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Live Music in Clubs and Bars in Downtown NYC This Week - March 17-March 24

March 17, 2019 - by CG Directory Editor
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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.

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.

The Comet Is Coming - Mercury Lounge
March 18, 2019 - New York

Age Limit: 21 and Over Debuting music from their forthcoming Impulse! records release (March 2019) The Comet is Coming is the soundtrack to an imagined apocalypse.In the aftermath of widespread sonic destruction what sounds remain? Who will lead the survivors to new sound worlds? Who will chart the new frontier?In a warehouse somewhere in London 2013 a meeting would take place between three musical cosmonauts. They would pool their energies to build a vessel powerful enough to transport any party into outer space. It is after the end of the world, the stage is a spacecraft, the mic is an accelerator, brace yourself for The Comet is Coming

Kalman Olah Group - Smalls Jazz Club
March 18, 2019 - New York

A native of Hungary, jazz pianist Kálmán Oláh has gained international renown as an artist who masterfully combines elements of jazz, folk and contemporary classical music. The recipient of numerous awards, including the Grand Prize at the 2006 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Composers Competition, he has appeared with scores of well-known artists including Lee Konitz, Jack DeJohnette, Ron McClure, Randy Brecker, Steve Grossman, John Patitucci, Tommy Campbell, Stefano Di Battista, Jay Leonhart, Daniel Humair, Andrej Ceccarelli, Paolo Fresu, Kenny Wheeler, Mark Murphy, Shelia Jordan, Palle Danielsson and Ravi Coltrane to name a few.

Joe Farnsworth Trio - Smalls Jazz Club
March 18, 2019 - New York

Joe Farnsworth is already regarded as one of the top jazz drummers in the world, but as far as he is concerned, he is just getting started. He is dedicated to the great tradition of jazz drumming as conceived by men like Max Roach, Roy Haynes, Elvin Jones, Billy Higgins and Arthur Taylor and it keeps him in the practice room trying to continue and extend it

Jon Elbaz Trio After-Hours - Smalls Jazz Club
March 18, 2019 - New York

Never Give Up

Mike Stern - 55 Bar
March 18, 2019 - New York

Mike Stern - 55 Bar
March 18, 2019 - New York

Gloria's Miami Sound: Salute to Gloria Estefan at the Loft - 3/18 - City Winery
March 18, 2019 - New York

A vibrant, explosive, exciting eruption of music and talent is awaiting your arrival as Gloria's Miami Sound opens their hearts and souls to show you the best of Gloria Estefan & Miami Sound Machine. This is the show for everyone who feels the rhythm and wants to take part in the sights and sounds of the music that made us all get on our feet. Comprised of the very best musicians, singers and dancers, who extend themselves far beyond the stage to lift the spirits and voices of the audience long after the last bow. Gloria's Miami Sound will touch your heart with "Coming out of the Dark" and exhilarate you with "Oye Mi Conto". As they have comprised the perfect elements of each performer to give you an experience like never before. You will see the show, hear the show, take part in the show and experience what has not been done before. We are here join us

Ricardo Grilli Quintet - Smalls Jazz Club
March 19, 2019 - New York

ince relocating to New York continues to make an impact in today's jazz scene and has performed or recorded with notable artists such as Chris Potter, Chris Cheek, Aaron Parks, Joe Martin, Eric Harland, Matt Penman, Kendrick Scott, Jon Cowherd, Billy Drewes, John Scofield, Orlando Le Fleming, Matt Clohesy, EJ Strickland, Colin Stranahan, Julian Shore, among others. He also frequently performs at some of the world's most renowned clubs both in the USA and abroad like: The Blue Note, The Iridium, Scullers Jazz Club, Smalls Jazz Club, Cornelia Street Cafe, The A-Trane (Berlin),The SideDoor (Connecticut), The Rex (Toronto), JazzB (São Paulo, Brazil) and many others. He has two critically acclaimed records to his name "1954" and "If On A Winter's Night A Traveler"

Jonathan Michel Quintet - Smalls Jazz Club
March 19, 2019 - New York

Jonathan Michel Quintet

Malik Mclaurine Trio After-Hours - Smalls Jazz Club
March 19, 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

Dan Weiss - 55 Bar
March 19, 2019 - New York

Immanuel Wilkins Quartet - Smalls Jazz Club
March 20, 2019 - New York

Immanuel Wilkins is an American Saxophonist, Composer, Arranger, and Band Leader. While growing up in the Philadelphia area, he played in his church and programs dedicated to teaching jazz music such as the Clef Club of Jazz and Performing Arts. Immanuel has had the opportunity to play in Japan, Europe, South America, The United Arab Emirates, and the United States, working and/or recording with Jason Moran, the Count Basie Orchestra, Gretchen Parlato, Solange Knowles, Bob Dylan, and Wynton Marsalis. He also leads his own band, composing and performing new music. Immanuel currently attends The Juilliard School where he studied with saxophonists Bruce Williams and the late Joe Temperley. By being emerged in the scene at a young age around various masters, he continues to pursue his goals of being a force in music and society today. His mission is to create a sound that has a profound spiritual and emotional impact and to become a great leader in the lineage of jazz musicians throughout history. Through studying the human pathos of the music and the culture of jazz, he aspires to bring people together through the commonality of love and belief in this music.

Harold Mabern Trio - Smalls Jazz Club
March 20, 2019 - New York

Early in his career, Mabern played in Chicago with MJT + 3 in the late 1950s and then moved to New York in 1959. Mabern has worked with Jimmy Forrest, Lionel Hampton, the Jazztet (1961-1962), Donald Byrd, Miles Davis (1963), J.J. Johnson (1963-1965), Lee Morgan (1965), Sonny Rollins, Freddie Hubbard, Wes Montgomery, Joe Williams (1966-1967), and Sarah Vaughan.

Micah Thomas Trio After-Hours - Smalls Jazz Club
March 20, 2019 - New York

MICAH THOMAS TRIO "AFTER-HOURS"

Melissa Stylianou - 55 Bar
March 20, 2019 - New York

Immanuel Wilkins Quartet - Smalls Jazz Club
March 21, 2019 - New York

Immanuel Wilkins is an American Saxophonist, Composer, Arranger, and Band Leader. While growing up in the Philadelphia area, he played in his church and programs dedicated to teaching jazz music such as the Clef Club of Jazz and Performing Arts. Immanuel has had the opportunity to play in Japan, Europe, South America, The United Arab Emirates, and the United States, working and/or recording with Jason Moran, the Count Basie Orchestra, Gretchen Parlato, Solange Knowles, Bob Dylan, and Wynton Marsalis. He also leads his own band, composing and performing new music. Immanuel currently attends The Juilliard School where he studied with saxophonists Bruce Williams and the late Joe Temperley. By being emerged in the scene at a young age around various masters, he continues to pursue his goals of being a force in music and society today. His mission is to create a sound that has a profound spiritual and emotional impact and to become a great leader in the lineage of jazz musicians throughout history. Through studying the human pathos of the music and the culture of jazz, he aspires to bring people together through the commonality of love and belief in this music.

Tim Hegarty Quartet - Smalls Jazz Club
March 21, 2019 - New York

At age 14 Tim Hegarty was asked to sit in with jazz legends Art Farmer, Clark Terry, and Jon Faddis which changed his life forever. Frank Foster became his saxophone teacher. After soloing with the Guggenhiem Concert Orchestra at Lincoln Center in 1984, Tim was given the opportunity to study clarinet with Ben Armato of the Metorpolitan Opera. He also began to study harmony and piano with Harold Danko and James Williams. It was 1985 when Tim got to meet the great Gil Evans and first got to play with the band.

Malick Koly After-Hours - Smalls Jazz Club
March 21, 2019 - New York

MALICK KOLY "AFTER-HOURS"

Hollis Brown - Mercury Lounge
March 22, 2019 - New York

Age Limit: 21 and Over Hollis Brown is an American Rock 'n' Roll band. Named after a Bob Dylan song ("The Ballad of Hollis Brown"), the band was formed by Queens-natives and songwriters Mike Montali (lead vocals/guitar) and Jonathan Bonilla (lead guitar). Both 2nd-generation immigrants (Italian-American and Puerto Rican-American, respectively), they soon found their musical brethren across America, recruiting Andrew Zehnal (drums) from Cleveland, Adam Bock (keyboard/vocals) from St. Louis, and Scott Thompson (bass) from Boston. Hollis Brown's latest vinyl EP, Cluster of Pearls (Alive Naturalsound Records), was chosen as one of the 300 select releases throughout the world for Record Store Day 2016. Pressed on Starburst Vinyl, the record is limited to 800 copies and features four previously unreleased tracks and two songs released on vinyl for the first time. Cluster of Pearls follows up the 2015 release of Hollis Brown's third album 3 Shots (Jullian Records/RED), featuring the Bo Diddley collaboration "Rain Dance," and the duet "Highway 1" with acclaimed alt-country songstress Nikki Lane.

Mike & The Moonpies - Mercury Lounge
March 22, 2019 - New York

Age Limit: 21 and Over

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.

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.

Hazey Eyes - Mercury Lounge
March 23, 2019 - New York

Age Limit: 16 and Over His soul comes alive on the dancefloor. Ascribed as "emotional dance music," Hazey Eyes calls upon the throbbing heartache of the early '00s alt-rock epoch while splicing it with shimmering indie and electronica aesthetics. He pulls on those strings once again for his upcoming EP, Scars, an effervescent elixir of gluey hip-hop and mood-based pop-art. Only 22 years old, mastermind Thomas Michel has cultivated 63 million streams on Spotify alone, so, it's no surprise he's landed touring gigs with Shallou and Petit Biscuit. The new project is Michel at his most vulnerable. Opener "Scars," featuring Yoke Lore, sees him reveling in the past and its lasting imprint on his skin. "I will always fall hard" echoes one of his most candid lyrics, paired with a glittering, erratic beat to calm his nerves. "Hungover You," alongside Moli, buzzes the fingertips but swerves more freely between somber lo-fi whispers and the feverish club-rave we've come to bask in. The Dresage-featuring "Living Wild" washes over the listener in cool drip-drops, while "Stuck in Ya Game" with Appleby explodes like confetti on the eardrums. What is most impressive is Michel's fearlessness in the... (read more)

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.

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.

Jc Stylles Quintet Feat. Steve Nelson - Smalls Jazz Club
March 24, 2019 - New York

"Hittin' the Hutch"

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.

Craigy F, Wave Matthews, Dash Flash - Pianos
March 24, 2019 - New York

This Event Is 21 And Over CRAIGY F WAVE MATTHEWS DASH FLASH

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.

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