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Live Music in Clubs and Bars in Midtown This Week - April 14-April 21


Live Music in Clubs and Bars in Midtown This Week Photo: rei hardt/Flickr 


Live music completely changes the atmosphere of any venue, and there's no city that gets that quite like New York does. Midtown is filled to the brim with live music in clubs and bars, and no matter what your style is, there's sure to be a venue that's right up your alley on City Guide's weekly calendar. From Midtown West to Midtown East, check out the rock, jazz, pop, and blues awaiting in our clubs and bars.

Jazz for Kids - Jazz Standard
April 14, 2019 - New York

The Jazz Standard Youth Orchestra is a performance driven program that gives talented and dedicated young jazz musicians the opportunity to perform regularly in one of New York City's leading jazz clubs often with guest artists from the New York scene. The visiting guests give a workshop to the band members in addition to providing the experience of playing with the top musicians on the scene. On Sundays during the school year, the students rehearse and workshop in the room before opening the doors at 1:00pm and giving a concert that is free and open to the public at 2:00pm.

Mingus Big Band: Celebrating 10 Years at Jazz Standard - Jazz Standard
April 15, 2019 - New York

"When [Mingus] is at his best…he lays his influences out for all to see, drawing elements from disparate and seemingly contradictory traditions, and from them makes music that manages to be both novel and idiosyncratic without being self–indulgent, deeply aware of what came before it without being deriva­tive." – Christopher Carroll, "Mingus: The Chaos and the Magic," The New York Review of Books (2.12.2013

Mingus Big Band: Celebrating 10 Years at Jazz Standard - Jazz Standard
Through April 15, 2019 - New York

When [Mingus] is at his best…he lays his influences out for all to see, drawing elements from disparate and seemingly contradictory traditions, and from them makes music that manages to be both novel and idiosyncratic without being self–indulgent, deeply aware of what came before it without being deriva­tive." – Christopher Carroll, "Mingus: The Chaos and the Magic," The New York Review of Books (2.12.2013

Michael Leonhart Orchestra - Jazz Standard
April 16, 2019 - New York

For their once a month residency, Jazz Standard welcomes back to our stage the Michael Leonhart Orchestra – simply one of the most thrilling and accomplished big bands on today's jazz scene. Under the direction of trumpeter/composer Michael Leonhart, the MLO includes expert players from the Village Vanguard Orchestra, the Maria Schneider Orchestra, the Dap–Kings, Menahan Street Band, and Antibalas. "If I can give someone goosebumps, if I can make all the fatigue, anxiety and stuffy reality of the day go away and take people to a place where you're experiencing a higher–level joy…that's an in­credible thing to see. Sometimes when I turn around and I see that the entire audience is moving because they just can't help it, that's an incredible thing. I'm looking at people and they really look 'in the mo­ment.' They're not concerned about what happened earlier or what is going to happen afterwards. That's a great place to be at. Whether that's achieved through melody rhythm, harmony, dissonance, counterpoint, that's secondary. That transcendental kind of thing is what matters." (Michael Leonhart, All About Jazz, 7.16.2018)

Michael Leonhart Orchestra - Jazz Standard
Through April 16, 2019 - New York

For their once a month residency, Jazz Standard welcomes back to our stage the Michael Leonhart Orchestra – simply one of the most thrilling and accomplished big bands on today's jazz scene. Under the direction of trumpeter/composer Michael Leonhart, the MLO includes expert players from the Village Vanguard Orchestra, the Maria Schneider Orchestra, the Dap–Kings, Menahan Street Band, and Antibalas. "If I can give someone goosebumps, if I can make all the fatigue, anxiety and stuffy reality of the day go away and take people to a place where you're experiencing a higher–level joy…that's an in­credible thing to see. Sometimes when I turn around and I see that the entire audience is moving because they just can't help it, that's an incredible thing. I'm looking at people and they really look 'in the mo­ment.' They're not concerned about what happened earlier or what is going to happen afterwards. That's a great place to be at. Whether that's achieved through melody rhythm, harmony, dissonance, counterpoint, that's secondary. That transcendental kind of thing is what matters." (Michael Leonhart, All About Jazz, 7.16.2018)

Miho Hazama and M_Unit 'Dancer in Nowhere' - Jazz Standard
April 17, 2019 - New York

Composer and bandleader Miho Hazama and her 13–strong group m_unit reached a new pinnacle of artistic achievement with the February 2019 release of Dancer In Nowhere– the latest installment in a series of groundbreaking albums including 2013's m_unit debut Journey to Journeyand the Thelonious Monk–themed The Monk: Live at Bimhuis, a collaboration with the Metropole Orkest Big Band. Miho Hazama, wrote veteran jazz journalist Dan Ouellette, is "a vital young artist who is delivering a singular style of music steeped in a variety of idioms…Her music is complex, teeming with unexpected twists and jolting turns as well as pockets of frenzy that lead into wonder." Born in Tokyo, the composer is a Manhattan School of Music graduate and a winner of the BMI Jazz Workshop's prestigious Charlie Parker Jazz Composition Prize. "There are times when you feel something, but you can't really describe it in words. You don't know how you're going react to that feeling, and maybe you can't really express it, but you feel it so strongly inside. I started wondering if I could somehow describe this through music.

Miho Hazama and M_Unit 'Dancer in Nowhere' - Jazz Standard
April 17, 2019 - New York

Composer and bandleader Miho Hazama and her 13–strong group m_unit reached a new pinnacle of artistic achievement with the February 2019 release of Dancer In Nowhere– the latest installment in a series of groundbreaking albums including 2013's m_unit debut Journey to Journeyand the Thelonious Monk–themed The Monk: Live at Bimhuis, a collaboration with the Metropole Orkest Big Band. Miho Hazama, wrote veteran jazz journalist Dan Ouellette, is "a vital young artist who is delivering a singular style of music steeped in a variety of idioms…Her music is complex, teeming with unexpected twists and jolting turns as well as pockets of frenzy that lead into wonder." Born in Tokyo, the composer is a Manhattan School of Music graduate and a winner of the BMI Jazz Workshop's prestigious Charlie Parker Jazz Composition Prize. "There are times when you feel something, but you can't really describe it in words. You don't know how you're going react to that feeling, and maybe you can't really express it, but you feel it so strongly inside. I started wondering if I could somehow describe this through music. Not necessarily a struggle or something negative: it could be happiness, fear, passion, ene... (read more)

Johnny Farina of Santo & Johnny ~ 60th Anniversary of Sleep Walk ... the Day the Music … - Cutting Room
April 20, 2019 - New York

The Quintessential Steel Guitarist of our contemporary era, Johnny Farina of "Santo & Johnny" has been touring Europe and America for the past Fifty years, regularly performing at Concerts and Festivals and has also been well received in Mexico and Australia, too. "Santo & Johnny" collected a Gold Record in 1959 for their prolific original instrumental tune – "Sleep Walk" – which they wrote and released that year. This song has been covered by more than Two Hundred different artists in its long history and has been heard in over Twenty Movies, TV Programs and Series and TV commercials as well, from 1959 to 2013. Even more remarkable is the fact that this composition has recently been credited with over Four Million Certified Airplays since its release in 1959!

Master Magician Matt Roberts! $20 for Magic Show Tickets ($40 Value)! - The Green Room 42
Through April 20, 2019 - New York

This absolutely fascinating comedy magic show involves guests in jaw-dropping and hilarious original routines. Matt is quick on his feet and has a real presence in front of a crowd. He tailors each show to your venue, audience and time-frame for a perfect fit. Whether predicting the future, making objects float, transform, vanish, pass through each other or presenting his twist on one of Houdini's famous feats, this smart, different,'WOW-factor' combination of laughs and illusions for audiences of any size makes a potentially ordinary event extraordinary, adding a fun and impressive high-note to your function or performing arts season that they'll talk about long after the award-winning finale A nationally-awarded illusionist and trusted to represent Fortune 500 companies like CVS, Sony andWalmart in 30 TV spots with millions of views (seen alongside Entourage's Jeremy Piven, NBC's Al Roker and Ghostbusters' Slimer, performing on The Today Show and PBS, earning two EMMY nods) as well as being selected by Off-Broadway producers to travel to Times Square monthly to perform an ongoing run of his interactive magic show on 42nd Street, Matt is the versatile, easy-to-work-with, full-ti... (read more)

Larry Goldings/Peter Bernstein/Bill Stewart - Jazz Standard
Through April 21, 2019 - New York

In the 1950s and '60s, Jimmy Smith, Jack McDuff, Richard "Groove" Holmes, and Larry Young pio­neered and popularized the jazz organ trio. For the past quarter–century, Larry Goldings, Peter Bernstein and Bill Stewart have taken that fundamental concept into fresh territory, recording eleven masterful albums under various members' names or as a collective unit. These rotating roles show the equality of each member's contribution to the whole and their individual stature as world–class bandleaders. Equally adept at roiling bebop intensity, gentle ballad expressions, and knotty fistfuls of funk, the group has been less active in the last few years, owing to the demands of their individual careers, so every new album and tour is cause for celebration. Ramshackle Serenade (Pirouet) is their first studio session in twelve years and a welcome return for what DownBeat calls "a killer organ trio barrage that's deep in the pocket." Larry Goldings – organ, piano Peter Bernstein – guitar Bill Stewart – drums

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