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January 15, 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.

Kelley Suttenfield: Nacht Turns - The Cornelia Street Cafe
January 19, 2018 - New York

Kelley Suttenfield is an acoustic jazz vocalist whose lush resonance and graceful approach have captivated fans and critics alike. In the words of writer Carol Banks Weber (AXS.com), she "breathes her own loving, sensitive and reverent persona into every lyric." For this concert, she will present her latest project Nacht Turns, a collection of songs for voice, guitar, and cello, joined by guitarist Tosh Sheridan, and cellist Adam Fisher. "A warm, sensual and distinctive vocal sound marks Kelley Suttenfield as someone rather special in the somewhat overcrowded arena in which today's jazz singers must perform." — Bruce Crowther, Jazz "A wonderfully intimate jazz vocalist, Suttenfield brings the singer/songwriter to the cabaret breathing new life into modern chestnuts of love and longing." – Chris Spector, Midwest Record

Brazil Fest: Arthur Kampela - The Cornelia Street Cafe
January 19, 2018 - New York

Kampela's music navigates between hybridism and complexity. Traditional forms such as "Bossas-Novas" and "Sambas" receive similar compositional treatment as their more strictly "avant-garde" counterparts. His cultural heritage ranges from modernism (Webern, Stravinsky, Ferneyhough, Ligeti etc.) to Jobim, João Gilberto and Tropicalismo (a countercultural dissolution of pop music initiated by Caetano Veloso, Tom Ze etc.) Kampela's music intersects at the point where ergonomic or physical aspects and structural concerns, interact.

Brazil Fest: Rubens Salles Group - The Cornelia Street Cafe
January 19, 2018 - New York

Brazilian virtuoso Rubens Salles brings his unique piano style to Cornelia Street Café . Based in New York for the past five years, Mr. Salles hails from Salvador, Bahia, in Brazil's northeast, a region where his music was powered by a mix of African-originated rhythms, local beats and beliefs. Classically trained, Rubens is a lover of rhythms, educated in Jazz and a champion of new concepts. Rubens has been featured at Globo TV, Latin America's largest television network, by highly respected journalist Lucas Mendes, who is also a correspondent for BBC Brazil.

Zemog El Gallo Bueno - Barbès
January 19, 2018 - Brooklyn

ZEMOG EL GALLO BUENO. Led by Puerto-Rican born Peruvian guitarist Abraham Gomez-Delgado, the band plays Latin music for the 21st Century. their sound is both slick and raw - rooted in the traditional rhythms of Bomba and Plena with the energy of the best rock bands and the joyful chaos of Sun Ra’s improvisation. “Zemogdoes for Afro-Latin music what Tom Waits did for Weillian cabaret†Downbeat magazine

Park Kyungso X Kim Chaek - Rockwood Music Hall Stage 3
January 19, 2018 - New York

As a gayageum player, composer and improviser, Park Kyungso sways between traditional and contemporary music – a truly preeminent contemporary musician. Kim Chaek takes inspirations from all continents- Asia, Africa, Europe, and the Americas- and translates them with the beautiful language of drums and percussions. Although the music of Park Kyungso X Kim Chaek started from different roots, their music is presented through the common denominator of Korean music, improvisation and avant-garde. A duet of gayageum and jazz drums will invite audience to a new level of musical experience that they have never seen be

The Winnie Blues - Rockwood Music Hall Stage 3
January 19, 2018 - New York

It could have been any other Wednesday, in any other bar in New York City, but unbeknownst to Alice Beatty and Cameron Potts, a chance encounter in a downtown Manhattan venue would lead to the formation of The Winnie Blues. Both originally from Australia, but having never crossed paths there, they met briefly at a gig at Rockwood Music Hall in 2016. They bonded over a beer and then never saw each other in New York City again. Fast forward 8 months to a local dive bar in Nashville, Tennessee and the two reunited, discussing music and shooting the shit. A plan was made to write one song together. Then another, and then another. Until finally, they needed to form a project together. The Winnie Blues draw on inspiration from some of the most influential duo's in music history. From Johnny & June, to Nick & Kylie, and Emmylou & Graham to place their unique stamp on the Americana music scene. The formula is simple yet powerful. Two voices, one microphone, one guitar. For all media enquiries, info at thewinnieblues.com

Amy Rivard - Rockwood Music Hall Stage 3
January 19, 2018 - New York

Tower of Power - 50th Anniversary 2018 - BB King Blues Club & Grill
January 19, 2018 - New York

Tower's musical odyssey actually began in 1968 when Emilio Castillo met Stephen "Doc" Kupka in July of that year. When Doc auditioned during a band rehearsal at Emilio's house, Emilio's father called him into the kitchen and offered the following advice: "Hire that guy, he's got something." Doc and his signature baritone sax sound were now in the band, and on August 13, 1968, Tower of Power, as we know them today, began playing gigs, and soon became very well known in the area. Many other bands came out of the San Francisco Bay area in the late 60's. Bands like The Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Santana, Big Brother, Journey, Cold Blood and others all helped to define the "San Francisco Sound." Tower of Power has always claimed Oakland, California as their hometown. Playing area venues and making a name for themselves, Tower of Power's big break was just around the corner.

Burt Conrad - Cutting Room
January 19, 2018 - New York

Grammy award winner Burt Conrad has gained national recognition as a blazing blues and swinging jazz guitarist, a soulful pop singer/songwriter, and hit making record producer and engineer. Now he is reaching new heights as a sultry and seductive Latin crooner. His seventh and latest CD, ES Tiempo – It's Time, has Burt fronting a world class Latin orchestra. From merengue to salsa, bachata to cha cha, Burt captures the essence of old school Cuban son, danzon, mambo and more, with a modern, fresh and original delivery. His pulsating, feel good music will most definitely get you on the floor dancing.

Kit Fitzgerald and Peter Gordon: into the Hot, out of the Cool - Roulette
January 19, 2018 - Brooklyn

Kit Fitzgerald has collaborated with composers Max Roach, Peter Gordon, Ned Sublette, and Ryuichi Sakamoto; choreographers Donald Byrd, Bebe Miller, and Bill T. Jones; poets Sekou Sundiata and Bob Holman, and theater companies The Wooster Group and The Talking Band. She directs award-winning documentaries on art and culture, music videos, dance videos, video installations, live performance, and album covers. Her work is in the collection of the Whitney Museum of American Art and has twice been in the Whitney Biennial. She has had work commissioned from Tokyo Broadcasting, Fuji TV, SONY Japan, and Northern Netherlands Theatre. Fitzgerald is the recipient of prizes at international film and television festivals and awards from The Rockefeller Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts, and Japan Foundation. Her work is distributed by Electronic Arts Intermix, New York. Kit Fitzgerald is Professor of New Media at Concordia College-New York.

Nicole Henry - Joe's Pub at The Public
January 19, 2018 - New York

Nicole Henry has established herself as one of the jazz world's most acclaimed vocalists, possessing a potent combination of dynamic vocal abilities, impeccable phrasing, and powerful emotional resonance. Her passionate, soulful voice and heart-felt charisma has earned her a Soul Train Award for "Best Traditional Jazz Performance," three Top-10 U.S. Billboard and HMV Japan jazz albums. Heralded by The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, The Japan Times, El Pais, Jazz Times, Essence and more, Ms. Henry tells real stories through repertoire from the American Songbook, classic and contemporary jazz, contemporary standards, blues and originals.

Jinkx Monsoon & Major Scales: The Ginger Snapped - Joe's Pub at The Public
Through January 19, 2018 - New York

Jinkx Monsoon and Major Scales have come to showcase their new music from their upcoming album... however Jinkx worries that her best years are behind her. In order to avoid a breakdown of diva proportions Major must act as both pianist and therapist to the Manic Miss Monsoon. Music and mental health collide in this witty, biting look at the dark side of Drag fame.

Albert Marques Meets Zack O'Farrill - The Cornelia Street Cafe
January 20, 2018 - New York

Marques is a deeply rhythmic pianist and composer from Barcelona. He formed part of Leon Parker's quartet when he lived in Paris and in New York he is constantly working with drummers like Ari Hoenig. At Cornelia, he will play with Zack O'Farrill, a multiracial, multicultural, multimusical drummer and composer from Brooklyn. This is not cartoon jazz, or stereotypical Latin Jazz. It is modern, fusing elements of Rock, Afro Cuban Jazz, Flamenco, and R&B with a healthy dose of introspection, and not a fake moment.

Brazil Fest: Billy Newman Quintet - The Cornelia Street Cafe
January 20, 2018 - New York

Out of the meeting of the two very different urban cultures of Rio de Janeiro and Brooklyn, NY, an exciting dialogue is born. North and South American rhythms and musical forms express the pulse of the cities. Samba, Bebop, Choro, all find their place in a rich and varied musical repertoire that combines structure and arrangement with free-flowing jazz improvisation. Influences range from the swinging, cerebral tunes of Lennie Tristano from Queens , the angles of Chicagoan tenor saxophonist John Gilmore's improvisations, to the kaleidoscopic inventions of Hermeto Pascoal from Alagoas, Brazil and Choros of Pixinguinha. The Billy Newman Quintet brings together five talented musicians with an abundance of new ideas based on solid musical grounding and a fascination with the cross-cultures we live in today. Brooklyn-born guitarist/composer Billy Newman, a jazz musician has lived, studied and performed in Brazil and his passion for Brazilian music is the inspiration for this dynamic and innovative group. Billy has been the recipient of numerous composers residencies, and is the curator for Brazilian Expressions, a series that is in it's 6th year at the Cornelia Street Cafe. He has relea... (read more)

Pedro Giraudo Tango Quartet - Barbès
January 20, 2018 - Brooklyn

PEDRO GIRAUDO TANGO QUARTET. Originally from Córdoba Argentina, Pedro Giraudo moved to New York City in 1996. Since then he has become a highly versatile bassist, composer and arranger who is in high demand in both the worlds of Jazz and Tango. Pedro recorded bass on Ruben Blades' CD "Tangos", which won two Grammy Awards. He has also been the musical director of Mariela Franganillo Company's "Tango Connection" and "TangoRecuerdo," and performed with U.S.'s most prominent tango ensembles including Pablo Ziegler (Piazzolla's pianist), Luis Bravo's "Forever Tango," Hector Del Curto Quintet," Fernando Otero's "X-Tango" and Daniel Binelli's "Tango Metropolis." His new trio features Emilio Teubal, piano; Rodolfo Zanetti, bandoneón andPedro Giraudo, bass, compositions & arrangements

Eric Comstock and Sean Smith - Birdland
January 20, 2018 - Manhattan

ERIC COMSTOCK AND SEAN SMITH "Cabaret caviar ... suave, smart, funny and utterly delightful." ~ Stephen Holden, The New York Times "Expert musicianship and joie de vivre in equal measure." ~ Steve Futterman, The New Yorker Singer/pianist Eric Comstock has been called "a song's best friend," and the jazz and pop songbooks are in great hands when he is onstage at Birdland. Whether the song is by Rodgers and Hart or Ellington and Strayhorn, Paul Simon or Bob Dylan, you'll hear the lyric as if for the first time. Joining Eric will be eminent bassist/composer Sean Smith -- in all, a perfect winter Saturday supper!

Skyculture- Funk N' Poetry - Silvana
January 20, 2018 - New York

FUNK N' POETRY would feature spirited interactions between funk/jazz musicians and spoken word artist. With music being the focus at times, spoken word another, and a blend of both at other times. Spoken word artist would be encouraged to join musicians on stage for impromptu interactions and spontaneous performances.

Tower of Power - 50th Anniversary 2018 - BB King Blues Club & Grill
January 20, 2018 - New York

Tower's musical odyssey actually began in 1968 when Emilio Castillo met Stephen "Doc" Kupka in July of that year. When Doc auditioned during a band rehearsal at Emilio's house, Emilio's father called him into the kitchen and offered the following advice: "Hire that guy, he's got something." Doc and his signature baritone sax sound were now in the band, and on August 13, 1968, Tower of Power, as we know them today, began playing gigs, and soon became very well known in the area. Many other bands came out of the San Francisco Bay area in the late 60's. Bands like The Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Santana, Big Brother, Journey, Cold Blood and others all helped to define the "San Francisco Sound." Tower of Power has always claimed Oakland, California as their hometown. Playing area venues and making a name for themselves, Tower of Power's big break was just around the corner.

Dez Mona and Baroque Orchestration X: Sága - Joe's Pub at The Public
January 20, 2018 - New York

ága is a theatrical song cycle, which deals with "homecoming" as its main theme. The title of the work refers to the well-known epic tales composed in Iceland and Greenland sometime between the 12th and 14th centuries, and also to Sága: in Norse mythology she is the goddess of history and storytelling. Dez Mona tells stories about the soul and goes in search of their love for the land, a home, and the world in which they live. The songs emanate from the continuous search for ideal geographical and spiritual surroundings. By looking into the past, Dez Mona tries to explain the current state of affairs. But more than anything, their latest work is a poetic reflection on what is happening here and now. After its wildly successful New York debut in PROTOTYPE 2016, we have decided to bring it back for a reprise engagement. Dez Mona is one of Belgium's finest indie bands whose style fuses jazz, gospel, spirituals, and drama. For the creation of Sága, they engage in a sparkling collaboration with B.O.X. (Baroque Orchestration X), along with the outstanding vocalist Gregory Frateur. Sága was created with the support of deSingel in Antwerp, Klara festival, Opera Days Rotterdam, and wi... (read more)

Late Night Dance Session: Evan Sherman Big Band - Dizzy's Club Coca Cola
January 20, 2018 - New York

John Pizzarelli - Birdland
Through January 20, 2018 - New York

John Pizzarelli charms audiences with his warmth, sense of humor, and musical chops. Through his multi-faceted career as a jazz guitarist, vocalist and bandleader, the son of the legendary New Jersey native guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli, has become one of the most recognizable faces and voices in contemporary jazz for his interpretations of classic standards, romantic ballads and the cool jazz flavor he brings to his performances and recordings. Pizzarelli returns to Birdland for the Concord Records release of "Sinatra & Jobim @ 50," an anniversary celebration of the collaboration between jazz vocal icon Frank Sinatra and legendary Brazilian Bossa Nova composer/guitarist Antonio Carlos Jobim, featuring Jobim's grandson Daniel Jobim.

The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra - Birdland
January 21, 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 www.afrolatinjazz.org http://www.npr.org/2015/08/12/431549038/first-listen-arturo-o-farrill-cuba-the-conversation-conti... (read more)

The Empathia Jazz Duo with Mafalda Minnozzi and Paul Ricci with special guest Art Hirahara - Birdland
January 21, 2018 - New York

The Empathia Jazz Duo with Mafalda Minnozzi and Paul Ricci with special guest Art Hirahara eMPathia Jazz Duo featuring Paul Ricci & Mafalda Minnozzi special guest Art Hirahara The eMPathia Jazz Duo is making its third appearance at Birdland, this time with special guest pianist Art Hirahara reunited with them from their Italian summer tour. The duo's singer, Italian born Mafalda Minnozzi has an impressive career predominantly in Brasil where for over 20 years she has made a name for herself via 12 CD's, 2 DVD's, numerous major network TV appearances and noted duets with the likes of Milton Nascimento, Leny Andrade, Martinho Da Vila, Toquinho, and Guinga to name a few. She is a remarkably charismatic and powerful stage performer with a vocal extension and versatile timbral palette that blurs the line between singer and improvisational soloist.

Feel So Good - SOB'S
January 21, 2018 - New York

Noches Mexicanas FT El Komander - La Boom
January 21, 2018 - Queens

Bakithi Kumalo & South African All-Stars - Africa Live! - BB King Blues Club & Grill
January 21, 2018 - New York

Bakithi Kumalo's musical career has been characterized by a series of serendipitous events, ranging from his debut gig as a precocious seven-year-old filling in for the bassist in his uncle's band to his enlistment into Paul Simon's group during the recording sessions of the pop star's landmark Graceland album in 1985.

Cabaret Festival: Chloe Perrier & the French Heart Jazz Band - The Cornelia Street Cafe
January 21, 2018 - New York

Chloe Perrier is pleased to introduce her new classy vintage band « French Heart Jazz Band », a joyful mix of French songs and Jazz standards from the 20's to 40's. Chloé Perrier… Imagine during a long summer, a very hot day, a cool breeze of fresh air passing by, gently titling your skin. It gives you a feeling of lightness, freshness, beating with your heart. Chloé singing, she is this fresh, cooling breeze… A voice barely touching you but taking you along and accompanying you, she invites you in her world, her pace, to accompany your wondering thoughts… Simply a wonderful pleasure ! - Isabelle Mourgère TV5 monde

Sunday Night Fever - House of Yes
January 21, 2018 - New York

The beat is sick and the doctor is in! Give your body some urgent care with the best medicine of Funk, Soul, Disco, Rhythm & Blues on a Sunday Night designed to revitalize your vitals and give you life after a long weekend of LIVIN'. Don't worry - this health care provider is absolutely FREE. Music by Mira Fahrenheit & David Kiss Doctors, Patients, Nurses, Prescriptions and Shot Specials. Drink Water, Drink Everything! Hydrate and get high on your own supply of good vibes and better music. Dress up, Dress down, just move your muscles and let us heal you.

Stephane Wrembel - Barbès
January 21, 2018 - New York

The French virtuoso guitarist first learned his craft with the manouche (the French Gypsies) but he has also gotten deep into American vernacular musical styles. He scored the theme song to Woody Allen's "Midnight in Paris" which he also performed live dng the 2012 Academy Awards and he has been called "a revelation" by Rolling Stone. While his playing falls into the general umbrella of Gypsy Swing his weekly sets showcase his own compositions which owe as much to Django Reinhardt as they do Pink Floyd or middle eastern modes.

O Baby Mine: Sing a Song of Shakespeare presented in association with the NYC Children's Theater - Joe's Pub at The Public
January 21, 2018 - New York

It's never too early to meet the Bard... New York City Children's Theater is proud to present a concert for kids of all ages! Enjoy a day out with the family at O Baby Mine: Sing a Song of Shakespeare. Featuring Rob Weinert-Kent, Raymond Bokhour, Madison Scheckel, and special guests, O Baby Mine is a collection of children's songs based on Shakespeare's most famous works, including A Midsummer Night's Dream, Romeo and Juliet, and more.

Benny Benack Iii: 'One of a Kind' Album Release Party - Dizzy's Club Coca Cola
January 21, 2018 - New York

With trumpeter Benny Benack III Dual-threat trumpeter and singer Benny Benack III celebrates the release of his debut album, One of a Kind. The multi-talented 26-year-old approached this project with a goal of presenting as many sides of his talents and interests as possible, and audiences will experience that broad musical range tonight. From fast bop burners to slow ballads, Benack is a gifted soloist, a charismatic crooner, and a whole lot in between. He recently performed at Dizzy's Club several times as a trumpeter with the New Century Jazz Quintet and Big Band, and he was a featured singer in Body & Soul: America's Unforgettable Crooners in The Appel Room. Tonight's album release show—his first as a Jazz at Lincoln Center headliner—is a great opportunity for Benack to bring those two worlds together onstage. He's always in first-rate musical company (as you'll hear on the album), and his group at Dizzy's is sure to be no different.

Benny Benack Iii: 'One of a Kind' Album Release Party - Dizzy's Club Coca Cola
January 21, 2018 - New York

With trumpeter Benny Benack III Dual-threat trumpeter and singer Benny Benack III celebrates the release of his debut album, One of a Kind. The multi-talented 26-year-old approached this project with a goal of presenting as many sides of his talents and interests as possible, and audiences will experience that broad musical range tonight. From fast bop burners to slow ballads, Benack is a gifted soloist, a charismatic crooner, and a whole lot in between. He recently performed at Dizzy's Club several times as a trumpeter with the New Century Jazz Quintet and Big Band, and he was a featured singer in Body & Soul: America's Unforgettable Crooners in The Appel Room. Tonight's album release show—his first as a Jazz at Lincoln Center headliner—is a great opportunity for Benack to bring those two worlds together onstage. He's always in first-rate musical company (as you'll hear on the album), and his group at Dizzy's is sure to be no different.

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 yelp.com 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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