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Blues and Jazz in New York City This Weekend - April 20-April 22

April 16, 2018 - by CG Directory Editor
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Want to enjoy some sultry music in New York City? NYC is filled with blues and jazz clubs, and City Guide's got all the best weekend shows in one place. Get your groove at some of New York City's most famed establishments, inlcuding the likes of B.B. King Blues Club & Grill, the Jazz Standard, and Terra Blues.

Curtis Stigers - Birdland
April 20, 2018 - New York

"Rock 'n' roll and jazz share so many of the same artistic bloodlines that it's remarkable the two don't fuse more often into the kind of inspired marriage of visceral clout and intellectual savvy conjured by the singer, songwriter and saxophonist Curtis Stigers." – The New York Times.Discovered by legendary record executive Clive Davis, vocalist, songwriter, and saxophonist Curtis Stigers debut album sold over 1.5 million copies worldwide on the strength of self-penned hit singles like "I Wonder Why," "You're All That Matters to Me," and "Never Saw a Miracle." A year later, Stigers cover of Nick Lowe's "(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace Love and Understanding" for The Bodyguard Soundtrack sold over 40 million copies worldwide. Further collaborations with Carole King, Al Green, Shawn Colvin, Eric Clapton, Elton John, Bonnie Raitt, and Rod Stewart — as well as multiple appearances on The Tonight Show, David Letterman, The Today Show, etc. — put Stigers directly in the spotlight of popular culture. With One More for the Road, and Hooray For Love, his latest releases for the Concord Jazz label, Stigers continues to fulfill a promise made to a younger version of himself: a commitment to ar... (read more)

A Prairie Home Companion - The Town Hall
April 21, 2018 - New York

In the fall of 2016, Chris Thile took over at the helm of A Prairie Home Companion. A short and successful season brought sold out shows to venues across the country, garnering critical acclaim. Minnesota Public Radio presents a full season for 2017-2018 with Chris as host. Chris' musicianship, commentary, humor and his connection with the vital musicians of today have proven to be a winning combination. We return to Town Hall for three broadcasts in April 2018. A Prairie Home Companion is heard by 2.6 million listeners each week on nearly 600 public radio stations, online, and on the American Forces Networks, SiriusXM Radio, Radio New Zealand, and KPRG in Guam. "I grew up with the show. I take this opportunity, this job, immensely seriously and with great awe." – Chris Thile "Garrison created a template that I think is immortal. It doesn't feel like any kind of constraint. It's like a license. I feel like I have my license to go and make some good radio. … The prospect of getting to make things for people on a weekly basis … is beyond compare. It's what I love to do." — Chris Thile "Chris is my man. … He is, I think, the great bluegrass performer of our time and... (read more)

Dom Flemons and VIctory Boyd - Sheen Center
April 21, 2018 - New York

The third in a series of concerts and conversation exploring the intersection between music and social change. Dom Flemons is a Grammy Award-winning musician, singer-songwriter, and slam poet. Carrying on the songster tradition, Flemons strives to mix traditional music forms with a contemporary approach, to create new sounds that will appeal to wider audiences. In his recent solo album Prospect Hill (2014), Flemons drew from a wide range of styles, including ragtime, Piedmont blues, spirituals, southern traditional music, string band music, fife and drum music, and jug-band music. He began his career as a performer in the Arizona music scene, where he produced 25 albums for singer-songwriters and slam poets in Phoenix. In 2005, Flemons co-founded the Carolina Chocolate Drops, an African-American string band that won a Grammy for its 2010 album, "Genuine Negro Jig." Victory Boyd's music is a fusion between Soul music and Folk Music. Whether Victory is performing classics or original compositions, she has a way of tailoring each song with her voice and guitar to fit her unique style. Some people say that Victory is in the lane of Tracy Chapman, Roberta Flack, and Nina Simone. But b... (read more)

Turkuaz - Brooklyn Bowl
April 21, 2018 - Brooklyn

They've become one of Brooklyn's freshest exports - nine charismatic men and women brightly outfitted to have their colorful nature match their expressive voice. Turkuaz is a rock band at its core that blends soulful sounds with potent funk grooves. Since hitting the road in 2012, Turkuaz have released a handful of albums, canvassed the US more times over, and continue to gather devoted listeners along the way. A quickly addictive pulse coupled with a reputation for their trademark "Powerfunk" sound has earned steadily growing attention across the nation. Just over the past two years, the band has made impactful appearances at Bonnaroo, Red Rocks, Lock'n, Mountain Jam, and have been filling rooms coast to coast from Terminal 5 in New York to The Fillmore in San Francisco. Drawing from the conventions that have ignited their existence and using that spark to forge its own sword, Turkuaz is a band that will make anyone move to their familiar beat, yet stay intrigued by an ability to explore its own complex character comprised of nine striking personalities.

Vanishing Sun - Club Bonafide
April 21, 2018 - New York

On the forefront of the movement that combines Funky Jazz Fusion with Drum & Bass is Rochestarian band Vanishing Sun. Featuring musicians who have played with the likes of legends such as Maceo Parker and Chaka Khan, Vanishing Sun embraces an approach that places emphasis on creative freedom and an anything goes philosophy in songwriting and live performance. The result is a truly innovative sound that is at once avant-garde while at the same time firmly grounded in the roots of its influences.

Curtis Stigers - Birdland
April 21, 2018 - New York

"Rock 'n' roll and jazz share so many of the same artistic bloodlines that it's remarkable the two don't fuse more often into the kind of inspired marriage of visceral clout and intellectual savvy conjured by the singer, songwriter and saxophonist Curtis Stigers." – The New York Times.Discovered by legendary record executive Clive Davis, vocalist, songwriter, and saxophonist Curtis Stigers debut album sold over 1.5 million copies worldwide on the strength of self-penned hit singles like "I Wonder Why," "You're All That Matters to Me," and "Never Saw a Miracle." A year later, Stigers cover of Nick Lowe's "(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace Love and Understanding" for The Bodyguard Soundtrack sold over 40 million copies worldwide. Further collaborations with Carole King, Al Green, Shawn Colvin, Eric Clapton, Elton John, Bonnie Raitt, and Rod Stewart — as well as multiple appearances on The Tonight Show, David Letterman, The Today Show, etc. — put Stigers directly in the spotlight of popular culture. With One More for the Road, and Hooray For Love, his latest releases for the Concord Jazz label, Stigers continues to fulfill a promise made to a younger version of himself: a commitment to ar... (read more)

Late Night Dance Session: Evan Sherman Big Band - Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola, Jazz at Lincoln Center
Through April 21, 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.

Kenny Garrett - Blue Note
Through April 22, 2018 - New York

Over the course of a stellar career that has spanned more than 30 years, saxophonist Kenny Garrett has become the preeminent alto saxophonist of his generation. From his first gig with the Duke Ellington Orchestra (led by Mercer Ellington) through his time spent with musicians such as Freddie Hubbard, Woody Shaw, Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers and Miles Davis, Garrett has always brought a vigorous yet melodic, and truly distinctive, alto saxophone sound to each musical situation. As a bandleader for the last two decades, he has also continually grown as a composer. With his latest recording (and second for Mack Avenue Records), Seeds From The Underground, Garrett has given notice that these qualities have not only become more impressive, but have provided him with the platform to expand his horizons and communicate his musical vision clearly. Seeds From The Underground is a powerful return to the straight-ahead, acoustic and propulsive quartet format that showcases Garrett's extraordinary abilities. For Garrett, Seeds From The Underground is a special recording. It once again consists of all original compositions, and is truly an homage to those who have inspired and influenc... (read more)

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