New York City Live Music Calendar – September and October 2011

by delarue

Daily updates, and a brand-new calendar for October coming in a few hours. For directions and other information on the venues where these shows are happening, check the exhaustive guide to over 200 New York live music venues at NYMD’s sister blog, Lucid Culture.

Times listed here are set times, not the time doors open – if a listing says “9ish,” that means it’ll probably run late. 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:

Mondays at the Fat Cat the Choi Fairbanks String Quartet play a wide repertoire of chamber music from Bach to Shostakovich starting at 7.

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: you know the material and the players are all first rate. Sets 7:30/9:30 PM, $25 and worth it.

Mondays in October Butch Morris – inventor of conduction – leads the 19-piece Lucky Cheng Orchestra through his alternately ambient and abrasive improvisations downstairs at Lucky Cheng’s, sets 8/9:30 PM, $10. The music is a lot like Burnt Sugar’s big, shifting soundscapes.

Also Monday nights Vince Giordano’s Nighthawks, a boisterous horn-driven 11-piece 1920s/early 30’s band play Sofia’s Restaurant, downstairs at the Edison Hotel, 221 West 46th Street between Broadway & 8th Ave., 3 sets from 8 to 11, surprisingly cheap $15 cover plus $15 minimum considering what you’re getting. Even before the Flying Neutrinos or the Moonlighters, multi-instrumentalist Giordano was pioneering the oldtimey sound in New York; his long-running residency at the old Cajun on lower 8th Ave. is legendary. He also gets a ton of film work (Giordano wrote the satirical number that Willie Nelson famously sang in Wag the Dog).

Mondays at Tea Lounge in Park Slope at 9 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.

Also Mondays in September Rev. Vince Anderson and his band play Union Pool in Williamsburg, two sets starting around 11 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 and the Fela pit band on trombone, with frequent special guests.

Tuesdays in September clever, fiery, eclectic Balkan/hip-hop/funk brass maniacs Slavic Soul Party play Barbes at 9. Get here as soon as you can as they’re very popular.

Tuesdays at Caffe Vivaldi the Five Deadly Venoms play bluegrass at 9 PM.

Tuesdays in September the Dred Scott Trio play astonishingly smart, dark piano jazz at the smaller room at the Rockwood at midnight.

9/7 and following Wednesdays in September, free organ concerts resume at 1:10 PM sharp on at St. Ann’s Church on Montague St. in downtown Brooklyn.

Wednesdays in October, 7 PM ex-Dictator Andy Shernoff – the good kind of former dictator – works up some new material solo at Lakeside.

Wednesdays in September Meah Pace, Rev. Vince Anderson’s slinky, poignant, powerful oldschool 1960s style soul singer, does her own set of originals and a few classics with the Rev’s longtime baritone sax star Paula Henderson upstairs at the National Underground, 9 PM

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.

Every Thursday the Michael Arenella Quartet play 1920s hot jazz 8-11 PM at Nios, 130 W 46th St.

Thursdays 9/15, 9/22 and 9/29, 9:30ish well-liked eight-string guitar improviser Charlie Hunter plays Sycamore Bar in Ditmas Park, Brooklyn, $10

Thursdays and Fridays in September at Mehanata it’s Bulgarian sax powerhouse Yuri Yukanov and the Grand Masters of Gypsy Music, 10 PM, $10.

Fridays and frequently throughout the week starting at 8:30 PM adventurous cellist/composer Valerie Kuehne books an intriguing avant garde/classical/unclassifiable “weekly experimental cabaret” at Cafe Orwell in Bushwick, 247 Varet St. (White/Bogart), L to Morgan Ave. It’s sort of a more outside version of Small Beast, a lot of cutting-edge performers working out new ideas in casual, unstuffy surroundings. Kuehne promises “never a dull moment.”

Fridays in September at 9 Naomi Shelton and the Gospel Queens play oldschool 1960s style gospel at the Fat Cat.

Fridays 9/2 and 9/9, 9/16, half past midnight soulful saxophonist Ken Fowser – who really knows how to create a late-night vibe – leads a quintet at Smoke uptown. 9/23 and 9/30 they’re here at half past eleven.

Saturdays in September at 3 PM there are free concerts at Bargemusic. Usually it’s solo classical piano, with the occasional string ensemble. Note that these are billed as “family concerts” – it’s not known how the staff deal with screaming little brats. Early arrival is highly advised; doors are at 2:30.

Saturdays through November 19, 9:30 PM Tammy Faye Starlite stars in Nico: Chelsea Madchen at the Duplex. More of a straight-up, deadpan cover show (as befits the teutonic ice queen) than Tammy’s usual skewering of icons from across the genres (country, new wave and of course the Stones).

Saturdays eclectic compelling Brazilian jazz chanteuse Marianni and her excellent band at Zinc Bar, three sets starting at 10 PM.

Sundays there’s a klezmer brunch at City Winery, show starts around 11:30 AM – 2 PM, $10 cover, no minimum, lots of good bands.

Sundays from half past noon to 3:30 PM, bluegrass cats Freshly Baked (f.k.a. Graveyard Shift), featuring excellent, incisive fiddle player Diane Stockwell play Nolita House (upstairs over Botanica at 47 E Houston). Free drink with your entree.

Sundays at 5 PM starting on September 17 through November 20 there are free organ concerts on the recently restored organ at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, 110th St./Broadway by an A-list of international performers.

Sundays in September, starting 9/26 there are free organ concerts at 5:15 PM at St. Thomas Church, 5th Ave. and 53rd St. The big Skinner organ’s days are numbered: it’s a mighty beast, so see it before it’s gone. The weekly series (with breaks for holidays) features an extraordinary, global cast of performers.

Sundays at 7:30 at Theatre 80 St. Marks the world’s most socially aware “reverend” and activist, Rev. Billy and his wild, ecstatic 30-piece gospel Church of Earthalujah Choir, $10 cover but “no one turned away.”

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 September at 9 gypsy 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.

Every Sunday, hip-hop MC Big Zoo hosts the long-running End of the Weak rap showcase at the Pyramid, 9 PM, admission $5 before 10, $7 afterward. This is one of the best places to discover some of the hottest under-the-radar hip-hop talent, both short cameos as well as longer sets from both newcomers and established vets.

9/1-3, 8 PM and 9/4, 3 PM a sort of chamber music Bang on a Can style marathon at Bargemusic with Phyllis Chen and her toy piano, the intense Balkan flavored Grneta Duo+, American Modern Ensemble, cello rockers Deoro and others playing music by Chen, Bob Marley, Messiaen, a Robert Paterson world premiere and more, $25/$20 srs./$15 stud.

9/1, 8 PM charismatic, intensely funny, eclectic accordionist/chanteuse and Jack White collaborator Rachelle Garniez at Barbes followed at 10 by jazz from Litvakus & the Svetlana Shmulyian Band, straight from Lithuania.

9/1-4 McCoy Tyner leads a trio at the Blue Note, sets 8/10:30 PM, $20 standing room avail.

9/1, 8:30 PM ubiquitously good jazz bassist John Hebert leads a quartet with eclectic pan-Asian chanteuse Jen Shyu;  Andy Milne, piano;  Billy Drummond, drums at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10.

9/1, 8:30 PM jangly, tuneful, socially aware Americana rocker Amy Speace at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 81 Christopher St, $15

9/1, 9 PM Hazmat Modine’s oldtime blues guitar powerhouse Michael Gomez leads his band at Brooklyn Rod & Gun Club.

9/1 the Alien Surfer Babes – three silver-suited women backed by ferocious surf band the Octomen – at Williamsburg gay bar Sugarland on N 9th St. (Driggs/Roebling), 10 PM

9/2 a Microscopic smaller-than-septet evening at Barbes starting at 7 with the Spokes (Andy Biskin – clarinet, Curtis Hasselbring – trombone, Phillip Johnston – soprano sax) and at 8:30 the Joel Forrester/Phillip Johnston duo celebrating their new live duo album at Barbes, $10 cover.

9/2, 7:30 PM “fabulous and flamboyant pianist Kathleen Supové, and renegade guitar maestro James Moore” of the reliably interesting Dither guitar quartet at First Presbyterian Church (Brooklyn Heights) 124 Henry St., 2/3 to Clark St., F/R to Jay St. or 4 to Borough Hall, $10.

9/2 pyrotechnic Australian jazz guitarist JC Stylles plays the cd release show for his new one Exhilaration & Other States with an organ trio at Smalls, 7:30/10 PM.

9/2 and 9/20, 8 PM terse thoughtful Chicago blues guitarist Irving Louis Lattin at Terra Blues. He’s also at Lucille’s on 9/9 and 9/23 at 8 PM

9/2 a killer female-fronted gypsy-flavored rock doublebill with Hudost and Raquy & the Cavemen at Bowery Electric, 9ish.

9/2, 9 PM Gunsling Birds play brooding, cinematic instrumentals at Pete’s followed at 10 by the austere chamber sounds of Horse’s Mouth.

9/2, 9 PM eclectic, artsy, hauntingly lyrical acoustic Americana band the Sometime Boys at Branded Saloon followed by a country/bluegrass jam.

9/2, 10ish “Brooklyn’s #1 regressive rock act,” stoner metal parody band Mighty High at Lit, $6.

9/2 darkly funny yet poignant Nashville gothic band Maynard & the Musties at Lakeside, 11 PM.

9/2, 11 PM Finotee play roots reggae and rocksteady at Shrine

9/3, 3 PM long-running Nashville gothic legends Ninth House play what might be their farewell show on the boardwalk at Coney Island near Cha Cha’s and the WonderWheel – follow the sound!

9/3, free slinky downtempo/shoegaze band El Jezel at Cake Shop, 8 PM

9/3, 8 PM Unlimited Force Band play roots reggae and rocksteady at Shrine.

9/3, 8:30 PM lyrical jazz pianist Eri Yamamoto leads a trio at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10.

9/3, 9 PM Unsteady Freddie’s monthly surf rock extravaganza this month at Otto’s is a characteristically intense one with the Rebel Surfers at 9, Strange But Surf at 10, Thee Icepicks at 11 and the Isotopes sometime around midnight.

9/3, 9 PM Bad Buka’s “gypsy punk meltdown” at Mehanata. They’re also at Spike Hill at 9 on 9/15.

9/3, 10 PM popular, eclectic retro C&W hellraisers M Shanghai String Band at the Jalopy, $10.

9/3, 11 PM darkly rustic, eclectic, Eastern European flavored chamber-rock band Kotorino at Pete’s.

9/3, 11 PM the K-Holes play ferocious guitar-fueled dreampop/noiserock followed by the campy, comedic faux-girl group Hunx & His Punx at the Mercury, $10

9/4, 1 and 3 PM pianists Blair McMillen and Pam Goldberg play Bach, John Adams and others with a string ensemble on Governors Island, free ferries leave from the old Staten Island ferry terminal every hour on the half hour.

9/4-5 Manu Chao at Terminal 5 is sold out.

9/4, 9ish Senegalese-flavored roots reggae band Meta & the Cornerstones – who absolutely slayed opening for Tiken Jah Fakoly last month in Central Park – at Sullivan Hall, $10.

9/4, 9 PM surf rockers Thee Icepicks return to Otto’s followed by Venice Beach Muscle Club playing surf music jams.

9/4, 10ish charismatic African roots reggae bandleader Sekouba at Zebulon.

9/5, 6 PM the irrepressible oldtime jazz trombonist/ukulelist J. Walter Hawkes at LIC Bar

9/5-6, 8/10 PM oldschool style Cuban jazz pianist Elio Villafranca & the Jass Syncopators plus dancers at Dizzy’s Club, $30 seating avail.

9/5, 9 PM the Asuka Kakitani Jazz Orchestra at Tea Lounge in Park Slope

9/6 the Microscopic Septet play their devious originals as well as Monk tunes from their excellent new all-Monk cd Friday the 13th at the Gershwin Hotel, 3 sets starting at 7, $20 gen adm.

9/6, 8 PM the queen of Coney Island phantasmagoria, Carol Lipnik and Spookarama at the small room at the Rockwood.

9/6, 8 PM blues guitar powerhouse Bobby Radcliff at Terra Blues

9/6-10 jazz sax legend Dave Liebman celebrates his 65th birthday at Birdland, sets 8:30/11 PM; 9/6-7 with a smaller combo and 9/8-10 his big band, $30 seats avail.

9/7 eclectic Middle Eastern-influenced jazz with Gilad Hekselman – guitar; Mark Turner – tenor saxophone; Joe Martin – bass; Marcus Gilmore – drums, 7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard, $25

9/7, 8:30 PM catchy, lyrical, edgy, socially conscious folk-pop duo Left on Red at Southpaw, $10

9/7 dark lyrical, sometimes minimalist third-stream jazz pianist/composer Michel Reis at Caffe Vivaldi, 8:30 PM.

9/7, 8:30 PM Francophile jazz bassist Dan Loomis leads a quartet with Shane Endsley, trumpet; Robin Verheyen , tenor saxophone; Jared Schonig, drums at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10.

9/7, 9 PM fiery Balkan jams with Raya Brass Band at Radegast Hall; they’re also here on 9/24 from 4 to 7.

9/7, 9 PM psychedelic soul songwriter Nick Howard at the Canal Room, $12

9/7, 10 PM avant garde violinist/vocalist C. Spencer Yeh at the Manhattan Inn piano bar, 632 Manhattan Ave. at Nassau Ave., Greenpoint.

9/7, 11 PM edgy, fearless soul/folk songwriter Jo Williamson at the small room at the Rockwood

9/8 Earth Wind & Fire at South St. Seaport, 6 PMish, free.

9/8, 6:30 PM a screening of Konrad Aderer’s new documentary Enemy Alien about “the fight to free Farouk Abdel-Muhti, a gentle but indomitable Palestinian-born human rights activist detained in a post-9/11 sweep of Muslim immigrants” which goes completely meta when the filmmaker himself becomes a target of the gestapo, because of this film. At Alwan for the Arts, 16 Beaver St. in the financial district, sugg. don. but “no one turned away.”

9/8, 7:30 PM Will Frampton plays György Kurtág and György Ligeti works for solo viola at the Tank, $10

9/8, 8 PM the Chiara String Quartet plays Robert Sirota’s riveting, intense 9/11 Triptych plus Richard Danielpour’s String Quartet No. 6 (Addio), free, at Trinity Church, 8 PM, early arrival advised.

9/8, 8 PM theatrical, historically aware oldtimey songwriter Poor Baby Bree at Bowery Poetry Club

9/8, 8:30ish stampeding outlaw country/paisle.y underground rockers the Newton Gang followed by jangly country siren Alana Amram & the Rough Gems’ cd release show at Southpaw, $8.

9/8, 9 PM dark, fiery bluegrass innovators Frankenpine – whose debut album is one of the year’s best – at Lakeside.

9/8-9, 9 PM ex-Sex Pistol Glen Matlock does his powerpop thing opening for literate glamrock legend Ian Hunter at City Winery, $35 tix avail. Hunter is also playing there at 10 on 9/15-16.

9/8, 10ish bluegrass harmony band the NYCity Slickers play the cd release show for their new one at Rodeo Bar, 10ish.

9/8, 10:30 PM searing, improvisational Balkan crew Veveritse Brass Band plus special guest Balkan vocal quartet Black Sea Hotel at the Jalopy, $5.

9/8, 11 PM gypsy punk/psychedelic rockers Yula Beeri & the Extended Family at the big room at the Rockwood

9/9-29 it’s the 2011 NY Gypsy Festival at Drom. The best deal is the ridiculously cheap $45 festival pass which gives you admission to 8 concerts. Individual tix are also available and highly recommended because these concerts routinely sell out.

9/9, 5:30 PM “”Crimes and Passion: Love and the Criminal Underworld in Spanish 17th Century Song” performed by New York Continuo Collective – a semi-staged performance of Spanish baroque music, interweaving popular tunes with courtly songs and featuring reconstructions of jácaras and folias” at Carriage House Center for the Arts, 149 E 38th St., rsvp req.  – please put “September concert” in the title of your email.

9/9, 7 PM Kent Tritle leads the choir of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine singing a cappella and accompanied works by Bach, Mendelssohn and Tallis, as well as The Best Beloved by Chris DeBlasio, at the Greene Space, $20 incl. a glass of wine!

9/9 avant garde pioneers Pauline Oliveros, Joan La Barbara, and Rhys Chatham, who got their start in the 70s at the Kitchen, celebrate the venue’s 40th anniversary there, 8 PM, $10. The 9/10, 8 PM program is Tony Conrad, Laurie Spiegel, and Rhys Chatham.

9/9, 8 PM eclectic chamber ensemble Either/Or play new works by Richard Carrick, Hans Thomalla and Keeril Makan at Issue Project Room, $10

9/9, 8 PM UK gypsy punk chanteuse Gabby Young & Other Animals play the cd release show for their new one at Drom, $10 adv tix or $45 festival pass highly rec.

9/9, 8 PM anthemic, hard-rocking, intensely lyrical rockers Wormburner at the Mercury $10 gen adm.

9/9, 8ish ferocious, tuneful, punk-inspired anti-gentrification rockers the Brooklyn What at Bowery Electric followed by catchy, slyly entertaining female-fronted punk-p0p band the Happy Problem at 9ish

9/9 the oldtimey Calamity Janes at Brooklyn Rod & Gun Club 8ish

9/9, 8 PM Afrobeat jams with Afuche at Rock Shop in Gowanus, $10

9/9, 8 PM baroque chamber ensemble Repast play Buxtehude, Bach, Schmelzer and Erlebach at Bargemusic, $35/$30 srs/$15 stud.

9/9, 8 PM creepy, twisted, often hilarious documentary film Shut Up Little Man! directed by Matthew Bate screens for free at Union Hall. Beginning in 1987, two San Francisco roommates clandestinely recorded the hostilities between their two alcoholic neighbors, who hated each other. An underground sensation in the 90s, it’s sort of John Waters gone straight to audio.

9/9, 9ish haunting atmospheric goth/Americana siren Marissa Nadler plays stuff from her excellent new album at Bowery Ballroom

9/9, 9/10:30 PM pianist Kris Davis leads a group including Tony Malaby, tenor saxophone; Paul Motian, drums at Cornelia St. Cafe, $15.

9/9, 9 PM Lichtman’s Brain Cloud play western swing followed at 10:30 by Brian Carpenter’s Ghost Train Orchestra – whose latest album of rare 1920s New York and Chicago jazz is kick-ass – at the Jalopy, $10.

9/9, 9ish, Legendary Shack Shakers side project the Dirt Daubers – who do a kick-ass acoustic hillbilly/gospel/bluegrass thing – at Union Hall, $10.

9/9, 9 PM artsy female-fronted acoustic Americana band Armistead at Tea Lounge in Park Slope

9/9, 10 PM psychedelic funk and Afrobeat with the Peoples Champs at Barbes

9/9 Chinese-American hip-hop sensations the Notorious MSG at Southpaw, 10 PM, $10.

9/9, 10:30 PM blazing Indian brass band Red Baraat at the Mercury, $15 adv tix avail.

9/9, 11 PM bluesy oldschool soul frontwoman Bethany St. Smith & the Gun Show at Lakeside.

9/9 the NY Ska Jazz Ensemble play the cd release show for their new one at Drom, 11:30 PM, $10 adv tix rec.

9/9 torchy jazz/pop songwriter Abby Payne plays the video release show for her new one at Brooklyn Fire Proof, time TBA.

9/10 4 PM a Sunset Park, Brooklyn house concert with pianist Jordan Shapiro will be playing folk music from Bulgaria, Macedonia, Alabania and Greece with Dave Johnsen (bass) and Phil Kester (drums), space is limited, email for info.

9/10, 4 PM the Classical Fusion Chamber Ensemble and choir play a 9/11 memorial concert at Broadway Presbyterian Church, 114th/Bwy., free

9/10, a genuinely classy move by the NY Phil: for their 7:30 PM performance of Mahler’s Symphony #2, the NY Philharmonic is offering priority ticket access to the families of 9/11 victims, first responders and survivors. Those individuals may request a pair of free tickets in advance by e-mailing by September 1, so hurry if you qualify and you like Mahler. If there are any remaining tickets, they’ll be distributed for free, first-come, first-serve, one pair per person at 4 PM on the plaza at Lincoln Center the day of the show. Limited seating on the plaza is also available for those who prefer to watch a live projection outdoors. The concert will be telecast in the U.S. on PBS’s Great Performances at 9 PM on 9/11 and webcast at at 9 PM EDT on 9/11 as well.

9/10 Gordon Smethurst of smoldering oldschool Williamsburg janglepunk band Cementhead plays solo electric at 7 opening for the Sex Pistols’ Glenn Matlock at Europa

9/10, 7 PM old reliable free jazz luminaries Matana Roberts’ COIN COIN and Dave Burrell, Michael Formanek & Steve Swell at le Poisson Rouge, $20.

9/10, 8 PM the inaugural concert by NYC’s newest orchestra, the West Side Chamber Orchestra, led by oboeist Kathy Halvorson, features an intriguing Germanic pre-Romantic bill with Beethoven’s 1st Symphony, Mozart’s Piano Concerto #20 K.466 with pianist Francine Kay as soloist, and a Symphony, Op.3 No. 1, of the “little-known but refreshing Franz Beck, a contemporary of Mozart” at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 346 W 20th St. (8/9), $20/$15 stud/srs.

9/10, 8 PM ridiculously eclectic Montreal klezmer accordionist/multi-instrumentalist Socalled at Drom, $10 adv tix rec

9/10, 8:30 PM fiery improvisational oldtime Americana guitarist/songwriter Will Scott at 68 Jay St. Bar; he’s also there on 9/24 at 8.

9/10, 9ish clever, entertaining funk-rockers Shayna Zaid & the Catch at Tammany Hall (the former Annex space), $10

9/10, 9:30 PM hypnotic, danceable Afrobeat with Washington, DC’s Funk Ark and then Zongo Junction at Southpaw, $10.

9/10, 10 PM well-liked, reliably tuneful, fun, female-fronted janglerock/powerpop veterans Palomar at Spike Hill, $7.

9/10, 10 PM Brooklyn Qawwali Party – a 14-piece brass-driven band who get into funk and dub as much as they do qawwali – at Barbes

9/10, 9 PM fearless, cynical punk/garage rockers Des Roar open for the luridly menacing Kid Congo Powers & the Pink Monkey Birds at the Music Hall of Williamsburg, $15.

9/10, 9 PM charismatic New Orleans funk/soul big band Brother Joscephus & the Love Revival Revolution Orchestra at Hiro Ballroom, $20 adv tix avail. at the Highline Ballroom box ofc.

9/10, 10 PM Thunda Vida play dub reggae at Shrine.

9/10, 10 PM the crazy guy who invented dub, Lee Scratch Perry at B.B. King’s, $22 adv tix highly rec.

9/10 LES surf/punk/soul guitar legend Simon & the Bar Sinisters at Lakeside 10:15ish. They’re also at Rodeo Bar on 9/29 at 10ish.

9/10, 10:30 PM high-energy, smart oldtimey country band the Calamity Janes at the Jalopy, $10

9/10, midnight the Hsu-Nami at Arlene’s. Perfect choice of midnight Saturday night band – sizzling Taiwanese-flavored art-metal instrumentals with rustic, eerie erhu fiddle as the lead instrument.

9/10, midnight Alana Amram & the Rough Gems at the Parkside. They play Hank Williams covers at Otto’s on 9/14, 11PM. The 15th they’re doing their own stuff opening for Jimmie Dale Gilmore at Maxwell’s at 9 for $20.

9/11 this will be scary, and cathartic: the creme de la creme of the NYC downtown avant garde scene – whose lives were actually jeopardized when the towers were detonated – get together to commemorate 9/11 starting at 8:46 AM (the time the plane hit Tower 2) – and going til midnight. Too many artists and composers to list: Laurie Anderson, Julia Wolfe, Greta Gertler, Rosanne Cash, Tift Merritt, Mellissa Hughes, Mohammed Fairouz, Joan LaBarbara, Phil Kline, Michael Gordon, Sarah Kirkland Snider, Annie Gosfield, David Lang and dozens more, at the Joyce Soho, 155 Mercer St.

9/11, 11 AM (that’s an hour before noon) pianist Eric Blanchard plays a 9/11 memorial concert at the French Consulate, 934 5th Ave.

9/11, 3 PM pianist Gila Ducat-Lipton plays a 9/11 memorial concert of American composers at the Church of the Ascension, 221 West 107th (Columbus/Amsterdam), free

9/11, 3:30 PM Wordless Music Orchestra conducted by Ryan McAdams play a memorial concert including William Basinski’s ambient “The Disintegration Loops, dpl 1.1,” Ingram Marshall’s “Fog Tropes II” for strings and tape, Osvaldo Golijov’s “Tenebrae” for string quartet, and Alfred Schnittke’s “Collected Songs Where Every Verse is Filled With Grief.” The line forms at 3 at the Temple of Dendur in the Sackler Wing of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, free w/museum adm.

9/11, 5 PM eclectic, Balkan-tinged guitarist/composer Jay Vilnai plays the cd release show his new Shakespeare Songs cycle at Barbes

9/11, 7 PM the annual Musicians for Peace concert at Merkin Concert Hall with the Juilliard String Quartet, Kinan Azmeh, shakuhachi virtuoso Kojiro Umezaki, Bassam Saba and the NY Arabic Orchestra, $35 seats avail.

9/11 members of the NY Phil perform music by David Amram, Brahms, Samuel Barber, Chopin, Lera Auerbach, Liszt, Schumann, Laura Kaminsky (New York premiere), Astor Piazzolla, Jon Deak (world premiere), Wagner, Drew Hemenger (world premiere), Sean Hickey, Simon Mulligan (New York premiere), Justin Tokke, Franco Alfano (American premiere) at Symphony Space, 7 PM, free, early arrival advised.

9/11, 7 PM jazz pianist Amina Figarova and band play the NYC premiere of her 9/11-themed September Suite at the Metropolitan Room, 34 W 22nd St, $20

9/11 Tyshawn Sorey’s combo, Taylor Ho Bynum and Defunkt Millennium (THE Defunkt?!?) at 7 PM at le Poisson Rouge, $20.

9/11, 8 PM oudist Scott Wilson plus bellydancers play a 9/11 memorial show at Ciao Stella, 206 Sullivan (Bleecker/W 3rd)

9/11, 8ish an appropriately assaultive cauldron of noisy outsider jazz at Death by Audio with trumpeter Peter Evans, Toucher, the Library Is On Fire, the Weasel Walter/Marc Edwards Group and Talibam, dirt cheap at $7.

9/11, 9:30 PM dark, rustic female-fronted soul group MotherMoon at Pete’s

9/11, 11 PM Washington DC Afrobeat band the Funk Ark – whose new album is amazing – at Shrine.

9/12, 1 PM the Bordeaux String Quartet play a free show, program TBA at 211 E 70th St. betw 2nd/3rd Aves.

9/12, 2 and 7:30 PM the Jupiter Symphony players perform Beethoven – String Quartet in F Major Op. 14 No. 1; von Herzogenberg – Piano Quartet No. 2 ; Brahms – Clarinet Quintet in B minor at Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church, 152 W 66th St. out back of Lincoln Center, $10 tix avail

9/12, 5:30 PM pianist Octavio Brunetti and violinist Elmira Darvarova play Piazzolla at Symphony Space, $20

9/12, 8:30 PM even by the standards of the avant garde, cellist Jody Redhage is multi-faceted: she plays her new album Of Minutiae and Memory in its entirety feat. works by Joshua Penman, Anna Clyne, Paula Matthusen, Wil Smith, Missy Mazzoli, Ryan Brown, Stefan Weisman and Derek Muro – at Drom, $10 adv tix rec.

9/12 a free show by party jazz band Swingadelic at Maxwell’s, 9 PM.

9/13, 8:30 PM trombonist Samuel Blaser – whose 2010 album Pieces of Old Sky is one of the most quietly intriguing efforts of previous years – leads a trio at I-Beam, $10 sug. don.

9/13, 9 PM pensive piano jazz with the Jacob Garchik Trio with Jacob Sacks and Dan Weiss at Korzo.

9/13, 9 PM the quirky, fun Steve Hudson Chamber Ensemble at the downstairs cafe at Symphony Space, free

9/13, 10 PM creepy retro garage rockers X-Ray Eyeballs at Death by Audio, $7

9/14, 5:30 PM violinist Elmira Darvarova and pianist Tomoko Kanamaru play works by Clara Schumann, Lera Auerbach, Amy Beach, Lili Boulanger, Rebecca Clarke, Yui Kitamura and more at Symphony Space, $20.

9/14, 7 PM Eugene Marlow’s Heritage Ensemble – who blend classic Jewish and Afro-Cuban themes seamlessly and imaginatively – at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, $10.

9/14, 7 PM the Afiara Quartet, pianist Michael Brown, harpist Bridget Kibbey, violinist Hye-Jin Kim, soprano Sarah Wolfson and baritone Thomas Meglioranza perform a program TBA at the Greene Space, $15 incl. a glass of wine!

9/14, 7:30 PM violinist Gil Morgenstern’s reliably interesting Reflections Series kicks off its Fall 2011 season at WMP Concert Hall with a program that ponders heavy spiritual concerns with music by Auerbach, Messiaen, Beethoven and Copland, $35 adv tix rec.

9/14, 7:30 PM innovative Indian guitarist Susmit Sen (of prog rockers Indian Ocean) at Drom, $20 adv tix rec.

9/14, 8 PM haunting acoustic gothic Americana/bluegrass band Bobtown at 68 Jay St. Bar

9/14 punk klezmer legends the Klezmatics, 8 PM at Highline Ballroom, $16 adv tix rec

9/14, 8 PM smart,tuneful saxophonist Patrick Cornelius and A.D.D – Miles Okazaki – guitar , John Chin – piano , Jason Stewart – bass , Luca Santaniello – drums – at Smalls.

9/14, 8:30 PM an especially good, eclectic acoustic Americana triplebill with Frankenpine, Mason Porter and Wissahickon Chicken Shack at Southpaw, $10.

9/14, 9 PM smart, lyrically-driven, Aimee Mann-esque rockers Elizabeth & the Catapult at Littlefield

9/14, 11ish hilariously x-rated, theatrical, punked-out girl group Cudzoo & the Fagettes at Don Pedro’s

9/15, 6 PM pianist Simon Mulligan plays Mendelssohn, Schumann, Rachmaninoff, Chopin, Ricky Ian Gordon (New York premiere), Steven Rydberg (New York premiere), and his own own arrangement of Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue at Symphony Space, $20.

9/15 atmospheric anthemic Radiohead-influenced rockers My Pet Dragon play the Rocks Off Concert Cruise aboard the Half Moon, boarding at 7 PM, leaving at 8 from the heliport at the FDR and 23rd St., $20 adv tix. avail. at the Highline Ballroom box ofc.

9/15, 7 PM Tahani Rached’s new documentary These Girls, about young homeless women in Cairo, screening for free at AAFSC, 150 Court St., downtown Brooklyn, any train to Borough Hall

9/15, 8 PM wild Italian/gypsy string band madness with Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino at Drom, $15 adv tix rec.

9/15, 8 PM legendary Middle Eastern-flavored noiserock instrumentalists Savage Republic at Rock Shop in Gowanus, $15 gen adm.

9/15, 8 PM jazz guitar genius Matt Munisteri at Barbes followed at 10 by another eclectic jazz-inclined picker, Georgian Ilusha Tsinadze and his band.

9/15 Marc Ribot’s Really the Blues w/ Brad Jones, JT Lewis, Cooper-Moore at Iridium, 8/10:30 PM, $20

9/15, 8:30 PM original Afrobeat party band Ikebe Shakedown at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free but early arrival advised.

9/15, 8:30 PM catchy intense rock en Espanol trio New Madrid followed by funky groove unit L’il Shalimar at Bowery Electric.

9/15, 8:30 PM janglemeister guitar rocker/crooner Sam Sherwin at Sullivan Hall, $10

9/15, 9 PM Al Duvall – whose oldtimey, innuendo-packed, pun-infused ragtime songs are as smart as they are hilarious – and the sultry, eclectic oldtimey/swing/blues quartet the Roulette Sisters plus a circus sideshow at the Jalopy, $10.

9/15-16 dark literate rock legend Ian Hunter at City Winery, 9 PM, $35 standing room avail.

9/15, 9 PM innovative jazz drummer/composer Nathaniel Smith leads a quartet with Jake Saslow – saxophones; Linda Oh – bass; Kerong Chok – piano at Tea Lounge in Park Slope

9/15, 10 PM Bad Buka play gypsy punk (emphasis on the punk) at Spike Hill.

9/16, 6 PM psychedelic dub latin reggae band El Pueblo at the small room at the Rockwood; 9/24 they’re at Shrine at 8.

9/16, 7 PM tuneful jazz alto saxophonist Alexander McCabe with his group at Miles Cafe, $20 incl. drink and snacks

9/16, 7:30 PM clarinetist Eileen Mack leads a new-music ensemble at First Presbyterian Church (Brooklyn Heights) 124 Henry St., 2/3 to Clark St., F/R to Jay St. or 4 to Borough Hall, $10.

9/16, 8 PM absurdly eclectic, smart Russian/tango/Balkan/jazz string band Ljova & the Kontraband at Barbes.

9/16 sultry Moonlighters frontwoman Bliss Blood  plays a rare solo show at Brooklyn Rod & Gun Club 8ish

9/16, 8 PM Roulette’s grand reopening party at their new digs in Brooklyn with Shelley Hirsch and Fred Frith, Marc Ribot’s noir soundtrack project (who slayed this past spring at the New School), and adventurous string quartet Ethel, $35, this may sell out.

9/16, 8 PM a killer oldtime Americana triplebill with the Plunk Bros. (Boo Reiners and Bob Jones) followed at 9 by the cosmopolitan, jazz-inclined Matt Munisteri and then the rustic Weal and Woe at 10 at the Jalopy, $10

9/16, 8 PM flamenco funk band Carmelo & Freak Fandango Orchestra at Drom $10 adv tix rec.

9/16, 8:30 PM Canadian darkwave chanteuse NLX at Caffe Vivaldi

9/16, 9/10:30 PM eclectic pan-Asian jazz chanteuse/composer Jen Shyu plays the cd release show for her new one at the Jazz Gallery, $20.

9/16, 9ish a cool, diverse Brazilian doublebill with MaracatuNY and Nation Beat at the 92YTribeca, $10 gen adm.

9/16 9 PM witty, smart jazz trumpeter John McNeil and his quartet feat. pianist Ethan Iverson, bassist Ben Street, drummer Adam Nussbaum at Cornelia St. Cafe, $15

9/16-17, 10/11:30PM majestic yet funk jazz piano titan Marc Cary’s Focus Trio at Smoke uptown, $30 plus drink minimum.

9/16, 10ish eerie bluespunk with the Five Points Band at Rodeo Bar.

9/16, 10 PM dark 80s-style goth/pop pianist/singer Kristin Hoffmann at Caffe Vivaldi.

9/16, 11 PM Mr. Action & the Boss Guitars play surf classics, rarities and surfed-up 60s pop covers at Lakeside

9/16, midnight the NY Gypsy All-Stars play the cd release show for their new one at Drom, $10 adv tix rec.

9/16, 1 AM (actually wee hours of 9/17) psychedelic latin reggae groove band El Pueblo at the small room at the Rockwood

9/17 starting at half past noon, bluegrass in Madison Square Park with Della Mae, the Donna Hughes Band at 1:30, the Cherryholmes Brothers at 2:30, Valerie Smith & Liberty Pike at 3:30 and at 4:45 the Nashville Bluegrass Band (it’s tempting to ask, which one?).

9/17, 8 PM high energy acoustic Americana with the Strung Out String Band followed by the oldtimey Calamity Janes and then Alex Battles at 68 Jay St. Bar

9/17, 8 PM eclectic pianist Roger Davidson with Frank London’s Klezmer Brass All-Stars at Drom, $15 adv tix rec.

9/17, 8 PM the Chelsea Symphony kicks off its 2011-12 season with a typically eclectic program: Gershwin: Lullaby; Barber: Violin Concerto, Op. 14; Barber: Adagio; Strayhorn: Take the A Train; Shefi: Golden Sky; Menotti: Sebastian Suite; Dai: TBA (World Premiere) at St. Paul’s Church, 315 W 22nd St., $20 sugg. don.

9/17, 8:30 PM vocalist Abdullah Moussa and group perform levatine classics by the Rahbani brothers, Sayyid Darwish and “anonymous composers,” including songs made famous by singers including Fairouz, Sabah, Wadi’ Al-Safi, and Sabah Fakhri, among Alwan for the Arts, $15/$10 stud/srs

9/17, 9ish hellraising, politically astute Americana rockers the Hangdogs reunite for a benefit for bassist/guitarist Mick Hargreaves. A longtime valuable presence on the NYC Americana and surf music scene, Hargreaves was critically injured in an assault this past summer – here’s wishing you a full recovery, Mick. To help you can visit Crossroads Music in Amagansett, Long Island and leave a check made out to Michael Hargreaves or cash in the jar by the register, donate online using John Hanford’s website or mail a check to Hargreaves’ parents’ home: Bob & Peggy Hargreaves, 10 Braddock Court, Coram, NY 11727

9/17, 9/10:30 PM plaintive, atmospheric, worldbeat jazz grooves from trumpeter Pam Fleming & Fearless Dreamer at Parlor Jazz in Brooklyn, $30 includes both sets plus open wine bar.

9/17, 9ish two legendary/obscure NYC garage rock institutions: Johnny Chan & the New Dynasty 6 followed by les Sans Culottes at Rock Shop in Gowanus, $10.

9/17, 10 PM multi-instrumentalist and latin rock maven Ani Cordero at Pete’s

9/17 punk energy, Americana tunefulness – Spanking Charlene play the single release for their new one Canarsie (just out on Little Steven Van Zandt’s label) at Lakeside, 11 PM.

9/18, noon, classical orchestra the Knights play Schubert’s Octet, Ginastera’s Impressiones de la Puña and works by Osvaldo Golijov and Russell Platt at the Greene Space, $20 tix includes “light snacks and beverages,” one assumes that means no wine.

9/18, 3 PM cellist Winona Zelenka plays works for solo cello by Bach, Britten and Cassado at Symphony Space, $20.

9/18, 4 PM Canadian darkwave singer NLX followed by Kiri Jewell’s fiery retro 80s pop/rock band AwShocKiss at LIC Bar.

9/18, 5 PM the reliably eclectic, genre-smashing Sirius Quartet performs a program TBA at the Hudson View Lounge, 128 Pinehurst Ave. @ 183rd St.,$12 sugg don., reception to follow.

9/18, 6:30 PM Daniel Brondel plays an organ concert at St. Patrick’s Cathedral.

9/18 violin star Sabina Rakcheyeva – the first ever Azeri graduate of the Juilliard School – and her Ensemble play the release show for her highly anticipated, eclectic new Album ‘UnVeiled’, 7:30 PM at Alwan for the Arts,$20/$15 stud/srs

9/18, 8 PM Pauline Oliveros on accordion and Ione on vocals playing Improvisations on Njinga, the Queen King and St. George and the Dragon at the Stone, $10, early arrival a must.

9/18, 8 PM imaginative, unpredictable guitarist Nick Demopoulos’ project Exegesis with Gretchen Parlato, Danton Boller and Tomas Fujiwara plays the cd release show for their new one at Drom, $10.

9/18, 8:30 PM warmly soaring country chanteuse Drina Seay with Homeboy Steve Antonakos on guitar followed at 9:30 by Boo Reiners and Elena Skye from Demolition String Band upstairs at 2A

9/19, 5:30 PM Samuel Magill (cello), Linda Hall (piano) and Elmira Darvarova (violin) play a program of obscure works by French early Romantic composer Pierre de Breville at Symphony Space, $20.

9/19, 7:30 PM composer Xavier LeRoy leads an octet playing his minutely textured music/dance piece More Mouvements für Lachenmann at the Alliance Francaise, 55 East 59th St., $20

9/19, 8 PM the Amerigo Trio (with Inbal Segev on cello) play Beethoven – Serenade Op. 8, Bohuslav Martinu – Three Madrigals and Erno von Dohnanyi – Serenade Op.10 at Symphony Space, $20.

9/19, 9 PM the Noriko Ueda Jazz Orchestra at Tea Lounge in Park Slope

9/19, 10 PM oldschool hip-hop persona Big Daddy Kane with a live band (?!?) at B.B. King’s, $18 adv tix. rec

9/20, 7 PM Americana/jazz violin virtuoso/composer/chanteuse Jenny Scheinman at Barbes. She’s also here on 9/27.

9/20, 8 PM retro 90s Jamaican reggae-pop crooner Barrington Levy’s show has been moved from B.B. King’s to Highline Ballroom, all tix honored.

9/20, 9ish eclectic vintage sounds with the Dysfunctional Family Jazz Band at Rodeo Bar.

9/20 interestingly weird avant/indie/pop band Deerhoof at the Music Hall of Williamsburg, 11 PM, $17 gen adm.

9/21, 8 PM lyrical country crooner Jesse Lenat at 68 Jay St. Bar.

9/21 Mexican jazz chanteuse Magos Herrera with her quintet, 7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard, $25

9/21, 8:30 PM drummer Mike Pride’s From Bacteria to Boys feat. Jon Irabagon, alto sax; Alexis Marcelo, piano; Peter Bitenc, bass; at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10.

9/21, 9 PM the Reefer Round Jazz Orchestra at Radegast Hall

9/21-22 Beirut at Terminal 5, 9 PM, $27 adv tix onsale now.

9/21 charismatic, devious, literate powerpop siren Patti Rothberg at the Bitter End with her power trio 10:30 PM

9/21, 10 PM rustic acoustic oldtime country band the Woes and Alex Battles & the Whisky Rebellion at Union Hall, $8.

9/22, 6 PM the queen of Coney Island phantasmagoria, Carol Lipnik & Spookarama plus the Neerdowells at Cornelia St. Cafe, $7 includes a drink, not bad!

9/22-25 lyrical pianist Vijay Iyer leads a trio plus special guests on reeds, 7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard, $30

9/22 guitarist Michael Gomez of fiery minor-key gypsy/klezmer/reggae jamband Hazmat Modine leads his own band at Brooklyn Rod & Gun Club, 8ish.

9/22, 8 PM multistylistic accordionist Alex Meixner at Barbes.

9/22, 9 PM pensive, intense but sometimes fun and jaunty lyrical songwriter Erin Regan at Sidewalk followed eventually at 11 by the equally intense and even more surreal Daniel Bernstein.

9/22, 9 PM psychedelic jazz vibraphonist Tyler Blanton leads a quartet with Matt Clohesy- bass; Obed Calvaire- drums; Donny McCaslin- saxophone at Tea Lounge in Park Slope.

9/22 the Marshmallow Ghosts – who play offhandedly creepy lo-fi synthesizer horror film pop evocative of classic video game music from the late 80s – at le Poisson Rouge, 10 PM, $15 adv tix rec. They’re at the Bell House on 9/23 at 8:30 for $17.

9/23 torchy, lurid, intense downtempo chanteuse Marilyn Carino at 116 MacDougal Bar (Bleecker/Minetta Ln.), time TBA. She absolutely slayed with her band at the Rockwood earlier this summer.

9/23, 6 (six) PM intense alto saxophonist/composer Sarah Manning with an excellent quartet – Art Hirahara on piano, Linda Oh on bass and E.J. Strickland on the drums – at Caffe Vivaldi

9/23 four killer lyrically-charged performers at Sidewalk: the quietly edgy, catchy Linda Draper at 7, oldtime guitar genius Lenny Molotov at 8:20, intense outsider-anthem siren Randi Russo at 9 and the quirky, punkish Sprinkle Genies at 10:20.

9/23, 8 PM atmospheric, haunting soundscapes by Spooky Ghost at the small room at the Rockwood

9/23, 8 PM longtime downtown star multi-reedman (and guitarist) Doug Wieselman leads a quartet with Gina Leishman – reeds; Jim Pugliese – drums and Don Falzone – bass at Barbes followed at 10 by Spanglish Fly, who put a new spin on classic 60s latin soul and are probably the funnest Friday night band in town right now.

9/23, 8 PM Sameer Gupta’s amazing, hypnotic Indian-flavored jazz group with Marc Cary on piano at Baruch College Auditorium, 23rd St. and Lex., $20 seats avail.

9/23, 9 PM poignant, soaring Americana songwriter Jan Bell & the Maybelles followed by the jazzier but equally edgy Miss Tess at 68 Jay St. Bar

9/23 Taiwan’s alternately ecstatic and atmospheric pan-Asian acoustic worldbeat ensemble A Moving Sound at Drom, 9:30 PM, $12 adv tix rec.

9/23, 10ish snide oldschool Williamsburg punk rock band the Live Ones at the Gutter bowling alley in Williamsburg

9/23, 10 PM the Jack Grace Band at Rodeo Bar. “He’s like that Cash boy, but good.” – Jerry Lee Lewis.

9/23, 10 PM Canadian big band jazz composer Daniel Jamieson’s DanJam Orchestra at Miles Cafe, $15 plus $10 min.

9/23, 10 PM psychedelic funk/soul with Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds at Sullivan Hall, $10.

9/24 Renaissance at NJPAC in Newark is sold out. Good for them.

9/24, 3 PM at Madison Square Park, bluegrass with 3 Penny Acre followed at 4 by the rustic oldtimey/Appalachian folk sounds of Jay Ungar & Molly Mason.

9/24, 4 PM blazing, improvisational Balkan group Raya Brass Band at Radegast Hall. They’re also here, same time, on 10/1.

9/24 clarinet virtuoso and tango connoisseur Thomas Piercy plays Caffe Vivaldi with his group, 6 PM.

9/24, 7 PM alto saxophonist Marc McDonald and his small group at Miles Cafe, $20.

9/24 intense, hilarious anti-gentrification rockers the Brooklyn What pay tribute to their late, great guitarist Billy Cohen at Trash Bar with swamp rockers King Cake and powerpop sensation New Atlantic Youth opening at 8.

9/24, 8 PM Esma Redzepova – the “Queen of the Gypsies” – at Drom is cancelled due to visa issues, so the club has booked a fantastic, blazing Balkan brass doublebill with Raya Brass Band and Zlatne Uste, all tix for the Redzepova show will be honored for this, refunds also available at the club box office or point of purchase.  

9/24, 8 PM sultry 1930s/1940s French chanson revivalists Les Chauds Lapins followed at 10 by ageless acoustic party band the Jug Addicts at Barbes

9/24, 8 PM Disappear Fear play imaginative, socially conscious electric worldbeat including songs from their new Phil Ochs covers album at the People’s Voice Cafe.

9/24, 9 PM country, blues and a little countrypolitan/pop on a diverse triplebill with Hilary Hawke & the Flipsides, brilliant guitarist Will Scott and then Megan Palmer & the Top Flights at 68 Jay St. Bar

9/24, 9/10:30 PM Middle Eastern-influenced jazz pianist Armen Donelian leads a group with Marc Mommaas, tenor saxophone; Mike Moreno, guitar; Dean Johnson, bass; Tyshawn Sorey, drums at Cornelia St. Cafe, $15.

9/24, 9:30ish charismatic, intense, danceable cumbia/skaragga monsters Escarioka at Mehanata

9/24, 10:30 PM reliably amusing oldtimey Canadian family band the Ukuladies at the Jalopy, $10.

9/25, 4:45 PM Toronto organist Ian Sadler plays a recital at St. Patrick’s Cathedral.

9/25, 7 PM Gregory Eaton plays a jaunty and lavish program on the organ at St. Ann’s Church in downtown Brooklyn feat. works by Amy Beach, William Walton, Helen Searles Westbrook and Charles-Marie Widor’s famous Sixth Symphony (which Elton John ripped off for Funeral for a Friend), $25 sugg don/$20 srs.

9/25, 7:30 PM orginal, surfy, noirish originalfemale-fronted rockabilly trio Catspaw at Otto’s

9/25 ferocious Polish Balkan/gypsy band Dikanda at le Poisson Rouge, 8 PM, $20

9/25, 8 PM the New School Afro-Cuban Jazz Band at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, $10

9/25, 8 PM Hungarian Balkan/jazz/funk guitarist Csaba Toth Bagi at Drom, $10 adv tix rec.

9/25, 8 PM clear-voiced, thoughtfully original jazz singer/composer Tammy Scheffer with her sextet at Sycamore Bar, $10.

9/26 7:30 PM the acclaimed Imani Winds – Valerie Coleman, flute; Toyin Spellman-Diaz, oboe; Mariam Adam, clarinet; Jeff Scott, horn; Monica Ellis, bassoon – at Music Mondays at Advent/Broadway Church, 96th St./Broadway.

9/26-27, 7:30/9:30 PM Grace Kelly and Phil Woods join forces to represent two generations of jazz sax at Dizzy’s Club, early arrival/res rec., this will probably sell out.

9/26, 8 PM ambiently gorgeous violin/guitar/electronic duo itsnotyouitsme play the record release show for their new one followed by Mount Eerie and Nicholas Krgovich at Poisson Rouge, $12 adv tix rec.

9/26-27, 8ish dark dreampop instrumentalists Mogwai at Webster Hall rescheduled from this spring, $34 adv tix still available at the Irving Plaza box ofc.

9/26, 9ish oldtime swing revivalists Daria Grace & the Pre-War Ponies – maybe the most unselfconsciously romantic, charming band in town right now – at Rodeo Bar.

9/26, 9 PM the Delphian Jazz Orchestra at Tea Lounge in Park Slope

9/27, 8 PM Afrobeat band Zongo Junction followed by Malian desert blues guitar legend Boubacar Traore at the Bell House, $17 adv tix very highly rec.

9/27, 8 PM dark Middle Eastern-tinged instrumentalist Sir Richard Bishop opens for the Swans at the Music Hall of Williamsburg, $30 adv tix avail. at the Mercury weekdays til 7 PM, this may sell out.

9/27-10/2, sets 8/10:30 PM, a copy of latin jazz pianist Michel Camilo’s new album Mano a Mano just arrived here and it is one elegant, smartly tuneful record. He’s at the Blue Note leading a trio, $25 standing room avail.

9/27-10/2 lyrical trad jazz pianist Bill Charlap leads a trio with Peter Washington on bass and Kenny Washington on drums at the Vanguard, sets 9/11 PM.

9/27, 9:30 PM a high-intensity B3 session with Ed Cherry – guitar, Pat Bianchi – organ, McClenty Hunter – drums at Smalls.

9/28-10/2, 7:30/9:30 PM composer Gerald Wilson leads the Juilliard Jazz Orchestra playing his Legacy Suite at Dizzy’s Club, $30 seats avail.

9/28, 8:30ish a killer eclectic triplebill with desert blues-influenced Chicago band Pillars and Tongues, Bay area gypsy/Balkan supernova A Hawk & a Hacksaw and gypsy punk band Dark Dark Dark at the Bell House, $13 adv tix very highly rec. They’re at Drom on 9/29 at 8 for the same price.

9/28, 9 PM intense and funny grasscore band Larry & His Flask at Union Hall, $10.

9/29, 8 PM haunting, torchy oldtimey duo Evanescent at 68 Jay St. Bar

9/29, 7 PM dark dramatic goth-infused female-fronted rockers Blackbird Whitesky at Arlene’s

9/29, 8 PM anthemic rockers the Minerva Lions open for one of this era’s most entertaining, fun live reggae acts Giant Panda Guerrilla Dub Squad at Brooklyn Bowl, tix absurdly cheap at $7. Remember how the Nokia Theatre was charging $30 for the same kind of bill earlier in the year?

9/29, 8 PM violinist Jessica Pavone’s haunting Hope Dawson Is Missing project followed by clavinet player Magda Mayas and Tony Buck at Roulette, $15/$10 stud/srs.

9/29, time TBA, well-liked Americana rockers the Felice Bros. at Webster Hall, $20.

9/29, 8:30 PM pianist Jacob Sacks leads a melodic, sometimes pensive jazz quintet with Jacob Garchik, trombone; Ben Gerstein, trombone; Thomas Morgan, bass; Dan Weiss, drums at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10

9/29, 10 PM the funky, aggressively entertaining Underground Horns at Barbes.

9/30, 6 PM “The Fabulous Jalopy at Five Years” – artist Robin Hoffman’s latest exhibit of kinetic, fascinating drawings made at recent shows at the Jalopy, free, with music by M Shanghai String Band.

9/30, 7 PM cleverly and often intensely lyrical retro 90s Britrock band Special Patrol Group at Arlene’s

9/30 and 10/1 at 8 PM, and 10/4 at 7:30 PM Alan Gilbert conducts the NY Phil playing Dvorak’s Symphony #7 plus a Corigliano choral work at Avery Fisher Hall, $33 tix avail.

9/30, 8 PM oldschool Fania style salsa with the Spanish Harlem Orchestra at SOB’s $15

9/30, 8:30 PM the Violent Femmes’ Gordon Gano followed by high-energy oldtimey Americana band the Wiyos at Southpaw, $10.

9/30, 9:30 PM wry, clever, eclectic acoustic jamband Tall Tall Trees at the big room at the Rockwood

9/30 sizzling electrified bluegrass and original country with Demolition String Band at Rodeo Bar, 9:30ish

9/30, 9:30 PM noirish French songwriter Louis-Ronan Choisy at Drom, $15 gen adm.

9/30, 10 PM Nation Beat drummer/bandleader Scott Kettner’s Forro Brass Band at Barbes.

10/1 comedic, edgy surf/sci-fi music satirists Witches in Bikinis at Union Square to kick off Slutwalk 2011 to end sexual & domestic violence, rally starts at 11 AM, show at 1 PM.

10/1, 6 PM oldtime string band the Dust Busters followed at 8 PM the Four Bags – who blend jazz, classical and the Beatles with deadpan wit – at Barbes, followed at 10 by crazy rustic Mexican banda Banda Sinaloense de los Muertos.

10/1, 8 PM worldbeat dance supergroup Plastic Beast feat. members of Plastic Beef, Magpie, Tom Warnick & the World’s Fair, Paula Carino’s band and others plays Freddy’s.

10/1, 9 PM cutting-edge bluegrass band Straight Drive – fronted by the amazing Jen Larson – at the Jalopy, $10

10/1 legendary badass X-rated politically charged soul singer/filmmaker/renaissance man Melvin Van Peebles wid his band Laxative at BAM Cafe, get there by 8, show at 9, free

10/1, 9/10:30 PM postbop sax stars Dave Liebman and Sam Newsome play Steve Lacy and Thelonious Monk with Gregg August, bass; Otis Brown III, drums at Cornelia St. Cafe, $15.

10/1, 9:30 PM ambient/assaultive cello rockers Blues in Space at Tea Lounge in Park Slope

10/1, 9:30 PM legendary jazz drummer Chico Hamilton celebrates his 90th birthday and new album with a show at Drom leading a sextet with Nick Demopoulos (guitar), Paul Ramsey (fender bass), Evan Schwam (saxophone, flute, piccolo), Mayu Saeki (flute, alto flute, piccolo), Jeremy Carlstedt (percussion, drums), $12 adv tix highly rec.

10/1, 10ish long-runnning original punk-pop band the Vibrators at Union Hall – the venues keep getting smaller, they keep playing the nostalgia angle – $13 adv tix rec.

10/2 the world-class Greenwich Village Orchestra with guest cellist Na-Young Baek plays the Dvorak Cello Concerto plus the composer’s lively, upbeat Symphony #8 at Washington Irving HS Auditorium, 3 PM, reception to follow, $15 sugg. don.

10/2 noon-6 PM the Atlantic Antic outdoor festival with bands TBA, Atlantic Ave. from 4th Ave. to Hicks St. in Brooklyn.

10/2, 3 PM the Ariel String Quartet play Mozart, Brahms and Janacek at Bargemusic, $35/$30 srs/$15 stud.

10/2, 7 PM Tarras Band feat. longtime klezmer pioneer Dave Tarras sideman Pete Sokolow on piano as well as Dave Licht (drums), Jim Guttmann (bass), Ben Holmes (trumpet) and Michael Winograd (clarinet) at Barbes.

10/2, 8 PM pyrotechnic klezmer clarinetist David Krakauer and band play songs from John Zorn’s Book of Angels at Drom, $20 adv tix rec.

10/2-3, 9 PM multi-instrumentalist and longtime Aimee Mann collaborator Jon Brion makes songs out of loops, live, at le Poisson Rouge, $20 gen adm.

10/2 midnight-ish all-female noise-punk legends Erase Errata at Glasslands

10/3, Shellac at the Bell House is sold out, but $17 adv tix are still avail. for the 10/4 show.

10/3, 8:30 PM tenor saxophonist Geoff Vidal plays the cd release for his intense new album at Cornelia St. Cafe with drummer Makaya McCraven and bassist Linda Oh, $10

10/4, noon-4 PM pianists Adonis Gonzalez, Jed Distler, and Axel Tosca play Thelonious Monk at the World Financial Center, free.

10/4, 7 PM eclectic pianist Cory Smythe with special guest Phyllis Chen on a somewhat smaller piano (a toy one) at Barbes

10/4-5, 7:30/9:30 PM Greg Osby – alto saxophone; Frank Kimbrough – piano; John Hebert – bass; Nasheet Waits – drums at the Jazz Standard, $25.

10/4, 8 PM Grammy-awardwinning klezmer violinist Lisa Gutkin leads a trio w/Pete Rushevsky and Remy Yulzari at 6th St. Synagogue, 325 E. 6th. St, $15

10/4, 8 PM the Antara Ensemble play world premieres by William Foster McDaniel & Cindi Hsu plus works by McDaniel, Samuel Barber and Edvard Grieg at Saint Peter’s Lutheran Church, 619 Lexington Ave at 54th St., $25/$20 stud/srs.

10/4-8, 8:30/11 PM the James Carter Organ Trio at Birdland, $30 seats avail.

10/5, 7 PM percussionist Gene Golden leads Afro-Cuban group Quinto Mayor in a free show at the Pregones Theatre, 575 Walton Avenue, Bronx, email for free tix.

10/5-6, 7:30 PM and 10/7 at 11 AM (yikes!) Alan Gilbert conducts the NY Phil playing Bach: Concerto for 2 violins; Berg: Violin Concerto; Brahms: Symphony #3 at Avery Fisher Hall, $31 tix avail.

10/5, 8 PM Afrobeat with Zongo Junction and Toubab Crewe at le Poisson Rouge, $14 adv tix rec.

10/5, 9 PM gypsy punk night with scorching rockers Bad Buka, gorgeously atmospheric violin-driven dancefloor instrumentalists Copal feat. Sera Solstice, noir cabaret band Amour Obscur and the carnivalesque Ashia & the Bison Rouge at R Bar, 9 PM, $12

10/5, 9 PM two irrepressible, fearlessly funny tunesmiths: Susan Hwang & the Relastics at Sidewalk followed eventually at 11 by Nan Turner & the One Night Stands at Sidewalk.

10/5, 9 PM Paul Shapiro’s brisk klezmer/jazz band Midnight Minyan at 6th St. Synagogue, 325 E. 6th. St, $15

10/6, 7:30 PM Portland, Maine bluegrass banjoist/songwriter Putnam Smith followed by bouzouki-led oldtime Americana band Spuyten Duyvil at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 81 Christopher St, $15.

10/6 an oldschool 1960s style night of improvisation with J.D. Parran – saxophones; Marty Ehrlich – alto saxophone; Ron Horton – trumpet; Frank Kimbrough – piano; John Hebert – bass; Eric McPherson – drums, 7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard, $25.

10/6 charismatic eclectic intense keyboardist/chanteuse Rachelle Garniez at Barbes, 8 PM followed by gypsy song maven (and Berthold Brecht descendent) Sanda Weigl at 10. Rachelle is also here on 10/11 at 7 in a collaboration with violinist Jenny Scheinman.

10/6 gypsy jazz violin virtuoso Kim Angelis plays the cd release for her new one, Prophecy, with her band at Drom, 8 PM,$10 adv tix highly rec.

10/6, 8 PM if there’s any conductor alive who GETS the towering angst of the Russian Romantics, it’s Valery Giergiev. He conducts the Mariinsky Orchestra playing Tschaikovsky’s Symphonies #1 and #6 at Carnegie Hall, $24 tix supposedly available. They do the rustic, intense 2nd and 5th Symphonies at 2 PM on 10/9, the playful, animated 3rd and 5th at 8 on 10/10 and on 10/11 at 8 they’ll have pianist Danil Trifonov playing Prokofiev: Three Selections from Romeo and Juliet; the completely angst-driven Tschaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1 and the ambitious and totally enjoyable Shostakovich Symphony No. 1 written when the composer was 19.

10/6, 8ish an excellent, high-energy eclectic bill with bluegrass monsters Thy Burden, followed by ska from the Rudie Crew & the Times at Union Hall, $8.

10/6, 8 PM a marathon concert of new art-songs by Lisa Bielawa, Christopher Berg, Tom Cipullo, Christina Courtin, Mohammed Fairouz, Renée Favand-See, John Glover, Ricky Ian Gordon, Yotam Haber, Daron Hagen, Gabriel Kahane, Gilda Lyons, Jorge Martín, Russell Platt, Glen Roven, Matt Schickele, Richard Pearson Thomas, Christopher Tignor, Aleksandra Vrebalov, and Scott Wheeler at Galapagos, 8 PM, $20 adv tix rec.

10/6, 8:30/10:30 PM lyrical alto saxophonist Patrick Cornelius with Linda Oh on bass and Paul Wiltgen on drums at the Bar Next Door.

10/6, 9 PM Hazmat Modine’s blues guitar powerhouse Michael Gomez’ Wormwood at Brooklyn Rod & Gun Club

10/6, 10 PM Hannah Vs. the Many play gorgeously jangly, menacing, jazz-tinged powerpop followed at 11 PM by the self-explanatory, deviously funny Toys & Tiny Instruments at Cake Shop, $8. Bad segue, great show..

10/7, 7 PM country chanteuse Drina & the Deep Blue Sea at Lakeside.

10/7, 7 PM historically aware, edgily comedic oldtimey songwriter Poor Baby Bree at Bowery Poetry Club

10/7, 9 PM ageless British country punks the Mekons at the Bell House, $18 adv tix. rec.

10/7, 10 PM electro-acoustic improvicompositional dreamscapes with trombonist Ben Gerstein, bassist Garth Stevenson at Tea Lounge in Park Slope.

10/7, 11 PM the Charanga Habana All-Stars brass band makes a rare appearance outside their native Cuba, $20 adv tix. a must (ticket includes a free beer).

10/8, 6 PM timelessly charming harmony-driven Hawaiian swing band the Moonlighters at Barbes.

10/8, 7 PM Mimesis Ensemble (choir with piano) perform a promising program of contemporary composers: Thomas Adès: Five Eliot Landscapes (1990) Gabriel Kahane: Craigslistlieder (2006 – this is that comedic suite about internet dating you may have heard of ); Mohammed Fairouz – five poems set to music at Tenri Cultural Institute, 43 West 13th St., $20 adv tix rec.

10/8, 7:30/9:30 PM Jared Gold on B3 organ with Dave Stryker on guitar and McClenty Hunter on drums at the Bar Next Door

10/8, 8 PM, free, Mos Def with the Brooklyn Phil Chamber Players conducted by Alan Pierson at 1368 Fulton St., Brooklyn: compositions include Mos Def arr. Derek Bermel, “Life in Marvelous Times” (2008) and other songs incl. Frederick Rzewski’s Coming Together.

10/8, 8 PM sensational eclectic Luminescent Orchestrii violinist Sarah Alden with her band at 68 Jay St. Bar.

10/8, 8 PM well-loved obscure 1970s horn-driven blue-eyed soul band Lydia Pense & Cold Blood play a rare reunion show at B.B. King’s, $22 adv tix rec.

10/8, 8:30 PM oldtime string band the Hollows at the Jalopy followed at 10 by M Shanghai String Band, $10.

10/8, 9 PM legendary former Near Eastern Music Ensemble frontman Youssef Kassab sings Mohammed Abdel Wahab classics backed by slinky retro 50s levantine band Zikrayat at Alwan for the Arts, $20/$15 stud/srs.

10/8, 9/10:30 PM the Alan Ferber Big Band at the Jazz Gallery, $20

10/8, 9/10:30 PM bassist Petros Klampanis leads a killer, eclectic, potentially very dark jazz group with Gilad Hekselman, guitar; Lefteris Kordis, piano; John Hadfield, percussion; Greg Osby, alto saxophoe; Sara Serpa, voice; Andre Matos, guitar at Cornelia St. Cafe, $15.

10/8, 9:30 PM an acoustic Americana party with the Woes and O’Death at the Bell House, $12.

10/8, 10 PM the Mekons at City Winery. They’re just doing this one for the booze. $22 standing room avail.

10/8, 10:15ish rockabilly/punk/surf guitar legend Simon & the Bar Sinisters at Lakeside.

10/8, 11 PM a rare NYC show by artsy goth/Americana legends Ninth House at Uncle Mike’s (the former Orange Bear space), 57 Murray St., $10

10/9, 4:45 PM organist Benjamin Kolodziej plays a recital at St. Patrick’s Cathedral.

10/9, 7 PM the Enso String Quartet at Barbes, free, program TBA

10/9, 8 PM a first-class improvisationally-inclined new jazz bill with the Ken Filiano Trio feat. Michael Attias on saxes, followed at 9 by FPMMT – Josh Sinton (bari sax, bass clarinet); Brad Farberman (guitar); Dominic Lash (bass); Devin Gray (drums) and at 10 by the sensational George Schuller’s Circle Wide with Peter Apfelbaum (saxophones); Brad Shepik (guitar); Tom Beckham (vibes); Dave Ambrosio (bass) and bandleader Schuller (drums) at Local 269, $10.

10/9, 8/10 PM Peter Mazza on guitar with Jacam Manricks on saxes plus Rogerio Boccato on percussion at the Bar Next Door

10/9, 8:30 PM stark rustic Russian/Georgian tinged jazz with Ilusha Tsinadze, guitar, vocals; Rob Hecht, fiddle; Liam Robinson, accordion; Chris Tordini, bass; Richie Barshay, drums; Jean Rohe, vocals at Cornelia St. Cafe, $15

10/9, 9 PM Al Stewart plays an acoustic duo show at City Winery, $30 tix avail. Reputedly his chops (pretty sensational back in the 60s when he was an acoustic folk guitarist) are better than ever – and he reputedly plays a lot of the oldschool stuff along with Year of the Cat and Time Passages, ad infinitum. Wonder what he thinks of City Winery’s hideous homemade wine.

10/10, 7 PM Jake Schepps’ Expedition Quartet plays Bartok at Barbes.

10/10 smartly intuitive, terse, vivid piano jazz with David Kikoski backed by James Genus – bass; Jeff “Tain” Watts – drums, 7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard, $25.

10/11, 8/10 PM Dark Loft play the record release show for their new one at Iridium, $25. Pensive, sometimes hypnotic backbeat-driven Americana-tinged lyrical rock with an improvisational edge – like a teens update on the Wallflowers with psychedelic overtones

10/11, 8 PM clarinet/dulcimer klezmer duets and duels by Joel Rubin and Pete Rushevsky at 6th St. Synagogue, 325 E. 6th. St, $15.

10/11-15, 8/10:30 PM New Orleans trumpeter Nicholas Payton leads his band at Birdland, $30 seats avail.

10/11, 8:30 PM reedwoman/composer Jessica Valiente’s Las Mas Valiente feat. Rick Faulkner, trombone; Anna Milat-Meyer,, bass; Yasuyo Kimura, congas; Victor Rendón, drums; Chiemi Nakai, piano at at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10.

10/11, 9 PM noirish atmospheric soul/rockers Shenandoah & the Night at the Cameo Gallery, $5

10/12, 7 PM the eminence grise of the noirish downtown NYC rock anthem, Willie Nile with his band at Joe’s Pub, $TBA

10/12, 7 PM, free at the World Financial Center, Mos Def with the Brooklyn Youth Chorus, dynamically eclectic chanteuse Mellissa Hughes and other special guests joining members of the Brooklyn Philharmonic for an adventurous bill including Derek Bermel’s arrangements of Mos Def’s original songs, 19th century shape note singing and works by David T. Little, Frederick Rzewski, and Ljova Zhurbin.

10/12 cellist Inbal Segev featured in a septet including Anna Stoytcheva & Lora Tchekoratova playing Martinu’s Bergerettes for piano, violin and cello; Ravel’s Sonata for violin and cello; Dvorák’s Piano Quintet No. 2 in A Major, Op. 81, 7:30 PM at Carnegie Hall, $30 adv tix avail.

10/12, 8 PM Americana chanteuse Jan Bell at 68 Jay St. Bar

10/12, 8 PM a solid oldtimey Americana doublebill: the Calamity Janes followed by Crooked Still at the Bell House, $16 gen. adm.

10/12 Susquehanna Industrial Tool and Die Co. at Rodeo Bar 10ish

10/13, 7:30 PM cellist Madeleine Shapiro plays recent works for cello and electronics including several premieres at the Tank, $10

10/13, 8:30 PM singer/composer Sara Serpa leads her potent third stream-ish quintet feat. André Matos, guitar; Kris Davis, piano; Ben Street, bass; Ted Poor, drums playing the cd release show for her terrific, innovative new album Mobile at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10.

10/13, 8:30 PM desert blues with Sidi Toure at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised. He’s at BAM Cafe on 10/14 at 9.

10/13, 8:30 PM Suzy Sellout at Caffe Vivaldi. The tunes are a little behind the comedy but the comedy is pretty fierce.

10/13, 9 PM dark, thoughtful, improvisational Balkan band Which Way East at the Jalopy with Veveritse Brass Band at 10:30, $10.

10/13, 9 PM oldtime trombone/uke maven J. Walter Hawkes at Brooklyn Rod & Gun Club

10/13 oldschool country harmonies and tunesmithing with the Maybelles at Rodeo Bar, 10ish

10/13, 10ish Jon Spencer Blues Explosion at Maxwell’s, $15.

10/13, 10 PM a funky doublebill with Little Shalimar followed by Smoota at the Cameo Gallery, $20

10/14, 6 PM the Brooklyn Wind Symphony at Brooklyn Fire Proof

10/14, 7:30 PM a rare set by accordionist Nathan Koci followed by the Mivos Quartet playing “Salt” by Tristan Perich, “17” by Samson Young, and “Stone Guitars” by Richard Carrick at First Presbyterian Church (Brooklyn Heights) 124 Henry St., 2/3 to Clark St., F/R to Jay St. or 4 to Borough Hall, $10.

10/14, 8 PM jangly, surfy, jazz-tinged all-female Norwegian band Razika at the Cameo Gallery, $10. Sometimes chirpy, sometimes apprehensive, always tuneful.

10/14, 10 PM catchy, smart, socially aware acoustic rock band Left on Red at Caffe Vivaldi

10/14, 11 PM imaginative garage rock/country/psychedelic band Those Darlins at the Bell House, $13 adv tix rec.

10/14, 9 PM, the Pricks, Smoke DZA, Big KRIT, Curren$y and Method Man at the Nokia Theatre, $32.50 adv tix rec. They call this the “smokers tour.”

10/14, 9 PM trumpeter Steven Bernstein’s Millennial Territory Orchestra plays the cd release show for MTO Plays Sly Stone at the 92YTribeca, $TBA.

10/14 high-energy Americana rock vets Tom Clark & the High Action Boys at Lakeside, 11 PM.

10/15, 6 PM terse, tuneful concert harpist/songwriter Petaluma Vale followed eventually at 8:30 by hypnotic, psychedelic cello/marimba duo Goli at Caffe Vivaldi

10/15, 7 PM the Xylopholks followed at 8 by art-rockers the Universal Thump’s record release show for the third installment of their ongoing album; the sepulchrally twangy, gorgeously harmony-driven Las Rubias Del Norte play afterward at 10.

10/15, 7:30 PM shapeshifting new music chamber ensemble Eighth Blackbird play new works by Timo Andres, Bruno Mantovani, Amy Beth Kirsten, Mayke Nas, Fabian Svensson, Dan Visconti and Caleb Burhans at the Miller Theatre at Columbia, $25 adv tix rec.

10/15, 7:30/9:30 PM Middle Eastern/jazz guitarist Gilad Hekselman leads a trio at at the Bar Next Door

10/15, 8 PM Aurora Flores y Zon Del Barrio with special guest Yomo Toro at Flushing Town Hall, $25

10/15, 8 PM Eighth Blackbird plays new works by Timo Andres, Bruno Mantovani, Amy Beth Kirsten, Mayke Nas, Fabien Svensson, Dan Visconti and Caleb Burhans at the Miller Theatre, 116th St/Bwy., $25.

10/15, 8 PM the NYU Symphony Orchestra at the Loewe Theatre, 35 W 4th St., program TBA.

10/15, 9 PM funny, lyrically driven oldschool country music with the Jack Grace Band at 68 Jay St. Bar.

10/15, 9 PM clever steampunk/gypsy rock band Not Waving But Drowning at Spike Hill, $5 cover.

10/15 reliably fearless, tuneful, amusing, ungentrifiable Americana punk rockers Spanking Charlene at Lakeside 11 PM

10/15, 11 PM Afrobeat crew Ikebe Shakedown followed by funk orchestra Turkuaz playing the cd release show for their new one at the Mercury, $10.

10/16, 11:30AMish cutting-edge, mostly female, eclectic downtown band Isle of Klezbos plays klezmer brunch at City Winery, $10 all ages, no minimum.

10/16, noon to midnight, $25, a Bang on a Can-style new music marathon at the Miller Theatre at Columbia Univ. with the Jack Quartet, Talea Ensemble, Young People’s Chorus of New York City and others playing a laundry list of good up-and-coming and established composers, vastly too many to list here, the whole shebang is here.

10/16 pianist Peter Hill plays Bach, Messiaen and Takemitsu at le Poisson Rouge, 6:30 PM, $20 adv tix rec.

10/16 bassist Ben Allison leads a trio outdoors at the Abrons Arts Center on Grand St. on the LES, time TBA.

10/16, 8 PM this era’s finest retro country singer, Laura Cantrell opens for Son Volt’s Jay Farrar at City Winery, $22 standing room avail.

10/16, 9 PM the Throwing Muses at Bowery Ballroom, $20 gen adm., adv tix rec. available at the Mercury til 7 PM weekdays. Hmmm…see how many original members are left, and how much Kristin and Tanya still have in the tank.

10/16, 9:30 PM jangly, thematic, smart Chicana rockers Pistolera at Joe’s Pub, $15

10/17, 2 and 7:30 PM, the Jupiter Symphony players perform Smetana – From My Homeland; Gyrowetz – Divertissement in A Major; Suk – Piano Quartet in A Minor; Brahms – String Sextet in B Flat at Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church, 152 W 66th St. out back of Lincoln Center, $10 tix avail.

10/17, 7:30 PM new music ensemble Either/Or plays new works by Raphaël Cendo, Hans Thomalla, Richard Carrick, Erin Gee, Keeril Makan and Jonny Greenwood at the Miller Theatre, 116th St/Bwy., $25.

10/18 is the start date of this year’s Colossal Musical Joke: morons with badges alert!

10/18, 7 PM Camerata Aberta performs new works by Marcilio Onofre, Valeria Bonafe, Tatiana Catanzaro, Matthias Pintscher, Joao Victor Bota, John Orfe, Clint Needham and Igor Maia at the Americas Society, 680 Park Ave., free w/rsvp at, tix avail. starting 10/13/11

10/18-19 Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey Plays “The Race Riot Suite” with special guests Peter Apfelbaum, Steven Bernstein and Mark Southerland, 7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard, $25. “In 1921, Tulsa, Oklahoma was home to Greenwood – perhaps the most powerful and affluent African–American community in the country before the rise of Harlem. (Greenwood’s commercial center was known as “The Black Wall Street.”) On May 31, in one of the most destructive racial conflicts in the nation’s history, white mobs invaded the district. 35 city blocks were destroyed by fire, and there were at least 40 fatalities. Some 6,000 Greenwood residents were arrested; over 800 were admitted to local hospitals, and an estimated 10,000 were left homeless. Composed by Chris Combs and recorded in Tulsa, The Race Riot Suite – the new album by the Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey – is a long–form musical work that tells the story of the evolution and destruction of an American cultural epicenter in one of the least understood atrocities of the Jim Crow era. Joining the JFJO for this special two-night run is the horn section of Peter Apfelbaum, Mark Southerland and Steven Bernstein.”

10/18, 8 PM Latvian/Belarussian klezmer with Dmitri Slepovitch’s Litvakus at 6th St. Synagogue, 325 E. 6th. St, free

10/18, 8 PM composer/pianist Michael Hersch plays the NY premiere of his piece From The Vanishing Pavilions – which confronts vanishing living space in New York – with Miranda Cuckson, viola and Julia Bruskin, cello at Merkin Concert Hall, $20.

10/19, 8 PM performing artist/composer Milica Paranosic blends sounds gathered from Hunts Point in the Bronx for the premiere of A Bronx Tale, a work for found sounds, live vocals and electronics at the Point CDC, 940 Garrison Ave in the Bronx, free.

10/19, 8:30 PM the marvelous improvicompositional jazz trio Minerva with Carlo Costa on drums, JP Schlegelmilch on piano and Pascal Niggnekemper on bass at Caffe Vivaldi

10/19, 9 PM dark pensive goth-tinged songwriter Nina Nastasia at the Mercury, $12.

10/18, 9ish anthemic, intense drummer-led latin rockers New Madrid at Bowery Electric

10/19, midnight-ish hypnotic dreampop/shoegaze instrumentalists the Big Sleep play Party Xpo in Bushwick as part of a good idea – the Un-CMJ.

10/20, 11-piece big band Ingrid Jensen + Brass featuring Kenny Wheeler, 7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard, $25.

10/20, 8 PM Matt Munisteri followed at 10 by Gato Loco at Barbes.

10/20, 8 PM International Contemporary Ensemble play what looks like a crazy cool bill including works for percussion and winds by Marcos Balter, Steve Lehman, Du Yun, Phyllis Chen, Nathan Davis and Mario Diaz De Leon at the Kitchen, $15

10/20, 8:30 PM the New American Quartet, featuring jazz rabbi Greg Wall on saxophones, Mitch Schechter on piano, bassist Takashi Otsuka, and drummer Jonathon Peretz at 6th St. Synagogue, 325 E. 6th. St, $10.

10/20 and 10/27, 9 PM oldschool Williamsburg jazz mini-orchestra the Old Rugged Sauce at Brooklyn Rod & Gun Club

10/20 devious oldschool country crooner Jack Grace at Rodeo Bar 10ish

10/21-22 the John Hollenbeck Large Ensemble featuring Kenny Wheeler, 7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard, $30.

10/21, 8 PM Afrobeat guitar virtuoso Banning Eyre followed at 10 by the incomparable, intense Balkan uproar of Ansambl Mastika at 10 at Barbes.

10/21, 8 PM, the NYU Philharmonia at the Loewe Theatre, 35 W 4th St., program TBA. They’re also here on 12/5.

10/21, 9 PM chanteuse Rosalie Kaplan’s chamber jam band Dollshot radically, creepily reinterpret Schoenberg, Poulenc, Ives and play similarly playful, intense originals at Douglass St. Music Collective, 295 Douglass St., Gowanus, $10 sugg don.

10/21, 9 PM dark ornate retro 80s songwriter Kristin Hoffmann at Caffe Vivaldi

10/21, 11 PM classic and obscure surf covers with Mr. Action & the Boss Guitars at Lakeside.

10/21, half past midnight (actually wee hours of 10/22), imaginative, tuneful Americana jazz saxophonist Jeremy Udden leads a small combo at the Blue Note, $10

10/22, 7 PM the American Composers Orchestra plays New York premieres of music by Ruby Fulton, Paul Yeon Lee, Ryan Gallagher, Andrew Norman, and Suzanne Farrin at the World Financial Ctr., free.

10/22, 7:30 PM bandurist Julian Kytasty and chanteuse Eva Salina Primack lead a Ukrainian band playing wild traditional party music on the theme of “After the Wedding: Ballads of Marital Mayhem,” at the Ukrainian Museum, 222 E 6th St. (2nd/3rd Aves), $15

10/22, 8 PM Villa Delirium play “disturbed songs for disturbed times” w/ Tine Kindermann, John Kruth, Kenny Margolis and Doug Wieselman at Barbes followed at 10 by Pierre de Gaillande’s Bad Reputation English-language Georges Brassens cover project.

10/22, 8 PM popular Americana chanteuse Gillian Welch at the Beacon Theatre, $35 tix avail.

10/22, 8 PM the Chelsea Symphony play Kiah: TBA (World Premiere); Elgar: Cello Concerto in E minor, Op. 85; Hanson: Symphony No. 2 “Romantic” at St. Paul’s Church, 315 W 22nd St., $20 sugg. don.

10/22, 9 PM big anthemic new oldschool country band Yarn at Hiro Ballroom, $15, tix avail. at the Highline Ballroom box ofc.

10/22, 9:30 PM Romanian group East Gipsy Band play Drom, $15 adv tix. a must, this will sell out

10/23, half past noon up-and-coming saxophonist/composer Noah Preminger leads a quartet with Dan Tepfer – piano; John Hebert – bass; Matt Wilson – drums at the Blue Note, $24.50 admission (includes ticket, meal & a drink).

10/23, 3 PM haunting, lyrical oldschool Greek rembetiko/Smyrniki band Maeandros Ensemble with oud genius/composer Mavrothi Kontanis at at 6th St. Synagogue, 325 E. 6th. St, $10.

10/23, 3 PM polka legends the Jimmy Sturr Orchestra play the Brooklyn Bowl, $10 adv tix rec., expect the entire Greenpoint/Williamsburg Polish posse to be there.

10/23, 4:45 PM organist Douglas Kostner plays a recital at St. Patrick’s Cathedral.

10/23 ride the waves with surf rock legend Dick Dale aboard the Jewel, boarding at the heliport at 23rd St. and the FDR at 6, leaving at 7, adv tix $30 avail. at the Highline Ballroom box ofc.

10/23, 8 PM Bulgarian folk flute virtuoso Theodosii Spassov and Vlada Tomova’s Balkan Tales at Symphony Space, $30.

10/23 Washington classical harpist/chanteuse Katie Brennan plays her smart, lyrical, artsy Americana/country songs at Rodeo Bar 10ish.

10/24, 7 PM too good not to list: Kanye Twitty – with Oran Etkin: reeds; Vinnie Sperazza: drums; Jason Sypher: bass; Ross Martin: guitar and Raphael McGregor: steel guitar. Who knows what they do, but you gotta love the name.

10/24, 7:30 PM Trio Con Brio – Soo-jin Hong, violin; Soo-kyung Hong, cello; Jens Elvekjaer, piano – play Haydn, Tschaikovsky and Ravel at Music Mondays at Advent/ Broadway Church, 2504 Broadway at 93rd St., free

10/24, 8:30/10:30 PM the Manhattan School of Music Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra conducted by Bobby Sanabria at Dizzy’s Club, $20.

10/24 Daria Grace and the Pre-War Ponies at Rodeo Bar 10ish.

10/25, 8 PM Ljova & the Kontraband followed at 10 by Slavic Soul Party at Barbes

10/25, 8 PM ferociously eclectic minor-key band Jim Guttman’s Bessarabian Breakdown – whose latest klezmer/Balkan album is killer – at at 6th St. Synagogue, 325 E. 6th. St, $10.

10/26, 9 PM a dark, smoking klezmer rock doublebill with Yoshie Fruchter’s surf-metal band Pitom and Aram Bajakian’s haunting, stark, Armenian-flavored Kef at 6th St. Synagogue, 325 E. 6th. St, $15

10/27, 7:30 PM innovative improvisationally inclined jazz guitarist Soren Raaschou leads his Trio with guest Travis Laplante on tenor sax at Drom, $10 adv tix rec.

10/27, 8 PM Andy Statman at Barbes for $10 followed at 10 by Layali El Andalus

10/27, 8:30 PM dark Americana-tinged lyrical songwriter Jessi Robertson at Southpaw, $10.

10/27, 8:30 PM dark Jewish big band jazz with the Ayn Sof Arkestra and Bigger Band at at 6th St. Synagogue, 325 E. 6th. St, $15.

10/27, 8:30 PM retro 60s soul belter Nisha Asnani – like Sharon Jones, she is the real deal – at Caffe Vivaldi

10/27, 11 PM guitarist Steve Schiltz’ atmospheric, plaintive shoegaze/anthem band Hurricane Bells at the Mercury $10.

10/28 tuneful, fearless Nashville gothic punk songwriter Lorraine Leckie at the American Folk Art Museum, 45 West 53rd St, free, 6:30 PM.

10/28, 7 PM the Real Vocal String Quartet at Barbes followed by Allison Leyton-Brown’s stride piano trio at 8.

10/28, 8:30 PM gypsy funk party band SisterMonk at Caffe Vivaldi

10/28, 9 PM twangy noir guitar soundscapes with Jim Campilongo followed by alt-country siren Alana Amram at the Gutter bowling alley in Williamsburg, $5.

10/28, 10 PM the Twisted Standard Jazz Trio – Judith Insell- viola; Reut Regev- trombone; Thomas Ulrich- cello at Tea Lounge in Park Slope.

10/29, 6 PM Robin Aigner followed at 10 by Brooklyn Qawwali Party at Barbes.

10/29, 7:30/9:30 PM Jon Irabagon on saxes plus John Benitez on bass and Rudy Royston on drums at the Bar Next Door.

10/29, 8 PM new reggae extravaganza with the shapeshifting Ilamawana and the hydroponic Giant Panda Guerrilla Dub Squad at the Brooklyn Bowl, $10 adv tix rec.

10/29, 8:30 PM Simon Shaheen, who may be this era’s greatest oud player, plays Middle Eastern classics by Mohammed Abdel Wahab, the Rahbani Bros. and Farid Al-Atrache with special guest vocalist Nidal Ibourk and the Near Eastern Music Ensemble at Roulette, $25, early arrival advised.

10/29, 9 PM fiery paisley underground/country band the Newton Gang at 68 Jay St. Bar

10/29-30, 9 PM kick-ass new garage/psychedelic rock with Spindrift and the Black Angels at the Music Hall of Williamsburg. 10/31 the Black Angels play there at 11 PM, $20 adv tix. avail. at the Mercury box office 5-7 PM M-F.

10/29, 9 PM the Infamous Stringdusters and Yonder Mountain String Band at the Nokia Theatre, $25 adv tix rec.

10/29 smart, lyrical retro 90s Britrock band Special Patrol Group at Lakeside 11 PM

10/29 sardonic dark garage/punk rockers Obits at Glasslands.

10/29 the Midnight band play roots reggae at SOB’s at…guess…midnight! $TBA

10/30, 7:30 PM the Brooklyn Phil Chamber Players play songs of freedom by Schnittke, Pärt, Shostakovich, and Gubaidulina at the Shorefront Y, 3300 Coney Island Ave, Coney Island, $15.

10/30, 8 PM Frankenpine hosts a night of murder ballads at the Jalopy, additional artists TBA, this willl kick ass, $10.

10/30, 9:30 PM Witches in Bikinis at Drom.

10/30 the Dysfunctional Family Jazz Band at Rodeo Bar 10ish

10/31, 2 and 7:30 PM, the Jupiter Symphony players perform a killer (ha ha) program including Stravinsky’s playful Histoire du Soldat; Saint-Saens – Danse Macabre; Moussorgsky – Songs & Dances of Death; Rimsky-Korsakov – Piano Trio in C Minor at Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church, 152 W 66th St. out back of Lincoln Center, $10 tix avail.

10/31, midnight creepy minor-key harmonica blues with Stringbean & the Stalkers at the Ear Inn.

11/1-6, 8/10:30 PM the annual Django Reinhardt Festival at Birdland features an A-list of gypsy jazz guitarists from around the world, too many to list here, $30 seats avail. but res. recommended, this tends to sell out fast.

11/2-3, 7:30 PM the NY Phil and Philip Glass Ensemble play Glass’s live soundtrack for the 1982 Godfrey Reggio film Koyaanisqatsi along with a screening of the movie at Avery Fisher Hall, $35 tix avail.

11/3, 7:30 PM, the Brooklyn Philharmonic plays racy cartoon scores by Shostakovich and Vyacheslav Artyomov accompanying those cartoons (with live Russian voiceovers) at the Millennium Theater, 1029 Brighton Beach Ave., Brooklyn, $10 tix avail.

11/3, 8:30 PM ecstatic, intense gypsy/Balkan/Mediterranean brass band Mucca Pazza at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free but early arrival advised. They’re at the Broooklyn Bowl at midnight the next night for $5 in advance.

11/3, 10 PM charismatic intense sometimes haunting gypsy/skaragga band Escarioka at Bowery Electric

11/3 ferociously intense, politically aware, tuneful female-fronted noiserock/punk band Bugs in the Dark play the cd release show for their new one at Bruar Falls.

11/4, 8 PM two generations of free jazz: Marty Ehrlich and his group plus the Peter Evans Quintet at Roulette, $15.

11/4, 11 PM Maynard & the Musties at Lakeside

11/5, 8 PM day one of the always entertaining Vital Vox Festival – which has moved to Roulette’s new digs in Brooklyn – features works for voice and keys including ‘Vor an Sicht’ by Judith Berkson; ‘Scaling’ performed by Gelsey Bell (creator of Bathroom Songs) and Paul Pinto; ‘{kaleid-o-phone}’ performed by electro-acoustic singer Dafna Naphtali.

11/5 Boston’s eclectic powerpop/punk-pop/ska crew the Have Nots at the Knitting Factory.

11/6, 4 PM ambitious classical sextet An Die Musik play Mendelssohn, Mozart, and Schubert plus Aesop fables musicalized by Jerzy Sapaiyevski (but not by Rachelle Garniez?!?) at Merkin Concert Hall, $13.

11/6, 8 PM day two of the Vital Vox Festival at Roulette’s new digs in Brooklyn features works for vocals and strings includes ‘Wood in the Wind’ performed by Iva Bittova; Toby Twining Music (Toby Twining & Malina Rauschenfels); SoCorpo (Sasha Bogdanowitsch & Sabrina Lastman).

11/6, 9:30 PM legendary jazz drummer Chico Hamilton celebrates his 90th birthday and new album with a show at Drom leading a sextet with Nick Demopoulos (guitar), Paul Ramsey (fender bass), Evan Schwam (saxophone, flute, piccolo), Mayu Saeki (flute, alto flute, piccolo), Jeremy Carlstedt (percussion, drums), $12 adv tix highly rec.

11/7, 2 and 7:30 PM, the Jupiter Symphony players perform Mendelssohn – Konzertstück No. 1 in F Minor; Schumann – String Quartet No. 2; Chopin – Piano Concerto No. 1 at Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church, 152 W 66th St. out back of Lincoln Center, $10 tix avail.

11/7, 8:30 PM Americana songwriter/banjoist Abigail Washburn at the Bell House, $15

11/8, 8 PM powerful yet chillingly subtle chanteuse Melissa Fogarty with pianist Marc Peloquin perform excerpts from their new program Despite and Still at Church of Saint Luke in the Fields in the west village, free.

11/8 grasscore pioneers Slim Cessna’s Auto Club at the Mercury, 10 PM, $10.

11/9 ghazal chanteuse Kiran Ahluwalia – who moves from desert blues to worldbeat – plays the album release show for her new one at Drom with her band, 7:30 PM, $20 adv tix rec.

11/9, 8 PM the March Fourth Marching Band at the Brooklyn Bowl, $7 gen adm.

11/10, 8ish first and third-generation garage rock at the Bell House with the 5-6-7-8’s, Phantom Surfers, Dexter Romweber Duo, Alarm Clocks and Gaye Blades, probably in reverse order, $25. Note that the 11/11 show with Andre Williams and the Sonics show on 11/13 are both sold out

11/10, 9 PM British retro soul sensations Fitz & the Tantrums at Terminal 5, $35, all ages, adv tix available at the Mercury box ofc 5-7 PM weekdays.

11/11, 8 PM the Weal & the Woe followed by Pinataland at Barbes

11/11, 8:30 PM Rachelle Garniez plays the cd release show for her new one at Dixon Place, Christie (Rivington/Delancey), $18 adv tix highly rec, this will sell out.

11/11, 10:30ish Bernie Worrell and band at Bowery Electric, $17.

11/12, 9 PM Black 47 at Connolly’s. They’ve been singing songs of freedom for 20+ years and now with the crowds downtown closing in on Wall Street, these amusingly literate, ecstatically anthemic, politically-charged Irish-American rockers’ time has come again. They never gave up hope and neither will you once you see them.

11/12, 10ish the Cryptkeeper 5 followed by noir ska/punk/swing band Tri-State Conspiracy’s cd release show at Webster Hall, $15 adv tix avail. at the Irving Plaza box ofc.

11/17 well-loved harmony-driven Americana trio Red Molly – whose new lineup is just as captivating as the previous one – at the big room at the Rockwood, 7:30 PM.

11/18, 7:30 PM the Ekmeles vocal ensemble with Katelyn Clark on harpsichord play at First Presbyterian Church (Brooklyn Heights) 124 Henry St., 2/3 to Clark St., F/R to Jay St. or 4 to Borough Hall, $10

11/18, 9:30 PM punkish rockers the Hard Nips open for  lovable Japanese lo-fi legends Shonen Knife at the Bell House, $12.

11/19, 7 PM noted veteran Nuyorican percussionist Gilberto “Pulpo” Colon leads a classic style salsa band in a free show at Hostos Center for Arts and Culture, 450 Grand Concourse, Bronx, for free tickets call 718-518-6700 or go to

11/19, 8 PM guitarishly and harmonically sizzling urban Americana duo the Kennedys at First Acoustics Coffeehouse in downtown Brooklyn, $25 adv tix rec.

11/20, 3 PM the world-class Greenwich Village Orchestra plays a literally picturesque program: Humperdinck — Hansel and Gretel Overture; Elgar — Sea Pictures; Mussorgsky/Ravel — Pictures at an Exhibition at Washington Irving HS Auditorium, 3 PM, reception to follow, $15 sugg. don.

11/21, 2 and 7:30 PM, the Jupiter Symphony players perform Frohlich – Serenade in D Major; Clara Schumann – 3 Romances; Kirchner – Piano Quartet in C minor; Brahms –  String Quintet No. 1 at Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church, 152 W 66th St. out back of Lincoln Center, $10 tix avail.

11/22, 8 PM, free, the Mannes Orchestra plays Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7, Ben Ringer conducting, and Prokofiev’s Suite No. 1 from Romeo and Juliet, Ester Yoon conducting, at Symphony Space.

11/22, 9 PM AA Bondy at Bowery Ballroom, $15.

11/23 unstoppable Irish party band Shilelagh Law record a live album at Connolly’s, 9 PM. Good grief. A good thing because none of the drunks will remember the show.

12/1, 7:30 PM brilliantly tuneful and lyrical acoustic songwriter Carolann Solebello (ex-Red Molly) at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 81 Christopher St, $15.

12/5, 2 and 7:30 PM, the Jupiter Symphony players perform a program of obscure French Romantic treats: Reicha – Wind Quintet in E minor; Farrenc – Quintet No. 1 in A minor; Saint-Saens – Piano Quartet in Bb Major at Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church, 152 W 66th St. out back of Lincoln Center, $10 tix avail.

12/8, 7:30 PM Nicole Atkins and band at Symphony Space, $30 includes a glass of wine

12/9, 7:30 PM composers Molly Thompson and Lukas Ligeti and supporting cast TBA at First Presbyterian Church (Brooklyn Heights) 124 Henry St., 2/3 to Clark St., F/R to Jay St. or 4 to Borough Hall, $10.

12/9, 8 PM John Zorn gets one of those Miller Theatre “composer portraits,” with an absurdly good cast of classical and Stone types – cellist Fred Sherry, violinist Jennifer Koh, drummer Kenny Wollesen, pianist Stephen Gosling, the Talea Ensemble and others playing a bill of world premieres, 116th St/Bwy., $25

12/16, 7 PM Alan Gilbert conducts the NY Philharmonic playing Alexandre Lunsqui: Fibres, Yarn, and Fabric (world premiere); Magnus Lindberg: Gran Duo; HK Gruber: Frankenstein! at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, $35 adv tix rec. The program repeats on 12/17 at 8 at Symphony Space, $21 adv tix rec.

12/18, 7 PM eclectic, hypnotically intense, lushly Romantic songwriter Jenifer Jackson plays the cd release show for The Day Happiness Found Me at the Rockwood with Jason Mercer on bass and Matt Kanelos on piano.

12/21 it’s Make Music Winter. Inspired by Phil Kline’s famous Gulf War-era interactive antiwar composition Unsilent Night, the Make Music NY organizers are working to schedule another citywide day/night of interesting, free live music. Pure genius. Watch this space for updates.

12/22, 8:30 PM eclectic composer/viola virtuoso Ljova Zhurbin plays on a cinematic bill featuring amazing gypsy band Romashka and guests at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free but early arrival a must.

New Years Eve Black 47 at Connolly’s, 9ish