search cityguideny

Live Music in Clubs and Bars in Downtown NYC This Week - March 10-March 17

March 10, 2019 - by CG Directory Editor
Print Article Email Article

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.

It's Another Sunday Serenade the Billy Harper Quintet - Zinc Bar
March 10, 2019 - New York

It's Another Sunday Serenade the Billy Harper Quintet

Boy Band - Mercury Lounge
March 10, 2019 - New York

Age Limit: 21 and Over New York's Boy Band is the collaborative project of Ana Dratz, Jen Fischer, and HaleyJane Rose. The trio blends their unique songwriting styles to create catchy choruses with stirring harmonies and swells. After an impromptu performance at a friend's barbecue brought them together, the three began writing collaborative tunes and cutting their teeth at venues including Rockwood Music Hall, Sidewalk Cafe, and Pianos. In 2017, the band released debut EP Begin, a comprehensive introduction to Boy Band's sound; contemporary pop with an appreciation for classic folk; gripping earworms weaving in and out of sprawling, hypnotic harmonies. The opening track "Think Things Through" eases in with the simple strum of an acoustic guitar before busting into a wild symphony of kazoo, glockenspiel, and tap dancing. Yes, tap dancing. "Up From The Mud" is an empowering pop number with an inescapable chorus, the perfect soundtrack for smashing the patriarchy. Lead single "Sorry (High & Dry)" is a big, middle-finger comeback tune that will have you humming the refrain as soon as you hear it. In 2018 they followed up their EP with the single "Still", an eclectic wave of jangly gu... (read more)

Elephant Gym - Mercury Lounge
March 10, 2019 - New York

Vasudeva Age Limit: 21 and Over Elephant Gym is a bass driver, Math-Rock band from Kaohsiung, Taiwan. Formed in 2012, the band is composed of siblings Tif on the bass, and Tell on the guitar and their high school mate, Chia-Chin on the drums. The music of Elephant Gym is known for clear and memorable bass lines, emotional guitar riffs and melodic drumming. Most songs are instrumental, but occasionally the band would invite singers to collaborate. Elephant Gym released its first EP in 2013, followed by debut album in 2014 and second EP in 2015. After joining Topshelf Records, Elephant Gym has finally released the second album in 2018, and will be launching the first US tour in Spring 2019.

David Gibson Quintet - Smalls Jazz Club
March 10, 2019 - New York

Trombonist David Gibson has enjoyed a varied musical career which is deeply rooted in the genres of jazz and funk. While reared in Oklahoma, Gibson's musical journey steered him to New York City. Jazz luminary Curtis Fuller said about Gibson, "Out of all the young players I hear in the music today, David is one of very few who speaks the language of jazz". David's newest recording, "BOOM!" is currently available from Posi-tone Records. It's his third for Posi-tone and marks a return to the traditional jazz quintet structure, featuring Josh Evans-trumpet, Theo Hill-piano, Alex Claffy-bass, Kush Abadey-drums, and Gibson's sonorous trombone. This fiery collection of musicians breathes life into eight new compositions in addition to newly minted arrangements of Tom McIntosh's "The Cup Bearers" and Eric Clapton's "Change the World". This iteration of Gibson's ensemble continues down the eclectic path he's been traversing for years and at times throughout, their new recording evokes modern post-bop, electric Miles and the piquant taste of the present day. There's something for everyone contained in this musical album. Gibson's early experience in New York had him performing with Slide ... (read more)

Ben Zweig Trio After-Hours - Smalls Jazz Club
March 10, 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.

Jim Campilongo & Luca Benedetti Guitar Duo - 55 Bar
March 10, 2019 - New York

Jim Campilongo...Guitar Luca Benedetti...Guitar

The Weeklings at the Loft - 3/10 - City Winery
March 10, 2019 - New York

THE WEEKLINGS are America's most unique tribute to the music of THE BEATLES...and much more." You can hear The Weeklings on Sirius XM's The Beatles Channel, Little Steven's Underground Garage and The Loft as well as on terrestrial radio such as the nationally syndicated Joe Johnson's Beatles Brunch Club plus WMGK's Andre Garner (Philadelphia) and WXPN's Helen Leicht (Philadelphia) Breakfast with The Beatles shows, New Jersey's 90.5 The Night and many others around the world.

Read 650 Presents – Straight Outta Ireland at the Loft - 3/10 - City Winery
March 10, 2019 - New York

The popular spoken-word series Read650 partners with Carnegie Hall's Migrations: The Making of America Festival to present a blarney-free pre-St. Patrick's Day celebration. Malachy McCourt leads a list of 12 fine writer/performers presenting sharp and shapely five-minute stories whose Irish parentage will stir and surprise you. Join us to hear top-drawer writers read their true, riveting, five-minute stories in 650 words or less.

Ambrose Akinmusire - Village Vanguard
Through March 10, 2019 - New York

Ambrose Akinmusire (trumpet) Walter Smith (tenor sax) Sullivan Fortner (piano) Harish Raghavan (bass) Justin Brown (drums)

Ari Hoenig Quartet - Smalls Jazz Club
March 11, 2019 - New York

As a drummer, Ari Hoenig's success has been unprecedented. Growing up in Philadelphia, his parent's influence exposed Ari to a variety of alternative musical experiences. His father is a conductor and classical singer, his mother a violinist and pianist. Accordingly, at six years of age, Ari began studying the violin and piano. He began playing drums at age twelve and by age fourteen, he was honing his skills with other young jazz musicians at Philly clubs such as Ortlieb's Jazz Haus. Ari attended the prestigious University of North Texas for three years, where he studied with Ed Soph while playing with the "One O'Clock" Lab Band. Wanting to be closer to New York City, in 1995 Ari transferred to William Patterson College in northern New Jersey. He soon found himself playing for legendary Philadelphia organist Shirley Scott and working regularly in New York City. Shortly thereafter, Ari moved into Brooklyn, and since, has found himself playing extensively with variety of groups, including Jean Michel Pilc Trio, Kenny Werner Trio, Chris Potter Underground, Kurt Rosenwinkel Group, Joshua Redman Elastic band, Jazz Mandolin Project and bands led by Wayne Krantz, Mike Stern, Richard Bo... (read more)

Lucas Pino Nonet - Smalls Jazz Club
March 11, 2019 - New York

New York City-based tenor saxophonist Lucas Pino has led the inventive No Net Nonet for the better part of a decade, maintaining a monthly residency at Smalls Jazz Club in NYC since March 2013. At the same time he's performed as a sideman for artists including Lea DeLaria, Gideon van Gelder, Takuya Kuroda, Richard Boukas, David Lopato, Lauren Desberg, Rafal Sarnecki, Nick Finzer, Jeremy Siskind, Dave Baron, Alex Wintz, Jorn Swart, Marike van Dijk, and Florian Hoefner. He also plays frequently with Bryan Carter & The Young Swangers and Steven Feifke's Big Band. Pino has shared the stage with such legendary artists as Dave Brubeck, Curtis Fuller, Benny Golson, Jimmy Heath, Christian McBride, Carl Allen, Benny Green and David Sanborn. Originally from Phoenix, Arizona, Pino grew up singing hymns in church and in the choir at school. The first music he ever listened to was jazz, and he started playing saxophone at age 10. As a high school junior, he won the DownBeat Student Music Award for Best Instrumental Soloist in 2004, and went on to attend the Brubeck Institute, finishing his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Jazz Performance at The New School in 2009. He received a Masters of Music... (read more)

Jon Elbaz Trio After-Hours - Smalls Jazz Club
March 11, 2019 - New York

Jon Elbaz Trio After-Hours

Guitar Masters Series: Ron Jackson Trio - Zinc Bar
March 11, 2019 - New York

Ron is a badass on guitar. Performing with him makes me feel like a badass too." —Sinem Saniye, World-renowned Turkish Pop and Jazz vocalist Acclaimed jazz guitarist Ron Jackson brings his formidable trio to Zinc jazz club on Monday, March 11. He's supported by bassist Nathan Brown and drummer Darrel Green. New York jazz 6 and 7 string master guitarist Ron Jackson is a composer, arranger, producer, recording artist, instructor, and writer. Ron is currently Contributor/Writer for Acoustic Guitar Magazine. Ron has performed and recorded in over 30 countries as a bandleader and ensemble performer, and is well established on the international jazz scene. Ron's style of guitar playing and composing is a blend of jazz and other American styles such as soul, rhythm and blues, pop, as well as Caribbean and Latin, having been influenced by his Philippine roots. He brings it all together in his unique approach to playing jazz guitar. Considered one of the most versatile guitarists in the world, he is adept in styles such as African, Rock, R+B, Brazilian, Pop, Country, Calypso, Reggae, Soul, Funk, and Classical, but his greatest passion has always been jazz. Ron has 8 jazz guitar albums to... (read more)

Marcia Ball at the Loft - 3/11 - City Winery
March 11, 2019 - New York

Fifty years have passed in a flash," says Texas-born, Louisiana-raised pianist, songwriter and vocalist Marcia Ball of her long and storied career. Ball, the 2018 Texas State Musician Of The Year, has won worldwide fame and countless fans for her ability to ignite a full-scale roadhouse rhythm and blues party every time she takes the stage. Her rollicking Texas boogies, swampy New Orleans ballads and groove-laden Gulf Coast blues have made her a one-of-a-kind favorite with music lovers all over the world. With each new release, her reputation as a profoundly soulful singer, a boundlessly talented pianist and a courageous, inventive songwriter continues to grow. Her love of the road has led to years of soul-satisfying performances at festivals, concert halls and clubs. The New York Times says, "Marcia Ball plays two-fisted New Orleans barrelhouse piano and sings in a husky, knowing voice about all the trouble men and women can get into on the way to a good time." The Houston Chronicle says simply, "She's as perfect as an artist can be." With her new album, Shine Bright, Ball set out to, in her words, "Make the best Marcia Ball record I could make." In doing so, she has put together... (read more)

Mike Stern - 55 Bar
March 11, 2019 - New York

Jim Ridl - 55 Bar
March 11, 2019 - New York

Closet Cases - Stonewall Inn
March 11, 2019 - New York

Closet Cases is a show where LGBTQ comedians and performers tell their coming out and transitioning stories live on stage and later go deeper into a podcast. This month we have Justin Covington (Easy on Netflix), Sarah Hartshorn (HBO's Vice and America’s Next Top Model), Eman El-Husseini (Just for Laughs), Jaye McBride (New York Comedy Fest), Drew Tessier (Yaaas Comedy Fest) and host, Shawn Hollenbach (The Mortified Guide on Neflix). Watch the closet doors fly open at The Legendary Stonewall Inn (53 Christopher Street, New York, NY 10014, between 7th Ave and Greenwich Ave) on March 11th at 7pm, doors open at 6:30p. Cover is $8 pre-sale and $10 at the door plus a 2 drink minimum. Must be 21 or older to enter. Listen to Willam Belli from A Star is Born and RuPaul’s Drag Race and others tell their coming out stories and get more information here: http://closetcasesshow.com/

Justin Robinson Quartet - Smalls Jazz Club
March 12, 2019 - New York

Alto saxophonist Justin Robinson was born August 14, 1968, in Manhattan. He first picked up a horn at the age of 13, and honed his sound while attending the High School of Music and Arts (LaGuardia High School) in New York. Robinson developed a passion for the alto sax and, from the influences of Charlie Parker and Jackie McLean, crafted his own distinctive sound. Robinson has collaborated with eminent artists such as the Harper Brothers, Cecil Brooks III, Abbey Lincoln, Diana Ross, Little Jimmy Scott, and the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band, The Dizzy Gillespie All Star Band, and most recently, The Roy Hargrove Big Band in addition to the Roy Hargrove Quintet. Justin Robinson wields a hefty portfolio: joined Harper Brothers at 18, debuted on Verve at 22, a decade's-worth of star sideman gigs. All of that hang-time paid off with his 1998 recording The Challenge on Arabesque Records. Penning six of the compositions, selecting an inspired posse of young ringers (Ron Blake, tenor sax; Stephen Scott, piano; Dwayne Burno, bass; Dion Parsons, drums), Robinson also produced the whole shebang. Robinson also released as a solo artist Justin Time in 1991 with Verve Music Group label. It was produ... (read more)

Frank Lacy's Tromboniverse - Smalls Jazz Club
March 12, 2019 - New York

Frank Lacy's Tromboniverse

Malik Mclaurine Trio After-Hours - Smalls Jazz Club
March 12, 2019 - New York

Born and raised in Queens, NY, Malik McLaurine is a young rising Bass player on the scene. Still residing in Queens, Malik attended the renowned SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Music where he studied under Doug Weiss and Todd Coolman. Although his time at SUNY Purchase prepared Malik for his arrival to the New York scene, he attributes most of the credit for his success to his lessons with his father, the amazing Bass player, Marcus McLaurine. Since graduating in 2016, Malik has played and recorded with Jon Faddis, Abraham Burton, Patience Higgons, David Gibson, Eric McPherson, Ed Cherry, David Bryant, Antoine Rooney, Gerry Eastman, Jovan Alexandre, Duke Ellington Orchestra, and George Gee Orchestra. Malik also performs with Starchild & The New Romantic which is an R&B Funk band lead by Bryndon Cook.

Latin Grooves with Gerardo Contino - The Django
March 12, 2019 - New York

Latin Grooves with Gerardo Contino

Band of Friends: A Celebration of Rory Gallagher Feat. Davy Knowles, Gerry Mcavoy & Ted Mckenna at the Loft - 3/12 - City Winery
March 12, 2019 - New York

Rory Gallagher's music reached a massive audience from Norway to Spain, from Japan to the USA, covering all parts of the globe and producing some of the greatest rock/blues albums of the 60s, 70s and 80s. Sadly we lost Rory on June 14th 1995. To his devoted fans and followers this was the ultimate tragedy. The BAND OF FRIENDS is not a tribute to Rory, But more a celebration of his life and music. The band consists of musicians who played with Rory as his rhythm section for years and is fronted by the incomparable Davy Knowles! GERRY McAVOY (Bass Guitar) played with Rory for 20 years, from 1971 to 1991 and, because of this, has a great insight into the man and his music. Gerry played on every album Rory ever made and wrote a book about his career, published in 2005, called "RIDING SHOTGUN". The book was also published in Germany, where it was titled "ON THE ROAD". Gerry is also known for his time spent with Champion Jack Dupree, Deep Joy and Nine Below Zero. TED McKENNA (Drums) played with Rory from 1977 to 1981. He has played with numerous rock legends such as Greg Lake, Gary Moore and The Michael Schenker Group just to name a few, and has recorded some of the top albums of our ... (read more)

FORQ - 55 Bar
March 12, 2019 - New York

Chris McQueen...Guitar Henry Hey...Keys Kevin Scott...Bass Jason 'JT' Thomas...Drums

Stan Killian - 55 Bar
March 12, 2019 - New York

Sean Mcconnell - Mercury Lounge
March 13, 2019 - New York

Age Limit: 21 and Over As instant gratification becomes the norm and certainty is worn as armor, Sean McConnell is choosing patience and ambiguity -- especially when it comes to himself. "I think embracing the blurry lines is a sign of getting older and just having more life experience," he says. "It can be healthy to break your own boxes." Sean is home in Nashville, reflecting on the path he's taken to recording Secondhand Smoke, his 13th album. A cohesive collection of modern folk music, Secondhand Smoke asks provocative questions about how we become who we are, what and whom we love, and the growth, pain, and freedom that come with accepting that some answers might elude us forever. "The older I get, the more I find that is what it's all about -- that there is no way to answer it all," Sean says. "Being comfortable with mystery is a positive thing in all aspects of our lives. I definitely explore that in these songs." A grassroots following now hundreds of thousands deep has turned to Sean for that kind of musical exploration for almost 20 years. Tim McGraw, Martina McBride, Brad Paisley, Rascal Flatts, Meat Loaf, Jake Owen, Brothers Osborne, Christina Aguilera, Buddy Miller an... (read more)

Vocal Mania Series: Janis Siegel & Lauren Kinhan Ft. Raul Midón - Zinc Bar
March 13, 2019 - New York

Vocal Mania Series: Janis Siegel & Lauren Kinhan ft. Raul Midón Acclaimed vocalists Janis Siegel and Lauren Kinhan (New York Voices) curate a special jazz vocal-centric evening with a little help from their friends on Wednesday, March 13 at Zinc jazz club. The featured vocalist includes Raul Midón along with surprise guests. They're supported by pianist John DiMartino, bassist Yoshi Waki, and drummer Vince Cherico. WBGO's Michael Bourne interviews co-hosts Janis Siegel and Lauren Kinhan about Vocal Mania. Listen here.

Darryl Yokley Quartet - Smalls Jazz Club
March 13, 2019 - New York

After graduating from New England Conservatory in 2005 Zaccai Curtis has been living in New York City playing with artist such as Ralph Peterson, Bill Saxton,Will Calhoun, Christian Scott, Brian Lynch, Sean Jones, Ray Vega, Antoine Roney, Cindy Blackman, Steve Hall, Jimmy Greene, Jerry Gonzalez and the Fort Apache Band, Papo Vasquez, Kendrick Oliver and the New Life Orchestra, and Donald Harrison. Zaccai leads the Latin-Jazz group, Insightwho have just release an indie album entitled, A Genesis.Mr. Curtis is composing and arranging for his own trio, solo piano works, Big-Band, Orchestra, and compositions for large and small ensembles with strings. In 2001 he was commissioned to arrange Rimsky-Korsakov's "Capriccio Espagnol" to be played by "Insight" with the Hartford Symphony Chamber Orchestra. In 2003 he was chosen as a winner of the ASCAP Young Jazz Composer's competition then again each year consecutively through 2006. Twice in 2006 Zaccai and the three other rhythm-section members from "Insight" have been selected by the U.S. State Department to be in the American Music Abroad (Jazz Ambassadors) program. They have performed in Bangladesh, Calcutta, Bangalore, Mumbai, Sri La... (read more)

Davis Whitfield Trio After-Hours - Smalls Jazz Club
March 13, 2019 - New York

As the son of two musicians, Davis Whitfield's early years were filled with music. He began playing the guitar at age 5, and moved to Jersey City, New Jersey at 8 where he began studying the piano. While attending high school, Whitfield was accepted by the Jersey City University Visual and Performing Arts Program and served as the principal pianist in its jazz ensemble for four years. In 2008, Whitfield became the assistant director for the Jazz Standard Youth Orchestra, writing arrangements and performing weekly at the Jazz Standard in New York City. Whitfield received full scholarships to attend the Berklee Summer Jazz Workshop in 2009 and 2010. He also received a scholarship from the National Foundation for Advancement of the Arts in 2011. As a member of the Inna Dudukina Quartet, Whitfield performed in the 2013 Nancy Jazz Pulsations Festival in Nancy, France and in the Summer of 2014 he received his Bachelor's Degree in Piano Performance from Berklee College Of Music on a Presidential Scholarship.

Pasquale Grasso Solo Guitar - The Django
March 13, 2019 - New York

Pasquale Grasso Solo Guitar

Steven Feifke Big Band - The Django
March 13, 2019 - New York

Steven Feifke Big Band

Band of Friends: A Celebration of Rory Gallagher Feat. Davy Knowles, Gerry Mcavoy & Ted Mckenna at the Loft - 3/13 - City Winery
March 13, 2019 - New York

Rory Gallagher's music reached a massive audience from Norway to Spain, from Japan to the USA, covering all parts of the globe and producing some of the greatest rock/blues albums of the 60s, 70s and 80s. Sadly we lost Rory on June 14th 1995. To his devoted fans and followers this was the ultimate tragedy. The BAND OF FRIENDS is not a tribute to Rory, But more a celebration of his life and music. The band consists of musicians who played with Rory as his rhythm section for years and is fronted by the incomparable Davy Knowles! GERRY McAVOY (Bass Guitar) played with Rory for 20 years, from 1971 to 1991 and, because of this, has a great insight into the man and his music. Gerry played on every album Rory ever made and wrote a book about his career, published in 2005, called "RIDING SHOTGUN". The book was also published in Germany, where it was titled "ON THE ROAD". Gerry is also known for his time spent with Champion Jack Dupree, Deep Joy and Nine Below Zero. TED McKENNA (Drums) played with Rory from 1977 to 1981. He has played with numerous rock legends such as Greg Lake, Gary Moore and The Michael Schenker Group just to name a few, and has recorded some of the top albums of our ... (read more)

Mike Stern - 55 Bar
March 13, 2019 - New York

Dan Mangan - Mercury Lounge
March 14, 2019 - New York

Age Limit: 21 and Over Dan Mangan is a two-time JUNO award-winning & two-time Polaris Music Prize listed musician and songwriter. 2018 brings Dan's 5th full length More or Less, an album about witnessing birth, and in some ways rebirth. It's about feeling disconnected from a popular identity and becoming acclimated to a new one. It's about raising kids in a turbulent world. It's about unanswerable questions and kindness and friendship and fear. Produced by Grammy Award winning producer Drew Brown (Radiohead, Beck, Blonde Redhead, Charlotte Gainsbourg) and Simone Felice (The Lumineers, Bat For Lashes), More or Less features singles "Troubled Mind", "Fool For Waiting" and "Just Fear". Aside from his own recordings, Dan has scored a feature film (starring Simon Pegg) as well as TV series for Netflix & AMC and has infrequently been a contributing writer for several international publications. Dan has toured extensively in North America, Europe and Australia. In 2017, Mangan co-founded Side Door, an online platform that connects hosts with artists for intimate performances in unique spaces. He lives in Vancouver, British Columbia with his wife and two sons.

Jochen Rueckert Quartet - Smalls Jazz Club
March 14, 2019 - New York

Jochen Rueckert was born in 1975 near Koeln, Germany and started playing drums at age six. In 1995 he moved to NYC, where he lives now. Jochen is mostly known for his work in the last 12 years of the Marc Copland trio, the mid-2000 Kurt Rosenwinkel Quartet, all of Nils Wogram's Root 70, the Sam Yahel piano trio, Melissa Aldana trio, his electronic music programmed under the alias "Wolff Parkinson White" as well as his series of ebooks aptly titled "Read the Rueckert- travel observations and pictures of hotel rooms". Jochen has been leading his own Quartet with Mark Turner and Lage Lund for the last 7 years

Carlos Abadie Quintet - Smalls Jazz Club
March 14, 2019 - New York

Grammy nominated producer and trumpeter Carlos Abadie, hails from Miami, Florida where his first professional musical endeavors were with Melton Mustafa and the great Ira Sullivan. Mr. Abadie decided to move to New York City in 1993 and quickly became entrenched in the New York music scene starting out with Jason Linder's Big Band.. Now over 20 years later Mr. Abadie has had the distinct honor of playing with Junior Mance, Louis Hayes, Illinois Jacquet, Ocean Pope, Jimmy Heath, Clark Terry, Ray Santos and his Orchestra, Bobby Sanabria, Manny Oquendo, Andy Gonzalez and many more.. Since 2007, Mr. Abadie has been leading his own Jazz quintet. And with his quintet he has played all of the major venues in New York and the tri-state area. Mr. Abadie started wearing the hat of producer in 2013 when he was asked by bassist and producer Andy Gonzalez for Mr. Gonzalez's album entitled Entre Colegas. Entre Colegas was nominated for a Grammy in 2016, Mr. Abadie was also a featured soloist on this album. Carlos Abadie is a constant musical presence and is revered by his colleagues on the New York jazz scene. Mr. Abadie continues to be a source inspiration to the musical community in NYCand to... (read more)

Jonathan Thomas After-Hours - Smalls Jazz Club
March 14, 2019 - New York

With his musical roots firmly planted in his gospel upbringing, jazz pianist Jonathan Thomas brings a soulful and meaningful intent to every note he plays. Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, he benefited from the city's wide range of jazz veterans and swing-rooted tradition. Sonically, his sound harkens to the creative influences he's adopted. Influences such as Kenny Kirkland, Wynton Kelly, and Mulgrew Miller are apparent muses and thus lend their sound to his style.

John Dokes True Love Pre Release Event - The Django
March 14, 2019 - New York

John Dokes True Love Pre Release Event

Ian Hendrickson-Smith - The Django
March 14, 2019 - New York

Ian Hendrickson-Smith

Wynchester W/ Stephen Babcock at the Loft - 3/14 - City Winery
March 14, 2019 - New York

From uptempo barn burners to "tear in your beer" ballads, Wynchester mix classic country with the familiar stomp of vintage southern rock. Also known for their on stage work with Tenacious D and The Kyle Gass Band, Mike Bray and John Konesky share the inspiration of Southern greats like Lynyrd Skynyrd and Brad Paisley, as well as songwriters such as Jimmy Webb and John Prine. The duo also keeps it light and reveals a subtle and charming wink in the eye, recalling great acts such as Dr. Hook, Jerry Reed and Roger Miller. World class musicianship and compelling lyrics bring the entire winning package together. Stephen Babcock Born and raised in New Hartford, New York and now residing in New York City Stephen began playing guitar at the age of 15 after stealing records from his older brother's bedroom and falling in love with music. Since then, he has continued to craft his skills as a singer-songwriter, recording and performing a catalog of original music, including two EPs and two full-length LPs. His latest record, "Fiction" released to critical acclaim in April of 2018 and is available everywhere music is sold or streamed

Wayne Krantz - 55 Bar
March 14, 2019 - New York

Wayne Krantz...Guitar Evan Marien...Bass Josh Dion...Drums

Nicole Zuraitis - 55 Bar
March 14, 2019 - New York

Kendall Street Company - Mercury Lounge
March 15, 2019 - New York

Age Limit: 18 and Over Kendall Street Company is a six-piece rock band based out of Charlottesville, Virginia. Known for their immensely energetic and unpredictable live performances, the band's musical style incorporates elements of jam, folk, jazz, ska, funk, and psychedelic rock. Fusing genres, they embrace mind-altering riffs as well as soulful and jazzy wit, while remaining true to their folksy songwriting roots. The Company evokes an ever-changing kaleidoscope of sound, spinning out an organic repertoire entirely their own. The band maintains a central presence on the East Coast having performed over 100 shows in the past calendar year at venues from Florida to New York City. This includes dates at Lockn' Music Festival (next to Umphrey's Mcgee), FloydFest (Floyd, VA), Rooster Walk (Martinsville, VA), Shadefest (Avenue, MD), and many more. Recently, KSC has played with Moon Taxi, Dark Star Orchestra, and Leftover Salmon. Their set at Lockn was described by Relix Magazine as "raising the crowd's energy with frontman Louis Smith and guitarist Ben Laderberg's acoustic/electric interplay and lively, technical breakdowns".

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.

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

Michael Arenella's Dreamland Orchestra - The Django
March 15, 2019 - New York

Michael Arenella's Dreamland Orchestra

Dj Grumby , Chris Ruben Band, Grand Gesture, Benevolent Dictators - Pianos
March 15, 2019 - New York

This event is 21 and over Dj Grumby , Chris Ruben Band, Grand Gesture, Benevolent Dictators

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

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

Loft Party Presents: Richard Barone & Glenn Mercer - 3/15 - City Winery
March 15, 2019 - New York

Richard Barone & Glenn Mercer The LOFT at City Winery is pleased to launch a new monthly series, Richard Barone's LOFT PARTY, with a very special duo performance by Barone and fellow indie rock icon Glenn Mercer (The Feelies) performing a set celebrating the post-Velvet Underground wave of the mid-1970s. Barone and Mercer have themselves long been associated with and influenced by the music of the Velvets and both of their bands were favorites of Lou Reed. For this evening, the two artists will join forces to present a curated set of music by the 'next generation' legacy artists from that particularly fertile period of rock experimentation — plus songs from their own Bongos and Feelies catalogues. Sitting in with Barone and Mercer will be special guest musicians to be announced. "LOFT PARTY" Artist Wine is available for sale at all LOFT PARTY performances. Richard Barone is an acclaimed recording artist, performer, producer, and author. Since pioneering the indie rock scene in Hoboken, NJ as frontman for The Bongos and then helping to launch the chamber pop movement with his solo debut "cool blue halo", Barone has produced countless studio recordings and worked with artists ... (read more)

Buster Poindexter at the Loft (Early Show) - 3/15 - City Winery
March 15, 2019 - New York

Today, the words "blues" and "shouting" are, alas, inextricably linked, but what about the tradition of mellow blues crooners that extended through Charles Brown, Nat King Cole and, in their more romantic moments, Joe Williams and Ray Charles? "Buster Poindexter" (nee David Johansen) first attracted attention as a glam rock pioneer (in the New York Dolls, with whom he still tours) and then as an early MTV idol (with "Hot Hot Hot"). Yet with his big, deep, resonant voice, Buster Poindexter is most impressive as a crooner and occasional belter of ballads in the classic R&B tradition. His ongoing run affirms the point that however you know him, the artist known as Buster Poindexter, complete with his one-liners and longer comic monologues (not to mention his signature pompadour), is one of the most endearing and enduring entertainers currently trodding the boards in New York.

3MA - City Winery
March 15, 2019 - New York City

3MA is the meeting of three string-instrument virtuosi: the Malian kora magician Ballaké Sissoko, the Moroccan maestro of the oud Driss El Maloumi and the Malagasy master of the valiha Rajery. They represent rich traditions and deliver a shared message that rallies against the violence of our world with their soft and invigorating harmonies, vital energy and universal poetry. Since their debut record in 2008, the 3MA musicians meet regularly to perform concerts throughout the world. Their latest album ANAROUZ (Hope) bears witness to their wonderful connection and individual experiences.

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

Robert Edwards Big Band - The Django
March 16, 2019 - New York

Robert Edwards Big Band

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

Isle of Klezbos: Celebrating Women's History Month at the Loft - 3/16 - City Winery
March 16, 2019 - New York

Celebrate Women's History Month with fun-loving powerhouse all-gal sextet ISLE of KLEZBOS, dubbed a "paradigm-shifting, brilliantly tuneful klezmer group" by New York Music Daily. Recently returned from 20th anniversary West Coast tours, the band has also played from Vienna to Vancouver. Formed in 1998, approaching Yiddish tradition with both playful irreverence and soulful respect, the group combines stellar talents (alumnae of Juilliard, Eastman, Harvard and more) to form a unique repertoire also noted for exceptional, genre-defying original compositions. As described by The New Yorker, "Isle of Klezbos tests the elasticity of the genre": Beyond boisterous dance rambunction, mystical melodies, haunting retro tango, love-songs, lullabies, Soviet Jewish surprises, and Big Band-stylings for long-lost Yiddish pop standards, the ensemble also presents new klezmer reggae, klezmerengue and their very latest: Fabulous, Bronx-based klezmer boogaloo. The group's creative chemistry and stratospheric solos have garnered ISLE of KLEZBOS appearances on CBS Sunday Morning, Showtime's The L Word, and Chamber Music America programs, as well as dozens of film soundtracks. Hailed for "cutting-edg... (read more)

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.

Kenny O'brien & The O'douls - Mercury Lounge
March 17, 2019 - New York

Age Limit: 18 and Over Kevin Devine is an independent singer/songwriter from Brooklyn, NY. He plays alone, with his Goddamn Band, and as a member of Bad Books.

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)

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.

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

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

Onili, Tamar Eisenman, Yula and the Extended Family: Three Woman, Three Musical Worlds, One Night at the Loft - 3/17 - City Winery
March 17, 2019 - New York

Onili, Tamar Eisenman, Yula and The Extended Family Three woman, Three musical world One night Onili- Singer song-writer and music producer. Operating her machine extravaganza, on stage and in studio. Producing electronic pop music with a rock n roll energy and attitude. French- Israeli cross media artist, sampling is her modus operandi, will it be music, video or fashion. Tamar Eisenman The virtuoso guitarist, singer-songwriter, and Emmy (IL) nominee for best original soundtrack, released five official studio albums. Based in New York City Tamar's performance brings an accurate combination of vulnerability and ruggedness, shyness and extroversion of blues and rock. All these nuances blend into a musical concoction she calls "Hip-Rock". With her guitars, lyrics and uncompromising sound, Tamar, "a big small lady" (Jeff Beck) is an enormous mass of energy tightly packed in a compact physique. Yula Beeri - "Yula and The Extended Family" is a musician/composer/performer Currently fronting "The Extended Family" a group of musicians playing a refreshing and unexpected mix of soul, tribal, ska and groove. Yula's performance is about intimacy and fierceness, about connections; e... (read more)

Brazilian Jazz & Tango Special Tribute to Jobim & Piazzolla With World Guitar Master Andres Laprida Brunch at the Loft - 3/17 - City Winery
March 17, 2019 - New York

Introduced to the public at a young age by the Brazilian music masters Antonio Carlos Jobim, Vinicius de Moraes, and Toquinho, prolific performer, composer, and producer Andres Laprida has racked up rave reviews from audiences, musicians and critics worldwide for his brilliant guitar skills. His unique sound matches any style, and Laprida has recorded with a wide range of artists, including Gato Barbieri, Phillipe Saisse, New London Consort Orchestra and DJ Spooky. Among his credits as a composer & producer for television and movies are soundtrack collaborations for Highlander and Euroland (RAI), and the films Minas de Ouro Preto and Un sueño realizado. Seven remarkable compositions have been commissioned and published by the prestigious French publisher Le Chant du Monde, among which Florinda, Confidencias, Vanidad de las riquezas, Samba!, and O Carnaval have been recorded and performed worldwide. At this appearance, in additton to his own compositions Laprida will pay tribute to the bossa nova sound of Jobim. The Argentinian guitarist will also honor his compatriot, composer Astor Piazzolla, who is credited with adding a touch of jazz and classical to tango and creating a new... (read more)

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.

Looking for Free Group Planning Services?

Get free advice on planning your group's trip to New York.


Name:
E-Mail:
Where is Your Group Coming From?
Type of Group:
Date of Trip:
Areas of Interest: Sightseeing Dining Theater Culture

Shopping Transportation

Group Size:

Enter the code: 5703

MORE Activity Planner ARTICLES

RESTAURANTS

Tanner Smith's Photos

Tanner Smith's

Beloved midtown spot takes inspiration from local tradition,...

THEATER

Come From Away a New Musical Photos

Come From Away a New Musical

In a heartbeat, 38 planes with 6,579 passengers were strand...

SHOPPING

HBO Shop Photos

HBO Shop

An array of quality branded merchandise showcasing HBO's® aw...

SIGHTSEEING

Ripley's Believe It or Not! Times Square Photos

Ripley's Believe It or Not! Times Square

Located in Times Square in the heart of New York City, Riple...

SAVINGS OPPORTUNITIES

search cityguideny

 

cover city guide march 21 2019


This Week in New York City

(3/20-3/27) Looking for what to do in New York? We've got the latest on all the goings-on in NYC this week, 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

This Week in New York City