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Blues and Jazz in New York City This Week - January 6-January 13

January 6, 2019 - 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 Terra Blues.

DYNAMIC ARTIST APAP SHOWCASE Featuring J2B2 (John Jorgenson Bluegrass - Iridium
January 06, 2019 - New York

J2B2 is an all-star bluegrass supergroup featuring four legendary, award-winning musicians – John Jorgenson on acoustic guitar, mandolin and vocals; Herb Pedersen on banjo, acoustic guitar and vocals; Mark Fain on bass; and Patrick Sauber on acoustic guitar and vocals – delivering bluegrass like no one has ever heard it before. The band's undeniable live shows have received stellar reviews and have the bluegrass world buzzing. The four combine forces to form a spot-on union of impeccable musicianship, incomparable songwriting, incredible harmony vocals (a fresh twist combining bluegrass with elements of West Coast folk rock) and seasoned showmanship. This is the "high lonesome sound" of American roots music at its finest.

After Hours hosted by The Program of Deprogramming - Fat Cat
January 06, 2019 - New York

After Hours hosted by The Program of Deprogramming

Camila Meza & the Nectar Orchestra - Jazz Standard
January 06, 2019 - New York

There can never be anything rote or routine about a Jazz Standard performance by Camila Meza – and this night will be no exception. The enchanting Chilean–born singer, guitarist and composer will lead the expanded jazz–plus–strings group she calls the Nectar Orchestra in songs from Ambar, a new CD that elevates Camila's musical storytelling to another level. "Camila Meza is just the latest evidence that this music — stereotypically thought of in today's culture as fussy, niche, over-elite, cold, old — is capable of crossing every barrier. There's an audience for this kind of beauty, melody, invention, flight." (Will Layman, PopMatters, 5.9.2016) Camila Meza – voice, guitar Eden Ladin – piano Noah Wiesenberg – bass, string arrangements TBA – drums Tomoko Omura – violin Fung Chern Hwei – violin TBA – viola Brian Sanders – cello

John Beasley Monk'estra Septet - Birdland Theater
January 06, 2019 - New York

In the course of three decades, Mack Avenue recording artist John Beasley has carved an enviable reputation – or actually, two reputations. First and foremost, he is an uncommonly versatile, unerringly exciting pianist who has worked with such music icons as Miles Davis and Freddie Hubbard – playing in the bands of both these trumpet legends while still in his 20s – as well as with Herbie Hancock Steely Dan, Al Jarreau, Chaka Khan, Christian McBride, Chaka Khan (and even, for one night, with James Brown). But Beasley is also an accomplished composer, and a distinctive arranger who works regularly with in film and television, earning five GRAMMY nominations and an Emmy nod along the way. And he has worked extensively on soundtracks, primarily those of famed film scorer Thomas Newman, including the James Bond hits Spectre and Skyfall. Beasley's arranging skills find no better showcase than on the albums MONK'estra (Vol. 1 and Vol. 2), each of which received two GRAMMY nominations. MONK'estra is a smashing 15-piece big band that captures the spirit of Thelonious Monk's singular music in fresh arrangements flavored with contemporary sounds that range from Afro-Cuban rhythms to hip-h... (read more)

Melissa Aldana - Birdland Theater
January 06, 2019 - New York

Melissa Aldana (tenor sax) Micah Thomas (piano) Rick Rosato (bass) Jonathan Blake (drums) Joel Ross (vibes) Still in her 20's, Chilean saxophonist and composer Melissa Aldana has had a remarkably rapid evolution from 6-year-old sax prodigy to, "bold new talent," (NPR) and "…one of the more exciting young tenor saxophonists today." (New York Times) As a child, Aldana studied with her renowned saxophonist father Marcos Aldana. In 2007 she moved to Boston to enroll at Berklee College of Music. In 2013 she became the first female instrumentalist and the first South American ever to win the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition. She is also a recipient of the Martin E. Segal Award from Lincoln Center and a double recipient of the Altazor Award, Chile's prestigious national arts prize. Melissa has released four recordings as a leader, most recently, "Back Home." She recently completed and performed "Visions For Frida Kahlo," a six part suite for Septet, as part of Jazz Gallery NYC commission project. In addition to frequent educational residencies, Melissa performs around the world with her Quartet as well as with The Monterey Festival Allstars and the Allstar group Ar... (read more)

Jazz Brunch: Live Jazz Trio - Fine & Rare
January 06, 2019 - New York

Enjoy our new brunch menu, an array of crafted cocktails & spirits and a live jazz performance.

The Kat Vokes Trio - Fine & Rare
January 06, 2019 - New York

Live performance by The Kat Vokes Trio

Christopher Mcbride - Minton's Playhouse
January 06, 2019 - New York,

Singer Meets Saxophonist During performances, quiet policy is enforced

La Cumbiamba eNeYé: Season Opening Party - Flushing Town Hall
January 06, 2019 - Flushing

ALL AGES Join us to celebrate our new 40th Anniversary season with La Cumbiamba eNeYé! May indeed get you dancing like a puppet on strings, but be sure you pause now and then to listen closely to the pure joy of it." - Tom Orr, Roots World INTERACTIVE ARTS WORKSHOP AT 3 PM Dance and sing along with La Cumbiamba eNeYé! Participants will be exposed to their unique instruments and techniques, dance moves and steps found in various Colombian music genres. FREE in honor of FTH's 40th anniversary. No RSVP required. Come early to score a free percussion instrument! (First come, first served.) FAMILY CONCERT AT 4 PM Featuring an eclectic and explosive sound influenced by various Colombian musical traditions, La Cumbiamba eNeYé will perform music from Colombia's coast with its full 10-piece orchestra. Led by composer/arranger and percussionist Martin Vejarano, this performance will introduce audiences to a fresh take on Colombian music and a festive, elaborate repertoire that will inspire everyone to move, sing and celebrate. Bring your instruments for a post-show jam session with the band.

A Beautiful Celebration Of Jazz Classics, Bossa Nova & Originals Feat. Julie E. & Alex Blake With Special Guest Yoichi Uzeki - Club Bonafide
January 06, 2019 - New York

A Beautiful Celebration of Jazz Grammy-winning lyricist and cabaret favorite Julie Eigenberg, also known as Julie E., takes the stage at Club Bonafide with award-winning Bassist Alex Blake for an afternoon of cool jazz.Together With Pianist YOICHI UZEKI they'll bring you Eigenberg's soulful interpretations of jazz classics plus some lively original jams. Relax, kick back and enjoy The Show as you take in this sure-to-be swinging show. Julie Eigenberg Julie Eigenberg, began her singing career in NYC, performing with such greats as George Duvivier, Eumir Deodato, David Spinozza, Vicki Sue Robinson, Moogy Klingman, the Brecker Bros., Leon Pendarvis , Anthony Jackson, Will Lee, and Lew Soloff to name just a few. Julie co-wrote the song, "Why Not!" with Michel Camilo, and the Manhattan Transfer won the 1983 Grammy Award for Best Jazz Vocal of a Group with their Atlantic Records recording of "Why Not". Alex Blake played on that recording. At that time in NYC, Julie was forging her career in the jingle and advertising world, and had the great good fortune to stand next to and sing with Patti Austin, Valerie Simpson, Barry Manilow, Paul Williams as well as some of the greatest studio ... (read more)

Mingus Big Band: Celebrating 10 Years at Jazz Standard - Jazz Standard
January 07, 2019 - New York

Our perennially popular "Mingus Monday" series continues tonight with two fiery sets by the GRAMMY Award–winning Mingus Big Band, celebrating the life and music of Charles Mingus (1922–1979). "Among the giants of jazz, composer, bandleader, and string bass player Charles Mingus ranged the fur­thest stylistically. While focusing on bop, especially hard bop, his performances explored all of the other main currents in jazz – the New Orleans style, swing, free jazz, and fusion – and other genres as well – blues, rhythm & blues, boogie woogie, and gospel music." – From The Blackwell Guide to Recorded Jazz, edited by Barry Kernfeld (1992)

Jim Caruso's Cast Party - Birdland jazz club
January 07, 2019 - New York

"Jim Caruso's Cast Party is the best thing to happen to nightlife since prohibition ended." Think "American Idol" meets "The Tonight Show." Imagine Martin Short and Liza throw a hip house party around the baby grand…and you're invited! Cast Party is a wildly popular happening that has brought Broadway glitz and urbane wit to the legendary Birdland in New York City every Monday night since 2003. It is the ultimate spot to mix and mingle with show folk and the people who love them. Cast Party is a hilariously impromptu variety show where showbiz superstars and up-and-comers deliver jaw-dropping musical performances and razzle-dazzle. Legendary showman Jim Caruso guides the entire affair with razor-sharp humor and the unbridled enthusiasm of an uber-fan. Musical Director Billy Stritch holds court at the ivories, along with Steve Doyle on bass, and Daniel Glass on drums...but the real fun starts when the audience participates in the onstage festivities. Broadway legends, jazzers, cabaret divas, starry-eyed tourists and kids right off the bus take to the stage and entertain each other. If you have a voice, a dream and some sheet music, your Cast Party moment just might be at hand... (read more)

Vanguard Jazz Orchestra - Village Vanguard
January 07, 2019 - 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.

Mingus Big Band - Jazz Standard
January 07, 2019 - New York

Our perennially popular "Mingus Monday" series continues tonight with two fiery sets by the GRAMMY Award–winning Mingus Big Band, celebrating the life and music of Charles Mingus (1922–1979). "Among the giants of jazz, composer, bandleader, and string bass player Charles Mingus ranged the fur­thest stylistically. While focusing on bop, especially hard bop, his performances explored all of the other main currents in jazz – the New Orleans style, swing, free jazz, and fusion – and other genres as well – blues, rhythm & blues, boogie woogie, and gospel music." – From The Blackwell Guide to Recorded Jazz, edited by Barry Kernfeld (1992)

Sean Jones - Birdland Theater
January 07, 2019 - New York

Sean Jones has quickly established himself as one of the most outstanding and innovative trumpeters and composers on today's scene. Apprenticing with such legendary figures as Gerald Wilson, Frank Foster, Jimmy Heath and Nancy Wilson, he served as lead trumpeter with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra from 2004-2010. In 2011 he toured internationally with Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter ('Tribute to Miles' tour). As a leader he has recorded exclusively for Mack Avenue Records and performed at the Monterey, Detroit and Montreal Jazz Festivals. Jones has recently accepted the position of Chair of Brass at Berklee College of Music and also serves as Artistic Director of both the Pittsburgh and Cleveland Jazz Orchestras. Sean is current Artist-in-Residence at San Francisco Performances and is a new member of The SFJAZZ Collective.

Francisco Mela's Ancestros - Blue Note
January 07, 2019 - New York

FEATURING: Francisco Mela - Drums & Leader Ethan Iverson - Piano John Hevert - Bass Hery Paz - Saxophone Francisco Mela is a favorite amongst jazz's elite instrumentalists, among them, Joe Lovano, John Scofield, JoAnne Brackeen, Kenny Barron, Gary Bartz, Bobby Watsonand McCoy Tyner, all of whom cite his charisma, sophistication, and life-affirming spirit as an extension of his incredible talents as a composer and drummer. Francisco Mela was born in 1968 in Bayamo, Cuba. He moved to Boston in 2000 to pursue a degree at the acclaimed Berklee College of Music and, quickly thereafter, the faculty recognized that Mela had much to offer students and promptly hired him to teach at the school. Mela rapidly made a name for himself on the Boston scene, becoming the house drummer at the legendary Wally's Café Jazz Club. It was at Wally's that Mela began developing a concept for his own band, one that would feature the sounds of modern jazz with the traditional music he grew up with in Cuba.

Behn Gillece Band - Fat Cat
January 07, 2019 - New York

Behn Gillece Band

Dietrich - The Triad
Through January 07, 2019 - New York

Written by Willard Manus, directed by Gary Swanson and starring Cindy Marinangel, "DIETRICH" is based on a true story. Set in May 1960, the play takes place when Marlene Dietrich returned to the Berlin stage for the first time since fleeing the Hitler regime in the 1930's. Inside her dressing room at the Tatiana Palast Theater, she weighs whether to go through with the live performance despite threats on her life by Nazi sympathizers who resented her for having spent much of World War II entertaining American soldiers on the front lines. To them, Dietrich is a turncoat; a traitor who deserves to be shot and killed on stage. For more information visit www.DietrichPlay.com *Please Note: The Triad has a 2-drink minimum per person.

Beat Girl! Featuring Bettina May! - Sid Gold's Request Room
January 08, 2019 - New York

Glittery Gals! Sparkling Drinks! And One Glamorous Songbird!

Ben Williams & Friends - Blue Note
January 08, 2019 - New York

FEATURING: Ben Williams - Bass, Vocals & Bandleader BigYuki - Piano/Keys Justin Brown - Drums Bendji Allonce - Percussions David Rosenthal - Guitar Marcus Strickland - Saxophones Chris Turner - Vocals & Special Guest Ben Williams of New York City is an acclaimed bassist, bandleader, performer, music educator, and composer who has performed with the likes of Wynton Marsalis, George Benson, Pat Metheny, David Sanborn, Chaka Kahn, Pharrell, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Terence Blanchard, Roy Hargrove, Benny Golson, and Stefon Harris just to name a few. He recently completed his film debut with Don Cheadle in Miles Davis biopic, "Miles Ahead". Williams released his sophomore album, Coming of Age in April 2015, a collection of new works reflecting his wide-ranging musical interests as well as his growth as a musician, improviser and composer. Says Williams, "This new music reflects more of where I am on my journey. I think I have matured as a composer and I am better able to deliver my ideas to my fans and hopefully to a new and expanding audience".

Medeski Martin & Wood with Alarm Will Sound - Brooklyn Steel
January 09, 2019 - Brooklyn

Wide open: That's the phrase John Medeski uses to describe his bandmates' musical sensibilities, the attitude he seeks in himself, and the spirit of musical adventure that Medeski Martin & Wood have pursued for two decades. The trio's amalgam of jazz, funk, "avant-noise" and a million other musical currents and impulses is nearly impossible to classify, which is just how they like it. Medeski's keyboard excursions, Chris Wood's hard-charging bass lines and Billy Martin's supple, danceable beats have come to resemble a single organism, moving gracefully between genre-defying compositions and expansive improvisation atop a relentless groove. What the three had in common before their band was a relationship with jazz mentor/drummer Bob Moses, who first brought his conservatory-trained protégés Medeski and Wood together for a session. "John was a madman," Wood recalls. "He could drive the music, but it wasn't about the limelight – just raw enthusiasm. He had a freer spirit than you find in most musicians. It was inspiring to be around.

Audrey Silver - Club Bonafide
January 09, 2019 - New York

Audrey Silver is one of the most elegantly creative singers in jazz today. Known for her smooth, effortless sound, sensitive interpretations, satisfying swing, and unique approach to the American songbook, Audrey sings with a style that radiates her warm, generous personality. Audrey's steady stream of appearances—including performances at the Tanglewood Jazz Festival and New York's prestigious JVC Jazz Festival—have made her more sought after than ever. Based in New York City, she performs at numerous venues including 55 Bar, Cornelia Street Cafe and Jazz at Kitano. In October, 2016 Audrey released her third CD, Very Early. Included in the stellar line-up are two revered jazz musicians, Bruce Barth on piano and Lewis Nash on drums. The album offers a broad array of music from American Songbook standards, originals, to contemporary tunes and a French song all creatively arranged by singer, composer and Berklee professor, Steven Santoro. Audrey received critical praise for her "vocal prowess" in her second album, Dream Awhile, which features many of the players that have worked with her in New York clubs throughout her career, including pianist Joe Barbato, bassist Joe Fitzgerald,... (read more)

The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis and the National Symphony Orchestra of Romania - Dizzy's Club Coca Cola
Through January 12, 2019 - New York

The National Symphony Orchestra of Romania, conducted by Cristian M?celaru, joins forces with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis in its first visit to the United States. The JLCO has a proud and longstanding tradition of collaborating with orchestras from all over the world, and the NSOR has earned a reputation for delivering virtuosic performances of the highest level. The JLCO and NSOR will perform the world premiere of Wynton Marsalis' newly completed work, The Jungle. Commissioned in 2017 for the 175th Anniversary of the New York Philharmonic, an early version The Jungle was performed to sold-out crowds for five nights straight, and Marsalis will now share the final version of this extraordinary suite in Rose Theater. The Jungle is about what we see in our city today—the beautiful, the bleak, and the ever-present but often-overlooked commonalities of our shared humanity. It's a powerful composition in any context, but it is especially meaningful to perform it live with our Romanian brothers and sisters. Join your fellow music lovers in the House of Swing and watch some of the world's best musicians come together. Free pre-concert discussion nightly ... (read more)

Steel House - Village Vanguard
Through January 13, 2019 - New York

Ed Simon (piano) Scott Colley (bass) Brian Blade (drums) Three well-known instrumentalists are building a new band called Steel House. The foundations of this house are deep and strong, the roof sturdy. Inside is one big, light-filled room occupied by the three leaders: Edward Simon on piano, Scott Colley on acoustic bass, and Brian Blade on drums. Each man is a world-class jazz player with his own robust composing, recording, and performing career. Since meeting in New York in the early 1990s, they have shared stages and studios, playing many different styles of music together. They decided to form (build) Steel House to create a dedicated place for their own musical explorations. The music of Steel House embraces both silence, and emerging from that stillness, conversation. The communication among Simon, Colley, and Blade stays nimble, focused on moment-to-moment interaction. Musical structure is minimal, poetic, and full of purpose. Walls of genre, category, and style are torn down. Light and space abound. We can hear them down the street now, Simon, Colley, and Blade building their Steel House. The music is infectious. It is everything you wanted – spirited and serious, cari... (read more)

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