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Live Music Calendar for New York City and Brooklyn For October 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.

Thursdays at 5 PM in October, poignantly lyrical, eclectic pianist Marta Sanchez at Bar Bayeux. She’s also at Bar Lunatico on 10/30 at 9

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

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

10/1, 4 PM fearlessly political jazz poet/vocalist Moor Mother and trumpeter Christian Scott at Ft. Greene Park

10/1, 7:30 PM purposeful latin jazz pianist Donald Vega at the Django, $25

10/1, 8 PM surreali art-song chanteuse Leila Adu and eclectic, tuneful folk noir accordionist/guitarist/songwriter Ali Dineen at the Owl

10/1, 11 PM venomous horror surf band Beware the Dangers of a Ghost Scorpion at Otto’s

10/1 11:30 PM vative, individualistic jazz organist Jared Gold leads his trio at Cellar Dog

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

10/2, 4 PM jazz chanteuse Yoon Sun Choi and her Quartet at a house concert at 131 Buckingham Rd in Crown Heights

10/2, 4 PM oldschool-style high plains C&W singer Hope Debates & North 40 at Skinny Dennis

10/2, 5 PM soprano Christine Cornell and an orchestra play movie music from Encanto, West Side Story, The Magnificent 7, Die Hard, Meet Me in St. Louis, The Wizard of Oz and more at Byrne Park in Park Slope just north of the Old Stone House

10/2, 7:30 PM lyrical jazz pianist Geoffrey Keezer at the Django, $25

10/2 8 PM electronic composer/keyboardist Nnux a.k.a. Ana López-Reyes joins with the Rhythm Method String Quartet for a ghost-themed program at Roulette, $25 adv tix rec

10/2, 8:30 PM mighty Brazilian drumline street band BatalaNYC w/ Giba Gonçalves at Drom, $20 adv tix rec

10/2, 8:30 PM cinematic chamber pop/indie classical violinist Christina Courtin at the downstairs room at the Rockwood, $10

10/3, 7:30 PM wickedly catchy janglerock/powerpopsters Rogers & Butler followed by hilariously acerbic, perennially relevant purist rock/Americana songwriter Amy Rigby at City Winery, $15

10/3, 7:30 PM thoughtful pianist Liya Grigoryan leads her quartet at the Django, $25

10/3, 7:30/9 PM drummer Matt Wilson leads a great chordless quartet with Kirk Knuffke on trumpet at Smalls, $25 cash at the door

10/3, 7:30 PM the Mercantillers sing sea chanteys and other boisterous Americana at Cowgirl Seahorse

10/3, 8/10:30 PM purist postbop pianist Christian Sands leads a quartet at the Blue Note, $30 standing room avail

10/3, 9 PM noir guitar legend Jim Campilongo leads his trio at the big room at the Rockwood, $15

10/4, 7:30 PM electrifying, tuneful latin jazz pianist Benito Gonzalez leads a trio at the Django, $25. Followed at 10:30 by Los Hacheros, who play fiery electric tres-driven Cuban sounds

10/4, 8 PM singer Veronica Davila’s twangy, Bakersfield-flavored hard honkytonk band Low Roller at Skinny Dennis

10/4, 8 PM unorthodox, outside-the-box jazz quartet Tombstar – violinist Eddy Kwon, singer Isabel Crespo Pardo, trombonist Zekkereya El-magharbel and drummerLesley Mok – at Roulette, $25 adv tix rec

10/4, 8 PM  funk-jazz crew the Silver Arrow Band at Drom, free. They’re back on the 24th

10/4, 8 PM bassist Jeong Lim Yang leads an interesting quartet with Kenny Wollesen on drums, Santiago Liebson on piano and Chris Hoffman on cello at Bar Lunatico

10/4-6, 8 PM eclectic classical pianist Taka Kigawa at Zurcher Gallery, $25

10/5, 7 PM soaringly explosive jazz composer/torch singer Nicole Zuraitis with pianist Matt Baker at Pangea, $25 cash at the door

10/5, 8 PM brooding Ukrainian  lyrical third-stream pianist Vadim Neselovskyi at Zurcher Gallery, $25

10/5, 8 PM darkly eclectic pianist and Cecile McLorin Salvant collaborator Sullivan Fortner at Bar Bayeux

10/6, 7 PM underground NYC soul legend and crooner Ellis Hooks at Terra Blues

10/6, 7:30/9 PM prolific postbop composer and tenor saxophonist Ken Fowser  leads a quintet followed at 10:30 by tuneful oldschool soul/jazz trombonist Dave Gibson and his quartet followed by the jam session at Smalls, $25 cash at the door. Gibson is back here on the 20th

10/6, 8 PM dark psychedelic punk band Movie Movie, ferocious, twin guitar-fueled, Radio Birdman-esque psychedelic punks the Electric Mess and female-fronted Joy Division-esque power trio the Juliett Class at Our wicked Lady, $14

10/6, 8 PM  fascinatingly lyrical, individualistic pianist Sylvie Courvoisier at Zurcher Gallery, $25

10/6, 8 PM an edgy chordless trio: bassist Max Johnson, saxophonist Anna Webber and drummer Michael Sarin at Seeds, $15

10/7, 3 PM legendary ex-Ellington trombonist Art Baron leads his ensemble at the park at 232 W. 60th St

10/7, 7:30 PM a free jazz quadruplebill: Pool 31 with flutist Laura Cooks, violist Joanna Mattrey, drummer Tim Angulo and singer Isabel Crespo Pardo followed by the trio of guitarist Karl Evangelista with bassist Luke Stewart and pianist Eli Wallace, then guitarist Drew Wesely and saxophonist Kevin Murray and noisy string jazz crew Aliya Ultan/Jaguar Psychosis at Record Shop, 360 Van Brunt St in Red Hook, $10

10/6,11:30 PM clever, purist B3 jazz organist Akiko Tsuruga at Cellar Dog

10/7, 7 PM dynamic, noir-tinged soul belter Jennah Vox at Culture Lab

10/7-8, 7:30/9 PM veteran postbop bassist Buster Williams leads a trio at Mezzrow, $25

10/7, 8 PM pianist Vicky Chow plays the album release show for her new record of Philip Glass etudes at Roulette, $25 adv tix rec

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

10/8, 4 PM energetic ragtime/Romany swing guitarist Felix Slim at Skinny Dennis

10/8, 5 PM latin soul singer Gina D’Soto and her excellent band followed by the Stephen Philip Harvey Jazz Orchestra at Culture Lab

10/8, 7 PM dark psychedelic acoustic blues/klezmer/reggae/soca jamband Hazmat Modine at Terra Blues.

10/8, 7 PM Penny Arcade’s haunting performance piece and elegy for pre-gentrification New York, Longing Lasts Longer at Pangea, $25

10/8, 7 PM catchy goth/postpunk band Sugar Pond followed by eclectic jamband Hometown Unknown at the Delancey, $10

10/8 7:30 PM an eclectic Indian twinbill: solo sitar from Megha Rawoot followed by Hindustani singer Supriyo Dutta with Tejas Tope on tabla and Anirban Chakraborty on harmonium at the Chhandayan Center For Indian Music, $25

10/8, 7:30 PM purist postbop jazz guitarist Ed Cherry leads a trio at the Django, $25

10/8, 8 PM majestic, torchy, haunting art-rock band Elysian Fields play the album release show for their new one at the Owl, $18\

10/8, 8 PM searing violinist Sana Nagano with Trevor Dunn – bass / Danny Sher – drums at Downtown Music Gallery

10/9, 2 PM 80s dancehall reggae star Sister Nancy in the courtyard at Union Pool, free

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

10/9, 7:30/9 PM misty, soulful jazz singer Anna Kolchina with pianist JinJoo Yoo and bassist Marcos Varela at Mezzrow, $25. She packs a subtle wallop – not to be missed.

10/9, 9 PM ominously ambient soundtrack/postrock band Minibeast and explosive, theatrical, phantasmagorical indie/metal band A Deer A Horse at Our Wicked Lady, $14

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

10/10, 8 PM Parker Ramsay, Harp & Brandon Patrick George, Fluteat Zurcher Gallery, $20

10/11, 6:30 PM bassist Max Johnson with soprano saxophonist Sam Newsome followed by saxophonist Karen Ng solo at Downtown Music Gallery

10/11, 7 PM vivid, painterly acoustic chamber pop songwriter Aimee Van Dyne at the downstairs room at the Rockwood, $15. Darkly intriguing jazz pianist Dabin Ryu plays after at 9:30

10/11, 8 PM cult favorite gonzo pianist Dred Scott with bassist Matt Pavolka and drummer Diego Voglino lead the jam session at Bar Bayeux

10/11, 8:30 PM diverse, psychedelic loopmusic cellist Elisa Winter at 11th St Bar

10/12, 7 PM the roots of psychedelic desert rock: Malian traditional acoustic group Al Bilouli Sudan at Union Pool, $25

10/12, 7 PM picturesque jazz pianist Michael Weiss leads a trio at Bar Bayeux

10/13, 8 PM edgy, catchy jangle/postpunk rockers the Shining Hours followed by punk band 10 Watt Robot at the Delancey, $15

10/13, 11:30 PM expansive postbop pianist Miki Yamanaka at Cellar Dog

10/14, 7 PM guitarslinger Phil Gammage plays his dark Americana and blues at Shrine

10/14, 11:30 PM powerhouse trombonist Mariel Bildstein leads her quartet at Cellar Dog

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

10/15, 9 PM deviously entertaining hot 20s swing chanteuse Sweet Megg Farrell puts on her cowboy hat at Skinny Dennis

10/15, 10:30 PM wildly erudite tenor saxophonist Eric Wyatt and band at Smalls for a set and then the jam session, $25

10/16, 3 PM Eriko Sato, violin; Liuh-Wen Ting, viola; Benjamin Larsen, cello; David Oei, piano play Paul Salerni “Black and Tan”; Max Reger’s rare String Trio in d minor, op. 141b; Brahms Piano Quartet in g minor, op. 25 at Concerts on the Slope, St. John’s Episcopal Church, 139 St. John’s Place downhill from 7th Ave, $25

10/16, 5 PM pastoral guitarist duo Charlie RauhCameron Mizell at  at Culture Lab

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

10/16, 8 PM David First premieres his death-defying-themed new microtonal piece where an ensemble with horns, strings and guitar exchange instruments; First handles sound design and manipulates vintage analog radio equipment at Roulette, $25 adv tix rec

10/16, 9 PM the Gospel Queens sing a tribute to their late leader Naomi Shelton at Bar Lunatico

10/17, 7:30 PM legendary John Prine-esque urban country band Maynard & the Musties at Cowgirl Seahorse

10/17-18, 8 PM a string quartet with violinist Alexi Kenney, violist Ayane Kozasa, cellist Gabriel Cabezas and cellist Paul Wiancko reimagine works by Chick Corea, François Couperin, Terry Riley, and others at Baryshnikov Arts Center 450 West 37th St, $20

10/18, 7:30 a choice night of improvisation: Daniel Galow on baritone sax with guitarist Mattt Hollenberg followed at 8:30 by bassist Kyle Motl with Niloufar Shiri on kamancheh at Downtown Music Gallery

10/18, 7:30 PM the Hot Club of Cowtown – who are just as wildly fun with western swing as they are at Django-style Romany guitar jazz – at Drom, $25 gen adm

10/18, 9ish wickedly torchy noir songwriter Julia Haltigan most likely playing solo at 11th St Bar

10/19, 6 PM sweepingly intense, smartly lyrical art-rock songwriter Victoria Langford at the small room at the Rockwood

10/19-20, 7:30 PM chamber jazz ensemble the Westerlies at Baryshnikov Arts Center, 450 W 37th St, $20

10/19, 8 PM  state of the art tenor saxophonist Donny McCaslin and a killer quintet at Bar Bayeux

10/19, 8 PM the Bergamot Quartet play new string quartet music by composers TBA at Bar Lunatico

10/20, 7 PM trumpeter Wayne Tucker – who veers between sunny postbop jazz, Afrobeat and goofy vocal shtick – leads his quintet at Cellar Dog

10/20,7:30 PM tuneful, state-of-the-art postbop jazz guitarist Will Bernard leads a trio at Mezzrow, $25

10/20, 8 PM  intense, rapturous Balkan/Middle Eastern ensemble the Secret Trio –Tamer Pinarbasi, Ismail Lumanovski & Ara Dinkjian – at Drom, $15 adv tix rec

10/21, 8 PM  ferociously dynamic, tuneful, female-fronted art-rock power trio Castle Black catchy hardpop/punk power trio Cryo Child, and  Giftshop – the missing link between Blondie and the Distillers – at the Parkside. Avoid the loser Replacements wannabes who are also on the bill.

10/22, 4 PM ish a killer outdoor Queens jazz festival: the Brandon Seabrook/Kuba Chichoki duo, picturesque pianist Eugenia Choe  leading her quartet, the Brian Woodruff Sextet and cinematic trombonist John Yao and his 17-piece Instrument at Culture Lab

10/22, 9 PM  lurid ghoulabilly band Lara Hope & the Ark-Tones at Skinny Dennis

10/22, 10:30 PM purist postbop tenor saxophonist Stacy Dillard with his band at Smalls, $25.

10/23, 10:30 PM noir-inspired alto saxophonist/composer Nick Hempton leads a quartet smalls

10/24, 8 PM Roger Miller song night: join the fun with special guests, the excellent female-fronted folk-punk band Betty Won’t, Bed-Stuy location, email for deets and name the Roger Miller song you want to sing/play on!

10/24, 8 PM iconic noise/jazz guitarist Nels Cline and string quartet play Douglas J Cuomo’s latest tour de force exploring ancient Tibetan Buddhist purification rituals at Roulette, $25 adv tix rec

10/24, 9 PM trombonist Ed Neumeister leads a trio with Drew Gress on bass and Tom Rainey on drums at Bar Lunatico

10/25, 6 PM hilariously lyrical protest songwriter/pianist Dawn Oberg at Freddy’s

10/25, 6:30: PM a great improvisational twinbill: Kevin Murray on soprano sax and Michael Larocca on drums followed at 7:30 PM by Kenny Warren on trumpet, Camilo Angeles on flute, Joanna Mattrey on viola and Carlo Costa on drums at Downtown Music Gallery

10/25, 7 PM iconic Afro-Cuban percussionist/bandleader Pedrito Martine plays his bday show at Drom, $25 adv tix rec

10/25, 7 PM the Royal Arctic Institute – who veer between surfy rock instrumentals and darker, quieter, more noir and jazz-tinged themes – and Jennifer O’Connor, who came out of lyrical janglerock and has taken a turn into disco – at Mama Trieda

10/25-26, 8 PM alt-country icon Jim Lauderdale solo acoustic at Skinny Dennis, $25. No joke. You want intimate?

10/25, 8 PM Eric P. Mandat and John McCowen in solo and duo shows exploring the unlimited and sometimes grim capabilities of various sizes of clarinets at Roulette, $25 adv tix rec

10/25, 8 PM tunefully eclectic pianist Leo Genovese, bassist Cameron Brown and drummer Diego Voglino lead the jam session at Bar Bayeux

10/25, 7 PM innovative, atmospheric bassist Brandi Disterheft leads a trio at Cellar Dog

10/25, 9 PM saxophonist Jeremy Udden‘s evocative Plainville pastoral jazz outfit at Bar Lunatico

10/26, 7:30 PM  the best singing pianist (and the best piano-playing singer) in jazz, Champian Fulton at the Django, $25

10/26, 7 PM jazz violinist Sara Caswell with bassist Jay Anderson and pianist Gary Versace at Pangea, $25

10/26, 8 PM  soprano sax star Sam Newsome leads a quartet with Angelica Sanchez on piano at Bar Bayeux

10/27, 9 PM slinky, hypnotic percussive Moroccan trance band Innov Gnawa with Jason Lindner on piano at Bar Lunatico

10/27, 7 PM baritone saxophonist Frank Basile leads a quartet at at Cellar Dog

10/27, 7 PM haunting, veteran powerpop/art-rock band Elk City at Mama Tried

10/27, 9 PM psychedelic Afrobeat band Super Yamba  at Bar Lunatico

10/28, 7 PM trumpeter Sonny Singh’s “revolutionary devotional Sikh music” projec at Culture Lab

10/28. 8 PM live video by Kit Fitzgerald with live soundtrack by Peter Gordon & Love of Life Orchestra at Roulette, $25 adv tix rec

10/29, 8 PM a night of alternately haunting and ecstatic Iranian traditional sounds: Nuaneen with setarist Mojgan Shajarian, Pejman Hadadi and Sourena Sefati at Roulette, $35 adv tix rec

10/29, 9 PM fiery electric bluegrass and C&W with Demolition String Band at Skinny Dennis

10/30, 5 PM violinists Machiko Ozawa & Lynn Bechtold play a spooky Halloween show at the downstairs room at the Rockwood, $20

10/31, 4 PM a Park Slope halloween ritual returns: family-friendly spooky classical sounds tba outside the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music

10/31, 7 PM colorful,  eclectic, paradigm-shifting B3 jazz organist Brian Charette leads a trio at Cellar Dog

10/31, 8 PM magical microtonal violinist Sarah Bernstein’s Veer Quartet play the album release show for their new one at Zurcher Gallery, $20

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.

Thursdays at 5 PM in October, poignantly lyrical, eclectic pianist Marta Sanchez at Bar Bayeux. She’s also at Bar Lunatico on 10/30 at 9

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

10/1, 4 PM fearlessly political jazz poet/vocalist Moor Mother and trumpeter Christian Scott at Ft. Greene Park

10/1, 7:30 PM purposeful latin jazz pianist Donald Vega at the Django, $25

10/1, 8 PM surreali art-song chanteuse Leila Adu and eclectic, tuneful folk noir accordionist/guitarist/songwriter Ali Dineen at the Owl

10/1, 11 PM venomous horror surf band Beware the Dangers of a Ghost Scorpion at Otto’s

10/1 11:30 PM vative, individualistic jazz organist Jared Gold leads his trio at Cellar Dog

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

10/2, 4 PM jazz chanteuse Yoon Sun Choi and her Quartet at a house concert at 131 Buckingham Rd in Crown Heights

10/2, 4 PM oldschool-style high plains C&W singer Hope Debates & North 40 at Skinny Dennis

10/2, 5 PM soprano Christine Cornell and an orchestra play movie music from Encanto, West Side Story, The Magnificent 7, Die Hard, Meet Me in St. Louis, The Wizard of Oz and more at Byrne Park in Park Slope just north of the Old Stone House

10/2, 7:30 PM lyrical jazz pianist Geoffrey Keezer at the Django, $25

10/2 8 PM electronic composer/keyboardist Nnux a.k.a. Ana López-Reyes joins with the Rhythm Method String Quartet for a ghost-themed program at Roulette, $25 adv tix rec

10/2, 8:30 PM mighty Brazilian drumline street band BatalaNYC w/ Giba Gonçalves at Drom, $20 adv tix rec

10/2, 8:30 PM cinematic chamber pop/indie classical violinist Christina Courtin at the downstairs room at the Rockwood, $10

10/3, 7:30 PM wickedly catchy janglerock/powerpopsters Rogers & Butler followed by hilariously acerbic, perennially relevant purist rock/Americana songwriter Amy Rigby at City Winery, $15

10/3, 7:30 PM thoughtful pianist Liya Grigoryan leads her quartet at the Django, $25

10/3, 7:30/9 PM drummer Matt Wilson leads a great chordless quartet with Kirk Knuffke on trumpet at Smalls, $25 cash at the door

10/3, 7:30 PM the Mercantillers sing sea chanteys and other boisterous Americana at Cowgirl Seahorse

10/3, 8/10:30 PM purist postbop pianist Christian Sands leads a quartet at the Blue Note, $30 standing room avail

10/3, 9 PM noir guitar legend Jim Campilongo leads his trio at the big room at the Rockwood, $15

10/4, 7:30 PM electrifying, tuneful latin jazz pianist Benito Gonzalez leads a trio at the Django, $25. Followed at 10:30 by Los Hacheros, who play fiery electric tres-driven Cuban sounds

10/4, 8 PM singer Veronica Davila’s twangy, Bakersfield-flavored hard honkytonk band Low Roller at Skinny Dennis

10/4, 8 PM unorthodox, outside-the-box jazz quartet Tombstar – violinist Eddy Kwon, singer Isabel Crespo Pardo, trombonist Zekkereya El-magharbel and drummerLesley Mok – at Roulette, $25 adv tix rec

10/4, 8 PM  funk-jazz crew the Silver Arrow Band at Drom, free. They’re back on the 24th

10/4, 8 PM bassist Jeong Lim Yang leads an interesting quartet with Kenny Wollesen on drums, Santiago Liebson on piano and Chris Hoffman on cello at Bar Lunatico

10/4-6, 8 PM eclectic classical pianist Taka Kigawa at Zurcher Gallery, $25

10/5, 7 PM soaringly explosive jazz composer/torch singer Nicole Zuraitis with pianist Matt Baker at Pangea, $25 cash at the door

10/5, 8 PM brooding Ukrainian  lyrical third-stream pianist Vadim Neselovskyi at Zurcher Gallery, $25

10/5, 8 PM darkly eclectic pianist and Cecile McLorin Salvant collaborator Sullivan Fortner at Bar Bayeux

10/6, 7 PM underground NYC soul legend and crooner Ellis Hooks at Terra Blues

10/6, 7:30/9 PM prolific postbop composer and tenor saxophonist Ken Fowser  leads a quintet followed at 10:30 by tuneful oldschool soul/jazz trombonist Dave Gibson and his quartet followed by the jam session at Smalls, $25 cash at the door. Gibson is back here on the 20th

10/6, 8 PM  fascinatingly lyrical, individualistic pianist Sylvie Courvoisier at Zurcher Gallery, $25

10/6, 8 PM an edgy chordless trio: bassist Max Johnson, saxophonist Anna Webber and drummer Michael Sarin at Seeds, $15

10/7, 3 PM legendary ex-Ellington trombonist Art Baron leads his ensemble at the park at 232 W. 60th St

10/7, 7:30 PM a free jazz quadruplebill: Pool 31 with flutist Laura Cooks, violist Joanna Mattrey, drummer Tim Angulo and singer Isabel Crespo Pardo followed by the trio of guitarist Karl Evangelista with bassist Luke Stewart and pianist Eli Wallace, then guitarist Drew Wesely and saxophonist Kevin Murray and noisy string jazz crew Aliya Ultan/Jaguar Psychosis at Record Shop, 360 Van Brunt St in Red Hook, $10

10/7, 8 PM dark psychedelic punk band Movie Movie, ferocious, twin guitar-fueled, Radio Birdman-esque psychedelic punks the Electric Mess and female-fronted Joy Division-esque power trio the Juliett Class at Our wicked Lady, $14

10/6,11:30 PM clever, purist B3 jazz organist Akiko Tsuruga at Cellar Dog

10/7, 7 PM dynamic, noir-tinged soul belter Jennah Vox at Culture Lab

10/7-8, 7:30/9 PM veteran postbop bassist Buster Williams leads a trio at Mezzrow, $25

10/7, 8 PM pianist Vicky Chow plays the album release show for her new record of Philip Glass etudes at Roulette, $25 adv tix rec

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

10/8, 4 PM energetic ragtime/Romany swing guitarist Felix Slim at Skinny Dennis

10/8, 5 PM latin soul singer Gina D’Soto and her excellent band followed by the Stephen Philip Harvey Jazz Orchestra at Culture Lab

10/8, 7 PM dark psychedelic acoustic blues/klezmer/reggae/soca jamband Hazmat Modine at Terra Blues.

10/8, 7 PM Penny Arcade’s haunting performance piece and elegy for pre-gentrification New York, Longing Lasts Longer at Pangea, $25

10/8, 7 PM catchy goth/postpunk band Sugar Pond followed by eclectic jamband Hometown Unknown at the Delancey, $10

10/8 7:30 PM an eclectic Indian twinbill: solo sitar from Megha Rawoot followed by Hindustani singer Supriyo Dutta with Tejas Tope on tabla and Anirban Chakraborty on harmonium at the Chhandayan Center For Indian Music, $25

10/8, 7:30 PM purist postbop jazz guitarist Ed Cherry leads a trio at the Django, $25

10/8, 8 PM majestic, torchy, haunting art-rock band Elysian Fields play the album release show for their new one at the Owl, $18\

10/8, 8 PM searing violinist Sana Nagano with Trevor Dunn – bass / Danny Sher – drums at Downtown Music Gallery

10/9, 2 PM 80s dancehall reggae star Sister Nancy in the courtyard at Union Pool, free

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

10/9, 7:30/9 PM misty, soulful jazz singer Anna Kolchina with pianist JinJoo Yoo and bassist Marcos Varela at Mezzrow, $25. She packs a subtle wallop – not to be missed.

10/9, 9 PM ominously ambient soundtrack/postrock band Minibeast and explosive, theatrical, phantasmagorical indie/metal band A Deer A Horse at Our Wicked Lady, $14

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

10/10, 8 PM Parker Ramsay, Harp & Brandon Patrick George, Fluteat Zurcher Gallery, $20

10/11, 6:30 PM bassist Max Johnson with soprano saxophonist Sam Newsome followed by saxophonist Karen Ng solo at Downtown Music Gallery

10/11, 7 PM vivid, painterly acoustic chamber pop songwriter Aimee Van Dyne at the downstairs room at the Rockwood, $15. Darkly intriguing jazz pianist Dabin Ryu plays after at 9:30

10/11, 8 PM cult favorite gonzo pianist Dred Scott with bassist Matt Pavolka and drummer Diego Voglino lead the jam session at Bar Bayeux

10/11, 8:30 PM diverse, psychedelic loopmusic cellist Elisa Winter at 11th St Bar

10/12, 7 PM the roots of psychedelic desert rock: Malian traditional acoustic group Al Bilouli Sudan at Union Pool, $25

10/12, 7 PM picturesque jazz pianist Michael Weiss leads a trio at Bar Bayeux

10/13, 8 PM edgy, catchy jangle/postpunk rockers the Shining Hours followed by punk band 10 Watt Robot at the Delancey, $15

10/13, 11:30 PM expansive postbop pianist Miki Yamanaka at Cellar Dog

10/14, 7 PM guitarslinger Phil Gammage plays his dark Americana and blues at Shrine

10/14, 11:30 PM powerhouse trombonist Mariel Bildstein leads her quartet at Cellar Dog

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

10/15, 9 PM deviously entertaining hot 20s swing chanteuse Sweet Megg Farrell puts on her cowboy hat at Skinny Dennis

10/15, 10:30 PM wildly erudite tenor saxophonist Eric Wyatt and band at Smalls for a set and then the jam session, $25

10/16, 3 PM Eriko Sato, violin; Liuh-Wen Ting, viola; Benjamin Larsen, cello; David Oei, piano play Paul Salerni “Black and Tan”; Max Reger’s rare String Trio in d minor, op. 141b; Brahms Piano Quartet in g minor, op. 25 at Concerts on the Slope, St. John’s Episcopal Church, 139 St. John’s Place downhill from 7th Ave, $25

10/16, 5 PM pastoral guitarist duo Charlie RauhCameron Mizell at  at Culture Lab

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

10/16, 8 PM David First premieres his death-defying-themed new microtonal piece where an ensemble with horns, strings and guitar exchange instruments; First handles sound design and manipulates vintage analog radio equipment at Roulette, $25 adv tix rec

10/16, 9 PM the Gospel Queens sing a tribute to their late leader Naomi Shelton at Bar Lunatico

10/17, 7:30 PM legendary John Prine-esque urban country band Maynard & the Musties at Cowgirl Seahorse

10/17-18, 8 PM a string quartet with violinist Alexi Kenney, violist Ayane Kozasa, cellist Gabriel Cabezas and cellist Paul Wiancko reimagine works by Chick Corea, François Couperin, Terry Riley, and others at Baryshnikov Arts Center 450 West 37th St, $20

10/18, 7:30 a choice night of improvisation: Daniel Galow on baritone sax with guitarist Mattt Hollenberg followed at 8:30 by bassist Kyle Motl with Niloufar Shiri on kamancheh at Downtown Music Gallery

10/18, 7:30 PM the Hot Club of Cowtown – who are just as wildly fun with western swing as they are at Django-style Romany guitar jazz – at Drom, $25 gen adm

10/18, 9ish wickedly torchy noir songwriter Julia Haltigan most likely playing solo at 11th St Bar

10/19, 6 PM sweepingly intense, smartly lyrical art-rock songwriter Victoria Langford at the small room at the Rockwood

10/19-20, 7:30 PM chamber jazz ensemble the Westerlies at Baryshnikov Arts Center, 450 W 37th St, $20

10/19, 8 PM  state of the art tenor saxophonist Donny McCaslin and a killer quintet at Bar Bayeux

10/19, 8 PM the Bergamot Quartet play new string quartet music by composers TBA at Bar Lunatico

10/20, 7 PM trumpeter Wayne Tucker – who veers between sunny postbop jazz, Afrobeat and goofy vocal shtick – leads his quintet at Cellar Dog

10/20,7:30 PM tuneful, state-of-the-art postbop jazz guitarist Will Bernard leads a trio at Mezzrow, $25

10/20, 8 PM  intense, rapturous Balkan/Middle Eastern ensemble the Secret Trio –Tamer Pinarbasi, Ismail Lumanovski & Ara Dinkjian – at Drom, $15 adv tix rec

10/21, 8 PM  ferociously dynamic, tuneful, female-fronted art-rock power trio Castle Black catchy hardpop/punk power trio Cryo Child, and  Giftshop – the missing link between Blondie and the Distillers – at the Parkside. Avoid the loser Replacements wannabes who are also on the bill.

10/22, 4 PM ish a killer outdoor Queens jazz festival: the Brandon Seabrook/Kuba Chichoki duo, picturesque pianist Eugenia Choe  leading her quartet, the Brian Woodruff Sextet and cinematic trombonist John Yao and his 17-piece Instrument at Culture Lab

10/22, 9 PM  lurid ghoulabilly band Lara Hope & the Ark-Tones at Skinny Dennis

10/22, 10:30 PM purist postbop tenor saxophonist Stacy Dillard with his band at Smalls, $25.

10/23, 10:30 PM noir-inspired alto saxophonist/composer Nick Hempton leads a quartet smalls

10/24, 8 PM Roger Miller song night: join the fun with special guests, the excellent female-fronted folk-punk band Betty Won’t, Bed-Stuy location, email for deets and name the Roger Miller song you want to sing/play on!

10/24, 8 PM iconic noise/jazz guitarist Nels Cline and string quartet play Douglas J Cuomo’s latest tour de force exploring ancient Tibetan Buddhist purification rituals at Roulette, $25 adv tix rec

10/24, 9 PM trombonist Ed Neumeister leads a trio with Drew Gress on bass and Tom Rainey on drums at Bar Lunatico

10/25, 6 PM hilariously lyrical protest songwriter/pianist Dawn Oberg at Freddy’s

10/25, 6:30: PM a great improvisational twinbill: Kevin Murray on soprano sax and Michael Larocca on drums followed at 7:30 PM by Kenny Warren on trumpet, Camilo Angeles on flute, Joanna Mattrey on viola and Carlo Costa on drums at Downtown Music Gallery

10/25, 7 PM iconic Afro-Cuban percussionist/bandleader Pedrito Martine plays his bday show at Drom, $25 adv tix rec

10/25, 7 PM the Royal Arctic Institute – who veer between surfy rock instrumentals and darker, quieter, more noir and jazz-tinged themes – and Jennifer O’Connor, who came out of lyrical janglerock and has taken a turn into disco – at Mama Trieda

10/25-26, 8 PM alt-country icon Jim Lauderdale solo acoustic at Skinny Dennis, $25. No joke. You want intimate?

10/25, 8 PM Eric P. Mandat and John McCowen in solo and duo shows exploring the unlimited and sometimes grim capabilities of various sizes of clarinets at Roulette, $25 adv tix rec

10/25, 8 PM tunefully eclectic pianist Leo Genovese, bassist Cameron Brown and drummer Diego Voglino lead the jam session at Bar Bayeux

10/25, 7 PM innovative, atmospheric bassist Brandi Disterheft leads a trio at Cellar Dog

10/25, 9 PM saxophonist Jeremy Udden‘s evocative Plainville pastoral jazz outfit at Bar Lunatico

10/26, 7:30 PM  the best singing pianist (and the best piano-playing singer) in jazz, Champian Fulton at the Django, $25

10/26, 7 PM jazz violinist Sara Caswell with bassist Jay Anderson and pianist Gary Versace at Pangea, $25

10/26, 8 PM  soprano sax star Sam Newsome leads a quartet with Angelica Sanchez on piano at Bar Bayeux

10/27, 9 PM slinky, hypnotic percussive Moroccan trance band Innov Gnawa with Jason Lindner on piano at Bar Lunatico

10/27, 7 PM baritone saxophonist Frank Basile leads a quartet at at Cellar Dog

10/27, 7 PM haunting, veteran powerpop/art-rock band Elk City at Mama Tried

10/27, 9 PM psychedelic Afrobeat band Super Yamba  at Bar Lunatico

10/28, 7 PM trumpeter Sonny Singh’s “revolutionary devotional Sikh music” projec at Culture Lab

10/28. 8 PM live video by Kit Fitzgerald with live soundtrack by Peter Gordon & Love of Life Orchestra at Roulette, $25 adv tix rec

10/29, 8 PM a night of alternately haunting and ecstatic Iranian traditional sounds: Nuaneen with setarist Mojgan Shajarian, Pejman Hadadi and Sourena Sefati at Roulette, $35 adv tix rec

10/29, 9 PM fiery electric bluegrass and C&W with Demolition String Band at Skinny Dennis

10/30, 5 PM violinists Machiko Ozawa & Lynn Bechtold play a spooky Halloween show at the downstairs room at the Rockwood, $20

10/31, 4 PM a Park Slope halloween ritual returns: family-friendly spooky classical sounds tba outside the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music

10/31, 7 PM colorful,  eclectic, paradigm-shifting B3 jazz organist Brian Charette leads a trio at Cellar Dog

10/31, 8 PM magical microtonal violinist Sarah Bernsteins Veer Quartet play the album release show for their new one at Zurcher Gallery, $20

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

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

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

More concert listings this month than last: hardly critical mass, but live music in this city is becoming a thing again. Hopefully this is a trend: if all goes well, there will be many additions to this calendar throughout the month.

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.

5/6, 5/13 and 5/20 at 7:30 PM, and  5/12 at 10:30 PM tenor saxophonist Ken Fowser leads his band at the Django. 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

5/1, 8ish offhandedly chilling angst-rock/psychedelic songwriter Grace Bergere followed by Heavy Feather and the Magic Word – who do a good, shambly baby Supergrass imitation – at Our Wicked Lady, “$13.60” meaning $14 at the door

5/2-6, half past noon veteran, melodic 1950s era jazz pianist Bertha Hope plays the house electric model at Bryant Park

5/2, 7:30/9 PM reliably adrenalizing saxophonist Seamus Blake leads a quartet followed at 10:30 by  expansive postbop pianist Miki Yamanaka and her group at Smalls, $25 cash at the door. Blake is back here the next night, 5/3; Yamanaka is back on the 23rd.

5/2, 8 PM an intriguing avant jazz sax-and-guitar duo: Charlotte Greve and Simon Jermyn Duo at Seeds

5/3, 6 PM Avenida B play oldschool Lower East Side-style salsa at Bryant Park

5/3, 6:30 PM guitarist Federico Balducci leads an improvisational trio with bassist Brian Kastan and drummer Mike Pride followed at 7:30 by Alix Tuccp solo on bass trombone at Downtown Music Gallery, free

5/3, 7 PM eclectically rustic newgrass shredders We Banjo 3 at City Winery, $26 adm avail.

5/4. 5:30 PM Venezuelan piano jazz with the Gabriel Chakarji Group at Multi-Use Room A in Pelham Fritz Recreation Center at Marcus Garvey Park, free

5/4, 6 PM the Antoinette Montague Experience play oldtimey swing jazz at Bryant Park

5/4. 7 PM intriguingly brooding Turkish jazz pianist Bilge Gunaydin at the big room at the Rockwood, $15

5/4. 7:30 PM chanteuse Anais Reno fronts the lyrically energetic Pete Malinverni Trio at the Django, $25

5/4, 8 PM Jambalaya brass band NOTUS march into Drom, $10 adv tix rec

5/5, 6 PM Mariachi Real de Mexico who are as playfully rustic as they are regal at Bryant Park\

5/5, 7:30/9 PM intimate trumpet and piano sounds from Dominick Farinacci and Dan Tepfer at Smalls, $25 cash at the door

5/5. 11 PM ferociously dynamic, tuneful,female-fronted power trio Castle Black at Otto’s

5/6, 7 PM fearlessly powerful, outside-the-box South African jazz siren Melanie Scholtz at the downstairs room at the Rockwood,$15

5/7, 7 PM Liftoff Brass Band play New Orleans-style tunes outdoors at Culture Lab in Long Island City

5/7. 7:30 PM Abhik Mukherjee on sitar and Dibyarka Chatterjee on tabla at the Chhandayan Center For Indian Music, $25

5/7, 8 PM a cool surf twinbill at Otto’s with the Chillers and Blue Wave Theory

5/7. 10:30/midnight  feral tenor saxophonist Eric Wyatt and band and then the jam session at Smalls, $25 cash at the door. He’s back on 5/21

5/7, 11 PM trippy, fun psychedelic disco unit Cosmonaut Radio at the big room at the Rockwood, $10

5/8, 1 PM clever saxophonist Paul Shapiro’s Ribs & Brisket Review plays the “music of Mrs. Maisel” at City Winery $25

5/8, 1:30 PM intense retro 60s influenced Nubian funk band Alsarah & the Nubatones and high voltage Mexican folk-punk band the Villalobos Brothers at the bandshell in Forest Park, Woodhaven Boulevard and Forest Park Drive in Queens, J to 111th St

5/8, 5 PM charming/slashing noir cabaret/circus rock duo Frenchy & the Punk outdoors at Culture Lab in Long Island City

5/9-13, half past noon noir-inspired pianist Todd Robbins plays speakeasy jazz and blues at Bryant Park

5/10, 6:30 PM an improvisational triplebill:  Symbiotique with guitarist Michael Eaton, Seth Andrew Davis, Cheryl Pyle and Kule Quass followed at 7:30 by violinist/singer Kate Birch with guitarist Tal Yahalom and then at 8:30 PM guitarist Chris Pitsiokos and Kevin Murray at Downtown Music Gallery, free

5/11, 7:30 PM lyrical, sweeping pianist/accordionist Ben Rosenblum leads his septet at Smalls, $25 cash at the door

5/11, 8 PM  funk-jazz crew the Silver Arrow Band at Drom, free. They’re also here on 5/24

5/12, 6 PM music of the Americas: Colombia, Peru, and Venezuela with classical guitar duo Nilko Andreas and LaMar NYC at Bryant Park

5/12, 6:45 PM not a music event but fascinating for the scientifically-minded – a titanically smart lineup with the world’s most widely published cardiologist, Dr. Peter McCullough, holocaust survivor and brilliant historian Vera Sharav and Rabbi Jonathan Rietti lead a panel discussion on where we go from here, at 1437 President St (Kingston/Albany), Midwood, Brooklyn, 2 to Nostand Ave, also livestreamed. Put together by the reliably acerbic and insightful Brucha Weisberger and her team

5/12, 7 PM Afro-Cuban percussion legend Pedrito Martinez leads his rumbling, jazz-tinged salsa project at Drom, $20 adv tix rec

5/12, 10:30/midnight  tuneful oldschool soul/jazz trombonist Dave Gibson leads his quintet at Smalls, $25 cash at the door/ He’s back on the 26th

5/12, 11 PM  high-voltage, violin-driven art-rock/metal band Stratospheerius at Shrine

5/13, noon oldschool Cuban streetcorner salsa with Joaquin Pozo y la Clave Suena at Poe Park, 2640 Grand Concourse in the Bronx, B/D to Grand Concourse

5/13, 7 PM the Bootheel Boss Gobblers play western swing and Americana outdoors at Culture Lab in Long Island City

5/13, 7 PM the 18th annual Hank-o-Rama with an allstar band playing Hank Williams classics. Including but not limited to the Lonesome Prairie Dogs, Lenny Kaye on pedal steel, host Alex Battles, with guest stars Tammy Faye Starlite, Cliff Westfall, Sean Kershaw, Jordan McLean, Lil’ Mo Monica Passin and others at the Cutting Room, $20 adv tix rec

5/14. 11 AM (in the morning) oldschool purist 50s jazz guitar sounds with the John Cooksey Quartet at the Smith houses rec center, 80 Catherine St in Chinatown, walk south from Canal St.

5/14, 1 PM West African jazz beats with Jomion & the Uklos Band at Highland Park in Brooklyn, F to Jamaica

5/14 staggered brass band sets around Brooklyn Bridge Park starting at 2 PM with the L Train Brass Band  at Pier 6; at 2:30 – Sugartone Brass Band at the Visitors Center; 3:10 – Ad Hoc Brass Band playing second line stuff at Pier 4 Beach; 3:15-4:25 – Ad Hoc Brass Band at Pier 4 Beach; 4:25-4:30 – Ad Hoc Brass Band second line to Pier 3 Lawnl 4:30-5:10 – Stoop Kidz Brass Band at Pier 3 Lawn; 5:10-5:50 – Extra Syrup Horns at Pier 3 Plaza

5/14, 7:30/9:30 PM drummer Sylvia Cuenca leads a beast of a band with Brian Lynch on trumpet, Craig Handy on sax and Dave Kikoski on piano at Smalls,$25

5/14, 8 PM soaring oldtime front-porch harmony band the Calamity Janes followed by urban country legend Alex Battles at the small room at the Rockwood. In the big room moody retro new waver Alfonso Velez plays at 7 for $14; in the downstairs room at 9 amazing Middle Eastern-tinged psychedelic instrumentalists Sandcatchers play for $10

5/14, 10:30 PM tenor saxophonist Stacy Dillard at Smalls, $25 cash at the door. He’s back here on 5/28

5/15, noon-4 PM the Biophony Festival with various configurations of Metropolis Ensemble-adjacent chamber music groups playing new environmentally-themed works by a vast cast of composers including Charlotte Greve, Claire Dickson and Maria Grand at various locations throughout the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, $18/$12 stud/srs, kids under 12 free.

5/15, noon the annual Greek Jewish Festival opens with the bouncy Elias Ladino Ensemble, followed by the Greek American Folklore Society, the Noga Group featuring oud sorcerer Avram Pengas, captivating bellydancer Layla Isis, psychedelic oud-rocker Scott Wilson & Efendi and the stark, haunting Pontic Firebird (best bandname ever, right?) outdoors at Kehila Kedosha Janina Synagogue and Museum, 280 Broome St (Allen/Eldridge), Chinatown, B/D to Grand St

5/15, 7 PM Portuguese fado-jazz singer Sofia Ribeiro plays the album release show for her new one at Drom, $20 adv tix rec

5/15, 7 PM often haunting, tuneful, improvisational art-rock pianist Gabriel Zucker at the Red Hook Record Store on Van Brunt before you hit Pioneer; F train to Carroll, exit front of the downtown train, take First Place to when it becomes Summit, go over the footbridge, hang a u-turn at the base of the bridge, continue on Summit to the playground triangle and hang a left. It’s about 15 minutes from the train.

5/16, 5:30 PM the American Symphony Orchestra string quartet performs works by French composers including Debussy and Ravel at Bryant Park

5/16, 7:30 PM perennially vital vocal jazz legend Sheila Jordan with cinematic pianist Alan Broadbent at Mezzrow, $25 cash at the door

5/17, 5:30 PM the ASO Percussion Ensemble“combines Afro-Cuban Batá drumming and poetry with the sounds of contemporary chamber percussion, featuring Imani Winds’ oboist Toyin Spellman-Diaz in compositions by percussionist and composer Javier Diaz” at Bryant Park

5/17, 7:30 PM Romany guitarist Pedro Cortes’ Flamenco Ensemble at the Django, $25

5/17, 9:30 PM fearlessly comedic all-female brass crew the eGALitarian Brass at Drom, $10 adv tix rex

5/18, 10:30 PM haunting Elliott Smith-esque rockers No-No Boy play their song cycle about Japanese Americans in US prison camps during WWII at the downstairs room at the Rockwood, ‘$12

5/19, 6 PM  eclectic pan-latin and Middle Eastern-inflected acoustic songwriter Miriam Elhajli at Pier 3 Greenway Terrace toward the south tip of Brooklyn Bridge Park

5/19, 10:30 PN charismatic, adventurous postbop/avant garde trombonist/crooner Frank Lacy leads a quartet at Smalls, $25 cash at the door.

5/20-21, 7 PM an outrageously cool/weird noisefest at 508 Smith St, in Red Hook just across the canal, $30. Acts include “flaming harp, a fire-shooting brass band. baritone sax and motorcycle double-quartet, a balloon choir and a 500,000 watt tesla coil”

5/20, 7:30 PM the Spanish Harlem Orchestra play the album release show for their blazing new salsa jazz record at Drom, $30 adv tix rtec

5/20, 9 PM Giftshop – the missing link between Blondie and the Distillers – at Shillelagh Tavern, 47-22 30th Ave, Astoria, N/R to 46th St

5/20, 10:30 PM  badass bassist and jazz composer Endea Owens and the Cookout at the Django. $25

5/21, 3 PM an afternoon-long free music festival with short sets by Jeff Rodriguez. goofy ukulele songstress Seann Cantatore, hip-hop artists Jam Young, King ECH, and Too Dapper, scruffily psychedelic female-fronted indie band Loosie, Sara No H and Rao at the laundromat at 50-14 Roosevelt Ave in Woodside, 7 to 52nd St. It’s a clothing drive, bring stuff you don’t need, donations gratefully accepted. Free soap, free cookies while they last

5/21, 6:30 PM moody Greek-flavored jazz duo Christos Rafalides – vibraphone and Giovanni Mirabassi – piano followed by ubiquitously tuneful Spanish bassist Manel Fortia and his band and then poignant, captivating Greek singer Eleni Arapoglou and her Mediterranean band at Drom, $20 adv tix rec

5/21, 7 PM the colorful Yu Nishiyama Big Band at Culture Lab in Long Island City

5/21, 8 PM sitar and tabla – Radhakrishna T – a student of Ravi Shankar -. and Jorge Ramiro at the Chhandayan Center For Indian Music $25

5/21, 9 ish drony thrash band the Expollutants followed by intriguing retro 80s rockers Substitute – like GBH with a chorus pedal – and then the fiercely pro-immigrant, all-female Frida Kills at Our Wicked Lady, $14

5/22. noon new-music marching band Asphalt Orchestra play world premieres by Leila Adu-Gilmore, Jeffrey Brooks, and Kendall K. Williams, with special guest steel pan street band Pan in Motion. They will also perform a new arrangement by Tomeka Reid and Ken Thomson’s arrangement of Once in a Lifetime by the Talking Heads at Bryant Park

5/22, 5 PM elegantly lyrical Slavic jazz guitarist Martina Fiserova at the small room at the Rockwood,

5/22. 7:30 PM Canary Islands flamenco-jazz violinist Tania Mesa and band followed by Tunisian bassist Marwan Allam leading a quartet with Yacine Boulares on sax, wow, at Drom, $20 adv tix rec

5/22, 7:30/9 PM clever, purist B3 jazz organist Akiko Tsuruga leads a trio at Smalls, $25 cash at the door

5/23-24, 5:30 PM the American Symphony Orchestra: Jazz Ensemble – not an oxymoron – with Alexa Tarantino on sax play Nat Kiug Cole and Ellington tunes at Bryant Parka

5/25, 7 PM bizarre segue, good twinbill: psychedelic electric jazz keyboardist Sean Wayland followed by Americana banjo songwriter  Hilary Hawke  at the small room at the Rockwood

5/25. 7:30 PM the best singing pianist (and the best piano-playing singer) in jazz, the irrepressible Champian Fulton  followed at 10:30 (separate $25 adm) by purist jazz chanteuse Samara Joy and her octet at the Django

5/26, 7:30 PM New Bojaira play flamenco jazz  at Drom, $20 adv tix rec Followed at 9:30 (separate $15 adv adm) by pyrotechnic clarinetist Ismail Lumanovski’s ferociously kinetic NY Gypsy All-Stars

5/26, 7:30/9 PM darkly eclectic pianist and Cecile McLorin Salvant collaborator Sullivan Fortner leads a trio at Mezzrow, $25 cash at the door d

5/26, 8 PM agelessly slashing, tuneful janglerock/powerpop icon Willie Nile at City Winery $20

5/27, 6:30 PM American Wild Ensemble, a septet of winds, strings, and percussion, will perform music inspired by Olmsted-designed parks including Brooklyn’s Prospect Park and Manhattan’s Fort Tryon Park. The program includes newly commissioned works by composers Oliver Caplan, Nell Shaw Cohen, Michael-Thomas Foumai, Libby Meyer, Ayumi Okada, Justin Ralls, Christina Rusnak, and Ryan Suleiman on the lawn at Ft Tryon Park. The program repeats on 5/28 at noon at the Prospect Park boathouse, Their Boston show last month playing this material was off the hook.

5/27-28, 7:30/9 PM legendary lyrical jazz pianist Bill Mays leads a trio at Mezzrow, $25 at the door

5/28, 6:30 PM a rare chance to see popular Nordic drummer/bandleader Kresten Osgood with trumpeter Herb Robertson and tuba player Marcus Rojas at Downtown Music Gallery

5/28, 8 PM 10-piece chamber orchestra CACEnsemble and the Wendy Osserman Dance Company perform violinist/singer Concetta Abbate’s hauntingly improvisational new suite Laminaria: “fairytale meets noir meets classical music, the story of an underwater shadow ghost emerging from a kelp forest. Laminaria (the Latin word for kelp) is used medicinally to induce labor in women and serves as a metaphor for rebirth, transformation and loss,” at the Park Church Coop, 129 Russell St., Greenpoint, $20, G to Nassau Ave

5/29. 7:30/9 PM charmingly retro Americana jazz chanteuse Sasha Dobson leads a quartet with Peter Bernstein on guitar at Smalls, $25 cash at the door

5/31, 6:30 PM a cool improvisational trio: guitarist Jessica Ackerley, saxophonist Erin Rogers and drummer Henry Mermer followed by trumpeter Darren Johnston and drummer Ches Smith at Downtown Music Gallery

5/31, 8 PM first-wave dreampop legend and Throwing Muses frontwoman Kristin Hersh at City Winery, $20

5/31, 10:30 PM  rustic Cuban country music band Los Hacheros play electric island grooves at the Django

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)

6/11, 7:30 PM the Pan Evolution Steel Orchestra followed by veteran dancehall reggae singer Maxi Priest at Prospect Park Bandshell

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. 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

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

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

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

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

7/14, 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

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

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

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

Live Music Calendar for New York City and Brooklyn For April and May 2022

Slowly, venues are wising up to the fact that crowds aren’t going to put up with restrictions. Right now it’s mostly jazz clubs who are leading the way, but this calendar continues to grow, slowly: if you’re thinking of going out, you might even want to bookmark this page as there will be additions throughout the month and hopefully beyond.

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 at 7 PM Afro-Cuban percussion legend Pedrito Martinez leads his rumbling, jazz-tinged salsa project at Drom, $20 adv tix rec

4/1 and 4/22 at 7 PM, 4/7 at 10, and 4/16 at 7 PM tenor saxophonist Ken Fowser leads his band at the Django. 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

4/1-2, 7:30/9 PM Orbits 4 with pianist Rachel Z, Steve Wilson on alto sax, Jonathan Toscano on bass and Ben Perowsky on drums, wow, at Smalls, $25 cash at the door

4/1, 8 PM ubiquitous, moodily lyrical, politically savvy Irish folk-rocker Niall Connolly at the small room at the Rockwood

4/1, 10 PM tenor saxophonist Wayne Escoffery leads a quintet celebrating the Mingus centennial at the Django, $25

4/2, 7 PM  ambient guitarist and Bowie collaborator Gerry Leonard a.k.a. Spooky Ghost at the basement room at the Rockwood, $15

4/2. 10:30 PM tenor saxophonist Stacy Dillard leads at quartet at Smalls, $25 cash at the door. He’s back here on 4/16

4/2, 7:30 PM Club d’Elf with John Medeski play ramshackle gnawa-funk at Drom, $20 adv tix rec

4/3, 7:15 PM a benefit for Ukrainian refugees on the roof at Our Wicked Lady with short sets by pensive jazz-folk singer Lou Apollon, performance artist Charlotte Righetti, and psychedelic Greek surf rockers the Byzantones, cover is in the neighborhood of $25

4/5, 6:30 PM Nick Panoutsos solo on bass followed by the improvisational sax-drums duo of Colin Fisher and Kyle Hutchins at Downtown Music Gallery, free

4/6, 7 PM the reliably innovative S.E.M Ensemble perform works for ensembles including string quartet, double bass, percussion, and marimba by Morton Feldman, Frederic Rzewski, Alvin Lucier,Petr Kotik, Ana Sokolovic, and Jordan Dykstra, and a premiere by Daniel O’Connor at Willow Place Auditorium, 26 Willow Place (Joralemon/State), downtown Brooklyn, any train to Borough Hall

4/6, 8 PM Melissa Gordon of Melissa & the Mannequins, one of the best purist janglerock songwriters in NYC, at the small room at the Rockwood

4/7. 9ish drony, jangly female-fronted post-Velvets duo Shadow Monster at Our Wicked Lady, $12

4/8, 7 PM haunting folk noir/Americana songwriter Emily Frembgen at the basement room at the Rockwood, $10

4/7, 7 PM vibraphone monster Simon Moullier at the Django, $25. This guy is all about adrenaline – those mallets fly fast and furious.

4/7, 7 PM  tenor saxophonist Tim Ries‘ nonet the Universal Spirits Ensemble = not to be confused with his other band the Rolling Stones – at Drom, $25

4/8, half past noon a celebration of Scottish bagpipe music with Gleadhraich frontman Craig Weir, the Highland Divas and Noisemaker at Bryant Park

4/8, 7 PM haunting folk noir/Americana songwriter Emily Frembgen at the downstairs room at the Rockwood, $10

4/9 starting at 10:30 in the morning Scottish pipe-and-drum bands including the Theater School of Scotland’s band at Bryant Park

4/9, 7 PM trumpeter Alex Norris leads a quintet celebrating the Mingus centennial at the Django, $25. Followed at 10 (separate $25 admission) by bassist Boris Kozlov’s “Electric Mingus Project” with Johnathan Blake on drums which could be truly electiic, or a disaster.

4/9, 10:30 PM feral tenor saxophonist Eric Wyatt and band at Smalls, $25 cash at the door.

4/10, half past noon Scottish bagpipe acts including Whiskey Kiss, New York Brogue and others at Bryant Park

4/10, 7 PM Chontadelia play a wildly energetic marimba-driven take on coastal Colombian folk tunes at Drom, $20

4/10, 7 PM darkly torchy southwestern gothic/Europolitan songwriter/guitarist Miwa Gemini a at the basement room at the Rockwood, $10

4/10, 7:30/9 PM soulful pan-Latin jazz chanteuse Claudia Acuña  leads a trio at Mezzrow, $25 cash at the door

4/11, 7 PM funk-jazz crew the Silver Arrow Band at Drom, free. They’re also here on 4/26 at 8

4/12, 6:30 PM dueling baritone saxes with Jamison Williams and Danny Kamins at Downtown Music Gallery, free

4/13, 8:30 PM a bluegrass summit with Michael Daves and Andy Statman at the big room at the Rockwood, $20

4/13, 9ish drifting, female-fronted dreampop band Punchlove at Our Wicked Lady, $12

4/14, 7 PM lyrical pianist David Kikoski leads a trio with Boris Kozlov on bass and Ari Hoenig on drums celebrating the Mingus centennial at the Django, $25. Followed at 10 (separate $25 adm) by trombonist Conrad Herwig‘s latin/Mingus septet, Herwig is back the next night, 4/15 at 7.

4/14, a good punk and punk-adjacent quadruplebill: 8 PM ish catchy female-fronted powerpop/punk band the Rizzos, the louder and more snide Duke of Vandals, the fiercely pro-immigrant Frida Kill and kinetic no-wavers Weeping Icon at Our Wicked Lady, $12

4/14, 10:30 PM  tuneful oldschool soul/jazz trombonist Dave Gibson leads his quintet at Smalls, $25

4/15, 10 PM cantante MV Caldera sings her high-voltage blend of calypso and tambor at Drom, $20 adv tix rec

4/16, 7 PM trumpeter Philip Harper leads a quintet celebrating the Mingus centennial at the Django, $25

4/17, 7 PM a low-register subset of intricately orchestrated psycho mambo crew Gato Locoat the big room at the Rockwood, $10

4/19, 6:30 PM: a killer free jazz twinbill with trumpeter Thomas Heberer, bassist Joe Fonda and drummer Joe Hertenstein followed at 7:30 by singers Joan Sue and Isabel Crespo with bassists Nick Dunston and Henry Fraser at Downtown Music Gallery, free

4/21, 7 PM Mike LeDonne takes a relatively rare turn on piano  at the Django followed at 10 (separate $25 adm) by purist postbop guitarist Mark Whitfield

4/21, 7 PM pianist Simon Mulligan and cellist Dan Barrett lead a chamber ensemble playing new works at by Catherine Neville, Paul Aljian, Simona Smirnova, David Mecionis, Madelyn Byrne, Eric Heilner, Patricia Leonard, Christopher Sahar, and Anton Rovner’s Mysterious Star, a song cycle on poems by Edgar Allan Poe at the Church of the Transfiguration, 1 E 29th St. $20

4/21, 9ish heavy psych/hard funk trio King Crash at Our Wicked Lady, $12

4/22, 9ish darkly drifting keyboardist/chanteuse Lizzie Loveless and catchy Americana/pop songstress Denitia at Our Wicked Lady, $12

4/22, midnight Elefantkiller – fearless, venomous, politically spot-on New York punks who deserve to be mentioned in the same sentence as the Dead Kennedys – at Otto’s

4/23, from noon to 5 PM reggae soundsystens Soul Supreme, Nexxt Level, Super Force, Federation Sound, and Empress Breeze live and in-person at the VP Records store, 170-19 Jamaica Ave., Jamaica, Queens, A to 169th St. Video Music Box legend Ralph McDaniels will also be there doing his thing with special guests including Kool DJ Red Alert and other figures from hip-hop’s golden age.

4/23, 7 PM  iconic low register reedman Scott Robinsonn leads a quartet with Miki Yamanaka on piano celebrating the Mingus centennial at the Django, $25. melodic rising star bassist Endea Owens & the Cookout follow on the bill at 10 (separate $25 adm)

4/24, 7:30/9 PM  the best singing pianist (and the best piano-playing singer) in jazz, the irrepressible Champian Fulton at Mezzrow, $25

4/24, 9ish hard-hitting stoner boogie band Slomo Sapiens at Our Wicked Lady, $14

4/25, 7 PM noir guitar legend Jim Campilongo  at the big room at the Rockwood $15. Downstairs funky Milwaukee new wavers the Violet Hour play at the same time for $10, take your pick

4/26, 6:30 PM a free jazz twinbill: saxophonist Ayumi Ishito with Damien Olson and Nebula the Velvet Queen on theremin, followed by Aaron Edgcomb on percussion, Priya Carlberg on vocals and David Leon on sax at Downtown Music Gallery, free

4/26, 7 PM catchy female-fronted punk band the Neighborhood Brats at Our Wicked Lady, $15

4/26. 10 PM  rustic Cuban country music band Los Hacheros play ancient island grooves at the Django, $25

4/27, 7:30/9 PM imaginative, tuneful bassist Joris Teepe with Leo Genovest on piano and Matt Wilson on drums at Mezzrow, $25

4/28, 7 PM lyrical latin-inflected pianist Helen Sung leads a quartet celebrating the Mingus centennial at the Django, $25

4/28, 7 PM Cuban groovmeister Carlitos Padron & Rumberos Del Callejon play oldschool salsa dura at Drom, $20 adv tix rec

4/28, 7:30/9 PM colorful,  eclectic, paradigm-shifting B3 jazz organist Brian Charette leads a trio at Mezzrow, $25

4/28, 8 PM intense, charismatic oldschool soul belter Sami Stevens at the small room at the Rockwood

4/28, 9 PM ferocious, smartly lyrical soul-rockers No Ice at Our Wicked Lady, $14. Avoid the Nazi opening band The Road to Ruin at all costs: how did they get on the bill?

4/29, 8ish reliably slashing noiserockers Bugs in the Dark at Our Wicked Lady, $14

4/29, 10 PM at Otto’s, a tuneful, oldschool style punk bill: the OC Rippers, a promising new band who remind you of the Dead Boys, at 11 San Diego’s solid, tuneful Slaughter Boys and the more postpunk/hardcoreish No-Heads headlining.

4/29, 10 PM energetic purist tenor saxophonist Craig Handy & Second Line Smith at the Django, $25

4/30. starting at 2 PM in reverse order at Otto’s, an eclectic benefit for the citizens of Ukraine, all donations to benefit Razom for Ukraine, beginning with the acoustic acts and moving on to the bands: headliners Giftshop – the missing link between Blondie and the Distillers – preceded by long-running, wickedly jangly, tuneful Americana rockers the Sloe Guns, Stephanie Marie and Friends, Krispy DeRato, Gary Edward Kiyan, Raising Daughters, Xavier Moll, Lo, Sean Listro, Kassaye Selassie, Adam Najemian, Jason Inyoung Lee, Max Lombardo, Harrison Dolan, and others.

4/30, 3 PM the Bang on a Can avant garde organization returns to NYC with a multi-ensemble mini-marathon outdoors at 300 Ashland Place just downhill from BAM. Among them: epic ranchera/bolero brass crew Banda de los Muertos  at 3  and at 7 Kendall K. Williams‘ steel pan orchestra\

4/30, 7 PM are you hungry for orchestral music but locked out of Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall? Here’s a great evening of symphonic sounds with the Modus Opera Orchestra playing works by Rossini, Bach, Morricone, a world premiere by Guido López-Gavilán, plus Tschaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5 at St. Mary’s Church, 1008 49th Ave, Long Island City, just up the block from the Vernon-Jackson stop on the 7 train, $25

4/30. 7 PM mighty Brazilian drumline street band BatalaNYC celebrate 10 years of banging around thunderously at Drom, $12 adv tix rec

4/30, 9 PM ferocious two-guitar oldschool powerpop band Ratstar at the Delancey, $10

4/30. 10:30 PM downtown jazz guitar icon Elliott Sharp leads a trio at the downstairs room at the Rockwood, $20

5/3, 6:30 PM guitarist Federico Balducci leads an improvisational trio with bassist Brian Kastan and drummer Mike Pride followed at 7:30 by Alix Tucci solo on bass trombone at Downtown Music Gallery, free

5/4, 8 PM Jambalaya brass band NOTUS march into Drom, $10 adv tix rec

5/10, 6:30 PM Symbiotique with guitarist Michael Eaton, Seth Andrew Davis, Cheryl Pyle and Kule Quass followed at 7:30 by violinist/singer Kate Birch with guitarist Tal Yahalom and then at 8:30 PM guitarist Chris Pitsiokos and Kevin Murray at Downtown Music Gallery, free

5/15, noon the annual Greek Jewish Festival opens with the bouncy Elias Ladino Ensemble, followed by the Greek American Folklore Society, the Noga Group featuring oud sorcerer Avram Pengas, captivating bellydancer Layla Isis, psychedelic oud-rocker Scott Wilson & Efendi and the stark, haunting Pontic Firebird (best bandname ever, right?) outdoors at Kehila Kedosha Janina Synagogue and Museum, 280 Broome St (Allen/Eldridge), Chinatown, B/D to Grand St\

5/20, 9 PM Giftshop – the missing link between Blondie and the Distillers – at Shillelagh Tavern, 47-22 30th Ave, Astoria, N/R to 46th St

It might seem premature to include concerts as far away as this summer, but these are outdoors. so even if the dying Kathy Hochul regime tries to bring the lockdown back from the dead, these will probably go on as planned:

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

6/28. 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

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

7/26, 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

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

Live Music Calendar for New York City and Brooklyn for October 2021

As expected, outdoor concerts and those which are officially open to all New Yorkers have tapered off this month, but there are still performances popping up all over the place. If you go out a lot, you might want to bookmark this page and check back regularly.

A lot of venues aren’t enforcing the Mayor’s evil and sadistic apartheid policy: if you’re thinking of trying to catch an indoor show, use your intuition. Williamsburg venues are completely fascist these days, but other parts of town are quietly working back toward normalcy.

If you’re leaving your hood, don’t get stuck waiting for a train that never comes, make sure you check the MTA delays and out-of-service page for cancellations and malfunctions, considering how unreliable the subway has become.

If you don’t recognize a venue where a particular act is playing, check with the artist, or check the list of over 200 New York City music venues at New York Music Daily’s sister blog Lucid Culture. The list hasn’t been updated since this past summer, but it has directions and links.

This is not a list of every show in town – it’s a carefully handpicked selection. If this calendar seems short on praise for bands and artists, it’s because every act here is recommended if you like their particular kind of music.

Showtimes listed here are set times, not the time doors open – if a listing says something like “9ish,” that means it’ll probably start later than advertised.

If you see a typo or an extra comma or something like that, remember that while you were out seeing that great free concert that you discovered here, somebody was up late after a long day of work editing and adding listings to this calendar ;)

10/1, 6 PM the Italian Expressiveness and Expressionists Quartet “performs a program that spans four centuries, from Isabella Leonarda, a 17th century Ursuline Nun, to the 20th century expressionist and avant-garde composer, Niccolò Castiglioni” at Pier 3 Greenway Terrace toward the south end of Brooklyn Bridge Park

10/2, 7 PM Ray Santiago’s Afro-Cuban Jazz Band in the community garden at 640 E 12th St (B/C)

10/3, starting noon ish the annual Atlantic Antic street fair extending from northern Atlantic Ave all the way to the Atlantic Ave. subway station, there are always lots of street performers and usually a Middle Eastern band up the hill a couple of doors from Sahadi’s

10/3, 5 PM mighty Brazilian drumline street band BatalaNYC leads a parade starting in the community garden at Ave C and E 9th St

10/3, 6 PM the Chupacabras play psychedelic cumbia surf jazz at the community garden at 84 Ave B at E 6th St

10/3, 5 PM, repeating 10/6 at 6:30 colorful, charismatic pianist/salonniere Yelena Grinberg joins forces with violinist Emilie-Anne Gendron of the Momenta Quartet for a program of works by CPE Bach, Brahms, Mozart and Beethoven at Grinberg’s popular monthly upper westside salon, email for deets here., a 3  minute walk from 1/2/3 train at 96th St.

10/3, 3 PM violinist Clara Kim leads a quartet playing Samuel Coleridge-Taylor’s exhilarating 5 Fantasiestücke, Op.5 plus works by Angel Lam: and Schubert’s String Quartet no. 14, ‘Death and the Maiden at Concerts on the Slope, St. John’s Episcopal Church, 139 St. John’s Place downhill from 7th Ave, sugg don

10/2, 8 PM intense saxophonist Jeff Lederer’s Leap Day Trio w/ Mimi Jones and Matt Wilson at Bar Bayeux

10/4, 4 PM nimble tsimblist Pete Rushefsky‘s Boardwalk Serenade play rippling klezmer tunes up on the Brighton Beach Boardwalk near the Volna Restaurant (corner of Brighton 4th St.).

10/5, half past noon pianist Ayako Shirasaki at Bryant Park

10/6, 8 PM jazz drummer Savannah Harris’ Group at Bar Bayeux

10/8, 7 PM the irrepressible, colorful, alternately atmospheric and picturesque Erica Seguine/Shannon Baker Jazz Orchestra  outdoors at Culture Lab in Long Island City

10/9, 2 PM mesmerizing soprano saxophonist Sam Newsome plays solo at the Urban Meadow (President St & Van Brunt St, in Red Hook)

10/9, 2:30 PM drummer Aaron Edgcomb with guitarist Will Greene, bassist Simon Hanes, possibly playing John Zorn material on Vanderbilt Ave btw Bergen and Dean, 2 to Bergen St and walk uphill

10/9, 4 PM violinist Sarah Bernstein‘s mesmerizing, microtonal Veer Quartet with Sana Nagano, Leonor Falcon and Nick Jozwiak on bass at Oliver Coffee on Oliver south of East Broadway, take any train to Canal and go down Mott

10/13, 8 PM bassist David Ambrosio‘s allstar Civil Disobedience project w/ Duane Eubanks, Donnie McCaslin, Bruce Barth and Victor Lewis at Bar Bayeux

10/14, 3 PM Venezuelan jazz pianist Gabriel Chakarji at Haswell Green Park, 60th/York Ave

10/16, 5 PM  energetic delta blues/Romany swing guitarist Felix Slim at Culture Lab outdoors in LIC, down the block from his old haunt LIC Bar

10/17, 2 PM epic, Americana-inspired multi-reedman Mike McGinnis leads his group to accompany a couple of dance performances at at Parkside Plaza, corner of Parkside and Ocean Aves in Prospect Lefferts Gardens, Q to Parkside Ave

10/21, 5:30 PM jazz bassist John Benitez leads his latin jazz group at Wright Park, Haven Ave/170th St., Washington Heights

10/22, 6:30 PM  the cinematic, eruditely comedic Broken Reed Saxophone Quartet with special guest singer Tammy Scheffer outdoors at Open Source Gallery, 306 17th St south of 6th Ave, South Park Slope, R to Prospect Ave

10/23, 11 AM the Hudson Horns play brassy funk and soul sounds on Bridge Park Dr and Pier 6 in Brooklyn Bridge Park

10/23, 2 PM jazz bassoonist Sara Schoenbeck solo & duo w/drummer Andrew Drury at the Urban Meadow (President St & Van Brunt St, in Red Hook)

10/23, 2 PM Sonido Costeño play oldschool salsa on the steps of the Brooklyn Public Library at Grand Army Plaza

10/25, 2 PM high-voltage psychedelic cumbia/Afrobeat jamband MAKU Soundsystem   at Wingate Park in Crown Heights, 2/5 to Sterling St.

10/26, 5 PM irrepressible composer/performer and improviser Ljova solo on fadolin outdoors at Anita’s Way, 137 W 42nd St

10/29, 3 PM chanteuse/uke player Dahlia Dumont’s Blue Dahlia playing edgy, smartly lyrically-fueled, jazz-infused tunes in English and French with classic chanson and Caribbean influences  at Ruppert Park. Second Ave. bet. E. 90 St. and E. 91 St.

10/31, 4 PM a creepy classical program TBA plus candy for the kids outside the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music

10/31, two sets starting around 6 PM trumpeter Pam Fleming’s colorful, cinematic reggae jazz Dead Zombie Band at the block party on Waverly Ave in Ft. Greene between Willoughby and DeKalb, closest train is the G to Clinton-Washington

10/31, 7 PM haunting Mexican singer Magos Herrera – who does classic film score music as well as nuevo cancion and classical music – leading a quintet at Terrazza 7, free

Live Music Calendar for New York City and Brooklyn for August and September 2021

***IMPORTANT*** – this calendar was compiled before Bill DiBozo’s’ vile and unconstitutional medical “passport” spyware requirement for admission to indoor concerts, bars and dining was announced. A random sample around town indicates that some businesses are allowing themselves to be weaponized against us, and that some aren’t. America’s Frontline Doctors have brought a civil rights lawsuit against the Mayor’s office, so between that and general noncompliance, the restrictions may not last long. In the meantime, if you’re thinking about going to something that’s happening on August 16 or later, don’t waste a trip, check with the venue to make sure they’re not using it. For the moment, only shows where there are definitely no restrictions are being listed here.

If you go out a lot, you might want to bookmark this page and check back regularly.

If you’re leaving your hood, don’t get stuck waiting for a train that never comes, make sure you check the MTA delays and out-of-service page for cancellations and malfunctions, considering how unreliable the subway has become.

If you don’t recognize a venue where a particular act is playing, check with the artist, or check the rigorously updated list of over 200 New York City music venues at New York Music Daily’s sister blog Lucid Culture.

This is not a list of every show in town – it’s a carefully handpicked selection. If this calendar seems short on praise for bands and artists, it’s because every act here is recommended if you like their particular kind of music.

Showtimes listed here are set times, not the time doors open – if a listing says something like “9ish,” that means it’ll probably start later than advertised.

If you see a typo or an extra comma or something like that, remember that while you were out seeing that great free concert that you discovered here, somebody was up late after a long day of work editing and adding listings to this calendar ;)

8/1, 5 PM Los Cumpleanos – with Nestor Gomez – vox/percussion; Lautaro Burgos – drums; Eric Lane – keyboards; Alex Asher – trombone and others playing trippy, dubwise tropical psychedelia at the Riis Park Beach Bazaar, Bay 9 East at Riis Park in the Rockaways

8/1, 7 PM wild, sizzling guitar-and-brass-fueled Ethiopian jazz jamband Anbessa Orchestra at Pier 1 on the Hudson

8/1, 7 PM the Harlem Gospel Travelers and irrepressible 60s-style blue-eyed soul singer Eli “Paperboy” Reed at Our Wicked Lady, $15

8/1, 9 PM singer Richard Julian and pianist John Chin play Mose Allison songs at Bar Lunatico. Perfect pairing: Julian’s wry sense of humor and Chin’s erudite chops.

8/2-6, half past noon lyrical, dynamic original jazz pianist Victor Lin solo at Bryant Park

8/3, 7 PM fiery electric bluegrass and C&W with Demolition String Band at Shipyard Park, 13th St and McFeeley Drive in Hoboken,

8/3, 7:30 PM the East Coast Chamber Orchestra play works by Mozart, Golijov and others at the Naumburg Bandshell in Central Park

8/3, 8/10 PM postbop jazz supergroup the Cookers – Billy Harper, Cecil McBee, George Cables, Eddie Henderson, and Billy Hart – at the Blue Note, $30 bar seats avail

8/3, 9 PM  otherworldly French-Algerian singer Ourida with her combo at Bar Lunatico

8/4, 6:30, PM guitarist Oren Fader and and pianist/salonniere Yelena Grinberg reprise their sold-out performance of rare duo works by Vivaldi, Beethoven, Hummel, Moscheles, Weber, Boccherini, Munier, Castelnuovo and Piazzolla at Grinberg’s popular monthly upper westside salon, email for deets here., a 3  minute walk from 1/2/3 train at 96th St.

8/4, 7:30/9 PM cult favorite gonzo pianist Dred Scott plays Chick Corea at Mezzrow, $25

8/4, 8ish cinematic noir soul instrumentalists the Ghost Funk Orchestra at Our Wicked Lady, $12

8/4, 9 PM the Jimi Hendrix of the cuatro, Jorge Glem with pianist Cesar Orozco at Bar Lunatico

8/5. 7 PM cutting-edge Indian music collective Brooklyn Raga Massive outdoors at Culture Lab in Long Island City

8/5, 7 PM Veronica Davila’s twangy, Bakersfield-flavored hard honkytonk band Low Roller at Mama Tried, 147 27th St, Bay Ridge, R to 25th St

8/5, 7 PM what’s left of the hi-de-ho Cab Calloway Orchestra at Astoria Park, on the water, take the N to Astoria Blvd.

8/6, 7 PM soaringly explosive jazz composer/torch singer Nicole Zuraitis at 55 Bar

8/6, 11 PM clever, fiery, eclectic ten-piece Balkan/hip-hop/funk brass maniacs Slavic Soul Party at Drom, $20

8/7, 2 PM an amazing improvisational jazz triplebill: baritone sax monster Josh Sinton with Daniel Carter and Sam Newsome, then brilliant, politically fearless visionary/tenor sax improviser Matana Roberts , and also flutist Laura Cocks solo at Oliver Coffee, 5 Oliver St (cor. St. James), Chinatown

8/7, 7 PM dark psychedelic acoustic blues/klezmer/reggae/soca jamband Hazmat Modine at Terra Blues. They’re also here on 7/21

8/7, 9:30 PM latin soul jams with the Brooklyn Boogaloo Blowout at 55 Bar

8/8, 2 PM ish Indian violinist Parthiv Mohan and ensemble play magical carnatic themes in Prospect Park; walk onto Parkside Ave from Machate Circle.”Once you pass Prospect Park Tennis Courts on your right, enter the park to your left. Then walk onto East Drive. From there you will be able to see Prospect Park Lake. Stay really close to the southwest corner of the lake (also its southernmost point). If you walk east along the lake from there, you’ll encounter a big patch of land which juts into the lake. It’s a pretty noticeable clearing” Closest train is the G to Ft Hamilton Pkwy – be aware that there is no F service this weekend

8/8, 7:30/9 PM  intense pianist Gerald Clayton solo at Mezzrow

8/9-13, half past noon lyrical, shapeshifting Brazilian pianist Luiz Simas solo at Bryant Park

8/10-12 Digable Planets at the Blue Note are sold out

8/10, noon torchy cumbia/swing singer and accordionist Erica Mancini  with Americana guitarist and Johnny Cash sideman Smokey Hormel outdoors at the corner of Pearl and Willoughby in downtown Brooklyn

8/11, 7 PM slinky, hypnotic percussive Moroccan trance band Innov Gnawa on the steps at the Grand Army Plaza branch of the Brooklyn Public Library

8/12, 8 anthemic speedmetal band Cold Dice, 9 PM the debut of Certain Death (the house band from Pfizer or Moderna maybe?) 10 PM wild fuzzy stoner metal band Grave Bathers followed by the even more macabre Castle Rat at Our Wicked Lady, $12

8/13, 5 PM ageless, jangly, purist NY surf rock originals the Supertoness at the Riis Park Beach Bazaar, Bay 9 East at Riis Park in the Rockaways

8/13, 8 PM   ferociously dynamic, tuneful,female-fronted power trio Castle Black at Culture Lab outdoors, 5-25 46th Ave in Long Island City, down the block toward the water from LIC Bar; 8/28 they’re outdoors at the Greenpoint Terminal Market at 3, Market St. past Kent Ave on the water, G to Nassau Ave

8/14, 4 PM B’Rhythm blend Indian music and classical dance moves at Garfield Place between Prospect Park West and 8th Ave. in Park Slope, music by Bala Skandan, choreography by Brinda Guha and Sonali Skandan and an A-list slate of dancers

8/14, 5 PM day one of a two-night surf rock festival: surfed-up tv themes from Commercial Interruption, the killer, dark Wiped Out at 6:30 and the majestic, darkly cinematic TarantinosNYC at 8 at the Riis Park Beach Bazaar, Bay 9 East at Riis Park in the Rockaways

8/14, 7/9:30 PM popular lyrical postbop trumpeter Jeremy Pelt leads his quartet at Smalls $25

8/14, 9:30 PM  this era’s most consistently interesting jazz pianist, Vijay Iyer at Prospect Park Bandshell. Listen from outside (try around the back) since the arena may still have restrictions

8/15, 3:30 PM not a musical event but a crucial moment on the way to freedom in NYC: march on Gracie Mansion (88th and East End Ave) to protest Bill DiBozo’s Orwellian medical “passport”

8/15, 5 PM closing night of a two-night surf rock festival: kick-ass original third-wavers Tsunami of Sound at 5, the cinematically-inspired Cameramen at 6:30 and Blue Wave Theory at 8 at the Riis Park Beach Bazaar, Bay 9 East at Riis Park in the Rockaways

8/16, 7:30 PM irrepressible wind ensemble Quintet of the Americas play a counterintuitive program of classic film and tv themes from Sanford and Sons to the Hair soundtrack and Woody Allen’s Radio Days at All Saints Episcopal Church, 85-45 96th Street in Woodhaven, J/Z to 104th St.

8/16, 9 PM boisterously funny oldschool 60s C&W and brooding southwestern gothic with the Jack Grace Band at Skinny Dennis

8;17, noon fingerstyle delta blues guitarist Noe Socha at the corner of Pearl and Willoughby in downntown Brooklyn

8/17, 7 PM Dominican jazz guitarist Yasser Tejeda & Pelotre at Gantry Plaza State Park

8/17, 7/8:30 PM  charismatic, adventurous postbop/avant garde trombonist/crooner Frank Lacy‘ at Smalls, $25

8/17-19, 8/10 PM the Bernie Williams Collective at the Blue Note, $25 bar seats avail. Not a vanity project: the greatest centerfielder of his time is a solid latin jazz/funk guitarist.

8/18, 7 PM feminist Guinean songwriter Natu Camara on the steps at the Brooklyn Public Library at Grand Army Plaza

8/18, 7/8:30 PM eclectic jazz pianist Art Hirahara and his trio at Smalls, $25

8/18, 5 PM the Harlem Quartet at Times Square. Where? Follow the sound, it seems

8/18, 8 PM Stoogoid stoner boogie band Sun Voyager, noisy early 80s style postpunk band Smock and fuzzy acid blues/doom band Grandpa Jack at Our Wicked Lady, $12

8/18-22, 8/10 PM postbop jazz trumpeter and sly crooner Nicholas Payton at the Blue Note, $25 bar seats avail

8/19, 5:30 PM the Bryant Park Accordion Festival kicks off with rustic Colombian cumbia specialist Foncho Castellar, torchy cumbia/swing singer Erica Mancini , hotshot Brazilian forro player Felipe Hostins and more

8/19, 7 PM double threat Camille Thurman – equally dazzling on the mic and the tenor sax – with the Darrell Green Trio, and trombonist Conrad Herwig with his Quintet at Drom, $30

8/19, 7/9:30 PM edgy jazz oudist and bassist Omer Avital and his group where he got his start at Smalls, $25

8/19, 11 PM sardonic and punky Japanese girlband the Hard Nips at Our Wicked Lady, $12

8/20, 7 PM amazingly dynamic drummer  Johnathan Blake and his trio and wildfire Colombian harpist Edmar Castaneda with drummer Ari Hoenig at Drom, $30

8/20, 7 PM Gordon Lockwood (blues guitar monster Jeremiah Lockwood and drummer Ricky Gordon) at Terra Blues

8/20, 7/8:30 PM the Sun Ra Arkestra’s legendary nonagenarian EWI player Marshall Allen and group at Smalls, $25

8/21, 7 PM legendary second-wave Afrobeat band Antibalas at Rumsey Playfield in Central Park, be prepared to hang on the fringes because there may be restrictions

8/21, 7 PM edgy, incisive, terse jazz guitarist Russell Malone and his Quartet at Drom, $20

8/21, 9 PM purposeful, incisive Red Molly dobro player/songstress Abbie Gardner and newgrass band Damn Tall Buildings at Nimbus Studios, 329 Warren St btw Morgan & SteubenJersey City Jersey City, $5, PATH to Grove St.

8/22, 7 PM paradigm-shifting Romany jazz/psychedelic rock guitar mastermind Stephane Wrembel at Drom $30

8/23, 7 PM  sharply surrealistic folk noir/outlaw country band Maynard & the Musties at Cowgirl Seahorse

8/23, 7/8:30 PM erudite pianist Orrin Evans‘ richly tuneful, purist, stampeding Captain Black Big Band at Smalls,$25

8/24, noon,  chanteuse/uke player Dahlia Dumont’s Blue Dahlia playing edgy, smartly lyrically-fueled, jazz-infused tunes in English and French with classic chanson and Caribbean influences  at the corner of Pearl and Willoughby in downtown Brooklyn

8/24, 6 PM the Donald Harrison Quartet with the Harlem Orchestra play Charlie Parker’s Bird with Strings at Marcus Garvey Park, be prepared to hang on the fringes because there may be restrictions

8/24, 7/8;30 PM hard-hitting  postbop saxophonist Mike DiRubbo’s quartet at Smalls, $25

8/25, 8 PM punk/rockabilly band the Screaming Rebel Angels, goth-punks the Wh0res, and fiery, deviously fun oldtimey swing guitarist/crooner Seth Kessel at Our Wicked Lady, $12

8/25, 4 PM not a music event but an important one for people who miss seeing indoor concerts: there will be a huge protest against mandatory lethal injections outside City Hall. The NYC union presence will be in full effect

8/26, 5:30 PM the Bryant Park Accordion Festival continues with klezmer maven Shoko Nagai, Gogol Bordello’s Yury Lemeshev, Argentine tango bandoneonist Tito Castro, charismatic Romany/Balkan chanteuse Eva Salina with pyrotechnic accordionist Peter Stan and others

8/26, 6 PM smart, lyrical, politically-inspired pianist Zaccai Curtis leads a trio at Times Square, Bwy at 43rd St

8/27, 6 PM an oldschool salsa dance party with 70s style charanga Son Del Monte at Alexander Avenue at Bruckner Boulevard in the Bronx

8/28, 5 PM nimble bassist Dawn Drake & Zapote‘play latin-tinged hard funk at the Riis Park Beach Bazaar, Bay 9 East at Riis Park in the Rockaways

8/28, 6 PM jazz violinist Melanie Dyer w/ poet Bonita Penn and bassist Ken Filiano at the Clifton Pl. Community Garden (1031 Bedford Ave), Ft. Greene, G to Bedford-Nostrand

8/28, 8 PM kinetic Cuban jazz pianist Elio Villafranca outdoors at An Beal Bocht Cafe, 445 W. 238th St. in the Bronx, 1 train to 238th St.

8/29, a parade of dancers with music by guitarist/bagpiper David Watson make their way through the Rockaways starting at 1 PM on the sand at Beach 86 St and end at 7 at Beach 110 St, performers include Toni Carlson, Yve Laris Cohen, Maggie Cloud, Marc Crousillat, Brittany Engel-Adams, Moriah Evans, Daria Fain, Lizzie Feidelson, Melanie Greene, Kennis Hawkins, Iréne Hultman, Shayla-Vie Jenkins, Burr Johnson, Niall Jones, Sarah Beth Percival, Jess Pretty, Antonio Ramos, Alex Rodabaugh, Carlo Villanueva, Anh Vo, Kota Yamazaki

8/29, 4 PM drummer Willie Jones III leads an allstar Charlie Parker centennial celebration band with Sarah Hanahan, Godwin Louis, Justin Robinson, Erena Terakubo with Donald Vega on piano and Endea Owens on bass at Marcus Garvey Park

8/29, 5 PM, repeating 9/1 at 6:30 colorful, charismatic pianist/salonniere Yelena Grinberg, violinist Eric Silberger and cellist Madeline Fayette play Haydn’s “Gypsy” piano trio, Mozart’s warmly lyrical Piano Trio in C and Beethoven’s daunting “Ghost” piano trio at Grinberg’s popular monthly upper westside salon, email for deets here., a 3  minute walk from 1/2/3 train at 96th St.

8/30-9/3 half past noon latin jazz pianist Isaac Bin Ayala solo at Bryant Park

9/1, 7:30ish noiserock legends Yo La Tengo at Rumsey Playfield in Central Park

9/2, 7 PM the irrepressible, cinematic, comedic Broken Reed Saxophone Quartet at Open Source Gallery, 306 17th St at 6th Ave. Park Slope, closest train is the R to Prospect Ave

9/3, 5:30 PM the Bryant Park Accordion Festival concludes with a global cast of A-list players TBA

9/3, 7 PM deviously erudite jazz chanteuse Svetlana & the Delancey Five at Culture Lab in Long Island City,

9/9, 7 PM tunefully scruffy pastoral jazz guitarist Tom Csatari leads his noir-tinged Uncivilized band outdoors at the Flying Lobster, 144 Union St off Hicks, just over the BQE, outdoors, F to Smith/9th. On 9/10, tuba player Ben Stapp and the First Eonic Clock Reading with Sam Newsome (soprano sax), Shanyse Strickland (french horn, flute), Noel Brennan (drums) open the night at 8; at 9 Uncivilized record a live album at Record Shop in Red Hook, 360 Van Brunt St., close to the B61 bus stop or just walk from the F train.

9/8, 7 PM the aptly named Firey String Sistas play their edgy chamber jazz at Pier 84, 44th st. and the Hudson just south of the Intrepid

9/11, 5 PM the NY Ska Orchestra at the corner of Ashland and Lafayette in downtown Brooklyn, downhill from BAM

9/11, 5 PM newschool gospel with Mary Mary singer Erica Campbell, the Walls Group, Lena Byrd Miles and Jason McGee and Choir at Rumsey Playfield in Central Park

9/11, 7 PM astringent avant garde ensemble WeFreeStrings and  fiery singer Amirtha Kidambi on the plaza at Lincoln Center, no ticket required

9/12, 4 PM the Overlook String Quartet play music by black composers Eleanor Alberga, Florence Price, and Chevalier de Saint-Georges at the Morris-Jumel Mansion, 65 Jumel Terrace about a block south of 162nd St., Washington Heights, free, A/C to 163rd St.

9/12, 7 PM southern soul songwriter Valerie June at Rumsey Playfield in Central Park

9/13, 4 PM a massive protest against the DiBozo apartheid and massive city firing plan at Foley Square, Centre St. north of Chambers downtown. A huge union presence will be in the house; the Highwire will be covering the event, and host Del Bigtree is scheduled to address the crowd.

9/14, noon iconic latin percussionist Willie Martinez leads his classic salsa/mambo trio at the corner of Pearl and Willoughby in downtown Brooklyn. 9/19 and 9/26, 2 PM he’s playing on President between Columbia and Van Brunt in Red Hook

9/14, 10:30 PM epically ferocious art-rock jamband Planta on the terrace outdoors at Terraza 7, $10

9/16, 6 PM the American Symphony Orchestra String Quartet play rarely heard works by William Grant Still, Carlos Simon, George Walker, Duke Ellington, Gabriela Lena Frank at at Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 3 Greenway Terrace toward the south end of the park

9/17, 7 PM the world premiere of Allison Loggins-Hull’s Diametrically Composed – the great Alicia Hall Moran singing collection of new works for flute, voice and piano exploring the conflicts of motherhood and having an artistic career – at Bryant Park

9/18, 1 PM a major freedom rally to celebrate World Freedom Day at Columbus Circle

9/18-10/3 the LUNGS Festival at various community gardens throughout the LES, a celebration of an oldschool pre-gentrification NYC artistic community spirit, the calendar is a work in progress, lots more to be added

9/18 a bunch of Americana performers at various locations on Pier 6 on the south end of Brooklyn Bridge Park starting at 3 with the guy/girl vocals of Bears of Alaska, at 4 acerbic, intense former Cricket Tell the Weather frontwoman Andrea Asprelli and at 5 anthemic loose cannon Olivia Lloyd. There’s also a “main stage” lineup starting at 3 with the charming oldtimey harmonies of the Queens of Everything, at 4 hotshot violinist Mazz Swift, at 5 protest singer Crys Matthews and Heather Mae, at 6 folk-pop singer Eleanor Buckland and at 6:30 the soaring, all-female Maybelles.

9/18, 4:30 PM bass goddess/soul singer Felice Rosser’s ageless reggae-rock-groove band Faith at El Sol Brilliante Garden, 522 East 12th street btwn B and C. 9/25 at around 4 they’re at Tompkins Square Park and 10/1 at 8 they’re at the LUNGS Festival in the Green Oasis Garden, 368 East 8th street btwn C and D

9/18, 5 PM the NY Ska Orchestra at the corner of Pearl and Willoughby in downtown Brooklyn

9/18, 8 PM legendary second-wave Afrobeat band Antibalas at Rumsey Playfield in Central Park, be prepared to hang on the fringes because of restrictions

9/18, 7:30 PM Trombone Shorty at Prospect Park Bandshell. We might have to listen from outside since the arena may still have restrictions

 9/18, 4 PM an all-afternoon Americana/folk lineup at the Dumbo Archway just west of Water St in Dumbo starting at 4 with colorfully lyrical original front-porch songwriter Melanie Curran, at 5 Britfolk singer Danni Nicholls, at 5:30 PM electric blues songstsress Edan Archer, at 6 nuevo-Orbisonesque crooner Bobby Blue, at 7 the brilliant swing jazz-inclined Samoa Wilson, and Spirit Family Reunion’s fiery Maggie Carson at 9

9/19, free coffee/breakfast snacks at 10:30 AM, show at 11 Sybarite5 cellist Laura Metcalf, guitarist Rupert Boyd, violinists Michelle Ross and Katie Hyun and violist Melissa Reardon play music by Astor Piazzolla, Osvoldo Golijov, Florence Price, Beyoncé and more outdoors in the courtyard at the Cell Theatre, 338 W 23rd St (8th/9th Aves), reservations req. 9/23, 7 PM they’re playing another free outdoor show at the Porch, 147th and St Nicholas Ave

9/19, 3 PM a bunch of Americana performers at various locations on Pier 6 on the south end of Brooklyn Bridge Park starting with energetic New England folk fiddler Emerald Rae, at 4 PM hotshot violinist Mazz Swift, at 5 the spare, atmospheric Treya Lam, the once-ubiquitous and brilliant multi-instrumentalist Joanna Sternberg at 5:30 and then at 6 rising star banjo player Nora Brown

9/19, 5 PM, repeating on 9/22 at 6:30 colorful, charismatic pianist/salonniere Yelena Grinberg, celebrates the Beethoven 250th birthday anniversary with a program of Bagatelles and his Diabelli Variations at her popular monthly upper westside salon, email for deets here., a 3 minute walk from 1/2/3 train at 96th St.

9/19, 7 PM Patti Smith at Rumsey Playfield in Central Park, be prepared to hang on the fringes because of restrictions

9/20-24, half past noon energetic, classically-inspired, colorful jazz pianist Ayako Shirasaki at Bryant Park

9/21, noon trumpeter Wayne Tucker leads his sunny soul-infused jazz quartet on the plaza at the corner of Pearl and Willoughby in downtown Brooklyn

9/23, 6 PM the American Symphony Orchestra String Quartet play an all-Italian baroque program of works by Boccherini, Donizetti and others at Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 3 Greenway Terrace toward the south end of the park

9/23, 6 PM fiery alto saxophonist Lakecia Benjamin & Pursuance at Marcus Garvey Park

9/24, 5 PM brilliant Americana and swing jazz chanteuse Samoa Wilson at Pearl Plaza, Pearl St. and Anchorage Pl. in Dumbo

9/24, 6 PM punk Balkan brass and oldtimey swing: the Rude Mechanicals followed by Baby Soda Band at La Plaza Cultural de Armando Perez (Ave C & 9th St)

9/24, 6 PM sizzling, politically fearless latin jazz pianist/composer Arturo O’Farrill’s Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra on the plaza at 300 Ashland Pl. down the block from BAM

9/25, 3 PM newschool latin soul/boogaloo dance band Spanglish Fly at the block party at 88 S Portland St in Ft Greene, C to Lafayette Ave

9/25, 3 PM first-class improvisation: Steve Wirts and George Garzone on tenor sax, Francisco Mela on drums and others at 11BC Garden 11th St (Aves B & C)

9/25, 4 PM Los Fascinates play oldschool salsa at the 9C Garden (Ave C & 9th St)

9/26, 4 PM downtown jazz guitar icon Elliott Sharp plays a rare outdoor gig at La Plaza Cultural de Armando Perez (Ave C & 9th St)

9/26, 4 PM lyrical saxophonist Avram Fefer leads a trio at First Street Green Cultural Park, 33 East 1st St.

9/26, 5 PM punkabilly rockers the Screaming Rebel Angels at the Riis Park Beach Bazaar, Bay 9 East at Riis Park in the Rockaways

9/30, 5 PM deviously entertaining hot 20s swing chanteuse Sweet Megg Farrell and band at Albee Square on the Fulton Mall in downntown Brooklyn

9/30, 6 PM the American Symphony Orchestra String Quartet play a wild jazz-oriented program of works by Piazzolla, Lonnie Johnson, Esperanza Spalding and others at Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 3 Greenway Terrace toward the south end of the park

9/30, 6:30 PM pianist Andrew Boudreau leads an improvisational trio in the community garden on E 8th St (Ave C/D)

10/1, 7 PM 90s psychedelic noiserock legends Yo La Tengo at Rumsey Playfield in Central Park, be prepared to hang on the fringes because of restrictions

10/3, 1 PM  hard-hitting, brass-fueled newschool latin soul/boogaloo dance band Spanglish Fly at Playground 52,  Kelly St bet. Av St John and Leggett Ave in the Bronx, 6 to Longwood Ave

Live Music Calendar for New York City and Brooklyn for July and August 2021

Sure feels good to get this calendar back to a monthly schedule again! Who knew we’d ever be able to, without going to war. This is a work in progress, and errs on the side of freedom, as far as restrictions are concerned.

Every venue listed here has been vetted to the best of this blog’s ability, but this is a weird time. All of these shows appear to be unrestricted, but if in doubt, trust your intuition. Clubs that were laid-back and friendly in March of 2020 are still probably laid-back, and friendly, and life is probably back to normal there. If a venue was problematic before the lockdown, you can bet that if it’s still in business, it’s really problematic now.

If you go out a lot, you might want to bookmark this page and check back regularly. Rock shows are really lagging behind jazz and classical as far as getting back up and running again. Hopefully that will change. Additional shows will be added through the summer as they’re announced.

If you’re leaving your hood, don’t get stuck waiting for a train that never comes, make sure you check the MTA delays and out-of-service page for service cancellations and malfunctions, considering how unreliable the subway has become.

If you don’t recognize a venue where a particular act is playing, check with the artist, or check the recently updated list of over 200 New York City music venues at New York Music Daily’s sister blog Lucid Culture.

This is not a list of every show in town – it’s a carefully handpicked selection. If this calendar seems short on praise for bands and artists, it’s because every act here is recommended if you like their particular kind of music.

Showtimes listed here are set times, not the time doors open – if a listing says something like “9ish,” that means it’ll probably start later than advertised.

If you see a typo or an extra comma or something like that, remember that while you were out seeing that great free concert that you discovered here, somebody was up late after a long day of work editing and adding listings to this calendar ;)

Mondays starting at 9 PM sharp, Rev. Vince Anderson and his band play two sets at Union Pool. The Rev. is one of the great keyboardists around, equally thrilling on organ or electric piano, an expert at Billy Preston style funk, honkytonk, gospel and blues. He writes very funny, very politically award, sexy original songs and is one of the most charismatic, intense live performers of our time. It’s a crazy dance party. Paula Henderson from Burnt Sugar is the usual lead soloist on baritone sax, with frequent special guests. Sizzling guitarist Binky Griptite – Sharon Jones’ lead player – is also often there.

Fridays in July, 8ish torchy cumbia/swing singer and accordionist Erica Mancini at Sunny’s

7/1, 7:30 PM intense, rapturous Balkan/Middle Eastern ensemble the Secret Trio –Tamer Pinarbasi, Ismail Lumanovski & Ara Dinkjian – at Drom, $20. They’re back on 7/27 at 9:30.. After this show, at 9 moody, tuneful string-driven Americana and chamber pop with DM & the Expats play ($15 separate adm)

7/2, 7 PM Gordon Lockwood (blues guitar monster Jeremiah Lockwood and drummer Ricky Gordon) at Terra Blues. They’re back here on 7/9

7 /3, 7:30/9:30 PM cleverly lyrical, darkly klezmer-tinged pianist Uri Caine with Mark Helias on bass and Ben Perowsky on drums at Mezzrow, $25

7/5, 7 PM wryly retro, period-perfect classic 60s style female-fronted honkytonk band the Bourbon Express at Cowgirl Seahorse.. 7/10, 8 PM ish they’re at Schnitzel House, 7319 5th Ave in Bay Ridge, R to 77th St.

7/5, 9 PM the Binky Griptite Orchestra (formerly Sharon Jones’ brilliant oldschool soul backing band) at Bar Lunatico

7/6, 7/8:30 PM postbop trumpeter Josh Evans leads a quintet at Smalls, $25

7/6, 7:30 PM chamber orchestra A Far Cry play works by Grieg, Part, Jessie Montgomery and others at the Naumburg Bandshell in Central Park

7/6, 8ish harmony-driven all-female Americana band the Maybelles at Sunny’s

7/6, 8 PM legendary, risque, politically spot-on calypso icon the Mighty Sparrow at Damrosch Park. Maybe listen from across the street because there may be restrictions.

7/6, 8:30 PM tuneful original delta blues and acoustic Americana from guitarist Jon LaDeau at Pete’s

7/6, 9 PM badass honkytonk/Americana songwriter Olivia Ellen Lloyd and band at Skinny Dennis

7/6, 9 PM Trio Catarina with hotshot Brazilian accordionist Felipe Hostins at Bar Lunatico

7/7, 6 PM new string quartet the Overlook with guest Tanya Birl-Torres play music by black composers: Leila Adu, Shelley Washington and Samuel Coleridge-Taylor at the Hispanic Society of America, 613 W 155th St. west of Broadway, 1 train to 157th St., free

7/7, 9 PM dark blues/folk noir/oldschool soul songwriter Kelley Swindall at Skinny Dennis

7/7, 6 PM horn player Cort Roberts leads an ensemble playing new classical repertoire tba at Madison Square Park. He’s back on 8/11

7/7, 8 PM ish edgy alto sax player Kate Mohanty plays her bday show followed by uneasy female-fronted psychedelic abstract rock band Gold Dime at Our Wicked Lady, $12

7/7, 7:30 PM the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center with Shai Wosner, piano; Chad Hoopes, violin; Kristin Lee, violin; Tien-Hsin Cindy Wu, viola; David Requiro, cello; Xavier Foley, bass play works by Beethoven and Dvořák at Damrosch Park. Maybe listen from across the street because there may be restrictions.

7/8, 6 PM soaringly explosive jazz composer/torch singer Nicole Zuraitis at 55 Bar

7/8, 8 PM painter Jim Watt completes his “1000 Watts” series of 1000 ink washes in the monochromatic Japanese Sumi style while an allstar jazz trio – trumpeter Antoine Drye, guitar icon Bill Frisell & drummer Kyle Benford – improvise behind him at Collab, 309 Starr St, Bushwick (St. Nicholas/Cypress Ave), L to Jefferson St, $20 sug don. Watt will donate $100,000 (a hundred grand, you read that right) to benefit jazz musicians imperiled by the lockdown through sales at his dealer Jim Kempner Fine Art.

7/8, 8 PM the NY Philharmonic play Carlos Simon: Fate Now Conquers; Stravinsky: Pulcinella Suite; Mozart: Symphony No. 40 at Damrosch Park. Maybe listen from across the street because there may be restrictions.

7/9, 7 PM perennially popular original feminist folksinger Toshi Reagon & Big Lovely at Bryant Park

7/9, 7/9:30 PM cutting-edge B3 organ grooves with the Jared Gold trio at Smallls, ,$25

7/9, 7:30 PM iconic Afro-Cuban percussionist/bandleader Pedrito Martinez at Drom, $15

7/9, 9 PM  fiery, deviously fun oldtimey swing guitarist/crooner Seth Kessel at Skinny Demis. . He’s back here on 7/31 at 4.

7/10, 2 PM afternoon improvisations: guitarist  Aron Namenwirth with Daniel Carter, Claire de Brunner, Tamio Shirashi plus poet No Land at Oliver Coffee, 5 Oliver St (cor. St. James), Chinatown

710, 4 PM Sarah Durning & the Fun Sisters play twangy oldschool-style original honkytonk at Skinny Dennis

7/10, 5 PM  lustrous singer and badass cello-rock bandleader Serena Jost in a rare solo show  at Five Myles, 558 St. Johns Place (Classon/Franklin), Crown Heights, 2/3 to Eastern Pkwy/Brooklyn Museum

7/10, 7 PM dark psychedelic acoustic blues/klezmer/reggae/soca jamband Hazmat Modine at Terra Blues. They’re back here on 7/24

7/10, 7:30 PM the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center play works by Haydn, Mendelssohn and Schumann at Damrosch Park. Maybe listen from across the street because there may be restrictions.

7/11, 3 PM dynamic front-porch Americana/blues songwriter Mary-Elaine Jenkins at Pete’s

7/11, 3:30 PM the Noga Band featuring amazing Middle Eastern oudist Avram Pengas at Wagner Park north and west of the Battery

7/11, 4 PM oldschool-style high plains C&W singer Hope Debates & North 40 at Skinny Dennis

7/12-16, half past noon sly, cinematic, tuneful Microscopic Septet pianist Joel Forrester at Bryant Park

7/12, 9 PM the perennially popular Western Caravan play western swing at Skinnny Dennis

7/13, 7 PM pensive, eclectic, tuneful jazz/art-rock songwriter Becca Stevens at the big room at the Rockwood, $15

7/15, 9:30 PM  ferociously dynamic, tuneful,female-fronted power trio Castle Black at Bar Freda, 801 Seneca Ave (Cornelia St/Putnam Ave) in Ridgewood, M to Seneca Ave

7/16, 7 PM  sizzling salsa dura band the Spanish Harlem Orchestra at Bryant Park

7/16, 7/8:30 PM drummer Sylvia Cuenca leads a quintet with Dave Kikoski on piano and Craig Handy on tenor sax at Smalls, $25

7/16, 8 PM  psychedelic supergroup the Elgin Marbles feat. members of Love Camp 7, Dervisi and Peter Stampfel’s jug band at the Parkside,$10

7/16, 9 PM the raucously oldtimey Buck and a Quarter Quartet at Pete’s

7/17, 5ish “a wonderful bunch” of sax players: Peter Apfelbaum, Claire Daly, Jonathan Haffner, Jeff Lederer, Jessica Lurie, Sam Newsome, Jay Rodriguez, and Stefan Zeniuk play a site-specific, echo-centric improvisation outdoors from the rooftops around 55 Waterbury St. in Bushwick

7/17, 9 PM Veronica Davila’s twangy, Bakersfield-flavored hard honkytonk band Low Roller at Skinny Dennis

7/18, 5 PM the all-femalle Lotus Chamber Music Ensemble play a program TBA at Culture Lab outdoors, 5-25 46th Ave in Long Island City, down the block toward the water from LIC Bar

7/18, 6 PM orchestrally epic alto valve trombonist Scott Reeves plays the album release show for his new lie one at 55 Bar

7/18, 7 PM brooding, intense lo-fi gutter blues songwriter/guitarist Breanna Barbara at Our Wicked Lady, free

7/18, 7:30/9 PM Falkner Evans solo on piano – sometimes inscrutable, sometimes darkly rapturous – at Mezzrow, $25

7/19, 7 PM the Orchestra of St. Luke‘s music for winds and brass by Ibert, Valerie Coleman, Stravinsky, Dukas, Scott Joplin, Leonard Bernstein and Matthew Arnold on the steps of the Brooklyn Central Library at Grand Army Plaza. 7/21, 3 PM they’re at the back of the northwest corner of the plaza at Lincoln Center and 7/22 at 7:30 PM they’re outdoors at the Queens Theatre in the Park in Corona

7/19, 9 PM darkly brilliant, psychedelic Klezmatics multi-reedman Matt Darriau‘s group plays a Yusef Lateef tribute at Bar Lunatico

7/20, noon classical ensemble the Sterling Strings play their hilarious string quartet versions of rap and pop hits at Metrotech Park in downtown Brooklyn

7/20, 7 PM vibraphonist Felipe Fournier‘s wild Tito Puente and Dave Brubeck cover band, Supermambo at Gantry Plaza State Park

7/20, 7:30 PM the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra play works by Purcell, John Blow and others at the Naumburg Bandshell in Central Park

7/20, 7:30/9:30 PM  rapturously eclectic jazz chanteuse Marianne Solivan leads her trio at Mezzrow, $25

7/21, 6 PM noir-inspired honkytonk crooner Sean Kershaw at John Brown BBQ, 27-20 40th Avenue at 28th St., LIC/Astoria, any train to Queensboro Plaza

7/21, 7 PM adventurous indie classical ensemble Contemporaneous play edgy, often poignant new works by Alex Weiser, Zachary James Ritter, Yasmin Williams, toy pianist Lucy Yao and a world premiere by Yaz Lancaster at Pier 64, 24th St. and the Hudson, free, rsvp req  

7/21, 8 PM bhangra-klezmer mashups with Sharabi feat. trumpeter Frank London & Deep Singh with singer Sarah Gordon plus the psychedelic, Afrobeat and klezmer-influenced Zion 80 at Drom, $20

7/21, 9 PM deviously entertaining hot 20s swing chanteuse Sweet Megg Farrell and band at Skinny Dennis

7/22, half past noon mostly-female, kinetic klezmer/cumbia/cinematic jamband Isle of Klezbos at St. Marks Park, 2nd Ave/10th St.

7/22, 4:30 PM jazz singer Tahira Clayton’s Jazz Trio outdoors at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music

7/22, 7/8:30 PM colorful,  eclectic, paradigm-shifting B3 jazz organist Brian Charette  leads his organ trio at Smalls, $25

7/22, 8 PM original blue-eyed soul chanteuse Miss Tess in a rare duo show at Sunny’s. 7/23 she’s under the Dumbo Archway at 5.

7/22, 9 PM smart, purposeful Americana guitarslingers Jason Loughlin and band at Skinny Dennis

7/23, 7:30/9:30 PM tenor saxophonist Tivon Pennicott with Louis Cato on bass and Joe Saylor on drums at the Jazz Gallery, $20

7/23, 8 PM poignantly lyrical, eclectic pianist Marta Sanchez leads her trio with a killer rhythm section of Michael Formanek and Gerald Cleaver at Bar Bayeux

7/24, 2 PM improvisational keyboardist Matt Mottel plays his bday show at Oliver Coffee, 5 Oliver St (cor. St. James), Chinatown

7/24. 5 PM careening, microtonally-tinged electric blues band Jane Lee Hooker at Culture Lab outdoors, 5-25 46th Ave in Long Island City, down the block toward the water from LIC Bar

7/24, 7 PM dark psychedelic acoustic blues/klezmer/reggae/soca jamband Hazmat Modine at Terra Blues

7/24, 7/8:30 PM Mike LeDonne takes a relatively rare turn on piano with a trio  at Smalls

7/24, 7:30ish the Sun Ra Arkestra at Rumsey Playfield in Central Park, be prepared to hang on the fringes because there may be restrictions

7/24, 8 PM sprawling large jazz/ambient ensemble/jamband Burnt Sugar at Damrosch Park

7/24, 10 PM fiery electric bluegrass and C&W with Demolition String Band at Skinny Dennis

7/24, 10 PM allstar percussion and sax duo Matthias Kunzli and Peter Apbelfaum’s Soup du Jour at Pete’s

7/26-30 half past noon big band pianist Russ Kasoff solo at Bryant Park

7/26, 7 PM Certain General guitarslinger Phil Gammage plays his dark Americana and blues at Cowgirl Seahorse

7/26, 7 PM newgrass band Damn Tall Buildings at Pier 1 on the upper west

7/27 1 PM not a music event but very important and enlightening: America’s Frontline Doctors livestream their White Coat Summit to stop the ongoing lethal injection campaigns. Hero doctors Simone Gold, Scott Jensen, Lee Merritt, Steve LaTulippe, Mark McDonald and other allstar freedom fighters strategize a way out of the trap that was set for us on March 16, 2020.

7/27, 7 PM the George Gee Big Band play vintage 30s swing at Gantry Plaza State Park

7/27. 8 PM ambitious saxophonist Michael Thoma and his quartet outdoors at Queens Theatre in Corona Park

7/27, 10 PM catchy, uneasily jangly female-fronted psych-pop rockers War Violet at Our Wicked Lady, $12. They’re also at Pete’s on 7/31 at 10 for the tip jar

7/28, 6 PM vibraphonist Sae Hashimoto leads an ensemble playing new classical repertoire tba at Madison Square Park. She’s back on 8/4

7/28, 10 PM guy/girl harmony vocals and a mix of Americana and lyrical Waits-ish songwriting with Loose Change at Pete’s

7/29, half past noon fearlessly relevant, toweringly intense latin jazz pianist Arturo O’Farrill leads a smaller band than usual at St. Marks Park, 2nd Ave/10th St

7/29, 4:30 PM original klezmer stylings with violinist Zoe Aqua, trumpeter Dan Blacksberg and accordionist Ira Temple outdoors at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music

7/29, 7:30 PM the Mingus Big Band celebrate their new home at Drom, $30

7/29-31, 7/9:30 PM fiery, erudite pianist Orrin Evans leads his quartet featuring powerhouse sax player Immanuel Wilkins at Birdland, $30

7/29, 10ish sly blue-eyed soul pianist/crooner Nat Osborn at the big room at the Rockwood, ,$15

7/30, 8 PM Indian percussionist Ravish Momin’s Sunken Cages + Migiwa “Miggy” Miyajima‘s lavish large jazz ensemble at Damrosch Park, you can watch from across the street because there are draconian restrictions

7/30, 7:30 PM postbop saxophonist Greg Osby and his Quartet and clarinetist Oran Etkin’s Open Arms Project at Drom, $30

7/30, 11:30 PM expansive, expressive jazz pianist Miki Yamanaka leads her trio at Cellar Dog (the old Fat Cat)

7/31, 5:30 PM blazing all-female street band the Brass Queens at 5th Ave and 3rd St. in Park Slope

7/31, 7 PM salsa romantica crooner Tito Nieves at Rumsey Playfield in Central Park, be prepared to hang on the fringes because there may be restrictions

7/31, 8 PM Raga Maqam with paradigm-shifting trumpeter/santoorist Amir ElSaffar and members of  Brooklyn Raga Massive mash up hypnotic, often haunting Arabic and Indian sounds at Damrosch Park. Their Lincoln Center show a couple of years ago was off the hook. Hang on the sidewalk across the street because there are restrictions

7/31, 8 PM legendary Brooklyn psychedelic funk band Groove Collective at Drom, $20

7/31, 9 PM Veronica Davila’s twangy, Bakersfield-flavored hard honkytonk band Low Roller at Skinny Dennis

8/1, 5 PM Los Cumpleanos – with Nestor Gomez – vox/percussion; Lautaro Burgos – drums; Eric Lane – keyboards; Alex Asher – trombone and others playing trippy, dubwise tropical psychedelia at the Riis Park Beach Bazaar, Bay 9 East at Riis Park in the Rockaways

8/1, 7 PM wild, sizzling guitar-and-brass-fueled Ethiopian jazz jamband Anbessa Orchestra at Pier 1 on the Hudson

8/1, 7 PM the Harlem Gospel Travelers and irrepressible 60s-style blue-eyed soul singer Eli “Paperboy” Reed at Our Wicked Lady, $15

8/1, 9 PM singer Richard Julian and pianist John Chin play Mose Allison songs at Bar Lunatico. Perfect pairing: Julian’s wry sense of humor and Chin’s erudite chops.

8/2-6, half past noon lyrical, dynamic original jazz pianist Victor Lin solo at Bryant Park

8/3, 7 PM fiery electric bluegrass and C&W with Demolition String Band at Shipyard Park, 13th St and McFeeley Drive in Hoboken,

8/3, 7:30 PM the East Coast Chamber Orchestra play works by Mozart, Golijov and others at the Naumburg Bandshell in Central Park

8/3, 8/10 PM postbop jazz supergroup the Cookers – Billy Harper, Cecil McBee, George Cables, Eddie Henderson, and Billy Hart – at the Blue Note, $30 bar seats avail

8/4, 6:30, PM guitarist Oren Fader and and pianist/salonniere Yelena Grinberg reprise their sold-out performance of rare duo works by Vivaldi, Beethoven, Hummel, Moscheles, Weber, Boccherini, Munier, Castelnuovo and Piazzolla at Grinberg’s popular monthly upper westside salon, email for deets here., a 3  minute walk from 1/2/3 train at 96th St.

8/4, 7:30/9 PM cult favorite gonzo pianist Dred Scott plays Chick Corea at Mezzrow, $25

8/4, 8ish cinematic noir soul instrumentalists the Ghost Funk Orchestra at Our Wicked Lady, $12

8/4, 9 PM the Jimi Hendrix of the cuatro, Jorge Glem with pianist Cesar Orozco at Bar Lunatico

8/5, 7 PM Veronica Davila’s twangy, Bakersfield-flavored hard honkytonk band Low Roller at Mama Tried, 147 27th St, Bay Ridge, R to 25th St

8/5, 7 PM what’s left of the hi-de-ho Cab Calloway Orchestra at Astoria Park, on the water, take the N to Astoria Blvd.

8/6, 7 PM trumpeter Terence Blanchard with the Turtle Island Quartet at Bryant Park

8/6, 10 PM haunting gothic Americana ballads with Flora Midwood at Pete’s. Brilliant storyteller, strong singer and tunesmith.

8/6, 11 PM clever, fiery, eclectic ten-piece Balkan/hip-hop/funk brass maniacs Slavic Soul Party at Drom, $20

8/7, 2 PM an amazing improvisational jazz triplebill: baritone sax monster Josh Sinton with Daniel Carter and Sam Newsome, then brilliant, politically fearless visionary/tenor sax improviser Matana Roberts , and also flutist Laura Cocks solo at Oliver Coffee, 5 Oliver St (cor. St. James), Chinatown

8/7, 7 PM dark psychedelic acoustic blues/klezmer/reggae/soca jamband Hazmat Modine at Terra Blues. They’re also here on 7/21

8/7, 8 PM guitarist Nick Demopoulos’ twinkling, psychedelic spacescape project Smomid followed at 9 by enigmatic, cynical, lyrical rock band Golden Alphabet at Pete’s

8/7, 9:30 PM latin soul jams with the Brooklyn Boogaloo Blowout at 55 Bar

8/8, 7:30/9 PM  intense pianist Gerald Clayton solo at Mezzrow

8/9-13, half past noon lyrical, shapeshifting Brazilian pianist Luiz Simas solo at Bryant Park

8/10-12 Digable Planets at the Blue Note are sold out

8/10, 9:30 PM lickety-split punkgrass with the Eugene Tyler Band at Pete’s

8/11, 7 PM slinky, hypnotic percussive Moroccan trance band Innov Gnawa on the steps at the Grand Army Plaza branch of the Brooklyn Public Library

8/12-14, 7/9:30 PM the best singing pianist (and the best piano-playing singer) in jazz, the irrepressible Champian Fulton leads her quartet at Birdland, $30

8/12, 8 anthemic speedmetal band Cold Dice, 9 PM the debut of Certain Death (the house band from Pfizer or Moderna maybe?) 10 PM wild fuzzy stoner metal band Grave Bathers followed by the even more macabre Castle Rat at Our Wicked Lady, $12

8/13, 5 PM ageless, jangly, purist NY surf rock originals the Supertoness at the Riis Park Beach Bazaar, Bay 9 East at Riis Park in the Rockaways There’s also a surf music festival, bands tba, there on 8/14-15

8/13, 8 PM   ferociously dynamic, tuneful,female-fronted power trio Castle Black at Culture Lab outdoors, 5-25 46th Ave in Long Island City, down the block toward the water from LIC Bar; 8/28 they’re outdoors at the Greenpoint Terminal Market at 3, Market St. past Kent Ave on the water, G to Nassau Ave

8/14, 4 PM B’Rhythm blend Indian music and classical dance moves at Garfield Place between Prospect Park West and 8th Ave. in Park Slope, music by Bala Skandan, choreography by Brinda Guha and Sonali Skandan and an A-list slate of dancers

8/14, 7/9:30 PM popular lyrical postbop trumpeter Jeremy Pelt leads his quartet at Smalls $25

8/14, 9:30 PM  this era’s most consistently interesting jazz pianist, Vijay Iyer at Prospect Park Bandshell. Listen from outside (try around the back) since the arena may still have restrictions

8/15, 8:30 PM catchy, pensive blue-eyed soul crooner/guitarist Noto at Pete’s

8/16, 9 PM boisterously funny oldschool 60s C&W and brooding southwestern gothic with the Jack Grace Band at Skinny Dennis..

8/17, 7 PM Dominican jazz guitarist Yasser Tejeda & Pelotre at Gantry Plaza State Park

8/17, 7/8:30 PM  charismatic, adventurous postbop/avant garde trombonist/crooner Frank Lacy‘ at Smalls, $25

8/17-19, 8/10 PM the Bernie Williams Collective at the Blue Note, $25 bar seats avail. Not a vanity project: the greatest centerfielder of his time is a solid latin jazz/funk guitarist.

8/18, 7/8:30 PM eclectic jazz pianist Art Hirahara and his trio at Smalls, $25

8/18, 5 PM the Harlem Quartet at Times Square. Where? Follow the sound, it seems

8/18, 8 PM Stoogoid stoner boogie band Sun Voyager, noisy early 80s style postpunk band Smock and fuzzy acid blues/doom band Grandpa Jack at Our Wicked Lady, $12

8/18-22, 8/10 PM postbop jazz trumpeter and sly crooner Nicholas Payton at the Blue Note, $25 bar seats avail

8/19, 7 PM double threat Camille Thurman – equally dazzling on the mic and the tenor sax – with the Darrell Green Trio, and trombonist Conrad Herwig with his Quintet at Drom, $30

8/19-21, 7/9:30 PM golden-age postbop tenor sax legend Donald Harrison leads his quartet at Birdland, $30

8/19, 7/9:30 PM edgy jazz oudist and bassist Omer Avital and his group where he got his start at Smalls, $25

8/19, 11 PM sardonic and punky Japanese girlband the Hard Nip at Our Wicked Lady, $12

8/20, 7 PM amazingly dynamic drummer  Johnathan Blake and his trio and wildfire Colombian harpist Edmar Castaneda with drummer Ari Hoenig at Drom, $30

8/20, 7 PM Gordon Lockwood (blues guitar monster Jeremiah Lockwood and drummer Ricky Gordon) at Terra Blues

8/20, 7/8:30 PM the Sun Ra Arkestra’s legendary nonagenarian EWI player Marshall Allen and group at Smalls, $25

8/21, 7 PM legendary second-wave Afrobeat band Antibalas at Rumsey Playfield in Central Park, be prepared to hang on the fringes because there may be restrictions

8/21, 7 PM edgy, incisive, terse jazz guitarist Russell Malone and his Quartet at Drom, $20

8/22, 7 PM paradigm-shifting Romany jazz/psychedelic rock guitar mastermind Stephane Wrembel at Drom $30

8/23, 7/8:30 PM erudite pianist Orrin Evans‘ richly tuneful, purist, stampeding Captain Black Big Band at Smalls,$25

8/24, 6 PM the Donald Harrison Quartet with the Harlem Orchestra play Charlie Parker’s Bird with Strings at Marcus Garvey Park, be prepared to hang on the fringes because there may be restrictions

8/24, 7/8;30 PM hard-hitting  postbop saxophonist Mike DiRubbo’s quartet at Smalls, $25

8/25, 8 PM punk/rockabilly band the Screaming Rebel Angels, goth-punks the Wh0res, and fiery, deviously fun oldtimey swing guitarist/crooner Seth Kessel at Our Wicked Lady, $12

8/26, 6 PM smart, lyrical, politically-inspired pianist Zaccai Curtis leads a trio at Times Square, Bwy at 43rd St

8/27, 6 PM an oldschool salsa dance party with 70s style charanga Son Del Monte at Alexander Avenue at Bruckner Boulevard in the Bronx

8/28, 5 PM nimble bassist Dawn Drake & Zapote‘play latin-tinged hard funk at the Riis Park Beach Bazaar, Bay 9 East at Riis Park in the Rockaways

8/28, 6 PM jazz violinist Melanie Dyer w/ poet Bonita Penn and bassist Ken Filiano at the Clifton Pl. Community Garden (1031 Bedford Ave.–b/n Clifton & Greene)

8/29, a parade of dancers with music by guitarist/bagpiper David Watson make their way through the Rockaways starting at 1 PM on the sand at Beach 86 St and end at 7 at Beach 110 St, performers include Toni Carlson, Yve Laris Cohen, Maggie Cloud, Marc Crousillat, Brittany Engel-Adams, Moriah Evans, Daria Fain, Lizzie Feidelson, Melanie Greene, Kennis Hawkins, Iréne Hultman, Shayla-Vie Jenkins, Burr Johnson, Niall Jones, Sarah Beth Percival, Jess Pretty, Antonio Ramos, Alex Rodabaugh, Carlo Villanueva, Anh Vo, Kota Yamazaki

8/29, 4 PM drummer Willie Jones III leads an allstar Charlie Parker centennial celebration band with Sarah Hanahan, Godwin Louis, Justin Robinson, Erena Terakubo with Donald Vega on piano and Endea Owens on bass at Marcus Garvey Park

8/29, 5 PM, repeating 9/1 at 6:30 colorful, charismatic pianist/salonniere Yelena Grinberg, violinist Eric Silberger and cellist Madeline Fayette play Haydn’s “Gypsy” piano trio, Mozart’s warmly lyrical Piano Trio in C and Beethoven’s daunting “Ghost” piano trio at Grinberg’s popular monthly upper westside salon, email for deets here., a 3  minute walk from 1/2/3 train at 96th St.

8/29, 9:30 PM irrepressibly sardonic janglerock/folk-punk songwriter, New Yorker illustrator and White Hassle alum Marcellus Hall  at Pete’s

8/30-9/3 half past noon latin jazz pianist Isaac Bin Ayala solo at Bryant Park

9/1, 7:30ish noiserock legends Yo La Tengo at Rumsey Playfield in Central Park

9/8 7 PM the aptly named Firey String Sistas play their edgy chamber jazz at Pier 84, 44th st. and the Hudson just south of the Intrepid

9/11, 5 PM newschool gospel with Mary Mary singer Erica Campbell, the Walls Group, Lena Byrd Miles and Jason McGee and Choir at Rumsey Playfield in Central Park

9/12, 4 PM the Overlook String Quartet play music by black composers Eleanor Alberga, Florence Price, and Chevalier de Saint-Georges at the Morris-Jumel Mansion, 65 Jumel Terrace about a block south of 162nd St., Washington Heights, free, A/C to 163rd St.

9/12, 7 PM southern soul songwriter Valerie June at Rumsey Playfield in Central Park

9/18, 7:30 PM Trombone Shorty at Prospect Park Bandshell. We might have to listen from outside since the arena may still have restrictions

9/19, 7 PM Patti Smith at Rumsey Playfield in Central Park,

10/3, 1 PM  hard-hitting, brass-fueled newschool latin soul/boogaloo dance band Spanglish Fly at Playground 52,  Kelly St bet. Av St John and Leggett Ave in the Bronx, 6 to Longwood Ave