo Haraguchi and Mehata Sentimental Legend from Tokyo. In 2015, GAIAMAMOO were chosen to perform during the Sound Live Tokyo festival, organized by Pacific Basin Arts Communication (PARC), and also performed on "New Sound Sanctuary." In 2016 and 2017, the duo toured California and New York City, appearing on Ridgewood Radio on WFMU broadcasted by Outpost Artist Resources. GAIAMAMOO also appeared in Festes Majors Alternatives de Vallcarca (Barcelona, 2016), eight-hour noise marathon festival GIGANOISE 2 (Tokyo, 2016),... (read more)

David Hazeltine & David Wong - Mezzrow
February 16, 2018 - New York

Pianist Dave Hazeltine is a fleet-fingered, hard swinging veteran. He is joined by the great David Wong on bass.

Sameer Gupta: 'A Circle Has No Beginning' CD Release Party - Littlefield Performance and Art Space
February 16, 2018 - Brooklyn

Sameer Gupta - (Set time: 9:30 PM) Sameer Gupta Sameer Gupta continues to push the envelope and dig deep by combining traditional and modern improvisational styles drawing from his dual Indian and American heritage. Gupta's latest album represents his expansive vision from a true multi-cultural perspective that now bridges several continents. 'A Circle Has No Beginning' delves into the deep waters of cultural cross-over music by honoring the ensemble's diversity, influences of soul music, Classical and Golden-Era music of India, Native American melodies, modern Jazz, and pure spontaneity help bring together a relevant and powerful statement. The brand new album represents the power of collaboration and mindfulness towards others. This project as a whole represents cultural unity through deep respect for musical traditions as well as the diversity of modern improvisation with musical collaborations between strong unique creative voices coming from different influences. Brandee Younger Trio - (Set time: 8:00 PM) Brandee Younger Trio A versatile artist who has been proven to defy genres and labels, this young harpist has created a unique niche in both traditional and non-traditio... (read more)

Anthony Wonsey 'After-hours' - Mezzrow
February 16, 2018 - New York

Join pianist Anthony Wonsey for a late night set of swinging jazz piano.

Peter Fish Group - Cutting Room
February 16, 2018 - New York

The Peter Fish Group is led by Peter Fish, six-time Emmy winning composer and keyboard player extraordinaire. Playing alongside stars such as Tony Bennett, Keith Emerson of Emerson, Lake and Palmer, and Danny Seraphine of Chicago, his passion for music and his incredible talent allowed him to bring together some of the best musicians New York City has to offer. Together, they serve up an extremely tight, funky jazz group. Their latest recording, "Numbers", is a perfect representation of the caliber of music that this group brings to their performances. All of the pieces written by Mr. Fish showcase his Rhodes playing, as well as the artists in their habitat – knocking out grooves complex and rich that captures the audience's attention. He is supported by all-star musicians: Benjamin Drazen, sax, (Rashied Ali, Dave Liebman) whose own group's album on Posi-Tone Records "Inner Fights" was recently released to rave reviews; Paul Livant on guitar, (Paul Simon, Carly Simon) ; Waldron Ricks, trumpet, (Art Blakey, Roy Haynes, Count Basie Orchestra); Billy Grant, bass, (Oliver Lake, Living Colour, Kid Rock), and finally; Abe Fogle, drums, (Rob Thomas, Los Nubians. Kool and the Gang, D'Ange... (read more)

The Birdland Big Band - Birdland
February 16, 2018 - New York

Every Friday, and for two headlining weeks a year, the "BBB" roars into action playing a thrilling and original mix of jazz, funk, Brazilian, Latin and world music for sold-out audiences. Featured weekly guest artists drop-in from television bands (David Letterman, Saturday Night Live) and pop music touring bands (Rob Thomas, Rod Stewart). Come see for yourself why Time Out New York called the BBB, "a completely unique experience... there isn't another band like this anywhere," and yelp.com proclaims, "if you hear one band in NYC make sure this is it... and prepare to be blown away!"

Kurt Elling - Birdland
February 16, 2018 - New York

Starting in Chicago, Kurt Elling -- "The standout male vocalist of our time," (New York Times) -- recorded several of his early albums, earned the first of many GRAMMY® nominations and catapulted onto the national stage before moving to Manhattan in 2008. Elling's recent CD release, "Passion World," is a tour-de-force program of love songs from around the world. Performing each song in its native tongue, Elling tells rich stories about musical history on a grand multicultural tour of exotic places and cultures.

LATE NIGHT SESSION: Alphonso Horne - Dizzy's Club Coca Cola
Through February 16, 2018 - New York

Tuesday-Saturday evenings, doors open at 11:15pm for Late Night Sessions featuring some of the most talented emerging artists in jazz. There are no reservations for Late Night Sessions - just swing by! This month, Thursday and Saturday evenings will be hosted by Julian Lee.

Gerald Clayton Quartet with Special Guest Joel Ross - Jazz Standard
Through February 16, 2018 - Manhattan

Pianist, composer, and four–time GRAMMY Award nominee, Gerald Clayton searches for honest expression in every note he plays. His inclusive sensibilities have allowed him to perform and record with such distinctive artists as Diana Krall, Roy Hargrove, Dianne Reeves, John Scofield, and the Clayton Brothers Quintet, just to name a few past associations. Since early 2013, Clayton has toured and recorded with the band led by legendary saxophonist Charles Lloyd. He received 2012 and 2013 GRAMMY nominations for Best Jazz Instrumental Album for, respectively, Bond: The Paris Sessions and Life Forum, both released on Concord Jazz. On his latest CD Tributary Tales (2017, Motema Music), Gerald Clayton "acknowledges the influence of new people and new sounds on his music and life, tracing his course from straight–ahead player who grew up on the West Coast in a family of jazz heavies to New York musician charting his own path." Gerald Clayton - piano Joel Ross - vibraphone Matt Brewer - bass Obed Calvaire - drums Gabo Lugo - percussion

LATE NIGHT DANCE SESSION: Alphonso Horne - Dizzy's Club Coca Cola
February 17, 2018 - New York

Tuesday-Saturday evenings, doors open at 11:15pm for Late Night Sessions featuring some of the most talented emerging artists in jazz. There are no reservations for Late Night Sessions - just swing by! This month, Thursday and Saturday evenings will be hosted by Julian Lee.

Live Music with The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music - Walker Hotel | The Parlour at Society Cafe
February 17, 2018 - New York

Live Music with The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music - Walker Hotel | The Parlour at Society Cafe
February 17, 2018 - New York

Michael Sheelar is a pianist and composer based in New York City, he is completing his undergraduate degree at The New School for Jazz. Michael primarily works with original and improvised music. During his time in New York he has begun working in the field of cross- disciplinary collaboration, collaborating with the Joffrey School of Ballet, the Lincoln Center Library for Performing Arts, and Visual artist John Zinsser. He plans to continue his studies here in New York after he completes his undergraduate degree this Spring. Originally from Maine, Hattie Simon is a New York-based jazz vocalist and student at The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music. Hattie spends her time developing her craft, leading a neo-soul collective, and working with various artists throughout the city. She has a passion for composing, as well as interpreting jazz standards and the original works of others.

LES Elegy 5: Fuck Gentrification (Tribute to Lester Bowie) - The Stone
February 17, 2018 - New York

Eyal Maoz (guitar) Newman Baker (drums) Brian Drye (trombone) Marcus Rojas (tuba)

Jazz for Kids Oran Etkin's Timbalooloo Duo Workshop - National Sawdust
February 17, 2018 - Brooklyn

Have you tried Jazz for Kids? Timbalooloo strives to fundamentally reimagine the way music is taught and language is formed. The Timbalooloo Method was developed by internationally renowned musician Oran Etkin. Through the Timbalooloo Method, children learn to express themselves by making instruments come alive and speak the language of music. The method adds character, humor and emotion to music. Through fun games, stories, songs and movements, children engage with rich musical and cultural heritage – from Tito Puente to Mozart, Willie Nelson to Herbie Hancock. "Our son was talking about Herbie Hancock, Mozart, Samba and African music – and he knew the difference!." – Harvey Keitel

Community Spiritual Sing - St. George's Episcopal Church
February 17, 2018 - New York

Celebrate Black History Month at the 2nd Annual Community Spiritual Sing on Saturday, February 17th at 2pm at St. George's Church. All are welcome to a communal sing of timeless and powerful songs such as "O, Freedom," "Steal Away," "Deep River" and many more. The tradition of singing spirituals at St. George's began with African-American composer, arranger and baritone Harry Thacker Burleigh (1866-1949), a soloist at St. George's for over fifty years. His appointment was the "first known instance of an African American being admitted to a vested choir of a white parish." Burleigh went on to become the first African-American composer acclaimed for his art songs, and for his arrangements of spirituals. See video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UkgHpQ7zMmE&feature=youtu.be

Sofia Ribeiro Quartet - Club Bonafide
February 17, 2018 - New York

Sofia Ribeiro is one of the greatest voices from Portugal, a magnificent singer who has the ability to immediately attract the listener to her unique musical universe. With a solid background in jazz studies, a deep connection to Portuguese traditional music – Fado – and endless hours of listening to Brazilian legendary musicians, Sofia's artistry challenges the boundaries of music labels. Well-known for her strong, emotional and uplifting performances, the multi-awarded singer has captivated audiences all over the world with her warm and charming sound. With over eight albums as a leader, she has been touring intensively all over the world for the past fourteen years. She won several international vocal prizes, including "Voicingers" (Poland, 2008), "Crest Jazz Vocal" (France, 2010) and Brussels "Young Jazz Singers" (Belgium, 2005). Her previous album "Ar" received the prize "Révélation" from the famous Jazzman/Jazz Magazine (Paris), and she's nowadays an artist in residence at the Carnegie Hall. Blending elements of jazz, Brazilian and Portuguese music, this project is the result of the powerful combination of this exceptional singer's talent as a vocalist and composer with th... (read more)

John Pizzarelli - The Madison Theatre
February 17, 2018 - Rockville Centre

John Pizzarelli, is a world-renowned guitarist and singer, hailed by the Boston Globe for "reinvigorating the Great American Songbook and re-popularizing jazz." The Toronto Star pegged him as "the genial genius of the guitar." And the Seattle Times saluted him as "a rare entertainer of the old school." Established as one of the prime contemporary interpreters of the Great American Songbook, Pizzarelli has expanded that repertoire by including the music of Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, Tom Waits, Antônio Carlos Jobim and Lennon-McCartney. His themed shows, often performed with his wife Jessica Molaskey, suggest there is no limit to Pizzarelli's imagination or talent. The next step is introducing the solo work of Paul McCartney to his audience through his September 18, 2015 release on Concord Records, Midnight McCartney, and on stages around the world. The challenge, Pizzarelli says, is lining up the lesser-known McCartney songs alongside the works of Gershwin, Berlin and Rodgers. "It's not out of the realm to say, 'Here are some excellent songs. What you just enjoyed and maybe thought was Johnny Mercer, is really Paul McCartney.' I think they can all stand next to each other."... (read more)

Los Amigos Invisibles Live In New York City - SOB'S
February 17, 2018 - New York

Ltj Bukem (Extended Dj Set) - Brooklyn Bowl
February 17, 2018 - Brooklyn

Just who is LTJ Bukem? Ground breaking DJ? Inspirational musician? Record label entrepreneur? Club visionary, perhaps? When the man behind those wire rimmed glasses and that disarming smile writes his job description just what does he put? The man who took the drum and bass concept from a small venue off London's Charing Cross Road to the nation's superclubs and then onto the international stage? The geezer whose records launched breakbeat into a brand new galaxy of sound? Or maybe he just writes 'Renaissance man for a digital age'. In truth LTJ Bukem is all of the above. Although he wouldn't like to admit it, LTJ Bukem is the living embodiment of the post-acid house entrepreneurial creative spirit. He is a mild mannered energy flash whose panoramic musical vision has found success in every area he has explored. From running sound systems to cutting up breaks at raves, from relocating the heart of breakbeat culture to redefining the spirit of drum and bass, the man known to his friends as Danny Williamson has sat at the forefront of breakbeat evolution, lighting the way with little more than a zest for life and a love of music. In other words, LTJ Bukem is a man on a mission! Bu... (read more)

Galactic - Brooklyn Steel
February 17, 2018 - Brooklyn

It's been more than 20 years since Ben Ellman, Robert Mercurio, Stanton Moore, Jeff Raines and Rich Vogel began exploring the seemingly limitless musical possibilities born out of their work together as Galactic. Since then, the seminal New Orleans band has consistently pushed artistic boundaries on the road and in the studio, approaching their music with open ears and drawing inspiration as much from the sounds bubbling up from their city's streets as they do from each other. A key part of that creative spark comes from the teamwork of Mercurio and Ellman, whose ever-evolving production and arranging skills helped usher the band into a new phase of studio work beginning with the loop-centric "Ruckus" in 2007. A series of albums focused around specific concepts like Carnival followed, as did collaborations with guests hailing from worlds outside the one Galactic calls its own. On "Into the Deep," the band members look within themselves instead, drawing inspiration from people and ideas that have long been close to their hearts – and, in turn, close to the development of their unique sound. Shot through with soul, funk, blues and rock, the result is an organic riff on elements... (read more)

70s Soul Jam in New York - Beacon Theatre
February 17, 2018 - Upper West Side

Quadrivium featuring Marcus Miller - National Museum of Mathematics (MoMath)
February 17, 2018 - New York

Join MoMath at Quadrivium, a new monthly after-hours event at MoMath that brings together the creative and technical communities in NYC and creates a space where learning and growth are filled with fun, wonder, and warmth. Jazz saxophone player Marcus Miller will host the monthly gatherings at MoMath, conversing with experts in various fields of art and science. Utilizing both "fireside chat" and "panelist" formats, Marcus will moderate and interview speakers, focusing on how mathematics and art are involved in their fields. Each discussion will begin and end with live musical performances that highlight the concepts discussed. Afterwards, guests are invited to mingle in an informal and celebratory setting with healthy food, non-alcoholic drinks, dancing, and conversation. This will be a space for new friends and expanded horizons. Don't miss the debut event, focusing on probability.

Alpaca Wolves (Reunion Show), Hartley's Encore - Bowery Electric
February 17, 2018 - New York

Alpaca Wolves Hartley's Encore

The Jazz Gallery Celebration Series Presents Fabian Almazan Alcanza - The Jazz Gallery
February 17, 2018 - New York

Fabian Almazan – piano/electronics Sara Serpa – voice Megan Gould – violin Tomoko Omura – violin Karen Waltuch – viola Noah Hoffeld – cello Linda May Han Oh – bass Dan Weiss – drums This performance is made possible by the Chamber Music America Presenter Consortium for Jazz grant.

Stearns Matthews - Laurie Beechman Theater
February 17, 2018 - New York City

MAC and Bistro Award winner Stearns Matthews will pay tribute to one of the greatest and most prolific songwriters of all time, Leslie Bricusse. Bricusse's extensive catalog includes Stop the World—I Want to Get Off, The Roar of the Greasepaint—The Smell of the Crowd, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, and Jekyll & Hyde. Matthews will be joined by longtime friend and collaborator, pianist Warren Helms..

ASK YOUR MAMA: TWELVE MOODS FOR JAZZ - Jamaica Performing Arts Center
February 17, 2018 - Jamaica

The Langston Hughes Project is a multimedia concert performance of Langston Hughes’s kaleidoscopic jazz poem suite, Ask Your Mama – Hughes’s homage in verse and music to the struggle for artistic and social freedom at home and abroad at the beginning of the 1960s. Ask Your Mama is a twelve-part epic poem which Hughes scored with musical cues drawn from blues and Dixieland, gospel songs, boogie woogie, bebop and progressive jazz, Latin “cha cha” and Afro-Cuban mambo music, German lieder, Jewish liturgy, West Indian calypso, and African drumming — a creative masterwork left unperformed at his death.

Chris Pattishall & Yasushi Nakamura 'After-Hours' - Mezzrow
February 17, 2018 - New York

Join pianist Chris Pattishall for a late night set of swinging jazz piano.

The Jazz Gallery Celebration Series Presents Fabian Almazan and Rhizome - Alcanza - The Jazz Gallery
Through February 17, 2018 - New York

Catherine Russell and Her Sextet - Birdland
Through February 17, 2018 - Manhattan

Catherine Russell and Her Sextet A Valentine's Celebration: "Nothing But Love Songs" Catherine Russell - vocals Matt Munisteri - guitar, banjo, md Mark Shane - piano Tal Ronen - bass Mark McLean - drums Jon-Erik Kellso - trumpet Evan Arntzen - reeds "A wonderfully charismatic performer with a show-stopping voice" (The Washington Post), CATHERINE RUSSELL dazzles her audiences with familiar favorites and forgotten treasures alike. Russell excelled as a backup singer and multi-instrumentalist with David Bowie, Steely Dan, Cyndi Lauper, and Paul Simon before launching a remarkable solo career featuring Grammy award winning and chart topping recordings. With her sixth album, Harlem On My Mind, a 2016 release on Jazz Village, Catherine journeys to the blue heart of the great African American song- book, as befits this vibrant daughter of jazz and blues royalty. Inspired by her mother, pioneering jazz musician Carline Ray, as well as her father, long-time Louis Armstrong bandleader Luis Russell, Catherine swings forth with soulful interpretations: fresh, contemporary, fun, and true to her roots. "The best blues and jazz singer going today." – The Wall Street Journal

Javon Jackson - Iridium Jazz Club
Through February 17, 2018 - New York

Javon Jackson came into international prominence as a member of Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers. He has also toured and recorded with Elvin Jones, Freddie Hubbard, Cedar Walton, Dr. Lonnie Smith, and Les McCann. Jackson has also developed a formidable career as leader and recording artist, touring throughout the world. Javon's current musical group, The Javon Jackson Band, incorporates many styles including jazz, funk, R&B and rocks numerous others. As an educator, Javon Jackson is a Professor of Jazz and Director of the Jackie McLean Institute at the University of Hartford.

Birdland All-Stars featuring Tommy Igoe: The Art of Jazz - Tilles Center for the Performing Arts
February 18, 2018 - Greenvale

The finest musicians in New York, with new arrangements featuring the music of David Bowie, The Police and Steely Dan, as well as fresh treatments of iconic compositions by Charlie Parker, Chick Corea and Herbie Hancock. As the band performs, visual artist Jeremy Sutton will create works inspired by the music on stage. For more information on Birdland All-Stars featuring Tommy Igoe: The Art of Jazz click here. For ticketing policies, including special discounts, click here.

Presidents day NO AL MURO ft. Montez de Durango • K Paz de la Sierra • Alacranes Musical - La Boom
February 18, 2018 - Queens

Pete Zimmer - Birdland
February 18, 2018 - Manhattan

Drummer, Pete Zimmer, moved to New York City in June of 2001, and has since established himself as one of the top-call drummers in New York City's jazz scene. Originally from Waukesha, Wisconsin, Zimmer has made his mark nationally and internationally as a versatile and articulate drummer, bandleader, sideman, composer, educator, and record label entrepreneur. Since 2004, Pete Zimmer released five (5) critically acclaimed albums as a leader on his own record label, Tippin' Records. The albums showcase both his constant swing on the drums and his skillful and melodic compositions. His composition, "Time That Once Was," a moving ballad recorded on his first album Common Man, was recently licensed to Sony Pictures Television where it was featured in the opening scene of the series they produce "Masters of Sex" (Episode 307, Monkey Business), aired on Showtime. He has received many accolades from major publications. "Pete Zimmer has learned his New York lessons well, as his dry tone, meaty swing beat and subtle accents make him an old hand" (Down Beat), and "Zimmer's drumming boasts a crisp, swinging command with judicious musicality." (Modern Drummer) Zimmer's band has performed ... (read more)

Arnold, Klampanis, Hiroshi - Rockwood Music Hall Stage 3
February 18, 2018 - New York

Gaia Wilmer Septet - The Cornelia Street Cafe
February 18, 2018 - New York

Hailing from South Brazil, Gaia Wilmer is a saxophone player, composer and arranger who combines her influences from Brazilian harmony, rhythms, and melodies with contemporary jazz and free improvised music.

Min Xiao-Fen with Rez Abbasi: The Goddess - Roulette
February 18, 2018 - Brooklyn

Min Xiao-Fen – Pipa, Ruan, Sanxian, Sound effects, Voice Rez Abbasi – Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar Roulette hosts the world premiere of The Goddess, a 1934 Chinese silent film accompanied by a score from Min Xiao-Fen. The performance features Rez Abbasi on guitar and Min Xiao-Fen playing multiple Chinese plucked instruments and voice. The Goddess (1934) is one of the most powerful silent films of all time and an early high point for Chinese cinema. The legendary actress Ruan Lingyu plays a nameless young "goddess," as the movie describes the travails of a prostitute working to send her child through school. Min's score references numerous genres, including Tibetan Buddhist chants, and seeks to traverse existing cultural and musical boundaries by creating a new work filled with deep and soulful musical expression. Hailed by The New York Times as a "fearless practitioner of the pipa" and by the Village Voice as an artist who "has taken her ancient Chinese string instrument into the future," Min Xiao-Fen was also the first Chinese artist invited by Lincoln Center to perform the work of legendary jazz pianist Thelonious Monk. Known for her virtuosity and fluid style, Ms.... (read more)

Mezzrow Classical Salon with David Oei - Mezzrow
February 18, 2018 - New York

Artists: David Oei (Piano), Eriko Sato (Violin), Laila Salins (Vocalist), Jessica Han (Flute), Katarzyna Bryla (Viola) Prominent classical pianist David Oei is the musical curator for this monthly classical salon featuring top chamber music players for an excellent afternoon of classical music in Mezzrow's music room.

Larry Ham with Dave Glasser & Lee Hudson - Mezzrow
February 18, 2018 - New York

Pianist Larry Ham is a be-bop veteran with a great jazz feeling and deep knowledge. With him is the solid swinging alto player Dave Glasser & Lee Hudson on bass.

John Merrill & Friends 'After-hours' - Mezzrow
February 18, 2018 - New York

Guitarist John Merrill hosts the after-hours with his invited guests.

The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra - Birdland
February 18, 2018 - New York

Grammy Award winning pianist, composer and educator Arturo O'Farrill -- leader of the "first family of Afro-Cuban Jazz" (NY Times) -- was born in Mexico and grew up in New York City. Son of the late, great composer Chico O'Farrill, Arturo was Educated at Manhattan School of Music, Brooklyn College Conservatory and the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College. He played piano in Carla Bley's Big Band from 1979 through 1983 and earned a reputation as a soloist in groups led by Dizzy Gillespie, Steve Turre, Freddy Cole, Lester Bowie, Wynton Marsalis and Harry Belafonte. The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra is the resident large format ensemble of the nonprofit Afro Latin Jazz Alliance (ALJA) founded by Arturo O'Farrill in 2007 and dedicated to preserving the music and heritage of big band Latin jazz, supporting its performance for new audiences, and educating young people in the understanding and performance of this important cultural treasure. For more information about the orchestra and other ALJA initiatives, please visit us at www.afrolatinjazz.org

Marilyn Maye - Dizzy's Club Coca Cola
Through February 18, 2018 - New York

With vocalist Marilyn Maye, and pianist Tedd Firth Singer, actress, and living legend Marilyn Maye is the "Queen of Cabaret," an iconic entertainer whom Ella Fitzgerald famously praised as one of her favorite singers. She's shared the stage with artists like Count Basie and Charlie Parker, and she appeared on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson an unprecedented 76 times. Maye has been a recent audience favorite at Dizzy's Club and Jazz at Lincoln Center's annual galas, and in October 2017 she headlined four sets in The Appel Room. She now returns to our most intimate venue for a run that's likely to sell out in advance. Join us at Dizzy's and enjoy a true entertainer, one of the remaining geniuses from the "golden age of show business" who remains as sharp and effective as ever.

Rachelle Ferrell - Blue Note Jazz Club
Through February 18, 2018 - New York

Celebrate Valentine's Week at the Blue Note with vocalist Rachelle Ferrell. While Ferrell has a established fan base in the contemporary jazz scene, her unique visibility on the pop/urban contemporary scene has boosted her audience's interest in her overall breadth of work. She has made her mark as a crossover artist who's equally at home with urban contemporary pop, gospel, classical music and jazz.

Gerald Clayton Quartet with Special Guest Yosvany Terry - Jazz Standard
Through February 18, 2018 - Manhattan

Pianist, composer, and four–time GRAMMY Award nominee, Gerald Clayton searches for honest expression in every note he plays. His inclusive sensibilities have allowed him to perform and record with such distinctive artists as Diana Krall, Roy Hargrove, Dianne Reeves, John Scofield, and the Clayton Brothers Quintet, just to name a few past associations. Since early 2013, Clayton has toured and recorded with the band led by legendary saxophonist Charles Lloyd. He received 2012 and 2013 GRAMMY nominations for Best Jazz Instrumental Album for, respectively, Bond: The Paris Sessions and Life Forum, both released on Concord Jazz. On his latest CD Tributary Tales (2017, Motema Music), Gerald Clayton "acknowledges the influence of new people and new sounds on his music and life, tracing his course from straight–ahead player who grew up on the West Coast in a family of jazz heavies to New York musician charting his own path." Gerald Clayton - piano Yosvany Terry - alto saxophone Yunior Terry - bass Obed Calvaire - drums Gabo Lugo - percussion

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