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Blues and Jazz in New York City This Weekend - January 12-January 14

January 8, 2018 - by CG Directory Editor
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Want to enjoy some sultry music in New York City? 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, inlcuding the likes of B.B. King Blues Club & Grill, the Jazz Standard, and Terra Blues.

Buika - The Town Hall
January 12, 2018 - New York

Fearless in her music, fearless in her life. That's BUIKA "The voice of freedom' as NPR music described her a while ago and from whom she earned the honorable place on their '50 Best voices of all times' list; 'Vivir sin miedo' her penultimate and most Anglo album (Warner 2015), would receive a Latin Grammy nomination in the 'Producer of the year' category with 'Si volveré'. She of the sensual languorous soulful voice that can reach any fiery heart. To speak of Buika is to speak of a singer, songwriter, composer, music producer, writer, poet and a Latin Grammy winner, to name just one of many awards, and recognitions; whom has not only survived, but also thrived, excelled, and left her mark, on every single step of the way of over 15 odd years of an amazing career. Her latest released 'Para Mi' by May 15 2017 has nourished the year world tour, a journey of storytelling, across the Americas, Asia, the Balkans/Europe, and Africa, earning a total of more than 10 Sold outs in a row on almost every season. all in support of her brand new image, sound, band and repertoire, while working on her ninth release. Buika Will be presenting a blended of a selective variety of music sty... (read more)

Goran Ivanovic & Fareed Haque Guitar Duo - Rockwood Music Hall Stage 3
January 12, 2018 - New York

Inspired by the rhythms and melodies of flamenco, jazz, classical, rock and the Balkan region, this performance features the unrivaled guitar artistry of two of the finest players of their respective generations. Their music is carefully balanced between blazing virtuosity and sheer beauty. Goran Ivanovic and Fareed Haque recorded two CDs together, Macedonian Blues and 7 Boats, to great critical acclaim, even getting the nod as top best acoustic guitar albums 2004 from acoustic guitar magazine. Both have both been so busy that they have not been able to play again together for years. "Although the music on this extraordinarily sensitive guitar-duo recording transcends genre, there's no resisting its mix of American jazz, acoustic blues, flamenco rhythm and Macedonian melody. Only two guitarists on the planet would come up with such a concoction, but Ivanovic and Haque (whose roots run to Yugoslavia and South Asia, respectively) play as if they're speaking the same musical language. Some listeners might be tempted to consign any recording as genteel as this to background music, but that would mean missing the puckish stop-start rhythms of "Kalajdzisko Oro," the mystical ambien... (read more)

Dr. Lonnie Smith Trio - Jazz Standard
January 12, 2018 - New York

Dr. Lonnie Smith - B3 Hammond Organ Jonathan Kreisberg - guitar Johnathan Blake - drums

David Sanborn - BB King Blues Club & Grill
January 12, 2018 - New York

After 24 albums, 6 Grammy Awards, 8 gold albums, and 1 platinum album, sax star David Sanborn is best known for a signature blend of jazz, instrumental pop, and R&B. Having inspired countless other musicians, Sanborn has worked in many genres, and recently assembled a stunning program of straight-ahead jazz tunes for his new quintet. Looking to share his approach and interpretation on his 2018 album, Sanborn is excited to collaborate and feature a band including saxophone, trombone, keys, bass, and drums.

Late Night Session: Lsat - Dizzy's Club Coca Cola
January 12, 2018 - New York

Soul Clap & Dance-Off with DJ Jonathan Toubin - Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2
January 13, 2018 - New York

Huntertones (11:00), The Rad Trads (12:00) - Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2
January 13, 2018 - New York

Huntertones brings people together around the globe with fun, imaginative and fearless music. Their high energy, horn-driven sound fuses inspired improvisation and adventurous composition melding jazz, funk, rock, and soul. Adding depth and contrast to their live set, Huntertones shift from a dynamic six-piece ensemble to a trio featuring saxophone, sousaphone, and beat-boxing, keeping their listeners' eyes and ears open at every turn. Huntertones formed in Columbus, Ohio at The Ohio State University and hosted their first shows at a house on Hunter Avenue. They have since relocated to New York City, released two albums, and toured North and South America, Europe and Africa -- experiences which have pushed the band to expand even further, stylistically. What started as a group of classmates finding a voice has developed into a highly collaborative group of musicians traveling, sharing, and growing together.

Innov Gnawa / Edmar Castaneda Quartet & Gregoire Maret: Harp vs. Harp - Joe's Pub at The Public
January 13, 2018 - New York

Innov Gnawa is a young musical collective dedicated to exploring Morocco's venerable gnawa music tradition in the heart of New York City. Formed in the summer of 2014 by Moroccan expat Samir LanGus, the group draws on the considerable talents and expertise of Hassan Ben Jaafer, a Maâlem, or master gnawa musician, originally from Fes, Morocco. Under the guidance of Ben Jaafer, Innov has delved deep into the roots and rituals of gnawa music, and made a big splash in NYC, playing some of the city's most prestigious rooms including Lincoln Center, Music Hall of Williamsburg, Brooklyn Bowl, Terminal 5, Celebrate Brooklyn as well around the US at Coachella, Red Rocks Amphitheater, and The Cleveland Museum of Art. For the uninitiated, gnawa music is the ritual trance music of Morocco's black communities, originally descended from slaves and soldiers once brought to Morocco from Northern Mali and Mauritania. Often called "The Moroccan Blues", gnawa music has a raw, hypnotic power that's fascinated outsiders as diverse as writer/composer Paul Bowles, jazz giant Randy Weston, rock god Jimi Hendrix, and the contemporary artist Bonobo. The music is utterly singular, played on an array of un... (read more)

Punk Kabarett International featuring Sven Ratzke, Phoebe Legere, Barb Jungr, Kevin Aviance, John McDaniel, Joseph Keckler & Carol Lipnik - Joe's Pub at The Public
January 13, 2018 - New York

What good is sitting alone in your room!?! Join European homme fatale Sven Ratzke for Punk Kabarett International, a dazzling program showcasing the creme de la creme of the international cabaret scene. A bona fide star in Holland and Germany (where he hosts a talk show on German national television), Ratzke is well-known to New York audiences from his regular appearances at Joe's Pub, Lincoln Center Atrium and Cafe Zabarsky at Neue Galerie. Ratzke's Bowie-inspired Starman was one of the top-selling shows at Edinburgh Fringe in 2016 and toured extensively throughout Europe and Australia. The evening's guest stars include legendary composer, conductor, singer/songwriter, playwright and visual artist Phoebe Legere; Billboard chart-topping club icon Kevin Aviance; acclaimed British chanteuse Barb Jungr and Tony-nominated musical director John McDaniel; trained opera singer, writer, actor and performance artist Joseph Keckler; and the Siren from Coney Island Carol Lipnik, whose beautifully crafted art songs and pitch-perfect 4-octave range have made her a star of the downtown NYC performance scene. Additional performers TBA.

Veronica Swift - Birdland
January 13, 2018 - New York

At just 22 years of age Veronica Swift is being recognized as one of the top young singers in jazz. The child of jazz vocalist Stephanie Nakasian and the late bebop pianist Hod O'Brien, Veronica has already appeared at Lincoln Center, Telluride Jazz Festival, Blues Alley, The Jazz Cruise, and Birdland, performing with Jon Hendricks, Annie Ross, Esperanza Spalding, Joe Lovano, Bob Dorough, Paquito d'Rivera, and other established jazz artists. Veronica's recent CD, "Lonely Woman," features some of the hottest young jazz players on the scene including Emmet Cohen and Benny Benack III.

Chris Turner + Logan Richardson - Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2
January 13, 2018 - New York

Ken Jacobs & Aki Onda: 'a Primer in Sky Socialism' with Alan Licht / Susan Alcorn Solo - ISSUE Project Room
January 13, 2018 - Brooklyn

Saturday, January 13th, ISSUE is pleased to present a screening of Brooklyn-born avant-garde film pioneer Ken Jacobs' 3D film A Primer in Sky Socialism, presented alongside the premiere of a film score by Aki Onda. Enfolding the broad collaborative spirit of Jacobs' Nervous Magic Lantern (staged with Onda at ISSUE in 2012), Onda's new score develops their uncanny audio-visual overlap and filmic dialogue -- one that exists between the found sonic interventions of Onda's field recording practices and the ghostlike illusions, visual obfuscations, and abstract images existing in Jacob's projection techniques. The new score is performed live in collaboration with musician and writer Alan Licht, who has extensively collaborated with Onda, most notably on their collaborative LPs Everydays and Lost City (also with Loren Connors). To celebrate the opening of ISSUE's 2018 season, Baltimore-based pedal steel guitarist Susan Alcorn also performs solo before the film, showcasing her signature extension of the instrument's emotional strengths and microtonal possibilities -- existing in parallel to the evening's spectral subject matter. Premiered at the Museum of Modern Art in May 2013, A P... (read more)

Smokestack Brunch: Emmet Cohen Organ Trio - Jazz Standard
January 13, 2018 - Manhattan

Dr. Lonnie Smith Trio - Jazz Standard
January 13, 2018 - New York

Dr. Lonnie Smith - B3 Hammond Organ Jonathan Kreisberg - guitar Johnathan Blake - drums

Pedrito Martinez Group - Dizzy's Club Coca Cola
January 13, 2018 - New York

With conga player/vocalist Pedrito Martinez, bassist Sebastian Natal, pianist Edgar Pantoja-Aleman, and percussionist Jhair Sala "Pedrito is a genius… working with him has been a revelation to me." – Wynton Marsalis "The Pedrito Martinez Group is writing a new chapter in Cuban music history" – NPR Cuban-born and New York-based Pedrito Martinez is a master percussionist and an irrepressible bandleader. He has recorded or performed with such artists as Eddie Palmieri, Paul Simon, and Paquito D'Rivera, and his own group has become an essential voice in the evolving tradition of Afro-Cuban music and jazz. Though the group possesses a rare level of virtuosity, it never gets in the way of their ability to get a room moving. Martinez is also a member of the extremely popular and frequently sold-out Nuevo Jazz Latino program at Jazz at Lincoln Center. Don't miss this rare Dizzy's Club appearance by Martinez' own group!

Winter Jazz Fest - The Bowery Ballroom
Through January 13, 2018 - New York

Marc Ribot's Ceramic Dog, Rudresh Mahanthappa's Indo-Pak Coalition, Lakecia Benjamin and Soul Squad, ONYX Collective w/ Special Guest Nick Hakim, Revival Resistance Chorus

Vijay Iyer - Birdland
Through January 13, 2018 - New York

Keyboardist-composer Vijay Iyer's energized sequence of ECM releases has garnered copious international praise. Yet his fifth for the label since 2014 – Far From Over, featuring his dynamically commanding sextet – finds Iyer reaching a new peak, furthering an artistry that led The Guardian to call him "one of the world's most inventive new-generation jazz pianists" and The New Yorker to describe him as "extravagantly gifted… brilliantly eclectic." Far From Over features this sextet of virtuoso improvisers – with horn players Graham Haynes, Steve Lehman and Mark Shim alongside rhythm partners Stephan Crump and Tyshawn Sorey – leveraging a wealth of jazz history even as it pushes boldly forward. The music ranges from the thrillingly explosive ("Down to the Wire," "Good on the Ground") to the cathartically elegiac ("For Amiri Baraka," "Threnody"), with melodic hooks, entrancing atmosphere, rhythmic muscle and an elemental spirit all part of the allure.

Jenna Mammina & Rolf Sturm - Rockwood Music Hall Stage 3
January 14, 2018 - New York

Jenna & Rolf have just released their second recording, entitled, "Begin To Dance". It is the follow up to their 2015 debut release, "Spark". "Begin To Dance" is filled with jazz standards, older pop songs, and a couple of originals.

Kurt Elling and Ann Hampton Callaway - Birdland
January 14, 2018 - Manhattan

Starting in Chicago, Kurt Elling -- "The standout male vocalist of our time," (New York Times) -- recorded several of his early albums, earned the first of many GRAMMY® nominations and catapulted onto the national stage before moving to Manhattan in 2008. Elling's recent CD release, "Passion World," is a tour-de-force program of love songs from around the world. Performing each song in its native tongue, Elling tells rich stories about musical history on a grand multicultural tour of exotic places and cultures. Tony Award nominee Ann Hampton Callaway salutes songs made famous in films in - Jazz Goes to the Movies. This show, explores the fascinating ways jazz and film have come together to tell stories. The playlist includes "Taking a Chance on Love" from Vernon Duke's Cabin in the Sky, "Let's Face the Music and Dance" from Irving Berlin's Follow the Fleet, "This Time the Dream's on Me," from Harold Arlen's Blues in the Night, and "As Time Goes By," the Herman Hupfeld classic from Casablanca. Callaway also performs jazz songs she has recorded for films, including "Come Rain or Come Shine" from The Good Shepherd, starring Robert DeNiro, "The Nearness of You" from Last Holiday sta... (read more)

Laila Biali - Rockwood Music Hall Stage 3
January 14, 2018 - New York

"It is the ultimate task given to the musician, whether as singer or instrumentalist, to create a unique signature or fingerprint that is instantly recognisable as their own. What is surprising and delightful in Laila Biali is that both as vocalist and pianist she accomplishes this with equal aplomb. She is an exciting and unique talent, and I admire her greatly." - Sting Award-winning Canadian Jazz pianist, vocalist and songwriter Laila Biali has toured with Chris Botti, Paula Cole and Suzanne Vega, and recorded with and supported Sting. She takes the best of pop, rock, classical, world and soul, informs it with her expertise in Jazz, and weaves it into her musical arrangements. Laila has presented her music at prestigious venues spanning five continents including the North Sea Jazz Festival, Tokyo's Cotton Club, Peru's El Festival Internacional de Lima, and Carnegie Hall in New York City. Her latest studio recording, Tracing LightI, received a JUNO nomination for "2011 Best Vocal Jazz Album of the Year" and her most recent release. Live in Concert, recorded live at the Glenn Gould Studio in Toronto, Canada, captures the spirit of live performance so essential to Jazz. Live in ... (read more)

The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra - Birdland
January 14, 2018 - New York

The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra Grammy Award winning pianist, composer and educator Arturo O'Farrill -- leader of the "first family of Afro-Cuban Jazz" (NY Times) -- was born in Mexico and grew up in New York City. Son of the late, great composer Chico O'Farrill, Arturo was Educated at Manhattan School of Music, Brooklyn College Conservatory and the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College. He played piano in Carla Bley's Big Band from 1979 through 1983 and earned a reputation as a soloist in groups led by Dizzy Gillespie, Steve Turre, Freddy Cole, Lester Bowie, Wynton Marsalis and Harry Belafonte. The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra is the resident large format ensemble of the nonprofit Afro Latin Jazz Alliance (ALJA) founded by Arturo O'Farrill in 2007 and dedicated to preserving the music and heritage of big band Latin jazz, supporting its performance for new audiences, and educating young people in the understanding and performance of this important cultural treasure. For more information about the orchestra and other ALJA initiatives, please visit us at (read more)

New York Philharmonic Ensembles - Kaufman Music Center
January 14, 2018 - New York

Up Close and Personal An Ensembles concert provides an intimate connection between musician and audience. Hear the individual talents that make up the orchestra. Experience the passion and personality of the performers. And see how a small setting can make for a huge musical event. PROGRAM BEETHOVEN - String Quartet No. 1 Soohyun Kwon, Jin Suk Yu, violins; Cynthia Phelps, viola; Alexei Yupanqui Gonzales, cello TURINA - Piano Quartet Anna Rabinova, violin; Robert Rinehart, viola; Maria Kitsopoulos, cello; Margaret Kampmeier*, piano ROESGEN-CHAMPION - Concert No. 2 Roger Nye, bassoon; Paul Cohen, alto saxophone; Anna Vasilyeva, piano BRAHMS - Piano Trio No. 3 Yulia Ziskel, violin; Sumire Kudo, cello; Eric Huebner, piano

What-The-Funk! Monthly Residency - Silvana
January 14, 2018 - New York

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

Dr. Lonnie Smith Trio - Jazz Standard
January 14, 2018 - New York

Dr. Lonnie Smith - B3 Hammond Organ Jonathan Kreisberg - guitar Johnathan Blake - drums

The Spinners with special guests Heatwave - St. George Theatre
January 14, 2018 - Staten Island

The Spinners were the greatest soul and R&B group of the early '70s, creating a body of work that defined the lush, seductive sound of Philly soul. They have six GRAMMY nominations, are inductees into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame, and have been nominated for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for classic hits such as "Rubberband Man", "One of a Kind (Love Affair)", "I'll Be Around", "Could It Be I'm Falling in Love", "It's a Shame", "Working My Way Back to You/Forgive Me, Girl", "Then Came You", "Cupid", and more! Joining The Spinners on this show is funk/disco group Heatwave, best known for hit songs "Boogie Nights", The Groove Line, and Always & Forever.

Modern Warrior Live - Sheen Center
Through January 14, 2018 - New York

Modern Warrior LIVE is a new theatrical music experience created by US Army Veteran Jaymes Poling and internationally acclaimed musician Dominick Farinacci. Narrated by Jaymes, with musical performances led by Dominick, this dynamic production featuring more than a dozen artists explores the psychological weights of war, the challenges of reintegration as a civilian, and the potential for positive personal and communal growth.Modern Warrior LIVE is endorsed and supported by United War Veterans Council (producer of the New York City Veterans Day Parade), and The Catskill Jazz Factory serves as Creative Co-Founder and consultant.Trumpeter Dominick Farinacci has been recently credited the title Global Ambassador to Jazz at Lincoln Center by Wynton Marsalis, working to further integrate jazz into communities around the world. He graduated from The Juilliard School in 2005 launching his career in Japan with a prolific run of eight albums, later releasing two more globally. He has performed in more than 120 cities in 14 countries around the world, was a featured guest on ABC's Good Morning America, and is a TED Speaker. Music icon Quincy Jones says of Dominick's accomplishments in perfor... (read more)

Joshua Redman Quartet with Goldberg, Grenadier & Hutchinson - Blue Note
Through January 14, 2018 - New York

One of the most esteemed and charismatic artists of his generation, the ceaselessly innovative saxophonist Joshua Redman "is unparalleled among horn players today" (JazzTimes). From McCoy Tyner to Brad Mehldau, The Bad Plus, and Brooklyn Rider, Redman has collaborated with a diverse and prestigious list of musicians in the course of his career, all the while emerging as a modern jazz icon in his own right. Critics and fans alike are blown away by Redman's passionate live performances and acclaimed recordings. Redman's genius truly shines as a composer, performer, and bandleader when joined by his longtime collaborators, Aaron Goldberg, Reuben Rogers, and Gregory Hutchinson in The Joshua Redman Quartet. This band's music can be challenging, provocative, and forward-looking, but also hard-swinging, melodic, and soulful, with a strong link to the jazz idioms of the 1950s and 1960s. The musicians demand serious energy and engagement of themselves and their listeners, and create music with a joyous and celebratory spirit.

Yemen Blues - Joe's Pub at The Public
Through January 17, 2018 - New York

After touring the world with over of 300 live shows in the last 4 years Yemen Blues presents their new show "INSANIYA" (Humanity) based on legendary producer, Bill Laswell's sound from their latest album. The full live show includes a collaboration with the talented Ori Ben-Shabat from the group of artists "Maria Kong" who created an original video art on 5 screens for each of the songs. The artist uses video footage including live dance infused by original images inspired by the new sound of Yemen Blues. One of the most unique percussion set ups of Rony Iwryn and Itamar Doari and extreme, highly polished rhythm section with Shanir Blumenkranz are the pulsating, danceable underpinning of this unique musical collaboration. Yemen Blues has created a sound that swirls with the Yemenite tradition of Muslims, Christians and Jews, with contemporary overlays of rock & roll, jazz & blues.

Yemen Blues - NYTF @ MJH
Through January 17, 2018 - New York

After touring the world with over of 300 live shows in the last 4 years Yemen Blues presents their new show "INSANIYA" (Humanity) based on legendary producer, Bill Laswell's sound from their latest album. The full live show includes a collaboration with the talented Ori Ben-Shabat from the group of artists "Maria Kong" who created an original video art on 5 screens for each of the songs. The artist uses video footage including live dance infused by original images inspired by the new sound of Yemen Blues. One of the most unique percussion set ups of Rony Iwryn and Itamar Doari and extreme, highly polished rhythm section with Shanir Blumenkranz are the pulsating, danceable underpinning of this unique musical collaboration. Yemen Blues has created a sound that swirls with the Yemenite tradition of Muslims, Christians and Jews, with contemporary overlays of rock & roll, jazz & blues. The visionary collaboration between Laswell and Yemen Blues focusing on hard groove, rich vocals, clarity and heavy sound, featuring one of the greatest voices of the Sahara Mariem Hassan, as well as the Yemenite star Tziyon Golan and One of the greatest rappers in France history Oxmo Puccino. N... (read more)

The Birdland Big Band - Birdland
Through February 23, 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 proclaims, "if you hear one band in NYC make sure this is it... and prepare to be blown away!"

David Ostwald's Louis Armstrong Eternity Band - Birdland
Through February 28, 2018 - Manhattan

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!

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