Live Music in New York City in November and December 2012
Times listed here are set times, not the time doors open – if a listing says “9ish,” that means it’ll probably start later than advertised. Always best to check with the venue for the latest information on set times and door charges, since that information is often posted here weeks in advance. Weekly events first followed by the daily calendar.
This November’s New York Documentary Film Festival includes several intriguing music films including the US premiere of Artifact (dir. Bartholomew Cubbins), presented by Jared Leto in person, which follows his band Thirty Seconds to Mars as they battle a lawsuit against record label EMI, the world premiere of Can’t Stand Losing You (Nov. 9, dir. Andy Grieve with Lauren Lazin), presented by Police guitarist Andy Summers, tracks the band’s history and recent reunion tour from an insider’s perspective, based on Summers’ memoir “One Train Later,” the US premiere of Iceberg Slim: Portrait of a Pimp (Nov. 9, dir. Jorge Hinojosa), presented by producer Ice-T, uncovers the life of the iconic author who inspired a million hip-hop artist who chronicled street life; Musicwood (dir. Maxine Trump), a world premiere, looks at music lovers working to save the trees needed to build acoustic guitars. US premieres include Greenwich Village: Music that Defined a Generation (dir. Laura Archibald), including in-person appearances by Pete Seeger and other folk legends; Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me (dirs. Drew Denicola and Olivia Mori), which uncovers the history of the legendary Memphis band led by Alex Chilton; and Enzo Avitabile: Music Life (dir. Jonathan Demme), which follows the Italian leader of a world music group, featuring the director in person. The full schedule is here.
Oldschool Chicago style blues guitarist Irving Louis Lattin usually has a lot of shows coming up this month. He’s at Terra Blues at 7 PM on 11/4, 11/13, 11/22 and 11/24 and Lucille’s on 11/16 at 8 PM.
Mondays starting a little after 7 PM Howard Williams leads his Jazz Orchestra from the piano at the Garage, 99 7th Ave. S at Grove St. There are also big bands here most every Tuesday at 7.
Mondays in November a phenomenal doublebill: savage, macabre,cinematic noir jazz band Beninghove’s Hangmen followed at 10 by “psycho mambo” band Gato Loco, who play equally entertaining, only slightly less dark oldschool Cuban-inspired sounds at Zirzamin. Gato Loco are also at the Way Station in Ft. Greene on 11/8 at 9.
Mondays in November at the Stone, guitarist/violinist On Ka’a Davis and his Famous Original Djuke Music Big Band with members including Andrew Lamb (tenor sax) Avram Fefer, Nick Gianni (saxes, flutes) Nonoko Yoshida (alto sax) Valerie Kuehne (cello) Matt Cole (baritone sax) Welf Dorr (bass clarinet) Cavassa Nickens, Albey Bogosian (basses) Peter Barr, Dalius Naujo, Kenny Wollesen, Joe Hertenstein (drums) Daniel Jodocy (drums, electronics): open rehearsal at 7:30, show at 9 for ten bucks.
Most Mondays at Rock Shop, 9ish it’s the Gowanus All-Stars feat. brilliant guitarist Chris Erikson (who’s got a great new album out) with a rotating cast of characters from his Americana rock circle, free
Mondays at the Jazz Standard it’s all Mingus, whether with the Mingus Orchestra, Big Band or Mingus Dynasty: as jazz goes, it’s arguably the most exhilarating show of the week, every week. The first-rate players always rise to the level of the material. Sets 7:30/9:30 PM, $25 and worth it.
Also Monday nights Vince Giordano’s Nighthawks, a boisterous horn-driven 11-piece 1920s/early 30’s band play Sofia’s Restaurant, downstairs at the Edison Hotel, 221 West 46th Street between Broadway & 8th Ave., 3 sets from 8 to 11, surprisingly cheap $15 cover plus $15 minimum considering what you’re getting. Even before the Flying Neutrinos or the Moonlighters, multi-instrumentalist Giordano was pioneering the oldtimey sound in New York; his long-running residency at the old Cajun on lower 8th Ave. is legendary. He also gets a ton of film work (Giordano wrote the satirical number that Willie Nelson famously sang in Wag the Dog).
Mondays at Tea Lounge in Park Slope at 9:30 PM trombonist/composer JC Sanford books big band jazz, an exciting, global mix of some of the edgiest large-ensemble sounds around. If you’re anybody in the world of big band jazz and you make it to New York, you end up playing here: what CBGB was to punk, this unlikely spot promises to be to the jazz world. No cover.
Most Mondays in November (check the Barbes website for updates), 9:30ish Chicha Libre plays their home turf at Barbes. The world’s most vital, entertaining oldschool chicha band, they blend twangy, often noir Peruvian surf sounds with cumbia and other south-of-the-border styles along with swirling psychedelic jams and deep dub interludes. Show up early because they are insanely popular.
Also Mondays in November Rev. Vince Anderson and his band play Union Pool in Williamsburg, two sets starting around 11:30 PM. The Rev. is one of the great keyboardists around, equally thrilling on organ or electric piano, an expert at Billy Preston style funk, honkytonk, gospel and blues. He writes very funny, very politically astute, sexy original songs and is one of the most charismatic, intense live performers of our time. It’s a crazy dance party til past three in the morning. Paula Henderson from Burnt Sugar is the lead soloist on baritone sax, with Dave Smith from Smoota on trombone, with frequent special guests. Vince also makes a rare West Village appearance at 55 Bar on 11/2 at 10.
The second and fourth Tuesday of the month there are free organ concerts featuring a global mix of first-rate talent at Central Synagogue, Lexington Ave. at 55th St., free
Tuesdays in November clever, fiery, eclectic Balkan/hip-hop/funk brass maniacs Slavic Soul Party play Barbes at 9. Get there as soon as you can as they’re very popular. $10 cover.
Tuesdays at around 10 Julia Haltigan and her band play 11th St. Bar. Young as she is, she’s an institution – and a torchy, charismatic force of nature, equally at home in fiery southwestern gothic rock, oldschool soul and steamy retro jazz ballads, and her band is just as good as she is. Why she isn’t as popular as, say, Neko Case, is a mystery.
Tuesdays in January (that’s next year) starting 1/8 through 1/28 electric blues guitar legend Johnny Winter at B.B. King’s
Wednesdays at 1 PM there are free organ concerts at St. Paul’s Chapel downtown, a mix of NYC-area and international talent.
Wednesdays in November at 8 PM jangly, smart rock/powerpop songwriter Rob Teter (formerly of gypsy rockers the Belleville Outfit) at Zirzamin
Wednesdays at 9 PM Feral Foster’s Roots & Ruckus takes over the Jalopy, a reliably excellent weekly mix of oldtimey acts: blues, bluegrass, country and swing.
Thursdays and Fridays in November Bulgarian alto sax star Yuri Yunakov and band play Mehanata starting around 10. One of the most intense and gripping improvisers in gypsy music.
Thursdays in October at 10 PM intense minor-key instrumentalists Barbez plays Barbes. It was destined to happen. Jazz instrumentation, klezmer and gypsy influences, punk estheics, elegantly biting arrangements. 10/18 and 25 reuniting with their once-and-future bandmate Pamelia Kurstin on theremin, working out material from their forthcoming Tzadik album inspired by ancient Roman Jewish music
Fridays at 5 PM in November, adventurous indie classical string quartet Ethel (Ralph Farris, viola; Dorothy Lawson, cello; Kip Jones, violin; and Tema Watstein, violin) plays the balcony bar at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, free w/museum adm. When they’re not there, they’ll have someone from from their wide circle of like-minded avant ensembles.
Friday evenings at various times (check the site for the weekly schedule) fearless avant cellist/impresario Valerie Kuehne’s Super Coda – a global mix of strange and sometimes amazing sounds, from the way-out to the way-in, drawing on a vast, global talent base – happens at Spectrum, 121 Ludlow St., 2nd floor.
Fridays in November at 9 Naomi Shelton and the Gospel Queens play oldschool 1960s style gospel at the Fat Cat.
Saturdays at 3 PM at Bargemusic there are impromptu free classical concerts, usually solo piano or small chamber ensembles: if you get lucky, you’ll catch pyrotechnic violinist/music director Mark Peskanov and/or the many members of his circle. Early arrival advised.
Saturdays in November at 6 PM Cal Folger Day plays Pete’s. Jazz voice full of intense blue notes, adept at oldtime Americana, with a surreal acoustic punk edge at times. She’s a lot of fun.
Saturdays eclectic compelling Brazilian jazz chanteuse Marianni and her excellent band at Zinc Bar, three sets starting at 10 PM.
Sundays there’s a klezmer brunch at City Winery, show starts around 11:30 AM – 2 PM, $10 cover, no minimum, lots of good bands.
Sundays from half past noon to 3:30 PM, bluegrass cats Freshly Baked (f.k.a. Graveyard Shift), featuring excellent, incisive fiddle player Diane Stockwell and an A-list of players play Nolita House (upstairs over Botanica at 47 E Houston). Free drink with your entree.
Weekly Sunday organ concerts continue (with holidays excepted) at St. Thomas Church, 53rd/5th Ave. at 5:15 PM, an international parade of A-list organists looking to give the mighty 1913 Skinner organ here a sendoff before it’s replaced.
Beginning 11/4 and continuing every Sunday at 5 PM, New York Music Daily is scheduled to present the Sunday Salon at Zirzamin (in the old Zinc Bar space on Houston at LaGuardia, downstairs), pending restoration of electric power to the area. An A-list of New York songwriters and instrumentalists work up new material and cross-pollinate in a comfortable, musician-friendly space. There’s no cover, and at the end of the salon, there’s a 45-minute set by a rotating cast of topnotch New York and international songwriters and composers. Dark rockers Lorraine Leckie and Her Demons are on the bill at 7 here on 11/4, assuming that the venue’s open. As always, watch this space for updates.
Every Sunday the Ear-Regulars, led by trumpeter Jon Kellso and (frequently) guitarist Matt Munisteri play NYC’s only weekly hot jazz session starting around 8 PM at the Ear Inn on Spring St. Hard to believe, in the city that springboarded the careers of thousands of jazz legends, but true. This is by far the best value in town for marquee-caliber jazz: for the price of a drink and a tip for the band, you can see world-famous players (and brilliant obscure ones) you’d usually have to drop $100 for at some big-ticket room. The material is mostly old-time stuff from the 30s and 40s, but the players (especially Kellso and Munisteri, who have a chemistry that goes back several years) push it into some deliciously unexpected places.
Sundays in November, 9/11 PM the cutting-edge Arturo O’Farrill Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra – a mighty beast that ranks with the Mingus bands as one of the city’s most fascinating jazz orchestras – at Birdland, $30 seats avail., res. req.
11/2, 5:30 PM high-energy acoustic Mexican folk-punk band Radio Jarocho at the American Folk Art Museum, free
11/2, 7 PM pianist Tatyana Sirota plays Chopin, Scriabin, Janacek and Chopin at Third Street Music School Settlement, free.
11/2, 7:30 PM violinist Virgil Boutellis and pianist Alexandra Joan play music of Brahms, Schumann, Paganini at WMP Concert Hall, $20/$10/stud.
11/2, 7:30 PM ska makes a welcome ret.urn to the Knitting Factory with the Snails, the Rudie Crew and the Toasters, $12 adv tix rec.
11/2, 7:30 PM Asta Hansen, narrator; Evelyne Luest, piano; Nurit Pacht, violin; David Bekamjian, cello and others perform the Four Seasons of Futurist Cuisine by Aaron Jay Kernis (using F.T. Marinetti’s The Futurist Cookbook as its text); at the Lounge at Hudson View Gardens, 128 Pinehurst Ave. at 183rd St., $10.
11/2-3, 8 PM the mighty Arturo O’Farrill Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra plays for free at Symphony Space, early arrival very highly advised
11/2, 9 PM hard-hitting gypsy guitar jazz trio Ameranouche at Red Hook Bait & Tackle.
11/2., 9 PM perennially amusing, theatrical songwriter Erik Frandsen at the Path Cafe.
11/2, 9/10:30 PM saxophonist Jason Rigby leads a predictably intense trio with Cameron Brown, bass; Gerald Cleaver, drums at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min.
11/2, 9:30 PM the Highway Gimps -the missing link between Motorhead and My Bloody Valentine – followed by followed by well-liked, dynamic powerpop band New Atlantic Youth - with Jesse Katz from the Brooklyn What - at Matchless.
11/2, 10:30 PM eclectic, soulful trombonist Dave Gibson leads a quintet at the Fat Cat
11/2 ,9:30 PM fiery Afrobeat jam band Elikeh at Drom, $12 adv tix rec.
11/2, midnight the funky Fort Knox Five followed by trippy cinematic stoner groove project Thunderball at the Brooklyn Bowl, $10.
11/3, 4ish skaragga with Skarroneros at ABC No Rio on a hardcore bill to benefit future punk rockers now in kindergarten.
11/3, 5 PM bassist Ross Kratter’s Jazz Orchestra at Something Jazz Club, $15/$10 stud.
11/3, 7 PM southwetern gothic rockers the Downward Dogs’ frontman Joe Yoga at Zirzamin. He’s also at Sidewalk on 11/9 at 7 and the Path Cafe on 11/23 at 7.
11/3, 7:30 PM oldschool honkytonk and fiery psychedelic paisley underground rock with the Newton Gang, followed at 8:30 by Gangstagrass at the Mercury, $10.
11/3, 7:30 PM the Wizard of Woo, P-Funk’s Bernie Worrell at Maxwell’s, $15.
11/3, 7:30 PM the Virginia Mayhew Group – who have an intriguing new Mary Lou Williams tribute album out – feat Noah Bless – trombone , Harvie S – bass , Andy Watson – drums at Smalls
11/3, 8:30 PM baritone western swing crooner Sean Kershaw ar Brookyn Rod & Gun Club.
11/3, 9 PM Unsteady Freddie’smonthly surf rock extravaganza at Otto’s with SPF-4, twangy NYC legends the Supertones at 10, ferocious original instrumentalists Strange But Surf at 11 and Reverb Syndicate around midnight.
11/3, 9 PM trumpeter Ben Syversen’s scorching, guitar-fueled noiserock/Balkan band Cracked Vessel at Freedom Garden, 294 Troutman St. #1L, Bushwick, J/M to Jefferson Ave.,$5
11/3, 9 PM ferocious Radio Birdman/Pretty Things-influenced garage punks the Mess Around at Don Pedro’s, $8
11/3, 9 PM the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion at Bowery Ballroom, $18 adv tix rec.
11/3, 9 PM the lush, trippy Travis Sullivan’s Björkestra playing jazzy big band covers of Bjork songs at BAM Cafe.
11/3, 9/10:30 PM drummer Devin Gray’s Dirigo Rataplan improvisational jazz unit with Dave Ballou, trumpet; Jeff Lederer, tenor sax; Michael Formanek, bass at Cornelia St. Cafe
11/3, 9:30ish Bad Buka and their gypsy punk meltdown at Mehanata
11/3, 10 PM intense horror surf band the Coffin Daggers at the Red Door, 140 W. 24th St.
11/3, 10 PM amazing ten-piece country/gypsy/acoustic rock behemoth M Shanghai String Band – whose new album is one of the year’s best – at the Jalopy, $10.
11/3, 10 PM brilliant lyricist, nimble guitarist, gently charismatic wit and good company: Linda Draper at Two Moon Art house & Cafe ,315 4th Ave , Gowanus, Brooklyn
11/3, 10 PM as state-of-the-art and interesting as it gets:: Anthony Coleman (piano) Mat Maneri (viola) Brian Chase (drums) at the Stone, $10.
11/3, 10ish oldschool soul funnyman T. Valentine – of Lucille Are You a Lesbian notoriety – at the Bell House, $10.
11/3, 11 PM charming female-fronted oldtimey swing combo Lake Street Dive at the big room at the Rockwood, $10.
11/3, 11 PM Derya Köroglu, frontman of Yeni Türkü – one of the most popular Turkish rock bands – at Drom IS CANCELLED
11/3, half past midnight smart, socially conscious soul-funk-dub-hip hop band Thousands of One at the Blue Note, $10 .
11/4, 11 AM (yawn) acoustic Nashville gothic/bluegrass band Frankenpine plays a brunch show prior to a showing of the Terrence Malick film Badlands at the movie theatre at 136 Metropolitan Ave, Williamsburg.
11/4 half past noon-ish the Surf Coctails play surf jazz at he swanky Toshi’s Living Room, 26th and Broadway
11/4, 2 PM eclectic original klezmer/jazz/jambands Metropolitan Klezmer and Isle of Klezbos(similar but not exactly one and the same) at the Walt Whitman Theatre, 2900 Campus Road, Midwood, Brooklyn, is CANCELLED.
11/4, 2 PM the Horszowski Piano Trio play Mozart, Dvorak and Shostakovich at the Town Hall, $12 tix avail.
11/4, 3 PM the reliably thrilling Greenwich Village Orchestra with soloist Hye-Jin Kim, violin playSmetana — The Moldau; Mendelssohn — Violin Concerto; Debussy — La Mer at the Old Stuyvesant Campus, 345 E 15th St (between 1st/2nd Aves) IS CANCELLED.
11/4, 4 PM vocal sextet the Western Wind, with guest cantor Daniel Singer, lutenist Charles Weaver & harpsichordist Gabe Shuford performing Renaissance Italian vocal music of Salamone Rossi Ebreo: ”liturgical works in Hebrew composed for the synagogue and secular Italian madrigals composed for the Gonzaga court, the program also includes selections from Rossi’s compositions for the theatrical troupe of the Ghetto, enjoyed by Jews and Gentiles alike at the height of Counter-Reformation segregation” at the Stephen Wise Free Synagogue, 30 W 68th St., $35/$25 stud/srs.
11/4, 4 PM the Brooklyn Phil Chamber Players perform chamber works popular a hundred years ago in Brooklyn at the Dreck Center at the Brooklyn Public Library at Grand Army Plaza, free, note no children under 6 admitted!
11/4, 7 PM Aruna Sairam, one of the great classical music voices of India at Symphony Space, $35/$20 stud.
11/4, 7:30 PM Jenny Q Chai plays piano music of Satie, Schoenberg, Stockhausen, Scarlatti, Stroppa, Cage, Vigeland, Boucourechliev and Chopin at le Poisson Rouge, $15 adv tix rec.
11/4, 8 PM intense baritone crooner Jon DeRosa plays the album release show for his sensationally good, dark new chamber pop record at the big room at the Rockwood, $10.
11/4, 8 PM weird segues, great show: long-running, eclectic jazz/chamber pop quartet the Four Bags at 8, Mexican metal cumbia band La Sabrosa Saborsura at 9 and then ferocious, tuneful gypsy punk/noir cabaret band Amour Obscur at Barbes.
11/4, 8:15 PM smart, acerbically comedic Paranoid Larry & His Imaginary Band at Otto’s.
11/4, 9:30 PM cult hero crooner John Kelly with guest chanteuse Carol Lipnik at Joe’s Pub making his solo debut here as “his alter-ego Dargelos (brother of Dagmar Onassis), a genre-traipsing punk altar boy survivor, who returns in rageful, orphaned middle age – to stretch, violate, and besottedly embrace the song form – as a weathered sage.” $20 adv tix rec.
11/5, 9ish Ivan Neville’s Dumpstafuunk plays a benefit for hurricane relief at Highline Ballroom with a whole slew of special guests including Bela Fleck and others.
11/5, 9 PM Swingadelic play their monthly free gig at Maxwell’s
11/5, 9:30 PM Pigpen Theatre Co. – who are not only a theatre troupe but a kick-ass oldtime Americana band – at Joe’s Pub, $12 adv tix rec. Theyr’e also here on 11/25 and 12/17.
11/6, 6 PM pianist John Escreet leads a quintet with David Binney..alto saxophone; Chris Potter…tenor; Matt Brewer…bass; Jim Black…drums at 55 Bar
11/6, 7:30 PM bassist Ben Allison leads a quintet with Steve Cardenas – guitar; Brandon Seabrook – guitar, banjo; Allison Miller – drums; Rogerio Boccato – percussion at the Jazz Standard, $25.
11/6, 8 PM Brilliant Coroners -John McDonough (trumpet) Ed Littman (guitar) Tom Shad (bass) Andy O’Neill (drums) – play Monk at the Stone, $10
11/6-11, 8:30/11 PM gypsy guitar icon Dorado Schmitt and his band at Birdland, $30 seats avail.
11/6, 9ish lyrical piano jazz with Kris Davis plus EIvind Opsvik on bass and Flin van Hemmen on drums at Korzo.
11/6, 9 PM oldschool big band swing with Jessie Bunting and the Hot Shim Sham Orchestra at Something Jazz Club, $10.
11/7, 7 PM Classical Revolution presents a benefit concert for hurricane relief, program TBA, all proceeds to benefit the Red Cross, at Le Chéile, 839 W 181st St at Cabrini
11/7, 7:30/9:30 PM pianist Frank Kimbrough leads a trio with Steve Wilson – alto saxophone; Jay Anderson – bass; Lewis Nash – drums at the Jazz Standard, $25
11/7, 8 PM lush hypnotic third-wave roots reggae with Groundation at Highline Ballroom, $25 adv tix rec.
11/7, 8 PM high-powered postbop followed by Middle Eastern jazz – saxophonist Greg Tardy leds a quartet followed by bassist Omer Avital and his Band of the East at the 92YTribeca, $12 adv tix highly rec.
11/7, 8 PM theremin virtuoso Pamelia Kurstin with Vehicle of Ascension at Roulette, $15/$10 stud/srs.
11/7, 8 PM at Bohemian National Hall on the upper east, the Janácek Philharmonic Orchestra plays the New York premiere of John Cage’s last orchestra work, 103 (for 103 musicians), along with the world premiere of Christian Wolff’s first major symphony orchestra work performed in North America.
11/7, 8:30 PM former Industrial Tepee frontman Tom Shaner plays the cd release show for his excellent new southwestern gothic one at the Knitting Factory, $12
11/7, 9 PM smart, funny, female-fronted, indelibly NYC urban pop band Delusions of Grand Street at Fontana’s, $7
11/7, 10 PM psychedelic art/metal/dreampop rockers Maserati at Union Pool, $10.
11/7, 11 PM high-powered Danish Americana/bluegrass band Brothers Moving at the small room at the Rockwood . They’re also her on 11/14
11/7, 11 PM tongue-in-cheek first-wave punk-popsters the Rezillos at Maxwell’s, $18 adv tix rec. They’re also at Bowery Electric on 11/10 at 9 PM for an extra two bucks, adv tix rec.
11/8 and 11/15, 7 PM Golem’s pyrotechnic violinst Alicia Jo Rabins plays her new song cycle Kaddish for Bernie Madoff at Joe’s Pub, $15.
11/8, 7 PM Ambient-Chaos featuring Art Crime, eclectic bassist Lisa Dowling, Adam Dym, and the Damien Olsen Trio at Spectrum
11/8, 11/18 and 11/29, 7 PM eclectic oldtime blues powerhouse Blind Boy Paxton at Terra Blues.
11/8, 7:30 PM state-of-the-art, eclectic jazz pianist Marc Cary plays a tribute to the great jazz drummer Arthur Taylor at Riverside Church, use the code “2for1″ to get 2 tickets for $20!
11/8, 7:30/9:30 PM PM trumpeter Ron Horton leads a sextet and then an eleventet with a core of with Marty Ehrlich – alto saxophone, clarinet; Ted Nash – tenor saxophone; Frank Kimbrough – piano; Ben Allison – bass; Tim Horner – drums at the Jazz Standard, $25
11/8, 7:30 PM cellist Scott Kluksdahl and pianist Noreen Polera play music of composers influenced by Nadia Boulanger: Lasser, Berstein, Boulanger herself, and Piazzolla at WMP Concert Hall, $20/$10/stud.
11/8, 8 PM a rare live show by Indian-influenced, funky acoustic rockers Lunchin at Sidewalk.
11/8, 8 PM salsa jazz drummer/bandleader Bobby Sanabria and Quarteto Aché at Bronx Music Heritage Center Laboratory, 1303 Louis Niñé Blvd, Bronx, 25/5 to Freeman St., free
11/8, 8 PM atmospheric electroacoustic koto music by Miya Masaoka at the Old Stone House in Park Slope, free.
11/8, 8 PM pensive, thoughtful indie acoustic band Colorform- whose live show features live painting along with the music – at Fontana’s.
11/8, 9 PM reliably hilarious faux-French garage rockers les Sans Culottes at Spike Hill.
11/8 a hurricane relief concert at le Poisson Rouge, show starts at 9, all proceeds to benefit hurricane survivors, artists include David Weiss & Point of Departure | Jay Rodriguez | Julian Lage | Richie Barshay | Raydar Ellis | Marcus Strickland | Gregory Hutchinson | Brianna Thomas Quartet | John Davis | Jonathan Michel – LXG | Jorge Roeder | Joe Blaxx Grissett | Johnny Rivero | Steven Oquendo | Joe Dyson Darryl Yokley – Sound Reformation | Philip Dizack | Jesse Fischer | Reinaldo DeJesus | Jarrett Cherner | Brandee Younger | Michela Marino Lerman | Ryan Berg Retrospective | Sarah Elizabeth Charles Quartet | Marianne Solivan | Darwin Noguera Trio | Manner Effect | Amaury Acosta | Alex Hernandez, sugg. min. donation $20, more gladly accepted
11/8 torchy Americana chanteuse Megan Reilly at Rodeo Bar, 10ish.
11/9, 6 PM punk classical violin powerhouse Lisa Miles at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min
11/9, 7:30/9:30 PM saxophonist Ted Nash leads an octet with strings followed by a quartet show at the Jazz Standard, $30.
11/9, 7:30 PM the MSM Jazz Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Justin DiCioccio plays big band music of Dizzy Gillespie at Borden Auditorium at Manhattan School of Music, 120 Claremont Ave (west of Broadway at 122nd St.), $12/$7 stud.
11/9, 8 PM “Puerto Rican Musicians in Film” with Henry Medina & special musical guests Los Artesanos de la Plena at Bronx Music Heritage Center Laboratory, 1303 Louis Niñé Blvd, Bronx, 25/5 to Freeman St., free
11/9-10, 8 PM Ensemble Pi puts on a riveting program of politically aware art-song from across the decades: the premiere of Eisler on the Go by Great Small Works, featuring pieces by the composer deported from the US for his communist beliefs; excerpts from Kristin Norderval’s opera The Trials of Patricia Isasa, about the teenage Argentinian desaparacida, and Susan Botti’s Lament: The Fallen City at the Cell Theatre, 338 W 23rd St, $15/10 stud/srs
11/9, 8 PM dark rustic gypsy-tinged steampunk art-rockers Kotorino at Barbes followed at 10 by Jacob Garchik’s The Heavens 8-trombone band. If you’ve ever seen a big brass unit like Slavic Soul Party or Veveritse here, you know things are gonna get out of hand.
11/9, 8 PM torchy, edgy jazz/pop songwriter Abby Payne at Spike Hill
11/9-10, 8 PM bassist Ned Rothenberg plays a 2-night retrospective of his chamber music at Roulette featuring Ghost Stories for pipa, cello and percussion (11/9) and the first movement from his Quintet for Clarinet and Strings (both from cds of the same title). Other pieces include Arbor Vitae, for clarinet and shakuhachi, Cloud Hands for 2 shakuhachi, new solo works for woodwinds and a world premiere piece for String Quartet, Viewfinder (11/10). Performers include Erik Friedlander, Min Xiao-Fen, Satoshi Takeishi, and the Mivos Quartet, $15/$10 stud.
11/9, 9ish CBGB punk legends the Sic Fucs 35th anniversary show at Bowery Electric, $12.
11/9, 9ish Boston’s prosaically named but fiery, eclectic country/oldtime/rock band Session Americana at Brooklyn Rod & Gun Club.
11/9, 11 PM trombonist/crooner Dave Smith’s sly, slinky boudoir-soul project Smoota at the small room at the Rockwood.
11/9, midnight intense gypsy punk band Kagero at Zirzamin.
11/10, sets starting at noon and 4 PM 30 jazz groups play a similar set of standards all over Central Park. Top picks: the Mingus Big Band at Naumburg Bandshell; the JD Allen Quartet around where 66th St. would be, toward the east side; baritone saxophonist Claire Daly with her group around 57th St. at the playground on the west side
11/10, 1 (one) PM sitarist Neel Murgai & drummer Sameer Gupta improvise“Ragas and Rhythms” at Roulette, $15/$10 stud/srs.
11/10, 4 PM Colombian night at le Poisson Rouge with Alejandro Flórez’ Andean music project Tibaguí; 4:40PM rustic traditional band Grupo Rebolú; 5:15PM Sebastián Cruzs’ Cheap Landscape Trio (from Lucia Pulido’s band) ; 6:05PM classical guitarist Nilko Andreas Guarín’ 6:25PM Martin Vejarano and cumbia band Chia’s Dance Party; 7 PM Alejandro Zuleta Vallenato Collective; 7:35PM pianist Pablo Mayor’s Folklore Urbano Orchestra ; 8:10PM the Gregorio Uribe Big Band and at 9 ferocious skaragga punks M.A.K.U. SoundSystem, $20/$15 under 21
11/10, 7 PM klezmer/gypsy/flamenco guitar duo IsraAlien at Drom, $10 adv tix rec.
11/10, 7:15 PM dark psychedelic acoustic blues/klezmer/reggae/soca jamband Hazmat Modine at Terra Blues
11/10, 7:30 PM the Spectrum Symphony and the NY Festival Singers perform Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor, Arvo Paart’s Cantus in memoriam Benjamin Britten for Strings and the Faure Requiem at the Church of St. Paul the Apostle, W 60th St. and Columbus Ave, free.
11/10, 8 PM vocalist/violinist Sarah Bernstein’s Iron Dog record release concert for “interactive album rock.” the Home of Easy Credit and Sex Mob’s Briggan Krauss with iconic drummer Jim Black opening at Jack, 505 1/2 Waverly Ave, Ft. Greene, Brooklyn, $10.
11/10, 8 PM the Manhattan Saxophone Quartet plays world premieres by Quinn Collins, David Noon and Inhyun Kim at Symphony Space, $20/$10 stud.
11/10, 10 PM dark fiery eclectic electric blues guitar powerhouse Will Scott at 68 Jay St. Bar.
11/10, 11:30 PM Sephardic rockers Deleon at Joe’s Pub, $12.
11/10, midnight ish the exhilarating oldschool 60s Memphis soul sounds of the One and Nines at Maxwell’s, $8.
11/11, 7 PM a rare acoustic performance by third-wave psychedelic rockers Love Camp 7 at Zirzamin.
11/11, 7 PM weird segue, good show: classical cellist Sebastian Baverstam followed at 9 by dark 12-man central Asian choral group Sakhioba Ensemble and then at 10 by Russian Buryatian chanteuse Namgar at Barbes singing Buryatian, Mongolian and Chinese music.
11/11, 7 PM haunting Persian chanteuse Mahsa Vahdat and Louisiana bluesman perform selections from their new CD A Deeper Tone of Longing: Love Duets Across Civilizations at Roulette, $25.
11/11, 8 PM cutting-edge, hypnotic, intense composer Missy Mazzoli’s “Song from the Uproar” album release concert with sopranoAbigail Fischer and NOW Ensemble at le Poisson Rouge, $15 adv tix rec.
11/111, 8 PM up-and-coming jugband and jug band legend: Brotherhood of the Jug Band Blues (with the Sea Devils’ Dan Habu on percussion) followed by Jim Kweskin at the Jalopy, $20
11/11, 8 PM bluegrass icon Dr. Ralph Stanley & His Clinch Mt. Boys at City Winery, $30 standing room avail.
11/11, 8:30 PM otherworldly Sardinian a-cappella quartet Tenores De Aterúe at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min, followed at 10 (separate admission) by three of the most compelling singers on the planet: Black Sea Hotel’s Willa Roberts, Eva Salina Primack and the Debutante Hour’s Maria Sonevytsky, billing themselves as Zozulka and singing Ukrainian songs (including tunes from the Chornobyl Songs Project).
11/11, 8:30 PM the reliably comedic Erin & Her Cello at the small room at the Rockwood
11/11, THIS SH OW IS CANCELLED ferociously lyrical, smart, jangle/dreampop rockers the Brixton Riot followed by catchy, lyrically edgy female-fronted powerpop/new wave band Changing Modes at the National Underground, $8.
11/12, 6 PM dark Americana with the Big Bright feat. Glenn Patscha and Fiona McBain from Ollabelle plus the smoldering, intense Liz Tormes at the small room at the Rockwood.
11/12 eclectic, intense Persian chanteuse Rana Farhan at Drom
11/12, 7 PM weird but good triplebill at Barbes: Lichtman’s Brain Cloud play western swing at 7, followed at 8:30 by Bay Area gypsy jazz band Gaucho and then the world’s most intoxicatingly fun Peruvian psychedelic dub cumbia surf band, Chicha Libre at around 10. Gaucho are also at the Jalopy on 11/14 at 8 for $10
11/12, 7:30 PM excellent dark songwriter doublebill at the Mercury: fearless, X-rated, politically aware songslinger Molly Ruth and the ever creepier, Canadian gothic/chamber pop-inclined Lorraine Leckie at the Mercury, $10.
11/12, 8 PM ecstatic Israeli Middle Eastern dance-funk orchestra Yemen Blues at Highline Ballroom, $25 adv tix rec.
11/12, 8 PM the Manhattan Cnntemporary Chamber Ensemble plays Howard Cass, Seymour Barab and other 20th century folks at Symphony Space, $20.
11/12, 10 PM Austrian electroacoustic composer Wolfgang Mitterer joins with Ensemble Mise-En for a performance of Remix Surround for ensemble and live electronics at le Poisson Rouge, free. On 11/13 he’ll be at the Austrian Cultural Forum, 11 E 52nd St at 7:30, free but res req
11/13, free beer at 5:30 PM, show at 6, pianist Lisa Moore plays Janacek, Scribiabin, Rzewski, Glass and others at the Miller Theatre, free
11/13, 7 PM smart, scruffy rockers the Milkman’s Union at the Mercury, $10.
11/13, 7 PM eclectic Balkan jazz trumpeter Ben Holmes leads a quartet witth Curtis Hasselbring (trombone), Vinnie Sperrazza (drums), and Matt Pavolka (bass) opening for Slavic Soul Party at Barbes.
11/13, 7 PM Microscopic Septet pianist Joel Forrester leads a quartet at Spectrum on Ludlow St.
11/13, 7 PM art-song spectacular: violinist/vocalists Carla Kihlstedt and Eden MacAdam-Somer, soprano Susan Botti, cellist Nicholas Canellakis, keyboardist and drummer Matthias Bossi, members of Roomful of Teeth, and NYFOS Associate Artistic Director and pianist Michael Barrett give life to songs by Kihlstedt, Lisa Bielawa, Matthias Bossi, Susan Botti, Nils Frykdahl, Sarah Kirkland Snider, Nicola Lefanu, Eden MacAdam-Somer, Lautaro Mantilla, and Errollyn Wallen at the DiMenna Center for Classical Music, W 37th St between 9th and 10th Aves, $10.
11/13, 7:30 PM classical and jazz compositions written and performed by women: Martha Sullivan’s O Antiphons and Julie Dolphin’s Stone Soup, both performed by the Transfiguration Vocal Ensemble, Claudia Dumschat, director; Of Shadows Numberless by Miriam Gideon, performed by Margaret Mills; Soundscape for Organ and Electronics by Melissa Grey; NOWby Michele Goritz; Fedora by Jessica Rudman, with Brandon Tesh, saxophone; and compositions byJoyce DiCamillo: Song Cycle for Voice and Piano, at the lovely, intimate Church of the Transfiguration, 29th St. between 5th /Park Aves, north side of the street
11/13, 7:30 PM pianist Behzod Abduraimov plays music of Schubert, Beethoven, & Liszt at le Poisson Rouge, $15 adv tix rec.
11/13, 8 PM toy piano virtuoso Phyllis Chen at Roulette, $15/$10 stud/srs.
11/13, 8:30 PM sharp, literate crooner Ed Rogers with blue-eyed soul man Don Piper followed by John Ford, formerly of the Strawbs at Zirzamin.
11/13, 9 PM Johnson’s Crossroads play their own unique update on oldtime Appalachian music at the Jalopy, $10.
11/14, 7 PM Modern Marimba, a dual album release concert by pyrotechnicic marimbists Robert Paterson and Makoto Nakura at the Rubin Museum of Art, 150 W. 17 St, starts with a museum tour at 6:15, drinks and then show at 7, $15 adv tix highly rec.
11/14, 6:30 PM Syberen van Munster on guitar with Petros Klampanis on bass and Colin Stranahan on drums at the Bar Next Door, free.
11/14-17, 8:30/111 PM unstoppable, perennially vital bop jazz legend Pharaoh Sanders leads a quartet at Birdland, $30 seats avail.
11/14, 8:30 PM absolutely badass honkytonk band the Sweetback Sisters followed by Spirit Family Reunion at Maxwell’s, $10. The Sisters are at Hill Country at 8:30 the following night 11/15 for free; the Spirit Family are at the Mercury that same night at 9 for an extra $2.
11/14, 9ish tongue-in-cheek, period-perfect early 50s style country from Susquehanna Industrial Tool & Die Co. at Rodeo Bar.
11/15, 1 PM the Blue Vipers of Brooklyn play oldtime hot jazz at Trinity Church, free
11/15, 7:30 PM cellist Bonnie Hampton and pianist Julio Elizalde play music of Beethoven: Sonata in g minor, Op. 5 No. 2; “Horn” Sonata in F Major, Op. 17; Sonata in A Major, Op. 69, at WMP Concert Hall, $20/$10/stud.
11/15, 8 PM the Da Capo Chamber Players perform Steve Reich’s Double Sextet (2007), Anna Clyne’s Steelworks (2006), Christopher Theofanidis’ Summer Verses (2009), Charles Wuorinen’s transcription of the anonymous 15th-century Glogauer Liederbuch and Michael Gordon’s ac dc (1996).at Merkin Concert Hall, $20.
11/15, 8 PM mighty, intense, funky as hell Balkan brass monsters Slavic Soul Party at the Jewish Museum, 5th Ave. at 92nd St., plus free beer plus free noshes, $12 adv tix very very highly recommended!
11/15, 9/10:30 PM the LeBoeuf Bros. quintet and the Myth String Quartet combine forces for a program titled A Dream: The Musical Imagination of Franz Kafka at the Jazz Gallery, $15/first set; $10/second set.
11/15, 10 PM Baby Soda Jazz Band play hot 20s stuff, jug music, ragtime and other oldtime stuff at Barbes.
11/15, 10ish hot horn-driven Afrobeat band Karthala 72 at Zebulon
11/15, 11:30 PM metal cumbia band MAKU Soundsystem – arguably the loudest band ever to play Joe’s Pub, $12 adv tix very highly rec. – watch them wreck the place!
11/15, midnight, saxophonist Dan Block plays the album release show for his intimate new one Duality at the Metropolitan Room, 34 W 22nd St. $TBA
11/16, 6 PM closing night for artist Robin Hoffman’s ukulele-themed art show at the Jalopy, free followed at 8 by fiddler Melody Allegra’s birthday show starting with the Berger Sisters – Allegra and accordionist Mariel Adora – with Margaret Glaspy at 9, cellist Mike Block at 10 and then Allegra jamming out with probably half the bar at 11.
11/16, 8 PM the New Amsterdam Symphony Orchestra plays the Dvorak Cello Concerto and Tschaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6 (Pathetique) at Symphony Space, $20/$14 stud/srs.
11/16, 8 PM pianist Eleonor Bindman and violinist Robert Chausow perform Brahms’ Violin and Piano Sonata #2 in A major, as well as the Scherzo for Violin and Piano and Bartok’s ” Romanian Dances” at the Old Stone House in Park Slope, $20/$10 stud/srs.
11/16, 9 PM dark torchy noir songwriter Jessie Kilguss at Red Hook Bait & Tackle.
11/16, 8 PM intense lyrical art-rocker Spottiswoode and band at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 81 Christopher St, $15.
11/16, 10ish Super Hi-Fi play the album release show for their amazing new twin trombone dub album Dub to the Bone at Zebulon
11/16 -17, 10:30 PM saxophonist Ken Fowser and his wee-hours jam cohort, vibraphonist Behn Gillece lead a vivid late 50s style postbop quintet at Smalls.
11/16, 11ish punk-inspired electric bluegrass and country with Demolition String Band at Rodeo Bar.
11/17, 1 PM Green-Wood Cemetery survived the storm…and now you can visit the graves of Currier and Ives plus more obscure 19th century artists with a tour preceded by a talk by Currier & Ives expert Robert K. Newman, at the cemetery, 25th St at 5th Avenue, Brooklyn, R to 25th St, walk up the hill one block, $20,
11/17, 5 PM adventurous, intensely swirling avant garde electric guitar quartet Dither’s annual evening of fun featuring a wild and excellent lineup: “Legendary keyboardist Anthony Coleman will perform in a duo with the multifaceted saxophonistAshley Paul; Guitarist Mary Halvorson and violist Jessica Pavone will present their beautiful and odd blend of compositions, songs, and improv; Victoire will perform the artfully honed chamber pop of Missy Mazzoli; Peter Evans will offer a solo set of extensible trumpeting; Preshish Moments will produce a sonic palette of live electronica/exotica; Object Collection will provide an invigorating onslaught of maximalist theater; TILT Brass will perform Jagged Mesa, an explosive composition by Lois V. Vierk. Dither plays John Zorn’s Lacrosse plus compositions by Paula Matthusen and Jascha Narveson, plus a new piece by Dither member Josh Lopes, then the band expands to become an orchestra of 20 guitars playing Phill Niblock’s 2 lips, a monolithic microtonal composition” at Invisible Dog Art Center: 51 Bergen St. $8, F to Bergen St.
11/17, 8 PM some of the world’s foremost levantine musicians: oudist George Ziadeh, Sami Abu Shumays (violin), Zafer Tawil (qanun) and Johnny Farraj (riqq) play works by classic Syrian composers including Omar Al-Batsh, Yahya al-Saudi and Farid el Atrash, and vocalist Sabah Fakhri at Alwan for the Arts, 16 Beaver St. in the financial district, $20/$15 stud/srs., early arrival highly advised, this should be ecstatic.
11/17, 8 PM wild gypsy orchestra MarchFourth Marching Band at Brooklyn Bowl, $10.
11/17, 8 PM Nicholas Canellakis, cello and Michael Brown, piano play an excellent, eclectic program including Barber – Cello Sonata Opus 6; Dvorak – Silent Woods; Foss – Capriccio; Brahms – Sonata No. 2 in F; plus originals plus Bulgarian folk tunes at Bargemusic, $35/$30 srs/$15 stud.
11/17, 8 PM bassist Pedro Giraudo plays stripped-down versions of his big band jazz tunes with his sextet at Barbes.
11/17, 9ish pensive, often haunting oldschool country band Karen & the Sorrows at Branded Saloon in Ft Greene.
11/17, 9/10:30 PM intense pianist Bobby Avey leads a sextet with Miguel Zenón, alto sax; Ben Monder, guitar; Bobby Avey, piano; Thomson Kneeland, bass; Jordan Perlson, drums at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min
11/17, 9 PM Circle of Kings play roots reggae at Tea Lounge in Park Slope.
11/17, 9 PM casually catchy tuneful retro 60s soul/pop songwriter Janet LaBelle at Zirzamin.
11/17, 9:30 PM dark 80s style chanteuse Kristin Hoffmann at Caffe Vivaldi
11/17, midnight ferocious all-female powerpop./punk-pop band Hunter Valentine at the Mercury, $10.
11/18, 2:30 PM Zikrayat plays slinky haunting gorgeous Egyptian film music classics at Flushing Town Hall, plus bellydance performers Mariyah, Layla Isis, and Dameshe, $12, mention code ZIK50 and get 2 for 1 tix!
11/18, 4 PM the Omni Ensemble play George Crumb’s “Vox Balanae”, Michel Damase’s “Sonate en Concert”, J.S. Bach’s “Flute Sonata in E minor” and Claude Debussy’s “Cello Sonata at the Dreck Center at the Brooklyn Public Library at Grand Army Plaza, free, note no children under 6 admitted!
11/18, 5 PM clever, eclectic pianist Lee Feldman plays a trio show, joined by special guest Peter Cherches singing Monk tunes at Something Jazz Club.
11/18, 7:30 PM violist violist Pedro Vizzarro-Vallejos and singer Sara Dougherty premiere Jay Vilnai’s “Sleek Aphrodite, a series of 12 settings of Sappho poetry for viola and mezzo-soprano” at Culturefix
11/18 Karl Berger’s Improvisers Orchestra at Shapeshifter Lab in Gowanus; they’re also here on 12/3. Open rehearsal at 7:30/show at 9 both dates.
11/18, 8 PM cutting-edge percussion-based compositions with International Contemporary Ensemble + Tyshawn Sorey at Roulette, $15/$10 stud/srs.
11/18, 10 PM long-running rustic party band the Jug Addicts at Barbes
11/19, 7:30 PM a deliciously creepy program of Schubert, Sibelius, Cage and Enesco, and the prose and poetry of Sylvia Plath performed by violinist Gil Morgenstern, pianist Donald Berman and actress Elizabeth Marvel at WMP Concert Hall, $35
11/19, 7:30 PM Iktus Percussion premiering several new works by Matthew Welch, Sebastian Armoza, Joe Di Ponio, Matthew Hough, Levy Lorenzo, and Philip Schuessler at First Presbyterian Church, 124 Henry St, downtown Brooklyn, $10.
11/19, 10ish acoustic country and bluegrass with PartyFolk at Rodeo Bar
11/20, 7 PM jazz pianist Valerie Capers at Hostos Center for the Arts and Culture, 450 Grand Concourse in the Bronx, free.
11/20/21 and 11/23-25, 7:30/9:30 PM lush tuneful cutting-edge big band jazz with the Maria Schneider Big Band at the Jazz Standard, $35 and worth it
11/20, 7:30 PM, repeating 11/23-24 and 11/27, the NY Phil plays Mendelssohn: Overture to Son & Stranger; Shostakovich: Violin Concerto No. 1; and Dvorak: Symphony No. 9 (From the New World) at Avery Fisher Hall, $33 tix avail.
11/20, 7:30 PM ex-Duke Ellington trombonist/composer Art Baron & Friends at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free
11/20, 8 PM at Roulette: Flexible Music presents a set of sound sculpting through static structures and gestural language, with music by Peter Adriaansz (US premiere) and Seung-Ah Oh. Cadillac Moon Ensemble follows suit with a program exploring motion in all its forms with world premieres by Caleb Burhans, Osnat Netzer, and Alex Weiser with additional works by Timothy Andres and Florent Ghys.
11/20, 8 PM the Mannes Orchestra plays Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7, Ben Ringer conducting; and Prokofiev’s Suite No. 1 from Romeo and Juliet, Esther Yoon conducting at Symphony Space, free, early arrival a must.
11/20, 8:30/10:30 PM snidely virtuosic Jon Irabagon on saxes with Yasushi Nakamura on bass and Rudy Royston on drums at the Bar Next Door, $12.
11/20, 9 PM moody 80s-ish female-fronted neosoul/downtempo band Teletextile at Union Pool, $8
11/20-25, 9 PM popular, eclectic pianist Jason Moran & the Bandwagon at the Vanguard, $30.
11/20, 9 PM pianist/composer Dorian Wallace and His Big Band at Something Jazz Club, $15.
11/20, 9:30 PM Siouxsie & the Banshees’ Steven Severin plays his latest creepy, hypnotic movie score, for Carl Dreyer’s classic Vampyr at Drom, $15
11/20, 9:30 PM trumpeter Dominick Farinacci leads his combo at Joe’s Pub, $20.
11/21, 7 PM a “Benefit to Restore Red Hook“, by local people for local people emceed by Jan Bell. Tone Johansen, co-owner of New York institution and beloved bar Sunny’s opens the night followed by Jesse Lenat, John Pinamonti and the Brotherhood of the Whiskey Spitter Rebellion and comedienne Lizz Winstead, with Rosanne Cash headlining the evening, and will play. Michael Buscemi will screen his new film named after the bus that runs through Red Hook, the “B61.” at the Bell House, $30
11/21, 7:30 PM jazz connoisseur and musical adventurer/guitarist/chanteuse Jana Herzen plays the cd release show for her new one at Joe’s Pub, $20 adv tix highly rec.
11/21, 9 PM New Orleans band Gordon’s Grand Street Stompers at Radegast Hall.
11/21, 11ish the increasingly dark, southwestern gothic-influenced Jack Grace Band at Rodeo Bar.
11/22, 7:30 PM Gabriel Alegria’s Afro-Peruvian Sextet make a trip downtown to Drom, $20 and worth it. Followed at 11:30 PM (separate $10 admission) by Lebanese chanteuse Christiane Karam backed by the phenomenal NY Gypsy All Stars.
11/23, 7:30 PM alt-country legend and man of a million guitar styles, Bill Kirchen at Maxwell’s, $15
11/23-24, 8 PM Henry Threadgill + ZOOID – whose latest album is pretty amazing, and considerably quieter than you might imagine, at Roulette, $25/$20 stud.
11/23, 9/10:30 PM cutting-edge pianist Gerald Clayton solo at the Jazz Gallery, $20.
11/23, 10 PM the No Small Money Brass Band play Ghanian ewe dance tunes at Barbes.
11/23, midnight, ageless ska punks the Hub City Stompers at Fontana’s.
11/24, 9 PM lush, intense, artfully orchestrated psychedelic rockers Aunt Ange at Pete’s.
11/24, 10 PM Mariachi Flor de Toloache frontwoman/violinist Mireya Ramos at Barbes.
11/25 the Norton Records wash-a-thon at Brooklyn Bowl. Their Red Hook warehouse got completely flooded during the hurricane – they’re washing and resleeving their entire inventory of vinyl. Free admission, come out and help, they’ll be spinning great stuff by T. Valentine, the Del-Aires and scores more brilliant semi-obscure acts.
11/25, 11:30AM – ish eclectic intense klezmer/Balkan band Klezwoods play the brunch at City Winery, $10, no minimum, kid 13 and under free.
11/25 the perennially relevant, satirical Reverend Billy & the Church of Stop Shopping Gospel Choir - whose mighty sound will move you to action against eco-destroyers and corporate criminals – at Highline Ballroom.
11/25, 8 PM Marc and James from Band of Outsiders – sort of like the two-guitar frontline from Television but not as famous – at Big Bar, 75 E 7th St
11/25, 9 PM gypsy jazz guitar paradigm-shifter Stephane Wrembel returns to Barbes with his trio.
11/25, 9ish wryly charismatic New Orleans pianist Bill Malchow & the Go-Cup All-Starsat Rodeo Bar. He’s at the Ear Inn at midnight the following night.
11/26, 7 PM progressive rock harpist Mia Theodoratus’ joins forces with concert harp virtuoso Susan Allen for a show billed as “Sirens in Surround Sound with two harps, two marimbas and a prepared celeste, at Theatre 80 St. Marks, $15.
11/27, 7 PM a trance-inducing, rustic West African griot summit with Abdoulaye Diabate, Abdourahmane Mangara, Yacouba Diabate, Mamady Kouyate, Mamady Kourouma, Famoro Dioubate, and other griots from Burkina Faso, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, the Gambia, Ivory Coast, Mali, Senegal, and Sierra Leone playing their koras and balafons and such, at Elebash Recital Hall (the Graduate Center) @ 365 5th Ave. at 34th St. $25/$20 stud.
11/27, 8 PM the Claire Daly Quartet has a new album, Baritone Monk, “released by the North Coast Brewery, makers of Brother Thelonius Ale” – the esteemed baritone saxophonist leads her band in a fun evening of rare Monk at the Gershwin Hotel, $15.
11/27 Cuban salsa-jazz pianist Elio Villafranca and his band – whose sold-out run at Jazz at Lincoln Center earlier this year was fantastic – at Drom
11/27-12/1, 8:30/10 PM lush Brazilian jazz chanteuse Eliane Elias at Birdland, $30 seats avail.
11/27, 8:30/10:30 PM tuneful intense postbop: Benjamin Drazen on alto saxophone with Carlo DeRosa on bass and Shanuske Takahashi on drums at the Bar Next Door, $12.
11/27, 10:30 PM intense atmospheric noir Americana chanteuse Marissa Nadler followed by Jim Jarmusch with avant garde lutenist Jozef Van Wissum at le Poisson Rouge, $12 adv tix rec.
11/28, 7 PM the Bushwick Book Club honor Mark Twain with “a piano-accompanied, tap dance interpretation of the graphic novel Captain Twain from Peter Dizozza (piano) and Anke Frohlich (tap dance) and songs from Elizabeth Devlin, Leslie Graves, The Happy Rappies, Stacy Rock, Susan Hwang, Natti Vogel, Up Against The Wall String Band” and others at Housing Works Bookshop on Crosby south of Houston, free
11/28, 7:30 PM Vladan Koci, cello and Natalie Berlin-Marfynets, piano play Schubert, Stravinsky, Franck and Piazzolla at the Bulgarian Consulate, 121 E 62nd St, free.
111/28, 10:30 PM socially conscious funk-metal band Funkface at le Poisson Rouge, $10.
11/28, 10:30ish Sad Bastard – Charlene and Mo from kick-ass Americana punks Spanking Charlene covering all the best sad obscure Americana rock songs – at 11th St. Bar
11/28, 11 PM Dubl Handi – named after the 1800s washboard company, with banjoist Hilary Hawke, percussionist Brian Geltner, and guitarist Ernie Vega – at Pete’s
11/29, 7:30 PM intense, powerful third-stream Argentine pianist Fernando Otero and violinist Nick Danielson at Symphony Space, tix includes free glass of red wine.
11/29, 8 PM mighty, funky, horn-driven 25-piece New Orleans band Brother Joscephus & the Love Revival Revolution Orchestra at Brooklyn Bowl, where they made their sprawling live album, $8.
11/29, 8:30 PM tongue-in-cheek, period-perfect early 50s style country from Susquehanna Industrial Tool & Die Co. at Otto’s
11/29, 9 PM torture your ears with this triplebill: noiserockers the Sediment Club , funky postpunk legends the Bush Tetras and then Suicide at le Poisson Rouge, $20 adv tix rec.
11/29, 10 PM Max Johnson (bass) Kris Davis (piano) Mike Pride (drums) improvise on Morricone themes at the Stone, $10.
11/29, 11 PM Shane MacGowan-esque folk noir band Thee Shambels at Pete’s
11/30 well-liked alt-country band Session Americana at Barbes
11/30, 8 PM Vadim Serebryany, piano; Yosuke Kawasaki, violin;Wolfram Koessel, cello; Sean Rice, clarinet play Takemitsu: Quatrain II, Between Tides; Messiaen: Quartet for the End of Time at Bargemusic, $35/$30srs/$15stud.
11/30-12/1, 8 PM a festival of Cuban cantantes – Alexander Abreu; José Luis Cortés (El Tosco); CuCu Diamantes; Andres Levin; Kelvis Ochoa; David Torrens; Carlos Varela Osdalgia,; Cucurucho backed by a killer band: José Gola (bass), Ray Angry (keyboards, Hammond B3), Guillermo del Toro (percussion), Keisel Jimenez (percussion), Ron Blake (baritone sax), Nam Sam Fong (guitar), Antuan Perugorria (drums), Amaury Perez (trombone) at BAM Opera House, 30 Lafayette Ave, Brooklyn
11/30, 8:30 PM oldschool soul, funk, blues-rock and obscenity, in reverse order of appearance: party record legend and hip-hop pioneer Blowfly, Andre Williams & the Goldstars, Barrence Whitfield & the Savages, T. Valentine & Daddy Long Legs and Guitar Lightnin’ Lee & His Thunder at Warsaw, adv tix available at the Knitting Factory box ofc.
11/30-12/1, 9/10:30 PM Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society, still the most popular big band around, at the Jazz Gallery, $20
11/30, 9 PM subtle, soulful tropicalia jazz/soul chanteuse Rachel Brotman at Pete’s.
11/30, 9:30 PM Steely Dan-ish psychedelic funk band Otis – whose latest album Music Elevator absolutely kicks ass – at Maxwell’s, $10
11/30, 10 PM newschool salsa/rock crooner José Conde at BAM Cafe.
11/30, 11 PM Syn-Phonia play Greek classics at Drom
12/1, 10 AM-4 PM ever want to learn how to sing 18th and 19th century American Sacred Harp style folk and gospel songs? Here’s your chance: Aldo Thomas Ceresa leads an introductory workshop at St. Paul’s Chapel downtown, Broadway at Fulton, participation is free, lunch provided, rsvp reqd.
12/1, 7 PM “an evening of the best of Bandura Downtown with NYBandura Artistic director Julian Kytasty and members of Bandura Downtown’s Collegium Musicum, Nadia Tarnawsky and Ukrainian Women’s Voices, Maria Sonevytsky and Ensemble Hilka, dancer/dance scholar Katja Kolcio, Roman Lewkowicz and Karpaty (formerly Obrij) Folk Song and Dance Ensemble, Tamara Chernyakhovska and Holubka Dancers, Syzokryli Dance Ensemble, and live dance music accompaniment by Andriy Milavsky and Cheres Ukrainian Folk Ensemble.” Show at 7 PM at the Ukrainian Museum, 222 E 6th S, (btw 2nd & 3rd Aves) followed by a musical procession at 8:30 from the Museum to the Ukrainian National Home, 140 2nd Ave. for a dance party/reception, $15 adv tix rec, separate admission to each event, $25 gets you into both
12/1, 7 PM state-of-the-art piano composition with Kathleen Supové, Eleonor Sandresky, & Jed Distler at Faust Harrison Pianos, 207 W 58th St, free but res req.
12/1, 8 PM third-stream piano icon Keith Jarrett, Gary Peacock on bass and Jack DeJohnette on drums at NJPAC in Newark, easy to get to via Path train, $25 balcony seats still avail.
12/1, 10 PM thoughtful cello rockers Pearl & the Beard at the Bell House, $15
12/1, 10 PM Cuba’s Aruán Ortiz Camerata Urbana Ensemble at BAM Cafe.
12/13, midnight-ish, bad to the bone twin trombone dub outfit Super Hi-Fi at Nublu, free
12/2, 7 PM alluring Canadian gothic rock siren Lorraine Leckie at Zirzamin
12/2, 11 AM (yawn) the Calder Quartet play Stravinsky: Three Pieces for string quartet; Adès: The Four Quarters; Beethoven: String Quartet in F minor, Op. 95 (“Serioso”) at the Walter Reade Theatre, 165 W 65th St, $22 tix avail.
12/2, 3 PM the reliably thrilling Greenwich Village Orchestra with soloist Aaron Boyd, violin playSmetana — The Moldau; Mendelssohn — Violin Concerto; Debussy — La Mer at the Old Stuyvesant Campus, 345 E 15th St (between 1st/2nd Aves), $15 sugg don; all tix/vouchers for the rescheduled 11/4 concert will be honored
12/2, 4 PM harpsichordist/organist Arthur Haas, soprano Jessica Gould, violinist Daniel Lee and colleagues perform “French settings of Old Testament texts composed for the Royal Chapel of Versailles. The program includes recently discovered motets by André Campra and selected Versets of François Couperin. Repertoire once performed by relatives of the composers for the Sun King himself will be heard in the intimate sanctuary of the Huguenot Church,” the Eglise Française du Saint-Esprit, 109 E 60th St., $30/$25 stud/srs.
12/2, 4 PM piano virtuoso Inna Faliks at the Dreck Center at the Brooklyn Public Library at Grand Army Plaza, free, note no children under 6 admitted!
12/2, 9:30 PM smart, tuneful cutting-edge jazz quartet Old Time Musketry at Caffe Vivaldi.
12/3, 3 PM Composers Play Composers Marathon with 30 Composer-Performers at Drom, $15 incl. a drink
12/3 dynamic, dramatic mythologically-inspired composer/songwriter Anais Mitchell at Bowery Ballroom
12/4, 7:30 PM the Calder Quartet plays a program TBA at the Austrian Cultural Forum, 11 E 52nd St., free.
12/4, 7:30 PM Composers Concordance Ensemble feat. composer-violinist Dave Soldier, composer-clarinetist Kinan Amzeh, composer-trumpeter Franz Hackl, composer-hornist John Clark, composer-vocalist-keyboardist-gusle player Milica Paranosic, composer-pianist-keyboardist Patrick Grant, composer-guitarist Gene Pritsker, composer-bass guitarist Dan Cooper, and composer-percussionist Peter Jarvis at Shapeshifter Lab, $10.
12/4, 8 PM the Antara Ensemble plays Carl Nielsen’s Little Suite in a Minor, Op. 1 for String Orchestra; Mozart’s Concerto in D Major for Flute and Orchestra, K. 314 (Harold Jones, flute soloist); Shostakovich’s Concerto No. 1, Op. 35, for Piano, Trumpet and String Orchestra (Irena Portenko, pianist); and William Foster McDaniel’s Duke Ellington Medley for Piano and String Orchestra (William Foster McDaniel, pianist) at St. Peter’s Church, 54th St/Lexington Ave., $25/$20 stud/srs
12/4, 8 PM a female-themed festival of art-song with Carla Kihlstedt in NYFOS’s concert Women at Merkin Concert Hall. Featuring soprano Corinne Winters, mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke, baritone Andrew Garland and pianists Michael Barrett and Steven Blier performing world premieres by Carla Kihlstedt, Mark Adamo, Mohammed Fairouz, and Harold Meltzer, and more at Merkin Concert Hall
12/4, 11 PM North Carolina band Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys play tight tuneful original and classic bluegrass at the small room at the Rockwood
12/5, 7 PM latin jazz bassist Andy Gonzalez leads his band at Hostos Center for the Arts and Culture, 450 Grand Concourse in the Bronx, free.
12/5, 7:30 PM Trio+ – Yosuke Kawasaki, violin, Wolfram Koessel, cello and Vadim Serebryani, piano.with Georgy Valtchev, violin play Haydn, Schumann, Bartok and Korngold at the Bulgarian Consulate, 121 E 62nd St, free
12/5, 11 PM noir torch song goddess Kelly Hogan at the Mercury, $15.
12/6, 6 PM the Gregg August Sextet play the cd release show for the eclectic bassist’s reputedly amazing new one Four by Six at Birdland, $30 tix avail. His quartet is also at Shapeshifter Lab for the Brooklyn crew on 12/14 at 9ish
12/6, 7:30 PM the Cassatt String Quartet play Victor Ullman’s Quartet No. 3, a new work by Gerald Cohen, Playing for Our Lives, a contemporary tribute to the musical life in the Nazi death camp, and Shostakovich’s shattering Quartet No. 8 at Symphony Space, $30/$25 stud.
12/6, 8 PM an Olga Neuwirth composer portrait at the Miller Theatre feat. International Contemporary Ensemble plus Cory Smythe, piano’Jayce Ogren, conductor playing two of the daring composer’s spectacular works for chamber ensemble: her acclaimed piano concerto and a U.S. premiere , $25 tix highly rec
12/7, 7 PM pianist Paul Kim plays Moussorgsky and Stravinsky at Third Street Music School Settlement, free.
12/7, 7:30 PM pipa virtuoso Wu Man = whose recent adventures in central Asian music have been haunting - at Symphony Space,$30/$25 stud/srs.
12/7, 7:30 PM intense percussionist Alessanda Belloni’s stormy drum/trance suite Honoring the Sea Goddess at the NY Open Center, 22 E. 30th St, $28.
12/7, 8 PM the Chelsea Symphony plays Bach’s Concerto for Two Violins, Hummel’s Trumpet Concerto, and Brahms’ Variations on a Theme of Haydn plus an Aaron Dai premiere at St. Paul’s Church, 315 W 22nd St., $20. Reception and silent auction to benefit the orchestra to follow performance
12/7, 8 PM pianist Lee Feldman, cellist Noah Hoffeld and chanteuse Basya Schechter join forces for a formidable program of Jewish music at St. Paul’s Chapel downtown
12/7, 10 PM intense, dramatic, cleverly lyrical songwriter Elaine Romanelli at Caffe Vivaldi.
12/8, 7:30 PM the Bang on a Can All-Stars play Rimpa Reimagined, a multimedia program including world premieres by Vijay Iyer and Japanese post-minimalist Mamoru Fujieda plus Somei Satoh’s Shu (Spells) for the first time since its world premiere, at the Japan Society, 333 E 47th St., $28
12/8, 10ish , ferociously literate, witty, psychedelic/new wave rockes the Larch – whose new album Days to the West is one of 2012′s best – at Freddy’s.
12/9, 1:30 PM (half past one) members of Venezuelas Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra followed at 4 PM by Adela Peña, Harumi Rhodes, violin; Ah Ling Neu, viola; Roberta Cooper, cello; Peter Weitzner, double bass, performing compositions by Haydn, Boccherini, Lev “Ljova” Zhurbin and Leroy Anderson. at the Dreck Center at the Brooklyn Public Library at Grand Army Plaza, free, note no children under 6 admitted!
12/9, 3 (three) PM the Brooklyn Women of Song (irrepressible Meg Braun, whose high-intensity blue-eyed soul will give you chills; the worldly, uncategorizable Jean Rohe, and intense genius multi-instrumentalist/chanteuse Carolann Solebello) at the First Acoustics Coffeehouse in downtown Brooklyn, $20.
12/9, 4 PM pianist David Buddin plays the NY premiere of Karlheinz Stockhausen’s Natural Durations 1-12 – hard to believe, but true – at Grace United Methodist Church, 22 7th Ave, Park Slope, Brooklyn, free. One of Stockhausen’s final works: the third “hour” of his ‘Klang’ cycle, derived from a single 24-note set run through a series of permutations.
12/9, 7 PM intense, literate, charismatic noir rocker LJ Murphy with his band – whose forthcoming album is sensational – at Zirzamin
12/9, 9ish raucous, high-energy country blues and hillbilly stuff with Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Bandat the Mercury, $12 adv tix rec.
12/10, 7 PM torchy oldtimey fiddle-driven band Katie Trautz and the New Foundry at the small room at the Rockwood.
12/11, half past noon acclaimed Italian organist Luca Benedicti at Central Synagogue, 54th/Lex, free
12/11, free beer at 5:30 PM, show at 6, Jennifer Choi, David Fulmer & Stefan Jackiw, violins; Jesse Mills, viola; & Fred Sherry, cello premiere a new Zorn duo work plus his string quartet at the Miller Theatre, free.
12/11 a benefit for guitarist Mark Spencer, who lost his Red Hook studio in the hurricane, show starts at 7 with a brilliant Americana-flavored lineup including Amy Allison, Tammy Faye Starlite, the Del Lords (first US appearance outside of Lakeside Lounge since the 90s) and Laurra Cantrell at Rock Shop, $20
12/11, 7:30/9:30 PM eclectic, funky, compelling jazz violinist Zach Brock leads a quartet with Aaron Goldberg – piano;Matt Penman – bass; Eric Harland – drums at the Jazz Standard, $20
12/11, 9/11 PM first-class bassist Christian McBride starts a long stand at the Vanguard with a trio through 12/16 and then his band Inside Straight through 12/23, $30.
12/12, 9 PM psychedelic soul and funk grooves with Jesse Fischer & Soul Cycle at Littlefield, $15.
12/12, 9:30 PM well-like indie/altcountry rocker Richard Buckner at the Mercury, $15.
12/13, 1 PM charismatic bassoonist Rebekah Heller at Trinity Church, free. Whether with a chamber ensemble or her Dark and Storm bassoon duo, she’ll make a believer out of anybody who thinks the idea of a charismatic bassoonist is ridiculous.
12/13 and 12/15, 7:30 PM and also 12/14, 11 AM (eleven in the morning), the NY Philharmonic play Sibelius’ sweeping Symphonies Nos. 1 and 3 plus the Schumann Piano Concerto at Avery Fisher Hall, $33 tix avail.
12/13-16, 7:30/90:30 PM Kenny Barron and Dave Holland in a rare duo performance at the Jazz Standard, $30.
12/13 punkgrass and high-energy oldtime acoustic sounds with Rev. Peyton’s Big Damn Band at the Mercury, 8 PM, $13 adv tix rec.
12/13, 9 PM psychedelic, lyrical, guitarishly delicious power trio Devi at Zirzamin
12/14 gypsy, Moroccan and Syrian chanteuse: Banda Magda, Malika Zarra and Gaida at Drom
12/14, 8 PM intense, rustic, original oldtime-style Appalachian/Britfolk songwriter Jan Bell’s cd release show at Barbes.
12/14, 9ish psychedelic funky grooves with acoustic bhangra band Red Baraat and then second-wave Afrobeat icons Antibalas at the Brooklyn Masonic Temple in Ft. Greene, $25 gen adm tix avail. at the Poisson Rouge box ofc.
12/15, 8 PM trombonist Wycliffe Gordon leads his Quintet at the Miller Theatre at Columbia Univ., $25 adv tix rec.
12/15, midnight psychedelic funk band Turkuaz at the Mercury, $10 adv tix rec
12/16, 6 PM free jazz summit: Peter Apfelbaum on tenor sax plus Brad Shepik on guitar and George Schuller on drums at Downtown Music Gallery, free!
12/16 ferociously intense, literate soul/rock siren Katie Elevitch at Zirzamin
12/16, 7 PM, 8 PM powerpop/psychedelic guitar summit: Pete Galub & the Annuals at Cake Shop
12/20, 7:30 PM playful indie classical ensemble yMusic and percussionist Greg Saunier premiere a new Jherek Bischoff work at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised
12/20, 10 PM anthemic, hard-rocking, intensely lyrical rockers Wormburner at the Mercury , $12 adv tix rec
12/21, 7 PM NY Phil’s CONTACT series features a chamber orchestra playing premieres by Andy Akiho, Andrew Norman and Jude Vaclavik ar the Rogers Auditorium at the Mettopolitan Museum of Art, $20.
12/22, 11 PM Sazet Band play their wild Macedonian sounds at Drom
12/23, 7 PM brilliant, eclectic-to-the-extreme guitarist Steve Antonakos plays his own wry Americana-flavored tunes and more at Zirzamin.
12/24, 11 PM Turkish chanteuse Ahu Gural and band at Drom.
12/25.1 PM Metropolitan Klezmer- one of the world’s most imaginative, fun, jam-oriented klezmer bands – play a special septet show at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in Battery Park, $15/$12 stud/srs. The hell with the movies – let’s go see this band!
12/27-30 , 7:30/9:30 PM legendary drummer Jimmy Cobb leads an all-star band playing a tribute to Miles Davis’ Kind of Blue with Jeremy Pelt – trumpet; Vincent Herring – alto saxophone; Javon Jackson – tenor saxophone; Larry Willis – piano; Buster Williams – bass at the Jazz Standard, $30
12/27, 9 PM easygoing swing warmup for grasscore madness: Lake Street Dive and the Infamous Stringdusters at Bowery Ballroom, $20.
12/30, 9ish well-liked Americana rockers the Felice Bros. at Maxwell’s, $25 adv tix rec. also avail. in Manhattan at Other Music. See them tonight instead of New Year’s Eve at the Mercury which will cost you twice as much.
New Year’s Eve: legendary, politically fueled Irish-American rockers Black 47 at Connolly’s.
New Year’s Eve, 11ish the NY Gypsy All-Stars at Drom, $35 adv tix very highly rec., early arrival a must.
1/11-12/2013 Winter Jazzfest is just around the corner: it’s the time of year when for a couple of days, all the cheesy Bleecker St. venues turn into a mecca for good jazz. Your best bet is the $45 two-day pass, available at the Poisson Rouge box office; $35 single-day passes are also available. An insanely good bunch of bands, from the oldest oldschool to the new: Hazmat Modine, the Cookers, Amir ElSaffar, Catherine Russell, Marc Cary, Brian Carpenter’s Ghost Train Orchestra, the James Carter organ trio, Ibrahim Malouf, Roy Nathanson’s Sotto Voce, Jaimeo Brown’s Transcendence, dozens more, the whole concert calendar is here.
1/27-30 intense percussionist Alessanda Belloni’s hypnotic Tarantella Spider Dance extravaganza at Theatre for the New City, 155 1st Ave. (9th/10th)