Live Music in New York City in October and November 2012
There will be a new live music calendar for November and December here by Nov. 1. At present (morning of Oct 31), there’s no NYC subway service until further notice. MTA bus service will be running free of charge today. Given the state of the city, with water on the tracks throughout most of the subway system, it’s safe to assume that pretty much all live music and other entertainment events have been canceled other than neighborhood musicians at their neighborhood venues.
Clubs are cancelling shows day by day rather than shutting down for an extended length of time; whether this is wishful thinking or a good omen remains to be seen.
If you’re feeling stir-crazy, best to check with the club or your favorite artist beforehand before wasting a trip. For directions and other information on the venues where these shows are happening, or not, 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 start later than advertised. Always best to check with the venue for the latest information on set times and door charges, since that information is often posted here weeks in advance. Weekly events first followed by the daily calendar:
Halloween haunted house Blood Manor – an annual extravaganza that everybody ought to experience at least once- opens October 5 at 163 Varick St. Advance tix are highly recommended as Halloween gets closer – and cheaper the sooner you do it. Open Thursdays 7:30 PM-midnight, Fridays-Saturdays 7:30 PM-2 AM, Sundays 6-11 PM, also 10/29-30 7:30 PM-1 AM, Halloween 6 PM-1 AM.
This November’s New York Documentary Film Festival includes several intriguing music films including the US premiere of Artifact (dir. Bartholomew Cubbins), presented by Jared Leto in person, which follows his band Thirty Seconds to Mars as they battle a lawsuit against record label EMI, the world premiere of Can’t Stand Losing You (Nov. 9, dir. Andy Grieve with Lauren Lazin), presented by Police guitarist Andy Summers, tracks the band’s history and recent reunion tour from an insider’s perspective, based on Summers’ memoir “One Train Later,” the US premiere of Iceberg Slim: Portrait of a Pimp (Nov. 9, dir. Jorge Hinojosa), presented by producer Ice-T, uncovers the life of the iconic author who inspired a million hip-hop artist who chronicled street life; Musicwood (dir. Maxine Trump), a world premiere, looks at music lovers working to save the trees needed to build acoustic guitars. US premieres include Greenwich Village: Music that Defined a Generation (dir. Laura Archibald), including in-person appearances by Pete Seeger and other folk legends; Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me (dirs. Drew Denicola and Olivia Mori), which uncovers the history of the legendary Memphis band led by Alex Chilton; and Enzo Avitabile: Music Life (dir. Jonathan Demme), which follows the Italian leader of a world music group, featuring the director in person. The full schedule is here.
Oldschool Chicago style blues guitarist Irving Louis Lattin usually has a lot of shows coming up, but October is a slow month for him. He’s at Lucille’s on 10/12 at 8 PM.
Mondays starting a little after 7 PM Howard Williams leads his Jazz Orchestra from the piano at the Garage, 99 7th Ave. S at Grove St. There are also big bands here most every Tuesday at 7.
Mondays in October a phenomenal doublebill: savage, macabre,cinematic noir jazz band Beninghove’s Hangmen followed at 10 by “psycho mambo” band Gato Loco, who play equally entertaining, only slightly less dark oldschool Cuban-inspired sounds at Zirzamin. Beninghove’s Hangmen are also at Otto’s on 9/26 at 9.
Mondays in October at the Stone, guitarist/violinist On Ka’a Davis and his Famous Original Djuke Music Big Band with members including Andrew Lamb (tenor sax) Avram Fefer, Nick Gianni (saxes, flutes) Nonoko Yoshida (alto sax) Valerie Kuehne (cello) Matt Cole (baritone sax) Welf Dorr (bass clarinet) Cavassa Nickens, Albey Bogosian (basses) Peter Barr, Dalius Naujo, Kenny Wollesen, Joe Hertenstein (drums) Daniel Jodocy (drums, electronics): open rehearsal at 7:30, show at 9 for ten bucks.
Most Mondays at Rock Shop, 9ish it’s the Gowanus All-Stars feat. brilliant guitarist Chris Erikson (who’s got a great new album out) with a rotating cast of characters from his Americana rock circle, free
Mondays at the Jazz Standard it’s all Mingus, whether with the Mingus Orchestra, Big Band or Mingus Dynasty: as jazz goes, it’s arguably the most exhilarating show of the week, every week. The first-rate players always rise to the level of the material. Sets 7:30/9:30 PM, $25 and worth it.
Also Monday nights Vince Giordano’s Nighthawks, a boisterous horn-driven 11-piece 1920s/early 30’s band play Sofia’s Restaurant, downstairs at the Edison Hotel, 221 West 46th Street between Broadway & 8th Ave., 3 sets from 8 to 11, surprisingly cheap $15 cover plus $15 minimum considering what you’re getting. Even before the Flying Neutrinos or the Moonlighters, multi-instrumentalist Giordano was pioneering the oldtimey sound in New York; his long-running residency at the old Cajun on lower 8th Ave. is legendary. He also gets a ton of film work (Giordano wrote the satirical number that Willie Nelson famously sang in Wag the Dog).
Mondays at Tea Lounge in Park Slope at 9:30 PM trombonist/composer JC Sanford books big band jazz, an exciting, global mix of some of the edgiest large-ensemble sounds around. If you’re anybody in the world of big band jazz and you make it to New York, you end up playing here: what CBGB was to punk, this unlikely spot promises to be to the jazz world. No cover.
Most Mondays in October (check the Barbes website for updates), 9:30ish Chicha Libre plays their home turf at Barbes. The world’s most vital, entertaining oldschool chicha band, they blend twangy, often noir Peruvian surf sounds with cumbia and other south-of-the-border styles along with swirling psychedelic jams and deep dub interludes. Show up early because they are insanely popular.
Also Mondays in October 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.
The second and fourth Tuesday of the month there are free organ concerts featuring a global mix of first-rate talent at Central Synagogue, Lexington Ave. at 55th St., free
Tuesdays in October clever, fiery, eclectic Balkan/hip-hop/funk brass maniacs Slavic Soul Party play Barbes at 9. Get there as soon as you can as they’re very popular. $10 cover.
Tuesdays in October, 10 PM dark eclectic 80s/goth rocker Alfonso Velez at Spike Hill.
Wednesdays at 1 PM there are free organ concerts at St. Paul’s Chapel downtown, a mix of NYC-area and international talent.
Wednesdays in October at 8 PM jangly, smart rock/powerpop songwriter Rob Teter (formerly of gypsy rockers the Belleville Outfit) at Zirzamin
Wednesdays at 9 PM Feral Foster’s Roots & Ruckus takes over the Jalopy, a reliably excellent weekly mix of oldtimey acts: blues, bluegrass, country and swing.
Wednesdays at 9:30 Roosevelt Dime plays their unique mix of oldtimey string band music with a dash of classic 60s soul at Brooklyn Winery, 213 North 8th Street, Williamsburg.
Thursdays and Fridays in October Bulgarian alto sax star Yuri Yunakov and band play Mehanata starting around 10. One of the most intense and gripping improvisers in gypsy music.
Thursdays in October at 10 PM intense minor-key instrumentalists Barbez plays Barbes. It was destined to happen. Jazz instrumentation, klezmer and gypsy influences, punk estheics, elegantly biting arrangements. 10/18 and 25 reuniting with their once-and-future bandmate Pamelia Kurstin on theremin, working out material from their forthcoming Tzadik album inspired by ancient Roman Jewish music
Fridays at 5 PM starting on October 5, adventurous indie classical string quartet Ethel (Ralph Farris, viola; Dorothy Lawson, cello; Kip Jones, violin; and Tema Watstein, violin) plays the balcony bar at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, free w/museum adm. When they’re not there, they’ll have someone from from their wide circle of like-minded avant ensembles.
Friday evenings at various times (check the site for the weekly schedule) fearless avant cellist/impresario Valerie Kuehne’s Super Coda – a global mix of strange and sometimes amazing sounds, from the way-out to the way-in, drawing on a vast, global talent base – happens at Spectrum, 121 Ludlow St., 2nd floor.
Fridays in October at 9 Naomi Shelton and the Gospel Queens play oldschool 1960s style gospel at the Fat Cat.
Saturdays at 3 PM at Bargemusic there are impromptu free classical concerts, usually solo piano or small chamber ensembles: if you get lucky, you’ll catch pyrotechnic violinist/music director Mark Peskanov and/or the many members of his circle. Early arrival advised.
Saturdays eclectic compelling Brazilian jazz chanteuse Marianni and her excellent band at Zinc Bar, three sets starting at 10 PM.
Sundays there’s a klezmer brunch at City Winery, show starts around 11:30 AM – 2 PM, $10 cover, no minimum, lots of good bands.
Sundays from half past noon to 3:30 PM, bluegrass cats Freshly Baked (f.k.a. Graveyard Shift), featuring excellent, incisive fiddle player Diane Stockwell and an A-list of players play Nolita House (upstairs over Botanica at 47 E Houston). Free drink with your entree.
Weekly Sunday organ concerts resume September 9 at St. Thomas Church, 53rd/5th Ave. at 5:15 PM, an international parade of A-list organists looking to give the mighty 1913 Skinner organ here a sendoff before it’s replaced.
Beginning 10/7 and continuing every Sunday at 5 PM, New York Music Daily presents the Sunday Salon at Zirzamin (in the old Zinc Bar space on Houston at LaGuardia, downstairs). An A-list of New York songwriters and instrumentalists work up new material and cross-pollinate in a comfortable, musician-friendly space. There’s no cover, and at the end of the salon, there’s a 45-minute set by a rotating cast of topnotch New York and international songwriters and composers. Dark rocker Lorraine Leckie and Her Demons play the first one at 7 here on 10/7.
Sundays 10/7, 14 and 28, 7:30 PM purist jazz guitarist Peter Mazza plays his home base, the Bar Next Door with a series of trios.
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 October, 9/11 PM the cutting-edge Arturo O’Farrill Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra – a mighty beast that ranks with the Mingus bands as one of the city’s most fascinating jazz orchestras – at Birdland, $30 seats avail., res. req.
10/1, 7 PM killer triplebill at Zirzamin: pensive Americana songwriter Donna Susan followed at 8:30 by noir surf jazz monsters Beninghove’s Hangmen – arguably the best band in NYC right now – and then the equally amazing if somewhat quieter psycho mambo band Gato Loco at 10.
10/1, 8 PM the socially aware/antifascist Indonesian Papermoon Puppet Theatre troupe presents their new piece Mwathirika (Swahili for “victim”), an intense look back at the terror and repression of the dictatorship in their native land, focusing on 1965 – “the year of living dangerously” – at the Asia Society, $TBA.
10/1, 9 PM haunting, intense Nashville gothic chanteuse Kerry Kennedy at Small Beast at the Delancey upstairs
10/1, 9 PM the king of the downtown NYC literate rock anthem, Willie Nile returns to his roots for closing night at Kenny’s Castaways.
10/1, 9 PM trombonist Deborah Weisz and her Jazz Orchestra at Tea Lounge in Park Slope.
10/1, 10:30 PM psychedelic instrumental soul grooves with Jesse Fischer & Soul Cycle at the big room at the Rockwood
10/2, 7:30 PM traditional Ethiopian music and dance with frequent Debo Band collaborators Fendika at Joe’s Pub, $18.
10/2, 7 PM eclectic oldtime blues powerhouse Blind Boy Paxton at Terra Blues. He’s also here on 10/9
10/2, 8 PM lo-fi noir rockers Agent Ribbons upstairs at the Delancey, free
10/2, 8 PM electronic composer Carver Audain presents his composition Continental Drift, “a densely lush, meditative sonic environment designed to transport the audience to a tranquil plateau” at Roulette, $15/$10 stud/srs.
10/2-6, 8:30/11 PM purist jazz guitar with Jim Hall leading a quartet at Birdland, $30 seats avail,
10/2, 9 PM clever, darkly lyrical piano trio jazz from Danny Fox at Korzo followed at 10:30 by Pannonia with Josh Deutsch: trumpet + compositions; Zach Brock, violin; Brian Drye, trombone; Gary Wang, bass; Ronen Itzik, percussion at Korzo
10/2, midnight-ish creepy Crampsy punk-garage band X-Ray Eyeballs at Death by Audio, $7.
10/3, 1 PM organist Renée Anne Louprette plays a recital at St. Paul’s Chapel downtown, free
10/3, 8 PM Saudi-born Khaled Dajani – who blends Middle Eastern and flamenco guitar in with his arena-rock sounds – at Shrine.
10/3, 8 PM Shahzad Ismaily solo on bass – worth hearing! – followed at 10 by Causing a Tiger; Carla Kihlstedt (voice, electronics) Shahzad Ismaily (tenor guitar) Matthias Bossi (drums, percussion) at the Stone, $10
10/3, 9 PM torchy jazz-Americana chanteuse Cal Folger Day at Culturefix.
10/3, 10 PM powerhouse violin metal group Stratospheerius at Bar East, 1733 1st Ave, $5 They’re also at Shrine on 11/1.
10/3, 11ish there are still $20 adv tix avail. for the RZA show at the Music Hall of Williamsburg, onsale at the Mercury box ofc. open weekdays 5-7 PM.
10/3, midnight Noah Preminger – tenor sax , Glenn Zaleski – piano , Matt Pavolka – bass , Colin Stranahan – drums at Smalls.
10/4, 1 PM the North Sky Cello Ensemble play Coltrane, Kodelhi and other contemporary composers at Triniity Church, free
10/4, 7 PM lush melodic postbop with the Behn Gillece vibraphone jazz quintet at the Fat Cat
10/4, 7:30 PM exhilarating, clever, eclectic Russian/gypsy/cinematic string band Ljova & the Kontraband – whose 2008 album is a genuine classic – at Symphony Space, $30 gen adm includes a drink.
10/4 this year’s Festival of New Trumpet Music kicks off with veteran Jack Walrath with George Burton – piano; Abraham Burton – tenor & soprano saxophone; Joe Martin – bass; Donald Edwards – drums at the Jazz Standard, 7:30/9:30 PM, $25. “A F.O.N.T. commission has inspired me to write what Mingus called ‘extended composition,’ to be premiered at the festival,” explains Walrath. “This will be no ditty!”
10/4, 8 PM gypsy rockers Banda Magda at the Brooklyn Bowl, $12
10/4, 8 PM dynamic indie classical duo Twosense (cellist Ashley Bathgate and pianist Lisa Moore) play world premieres by Ryan Brown, Daniel Felsenfeld and Hannah Lash at Roulette, $15/$10 stud/srs.
10/4, 8 PM Michaela Anne and her rustic, haunting acoustic band at Rock Shop, $10
10/4, 8/9:30 PM the Willem Breuker Kollektief celebrates the maniacally satirical Keystone Kops style repertoire of the legendary Dutch jazz composer/bandleader at Shapeshifter Lab in Gowanus, $15.
10/4, 8:30 PM the irrepressible Suzy Sellout – who skewers dozens of singer-songwriter and corporate pop cliches – at Caffe Vivaldi
10/4, 8:30 PM oldtimey country blues guys Apocalypse Five and Dime at the Jalopy, $10.
10/4 9 PM Americana chanteuse/tunesmith Kara Suzanne plays the album release show for her new one at at the small room at the Rockwood
10/4, 9 PM the Old Rugged Sauce play their irreverent, smart take on vocal jazz classics at Brooklyn Rod & Gun Club; they’re also here on the 18th.
10/4, 10:30 PM indie classical choir Roomful of Teeth sing new works by William Brittelle, Caleb Burhans, Caroline Shaw, Sarah Kirkland Snider and Missy Mazzoli. at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised.
10/5, 5 PM adventurous string quartet Ethel opens their Friday night residency at the balcony bar at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, free w/museum adm.
10/5 high-energy acoustic Mexican folk-punk band Radio Jarocho at the American Folk Art Museum, 6 PM
10/5, 7 PM pianist Nathanial LaNasa and the PubliQuartet play Messiaen, Chopin, Debussy and Mozart at Third Street Music School Settlement, free.
10/5, 7:30 PM oldtimey siren Jolie Holland, eclectic trumpeter Dave Douglas, Matt Garrison, Brandon Seabrook and others too numerous to name at Roulette, $5 sugg don.
10/5, 8 PM Lebanese music maven Bassam Saba leads a group playing traditional classics and then debuts his Arabic rock band Al-Madar at 10 at the Stone, $20, early arrival very highly rec.
10/5, 8 PM charismatic, intense, Patti Smith-style rock siren Katie Elevitch plays a double bill with funkstress Shelley Nicole at the Brooklyn Masonic Temple, , 3rd fl. $15 sgg don, “no one turned away” 317 Clermont Ave., Elevator to the 3rd Fl., Bed-Stuy, G train to Clinton-Washington, C to Lafayette. No idea which one is headlining but they’re both good.
10/5, 8 PM pianist/composer Lee Feldman leads a chamber rock band playing the score to his cult classic musical Starboy followed by a set by multi-instrumentalist Alice Bierhorst at a house concert in Park Slope, $10 email for info/location. Feldman also plays a set on 10/28 at 5 PM at Something Jazz Club.
10/5, 8 PM cosmopolitan songwriter Jann Klose at the small room at the Rockwood.
10/5 pianist/composer Dorian Wallace and His Big Band at at Shapeshifter Lab in Gowanus.
10/5, 9ish dark, catchy, intense original female-fronted acoustic Americana band the Sometime Boys at Branded Saloon in Ft. Greene with special guest chanteuses
10/5-6, 9 PM NYC’s original musically purist citybilly crew, M Shanghai String Band play a two-night cd release party at the Jalopy, $10.
10/5, 9 PM third-wave surf rock legends Los Straitjackets at the Bell House, $15.
10/5 10 PM purist jazz guitarist Ed Cherry and group at Two Boots Brooklyn
10/5, 10:30 PM the Jared Gold/ Dave Gibson B3 quintet at the Fat Cat over the roar of the pool players. Naomi Shelton’s gospel band plays their weekly residency beforehand at 9.
10/5, 11:30 PM the Cannabis Cup Reggae Band at Lucille’s, $12 adv tix rec
10/5, midnight, wild crazy gypsy jazz/New Orleans band Dirty Bourbon River Show at the small room at the Rockwood, free; they’re at the Jalopy on 10/7, $10
10/5, midnight, haunting oldschool country band Karen & the Sorrows at Littlefield
10/6, 4 PM Crooked Still banjoist Greg Liszt’s newgrass group the Deadly Gentlemen at Madison Square Park, free.
10/6, 7:15 PM dark psychedelic acoustic blues/klezmer/reggae/soca jamband Hazmat Modine at Terra Blues. They’re also here on 10/20.
10/6, 7:30 PM charismatic, intense indie folk chanteuse Larkin Grimm followed by Cuddle Magic – a good chamber rock band in need of a singer – followed by garage rock icon Holly Golightly at the big room at the Rockwood ($10 cover for her)
10/6 high-energy big band leader/trumpeter Charles Tolliver plays a rarer quintet show with Xavier Davis – piano; Bruce Edwards – guitar; Devin Starks – bass; Gene Jackson – drums at the Jazz Standard, 7:30/9:30 PM, $30.
10/6, 8 PM Galician bagpipe virtuoso Carlos Nunez at Drom, $20 adv tix rec.
10/6, 8 PM ferocious, smart psychedelic power trio Devi at Arlene’s. Avoid the cliched corporate band afterward at all costs.
10/6, 8 PM pianist Ariadna Castellanos leads her flamenco jazz combo at le Poisson Rouge, $15
10/6, 8 PM brilliant jazz bassist Christian McBride & Inside Straight at the Miller Theatre at Columbia Univ., $25 adv tix rec.
10/6, 8:30 PM catchy, jangly, smartly politically aware female-fronted Mexican-American rockers Pistolera at Barbes followed at 10 by high-voltage Sinaloa-style Mexican Banda Sinaloense De Los Muertos.
10/6, 9 PM Beefheart cover band Admiral Porkbrain followed at 10 by Tom Warnick & the World’s Fair at Freddy’s. Charismatic keyboardist/rocker who switches between casually chilling, Doorsy noir and warmly anthemic oldschool soul – and his band, with Ross Bonnadona and John Sharples on guitars, is on fire these days.
10/6, 9 PM Unsteady Freddie’s typically excellent monthly surf rock show at Otto’s kicks off with the the Acoustic Surf Tones (that’s 9th Wave, acoustic – must be seen to be believed, they’re great), followed by Tsunami of Sound, Stuck in Gear and Blue Wave Theory sometime after midnight
10/6, 9 PM fiery Balkan bass/accordion duo Cinder Conk at Red Hook Bait & Tackle
10/6, 9/10:30 PM fearlessly intense piano jazz with a third-stream bite: Bobby Avey, piano; Shane Endsley, trumpet; Thomson Kneeland, bass; Dan Weiss, drums at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min.
10/6, 9 PM oldtime Americana and bluegrass with the Third Wheel Band followed eventually around 11 by the Whistling Wolves at Union Hall, $10.
10/6, 9:15 PM moody 80s-ish female-fronted neosoul/downtempo band Teletextile at Pete’s
10/6, 9:30ish Bad Buka and their gypsy punk meltdown at Mehanata.
10/6, 10 PM dark artsy piano-based rock with the Devil’s Broadcast at Trash, $10.
10/6, 10 PM ska punk with King Django at Two Boots Brooklyn.
10/6, 10:30 PM third-wave surf legends Los Straitjackets at Maxwell’s, $15 gen adm
10/6, 111ish purist Americana rocker Mick Hargreaves and the King Guys at Rodeo Bar.
10/7, 4 PM pyrotechnic pianist Beth Levin plays Beethoven Sonatas: Op. 109-111 at the Dreck Center at the Brooklyn Public Library. Note that no children under 6 allowed inside.
10/7, 6 PM clarinet virtuoso Thomas Piercy and pianist Claudine Hickman play Piazzolla, Gershwin and more at Good Shepherd Church, 1950 Batchelder St. (Ave S/Ave T), Flatlands, Brooklyn, B to Ave. U, take the Ave. U bus to Nostrand Ave, walk 2 blocks to Batchelder, go left 2 blocks
10/7, 6 PM Shadow of Corinth, a video song cycle by singer Molly Thompson performed by Thompson with the amazing Kamala Sankaram, voice; James Moore and Joshua Lopes of the Dither Guitar Quartet and Eric Km Clark, violin; Jennifer Stock, piano plus Stock playing her composition Shivelights, a cycle of miniatures at Cornelia St. Cafe, $20 includes $10 food/drink credit
10/7, 7 PM the wry, witty Four Bags: Brian Drye – trombone; Jacob Garchik – accordion; Mike McGinnis – clarinets; Sean Moran – guitars at Barbes
10/7, 7 PM the Sonagi Project play hypnotic Korean pansori vocal-and-gong music at Flushing Town Hall, free. They’re also here on 10/19 at 8 (eight).
10/7, 7 PM the Foster Meets Brooks Big Band at Something Jazz Club, $5
10/7, 7:30 PM weird segue, good triplebill: Paleface – the original sardonic 90s white funk/hip-hop guy – followed by Texas songwriter Jarrod Dickenson and then the increasingly dark, southwestern gothic-influenced Jack Grace Band at Littlefield, $10. Grace is at the Ear Inn at midnight the following night 10/8 for free.
10/7, 7:30 PM soulful Brazilian trumpeter Claudio Roditi with the West Point Jazz Knights Big Band at the Jazz Standard, free, early arrival a must, res. highly rec.
10/7, 8:30/10 PM tasteful, smart guitar jazz with Mike Baggetta leading his excellent quartet with Jason Rigby – saxophones; Eivind Opsvik – bass; George Schuller – drums at Sycamore Bar in Ditmas Park, $10.
10/7, 9ish smart, tuneful, counterintuitive Persian jazz/dub instrumentals with Sohrab’s SoSaLa at Matchless.
10/7, 10 PM eclectic jazz violinist Christian Howes leads a quartet at 55 Bar
10/8, 7 PM killer triplebill: Jerome O’Brien of the late, great Dog Show plays his ferociously literate, vintage R&B/punk influenced songs at Zirzamin followed by inimitable, intense noir jazz/soundtrack/surf powerhouse Beninghove’s Hangmen – arguably the best band in NYC right now – at Zirzamin followed by the equally amazing if somewhat quieter psycho mambo band Gato Loco at 10.
10/8, 8 PM eclectic jazz guitarist Koran Agan at Radegast Hall. He’s also here on 10/15.
10/8, 9 PM 17-piece big band the Joshua Shneider Easy-Bake Orchestra at Tea Lounge in Park Slope
10/8, 9:30 PM retro rock chanteuse Holly Golightly & the Brokeoffs at the big room at the Rockwood, $12.
10/9, half past noon organist Wolfgang Kleber of Darmstadt, Germany plays a recital at Central Synagogue, Lex/54th St., free
10/9, 4:45 PM organist Benjamin Kolodziej plays a recital at St. Patrick’s Cathedral.
10/9, 7 PM the Erica Seguine/Shannon Baker Jazz Orchestra – whose lush swinging compositions are imbued with a quirky, devious wit – at Something Jazz Club, $5.
10/9, 7:30 PM Renee Phillippi’s desolate haunting theatre piece Alone in Triptych (with music by the reliably brililant, intense Vera Beren) at Dixon Place, 161A Chrystie St., $12 adv tix at the box ofc highly rec.
10/9, 7:30/9:30 PM the Aaron Diehl Quartet featuring Warren Wolf on vibes plus Aaron Diehl – piano; David Wong – bass; Rodney Green – drums at the Jazz Standard, $30.
10/9, 7:30 PM Jazz for Obama with…are you ready…Ron Carter, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Jim Hall, Roy Haynes, Kenny Barron, Kenny Garrett, Christian McBride, Jimmy Heath, Tain Watts, Claudia Acuna, Ravi Coltrane, Gretchen Parlato and more at Symphony Space. Dunno how you feel about our President, but he’s better than the other guy. Tix are $100 ($50 for students and seniors) at WWW.JAZZFOROBAMA2012.COM, all proceeds to the Obama reelection campaign.
10/9, 8 PM at the Delancey menacingly surreal, literate lo-fi noir rockers Agent Ribbons begin a Dives of New York tour. They’re also at Rock Shop on 10/15 at 8ish for $10; at Spike Hill at 2 (two) PM on 10/18 for free; at Pete’s for free at 4 (four) PM on 10/19 and 10/21 at Lone Wolf, 1089 Broadway in Bushwick at 8 for $5.
10/9, 8 PM the Red Light Ensemble – Christa van Alstine, clarinet; Nathan Koci, french horn & accordion; Kevin Sims, percussion; Yegor Shevtsov, piano; Tema Watstein, violin; Erin Wight, viola; John Popham, cello, and Ted Hearne, conductor perform compositions by Christian Wolff, Scott Wollschleger, Vincent Raikhel, and Gérard Grisey plus pieces by Satie to accompany Melies films at Roulette $15/$10 stud/srs.
10/9, 8 PM Italian rock acts take over the Highline: Manu Chao soundalike Mannarino followed by gypsy rockers Negrita, $TBA.
10/9, 8 PM oldtimey hot jazz with Gordon’s Grand Street Stompers at Radegast Hall
10/9-13 , 8:30/11 PM the James Carter Organ Trio at Birdland, $30 seats avail.
10/9, 9 PM an unbelievably good mega brass band night at Paper Box in Bushwick (across the street from Shea Stadium) with the Underground Horns , Frank London’s Klezmer Brass All-Stars, Environmental Encroachment (Chicago), Minor Mishap Marching Band (Austin) and Pink Puffers Brass Band (Rome, Italy).
10/9, 9 PM edgy tuneful saxophonist Patrick Cornelius with Frank Kimbrough on , piano; Peter Slavov, bass; Colin Stanahan, drums at Korzo
10/9, 9:30ish Michaela Anne and her rustic, haunting acoustic band at Rodeo Bar.
10/9, 10 PM catchy, lyrically edgy female-fronted powerpop/new wave band Changing Modes downstairs at the Delancey, $10.
10/9, 10 PM John Zorn’s Masada Book 2 played by Shanir Ezra Blumenkranz (bass, gimbri) Aram Bajakian (guitar) Eyal Maoz (guitar) Kenny Grohowski (drums) at the Stone, $10.
10/9, 10 PM powerful, melodic bassist/composer Linda Oh leads a quartet with keyboardist Fabian Almazan at 55 Bar
10/9, 10 PM eclectic Indian-AfroCuban-Portuguese influenced jazz chanteuse Kavita Shah with her band Glenn Zaleski, piano; Sam Anning, bass; Guilhem Flouzat , drums; Yacouba Sissoko, kora; Stephen Cellucci, tabla at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min.
10/10, noon, pianists play Thelonious Monk at the World Financial Center, free: Manuel Valera followed at 12:30 by Elio Villafranca, 1 PM James Weidman, 1:30 PM the Michael Cochrane Trio and 2:15 PM the Jean-Michel Pilc Trio.
10/10, 7:30 PM Save the Village: a benefit concert with John Zorn, Thurston Moore, TriBeCaStan, Flutterbox and John Kelly and Gary Lucas at le Poisson Rouge put together by “NYU Faculty Against the Sexton Plan, a group of over 400 of NYU’s own faculty members working together to fight NYU’s outrageous multi-billion-dollar expansion in Greenwich Village,” $20 adv tix very highly rec.
10/10-13, 7:30 PM the NY Phil plays Nielsen: Flute Concerto (with Robert Langevin); Nielsen: Violin Concerto (with Nikolaj Znaider); Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 2 (Little Russian) at Avery Fisher Hall, $33 tix avail.
10/10, 9ish tongue-in-cheek, period-perfect early 50s style country from Susquehanna Industrial Tool & Die Co. at Rodeo Bar. They’re also at Otto’s at 9 on 10/20, promising a “pig roast,” whatever that means.
10/10, 9 PM John Ellis – tenor sax , Mike Moreno – guitar , Gerald Clayton – piano , Joe Sanders – bass , Rodney Green – drums at Smalls.
10/10, 10 PM eclectic alt-country siren Alana Amram & the Rough Gems at Union Pool, $7.
10/10, 10:30 PM the wild and crazy retro 60s country – and haunting southwestern gothic – of the Jack Grace Band at Cafe Steinhof in Park Slope
10/11, 7:30PM Angela & Jennifer Chun play music for two violins by Béla Bartók and Luciano Berio, and, joined by pianist Nelson Padgett, perform the rarely heard Phantasy for two violins and piano by British composer Edmund Rubbra at Symphony Space, $30 adv tix rec.
10/11-12, 7:30/9:30 PM breathtaking, powerful virtuoso Colombian jazz harpist Edmar Castaneda plays with a quartet including Itai Kriss – flute;Clarence Penn – drums; Andrea Tierra – vocals at the Jazz Standard, $25 ($30 on 10/12).
10/11, 7:30 PM clarinet titan David Krakauer with the Phoenix Chamber Ensemble play the world premiere of Inessa Zaretsky’s Six Poems for Tamar for clarinet & piano plus music by Brahms, Janácek, Messaien, Debussy & Reich at Concert Hall at the Center for Jewish History, 15 W 16th St., $15/$10 stud/srs
10/11, 7:30 PM psychedelic, horn-driven, Steely Dan-esque original funk band Otis at Sullivan Hall, $10
10/11, 7:30 PM at Our Lady of Lebanon church in downtown Brooklyn: an all-Mohammed Fairouz concert with the Borromeo Quartet playing the NY premiere of The Named Angels plus the Cygnus Ensemble as well as pianists Kathleen Supové, Taka Kigawa and Blair McMillen. “The Named Angels refers to those angels that are named and recognized in the Islamic, Christian and Jewish traditions: Michael, Israfel, Gabriel and Azrael. Each of the four movements represents a character portrait of a specific Angel.”
10/11, 8 PM Jason Prover and His Sneak Thievery Orchestra at Radegast Hall.
10/11, 8 PM Brooklyn-based composer Craig Shepard in an evening of music, images and conversation drawn from his work “On Foot: Brooklyn,” a 91-day 780-mile trek in New York City on which Shepard composed a new piece each of the 13 weeks. Joined by photographer Beth O’Brien, and musicians Tyler Wilcox (saxophone) and Jack Callahan (melodica) at the Old Stone House in Park Slope, free
10/11, 8:30 PM first rate alto saxophonist/composer Jacam Manricks with Des White on bass and Jochen Rueckert on drums at the Bar Next Door
10/11, 9 PM conscious intense purist jazz with Message feat. powerhouse bassist Zaccai Curtis at Shrine.
10/11, 9 PM trumpeter Gabriel Alegria and his richly tuneful Afro-Peruvian Sextet at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, $20
10/11, 9:30ish LES surf/rockabilly/soul guitar legend Simon & the Bar Sinisters at Rodeo Bar.
10/11, 10 PM the blazing ten-piece improvisational Balkan Veveritse Brass Band at the Jalopy, $10.
10/11, 10 PM anthemic dark 80s style rockers Overlord at Cake Shop/
10/12, 7 PM violist Amelia Hollander Ames plays Biber, Reger and Schumann at Third Street Music School Settlement, free.
10/12, 7:30 PM saxophonist Russ Nolan plays the album release show for his new one with Zach Brock-violin; Art Hirahara – piano , Sean Conly – bass , Brian Fishler – drums at Smalls
10/12-14, 7:30/9:30 PM Cuban pianist Elio Villafranca & the Jass Syncopators with Lewis Nash- drums; Terell Stafford – trumpet; Vincent Herring- alto sax;Greg Tardy – tenor sax; Carlos Henriquez – bass at Dizzy’s Club, note that the 10/10 shows are sold out.
10/12, 7:30 PM indie classical group Glass Farm Ensemble plays new music for flute, clarinet, percussion and piano by Philippe Leroux, György Ligeti, Bruno Maderna, Bruno Mantovani and Yvonne Troxler at Symphony Space, $20 adv tix avail.
10/12, 8 PM intense songwriter Carolann Solebello (formerly of Red Molly) and brilliant Americana guitarslinger Ann Klein at Two Moon Art House & Café, 315 4th Ave (between 2nd and 3rd Str) in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, $10.
10/12, 8 PM Jordan Shapiro’s Chantey Shakedown play sea chanteys followed at 10 by the Jug Addicts at Barbes
10/12, 8 PM gypsy swing with the Hot Club of Flatbush at Radegast Hall
10/12, 8 PM cellist Colin Carr and pianist Thomas Sauer play Schubert: Sonata in A minor for Arpeggione and piano, D. 821; Britten: Sonata for cello and piano in C Major, Op. 65; Harold Meltzer: Casa Battlót (world premiere); Rachmaninov: Sonata for cello and piano in G minor, Op. 19 at Bargemusic, $35/$30srs/$15 stud.
10/12, 8 PM rockabilly queen Wanda Jackson at Highline Ballroom, $25 adv tix rec.
10/12, 9 PM Dollshot – who put their uniquely creepy, noir improvisational spin on classical art-song – at the Firehouse Space, 246 Frost St. in Williamsburg, $10.
10/12, 9 PM dark acoustic original Nashville gothic band Frankenpine at the Jalopy, $10.
10/12, 9ish up-and-coming jazz singer/trumpeter Natalie John at Branded Saloon
10/12, 9/10:30 PM drummer Jeff Davis leads a trio with Russ Lossing, piano; Eivand Opsvik, bass; playing the album release show for his new one at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min
10/12, midnight-ish, Moon Hooch at at Littlefield, $12. Two tenor saxes and drums playing the craziest funky grooves you could imagine with the intensity of a brass band and the catchiness and edge of punk rock.
10/13, 8 PM ferocious minor-key Balkan improvisers Raya Brass Band at Radegast Hall
10/13, 8 PM charmingly sultry French chanson revivalists Les Chauds Lapins at Barbes.
10/13, 8 PM the Occuponics – Stephen Carl Baldwin (guitar, percussion, and vocals) and Paul Stein (accordion, melodica, and vocals), who first joined forces at the Occupy encampment last year, at the People’s Voice Cafe, $18 sugg don, “no one turned away.”
10/13, 8 PM Oliver Lake celebrateshis 70th birthday with a big band show at Roulette, $15/$10 stud/srs
10/13, 9 PM hypnotic percussionist/bandleader Alessandra Belloni with her bewitching tarantella/Brazilian band at Mehanata, $10.
10/13, 9 PM smart dark Americana songwriter Jessi Robertson at the Path Cafe.
10/13, 10 PM NYC’s only all-female mariachi band, Mariachi Flor de Toloache.at the small room at the Rockwood.
10/13, 10:30 PM reggae/samba/chamber rock band DecaDence at the Way Station in Ft. Greene
10/13, midnight the Chrome Cranks – arguably the best and most assaultive NYC band of the 90s – play one of their sporadic reunion shows at the Mercury, $12 adv tix rec.
10/14, half past noon melodic jazz guitarist Assaf Kehati with his trio feat. Ehud Ettun & Ferenc Nemeth at the Blue Note, $30 includes show, brunch and a drink.
10/14, 3 PM Zozo Afrobeat play Fela jams at the Brooklyn Bowl, free.
10/14, 4 PM the Finckel Cello Quartet play a program TBA at the Dreck Center at the Brooklyn Public Library at Grand Army Plaza, free, note no children under 6 admitted!
10/14, 5 PM classic Iraqi maqams with Safaafir: Amir ElSaffar, vocal, santur; Dena ElSaffar, joza; Tim Moore, dumbek at Alwan for the Arts, early arrival advised: this is a going-away party of sorts for Alwan’s trailblazing music director, who’ll be going to Egypt for a year.
10/14, 6 PM the quartet of Ross Hammond, Oliver Lake, Vinny Golia and Adam Lane squeeze into Downtown Music Gallery, free, early arrival advised.
10/14, 7 PM the Amphion String Quartet play a program TBA at Barbes followed at 9 by the gypsy rock of Les Bandits and then at 10 by Pierre de Gaillande’s wickedly lyrical Bad Reputation English-language Georges Brassens project.
10/14 the concluding night of this year’s Brooklyn Country Music Festival at the Jalopy is the best. It’s pretty much straight-up honkytonk starting at 7 with the Third Wheel Band, JP & the Gilberts at 8, the Dive Bar Dukes at 9, and Jan Bell at 10. Jan, who is the star of the show and the most original songwriter on the bill, is also here on the 19th at 9.
10/14, 7 PM cult hero crooner (and Carol Lipnik collaborator) John Kelly at Joe’s Pub making his solo debut here as “his alter-ego Dargelos (brother of Dagmar Onassis), a genre-traipsing punk altar boy survivor, who returns in rageful, orphaned middle age – to stretch, violate, and besottedly embrace the song form – as a weathered sage.” He’s also here on 10/28 and 11/4, same time, $20 adv tix rec.
10/14, 7:30 PM indie classical ensemble International Street Cannibals featuring soloists Taka Kigawa (piano), Lynn Norris (soprano), Robert Solomon (R+B/Gospel singer), Chala Yancy (violin), and Linda Wetherill (flutes) play an ocean-themed program of works by Dan Barrett, Chopin, Dan Cooper, Couperin, Debussy, Ives, Jill Jaffe, Paul Lee, Dary John Mizelle, Red Norvo, Daniel Palkowski, Schubert, and Taj Mahal at St. Mark’s Church, 2nd Ave/10th St., $15/$10 stud/srs.
10/14, 7:30 PM legendary bop jazz percussionist Chico Hamilton – still vital at past 90 – with his band – Nick Demopoulos (guitar), Paul Ramsey (bass), Evan Schwam (flute + reeds), Mayu Saeki (flute), and Jeremy Carlstedt (drums + percussion) at Drom $12 adv tix rec. He’s also here on 11/11.
10/14, 8:15 PM Tally Tyrone’s Sovereign Lords ast Otto’s – for real – it’s been awhile.
10/14, 9ish garage rock genius Palmyra Delran and her band plus the similarly inclined Party Lights and the A-Bones at the Mercury, $10.
10/14, 9 PM recently resurgent, devious oldtimey harmony trio the Be Good Tanyas at the Knitting Factory, $20 adv tix a must.
10/15, 7 PM renowned jazz bassist Rufus Reid leads his Out Front Trio at Bethany Baptist Church, 275 W. Market St., Newark, free
10/15, 7:30 PM the Claremont Trio play Beethoven: Trio in E-flat Major, Op. 1 No. 1; Gabriela Lena Frank: Folk Songs for Piano Trio (2012 – NY premiere); Mendelssohn: Trio in C minor, Op. 66 at Music Mondays at Advent Church, 93rd St/Broadway, free.
10/15, 7:30 PM Austrian cellist Nicolas Altstaedt and French violinist play music of Ravel, Kodály, and Schnittke and a world premiere by Thomas Larcher at the Austrian Cultural Forum, 11 E 52nd St., free but res req.
10/15, 9 PM saxophonist Jorge Sylvester’s ConceptualMotion Orchestra mixes big band jazz with poetry at Tea Lounge in Park Slope.
10/16 this year’s Colossal Musical Joke begins today and goes all week. Every year, thankfully, it gets smaller. And the bands just get worse and worse: there are still hordes of clueless kids stuck in 1987 who believe that a deal with a dying record label is somehow going to be their ticket to fame. If you’re going to pick a week this month to stay home, this is the one – but there are still plenty of good non-CMJ shows to choose from.
10/16, 7 PM free postbop jazz with the James Moody All-Stars at the Newark Museum, 49 Washington Street, Newark
10/16, 7:30/9:30 PM fiery alto saxophonist Tia Fuller – whose forthcoming album Angelic Warrior is absolutely sizzling – with Shamie Royston – piano; Mimi Jones – bass; Rudy Royston – drums with guests James Genus on bass and Terri Lyne Carrington on drums at the Jazz Standard, $20
10/16, 8 PM Amir ElSaffar‘s intense Middle Eastern jazz project the Resonance Quintet where he plays trumpet along with Ole Mathisen, saxophone; Matt Mitchell, piano; Francois Moutin, bass; Dan Weiss, drums at Cornelia St. Cafe.
10/16, 8:15 PM sometimes astringent, sometimes ferociously anthemic chamber-rock/indie jangle band Bern & the Brights at Zirzamin.
10/16, 9 PM lickety-split acoustic Americana jamband the Infamous Stringdusters at the Brrooklyn Bowl, $10
10/16, 9 PM veteran avant/noiserockers the Wharton Tiers Ensemble at Xpo 929 (formerly Party Xpo) in Bushwick, $8.
10/16, 9 PM get your 90s retro glam nostalgia fix with Spacehog at the big room at the Rockwood, free.
10/16, 9 PM pianist Dorian Wallace’s Big Band at Something Jazz Club, $10
10/16, 9:30 PM ageless, politically spot-on metal spoof Gwar at the Music Hall of Williamsburg, $30 adv tix avail at the Mercury box office M-F 5-7 PM.
10/16, 9:30ish Trailer Radio play amusing retro 60s original honkytonk songs at Rodeo Bar.
10/17, 7 PM the Gore Gore Girls’ perennially fresh, fun Amy Gore & Her Valentines, the generically pleasant Americana rock of Trapper Schoepp & the Shades and energetic retro soul guy Archie Powell & the Exports at Rock Shop, $10
10/17-20, 7:30 PM cellist Maya Beiser and chanteuse Helga Davis play a four-night stand for their new “cello opera,” a triptych of compositions by Eve Beglarian, Michael Gordon, and Missy Mazzoli, at BAM, $20.
10/17, 7:30/9:30 PM pianist Fabian Almazan leads his Trio with Strings playing Shostakovich’s 10th String Quartet plus original works at the Jazz Standard, $20.
10/17, 8 PM Patricia Cay, mezzo-soprano with Narciso Figueroa, violin and Max Lifchitz, piano play Puerto Rican composers: Héctor Campos-Parsi, Ernesto Cordero, Jack Délano, Jesús & Narciso Figueroa, Rafael Hernández, William Ortiz & Roberto Sierra at Christ & St Stephen’s Church ,120 W 69th St , free
10/18-20 at BAM dark vibraphone genius Tom Beckham and others play Joseph C. Phillips’ new score to the recently rediscovered/restored 1922 Ernst Lubitsch film Loves of the Pharaoh
10/18, 6:30 PM eclectic cellist Erik Friedlander solo at the Jewish Museum, free w/museum adm.
10/18, 7 PM high-energy soul/garage/celtic rockers Slam Dunk – the Arctic Monkeys meet Supergrass – are doing a Dives of NY tour starting at Don Pedros and continuing on 10/20 at Fontana’s at 1:30 in the afternoon and at 4 at Rock Shop the same day. Whew
10/18, 7 PM trumpeter Tim Hagans and his quartet – Vic Juris: guitar; Rufus Reid: bass; Jukkis Uotila: drums/piano – play material from his excellent latest album The Moon Is Waiting at the Brooklyn Museum, free.
10/18, 7:30 PM reggae/jazz/dub jams with Radio I Ching, drummer/free jazz titan Dee Pop and blues scholar John Sinclair at Otto’s
10/18, 7:30/9:30 PM sharp, hypnotic, politically fearless Afrobeat songwriter Nneka at Joe’s Pub, $15. She’s at Littlefield the following night, 10/19 at 8 for the same price.
10/18-21, 7:30/9:30 PM the Jacky Terrasson Trio with Burniss Travis – bass; Justin Faulkner – drums at the Jazz Standard, $25 ($30 on the weekend).
10/18. 8 PM Anthony Coleman’s Damaged Quartet with Ashley Paul – sax, clarinet, voice; ; Sean Conly – bass and Satoshi Takeishi – drums at Barbes followed at 10 by haunting minor-key instrumentalists Barbez.
10/18, 8:30 PM ghazals and Punjabi folk songs with Kiran Ahluwalia, vocals; Rez Abbasi, acoustic and electric guitar; Nikku Nayar, electric bass; Nitin Mitta, tabla; Rob Curto, accordion, free, at the Lincoln Center Atrium, early arrival advised.
10/19, 6 PM a trio of Kiam artists amidst the detritus: poignant, terse acoustic songwriter, Amy Bezunartea followed eventually at 8 by haunting, apocalyptically-minded Tim Foljahn and then at midnight the fearlessly intense, guitarishly excellent Jennifer O’Connor at Left Field, 87 Ludlow St., $8
10/19, 7:30 PM pianist Pavel Gintov plays Beethoven – Sonata in D minor, Op. 31 No.2; Prokofiev – Sonata No. 4 in C minor; Chopin – Three Waltzes, Op. 34′; Scriabin – Waltz Op. 38; Schubert/Liszt – Valse-caprice from “Soirée de Vienne” No.6, and Liszt – Mephisto Waltz at WMP Concert Hall, $15
10/19, 7:30 PM composer Matthew Hough plays the album release show for his new one Remembered States alongside violinist Joshua Modney (MIVOS Quartet), vocalist Megan Schubert (Ekmeles) and flutist Nicole Camacho at First Presbyterian Church, 124 Henry St, downtown Brooklyn, $10
10/19, 7:30 PM the MSM Jazz Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Justin DiCioccio plays symphonic Duke Ellington works at Borden Auditorium at Manhattan School of Music, 120 Claremont Ave (west of Broadway at 122nd St.), $12/$7 stud.
10/19, 8 PM Jim White of the Dirty Three leads his own band followed by pensive art-rockers Sea Wolf at le Poisson Rouge, $15 gen adm.
10/19, 9:30 PM the NYCity Slickers play bluegrass at Hill Country.
10/19, midnight-ish Hannah vs. the Many play sharply literate, angry, individualistic, tuneful female-fronted powerpop/punk at Rock Shop, $10
10/20, 3 PM Loop 2.4.3 perform their atmospheric“American Dreamland” with the reliably tuneful, edgy Javier Arau New Jazz Quartet opening at the Church of St. Joseph, 856 Pacific St (Underhill/Vanderbilt), Ft. Greene, sugg. don.
10/20, 7:30 PM edgy saxophonist/composer Patrick Cornelius with Michael Janisch on BAss and Rudy Royston on Drums at the Bar Next Door.
10/20, 8 PM haunting, eclectic, torchy Syrian chanteuse Gaida backed by a brilliant band feat. Zafer Tawil (oud), George Dulin (piano) Jennifer Vincent (bass), Tony DeVivo, (percussion), and special guest artist Kinan Azmeh (clarinet) at Alwan for the Arts, $20/$15 stud/srs
10/20, 8 PM weird segue, good doublebill: bassist Pedro Giraudo’s latin jazz sextet followed by the increasingly noir sounds of oldschool C&W Jack Grace Band at Barbes. Grace is also at his home base, Rodeo Bar on 10/26 at 10:30ish
10/20, 8 PM the New York Repertory Orchestra conducted by David Leibowitz with featured cello soloist Inbal Segev play Samuel Barber’s Concerto for Cello and Orchestra, Op. 22; Prokofiev’s Divertimento; Beethoven’s Symphony No. 1 Church of St. Mary the Virgin, 145 W 46th St, free, early arrival a must.
10/20, 9 PM haunting, atmospheric, minimalist chamber pop/Americana/indie classical duo Arborea at Pete’s
10/20, 9/10:30 PM lyrical pianist Kris Davis with Eivind Opsvik, bass; Nasheet Waits, drums at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min.
10/20, 9 PM catchy dreampop rockers Wave Sleep Wave at Zirzamin
10/20, 9:30 PM dark 80s style chanteuse Kristin Hoffmann at Caffe Vivaldi.
10/20, midnight-ish powerpop legends the Figgs at Rock Shop, $10.
10/20, midnight-ish psychedelic funk band Turkuaz at Sullivan Hall, $10.
10/21, 3 PM the Shanghai Quartet play Haydn’s String Quartet in D Major (“The Lark”), op. 64, no. 5; Dmitri Shostakovich’s String Quartet no. 6 in G Major, op.101; and Franz Schubert’s String Quintet in C Major, at the Kasser Theater at Montclair State University, Montclair, NJ, $15, $10 roundtrip shuttle available on 41st St. behind Port Authority, bus leaves at 1-ish, bus reservations may be made by calling 973-655-5112 or at www.peakperfs.org
10/21, 4 PM the Lark Quartet play music of Haydn, John Adams and Bartok at the Dreck Center at the Brooklyn Public Library at Grand Army Plaza, free, note no children under 6 admitted!
10/21, 7 PM jazz drummer Juan Pablo Carletti and cellist Daniel Levin improvise at Downtown Music Gallery, free.
10/21, 7 PM the world premiere of Mohammed Fairouz’s Audenesque, a 30-minute song cycle performed by mezzo-soprano Kate Lindsey and the Metropolis Ensemble at Le Poisson Rouge.
10/21, 8 PM Ban(ne)d Books: Steve Dalachinsky and Carver Audain plus Unearthish: Sarah Bernstein and Satoshi Takeishi at Spectrum on Ludlow St., $10. “Minimalist motifs meet avant-jazz formations, integrating sung and spoken poetry with acoustic and electric sound sculpture.”
10/21, 9 PM iconic punk-era band the Psychedelic Furs – who’ve gone from post-Velvets jangle and roar, to new wave pop, to goth, have a mighty back catalog and most of their original members – at the Nokia Theatre, $35 adv tix avail.
10/21, 9 PM Sonagi play hypnotic Korean pansori vocal-and-gong music at Barbes.
10/21, 11 PM saxophonist Ken Fowser and his wee-hours jam cohort vibraphonist Behn Gillece lead a vivid late 50s style postbop quintet at Smalls.
10/22, 9 PM “the kings of all things NYC metal, Daredevil Squadron will be decimating Arlene’s and shall perform their new nine-minute progressive metal Epic, “Chronicles of Sorrow Part IV: The Tree of Names.”
10/22, 10 PM politically savvvy Kuwaiti-American hair-metal/neo glam rocker Yusif at Goodbye Blue Monday; he’s at Recoup Lounge on Rivington over by the projects on 10/26 at 8.
10/23, 4:45 PM organist Douglas Kostner plays a recital at St. Patrick’s Cathedral.
10/23, free beer at 5:30 PM, show at 6, Ensemble Signal plays Michael Gordon, Louis Andriessen and others at the Miller Theatre at Columbia, 116th/Bwy, free
10/23, 7:30/9:30 PM eclectic, incisive guitarist Freddie Bryant and Kaleidoscope: Donny McCaslin—tenor sax; Yosvany Terry—alto sax, shekeré; Patrice Blanchard—electric bass; Willard Dyson—drums; Steve Wilson—flute and Juan Galiardo—piano play the album release show for their new one at the Jazz Standard, $20
10/23, 8 PM gothic Americana crooner Tim Eriksen at Barbes.
10/23-27, 8:30/11 PM B3 jazz groovemeister Dr. Lonnie Smith plays at Birdland, $30 seats avail.
10/23, 8:30 PM oldschool style Israeli roots reggae crew Moshav Band at at the Canal Room, $12 adv tix rec.
10/23, 9 PM NYC’s original Afrobeat jamband, Antibalas at the World Financial Center, free.
10/23, 9ish pyrotechnic violinist Sarah Alden’s amazingly eclectic swing/gypsy/country Hot to Trot Band at Branded Saloon in Ft. Greene
10/23, 10:30 PM gloomy neo-Stoogoid garage rockers Triple Hex at the Flat, 308 S Hooper St. (at S 5th), S Williamsburg
10/24 torchy up-and-coming jazz chanteuse Kat Edmonson at Housing Works Bookstore on Crosby south of Broadway, time/$TBA
10/24, 7 PM “bachata legends unplugged” – stars of the Dominican underground 40 years ago, brilliant guitarist Edilio Paredes with special guests Take Out feat. Joan Soriano at Elebash Recital Hall, 365 5th Ave. at 34th St., $25/$20 stud.
10/24, 7:30/9:30 PM low-register reedman par excellence Scott Robinson celebrates 1940s comic book hero Doc Savage with his Doctette: Randy Sandke – trumpet, euphonium; Ted Rosenthal – piano; Pat O’Leary – bass; Dennis Mackrel – drums at the Jazz Standard, $20.
10/24, 8 PM the lush, majestic 35-piece NY Arabic Orchestra – perhaps the world’s foremost Arabic orchestra outside Egypt – feat.chanteuse Ghada Ghanem and crooner Naji Youssef performing music by Fairouz, Farrid Al-Atradce’s sister Asmahan of Syria, Wadi’ El Safi and the great Um Kulthum at the Miller Theatre,
10/24, 8 PM adventurous avant lutenist Jozef Van Wissem with guitarists Loren Connors + Clint Heidorn at Our Lady of Lebanon Cathedral, 113 Remsen St, downtown Brooklyn, $10 sugg don
10/24, 8 PM edgy improvisation with Angles of Repose – violist Mat Maneri, bassist Drew Gress, pianist Lucian Ban and drummer Randy Peterson at Barbes, note the $10 cover charge.
10/24, 8:30 PM garage-chamber ensemble the Cellar and Point at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min.
10/24, 9ish high-energy acoustic vintage Americana with PartyFolk at Rodeo Bar.
10/24, 9 PM jazz keyboard innovator Sean Wayland at Freddy’s with his band.
10/24, 9:30 PM dark vibraphone virtuoso Tom Beckham plays with his trio at Interstate Food and Liquor , Orchard St. just north of Grand. Thety’re also here on 11/6.
10/24 midnight creepy minor-key harmonica blues with Stringbean & the Stalkers at the Ear Inn.
10/25, 1 PM the Hugo Wolf Quartett play a program TBA at Trinity Church, free
10/25, 6:30 PM high-powered, eclectic tenor saxophonist Geoff Vidal leads a trio at the Bar Next Door, free.
10/25-27, 7:30 PM avant chamber ensemble ACME plus croonerTheo Bleckmann and composer Phil Kline play the first NY performance of Kline’s powerful Zippo Songs – inspired by the inscription on the lighters of soldiers in Vietnam – as well as his even fierier Rumsfeld Songs and selections from Kline’s upcoming collaboration with Jim Jarmusch at BAM, $20 adv tix highly rec
10/25, 7 PM fun quirky purist jazz with pianist Joel Forrester and soprano saxophonist Phillip Johnston from the Microscopic Septet at Barbes followed at 10 by Mariachi Flor de Toloache , NYC’s only all-female mariachi band.
10/25, 7 PM intriguing dark indie folk group Colorform – who combine live painting with live music – at Arlene’s.
10/25, 7:30 PM the clever, original, tuneful Broken Reed Saxophone Quartet (feat. brilliant baritone saxophonist Jenny Hill) at Zirzamin
10/25, 7:30 PM the Hugo Wolf Quartett plays new works by Manuela Kerer and Philippe Hersant plus a string quartet by Romanian composer Gabriel Iranyi at the Austrian Cultural Forum, 11 E 52nd St., free but res req.
10/25-28, 7:30/9:30 PM ex-Miles Davis sax vet George Coleman leads an Organ Quintet with the reliably excellent Mike LeDonne on B3 plus Russell Malone – guitar; George Coleman Jr. – drums; Danny Sadownick – percussion at the Jazz Standard, $25 ($30 on the weekend)
10/25, 8 PM the Brooklyn Philharmonic featuring legendary jazz pianist Randy Weston, Brooklyn composers Matt Marks and Ted Hearne, and steel pan bands at the World Financial Center, free.
10/25, 8 PM jazz accordion genius Guy Klucevsek – one of the great wits in music – at Roulette playing solo and with pyrotechnic avant violinist Todd Reynolds, $15/$10 stud/srs.
10/25, 9 PM legendary first-wave punk band the Avengers – sort of the American Sex Pistols, and frontwoman Penelope Houston is as gorgeous and powerful as she was in 1977 – at Littlefield, $10 gen adm.
10/25, 11 PM unstoppably ferocious noir/ghoulabilly monsters the Reid Paley Trio at Fontana’s.
10/26, 7 PM the king of the downtown NYC literate rock anthem, Willie Nile at Joe’s Pub, $25.
10/26, 7 PM diverse, artsy, lyrically dazzling 90s Britrock throwbacks Special Patrol Group at Arlene’s.
10/26 vintage 90s dark ska with Step2Far, Inspecter 7 and Mephiskapheles aboard the aboard the Star of Palm Beach, boarding at 7, leaving at 8 from Pier 40. West Houston St. at the West Side Highway, $20 adv tix highly rec. at the Highline box ofc.
10/26, 7:30 PM popular 90s roots reggae crooner Barrington Levy at B.B. King’s, $25 adv tix rec
10/26, 7:30 PM the MSM Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra conducted by Bobby Sanabria at Borden Auditorium at Manhattan School of Music, 120 Claremont Ave (west of Broadway at 122nd St.), $7
10/26 8 PM Tracy Island – featuring Ian and Liza of the Larch – doing moody lyrical psychedelic new wave songs – at Freddy’s
10/26-/27-fiery literate Americana rocker Joe Pug at the Schimmel Center at Pace University downtown on Spruce St.
10/26, 9ish dark, catchy, intense original female-fronted acoustic Americana band the Sometime Boys play Pink Floyd’s classic Wish You Were Here in its entirety at Don Pedro’s.
10/26, 9ish charming, funny, hyper-literate, quirky/sultry all-female trio the Debutante Hour at Xpo 929, $8
10/26, 9 PM Judah Tribe play roots reggae at Shrine
10/26, 9:20 PM intense, haunting, original Turkish/Armenian band Musaner’s cd release show at Drom, $12 adv tix rec.
10/26, 10ish imaginative harmony-driven garage rock/country/psychedelic band Those Darlins at Glasslands, $15.
10/26, 10 PM darkly pensive gypsyish rockers Mad Juana at Bowery Electric
10/26, 10 PM the self-explanatory, entertaining Toys & Tiny Instruments at at Xpo 929 in Bushwick.
10/27, 3 PM pianist Lubomyr Melnyk – whose rapidfire, sustained technique creates a hypnotic ambience – at First Unitarian Congregational Society, 116 Pierrepont Street, downtown Brooklyn, $15.
10/27, 3 PM virtuoso pianist Sophia Agranovich plays Chopin, Schumann, Liszt and Rachmannoff at Bargemusic, free
10/27, 6 PM an amazing triplebill at Barbes: violinist Tom Swafford playing fiddle tunes, folk songs, tangos and original compositions followed by the gypsy-rock sounds of Banda Magda at 8 and then haunting harmony-driven chicha/retro Mexican rockers Las Rubias Del Norte at 10.
10/27, 7:30 PM the latest conglomeration of the Last Poets at Bronx Music Heritage Center, 1303 Louis Niñé Blvd, in the Bronx, free, 2 or 5 train to Freeman St
10/27, 7:30 PM bandurist Julian Kytasty and griot/kora virtuoso Papa Susso play a fascinating cross-traditional duo show at the Ukraininan Museum, 222 E 6th St (2nd Ave/Bowery), $15/$5 stud., reception to follow.
10/27, 8 PM former Moths frontman/powerpopmeister Tim Reedy and a rare acoustic performance by potently lyricsl psychedelic revivalists Love Camp 7 at Espresso 77, 35-57 77th Street (just off of 37th Avenue) Jackson Heights
10/27, 8 PM Jay Byrd & the Blue Jays play songs fortelling the coming apocalypse followed by the tuneful agitfolk of Jenny Hurwitz & Talbot Katz at the People’s Voice Vafe, $18 sugg don, “no one turned away.”
10/27, 8 PM Guido López-Gavilán leads the National Orchestra of Cuba play George Gershwin’s “Cuban Overture” and “Rhapsody in Blue,” with piano soloist Ignacio “Nachito” Herrera plus Ernesto Lecuona’s “Malagueña.” and Beethoven’s “Symphony No. 5” at Lehman Center for the Performing Arts 250 Bedford Park Boulevard West in the Bronx, $25 seata avail.
10/27, 8:30 PM well-loved harmony-driven Americana trio Red Molly – whose current lineup is just as captivating as the previous one – at the First Acoustics Coffeehouse in downtown Brooklyn, $20.
10/27, 9 PM ex-Lakeside Lounge allstar garage rockers Los Dudes followed by ferocious, fearless, tuneful and sometimes hilarious punk-Americana band Spanking Charlene’s big ass bday/Halloween show feat. special guests Eric Ambel, Mary Lee Kortes, Lianne Smith, Ann Klein and others at the Ding Dong lounge, 929 Columbus Ave between 105th/106th
10/27, 9 PM Aimee Mann at the Town Hall, $35 tix avail. as of 9/29.
10/27, 9 PM flutist Jessica Valiente’s Los Mas Valientes latin jazz big band at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, $TBA.
10/27, 10ish melodic, sometimes cinematic trombonist John Yao and his quintet at Sycamore Bar in Ditmas Park, $10
10/27 psychedelic instrumental soul grooves with Jesse Fischer & Soul Cycle at BAM Cafe, 10 PM.
10/27 garage punks the Naked Heroes, the X-rated, absolutely LMFAO Cudzoo and the Faggettes and dark garage rocker Mark Sultan of the King Khan and BBQ Show aboard the Star of Palm Beach, boarding at 11 PM, leaving at midnight from Pier 40. West Houston St. at the West Side Highway, $15 adv tix very highly rec. at the Highline box ofc.
10/28, 2 PM an all-star klezmer band feat. Margot Leverett (clarinet), Jake Shulman-Ment (violin), Jeff Warschauer (mandolin/guitar) and Pete Rushefsky (tsimbl/hammered dulcimer).play an afternoon of shers, bulgars, freylekhs, horas and more in the back room at the Ukrainian Restaurant, 140 2nd Ave. (8th/9th Sts), $5
10/28, 3 PM the Park Avenue Chamber Symphony plays Schubert – Symphony No. 8 (“Unfinished”); R. Strauss – Till Eulenspeigel’s Merry Pranks; Beethoven – Piano Concerto No. 5 (“Emperor”) with Terry Eder, soloist at All Saints Church, 230 E 60th St, btw 2nd and 3rd Aves.
10/28, 4 PM tersely literate, vocally gorgeous original folk duo Hungrytown – whose blend of 60s psych-folk and 19th century sounds is absolutely unique – at the small room at the Rockwood
10/28, 4 PM the Hugo Wolf Quartett play Beethoven’s String Quartet in F Major, op.18, no. 1 and Johannes Brahms’s String Quartet in B flat major, op. 67. at the Dreck Center at the Brooklyn Public Library at Grand Army Plaza, free, note no children under 6 admitted!
10/28, 5 PM jazz pianist/composer Kevin Hays with his New Day Trio at the lounge at Hudson View Gardens, 116 Pinehurst Ave. and 183rd St. in the Bronx, $10.
10/28, 6 PM Two Bass Hit with JD Parran on bass clarinet and Larry Roland on acoustic bass at Downtown Music Gallery, free.
EVERYTHING ON 10/28 AND 10/29 IS PRESUMABLY CANCELLED – WATCH THIS SPACE FOR 10/30 SHOW UPDATES.
10/28, 7 PM high-intensity multi-instrumentalist/composer Demetrius Spaneas ‘drama Lilith: Mother of Dreams with violist Alexandra Honigsberg; soprano Christina Rohm and pianist James Siranovich at Flusing Town Hall, free, early arrival advised
10/28, 7:30 PM at Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall the Tokyo String Quartet joined by the Jasper Quartet for a farewell show featuring Webern: Five Movements for String Quartet; Mozart: String Quintet No. 3 in C Major, K. 515; Mendelssohn: Octet in E-flat major, Op. 20, $15 adv tix highly rec.
10/28, 7:30 PM ageless art-rock/metal band Blue Oyster Cult – whom the Reaper should be afraid of at this point – at the Nokia Theatre, $30 adv tix avail.
10/28 at Merkin Hall, Yoon Jae Lee leads Ensemble 212 in the NY premiere of Mohammed Fairouz’s Akhnaten, Dweller in Truth, a double concerto with soloists Nicholas Canelakkis (cello) and the conductor leading from the piano.
10/28 Yasiin Bey f.k.a. Mos Def – whose unpredictably brilliant career now has him doing Gil Scott-Heron style soul and dark indie classical music – at the Apollo Theatre.
10/28, 9ish the Bakersfield Breakers play surf music and twang instrumentals at Rodeo Bar.
10/29, 7 PM acoustic Mexican folk-punk band Radio Jarocho at the World Financial Center, free
10/29, 8 PM at Roulette this year’s avant Vital Vox Festival kicks off with Philip Hamilton performing “Vocalscapes: Solitude”, vocalist/composer Sabrina Lastman performing her original piece “An Encounter with ‘El Duende’”, and Unearthish—the duo of violinist/composer/vocalist Sarah Bernstein and percussionist Satoshi Takeishi—performing Bernstein works.
10/29, 9 PM for one night only – the Thomas Galliano Trio featuring JD Allen, tenor sax; Luques Curtis, bass; Thomas Galliano, drums att D Avenue, 673 Flatbush Ave, Brooklyn, free – wow
10/29, 9ish lyrical Nashville gothic rockers Maynard & the Musties at Rodeo Bar.
10/29, 9 PM vintage dancehall reggae with Capleton at B. B. King’s, $26 adv tix rec.
10/29, 9ish drummer Alex Wyatt leads a group with tenor saxophonist Kyle Wilson, alto and soprano saxophonist Jon De Lucia, pianist Danny Fox, guitarist Greg Ruggiero, and bassist Christopher Tordini; then Fox leads his own dark melodic third-stream-tinged trio at around 10 at Sycamore Bar in Ditmas Park, $10
10/29, 9:30 PM edgy literate art-pop legend Aimee Mann at Bowery Ballroom, probably sold out by now. She’s at the Music Hall of Williamsburg the next night, 10/30 for the same price.
10/30, doors at 5, show at 6, John Zorn improvises on the mighty organ at St. Paul’s Chapel uptown at Columbia University, 116th/Amsterdam (same building as the Postcrypt), free.
10/30, 7:15 PM Eurojazz chanteuse Elina Duni and her Quartert play the album release show for their new one at Drom, $15 gen adm
10/30, 8 PM at Roulette the second night of this year’s avant Vital Vox Festival IS CANCELLED – WILL BE RESCHEDULED TO A LATER DATE – includes composer/vocalist/video and performance artist Lisa Karrer in collaboration with composer/multi-instrumentalist David Simons performing “Collision Theory: Works & Premieres for Voice & Multi-Media”, composer/vocalist/multi-instrumentalist Sasha Bogdanowitsch performing his new song cycle “Mirror Upon Mirror”, and irrepressible composer/performer Pamela Z.
10/30, 8 PM Welf Dorr on alto sax “joins forces with Dave Ross on guitar, Dmitry Ishenko on bass and Joe Hertenstein on drums for a free jazz ride with structure and tinges of funk and rock” at the Stone, $10
10/31, 9ish Dionne Werewolf play Dionne Warwick covers; Hall-oween and Oates do the same with the Hall & Oates schlock-book at Union Hall, $8. Could be very very scary!
10/31, 9 PM keyboardist Dorian Wallace improvises a live score to the 1922 silent film classic Nosferatu at Something Jazz Club, $5.
10/31, midnight guitarist Hugh Pool’s rustic surreal guitar/reeds project Mulebone at the Ear Inn
11/1-3, Galician bagpipe pyrotechnics from Carlos Nunez to accompany a Grupo Corpo dance premiere at BAM.
11/1, 7 PM composer Angel Lam’s auspicious multimedia narrative Ghost Wife, set in 1920s China, at the Tank, $12.
11/1, 7:30 PM keep your Halloween going with the lurid, torchy Elysian Fields at Joe’s Pub, $15
11/1, 8 PM an amazing triplebill at Spike Hill: agelessly vital psychedelic punks Band of Outsiders, artsy, anthemic, brilliant metal band Of Earth and psychedelic rockers Musiciens Sans Frontieres playing the album release show for their new one at Spike Hill, free.
11/1, 10 PM legendary 80s all-female funk-punksters ESG’s final show at Bowery Electric, $25 adv tix rec. at their box office
11/1, 10 PM eclectic, groove-oriented chamber-metal band Stratospheerius at Shrine
11/2, 7 PM pianist Tatyana Sirota plays Chopin, Scriabin, Janacek and Chopin at Third Street Music School Settlement, free.
11/2, 7:30 PM violinist Virgil Boutellis and pianist Alexandra Joan play music of Brahms, Schumann, Paganini at WMP Concert Hall, $20/$10/stud.
11/2, 7:30 PM pianist Nelson Ojeda Valdés plays Debussy: Images I, L’isle Joyeuse, Petite Suite, Syrinx, and more at Symphony Space, $22/$18 stud/srs
11/2, 7:30 PM ska makes a welcome ret.urn to the Knitting Factory with the Snails, the Rudie Crew and the Toasters, $12 adv tix rec.
11/2, 7:30 PM Asta Hansen, narrator; Evelyne Luest, piano; Nurit Pacht, violin; David Bekamjian, cello and others perform the Four Seasons of Futurist Cuisine by Aaron Jay Kernis (using F.T. Marinetti’s The Futurist Cookbook as its text); at the Lounge at Hudson View Gardens, 128 Pinehurst Ave. at 183rd St., $10
11/2, 9 PM hard-hitting gypsy guitar jazz trio Ameranouche at Red Hook Bait & Tackle
11/2 ,9:30 PM fiery Afrobeat jam band Elikeh at Drom, $12 adv tix rec.
11/2, midnight the funky Fort Knox Five followed by trippy cinematic stoner groove project Thunderball at the Brooklyn Bowl, $10
11/3, 7:30 PM oldschool honkytonk and fiery psychedelic paisley underground rock with the Newton Gang, followed at 8:30 by Gangstagrass at the Mercury, $10.
11/3 8 PM trippy gamelanesque jazz group Mr. Ho’s Orchestrotica “featuring Siamese cats, George Gershwin preludes, ethnic tambourine solos, and original music from a forthcoming PBS documentary” at Barbes, 8 PM
11/3, 9 PM the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion at Bowery Ballroom, $18 adv tix rec.
11/3, 9:30ish Bad Buka and their gypsy punk meltdown at Mehanata
11/3, 10 PM intense horror surf band the Coffin Daggers at the Red Door, 140 W. 24th St.
11/4, 2 PM eclectic original klezmer/jazz/jambands Metropolitan Klezmer and Isle of Klezbos(similar but not exactly one and the same) at the Walt Whitman Theatre, 2900 Campus Road, Midwood, Brooklyn, B/Q to Ave. M and walk through the Brooklyn College campus, single tix $30, multiples are $28 ea.
11/4, 2 PM the Horszowski Piano Trio play Mozart, Dvorak and Shostakovich at the Town Hall, $12 tix avail.
11/4, 3 PM the reliably thrilling Greenwich Village Orchestra with soloist Hye-Jin Kim, violin playSmetana — The Moldau; Mendelssohn — Violin Concerto; Debussy — La Mer at the Old Stuyvesant Campus, 345 E 15th St (between 1st/2nd Aves), $15 sugg don
11/4, 4 PM vocal sextet the Western Wind, with guest cantor Daniel Singer, lutenist Charles Weaver & harpsichordist Gabe Shuford performing Renaissance Italian vocal music of Salamone Rossi Ebreo: “liturgical works in Hebrew composed for the synagogue and secular Italian madrigals composed for the Gonzaga court, the program also includes selections from Rossi’s compositions for the theatrical troupe of the Ghetto, enjoyed by Jews and Gentiles alike at the height of Counter-Reformation segregation” at the Stephen Wise Free Synagogue, 30 W 68th St., $35/$25 stud/srs.
11/4, 4 PM the Brooklyn Phil Chamber Players perform chamber works popular a hundred years ago in Brooklyn at the Dreck Center at the Brooklyn Public Library at Grand Army Plaza, free, note no children under 6 admitted!
11/4, 7 PM Aruna Sairam, one of the great classical music voices of India at Symphony Space, $35/$20 stud.
11/4, 7:30 PM Jenny Q Chai plays piano music of Satie, Schoenberg, Stockhausen, Scarlatti, Stroppa, Cage, Vigeland, Boucourechliev and Chopin at le Poisson Rouge, $15 adv tix rec.
11/6-11, 8:30/11 PM gypsy guitar icon Dorado Schmitt and his band at Birdland, $30 seats avail.
11/7, 8 PM lush hypnotic third-wave roots reggae with Groundation at Highline Ballroom, $25 adv tix rec.
11/7, 8 PM theremin virtuoso Pamelia Kurstin with Vehicle of Ascension at Roulette, $15/$10 stud/srs.
11/7, 8 PM at Bohemian National Hall on the upper east, the Janácek Philharmonic Orchestra plays the New York premiere of John Cage’s last orchestra work, 103 (for 103 musicians), along with the world premiere of Christian Wolff’s first major symphony orchestra work performed in North America.
11/7, 9 PM smart, funny, female-fronted, indelibly NYC urban pop band Delusions of Grand Street at Fontana’s $7
11/7, 10 PM psychedelic art/metal/dreampop rockers Maserati at Union Pool, $10
11/7 tongue-in-cheek first-wave punk-popsters the Rezillos at Maxwell’s, $18 adv tix rec. They’re also at Bowery Electric on 11/10 at 9 PM for an extra two bucks, adv tix rec.
11/8 and 11/15, 7 PM Golem’s pyrotechnic violinst Alicia Jo Rabins plays her new song cycle Kaddish for Bernie Madoff at Joe’s Pub, $TBA
11/8, 7:30 PM cellist Scott Kluksdahl and pianist Noreen Polera play music of composers influenced by Nadia Boulanger: Lasser, Berstein, Boulanger herself, and Piazzolla at WMP Concert Hall, $20/$10/stud.
11/9, 7:30 PM the MSM Jazz Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Justin DiCioccio plays big band music of Dizzy Gillespie at Borden Auditorium at Manhattan School of Music, 120 Claremont Ave (west of Broadway at 122nd St.), $12/$7 stud.
11/9, 8 PM intense lyrical art-rocker Spottiswoode at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center (the BMCC auditorium on Chambers west of Washington St), $15.
11/9-10, 8 PM Ned Rothenberg plays a 2-night retrospective of his chamber music at Roulette featuring Ghost Stories for pipa, cello and percussion (11/9) and the first movement from his Quintet for Clarinet and Strings (both from cds of the same title). Other pieces include Arbor Vitae, for clarinet and shakuhachi, Cloud Hands for 2 shakuhachi, new solo works for woodwinds and a world premiere piece for String Quartet, Viewfinder (11/10). Performers include Erik Friedlander, Min Xiao-Fen, Satoshi Takeishi, and the Mivos Quartet, $15/$10 stud.
11/10, 1 (one) PM sitarist Neel Murgai & drummer Sameer Gupta improvise“Ragas and Rhythms” at Roulette, $15/$10 stud/srs.
11/10, 7 PM klezmer/gypsy/flamenco guitar duo IsraAlien at Drom, $10 adv tix rec.
11/10, 7:30 PM the Spectrum Symphony and the NY Festival Singers perform Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor, Arvo Paart’s Cantus in memoriam Benjamin Britten for Strings and the Faure Requiem at the Church of St. Paul the Apostle, W 60th St. and Columbus Ave, free
11/10, 8 PM vocalist/violinist Sarah Bernstein’s Iron Dog record release concert for “interactive album rock.” the Home of Easy Credit and Sex Mob’s Briggan Krauss with iconic drummer Jim Black opening at Jack, 505 1/2 Waverly Ave, Ft. Greene, Brooklyn, $10
11/11, 7 PM haunting Persian chanteuse Mahsa Vahdat and Louisiana bluesman perform selections from their new CD A Deeper Tone of Longing: Love Duets Across Civilizations at Roulette, $25.
11/10 the Manhattan Saxophone Quartet plays world premieres by Quinn Collins, David Noon and Inhyun Kim at Symphony Space, $20/$10 stud.
11/12, 7:30 PM excellent dark songwriter doublebill at the Mercury: fearless, X-rated, politically aware songslinger Molly Ruth and the ever creepier, Canadian gothic/chamber pop-inclined Lorraine Leckie at the Mercury, $10.
11/11, 8 PM cutting-edge, hypnotic, intense composer Missy Mazzoli’s “Song from the Uproar” album release concert with sopranoAbigail Fischer and NOW Ensemble at le Poisson Rouge, $15 adv tix rec.
11/12, 8 PM ecstatic Israeli Middle Eastern dance-funk orchestra Yemen Blues at Highline Ballroom, $25 adv tix rec.
11/13, free beer at 5:30 PM, show at 6, pianist Lisa Moore plays Janacek, Scribiabin, Rzewski, Glass and others at the Miller Theatre, free
11/13, 7 PM smart, scruffy rockers the Milkman’s Union at the Mercury, $10.
11/13, 8 PM toy piano virtuoso Phyllis Chen at Roulette, $15/$10 stud/srs
11/15, 7:30 PM cellist Bonnie Hampton and pianist Julio Elizalde play music of Beethoven: Sonata in g minor, Op. 5 No. 2; “Horn” Sonata in F Major, Op. 17; Sonata in A Major, Op. 69, at WMP Concert Hall, $20/$10/stud.
11/15, 8 PM the Da Capo Chamber Players perform Steve Reich’sDouble Sextet (2007), Anna Clyne’s Steelworks (2006), Christopher Theofanidis’ Summer Verses (2009), Charles Wuorinen’s transcription of the anonymous 15th-century Glogauer Liederbuch and Michael Gordon’s ac dc (1996).at Merkin Concert Hall, $20
11/16, 8 PM the New Amsterdam Symphony Orchestra plays the Dvorak Cello Concerto and Tschaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6 (Pathetique) at Symphony Space, $20/$14 stud/srs.
11/17, 5 PM adventurous, intensely swirling avant garde electric guitar quartet Dither’s annual evening of fun featuring a wild and excellent lineup: “Legendary keyboardist Anthony Coleman will perform in a duo with the multifaceted saxophonistAshley Paul; Guitarist Mary Halvorson and violist Jessica Pavone will present their beautiful and odd blend of compositions, songs, and improv; Victoire will perform the artfully honed chamber pop of Missy Mazzoli; Peter Evans will offer a solo set of extensible trumpeting; Preshish Moments will produce a sonic palette of live electronica/exotica; Object Collection will provide an invigorating onslaught of maximalist theater; TILT Brass will perform Jagged Mesa, an explosive composition by Lois V. Vierk. Dither plays John Zorn’s Lacrosse plus compositions by Paula Matthusen and Jascha Narveson, plus a new piece by Dither member Josh Lopes, then the band expands to become an orchestra of 20 guitars playing Phill Niblock’s 2 lips, a monolithic microtonal composition” at Invisible Dog Art Center: 51 Bergen St. $8, F to Bergen St.
11/17, midnight ferocious all-female powerpop./punk-pop band Hunter Valentine at the Mercury, $10.
11/18, 4 PM the Omni Ensemble play George Crumb’s “Vox Balanae”, Michel Damase’s “Sonate en Concert”, J.S. Bach’s “Flute Sonata in E minor” and Claude Debussy’s “Cello Sonata at the Dreck Center at the Brooklyn Public Library at Grand Army Plaza, free, note no children under 6 admitted!
11/18 Karl Berger’s Improvisers Orchestra at Shapeshifter Lab in Gowanus; they’re also here on 12/3
11/18, 8 PM cutting-edge percussion-based compositions with International Contemporary Ensemble + Tyshawn Sorey at Roulette, $15/$10 stud/srs
11/19, 7:30 PM a deliciously creepy program of Schubert, Sibelius, Cage and Enesco, and the prose and poetry of Sylvia Plath performed by violinist Gil Morgenstern, pianist Donald Berman and actress Elizabeth Marvel at WMP Concert Hall, $35
11/19, 7:30 PM Iktus Percussion premiering several new works by Matthew Welch, Sebastian Armoza, Joe Di Ponio, Matthew Hough, Levy Lorenzo, and Philip Schuessler at First Presbyterian Church, 124 Henry St, downtown Brooklyn, $10.
11/20, 7 PM jazz pianist Valerie Capes at Hostos Center for the Arts and Culture, 450 Grand Concourse in the Bronx, free
11/20, 7:30 PM, repeating 11/23-24 and 11/27, the NY Phil plays Mendelssohn: Overture to Son & Stranger; Shostakovich: Violin Concerto No. 1; and Dvorak: Symphony No. 9 (From the New World) at Avery Fisher Hall, $33 tix avail.
11/20, 7:30 PM ex-Duke Ellington trombonist/composer Art Baron & Friends at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free
11/20, 8 PM at Roulette: Flexible Music presents a set of sound sculpting through static structures and gestural language, with music by Peter Adriaansz (US premiere) and Seung-Ah Oh. Cadillac Moon Ensemble follows suit with a program exploring motion in all its forms with world premieres by Caleb Burhans, Osnat Netzer, and Alex Weiser with additional works by Timothy Andres and Florent Ghys.
11/20, 8 PM the Mannes Orchestra plays Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7, Ben Ringer conducting; and Prokofiev’s Suite No. 1 from Romeo and Juliet, Esther Yoon conducting at Symphony Space, free, early arrival a must.
11/23-24, 8 PM Henry Threadgill + ZOOID – whose latest album is pretty amazing, and considerably quieter than you might imagine, at Roulette, $25/$20 stud.
11/29, 7:30 PM intense, powerful third-stream Argentine pianist Fernando Otero and violinist Nick Danielson at Symphony Space, tix includes free glass of red wine
11/30, 8 PM Vadim Serebryany, piano; Yosuke Kawasaki, violin;Wolfram Koessel, cello; Sean Rice, clarinet play Takemitsu: Quatrain II, Between Tides; Messiaen: Quartet for the End of Time at Bargemusic, $35/$30srs/$15stud.
11/30-12/1, 8 PM a festival of Cuban cantantes – Alexander Abreu; José Luis Cortés (El Tosco); CuCu Diamantes; Andres Levin; Kelvis Ochoa; David Torrens; Carlos Varela Osdalgia,; Cucurucho backed by a killer band: José Gola (bass), Ray Angry (keyboards, Hammond B3), Guillermo del Toro (percussion), Keisel Jimenez (percussion), Ron Blake (baritone sax), Nam Sam Fong (guitar), Antuan Perugorria (drums), Amaury Perez (trombone) at BAM Opera House, 30 Lafayette Ave, Brooklyn
11/30, 8:30 PM oldschool soul, funk, blues-rock and obscenity, in reverse order of appearance: party record legend and hip-hop pioneer Blowfly, Andre Williams & the Goldstars, Barrence Whitfield & the Savages, T. Valentine & Daddy Long Legs and Guitar Lightnin’ Lee & His Thunder at Warsaw, adv tix available at the Knitting Factory box ofc.
11/30, 10 PM newschool salsa/rock crooner José Conde at BAM Cafe
12/1, 8 PM third-stream piano icon Keith Jarrett, Gary Peacock on bass and Jack DeJohnette on drums at NJPAC in Newark, easy to get to via Path train, $25 balcony seats still avail. as of 8/30.
12/1 10 PM Cuba’s Aruán Ortiz Camerata Urbana Ensemble at BAM Cafe
12/2, 4 PM harpsichordist/organist Arthur Haas, soprano Jessica Gould, violinist Daniel Lee and colleagues perform “French settings of Old Testament texts composed for the Royal Chapel of Versailles. The program includes recently discovered motets by André Campra and selected Versets of François Couperin. Repertoire once performed by relatives of the composers for the Sun King himself will be heard in the intimate sanctuary of the Huguenot Church,” the Eglise Française du Saint-Esprit, 109 E 60th St., $30/$25 stud/srs.
12/3 dynamic, dramatic mythologically-inspired composer/songwriter Anais Mitchell at Bowery Ballroom
12/4, 7:30 PM the Calder Quartet plays a program TBA at the Austrian Cultural Forum, 11 E 52nd St., free.
12/5, 7 PM latin jazz bassist Andy Gonzalez leads his band at Hostos Center for the Arts and Culture, 450 Grand Concourse in the Bronx, free
12/5, 10ish noir torch song goddess Kelly Hogan at the Mercury, $15.
12/4, 11 PM North Carolina band Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys play tight tuneful original and classic bluegrass at the small room at the Rockwood
12/6, 7:30 PM the Cassatt String Quartet play Victor Ullman’s Quartet No. 3, a new work by Gerald Cohen, Playing for Our Lives, a contemporary tribute to the musical life in the Nazi death camp, and Shostakovich’s shattering Quartet No. 8 at Symphony Space, $30/$25 stud.
12/7, 7:30 PM pipa virtuoso Wu Man = whose recent adventures in central Asian music have been haunting – at Symphony Space,$30/$25 stud/srs
12/7, 7 PM pianist Paul Kim plays Moussorgsky and Stravinsky at Third Street Music School Settlement, free
12/9, 3 (three) PM the Brooklyn Women of Song (irrepressible Meg Braun, whose high-intensity blue-eyed soul will give you chills; the worldly, uncategorizable Jean Rohe, and intense genius multi-instrumentalist/chanteuse Carolann Solebello) at the First Acoustics Coffeehouse in downtown Brooklyn, $20.
12/9, 9ish raucous, high-energy country blues and hillbilly stuff with Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Bandat the Mercury, $12 adv tix rec.
12/11, free beer at 5:30 PM, show at 6, Jennifer Choi, David Fulmer & Stefan Jackiw, violins; Jesse Mills, viola; & Fred Sherry, cello premiere a new Zorn duo work plus his string quartet at the Miller Theatre, free
12/13 and 12/15, 7:30 PM and also 12/14, 11 AM (eleven in the morning), the NY Philharmonic play Sibelius’ sweeping Symphonies Nos. 1 and 3 plus the Schumann Piano Concerto at Avery Fisher Hall, $33 tix avail.
12/15, 8 PM trombonist Wycliffe Gordon leads his Quintet at the Miller Theatre at Columbia Univ., $25 adv tix rec.
12/18, 8 PM at Roulette: Yarn/Wire performing the world premiere of the complete lush, hypnotic Negotiation of Context cycle byIcelandic composer David Brynjar Franzson.
12/21, 7 PM NY Phil’s CONTACT series features a chamber orchestra playing premieres by ndy Akiho, Andrew Norman and Jude Vaclavik ar the Rogers Auditorium at the Mettopolitan Museum of Art, $20