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Live Music in Clubs and Bars in Midtown This Week - April 21-April 28

April 21, 2019 - by CG Directory Editor
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Live music completely changes the atmosphere of any venue, and there's no city that gets that quite like New York does. Midtown is filled to the brim with live music in clubs and bars, and no matter what your style is, there's sure to be a venue that's right up your alley on City Guide's weekly calendar. From Midtown West to Midtown East, check out the rock, jazz, pop, and blues awaiting in our clubs and bars.

Larry Goldings/Peter Bernstein/Bill Stewart - Jazz Standard
Through April 21, 2019 - New York

In the 1950s and '60s, Jimmy Smith, Jack McDuff, Richard "Groove" Holmes, and Larry Young pio­neered and popularized the jazz organ trio. For the past quarter–century, Larry Goldings, Peter Bernstein and Bill Stewart have taken that fundamental concept into fresh territory, recording eleven masterful albums under various members' names or as a collective unit. These rotating roles show the equality of each member's contribution to the whole and their individual stature as world–class bandleaders. Equally adept at roiling bebop intensity, gentle ballad expressions, and knotty fistfuls of funk, the group has been less active in the last few years, owing to the demands of their individual careers, so every new album and tour is cause for celebration. Ramshackle Serenade (Pirouet) is their first studio session in twelve years and a welcome return for what DownBeat calls "a killer organ trio barrage that's deep in the pocket." Larry Goldings – organ, piano Peter Bernstein – guitar Bill Stewart – drums

Mingus Big Band: Celebrating 10 Years at Jazz Standard - Jazz Standard
April 22, 2019 - New York

"…No composer–bandleader–instrumentalist since Ellington encompassed more of jazz's accomplish­ment and promise. Mingus wasthe black–music experience in the United States – in its hybridization, its questing after form, its improvisation, competitiveness, impertinence, outrage, intellectualization, joy, emotionalism, bitterness, comedy, parody, and frustration." (Gary Giddins, Riding On A Blue Note: Jazz and American Pop, 1991

Darcy James Argue's Secret Society - Jazz Standard
Through April 24, 2019 - New York

Here's Giovanni Russonello in the NY Times, 12.31.2018: "Quietly, beneath the radar of even most jazz lovers, the big band has been charging back. For a long time, the large ensemble has seemed a clunky ves­tige of American music's past — outmoded since bebop supplanted swing in the 1950s — but a bumper crop of enterprising, conservatory–trained composers sees it differently: as a vessel of grandiose possibil­ity." The 2016 album Real Enemies by Darcy James Argue's Secret Society was nominated for both a GRAMMY Award nominated for Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album and for Jazz Album of the Year (Group) in Canada's JUNO Awards. Darcy James Argue's Secret Society, writes Giovanni Russonello, "is now renowned in the jazz world. At 43, he has become a mentor to many of today's young big–band composers…'It seems like no matter what, the possibilities of writing for big band are so musically irre­sistible that people keep finding a way to make it work,' Mr. Argue said. 'Which is really inspiring.'"

Queen v's Spring Fling 2019 - Cutting Room
April 26, 2019 - New York

Following the success of the 2018 installment, Queen V and her band return to The Cutting Room for The Second Annual Spring Fling! V will have a number of special guests opening the show and sitting in during her set. There will be drink specials and other fun surprises in store for the night, stay tuned for more info!

Stefon Harris & Blackout - Jazz Standard
Through April 26, 2019 - New York

A few days into the new year, on January 4, Stefon Harris & Blackout rolled into Jazz Standard and blew us away with the creativity and cohesion of their interplay. Now the acclaimed vibraphonist and his quintet are back for this multi–night stand. When DownBeat's John Murph attended the group's Kennedy Center in D.C. in 2018, he heard "an exploratory, tightly focused set that placed high stakes on rhythmic agility, communica­tive alertness and spontaneous invention…Each member admirably held their own next to Harris, whose virtuosic and imaginative improvisations can certainly prove unnerving for lesser talents." In 2018, Sonic Creed(Motema Music) was the first new release from Stefon Harris' Blackout since 2009's GRAMMY–nominated Urbanus. Family, community, legacy: "These core assets of the Black community are the messages of Sonic Creed," says Stefon Harris, "and we honor our legacy by exploring the music of masters such as Bobby Hutcherson, Abbey Lincoln, Wayne Shorter and Horace Silver. Their music is timeless and is the literal aural expression of those community assets."

Stefon Harris & Blackout - Jazz Standard
Through April 27, 2019 - New York

A few days into the new year, on January 4, Stefon Harris & Blackout rolled into Jazz Standard and blew us away with the creativity and cohesion of their interplay. Now the acclaimed vibraphonist and his quintet are back for this multi–night stand. When DownBeat's John Murph attended the group's Kennedy Center in D.C. in 2018, he heard "an exploratory, tightly focused set that placed high stakes on rhythmic agility, communica­tive alertness and spontaneous invention…Each member admirably held their own next to Harris, whose virtuosic and imaginative improvisations can certainly prove unnerving for lesser talents." In 2018, Sonic Creed(Motema Music) was the first new release from Stefon Harris' Blackout since 2009's GRAMMY–nominated Urbanus. Family, community, legacy: "These core assets of the Black community are the messages of Sonic Creed," says Stefon Harris, "and we honor our legacy by exploring the music of masters such as Bobby Hutcherson, Abbey Lincoln, Wayne Shorter and Horace Silver.

Stefon Harris & Blackout - Jazz Standard
April 28, 2019 - New York

A few days into the new year, on January 4, Stefon Harris & Blackout rolled into Jazz Standard and blew us away with the creativity and cohesion of their interplay. Now the acclaimed vibraphonist and his quintet are back for this multi–night stand. When DownBeat's John Murph attended the group's Kennedy Center in D.C. in 2018, he heard "an exploratory, tightly focused set that placed high stakes on rhythmic agility, communica­tive alertness and spontaneous invention…Each member admirably held their own next to Harris, whose virtuosic and imaginative improvisations can certainly prove unnerving for lesser talents." In 2018, Sonic Creed(Motema Music) was the first new release from Stefon Harris' Blackout since 2009's GRAMMY–nominated Urbanus. Family, community, legacy: "These core assets of the Black community are the messages of Sonic Creed," says Stefon Harris, "and we honor our legacy by exploring the music of masters such as Bobby Hutcherson, Abbey Lincoln, Wayne Shorter and Horace Silver. Their music is timeless and is the literal aural expression of those community assets."

Jazz for Kids - Jazz Standard
April 28, 2019 - New York

The Jazz Standard Youth Orchestra is a performance driven program that gives talented and dedicated young jazz musicians the opportunity to perform regularly in one of New York City's leading jazz clubs often with guest artists from the New York scene. The visiting guests give a workshop to the band members in addition to providing the experience of playing with the top musicians on the scene. On Sundays during the school year, the students rehearse and workshop in the room before opening the doors at 1:00pm and giving a concert that is free and open to the public at 2:00pm.

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