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Blues and Jazz in New York City This Weekend - March 22-March 24

March 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.

Jazz for Kids - Jazz Standard
Through February 11, 2019 - New York

he 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.

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

Ray Gallon Trio

The Supreme Queens - Fat Cat
March 22, 2019 - New York

The Supreme Queens

After Hours hosted by Jared Gold - Fat Cat
March 22, 2019 - New York

After Hours hosted by Jared Gold

Aizuri Quartet - Tenri Cultural Institute
March 22, 2019 - New York

The award-winning AIZURI QUARTET make their 5BMF debut this season with an electrifying program of works by Gabriella Smith, Arnold Schoenberg, Komitas Vartapet and Evan Premo, whose String Quartet No. 1 "Deeply Known" was written for the ensemble. Special guest soprano Mary Bonhag joins the Quartet for Schoenberg's String Quartet No. 2. Praised by The Washington Post for "captivating" performances that draw from its notable "meld of intellect, technique and emotions," the Aizuri Quartet was awarded the Grand Prize at the 2018 M-Prize Chamber Arts Competition, along with top prizes at the 2017 Osaka International Chamber Music Competition in Japan, and the 2015 Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition in London. ARTISTS ARIANA KIM › violin MIHO SAEGUSA › violin AYANE KOZASA › viola KAREN OUZOUNIAN › cello MARY BONHAG › soprano PROGRAM GABRIELLA SMITH › "Carrot Revolution" EVAN PREMO › "Deeply Known" KOMITAS VARTAPET › Five Armenian folksongs ARNOLD SCHOENBERG › String Quartet No. 2

Karen Mason: For the First Time - Birdland Jazz Club
March 22, 2019 - New York

Karen Mason: For the First Time

Frank Vignola Quartet - Birdland Jazz Club
March 22, 2019 - New York

Frank Vignola Quartet

The Blue Moons - Rue-B Jazz
March 22, 2019 - New York

The Blue Moons

Master Class with Steven Schick, Percussion - Manhattan School of Music
March 22, 2019 - New York

Percussionist, conductor, and author Steven Schick was born in Iowa and raised in a farming family. For forty years he has championed contemporary music by commissioning or premiering more than one hundred-fifty new works. Schick is music director of the La Jolla Symphony and Chorus and artistic director of the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players. He was music director of the 2015 Ojai Festival. He maintains a lively schedule of guest conducting including recent appearances with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Ensemble Modern and the Asko/Schönberg Ensemble. Among his acclaimed publications include a book, "The Percussionist's Art: Same Bed, Different Dreams," and numerous recordings of contemporary percussion music including a 3 CD set of the complete percussion music of Iannis Xenakis (Mode) and a companion recording of the early percussion music of Karlheinz Stockhausen in 2014 (Mode). Steven Schick is Distinguished Professor of Music and holds the Reed Family Presidential Chair at the University of California, San Diego.

Deadgrass: A Bluegrass Grateful Dead Experience - Historic German House
March 22, 2019 - Rochester

Multi-instrumentalist Matt Turk and Grammy award winner C Lanzbom have joined forces to form Deadgrass, an acoustic five piece band that celebrates the music of Jerry Garcia. Web music authority All Music Guide, calls Matt Turk "...an artist to be reckoned with." Matt is a seasoned recording artist, multi-instrumentalist, eternal idealist and compassionate peace loving realist. Based out of Hastings-on-Hudson, New York, Matt is a veteran performer who has engaged audiences around the world. He has shared the stage with Pete Seeger and opened for Judy Collins, The Doobie Brothers, Fiona Apple, the Grateful Dead's Mickey Hart and more. He has performed throughout the USA, Europe, Israel and the Caribbean, appearing at festivals including Clearwater's Great Hudson River Revival, Gathering of the Vibes, Atlanta's Music Midtown, Jazz at Lincoln Center and venues including The Beacon Theatre and Brooklyn Bowl. Grammy award winner C Lanzbom has spent years as a studio and touring guitarist. Well traveled in the Middle East, C absorbed Israel-Arabic musical rhythms of the region, fusing these ancient tones with the rock and roll he grew up with along the Jersey shore. C's p... (read more)

The Birdland Big Band - Birdland Theater
March 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!"

The Saturators - Bar Chord
March 22, 2019 - Brooklyn

Afrobeat-Reggae-HipHop-Ska and beyond

The Birdland Big Band - Birdland Jazz Club
March 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!"

Piano Jazz Series: Lynne Arriale Trio - Zinc Bar
March 22, 2019 - New York

"a great, organic pianist whose beautiful and muscular playing ranks with Mehldau and Bill Evans." —LA Weekly Lynne Arriale brings her trio to Zinc for a splendid evening of jazz piano on Friday, March 22. She's supported by bassist Orlando le Fleming and drummer Carl Allen. Lynne Arriale's remarkable career is graced by a rare commitment to authenticity and vulnerability defined by careful craft and high artistic standards. It is precisely this willingness to remain so emotionally exposed that makes her performances so accessible to music lovers of all kinds. If the nature of jazz is "reinvention," then pianist/composer Lynne Arriale has truly led the jazz life, following a personal and musical journey throughout which she has reinvented herself, her craft, her artistic direction. The consummate storyteller, pianist Lynne Arriale immediately connects with her audience through emotionally charged performances. Her compelling compositions, refreshing melodies, and reinterpretations of pop and rock classics not only bring accolades from critics but help create new audiences of listeners previously unfamiliar with jazz.

Vicki Burns Jazz - Symphony Space
March 22, 2019 - Manhattan

Jazz vocalist Vicki Burns has appeared regularly in New York City since her arrival in 2009. Since then, she has performed at Birdland, The Iridium Jazz Club, The Zinc Bar, Cornelia Street Cafe and Bar Thalia to enthusiastic audiences. Working on fresh material for an upcoming recording, she will be joined by great guitarist, Paul Bollenback who has performed with, Carol Sloane, Joe Locke and Joey DeFrancesco.

Duane Eubanks Quintet - Smalls Jazz Club
March 22, 2019 - New York

Philadelphia native and trumpeter Duane Eubanks has performed everywhere from the Hollywood Bowl to Birdland to the Kennedy Center, in addition to touring throughout Europe and Japan. He is a member of Dave Hollands two time GRAMMY Award winning big band and the late Mulgrew Miller's band, Wingspan. Duane was born into a family of musically gifted talent. His mother, pianist Vera ubanks was Kenny Barrons first piano teacher and a professional church pianist; his brothers, renowned trombonist, Robin Eubanks and guitarist, Kevin Eubanks, former bandleader of the The Tonight Show with Jay Leno; as well as his uncle, legendary pianist Ray Bryant all contributed to his early music education. Duane started playing trumpet for the first time at age eleven, but didnt consider music as a career until college. While studying for a Business Administration degree at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Duane joined the universitys jazz band, which afforded him opportunities to play with jazz luminaries such as Stanley Turrentine, Shirley Scott, Charles Fambrough, and Clark Terry.

Mark Gross Quintet - Smalls Jazz Club
March 22, 2019 - New York

2 X GRAMMY AWARD WINNER, Mark Gross swings and sings with soul and rhythm along today's jazz vanguard. He constantly pushes the music forward, while staying true to the elements of the classic sound. Mark Gross has recorded on over 40 notable jazz recording, including GRAMMY winning projects by the Dave Holland Big Band - 'What Goes Around' on ECM Records, and 'Overtime' on Dare 2 Records. Mark has recorded 2 cd's under his own name to date.

Jd Allen After-Hours - Smalls Jazz Club
March 22, 2019 - New York

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.

Jd Allen - Smalls
March 22, 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.

T-Pain - Bar Chord
March 22, 2019 - Brooklyn

16 & Over With 60 hit songs under his belt and two Grammy trophies on his mantle, T-Pain has cemented himself as one of the most influential artists of all time. But even he needed a bit of time to himself to reload. After a successful run of #1 hits, albums, tours and a plethora of cameo appearances, T-Pain took some time off to enjoy the fruits

Family Concert: Who is Miles Davis? - Jazz at Lincoln Center
March 23, 2019 - New York

Our Jazz for Young People series continues with an hour-long narrated concert that will teach you all about Miles Davis. With an engaging script, live musical performances, and crowd participation, your family will be excited to learn about Davis' trials and triumphs and hear examples of what made his music so special. Trumpet master Sean Jones (a former Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra member) serves as host and bandleader, bringing both the story and the music to life in a most impressive manner. Far from a typical career retrospective, this Family Concert shows you not only what Davis accomplished, but also how he did it. Your kids will discover how Davis listened with open ears, found inspiration in the genius of others, and brought many influences into his own individual and evolving vision. Our Family Concerts are always a good time, and this fun afternoon program will entertain and inspire your family whether you're already jazz lovers or perhaps simply wondering, "Who is Miles Davis?"

The Siegel Family & Friends - The Peoples' Voice Cafe
March 23, 2019 - New York

The Siegels' roots are firmly implanted in social justice and a love of music. Raised in the Hudson Valley activist folk scene, Laurie and Peter began performing together at local festivals as part of the Harmonious Hogchokers folk trio. They joined Pete Seeger's Clearwater organization in the 1970's, and both contributed to Pete Seeger's CDs, Tomorrow's Children and Pete at 89. Carole, Jeff, and Laurie sing with the Walkabout Clearwater Chorus, and Laurie is also a member of Hudson Valley Sally. Peter's songs and fiddle tunes have been published in Sing Out! and The Portland Collection of Fiddle Tunes. His most recent work is centered around his Vermont-based world beat ensemble The Gaslight Tinkers.

Hudson Valley Sally - The Peoples' Voice Cafe
March 23, 2019 - New York

Hudson Valley Sally is Terry Colliton, John Fisher, Laurie Siegel, and David Tarlo. Their music is rooted in the tradition of activist folk music--an unending chain that goes back centuries and spans the globe. They are dedicated to keeping alive some of the oldest songs, and introducing some of the newest. "Hudson Valley Sally sings with a freshness and innocence that reminds us why we fell in love with folk music in the first place." --Si Kahn

RBA: Derek Gripper: Hypnotic Strings of Africa - Roulette
March 23, 2019 - Brooklyn

Derek Gripper's exploration of Mali's greatest instrumental virtuosos has created a new form of classical guitar music out of one of Africa's richest musical traditions. Derek, a master guitarist from South Africa, magically conjures anew a centuries-old ancient African musical heritage, interpreting kora (21-string harp-lute) compositions on solo guitar – a feat which the renowned classical guitarist John Williams said he thought was "absolutely impossible until I heard Derek Gripper do it." His hypnotic guitar renditions of Toumani Diabaté's elaborate compositions for the 21-string West African kora are without precedent. His recent work includes transcriptions and improvisations based on the work of other Malian composer/performers such as Ali Farka Touré, Ballaké Sissoko, Salif Keita and Fanta Sacko, as well as his own compositions based on the music of the Western Cape of South Africa. His recording, Libraries on Fire, explores kora duets on solo guitar.

Eric Comstock - Birdland Jazz Club
March 23, 2019 - New York

Eric Comstock is as entertaining as he is musically savvy, and an acknowledged champion of the pop, jazz & saloon songbooks. He has performed and recorded with some of the world's finest musicians, including Andy Bey, Frank Wess, Peter Washington, Wycliffe Gordon, Matt Wilson, Ken Peplowski and Harry Allen. His most recent CD is "bitter/sweet", on which he appears with star guitarist Randy Napoleon. As a performer/commentator, he has appeared on PBS, CNN, BBC and Radio France.

Wayne Escoffery Group - Fat Cat
March 23, 2019 - New York

Wayne Escoffery Group

After Hours hosted by Greg Glassman - Fat Cat
March 23, 2019 - New York

After Hours hosted by Greg Glassman

Music In Color: Gabriela Lena Frank - Flushing Town Hall
March 23, 2019 - Flushing

Presented in partnership with Orchestra of St. Luke's, Music in Color turns its focus to the music and life of Gabriela Lena Frank, an American composer of Peruvian, Chinese, and Lithuanian Jewish descent. Frank is featured with a narration written and performed by Kirya Traber. The program includes selections from Frank's own string quartets, as well as a piece by one of her inspirations, Chou Wen-chung, and five new works. "Gabriela Lena Frank captures and transforms an even broader array of non-classical and classical idioms." - Theater Jones

Karen Mason: For the First Time - Birdland Jazz Club
March 23, 2019 - New York

Karen Mason: For the First Time

Patricia Barber Trio: Higher Album Release Celebration - Birdland Jazz Club
March 23, 2019 - New York

Patricia Barber Trio: "Higher" Album Release Celebration

Frank Vignola Quartet - Birdland Jazz Club
March 23, 2019 - New York

Frank Vignola Quartet

Luc Moutin Trio - Rue-B Jazz
March 23, 2019 - New York

Luc Moutin Trio

Karine Polwart Kaia Kater - Carnegie Hall
March 23, 2019 - New York

This special double bill looks back to Scottish and Canadian roots while creating a progressive and thrilling new brand of music. Karine Polwart is a multi-award–winning Scottish songwriter, spoken-word performer, and essayist. She performs traditional music, as well as her own strikingly original, deeply personal, and socially penetrating songs. Kaia Kater was born of African Caribbean descent in Quebec. Her marvelously original music is influenced by the Canadian folk music of her parents and the years she studied and performed Appalachian music in West Virginia.

J.C. Hopkins & the Biggish Band - Minton's Playhouse
March 23, 2019 - New York

J.C. Hopkins & the Biggish Band

Duane Eubanks Quintet - Smalls Jazz Club
March 23, 2019 - New York

Philadelphia native and trumpeter Duane Eubanks has performed everywhere from the Hollywood Bowl to Birdland to the Kennedy Center, in addition to touring throughout Europe and Japan. He is a member of Dave Hollands two time GRAMMY Award winning big band and the late Mulgrew Miller's band, Wingspan. Duane was born into a family of musically gifted talent. His mother, pianist Vera Eubanks was Kenny Barrons first piano teacher and a professional church pianist; his brothers, renowned trombonist, Robin Eubanks and guitarist, Kevin Eubanks, former bandleader of the The Tonight Show with Jay Leno; as well as his uncle, legendary pianist Ray Bryant all contributed to his early music education. Duane started playing trumpet for the first time at age eleven, but didnt consider music as a career until college. While studying for a Business Administration degree at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Duane joined the universitys jazz band, which afforded him opportunities to play with jazz luminaries such as Stanley Turrentine, Shirley Scott, Charles Fambrough, and Clark Terry.

Mark Gross Quintet - Smalls Jazz Club
March 23, 2019 - New York

2 X GRAMMY AWARD WINNER, Mark Gross swings and sings with soul and rhythm along today's jazz vanguard. He constantly pushes the music forward, while staying true to the elements of the classic sound. Mark Gross has recorded on over 40 notable jazz recording, including GRAMMY winning projects by the Dave Holland Big Band - 'What Goes Around' on ECM Records, and 'Overtime' on Dare 2 Records. Mark has recorded 2 cd's under his own name to date. 'Preach Daddy' on King Records and 'Riddle of the Sphinx' on J Curve Records. His consistently professional musicianship has led to live and recorded efforts with many of his fellow pacesetters in jazz music. Mark has toured the world with the Mark Gross Quartet, Philip Harper, Nat Adderley, Dave Holland, Mulgrew Miller, Nicholas Payton, Delfeayo Marsalis, Wynton Marsalis, Dizzy Gillespie, Nancy Wilson, Jimmy Heath, Dizzy Gillespie Alumni Big Band, Village Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, Tom Harrell Big Band, Duke Ellington Orchestra, Frank Foster and the Loud Minority, Charles Mingus Big Band, Freddie Hubbard, Donald Harrison, Mark Whitfield, Joe Dukes, Captain Jack McDuff, Joe Chambers, Neal Smith, Cyrus Chestnut, Regina Carter, Lionel Hampton, St... (read more)

Philip Harper Quintet - Smalls Jazz Club
March 23, 2019 - New York

Philip Harper (born May 10, 1965 in Baltimore, Maryland) is a jazz trumpeter. He grew up in Atlanta and studied music there. He later worked with The Jazz Messengers and Charles Mingus' big band. He also signed with Verve Records and produced four albums for them.

American Whiskies at Fine & Rare - Fine & Rare
March 23, 2019 - New York

American Whiskey goes well beyond the most notable Bourbon and Rye. In this class we will do a tasting journey across America where we will sample Bourbon, Rye, Single Malt, Corn, Wheat Whiskey and others. You'll have a new appreciation of how diverse American Whiskey can be. Signature cocktail, six whiskies and light appetizers provided.

Frank Vignola - Birdland
Through March 23, 2019 - New York

Frank Vignola, born December 30th, 1965, is one of the most extraordinary guitarists performing before the public today. His stunning virtuosity has made him the guitarist of choice for many of the world's top musicians, including Ringo Starr, Madonna, Donald Fagen, Wynton Marsalis, Tommy Emmanuel, the Boston Pops, the New York Pops, and guitar legend Les Paul, who named Vignola to his "Five Most Admired Guitarists List" for the Wall Street Journal. Vignola's stellar technique explains why the New York Times deemed him "one of the brightest stars of the guitar". John di Martino is a jazz pianist, arranger and producer, based in New York City. He has been described as a "shape-shifter", for his creativity across musical genres. John has performed and recorded with David "Fat Head" Newman, Pat Martino, Houston Person and Taj Mahal. Mr. di Martino is a sought after musical director. He has accompanied Jon Hendricks, Keely Smith, Billy Eckstine, and Janis Siegel. John's talents as arranger and pianist can be heard on recordings with Gloria Lynn, and Grady Tate. John's discography includes many Grammy nominated cds, among those are: "Love" with Issac Delgado, "Freddy Cole Sings Mr. B",... (read more)

Jimmy Greene Quintet - Jazz Standard
Through March 23, 2019 - New York

Since graduating from the Hartt School of Music in 1997, Jimmy Greene has risen steadily and conscien­tiously to the position of "one of the most striking young tenors of recent years." (Tony Hall, Jazzwise UK). His 2015 album Beautiful Life (Mack Avenue) was nominated for two GRAMMY Awards: in the Best Jazz Instrumental Album category, and for Best Arrangement (Instruments and Vocals) for the track "When I Come Home" with vocal by Javier Colon. Other acclaimed Jimmy Greene CDs include Mission Statement (RazDaz/Sunnyside), The Overcomers Suite (NuJazz), and Brave New World (RCA BMG). In addition, he's performed on more than 75 albums as a sideman, and has toured and/or recorded with Horace Silver, Tom Harrell, Freddie Hubbard, Harry Connick, Jr., and Kenny Barron, to name a few. This week, Jimmy Greene makes a welcome return to our stage at the helm of an all–star quintet including guitarist Lage Lund, pianist Aaron Goldberg, bassist Reuben Rogers, and drummer Kendrick Scott.

Karen Mason - Birdland
Through March 23, 2019 - New York

Birdland Theater is proud to announce that Broadway and cabaret star Karen Mason will perform on the new stage for four nights, March 20 – 23 at 7pm. After more than a year in the North American premier tour of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Love Never Dies, playing Madame Giry to standing ovations, Karen is thrilled to be home in NYC and returning to her love of cabaret. With her Director Barry Kleinbort, and her Music Director Christopher Denny, Karen's all-new show will feature songs written by the songwriters she has known throughout her career. Some of these songs were written for her, some were demos, and some will be included just because she likes the songs! But none of them have ever been sung by Karen in any of her Award-winning cabaret shows! Some of the songs included have been written by Amanda McBroom, David Zippel, Charles Strouse, Barry Kleinbort, Billy Goldenberg, Michele Brourman, Pasek & Paul, Louis Rosen, Frank Wildhorn, Sheldon Harnick, and her husband, Paul Rolnick.

Patricia Barber - Birdland
Through March 23, 2019 - New York

From her early days leading a jazz trio in small Chicago nightclubs, Patricia Barber has drawn extravagant accolades. The praise came at first from local writers, impressed by her unique arrangements and coolly composed piano improvisations. As she added vocals to her repertoire, the praise poured in from national reviewers intoxicated by her recordings. And when (after years of international touring) she began to focus on her own compositions, kudos arrived from new fans, besotted by her lapidary lyrics and her often indelible imagery. Born in the Chicago suburbs, Barber came by music naturally. Her father was Floyd "Shim" Barber, a saxophonist who had worked with Glenn Miller's orchestra, and the instrument beguiled young Patricia: "When he played the saxophone around the house, I'd put my hand in the bell to feel the music." She began playing classical piano at the age of 6, but by the time she had graduated high school – in South Sioux City, Iowa, where the family had moved in the mid-60s, following her father's death – Barber had foresworn jazz entirely.

Yale Strom & Hot Pstromi: And the Angels Sing - Museum at Eldridge Street
March 24, 2019 - New York

The diversity and density of New York City has inspired countless cultural fusions, as communities living side-by-side borrow from, innovate, and are inspired by each other's cultures. From the 1920s to the 1950s, Jewish composers and musicians were inspired by their fellow New Yorkers' jazz, swing and blues traditions. In turn, African American musicians were getting inspired by Yiddish culture. The music created from this collaboration is energetic, soulful, complex and entirely unique. Yale Strom & his band Hot Pstromi celebrate this tradition with their pioneering eclectic sound! This annual favorite concert fills the historic sanctuary with music that celebrates the melting pot's effects on klezmer and jazz music.

Valery Ponomarev Sextet - Fat Cat
March 24, 2019 - New York

Valery Ponomarev Sextet

After Hours hosted by The Program of Deprogramming - Fat Cat
March 24, 2019 - New York

After Hours hosted by The Program of Deprogramming

Jane Scheckter 'I've (still) Got My Standards' With Mike Renzi, Jay Leonhart, and Vito Lesczak - Birdland
March 24, 2019 - New York

Jane Scheckter recorded her first album, "I've Got My Standards" with Mike Renzi, Jay Leonhart and Grady Tate in 1988. This 30th anniversary reunion is a tribute to Grady, who passed away last year. The album received rave reviews from the New York press as well as from Billboard, Jazziz, Stereo Review and Downbeat, which wrote of her "Ella-styled artistry". The New York Times said of the Bistro Award winner for jazz vocalist, "She has invaluable musical skill, a bright clear voice with a brassy edge, a sultry lower register, a luscious rounded vibrato, meticulous phrasing…and she swings!" Her most recent CD, "Easy to Remember", was rated by Marc Meyers of JazzWax as "Easily the finest songbook album of the year". She divides her singing time between New York, Paris and the French Riviera. Elizabeth Ahlfors Cabaret Scenes "As Cole Porter put it succinctly,"You're Sensational" Alix Cohen TheaterPizzazz "This is how it's done....the audience feels privileged to be at the party" Joe Lang Jersey Jazz "...spot on delivery of lyrics ,her phrasing was superb...a vocalist who delivers the whole package"

Musictalks: Tali Rubinstein and Friends - Birdland Jazz Club
March 24, 2019 - New York

MusicTalks: Tali Rubinstein and Friends

The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra - Birdland Jazz Club
March 24, 2019 - New York

The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra

Jazz For Kids - Jazz Standard
March 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.

Cortelyou Jazz Jam - Bar Chord
March 24, 2019 - Brooklyn

Weekly Jazz Jam hosted by Michael Vitali

Crazy 80's Brunch & Day Party: Girls Just Wanna Have Fun Edition - MIST Harlem
March 24, 2019 - New York

Calling all 80s babies! Whether you grew up in the 80s, were born in the 80s, or have only seen the 80s on TV, The Alumni Group invites you to fall in love with the 80's for the first time or all over again at Crazy 80's — a brunch and day party. We'll transport you Back to the Future to the rad decade of totally awesome music, movies, and fashion. Come dressed in your 80s best (or not) and rock out to the freshest sounds of the decade curated by DJ Toby, DJ Fugi Slim, and DJ E Class. As always you can expect to enjoy the brunch food and bottomless drink specials that we are known for. It's all happening at Mist Harlem on Sunday, March 24th. Don't miss this!

Christopher Mcbrite - Minton's Playhouse
March 24, 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.

We Banjo 3 - Schimmel Center
March 24, 2019 - Lower Manhatan

For all the innovation and invention that goes into modern music these days, it's the inspiration derived from one's roots that proves the most enduring. So credit Ireland's We Banjo 3 for finding common ground between old world tradition and authentic Americana by playing their banjo, fiddle, guitar and mandolin in an innovation fusion of styles that they dub "Celtgrass." We Banjo 3 finds a natural symmetry as well as a cohesive chemistry that's been imbued in the band ever since they were initially drawn to one another by their common creative interests. Inspired by the traditional Irish and Americana music they heard growing up, they placed three banjo players in the mix in the beginning, eventually diversifying their sound while broadening their boundaries as well.

Lezlie Harrison Quartet - Smalls Jazz Club
March 24, 2019 - New York

Lezlie Harrison is her own personal renaissance. Her constant state of evolution and growth brings with it, gifts for those those paying attention.

Ben Zweig Trio After-Hours - Smalls Jazz Club
March 24, 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.

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

Performance by Kelly Green Trio

Jimmy Greene Quintet - Jazz Standard
March 24, 2019 - New York

Since graduating from the Hartt School of Music in 1997, Jimmy Greene has risen steadily and conscien­tiously to the position of "one of the most striking young tenors of recent years." (Tony Hall, Jazzwise UK). His 2015 album Beautiful Life (Mack Avenue) was nominated for two GRAMMY Awards: in the Best Jazz Instrumental Album category, and for Best Arrangement (Instruments and Vocals) for the track "When I Come Home" with vocal by Javier Colon. Other acclaimed Jimmy Greene CDs include Mission Statement (RazDaz/Sunnyside), The Overcomers Suite (NuJazz), and Brave New World (RCA BMG). In addition, he's performed on more than 75 albums as a sideman, and has toured and/or recorded with Horace Silver, Tom Harrell, Freddie Hubbard, Harry Connick, Jr., and Kenny Barron, to name a few. This week, Jimmy Greene makes a welcome return to our stage at the helm of an all–star quintet including guitarist Lage Lund, pianist Aaron Goldberg, bassist Reuben Rogers, and drummer Kendrick Scott.

Lezlie Harrison Quartet - Smalls
March 24, 2019 - New York

Lezlie Harrison is her own personal renaissance. Her constant state of evolution and growth brings with it, gifts for those those paying attention. As a vocalist both bold and subtle, her vulnerability attends to the fragile matters of our collective human affairs while her optimistic momentum inspires us to rise above any tribulation to rejoice. Be it Jazz, Blues, Gospel, Soul ,The American Song Form, original compositions or any song in ANY form, Ms. Harrison will imbue it her distinctive stamp and make a very personal delivery.

Jimmy Greene Quartet - Jazz Standard
Through March 24, 2019 - New York

Since graduating from the Hartt School of Music in 1997, Jimmy Greene has risen steadily and conscien­tiously to the position of "one of the most striking young tenors of recent years." (Tony Hall, Jazzwise UK). His 2015 album Beautiful Life (Mack Avenue) was nominated for two GRAMMY Awards: in the Best Jazz Instrumental Album category, and for Best Arrangement (Instruments and Vocals) for the track "When I Come Home" with vocal by Javier Colon. Other acclaimed Jimmy Greene CDs include Mission Statement (RazDaz/Sunnyside), The Overcomers Suite (NuJazz), and Brave New World (RCA BMG). In addition, he's performed on more than 75 albums as a sideman, and has toured and/or recorded with Horace Silver, Tom Harrell, Freddie Hubbard, Harry Connick, Jr., and Kenny Barron, to name a few. This week, Jimmy Greene makes a welcome return to our stage at the helm of an all–star quartet including pianist Aaron Goldberg, bassist Reuben Rogers, and drummer Kendrick Scott. Jimmy Greene – soprano, alto, tenor & baritone saxophones Aaron Goldberg – piano Reuben Rogers – bass Kendrick Scott – drums

Sadao Watanabe Quartet - Blue Note
Through March 24, 2019 - New York

A highly visible and well-regarded musician, Sadao Watanabe has been one of the major influences on jazz in Japan. Since 1969 he has hosted radio programs that introduce his listeners to a range of musical styles. Throughout his 50-year career he has created a substantial collection of music ranging from straightforward bebop to bossa nova. His endorsements for products have made his face as well as his more commercial compositions familiar to the average citizen. He has worked with artists from Africa, Latin America, Europe, and the United States. When playing his saxophone, Watanabe is uniquely identifiable. Gene Kalbacher wrote in Down Beat, "As a saxist, Watanabe's cachet is melody--simple, catchy melody--purveyed by a semi-sweet alto tonality and a fluid delivery. That he retains this signature sound in settings ranging from jazz-rock fusion to bebop, from samba to reggae, from Mozart to Masai tribal music, testifies to his insistence on authenticity."

The Bad Plus - Village Vanguard
Through March 24, 2019 - New York

Reid Anderson (bass) Orrin Evans (piano) Dave King (drums) The Bad Plus came together at the end of the 20th century and has avoided easy categorization ever since, winning critical hosannas and a legion of fans worldwide with their creativity, unique sound and flair for live performance. The intensely collaborative trio has constantly searched for rules to break and boundaries to cross, bridging genres and techniques while exploring the infinite possibilities of three exceptional musicians working in perfect sync.

Kazu Pf Yokoshima Trio - Rue-B Jazz
Through March 25, 2019 - New York

Kazu Pf Yokoshima Trio

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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