Massive data dump continuing over the next 48 hours, with daily updates after that – if you think there’s a lot here now, check back in a couple of days! And you might want to bookmark this page and return regularly to see what’s new. There’s a comprehensive, recently updated list of places where these shows are happening at New York 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. If you see a show listed without the start time, that’s because either the artist, their publicist or the venue in question sent incomplete info: those acts are usually listed last on a particular date. 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 salon on the Upper West Side featuring iconoclastically insightful, lyrical pianist Nancy Garniez – a cult favorite with an extraordinarily fluid, singing, legato style – exploring the delicious minutiae of works from across the centuries. Upcoming concerts feature music of Beethoven, Stravinsky, Handel and Bartok, sugg don $30 (pay what you can), delicious gluten-free refreshments, beverages and lively conversation included! email for info/location.
Mondays in March, 7 and 9 PM, erudite pianist Orrin Evans‘ richly tuneful, purist, stampeding Captain Black Big Band at Smoke
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 nights at 9 PM charismatic Romany singer Eva Salina and her amazing, psychedelic band play high-voltage dub-tinged jams on classic themes from across the Balkans at Sisters Brooklyn, 900 Fulton St. (Washington/Waverly), Ft Greene, C to Clinton-Washington, free
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 March, 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!
Mondays at 10 PM there’s been quite a buzz about acoustic songbird Angela McCluskey and saxophonist Paul Cantelon’s weekly residency at the third stage at the Rockwood, with a rotating cast of high-quality special guests. It’s expensive: $15 plus a $10 drink minimum very strictly enforced.
Also Mondays in March 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 March, 7 PM Ninth House‘s hotshot lead guitarist Keith Otten plays his own tuneful, Britrock-influenced sounds at Isle of Skye, 488 Driggs Ave (btwn N9th/N10th St.) in Williamsburg
Tuesdays in March, 8:30 PM the George Gee Swing Orchestra play surprising new arrangements of old big band standards at Swing 46, 349 W 46th St, $15
Tuesdays in March 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 in March, 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.
Fridays at 5 PM, adventurous indie classical string quartet Ethel (Ralph Farris, viola; Dorothy Lawson, cello; Kip Jones, violin; and Tema Watstein, violin) play the balcony bar with a rotating cast of interesting special guests at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, free w/museum adm.
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 in March at 9 Naomi Shelton and the Gospel Queens play oldschool 1960s style gospel at the Fat Cat.
Saturdays in March at 4 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 dark, carnivalesque, urbane Romany song maven (and Berthold Brecht descendant) Sanda Weigl with special guests from throughout the Romany community 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 4 PM in March the high-energy, harmony-and-strings-fueled oldtimey Dirty Waltz Project plays Barbes followed at 5 PM byvirtuoso cinematic psychedelic/western swing steel guitar player Raphael McGregor, who can do southern boogie, Bob Wills, creepy desert rock grooves, or sounds that run a lot further outside.
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 March, 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 March at 9 – check the Barbes calendar to make sure -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 like art-rock and post-Velvets noiserock. He’s also very popular: get there early.
3/1, 1 PM intense, boisterously fun clarinet and violin-fueled klezmer group Litvakus – who specialize in rare songs from Belarus -at JCH in Bensonhurst, 7802 Bay Pkwy., Brooklyn, D to Bay Parkway, walk 8 blocks.
3/1, 3 PM Ann Kim, violin; Benjamin Larsen, cello; Juliana Han, piano; Ian Rosenbaum, percussion play a Mozart Violin Sonata, then Golijov’s “Mariel”, before moving on to Sirota’s Cello Sonata, and wrap up with Beethoven’s Piano Trio in E flat, Opus 70 no. 2.at St. John’s Episcopal Church, Park Slope, 139 St. John’s Place at 7th Ave., any train to Grand Army Plaza and walk downhill
3/1, 7 PM socially aware, oldtimey-flavored Americana band 2/3 Goat at the big room at the Rockwood
3/1, 9:30 PM Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment (OAE) perform Mozart and Haydn on period instruments at Littlefield, $10
3/2, 6:30 PM noir chanteuse and Reid Paley collaborator Peg Simone followed by powerpop icons George Usher & Lisa Burns at the Mercury, $10 adv tix rec
3/2, 7 PM author Evan Rapport discusses his new book Greeted with Smiles: Bukharian Jewish Music & Musicians in New York followed by a performance by the haunting, otherworldly Ezro Malakov Maqom Ensemble at the Center for Jewish History, 15 W 16th St, free but rsvp reqd
3/2, 8 PM the NYC premiere of Duo Cracow: Jan Kalinowski (cello) and Marek Szlezer (piano) celebrating Chopin’s 250th birthday at Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, free tickets available at the box office which opens at 7 PM, limit 4 per person
3/3, 6 PM celebrate World Musc Freedom Day with performances dedicated to Edward Snowden, Chelsea Manning and Mohamedou Ould Slahi. Singer Jill Burton teams up with pianist Gordon Beeferman and guitarist Chris Cochrane, plus jams by violinist Sara Walraf and pianist Liz Kosack, and a screening from the forthcoming documentary They Will Have to Kill Us: Malian Music in Exile at Spectrum, $15
3/3, 7:30 PM high-voltage string-fueled klezmer dance tunes with the Klez Dispensers‘ Amy Zakar’s Fidl Kapelye at Stephen Wise Free Synagogue, 30 W 68th St, $15
3/3, 8 PM clarinetist/singer/composer Dave Ruder presents The Gentleman Rests, for five vocalists and five instrumentalists, contemplating the infamous events of the joint session of Congress on January 6th, 2001 which rubberstamped the “election” of George W. Bush as President after the Supreme Court-approved coup d’etat, at Roulette, $20/$15 stud/srs
3/3, 8 PM American Modern Ensemble with powerhouse pianists Stephen Gosling and Blair McMillen play music of Amanda Harberg, Robert Paterson and Frederic Rzewski, by Margaret Brouwer, George Crumb and Laura Kaminsky.at Subculture, $20 adv tix rec
3/3-8, 8/10 PM incisive soprano saxophonist Phillip Johnston plays a stand at the Stone with a whole slew of groups, $15. Also see below for his perennially fun swing band the Microscopic Septet‘s upcoming shows
3/3, 10 PM the NYU Jazz Orchestra plays a program tba followed at 11 by the NYU World Music Ensemble directed by Brad Shepik at Drom, free
3/3, midnight, careeningly noisy, occasionally Middle Eastern and African-influenced guitar instrumentalist Yonatan Gat at Union Pool, $10
3/4, 7 PM (early arrival advised) a rare (first-ever?) solo acoustic performance by Steel Pulse’s David Hinds plus a Q&A with Gary “Dr. Dread” Himmelfarb, well-known and well-connected 90s reggae producer reading from his memoir The Half That’s Never Been Told at the Dreck Center at the Brooklyn Public Library, free
3/4-6, 8 PM catchy reverbtoned janglerockers the Growlers at Baby’s All Right, $20. Be aware that the Saturday, 3/7 show is sold out
3/4, 8 PM auspicious new avant garde ensemble the RAM Players, with clarinetist Thomas Piercy, violinist Karen Kim, violist Robert Meyer and cellist Kate Dillingham play works by Guy Barash, David Fetherolf, Gilbert Galindo, Wang Jie, and Frances White at the Little Secret Theatre, 4402 23rd St, Long Island City, $10. The program repeats on 3/6, 8 PM at the DiMenna Center for $20, reception to follow
3/4, 9 PM psychedelic powerpop/new wave rocker Mike Rimbaud plays his characteristically tuneful, snarling, politically smart, Elvis Costello-esque songs at Bowery Electric, $8
3/4, 9 PM pianist Eugene Marlow’s tunefully cinematic latin-klezmer jazz group Heritage Ensemble with Bobby Sanabria on drums at Something Jazz Club, $15
3/4, 10 PM a good lo-fi blues twinbill: Pork Chop Willie and his Mississippi hill country sounds followed by the acerbic Breanna Barbara Arneson at the Way Station
3/4, 10 PM brooding darkwave songstress Alice Boman at Rough Trade, $12
3/5, 6:30 PM, not a music event but an important one: join the Village Independent Democrats in a discussion of how to save small independently owned businesses in this city: a panel discussion with speakers including Sung Soo Kim – Former Chair: Mayor’ Small Business Advisory Board; Alfred Placeres – Founder, NYS Hispanic Chamber of Commerce; Jenny Dubnau – Spokesperson for The Artist Studio Affordability Project; Jack Segan – Community Affairs Representative for Jetro Foods; Robert Perl – President of Tower Brokerage; Mark Crispin Miller – Professor of Media Studies; Critic of NYU overdevelopment, moderated by Lincoln Anderson, Editor-in-Chief, the Villager at Judson Church, 55 Washington Square South.
3/5, 7 PM Eve Lesov plays her birthday show at the big room at the Rockwood. Excellent, tuneful art-rock pianist, strong singer with dry wit, wickedly catchy songs and a great band.
3/5, 7 PM the Brighton Beat bring their deliriously fun Afrobeat jams to Shapeshifter Lab, playing material off ther high-voltage new album Off We Go
3/5, 7:30 PM the Phoenix Chamber Ensemble plays new works by Russian composers Inessa Zaretsky, Tanya Anismova, Yekaterina Merkulyeva, Jakov Jakoulov and Igor Tkachenko at the Center for Jewish History, 15 W 16th St. just off 5th Ave., $15/$10 stud/srs
3/5, 7:30 PM the up-and-coming new New York Festival Orchestra plays Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 in A major and Piano Concert No. 5 in E-flat major with pianist Ivan Donchev, plus the Overture to “The Marriage of Figaro” by Mozart; and the American premiere of “Misteri” (Mysteries) for Piano and String Orchestra by Italian composer Francesco Marino at Merkin Concert Hall, $30
3/5, 8 PM jaunty chamber pop stuff from the intriguing trio of Heather Robb of the Spring Standards, Lauren Balthrop & Neha Jiwrajka followed at 10 by fiddler Laura Cortese with Valerie Thompson (cello/vox) and Mariel Vandersteel (fiddle/hardingfele/vox) at Barbes
3/5, 8 PM JACK Quartet (who just played a stunning Georg Friedrich Haas premiere here) and Third Coast Percussion perform an all Augusta Read Thomas program at the Miller Theatre, $25 tix avail.
3/5, 8:30 PM a cutting-edge old and new banjo music twinbill with Jackson Lynch followed by North Carolina’s Ryan Cavanaugh at the Jalopy, $8
3/5, 9:30 PM iconic, satirical “surrealistic swing” band the Microscopic Septet play their first-ever concert of free improvisations at The Stone, as part of soprano saxophonist Phillip Johnston’s residency there – a one-time event! 3/7, 8 PM a unique variant, the Microscopic Saxophone Quartet, performs at the Stone. 3/19 at 9:30 the whole band is at Smalls
3/5, 11 PM infectious Brazilian maracatu/funk/New Orleans/surf/country band Nation Beat at the small room at the Rockwood
3/5, 11ish individualistic guitarist Alyse Lamb’s jaggedly intense postpunk band Eula play the album release for their deliciously abrasive Siousxie-esque, Martin Bisi-produced new album Wool Sucking at Palisades
3/6, 7 PM the annual Battle of the Bands continues at the Greene Space with the Brooklyn edition. Of all the intra-borough battles, this one is a horse race. This blog’s pick is moody, intriguingly relevant, angst-fueled lo-fi folk-rock act Company of Selves, although pensive postpunks Teletextile and the lively, wryly lyrical New Orleans-flavored Nat Osborn Band are also good. Would be a shame if they lost out to a world-weary folkie girl who specializes in Xmas carols, an old Cuban guy struggling to master a Leonard Cohen song, a couple of Frank Ocean wannabes, or an autistic dude. Yup, one of the finalists is a retard. This is NYC, 2015, y’all. Cover is $15 which includes a drink or $30 for open bar
3/6, 7 PM guitarist David Moreno leads a first-class quartet with Arturo O’Farrill on piano, Renee Cruz on bass and Brandon Lewis on drums at Third Street Music School Settlement, free
3/6, 8 PM the extraordinary Lebanese-American composer/multi-instrumentalist Bassam Saba and his ensemble playing haunting, sweepingly majestic original works at Roulette, $30/$25 stud/srs.
3/6, 8 PM the pretty self-explanatory Sensational Country Blues Wonders at the Way Station
3/6, 8 PM eclectic soul-groove chanteuse Imani Uzuri premieres a new cantata inspired by the clever signification in the Black American quiltmaking tradition, as part of this year’s Avant Festival at Wild Project Theatre, 195 E 3rd St, $15/$10 stud.
3/6, 10ish powerhouse oldschool soul band the One and Nines - NJ’s counterpart to Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings – at the Park Tavern, 575 West Side Ave (Communipaw/Roosevelt, in Jersey City
3/6, 11 PM the Big Sleep play their drony instrumental dreampop noiserock cyclotron at Rough Trade, $12
3/6, 11:30 roots reggae group Royal Khaoz at the big room at the Rockwood
3/7, 2 PM tuneful oldschool early 80s style assaultive/relevant punk rockers the Scrapers play Grand Victory, $10
3/7, 7 PM Alan Gilbert conducts a NY Phil chamber ensemble playing exciting new Nordic music by Per Nogard, Kalevi Aho, Duro Zivkoric and Kaija Saariaho at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, $25
3/7, 7 PM a marathon evening of Randy Gibson‘s hypnotic, psychedelic minimalist drone music, part of this year’s Avant Festival at Wild Project Theatre, 195 E 3rd St, $15/$10 stud
3/7, 7 PM legendary jazz/blues/soul guitarist Ronnie Earl & the Broadcasters at B.B. King’s, $27 adv tix req
3/7, 7:15 PM charismatic blues harpist/resonator guitarist Wade Schuman’s dark psychedelic acoustic blues/klezmer/reggae/soca jamband Hazmat Modine at Terra Blues
3/7, 7:30 PM indie classical ensemble Contemporaneous plays introspective new chamber works by Dylan Mattingly, Tamzin Elliott, Matt Evans, Vicente Alexim and Finnegan Shanahan at the DiMenna Center, 450 W 37th St., free
3/7, 8 PM intense, lyrically brilliant , quirky female-fronted two-keyboard 80s-style art-rock/new wave revivalists Changing Modes at Lit
3/7, 8 PM Texas swing icons the Hot Club of Cowtown - whose fiddler Elana James has a sizzling new album out – at Subculture, $20 adv tix rec
3/7, 8 PM awful segues, good triplebill: Marta Hernández (aka Mar Salá) plays her acoustic flamenco rock followed at 9 by the Viva Vallenato Badass Accordion Band and then honktonk band the Lonesome Cupcakes at 10 at the Way Station
3/7, 8 PM the Aaron Diehl Quartet with Peter Washington, bass; Pete Van Nostrand, drums; Warren Wolf, vibes play the pianist’s elegant melodic straight-ahead jazz at the Miller Theatre, $20 tix avail.
3/7, 9 PM intense, grimly funny noir rocker Tom Warnick & World’s Fair followed by Tracy Island – the catchy, smart, literate new wave/psychedelic rock project from Ian and Liza of the WonderWheels and the Larch – at Freddy’s
3/7, 9 PM Unsteady Freddie’s monthly surf rock shindig at Otto’s kicks off at 9 with the trad Chillers, Los Pocos Locos at 10, the cinematic Commercial Interruption at 11 and Buzzchopper sometime after midnight, free
3/7, 9 PM intense, funky Indian brass bhangra band Red Baraat at Bowery Ballroom, $18 adv tix req. The following night 3/8 they’re at Brooklyn Bowl for three bucks less on a killer triplebill starting at 8 with the psychedelic Brooklyn Raga Massive followed by circus rock/noir cabaret chanteuse Rupa & the April Fishes.
3/7, 9 PM oldtimey harmony-fueled band the Calamity Janes and wryly humorous NYC urban country pioneer Alex Battles & the Whisky Rebellion play a Johnny Cash bday party show at the Bell House, $18 adv tix rec; there’s also a 3 PM all-ages show there on 3/8 for three bucks less in advance
3/7, 9 PM ten-piece country/carnivalesque/acoustic rock powerhouse M Shanghai String Band – whose latest album is amazing – at the Jalopy, $10
3/7, 9 PM charismatic, psychedelic funkmeistress Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds at Brooklyn Bowl, $12 adv tix rec
3/7. 9 PM pianist Vicki Ray plays solo works by Mel Powell, James Tenney, Stephen “Lucky” Mosko, and Arthur Jarvinen as well as a multi-composer piece composed in in the style of a cadavre exquis at Spectrum
3/7, 10ish Brooklyn What frontman Jamie Frey’s edgy, tuneful new band No Ice at Big Irv’s, 381 Hooper St (Grand/S 2nd) in Williamsburg, L to Lorimer St.
3/7, 10 PM brilliantly lyrical dark oldtimey songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Pete Lanctot and band at 68 Jay St. Bar
3/7, 10 PM upbeat Sinaloa-style Mexican mariachi/ranchera brass group Banda de los Muertos at Barbes, $10
3/7, 10 PM Black Taxi play their propulsive oldschool disco-funk at the big room at the Rockwood, $12
3/7, 11 PM a fiery Turkish rock doublebill: Twenty 7 followed by Gripin at Drom, $30 adv tix rec.
3/7 1:30 AM (actually wee hours of 3/8) a wild, deep-Brooklyn style postbop night with tenor sax powerhouse Eric Wyatt with Benito Gonzalez – piano , Essiet Essiet – bass , Jonathan Barber – drums at Smalls, $20
3/8, 2 PM the Momenta Quartet play Tan Dun’s aptly named Ghost Opera at Flushing Town Hall, $15
3/8, 3 PM the Apple Hill String Quartet play “Stringsongs,” by Meredith Monk; “Suite for String Quartet and Fiddler,” a premiere by Dana Lyn and String Quartet no. 2, by Britten at St. Bartholomew’s Church, Park Ave//50th St., $tba
3/8, 4:30ish soulful, latin-inspired, lushly exciting new jazz chanteuse Marianne Solivan leads a 12-piece big band including Stacy Dillard, Dave Gibson and Carl Maraghi at Smalls, $20. Tuneful, first-rate original postbop jazz sextet the Flail play afterward at around 10:30
3/8, 7 PM legendary Piedmont fingerstyle blues guitarist Larry Johnson at Terra Blues
3/8, 7 PM new and recent works for violin duo by New York women composers: Debra Kaye, Max Lifchitz (token hombre), Beata Moon, Rain Worthington, Lynn Bechtold, Melissa Grey and Elena Ruehr at Spectrum, $15/$10 stud/srs
3/8, 8 PM indie classical ensemble Hotel Elefant plays new works by Paola Prestini, Lainie Fefferman and Leaha Maria Villarreal at Subculture, $17 adv tix rec
3/8, 9 PM surf/twang instrumental rockers the Bakersfield Breakers - whose new album is a dead ringer for something from 1963, unbelievably cool and fun – followed by fellow instrumentalists the Combine, who are reputedly just as good, upstairs at 2A
3/9, 8:30 PM the Frikativ Quartet presents compositions by Sarah Bernstein for improvising string quartet. Four inventive and soloistic musicians create a sound that taps the orchestral power of string ensembles and the agility of the jazz quartet. With Scott Tixier, violin, Sarah Bernstein, violin, Stephanie Griffin, viola, Malcolm Parson, cello at Cornelia St. Cafe
3/9, 9 PM psychedelic funk band the People’s Champs followed by the similarly fun, Colombian psychedelic cumbia band MAKU Soundsystem at Brooklyn Bowl, $8
3/9, 9:30 PM Cumbiagra – whose take on psychedelic cumbias is more rustic and purist than most bands who play that stuff – at Barbes
3/9, 11 PM the Doolittle Family play their jangly mix of 60s Laurel Canyon psych-pop and country at the Way Station
3/10, 6 PM cellist Elad Kabilio leads a trio with clarinet and vocals performing otherworldly, haunting themes played in synagogues around the world, throughout history, at the Center for Jewish History, 15 W 16th St. just off 5th Ave., $25/$15 stud/srs
3/10, 7 PM the Tarras Band play music associated with ferociously fun klezmer clarinet legend Dave Tarras, featuring Tarras’ former pianist Pete Sokolow (piano), Michael Winograd (clarinet,) Ben Holmes (trumpet), Jim Guttmann (bass,) and Dave Licht (drums. at Barbes followed by ten-piece funky Balkan brass/Ellington jazz monsters Slavic Soul Party at Barbes
3/10, 7:30 PM a slightly smaller subset of the explosive Ayn Sof big band playing epic klezmer jazz tunes with Greg Wall, Jordan Hirsch, Zev Zions, Brian Glassman, and Aaron Alexander among others at the Stephen Wise Free Synagogue, 30 W 68th St., $15.
3/10-15 elegantly melodic pianist Sylvie Courvoisier plays a weeklong stand at the Stone with sets at 8 and 10 PM, $15. Choice pick: opening night, the first set a duo with violinist Mark Feldman playing stuff from John Zorn’s Book of Angels, the second a duet with Marc Ribot!
3/10, 8 PM pyrotechnic pianist Kathleen Supove plays space-specific new works for piano and soundtrack by Joan La Barbara, Mary Kouyoumdjian, Randall Woolf, and Marti Epstein at Roulette
3/10, 8 PM 90s roots reggae nostalgia with Rasta crooner Luciano at B.B. King’s, $25 adv tix req
3/10, 9:30 PM saxophone powerhouse Lucas Pino‘s two-guitar No No Nonet at Smalls at Smalls, $20
3/10, 11 PM the Rat Problem – promising new wave ish band with sarcastic, sardonic, biting lyrics at the Way Station
3/10, 11 PM gritty, tuneful, Shane MacGowan-ish UK songwriter Adam Masterson at the third room at the Rockwood, $10 + two-drink minimum very strictly enforced
3/11, 7 PM the Isaye Trio - Rada Ovcharova, violin; Emlyn Stam, viola; Willem Stam, cello – play works by Teethoven, Donyanyi and Otterloo at the Bulgarian Consulate General, 121 E 62nd St, free
3/11, 7:30 PM a rare NYC apprearance by the extraordinary violist Kim Kashkashian with Péter Nagy, piano playing works by Schumann, Bartok, Brayms and László Tihanyi at the Morgan Library, $35
3/11, 8:30 PM dark, sardonic, brilliantly tuneful jazz pianist Danny Fox and his Trio at Seeds
3/11 and 3/14, 9 PM phenomenal bandoneon virtuoso/nuevo tango composer JP Jofre leads a quintet with strings and piano at Something Jazz Club, $12
3/11, 9 PM brassy female-fronted Jerry Lee Lewis-influenced rockabilly band Rocket J & the 88s followed at 10 by Dr. Bluegrass & the Illbilly 8 and then the cleverly lyrical, darkly funny Nashville gothic rock of Maynard & the Musties at the Way Station
3/11, 8 PM psychedelic klezmer/bluegrass mandolin and clarinet legend Andy Statman at Barbes, $10
3/11, 10 PM a good psychedelic twinbill with jangly, gorgeously reverb guitar-and-organ-driven San Francisco psychedelic band the Cool Ghouls and fuzztone monsters the Mystery Lights at Union Pool, $10. The Cool Ghouls are also at Cake Shop on 3/12
3/12, 1 PM the Jack Quartet featuring soprano Rachel Calloway perform the world premiere of Jeff Myers’ Requiem Aeternam at Trinity Church, free
3/12, 7 PM searingly intense, charismatic, fearless acoustic punk blues siren Molly Ruth followed by fiery Canadian gothic rocker Lorraine Leckie and her psychedelic band with Hugh Pool on lead guitar at the Mercury
3/12, 7 PM Pakistani chanteuse/bandleader Mai Dhai plays traditional Manganiyar songs at Elebash Hall at CUNY, 365 5th Ave. north of 34th St., $25
3/12, 7 PM Libaña Maraza play rarely heard, rustically haunting Honduran Garifuna songs at City Lore Gallery, 56 E. 1st St, $10
3/12, 7 PM Doron Schleifer, countertenor with Corina Marti on clavisymbalum and recorders perform Jewish and Christian music from late medieval Italy at Stephen Wise Free Synagogue, 30 W 68th St
3/12, 7 PM a rare performance of traditional Garifuna songs in endangered indigenous Caribbean languages by folk ensemble Libaña Maraza at City Lore Gallery, 56 E 1st St (between 1st and 2nd Ave), $10
3/12, 8 PM Zambubananas play original Brazilian forro music followed at 10 by the plush, balmy, oldtimey uke swing of Daria Grace & the Pre-War Ponies at Barbes
3/12, 8 PM Israeli reggae crew Moshav Band play the album release show for their new one at Highline Ballrooom, $15 adv tix req
3/12, 8 PM Anne Lanzilotti, viola, Alice Teyssier, flute, and Karl Larson, piano play premieres by Leah Asher, Martin Bresnick, and Scott Wollschleger, plus works by Andrew Norman, Caroline Shaw, and Mozart at the NYU Black Box theatre, Washington Pl. just east of the park (a block north of Washington Square South), free
3/12, 8:30 PM luminous, intense, enigmatic art-rock chanteuse/cellist/multi-instrumentalist Serena Jost at the third room at the Rockwood, $10
3/12, 9 PM irresistibly named, darkly jangling psychedelic garage/powerpop rockers Anderson Council at Maxwell’s
3/12, 9 PM edgy, politically-fueled French-American punk-jazz-soul chanteuse/guitarist Miss Elie Sorbsel aka Emilie Lesbros plays the album release show for her new one on a killer triplebill with the guy who’s arguably the best lyricist on the planet, the Coup’s Boots Riley, plus pensively intense violinist/singer Sarah Bernstein at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, $10
3/12, 9 PM guitarist Patrick Brennan’s improvisational jazz orchestra the Transparency Kestra at Shapeshifter Lab, $tba
3/12, 10 PM NYC’s most intense, purist Peruvian cumbia-surf rockers, Moneco - who play all the classics by Juaneco, Los Destellos and other rare psychedelic treats – at the Way Station
3/12, 10 PM legendary Come and Steve Wynn guitarist Chris Brokaw at Union Pool, $10
3/13, 7 PM pianist Daniela Bracchi plays works by Bach, Schubert and Chopin at Third Street Music School Settlement, free
3/13, 7 PM violinist Rachel Koblyakov plays solo works by Boulez, Yuri Boguinia, Gideon Broshy, Johannes Maria Von Staud, Wolfgang Rihm and Jules Matton at Spectrum
3/13, 7:30 PM Chia’s Dance Party spinoff tthe Cumbia River Band play psychedelic, surfy grooves at Drom, $10 adv tix rec
3/13, 7:30 PM the NY Composers’ Circle ensemble plays eclectic new vocal music by Frank Retzel, Dana Dimitri Richardson, Eugene Marlow, Susan J. Fischer and Tamara Cashour’s plus instrumental pieces by Matt Weber and Robert S. Cohen (the latter inspired by an ant carrying the much larger carcass of a dead roach across a tennis court) at the DiMenna Center, 450 W 37th St., $20, reception to follow
3/13, 8 PM hypnotic guitarscaper Hubble, plantively sardonic, elegant nouveau-chamber violinist/composer Christopher Tignor and the similarly poignant, evocative indie chamber minimalists/pastoralists Bing & Ruth at Littlefield, $14 . Particularly appropriate that B&R would be on this bill here considering that they have an album titled Kentile Floors.
3/13, 9 PM legendary, sweepingly majestic,timelessly relevant Australian psychedelic rockers the Church - who were arguably the best rock band in the world for a good fifteen years back in the 80s and 90s – at Bowery Ballroom, $30. 3/14 they’re at Rough Trade for the same price and will undoubtedly sell out. Adv tix rec at the Marcury, from 5-7 PM, M-F
3/13, 9 PM Brandi & the Alexanders play their torchy oldschool soul and groove music at the Way Station
3/14, 5 PM edgy Argentine classical pianist Mirian Conti plays a solo recital tilted “$5 for 5 Composers” at the DiMenna Center, 450 W 37th St.
3/14, 7 PM Chicago-style blues guitar monster Bobby Radcliff at Terra Blues.
3/14, 8 PM the Brooklyn What, who are to this era in this city what the Dead Boys and for that matter, the Clash, were to 1979 – at Union Pool, $8, get there on time, this could sell out.
3/14, 8 PM sultry retro 1930s/40s Franco-American swing band les Chauds Lapins followed by horn-driven Colombian party band Chia’s Dance Party at Barbes
3/14, 8 PM Caribbean and south-of-the-border big band flavors with the sixteen-piece Gregorio Uribe Big Band and special guest violinist/singer Mireya Ramos from Mariachi Flor de Toloache at Roulette, $25; open rum bar 7-8 PM!
3/14, 8 PM the hilarious, politically astute Paranoid Larry & His Imaginary Band at 68 Jay St. Bar
3/14, 8:30/10:30 PM pianist Jason Moran joins with Bill Frisell and Alicia Hall Moran to play their newly commissioned work The Quilts of Gee’s Bend, exploring rustic rural African-American spirituals, at the Vanguard, $30
3/14, 9 PM tenor saxophonist Dayna Stephens leads a trio with Gilad Hekselman on guitar and Adam Arruda on drums followed by tunefully shapeshifting new postbop quartet Walking Distance – Caleb Curtis – alto saxophone, Kenny Pexton – tenor saxophone, Adam Coté – bass, Shawn Baltazor – drums – playing the album release show for their new one at Subculture, $15 adv tix rec
3/14, 9 PM cinematic soundtrack instrumentalists/surf rockers the Tarantinos NYC followed at 10 by edgy lefty guitarist Damian Quinones and his psychedelic latin soul band and then at midnight by instrumental trio the Grey Man, who put an acidic postpunk spin on early Can, at the Way Station
3/14, 9:30 PM elegant oldtime Americana chanteuse Nora Jane Struthers and the Party Line at Joe’s Pub, followed at 11:30 PM (separate admission) by haunting Portuguese noir surf band Dead Combo (not to be confused with the Stooges-influenced New York band from the mid-zeros) at Joe’s Pub, $12
3/14, midnight shapeshifting, often haunting female-fronted Americana/acoustic funk/art-rock jamband the Sometime Boys – who put out this blog’s pick for best song of 2014 – at Freddy’s
3/15, 4-11 PM the annual New Music Bake Sale with performances by avant garde ensembles including AndPlay (violin and viola duo), Eleonore Oppenheim (solo upright bass), ThingNY (composer-performer chamber collective), C4: The Choral Composer/Conductor Collective (contemporary choral music), Anti-Depressant: Kathleen Supové and Jennifer Choi (outrageously fun piano and violin duo), Tigue (percussion trio), the Knells (art-rock ensemble) plus all kinds of yummy treats available, at Roulette, $10
3/15, 4:30ish the intense, occasionally Middle Eastern-tinged fifteen piece Eyal Vilner Big Band with singer Charenee Wade (who just finished a great stand with Rufus Reid’s big band) at Smalls, $20
3/15, 6 (six) PM 70s freak-folk legend Kath Bloom at the Mercury, $8 adv tix rec because this just might sell out
3/15, 7 PM a rare Portuguese superstar twinbill: fado crooner Camané and noir cabaret/monster surf band Dead Combo at NJPAC in Newark, $30 tix avail.
3/15, 8 PM legendary organ improviser Thomas Murray performs at Church of the Resurrection, 119 E. 74th St. (Park/Lexington). $20 ($15 students & seniors)
3/15, 8 PM fiery, trance-inducing percussionist/bandleader Alessandra Belloni‘s ensemble Daughters of Cybele at the Italian American Museum,155 Mulberry St, $20
3/15, 8:30/10:30 PM tenor sax legend Charles Lloyd with his new quartet featuring Jason Moran, Reuben Rogers and Eric Harland at the Vanguard, $30
3/15, 9 PM the Anna & Elizabeth Show – Anna Roberts-Gevalt (fiddle, banjo, guitar) and Elizabeth LaPrelle (ballads, banjo), with oldtime mountain music and real old-fashioned crankies at the Jalopy, $10
3/15, 10 PM eclectic, paradigm-shifting B3 jazz organist Brian Charette and band at 55 Bar
3/16, 7 PM Van Davis - with Chop & Quench singer Abena Koomson – who alternate between sunny oldschool soul and ferocious, guitar-fueled funk, followed at 8:30 by Afrobeat funk jamband the New York Horns – with Mojo Mancini’s Sean Pelton on drums – at Arlene’s, free
3/16, 8 PM a rare small club appearance by cutting-edge avant garde composer/performer Milica Paranosic at Silvana
3/16, 8 PM the DaCapo Chamber Players perform works by pan-American composers including Eleanor Alberga, Paquito D’Rivera, Martin Gendelman, Jorge Martin and Gabriela Ortiz at the DiMenna Center, 450 W 37th St. $20/$10 stud/sts
3/16, 8 PM the North-South Consonance Ensemble play music for spring (bring it on!) by Ari Ben-Shabetai’, Chan Kai-Young, Matthew Durrant and Max Lifchitz with horn soloist Anne Ellsworth at Christ & St Stephen’s Church, 120 W 69th S. free
3/16, 9:30 PM newschool latin soul dance band Spanglish Fly at Barbes – heavier on the salsa than the soul, with a charismatic frontwoman and the same kind of relevance the old boogaloo bands had back in the 60s.
3/17-22, 8/10 PM irrepressible, paradigm-shifting accordionist Guy Klucevsek plays with a whole bunch of ensembles, $20. Choice pick: 3/18 at 8 doing film music with Kamala Sankaram and Peter Brown (vocals); Phyllis Chen (toy piano & piano); Todd Reynolds (violin)
3/17, 7 PM pianists Simone Dinnerstein and Doris Stevenson play music of Ravel, Gershwin, and Philip Lasser at PS321 Auditorium, 180 7th Ave., Park Slope, Brooklyn, R to Union St and walk uphill, $15, all proceeds to benefit the school.
3/17, 8 PM a rare St. Paddy’s Day show for pros rather than amateurs: sly lyrical soul guy Leo Sidran (whose latest album is titled Don’t Cry for No Hipster), eclectic violinist and genre-smashing jazz/indie classical/cinematic/Celtic composer Skye Steele and lush, intense, anthemic female-fronted Celtic acoustic band Burning Bridget Cleary at the third room at the Rockwood, $12, $10 drink min. strictly enforced
3/17-22, 8:30/10:30 PM intimate guitar-bass duos with Bill Frisell and Thomas Morgan at the Vanguard, $30
3/17, 9 PM intense, darkly cinematic slowcore/postrock guitarist Shannon Wright at St. Vitus, $15
3/17, 10 PM smart, purist oldtimey female-fronted swing band the Swingaroos at the big room at the Rockwood
3/18, 8 PM the alternatively explosive and shimmering Nakatani Gong Orchestra at the Green Building, 452 Union St (Nevins/Bond) in Gowanus, R to Union St. and walk downhill, $15
3/18, 8 PM smart, eclectic, harmony-driven oldtime Americana/Celtic/acoustic C&W band the Henry Girls at Barbes
3/18, 7ish the CTMD puts on one of their occasional Jewish zingeray folksong song swaps with tunes from the repertoires of Carol Freeman, Sarah Gordon, Esther Gottesman, Janet Leuchter, Jerry Marcus and CTMD’s Ethel Raim at City Lore Galley, 56 E 1st St.
3/18, 8 PM the Ariel Quartet continue their performance of the Beethoven string quartet cycle at Subculture, $25 adv tix rec
3/18 10 PM a killer triplebill at Rough Trade: creepy noir chamber pop/murder ballad duo Charming Disaster, eclectic art-rock violinist/bandleader Christina Courtin and sardonically clanging postpunks Frogbelly & Symphony (who have a new Martin Bisi-produced album out), $10 adv tix rec.
3/19, 1 PM Novus NY play the two chamber symphonies of John Adams’ Chamber Symphony and Arnold Schoenberg’s Chamber Symphony No. 1 at Trinity Church, free
3/19, 7 PM Romanian cimbalom icon Marius Mihalache plays solo and then joins torchy Romany singer Sanda Weigl‘s performance at 8 PM at Barbes. Martin Vejarano‘s Cumbia River Band plays afterward at 10.
3/19, 7:30 PM torchy intense southwestern gothic songwrite Julia Haltigan and her excellent band at the Mercury, $10 adv tix rec
3/19, 7:30 PM entrancing Middle Eastern/Nubian largescale jamband the Nile Project revisit the scene of their live album, the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival a must. They’re at the Schimmel Auditorium at Pace University, 3 Spruce St. in the financial district the following night, 3/20 for $30
3/19, 7:30 PM early music consort the Wayward Sisters perform a program titled The Naughty List: Music By Braggarts, Hotheads, Curmudgeons and Snobs with music by obnoxious men Matthew Locke, Tarquinio Merula, William Brade, Nicola Matteis, and Dario Castello at the Kosciuszko Foundation, 15 E 65th St, $25
3/19, 7:30 PM thrilling British violinist Rachel Podger leads the Julliard415 baroque ensemble in a performance of works from Vivaldi’s L’Estro Armonico at Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church, 921 Madison Ave (73/74), $20
3/19 and 3/24 at 7:30 PM, plus 3/20 at 11 AM (in the morning) and and 3/22 at 8? the NY Phil play Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G, Richard Strauss’ Der Rosenkavalier plus works by Debussy and Esa-Pekka Salonen at Avery Fisher Hall, $30 tix avail
3/19-21, 7:30 PM kabuki theatre maven Tamasaburo Bando‘s explosive taiko drum/Japanese folk ritual troupe play their new extravaganza Kodo One Earth Tour: Mystery at BAM, $25 tix avail
3/19, 8 PM Pistolera frontwoman Sandra Lilia Velasquez’s torchy, slinky, psychedelic downtempo/trip-hop/art-pop band SLV at Greenwich House Music School, $15
3/19, 8 PM a chamber-sized subset of beloved, adventurous young orchestra the Knights play works by Haydn, Schnittke, Timo Andres, Fred Lerdahl and Thomas Adès at Subculture, $20 adv tix rec
3/19, 8:30 PM Dervisi feat. guitar god Steve Antonakos play “exotic Greek gangsta blues” at Espresso 77, 35-57 77th Street, Jackson Hts., free. They’re also at Troost in Greenpoint, same time, on 3/25.
3/19, 9 PM the perennially intense, tuneful godfather of edgy, lyrical, anthemic downtown NYC rock, Willie Nile at Rough Trade, $30
3/19, 11 PM darkly cinematic saxophonist/composer Nick Hempton leads a quartet following the Microscopic Septet‘s album release show at Smalls, $20
3/19, 11:30 PM clarinet-fueled, explosively electric instrumentalists the NY Gypsy All-Stars at the big room at the Rockwood
3/20, 7 PM violinist Melissa Tong with members of the Artemis Chamber Ensemble play music by Part, Johnston and Messiaen at Third Street Music School Settlement, free
3/20, 7 PM Richard Bennett plays his cross-pollinating mashup of Indian ragas and neoromantic/minimalist piano music at the Rubin Museum of Art, $20
3/20, 7:30 PM intense, state-of-the-art alto saxophonist/composer Miguel Zenon and his quartet salute the Puerto Rican roots in much of jazz at the Hostos Center Theater, 450 Grand Concourse in the Bronx, 2/4/5 to Grand Concourese/149th St., $15/$7.50 stud/srs
3/20, 7:30 PM 90s indie powerpop/mod punk legends the Figgs play the album release show for their new one at the Mercury, $12 gen adm
3/20, 8 PM sultry retro 1930s/40s Franco-American swing band les Chauds Lapins followed at 10 by accordion-fueled oldschool Colombian vallenato punk band Very Be Careful at Barbes
3/20, 8 PM, repeating 3/21, 7:30 PM the Chelsea Symphony play Bedford: Flushing Meadows, 1964 for Saxophone and Orchestra (world premiere) with soloist Aaron Patterson; Vaughan Williams: Oboe Concerto with soloist Kelly Jo Breczka; Grafe: Cello Concerto with soloist Eric Allen; Sibelius: Overture to the Tempest and Tchaikovsky: The Tempest at St. Paul’s Church, 315 W 22nd St, $20 sugg don.
3/20, 9 PM a killer literate rock/powerpop twinbill: Paula Carino’s transgressively fun original band, Regular Einstein and Elvis Costello-esque underground powerpop heroes Lazy Lions both play the album release show for their new ones at Rock Shop, $10
3/20, 9 PM wild oldschool-style original bluegrass crew Foghorn String Band followed at 9 by the increasingly soul-oriented, guitarishly brilliant Miss Tess & the Talkbacks at the Jalopy, $15
3/20, 9:30 PM singer/pianist Rebecca Mimiaga plays the album release show for her new one Words in the Dark with a killer band including Doug Wieselman on oboe and strings, Maxim Moston on viola, Katie Krestek on cello and more at Shapeshifter Lab, $10
3/20, 9:30 PM Dan Finnerty’s hilarious, viciously sarcastic top 40 cover band the Dan Band at Joe’s Pub, $22
3/20, 9:30 PM downtown NYC supergroup Heroes of Toolik play deceptively catchy, hypnotically growling, post-Velvets grooves at Union Hall, $10
3/20, 11:30 PM the Nat Osborn Band – whose wry, cleverly lyrical New Orleans sounds come across somewhere in between Dr. John and Brother Joscephus at Rough Trade, $10 adv tix rec
3/21, 8 PM unique art-rock/chamber jazz singer/bandleader Karen Mantler at Barbes
3/21, 8 PM North Indian violinist Kala Ramnath and ensemble at Roulette
3/21, 10 PM hard-hitting bassist Dawn Drake & Zapote play hot Afrobeat-tinged funk grooves at the Way Station
3/21, 10:30 PM catchy original newgrass string band Cricket Tell the Weather at the third stage at the Rockwood, $10 + $10 drink minimum very strictly enforced
3/22, 3 PM composer Huang Ruo and up-and-coming chamber ensemble New Asia Chamber Music Society play music for modern dance to accompany Nai-Ni Chen’s dance group at Flushing Town Hall, free but rsvp reqd
3/22, 3 PM Hannah Min, violin; Monica Davis, viola; Isabelle Fairbanks and Benjamin Larsen, cello; Zach Mo, piano play Faure’s C minor Piano Quartet, and Arensky’s haunting A minor Quartet for violin, viola and two cellos at St. John’s Episcopal Church, Park Slope, 139 St. John’s Place at 7th Ave., any train to Grand Army Plaza and walk downhill
3/22, 4 PM viol consort Parthenia with guest harpist Christa Patton play works by Henry Purcell, Orlando Gibbons, Carlo Farina, Giovanni Battista Vitali, Nicolo Corradini and Giovanni Legrenzi plus a Eleonor Sandresky world premiere at Picture Ray Studio, 245 W 18th St, $25/$10 stud/srs
3/22, 6 PM an all-star downtown NYC rock cast: Erica Smith, John Sharples, American Ambulance’s Pete Cenedella, Lisa Dowling, Lizzie Edwards of Lizzie & the Sinners, Matt Keating, Tim Simmonds and others (hint: like…special guests!) play two classic albums: Richard & Linda Thompson’s Shoot Out the Lights and Graham Parker’s Squeezing Out Sparks at the Mercury, $10
3/22, 7 PM exhilarating late-1800s style Appalachian/blues string band the Down Hill Strugglers, at the Jalopy, $10
3/22, 11 PM NYC;s only original Mexican son jarocho band, Radio Jarocho at the small room at the Rockwood
3/23, 8 PM eclectic Croatian-American jazz singer/composer Thana Alexa with special guests Antonio Sanchez and Donny McCaslin play the album release show for her new one at Subculture, $15 adv tix rec
3/23, 8 PM the Atlantic Ensemble plays newly commissioned chamber works by composers TBA at Symphony Space, free
3/24, drinks at 5:30 PM, show at 6, indie chamber group Yarn/Wire play electroacoustic works by Thomas Meadowcroft and Chiyoko Szlavnics at the Miller Theatre, free.
3/24-29, 8/10 PM vivid, intense, lyrical jazz pianist Myra Melford leads a series of ensembles at the Stone, $15. Choice pick: how do you choose from this feast of riches? Just for starters, the 3/25, 10 PM show with Miya Masaoka (koto) and Mary Halvorson (guitar) is pretty amazing.
3/24, 8 PM clear-voiced, classically-tinged jazz singer/bandleader Joanna Wallfisch and pianist Dan Tepfer play the album release show for their new one at Subculture, $15 adv tix rec
3/24, 8 PM new indie classical vocal/chamber group Arkora play Benton Roark’s troubled song cycle, Songs from the Rainshadow’s Edge: radical harpists Duo Scorpio play Andy Akiho works; and Ear Heart Music impresario Amelia Lukas joins them on flute for a rare Toru Takemitsu piece at Roulette, $25
3/24-29, 8:30/10:30 PM fiery downtown postbop sax personality Oliver Lake leads a trio with Reggie Workman on bass and Andrew Cyrille on drums at the Vanguard, $30
3/24, 10 PM the brass-fueled ten-piece Josh Evans Big Band at Smalls, $20. They’re also here on 3/31 at 9:30
3/25, 8 PM boisteroiusly funny oldschool 60s C&W and brooding southwestern gothic with the Jack Grace Band at Barbes
3/25, 10:45 PM Maxo plays his clever, witty, cinematic 16-bit keyb soundtracks at Baby’s All Right, $8
3/26, 7 PM badass, torchy Irish swing singer Tara O’Grady plays the album release for her new one Irish Bayou – tracing the rich history of the Irish in New Orleans – at the Metropolitan Room, 34 W 22 St
3/26, 7:30 PM the Heath Quartet play Janácek’s String Quartet No. 2 (“Intimate Letters”) and Beethoven’s String Quartet in C-sharp minor, Op. 131 at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised
3/26, 7:30 PM cutting-edge vocal quartet NY Polyphony sing renaissance works by Dunstable, Plummer, Brumel, and Clemens as well as contemporary pieces by Ivan Moody, John Scott, Michael McGlynn and Geoffrey Williams at the Greene Space
3/26, 8 PM Drums of the Diaspora featuring Dendê, Joaquin Pozo and Bonga Jean-Baptiste blend Bahian, Cuban and Haitian beats at Meridian 23, 161 W 23rd St. just east of 7th Ave
3/26, 8:30 PM haunting, dusky, jangly southwestern gothic rock band And the Wiremen at Troost, 1011 Manhattan Ave, Greenpoint
3/26, 9:30 PM the irrepressible, theatrical, politically spot-on Ukuladies - who bring bacon to every show – at Freddy’s
3/26, 10 PM Jack Ladder & the Dreamlanders – late 80s Leonard Cohen wannabe crooning down-and-out synth/darkwave/noir pop – at Rough Trade, $15 adv tix rec.
3/27, 7 PM pianist Edmund Arkus plays plays music of Schubert, Chopin, Granados and Bach at Third Street Music School Settlement, free
3/27, 7:30 PM Sexmob – who’ve distinguished themselves with their noir jazz reinventions of Nino Rota Fellini soundtracks – perform the world premiere of their score to Guido Brignon’s classic Italian silent film Maciste all’inferno at Symphony Space, $25
3/27, 8 PM guitarist/mandolinist John Ehlis with his lively improvisational sextet at Shapeshifter Lab, $12
3/27, 9 PM one of the year’s best if most improbable twinbills: this era’s greatest cinematic noir guitar instrumentalists, Big Lazy and the Jack Grace Band at the Jalopy, $10. This bill might actually have happened (maybe in reverse) at the C-Note fifteen years ago or so. Jack’s no slouch on guitar, either.
3/27, 9 PM Indian carnatic jazz violinist Arun Ramamurthy and his funky trio followed at 10 by anthemic, eclectic often haunting female-fronted Americana/acoustic funk/art-rock jamband the Sometime Boys at the Way Station
3/28, 5 PM pianist Rosa Torres Pardo plays an all-Iberian program including works by Soler-Scarlatti, Albeniz, de Falla at the DiMenna Center, 450 W 37th St., $5
3/28, 7 PM high-voltage, eclectic acoustic-electric Americana band Spuyten Duyvil at the big room at the Rockwood
3/28, 8 PM omg what a fun doublebill: wild party band Litvakus, who rescue obscure Belorrusian klezmer dances from musty old archives, and the similarly wild, hilarious, accordion-and-violin-fueled klezmer punk band Golem at Drom, $15 adv tix very highly rec
3/28, 9 PM another rare appearance by the hilarious, politically astute Paranoid Larry & His Imaginary Band at Freddy’s – this makes two in two months!
3/28, 9 PM a newschool roots reggae twinbill wih the Blue Dahlia followed by Thunda Vida at Silvana
3/29, 9ish Drina Seay – torchy Americana/soul/jazz siren who is to NYC now what Neko Case was to Portland in 1999 – upstairs at 2A.
3/29, 9:30ish the George Gee Swing Orchestra make a return appearance at Smalls with their lush new arrangements of old standards, $20
3/30, 6:30 PM sensational up-and-coming organist Stephen Buzard plays Camil van Hulse’s rarely performed Symphonia Elegiaca in its entirety at St. Thomas Church, 53rd St./5th Ave., sugg don.
3/30 biting, darkly psychedelic Eurofolk/rock band Carl Barât & The Jackals at the small downstairs studio space at Webster Hall is sold out – good for them
4/1, 9 PM surreal, Waits-influeuced, noirish, apocalyptic Americana guitar band Fellaheen at the Way Station
4/2, 11 PM wild, psychedelic Bay Area Romany/Middle Eastern/Balkan band Taraf de Locos – sort of the left coast version of Tribecastan – at Silvana
4/4, 9:30 PM acclaimed Turkish classical guitarist Sinan Ersahin at Bar Thalia adjacent to Symphony Space, free
4/6, 7:30 PM James Austin Smith, oboe; Tessa Lark, violin; Max Mandel, viola; Edward Arron, cello; and Pedja Muzijevic, piano, play Mozart’s Piano Quartet in G minor, K. 478, plus Luciano Berio’s Sequenza VII for oboe and John Cage pieces at the Baryshnikov Arts Center, 450 W 37th St., $20
4/8, 7:30 PM jazz pianist Steven Prutsman plays his third-stream album Passengers all the way through at the Baryshnikov Arts Center, 450 W 37th St., $20
4/9, 8 PM the NY Scandia Symphony celebrates the 150th anniversary of the births of Carl Nielsen and Jean Sibelius at Symphony Space, $15 adv tix rec.
4/9, 9:30 PM coolly enigmatic original jazz/torch singer Dorian Devins and her first-rate combo at Bar Thalia adjacent to Symphony Space, free
4/10, 8 PM anthemic, eclectic often haunting female-fronted Americana/acoustic funk/art-rock jamband the Sometime Boys and hard funk band Afroskull at Rock Shop, $10
4/11, 5 PM Argentine pianist Agustin Anievas plays Schubert and Chopin at the DiMenna Center, 450 W 37th St., $5
4/11, 8 PM the Latvian National Choir sing rarely heard works by Arvo Part, Vytautas Miskinis, Vaclovas Augustinas, Ugis Praulins, Jekabs Janchevskis, Gundega Smite, Raimonds Tiguls, Eriks Esenvalds, Veljo Tormis and Eric Whitacre’s luminous Lux Aurumque at the Baryshnikov Arts Center, 450 W 37th St., $20
4/11, 9 PM Trapper Schoepp – a Milwaukee minor-leaguer with some promise, in a growling, lyrical Jeffrey Foucault Americana vein – opens for noiserock/paisley underground/noir rock legend Steve Wynn at Bowery Ballroom, $20
4/12, 3 PM the Greenwich Village Orchestra play an all-Tchaikovsky program with the Festival Coronation March, the Violin Concerto with soloist Siwoo Kim, and Symphony No. 4 at Washington Irving HS Auditorium, 16th St./Irving Place, $15 sugg don., reception to follow
4/13, 8 PM legendary 70s art-rock/hippie band Magma keep their own invented Kobaiian language alive at le Poisson Rouge, $30 adv tix req
4/14, drinnks at 5:30 PM, show at 6, a quartet version of Ensemble Signal plays childhood-inspired works by Clemens Gadenstätter, Sean Griffin, Elliott Carter and Helmut Lachenmann at the Miller Theatre, free
4/14, 7:30 PM Brian Glassman’s brass-fueled Klezmer/Jazz Alliance at at Stephen Wise Free Synagogue, 30 W. 68th St, $15
4/16, 7:30 PM haunting Middle Eastern jazz trumpeter Amir El Saffar‘s Two Rivers Large Ensemble at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival a must
4/17, 8 PM pensive, intense newgrass fiddler April Verch and her trio at Subculture
4/17, 9 PM edgy Chilean psychedelic cumbia/hip-hop/reggaeton bandleader Ana Tijouxat Bowery Ballroom, $15 adv tix rec
4/17-19 the Brooklyn Folk Festival at St. Ann’s Church in Brooklyn Heights, lineup tba
4/18 Australian sensation the Cat Empire – quirky, latin-and-ska-inflected and great fun organic stoner dance grooves – at the at Webster Hall, 9 PM $25
4/18 one of the year’s best rock doublebills: scorchingly lyrical, politically-fueled two-guitar anthemic punk/circus rock band the Brooklyn What followed by the similarly lyrically-driven, savagely political, hard-hitting Alabama populist rockers Lee Bains III and the Glory Fires at the Knitting Factory
4/22, 7 PM Norway, Sweden and the Shetland Islands’ virtuoso fiddling traditions represented by Olav Luksengård Mjelva, Anders Hall and Kevin Henderson at Symphony Space, $30
4/23, 7:30 PM otherworldly all-female choral quartet Anonymous 4 – on their final tour with Americana music maven Bruce Molsky – at the great hall at Cooper Union, $25 gen adm
4/24, 10 PM soulpunk/psychedelic band Clear Plastic Masks open for acoustic populist Alynda Lee Segarra aka Hurray for the Riff Raff at Bowery Ballroom, $15 adv tix rec
4/24 the queen of otherworldly, exhilarating Romany ballads, Esma Redžepova at le Poisson Rouge
4/25, 7 PM torchy, intense, dramatically soaring pianist/songwriter Elaine Romanelli at the third room at the Rockwood, $10
4/26, 3 PM the Australian Chamber Orchestra play works by Haydn, Mozart, Prokofiev and a world premiere by Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood at Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall
4/30, 8 PM Guinean Fula flute sounds with Bailo Bah & Sylvain Leroux followed by fiery Mauritanian pschedelic/desert rock bandleader/chanteuse Noura Mint Seymali at Roulette
4/30 8ish edgy gutter blues band Jane Lee Hooker followed at around 10 by the Bluebonnets with the Go Go’s Kathy Valentine (not only a superior bassist but a ferociously sizzling lead guitarist), $10 gen adm
5/1, 8 PM Pakistan’s Farid Ayaz, Abu Muhammad & Brothers Qawwali at Roulette
5/1, 9 PM this era’s version of Steve Earle, Joe Pug at Bowery Ballroom, $15
5/2, 8 PM entrancing Moroccan sintir virftuoso Hassan Hakmoun – the James Brown of gnawa – with his band at Roulette
5/3, 8 PM avant jazz grooves with Ned Rothenberg & Glen Velez followed by a rare global throat-singing twinbilll with Alash and Huun-Huur-Tu, the Throat-Singers of Tuva at Roulette http://www.nedrothenberg.com
5/9, 5 PM pianist Josep Colom plays “a dialogue between Mozart and Chopin” at the DiMenna Center, 450 W 37th St., $5
5/16, 8 PM the band that put Haitian psychedelic funk on the map in the 90s, Boukman Eksperyans at Roulette, $25
5/16, 9 PM legendary Hoboken proto-dreampop jangleband the Feelies at the Bell House, $25 gen adm, adv tix rec, this might sell out