New calendar for Feb coming 2/1/13 plus daily updates til then: you might want to bookmark this page and check back periodically to see what’s new. There’s a comprehensive list of places where these shows are happening at NYMD’s sister blog Lucid Culture.
Showtimes listed here are set times, not the time doors open – if a listing says something like “9ish,” that means it’ll probably start later than advertised. Always best to check with the venue for the latest information on set times and door charges, since that information is often posted here weeks in advance. Weekly events first followed by the daily calendar.
Oldschool Chicago style blues guitarist Irving Louis Lattin gets a lot of gigs. He’s at Terra Blues on 1/2, 1/13, 1/22 and 1/29 at 7 PM; he’s also at Lucillle’s on 1/11 at 8 .
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 January 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.
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.
Mondays in February (not January), 8 PM klezmer/jazz trumpet legend Frank London’s Shekhinah Big Band plays the Stone. A wild intense cast of downtown luminaries play dark jubilant stuff in minor keys, early arrival highly advised.
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.
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.
Most Mondays in January (check the Barbes website for updates), 9:30ish Chicha Libre plays their home turf at Barbes. The world’s most vital, entertaining oldschool chicha band, they blend twangy, often noir Peruvian surf sounds with cumbia and other south-of-the-border styles along with swirling psychedelic jams and deep dub interludes. Show up early because they are insanely popular.
Also Mondays in January Rev. Vince Anderson and his band play Union Pool in Williamsburg, two sets starting around 11:30 PM. The Rev. is one of the great keyboardists around, equally thrilling on organ or electric piano, an expert at Billy Preston style funk, honkytonk, gospel and blues. He writes very funny, very politically astute, sexy original songs and is one of the most charismatic, intense live performers of our time. It’s a crazy dance party til past three in the morning. Paula Henderson from Burnt Sugar is the lead soloist on baritone sax, with Dave Smith from Smoota on trombone, with frequent special guests. Vince also makes a rare West Village appearance at 55 Bar on 11/2 at 10.
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 January 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 at around 10 Julia Haltigan and her band play 11th St. Bar. Young as she is, she’s an institution – and a torchy, charismatic force of nature, equally at home in fiery southwestern gothic rock, oldschool soul and steamy retro jazz ballads, and her band is just as good as she is. Why she isn’t as popular as, say, Neko Case, is a mystery.
Tuesdays in January, 8 PM starting 1/8 through 1/28 electric blues guitar legend Johnny Winter at B.B. King’s, $30.
Wednesdays at 1 PM there are free organ concerts at St. Paul’s Chapel downtown, a mix of NYC-area and international talent.
Wednesdays at 8 in February (not January), jangly rocker Rob Teter (former frontman of gypsy rockers the Belleville Outfit) plays Zirzamin with a series of sensationally good special guests.
Wednesdays 1/9, 1/16, 1/23, 10 PM three chances to see the self-explanatory, somewhat harder rocking than you would think Dub Trio at the small room at the Rockwood
Wednesdays at 9 PM Feral Foster’s Roots & Ruckus takes over the Jalopy, a reliably excellent weekly mix of oldtimey acts: blues, bluegrass, country and swing.
Thursdays in February (not January) at 1 PM International Contemporary Ensemble plays indie classical from all over the spectrum at Trinity Church, free
Thursdays and Fridays in January Bulgarian alto sax star Yuri Yunakov and band play Mehanata starting around 10. One of the most intense and gripping improvisers in gypsy music.
Fridays at 5 PM in January, adventurous indie classical string quartet Ethel (Ralph Farris, viola; Dorothy Lawson, cello; Kip Jones, violin; and Tema Watstein, violin) plays the balcony bar at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, free w/museum adm. When they’re not there, they’ll have someone from from their wide circle of like-minded avant ensembles. Although the sound wafts across the balcony, you actually have to be in the bar itself in order to really appreciate what they’re doing.
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 Januaryat 9 Naomi Shelton and the Gospel Queens play oldschool 1960s style gospel at the Fat Cat.
Saturdays in January 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 Jan 5 ,10, 24, 31 a Becca Stevens residency at Shapeshifter Lab, time TBA – nuanced, torchy, rainswept guitar jazz songs from the Bjorkestra frontwoman.
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 1 PM-ish, bluegrass cats Freshly Baked (f.k.a. Graveyard Shift), featuring excellent, incisive fiddle player Diane Stockwell and an A-list of players play a brunch show at Southern Hospitality 645, 9th Ave at 45th St.
Weekly Sunday organ concerts continue (with holidays excepted) 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.
Every Sunday at 5 PM, New York Music Daily present 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 rockers Lorraine Leckie and Her Demons are on the bill at 7 here on 1/6; Nashville gothic crooner Mark Sinnis on 1/13; psychedelic new wave janglerockers Tracy Island on 1/20; charismatic, intense acoustic punk/blues siren Molly Ruth on 1/27; Americana guitar genius Homeboy Steve Antonakos on 2/3; noir NYC legend LJ Murphy & the Accomplices on 2/10; and many killer acts to follow. As always, watch this space for updates.
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 January, 8 PM charismatically torchy oldtimey songwriting maven Jolie Holland plays the Jalopy, $15.
1/1, 7 PM Steve Antonakos and Tim Heap on acoustic guitars followed around 9 by catchy punk/farfisa band Ingrid & the Defectors at Bowery Electric, free.
1/1, 8/10 PM John Zorn improv night at the Stone with an obvious but pretty spectacular cast of characters: John Zorn (sax) David Fulmer (violin) James Moore (guitar) Anthony Coleman (piano) Ron Anderson (guitar) Chuck Bettis (electronics) Dave Scanlon (guitar) Eyal Maoz (guitar) Brian Chase (drums) Michael Coltun (bass) Jeremiah Cymerman (clarinet) Shanir Blumekranz (bass) and many special guests at the Stone, where else, $25. There’s another one of these on 1/19 at 8 featuring guitarist Joe Morris.
1/2, 8 PM free jazz with David Grollman, Michael Evans and Andy Haas followed by Chris Welcome with Brad Henkel at Goodbye Blue Monday.
1/2, 8:30 PM guitarist Assaf Kehati Trio with Chris Nolte on bass and Ronen Itzik on drums at the Bar Next Door
1/2, 9 PM eerie microtonal blues with Jane Lee Hooker at the Mercury, $10.
1/3, 7 PM haunting Aimee Mann-esque pianist/songwriter Jodi Shaw at the small room at the Rockwood
1/3, 7:30 PM deviously eclectic songwriters’ collective Chicks with Dip (minus founder Aimee Van Dyne), play their contributions to their cover cd Joni Mitchell’s Blue: a 40th Anniversary Celebration plus originals inspired by that album at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 81 Christopher St. Performers include Sharon Goldman, Meg Braun, Carolann Solebello, Elisa Peimer and many more.
1/3-13, 8 PM Preservation Hall Jazz Band play a ten-night stand at the McKittrick Hotel, 542 W 27th St., $25. Be aware that the 1/12 performance starts at roughly 9:30 PM; a second set at 11:30 follows many of these shows
1/3, 8:30 PM guitarist Mary Halvorson leads a trio with John Hebert, bass; Ches Smith, drums at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min; 1/5, 9/10:30 PM she’s here with a different trio including Michael Formanek, bass; Tomas Fujiwara, drums, same deal.
1/3, 9 PM wry oldtime blues, swing jazz and proto-rockabilly with Ted Hefko & the Thousandaires at the Way Sation in Ft. Greene
1/3, 9 PM percussion powerhouse Chembo Corniel leads a latin jazz band at the Nyuorican Poets Cafe, $10
1/3, 9:30 PM ferocous female-fronted bassless noiserock band Bugs in the Dark at Union Hall, $8
1/3, 10 PM oldtime French chamber pop/cabaret band Les Bandits followed at 11 by the Snow’s chamber pop maven Pierre de Gaillande singing his own spot-on translations of Georges Brassens classics at Barbes.
1/3, 10 PM M Shanghai String Band at the Jalopy, $10
1/3, 10 PM Anthony Coleman solo on piano at the Stone, $10.
1/3, 10 PM Aima Moses plays roots reggae at Shrine
1/3, 10:30 PM torchy eclectic southwestern gothic songwriter Julia Haltigan and band at the big room at the Rockwood.
1/3, midnight skin-peeling noiserock with the Sediment Club at Xpo 929 in Bushwick, $8.
1/4, 7 PM Anne-Marie and Maureen McDermott play a program TBA for music and cello at Third St. Music School Setttlement, free
1/4, 7 PM the Sad Bastards – Charlene and Mo from Spanking Charlene singing the saddest acoustic covers they can fine – at Zirzamin.
1/4, 8 PM badass oldschool blues resonator guitarist Mamie Minch followed at 10 by the Jug Addicts at Barbes.
1/4, 8 PM the NJ Symphony Orchestra plays Tippett’s Symphony No. 1 and Holst’s The Planets at NJPAC in Newark, $20 tix avail. The program repeats 1/6 at 3 PM.
1/4, 9ish the Brooklyn What – whose new album looks like it’s gonna be amazing – at Shea Stadium, $8.
1/4, 9 PM dark Americana songwriter Jessie Kilguss at Red Hook Bait & Tackle. She’s also at Hank’s on 1/16 at 10.
1/4, 9ish PitchBlak Brass Band and bouncy Afrobeat orchestra Emefe at Bowery Electric, $10.
1/4, 9 PM electic danceable dark pan-latin and worldbeat grooves with Paprika followed at 10 by dark, eclectic acoustic Americana/art-rock band the Sometime Boys at Branded Saloon in Ft. Greene
1/4, 9 PM Argentinian rockers Agosto at Warsaw, free
1/4, 10 PM hilarious, politically spot-on faux French garage rockers les Sans Culottes at the Mercury followed eventually at around one in the morning by the irrepressibly hilarious, theatrical, X-rated Cudzoo & the Fagettes, $10.
1/4, 10 PM oldschool 60s C&W and brooding southwestern gothic with the Jack Grace Band at Hill Country. They’re also at Rodeo Bar on 1/24 at 10:30ish.
1/4, 10:30 PM the Dave Gibson /Jared Gold B3 organ Quintet at the Fat Cat
1/4, half past midnight intense, haunting, twin-trombone dub band Super Hi-Fi at the Rockwood
1/5, 1 PM pianist Dan Tepfer jams out Bach’s Goldberg Variations at Trinity Church, free.
1/5, 4 PM Hungrytown – who nimbly blend 60s psychedelic pop with brooding oldtime original folk sounds – at the small room at the Rockwood, followed eventually by honkytonkers the Third Wheel Band at 9 and then after that terse, intense lyrical rocker Niall Connolly at midnight.
1/5, 5 PM multistylistic gypsy/Russian/tango/soundtrack string band Ljova & the Kontraband at the Brooklyn Museum, free, early arrival advised
1/5, 7:30/9:30 PM Ed Cherry on guitar with Pat Bianchi on organ and Allison Miller on drums, reprising Cherry’s excellent latest album, It’s All Good at the Bar Next Door, $12.
1/5, 8 PM intense art-rock side projects: devious punk classical cellist Valerie Kuehne, Bad Credit No Credit frontwoman Carrie-Ann Murphy’s Clapperclaw side project, Botanica’s art-rock mastermind/frontman Paul Wallfisch, darkly torchy chanteuse Mariana Luna’s Vernacular History and Dark Dark Dark’s Walt McClemens’ Lonesome Leash at the PPL space, 104 Meserole St., Bushwick, $5 G to Broadway, M to Lorimer, L to Meserole.
1/5, 8 PM Special Patrol Group at Arlene’s. A few years back they were making edgy, bitingly lyrical, wickedly catchy artsy rock in the same vein as Blur, then they fell off the radar, now they’re back. Good thing.
1/5, 8 PM Nature Boy Explorer – “with an eclectic mess of instruments, Nature Boy Explorer has more fun with the popular song than you. Centered around guitarist/vocalist Mark Snyder, NBE throws in harpist Becky Brown and accordionist Natasha Smoot for an alternately energetic and emotional blend of rock/pop that puts on no airs” at Barbes followed at 10 by high-velocity Mexican polka band Banda Sinaloense de los Muertos
1/5, 8:30 PM pianist Taka Kigawa performs selections from Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition plus music by compositions and performances by Milica Paranosic, David Taylor, Gene Pritsker, Lynn Bechtold, Dan Cooper, Daniel Palkowski, Edward Laurel, and Joseph Pehrson at an opening for work by visual artists Gorazd Poposki, Kevork Mourad, Ronnie Taylor, Jill Slaymaker, Suzi Matthews, and Kim Prtisker and Sebastian Izya Pritsker, at Gallery MC, 549 West 52nd St. (8th floor), $15 incl. pre-concert reception at 8 PM.
1/5, 9ish the Reid Paley Trio at Rock Shop, $10. If you wish you’d seen Screaming Jay Hawkins while he was alive but never did, this guy’s awfully close. You want intense and scary and retro 50s? He makes Tom Waits look like an amateur.
1/5, 9 PM Unsteady Freddie’s monthly surf rock extravaganza at Otto’s is an extra good one: the hard-hitting Octomen at 9, the original and arguably harder hitting Mister Neutron at 10, the funky Bongo Surf at 11 and sometime after midnight ageless NYC twang purists the Supertones.
1/5, 9 PM olschool country songwriter/bandleader Michaela Anne followed by Alex Battles & the Whisky Rebellion at the Jalopy, $10.
1/5, 10 PM drmmer Ches Smith leads a quartet with Jonathan Finlayson (trumpet) Stephan Crump (bass) and the reliably intense Mat Maneri (viola) at the Stone, $10
1/5, 10 PM Lake Street Dive at the big room at the Rockwood is SOLD OUT good for them. There are still tix for the 1/6, 7 PM show there.
1/6, 5 PM subtly intense, smart, eclectic art-rock pianist/songwriter Lee Feldman with his trio at Something Jazz Club.
1/6, 6 PM Zozulka (Ukrainian for cuckoo) featuring Eva Salina Primack, Black Sea Hotel’s Willa Roberts and the Debutante Hour’s Maria Sonevytsky at Barbes singing haunting, otherworldly Ukrainin songs followed at 9 by gypsy guitar paradigm-shifter Stephane Wrembel at Barbes
1/6, 6 PM Thomas Heberer and Steve Swell jam out some trumpet and trombone duos at Downtown Music Gallery, free.
1/6, 7:30 PM a blast from the psychedelic punk 80s – Certain General at Otto’s
1/6, 8:30 PM Jamie Saft’s deep dub New Zion keyboard trio at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min.
1/6-13, 9/11 PM the Fred Hersch Trio probbly making another gorgeous live album at the Vanguard, $25.
1/6, 9:30ish the irrepressible, theatrical, politically spot-on Ukuladies at Rodeo Ba. They’re also at Freddy’s on 1/29 at 7:30
1/7, 5 PM an open rehearsal of John Plummer’s Missa Sine nomine sung by New York Polyphony at the Church of St. Mary the Virgin, 145 W. 46th St, free.
1/7, 7 PM the Choi Fairbanks String Quartet returns to their old haunts at the Fat Cat
1/7, 7/9 PM vibraphonist Erik Charlston’s lively, explosive JazzBrasil at Dizzy’s Club, $25.
1/7, 9ish a celebration of four years (minus about a week) of the weekly Small Beast nght at the Delancey, with legendary dark psychedelic rocker/Sonic Youth producer Martin Bisi, southwestern gothic rocker Lynn Wright from And the Wiremen, fearlessly assaultive cellist Valerie Kuehne, noir cabaret legends Little Annie and Sally Norvell and the NYC debut of up-and-coming banjoist Roman Wallfisch, free.
1/7, 9 PM phantasmagorical pianist Frank Carlberg’s Monk Dreams, Hallucionations and Nightmares at Tea Lounge in Park Slope – whoah, scary stuff!
1/8 6 PM edgy lyrical intense Nina Simona-influenced soul siren Alice Lee at the small room at the Rockwood
1/8-13, 7:30/9?30 PM luminouos flamenco jazz pianist Chano Dominguez with Dafnis Prieto at Dizzy’s Club, $35 tix available and worth it
1/8, 8 PM brilliant free jazz drummer Barry Altschul’s 70th birthday bash and cd release party and reunion of free jazz legends Brahma at Roulette: “the first half of this concert will be the “3dom Factor” with Jon Irabagon- tenor sax and Joe Fonda-bass and the second will be a rare performance by Brahma with Ray Anderson -trombone, and Mark Helias-bass who have not performed together for 30 years!” at Roulette.
1/8, 8 PM gypsy rockers Kagero at Radegast Hall.
1/8-11, 8/10 PM Donald Harrison, Ron Carter & Billy Cobham at th Blue Note, $20 standing room avail.
1/8, 9 PM popwerpopstress Mikal Evans and band at Spike Hill.
1/8, 10:30 PM dark clever sometimes pretty savage third-stream piano jazz with the Danny Fox Trio at Caffe Vivaldi.
1/9, 6 PM the intriguing New Aires Tango project with chanteuse Malena Dayen and pianist David Rosenmeyer at Cornelia St. Cafe, $8 includes a drink which means it’s essentially a free show.
1/9 and 1/11, 7:30 PM female-fronted torchy hot jazz with the Hot Sardines at Joe’s Pub, $12
1/9–11 & 1/14-15, 8:30 PM, plus 1/13, 4 PM the world premiere of Muynammed Fairouz’ opera Sumeida’s Song, based on a harrowing, classic Arabic epic poem at Here, far west side of 6th Ave. past the park just south of Spring St., $20.
1/9, 9 PM clever female-fronted power trio the Happy Problem at Cake Shop.
1/9, 9:30 PM hypnotic, fun, psychedelic-as-hell art-rock/prog instrumentalists You Bred Raptors – Epileptic Peat on 8-string bass, Zach Schmidlein on drums and Bryan Wilson on cello – at the Mercury, $10
1/9, 9:30 PM tongue-in-cheek, period-perfect early 50s style country from Susquehanna Industrial Tool & Die Co. at Rodeo Bar.
1/9, 9:30 PM edgy, eclectic pianist Gerald Clayton leads a quartet with Mark Turner – tenor; Matt Brewer – bass; Obed Calvaire – drums at Smalls.
1/9, 10 PM psychedelic latin soul bandleader Damian Quinones – who just put out one of 2012’s best albums – at Freddy’s
1/10, 7:30 PM cellist Scott Kluksdahl and pianist Noreen Polera play a program featuring composers influenced by Nadia Boulanger: Lasser, Berstein, Boulanger, Piazzolla at WMP Concert Hall, $20.
1/10-11, 7:30/9:30 PM, B3 groovemeister Dr. Lonnie Smith with his trio at the Jazz Standard. 1/12-13 he’s with his octet, $25 ($30 on the weekend)
1/10, 8 PM saxophonist Dan Block with pianist Ted Rosenthall, bassist Chris Haney, guitarists Saul Rubin and Paul Meyers, drummer Tim Horner and vibraphonist Mark Sherman at Zebulon Sound and Light, 223 W 28th St
1/10, 8:30 PM haunting southwestern gothic rock with And the Wiremen at Bowery Electric, $10
1/10, 9 PM Que Vlo-Ve play classic Greek rembetiko followed by massive ten-piece Balkan brass groove monsters Veveritse at the Jalopy, $10.
1/10, 9 PM pianist Eugene Marlow and his latin/Jewish jazz band the Heritage Ensemble at Caffe Vivaldi.
1/10, 10 PM, hilarious cowpunk/honkytonk band Uncle Leon & the Alibis go back to where it all began at Hank’s.
1/10, 10ish retro guitar genius Simon & the Bar Sinisters at Rodeo Bar.
1/10, 11 PM oldtime honkytonk and pre-tockabilly sounds with the Weal and Woe at Union Hall, $8.
1/10, 11ish sardonic female-fronted postpunk band the Hard Nips at Shea Stadium.
1/11-12/2013 Winter Jazzfest is just around the corner: it’s the time of year when for a couple of days, all the cheesy Bleecker St. venues turn into a mecca for good jazz. Your best bet is the $45 two-day pass, available at the Poisson Rouge box office; $35 single-day passes are also available. An insanely good bunch of bands, from the oldest oldschool to the new: Hazmat Modine, the Cookers, Amir ElSaffar, Catherine Russell, Marc Cary, Brian Carpenter’s Ghost Train Orchestra, the James Carter organ trio, Ibrahim Malouf, Roy Nathanson’s Sotto Voce, Jaimeo Brown’s Transcendence, dozens more, the whole concert calendar is here.
1/11, 7 PM Songs for Unusual Creatures – a playful, tuneful, eclectic Songs for Ice Cream Trucks instrumental spinoff – followed at 8 by Buryatian/Mongolian singer Namgar, twin trombone dub monsters Super Hi-Fi at 9:30 and then catchy, politically astute Mexican-American janglerockers Pistolera at 11 at Barbes. Wow.
1/11-13 & 16–18, 7:30 PM Soldier Songs: an evening-length multimedia event from composer/guitarist David T. Little that combines elements of theater, opera, rock-infused concert music, and animation drawn from interviews with veterans of five wars at the Schimmel Center at Pace University on Spruce St. downtown, $30 tix avail
1/11, 7:30 PM last year’s Maqam Fest was arguably the best NYC concert of 2012 and this one promises to be as good. On the bill: haunting, cutting-edge pan-levantine band Salaam; brilliant Turkish classical multi-instrumentliast Ahmet Erdogdular; New Andalucia, who blend flamenco and Arabic styles; Balkan/gypsy rockers Eva Salina fronted by charismatic, bewitching singer Eva Salina Primack; Amino Belyamani’s SSAHHA playing microtonal Moroccan grooves; and the all-star Alwan Arab Music Ensemble jamming out classical music from Cairo, Aleppo and Baghdad at Alwan for the Arts, early arrival very highly advised, $30 adv tix highly rec. at the box office downtown at 16 Beaver St, 4th Fl.
1/11, 8 PM quirky torchy cabaret-pop and chamber rock with Grace McLean & Them Apples followed eventually by jazz violinist Zach Brock and band at the small room at the Rockwood.
1/11, 8 PM Steven Beck plays Charles Wuorinen solo piano works at the Stone, $10.
1/11, 9 PM dark, lyrically-driven, female-fronted acoustic blues/country band the Sometime Boys followed by the Tara Lynne Band with the SBs’ Sarah Mucho on bass at Fifth Estate, 506 5th Avenue (12th/13th Sts), Park Slope, Brooklyn, free
1/11, 9 PM Jan Bell – whose new album Dream of the Miner’s Child is the best thing she’s ever done – plays with her band the Maybelles at Red Hook Bait & Tackle
1/11, 9 PM dark hypnotic downtempo piano rock grooves with pianist Eve Lesov and her trio at Tea Lounge in Park Slope, free.
1/11, 9 PM indie chamber-folk band Colorform – who combine live painting with their pensively tuneful songs – at Trash
1/11-12, 9 PM popular Boston country band Session Americana at Brooklyn Rod & Gun Club
1/11, 10 PM amazing Balkan/klexmer/psychedelic brass band Klezwoods followed at 11 by ferocious, tuneful female-fronted gypsy punk/noir cabaret band Amour Obscurat Spike Hill.
1/11, 10 PM impassioned yet wickedly subtle, politically conscious oldschool-style soul crooner Preachermann & the Revival – best known for his 2007 album Negroes Stay Crunchy in Milk – at Shrine. Sort of the missing link between late-period Marvin Gaye and Gil Scott-Heron.
1/11, 10 PM dark ex-Norden Bombsight Americana/noir/punk chanteuse Raquel Bell at Sycamore Bar in Ditmas Park, $10.
1/11, 11 PM half of the Golden Festival’s best Balkan brass acts: Zlatne Uste, Raya Brass Band, Frank London’s Klezmer All-Stars and the NY Gypsy All-Stars play a benefit for the Turkish Miles Davis, Selim Sesler (who needs a heart transplant) at Drom
1/11, half past midnight, eclectic jazz cellist Marika Hughes & Bottom Heavy at the Blue Note, $10.
1/12, 2:30 PM new music ensemble Lunatics at Large with soprano Christine Moore, pianist Kathleen Tagg, flutist Laura Falzon play works by new composers with roots across the Middle Easter including Karim Al-Zand, Kinan Azmeh, Halim El-Dabh, Bushra El-Turk, Mohammed Fairouz, Zaid Jabri and Kareem Roustom plus live painting by visual artist Kevork Mourad at Bruno Walter Auditorium, Library for the Performing Arts, Lincoln Center, 40 Lincoln Center Plaza/111 Amsterdam Avenue, FREE!!
1/12, 7 PM a rare candlelight salon concert of classical and Romantic wind music on period instruments by chamber ensemble Grand Harmonie in the parlor of the reputedly haunted Merchants House Museum, 29 E 4th St., $20, limited seating, rsvp highly recommended. Spooky fun!
1/12, 7 PM arguably the best concert of 2013 – and it’s only January, and it’s only $10. Thank the devil the booking agents are in town for the convention. On the bill: twin trombone deep dub band Super Hi-Fi at 7, wild Mexican polka crew Banda Sinaloense de los Muertos at 8, Black Masala (a spinoff of dub reggae band See-I) at 9, the incomparably fun Peruvian psychedelic surfsters Chicha Libre at 10, intense metal cumbia band MAKU Soundsystem at 11 at Drom.
1/12, 7:30/9:30 PM ambitoius, smart tenor sxophonist Patrick Cornelius with Orrin Evans’ rhythm sectio, Ben Wolfe on bass and Donald Edwards on drums at the Bar Next Door, $12.
1/12, 8 PM holy mother of G-d, what a doublebill: Arturo O’Farrill’s Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra and the Klezmatics at the 92YTribeca, $20.
1/12, 8 PM snarling Bollywood-influenced punk rockers Yankee Bang Bang followed eventually at 10 by the sizzling Taiwanese art-metal instrumentals of the Hsu-Nami at the Knitting Factory, $8.
1/12, 8 PM Americana guitar genius Will Scott followed at 10 by equally fiery Raya Brass Band spinoff Sherita at 69 Jay St. Bar
1/12, 8 PM eclectic New Orleans cellist/jazz bandleader Helen Gillet at Barbes followed eventually at 10 by cumbia band Chia’s Dance Party.
1/12, 8 PM, repeating 1/13, 2 PM violinist Johnny Gandelsman (of Brooklyn Rider) and pianist Ethan Iverson play Brahms sonatas at Bargemusic, $35.
1/12, 8:30 PM what is brilliant flamenco jazz pianist Ariadna Castellanos doing at little Caffe Vivaldi? Better get there early if you want to get in.
1/12, 9 PM NYC’s original punk marching band, Hungry March Band open for gypsy/circus punk orchestra Mucca Pazza at Littlefield, $14.
1/12,9 PM eclectic worldbeat/desert blues banjo player Jayme Stone plays the Jalopy with his group, $10.
1/12 9ish intense, dark psychedelic art-rocker (and Sonic Youth producer) Martin Bisi with his band at Grand Victory in Williamsburg
1/12, 9:30 PM weirdest segue of the year: intense, politically aware cello rockers Rasputina and then GZA from the Wu-Tang Clan (with a full band) at Stage 48 in Hell’s Kitchen, $25 gen adm. What the hell, they both have good lyrics.
1/12 10 PM charismatic bandleader Sekouba and his massive roots reggae group play African francophone reggae at Shrine
1/12, 10 PM Fred Sherry and Meaghan Burke play duo works and improvisations for cello at the Stone, $10.
1/12, 10 PM New Orleans’ Stooges Brass Band at Brooklyn Bowl, $10.
1/12, 10:30 PM dark retro 80s rocker Alfonso Velez at Hill Country,
1/12, 11ish twangy purist Americana rocker Mick Hargreaves and the King Guys at Rodeo Bar.
1/12, 11ish psychedelic funk and soul with the MK Groove Orchestra at Spike Hill, $5.
1/12, 11:30 PM House of Waters plays psychedelic worldbeat dulcimer music followed eventually at half past midnight by Mariachi Flor de Toloache – NYC’s only all-female mariachi group -at the big room at the Rockwood.
1/13, 2:15 PM Los Pleneros de la 21 play classic Puerto Rican plena and bomba at Flushing Town Hall, $12.
1/13, 3 (three) PM elegant chamber pop and indie classical themes with the Parkington Sisters at the small room at the Rockwood.
1/13, 5 PM darklly adventurous baritone saxophonist Charles Evans leadds a trio at Something Jazz Club, $10.
1/13, 6 PM Frank London’s Latin-Yiddish band, OY – NYC (La Orquesta Yiddish de Nueva York), featuring Arturo O’Farrill at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min.
1/13, 8 PM a phenomenal free doublebill: haunting Turkish and Armenian string band the Secret Trio followed by Bulgarian chanteuse Vlada Tomova’s equally gripping Balkan Tales at Drom, rsvp reqd
1/13, 9 PM psychedelic funk with the People’s Champs followed at 10:30 PM by NYC’s only all-female mariachi band, Mariachi Flor de Toloache at Barbes.
1/13, 10 PM tuneful, high energy electric Americana rockers American Aquarium at the Mercury, $12.
1/14, 7 PM Jerome O’Brien of the late, great Dog Show plays his ferociously literate, vintage R&B/punk influenced songs at Zirzamin
1/14, 7 PM Transatlantic Ensemble (clarinetist Mariam Adam and pianist Evelyn Ulex ) team up with Argentine bandoneon player and composer JP Jofre for the cd release show for their new one Crossing America, feat. works by Jofre, Jeff Scott, Paquito D’Rivera, Robert Schumann and Rodian Schtschedrin.at Steinway Hall, 109 W 57th St. free but res req.
1/14, 7 PM intense, tuneful Lebanese/French trumpeter Ibrahim Maalouf and ensemble playing haunting Middle Eastern jazz at the Lycee Francaise, 505 E 75th St. east of York Ave., $35, expensive but worth it.
1/14, 7 PM Nellie McKay at the big room at the Rockwood, $20.
1/14, 7:30 PM the Horszowski Trio – Jesse Mills, violin; Raman Ramakrishnan, cello; Rieko Aizawa, piano – play Mozart: Trio in B flat Major, K. 502; Shostakovich: Trio No. 1 in C Minor, Op. 8 and Dvorak: Trio in F Minor, Op. 65 at Music Mondays at Advent Church, 93rd St/Bwy, free
1/14, 8 PM oldschool multimedia extravaganza: Trio Kavak and the Claremont Trio play works inspired by art and poetry including Helen Grime’s Three Whistler Miniatures plus pieces by Donald Crockett, Gabriela Lena Frank, Sean Shepherd and Fang Man along with live painting by Kevork Mourad at Roulette
1/14, 9 PM popular, edgy Americana chanteuse Shelby Lynne at City Winery, $30 standing room avail.
1/14, 9 PM the lush, atmospheric, brilliantly arranged JC Sanford Jazz Orchestra on their home turf at Tea Lounge in Park Slope.
1/14, 9 PM drummer Joe Hertenstein‘s HNH with bassist Pascal Niggenkemper and trumpet powerhouse Thomas Heberer at Shapeshifter Lab; they’ll be a Spectrum on Ludlow St. on 1/25 at 9.
1/14, 9:30 a rare smaller club date for brilliant third stream jazz pianist Kenny Werner, who leads a trio at Smalls.
1/14, 10 PM trumpeter Steven Bernstein’s increasingly noir soundtrack-inspired Sex Mob at 55 Bar
1/14, 10ish welll-loved humorous Canadian grasscore band the Duhks at Highline Ballroom, $20 adv tix rec.
1/15, 2 (two) PM Giora Schmidt, violin with Rohan De Silva, piano play the first sonatas of Beethoven, Schumann and Fauré, as well as a Ysaÿe’s adaptation of Saint-Saëns’ Valse-Caprice at Merkin Concert Hall, $18
1/15, 7 PM wild violin/brass Balkan band Sherita at Barbes followed at 9 by the considerably larger and even louder Slavic Soul Party
1/15, 1/17 and 1/27 oldtime acoustic blues multi-instrumentalist Blind Boy Paxton plays Terra Blues at 7
1/15, 7:30 PM in the wake of the recent loss of composer Simeon ten Holt, six-piano ensemble Grand Band – Vicky Chow, David Friend, Paul Kerekes, Blair McMillen, Lisa Moore, and Isabelle O’Connell – dedicate their entire program at le Poisson Rouge to his epic piece for multiple keyboards, Canto Ostinato, $15 adv tix very highly rec. Everybody should see this titanic group at least once and this is something that was more or less made for them.
1/15, 7:30/9:30 PM Cristina Pato plays Galician bagpipes, piano, flute and sings along with her band: Víctor Prieto, accordion; Edward Pérez – bass; Eric Doob – drums; John Hadfield – percussion at the Jazz Standard, $20
1/15,7:30 PM the Escher Quartet plays Prokofiev: String Quartet No.2 in F, Op.92 (‘Kabardinian’); Zemlinsky: String Quartet No.2, Op.15; Beethoven: String Quartet No. 8 in E minor, Op. 59, No. 2, (‘Razumovsky’) at the Austrial Cultural Center, 11 E 52nd St., free, res. req
1/15, 8 PM six-piano ensemble Grand Band (Vicky Chow, David Friend, Paul Kerekes, Blair McMillen, Lisa Moore, and Isabelle O’Connell): performing Simeon ten Holt’s “Canto Ostinato” at le Poisson Rouge, $15 adv tix rec. Their massive sound is something that everybody should experience at least once.
1/15, 8 PM Trio Kavak play premieres and works by Andrew Struck-Marcell and Fang Man followed by the Claremont Trio performing works by Sean Shepherd, Gabriela Lena Frank, Helen Grime and the NY premiere of Donald Crockett’s Night Scenes (2009) plus live painting by Kevork Mourad at Roulette.
1/15, 8:30 PM dark songwriter/chanteuse Elisa Flynn hosts a very cool evening at the Way Station in Ft. Greene: 15 artists each play a single classic murder ballad and then retell it from a 2013 perspective. On the bill: Sarah Bisman, Mark Rogers & Mary Byrne, Emily Duff, Elisa Flynn, Lys Guillorn, the Halsey Hellhounds, Valerie Kuehne, Maharajah Sweets, Alex Mallet, Chris Q. Murphy, Painless Parker, Danny Tuss, Paul Ryan, Whiskey Ginger, and Spiff Wiegand.
1/15, 8:30/10:30 PM Bria Skonberg on trumpet with Matt Munisteri on guitar and Sean Cronin on bass at the Bar Next Door, $12.
1/15, 9 PM effervescent, jaunty Moonlighters-esque oldtimey band the Leftover Cuties at the big room at the Rockwood, $10
1/15, 10:30 PM transgressive comic agitator Tammy Faye Starlite is Nico in Chelsea Madchen, her irreverent yet surprisingly haunting evocation of the doomed chanteuse at the Cutting Room, $20. This show has played on both coasts and was absolutely riveting this past spring at the Duplex here.
1/16, 9 PM Black Prairie play gypsy rock at Union Hall, $15.
1/16, 9:30ish torchy, jaunty oldtimey swing with Miss Tess and the Talkbacks at Rodeo Bar. They’re also here on 1/22, same time.
1/16, 10 PM dark Americana duo Whitehorse – Melissa McClelland and Luke Doucet – at Hill Country, $12
1/17-18, 7:30/9:30 PM drummer extraordinaire Jeff “Tain” Watts leads a quartet with Mark Whitfield – guitar; Manuel Valera – piano; Yunior Terry Cabrera – bass at the Jazz Standard, $25-30. 1/19-20 he’s with his rarely convened big band here, not to be missed.
1/17, 7:30 PM Luis Perdomo solo on piano followed by Seamus Blake leading a quartet with Lage Lund – guitar , Chris Smith – bass , Nasheet Waits – drums at Smalls
1/17, 8 PM some of the best bands from this year’s Golden Festival spill over into Littlefield: ten-piece Veveritse Brass Band, psychedelic Balkan rockers Choban Elektrik, Maleshevski Zurli, Inspector Gadje, Zlatni Makedoncinja, no idea of the order of bands but they’re all good, $10 dirt cheap for this kind of quality
1/17, 8 PM klezmer/bluegrass legend Andy Statman at Barbes, $10.
1/17, 9 PM jangly female-fronted Mexican-American rockers Cordero at the Knitting Factory, $8.
1/17, 9 PM saxophonist Bonnie Kane’s assaultively fun Big Plastic Finger followed by bassist Shayna Dulberger and her Quartet at Goodbye Blue Monday
1/7, 9:30 PM punk-inspired electric bluegrass and country with Demolition String Band at Hill Country.
1/17, 10 PM dazzlingly eclectic virtuoso string ensemble Trio Tritticali play originals, Latin, Middle Eastern, jazz, pop/rock arrangements at Freddy’s.
1/17, 10 PM Crampsy ghoul-garage rockers Triple Hex at the Gutter bowling alley in Williamsburg, $5.
1/18, 7:30/9:30 PM Dave Stryker on guitar with Jared Gold on organ and Steve Williams on drums at the Bar Next Door. Interesting lineup: Stryker knows his blues inside out, will be interesting to see how far Gold pushes hin outside
1/18, 7:30 PM Glass Farm Ensemble play music by Willy Burkhard, Cesar Camarero, Cecile Marti, and Enjott Schneider for flute, clarinet, violin, cello, percussion and piano at Symphony Space, $20/$15 stud/srs.
11/18, 8 PM the effervescent, theatrical, badass oldtimey Ukuladies at Barbes followed at 10:30 by the haunting harmony-driven pan-latin Las Rubias Del Norte – who have more than a bit of chicha in them since they share members with Chicha Libre.
1/18-19, 8 PM, repeating 1/20at 3 PM intense percussionist Alessanda Belloni’s hypnotic Tarantella Spider Dance extravaganza with Statospheerius violin powerhouse Joe Deninzon at Theatre for the New City, 155 1st Ave. (9th/10th), $25.
1/18, 8 PM sax adventurer Matana Roberts’ Coin Coin at Roulette, $15/$10 stud/srs.
1/18, 9 PM oldtime swing bandleader Seth Kessel, gypsy/latin/ska rockers Karikatura and psychedelic dulcimer band House of Waters at SRB in Gowanus/Sunset Park
1/18, 9 PM artsy, Americana-flavored, eclectic literate rockers Balthrop Alabama at Littlefield, $10.
1/18, 10ish dark Syd Barrett/Stooges-influenced neo garage rockers Obits at Rock Shop, $12.
1/18, 10 PM Judah Tribe play roots reggae at Shrine.
1/18-19, 10:30 PM debonair tenor saxman Harry Allen leads a quartet with Joel Forbes – bass , Chuck Riggs – drums , Rossano Sportiello – piano at Smalls.
1/18, 11ish smart, tuneful female-fronted powerpop band Delusions of Grand Street at Bowery Electric
1/18, midnight, eclectic gypsy rockers Banda Magda at the small room at the Rockwood
1/19, 6 PM wind ensemble the Erik Satie Quartet – whose repertoire starts with Erik Satie, his times and beyond – at Barbes followed at 8 by the Alejandro Zuleta Vallenato Group.
1/19, 6 PM guitarist Gerard Edery leads a trio with Meg Okura , violin, vocals; Sean Kupisz , bass, cajon playing ancient Andalucian and Sephardic songs at Cornelia St. Cafe, $20 incl a drink.
1/19, 8 PM excellent torchy noir doublebill at le Poisson Rouge with inscrutable dark Americana chanteuse Marissa Nadler and torchy, lurid gothic art-rockers Elysian Fields, $15
1/19, 8 PM southwetern gothic rockers the Downward Dogs’ frontman Joe Yoga at Zirzamin.
1/19, 9 PM OMG what an amazing triplebill: Wendy Grifffiths’ dark, edgy, lyrical new wave-influenced rockers Changing Modes followed by intense, majestic, hauntingly anthemic art-rock band Of Earth followed by microtonal blues band Jane Lee Hooker at Spike Hill. These acts have absolutely nothing in common except that they are all brilliant.
1/19, 9 PM soaring Americana rocker/bandleader Alana Amram & the Rough Gems at Brooklyn Rod & Gun Club.
1/19, 10ish intense tuneful female-fronted noiserock band Bugs in the Dark at Big Snow Buffalo Lodge.
1/19, 10ish roots reggae/deep dub favorites John Brown’s Body at Maxwell’s, $15 adv tix rec.
1/19, 10 PM pianist Steve Hudson‘s eclectic third-stream jazz Outer Bridge Ensemble at Union Hall, $10.
1/19, 11ish the Brooklyn What – the borough’s most exciting, ferociously tuneful, amusingly insightful anti-gentrification rockers play the album release show for their new one Hot Wine at Public Assembly, early arrival advised, this may sell out
1/19, midnight-ish, the best doublebill of the year so far: Slavic Soul Party and Raya Brass Band keep the Golden Fest vibes going at Freddy’s, free!
1/19, 2 AM-ish (actually wee hours of 1/20) for those of you in the neighborhood of Freddy’s Bar (and there are some of you out there) – there’s a Golden Festival after-party featuring either Raya Brass Band, Veveritse or some combination thereof for all you Balkan brass lovers who couldn’t afford the main festival – this party never stops…
1/20, 3 PM Rozna Zila and her drummers perform traditional Haitian trance music plus a discussion of the origins of voodoo at 138 S Oxford St., Ft. Greene, free.
1/20, 5 PM a wild and crazy Golden Fest afterparty concert with Pontic Firebird, the Wind of Anatolia at 6, Inspector Gadje at 7, psychedelic Balkan rockers Choban Electrik at 8 and then gypsy punks Kagero at Drom, $10, $5 if you have a Golden Fest ticket, what an amazing night.
1/20, 6 PM violinist Elektra Kurtis leads an ensemble with Benita Meshulam, piano; Curtis Stewart, violin; Alva Anderson, viola; Akua Dixon, cello playing Bach, Bartok, Monk and her own cutting edge compositions at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min. Followed at 8:30 PM by brilliant singer/composer Sara Serpa leading her new fado ensemble with pianist Kris Davis, seperate adm., same deal
1/20, 7 PM high-energy oldtime Connecticut Americana/roots/bluegrass band Poor Old Shine at the small room at the Rockwood.
1/20, 8 PM a good oldtime Americana bill at the big room at the Rockwood: Mamie Minch at 8, oldtime string band Spuyten Duyvil eventually at 10 and then the amazing, massive, always more eclectic M Shanghai String Band squeeze into the space at 11.
1/20, 8 PM a global avant jazz cast: Jorrit Dijkstra, Pandelis Karayorgis, Jeb Bishop, Nate McBride , Mary Oliver, and Han Bennink play Steve Lacy works at Roulette.
1/20, 10ish Talib Kweli with his band at SOB’s playing a Gil Scott-Heron tribute, $20.
1/20, 11 PM a “Smalls family jam session with: Spike Wilner – piano , Behn Gillece – vibraphone , Dezron Douglas – bass , Joey Saylor – drums , Melissa Aldana – tenor sax – good band!
1/20, 1 AM (presumably this means wee hours of 1/21) wild female noiserock band Out of Order at the Place Bar & Lounge, 269 Norman Ave, Greenpoint
1/21, an ostensibly allstar lineup TBA celebrates MLK Day at Symphony Space, free, watch this space for updates.
1/21, 9ish eclectic third-stream big band jazz with the Nathan Parker Smith Large Ensemble at Tea Lounge in Park Slope.
1/21, 9ish at Public Assembly, loud squalling avant jazz in reverse order of appearance: Talibam!, Jerkagram, saxophonist Bonnie Kane’s Big Plastic Finger & Richard Papiercuts, $7
1/21, 9:30 PM, drummer Ari Hoenig leads a trio with Orlando Le Fleming – bass , Uri Caine – piano at Smalls
1/22, 7 PM gypsy jazz band Taarka at Barbes followed at 9 by Slavic Soul Party.
1/22, 8 PM bring earplugs to this evening of intriguing full frontal extemporaneous assault for those who like this kind of stuff: Matt Evans on sax, Tim Dahl on bass and Jason Nazary on drums to open the night followed at 9 by guitarist Andrew Hock with Davindar Singh on bari sax and Nick Pogurski on drums, at 10 Mick Barr shredding on amplified tar lute with Mike Pride on drums and then guitarist Ron Anderson with Stuart Popejoy on bass and keys and Michael Evans on drums at Jack, 505 ½ Waverly Ave., (Fulton/Atlantic), Ft. Greene, C or G to Clinton-Washington
1/22, 8:30 PM subtle bossa/torchsong songwriter Rachel Brotman and band play the cd release show for her new one at the big room at the Rockwood.
1/22, 10 PM deviously eclectic organ virtuoso Brian Charette on the B3 with Ed Cherry on guitar and Diego Voglino on drums at Iridium
1/23-27, 7:30/9:30 PM the justifiably acclaimed Vijay Iyer on the piano with his trio at the Jazz Standard, $25 ($30 on the weekend). This is a great room to see him in.
1/23, 8 PM eclectic indie classical group Mimesis Ensemble plays Anna Clyne’s colorful, vibrant Primula Vulgaris (2010); Daniel Bernard Roumain’s Five Chairs and One Table (2008), a homage to Odetta, Miriam Makeba and the Obama kids; Mohammed Fairouz’s Unwritten (2010) for soprano and ensemble, on Socratic themes; and Alexandra du Bois’ Holocaust-themed Night Songs, String Quartet No. 3 (2005) at Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, $20
1/23, 8 PM clever, satirical all-female folk/pop band the Lascivious Biddies at the small room at the Rockwood
1/23-24, 8/10 PM hot gypsy jazz with the Hot Club of Detroit feat. chanteuse Cyrile Aimee at Iridium.
1/23, 8:30 PM viola virtuoso Ljova Zhurbin leads a trio with Sam Sadigursky, clarinet; Pablo Aslan, bass at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min.
1/23, 9 PM chanteuse Shara Worden’s ethereal chamber pop band My Brightest Diamond at Bowery Ballroom, $18 dav tix rec. Worden is also at Merkin Concert Hall with a somewhat different band and a choir on 1/25 at 7 PM for $15.
1/23. 9 PM politically-fueled acoustic rockers Gillen & Turk and the fascinating Natalia Paruz a.k.a. the Saw Lady, opening the show and playing back to back asthe highlights of a benefit for Hurricane Sandy survivors at Spike Hill, some of the proceeds to benefit the Red Cross, sugg don. pay what you can.
1/23, midnight, tenor saxophonist Noah Preminger leads a damn good band with Glenn Zaleski – piano , Matt Pavolka – bass , Colin Stranahan – drums at Smalls.
1/24, 7:15 PM Hevreh Ensemble play haunting, ethereal global woodwind sounds at Drom, $10 adv tix highly rec. Followed at 10 (separate admission) by high-voltage, theatrical gypsy punk orchestra Vagabond Opera, $12 adv tix rec.
1/24, 7:30 PM Lorin Maazel conducts the NY Philharmonic with Jennifer Koh on violin performing Tschaikovsky’s Romeo & Juliet, Lutoslawski’s Chain 2: Dialogue for Violin & Orchestra and Shosatakovich’s savage Symphony No. 5 at Avery Fisher Hall, $33 tix avail. The concert repeats 1/25-26 at 8 PM
1/24, 7:30 PM the Attaca Quartet play John Adams works at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised.
1/24, 8 PM bassist Giacomo Merega plays a set of solo electric bass, titled Cosimo. No pedals – not that there’s anything wrong with that – testament to his ability that this might actually be interesting. Followed at 9 by the equally interesting Brad Shepik-Tom Beckham guitar-vibraphone duo at Lark Cafe, 1007 Church Ave (off E 11th St), Crown Heights, Brooklyn, Q to Beverly Road.
1/24, 8 PM whoever’s left of the original Wailers playing Bob Marley’s Survival in its entirety at Brooklyn Bowl, $15.
1/24, 8 PM a performance by captivating, environmentally conscious indie classical composer Eve Beglarian with supporting cast TBA at the Old Stone House in Park Slope, free.
1/24, 8 PM perennially suave golden age hip-hop guy Big Daddy Kane at B.B. King’s, $20 adv tix rec. in case you can’t wait for him to make the rounds of the summer festivals later this year.
1/24, 9 PM high-voltage, theatrical gypsy-rock band Vagabond Opera at Drom, $12 adv tix highly rec.
1/24, 10 PM oldschool 60s psychedelic rock with the Growlers at the Knitting Factory, $15, all ages. They’re at Union Pool the following night, 1/25 at 11 for the same price.
1/25, 7 PM the Damocles Trio play Schumann, Dvorak and Korf at Third St. Music School Settlement, free.
1/25, 7 PM Shara Worden the Brooklyn Youth Chorus at the Greene Space is sold out
1/25, 7:30 PM guitarist Patrick Grant– creator of International Strange Music Day – plays new works including “a multi-movement journey that deconstructs and rebuilds the musical memes of the rock genre and dispels the myth of the traditional “guitar hero” at Turtle Bay Music School, 244 East 52nd, (btwn 2nd & 3rd Aves.).
1/25, 7:30 PM Iktus Percussion premieres new works written for the group by Matthew Welch, Joe Di Ponio, Matthew Hough, Levy Lorenzo, and Philip Schuessler at First Presbyterian Church, 124 Henry St, Brooklyn Heights, any train to Borough Hall, $10.
1/25, 8 PM cellist Misha Quint and pianist Svetlana Gorokhovich play Nathan Davis’ new jazz-influenced Matryoshka Blues plus works by Prokofiev, Faure, Schnittke, de Falla, Scriabin and others at Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, $35 tix avail.
1/25 pianist Uri Caine and the Sirius Quartet play intriguing chamber jazz pieces at Shapeshifter Lab, 8/9:30 PM, $12
1/25, 8:30 PM the Chelsea Symphony plays Haydn: Concerto for Cello No. 1 in C major, Hob.VIIb:1 – Alexandra Jones, cello; Strauss: Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme Suite, Op. 60 at St. Paul’s Church at 315 West 22nd Street. The program repeats at 7:30 PM on 1/26, switching out the Haydn for the Shostakovich Concerto for Cello No. 1 in E-flat major, Op. 107, $25 sugg don.
1/26, 7:15 PM 7:15 PM dark psychedelic acoustic blues/klezmer/reggae/soca jamband Hazmat Modine at Terra Blues
1/26, 7:30 PM “teen alt-classical sensations” Face the Music (who are actually very good) team up with mighty percussion ensemble ICE, performing George Lewis’s Artificial Life 2007 followed by fiery violinist Carla Kihlstedt, who plays with her band Causing a Tiger and then with ICE, with a series of new compositions exploring the world of dreams at Merkin Concert Hall, $25.
1/26, 7:30 PM alto saxophonist Virginia Mayhew leads a quintet with Noah Bless – trombone , Ed Cherry – guitar , Mike Karn – bass , Andy Watson – drums at Smalls.
1/26, 8 PM this singer is amazing: “avant-chanteuse Carol Lipnik’s reverb drenched multi-octave dramatic vocals paired with Matt Kanelos’ minimalist and ecstatic piano stylings and vocal harmonies artfully deconstruct, explore, and reinvent apocalyptic cover songs by such artists as Leonard Cohen, Brian Eno, Michael Hurley, Richard Thompson, Wilco, Wall Of Voodoo, Tim Buckley, and introducing some brand new originals. At the Abrons Arts Ctr., 466 Grand St. at Pitt, LES, $20
1/26, 8 PM Daria Grace’s torchy, delightful oldtime uke swing band the Pre-War Ponies followed at 10 by the increasingly diverse Cumbiagra at Barbes.
1/26, 8 PM the NJ Symphony Orchestra plays Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6 and Sibelius’ The Tempest at NJPAC in Newark, $20 tix avail.
1/26, 8 PM eclectic Americana chanteuse Tift Merritt collaborates and improvises alogn with the llive painting of Anne Schuleit at the 92YTribeca, $25
1/26, 8 PM New York Polyphony sing secret underground Catholic masses by Thomas Tallis and William Byrd for four voices at the Church of St. Mary the Virgin, 145 W. 46th St, $35 adv tix highly rec. at the Miller Theatre box ofc.
1/26, 8 PM opening night at Big Road in Chelsea, 235 West 23rd St with blues from Solomon’s Band of Brothers and Big Road Blues Band, Irish chanteuse Mary Deady, the Bernardo Palumbo Conjunto playing latin jazz and high-energy oldtimey band Apocalypse Five and Dime, $10
1/26, 9 PM eclectic blues/country/rockers American String Conspiracy at Freddy’s.
1/26, 10 PM the Biscuit Grabbers – that’s Huck Johnson (upright bass) and Matt Thomas (guitar and steel ) from Wayne Hancock’s band plus Katy Rose McComb from Shotgun Party at 68 Jay St. Bar.
1/26, 10 PM Unlimited Force play roots reggae at Shrine.
1/26, half past midnight Chris Massey & the NJP with Melissa Aldana guesting on tenor sax at the Blue Note.
1/27, 3 PM reliably cutting-edge indie classical pianist Lisa Moore plays a premiere by Martin Bresnick plus works by Haydn, Schumann, Scriabin, Janacek and Kitzke tht he lovely, intimate Church of the Transfiguration, 29th St. off 5th Ave., $25/$15 stud
1/27, 4 PM the NY Chamber Ensemble – Alan R. Kay, clarinet; Eliot Bailen, violincello; Margaret Kampmeier, piano, perform Beethoven’s Trio, op. 11, Bernstein’s Sonata for Clarinet and Piano and Brahms’s Clarinet Trio, op. 114 at the Dreck Center at the Brooklyn Public Library at Grand Army Plaza.
1/27, 5 PM Trio Cleonice – pianist Emely Phelps, violinist Ari Isaacman-Beck and cellist Gwen Krosnick – play Beethoven: Piano Trio Op. 70 No. 2;’ Richard Wernick: Piano Trio No. 1; Dvorak: Piano Trio Op. 65 at the Lounge at Hudson View Gardens, 128 Pinehurst Ave at 183rd St., $12 sugg don, reception to follow
1/27, 7 PM high-energy flamenco worldbeat sounds with Nacho Arimany New World-Jazz Quartet at Drom, $20
1/27, 7:30 PM pianist Armen Donelian leads an intriguing trio with David Clark – bass , George Schuller – drums at Smalls
1/27, 8 PM Sophie Salonika: “woodwind master and vocalist Jessica Lurie joins with multi-instrumentalist, sound sculpturist and vocalist Katie Down to create a new group with hints of Sephardic melodies intertwined with original tunes. On percussion is Chris Stromquist of Slavic Soul Party fame, and the fabulous Marika Hughes on cello and voice,” at Barbes followed at 9 by gyupsy guitar virtuoso Stephane Wrembel
1/27, 8 PM excellent Americana-flavored melodic jazz with Old Time Musketry doing the cd release show for their brilliant new one at the Firehouse Space, 246 Frost St. in Williamsburg
1/27, 8 PM the improvisational, multistylistic Joshua Shneider Love Speaks Orchestra at Roulette
1/27-30, 8 PM intense percussionist Alessanda Belloni’s hypnotic Tarantella Spider Dance extravaganza at Theatre for the New City, 155 1st Ave. (9th/10th), $25.
1/27, 9ish coy, torchy oldtime swing sounds with Daria Grace & the Pre-War Ponies at Rodeo Bar.
1/27, 10 PM pianist Frank Carlberg leads a trio with Joe Morris (guitar) Luther Gray (drums) Pascal Niggenkemper (bass) at the Stone, $10.
1/28, 7:30 PM Ambrosia Parsley plays her unique blend of Americana and nebulous, noirish indie janglerock at the big room at the Rockwood
1/28, 9:30ish soulful country chanteuse Karen Hudson and band at Rodeo Bar.
1/29-30, 7:30/9:30 PM bassist Ben Williams & Sound Effect with Marcus Strickland – sax; Alex Wintz – guitar; Christian Sands – piano; John Davis – drums at the Jazz Standad, $20.
1/29, 7:30 PM piano trio Merlin Ensemble Wien play music by Messiaen and Till Alexander Korber (including a US premiere) at the Austrial Cultural Center, 11 E 52nd St., free, res. req.
1/29, 8 PM an eclectic evening of music from the Western classical and Middle Eastern traditions featuring two rising stars of the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra: clarinetist Kinan Azmeh and violinist Michael Barenboim (Daniel Barenboim’s youngest son) at le Poisson Rouge
1/29, 8 PM the Da Capo Chamber Players perform classical works by contemporary black composers Wendell Logan, Valerie Coleman, Nkeiru Okoye, Jeffrey Mumford, Alvin Singleton at Merkin Concert Hall, $20/$10 stud/srs
1/29, 8 PM sick Dolly Parton cover band Doll Parts– who mix straight-up rock versions of her schlockiest 80s crap with acoustic covers of her country classics – at the Way Station in Ft. Greene.
1/29, 9:30 PM recently resurrected Pittsburgh no-wave band Stick Against Stone Orchestra at Joe’s Pub, $TBA – did they ever play NYC before during their 80s heyday? Maybe not. Obscure music history could be made tonight; their long-awaited, unreleased album from almost 30 years ago is finally due out and it’s a blast.
1/29, 10 PM Marc Ribot’s Ceramic Dog (Marc Ribot, Shahzad Ismaily, Ches Smith) at Union Pool, $10, warming up for their latest European tour.
1/29, 10 PM microtonal saxophonist Noah Kaplan leada a quartet with Joe Morris (guitar) Giacomo Merega (electric bass) Jasoc Nazary (drums) at the Stone, $10
1/29, 10ish the high-powereed, original CSC Funk Band at Death by Audio.
1/30, 7 PM piano trio Merlin Ensemble Wien play works by Schoenberg, Mendelssohn, Zemlinsky at the Museum of Jewish Heritage, 36 Battery Place, $15/$12 stud/srs
1/30, 7:30 PM Americana rockers Mary Lee’s Corvette revisits the tenth anniversary of their classic landmark live recording of Dylan’s Blood on the Tracks at Joe’s Pub, $15. Having been at the concert that’s on the album, it was the best show of that year and maybe of the decade. No joke. Shattering stuff, Mary Lee Kortes’ wail will blow you away, $15 adv tix a must.
1/30, 7:30 PM Electric Junkyard Gamelan’s Terry Dame does some kind of “weird music” series at Branded Saloon in Ft. Greene, whatever it is it has to be good.
1/30, 9 PM Bobtown guitarist Karen Dahlstrom – whose haunting solo album Gem State, a collection of original oldtime style folk songs set in historic Idaho, is one of the best Americana records of recent years – at LIC Bar
1/30, 9ish all-female South Bronx funk-punk legends ESG’s final show ever at Bowery Electric, $25 adv tix rec.
1/30, 9 PM powerhouse violin metal group Stratospheerius at Shrine.
1/30, 9:30ish the NYCity Slickers play harmony-driven bluegrass at Rodeo Bar
1/31, 7:30 PM Hank Williams-influenced Canadian oldschool country/blues chanteuse Lindi Ortega at Joe’s Pub, $15.
1/31, 8 PM three sea chantey bands on one bill?!? The Johnson Girls followed at 9 by Geoff Kaufman – “one of today’s great voices in maritime music” – and then at 10 by Shapiro’s Shanty Shakedown”, a 7-piece band with brass quartet, accordion, banjo and percussion.at the Jalopy, $10
1/31, 8 PM trumpeter Frank London and guitarist Jeremiah Lockwood’s cantorial rock/jazz project Songs of Zebulon (no relation to the now-shuttered venue) at the Firehouse Space, 246 Richardson St., Williamsburg, $10
1/31, 8 PM two contrastingly eclectic artists leading trios with bass and drums: tropically -inclined vibraphonist Tyler Blanton followed by edgy eclectic saxophonist Geoff Vidal at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min.
1/31, 8:30 PM tongue-in-cheek, period-perfect early 50s style country from Susquehanna Industrial Tool & Die Co. at Otto’s.
1/31, 9 PM Willie Martinez & La Familia Sextet play salsa jazz grooves at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, $10.
1/31, 9:30 PM bassist Omer Avital & Band of the East play his edgy Middle Eastern jazz compositions at Smalls.
1/31, 10 PM wild violin/accordion duo Skogen play Balkan music at Shrine
1/31, 11ish noir ska ensemble Tri-State Conspiracyat the downstairs studio space at Webster Hall.
1/31, midnight the Brew – excellent, trippy, majestic oldschool 70s style art-rock band – at Sullivan Hall, $10
2/1, 7 PM eclectic pianist/songwriter Lee Feldman plays selections from Bach’s Well Tempered Clavier Book II, original music including Duo for Two Violins and the world premiere of Joel Forrester’s newly commissioned piece Tease for Two at Third St. Music School Settlement, free.
2/1, 7:30 PM ferocoiusly intense Italian gypsy band Canzonieri Grecanico Salentino at the Schimmel Center on Spruce St. downtown at Pact University; $35 tix, but give them promotion code 5off at the box office and get a $5 discount.
2/1, 7:30 PM legendary Colombian feminist performance artist Maria Evelia Marmolejo premieres a politically-fueled 1981 piece: “The artist is using the space to connect her personal experience of a violent, chaotic past to a present time marked by great technological advances, but where the dynamics of social violence remain or have worsened.” at MAAS, 36-01 36 Ave. 3rd Floor North. Long Island City. 2/2, 5 PM there’s a talk with the artist plus audience Q&A.
2/1, 8 PM an Edward Said tribute concert at the Miller Theatre with Daniel Barenboim and members of the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra., $25; Barenboim leads a pre-performance discussion of the great thinker at 7.
2/1, 8 PM Matt Siffert at ZIrzamin: songwriter with string quartet. Don’t let the gentle voice fool you, he’s got bite and the arrangements are gorgeous
2/1, 9 PM fiery, ecstatic, brass-driven live banghra funk orchestra Red Baraat at Bowery Ballroom, $15 adv tix rec.
2/1, 10 PM fiery, lyrical anthemic rockers Wormburner at Arlene’s. If Springsteen was still writing the great songs he used to write 30 years ago, he’d sound like Wormburner.
2/1, 10 PM dark art-rock pianist/songwriter Eve Lesov at Sidewalk
2/2, 4 PM a feast of new classical works at the Music of Now Festival at Symphony Space feat., $20, too many artists/composers to list here, the complete eight-hour lineup is here.
2/2, 7 PM violinist and Salomé Chamber Orchestra co-founder Sean Avram Carpenter and violist David Aaron Carpenter, playing period instruments currently on display for the first time in the museum’s musical instruments section, are the soloists in Astor Piazzolla’s Four Seasons and Vivaldi’s Four Seasons at the Rogers Auditorium at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, $35 adv tix very highly rec., this will sell out.
2/2., 8 PM Single Red Cent play edgy, biting, lyrically smart, sometimes really funny, bouncy/funky postpunk at Santos Party House
2/2, 8 PM third stream experimental jazz with composer Laura Andel collaborating with Daniel Binelli (bandoneon), Elliott Sharp (guitars), Carl Maguire (Fender Rhodes), Andrew Drury (percussion), Richard Garet (video art) at Roulette, $15/$10 stud/srs.
2/2, 9/10:30 PM lyrical cutting-edge jazz pianist Kris Davis plays the cd release show for her new one with Ingrid Laubrock, tenor sax; Mat Maneri, viola; Eivand Opsvik, bass; Tom Rainey, drums at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min.
2/2, 9ish the Cannabis Cup Reggae Band at B.B. King’s playing a Bob Marley birthday tribute show, $25 adv tix rec.
2/2, 11ish (you know Nublu – guess the time, it’s probably late) fun, high-energy, eclectically entertaining gypsy punk/oldtime swing band Kagero plays the cd release show for their long-awaited new one at Nublu
2/2, 9:30 PM smart, politically aware newschool bluegrass harmony crew 2/3 Goat at Hill Country.
2/3, 3 PM the Momenta Quartet with amazing, charismatic pipa virtuoso Min Xiao-Fen at Flusing Town Hall, $15.
2/3, 4 PM the Alba Consort plays classic Sephardic and Armenian tunes, featuring virtuoso oudist Haig Magnookian at the Dreck Center at the Brooklyn Public Library at Grand Army Plaza. Children under the age of 6 will not be admitted.
2/3, 7 PM brilliant Americana guitarist and wry, clever, eclectic songwriter Homeboy Steve Antonakos plays the Sunday Salon at Zirzamin, 7 PM, free.
2/4, 8 PM an avant garde summit: Alarm Will Sound, Argento Ensemble, Either/Or, International Contemporary Ensemble, JACK Quartet and Talea Ensemble play Marc-André Dalbavie’s Fantaisies plus Periodes by Gérard Grisey with Michel Galante conducting the Argento Ensemble, Giacinto Scelsi’s Pranam II (1973) played by Either/Or led by Richard Carrick, Matthias Pintscher’s Study IV for Treatise on the Veil (2009) with the JACK Quartet, Olga Neuwirth’s Hooloomooloo (1997) with Eduardo Leandro conducting the Talea Ensemble, and Arvo Pärt’s Spiegel im Spiegel with Alarm Will Sound at Merkin Concert Hall, $25
2/4, 8:30ish a rare free concert by members of the the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, program TBA at the Lincoln Center Atrium.
2/4, 9:30 PM Sandra Lilia Velasquez of Pistolera plays the album release show for her imaginative, eclectic yet purist Mexican-tinged new janglepop ep with Meshell Ndegeocello on bass at Joe’s Pub, $15
2/5, 7 PM Kevin Puts and ensemble perform works by David Lang, Harold Meltzer, Derek Bermel, Tarik O’Regan, Andrew Austin and Missy Mazzoli at the Robbins Theater at the Baryshnikov Arts Center, W. 37th between 9th and 10th Ave., $10
2/5, 8 PM violist Nadia Sirota leads an ensemble playing the album release show for her new one, Baroque, featuring contemporary composers Daníel Bjarnason, Paul Corley, Missy Mazzoli, Nico Muhly, and Shara Worden, at the Kitchen, $15.
2/5-10, 8/10:30 PM bassist Ron Carter leads a quartet with Renee Rosnes, piano; Payton Crossley, drums; Rolando Morales-Matos, percussion at the Blue Note, $20 standing room avail.
2/6, 7:30 PM Frank London (trumpet) and Lorin Sklamberg (vocals, accordion) of the radical klezmer band, Klezmatics, join jazz pianist Rob Schwimmer doing their own radical reinterpretations of classic Jewish liturgical themes at Symphony Space, $30 adv tix req.
2/6, 7:30 PM uneasy new pastorales with Sarah Kirkland Snider and Orchestra for the Next Century; the composer also plays with Clogs for a a stripped-down trio set at Merkin Concert Hall, $25.
2/6, 8 PM the raw, hard-hitting Hard Times play roots reggae at Shrine.
2/6, 8:30 PM check out this lineup, sparks will be flying but in a purist and articulate way: Mike Baggetta – guitar; Jason Rigby – saxophones; Jeremy Stratton – bass; George Schuller – drums at Seeds, 617 Vanderbilt Ave (Bergen/St. Marks), Ft. Greene, Brooklyn, $10, B/Q to 7th Ave.
2/6, 9 PM S t. Croix roots reggae stars Midnite play a Bob Marley bday celebration at SOB’s
2/6, 10:30 PM eclectic, edgy guitarist Travis Reuter with Peter Evans, trumpet; Miles Okazaki, guitar; Jeremy Viner, tenor sax; Danny Sher, drums at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min.
2/7, 7:30 PM darkly torchy chanteuse Peg Simone followed by intense, lyrically haunting Americana soul rocker Matt Keating at Zirzamin
2/7, 7:30 PM fiery jazz pianist/composer Bobby Avey premieres his jazz suite, Authority Melts from Me inspired by Toussaint L’Ouverture and the Haitian Revolution, at Symphony Space, $30/$15 for 25 and under
2/7, 8:30 PM Americana jazz maven and saxophonist Jeremy Udden plays the cd release show for his new one with Brandon Seabrook, banjo; Jeremy Stratton, bass; Kenny Wollesen, drums at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min.
2/8, 7 PM politically fueled, smart powerpop /Americana rocker Neil Nathan at Bowery Electric, $8.
2/8, 7 PM pianist Edmund Arkus plays music by Mendelssohn, Haydn and Liszt at Third St. Music School Settlement, free
2/8, 8 PM the New Amsterdam Symphony Orchestra with pianist Di Wu performs Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No. 2; conductor Guerguan Tsenov concludes the program with Brahms’ Symphony No. 1 at Symphony Space, $20/$14 stud/srs.
2/8, 9/10:30 PM Boston free jazz legends the Fringe – George Garzone, bassist John Lockwood and drummer Bob Gulotti, who absolutely slayed at Winter Jazzfest back in January – at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min.
2/8, 10 PM clever, artsy, ethereal and often haunting indie pop band Clare & the Reasons at Littlefield, $10
2/8, 10ish unstoppable 80s postpunk legends the Wedding Present play Hit Parade and other material at Maxwell’s, $15 adv tix rec.
2/9, 7 PM the Ebony Hillbillies, NYC’s only black oldtime country/bluegrass band, at Flushing Town Hall, $15.
2/9, 8 PM perennially intense, relevant literate glamrock songwriter Ian Hunter at City Winery, $30 standing room avail.
2/9, 8 PM Ensemble Mise-En plays an enticing bill of world and US premieres: Quinn Collins – Summer Music for chamber orchestra ; Elliott Schwartz – Texture; Hans Abrahamsen -String Quartet No. 3; Edison Denisov (Russia) Five Studies for Bassoon Solo; Bent Sørensen – Ständchen (2007, at the Cell Theatre, 338 W 23rd St (8th & 9th Aves, free, early arrival very highly advised
2/9, 8 PM an all-Sofia Gubaidulina program performed by International Contemporary Ensemble with the charismatic Rebekah Heller solo on bassoon at the Miller Theatre, $25.
2/9, 8:30ish intense oldtimey band Roosevelt Dime, ferocious outlaw country/psychedelic rockers the Newton Gang, Gangstagrass and the eclectic, artsier, more rock-oriented Hollows at the Bell House $15
2/10, 3 PM the Park Ave. Chamber Symphony plays an all-Beethoven program:
Beethoven Symphony No. 1 and No. 7 with Piano Concerto No. 4 feat. Spencer Myer, piano in the middle at All Saints Church, 230 E 60th St (between 2nd and 3rd Avenues)
2/10, 5 (five) PM soulful, politically spot-on African roots reggae with Meta and the Cornerstones at the Canal Room, $10.
2/12, half past noon Kentucky organist Wesley Roberts plays a free recital , program TBA at Central Synagogue, 54th/Lexington Ave.
2/13, 7 PM eclectic jazz/Americana violinist Charlie Burnham’s Hidden City at the Dreck Center at the Brooklyn Public Library at Grand Army Plaza.
2/13, 7:30 PM the MSM Brass Orchestra with special guest Peter Evans on trumpet at the Borden Auditorium at Manhattan School of Music, free, early arrival advised
2/13, 8 PM up-and-coming tenor saxophonist Joel Miller makes his NYC debut with an all-star cast: trumpeter Ingrid Jensen, pianist Gary Versace, bassist Matt Clohesy and drummer Greg Ritchie at Shapeshifter Lab.
2/13, 8 PM haunting, politically astute Malagasy chanteuse/songwriter Razia Said at Shrine.
2/14, 7:30 PM the Cassatt Quartet, joined by Vermeer Quartet cellist Marc Johnson play a new quintet by Daniel Godfrey plus the Schubert Quintet. at Symphony Space, $30/$15 for under 25.
2/15, 7 PM EVYIAN Ensemble featuring Czech singer/violinist Iva Bittova, guitarist Gyan Riley and Bang on a Can clarinetist Evan Ziporyn play each others’ new works at the Bohemian National Home, 321 E. 73rd St. free.
2/15-17, 7:30/9:30 PM the Mingus Big Band’s annual showcase of outstanding high school soloists from the 5th annual Charles Mingus High School Festival & Competition at the Jazz Standard, $25 ($30 on the weekend). See what the stars of tomorrow can already do with some of the most exhilarating stuff from years past, at the Jazz Standard, $25 ($30 on the weekend; there’s an additional 11:30 PM set Fri/Sat)
2/15, 8 PM intense Argentine pianist Emillio Solla with Chris Cheek (soprano/tenor), Victor Prieto (accordion), Jorge Roeder (bass), and Ziv Ravitz, (drums and cajon) at Flushing Town Hall, $15.
2/15, 9 PM loud squalling avant jazz with Mike Noordzy, saxophonist Bonnie Kane’s Big Plastic Finger and scenemaker/drummer Weasel Walter’s latest project at Goodbye Blue Monday.
2/15, 10 PM Royal Khaoz play roots reggae at Shrine
2/15, 11ish ferocious, fearless, tuneful and sometimes hilarious punk-Americana band Spanking Charlene at the Ding Dong Lounge, 105th/Columbus uptown.
2/16, 8 PM vibraphonist Stefon Harris and Blackout at the Miller Theatre, $25.
2/16, 9 PM M Shanghai String Band’s Matthew Brookshire followed at 10 by the cd release show for charismatic, vengefully literate oldtimey ukulele siren Kelli Rae Powell‘s live album at the Jalopy, $10, get there early, this will sell out.
2/17, 4 PM Trio Lumine Pianist violinist Luis Casal and clarinetist Neil Rynston play the Brahms 2nd violin sonata; Berg’s Op 5 clarinet/piano pieces, Robert Xavier Rodriguez’ “Semi-Suite” and the Khachaturian Trio at the Dreck Center at the Brooklyn Public Library at Grand Army Plaza. Children under the age of 6 will not be admitted.
2/17, 7:30 PM intense, lyrical, politically-fueled Americana songwriter Joe Pug – sort of this era’s version of Steve Earle – at the Mercury, $14.
2/17, 9 PM well-loved harmony-driven all-female Americana trio Red Molly at City Winery, $15 standing room avail.
2/18, 7:30 PM the American Composers Alliance presents new works by Elizabeth Bell, Lawrence Dillon, Phillip Rhodes, Christopher Shultis, Peter Westergaard, and Lewis Nielson at Symphony Space, $10/$5 stud.
2/19, 7:30 PM wild and crazy indie classical ensemble Lunatics at Large play recent works by Richard Brooks, Richard Cameron-Wolfe, Eleanor Cory, Brian Fennelly, Thomas Flaherty, Jan Gilbert, and Louis Karchin at Symphony Space, $10/$5 stud.
2/19, 8 PM an evening of new works for strings presented by the New York Composers Circle incl. Roger Blanc, Maneuvers, for vln & vla; Eugene Marlow, String Quartet No. 4; Richard Brooks, Lamentations; Jacob E. Goodman, Variations for a Rainy Afternoon; Carl Kanter, Summer Quartet, for string quartet; Debra Kaye, Duet After Winter, for 2 violins; Richard D. Russell, Two Songs from IMAP, for soprano and ensemble at St. Peter’s Church, Lexington Ave and 54th St, $20 sugg don.
2/20, 7 PM violinists Jaroslav Sveceny and Julie Svecena play works including the world premiere of Sveceny’s Strings for New York at Bohemian National Hall, 321 E. 73rd St., free, reservations suggested
2/20, 7:30 PM Deerhoof and Dal Niente play new works by Brazilian composer Marcus Balter at Merkin Concert Hall, $25, adv tix highly rec, this will sell out.
2/20, 8 PM pianist Deanna Witkowski leads a trio with bassist Linda Oh and drummer Willard Dyson plus a 12-member choir playing a Mary Lou Williams tribute including her iconic gospel-jazz suite Music for Peace at Park Avenue Christian Church, 1010 Park Avenue at 85th, $20 seats avail.
2/21, 7:30 PM Shofar Trio—guitarist Raphael Roginski, saxophonist and bass clarinet player Mikolaj Trzaska and drummer Macio Moretti plus accordionist Olga Mieleszczuk’s Polesye Project – who’re revitalizing the rare pre-WWII Polish klezmer repertoire – at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival highly advised.
2/21-24, 7:30/9:30 PM powerhouse alto/soprano saxophoinst Tia Fuller leads her postbop group at Dizzy’s Club
2/21, 8 PM charismatic oldschool soul siren Meah Pace – who’s sort of like Sharon Jones for a younger generation – at Bowery Electric.
2/21, 8:30 PM tuneful guitar jazz with the Assaf Kehati Trio with Ehud Ettun on bass & Ronen Itzik on drums at Bar Next Door,
2/22, 7 PM lurid charismatic steampunk violin virtuoso/chanteuse/dramaturge Emilie Autumn presents her new art-rock opera Fight Like a Girl at the Gramercy Theatre, $32
2/22, 7:30 PM torchy contralto noir chanteuse/David Lynch collaborator Chrysta Bell at le Poisson Rouge, $15 adv tix a must, this will sell out.
2/22, 8 PM a night of perfidiousness, revenge, murder and payback for hubris: “Heirs of Tantalus – from the House of Atreus to the Palace of Nero” – works by Monteverdi, Scarlatti, and Handel iluminate theatre from Aeschylus, Euripides, and Suetonius in an intriguing look at the origins of opera with soprano Jessica Gould, countertenor Jose Lemos and Jory Vinikour accompanying not only the musicians but also the actors involved, at the Broad St. Ballroom, 41 Broad St., downtown, $35/$20 stud
2/22, 8 PM Our Defensive Measurements, a new collection of songs by avant chanteuse Gelsey Bell. “Songs can be a mechanism for tracing a home – creating space for oneself.” at Roulette.
2/22. 8 PM fiery, eclectic classical/worldbeat/folk string ensemble Bowfire at NJPAC in Newark, $20 adv tix avail.
2/22, 9:30 PM slinky Washington DC Afrobeat crew Elikeh at Drom $12 adv tix rec
2/22, 11ish the Brooklyn What – the borough’s most exciting, ferociously tuneful, amusingly insightful anti-gentrification rockers, with a hot new album out, play the Lab, 224 Wyckoff Ave, Bushwick, L/M to Myrtle-Wyckoff.
2/23, 8 PM a composer portrait of lively postminimalist Enno Poppe’s work featuring piano/percussion ensemble Yarn/Wire plus the Jack Quartet and onstage discussion with the composer at Miller Theatre, $25 seats avail. ($15 stud
2/23, 8 PM the Alaria Trio Yuri Vodovoz, violin; Saeunn Thorsteinsdottir, cello; David Oei, piano play Turina: Piano Trio No. 1, Op.35; Peter Schickele: Piano Trio; Shostakovich: Piano Trio No. 2 in E minor, Op. 67 at Bargemusic, $35/$30 srs./$15 stud.
2/24, 4 PM the Apollo Trio – violinist Curtis Macomber, cellist Michael Kannen, and pianist Marija Stroke joined by Ah Ling Neu on viola and Peter Weitzner on bass and play Mozart’s Trio in G Major, Rachmaninoff’s Trio Elégiaque and Franz Schubert’s Piano Quintet in A Major, D.667, “The Trout Quintet” at the Dreck Center at the Brooklyn Public Library at Grand Army Plaza. Children under the age of 6 will not be admitted.
2/25, 7 PM the Graffe Quartet with pianist Michiko Otaki play the NY premiere of Martinu’s Piano Quintets at the Bohemian National Home, 321 E. 73rd St.. res rec.
2/26-3/3, 7:30/9:30 PM Ravi Coltrane – who absolutely slayed at Jazz for Obama last year – plays with a bunch of different ensembles, 2/26-27 with Billy Childs (Fender Rhodes), Lonnie Plaxico (bass), Nikki Glaspie (drums); 2/28 with Tim Hagans (trumpet), Christian McBride (bass), Bill Stewart (drums 3/1 with Jason Palmer (trumpet), Christian McBride (bass), Bill Stewart (drums); 3/2-3 David Virelles (piano), Dezron Douglas (bass), Johnathan Blake (drums) at the Jazz Standard, $25 ($30 on the weekend)
2/26, 7:30 PM the Talich Quartet play the Debussy and Ravel string quartets at le Poisson Rouge, $15 adv tix rec.
2/27, 10ish the Brooklyn What – the borough’s most exciting, ferociously tuneful, amusingly insightful anti-gentrification rockers, with a hot new album out, play Shea Stadium in Bushwick
3/1 a good drummerless doublebill: the Broken Reed Saxophone Quartet with the Uptown Brass Quintet at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, 58 7th Ave at Lincoln Pl. (equivalent of DeGraw St), Park Slope
3/1, 7:30 PM the MSM Jazz Orchestra with special guest Dave Liebman on alto sax play Miles Davis’ Miles Ahead in its entirety at Milowsky Hall at Manhattan School of Music, 120 Claremont Ave. uptown, $12/$7 stud/srs.
3/2, 8 PM intense, politically fueled, brilliant Americana rocker James McMurtry at City Winery, $25 standing room avail.
3/2, 9 PM intense Argentinian neoromantic/tango/indie classical pianist Fernando Otero and chamber ensemble play the album release show for his haunting, lush new one Romance at the 92YTribeca, $12 adv tix very highly rec.
3/2 delightfully retro 60s psychedelic/chamber pop songwriter Jacco Gardner at Death by Audio
3/10, 3 PM the Greenwich Village Orchestra with Pierre Vallet, guest conductor and David Heiss, cello play an all-Tchaikovsky program: the Polonaise from Eugene Onegin, Variations on a Rococo Theme and the Symphony No. 6, “Pathétique” at the Old Stuyvesant Campus, 345 E 15th St (between 1st/2nd Aves), $15 sugg don.
3/12. 7 PM, repeating 3/17, same time Opera Hispánica presents Astor Piazzolla’s tango operetta “Maria de Buenos Aires”, performers TBA at le Poisson Rouge, $15 adv tix avail.
3/13-14, 7:30 PM, repeating 3/15-16, 8 PM Alan Gilbert conducts the NY Philharmonic and choir performing Bach’s B Minor Mass at Avery Fisher Hall, $33 tix avail.
3/13 roots reggae legends Israel Vibration, still going strong since 1977, at B.B. King’s
3/14 the adventurous Cassatt String Quartet continue their residency at Symphony Space, program TBA.
3/15, 8 PM Manhattan Contemporary Chamber Ensemble honors the first round of victims of 3/11 with music by Japanese composers Takemitsu, Sasaki, Kobayashi, Fukishima, Shimoyama plus Michael Schelle and Richard Auldon Clark at Symphony Space, $20.
3/15, 8:30 PM the Chelsea Symphony plays Brody: Drones, the peaceful kind (World Premiere); Brahms: Concerto for Violin and Cello in A minor, Op. 102 – Amanda Lo, Violin, Oliver Hsu, Cello; Prokofiev: Symphony No. 1 in D major, Op. 25 “Classical” at St. Paul’s Church at 315 West 22nd Street. The program repeats at 7:30 PM on 3/16, switching out the Brahms for the Beethoven Concerto for Violin in D major, Op. 61, $25 sugg don.
3/16, 3 PM the East of the River Ensemble explores medieval music of the Mediterranean, Balkans, and Middle East at Flushing Town Hall, $25.
3/17, 6 PM the intriguing Bonnie Kane/Chris Welcome sax/guitar improv duo at
Downtown Music Gallery, free;
3/17 timeless, politically-fueled, catchy-as-hell Celtic punk/anthemic rock legends Black 47 at B.B. King’s.
3/17, 8:30/10:30 PM this year’s 40th anniversary of the New England Conservatory’s improvisation program opens auspiciously with the Tanya Kalmanovitch/Anthony Coleman/Ted Reichman Trio at the Cornelia Street Café, $10 plus $10 min.
3/17 bhangra beats, Irish anthems: Delhi 2 Dublin at Webster Hall.
3/20, 8 PM this year’s New England Conservatory celebration continues with a powerhouse concert of Jewish and klezmer-fueled jazz feat. Frank London, Hankus Netsky, Greg Wall, Lily Henley, Marty Ehrlich, Matt Darriau, Anthony Coleman at Symphony Space, $22 adv tix higly rec.
3/20 one of the world’s most exhilarating electric blues guitarists, Debbie Davies at Lucille’s, 8 PM.
3/21, 7 PM New England Conservatory alumns Matt Darriau, Frank London, Ashley Paul, Mat Maneri, Andrew Hock, Judith Berkson and special guests join forces for a night of improv at Barbes, note $10 cover
3/21, 7:30 PM mesmerizing Syrian chanteuse Gaida with her great band: oudist Zafer Tawil, pianist George Dulin, bassist Jennifer Vincent, and percussionist Tony DeVivo at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised
3/21, 7:30 PM dark alt-country chanteuse Tift Merritt and classical pianist Simone Dinnerstein play songs from their reputedly amazing forthcoming art-rock album at Merkin Concert Hall, $25 adv tix a must, this will sell out.
3/25, 8 PM the Vital Vox Festival (rescheduled from just after the hurricane) kicks off with the theatrical vocalscapes of Philip Hamilton, socially aware global chanteuse Sabrina Lastman’s Lorca-inspired Encounter with ‘El Duende’ and edgy violinist/singer Sarah Bernstein’s Unearthish with percussionist Satoshi Takeishi at Roulette, $15
3/26, 7:30 PM Attacca Quartet plays John Adams’ John’s Book of Alleged Dances, for string quartet (1994) and his 2008 String Quartet at le Poisson Rouge, $20 adv tix rec.
3/26, 8 PM day two of the Vital Vox Festival features multimedia artist Lisa Karrer, Sasha Bodanowitsch with Loom Ensemble playing “original wind instruments, such as the syrinx, fujara, and koncovka and entertaining bicoastal avant vet Pamela Z at Roulettte, $15.
3/23, 7:30 PM the New England Consevatory winds up the celebration of the 40th anniversary of their improvisation program with a spectacular, intense lineup including iconic noir pianist Ran Blake, chanteuse/songwriter Dominique Eade, John Hollenbeck’s Claudia Quintet, Christine Correa, Sarah Jarosz, Anthony Coleman and Eden MacAdam-Somer among others at Symphony Space, $28 adv tix very higly rec.
4/6, 8 PM eclectic blues/hip-hop songwriter Chris Thomas King – co-star of O Brother Where Art Thou – at Lucille’s.
4/18, 8 PM Voices of Ascension sing works by Mendelssohn, Weber, Vaughan Williams and the world premiere of Eve Beglarian’s commissioned work for choir and organ, Building the Bird Mound, inspired by the spectacular Poverty Point paleo-American bird mound in northeastern Louisiana, at the Church of the Ascension, 5th Ave/10th St., $10 seats avail. but going fast.