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Live Music in Clubs and Bars in Midtown This Week - January 7-January 14

January 7, 2018 - 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
January 07, 2018 - New York

The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra 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 http://www.npr.org/2015/08/12/431549038/first-listen-arturo-o-farrill-cuba-the-conversation-conti... (read more)

Orrin Evans Sextet - Jazz Standard
January 07, 2018 - New York

Orrin Evans - piano JD Allen - tenor sax Bill McHenry - tenor sax Ingrid Jensen - trumpet James Genus - bass Mark Whitfield Jr. - drums

Ken Peplowski - Birdland
January 07, 2018 - New York

Ken Peplowski Quartet - Birdland
January 07, 2018 - Manhattan

Mingus Big Band - Jazz Standard
January 08, 2018 - New York

The GRAMMY Award–winning Mingus Big Band performs another month of "Mingus Mondays" dedicated to the music of legendary jazz bassist, composer, and bandleader Charles Mingus (1922–1979). "Mingus' diverse repertoire includes everything from gospel hollers and church music to lush ballads, swinging dance tunes, bebop and the blues…The music is, like Mingus himself, earthy, passionate, soulful and intense – and at all times swinging." (NPR)

Kayley Hill - The Green Room 42
January 08, 2018 - New York

No Food or Beverage Minimum -- Full Food & Beverage Service Kayley Hill - From Nashville To New York Kayley Hill, Nashville recording artist makes her Green Room 42 debut in this special engagement, From Nashville To New York. Bluegrass, playful rockabilly and gritty folk have been cooked up together and garnished with a dash of gospel. Kayley Hill's sound reflects these inspiring elements and showcases her voice in a provocative yet inviting way, leaving listeners wanting more. Her debut album "Never Knew Love" is produced by Robert Trapp and Preston Schmidt of Studio 31 West. Her playful timbre has been compared to Dolly Parton, while her vocal power mirrors Martina McBride.

Gabrielle Stravelli & Billy Stritch "Down for Double" - Birdland
January 08, 2018 - Manhattan

The Broadway at Birdland concert series is proud to announce that singer Gabrielle Stravelli and singer/pianist Billy Stritch will join forces in "Down For Double," which will take place at Birdland on Monday, January 8 at 7pm. Gabrielle Stravelli and Billy Stritch are delighted to make their first appearance together at Birdland in "Down For Double". The pair met at the famed club's own Cast Party in 2012 and have since collaborated on two shows at the 92nd Street Y, headlined a concert with the Santa Rosa Symphony and spent many spontaneous Monday evenings making music together in the "jazz capital of the world". For "Down for Double" Stravelli and Stritch have mined the Great American Songbook for beloved classics like "I Wish I Were In Love Again" and "Goody Goody" and more than a few lesser-known gems. The show features the pair's seamless vocal blend, tight harmonies, scat singing and playful banter and promises to be an unforgettable musical evening. For this show Gabrielle and Billy will be joined by two of New York's top jazz musicians - Pat O'Leary on bass and Eric Halvorson on drums.

The Baylor Project - Jazz Standard
January 09, 2018 - New York

All Ages

The Baylor Project - Jazz Standard
January 10, 2018 - New York

All Ages

Veronica Swift - Birdland
January 11, 2018 - New York

At just 22 years of age Veronica Swift is being recognized as one of the top young singers in jazz. The child of jazz vocalist Stephanie Nakasian and the late bebop pianist Hod O'Brien, Veronica has already appeared at Lincoln Center, Telluride Jazz Festival, Blues Alley, The Jazz Cruise, and Birdland, performing with Jon Hendricks, Annie Ross, Esperanza Spalding, Joe Lovano, Bob Dorough, Paquito d'Rivera, and other established jazz artists. Veronica's recent CD, "Lonely Woman," features some of the hottest young jazz players on the scene including Emmet Cohen and Benny Benack III.

Dr. Lonnie Smith Trio - Jazz Standard
January 11, 2018 - New York

Dr. Lonnie Smith - B3 Hammond Organ Jonathan Kreisberg - guitar Johnathan Blake - drums

Dr. Lonnie Smith Trio - Jazz Standard
January 12, 2018 - New York

Dr. Lonnie Smith - B3 Hammond Organ Jonathan Kreisberg - guitar Johnathan Blake - drums

Passion Pit - Terminal 5
January 13, 2018 - New York

Veronica Swift - Birdland
January 13, 2018 - New York

At just 22 years of age Veronica Swift is being recognized as one of the top young singers in jazz. The child of jazz vocalist Stephanie Nakasian and the late bebop pianist Hod O'Brien, Veronica has already appeared at Lincoln Center, Telluride Jazz Festival, Blues Alley, The Jazz Cruise, and Birdland, performing with Jon Hendricks, Annie Ross, Esperanza Spalding, Joe Lovano, Bob Dorough, Paquito d'Rivera, and other established jazz artists. Veronica's recent CD, "Lonely Woman," features some of the hottest young jazz players on the scene including Emmet Cohen and Benny Benack III.

Smokestack Brunch: Emmet Cohen Organ Trio - Jazz Standard
January 13, 2018 - Manhattan

Dr. Lonnie Smith Trio - Jazz Standard
January 13, 2018 - New York

Dr. Lonnie Smith - B3 Hammond Organ Jonathan Kreisberg - guitar Johnathan Blake - drums

Marshall Charloff & The Purple Xperience - Cutting Room
January 13, 2018 - New York

The most Authentic Tribute to Prince and The Revolution in the World. Marshall Charloff styles the magic of Prince in unmatched fashion with his appearance vocal imitation, and multi-instrumental capacity on guitar and piano. Come see for yourself why this show is the real deal!

New York Bee Gees - Cutting Room
January 13, 2018 - New York

The most extravagant Bee Gees show a fan can experience. Under the direction of Peter Mazzeo, as Barry Gibb, this group will take you back to the early days thru the Disco Era of the greatest Pop music ever written. With all-star musicians from The Alan Parsons Project, The Rippingtons and Meatloaf. The New York Bee Gees kill it.

Vijay Iyer - Birdland
Through January 13, 2018 - New York

Keyboardist-composer Vijay Iyer's energized sequence of ECM releases has garnered copious international praise. Yet his fifth for the label since 2014 – Far From Over, featuring his dynamically commanding sextet – finds Iyer reaching a new peak, furthering an artistry that led The Guardian to call him "one of the world's most inventive new-generation jazz pianists" and The New Yorker to describe him as "extravagantly gifted… brilliantly eclectic." Far From Over features this sextet of virtuoso improvisers – with horn players Graham Haynes, Steve Lehman and Mark Shim alongside rhythm partners Stephan Crump and Tyshawn Sorey – leveraging a wealth of jazz history even as it pushes boldly forward. The music ranges from the thrillingly explosive ("Down to the Wire," "Good on the Ground") to the cathartically elegiac ("For Amiri Baraka," "Threnody"), with melodic hooks, entrancing atmosphere, rhythmic muscle and an elemental spirit all part of the allure.

Kurt Elling and Ann Hampton Callaway - Birdland
January 14, 2018 - Manhattan

Starting in Chicago, Kurt Elling -- "The standout male vocalist of our time," (New York Times) -- recorded several of his early albums, earned the first of many GRAMMY® nominations and catapulted onto the national stage before moving to Manhattan in 2008. Elling's recent CD release, "Passion World," is a tour-de-force program of love songs from around the world. Performing each song in its native tongue, Elling tells rich stories about musical history on a grand multicultural tour of exotic places and cultures. Tony Award nominee Ann Hampton Callaway salutes songs made famous in films in - Jazz Goes to the Movies. This show, explores the fascinating ways jazz and film have come together to tell stories. The playlist includes "Taking a Chance on Love" from Vernon Duke's Cabin in the Sky, "Let's Face the Music and Dance" from Irving Berlin's Follow the Fleet, "This Time the Dream's on Me," from Harold Arlen's Blues in the Night, and "As Time Goes By," the Herman Hupfeld classic from Casablanca. Callaway also performs jazz songs she has recorded for films, including "Come Rain or Come Shine" from The Good Shepherd, starring Robert DeNiro, "The Nearness of You" from Last Holiday sta... (read more)

The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra - Birdland
January 14, 2018 - New York

The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra 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 http://www.npr.org/2015/08/12/431549038/first-listen-arturo-o-farrill-cuba-the-conversation-conti... (read more)

Kurt Elling - Birdland
January 14, 2018 - New York

Starting in Chicago, Kurt Elling -- "The standout male vocalist of our time," (New York Times) -- recorded several of his early albums, earned the first of many GRAMMY® nominations and catapulted onto the national stage before moving to Manhattan in 2008. Elling's recent CD release, "Passion World," is a tour-de-force program of love songs from around the world. Performing each song in its native tongue, Elling tells rich stories about musical history on a grand multicultural tour of exotic places and cultures.

Dr. Lonnie Smith Trio - Jazz Standard
January 14, 2018 - New York

Dr. Lonnie Smith - B3 Hammond Organ Jonathan Kreisberg - guitar Johnathan Blake - drums

Annie Golden - Cutting Room
January 14, 2018 - New York

it's no secret. i write songs. i have a band. come see and hear for yourself!

The Birdland Big Band - Birdland
Through February 23, 2018 - New York

Every Friday, and for two headlining weeks a year, the "BBB" roars into action playing a thrilling and original mix of jazz, funk, Brazilian, Latin and world music for sold-out audiences. Featured weekly guest artists drop-in from television bands (David Letterman, Saturday Night Live) and pop music touring bands (Rob Thomas, Rod Stewart). Come see for yourself why Time Out New York called the BBB, "a completely unique experience... there isn't another band like this anywhere," and yelp.com proclaims, "if you hear one band in NYC make sure this is it... and prepare to be blown away!"

Jim Caruso's Cast Party - Birdland
Through February 26, 2018 - Manhattan

Jim Caruso's Cast Party is the best thing to happen to nightlife since prohibition ended." Think "American Idol" meets "The Tonight Show." Imagine Martin Short and Liza throw a hip house party around the baby grand…and you're invited! Cast Party is a wildly popular happening that has brought Broadway glitz and urbane wit to the legendary Birdland in New York City every Monday night since 2003. It is the ultimate spot to mix and mingle with show folk and the people who love them. Cast Party is a hilariously impromptu variety show where showbiz superstars and up-and-comers deliver jaw-dropping musical performances and razzle-dazzle. Legendary showman Jim Caruso guides the entire affair with razor-sharp humor and the unbridled enthusiasm of an uber-fan. Musical Director Billy Stritch holds court at the ivories, along with Steve Doyle on bass, and Daniel Glass on drums...but the real fun starts when the audience participates in the onstage festivities. Broadway legends, jazzers, cabaret divas, starry-eyed tourists and kids right off the bus take to the stage and entertain each other. If you have a voice, a dream and some sheet music, your Cast Party moment just might be at hand.... (read more)

David Ostwald's Louis Armstrong Eternity Band - Birdland
Through February 28, 2018 - Manhattan

Inspired by the noble jazz pioneers Louis Armstrong, Bix Beiderbecke, Duke Ellington, Jelly Roll Morton and their colleagues, David Ostwald's Louis Armstrong Eternity Band breathes life and passion into America's own great art form. Legendary record producer George Avakian describes the band in this way: "There has never been a band quite like this one. Most groups, past and present, stick to one style. Some current groups attempt to recreate early recordings in their entirety. These guys do neither. Inspired by divergent bands of the 1920s and 30s, you'll hear them swing a variety of styles in music by a wide range of composers, always true to the joy and heart of the music." Now in its 17th year of residency at Birdland, the weekly post-workday engagement is the city's best musical bargain! Tuba player David Ostwald leads a rotating lineup that features talents such as clarinetist Anat Cohen, trombonist/vocalist Wycliffe Gordon, pianist Ehud Asherie, drummer Marion Felder and more!

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