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

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

Thursdays in December, 5 PM poignantly lyrical, eclectic pianist Marta Sanchez at Bar Bayeux

Sundays at around 8 PM trumpeter Jon Kellso and (frequently) guitarist Matt Munisteri lead the Ear-Regulars in NYC’s only remaining weekly hot jazz jam session at the Ear Inn

12/1, 7:30 PM pianist Boris Berman plays a one-night-only concert of music by Ukrainian composer Valentin Silvestrov, at the Baryshnikov Arts Center 450 W 37th St just east of the DiMenna Ctr., $25

12/1, 7:30 PM atmospheric vocal soundscaper Antonina Nowacka and Ego Death the duo of instrument builder Aho Ssan (aka Niamké Désiré) and haunting, atmospheric Polish composer/cellist Resina (aka Karolina Rec) at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free

12/1, 7:30 PM the Concert Chorale and Winter Festival Orchestra sing Vvaldi’s Gloria and Timothy Amukele’s What Sweeter Music at Merkin Concert Hall, $25

12/1, 8 PM pyrotechnic clarinetist Ismail Lumanovski’s ferociously kinetic NY Gypsy All-Stars at Drom, $15

12/1, 8 PM catchy guy/girl folk duo First Crush and eclectic noiserock/dreampop/new wave band Percocet and minimalist shoegazers To the Wedding at Bar Freda, $10

12/1, 8/10:30 PM jazz guitar and loopmusic icon Bill Frisell  solo at the Blue Note. 12/2-4 he leads a series of quartets, $35

12/1, 8 PM pianist Helene Grimaud plays works by Chopin, Debussy, Satie, Schumann and Valentin Silvestrov at Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall, $35.50 tix avail

12/2, 7 PM epic, haunting, searingly lyrical art-rock songwriter and baritone crooner Spottiswoode at the downstairs room at the Rockwood, $20

12/2, 7 PM  uneful oldschool soul/jazz trombonist Dave Gibson leads his Organ Quartet followed at 11:30 by smartly impressionistic postbop pianist Miki Yamanaka at Cellar Dog. She’s at Smalls on 12/5 and 12/26 at 10:30 for $25; he’s there on 12/17

12/2, 7 PM gorgeously jangly Northern Gothic band the Sadies – minus the late great Dallas Good – at Union Pool, $25

12/2, 7:30 PM brilliant baritone saxophonist Lauren Sevian leads a quaret at the Django, $25

12/2-3, 7:30/9 PM acerbic tenor saxophonist Rich Perry leads a quartet with Gary Versace on piano

12/2, 7:30 PM guzheng player Yang Yi leads an ensemble performing Angel Lam‘s song cycle Lost Shanghai (what a timely theme, huh?) at Merkin Concert Hall, $25/$20 srs/$10 stud

12/2, 10:30ish catchy, fun guy/girl indie soul band Sunshine Nights at Freddy’s

12/2-3, 8 PM powerhouse reedwoman Anna Webber’s Shimmer Wince with Adam O’Farrill on trumpet and Mariel Roberts on cello at Seeds

12/2, 8 PM roots reggae bandleader Nixon Omolla at Silvana

12/2, 8 PM  ambitious postbop saxophonist: Kyle Nasser and singer Simona Premazzi lead a quartet at Bar Bayeux

12/2, 9 PM  clever, fiery, eclectic ten-piece Balkan/hip-hop/funk brass maniacs Slavic Soul Party at BAM Cafe

12/3, 2 PM clarinetist Matthew Fontana leads a trio playing works by Bach, Bruch, Mozart and Schumann at the Brooklyn Heights Library, 286 Cadman Plaza W, free

12/3, 3 PM the Momenta Quartet and bassist Hilliard Greene celebrate Meredith Monk’s 80th birthday with a house concert of her music for strings, free, email for deets/NYC location 

12/3, 7 PM dark psychedelic acoustic blues/klezmer/reggae/soca jamband Hazmat Modine at Terra Blues. They’re also here on 12/17

12/3, 7 PM twangy altcountryAmericana/psychedelic crew American String Conspiracy at Freddy’s

12/3, 7:30 PM rising star Snehesh Nag on sitar with Aditya Phatak on tabla at the Chhandayan Center For Indian Music, $25

12/3, 7:30 PM the rousingly soulful Harlem Gospel Travelers at City Winery, $15 standing room avail

12/3, 8 PM enveloping, cinematic black metal band Antimony at Lucky 13 Saloon, $12

12/3, 8 PM a 50th anniversary celebration of Lou Reed’s Transformer album with Joe Hurley & the Gents with Eugene Hutz of Gogol Bordello and members of Bob Dylan’s band, the Ian Hunter Band, Roxy Music, Sonic Youth, with Edward Rogers, Mary Lee Kortes, Ellen Foley, Don Fleming, Tish & Snooky, Richard Barone, Eamon Rush, Roger Clark, Screaming Orphans, Michael Tee, Jesse Bates at City Winery,$30 standing room avail

12/3, 8 PM  evocative alto saxophonist Dmitri Baevsky and his quartet at the Django, $25

12/3, 8 PM  eclectic cosmopolitan jazz singer Sivan Arbell followed by pianist James Carney with Ravi Coltrane, sax; Dezron Douglas, bass; and Tom Rainey, the Owl

12/3, 8 PM surf night at Otto’s starting with surfed-out tv themes from Commercial Interruption, at 9:30 the alternately jangly and immersive Blue Wave Theory and at 11 cover group Band of Others

12/3, 8 PM new wave/powerpopstress Kira Metcalf followed eventually at 10 by blue-eyed soul guy Ben Pagano at Bar Freda, $10. Avoid the dorky 9 PM act in between

12/3, 9 PM ex-Chicha Libre keyboard sorcerer Josh Camp’s wryly psychedelic cumbia/tropicalia/dub band Locobeach at BAM Cafe

12/3, 11 PM sharply lyrical southwestern gothic/Americana songwriter Tom Shaner at LIC Bar. He’s also here New Years Eve at around the same time

12/4 3 PM iconic, tuneful Jamaican jazz pianist Monty Alexander leads his trio at Trinity Church, free

12/4. 8 PM trombonist Joe Moffet jams with saxophonist Sam Decker followed by trumpeter Kenny Warren’s invigoratingly noisy Sweet World trio with Christopher Hoffman on cello and Nathan Ellman-Bell on drums. at the Owl

12/4. 8 PM Korean oboeist/flutist Gamin leads her ensemble at Roulette, $25 adv tix rec

12/4, 9 PM deviously entertaining western swing chanteuse Sweet Megg Farrellt at Skinny Dennis

12/5, 8 PM catchy female-fronted powerpop band Cool Dead Woman at Our Wicked Lady, $14

12/5, 9 PM expert, extrovert rockabilly/retro rock bassist Eugene Chrysler and band at Skinny Dennis

12/6 Taraf de Chicago at Merkin Concert Hall are sold out

12/6, 7:30 PM vivid pianist Manuel Valera & New Cuban Express at the Django, $25

12/6, 8 PM cellist Amanda Gookin plays solo electroacoustic works by Pamela Z, Jessie Montgomery, Sarah Hennies, Camila Agosto, Seong Ae Kim at Roulette, $25 adv tix rec

12/6, 8:30 PM intriguing, atmospheric chamber pop/shoegaze band Year of the Hare at Bar Freda, $10

12/6, 9 PM acerbic, versatile tenor saxophonist Julieta Eugenio leads a chordless trio at Bar Lunatico

12/7 1 PM purist oldschool jazz guitarist Bill Wurtzel with bassist Jay Leonhart at the American Folk Art Museum.

12/7, 7 PM clever, purist B3 jazz organist Akiko Tsuruga at Cellar Dog

12/8, 7 PM eclectic 21st century composition specialists NOW Ensemble play a program tba at the Brooklyn Public Library Grand Army Plaza branch

12/8, 8 PM a screening of FW Murnau’s classic silent film Nosferatu with live score by creepy classical ensemble the Flushing Remonstrance at Lucky 13 Saloon, $12

12/7, 7:30 PM salsa/tropicalia cantante Mireya Ramos at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free

12/8, 7 PM Gangspil, featuring Sonnich Lydom on accordion and harmonica and Kristian Bugge on fiddle play rarely heard ancient Danish folk songs and dance tunes at Scandinavia House, $15

12/8, 7:30 PM the Korean-inspired Rin Seo Big Band at Culture Lab, $25

12/8, 7:30 PM Colombian vallenato accordionist/singer Diana Burco at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free

12/8, 8 PM performance poet Rena Anakwe followed by a rare improvisational showdown with Mary Margaret O’Hara & cellist Peggy Lee at First Unitarian Church, 116 Pierrepont St, downtown Brooklyn, $30, any train to Borough Hall

12/8, 8 PM  Certain General guitarslinger Phil Gammage plays his dark Americana and blues at 11th St Bar. 12/12, 7:30 PM he’s at Cowgirl Seahorse

12/8, 8 PM tenor sax improv titan George Garzone leads his band at Bar Bayeux

12/9, 7 PM  sweepingly intense, smartly lyrical art-rock songwriter Victoria Langford at the downstairs room at the Rockwood, $12

12/9, 7 PM soprano Aliana de la Guardia and a sextet perform Gabriel Bouche Caro’s new song cycle on themes of Puerto Rican identity at the Americas Society, 680 Park Ave, free

12/9-10, 7:30/9 PM  tuneful, refreshingly edgy pianist Rachel Z leads a quartet  at Smalls, $25

12/9. 8 PM state-of-the-art trumpeter Dave Douglas‘ Quintet with Jon Irabagon, Matt Mitchell, Matt Penman, Rudy Royston play two sets, the second backing brilliant Elysian Fields guitarist Oren Bloedow at the Owl, $20

12/9, 8:30 PM disquieting Elliott Smith-esque band Horror Movie Marathon at Bar Freda, $10

12/10, 4 PM multi-reedman JD Parran leads an ensemble playing classic ragtime and early jazz by James Reese Europe and the Harlem Hellfighters 369th Infantry, then plays his own adventurous stuff with a quartet at All Saints Episcopal Church, 728 7th Ave., south Park Slope, R to Prospect Ave.,

12/10. 6 PM Nora Stanley on sax, Victor Tsilimparis on keys and Eliza Salem on drums jam out at Downtown Music Gallery

12/10, 7:30 PM edgy, versatile bassist Max Johnson  leads his trio at the Django, $25

12/10, 9 PM  fiery electric bluegrass and C&W with Demolition String Band at Skinny Dennis

12/10, 10:30 PM  jazz nonet Small Kingdom with powerhouse singer Melanie Scholtz at the downstairs room at the Rockwood, $15

12/11, 3 PM cellist Benjamin Larsen leads a trio playing music by Haydn, Chausson and Lewis Spratlin at Concerts on the Slope, St. John’s Episcopal Church, 139 St. John’s Place downhill from 7th Ave,, $25

12/11, 5 PM brilliantly adventurous harpist Bridget Kibbey and the Calidore String Quartet plays works by Debussy and Caplet’s “Masque of the Red Death” at Our Saviour’s Atonement Lutheran Church 178 Bennett Avenue at 189th St, free

12/11, 8 PM the ageless, legendary band who started the klezmer revival, the Klezmatics at Drom, expensive, $35 standing room avail

12/11, 9 PM  elegant folk noir songwriter Jean Rohe at the Owl

12/12,7 PM postbop jazz supergroup the Cookers – Billy Harper, Cecil McBee, George Cables, Eddie Henderson, and Billy Hart – at the Schomburg Center, 135th/Malcolm X Blvd, RSVP required:

12/12, 7 PM innovative, atmospheric bassist Brandi Disterheft leads her quartet at Cellar Dog

12/12, 7:30 PM the best singing pianist (and the best piano-playing singer) in jazz, Champian Fulton at the Django, $25

12/12, 8 PM funk-jazz crew the Silver Arrow Band at Drom, free.

12/12, 9 PM Jazz Passengers sax legend Roy Nathanson with trombonist Curtis Fowlkes and Deidre Rodman at Bar Lunatico

12/12, 10 PM boisterously funny oldschool 60s C&W and brooding southwestern gothic with the Jack Grace Band  at the Ear Inn

12/13 half past noon organist Paolo Bougeat plays a program tba at Central Synagogue, 54th/Lex, free

12/13, 6:30 PM guitarist Ben Tyree with drummer Sameer Gupta followed by Abacoa with bassist Kenneth Jimenez, Hery Paz on sax and Willy Rodriguez on drums, then at 8:30 the Mahakala trio with Chad Fowler, Dave Sewelson on bari sax and Steve Hirsh on drums and at 9:30 noir-inspired low-register reedman Ben Goldberg leading a trio at Downtown Music Gallery

12/13, 7:30/9 PM  sweeping, swinging vibraphonist Behn Gillece leads a trio at Mezzrow, $25

12/13, 8 PM  intense janglerock/Americana/soul songwriter Matt Keating and guitarist Steve Mayone’s catchy project the Bastards of Fine Arts at  at the small room at the Rockwood

12/14, 7:30 PM lyrical, thoughtful tenor saxophonist Eric Alexander leads a quartet at the Django, $25

12/14, 8 PM eclectic bassist Nick Dunston’s trio with trombonist Kalia Vandever and DoYeon Kim on gayageum, wow, at Roulette, $25 adv tix rec

12/14, 9 PM reliably powerful tenor saxophonist Stacy Dillard leads a chordless trio at Bar Lunatico

12/15, 7 PM the New York Composers Circle presents world premieres of vocal and chamber music by Peter Kelsh, Scott D. Miller, Kevin McCarter, David Mecionis. Emiko Hayashi. Anthony Izzo, Sergey Oskolov and Patrick Andrew Thompson at Church of the Transfiguration, 1 E 29th St, $15

12/15, 8 PM pianist Eva Polgar plays an all-Hungarian program of music by Kodaly, Dubrovay and Kharitonov at Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, $35 tix avail

12/15, 8 PM the Bergamot Quartet play a program of 21st century music tba at the Owl

12/15. 9 PM haunting, reverb guitar-driven noir cinematic instrumentalists Big Lazy at Bar Lunatico

12/15, 9 PM  iconic Afro-Cuban percussionist/bandleader Pedrito Martinez at Drom, $30 standing room avail

12/16-17, 7 PM politically fearless visionary/tenor sax improviser Matana Roberts solo and klezmer band Black Ox Orkestar at Union Pool, $25

12/16, 7:30 all-female Colombian salsa band Lulada Club at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free

12/16, 7:30 PM   jazz organist Mike LeDonne leads a trio at at the Django, $25 12/18. 7 PM he’s at Cellar Dog

12/16-17, 7:30/9 PM  erudite tenor saxophonist Wayne Escoffery leads a quartet at Smalls, $25

12/16, 10 PM fiery, psychedelically bluesy oldschool soul/roadhouse jamband Lizzie & the Makers at the small room at the Rockwood. 12/30 at 8 they’re at Sunny’s

12/16, 11:30 PM a rare NYC appearance by brooding Turkish songwriter Niyazi Koyuncu at Drom, $30 standing room avail

12/17, 7:30 PM rising star Indian carnatic singer Rucha Jambekar leads her trio with Aditya Phatak on tabla and Anish Dharam on harmonium at the Chhandayan Center For Indian Music, $25

12/17, 8 PM downtown sax vet Marty Ehrlich leads his group at Bar Bayeux

12/17, 9 PM Irish party band the Narrowbacks at Connolly’s, $5ba

12/17, 10:30 PM  noir-inspired alto saxophonist/composer Nick Hempton  at the Django, $25

12/18, 4 PM  oldschool-style high plains C&W singer Hope Debates & North 40 at Skinny Dennis

12/18, 7:30 PM colorful,  eclectic, paradigm-shifting B3 jazz organist Brian Charette leads a trio at the Django, $25

12/18, 10 PM uneasily vivid bedroom pop songwriter Allegra Krieger at the Owl

12/19. 7 PM purist postbop jazz guitarist Ed Cherry leads a trio at Cellar Dog

12/19, 8 PM a new music extravaganza: Either/Or Ensemble performs works by Talib Rasul Hakim, Jō Kondō, James Díaz, and Katherine Young. Drew Wesely presents a solo prepared guitar performance in celebration of the release of their album and media book Blank Body. 4tet2duos (Katie Porter, Lucie Vítková, James Ilgenfritz, Teerapat Parnmongkol) presents an extended structured work for improvisers. Eli Wallace celebrates the release of his new album of solo prepared piano music. Ghost Ensemble presents the premiere of Ben Richter’s Roulette, $25 adv tix rec

12/19, 9 PM alto saxophonist Caroline Davis’ ambitious Portals quintet at Bar Lunatico

12/19. 10:30 PM cinematically tuneful jazz pianist Steven Feifke’s Big Band at the Django, $25

12/21, 7 PM irrepressible, ebullient Brain Cloud jazz chanteuse/tapdancer Tamar Korn leads her band at Cellar Dog

12/22, 6 PM terse, intense, individualistic, often hypnotic acoustic songwriter Kalyani Singh at the small room at the Rockwood

12/22, 8 PM gritty downtown rocker Diane Gentile, dark blues/folk noir/oldschool soul songwriter Kelley Swindall and well-liked, fearlessly political LES soul-rock songwriter/chanteuse Dina Regine at 11th St Bar

12/23, 7 PMcharismatic, adventurous postbop/avant garde trombonist/crooner Frank Lacy leads a quartet followed at 11:30 by deviously entertaining pianist Jinjoo Yoo at Cellar Dog He’s at Smalls on 12/27 at 7:30 for $25

12/23-24, 7:30/9 PM popular lyrical postbop trumpeter Jeremy Pelt leads a trio at Mezzrow, $25

12/24, 7 PM the NY String Orchestra play works by Mozart, Tschaikovsky and others at Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall, $21 tix avail. The program repeats on 12/28 at 8.

12/24, 8 PM a rare NYC appearance by versatile Turkish chanteuse Zuleyha Ortak – who ranges from haunting folk tunes to slick Anatolian disco – at Drom, $30 standing room avail

12/26, 7:30/9 PM classy, cinematic, purist NZ jazz pianist Alan Broadbent  leads a trio at Mezzrow, $25

12/27,8 PM plaintive Yorkshire/Appalachian singer Jan Bell –whose gloomy chronicles of Brooklyn gentrification are spot-on – with bassist Tina Lama at Sunny’s

12/30 7 PM purist postbop guitarist Sheryl Bailey leads her quartet followed at 11:30 by innovative, individualistic jazz organist Jared Gold and his trio at Cellar Dog

12/31, 9 PM the Binky Griptite Orchestra (formerly Sharon Jones’ brilliant oldschool soul backing band) at Bar Lunatico, $20 cover


Inspiration and Rapture From Harpist Edmar Castaneda in a Sonically Challenging Downtown Space

At his concert today at St. Paul’s Chapel downtown, harpist Edmar Castaneda told the small crowd huddled together in the wintry chill under the balcony organ that he was sick of playing “For computers.” The audience seconded that observation and roared their approval when he’d fire off sparkling cascades, playing brisk melody lines against supple basslines, bending the body of his instrument for a wah-wah effect, or slamming the strings at the end of a song like the inside of a piano to cap off a big coda. But lockdown-era cabin fever aside, at this show Castaneda felt the room’s nature reverb and focused more on rapture and resonance than the pyrotechnics he’s best known for.

His wife, singer Andrea Tierra, marveled at how the Financial District had revitalized itself in the years since she’d walked around the neighborhood during the somber, acrid aftermath of 9/11. “”We always have to fight…New York always has to keep coming back, I think this is a very important message in this part of the city,” she emphasized.

Airing out her understatedly powerful, expressive alto voice, she channeled a distant angst as her husband rose from a suspenseful pulsing, verdant intro to a slow, spiky, bolero-tinged ballad, possibly titled Me Voy Llorando. It was a prime example of the individualistic blend of latin jazz and nueva cancion he’s made a name for himself with – and has played with his wife, whom he instantly fell in love with at a jam session in Queens eighteen years ago.

Tierra introduced a more spare, dancing tune, Cancion Con Todos, as a message of unity for all the people of the Americas, giving voice to citizens struggling for peace, The group – which also included incisive soprano saxophonist Shlomi Cohen and a terse, purposeful drummer – took the song bouncing, doublespeed, with an insistent solo out.

Castaneda played solo on Hecho (“Acts,” a Biblical reference), bringing the atmosphere up from guarded hope to starrier, more rhythmic terrain and a graceful, reflective ending. From there, he brought the rhythm section back to close the set with a wildly flurrying, merengue-flavored tune, Fresh Water, bristling with modal intensity over staggered, strutting syncopation.

A Smart, Dynamic Debut Album and a Bed-Stuy Show by a Rising Star Saxophonist

It was mid-May, 2021 – eighteen months ago, but it feels like a lifetime. At that point in time, no one in New York knew whether indoor concerts that weren’t clandestine would ever exist in this city again. Fortuitously, photographer Jimmy Katz had been scheduling a series of free outdoor jazz shows in Central Park, moving from one location to another in search of the ideal spot.

One of those locations was a clearing a few blocks north of the 82nd Street entrance on the west side. Mark Turner had played an unselfconsciously gorgeous set with a trio up on the hill to the south the previous afternoon. This particular day, a twentysomething tenor saxophonist with a muscular style was volleying her way through a handful of classic Coltrane tunes, out in front of a chordless quartet. Who was this fiery yet thoughtful player?

As it turned out, it was Julieta Eugenio. Even more serendipitously. she stuck around. She put out an album, Jump – streaming at Spotify – and has a gig coming up on Dec 6 at 9 PM at Bar Lunatico with the rhythm section on the record, Matt Dwonszyk on bass and Jonathan Barber on drums.

On the record, Eugenio is more reserved than she is onstage: either way, she doesn’t waste notes. The opening number is titled Efes – a shout-out to the delicious Turkish lager beer, maybe? No Turkish flavor in this one, but sizzling trills, a shout-out to an iconic Paul Desmond riff, and a lot of judicious use of space as Barber reaches for textures and surprise punches from around the kit. Meanwhile, Dwonszyk runs catchy, spring-loaded riffage, holding the center and firing off a wryly colorful solo midway through.

Eugenio opts for a balmy approach in the album’s title track, Barber prowling among the cymbals this time, Dwonszyk again serving as incisive anchor. There’s striking contrast between her spare, reflective lines, Barber’s carnivalesque drive and Dwonszyk’s bounce in La Jungla.

Eugenio stays in misty, even more spacious mode in the fond, vivid ballad For You. Racoon Tune turns out to be a warmly ornamented, latin funk-tinged number and a long launching pad for Eugenio to dance here way up to a percussively burning bass solo.

The version of Flamingo here is a samba, Dwonszyk working a supple, long-limbed pulse over an altered clave as Eugenio clusters and then backs away. She builds brooding, modally-infused resonance over a similar groove in Another Bliss, the album’s most darkly striking number, which the band take down to a mysterious whisper at the end.

Eugenio reinvents Billie Holiday’s Crazy He Calls Me as an opiated, expansive jazz waltz until Dwonszyk breaks the spell with his sober solo out. The group hit a pensive drive with Snowbirds, the bandleader in enigmatic mode again, Barber holding back from chewing the scenery with his boom-and-splash. It’s the best song on the album.

The trio close with the similarly moody Tres: it’s an ambience that suits these three well. Eugenio is really someone to keep your eye on.

A Viscerally Transcendent New Album and a Bed-Stuy Gig From Pianist Eri Yamamoto

Pianist Eri Yamamoto survived a hideous attack to make a beautiful record. In the early days of the 2020 lockdown, Yamamoto was assaulted on a Brookyn street. Her attacker mistook her for Chinese (she’s Japanese) and accused her of unleashing the Covid virus (which seems to have been manufactured in China, but was invented in a North Carolina bioweapons lab). This is the kind of incident that takes place when a society is divided and conquered, when orange-haired demagogues step to the podium to make divisive anti-Asian statements.

Although Yamamoto is a streetwise New Yorker – she honed her chops back in the 90s at the gritty Avenue B Social Club – the assault left her so shaken that she began wearing a purple wig and shades to hide her features.

But she transcended the attack, to the point where for the first time, she sings on record. Her new album A Woman With a Purple Wig is streaming at Bandcamp. She’s playing Bar Lunatico on Nov 30 at 9 PM.

On the album, Yamamoto reflects on the grimness of 2020, but also offers hope for the future. She opens the first track, Challenge, with a series of biting, brooding arpeggios over the low-key, lithe groove of bassist David Ambrosio and drummer Ikuo Takeuchi. With a calm determination, she expands from the center, building almost imperceptibly to a handful of jaunty flourishes. Takeuchi churns around as Yamamoto chooses her spots and then returns with a sober baroque focus before handing off to Ambrosio’s punching, dancing lines.

“One day I bought a wig on the internet, my favorite color,” she sings over a brisk, tightly wound stroll on the album’s title track: “Only twenty bucks…did you know that a purple wig has a special power?” Sarcasm reaches redline until Yamamoto runs the song’s chilling central mantra: it will resonate with anyone who’s been targeted for violence. It’s impossible to think of a more powerful jazz song released this year.

Ends to Start reflects Yamamoto’s hope that we will emerge from the ongoing reign of terror to create a better world, the intricate piano/bass polyrhythms in a tight interweave as Takeuchi shifts subtly between waltz time and a steady clave. Again, Yamamoto’s lines are spacious and reflective, up to a puckish crescendo and an eventual;y restrained majesty following a flurrying bass solo.

She returns to the mic for Colors Are Beautiful, a slow, catchy, allusively gospel-tinged singalong salute to ethnic diversity. Her gentle but bright oldschool soul riffage quickly falls away for a hushed bass solo over misty cymbals as Sounds of Peace gets underway, then she works through a pensive series of gospel-inspired variations.

Track six is titled Shout, a sleekly undulating, blues-infused number with lively extrovert drums. Yamamoto closes the album with Internal Beat, her most complex and animated postbop-style tune here, fueled by Takeuchi’s colorful accents.

Pianist Mike Holober’s Lavish, Dynamic Song Cycle Offers Optimism and Positivity When We Really Need It

Pianist Mike Holober is best known as a composer of picturesque, often breathtaking big band jazz. But along with his role creating cinematic charts for the NDR Bigband, he’s also a jazz songwriter. Fortuitously, he managed to record his latest album, Don’t Let Go live in concert at Aaron Davis Hall uptown in the fall of 2019, right around the same time that Event 201 was taking place. A project for his Balancing Act septet, it’s a lavish fourteen-part song cycle streaming at Sunnyside Records. Holober is providing an rare, intimate look at how this sausage gets made in a duo set with soprano saxophonist Charles Pillow at Mezzrow on Nov 30, with sets at 7:30 and 9 PM. Cover is $25 cash at the door.

Needless to say, this symphonically thematic suite seems very prescient considering what’s transpired over the last 32 months. It begins with Breathe Deep, a lustrous dawn theme in the shape of a gently syncopated canon, Holober’s piano slowly taking over from Marvin Stamm’s trumpet, Dick Oatts’ alto sax, Jason Rigby’s tenor sax and Mark Patterson’s trombone. Chanteuse Jamile takes centerstage to introduce the first of the songs, Morning Hope, a challenge to wake up, question, and “clear away the lies.” Holober’s piano foreshadows that promise, handing off to Mike McGuirk’s dancing bass solo over drummer Dennis Mackrel’s lithe, muted rimshots. Bright, balmy trumpet and warmly cantering piano against hazy vocalese fill out an optimistic picture.

Jamile offers wise advice to stay on the side of love in Four-Letter Words, a verdantly swaying, syncopated number, Oatts’ solo outlasting a bit of a storm. He switches to soprano for a blazing intro to Kiss the Ground, a bnrner with circling horn riffage over driving pedalpoint: “It ain’t coming round again,” Jamile warns before Mackrel takes it out unexpectedly.

Burnin’ Daylight begins warily, then brightens with Patterson’s spacious solo over an altered latin groove, Holober returning to an earlier, casually determined theme, Jamile cautioning us to keep our eye on the ball. There’s a similar trajectory from unease to distantly New Orleans-flavored ebullience in A Summer Midnight’s Dream. Necessary, the conclusion, allusively speaks to issues of personal sovereignty over a pouncing, icepick rhythm, with incisive solos from trombone and the saxes

Holober opens the second disc with I Wonder, his judicious, icily Messiaen-tinged solo introducing a slightly more driving variation on the initial cantering theme as Jamile channels her refusal to concede to fear. Although You’re a Long Way from Home has folksy, pastoral tinges, the unease persists despite Patterson’s genial, low-key solo.

Mackrel’s misty brushes underpin Holober’s spacious piano, Jamile tracing a trail of betrayal in You Never Know, Stamm adding a bittersweet, lingering solo as the rhythm subtly shifts into swing. Smile Slow, a summery interlude for Holober and Rigby, sets up Letting Go, a lilting, bossa-tinged ballad with a judicious but opaque soprano sax solo at the center.

Holober weaves the first disc’s jumping final theme into Touch the Sky, with more of a tropical bounce and a lively two-sax conversation: it’s the album’s most entertaining number. The concert ends with Don’t Let Go, Jamile asserting that “Things are better than they seem” and holding out hope over Holober’s tersely undulating melody, Rigby bringing in an inviting, final cloud cover. More jazz artists should make live albums like this one.

A Colorful, Frequently Rapturous Brooklyn Celebration of Yuko Fujiyama’s Music

Last night at Roulette an innovative, inspired cast of Japanese and Americana musicians played a fascinating salute to Yuko Fujiyama, concluding a two-night stand in celebration of the composer and pianist’s individualistic work. The dynamic shifts from animated, incisive, typically somewhat minimalist melodies, to hushed rapture and occasional controlled pandemonium, mirrored a distinctly Japanese sensibility more than the tonalities did.

Solo behind the drumkit, Tetsu Nagasawa opened the evening with an elegant hailstorm on the cymbals. Slowly moving to a coyly noirish rattle, he reached toward gale force, lashing the shoreline before descending to a muted rain on the roof that eventually drifted away. Following a steady, rather hypnotic upward trajectory, he then brought the ambience down to a hushed, shamanic ambience spiced with majestic cymbal washes.

Pianist Sylvie Courvoisier then joined him, adding a few judicious plucks over a distant rustle before introducing a staggered, minimalist pedalpoint. Eerie clusters alternated with simple, emphatic rhythmic gestures. Nagasawa signaled a detour into a flickering jungle; a good cop/bad cop high-lo dynamic ensued over a circular rumble. Courvoisier pounced and threw elbows, then she coalesced into a climb that mirrored the opening drum solo as it decayed to silence.

After the intermission, a cross-pollinated ensemble of Do Yeon Kim on gayageum (the magical, warptoned Korean zither), Satoshi Takeishi on drums, Ned Rothenberg on reeds and Shoko Nagai on piano took over with an improvisation that began with a little furtive prowling around and grew more agitated, Kim’s circling riffs leading the way up to an insistent, pansori-like vocal attack.

A bit of a blizzard gave way to rapturous deep-space washes fueled by Rothenberg’s desolate clarinet, Nagai adding icily spacious glimmer. Gently skipping piano anchored crystalline clarinet curlicues, Rothenberg and Nagai converging in dark circles as the other two musicians looked on but eventually edged their way in. Trails of sparks flickered off; Nagai, who’d moved to a small synth, hit a backwards loop pedal; the spaceship reappeared and everyone got in but chaos ensued anyway.

Rothenberg’s eventual decision to pick up his shakuhachi brought a return to woodsy mysticism, from which Nagai, back on piano, led the ensemble on a long scramble. A cantering forward drive and an unexpected turn into neoromantic rivulets grew grittier as Nagai brought the music to a forceful coda.

For the night’s concluding number, Fujiyama took over on piano, bolstered by additional flute and trumpet, with Nagai moving to accordion. Yuma Uesaka conducted. A brief, lustrous introduction set up Fujiyama’s judicious, otherworldly, Messiaenic ripples: mournful late 50s Miles Davis came to mind.

Pensive trumpet amid gingerly romping piano and an uneasy haze were followed by Kim’s graceful bends. which introduced an interlude that quickly grew squirrelly and eventually frantic.

Rothenberg’s emergence as voice of reason was temporary. Uesaka stopped the works, then restarted them as more of a proper upward vector, with flutters from the flutes and two drummers. The allusive charge down to a final drift through the clouds made a fittingly magical conclusion.

The next concert at Roulette is November 27 at 8 PM with John Zorn’s New Masada Quintet; you can get in for $35 in advance.

Sweet Megg Brings Her Imaginative, Dynamic Take on Western Swing to a Familiar Williamsburg Haunt

Where Bob Wills started with country and blues and added jazz to the mix to create western swing, singer Megg Farrell starts with swing jazz as a starting point for her latest album, My Window Faces the South, streaming at Bandcamp. It’s a party album, but it’s also an innovative mix of vintage styles. She’s keeping her cowboy hat on for her next gig on Nov 26 at 9 PM at Skinny Dennis. For those who might dread Williamsburg on a weekend night, consider that a lot of the contingent who make that neighborhood such a miserable place will probably still be out of town for Thanksgiving.

Sweet Megg, as she’s known, switches effortlessly between the many types of oldtime Americana she’s explored from the start of her career about ten years ago. She reaches down for a low-key, mistier take on Patsy Cline in the opening number, Faded Love. Fiddler Billy Contreras fires off a deliciously slinky solo midway through, trumpeter Mike Davis and saxophonist Ricky Alexander punching in with bright harmonies over the groove of bassist Dennis Crouch and drummer Chris Gelb.

The band blend dixieland flair and a little jump blues over an oldtime swing beat in the next track, Hesitation Blues. There’s an accordion along with Chris Scruggs’ steel guitar on a balmy version of I Can’t Stop Loving You; then the band pick up the pace with There’ll Be Some Changes Made, with Contreras’ fiddle, Alexander’s clarinet and Scruggs’ scrambling steel front and center.

The album’s title track gets a sly cha-cha intro and some spiraling ragtime piano from Dalton Ridenhour before the horns and the steel pair off. The tricky intro to Sentimental Gentleman from Georgia is there to fake you out: Farrell and the band make hi-de-ho country out of it, if you can imagine that.

They really nail a hazy, wistfully nocturnal atmosphere in their lush, enveloping version of Stardust, fueled by Ridenhour’s steady C&W piano. Farrell and Alexander harmonize in an oldtime swing-infused take of I’ve Got a Feeling I’m Falling as Contreras flickers in the background. And they have fun reinventing the Tennessee Waltz, first with just Farrell’s vocals over animated slip-key piano, then Scruggs comes in sailing overhead.

Likewise, Ridenhour and Gelb give an incisive, imaginative drive to Those Memories of You. They close with Trouble in Mind, Farrell and the group stretching further out into the jazz that brought them here. On one hand, almost all of the songs here have been done to death: credit this inspired cast for breathing new life into them.

Theo Walentiny Takes the Crowd on a Magical Mystery Tour of a Historic Downtown Space

Houses of worship tend to be less than optimal for music that’s fast or percussive. Earlier today, pianist Theo Walentiny and his trio sized up the natural reverb of the late 18th century architecture of St. Paul’s Chapel downtown and turned it into a fourth bandmate in a resonant, immersive performance that was often nothing short of eerie.

Throughout their hour onstage, Walentiny chose his spots for occasional rivulets, cascades or variations on circular clusters over a stygian, resonant lefthand. Until the final number, moments where he picked up the volume were few, and packed a punch when they occurred. Drummer Connor Parks rarely rose above a cymballine mist until the second half of the show while bassist Tyrone Allen matched Walentiny’s moody modalities, sometimes shadowing the piano, sometimes essentially taking over from the drums during the show’s most briskly swinging moments.

They reinvented Billy Strayhorn’s Chelsea Bridge as a murky kaleidoscope punctuated by a stern, loopy march motif and rainy-day upper register that Walentiny took into icily starry Messiaenic territory. The original after that pulsed with a muted suspense over a racewalking shuffle groove, Walentiny building tension with subtle variations on insistent, judiciously spaced clusters, loosening every so slightly into a more casual if wary stroll with a chilly reflecting-pool piano solo at the center.

From there Walentiny built the next number up from more of those circling clusters (that appears to have really become a thing in jazz conservatories these days), gingerly moving outward from a center to distant echoes of regally pugilistic McCoy Tyner and a quasi Giant Steps interlude with stabbing close harmonies. Parks in particular was masterful on this one, building a tabla-like atmosphere that lingered and left the crowd speechless for several seconds at the end.

From there the group parsed a forlorn, Birmingham-era Coltrane style tone poem of sorts: Walentiny hinted that he might go in a more lively direction but opted against it as Allen’s minute microtones edged upward. They closed with another original, Splattered Current, Parks finally cutting loose with his toms to underpin Walentiny’s stern pedalpoint in contrast to bright but meticulously space righthand accents and a few sizzling flurries. Either way, it was a magical tug-of-war with the sonics bounding and booming off the walls.

The final jazz concert at St. Paul’s Chapel this month is at 1 PM on Nov 22 with harpist Edmar Castaneda and his trio. Admission is free; be aware that you will be asked to empty your pockets as if you were at the airport if you want to get in. So far they don’t make you take your shoes off.

A Thoughtful, Understatedly Gorgeous Live Album From Eric Vloeimans and Will Holshouser

Trumpeter Eric Vloeimans and accordionist Will Holshouser‘s new album Two for the Road – streaming at Bandcamp – is yet more proof that more artists should make live records. The duo recorded it about a year ago while on tour in the Netherlands. Vloeimans has a richly lyrical resonance which is ideally suited to this unorthodox duo format, and Holshouser – a connoisseur of Punjabi music – has found a similarly simpatico sparring partner. There’s lots of unselfconscious beauty here, whether you call this pastoral jazz, or new classical music, or folk tunes for that matter.

Vloeimans opens Tibi Gratias, a stately, gentle canon, with a wafting solo; later, Holshouser builds it to a lush, steady chordal drive. The miking on the accordion is fantastic and captures the entirety of Holshouser’s range, including the lows that some accordion recordings miss out on. In general, he gets more time in the spotlight here than his collaborator.

There are three “innermissions” by Vloeimans here, all composed during the 2020 lockdown. The first makes a good segue, the two slowly working their way out of waltz time to more trickier syncopation, an unexpectedly murky accordion interlude and a gorgeous, distantly flamenco-tinged conclusion.

Deep Gap is even more straightforwardly bright: it could be a Civil War-era march with moments of unexpectedly puckish humor. The duo continue in a playful vein with Innermission 12 as they build around a goofy quote, Holshouser spiraling and blipping steadily, Vloeimans picking up the pace. The good cheer continues in the bluesy waltz Innermission 2, Vloeimans choosing his spots with a New Orleans flair.

The two musicians remain in 3/4 time to reinvent a Muppets movie theme as a spare, surprisingly pensive, terse ballad. They take more of a charge into the album’s most expansive track, Redbud Winter, lithe trumpet over puffing, emphatic accordion with echoes of Indian music. Holshouser introduces an enigmatically balmy waltz interlude followed by a jaunty contrapuntal conversation before they bring it full circle.

They emerge from a bit of a haze to minimalist variations on a slowly staggered ballad theme in MoMu and follow with Innermission 9, working an insistent bounce over a moody, vampy 70s soul-inflected tune. It has more bite than anything else on the album, Vloeimans picking up with his jovial arpeggios as the two wind it out.

To Louis seems to be a homage to someone beyond the obvious, a slinky 6/8 tune where Vloeimans ranges from hazy, to incisive, to some of the album’s most soaring moments. Variations on a tensely rhythmic, Indian-flavored theme alternate with balmy balladry in Innermission 1l, then the two musicians make catchy reggae out of it. They close with a lullaby.

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

Frequent updates, with a new calendar for the first week of December coming 12/1. As crazy as the world is right now, it makes more sense to play this by ear and pull together these listings week by week, rather than investing the 30 hours or so that it would take to compile a whole month at a time, only to see those concerts cancelled when the evil Hochul decides to play dictator again. Bookmark this page and hopefully we’ll all get through the end of the year together.

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

Sundays at around 8 PM trumpeter Jon Kellso and (frequently) guitarist Matt Munisteri lead the Ear-Regulars in NYC’s only remaining weekly hot jazz jam session at the Ear Inn

11/1, 6:30: PM guitarist Max Kutner with drummer Kevin Shea followed by the potentially combustible Astro Turf with mandolinist Sam Day Harnet, violinist Sana Nagano and bassist Zach Swanson at Downtown Music Gallery

11/1, 7:30 PM guitar-percussion-piano chamber group Hypercube play new music by Seong Ae Kim, Michael Fiday, and others at Mise-En Space, 341 Calyer St (Russell/Humboldt), Greenpoint, G to Greenpoint Ave., $10

11/1, 8 PM bassist Dominic Wagner leads an ensemble plays works by Montag, Martín, Penderecki, Gershwin and his own pieces at Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, $34 tix avail

11/1, 8 PM funk-jazz crew the Silver Arrow Band at Drom, free. They’re back on the 28th

11/1, 8 PM avant garde piano titan Kathleen Supove, violinist Jennifer Choi and guitarist James Moore play works by Richard Carrick, Lainie Fefferman, James Ilgenfritz, Alexandra Vrebalov, Randall Woolf, and John Zorn at Roulette, $25 adv tix rec

11/1, 9 PM Arthur Kell on bass with Brad Shepik and Nate Radley on guitars, an auspiciously unorthodox lineup, at Bar Lunatico

11/1. 10:30 PM Los Hacheros, who play fiery electric tres-driven Cuban sounds at the Django, $25

11/2, 1 PM purist oldschool jazz guitarist Bill Wurtzel resumes his long-running stand at the American Folk Art Museum. He’s back on 11/16

11/2, 7:30/9 PM  purist postbop jazz guitarist Ed Cherry leads a trio at Smalls $25

11/2, 9 PM ferociously tuneful, kinetic merengue/tropical psychedelic Dominican guitarist Yasser Tejeda & Pelotre at Bar Lunatico

11/2. 10:30 PM  lyrical, thoughtful tenor saxophonist Eric Alexander at the Django, $25

11/3, 7 PM the Orchestra Now play obscure pre-WWII works by Brook, Apostel, Braunfels and Kauder at Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall, $15.50 tix avail

11/3, 7 PM classical guitarist Antonio Meneses and cellist Paul Galbraith play works by Bach, Schubert, Albeniz and others at the Americas Society, 680 Park Ave., free, res req to

11/3, 7:30 PM Rolling Stones tenor saxophonist Tim Ries leads his quintet at the Django, $25. He’s back on 11/10 and 11/17

11/3, 8 PM  iconic trumpeter and fearlessly political composer Wadada Leo Smith duets with low-register reed icon Scott Robinson at Roulette, $20 adv tix rec

11/3 8 PM Americana banjo songwriter Hilary Hawke  at Sunny’s

11/3. 10:30 PM uneful oldschool soul/jazz trombonist Dave Gibson leads his quartet at Smalls, $25.

11/4, 7 PM clever, purist B3 jazz organist Akiko Tsuruga at Cellar Dog

11/4, 8 PM fierce acoustic Americana/gospel/blues songwriter Rhiannon Giddens leads a cool acoustic Americana band with Amythyst Kiah on banjo at Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall, $32 tix avail

11/4, 8 PM ish slinky, horn-driven retro bugalu band Spanglish Fly at SOB’s, $15

11/4, 7:30 PM postbop  trombonist Conrad Herwig leads his quartet at the Django, $25

11/4-5, 7:30 PM  jazz organist Mike LeDonne leads a quintet at Smalls, $25. He’s also at the Django on 11/6 at 9

11/4, 8 PM wryly lyrical urban Americana vet Alex Battles at Sunny’s

11/4, 8 PM riveting Japanese shamisen player/singer/improviser Emi Makabe leads a trio with Thomas Morgan on bass, Vitor Gonçalves on piano/accordion at Bar Bayeux

11/4, 9 PM good-natured newgrass band Grain Thief at the downstairs room at the Rockwood, $12

11/4, 10 PM roots reggae band Sons of Solomon at Shrine

11/4. 10:30 PM classy, cinematic, purist NZ jazz pianist Alan Broadbent  leads a trio at Mezzrow, $25

11/5, 7:30 PM expressive carnatic singer Rajyashree Ghosh with tabla sorcerer Samir Chatterjee and Anirban Chakraborty on harmonium at the Chhandayan Center For Indian Music, $25

11/5. 8 PM a surf rock triplebill: Drip 2.0, the incisive Surf Junkies and at 11 darkly cinematic, ornate instrumentalists the Otto’s

11/5, 8 PM surreali art-song chanteuse Leila Adu and eclectic, tuneful folk noir accordionist/guitarist/songwriter Ali Dineen at the Owl, $12

11/5, 8 ish dynamic oldschool-style soul songstress Danielle Ponder at SOB’s, $20

11/5, 9 PM brilliant, fearlessly political B3 organist Greg Lewis does his Organ Monk thing at Bar Lunatico

11/5,10:30 PM  the great unsung NYC hero of darkly purposeful, noir-tinged jazz guitar,Saul Rubin leads his quartet at Smalls, $25.

11/6, 4 PM fiery, deviously fun oldtimey swing guitarist/crooner Seth Kessel at Skinny Dennis

11/6, 6 PM the Dave Stryker Organ Quartet play their low-down grooves at Cellar Dog

11/6. 6:30 PM New Orleans reedman Craig Handy followed at 9 by  jazz organist Mike LeDonne and trio at the Django, $25

11/6, 7:30 PM electrifying vibraphonist Simon Moullier and band at Smalls, $25.

11/6, 7:30 PM luminous latin-inspired jazz chanteuse Marianne Solivan at Mezzrow, $25

11/7, 7:30 PM violist Thomas Reibl and pianist Thomas Sauer play works by Schubert, Bach and Garth Knox at Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, $23 tix avail

11/7. 8 PM pianist Myra Melford’s Fire and Water chamber jazz quintet at Roulette, $25 adv tix rec

11/7, 9 PM pastoral gothic accordion bandleader Sam Reider with the Jimi Hendrix of the cuatro, Jorge Glem at Bar Lunatico

11/7, 9 PM boisterously funny oldschool 60s C&W and brooding southwestern gothic with Jack Grace at Skinny Dennis

11/7, 10:30 PM tuneful, epic bassist Marcos Varela leads a piano-guitar quartet at the Django, $25

11/7. 10:30 PM smartly impressionistic postbop pianist Miki Yamanaka at Smalls, $25

11/8, 7 PM  haunting Middle Eastern jazz bassist Petros Klampanis leads a trio with pianist Kristjan Randalu at Drom, $15 adv tix rec

11/8, 7:30 PM a musical program featuring the poetry of iconic Norwegian poet Olav H. Hauge! with Reidun Horvei (voice) and Inger-Kristine Riber (keyboard and composition) at Scandinavia House, free

11/8. 7:30/9 PM eclectic. edgy violinist Zach Brock and pianist Steve Sandberg at Mezzrow, $25

11/8, half past noon organist Mark Pacoe plays a program tba at Central Synagogue, 54th/Lex

11/8, .8 PM ska/rockabilly band the Sweet Talkers and  wickedly jangly surf/twang/country instrumentalists the Bakersfield Breakers at 11th St Bar

11/8, 9 PM singer Veronica Davila’s twangy, Bakersfield-flavored hard honkytonk band Low Roller at Skinny Dennis

11/9, 7 PM lyrical Mingus band pianist David Kikoski solo at the Cutting Room, $24 adv tix rec

11/9, 7:30 PM haunting Turkish six-string kopuz player Ismet Ertas leads a quintet at Drom, $15 adv tix rec

11/9, 10 PM Melissa Gordon of Melissa & the Mannequins, one of the best purist janglerock songwriters in NYC, at LIC Bar. She’s also here on 11/16, 11/23 and 11/30

11/10, 7 PM underground NYC soul legend and crooner Ellis Hooks at Terra Blues

11/10, 7:30 PM poignant Palestinian pianist Rami Khalife at Drom, $25 adv tix rec. Followed at 9:30 PM (separate $15 adm) by a rare appearance by Turkish jazz bassist and singer Esra Kayıkçı with her quartet including Bilge Gunaydin on piano

11/10, 8 PM the bassoon/keyboard Sara Schoenbeck/Wayne Horvitz Duo perform material from their debut album, followed by spare, allusively haunting pianist/songwriter Robin Holcomb playing the album release show for her excellent new one  at Roulette, $25 adv tix rec

11/10, 8 PM a screening of Buster Keaton’s The General with music by Trio Ferrovia at the Owl, $12

11/10, 8 PM bombastic Massachusetts punk legends the Nervous Eaters and agelessly slashing, tuneful janglerock/powerpop icon Willie Nile at City Winery, $30 standing room avail

11/10, 11:30 PM deviously entertaining pianist Jinjoo Yoo leads her Quartet at Cellar Dog

11/11, 7 PM trumpeter Wayne Tucker – who veers between sunny postbop jazz, Afrobeat and goofy vocal shtick – leads his quartet at Cellar Dog

11/11, 8 PM violist Joanna Mattrey and percussionist Billy Martin’s spiritually-inspired Chanting project at Roulette, $25 adv tix rec

11/11-12, 7:30/9 PM free jazz tenor sax legend George Garzone leads a quartet at Smalls, $25. 11/12 the equally oldschool, purist  tenor guy Eric Wyatt  plays at 10:30 and runs the jam session afterward

11/11, 9 PM  cult favorite gonzo pianist Dred Scott‘s Cali Mambo band with Tom Beckham on vibes at Bar Lunatico, 11/15 at 7:30/9 PM Scott leads his regular trio at Smalls, $25

11/12, 4 PM  Sarah Durning & the Fun Sisters play twangy oldschool-style original honkytonk at Skinny Dennis

11/12, 6:30 PM sound artists Jad Atoui, Susie Ibarra, and Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe build surround-soundscapes to accompany Tarek Atoui’s exhibit The Whisperers at FLAG, 545 W 25th St, 9th Fl, free, rsvp reqd

11/12. 8 PM violinist Layth Sidiq – artistic director of the New York Arabic Orchestra – leads his quartet at Roulette, $30 adv tix rec

11/12, 8 PM bassist Dan Loomis leads his jazz quartet with Noa Fort – vocals; Mike McGinnis – clarinet; Jeff Miles – guitar playing his song cycle about the secret life of trees at a house concert in Ditmas Park, $18, email for deets

11/13, 3 PM cellist  Benjamin Larsen leads an eclectic quintet with guitarist Jordan Dodson playing works by Mozart, Paganini, Salerni and Dvorak  on the Slope, St. John’s Episcopal Church, 139 St. John’s Place downhill from 7th Ave, $25

11/13, 3 PM the Downtown Voices and the NOVUS NY string quartet present works by Undine Smith Moore, Jessie Montgomery, Jenni Brandon, and David Lang at Trinity Church, free

11/13, 4 PM Malian kora wizard Yacouba Sissoko at the Dreck Center at the main branch of the Brooklyn Public Library, free

11/13, 7 PM otherworldly Ukrainian harmony vocal trio Zozulka, rustic Colombian coastal trance-dance band La Manga and Greek psychedelic band Habbina Habbina at Pioneer Works, free

11/13, 7/9:30 PM baritone saxophonists Frank Basile and Gary Smulyan lead a quintet at Smalls, $25

11/13, 8 PM Changing Modes– NYC’s funnest, most unpredictable, sharply lyrical new wave art-rock band at Bar Freda, 801 Seneca Ave. in Ridgewood, M to Seneca Ave., $10

11/13, 8 PM retro continental swing sounds with singer Tatiana Eva-Marie & the Avalon Jazz Band at Drom, $25

11/13. 9 PM fiery electric bluegrass and C&W with Demolition String Band at Skinny Dennis

11/14, 8 PM Maria Brea, soprano; Melisa Bonetti, mezzo-soprano and Max Lifchitz, piano perform works by Ruth Crawford, Odaline de la Martinez, Aurelio de la Vega, Osvaldo Golijov, Robert Fleisher, James Kachulis, Max Lifchitz, Robert Martin, William Ortiz, & Francisco the National Opera Center, 330 7th Avenue, 7th Fl, free

11/14, 10 PM crooner Kevin Harris with jazz organ paradigm-shifter Brian Charette at the Ear Inn

11/15, 1 PM Bardekova Ensemble play woodwind music of Beethoven, Mozart, Haydn, Ellington, Celia Cruz and others Williamsbridge Oval Recreation Center, 3225 Reservoir Oval East in the Bronx, 4 to Mosholu Pkwy

11/15, 6:30 PM a wild night of improvisation: a rare solo show by downtown jazz guitar icon Elliott Sharp followed by the Bob Musso/Mark Daterman guitar duo and then tuba player Ben Stapp with violinist Olivia De Prato at Downtown Music Gallery

11/15, 7 PM  innovative, atmospheric bassist Brandi Disterheft leads her quartet at Cellar Dog

11/15, 7 PM the New York Composers Circle play new music: Hubert Howe’s Moments of Uncertainty, Marina Shmotova’s Games I-III, Roger Blanc’s Fantasy Variations, Dana Dimitri Richardson’s Consolations, all for piano solo, Richard Brooks’s Sonata, Igor Vorobyov’s Elegy in the Old Style, both for solo guitar and Christopher Kaufman’s Mercury’s Shadow for 2 violins at Church of the Transfiguration, 1 E 29th St off 5th Ave, $15

11/15, 8 PM  fascinatingly lyrical, individualistic pianist Sylvie Courvoisier‘s lush Chimeara sextet feat. Christian Fennesz, Wadada Leo Smith, Nate Wooley, Drew Gress & Kenny Wollesen, wow at Roulette, $25 adv tix rec

11/16, 1 PM NOVUS NY, soloists from the Choir of Trinity Wall Street and Sandbox Percussion perform George Crumb’s American Songbook No. 1: The River of Life: Songs of Joy and Sorrow and Bartok’s Divertimento led by concertmaster Katie Hyun at St. Paul’s Chapel downtown, free

11/16, 8 PM a killer triplebill: the electro-surf Zolephants followed at 9 PM by Middle Eastern and Greek-flavored psychedelic surf-rock of the Byzan-tones and wickedly catchy Americana/paisley underground rockers Girls on Grass at 10 at Wonderville, 1186 Broadway, Bushwick, J to Kosciuszko St.

11/16, 10:30 PM tuneful, refreshingly edgy pianist Rachel Z leads her quartet at the Django, $25

11/17, 7 PM pianist Per Tengstrand and ensemble play Beethoven’s 4th Piano Concerto at Scandinavia House, $30

11/17, 7 PM the rustic Piedmont-style blues guitar duo Gordon Lockwood at Terra Blues

11/17, 8 PM Lloyd Cole plays a career retrospective at City Winery. $30 tix avail. He had a good run in the 80s as a Elvis Costello Jr. type and then in the 90s with a more psychedelic sound, would be interesting to see what he has left in the tank.

11/17, 7 PM organist David Enlow plays an all Cesar Franck program at Church of the Ascension, 10th St/5th Ave, $20. The organ there has rich French style colors and is well suited to the composer’s work.

11/18, 7:30 PM the Philosonia Quartet: Ji in Yang (violin), Stanichka Dimitrova (violin), Luke Fleming (viola), and Michael Katz (cello) perform works by Charles Peck, Alexander Borodin, & Dmitri Shostakovich at the Old Stone House in Park Slope, $20/$15 stud/srs

11/18. 7:30 PM bass goddess/soul singer Felice Rosser’s ageless reggae-rock-groove band Faith at the small room at the Rockwood

11/18, 7:30 PM jazz pianist Aaron Diehl performs Sir Roland Hanna’s 24 Preludes in their entirety alongside a prelude and fugue by J.S. Bach – plus a new composition at Merkin Concert Hall, $30

11/18, 8 PM Laurie Anderson, agelessly funny, perennially relevant grand dame of the avant garde, solo at Pioneer Works, $30 adv tix rec

11/18, 8 PM Renee LoBue’s darkly catchy veteran powerpop/art-rock band Elk City and jagged-edged Wire-ish postpunks Savak at Union Pool, $16

11/18 8 PM Lizzie Edwards of fiery, psychedelically bluesy oldschool soul/roadhouse jamband Lizzie & the Makers at Sunny’s

11/18, 8 PM ska night at Otto’s with surf band the Yeggs, Mephiskapheles spinoff Barbicide, the contagiously catchy Pandemics and at 11 slinky cumbia/reggae band Stop the Presses

11/18, 9ish psychedelic cumibia band Los Aliens play the album release show for their new one at C’Mon Everybody, $13

11/18, 11 PM ish dark carnival rock icon Franz Nicolay plays the album release show for his new one at Bar Freda in Ridgewood, $12

11/19, noon, there’s a freedom rally at Union Square. Bring friends, these things are fun!

11/19, 7:30 PM a serendipitous duo: lyrical pianist Geoffrey Keezer and innovative saxophonist Caroline Davis at Mezzrow, $25

11/19, 7:30 PM prolific postbop composer and tenor saxophonist Ken Fowser  leads a quintet at Smalls, $25

11/19, 7:30 PM Harold Rosenbaum conducts the New York Virtuoso Singers performing the choral movements from J.S. Bach’s Cantatas 134 through 146, with piano accompanist Eduardo de la Vega at Merkin Concert Hall, $30

11/19, 10 PM Certain General guitarslinger Phil Gammage plays his dark Americana and blues at Shrine

11/19, 10:30 PM powerhouse trombonist Mariel Bildstein leads a septet at the Django, $25 11/25, 11:30 PM she’s with her Quartet at Cellar Dog

11/20, 11 AM (in the morning) the Isidore String Quartet perform Dinuk Wijeratne’s The Disappearance of Lisa Gherardini, selections from J. S. Bach’s Art of the Fugue, and Billy Childs’ String Quartet No. 2 “Awakening” at the Museum of Art & Design, 2 Columbus Cir., $25, coffee/breakfast snacks included

11/20, 5 PM  soaring, politically relevant, brilliantly purposeful alto saxophonist Miguel Zenon with pianist Luis Perdomo, piano at Our Saviour’s Atonement Lutheran Church 178 Bennett Avenue at 189th St, free

11/20, 8 PM cult favorite improvisational pianist Yuko Fujiayama leads a sextet with Jen Shyu, Graham Haynes, Reggie Nicholson at Roulette, $25 adv tix rec. She’s back on the 21st with another unit including Sylvie Courvoisier, Ned Rothenberg, Do Yeon Kim, Satoshi Takeishi, Shoko Nagai,

11/20, 8 PM ish ska night with aggro reggaeton band Dub Corps, the Capturers and the ageless Hub City Stompers at Gold Sounds, $18

11/20, 8 PM trumpeter Wayne Tucker leads a trio at Bar Lunatico

11/21, 6:30 PM Cameron Campbell improvises solo on keys followed by saxophonist Ayumi Ishito, guitarist Aron Namenwirth and drummer Kevin Shea jamming at Downtown Music Gallery

11/21, 7 PM Neil Rolnick celebrates the release of his new album Lockdown Fantasies with spectacular and adventurous pianists Geoffrey Burleson and Kathleen Supové in two large scale pieces for piano and electronics at Mise-En Place in Greenpoint, $10

11/21, 10:30 PM  smartly impressionistic postbop pianist Miki Yamanaka at Smalls, $25

11/22, 1 PM wildfire Colombian harpist Edmar Castaneda leads his trio at St. Paul’s Chapel downtown, free

11/22, 7:30 PM colorful tenor saxophonist Michael Blake leads a quartet at Smalls, $25

11/22, 7:30 PM  kinetic Cuban jazz pianist Elio Villafranca leads a trio and choir playing his suite about Cuban freedom fighter Florentina Zulueta battling slave traders and conquistadors at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free

11/22-27, 8/10:30 PM perennially vital latin jazz piano sage Eddie Palmieri  at the Blue Note, expensive, $35 standing room avail

11/22, 9 PM the eclectic, electrifying accordion-driven Los Mochuelos play classic gangsta Colombian vallenato and cumbia at Terraza 7, $15

11/23, 7:30 PM the best singing pianist (and the best piano-playing singer) in jazz, Champian Fulton in followed at 10:30 by noir-inspired alto saxophonist/composer Nick Hempton at the Django, $25

11/23, 8 PM sharply lyrical southwestern gothic/Americana songwriter Tom Shaner followed at 10 by purist janglerock songwriter Melissa Gordon of Melissa & the Mannequins, at LIC Bar

11/23, 9 PM high voltage Irish drinking music with  Shilelagh Law at Connolly’s

11/24, 10:30 PM charismatic, adventurous postbop/avant garde trombonist/crooner Frank Lacy leads a quartet at Smalls, $25

11/25, 6 PM the Catalyst Quartet play works by Florence Price, Joseph Bologne (Chevalier de Saint-Georges), Germaine Tailleferre, Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel, William Grant Still, Ethel Smyth, George Walker at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Where? Ask the front desk girl

11/25-26, 7:30 PM a rare intimate solo show by Bill Evans-inspired pianist Bill Charlap at Mezzrow, $25

11/25, 8 PM irrepressible, ebullient Brain Cloud jazz chanteuse/tapdancer Tamar Korn  at Sunny’s

11/26, 7:30 PM evocative alto saxophonist Dmitri Baevsky leads his quartet at Smalls, $25. He pares it down to a trio at Mezzrow on 11/28, same time

11/26, 9 PM  the Binky Griptite Orchestra (formerly Sharon Jones’ brilliant oldschool soul backing band) at Bar Lunatico

11/26, 9 PM deviously entertaining hot 20s swing chanteuse Sweet Megg Farrell puts on her cowboy hat at Skinny Dennis

11/27, 7:30 PM crystalline-voiced, noir-tinged third-stream jazz chanteuse Tessa Souter with Luis Perdomo on piano and Dezron Douglas on bass at Mezzrow, $25

11/27, 7 PM whirlwind Indian violinist Arun Ramamurthy followed by Dan Kurfirst’s Arkinetics playing the album release show for their mesmerizing new one at Drom, $20 adv tix rec

11/28, 7:30 PM  eclectic, witty, paradigm-shifting B3 jazz organist Brian Charette  with a quintet at the Django, $25

11/28, 8 PM a great adventurous lineup: cornetist Kirk Knuffke with Matthew Shipp on piano and Michael Bisio on bass at Roulette, $25 adv tix rec

11/28. 8 PM thoughtful saxophonist Alain Metrailler with Dana Saul (piano), Mathias Jensen (bass), Matt Honor (drums) at Branded Saloon

11/29, 7:30/9 PM catchy, intricate guitarist Alicyn Yaffee – who bridges the gap between postbop jazz, pensive parlor pop and art-rock with trumpeter Jeremy Pelt and bassist Russell Hall at Mezzrow, $25

11/29, 8 PM powerhouse saxophonists Anna Webber and Angela Morris join forces with their Webber/Morris Big Band playing adventurous 18-piece big band jazz  at Roulette, $25 adv tix rec

11/29, 9 PM  tunefully eclectic pianist Leo Genovese leads a trio at Bar Lunatico

11/29-30, 8/10:30 PM guitar icon Bill Frisell leads an amazing quintet with Tony Scherr and Thomas Morgan on bass, Kenny Wollesen and Rudy Royston on drums at the Blue Note, $30 standing room avail

11/29, 9 PM ex-Chicha Libre keyboard sorcerer Josh Camp’s wryly psychedelic cumbia/tropicalia/dub band Locobeach at Terraza 7, $15

11/29, 10:30 PM Los Hacheros, who play fiery electric tres-driven Cuban sounds at the Django, $25

11/30, 6:30 PM the Modus Operandi Orchestra play a fantastic program of works by Jessie Montgomery, Richard Strauss’s epic Metamorphosen and Shostakovich’s Chamber Symphony (the orchestral arrangement of his haunting String Quartet No. 8) and Piano Concerto No. 1 at Merkin Concert Hall, $30

11/30, 7:30 PM  tuneful, refreshingly edgy pianist Rachel Z leads her trio at the Django, $25

11/30, 7:30/9 PM a rare duo show with one of the great orchestrally-minded composers in jazz, Mike Holober on piano with Charles Pillow on soprano sax at Mezzrow, $25

11/30, 9 PM colorful, politically fearless jazz pianist Eri Yamamoto at Bar Lunatico

11/30, 7 PM short sets by crystalline-voiced noir Americana songwriter Jessie Kilguss, Lusterlit art-rock tunesmith Charlie Nieland, Americana songstress Andi Rae Healy, and others at Branded Saloon

12/1, 7:30 PM pianist Boris Berman plays a one-night-only concert of music by Ukrainian composer Valentin Silvestrov, at the Baryshnikov Arts Center 450 W 37th St just east of the DiMenna Ctr., $25