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Blues and Jazz in New York City This Weekend - March 15-March 17

March 11, 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.

Monterey Jazz Festival on Tour starring Cécile McLorin Salvant - Jazz at Lincoln Center
March 15, 2019 - New York

The world's longest-running jazz festival comes to The Appel Room—a venue with state-of-the-art sound, an unbeatable view, and a capacity almost 100 times smaller than what the Monterey Jazz Festival draws in California. This intimate performance kicks off the Monterey Jazz Festival's 60th Anniversary Tour, and it features six of today's most remarkable young jazz talents, each of whom has a meaningful history with each other and with Jazz at Lincoln Center. Cécile McLorin Salvant is a genius vocalist who sells out every set she performs at Jazz at Lincoln Center (and be warned, these shows will be no different). Bria Skonberg is an irresistible entertainer who "plays trumpet like a red hot devil and sings like a dream." (The Wall Street Journal) Saxophonist Melissa Aldana is the first female instrumentalist ever to win the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition—the world's most prestigious jazz competition and number-one spotlight for rising talent—and she is now in top demand by multiple generations of musicians for her fierce melodicism. Drummer and vocalist Jamison Ross is another first-place winner of the Thelonious Monk Competition, and his roots in gospel, swingin... (read more)

The Supreme Queens - Fat Cat
March 15, 2019 - New York

The Supreme Queens

Claffy - Fat Cat
March 15, 2019 - New York

Claffy

Men I Trust - The Bowery Ballroom
March 15, 2019 - New York

Founded in 2014, Men I Trust, is an indie band from Montreal (Canada) composed of Jessy (bass/ guitar), Dragos (keyboards) and Emma (vocals/ guitar). With smooth, chin-bouncing rhythms & bass lines, warm guitars and alluringly subdued vocals, longevity – in all its forms – is an underlying theme in their craft. At its most spacious, listening to Men I Trust feels like you're gliding on a never-ending wave; at its tightest, they still provide pockets of time to catch your breath.

Beegie Adair and Monica Ramey with Bassist Roger Spencer - Birdland Jazz Club
March 15, 2019 - New York

Beegie Adair and Monica Ramey with Bassist Roger Spencer

Vincent Herring: History of Jazz - Birdland Jazz Club
March 15, 2019 - New York

Vincent Herring: History of Jazz

Pete Malinverni Trio: On the Town - Birdland Jazz Club
March 15, 2019 - New York

Pete Malinverni Trio: On The Town

Habib Koite & Bassekou Kouyate - (Le) Poisson Rouge
March 15, 2019 - New York

Habib Koité and Bassekou Kouyate exemplify responsibility and shared experience associated with the historical, cultural, and unifying properties of Malian music. One of Africa’s most recognized musicians, Habib Koité is a modern troubadour with extraordinary appeal because Koité‘s musicianship, wit and wisdom translate across cultures. Hailing from the musically prolific West African nation of Mali, the guitarist and composer has been named the biggest pop star of the region by Rolling Stone. In a collaboration that differs from any in today’s industry, Koité will be performing with fellow Malian Bassekou Kouyate, a master of the olden lute known as the Ngoni. The effortlessly talented, Grammy-nominated “Ngoni virtuoso Bassekou Kouyate can make notes bend like light rays in the desert heat (Time Out magazine).” Kouyate’s knowledge and comfortability in a vast array of musical settings actively complements his counterpart’s presence. Recently, Bassekou’s involvement with the critically acclaimed film ‘Mali Blues’ and his exceptional recording have earned him a recognition throughout the world. Over the past decade, Koité’s artistry and magnetic personality have made him an internat... (read more)

The Birdland Big Band - Birdland Theater
March 15, 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!"

The Birdland Big Band - Birdland Jazz Club
March 15, 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!"

Alex Graham Quartet - Smalls Jazz Club
March 15, 2019 - New York

"A careful, lucid improviser, Graham references, with erudition and panache, vocabulary and tonal connotations from Cannonball Adderley, Phil Woods, Jackie McLean, Kenny Garrett and Donald Harrison, among others."

Walt Weiskopf Quartet - Smalls Jazz Club
March 15, 2019 - New York

Saxophonist, composer and author Walt Weiskopf began his New York career performing with the Buddy Rich Big Band in 1981 at the age of 21. Since then, he has made an impressive mark as both a leader and sideman with 12 critically-acclaimed CDs and countless sideman credits, including performing and recording with Frank Sinatra, Steely Dan, Donald Fagen and Steve Smith's Jazz Legacy. A dynamic player with enormous technical prowess, Walt is equally well-regarded as a composer and his CDs contain predominantly original work. His five books on advanced topics in improvisation are among the most respected in the field. He lives in New Jersey and is an Associate Professor at the Eastman School of Music.

Johnny O'Neal Quartet Celebrates the 100th Birthday of Nat 'King' Cole - Dizzy's Club Coca Cola
March 15, 2019 - New York

With pianist and vocalist Johnny O'Neal, guitarist Ilya Lushtak, bassist Mark Lewandowski, and drummer Itay Morchi.

Jd Allen After-Hours - Smalls Jazz Club
March 15, 2019 - New York

Hailed by the New York Times as "a tenor saxophonist with an enigmatic, elegant and hard-driving style," J.D. Allen is one of the most thoughtful jazz saxophonists on the scene today. The Detroit natives apprenticeship has largely been in New York, where he has performed, recorded, and toured with legends Lester Bowie, George Cables, Betty Carter,Louis Hayes , Ron Carter, Jack DeJohnette, Frank Foster Big Band, Winard Harper, Butch Morris, David Murray, Wallace Roney, and contemporaries Cindy Blackman, Orrin Evans, Marcus Gilmore, Russell Gunn, and Me'shell N'degeocello, Dave Douglas among others.

Ken Fowser Quintet - The Django
March 15, 2019 - New York

Ken Fowser Quintet

Jan Tilley: Time Capsule 1970's & 80's - The Cutting Room
March 15, 2019 - New York

Lovers of Heart, Blondie, The Pretenders, The Police, Queen and much more: Rejoice! The Time Capsule live rock show was created to preserve and re-visit the sound and spirit of some of the greatest music of the 1970s and 80s."

Adam Klipple - 55 Bar
March 15, 2019 - New York

Michael Louis Band - Bar Chord
March 15, 2019 - Brooklyn

MICHAEL LOUIS BAND

Gabriela Anders - 55 Bar
March 15, 2019 - New York

Jerry Seinfeld - Beacon Theater
Through March 15, 2019 - New York

Legendary New Yorker and comedian Jerry Seinfeld will return to the Beacon Theatre in 2019. The shows scheduled for 2019 extend Seinfeld's overwhelmingly successful residency at The Beacon, which began in January 2016 and concluded in December 2017 with 36 sold-out performances. The 2019 dates are as follows: February 8, March 14, March 15, April 4, April 5, May 3, May 4, June 6 and June 7, with performances at 7:00 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. on all ten nights. Jerry Seinfeld And The Beacon — A Perfect Match The performer extends his residency, bringing him back to his comedy roots and to a familiar setting — Manhattan's Upper West Side, where he, Elaine, George and Kramer once brought an entire neighborhood and city to life. The star is part of a blossoming tradition at The Madison Square Garden Company — residencies that bond artists and their fans at one of our iconic venues.

Tilt Kids Festival 2019 - Harlem Stage
March 16, 2019 - New York

Featuring AJOYO by Yacine Boularès and Sarah E. Charles (Ages 3+) Join us for a special afternoon featuring performances presented with the Tilt Kids Festival! Harlem Stage partners with the Cultural Services of the French Embassy and the French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF) to present a program from international artists whose work appeals to kids and their families. Young people and the young at heart are invited to engage in our instrument making workshop then join the band in a joyful music celebration of AJOYO led by French-Tunisian musician Yacine Boularès; described as a "mystic brew blending African tradition, jazz and soul." This program is performed in English.

Gerry Segal - The Peoples' Voice Cafe
March 16, 2019 - New York

Gerry Segal is back for his 3rd annual appearance at The People's Voice Cafe. Gerry has performed at the legendary clubs of the Greenwich Village Folk Revival including Gerde's Folk City, The Village Gate and The Bottom Line. He'll be backed up by Bob Rose on guitar and mandolin, who is one of New York City's renowned recording artists. Also appearing is Bob's lovely wife Linda LoPresti, who is a well known commercial singer in her own right. Get ready for a night of new songs, old favorites and surprises.

Generations: Mike & Aleksi Glick - The Peoples' Voice Cafe
March 16, 2019 - New York

Generations: Mike & Aleksi Glick is an NYC-based father-and-son duo blending soulful vocals with virtuoso guitar playing. Mike (lead vocals, guitar) toured the USA, Europe, Asia and the Caribbean with an earlier group, The New Song Project. Robert Palmer of The New York Times wrote, "More rousing and musically substantive than the music of city folksingers of previous generations." Now Mike is back, better than ever, with his son. Aleksi (lead guitar, vocals) leads his rock/jazz group Snack Cat and plays in other groups with such sterling jazz masters as Paul Bollenback, Ed Cherry, Vic Juris, and Seth Weaver. Nick Noble of WICN-FM, Worcester, MA, describes their new CD as "a wonderful album!... Listeners to my show have commented on its timeliness."

Cesar Orozco and Kamarata Jazz - Fat Cat
March 16, 2019 - New York

Cesar Orozco and Kamarata Jazz

Darrell Green Group - Fat Cat
March 16, 2019 - New York

Darrell Green Group

After Hours hosted by Greg Glassman - Fat Cat
March 16, 2019 - New York

After Hours hosted by Greg Glassman

Eric Comstock - Birdland Jazz Club
March 16, 2019 - New York

Hailed as "the truest heir to Bobby Short" in The New York Times, pianist/singer Eric Comstock returns to Birdland with star bassist/composer Sean Smith with songs by everyone from George Gershwin to George Harrison. These two masters met on the Off-Broadway hit OUR SINATRA (which Eric co-wrote) and have since worked separately and together around the world. Vocalist Barbara Fasano joins them at Birdland for a swinging Saturday supper where the music and stories are equally great.

Guster - Beacon Theater
March 16, 2019 - New York

Guster will be performing at the Beacon Theatre

Beegie Adair and Monica Ramey with Bassist Roger Spencer - Birdland Jazz Club
March 16, 2019 - New York

Beegie Adair and Monica Ramey with Bassist Roger Spencer

Vincent Herring: History of Jazz - Birdland Jazz Club
March 16, 2019 - New York

Vincent Herring: History of Jazz

Pete Malinverni Trio: On the Town - Birdland Jazz Club
March 16, 2019 - New York

Pete Malinverni Trio: On The Town

Natalie Merchant and Lúnasa - Tarrytown Music Hall
March 16, 2019 - Tarrytown

A Music Hall/Music Without Borders Co-presentation Natalie Merchant will perform a set of her own songs accompanied by Erik Della Penna on guitar and then after an intermission, she'll join Lúnasa as a special guest on six songs during their set. Natalie Merchant recently joined her friends in Lúnasa as a "special guest" for four shows in their native Ireland in August following her own UK Tour. We are lucky to welcome them all to the States in this very special performance! Lúnasa is currently on tour celebrating the band's 20th Anniversary. Their new album Cas is available now via the band's online store. Natalie makes an appearance on the track "The Bonny Light Horseman." Natalie and Lúnasa first collaborated on her 2010 release Leave Your Sleep. Lúnasa is composed of Kevin Crawford (flutes, low whistles and tin whistles), Trevor Hutchinson (double bass), Ed Boyd (guitar), Seán Smyth (fiddle and low whistle) and Cillian Vallely (uilleann pipes and low whistles). Lúnasa have sold more than quarter of a million albums in the course of the band's career and boast an impressive back catalogue of 7 highly acclaimed and award-winning studio albums.

Alegba & Friends - Bar Chord
March 16, 2019 - Brooklyn

Afro Caribbean Grooves

Late Night Dance Session: Zaccai Curtis Cubop - Dizzy's Club Coca Cola
March 16, 2019 - New York

With pianist Zaccai Curtis.

Alex Graham Quartet - Smalls Jazz Club
March 16, 2019 - New York

"A careful, lucid improviser, Graham references, with erudition and panache, vocabulary and tonal connotations from Cannonball Adderley, Phil Woods, Jackie McLean, Kenny Garrett and Donald Harrison, among others." Saxophonist and composer Alex Graham is an internationally recognized performer and educator who has performed as a leader or sideman with a variety of artists at festivals, clubs, and/or concert halls all over the world. He has been awarded fellowships and residencies to compose original music, and is an Assistant Professor of Saxophone at Belmont University in Nashville, TN.Graham's most recent CD on Origin Records, Brand New, was ranked highly in the national jazzweek radio charts for several weeks, and made several top ten lists in the year it was released.

Walt Weiskopf Quartet - Smalls Jazz Club
March 16, 2019 - New York

Saxophonist, composer and author Walt Weiskopf began his New York career performing with the Buddy Rich Big Band in 1981 at the age of 21. Since then, he has made an impressive mark as both a leader and sideman with 12 critically-acclaimed CDs and countless sideman credits, including performing and recording with Frank Sinatra, Steely Dan, Donald Fagen and Steve Smith's Jazz Legacy. A dynamic player with enormous technical prowess, Walt is equally well-regarded as a composer and his CDs contain predominantly original work. His five books on advanced topics in improvisation are among the most respected in the field. He lives in New Jersey and is an Associate Professor at the Eastman School of Music

Brooklyn Circle - Smalls Jazz Club
March 16, 2019 - New York

Brooklyn Circle

Wayne Escoffery Organ Quartet - The Django
March 16, 2019 - New York

Wayne Escoffery Organ Quartet

Emmet Cohen Trio - BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center
March 16, 2019 - New York

Emmet Cohen (piano), Russell Hall (bass), and Evan Sherman (drums). Emmet Cohen Trio (New York, NY) are the Second Runners-Up of the 2018 DC Jazz Festival's DCJazzPrix Emerging Band Competition. Committed to the intergenerational transfer of artistic knowledge, history and traditions, the Emmet Cohen Trio features multi-faceted pianist- composer Emmet Cohen, Grammy and Emmy-nominated bassist Russell Hall, a native of Kingston, Jamaica, and drummer Evan Sherman. Between them they have worked with vocalists Kurt Elling and Lea DeLaria, NEA Jazz Masters Jimmy Heath, Ron Carter, James Moody, and Jimmy Cobb, plus the Dizzy Gillespie All-Stars, Billy Hart, Brian Lynch, Cyrus Chestnut, Jon Batiste and Stay Human. The trio is remembered for its range and uplifting dynamism and represents a kaleidoscopic sense of musical narrative.

SaRon Crenshaw - 55 Bar
March 16, 2019 - New York

Peter Baron's Thunderfarm - The Cutting Room
March 16, 2019 - New York

Peter Baron, born and raised in Greenwich Village, New York was most influenced by guitar-based rock bands of the 70's and 80's. Peter Baron's sound has been described as a combination of modern edgy pop rock and 70's metal. You might say Zeppelin/Aerosmith meets Foo Fighters/Alanis Morrisette. At 17, Peter landed a spot as second guitarist with Leslie West of Mountain and toured the U.S./Canada with Leslie in various bands. Performances included stadiums, coliseums and well-known clubs, playing to audiences as large as 70,000 with some of the biggest bands on the planet. Some of the artists include Kiss, Metallica, Peter Frampton, Slash of Guns N Roses and many, many more. Peter Baron currently plays guitar with Leslie West's Mountain and has played with Leslie on and off since 17.He also toured and recorded with Rainbow/Deep purple singer Joe Lynn Turner as well as Peter Baron's Thunderfarm. Peter has celebrated 6 sold out shows at the cutting room.

Musical Salute to the Golden Age of 30's & 40's Jazz & Swing Feat. the New York Nightingales Brunch Show at the Loft - 3/16 - City Winery
March 16, 2019 - New York

The New York Nightingales & The New Retro Orchestra is the Golden Age of 30's & 40's Jazz & Swing experience you'll have to see to believe. They are accompanied by Some of New York's Best Musicians. Not only do they have great voices, but they have inventive little comedic bits and choreographed moves that keep on entertaining. Some say better and prettier than the Andrew Sisters. These gals will steal your heart with their unique arrangements of your favorite Jazz & swing tunes. Tight harmonies and playful personalities are what make the New York Nightingales timeless and suitable for any event, especially a Show at NY's City Winery.

René Marie - Jazz Standard
Through March 16, 2019 - New York

All of us at Jazz Standard offer collective congratulations to René Marie, whose first album of all original compositions Sound of Red captured a GRAMMY Award nomination in the Jazz Vocal Category (the artist's second GRAMMY nomination in this category). In a span of two decades, 11 recordings and countless stage performances, René Marie has cemented her reputation as not only a gifted singer but also a composer, arranger, theatrical performer and teacher. Guided and tempered by powerful life lessons and rooted in jazz traditions laid down by such leading ladies of past generations as Ella Fitzgerald and Dinah Washington, René Marie alchemizes elements of folk, R&B and even classical and country music to cre­ate a captivating hybrid style. Her body of work is musical, but it's more than just music: It's an explora­tion of the bright and dark corners of the human experience, and an affirmation of the power of the human spirit. "I have never forgotten the early lessons learned about the power of music," says René Marie. "Today, I try to imbue that feeling of emotion into every song I write and every song I sing – every time." René Marie – vocals John Chin – piano Elias Bailey – ba... (read more)

Pete Malinverni - Birdland
Through March 16, 2019 - New York

On the Town" The Pete Malinverni Trio plays the music of Leonard Bernstein Pete Malinverni, piano Doug Weiss, bass Aaron Seeber, drums Pianist, composer, educator Pete Malinverni has been a fixture on the New York City Jazz scene since moving there in the early 1980s from his hometown of Niagara Falls, NY, where he'd begun Classical Piano studies at the tender age of six. Since moving to NYC, Pete has recorded fourteen times as a leader, including in solo piano, trio, quartet, quintet, big band and choral contexts. All his recordings have been received by critics and the public alike and have seen heavy airplay on all platforms, from the radio to the internet. Throughout his time in NYC, Pete has established performing, recording and inspirational contact with a host of masters on the scene there, including Joe Lovano, Vernel Fournier, Charles Davis, Mel Lewis, Dennis Irwin, Jon Faddis, Karrin Allyson, Steve Wilson and many, many others. These collaborations have happened in studios and on stages like the Carnegie Recital Hall, the Caramoor Festival, the Piccolo Spoleto Festival, the Rome Music and Image Festival, the Santiago (Chile) Jazz Festival and others, as well as i... (read more)

Beegie Adair and Monica Ramey - Birdland
Through March 16, 2019 - New York

Jazz fans and critics agree, pianist Beegie Adair's sophisticated and listenable brand of jazz has made her recordings among the biggest sellers in the jazz world. Her collaboration with Vocalist Monica Ramey is equally sublime: "There was a brief period in the late 1950s and very early '60s when Capitol sagely paired George Shearing with a succession of the label's top vocalists, including Peggy Lee, Dakota Staton, Nancy Wilson and Nat King Cole. The results were uniformly wonderful, setting a standard for sophistication that has, until now, never quite been equaled. But in Monica Ramey and Beegie Adair, Shearing and company have finally met their match." – JazzTimes Magazine

Vincent Herring - Birdland
Through March 16, 2019 - New York

Saxophonist Vincent Herring's intense, soulful, multi-noted style and ebullient swing have excited audiences worldwide. On stage, Herring and his band often make an incendiary sound over fine and controlled rhythms of modern times. Vincent started playing saxophone at the age of 11 in school bands and studying privately at Dean Frederick's School of Music in Vallejo, CA. At the age of 16, Herring was studying at California State University at Chico on a music scholarship. A year later he had won a berth in the United States Military Academy Band at West Point. Vincent moved to New York City in early 1980's attending Long Island University. He first toured in the United States and Europe as part of the Lionel Hampton Big Band. With his sound strongly influenced by Julian "Cannonball" Adderley, Vincent's virtuosity and promise came to the attention of Nat Adderley. The two forged a nine-year musical relationship, producing nine albums and touring around the world year after year. After Nat's death, Louis Hayes collaborated with Vincent to form the Cannonball Adderley Legacy Band. Vincent worked and recorded with Cedar Walton for more than 20 years. He has also appeared on stage an... (read more)

Suzanne Vega - Cafe Carlyle
Through March 16, 2019 - New York

Widely regarded as one of the most brilliant songwriters of her generation, Suzanne Vega emerged as a leading figure of the folk-music revival of the early 1980s when, accompanying herself on acoustic guitar, she sang what has been labeled contemporary folk or neo-folk songs of her own creation in Greenwich Village clubs.

After Hours hosted by The Program of Deprogramming - Fat Cat
March 17, 2019 - New York

After Hours hosted by The Program of Deprogramming

Bobby Lavell Jazz Orchestra - Birdland Jazz Club
March 17, 2019 - New York

Bobby LaVell Jazz Orchestra

The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra - Birdland Jazz Club
March 17, 2019 - New York

The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra

Bobby LaVell Jazz Orchestra - Birdland
March 17, 2019 - New York

Born in Memphis, Tennessee Bobby LaVell gained an interest in music while in high school. He became proficient on the Saxophone, Flute, Clarinet and Piano while pursuing formal musical studies at Memphis State (now the University of Memphis), and Shelby State College. Bobby also studied and became proficient as an arranger and composer during that time. Bobby' s formal education continued with composition studies with Bob Brookmeyer and Manny Albam at the B.M.I. Jazz Composers Workshop. Bobby studied improvisation with Fred Ford of Memphis, Tennessee, and he credits Ford with shaping his musical philosophy. . . "He was the best teacher anyone could have, because he taught me to teach myself. However, his first and foremost influence was his father, the late Bob (Honeymoon) Garner, a pianist and organist in the Memphis area. During Bobby's early professional career, he performed, arranged and conducted for Memphis singer Lee Stone.

Jazz For Kids - Jazz Standard
March 17, 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.

Cortelyou Jazz Jam - Bar Chord
March 17, 2019 - Brooklyn

Weekly Jazz Jam hosted by Michael Vitali

Sunday Night Jazz at The Campbell - The Campbell
March 17, 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*

Matthias Goerne, baritone with Daniil Trifonov, piano & Musicians of the New York Philharmonic - 92Y
March 17, 2019 - Upper East Side

A masterly singer endowed with an opulent baritone that includes a silky, cellolike high register and penetrating depths … " — The New York Times "Few artists have burst onto the classical music scene in recent years with the incandescence of pianist Daniil Trifonov." — The New York Times The masterful baritone Matthias Goerne collaborates with pianist Daniil Trifonov on selected German lieder before being joined by the New York Philharmonic String Quartet in a performance of Hanns Eisler's Ernste Gesänge (Serious Songs), a piece in which "Goerne colors every word with insight and intensity" (BBC Magazine). Eisler said about this cycle, completed shortly before his death in 1962, "it is consciousness—reflection—depression—revival and again consciousness...one must describe the up and down of…actual situations, sing about them and comment on them." We may find shocking similarities between the situations on which Eisler commented, and those of our current age. The Quartet is then joined by Trifonov in Johannes Brahms' mighty Piano Quintet.

Christopher Mcbrite - Minton's Playhouse
March 17, 2019 - New York

Superb Alto Saxophonist Christopher McBride has been slowly but steadily turning heads with his ubiquitous work as an invaluable sideman since the mid-aughts. Now Christopher is gaining respect amongst fans, critics and his peers as one of the most versatile musicians in the world. His 2012 debut album Quatuor de Force certainly establishes his ability to front a group and write his own soulful, melodically indelible tunes. Applauded for his ability to play in all musical situations, McBride has the ability to unleash a fiery attack and serrated tone, but on his recent album he explores a more measured, mellow sound heavily influenced by contemporary R&B—with a strong shot of Cannonball Adderley's post-bop sensuality–but his improvising is very rigorous and cogent.

Mennie/Minasi Duo - Symphony Space
March 17, 2019 - Manhattan

Carol began singing jazz in 1989 when she met her husband, jazz guitarist Dom Minasi, and by April 1990 they debuted as a duo in the Kingsborough College Jazz Concert. Carol combined her singing & acting in the dual role of Lady Blues and Mrs. Beckoff in the revival of TORCH SONG TRILOGY in New York, where Dom was the Musical Director. Carol and Dom have worked as a duo since 1990, performing in the most noted clubs, including Birdland, Smoke and The Blue Note in New York City. During the 1999 Christmas Season they performed at the Clinton White House. In 2002 they performed with their septet at the Central Park Bandshell. Carol can be heard on Dom Minasi's Time Will Tell on Monk's ' Round Midnight. She is featured on Dom's website (www.domminasi.com) as well as her own: (www.carolmennie.com) Her 2004 release as a solo artist I'm Not A Sometime Thing produced arranged by Dom with 5 of his originals, met with glowing reviews. Other collaborations include being featured on Dom's double CD extravaganza, The Vampire's Revenge voted 'Top 10 Album of 2006' by Downbeat's Howie Mandel. Carol is currently working on her next album featuring Dr. Lonnie Smith.

Grant Stewart Quartet - Smalls Jazz Club
March 17, 2019 - New York

Born in Toronto, Canada on June 4, 1971, Grant Stewart was exposed to the music of Charlie Parker, Wardell Gray and Coleman Hawkins by his father, a high-school English teacher and semiprofessional guitarist. Father and son often played together for hours on end. It was through these early experiences and his father's encouragement that Stewart first developed a strong ear for melody, style, and improvisation. He began with the alto saxophone at age 10, and when he was 14 his first teacher, noted Toronto bandleader Pete Schofield, invited him to play professionally in Schofield's Big Band. At 17 he switched to the tenor saxophone and was soon playing with such master saxophonists as Pat Labarbara and Bob Mover. Stewart considers Mover to be one of his greatest teachers and among his strongest influences along with Sonny Rollins, John Coltrane, Don Byas, and Lester Young. Since moving to New York City at the age of 19, Stewart has studied with such masters as Donald Byrd, Barry Harris, and Joe Lovano, and performed with Curtis Fuller, John Hendricks, Clark Terry, Etta Jones, Bill Charlap, Frank Gant, Dan Barret, Bob Mover, Brad Mehldau, Russell Malone, Larry Goldings, Peter Bernstei... (read more)

Ecstatic Music Festival: ETHEL & Face the Music - Kaufman Music Center
March 17, 2019 - New York

Special guest appearance by Todd Rundgren NYC's "infectiously visceral" (Pitchfork), "vital and brilliant" (New Yorker) string quartet ETHEL teams up with quartets from Kaufman Music Center's dynamic Face the Music youth program for an afternoon of invigorating new music. The performance showcases repertoire commissioned for ETHEL and developed during the quartet's 2018-19 residency with Face the Music at Kaufman Music Center.

Jon Beshay Quartet - Smalls Jazz Club
March 17, 2019 - New York

"I play music because I like to listen to music, and when I'm playing I'm in charge of what I'm hearing." Jonathan Beshay-jazz saxophonist, bandleader, and composer-says that there's no other agenda when his group takes the bandstand. Fortunately for audiences, Beshay likes to hear good music. His first role models were the old masters of jazz (John Coltrane, Charlie Parker, and Lester Young) but it would be a mistake to assume that modern music isn't fair game for Beshay. Artists such as Walter Smith and John Ellis make their way onto his list of influences, all uttered in the same breath as Coleman Hawkins and Woody Shaw. When pressed, he compares his musical process to the late Mulgrew Miller's; something that is rooted deep down in the history of jazz, but has blossomed outward into an art that is unique and new.

Ben Zweig Trio After-Hours - Smalls Jazz Club
March 17, 2019 - New York

Jazz drummer and educator, Ben Zweig, "is able to combine history with the current musical environment, making it sound fresh" (Don Sickler, Grammy winning producer). After moving to NYC in 2011, the 26 year old has accompanied an impressive array of jazz luminaries, including; Randy Weston, Johnny O'Neal, Larry Ridley, David Williams, Roy Hargrove, Deborah Davis, Joe Cohn, Champian Fulton, Jerry Dodgion, and Steve Nelson. Described by downbeat as "especially crisp and articulate," Zweig has presented his personalized drum sounds on tours throughout the continental US, Asia and Canada. He currently tours regularly with Ben Rosenblum's trio and leads a bi-weekly residency hosting the Sunday late night jam sessions at Smalls Jazz Club in NYC.

'Sunday Supper' with Alexis Cole - Smoke Jazz & Supper Club
March 17, 2019 - New York

Alexis Cole [voice & piano] 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."

Kelly Green Trio - Fine & Rare
March 17, 2019 - New York

Performance by Kelly Green Trio

Tyler Blanton - 55 Bar
March 17, 2019 - New York

Ray Anderson - 55 Bar
March 17, 2019 - New York

Charles Tolliver 50th Anniversary Paper Man: Bartz/Iyer/White/Williams - Blue Note
Through March 17, 2019 - New York

Charles Tolliver - Trumpet Gary Bartz - Saxophone Vijay Iyer - Piano Lenny White - Drums Buster Williams - Bass Paper Man is the debut album led by American jazz trumpeter Charles Tolliver featuring Gary Bartz, Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter and Joe Chambers recorded in 1968 and first released on the British Black Lion label as Charles Tolliver and His All Stars then later released on the Freedom label.

Miguel Zenón - Village Vanguard
Through March 17, 2019 - New York

Miguel Zenón (alto sax) Luis Perdomo (piano) Hans Glawischnig (bass) Henry Cole (drums) [Zenón] has carved out a unique path for himself as an interpreter of the music of his native Puerto Rico through the lens of cutting-edge, acoustic jazz. This isn't the kind of jazz that is influenced by Afro-Cuban music and percussion. The compositions he writes for his long-standing quartet bristles and pops with the excitement of vision of his peers, a generation that is challenging and changing the aesthetic of jazz.

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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