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Blues and Jazz in New York City This Week - March 11-March 18

March 11, 2018 - 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.

John Zorn Matinee - Village Vanguard
March 11, 2018 - New York

John Zorn (sax) Jim Staley (trombone) Marc Ribot (guitar) Mary Halvorson (guitar) Ikue Mori (electronics) Christian McBride (bass) Kenny Wolleson (drums) Ches Smith (drums)

Christopher Mcbride & The Cnote - Minton's Playhouse
March 11, 2018 - Harlem

Christopher McBride – Saxophone Jonathan Edwards – Piano Curtis Nowosad – Drums Sets are 1 hour long The admission price is $10.00 Sun- Wed. and $15 Thu- Sat. per set PLUS a 2 drink minimum. * * Admission may increase depending upon a given week's performance schedule. During performances, quiet is enforced

What-The-Funk! Monthly Residency - Silvana
March 11, 2018 - New York

WHATTHEFUNK! is a Funk/Soul band founded in Vancouver, Canada.

Rebirth Brass Band - Blue Note Jazz Club
Through March 11, 2018 - New York

Whether seen on HBO's Treme or at their legendary Tuesday night gig at The Maple Leaf, Grammy-winning Rebirth Brass Band is a true New Orleans institution. Formed in 1983 by the Frazier brothers, the band has evolved from playing the streets of the French Quarter to playing festivals and stages all over the world. While committed to upholding the tradition of brass bands, they have also extended themselves into the realms of funk and hip-hop to create their signature sound. "Rebirth can be precise whenever it wants to," says The New York Times, "but it's more like a party than a machine. It's a working model of the New Orleans musical ethos: as long as everybody knows what they're doing, anyone can cut loose." In the wake of the sometimes-stringent competition among New Orleans brass bands, Rebirth is the undisputed leader of the pack, and they show no signs of slowing down.

Duduka Da Fonseca and Helio Alves featuring Maucha Adnet: Samba Jazz and the Music of Jobim - Dizzy's Club Coca Cola
Through March 11, 2018 - New York

With guitarist Romero Lubambo, saxophonist & flutist Billy Drewes, bassist Hans Glawischnig, vocalist Maucha Adnet, pianist Helio Alves, and drummer & berimbau player Duduka Da Fonseca

Jazz at Lincoln Center Youth Orchestra - Dizzy's Club Coca Cola
March 12, 2018 - New York

In Your Face – New York - Kaufman Music Center
March 12, 2018 - New York

Hosted by iconic fashion designer, cabaret star and opera devotee Isaac Mizrahi 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 WNYC's Brian Lehrer. Music is led by jazz legend Jay Leonhart and the 1-Train Band.

Open Mic Monday - Nuyorican Poets Café
March 12, 2018 - New York

A Nuyorican Poets Cafe Production Open Mic Mondays: Play us a song, show us your stand-up, read us a poem - perform in any genre you want! You get five minutes to show us one piece: Stun us, impress us, and make it count. But only the first 25 people can sign up! So get down, sign up, and show us what you got! $8 online and at the door.

New Moon Acoustic Blues Band - Club Bonafide
March 12, 2018 - New York

Featuring Karl Schwarz and Gregory Morgan, the New Moon Blues Band is built around the sounds of traditional acoustic blues and spiritual tunes. Formed in the spring of 2016, they have developed a rich, full sound that stays true to the early acoustic blues. In an effort to recreate the emotion and feeling of America in the early 1900's, the band performs the music of artists such as the Reverend Gary Davis, Robert Johnson, Sam Chapmon, Mississippi John Hurt and the like.

Mccoy Tyner With Special Guests - Blue Note Jazz Club
March 12, 2018 - New York

Jazz pianist McCoy Tyner is widely considered one of the finest and most influential pianists in jazz history. His signature booming left-hand and fleeting right created a unique sound that can be heard on his recordings as a sideman with the John Coltrane Quartet in the 1960s and on his 80-plus albums as a leader. Tyner's most recent project for McCoy Tyner Music/Half Note Records is his first solo effort in almost a decade titled Solo: Live From San Francisco. The release is the third for his label and features eleven solo vignettes recorded at the Herbst Theater in 2007. Tyner's blues based piano style, replete with sophisticated chords and an explosively percussive left hand has transcended conventional styles to become one of the most identifiable sounds in improvised music. His harmonic contributions and dramatic rhythmic devices form the vocabulary of a majority of jazz pianists.

Jim Caruso's Cast Party - Birdland
March 12, 2018 - 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.

Jane Bunnett and Maqueque (Direct From Cuba) - Birdland
March 13, 2018 - New York

Saxophonist Jane Bunnett's "Spirits of Havana," the landmark 1993 album that brought together North American and Cuban musicians in Havana, preceded Buena Vista Social Club by three years. With her all-female sextet, Maqueque, whose self-titled debut recently won a Juno (the Canadian Grammy) for Best Group Jazz Album of the Year, Jane is breaking new ground yet again. The name of the group means "the energy of a young girl's spirit," and with four of its members still in their early twenties, this is a band with energy to spare. That spirit is manifested through propulsive montuno improvisations, call and response numbers and ivory-tickling piano features, as might be expected, but also on a stirring cover of Bill Withers' "Ain't No Sunshine When She's Gone." Maqueque (pronounced Mah-Keh-Keh) includes Canadian Jane Bunnet (saxophone) and Cuban musicians Yissy Garcia (drums) Melvis Santa (percussion and vocals) Dánae Olano (piano) Magdelys Savigne (batá drums and congas) Celia Jiménez (bass)

Akira Tana and Otonowa - Dizzy's Club Coca Cola
March 13, 2018 - New York

With drummer Akira Tana, pianist Art Hirahara, woodwind player Masaru Koga, and bassist Noriyuki Ken Okada

This Alien Nation - Joe's Pub at The Public
March 13, 2018 - New York

Host Sofija Stefanovic welcomes some of her favorite outsiders for a celebration of immigration! Each month, at one of New York's finest venues, some fish-out-of-water tell true tales from their lives. Hear anecdotes about language barriers, cultural missteps, rumbles, romance, and more! From addresses to the President, to songs about first kisses, the evening is set to be one of worldly proportions. This January, uncensored on our stage, we bring you: - Armando Lucas Correa (author of The German Girl) - Negin Farsad (comedian, actress and filmmaker) - Paul Holdengräber (director and founder of LIVE from the NYPL) - Amitava Kumar (writer, journalist, author of Lunch with a Bigot) - Aasif Mandvi (actor and comedian) … with music from Treya! In a multicultural world that harbors some strong anti-immigration feelings, being a newcomer can be uncomfortable, hilarious, and weird. But it also makes for some great stories. Come for the stories, leave with some feelings – and enjoy drinks, laughs and cries in between. Created by Sofija Stefanovic @sstefanovic Produced by Trish Nelson's BanterGirl @BanterGirlSTW Our programmer-at-large is Michaela McGuire @michae... (read more)

Latin Jazz Big Band Night Featuring: the Bronx ConexióN - Nuyorican Poets Café
March 13, 2018 - New York

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

Camp Songs - The Stone
March 13, 2018 - New York

Stan Chovnick & Friends : 'Love Vibrations For Planet Earth' CD Release - Club Bonafide
March 13, 2018 - New York

Jazz soprano saxophonist Stan Chovnick, a native New Yorker, has performed at many venues in New York City including Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola (Jazz at Lincoln Center), the famed Warwick Hotel, The Triad, Cornelia Street Café, Iridium Jazz Club and Jazz at the Kitano to name a few. He has not only performed on many jazz recordings but has also produced over twenty CDs including critically acclaimed recordings such as Freddie Hubbard's "Above & Beyond," Billy Harper's "Soul of an Angel", a tribute CD to Rahsaan Roland Kirk entitled "Haunted Melodies" and Linda Presgrave's "Along The Path".

Mark Sherman Quartet with special guest Antônio Faraò - Dizzy's Club Coca Cola
March 14, 2018 - New York

With vibraphonist Mark Sherman, pianist Antônio Faraò, bassist David Wong, and drummer Carl Allen

Moodswing Orchestra Analog - The Stone
March 14, 2018 - New York

Charlie Burnham (violin) Ed Pastorini (piano) Oren Bloedow (bass, guitar) Ben Perowsky (drums, percussion, electronics) Special Guest? Jennifer Charles (vocals)

David Ostwald's Louis Armstrong Eternity Band - Birdland
March 14, 2018 - 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!

McCoy Tyner - Blue Note Jazz Club
Through March 14, 2018 - New York

Jazz pianist McCoy Tyner is widely considered one of the finest and most influential pianists in jazz history. His signature booming left-hand and fleeting right created a unique sound that can be heard on his recordings as a sideman with the John Coltrane Quartet in the 1960s and on his 80-plus albums as a leader. Tyner's most recent project for McCoy Tyner Music/Half Note Records is his first solo effort in almost a decade titled Solo: Live From San Francisco. The release is the third for his label and features eleven solo vignettes recorded at the Herbst Theater in 2007. Tyner's blues based piano style, replete with sophisticated chords and an explosively percussive left hand has transcended conventional styles to become one of the most identifiable sounds in improvised music. His harmonic contributions and dramatic rhythmic devices form the vocabulary of a majority of jazz pianists.

Cynthia Sayer - Birdland
March 15, 2018 - New York

Award-winning instrumentalist/vocalist/bandleader Cynthia Sayer is acclaimed by musicians, critics, and fans alike as one of the top 4-string jazz banjoists in the world today. Her eclectic, swing-based shows embody the rarely heard range and versatility of the 4-string banjo in the hands of a master, celebrating historic jazz banjo stars, Vaudeville, American Songbook favorites, virtuoso classics, fun anecdotes, and more. Sayer first rose to international prominence as a founding member of Woody Allen's New Orleans Jazz Band, all the while exploring her wider musical interests and playing with jazz, popular & roots artists such as Bucky Pizzarelli, Dick Hyman, Wynton Marsalis, Andy Statman, Wycliffe Gordon, Scott Robinson, Scott Bradlee's Postmodern Jukebox, Marvin Hamlisch, John McEuen (Nitty Gritty Dirt Band) ), Charlie Giordano (with Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band), and many others.

David Tronzo, John Medeski, Ben Perowsky - The Stone
March 15, 2018 - New York

David Tronzo (guitar) John Medeski (keyboards) Ben Perowsky (drums, percussion, electronics)

The Mateadors - Club Bonafide
March 15, 2018 - New York

The Mateadors are four friends from different parts of the world who enjoy getting together on a weekly basis in Brooklyn to drink Yerbamate, talk about life and play music together. Their personal life backgrounds and cultural influences morph, creating an unique sounding group that blends elements of folk music, jazz and rock n'roll.

Tim Berne, Hank Roberts, David Torn, Ben Perowsky - The Stone
March 16, 2018 - New York

Tim Berne (alto saxophone) Hank Roberts (cello) David Torn (guitar, electronics) Ben Perowsky (drums, percussion, electronics)

Dailza Ribeiro – Brazilian Music - Club Bonafide
March 16, 2018 - New York

Dailza Ribeiro is a singer/songwriter and published writer living in New York. She is from Rio de Janeiro where she started her career as a musician in 2014. Dailza launched "Desaguar", a CD with eleven original songs enlacing a great variety of the richness of Brazilian music. She also released two American folk singles.

The Floozies: Funk Jesus - the Second Coming - Brooklyn Bowl
March 16, 2018 - Brooklyn

Just outside the jazz mecca of Kansas City springs liberal oasis Lawrence, Kansas -- separated only by the waves of wheat from the epicenter of the electronic music revolution in Colorado. From Lawrence, it would logically follow that an act could rise to prominence fueled by the swing of Basie, the birth of Charlie Parker's bebop, and the wild frontier of electronica. Born in funk and bred in the digital age, live electronic duo The Floozies have burst onto the scene at a time when the industry needed them the most. Brothers Matt and Mark Hill share the stage just as easily as they share a musical brain. Without a setlist, and without a word between them, Matt's guitar is in lockstep with the thud of Mark's kick. Endless looping and production builds the raw scenery upon which palm muted chugs, searing solos, and wobbling bass paint their dazzling array of colors. Well versed in everything from Chris Cornell to Kavinsky, the sonic vision shared by the brothers eschews contemporary electronic influences in favor of broader, deeper tastes including Zapp & Roger, Lettuce, and Amon Tobin. That wide?angle view of a century of popular music allows the Hills to remix Toto and The... (read more)

Brasstracks - The Bowery Ballroom
March 16, 2018 - New York

The Birdland Big Band - Birdland
March 16, 2018 - New York

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!"

MACK - A New Original Musical - Triad Theater
Through March 16, 2018 - New York

Travel back in time to Mack's Tavern, which begins as a speakeasy during Prohibition in the 1920s. MACK guides us through each decade up to the present, as we're interactively entertained by all of the musical acts performed at his bar. This is a new, original musical by Carrie Sooter, a veteran of the New York music scene. MACK also includes an all-star cast, and will premier for one night only at the Triad.

Ben Perowsky Quartet - The Stone
March 17, 2018 - New York

Chris Speed (tenor Saxophone, clarinet) Ben Monder (guitar) Scott Colley (bass) Ben Perowsky (drums)

Zoe Obadia, Jazz Alto Saxophone - Morse Hall - The Juilliard School
March 17, 2018 - New York

Chad Lefkowitz-Brown - Birdland
March 18, 2018 - New York

Hailed as a "sax phenom" by The New York Daily News, Chad Lefkowitz-Brown is one of the first prominent jazz musicians to emerge out of the millennial generation. He has toured globally as a soloist, and with numerous jazz artists and pop icons ranging from Arturo O'Farrill to Taylor Swift. Chad is also a member of the multi-Grammy award winning Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra, and he is on faculty at the San Francisco Conservatory as a visiting artist. Downbeat Magazine selected his latest release, "Onward" as an Editor's Pick for 2017, commending his "technical abilities that mask the difficulty of his wondrously intricate lines."

Freddy Cole Quintet - Dizzy's Club Coca Cola
Through March 18, 2018 - New York

With pianist and vocalist Freddy Cole

Roy Haynes 93rd Birthday Celebration with Special Guests - Blue Note Jazz Club
Through March 18, 2018 - New York

ROY HAYNES is the pulse of legendary jazz. For over 70 years Roy Haynes has influenced and innovated, shaping some of the greatest recordings in jazz while his joyous drumming with the legends of the genre altered the very fabric and direction of jazz improvisation.

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