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December 22, 2012 - by CG Directory Editor

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Jazz, Hip-Hop, Reggae, or the classics ? New York City venues feature music from all cultures. Whether you're catching an aria at Lincoln Center, or checking out a band at Central Park Summerstage, NYC has a gig you won't want to miss.

Handel's Messiah - New York Philharmonic
Through December 22, 2012 -

Juilliard Pre-College Symphony - Peter Jay Sharp Theater
December 22, 2012 - New York

George Stelluto, conductor CORIGLIANO Gazebo Dances BARTÓK Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 5 in C Minor, Op. 67 FREE; no tickets required

Juilliard Pre-College Chamber Music - Rosemary and Meredith Willson Theater
December 22, 2012 - New York

FREE; no tickets required

Juilliard Pre-College String Ensemble - Peter Jay Sharp Theater
December 22, 2012 - New York

Shih-Hung Young, conductor THEODORE WIPRUD Speravi for String Orchestra MOZART Divertimento in D Major, K. 136 DVORÁK Serenade for Strings in E Major, Op. 22 FREE; no tickets required

Daddy Pop - Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway
December 22, 2012 - Yonkers

10pm-2am.

NEW ORLEANS JAZZ BRUNCH - Lucille's
December 23, 2012 - New York

One of the most exciting and dynamic trumpeters on the current scene, Joey Morant works as a soloist, in duet and trio settings, and as a part of larger bands and orchestras, including the Lincoln Center Orchestra and the Harlem Blues Jazz Band. In addition, he has performed with jazz, soul, and rock 'n' roll greats, including Paul McCartney, Ray Charles, Lionel Hampton, and James Brown. He electrifies audiences with his dazzling horn technique, skillful scat singing, and humorous asides. His Louis Armstrong interpretations, both playing and singing, are extraordinary. Ticket price does not include food. There is a $25 Pre-fixe brunch menu.

GROOVE BUFFET Classic R&B, Motown & Soul Revue - Lucille's
December 23, 2012 - New York

Founded solely on passion for the music, Groove Buffet has become one of the best classic R&B, Motown, and soul acts on the East Coast. The band captures the true spirit of what this music is all about, motivating people to get up and dance to each and every song it performs. Paying homage to soul legends, Groove Buffet has an extensive song library from which it crafts each show's set list, providing an entire night of material featuring the sounds of Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Otis Redding, Al Green, Gladys Knight, Marvin Gaye, James Brown, Tina Turner, Wilson Pickett, and many more. Again at 10:30pm.

JAZZ BRUNCH WITH BARBARA CARROLL - 54 Below
December 23, 2012 - New York

Jazz legend Barbara Carroll is an elegant jazz pianist, singer, composer and vocalist, long recognized as one of the premier players of swinging jazz piano.

MAUREEN MCGOVERN - 54 Below
Through December 23, 2012 - New York

This holiday season, 54 Below is honored to welcome multiple Grammy nominee Maureen McGovern to our stage when she presents an evening featuring songs of the season, some unexpected, and some traditional chestnuts. Broadway audiences know her from her acclaimed, Drama Desk-nominated performance in Little Woman, 3 Penny Opera, Nine and The Pirates of Penzance as well as off-Broadway's Brownstone, but the world over knows Maureen as "The Disaster Theme Queen." On Dec. 22, second show at 10pm.

VIVIAN GREEN CHRISTMAS SPECIAL - Highllne Ballroom
December 23, 2012 - New York

Vivian Green has been making music for most of her life. Growing up in the East Oak Lane section of Philadelphia, she received early training as a classical pianist and vocalist, and gained experience performing locally in jazz clubs and at weddings. She recorded demos of her own compositions through her teen years, and received her first professional songwriting credit when Boyz II Men recorded her "Dear God" on their platinum-selling album Evolution. Green also sang backing vocals for world-renowned soul singer Jill Scott.

MX JUSTIN VIVIAN BOND - 54 Below
December 23, 2012 - New York

This holiday season's offering from New York's favorite trans- disciplanary artist, Mx Justin Vivian Bond, will find the "trans- atlantic cabaret Messiah" (Time Out London) dressed for snow to deliver a holiday Mx of songs from V's critically acclaimed records Silver Wells and Dendrophile along with a unique take on more traditional holiday fare, some spoken word (aka spell casting), razor-sharp social commentary, and the kind of glamour that makes you feel free to do just about anything on "a midnight clear."

Cubanoson - Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway
December 23, 2012 - Yonkers

8-11pm.

SEAPORT CAROLERS - South Street Seaport
December 23, 2012 - NY

This will be South Street Seaport's 29th year presenting holiday music and cheer for visitors and neighbors alike.

SOULFARM - BB Kings Blues Club and Grill
December 24, 2012 - New York

Soulfarm was founded in Israel by Grammy Award-winning lead guitarist C. Lanzbom and guitarist and lead singer Noah Solomon Chase. The group's sound has been dubbed as New American music, featuring full melodic songwriting and progressive modern arrangements. Soulfarm's live shows are full of Mediterranean flavor with captivating guitar leads, dance rhythms, and strong percussion breaks.

NEW YORK STRING ORCHESTRA - Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage, Carnegie Hall
December 24, 2012 - New York

Jaime Laredo, Conductor Jonathan Biss, Piano WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART Overture to La clemenza di Tito LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat Major, Op. 19 JOSEPH HAYDN Symphony No. 104 in D Major, "London"

THE MACCABEATS - BB King's Blues Club & Grill
December 25, 2012 -

In the fall of 2007, a few students at Yeshiva University came to a startling realization: Jewish collegiate a cappella groups had been formed on almost every college campus with a substantial Jewish student community - every campus, that was, except for YU! This realization soon led to the formation of the Maccabeats, YU's all-male a cappella group. Strongly committed to the philosophy of Torah u-Madda, the integration of traditional and secular wisdom, the Maccabeats perform an eclectic array of Jewish, American, and Israeli songs.

THE MACHINE--America's #1 Pink Floyd Show - BB King's Blues Club & Grill
December 26, 2012 -

The Machine, America's top Pink Floyd show, has forged a 20-year reputation of excellence, extending the legacy of Pink Floyd while creating another legacy all its own. Over the years, The Machine has touched the hearts and souls of many, selling out theaters, large clubs, and casinos across North and Central America, Europe, and Asia. The New York-based band focuses on making every show an authentic Floydian experience for the fans.

The Guss Hayes Band - Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway
December 26, 2012 - Yonkers

Noon & 2pm.

Les Troyens - Metropolitan Opera
December 26, 2012 -

The Met offers a rare opportunity to witness Berlioz's vast epic, last performed at the Met in 2003. Deborah Voigt, Susan Graham, Marcello Giordani, and Dwayne Croft lead the starry cast, portraying characters from the Trojan War. Met Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi marshals the large-scale musical forces.

Live Music Wednesdays - Dragones at China Latina
December 26, 2012 - New York

Dragones, China Latina restaurant’s year-round rooftop bar that boasts incredible views of downtown Manhattan, is one of the only spots in the city for enjoying live music high in the sky. Up and coming bands will perform every week. Plus, enjoy signature cocktails like Lychee Margaritas and platters of China Latina's signature Latin American meets Asian cuisine.

A$AP TWELVYY - Highllne Ballroom
December 27, 2012 - New York

Rapper Twelvyy now finds himself at the threshold of stardom as he is currently working on a wide array of projects. Most recently Twelvyy has been featured on Smoke DZA's "Game 7," and is poised to keep lighting it up through the 4th quarter of 2012 with the release of the ASAP Mob's collaborative album.

THE MACHINE--America's #1 Pink Floyd Shoe - BB King's Blues Club & Grill
December 27, 2012 -

The Machine, America's top Pink Floyd show, has forged a 20-year reputation of excellence, extending the legacy of Pink Floyd while creating another legacy all its own. Over the years, The Machine has touched the hearts and souls of many, selling out theaters, large clubs, and casinos across North and Central America, Europe, and Asia. The New York-based band focuses on making every show an authentic Floydian experience for the fans.

MAURICE HINES - 54 Below
Through December 27, 2012 - New York

This holiday season, enjoy the tinsel and the eggnog but beat it down to 54 Below where Broadway veteran and Tony nominee Maurice Hines triumphantly returns with Tap'in Through Life, his original show featuring the all woman, nine player big band, The DIVA Orchestra, which includes a six woman horn section. Expect classic tunes such as Come Fly with Me, All the Way, Luck Be a Lady and Route 66! A childhood sensation with his brother Gregory, the tap dancing duo appeared in New York, Las Vegas and Europe and on television including a remarkable thirty-five appearances on The Tonight Show. Again at 9:30pm.

Beat It - Michael Jackson Tribute - Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway
December 27, 2012 - Yonkers

8 & 10pm.

MARSHALL TUCKER BAND - BB King's Blues Club & Grill
December 28, 2012 -

The Marshall Tucker Band got its start in Spartanburg, S.C., when lead singer Doug Gray teamed up with Tommy and Toy Caldwell, Paul T. Riddle, George McCorkle, and Jerry Eubanks, borrowing the name Marshall Tucker from a piano tuner whose name was found on a key ring in their old rehearsal space. In 1972, they signed with Capricorn Records, the same label that guided The Allman Brothers Band, Wet Willie, and others to national fame. After 40 years, The Marshall Tucker Band continues to be played on classic rock and country radio stations. The band now records on its own Ramblin' Records label, distributed by Sony by way of a joint venture with Shout! Factory, and it continues to record new material and tour the country regularly, to the delight of fans old and new.

A PHISH AFTER PARTY featuring MARCO BENEVENTO - Highline Ballroom
December 28, 2012 - Manhattan

For more than a decade pianist/sound-sculptor/songwriter Marco Benevento has been amassing an extensive resume of composition and collaboration. His studio albums have set forth a vision for music that connects the dots between Explosions In The Sky and Tortoise on one side, Brian Eno and Brad Mehldau on the other, while in the live setting his performances reverberate with pulsating dance rock energy.

MAURICE HINES - 54 Below
December 28, 2012 - New York

This holiday season, enjoy the tinsel and the eggnog but beat it down to 54 Below where Broadway veteran and Tony nominee Maurice Hines triumphantly returns with Tap'in Through Life, his original show featuring the all woman, nine player big band, The DIVA Orchestra, which includes a six woman horn section. Expect classic tunes such as Come Fly with Me, All the Way, Luck Be a Lady and Route 66! A childhood sensation with his brother Gregory, the tap dancing duo appeared in New York, Las Vegas and Europe and on television including a remarkable thirty-five appearances on The Tonight Show.

NEW YORK STRING ORCHESTRA - Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage, Carnegie Hall
December 28, 2012 - New York City

NEW YORK STRING ORCHESTRA Jaime Laredo, Conductor Cicely Parnas, Cello Anthony McGill, Clarinet FELIX MENDELSSOHN Overture to The Hebrides CAMILLE SAINT-SAËNS Cello Concerto No. 1 in A Minor, Op. 33 WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART Clarinet Concerto in A Major, K. 622 ANTONÍN DVORÁK Slavonic Dance in C Major, Op. 46, No. 1 ANTONÍN DVORÁK Slavonic Dance in A-flat Major, Op. 46, No. 3 ANTONÍN DVORÁK Slavonic Dance in E Minor, Op. 72, No. 2 ANTONÍN DVORÁK Slavonic Dance in C Major, Op. 72, No. 7

Bobby Lynch Orchestra - Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway
December 28, 2012 - Yonkers

10pm-2am.

Rebirth Brass Band w/ Shmeeans & The Expanded Consciousness (of Lettuce), Mamojam - Gramercy Theatre
December 28, 2012 - New York

New Orleans Natives, Rebirth Brass Band are coming back to NYC for 3 SHOWS! Tickets: http://www.ticketmaster.com/search?tm_link=tm_homeA_header_search&user_input=rebirth+brass+band+gramercy&q=rebirth+brass+band+gramercy&search.x=0&search.y=0

Rebirth Brass Band with Indaculture - Gramercy Theatre
December 29, 2012 - New York

New Orleans Natives, Rebirth Brass Band are coming back to NYC for 3 SHOWS! Tickets: http://www.ticketmaster.com/search?tm_link=tm_homeA_header_search&user_input=rebirth+brass+band+gramercy&q=rebirth+brass+band+gramercy&search.x=0&search.y=0

MAURICE HINES - 54 Below
December 29, 2012 - New York

This holiday season, enjoy the tinsel and the eggnog but beat it down to 54 Below where Broadway veteran and Tony nominee Maurice Hines triumphantly returns with Tap'in Through Life, his original show featuring the all woman, nine player big band, The DIVA Orchestra, which includes a six woman horn section. Expect classic tunes such as Come Fly with Me, All the Way, Luck Be a Lady and Route 66! A childhood sensation with his brother Gregory, the tap dancing duo appeared in New York, Las Vegas and Europe and on television including a remarkable thirty-five appearances on The Tonight Show.

CHARLES BUSCH - 54 Below
Through December 29, 2012 - New York

Whether he's playing a Westchester housewife who's preparing her cabaret tribute to Edith Piaf, Cinderella's much maligned stepmother in the style of Mildred Pierce, or the tough but warm hearted owner of a speakeasy, performance legend Charles Busch continues to delight and re-define his craft as a master humorist, illusionist and camp icon. The author of dozens of hit plays (Tale of the Allergists Wife, Red Scare on Sunset, Flipping My Wig, Times Square Angel, Our Leading Lady, The Third Story, Die! Mommie! Die!, Psycho Beach Party, The Divine Sister & Vampire Lesbians of Sodom to name but a few), Busch makes his 54 Below debut for two very special year end performances, joined by Musical Director Tom Judson.

East Coast - Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway
December 29, 2012 - Yonkers

10pm-2am.

Les Troyens - Metropolitan Opera
December 29, 2012 -

The Met offers a rare opportunity to witness Berlioz's vast epic, last performed at the Met in 2003. Deborah Voigt, Susan Graham, Marcello Giordani, and Dwayne Croft lead the starry cast, portraying characters from the Trojan War. Met Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi marshals the large-scale musical forces.

JANE's ADDICTION - Terminal 5
December 29, 2012 -

Phish After-Party with Rebirth Brass Band - Gramercy Theatre
December 29, 2012 - New York

Come party after Phish with Rebirth Brass Band! Doors are at 11:45pm! Tickets: http://www.ticketmaster.com/search?tm_link=tm_homeA_header_search&user_input=rebirth+brass+band+gramercy&q=rebirth+brass+band+gramercy&search.x=0&search.y=0

THE PIETASTERS & BIG D and the KIDS TABLE - Highllne Ballroom
Through March 29, 2013 - New York

Traveling the miles along a star-kissed path, the first break came early for D.C.'s ska darlings, when they landed a 1992 tour opening for ska originals, Bad Manners. In 1997, Rancid's Tim Armstrong signed them to Hellcat/Epitaph where they recorded two albums with producer Brett Gurewitz (Bad Religion): the genre-defining Willis (SPIN Magazine called it "An equal opportunity dancehall crasher — part '60s keg rock, part 2Tone and part Motown") and Awesome Mix Tape #6 (CMJ noted it for "lacing a Stax shout-out feel with Caribbean rhythms").

 


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