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Blues and Jazz in New York City This Week - December 3-December 10

December 3, 2017 - by CG Directory Editor
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Music fans in NYC can find all the latest blues and jazz shows and performances in City Guide's calendar. With newer venues like Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola joined by world-famous classics like the Village Vanguard and Birdland, you'll find jazz from hard bop to progressive. The blues also live in NYC, at great spots like B.B. King's Blues Club and Grill and Terra Blues.

La Dolce Morte - The Met
Through December 09, 0201 - New York

Suzanne Farrin, composer International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) Staging by Doug Fitch "Bringing out the shattering honesty of Michelangelo's poetry, Ms. Farrin set the words to music of aching intensity…those who attended this sold-out run of three shows heard an unforgettable performance in an ideal space."—The New York Times One of the most gifted artists who ever lived, Michelangelo was a painter, sculptor, architect—and poet. Written some five hundred years ago, his highly physical, sensual love letters form the libretto for this 2015 MetLiveArts commission, designed for our 16th-century Vélez Blanco Patio. Bring the Kids for $1. Click for more dates. La Dolce Morte is made possible by The Howard & Sarah D. Solomon Foundation. Tickets to this event include same day Museum admission.

The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra - Birdland
December 03, 2017 - New York

The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra 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 http://www.npr.org/2015/08/12/431549038/first-listen-arturo-o-farrill-cuba-the-conversation-conti... (read more)

Vocal Masterclass with Marion Cowings - Smalls Live
December 03, 2017 - New York

The Marion Cowings Jazz Vocal Workshop is a weekly session that gives vocalists a forum to develop the elements that define a jazz vocal performance. Vocalists at ALL levels, beginners to working pros, are encouraged to participate in this upbeat environment. Bring your questions! The format is simple: Vocalists come prepared with a song they already know, along with two copies of the sheet music. We usually begin with a group warm-up and/or discussion. You'll perform your selection and get comments and advice on how you present yourself and your material. We work with a variety of professional jazz accompanists, pianist or guitarist, bass, drums etc. CHECK IT OUT! • Fee: $40 paid in cash at the session • Please reserve a space in advance at singjazznyc@hotmail.com anytime up until noon of the Saturday before any workshop you wish to attend. • Participation w/o a reservation (or late arrival) is subject to class size; auditors may observe the class for $20. • Space is limited. For more details or to join the mailing list, please contact the workshop manager at: singjazznyc@hotmail.com • Sessions generally run 2-2.5 hrs.

New York Jazz Workshop Recital - Silvana
December 03, 2017 - New York

New York Jazz Workshop Featuring: modern jazz ensemble, bebop ensemble and blues ensemble.

The Zimmys Ft. Marshmallow Overcoat - Folk / Rock - Silvana
December 03, 2017 - New York

The Zimmys, featuring Marshmallow Overcoat, present Music From Big Pink, a close reading of The Band's first album, released in 1968.

Greg Ruvolo Big Band Collective - Birdland
December 03, 2017 - New York

The Greg Ruvolo Big Band Collective merges seasoned New York City jazz veterans with young, up-and-coming, future musical giants. This performance will feature an exciting blend of selections from the Great American Songbook, jazz standards, and original compositions in the modern Big Band style. The group's resumes span the spectrum of the entertainment business-- from SNL to Frank Sinatra, Steeley Dan to Ray Charles, and the big bands of titans like Buddy Rich, Gerry Mulligan, Thad Jones/Mel Lewis and Count Basie. With over 325 years (!) combined experience, this sonic event is one not to miss!

Acfny Presents: Studio Dan / Breaking News - Roulette
December 03, 2017 - Brooklyn

Studio Dan was founded in 2005 for the JazzWerkstatt Wien's first festival. The ensemble started as big band, but has since morphed to perform in various permutations, depending on the project. The group operates on the borders between diverse subgenres of contemporary music: improvisation, new music, jazz, and (art) rock, to name only a few. Studio Dan curates and produces new programs, concert series, and recordings, working alone or in cooperation with large institutions. In 2016, Studio Dan brought new programs to several internationally-renowned stages as Wien Modern, Kampnagel Hamburg, musikprotokoll graz or the Tagen für Neue Musik in Zurich. In a four-concert series at Vienna's Porgy & Bess music by Anthony Braxton, George Lewis, Cornelius Cardew, George Crumb, and many others was presented. Past guest soloists and collaborations with Studio Dan include Vinko Globokar, Elliott Sharp, Michel Doneda, and Friedrich Cerha. The ensemble has been repeatedly supported by the Ernst von Siemens Musikstiftung.

Takeshi Otani Band, Cailin Toole - The Map Room at The Bowery Electric
December 03, 2017 - New York

Marcus Goldhaber - A concert to #BridgeTheGap between civilians & veterans - Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2
December 03, 2017 - New York City

Noted recording artist MARCUS GOLDHABER aims to fortify the civilian-veteran relationship and broaden the national conversation about veterans with CARRY YOU ON (KMG/UNIVERSAL), a uniquely compelling collection of story-based songs created to open new windows into the everyday lives of veterans and their families, and #BridgeTheGap between civilians and military veterans through the power of music. Known for his vivid songwriting and intimate approach to the American Songbook, Goldhaber charges beyond stars-and-stripes patriotism to achieve a greater conversation of nuance and individuality. With music as his vehicle to drive the conversation, Goldhaber blends a variety of styles and special narratives that summon the timeless sensibilities of classic singer-songwriters, from James Taylor to Marc Cohn to the Lumineers. All original lyrics were inspired by conversations Goldhaber has had with civilians, active-duty service members, veterans and their families during his journey.

Tom Freund - Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2
December 03, 2017 - New York City

"If you want to hear what California feels like, Tom Freund's new album is a good place to start…" – Acoustic Guitar It's the ease with which he delivers conversational lyrics and honeyed melodies, a natural magic that is the soul of Tom Freund's music. Though he's widely-traveled in a variety of genres—from hearftelt folk to buoyant pop to boho jazz to straightforward rock 'n' roll, and beyond --Freund is, simply put, a singer-songwriter with a defined and captivating presence. Freund's latest disc "Two Moons" on Surf Road Records draws roots sources for an urbane Americana sound, melding nostalgia with a raw and sharp-eyed views of life today. "If Two Moons, with its underlying message of hope in this messy world of ours, serves as an inspiring, encouraging soundtrack for listeners, then I can say to myself, 'ok, you're doing something right for the people out there", Freund says. He delivers this CD's main message in the standout track "Lemme Be Who I Wanna Be," in which he declares: "I'm basically hooked on this life/it's got a lot of problems/but it treats me real right/and you don't have to agree with me/but let me fly my freak flag." This oddly upbeat anthem of persona... (read more)

Fourplay - Blue Note
Through December 03, 2017 - New York

For two decades, the contemporary jazz quartet known as Fourplay has enjoyed consistent artistic and commercial success by grafting elements of R&B, pop and a variety of other sounds to their unwavering jazz foundations. In the course of a dozen recordings – six of which have climbed to the top of Billboard's Contemporary Jazz Album charts – the supergroup has continued to explore the limitless dimensions and permutations of jazz while at the same time appealing to a broad mainstream audience. The Fourplay story begins in 1990, with keyboardist Bob James, who had already established himself as a formidable figure in keyboard jazz – not just as an instrumentalist but as a composer and arranger as well – with solo recordings dating as far back as the mid 1960s. In 1990, James reunited with his old friend, session drummer, producer, composer & recording artist Harvey Mason (Herbie Hancock, Barbra Streisand, Notorious Big), during the recording of James' Grand Piano Canyon album. Also involved in the project were guitarist Lee Ritenour (Sergio Mendes) and bassist/vocalist Nathan East (Barry White, Eric Clapton, Phil Collins). The Grand Piano Canyon sessions marked the gene... (read more)

Paula West Quintet - Dizzy's Club Coca Cola
Through December 03, 2017 - New York

With vocalist Paula West, pianist Bruce Barth, drummer Jerome Jennings, and guitarist Ed Cherry Known for her mighty voice and unusually eclectic repertoire, Paula West is one of the top vocalists from the West Coast. She's no stranger to New York City though; in addition to rare, yet always well-received shows in the city's top clubs, Jazz at Lincoln Center audiences will surely remember her as the vocalist from the 2013 performance of Wynton Marsalis' Pulitzer Prize-winning Blood on the Fields. In West's own concerts, her diverse arrangements guarantee fun surprises around every corner and something to suit all tastes; from Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie, Cole Porter, and George Gershwin to Leonard Bernstein, David Bowie, Bob Dylan, and The Beatles, she honors a variety of classics while confidently taking them in her own direction.

Chita Rivera and many more come together in An Evening of Song Benefiting the Art Attack Foundation - Birdland
December 04, 2017 - New York

Chita Rivera and many more come together in An Evening of Song Benefiting the Art Attack Foundation

Whose Hat Is This? - Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2
December 04, 2017 - New York City

For the first time ever, Whose Hat Is This?, the electrifying acid jazz collective of current Tedeschi Trucks Band members bassist Tim Lefebvre (David Bowie), saxophonist Kebbi Williams (Outkast), and drummers JJ Johnson (John Mayer) and Tyler "Falcon" Greenwell (Col. Bruce Hampton), will be hitting the road for an East Coast US tour in December 2017. The announcement comes after the group played two sold--out nights in New York City at the legendary 55 Bar earlier in October, and the trek will be starting in New York City and hitting cities all the way down to the Atlanta--metro area (all dates below). Don't miss out on this special tour! About Whose Hat This Is?: With their electrifying, all--improvised sets, Whose Hat is This? are a group that embodies unhinged musical spontaneity. The collective of current Tedeschi Trucks Band members bassist Tim Lefebvre (David Bowie), saxophonist Kebbi Williams (Outkast), and drummers JJ Johnson (John Mayer) and Tyler "Falcon" Greenwell (Col. Bruce Hampton) seamlessly conjure up whirling music that combines elements of experimental jazz, funk, electronica, and just about everything in--between. The group's debut self--titled record releas... (read more)

Jim Campilongo, Luca Benedetti, David Speranza, Tony Mason - Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2
December 04, 2017 - New York City

Billboard Magazine has called Jim Campilongo "an American treasure" while The New Yorker raved that "few guitarists capture the nuances as well as Campilongo does." Those accolades have deservedly been earned over the course of a career that now sees Campilongo celebrating the release of his tenth album of original material, Dream Dictionary, on iTunes, Amazon and fine record stores everywhere on January 21, 2014. The prolific Bammie-winner Campilongo has been a formidable presence as a guest on dozens of recordings by other artists as well, including a contribution to Cake's million-selling Prolonging the Magic to (most recently) providing lead guitar for Martha Wainwright, Teddy Thompson and the Little Willies, Campilongo's band with Norah Jones. He's performed or recorded alongside JJ Cale, Nels Cline, Pete Townsend, Bright Eyes, Burning Spear, Gillian Welch & David Rawlings and Peter Rowan to name a few. Campilongo has also made repeat appearances on The Late Show with David Letterman, Conan, Jools Holland and Abbey Road Sessions (both BBC) and has been interviewed on many major radio shows. Additionally, Campilongo is a published guitar teacher and contributing editor... (read more)

Tal Gamlieli & Change of Heart - Smalls Live
December 04, 2017 - New York City

Tal's organic trio has been touring and selling out venues since 2014. Some notable venues include the International Music Showcase in Israel (2017), the Panama Jazz Festival, The Tel Aviv Jazz Festival, The Bansko Jazz Festival, The S.P.A.C.E club in Chicago and the Lilypad Jazz Club in Boston. Important collaborators of Tal and his trio include saxophonists Dayna Stephens (Sunnyside & Criss Cross), George Garzone and the trumpet player Avishai Cohen. Tal is a recipient of a Downbeat Magazine Award for Outstanding Performance. Since completing his master's degree at the New England Conservatory in Boston in 2008, Tal shared the stage with some of the world's leading jazz musicians such as Danilo Perez, Jerry Bergonzy, Joanne Brackeen, Liz Wright and many other outstanding performers. Tal grew up in a small community of Yemenites, Moroccans and Kurds in the Jerusalem hills. Tal's father's family immigrated to Israel from Kurdistan bringing with them the music and tribal dances of the region. From the other side, Tal's mother's family that fled from Germany in 1936 exposed Tal to the world of classical music an... (read more)

Will Sellenraad Trio - Smalls Live
December 04, 2017 - New York City

Will Sellenraad has earned a fast growing reputation of being at the forefront of creative musicians working in New York City. Known for his brilliant improvisations and his compelling, melodic compositions, this New York City native melds the various styles, phrasings and concepts of the jazz idiom with the raw elements of soul, rock and funk, to create a singular sound that is nothing short of inspiring. The son of prominent New York painters, he was destined towards music at an early age. Raised and immersed in the City's downtown art and music culture, Sellenraad was able to focus all his energies and talent toward the guitar. After being awarded numerous scholarships, Sellenraad graduated from the New School University Jazz Program in 1995, where he studied under many jazz giants. A recipient of several grants from the New York State Council on the Arts, Sellenraad is a mainstay on the music scene in and around New York City, appearing at storied jazz venues such as The 55 Bar, Smalls, The Blue Note, Birdland, the former Bradley's, The Iridium, the former Sweet Basil and many others. As a band leader, he has also performed at the Panasonic Village and JVC Jazz Festivals... (read more)

Jonathan Michel Group & After-Hours Jam Session - Smalls Live
December 04, 2017 - New York City

Juilliard Jazz Orchestra and the Tom Jobim Youth Orchestra - Dizzy's Club Coca Cola
December 04, 2017 - New York

A battle between two big bands is one of the liveliest events in music, and it's a tradition that presses artists to bring their absolute best to the stage. Tonight's friendly competition pits a group of New York's top emerging talents against a group of the best students from the School of Music of São Paulo. Both bands are full of young artists hungry to prove themselves individually, as you'll hear when they get a chance to solo, but their world-class training prepares them for the ultimate goal of teamwork and unified excellence. One thing is certain when elite jazz bands "battle:" the audience always wins!

This is Your Night Richard Cameron - Metropolitan Room
December 04, 2017 - New York

HONOREE: RICHARD CAMERON This is Your Night!(TM) is based on a classic premise that is hosted by Metropolitan Room Managing Partner, Bernie Furshpan, and profiles a guest honoree who has contributed in some significant way to the NYC Entertainment Industry. It can include, but not limited to: photographers, writers, bloggers, press, promoters, management, publicists, directors, musical directors, producers, etc. The show presents a gift to the honorree, and includes a line-up of entertainment professionals who will share stories, song and comedy about their experiences and ends with a grand finale, a reunion.

The Ayler Christmas Show - The Stone
December 04, 2017 - New York

Ulysses Owens Jr. & Friends - Smalls Live
December 05, 2017 - New York City

Frank Lacy Group - Smalls Live
December 05, 2017 - New York City

Elise Wood Duo - Jazz - Silvana
December 05, 2017 - New York

Flutist who hails from Philadelphia, has appeared as featured soloist, band-leader and band-member with such notables as David Murray, Archie Shepp, Butch Morris and Arthur Blythe, Sir Roland Hanna, Spirit of Life Ensemble and most frequently with her partner of two decades, John Hicks. She has recorded for Mapleshade Records, Landmark Records, Evidence Records and the recently established record company with John Hicks, HiWood Records. International festivals and tours include Japan, Finland, Italy, France, and most recently Taiwan. Documentary films such as "Femme du Jazz" and books "Madame Jazz" as well as magazine articles in WindPlayer and Fa La Lut and Jazz Hot place Ms. Wood in the cutting edge of this creative American art form, Jazz.

TERRACE MARTIN PRESENTS THE POLLYSEEDS - Brooklyn Bowl
December 05, 2017 - Brooklyn

The Duplex Songwriters Night with Neil Herman - The Duplex Cabaret Theatre
December 05, 2017 - New York

In the tradition of the Nashville songwriter's circle. Be the first to hear new tunes as artists sign-up to play 3 original songs, get feedback on your songs, network with other songwriters,and help create a supportive community for songwriters. Hosted By Neil Herman.

The Gumbo - Club Groove NYC
December 05, 2017 - New York

The Gumbo is a horn based Funk session where Louisiana food and music meet NYC party time!

Jeremiah Cymerman: Systema Munditotius - Roulette
December 05, 2017 - Brooklyn

Composed in 2017, Systema Mundtitotius is a hypnotic and mysterious concert length piece written as a concerto for two improvising percussionists with the accompaniment of clarinet choir. Employing a system of alternate fingerings and pitch specific electronic feedback, the clarinet choir surrounds the percussionists in a sonic environment that propels and informs the performances of the soloists. Drawing inspiration from and paying tribute to the writings and mandala drawings of CG Jung, the first iteration of System Munditotius took place at the Stone in New York City as the final performance of Cymerman's 2017 weeklong residency with subsequent performances at New Haven's Firehouse 12 and Brooklyn's Roulette. For the past fifteen years, composer/performer Jeremiah Cymerman has become an increasingly integral part of the New York Downtown scene, charting a colorful career as a clarinetist, improviser, sound artist, recording engineer, archivist and podcaster. Frequently using the recording studio as a primary compositional tool, Cymerman's work reflects a passionate interest in improvisation, electronic manipulation & production, traditional, studio & graphic composition as we... (read more)

Late Night Session: Russell Hall - Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola, Jazz at Lincoln Center
December 05, 2017 - New York

Tuesday-Saturday evenings, doors open at 11:15 pm 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.

Heritage Ensemble - Baruch Performing Arts Center
December 05, 2017 - New York

Join The Heritage Ensemble at BPAC for A Not-So-Silent Night of holiday-themed jazz and Latin-jazz. The contemporary world music quintet performs original compositions and arrangements of traditional holiday melodies in various jazz, Afro-Caribbean, Brazilian, and classical styles. Features Eugene Marlow (piano), Michael Hashim (saxophones), Bobby Sanabria (drums), Matthew Gonzalez (percussion), and Frank Wagner (bass).

Ella Mai: Time. Change. Ready. Tour - Mercury Lounge
Through December 05, 2017 - New York

Late Night Session: Russell Hall - Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola
Through December 05, 2017 - 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.

J.W Farrell, Tiffany Baira, April Devereaux, Ra - The Map Room at The Bowery Electric
December 06, 2017 - New York

Tiffany Baira, a twenty year old electronic artist originally from New Orleans. Originally a jazz singer, she has gone on to perform electronic-pop. She is currently living and working in New York City.

Austin Blair Campbell - Bowery Electric
December 06, 2017 - New York

Takuya Kuroda - Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2
December 06, 2017 - New York City

With his brilliant tone and soulful, passionate delivery, it's no wonder that young Japanese trumpeter Takuya Kuroda continues to thrive in New York City. Originally from Kobe, Takuya came to the U.S. in 2003 to study at The New School. Since arriving in New York, he has become a fixture on the music scene, performing alongside living legends like Junior Mance, acknowledged masters like Francisco Mela and Pino Palladino, and the rising stars of his generation, including José James, Ben Williams, and Kris Bowers.

Jerome Sabbagh/Greg Tuohey Quartet - Smalls Live
December 06, 2017 - New York City

Saxophonist and composer Jerome Sabbagh was born in Paris and has been living in New York since 1995. As a saxophonist, composer and improviser, he strives for lyricism, directness and tone. He has recorded six albums as a leader, "The Turn" "Plugged In", "I Will Follow You", "One Two Three", "Pogo" and "North". Jerome Sabbagh has played with Paul Motian (with whom he played at the Village Vanguard for a week with the drummer's New Trio with Ben Monder), Victor Lewis, Bill Stewart, Billy Drummond, Eliot Zigmund, Andrew Cyrille, Damion Reid, Reggie Workman, Matt Penman, Joe Sanders, Lage Lund, Guillermo Klein, Laurent Coq and Jean-Michel Pilc. The Jerome Sabbagh Quartet, as heard on the new "The Turn" (Sunnyside, 2014), "North" and "Pogo" features Ben Monder, Joe Martin and Ted Poor. It focuses on original compositions. The Jerome Sabbagh Trio, as heard on "One Two Three" (Bee Jazz) features Ben Street and Rodney Green. It focuses on standards. "I Will Follow You" (Bee Jazz) is a freer project featuring European drum legend Daniel Humair and Ben Monder. Jerome Sabbagh co-leads a band with keyboardist Jozef Dumoulin, featuring electric bassist Patrice Blanchard and... (read more)

Ken Fowser Quintet - Smalls Live
December 06, 2017 - New York City

Since his arrival on the New York scene in 2005, Ken Fowser has continued to steer traditional harmony in uncharted directions. His lyrical approach to line construction and depth of harmonic sensibility allow him to record and play all over the world with such master players and burgeoning stars as David Hazeltine, Ugonna Okegwo, Donald Vega, Willie Jones III, Rick Germanson, Quincy Davis, David Wong, Jason Brown, Dezon Douglas and Rodney Green. A prolific composer, Fowser has celebrated four cooperative releases on Posi-tone Records, co-led with vibraphone virtuoso, Behn Gillece. His debut release as a leader, Standing Tall earned him the number-one spot on JazzWeek Radio Chart seven weeks in a row. Each track reflects a contemporary treatment of conventional harmonic concepts—a creative manipulation that has become part of his signature sound as a composer and an arranger, as well as a soloist. Set for release in February 2017, Now Hear This, Fowser's second release as a soloist for Posi-tone features 11 original compositions and the same chart-topping lineup as Standing Tall: Josh Bruneau, Rick Germanson, Paul Gill and Jason Tiemann. Performing live every Friday night, ... (read more)

Aaron Seeber - After-Hours Jam Session - Smalls Live
December 06, 2017 - New York City

A native of Bethesda, Maryland, Aaron Seeber is proving himself to be a rising talent in the New York Jazz scene. Now living in Brooklyn, Aaron attended the prestigious SUNY Purchase Jazz program, where he was mentored by Kenny Washington and John Riley. He has played or recorded with Paul Bollenback, Alex Norris, Gilad Hekselman, Jason Marshall, Brian Lynch, Butch Warren, Freddie Redd, Tim Green, David Wong, Linda Oh, among others, and has toured internationally with The Warren Wolf Trio. He has performed at Carnegie Hall, Blue Note, Marian's Jazz Room, Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola, Fat Cat, The Iridium, Blues Alley, Bohemian Caverns among many more.

In Your Face - Kaufman Center
December 06, 2017 - New York

Hosted by comedian and "CBS Sunday Morning" correspondent Nancy Giles Join Nancy Giles, CBS Sunday Morning correspondent, for a musical, literary and fun evening full of the best of New York's voices. Nancy will be joined by award winning author of Forest Dark, novelist Nicole Krauss, and the funny and decidedly NY singer songwriter Julian Velard. Continuing our serialized novella Author to Come will be acclaimed artist and mystery writer Jonathan Santlofer. Flutist Eugenia Zukerman will play. And to explain why we're obsessed with celebrities, we'll also have writer Julie Klam, author of The Stars in our Eyes. The Brooklyn Seltzer Boys (find out who they are) round out the cast. Jay Leonhart leads the One-Train Band. In Your Face-New York captures the spirit, the energy, the music, noise and creativity of this capital of the world. The show comes to Merkin Concert Hall after sell-out performances at St. Ann's Warehouse and Symphony Space. It's a live performance extravaganza and also a video/audio podcast that's features the best of New York's actors, writers, musicians and more. Previous episodes have featured Sarah Jones, Bob Balaban, New Yorker cartoonist Roz Chast and WN... (read more)

Kellye Gray Quartet - The Kitano New York
December 06, 2017 - New York

Kellye Gray - Vocals Frank Kimbrough - Piano Sam Bevan - Bass Mike Clark - Drums

All That! Hip Hop, Poetry & Jazz - Nuyorican Poet's Café
December 06, 2017 - New York

"ALL THAT! Hip Hop, Poetry & Jazz is an open jam session for hip-hop, poetry and jazz. It brings together emcees, poets and musicians from diverse musical and racial backgrounds in a forum that is open creatively but structured so that you can have critically acclaimed jazz musicians such as Antonio Hart and legends like Weldon Irvine, performers like the Roots, Erykah Badu, O.C., and Rahzel as well as unknown emcees and poets performing on the same stage. Showcase: Keith "Wildchild" Middletown performing songs from his new release "Transitions" with special guests Hydra. ALL THAT! is hosted by WiseGuy & Gaston and is brought to you the first Wednesday of every month. All open mic performances are with the live band and/or DJ. Tickets $13/$10 w/Stud. ID"

Eileen Ivers Joyful Christmas - Sheen Center
December 06, 2017 - New York

World renowned violinist Eileen Ivers returns to the Sheen Center with her band to capture the spirit and magic of the season in her heartwarming Christmas show! Nine-time All-Ireland Fiddle Champion and music star of Riverdance, Eileen Ivers will change the way you think about the violin. Hailed as one of the great innovators and pioneers in the Celtic and World Music genres, Ivers has established herself as the pre-eminent exponent of the Irish fiddle in the world today. The program of American and Irish songs, original tunes and holiday favorites, arranged with Eileen's unique style, are centered around the true meaning of Christmas. Eileen and the band joyfully perform diverse music from gospel-style "Go Tell It On The Mountain", to Gaelic classic "Don Oiche Ud i mBeithil" (One Night in Bethlehem), to a jig-ified version of Bach's "Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring," to the hornpipe that evolved into today's "Deck the Halls...," to a very unique "The Little Drummer Boy" performed on the traditional bodhran goat skinned drum. From the first note to the rousing finale you'll be taken on a joyous musical journey; a concert for the entire family that you'll not forget.

Darius Jones: Samesoul Maker - Roulette
December 06, 2017 - Brooklyn

Samesoul Maker explores the commitment of the father figure during the process of childbirth on the planet Or'gen. The father figure becomes the Samesoul Maker through a daily mantra performed in a 15-part cycle using an ancient instrument to embroider the repetitions. Each cycle is seeding the love, desires and support of the father for the creation of his child. He does this every day to lend psychic and emotional energy to strengthen the bond being created amongst the mothers of his Unit as they sing The Oversoul Manual. Darius Jones is a critically acclaimed alto saxophonist and composer. In the last decade he has amazed and inspired musicians and audiences from widely divergent backgrounds with his meticulously honed musical gifts. Jones has collaborated with Gerald Cleaver's Black Host, Oliver Lake Big Band, Eric Revis Quartet, Nasheet Waits Quartet, Trevor Dunn's Proof Readers, Matthew Shipp, Branford Marsalis, Jason Moran, and many more. He was nominated in 2013 for Alto Saxophonist of the Year, and for Up & Coming Artist of the Year two years in a row for the Jazz Journalists Association Jazz Awards. Jones was one of Jazz Times' Debut Artists of the Year for 2009 and hi... (read more)

Monthly Jazz Jam - Flushing Town Hall
December 06, 2017 - Flushing, Queens

Held on the first Wednesday of every month, Jazz Jams are a fun way to hone your skills and jam with your peers. The house band is led by saxophonist Carol Sudhalter. All are welcome, regardless of instrument (vocalists, too!). Don't play? Come listen! For jamming musicians: In order to accommodate all players, we are asking that you sign up by 9:15 p.m.

David Ostwald's Louis Armstrong Eternity Band - Birdland
December 06, 2017 - 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!

Roots NYC Presents 'Showcase' | Louie Vega, Jihad Muhammad, & Mikki Afflick - Cielo
December 06, 2017 - New York

A godfather of global dance music, Louie Vega has painted an award-winning career from a palette mixed with everything from salsa and afro-beat, to jazz, hip-hop and soul. What distinguishes the Grammy winner and 4-time nominee as one of the best living house music deejays is his ability to evolve alongside the times, distill the current musical landscape through his unique taste and put his own timeless spin on it. "Little" Louie Vega, as he is sometimes affectionately known, was born in the Bronx into a musically gifted family (his father, a jazz saxophonist, and his uncle, Salsa King Héctor Lavoe). The "Little" moniker is ironic, given the fact that by the 80s he was deejaying at clubs he wasn't even old enough to attend, holding residencies at Studio 54, Devil's Nest, Hearthrob, Roseland, and the Palladium. Soon Vega was producing his own remixes, which included Information Society's "Running", Noel's "Silent Morning" and Debbie Gibson's "Only in my Dreams". Then in 1991 he joined Atlantic Records—and hit the mainstream. Teaming with an-up-and-coming Marc Anthony, he helped to produce "Ride on the Rhythm". An immediate hit, the single put Vega and Anthony on the map. The duo wo... (read more)

Adrienne Haan - Metropolitan Room
December 06, 2017 - New York

Sounds Of The Season – A Christmas Spectacular Adrienne Haan presents a joyful holiday show featuring America's most beloved Christmas songs combined with traditional European holiday carols. The program spreads a message of love, good will and peace through the beautiful sounds of Christmas classics. The diverse selection of repertoire, with lyrics and music that lives on through the generations, includes works from J.S. Bach to Irving Berlin. These treasured pieces are "forever" Christmas cards performed in English, German, French or Spanish by Ms. Haan with her unique personal flair. With Richard Danley on piano and Mike Campenni on drums

Omer Avital Quintet - Dizzy's Club Coca Cola
Through December 06, 2017 - New York

A battle between two big bands is one of the liveliest events in music, and it's a tradition that presses artists to bring their absolute best to the stage. Tonight's friendly competition pits a group of New York's top emerging talents against a group of the best students from the School of Music of São Paulo. Both bands are full of young artists hungry to prove themselves individually, as you'll hear when they get a chance to solo, but their world-class training prepares them for the ultimate goal of teamwork and unified excellence. One thing is certain when elite jazz bands "battle:" the audience always wins!

Von Kraut - Pete's Candy Store
December 07, 2017 - Brooklyn

is a brooklyn based indie singer/songwriter who blends folk & soul music to form an authentic, innovative and potent sound.

A Positive Spin - Music Hall of Williamsburg
December 07, 2017 - Brooklyn

A Positive Spin A Positive Spin began in 2014 as a DJ workshop for at-risk youth in Los Angeles. It has since evolved into an annual benefit concert held in Los Angeles. Past performers include Getter, Jauz, Kill the Noise, AC Slater, Machinedrum and more. To date, A Positive Spin has raised almost $20,000 for Inner-City Arts. This is the project's first year expanding to New York. In addition to ticket sales, a raffle will be held, as well as a food drive to benefit Los Angeles Regional Food Bank and Food Bank for New York City, with a request for two non-perishable food items to enter the drawing. Past raffle prizes include items from Native Instruments, ADIDAS, Tiësto, Martin Solveig, Run The Jewels, and Dillon Francis

Jill Mccarron Quartet - Smalls Live
December 07, 2017 - New York City

Born in Minneapolis, Jill spent her childhood and teen years in Canada. She attended Humber College in Toronto, majoring in jazz performance and arranging under the tutelage of Ron Collier, who himself had served as arranger for Duke Ellington in the 70s. She performed with her ensembles in the city's top venues, including George's Spaghetti House and the Montreal Bistro. Upon being awarded a Canada Council Grant, she made the move to New York City and studied at the New School with Richie Beirach, Jim Hall, Kenny Werner and Hal Galper as part of the jazz program there. Shortly after she completed the program her group, the Jill McCarron Quintet won first place in the New York City finals of the prestigious Cognac Hennessy Jazz Competition, which led to a spot in the national finals at the Hollywood Palace in Los Angeles. In 1993 she was a semifinalist in the Thelonious Monk Jazz Piano Competition. In 1995 she secured first place in the 13th Annual Great American Jazz Competition, whose judges included Horace Silver and Renee Rosnes, and was noted in a subsequent article for her "deeply rooted jazz sensibility." Since then Jill has worked and toured with notable a... (read more)

Fukushi Tainaka Quartet - Smalls Live
December 07, 2017 - New York City

Master drum player Fukushi Tainaka is one of the best-known Japanese jazz musician of his generation and one of the most in-demand drum players on the international jazz scene. A longtime member of legendary alto saxophonist Lou Donaldson's group, Fukushi played alongside countless other prominent jazz artists, including trumpet legend Dizzy Girespie, Bill Hardman and Woody Shaw, guitarist George Benson and Randy Johnston, pianist Champian Fulton, Benny Green, Barry Harris and Junior Mance, organist Dr. Lonnie Smith, saxophonist Arnett Cobb, Junior Cook, Kenny Garrett, Jimmy Heath, James Moody, David" Fathead"' Newman and Frank Wess . During the past two decades, Fukushi has performed in most New York jazz venues, including Birdland, Black Duck, The Blue Note, Garage, Fat Cat, Smoke, Smalls, The Village Vanguard (and defunct club such as Sweet Basil, Fat Tuesday's, and The Village Gate), as well as playing at major concert halls, jazz clubs, and festivals all over the world. Fukushi's jazz festival appearances include New York's prestigious JVC Jazz Festival, Lincoln Center Outdoors, Charlie Parker Jazz Festival, the New Orleans Jazz Fest, the Philadelphia Jazz Festival, the... (read more)

Davis Whitfield - After-Hours Jam Session - Smalls Live
December 07, 2017 - New York City

As the son of two musicians, Davis Whitfield's early years were filled with music. He began playing the guitar at age 5, and moved to Jersey City, New Jersey at 8 where he began studying the piano. While attending high school, Whitfield was accepted by the Jersey City University Visual and Performing Arts Program and served as the principal pianist in its jazz ensemble for four years. In 2008, Whitfield became the assistant director for the Jazz Standard Youth Orchestra, writing arrangements and performing weekly at the Jazz Standard in New York City. Whitfield received full scholarships to attend the Berklee Summer Jazz Workshop in 2009 and 2010. He also received a scholarship from the National Foundation for Advancement of the Arts in 2011. As a member of the Inna Dudukina Quartet, Whitfield performed in the 2013 Nancy Jazz Pulsations Festival in Nancy, France and in the Summer of 2014 he received his Bachelor's Degree in Piano Performance from Berklee College Of Music on a Presidential Scholarship.

Mike Fahn-McBone Jazz Series - Silvana
December 07, 2017 - New York

A fine bop soloist on the valve trombone, Mike Fahn is always ready to jam or to add his horn to any swinging situation. His father was a drummer who had played with Lionel Hampton, and young Mike started out as a drummer, too. He soon switched to trumpet and baritone horn before becoming a valve trombonist when he was 12. Within a couple years his family moved to the Orange County area near Los Angeles. In 1979 he started sitting in with pianist Frank Strazzeri and began freelancing. Fahn performed with Shorty Rogers, Bill Holman, and Don Menza and had opportunities to sit in with Freddie Hubbard, Chet Baker, and Wynton Marsalis.

Justin Moyar - Folk / Blues - Silvana
December 07, 2017 - New York

Now with a new sound, Justin Moyar brings his unique spin on jazz and fusion combining it with a folk blues style that keeps the listener intrigued and on their toes!

Megumi Yonezawa Quartet - The Kitano New York
December 07, 2017 - New York

Megumi Yonezawa - Piano Mike McGuirk - Bass Adam Nussbaum - Drums

Carnegie Hall Neighborhood Concert: Jazzmeia Horn - Harlem Stage
December 07, 2017 - New York

Vocalist Jazzmeia Horn with an assured maturity and vocal confidence far beyond her years, performs with an all-star septet from her debut album A Social Call. Horn's marriage of music and message suffuses the variety of selections on the album, that include inspirational R&B from the 1960s and '70s, black spirituals and, of course, standards. Lead Support for Neighborhood Concerts is provided by the Howard Gilman Foundation. Additional support is provided by the A. L. and Jennie L. Luria Foundation.

Taeko - Birdland
December 07, 2017 - New York

apanese native, TAEKO moved to New York City from Shiga, Japan in the late 90's and quickly garnered the nickname "Songbird" from the NYC jazz elite. With a stunning four octave range, she sings with "deep soulfulness reminiscent of Anita Baker with sophisticated scatting a la Ella" as jazz critics describe. With a never ending stream of musical ideas and a fluid delivery that shows years of dedication in studying her craft, little is left to doubt how TAEKO has built a dedicated fan base in both the U.S. and overseas. Growing up in Japan, she was inspired early on by the traditional Japanese music her father and grandfather sang, and has been singing as long as she can remember. TAEKO 's interest in American music was piqued while still a young child. In her formative musical years she counts traditional jazz, modern American music, and Eastern music among her influences in shaping her contemporary vocal style to this day.

Guest event: An Evening with Niia at the Slipper Room - The Slipper Room
December 07, 2017 - New York

Input | Roni Size (Live)/ Lost City/ Anna Morgan at Output - Output
December 07, 2017 - Brooklyn

Bristol native Roni Size is one of the U.K. jungle scene's most respected names, with production credits spanning dozens of labels, projects and releases. Size's influence as a producer, label owner, and committed underground magnate figured him as one of the emerging sound's true pioneers. The breakout success of his debut album New Forms finally confirmed his stature and vaulted him to a greater degree of popularity than any drum'n'bass producer. Born to Jamaican immigrant parents, Roni grew up in the Bristolean suburb of St. Andrews (home to Tricky, Massive Attack, and Smith & Mighty), where he learned the fundamentals of hip-hop through the area's sounds systems, house parties, and underground clubs. Expelled from school Size started dabbling with house and reggae production in the late'80s. He hooked up with labelmates DJ Krust, Suv, and DJ Die at the 1990 Glastonbury Festival, and the four stayed in contact, eventually forming Size's longest running musical commitment to date: his own Full Cycle label. Although hardly popular in the days before ragga (then jump-up) ruled the decks, the crew now counts a number of classics among their credits, including Size's "It's a Jazz T... (read more)

Gregoire Maret + Romain Collin Duo - Rockwood Music Hall Stage 3
December 07, 2017 - New York

ver the course of the past decade, Grégoire Maret has emerged as a unique and compelling new voice across a wide spectrum of the modern jazz world. That his chosen instrument - the harmonica - is a relative rarity in the genre is one element in his singular sound, but far from the whole explanation. After all,the xtensive list of heavy-hitters who have enlisted him for their own projects is unparalleled: Herbie Hancock, Pat Metheny, Cassandra Wilson, and Marcus Miller are some of his most prominent employers,none of whom have the patience to employ novelty for novelty's sake Maret grew up in Geneva, Switzerland, the son of a Harlem-born, African-American mother and a Swiss father. After studying at the prestigious Conservatoire Supérieur de Musique de Genève he decided to undertake jazz studies at New York's New School University. Intending to return to Switzerland and a career as a teacher, Maret soon found himself working regularly with NYC's finest jazz musicians, and his decision to stick around for a year after graduation was extended indefinitely.

FREE JAZZ, PIANO TRIO, BIG BAND - Symphony Space
December 07, 2017 - New York

7 - 8 pm: Free Jazz 8 - 9 pm: Piano Trio 9 - 10 pm: Big Band All events are sponsored by Columbia University's Music Performance Program and are free and open to the public.

Free Jazz, Piano Trio, Big Band - Symphony Space
December 07, 2017 - New York

7 - 8 pm: Free Jazz 8 - 9 pm: Piano Trio 9 - 10 pm: Big Band All events are sponsored by Columbia University's Music Performance Program and are free and open to the public.

Free Jazz, Piano Trio, Big Band - Symphony Space
December 07, 2017 - New York

7 - 8 pm: Free Jazz 8 - 9 pm: Piano Trio 9 - 10 pm: Big Band All events are sponsored by Columbia University's Music Performance Program and are free and open to the public.

Artists on Art: Nate Wooley - Rubin Museum
December 08, 2017 - New York

On select Friday nights at 6:15 p.m., contemporary artists will talk about their work and present sonic experiences in the intimate setting of The World Is Sound exhibition. Tickets for the talk are free with admission but limited and given on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 5:45 p.m. Limit two tickets per person. Admission to the Museum's galleries is free every Friday from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. An ASL interpreter will be present at the event. The World Is Sound exhibition is made possible through the generosity of HARMAN. Major support is provided by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and Rasika and Girish Reddy. The Rubin also thanks Preethi Krishna and Ram Sundaram and contributors to the 2017 Exhibitions Fund. About the Artist Jazz trumpeter and composer Nate Wooley was born in 1974 in Clatskanie, Oregon, a town of 2,000 people in the timber country of the Pacific Northwestern corner of the U.S. He has performed regularly with such icons as Anthony Braxton, Éliane Radigue, Christian Wolff, Ken Vandermark, Fred Frith, Evan Parker, and Yoshi Wada, as well as being a collaborator with some of the brightest lights of his generation. Nate i... (read more)

David Gilmore Quintet - Smalls Live
December 08, 2017 - New York City

Mike Dirubbo Quartet - Smalls Live
December 08, 2017 - New York City

"Something about the sound Mike DiRubbo elicits from the alto saxophone - deep, dark, immense, with a machete edge that denotes a ready-for-anything urban sensibility - immediately grabs the ear. It's a sound familiar to the cream of New York's hardcore jazz community since the mid-'90's" writes Ted Panken. Today, in an age where media-created young lions are more interested in downloads than down beats, alto saxophonist/composer/bandleader/educator Mike DiRubbo is the real deal. Ever since he arrived in New York two decades ago, DiRubbo has reigned supreme as one of the most durable and dynamic musicians of his generation. That bold statement is augmented by the aural evidence of his work with the brightest jazz stars including Tony Reedus, Larry Willis, Eddie Henderson, Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown, Dwayne Burno, Peter Washington, Carl Allen, John Hicks and Cecil Payne, and as a solo artist, with seven critically-acclaimed CD's as a leader. On his instrument DiRubbo has it all: from Benny Carter's mastery of melody and Johnny Hodges' ballad mellow tones to Charlie Parker's light-speed fluency. But what truly sets DiRubbo apart from the rest was his apprenticeship under... (read more)

Lorens Chuno - Jazz / World - Silvana
December 08, 2017 - New York

Lorens Chuno leads a band that has, for several years, been a fan favorite in the Pittsburgh regional music scene. Audiences have praised Lorens Chuno's sets as energy-filled, inherently captivating, and potentially educative. This Nigerian born musician, who also has a background in Mathematics, has created a unique sound that can be broadly described as Jazz-fusion with noticeable West-African influence.

The Corey Wallace Dubtet 'After-Hours' - Smalls Live
December 08, 2017 - New York City

Baltimore, MD native trombonist Corey Wallace has gained the respect and admiration of many in his relentless pursuit of all things good music and amazing life experiences. He was selected as the 2012 Best Trombonist by the Washington [D.C.] City Paper for his "technical fluidity and for the heavy dose [of] introspection that sits right on the surface of his playing". He is well versed and feels equally at home in various styles of music and is always eager to contribute with like-minded musicians. "Music is about life - communication, emotions, interactions, love and otherwise, as well as experiences; I want any and all music in which I take part to come from a real place and be able to connect with others," says Wallace. He has shared the stage with jazz legends and musicians such as legendary Benny Golson, Nicholas Payton, Esperanza Spaulding, Robin Eubanks, Lee Konitz, Billy Harper, Valery Ponomarev, Jason Marshall, and Marc Cary, the R&B icon Miss Lauryn Hill, the culturally and socially relevant R&B group the Impressions, gospel music's Kim Burrell, worldly talents vocalist Bilal, bassist Antone "Chooky" Caldwell, and pianist/entrepreneur Marcus Johnson, among many others... (read more)

The War & Treaty - Mercury Lounge
December 08, 2017 - New York

The War and Treaty: the name itself represents the pull between trauma and tranquility; music inspired by darkness and despair that ultimately finds a higher spiritual purpose. It's a sound manifested on the group's upcoming EP, Down to the River. For Michael Trotter Jr., the journey began in 2004, when he arrived in Iraq, an untested soldier stricken by fear and self-doubt. His captain made it his personal mission to see to Trotter's survival. The unit was encamped in one of Saddam Hussein's private palaces, and in a forgotten corner in its basement, they found a black upright piano that once belonged to the dictator himself. When Trotter shared the fact he could sing, he was encouraged to teach himself to play piano on that confiscated keyboard. "I wrote my first song after that captain was killed," Trotter recalls. "I sang it for his memorial in Iraq." Soon after it became his mission to sing at the memorial services for those that had fallen. For the next three years, he sang songs that brought solace and comfort to the members of his unit. His efforts eventually garnered wider recognition as well. He came in first place in "Military Idol," the army's version of "American I... (read more)

Sacha Boutros Quartet - The Kitano New York
December 08, 2017 - New York

Sacha Boutros - Vocals John Di Martino - Piano Boris Kozlov - Bass Vince Cherico - Drums

Adelphi Jazz Ensemble at Adelphi University on December 8 at 7:30 p.m. - Adelphi University Performing Arts Center
December 08, 2017 - Garden City

Join the Adelphi Jazz Ensemble for an exciting tribute to jazz legend Al Jarreau and the one and only Stevie Wonder under the direction of Cilla Owens. The Adelphi Jazz Ensemble will perform on Friday, December 8, at 7:30 p.m. on the Westermann Stage, Concert Hall in the Adelphi University Performing Arts Center (PAC), 1 South Ave, Garden City, New York. The Adelphi Jazz Ensemble, featuring the students of the Department of Music, will be joined by special guest artists Oswaldo Machado (piano), Paul Shapiro (saxophone, flute) and Vince Kazi McCoy (drums) as they pay homage to these music icons. Cilla Owens is an accomplished jazz musician whose credits include performances at Lincoln Center, the Blue Note, Symphony Space, Carnegie Hall, the Cornelia Street Café, the Iridium, the Brooklyn Museum and the Adelphi PAC. Cilla was the guest soloist at The Sinatra Centennial Celebration with the Hunter Symphony and Jazz Ensemble featuring trombonist Ryan Keberle, under the direction of Reuben Blundell. For several years she has directed the Hunter Jazz Vocal Workshop and the Jazzvox Ensemble. The Adelphi PAC is one of Long Island’s premier cultural arts venues for entertainment... (read more)

The Clubs - Club Groove NYC
December 08, 2017 - New York

Vocal giant Ian Kirkman brings Brooklyn's funkiest troupe, The Clubs, to Groove playing songs from their new album "Funk on the Floor". The long awaited sophomore release, Funk on The Floor, is a groove filled funky explosion. The Clubs feature a host of local talent, NYU drumming phenom Josh Bailey, a horn section of Downbeat Magazine "up and coming reeds savant" Evan Francis, NYC's hardest working trombone player Kevin Moehringer, Juliard alum, Virginia native soul powerhouse songstress Ki Ki Hawkins and new additions guitarist Andrew Miramonti of High and Mighty Brass Band and Sam Bevan, Bay Area jazz and funk bassist who has worked with everyone from Zigaboo Modeliste to David Grisman. The Clubs unique sound is funky, fresh, lyrically distinct and not to be missed.

Rita - Ginny's Supper Club
December 08, 2017 - New York,

The Brubeck Brothers Quartet - Flushing Town Hall
December 08, 2017 - Flushing, Queens

he Brubeck Brothers Quartet features two members of one of America's most accomplished musical families, Dan Brubeck on drums and Chris Brubeck on bass and trombone. Guitarist Mike DeMicco and pianist Chuck Lamb complete this dynamic quartet. Although their music style is rooted in "straight-ahead" jazz, their concerts reveal an inherent ability to explore and play odd time signatures while naturally integrating the influences of funk, blues, and world music. "The music is uniformly excellent in its composition, execution, and recording quality. Once again the BBQ attains that rarefield level where music is both relaxed and expressive, and their joy in its creation is contagious. There's nothing out there that comes close to their unique blend of inventiveness." - ALL ABOUT JAZZ

A Decade of Soul - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
December 08, 2017 - New York

featuring Bruce "Big Daddy" Wayne & Special Guest Prentiss McNeil of The Drifters A musical journey taking you back in time! Back to when Berry Gordy's Motown label and his studio band the Funk Brothers and Stax record's Booker T and the MG's were the proponents of what came to be known as a historical style of music. "Soul Music" A trip back to when King and Smash records gave us "The Godfather of Soul" while the Columbia and Atlantic label brought us "The Queen of Soul". Now after a 28 year tenure with "The Drifters", vocalist Prentiss McNeil along with Bruce Wayne are leading this classic soul review with their unmatched energy and breath taking showmanship. A Decade of Soul is a passion driven classic soul tribute where it's difficult to stay in your seat!

Falu's Karyshma, Nation Beat - Drom
December 08, 2017 - NY

Marty Sheller with Columbia's Music Performance Program - Symphony Space
December 08, 2017 - New York

Marty Sheller is an American jazz trumpeter and arranger, who plays primarily in latin jazz idioms. Sheller initially studied percussion, but switched to trumpet as a teenager. He played with Hugo Dickens in Harlem, and arranged for Sabu Martinez, and began working with Afro-Latin percussionists such as Louie Ramirez and Frankie Malabe. In 1962 he became a trumpeter in Mongo Santamaria's band, and worked with Santamaria for more than forty years as a composer and arranger. He also had an extensive association with Fania Records as a house arranger, working with Joe Bataan, Ruben Blades, Willie Colon, Larry Harlow, Hector Lavoe, and Ismael Miranda. Outside of Fania, he arranged for musicians such as George Benson, David Byrne, Jon Faddis, Giovanni Hidalgo, T.S. Monk, Idris Muhammad, Manny Oquendo, Dave Pike, Tito Puente, Shirley Scott, Woody Shaw, Lew Soloff, and Steve Turre. In the 2000s, he led his own ensemble, which included the sidemen Chris Rogers, Joe Magnarelli, Sam Burtis, Bobby Porcelli, Bob Franceschini, Oscar Hernández, Ruben Rodriquez, Vince Cherico, and Steve Berrios. All events are sponsored by Columbia University's Music Performance Program and are free and open t... (read more)

Joe Benjamin & A Mighty Handful (8:00), Matt Krenz & The Divine (7:00) - Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2
December 08, 2017 - New York City

Joe Benjamin & A Mighty Handful. This genre-bending 10-piece outfit has gained a devoted following for its big-band blend of lush modern jazz harmonies and intoxicating funk-based rhythms. Leader Joe Benjamin infuses his original compositions with detailed accounts of New York City life, making for a uniquely lyrical, surprisingly hard-rocking set. Matt Krenz & The Divine is the long-coming brainchild of NYC based singer/songwriter Matthew Krenz. This funky, fabulous and eclectic outfit features songs written by Krenz and arranged by keyboard player James Sheppard. Complete with a ballsy horn trio and a rocking rhythm section, Matt Krenz & The Divine is here to deliver a little new, a little old and a plenty of shade on the side. They are currently recording a self-titled EP which will be released later this year.

Al Foster Quartet: Dayne Stephens, Adam Birnbaum, Doug Weiss - Nublu
December 08, 2017 - New York

Lukas Papenfusscline - Rockwood Music Hall Stage 3
December 08, 2017 - New York

Specializing in the modern and nuanced sounds of mountains, folksinger Lukas Papenfusscline hails from Northern California and digs through deep folk and roots recordings and recomposes traditional songs with fresh harmonies, adapted stories, and haunted, soaring vocal lines. His background in classical, jazz, and world music elevates his folk to the avant-garde, subtle, and complex, while maintaining the simple energy that has driven folkroots for centuries.

The Academy Blues Project (Acoustic) - Rockwood Music Hall Stage 3
December 08, 2017 - New York

The Academy Blues Project is a multi-genre band founded in 2012 and based in New York City. ABP falls in a lineage of brazen New York showbands, and their tunes pack a punch: blending funk grooves, dynamic storytelling, elements of prog & classic soul, and the bluesy wail of frontman Mark Levy into an irresistibly eccentric sound. Their propulsive live shows skew toward the outrageously theatrical, lyrically spinning offbeat narratives about everything from witches' hats to shipwrecks to the mysteries of the Hollywood Hills. ABP released its debut recordings in 2016 in a series of pioneering physical formats. The band's first single, "A Long Walk," was put out as a series of custom-grown succulent plants; its follow-up, "Witch Hat," was shared on Halloween of the same year inside servings of limited-edition ABP branded chocolate candies. The band released its inaugural EP, Upwelling, as both a digital download and a run of homemade model ships in April 2017, & celebrated the occasion with a performance at The Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. The Academy Blues Project is currently recording their debut album at the venerable Moon Lab Studios in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.

Love Trio, Ilhan Ersahin, Jesse Murphy, Kenny Wollesen - Nublu
December 08, 2017 - New York

A Prairie Home Companion - The Town Hall
December 09, 2017 - New York

December 9 guests include: Bon Iver, Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn. Rich Dworsky, Julian Lage, Mike Elizondo, Ted Poor and Alex Hargreaves will make up the show band, and duets with Aoife O’Donovan. Tickets are on sale now for all three live Town Hall broadcasts, which will also feature The Royal Academy of Radio Actors—Tim Russell (man of a thousand voices), Serena Brook and sound effects wizard Fred Newman. Plus, fan favorites: the Powdermilk Instant Internet Song Request, a weekly birthday salute to musicians, and Chris will also compose and perform a unique new song for each live broadcast. In the fall of 2016, Chris Thile took over at the helm of A Prairie Home Companion. A short and successful season brought sold out shows to venues across the country, garnering critical acclaim. Minnesota Public Radio presents a full season for 2017-2018 with Chris as host. Chris’ musicianship, commentary, humor and his connection with the vital musicians of today have proven to be a winning combination. We return to Town Hall for three broadcasts in December 2017. A Prairie Home Companion is heard by 2.6 million listeners each week on nearly 600 public radio stations, online... (read more)

Smalls Showcase: Mike Bond Trio - Smalls Live
December 09, 2017 - New York City

Michael Bond started playing piano when he was 4 years old. By the time he was 6, he was playing in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. After competing classically for 7 years, he began studying jazz. He was mentored by artists Stanley Cowell, Jim Ridl, Orrin Evans, and Mike LeDonne. Michael was a special recipient of both the Excellence in Jazz Performance Award and the Arthur G. Humphrey award for Music Education while attending Rutgers University. He graduated with a Bachelor's of Music Degree in both Jazz Performance and Music Education. Since then, the young pianist has continued to develop a growing audience in both the NYC music scene and around the world. Michael has had the privilege of sharing the stage with many notable artists including: the Captain Black Big Band, Conrad Herwig, Todd Bashore, Joe Ford, Stacy Dillard, Tim Warfield, Josh Evans, Curtis Lundy, Duane Eubanks, Bruce Williams, Joe Magnarelli, Mark Gross and many others. He has performed at the Central Jersey Jazz Festival, the Canadian Music Festival in Toronto, and the NYC Winter Jazz Festival. Michael is a featured artist on guitarist Jean Chaumont's upcoming debut album "The Beauty Of Differen... (read more)

Sylvia Cuenca Quartet - Smalls Live
December 09, 2017 - New York City

Sylvia is an active drummer on the New York jazz scene who is contributing outstanding performances in a variety of situations. She has had the honor of sharing the bandstand with saxophone legend Joe Henderson for 4 years and trumpet legend Clark Terry for 17 years. The Joe Henderson quartet toured frequently in European countries Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Austria, Belgium, England, Switzerland, France, Italy and Germany and venues across the U.S. In a trio setting she performed with Joe Henderson and Charlie Haden in 1989 and with George Mraz in 1994. She performed with the Clark Terry Quintet and Big Band at Village Vanguard, Birdland, Blue Note, Queen Elizabeth 2, Royal Viking, S.S. Norway jazz cruises and clubs, concerts and festivals in the U.S, Europe, the Caribbean and South America. While working with the Clark Terry quintet she had the opportunity to perform with guest artists Al Grey, Red Holloway, Jimmy Heath, Frank Wess, Marian McPartland, Dianne Reeves, Joe Williams and Lou Donaldson to name a few. Cuenca has also performed with such jazz luminaries as Billy Taylor, Frank Foster's Loud Minority Big Band, Houston Person, Etta... (read more)

Mike Dirubbo Quartet - Smalls Live
December 09, 2017 - New York City

"Something about the sound Mike DiRubbo elicits from the alto saxophone - deep, dark, immense, with a machete edge that denotes a ready-for-anything urban sensibility - immediately grabs the ear. It's a sound familiar to the cream of New York's hardcore jazz community since the mid-'90's" writes Ted Panken. Today, in an age where media-created young lions are more interested in downloads than down beats, alto saxophonist/composer/bandleader/educator Mike DiRubbo is the real deal. Ever since he arrived in New York two decades ago, DiRubbo has reigned supreme as one of the most durable and dynamic musicians of his generation. That bold statement is augmented by the aural evidence of his work with the brightest jazz stars including Tony Reedus, Larry Willis, Eddie Henderson, Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown, Dwayne Burno, Peter Washington, Carl Allen, John Hicks and Cecil Payne, and as a solo artist, with seven critically-acclaimed CD's as a leader. On his instrument DiRubbo has it all: from Benny Carter's mastery of melody and Johnny Hodges' ballad mellow tones to Charlie Parker's light-speed fluency. But what truly sets DiRubbo apart from the rest was his apprenticeship under... (read more)

Philip Harper Quintet - Smalls Live
December 09, 2017 - New York City

Philip Harper (born May 10, 1965 in Baltimore, Maryland) is a jazz trumpeter. He grew up in Atlanta and studied music there. He later worked with The Jazz Messengers and Charles Mingus' big band. He also signed with Verve Records and produced four albums for them.[1] Harper played from 1988 to 1993 in The Harper Brothers, alongside brother Winard Harper.

Billy Stritch - Birdland
December 09, 2017 - New York

BILLY STRITCH "LUCKY TO BE ME" at New York's legendary Birdland Nov. 25, Dec. 2 & 9 at 6:00 pm Acclaimed pianist/singer Billy Stritch brings his new solo show "Lucky To Be Me" to the Birdland stage for three shows only (November 25, December 2 and 9 - Saturdays at 6:00 pm). This show will include Billy's arrangements of songs by Gershwin, Kern, Hoagy Carmichael, Cy Coleman and other giants of American popular music and stories of his career thus far. These shows also commemorate the 20th anniversary of Billy's first appearance at Birdland in 1997 when he premiered his Brazilian CD "Waters Of March" and will include selections from that recording as well. Billy will be joined by bassist Neal Miner (November 25, December 9) and Tom Hubbard (December 2). Billy Stritch is one of the premier singer-pianists on the New York and national jazz and cabaret scenes. He began his career in Houston, Texas, where he formed the vocal trio Montgomery, Plant and Stritch. The trio performed all over New York and Europe from 1983 until they disbanded in 1990. A chance meeting with Liza Minnelli in March of 1991 resulted in her asking him to create vocal arrangements for the record-breaking... (read more)

Janice Friedman Trio - The Kitano New York
December 09, 2017 - New York

Janice Friedman - Piano Bass - TBA Drums - TBA

Chris Moore - Pete's Candy Store
December 09, 2017 - Brooklyn

Moore was former ( and sometimes) present drummer of Detroit's Negative Approach , also an award winning singer/songwriter , 10 th record released in July . Moore's sound is edgy folk , lyrically colorful , , some rock , blues feels ..

Vijay Iyer Trio - Nublu
December 09, 2017 - New York

Jazz trio (bass, drums and piano) led by Vijay Iyer.

Megg Farrell + Friends - Hill Country
December 09, 2017 - NY

Born in Manhattan, raised in New Jersey, matured in Paris, Asheville, and Brooklyn, Megg Farrell's music encapsulates all of her travels and experiences into one beautifully eclectic blend of honest simplicity and musical sophistication. When she was 16, she began singing blues music her father taught her and her own original tunes the East Village. At 18, she left New York for North Carolina and worked along the river learning folk traditions of the South. A few years later she moved to Paris to study jazz. Her music retained the stomp of the Southern influence and the blues of her childhood influences but added a new level of vocal and harmonic complexity. She now lives in Brooklyn where she has been professionally singing in the jazz world for four years. Her newest concoction Megg Farrell & Friends has brought her full circle back into her original music. She performs with musicians from the jazz word performing country numbers, blues, and her original folk. In 2016 she released her first full length album Fear Nothing which sprung this group into action. Fear Nothing is a mix of songs she has written throughout these years of growth, travel, romance, sorrow, and unabashed joie... (read more)

Eddie Henderson Quartet feat. Mike Clark - Nublu
December 09, 2017 - New York

Dave Harrington's Merry Pranksters - Nublu
December 09, 2017 - New York

A Decade of Soul - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
December 09, 2017 - New York

featuring Bruce "Big Daddy" Wayne & Special Guest Prentiss McNeil of The Drifters A musical journey taking you back in time! Back to when Berry Gordy's Motown label and his studio band the Funk Brothers and Stax record's Booker T and the MG's were the proponents of what came to be known as a historical style of music. "Soul Music" A trip back to when King and Smash records gave us "The Godfather of Soul" while the Columbia and Atlantic label brought us "The Queen of Soul". Now after a 28 year tenure with "The Drifters", vocalist Prentiss McNeil along with Bruce Wayne are leading this classic soul review with their unmatched energy and breath taking showmanship. A Decade of Soul is a passion driven classic soul tribute where it's difficult to stay in your seat!

WeBop Family Holiday Jazz Jam - Varis Leichtman Studio
December 09, 2017 - New York

Swing, dance, and bop with your family to the tunes of Charlie "Bird" Parker. Join Mr. Tim and the WeBop band as they play music by one of the founding fathers of bebop. Event Details & Information: This is a general admission event. Non-walking babies are free. Recommended for children eight months to seven years of age; all children must be accompanied by an adult. Access a special family four pack rate in person at the Box office or by calling Center Charge at 212-721-6500. The family four pack is not available online. Additional fees may apply.

Webop Family Holiday Jazz Jam - Varis Leichtman Studio
Through December 09, 2017 - New York

Come Celebrate the Holidays with Mr. Tim and the Webop Family Jazz Band. Families Will Sing and Swing into the Holiday Season with This Fun and Interactive Show. These Concerts Are Appropriate for Children 8-Months to 8-Years and Are 45 Minutes in Length. Non-Walking Babies Do Not Need a Ticket for This Show. *Please Note That the 3pm Family Jazz Party Will Be Photographed for Jazz at Lincoln Center's Promotional Use. a Parent or Legal Guardian Will Have to Sign a Photo Release Form Online or on Site Before Entering the Event. If You Have Any Questions Please Contact Customer Service 212-258-9922 / Webop@Jazz.Org. Thank You!

Marilyn Maye - Iridium
Through December 09, 2017 - NY

Marilyn Maye has been described as a singer, an entertainer, and sometimes an actress and comedian, but the word that most of her fans would use is "phenomenon." She is an unstoppable ball of energy, equal parts of Ella Fitzgerald and Ethel Merman, one that would be remarkable at any age, but even more so for a woman gearing up for her 90th birthday in April and who has been entertaining professionally for at least 80 of those years. At 89, Maye's raw firepower is astonishing, but we shouldn't let that overshadow the other attributes of her music, namely her amazing subtlety, her gift for underplaying a lyric, and her capacity for narrative. She is one of the few artists of any generation who is a great jazz singer with a remarkable sense of swing and concurrently a full-on theatrical singer with an equally great sense of drama and storytelling. Not to mention humor; she can deliver a punch-line like no one else and, with a single wink of her eyes of the expression on her face, make an entire audience laugh so hard that they can barely breathe. For most of the 1940's and 1950's she sang at nightclubs in Kansas City, where she learned her craft: how to swing, how to belt the b... (read more)

La Dolce Morte - The Met
Through December 09, 2017 - New York

Suzanne Farrin, composer International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) Staging by Doug Fitch "Bringing out the shattering honesty of Michelangelo's poetry, Ms. Farrin set the words to music of aching intensity…those who attended this sold-out run of three shows heard an unforgettable performance in an ideal space."—The New York Times One of the most gifted artists who ever lived, Michelangelo was a painter, sculptor, architect—and poet. Written some five hundred years ago, his highly physical, sensual love letters form the libretto for this 2015 MetLiveArts commission, designed for our 16th-century Vélez Blanco Patio.

Eliane Elias - Center for Jewish History
Through December 09, 2017 - New York

*Dance of Time is out now and debuts at #1 on the itunes Jazz Album charts. Since moving to the United States in 1981, Eliane Elias has been known for her distinctive and immediately recognizable musical style which blends her Brazilian roots and sensuous voice with her virtuosic instrumental jazz, classical, and compositional skills. Two years after seducing fans with her GRAMMY®-winning "Made in Brazil" (Best Latin Jazz Album), Elias returns with, "Dance of Time," on Concord Jazz. Also recorded in Brazil, Dance of Time's themes are multifold. With the presence of extraordinary guests, the recording celebrates certain people integral to Elias' artistic journey as well as celebrating the samba, a genre originating from Bahia, via Africa, which recently marked its 100th anniversary.

Winterreise: Dear Edvard - National Sawdust
December 10, 2017 - Brooklyn

Dear Edvard is a new music-theatre piece about the life and loves of Norwegian artist Edvard Munch (1863-1944). Art history biopic, love story, psychological exploration and family drama, Munch is set in the same hospital room at Dr. Jacobsen's Clinic for Nervous Disorders and Alcoholism, where the artist committed himself in 1908.

The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra - Birdland
December 10, 2017 - New York

The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra 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 http://www.npr.org/2015/08/12/431549038/first-listen-arturo-o-farrill-cuba-the-conversation-conti... (read more)

The Jesus Lizard - Irving Plaza
December 10, 2017 - New york

Accessible accommodations should purchase a General Admission ticket and will be taken care of at the venue day of event. The Jesus Lizard formed in late 80's Austin, TX after David Yow (vox) and David Wm. Sims' (bass) previous band Scratch Acid broke up. They started the Jesus Lizard with Duane Denison (guitar) and a drum machine and recorded their debut EP Pure with Steve Albini in 1989. A move to Chicago prompted the firing of the drum machine in favor of Mac McNeilly (drums) and in 1990 the band recorded their first full-length, Head, for Touch and Go. While the labels "seminal" and "legendary" are often applied too easily, they both accurately describe the Jesus Lizard. They released five more remarkable LPs before disbanding in 1999, the last being 1998's Blue.

Vocal Masterclass with Marion Cowings - Smalls Live
December 10, 2017 - New York

The Marion Cowings Jazz Vocal Workshop is a weekly session that gives vocalists a forum to develop the elements that define a jazz vocal performance. Vocalists at ALL levels, beginners to working pros, are encouraged to participate in this upbeat environment. Bring your questions! The format is simple: Vocalists come prepared with a song they already know, along with two copies of the sheet music. We usually begin with a group warm-up and/or discussion. You'll perform your selection and get comments and advice on how you present yourself and your material. We work with a variety of professional jazz accompanists, pianist or guitarist, bass, drums etc. CHECK IT OUT! • Fee: $40 paid in cash at the session • Please reserve a space in advance at singjazznyc@hotmail.com anytime up until noon of the Saturday before any workshop you wish to attend. • Participation w/o a reservation (or late arrival) is subject to class size; auditors may observe the class for $20. • Space is limited. For more details or to join the mailing list, please contact the workshop manager at: singjazznyc@hotmail.com • Sessions generally run 2-2.5 hrs.

The Ai Murakami Trio Feat. Sacha Perry - Smalls Live
December 10, 2017 - New York City

Jazz drummer Ai Murakami was born in Japan, and has been fascinated by rhythm ever since she played taiko (Japanese drums) at the age of four. When she heard Thelonious Monk's "Monk's Dream" for the first time, she fell in love with his music immediately and immersed herself in jazz. She started her professional career while at Waseda University, and moved to New York city in 1998. Soon after her arriving, she found her musical home, Smalls Jazz Club, located in Greenwich Village, and quickly met like-minded musicians. Since then, she has dedicated herself to pursuing her musical passion. Her debut album Conception, released from Gut String Records in November 2014, features Zaid Nasser, Tardo Hammer and Hassan Shakur and has received outstanding reviews from the jazz critics. "Murakami is crisp and selective, but her breaks insert force into all the right places. She is the first reason Conception swings like crazy." "Her interpretations prove once again two things about bebop: Its complex energy is unique in its capacity to communicate joy, and its forms are inexhaustible in their openness to individual expression." Tom Conrad, Stereophile Magazine  "The tw... (read more)

Corcoran Holt Sextet - Smalls Live
December 10, 2017 - New York City

Corcoran Holt, originally from Washington D. C., picked up his Masters degree at Queens College and has been on gigs aside notables like Javon Jackson, Curtis Fuller and Frank Morgan.

Robert Edwards - After-Hours Jam Session - Smalls Live
December 10, 2017 - New York City

Born in West Palm Beach, FL, Robert completed his schooling at the Juilliard school and immediately started working with the likes of Roy Hargrove Big Band, Dizzy Gillespie All-Star Big Band and Jimmy Heath's Big Band. John Lee, Leader of the Dizzy Gillespie All-Star Band, hails Robert as, "A future giant of jazz trombone". His first record is titled, "Sound Business", featuring Keyon Harrold, Michael Dease, Alex Nyugen, Zaccai Curtis, Linda Oh, and Mark Whitfield, Jr..

Ryan Slatko Quartet - Pete's Candy Store
December 10, 2017 - Brooklyn

Ryanslatkopianist - Pete's Candy Store
December 10, 2017 - Brooklyn

James Barbour - Birdland
December 10, 2017 - New York

"The 2017 Annual JamesBarbour Holiday Concert" Sunday, December 10 at 6pm TheBroadway at Birdland concert series is proud to announce Broadway's own Phantom, James Barbour, will beperforming his ninth holiday concert at Birdland on Sunday, December 10 at 6pm. LaughingDog Media will present James Barbour and his guests in his 9th Annual HolidayConcert. Filledwith holiday classics such as "The Christmas Song," "O Holy Night," "TheDreidel Song" and an audience participation "Twelve Days Of Christmas," thisconcert celebrates the warmth and joy of the holiday season. Starting in 2008, James Barbour's HolidayConcert has played to sold out crowds around the world and has become a stapleeach holiday season. The award-winningBroadway at Birdland concert series has been celebrating the performers andcreators from the Great White Way at the historic music room for the past fifteenyears. "The 2017 James Barbour Holiday Concert" Sunday, December 10 at 6pm Birdland, 315 West 44 Street, NYC www.BirdlandJazz.com $30, $45 cover, $10food/drink minimum per person

Philippe Lemm Trio, Malnoia - Rockwood Music Hall Stage 3
December 10, 2017 - New York

"The Philippe Lemm Trio is continually proving to be one of the most exciting and electrifying jazz trio's around today. Led at the helm by drummer Philippe Lemm, the group met in New York in 2011, and after one session together, realized that their undeniable chemistry was one that needed to be taken and shared with the world. Comprised of three musicians with exceptional command of their instruments, the group's repertoire draws heavily from re-imaginations of jazz standards in a way that both defies genre and corresponds to any modern jazz fan. The group uses their trust and understanding of one another's musical tendencies to create passionate musical soundscapes, which range from traditional jazz to the progressive rock/classical-influenced music. Hearing the trio is a special and unforgettable experience, and you will be captivated after listening to one piece." Their TV appearance on the TV-show Vrije Geluiden led to sold out concerts throughout The Netherlands, Belgium and Germany on the first half of their European CD release tour. The trio has performed on stages like: North Sea Jazz Festival, Pori Jazz Festival, Bimhuis (Amsterdam), Getxo Festival (Bilbao), ... (read more)

Elsa Nilsson - Rockwood Music Hall Stage 3
December 10, 2017 - New York

"Swedish flutist Elsa Nilsson and her quartet will perform traditional Swedish songs often sung on December 13th to celebrate Lucia. This uniquely swedish holiday celebrates the return of light during the darkest time of the year. You can expect some South African, Jamaican, Brazilian and Balkan influences and gingerbread cookies for everyone! Elsa Nilsson's music is profoundly playful and diversely influenced. She believes that the true beauty of music is its capacity to transcend cultural boundaries. She considers all folk music (including jazz) to have a common thread, and that by weaving those threads together, a deeper, more complete understanding among cultures can be reached. This philosophy is evident in her compositional style, subtly blending cross-cultural elements to create a sound that is distinctly her own. Each member of the band brings his or her own flavor to the music. With Nilsson leading on flute, this band also features Jeff McLaughlin on Guitar, Alex Minier on Bass, and Cody Rahn on Drums and Percussion.

Innov Gnawa Band - Nublu
December 10, 2017 - New York

Trent Armand Kendall + Brass Illusion's Reluctant Holiday Jam! - Cutting Room
December 10, 2017 - New York

Broadway's renaissance man, international headliner, and recording artist Trent Armand Kendall and the best horn band in the land, Brass ILLUSION, return to their New York City home (The Cutting Room ) with their brand new holiday concert. The eclectic playlist of bonafide hits from "then and now" is an exciting fusion of jazz, blues, rock and soul with the dynamic Brass ILLUSION twist that always brings audiences to their feet and leaves them dancing in the aisles! Say farewell to another year. Raise a glass, celebrate, and forget your worries while groovin' to Brass ILLUSION favorites and seasonal classics by Ella Fitzgerald, Donny Hathaway, Al Jarreau, Mariah Carey and many more; all delivered with Kendall's high energy, gritty, transformative vocals.

Theo Croker - Nublu
December 10, 2017 - New York

Sza+Smino, Ravyn Lenae - Brooklyn Steel
December 10, 2017 - New York

SZA envelopes your soul at first listen. Coveting a special innocence about her, the Maplewood native laces her music with soul-quenching traces of seductive allure. It's truly the subtleties that make a difference though; the floral imagery, the small touches on her production, her concise yet intense songwriting. It all molds together to form this beautiful package. "I was raised on a lot of John Coltrane, Satchmo, Miles Davis, Billy Holiday, and Björk with an adult obsession of all things Wu-Tang," says SZA. " The one thing I've always admired is their ability to paint scenes with their sounds. When I write I usually let the beat saturate my mood and head space; that determines every scene and set design for any song, the rest is all secondary." The songstress was first noticed sharing stages with the likes of Canadian artist Colin Munroe, Asher Roth, and multiple Star Trak artists including Christian Rich. Since then SZA has released a variety of soulful tidbits, ranging from features on some of your favorite artists tracks (to be released), to songwriting and solo cuts. Her debut EP See.SZA.Run is out now.

Samaa Presents Indo-Jazz Festival - The Appel Room
December 10, 2017 - New York

SAMAA presents Indo Jazz Festival: a union between the two most improvisational genres of music, creating a transcendental experience of music and dance without borders.

Seventh Annual Holiday Sing-A-Long w/ Dan Zanes & Friends (Early Show) - City Winery
December 10, 2017 - New York

Dan Zanes Grammy Award winner Dan Zanes occupies a unique place in American music where sea shanties, English music hall, North American and West Indian folk music, play party songs, the spirit of early rock-and-roll and soulful originals collide. Beginning in the year 2000 he has performed everywhere from thrift shop basements to Carnegie Hall, from Brooklyn to Bahrain and beyond, and during that time has released over a dozen children's CDs and several DVDs reconnecting people to songs that have always been there, and still are—although people may have forgotten about them. Referred to as "the family-music genre's most outspoken and eloquent advocate" by Time Magazine, his widely - acclaimed music has all been featured on Sesame Street, Playhouse Disney, Nickelodeon, HBO Family and Sprout. Dan is currently finishing up a CD that celebrates the children's music of his main inspiration, Lead Belly, The King of the 12-String Guitar. "Ha-Ha This Away" will be released on the Smithsonian/Folkways label in spring 2017. For the past year, Zanes has been a strong advocate for Sensory Friendly performances and is working with Haitian-American jazz vocalist / Music Therapist Cl... (read more)

Renee Katz: December Songs - Don't Tell Mama
December 10, 2017 - New York

Jimmy Heath Big Band - Blue Note
Through December 10, 2017 - New York

Jimmy Heath has long been recognized as a brilliant instrumentalist and a magnificent composer and arranger. The middle brother of the legendary Heath Brothers (bassist Percy and drummer Tootie) and the father of Mtume, he has performed with nearly all the jazz greats of the last 50 years, from Howard McGhee, Dizzy Gillespie, and Miles Davis to Wynton Marsalis. Heath's career got off to an early start – in 1948 at the age of 21, he performed in the First International Jazz Festival in Paris with McGhee, sharing the stage with Coleman Hawkins, Slam Stewart, and Erroll Garner. One of his earliest big bands (1947-1948) in Philadelphia included John Coltrane, Benny Golson, Specs Wright, Cal Massey, Johnny Coles, Ray Bryant, and Nelson Boyd. Charlie Parker and Max Roach even sat in on one occasion. During his career, Heath has performed on more than 100 albums, including seven with the Heath Brothers and 12 as a leader. He has also written more than 125 compositions, many of which have become jazz standards and have been recorded by other artists, including Art Farmer, Cannonball Adderley, Clark Terry, Chet Baker, Miles Davis, James Moody, Milt Jackson, Ahmad Jamal, Ray Charles... (read more)

Renee Rosnes Deep in Blue featuring Melissa Aldana, Steve Nelson (12/7-12/8), Peter Washington and Lenny White - Dizzy's Club Coca Cola
Through December 10, 2017 - New York

With pianist Renee Rosnes, bassist Peter Washington, drummer Lenny White, vibraphonist Steve Nelson (12/7-12/8 only), and tenor saxophonist Melissa Aldana One of the premiere pianists and composers of her generation, Renee Rosnes has toured and recorded with legendary musicians James Moody, Joe Henderson, Wayne Shorter, JJ Johnson, Bobby Hutcherson, the SFJAZZ Collective, and her husband, pianist Bill Charlap. A New York City staple for years, every member of Rosnes' group has an extremely impressive résumé and brings their absolute best to this group. If her recent sold-out appearances at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola are any indication, audiences should expect to hear some of Rosnes' award-winning original compositions and perhaps a few choice selections by such artists as Bill Evans, Thelonious Monk, and Billy Strayhorn. Stop by to check out one of the most consistently excellent groups in town.

The Christmas Story - The Met
Through December 10, 2017 - New York

The thirteen-member Waverly Consort, under the direction of Michael Jaffee, returns with this perennial favorite, a Met holiday tradition for over thirty-five years. Hymns, processionals, and other compositions from the Middle Ages weave together for a sonic telling of The Christmas Story in a pageant of exceptional beauty. Click for more times. Tickets to this event include same day Museum admission.

Julian Fleisher - Joe's Pub at the Public at Theater
Through December 12, 2017 - New York

Before the art of song was divided into narrow stylistic slices, before there was Jazz or Pop or Rock, there was Nightclub Singing. Like Sammy Davis, Jr, Ethel Water and Mel Tormé before him, Julian Fleisher mixes masterful interpretations of a wide range of popular songs with kick-ass showmanship and a generously endowed band that -- as the Washington Post put it -- "blew the roof off of Joe's Pub. "I have seen the future of vocal Jazz! He's got a marvelous, resonate baritone, with impeccable intonation, and a wonderful choice of material...talented, funny and hip."- LA Jazz Scene, East/ West Connections

The Mad Ones - 59E59 Theaters
Through December 17, 2017 - New York

Prospect Theater Company presents THE MAD ONES by Kait Kerrigan and Brian Lowdermilk directed by Stephen Brackett Mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved...Samantha Brown balances on the edge of her future, car keys in hand. As she sits in the driver's seat, she faces a choice: will she follow in her mother's footsteps, or take the dare of her impetuous best friend and chart a new path? This contemporary and compelling score from one of NYC's most exciting new songwriting teams immerses audiences in the complex inner life of a young woman on the brink of change. When every choice feels like life and death, how do you turn the key?

Jazz+Wednesdays - American Folk Art Museum
Through December 27, 2017 - Lincoln Center

Each Wednesday, from 2 to 3 pm, the Bill Wurtzel Trio play standards from the American Songbook. Limited seating. Info: publicprograms@folkartmuseum.org Read the Q&A with Bill Wurtzel in the New York Times.

The Birdland Big Band - Birdland
Through December 31, 2017 - New York

The Birdland Big Band 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!"

Yemen Blues - Joe's Pub at The Public Theater
Through January 09, 2018 - Greenwich Village

After Touring the World with over of 300 Live Shows in the Last 4 Years Yemen Blues Presents Their New Show "Insaniya" (Humanity) Based on Legendary Producer, Bill Laswell's Sound from Their Latest Album. the Full Live Show Includes a Collaboration with the Talented Ori Ben-Shabat from the Group of Artists "Maria Kong" Who Created an Original Video Art on 5 Screens for Each of the Songs. the Artist Uses Video Footage Including Live Dance Infused by Original Images Inspired by the New Sound of Yemen Blues. One of the Most Unique Percussion Set Ups of Rony Iwryn and Itamar Doari and Extreme, Highly Polished Rhythm Section with Shanir Blumenkranz Are the Pulsating, Danceable Underpinning of This Unique Musical Collaboration. Yemen Blues Has Created a Sound That Swirls with the Yemenite Tradition of Muslims, Christians and Jews, with Contemporary Overlays of Rock & Roll, Jazz & Blues. the Visionary Collaboration Between Laswell and Yemen Blues Focusing on Hard Groove, Rich Vocals, Clarity and Heavy Sound, Featuring One of the Greatest Voices of the Sahara Mariem Hassan, as Well as the Yemenite Star Tziyon Golan and One of the Greatest Rappers in France History Oxmo Puccino. Named t... (read more)

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