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Blues and Jazz in New York City This Week - December 9-December 16


Blues and Jazz in New York City This Week Photo: Flickr/Zhang Yu  


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 Terra Blues.

Jose Feliciano Annual Holiday Feliz Navidad Show - Sony Hall
December 09, 2018 - New York

General Admission Only Jose Feliciano Annual Holiday Feliz Navidad Show Doors: 6:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm See more at the Sony Hall website!

A John Waters Christmas (M&G Included with VIP Ticket) - The Winery NYC
December 09, 2018 - New York

Meet & Greet included in VIP Ticket purchase. Like a damaged St. Nick for the Christmas corrupted, John Waters – legendary filmmaker ("Female Trouble", "Hairspray", "Serial Mom"), raconteur and author of bestselling books, Carsick, Role Models and Make Trouble – hitchhikes into town with a bag full of sticks and stones for the devoted and the damned, spreading Yuletide profanity and perverted piety with his critically acclaimed one-man show, "A John Waters Christmas". This rapid-fire "trigger warning" for holiday traditionalists asks the questions, "Is Prancer the only gay reindeer?", "Is it wrong to steal purses from cars in graveyard parking lots on Christmas Eve while mourners leave flowers?", "Has Santa ever been nude?", and, most importantly, "Should you disrupt living crèche celebrations this year in the name of political action?" Miracles really do happen at Yuletide, even if they're false, and Waters prays for a Gaspar Noé Christmas film, and a new sex club that encourages gay men and lesbians to have sex with each other for the very first time. Delving into his love for the annual December warning list of "Unsafe Toys to Give Your Child" and his hatred for email C... (read more)

Grand Maujer quartet - Williamsburg Music Center
December 09, 2018 - Brooklyn

Grand Maujer quartet plays original compositions, as well as well-known jazz, fusion & funk tunes. Our influences are eclectic, a blend of different genres from various eras: From traditional hard bop approach, 70's funk-fusion sounds and harmonies, to progressive rock, world and ethnic music. We fuse acoustic & electronic sounds, well arranged compositions & free improvisation. Uran Kamper - Tenor sax Ziv Nir - Keyboards Marcelo Maccagnan - Bass Andrew Singh - Drums

Direct from South Africa! The SOWETO GOSPEL CHOIR @ LEHMAN CENTER - Lehman Center for the Performing Arts
December 09, 2018 - Bronx

Lehman Center for the Performing Arts is honored to host the four-time Grammy Award-winning and internationally acclaimed World Music sensation SOWETO GOSPEL CHOIR, as they present a Celebration of Song and Culture honoring President Nelson Mandela on Sunday, December 9th, 2018 at 4pm. Back by popular demand, the SOWETO GOSPEL CHOIR celebrate the unique and inspirational power of South African gospel music which is filled with deep emotion and rich harmonies that lift the soul. This concert continues the completion of the first phase of renovations at Lehman Center for the Performing Arts. Concert goers will find that the lobbies have been upgraded for ADA compliance with new ramps and carpeting, and the interior of the theater will have new seating, carpeted aisles, and finished flooring as well. The $15.4 million dollar refurbishment of the Center, which is expected to be completed by mid-2019, will also include 5,400 square feet of enlarged space, with a new main entrance and a redesigned box office, plus new administration offices and restroom facilities on the first and mezzanine floors, and an elevator. The Center seats 2,278 people in the concert hall and is the largest of... (read more)

Bill Anderson in New York - Beacon Theater
December 09, 2018 - New York

James William Anderson III (born November 1, 1937), known as Whisperin' Bill Anderson, is an American country music singer, songwriter and television personality. He has been a member in long standing of the weekly Grand Ole Opry radio program and stage performance in Nashville, Tennessee, since 1961. He has released more than 40 studio albums and has reached No. 1 on the country charts seven times: "Mama Sang a Song" (1962), "Still" (1963), "I Get the Fever" (1966), "For Loving You" (with Jan Howard, 1967), "My Life (Throw It Away If I Want To)" (1969), "World of Make Believe" (1973), and "Sometimes" (with Mary Lou Turner, 1976). Twenty-nine more of his singles have reached the top ten.

That's Not Tango - Astor Piazzolla, A Life In Music - SubCulture
December 09, 2018 - New York

After it's original debut in 2016, the unique show "That's Not Tango - Astor Piazzolla, A Life In Music," led by Broadway director and legend Stephen Wadsworth and starring Lesley Karsten as Astor Piazzolla in a unique gender-bending role, has been remade and is returning to NY's Sub Culture Nov. 4, 11, 18, Dec. 2, 9, and 16.

Peter Bernstein Quartet - Village Vanguard
Through December 09, 2018 - New York

Peter Bernstein (guitar) Sullivan Fortner (piano) Doug Weiss (bass) Leon Parker (drums)

Arturo Sandoval - Blue Note
Through December 09, 2018 - New York

A protégé of the legendary jazz master Dizzy Gillespie, Sandoval was born in Artemisa, a small town in the outskirts of Havana, Cuba, on November 6, 1949, just two years after Gillespie became the first musician to bring Latin influences into American Jazz. Sandoval began studying classical trumpet at the age of twelve, but it didn't take him long to catch the excitement of the jazz world. He has since evolved into one of the world's most acknowledged guardians of jazz trumpet and flugelhorn, as well as a renowned classical artist, pianist and composer. He is one of the most dynamic and vivacious live performers of our time, and has been seen by millions at the Oscars, at the Grammy Awards, and the Billboard Awards.

Arturo Sandoval - Blue Note Jazz Club
Through December 09, 2018 - New York

A protégé of the legendary jazz master Dizzy Gillespie, Sandoval was born in Artemisa, a small town in the outskirts of Havana, Cuba, on November 6, 1949, just two years after Gillespie became the first musician to bring Latin influences into American Jazz. Sandoval began studying classical trumpet at the age of twelve, but it didn't take him long to catch the excitement of the jazz world. He has since evolved into one of the world's most acknowledged guardians of jazz trumpet and flugelhorn, as well as a renowned classical artist, pianist and composer. He is one of the most dynamic and vivacious live performers of our time, and has been seen by millions at the Oscars, at the Grammy Awards, and the Billboard Awards. Arturo Sandoval A protégé of the legendary jazz master Dizzy Gillespie, Sandoval was born in Artemisa, a small town in the outskirts of Havana, Cuba, on November 6, 1949, just two years after Gillespie became the first musician to bring Latin influences into American Jazz. Sandoval began studying classical trumpet at the age of twelve, but it didn't take him long to catch the excitement of the jazz world. He has since evolved into one of the world's ... (read more)

BETTY Annual Holiday Show w/ Very Special Guest Gloria Steinem & Other Surprise Guests (TBA) - The Winery NYC
December 10, 2018 - New York

BETTY, New York City's iconic pop/performance band, returns to City Winery for their legendary annual Holiday Show! From their inception, BETTY has pushed the boundaries of pop music, utilizing their powerful, fun, fierce, female energy as an extension of their tight harmonies, breezy backbeats, and unwavering emphasis on melody. BETTY aspires to bring joy, love, heartbreak, sex, hilarity and holiday spirit through their music. Amy Ziff (Vocals, Cello), Elizabeth Ziff (Vocals, Guitar, Programming) and Alyson Palmer (Vocals, Bass) have been recording, touring, performing, and creating together as independent artists for over thirty years! In addition to television, film, theater and concert tours, BETTY travels the world as Arts Envoys with the US State Department, and The BETTY Effect non-profit, performing humanitarian outreach and cultural diplomacy. This holiday show will be filled with new music, mayhem, and wine. Pack away your holiday woes and come get in the spirit with BETTY. BIG SPECIAL GUEST is Gloria Steinem. Yes, THE Gloria Steinem!

Vanguard Jazz Orchestra - Village Vanguard
December 10, 2018 - New York

Every Monday Night since 1966 the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra Is the Current Title for the Band That Began Its Life as the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra in 1966 and Has Performed Continuously for over 50 Years.

Michael Longoria - Birdland Jazz Club
December 10, 2018 - New York

Michael Longoria "Merry Christmas Darling" Album Release Concert Monday, December 10 at 8:30 Birdland Theater Birdland Theater is proud to announce that Broadway performer Michael Longoria will be celebrating his new CD, "Merry Christmas Darling," with a concert on Monday, December 10 at 8:30pm. Original Jersey Boy Michael Longoria invites you to his Birdland concert debut, celebrating the Broadway Records release of his Christmas album, "Merry Christmas Darling." Following the release of his debut solo album, "Broadway Brick By Brick," Michael Longoria sings us home for the holidays with a collection of his Christmas favorites. "Merry Christmas Darling," a romantic holiday show with a throwback '60s vibe, will make you want to hang up your stocking, snuggle up by the fireplace, and get into the Christmas spirit. Longoria's winter wonderland love-note includes standards like "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," and "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)," woven with modern day classics like "All I Want For Christmas Is You," and "Last Christmas," and featuring a brand new Christmas song, "Merry Me This Christmas." Rona Siddiqui will perform as Musical Director/Pianist. ... (read more)

Beat Girl! Featuring Bettina May! - Sid Gold's Request Room
December 11, 2018 - New York

Glittery Gals! Sparkling Drinks! And One Glamorous Songbird!

Latin Jazz Big Band Night featuring: The Bronx Conexión - Nuyorican Poets Café
December 11, 2018 - Manhattan

The Bronx Conexión is a driving 20-piece Latin-Jazz Big Band lead by drummer/ percussionist, Victor Rendón. The ensemble, with its home base at Lehman College, brings a group of veteran musicians with a wide variety of experience in the field. The Bronx Conexión keeps the tradition of Tito Puente, Machito, Mario Bauza, among others, with it's own rendition of popular tunes as well as original compositions and arrangements by various members in the band. Admission: $10 general admission/$7 with Student ID at the door/$25 two tickets plus two drinks

Ballet and Ballroom, a Pas de Deux - 92Y
December 11, 2018 - Upper East Side

Ballroom dancers Heather and Lou give an illustrated overview — with video clips and live dancing demonstrations — of dance partnerships in the movies linking ballet and ballroom styles.

Brett Eldredge's Glow Live: A Night of Holiday Hits in New York - Beacon Theater
December 11, 2018 - New York

Brett Ryan Eldredge[5][6] (born March 23, 1986) is an American country music singer, songwriter and record producer, signed to Warner Music Group Nashville. The cousin of Terry Eldredge of The Grascals,[4] Eldredge has had three No. 1 singles on the Billboard Country Airplay chart from his debut studio album, Bring You Back: "Don't Ya", "Beat of the Music", and "Mean to Me".

Bomba Estereo - Terminal 5
December 12, 2018 - New York

Bomba Estéreo. Bomba Estéreo is a Colombian band founded in the capital, Bogotá, in 2005 by Simón Mejía. Their music has been described as "electro vacilón" (a term dismissed by the band), "electro tropical" or "psychedelic cumbia".

Happy Hour Karaoke with Matt Hartman - Sid Gold's Request Room
December 13, 2018 - New York

Matt grew up listening to Ben Folds, Elton John, and Billy Joel. When he's not playing at Sid Gold's, you can find him playing on the Internet.

Riley's Red Hot Holidays - Dizzy's Club Coca Cola
December 13, 2018 - New York

With trumpeter and music director Riley Mulherkar.

The Lone Bellow - The Bowery Ballroom
December 13, 2018 - New York

It's been six years since The Lone Bellow was first formed by Zach Williams, multi-instrumentalist Kanene Donehey Pipkin and guitarist Brian Elmquist. But one only needs to get the lead singer and guitarist speaking to their songwriting process to witness firsthand just how passionate he remains about its teeming creativity. "It's a beautiful process," the effusive singer says of the almost epiphany-like manner in which the band typically translates its vivid ideas to melodies and lyrics. "You're trying to figure out exactly what it is you're trying to say. And then, 'Bam! Lightning strikes, everybody's in the room, and it's like the heavens open. Suddenly you're able to write a song." The Lone Bellow, which also now includes Jason Pipkin on keys/bass, has long nurtured a deep and highly personal connection with their music. But with Walk Into A Storm, their third studio album, due on September 15 via Descendant Records/ Sony Music Masterworks, the band turned inward like never before. "We covered such a broad range of emotion on the album," Elmquist says of the raw, intimate and undeniably soulful Dave Cobb-produced LP recorded in Nashville's famed RCA Studio A. The 10-track album... (read more)

Jose Alberto El Canario Ismael Miranda Luisito CarrióN - Lehman Center For The Performing Arts
December 15, 2018 - New York

José Alberto started his own band in 1983, and became a major Latin star after the release of his 1984 debut Noches Calientes. His 1991 album Dance With Me, which established a new style of salsa called salsa romántica. He has sung hit songs such as Sueño Contigo. His voice was widely adored by his fans, and his exceptional whistling abilities (being able to improvise as if he was playing a traverse flute) led them to give him the nickname El Canario (The Canary). Puerto Rican Ismael Miranda became involved in popular music at a young age, participating in different local bands before teaming up with Andy Harlow. He debuted in 1967 with the release of an album recorded along with Joey Pastrana, featuring the hit Rumbón Melon. In 1973, Ismael Miranda joined Fania All-Stars, getting the nickname of "Niño Bonito" (Pretty Boy) due to his youthfulness. He has appeared at Lehman Center on numerous occasions. A native of Arecibo in Puerto Rico, Luisito Carrión has been singing since age 13. He began his career as a salsa artist with Orquesta Kafe, Orquesta La Nativa and Grupo Concepto Latino

Nat King Cole 100 with Sachal Vasandani - Dizzy's Club Coca Cola
Through December 15, 2018 - New York

Vocalist Sachal Vasandani is one of the great crooners of our time and the perfect man for a Nat "King" Cole centennial celebration. Though a distinctive artist in his own right, his "beautiful, velvety voice" and "remarkable stage presence" (NPR) have drawn multiple comparisons to Nat "King" Cole himself. Vasandani is particularly well known for his Cole tribute project, which has featured classics like "Unforgettable," "Mona Lisa," and "Straighten Up and Fly Right." This showcase has graced major stages in both small group and orchestral settings, and the new versions performed tonight in the elegant majesty of The Appel Room—with its unparalleled view of the New York skyline—will take it to the next level. In addition to his vocal abilities and cool, charismatic showmanship, Vasandani also honors Cole's legacy as a masterful pianist by sharing the spotlight with some of the best instrumentalists in the business—including bass legend John Clayton, who will contribute new Cole arrangements for this centennial event. In this special centennial celebration, audiences will enjoy the many sides of Nat "King" Cole's artistry in an appropriately stylish setting. Free pre-concer... (read more)

Charles Lloyd & The Marvels: 80th Birthday Celebration - Dizzy's Club Coca Cola
Through December 15, 2018 - New York

Charles Lloyd was only 29 years old when TIME magazine noted one of his most distinguishing and enduring traits. It was 1967, and Lloyd had just led the first jazz group ever to perform at San Francisco's counter-cultural hotspot, the Fillmore. "Though modern jazz normally goes over with teens like a 9pm curfew," TIME wrote, "Lloyd's passionate attack holds them spellbound." Lloyd—now celebrating his 80th birthday with us in Rose Theater—is an NEA Jazz Master, saxophone titan, bandleader, and composer with a rare crossover appeal. To this day, he performs his soulful music with a fervor and emotional abandon that connects with a diverse community of listeners. After establishing his jazz bona fides in the early 1960s as a key member of Chico Hamilton and Cannonball Adderley's groups, Lloyd formed his historic quartet with Keith Jarrett, Cecil McBee, and Jack DeJohnette, bringing improvised jazz to brand-new audiences and recording one of the first jazz albums to sell a million copies. A veritable rock star, Lloyd then shared bills and recording dates with the Grateful Dead, Cream, Jimi Hendrix, the Doors, and the Beach Boys, and he now leads some of jazz's most distinctive and c... (read more)

Bending Towards the Light - A Jazz Nativity 2018 - Christ & St Stephen's Church
December 16, 2018 - New York

Kindred Spirits and Chelsea Opera Present... Bending Towards the Light - A Jazz Nativity 2018

Kenny Barron Quintet - Village Vanguard
Through December 16, 2018 - New York

Mike Rodriguez (trumpet) Dayna Stephens (saxophone) Kenny Barron (piano) Kiyoshi Kitagawa (bass) Johnathan Blake (drums)

Scott Joplin - Jazz at Lincoln Center
Through December 17, 2018 - New York

Scott Joplin was taken from us far too early, but his later works and his ambitious opera Treemonisha show an incredibly forward-thinking composer taking ever-new risks. We'll look at these works, and explore his lasting legacy.

Chris Botti - 14th Annual Holiday Residency - Blue Note Jazz Club
Through December 30, 2018 - New York

Chris Botti - 14th Annual Holiday Residency FEATURING: Chris Botti - Trumpet Lee Pearson - Drums Reggie Hamilton - Bass Leonardo Amuedo - Guitar Piano - Eldar Violin - Sandy Cameron Vocals - TBA Blue Note Jazz Club is proud to present world renowned trumpeter Chris Botti's highly anticipated 14th Annual Holiday Residency, a four week engagement from mid-December through early January (including Christmas and New Year's Eve). Botti, described by The Wall Street Journal as "a December institution in the Big Apple at the Blue Note," has called the club his home every December since 2005.

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