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Live Music in Clubs and Bars in Midtown This Week - February 10-February 17

February 10, 2019 - by CG Directory Editor
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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.

The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra - Birdland
February 10, 2019 - New York

Grammy Award winning pianist, composer and educator Arturo O'Farrill -- leader of the "first family of Afro-Cuban Jazz" (NY Times) -- was born in Mexico and grew up in New York City. Son of the late, great composer Chico O'Farrill, Arturo was Educated at Manhattan School of Music, Brooklyn College Conservatory and the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College. He played piano in Carla Bley's Big Band from 1979 through 1983 and earned a reputation as a soloist in groups led by Dizzy Gillespie, Steve Turre, Freddy Cole, Lester Bowie, Wynton Marsalis and Harry Belafonte. The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra is the resident large format ensemble of the nonprofit Afro Latin Jazz Alliance (ALJA) founded by Arturo O'Farrill in 2007 and dedicated to preserving the music and heritage of big band Latin jazz, supporting its performance for new audiences, and educating young people in the understanding and performance of this important cultural treasure. For more information about the orchestra and other ALJA initiatives, please visit us at www.afrolatinjazz.org

The Early Night Show With Joshua Turchin - The Green Room 42
February 10, 2019 - New York

Joshua Turchin will return to The Green Room 42 with his cabaret series, “The Early Night Show with Joshua Turchin,” on February 10, 2019 at 2pm. Turchin has previously performed two successful shows, “The Early Night Show at The Green Room” and the “West End Lounge,” and regularly music directs and accompanies at The Green Room 42’s (YOUNG) cabaret series. Special guests from Broadway, television and film will join Turchin on stage. At just 12-years-old, Turchin is already an accomplished performer with two Broadway National Tour credits plus numerous developmental works, concerts and national voice-overs on his resume. His musical theater experience along with his naturally charismatic personality and extensive work as a professional musician and host led him to write the cabaret series. Joshua Turchin (@joshuaturchin) enjoys watching late night television, but isn't allowed to stay up late because he's still a kid. His love for late-night inspired him to create “The Early Night Show” to bring a variety night of Broadway, comedy and original music to a family-friendly audience. Featuring music from Be More Chill, Freddie Mercury, Phantom Of The Opera, and others, coupled wit... (read more)

Jazz For Kids - Jazz Standard
February 10, 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.

Goldnation 'Soundtrack to Freedom' Concert and Sir Ari Gold's Birthday Celebration - Cutting Room
February 10, 2019 - New York

Fourth generation lower east sider, Billboard Top 10, Independent Music Award Winner and "Visionary Artist" Sir Ari Gold celebrates his birthday with two sets: 7:30pm - Acoustic set with musical direction by Tracy Stark. 9:30pm: Electronic dance set. GoldNation's "Soundtrack To Freedom" and "Remix To Freedom" (coming June 2019) celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Stonewall and dance music as the defining soundtrack to LGBTQ liberation and equality. Costumes by Delicia Glam and special guest Mila Jam. Other guests include #1 Billboard Artist Kevin Aviance and Broadway star Peppermint from RuPaul's Drag Race Season 9. Multi-media retrospective exhibition throughout the night with works by acclaimed artists Robert Richards, Tommy Mazza, and Mark Beard.

The Clayton Brothers Quintet - Jazz Standard
Through February 10, 2019 - New York

Brothers John and Jeff Clayton prove conclusively that while blood may be thicker than water, it can also carry an unimpeded flow of pure creativity. Their GRAMMY–nominated quintet The Clayton Brothers, founded in 1977, creates a common musical vision drawing from each musician's diverse experiences in jazz, r&b, classical, and pop music; Clayton Brothers albums like Expressions and Siblingity are rife with delightful surprises and reflect a singular musical telepathy. Bassist John Clayton served as Artistic Director of Jazz for the L.A. Philharmonic from 1998–2001; he's played with and/or written and arranged music for (among others) Milt Jackson, Nancy Wilson, Regina Carter, McCoy Tyner, Carmen McRae, Quincy Jones, Diana Krall, and Dee Dee Bridgewater. Although reeds master Jeff Clayton is sidelined temporarily, his place on the bandstand will be filled by two master musicians. Trombonist Wycliffe Gordon, appearing February 5–6, is a four–time winner for "Best Trombone" in the annual DownBeat Critics Poll; tenor saxophonist Rickey Woodard (February 7–10) is a veteran of both the Ray Charles Orchestra (1980–1987) and the long–running Clayton–Hamilton Jazz Orchestra. Pianist Gerald... (read more)

Mingus Big Band: Celebrating 10 Years At Jazz Standard - Jazz Standard
February 11, 2019 - New York

In addition to pioneering modern bass playing, Mingus is responsible for some of the greatest large–scale compositions in modern 'jazz'…Mingus also transformed the conception of collective improvisation, restoring the energies and occasionally the sound of early jazz to an identifiably modern idiom." (Richard Cook & Brian Morton, The Penguin Guide To Jazz On CD – Third Edition)

Sean Harkness Duo - Birdland
February 12, 2019 - New York

International guitar artist Sean Harkness is in high demand as a performer/composer on solo guitar, and accompanies an astonishing array of world class vocalists, musicians, and ensembles. "Harkness gives full expression to the mood of the moment." -Stephen Holden, New York Times "Sean is a technical virtuoso who's Joe Pass / Tommy Emmanuel fingerstyle approach is always in service to telling a story or creating a feeling within the song; he transcends many genres and can touch listeners of many backgrounds." -Jazz Inside New York. Sean's multiple awards include the coveted MAC, Bistro, and BroadwayWorld.com awards. Harkness represents Washburn guitars, DR Strings, Fishman Pickups, and George L.'s cables. He has eight commercial releases as an artist, many on Windham Hill Records [BMG/RCA/Sony]. Walden Guitars featured Sean on their 2011 and 2012 product catalog covers, released a Signature 12-string guitar in Europe, Asia, and North America, and his B-1 Baritone Acoustic guitar. Sean has an active international touring schedule – most recently including Africa, the Caribbean, and Japan – of concerts, clubs, festivals, corporate events, and intimate private home salons or fundraise... (read more)

Michael Leonhart Orchestra - Jazz Standard
February 12, 2019 - New York

Making its third consecutive monthly appearance on our stage, the Michael Leonhart Orchestra (MLO) is a genre–crossing 15–piece ensemble that has been putting on electrifying shows for the past two years. The MLO features players from such notable units as Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings, the Mingus Big Band, the Maria Schneider Orchestra, and the "Tonight Show" band ( The Roots). The repertoire encom­passes Leonhart's original compositions – including the spectacular 2018 album The Painted Lady Suite – alongside his arrangements of compositions by Wu–Tang Clan, Fela Kuti, Duke Ellington, and Bernard Herrmann. The son of noted bassist Jay Leonhart, GRAMMY Award winner Michael Leonhart is a much sought–after trumpeter, producer, and arranger who has performed in concert with Steely Dan since 1996 and played on Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars' international hit "Uptown Funk."

Ana Popovic - Cutting Room
February 12, 2019 - New York

Ana has been moving west all her life. She fell in love with American blues as a kid, starting back home in Belgrade, Serbia (ex-Yugoslavia), then moved to the Netherlands to study at the conservatory of jazz and world-music. She lived in Amsterdam for over ten years, and then in a single-minded pursuit of her art and career, she relocated to Memphis, TN to record and work with Southern musicians. Finally, two years ago, she moved her family to Los Angeles, California where she now lives. Called "one helluva a guitar-player" by Bruce Springsteen and nominated for six Blues Music Awards, Ana has appeared on the covers of Vintage Guitar and Guitar Playermagazine. Her albums 'Can You Stand The Heat' and 'Unconditional' were USA Today Picks-Of-The-Week and featured on NPR Weekend Edition, who praised her "Fiery technique on the Stratocaster". Nearly all of Ana's albums reached the top of the Billboard Blues Charts. She and her six-piece band have toured tirelessly, sharing stages with B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Jeff Beck, Joe Bonamassa and many others.

Masters of Hawaiian Music: George Kahumoku Jr., Nathan Aweau & Kawika Kahiapo - Cutting Room
February 13, 2019 - New York

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YG Stay Dangerous The Tour - Terminal 5
February 13, 2019 - New York

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Music & Conversation with Jesse Colin Young - Cutting Room
February 13, 2019 - New York

Jesse Colin Young first made history with the Youngbloods on their classic '60s peace anthem "Get Together." On February 15, Young will be releasing his 19th solo album titled Dreamers (BMG). Here we sit down with Young to listen to new music, and talk about this new project plus career highlights. This event includes a long-form interview, opportunity for audience Q&A and a short performance. Jesse Colin Young will be interviewed by author and journalist, Brad Tolinski. The event is part of the BackStory Events online series and will be live streamed by Guitar World magazine. A poignant and compelling work, 'Dreamers' sees Young exploring a wide array of musical styles – blazing country-rock, exhilarating folk, Cajun waltz, neo-blues, and Celtic grooves – on 14 new originals that include some of the singer's most deeply personal lyrics with other cuts that cast a critical eye at the state of the world today.

Peter Murphy 40 years of Bauhaus, Ruby Celebration featuring David J - Terminal 5
February 14, 2019 - New York

Performing "In the Flat Field" in its entirety plus extended encore of Bauhaus classics

3 Egg Creams - Cutting Room
February 14, 2019 - New York

3 EGG CREAMS comes to the Cutting Room on Valentine's Day 2019 after almost a year of sold out performances, including two wildly successful shows on the Historic stage of the Strand Theater in Lakewood, NJ., garnering an ever-growing family of friends, fans, and followers wherever it travels including Brooklyn Seltzer Boys now an official sponsor of 3 Egg Creams. Called "A Bronx Tale meets It's A Wonderful Life," 3 Egg Creams stars Vince Bandille as Vin Morrone, depicting one man's lessons in life, loss, and love, with 1 actor, 5 characters, all in 85 minutes. Whether you grew up on University Avenue in The Bronx, West Philly, or Cedar Falls, you'll recognize this humorous, heart-breaking, sometimes tough, other times tender, yet ultimately transcendent human journey Vin takes, navigating an age that is redefining the mythos of the American male, and even the meaning of love itself. Blend in the timeless music of the legendary Lou Christie, and you have 3 Egg Creams, The Urban Love Story for the Ages!

Double Date With Tierney & Kate: From Django To Joni - Jazz Standard
Through February 14, 2019 - New York

It's Valentine's Day at Jazz Standard…and for the first time on our stage, two award–winning jazz vocal­ists will combine their immense talents at the same time, with their dual performances accompanied by the men who are the loves of their lives. Kate McGarry was the DownBeat Critics Poll Rising Star Female Vocalist for 2016, hailed by the Wall Street Journal for her "austere and elegant" sound. In 2014, Kate and husband/guitarist Keith Ganz celebrated a decade of musical and life partnership with their first live duo recording, Genevieve and Ferdinand. Tierney Sutton is a seven–time GRAMMY Award nominee, having earned a nomination for each album she has released in the last decade including After Blue a/k/a "The Joni Mitchell Project." After Blue reignited Mitchell's most vibrant material, with Sutton's subtle, ethereal sound expertly accompanied by cellist Mark Summer (Turtle Island String Quartet) and her part­ner, French guitarist Serge Merlaud. Tierney Sutton – voice Serge Merlaud – guitar Kate McGarry – voice Keith Ganz – guitar

Royal Trux Wolf Eyes - Terminal 5
February 15, 2019 - New York

In the 1990's Royal Trux established themselves as one of the greatest rock groups of that hallowed era. With albums of extrasensory scope ranging from 1990s Twin Infinitives (which belongs to the special category of albums whose impact may take decades to be measured), to 1993's Cats and Dogs (with its seamless blend of classic roots, grunge, and punk) to 2000's Pound for Pound (inhabiting a well-worn coat of southern hard-rock boogie), they reinvented the group concept born with the Rolling Stones (whose music inspired the duo with a definitive template with which to fuck), accepting nothing less than "The World's Greatest Rock and Roll band" as an opening proposition! Jennifer Herrema (vocals, moog, guitar, melodica, sticks and stones, pots and pans) and Neil Hagerty (vocals and guitarist) were both in the Washington, D.C. area where they met and, as teenagers, formed Royal Trux while living in an abandoned warehouse space near the New York Avenue bridge a few miles from Union Station. The name was an evocation of their omnidirectional headspace and abilities — plus, Jennifer grew up skateboarding, moving to roller skating after removing the trux and wheels off her board graft... (read more)

Elise Testone & Trewculture with Special Guests - Cutting Room
February 15, 2019 - New York

A powerhouse vocalist whose incredible stage presence and vocal maturity rank with the best, Elise Testone is the perfect combination of soul, rock, attitude and restraint. Equally as impressive and at ease belting James Brown style vocals over a relentless funk groove as she is resting her voice gently over a ballad, Testone's range of influences and vocal capacity know few limits. Her first original album,

Lp: Heart to Mouth Tour 2019 - Terminal 5
February 16, 2019 - New York

The world could use more straight shooters. You won't ever have to wonder about what LP is thinking. She'll gladly tell you. In fact, the singer-songwriter lays all of her cards on the table every time she makes a record. The artist's fifth full-length—the aptly titled Heart To Mouth [BMG/Vagrant]—stands out as her most direct statement yet. No filter, no censorship, and no bullshit.

Catherine Russell - Birdland
Through February 16, 2019 - New York

"A wonderfully charismatic performer with a show-stopping voice" (The Washington Post), CATHERINE RUSSELL dazzles her audiences with familiar favorites and forgotten treasures alike. Russell excelled as a backup singer and multi-instrumentalist with David Bowie, Steely Dan, Cyndi Lauper, and Paul Simon before launching a remarkable solo career featuring Grammy award winning and chart topping recordings. With her sixth album, Harlem On My Mind, a 2016 release on Jazz Village, Catherine journeys to the blue heart of the great African American song- book, as befits this vibrant daughter of jazz and blues royalty. Inspired by her mother, pioneering jazz musician Carline Ray, as well as her father, long-time Louis Armstrong bandleader Luis Russell, Catherine swings forth with soulful interpretations: fresh, contemporary, fun, and true to her roots.

The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra - Birdland
February 17, 2019 - New York

Grammy Award winning pianist, composer and educator Arturo O'Farrill -- leader of the "first family of Afro-Cuban Jazz" (NY Times) -- was born in Mexico and grew up in New York City. Son of the late, great composer Chico O'Farrill, Arturo was Educated at Manhattan School of Music, Brooklyn College Conservatory and the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College. He played piano in Carla Bley's Big Band from 1979 through 1983 and earned a reputation as a soloist in groups led by Dizzy Gillespie, Steve Turre, Freddy Cole, Lester Bowie, Wynton Marsalis and Harry Belafonte. The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra is the resident large format ensemble of the nonprofit Afro Latin Jazz Alliance (ALJA) founded by Arturo O'Farrill in 2007 and dedicated to preserving the music and heritage of big band Latin jazz, supporting its performance for new audiences, and educating young people in the understanding and performance of this important cultural treasure. For more information about the orchestra and other ALJA initiatives, please visit us at www.afrolatinjazz.org

Jazz For Kids - Jazz Standard
February 17, 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
February 17, 2019 - New York

Mingus High School Festival Whether at the bass or composing, Charles Mingus' music represents the best of jazz: a deep emotional connection, an infectious rhythmic pulse, and fascinating harmonies and melodies, all with the purpose of exploring the human condition and decrying injustice. After his death in 1979, Charles' widow Sue Mingus became the devoted steward of his legacy. Sue has ensured that Charles' work would live on through the production of many records and the maintenance of the legacy bands dedicated to his music, as well as through educational initiatives established in Mingus' name. Once again, Jazz Standard is proud to bring together the exceptional players of the Mingus Big Band with some of today's most prom­ising high school jazz musicians.

Mingus Big Band: Celebrating 10 Years At Jazz Standard - Jazz Standard
Through February 17, 2019 - New York

Mingus High School Festival Whether at the bass or composing, Charles Mingus' music represents the best of jazz: a deep emotional connection, an infectious rhythmic pulse, and fascinating harmonies and melodies, all with the purpose of exploring the human condition and decrying injustice. After his death in 1979, Charles' widow Sue Mingus became the devoted steward of his legacy. Sue has ensured that Charles' work would live on through the production of many records and the maintenance of the legacy bands dedicated to his music, as well as through educational initiatives established in Mingus' name. Once again, Jazz Standard is proud to bring together the exceptional players of the Mingus Big Band with some of today's most prom­ising high school jazz musicians.

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