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Charming, Deceptively Sophisticated New York Songs From Rachelle Garniez and Erik Della Penna

To what degree does being born and raised in a metropolis empower the ability to demystify it? Are native New Yorkers better able to cut through centuries of myth and romance to see the grit and blood underneath? Or does an immigrant, whether from outside the country or simply another state, have a broader perspective? Rachelle Garniez and Erik Della Penna assess those questions, and much more, on their debut collaboration, An Evening in New York, streaming at Spotify.

Both artists were born and raised here. Each songwriter’s own catalog has a rich historical sensibility: Della Penna with Americana-tinged superduo Kill Henry Sugar, Garniez mostly as a solo artist but occasionally with bands ranging from alt-country pioneers Mumbo Gumbo to ecstatic delta blues/New Orleans jamband Hazmat Modine. Each artist tends to favor subtlety and detail over fullscale drama: they make a good team. The two don’t have any shows together coming up.  Garniez was scheduled play the release show for her first all-covers album, a salute to recently deceased artists including Leonard Cohen, David Bowie, Aretha Franklin and others, on March 15 at 7 PM at Dixon Place, but the show was cancelled due to the coronavirus scare.

On the duo record, Della Penna plays the stringed instruments and Garniez handles the keyboards. There’s a retro charm but also devilish levels of detail in the songs, a mix of mostly oldtimey-flavored originals and a handful of well-known New York-themed numbers from across the decades. On the surface, the title track is a charmingly waltzing turn-of-the-20th-century guitar-and-accordion duet, but there’s a wistful subtext.

Della Penna switches to banjo for his cynically empathetic lounge-lizard ballad, Neighbors, Manhattan Island, a Garniez concert favorite, languidly reflects on how cheaply the land that would become the “Empire City” was purchased from its original inhabitants (who didn’t understand they’d have to leave). Then the two pick up the pace with Talking Picture, wryly prefiguring the kind of tender reassurance an Instagram video can offer.

They follow a brisk instrumental version of the old 19th century vaudeville hit 42nd Street with a starkly resonant, anciently bluesy cover of Hazmat Modine’s surreal Viking Burial. Garniez’s Black Irish Boy is a pretty hilarious recollection of a childhood crush, as well as its aftermath. Then Della Penna takes over the mic for the Appalachian-tinged Zeppelin Song, singing from the point of view of a WWI German soldier hoping to escape the perils of combat by catching a ride on the rich baron’s contraption.

Garniez moves to the piano for a glistening ragtime-infused take of Am I Blue. Della Penna offers a fond Coney Island reminiscence with Wonder Wheel, followed by the slyly cajun-tinged High Rise. The duo put a kazoo in Coffee – as in “Let’s have another cup of coffee, and let’s have another piece of pie.” They wind up the album with their funniest song, We’ll Take Manhattan: you kind of have to live here to get the jokes, but they’re pretty priceless.

The album also includes an elegant take of Bye Bye Blackbird; a coyly spare Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen with a tastily bristling Della Penna guitar solo; and an irresistibly funny version of Irving Berlin’s hokum blues Walking Stick.

A Familiar NYC Jazz Presence Keeps Cranking Out Catchy Albums

Since the mid-zeros, tenor saxophonist Ken Fowser has methodically if not exactly quietly built an increasingly vast body of catchy, hard-swinging jukebox jazz. Brisk tempos and hooks that a talented group can take out on plenty of tangents are his thing: most of the tunes in his ever-expanding book are done in less than five minutes. Lately he’s been playing a mostly-Friday night residency at the Django, where he’ll be tomorow night, March 13 at 7 PM; it’s $15 at the bar.

For those interested in checking out the show, there are many albums to choose from. The most recent one that made it to the hard drive here (there have been others released since – Fowser works fast) is Don’t Look Down, a 2018 release and one of his best, streaming at Posi-Tone Records. It kicks off with Maker’s Marc, a fast, tiptoeing swing tune that may be a shout-out to producer and Posi-Tone honcho Marc Free, working a familiar golden-age trope. The bandleader and  trumpeter Josh Bruneau hit the big riff head-on but then don’t really revisit it until the second verse, pianist Rick Germanson working increasingly gorgeous chordal clusters and a marionettish solo alongside bassist Paul Gill and drummer Joe Strasser.

Coming Up Shorter – a Wayne Shorter salute – shifts between broodingly syncopated modalities and a steady swing, Fowser adding shivery microtones and terse curlicues, Germanson taking a more majestic direction. The band completely shift gears with the Rhodes-driven bossa You’re Better Than That, a vehicle for lyricism from Bruneau. Then they go back to hard-hitting, gritty mode with the darkly bluesy Fall Back, and more shadowy understatement from Fowser.

The album’s title track is a moodily muted, latin-tinged gem, followed by the more balmy Divided State. Gemanson’s beautifully glittery opening solo kicks off I’ll Take It From Here, with its Ellingtonian gravitas, misty midrange Fowser work. stately muted Bruneu solo and a more wryly romping one from Gill.

Queens is a brightly bustling swing tune, possibly a portrait of the New York borough that superseded Brooklyn in coolness a long time ago. Top To Bottom is Monk taking a side trip to New Orleans, while Inversions is a weird blend of almost-frantically uneasy, racewalking postbop with a Rhodes echoing through the mix. The band wind up the record with From Six To Midnight, a sage wee-hours waltz and a strong example of the new depths Fowser’s compositions have reached in the recent past.

Hall of Fame Lineups From the New England Conservatory at the Jazz Standard on March 19 and 20.


Every so often the New England Conservatory – Boston’s counterpart to Juilliard – rounds up some of the formidable talent who’ve passed through their jazz program, arguably the first at one established at any major American music school. This year the celebration is at the Jazz Standard on March 19 and 20.

The NEC All-Stars quintet is bound to generate a lot of fireworks. The two-sax frontline of Miguel Zenon on alto and Donny McCaslin on tenor is incendiary by itself. Fred Hersch, one of the great lyrical pianists of the past couple of decades is joined by Jorge Roeder – who’s as at home with tango or other latin sounds as he is postbop – on bass, and Richie Barshay, drummer for the Klezmatics. It’s seldom that you get to see such vast stylistic influences on the same stage; cover is $30.

Then on the 20th there’s a rare New York performance by singer Dominique Eade, whose work with noir piano icon Ran Blake is spine-tingling (and often bone-chilling). Hersch is the rare extrovert pianist who absolutely loves playing with singers, so this is a serendipitous pairing. As with the show on the 19th, they’re less likely to play their own stuff than, say, Monk and other mutual favorites, but you never know. Cover is steep for this one, $35, but remember, at the Jazz Standard there’s no minimum.

For anybody looking for material to spin (virtually or otherwise) in advance of the show, how about Hersch’s most recent release, a six-disc retrospective streaming at Spotify and comprising his long-running trio’s most recent albums, from Whirl, to Alive at the Vanguard. Hersch has gotten into the habit of releasing anything he happens to have in the can which sounds good (which is A LOT). Several of these records, including Sunday Night at the Vanguard and Live in Europe have been covered here over the years.

A Hard-Swinging, Seriously Woke New Album amd a Jazz Standard Release Show by Trumpeter Josh Lawrence

It takes guts to open your new album with a joyous, lyrical jazz waltz, but that’s what trumpeter Josh Lawrence does on his latest release Triptych, streaming at Posi-Tone Records. He’s playing the album release show on March 13 at the Jazz Standard with sets at 7:30 and 9:30 PM; cover is $30.

The record’s title reflects its three suites. The first one, a threesome of love songs, is interspersed among the other tracks. The second, Lost Works, draws on the Nazis’ confiscation and eventual destruction of three priceless Kandinsky paintings during World War II, a parable for late Trump-era fascism. The third, simply titled Earth Wind Fire, takes inspiration from the mighty funk legends along with Miles Davis, Terence Blanchard and Ahmad Jamal.

The three numbers in Lost Works are untitled. Composition #1 is a big, lickety-split swing tune with bright, ebullient trumpet from Lawrence in tandem with alto saxophonist Caleb Curtis. Pianist Zaccai Curtis (no relation) hits hard and incisively alongside his bassist brother Luques Curtis and drummer Anwar Marshall, who caps it off with a colorfully tumbling solo.

Composition #2 is a gorgeously nocturnal Twin Peaks jazz ballad with lustrous horns, twistedly glimmering lounge piano and a rather furtive bass solo, echoing  Miles as much as Pharaoh Sanders. Lawrence reaches a conclusion by mashing up the drive of the opening segment with the unease of the second.

Part two of the love trilogy, Sugar Hill Stroll opens with a cheery trumpet-bass duet, then the rhythm section kick in and build a jubilant Louis Armstrong flair. The mini-suite winds up toward the end of the record with the slow samba tune Sunset in Santa Barbara, a welcome if considerably more balmy return to David Lynch soundtrack ambience with enigmatic piano glitter and some tasty, spare muted work from the bandleader.

Earth Wind Fire slowly comes together on the ground as a polythythmic, tribal tableau, piano pulling the band from their separate corners, Marshall’s clave a frequent but not omnipresent grounding influence. From there they breeze into a deliciously shimmery, syncopated soul vamp, sparsely shiny piano anchoring similarly spacious solos from the horns. The suite achieves total combustion in the final movement with forceful, McCoy Tyner-tinged piano (RIP, damn) and tightly clustering horns over Marshall’s artfully shapeshifting drive. Lawrence closes the album with the EWF classic That’s the Way of the World – yow! Jazz versions of 70s radio pop hits are usually a recipe for disaster, but the band get plenty of help courtesy of guest Brian Charette’s churchy organ, working a low-key arrangement that sticks pretty close to the original.

Live Music Calendar for New York City and Brooklyn for February 2020

At this point all official NYC concerts are cancelled   Be well and stay home. 

The Greenwich Village Orchestra have cancelled their March 15 concert

The Owl concerts are cancelled through March 21

Miller Theatre events are cancelled through March 23

Scandinavia House events are cancelled through March 25

Flushing Town Hall concerts are cancelled through March 28.

Juilliard events are cancelled through through March 29

The Shed and Morgan Library events are cancelled through March 30

Concerts at Bowery Ballroom, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the NY Philharmonic, Irish Arts Center, NY Opera Center,  Mercury Lounge, Bric Arts, CUNY’s Elebash Hall, Manhattan School of Music, National Sawdust, St. Thomas Church, People’s Symphony Series and all Columbia University concerts are cancelled through March 31

Symphony Space events are cancelled through April 1

The Kitchen, Green Space, Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, Metropolitan Museum of Art events are cancelled through April 3

Merkin Concert Hall events are cancelled through April 7

Baruch College Auditorium events are cancelled through April 8.

NJPAC in Newark is closed through April 13.

Events at the New School and the Stone are cancelled thorugh April 15.

The Americas Society, Arete Gallery, Asia Society, Barbes, Jazz Standard, Pioneer Works and People’s Voice Cafe events are cancelled until further notice

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 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 discovered 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! This winter’s agenda is Childhood Classics: A series of three evenings featuring the music we were forced to play – music composed expressly for children, Bach to Kurtag, like it or not, and conversation about that experience, about the piano, and about ongoing musical growth…4 PM on February 16, and March 15, sug don, email for details/address

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.. Brain Cloud are also playing their 10th anniversary show on Nov 22 at 9 PM at the Jalopy for $20

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, $35 per set plus drink minimum.

Mondays starting at 9:30 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 PM, clever, fiery, eclectic ten-piece Balkan/hip-hop/funk brass maniacs Slavic Soul Party at Barbes (check the club calendar), $10 cover.

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 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.

Saturdays in March, 6 PM Big Lazy  noir guitar legend Steve Ulrich plays with a rotating cast of suspects at Barbes. Evil horn arrangements! Creepy guitar jams! Heaven for fans of dark sounds.

Sundays in March, 1 PM  brilliant, fearlessly political B3 organist Greg Lewis plays Monk tunes at Bar Lunatico. He’s also there with Brianna Thomas and the Juke Joint Jelis on the 19th

Most Sundays at 5:15 PM starting in late September, a free recital on the amazing, powerful, dynamic new organ at St. Thomas Church at 5th Ave and 53rd St. featuring some of the world’s greatest organists. The space is magnificent and the music usually is too. Right now the church fathers are programming pretty much everybody who used to work here and play the mighty old Aeolian-Skinner organ that finally had to be replaced. Check the concert calendar for details.

Sundays in March at 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 in March,, 8/11 PM the fearlessly relevant, toweringly intense Arturo O’Farrill & the Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra, at Birdland, $30 at the bar

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.

3/1, 4 PM avant garde klezmer with pyrotechnic clarinetist David Krakauer and Kathleen Tagg’s Breath + Hammer at the Dreck Center at the Brooklyn Public Library, free, no under-sixes.

3/1, 7 PM singer Jennifer Walshe and the Mivos Quartet play her surreal, dystopic soundtrack to an unfinished film by reclusive artist Caoimhín Breathnach, contemplating the intrusion of datamining and surveillance in our most private moments at National Sawdust, $25 adv tix rec

3/1, 8ish the hauntingly improvisational Muhr/Hashimoto/Mattrey Trio: Luisa Muhr – voice, movement; Sae Hashimoto – vibraphone; Jonna Mattrey – viola followed by pianist Santiago Liebson leading his trio at the Owl

3/1, 8 PM  perennially tuneful, pensively lyrical Americana janglerocker Mike Ferrio of Tandy and Good Luck Mountain at 11th St. Bar

3/1. 10ish izzling electric bluegrass and C&W with Demolition String Band at the Treehouse at 2A

3/2, 7ish noir-inspired honkytonk crooner Sean Kershaw at Cowgirl Seahorse

3/2, 7 PM trombonist/composer Ryan Keberle and lyrical French pianist Frank Woeste play the album release show fortheir new one Reverso at St. Peter’s Church, 54th/Lex,

3/2, 9:30ish Gato Loco bass saxophone monster Stefan Zeniuk’s new slightly less crazy band Green Mambo – a Perez Prado tribute – at Barbes

3/2, 10 PM intense, cinematic, politically fearless jazz flutist Elsa Nilsson and band at LIC Bar

3/3, 6 PM violiist Johnna Wu plays works by Bartok and Luciano Berio at Elebash Hall at CUNY, free

3/3, 7 PM intense Balkan chanteuse and Dolunay frontwoman Jenny Luna‘s other haunting, traditional Turkish band Seyyah followed at 9:30 by clever, fiery, eclectic ten-piece Balkan/hip-hop/funk brass maniacs and Ellington reinventors Slavic Soul Party at Barbes

3/3, 7:30 PM pianist Adam Kośmieja plays a rare program of works by contemporary Polish composers K. Serocki, Sikorski, Kornowicz, and Zubel at Myers Recital Hall at Manhattan School of Music, free

3/3, 7:30 PM the NYC debut of Danish chamber ensemble the Kegelstatt Trio playing a program TBA at Flushing Town Hall, free. They’re also at Scandinavia House on 3/5 at 7 for free

3/3-7 7:30 PM the Tyshawn Sorey Sextet with Sasha Berliner on vibes at the Jazz Gallery, $25

3/3. 8 PM ferociously dynamic, tuneful,female-fronted power trio Castle Black at Berlin, $tba

3/3-7, 8:30 PM purposeful guitarist/Monk reinventor Miles Okazaki leads a series of bands at the Stone at the New School, $20. Choice pick: the Friday night quartet show wih ) Steve Cardenas (guitar) Kate Gentile (drums) Jerome Harris (bass

3/3. 8 PM Asian Sound Revolution, the new supergroup of gaegeum player Jin Hi Kim, pipa virtuoso Min Xiao-Fen, and pioneering, gamelanesque drummer/composer Susie Ibarra. at Roulette, $18 adv tix rec

3/3. 8:30 PM irrepressible, transgressively funny postbop saxophonist Jon Irabago with Peter Brendler on bass and Jimmy MacBride on drums at the Bar Next Door, $12 at Elebash Hall at CUNY

3/3, 9 PM wickedly torchy noir songwriterJ ulia Haltigan at 11th St Bar

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

3/3 9:30 PM alto saxophonist Caroline Davis leads a quintet at Seeds

3/3, 10 PM rising star trumpeterAdam O’Farrill‘s colorful, cinematic Stranger Days Quartet at 55 Bar

3/3, 10 PM epically ferocious art-rock jamband Planta at Terraza 7, $10

3/4, 1 PM the Elysian String Quartet play a program tba at the Greene Space, free, rsvp req

3/4. 6:30 PM the adventurous Lisa Hoppe on bass with Chris Williams on trumpet and Santiago Gibson on drums at the Bar Next Door,free

3/4. 7 PM violinist Ludovica Burtone‘s Little Sparks followed by singer Sofia Kriger‘s Solos de Ave quartet at Shapeshifter Lab, $10

3/4, 7:30 PM pianist Katarzyna Popowa-Zydroń plays an all Chopin program at Myers Recital Hall at Manhattan School of Music, free

3/4. 7;30 PM haunting, kinetic, hypnotic Yemeni jazz sounds with pianist Tarek Yamani and his trio at Joe’s Pub, $15 adv tix rec

3/4, 8 PM psychedelic klezmer/bluegrass mandolin and clarinet legend Andy Statman at Barbes, $10.

3/4, 8 PM a wild brass band triplebill: Hot Hand Band, Brass Monkeys, and Dingonek Street Band playing second line, Afrobeat, Ethio-jazz at Drom, $10 adv tix rec

3/4, 8 PM group improvisations: pianist Rema Hasumi with Henry Fraser (bass); Raf Vertessen (drums) and at 9 Kazuki Yamanaka (alto saxophone); Santiago Leibson (piano); Carmen Rothwell (bass) Billy Mintz (drums) at Scholes St Studios, $20

3/4. 9 PM 20s hot swing jazz revivalists Cait and the Critters at Radegast Hall

3/4, 10 PM drony Irish gothic: singer Katie Kim and the more ornate Lankum at the Mercury, $20

3/5, 1 PM pianist Jessica Xylina Osborne plays works by Lutoslawski, Britten, Saint-Saens/E. Ysaÿe, Schönberg, and Elebash Hall at CUNY, free

3/5, 6:30 PM a free screening of the awesome 1969 Aretha Franklin gospel concert film Amazing Grade at NJPAC in Newark

3/5, 7 PM poignant, nuanced jazz singerAmy Cervini leads her trio at 55 Bar

3/5, 7:30/9:30 PM sharp latin jazz drummer/composer Dafnis Prieto leads his killer sextet with Peter Apfelbaum on sax at the Jazz Standard, $30

3/5, 7:30 PM, repeating 3/7 at 8 and 3/10 at 7:30 PMs Louis Langrée conducts the NY Philharmonic in French masterworks. Debussy’s Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun; Met Opera star Isabel Leonard (Marnie) sings Ravel’s exotic song cycle Shéhérazade plus, Scriabin’s Poem of Ecstasy, expensive, $38 tix avail

3/5, 7:30 PM the Argus Quartet play a program tba at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

3/5, 8 PM the Orchestra of St. Luke”s play a lavish, all-Beethoven program: Leonore Overture No. 2; Meeresstille und glückliche Fahrt (Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage), Op. 112; the Choral Fantasy, Op. 80; Mass in C Major, Op. 86 at Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall, $30 seats avail, wow

3/5. 8 PM International Contemporary Ensemble play a “composer portrait” of Dai Fujikura at the Miller Theatre, $20 tix avail

3/5, 8 PM charismatic, gruff-voiced Jewish folksinger Ilya Shneyveys’ “Electrocord” w/Max Kutner at Town & Village Synagogue, Social Hall, 334 East 14th St.(between 1st & 2nd Ave.), $15

3/5. 8 PM explosive, creepy, colorful psychedelic rembetiko metal band Greek Judas, downtown avant rock vets God Is My Co-Pilot and haphazard dark punkish female-fronted band Cruel Children at Niagara, Ave A/8th St

3/5, 8 PM brilliantly eclectic Ameriana guitarist Jason Loughlin‘s String Gliders play western swing followed at 10 by dynamic, subtle all-female klezmer band Tsibele at Barbes

3/5, 8:30ish psychedelic supergroup the Elgin Marbles feat. members of Love Camp 7, Dervisi and Peter Stampfel’s jug band at Troost

3/5, 8:30 PM rapturous Indian carnatic singer Mitali Banerjee Bhawmik with the Women’s Raga Massive at the Jalopy, $15

3/5. 9 PM Soul Gnawa – the psychedelic/downtempo project from Innov Gnawa‘s Samir Langus and guitarist Daniel Freedman – at Bar Lunatico

3/5, 9 PM darkly psychedelic Dominican band Jobo at Shrine

3/5, 9 PM uneasily eclectic, shapeshifting art-rock/chamber-pop/Americana band Ellen Siberian Tiger at Footlight Bar $10

3/5, 10 PM the great unsung NYC hero of darkly purposeful, noir-tinged jazz guitar,Saul Rubin leads his Zebtet at the Fat Cat

3/6, 5:30 PM intense, brilliantly relevant oldtime gospel/Africa Africana music maven Vienna Carroll at the American Folk Art Museum

3/6, 7 PM pyrotechnic vocalist Roopa Mahadevan‘s adventurous Indian avant garde project Roopa in Flux at the Rubin Museum of Art, $30

3/6, 7 PM indie classical group Blackbox Ensemble play new works by Bethany Younge, Fjola Evans, George Lewis and others at Shapeshifter Lab, $10

3/6, 7 PM otherworldly, atmospheric Tibetan singer Yungchen Lhamo and band at Elebash Hall at CUNY, $25

3/6 ,7:30 PM Ewa Pobłocka plays piano works by Bach and Chopin at Mikowsky Recital Hall at Manhattan School of Music, free

3/6, 8 PM playfully lyrical, fearlessly political superduo Kill Henry Sugar– guitar/banjo mastermind Erik Della Penna and drummer Dean Sharenow – followed at 10 by Pangari & the Socialites playing classic ska and rocksteady– most of it from the 60s Skatalites catalog –at Barbes

3/6-7, 8 PM the reliably entertaining, adventurous Chelsea Symphony play a potent, politically relevant contemporary program: Tim Kiah: Truth unto the People (world premiere); Mike Boyman: Concerto for Two Horns and Wind Ensemble (world premiere) with Jess Santiago and Emily Wong, horns; Missy Mazzoli: River Rouge Transfiguration; Gabriela Lena Frank: Elegia Andina; Joan Tower: Made in America at at St. Paul’s Church, 315 W 22nd St., $20 sugg don

3/6, 8 PM Departure Duo play repertoire written especially for soprano and double bass; string madness with violinist Marina Kifferstein + cellist Meaghan Burke at Scholes St Studios, $15

3/6, 8 PM the NYC debuts of music and performance outlet Porest and feminist noise reggaeton duo Las Sucias, relating “how sounds change in the diaspora: how they tether to their environment, accumulate, synthesize, and adapt at each location, use composition and improvisation to address origin, inherency, and borders and obfuscate the “othering” that often surrounds their work,” at Issue Project Room, $15

3/6. 9 PM ubiquitous,moodily lyrical, politically savvy Irish folk-rocker Niall Connolly at the small room at the Rockwood

3/6, 9 PM playfully upbeat original swing jazz crew the Doggy Cats at Sunny’s

3/7, 11:30 AM (in the morning) the Nightingale Farm – Mary Spencer Knapp as narrator and singer, Teagan Taylor on trumpet & vocals, Doug Berns on bass and vocals, Sean Salant on guitar, and Ethan Meyer on percussion.- present their original adaptations of the classic baseball poem “Casey at the Bat” by Ernest Thayer plus Wilhelmina Harper’s “The Gunniwolf.” These stories follow a family singalong. At Greenlight Bookstore: 632 Flatbush Ave, Ft. Greene, free for kids of all ages

3/7, 4 PM cinematic, psychedelic quirk-pop keyboardist Michael Hearst presents “Curious, Unusual and Extraordinary” songs from his many bands followed by 6 PM by Big Lazy noir guitar mastermind Steve Ulrich, at 8 by eclectic, electric, guitarishly excellent C&W/blues band the Jug Addicts and at 10 by epic ranchera/bolero brass crew Banda de los Muertos at Barbes

3/7, 6 PM thoughtful, imaginative saxophonist Peyton Pleninger‘s Biotonic at Shrine

3/7, 7 PM exhilarating all-female Arabic/Iranian/Jewish band Divahn at Joe’s Pub, $20 adv rix rec

3/7, 7:30 PM the Jack Quartet play the album release show for their new one with works by Sky Macklay, Cenk Ergün and Oscar Bianchi at the fourth floor auditorium at the New School, 55 W 13th St., res req

3/7. 8 PM women songwriters’ night at the People’s Voice Cafe: sprightly, pensive Pat Lamanna, ex-Red Molly multi-instrumentalist Carolann Solebello,, and the politically, historically astute Sharleen Leahey at the People’s Voice Cafe, sugg don, $20, “more if you choose; less if you can’t; no one turned away.”

3/7, 8 PM trippy, dubby roots reggae and ska sounds with Avo & Skalopy at the Jalopy Tavern

3/7, 8 PM hauntingly resonant clarinetist/saxophonist Anat Cohen and her tropical Quartetinho at the Miller Theatre, $25 tix avail

3/7, 8 PM guitarist Tal Yahalom and Quintet & poignantly lyrical, eclectic pianist Marta Sanchez with her quintet at Scholes St Studios, $10

3/7, 8 PM MWE play orchestral works by Charles Ives, Julie Giroux, John Mackey, Frank Ticheli and David R. Holsinger at the DiMenna Center, $12

3/7, 8 PM ten-piece country/carnivalesque/acoustic rock powerhouse M Shanghai String Band at theJalopy, $!0

3/7, 8 PM darkly lyrical psychedelic pop songwriter Jennifer Hall at Petes. The following night, 3/8 at 8 PM she’s at the small room at the Rockwood

3/7, 9 PM Unsteady Freddie‘s monthly surf rock extravaganza at Otto’s begins at 9 PM with the deliciously creepy, Balkan-tinged  Plato Zorba followed by Link Wray cover band the Wraycyclers, at 11 Atomic Mosquitos spinoff Killers From Space and at midnight majestic, darkly cinematic surf instrumentalists the TarantinosNYC

3/7, 9ish linky, darkly psychedelic instrumentalists the Ghost Funk Orchestra at Out Wicked Lady, $10

3/7, 9 PM powerpop band Giftshop– the missing link between Blondie and the Distillers – at the Parkside

3/7, 10ish sludgy, catchy metal band Vesssel of Light at Blackthorn 51, $15

3/8. noon mostly-female, kinetic klezmer/cumbia/cinematic jamband Isle of Klezbos at City Vineyard for brunch, $10, no niminums, kids 12 and under free!

3/8, 2 PM violinist Augustin Hadelich and pianist Orion Weiss play works by Debussy,Beethoven, Ysaye, Brahms, John Adams and more at the Town Hall, $17

3/8, 2 PM pianist Olga Kern and tenor Nick Phan sing works by French composer Nadia Boulanger, singer Lucy Dhegrae and the Vuillaume Trio perform a piano trio by Amy Beach at the Greene Space, $20

3/8. 4 PM oldschool-style high plains C&W singer Hope Debates & North 40 at Skinny Dennis

3/8. 5 PM viola virtuoso/film composer Ljova with soaring, riveting klezmer singer Inna Barmash and accordion monster Patrick Farrell at Bar Thalia adjacent to Symphony Space, free

3/8, 5 PM, repeating 3/18 at 6:30 Emilie-Anne Gendron, violin; Yelena Grinberg, piano play a marathon program of Beethoven sonatas at Grinberg’s upper westside piano salon, reception to follow, $35, close to the 1/2/3 train at 96th St.,deets here.They repeat with a similar but different program on 3/22 at 5 and then 3/26 at 7

3/8, 6 PM noir guitar legend Jim Campilongo leads his trio at 55 Bar

3/8, 6 PM Darren Johnston on trumpet / Peter Hess on woodwinds / Adam Dotson on flugabone followed at 8 by oudist Tom Chess and bassist Zach Swanson at Downtown Music Gallery

3/8, 7 PM roots reggae group the Far East at Pioneer works, free

3/8, 7 PM allstar Indian music collective the Women’s Raga Massive and “members of the all-women STARR Ensemble — whose music blends Indian classical, jazz, Western classical, and bluegrass — present Lakshmi Shankar: A Musical Evolution in One Night, a multimedia tribute to the Hindustani singer who helped bring Indian music to the West,” at National Sawdust, $25 adv tix rec

3/8, 7 PM soaring, politically relevant, brilliantly purposeful alto saxophonist Miguel Zenon leads his “Berklee Quintet” at Birdland, $20 at the bar

3/8, 7 PM sci-fi surf band Future Relics followed at 9:30 by Romany jazz/psychedelic rock guitar mastermind Stephane Wrembel at Barbes

3/8, 7 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

3/9, 6 PM the Greenpoint Songwriters Exchange – a diverse bunch playing everything from folk noir to Costelloesque, literary rock to Indian ragas and oldschool soul – at Pete’s

3/9, 7 PM tuneful postbop pianist Jim Ridl leads his group from behind the Rhodes at 55 Bar

3/9, 8 PM saxophonist Aaron Burnett plays a duo set with the always adventurous drummer Tyshawn Sorey at Roulette, $18 adv tix rec

3/9, 10ish the NYC Gaita Club – a Bulla en el Barrio spinoff – play rustically pounding Afro-Colombian trance-dance music at Barbes

3/10, 8 PM chamber orchestra Metropolis Ensemble, appropriately enough plays Ricardo Romaneiro’s live score to the Fritz Lang dystopic silent classic Metropolis at National Sawdust, $25 adv tix rec

3/10, 7 PM countertenor Labros Filippou leads his Greek rembetiko band followed at 9:30 by clever, fiery, eclectic ten-piece Balkan/hip-hop/funk brass maniacs and Ellington reinventors Slavic Soul Party at Barbes

3/10, 7 PM the Vienna Yiddish Duo at the Austrian Cultural Center free w rsvp

3/10, 7 PM eclectic, hard-hitting, lyrical composer/tenor saxophonist Stan Killian at 55 Bar

3/10, 7 PM eclectic, cinematic keyboardist Frank LoCrasto and psychedelic latin soul tinged band Garcia Peoples at Union Pool, free

3/10. 7:30 PM cellist Nicholas Canellakis and pianist Michael Brown play works by Ginastera, Grieg, Sibelius, Glière, and Michael Brown, and Bulgarian folk tunes at the Baruch College Auditorium, $36 BUT buy one get one free with code BOGO

3/10, 8 PM Soul Gnawa – the psychedelic/downtempo project from Innov Gnawa‘s Samir Langus and guitarist Daniel Freedman, Los Cumpleanos – with Nestor Gomez – vox/percussion; Lautaro Burgos – drums; Eric Lane – keyboards; Alex Asher – trombone and others playing trippy, dubwise tropical psychedelia,  and the Mauskovic Dance Band playing psychedelic tropicalia and dub at the Sultan Room, $12

3/10, 8 PM Palestinian kanun virtuoso & composer Firas Zreik at Sisters Brooklyn, 900 Fulton St at Washington, C to Clinton-Washington, sug don

3/10, 10:30 PM allusively haunting, minimalist folk noir singer Belle-Skinner at Pete’s

3/10, 8 PM pensively intense microtonal violinist/singer Sarah Bernstein leads her quartet with Ron Stabinsky on piano at Scholes St. Studios, $10

3/11, 8 PM JP Schlegelmilch’s Organ Trio – essentially psychedelic surf/cinematic trio Hearing Things with a different drummer – at Barbes

3/10, 8 PM hypnotically explosive live bhangra dance band Red Baraat at Symphony Space, $30 tix avail

3/10-14, 8:30 PM star indie classical composer-vocalist Lisa Bielawa leads a series of bands at the Stone at the New School, $20. Choice pick: Saturday night with the Parhelion Trio Andrea Christie (piano) Sarah Carrier (flute) Ashleé Miller (clarinet) (who are also there by themselves the following night, 3/15

3/10, 9 PM NZ noiserockers Swallow the Rat followed by swirly, hypnotic, totally 80s 4AD dreampop/shoegazers Dead Leaf Echo at Littlefield, $10

3/10. 10 PM charismatic, adventurous postbop/avant garde trombonist/crooner Frank Lacy leads his group at Smalls He’s also here on 3/17

3/10-14, 11 PM rising star bassist Endea Owens and the Cookout jam out classic and new soul grooves at Dizzy’s Club, $5

3/11, 1 PM pianist Eugene Marlow’s Heritage Ensemble mash up klezmer and salsa themes at St. Peter’s Church, 54th/Lex, sug don

3/11, 7 PM edgy jazz violinist Zach Brock and band at 55 Bar

3/11, 7:30 PM pianist Han Chen plays works by Chopin, Beethoven and Lei Liang at Elebash Hall at CUNY, free

3/11, 8 PM baritone saxophonist Eden Bareket leads a quintet at Seeds

3/11-12, 8 PM first-wave British new wave band Wire at the Music Hll of Williamsburg, $30 gen adm but will sell out

3/11, 8:30 PM Dervisi feat. psychedelic guitarist George Sempepos play “exotic Greek gangsta blues” and Middle Eastern flavored hash smoking anthems at Troost .3/19, same time they’re at Espresso 77, 35-57 77th Street (just off of 37th Ave), Jackson Heights

3/11, 9 PM exotic vibraphone-driven surf band the Vibro-jets  at LIC Bar. They’re also at Troost on 313, 8:30is

3/11, 10 PM atmospheric, cinematic drummer/composer Tim Kuhl and his group at Pete’s

3/11, 10 PM uneasily eclectic tropically-influenced singer Renata Zeigeur and band at C’Mon Everybody, $10

3/11, 10 PM savage female-fronted garage punks Thee Minks at the Knitting Factory, $12

3/12, 7 PM soaringly explosive jazz composer/torch singer Nicole Zuraitis at 55 Bar

3/12, 7:30 PM hard-rocking, electric tres-driven Cuban band band Los Hacheros at Ginny’s Supper Club, $20

3/12, 7:30 PM hotshot bluegrass band Mile 12 at Symphony Space, $20 for30 and under, $20 otherwise

3/12, 7:30 PM Swedish pianist Helge Antoni plays a spring-themed program of works by C. Sinding, J. Sibelius, E. Grieg, W. Stenhammar, and T. Rangström. at Scandinavia House, $25

3/12, 7:30 PM Edward Forstman (piano), Jacob Elkin (trombone), Adam Bowles (piano), Jay Rodriguez (clarinet and soprano saxophone), Ammon Swinbank (flute), and Miolina Duo — Mioi Takeda and Lynn Bechtold (violins).play microtonal, overtone-rich works by Monroe Golden at Scholes St. Studios, $10

3/12, 8 PM plush, balmy, oldtimey uke swing band Daria Grace & the Pre-War Ponies followed at 10 by intense Balkan chanteuseJenny Luna‘s haunting, traditional Turkish band Dolunay at Barbes

3/12, 8 PM accordion/piano genius Shoko Nagai jams with Hans Tammen (Buchla) Satoshi Takeishi at Arete Gallery, $tba

3/12, 8 PM perennially interesting piano/percussion ensemble Yarn/Wire, vocalist Nina Dante, and composer Ben Vida play his new suite Always Already at Issue Project Room $20

3/12, 8 PM accordionist Patrick Farrell & whirlwind klezmer violin icon Alicia Svigals play old wedding dances from the Kostakovsky archive at Town & Village Synagogue, Social Hall, 334 East 14th St.(between 1st & 2nd Ave.), $15

3/12, 8 PM lustrous pianist Simone Dinnerstein and Baroklyn play an all-Bach program at the Miller Theatre, $30 tix avail

3/12, 8:30 PM the harrowing, immigration-themed multimedia performance Ask Hafiz – the story of Sahar Muradi’s tumultuous journey from a Soviet-ruled Afghanistan to Queens. “Along the way, Sahar, following an age-old practice, asks questions to the book of poetry by Hafiz. Theanswers are revealed through songs composed and sung by Haleh Liza, dance choreographed and performed by Malini Srinivasan, with music by Adam Maalouf, Trina Basu, Bala Skandan and Rich Stein,at the Jalopy,$15

3/12, 9 PM catchy folk noir/Nashville gothic songwriter Emily Frembgen at Pete’s

3/12, 10 PM wild, intense, frequently satirical newgrass/oldtimey hellraisers the Dustbowl Revival at Rough Trade, $18 adv tix rec

3/13, dusk, a screening of the classic 1972 reggae film The Harder They Come with Jimmy Cliff as its gangster star, in Battery Park

3/13, 6 PM powerfully hypnotic soul and Indian carnatic singer Saraswathi Jones at the American Folk Art Museum

3/13, 6 PM crystalline-voiced, noir-tinged third-stream jazz chanteuse Tessa Souter at 55 Bar

3/13, 7 PM Irish no wave/postpunk band the Murder Capital at Rough Trade, free w/album purchase

3/13, 7:30/9:30 PM bassist Harish Ragavan’s Calls for Action band with Jonathan Finlayson on trumpet at the Jazz Gallery, $25

3/13. 8 PM one of New York’s most eclectic, interesting oudists, Brian Prunka with a string section followed at 10 by feral singer Carolina Oliveros’ mighty 13-piece Afro-Colombian trance/dance choir Bulla en el Barrio at Barbes

3/13, 8 PM oldschool flamenco puro with the José del Tomate Group at Drom, $20 adv tix rec

3/13, 8 PM amazing string quintet Sybarite5– who are also the world’s coolest Radiohead cover band – at the Cell Theatre, $28. They’re also at the at the Dreck Center at the Brooklyn Public Library, for free on 3/29 at 4

3/13, 8 PM the Jack Quartet play the John Zorn string quartet cycle at National Sawdust, $30 adv tix rec

3/13, 8 PM American Contemporary Music Ensemble perform music by atmospheric electroacoustic cellist Clarice Jensen at the Tenri Institute

3/13, 8;30 PM darkly lyrical, Aimee Mann-ish songwriter Andrea Wittgens at the basement room at the Rockwood $12

3/13, 9:30 PM twangy altcountryAmericana/psychedelic crew American String Conspiracy at Freddy’s

3/13, 10ish explosively trippy instrumentalists Dub is a Weapon at the Gutter, $7

3/13, 10:30 PM cutting-edge, often psychedelic sax player Wayne Escoffery leads his quartet at the Fat Cat

3/14, 4 PM darkly torchy southwestern gothic/Europolitan songwriter/guitarist Miwa Gemini at Branded Saloon

3/14, 5 PM moody lo-fi keyboardist/singer Anni Rossi at Pete’s. She’s also there on 3/29 at 3:30 and at Troost on 3/25, 8:30ish

3/14, 6 PM the world’s creepiest, slinkiest, most psychedelic crime jazz/film noir band, Big Lazy with Brain Cloud lapsteel wiz Raphael McGregor followed at 8 by poignant, eclectic, lyrical jazz bassist/composer Pedro Giraudo’s tango quartet followed at 10 by psychedelic salsa bandleader Zemog El Gallo Bueno at Barbes

3/14, 7 PM the annual Stop the Raids annual family gathering at the Jalopy, $20 sugg, all proceeds to the cause nobody turned away for lack of funds” It has been nearly four years since the Bronx 120 Raid in the Eastchester Gardens section of the Bronx—in that time, the NYPD has continued raiding public housing across the city, tearing our loved ones from our communities en masse on bogus conspiracy charges. We are hoping to build as much support as possible for all those returning home, those who are still inside, and their families.

3/14, 7 PM organist Gail Archer plays works by women composers Joan Tower, Mary Howe, Jennifer Higdon, Nadia Boulanger at St. John Nepomucene Church, 411 E 69th St, (1st/York), free

3/14, 7:30 PM ethereal yet powerful parlor pop/goth singer/composer Kristin Hoffmann at the Center for Remembering and Sharing, $20

3/14, 7:30 PM chamber orchestra Metropolis Ensemble play “music for an extremely broken consort” with “murder ballads, riddle tunes, and other lurid and gruesome pastimes featuring Fiona Gillespie, Paul Morton of Chivalrous Crickets, with Loren Ludwig of Acronym and Sian Ricketts & Tracy Cowart of Alkemie” at 1 Rivington St, $15/$10 stds

3/14, 7:30 PM anthemic Iron Maiden-style metal band the Blackfires at the Mercury, $15

3/14, 8 PM composer and multi-instrumentalist John Krausbauer in collaboration with Tokyo composer Kaori Suzuki perform “intensely ritualistic free drone music” at issue Project Room, $15

3/14, 8 PM jazz chanteuse/guitarist Yooni Choi with pianist Jacob Sacks at I-Beam, $15

3/14, 8 PM avant singer Charmaine Lee with wild extended-technique trumpeter Peter Evans at Happy Lucky No. 1 Gallery, $20

3/14, 8 PM wild Hungarian band Eletfa and Boston street brass band Kotoko Brass at Flushing Town Hall, $18, $12 18 and under, students w/NYC school id under 19 get in free

3/14, 8 PM political, fearless acoustic songwriter Shawna Caspi at the People’s Voice Cafe, sugg don, $20, “more if you choose; less if you can’t; no one turned away.”

3/14, 8 PM brilliantly improvisational pianist Mara Rosenbloom‘s philosophically-inspired FLYWAYS with bassist Adam Lane and singer/percussionist Anais Maviel play the album release show for their new one at Speyer Hall, The Performance Project @ University Settlement, 184 Eldridge St, $15/$10 stud/srs. 3/21, 7:30 they’re at I-Beam, same deal

3/14, 10 PM sizzling electric bluegrass and C&W with Demolition String Band at Skinny Dennis

3/15 ,11 AM classical pianist Lara Downes plays a program tba at Subculture, $20 adv tix rec

3/15 3 PM the Greenwich Village Orchestra play Liszt – Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2; Rachmaninoff – Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini; Gershwin – Rhapsody in Blue and Enescu – Rumanian Rhapsody No. 1 at All Saints Church, 230 E 60th St (2/3rd Aves), $25

3/15, 2 PM Tatev Amiryan, piano; Anna Hayrapetyan, soprano; Laura Navasardian, cello perform an all-Armenian program TBA at Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, $25

3/15, 3 PM Mayuki Fukuhara, violin; Liuh-Wen Ting, viola; Benjamin Larsen, cello play trios by Mozart, Schubert and Schoenberg at Concerts on the Slope, St. John’s Episcopal Church, 139 St. John’s Place downhill from 7th Ave, sugg don

3/15, 4 PM the Brooklyn Conservatory Orchestra play Beethoven’s 9th Symphony at St. Ann’s Church in downtown Brooklyn, $25/$15 stud/srs

3/15, 4 PM the Cassatt String Quartet plus bassist play a quintet program tba at the Dreck Center at the Brooklyn Public Library, free, no under-sixes.

3/15, 6ish sharply lyrical southwestern gothic/Americana songwriter Tom Shaner  at LIC Bar

3/15, 6 PM slinky noir/retro rock bassist/songwriter Amy LaVere at the Mercury, $12. 3/18 she’s at Skinny Dennis at 9 for free

3/15, 7 PM adventurous cellist Jeffrey Zeigler and Butoh master Dai Matsuoka under the direction of Jessica Grindstaff perform their nw piece We Were Fridays at National Sawdust, $20 adv tix rec

3/15, 7 PM New York’s most charismatic, darkly compelling lyrical songwriter/storyteller/keyboard genius Rachelle Garniez plays the album release show for her new all-covers album Gone to Glory, a salute to dead rock n rollers with music by Prince, Leonard Cohen, David Bowie, Aretha Franklin, and Glen Campbell at Dixon Place, $15

3/15, 7 PM machinegunning metal trio Toxic Ruin, the screamier Stonecutters and supersonic thrash metal band Lich King at St. Vitus, $10

3/15, 7 PM an Ides of March show with 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 – and pianist Mara Rosenbloom at Pangea

3/15, 7 PM indie classical guitarist Gyan Rileys Elixir – basically Riley fronting the Bang on a Can Allstars – followed at 9:30 by Romany jazz/psychedelic rock guitar mastermind Stephane Wrembel at Barbes

3/15, 7:30 PM three female composers intensely bridging jazz and other genres: guitarist Amanda Monaco with her quartet, flutist Cheryl Pyle and her trio and wildfire polymath violist Stephanie Griffin (Momenta Quartet) leading a semi-improvisational quintet with Gordon Beeferman, piano Hilliard Greene, bass Jake Charkey, cello; Lee Odom, clarinetat Metro Baptist Church, 410 West 40th St, (between 9th & 10th Ave.), $20/$15 stu/srs

3/15, 7:30 PM Korean artists Ki Young and Gamin, on piano and piri, with classical avant-punk violin duo String Noise pushing the boundaries of Korean traditional music at the Tenri Cultural Institute, $20

3/15, 7:30 PM improvisational alchemy: guitarist Loren Connors, a cappella accents by distinctive vocalist Suzanne Langille; intimate yet fierce guitarist and vocalist/storyteller Dora Bleu; veteran experimental guitarist and sonic artist Alan Licht; and intense, purposeful, scorching guitarist Ava Mendoza at the Windjammer,552 Grandview Ave in Ridgewood, $10

3/15, 8 PM new works by Maya Verlaak, Grzegorz Marciniak and Assaf Gidron performed by bassist Rachel Mangold and pianist Teodora Stepančić at Arete Gallery, $tba

3/15, 8:30 PM exhilarating acoustic guitar instrumentalist Lyle Brewer– like John Fahey on steroids – at Pete’s

3/15, 10 PM deviously entertaning pianist Jinjoo Yoo leads her trio at Birdland, $20 at the bar

3/16, half past noon Elad Kabilio (cello), Inbar Goldmann (mezzo soprano), and Avigail Malachi-Baev (clarinet) play synagogue music from Jewish cultures around the world at Central Synagogue, $18

3/16, 2 PM the Viano Quartet play works by Haydn, Dvorak and a Jordan Nelson world premiere at the New School auditorium at 66 W 12th St, $18

3/16, 6:30 PM powerful jazz belter – and Gil Scott-Heron reinventor – Charenee Wade at Elebash Hall at CUNY, free

3/16. 8:30 PM Romany jazz violinist Marissa Licata at Birdland, $20 at the bar

3/16, 9 PM elegantly eclectic, tuneful pianist Angelica Sanchez leads her trio at Bar Lunatico

3/16, 9 PM legendary dual-reedman George Braith– who can play two saxes at once better than most guys can play one – with his quartet at the Fat Cat

3/16, 9:30 PM fearless, insurgent, amazingly spot-on comedienne/vocal impersonator Tammy Faye Starlite plays Marianne Faithfull’s Broken English at Joe’s Pub, $15 gen adm

3/16, 9;30 PM “the Slippery Fish pay tribute to the Mexican pedal steel master Tõno Quirazco, who in the 1960’s combined the new sound of ska music out of Jamaica with country twang to invent a twist on the Caribbean sound. With Ari Folman-Cohen – bass and John Echelay– pedal steel,” at Barbes

3/16, 11 PM eclectic pan-latin and Middle Eastern-inflected acoustic songwriter Miriam Elhajli at the big room at the Rockwood

3/17, starting in the early afternoon at Connolly’s a daylong free Irish music show with Jameson’s Revenge, Shilelagh Law, the Prodigals and more, hell yeah, none of the amateurs can start this early

3/17, 7 PM a rare reunion of NYC Irish punk legends (and Pogues reinventors) Joe Hurley and Rogue’s March at Hill Country, $20

3/17, 7 PM veteran Irish crooner Pierce Turner– at one time he was doing a mashup of the Pogues and the Moody Blues – at Joe’s Pub, $25

3/17, 7 PM the Ekstasis Duo – cellist Natasha Farni and pianist Eliran Avni – play a program tba at Revelation Gallery, 224 Waverly Pl, $20

3/17, 5 PM sarodist/guitarist Camila Celin and singer Melvis Santa jam out Indian raga and latin themes at the Assemblage at John St., 17 John St., financial district,

3/17, 7:30 PM the all-female Clarion Quartet play banned music by orks by Mendelssohn, Shostakovich, and Weinberg at the Baruch Performing Arts Ctr, $26/$15 stud

3/18, 8 PM Brooklyn Brassens: “Georges Brassens, anarchist, provocateur and French poet, gets his repertoire re-arranged for a Nigerian-influenced quartet. With Francis Jacob – guitar, Vocals; Bennett Paster – keyboard; Derek Nievergelt – bass and AJ Olusegun – conga at Barbes

3/18, 8 PM probably the best bill to ever play Arlene Grocery: third-gen Sabbath types Sleeping Village, deliciously sludgy heavy psych band Grass, doomy stoner boogie bands Grandpa Jack and Shadow Witch at Arlene’s, $10

3/19, 7:30 PM lyrically provocative mashups of Ethiopiques, parlor pop, hard funk and psychedelia with Meklit at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

3/17, 7:30/9:30 PM the haunting, smokily cinematic Michael Leonhart Orchestra at the Jazz Standard, $30

3/17. 8 PM otherworldly Norwegian folk singer Marja Mortensson and band play ancient reindeer herding songs at Nublu 151, $15

3/17, 8 PM edgy oldschool and newer soul styles with singer Maya Sharpe at the small room at the Rockwood

3/17, 9ish wild Irish band the Narrowbacks at Bowery Ballroom, $15 adv tix rec avail at th e Mercury

3/18, noon Benjamin Baker, violin and Daniel Lebhardt, piano play works by Brahms, Tania Ko, Lili Boulanger and Beeethoven at the Morgan Library, $25

3/18, 7:30/9:30 PM historically-informed, lyrical trumpeter Josh Lawrence & Lost Works at the Jazz Standard, $35

3/18, 8 PM Irish revolutionary songs with the Druids at Connolly’s, $tba

3/18, 8 PM energetic delta blues/Romany swing guitaris Felix Slim at LIC Bar

3/18. 9;30 PM poignantly lyrical, eclectic pianist Marta Sanchez leads her quintet at Seeds

3/19, 7 PM rapturousy subtle tropicalia drummer/bandleader (and former Chicha Libre timbalera) Karina Colis leads her quintet at the Fat Cat

3/19, 7 PM saxophonist Berta Moreno (who titled her debut album “Little Steps”) leads her Afro-Jazz Soul Project at the Bronx Music Heritage Center at 1303 Louis Nine Blvd, $7

3/19, 7:30 PM conversational pianist Jeffrey Siegel plays music of Chopin, Schumann, and Liszt at Scandinavia House, $25

3/19, 7:30/9:30 PM OMG what a killer band: the NEC All-Stars – Fred Hersch – piano; Miguel Zenón– alto saxophone Donny McCaslin – tenor saxophone; Jorge Roeder – bass; Richie Barshay – drums at the Jazz Standard, $30

3/19, 7:30 PM the Israeli chamber Project play early Beethoven works plus Bartók’s epic Piano Quintet., at Carnegie Hall, $30 seats avail

3/19, 7:30/9:30 PM trumpet powerhouse Jeremy Pelt leads his band at Minton’s, $20 at the bar

3/19, 7:30 PM Cuban-American cellist Tommy Mesa and pianist Yoon Lee play works by Jonathan Chenette, George Holloway, Lydia Pugh, Elizabeth Start, and Ben-Yee Paulson as well as Debussy’s Sonata in D minor at the DiMenna Center, $25

3/19, 8 PM cellist Scott Ballantyne and pianist Hiroko Sasaki play works by Bach, Barber Haydn and others at Merkin Concert Hall, $25

3/19-20. 8 PM bassist Simon Hanes and Pianist Anthony Coleman at Scholes St Studios

3/19, 8 PM fiery celtic/klezmer violinist Lisa Gutkin and her band at Town & Village Synagogue, Social Hall, 334 East 14th St.(between 1st & 2nd Ave.), $15

3/19, 8:30 PM ambient electroacoustic sitarist/composer Ami Dang at the Jalopy, $15

3/20, 5:30 PM plaintive Yorkshire/Appalachian singer Jan Bell –whose gloomy chronicles of Brooklyn gentrification are spot-on – at the American Folk Art Museum

3/20, 7 PM magically lustrous jazz singer/composer Aubrey Johnson and her sextet play the album release show for her new one at the big room at the Rockwood, $20

3/20, 7 PM eclectic blues singer Fay Victor with cellist Marika Hughes, and alto saxist Darius Jones play the album release show for her stark new Barn Songs at Joe’s Pub, $15

3/20, 7 PM Tibetan composer/activist Tenzin Choegya with intense, eclectic cellist Rubin Kodheli at the Rubin Museum of Art, $30

3/20, 7:30 PM Todd Phillips, violin with guest Rachel Yunkyung Choo, piano play an all-Beethoven program at Greenfield Hall at Manhattan School of Music, free

3/20, 7:30 PM salsa flutist Andrea Brachfeld y Su Charanga at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

3/20, 7:30/9:30 PM lyrical piano icon Fred Hersch with mesmerizing singer Dominique Eade at the Jazz Standard, $35

3/20-21, 8 PM one of the most consistently interesting improvisers out there, trombonist Steve Swell and group at Happy Lucky No. 1 Gallery, $20

3/20, 8 PM theremin virtuoso Pamelia Stickney‘s Jatakas at the Owl

3/20, 8 PM dusky, rustic Brazilian jungle guitar-and-accordion sounds with Regional de NY followed by psychedelic Afrobeat band Super Yamba at Barbes

3/20, 9 PM Hollow Engine – who do a decent enough dreampop take on Radiohead – at the Delancey, $10

3/20 10ish hard-hitting Bronx metal band Lost Legacy at Blackthorn 51, $12/

3/20-21 Windhand at St. Vitus is sold out, bummer

3/20-3/21 Mdou Moctar at the Sultan Room is sold out – what were they thinking

3/21, 2 PM drummer Sylvia Cuenca leads her quartet at Poe Park in the Bronx

3/21, 2 PM a special NY Philharmonic Young People’s Concert on music creating change with exerpts from politically-fueled works by Shostakovich, Beethoven, Verdi and others, $16 tix avail

3/21 4 PM the rapturous, mighty Navatman Music Collective – this continent’s only Indian carnatic choir, and one of only three in the world – at Flushing Town Hall, $18, $12 18 and under, students w/NYC school id under 19 get in free

3/21, 4 PM the Erik Satie Quartet – Ron Hay (trombone), Max Seigel (bass trombone),Ben Holmes(trumpet), and Andrew Hadro (bari sax) –reinvent classic and obscure Satie chamber pieces as well as rare compositions by his obscure contemporaries, followed at 6 PM by Big Lazy noir guitar mastermind Steve Ulrich, followed at 10 by the haphazardly funny Eastern Blokhedz – who dopsychedelic covers of 60s Russian psychedelic pop songs and specialize in the catalog of legendary Polish singer Edita Piaha –at Barbes

3/21, 5:30 PM a Nowrooz celebration with percussionist/vocalist Kamyar Arsani and vocalist Mina Omidi at the Center for Remembering and Sharing, $25 adv tix rec, incl. delicious Persian food,

3/21, 7:30 PM the legendary Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio play an all-Beethoven program at Irving Auditorium, Irving Pl/17th St., $16

3/21, 7:30 PM purist postbop jazz guitarist Ed Cherry leads an organ trio at the Bar Next Door, $12

3/21, 8 PM not a music event but cool: Elizabeth Jennings: A play by Lionelle Hamanaka about the schoolteacher who desegregated the New York City streetcars by jumping aboard a “whites only” car in 1854, at the People’s Voice Cafe, sugg don, $20, “more if you choose; less if you can’t; no one turned away.”

3/21, 8 PM the NJ Symphony Orchestra play Beethoven’s Piano Concertos #2-4 with soloist Louis Lortie at NJPAC in Newark, $20 tix avail

3/21, 8 PM the Afro-Dominicano Band play perico ripiao, palo, merengue de orquesta, bachata, Afro-beat, reggae, calypso, samba, funk, punk rock and other Caribbean rhythms at Buunni Performance Space, (4961 Broadway btw 207th Street and Isham in Inwood), $15

3/21, 8 PM the Long Island Concert Orchestra with violin soloist Kyoung-Joo Sung play Beeethoven’s Violin Concerto in D and Symphony No. 2 at Merkin Concert Hall, $25 tix avail

3/21, 10 PM Super Yamba play their bracingly psychedelic Afrobeat jams at Footlight Bar, $10

3/21, 11 PM stark southwestern gothic jangle and clang with And the Wiremen at Petes

3/22 11 AM the Ulysses Quartet play a program tba at Subculture, $20 adv tix rec

3/22, 2 PM the verdantly atmospheric Treesearch (bassist Kyle Motl and violinist Keir GoGwilt) at Arete Gallery, $10

3/22, 3:30 PM jazz singer Nancy Kearin with her Quartet at Scholes St Studios, $10. Followed at 7 (separate $10 adm) by guitarist Nicholas Rousseau and his quintet recording a live album inspired by Jean-Jacques Roussesu (relation?)

3/22, 4:30 PM music by Ravel & Gershwin performed by Luba Poliak (piano) and Anna Elashvili (violin) at Happy Lucky No. 1 Gallery,

3/22, 7 PM all-female Armenian vocal trio Zulal – Teni Apelian, Anaïs Alexandra Teke Zulalrian, and Yeraz Markarian, and Perspectives Ensemble reinvent Armenian traditional music at St. James Chapel, 1047 Amsterdam Avenue at 112th St north of St. John the Divine, free

3/22, 7 PM noisepunks Sub Space, Namatay San Ingay, riff-rocking punks Filth Hound, stomping female-fronted metal/new wave band Shadowland and the mighty, fast High Command at St. Vitus, $10

3/22 7 PM Germán López – leading virtuoso of the uke-like Canary Island timple – at Joe’s Pub, $20 gen adm

3/22, 7 PM balmy, sardonically individualistic vocal jazz stylist Dorian Devins and her trio at Bar Thalia adjacent to Symph0ny Space

3/22, 7 PM the Honkytonk Heroes – a NY All-Star of sorts, featuring Charlie Giordano, Gene Yellin, Andy Statman, Tim Kiah followed at 9:30 by Romany jazz/psychedelic rock guitar mastermind Stephane Wrembel at Barbes

3/22, 7:30/9 PM sweeping, swinging vibraphonist Behn Gillece featuring Rick Germanson on piano & Paul Gill on bass at Mezzrow, $20

3/22, 8 PM flamenco jazz saxophonist Antonio Lizana with his band at Drom, $20 adv tix rec

3/22, 10 PM noir-inspired alto saxophonist/composer Nick Hempton leads his ensemble at Smalls

3/23, 7 PM Melissa Gordon of Melissa & the Mannequins, one of the best purist janglerock songwriters in NYC, at the basement room at the Rockwood, $10

3/23, 7:30 PM epic orchestral instrumental art-rockers Kitt Wakeley and the Symphony of Sinners and Saints at Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall,$25 tix avail

3/23, 9:30 PM Kuye with Juan Ospina (vocals), Isaac Matus (huitar), Andres Fonseca (drums), and Mohamed Sharhabil (bass) play psychedelic Caribbean rock at Barbes

3/24, 7 PM indie classical chamber ensemble Latitude 49 play the album release show for their new one with works by Gabriella Smith (a homage to the Beatles’ “Revolution 9”), Viet Cuong’s whimsical showpiece “Wax and Wire,” plus ruminant works by Annika Socolofsky and Chris Sies at Arete Gallery, free w rsvp

3/24, 7 PM violinist Sam Bardfeld leads a trio followed at 9:30 by clever, fiery, eclectic ten-piece Balkan/hip-hop/funk brass maniacs and Ellington reinventors Slavic Soul Party at Barbes

3/24, 7 PM cinematic bassist Mark Wade and ambitious, tuneful trumpeter Jonathan Finlayson lead their trios at the National Jazz Museum in Harlem, sug don

3/24, 8 PM the String Orchestra of Brooklyn play Sarah Kirkland Snider’s achingly tense Penelope suite at Roulette, $18 adv tix rec is this 3/24 o4 26

3/24, 9 PM wickedly jangly surf/twang/country instrumentalists the Bakersfield Breakers at 11th St Bar

3/24 10 PM darkly glimmering Cretan psychedelic electric lyra/drums duo Xylouris White at the Bell House, $15

3/25, 6 PM pianist Ari Livne plays works by Ligeti, Ryan Francis and more at Elebash Hall at CUNY, free

3/25, 7 PM female-fronted brass band madness: the Brass Queens, Pussy Grabs Back Brass Band and Brassdom at Barbes

3/25, 8 PM sitar virtuoso Gaurav Mazumdar with bansuri flutist Rupak Kulkarni & tabla player Hindole Majumdar at Merkin Concert Hall, $25 tix avail

3/25, 7:30/9:30 PM the Claudia Quintet– the chamber jazz group that started it all, and did a killer 9/11 memorial album – at the Jazz Gallery, $25

3/26, 7 PM pianists Hafez Babashahi, and Mira Gill play works by Schubert, Mozart, Kurtag, Chopin and Larcher at the Austraian Cultural Center, free, rsvp req

3/26, 7 PM Quintet of the Americas play James Cohn’s Klezmer Fantasy plus music by Lembit Beecher, Harold Gutiérrez, Robert Deemer and José Raul Bernardo at the National Opera Center, 330 7th Ave, $20/$10 stud/sts

3/26, 7:30/9:30 PM Latvian composer/singer Arta Jēkabsone with her quintet at the Jazz Gallery, $15

3/26, 7:30 PM pianist Per Tengstrand and Opus 21 play Chopin’s First Piano Concerto at Scandinavia House, $25

3/26, 7:30 PM, repeaitng 3/28 at 8 the NY Philharmonic play Lalo’s Spanish Symphony, Janacek’s Taras Bulba Suite, Bartók’s Miraculous Mandarin and works by Berlioz, $32 tix avail

3/26, 7:30 PM kinetic Chicago postrock/acid jazz bnad the Necks at the Poisson Rouge, $20 adv tix rec

3/26, 7:30 PM Oruco (flamenco dancer and percussionist), Eduardo Trassierra (guitarist), and Kiko Peña (vocalist) re-create a traditional Flamenco Tabla at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

3/26, 8 PM accordion genius Shoko Nagai’s haunting Tokala Silk Road/klezmer mashup project at Barbes

3/26, 8 PM Sarah Kirkland Snider’s monumental work Penelope, performed by soprano Eliza Bagg, percussionist Victor Caccese, and the Manhattan Chamber Players at Roulette, $18 adv tix rec

3/26-28, 8 PM “an operatic realization of the rarely heard Compositions No. 279-283 for comedian and improvising musicians by a giant of American music, composer and saxophonist Anthony Braxton, featuring Rob Reese, actor/director; Nate Wooley, trumpet; Jessica Pavone, strings, Ingrid Laubrock, saxophones; Kamala Sankaram, vocals; Elizabeth Saunders, vocals at the Flea, 20 Thomas St, Tribeca, $30

3/26, 8 PM exhilarating klezmer/latin/cumbia jamband Metropolitan Klezmer at Town & Village Synagogue, Social Hall, 334 East 14th St.(between 1st & 2nd Ave.), $15

3/26, 8 PM a “composer portrait” of trombonist George Lewis performed by Laura Cocks, Seth Parker Woods, Dana Jessen, Conrad Harris & Pauline Kim at Issue Project Room, $15

3/26, 8:30 PM hauntingly mesmerizing Iraqi classical singer Zahra Zubaidi (of Safaafir) at the Jalopy, $15

3/27, 6:30 PM flamenco chanteuse Rocio Marquez and band at Elebash Hall at CUNY, $30

3/27, 6:30 PM folk noir duo the Tall Pines at the American Folk Art Museum

3/27, 7:30 PM succinct, lyrical Americana road warrior Peter Mulvey at City Vineyard, $20\

3/27, 8 PM trumpeter Ben Holmes’ broodingly Middle Eastern/klezmer-tinged Naked Lore trio at Barbes

3/27-8, 8 PM unpredictable, intense improvisational jazz trombonist Josh Roseman at Happy Lucky No. 1 Gallery, $20

3/27, 8 PM the String Orchestra of Brooklyn play works by by Caroline Shaw, Shelley Washington and Anne Leilehua Lanzilotti at Roulette, $18 adv tix rec

3/27, 7:30 PM Cuban pianist Dayramir González and band put an Afro-Cuban spin on Bowie and Blondie tunes at Joe’s Pub, $25 adv tix rec

3/27, 8 PM the NJ Symphony Orchestra play Rossini’s William Tell Overture, Christopher Rouse: Bassoon Concerto and Beethoven’s Eroica Symphony at NJPAC in Newark, $20 tix avail

3/27, 8:30 PM Korean oboeist/flutist Gamin and the traditional Korean Nangye Gugak Orchestra at Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall, $35, expensive, but could be super cool

3/27, 8 PM baritone sax sage Dave Sewelson leads his quintet at the old Nublu; 3/30, 9 PM he’s at Bar Lunatico

3/27, 9 PM haunting flamenco/Sicilian folk chanteuse Julia the basement room at the Rockwood, $12

3/27, 9:30 PM majestic, darkly cinematic surf band the TarantinosNYC at Freddy’s

3/27, 10 PM psychedelic Afrobeat jammers Underground System at the Sultan Room, $15

3/28. 6 PM Big Lazy noir guitar mastermind Steve Ulrich followed at 10 by slinky, hypnotic percussive Moroccan trance band Innov Gnawa at Barbes

3/28, 7 PM soprano Lucy Dhegrae sings works by Yoko Ono, Pauline Oliveros, Alison Knowles, Pamela Z, Meredith Monk, Kate Soper, and Luciano Berio on themes of post-traumatic stress disorder at National Sawdust, $25 adv tix rec

3/28, 7:30 PM purist postbop jazz guitarist Jocelyn Gould leads a trio at the Bar Next Door, $12

3/28, 7:30 PM pianist Conrad Tao‘s Junction Trio play works by Haydn, Ives and Dvorak at Irving Auditorium, Irving Pl/17th St., $16

3/28, 8 PM gospel singer Robert Gibbons, trombonist poet Demetrius Daniel and politically-inspired bluesy songwriter Fred Arcoleo at the People’s Voice Cafe, sugg don, $20, “more if you choose; less if you can’t; no one turned away.”’

3/28, 8 PM Irish concertina/accordion player Christy McNamara returns from Ireland to reprise last year’s concert with guitarist David Sidman, plus a special opening set by Jerry O’Sullivan, arguably America’s premier master of the uilleann pipes at the Jalopy $15 adv tix avail at the theatre

3/28, 8 PM flamenco crooner Rancapino Chico – “torchbearer of flamenco puro and heir to the cantes of Cadiz” – at Roulette, $30

3/29, 7PM noir guitar legend Jim Campilongo with fellow six-stringer Steve Cardenas duo followed at 9:30 by Romany jazz/psychedelic rock guitar mastermind Stephane Wrembel at Barbes

3/28 9 PM haunting French-Tunisian saxophonist Yacine Boulares’ Ajoyo project with singer Sarah E. Charles at Bar Lunatico

3/28 9ish eclectic violinist Dana Lyn’s protean, psychedelic, ecologically woke jazz project Mother Octopus at the Owl

3/28 9 PM honkytonk guitarslinger Danny Weiss and charming singer Mary Olive Smith’s oldschool C&W band Stillhouse Serenade at the Jalopy Tavern

3/28, 8 PM edgy Middle Eastern-inspired alto saxophonist Uri Gurvich leads an electric quintet at Nublu 151, $15

3/28, 8 PM lush, intense, artfully orchestrated psychedelic rockers Aunt Ange at the small room at the Rockwood

3/28, 8 PM the Fonema Consort play new works by Jessie Cox, Fjola Evans, Louis Goldford and Laure the DiMenna Center, $tba

3/28, 8 PM first-class improvisers: jazz bassoonist Sarah Schoenbeck’s duo SSWH with Dana JEssen and violinist Jason Kao Hwang‘s Sing House at Soup & Sound

3/28. 8 PM sax duo Hocket: Alastair Wright and Dylan Ward play music by Augusta Read Thomas, Meredith Monk, Kirsten Broberg, Ken Thomson, David Biedenbender, Lei Liang and Marc Mellits at Scholes St Studios, $10

3/29, 11 AM intense, fearlessly relevant Middle Eastern clarinetist Kinan Azmeh‘s City band at Subculture, $20 adv tix rec, that’s worth getting up early for on a Sunday!

3/29, 4 PM soul songwriter Sandra Small – who brings the passion of oldschool soul into the hip-hop era – at the small room at the Rockwood

3/29, 7 PM ambient electroacoustic improvisation by violinist Daniel Pioro and Icelandic composer Valgeir Sigurðsson at National Sawdust, $25 adv tix rec

3/29,. 7 PM a jazz piano twinbill w/ Erez Aviram Trio & Shai Portugaly and the Band at Scholes St Studios, $10

3/29, 7ish  catchy folk noir/Nashville gothic songwriter Emily Frembgen at LIC Bar

3/29, 8 PM flamenco cantante Elena Andujar and band at Drom, $15 adv tix rec

3/29, 10:30 PM apocalyptic psychedelic circus rock with Frogbelly & Symphony at the Sultan Room, $12

3/30, 7 PM the Raga Maqam ensemble with rapturous Middle Eastern trumpeter Amir Elsaffar, violinist Arun Ramamurthy and an all-star Indian ensemble at the Rubin Museum of Art, $30

3/30 8 PM lush, elegant, classically-informed jazz with the Vadim Neselovskyi Nonet feat. trumpeter Dave Douglas and magically haunting singer Sara Serpa at Roulette, $18 adv tix rec

3/31, drinks at 5:30 PM, show at 6, the new generation’s most eclectic jazz harpist, Brandee Younger & bassist Dezron Douglas at the Miller Theatre, free

3/31, 7:30/9:30 PM vocal jazz supergroup Duchess -Amy Cervini, Hilary Gardner and Melissa Stylyianou with Jesse Lewis on guitar at the Jazz Standard, $30

3/31, 7:30 PM violin duo Milolina play their US debut with works by Ann Rosén, Finnish composer Tomi Räisänen, and Lynn Bechtold, as well as other featured works by Norwegian composer Ketil Hvoslef and Swedish composers Cecilia Franke, Mauro Godoy Villalobos, and Katarina Leyman, at Scandinavia House, $25

3/31, 7:30 PM Belarusian-American cellist Mark Prihodko, with pianist Tatiana Goncharova play works by Beethoven, Franck, Mark Mico and others at Merkin Concert Hall, $15 tix avail

3/31, 8 PM one of New York’s most eclectic, interesting oudists, Brian Prunka and his Egyptian-style band Sharq Attack at Sisters Brooklyn, 900 Fulton St at Washington, C to Clinton-Washington, sug don

4/2, 7:30 PM pianist Gabriele Baldocci plays a program tba at St. Johns Church, 218 W 11th St.,

4/3, 8 PM the NY Philharmonic play a $5 concert featuring music by Bernstein, Copland, Shostakovich, Nina C. Young, andNew York Philharmonic Very Young Composer Paloma Alonso as well as music chosen by ticketholders.

4/4, 8 PM Yemeni oudist Abdulrahman Al-Akhfash with mesmerizing Omani oudist/singer Amal Waqar and multi-instrumentalist Zafer Tawil at Roulette, $30

4/8, 7 PM everybody’s favorite downtown NYC soundtrack band, Morricone Youth followed by a screening of Kire Papputs’ suspense film The Last Porno Show – about a kid who inherits a porno theatre and hopes to close it but gets sucked into a more and more twisted world – at Nighthawk Theatre in Williamsburg, $18

4/9, 7:30 PM the HEO Trio blend Korean and French sounds into jazz at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

4/13. 7;30 PM pianist Vasily Primakov plays sonatas by Franck and Chopin at St. Johns Church, 218 W 11th St.,

4/14 drinks at 5:30 PM, show at 6, indie classical supergroup the Hands Free – James Moore, guitar & banjo; Caroline Shaw, violin Eleonore Oppenheim, bass; Nathan Koci, accordionat the Miller Theatre, free

4/16, 8 PM the NY Scandia Symphony play works by Carl Nielsen, Hugo Alfven, Emil Hartmann at Symphony Space, $25

4/16, 7:30 PM adventurous jazz singer/trumpeter Linda Briceño and band at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

4/16-18 haunting composer/pianist Michael Hersch with eclectic vocal/chamber ensemble Cantata Profana at the Irondale Center

4/17, 7:30 PM Son Del Monte play low brass-driven salsa dura at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

4/18, 8 PM haunting tanbour virtuoso Ali Akbar Moradi with ubiquitous Iranian percussionist Pejman Hadadi, the innovative at Roulette, $30

4/24, 8 PM Debapriya Adhikary and Samanwaya Sarkar play a rare duet with vocal and sitar at Roulette, $30

4/25, 8 PM oudist Brahim Frigbane and sintir player Hassan Hakmoun duel it out at Roulette, $30

4/28, 7 PM violinist Asi Matathias and pianist Matthew Graybil play works by Vitali, Beethoven and Saint-Saens at Revelation Gallery, 224 Waverly Pl, $20

4/30, 7:30 PM the Heath Quartet play an all-Beethoven program at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

5/1, 7:30 PM Soul Science Lab duo, Chen Lo and Asanté Amin “recreate the year 1963 in a live performance with artists whose work breathes new life into the sights and sounds that shaped the music of an era—allowing a modern audience to rethink, renew, and remix their conceptions of the past. From the Black empowerment songs of James Brown to the outcries for justice in Ferguson, Soundtrack ’63 highlights pivotal moments in America’s history and illustrates why they remain relevant today” at Alice Tully Hall, $25

5/19. 7 PM pianist Asiya Korepanova leads a trio playing works by Tschaikovskky and a trio version of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 2 at Revelation Gallery, 224 Waverly Pl, $20

A Chilling, Furious Musical Response to Trump-Era Fascism by Elsa Nilsson

Elsa Nilsson isn’t the only artist who was so pissed off by the 2016 Presidential election and the encroaching fascism afterward that she wrote a whole album about it. But that release, Hindsight – which hasn’t hit the web yet – is one of the most hauntingly illustrative of all the protest jazz records released over the past four years. The flutist participated in the first Women’s March on Washington: she draws the rhythms of each of the album’s tracks from chants of the protestors there, as well as from demonstrators across the country in the months and years afterward. Nilsson’s wary, often raging melodies and relentless gallows humor pack a mighty wallop, speaking truth to power run amok.

The opening track, Changed in Mid Air reflects on Trump’s infamous travel ban, Nilsson’s sudden, shocked downward cascade contrasting with Alex Minier’s grimly distorted, fat bass, guitarist Jeff McLaughlin’s icy chords and drummer Cody Rahn’s increasingly emphatic drive depicting the institutionalized terror faced by immigrants.

The diptych Worth the Risk/Maria references both a refugee’s leap of faith as well as Hurricane Maria’s devastation of Puerto Rico. Nilsson shifts between eerie airiness and tortured phrasing through an envelope pedal, over a spacious, brooding backdrop. McLaughlin’s steely, clanging solo is one of the album’s high points; a frantic guitar/flute exchange follows as the hurricane hits.

The forlornly strolling Will Help Come vividly reflects Puerto Ricans’ diminishing hopes for aid from the Trumpies in the aftermath of the storm, with a crushingly allusive concluding solo from the bandleader. Enough Is Enough begins with an austere, chantlike, looped phrase and rises with an increasingly horrified crescendo, Nilsson’s flute fluttering and leaping all over the place over McLaughlin’s stately, lingering chords. It goes on for six minutes twenty seconds, the time it took for the gunman at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School to complete his hateful mission.

The quartet open the album’s title track with a fiery, allusively Balkan-tinged intensity and careen anthemically from there, Rahn hitting a hardcore pulse at one point. What Can I Do, based on the rhythm of the phrase “Black Lives Matter,” is the most enigmatic track on the album, a study in eleven-tone scales and an acknowledgment of how people of color are so often denied subjectivity (that’s an academic way of saying the only time you see black people on tv is when they’re dead or in handcuffs).

Trickle Down, a portrait of relentless struggle, has snarky opening cascades and snarling, skronky guitar over a loopy, funky groove. I Believe You – Nilsson’s reaction to Christine Blasey Ford’s shocking testimony at the Brett Kavanaugh hearings – has an austere gravitas and vivid air of disbelief at the circus that ensued.

Fill The Courts, a reflection on the sinister effects of the past three decades’ drive to pack the courts with Republicans, brings back the relentlessness and ominous contrasts of the opening track. Nilsson closes this chilling cycle with We Show Up, a moodily lingering shout-out to the millions raising our voices and getting out in the streets: McLaughln’s Keith Levene-esque lines are among the most memorable ones here. Count this as one of the best albums of the past several months in any style of music. Nilsson and band play the album release show on April 10 at 9:30 PM at the Cutting Room; cover is $15.

Epic, Stormy Grandeur From Mike Holober and the Gotham Jazz Orchestra

Pianist Mike Holober has been busy as an arranger lately – his charts for the NDR Bigband are out-of-the-box exquisite – but has made a welcome return to his role as leader of the Gotham Jazz Orchestra. Their epic new double album Hiding Out – streaming at Spotify – is the Grand Canyon Suite of jazz. Its initial inspirations are the grandeur of the American West, and a long-abused tributary that flows into Manhattan Harbor. Its boundless energy and intensity are pure New York. If you need music that makes your pulse race, this is your fix.

Built around a suspenseful “over here!” riff, the practically fourteen-minute opening diptych, Jumble, takes on a catchy, cantering maracatu pulse, with gusts from around the orchestra bursting in and out of the sonic picture: if Carl Nielsen had been a jazz guy, he might have sounded like this. Holober’s low-key Rhodes solo offers barely a hint of how far alto saxophonist Jon Gordon’s crescendo is going to go; likewise, guitarist Jesse Lewis’ waves upward into the combustible stratosphere.

Most of the rest of the album is two suites. Flow, a Hudson River epic, begins with lushly acidic, shifting tectonic sheets over a suspenseful tiptoe beat: the effect when the low brass and bass enter is nothing short of magnificent but just as ominous (look what the industrial revolution did to New York waterways). A subtle shift to a quasi-samba groove with towering horns recedes for a poignant Jason Rigby tenor solo against Holober’s glittering piano, part Messiaen, part Fats Waller in calm mode. Somberly blustery variations on a minor blues bassline anchor devious horn exchanges: is that competing ferries honking at each other?

That’s just the first part! This monstrosity tops the forty minute mark. Part two, Opalescence is slightly less expansive (eleven-minute), darker and more resonantly concise variation on the opening theme – Chuck Owen’s similarly titanic River Runs suite comes to mind. Marvin Stamm’s trumpet weaves slowly in and out, Holober slowly developing an achingly lyrical interlude. This may be a lazy river sometimes, but it’s deep. The concluding chapter, Harlem is introduced via a brooding interlude featuring piano and flute, seemingly a shout-out to the Lenapes who tended this land before the murderous Europeans arrived. Billy Drewes’ carefree solo alto sax kicks off Holober’s hard-swinging salute to New York’s original incubator for jazz, Scott Wendholdt’s trumpet flurrying away as the music shifts toward a more 21st century milieu and an ineluctable return to the turbulence of the river itself. The band take a jubilant dixieland-flavored romp out,

The title suite – a Wyoming big-sky tableau – opens with austere woodwinds, building to a enigmatically charged atmosphere that grows more broodingly Darcy James Argue-tinged as the cleverly implied melody of the second movement, Compelled, looms into focus. Holober works the low/high and jaunty/sinister contrasts for all they’re worth, Steve Cardenas’ guitar leaping through the raindrops. John Hebert’s spring-loaded bass pulse mingled within the bandleader’s fanged neoromantic solo.

A pair of miniatures – a bright, enveloping interlude and a moody piano theme – lead into the symphonic conclusion, It Was Just the Wind. Holober picks up the pace with a syncopated, somewhat icy solo intro, then the orchestra rise to a qawwali-ish triplet groove with lush horn exchanges, a leaping Gordon alto solo and a more enigmatic one from tenor saxophonist Adam Kolker against sparely wary piano and guitar. Although Holober eventually interpolates a warmly pastoral theme amid the swells and slashes, whatever was out there was closer to Blair Witch territory than the Lone Ranger out on the range.

The ensemble wind up the album with an expansively orchestrated take of Jobim’s Carminhos Cruzados, a wide palette built around Stamm’s tenderly resonant phrasing and pinwheeling clarity. There hasn’t been such an electrifying big band record released in many months, an early contender for best jazz album of the year from an inspired cast that also includes Dave Pietro, Ben Kono and Charles Pillow on reeds; Steve Kenyon and Carl Maraghi on baritone sax and bass clarinet; Tony Kadleck, Liesl Whitaker and James de LaGarza on trumpets; Tim Albright, Mark Patterson, Alan Ferber, Bruce Eidem and Pete McGuinness on trombones; Nathan Durham on bass trombone; Jay Azzolina on guitar; Mark Ferber and Jared Schonig sharing the drum chair and Rogerio Boccato on percussion.

A High-Voltage Triple Live Album and a Crown Heights Gig by Tenor Sax Titan George Garzone

Tenor saxophonist George Garzone is best known as the founder of the Fringe, one of the greatest and most improvisationally ambitious chordless trios in the history of jazz. He’s iconic in his native Boston, his most recent album was recorded in Los Angeles, and he’s coming to New York for a sexet gig at Bar Bayeux in Crown Heights tonight, Feb 19 at 8 PM with Neta Raanan also on tenor sax, Joe Melnicove on flute, Chris Crocco on guitar, Tyrone Allen on bass and Francisco Mela on drums.

That record, 3 Nights in L.A. – streaming at Spotify – is a lavish, solo-centric triple live album featuring Alan Pasqua on piano, Darek Oles on bass and Peter Erskine on drums.

In this age of short attention spans interrupted even further by distractions from the magic rectangle, who on earth would listen to a triple live album, let alone one with three different eleven-minute versions of Have You Met Miss Jones? People who like party music…and conversational camaraderie, and good solos. Garzone’s misty, easygoing one to open the shuffling first take doesn’t hint at where the song’s going to go, either that night or the next, from Pasqua’s practically motorik drive to Erskine’s vaudevillian cheer. Night two’s version is a lot louder and edgier, Garzone pushing further outside, Pasqua digging hard into some deliciously allusive modalities, Oles playing class clown this time. They pick up the pace even further but play more sparely to close their three-night stand with it.

There are also two takes of The Honeymoon here: the first night’s with a blues-infused gravitas, the second’s a darkly shimmering gem with its sharp focus. Throughout the record, Garzone’s ability to shift seamlessly between sound worlds – whether lyrically spiraling and pirouetting within the idiom, or wailing, honking and stabbing to the fringes – is in peak form. And the band match his boundless energy.

The first disc also has a pointillistically racewalking All the Things You Are, with a stunningly uneasy, chiming outro, contrasting with a slow majestically gleaming Michael Brecker dedication. Likewise, the floating swing of Twelve is balanced by dark-tinged solo adventure, Without looking back, the band charge through I Hear a Rhapsody and follow with the most epic number of the entire weekend, the rivetingly uneasy clave ballad Tutti Italiani. With lingerine echoes of Brubeck and Ellington and simmering solos from Garzone and Pasqua, it’s the highlight of the album.

The quartet kick off disc two with a genially shuffling Like Someone in Love, take the simmer up a notch with Invitation, then bring it down with I Want to Talk About You, going from hazily warm to more mutedly opaque when the bass follows Garzone’s long opening statement. The briskly floating swing of Hey Open Up makes a good segue up to the point where the bass and drums bring the heat up again; then they take their time with a shadowy, suspenseful take of Agridolce.

They kick off the final night with a strutting, samba-tinged slink in I Remember April, but that turns to dusky majesty midway through and reaches a ravishingly hushed peak in Equinox, all the way down to a spacious, deep-space bass solo for Pasqua to finally spiral triumphantly out of.

Tender solos permeate the low-key latin allusions of To My Papa, followed by the ebullient straight-up swing of It Will Happen to You. Sky Shines on an August Sunday is the most slowly unwinding number here, a long launching pad for wide-angle expression from Pasqua and Garzone. Goes to show how much life and unexpected entertainment a bunch of smart vets can get out of a handful of mostly well-worn standards.

A Brooding, Indian-Tinged Silent Film Score From Guitarist Rez Abbasi

Guitarist Rez Abbasi‘s score to Frank Osten’s 1929 silent film A Throw of Dice echoes the movie’s Indian milieu, shifting moods on a dime along with the narrative. The soundtrack is streaming at Bandcamp. Abbasi’s next gig is Feb 26 at 8:30 PM at the Bar Next Door, leading a trio with Rashaan Carter on bass and Luca Santiniella on drums; cover is $12.

The movie opens with Mystery Rising. which is more opaque than outright mysterious, a jazz waltz with distant carnatic tinges from Pawan Benjamin’s bansuri flute and percussionist Rohan Krishnamurthy’s flickering accents, Abbasi’s acoustic guitar and Jennifer Vincent’s cello adding somber contrast. There’s even more of a sense of foreboding in Hopeful Impressions, a strolling trio piece for guitar, cello and Jake Goldblas’ drums.

Abbasi hits his sitar pedal for the bubbly Love Prevails against Goldblas’ wry faux-tabla rustles. Likewise, the guitar-sitar voicings and swoopy backward-masked riffs of Facing Truth seem to be played with one eyebrow raised. Abbasi goes back to acoustic alongside Benjamin’s spare soprano sax for a miniature, Amulet & Dagger, then picks up his Strat again for the unexpectedly catchy, uneasily art-rock tinged diptych Blissful Moments. Anchored by Vincent’s hypnotic bass pulse, Seven Days Until News keeps the brooding ambience going.

With its moodily descending and then circling chromatics, Duplicity is one of the most haunting interludes here (full disclosure: nobody at this blog has seen the film). Jugglers, a lively little bit of carnatic jazz, is more straightforward than the title implies. As for Snakebite, it’s a brief, tectonically shifting tone poem.

The way Abbasi orchestrates the cello/sax harmonies to mimic a harmonium in Moving Forward is especially artful. Wedding Preparation turn out to be less harried and stressful than simply straightforward: even as the rhythms diverge, it’s the album’s most recognizably postbop jazz moment. A relaxed pastoral feel recedes for more anxious tonalities in Morning of the Wedding, lingering throughout the quiet foreboding of Gambling Debt.

Dissociative individual voices flutter throughout Boy Changes Fate, giving way to the tensely anthemic, pastoral stroll of Falsehood. Vincent picks up her cello, Benjamin his bansuri for a bit in Changing Worlds, obviously a key moment with its understated syncopation and troubled sax crescendo.

Abbasi grafts a Terry Riley-esque loop atop the crescendoing stalker theme Chase For Liberation and brings the score full circle with True Home. Fans of the Brooklyn Raga Massive‘s small-ensemble adventures in jazz, or guitarist Jonathan Goldberger‘s more cinematic work ought to check this out.

Disquieting, Translucent Noir-Tinged Tunes and a Barbes Gig From Brian Shankar Adler’s Fourth Dimension

Said it before, time to say it again: good drummers have the best address books because everybody wants to play with them. Drummer Brian Shankar Adler‘s latest album Fourth Dimension – streaming at Bandcamp – is the latest to validate that argument, a darkly syncopated collection equally informed by minimalist 20th century music, Indian sounds and noir cinematics. Chances are he’ll be airing out plenty of this material at his gig at Barbes on Feb 20 at 8 PM. The eclectic, funky Sugartone Brass Band play after at around 10.

The album opens with a minimalist indie classical-style variations on a simple 1-5-octave piano riff from Santiago Liebson. Mantra is where vibraphonist Matt Moran and guitarist Jonathan Goldberger come in: it’s a syncopated take on ominous Twin Peaks jazz, guitar in place of the faux Miles trumpet that Angelo Badalementi would undoubtedly use here.

A Goldberger drone offers a backdrop to eerily dripppy vibes and piano as Rudram coalesces, then bassist Rob Jost loops a tasty Indian-tinged chromatic riff followed by blippy exchanges among the band: Rez Abbasi‘s more concise work comes to mind.

In Pulses, Goldberger holds down the lows while Moran balances the top end and the bandleader gets blustery, up to an unexpectedly windswept, sirening outro. Windy Path is less gusty than just oddly and creepily stairstepping: a cut and pasted take on broodingly catchy Britfolk, maybe. Gowanus – for out-of-towners, that’s the stinky Brooklyn canal, reputedly home to many, many corpses – rises from an acidic pool of sounds to a hypnotic, grimly funky groove lit up by the interplay between piano and vibes.

Watertown has a suspiciously bouncy, quasi nursery rhyme theme bookending a careening guitar break. Goldberger busts out his flange for Nuearth, a lingeringly woozy pastoral tune that Adler very cleverly syncopates around an enigmatically Romantic piano interlude. Petulant polyrhythms dominate the staggered mash of ideas in Pendulum, while the similar Rise and Fall leans toward the careeningly bucolic material Tom Csatari was writing a couple of years ago.

Thw band wind up the album with Alternative Facts, another bouncy metric maze that’s too crazy to believe despite hints of calypso and a ridiculous vibraphone solo. Fans of artists as diverse as the aforementioned Mr. Badalamenti, Kneebody and Chris Dingman should check out this strange and individualistic crew.