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Blues and Jazz in New York City This Week - November 4-November 11

November 4, 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 Terra Blues.

Beauty & the Beast: Autism-Friendly - The New Victory Theater
November 04, 2018 - Midtown

Brimming with surprises and broad comic delights, this rowdy and rustic re-telling of the familiar French fable features a feisty heroine, a preposterous pair of loudmouthed, spoiled sisters and an enchanted prince with some monstrously bad pick-up lines. An ensemble of six actor-musicians weaves spellbinding narration, clever dialogue, and a Jazz Age score into a ferociously fun show about love, family and the notion that beauty—and beastliness—are only skin-deep.

Joni Mitchell 75th Birthday Tribute: Featuring Morgan James Performing Joni's Masterpiece Blue In Its Entirety! (Evening Show - Sold Out, Sign Up For Wait List!) - The Winery NYC
November 04, 2018 - New York

Joni Mitchell is one of the most beloved singer-songwriter of all time and her album Blue is an enduring masterpiece. Please join us for an unforgettable evening of Joni Mitchell classics, featuring the wonderful Morgan James, performing Blue in its entirety from start to finish! Morgan James made her Broadway debut in 2010 and has since recorded four albums, including her critically acclaimed cover of Joni Mitchell's Blue. Her music videos have generated over 80 million views worldwide and climbing! "A phenomenal talent…this woman is on fire!" — The New York Times Mary Fahl, with her awe-inspiring power vocals, first achieved fame in the 1990s as the lead singer of the dynamic chamber-pop group, October Project. Since then, she has released a series of compelling solo albums, including her stunning re-working of Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon and, her most recent, Love and Gravity. Maura Kennedy, best known for her recordings and concerts with her husband, Pete, as part of the beloved folk duo "The Kennedys," has recorded several acclaimed solo albums, most recently Villanelle: The Songs of Maura Kennedy and B.D Love. Leslie Mendelson is making waves with Love ... (read more)

Williamsburg Salsa Orchestra Performing Your Favorite Indie Rock Tunes - Brooklyn Bowl
November 04, 2018 - Brooklyn

The Williamsburg Salsa Orchestra is a stunning 11-piece Latin band which plays dynamic, dura arrangements of indie rock tunes we love, taking the art of salsa to new places while remaining within the classic, deeply funky tradition. Songs by Arcade Fire, The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, TV on The Radio, Santigold, Animal Collective, and many more are transformed into astonishing salsa anthems for a new generation. The WSO released its Debut Album in 2011 and has garnered international praise and recognition, making many "Best of The Year" lists and establishing the band as a groundbreaking global voice by infusing the typical salsa form with a completely modern identity. Led by percussionist/arranger Gianni Mano, (from the Latin-funk legends Radio Mundial), the WSO contains some of the best young players on the scene including a full compliment of horns and percussion. With the attitude of a rock band, and the grooves of classic New York salsa, the Williamsburg Salsa Orchestra is redefining salsa for a new decade and resetting the boundaries of the art form. Contact us at wso@giannimano.com and find us at www.wsoband.com and on Facebook. "The work here is way above and beyond anything anyo... (read more)

That's Not Tango--Astor Piazzolla, A Life in Music - SubCulture
November 04, 2018 - New York

After its 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.

Guitar Masters Series: Andy Bianco 4tet - Zinc Bar
November 05, 2018 - New York

Acclaimed jazz guitarist Andy Bianco brings his formidable trio to Zinc jazz club on Monday, November 5. He's supported by tenor saxophonist Glenn White, bassist Sam Trapchak and drummer Eric Halvorson. New York City-based guitarist/composer Andy Bianco has performed/recorded with Angie Stone, Ray Chew, Onree Gill, Kandace Springs, Elle Varner, Bob Moses & many others at such renowned venues as Smoke Jazz Club, Cafe Wha, The Bitter End, The Blue Note, SOB's, and Joe's Pub. He's also the guitarist for the Grammy-nominated RnB artist Elle Varner, with whom he has completed a tour of Japan for Billboard Live. He was a finalist in the 2012 & 2015 USA Songwriting Competition, & his 2 official album releases as a leader have received domestic & international critical acclaim. Andy completed a 6-month tour of New Zealand & Japan as the guitarist with the critically acclaimed stage production entitled, "Empire." He is a member of the jazz hip-hop supergroup the Nickel & Dime OPS.

Hungarian State Opera Orchestra - Carnegie Hall
November 05, 2018 - New York

Hungarian State Opera Orchestra Plácido Domingo and Balázs Kocsár, Conductors Nagao Haruka, Violin Andrea Rost, Soprano

Legendary: The Last Poets - Apollo Theater
November 05, 2018 - New York

As part of its Legendary series honoring iconic artists who have impacted the arts and culture, Apollo Live Wire pays tribute to the 50th anniversary of the Last Poets. Formed in 1968 in Harlem's Marcus Garvey Park, The Last Poets quickly rose to become a force on the music and poetry scene, giving voice the Black experience and inspiring generations of artists and activists for years to come. Founding group member Abiodun Oyewole and core group member Felipe Luciano will discuss the group's origins, impact, recordings and enduring legacy.

Tuesday Night Latin Jazz with Chembo Corniel - Nuyorican Poets Cafe
November 06, 2018 - New York

If ever there was a musician that has paid his dues and quite possibly cried the blues it would be Conga master and all around percussionist Wilson "Chembo" Corniel. Chembo had the pleasure of working/touring and or recording with many artists such as Larry Harlow, Tito Puente, Machito, Celia Cruz, Grady Tate, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Willie Colon, Ray Vega and many more. Doors $10, $7 with Student I.D.

6th Annual New York Trad Fest - Irish Arts Center
November 10, 2018 - New York

Local masters of traditional Irish, bluegrass, and old-time American music come together for a weekend of trad music, kicking off with a concert at Irish Arts Center. Performers include multi-instrumentalist Jenna Nicholls, button accordionist Daithí Gormley with fiddler Oisín Mac Diarmada, guitarist/vocalist/emcee Dermot Henry, and more.

Rhythm Revue Retro Soul & Rock N' Roll Dance Party with Felix Hernandez - Le Poisson Rouge
November 10, 2018 - West Village

Rhythm Revue dance parties are New York's biggest and longest-running classic soul dances. They've filled Resorts World NYC, Roseland Ballroom, Nokia Theater, Irving Plaza, Highline Ballroom, Hammerstein Ballroom, B.B. King's, the Hornblower yachts, NJPAC, the Terrace Ballroom and other venues in the metro area since 1991.

The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra Plays Miles Davis - Dizzy's Club Coca Cola
Through November 10, 2018 - New York

The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis performs Miles Davis' groundbreaking music from the 1940s–60s. Davis' work during these years is unparalleled in its stylistic range, impact, and enduring popularity, and this show will explore the pivotal musical moments on his quest towards innovation. After demonstrating Davis' early bebop stylings, as heard in songs like "Little Willie Leaps," the JLCO will move on to the rich, textured arrangements of Birth of the Cool, showcasing the unconventional brass instrumentation that gave it its unique sound. You will hear landmark pieces from Davis' "first great quintet," including his initial experiment with modal jazz in 1958's "Milestones"—a style fleshed out further in Davis' 1959 landmark, Kind of Blue. Davis stayed ahead of the curve throughout the 1960s, offering a preview of the sounds that would gain popularity in years to come. The JLCO will show you this progression, revisiting the "second great quintet's" brand of swinging, avant-garde eclecticism as well as the earliest traces of Davis' transition into electric jazz. For this last component, the JLCO will perform an expansive arrangement of "Tout de Suite"—D... (read more)

Beauty and the Beast - The New Victory Theater
Through November 11, 2018 - Midtown

Brimming with surprises and broad comic delights, this rowdy and rustic re-telling of the familiar French fable features a feisty heroine, a preposterous pair of loudmouthed, spoiled sisters and an enchanted prince with some monstrously bad pick-up lines. An ensemble of six actor-musicians weaves spellbinding narration, clever dialogue, and a Jazz Age score into a ferociously fun show about love, family and the notion that beauty—and beastliness—are only skin-deep.

TAKE 6 - Blue Note Jazz Club
Through November 11, 2018 - New York

TAKE 6 is the most awarded a cappella group in history, with ten Grammy's, ten Dove Awards (Gospel Music Awards), Best Jazz Vocal Group honors for seven consecutive years in Downbeat's prestigious Reader's and Critic's Poll, a Soul Train Music Award, BRE (Black Radio Exclusive) Vocal Group of the Year, two NAACP Image Award nominations, induction into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame and countless other musical and humanitarian citations. Showing the global appeal of this phenomenal group, they celebrated their 25th Anniversary last year with a World Tour including stronghold favorite markets Asia, South America, eastern and western Europe and the United States and TAKE 6 opened up new markets with debut tours of Australia and Canada. They receive rave reviews and overwhelming audience reception wherever they go. From New York's famed Blue Note to the Montreux Jazz Festival, from PBS to ABC-TV specials, they remain the quintessential and pre-eminent a capella group in the world, working harder than ever, and loving every minute of it. Most recently, TAKE 6 had the honor of being the first American vocal group to perform in Cuba since diplomatic relations were restored. One of th... (read more)

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