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Live in Europe: Lyrical Piano Icon Fred Hersch’s Funnest Album Ever?

Fred Hersch’s latest album Live in Europe is the new paradigm. The pianist and his long-running trio didn’t even know that their live radio broadcast from Brussels last November had been recorded until the tour was over. When he found out that there was a recording, Hersch listened back and was validated that the band had killed it just as he’d remembered. Instant album! It’s streaming at Spotify; Hersch, bassist John Hébert and drummer Eric McPherson kick off a weeklong stand at the Vanguard on July 24, with sets at 8:30 and 10:30.

This is a very fun, playful, even quirky set. Beyond the fact that these three musicians are one of the rare groups in jazz who’ve been together long enough to develop near-telepathic communication, they’re in an exceptionally good mood and the result is contagious. The fact that they were just going out and having a good time onstage rather than officially making a record probably has something to do with that.

Hersch is one of the greatest – maybe the greatest – current interpreter of Monk on the piano, and the way he takes the opening number, We See’s riffs dancing further and further outside, up to a series of ridiculously good jokes, makes for a hell of an opening. Jousting, deadpan straight-up swing and some clever rhythmic shifts beneath the pianist’s increasingly marionettish pulse take it out.

The group work their way animatedly into Snape Matings with hints of a ballad that never coalesces – the fun is leaving that carrot in front of the audience. McPherson’s subtle vaudevillian touches and Hebert’s suggestion of dropping everything for a mighty charge are the icing on the cake. Scuttlers, which follows, is more of an improvisation on a similarly carnivalesque, Frank Carlberg-ish theme, followed by the aptly titled Skipping and its rhythmic shifts, the group reaching toward a jaunty, ragtime-tinged swing.

Bristol Fog – a shout-out to the late British pianist John Taylor – is a plaintively elegaic, lustrous rainy-day jazz waltz and arguably the album’s most affecting track, with a long, mutedly clustering bass solo at the center. Then the group pulse into Newklypso – a Sonny Rollins dedication – Hersch’s lithe righthand and McPherson’s irrepressible offbeat accents held together by Hebert’s funky elasticity.

The Big Easy, a balmy, slowly swaying nocturne, has Ellingtonian gravitas but also the flickering playfulness of the beginning of the show. There’s also a little wry Donald Fagen in there too, which comes further to the forefront and then recedes in favor of fondly regal yet relaxed phrasing in Herbie Hancock’s Miyako.

The group take their time giving Wayne Shorter’s Black Nile a similarly considered launch and then swing it by the tail. Hersch brings the concert full circle with a solo take of Blue Monk as the encore, pulling strings all the way. Bands who have as much sheer fun onstage rarely have this much tightness, let alone the kind of chops these three guys were showing off in Belgium that night.


Whirlwind Improvisation and Smashing Tunefulness from Jane Ira Bloom at NYU

This past week, NYU held a little jazz festival of their own, featuring some top-tier talent. Saxophonist Tom Scott and the Rich Shemaria Big Band recorded a live album at the cozy Provincetown Playhouse amphitheatre on Saturday night. Pianist Shemaria’s colorful, hefty new charts brought some welcome gravitas to some of Scott’s biggest solo and LA Express hits, notably a rather torchy take of the love theme from Taxi Driver and a bustling, surprisingly un-dixielandish reinvention of the Paul McCartney single Listen to What the Man Says. Among his many wry between-song anecdotes, Scott revealed that McCartney had summoned him to an afternoon session, on no notice, to play soprano on that one – and that the scratch track, which Scott had no idea was being recorded, was what eventually ended up in the song. You’ll be able to hear all of that and more sooner than later.

Much as it would have been fun to catch another individualist saxophonist, Dave Pietro and his group in that same space later in the week, soprano saxophonist Jane Ira Bloom turned in a spectacular, whirlwind set a couple of days beween those shows, leading a trio with bassist Mark Helias and drummer Bobby Previte. It was a great way to cap off a week of listening on loop to that newly discovered 1963 John Coltrane session that everybody’s been talking about.

While it wouldn’t be accurate to make any close comparison between this rhythm section and Coltrane’s, there were similarities between how both Helias and Jimmy Garrison would hold the center as Previte or Elvin Jones chewed the scenery. The three veterans onstage sandwiched volley after volley of inspired camaraderie and conversation between Bloom’s signature, fiercely tuneful, acerbic riffs. Helias started a game of whiffle ball, Previte flicking back his responses harder and harder until he hit on an altered clave. Likewise, the bassist’s looming, low-register bowing gave Previte a comfortable launching pad for his pummeling toms and pinballing romps along his hardware.

Stage right, Bloom was a spring-loaded presence, weaving and pouncing, whipping her horn in a semicircle for a flange effect, spiraling through achingly intense, rapidfire trills and Coltrane-esque glissandos. The winner of the 2018 DownBeat Critics Poll for soprano sax aired out a lot of recent material from her trio album, Early Americans, with these guys. Several of the numbers looked to Emily Dickinson’s work for inspiration: Bloom seems committed to helping rescue the poet from the posthumous branding which cast her as a wallflower when in fact she was puckish and engaging.

Was the best song of the set Dangerous Times, Helias’ brooding bowing giving way to the bandleader’s uneasy bustle and eventually a turbulently thrashing coda? Maybe. Previte’s coy pointillisms and then a pretty successful attempt at getting a simple triangle to evoke epic majesty were some of the night’s funniest moments, as Singing the Triangle got underway. And Bloom painted a Van Gogh wheatfield of sound in Cornets of Paradise, a more triumphantly crescendoing tableau.

The NYU festival may be over, and Bloom doesn’t seem to have any other gigs coming up at the moment, but there is a brass festival with a program TBA at the Provincetown Playhouse – on Washington Square South west of W 3rd St – at 7 PM on July 27.

Thumbscrew Put Their Signature Twist on Popular Standards and Obscurities

If you count guitarist Mary Halvorson’s latest ferociously good album Code Girl, she and the Thumbscrew rhythm section – bassist Michael Formanek and drummer Tomas Fujiwara – have put out three albums in about the past six months. That’s a Guided By Voices pace. It’s not likely that they’ll pass the Ohioans in terms of mammoth output, but by any standard, the trio collective are on a rare creative tear. They have two brand-new albums out – the first, a collection of originals simply titled Ours, is streaming at Cuneiform Records and got the full treatment on this page a couple of days ago. Today’s installment focuses on the second of those releases, Theirs, a covers collection also up at Cuneiform. The band will be airing out all of those tunes at their upcoming stand at the Vanguard, with sets at 8:30 and 10ish starting on July 17.

Every good musician knows that if you’re going to cover somebody else’s song, you either have to do it completely differently, or do it better than the original. And if a song’s worth covering at all, that can be a tall order. What’s most surprising about this playlist is how trad it is. You might think that these three veterans of the New York progressive jazz scene might use an opportunity like this to bigup one of their pals like Kris Davis, or do one of Tom Rainey’s crazy charts. Nope. Instead, this is three of the most formidable players in all of jazz at the top of their game, putting a characteristically individualistic, often iconoclastic spin on a mix of well-known and somewhat more obscure material.

The main difference between the originals and covers albums is night and day – more or less. The covers are shorter and funnier, and Halvorson more often than not plays them with a cleaner tone. The first is Stablemates, by Benny Golson: both Halvorson and Formanek get their offkilter EFX going for a space lounge feel as Fujiwara gives it a low-key, peppery swing.

Halvorson plays tiptoeing serial killer, making jaunty noir out of Benzinho, a Jacob Do Bandolim samba. The guitarist lets the chromatics of Herbie Nichols’ House Party Starting linger a little more over the rhythm section’s muted swing: Fujiwara’s terse breaks and sardonically skipping phrasing elevate this kind of material far beyond its dancefloor origins without losing that groove.

A gazillion bands have tackled Jimmy Rowles’ brooding classic The Peacocks; Thumbscrew’s downcast dirge might be the best of all of them, Halvorson parsing the melody sparsely over Formanek’s similarly judicious accents and Fujiwara’s misty brushwork. After that masterpiece, they blow off some steam with a frantic, messy leap into a loose, highly improvised take of East of the Sun.

Their remake of the schlocky waltz Scarlet Ribbons has a brushy, straight-up 4/4 Fujiwara beat, Halvorson leaving her warpy envelope pedal on for maximum surrealism: it’s actually quite pretty despite itself. Buen Amigo, by Argentine composer Julio De Caro gets a sparse Big Lazy tango noir treatment: Fujiwara’s offcenter accents here are one of the album’s high points.

The group’s choice of Dance Cadaverous as a Wayne Shorter cover makes a lot of sense in context: it’s more expansive than the original, both rhythmically and melodically, Helvorson gently tremolo-picking her way into an increasingly thorny thicket. The album’s last two tracks are waltzes. Stanley Cowell’s Effi is the album’s most trad cut, with just enough warpy guitar sonics to add a little disquiet. Weer is een dag voorbij (Stormy Day), by the clown prince of Dutch jazz, Instant Composers Pool founder Misha Mengelberg, is the album’s enigmatic, bittersweet conclusion, Halvorson and then Formanek quietly reveling in its subtle shift into the shadows over Fujiwara’s snowy brushwork. Overall, these may not be quite as darkly magical as Thumbscrew’s new originals, but they’re pretty close.

The Michael Leonhart Orchestra Bring Their Epic, Ominously Cinematic Soundscapes to the Jazz Standard

The Michael Leonhart Orchestra’s debut album The Painted Lady Suite – streaming at Sunnyside Records – doesn’t concern a medieval femme fatale. The central seven-part suite portays the epic, over-the-North-Pole migration of painted lady butterflies from Mexico to North Africa. Even by the standards of Bernard Herrmann, whose work this album strongly resembles, its mammoth sweep and dark majesty is unrivalled in recent years. The band are bringing it to life with a two-night stand this July 17 and 18 at the Jazz Standard, with sets at 7:30 and 9:30 PM. Cover is $30.

Along with his singer sister Carolyn, the trumpeter/multi-instrumentalist bandleader is the rare child of musical talent (dad is bassist Jay Leonhart) who’s also produced noteworthy material. Beyond the jazz idiom, the vastness of the music echoes an army of influences as diverse as Pink Floyd, Brad Fiedel’s film scores, Steve Reich and Antibalas (some of whose members play on this album).

The big title suite begins lush and lustrous in the Mexican desert, tectonic sheets of brass alternating with a hefty Afrobeat groove anchored by the low reeds, punctuated by Donny McCaslin’s slashingly modal phrasing. From there the swarm moves north over El Paso in a wave of symphonic Morricone southwestern gothic, Nick Movshon’s shamanistic drums and Nels Cline’s menacing psychedelic guitar interspersed amid the big swells.

North Dakota big sky country is the next destination, Sam Sadigursky’s alto sax fluttering uneasily over ambient, ambered brass ambience in a brooding, Roger Waters-esque soundscape. A couple of ferocious “let’s go!” phrases from the whole orchestra signal a move further north to the wilds of Saskatchewan: Philip Glass as played by the Alan Parsons Project, maybe.

As the migration passes through the chill air high above the Arctic Circle, Movshon’s tersely dancing, staccato bass punctuates serene orchestration, then the circling bass melody shifts to the high reeds, Erik Friedlander’s cello and Pauline Kim’s viola peering through the ether.

The suite concludes with nocturnal and then daytime Saharan skyscapes. With its ominous, repetitive siren motives and the bandleader’s echoey, allusively Middle Eastern muted trumpet, the first is awash in dread and mystery. The second builds from a cheerily strutting Afrobeat tune to a blazingly brassy, triumphantly pulsing coda – but the conclusion is too apt to give away.

There are three more tracks on the album. In the Kingdom of M.Q. features dancing, loopy phrases and a little dissociative swirl beneath a bubbly McCaslin solo. The sardonically titled Music Your Grandparents Would Like has a slow, steady sway, tense close harmonies,a crime jazz interlude and a bizarrely skronky Cline guitar solo. The final cut is The Girl From Udaipur, its enveloping wave motion punctuated by allusions to bhangra.

The orchestra lineup is just as epic as the music. The rest of the trumpet section includes Dave Guy, Taylor Haskins, Andy Bush, Carter Yasutake and Andy Gathercole. Ray Mason and Mark Patterson play trombones, with John Altieri on tuba. Matt Bauder, Ian Hendrickson-Smith, Aaron Heick and Cochemea Gastelum round out the sax section, with Charles Pillow on bass clarinet and alto flute. Sara Schoenbeck plays bassoon; Mauro Durante plays violin; Erik Friedlander plays cello. A revolving drum chair also features Homer Steinweiss and Daniel Freedman. In addition to the bandleader, Joe Martin also plays bass, with Mauro Refosco and Leon Michels on percussion.

Thumbscrew Make Haunting, Thorny Music, and Play a Week at the Vanguard Starting July 17

The album cover shot for the first of Thumbscrew’s two simultaneous new releases, Ours, shows bassist Michael Formanek, guitarist Mary Halvorson and drummer Tomas Fujiwara standing motionless, backs to a wall, each holding a cactus. The two guys manage to half-conceal their grins, but Halvorson can’t. Does this ridiculous symbolism mean that they’re having a lot of fun playing thorny music? Hmmmmm……

The folks at the Vanguard, where the trio will be playing at 8:30 and 10 starting on July 17, seem to agree. You should see what they put on their calendar page: essentially, “This band won’t torture you, so if you like sounds that are just a wee, wee bit outside, come see them.” Halvorson – who’s finally getting the critical props she’s deserved for the past decade – has played there several times in the past, but this is the collaborative trio’s debut there.

The album – streaming at Cuneiform Records – opens with the aptly titled Snarling Joys, a furtively strolling, eerie quasi-bolero and a dead ringer for Big Lazy. Halvorson’s spidery noir evokes Steve Ulrich and Formanek’s deadpan, methodical basslines bring to mind Andrew Hall while Fujiwara finally abandons the racewalk for the shadows. It’s one of the best songs Halvorson has ever written.

Fujiwara’s Saturn Way has more spacious if similarly eerie chromatics set against a hypnotically circling web of polyrhythms, decaying to a sepulchrally flickering tableau, Halvorson’s funereal belltones hanging overhead. Formanek’s Cruel Heartless Bastards bookends a a dissociative round robin with grimly insistent waves of late 70s King Crimson, Halvorson painting a vast, echoey grayscale as Fujiwara tumbles and crashes

Smoketree, another Halvorson tune, alternates three themes. The trio open with spare, moody pastoral jazz, Formanek pulling the band into stalking King Crimson territory again before Halvorson hits her pedal for warpy, watery weirdness. Thumbprint, also by Halvorson, could be Gabor Szabo covering a Monk swing tune with an sardonically evil rhythm section: her wry quotes and space lounge sonics build contrast over Formanek’s loopy hooks and Fujiwara’s shifty shuffles.

The first of two consecutive Fujiwara tunes, One Day gives Halvorson a misty backdrop for desolate, spacious phrasing but also some hilarious, thinly cached quotes, Formanek adding simmering and then punchy melody when not harmonizing uneasily with the guitar. The second, Rising Snow wafts sparely and morosely toward waltz territory until Fujiwara hits some steady but impossible-to-figure syncopation – this also could be Big Lazy.

The album concludes with two Formanek numbers. The first is titled Words That Rhyme With Spangle (angle bangle dangle jangle mangel mangle strangle tangle wangle wrangle). It veers away from catchy, circular chromatic riffs as the rhythm falls away to a drifting wildfire, and then makes a slight return. Unconditional, the final cut, is a funhouse mirror version of a balmy ballad, lowlit by Halvorson’s distantly menacing tremolo-picking and Fujiwara’s cymbal drizzle.

Interplay and Halvorson’s usual sense of humor notwithstanding, this a pretty dark record – and it might be the best album of 2018. And there’s a companion release, Theirs, a covers collection. Watch this space for more about that one before the Vanguard stand starts.

Newly Unearthed John Coltrane Rarities For Your Listening Pleasure

Is the new John Coltrane album Both Directions At Once the holy grail of jazz? No. That would be the Queen’s Suite, or Mingus’ Epitaph.

Furthermore, this new Trane record isn’t a full-fledged album. Minus the seven alternate takes recorded by the legendary Rudy Van Gelder at a marathon March 6, 1963 studio session, it’s more of an ep.

By one of the greatest bands in the history of jazz, at the top of their game, painstakingly immortalized on analog tape. More than anything else, it captures these artists completely in their element, catching magic in a bottle and then trying to sort it out. Which they never got to finish, which is why we haven’t heard it til now. And we all should. It’s streaming at Spotify.

Every track here that has a name has already seen the light of day, whether on live recordings or posthumous compilations. The big story is that there are three previously unreleased, untitled originals along with what are essentially a couple of covers. Considering the glut of dodgy field recordings and soundboard tapes from forgotten European radio broadcasts and such, this is a more significant find than it might seem.

The first of the originals finds Coltrane on soprano sax,running a bitingly catchy, allusively Middle Eastern modal cluster and variations, Elvin Jones’ jubilantly decisive cymbal flares and tom-tom tumbles anchoring Jimmy Garrison’s supple swing and McCoy Tyner’s emphatically expanding web of piano chords.The bassist methodically bows the blues by himself, then leaps back in as the band dances it out. The bandleader’s bracing, woody tone and the occasional effortless whirlwind arpeggio leave no doubt which hall of famer is playing the horn here.

The second untitled original, another soprano tune, is even catchier and is the one that thousands of bands will be covering in the next couple of years. The quartet push the borders of a simple ascending progression, with a haphazardly tasty sax-and-drums interlude midway through. Tyner’s scampering righthand echoes Coltrane’s approach over what less adventurous fingers could have turned into a predictable blues resolution, and Garrison’s muted chords and syncopation add levity as Jones gets tantalizingly brief time motoring down the launching pad.

The final original, called “Slow Blues,” is neither. It’s a subtly polyrhythmic epic over a floating swing, Garrison’s muted insistence shadowing the sax as Jones holds the center. Coltrane delivers more aching overtones, squalls and squeals than anywhere else here as he searches around for a foothold: you can draw a straight line to today’s most purposeful sax voices, from JD Allen to Noah Preminger. Tyner finally takes over from the sax and that’s where the blues kicks in, at least as much as it does at all. Listening to Coltrane construct and then deconstruct his intricate latticework as the full quartet winds the piece out is a rare treat.

The brief, loose-limbed take of Nature Boy here is a fade up from a mutedly jubilant, Bahia-tinged bass-and-drums groove, Coltrane choosing his spots, riding the chromatic escalator and then sliding down with a sage effortlessness. He plays alto here, going for smoke and grit. Tyner has either decided to sit the whole thing out, or he’s done by the time the band get to this edit.

The version of Villa – a Franz Lehar number first released in 1965 – shuffles along genially. Even on this otherwise pretty generic swing tune, the chemistry between Jones’ ride cymbal and Tyner’s lefthand is stunning. The early trio version of Impressions – which Coltrane would later use later that year as an album title track- has a carefree, exploratory feel, Garrison reaching up to stab holes in the clouds as the bandleader unravels and then rips at the easygoing central theme, Jones building to a deviously vaudevillian, retro 30s attack.

The version of One Up One Down here is a real sizzler, Tyner just short of frantic while Coltrane pulls out the stops with his insistent clusters and Jones does the same with his machinegunning volleys. Tyner’s coy, charming righthand runs offer unexpected contrast. Coltrane would later release it on what album.

The seven alternate takes here all have their moments. Plenty of other artists would have seen fit to release them; this group obviously held themselves to a higher standard. A somewhat more feathery take of Villa, a hard-charging, abbreviated first take of Impressions, a similarly electric, longer second one, and a relaxed, more tropical version of the first untitled original are the highlights and transcend mere marginality.

It’ll be very interesting to see if Tyner pulls out any of this material for his shows at the Blue Note, where he’ll be on July 30 and 31 with sets at 8 and 10:30 PM. You can get in for $30.

Hungry March Band Make a Classy, Brassy New Record

Brass monsters Hungry March Band are the only group ever to play both Madison Square Garden and the Women’s March on Washington. And also on Ludlow Street – in the street itself, marching north across Houston to parts unknown late in the summer of 1999. That was typical of the band back then.

The Garden gig happened five years later, as part of a Ralph Nader benefit. By then, as one former member put it, they’d decided to “shake out the musicians from the Burning Man people.” And suddenly this ramshackle, rotating Lower East Side and Williamsburg crew, who could barely keep time, transformed themselves into a blazing, Balkan-inspired beast.

In the years since, there’s been some turnover among what’s always been a rotating cast of players. Their latest album, streaming at Bandcamp, is surprisingly title Running Through with the Sadness. Hungry March Band have a thing for edgy chromatics and minor keys, but they aren’t exactly known for depressing music. How melancholy is this record? It’s not. The songs are on the fast side, and the ban will be playing some of those tunes at one of their annual rituals on July 15 at 3 PM at the corner of Lexington Ave. and 60th St. as part of this year’s Bastille Day festival.

The album also manages to be the most polished thing the band’s ever done, without being slick. The catchy opening track, Ghost Puppy, pulses along on a loopy sousaphone riff – that’s either Tom Abbs or Ben Fausch. There’s also some neat call-and-response and a weirdly oscillating trumpet solo played through a flange, something you’d hardly expect from this analog AF group.

Tenor saxophonist Tove Langhof’s edgy, spiraling, JD Allen-esque solo kicks off Mali Mali – a briskly shuffling, Afrobeat-tinged shout-out to the late Coumba Sidibe. Baritone saxophonist and producer Jason Candler adds good-natured, smoky riffs and bursts over a streamlined pulse.

At least half of the band’s seven-person percussion section join in the intro to Shimmy, a mambo-tinged New Orleans strut packed with the droll pregnant pauses the band love so much, along with a neat alto sax conversation. mighty swells and flanged drums.

Big, bright, cinematic brass juxtaposes with droll, barking sousaphone in Zombie Dog,  a wave of terror rising through the band midway through. Whichawhicha is a wickedly anthemic ska tune with early Skatalites flair, a punchy, gruff Candler baritone solo and an even tastier one from one of the trumpeters (who include John Heyenga, Jeremy Mushlin, John Waters and Jennifer Harder).

Eclipso Calypso is another direct, catchy Caribbean joint – it’s the balmiest track on the album, with carefree solo for trombone (that’s either Sebastian Isler, Cecil Scheib or Kevin Virgilio), trumpet and saxes. The rest of that section of the band includes Emily Fairey and Phillippe Boyer on tenor, Okkon Tomohiko Yokoyama on alto and Sasha Sumner on soprano.

With its funky blend of New Orleans and Puerto Rican flavors. the album’s best track is the brisk, bustling, bluesy Off the Hook. The fiery title cut, a lickety-split merengue, is another monster – the tightness of those rat-a-tat lines will come as a shock to anybody who saw this band in the early days.

After that sprint, it only makes sense for the band to slow down with Swirling Spaceman, if only for the dubwise intro that morphs into a skanking ska groove. There’s also an expansive bonus track, Ataraxia, meaning “calm.” For this crew it might be calm, but for anybody else it would be an epic coda, a warmly anthemic, altered cha-cha with sweet, triangulated riffage, a soulful trombone solo and a clattering percussion break. 

For the record, the percussionists on the album include Kris Anton, Anders Nelson, David Rogers-Berry, Samantha Tsistinas, Adam Loudermilk, Sara Valentine and Theresa Westerdahl. Let’s also not forget the costumed, twirling “HMB Pleasure Society:” Valentine, Despina Stamos, Sarah King, Libby Sentz and Jill Woodward, in charge of motivating the crowd in case the music hasn’t already taken care of that. 

Svetlana & the Delancey Five Reinvent Classic Swing at the Blue Note

The difference between Svetlana & the Delancey Five and virtually every other female-fronted vocal jazz act out there is that they’re not just a singer and a backing band. There’s more interplay and musical conversation in this group than there is in practically any other similar lineup. Case in point: the take of Lady Be Good at their Blue Note show on Saturday. “Here’s one from when we used to be a dance band,” frontwoman Svetlana Shmulyian told the crowd as the ensemble launched into a lickety-split version peppered with counterpoint and call-and-response between both singer and instrumentalists, along with a striking handful of sudden syncopated shifts.

Of the original band’s original lineup, only the bandleader, and trumpeter Charlie Caranicas remain  – if you buy the argument that there was an original one. Like another New York institution, the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, this band have always had a semi-rotating cast: Shmulyian’s address book is as deep as her collection of edgy original charts.

Throughout the rest of the set, the animated jousting between bandmates was nonstop. Tenor saxophonist Christopher McBride exchanged clusters and bursts with Caranicas, whose effortlessly rapidfire descent through a biting series of chromatics during an epically shapeshifting Nothing But Blue Skies was one of the show’s high points.

Bassist Endea Owens – most recently witnessed propelling the mighty all-female Sisterhood of Swing big band at Lincoln Center – voiced terse piano lines and horn lines, and then went into some lowdown funk in a radical remake of Remember Me, from the animated film Coco. Pianist Willerm Delisfort, who’d switched to a resonant, organlike Fender Rhodes setting for that one, tossed off an especially smoochy boudoir soul riff that drew an eye-rolling “I can’t believe you just did that” from the bassist. From the side seats, it wasn’t possible to see Delisfort’s reaction, but it was probably, “There’s more where that came from.”

Drummer Henry Conerway III turned his predecessor Rob Garcia’s arrangement of the Beatles’ Because into a New Orleans funeral theme – in 6/8 time, most of the way through. Likewise, he and the bandleader pounced through more than one jaunty drum-and-vocal duet.

Shmulyian – whose interpretations depend on whatever exchanges are going on with the group – was characteristically dynamic on the mic. Her signature delivery is as clear as a bell, but this time she added an unexpectedly welcome grit to A Tisket, a Tasket, her opening number. It may have been a throwaway for Ella Fitzgerald, but Shmulyian took a carefree playground rhyme and made a fierce double-dutch anthem out of it. Contrastingly, she turned the ballad Sooner or Later – from the Madonna film Dick Tracy – into swoony wee-hours saloon blues.

For upstate fans, they’re at the Falcon,1348 Rt. 9 W in Marlboro, NY on July 29 at 8 PM. They also have a new album, Night at the Movies, in the can, whose reinvented songs from films across the ages are reputedly as eclectic as the setlist as this gig.

Live Music Calendar for New York City and Brooklyn for July and August 2018

Daily updates – if you go out a lot, it couldn’t hurt to bookmark this page.

If you’re leaving your hood, make sure you check for service changes considering how the trains are 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. Weekly events first followed by the daily calendar.

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 ;)

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!

Puppeteer Basil Twist’s disorienting, phantasmagorical Symphonie Fantastique, with pianist Christopher O’Riley playing a score by Berlioz, “takes place in the most unlikely of places – a 1,000-gallon water tank, in which five unseen puppeteers swirl countless pieces of fabrics, feathers, fishing lures, flashlights, glitter, dyes, plastic, vinyl and bubbles in all shapes and sizes, creating a dream-like world of imagination and surreal storytelling,” at Here, 145 6th Ave. south of Spring, $35, through July 15, Tuesday–Saturday at 8:30 PM; Saturday and Sunday at 4. Click the link above for dates which continue through 9/2. 

7/18-29, 8 PM the International Keyboard Festival features a whole slew of top-tier piano talent playing classical repertoire from standard to obscure at the Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College, 695 Park Ave at 68th St. Most concerts are $20/$10 stud/srs. Too many acts to mention, the full 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 south-of-the-border-style 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.

Also Monday and Tuesday nights Vince Giordano’s Nighthawks, a boisterous horn-driven 11-piece 1920s/early 30’s band play Iguana, 240 W. 54th St ( Broadway/8th Ave) , 3 sets from 8 to 11, surprisingly cheap $15 cover plus $15 minimum considering what you’re getting. Even before the Flying Neutrinos or the Moonlighters, multi-instrumentalist Giordano was pioneering the oldtimey sound in New York; his long-running residency at the old Cajun on lower 8th Ave. is legendary. He also gets a ton of film work (Giordano wrote the satirical number that Willie Nelson famously sang in Wag the Dog).

Mondays at 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, Rev. Vince Anderson and his band play Union Pool in Williamsburg, two sets starting at 10:30 PM. The Rev. is one of the great keyboardists around, equally thrilling on organ or electric piano, an expert at Billy Preston style funk, honkytonk, gospel and blues. He writes very funny, very politically astute, sexy original songs and is one of the most charismatic, intense live performers of our time. It’s a crazy dance party. Paula Henderson from Burnt Sugar is the lead soloist on baritone sax, with frequent special guests.

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

Wednesdays in July, 8 PM 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

Thursdays at 8 in July 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

Free classical concerts on Saturdays at 4 PM in July 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 there’s a klezmer brunch at City Winery, show starts around 11:30 AM – 2 PM, $10 cover, no minimum, lots of good bands

Sundays in July, at sometime past noon at Hank’s, Nashville gothic crooner Sean Kershaw‘s legendary honkytonk brunch is back; special guests from his wide circle of NYC Americana acts keep the afternoon going until about 7. It’s just like 1999 again -at least until the bar closes sometime this year.

Sundays at 5 PM in July, the irrepressible Eleonore Biezunski – arguably the most eclectic violinist in klezmer music – leads a series of groups 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 trios at the Bar Next Door.

7/1, 2 PM the Ebony Hillbillies – NYC’s only African-American bluegrass and oldtimey string band – at the Discovery Center in Central Park, 110th Street between Lenox Avenue and Fifth Ave

7/1, 2PM-ish punk/rockabilly band the Screaming Rebel Angels at the Riis Park Beach Bazaar in the Rockaways

7/1, 4 PM elegantly angst-fueled, individualistic torchsong/parlor pop piano chanteuse Jeanne Marie Boes followed by darkly torchy southwestern gothic/Europolitan songwriter/guitarist Miwa Gemini at LIC Bar

7/1, 5 PM all-female merengue tipica band Cocomama at the Morris-Jumel Mansion in Roger Morris Park, C to 163rd St.

7/1, 5 PM intriguingly lyrical chamber-pop band Paper Citizen followed at 6 by cleverly lyrical, edgily funny, spine-tingling powerpop/acoustic rock singer Tamara Hey and then eventually at midnight by guitarslinger Mallory Feuer’s fiery power trio the Grasping Straws – sort of a mashup of Patti Smith and Hole’s first album – at the small room at the Rockwood

7/1, 5 PM spellbinding vocal quartet Monteverdi & Bartók – Deborah Carmichael, Kinga Cserjési, Marisa Michelson and Sara Serpa – join forces with a chamber ensemble and the Choral Society of the Hamptons to find unexpected connections between the two composers at Hungarian House, 213 E 82nd St., $10 adv tix rec

7/1, 6 PM Ben Goldberg on clarinet dueling it out with drummer Gerald Cleaver followed by  the magically improvisational trio of Josh Sinton on baritone sax, Todd Neufeld on guitar and Giacomo Merega on bass at Downtown Music Gallery

7/1, 7 PM dark latin/Russian ska/tropicalia/dub band Karikatura at the big room at the Rockwood, $10

7/1, 8/9:30 PM an amazing duo collaboration: lyrical pianist Geoffrey Keezer with similarly brilliant trumpeter Ingrid Jensen at Mezzrow, $20. Then Keezer is with Steve Wilson on drums the following night, 7/2 and with Donny McCaslin on tenor on 7/5.

7/1, 9 PM oldschool-style high plains C&W singer Hope Debates & North 40 at Skinny Dennis. She’s also at Bar Chord on 7/18 at 9.

7/1, 9 PM lush, hypnotic slowcore/postrockers Bing & Ruth at National Sawdust, $20 adv tix rec

7/1, 10 PM incendiary, politically fearless postrock-soulpunk-soundtrack band Algiers at Elsewhere, $20

7/1, 10:30 PM catchy soul-jazz trombonist David Gibson leads his quintet at Smalls

7/2, 6 PM terse, hypnotic Indian classical acoustic guitarist Camila Celin at the Fat Cat

7/2, 7 PM Bodega – a female-fronted update on the Gang of 4 – at Rough Trade, free 

7/2, 7 PM bassists Tom Shad and Jair-Rohm Parker Wells improvise with purposefully brilliant violinist Concetta Abbate), then Abbate plays solo at 8 followed at 9 by singers Lauren Lee and Andrea Wolper at Silvana

7/2, 7 PM novelist Simeon Marsalis and pianist Chris Pattishall explore grim themes of mortality at Joe’s Pub, $20. Followed at 9:30 (separate $20 adm) by carnivalesque loopmusic maven Sxip Shirey  – a one-man New Orleans funeral parade 

7/2, 8 PM Dervisi feat. guitar god Steve Antonakos play “exotic Greek gangsta blues” at Sisters Brooklyn, 900 Fulton St. at Washington. They’re also at Troost  on 7/4at 9:30 and on 7/19 at 8:30 at Espresso 77, 35-57 77th Street (just off of 37th Ave), Jackson Heights

7/2, 8 PM adventurous, noir-inspired theremin virtuoso Carolina Eyck with crooner Theo Bleckmann at the Poisson Rouge, $20 adv tix rec

7/3, 7:30 PM pianist Michael Reisman plays Philip Glass’ original score to a screening of the remake of Dracula at the Poisson Rouge, $15 adv tix rec

7/2, 9:30 PM Dilemastronauta Y Los Sabrosos Cosmicos with members of M.A.K.U and Combo Chimbita play space cumbia at Barbes

7/3, 10:30 PM cleverly lyrical, murderously witty murder ballad/chamber pop allstars Charming Disaster at Pete’s

7/4, 7:30 PM the Mambo Legends Orchestra play the Tito Puente classics they played with him 40 years ago at Damrosch Park out back of Lincoln Center, $17 adv tix rec

7/4, 8 PM psychedelic klezmer/bluegrass mandolin and clarinet legend Andy Statman at Barbes, $10

7/5, noon hypnotic, pulsing, sousaphone-driven Guadelupian/New Orleans band Delgres at Metroteck Park in downtown Brooklyn. They’re at the Lincoln Center Atrium that same night at around 8. 

7/5, 5ish powerhouse Malian chanteuse Oumou Sangare and band at Central Park Summerstage

7/5, 6 PM hot 20s swing from the Blue Vipers of Brooklyn under the Manhattan Bridge archway, go south from the  York St. subway and follow the sound

7/5, 7 PM mesmerizing Malian duskcore band Songhoy Blues at Wagner Park on the water northwest of Battery Park. 7/7, 3 PM they’re at Union Pool, free 

7/5, 7 PM tastefully guitar-fueled Rocky Mountain badlands blues band Blue Moon Marquee at Terra Blues, $10 

7/5, 8 PM klezmer-jazz piano icon Anthony Coleman’s duo with drummer Brian Chase at Arete Gallery, $10

7/5, 8 PM purposeful, uneasy, ferociously smart guitarist Sean Moran’s Sun Tiger trio with cellist Hank Roberts and drummer Vinnie Sperrazza at  at Barbes

7/5, 9 PM volcanically tuneful noise-punk band the Skull Practitioners – led by Jason Victor from Steve Wynn’s similarly incendiary band – at Coney Island Baby, $12

7/5, 9:15 PM epic female-fronted Indian carnatic gothic/slowcore band Sita Virgin at the big room at the Rockwood 

7/5, 10 PM rockabilly songstress Suzette Sundae & the Love Lifes with her killer retro band at Skinny Dennis

7/5, 10 PM the great unsung hero of darkly purposeful, noir-tinged jazz guitar, Saul Rubin leading his Zebtet at the Fat Cat. They’re also here on 7/10 at 7.

7/6, 7 PM Jerry Drake and the Front Page Big Band play classic 30s swing at the Knockdown Center, $10

7/6, 7:30 PM Naomi & Her Handsome Devils play the devil’s music, a.k.a. hot 20s swing at Damrosch Park out back of Lincoln Center, $17 adv tix rec

 7/6, 8 PM epic, cinematic Indian violin-fueled art-rock themes with Rini and her explosive band  at Drom, $10 adv tix rec

7/6, 8ish tersely imagistic folk noir and rainy-day 4AD sounds with Jaye Bartell at Wonders of Nature, $10

7/6, 8 PM pyrotechnic Balkan multi-reedman Greg Squared‘s Great (and ever-expanding) Circle followed by horn-driven psychedelic band Los Cumpleanos at Barbes. Los Cumples (we can call them that, right?) are also there on 7/9 at 9:30ish

7/6, 8 PM accordionist TC Costello plays “mafia punk” followed at 9 by reputedly high-energy Americana string band the Psychobillys at the Way Station 

7/6, 8/9:30 PM the smoky, torchy Harry Allen (tenor sax), Rossano Sportiello (piano), Joel Forbes (bass) at Mezzrow, $20 at the bar

7/6-7, 8:30 PM fiery Middle Eastern guitarist Eyal Maoz at the Stone at the New School

7/6, 9 PM edgy, glam-inflected girlpunk band Damsel at Pete’s 

7/6, 9 PM high-voltage oldtimey barrelhouse swing group the 4th St. Nite Owlsat FM Jersey City $7

7/6, 9 PM quirky, smartly lyrical female-fronted avant cello-rock with the Icebergs at Otto’s

7/6, 9ish haunting Romany/Balkan music reinventor Eva Salina with whirlwind accordionist Peter Stan at the Owl

7/6, 10 PM drummer Dan Pugach leads his inventive nonet with powerful belter Nicole Zuraitis on the mic at 55 Bar

7/6, 10:30 PM catchy Booker T-esque soul jazz with the David Gibson/Jared Gold Hammond B3 organ band at the Fat Cat

7/6, 11 PM fiery, psychedelically bluesy oldschool soul/southern rockers Lizzie & the Makers at at the small room at the Rockwood

7/7, 1/3 PM avant garde guitar quartet Dither play works of Eve Beglarian, Josh Lopes, Lisa Renée Coons, Gyan Riley, James Moore & Taylor Levine at Colonels Row on Governors Island, free

7/7, 1 PM majestic, darkly cinematic surf band the TarantinosNYC at the Riis Park Beach Bazaar in the Rockaways. 7/14 at 10 they’re at Sidewalk 

7/7, 5 PM atmospheric, cinematic drummer/composer Tim Kuhl – sort of a more straightforwardly trippy version of John Hollenbeck – at Pete’s

7/7, 6 PM surreal, intense klezmer/oldtime gospel guy/girl duo Book of J  followed eventually at 10 by epic ranchera/bolero brass crew Banda de los Muertos at Barbes

7/7, 6ish golden age hip-hop legends EPMD at Springfield Park, 147th and Springfield Blvds at the far edge of Queens

7/7, 7:30 PM Heybale play honkytonk and western swing at Damrosch Park out back of Lincoln Center, $17 adv tix rec

7/7, 7 PM intense, fearlessly relevant Middle Eastern clarinetist Kinan Azmeh and similarly dark guitarist  Erdem Helvacioglu play the album release show for their stormy, hauntingly nebulous new war-themed album Dictatorial at National Sawdust, $30 adv tix rec.

7/7, 7/9 PM tenor saxophonist Tom Scott and the Rich Shemaria Big Band at the NYU Provincetown Playhouse on Washington Square West, free

7/7, 8  PM Iranian pianist, violinist and singer Saman Samadi’s Apām Napāt trio with clarinetist and saxophonist Blaise Siwula, and buchla player Hans Tammen at Scholes St. Studios

7/7, 8 PM the Sad Bastards of Brooklyn – basically Spanking Charlene playing melancholy acoustic classics – at Sidewalk

7/7, 8 PM the Duchess vocal trio – Amy Cervini, Hilary Gardner and Melissa Stylianou – salute the great 30s swing girl groups at the bandshell at Kingsborough Community College, 2001 Oriental Boulevard at Oxford, Manhattan Beach, shortest ride is the Q to Brighton Beach, transfer to the B1 bus if you’d rather not take a leisurely 15-minute walk

7/7 Unsteady Freddie‘s monthly surf rock extravaganza at Otto’s begins at 9 with mysterious Connecticut band Renegade Lounge, at 10 guitar mastermind Mike Rosado’s volcanic, pounding Dick Dale-influenced 9th Wave, at 11 jangly New York original surf rock cult heroes the Supertones and at midnight metalish Providence band the Infra-Men

7/7, 10 PM inscrutable, tropically-tinged psychedelic singer/bandleader Renata Ziegeur at the Owl

7/7, 10 PM Nashville gothic band Karen & the Sorrows at C’Mon Everybody, $13

7/8, 5 PM violinist Eleonore Biezunski’s Lyutbshe sing women’s Yiddish folksongs with Lauren Brody, accordion followed at 9 by the Gonzalo Bergara Trio playing Romany guitar swing at Barbes 

7/8, 6 PM noir guitar legend Jim Campilongo leads his trio at 55 Bar

7/8, 6ish in reverse order: newschool lovers rock crooner Kabaka Pyramid, the surprisingly vital version of what’s left of popular 70s roots reggae band Third World and ubiquitous loverman Barrington Levy at the Amphitheater at Coney Island, 3052 West 21st St., free, prepare to be treated like a criminal at the entry gates since this is a corporate venue

7/8, 7 PM Super Yamba play their bracingly psychedelic Afrobeat jams at Pier One on the upper west

7/8, 7 PM pianist Jose Menor plays Messiaen’s “Vingt Regards” in its entirety at Spectrum

7/8, 7 PM magical microtonal violinist Sarah Bernstein plays Ornette Coleman works solo at Downtown Music Gallery

7/8, 7:30 PM noir-inspired alto saxophonist/composer Nick Hempton leads his group at Smalls

7/8, 8 PM the New Juilliard Ensemble play works by Shin-ichirō Ikebe, Philip Cashian, and James Primrosch in MOMA’s Sculpture Garden, free w/museum adm

7/8, 8ish haunting, purposeful viola improvisations with Jessica Pavone at Troost

7/8, 8 PM excellent, rippling John Fahey-esque fingerstyle acoustic guitarist Marisa Anderson followed by darkly vivid acoustic rock songwriter Tara Jane O’Neil at Union Pool, $15 

7/8, 9 PM the uneasily cinematic art-rock Pi PowerTrio  – film composer and former Raybeat Pat Irwin (guitar, electronics), Sasha Dobson (drums, vocals) and Daria Grace (bass, vocals) at the Treehouse at 2A

7/7, 8:30 PM sharply lyrical southwestern gothic/Americana songwriter Tom Shaner at Bowery Electric, $10

7/9, 7 PM tuneful postbop pianist Jim Ridl leads his group from behind the Rhodes followed at 10 by intense, brooding Turkish jazz pianist Burak Bedikyan’s trio at 55 Bar

7/9, 7 PM soprano saxophonist Jane Ira Bloom with Mark Helias, bass; Bobby Previte, drums at the NYU Provincetown Playhouse on Washington Square West, free

7/9, 9 PM the Trump Beatles – who do hilarious political satire set to classic Fab Four tunes –  deep in Republican Bushwick at Pine Box Rock Shop

7/10, 7 PM the extraordinary Ahreum Han plays a program TBA on the organ at Riverside Church, $20/$15 stud/srs

7/10, 7 PM the Dave Pietro Group with Mike Rodriguez, trumpet; Gary Versace, piano; Matt Clohesy, bass; Johnathan Blake, drums at the NYU Provincetown Playhouse on Washington Square West, free, wow

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

7/10, 7:30 PM wild newschool Puerto Rican salsa dura big band Orquesta El Macabeo at Damrosch Park out back of Lincoln Center, $17 adv tix rec

7/10, 7:30 PM A Far Cry play Divertimento in F – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; Symphony No. 3 – Philip Glass; Divertimento for String Orchestra – Bartók at the Naumburg Bandshell in Central Park, get there early if you want a seat.

7/10, 8 PM oldschool Cuban mambo jazz with Orquesta Akokán at National Sawdust, $20 adv tid rec

 7/10-14, 8:30 PM purposefully atmospheric guitarist Gyan Riley  leads a series of ensembles at the Stone at the New School,$20

7/10-15, 8:30/10:30 PM state-of-the-art postbop guitarist Russell Malone leads his quintet at the Vanguard, $30

7/10, 10 PM bass saxophonist Stefan Zeniuk’s punk mambo band the NY Fowl Harmonic followed by dark art-rocker and ex-Nanuchka bandleader/bassist Yula & the Extended Family at Hank’s

7/10, 10:30 PM charismatic, adventurous postbop/avant garde trombonist/crooner Frank Lacy leads his quintet at Smalls

7/11, 5 PM the mighty all-female Resistance Revival Chorus sing epic, inspiring populist gospel tunes and anti-trumpie broadsides at Elsewhere, $15

7/11, 6 PM eclectic pan-latin singer Sofia Tosello’s starkly rhythmic Chuño play the album release show for their new one at the Argentinian Consulate, 12 W 56th St, free, reception to follow. Their most recent show at Barbes was gorgeously spare and lyrical.

7/11, 6 PM flamenco duo Sonia Olla & Ismael Fernández on Bwy betw 42/43

7/11, 7 PM abrasively tasty, growling postrock crew Grex – who do a twisted, iconoclastically noisy version of Coltrane’s A Love Supreme – at Holo, $10. 7/12 at 10:30 PM they’re at Pine Box Rock Shop followed by imaginative bassist Shayna Dunkelman leading a trio with Lim Yan and Grey McMurray 

7/11, 7 PM soaringly explosive jazz composer/torch singer Nicole Zuraitis and her band at Birdland, free w/rsvp 

7/11, 7:30 PM dazzlingly eclectic purist jazz singer Brianna Thomas and her  Band at Damrosch Park out back of Lincoln Center, $17 adv tix rec

7/11, 8 PM intense Balkan chanteuse Jenny Luna‘s haunting, traditional Turkish band Dolunay at Barbes

7/11, 8 PM stoner 70s Murder City style rockers Sun Voyager at St Vitus, $10

7/11, 8:30ish golden age hip-hop meets the new school: the album release show for 38 SPESH & Kool G Rap’s new one “Son of G Rap” featuring guest appearances from NORE, Anthony Hamilton, Cormega, AZ, and many more at Drom, $20. It’s 38 Spesh’s NYC debut show too.

7/11, 9 PM 20s hot jazz revivalists Cait and the Critters at Radegast Hall. They’re also there on 7/29 at 7.

7/12, 6 PM a rare return gig by upbeat original ska band the Brown Rice Family under the Manhattan Bridge archway, go south from the  York St. subway and follow the sound

7/12, 6:30 PM feral tenor saxophonist Eric Wyatt and band at Socrates Sculpture Park, 32-01 Vernon Blvd in Queens, free

7/12, drinks at 6:30 PM, show at 7, brooding Finnish jazz pianist and composer Anni Koski at Scandinavia House, $15

7/12, 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 – covers Talking Heads, Bob Dylan, Nick Drake, Michael Hurley, Hoagy Carmichael, John Lennon, Nina Simone, Johnny Mercer, Joni Mitchell, Laura Nyro, Neil Young, Harry Nilsson, Leonard Cohen, Tom Petty, Screaming Jay Hawkins at Pangea. What’s missing from this list? THE EAGLES. No joke. Ok, it’s a joke but you have to hear her Hotel California. 

7/12, 7 PM oldschool-style, accordion-fueled vallenato punks Very Be Careful and  alternately rustic and techy tropicalians Systema Solar at Queensbridge Park, 41st Ave and Vernon Blvd in Queens, F to 21st St. and walk to the water

7/12, 7 PM darkly lyrical Americana rock bandleader Nora Jane Struthers at Joe’s Pub, $15

7/12, 7 PM soaringly explosive jazz composer/torch singer Nicole Zuraitis salutes a hundred years of women songwriters at 55 Bar

7/12, 7:30/9:30 PM drummer JK Kim leads a smoldering quartet including Chris McCarthy  – piano and Noah Preminger – tenor sax at the Jazz Gallery, $15

7/12, 7:30 PM the 12-piece oldschool Afro-Cuban salsa group Orquesta Akokán at Damrosch Park out back of Lincoln Center, $17 adv tix rec

7/12, 8ish feral female-fronted psychedelic cumbia/Afrobeat allstars Combo Chimbita and iconic second-wave Afrobeat band Antibalas at Prospect Park Bandshell

7/12, 8 PM plush, balmy, oldtimey uke swing band Daria Grace & the Pre-War Ponies followed at 10 by eclectic, electric C&W/blues band the Jug Addicts at Barbes

7/12, 8 PM intense bassist Brandon Lopez is joined by saxophonist Steve Baczkowski in a duet that ostensibly “tests the limits of the musicians’ endurance” at Roulette, $15 adv tix rec

7/12, 10 PM a twinbill of two of Brooklyn’s best, most enigmatically tuneful, psychedelically abstract rock bands, Gold Dime and Parlor Walls at Union Pool, $12

7/13, 6 PM elegantly angst-fueled, individualistic torchsong/parlor pop piano chanteuse Jeanne Marie Boes followed by soul/gospel belter (and Lenny Molotov collaborator) Queen Esther at the American Folk Art Museum

7/13, 6 PM crystalline-voiced, noir-tinged third-stream jazz chanteuse Tessa Souter and her band at 55 Bar

7/13, 7 PM Afropop dancefloor guy Sinkane’s Caparundi – envisioning a magical and colorful place where Africa, North America, South America, Asia, and the Caribbean blend together – at National Sawdust, $20

7/13, 7:30 PM edgy, punk-inspired female-fronted funk band Eliza & the Organix at Coney Island Baby, $12

7/13, 7:30ish cumbia rapper Ana Tijoux‘s Roja y Negro and Spanish hip-hop artist Mala Rodriguez at Prospect Park Bandshell

7/13, 8:30 PM terse, anthemic dark folk/Americana songwriter Lara Taubman at Sidewalk 

7/13, 8 PM Renee Goust – best known for her sarcastic feminist anthem “La Cumbia Feminazi” followed at 9:30 by similarly edgy oldschool-style cumbia band Elena & Los Fulanos and then at 11 by Rana Santacruz – the Mexican Shane MacGowan, but without the booze if you can imagine that – at Barbes 

7/13, 8 PM electroacoustic composer Julia Santoli’s premieres her new project Burning Body of Love with bassist Zach Rowden, staged within a sculptural landscape at Issue Project Room, $10 sug don

7/13. 8;30 PM Innov Gnawa‘s irrepressible Samir Langus leads his psychedelic gnawa-rock band at Bar Lunatico

7/13, 9ish edgy, playful improvisation with Jessica Pavone (viola) and Nick Podgurski (synthesizer) at the Owl

7/13, 10 PM early zeros Lower East Side folk-rock icons the Kennedys at the Jalopy, $10

 7/13. 10:30 PM Greg Lewis’ brilliant Organ Monk Trio at the Fat Cat, no joke

]7/13, 11 PM scampering, irrepressibly fun girlpunks Sharkmuffin at Brooklyn Bazaar, $12

7/14, 2ish lo-fi British female-fronted janglerock band Girl Ray at Union Pool, free 

7/14, 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 by surreal, intense klezmer/oldtime gospel guy/girl duo Book of J, at 8 by Gato Loco’s Stefan Zeniuk’s Green Mambo band and at 10 by wild psychedelic cumbia/tropicalia/dub band Dos Santos Anti-Beat Orquesta at Barbes

7/14, 5ish pensively lyrical, politically fearless Uruguayan folk-jazz singer Jorge Drexler at Central Park Summerstage

7/14, 7:30 PM Malian griots Trio Da Kali and new music icons Kronos Quartet at Prospect Park Bandshell

7/14, 7:30 PM the Harlem Renaissance Orchestra play their 14th annual tribute to Illinois Jacquet at Damrosch Park out back of Lincoln Center, $17 adv tix rec

7/14, 7:30 PM eclectic, lyrical jazz bassist/composer Pedro Giraudo leads his tango-inspired Big Band at the Jazz Gallery $25

7/14, 8 PM wildly eclectic, female-fronted, politically fearless Mexican dance-rock band La Santa Cecilia at SOB’s, $25

7/14, 8 PM Professor Cunningham & His Old School play New Orleans sounds at the bandshell at Kingsborough Community College, 2001 Oriental Boulevard at Oxford, Manhattan Beach, shortest ride is the Q to Brighton Beach, transfer to the B1 bus if you’d rather not take a leisurely 15-minute walk

7/14, 8:30 PM charismatic No Ice soul-rock frontman Jamie Frey and hilarious acoustic punk Mickey PG & the Overshare doing their first NYC show in seven years at Freddy’s

7/14, 8:30 PM guitarist Yuri Juarez’s slinky Afroperuano group at Bar Lunatico

7/14, 9 PM boisterously funny oldschool 60s C&W and brooding southwestern gothic with the Jack Grace Band at Bar Chord. 7/27-28 at 8 he’s at 68 Jay St. Bar and 7/29 at 9 PM he’s at Skinny Dennis

7/14, 10:30 PM CBs style female-fronted punks the Carvels NYC  followed by hilarious, smartly political faux-French retro 60s psych-pop band les Sans Culottes at Hank’s, $8

7/14, 11 PM antifascist oi punks Permanent Revolution at the Cobra Club, $tba 

7/15, starting at 10 AM the annual Smith St. Provence Festival, bands TBA on Smith St. going south from Atlantic Ave in Cobble Hill

7/15 noon-5 PM the annual Bastille Day festival on 60th St between Lexington and 5th Ave. Brooklyn’s original punk Balkan horn group Hungry March Band march from the Park Ave stage a little before 3; at 3 sharp,  fiery, angst-fueled French art-rockers La Jarry – dead ringers for Noir Desir – play the Park Ave. stage 

7/15 2 PM creepy Americana hellraiser duo the Tall Pines  at the Riis Park Beach Bazaar in the Rockaways

7/15, 5 PM violinist Eleonore Biezunski’s Ephemeral Birds play “songs of the passing time” with Ilya Shneyveys, accordion + guests followed at 7 PM by Los Aliens playing spacious cumbia-influenced keyboard-based jazz followed at 9:30  by Romany jazz/psychedelic rock guitar mastermind Stephane Wrembel at Barbes

7/15, 7 PM fearlessly political latin Caribbean rock band Galipote at Pier One on the upper west

7/15, 8 PM intricately orchestrated, low register-loving psycho mambo crew Gato Loco  at the Gallow Green bar on the roof of the McKittrick Hotel, 530 W 27th St. 

7/15, 8 PM trumpeter James Rodriguez leads his quintet in MOMA’s Sculpture Garden, free w/museum adm

7/15, 8:30 PM hauntingly smoky noir cabaret chanteuse Little Annie with this era’s most brilliant rock pianist and organist, Botanica’s Paul Wallfisch at Pangea $15. They’re also here on 7/19

7/15, 9 PM noisy, hazily jangly, psychedelic slowcore/free jazz/avant instrumentalists Sunwatchers followed by paint-peeling noise group Crazy Doberman at Secret Project Robot 

7/16, 8 PM violin quartet the Modern Violin Ensemble play politically-charged works by Jordan Nelson, Evan Chambers, Daniel Wohl, and Jessica Meyer at Arete Gallery, $20 includes wine 

7/16, 9:30 PM ex-Chicha Libre keyboard sorcerer Josh Camp’s wryly psychedelic cumbia/tropicalia/dub band Locobeach at Barbes

7/16, midnight torchy, clever retro Americana singer/guitarist Emily Julia Kresky at the small room at the Rockwood 

7/17, 7 PM New York’s most charismatic, darkly compelling lyrical songwriter/storyteller/keyboard genius Rachelle Garniez at Pangea

7/17, 7 PM popular bluegrass touring band Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys at Gantry Plaza State Park in Long Island City

7/17, 7 PM the Mead Mountain Resonators play oldschool bluegrass at the small room at the Rockwood 

7/17-18. 7:30/9:30 PM the haunting, smokily atmospheric Michael Leonhart Orchestra with Nels Cline on guitar at the Jazz Standard, $30

7/17, 7:30 PM Plinth with the magical, microtonal Sarah Bernstein on violin, the similarly acerbic Sean Moran on guitar and Brian Adler on drums at Wonders of Nature, $10

7/17,  7:30 PM popular indie classical orchestra the Knights play Within Her Arms – Anna Clyne; Armenian Folk Songs – Komitas; Idyll – Janáček and Hungarian Dances – Brahms at the Naumburg Bandshell in Central Park, get there early if you want a seat

7/17, 8 PM bewitching noir Americana chanteuse Eilen Jewell and her amazing band at the Bell House, $20 gen adm

7/17-22, 8:30/10 PM the acidically delicious Thumbscrew with guitarist Mary Halvorson, drummer Tomas Fujiwara and bassist Michael Formanek at the Vanguard

7/17, 10:30 PM pensive, thoughtful Caribbean/Canadian banjoist/songwriter Kaia Kater at Pete’s. Last time she was at Lincoln Center. What happened?

7/18, noon percussive, trance-inducing, bitingly tuneful, Middle Etstern-tinged female-fronted jamband SisterMonk at the triangle at 66th St. and Broadway

7/18, 5:30 PM Brave Combo – the world’s most paradigm-shifting polka band – at Bryant Park

7/18, 6 PM cellist Gjilberta Lucaj’s Piazzolla Trio play nuevo tango classics on Bwy betw 42/43

7/18, 7 PM live music from CASYM Steel Orchestra, Radamiz, and Chris Wattz followed by Khalik Allah’s populist new documentary about working class women in Jamaica,  Black Mother, at Socrates Sculpture Park, 32-01 Vernon Blvd, Long Island City, N/W to Broadway, free

7/18, 7 PM “the entire history of Yiddish theater, from the sublime to the appalling, in 83 New York minutes… you’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll sing, you’ll get nauseous,” with Allen Lewis Rickman, Yelena Shmulenson, and Steve Sterner, who describe themselves as being “of the younger generation of Yiddish theater veterans, i.e., under eighty.” at the Center for Jewish History, 15 W 16th St., $15 

7/18, 7:30 PM in reverse order at Drom: explosive, creepy, colorful psychedelic rembetiko metal band Greek Judas playing the album release show for their new one, intricately orchestrated, low register-loving psycho mambo crew Gato Loco & the phenomenal Mavrothi Kontanis on oud, $10 adv tix rec. Greek Judas are also at Hank’s on 7/26 at around 9

7/18-19, 7 PM Lesley Karsten and Stephen Wadsworth’s bio-concert That’s Not Tango—Astor Piazzolla, A Life in Music at Subculture, Bleecker at Lafayette, $25 adv tix rec

7/18, 8 PM catchy psychedelic pop band the Magic Numbers at the Mercury, $20. Followed at 11 (separate $12 adv tix adm) by melancholy Americana harmony band the Cut Worms 

7/18, 11 PM explosively theatrical, phantasmagorical indie/metal trio A Deer A Horse at Trans-Pecos, $10

7/18, midnight the Electric Mud play their anthemic mix of bluesy psychedelia, stadium rock and 60s Dylan at the small room at the Rockwood 

7/19, noon trippy, darkly cinematic Afrobeat psychedelia with Jupiter & Okwessat Metroteck Park in downtown Brooklyn 

7/19, half past noon the self-explanatory, elegant Gypsy Jazz Caravan at St. Marks Park, 2nd Ave/10th St

7/19, 6ish golden age hip-hop legends EPMD for free at Chambers Plaza in Newark

7/19, drinks at 6:30 PM, show at 7 flugelhornist Oskar Stenmark and his Quartet improvise on the ancient, desolate Swedish sounds at Scandinavia House $15

7/19, 7 PM eclectic, lyrical jazz bassist/composer Pedro Giraudo‘s Trio followed by the Quartetto Tommasini playing their edgy string tango jazz at the Mercury, $12. Followed at 11 (separate $12 adv tix adm) by post-Stooges garage-psych band Acid Dad

7/19, 7:30 PM otherworldly, kinetic Afro-Colombian legends Los Gaiteros de San Jacinto at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

7/19, 7:30 PM scruffy, tuneful girlpunks Sharkmuffin play a short set before a free screening of the film Donnnie Darko in McCarren Park in Williamsburg, screen and stage are off Bedford Ave around N 12th/13th Sts.

7/19, boarding at 7:30 PM at the heliport at the FDR and 23rd St, sailing at 8 lavish oldschool style New Orleans funk/soul orchestra bandleader Brother Joscephus plays the Rocks Off Cruise aboard the Lucile, $30 adv tix rec

7/19, 8 PM savagely relevant, smart political hip-hop with stoner support: Slum Village & Dead Prez w/ special guests Kool Keith & Prince Paul at Highline Ballroom, $25 adv tix rec

7/19, 8 PM eclectic Romany and Indian-inspired jazz accordionist Will Holshouser at Barbes

7/19, 8 PM feral psychedelic guitarslinger Debra Devi and her power trio  at Coney Island Baby, $12

7/20, 5:30 PM brilliant fingerstyle guitarist/dark Americana songwriter Shawna Caspi at the American Folk Art Museum

7/20-21, 6 PM surviving members of legendary avant garde collective the Sonic Arts Union and its founding members: David Behrman, Alvin Lucier, Gordon Mumma – with their acolytes at Issue Project Room, $25/$15 stud/srs

7/20, 7 PM high-voltage steampunk duo Frenchy & the Punk at Bowery Electric, $10

7/20, 7 PM luminous singer Deborah Karpel’s bittersweetly triumphant klezmer-influenced one-woman show The Midwood Miracle traces her career from a jaded Eastern Seaboard adolescence to her triumphant discovery of her grandfather’s Brooklyn klezmer music at Pangea, $20

 7/20, 7:30 PM kinetic chamber-rock dance band My Brightest Diamond and cutting-edge sitarist Anoushka Shankar at Prospect Park Bandshell

7/20, 8 PM reverb guitar heaven: Crampsy ghoul-surf/noir garage band Twin Guns at Brooklyn Bazaar, $12

7/20. 8 PM rustic Brazilian jungle guitar-and-accordion sounds with Regional de NY followed at 10 by psychedelic salsa bandleader Zemog El Galle Bueno at Barbes

7/20, 8 PM cumbia jazz accordionist/crooner Gregorio Uribe leads an all-star Colombian expat band celebrating his home country’s independence day at Drom, $20 adv tix rec

7/20, 9ish exotic vibraphone-driven surf rock instrumentalists the Vibro-jets at Troost

7/20, 10 PM intense frontwoman Hannah Fairchild’s searingly lyrical punk/art-rock/noir cabaret group Hannah vs. the Many – NYC’s best power trio – at Arlene’s, $10

7/20. 11 PM the darkly eclectic, enigmatic Lorraine Leckie  – equally adept at Slavic and Americana noir and dark cabaret –  followed by guitarslinger Mallory Feuer’s fiery power trio the Grasping Straws at Sidewalk

7/21, 3 PM legendary 60s Britfolk singer Bridget St. John and her band outdoors at Union Pool, free

7/21, 5ish high-voltage psychedelic cumbia/Afrobeat jamband MAKU Soundsystem followed by fearlessly populist LA folk-punks Las Cafeteras at Corporal Thompson Park, Broadway between Markham Rd. and Wayne St., Staten Island

7/21, 5 PM catchy, restless female-fronted Americana/newgrass anthem band Kaylor Otwell & the Tin Cans at the small room at the Rockwood

7/21, 5 PM haunting jazz pedal steel virtuoso Susan Alcorn and noisy, hazily jangly, psychedelic slowcore/free jazz/avant instrumentalists Sunwatchers at Trans-Pecos, $12

7/21, 5 PM short sets by moodily lyrical, politically savvy Irish folk-rocker Niall Connolly  followed by edgy, carnivalesque Americana/gutter blues band Fife & Drom at the American Folk Art Museum, free

7/21, 6 PM surreal, intense klezmer/oldtime gospel guy/girl duo Book of J playing Piedmont blues followed at 8 by eclectic, lyrical jazz bassist/composer Pedro Giraudo leading his Tango Quartet at Barbes

7/21, 7ish Bobby Radcliff – the rare blues guitarist who plays a ton of notes but doesn’t waste them, sort of a funkier Stevie Ray Vaughan – with his trio at Terra Blues

7/21, 7:30 PM theremin-fronted, cinematic Mexican psychedelic band Sonido Gallo Negro followed by Wordless Music Orchestra playing a live score to the Mexican fireworks festival documentary Brimstone & Glory at Prospect Park Bandshell 

7/21. 8 PM trumpeter Jumaane Smith plays Louis Jordan-style jump blues at the bandshell at Kingsborough Community College, 2001 Oriental Boulevard at Oxford, Manhattan Beach, shortest ride is the Q to Brighton Beach, transfer to the B1 bus if you’d rather not take a leisurely 15-minute walk

7/21, 8:30 PM noir guitar legend Jim Campilongo leads his trio at Bar Lunatico

7/21, 10 PM Hawaiian band the Lambsbread blend dub and dancehall into their newschool roots reggae sound at Shrine 

7/21, 10 PM oldschool psychedelic soul/groove band Empire Beats at the Way Station

7/21, midnight what’s left of cult favorite 70s roots reggae harmony trio the Mighty Diamonds at the Mercury, $20. This might actually sell out

7/22, 2 PM upbeat original ska band the Brown Rice Family at the Discovery Center in Central Park, 110th Street between Lenox Avenue and Fifth Ave

7/22, 5 PM the irrepressible Eleonore Biezunski – arguably the most eclectic violinist in klezmer music followed at 7 PM by wildfire guitarist Brandon Seabrook leading a typically combustible trio with Daniel Levin, cello; Henry Fraser, bass and then at 9:30 by Romany jazz/psychedelic rock guitar mastermind Stephane Wrembel at Barbes

7/22, 5 PM fiery, psychedelically bluesy oldschool soul/southern rockers Lizzie & the Makers at LIC Bar. 7/26 at 10 they’re at the Bitter End for those who don’t want to/can’t make it out to Queens.

7/22, 6 PM the Bangladeshi Institute of Performing Arts presents a two segment production highlighting Bengali songs and diasporic dances at the LIU Kumble Theatre, 1 University Plaza, downtown Brooklyn, $10/$5 stud/sr

7/22, 8 PM the Ansonia Quartet play new music for string quartet by John Woolrich, Lei Liang, Paul Desenne and  Franghiz Ali-Zadeh in MOMA’s Sculpture Garden, free w/museum adm

7/22, 8 PM trailblazing pipa goddess and singer Min Xiao-Fen’s Blue Pipa trio at Pier One on the upper west

7/22, 8 PM wryly lyrical new wave legend Ken Butler followed eventually at 10 by percussive postrock pioneers the Wharton Tiers Ensemble at Union Pool, $10

7/22, 9ish ferociously lyrical, Macbeth-inspired art-rock/psychedelic songwriter Rose Thomas Bannister and her killer new band at the Letlove Inn, 27-20 23rd Ave in Astoria, N/W to Astoria Blvd. opening for psychedelic no wave legends The Scene Is Now.

7/22, 10 PM wild, intense, frequently satirical newgrass/oldtimey hellraisers the Dustbowl Revival at Bowery Ballroom, $20 gen adm

7/22, 9 PM first-wave Vancouver punk legends DOA play their NYC stop on their 40th anniversary tour at Brooklyn Bazaar, $20

7/22, 9 PM dadaesque German krautrock legends Faust at Murmur Ballroom, the old synagogue at 17 Eastern Pkwy, Ft. Greene, 4 to Brooklyn Museum, $20 

7/22, 10 PM captivatingly enigmatic newschool soul singer Maya Sharpe at the big room at the Rockwood

7/23, 7 PM sharply lyrical, relevant, twangy Americana rock songwriter Kevin Gordon at the third stage at the Rockwood $15

7/23, 7 PM Seung-Min Lee’s “performance takes on the conflicted symbolic power of milk: As the once–booming dairy industry in New York state suffers with the steady decline of milk consumption, a new generation of Neo-Nazis takes pride in lactose tolerance, instrumentalizing the optical purity of milk as a emblem of white supremacy,” at the Kitchen, free

7/23, 8ish multidisciplinary artists Frank Malloy IV, Inaya Day, spellbinding violinist Anjna Swaminathan and Ryan Daniel Beck provide a soundtrack for the world-class choreographers and dancers of Wise Fruit in a celebration of female divinity at Hudson Terrace, 621 W 46th St., $20

7/23, 10:30 PM a good darkly theatrical parlor pop twinbill: Brenda Carsey and Miwa Gemini at the big room at the Rockwood, $10

7/24, 7 PM ferocious, psychedelic Sandcatchers lapsteel wizard Myk Freedman  followed by fiery, eclectic ten-piece Balkan/hip-hop/funk brass maniacs Slavic Soul Party at 9 PM at Barbes

7/24, 7:30 PM the Wu-Tang Clan’s RZA leads an ensemble in an epic re-score of the 1978 martial arts flick The 36th Chamber of Shaolin at Damrosch Park out back of Lincoln Center, free, get there very early

7/24, 8:30 PM haunting Britfolk songstress Amanda Thorpe reunites with her old Bedsit Poets bandmate Edward Rogers at Pangea

7/24-28, 8:30 PM noir and spy-theme-inspired downtown composer Annie Gosfield at the Stone at the New School, $20. Choice pick: the 7/27 show with her string orchestra

7/24-29, 8:30/10 PM lyrical jazz piano icon Fred Hersch leads his trio at the Vanguard, $30

7/24, 8:30 PM catchy, fun guy/girl indie soul band Sunshine Nights at  at Pete’s

7/24, 9:15 PM popular North Carolina bluegrass band Town Mountain at the big room at the Rockwood, $

7/24, 10 PM  brilliant drummer/percussionist Willie Martinez & La Familia Sextet play classic salsa grooves at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe

7/25, noon the all-female Calliope Brass and the Williamsburg street sounds of the L Train Brass Band at the triangle at 66th St. and Broadway

7/25, 5:30 PM chamber ensemble Decoda play Ennio Morricone’s Cinema Paradiso film score, a new arrangement of Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade, and Astor Piazzolla’s Libertango at Bryant Park

7/25, 6 PM brilliant, soaring south Indian chanteuse Falu and her band at Madison Square Park

7/25. 6 PM the lush, cinematic postbop Jonathan Parker Octet with Chris Pattishall on piano at Muchmore’s 

7/25, 6 PM fearlessly haunting, dynamic, charismatic Romany/Balkan chanteuse Eva Salina with pyrotechnic accordionist Peter Stan on Bwy betw 42/43

7/25, 6:30 PM Orlando Marin, “the Last Mambo King” and his salsa combo on the plaza at the Brooklyn Public Library

 7/25, 7 PM Kami Thompson’s fiery, jangly Britfolk band the Rails at the Mercury, $20

7/25,  7:30/9:30 PM the Posi-Tone New Faces band with  trumpeter Josh Lawrence, vibraphonist Behn Gillece, saxophonist Roxy Coss, pianist Theo Hill, bassist Peter Brendler and drummer Vinnie Sperrazza at the Jazz Standard, $25

7/25, 8 PM a killer jangly rock twinbill: wickedly catchy Americana/paisley underground rockers Girls on Grass  and first-rate purist honkytonk crooner/bandleader Cliff Westfall at Union Hall, $10

 7/25, 9 PM ferocious, twin guitar-fueled, Radio Birdman-esque psychedelic punks the Electric Mess at Coney island Baby, $12

7/25, 9 PM hot 20s swing with trumpeter Jason Prover and his Sneak Thievery Orchestra at Radegast Hall

7/25, 9 PM eclectically scampering oldtimey swing band the Bumper Jacksons at Hill Country

7/25, 9ish broodingly lyrical Nashville gothic band Leland Sundries  at Hank’s

7/26, noon trumpeter Terence Blanchard & the E-Collective at Metroteck Park in downtown Brooklyn

7/26, half past noon vibraphonist Mike Freeman’s ZonaVibe latin jazz project at St. Marks Park, 2nd Ave/10th St

7/26, 6 PM the band who started the NPR Tiny Desk Concert meme, Tank & the Bangas at Chambers Plaza in Newark, free

7/26, 7 PM Alynda Segarra’s edgy political-folk band Hurray for the Riff Raff at Wagner Park on the water northwest of Battery Park

7/26, 7 PM intriguing, kinetic postrock instrumentalists Hollow Engine at the Delancey 

7/26, 7:30 PM Argentine dancehall rapper Alika at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

7/26-28, 7:30/9:30 PM incisive, perennially popular jazz violinist Regina Carter leads her quintet at the Jazz Standard, $30

7/26, 8 PM darkly cinematic postrock band SomnuriKings Destroy – who blend sludge and post-Sabbath doom – and crushing doom-metal instrumentalists Bongripper playing their new album in its entirety at St. Vitus, $15. Be aware that the 7/25 show is sold out

7/26, 8 PM singer Dida Pelled salutes obscure cult favorite women songwriters including Connie Converse, Elizabeth Cotten, Molly Drake, Vashti Bunyan and Norma Tanega at Barbes

 7/26, 8 PM pianist Patrick Moraz – the only musician ever to play with both Bunny Brains and the Moody Blues  – at Iridium, $27.50

7/26, 8ish sharply lyrical Great Plains gothic folk/gospel/janglerock mother/son duo Madisen Ward & the Mama Bear at Public Arts, 215 Chrystie St. south of Houston, $15

7/27, 7 PM Honeyfingers play their Chinese-influenced “country jazz and western swing,” at National Sawdust, $20

7/27, 7:30 PM Malian griot Cheick Hamala Diabate and the world’s most popular duskcore band,Tinariwen at Prospect Park Bandshell

7/27, 7:30 PM classic Fellini film scores live with Hal Willner’s Amarcord Nino Rota at Damrosch Park out back of Lincoln Center

7/27-28, 8/9:30 PM brilliantly lyrical latin jazz pianist Luis Perdomo solo at Mezzrow, $20 at the bar

7/27, 8:30 PM rising Spanish stars Flamenco Joven y Jondo (Young and Deep Flamenco) at City Winery, $20 standing room avail

7/27, 10 PM ferocious heavy psychedelic cumbia band Money Chicha at Barbes

7/28, 2 PM starkly psychedelic Malian duskcore guitarist/singer Mamadou Kelly outdoors at Union Pool, free

7/28, 2 PM low-key classic roots and rocksteady sounds with the Reggay Lordsat the Riis Park Beach Bazaar in the Rockaways

7/28, 3 PM Video Music Box icon Ralph McDaniels emcees an afternoon of rising star hip-hop at Socrates Sculpture Park, 32-01 Vernon Blvd, Long Island City,, free

7/28, 4 PM sizzling salsa dura band the Spanish Harlem Orchestra  at Saint Mary’s Park, St. Ann’s Ave. & 146th St. in the Bronx,2/5 to 149th St. and go south

7/28, 4 PM trippy, darkly cinematic Afrobeat psychedelia with Jupiter & Okwess and Afrobeat legacy band Femi Kuti & Positive Force at Central Park Summerstage

7/28, 6 PM surreal, intense klezmer/oldtime gospel guy/girl duo Book of J  followed at 8 by brilliantly lyrical trumpeter Ben Holmes’ Naked Lore with Kyle Sanna and Shane Shahanan and at 10 by accordionist/sitarist/singer Kamala Sankaram’s hot surfy Bollywood/cumbia/psychedelic rock project Bombay Rickey at Barbes

7/28, 7 PM a very rare Iranian rock triplebill in reverse order: crooner Faramarz Aslani accompanied by Babak Amini, underground legends KIOSK and Brooklyn expat band Habibi at Damrosch Park out back of Lincoln Center

7/28, 8 PM hot 20s swing with trumpeter Jason Prover and his Sneak Thievery Orchestra at the bandshell at Kingsborough Community College, 2001 Oriental Boulevard at Oxford, Manhattan Beach, shortest ride is the Q to Brighton Beach, transfer to the B1 bus if you’d rather not take a leisurely 15-minute walk

7/28, 9 PM thoughtful, purposeful original jazz songwriter Gracie Terzian  at Pete’s

7/28, 10 PM fiery electric bluegrass and C&W with Demolition String Band at Skinny Dennis

7/28, 10:30 PM lyrical trumpeter Tim Hagans leads a trio with Leo Genovese on piano at Smalls

7/29, 2 PM guitar/drums improvisers Elkhorn, messy lo-fi psychedelic band Garcia Peoples and psych-folk bandleader Hans Chew at Union Pool, $12, all proceeds to benefit the Freedom of the Press Foundation 

7/29, 3 PM trippy, darkly cinematic Afrobeat psychedelia with Jupiter & Okwess followed by politically fearless Afrobeat scion Femi Kuti at Central Park Summerstage

7/29, 4 PM Gran Combo bandleader Charlie Aponte and his latest salsa dura project at St. Mary’s Park in the Bronx

7/29, 5 PM the irrepressible Eleonore Biezunski – arguably the most eclectic violinist in klezmer music – followed at 7 by Alfred Kpebsaane – Ghanaian Gyil xylophone, and Brittany Anjou – piano & keyboards playing Ghanaian Bewaa and Binne funeral music and at 9:30  by Romany jazz/psychedelic rock guitar mastermind Stephane Wrembel at Barbes

7/29, 7 PM newschool gutter blues chanteuse Lucy Dacus followed by Roger Waters guitarist Jonathan Wilson at Damrosch Park out behind Lincoln Center

7/29, 8 PM fearlessly haunting, dynamic, charismatic Romany/Balkan chanteuse Eva Salina with pyrotechnic accordionist Peter Stan at Pier One on the upper west

7/29, 8 PM no-bs doom metal/heavy psych band High Reeper, catchy heavy 80s style NWOBHM band Sanhedrin and ornate doom metal band Witch Mountainat St. Vitus, $15

7/29, 8 PM tuneful postbop pianist Matthew Shipp leads his trio in MOMA’s Sculpture Garden, free w/museum adm

7/29, 10 PM careening, charismatic, lyrically-fueled soul-rockers No Ice – arguably Brooklyn’s best band – at Union Pool, $10

7/30, 7:30/9:30 PM eclectic soul-jazz alto saxophonist Lakecia Benjamin’s Quartet plays Coltrane at Dizzy’s Club, $30

7/30-31, 8/10 PM ageless, perennially hard-hitting jazz piano sage and ex-Coltrane bandmate McCoy Tyner at the Blue Note, $30 standing room avail.

7/30, 9 PM unpredictably fun, funny psychedelic art-rock band the Academy Blues Project at LIC Bar

7/30, 10ish singer Carolina Oliveros’ mighty 13-piece Afro-Colombian trance/dance choir Bulla en el Barrio at Barbes

7/31-8/1, 7:30/9:30 PM tuneful, neoromantically-tinged latin jazz pianist Harold Lopez-Nussa leads his trio at the Jazz Standard, $25

7/31, 7:30 PM the Orchestra of St. Luke’s with soprano Sherezade Panthaki and violinist Krista Bennion Feeney play Vivaldi’s Four Seasons,  Concerto for Strings in C Major and In Furore lustissimae Irae at the Naumburg Bandshell in Central Park, get there early if you want a seat.

7/31-8/5, 8:30/10 PM intense pianist Gerald Clayton  leads a quintet with Logan Richardson on sax at the Vanguard, $30

7/31, 9 PM slashing guitarist Steve Antonakos plays slide guitar blues with his band at Bar Chord

7/31, 10 PM broodingly lyrica, bitingly eclectic Americana violinist/songwriter Amanda Shires at Bowery Ballroom, $25 gen adm

8/1, noon hauntingly kinetic Peruvian psychedelic folk band Inti & the Moon at the triangle at 66th St. and Broadway

8/1, 5:30 PM trippy tropicalia jamband Locos Por Juana at Bryant Park

8/1, 6:30 PM this era’s foremost swing jazz guitarist, Matt Munisteri on the plaza at the Brooklyn Public Library

8/1, 7 PM fiery electric bluegrass and C&W with Demolition String Band  at Church Square Park, Park Ave & 4th St., Hoboken

8/1, 7:30/9:30 PM feral, brilliantly improvisational pianist Mara Rosenbloom‘s FLYWAYS with bassist Adam Lane and singer/percussionist Anais Maviel play work inspired by Adrienne Rich’s vision of love without exploitation at the Jazz Gallery

8/1, 8 PM Dervisi feat. guitar god Steve Antonakos play “exotic Greek gangsta blues”

8/2, 5 PM iconic second-wave Afrobeat band Antibalas at Chambers Plaza in Newark

8/2, 7 PM the NYChillharmonic – arguably NYC’s most individualistic large ensemble, with art-rock grandeur, jazz instrumentation and a powerful frontwoman on the mic – at National Sawdust, $20 adv tix rec. They SLAYED at Littlefield back in May.

8/2, 7 PM the amazingly eclectic, groovalicious Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio– like Booker T & the MG’s on steroids – at Wagner Park on the water northwest of Battery Park

8/2, 8ish the Nigerian “Queen of Afrobeat” Yemi Alade at Damrosch Park out back of Lincoln Center

8/4, 3ish 60s-style bossa-influenced psych-pop band the Jay Vons outdoors at Union Pool, free

8/4, 3 PM Brazilian neosoul singer Xenia Franca, the Hamilton de Holandamandolin Trio and trippy dub band Baiana System at Central Park Summerstage

8/4, 8:30 PM popular Jamaican dancehall crooner Tarrus Riley at Prospect Park Bandshell

8/5, 1 PM chanteuse/uke player Dahlia Dumont’s Blue Dahlia playing edgy, smartly lyrically-fueled, jazz-infused tunes in English and French with classic chanson and Caribbean influences at Jefferson Market Garden out back of the playground behind the BMCC campus on Chambers St.

8/5, 1 PM klezmer clarinet/mandolin wizard Andy Statman, Irish group Cherish the Ladies, Grupo Rebolu, and Sidiki Conde and Tokounou on the plaza at Lincoln Center. The program repeats at 5 out back in Damrosch Park.

8/5, 1 PM wild live techno band Bombrasstico at the Riis Park Beach Bazaar in the Rockaways

8/5, 6 PM a brassy New Orleans bill: New Breed Brass BandPreservation Hall Jazz Band, a lame jamband, and then Trombone Shorty & Orleans Ave at Central Park Summerstage

8/5, 7 PM Puerto Rican percussion ensemble Yuba Ire and two popular Miami bands—Philbert Armenteros y Los Herederos and PALO! accompany a dance performance at Damrosch Park out back of Lincoln Center

8/5. 9 PM bass goddess Felice Rosser’s ageless reggae-rock-groove band Faith followed by the uneasily cinematic art-rock Pi PowerTrio  – film composer and former Raybeat Pat Irwin (guitar, electronics), Sasha Dobson (drums, vocals) and Daria Grace (bass, vocals) at the Treehouse at 2A

8/6, 8 PM luminous, astonishingly eclectic, wickedly tuneful cello-rock badass Serena Jost followed by similarly fearless, historically-inspired badlands gothic songstress and powerful singer Karen Dahlstrom – possibly the only writer to record an oldtime Idaho-themed album – at Pete’s

8/7, 7 PM sitarist Shafaat Khan with a dance ensemble  at Gantry Plaza State Park in Long Island City

8/8, noon charmingly torchy vocal trio the Ladybugs – who put a twistedly original spin on old Disney movie themes – at the triangle at 66th St. and Broadway

8/8, 5:30 PM Afropop dancefloor guy Sinkane at Bryant Park

8/8, 6:30 PM slinky maracatu/New Orleans/surf rock mashups from Nation Beat on the plaza at the Brooklyn Public Library

8/8, 6:30 PM in reverse order: the Sun Ra Arkestra play a live score to Space Is the Place, José James sings Bill Withers and Samora Pinderhughes: The Transformations Suite at Damrosch Park out back of Lincoln Center. Jury’s out on the openers.

8/9, 7 PM 5/5, 9ish noirish blue-eyed soul singer Fiona Silver and popular blues guitarslinger Gary Clark Jr. at Prospect Park Bandshell

8/9, 5 PM Maceo Parker of the JBs at Chambers Plaza in Newark

8/10, 7:30 PM fiery, politically fearless, atmospheric Tunisian art-rocker Emel Mathlouthi  and macabre slowcore band Godspeed You Black Emperor at Prospect Park Bandshell

8/10, 7:30 PM the Bobby Sanabria Multiverse Big Band reinvent Leonard Bernstein’s Wes Side Story soundtrack at Damrosch Park out back of Lincoln Center

8/11, 3 PM the North, South, East, and West choruses sing the world premiere of John Luther Adams: In the Name of the Earth at Harlem Meer in Central Park

8/11, 3 PM ish swirling, feral female-fronted psychedelic cumbia/tropicalia allstars Combo Chimbita  outdoors at Union Pool, free

8/11, 7 PM dark Americana lit-rock cult hero Joe Henry and soul/gospel icon Mavis Staples – good twinbill, hilariously bad segue – at Damrosch Park out back of Lincoln Center

8/11, 8:30 PM jangly, clanging late 80s nostalgia with the Breeders at Prospect Park Bandshell

8/12. 1 PM Super Yamba play their bracingly psychedelic Afrobeat jams at the Riis Park Beach Bazaar in the Rockaways

8/12, 7 PM twangy Crazy Horse-ish Americana jamband Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real followed by newschool Americana soul chanteuse Margo Price at Damrosch Park out back of Lincoln Center

8/12, 11 PM creepy, psychedelic circus rock/Russian folk band Mad Meg followed at midnight by Helsinki girlpunk band the Shrieks at Littlefield, $10 

8/15, 5:30 PM night one of this year’s Bryant Park Accordion Festival, a dozen accordionists playing music from around the world, positioned throughout the park so there’s no sonic interference between them. Lineup tba; the festival continues on 8/22, 8/29, 9/5, 9/12 and a grand finale on 9/14 a half an hour earlier. Last year’s lineup was to die for.

8/18, 1 PM hilarious, smartly political faux-French retro 60s psych-pop band les Sans Culottes at the Riis Park Beach Bazaar in the Rockaways

8/18, 1/3 PM the Collaborative Arts Ensemble play southern US-inspired works by Samuel Barber, Charles Ives, Johnny Cash,Hoagy Carmichael, Henry Mancin at Colonels Row on Governors Island, free

8/19, 1 PM bouncy, slyly amusing psychedelic cumbia band Consumata at the Riis Park Beach Bazaar in the Rockaways

8/22, 1 PM a NYC bluegrass band twinbill with Bluegrass Collusion and Sheriff & the Deputy at the triangle at 66th and Broadway

8/23, 5 PM oldschool Dirty Jerz hip-hop with pioneering female rapper Rah Digga at Chambers Plaza in Newark

8/23. 5:30  PM string ensemble Leadlights play works by Kyle Werner, Beethoven, Brahms, and Mendelssohn at Belvedere Plaza north of Battery Park, follow the sound

8/23, 6 PM oldschool salsa dura with Los Habaneros under the Manhattan Bridge archway, go south from the  York St. subway and follow the sound

8/23, 6:30 PM Tom Csatari & Uncivilized Orchestra at Pioneer Works, free. Brooklyn’s most interesting jazz guitarist survives a brush with death and reemerges with his careening nine-ish piece band – an event not to miss

8/25, 3 PM the ageless godfather of boogaloo, Joe Bataan outdoors at Union Pool, free

8/25, 5ish purist swing singer Catherine Russell and Jamaican jazz piano icon Monty Alexander’s reggae-jazz Harlem-Kingston Express at Marcus Garvey Park

8/26, 1 PM jangly New York original surf rock cult heroes the Supertones at the Riis Park Beach Bazaar in the Rockaways at the triangle at 66th St. and Broadway

8/26, 3 PM the trio of Adam O’Farrill, Immanuel Wilkins and Joel Ross, Amina Claudine Myers, then a lame corporate jazz act, then Gary Bartz leading a quartet at Tompkins Square Park

8/26, 4 PM Music Against Mass Incarceration at Secret Project Robot with lo-fi janglerock/C&W songwriter Colin Langenus, Americana songstress Erin Durant, first-class lo-fi stoner jamband Rhyton, that guy from the former Pleasure Unit, hazily jangly, psychedelic slowcore/free jazz/avant instrumentalists Sunwatchers  and no-wave funksters Guerilla Toss, all proceeds to benefit Just Leadership USA and the fight to shut down Rikers Island $15

8/26, 8ish perennially vital latin jazz piano sage Eddie Palmieri  at Central Park Summerstage

8/28, 8 PM badass oldschool electric bluesmistress Celisse Henderson  and a bunch of actors read from and play music inspired by the Howard Zinn classic People’s History of the United States at Central Park Summerstage. They did something like this at Lincoln Center last year and it was surprisingly subversive.

8/30, 5:30 PM the Harlem Quartet play works by Schubert, Debussy and others at Belvedere Plaza north of Battery Park, follow the sound

9/1, 3 PM the Sun Ra Arkestra outdoors at Union Pool, free

9/6, 6 PM singer Jessy Carolina’s torchy cabaret band Shanghai Mermaid under the Manhattan Bridge archway, go south from the  York St. subway and follow the sound

9/20 Red Baraat guitarist Jonathan Goldberger, Hearing Things organist JP Schlegelmilch and Alasnoaxis drummer Jim Black bought a vintage Yamaha organ and play the release show for their killer, psychedelic new trio album Visitors at Nublu 151

9/27, 7 PM the all-female Resistance Revival Chorus sing epic, inspiring populist gospel tunes and anti-trumpie broadsides followed by afropop singer Angelique Kidjo at Central Park Summerstage

9/29 lush, dynamically eclectic Korean folk/art-rock band Coreyah mash up lustrous, often plaintive themes with hard-charging hip-hop and dance tunes at the Chile Pepper Festival at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, time/price tba

Lincoln Center’s 2018 Midsummer Night Swing Series Opens With Potent Relevance and Breathtaking Musicianship

At the risk of getting into serious trouble saying this, there hasn’t been such a stunning display of jazz talent on any New York stage this year as there was last night at the kickoff of Lincoln Center’s annual Midsummer Night Swing festival. The inspiration for the mighty big band, the Sisterhood of Swing, was the International Sweethearts of Rhythm, the first integrated, all-female swing group, who debuted eighty-one years ago. As bandleader, trumpeter and singer Bria Skonberg took care to remind the audience who packed Damrosch Park, those women risked their lives playing music together.

The members of this group weren’t risking their lives, but arguably the majority of them were out of their element. And few among this allstar cast play regularly with large ensembles, fewer still with a group the size of this one. The majority are bandleaders who play their own material rather than bouncy 1930s swing. Yet everybody seemed to be pretty much jumping out of their shoes to be involved in this project.

In two lengthy, hard-swinging sets that spanned from standards to cult favorites and an obscure gem or two, the fourteen-piece ensemble offered tantalizing glimpses of pretty much each member’s personality, yet in a completely different context considering where they’re usually found.

The audience responded most explosively to tenor saxophonist and singer Camille Thurman’s serpentine climb to the vocal stratosphere in one of the night’s few ballads, quite a contrast with her rapidfire scatting in a Benny Goodman diptych during the first set. Another big hit was tapdancer Michela Lerman’s nimble solo over Savannah Harris’ irrepressibly boisterous, tropically-tinged tom-tom syncopation, mirroring the drummer’s rambunctious drive in the second set’s opening number, Lady Be Good.

At the piano, Champian Fulton delivered purist, masterfully spacious, blues-drenched lines that fit the material perfectly, especially when the band threw her what could have been the night’s longest solo. In her first turn on the mic, she projected with a surprisingly steely intensity, then a second time around worked knowingly triumphant, bluesy, Dinah Washington-inspired melismas.

Lead trumpeter Jami Dauber joined with her brassy bandmate Linda Briceño and Skonberg as well in a wildly crescendoing, tightly spinning exchange in the wryly titled Battle of the Bugles, one of a handful of numbers from the catalog of Sweethearts of Swing creators Kat Sherrell and Natalie Wilson. Bassist Endea Owens benefited from excellent amplification, giving her a forceful presence. Chloe Feoranzo stood out most noticeably with her gritty baritone sax work; trombonist and singer Emily Asher also got time in the spotlight to channel some goodnaturedly wry humor. Lead alto saxophonist Lakecia Benjamin played punchy soul alongside her fellow reedwomen Thurman and Sharel Cassity.

On clarinet, Anat Cohen spun silky arpeggios on the less breathlessly pulsing numbers and delivered joyously dancing dixieland when the pace picked up, notably alongside violinist Regina Carter in A Woman’s Place Is in the Groove, a deliriously frantic obscurity by 1930s vioinist Ginger Smock. The two worked more calmly and majestically in a new instrumental arrangement of My Baby Just Cares for Me. The group closed with a joyously edgy take of the klezmer-tinged romp Doin’ the Uptown Lowdown, made famous by Mildred Bailey with the Tommy Dorsey band. The crowd didn’t want to let the band go after discovering this new sensation.

This year’s Midsummer Night Swing series continues through July 14 with a more eclectic series of dance bands than ever. Tomorrow at 7:30 PM it’s salsa pioneer and “El Rey de la Pachanga” Joe Quijano y Su Conjunto Cachana. It’ll cost you $17 to get out on the dance floor, something an awful lot of people last night were doing.