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.
On select Thursdays and Saturdays, an intimate, growing piano music scene on the Upper West Side featuring iconoclastically insightful, lyrical pianist Nancy Garniez exploring the delicious minutiae of Beethoven piano sonatas on Thursdays – Feb 20, Mar 20, Apr 24 and May 15, plus Saturdays – Mar 15, Apr 12, May 10 and 31. Each program features a sonata that sheds fresh light on beats and barlines! email for info/location.
Mondays in February, 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 at the Vanguard the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra – composer Jim McNeely’s reliably good big band vehicle – plays 9/11 PM, $30 per set plus drink minimum.
Mondays in February (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 February, 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 February, 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 February 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 February 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.
Wednesdays at 7 PM and Sunday afternoons at 2 PM through the end of February, clarinet virtuoso David Krakauer leads a killer ensemble playing live themes to accompany a series of NYC-centric films from across the decades at the Museum of Jewish History, 36 Battery Place just north of Battery Park, $35/$30 stud/srs
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 February, 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.
Wednesdays in March 10 PM creepy, lurid noir cabaret duo Charming Disaster – Jeff Morris from Kotorino and Elia Bisker from Sweet Soubrette – at Pete’s
Thursdays at 7:30 PM powerhouse Afro-latin drummer Robby Ameen leads his quartet with Bobby Franceschini on sax, Edsel Gomez on piano, Lincoln Goines on bass at Saleya Tribeca, 65 W Broadway btw Murray & Warren
Thursdays and Fridays in February Bulgarian alto sax star Yuri Yunakov and band play Mehanata starting around 10. One of the most intense and gripping improvisers in gypsy music.
Three Thursdays in February: 2/13, 2/20 and 2/27, 10ish irreverent oldschool Williamsburg vocal jazz crew the Old Rugged Sauce at Brooklyn Rod & Gun Club
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 February at 9 Naomi Shelton and the Gospel Queens play oldschool 1960s style gospel at the Fat Cat.
Saturdays in February, 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
Saturdays in March (and on February 22) 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 March at 6 PM sultry, badass blues/oldtimey siren/resonator guitarislinger Mamie Minch (of the Roulette Sistes) at Barbes
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 at 5 PM Durban-born Thuli Dumakude’s African/American music revue features choral group Thokoza – six South African and African women singing classics and obscure material from Southern church gospel to traditional South African Township songs – at the Jackie Onassis Theatre, 120 West 46thStreet between Broadway and 6th Ave., $30/$20 stud/srs
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 February, 8:30 PM purist guitarist Peter Mazza – who gets the thumbs up from bop-era legend Gene Bertoncini – leads a series of trios at the Bar Next Door.
Sundays in February 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.
Sundays in February and March long-running 90s style dancehall reggae band the Skadanks - veterans of a gazillion Marijuana Marches – at Drom, $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 an unusual quadruplebill at Barbes: quirky family-friendly instrumentalists Songs for Unusual Creatures, resonator guitarist Zeke Healey with violist Karen Waltuch at 7, chanteuse Jenny Luna’s intense, wild Turkish band Dolunay at 8 and then polka-punk Banda Sinaloense de los Muertos at around 10, note $10 cover for the headliners
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, 7:30 PM violinist Caroline Chin plays music of Bach, Berio, Jonathan Katz, Linda Dusman and others at Spectrum, $15
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.
2/1, 7:30 PM indie classical ensemble Dawn of Midi with electro-acoustic chamber ensemble Bright Wave, premiering new pieces by member composers William Brittelle and Michi Wiancko at Merkin Concert Hall, $25
2/1, 8 PM haunting Greek rembetiko chanteuse Eleftheria Arvanitaki with her band at Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall, $15 balcony seats avail.
2/1-2, 8/10 PM Marc Ribot‘s residency at the Stone winds up with a John Zorn 8 PM show on the second followed by Ribot playing Zorn’s Book of Heads at 10, $15 ($20 for Zorn).
2/1, 8 PM moody, gently jangly dreampop band Tiger Dare at Baby’s All Right, $10
2/1, 9 PM the rockabilly Bottle Cap Rockets, 10 PM otherworldly Greek psychedelic surf rockers the Byzan-tones, 11 PM powerhouse original reverb rockers Strange But Surf at Unsteady Freddie’s reliably eclectic, fun monthly surf shindig at Otto’s.
2/1, 9 PM the Brooklyn What – powerful, anthemic, fearless and funny punk/soul rockers who represent smart native-born Brooklyn better than any other band – at Shea Stadium, $8
2/1, 9 PM ten-piece country/gypsy/acoustic rock behemoth M Shanghai String Band – whose latest album is amazing – at the Jalopy, $10.
2/1, 9 PM irrepressibly eclectic Balkan singer Sarah Small’s haunting vocal trio Hydra sing and cavort around as part of a Vanessa Walters dance piece at the Irondale Center, 85 S Oxford St (between Fulton + Lafayette), Fort Greene, $25/$20 stud
2/1, 9/10:30 PM alto saxophonist Pete Robbins plays the album release show for his new one, Pyramid with Jonathan Finlayson , trumpet; Carlos Homs , piano; Eivind Opsvik, bass; Nate Wood, drums at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min.
2/1, 9:30 torchy intense noir chanteuse/bandleader Julia Haltigan at the big room at the Rockwood
2/1, 9:30 ish percussion sorceress Alessandra Belloni’s wild Italian folk/art-rock Taranta band at Mehanata
2/1, 10 PM lush, pensive, eclectic noir cabaret/Romany rock/steampunk chamber pop band Kotorino at the downstairs studio space at Webster Hall, $10. They’re also at Barbes on 2/28 at 8 PM followed at 10 by high-voltage Colombian horn band Chia’s Dance Party.
2/1,10 PM dark oldtimey songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Pete Lanctot at 68 Jay St. Bar
2/1, 10 PM eclectic dark punk blues/Americana duo Slim Wray and neo-honkytonkers I’ll Be John Brown at Bowery Electric, $10.
2/1, 10:30 PM pianist Danny Grissett and his excellent postbop quartet: Jaleel Shaw – alto sax; Ben Williams – bass , Jonathan Barber – drums at Smalls.
2/1, 11 PM Isle of Rhodes play glammy, sardonic keyboard-driven art-rock and funky chamber pop at Spike Hill – like the lighter side of Botanica, if you buy that concept. Fender Rhodes electric piano is the refreshing choice of lead instrument. Droll, disarmingly energetic cowpunk band Friends and Farmers open the night at 8. IoR is also here on 2/8 at 10.
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, 4 PM Alan Friend (banjo, guitar, fiddle, vocals), Harry Bolick (fiddle, mandolin, vocals), Don Friedman (guitar, banjo, vocals) and Charlie Shaw (bass, drum) celebrate the release of their album Bad Times & Better Times with a concert of old-time tunes at the Old Stone House in Park Slope, $10/$5 kids
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.
2/2, 7 PM Jean Fight – torchy chanteuse with eclectic, edgy soul/funk/surf band – at Spike Hill
2/2, 8 PM Nous with Christopher Bono, Shahzad Ismaily and others play evocative, often haunting indie classical/rock at Baby’s All Right in South Williamsburg
2/2, 11 PM charming oldtime front-porch harmony with Maiden Radio at Pete’s.
2/3, 6 PM purist powerpop/janglerock songwriter Rob Teter – late of Romany rockers the Belleville Outfit – at the small room at the Rockwood.
2/3, 7/9 PM pianist Orrin Evans‘ scorching, explosively bluesy, purist Captain Black Big Band at Smoke, no cover, $30 prix-fixe menu. They’re also here on 2/17, same deal.
2/3, 8 PM Neko Case-influenced songwriter Rosa Tu at the Way Station.
2/3, 9ish Michael Webster’s 16-piece chamber-jazz orchestra at Tea Lounge in Park Slope
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 PM the Enso Quartet play music of Ginastera and others at Barbes followed at 9 by Slavic Soul Party.
2/4, 7 PM tenor saxophonist Camille Thurman with bassist Mimi Jones and drummer Shrirazette Tinin at le Poisson Rouge, $15 adv tix rec.
2/4, 7:30 PM Jeremy Messersmith at the Mercury playing stuff off his new cd The Reluctant Graveyard – retro 60s Kinks meets Elliott Smith, chamber pop and more rocking stuff with a quirky, sometimes surprisingly dark lyrical edge, $10 adv tix rec
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 sharp, satirical, catchy, sardonically funny powerpop Beatlesque/Costelloesque songwriter Walter Ego does double duty, playing a solo show and then switching to bass for a show with lyrical folk noir rockers Mac McCarty & the Kidd Twist Band at the Path Cafe.
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 oldtime frontporch folk songwriter Cara Scarmack at the Way Station
2/4-9, 8/10 PM irrepressible saxophonist Paul Shapiro leads a series of ensembles at the Stone. Choice pick: his Midnight Minyan band on 2/6 with Steven Bernstein (trumpet) Peter Apfelbaum (sax) Elio Villafranca (piano) Booker King (bass) Tony Lewis (drums)
2/4-8, 8/10 PM Ron Carter leads a twin-percussion quartet with Renee Rosnes on piano at the Blue Note $20 standing room avail. Then on 2/25-26 Carter is with Roy Haynes’ Fountain of Youth band for an extra ten bucks
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.
2/4-9 intense pianist Gerald Clayton leads a quintet at the Vanguard, 8:30/10:30 PM, $25
2/4, 9ish the Bright Smoke (the French Exit’s Mia Wilson’s haunting, angst-ridden, atmospherically bluesy new project) at Friends & Lovers in Ft. Greene. They’re also at Pete’s on 2/27 at 10.
2/4, 9 PM the Rugkids – who sounds kind of like a haphazardly tuneful teens version of Link Wray – at Spike Hill
2/4, 10 PM the electric, jazz-oriented, explosive NY Gypsy All-Stars at Drom, $10 They’re also here on 2/11.
2/4, 10:30 PM esteemed, ubiquitous downtown jazz multi-reedman Doug Wieselman plays the album release show for his hypnotic, mesmerizing new collection of water and wind-inspired solo clarinet pieces From Water at le Poisson Rouge, $10. He’s also at Barbes for free on 2/8 at 8.
2/5, 7:30 PM wild crazy Romany jazz/New Orleans jamband Dirty Bourbon River Show at at Joe’s Pub, $14.
2/5, 8 PM intense, lyrically haunting Americana soul rocker Matt Keating at the small room at the Rockwood
2/5, 8ish the weird, psychedelically fun Toys & Tiny Instruments play Grand Victory.
2/5, 8 PM ferociously tuneful, sometimes jangly, sometimes punkish Williamsburg indie vets Cementhead – who date from when indie was cool and so was Williamsburg – at Trash, $7
2/5, 8:30 PM Denman Maroney (hyperpiano) does a set of free acoustic improvisation with drummer Carlo Costa, bassist Sean Ali, trumpeter Joe Moffett, and saxophonist Jonathan Moritz at Spectrum, $15
2/5, 9ish haunting Balkan chanteuse Eva Salina sings solo with her trusty accordion, as part of Roots & Ruckus at the Jalopy.
2/5, 9 PM slide blues legend Johnny Winter at B.B. King’s, rescheduled from 1/21, all 1/21 tix will be honored, $30 adv tix still avail.
2/5, 9ish irrepressible, entertaining stoner punk/garage/hardcore band the Hussy at Baby’s All Right, $12 adv tix rec
2/5-6, 9:30 PM guitarist Lage Lund leads a quartet with Mark Turner – tenor sax , Matt Brewer – bass , Clarence Penn – drums at Smalls
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 dark, charismatic, deviously witty literate keyboardist/chanteuse Rachelle Garniez at Barbes.
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.
2/6, 8 PM multimedia artist Stephanie Loveless plays new works plus “the quadrophonic composition Cricket, Tree, Crow wherein Loveless transforms sound recordings and vocally mimics the results in an attempt to embody a variety of others – from the singers of iconic 20th century songs, to plants, animals, and insects,” at the Old Stone House in Park Slope, $10
2/6, 9 PM Que Vlo-Ve play classic Greek hash smoking music at the Jalopy. They’re also at Barbes on 2/19 at 7 followed at 9 by Slavic Soul Party.
2/6, 9ish massive majestic sonic waves and washes from the Wharton Tiers Ensemble followed eventually at 11 by Heroes of Toolik‘s deceptively catchy, hypnotically growling post-Velvets grooves at Cake Shop
2/6, 9:30 PM Certain General lead guitarslinger Phil Gammage plays with his acoustic blues band at Manny’s on Second, 1770 2nd Ave. (92/93). The following night 2/7 they’re at Bella Napoli, 130 Madison Ave. at 30th St., both free
2/6, 9:30 PM bass clarinetist Christof Knoche‘s DEEP END with Caro Pook – violin; Simon Jermyn – bass; Zack Lober – bass; Vinnie Sperazza – drums at Spectrum, $15.
2/6, 10 PM oldschool torchy soul band Empire Beats feat. Camille Atkinson at Shrine.
2/6, 11 PM conscious hip-hop artist Rabbi Darkside at the Cameo Gallery
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 PM WNYC’s annual Battle of the Bands kicks off at the Greene Space with the Manhattan edition. The borough’s two top contenders this year seem to be psychedelic Middle Eastern/Central Asian/Caribbean jamband Tribecastan and politically conscious oldschool-style soul crooner Preachermann & the Revival . $15 includes a drink or $30 for open wine/beer bar plus the show!
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 the New Amsterdam Symphony Orchestra plays Wagner’s Lohengrin Prelude, Rachmaninov’s Isle of the Dead and Stravinsky’s Firebird at Symphony Space $25
2/7, 8 PM a brassy doublebill: the NY Funk Exchange and then reggae from the Big Takeover at the Knitting Factory, $10 adv tix rec
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, 8 PM eclectic, lyrical jazz bassist/composer Pedro Giraudo leads his sextet at Barbes.
2/7, 8:30 PM swirly/jangly female-fronted retro 80s British dreampop band Lanterns on the Lake at Baby’s All Right, $12 adv tix rec
2/7, 8:45 PM Elliott Sharp leads a string ensemble playing his stormy improvisational score Mare Undarum at Spectrum, $15
2/7, 9 PM noisy intense lead guitar genius/powerpop maven Pete Galub and band at Littlefield, $15.
2/7, 9 PM explosive, unpredictable Balkan-flavored horn band Bad Credit No Credit. at Shea Stadium
2/7-8, 9/11 PM alto sax powerhouse Yosvany Terry leads a quintet at the Jazz Gallery, $20. He’s back here on the 28th leading a trio with cello and piano.
2/7, 9:30 PM absolutely badass oldschool honkytonk band the Sweetback Sisters at Hill Country, free
2/7, 9:30 PM intriguing concert harp and vocal duo Addi and Jacq at Caffe Vivaldi.
2/7, 10 PM Romany/Balkan punk rockers Bad Buka play the album release show for their scorching new one Through the Night at Europa.
2/7, 10ish Boston’s prosaically named but fiery, eclectic country/oldtime/rock band Session Americana at the Jalopy, $10.
2/7, 10 PM Royal Khaoz play roots reggae at Shrine.
2/7-8, 10:30 PM darkly lyrical pianist Orrin Evans leads a quartet with Thomas Marriott – trumpet , Orrin Luques Curtis – bass , Obed Calvaire – drums at Smalls
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, 7:15 PM wild, minor-key klezmer/reggae/New Orleans jamband Hazmat Modine at Terra Blues. They’re also here on 2/22
2/8, 8 PM Indian sitar legend Imrat Khan at Symphony Space, $30.
2/8, 8ish Pere Ubu bass legend Tony Maimone’s sweeping, atmospheric, groove-driven postpunk/shoegaze band No Grave Like the Sea at Bowery Electric, $10
2/8, 8 PM Tongues in Trees – the new Indian music project from vocalist Samita Sinha, drummer Sunny Jain (Red Baraat), and guitarist Grey McMurray (itsnotyouitsme) – at Barbes.
2/8, 8 PM the NJ Symphony Orchestra plays their “Classical Mystery Tour” of Beatles music at NJPAC in Newark, $20 seats avail.
2/8, 8 PM trippy, ornate percussion quartet Ensemble Et Al, Tenth Intervention, and improvisational trio AmmoCake – composer/pianist Dorian Wallace, electric bassist Carl Limbacher, and percussionist Max Maples – play new compositions and reimagine Bach for the 21st century at the Firehouse Space.
2/8, 9ish punk classsical cellist Shannon Hayden followed by swirly, atmospherhic, psychedelic autoharp-fueled art-rock band Muyassar and the Humminbird at Panoply Performance Lab in Bushwick, $5
2/8, 9 PM eclectically dark, cinematic surf/soundtrack instrumentalists the Tarantinos NYC at Desmond’s.
2/8, 9ish eternally vital, politically-fueled anthemic Irish-American rockers Black 47 at Connolly’s
2/8, 10 PM haunting, atmospheric gothic Americana chanteuse Marissa Nadler at Glasslands, $12.
2/8, 10 PM NYC’s original Romany punk/circus rock band, World Inferno at Bowery Ballroom, $20
2/8, 10 PM oldtime honkytonk and pre-tockabilly sounds with the Weal and Woe at the Jalopy, $10.
2/8, 10ish the eclectic Balkan/latin/hip-hop Underground Horns at Nublu.
2/8, 11ish period-perfect late 1950s style, guitarishly superior rockabilly bandleader Bobby Volkman at Rodeo Bar
2/8, 11ish original psychedelic funk/hip-hop band Mamarazzi at Friends & Lovers in Ft. Greene. They’re also at the big room at the Rockwood on 2/15 at 10 PM
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, 4 PM inventive postbop tenor saxophonist Tom Tallitsch pays the album release show for his new one, Ride with Josh Brown – trombone , Art Hirahara – piano , Peter Brendler – bass , Mark Ferber – drums at Smalls, $10 all ages
2/9, 7 PM the Tekalli Duo – Suliman Tekalli, violin + Jamila Tekalli, piano play a Michael Brown world premiere and other new works at Barbes followed at 9 by Romany guitar jazz paradigm-shifter Stephane Wrembel.
2/9, 7:30 PM Mimesis Ensemble with soprano Devon Guthrie perform music of Mohammed Fairouz, David Ludwig, Nico Muhly, Paola Prestini, and Huang Ruo at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, $20/$17 stud.
2/9, 8 PM intense improvisational bassist James Ilgenfritz leads an ensemble playing the album release show for his new one at Brooklyn Launchpad
2/9, 9ish the Bakersfield Breakers play surf music and twang instrumentals at Rodeo Bar
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, 7:30 PM the Daedalus Quartet with Miranda Cuckson, violin and viola and Aaron Wunsch, piano play music of Gyorgy Kurtag, Beethoven, Bach and Schumann at Music Mondays, Advent/ Broadway Church, 2504 Broadway at 93rd St., free.
2/10-17 the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra celebrates their 48th anniversary with a weeklong stand on their home turf, 8:30/10:30 PM, $25
2/10, 9ish the Tom Csatari Big Band at Tea Lounge in Park Slope
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, 7 PM eclectic socially conscious Middle Eastern-inspired jamband leader/songwriter Stephan Said at Kellen Auditorium at the New School, 66 5th Ave, free but res. rec.to 212.229.5600 x1106 or email
2/11, 7 PM the Ben Holmes Quartet at Barbes playing tuneful Balkan jazz at Barbes
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.
2/11-16, 8/10 PM esteemed percussionist/vibraphonist Kenny Wollesen books the Stone and plays with a bunch of ensembles. Choice pick: improvisational orchestra Rasa Rasa on the 15th.
2/11, 8 PM purist oldschool country songwriter/bandleader Michaela Anne at the small room at the Rockwood
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.
2/11, 10 PM improvisational jazz orchestra Rasa Rasa with a 7-piece womens choir from Lithuania at Nublu
2/12, 7 PM lush, intense, artfully orchestrated psychedelic rockers Aunt Ange at Sidewalk.
2/12, 7 PM dark Americana songwriter Jessie Kilguss at the small room at the Rockwood
2/12, 8 PM Swedish cellist/chamber pop chanteuse Linnea Olsson at Highline Ballroom, $19.50 adv tix avail.
2/12, 8 PM eclectic, environmentally conscious jazz violinist Dana Lyn‘s Aqualude at Barbes, note $10 cover charge
2/12, 8 PM SisterMonk play their high-energy worldbeat/punk/funk at Shrine
2/12, 9 PM eclectic, funky, edgy, hilariously lyrical/satirical rocker Avi Fox-Rosen at Bar Chord in Ditmas Park.
2/12, 9:30ish tongue-in-cheek, period-perfect early 50s style country from Susquehanna Industrial Tool & Die Co. at Rodeo Bar.
2/13, 7 PM violinist Gil Morgenstern’s Reflections Series celebrate the music of Mendelssohn at the World School, 259 10th Ave, $35/$15 stud
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 wry, witty Four Bags followed by charming, torchy oldtime uke swing band Daria Grace and the Pre-War Ponies at Barbes
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, 8:30 PM loft jazz drum legend Barry Altschul’s 3dom Factor with Joe Fonda and Jon Irabagon – which might be the saxophonist’s most interesting gig right now – at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min.
2/13, 9 PM funky, dark, intense female-fronted acoustic Americana rockers the Sometime Boys at Sidewalk
2/13, 10 PM Nashville gothic chanteuse Nicole Atkins with her band at Bowery Ballroom, $16 adv tix rec.
2/13, 10 PM anthemic, socially aware, Radiohead-influenced art-rockers My Pet Dragon at the small room at the Rockwood; trippy, clever, shapeshifting songwriter Charlene Kaye plays at the same time in the big room next door.
2/13, 10:30 PM up-and-coming Venezuelan jazz pianist Luis Perdomo leads a quartet with Mark Shim – tenor sax , Joe Sanders – bass , Rodney Green – drums at Smalls
2/13, 11 PM the Brighton Beat play psychedelic jazzy Afrobeat at Fontana’s.
2/14, 5:30 PM an eclectic acoustic Americana triplebill: tuneful smart lyrical retro Americana harmony duo Mark Rogers & Mary Byrne , the Tall Pines, and Fife and Drom at the American Folk Art Museum.
2/14, 7 PM pianist Margaret Mills with José Pietri-Coimbre, violin and Shanda Wooley, cello play music of Brahms, Beach and Schonthal at Third St. Music School Settlement, free
2/14, 8 PM a good show considering the amateur night happening elsewhere: violin duos with Skye Steele & Charlie Burnham followed by resonator guitarist Zeke Healey with violist Karen Waltuch and then torchy chanteuses Mamie Minch and Tamar Korn at the Jalopy, $10.
2/14, 9ish hip-hop icon Jean Grae does what’s most likely some kind of anti-Valentine show at Union Hall, get there early, $10
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.
2/14, 10 PM haunting harmony-driven pan-latin Las Rubias Del Norte – who have more than a bit of chicha in them since they share members with Chicha Libre – at Barbes.
2/14, 11 PM chanteuse Ellia Bisker’s sinister, torchy Sweet Soubrette project at Pete’s
2/14, midnight, Moon Hooch at the Mercury, $10. Two tenor saxes and drums playing the craziest funky grooves you could imagine with the intensity of a brass band and the catchiness and edge of punk rock.
2/14, midnight, Erica Ramos’ sultry oldschool latin soul groove band Spanglish Fly at Nublu. They’re also here on 2/22.
2/15, 4 PM dark hypnotic downtempo piano rock grooves with pianist Eve Lesov and her band at the small room at the Rockwood.
2/15, 6 PM Charming Hostess – Jewlia Eisenberg, Marika Hughes, Brandon Seabrook and special guest Jeremiah Lockwood – play their new, intense, theatrical cosmopolitan song cycle which explores the lives of WWII-era Italian anti-fascist freedom fighters Natalia and Leone Ginzburg, at Barbes
2/15, 7 PM Chicago-style blues guitar monster Bobby Radcliff at Terra Blues
2/15, 8 PM virtuoso brother oudists Joseph and James Tawadros with brilliant Australian jazz pianist Matt McMahon at Alwan for the Arts, $20.
2/15, 8 PM dark urbane Romany song maven (and Berthold Brecht descendant) Sanda Weigl at Barbes.
2/15 8 PM sarod virtuoso Alam Khan (son of the great Ali Akbar Khan) with tabla player Nitin Mitta at Roulette, $$25; $20 seniors, students
2/15, 8 PM P-Funk keyb legend Bernie Worrell and his band.at Littlefield, $15.
2/15, 8 PM this year’s first installment of the new Inwood concert series Listen Closely opens with a devious anti-Valentines Day concert of sorts examining the downside of love through works by Schubert, Debussy, Mozart, Faure, Libby Larsen, Will Garrison, performed by cellist James Waldo, violist Rose Hashimoto, pianist Alyona Aksyonova, violinist Liv Heym and soprano Ariadne Greif at Holy Trinity Church, 20 Cumming St. in Inwood, $15/$10 stud/srs, reception to follow
2/15, 8:30 PM psychedelic Middle Eastern/Central Asian/Caribbean jamband Tribecastan at Shapeshifter Lab, $10
2/15, 10ish desert blues mavens Sway Machinery at Brooklyn Rod & Gun Club.
2/15, 11ish hilarious, politically spot-on faux French garage rockers les Sans Culottes at Hank’s
2/16, 3 PM the North/South Chamber Orchestra with Ken Perlman, banjo play new music by Brian Wilbur Grundstrom, Joseph Rubinstein, Harold Schiffman,William Toutant & John Winsor at Christ & St Stephen’s Church, 120 W 69th St (bet Bway & Columbus), free.
2/16, 4 PM Chinese pipa virtuoso Min Xiao-Fen’s solo work, “Mao, Monk and Me,” followed by “From Harlem to Shanghai and Back”, featuring her Blue Pipa Quartet at the Dreck Center at the Brooklyn Public Library, free, no under-6′s admitted.
2/16, 7 PM edgy lyrical intense Nina Simone-influenced soul siren Alice Lee at the small room at the Rockwood.
2/16, 8 PM dubious segues, great triplebill: dark tuneful noir blues/postpunk trio Tuff Sunshine (who’ve got an edgy, tuneful Martin Bisi-produced album out) followed at 9 by the ferociously lyrical, horn-and-guitar-fueled southwestern gothic Downward Dogs and then high-voltage retro swing jazz band Double Down at Spike Hill
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, 8 PM the DaCapo Chamber Players perform a New York-centric program of works TBA at Merkin Concert Hall, $20
2/16, 10 PM deviously fun female-fronted garage/psychedelic/Americana band Those Darlins at the Music Hall of Williamsburg, $15.
2/16, 10 PM Dahlia Dumont and her band DecaDence play “reggae, sultry ballads, tango, samba, and more in both French and English” at the Way Station
2/17, 8 PM Quartet Dali improvise live scores to films by Chaplin, Dalí, Duchamp, Méliès and others at Brooklyn Launchpad.
2/17, 7 PM elegant, often haunting art-rock songwriter pianist Martina Fiserova leads a two-keyboard band with B3 organ great Brian Charette at the Bitter End, $10
2/17, 9ish the Kyle Athayde Dance Party play large ensemble jazz at Tea Lounge in Park Slope.
2/17, 9 PM improvisational jazz orchestra the Free Sound Ahn-somble – the resident jazz project of new music consortium Tenth Intervention – at Something Jazz Club, $12
2/17, midnight, lead guitarist to the stars of the underground Thad Debrock – a brilliant, eclectic player on his own stuff too – at the small room at the Rockwood.
2/18, 7:30 PM intense clarinet and violin-fueled klezmer group Litvakus at Stephen Wise Free Synagogue, 30 W. 68th St. (Columbus/CPW), $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 snarling, Bowie-esque,guitarishly delicious neo-glamrock band Libel at the Knitting Factory
2/18, 8 PM the Aeolus Quartet play an Appalachian-themed concert with projections by Shelby Adams at Roulette, $20.
2/18-23, 8/10 PM John Medeski plays the Stone with a bunch of groups. Choice pick: the final night’s two sets with a trio including Skerik on reeds.
2/18, 8 PM the legendary Monterey Pop documentary (with Hendrix setting his Strat onfire, and that amazing Ravi Shankar raga at the end) screens at the IFC Center, 6th Ave. at W 3rd St.
2/18-23 state-of-the-art lyrical jazz pianist Fred Hersch plays with his trio at the Vanguard, continuing with solo shows 2/25-7, 8:30/10:30 PM, $25.
2/19, 7 PM organist Kent Tritle joins with an all-star Middle Eastern ensemble to play Music from Renaissance Spain and the Ladino tradition, including Muezzin chant, Sephardic folk songs, and music by Tomás Luis de Victoria, Diego Ortiz, and Antonio de Cabezón at the Cathedral of St John the Divine
2/19, 7 PM pianist Edna Stern plays music of Gideon Klein, Reiner and Beethoven at the Czech Center, 321 E 73rd St, free.
2/19, 7 PM diverse, soulful pan-latin jazz chanteuse Claudia Acuna with her band at the big room at the Rockwood, $10
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 LA jarocho punks Las Cafeteras and Brooklyn’s psychedelic Peruvian-style chicha surf rockers Chicha Libre on a doublebill at Europa on Meserole St. in Greenpoint, $10.
2/20, 8 PM awesome low-register original vintage-style Cuban groove band Gato Loco - with bass and baritone sax, baritone guitar, bass and drums – at Barbes
2/20, 8 PM dark oldtimey songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Pete Lanctot plus the sultry, swinging, female-fronted Francophile Hot Sardines at Littlefield, $10
2/20, 8 PM dark female-fronted Americana/psychedelic rockers Mesiko at Rock Shop.
2/20, 8 PM lit-rock collective A Conclave of Baer feat. poet Oliver Baer, keyboardist Steve Espinola and others followed by pensive, smart, southwestern gothic-tinged songwriter Maya Caballero at Sidewalk.
2/20, 8 PM the Momenta Quartet: Emilie-Anne Gendron (violin), Adda Kridler (violin), Stephanie Griffin (viola), Michael Haas (cello) play music of Laura Kaminsky, Elizabeth Brown and others at the Firehouse Space.
2/20, 8 PM new solo & duo works from flutist Bruce Gremo with Hu Jianbing plus vocal & electronic sounds from new music icon Joan La Barbara at Roulette, $15
2/20, 8:30 PM alto saxophonist Sarah Manning plays the album release show for her intense, luminous new one Harmonious Creature with Mark Feldman, viola; Jonathan Goldberger, guitar; Rene Hart, bass; Allison Miller, drums at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min.
2/20, 9ish noir chanteuse par excellence Bliss Blood with Tom Beckham on vibes, Al Street on guitar and more at the Soho Grand Hotel, free
2/20, 9 PM explosive,violin-driven, politically aware acoustic Canadian/Americana hellraisers New Country Rehab at Hill Country, free.
2/20, 9 PM the Bjorkestra’s Travis Sullivan leads a quartet with Mike Eckroth on piano at Something Jazz Bar
2/20, 9/11 PM trombonist Ryan Keberle‘s Catharsis with special guest Ingrid Jensen at the Jazz Gallery, $20
2/20, 9 PM high-energy acoustic Mexican folk-punk band Radio Jarocho at the Jalopy, $10.
2/20, 10:30ish surprisingly soulful hotshot young blues guitarist Myles Mancuso – who is to this era what Mike Welch was to the 90s, or maybe a young Stevie Ray in the 70s – at Rodeo Bar.
2/21, 8:30 PM haunting microtonal guitar pioneer Dave Fiuczynski’s Planet Microjam at Shapeshifter Lab, $10
2/21, 9/10:30 PM jazz violinist Scott Tixier with his group: Tony Tixier , piano; Chris Smith, bass; Andrew Atkinson, drums at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min.
2/21, 10ish smart, pensive folk noir/paisley underground songwriter Melaena Cadiz at Brooklyn Rod & Gun Club.
2/21, 10 PM diverse, often haunting original female-fronted Americana/acoustic funk/art-rock jamband the Sometime Boys play the album release show for their new one at the Way Station
2/21, 10:30ish the increasingly dark, southwestern gothic-influenced Jack Grace Band at Rodeo Bar. They’re also at 68 Jay St. Bar the following night 2/22 at 10.
2/21, midnight La Mecanica Popular play their own spin on classic 70s psychedelic salsa at Nublu
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.
2/22, 9/11 PM elegant, melodic bassist/composer Linda Oh leads her usual quartet at the Jazz Gallery, $20.
2/22, 9/10:30 PM bassist Petros Klampanis leads a characteristicallly global, urbane lineup including Jean-Michel Pilc, piano; John Hadfield, percussion at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min.
2/22, 9:30 PM explosive drummer/composer Sean Noonan‘s Pavees Dance featuring Can founder Malcolm Mooney (vocals), and Alex Marcelo (keyboards play their Afro-Celtic punk jazz with “mystery guests” at Shapeshifter Lab, $15
2/22, 9:30ish edgy Romany/latin/ska rockers Karikatura at Mehanata
2/22, 10 PM impassioned yet wickedly subtle, politically conscious oldschool-style soul crooner Preachermann & the Revival at Shrine
2/22, 10 PM eclectic banjo player/jazz/classical composer Jayme Stone’s Lomax Project at Subculture.
2/22, 11 PM a fiery Turkish rock doublebill: Twenty 7 followed by Gripin at Drom, $30 adv tix rec.
2/22, midnight the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble – one of the funnest bands in the universe, with a fat tuba groove, soul horns and live hip-hop beats – at the Knitting Factory, $10.
2/23, 3 PM the Park Ave. Chamber Symphony plays Samuel Barber’sKnoxville: Summer of 1915,” featuring soprano Tamra Paselk, Dvorak’s Dance Suite and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 2 (completing the orchestra’s Beethoven cycle) at All Saints Church, 230 E 60th St (between 2nd and 3rd Avenues).
2/23, 4 PM the Harlem Chamber Players perform compositions by African American composers Coleridge-Taylor, Perkinson and James Lee III as well as Ravel’s String Quartet at the Dreck Center at the Brooklyn Public Library, free, no under-6′s admitted.
2/23, 6 PM pianist Tania Stavreva, piano with Forrest Ransburg, flute; Charlitte Levitt, voice playing haunting low-key works by Satie, Mompou, Vladigerov, Ginastera and others at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min
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.
2/23, 6:30 PM fiery, tuneful, lyrically edgy Middle Eastern folk-rock chanteuse Omnia Hegazy at Drom followed at 7:30 by the similarly lyrical, more powerpop./janglerock-oriented Dylan Connor playing the album release show for his new one Blood Like Fire: Songs for Syria at Drom, $10.
2/23, 8 PM British-American chantues Jan Bell has assembled a first-class NYC Americana lineup for a Pete Seeger tribute at the Jalopy,lots of good usual suspects, $10
2/23, 8 PM creepily offcenter female-fronted keyboard-centric psychedelic pop band Sandy at Spike Hill.
2/23, 8 PM trombonist Ray Anderson and conductor Sarah Weaver explore existential questions via jazz improvisation with their all-star octet plus four-trombone quartet Slideride at Roulette, $20
2/23, 10ish ferocious female-fronted bassless noiserock band Bugs in the Dark at Glasslands, $12.
2/23, 11 PM wry, playful, harmony-driven newgrass band Big Dog Run at the Rockwood
2/24, 8 PM smart, purist. lyrical acoustic pop songwriters Sharon Goldman at the Way Station.
2/24, 8 PM deviously fun cabaret/chamber pop chanteuse Grace McLean & Them Apple followed at 10 by Tony Scherr‘s tuneful, funky trio at the small room at the Rockwood.
2/24, 8 PM mythologically fixated, pyrotechnic tenor saxophonist Jason Robinson’s Janus Ensemble at Roulette, $20.
2/24, 10:30 PM drummer Gerry Gibbs’ Thrasher Keyboard Band with Dave Kikoski and Theo Hill on piano plus Pat Bianchi on organ at Smalls.
2/25, 7 PM the Bushwick Book Club – Susan Hwang, Zane Van Dusen, Shannon Pelcher, Hilary Downes, Charlie Nieland, Sweet Soubrette and Mia Pixley with special guest Howard Feinstein- plays new songs inspired by Feinstein’s memoir Fire on the Bayou – True Tales From the Civil Rights Battlefront at Barbes
2/25, 7:30 PM Jake Marmer’s Hermeneutic Stomp with Greg Wall on tenor sax, Frank London on trumpet, Uri Sharlin on accordion and Eyal Maoz on guitar at Stephen Wise Free Synagogue, 30 W. 68th St. (Columbus/CPW), $15.
2/25, 8 PM 90s dancehall reggae nostalgia with Mista Lova Lova himself, Shaggy, at Brooklyn Bowl, $15.
2/25, 10 PM wickedly catchy, darkly anthemic New Haven powerpop/postrock/janglerock band the High Noon at Spike Hill. If their Soundcloud page is any indication of what they do live, their show is killer.
2/26, 8/10 PM sizzling Djangoesque Romany guitar jazz with the Hot Club of Detroit at Iridium, $25
2/26, 8 PM chamber-pop/indie classical star Annie Clark a.k.a. St. Vincent at Terminal 5, $30 adv tix rec.
2/25, 8:30 PM sharply lyrical, theatrical, intense, literate acoustic rocker Walter Ego.at Sidewalk.
2/25, 10:30 PM trumpeter Josh Evans leads his 15-piece Big Band at Smalls.
2/25, 11 PM swirly, hypnotic, totally 80s 4AD dreampop/shoegazers Dead Leaf Echo at Union Pool , $8.
2/26, 6 PM tuneful, lyrical, inscrutable cellist/multi-instrumentalist/siren Serena Jost and band at the small room at the Rockwood.
2/26, 7:30 PM brilliant, intense pianist Tarek Yamani delivers a rare solo performance of his “Afro Tarab” Middle Eastern jazz at Spectrum, $15/$10 stud/srs
2/26, 8 PM psychedelic latin soul sounds with Damian Quinones and band at the Way Station.
2/26, 8 PM violinist Hye-Jin Kim and pianist Ieva Jokubaviciute play works by Debussy, Smetana, Sibelius and Janacek at Subculture
2/26, 8:30 PM vibraphonist Tyler Blanton leads an electric trio at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min.
2/26-27, 9:30 PM pianist Taylor Eigsti (from Gretchen Parlato’s group) leads a trio at Smalls.
2/26, 10:30ish country crooner Moot Davis and his absolutely killer oldschool Austin honkytonk band at Rodeo Bar
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. They’re also at Alwan for the Arts the following night 2/28 at 8 for $20.
2/27, 8ish ageless, legendary second-wave garage rockers the Fleshtones at Grand Victory, $15.
2/27, 8 PM Rudy Royston’s 303 with Mimi Jones, Nir Felder and Sam Harris playing the album release for the extrovert drummer’s new one at Shapeshifter Lab, $10.
2/27, 8 PM high-voltage, eclectic acoustic=electric Ameicana band Spuyten Duyvil at Hill Country Brooklyn, 345 Adams St., downtown Brooklyn, free
2/27, 9ish Ember Schrag‘s high plains gothic Americana band at Hank’s.
2/27, 10:30 PM art-rocker/indie classical violinist Christina Courtin at the big room at the Rockwood.
2/28, 7 PM pianist Edmund Arkus plays music of Beethoven, Prokofiev and Rachmaninoff at Third St. Music School Settlement, free
2/28, 7:30 PM the exhilarating Kalman Balogh Gypsy Cimbalom Trio at Drom, $20 gen adm
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, followed at 9:30 (separate $15 admision) by the female-fronted, Francophile Hot Sardines playing upbeat 20s swing.
2/28-3/3 Branford Marsalis leads a quartet at the Vanguard, 8:30/10:30 PM, $25.
2/28, 10 PM best doublebill of the year so far – the creepy, charismatic noirabilly power of the Reid Paley Trio followed at 11 by the most monstrously creepy noir twang instrumental band on the planet, Big Lazy at the Gutter
2/28, 10 PM Kagero – the missing link between jaunty oldtimey swing and wild Romany punk rock -at at the Way Station.
2/28, 10ish punk-inspired electric bluegrass and country with Demolition String Band at Rodeo Bar.
3/1, 4 PM pianist Emir Gamsizoglu plays a Chopin program at Caffe Vivaldi, other Chopin devotees welcome to do their fave pieces.
3/1, 8 PM oud virtuoso Kinan Adnawi plays the album release show for his new solo cd at Alwan for the Arts, $20
3/1, 8 PM legendary oud/violin virtuoso Simon Shaheen and Lebanese chanteuse Rima Khcheich perform new and classic Middle Eastern works at Roulette, $30
3/1, 8 PM intense, lyrical alto saxophonist Miguel Zenon leads his quartet at the Miller Theatre, $30
3/1, 9/10:30 PM lyrical, ceaselessy surprising pianist Kris Davis leads a trio at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min.
3/1, 10 PM Philly black punk legends McRad at Grand Victory, $10
3/1, 10 PM the Synthetic Blues play punky chamber pop at Dixon Place Theatre, free. They’re also at Goodbye Blue Monday on 3/14 at 8ish.
3/1, 10 PM charming female-fronted neo-honkytonk/acoustic C&W band the Emersons at Arlene’s, $10
3/1, 11 PM irrepressible, hilarious cowpunk/honkytonk spoofers Uncle Leon & the Alibis at Hank’s where all hell originally broke loose when they got started
3/2, 3 PM the NJ Symphony Orchestra plays the Grieg Piano Concerto plus Sibelius’ Spring Song and Dvorak’s Symphony No. 8 at NJPAC in Newark, $20 seats avail.
3/2, 4 PM Mala Punica perform motets by the intricate 14th-century Franco-Flemish composer Johannes Ciconia at Corpus Christi Church, 529 W 121st St., $10 tix avail.
3/2, 4 PM violinist Akiko Kobayashi and pianist Eric Siepkes perform works from Beethoven to Bartok at the Dreck Center at the Brooklyn Public Library, free, no under-6′s admitted.
3/3, 7:30 PM pianist Orli Shaham plays the album release show for her new one American Grace featuring Steven Mackey’s Piano Concerto; pianist Jon Kimura Parker also joins Shaham for a performance of John Adams’ Hallelujah Junction for two pianos at Subculture, $20 adv tix rec
3/3, 8 PM amazingly authentic, funny, retro 20s Weimar blues and noir cabaret revivalist Max Raabe & Palast Orchester,celebrating the release of their new album, Golden Age at Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall, $10 nosebleed seats avail.
3/3,8 PM bassist Shayna Dulberger leads a quartet with Yoni Kretzmer, Chris Welcome & Mike Pride at Roulette, $20
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. They’re also at Branded Saloon in Ft. Greene at 8 on 3/5 followed at 9 by the more boisterous Breslov Bar Band. Siach Hasadeh are also at Silvana, 300 W. 116th St at 8 on 3/6.
3/4, 7:30 PM Talea Ensemble plays new works by Austrian composers Bernhard Gander, Pierluigi Billone and Olga Neuwirth at the Austrian Cultural Forum, 11 E 52nd St., free, res. req.The program repeats on 3/7 at 8 PM at the Czech Center, 321 E 73rd St.
3/4-9 ageless jazz piano purist Barry Harris leads a trio with Ray Drummond and Leroy Williams at the Vanguard, 8:30/10:30 PM, $25.
3/4, 9:30 PM creepy improvisational female-fronted art-song smashers Dollshot at Shapeshifter Lab playing new material inspired by Lionel Feininger, Clarice Lispector, and Franz Schubert. $10.
3/5, 7 PM clarinetist George Stoffan and pianist Mary Siciliano play music by Czech composers including Ondrej Kukal, Zdenek Fibich, Jan Kalivoda, Otmar Macha, Leopold Kozeluch, and Antonin Dvorak, free, at the Czech Center, 321 E 73rd St, free
3/5, 9 PM the intriguing guitar-driven Coyote Anderson Quartet play their original vocal jazz compositions at Brooklyn Heights Cinema, 70 Henry St (at Orange), downtown Brooklyn, free.
3/5 11 PM tongue-in-cheek, period-perfect early 50s style country from Susquehanna Industrial Tool & Die Co. at the Manderley Bar at the McKittrick Hotel, 532 W 27th St (10th/11th Aves.), free.
3/6, 7:30 PM up-and-coming pianist Kate Liu plays works by Haydn, Leon Kirchner, Chopin, and a US premiere by the politically controversial Hans Werner Henze, Scorribanda Pianistica, at Subculture.
3/6, 8 PM deviously witty literate keyboardist/accordionist Rachelle Garniez at Barbes.
3/6, 8 PM dark psychedelic/Americana/indie songwriter Richard Buckner at Union Hall, $15.
3/6, 9 PM noir and lurid Americana: powerhouse lyricist/banjoist Curtis Eller at at Rèst Âü Ránt, 30-01 35th Ave. in Astoria; 3/7 he’s at Pete’s at 9.
3/6, 10 PM purist oldschool Chicago blues guitarist John Primer and his band at Terra Blues
3/6, 10 PM tuneful psychedelic North Carolina funk/jamband Bubonik Funk at Spike Hill
3/7, 5:30 PM intense Bulgarian band Cherven Traktor at the the American Folk Art Museum.
3/7, 7:30 PM rising star classical guitarist Rupert Boyd plays a program TBA at Subculture, $10
3/7, 8 PM eclectic Balkan jazz trumpeter Ben Holmes leads a quartet at Barbes followed at 10 by Cumbiagra – who are sort of a sextet.
3/7, 9:30 fiery Raya Brass Band spinoff Sherita at Drom followed by brilliant, hard-rocking Balkan band Tipsy Oxcart and Django-inspired two-guitar trio Jazzingaro, $10.
3/8, 7:15 PM wild, minor-key klezmer/reggae/New Orleans jamband Hazmat Modine at Terra Blues. They’re also here on 3/22
3/8, 8 PM acclaimed directorless British choir Stile Antico sing classic Tudor harmony at Church of St. Mary the Virgin (145 W. 46th Street), $35.
3/8, 8:30 PM lurid, sometimes menacing female-fronted powerpop/neo-glam band Frealane at the Spin ping-pong hall, 48 E 23rd St; they’re at Trash on 3/11 at 9
3/8, 9 PM a sneak peak at this year’s upcoming Brooklyn Folk Festival with a triplebill starting at 9 with Wyndham Baird followed by Piedmont Bluz and then ecstatic 19th century/ragtime/country gospel/hokum revivalists the Down Hill Strugglers at the Jalopy, $10
3/8, 9:30ish Florida circus rock band Askultura – “the grizzled bastard hellchild of Manu Chao and Gogol Bordello” – at Mehanata.
3/9, 3 PM eclectic third-stream jazz pianist Laila Biali at Subculture, $10
3/9, 4 PM pianist Sofya Melikyan and cellist Karen Ouzounian, perform Debussy’s Sonata for Cello and Piano, Janácek’s Pohádka (Fairy Tale) and Beethoven’s Cello Sonata No. 3 in A Major at the Dreck Center at the Brooklyn Public Library, free, no under-6′s admitted.
3/9, 7 PM Mariachi Flor de Toloache – NYC’s only all-female mariachi group and then NYC’s funnest live band, Peruvian style surf rockers Chicha Libre at Pioneer Works, 159 Pioneer St (between Imlay & Conover), Red Hook, free.
3/9, 7 PM haunting atmospheric cellist/composer Brent Arnold solo electroacoustic at the big room at the Rockwood $5
3/9, 7 PM St. Louis first-wave punk legend Wolf Roxon (ex-Mold Dogs, Metros and Walkie Talkie) at Sidewalk.
3/9, 7:30 PM eclectic boleo/tango/copla/Romany band La Canalla at Drom, $20
3/9, percussionist Jaimeo Brown‘s haunting reinvention of classic African-American spirituals, Transcendence featuring guitarist Chris Sholar & alto powerhouse Jaleel Shaw at the Jazz Standard, 7:30/9:30 PM, $20.
3/9, 11ish intense heavy psychedelic/early indie style/metal band Eidetic Seeing at the Acheron, $8
3/10, 7:30 PM cellist Jay Campbell plays recent works for cello, piano and percussion by David Fulmer, Simon Steen-Andersen, and Matthias Pintscher, bookended by music of Debussy and Stravinsky at Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall.
3/10, 7;30 PM violinist Gil Morgenstern’s Reflections Series celebrate the music of Mendelssohn at the World School, 259 10th Ave, $35/$15 stud. All tix from the rescheduled 2/13 date will be honored
3/10, 7:30 PM pianist Xiayin Wang plays a new Richard Danielpour work plus piano sonatas by Haydn and Rachmaninoff and then closes with a two-piano version of Ravel’s “La Valse” at Alice Tully Hall
3/10, 8 PM eclectic piano genius Shoko Nagai‘s Taken Shadows – with Todd Reynolds, violin;Jonathan Goldberger, guitar & effects;Stomu Takeishi, electric bass; Jim Black, drums – taking their inspiration from demonic possession at Roulette, $20.
3/10, 8 PM the Irish Baroque Orchestra, led by violinist Monica Huggett with special guests Siobhan Armstrong (Irish harp) and Peter Whelan (bassoon) evoke an 18th century Dublin ambience with rare pieces by Pepusch, Geminiani, Carolan and others at Merkin Concert Hall, $30 tix avail.
3/10, 10 PM popular newgrass band Poor Old Shine at the Mercury, $10 adv tix rec
3/11, 7 PM innovative clarinetist Kinan Azmeh and pianist Dinuk Wijeratne improvise on Middle Eastern themes at CUNY Elebash Hall, 5th Ave just north of 34th St., $25/$20 stud
3/11, 7:30 PM Alex Kontorovich’s German Goldenshteyn Memorial Orchestra with special guest Naum Goldenshteyn at Stephen Wise Free Synagogue, 30 W. 68th St. (Columbus/CPW), $15.
3/11, 7:30 PM Turkish pianist Seda Röder performs from her new album Black and White Statements: the Austrian Sound of Piano Today, 12 Austrian miniatures for piano, at the Austrian Cultural Forum, 11 E 52nd St., free, res. req.
3/11, reception at 7:30, show at 8 PM a new concert-drama by Classical4All feat. Emir Gamsizoglu (piano), Melanie Long (Mezzo Soprano) and the New Yorker Trio: Emir Gamsizoglu (piano); Yigit Karatas (violin); Anastasia Golenisheva (cello) plus a cast including Ege Maltepe, Rafael Svarin, E. Macha Marrero, Charlotte Friedman at 4thU Society, 160 CPW (Corner of 76th Street), $20
3/11, 7:30/9:30 PM powerhouse lyrical postbop saxophonist/composer Noah Preminger teams up with an all-star quartet featuring pianist Fred Hersch, bassist Matt Clohesy and drummer Rudy Royston at the Jazz Standard.
3/11, 8 PM a screening of the documentary Harlem Street Singer about Rev. Gary Davis at the IFC Center, 6th Ave./W 3rd St
3/11, 8 PM Canadian indie classical pioneers Aventa Ensemble play the the New York premiere of Rolf Wallin’s multimedia commentary on child soldiers, Strange News at Roulette, $20.
3/12 iconic bassist Rufus Reid celebrates the release of his new album Quiet Pride: The Elizabeth Catlett Project with a stellar large ensemble at the Jazz Standard, 7:30/9:30 PM, $30
3/12, 7:30 PM Berlin Philharmonic chamber group the Scharoun Ensemble plays Brahms, Quintet for Clarinet and String Quartet in B minor, Op. 115 and Schubert, Octet in F Major, D. 803 at the Morgan Library, $35
3/12-13, 7:30 PM plus 3/14 at 2 PM and 3/15 at 8 PM, wild swirls and shifting segments: Alan Gilbert conducts the NY Phil playing an all-Carl Neilsen program: the Clarinet Concerto and Symphonies Nos. 1 and 4 at Avery Fisher Hall, $30 tix avail.
3/12 explosive, psychedelic Israeli/Iraqi guitarist Dudu Tassa & the Kuwaitis at the Museum of Jewish Heritage, 36 Battery Place north and west of Battery Park
3/12, 8 PM the the US premiere of Elliott Sharp’s mighty 13-piece SysOrk playing two new improvisational scores at Roulette, $15.
3/12, 9:30 PM eclectic, paradigm-shifting B3 jazz organist Brian Charette plays the album release show for his new one Square One at Smalls.
3/12, 10 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 the the Manderley Bar at the McKittrick Hotel, 532 W 27th St (10th/11th Aves.).
3/13, 1 PM a free concert by pioneering indie classical string quartet Ethel at Trinity CHurch
3/13, 7 PM individualistic, fearless soul stylist Queen Esther & the Hot 5 at the Dreck Center at the Brooklyn Public Library, free.
3/13, 7:30 PM transgressive, chameleonic chanteuse Tammy Faye Starlite sings Marianne Faithfull’s Broken English at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised. OMG, this is gonna be fun.
3/13, 8 PM the Bang on a Can All-Stars play Alvin Lucier, Richard Reed Parry, and Daniel Wohl plus Julia Wolfe’s Lick and David Lang’s Death Speaks with guest chanteuse Shara Worden at Merkin Concert Hall, $25
3/13, 8 PM avant garde luminaries Ensemble Signal plays a composer portrait of pioneering Korean composer Unsuk Chin at the Miller Theatre,$20 adv tix rec.
3/13, 8:30 PM guitarist Assaf Kehati with bassist Ehud Ettun and drummer Ronen Itzik at the Bar Next Door
3/13 hypnotic, edgy, Middle Eastern-tinged chanteuse Alsarah and the Nubatones play the album release show for their new Ethiopian/Nubian cd Silt at Baby’s All Right.
3/14, 7:30 PM anthemic newschool C&W band Yarn – who are Wilco-influenced without being a ripoff – at Drom, $15 adv tix rec
3/14, 9ish high-voltage honkytonk guitar monster Wayne Hancock at Hill Country, $15 adv tix rec.
3/15, 6:30 PM reception, 7 PM concert, music of composers David Chesky, Luis Andrei Cobo, Charles Coleman, Dan Cooper, Franz Hackl, Gene McBride, Modest Mussorgsky, Milica Paranosic, Gene Pritsker, Dana Richardson, Eric Somers, and David Taylor, together with art by Josef Albers, Jo Brocklehurst, Rainer Gross, Rose Hackl, Carmen Kordas, Gorazd Poposki, Rammellzee, and Ronnie Taylor, among others, played by Andrew Borkowski, Nick Cooper, Anne Drummond, Dave Eggar, Taka Kigawa, and Derin Oge, plus featured soloist Gregor Kitzis on violin and musical saw at Gallery MC, 549 W 52nd St (8th floor), $15.
3/15, 7 PM Chicago-style blues guitar monster Bobby Radcliff and his electric trio at Terra Blues
3/15, 9ish the Dead Cowboys at Hank’s? THE Dead Cowboys from Liverpool?!? If it’s them, for fans of Nashville gothic, this a show not to be missed.
3/15, 9:30 PM charming retro French pop combo Banda Magda at Joe’s Pub, $18 gen adm.
3/16, 10:30 AM (this is a morning concert) the Afiara String Quartet play Nielsen: String Quartet in G minor, Op. 13; Dvorák: String Quartet No. 10 in E-flat major, Op. 51 at Walter Reade Theatre, 165 West 65th St., $22.
3/16, 2 PM pianist Inna Faliks plays Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 23 (Appassionata) and Polonaise, Op. 89 plus Schumann’s Davidsbündler, Op. 6. and works by Shchedrin and Ljova at Spectrum
3/16, 4 PM this year’s annual New Music Bake Sale is at Roulette with seven hours of the avant garde plus munchies, $10 cover includes a raffle ticket and music by Contemporaneous, members of Exapno, Rhymes With Opera, assaultive art-rockers Newspeak, Hotel Elefant, Ensemble Et al., Talea Ensemble and others.
3/16, 4 PM the Hugo Wolf Quartett play Haydn’s String Quartet in E-flat Major, Op. 33, No. 2, “Joke”; Berg’s Lyric Suite and Schubert’s String Quartet in G Major.at the Dreck Center at the Brooklyn Public Library, free, no under-6′s admitted
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.
3/17, 8 PM Gustavo Dudamel conducts the LA Philharmonic with Yuja Wang, pianoplaying Daníel Bjarnason: Blow bright (NY premiere); Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor, Op. 30; Brahms: Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 73 at Avery Fisher Hall, $35.
3/18-23 8:30/10;30 PM legendary Cuban pianist Gonzalo Rubalcaba makes his US debut at the Blue Note with Jose Armando Gola, Horacio ‘El Negro’ Hernandez and Giovanni Hidalgo, $20 standing room avail.
3/18-23 pastoral jazz guitar icon Bill Frisell’s trio with Eyvind Kang-viola,; Rudy Royston-drums and special guests at the Vanguard, 8:30/10:30 PM, $25.
3/18, 11 PM torchy chanteuse Bliss Blood and creepy noir guitarist Al Street’s duo Evanescent at the Manderley Bar at the McKittrick Hotel, 532 W 27th St (10th/11th Aves.).
3/20, 7 PM excellent original postbop jazz sextet the Flail followed at 8 by the wry, eclectic Four Bags and then bluegrass/klezmer mandolin legend Andy Statman at 10 at Barbes
3/20, 8 PM shapeshifting, electrifying soprano Mellissa Hughes - who’s as potent a soul singer as she is with the classical repertoire – sings works by living composers, John Cage and Morton Feldman at Rose Hall at Lincoln Center, Broadway at 60th St, $30.
3/20, 8:30 PM tuneful Lynchian vibraphone jazz group Bryan & the Aardvarks with special guests Aaron Parks on piano and Camila Meza on vocals at Cornelia St. Cafe
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.
3/21, 7 PM hypnotic, haunting Maine chamber-Americana duo Arborea play gorgeous rustic soundscapes at Joe’s Pub, $14, followed at 9:30 (separate $15 admision) by the female-fronted, Francophile Hot Sardines playing upbeat 20s swing.
3/21, 7 PM pianists Daniela Bracchi and Walter Aparicio play music of Chopin, Milhaud and Lutoslawski at Third St. Music School Settlement, free.
3/21, 7:30 PM smart, lyrical, jazz/funk influened acoustic songwriter/chanteuse Meklit Hadero at Subculture, $20.
3/21, 8 PM explosive acoustic oldtime Americana band the Woes at Sunny’s in Red Hook
3/21, 8 PM oldtime honkytonk and pre-tockabilly sounds with the Weal and Woe followed at 9 by sassy female-fronted C&W parodists Trailer Radio at the Way Station
3/21, 8 PM the NJ Symphony Orchestra plays the Strauss Violin Concerto plus Goldmark’s In Springtime and Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5 at NJPAC in Newark, $20 seats avail.
3/21, 8:30 PM, repeating on 3/22 at 7:30 PM the Chelsea Symphony play Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade plus works by Henze and Copland at St. Paul’s Church, 315 West 22nd St, $20 sugg don.
3/21 haunting, eclectic art-rockers Painted on Water with guitarist Demir Demirkan and chanteuse Sertab Erener at Drom, $30 adv tix rec
3/23, 4 PM pianist Inesa Sinkevych plays an all-Schubert program at the Dreck Center at the Brooklyn Public Library, free, no under-6′s admitted
3/23, 9 PM the world’s most popular assouf (desert blues) band Tinariwen at Brooklyn Bowl, $20 adv tix rec.
3/23, 11ish psychedelic, fearlessly obscene French garage/surf rockers La Femme play Glasslands, $12. They’re also at the Music Hall of Williamsburg on 3/28.
3/25, 7:30 PM Le Train Bleu Ensemble plays new music by Sean Friar, Randall Woolf, Ted Hearne and Christopher Cerrone at Drom, $10 adv tix rec
3/25, 9 PM intriguing female-fronted downtempo/atmospheric rockers Blouse followed by dark neo-garage punks the Dum Dum Girls at Bowery Ballroom. 3/26 the’re at the Music Hall of Williamsburg, $15.
3/26, 7:30 PM Hyeyung Yoon, violin & Soyeon Kate Lee, piano with Greogry Beaver, cello debut Robert Sirota‘s Pange Lingua Sonata plus usic by Bach and Brahms at Subculture, $25 adv tix rec
3/26, 8 PM Joshua Bell, director and violin with the Academy of St. Martins in the Fields play Brahms: Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 77; Beethoven: Symphony No. 3 in E-flat major, Op. 55 (“Eroica”) at Avery Fisher Hall, $35.
3/26, 8 PM Tyler Blanton leads his psychedelic electric vibraphone trio at Barbes.
3/26, 9ish gloomy/pensive British chamber pop/trip-hop keyboardist/songwriter Douglas Dare at Glasslands $12
3/27-30 pianist Fabian Almazan’s lush, gorgeously glimmering chamber jazz Rhizome Project at the Jazz Standard, 7:30/9:30 PM, $25/$30 on the weekend.
3/27, 7:30 PM Eviyan – the Eastern European-flavored avant garde trio of Iva Bittová, Evan Ziporyn, and Gyan Riley – at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised
3/27 period-perfect 1960s style dark psychedelic folk-rockers the Allah-La’s at Rough Trade in Williamsburg are sold out – assuming that the place will reopen.
3/27, 10 PM Miss Phiro’s Dance Party play 1920s French hot jazz at the Jalopy, $10
3/27, 10ish grasscore titans the Infamous Stringdusters at Bowery Ballroom
3/28, 7:30 PM composer Moon Young Ha leads adventurous indie classical group Ensemble Mise-En through a characteristically eclectic program of vocal and instrumental works by Reiko Fueting, Brian Fennelly, Enno Poppe, Clara Latham and Isang Yun at the Tenri Cultural Institute, 43 W 13th St, $15/$10 srs/$5 stud.
3/28, 8 PM pianist Haskell Small plays his rapt, hypnotic composition for solo piano, The Rothko Room: Journeys in Silence, as well as works by Alan Hovhaness inspired by the spiritual power of mountains, at Christ & St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 120 W 69th St., $20/$15 stud./srs.
3/28, 9 PM torchy intense vaudevillian oldtimey swing band Jessy Carolina & the Hot Mess at the Jalopy, $10. They’re also at Terra Blues on 3/29 at 7
3/28, 10 PM deviously charismatic, eclectic Romany punk/oldtime swing band Kagero at the Way Station.
3/29, 8 PM oldtime three-part Americana vocal harmony group Triboro followed by hot bluegrass band Miller’s Crossing at the Jalopy, $10
3/30, 3 PM maestro Barbara Yahr leads the Greenwich Village Orchestra with guest violinist Hye-Jin Kim playing Samuel Barber’s Adagio and Violin Concerto plus Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 5 at Washington Irving HS Auditorium, Irving Pl/17th St., $15 sugg don, reception to follow.
3/31, 7:30 PM intense third-stream/nuevo tango pianist Emilio Teubal with his trio at Subculture, $20
3/31, 10 PM charming female-fronted oldschool soul/swing combo Lake Street Dive at Bowery Ballroom, $18 adv tix rec.
3/31, 10 PM psychedelic latin soul maven Damien Quinones y Su Conjunto – with the full horn section, playing material from their phenomenal 2012 psychedelic latin soul album Gumbo Ma-Jumbo album at the Way Station in Ft. Greene
4/1 Everything But the Girl’s Ben Watt playing songs of his new debut solo album at Joe’s Pub; 4/2 he’s at Rough Trade in Williamsburg, assuming that they’ve reopened.
4/1, 7:30 PM chanteuse Sanda Weigl and theatrical Austrian crooner Klaus Pohl host an evening of Viennese fin-de-siècle music and poetry at the Austrian Cultural Forum, 11 E 52nd St., free, res. req.
4/1, 8 PM wry, subtle, lyrical Americana rock chanteuse Karen Hudson and her band at the Way Station.
4/1, 7:30 PM the Cypress String Quartet plays the New York premiere of George Tsontakis’ String Quartet No. 6 plus selections from Dvorák’s Cypresses and Schubert’s String Quartet No.15 in G Major at Subculture, $30 tix avail.
4/1-5, 8 PM jazz violin titan Regina Carter plays new tunes from her new album Southern Comfort at Birdland
4/2, 8 PM the Hot Club of Cowtown- who’ve taken a wildly successful detour into Djangoesque Romany guitar jazz – at Subculture, $20.
4/3, 8 PM the New Amsterdam Symphony Orchestra with pianist John Wilson , performs the Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1, Grieg’s Holberg Suite and Sibelius’ Symphony No.2 at Symphony Space, $25
4/5, 7:30 PM wild Romany punk/circus rock band Caravan of Thieves at Subculture, $15. Followed at 10 (separate admission, same cover) by steel pan ensemble the Jonathan Scales Fourchestra and then psychedelic hammered dulcimer band House of Waters
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.
4/5, 10 PM moody acoustic soundtrack-style atmospherics with the Inner Banks at Union Hall, $8.
4/6, 7:30 PM eclectic jam-oriented mostly-female klezmer/tango/jazz band Isle of Klezbos plays the album release show for their reputedly amazing new one Live from Brooklyn at Joe’s Pub
4/6-7 powerhouse concert harpist Bridget Kibbey and the Metropolis Ensemble perform the NYC premiere of composer Vivian Fung’s Harp Concerto at le Poisson Rouge.
4/12, 7 PM Moroccan sintir virtuoso and trance-music master Hassan Hakmoun plays the album release show for his new one at Joe’s Pub, $20
4/13, 5 PM William Christie conducts Juilliard’s vocalists and Juilliard415, the Historical Performance Program’s chamber orchestra, in Marc-Antoine Charpentier’s Actéon, which draws on the hunter’s life-changing encounter with the goddess Diana in Ovid’s Metamorphoses at Corpus Christi Church, 529 W 121st St, $10 tix avail.
4/13, 8 PM Al Stewart solo acoustic at City Winery, $32 standing room avail. The Man for All Seasons may be On the Border now, but he hasn’t let Time Passages phase him.
4/14-21 the annual adventurous new music Mata Festival at the Kitchen
4/30 moody British art-rockers/postrockers These New Puritans at Bowery Ballroom