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Blues and Jazz in New York City This Weekend - February 16-February 18

February 12, 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.

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.

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 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.

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

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.

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

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

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

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.

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.

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