search cityguideny

Live Music in Clubs and Bars in Midtown This Week - February 17-February 24

February 17, 2019 - by CG Directory Editor
Print Article Email Article

Live Music in Clubs and Bars in Midtown This Week Photo: rei hardt/Flickr 


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.

The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra - Birdland
February 17, 2019 - 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

Jazz For Kids - Jazz Standard
February 17, 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.

Mingus Big Band: Celebrating 10 Years At Jazz Standard - Jazz Standard
February 17, 2019 - New York

Mingus High School Festival Whether at the bass or composing, Charles Mingus' music represents the best of jazz: a deep emotional connection, an infectious rhythmic pulse, and fascinating harmonies and melodies, all with the purpose of exploring the human condition and decrying injustice. After his death in 1979, Charles' widow Sue Mingus became the devoted steward of his legacy. Sue has ensured that Charles' work would live on through the production of many records and the maintenance of the legacy bands dedicated to his music, as well as through educational initiatives established in Mingus' name. Once again, Jazz Standard is proud to bring together the exceptional players of the Mingus Big Band with some of today's most prom­ising high school jazz musicians.

Mingus Big Band: Celebrating 10 Years At Jazz Standard - Jazz Standard
Through February 17, 2019 - New York

Mingus High School Festival Whether at the bass or composing, Charles Mingus' music represents the best of jazz: a deep emotional connection, an infectious rhythmic pulse, and fascinating harmonies and melodies, all with the purpose of exploring the human condition and decrying injustice. After his death in 1979, Charles' widow Sue Mingus became the devoted steward of his legacy. Sue has ensured that Charles' work would live on through the production of many records and the maintenance of the legacy bands dedicated to his music, as well as through educational initiatives established in Mingus' name. Once again, Jazz Standard is proud to bring together the exceptional players of the Mingus Big Band with some of today's most prom­ising high school jazz musicians.

Mingus Orchestra: Celebrating 10 Years At Jazz Standard - Jazz Standard
February 18, 2019 - New York

A rare appearance by the Mingus Orchestra, with its singular blend of "jazz" and "non–jazz" instruments brought to bear on some of maestro Mingus' most inventive compositions. Expect the unexpected from this unique aggregation, including such rare jewels as "Noon Night," "Taurus in the Arena of Life," and "Half Mast Inhibition." "The lean, sharp ten–piece band features such uncommon instrumentation as a bassoon and a French horn, but this isn't staid cham­ber jazz. When the spirit of the late great one hits them, they steam." (The New Yorker)

Ladybugs - Birdland
February 19, 2019 - New York

The Ladybugs' music features the dreamy, dulcet tones of voices and trombones. Lead by Martina DaSilva, their unique instrumentation of two lead singers (both doubling in percussion & ukulele), two trombone players, guitar, and bass allows for a lush sound that uplifts and attracts all audiences. The Ladybugs' repertoire includes favorites from the 1920s, '30s, and '40s, infused with country, blues, latin, and classical music. The band has received high praise for recent performances at the Kennedy Center, Jazz At Lincoln Center, the NY Hot Jazz Festival, the NYC Winter Jazzfest, and the Catskill Jazz Factory. With an uplifting sound that attracts all audiences, The Ladybugs effortlessly keep listeners smiling and moving.

Godwin Louis Live! - Jazz Standard
February 19, 2019 - New York

Godwin Louis first starting playing the saxophone at age 9 and hasn’t stopped since. Louis has studied and performed with acts ranging from Herbie Hancock to Patti Labelle to Madonna. In addition to his work as a performer, Louis is the founder of Experience Ayiti, a nonprofit educational, multidisciplinary arts organization. His unique background and various cultural experiences have led to his first major release: Global. You don't want to miss the exciting live performance of his brand new album!!

Godwin Louis Presents Global - Jazz Standard
February 19, 2019 - New York

Jazz Standard continues to uphold its longstanding reputation as a vital incubator of up–and–coming jazz talent. Tonight we're proud to present alto saxophonist and composer Godwin Louis in his Jazz Standard debut as a leader. Godwin has studied and performed with stars ranging from Herbie Hancock and Jimmy Heath to Patti Labelle and Madonna; this engagement celebrates the release of Global, his ambitious double–CD debut. "Global focuses on and explores the history of music in the American continent," says Godwin Louis. "It traces the roots via West Africa, and its journey through the four hubs of music in the Americas: Congo Square/New Orleans, Santiago de Cuba, L'Artibonite/Haiti, and Bahia/Brazil. Today the people, culture and music that were brought from Africa to those places is now Global Culture." Godwin Louis – alto saxophone Billy Buss – trumpet Obed Calvaire – drums Gilad Hekselman – guitar Hogyu Hwang – bass Axel Tosca Laugart – piano Markus Schwartz – percussion Pauline Jean – voice

Dongfeng Liu Band: China Caribe - Cutting Room
February 20, 2019 - New York

Pianist Liu draws on musical influences from his native China, fusing them with American jazz and Caribbean rhythms.. Rare is the occasion when an artist arrives on the scene who fundamentally reawakens your understanding not just of music but world history, common cultures, and shared values. Dongfeng Liu is this very type of artist. He is a maestro composer, arranger, jazz pianist and educator who draws upon musical influences from his native China, and fuses them with American jazz harmonies with Caribbean rhythms.

Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness Upside Down Flowers Tour Flor, Grizfolk - Terminal 5
February 21, 2019 - New York

Within a year of releasing his breakthrough gold single "Cecilia and the Satellite," singer/songwriter Andrew McMahon headed to New York City and found himself overwhelmed with new inspiration. "I'd write all day and then go out at night and experience the city in a way I never had before," says McMahon, who's lived in Southern California for over two decades. The songs took on the mood of what my life felt like in that time, everything from a beautiful sense of celebration to being completely exhausted and wondering when I was going to come up for air."

Andrew Mcmahon in the Wilderness, Flor, Grizfolk - Terminal 5
February 21, 2019 - New York

He was the vocalist, pianist and primary lyricist for the bands Something Corporate and main songwriter for Jack's Mannequin and performs solo both under his own name as well as his moniker, Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness. Genres, Pop rock, rock. Occupation(s), Singer. Instruments, Voice, guitar. Years active, 2001—. Labels, Sony Music. Website, www.florpop.com.ar. Florencia "Flor" Caserta (born April 13, 1984) is an Argentine female pop and rock singer. Grizfolk. Grizfolk is a five piece alternative rock band consisting of Adam Roth (lead vocals, guitar), Sebastian Fritze (synthesizer, backing vocals), Fredrik Eriksson (guitar), Brendan James (bass guitar, backing vocals), and Bill Delia (drums).

Augie Haas - Birdland
Through February 21, 2019 - New York

Augie Haas

Quinn XCII Ashe, Christian French - Terminal 5
February 22, 2019 - New York

2017 continues to be a breakout year for the newcomer Detroit singer/songwriter, Quinn XCII. With his ability to seamlessly blur the lines between pop, electronic, hip-hop, and soul music, he has quickly paved his own lane with his unique sound. An early mixtape release turned heads, but it was his debut EP Change of Scenery, released in 2015, that put Quinn XCII on the map, connecting with the blogosphere and snaring millions of online streams. His follow-up EP release, Bloom, cemented his ability to meld styles and write about more varied subject matter. Next it was his featured vocals on "Kings of Summer", a collaboration with longtime friend and producer ayokay (with whom he also exclusively worked with on his first two EPs), that started to bring him to the mainstream. The song became the sleeper summer hit of 2016, reaching #1 on Spotify's Global Viral Charts, #1 on HypeMachine, accumulating over 50 million plays on Spotify, and getting regular spins at Top 40 radio around the country.

Matoma - Terminal 5
February 23, 2019 - New York

Norwegian DJ/Producer Matoma has made a huge impression with his innovative playlist 'Hakuna Matoma' featuring collaborations with a who's who of global music stars such as The Vamps, One Direction, Coldplay, Jason Derulo and more, collectively accumulating over a billion streams in just two years. Now Matoma announces 'One In A Million - his debut album and world tour, led by the new single 'Slow' featuring another upcoming superstar, Noah Cyrus. The tour will be the first chance for fans to hear all new music from his album, and hits major markets in the US, UK and wrapping in his home city of Trondheim, Norway.

James Blake - Terminal 5
February 24, 2019 - New York

Every pair of tickets for this show includes one CD copy of an upcoming James Blake project. You will receive an email with more details about this offer approximately 7 days after your purchase. US/Canadian residents only. Offer not valid on Resale tickets.

Jazz For Kids - Jazz Standard
February 24, 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.

Spanish Harlem Orchestra - Jazz Standard
Through February 24, 2019 - New York

The soul–stirring Spanish Harlem Orchestra made its Jazz Standard debut in December 2017 and Tore. It. UP! For on–stage excitement and musical precision, this thirteen–strong New York collective of musicians and vocalists is without peer. Now in its seventeenth year under the direction of pianist/leader Oscar Hernández, the SHO has collected two GRAMMY Awards – the first in 2002 for Across 110th Street as Best Salsa/Merengue Album, the second in 2007 for Viva La Tradición as Best Tropical Latin Album. The group's latest CD, the self–titled Spanish Harlem Orchestra, features special guests Chick Corea and Joe Lovano on its gorgeous closing track "You And The Night And The Music." "The music that the orchestra's members helped create merges ferocious Afro–Caribbean rhythms, arrangements that rev up hard–riffing horns and modern jazz harmonies, vocals that can be suavely romantic or flamboyantly im­provisatory, and lyrics that encompass both the pleasures of the dance floor and the pride and aspirations of the barrio." (Jon Pareles, The New York Times, 4.18.2005)

Looking for Free Group Planning Services?

Get free advice on planning your group's trip to New York.


Name:
E-Mail:
Where is Your Group Coming From?
Type of Group:
Date of Trip:
Areas of Interest: Sightseeing Dining Theater Culture

Shopping Transportation

Group Size:

Enter the code: 3775

MORE Activity Planner ARTICLES

RESTAURANTS

Tanner Smith's Photos

Tanner Smith's

Beloved midtown spot takes inspiration from local tradition,...

THEATER

Come From Away a New Musical Photos

Come From Away a New Musical

In a heartbeat, 38 planes with 6,579 passengers were strand...

SHOPPING

Schumer's Wines and Liquors Photos

Schumer's Wines and Liquors

Specializing in the great vineyards of California, France, A...

SIGHTSEEING

Statue Cruises Photos

Statue Cruises

The only provider of ferry transportation to the Statue of L...

SAVINGS OPPORTUNITIES

search cityguideny

 

cover may 23 2019


This Week in New York City

(5/22-5/29) Looking for what to do in New York? We've got the latest on all the goings-on in NYC this week, from concerts to museum exhibitions to comedy to the best in city sightseeing. Read on for our picks for the best of this week in New York City. click here

This Week in New York City