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Fearless Solo Electroacoustic Vocal Explorations with Stephanie Lamprea at Roulette

Nothing takes more bravery in concert than singing a-cappella. Last night at Roulette, soprano Stephanie Lamprea threw caution to the wind, pushing her voice to the far fringes of her formidable technique throughout an eclectic program of relatively short, minimalistic works which were often bracing, sometimes downright scary, other times immersively atmospheric or very funny. And switching to a wireless headset mic to open the night’s second set, she also treated the crowd to an elegantly gliding dance performance.

The night’s first song turned out to be a slow, resonant walk up the scale, with portentous glissandos and diversions into guttural extended vocalese which in places seemed to echo Asian intonations.

Lamprea followed with Lucy Corin‘s Bathing, a semi-spoken word piece about plandemic-era paranoia, with a deliciously snarky ending: sometimes the funniest things are left unsaid. Next up was an Erin Thompson graphic score based on land map images: Lamprea interpreted it with echoey exhalations, goofily processed pointillisms and gentle resonance that she built to sudden swells, enhanced by generous amounts of digital reverb from Alex Van Gils’ mixer

She laughingly telegraphed how closely composer George Gianopoulos had aligned his music to match a florid Edith Wharton text in his diptych An Autumn Sunset. As amusingly over-the-top as it was, it also gave Lamprea a long launching pad for pyrotechnics in her uppermost registers.

She returned to subtler dynamics in James May‘s Flowers for Eurydice, spaciously pacing the ballad’s portrait of its heroine’s post-Orpheus life. The Birds They Stare At Me From the Window, by Melissa Rankin, was one of the more evocatively drifty works, awash in gentle doppler-like effects punctuated by unexpected, increasingly Hitchcockian drama. It was a real workout for Lamprea. Much as you could see the ending coming a mile away, that fleeting moment of horror was worth waiting for.

She moved matter-of-factly and dexterously through baroque solemnity and hazy horizontality to operatic fervor in Mid-Day, a circularly-driven work by Hannah Selin.

Selections from Kurt Rohde‘s nine-song series Water Lilies ranged from distantly spacious and mysterious, to steady and agitated or looming and mystical, floating on a cloud of reverb. Feeding the loop machine while maintaining a smooth continuity (and then competing with fusillades of recorded birdsong) was no easy task, but Lamprea was undeterred. The backdrop of projections on the screen above her was a bonus: some of the imagery, in the context of the world since March of 2020, was crushingly spot-on.

The duo onstage wound up the night with an audiovisual improvisation, Lamprea sirening and inventing new consonants, channeling both outright joy and outrage as Van Gils sent gentle washes and a few pulsing quasars through the ether.

The next concert at Roulette is tomorrow night, Sept 8 at 8 PM with a trio of first-class jazz improvisers: pianist Marilyn Crispell, bassist Joe Fonda and drummer Harvey Sorgen. Cover is $25.

Revisiting the Prophetic Musical Side of One of This Era’s Most Visionary Journalists

Tessa Lena may be best known as one of this era’s most fearless investigative journalists, but she’s also something of a prophet. While covering the technology sector several years before Event 201, she warned how the infrastructure that would eventually enable the 2020 plandemic was being rolled out.

But Tessa Lena does a lot more than just write. She hosts a podcast, Make Language Great Again, where she interviews guests as diverse as historian Steven Newcomb, New Zealand freedom fighter Emmanuel Garcia and mass media polymath Mark Crispin Miller.

She’s also a musician. Trained in her native Moscow as a classical pianist, she has as many voices as a singer as she has as a writer, with a special fondness for Armenian music. And her songwriting is just as prophetic and colorful as her prose.

There’s a lot of Tessa Lena up at Bandcamp. Her 2017 album Tessa Fights Robots is the soundtrack to a multimedia project and most closely aligned to her current work (her article The Great Reset For Dummies is as definitive an analysis of the ongoing totalitarianism as anyone has written in the past two years). The album, a satire of social media obsession fueling a global takeover by tech oligarchs. is as venomously funny as it is prescient: “A bunch of metaphorical walking dead who figured out a way to siphon your creative energy into making money for them…they’re training you to act like viruses,” she intones. And the jokes aren’t limited to lyrics.

The music shifts from dystopic synthpop to delicate, moody Slavic psych-folk, to sarcastic Brechtian circus-rock and creepy, twinkling dystopic disco. There are also two covers: a witheringly icy version of Michelle Gurevich’s Party Girl, and a spare, poignant take of Tom Waits’ Blue Valentines.

Tessa Lena’s earliest track, a darkwave anthem, dates from 2013 and serves as a launching pad for her signature spine-tingling, operatic vocals. The next one, I Am This Child, is just as brooding and sounds like Portishead on acid.

The 2016 short album Tessa Makes Love is all over the map, ranging from jazzy noir cabaret to metal to a somber solo vocalese evocation of a duduk. Living Her Dream, a menacingly sarcastic 2017 art-rock tableau, could be David J with a woman out front.

Tessa Lena’s next appearance is not as a musician but as an activist onstage at the upcoming daylong Festival in a Field at at 55 Wenzels Lane in the town of Hudson, upstate, starting at 10 AM on Sept 10. Other freedom fighters scheduled to appear include Children’s Health Defense’s Mary Holland, hero attorney Bobbie Ann Cox (currently battling to stop Kathy Hochul’s appeal of the court ruling against her concentration camp edict), Autism Action Network’s John Gilmore and more. There’s music, too. It’s on the crunchy side. The highlight is shamanic multi-percussionist Kevin Nathaniel. Other artists scheduled to appear are Americana soul jamband the Mammals, multi-instrumentalist Bibi Farber’s Action Figures 432, kirtan-rock jammers Samkirtan Band, the Red Threat, Journey Blue Heaven and Americana guitar picker Jude Roberts, There’s also a haybale maze for the kids, local homemade food and crafts; it’s $25 for the whole day.

Irrepressibly Entertaining Vocal Acrobatics on Pamela Z’s Latest Album

One of the funniest songs of the last year or so is Unknown Persons, by singer Pamela Z. It’s the deadpan musical equivalent of that famous Key & Peele skit about Al Qaeda and their dilemma with the TSA “What is the purpose of your travel?” in this case takes on Jerry Garcia-like levels of meaning. The packing list at the end is priceless.

It’s on her latest album A Secret Code, streaming at Bandcamp. Pamela Z played a foundational role in the downtown New York avant garde scene and after all these years remains a prime mover in electroacoustic music. And her sense of humor is undiminished.

The opening number, Quatre Couches/Flare Stains is a diptych. As it begins, a lattice of vocal overdubs flickering off into what sounds like birdsong, then a spacious calm/agitated dichotomy develops. The second part, a loopy, distantly operatic tableau, juxtaposes allusively grim imagery with more playful reference points.

Other Rooms incorporates droll, loopy samples spoken by of playwright Paul David Young, then expands into a kaleidoscope of elegantly interwoven, phantom-of-the-opera fragments. Somebody had to write a song called A Piece of π, and it’s a good thing Pamela Z did: let’s just say that there’s more to this slice than you might imagine. If this one doesn’t make you laugh, you’re hopeless.

There are two pieces from dance scores here. Site Four is calm and atmospheric but then suddenly becomes a disquieting Art of Noise-style tableau. By contrast, He Says Yes is an enigmatically bouncy little tune with some ridiculously amusing flourishes.

Typewriter features an ultrasound controller, which triggers samples of typewriter keystrokes: fans of analog technology will find this deliciously redemptive. The album ends with the Timepiece Triptych: Part one, Declaratives in the First Person is a trippy, cuisinarted minimalist piece; part two, Syrinx is a birdsong pastiche. The eerily drifting, Pauline Oliveros-like conclusion, De-Spangled was written to accompany a Kelly Heaton installation where both the stars and stripes are removed from the American flag.

If anything, Pamela Z’s range and expression have grown even more dynamic over the years. She isn’t playing any New York shows in the near future, but puckish avant-garde surrealists thingNY are including some of her work on the bill at their first live show since December of 2019, on Sept 4 at 7:30 PM at Coffey Street Studio, 153 Coffey St, Red Hook, a block from the end of the Valentino pier. It’s about a 20-minute hike from the F train at Carroll St. The composer-performer collective are also playing pieces by group members Gelsey Bell, Andrew Livingston, Paul Pinto and Isabel Castellvi; similarly dadaesque multimedia from Nick Brooke/The Cabinet is also on the bill.

Live Music Calendar for New York City and Brooklyn For September 2022

All these concerts are free of restrictions on entry. Weekly events first followed by the daily calendar. If a venue is unfamiliar, look for it on the old guide to NYC music venues here, which is more of a worksheet now, but it has links to most of the places on this calendar.

Mondays at the Django 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.

Sundays at around 1 PM trumpeter Jon Kellso and (frequently) guitarist Matt Munisteri lead the Ear-Regulars in NYC’s only remaining weekly hot jazz jam session at the Ear Inn

9/1-2, half past noon lyrical jazz pianist Frank Owens at Bryant Park

9/1, 6 PM Gaijin A Go Go – the satirical J-pop equivalent of Les Sans Culottes – under the Dumbo archway

9/1, 7 PM  psychedelic Afrobeat band Super Yamba and the rousingly soulful Harlem Gospel Travelers at Baby’s All Right, $15

9/1, 8 PM surfy psychedelic instrumentalists Daikaiju at the Sovereign, $20

9/1, 7:30 PM lyrical jazz pianist Henry Hey leads a trio at the Django, $25

9/1, 8:30ish artsy, brooding. 80s-tinged band the Dream Eaters at Mama Tried

9/1-4, 8/10:30 PM  reliably acerbic alto sax powerhouse Kenny Garrett leads his band at the Blue Note, $20 standing room avail

9/2, 4 PM singer Veronica Davila’s twangy, Bakersfield-flavored hard honkytonk band Low Roller at Skinny Dennis. They’re back here on 9/13 at 9

9/2, 7 PM singer Artemisia LeFay’s Ghosts of Weimar Past celebrates the music of Jewish composers Spoliansky, Weill, Hollaender, Jary saluting the spirit of cabaret and vaudeville from the birth to the death of Weimar Berlin at the downstairs room at the Rockwood, $20

9/2, 7:30 PM purist postbop jazz guitarist Ed Cherry  leads a trio followed at 10 by  noir-inspired alto saxophonist/composer Nick Hempton with his quartet  at the Django, $25

9/2, 9 PM intense, rapturous Balkan/Middle Eastern ensemble the Secret Trio  at Drom, $15 adv tix rec

9/2, 10 PM the Hysterics play surf rock followed by the jangly Big Star-influenced Hasbros at Otto’s

9/3, 3 PM unstoppable 60s boogaloo and salsa icon Joe Bataan at Union Pool, free

9/3, 7ish Baby Copperhead – who do a good banjo driven take on the creepy psych-folk that O’Death was doing ten years ago – at Mama Tried

9/3, 7:30 PM “In North Indian classical violin Rupam Ghosh is the new millennium star” and he’s here with Utpal Ghosal on tabla at the Chhandayan Center For Indian Music, $25

9/3. 8 PM retro continental swing sounds with singer Tatiana Eva-Marie & the Avalon Jazz Band  at Drom, $20 adv tix rec

9/3, 9:30 PM ageless, jangly, purist NY surf rock originals the Supertones followed at 11 by kick-ass original third-wave surf group Tsunami of Sound  at Otto’s

9/3, 10:30  Danny Jonokuchi & The Revisionists play 1930s style swing jazz  at the Django, $25

9/3, 10:30 PM refreshingly unpredictable tenor saxophonist Eric Wyatt and band at Smalls.

9/3, 11 PM guitar-fueled purist groove/soul/psychedelic funk instrumentalists the Dark Sky Hustlers at the small room at the Rockwood

9/3, 11 PM sharply lyrical southwestern gothic/Americana songwriter Tom Shaner at LIC Bar

9/4, 7ish noir-inspired honkytonk crooner Sean Kershaw at Mama Tried. 9/19 at 8 he’s at Cowgirl Seahorse

9/4, 7:30 PM puckish avant-garde surrealists thingNY play their first live show since Dec 2019, featuring music by group members Gelsey Bell, Andrew Livingston, Paul Pinto, Isabel Castellvi, as well as composer Pamela Z; dadaesque multimedia from Nick Brooke/The Cabinet also on the bill at Coffey Street Studio, 153 Coffey St, Red Hook

9/4, 9 PM fiery, deviously fun oldtimey swing guitarist/crooner Seth Kessel at Skinny Dennis

9/5-9, half past noon purist jazz pianist Larry Ham at Bryant Park

9/5, 1:30 PM adventurous outdoor improvisation: Sam Newsome – soprano sax / Laura Cocks – flute / Daniel Carter – woodwinds followed by TA Thompson Sonic Matters: Ken Filiano – bass / Sara Schoenbeck – bassoon / TA Thompson – drums and at 4 by the Andrew Lamb Trio at the community garden at 129 Stanton St near Essex

9/5, 9 PM boisterously funny oldschool 60s C&W and brooding southwestern gothic with the Jack Grace Band at Skinny Dennis, 9/26, 10 PM he’s at the Ear Inn

9/6, 6 PM not a music event but politically important: an anti-discrimination protest outside Trinity School, 139 W 91st St. James O’Keefe of Project Veritas will be reporting on the scene.

9/6, 7 PM funk-jazz crew the Silver Arrow Band at Drom, free. They’re also here on 9/20

9/6, 8 PM hypnotic loopmusic vocalist Stephanie Lamprea at Roulette, $25 adv tix rec

9/7, 10:30 PM tuneful, refreshingly edgy pianist Rachel Z leads a quartet at the Django, $25

9/8, 7 PM not a music event but a roundtable meeting of important voices: hero attorney hero attorney Bobbie Ann Cox,, John Gilmore of CHD New York and Autism Action Network and legal researcher Greg Fisher discuss how we stop Kathy Hochul’s nanny state atttempts to set up concentration camps and forcibly inject our kids, at Havurat Israel, 106-20 70th Ave Forest Hills, $5

9/8, 7 PM stadium metal band Intranced, retro 80s British metal band Seven Sisters and excellent, tuneful post-Maiden band Haunt at the Sovereign, $20

9/8, 7 PM counterintuitive, erudite trombonist  John Yao and his chordless quartet at Culture Lab in Long Island City

9/8, 7 PM two very different, very distinctive jazz pianists: Aaron Diehl and Orrin Evans at Bryant Park\

9/8, 8 PM free jazz legend and pianist Marilyn Crispell leads a trio with Joe Fonda on bass and Harvey Sorgen on drums at Roulette, $25 adv tix rec

9/8, 8:30 PM Dark Streets play Celtic classics by the Pogues, Flogging Molly, the Dubliners and others at 11th St Bar. 9/29 at 7 they’re at Mama Tried

9/8, 10:30 PM PM  tuneful oldschool soul/jazz trombonist Dave Gibson  leads his quartet at Smalls. 9/15, 7:30 they’re at the Django, $25 and back at Smalls on 9/22

9/9, 7 PM technically dazzling trumpeter Summer Camargo leads a sextet at Bryant Park

9/9, 8 PM saxophonist Vinny Golia’s improvisational Large Ensemble at Roulette, $25 adv tix rec

9/9, 8:30 PM heavy blues stoner instrumental jamband Earthless at the Market Hotel, $25

9/9, 10 PM guitarslinger Phil Gammage plays his dark Americana and blues at Shrine. 9/26, 8 PM he’s at Cowgirl Seahorse

9/10, 10 AM-8 PM out of town but a fun lineup: the family-friendly Festival in a Field with bands including Americana soul jamband the Mammals, multi-instrumentalist Bibi Farber’s Action Figures 432, kirtan-rock jammers Samkirtan Band, the Red Threat, Journey Blue Heaven, Americana guitar picker Jude Roberts, mesmerizing gong soundsculptor Kevin Nathaniel. Plus some of the stars of the NY freedom movement: riveting singer/investigative journalist/satirist Tessa Lena, CHD general counsel and tv host Mary Holland, hero attorney Bobbie Ann Cox who just defeated the New York State regulation allowing to force-isolate people in quarantine camps (the power maniacs have since appealed), John Gilmore of CHD New York and Autism Action Network, Planet Waves’ investigative reporter Eric Francis Coppolino, Dr, Tom Cowan, and others. Plus a haybale maze for the kids, local homemade food and crafts at 55 Wenzels Lane in Hudson, NY, $25

9/10, 1:30 PM an auspicious improvisational bill: Fay Victor – voice, composition / Liany Mateo – bass / Lesley Mok – drums followed at 2:30 by Melanie Dyer – viola / Mara Rosenbloom – keyboard / Kyoko Kitamurra – voice, at 3 by Miriam Parker – dance / Luke Stewart – bass and at 4 by Mara Rosenbloom – piano / Anais Maviel – voice, percussion / Sean Conly – bass at First Street Green Culture Park, 33 East 1st St

9/10, 4 PM Sarah Durning & the Fun Sisters play twangy oldschool-style original honkytonk at Skinny Dennis

9/10. 5 PM Toronto band Beams – who are all over the place, from dreampop to new wave to edgier Paula Carino-style lyrical janglerock – at Culture Lab in Long Island City

9/10. 7:30 PM jazz organist Mike LeDonn leads a trio followed at 10:30 PM by intense, lyrical, politically fearless tenor saxophonist Roxy Coss and her quintet at the Django, $25

9/10, 8 PM largescale Moroccan, Indian and American jazz improvisation: Gift of Gnawa play a Don Cherry tribute; Brooklyn Raga Massive – a rotating cast of A-list Indian, jazz and rock musicians who love to jam out classic Indian themes – and drummer Adam Rudolph’s strikingly tuneful, rumblingly improvisational Go Organic Orchestra  with special guests Hassan Hakmoun and Dave Liebman at Rumsey Playfield in Central Park south of the east side 72nd St. entrance

9/11, 1:30 PM free outdoor improvisation with the politically fearless Irreversible Entanglements Quartet: Keir Neuringer – alto sax / Luke Stewart – bass / Aquiles Navarro – trumpet / Tcheser Holmes – drums followed at 2:30 PM by the Jason Kao Hwang violin jazz Trio, at 3:30 by Ellen Christi – voice / William Parker – strings / Jackson Krall – water phone, drums and 4:30 by Dave Sewelson – baritone sax / Bobby Kapp – drums / William Parker – bass at First Street Green Culture Park, 33 East 1st St

9/11, 7 PM eclectic cosmopolitan jazz singer Sivan Arbel with her band at Culture Lab in Long Island City

9/11, 7 PM mighty Brazilian drumline street band BatalaNYC outdoors in the back garden at Pioneer Works, free

9/11, 7:30/9 PM erudite, deviously entertaining bassist Martin Wind leads his trio at Smalls, $25

9/11, 7:30/9 PM soulful pan-Latin jazz chanteuse Claudia Acuña with Pablo Vergara on piano and Carlos Henderson on bass at Mezzrow, $25

9/11, 7:30 PM New Orleans marches and funky struts with Tuba Skinny at City Winery, $22 adm avail

9/12-16. half past noon purist jazz pianist Yuka Aikawa at Bryant Park

9/12, 10:30 PM expansive postbop pianist Miki Yamanaka at Smalls She’s back here on 9/19

9/13-18. 8/10:30 PM everybody’s favorite jazz bassist, Christian McBride with an interesting up-and-coming band: Nicole Glover, Ely Perlman, Mike King, Savannah Harris at the Blue Note, $30 standing room avail

9/13, 10:30 PM   fiery electric Cuban hill country music with Los Hacheros at the Django, $25

9/14, 10:30 PM lyrical, thoughtful tenor saxophonist Eric Alexander leads his quartet at the Django, $25

9/15, 7 PM iconic Afro-Cuban percussionist/bandleader Pedrito Martine plays his bday show at Drom, $20 adv tix rec

9/15, 7:30 PM night one of this year’s Momenta Festival with the reliably adventurous Momenta Quartet opens with Elizabeth Brown: Just Visible in the Distance (2013); Valentin Silvestrov: String Quartet no. 3 (2011)’ Shawn Jaeger: Thy Wondering Eyes (2010) at Broadway Presbyterian Church (601 W 114th St. free

9/15, 8 PM chamber ensemble Bearthoven, chamber ensemble Desdemona, pianist Isabelle O’Connell and percussionist Adam Holmes play a composer portrait of Cassie Wieland at Roulette, $25 adv tix rec

9/16, 6 PM the fiery, violin-driven Sedi Donka Balkan Band at a house concert at 328 Marlborough Rd., (Cortelyou/Beverley), Crown Heights, Q to C

9/16, 7 PM the annual accordion festival returns:  the lustrously uneasy Ukrainian Village Voices, Balkan band Balaklava Blues – a Lemon Bucket Orkestra spinoff – and Heart of Afghanistan, with Afghani TV star Ahmad Fanoos on vocals and harmonium, his sons Elham Fanoos on piano and Mehran Fanoos on violin, and Hamid Habibzada on tablā. and others at Bryant Park

9/16, 7:30 PM night two of this year’s Momenta Festival with the reliably adventurous Momenta Quartet continues with Carlos Chávez: Invention II (1965) for String Trio; José Pablo Moncayo: Viola Sonata (1934); Julián Carrillo: String Quartet No. 1 (1903) at Broadway Presbyterian Church (601 W 114th St. free

9/16, 7:30 PM wickedly sharp, politically fearless, funny psychedelic soul with Fantastic Negrito  at the Poisson Rouge, $30 adv tix rec

9/17, noon this weekend’s freedom rally to overturn the totalitarian lethal injection and social credit score schemes in NYC, at the south end of Hunters Point Park in Long Island City, 7 train to Hunters Point Ave

9/17, 1:30 PM reliably good free jazz veterans: Steve Swell – trombone / Kirk Knuffke – cornet / TA Thompson – drums, at 2:30 trumpeter Jaimie Branch’s group, at 3:30 the Larry Roland Urban Project: Larry Roland- poetry, bass / Kiyoko Layne – keyboard / Waldron Ricks – trumpet / TA Thompson – drums and Whit Dickey – drums / Rob Brown – alto sax at the community garden at 129 Stanton St near Essex

9/17, 4 PM energetic delta blues/Romany swing guitaris Felix Slim at Skinny Dennis. Sizzling electric bluegrass and C&W outfit Demolition String Band play after at 9.

9/17, 4 PM seven-year-old fiddle sensation Isla Gray Ross and her dad Clay Ross from Ranky Tanky at a house concert at 225 Argyle Rd just off Beverley, Crown Heights, a benefit for Operation Gig, Q to Beverley Road

9/17, 7 PM the American Symphony Orchestra play music by William Grant Still, Mahler and Louise Talma at Bryant Park

9/17, 7:30 PM night three of this year’s Momenta Festival with the reliably adventurous Momenta Quartet continues with Hirofumi Mogi: In Memory of Perky Pat (2021) for string quartet and horn; Brahms: Trio for Violin, Horn, and Piano in E-flat Major, Op. 40 (1865); Grażyna Bacewicz: Piano Quintet No. 2 (1965) at Broadway Presbyterian Church (601 W 114th St. free

9/18, 1:30 PM an eclectic improvisional afternoon: Chris Williams – trumpet / Luke Stewart – bass / Cinque Kemp – drums; at 2:30 Daro Behroozi – flutes, woodwinds, percussion / Éléonore Weill – flutes, voice / Martin Shamoonpour – flutes, percussion and at 4 the powerful Sarah Manning – alto sax / Jair-Rohm Wells – bass / William Hooker – drums at the community garden at 710 E 5th St.

9/18, 4 PM latin jazz pianist Bennett Paster‘s Understated Trio at a house concert at 171 Westminster Rd (Beverley/Albemarle), Q to Beverley Road

9/18, 7 PM spine-tingling, darkly mystical art-rock/avant-garde/chamber pop songwriter Carol Lipnik – pretty much everybody’s choice for best singer in all of NYC – at Pangea

9/18, 7:30 PM closing night of this year’s Momenta Festival with the reliably adventurous Momenta Quartet includes Julián Carrillo: String Quartet No. 11 (1962); Mario Davidovsky: Synchronisms No. 9 (1988) for violin and electronics; Glaser: String Quartet No. 5, in memoriam Mario Davidovsky (2022) and Beethoven: String Quartet No. 11 at Broadway Presbyterian Church (601 W 114th St. free

9/18, 9 PM darkly cinematic, ornate surf instrumentalists the TarantinosNYC.at Otto’s

9/20, 7:30/9 PM adrenalizing postbop vibraphonist Mark Sherman leads a quartet at Smalls, $25

9/20, 8ish powerpop en Espanol band Estos Gritos followed by edgy King Crimson-influenced Woodhead at Mama Tried

9/20-25, 8/10:30 PM darkly lyrical, phantasmagorical jazz vocal sage Cecile McLorin Salvant at the Blue Note, , $30 standing room avail

9/20, 9ish wickedly torchy noir songwriter Julia Haltigan at 11th St Bar

9/20, 10:30 PM Manuel Valera & New Cubana Express at the Django, $25

9/21, 9 PM catchy, lyrically edgy, anthemic janglerock tunesmith Greta Keating at the small room at the Rockwood

9/21, 10:30/midnight  the great unsung NYC hero of darkly purposeful, noir-tinged jazz guitar, Saul Rubin leads his trio at Mezzrow $25

9/22, 7:15 PM timeless, haunting, playful octogenarian Armenian jazz sage and multi-reedman Souren Baronian‘s Taksim at Drom, $20 adv tix rec

9/22, 8:30 PM Pussy Riot at the Poisson Rouge, $25 adv tix rec. Probably more of a show for the bucket list and a good cause than actual musical enjoyment.

9/23, 5 PM the S.E.M. Ensemble stage a very rare performance of Petr Kotík’s epic six-hour 1978 Gertrude Stein-themed choral work Many Many Women to celebrate the composer’s 80th birthday. at Willow Place Auditorium, 26 Willow Place, Brooklyn Heights. 9/29 at 6 PM they’re staging it at Roulette, $20 gen adm. Come and go as you like!

9/23, 7:30/9 PM energetic, inventive, gospel-inspired jazz pianist Pete Malinverni leads his trio at Mezzrow, $25

9/23, 9 PM urban Americana vet Alex Battles at the small room at the Rockwood. Next door at the big room, Brandi & the Alexanders play oldschool-style soul ballads at 9:30 for $10 and downstairs crystalline-voiced noir Americana songwriter Jessie Kilguss  plays a rare show with a string section! at 8:30 for $10

9/24, 1:30 PM outdoor improvisation: Juan Pablo Carlett – drums / Rob Brown – alto sax followed at 2:30 by bassist Brandon Lopez, at 3:30 Patrick Holmes – clarinet / Sarah Sandaval – dance and at 4 brilliant saxophonist James Brandon Lewis‘ Trio at First Street Green Culture Park, 33 East 1st St

9/24, 6 PM lurid ghoulabilly band Lara Hope & the Ark-Tones at Otto’s

9/24, 8 PM slinky Rocky Mountain jamband legends Poi Dog Pondering at the Poisson Rouge, $18 adv tix rec

9/24, 8 PM Afghan rubab lute virtuoso Homayoun Sakhi with sitarist Josh Feinberg at Roulette, $30 adv tix rec

9/24, 9 PM badass Americana dobro player and singer Cristina Vane at Skinny Dennis, note that there is a $12 cover

9/25, 1 PM a retro latin music dance party with two of the city’s best: slinky, horn-driven retro bugalu band Spanglish Fly and oldschool salsa dura band Avenida B  at Park 52, (St. John/Leggett Aves) in the Bronx, 2/5 to Prospect Ave

9/25, 1:30 PM a great improvisational triplebill: Aakash Mittal – sax, clarinet / Jasmine Wilson – vocals, spoken word / Lesley Mok – percussion, drums; at 2:30 William Parker – gimbre, percussion, double reeds / Hamid Drake – frame & drumset, vocals and at 4 Alexis Marcelo – keyboards / Adam Lane – bass / Michael Wimberly – drums at First Street Green Culture Park, 33 East 1st St

9/25, 3 PM brilliant bassist Debby Schwartz‘s psychedelic band Psych-O-positive at Sunday Social, 17 Frost St off Lorimer in Williamsburg, L to Lorimer St

9/25, 4 PM irrepressibly lyrical multi-reedman Ned Rothenberg plays a rare solo show of original and traditional solo Japanese themes at the Noguchi Museum, 9-01 33rd Road, Long Island City, free w/museum adm, N/W to Broadway and about a 10 minute walk, free w/museum adm.

9/25. 9 PM Nashville female-fronted heavy blues power trio the Minks at Skinny Dennis, note the $5 cover

9/26, 7 PM noir guitar legend Jim Campilongo leads his trio at the big room at the Rockwood, $20

9/27, 6:30 PM guitarist Dustin Carlson and saxophonist Michael Attias improvise. followed at 7:30 by savagely incisive violinist Sana Nagano, guitarist Jonathan Goldberger and drummer Kevin Shea at Downtown Music Gallery

9/27, 8 PM intriguing free jazz saxophonist Zoh Amba plays the album release show for her new one with Marc Edwards, Matt Hollenberg, Micah Thomas, thomas Morgan at Roulette, $25 adv tix rec

9/28, noon eclectic jazz/tropical/psychedelic violinist Skye Steele at the pedestrian plaza at Willoughby and Pearl in downtown Brooklyn

9/28, 7 PM cutting-edge Indian music collective Brooklyn Raga Massive at Branded Saloon

9/28, 7:30 PM the best singing pianist (and the best piano-playing singer) in jazz, Champian Fulton at the Django, $25

9/28, 8 PM scorching jazz violinist Sana Nagano‘s Atomic Pigeons at Mama Tried

9/28, 8 PM hauntingly innovative cellist Erik Friedlander with Satoshi Takeishi, percussion and Mark Helias, bass at Zurcher Gallery, $20

9/29, 7 PM  fiery newschool honkytonk/janglerock bandleader Michaela Anne  at Union Pool, $20

9/30, starting at 6 PM a benefit for Ukraine at Otto’s, sug don. to benefit Razom For Ukraine. Artists on the bill include songwriter and visual artist Kassaye Selassie, Granite to Glass, Americana harmony duo Raising Daughters, the reliably ferocious Giftshop at 8, edgy powerpop songwriter Abbie Roper, country-folk two-piece Plane Station, sardonic powerpopstress Carissa Johnson and others

9/30, 8 PM snidely satirical new wave/80s rock spoofers Office Culture at C’Mon Everybody, $13

10/1, 1:30 PM an improvisational afternoon: the Devin Brahja Waldman Trio, 2:30 PM Triosphere with Reggie Nicholson – drums, percussion / Don Chapman – tenor sax / On Ka’a Davis – guitar and at 4 Nick Lyons – alto sax / Pete Swanson – bass / John Wagner – drums at the community garden at 129 Stanton St near Essex

10/2, 1:30 PM eclectic improvisation: Aquiles Navarro – trumpet / Tchesser Holmes – drums followed at 2:30 by Freedom First: Keith LaMar, Albert Marquès, William Parker, at 3:30 singer Lisa Sokolov and at 4 drummer Dan Kurfirst with his Trio at the community garden at 129 Stanton St near Essex

10/2, 1:30 PM catchy, slinky psychedelic funk/punk band Eliza & the Organix at the stage near 556 Atlantic Ave (3rd/4th Aves) at the Atlantic Antic street fair. 10/7, 7 PM they’re playing an acoustic set at Oliver’s Astoria, 3719 Broadway @ 38th St. in Astoria

10/3, 7:30 PM hilariously acerbic, perennially relevant purist rock/Americana songwriter Amy Rigby at City Winery

10/8, 1:30 PM a great free jazz lineup: Karen Borca – bassoon / Hilliard Greene – bass / Jackson Krall – drums, at 3:30 Djassi / Shayna Dulberger – bass and at 4 the guitar duo of Ava Mendoza & Mike Baggeetta at First Street Green Culture Park, 33 East 1st St

10/9, 2:30 PM 75 Dollar Bill’s Che Chen – percussion, homemade instruments / Daniel Carter – reeds, flute, trumpet / Chris Williams – trumpet, at 3:30 Raina Sokolov-Gonzalez voice with Mara Rosenbloom keyboard and at 4 PM Francisco Mora Catlett – drums / Sam Newsome – soprano sax & sonic diversity / Roman Diaz – percussion at First Street Green Culture Park, 33 East 1st St

10/10, 1:30 PM outdoor improvisation: Ayumi Ashito – sax / Daniel Carter – reeds / Demian Richardson – trumpet; 2:30 PM Darius Jones – alto sax / William Parker – bass / Scott Clark – drums and at 4 PM saxophonist Avram Fefer‘s Trio of Freedom at First Street Green Culture Park, 33 East 1st St

10/15, 3 PM  Burnt Sugar play lush Braxton-ish largescale improvisation, hard funk, James Brown and Bowie covers at 300 Ashland Pl. just down the block from BAM

10/16, 6 PM a fascinating Japanese-American instrumental ensemble: Lish Lindsey, ryuteki ; Thomas Piercy, clarinet/hichiriki; Masayo Ishigure, koto, Daniel Hass, cello, Tengku Irfan, piano play works by Masatora Goya, Seth Boustead; Gilbert Galindo and Beata Moon at Martha Graham Studio One, 55 Bethune St in the West Village, $25/$10 stud/srs

10/25 hilariously lyrical protest songwriter/pianist Dawn Oberg at Freddy’s

Rafiq Bhatia Brings His Surreal Soundscapes to a Summer Series in Midtown

It’s hard to think of a guitarist who personifies the state of the art in ambient jazz more individualistically or interestingly than Rafiq Bhatia. He’s just as much at home reinventing Mary Lou Williams tunes with his longtime collaborator Chris Pattishall as he is creating an immersive electronic swirl. Bhatia’s next gig is outdoors at Bryant Park at 7 PM on August 19.

Bhatia had the good fortune to release his most recent album, Standards Vol. 1 – streaming at Bandcamp – in January of 2020. It’s a characteristically outside-the-box series of interpretations of iconic jazz tunes. He opens it by transforming In A Sentimental Mood into a disquieting series of sheets of sound, running Riley Mulherkar’s trumpet and Stephen Riley’s tenor sax through several patches including an icy choir effect.

Cécile McLorin Salvant sings The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face with alternatingly coy charm and outright menace, enhanced electronically by Bhatia’s minimalist textural washes. The only track that Bhatia plays guitar on here is Ornette Coleman’s Lonely Woman, which he reinvents as an utterly desolate, surrealistically looped, raga-tinged nightscape, Craig Weinrib a fugitive on the run with his palms on the drum heads. The two horns take it out with a dusky wee-hours conversation.

The album’s final number is The Single Petal of a Rose, Pattishall’s spare, raindrop piano licks subtly processed (and maybe cut and pasted) to flit into and out of the sonic picture. It’s a prime example of how Bhatia builds a space to get lost in.

Allusive, Intriguingly Lyrical Songs and a Long Island City Gig From Singer Sofia Rei

Singer Sofia Rei has carved out an individualistic niche somewhere between the folk music and nueva cancion of her native Argentina, jazz, and the techier side of the avant garde. She has a thing for pastiches, loops and surrealism, although there’s often a very serious undercurrent beneath the lively vocal acrobatics. Her latest album, Umbral – streaming at her music page – hit the web just before the fleeting few weeks of freedom here in New York in June of last year. She sings in Spanish with her usual blend of disarming directness and constant dynamic shifts.

The opening number, Un Mismo Cielo is loopmusic as Bjork might have done it in Spanish, with Martin Vejarano’s gaita flute throwing off rustic overtones before Leo Genovese’s swirly psychedelic synth and steady, spare piano enter the mix behind the cheery, enticing vocals. It’s a “when will I see you again” scenario – symbolism much?

The loops grow swirlier and more hypnotic as the second track, La Otra coalesces, then Rei shifts into a trickier, more emphatic rhythm with her charango. It’s quite a contrast with the creepy, mythologically symbolist lyrics.

Escarabajo Digital (Digital Beetle) is a blippy, soaring, metaphorically loaded mashup of 80s electropop and Argentine plains folk:

Herencia de otros tiempos
Difícil cambiar la ecuación
La sílaba equivocada del poema
[Inheritance from another time
Hard to change the equation
Wrong stanza of the poem]

The backdrop is much the same in Helvetica 12, a playful, stream-of-consciousness salute to the fine points of language. Rei’s charango mingles with JC Maillard’s spare ukulele in La Caida (The Fall), her anguished, elegaic vocals again contrasting with an alternately atmospheric and blithely rhythmic background.

La Quinta Pata (Fifth Leg) is a snide dis, Rei’s collage of multitracks flitting over Jorge Roeder’s dancing bass and Tupac Mantilla’s bounding but restrained drums. As upbeat as the album is, the final cut, Negro Sobre Blanco (Black on White) is downright chilling, with its spare, stark layers of charango, guitars and cuatro from guest Jorge Glem. Is this a portrait of a lockdown suicide, or a death from the lethal Covid shot?

Comenzó en la mañana de hoy
Sin saber
Percibió que el aire le era hostil
Algo rondaba su corazón
Algo decía que iba a explotar por dentro
[It started this morning
Not knowing
He felt the hostile air around him
Something haunted his heart
Something said it was going to explode inside him]

Sofia Rei’s next gig is outdoors at 7 PM on August 16 at Gantry Plaza State Park in Long Island City. Take the to 7 to Vernon-Jackson or the G to 21st/Van Alst and walk to the river.

Live Music Calendar for New York City and Brooklyn For August 2022

All these concerts are free of restrictions on entry. Weekly events first followed by the daily calendar. If a venue is unfamiliar, look for it on the old guide to NYC music venues here, which is more of a worksheet now, but it has links to most of the places on this calendar.

Mondays at the Django 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.

Sundays at around 1 PM trumpeter Jon Kellso and (frequently) guitarist Matt Munisteri lead the Ear-Regulars in NYC’s only remaining hot jazz jam session at the Ear Inn

8/1, 7 PM loopy art-rock instrumentalists Thee Reps followed by uneasy female-fronted psychedelic abstract rock band Gold Dime at Mama Tried in Gowanus

8/1, 7:30 PM lyrical, cinematic pianist  Alan Broadbent leads a trio at Mezzrow, $25

8/1, 9 PM boisterously funny oldschool 60s C&W and brooding southwestern gothic with the Jack Grace Band at Skinny Dennis.

8/1, 10:30 PM expansive, expressive jazz pianist Miki Yamanaka at Smalls, $25. She’s back on 8/15

8/2, noon feral tenor saxophonist Eric Wyatt and band at Columbus Park, Cadman Plaza East and Johnson St. in downtown Brooklyn. He’s also at Smalls on 8/13 and 8/27 at 10:30 PM for $25

8/2, 7 PM clever, fiery, eclectic ten-piece Balkan/hip-hop/funk brass maniacs Slavic Soul Party  at Gantry State Park in Long Island City

8/2, 7:30 PM  lush, majestic string ensemble the East Coast Chamber Orchestra play works by Adolphus Hailstork, Maureen Nelson and Schubert’s String Quartet No. 14 in D minor, D 810, ‘Death and the Maiden’ at the Naumburg Bandshell in Central Park

8/2, 7:30 PM cellist Ismail Ali, tenor saxophonist Will Greene and drummer Raf Vertessen kick out the jams at Downtown Music Gallery

8/2, 7:30 PM powerhouse postbop saxophonist Mike DiRubbo’s quartet at Smalls, $25. 8/4 he’s at the Django at 7:30 followed by guitarist Mark Whitfield at 10:30 for the same price.

8/2, 8 PM Rocky Mountain jamband legends Leftover Salmon – still trippy after all these years – at City Winery, $30 adm avail

8/2, 8:30 PM intense janglerock/Americana/soul songwriter Matt Keating and guitarist Steve Mayone’s catchy project the Bastards of Fine Arts at 11th St. Bar

8/2, 9 PM  Veronica Davila’s twangy, Bakersfield-flavored hard honkytonk band Low Roller at Skinny Dennis

8/2, 10:30 PM  fiery electric Cuban hill country music with Los Hacheros at the Django, $25. They’re back here on the 23rd

8/3, 1 PM purist oldschool jazz guitarist Bill Wurtzel resumes his long-running stand at the American Folk Art Museum. He’s back on 8/17

8/3, 8 PM intense, charismatic oldschool soul belter Sami Stevens at the small room at the Rockwood. Downtown jazz guitar icon Elliott Sharp leads a trio at the downstairs room for $20 at 10:30 PM

8/3, 7:30 PM hard-hitting tenor saxophonist Troy Roberts leads a quartet at Smalls, $25

8/4, 5 PM thunderous all-female Brazilian drumline Fogo Azul at Socrates Sculpture Park in Queens

8/4, 7 PM darkly psychedelic Afrobeat groove group Budos Band at Corporal Thompson Park in Staten Island

8/4, 7 PM thoughtful, dynamic pianist Manuel Valera & New Cuban Express outdoors at Terraza 7, $15

8/4, 7:30 PM sizzling salsa dura band the Spanish Harlem Orchestra  on the plaza at Lincoln Center

8/4. 10:30 PM tuneful oldschool soul/jazz trombonist Dave Gibson leads a quartet at Smalls, $25. He leads a nonet on 8/20 at 10:30 PM at the Django, same deal

8/5, 3 PM a bunch of Red Baraat-adjacent artists and then the hypnotically explosive live bhangra dance band itself at Central Park Summerstage

8/5, 7:30 PM purist oldschool swing with the Harlem Renaissance Orchestra on the plaza at Lincoln Center

8/5, 10:30 PM purist oldschool tenor sax player Craig Handy leads New Orleans-flavored band at the Django, $25

8/5, midnight guitar-fueled purist groove/soul/psychedelic funk instrumentalists the Dark Sky Hustlers take a break from their Central Park busking at the small room at the Rockwood

8/6, 6 PM psychedelic tropicalia band the Meridian Brothers and psychedelic cumbia/reggaeton bandleader Ana Tijoux at Corporal Thompson Park in Staten Island

8/6, 7:30 PM powerhouse oldschool-style soul husband-wife team the War & Treaty at Damrosch Park

8/6, Unsteady Freddie‘s monthly surf rock extravaganza at Otto’s begins at 8 PM with the Reverb Kings, at 9:30 the darkly haphazard Monomatics and at 11 Link Wray cover band the Wraycyclers,

8/6, 9 PM  deviously entertaining hot 20s swing chanteuse Sweet Megg Farrell puts on her cowboy hat at Skinny Dennis

8/6, 10:30 PM purist postbop tenor saxophonist Stacy Dillard with his band at Smalls, $25. He’s back on 8/20

8/6, 11 PM sharply lyrical southwestern gothic/Americana songwriter Tom Shaner  at LIC Bar

8/7, 1 PM blazing all-female street band the Brass Queens at the Blue Note, $20

8/7, 3 PM Dominican stars in reverse order; bachatero El Rey Supremo” Luis Vargas / El Gran Alcover / and merengue group Max Banda at Rumsey Playfield south of the Summerstage shell in Central Park

8/7, 4 PM intense Balkan chanteuse Jenny Luna‘s haunting, traditional Turkish band Dolunay  at a house concert at 131 Buckingham Rd. (Albemarle/Church Ave) in Crown Heights, B/Q to Church Ave, sug don

8/7; 6:30 PM noir-inspired low-register reedman Ben Goldberg and tuneful, state-of-the-art postbop jazz guitarist Will Bernard play their “porch concert” set at Downtown Music Gallery

8/7, 7 PM brasy second-wave Ethio-jazz band Molly Tigre at Culture Lab

8/7, 7:30/9 PM purist vocal jazz stylist Melissa Stylianou leads an intimate trio at Mezzrow, $25

8/7, 8 PM dynamically shifting postrock band Hiroe at Lucky 13 Saloon, $12

8/7, 10 PM garage-punk band the Trash Bags at Our Wicked Lady, free

8/9, 7:30 PM art-rock singer and former October Project frontwoman Mary Fahl at City Winery, $22 adm avail

8/10, 7:30/9 PM ambitiously tuneful jazz pianist Steven Feifke leads a trio at Mezzrow, $25

8/11, 5 PM not music-related but important: a rally to fight Attorney General Letitia James’ appeal of Kathy Hochul’s overturned concentration camp order at the Harlem Summer Stage, 163 W 125th St at Adam Clayton Powell Blvd. sponsored by Teachers For Choice. If you miss this one, there’s another on 8/14, time/location tba

8/11, 6 PM psychedelic funk/Afrobeat jammers the People’s Champs  under the Dumbo archway, F to York St.

8/11, 7:30/9 PM cinematic Middle Eastern-inspired bass clarinetist Todd Marcus leads a quartet at Smalls, $25

8/11, 7 PM Video Music Box legend Ralph McDaniels hosts a mostly nostalgic hip-hop multiple-bill with Sweet Tee, Girl Codee, Black Sheep, Smif n Wessun, Special Ed at at the Coney Island Amphitheatre. free, get here early or else

8/11, 9 PM Afro-Cuban percussion legend Pedrito Martinez leads his rumbling, jazz-tinged salsa project at Drom $25 adv tix rec, $25 adv tix rec

8/12, 6 PM the Space Merchants – the missing link between the Stooges and X – at a house concert at 284 Stratford Rd at Slocum Pl in Ditmas Park, Q to Cortelyou Rd.

8/12, 7 PM ferocious, female-fronted Afrobeat band Underground System at Pier 45 in Hudson River Park – take W 10th St to the river

8/12, 7 PM Lucia Pulido leads a killer bolero band with Sebastian Cruz on guitar at Terraza 7, $15

8/12, 7:30 PM trombonist Conrad Herwig leads his latin-flavored Mingus project followed at 10:30 by trombonoist Mariel Bildstein leading her bandat the Django, $25

8/12, 8ish thrash metal band Lies Beneath, stormy cinematic black metal band Body & Blood and melodic underground metal legends Lost Legacy at Lucky 13 Saloon, $12

8/13, 1 PM a blues and blues-adjacent bill in reverse order: Dwayne Dopsie & the Zydeco Hellraisers, powerhouse guitarist Jackie Venson, elegant New Orleans legend Walter “Wolfman” Washington, Bette Smith and Don Bryant at Pier 76, 408 12th Ave north of 34th St.

8/13, 3 PM 90s hip-hop nostalgia with Ja Rule and the Lox at Roy Wilkins Park in Queens Merrick Boulevard and Baisley Boulevard

8/13, 7 PM psychedelic pan-latin jamband Festejation with Juancho Herrera on guitar at Culture Lab

8/13, 7:30 PM expressive carnatic singer Anirban Bhattacharya with Chandrachur Bhattacharya on sitar, Utpal Ghosal on tabla and Naba Kumar Pal on harmonium at the Chhandayan Center For Indian Music, $25

8/14, 1 PM soaringly explosive jazz composer/torch singer Nicole Zuraitis at the Blue Note, $20

8/14, 5 PM jazz pianist Hyuna Park leads her lyrical trio at Culture Lab

8/15-19, half past noon classical pianist Victor Lin at Bryant Park

8/16, noon  iconic latin percussionist Willie Martinez leads his classic salsa/mambo group at Columbus Park, Cadman Plaza East and Johnson St. in downtown Brooklyn

8/16 7 PM playful avant garde cancion singer Sofia Rei at Gantry State Park in Long Island City

8/16, 7:30 PM trumpeter Dave Scott with microtonal violin sorceress Sarah Bernstein, bassist Hillyard Greene and drummer Billy Mintz at Downtown Music Gallery

8/16-21, 8/10:30 PM bassist Avishai Cohen with pianist Elchin Shirinov & drummer Roni Kaspi at the Blue Note, $20 standing room avail

8/16, 8 PM  funk-jazz crew the Silver Arrow Band at Drom, free. They’re also here on 8/31

8/16, 8:30 PM resonator guitarist Jackson & the Janks play New Orleans rock with bass sax at 11th St Bar

8/17, 1 PM not a music event but important: Children’s Health Defense & CHD NY lead a rally in front of New York Attorney General Letitia James’ office at the State Office Building,, 163 W 125th St to let her and Governor Hochul know that New Yorkers say NO to the unconstitutional quarantine and isolation measures they are trying to get reinstated after they were overturned in court. The regulation allowed for a massive expansion of powers to force isolate and quarantine New Yorkers with no due process or evidence of illness. Even though Hochul lost in court, she is appealing the decision..

8/17, 7 PM Video Music Box’s Ralph McDaniels hosts a 90s dancehall reggae bill with Wayne Wonder and others at Central Park Summerstage

8/18, 8ish a surf rock triplebill at the Sovereign in reverse order: opaque, surrealistically creepy Russian stars Messer Chups, the darkly cinematic Wiped Out, the edgy, more lo-fi Jagaloons, $20

8/18, 9:30 PM wildly charismatic, menacing gutter blues band the Reid Paley Trio behind the “worn door” at the Main Drag Community Center at 50 S 1st St. in Williamsburg, about equidistant from the Bedford Ave. L and the J/M to Marcy

8/18, 10:30 PM serpentine, cinematic art-rock instrumentalists You Bred Raptors at the big room at the Rockwood, $10

8/19, 7 PM atmospheric jazz guitarist Rafiq Bhatia at Bryant Park

8/18-19, 7:30 PM the Ukrainian Freedom Orchestra with Anna Fedorova on piano play works by Valentin Silvestrov, Beethoven, Chopin. Dvorak and Brahms at Damrosch Park

8/20, 4 PM punk/rockabilly band the Screaming Rebel Angels  followed by the NYC Ska Orchestra at Culture Lab

8/20, 4 PM  fiery, deviously fun oldtimey swing guitarist/crooner Seth Kessel & the Two Cent Band  at Skinny Dennis.

8/20, 7 PM haunting, lyrical, noir-tinged songwriter Nina Nastasia at Union Pool, $20

8/20, 8 ish Burnt Sugar celebrate 20+ years of lush Braxton-ish largescale improvisation, hard funk, James Brown and Bowie covers at Marcus Garvey Park

8/21, 5 PM carnivalesque Balkan punk monstrosity Funkrust Brass Band outdoors at Newkirk Ave & E 17th St in Prospect Lefferts Gardens, Q to Newkirk Ave

8/21. 7:30/9 PM purist postbop tenor saxophonist Nicole Glover leads a chordless trio at Smalls, $25

8/22-26, half past noon eclectic jazz pianist Jon Weber at Bryant Park

8/22, 10 PM singer Kevin Harris with jazz organ paradigm-shifter Brian Charette at the Ear Inn

8/23, 7 PM trombonist Curtis Hasselbring’s playfully cinematic Curhestra at Mama Tried in Gowanus

8/23, 8 PM Americana banjo songwriter Hilary Hawke  at the small room at the Rockwood

8/23-28, 8/10:30 PM jazz piano legend Abdullah Ibrahim at the Blue Note, $30 standing room avail

8/24, noon purist jazz pianist Mala Waldron at Dante Park, Broadway betw 63/64

8/24, 7:30 PM rising star pianist Luther S. Allison leads his group at the Django, $25

8/24, 9 PM darkly cinematic chanteuse Alice Cohen at Union Pool, $16

8/26, 7 PM a “habibi festival” that transcends the style: North African dancer Esraa Warda & the Châab Lab, kanun virtuoso Firas Zreik, and haunting French-Tunisian saxophonist Yacine Boulares’ Ajoyo project at Bryant Park

8/26, 7 PM jaunty female-fronted original retro rocksteady band the Big Takeover at Pier 45 in Hudson River Park – take W 10th St to the river

8/26, 8 PM psychedelic funk instrumentalists the Zoo Berries at Culture Lab

8/26, 8 PM a third-wave ska nostalgia quadruplebill with soundtrack instrumentalist Jo Mercado, Beat Stu. the End Times and then ska trombone legend Buford O’Sullivan and the Roosters at Otto’s

8/27, 4 PM all-female salsa band Lulada Club at a house concert at 121 Marlborough Rd. (Albemarle/Church Ave), Crown Heights, Q to Church Ave

8/27, 4 PM ish socially conscious jazz chanteuse Nikara’s Black Wall Street project, bassist Buster Willliams and his band and trumpeter Terence Blanchard with the Turtle Island Quartet at Marcus Garvey Park

8/27, 7 PM oldschool soul grooves with Square Won at Culture Lab

8/27, 7:30 PM jazz organist Mike LeDonne with Vincent Herring on sax at the Django, $25

8/27, 10 PM sardonic all-female ghoulabilly/garage band the Black Widows at Otto’s

8/28. 1:30ish soul-folk songwriter Wyndham Baird, satirical tunesmith legend Erik Frandsen. Americana swing songwriter Katie Martucci and  eclectic pan-latin and Middle Eastern-inflected acoustic songwriter Miriam Elhajli at Washington Square Park /bio

8/28, 2 PM the Sun Ra Arkestra  make their yearly appearance at the free outdoor concert series at Union Pool

8/28, 3 PM purist jazz guitarist Pasquale Grasso, swing trumpeter/singer Bria Skonberg, intense tenor saxophonist Melissa Aldana and Archie Shepp and Jason Moran with Cecile Mclorin Salvant at Tompkins Square Park

8/28 legendary, playful ex-Ellington Band trombonist Art Baron and his group at a house concert at 131 Buckingham Rd. (Albemarle/Church Ave), Crown Heights, Q to Church Ave

8/28, 4 PM darkly torchy southwestern gothic/Europolitan songwriter/guitarist Miwa Gemini, followed at 6 by exotic vibraphone-driven surf band the Vibro-jets at LIC Bar

8/28, 4 PM oldschool-style high plains C&W singer Hope Debates & North 40 at Skinny Dennis

8/28, 7 PM sizzling clarinetist Zisl Slepovitch leads his klezmer trio at the downstairs room at the Rockwood, $20

8/28. 8:30 PM a rare solo show by intense, wickedly tuneful jazz oudist/guitarist Gordon Grdina at Downtown Music Gallery

8/28, 10:30 PM charismatic, adventurous postbop/avant garde trombonist/crooner Frank Lacy leads a quartet at Smalls, $25

8/29-9/2, half past noon lyrical jazz pianist Frank Owens at Bryant Park

8/29, 7 PM noir guitar legend Jim Campilongo leads his trio at the big room at the Rockwood, $15

8/30, 6:30 PM guitarist Aron Namenwirth and keyboardist Eric Plaks improvise; guitarist Simon Hanes, cellist Aliya Ultan and drummer Kevin Murray do the same afterward at Downtown Music Gallery

8/31, 7:30 PM rising star jazz vibraphonist Sasha Berliner leads her group at the Django, $25

9/1-2, half past noon lyrical jazz pianist Frank Owens at Bryant Park

9/1, 6 PM Gaijin A Go Go – the satirical J-pop equivalent of Les Sans Culottes – under the Dumbo archway

9/1, 7 PM  psychedelic Afrobeat band Super Yamba and the rousingly soulful Harlem Gospel Travelers at Baby’s All Right, $15

9/1, 8 PM surfy psychedelic instrumentalists Daikaiju at the Sovereign, $20

9/1, 7:30 PM lyrical jazz pianist Henry Hey leads a trio at the Django, $25

9/1, 8:30ish artsy, brooding. 80s-tinged band the Dream Eaters at Mama Tried

9/1-4, 8/10:30 PM  reliably acerbic alto sax powerhouse Kenny Garrett leads his band at the Blue Note, $20 standing room avail

9/2, 4 PM singer Veronica Davila’s twangy, Bakersfield-flavored hard honkytonk band Low Roller at Skinny Dennis. They’re back here on 9/13 at 9

9/2, 7:30 PM purist postbop jazz guitarist Ed Cherry  leads a trio followed at 10 by  noir-inspired alto saxophonist/composer Nick Hempton with his quartet  at the Django, $25

9/2, 8 PM hilarious, lyrically devastating pianist and protest song maven Dawn Oberg at Freddy’s

9/2, 9 PM intense, rapturous Balkan/Middle Eastern ensemble the Secret Trio  at Drom, $15 adv tix rec

9/2, 10 PM the Hysterics play surf rock followed by the jangly Big Star-influenced Hasbros at Otto’s

9/3, 3 PM unstoppable 60s boogaloo and salsa icon Joe Bataan at Union Pool, free

9/3, 7ish Baby Copperhead – who do a good banjo driven take on the creepy psych-folk that O’Death was doing ten years ago – at Mama Tried

9/3, 7:30 PM “In North Indian classical violin Rupam Ghosh is the new millennium star” and he’s here with Utpal Ghosal on tabla at the Chhandayan Center For Indian Music, $25

9/3. 8 PM retro continental swing sounds with singer Tatiana Eva-Marie & the Avalon Jazz Band  at Drom, $20 adv tix rec

9/3, 9:30 PM ageless, jangly, purist NY surf rock originals the Supertones followed at 11 by kick-ass original third-wave surf group Tsunami of Sound  at Otto’s

9/3, 10:30  Danny Jonokuchi & The Revisionists play 1930s style swing jazz  at the Django, $25

9/3, 10:30 PM refreshingly unpredictable tenor saxophonist Eric Wyatt and band at Smalls.

9/3, 11 PM guitar-fueled purist groove/soul/psychedelic funk instrumentalists the Dark Sky Hustlers at the small room at the Rockwood

9/3, 11 PM sharply lyrical southwestern gothic/Americana songwriter Tom Shaner at LIC Bar

9/4, 7ish noir-inspired honkytonk crooner Sean Kershaw at Mama Tried. 9/19 at 8 he’s at Cowgirl Seahorse

9/4, 7:30 PM puckish avant-garde surrealists thingNY play their first live show since Dec 2019, featuring music by group members Gelsey Bell, Andrew Livingston, Paul Pinto, Isabel Castellvi, as well as composer Pamela Z; dadaesque multimedia from Nick Brooke/The Cabinet also on the bill at Coffey Street Studio, 153 Coffey St, Red Hook

9/4, 9 PM fiery, deviously fun oldtimey swing guitarist/crooner Seth Kessel at Skinny Dennis

9/5-9, half past noon purist jazz pianist Larry Ham at Bryant Park

9/5, 1:30 PM adventurous outdoor improvisation: Sam Newsome – soprano sax / Laura Cocks – flute / Daniel Carter – woodwinds followed by TA Thompson Sonic Matters: Ken Filiano – bass / Sara Schoenbeck – bassoon / TA Thompson – drums and at 4 by the Andrew Lamb Trio at the community garden at 129 Stanton St near Essex

9/5, 9 PM boisterously funny oldschool 60s C&W and brooding southwestern gothic with the Jack Grace Band at Skinny Dennis, 9/26, 10 PM he’s at the Ear Inn

9/6, 7 PM funk-jazz crew the Silver Arrow Band at Drom, free. They’re also here on 9/20

9/7, 10:30 PM tuneful, refreshingly edgy pianist Rachel Z leads a quartet at the Django, $25

9/8, 7 PM stadium metal band Intranced, retro 80s British metal band Seven Sisters and excellent, tuneful post-Maiden band Haunt at the Sovereign, $20

9/8, 7 PM counterintuitive, erudite trombonist  John Yao and his chordless quartet at Culture Lab in Long Island City

9/8, 7 PM two very different, very distinctive jazz pianists: Aaron Diehl and Orrin Evans at Bryant Park

9/8, 8:30 PM Dark Streets play Celtic classics by the Pogues, Flogging Molly, the Dubliners and others at 11th St Bar. 9/29 at 7 they’re at Mama Tried

9/8, 10:30 PM PM  tuneful oldschool soul/jazz trombonist Dave Gibson  leads his quartet at Smalls. 9/15, 7:30 they’re at the Django, $25 and back at Smalls on 9/22

9/9, 7 PM technically dazzling trumpeter Summer Camargo leads a sextet at Bryant Park

9/9, 8:30 PM heavy blues stoner instrumental jamband Earthless at the Market Hotel, $25

9/9, 10 PM guitarslinger Phil Gammage plays his dark Americana and blues at Shrine. 9/26, 8 PM he’s at Cowgirl Seahorse

9/10, 10 AM-8 PM out of town but a fun lineup: the family-friendly Festival in a Field with bands including Americana soul jamband the Mammals, multi-instrumentalist Bibi Farber’s Action Figures 432, kirtan-rock jammers Samkirtan Band, the Red Threat, Journey Blue Heaven, Americana guitar picker Jude Roberts, mesmerizing gong soundsculptor Kevin Nathaniel. Plus some of the stars of the NY freedom movement: riveting singer/investigative journalist/satirist Tessa Lena, CHD general counsel and tv host Mary Holland, hero attorney Bobbie Ann Cox who just defeated the New York State regulation allowing to force-isolate people in quarantine camps (the power maniacs have since appealed), John Gilmore of CHD New York and Autism Action Network, Planet Waves’ investigative reporter Eric Francis Coppolino, Dr, Tom Cowan, and others. Plus a haybale maze for the kids, local homemade food and crafts at 55 Wenzels Lane in Hudson, NY, $25

9/10, 1:30 PM an auspicious improvisational bill: Fay Victor – voice, composition / Liany Mateo – bass / Lesley Mok – drums followed at 2:30 by Melanie Dyer – viola / Mara Rosenbloom – keyboard / Kyoko Kitamurra – voice, at 3 by Miriam Parker – dance / Luke Stewart – bass and at 4 by Mara Rosenbloom – piano / Anais Maviel – voice, percussion / Sean Conly – bass at First Street Green Culture Park, 33 East 1st St

9/10, 4 PM Sarah Durning & the Fun Sisters play twangy oldschool-style original honkytonk at Skinny Dennis

9/10. 5 PM Toronto band Beams – who are all over the place, from dreampop to new wave to edgier Paula Carino-style lyrical janglerock – at Culture Lab in Long Island City

9/10. 7:30 PM jazz organist Mike LeDonn leads a trio followed at 10:30 PM by intense, lyrical, politically fearless tenor saxophonist Roxy Coss and her quintet at the Django, $25

9/10, 8 PM largescale Moroccan, Indian and American jazz improvisation: Gift of Gnawa play a Don Cherry tribute; Brooklyn Raga Massive – a rotating cast of A-list Indian, jazz and rock musicians who love to jam out classic Indian themes – and drummer Adam Rudolph’s strikingly tuneful, rumblingly improvisational Go Organic Orchestra  with special guests Hassan Hakmoun and Dave Liebman at Rumsey Playfield in Central Park south of the east side 72nd St. entrance

9/11, 1:30 PM free outdoor improvisation with the politically fearless Irreversible Entanglements Quartet: Keir Neuringer – alto sax / Luke Stewart – bass / Aquiles Navarro – trumpet / Tcheser Holmes – drums followed at 2:30 PM by the Jason Kao Hwang violin jazz Trio, at 3:30 by Ellen Christi – voice / William Parker – strings / Jackson Krall – water phone, drums and 4:30 by Dave Sewelson – baritone sax / Bobby Kapp – drums / William Parker – bass at First Street Green Culture Park, 33 East 1st St

9/11, 7 PM eclectic cosmopolitan jazz singer Sivan Arbel with her band at Culture Lab in Long Island City

9/11, 7:30/9 PM erudite, deviously entertaining bassist Martin Wind leads his trio at Smalls, $25

9/11, 7:30/9 PM soulful pan-Latin jazz chanteuse Claudia Acuña with Pablo Vergara on piano and Carlos Henderson on bass at Mezzrow, $25

9/11, 7:30 PM New Orleans marches and funky struts with Tuba Skinny at City Winery, $22 adm avail

9/12-16. half past noon purist jazz pianist Yuka Aikawa at Bryant Park

9/12, 10:30 PM expansive postbop pianist Miki Yamanaka at Smalls She’s back here on 9/19

9/13-18. 8/10:30 PM everybody’s favorite jazz bassist, Christian McBride with an interesting up-and-coming band: Nicole Glover, Ely Perlman, Mike King, Savannah Harris at the Blue Note, $30 standing room avail

9/13, 10:30 PM   fiery electric Cuban hill country music with Los Hacheros at the Django, $25

9/14, 10:30 PM lyrical, thoughtful tenor saxophonist Eric Alexander leads his quartet at the Django, $25

9/15, 7 PM iconic Afro-Cuban percussionist/bandleader Pedrito Martine plays his bday show at Drom, $20 adv tix rec

9/15,, 7:30 PM night one of this year’s Momenta Festival with the reliably adventurous Momenta Quartet opens with Elizabeth Brown: Just Visible in the Distance (2013); Valentin Silvestrov: String Quartet no. 3 (2011)’ Shawn Jaeger: Thy Wondering Eyes (2010) at Broadway Presbyterian Church (601 W 114th St. free

9/16, 7 PM the annual accordion festival returns:  the lustrously uneasy Ukrainian Village Voices, Balkan band Balaklava Blues – a Lemon Bucket Orkestra spinoff – and Heart of Afghanistan, with Afghani TV star Ahmad Fanoos on vocals and harmonium, his sons Elham Fanoos on piano and Mehran Fanoos on violin, and Hamid Habibzada on tablā. and others at Bryant Park

9/16,, 7:30 PM night two of this year’s Momenta Festival with the reliably adventurous Momenta Quartet continues with Carlos Chávez: Invention II (1965) for String Trio; José Pablo Moncayo: Viola Sonata (1934); Julián Carrillo: String Quartet No. 1 (1903) at Broadway Presbyterian Church (601 W 114th St. free

9/16, 7:30 PM wickedly sharp, politically fearless, funny psychedelic soul with Fantastic Negrito  at the Poisson Rouge, $30 adv tix rec

9/17, 1:30 PM reliably good free jazz veterans: Steve Swell – trombone / Kirk Knuffke – cornet / TA Thompson – drums, at 2:30 trumpeter Jaimie Branch’s group, at 3:30 the Larry Roland Urban Project: Larry Roland- poetry, bass / Kiyoko Layne – keyboard / Waldron Ricks – trumpet / TA Thompson – drums and Whit Dickey – drums / Rob Brown – alto sax at the community garden at 129 Stanton St near Essex

9/17, 4 PM energetic delta blues/Romany swing guitaris Felix Slim at Skinny Dennis. Sizzling electric bluegrass and C&W outfit Demolition String Band play after at 9.

9/17, 7 PM the American Symphony Orchestra play music by William Grant Still, Mahler and Louise Talma at Bryant Park

9/17, 7:30 PM night three of this year’s Momenta Festival with the reliably adventurous Momenta Quartet continues with Hirofumi Mogi: In Memory of Perky Pat (2021) for string quartet and horn; Brahms: Trio for Violin, Horn, and Piano in E-flat Major, Op. 40 (1865); Grażyna Bacewicz: Piano Quintet No. 2 (1965) at Broadway Presbyterian Church (601 W 114th St. free

9/18, 1:30 PM an eclectic improvisional afternoon: Chris Williams – trumpet / Luke Stewart – bass / Cinque Kemp – drums; at 2:30 Daro Behroozi – flutes, woodwinds, percussion / Éléonore Weill – flutes, voice / Martin Shamoonpour – flutes, percussion and at 4 the powerful Sarah Manning – alto sax / Jair-Rohm Wells – bass / William Hooker – drums at the community garden at 129 Stanton St near Essex

9/18, 7:30 PM closing night of this year’s Momenta Festival with the reliably adventurous Momenta Quartet includes Julián Carrillo: String Quartet No. 11 (1962); Mario Davidovsky: Synchronisms No. 9 (1988) for violin and electronics; Glaser: String Quartet No. 5, in memoriam Mario Davidovsky (2022) and Beethoven: String Quartet No. 11 at Broadway Presbyterian Church (601 W 114th St. free

9/20, 7:30/9 PM adrenalizing postbop vibraphonist Mark Sherman leads a quartet at Smalls, $25

9/20, 8ish powerpop en Espanol band Estos Gritos followed by edgy King Crimson-influenced Woodhead at Mama Tried

9/20-25, 8/10:30 PM darkly lyrical, phantasmagorical jazz vocal sage Cecile McLorin Salvant at the Blue Note, , $30 standing room avail

9/20, 9ish wickedly torchy noir songwriter Julia Haltigan at 11th St Bar

9/20, 10:30 PM Manuel Valera & New Cubana Express at the Django, $25

9/21, 9 PM catchy, lyrically edgy, anthemic janglerock tunesmith Greta Keating at the small room at the Rockwood

9/21, 10:30/midnight  the great unsung NYC hero of darkly purposeful, noir-tinged jazz guitar, Saul Rubin leads his trio at Mezzrow $25

9/22, 7:15 PM timeless, haunting, playful octogenarian Armenian jazz sage and multi-reedman Souren Baronian‘s Taksim at Drom, $20 adv tix rec

9/22, 8:30 PM Pussy Riot at the Poisson Rouge, $25 adv tix rec. Probably more of a show for the bucket list and a good cause than actual musical enjoyment.

9/23, 7:30/9 PM energetic, inventive, gospel-inspired jazz pianist Pete Malinverni leads his trio at Mezzrow, $25

9/23, 9 PM urban Americana vet Alex Battles at the small room at the Rockwood. Next door at the big room, Brandi & the Alexanders play oldschool-style soul ballads at 9:30 for $10 and downstairs crystalline-voiced noir Americana songwriter Jessie Kilguss  plays a rare show with a string section! at 8:30 for $10

9/24, 1:30 PM outdoor improvisation: Juan Pablo Carlett – drums / Rob Brown – alto sax followed at 2:30 by bassist Brandon Lopez, at 3:30 Patrick Holmes – clarinet / Sarah Sandaval – dance and at 4 brilliant saxophonist James Brandon Lewis‘ Trio at First Street Green Culture Park, 33 East 1st St

9/24, 8 PM slinky Rocky Mountain jamband legends Poi Dog Pondering at the Poisson Rouge, $18 adv tix rec

9/24, 9 PM badass Americana dobro player and singer Cristina Vane at Skinny Dennis, note that there is a $12 cover

9/25, 1:30 PM a great improvisational triplebill: Aakash Mittal – sax, clarinet / Jasmine Wilson – vocals, spoken word / Lesley Mok – percussion, drums; at 2:30 William Parker – gimbre, percussion, double reeds / Hamid Drake – frame & drumset, vocals and at 4 Alexis Marcelo – keyboards / Adam Lane – bass / Michael Wimberly – drums at First Street Green Culture Park, 33 East 1st St

9/25. 9 PM Nashville female-fronted heavy blues power trio the Minks at Skinny Dennis, note the $5 cover

9/26, 7 PM noir guitar legend Jim Campilongo leads his trio at the big room at the Rockwood, $20

9/28, 7:30 PM the best singing pianist (and the best piano-playing singer) in jazz, Champian Fulton at the Django, $25

9/28, 8 PM scorching jazz violinist Sana Nagano‘s Atomic Pigeons at Mama Tried

9/29, 7 PM  fiery newschool honkytonk/janglerock bandleader Michaela Anne  at Union Pool, $20

10/1, 1:30 PM an improvisational afternoon: the Devin Brahja Waldman Trio, 2:30 PM Triosphere with Reggie Nicholson – drums, percussion / Don Chapman – tenor sax / On Ka’a Davis – guitar and at 4 Nick Lyons – alto sax / Pete Swanson – bass / John Wagner – drums at the community garden at 129 Stanton St near Essex

10/2, 1:30 PM eclectic improvisation: Aquiles Navarro – trumpet / Tchesser Holmes – drums followed at 2:30 by Freedom First: Keith LaMar, Albert Marquès, William Parker, at 3:30 singer Lisa Sokolov and at 4 drummer Dan Kurfirst with his Trio at the community garden at 129 Stanton St near Essex

10/8, 1:30 PM a great free jazz lineup: Karen Borca – bassoon / Hilliard Greene – bass / Jackson Krall – drums, at 3:30 Djassi / Shayna Dulberger – bass and at 4 the guitar duo of Ava Mendoza & Mike Baggeetta at First Street Green Culture Park, 33 East 1st St

10/9, 2:30 PM 75 Dollar Bill’s Che Chen – percussion, homemade instruments / Daniel Carter – reeds, flute, trumpet / Chris Williams – trumpet, at 3:30 Raina Sokolov-Gonzalez voice with Mara Rosenbloom keyboard and at 4 PM Francisco Mora Catlett – drums / Sam Newsome – soprano sax & sonic diversity / Roman Diaz – percussion at First Street Green Culture Park, 33 East 1st St

10/10, 1:30 PM outdoor improvisation: Ayumi Ashito – sax / Daniel Carter – reeds / Demian Richardson – trumpet; 2:30 PM Darius Jones – alto sax / William Parker – bass / Scott Clark – drums and at 4 PM saxophonist Avram Fefer‘s Trio of Freedom at First Street Green Culture Park, 33 East 1st St

Trumpeter Nate Wooley Tackles the Deceptively Simple Challenges of a Michael Pisaro-Liu Solo Piece

It’s rare that an album of music for a solo wind instrument is of much interest to anyone beyond those who play it. There are notable exceptions. Wadada Leo Smith has put out several breathtakingly beautiful solo trumpet albums. Peter Evans’ solo trumpet work is more spectacularly breathtaking (and electronically enhanced). And Natsuki Tamura’s solo trumpet albums are a lot of fun for those who appreciate his renegade extended technique and irrepressible sense of humor.

Nate Wooley is probably not the first trumpeter you’d think of doing a solo record, especially considering his dense and bracing recent output with his Columbia Icefield project. But he has a solo album (for trumpet and sinewave), a recording of Michael Pisaro-Liu’s longform, minimalist composition Stem-Flower-Root. It hasn’t hit the web yet, although there’s a live version from 2017 up at Soundcloud. The calm and unhurried development of the work might be reflected in Wooley’s upcoming gig on July 5 at 6:30 PM at Downtown Music Gallery, where he’s playing with Cuban saxophonist Hery Paz and drummer Tom Rainey. Jazz bassist Henry Fraser and Americana violinist Cleek Schrey make an intriguing duo afterward at 7:30; it’s a pass-the-bucket situation.

Pisaro-Liu’s work requires Wooley to sustain a series of simple tones using subtly different timbral approaches, and a changing series of mutes. If a reveille or fanfare could exist on Pluto, this triptych would be both. But it’s not all warmly immersive reflection: there are a few moments where the harmonies edge into unexpectedly acerbic territory, and there’s a joke about two thirds of the way in which, intentional or not, is too good to spoil.

The album also comes with a chapbook designed by Jessica Slaven, where in similarly uncluttered prose, Pisaro-Liu raises many provocative philosophical questions. Some are eternal, some more specific to the piece. To what extent does the architecture of musical composition mirror the symmetry of nature? Can a composition, or for that matter, a whole genre, have a genuine personality? What improbable practical lessons can be gleaned from music as rigorously structured and focused, yet as comfortably atmospheric as this?

The composer and performer also share an interesting dialogue concerning both the nuts and bolts of playing it, along with some of the philosophical ramifications.

Live Music Calendar for New York City and Brooklyn For July and August 2022

All these concerts are free of restrictions. Lots of listings being added, almost daily, like the good old days before March 2020!

Weekly events first followed by the daily calendar.

Sundays at around 1 PM trumpeter Jon Kellso and (frequently) guitarist Matt Munisteri lead the Ear-Regulars in NYC’s only remaining hot jazz jam session at the Ear Inn

7/13, 7/20 and 7/27, 7 PM the Attacca Quartet play music by 21sst century composers at Madison Square Park

7/1, 7 PM sizzling, politically fearless latin jazz pianist/composer Arturo O’Farrill’s Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra at Bryant Park

7/1, 7:30 PM purist postbop jazz guitarist Ed Cherry leads a two-guitar quartet with fellow axeman Mike Moreno at the Django, $25

7/1-2, 7:30/9 PM saxophonist John Ellis – as adept at postbop jazz as he is with haunting, theatrical noir art-song – leads a quartet at Smalls, $25. 7/2  feral tenor saxophonist Eric Wyatt and band follow at 10:30 and returns on 7/9, same time

7/2, 4 PM oldschool-style high plains C&W singer Hope Debates & North 40 at Skinny Dennis

7/2, 7:30 PM  tuneful oldschool soul/jazz trombonist Dave Gibson at the Django, $25

7/2, 8 PM the monthly surf rock show has resumed with the eclectic Weisstronauts, surfed-out tv themes from Commercial Interruption sand the majestic, darkly cinematic TarantinosNYC. at Otto’s

7/3, half past noon/2:30 PM drummer Christian Finger leads his moody European jazz trio with the haunting Vadim Neselovskyi on piano at the Blue Note, $15

7/3, 3 PM ish the ageless godfather of boogaloo, Joe Bataan in the courtyard at Union Pool, free

7/3, 5:30 PM art-rock chanteuse Andromeda Anarchia followed by Queens of the Stone Age soundalikes the Velvicks – at Culture Lab in Long Island City

7/3, 7:30/9 PM baritone saxophonist Frank Basile leads a two-baritone quintet with Gary Smulyan at Smalls, $25

7/3, 9 PM first-class bluegrass bandleader/bassist Allison Kelly at Skinny Dennis

7/4, 9 PM one of the alltime most thrilling guitarists in Americana, Rosie Flores at Skinny Dennis. Note that there is a $5 cover

7/4, 10:30 PM  expansive, expressive jazz pianist Miki Yamanaka at Smalls, $25. She’s back on 7/11

7/5, 6:30 PM Cuban saxophonist Hery Paz improvises with trumpeter Nate Wooley and drummer Tom Rainey followed at 7:30 by bassist Henry Fraser and violinist Cleek Schrey at Downtown Music Gallery

7/5, 10:30 PM  fiery electric Cuban hill country music with Los Hacheros at the Django, $25

7/7, 6 PM Brain Cloud western swing mastermind and multi-instrumentalist Dennis Lichtman and band under the Dumbo archway, F to York St

7/7, 7 PM pensive, eclectic, tuneful jazz/art-rock songwriter Becca Stevens with intense, rapturous Balkan/Middle Eastern ensemble the Secret Trio at the big room at the Rockwood, $20. It’s a good night there. She’s followed at 8:30 by steamboat soul crooner/pianist Nat Osborn. Downstairs irrepressibly sardonic janglerock/folk-punk songwriter, New Yorker illustrator and White Hassle alum Marcellus Hall plays at 7 for $10

7/7, 7:30/9 PM trombonist Alan Ferber leads his immersively innovative, sometimes symphonic nonet at Smalls, $25

7/8, 7 PM  brilliant, fearlessly political B3 organist Greg Lewis in the park on the Hudson at 125th St.

7/8, 7:30 PM the NYChillharmonic – who play lushly intricate art-rock with big band jazz orchestration – at Culture Lab in Long Island City

7/8, 7:30 PM catchy oldschool roots reggae with a fearlessly populist Senegalese feel from Meta & the Cornerstones at the Poisson Rouge, $20 adv tix rec

7/8, 10:30 PM an absurdly cheap triplebill of latin artists from Canada and Chile: Mexican folk guitarist Quique Escamilla, psychedelic latin rockers Battle of Santiago – the missing link between Willie Colon and Pink Floyd – and cumbia songwriter Ramon Chiccarron at Drom, $10

7/10, 5 PM Red Baraat trumpeter Sonny Singh plays funky bhangra psychedelia at Culture Lab in Long Island City

7/10, 7 PM jaunty female-fronted original retro rocksteady band the Big Takeover at Pier 1 at 70th St. and the Hudson

7/8, 7 PM every kind of swing jazz you could imagine with the Baylor Project at Bryant Park

7/10, 7 PM oldschool salsa triplebill: Lower East Salsa, Domingo Quinones and Puerto Rican Power at the Coney Island Amphitheatre. free

7/11-14, half past noon eclectic, often haunting Armenian jazz pianist Armen Donelian at Bryant Park

7/11, 8:30 PM satirical smooth-soul crooner Smoota and the Beast with Yusuke Yamamoto on synth, Ricky Quiñones on guitar, Tim Allen on bass and special guests Ryan Sawyer on drums and Moist Paula Henderson on bari sax at Bacaro (136 Division St.) just north of the East Broadway F station in Chinatown, free

7/12, 6:30 PM tuneful, state-of-the-art postbop jazz guitarist Will Bernard in a rare solo show at Downtown Music Gallery

7/12. 7 PM blazing all-female street band the Brass Queens at Gantry State Park in Long Island City. They’re at Radegast Hall on 7/30 at 1 PM

7/12, 7:30 PM  A Far Cry  play an innovative program of string arrangements of Bartok miniatures plus works by Franghiz Ali-Zadeh, Dvorak, Beethoven and Karl Doty at the Naumburg Bandshell in Central Park

7/12, 7:30 PM  kinetic Cuban jazz pianist Elio Villafranca at the Django, $25

7/12, 7:30/9 PM charismatic, adventurous postbop/avant garde trombonist/crooner Frank Lacy leads a quartet at Smalls, $25 cash at the door.

7/12-17, 8/10:30 PM constantly shapeshifting hip-hop icon Talib Kweli & the Whiskey Boys at the Blue Note, $30 standing room avail

7/12. 9 PM noir Americana siren Eilen Jewell sings Loretta Lynn at Skinny Dennis, there is a cover charge $tba

7/13, noon  trumpeter Wayne Tucker – who veers between sunny postbop jazz, Afrobeat and goofy vocal shtick – at the pedestrian plaza at Willoughby and Pearl in downtown Brooklyn

7/13, 7:30 PM purist postbop tenor saxophonist Stacy Dillard with his band at the Django, $25, He’s also at Smalls on 7/16 and 7/23 at 10:30

7/14, noon thunderous all-female Colombian coastal trance-dance ensemble La Manga at the pedestrian plaza at Willoughby and Pearl in downtown Brooklyn

7/14, 7:30 PM imaginative indie classical choir Roomful of Teeth followed by a live interview with avant garde legends the Kronos Quartet at Prospect Park Bandshell

7/15, 7 PM the oldtimey band that started the whole revival back in the 90s, the Squirrel Nut Zippers at Bryant Park

7/15 7 PM psychedelic Afrobeat jammers the Brighton Beat at Culture Lab in Long Island City

7/15, 7 PM powerful, lyrical classical piainist Mimoza Keka plays works by contemporary Macedonian composers Tomislav Zografski and Dimitrije Buzarovski .at Gallery MC

7/15, 7:30 PM lyrical pianist Rich Germanson leads a quartet at the Django, $25. Followd at 10:30 by New Orleans reedman Craig Handy & Second Line Smith

7/16, 5 PM slinky new wave bassist/bandleader Yula Beeri at Culture Lab in Long Island City

7/16, 7:30 PM innovative, captivating carnatic singer Emmanuelle Martin with violinist Siddharth Ashokkumar and mridangam player Bala Skandan at the Chhandayan Center For Indian Music, $25

7/16, 8:30 PM slinky soul-influenced psychedelic band Chicano Batman at Prospect Park Bandshell

7/16, 9 PM haunting, reverb guitar-driven noir cinematic instrumentalists Big Lazy at Room 31 at the Arlo Nomad hotel, 11 E 31st St, $15

7/17, 7 PM smoldering female-fronted Colombian psychedelic band Yotoco at Culture Lab in Long Island City

7/17, 7 PM  Danny Jonokuchi & The Revisionists play 1930s style swing jazz at Pier 1 at 70th St. and the Hudson

7/18-22, half past noon lyrical jazz pianist Deanna Witkowski plays solo at Bryant Park

7/19, 7 PM  mighty, sweeping ensemble Mariachi Real de Mexico at Gantry State Park in Long Island City

7/19, 7:30 PM high-voltage Ukrainian folk ensemble Cheres play a benefit for the citizens of Ukraine, proceeds to Razom for Ukraine at the Cutting Room, $20 adv tix rec

7/19, 7:30 PM lyrical, thoughtful tenor saxophonist Eric Alexander leads a quintet at Smalls, $25 cash at the door.

7/19, 8:30 PM wickedly jangly surf/twang/country instrumentalists the Bakersfield Breakers at 11th St Bar

7/20, noon saxophonist John Ellis – as adept at postbop jazz as he is with haunting, theatrical noir art-song – at the pedestrian plaza at Willoughby and Pearl in downtown Brooklyn

7/20, 7:30 PM the best singing pianist (and the best piano-playing singer) in jazz, Champian Fulton at the Django, $25

7/20, 8 PM wild Danish klezmer band Mames Babagenush at Drom $20 adv tix rec

7/20, 9ish organ groovemeister Cory Henry at Central Park Summerstage

7/21, half past noon sizzling, politically fearless latin jazz pianist/composer Arturo O’Farrill’ leads a sextet at St. Marks Park, 2nd Ave/10th St

7/21, 7 PM bass trombonist Jennifer Wharton’s Bonegasm at Culture Lab in Long Island City

7/21, 7:30 PM erudite tenor saxophonist Wayne Escoffery leads his quartet at the Django, $25

7/21, 7 PM charming oldtimey swing band Fleur Seule at Astoria Park, Shore Boulevard between the Hell Gate Bridge and the pool

7/21, 8 PM bass goddess/soul singer Felice Rosser’s ageless reggae-rock-groove band Faith and wickedly catchy Americana/paisley underground rockers Girls on Grass – the American Sadies – at Mama Tried in Gowanus

7/22, 7:30 PM colorful,  eclectic, paradigm-shifting B3 jazz organist Brian Charette plays the album release show for his new one at the Django, $25

7/22-23, 7:30/9 PM innovative alto saxophonist Caroline Davis leads a quartet with Matt Mitchell on piano at Smalls, $25

7/22, 110 PM the slinky, fiery Macedonian-flavorted Sedi Donka Balkan Band at St. Mazie’s

7/22, 11:30 PM  pyrotechnic clarinetist Ismail Lumanovski’s ferociously kinetic NY Gypsy All-Stars with haunting Middle Eastern trumpeter Ibraham Maalouf at Drom, $30 adv tix rec

7/23, 11 AM the all-female Egalitarian Brass play new classical works to wake the neighborhood up at Washington Square Park

7/23, 3 PM lo-fi folk-punk songwriter Francesca LaMantia of A Multitude of Drops and all-female punk trio Left in the Attic outdoors BMH Plaza, 438 E. 163rd St just west of the Washington Ave intersection in the Bronx, B/D to 161st St/Yankee Stadium

7/23, 4ish bad segue, good twinbill: smart female-fronted gutter blues jamband Jane Lee Hooker followed at 5 by lyrical, thoughtful jazz pianist Eugenia Choe at Culture Lab in Long Island City

7/23, 7 PM cutting-edge big band salsa jazz with drummer Bobby Sanabria’s Big Band at Bryant Park

7/23, 7:30 PM santoor virtuoso Vinay Desai with tabla player Mir Naquibul Islam at the Chhandayan Center For Indian Music, $25

7/24, 3 PM ish 80s reggae star Sister Nancy in the courtyard at Union Pool, free

7/24, 7 PM saxophonist Joseph Herbst’s Ghost in the Mirror large ensemble jazz project with adventurous string ensemble Quartet Davis at Culture Lab in Long Island City

7/24, 7 PM brasy second-wave Ethio-jazz band Molly Tigre at 70th St. and the Hudson

7/24, 7 PM slinky piano-fueled soul band the Claudettes at the big room at the Rockwood $15

7/25-29, half past noon sly, cinematic, tuneful Microscopic Septet pianist Joel Forrester at Bryant Park

7/25, 7:30 PM purist, purposeful jazz guitarist Russell Malone with pianist Rick Germanson and bassist Luke Sellick at Mezzrow, $25

7/25, 8 PM in reverse order: trumpeter Nate Wooley‘s acidically enveloping, atmospheric Columbia Icefield, slashing guitarslinger Ava Mendoza, bassist Trevor Dunn and ambient composer Cecilia Lopez at TV Eye, 1647 Weirfield St., Ridgewood, $10

7/25, 8 PM busy surf rock cover group Band of Others at Cowgirl Seahorse

7/26. 7 PM Zikrayat play slinky, cinematic classics from the golden age of Arabic song at Gantry State Park in Long Island City

7/26, 7:30 PM edgy orchestra the Knights & Lara St. John, violin soloist play Mendelssohn’s Scottish Symphony plus works by Avner Dorman at the Naumburg Bandshell in Central Park

7/26, 7 PM soul/gospel belter (and Lenny Molotov collaborator) Queen Esther, Americana banjo songwriter Hilary Hawke  and bassist Mali Obomsawin and her band at the basement room at the Rockwood, $15,

7/26, 8 PM gritty downtown rocker Diane Gentile, dark blues/folk noir/oldschool soul songwriter Kelley Swindall and well-liked, fearlessly political LES soul-rock songwriter/chanteuse Dina Regine at 11th St Bar

7/26, 8 PM intrepid improvisational violist Jessica Pavone solo, the similarly-inclined surrealist Dave Ruder leading a quartet and retro 60s surf/spy/soundtrack chanteuse Dodi (fka Transistor Ray at Rubulad, $10

7/27, noon irrepressible, ebullient Brain Cloud jazz chanteuse Tamar Korn at the pedestrian plaza at Willoughby and Pearl in downtown Brooklyn

7/27, 7 PM Los Cumpleanos – with Nestor Gomez – vox/percussion; Lautaro Burgos – drums; Eric Lane – keyboards; Alex Asher – trombone and others playing trippy, dubwise tropical psychedelia aat Pier 45 in Hudson River Park – take W 10th St to the river

7/27, 8 PM a Lee Konitz tribute with saxophonist Ohad Talmor, pianist Dan Tepfer, bassist Jeremy Stratton and drummer George Schuller at Seeds

7/28, half past noon the self=explanatory Gipsy Jazz Caravan at St. Marks Park, 2nd Ave/10th St

7/28, 6 PM Cuban tres player Junniel Jiminez and band under the Dumbo archway, F to York St.

7/28, 7 PM the Horne Electric Band play brassy funk at Culture Lab in Long Island City

7/29, 7 PM one of the most haunting songwriters in folk noir, Emily Jane White opens for minimalist/darkwave chanteuse Eivor at the Poisson Rouge, $30 adv tix rec

7/29, 7 PM cosmopolitan retro Euro-swing band the Hot Sardines with Nellie McKay on vocals at Bryant Park

7/29, 7 PM the Hudson Horns play brass music from the Balkans to New Orleans at Culture Lab in Long Island City

7/30, 4:30 PM Heart of Afghanistan, with Afghani TV star Ahmad Fanoos on vocals and harmonium, his sons Elham Fanoos on piano and Mehran Fanoos on violin, and Hamid Habibzada on tablā, followed eventually at around 9 by feral female-fronted psychedelic cumbia/tropicalia/dub allstars Combo Chimbita on the plaza at Lincoln Center

7/30, 5 PM brilliant bassist Debby Schwartz‘s psychedelic band Psych-O-positive at Corgi’s Distillery, 1 Distillery Drive, Building P, Jersey City for directions (201)448-4184

7/30, 6 PM eclectic Palestinian chanteuse Amal Murkus & the Firas Zreik Quintet followed by ferociously powerful, politically fearless southern gothic guitar/banjo player Amythyst Kiah  and  thunderous Ukrainian folk-punk stompers Dakhabrakha at Damrosch Park

7/30, 7 PM Afro-Peruvian funk singer/bandleader Araceli Poma at Culture Lab in Long Island City

7/30.,7:30 PM electrifying vibraphonist Simon Moullier and band at the Django, $25 at the Django, $25

7/30, 9 PM first-rate purist honkytonk crooner/bandleader Cliff Westfall and his killer band at Skinny Dennis

7/30, 10:30 PM mighty Brazilian drumline street band BatalaNYC at Drom, $20 adv tix rec

7/31, 2 PM slinky, horn-driven retro bugalu band Spanglish Fly at the Harlem Meer Boathouse in Central Park south of 110th St.

8/2, noon feral tenor saxophonist Eric Wyatt and band at Columbus Park, Cadman Plaza East and Johnson St. in downtown Brooklyn

8/2, 7 PM clever, fiery, eclectic ten-piece Balkan/hip-hop/funk brass maniacs Slavic Soul Party  at Gantry State Park in Long Island City

8/2, 7:30 PM  lush, majestic string ensemble the East Coast Chamber Orchestra play works by Adolphus Hailstork, Maureen Nelson and Schubert’s String Quartet No. 14 in D minor, D 810, ‘Death and the Maiden’ at the Naumburg Bandshell in Central Park

8/4, 7 PM darkly psychedelic Afrobeat groove group Budos Band at Corporal Thompson Park in Staten Island

8/5, 3 PM a bunch of Red Baraat-adjacent artists and then the hypnotically explosive live bhangra dance band itself at Central Park Summerstage

8/6, 6 PM psychedelic tropicalia band the Meridian Brothers and psychedelic cumbia/reggaeton bandleader Ana Tijoux at Corporal Thompson Park in Staten Island

8/7, 3 PM a Dominican triplebill with merengue tipica band Grupo d’AhoraEl Gran Alcover and merengue star El Rey Supremo Luis Vargas at Central Park Summerstage

8/11, 6 PM psychedelic funk/Afrobeat jammers the People’s Champs  under the Dumbo archway, F to York St.

8/11, 7 PM Video Music Box legend Ralph McDaniels hosts a mostly nostalgic hip-hop multiple-bill with Sweet Tee, Girl Codee, Black Sheep, Smif n Wessun, Special Ed at at the Coney Island Amphitheatre. free, get here early or else

8/12, 7 PM ferocious, female-fronted Afrobeat band Underground System at Pier 45 in Hudson River Park – take W 10th St to the river

8/13, 7 PM Video Music Box’s Ralph McDaniels hosts a 90s dancehall reggae bill with Wayne Wonder and others at Central Park Summerstage

8/16, noon  iconic latin percussionist Willie Martinez leads his classic salsa/mambo group at Columbus Park, Cadman Plaza East and Johnson St. in downtown Brooklyn

8/16 7 PM playful avant garde cancion singer Sofia Rei at Gantry State Park in Long Island City

8/19, 7 PM atmospheric jazz guitarist Rafiq Bhatia at Bryant Park

8/20, 7 ish the all-female Resistance Revival Chorus sing epic, inspiring original populist gospel tunes and political broadsides, and Burnt Sugar celebrating 20+ years of lush Braxton-ish largescale improvisation, hard funk, James Brown and Bowie covers at Marcus Garvey Park

8/26, 7 PM a “habibi festival” that transcends the style: North African dancer Esraa Warda & the Châab Lab, kanun virtuoso Firas Zreik, and haunting French-Tunisian saxophonist Yacine Boulares’ Ajoyo project at Bryant Park

8/26, 7 PM jaunty female-fronted original retro rocksteady band the Big Takeover at Pier 45 in Hudson River Park – take W 10th St to the river

8/27, 4 PM ish socially conscious jazz chanteuse Nikara’s Black Wall Street project, bassist Buster Willliams and his band and trumpeter Terence Blanchard with the Turtle Island Quartet at Marcus Garvey Park

8/28, 2 PM the Sun Ra Arkestra  make their yearly appearance at the free outdoor concert series at Union Pool

8/28, 3 PM purist jazz guitarist Pasquale Grasso, swing trumpeter/singer Bria Skonberg, intense tenor saxophonist Melissa Aldana and Archie Shepp and Jason Moran with Cecile Mclorin Salvant at Tompkins Square Park

9/8, 7 PM two very different, very distinctive jazz pianists: Aaron Diehl and Orrin Evans at Bryant Park

9/11, 6 PM Gaijin A Go Go – the satirical J-pop equivalent of Les Sans Culottes under the Dumbo archway

9/15-18, 7:30 PM this year’s Momenta Festival with the reliably adventurous Momenta Quartet resumes, rescheduled from July with a program tba at Broadway Presbyterian Church (601 W 114th St. free

9/16, 7 PM the annual accordion festival returns: Heart of Afghanistan, with Afghani TV star Ahmad Fanoos on vocals and harmonium, his sons Elham Fanoos on piano and Mehran Fanoos on violin, and Hamid Habibzada on tablā. and others at Bryant Park

9/17, 7 PM the American Symphony Orchestra play a program tba at Bryant Park

Live Music Calendar for New York City and Brooklyn For June and July 2022

All these concerts are free of restrictions. Lots of listings being added, almost daily, like the good old days before March 2020! New calendar for July and August coming 7/1, too.

Weekly events first followed by the daily calendar.

Mondays at the Django 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.

Thursdays in June at 10:30 PM tenor saxophonist Ken Fowser leads his band at the Django with special guest powerhouse trumpeter Jeremy Pelt. Jukebox jazz in a JD Allen vein but not as dark and more straight-ahead/groove-oriented: as postbop party music goes, nobody’s writing better than this guy right now, $25

Sundays at around 1 PM trumpeter Jon Kellso and (frequently) guitarist Matt Munisteri lead the Ear-Regulars in NYC’s only remaining hot jazz jam session at the Ear Inn

6/12, 6/19 and 6/26 various subsets of the  NY Scandia Symphony play a program of Nordic composers TBA on the lawn downhill from the southern exit at Ft. Tryon Park. Music tba, but prior to the 2020 lockdown they always put on good, imaginative programs featuring a lot of undeservedly obscure composers.

7/13, 7/20 and 7/27, 7 PM the Attacca Quartet play music by 21sst century composers at Madison Square Park

6/1-3, half past noon energetic, inventive, gospel-inspired jazz pianist Pete Malinverni at the electric piano at Bryant Park

6/1, 1 PM purist oldschool jazz guitarist Bill Wurtzel resumes his long-running stand at the American Folk Art Museum. He’s back on 6/22.

6/1, 7:30 PM latin jazz piano legend Eddie Palmieri and his salsa orchestra on the plaza at Lincoln Center

6/2, 7 PM imaginative jazz trumpeter Jonathan Saraga and band at Culture Lab in Long Island City

6/2, 7:30 PM Danny Jonokuchi & The Revisionists play 1930s style swing jazz on the plaza at Lincoln Center

6/2, 8 PM, repeating 6/3-5 8 PM hard-hitting alto saxophonist Kenny Garrett and band at the Blue Note $20 standing room avail

6/2, 8:30 PM brilliantly twangy surf/instrumental C&W band the Bakersfield Breakers at 11th St Bar

6/2, 10:30 PM charismatic, adventurous postbop/avant garde trombonist/crooner Frank Lacy leads a quartet at Smalls, $25 cash at the door.

6/3, 7 PM entertaining cumbia jazz accordionist/crooner Gregorio Uribe and his large ensemble at Drom $20 adv tix avail

6/3, 7 PM soul-infused brass band the Extra Syrup Horns at Pier 45 in Hudson River Park – take W 10th St to the river/

6/3. 7:30 PM the Dave Stryker Organ Quartet play their low-down grooves at the Django. Followed by luminous latin-inspired jazz chanteuse Marianne Solivan leading her quartet at 10:30

6/3, 7:30/9:30 PM adventurous trumpeter John Bailey leads his quartet at Smalls, $25 cash at the door

6/3, 9 PM surfed-up tv themes from Commercial Interruption, at Otto’s

6/3, 10 PM Metalachi – the world’s only metal mariachi band – at the Sovereign, $16

6/4, 8 PM  ageless, jangly, purist NY surf rock originals the Supertones, at 9:30 surf punks Duke Galaxy & the Pipeliners and at 11 the swirly, hard-hitting, reverb-iced Strange but Surf at Otto’s

6/4, 9 PM slinky Greek/Middle Eastern-influenced surf rock band the Byzan-tones followed by Pickups (Tim Reedy and Joe Desserreau of the late great American Ambulance) at Espresso 77, 35-57 77th Street (just off of 37th Ave), Jackson Heights

6/4, 10:30 PM feral tenor saxophonist Eric Wyatt and band and then the midnight jam session at Smalls, $25 cash at the door. He’s back on  6/18

6/5, half past noon/2:30 PM thorny, kinetic Spanish jazz pianist Abe Rabade at the Blue Note, $15

6/5, 2 PM the NY Scandia Brass Quintet play modern works by Sjoberg, Forstrom, Borg, Panula, Melartin and others on the lawn down the hill from the southern entrance to Ft Tryon Park

6/5. 6 PM a wildly eclectic sorta-jazz-adjacent extravaganza in reverse order at Drom: trumpeter Frank London’s Bagels & Bongos latin klezmer project; the 80s goth-tinged Arthur Kill + Xi Feng; Momento Rumbero; members of Groove Collective and bass goddess/soul singer Felice Rosser’s ageless reggae-rock-groove band Faith at Drom, $10

6/5, 7 PM eclectic, slashing latin jazz guitarist Juancho Herrera at the downstairs room at the Rockwood, $10

6/7, 7:30 PM a promising improvisational bill: guitarist Max Kutner with saxophonist Michael Eaton and drummer Kevin Shea at Downtown Music Gallery

6/7, 8 PM  funk-jazz crew the Silver Arrow Band at Drom, free. They’re also here on 6/21 at 7

6/8. 7 PM MasterVoices and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s with Shereen Pimentel, soprano and Tariq Al-Sabir, tenor perform works by Mendelssohn, Josquin, Barber and others at Waterline Square Park on Riverside Dr (60/61)

6/8, 7:30 PM thoughtful Americana rock songwriter Heather Maloney at City Winery, $20

6/8, 7:30 PM drummer Jordan Young leads his trio with Brian Charette on organ at Mezzrow, $25

6/8, 10:30 PM  expansive, expressive jazz pianist Miki Yamanaka leads her trio at Smalls, $25 cash at the door. She’s back here on 6/20

6/9, 6 PM the American Symphony Orchestra string quartet play Italian composers :Isabella Leonarda, a 17th century Ursuline Nun; Niccolò Castiglioni and Gaetano Donizetti at the pier 3 terrace in Brookyn Bridge Park

6/9, 8:30 PM intense janglerock/Americana/soul songwriter Matt Keating and guitarist Steve Mayone’s catchy project the Bastards of Fine Arts at 11th St. Bar

6/9, 9 PM hazily jangly, psychedelic slowcore/free jazz/avant instrumentalists Sunwatchers  at Union Pool, $16

6/9, 10:30 PM trombonist Steve Davis leads a quartet with Abena Koomson on vocals at the Django, $25

6/11, 1 PM sharply lyrical southwestern gothic/Americana songwriter Tom Shaner at LIC Bar

6/11, 1-3 PM Burning Man with ambient improvisations at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, $18/under 12 free. “Larger-than-life bird stilt walkers by Mortal Beasts & Deities and lifelike bird puppets from Processional Arts Workshop dance to processional music from Metropolis Ensemble. Musical textures created by Paula Matthusen, Matthew Evan Taylor, and John Wesley Dankwa and performed by 12 improvisers weave and play in dialogue with the dancing puppets. Performers begin at Lily Pool Terrace, the Osborne Garden, and the Water Garden, then parade to the Plant Family Collection for a giant dance party.”

6/11, 4 PM adventurous wind ensemble Quintet of the Americas play lush versions of latin jazz, klezmer and swing tunes at Culture Lab in Long Island City

6/11, 4 PM Kriye Bode play Haitian shamanic music followed by the Marcus Steel and Friends Steel Pan Ensemble at Amesrfort Park, E 38th St off Ave. U, Marine Park

6/11, 5 PM cutting-edge big band salsa jazz with drummer Bobby Sanabria’s Big Band at Soundview Park in the Bronx, 6 to Elder Ave

6/11, 8ish legendary octogenarian jazz pianist Herbie Hancock at Central Park Summerstage

6/11, 7:30 PM the Pan Evolution Steel Orchestra followed by ancient first-wave roots reggae hitmakers Third World (who are still surprisingly good) at Prospect Park Bandshell

6/11, 9 PM garage rock guitar maven Palmyra Delran & the Doppel Gang and classic 70s style powerpop/janglerock band the Cynz at Gold Sounds, $12, The Cynz are at Otto’s on 6/17 at 6.

6/11, 10:30 PM tenor saxophonist Stacy Dillard at Smalls $25 cash at the door. He’s back on 6/25

6/11, 10:30 PM  lyrical pianist David Kikoski leads a trioi at Mezzrow, $25 cash at the door. He’s back on 6/25

6/12, noon Trio Arrebol play forro and vocal jazz at Libre Gardens 2, 408 Rogers Ave at Sterling St, in Prospect Lefferts Gardens, 2 to Sterling St

6/12, 3 PM ish jagged-edged postpunks Savak and the buzzy 3rd-gen post-Velvets/no wave-ish Messthetics in the courtyard at Union Pool, free

6/12, 3:30 PM live hip-hop with JahPan at the Citadel, 1207 Nostrand Ave at Hawrhotne in Prospect Lefferts Gardens, 2 to Winthrop St.

6/12, 5 PM trombonist John Yao & Triceratops play the album release show for their colorful new one outdoors at Culture Lab in Long Island City

6/12, 7:30/9 PM colorful, lyrical pianist Danny Fox leads his trio at Mezzrow, $25 cash at the door

6/13. 7:30/9:30 PM adventurous trombonist Ed Neumeister leads a quartet with Gary Versace on piano at Smalls, $25 cash at the door

6/14, 6:30 PM a cool improvisational jazz twinbill: Canilla Nebbia on sax with guitarist Jessica Ackerley, flutist Camilo Angeles and drummer Lesley Mok followed by the mysteriously theatrical Juju Lia at Downtown Music Gallery

6/14, 7 PM loopy art-rock instrumentalists Thee Reps followed by the goofy, synthy Turbo World, whose lyrics are taken from interviews with mobsters of the 70s, at Mama Tried, 787 3rd Ave, at 27th St, Sunset Park,

6/14, 7:30 PM night one of this year’s Momenta Festival with the reliably adventurous Momenta Quartet playing the world premiere of David Glaser’s String Quartet No. 5 (2022), in memory of Mario Davidovsky, alongside Davidovsky’s intricate Synchronisms No. 9 (1988) for violin and recorded electronics. Also on the bill: the late great Ursula Mamlok’s elegant “Two Bagatelles” (1961), rediscovered toward the end of the composer’s life in a hidden sketchbook; Mexican microtonal trailblazer Julián Carrillo’s final String Quartet No. 13 (yessssss!); and Beethoven’s groundbreaking “Serioso” quartet no. 11 at Broadway Presbyterian Church (601 W 114th St, free cancelled – somebody in the group has a cold

6/14, 7:30 PM edgy orchestra the Knights  play a historically brilliant program: new orchestral arrangements of Beethoven’s Sonata No. 9, “Kreutzer Sonata” and Janáček’s String Quartet No. 1, “Kreutzer Sonata”, at the Naumburg Bandshell in Central Park

6/14. 7:30 PM kinetic Cuban jazz pianist Elio Villafranca at the Django, $25

6/14, 7:30/9 PM drummer Dan Weiss leads a trio with Immanuel Wilkins on tenor sax and Thomas Morgan on bass at Smalls, $25 cash at the door

6/14. 8 PM the NY Philharmonic plays Wagner’s Prelude to Act I of Die Meistersinger, Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1 with Bomsori Kim as soloist, Dvořák’s Symphony No. 7, and works by young composers in Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx. The program repeats on the Great Lawn in Central Park on 6/15, in Cunningham Park, Queens on 6/16 and Prospect Park on 6/17

6/14, 8 PM the Festival Orchestra play works by Gliere, Haydn and Strauss at Washington Square Park

6/15, noon eclectic jazz/tropical/psychedelic violinist Skye Steele at the pedestrian plaza at Willoughby and Pearl in downtown Brooklyn

6/15, half past noon fearlessly relevant latin rock songwriter and protest song connoisseur Ani Cordero at Zuccoti Park, 165 Broadway at Liberty

6/15, 7 PM trumpeter Frank London’s Klezmer Brass Allstars + powerhouse violinist Jake Shulmen-Ment’s Fidl Kapelye with special guest singers Zhenya Lopatnik, Sarah Gordon, Margot Leverett + Lorin Sklamberg at Drom, $20 adv tix avail

6/15, 7:30 PM night two of this year’s Momenta Festival with the reliably adventurous Momenta Quartet plus David Byrd-Marrow, horn and Nana Shi, piano playing Hirofumi Mogi’s In Memory of Perky Pat, the Brahms Horn Trio, and Grażyna Bacewicz’s awesomely edgy Piano Quintet No. 2 at Broadway Presbyterian Church (601 W 114th St, free cancelled – somebody in the group has a cold

6/15, 7:30/9:30 PM ambitious, smart, noir-inclined tenor saxophonist Patrick Cornelius   leads his octet at Smalls, $25 cash at the door

6/15, 7:30/9 PM Gary Versace (on piano) leads a trio with Jay Anderson on bass and Rudy Royston on drums at Mezzrow, $25 cash at the door

6/16, 5 PM rustic traditional Haitian songs with Obed Jean-Louis at Albee Square, corner of Fulton and Bond in downtown Brooklyn

6/16, 7:30 PM night three of this year’s Momenta Festival with the reliably adventurous Momenta Quartet playing vocal-inspired works by Valentin Silvestrov, Elizabeth Brown and Shawn Jaeger at Broadway Presbyterian Church (601 W 114th St, free cancelled – somebody in the group has a cold

6/16, 7:30 PM Tipico Urbano play merengue on the plaza at Lincoln Center

6/16, 10:30 PM tuneful oldschool soul/jazz trombonist Dave Gibson at Smalls, $25 cash at the door. He’s back on 6/30

6/17, 3 PM purist postbop jazz guitarist Ed Cherry and his trio at the Williamsbridge Oval off Gun Hill Road in the Bronx, D to Norwood-205

6/17, 7 PM psychedelic funk/Afrobeat jammers the People’s Champs at Pier 45 in Hudson River Park – take W 10th St to the river

6/17, 7:30 PM closing night of this year’s Momenta Festival with the reliably adventurous Momenta Quartet plus bassist/composer Hilliard Greene playing a Juneteenth celebration with music by the bassist in the band plus Alvin Singleton and Yusef Lateef at Broadway Presbyterian Church (601 W 114th St. free

6/17, 7:30/9:30 PM pianist Mike LeDonne leads a quartet with Eric Alexander on tenor sax at Smalls, $25 cash at the door

6/17-18, 7:30/9 PM lyrical pianist Geoffrey Keezer with Ron Carter on bass (6/17) and Antonio Sanchez on drums (6/18) at Mezzrow, $25 cash at the door

6/17, 8 PM retro swing band Rachael and Vilray (fronted by Lake Street Dive’s Rachael Price) on the plaza at Lincoln Center

6/18, half past noon/2:30 PM jazz nonet Small Kingdom with powerhouse singer Melanie Scholtz at the Blue Note, $15′

6/18, 4 PM the world’s creepiest, slinkiest, most psychedelic crime jazz/film noir band, Big Lazy on the front porch at 492 Marlborough Rd (Ditmas/Dorchester), Ditmas Park, Q to Newkirk Ave.

6/18, 7:30 PM evocative alto saxophonist Dmitri Baevsky leads his quartet at the Django, $25. Followed at 10:30 by New Orleans reedman Craig Handy & Second Line Smith. Baevsky is at Smalls on  6/24-25 at 7:30/9:30 PM for the same cover.

6/19, 7:30/9 PM legendary David Bowie pianist Mike Garson plays his own jazz with Don Falzone on bass and Billy Mintz on drums at Mezzrow, $25 at the door. The rhythm section return here the following night 6/20, same time with pianist  Alan Broadbent

6/20, 7 PM a French rap triplebill at Central Park Summerstage: Hyphen Hyphen, Bon Entendeur and MC Solaar

6/21, 2 PM paradigm-shifting Romany jazz/psychedelic rock guitar mastermind Stephane Wrembel followed by klezmer violinist Eleonore Biezunski outside Castle Clinton in Battery Park

6/21, 2:30 PM fearlessly smart, eclectic, avant garde-inclined Toot Sweet accordionist Mary Spencer Knapp plays solo on accordion followed at 4:30 by wildly diverse busker legend Melissa Elledge doing the same on the water out behind Battery Park

6/21, 7 PM purposeful, incisive Red Molly dobro player/songstress Abbie Gardner  at the downstairs room at the Rockwood, $15

6/21, 7:30 PM not a music event but important: community and medical freedom fighters including investigative journalist James Roguski, pediatric specialist Dr. Max Bulmash, Rabbi Jonathan Rietti, Dr. Pierre Kory, Dr. Ryan Cole strategize how to defend our children from the lethal Covid shots. Free, at Anshe Sfard Hall, 1370 45 St off the corner of 14th Ave, Boro Park, D to 50th St., also livestreaming,

6/21, 7:30 PM  otherworldly French-Algerian singer Ourida with her combo at Atlantic Brooklyn, 333 Atlantic Ave (Smith/Hoyt), $15, F to Bergen St.

6/21, 8 PM hilarious, smartly political faux-French retro 60s psych-pop band les Sans Culottes at Freddy’s outdoors

6/21-26, 8:30/10:30 PM the purist tuneful Dave Holland/Kenny Barron/Johnathan Blake  trio at the Blue Note, $30 standing room avail

6/22, noon  entertaining cumbia jazz accordionist/crooner Gregorio Uribe at the pedestrian plaza at Willoughby and Pearl in downtown Brooklyn

6/22, half past noon lyrical Red Baraat trumpeter Sonny Singh plays bhangra and carnatic themes at Zuccoti Park, 165 Broadway at Liberty

6/22, 6 PM mighty, sweeping ensemble Mariachi Real de Mexico at Highland Park in East New York, J to Crescent St

6/22, 7 PM a rare intimate show with the catchy, purist, Beatlesque Bubble at the small room at the Rockwood

6/22, 7:30 PM irrepressible pianist/singer Champian Fulton – as entertaining a postbop improviser as torch singer – at the Django, $25

6/22, 7:30/9:30 PM innovative, individualistic jazz organist Jared Gold leads his trio at Smalls, $25 cash at the door

6/22, 8:30 PM  guitarslinger Phil Gammage plays his dark Americana and blues  at 11th St Bar

6/22, 10ish colorful, Bowie-esque female-fronted glamrockers the Manimals at Our Wicked Lady, $14

6/23, 7:30/9 PM sweeping, swinging vibraphonist Behn Gillece leads a trio with Bob DeVos on guitar and Steve Laspina on bass at Mezzrow, $25 cash at the door

6/23, 8ish guitarist Alyse Lamb’s fiery, subtly witty, tightly psychedelic jazz-inspired postpunk band Parlor Walls at Our Wicked Lady,$14

6/24, 7 PM the all-female Resistance Revival Chorus sing epic, inspiring original populist gospel tunes and political broadsides at Pier 45 in Hudson River Park – take W 10th St to the river

6/24, 7 PM quirky chamber pop chanteuse Daneshevskaya at Bryant Park

6/24, 7:30 PM oldschool Colombian gangsta sounds with La Cumbiamba eNeYé followed by Colombian vallenato crooner Fonseca at Prospect Park Bandshell

6/24, 8 PM slinky, impressionistic postbop jazz with saxophonist Alison Shearer and her quartet at the downstairs room at the Rockwood, $15

6/24, 10 PM the Carvels NYC – a female-fronted mashup of the Ramones and the Dickies – at Freddy’s

6/25, 4 PM NYC psychedelic supergroup the Eljin Marbles with Dann Baker from Erica Smith’s band and Love Camp 7 at the community garden at 68 Java St. in Greenpoint, G to Greenpoint Ave

6/25, 4 PM firebrand Guinean feminist rocker Natu Camara followed by Guinean acrobatic troupe Cirque Kalabanté at Prospect Park Bandshell

6/25, 4 PM trombonist Craig Harris leads a large improvisational ensemble playing his immersive, incredibly aptly titled new piece Breathe at Rockefeller Park

6/25, 7:30 PM Rajrupa Chowdhury plays the sarod at Chhandayan Center For Indian Music, $25

6/25. 9 PM a veteran surf band triplebill:  the Supertones, cover crew Band of Others and Link Wray cover band the WrayCyclers at Freddy’s

6/25, 10 PM the slinky, fiery Macedonian-flavorted Sedi Donka Balkan Band at St. Mazie’s

6/25, 10 PM noir-inspired alto saxophonist/composer Nick Hempton leads leads a quartet at the Django, $25

6/26, noon shapeshifting klezmer trumpeter Frank London‘s Klezmer Brass All Stars, the Klezmographers featuring violinist Eleonore Biezunski and tsimbl player Pete Rushefsky, and flutist Chen Tao and his Melody of the Dragon Chinese traditional ensemble outside the Eldridge Street Synagogue just north of Canal

6/26, 2 PM latin soul singer Gina D’Soto and her excellent band on the plaza outside the Prospect Park Q station

6/26, 7 PM not a music event but a good cause if you can afford it: a comedy benefit for RFK Jr.’s Children’s Health Defense with Alex Stein, Ross Bennett, Alex Lasarev, Robbie Rose, Andy Rose, Janet McLean at the Stand, 116 E 16th St., $50, res rec.

6/26, 7 PM undulating, brass-fueled Brazilian street band Monobloco at Flushing Meadows/Crotona Park, 7 train to Shea Stadium

6/27. 8 PM intense, wickedly tuneful jazz oudist/guitarist Gordon Grdina‘s Nomad trio at Drom, $15 adv tix avail

6/28, 6:30 PM T.J. Borden on cello, Brandon Lopez on bass, James McKain on sax and Joey Sullivan on drums improvise at Downtown Music Gallery

6/28. 7 PM oud virtuoso Ara Dinkjian with pyrotechnic clarinetist Ismail Lumanovski’s ferociously kinetic NY Gypsy All-Stars play the great oudist’s originals at Drom, $20 adv tix avail

6/28, 7 PM  noir guitar legend Jim Campilongo leads his trio at the big room at the Rockwood, $15

6/28, 7:30 PM the Handel and Haydn Society, led by violinist Aisslinn Nosky play works by Corelli, Vivaldi, Geminiani, Handel and Charles Avison at the Naumburg Bandshell in Central Park

6/28, 8 PM rising star saxophonist Tivon Pennicott with a string section at Washington Square Park

6/29, noon brilliant chamber pop/Americana violinist Sarah Alden with percussionist Samuel Torres at the pedestrian plaza at Willoughby and Pearl in downtown Brooklyn

6/29, half past noon tapdancer Michela Marino Lerman and bassist Russell Hall at Zuccoti Park

6/29, 7 PM broodingly eclectic songwriter Natalie Mack – who veers from pensively catchy dronepop to dreampop to more theatrical sounds – followed at 9 PM by charmingly inscrutable Parisienne jazz chanteuse Chloe & the French Heart Jazz Band at the downstairs room at the Rockwood, $15

6/29, 9 PM a long night of Spanish-language styles in reverse order: Flamenco Trio Bryan Cid y Guillen, boisterously amusing acoustic Veracruz-style folk-punk band Radio Jarocho; Cumbia LaMar and Colombian trance-dance folk band Joan Camilo Durango at Drom, $20 adv tix avail

6/30, 6 PM  eclectic pan-latin and Middle Eastern-inflected acoustic songwriter Miriam Elhajli under the Dumbo archway, F to York St

6/30, 7 PM Jennah Vox – who does a decent Amy Winehouse impression – at Culture Lab in Long Island City

6/30, 8 PM Afro-Cuban percussion legend Pedrito Martinez leads his rumbling, jazz-tinged salsa project at Drom $25 adv tix rec

6/30, 8:30 PM deviously theatrical oldschool C&W/rockabilly parodists Susquehanna Industrial Tool & Die Co.at Otto’s

6/30, 9 PM blazing all-female street band the Brass Queens at the Gutter in Williamsburg, $10

6/30, 9 PM  first-rate purist honkytonk crooner/bandleader Cliff Westfall and his killer band at Skinny Dennis

7/1, 7 PM sizzling, politically fearless latin jazz pianist/composer Arturo O’Farrill’s Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra at Bryant Park

7/1, 7:30 PM purist postbop jazz guitarist Ed Cherry leads a two-guitar quartet with fellow axeman Mike Moreno at the Django, $25

7/1-2, 7:30/9 PM saxophonist John Ellis – as adept at postbop jazz as he is with haunting, theatrical noir art-song – leads a quartet at Smalls, $25. 7/2  feral tenor saxophonist Eric Wyatt and band follow at 10:30 and returns on 7/9, same time

7/2, 4 PM oldschool-style high plains C&W singer Hope Debates & North 40 at Skinny Dennis

7/2, 7:30 PM  tuneful oldschool soul/jazz trombonist Dave Gibson at the Django, $25

7/2, 8 PM the monthly surf rock show has resumed with the eclectic Weisstronauts, surfed-out tv themes from Commercial Interruption sand the majestic, darkly cinematic TarantinosNYC. at Otto’s

7/3, half past noon/2:30 PM drummer Christian Finger leads his moody European jazz trio with the haunting Vadim Neselovskyi on piano at the Blue Note, $15

7/3, 3 PM ish the ageless godfather of boogaloo, Joe Bataan in the courtyard at Union Pool, free

7/3, 5:30 PM art-rock chanteuse Andromeda Anarchia followed by Queens of the Stone Age soundalikes the Velvicks – at Culture Lab in Long Island City

7/3, 7:30/9 PM baritone saxophonist Frank Basile leads a two-baritone quintet with Gary Smulyan at Smalls, $25

7/3, 9 PM first-class bluegrass bandleader/bassist Allison Kelly at Skinny Dennis

7/4, 9 PM one of the alltime most thrilling guitarists in Americana, Rosie Flores at Skinny Dennis. Note that there is a $5 cover

7/4, 10:30 PM  expansive, expressive jazz pianist Miki Yamanaka at Smalls, $25. She’s back on 7/11

7/5, 6:30 PM Cuban saxophonist Hery Paz improvises with trumpeter Nate Wooley and drummer Tom Rainey followed at 7:30 by bassist Henry Fraser and violinist Cleek Schrey at Downtown Music Gallery

7/5, 10:30 PM  fiery electric Cuban hill country music with Los Hacheros at the Django, $25

7/7, 6 PM Brain Cloud western swing mastermind and multi-instrumentalist Dennis Lichtman and band under the Dumbo archway, F to York St

7/7, 7 PM pensive, eclectic, tuneful jazz/art-rock songwriter Becca Stevens with intense, rapturous Balkan/Middle Eastern ensemble the Secret Trio at the big room at the Rockwood, $20. It’s a good night there. She’s followed at 8:30 by steamboat soul crooner/pianist Nat Osborn. Downstairs irrepressibly sardonic janglerock/folk-punk songwriter, New Yorker illustrator and White Hassle alum Marcellus Hall plays at 7 for $10

7/7, 7:30/9 PM trombonist Alan Ferber leads his immersively innovative, sometimes symphonic nonet at Smalls, $25

7/8, 7 PM  brilliant, fearlessly political B3 organist Greg Lewis in the park on the Hudson at 125th St.

7/8, 7:30 PM the NYChillharmonic – who play lushly intricate art-rock with big band jazz orchestration – at Culture Lab in Long Island City

7/8, 7:30 PM catchy oldschool roots reggae with a fearlessly populist Senegalese feel from Meta & the Cornerstones at the Poisson Rouge, $20 adv tix rec

7/8, 10:30 PM an absurdly cheap triplebill of latin artists from Canada and Chile: Mexican folk guitarist Quique Escamilla, psychedelic latin rockers Battle of Santiago – the missing link between Willie Colon and Pink Floyd – and cumbia songwriter Ramon Chiccarron at Drom, $10

7/10, 5 PM Red Baraat trumpeter Sonny Singh plays funky bhangra psychedelia at Culture Lab in Long Island City

7/10, 7 PM jaunty female-fronted original retro rocksteady band the Big Takeover at Pier 1 at 70th St. and the Hudson

7/8, 7 PM every kind of swing jazz you could imagine with the Baylor Project at Bryant Park

7/10, 7 PM oldschool salsa triplebill: Lower East Salsa, Domingo Quinones and Puerto Rican Power at the Coney Island Amphitheatre. free

7/11-14, half past noon eclectic, often haunting Armenian jazz pianist Armen Donelian at Bryant Park

7/12, 6:30 PM tuneful, state-of-the-art postbop jazz guitarist Will Bernard in a rare solo show at Downtown Music Gallery

7/12. 7 PM blazing all-female street band the Brass Queens at Gantry State Park in Long Island City. They’re at Radegast Hall on 7/30 at 1 PM

7/12, 7:30 PM  A Far Cry  play an innovative program of string arrangements of Bartok miniatures plus works by Franghiz Ali-Zadeh, Dvorak, Beethoven and Karl Doty at the Naumburg Bandshell in Central Park

7/12, 7:30 PM  kinetic Cuban jazz pianist Elio Villafranca at the Django, $25

7/12, 7:30/9 PM charismatic, adventurous postbop/avant garde trombonist/crooner Frank Lacy leads a quartet at Smalls, $25 cash at the door.

7/12-17, 8/10:30 PM constantly shapeshifting hip-hop icon Talib Kweli & the Whiskey Boys at the Blue Note, $30 standing room avail

7/12. 9 PM noir Americana siren Eilen Jewell sings Loretta Lynn at Skinny Dennis, there is a cover charge $tba

7/13, noon  trumpeter Wayne Tucker – who veers between sunny postbop jazz, Afrobeat and goofy vocal shtick – at the pedestrian plaza at Willoughby and Pearl in downtown Brooklyn

7/13, 7:30 PM purist postbop tenor saxophonist Stacy Dillard with his band at the Django, $25, He’s also at Smalls on 7/16 and 7/23 at 10:30

7/14, noon thunderous all-female Colombian coastal trance-dance ensemble La Manga at the pedestrian plaza at Willoughby and Pearl in downtown Brooklyn

7/14, 7:30 PM imaginative indie classical choir Roomful of Teeth followed by a live interview with avant garde legends the Kronos Quartet at Prospect Park Bandshell

7/15, 7 PM the oldtimey band that started the whole revival back in the 90s, the Squirrel Nut Zippers at Bryant Park

7/15 7 PM psychedelic Afrobeat jammers the Brighton Beat at Culture Lab in Long Island City

7/15, 7 PM powerful, lyrical classical piainist Mimoza Keka plays works by contemporary Macedonian composers Tomislav Zografski and Dimitrije Buzarovski .at Gallery MC

7/15, 7:30 PM lyrical pianist Rich Germanson leads a quartet at the Django, $25. Followd at 10:30 by New Orleans reedman Craig Handy & Second Line Smith

7/16, 5 PM slinky new wave bassist/bandleader Yula Beeri at Culture Lab in Long Island City

7/16, 7:30 PM innovative, captivating carnatic singer Emmanuelle Martin with violinist Siddharth Ashokkumar and mridangam player Bala Skandan at the Chhandayan Center For Indian Music, $25

7/16, 8:30 PM slinky soul-influenced psychedelic band Chicano Batman at Prospect Park Bandshell

7/17, 7 PM smoldering female-fronted Colombian psychedelic band Yotoco at Culture Lab in Long Island City

7/17, 7 PM  Danny Jonokuchi & The Revisionists play 1930s style swing jazz at Pier 1 at 70th St. and the Hudson

7/18-22, half past noon lyrical jazz pianist Deanna Witkowski plays solo at Bryant Park

7/19, 7 PM  mighty, sweeping ensemble Mariachi Real de Mexico at Gantry State Park in Long Island City

7/19, 7:30 PM lyrical, thoughtful tenor saxophonist Eric Alexander leads a quintet at Smalls, $25 cash at the door.

7/19, 8:30 PM wickedly jangly surf/twang/country instrumentalists the Bakersfield Breakers at 11th St Bar

7/20, noon saxophonist John Ellis – as adept at postbop jazz as he is with haunting, theatrical noir art-song – at the pedestrian plaza at Willoughby and Pearl in downtown Brooklyn

7/20, 7:30 PM the best singing pianist (and the best piano-playing singer) in jazz, Champian Fulton at the Django, $25

7/20, 8 PM wild Danish klezmer band Mames Babagenush at Drom $20 adv tix rec

7/20, 9ish organ groovemeister Cory Henry at Central Park Summerstage

7/21, half past noon sizzling, politically fearless latin jazz pianist/composer Arturo O’Farrill’ leads a sextet at St. Marks Park, 2nd Ave/10th St

7/21, 7 PM bass trombonist Jennifer Wharton’s Bonegasm at Culture Lab in Long Island City

7/21, 7:30 PM erudite tenor saxophonist Wayne Escoffery leads his quartet at the Django, $25

7/21, 7 PM charming oldtimey swing band Fleur Seule at Astoria Park, Shore Boulevard between the Hell Gate Bridge and the pool

7/22, 7:30 PM colorful,  eclectic, paradigm-shifting B3 jazz organist Brian Charette plays the album release show for his new one at the Django, $25

7/22-23, 7:30/9 PM innovative alto saxophonist Caroline Davis leads a quartet with Matt Mitchell on piano at Smalls, $25

7/22, 110 PM the slinky, fiery Macedonian-flavorted Sedi Donka Balkan Band at St. Mazie’s

7/22, 11:30 PM  pyrotechnic clarinetist Ismail Lumanovski’s ferociously kinetic NY Gypsy All-Stars with haunting Middle Eastern trumpeter Ibraham Maalouf at Drom, $30 adv tix rec

7/23, 11 AM the all-female Egalitarian Brass play new classical works to wake the neighborhood up at Washington Square Park

7/23, 4ish bad segue, good twinbill: smart female-fronted gutter blues jamband Jane Lee Hooker followed at 5 by lyrical, thoughtful jazz pianist Eugenia Choe at Culture Lab in Long Island City

7/23, 7 PM cutting-edge big band salsa jazz with drummer Bobby Sanabria’s Big Band at Bryant Park

7/23, 7:30 PM santoor virtuoso Vinay Desai with tabla player Mir Naquibul Islam at the Chhandayan Center For Indian Music, $25

7/24, 3 PM ish 80s reggae star Sister Nancy in the courtyard at Union Pool, free

7/24, 7 PM saxophonist Joseph Herbst’s Ghost in the Mirror large ensemble jazz project with adventurous string ensemble Quartet Davis at Culture Lab in Long Island City

7/24, 7 PM brasy second-wave Ethio-jazz band Molly Tigre at 70th St. and the Hudson

7/24, 7 PM slinky piano-fueled soul band the Claudettes at the big room at the Rockwood $15

7/25-29, half past noon sly, cinematic, tuneful Microscopic Septet pianist Joel Forrester at Bryant Park

7/25, 7:30 PM purist, purposeful jazz guitarist Russell Malone with pianist Rick Germanson and bassist Luke Sellick at Mezzrow, $25

7/25, 8 PM busy surf rock cover group Band of Others at Cowgirl Seahorse

7/26. 7 PM Zikrayat play slinky, cinematic classics from the golden age of Arabic song at Gantry State Park in Long Island City

7/26, 7:30 PM edgy orchestra the Knights & Lara St. John, violin soloist play Mendelssohn’s Scottish Symphony plus works by Avner Dorman at the Naumburg Bandshell in Central Park

7/26, 7 PM soul/gospel belter (and Lenny Molotov collaborator) Queen Esther, Americana banjo songwriter Hilary Hawke  and bassist Mali Obomsawin and her band at the basement room at the Rockwood, $15,

7/26, 8 PM gritty downtown rocker Diane Gentile, dark blues/folk noir/oldschool soul songwriter Kelley Swindall and well-liked, fearlessly political LES soul-rock songwriter/chanteuse Dina Regine at 11th St Bar

7/27, noon irrepressible, ebullient Brain Cloud jazz chanteuse Tamar Korn at the pedestrian plaza at Willoughby and Pearl in downtown Brooklyn

7/27, 7 PM Los Cumpleanos – with Nestor Gomez – vox/percussion; Lautaro Burgos – drums; Eric Lane – keyboards; Alex Asher – trombone and others playing trippy, dubwise tropical psychedelia aat Pier 45 in Hudson River Park – take W 10th St to the river

7/27, 8 PM a Lee Konitz tribute with saxophonist Ohad Talmor, pianist Dan Tepfer, bassist Jeremy Stratton and drummer George Schuller at Seeds

7/28, half past noon the self=explanatory Gipsy Jazz Caravan at St. Marks Park, 2nd Ave/10th St

7/28, 6 PM Cuban tres player Junniel Jiminez and band under the Dumbo archway, F to York St.

7/28, 7 PM the Horne Electric Band play brassy funk at Culture Lab in Long Island City

7/29, 7 PM one of the most haunting songwriters in folk noir, Emily Jane White opens for minimalist/darkwave chanteuse Eivor at the Poisson Rouge, $30 adv tix rec

7/29, 7 PM cosmopolitan retro Euro-swing band the Hot Sardines with Nellie McKay on vocals at Bryant Park

7/29, 7 PM the Hudson Horns play brass music from the Balkans to New Orleans at Culture Lab in Long Island City

7/30, 4:30 PM Heart of Afghanistan, with Afghani TV star Ahmad Fanoos on vocals and harmonium, his sons Elham Fanoos on piano and Mehran Fanoos on violin, and Hamid Habibzada on tablā, followed eventually at around 9 by feral female-fronted psychedelic cumbia/tropicalia/dub allstars Combo Chimbita on the plaza at Lincoln Center

7/30, 7 PM Afro-Peruvian funk singer/bandleader Araceli Poma at Culture Lab in Long Island City

7/30.,7:30 PM electrifying vibraphonist Simon Moullier and band at the Django, $25 at the Django, $25

7/30, 5 PM pensive Turkish chanteuse Aynur, ferociously powerful, politically fearless southern gothic guitar/banjo player Amythyst Kiah  and  thunderous Ukrainian folk-punk stompers Dakhabrakha at Damrosch Park

7/30, 10:30 PM mighty Brazilian drumline street band BatalaNYC at Drom, $20 adv tix rec

8/2, noon feral tenor saxophonist Eric Wyatt and band at Columbus Park, Cadman Plaza East and Johnson St. in downtown Brooklyn

8/2, 7 PM clever, fiery, eclectic ten-piece Balkan/hip-hop/funk brass maniacs Slavic Soul Party  at Gantry State Park in Long Island City

8/2, 7:30 PM  lush, majestic string ensemble the East Coast Chamber Orchestra play works by Adolphus Hailstork, Maureen Nelson and Schubert’s String Quartet No. 14 in D minor, D 810, ‘Death and the Maiden’ at the Naumburg Bandshell in Central Park

8/4, 7 PM darkly psychedelic Afrobeat groove group Budos Band at Corporal Thompson Park in Staten Island

8/5, 3 PM a bunch of Red Baraat-adjacent artists and then the hypnotically explosive live bhangra dance band itself at Central Park Summerstage

8/6, 6 PM psychedelic tropicalia band the Meridian Brothers and psychedelic cumbia/reggaeton bandleader Ana Tijoux at Corporal Thompson Park in Staten Island

8/7, 3 PM a Dominican triplebill with merengue tipica band Grupo d’Ahora, El Gran Alcover and merengue star El Rey Supremo Luis Vargas at Central Park Summerstage

8/11, 6 PM psychedelic funk/Afrobeat jammers the People’s Champs  under the Dumbo archway, F to York St.

8/11, 7 PM Video Music Box legend Ralph McDaniels hosts a mostly nostalgic hip-hop multiple-bill with Sweet Tee, Girl Codee, Black Sheep, Smif n Wessun, Special Ed at at the Coney Island Amphitheatre. free, get here early or else

8/12, 7 PM ferocious, female-fronted Afrobeat band Underground System at Pier 45 in Hudson River Park – take W 10th St to the river

8/13, 7 PM Video Music Box’s Ralph McDaniels hosts a 90s dancehall reggae bill with Wayne Wonder and others at Central Park Summerstage

8/16, noon  iconic latin percussionist Willie Martinez leads his classic salsa/mambo group at Columbus Park, Cadman Plaza East and Johnson St. in downtown Brooklyn

8/16 7 PM playful avant garde cancion singer Sofia Rei at Gantry State Park in Long Island City

8/19, 7 PM atmospheric jazz guitarist Rafiq Bhatia at Bryant Park

8/20, 7 ish the all-female Resistance Revival Chorus sing epic, inspiring original populist gospel tunes and political broadsides, and Burnt Sugar celebrating 20+ years of lush Braxton-ish largescale improvisation, hard funk, James Brown and Bowie covers at Marcus Garvey Park

8/26, 7 PM a “habibi festival” that transcends the style: North African dancer Esraa Warda & the Châab Lab, kanun virtuoso Firas Zreik, and haunting French-Tunisian saxophonist Yacine Boulares’ Ajoyo project at Bryant Park

8/26, 7 PM jaunty female-fronted original retro rocksteady band the Big Takeover at Pier 45 in Hudson River Park – take W 10th St to the river

8/27, 4 PM ish socially conscious jazz chanteuse Nikara’s Black Wall Street project, bassist Buster Willliams and his band and trumpeter Terence Blanchard with the Turtle Island Quartet at Marcus Garvey Park

8/28, 2 PM the Sun Ra Arkestra  make their yearly appearance at the free outdoor concert series at Union Pool

8/28, 3 PM purist jazz guitarist Pasquale Grasso, swing trumpeter/singer Bria Skonberg, intense tenor saxophonist Melissa Aldana and Archie Shepp and Jason Moran with Cecile Mclorin Salvant at Tompkins Square Park

9/8, 7 PM two very different, very distinctive jazz pianists: Aaron Diehl and Orrin Evans at Bryant Park

9/11, 6 PM Gaijin A Go Go – the satirical J-pop equivalent of Les Sans Culottes under the Dumbo archway

9/15-18, 7:30 PM this year’s Momenta Festival with the reliably adventurous Momenta Quartet resumes, rescheduled from July with a program tba at Broadway Presbyterian Church (601 W 114th St. free

9/16, 7 PM the annual accordion festival returns: Heart of Afghanistan, with Afghani TV star Ahmad Fanoos on vocals and harmonium, his sons Elham Fanoos on piano and Mehran Fanoos on violin, and Hamid Habibzada on tablā. and others at Bryant Park

9/17, 7 PM the American Symphony Orchestra play a program tba at Bryant Park