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Live Music in Clubs and Bars in Midtown This Week - March 24-March 31

March 24, 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.

Jazz for Kids - Jazz Standard
Through February 11, 2019 - New York

he 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.

Jane Scheckter 'I've (still) Got My Standards' With Mike Renzi, Jay Leonhart, and Vito Lesczak - Birdland
March 24, 2019 - New York

Jane Scheckter recorded her first album, "I've Got My Standards" with Mike Renzi, Jay Leonhart and Grady Tate in 1988. This 30th anniversary reunion is a tribute to Grady, who passed away last year. The album received rave reviews from the New York press as well as from Billboard, Jazziz, Stereo Review and Downbeat, which wrote of her "Ella-styled artistry". The New York Times said of the Bistro Award winner for jazz vocalist, "She has invaluable musical skill, a bright clear voice with a brassy edge, a sultry lower register, a luscious rounded vibrato, meticulous phrasing…and she swings!" Her most recent CD, "Easy to Remember", was rated by Marc Meyers of JazzWax as "Easily the finest songbook album of the year". She divides her singing time between New York, Paris and the French Riviera. Elizabeth Ahlfors Cabaret Scenes "As Cole Porter put it succinctly,"You're Sensational" Alix Cohen TheaterPizzazz "This is how it's done....the audience feels privileged to be at the party" Joe Lang Jersey Jazz "...spot on delivery of lyrics ,her phrasing was superb...a vocalist who delivers the whole package"

Jazz For Kids - Jazz Standard
March 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.

Jimmy Greene Quintet - Jazz Standard
March 24, 2019 - New York

Since graduating from the Hartt School of Music in 1997, Jimmy Greene has risen steadily and conscien­tiously to the position of "one of the most striking young tenors of recent years." (Tony Hall, Jazzwise UK). His 2015 album Beautiful Life (Mack Avenue) was nominated for two GRAMMY Awards: in the Best Jazz Instrumental Album category, and for Best Arrangement (Instruments and Vocals) for the track "When I Come Home" with vocal by Javier Colon. Other acclaimed Jimmy Greene CDs include Mission Statement (RazDaz/Sunnyside), The Overcomers Suite (NuJazz), and Brave New World (RCA BMG). In addition, he's performed on more than 75 albums as a sideman, and has toured and/or recorded with Horace Silver, Tom Harrell, Freddie Hubbard, Harry Connick, Jr., and Kenny Barron, to name a few. This week, Jimmy Greene makes a welcome return to our stage at the helm of an all–star quintet including guitarist Lage Lund, pianist Aaron Goldberg, bassist Reuben Rogers, and drummer Kendrick Scott.

Jimmy Greene Quartet - Jazz Standard
Through March 24, 2019 - New York

Since graduating from the Hartt School of Music in 1997, Jimmy Greene has risen steadily and conscien­tiously to the position of "one of the most striking young tenors of recent years." (Tony Hall, Jazzwise UK). His 2015 album Beautiful Life (Mack Avenue) was nominated for two GRAMMY Awards: in the Best Jazz Instrumental Album category, and for Best Arrangement (Instruments and Vocals) for the track "When I Come Home" with vocal by Javier Colon. Other acclaimed Jimmy Greene CDs include Mission Statement (RazDaz/Sunnyside), The Overcomers Suite (NuJazz), and Brave New World (RCA BMG). In addition, he's performed on more than 75 albums as a sideman, and has toured and/or recorded with Horace Silver, Tom Harrell, Freddie Hubbard, Harry Connick, Jr., and Kenny Barron, to name a few. This week, Jimmy Greene makes a welcome return to our stage at the helm of an all–star quartet including pianist Aaron Goldberg, bassist Reuben Rogers, and drummer Kendrick Scott. Jimmy Greene – soprano, alto, tenor & baritone saxophones Aaron Goldberg – piano Reuben Rogers – bass Kendrick Scott – drums

T. Oliver Reid Celebrates Bobby Short - Birdland
March 25, 2019 - New York

On the occasion of what would have been nightclub legend Bobby Short's 94th birthday, cabaret and Broadway artist T. Oliver Reid will celebrate the man with a concert entitled, "Distingué…The Songs of the Saloon Singer". The one-night-only event will take place on Monday, March 25 at 8:30pm. T. Oliver Reid is a MAC, Bistro and Julie Wilson Award winning recording artist with twelve Broadway shows to his credit, including the critically acclaimed 2018 Tony Award-winner for Best Revival, Once On This Island.

Mingus Big Band - Jazz Standard
March 25, 2019 - New York

"Mingus packed his music so full of life, so full of the noise of the city, that thirty years in the future someone listening to 'Pithecanthropus Erectus' or 'Hog Calling Blues' or any of those other wild steam­rolling things wouldn't be sure whether that wail and scream was a horn on the record or the red-and-white siren of a prowl car shrieking past the window. Just listening to the music would be a way of join­ing in with it, adding to it." (From But Beautiful: A Book About Jazz by Geoff Dyer)

Mingus Big Band: Celebrating 10 Years at Jazz Standard - Jazz Standard
March 25, 2019 - New York

"Mingus packed his music so full of life, so full of the noise of the city, that thirty years in the future someone listening to 'Pithecanthropus Erectus' or 'Hog Calling Blues' or any of those other wild steam­rolling things wouldn't be sure whether that wail and scream was a horn on the record or the red-and-white siren of a prowl car shrieking past the window. Just listening to the music would be a way of join­ing in with it, adding to it." (From But Beautiful: A Book About Jazz by Geoff Dyer)

Diane Stockwell - Porchlight
March 25, 2019 - New York

Stop by Porchlight Monday nights from 6-9 for a musical treat to accompany our delicious cocktails and food. "Live from the Porch" showcases performers in various genres of music, from blues, bluegrass, folk and jazz to soul and country in partnership with Keyed Up. There is no cover charge.

Kristen Lee Sergeant - Birdland
March 26, 2019 - New York

Kristen Lee Sergeant is a jazz vocalist and composer of effervescent energy, musical intensity, and dramatic flair. She is among the few jazz musicians who commit to telling a story in her music and performance style while sparking spontaneous sonic conversation with her fellow musicians. Such commitment and its results captivate her audiences, whether in live performance or listening to her recordings. Grammy award-winning writer Bob Blumenthal writes: "A special singer can evoke a thermometer's span of temperatures while sustaining a singular fire within. Kristen Lee Sergeant is special." Her debut record, Inside Out, came out in 2016 to much enthusiasm, and most critics (including Down Beat, who made it a critic's pick) were sure to make mention of her dramatic delivery -- she doesn't just perform a song, she lives it -- and her listeners do as well. Smolder, her newest release, is an arrival of Kristen as a songwriter, arranger, and a creative improviser. Incorporating cello, alto flute, and percussion, the album expresses the feelings of fire from extinguished to blazing in an intensely personal and dynamic way. The band, comprised of some of the best musicians in jazz (Ted... (read more)

Lage Lund – 'Terrible Animals' - Jazz Standard
March 26, 2019 - New York

This Jazz Standard one–night stand heralds the release of Terrible Animals – the new Criss Cross CD by Lage Lund. This is the first new release in three years by the "fluent, precise and clean–toned guitarist" (Mike Hobart, Financial Times, 2015) and the successor to 2016's Inspired, which featured Peter Bernstein and the late John Abercrombie. Born 1978 in Skien, Norway and a New York resident since 2002, at age thirteen Lage Lund gave up a promising skateboarding career (!) to begin his journey towards becoming not only one of the finest guitarists of his generation, but also one of the most compelling jazz artists in the world today. A regular in the "Rising Star – Guitar" category in the DownBeat Critics Poll, his playing was hailed as "all music and all soul" by fellow guitarist Russell Malone, one of the judges who awarded Lund top prize in the 2005 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition. Armed with a mastery of the standard repertoire and a growing and impressive body of original compositions, Lage Lund commands a staggering harmon­ic sophistication and a singularly fluid voice as a soloist: Not for nothing has he been able to enlist musi­cians of the caliber of Bi... (read more)

Ralph Towner Solo - Jazz Standard
March 27, 2019 - New York

n a 1981 "Blindfold Test" for DownBeat, Pat Metheny listened to the track "Images Unseen" from Ralph Towner's ECM album Diary and told Leonard Feather: "I have been knocked out with Ralph ever since I Sing The Body Electric. [On this classic Weather Report album, Towner played acoustic twelve–string on one track, "The Moors."] The first time I heard that, I was stunned. I'd never heard anybody play any­thing even remotely similar, let alone improvise with such freedom on a twelve–string guitar, which is one of the most cumbersome instruments, very difficult to play. I'm always amazed at Ralph's flexibility and the power he can get. He's got incredible touch." Born 1940 in Chehalis, Washington, Towner is best known as composer, guitarist, and keyboardist for the acoustic jazz ensemble Oregon: The group's double CD Oregon In Moscow (Intuition, 2000), recorded with the Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra, earned no less than four GRAMMY Award nominations. Meanwhile, Ralph Towner has led a rich and varied solo career, as reflected in his lengthy ECM discography (beginning in 1972) and his col­laborations with mod­ern masters like as Gary Burton, John Abercrombie, Larry Coryell, Keith Jarret... (read more)

Ralph Towner Solo - Jazz Standard
Through March 28, 2019 - New York

In a 1981 "Blindfold Test" for DownBeat, Pat Metheny listened to the track "Images Unseen" from Ralph Towner's ECM album Diary and told Leonard Feather: "I have been knocked out with Ralph ever since I Sing The Body Electric. [On this classic Weather Report album, Towner played acoustic twelve–string on one track, "The Moors."] The first time I heard that, I was stunned. I'd never heard anybody play any­thing even remotely similar, let alone improvise with such freedom on a twelve–string guitar, which is one of the most cumbersome instruments, very difficult to play. I'm always amazed at Ralph's flexibility and the power he can get. He's got incredible touch." Born 1940 in Chehalis, Washington, Towner is best known as composer, guitarist, and keyboardist for the acoustic jazz ensemble Oregon: The group's double CD Oregon In Moscow (Intuition, 2000), recorded with the Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra, earned no less than four GRAMMY Award nominations. Meanwhile, Ralph Towner has led a rich and varied solo career, as reflected in his lengthy ECM discography (beginning in 1972) and his col­laborations with mod­ern masters like as Gary Burton, John Abercrombie, Larry Coryell, Keith Jarre... (read more)

Avishai Cohen Quartet - Jazz Standard
March 29, 2019 - New York

A year after his impressionistic, award–winning and critically–lauded ECM label debut Into The Silence, Avishai Cohen's Cross My Palm With Silver (ECM, 2017) introduced a program of new pieces and a level of adroit interplay that allowed the trumpeter to soar to new heights of expression. "Cohen is a mul­ticultural jazz musician, among whose ancestors is Miles Davis," wrote Ben Ratliff in The New York Times. "Like Davis, he can make the trumpet a vehicle for uttering the most poignant human cries." In addition to his growing body of work as a leader, Avishai Cohen has performed and recorded with sax­ophonist Mark Turner, French–Israeli pop singer Keren Ann, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and the Indian tabla master Zakir Hussain.

David Ostwald's Louis Armstrong - Birdland
March 30, 2019 - 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!

Laura Osnes - Birdland
Through March 30, 2019 - New York

Birdland Theater is thrilled to announce that two-time Tony nominee, Laura Osnes will make her debut on the new stage for four exciting nights, Wednesday through Saturday, March 27 – 30 with shows at 7pm. "Repertoire Roulette" will be very special concerts in which the audience will literally draw song titles from a hat for Laura to perform on the spot! Perhaps the audience will hear snippets from Laura's beloved Broadway performances as Cinderella, Bonnie Parker, or Nellie Forbush! Or maybe, she will take the audience on a journey through her audition book…or hear songs from her dream roles! Laura will be joined by her talented, trusty music director Fred Lassen in this casual yet thrilling evening, as YOU choose your concert adventure in an entertaining game of "Repertoire Roulette!"

Avishai Cohen Quartet - Jazz Standard
Through March 30, 2019 - New York

A year after his impressionistic, award–winning and critically–lauded ECM label debut Into The Silence, Avishai Cohen's Cross My Palm With Silver (ECM, 2017) introduced a program of new pieces and a level of adroit interplay that allowed the trumpeter to soar to new heights of expression. "Cohen is a mul­ticultural jazz musician, among whose ancestors is Miles Davis," wrote Ben Ratliff in The New York Times. "Like Davis, he can make the trumpet a vehicle for uttering the most poignant human cries." In addition to his growing body of work as a leader, Avishai Cohen has performed and recorded with sax­ophonist Mark Turner, French–Israeli pop singer Keren Ann, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and the Indian tabla master Zakir Hussain.

Jazz For Kids - Jazz Standard
March 31, 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.

Avishai Cohen Quartet - Jazz Standard
March 31, 2019 - New York

A year after his impressionistic, award–winning and critically–lauded ECM label debut Into The Silence, Avishai Cohen's Cross My Palm With Silver (ECM, 2017) introduced a program of new pieces and a level of adroit interplay that allowed the trumpeter to soar to new heights of expression. "Cohen is a mul­ticultural jazz musician, among whose ancestors is Miles Davis," wrote Ben Ratliff in The New York Times. "Like Davis, he can make the trumpet a vehicle for uttering the most poignant human cries." In addition to his growing body of work as a leader, Avishai Cohen has performed and recorded with sax­ophonist Mark Turner, French–Israeli pop singer Keren Ann, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and the Indian tabla master Zakir Hussain. Avishai Cohen – trumpet Fabian Almazan – piano Barak Mori – bass Ziv Ravitz – drums

Avishai Cohen Quartet - Jazz Standard
Through March 31, 2019 - New York

A year after his impressionistic, award–winning and critically–lauded ECM label debut Into The Silence, Avishai Cohen's Cross My Palm With Silver (ECM, 2017) introduced a program of new pieces and a level of adroit interplay that allowed the trumpeter to soar to new heights of expression. "Cohen is a mul­ticultural jazz musician, among whose ancestors is Miles Davis," wrote Ben Ratliff in The New York Times. "Like Davis, he can make the trumpet a vehicle for uttering the most poignant human cries." In addition to his growing body of work as a leader, Avishai Cohen has performed and recorded with sax­ophonist Mark Turner, French–Israeli pop singer Keren Ann, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and the Indian tabla master Zakir Hussain. Avishai Cohen – trumpet Fabian Almazan – piano Barak Mori – bass Ziv Ravitz – drums

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