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Live Music in Clubs and Bars in Downtown NYC This Week - January 6-January 13

January 6, 2019 - by CG Directory Editor
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Live Music in Clubs and Bars in Downtown NYC This Week Photo: Vladimir/Flickr 

Downtown NYC has long been a capital of live music. With venues like the Bowery Ballroom, Mercury Lounge, and Terra Blues, fans of rock, jazz, and more have long been drawn here. City Guide's roundup of live music in clubs and bars will connect you with tunes at dozens of great downtown venues.

Eleanor Kaufman With Her Band, Bryan Wang - Mercury Lounge
January 06, 2019 - New York

Age Limit: 21 and Over

Josh Gachette & His Pioneers (Record Release Show) - Mercury Lounge
January 06, 2019 - New York

Age Limit: 21 and Over It's high octane, country music for the urban frontier! The brainchild of Joshua "The Cut" Gachette bids NYC farewell, with Nashville twang and Caribbean dub. The Cut spent his whole life in Queens, NY and "Pioneers" tells his story. He's enlisted His Pioneers: The Hessian, The Beam and The Class, to eulogize Old Queens. Sixty years ago a realtor called Queens "country living in the city." He couldn't nowadays. New developments in Astoria and Long Island City are pulling Queens in. Manhattan has grown out into the frontier, and the frontier is pushing into the hinterlands. We have more places to run away from and fewer places to run away to. The government has found all the "empty" land, and invited companies to "improve" that land. The first settlers pushed the last "natives" off the land, and now new settlers are pushing out the old. It's a case of lather, rinse, repeat…

The Nth Power, Paris_Monster, Natalie Cressman & Ian Faquini, Nick Cassarino, Chris Bullock & Bob Lanzetti (Snarky Puppy), John 'Papa' Gros Band, Muscle Tough + All-Star Jam hosted by Nikkie Glaspie - Drom
January 06, 2019 - New York

Ages 21+ The Nth Power, Paris_Monster, Natalie Cressman & Ian Faquini, Nick Cassarino, Chris Bullock & Bob Lanzetti (Snarky Puppy), John "Papa" Gros Band, Muscle Tough + All-Star Jam hosted by Nikkie Glaspie

Apap: Acme, Carolina Eyck, Clarice Jensen - DROM
January 07, 2019 - New York

Clarice Jensen (cello), Carolina Eyck (theremin), ACME (American Contemporary Music Ensemble) Join us for this triple bill, each performing an engaging 30-minute set, featuring multi-faceted cellist Clarice Jensen, expanding and confusing the familiar sound of solo cello through the use of effects pedals, multi-tracking, and tape loops to weave layers of textures and sounds; theremin virtuosa Carolina Eyck, creating layers of sound colors by merging the theremin with her own voice and improvising within the classical, jazz, contemporary, and experimental traditions; and the American Contemporary Music Ensemble, whose dedication to new music extends across genres and has earned them a reputation among both classical and rock crowds with collaborators including Jóhann Jóhannsson, Max Richter, Blonde Redhead, Grizzly Bear, Low, Matmos, Jeff Mangum, A Winged Victory for the Sullen, Roomful of Teeth, Lionheart, and Theo Bleckmann.

Ali Zagame - Mercury Lounge
January 07, 2019 - New York

Age Limit: 21 and Over Currently based in Brooklyn, NY, Ali Zagame was raised in Worcester area, MA. At Berklee College of Music, she discovered a love of songwriting and released her first EP, Speak Up Speak Out, in March of 2016. She is now signed to Wampus Multimedia for the release of Brutally Honest, her first full-length album, coming out May 11th, 2018. Ali creates her music to inspire and empower others. Many of her songs, such as 43720, have personal meanings about challenges she has faced.

Vanguard Jazz Orchestra - Village Vanguard
January 07, 2019 - New York

Every Monday Night since 1966 the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra Is the Current Title for the Band That Began Its Life as the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra in 1966 and Has Performed Continuously for over 50 Years.

Ali Zagame, Daniel Lerner - Mercury Lounge
January 07, 2019 - New York

Age Limit: 21 and Over Daniel Lerner's original songs concern a variety of topics from love and heartbreak to the passage of time and family – exploring both the real and the surreal. He cites his influences from a number of different genres like rock, folk, jazz, soul and funk. With lyrical and musical styles inspired by Paul Simon, Thundercat and Jimi Hendrix, Daniel sees himself as a collage of his influences without imitating. He is currently finishing his debut EP due out in February. Daniel Lerner grew up in Manhattan and is studying at guitar and production at the Frost School of Music.

Giggly Boys, Consumables, Bees - Mercury Lounge
January 07, 2019 - New York

Age Limit: 21 and Over Consumables Bees

Guitar Masters Series: Jimmy Bruno Trio - Zinc Bar
January 07, 2019 - New York

azz guitarists just dont come any better. Jimmy Bruno combines a dazzling virtuoso technique with drive and swing to produce, in concert and on record, superb and inspired lyrical improvisations." —Maurice J. Summerfield, British author of the definitive and highly regarded The Jazz Guitar Guide and The Classical Guitar Guide Acclaimed jazz guitarist Jimmy Bruno brings his formidable trio to the Zinc Jazz Club, with bassist Harvie S and drummer David F. Gibson. One of the most critically acclaimed jazz guitarists performing today, Bruno came to prominence as a jazz musician in the 1990s, after a successful 20-year career as a sought-after commercial guitarist and session musician. After a whirlwind round-the-world tour as the youngest member of the Buddy Rich Orchestra, he went on to play guitar in orchestras for Frank Sinatra, Anthony Newley, Doc Severinsen, Lena Horne, and many more music icons. He's also been invited to play at major music festivals, including the JVC, Berks, Vail and Concord Jazz Festivals.

Francisco Mela's Ancestros - Blue Note
January 07, 2019 - New York

FEATURING: Francisco Mela - Drums & Leader Ethan Iverson - Piano John Hevert - Bass Hery Paz - Saxophone Francisco Mela is a favorite amongst jazz's elite instrumentalists, among them, Joe Lovano, John Scofield, JoAnne Brackeen, Kenny Barron, Gary Bartz, Bobby Watsonand McCoy Tyner, all of whom cite his charisma, sophistication, and life-affirming spirit as an extension of his incredible talents as a composer and drummer. Francisco Mela was born in 1968 in Bayamo, Cuba. He moved to Boston in 2000 to pursue a degree at the acclaimed Berklee College of Music and, quickly thereafter, the faculty recognized that Mela had much to offer students and promptly hired him to teach at the school. Mela rapidly made a name for himself on the Boston scene, becoming the house drummer at the legendary Wally's Café Jazz Club. It was at Wally's that Mela began developing a concept for his own band, one that would feature the sounds of modern jazz with the traditional music he grew up with in Cuba.

Ben Williams & Friends - Blue Note
January 08, 2019 - New York

FEATURING: Ben Williams - Bass, Vocals & Bandleader BigYuki - Piano/Keys Justin Brown - Drums Bendji Allonce - Percussions David Rosenthal - Guitar Marcus Strickland - Saxophones Chris Turner - Vocals & Special Guest Ben Williams of New York City is an acclaimed bassist, bandleader, performer, music educator, and composer who has performed with the likes of Wynton Marsalis, George Benson, Pat Metheny, David Sanborn, Chaka Kahn, Pharrell, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Terence Blanchard, Roy Hargrove, Benny Golson, and Stefon Harris just to name a few. He recently completed his film debut with Don Cheadle in Miles Davis biopic, "Miles Ahead". Williams released his sophomore album, Coming of Age in April 2015, a collection of new works reflecting his wide-ranging musical interests as well as his growth as a musician, improviser and composer. Says Williams, "This new music reflects more of where I am on my journey. I think I have matured as a composer and I am better able to deliver my ideas to my fans and hopefully to a new and expanding audience".

Steel House - Village Vanguard
Through January 13, 2019 - New York

Ed Simon (piano) Scott Colley (bass) Brian Blade (drums) Three well-known instrumentalists are building a new band called Steel House. The foundations of this house are deep and strong, the roof sturdy. Inside is one big, light-filled room occupied by the three leaders: Edward Simon on piano, Scott Colley on acoustic bass, and Brian Blade on drums. Each man is a world-class jazz player with his own robust composing, recording, and performing career. Since meeting in New York in the early 1990s, they have shared stages and studios, playing many different styles of music together. They decided to form (build) Steel House to create a dedicated place for their own musical explorations. The music of Steel House embraces both silence, and emerging from that stillness, conversation. The communication among Simon, Colley, and Blade stays nimble, focused on moment-to-moment interaction. Musical structure is minimal, poetic, and full of purpose. Walls of genre, category, and style are torn down. Light and space abound. We can hear them down the street now, Simon, Colley, and Blade building their Steel House. The music is infectious. It is everything you wanted – spirited and serious, cari... (read more)

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