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Blues and Jazz in New York City This Weekend - October 20-October 22

October 16, 2017 - 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.

A Decade of Soul - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
October 20, 2017 - New York

featuring Bruce "Big Daddy" Wayne & Special Guest Prentiss McNeil of The Drifters A musical journey taking you back in time! Back to when Berry Gordy's Motown label and his studio band the Funk Brothers and Stax record's Booker T and the MG's were the proponents of what came to be known as a historical style of music. "Soul Music" A trip back to when King and Smash records gave us "The Godfather of Soul" while the Columbia and Atlantic label brought us "The Queen of Soul". Now after a 28 year tenure with "The Drifters", vocalist Prentiss McNeil along with Bruce Wayne are leading this classic soul review with their unmatched energy and breath taking showmanship. A Decade of Soul is a passion driven classic soul tribute where it's difficult to stay in your seat!

Boney James @ B.B. King's - Blue Note
October 20, 2017 - New York

Four-time GRAMMY nominee and multi-platinum selling sax-man Boney James continues his artistic evolution with the dynamic futuresoul. Fusing his love for vintage soul music with his mastery of modern production, Boney has created another genre-bending work following on the heels of his 2014 GRAMMY-nominated album The Beat. "The forms I'm working with are rooted in my early influences," says James, dropping names like King Curtis, the Stylistics and Earth, Wind & Fire. "But recently I've been listening to contemporary artists like Tinashe, Sam Smith and Ellie Goulding, and I'm inspired by the sound of their recordings. The production is so cool and evocative. As I started the new record, I was in my backyard studio messing around with this "gearhead" stuff I've collected. Ideas started flowing and it sounded like modern soul music to me. I thought to myself, `What is this?'... And then it hit me: `futuresoul.'" Born in Lowell, Mass. and raised in New Rochelle, NY, Boney became seriously interested in music in the mid `70s, a very vibrant and freewheeling period for popular music. "You could hear different genres all over the radio. Contemporary jazz was everywhere - peo... (read more)

Masterworks Series - Barge Music
October 20, 2017 - Brooklyn

Little Tribute to Vienna Haydn Sonata No. 47 in B minor, Hob. XVI:32 Schubert/Liszt Valse-Caprice No. 6, "Soirées de Vienne" Webern Kinderstück, Op. posth. Kreisler/Rachmaninov Liebesleid Schumann Faschingsschwank aus Wien, Op. 26 Alexandra Joan, piano

Noah Gundersen - Music Hall of Williamsburg
October 20, 2017 - Brooklyn

WHITE NOISE In America today, anyone can engage in spiritual surrender. Performing the rite is simple: one first gathers with their community in a room of mirrors (in peripheral vision these mirrors appear as windows). Next, the agendas, hopes, and grievances of each individual are written down and cast along pulsed radio frequencies to data centers. From here they are automatically sifted through a neural network of graphics processing units, and contributed to an artificial intelligence engine. The principal aim of the ritual is to preserve the cosmic movement of collective perception. Secondary aims include catharsis, prosperity, and (occasionally) procreation. Because of the persistence of social stresses and mounting political dread, the ritual's cyclic performance is necessary (twice daily, once at dusk and once at dawn).

Tribute to Herbie Hancock ft. Deej & The Sonic Revolution - Club Groove NYC
October 20, 2017 - New York

Herbie Hancock is a true icon of modern music. Throughout his explorations, he has transcended limitations and genres while maintaining his unmistakable voice. With an illustrious career spanning five decades and 14 Grammy™ Awards, including Album of the Year for River: The Joni Letters, he continues to amaze audiences across the globe. There are few artists in the music industry who have had more influence on acoustic and electronic jazz and R&B than Herbie Hancock. As the immortal Miles Davis said in his autobiography, "Herbie was the step after Bud Powell and Thelonious Monk, and I haven't heard anybody yet who has come after him."

Late Night Session: Nate Sparks Ensemble - Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola
October 20, 2017 - New York

Tuesday-Saturday evenings, doors open at 11:15pm for Late Night Sessions featuring some of the most talented emerging artists in jazz. There are no reservations for Late Night Sessions - just swing by! This month, Thursday and Saturday evenings will be hosted by Julian Lee.

Miles Mosley + The West Coast Get Down - (Le) Poisson Rouge
October 20, 2017 - New York

L.A. born Mosley is a true force on the upright bass, incorporating effects pedals, his bow, his vocals and a horn section for his one-of-a-kind forward leaning solo projects. In addition to his solo career with his band, he has performed, recorded, produced and toured with artists including Chris Cornell, Christina Aguilera, Sean King, Mos Def, India Arie, Lauryn Hill, Terrence Howard, Jonathan Davis of Korn, A v e n g e d Sevenfold, Jason Mraz, Jeff Beck, Rihanna, and Cee Lo Green. Considered one of the world's "premier upright bassists", many have called him the 'Jimi Hendrix of the upright bass', and a 'master musician and live performer'. Mosley is a founding member and upright bass player for the acclaimed Los Angeles- based group, the West Coast Get Down (WCGD), a collaborative group of musicians born and raised in Los Angeles. Apart, they are some of the most sought after musicians in the world; together they are uninhibited innovators moving effortlessly through multiple genres of music. He has a new duo project, BFI with WCGD drummer/producer Tony Austin. He recorded three tracks on Kendrick Lamar's Grammy-winning album 'To Pimp A Butterfly'; and is the upright bass play... (read more)

Somi in Petite Afrique October 20 | 7:30 pm Aaron Davis Hall - City College Center for the Arts
October 20, 2017 - New York City

Celebrated for her unique sound merging jazz and African musical stylings, Somi has been called a modern-day Miriam Makeba and has performed and recorded alongside artists including Mos Def, Paul Simon, John Legend, Baaba Maal, Danilo Perez and Jennifer Hudson. Through her most recent work, "Petite Afrique," the prodigiously talented songstress—born in Illinois to parents from Uganda and Rwanda—takes listeners on an aural exploration of the African immigrant communities who, like her, call Harlem home. Weaving her cultural intimacy into every bar and lyric, Somi will present a song cycle that ponders the dignity, beauty and fate of the African immigrants who have added to the vibrant tapestry of the historic New York City neighborhood. She will be joined by her band: Liberty Ellman (guitar), Toru Dodo (piano), Keith Witty (bass) and Otis Brown III (drums). Somi is an acclaimed vocalist and songwriter with roots in East Africa who blends African and jazz traditions to create her signature sound. JazzTimes magazine describes her live performance as "the earthy gutsiness of Nina Simone blended with the vocal beauty of Dianne Reeves." Somi sings in English and a wide range of Africa... (read more)

Membership Open Sound Checks - Rose Theater
October 20, 2017 - New York

Members-only open sound check with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis. Go behind-the-scenes while the orchestra tunes up for The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra Songbook concert! Become a member.

The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra Songbook - Rose Theater
October 20, 2017 - New York

Continuing Jazz at Lincoln Center's 30th anniversary celebration, this special evening is dedicated to the brilliant composers of New York City's house band: the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis. The JLCO has put forth a vast, innovative body of original work over the past decade, and for two nights in Rose Theater they will treat audiences to a collection of their best compositions. Featuring the compositions of current JLCO members like Victor Goines, Ted Nash, Sherman Irby, Marcus Printup, Vincent Gardner, and Wynton Marsalis, the JLCO songbook includes some of the finest and most stylistically diverse big band music in history. Such variety and uniformly high quality is a rare achievement for any band, but no other group has ever had 11 composers and arrangers of this level in its ranks. The JLCO composers' thematic ambitions, distinctive musical personalities, and unprecedented range make their repertoire a particularly potent demonstration of big band jazz's limitless potential. Free pre-concert discussion nightly at 7pm. This concert has been chosen as one of our 30th anniversary landmark performances because of the remarkable compositional abiliti... (read more)

Francis Falls - Sidewalk
October 20, 2017 - New York

roots / Americana singer-songwriter

Mojuba - Modern World-Jazz - Silvana
October 20, 2017 - New York

Mojubá is a modern world-jazz quintet that disseminates the folkloric music of Cuba and Brazil. Our versatile quintet's mission is to combine both sacred and secular songs with the rhythms of the Lucumi (Santeria) and the Candomblé as inspiration for their compositions and improvisations.

The Library Band- Acoustic Duo - Silvana
October 20, 2017 - New York

Joe and Matt have been playing and writing music together for a long time. As The Library Band, they combine stellar harmonies and multi-instrumental magic to ensure a pleasant reading experience

k2 Lounge - The Rubin Museum
October 20, 2017 - New York

Cocktails, art, and music make a heady mix at K2 Friday Nights. Café Serai becomes the K2 Lounge, offering a special pan-Asian tapas menu to accompany the evening's DJ. Happy Hour runs from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. with a two-for-one special on all beer, wine, and well drinks. Coming with friends? Click here to learn about group reservations. About the DJ DJ/producer Don Cerati has eclectic tastes in music and in life. His sets brings together house, Latin, funk, Brazilian, Afrobeat, disco, reggae, world lounge, cumbia, dub, tropical bass, and everything in between.

Hot Autumn Nights: Herman's Hermits Starring Peter Noone and More! - The Theatre at Westbury
October 21, 2017 - Westbury

Line Up: Herman's Hermits Starring Peter Noone, The Grass Roots, The Buckinghams and Peter Tork (of The Monkees). Performed in the Full Round. Everyone needs a ticket regardless of Age Interested in VIP Membership and Premium Seating for our events? For information please call 516-247-5211 Members get the best seats!

A Decade of Soul - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
October 21, 2017 - New York

featuring Bruce "Big Daddy" Wayne & Special Guest Prentiss McNeil of The Drifters A musical journey taking you back in time! Back to when Berry Gordy's Motown label and his studio band the Funk Brothers and Stax record's Booker T and the MG's were the proponents of what came to be known as a historical style of music. "Soul Music" A trip back to when King and Smash records gave us "The Godfather of Soul" while the Columbia and Atlantic label brought us "The Queen of Soul". Now after a 28 year tenure with "The Drifters", vocalist Prentiss McNeil along with Bruce Wayne are leading this classic soul review with their unmatched energy and breath taking showmanship. A Decade of Soul is a passion driven classic soul tribute where it's difficult to stay in your seat!

Tierney Sutton: The Sting Variations - Kumble Theater
October 21, 2017 - Brooklyn

“A serious jazz artist who takes the whole enterprise to another level.” -- The New York Times Known for her original and edgy interpretations of the classic jazz songbook, eight-time GRAMMY® nominee Tierney Sutton has received seven consecutive nominations for “Best Jazz Vocal Album” – a nomination for every project she has released in the last decade. Having headlined at The Hollywood Bowl, Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, and Jazz at Lincoln Center, she brings her 2017 GRAMMY®-nominated project, “The Sting Variations,” to Brooklyn with fresh interpretations of the repertoire of rock icon, Sting.

Tierney Sutton; The Sting Variations - Kumble Theater
October 21, 2017 - Brooklyn

“A serious jazz artist who takes the whole enterprise to another level.” -- The New York Times Known for her original and edgy interpretations of the classic jazz songbook, eight-time GRAMMY® nominee Tierney Sutton has received seven consecutive nominations for “Best Jazz Vocal Album” – a nomination for every project she has released in the last decade. Having headlined at The Hollywood Bowl, Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, and Jazz at Lincoln Center, she brings her 2017 GRAMMY®-nominated project, “The Sting Variations,” to Brooklyn with fresh interpretations of the repertoire of rock icon, Sting.

Masterworks Series - Barge Music
October 21, 2017 - Brooklyn

Chopin Scherzo No. 1 in B minor, Op. 20 Scherzo No. 2 in B-flat minor, Op. 31 Scherzo No. 3 in C-sharp minor, Op. 39 Scherzo No. 4 in E Major, Op. 54 Stravinsky Three Movements from "Petrushka" Oleg Khudyakov, piano

Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts presents The Tierney Sutton Band: The Sting Variations - Kumble Theater at LIU Brooklyn
October 21, 2017 - Brooklyn

Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts presents The Tierney Sutton Band: The Sting Variations October 21, 2017 at 8pm Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College opens its 2017-18 Season at the Kumble Theater at LIU Brooklyn on October 21, 2017 at 8pmwith The Tierney Sutton Band, presenting their 2017 GRAMMY® Award-nominated project The Sting Variations. Known for her original and edgy interpretations of the classic jazz songbook, eight-time GRAMMY® nominee Tierney Sutton has received seven consecutive nominations for “Best Jazz Vocal Album” – a nomination for every project she has released in the last decade. Having headlined at The Hollywood Bowl, Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, and Jazz at Lincoln Center, she and her trio bring their 2017 GRAMMY®-nominated project, The Sting Variations, to Brooklyn with fresh interpretations of the repertoire of rock icon, Sting. “A serious jazz artist who takes the whole enterprise to another level.” -- The New York Times Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts Kumble Theater at LIU Brooklyn, 1 University Plaza, Brooklyn Online orders: BrooklynCenter.org Box Office: 718-951-4500, Tuesday-Saturday, 1pm-6p... (read more)

Vocalist Keith A. Dames & The Danny Mixon Quartet - Club Bonafide
October 21, 2017 - New York

Vocalist Keith A. Dames will be joined by The Danny Mixon Quartet on Saturday, October 21 for a 9:30pm performance at Club Bonafide (212 E. 52nd Street) in Manhattan.   Admission is $20 in advance / $25 at the door with a two- drink minimum per person. For reservations and more information, contact   (646) 918-6189 or go to clubbonafide.com/event/k… The event - "Left Alone - A Libra and Scorpio Birthday Celebration"- will feature Mixon on piano, Jason Clotter on bass, Marvin Horne on guitar and G. Earl Grice on drums.  A native of Miami, Florida, of Bahamian descent who now resides Harlem USA, Keith considers himself a self-professed student of the Billie Holiday School of Music and has released two self-produced CD's entitled  "Everything Happens To Me" featuring the Willie Morris Mitchell Trio & "Left Alone" featuring the Danny Mixon Quartet. Mr. Dames has been paying tribute to Holiday annually with "Homage To Eleanora: A Musical Journey Through The Billie Holiday Songbook" performance featuring her compositions and has appeared at NYC-metro area venues including: Stage 72 (The Triad), The Metropolitan Room, Symphony Space Bar Thalia (Singers Space Feature Spot) and the Apollo ... (read more)

Aria Lanelle - R&B - Silvana
October 21, 2017 - New York

Aria writes and produces all of her music to create her own uniquely personal brand of musical artistry. Aria released her debut EP as Aria Lanelle--entitled "ULTRAGIRL"--in April of 2015. She won the John Lennon Songwriting Contest in the R&B Division session 1 of 2015-2016. Aria also released her follow-up EP "My Name Is" in June of 2016

BRIC JazzFest - BRIC Arts Media
Through October 21, 2017 - Brooklyn

This October 14-21, the third annual BRIC JazzFest features film, dance, a panel discussion, and a three-stage, three-night live music marathon that brings some of the most exciting global legends in jazz and groundbreaking emerging jazz artists to Brooklyn. Each evening is designed to let the audience move freely among performances and catch all of the artists each night, while enjoying great food and drink from the BRIC House café and bar.

Ron Carter's Great Big Band - Birdland
Through October 21, 2017 - New York

RON CARTER is among the most original, prolific, and influential bassists in jazz. With more than 2,000 albums to his credit, he has recorded with many of music's greats: Tommy Flanagan, Gil Evans, Lena Horne, Bill Evans, B.B. King, the Kronos Quartet, Dexter Gordon, Wes Montgomery, and Bobby Timmons. In the early 1960s he performed throughout the United States in concert halls and nightclubs with Jaki Byard and Eric Dolphy. He later toured Europe with Cannonball Adderley. From 1963 to 1968, he was a member of the classic and acclaimed Miles Davis Quintet. He was named Outstanding Bassist of the Decade by the Detroit News, Jazz Bassist of the Year by Downbeat magazine, and Most Valuable Player by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. In 1993 Ron Carter earned a Grammy award for Best Jazz Instrumental Group, the Miles Davis Tribute Band and another Grammy in 1998 for Call 'Sheet Blues', an instrumental composition from the film 'Round Midnight. In addition to scoring and arranging music for many films, including some projects for Public Broadcasting System, Carter has composed music for A Gathering of Old Men, starring Lou Gosset Jr., The Passion of Beatrice dir... (read more)

Harlem Gospel Choir - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
October 22, 2017 - New York

Southern Buffet & Live Music Every Sunday from 12:30 - 2:30 pm Featuring The World-Famous Harlem Gospel Choir On any Sunday you can visit a soul-food brunch at BB King Blues Club, New York City. The home-style "all you can eat" southern buffet is guaranteed to fill the hole in your soul, and the gospel performances will have you dancing on the stage. Please choose the Gospel Brunch event you wish to attend from the calendar below.

Paco Pena - Troy Savings Bank Music Hall
October 22, 2017 - New York

Paco Peña embodies both authenticity and innovation in flamenco. Paco Peña embodies both authenticity and innovation in flamenco. As guitarist, composer, dramatist, producer and artistic mentor he has transformed perceptions of this archetypal Spanish art form. Born in the Andalucian city of Córdoba, Paco Peña began learning guitar from his brother at the age of six and made his first professional appearance at the age of 12. In the late 1960s he left Spain for London, where his recitals of flamenco music captured the public imagination.

Masterworks Series - Barge Music
October 22, 2017 - Brooklyn

"Fisher Plays Beethoven" Beethoven 32 Piano Sonatas (Concert X) Beethoven Sonata No. 15 in D Major, Op. 28, "Pastoral" Sonata No. 25 in G Major, Op. 79 Sonata No. 31 in A-flat Major, Op. 110 Philip Edward Fisher, piano

Brazilian Jazz, Jobim & Bossa Nova - Club Groove NYC
October 22, 2017 - New York

ocalist Julie Eigenberg and guitar hero Manny Moreira join forces to pay tribute to Brazilian jazz legend Tom Jobim, the Grammy-winning king of bossa nova and composer of enduring hits, including the international smash "The Girl From Ipanema." A Juilliard-trained composer, arranger and singer, Moriera was part of the musical ensemble for the Grammy and Tony-winning musical In the Heights, among many other Broadway and off-Broadway shows. Eigenberg is an accomplished jazz singer and composer who's equally entrancing whether performing American or Latin-flavored classics. Along with performing Jobim'sbossa nova tunes.

Brazilian Jazz, Jobim & Bossa Nova - Club Groove NYC
October 22, 2017 - New York

ocalist Julie Eigenberg and guitar hero Manny Moreira join forces to pay tribute to Brazilian jazz legend Tom Jobim, the Grammy-winning king of bossa nova and composer of enduring hits, including the international smash "The Girl From Ipanema." A Juilliard-trained composer, arranger and singer, Moriera was part of the musical ensemble for the Grammy and Tony-winning musical In the Heights, among many other Broadway and off-Broadway shows. Eigenberg is an accomplished jazz singer and composer who's equally entrancing whether performing American or Latin-flavored classics. Along with performing Jobim'sbossa nova tunes.

Stephane Wrembel - Barbès
October 22, 2017 - Park Slope

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.

Town Hall Ensemble: City Suite - The Town Hall
October 22, 2017 - New York

An All-Star Ensemble celebrates the cultural and musical history of New York City. Directed by trumpeter, arranger and bandleader Steven Bernstein and featuring some of the best musicians in New York City, the Town Hall Ensemble will perform a concert suite celebrating historic music performances and social justice movements through song and story. With special performances by Lisa Fischer, Hal Willner, and more. The Town Hall Ensemble features: Lakecia Benjamin/alto sax; Luis Bonilla/trombone; Zach Brock/violin; Marc Cary/piano, keys; Nels Cline/guitar; Natalie Cressman/trombone; Marika Hughes/cello; JT Lewis/drums; Pedrito Martinez/percussion; Lenny Pickett/tenor, clarinet; Scott Robinson/brass; Ricardo Rodriguez/bass; Bria Skonberg/trumpet Paying tribute to the character and spirit of New York City, the Town Hall Ensemble will perform unique renditions of music by Monk and Mingus, songs from Coretta Scott King's Freedom Concerts (which debuted at Town Hall in 1964), forgotten stories and music of social justice movements, songs of unity, songs of rebellion, and collaborations that could only happen in New York City.

Melissa Stylianou Trio with Gene Bertoncini - Cafe Tallulah
October 22, 2017 - New York

Jazz Divas of NY Series

David W. Jacobsen - Singer-Songwriter - Silvana
October 22, 2017 - New York

Mixing humorous social commentary with melancholy reflection, David W. Jacobsen performs and records catchy, mostly acoustic songs that combine poetry, satire, and narrative storytelling.

Brilliant Corners: Charles Tolliver Tentet performs Monk at Town Hall 1959 - Blue Smoke & Jazz Standard
Through October 22, 2017 - New York

Dizzy at 100 featuring Jon Faddis - Dizzy's Club Coca Cola
Through October 22, 2017 - New York

With music director and trumpeter Jon Faddis, pianist David Hazeltine, bassist Kiyoshi Kitagawa, and drummer Dion Parson Legendary trumpeter Jon Faddis—protégé of the great Dizzy Gillespie—returns to Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola on what would have been his mentor's 100th birthday. Known for an extraordinary, virtually unparalleled range, Faddis has complete mastery over the trumpet and is now an icon in his own right. He evokes the voices of Louis Armstrong, Miles Davis, Roy Eldridge, and, of course, Gillespie, all while remaining true to his own. In celebration of Gillespie's centennial, Faddis will curate and direct four special evenings at Dizzy's featuring surprise guest trumpeters.

Dizzy at 100 featuring Jon Faddis - Dizzy's Club Coca Cola
Through October 22, 2017 - New York

With music director and trumpeter Jon Faddis, pianist David Hazeltine, bassist Kiyoshi Kitagawa, and drummer Dion Parson Legendary trumpeter Jon Faddis—protégé of the great Dizzy Gillespie—returns to Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola on what would have been his mentor's 100th birthday. Known for an extraordinary, virtually unparalleled range, Faddis has complete mastery over the trumpet and is now an icon in his own right. He evokes the voices of Louis Armstrong, Miles Davis, Roy Eldridge, and, of course, Gillespie, all while remaining true to his own. In celebration of Gillespie's centennial, Faddis will curate and direct four special evenings at Dizzy's featuring surprise guest trumpeters.

Late Night Session: Nate Sparks Big Band - Dizzy's Club Coca Cola
Through October 22, 2017 - New York

Tuesday-Saturday evenings, doors open at 11:15pm for Late Night Sessions featuring some of the most talented emerging artists in jazz. There are no reservations for Late Night Sessions - just swing by! This month, Thursday and Saturday evenings will be hosted by Julian Lee.

Rogério Boccato Jazz Vespers Residency - Saint Peter's Church
Through October 22, 2017 - New York

Each Sunday at 5:00 P.M. an open community gathers for prayer and reflection on the lines of sacred scripture and jazz. The community is diverse and includes people who live near and far, native and new New Yorkers, and people visiting New York City. Oftentimes churches will bring groups from their home congregations. Others are not Christians or are exploring Christianity for the first time in this supportive environment. Musicians from New York and throughout the world come to play. As at every other liturgy of Saint Peter's Church, everyone is welcome.

RogéRio Boccato Jazz Vespers Residency - Saint Peter's Church
Through October 22, 2017 - New York

Each Sunday at 5:00 P.M. an open community gathers for prayer and reflection on the lines of sacred scripture and jazz. The community is diverse and includes people who live near and far, native and new New Yorkers, and people visiting New York City. Oftentimes churches will bring groups from their home congregations. Others are not Christians or are exploring Christianity for the first time in this supportive environment. Musicians from New York and throughout the world come to play. As at every other liturgy of Saint Peter's Church, everyone is welcome. bout this residency Starting on Sunday, October 1, at Jazz Vespers we begin exploring a new format to mark the start of the 2017-18 Arts Season at Saint Peter's. Each month we will feature one (or more) artists-in-residence, who are designing a multi-date program featuring their own guest artists. Our first artist-in-residence is percussionist Rogério Boccato, who leads different groups on October 1, 8, 15 and 22.

Veronica Swift - Birdland
Through October 28, 2017 - New York

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

Marcus Strickland's Twi-Life & Friends - Monthly Fall Residency - Blue Note
Through November 20, 2017 - New York

"It all started as a hobby", Marcus Strickland says of his beat making. "It was what I did after playing sets with Roy Haynes or Jeff 'Tain' Watts" or on a break between practicing saxophone etudes. It started separately, and naturally became one with my voice as a composer and saxophonist." Marcus Strickland's debut Blue Note/ Revive Records release Nihil Novi (Latin for Nothing New) is about our relationship with time: how many things in the world can seem new, but are actually cyclical occurrences or developments from where the past left us off. From 2 Live Crew to Twerking, and Rodney King to Eric Garner, be careful what you call new. The multi reedist/ beatmaker made this record with a strong and inspiring urgency that is inclusive of, yet not exclusively from his jazz roots. "A musician does not grow from forcing themselves into a vacuum. Genres eventually cross pollinate, making our ability to be in the present more relevant than the original given terms. Creativity does not stay within lanes, it feeds off of its surroundings." However, Strickland has a deep rooted respect and admiration for his predecessors, and it shows in his music. "One great tool that we ha... (read more)

Mccoy Tyner - Blue Note
Through November 27, 2017 - New York

Jazz pianist McCoy Tyner is widely considered one of the finest and most influential pianists in jazz history. His signature booming left-hand and fleeting right created a unique sound that can be heard on his recordings as a sideman with the John Coltrane Quartet in the 1960s and on his 80-plus albums as a leader. Tyner's most recent project for McCoy Tyner Music/Half Note Records is his first solo effort in almost a decade titled Solo: Live From San Francisco. The release is the third for his label and features eleven solo vignettes recorded at the Herbst Theater in 2007. Tyner's blues based piano style, replete with sophisticated chords and an explosively percussive left hand has transcended conventional styles to become one of the most identifiable sounds in improvised music. His harmonic contributions and dramatic rhythmic devices form the vocabulary of a majority of jazz pianists. Born in 1938 in Philadelphia, he became a part of the fertile jazz and R&B scene of the early '50s. His parents imbued him with a love for music from an early age. His mother encouraged him to explore his musical interests through formal training. At 17 he began a career-changing relationshi... (read more)

Julian Fleisher - Joe's Pub at the Public at Theater
Through December 12, 2017 - New York

Before the art of song was divided into narrow stylistic slices, before there was Jazz or Pop or Rock, there was Nightclub Singing. Like Sammy Davis, Jr, Ethel Water and Mel Tormé before him, Julian Fleisher mixes masterful interpretations of a wide range of popular songs with kick-ass showmanship and a generously endowed band that -- as the Washington Post put it -- "blew the roof off of Joe's Pub. "I have seen the future of vocal Jazz! He's got a marvelous, resonate baritone, with impeccable intonation, and a wonderful choice of material...talented, funny and hip."- LA Jazz Scene, East/ West Connections

David Ostwald's Louis Armstrong Eternity Band - Birdland
Through December 25, 2017 - New York

nspired 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!

The Birdland Big Band - Birdland
Through December 27, 2017 - New York

The Birdland Big Band 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!"

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(11/22-11/29) Looking for what to do in New York? We've got the latest on all the goings-on in NYC, from concerts to museum exhibitions to comedy to the best in city sightseeing. Read on for our picks for the best of this week in New York City. click here