New York City Live Music Calendar for January and February 2014
Frequent updates continuing through the month: you might want to bookmark this page and check back periodically to see what’s new. There’s a comprehensive list of places where these shows are happening at NY Music Daily’s sister blog Lucid Culture.
Showtimes listed here are set times, not the time doors open – if a listing says something like “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.
Starting January 29 and continuing on Wednesdays at 7:30 PM and Sundays at 2 PM through the end of February, clarinet virtuoso David Krakauer leads a killer ensemble playing live NYC-centric film music from across the decades with new films and projections at the Museum of Jewish History, 36 Battery Place just north of Battery Park
On select Mondays and Thursdays, an intimate, growing piano music scene on the Upper West Side featuring iconoclastically insightful, lyrical pianist Nancy Garniez playing Mozart, Bach and more recent composers who draw on their work, email for info/location.
Mondays in January, 7 PM the Grand Street Stompers play hot oldtimey swing and dixieland at Arthur’s Tavern on Grove St. just west of 7th Ave. South.
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 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 and Tuesday nights Vince Giordano’s Nighthawks, a boisterous horn-driven 11-piece 1920s/early 30’s band play Iguana, 240 W. 54th St ( 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, 8 PM intense literate piano-based chamber pop with Elizabeth & the Catapult at the new third room at the Rockwood, $10
Mondays at Tea Lounge in Park Slope at 9:15 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.
Mondays in January (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.
Mondays in January, 9:30ish killer guitarist Boo and mandolinist Elena from Demolition String Band host country karaoke at Rodeo Bar. Live band, wild things happening.
Mondays in January, 10 PM noir guitar legend Jim Campilongo leads his trio at the small room at the Rockwood. Now you can go see him since the Living Room, that hellhole where he used to rehearse on Monday nights, is closed forever!
Also Mondays in January 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.
Tuesdays in January clever, fiery, eclectic ten-piece Balkan/hip-hop/funk brass maniacs Slavic Soul Party at 9 PM at Barbes. 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. A torchy, charismatic force of nature, equally at home with fiery southwestern gothic rock, oldschool soul and steamy retro jazz ballads, and her band is just as good as she is.
Wednesdays at 1 PM there are free organ concerts at St. Paul’s Chapel downtown, a mix of NYC-area and international talent.
Every Wednesday, 8:30 PM Jazz with Attitude featuring Wayne Holmes on keys, Jeff Sheloff on sax, Shinya Miyomoto on drums, Dave Jones on bass and Stephanay JNote on vocals at the Proper Café, at 21701 Linden Blvd in Cambria Heights, Queens, free
Wednesdays in January, 8:30 PM guitarist Jonathan Kreisberg (of Dr. Lonnie Smith’s band) leads a trio at the Bar Next Door, $12.
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 January Bulgarian alto sax star Yuri Yunakov and band play Mehanata starting around 10. One of the most intense and gripping improvisers in gypsy music.
The first Friday of the month, anytime between midnight and midnight you can download four songs from Kiam Records artists – like Jennifer O’Connor, Mascott and Tim Foljahn – for free. Each month’s theme is different (previously they have tackled covers, colors and money) December’s the fourth edition and a holiday theme. Available to download only on Friday and then archived and streaming at Soundcloud.
Fridays at 5 PM in January, 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. Although the sound wafts across the balcony, you actually have to be in the bar itself in order to really appreciate what they’re doing.
Fridays in January at 9 Naomi Shelton and the Gospel Queens play oldschool 1960s style gospel at the Fat Cat.
Saturdays in January, 6 PM oudist Brandon Terzic and singer Pyeng Threadgill lead an acoustic band with Matt Kilmer – percussion; Tim Keiper – percussion; Rufus Cappadocia – cello; Matt Darriau – reeds, kaval; Alsarah – vocals, that collectively “explore blues classics with a paradoxically new vision using old lenses” at Barbes
Three Saturdays in January: 1/4, 1/11 and 1/18 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. The next free concert dates are February 22, then weekly in March.
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.
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.
Three Sundays in January: 1/12, 1/19 and 1/26 the mighty Arturo O’Farrill Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra, 9/11 PM at Birdland, $30 seats avail
Sundays in January at 9 Romany guitar genius Stephane Wrembel plays Barbes. He’s holding on to the edgy, danceable spirit of Django Reinhardt while taking the style to new and unexpected places. He’s also very popular: get there early.
1/1-9 New Orleans pianist Henry Butler with downtown luminaries Steven Bernstein & the Hot 9, 7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard, $30/$35 on the weekend
1/2 and 1/7 at 7:30 PM plus 1/3 at 8 PM the NY Philharmonic with Yefim Bronfman on piano play works by Rouse and Lindberg plus Tschaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5 at Avery Fisher Hall, $30 tix avail.
1-2/4, 7 PM and also 1/5 at 4 PM the Here & Now winter festival features all kinds of new chamber compositions from interesting composers including but not limited to Peri Mauer, David Del Tredici, Gyorgi Kurtag, John Zorn, Charles Wuorinen and many others at Bargemusic, $35/$30 srs/$15 stud.
1/2, 8 PM dark, charismatic, deviously witty literate keyboardist/chanteuse Rachelle Garniez at Barbes
1/2, 8 PM St. Louis first-wave punk legend Wolf Roxon (ex-Mold Dogs, Metros and Walkie Talkie) at at Sidewalk.
1/2, 8 PM Florida Americana banjo shredder/multi-instrumentlist Mean Mary at the Way Station.
1/2, 9 PM socially aware, oldtimey-flavored 2/3 Goat at Hill Country, free
1/3, 9 PM sharply literate, intense, tuneful acoustic songwriter/indie classical compose Kjersti Kveli with her band at the Triad, 158 W 72nd St. east of Broadway.
1/3, 9ish a big Lou Reed tribute at the Gutter bowling alley in Williamsburg with a super diverse lineup: the punk-dreampop Highway Gimps, political punk-jazz No One & the Somebodies, postpunk guitar-drums duo Eleanor, smartly assaultive and funny punks the Donner Party Picnic, the similar but more oldschool Everymen, and the Brooklyn What, who are to 2013 what the Dead Boys and also the Clash were to 1979.
1/3, 10 PM charismatic, sultry, torchy Americana songwriter/chanteuse Julia Haltigan and her fiery band at the big room at the Rockwoodat the big room at the Rockwood
1/3, midnight, intense, dramatic Turkish art-rock chanteuse Hayal sings her “dream songs” at Drom, $10 .
1/4, 6:30 PM a Frank Wesss tribute at St. Peter’s Church, 54th/Lex with Jimmy Heath, Kenny Barron, Jimmy Owens, Michael Weiss and others, get there early, this will be sad but explosively good.
1/4, 8 PM legendary Piedmont blues guitarist Larry Johnson at Terra Blues
1/4, 9 PM Unsteady Freddie‘s monthly surf rock extravaganza at Otto’s is an especially good one: kick-ass original third-wavers Tsunami of Sound at 9, Mister Neutron at 10 and Blue Wave Theory at 11, the eclectically dark, cinematic Tarantinos NYC at midnight and around 1 AM amazing, ferocious Boston horror surf band Beware the Dangers of a Ghost Scorpion.
1/4, 9 PM state-of-the-art jazz guitarist Mary Halvorson leads a quartet at BAM Cafe, free
1/4, 10ish explosive noir surf/postrock/metal instrumentalists Dark City at Bowery Electric, $8.
1/4, 11ish punk Balkan brass sounds with Bad Credit No Credit at Shea Stadium
1/4, midnight, tapdancing trombonist Todd Londagin (ex-Flying Neutrinos) does his droll but edgy take on oldtimey swing at the small room at the Rockwood.
1/5, 3 PM pianist Helena Basilova plays pensive works by Gubaidulina, Prokofiev, Ustvolskaya and Basilov at Spectrum, $15
1/5, 5 (five) PM ethereal, haunting oldtimey chanteuse Miwa Gemini at the small room at the Rockwood
1/5, 5 PM pianist Roger Peltzman plays Chopin works from his new album Dedication: Roger Peltzman Plays Chopin, in memory of his uncle Norbert Stern, a fellow pianist and Chopin devotee murdered in the Holocaust. At le Poisson Rouge, $17 adv tix rec.
1/5, 7 PM violinist Cornelius Dufallo and bassist Patrick Derivaz debut their new series of ambient music featuring Michael Croswell at Spectrum, $15
1/5, 9ish guitarist Boo and mandolinist Elena from Demolition String Band at 2A
1/6, 8 PM lyrical cutting-edge jazz pianist Kris Davis debuts her Infrasound octet at Roulette, $15.
1/6, 8 PM Cuban percussionist Pedrito Martinez and his blazing salsa jazz group at Brooklyn Bowl, $10.
1/6, 9 PM the supremely tuneful late-50s inflected Behn Gillece / Ken Fowser Vibraphone Quintet at the Fat Cat
1/7-12, 8/10 PM pyrotechnic, paradigm-shifting saxophonist/composer Rudresh Mahanthappa’s Bird Project and also his Indo-Pak Coalition at the Stone, $15.
1/7-12 the Christian McBride Big Band at the Vanguard, 8:30/10:30 PM, $25, then 1/14-19 the esteemed bassist leads a trio there. To think that Lorraine Gordon once told him, “It’s ok if you come back, but don’t you dare bring that rock band back here!”
1/7 and 1/21, 8 PM Johnny Winter and band at B.B. King’s, $30 adv tix rec. He sits down now, but he’s still got fire in his fingers. One of the true individuals in the history of electric blues.
1/7, 8 PM drummer Andrew Drury’s Content Provider and saxophonist Dan Blake’s You Try, I’ll Run at the Intar Theatre, 500 W 52nd St, 4th fl., $10 or $20 for a family!
1/7, 8:30 PM catchy, edgy, lyrical powerpop maven Patti Rothberg & Wet Paint at the Bitter End
1/8-12 tuneful guitar combo the Kurt Rosenwinkel New Quartet, 7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard, $25/$30 on the weekend.
1/8, 8 PM a very rare opportunity to see torchy jazz/Americana songwriting icon Eleni Mandell in an intimate space, at the small room at the Rockwood, get there early
1/8, 8:30 PM pianist Jesse Elder and violinist Blanca Cecilia Gonzalez’s third-stream 1in2 multimedia collaboration at Cornelia St. Cafe, $tba
1/8, 10 PM fun, anthemic Spector-esque retro girl-group band Pep at Rock Shop, $10.
1/8, 11 PM psychedelic jazz vibraphonist Tyler Blanton leads a new electro-acoustic venture with bassist Sam Minaie and drumming powerhouse Ari Hoenig at the small room at the Rockwood; 1/21 Blanton leads a trio at the Bar Next Door at 8:30, $12.
1/9, 7:30 PM psychedelic Middle Eastern/Central Asian/Caribbean jamband Tribecastan at Joe’s Pub, $20
1/9 and 1/14, 7:30 PM plus 1/10 and 1/11 at 8 the NY Philharmonic play Beethoven’s First Symphony, Gershwin’s An American in Paris, and Shostakovich featuring violinist Lisa Batiashvili at Avery Fisher Hall, $30 tix avail.
1/9, 8 PM the reliably ferocious, fun Balkan madness of Raya Brass Band followed by eclectic, funky, edgy lyrical rocker Avi Fox-Rosen - who keeps putting out amazing albums EVERY MONTH as name-your-price (.i.e. free) downloads – celebrating his yearlong marathon at Rock Shop, $10.
1/9, 8 PM hard-rocking Balkan band Tipsy Oxcart at Arlene’s.
1/9, 8 PM eclectic, quirky Borneo-born jazz/torch-song chanteuse Zee Avi with her band at Littlefield, $15.
1/9, 8 PM legendary low-register reedman JD Parran and ensemble at the Old Stone House in Park Slope, $10 sugg don
1/9, 8 PM up-and-coming pianists Matthew Graybil and Igor Lovchinsky perform music of Walter Piston including two New York premieres: Piston’s Sonata for Piano, composed in 1926, and Concerto for Two Pianos Soli, as part of the 3-day retrospective at Subculture.
1/9, 8:30 PM and 1/10 at 9/10:30 PM the chamber jazz group that started it all, the Claudia Quintet at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min; 1/11 at 8:30 bandleader John Hollenbeck’s group is joined by Theo Bleckmann for some vocal covers.
1/9, 8:30 PM bass goddess Felice Rosser’s reliably groovalicious, smartly thoughtful band Faith at Bowery Electric, $8
1/9, 9/10:30 PM the Amina Figarova Reunion Band: a harder, more postbop-oriented take on the pianist/composer’s elegant tunes with Jaleel Shaw – alto saxophone; Wayne Escoffery – tenor saxophone; Freddie Hendrix – trumpet; Derek Nievergelt – bass; Johnathan Blake – drums at the Jazz Gallery, $15 first set/$10 second
1/9, 9 PM Alaska fiddler Ken Waldman puts on a 3+hour “variety show” featuring oldtime acoustic Americana jams and cameos from a coast-to-coast cast including Wild Carrot (Cincinnati duo of Pam Temple and Spencer Funk), Brian Vollmer & Old-Time Music Party, Dovetail Ensemble, Irish fiddler Caitlin Warbelow and her band, 4TET (the twin fiddling of Brittany Haas and Cleek Schrey), fiddler Tom Bailey and others at the Jalopy, $10.
1/9, 10 PM dark hypnotic downtempo piano rock grooves with pianist Eve Lesov and her band at Drom
1/10-11 Winter Jazzfest is just around the corner – your chance to see hundreds of dollars worth of big-name and big-talent jazz acts in two marathon nights from one end of Bleecker to the other, the complete lineup is here.
1/10, 7ish Maqamfest at Alwan for the Arts downtown: an early contender for best concert of 2014 with luminous Balkan chanteuse Eva Salina, Afghani rubab player Quraishi, sizzling Romany brass party monsters Sazet Band, the all-star Middle Eastern Alwan Ensemble, Syrian clarinet powerhouse Kinan Azmeh, Lebanese jazz pianist Tarek Yamani and classic 60s/70s Iranian rock cover band Mitra Sumara, $30, early arrival advised
1/10-12 and 1/14-18, 7 PM and 1/4 at 4 PM riveting singer/composer Kamala Sankaram‘s incendiary new opera, Thumbprint: “An illiterate woman is gang-raped as retribution for an ‘honor crime’ her brother allegedly committed. She doesn’t surrender. She becomes the first woman in Pakistan to bring her attackers to justice. Her name is Mukhtar. With a score influenced by traditional Hindustani and Western classical music, Thumbprint, the contemporary opera-theatre work by composer Kamala Sankaram and librettist Susan Yankowitz, follows Mukhtar’s human rights crusade along a road she must walk and pave at the same time.” at the Baruch Performing Arts Center, 55 Lexington Ave, $25.
1/10, 7ish a New Orleans party night: Big Sam’s Funky Nation, Brass-A-Holics, Luke Winslow-King, the Iguanas and Bridge Trio at the Cutting Room .
1/10, 7:30 PM Miolina: Mioi Takeda & Lynn Bechtold, violins play works by Eve Beglarian, Milica Paranosic, Isang Yun and Bechtold at Spectrum, $15
1/10, 8 PM Maqamfest at Alwan for the Arts with riveting Balkan chanteuse Eva Salina reinventing songs of Balkan Romany legends, plus Afghani rubab player Quraishi, and electrifying Macedonian ensemble Sazet Band
1/10, 8/10 PM Ryan Truesdell’s explosive archive-plundering Gil Evans Project big band at Subculture.
1/10, 8 PM moody haunting cinematic Acadian string band Sagapool at Drom, free
1/10, 8 PM Sandra Lilia Velasquez’s torchy, sultry downtempo/trip-hop/neosoul band SLV at Barbes.
1/10, 8 PM Portland, Maine Americana band North of Nashville at the small room at the Rockwood.
1/10, 8 PM lyrical intense clever Americana chanteuse Karen Hudson and band at An Beal Bocht Cafe, 445 W 238th St
1/10, 8 PM pianist David Hazeltine with drum legend Louis Hayes & bassist Peter Washington at Flushing Town Hall, $15/$10 stud.
1/10, 10 PM dark, guitarishly intense punk blues band Penrose at Arlene’s, $10
1/10, 11 PM alt-country violin star and strong songwriter Amanda Shires at Hill Country, free.
1/10, 11 PM oldschool 60s C&W and brooding southwestern gothic with the Jack Grace Band at Rodeo Bar
1/10, 11:30 PM Toy – the British Black Angels- at the Mercury, $12
1/11, 6 PM cellist Maya Beiser plays Michael Harrison’s hypnotic Just Ancient Loops with film by Bill Morrison at the Rubin Museum, 150 17th St, $25.
1/11, 7 PM cellist Kivie Cahn-Lipman plays two Bach cello suites plus a Edgar Guzmán work incorporating a section of the Bach Cello Suite 1 Prelude for prerecorded tracks and cello followed at 9 by electric sitar music by Dawoud Kringle & Renegade Sufi at Spectrum, $15
1/11, 7:15 PM dark psychedelic acoustic blues/klezmer/reggae/soca jamband Hazmat Modine at Terra Blues
1/11, 8 PM a wild night at Drom: Afrobeat funk band Elikeh followed at 8:45 by Malian griot Cheick Hamala Diabate, psychedelic salseros La Mecanica Popular at 9:30, Ethiopian groovemeisters Feedel at 10:15, Ethiopian keyboard legend and Mulatu Astatke collaborator Hailu Mergia at 11, wild Mexican surf/chicha/reggae band La Sabrosa Sabrosura at 11:45, ten-piece Balkan brass monsters Slavic Soul Party at half past midnight and if you’re still conscious at 1:30, hip-hop brass grooves with PitchBlack Brass Band. All this for a measly ten bucks.
1/11, 8 PM diverse, often haunting original Americana/acoustic funk/art-rock jamband the Sometime Boys at Hometown BBQ in Red Hook
1/11, 8ish another hot New Orleans night with the Brass-A-Holics, Maurice Brown & Soul’d U Out and Mia Borders at Brooklyn Bowl
1/11, 8 PM cornetist Matt Lavelle‘s individualistic 12 Houses improvisational big band at the Firehouse Space, $10
1/11, 8:30 PM “Satirical songster Dave Lippman brings along the Bard of the Bankers, Wild Bill Bailout, in a Fairly Unbalanced program of rhyming commentary” at the People’s Voice Cafe, $18 sugg.don, “no one turned away”
1/11, 9 PM hypnotic, fun, psychedelic-as-hell art-rock/prog instrumentalists You Bred Raptors – Epileptic Peat on 8-string bass, Zach Schmidlein on drums and Bryan Wilson on cello – at Grand Victory, $9.
1/11, 9 PM the Threefifty Duo – acoustic guitarists Brett Parnell and Geremy Schulick – play their intriguing, hypnotic, pensive acoustic post-baroque postrock at BAM Cafe, free
1/11, 9 PM the “Super O’Farrill Bros.” quartet followed at 11 by alto sax monster Miguel Zenon leading his quartet with the brilliant Luis Perdomo on piano at the Jazz Gallery, $20.
1/11, 10ish murky, intense, tuneful vintage indie supergroup the Martha’s Vineyard Ferries with Chris Brokaw, Bob Weston and Elisha Wiesner at Death by Audio, $8
1/11, 10 PM Zongo Junction plays Afrobeat at the big room at the Rockwood.
1/11,11 PM edgy comedic chanteuse Killy Mockstar Dwyer (ex-Kill the Band) at Sidewalk
1/11, 11 PM Thunda Vida play roots reggae and dub at Shrine.
1/12, 3 PM Trio Cavatina plays works by Beethoven and Brahms, as well as a New York premiere by Douglas Boyce at Flushing Town Hall.
1/12, 4 PM Joana Genova, violin; Evan Drachman, cello; Doris Stevenson, piano play Beethoven: Sonata for violin and piano in D Major, Op. 12, No. 1; Sonata for cello and piano in A Major, Op. 69, No. 3; Dvorak: Piano Trio No. 4 in E minor, Op. 90, “Dumky” at Bargemusic, $35/$30 srs/$15 stud.
1/12, 7 PM melodic jazz pianist Jorn Swart plays the album release for his pensive, noirish new one with a quartet at Spectrum.
1/12, 7 PM Igor Butman & the Moscow Jazz Orchestra with special guest pianist Allan Harris at le Poisson Rouge, $25 standing room avail.
1/12, 8 PM Friction Quartet plays two world premieres of newly commissioned works by Ian Dicke and Brendon Randall-Myers at the Firehouse Space, $10.
1/12, 8:30 PM drummer Tomas Fujiwara & the Hookup: Michael Formanek, bass; Mary Halvorson, guitar; Brian Settles , tenor sax; Jonathan Finlayson, trumpet at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min.
1/12, 9ish edgy downtown jazz drummer Ben Perowsky leads his band at Branded Saloon in Ft. Greene.
1/12, 9 PM cosmopolitan jazz/soul siren Nicole Zuraitis at the small room at the Rockwood
1/12, 10 PM marching brass band Asphalt Orchestra plays the Pixies’ Surfer Rosa at le Poisson Rouge, $15 adv tix rec
1/13, 7 PM Yefim Bronfman plus a NY Philharmonic Ensemble plays new chamber works by Marc-André Dalbavie and Marc Neikrug at Subculture, $25 tix avail.
1/13, 7:30 PM the Gryphon Trio play a program TBA at Subculture, $15 adv tix rec.
1/13, 8 PM captivating southwestern gothic/oldtime blues/Americana songwriter Melaena Cadiz at the small room at the Rockwood.
1/13, 8:30 PM mystical, enchanting Pakistani ghazal singer Kiran Ahluwalia – whose new collaboration with Tinariwen is as amazing as you would think – with her ensemble at Cornelia St. Cafe, $15 + $10 min,
1/14 an octet with Greg Osby, Jaleel Shaw, Donny McCaslin, Jeremy Pelt, Marty Ehrlich and others plays the music of Andrew Hill, 7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard, $20.
1/14, 8:30 PM luminous, tuneful pianist Kris Davis leads a quintet at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min.
1/14, 9 PM explosive, legendary Romanian Romany brass orchestra Fanfare Ciocarlia followed at around 11 by the electric, more jazz-oriented but no less explosive NY Gypsy All-Stars at Drom, $20 adv tix a must
1/15, 7:30/9:30 PM third-stream pianist Darrell Grant leads a quintet with Steve Wilson, Joe Locke and many special guests at the Jazz Standard, $20.
1/15-18, 8:30 PM and 1/19 at 4 PM the provocative new opera Have a Good Day, by Lithuanian composer Lina Lapelyte and librettist Vaiva Grainyte “is set around the inner lives of cashiers in a shopping center and looks at everything that lies behind the mechanical ‘Good afternoon. Thank you. Have a good day!’, followed by a smile. The faceless, robot-like shop workers found in everyday life are transformed into striking opera characters; their secret thoughts and biographies are turned into short, personal dramas.” At Here, 165 6th Ave., west side of the street past the park, $25.
1/15, 7 PM the album release show for bassist Benjy Fox-Rosen‘s new Two Worlds/Tsvey Veltnsong cycle with Michael Winograd (clarinet), Patrick Farrell (accordion/piano), Jason Nazary (drums) and Avi Fox-Rosen (guitar/banjo), based on the poetry of Yiddish poet Mordechai Gebertig, a chilling look at pre- and post-Holocaust Poland, at the Center for Jewish Reseach, 15 W 16th St., $15/$10 stud/srs .
1/15, 8 PM the Del Sol String Quartet play the New York premiere of Mason Bates’ Bagatelles for String Quartet and Electronics as well as These Memories May Be True by Lembit Beecher, Peradam by Ken Ueno, and Spiral X for amplified string quartet by Chinary Ung at Roulette, $15.
1/15, 10:30 edgy sardonic Japanese Brooklyn postpunk girlband the Hard Nips at Glasslands, $10.
1/16, 7:30 PM the Gryphon Trio with special guest James Campbell on clarinet play Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time at Subculture, $15
1/16, 7:30 PM exciting new chamber works by William Susman, Karen Bentley Pollick, violinist with the Paul Dresher Ensemble, brilliant multi-reedist Demetrius Spaneas and pianist Elaine Kwon at Spectrum, $15
1/16-19 Cyrus Chestnut leads his piano trio, 7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard, $25/$30 on the weekend
1/16, 7:30 PM repeating 1/18 at 8 PM, Andrey Boreyko conducts the NY Philharmonic playing Stravinsky’s Song of the Nightingale, Zemlinsky’s The Mermaid, and Mozart’s Bassoon Concerto at Avery Fisher Hall, $30 tix avail.
1/16, 7:30 PM up-and-coming chamber ensemble Face the Music plays This Is Not Spartacus, a “10-minute musical discourse on mob mentality for 20 guitar-picking, shouting musicians written by 12-year-old group member Paris Lavidis; and Steve Martland’s breakneck Horses of Instruction, originally written for Bang on a Can,” at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised.
1/16, 8 PM so these amazing Balkan/Middle Eastern bands are gonna be in town for Golden Festival and figured they might as well do a show beforehand: hard-rocking Tipsy Oxcart, wild jamband Raya Brass Band, psychedelically rocking Choban Elektrik, funkily intense Ornamatik and Jenny Luna‘s haunting, traditional Turkish band Dolunay all on the bill at Littlefield, probably in reverse order, absurdly cheap at $8.
1/16, 9 PM Dervisi feat. guitar god Steve Antonakos play “exotic Greek gangasta blues” at Espresso 77, 35-57 77th St. (just off of 37th Ave), Jackson Heights
1/16, 9 PM charmingly rustic guy/girl oldschool C&W harmonies with the Weal & Woe, the Kings County Ramblers and the alternately haunting and wryly amusing Nashville gothic band Maynard & the Musties at Hank’s.
1/17, 7 PM Chicago-style blues guitar monster Bobby Radcliff at Terra Blues.
1/17, 7 PM the Australian Haydn Quartet play works by Haydn, Rameau, Boccherini and a Mendelssohn octet at Church of St. Luke in the Fields, 487 Hudson St., $20/$10 stud.
1/17, 7:30 PM the Zodiac Trio play music of Stravinsky, Richard Danielpour, John Mackey, and Andrew List at le Poisson Rouge, $20
1/17, 8ish Brooklyn’s amazing annual Balkan music explosion: Golden Festival at Grand Prospect Hall, 263 Prospect Ave in Ditmas Park, Brooklyn, bands TBA, it’s always an amazing international cast of characters, $35/$30 stud.
1/17, 8 PM snarling, Bowie-esque neo-glamrock band Libel at Radio Bushwick, 22 Wyckoff Ave, Brooklyn.
1/17, 8 PM a new sultry spin on classic 60s latin soul grooves: Spanglish Fly at Drom
1/17, 9 PM smart, politically-fueled Irish rocker Niall Connolly at the small room at the Rockwood.
1/17, 9 PM the Hot at Nights play the album release show for their intriguing groove/acid jazz album Try This at Drom, $17.
1/17, 10 PM Preachermann and the Revival at Shrine – impassioned yet wickedly subtle, politically conscious oldschool-style soul, sort of the missing link between late-period Marvin Gaye and Gil Scott-Heron.
1/17, 10 PM Brilliantly eclectic, original Asheville bluegrass band Town Mountain at Hill Country, free; 1/18 they’re at Hill Country Brooklyn, 345 Adams St., same time, free
1/17, 11 PM intense dark rocker Lorraine Leckie at Sidewalk. She and her Canadian gothic band ripped the roof off this place the first time they played here.
1/18 brilliant, haunting Bee & Flower bandleader/bassist/multi-instrumentalist Dana Schechter’s new project Insect Ark at the Acheron
1/18, 7 PM evocative third-stream chamber-jazz trumpeter Douglas Detrick’s AnyWhen Ensemble plays the album release show for their new one The Bright and Rushing World at the Rubin Museum of Art, 150 W. 17th St, $20.
1/18, 7 PM Fire Pink Trio – Jacquelyn Bartlett, harpist, Sheila Browne, violist and Debra Reuter-Pivetta, flutist- perform Debussy’s Sonate plus contemporary works: Doppler Effect by Adrienne Albert, Dan Locklair’s Dream Steps, Manuel Moreno-Buendia’s Suite Popular Espanol and Sonny Burnette’s Cruisin’ with the Top Down, free, at Christ & St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 120 W 69th St.
1/18, 8 PM the Bright Smoke (the French Exit’s Mia Wilson’s haunting, angst-ridden, atmospherically bluesy new project) at Lit
1/18, 8 PM the world premiere performance of Rex Isenberg’s An Angel At Dachau for piano, clarinet, violin, and cello, tells the story of a Jewish prisoner at Dachau concentration camp and his encounter with the angel of death at the Firehouse Space, $10.
1/18, 8 PM eclectic bassist/loopmusic composer Florent Ghys followed by Ensemble Et Al playing the album release show for their new one at Spectrum, $15.
1/18, 8 PM Donna Susan at Otto’s. Understatedly dark tunesmith, sense of humor, lovely voice, catchy tunes, what’s not to like?
1/18, 9/10:30 PM bassist Michael Bates’ Shostakovich jazz project with Chris Speed, saxophone, clarinet; Russ Johnson, trumpet; Russ Lossing, piano, rhodes; Michael Bates, bass; Dan Weiss, drums at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min.
1/18, 9:30 PM torchy, noirish Indian-American jazz/torch chanteuse Neha at Caffe Vivaldi
1/18, 11 PM second-wave punk cult favorites the New Bomb Turks – whose album titles are unsurpassed – at the Bell House, $15 gen adm.
1/18, midnight psychedelic funk madness with the MK Groove Orchestra at the Cutting Room , $5.
1/18, 1 AM (actually morning of 1/19) wild, high-energy Afrobeat jamband the Brighton Beat at the big room at the Rockwood. Check out their unbelievable live free download page.
1/18, 2 AM (actually morning of 1/19) an explosive post-Golden Festival doublebill with Brooklyn jammers Raya Brass Band and the equally ferocious New Orleans Balkan crew G String Orchestra at Freddy’s.
1/19, 11:30AM ish fiery, deviously witty klezmer jamband Metropolitan Klezmer at City Winery for Brunch, $10, no minimum, kids free
1/19, 2 PM the Distinguished Concerts Orchestra & Distinguished Concerts Singers perform the New York premiere of Requiem for the Living, by Dan Forrest plus the patriotic The Testament of Freedom by Randall Thompson and The Gettysburg Address by Mark Hayes, at Stern Auditorium, Carnegie Hall, $20 tix avail.
1/19, 3 PM up-and-coming pianist Hannah Sun (a Rachmaninoff devotee) at Central Synagogue, 1 E 65th St. off 5th Ave., free.
1/19, 4 PM Natalie Zhu on piano, Juliette Kang on violin and Jeffrey Lang on french horn perform the Brahms Horn Trio Op. 40 plus works by Debussy and Francaix at the Dreck Center at the Brooklyn Public Library, free, no under-sixes.
1/19, 5 PM if you missed Golden Festival, several of the best brass and Balkan bands who just played there over the weekend are doing a last-minute gig at Drom for only $10: the Balcony Players, Orkestra Balkan Express, Electric Gaida Band, Pontic Firebird and Souren Baronian. Long-running dancehall reggae band the Skadanks play afterward at 10.
1/19, 7 PM Jake Schepps and Expedition play their new 24-minute, 5-movement piece for bluegrass string band plus works by Marc Mellits, Béla Bartók, and by the five group members at the big room at the Rockwood, $12
1/19, 8 PM the Australian Haydn Quintet play a program TBA at Caffe Vivaldi.
1/19, 8:30 Shana Tucker – sort of the Esperanza Spalding of the cello, but a better singer – with her band at Shapeshifter Lab, $15. Funky twin basslines, eclectic songwriting and musical cross-pollination.
1/19, 9 PM perennially vital conscious hip-hop star Talib Kweli does a MLK day show at SOB’s, $22 adv tix rec
1/20, 7:30 PM the Distinguished Concerts Orchestra & Distinguished Concerts Singers International play music of UK composer Karl Jenkins at Stern Auditorium, Carnegie Hall, $20 tix avail.
1/20, 8:30 PM hypnotic, intense Indian jazz: Namaskar with Sameer Gupta, drums; Marc Cary, piano; Arun Ramamurthy, violin; Marika Hughes, cello; Rashaan Carter, bass at Cornelia St. Cafe, $15 + $10 min.
1/21 and 1/23 pianist Nancy Garniez and valveless hornist Jacob Garniez play an intimate Upper West Side house concert featuring Beethoven Sonata, Op 17 for horn and piano; Mozart Sonatas B-flat, K 281; F, K 547a; Adagio K 540; Gigue K 547 and Chopin: Mazurkas, Op. 6 7ish, email for info/location.
1/21, 7:30 PM up-and-coming pianist Jenny Q Chai plays music of Bach, Gibbons, Schumann, Debussy, Stockhausen, Stroppa, and Kurtág at le Poisson Rouge, $15 adv tix rec.
1/21-26, 8/10 PM downdown jazz piano luminary Uri Caine plays with a series of groups at the Stone, $15. Choice pick: a duo set with John Zorn ($20 cover) on 1/23 at 8; 1/24-25 at 8 with the Sirius String Quartet.
1/21, 9 PM vibraphonist Kevin Norton’s Breakfast of Champignons with bassist James Ilgenfritz, pianist Angelica Sanchez and violinist Esther Noh at Spectrum, $15
1/21, 7:30 PM intense, Aimee Mann-style literate chamber pop with Elizabeth & the Catapult at at the Mercury, $15
1/21, 10:30 PM virtuoso downtown reedman/mandolinist Doug Wieselman plays the album release show for his his first-ever solo clarinet record From Water at le Poisson Rouge, $10
1/21-22, 8/10:30 PM lyrical Jamaican jazz piano legend Monty Alexander leads his Harlem-Kingston Express at the Blue Note, $20 standing room avail; he’s there 1/23-26 with his classic trio with Jeff Hamilton and John Clayton.
1/22 Rolling Stones saxophonist Tim Ries & the East Gipsy Band play the album release show for their new one- wow – 7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard, $20.
1/22, 8 PM legendary Texas Americana guitar god/crooner Junior Brown at City Winery, $28 standing room avail.
1/22, 8:30 PM devious saxophonist Jon Irabagon‘s album release show with his new loft jazz trio feat. Mark Helias, bass; Barry Altschul, drums at Cornelia St. Cafe, $15 + $10 min; 1/23, same time, he expands to a quartet, same deal, then at 10:30 leads a trio with Mary Halvorson on guitar and Tyshawn Sorey on drums
1/23, 7 PM a rare US appearance by brilliant Jordanian chanteuse/bandleader Farah Siraj at Joe’s Pub, $15 adv tix a must
1/23, 7 PM trombonist Clifton Anderson leads his Quartet at the Dreck Center at the Brooklyn Public Library, free.
1/23, 7:30 PM a performance of eclectic, hard-hitting contemporary antiwar works by works by Aleksandra Vrebalov, David T. Little, Jonathan Berger, and Dorian Wallace at Spectrum, $15
1/23, 7:30 PM, repeating 1/25 at 8 PM Andrey Boreyko conducts the NY Philharmonic playing Tcherepnin’s The Enchanted Kingdom plus Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto No.1 and Tchaikovsky’s Suite No.3 at Avery Fisher Hall, $30 tix avail.
1/23-26 hall of fame drummer/impresario/personality Jeff “Tain” Watts leads his big band 7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard, $30/$35 on the weekend.
1/23, 7:30 PM indie classical ensemble Eighth Blackbird play works by Tom Johnson, Lisa Kaplan, Andy Akiho, plus one of their signature pieces, David Lang’s These Broken Wings at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free
1/23, 8 PM pianist Simone Dinnerstein plays music of Bach, Beethoven and George Crumb at the Miller Theatre, $20 tix avail.
1/23, 9 PM acoustic Mexican folk-punk band Radio Jarocho at Pete’s
1/23, 10ish fearlessly politically incorrect first-wave punk party band the Dictators celebrate 60 years of Handsome Dick Manitoba (their former roadie who, like Bon Scott, became the frontman who defined the band – except that this guy didn’t drink himself to death, he opened a bar instead) at Bowery Electric, $20 adv tix a must, this will sell out
1/24, 7 PM the Composers Concordance chamber ensemble plays music of Gene Pritsker, Dan Cooper, Milica Paranosic, Patrick Hardish and Joseph Pehrson at Turtle Bay Music School, Richmond Room, 244 E 52nd St, free.
1/24, 8 PM Spanking Charlene side project the Sad Bastards of Brooklyn – who play melancholy covers from all over the musical map – at Sidewalk
1/24, 8 PM cellist Misha Quint and pianist Svetlana Gorokhovich play Thomas Fortmann’s brutally challenging Thomas Fortmann’s Sonata for Quintcello, plus works by Schubert, Debussy and Francois Francoeur at Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, $35 tix avail.
1/24, 8:30 PM the Gowanus Reggae & Ska Society play Bob Marley’s Catch a Fire all the way through at Shapeshifter Lab, $10
1/24, 8:30 PM, repeating on 1/25, 8:30 PM the Chelsea Symphony play a characteristically cutting-edge program with Vieuxtemps: Violin Concerto No. 5, feat. Juliana Pereira, violin; Ravel: Tzigane, Rapsodie de Concert, feat. Audrey Lo, violin; Milhaud: Saudades do Brasil at St. Paul’s Church, 315 W 22nd St, $20 sugg don.
1/24, 11 PM ferociously tuneful southwestern gothic rockers theDownward Dogs at Sidewalk.
1/24, 11 PM ferocious fiddle-fueled Virginia Americana/grasscore band Chamomile & Whiskey at Rock Shop, $8.
1/24, 11 PM well-liked tenth-generation dark garage rockers the Detroit Cobras at the Bell House, $15 gen adm.
1/24, 11 PM Their Planes Will Block Out the Sun - the rare Smiths-influenced 80s-ish band that doesn’t suck – at Spike Hill.
1/25, 6 PM, and 1/26, 4 PM classical/comedy team Drama in Beethoven with pianist Emir Gamsizoglu and actress Ege Maltepe makes the missing link between Beethoven and Shakespeare at Caffe Vivaldi.
1/25, 7 PM torchy oldtime bandleader Jessy Carolina & the Hot Mess at Terra Blues at Terra Blues
1/25, 8 PM the lively, eclectic Dances of the World Chamber Orchestra with composer Diana Wayburn (flute, piano), Jeff Newell (flute), Adam Matthes (viola), Dara Hankins (cello), John Murchison (bass), Bert Hill (french horn), Spencer Hale (trombone), Yonatan Avi Oleiski (percussion) at the Firehouse Space, $10.
1/25, 8:30 PM intense, brilliantly original alto saxophonist/composer Sarah Manning with a sensational band: Fung Chern Hwei – viola; Jonathan Goldberger – guitar; Rene Hart – bass; Allison Miller – drums, at I-Beam.
1/25, 9 PM Nashville gothic chanteuse Ember Schrag, freak-folk legend Kath Bloom and haunting, literate Americana/chamber pop/psychedelic rock siren (and Golden Palominos frontwoman) Lianne Smith at E Gallery, 459 Vanderbilt Ave, Bed-Stuy, $10.
1/25, 9 PM entrancing, kinetic Moroccoan sintir band Gnawa Bossou plus a bellydance performance at Tagine, the enticing Moroccan boite at 221 W 38th St, $10 incl. a free drink!
1/25, 9 PM Spanish band Dientes de Caramelo play flamenco rock and 80s sounds at Shrine.
1/25, 11 PM excellent, alcohol-fueled doublebill: Haley Bowery & the Manimals play their sardonic, hard-hitting new retro glamrock followed by Hannah vs. the Many’s searing, lyrical noir punk cabaret rock at Rock Shop, $10
1/26, 10:30 AM (this is a morning concert) the Calefax Reed Quintet play their inventive arrangement of Bach’s Goldberg Variations at the Walter Reade Theater, 165 W. 65th St, $22 tix avail. At 4 PM they play the program for free at the Dreck Center at the Brooklyn Public Library; Later that night at 9 PM they’re at the Poisson Rouge playing Stockhausen (?!?) for $15, adv tix req.
1/26, 2:30-6 PM a screening of the 2012 Joseph Rochlitz film, Hebreo: In Search of Salomone Rossi, a panel discussion, and a performance of paradigm-shifting Jewish-Italian Renaissance violinist/composer Rossi’s work by Basel-based ensemble Profeti della Quinta at the Museum of Jewish Heritage, 36 Battery Place (north and west of Battery Park), $25 tix avail.
1/26, 4 PM Ensemble Leonarda (Susan Graham, flute; David Himmelheber, cello; Nancy Kito, harpsichord; with violinists Agnes Simkens and Andy Bhasin) play music of the Bachs, the Couperins, Corelli and others at L’Eglise Francaise du St.-Esprit, 109 E. 60th St, $20/$15 stud/srs
1/26, 4 PM the choir of Corpus Christi Church, Louise Basbas, director, sings late 16thcentury Magnificats, antiphons, and feast-day music by Byrd, Andrea Gabrieli, Guerrero, Hassler, Lassus on their home turf, Corpus Christi Church, 529 W 121st St $10 tix avail.
1/26, 7 PM sharp, satirical, catchy, sardonically funny powerpop Beatlesque/Costelloesque songwriter Walter Ego plus a comedy act at Sidewalk.
1/26, 8 PM the Bushwick Book Club – Ken South Rock, Sweet Soubrette, Susan Hwang, Mia Pixley, Hilary Downes, Phoebe Kreutz, Charlie Nieland (Her Vanished Grace), Shannon Pelcher, Jessie Kilguss, Phil Andrews, Pearl Rhein and others – play songs inspired by Vonnegut’s Welcome to the Monkey House at Goodbye Blue Monday.
1/27, 7:30 PM the Brentano Quartet play Elgar – Quartet in E Minor, op. 83; Shostakovich – Quartet No. 11 in F Minor, op. 122; Mendelssohn – String Quartet No. 3 in D Major, op. 44, no. 1 at Advent Church, 93rd/Broadway, free
1/27, 7:30 PM pianist Xiayin Wang with the Escher Quartet at Merkin Concert Hall playing works by Fauré, Schumann and Piazzolla.
1/27, 8:15 PM violinists Esther Noh and Melissa Tong present solo and duo works by Kevin Puts, Richard Carrick, Friedrich Kern, Sebastian Armoza, and James Johnston at Spectrum, $15
1/27, 8 PM pianist Jeanne Golan and actor David Garrison present Sonatas & Stories: an evening of solo and collaborative works by brilliant/obscure Jewish-Viennese composer Viktor Ullmann, who was murdered in the Holocaust, at Roulette, $20 .
1/28-2/2, 8/10 PM noir/latin/jazz guitar eclecticist Marc Ribot plays with a bunch of ensembles at the Stone. Early arrival advised. Choice picks: a duo set with Jason Moran on 1/29 at 8 and then another with Roy Nathanson on 1/30 at 10, then on 1/31, OMG, a quartet with Henry Grimes (bass) Chad Taylor (drums) Mary Halvorson (guitar).
1/28 8 PM NYC’s answer to Oasis, anthemic Beatlemaniacs the Dog Society at Drom, $10
1/28, 10 PM wickedly catchy retro 80s janglerockers the Rotaries at Bowery Electric
1/29, 7:30 PM Ukrainian bandura virtuoso Julian Kytasty with singer Colleen Cleveland at Symphony Space, $30.
1/29, 7:30 PM indie guitar/noir legend Martin Bisi does his creepy swirly improvisational thing at Spectrum, $15
1/29, 7:30 PM Third Coast Percussion plays David T. Little’s “Haunt of Last Nightfall” plus Transit playing Daniel Wohl’s “Corps Exquis” at le Poisson Rouge, $15 adv tix rec.
1/29, 9 PM Certain General lead guitarist Phil Gammage plays the album release for his new blues cd at No Malice Palace, 197 E. 3rd St., free
1/29 Laura Cantrell – arguably this era’s most compelling, luminous female oldschool country artist – plays the album release for her long-awaited new one at Joe’s Pub.
1/30, 7:30 PM torchy oldtimey rock/swing siren Eleni Mandell at the Mercury, $15 gen adm.
1/30, 8ish a killer triplebill: Jerome O’Brien of the late, great Dog Show plays his ferociously literate, vintage R&B/punk influenced songs followed by brooding, jangling southwestern gothic rockers And the Wiremen and the assaultively retro, charismatic noir punkabillly Reid Paley Trio at Bowery Electric.
1/30 8ish devious oldschool C&W/rockabilly parodists Susquehanna Industrial Tool & Die Co. at Otto’s.
1/30-31, 8 PM the wild and boomy Nakatani Gong Orchestra at Jack
1/30, 8 PM Matthew Shipp plays and improvises on pieces from his Piano Sutras album at Roulette, $20.
1/31, 8 PM the Broken Reed Saxophone Quartet do a live recording of the sax quartet music of George Handy at I-Beam, be there, this is gonna be cool, $10.
1/31, 8:45 PM cool Middle Eastern jazz and dub sounds with Sohrab Saadat Ladjevardi on saxophones and vocals, Greg Zweiben on electric bass, Kaveh Haghtalab on kemancheh at Spectrum, $15.
1/31, 10 PM high-voltage eclectic funk/Afrobeat/hip-hop dance band the People’s Champs at Barbes
1/31, half past midnight (technically wee hours of 2/1) psychedelic Afrobeat with Emefe at the Blue Note, $10.
2/1, 1 PM the Bang on a Can All-Stars in a “family -friendly” concert with works by Tan Dun, Don Byron, and David Lang at Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall, $12 adv tix rec
2/1, 2-11 PM the Music of Now Marathon at Symphony Space with Metropolis Ensemble, Cassatt String Quartet, Du Yun, Talujon, and Mimi Jones, winding up with a set by Meredith Monk and Vocal Ensemble.
2/1, 4 PM Wang Guowei leads a quartet of erhu, pipa, flute and piano, in an eclectic program of arrangements based on Chinese folk tunes, songs of legendary Hong Kong pop singer Teresa Teng, and Wang’s original compositions at the Dreck Center at the Brooklyn Public Library, free, no under-sixes.
2/1, 7 PM roughhewn alt-country band Mail the Horse at the Bell House, free
2/1, 7:15 PM dark intense lyrical rocker LJ Murphy and his unstoppable noir band at the Parkside.
2/1-2 John Abercrombie – guitar with Marc Copeland – piano; Drew Gress – bass; Joey Baron – drums at the Jazz Standard, 7:30/9:30 PM, $30
2/2, 4 PM the Escher String Quartet performs music by Dvorak and Mozart at the Dreck Center at the Brooklyn Public Library, free, no under-sixes.
2/2, 6 PM Karl Berger orchestra guitarist John Ehlis leads a quartet with Sana Nagano, Yasuno Katsui and Glen Fittin at Downtown Music Gallery, free
2/3, 11 PM haunting, hypnotic oud jazz virtuoso Jussi Reijonen with his equally haunting quartet at the small room at the Rockwood.
2/4, 7:30 PM the Haden Triplets featuring Petra, Rachel, and Tanya Haden singing traditional American close harmony folk tunes at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free
2/4, 8 PM intense, politically fueled, brilliant Americana rocker James McMurtry at City Winery, $25 standing room avail.
2/4, 8 PM Nashville alt-country pioneer Suzy Bogguss playing songs off her forthcoming Merle Haggard tribute album at Highline Ballroom, $25 adv tix rec .
2/4, 8 PM legendary loft jazz pianist Connie Crothers leads a quartet with Richard Tabnik, alto saxophone; Ken Filiano, bass; Roger Mancuso, drums at Roulette, $20.
2/5, 9ish haunting Balkan chanteuse Eva Salina sings solo with her trusty accordion, as part of Roots & Ruckus at the Jalopy
2/6, 7 PM gently edgy, intense acoustic tunesmith Sharon Goldman with lead guitar genius Thad DeBrock followed eventually at 9:30 by dark, original, lyrical jazz/funk chanteuse Nicole Zuraitis and her band at Caffe Vivaldi.
2/6-9 pianist Danilo Perez with Ben Street – bass; Adam Cruz – drums; Roman Diaz – percussion; Alex Hardgreaves – violin at the Jazz Standard, 7:30/9:30 PM, $25/30 Fri-Sat
2/6, 7:30 PM pianist Simon Mulligan plays works by Mendelssohn, Brahms, Ravel, Chopin and others at the Morgan Library, $35.
2/6, 8 PM pianist Roman Rabinovich performs Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with the Haifa Symphony Orchestra, plus Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 at the Lehman Center for the Performing Arts, 250 Bedford Park Blvd West in the Bronx, $25 seats avail..
2/7, 5:30 PM soaring, intense original all-female Americana band Jan Bell & the Maybelles at the American Folk Art Museum.
2/7, 7:30 PM the Cassatt String Quartet with pianist Ursula Oppens play works by Beethoven, Joan Tower and Tania Leon at Symphony Space, $32/$20 30-and-under.
2/7, 8 PM phantasmagorical chanteuse Carol Lipnik with psychedelic art-rock pianist Matt Kanelos on piano at the third stage at the Rockwood, $10
2/7, 8 PM multimedia ensemble Galileo’s Daughters present a performance with viola da gamba and lute plus narration by Dava Sobel at the Fabbri Mansion, House of the Redeemer, 7 E 95th St, $25 tix avail
2/7, 9 PM noisy intense lead guitar genius/powerpop maven Pete Galub and band at Littlefield, $15.
2/7, 9:30 PM intriguing concert harp and vocal duo Addi and Jacq at Caffe Vivaldi
2/7, midnight haunting, harmony-driven art-rock/chamber pop/circus rock orchestra Knife Throwers’ Assistance at the Cutting Room, $20 adv tix rec.
2/8, 8 PM Indian sitar legend Imrat Khan at Symphony Space, $30
2/8, 9 PM NYC’s original circus rockers, World Inferno at Bowery Ballroom, $20.
2/8, 10 PM haunting, atmospheric gothic Americana chanteuse Marissa Nadler at Glasslands, $12
2/9, 3 PM the Greenwich Village Orchestra with Pierre Vallet, guest conductor play Berlioz — excerpts from The Damnation of Faust; Ravel — Shéhérazade (a GVO fave – they always slay with this); Brahms — Symphony No. 4 at Washington Irving HS Auditorium, 16th St./Irving Place, $15 sugg don., reception to follow.
2/9, 4 PM Quicksilver, an exciting new septet plays music of 17th-century German and Italian composers Castello, Fontana, Bertali, and Weckmann at Corpus Christi Church, 529 W 121st St., $10 tix avail.
2/9, 9:30 PM legendary Russian samizdat composer Aleksandr Zhurbin (Ljova’s dad) with his singer-wife Irina, plus his violist virtuoso kid Ljova, daugher-in-law chanteuse Inna Zhurbin and other luminaries, $18 adv tix rec.
2/10, 10 PM smart, eclectic, subtly powerful chamber pop/acoustic songwriter Kjersti Kveli and her great band at LIC Bar.
2/11, 6 PM Ensemble Signal plays trio works by Hilda Paredes and David Lang at the Miller Theatre, free, drinks at 5:30 PM.
2/11-12 pianist Helen Sung leads a septet with Paquito D’Rivera on saxes and Ingrid Jensen on trumpet at the Jazz Standard, 7:30/9:30 PM, $25.
2/11, 7:30 PM pianist Steven Lin plays works by Bach, Debussy, Liszt, Schumann, and the world premiere of David Hertzberg’s Notturno Incantato at Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall
2/11, 10 PM pensive, atmospheric, alt-country/chamber-pop band the Autumn Defense – Jenifer Jackson’s old backing unit – at Highline Ballroom, $15 adv tix rec
2/12, 8 PM Swedish cellist/chamber pop chanteuse Linnea Olsson at Highline Ballroom, $19.50 adv tix avail .
2/13, 7:30 PM the Chamber Orchestra of New York plays the U.S. Premiere of Alessandro Scarlatti’s recently restored Harpsichord Concerto No.3 plus Music of Corelli and Vivaldi at Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, $30 tix avail
2/13, 8 PM the compelling, intense, forward-looking global warming-themed Crossroads Project feat. the Fry Street Quartet, physicist Dr. Rob Davies, composer Laura Kaminsky, artist Rebecca Allan and photographer Garth Lenz at Symphony Space, $32/$20 for 30-and-under
2/13, 10 PM Nashville gothic chanteuse Nicole Atkins with her band at Bowery Ballroom, $16 adv tix rec.
2/14, 9 PM intense, lyrical, politically-fueled Americana songwriter Joe Pug - sort of this era’s version of Steve Earle – at Bowery Ballroom, $20; 2/16 he’s at the Knitting Factory at 7:30 for five bucks less.
2/16, 8 PM killer doublebill: powerhouse lyricist, subtle acoustic rock singer Linda Draper and the Idaho noir queen of the minor key, Eilen Jewell and her amazing band at City Winery, $17 standing room avail.
2/16, 10 PM deviously fun female-fronted garage/psychedelic/Americana band Those Darlins at the Music Hall of Williamsburg, $15.
2/18-23 Ravi Coltrane leads a series of trios and quartets at the Jazz Standard, 7:30/9:30 PM, $25/30 Fri-Sat
2/18, 8 PM the Aeolus Quartet play an Appalachian-themed concert with projections by Shelby Adams at Roulette, $20.
2/19, 7 PM pianist Edna Stern plays music of Gideon Klein, K. Reiner and Ludwig van Beethoven at the Czech Center, 321 E 73rd St, free
2/19, 7:30 PM the Jack Quartet plays works by Helmut Lachenmann at the Morgan Library, $35
2/19, 8 PM latin jazz piano legend Eddie Palmieri and his mighty band at B.B. King’s, $30 adv tix rec.
2/20, 7 PM dark frontporch folk songwriter Kate Vargas plays the album release show for her new one at the big room at the Rockwood
2/20, 7:30 PM downtown jazz drummer/percussionist William Hooker leads his ensemble in an original score accompanying a screening of Oscar Micheaux’s iconic 1925 film Body and Soul, featuring Paul Robeson in his screen debut, at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free.
2/20, 8 PM dark female-fronted Americana/psychedelic rockers Mesiko at Rock Shop
2/22, 8 PM, repeating 2/23 at 2 PM, a rare US appearance by Okinawan music preservationists/ensemble the Ryukyuans playing both traditional material plus American-influenced psychedelic folk-rock at Baruch College Auditorium, 25th St/Lexington Ave., $TBA. This in the wake of a performance in Fukushima on 2/8. Yikes!
2/22, 8 PM wild Balkan band Romano Drom at Roulette, $25 at the door, open bar 7-8, show at 8.
2/23, 6 PM original 80s NYC hardcore band Face with special guest Daniel Carter play the vinyl release show for their Live at CBGB 1986 EP at Downtown Music Gallery, free. Maybe they should hide all the albums in the back so as not to get everything bloody.
2/25, 8 PM 90s dancehall reggae nostalgia with Mista Lova Lova himself, Shaggy, at Brooklyn Bowl, $15.
2/26, 8 PM chamber-pop/indie classical star Annie Clark a.k.a. St. Vincent at Terminal 5, $30 adv tix rec.
2/27, 7:30 PM Kyriakos Kalatziades with Greek and early-Byzantine music quintet En Chordais play ancient Mediterranean music with instruments of the era at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free
2/28 7:30 PM Nick Cave-influenced Nashville gothic/noir cabaret crooner Henry Wagons and band at Joe’s Pub, $12 adv tix rec
3/4, 6 PM Ekmeles sing contemporary choral works by Peter Ablinger, Kaija Saariaho, Salvatore Sciarrino, Evan Johnson and Thanasis Deligiannis at the Miller Theatre, free, drinks at 5:30 PM
3/4, 7:30 PM magical, hypnotic klezmer jazz group Siach Hasadeh - who put a haunting new improvisational spin on ancient hasidic melodies – at the Stephen Wise Free Synagogue, 30 W. 68th St., $15.
3/7, 8 PM the Talea Ensemble play U.S. premieres of compositions for large ensemble by Olga Neuwirth, Bernhard Gander, and Pierluigi Billone at the Czech Center, 321 E 73rd St, free
3/17, sets at 4 and 8 PM Streams of Whiskey play Pogues and Shane MacGowan covers that do justice to the originals at Lucille’s, $15 adv tix rec
3/17, 7 PM sharp perennially vital, politically-fueled anthemic Irish-American rockers Black 47 at B.B. King’s, $25 adv tix a must
3/21, noon Veit Hertenstein, viola and Pei-Yao Wang, piano play Miakovsky, Sonata No. 2 in A minor, Op. 81; Shostakovich, From Preludes, Op. 34; Brahms, Sonata No. 1 in E minor, Op. 38 at the Morgan Library, $15/$10 stud/srs.
3/23, 9 PM the world’s most popular assouf (desert blues) band Tinariwen at Brooklyn Bowl, $20 adv tix rec
4/5, 8 PM Senegalese griot trio Les Fréres Guissé, roots-reggae/Afrobeat collective Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars, and charismatic Malian chanteuse Fatoumata Diawara at the Apollo, $25 tix avail. through the World Music Institute are your best deal