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Noir-Tinged Transcendence from Thumbscrew

Thumbscrew‘s show earlier this week at what has become an annual festival at the Provincetown Playhouse on Washington Square West was more plaintive and haunting than expected. Guitarist Mary Halvorson left her pitch pedal alone for the most part until the last couple of numbers, where she went crazy with both live loops and warpy Jabba the Hut space lounge sonics. And although she did goose the audience, and maybe her bandmates too, with wry upward swipes at the end of a couple of numbers, she went for noir, and poignancy, and angst throughout most of the rest of the show.

It was almost funny to watch bassist Michael Formanek,, the group’s spokesman this time out, matter-of-factly walking a swing interlude in a tune by drummer Tomas Fujiwara. Otherwise, Formanek punched out miminalist pedalpoint, the occasional looming chord and plenty of somber, bowed phrases, often echoing Halvorson’s lingering, chilly, reverbtoned resonance. His comedic moment was a Sisyphian series of climbs, moving further and further up the scale with a predictable but irresistible tumble at the end.

Fujiwara was his typical counterintuitive self: trios tend to have busy drums, but not this unit. He opened and closed the set with tricky, peek-a-boo polyrhythms, driving the music forward against the beat. Beyond one relatively brief, stampeding cascade toward the end of the set, he kept his cymbals flickering,  with a subtle, lithe attack on the snare and toms.

The trio opened with Snarling Joys, a Halvorson tune, the guitarist foredshadowing the gloom ahead via a pointilllistic series of icepick riffs. Many of the set’s numbers bore a close resemblance to Big Lazy at their most haunting, and exploratory, notably Formanek’s bitterly aching Cruel Heartless Bastards, a take of Jimmy Rowles’ moody classic The Peacocks and Julio De Caro’s Buen Amigo, a tango from the band’s most recent all-covers album, Theirs. The companion album, Ours – all originals, naturally- was also well represented, particularly with a strutting but wounded reinvention of Herbie Nichols’ House Party Starting which turned out to be a lot more of a lament than a dancefloor hit. Other material was less harrowing: a tricky, serpentine take of Fujiwara’s Saturn Way; an even more rhythmically maddening yet supertight song that sounded like 70s British rock band Wire spun through a cuisinart; and the closing tune, Things That Rhyme with Spangle (that’s a very short version of the official song title), which Halvorson bent and twisted, finally hitting her distortion pedal for some roaring punk chords.

The series of free concerts at the Provincetown Playhouse continues into next week, resuming Monday, July 22 at 7 PM when Rolling Stones multi-saxophonist Tim Ries leads his band. Get there early, i.e. by 6:45 if you want to get in.

Greg Lewis’ Organ Monk: A Completely Different, High-Voltage Beast

Organist Greg Lewis opened his set at the Provincetown Playhouse a couple of weeks ago with a mighty, sustained swell of tritones that grew more and more menacing as the sound swirled and smoked through his Leslie speaker. Then he launched into his first Thelonious Monk number of the night. In over an hour onstage, he took the crowd on a roller-coaster of whirlwind riffs, purist blues, phantasmagorial chromatics, a dip into gritty noir, then up and out with a torrential take of Monk’s Four in One.

Lewis calls this project Organ Monk – and was giving away free t-shirts to spread the gospel of Monk on the organ, a “completely different beast” compared to the man in the hat’s piano originals. It’s amazing how much color and orchestral vastness Lewis gets out of his righthand, considering that he doesn’t use the pedals much, tirelessly walking the bass with his left, constantly working the drawbars for subtle shifts in tone and timbre. Monk on the piano can be creepy – Monk on Lewis’ B3 is terrifying.

Yet for all the pyrotechnics, the best song of the night might have been Lewis’ own, slow, simmering, somber, subtly latin-tinged original, dedicated to his nephew. Then he picked up the pace with a handful of tunes from his latest album, American Standards a collection of reharmonized Broadway and cabaret tunes that Monk liked to play Guitarist Ron Jackson was every bit as ferocious as Lewis was, capping off several solos with machete volleys of tremolo-picked chords and taking the intensity up even further with his circing, lightning arpeggios and clustering riffs. And who would have expected icy ghoulabilly chicken-scratch, or wide swaths of octaves that were closer to Indian raga riffs than Wes Montgomery? Behind them, their drummer used his hardware for playful accents when he wasn’t swinging the funk with an agile understatement.

The concert series’ organizer, alto saxophonist Dave Pietro added some high-voltage, Coltrane-ish flurries and stormy torrents on a couple of tune as well. It was a change from the lyrical. Ravel-influenced tunefulness he’d played at the festival’s opening concert the previous week, leading a great band with Gary Versace on piano, Alex Sipiagin on trumpet, Johannes Weidenmueller on bass and Rudy Royston on drums.

Lewis continues to maintain a punishing gig schedule all over town; he and another first-rate guitarist, Marvin Sewell are at Bar Lunatico for brunch on July 21 at 1 PM. This year’s summer series of admission-free jazz concerts at the Provincetown Playhouse on Washington Square West continues on July 22 at 7 PM with Rolling Stones sax player Tim Ries and his band.

Transcendence and Turbulence with the Vijay Iyer Sextet at the Vanguard

Pianist Vijay Iyer and his sextet’s sold-out opening set of a weeklong stand at the Vanguard last night was an energetic yet saturnine suite – or a darkly glimmering jazz sonata. Iyer is not an ostentatious pianist: he makes his point, has some fun and then gets out, just like Thelonious Monk and Ellington before him would do. It’s a little early to enshrine Iyer alongside those two, but the esthetic is the same. His band provided alternately blustery and plaintive intensity throughout well over an hour and a half onstage. He’s back at the Vanguard tonight, July 17 through the 21st, with sets at 8:30 and around 10; cover is $35.

Other than band introductions, Iyer barely spoke to the audience, beyond asserting that he and the band stand against Trump’s bigotry and white supremacy, encouraging the crowd to keep fighting, since “The fight is far from over.” That’s the title of Iyer’s album with this crew, and he reminded everybody that it’s just as true today as when he released it back in 2017.

His gritty, sometimes grim modal focus contrasted with the turbulence of the horns. Tenor player Mark Shim began and ended the night crossing simmering, smoky terrain; in between, he soared and spiraled and chuffed in tandem with drummer Jeremy Dutton, the group’s junior member. A constantly recurring trope, the pairings of individual horns with  the full rhythm section, contrasted with Iyer’s relentlessness, sharply focused rhythm and hard-edged, often distantly latin-inflected melodicism.

Alto saxophonist Steve Lehman built increasingly complex layers of hardbop, bouncing and even pogoing in place while Dutton distingushed himself as a connoisseur of New Orleans funk grooves. Graham Haynes played mournful wide-angle flugelhorn, switching to cornet for his more kinetic moments. Bassist Stephan Crump pulsed in tandem with Iyer, or, in one of the night’s most rapturous interludes, bowed sepulchral midrange wisps against the bandleader’s eerie belltone variations.

It was a night of innumerable transcendent moments, immersed in the sobering context of the here and now, where we have a bridge-and-tunnel ranter in the Oval Office whose hysterical antics only obscure the ongoing unraveling of the Constitution. The most rapturous of those musical moments was when Iyer worked extreme lows against extreme highs while Haynes built a shivery, Twin Peaks microtonal interlude on his flugelhorn. Likewise, Iyer’s clever shifts from refusenik low-register pedalpoint to increasingly tense, stabbing close harmonies while the horns blew clouds of steam. Every number segued into an other, Iyer seamlessly bridging the chasms between hard-swinging funk and distantly sinister majesty. As the pianist intimated, there’s no telling where the next set is going to go: they’re all different. And yet, they’ll all have singalong (or at least humalong) tunefulness balancing a persistent unease. No wonder the guy’s so popular.

Lyrical Piano Icon Fred Hersch Hasn’t Played the Vanguard Since January, So He Must Be Back This Month

The Vanguard is pianist Fred Hersch‘s home base, and it’s been six months since he played there. So he’s due, and he’s back for a stand starting on July 23 through the 28th with his long-running, conversational trio, bassist John Hebert and drummer Eric McPherson. Sets are at 8:30 and around 10; cover is the usual $35.

These days Hersch has been releasing almost as many albums as he does weeks at the Vanguard. The latest one, Begin Again – streaming at Spotify – is a real change of pace, a lavishly orchestrated collection of tunes from throughout his career, recorded with German jazz orchestra the WDR Big Band. With his trio, Hersch is all about clever conversations, and playfulness, and singleminded attention to a song’s emotional center. This one, maybe unavoidably due to the sheer size of the project, is more about how much epic grandeur Hersch’s translucent tunes are suited to. Answer: a lot. Vince Mendoza’s arrangements are sharp and often surprisingly restrained. On one hand, given the joie de vivre and humor in Hersch’s writing, it must have been hard to resist the temptation to go completely epic with them. On the other, there’s a lot of gravitas on this record.

The band punches in and out throughout the cleverly dancing, triumphant metric shifts of the opening, title track, with a long, hushed, suspenseful interlude and a coda that’s gone in a flash. Alto saxophonist Johan Horlen rises from a gentle intro to a joyous peak over a lustrously majestic backdrop and Hersch’s steady neoromantic phrasing in Song Without Words #2: Ballad, high reeds and muted brass adding extra lustre.

A lot of Hersch’s vast back catalog doesn’t stay in one place for very long, and the version of Havana here is characteristic, Ernesto Lecuona glimmer followed by a punchy, ebullient jazz waltz with a stormy Paul Heller tenor sax solo. The desolate big-sky intro to Out Someplace (Blues for Matthew Shepard) is chilling; the band’s violence afterward is only slightly less so.

Maybe because of the size of the lineup, Hersch amps up his attack on the fugal lines of Pastorale – a standout, classically-inspired track from his brilliant 2011 Alone at the Vanguard album. The oldest number here is the vividly overcast yet kinetic Rain Waltz, brmming with artful orchestral interpolation orchestra amid Hersch’s incisive articulation. Trumpeter Ruud Bruels’ moodiness and alto sax player Karolina Strassmeyer’s more energetic spot foreshadow a titanic, brassy crescendo .

The album’s longest number, The Big Easy begins with a moody On Broadway sway, then slowly edges toward jubilation, punctuated by trombonist Ludwig Nuss and trumpeter Andy Haderer’s easygoing, coyly muted solos. The bustling, tropically-tinged Forward Motion makes quite a contrast. The album’s final cut is The Orb, from Hersch’s Coma Dreams suite, Hersch working his way cautiously from a uneasy, starlit Lynchian tableau to warm lyricism. Deep stuff from a deep guy.

An Imaginative, Hard-Swinging Change of Pace and a Smalls Gig by Saxophonist Nick Hempton

Saxophonist Nick Hempton has been a regular in the Smalls scene for at least a decade. His compositions swing hard, with an eclectic, ambitious edge and frequent detours into noir. His next gig there is July 14 at 10:30 with a killer, counterintuitive organ groove band including guitarist Mark Whitfield, organist Kyle Koehler and drummer Fukushi Tainaka

Hempton’s most recent album, Night Owl – streaming at Spotify – is a good introduction to what he can do with that band onstage – and a considerable change from his previous work. It features Koehler and Tainaka along with another purist guitarist, Peter Bernstein, playing a mix of originals and some pretty radical reinventions of standards.

Bernstein adds an unexpectedly bracing, clustering attack,echoed by Koehler while the band swing the blues in the album’s opening, title track. I Remember Milady’s is a somewhat wistfully altered, similarly bluesy cha-cha with a characteristically smoky solo from Hempton, Koehler launching a river with his.

The band shuffle with lickety-split verve through their take of After You’ve Gone, the bandleader making his scampering lines look effortless, Bernstein having fun with a series of spacy hammer-on phrases. Then they do I’m a Fool to Want You as a brooding bolero: the shadowy ambience of Bernstein’s cautious phrasing, Koehler’s muted backdrop, Tainaka’s brushwork and the smoke from Hempton’s tenor sax is where the noir really kicks in.

From there the band flip the script with the blithe 10th Street Turnaround: it’s akin to what Jimmy Smith might have done with a New Orleans ballad. Corner Bistro – a shout-out to a rare West Village landmark that’s still standing – has a slinky 60s funk shuffle lurking just beneath its shiny, somewhat acidic surface. Then the band shift into low gear with the balmy southern elegance of It Shouldn’t Happen to a Dream.

Hempton’s catchy riffage and a long, majestic Koehler solo contrast with the massed, enigmatic harmonies behind them in Listen Hard, Speak Easy. They close the album with the expansive Macao Mood, a rather jubilant swing number that doesn’t sound the slightest bit Portuguese. Anybody who thinks that all organ-and-tenor records sound the same (are you listening, Harvey?) ought to hear this.

The Eyal Vilner Big Band Bring Their Blazing Tunefulness to Midsummer Night Swing

The Eyal Vilner Big Band distinguish themselves from the legions of brassy large jazz ensembles with tthe bandleader/alto saxophonist’s sense of humor and knack for clever orchestrations as well as the occasional bristling Middle Eastern theme. As their latest album Swing Out – which isn’t officially out yet, and hasn’t hit the usual streaming spots – reminds, they can do the retro stuff with anyone, and there are standards on this collection. But they blaze most brightly on the originals and the obscurities. They’re playing this year’s Midsummer Night Swing festival out back of Lincoln Center on July 10; it’s free to get into Damrosch Park, $18 in advance for the dancefloor.

The new album opens with Downhill, a darkly swinging hi-de-ho anthem that looks back to Cab Calloway; the title refers to the descending progression that Vilner assembles the song around. The bandleader plays steady, incisive blues for his solo followed by Rob Edwards’ fluttetering trombone and a hard-hitting crescendo out.

Singer Brianna Thomas delivers a refreshingly driving version of In a Mellow Tone with mistiness and then exuberance; Vilner’s chart mixes equal parts plushness and punch. She sings a briskly shuffling, irresistibly funny tale of the hokum blues tune Dinah completely deadpan, tenor sax and then the whole orchestra cutting loose with a droll dixieland flair. Then Vilner’s clarinet swirls wistfully and the brass get their mutes out for a tightly crescendoing stroll through Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans

St. Louis Blues shifts between noir mambo and blithe, clapalong dixieland: the mambo is so tempting that it hurts to hear it return and then disappear. The band follow the same formula with That’s All, part shimmer, part cha-cha, crooned by guest Brandon Bain. With its tightly incisive horn phrasing, Big Apple Contest has an electic early 30s Ellington energy and bright, momentary solos from clarinet and trumpets.

With its coy, spare exchange of horn voicings, Nina Simone’s bouncy original is the prototype for Vilner’s arrangement of My Baby Just Cares for Me; the shout-out to Michelle Obama is a neat touch. Matter-of-factly perambulating muted trumpet and Krupa-like flourishes from the drums fuel Going Uptown; then Thomas returns for a beefed-up yet restrained take of the jump blues 5-10-15 Hours.

The group give Bir Mei Bist Du Schoen a gorgeously ambered intro that goes straight back to the song’s klezmer roots, echoed in the low brass as the song shuffles moodily along. The album’s epic closing cut is the old spiritual I’m on My Way to Canaan Land, shifting artfully from misterioso Sun Ra drone. to spare gospel shuffle, bracing latin swing, samba jazz, allusions to Moroccan gnawa and peak-era orchestral Ellington. On one hand – like the Champian Fulton record featured on this page recently – this is as trad as trad gets. Yet Vilner’s charts are so bright and imaginative that these old songs sound brand new again.

 

Epically Tuneful, Colorfully Cinematic Jazz from Linda May Han Oh and Her Killer Band at the Vanguard This Week

There was a point about midway through the first song of of bassist Linda May Han Oh’s first set last night at the Vanguard where tenor saxophonist Ben Wendel broke into a wide-mouthed grin, staring to his left. At that moment, guitarist Matt Stevens was perusing a gritty, spacious solo punctuated by several judicious pauses. What was he doing between phrases that had goosed Wendel so hard?

As it turned out, it was drummer Obed Calvaire’s long, leapfrogging, crescendoing polyrhythms that had grabbed him – and soon, pretty much everybody else within earshot. There were innumerable other “this is why we love jazz” moments throughout the night. She’s back there tonight, July 3 through 7, with sets at 8:30 and a little after 10; cover is $35 and worth it.

Oh has made waves in the past couple of years as sidewoman to the stars, but her own work is often her best, and this show was characteristic. When a band is having fun, that translates to the audience. Oh gives her crew – which also included her significant other, pianist Fabian Almazan, the not-so-secret weapon in this quintet – plenty to sink their teeth into. Like the best film and classical composers, she starts with the simplest materials – sometimes just a single-note rhythm – and subtly introduces variations that often go in completely unanticipated directions.

The most vivid showstopper of the night was a piece from a forthcoming film, portraying the moment when a young Brazilian woman is kidnapped into the sex trade. Oh’s wistful, insistent opening solo became considerably more plaintive the second time around, Almazan’s glittering chords elevated the constantly shifting ground to majestic heights, and the tropical milieu quickly took a backseat to a fond goodbye to happiness. As Oh saw it, this could have happened to anyone, anywhere.

The group opened with Blue Over Gold, a Rothko shout-out that built from a warily insistent, percussive bass phrase to a recurrent four-chord cluster punctuated by Wendel’s hardbop and finally Calvaire’s rumbling attack. Yoda, which Oh dedicated to her mentor of a sister (“She’s a lot prettier,” the composer grinned) began with even more tightly wound, syncopated, minimalist bass and rose to punchy heights on the waves of Almazan’s piano.

While she played most of the set on her usual upright model, Oh also pulled a beautiful, full tone from her Fender on a couple of numbers, especially when playing chords. It was a welcome change from the legions of slap-happy funkpapa cliche-heads playing Weather Report covers and such a few blocks south on Bleecker. It was also rewarding to see how much more she’s singing: her soaring vocalese compares with another rising star string player, guitarist Camila Meza.

The night’s funniest tune was Speech Impediment, a winsomely persistent portrait of a stuttering dude who nonetheless finds a way to get the girl. Wendel got the funniest arrythmic bits, but both the bandleader and Calvaire were close behind, with a deadpan wit that brought to mind the Dutch clown prince of jazz, Misha Mengelberg. They returned to close the set on a more acerbically kinetic note. Oh has grown significantly as a writer over the past few years, to become one of the most consistently interesting bassist-composers around; you should see her.

¿Que Vola? Put a New Spin on an Ancient Party Tradition at Lincoln Center

Saturday night, Lincoln Center was hopping with Afro-Latin sounds. Out back in the park, Los Hacheros said the hell with the threat of rain and gave the dancers a fiery launching pad for some serious moves. A couple of blocks to the south, winding up their debut US tour at Dizzy’s Club, ¿Que Vola? offered another direction for those ancient beats.

They’re a big, brassy newschool jazz group turbocharged by the whirlwind rhythms of three percussionists from Cuban ensemble the Osain del Monte Orchestra. One suspects that the trio are equally skilled at a brain-warping number of beats; at this show, their roles seemed clearly defined. Adonis Panter Calderon, seated in the middle, was the Secretary of Entertainment with his machinegunning flurries and live-wire crescendos, getting up at the end of the set to do a ritual dance as a shout-out to ancient spirits from the African motherland. To his left, Ramon Tamayo Martinez came across as the salsa maestro; to his right, Barbaro Crespo Richard served as a sort of bass player, holding down the center when things got crazy. And they did.

That didn’t seem to be the case as the group opened with massed, minimalist horns over a subtly shapeshifting intertwine of grooves. Until the individual voices loosened and solos began to appear, the sound was closer to indie classical than jazz. The rest of the night ranged between loosely contiguous Afrobeat and what sounded like boisterous old Yoruba shout-and-response chants transcribed for jazz instrumentation.

The biggest hits with the crowd were the percussion interludes. The three beatmasters played mostly on congas, shifting to the double-barreled bata for extra boom during one lengthy number. Martinez also had a cajon which he used sparingly. Meanwhile, bassist Thibaud Soulas played with the punch and stamina of a percussionist, running circular phrases over and over and taking the occasional stairstepping climb. Drummer Elie Duris was also having a great time using his rims and hardware for extra click and crash amid the booming torrent.

Alto saxophonist Benjamin Dousteyssier – one of several members associated with the French Orchestre National de Jazz – dazzled the crowd with his silvery, slithery glissandos and arpeggios. Tenor player Hugues Mayot and trumpeter Aymeric Avice shifted between incisive postbop and sometimes airy, sometimes turbulent Afrobeat. Behind them, electric pianist Bruno Rude’s Rhodes bubbled and rippled like a vibraphonist. With so many tightly interwoven rhythms bursting out from every corner of the band, it only made sense that he’d want to join the party.

Live Music Calendar for New York City and Brooklyn for July and August 2019

Daily updates – if you go out a lot, you might want to bookmark this page and check back regularly. Believe it or not, some of this year’s free summer concert series schedules still haven’t been announced yet – as soon as they are, the good stuff will be on this page.

If you’re leaving your hood, don’t get stuck waiting for a train that never comes, make sure you check http://www.mta.info for service changes considering how unreliable the subway is at night and on the weekend.

If you don’t recognize a venue where a particular act is playing, check the comprehensive, 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. Many different styles to choose from.

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 show listed without the start time, that’s because either the artist, their publicist or the venue in question sent incomplete info – those acts are usually listed last on a particular date.  Always best to check with the venue for the latest information on set times and door charges, since that information is often published here weeks in advance.

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 found out about here, somebody was up late after a long day of work editing and adding listings to this calendar ;)

Weekly events first followed by the daily calendar:

On select Wednesdays and Sundays, an intimate, growing piano music salon on the Upper West Side featuring iconoclastically insightful, lyrical pianist Nancy Garniez – a cult favorite with an extraordinarily fluid, singing, legato style – exploring the delicious minutiae of works from across the centuries, beverages and lively conversation included! Next performance is 7/16, 7 PM : an all-Brahms program with two trios, Op. 40 for Waldhorn, Violin and Piano, then Op 87 for Piano, Violin and Cello with Nancy Garniez – piano; Gregor Kitzis – violin; Dave Eggar – cello; Jacob Garniez – Waldhorn; sug donemail for details/address

7/14-28, 8 PM this year’s International Keyboard Festival featuring inexpensive performances by all kinds of up-and-coming and veteran talent at the Lang Recital Hall, on the 4th floor of the North Building at Hunter College. Most concerts are $10. Too many artists to list: the lineup is here

Mondays at 7 PM multi-instrumentalist Dennis Lichtman’s popular western swing band Brain Cloud at Barbes followed at 9:30 PM by a variety of tropical bands playing cumbias, boogaloo, salsa, maybe all of the above.

Mondays at the Jazz Standard it’s all Mingus, whether with the Mingus Orchestra, Big Band or Mingus Dynasty: as jazz goes, it’s arguably the most exhilarating show of the week, every week. The first-rate players always rise to the level of the material. Sets 7:30/9:30 PM, $25 and worth it.

Mondays at the Vanguard the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra – composer Jim McNeely’s reliably good big band vehicle – plays 9/11 PM, $30 per set plus drink minimum.

Mondays in July at 10 (9 PM on 7/1) at LIC Bar darkly psychedelic circus punks Yula & the Extended Family – sometimes just frontwoman/bassist Yula Beeri and her loop pedals, other times with a parade of special guests

Mondays at 10 PM noir guitar legend Jim Campilongo leads his trio at the big room at the Rockwood, $10

Mondays starting at around 10:45 PM 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 woke, 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.

Tuesdays at 9 PMclever, fiery, eclectic ten-piece Balkan/hip-hop/funk brass maniacs Slavic Soul Party at Barbes (check the club calendar). Get there as soon as you can as they’re very popular. $10 cover.

Wednesdays at 8:30 PM purposeful postbop jazz guitarist Jonathan Kreisberg leads his trio at the Bar Next Door, $12

Wednesdays at 9ish the Binky Griptite Orchestra (formerly Sharon Jones’ brilliant oldschool soul backing band) at Threes Brewing Outpost, 113 Franklin St (Greenpoint/Kent Aves) in Greenpoint, free

Most Thursdays at 8:30, the Brooklyn Raga Massive – a rotating cast of A-list Indian, jazz and rock musicians who love to jam out classic Indian themes from over the centuries to the present day – play the Jalopy, $15 adv tix at the bar at the main space. Tons of special guests followed by a wild raga jam!

Fridays and Saturdays at 5 PM adventurous indie classical string quartet Ethel plus frequent special guests playing a mix of classical and more contemporary material at the balcony bar at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, free w/museum adm

Saturdays in July, 6 PM guitar monster Jeremiah Lockwod and singer Jewlia Eisenberg’s surreal, intense klezmer/oldtime gospel guy/girl duo Book of J at Barbes

Fridays at 7:30 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.

Free classical concerts on three Saturdays: 7/6, 13 and 20 at 4 PM at Bargemusic;  usually solo piano or small chamber ensembles. If you get lucky, you’ll catch pyrotechnic violinist/music director Mark Peskanov and/or the many members of his circle. Early arrival advised.

Sundays in July, 5 PM wildly diverse multi-string player Joanna Sternberg leads a series of old and newschool jazz, folk and possibly klezmer groups on bass and guitar at Barbes

Sundays in July, 8 PM purist guitarist Peter Mazza – who gets the thumbs up from bop-era legend Gene Bertoncini – leads a series of groups at the Bar Next Door

Sundays at 9:30 PM paradigm-shifting Romany jazz/psychedelic rock guitar mastermind Stephane Wrembel leads his band at Barbes – check the club calendar just to make sure.

7/1, 6:30 PM purist postbop jazz guitarist Jocelyn Gould leads a trio at the Bar Next Door

7/1, 7:30 PM cult favorite gonzo pianist Dred Scott with his Trio at Mezzrow, $20 gen adm

7/1, 8:30 PM lyrical jazz pianist Yoko Miwa leads her trio at Birdland, $20 at the bar

7/1 9ish spiky, serpentine, hypnotic microtonal African-influenced guitar-and-drums duo 75 Dollar Bill play the album release show for their new one at Roulette, $18 adv tix rec

7/1, 9:30 PM deliriously fun accordion band Los Mochuelos play classic Colombian vallenato and oldschool cumbias at Barbes

7/2, 6:30 PM the Swingtime Big Band on the steps of the Brooklyn Public Library

7/2, 7 PM psychedelic klezmer/bluegrass mandolin and clarinet legend Andy Statman  followed at 9 by clever, fiery, eclectic ten-piece Balkan/hip-hop/funk brass maniacs Slavic Soul Party at Barbes, $10

7/2, 7 PM lyrical, incisive alto saxophonist Dave Pietro leads his group at the Provincetown Playhouse on Washington Square South, free, early arrival advised

7/2, 730 PM bassist Ernesto Holman and his Trio play Chilean jazz at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

7/2-7 8:30/10:30 PM intense, sophisticated, propulsively tuneful bassist Linda May Han Oh leads a quintet at the Vanguard

7/2, 8ish BeMaeva play their beguiling, bouncy, psychedelic Malgasy-Caribbean-soul grooves at Ferns, 166 1st Ave (10/11)

7/2, 9 PM pastoral gothic accordion art-rock with Sam Reider & the Human Hands at the small room at the Rockwood

7/2, 9ish an underground hip-hop summit at SOB’s with Gorilla Nems, Benny the Butcher, Jay Lonzo, Rick Hyde & Lil Dee, hosted by Talib Kweli , $25 adv tix rec

7/2, 9:30 PM fiery, psychedelically bluesy oldschool soul/roadhouse jamband Lizzie & the Makers at 11th St Bar

7/3, 1 PM trombonist David White‘s Jazz Orchestra at St. Peter’s Church, 54th/Lex, sug don

7/3, 6 PM intense, lyrical, politically fearless tenor saxophonist Roxy Coss lleads a quartet at the Bard Gallery, 18 W 86th St, free

7/3, 6 PM Conjunto Guantánamo play oldschool Cuban salsa on the High Line between 15th and 16th Sts – might actually feel like Guantanamo the prison

7/3, 7 PM Sephardic dance jamband Yemen Blues at Joe’s Pub, $30

7/3, 7;30 PM the Sisterhood of Swing Seven with Catherine Russell  on vocals plus Camille Thurman,saxophone; Emily Asher, trombone;Endea Owens,bass; Shirazette Tinnin, drums; Champian Fulton,piano; and Molly Ryan guitar celebrate the legacy of legendary all-female 30s swing band the Sisterhood of Swing at Damrosch Park out back of Lincoln Center, free to get into the park, $18 in advance for the dancefloor

7/3 8 PM brilliantly feral improvisational pianist Mara Rosenbloom leads her trio at I-Beam, $15

7/3, 830 PM Dervisi feat. guitar god Steve Antonakos play “exotic Greek gangsta blues” and hash-smoking anthems from the 1930s at Troost.

7/3, 9 PM Camello Feo play tropical psychedelic soul, cumbia, and hard funk at Shrine . Good original stuff

7/3. 10 PM slinky, tuneful bass monster Ayal Tsubery’s Zoo Berries psych-funk project at the big room at the Rockwood

7/4, 7:30 PM El Rey del Bajo, Bobby Valentín leads his Orchestra playing 70s Fania classics at Damrosch Park out back of Lincoln Center, free to get into the park, $18 in advance for the dancefloor

7/5, 7 PM the Casym Steel Orchestra and soca hall of famer Mighty Sparrow – see if he cancels again this time – at Springfield Park in Queens

7/4 ,10 PM the great unsung NYC hero of darkly purposeful, noir-tinged jazz guitar, Saul Rubin leads his Zebtet at the Fat Cat. He’s also here 7/9 and 7/16 at 7

7/5, 6 PM irrepressibly eclectic, deviously witty jazz pianist Misha Piatigorsky leads a trio at 55 Bar

7/5, 7:30 PM trumpeter Joe Battaglia &The New York Big Band play 30s/40s swing at Damrosch Park out back of Lincoln Center, free to get into the park, $18 in advance for the dancefloor

7/5, 7:30 PM purist postbop jazz guitarist Ed Cherry with Kyle Koehler on organ at the Bar Next Door $12

7/5, 8 PM one of New York’s most eclectic, interesting oudists, Brian Prunka leads one of his excellent projects at Barbes. He killed here last week with his Nashaz Middle Eastern band

7/5, 8:30ish conscious hip-hop artist Leikeli47 followed by Chicago hardcore mc Mick Jenkins – who had the sense to nick a Gil Scott-Heron song for the title of his latest album – at Prospect Park Bandshell

7/5, 9 PM atmospheric, cinematic drummer/composer Tim Kuhl and his groupfollowed eventually at 11 by blowtorch soul singer Lizzie Edwards of fiery, psychedelically bluesy oldschool soul/roadhouse jamband Lizzie & the Makers at Pete’s

7/5, 10:30 PM tuneful oldschool soul/jazz trombonist Dave Gibson leads his band at the Fat Cat, 7/7, same time he goes up to the big leagues at Smalls

7/5-6 10:30 PM cutting-edge, often psychedelic sax player Wayne Escoffery & Tenor Traditions at Smalls

7/6, 11 AM (in the morning) Romany jazz accordionist Albert Behar and band at the Green Dome Garden, 229 N 12th St in Williamsburg

7/6, 3:30 PM Luisa Muhr’s amazing multidisciplinary series Women Between Arts features vocalist/storyteller Crystal Penalosa,,performance artist Jill Guyon and sound artist/instrument inventorThessia Machado at Women Between Arts at the Glass Box Theatre at the New School, $12, no one turned away for lack of funds

7/6, 7 PM epic, woke, Middle Eastern rap night with Narcy, wild Palestinian hip-hop/dancehall reggae/habibi pop band 47soul and Oddissee at Prospect Park Bandshell

7/6, 7 PM cinematic noir soul instrumentalists the Ghost Funk Orchestra at Union Pool, $12

7/6, 8 PM lyrical pianist Matthew Shipp with Michael Bisio on bass at Happy Lucky No. 1 Gallery, $20

7/6, 8 PM Miss Cactus & the Desert Band play roots reggae at Silvana

7/6, 9 PM trippy, dubby roots reggae and ska sounds with Avo & Skalopy at the Jalopy Tavern

7/6, 9 PM latin-tinged hard funk band Shelley Nicole’s Blackbushe at C’Mon Everybody, $12

7/6, 9:30 PM elegant, sharply lyrical parlor pop stylist Heather Eatman followed eventually at 11:306 by dark gutter blues band Fife & Drom at Freddy’s, Avoid the putrid, whiny band in between at all costs

7/6, 10 PM epic ranchera/bolero brass crew Banda de los Muertos at Barbes

7/7, 1/3 PM indie classical ensemble Sandbox Percussion play works of Julia Wolfe, Steve Reich, Jonny Allen, Andy Akiho,Victor Caccese, Elliot Cole and a world premiere by Brendon Randall-Myers in the park on Governors Island,

7/7, 1 PM B3 organ genius Greg Lewis and similar jazz guitarist Marvin Sewell play brunch at Bar Lunatico. Theyr’e back on the 21st; Lewis is also here on the 16th at 9 doing his Juke Joint Jelis project with badass singer Brianna Thomas

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

7/7, 3 PM Christina Conroy plays the Irish harp at Jefferson Market Garden in the west village. She’s also here at 10 AM (in the morning) on 7/21

7/7, 6 PM Raf Vertessen on drums, Anna Webber on sax and Adam O’Farrillo on trumpet duel at Downtown Music Gallery

7/7, 7 PM accordion genius Shoko Nagai ’s haunting, increasingly loud and psychedelic Tokala Silk Road/klezmer mashup project  followed by paradigm-shifting Romany jazz/psychedelic rock guitar mastermind Stephane Wrembel at Barbes

7/7 7 PM exotic vibraphone-driven surf band the Vibro-jets at LIC Bar

7/7, 7 PM Aztec Sun play hard funk at Pier One on the upper west side

7/7, 7 PM  soca hall of famer the Mighty Sparrow in a very very rare intimate show at Joe’s Pub, $25

7/7, 7 PM the Seed of Enchantment play flamenco at Silvana

7/7, 8 PM perennially tuneful, pensively lyrical Americana janglerocker Mike Ferrio of Tandy and Good Luck Mountain at 11th St. Bar

7/8, 6 PM the Greenpoint Songwriters Exchange – a diverse bunch playing everything from folk noir to Costelloesque, literatry rock to Indian ragas and oldschool soul – at Pete’s

7/8, 7 PM  tuneful postbop pianist Jim Ridl leads his group from behind the Rhodats at 55 Bar

7/8, 9 PM hard honkytonk band Alan Lee & the Whiskey Bumps at Bar Chord

7/8. 9 PM psycho mambo band Gato Loco bandleader and bass sax monster Stefan Zeniuk followed by darkly psychedelic circus punks Yula & the Extended Family at LIC Bar

7/8, 9 PM smartly lyrical, eclectically tuneful 70s British style pub/punk rockers Binky Phillips & the Planets at Arlene’s, free

7/8, 10ish the NYC Gaita Club – a Bulla en el Barrio spinoff – play rustically pounding Afro-Colombian trance-dance music at Barbes

7/8, 11 PM lo-fi newschool psychedelic band Gringo Star at the Mercury, $10 adv ti xrec

7/9, 6:30 PM Fleure Seule play continental swing on the steps of the Brooklyn Public Library

7/9, 7 PM Greg Lewis’ brilliant, fearlessly political Organ Monk Trio at the NYU Provincetown Playhouse on Washington Sq S, free

7/9,  7 PM eclectic, hard-hitting, lyrical composer/tenor saxophonist Stan Killian at 55 Bar

7/9, 7 PM trombonist Craig Harris plays solo in the Rose Garden at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, free. Presumably this will be a peaceful set.

7/9, 7:30 PM a rare NYC appearance by Brazilian rainforest song chanteuse Elba Ramalho,“The Queen of Forró,” at Damrosch Park out back of Lincoln Center, free to get into the park, $18 in advance for the dancefloor

7/9, 7:30 PM the ferocious Matt Nelson, soprano and tenor saxophones and Ron Stabinsky on piano improvise at Arete Gallery, $15

7/9-14, 8/1030 PM iconic bassist Ron Carter leads a quartet with Jimmy Greene on tenor and Renee Rosnes on piano at the Blue Note, $30 standind room avail

7/9 8:30 PM transgressively funny postbop saxophonist Jon Irabagon with Peter Brendler on bass and Mark Ferber on drums at the Bar Next Door, $12

7/9, 8:30 PM irrepressible improvisational violinist  Pauline Kim Harris leads a series of ensembles at the Stone, $20. Choice pick; 7/10 leading a massive stirng jazz ensemble

7/9, 9 PM ferociously dynamic, tuneful, female-fronted power trio Castle Black play the album release show for their new one at Muchmore’s, $7

7/9, 9ish soul-rockers NO ICE‘s charismatic frontman Jamie Frey at Freddy’s

7/9, 9:30 PM catchy, slinky psychedelic funk/punk band Eliza & the Organix at City Winery, $10

7/10, noon  Dingonek Street Band play second line, Afrobeat, Ethio-jazz,  and the L Train Brass Band – who never show up when you need them – at Lincoln Square Park on the upper west

7/10, 1 PM classy, cinematic NZ jazz pianist Alan Broadbent plays the album release show for his new one with his trio at St. Peter’s Church, 54th/Lex, sug don

7/10, 6 PM charmingy edgy all-female latin tropicalia dance band Ladama at Madison Square Park

7/10, 7 PM the Venice Baroque Orchestra make a rare outdoor NYC appearance playing works by Handel, Vivaldi and others at Temple Emmanu-El, 1 E 65th St, free, rsvp req

7/10 7 PM the Rich Shemaria Big Band w/vibraphonist Mike Mainieri at the NYU Provincetown Playhouse on Washington Sq S, free, They’re back here on 7/17

7/10, 7 PM  psychedelic Brazilian band Os Clavelitos at the small room at the Rockwood

7/10, 7:30 PM the mighty, Middle Eastern-tinged Eyal Vilner Big Band with special guest Brianna Thomas burning down the house on vocals at Damrosch Park out back of Lincoln Center, free to get into the park, $18 in advance for the dancefloor

7/10, 8 PM intense Balkan chanteuse Jenny Luna‘s haunting, traditional Turkish band Dolunay  at Barbes

7/11, 6 PM sharply lyrical, seriously woke southwestern gothic/Americana songwriter Tom Shaner at the LIC Landing in Hunter’s Point South Park, 51st Ave and Center Boulevard in LIC, 7 to Vernon-Jackson and walk to the water

7/11, 6:30 PM irrepressible 60s-style blue-eyed soul singer Eli “Paperboy” Reed under the Manhattan Bridge archway in Dumbo

7/11, 6:30 PM saxophonist TK Blue leads a killer quintet with Sharp Radway on piano playing a Randy Weston tribute at Socrates Sculpture Park

7/11, 7 PM sweeping, swinging vibraphonist Behn Gillece and group at the Fat Cat

7/11, 7 PM soaringly explosive jazz composer/torch singer Nicole Zuraitis at 55 Bar

7/11, 7:30 PM brilliant blues guitarist, above-average bassist, strongly tuneful blues songwriter and badass singer Celisse Henderson at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

7/11, 7:30 PM avant garde vocal summit with Amirtha Kidambi Jean Carla Rodea, Jasmine Wilson and Stephanie Lamprea at the Church of St. Luke and St. Matthew, 520 Clinton Ave, just off Fulton ,Ft. Greene, C to Clinton-Washington, $10

7/11, 7:30 PM Shirley Alston Reeves – lead singer of the Shirelles, you know, the Phil Spector-produced 60s girlgroup – at the bandshell in Forest Park, Woodhaven Blvd, Queens, closest train is the 121st St. stop

7/11, 7:30 PM Argentine pianist Analía Goldberg’s tango Sextet at Damrosch Park out back of Lincoln Center, free to get into the park, $18 in advance for the dancefloor

7/11, 8 PM  dark cabaret/Romany song legend Sanda Weigl and her band followed by eclectic, electric, guitarishly excellent C&W/blues band the Jug Addicts at Barbes

7/11, 8 PM rising star sax player Anna Webber leads a chordless trio followed at 9 by Hearing Things keyboard sorcerer JP Schlegelmilch leading a quartet with Dana Lyn – violin; Jake Charkey – cello at Happy Lucky No. 1 Gallery, $20

7/11, 8 PM female-fronted Colombian rock en Espanol vets Aterciopelados at Queensbridge Park,

7/11, 9 PM B3 organist Pat Bianchi leads his trio at Bar Lunatico

7/11, 9:30 PM mathrock band Faster Than Light, singer Hannah Fairchild’s explosive, lyrically brilliant noir punk power trio Hannah vs. the Many and and colorful, Bowie-esque female-fronted glamrockers the Manimals at the Nest, 504 Flatbush Ave, B/D/Q to Prospet Park, $8

7/11, 10 PM anthemic Iron Maiden-style metal band the Blackfires at the Mercury, $10 adv tix

7/11, 10 PM  fiery, deviously fun oldtimey swing guitarist/crooner Seth Kessel & the Two Cent Band  at Skinny Dennis.

7/11, 9 PM guitar goddess Barbara Endes’ exhilarating psychedelic janglerock band Girls on Grass followed at 10 by explosive, creepy, colorful psychedelic rembetiko metal band Greek Judas at Niagara upstairs, Ave. A/7th St.

7/11, 11 PM the Naked Gypsy Queens play a mashup of AC/DC and gutter blues at the small room at the Rockwood

7/12, 5:30 PM elegantly angst-fueled, individualistic torchsong/parlor pop piano songwriter Jeanne Marie Boes at the American Folk Art Museum. She’s also at LIC Bar on 7/14 at 4 PM

7/12, 7 PM ornate, shreddy metal instrumentalists Shadow Eden at the Delancey, $10

7/12, 7:30 rock en Espanol night, in reverse order: latin soul singer Gaby Moreno with  soaring, epic all-female mariachi/tropicalia orchestra Mariachi Flor de Toloache , anthemic janglerock/stadium rock band Enjambre and folksinger El David Aguilar at Prospect Park Bandshell

7/12, 7:30/9:30 PM darkly sweeping, cinematic singer/composer Jihye Lee and her Orchestra at the Jazz Gallery, $25

7/12-13, 7:30 PM drummer Sylvia Cuenca leads a killer quintet with Ralph Bowen on tenor and Jared Gold on organ at Smals

7/12, 7:30 PM Maria Muldaur  – yeah, her, Midnight at the Oasis – sings a Blue Lu Barker tribute and more at Damrosch Park out back of Lincoln Center, free to get into the park, $18 in advance for the dancefloor

7/12, 8 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 followed by Los Cumpleanos – with Nestor Gomez – vox/percussion; Lautaro Burgos – drums; Eric Lane – keyboards; Alex Asher – trombone and others playing trippy, dubwise tropical psychedelia at Barbes

7/12-13, 8/10 PM powerful jazz belter – and Gil Scott-Heron reinventor –  Charenee Wade leads her group at Ginny’s Supper Club, $20

7/12, 8 PM veteran Argentine folksinger Leon Gieco at Queensbridge Park

7/12 9 PM honkytonk guitarslinger Danny Weiss and charming singer Mary Olive Smith’s oldschool C&W band Stillhouse Serenade at Sunny’s

7/12, 10 PM Mamita Peyote play female-fronted tropical psychedelia at Silvana

7/13, 3 PM gamelanesque percussion innovator Susie Ibarra leads the DreamTime Ensemble in the performance of her new suite Fragility: A Game of Polyrhythms in front ot Building 10A in the park in the middle of Governors Island, free, $3 roundtrip ferries leave Manhattan on the half hour. Ibarra is also at Issue Project Room on 7/27 at 8 for $20/$15 stud/srs

7/13, 3 PM Video Music Box founder and hip-hop legend Ralph McDaniels emcees an afternoon at Socrates Scuulpture Park

7/13, 4 PM ish clever female-fronted Colombian hip-hop group Choc Quib Town at Central Park Summerstage

7/13, 6 PM a hall of fame guitar summit: Big Lazy‘s noir mastermind Steve Ulrich and the eclectic, psychedelic, Hasidic and Malian-inspired Jeremiah Lockwood at Barbes

7/13, 7:30 PM a Hindustani trio with Gauri Niwargi – vocal; Tarit Mazumder – tabla; Arjun Ramakrishnan – harmonium followed by santoorist Vinay Desai at the Chhandayan Center for Indian Music  $20

7/13, 7:30 PM retro swing with the Harlem Renaissance Orchestra playing their 15th annual tribute to Illinois Jacquet at Damrosch Park out back of Lincoln Center, free to get into the park, $18 in advance for the dancefloor

7/13, 7:30 PM cynical punk glam/powerpop band the Right Offs at the Delancey, $10

7/13, 8 PM the Bright Smoke – imagine a more psychedelic, slower, more lingering, female-fronted Joy Division – at the small room at the Rockwood followed eventually at 1 AM (wee hours of 7/14) by jaggedly jangly rockers the Twenty Sevens . The Bright Smoke are also at Littlefield playing the album release show for their amazing new one on 7/27, time/price tba

7/13, 8 PM eclectic. energetic Ecuadorian folk group Andes Manta accompany Ayazamana dance company’s performance of traditional repertoire at Sinatra School of the Arts,  35-12 35th Avenue, Astoria, N to 36th Ave, ,$25/$20 stud/srs

7/13, 8 PM  haunting folk noir/Americana songwriter Emily Frembgen at the Owl

7/13, 9 PM Maggie Carson of Spirit Family Reunion and disgruntled Americana band the Horse-Eyed Men at the Jalopy, $10

7/13, 10 PM Yanga play Afro-Caribbean punk-folk at Barbes

7/13, 10 PM Hollywood’s Dan Finnerty leads his savagely hilarious top 40 parody group the Dan Band at Joe’s Pub,, $25

7/13, 11 PM ferocious psychedelic guitarist Debra Devi, at the Fox & Crow,  594 Palisade Ave in Jersey City Heights

7/14 noon the Rockaway Beach Music Festival all down the peninsula, acts tba, not announced yet but a schedule is supposed to be up at some point, Ostensibly a bunch of good surf acts (including one named after a Chicha Libre song) and a bunch of indie posers as well are on the bill

7/14, the annual Bastille Day festival along 60th St. starts at 12:45 PM with charmingly inscrutable Parisienne jazz chanteuse Chloe & the French Heart Jazz Band followed at 2 by  chanteuse/uke player Dahlia Dumont’s bouncy, tropically-tinged Blue Dahlia  and at 3 by Brooklyn’s original punk Balkan horn group Hungry March Band,

7/14, 1 PM  low-key deep-Brooklyn sounds with Naomi Shelton & the Gospel Queens playing a gospel brunch show at Bar Lunatico.. They’re back on the 28th

7/14, 3 PM spiky, serpentine, hypnotic microtonal African-influenced guitar-and-drums duo 75 Dollar Bill  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

7/14, 3 PMish intense, purposeful, scorching guitarist Ava Mendoza and her band at Union Pool, free

7/14, 4 PM a killer triplebill in the backyard at LIC Bar: elegantly angst-fueled, individualistic torchsong/parlor pop piano songwriter Jeanne Marie Boes  entertainingly shuffling, harmony-driven jug band the Salt Cracker Crazie, and powerhouse retro 60s soul singer Meah Pace and her killer band

7/14, 5 PM stride pianist Spike Willner – Mr. Smalls and Mezzrow – plays a rare free solo show at Mezzrow . He’s back here on the 21st and 28th.

7/14. 6:30 PM 20s/30s swing purists the David Berger Jazz Orchestra at Birdland, $30

7/14, 7 PM noir guitar legend Jim Campilongo leads his trio  at 55 Bar

7/14, 7 PM dynamic accordionist Rob Curto’s Forro for All play dusky Brazilian rainforest folk at Pier One on the upper west side

7/14, 7:30 PM elegantly tuneful duets between guitarist Nate Radley and Gary Versace on piano at Mezzrow, $20

7/14, 8 PM pianist Jerome Rose plays works by Schumann, Chopin and Brahms at Merkin Concert Hall, $20

7/14, 8 PM dark blues/folk noir/oldschool soul songwriter Kelley Swindall at 11th St. Bar

7/14, 9 PM Arki play psychedelic, funky Ethiopian grooves at Silvana

7/14, 9:30 PM Miriam Phyro sings an Edith Piaf tribute at Joe’s Pub, $15

7/14, 10:30 PM  noir-inspired alto saxophonist/composer Nick Hempton leads his ensemble at Smalls

7/15, 7 PM astonishingly prolific and acerbic guitarist Mary​ ​Halvorson‘s Thumbscrew at the NYU Provincetown Playhouse on Washington Sq S, free

7/15, 7:30 PM the Jimi Hendrix of the cuatro, Jorge Glem leads a jazz trio with Ari Hoenig on drums at Smalls

7/15-17, 8/10:30 PM pyrotechnic soprano/tenor saxophonist James Carter leads his combo at the Blue Note, $20 standing room avail,

7/15, 9 PM legendary dual-reedman George Braith – who can play two saxes at once better than most guys can play one – leads his quartet at the Fat Cat

7/15. 9:30ish vibraphonist Felipe Fournier‘s wild Tito Puente and Dave Brubeck cover band, Supermambo at  at Barbes

7/16, 6 PM tabla wizard Samir Chaterjee leads a jam celebrating the guru-student tradition at the Chhandayan Center for Indian Music  free

7/16, 6:30 PM hard-hitting, brass-fueled female-fronted newschool latin soul/boogaloo dance band Spanglish Fly on the steps of the Brooklyn Public Library

7/16, 7:30/9:30 PM the haunting, smokily atmospheric Michael Leonhart Orchestra at the Jazz Standard, $30

7/16, 7:30 PM jazz chanteuse Carolyn Leonhart with lyrical, latin-tinged pianist  Helen Sung at Mezzrow, $20 gen adm

7/16, 8 PM pianist George Li plays works by Beethoven and Schumann at Merkin Concert Hall, $20

7/16-21, 8;30.10:30 PM this era’s arguably best jazz pianist, Vijay Iyer leads his quintet at the Vanguard

7/16, 9 PM bassist Max Johnson’s Heroes Trio with Jason Rigby on saxophone, Jeff Davis on drums playing  “compositions by the great bassists and heroes, past and present, such as Jimmy Garrison, Henry Grimes, Charlie Haden, Mark Dresser, Slam Stewart and many more” at Bar Chord

7/16 ferociously dynamic, tuneful, female-fronted power trio Castle Black  at Gold Sounds.

7/17, 1 PM Jambalaya Brass Band spinoff Ralph Hamperian’s Tuba D’Amore at St. Peter’s Church, 54th/Lex, sug don, bring on those lows!

7.17, 7 PM adventurous cellist Brent Arnold and tabla master Aditya Kalyanpur at the Rubin Museum of art, $22 adv tix rec

7/17, 7/9:30 PM beardo Americana road warriors Okkervill River at City Winery, $25 standing room vail

7/17, 7:30/9:30 PM  fearlessly political, tuneful trombonist/composer Ryan Keberle & Catharsis at the Jazz Standard, $30

7/17, 8 PM spaghetti western punk with Snakeskin Skull followed by unpredictably fun, funny psychedelic art-rock band the Academy Blues Project at LIC Bar

7/17, 8 PM tuneful, terse tenor saxophonist Ayumi Ishito and her excellent group at Erv’s on Beekman,2122 Beekman Ph, Prospect Lefferts Gardens, B/D to Prospect Pk

7/17, 9 PM harmony-driven, Leonard Cohen-influenced songwriter Jim Andralis & the Syntonics at 11th St Bar

7/17, 10 PM catchy, fun guy/girl indie soul band Sunshine Nights at the Parkside

7/17, 10 PM lyrical Israeli jazz pianist Anat Fort leads her trio at Birdland, $20

7/18, noon the thunderous hip-hop influenced Brooklyn United Drumline and seriously woke psychedelic soul with Fantastic Negrito at Metrotech Park in downtown Brooklyn

7/18, half past noon the self-explanatory, reliably adrenalizing, surprisingly dynamic Gypsy Jazz Caravan at St. Marks Park, 2nd Ave/10th

7/18, 6:30 PM Colombian trance-dance band Kombilesa Mi under the Manhattan Bridge archway in Dumbo

7/18, 6:30 PM Lisa Hoppe on bass with Kalia Vandever on trombone and Dayeon Seok on drums at the Bar Next Door. Kinetic, funky, globally influenced, strange and fun stuff.

7/18, 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

7/18, 7 PM A Far Cry play works by Muffat, Caroline Shaw, Beecher and Tschaikovsky at Temple Emanu-El, Fifth Avenue at 65th Stl free, rsvp req

7/18, 7:30 PM Americana rockers Darlingside and acoustic Americana supergroup I’m with Her – Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz and Aoife O’Donovan – at Prospect Park Bandshell

7/18, 8:30 PM purist CBs style female-fronted powerpopsters the Carvels NYC – a rare rock band with sax that’s actually good – and ferocious, twin guitar-fueled, Radio Birdman-esque psychedelic punks the Electric Mess at Berlin, $12

7/18, 8:30 PM Dervisi feat. guitar god Steve Antonakos play “exotic Greek gangsta blues” and hash-smoking anthems at Espresso 77, 35-57 77th Street (just off of 37th Ave), Jackson Heights

7/18, 9ish tango pianist Pablo Estigarribia at the Owl

7/19, 5:30 PM soaring 20s hot jazz with Sweet Megg & the Wayfarers outside the Old Stone House in Byrne Park in Park Slope, free

7/19, 6 PM terse, intense, individualistic, often hypnotic acoustic songwriter Kalyani Singh at the American Folk Art Museum. One of this blog’s new favorites.

7/19, 7 PM the Salsa Warriors at the Unisphere in Flushing Meadows Corona Park

7/19, 7:30/9:30 PM cinematic, noir-tinged singer/bandleader Nerissa Campbell at the Jazz Gallery, $20

7/19, 7:30 PM the Orchestra of St. Luke’s play new works by Viet Cuong, James Diaz, José Martinez, and Liza Sobel at the DiMenna Center, $20

7/19-20, 7:30 PM reliably tuneful multi-saxophonist John Ellis leads a quartet at Smalls

7/19, 8 PM dusky, rustic Brazilian jungle guitar-and-accordion sounds with Regional de NY followed by deliriously fun accordion band Los Mochuelos playing classic Colombian vallenato and oldschool cumbias at Barbess. If there’s any band in town who deserve a Friday night slot it’s these guys.

7/19, 8 PM pianist Vadym Kholodenko plays works by Tschaikovsky, Mozart and Beethoven at Merkin Concert Hall, $20

7/19, 8 PM Natacha Diels premieres her new suite Sad Music for Lonely People, “a series of recent works involving inspirational quotes, messages from another world, and a step-by-step guide to using heavy machinery in healing rituals featuring NYC outdoor noise field recordings,” followed by Michael Morley’s Music for the Never Quartet – played on bowed acoustic guitars – at Issue Project Room, $15/$12 stud/srs. The program repeats on 7/20 with Ursula Scherrer & composer Michael Schumacher doing a similar found-sound project in place of Dielss

7/19-20, 8 PM purposeful guitarist/Monk reinventor Miles Okazaki leads a quartet with Caroline Davis on sax at Happy Lucky No.1 Gallery, $20

7/19,, 8:30 PM noir Americana songwriter Eilen Jewell and her amazing guitar-driven band at City Winery, $20 standing rom avail

7/19, 10:30 PM rising star bassist Zaccai Curtis leads his band at the Fat Cat

7/20, noon purist CBs style female-fronted powerpopsters the Carvels NYC – a rare rock band with sax that’s actually good –  at Bay 9 East at Riis Park in the Rockaways

7/20. 5 PMish bfilliantly lyrical, torchy oldtimey songwriter Robin Aigner‘s torchy oldtimey bass-and-vocal duo Hello Bittersweet and the washboard-and-banjo driven Homestead St. Band at the Gowanus Dredgers Society Boathouse, free

7/20, 5 PM psychedelic cumbia/reggaeton bandleader Ana Tijoux at Corporal Thompson Park in Staten Island

7/20, 5:30 PM soul/gospel belter (and Lenny Molotov collaborator) Queen Esther at the American Folk Art Museum 7/30 at 9 she’s at Sunny’s

7/20, 7 PM darkly torchy swing band Davina & the Vagabonds at Kingsborough Community College auditorium, 2001 Oriental Boulevard, Manhatttan Beach, Q to Brighton Beach and about a 15 minute walk. They’re at Iridium on 7/24 at 7:30 for

7/20, 8 PM teen banjo sensation Little Nora Brown followed by brilliant, historically spot-on oldtime blues guitar/banjo/piano genius Jerron Blind Boy Paxton;; afterward they duet at the Jalopy, $20

7/20, 8 PM oignant, eclectic, lyrical jazz bassist/composer Pedro Giraudo’s tango quartet at Barbes

7/20. 8 PM Trio Casals play contemporary composers David Nisbet Stewart, Emma-Ruth Richards, Joanne D. Carey, Allyson B. Wells, L Peter Deutsch, Christopher Brakel, Clare Shore, Keith Kramer, and Mathew Fuerst. at Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, $25

7/20, 8 PM  riveting, populist tenor sax visionary/improviser Matana Roberts; iconic Wilco guitar noisemaker Nels Cline with harpist Zeena Parkins, and ascinatingly lyrical, individualistic pianist Sylvie Courvoisier wither her trio (Drew Gress and Kenny Wollesen) at Roulette, $30 adv tix rec

7/20, 8 PM a good tunesmith twinbill: cleverly lyrical, edgily funny, soaring-voiced powerpop/acoustic rock singer Tamara Hey  followed by the much darker, more eclectic  Lorraine Leckie at Pete’s

7/20. 7 PM underground hip-hop at a fashion show: sharply observational, weeded-out emcees Akin Haynes and the MIserable Genius, and vintage 90s style hardcore wih Magnetic the Shaman, plus a bumch of autotune corporate pop acts at 320B Canal St (Bwy/Church), free

7/20, 8ish NYC Americana vet Samoa Wilson, and eclectic, tuneful folk noir accordionist/guitarist/songwriter Ali Dineen at the Owl

7/20, 9 PM popular third-wave garage rockers the Mooney Suzuki at the Mercury, $20 gen adm. Be aware that the 7/19 show is sold out

7/20 9 PM pianist Alon Goldstein plays works by Beethoven, Bernstein, Schumamn and Avner Dorman at Merkin Concert Hall, $20

7/20, 9 PM Alloy Orchestra play a live score to the 1925 German silent film Varieté at Prospect Park Bandshell

7/21, noon feral singer Carolina Oliveros’ mighty 13-piece Afro-Colombian trance/dance choir Bulla en el Barrio at Flushing Town Hall, $16, $10 stud/srs, 13-18 w/NYC school ID get in free

7/21 time tba (afternoon) spellbinding all-female Bulgarian vocal harmony trio Black Sea Hotel sing a house concert in Greenpoint, $15 seats avail, email for location/deets, bbq to follow, weather permitting

7/21, 2 PM ish the Fogo Azul Women’s Drumline play thunderous Brazilian rhythms at the Rubin Museum of Art, free, museum open free all day

7/21, 4 PM pianist Vladimir Feltsman plays works by Chopin and Beethoven at Merkin Concert Hall, $20

7/21, 7 PM sarod virtuosos Amaan Ali Bangash and Ayaan Ali Bangashat Joe’s Pub, $15

7/21, 7 PM tuneful, state-of-the-art postbop jazz guitarist Will Bernard and band play Strayhorn followed at 9:30 by Romany jazz/psychedelic rock guitar mastermind Stephane Wrembel at Barbes

7/21, 7 PM hilarious, smartly political faux-French retro 60s psych-pop band les Sans Culottes at the Mercury, $10 adv tix rec

7/21, 7 PM high-voltage psychedelic cumbia/Afrobeat jamband MAKU Soundsystem at Pier One on the upper west side

7/21 7 PM the Bhangra Jazz Trio with percussionist Deep Singh and klezmer trumpet icon Frank London at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, free

7/21. 8 PM adventurously tuneful bassist Lisa Hoppe‘s Third Reality at Scholes St Studios, $10

7/21, 8 PM in reverse order: John Zorn’s Simulacrum (John Medeski, Matt Hollenberg and Kenny Grohowski); gothic rock legend JG Thirlwell; John Medeski; Val Jeanty and Fay Victor at Roulette, $30 adv tix rec

7/21, 9 PM awesome, female-fronted, kinda funky Turkish psychedelic band Altin Gun at Rough Trade, $15 gen adm. Really love this band.

7/21, 9 PM smart purist jams with tenor and baritone sax: the Sam Dillon/Frank Basile group at the Fat Cat

7/21, 11 PM pensive, purposeful Slavic jazz guitarist Martina Fiserova at the small room at the Rockwood

/22, 7 PM Rolling Stones tenor saxophonist Tim Ries‘ Universal Spirits at the NYU Provincetown Playhouse on Washington Sq S, free

7/22, 9 PM darkly torchy southwestern gothic/Europolitan songwriter/guitarist Miwa Gemini followed by darkly psychedelic circus punks Yula & the Extended Family at LIC Bar

7/23, 6:30 PM dusky Brazilian rainforest folk with Rafael Piccolotto de Lima’s Forró Sem Palavras on the steps of the Brooklyn Public Library

7/23, 7 PM the Slavo Rican Asssembly mash up salsa and Balkan sounds at Gantry Plaza State Park in Long Island City

7/23-24, 7:30 PM the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra with soloist Vilde Frang play Beethoven’s Violin Concerto and Eroica Symphony at Avery Fisher Hall, $35

7/23, 8 PM virtuoso Egyptian accordionist Nabawy leads a killer band with Sami Abu Shumays – violin and Zafer Tawil – oud at Sisters Brooklyn, 900 Fulton St. at Lafayette, C to Clinton-Washington, sug don

7/23-28, 8:30/10:30 PM lyrical jazz piano icon Fred Hersch   leads his trio at the Vanguard

7/23, 9 PM brooding cello slowcore songs with Meaner Pencil at Freddy’s

7/23, 9 PM wickedly torchy noir songwriter Julia Haltigan and her killer band on her old home turf at 11th St Bar

7/23, 9 PM smartly tuneful oldschool soul/psych-pop songwriter Mimi Oz at the small room at the Rockwood

7/24, 5:30 PM kickoff night of the annual Bryant Park Accordion Festival, It continues on 7/31, same time. Last year’s was off the hook

7/24, 7 PM powerhouse all-female swing harmony trio the Ladybugs at Birdland, $20

7/25, 5 PM Junior Marvin’s version of what’s left of Bob Marley’s group the Wailers on the plaza outdoors at NJPAC in Newark

7/25, noon ecsatic Mardi Gras funk band Cha Wa at Metrotech Park in downtown Brooklyn. The following night 7/26 they’re at Bryant Park at 7

7/25, half past noon accordion genius Shoko Nagai’s haunting, increasingly loud and psychedelic Tokala Silk Road/klezmer mashup project at St. Marks Park, 2nd Ave/10th St

7/25, 5 PM powerhouse oldschool-style soul husband-wife team the War & Treaty at Wagner Park on the river north and west of Battery Park

7/25, 7 PM eclectic, politically fearless tropical rock band La Santa Cecilia at Damrosch Park

7/25, 7:30 PM International Contemporary Ensemble play works by Fure & Thorvaldsdottir at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

7/25, 7:30/9:30 PM a string quattet plus drums play new string jazz works by Ethan Helm, Nathan Parker Smith and the brilliant Miho Hazama at the Jazz Gallery, $15

7/25, 8:30 PM glimmering, noir-inspired vibraphonist Tom Beckham on vibes leads a trio with Nate Radley on guitar at the Bar Next Door, $12

7/25, 9ish fearless, historically-inspired badlands gothic songstress and powerful singer Karen Dahlstrom – possibly the only writer to record an oldtime Idaho-themed album – and ubiquitous, moodily lyrical, politically savvy Irish folk-rocker Niall Connolly at the basement room at the Rockwood, $10. Avoid the generic goth dude opening the show at 8:30

7/25 9 PM colorful saxophonist Michael Blake with a string section (!?!?!) at Bar Lunatico

7/25, 8ish brilliant, soaring south Indian chanteuse Falu and her eclectic, relatively hard-rocking 90s band Karyshma Collective at the Poisson Rouge, $15 adv tix rec

7/25, 10 PM drummer Arthur Vint & Associates reinvent classic Morricone spaghetti western soundtracks at Barbes

7/26, 7 PM magically spiky tropical psychedelic band Inti & the Moon on the water at 125th Street and Marginal Street at the West Harlem Piers

7/26, 7 PM individualistic Belgian cello rocker/improviser Helen Gillet followed by Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy at Damrosch Park

7/26, 7 PM salsa romantica with Los Hermanos Moreno and crooner Lalo Rodriguez at Soundview Park in the Bronx

7/26-27, 7:30 PM the Mostly Mozart Festival String Orchestra play Bartok’s Romanian Folk Dances and Vivaldi’s Four Seasons at Avery Fisher Hall, $35

7/26, 8 PM  art-rocker Pierre de Gaillande’s Bad Reputation playing witty chamber pop English translations of Georges Brassens classics followed at 10 by the world’s creepiest, slinkiest, most blackly funny crime jazz/film noir band, Big Lazy at Barbes

7/26, 8 PM erudite, purist torchy cosmopolitan jazz chanteuse Svetlana & the Delancey 5 at Flushing Town Hall $16, $10 stud/srs, 13-18 w/NYC school ID get in free

7/26-27, 8 PM iconic guitar noisemaker Nels Cline leads his trio at Happy Lucky No. 1 Gallery, $20. Ingrid Laubrock joins them on the 27th.

7/26, 9 PM singer Carmela Ramirez‘s seven-piece Afro-Peruvian group Festejation at Bar Lunatico

7/26, 11 PM badass cello metal/punk rock cellist Polly Panic at the Way Station

7/27, 3 PM the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra play Mozart’s Gran Partita at St. Paul’s Chapel Downtown, free, get there early

7/27, 6 PM guitar monster Jeremiah Lockwod and singer Jewlia Eisenberg’s surreal, intense klezmer/oldtime gospel guy/girl duo Book of J followed at 8 by pianist Lucian Ban and violist Mat Maneri playing their creepy Transylvanian jazz and at 10 by amazingly fun, noirish, psychedelic surf/cinematic  trio Hearing Things at Barbes

7/27, 7 PM sitar and vocals- Supratik Sengupta and Kasturi Bandopadhya at the Chhandayan Center for Indian Music  $20

7/27, 7 PM iconic singer Penelope Houston‘s legendary, still-relevant first-wave punk band the Avengers at El Cortez, $tba. It ws twenty bucks last time.

7/27, 7 PM walk through Green-Wood Cemetery to a collaboration between haphazardly psychedelic Afrobeat-influenced psych-punk guitarist/bandleader Yonatan Gat and Native American drum-and-dance group the Eastern Medicine Singers, $25

7/27, 7 PM in reverse order at Damrosch Park: ubiquitous pan-latin psychedelic guitar god Adrian Quesada leads a Texas soul band with vocalists Jonny Benavidez, Eric Burton, Kam Franklin, Johnny Hernandez, Ruben Ramos, and Paul Schaldal James Brown contemporaries Lee Fields & the Expressions and darkly psychedelic soul band the Black Pumas

7/27, 9ish legendary, intense former Come bandleader and haunting indie-psych guitarist Thalia Zedek at Troost

7/27, 11 PM ishhauntingly noisy/ambient cellist Leila Bordreuil plays the album release show for her debut, Headflush at Fridman Gallery, 169 Bowery, $20

7/28, starting at noon music and dance from all over the world including but not limited to the Ukrainian Village Voices, Diwas Gurung playing Nepalese tunes, and tar lute player Khurshed Alidodov playing haunting Iranian Parmi music and more at the Lefferts Historic House in Prospect Park

7/28, 3 PM ish  pyrotechnic clarinetist and Dave Tarras protege Michael Winograd & the Honorable Mentshn, and psychedelic Incan folk band Inkarayku on the plaza at Lincoln Center

7/28, 7 PM in reverse order at Damrosch Park: salsa dura bands Las Caras Lindas de Mi Gente Negra featuring Moncho Rivera, Cita Rodriguez (daughter of the great El Conde) & Su Banda, and allstar percussionist Carlitos Padron & Su Banda

7/28, 7 PM retro continental swing sounds with singer Tatiana Eva-Marie & the Avalon Jazz Band at Pier One on the upper west side

7/28, 7 PM brilliant steel guitarist Mike Neer’s Steelonious – who do Monk covers in the same vein as Buddy Emmons –   followed at 9:30  by Romany jazz/psychedelic rock guitar mastermind Stephane Wrembel at Barbes

7/28, 9 PM Brain Cloud frontwoman Tamar Korn‘s charming torch-swing band Kornucopia at Sunny’s

7/29, 7 PM violinist, Gregory Harrington plus cellists, Eleanor Norton and Zsaz Rutkowski and Brandon Lewis on drums reinvent material “from Bach to Bocelli, from Coltrane to Cohen” and many other musical styles at the Irish Repertory Theatre, 132 W 22nd Str $25

7/29, 10ish feral singer Carolina Oliveros’ mighty 13-piece Afro-Colombian trance/dance choir Bulla en el Barrio at Barbes

7/29, mdnight boisterously funny oldschool 60s C&W and brooding southwestern gothic with the Jack Grace Band at the Ear Inn

7/30, 7 PM the Underground Spiritual Ground, a new supergroup and Anbessa Orchestra spinoff exploring the connection between African-American spirituals, Ethiopian and Caribbean music followed by clever, fiery, eclectic ten-piece Balkan/hip-hop/funk brass maniacs Slavic Soul Party at Barbes

7/30, 7 PM the Cold Club of Queens play hot 20s jazz at Gantry Plaza State Park in Long Island City

7/30. 7 PM the Orchestra of St. Luke’s play works by anna Clyne, Florence Pryce, Samuel Barber and otehs at Temple Emanu-El, Fifth Avenue at 65th St, free rsvp req

7/30-31, 7:30 PM the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra play two Mozart works and Brahms’ Symphony No.3 at Avery Fisher Hall, $35

7/31, noon the Catahoula Cajun Band and percussive, trance-inducing, bitingly tuneful, Middle Eastern-tinged female-fronted jamband SisterMonk at Lincoln Square Park on the upper west

7/31, 1 PM veteran postbop guitar sage Peter Leitch‘s New Life Orchestra at St. Peter’s Church, 54th/Lex, sug don

7/31, 7 PM salsa romantica with Edgar Joel and Ray de la Paz at Crotona Park

7/31, 7:30 PM jazz drummer Terri Lyne Carrington leads a bewilderingly eclectic all-star all-female band including Rhiannon Giddens, Xiomara Laugart, Ledisi, Amina Claudine Myers, Cleo Reed, Valerie Simpson, Charenée Wade, and Lizz Wright of at Damrosch Park

7/31, 8 PM a theatrical Afrobeat tribute with FELA! The Concert at the Coney Island Amphitheatre, free, it’s a pretty small place run by corporate idiots and you’lll need to get there early to get in

7/31, 8 PM unpredictably fun, funny psychedelic art-rock band the Academy Blues Project at Shrine

7/31, 8ish hotshot, funny rockabilly band the Royal Hounds, olschool Warped Tour style punkpopsters the Take and the Old Firm Casuals – sort of the missing link between Social Distortion and early 80s British oi punk bands like GBH – at St. Vitus, $20,

7/31, 9 PM terse, acerbic trumpet improviser Steph Richards at Public Records, free

7/31 scampering, irrepressibly fun girlpunks Sharkmuffin at Berlin

8/1, noon eclectic Texas acoustic blues guitarist Ruthie Foster at Metrotech Park in downtown Brooklyn

8/1, 5 PM ferociously powerful, politically fearless southern gothic guitar/banjo player Amythyst Kiah at Wagner Park on the river north and west of Battery Park

8/1, 6:30 PM oldschool salsa jazz with Yunior Terry & Son De Altura under the Manhattan Bridge archway in Dumbo

8/1, 7:30 PM summery Brazilian samba chanteuse Tulipa Ruiz at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

8/1, 9ish fiercely brilliant guitarist Ava Mendoza at the Old American Can Factory, 232 3rd St., Gowanus, $15 cash only at the door, space limited, RSVP to reserve your ticket

8/1 menacingly orchestral metal band Doomstress at Lucky 13 Saloon

8/2. 6 PM classical ensemble the Harlem Quartet play a program TBA at Bryant Park

8/2, 7ish hypnotically percussive Afro-Honduran sounds with the Garifuna Jazz Ensemble at Crotona Park

8/2-3, 7:30 PM the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra with soloist Pierre-Laurent Aimard play Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4 and Schubert’s Symphony No. 9 at Avery Fisher Hall, $35

8/3, 6 PM legendry hip-hop dj Funk Flex celebrates his bday and EPMD celebrate the 30th anniversary of their 1989 classic Unfinished Business at Crotona Park

8/3, 7ish PM politically fearess Taiwanese guy/girl piano pop duo Tizzy Bac at Central Park Summerstage

8/4, 4ish hypnotically pointillistic microtonal African guitar/drums jams with 75 Dollar Bill at Union Pool, free

8/4, 7:30 PM rappers of south Asian heritage: G. Sidhu, Rianjali, Taizu, Rolex, Robin Dey, SA Grooves, Project Convergence, IMGE Dance at Damrosch Park

8/6, 1/3 PM improvisational jazz big band Go: Organic Orchestra & the Brooklyn Raga Massive – a rotating cast of A-list Indian, jazz and rock musicians who love to jam out classic Indian themes from over the centuries to the present day – play material from their upcoming triple vinyl album in the park on Governors Island,

8/6, 7 PM New Bojaira play flamenco jazz at Gantry Plaza State Park in Long Island City

8/6, 7 PM the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra play works by Rodrigo, Piazzolla, Gabriela Lena Franh and others at Temple Emanu-El, Fifth Avenue at 65th St, free, rsvp req

8/6, 7 PM New Bojaira play flamenco jazz at Gantry Plaza State Park in Long Island City

8/6-7, 7:30 PM the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra with soloist Joshua Bell play Mozart’s Symphony No. 38, Dvorak’s Violin Concerto and Kodaly’s Dances of Galanta at Avery Fisher Hall, $35

8/7, noon metal band the Beautiful Distrortion – loudest act ever to play outdoors at the triangle at 72nd St. and Broadwaya t Lincoln Square Park on the upper west

8/7, 6 PM  terse, crystalline-voiced guitarist/jazz chantense Camila Meza & Nectar Orchestra at Madison Square Park

8/7, 6 PM terse, crystalline-voiced guitarist/jazz chantense Camila Meza leads her chamber jazz septet Nectar Orchestra at Madison Square Park

8/7, 7:30 PM amazing, atmospheric Hindustani singer/multi-instrumentalist  Arooj Aftab opens for a flameco dance performance at Darnrosch Park

8/8, noon surprisingly vital first-wave Jamaican roots reggae band Third World at Metrotech Park in downtown Brooklyn

8/8. 7:30 PM  newgrass and classcial with violinist Tessa Lark and bassist Michael Thurber  at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

8/9,,7 PM rousing, anthemic janglerock/Americana band the Harthorns at the small room at the Rockwood

8/9-10, 7:30 PM the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra with soloist Steven Osborne play Haydn’s Overture in D, the Shostakovich Piano Concerto No. 2, Schittke’s Mozarr a la Haydn and Mozart’s Symphony No. 35 at Avery Fisher Hall, $35

8/9, 7:30 PM a Marvim Gaye tribute with guitarist Felicia Collins, sax powerhouse Alexa Tarantino, Toshi Reagon, Siedah Garrett, Kecia Lewis, and others at Prospect Park Bandshell

8/10 4 PM Japanese koto/shamisen virtuoso Yoko Reikano Kimura in a rare US performance at the Center for Remembering and Sharing, $30

8/10, 6 PM reggae acts from across the years, in reverse order at Central Park Summerstage: dancehall king Elephant Man, ex-Black Uhuru singer Junior Reid, Estelle and newschool conscious roots band Raging Fyah at Central Park

8/10, 7:30 PM psychedelic cumbia night with the slinky female-fronted Delsonido and Bomba Estéreo at Prospect Park Bandshell

8/10, 10 PM hard-hitting, brass-fueled female-fronted newschool latin soul/boogaloo dance band Spanglish Fly play the album release show for their new one at Barbes

8/11, 3 PM ish funk-punk-postpunkers the B Boys play the album release show for their new one at Union Pool, free 

8/11, 5 PM Romany jazz accordionist Julien Labro leads his group at Jefferson Market Garden in the west village

8/13, 7 PM rustic Colombian sounds with the Cumbia River Band at Gantry Plaza State Park in Long Island City

8/14, noon: :hard-hitting bassist Dawn Drake & Zapote‘play hard funk followed by mystery band Hasta La Zeta at Lincoln Square Park on the upper west

8/14, 6 PM intense retro 60s influenced Nubian funk band Alsarah & the Nubatone at Madison Square Park

8/14, 6 PM intense retro 60s influenced Nubian funk band Alsarah & the Nubatonesat Maison Square Park. 8/15, 6:30 PM they’re under the Manhattan Bridge archway in Dumbo

8/15, 5 PM newschool gospel with Texas singers the Walls Group & Washington DC all-female classical trio the String Queens on the plaza outdoors at NJPAC in Newark

8/15, 5:30 PM chamber ensemble Leadlights play selections by Debussy, Ravel, Schubert, and Jessie Montgomery.at Belvedere Plaza in Battery Park City

8/15, 7:30 PM newschool Mississippi hill country blues with Cedric Burnside at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

8/17, 7 PM ish honkytonk guitarslinger Danny Weiss and charming singer Mary Olive Smith’s oldschool C&W band Stillhouse Serenade at the Gowanus Dredgers Society Boathouse, free

8/17, 8ish conscious hip-hop legend Talib Kweli at Marcus Garvey Park

8/18, 5 PM the NY Jazzharmonic play a program of music associated with the early women in jazz at Jefferson Market Garden in the west village

8/18, 6 PM oldschool salsa with Jose “El Canario” Alberto and La Sonora Ponceña at the Coney Island Amphitheatre, free, it’s a pretty small place run by corporate idiots and youlll need to get there early to get in

8/18, 6 PM what’s left of multiple incarnations of Bob Marley’s band the Wailers featuring Julian Junior Marvin at Marcus Garvey Park

8/21, 1 PM the upbeat, oldtimey Ebony Hillbillies – NYC’s only oldschool African-Amerian string bnad – at Lincoln Square Park on the upper west

8/22, 6:30 PM Bollywood-influenced oldschool soul harmony band Say She She under the Manhattan Bridge archway in Dumbo

8/22 7:30 PM whirlwind tropical accordion star El Rey Vallenato Beto Jamaica and band at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

8/23, 7 PM in reverse order at Marcus Garvey Park: eclectic, purist jazz singer Brianna Thomas, South African croone Vuyo Sotashe, the JBs’ Fred Wesley, erudite jazz drummer Winard Harper & Jeli Posse at Marcus Garvey Park

8/24, 3 PM in reverse order; alto powerhouse Ravi Coltrane, chanteuse Quiana Lynell, the all-star all-femael trio Reclamation with Camille Thurman, Nikara Warren and Brandee Younger at Marcus Garvey Park

8/25, 3 PM in reverse order at Tompkins Square Park: drum eminence grise Carl Allen’s Art Blakey Tribute, tenor man George Coleman’s Trio,  lyrical pianist Fred Hersch and eclectic altoist Lakecia Benjamin at Tompkins Square Park

8/25, 8ish popular 90s salsa chanteuse La India at Central Park Summerstage

8/29, 730 PM the Haitian funk band that started it all, Boukman Eksperyans at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

9/1,  3 PM ish the largescale improvisational ensemble who started it all, the Sun Ra Arkestra outdoors at Union Pool, free

9/3, 8 PM tuneful latin-inspired pianist/organist Bennett Paster at Halyards

9/7, 1/3 PM intense, microtonal string ensemble the Sirius Quartet play Jeremy Harman, Fung Chern Hwei, Gregor Huebner, plys original arrangements of Radiohead & the Beatles in the park on Governors Island

9/8, 7 PM catchy, anthemic newgrass/blue-eyed soul band the Levins at the basement room at the Rockwood, $12

9/21, 5 PM ish intense, brilliantly relevant oldtime gospel/Africa Africana music maven Vienna Carroll and the irrepresibly theatrical, politically spot-on Ukuladkes at the Gowanus Dredgers Society Boathouse, free

Champian Fulton Fuels the Fun with an All-Star Cast This July 3 at Lincoln Center

Beyond sheer entertainment, the point of the Sisterhood of Swing Seven show at Lincoln Center’s Midsummer Night Swing series this July 3 is to create a septet supergroup of some of the foremost women instrumentalists in jazz. That they chose Champian Fulton as the pianist is hardly a surprise. But they could just as easily have chosen her to be the singer. The rest of the group also has fearsome chops: Catherine Russell on vocals; Camille Thurman (another rarity, a first-rate singer and instrumentalist) on tenor sax; Emily Asher on trombone; Endea Owens on bass; Shirazette Tinnin on drums, and Molly Ryan on guitar. Showtime is 7:30 PM (you can show up for a dance lesson earlier if you want), it’s free to get into the park, $18 in advance for the dancefloor.

Fulton considers her latest album, the lavish two-disc set The Stylings of Champian Fulton (streaming at Spotify) to be the high point of her recording career so far. With her longtime rhythm section, Hide Tanaka on bass and Fukushi Tainaka  (no relation) on drums, she brings her signature, subtle, stinging wit and sense of surprise to enliven a collection of familiar standards. Vocally, Dinah Washington (an artist she paid tribute to with her After Dark album) is the obvious influence), but Fulton’s range reaches both the calmer and sharper edges of where Washington would typically go.

There’s mist in Fulton’s voice on the opening track, Day by Day – but it’s the mist off a kettle on the stove. As with many of the songs, Fulton’s dad Stephen Fulton adds an amiable flugelhorn solo; his daughter’s rugged chordal intensity afterward is a typically counterintuitive move for her.

She takes the first verse of Lollipops and Roses solo, dead-serious, then the bass and drums kick in and the trio romp through to the end. The full quartet reinvent I Only Have Eyes For You as a deviously chuffing march and then swing it hard. The instrumental Blues Etude has an even more careening intensity; after that, they rein it in just a bit with I Didn’t Know What Time It Was, lit up by Fulton’s bluesy charm on the keys and contrastingly incisive vocals.

The elder Fulton’s ebullientce filters through the album’s second instrumental, Rodeo; the younger one plays with as much devious bluesiness as anywhere else on the record. She takes a similar purist approach to Darn that Dream, but at half the speed, with a more coyly exploratory touch.

Borrowing a more upbeat love song from the past, Too Marvelous For Words perfectly crystallizes what she’s all about: matter-of-fact, unselfconsciously adrenalizing crescendos matched to vocal nuance. The first cd winds up with a brief, balmy bass-and-vocal take of Body and Soul, .

The second record kicks off with a Isn’t It a Lovely Day, the bandleader catching the subtle irony in the lyrics but then contrasting with a cheerily crescendoing piano solo. The band scrambles frantically behind her casually brassy vocal in a lickety-split version You’d Be So Nice to Come Home To – it’s doubtful if anybody’s ever done it so fast, or with a Chopin riff tossed into the piano solo. In context, the feral, jungly drum solo is the icing on the cake.

The instrumental Martha’s Prize has a brisk, incisive, latin-tinged swing. She does the country-flavored Lonesome and Sorry as a jazz waltz, while All the Things You Are swings through a leapfrogging drum break to a fiery latin vamp out. On one hand, all this is as retro as it gets. On the other, Fulton’s knowing vocals and improvisational flair are as cutting-edge as anything happening in the avant garde. To paraphrase JD Allen,, sometimes the most radical thing you can do these days is swing.