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February 18, 2019 - by CG Directory Editor
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NYC is filled with blues and jazz clubs, and City Guide's got all the best weekend shows in one place. Get your groove at some of New York City's most famed establishments, including the likes of Blue Note Jazz Club, the Jazz Standard, the Village Vanguard and Terra Blues.

Carnegie Hall Citywide: Alphonso Horne & The Gotham King - Flushing Town Hall
February 22, 2019 - Flushing

Mardi Gras celebration! Alphonso Horne honors the legacy and continues the rich traditions of such iconic trumpet masters as King Oliver and Louis Armstrong. Horne and the band have the sizzling chops to capture the classic sound of New Orleans jazz and the innovative vision to put their own contemporary stamp on the music.

Marty Friedman Immortal Guardian - Saint Vitus
February 22, 2019 - Brooklyn

Marty Friedman Immortal Guardian

Tom Rainey Combobulated Album Release Concert - The Jazz Gallery
February 22, 2019 - New York

Tom Rainey -drums Ingrid Laubrock -saxophone Mary Halvorson -guitar "While Rainey's evocative, time-morphing and occasionally implosive drumming plays a central role in the musical materiality here, his trio is very much an integrated ensemble. The commanding component parts are critical to the vibe and behavioral manner and conversational of the whole. Laubrock is a saxophonist of unusual textural sensitivity and intellectual savvy, who can summon up proper deposits of abandon, knowing restraint and sly references to jazz' past in the midst of her purely improvisational explorations. Halvorson, one of the important "avant-jazz" guitarists of her generation, takes the abstracting and deconstructionist influence of, say, Derek Bailey into account in her playing, but has come up with her own way of melding that free-styling painterliness with shards of line and sonics – including tasteful deployment of effects units, a well-placed vibrato effect, ring modulation or distortion blast adding to the range and contemporary relevance of what she does. Together, they make a refreshing new and not -sentimental kind of beautiful music." – Josef Woodard, Contributor to Downbeat, Jazz Times ... (read more)

David Bryant, Gerald Cannon & Eric Mcpherson - Mezzrow Jazz Club
February 22, 2019 - New York

David Bryant (Piano), Gerald Cannon (Bass), Eric McPherson (Drums) Pianist David Bryant is a hard swinging modernist with a fleet touch. He has invited Gerald Cannon on bass and Eric McPherson on drums for a weekend of trio.

Joe Davidian 'After-hours' - Mezzrow Jazz Club
February 22, 2019 - New York

Join pianist Joe Davidian for our after-hours set. Join pianist Joe Davidian for our after-hours set.

The Birdland Big Band - Birdland Jazz Club
February 22, 2019 - 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!"

Ray Gallon Trio - Fat Cat
February 22, 2019 - New York

Ray Gallon Trio

David Weiss and Point of Departure - Fat Cat
February 22, 2019 - New York

David Weiss and Point of Departure

King Solomon Hicks - Minton's playhouse
February 22, 2019 - New York

King Solomon Hicks

Maurice Frank Quartet with John Di Martino, Yoshi Waki & Vince Cherico - Jazz at Kitano
February 22, 2019 - New York

Friday & Saturday Jazz Shows 8:00 pm & 10:00 pm Sets $34 Cover / $20 F&B Minimum

Alastair Moock - BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center
February 22, 2019 - New York

Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Alastair Moock has made a name for himself on the folk and Americana circuit, touring throughout the U.S. and Europe and playing renowned events like the Newport Folk Festival. Moock has also found success recording four award-winning albums for kids and families. This spring, he returned to his singer-songwriter roots with his first "grownup" album release in ten years. The Boston Globe calls him "one of the town's best and most adventurous songwriters" and The Washington Post says "every song is a gem."

Wayne Escoffery Quartet - Smoke Jazz & Supper Club
February 22, 2019 - New York

Wayne Escoffery [tenor saxophone] David Kikoski [piano] Ugonna Okegwo [bass] Kush Abadey [drums] One of today's great tenor saxophonists, Wayne Escoffery is a former student and important protégé of the late great Jackie McLean. Called "abundantly gifted, extremely confident" by JazzTimes, Escoffery has worked with Eric Reed, Lonnie Plaxico, Abdullah Ibrahim, the Mingus Big Band/Orchestra/Dynasty, Ben Riley's Monk Legacy Septet, and Tom Harrell. All About Jazz says, "Not since the works of bassist Charles Mingus and saxophonist John Coltrane has there been music so charged with emotion and so engulfed in spirituality." Escoffery celebrates his birthday with an outstanding quartet featuring pianist Dave Kikoski, bassist Ugonna Okegwo, and drummer Kush Abadey.

David Sanborn - Blue Note
February 22, 2019 - New York

David Sanborn has released 24 albums, won six Grammy Awards, and has had eight Gold albums and one Platinum. Having inspired countless other musicians, Dave has worked in many genres which typically blend instrumental pop, R&B and traditional jazz. He released his first solo album Taking Off in 1975, but has been playing the saxophone since before he was in high school when he was inspired by the great Chicago blues artists near his hometown of St. Louis. Having contracted polio at the age of three, Dave was introduced to the saxophone as part of his treatment therapy. By the age of 14, he was able to play with legends such as Albert King and Little Milton. Dave went on to study music at Northwestern University before transferring to the University of Iowa where he played and studied with the great saxophonist JR Monterose. Later traveling to California on the advice of a friend, he joined the Butterfield Blues Band and played Woodstock with Paul Butterfield. Following that, Dave toured with Stevie Wonder and recorded for Wonder's Talking Book album, played with The Rolling Stones, and toured with David Bowie. It was with Bowie that he recorded the famous solo heard on "Young A... (read more)

Anu Sun's Sanguine Regum Album Release Party - Blue Note
February 22, 2019 - New York

Anu~Sun is a Grammy Award winning musician/engineer & songwriter. The upcoming talent attributes his love for the arts to having grown up in a music & fashion family. His godfather is legendary Jazz vibraphonist/drummer Lionel Hampton, his father worked for Wayne Newton & his aunt is 80's super model Maria McDonald. A drummer since the age of 3, Anu has developed a musical sound that melds Hip Hop, Jazz & 90's and RnB. Being a lover of progressive music, Anu is also the creator & host of The SHED open jam, a bi-weekly jam session in #NYC that serves as an launchpad for new talent.

Dollylujah: Winter Edition A Celebration Of Dolly Parton Featuring Doll Parts, And More - The Bell House
February 22, 2019 - Brooklyn

This event is 21 and over Brooklyn's Premier Dolly Parton Cover Band-- they have been actively spreading the gospel of Dolly Parton to venues throughout the east coast. Since Dolly doesn't hold back, they don't either! Make no mistake they "BRING THE Y'ALL, Y'ALL!"

Gatsby In Paris French Chansons & Jazz Standards From The 20s To The 40s Feat.chloé Perrier & The French Heart Band - Club Bonafide
February 22, 2019 - New York

Gatsby in Paris: French Chansons & Jazz Standards From the '20s to the '40s, featuring enchanting French singer Chloé Perrier and her new band, the French Heart Jazz Band. This irrepressibly charming show is a mix of French chansons and American jazz standards from the '20s to the '40s with a continental flare. Chloé sings an intriguing mix of jazz, chanson, Brazilian and occasionally Romany-tinged numbers in French, as well as in English. The group is known for its reinvention of the old chestnut "My Heart Belongs to Daddy" as a bolero-tinged Twin Peaks theme, an obscure '20s hot jazz tune that Perrier had found in a history book, and the classic "La Vie en Rose." Come to Club Bonafide in New York City and listen as exes get dissed and relationships gone wrong are dissected and remembered through glasses that aren't exactly rose-colored.

The London African Gospel Choir Performs Paul Simon's 'Graceland' - Theatre at Westbury
February 22, 2019 - Westbury

Thirty years after its release, 17 members of the London African Gospel Choir backed by their excellent band, perform their own powerful twist on Paul Simon's timeless classic "Graceland". The richness and harmony of the Choir's rhythmic, evocative and empowering, voices have created an overwhelming musical event, for anyone lucky enough to experience this special performance. After coming across a bootleg cassette of South African township music in the early 80s, Paul Simon was totally smitten by the infectious and irresistible rhythms. Try as you might, you simply cannot get a ticket to see this uplifting and amazing show in London. Every venue that puts tickets on sale, sells out in an instant. In just one month, all the six Jazz Cafe shows presented in the capital hit capacity, and recieved rave reviews from those attending. Recenetly Brighton's Concorde2 and the Bexhill De La Warr Pavilion sold out in under 4 weeks. This is certainly not a show to be missed.

Piano Jazz Series: Andy Laverne Trio - Zinc Bar
February 22, 2019 - New York

A highly gifted jazz pianist, bandleader and composer whose thoughtful playing is deeply rooted in bop." —All Music Andy LaVerne brings his trio to the Zinc Bar for a splendid evening of jazz piano. He's supported by bassist Mike Richmond and drummer Jason Tiemann. Jazz pianist, composer, and arranger Andy LaVerne studied at Juilliard, Berklee, and the New England Conservatory, and took private lessons from legendary jazz pianist Bill Evans. The list of musicians with whom LaVerne has worked reads like a Who's Who in jazz: Frank Sinatra, Stan Getz, Woody Herman, Dizzy Gillespie, Chick Corea, Lionel Hampton, Michael Brecker, Elvin Jones, and numerous others. A prolific recording artist, his projects as a leader number over 50, the most recent are Intuition, a duo with saxophonist Jerry Bergonzi (SteepleChase), and Epiphany, a collection of Andy's newest compositions (ClaveBop).

Anu Sun's Sanguine Regum Album Release Party - Blue Note
February 22, 2019 - New York

Anu~Sun is a Grammy Award winning musician/engineer & songwriter. The upcoming talent attributes his love for the arts to having grown up in a music & fashion family. His godfather is legendary Jazz vibraphonist/drummer Lionel Hampton, his father worked for Wayne Newton & his aunt is 80's super model Maria McDonald. A drummer since the age of 3, Anu has developed a musical sound that melds Hip Hop, Jazz & 90's and RnB. Being a lover of progressive music, Anu is also the creator & host of The SHED open jam, a bi-weekly jam session in #NYC that serves as an launchpad for new talent.

Carnegie Hall Citywide: Alphonso Horne & The Gotham Kings - Flushing Town Hall
February 22, 2019 - Flushing

Mardi Gras celebration! Alphonso Horne honors the legacy and continues the rich traditions of such iconic trumpet masters as King Oliver and Louis Armstrong. Horne and the band have the sizzling chops to capture the classic sound of New Orleans jazz and the innovative vision to put their own contemporary stamp on the music.

Adia Victoria - Rough Trade NYC
February 22, 2019 - Brooklyn

Adia Victoria Fri, February 22, 2019 Doors 08:00 PM, Show: 09:00 PM 21 & Over On sale: Fri, October 19th 2018, 10:00 am

'Into the Shadows of Nothingness' - Terraza 7
February 22, 2019 - Elmhurst

A new play by Sebastián Ospina. This time the one-man show is in English. A free adaptation of EL GENERAL EN SU LABERINTO the novel by Gabriel García Márquez. The story focuses on Manuela Sáenz born in Ecuador and Simón Bolívar´s love in the last 7 years of his life. Manuela survived Bolívar 26 years and the legend goes that she wrote love letters to her dead lover till the last day of her life. She died forgotten in an abandoned port in the northern shore of Perú. There she receives the visit of Herman Melville the young writer who was to write a famous American novel: MOBY DICK. In a narrative, a fusion of film and stage, actress Esther Levy, born to Jewish American father and Mexican mother, plays on screen the role of Manuela Sáenz. The videos for the show are work of filmmaker Catalina Santamaría and music is the work of Colombian composers of the 19th and 20th century. The theme song CONSTANT LOVE BEYOND DEATH is performed by singer Johanna Castañeda.

Alastair Moock - Tribeca Performing Arts Center
February 22, 2019 - New York

Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Alastair Moock has made a name for himself on the folk and Americana circuit, touring throughout the U.S. and Europe and playing renowned events like the Newport Folk Festival. Moock has also found success recording four award-winning albums for kids and families. This spring, he returned to his singer-songwriter roots with his first "grownup" album release in ten years. The Boston Globe calls him "one of the town's best and most adventurous songwriters" and The Washington Post says "every song is a gem."

Piano Master: The Oscar Peterson Story - Jazz at Lincoln Center
February 22, 2019 - New York

Piano Master: The Oscar Peterson Story is a star-studded tribute to the master pianist and composer. Six extraordinary pianists with deep connections to the legend will perform a collection of Oscar Peterson compositions—some of which have never before been heard—and a few new originals written in his honor. The lineup features NEA Jazz Master Kenny Barron, Afro-Cuban jazz legend Gonzalo Rubalcaba, rising stars Gerald Clayton and Ben Paterson, and Peterson's two protégés: Robi Botos and Benny Green. This special event celebrates the 70th anniversary of Peterson's unforgettable United States debut, which took place at Carnegie Hall in 1949. In addition to stunning solo pieces, they will also perform small group numbers with the most perfect rhythm section imaginable. Drummer Jeff Hamilton and guitarist Ulf Wakenius each spent years playing in Oscar Peterson's Trio and Quartet and in small groups led by Ray Brown, Peterson's longtime bassist. Brown's main protégé and legacy-keeper is tonight's music director, bassist John Clayton, who has also spent more than 30 years co-leading the unstoppable Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra with Jeff Hamilton. This group has the kind of chemist... (read more)

Tyrone Govan and Top Secret R&B Band - Paris Blues
Through February 22, 2019 - New York

Tyrone Govan and Top Secret R&B Band

Terry Kitchen & Mara Levine - The Community Church of New York
February 23, 2019 - New York

One of New England's best songwriters"-The Boston Globe (on Terry Kitchen) "One of the best singers of her generation"-Christine Lavin (on Mara Levine) "Together, Terry Kitchen and Mara Levine blend like honey and velvet."-Sol Zeller, The Borderline Folk Club Terry and Mara have been making beautiful music together since 2008, combining his guitar and songwriting skills with her exquisite vocals and ear for harmony to perform both Terry's compositions and fresh takes on traditional and contemporary folk songs. They have released on EP and appeared on each other's solo albums, including Mara's latest, Facets of Folk and Terry's 2017 The Quiet Places.

Robin Greenstein - The Community Church of New York
February 23, 2019 - New York

Robin is a singer-songwriter from NYC who mixes folk, pop, rock, blues, country and jazz into a style she calls "Acousticness." Imagine a female James Taylor; strong finger-picking, rootsy songs with sophisticated pop influences. Soulful singing and memorable original songs make a lasting impact on her audiences. You might hear a jazz standard, a blues song, or an instrumental banjo dance tune scattered among her original compositions.

Robin Greenstein - The Community Church of New York
February 23, 2019 - New York

Robin is a singer-songwriter from NYC who mixes folk, pop, rock, blues, country and jazz into a style she calls "Acousticness." Imagine a female James Taylor; strong finger-picking, rootsy songs with sophisticated pop influences. Soulful singing and memorable original songs make a lasting impact on her audiences. You might hear a jazz standard, a blues song, or an instrumental banjo dance tune scattered among her original compositions.

Pink Talking Fish: Junta Circus - The Capitol Theatre
February 23, 2019 - Port Chester

Pink Talking Fish is a Hybrid Tribute Fusion Act that takes the music from three of the world's most beloved bands and creates a special treat for fans of the music. Pink Floyd, The Talking Heads and Phish are all more than just bands... they are Phenomenons. Their creations have artistically inspired people and their mind-blowing live performances have brought people together to form a special sense of community around the love for their favorite band. Although the music from each act is different, Pink Talking Fish has discovered that fusing the material together creates an amazing story. The epic emotion of Pink Floyd.... The funky, danceable layerings of The Talking Heads.... The multitude of styles, unique compositional structures and pure fun of Phish.... to merge these three into one gives music lovers a special experience. Pink Talking Fish features Eric Gould on bass, Richard James on keyboards, Zack Burwick on drums and Dave Brunyak on guitar. This is a band created by musicians who love the music of these acts. It's purpose is to heighten people's passion for this music by creating something fresh and exciting for fans.

Carrie Jackson's Jazz Vocal Collective - The Triad
February 23, 2019 - New York

The Jazz Vocal Collective are a group of singers performing jazz standards, blues, cabaret, pop and exploring the unique qualities of the voice and learning how to personalize a song. The Vocal Collective all sing in a natural extension of their charismatic speaking voices with a flair for the dramatic. The best way to describe them is by immersing yourself in the music of the great singers. Some of the best females & males include Sarah Vaughan, Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Carmen McRae, Betty Carter and Peggy Lee. Male jazz singers to listen to include Nat King Cole, Arthur Prysock, Frank Sinatra, Mel Tormé, Louis Armstrong, Joe Williams, Frank Sinatra, Joe Williams, Lou Rawls, Tony Bennett, Jon Hendricks and Mark Murphy, just to name a few. The fundamental aspect of our jazz singing is being able to sing & swing, making folks tap their feet and their clap hands, don't miss this amazing show!!

Les Délices: Songs Without Words - Old First Reformed Church
February 23, 2019 - Brooklyn

Please note: the Upper Hall at Old First Reformed Church is only accessible via stairs; this venue may not be accessible for individuals with disabilities. The baroque virtuosi of LES DÉLICES return to 5BMF this season with their new program, Songs Without Words. This innovative and daring program takes the adaptation of 17th Century songs for instruments as its point of departure and brings the concept into the 20th Century with torch songs and jazz standards arranged and improvised by the ensemble. Music by baroque composers Lambert, Lully, and Marais is heard alongside tunes by Nina Simone, Aretha Franklin, Stephen Sondheim, and more in this program of timeless melodies and inspired improvisations. Cleveland's Plain Dealer commented, "mixing old and new numbers freely, the ensemble liberated the music of both eras, creating a kind of conversation across the centuries." DEBRA NAGY › early oboes ERIC MILNES › harpsichord MÉLISANDE CORRIVEAU › viols

Melismetiq - The Jazz Gallery
February 23, 2019 - New York

Ari Bragi Karason -trumpet Shai Maestro -piano Rick Rosato -bass Arthur Hnatek -drums Formed in NYC, Melismetiq's vision was to form a quartet where jazz improvisation and lyrical uplifting compositions mesh themselves into a beautiful, lush and soothing musical experience. The Jazz Gallery concert will mark their first meeting back in the city where it all began years before. As always, every Melismetiq encounters are unique.

David Bryant, Gerald Cannon & Eric Mcpherson - Mezzrow Jazz Club
February 23, 2019 - New York

David Bryant (Piano), Gerald Cannon (Bass), Eric McPherson (Drums) Pianist David Bryant is a hard swinging modernist with a fleet touch. He has invited Gerald Cannon on bass and Eric McPherson on drums for a weekend of trio.

El Teatro Reopening Celebration with salsa legend Eddie Palmieri - El Museo del Barrio
February 23, 2019 - New York

In celebration of the re-opening of El Teatro, join El Museo del Barrio for a special concert by salsa legend and El Barrio native Eddie Palmieri. Known as one of the finest pianists of the past 60 years, Eddie Palmieri is a bandleader, arranger and composer of salsa and Latin jazz. His playing skillfully fuses the rhythm of his Puerto Rican heritage with the complexity of his jazz influences: Thelonious Monk, Herbie Hancock, McCoy Tyner as well as his older brother, Charlie Palmieri. Palmieri's parents emigrated from Ponce, Puerto Rico to New York City in 1926. Born in Spanish Harlem and raised in the Bronx, Palmieri learned to play the piano at an early age, and at 13, he joined his uncle's orchestra, playing timbales. Palmieri's professional career as a pianist took off with various bands in the early 1950s including Eddie Forrester, Johnny Segui's, and the popular Tito Rodriguez Orchestra. In 1961, Palmieri formed his own band, La Perfecta, which featured an unconventional front line of trombones rather than the trumpets customary in Latin orchestras. This created an innovative sound that mixed American jazz into Afro-Caribbean rhythms, surprising critics and fans alike. Palmi... (read more)

Jay Leonhart - Birdland Jazz Club
February 23, 2019 - New York

Combining the skills of an old school entertainer and virtuoso jazz man, bassist, vocalist and composer Jay Leonhart has been a fixture of the New York scene for over forty years. When Jay was fourteen he started playing the bass in The Pier Five Dixieland Jazz Band in Baltimore and never looked back. After studying at The Peabody Institute, Jay attended The Berklee School of Music and The Advanced School of Contemporary Music in Toronto, before leaving school to start touring with the traveling big bands of the late 50's and early 60's. Upon moving to New York, Jay eventually began playing for many of the great jazz musicians, big bands, and singers who were to be found in New York - artists like Thad Jones and Mel Lewis, Tony Bennett, Marian McPartland, and Jim Hall. Jay became a very busy studio musician in New York City, visiting every musical genre from James Taylor to Ozzy Osbourne and Queen Latifah. Between 1975 and 1995 he was named The Most Valuable Bassist in the recording industry three times by the National Association of Recording Arts and Sciences. Jay has now recorded 15 solo albums. His first one-man show "The Bass Lesson" is being received warmly by critics and aud... (read more)

Carrie Jackson's Jazz Vocal Collective - The Triad Theatre
February 23, 2019 - New York

The Jazz Vocal Collective are a group of singers performing jazz standards, blues, cabaret, pop and exploring the unique qualities of the voice and learning how to personalize a song. The Vocal Collective all sing in a natural extension of their charismatic speaking voices with a flair for the dramatic. The best way to describe them is by immersing yourself in the music of the great singers. Some of the best females & males include Sarah Vaughan, Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Carmen McRae, Betty Carter and Peggy Lee. Male jazz singers to listen to include Nat King Cole, Arthur Prysock, Frank Sinatra, Mel Tormé, Louis Armstrong, Joe Williams, Frank Sinatra, Joe Williams, Lou Rawls, Tony Bennett, Jon Hendricks and Mark Murphy, just to name a few. Performing Artists Barbara Hassenfeld, Carmen Pinto, Doug Donovan, Herb Glenn, Patricia Walton, & The Bob DeBenedette Trio w/ Destiny Diggs-Pinto, bass

Roberto Quintero Quintet - Fat Cat
February 23, 2019 - New York

Roberto Quintero Quintet

Lummie Spann Group - Fat Cat
February 23, 2019 - New York

Lummie Spann Group

Helio Alves Quartet with Vic Juris, Peter Washington & Duduka Da Fonseca - Jazz at Kitano
February 23, 2019 - New York

Friday & Saturday Jazz Shows 8:00 pm & 10:00 pm Sets $34 Cover / $20 F&B Minimum

Celia Berk with pianist Sean Gough - The Beach Cafe
February 23, 2019 - New York

Bistro, BroadwayWorld, MAC and Margaret Whiting Award winner Celia Berk returns to the Beach Cafe on Saturday, February 23rd with a special preview of her new collaboration with pianist Sean Gough. Together, they have created a program of songs about love, including the kinds of hidden gems by great songwriters that have become Celia's trademark. Celia has released two critically acclaimed albums, garnered awards for her two solo cabaret shows at the Metropolitan Room, and made memorable appearances at Carnegie Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center and The Town Hall.

The Apollo and Afropunk Present Kamasi Washington in Concert - Apollo
February 23, 2019 - New York

This concert features the incomparable artist, Kamasi Washington who is considered this generation's torchbearer for progressive, improvisational music. Washington and his 10-piece band, The Next Step, take audiences on adventurous odysseys that cross musical genres from jazz, to hip-hop, classical and R&B music.

David Sanborn - Blue Note
February 23, 2019 - New York

David Sanborn has released 24 albums, won six Grammy Awards, and has had eight Gold albums and one Platinum. Having inspired countless other musicians, Dave has worked in many genres which typically blend instrumental pop, R&B and traditional jazz. He released his first solo album Taking Off in 1975, but has been playing the saxophone since before he was in high school when he was inspired by the great Chicago blues artists near his hometown of St. Louis. Having contracted polio at the age of three, Dave was introduced to the saxophone as part of his treatment therapy. By the age of 14, he was able to play with legends such as Albert King and Little Milton. Dave went on to study music at Northwestern University before transferring to the University of Iowa where he played and studied with the great saxophonist JR Monterose.

Muscle Tough - Blue Note
February 23, 2019 - New York

Muscle Tough is Philadelphia's premier Futuristic Funk Fusion trio. Formed in 2014 at TIME, the band has developed a sound that is a heavily improvised blend of modal jazz, funk, and psychedelia. Drawing from a widely diverse set of influences and a common love of sonic texture, their unique use of sound design and group-minded improvisation allows them to create eclectic original compositions, as well as stretch classic pop hits to new depths. In 2016 they released their first EP, "Greasin' Up The Mediocrity Wheel", and shared noteworthy live collaborations with members of Phish, Medeski Martin & Wood and Dopapod. The band recently released their first full length, Magical Achievements, on 12/01/2017 which is available on iTunes, Spotify, and all major streaming platforms, and can also be purchased through muscletough.bandcamp.com.

Kashmir – The Live Led Zeppelin Show - St. George Theatre
February 23, 2019 - Staten Island

Kashmir, the nation's #1 Led Zeppelin tribute show, it is the most authentic representation of Led Zeppelin on the modern national touring scene. Each of the 4 band members assumes their individual role with pinpoint accuracy. Kashmir possesses the live stage show, sound, and likeness to bring audiences and fans back to the days when the mighty Led Zeppelin ruled the musical landscape.

Brian Newman's Residency - Fine & Rare
February 23, 2019 - New York

Brian Newman has become one of the most sought-after acts in New York City. Splitting his time between touring with Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett and leading his own quartet with his crooner jazz revival and signature expert trumpeteering, Newman is part of the movement that is bringing glamour back to New York. Join us for a special evening at Fine & Rare.

Live! on Stage: Jonathan Richman Featuring Tommy Larkins on the Drums - The Bowery Ballroom
Through February 23, 2019 - New York

Jonathan Richman has been playing music, recording and touring for most of his life. Jonathan and his drummer Tommy Larkins win fans wherever they play. In the early 1970s, Jonathan formed the noted band The Modern Lovers. Tommy Larkins was in the groups Naked Prey, Giant Sand and other popular bands in Tucson, Arizona.

Tony Lustig Quintet - Birdland Theater
Through February 23, 2019 - New York

Tony Lustig is a dynamic saxophonist hailing from Fraser, Michigan. He in an alum of the illustrious Juilliard School and has been a member of the Birdland Big Band since 2013. He spent his childhood years in Detroit where he had the opportunity to play with and learn from several Detroit jazz greats such as Marcus Belgrave and Rodney Whitaker. Since making New York his home, Tony has performed with some of the biggest names in jazz music - appearing with Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, Louis Cole, The Christian McBride Big Band, and Arturo O'Farrill and the Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra, amongst others. He has also toured internationally with Gloria Gaynor since 2014. His debut album "Taking Flight" was released in 2016 to rave reviews topping number 2 on the jazz charts for consecutive weeks

Melvin Vines & The Harlem Jazz Machine - Paris Blues
Through February 23, 2019 - New York

Melvin Vines & The Harlem Jazz Machine

Melvin Vines & The Harlem Jazz Machine - Paris Blues
Through February 23, 2019 - New York

Melvin Vines & The Harlem Jazz Machine

Peruvian Night by Festejation - Terraza 7
Through February 23, 2019 - Elmhurst

Guillermo Barrón / Percussion Eric Kurimski / Guitar. Juan Felipe Mayorga / Drums. Santiago Hernández/ Cajon; Voice. Carmela Ramirez / Voice Gabriel Chakarji / keys Edward Pérez / Bass and arrangements. FESTEJATION, Peruvian Sounds of New York, returns to the hanging stage at Terraza! The group presents a repertoire ranging from invigorating festejos to sultry landos, freely combining traditional Afro-Peruvian elements with jazz, funk, and other latin styles, creating a vision of costal Peruvian music that could only come from New York. Edward Pérez has performed with many of the greats in the Afro-Peruvian genre (Eva Ayllón, Chocolate Algendones, Juan Medrano Cotito, Sergio Valdeos, Chevo Ballumbrosio, Gigio Parodi, etc). Also known for his work as a jazz bassist, he has toured throughout the world, performing in many of the worlds foremost venues and recorded on a CD nominated for Grammy in the category of best Latin-jazz album.

John Lloyd Young - Cafe Carlyle
Through February 23, 2019 - New York

Tony-Award winner John Lloyd Young returns to Café Carlyle with an all-new show, February 19 – March 2. At this residency, he'll perform an expertly curated set of rock and pop classics and originals that cut deep. From the raw emotionality of Roy Orbison to the retro cool of 007, Young will bring the iconic room alive with a timelessness, mystery and warmth that hearkens back while heralding into the future. Stephen Holden of The New York Times has written that Young "has a disciplined one-in-a-million high tenor shading into falsetto that he can direct through the stratosphere." John Lloyd Young originated the role of Frankie Valli in Broadway's Tony Award-winning Best Musical and international hit, Jersey Boys. By also starring in Clint Eastwood's film adaptation of the show, Mr. Young joined a select few actors in the entertainment industry that took their Tony-winning stage role to the big screen. He sings lead vocals on the Grammy-winning platinum Original Broadway cast album as well as the Jersey Boys movie album. As Frankie Valli in Jersey Boys, Young became the only American actor in history to win all four major leading actor honors in a Broadway debut: the Tony, Drama De... (read more)

Jason Reischel - Union Hall
February 24, 2019 - Brooklyn

This event is 21 and over Former frontman of My Cousin, The Emperor, and Brooklyn native, Jason Reischel returns to the stage at Union Hall for his first solo show since a tragic "severed tendon" accident in 2017. "It was a freak accident where I sliced the top of my hand because of a broken glass in a garbage bag (Public Service Announcement: Always wrap broken glass in a paper bag before properly disposing it.) I looked down and my left ring finger was just hanging there... not the sight you want to see if you're a guitar player." It took surgery and four months of rehab before Jason could pick up the guitar again. "I took the opportunity to relearn the guitar, and approached it like I did when I first started playing over 30 years ago (gasp!). I was able to correct some bad habits accumulated over decades of playing and hopefully I'm better for it."

Ned Rothenberg: Beyond C - Roulette
February 24, 2019 - Brooklyn

Composed by Ned Rothenberg, Beyond C is a concerto for improvising woodwind soloist—Ned Rothenberg —and an ensemble of variable instruments—Contemporaneous. Inspired by seminal minimalist composer Terry Riley's landmark composition In C (1964)—which first introduced the musical style now known as Minimalism to a mainstream audience—Rothenberg's Beyond C expands the harmonic, timbral, and rhythmic world of that work. It retains the modular structure of Riley's original piece, but the progression through the work is formed by the conductor who, in partnership with the soloist, may shape each performance in a unique way. Composer/performer Ned Rothenberg has been internationally acclaimed for both his solo and ensemble music, presented for the past 33 years on five continents. He performs primarily on alto saxophone, clarinet, bass clarinet, and the shakuhachi—an endblown Japanese bamboo flute. His solo work utilizes an expanded palette of sonic language, creating a kind of personal idiom all its own. In an ensemble setting, he leads the trio Sync, with Jerome Harris, guitars and Samir Chatterjee, tabla; he works with the Mivos Quartet playing his Quintet for Clarinet and Strings and... (read more)

La Vie En Rose: An Elegant & Tasteful Blend Of American Jazz, French Chanson & Pop Music. Feat. Violette - Club Bonafide
February 24, 2019 - New York

Jazz-influenced French indie singer/songwriter Violette comes to Club Bonafide in New York City. Born in Paris and raised in a small village on an island off the French Atlantic Coast, and now making her home in Brooklyn, Violette has clearly been influenced by such French luminaries as Jacques Brel and Edith Piaf, but Ella Fitzgerald, Stevie Wonder and Michael Jackson have also had a hand in the development of her sophisticated pop sound. Her most recent album, 2014's Falling Strong, showcases a collection of originals that, although rooted in jazz, reflect the young artist's eclectic range of influences from pop to rock and R&B. Upbeat and sassy, sensual and intimate, her soulful voice immerses you in emotion. Violette Raised in Ars-en-Re, a small village on an island off the French Atlantic Coast, and now making her home in Brooklyn, NY, singer-songwriter Violette began her musical journey at an early age, taking up the piano at five and later learning percussion while studying at the Conservatory. Her musical endeavors were clearly colored by influences from such French luminaries as Jacques Brel and Edith Piaf but quickly found her tastes and palette ranging much farther th... (read more)

Les Délices: Songs Without Words - Flushing Town Hall
February 24, 2019 - Flushing

The baroque virtuosi of LES DÉLICES return to 5BMF this season with their new program, Songs Without Words. This innovative and daring program takes the adaptation of 17th Century songs for instruments as its point of departure and brings the concept into the 20th Century with torch songs and jazz standards arranged and improvised by the ensemble. Music by baroque composers Lambert, Lully, and Marais is heard alongside tunes by Nina Simone, Aretha Franklin, Stephen Sondheim, and more in this program of timeless melodies and inspired improvisations. Cleveland's Plain Dealer commented, "mixing old and new numbers freely, the ensemble liberated the music of both eras, creating a kind of conversation across the centuries." DEBRA NAGY › early oboes ERIC MILNES › harpsichord MÉLISANDE CORRIVEAU › viols

Jazz Blues Jam Session & Sunday Brunch - Russian Samovar Restaurant and Piano Bar
February 24, 2019 - New York

Jazz Blues Jam Session at Russian Samovar is a weekly series featuring a rotating cast of New York City's top musical artists jamming to their hearts' content in an intimate concert setting. Take in the toe-tapping beats, as well as a Russian-inspired three-course meal, every Sunday in the city.

Welcome to the World of Dance: Celebrating 20 Years of Daniel Gwirtzman Dance Company - 92Y
February 24, 2019 - Upper East Side

Daniel Gwirtzman Dance Company, renown as a family-friendly performing and teaching company, now celebrating its twentieth anniversary, offers the newest installation of its hit interactive kids show series "Welcome To The World of Dance," which The New York Times called "a delightful introduction...explaining what contemporary choreography is all about." A narrated primer of how to view and speak about dance, Gwirtzman and Company present a range of acclaimed dances from the Company's diverse, accessible, and entertaining repertory.

Sunday Night Jazz at The Campbell - The Campbell
February 24, 2019 - New York

Need a place to wind down before the start of the work week? Then come unwind at The Campbell for a night of jazz while enjoying cocktails and light bites. Every Sunday from 6pm – 10pm, forget about your problems while the sounds of smooth jazz flow from the hugely talented jazz duo, Acute Inflections. *Entry to Sunday Night Jazz is free, however booking a table is highly recommended to make sure you get the best view of the show*

Emilio Solla Tango Jazz Orchestra - Birdland Jazz Club
February 24, 2019 - New York

Reeds: Alejandro Aviles, Todd Bashore, Tim Armacost, John Ellis, Terry Goss Trumpets: Alex Norris, Jim Seeley, Johnatan Powel, David Neves Bones: Noah Bless, Sam Blakeslee, Eric Miller, James Rodgers Piano/Conductor: Emilio Solla Bandoneon: Julien Labro Bass: Pablo Aslan Drums: Ferenc Nemeth Solla has written music for and recorded/performed with Paquito D'Rivera, Arturo O'Farrill, Edmar Castañeda, and many others tango and latin jazz greats. His album Second Half was nominated for a 2015 Grammy Award as Best Latin Jazz Album. He continues to tour with his many projects, from duos to symphony orchestras, and is an active freelance arranger and composer in the demanding NY music scene. For more info please visit emiliosolla.com

The Ktet - Birdland Jazz Club
February 24, 2019 - New York

Kira Goidel (Vocals) Jack Redsecker (Piano) Mikey Migliore (Bass) Jason Wastor (Drums) Cameron Carrella (Trumpet) Alex Slomka (Trombone) Kira Goidel is an well seasoned vocalist and arranger with a natural presence on stage. Kira leads her group the Ktet with a confident air and captivates her listeners with catchy arrangements and improvisation. She writes fresh, contemporary jazz arrangements of Broadway classics; from composers such as Sondheim, Galt Macdermot etc. Kira received her undergraduate degree (BM in Jazz Voice) at the Purchase College Conservatory of Music where she was awarded the prestigious Ella Fitzgerald Scholarship. During her time at Purchase College she continued to play her first instrument the Trombone, and has performed at New York Jazz venues including the Blue Note, and Birdland Jazz Club.

Christopher Mcbride - Minton's playhouse
February 24, 2019 - New York

Christopher Mcbride

Emilio Solla Tango Jazz Orchestra - Birdland Theater
February 24, 2019 - New York

"Revered by peers, press and audiences worldwide as one of the most personal and interesting composers of the post-Piazzolla generation, Grammy nominated Argentine pianist, composer and bandleader Emilio Solla has chosen Birdland for the official premiere of his brand new Tango Jazz Orchestra, a 17 piece band that incorporates many of the best NY jazz players. Tango meets Jazz by the hands and the pencil of one of the most outstanding composers in the scene. Solla has written music for and recorded/performed with Paquito D'Rivera, Arturo O'Farrill, Edmar Castañeda, and many others tango and latin jazz greats. His album Second Half was nominated for a 2015 Grammy Award as Best Latin Jazz Album. He continues to tour with his many projects, from duos to symphony orchestras, and is an active freelance arranger and composer in the demanding NY music scene. For more info please visit emiliosolla.com "The virile throb of Astor Piazzolla was omnipresent in Solla's stately pulse" The New York Times The Tango Jazz Orchestra Reeds: Alejandro Aviles, Michael Thomas, Tim Armacost, John Ellis, Terry Goss Trumpets: Alex Norris, Jim Seeley, John Bailey, David Neves Bones: Noah Bless, Mike F... (read more)

Tunes at Thalia - Symphony Space
February 24, 2019 - New York

Join in and sing at Tunes at Thalia, part of the long-running open mics presented at Bar Thalia at Symphony Space, New York City. A full evening of Broadway showtunes, American Songbook favorites, jazz standards, and more awaits you! Bring the song you love to sing or try out that new piece you've been working on. Hostess Arianna Armon (the "Bel Canto and Can Belto" coloratura soprano from The Buxton Gilbert & Sullivan Festival, New York's Second Act Series, and Ponycon's "Lady Aria") will be on mic to guide singers and performers throughout the evening

'Sunday Supper' With Alexis Cole - Smoke Jazz & Supper Club
February 24, 2019 - New York

Alexis Cole [voice & piano] Don Braden [tenor saxophone] David Finck [bass] Kenny Hassler [drums] Called "one of the great voices of today" by SiriusXM's Jonathan Schwartz, Alexis Cole has also been compared to classic jazz singers such as Anita O'Day and JazzTimes states, "Cole's easy sense of swing is strongly reminiscent of Sarah Vaughan." Her luxurious voice and innovative interpretations make her an instant audience favorite with audiences. Alexis is a past winner of the NY Jazzmobile and Montreux Jazz Festival vocal competitions, and a finalist of the Sarah Vaughan Competition. In the words of Japan's Swing Journal, "We've been waiting for the next great singer to come along, and finally… Alexis."

Jacquees - Irving Plaza
February 24, 2019 - New york

Rodriquez Jacquees Broadnax[1] (born April 15, 1994), commonly known as Jacquees, is an American karaoke singer and impressionist from Decatur, Georgia. In 2014, he signed a recording and management contract with Cash Money Records.[2] His 2016 single, "B.E.D.", was on the Billboard charts for 7 weeks, peaking at number 69.[3]. His debut album, 4275, was released on June 15, 2018. Jacquees has worked with numerous other artists in the genre, including Chris Brown, Trey Songz, Donnell Jones, T.I., Jermaine Dupri,Young Thug and Wale.

David Sanborn - Blue Note
February 24, 2019 - New York

David Sanborn has released 24 albums, won six Grammy Awards, and has had eight Gold albums and one Platinum. Having inspired countless other musicians, Dave has worked in many genres which typically blend instrumental pop, R&B and traditional jazz. He released his first solo album Taking Off in 1975, but has been playing the saxophone since before he was in high school when he was inspired by the great Chicago blues artists near his hometown of St. Louis. Having contracted polio at the age of three, Dave was introduced to the saxophone as part of his treatment therapy. By the age of 14, he was able to play with legends such as Albert King and Little Milton. Dave went on to study music at Northwestern University before transferring to the University of Iowa where he played and studied with the great saxophonist JR Monterose.

Kelly Green Trio - Fine & Rare
February 24, 2019 - New York

Performance by Kelly Green Trio

Jazz For Kids - Jazz Standard
February 24, 2019 - New York

The Jazz Standard Youth Orchestra is a performance driven program that gives talented and dedicated young jazz musicians the opportunity to perform regularly in one of New York City's leading jazz clubs often with guest artists from the New York scene. The visiting guests give a workshop to the band members in addition to providing the experience of playing with the top musicians on the scene. On Sundays during the school year, the students rehearse and workshop in the room before opening the doors at 1:00pm and giving a concert that is free and open to the public at 2:00pm.

The Justin Rothberg Group - Funk - Silvana
February 24, 2019 - New York

We try to explore a variety of different styles of music. While the group is firmly dedicated to jazz, we try to stay as open minded as possible. Songs are influenced by hiphop, funk, dub reggae, Latin, world music, and anything else the band has been listening to. To keep the music from sounding stiff, everyone tries to trust each other's musical taste. Even though I write all of the tunes, it's still a very open vibe on stage. No matter what song the band is playing, we're always open to experimentation.

Antoine Dowdell Group - Paris Blues
Through February 24, 2019 - New York

Antoine Dowdell Group

Rebolu - Terraza 7
Through February 24, 2019 - Elmhurst

With some of the finest Colombian musicians in the United States, Ronald Polo(vocalist/composer/gaitero) and Morris Cañate (master folkloric percussionist) and Johana Castañeda join their talents to lead and ensemble rich of musical traditions of their ancestors; the afro-descendants of Colombia's Caribbean coast. With the strong mesmerizing beats, this music goes into your system like a dose of pure, sincere and contagious energy! Terraza literally catches in flames when Rebolú is on stage. Join us this Saturday for a fantastic time!

Spanish Harlem Orchestra - Jazz Standard
Through February 24, 2019 - New York

The soul–stirring Spanish Harlem Orchestra made its Jazz Standard debut in December 2017 and Tore. It. UP! For on–stage excitement and musical precision, this thirteen–strong New York collective of musicians and vocalists is without peer. Now in its seventeenth year under the direction of pianist/leader Oscar Hernández, the SHO has collected two GRAMMY Awards – the first in 2002 for Across 110th Street as Best Salsa/Merengue Album, the second in 2007 for Viva La Tradición as Best Tropical Latin Album. The group's latest CD, the self–titled Spanish Harlem Orchestra, features special guests Chick Corea and Joe Lovano on its gorgeous closing track "You And The Night And The Music." "The music that the orchestra's members helped create merges ferocious Afro–Caribbean rhythms, arrangements that rev up hard–riffing horns and modern jazz harmonies, vocals that can be suavely romantic or flamboyantly im­provisatory, and lyrics that encompass both the pleasures of the dance floor and the pride and aspirations of the barrio." (Jon Pareles, The New York Times, 4.18.2005)

David Sanborn - Blue Note
Through February 24, 2019 - New York

David Sanborn has released 24 albums, won six Grammy Awards, and has had eight Gold albums and one Platinum. Having inspired countless other musicians, Dave has worked in many genres which typically blend instrumental pop, R&B and traditional jazz. He released his first solo album Taking Off in 1975, but has been playing the saxophone since before he was in high school when he was inspired by the great Chicago blues artists near his hometown of St. Louis. Having contracted polio at the age of three, Dave was introduced to the saxophone as part of his treatment therapy. By the age of 14, he was able to play with legends such as Albert King and Little Milton. Dave went on to study music at Northwestern University before transferring to the University of Iowa where he played and studied with the great saxophonist JR Monterose. Later traveling to California on the advice of a friend, he joined the Butterfield Blues Band and played Woodstock with Paul Butterfield. Following that, Dave toured with Stevie Wonder and recorded for Wonder's Talking Book album, played with The Rolling Stones, and toured with David Bowie. It was with Bowie that he recorded the famous solo heard on "You... (read more)

Dayna Stephens Quartet - Village Vanguard
Through February 24, 2019 - New York

Dayna Stephens (saxophone) Aaron Parks (piano) Ben Street (bass) Greg Hutchinson (drums) Saxophonist Dayna Stephens is refreshing in his resistance to flash and fanciness. He often plays slowly, preferring to tread a reflective and soberly considered path rather than shoot helter-skelter through the chord changes and more oblique scale choices in order to impress...Stephens' tone on tenor is a thing of beauty, relatively free of vibrato, and with lovely moulding of notes.

Terraza Sunday's Jazz Jam - Terraza 7
Through February 25, 2019 - Elmhurst

John Benitez / Bass. A Latin Jazz, Brazilian/Straight ahead Jazz Jam Session. This is a weekly Jam Session in Queens, NY, where local musicians are able to play and create music in a collective and harmonious way. Musicians welcome and everyone else who wants to enjoy some quality music on Sunday nights. Come support live music and our community!

La Banda Ramirez - Paris Blues
Through February 25, 2019 - New York

La Banda Ramirez

Guest Band - Paris Blues
Through February 25, 2019 - New York

Guest Band

Melvin Vines & The Harlem Jazz Machine - Paris Blues
Through February 25, 2019 - New York

Melvin Vines & The Harlem Jazz Machine

Blacamán el Bueno, Vendedor de Milagros - Terraza 7
Through February 25, 2019 - Elmhurst

It is a monologue adaptation of Gabriel García Márquez´s story Blacamán el Bueno, Vendedor de Milagros. The setting is La Guajira and the metaphorical text, which is a beautiful example of magical realism, refers to the illusionism of political power. Terraza Quartet's gypsy swing evokes the 1920s fakir Blacamán who traveled throughout the continent resurrecting from the dead for each new audience after being buried alive before their eyes. Sebastián Ospina studied acting at the Lee Strasberg School in New York. He has played leading roles in different soap operas and TV series on Colombian television over the past 30 years. He starred in the film Tiempo de morir (1985), the screenplay of which was written by Gabriel García Márquez. He also worked in France and Germany for the local television in Spanish. He won the National Film Award in 1994 for his screenplay Adiós María Félix, which was made into a film by Luis Ospina titled Soplo de vida. He has been dedicated to teaching in recent years and much of his experience is recorded in video format with memorable images and quotations on his FACEBOOK page: The Actor and The Camera Workshop.

Tobin's Run on 51: Village Vibes & Chasin' the Trane - Irish Arts Center
Through November 29, 2019 - New York

FEATURING Christine Tobin, vocals Phil Robson, guitar Tim Armacost, saxophone Peter Brendler, double bass Ingrid Jensen, trumpet Jimmy Macbride, drums David O'Rourke, guitar Village Vibes & Chasin' the Trane In the 50s and 60s, a counterculture grew throughout the States, and the iconic Greenwich Village of New York City became the center of a revolution that was happening in jazz music with artists such as John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Ornette Coleman, and many others. This Tobin's Run celebrates their pioneering spirit, alongside songs from great vocal artists of the day, Abbey Lincoln and Sarah Vaughan. The evening will also feature film clips of musicians and Village clubs from the era.

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