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A Catchy New Album and an Uptown Show by Cutting-Edge Jazz Harpist Brandee Younger

Brandee Younger has already made a lot of waves as a rarity in the jazz world, a concert harpist. Even with amplification, it’s hard to hear that instrument’s pointillistic (most would probably say celestial) tones over drums, piano or blazing brass. That undoubtedly explains why, beyond Dorothy Ashby and Alice Coltrane, jazz harpists have been such an anomaly. And might also explain why Younger’s catchy, accessible new album, Soul Awakening – streaming at Bandcamp – mirrors Coltrane’s atmospheric, tectonically shifting approach, if more kinetically. Younger’s playing the album release show with an excellent quintet featuring Chelsea Baratz on sax at the Miller Theatre on Nov 16 at 8 PM; you can get in for $20.

Younger opens the album with Soulris, a moody modal number, rippling and shifting from insistent chords to a series of waves as Ravi Coltrane’s tenor sax delivers edgy chromatic variations over the surprisingly bustling rhythm section of bassist Dezron Douglas and drummer Chris Beck. The Alice Coltrane influence is obvious but welcome. Because Younger is up in the mix, all this works out fine…in the studio at least.

Track two, Linda Lee also has a biting, vampy quality, the bandleader playing meticulous, piano-like cascades as Baratz’s sax weaves over a shapeshifting funk shuffle. Ravi Coltrane again carries the melody as the balmy jazz waltz Love’s Prayer gets underway, Younger providing lushness and ripples, up to a spacious, judicious solo. Beck (EJ Strickland plays on most of the other tracks) has his hands full staying chill even as the pace picks up joyously, moving further toward the center as Younger recedes.

Respected Destroyer, a big, vampy anthem, has bracing Asian tinges, Younger circling behind bright, direct horns: edgy blues riffs on the harp get handed off to a similarly bracing, blues-infused minor-key Sean Jones trumpet solo. Games, a darkly slinky Ashby bossa nova, could be the album’s best track: it would take both a piano and a guitar to do everything Younger’s doing here, right down to that wry Doors quote. And it’s awfully cool to hear the strings of a harp bent for blue notes.

Younger’s remake of Marvin Gaye’s Save the Children is energetic and plaintive, with vocals by Niia. The album’s title track slowly coalesces in a Coltrane vein, horns chattering and fluttering as the bass holds the center, Younger winds up the album with its most majestic, epic number, Alice Coltrane’s Blue Nile, done as a staggered blues. Antoine Roney’s Jaggedly delicious, microtonal sax and Younger’s adventurous riffs, from Asian-tinged washes to droll glissandos and balletesque, leaping chords make this a texturally unusual showstopper.

 

Epic Big Band Surrealism and a Jazz Standard Gig From the Michael Leonhart Orchestra

The Michael Leonhart Orchestra‘s previous album traced the epic journey of a swarm of butterflies all the way from Mexico to Egypt. Breathtaking as that trip over the top of the globe was, Leonhart’s new album with the ensemble, Suite Extracts Vol, 1 – streaming at Spotify – goes in a completely different direction, although in places it’s even more swirlingly atmospheric. If the idea of big band versions of songs by Spinal Tap, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, the Wu-Tang Clan and Howlin Wolf are your idea of a good time, you should hear this record. Leonhart and the group are at the Jazz Standard on Nov 12, with sets at 7:30 and 9:30 PM; cover is $30.

The album opens with an exuberantly brassy Afrobeat arrangement of the Nusrat classic Alu Jon Jonki Jon, punctuated by cheery sax solos. Things get more surrealistically entertaining from there. The first of a grand total of six tunes from the Spinal Tap soundtrack, the wryly titled La Fuga Di Derek turns out to be a moody piece for Sara Schoenbeck’s bassoon and Pauline Kim’s pizzicato violin. Schoenbeck’s desolate solo intro to Big Bottom offers absolutely no idea of where the song is going: as you would expect, Leonhart has fun with the low reeds, and also adds an accordion solo from Nathan Koci. From there, they segue into a one-chord jam that’s ostensibly Ornette Coleman’s Lonely Woman. Most of this actually makes more sense in context than it would seeem to, Leonhart’s chart following a similar trajectory from spare and enigmatic to an extended, achingly shreddy sax break over mutedly snappy bass chords.

Likewise, The Dance of the Maidens at Stonehenge has repetitive low brass bursts bookended by lots of African percussion: it’s as sardonic as the original. As is the medley of Jazz Odyssey and Lick My Love Pump, a brooding accordion solo bridging the ominous opening soundscape and the majestic, sweeping arrangement of the film score’s most sarcastically poignant tune. The final Spinal Tap number, The Ballad of St. Hubbins is the album’s vastest vista, Robbie Mangano’s spaghetti western Morricone guitar over postapocalyptic Pink Floyd atmospherics.

The Wu and their members are first represented by the Ghostface classic Liquid Swords, reinvented with forlorn Ray Mason trombone over grey-sky ambience, with darkly Balkan-tinged accordion: RZA would no doubt approve. Da Mystery of Chessboxing vamps along, alternately gusty and blithe, hypnotic and funky, while Liquid Chamber provides a launching pad for a slashing, Romany-flavored violin solo from Kim.

The diptych of ODB’s Shimmy Shimmy Ya and Raekwon’s Glaciers of Ice is the album’s most distinctively noir track, all ominous rises and falls. The concluding tune is a beefy take of Fela’s Quiet Man Is Dead Man and Opposite People, which could be Antibalas at their most symphonic. And Leonhart recasts the Howlin Wolf hit Built for Comfort as a slow, simmering, roadhouse fuzztone groove evocative of Quincy Jones’ 1960s film work.

Leonhart conducts and plays trumpet, mellophonium and bass harmonica; the rest of the group also includes Kevin Raczka and Eric Harland sharing the drum chair, Elizabeth Pupo-Walker and Daniel Freedman on percussion; Joe Martin and Jay Leonhart (Michael’s dad) on bass; Nels Cline on guitar; Philip Dizack, Dave Guy, Jordan McLean, Carter Yasutake and Andy Bush on trumpets; John Ellis, Ian Hendrickson-Smith, Chris Potter, Donny McCaslin and Jason Marshall on saxes; Sam Sadigursky and Daniel Srebnick on flutes and Erik Friedlander on cello.

Guitarist Joel Harrison Takes a Plunge into Gorgeous Indian Sounds

Guitarist Joel Harrison’s innovative, frequently vast compositions span many different styles of jazz and new classical music. He gravitates toward slower tempos and epic grandeur, both of which are in full effect on his latest album, Still Point: Turning World, featuring the Talujon Percussion Quartet. What’s most exciting about this colorful, sometimes hypnotic, sometimes exhilarating record – streaming at Bandcamp – is that it’s Indian music played with jazz instrumentation. It’s in the same vein as the Brooklyn Raga Massive‘s reinventions of centuries-old Indian raga themes. Harrison and Talujon are at Roulette on Nov 6 at 8 PM; advance tix, available at the venue, are $18/

Harrison takes the title from T.S. Eliot’s Four Quartets, a reference to a mystical place of transcendence – or simply life. On the first number, Raindrops in Uncommon Time, the Indian sounds don’t kick in until about a third of the way through. The first part is a circling blend of acoustic guitar and vibraphone akin to a Malian kora melody. Then sarod player Anupam Shobhakar takes centerstage over the loopy vibes, tabla, and Harrison’s alternately resonant and jagged electric guitar. Ben Wendel’s sax joins the party: everybody plays the melody, and after a wry bit of rhythmic takadimi vocalizing, the group dance through a cheery crescendo that finally comes full circle. All this in about nine minutes.

One Is Really Many has Shobhakar running variations on what sounds like a classic Paul McCartney riff, then after a crescendo with the whole group going full steam, the song’s inner raga comes front and center, sarod scampering over spare, resonant accents from the rest of the crew. Wendel takes it out with a determined coda.

Harrison’s terse, distorted leads come to the forefront in Permanent Impermanence, which drummer Dan Weiss takes doublespeed out of a subtly syncopated stroll: once again, the raga comes into clear focus at that point, sax and eventually the vibes soloing over Harrison’s skronky chords. The considerably calmer Wind Over Eagle Lake 1 has playful ripples against stately gongs and bells

Tightly unwinding, cleverly looped, Terry Riley-ish vibraphone riffs introduce Ballad of Blue Mountain, lingering clouds of guitar and sax passing through the sonic picture, the sarod building slowly to a forceful peak.

Time Present Time Past has catchy hints of mid-70s Stevie Wonder within a catchy raga theme, the band slowing to halfspeed and then joyously back, ending on unexpectedly hazy note. The album’s centerpiece, Creator Destroyer has Shobhakar’s most adrenalizing volleys of notes within its  crescendoing intensity: it’s the most percussion-centric number here. The final cut is Blue Mountain (A Slight Return), a fond pastoral ballad and variations over a bustling, tabla-driven clave groove, the sarod fueling a series of rapidfire crescendos. The band trade animated riffs on the way out, as firmly in the jazz tradition as the raga pantheon.

Live Music Calendar for New York City and Brooklyn for November and December 2019

Daily updates – if you go out a lot, you might want to bookmark this page and check back regularly.

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

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

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

Showtimes listed here are set times, not the time doors open – if a listing says something like “9ish,” that means it’ll probably start later than advertised. If you see a show listed without the start time, that’s because either the artist, their publicist or the venue in question sent incomplete info – those acts are usually listed last on a particular date.  Always best to check with the venue for the latest information on set times and door charges, since that information is often published here weeks in advance.

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

Weekly events first followed by the daily calendar:

On select Wednesdays and Sundays, an intimate, growing piano music salon on the Upper West Side featuring iconoclastically insightful, lyrical pianist Nancy Garniez – a cult favorite with an extraordinarily fluid, singing, legato style – exploring the delicious minutiae of works from across the centuries, beverages and lively conversation included! sug don, email for details/address

Mondays at 7 PM multi-instrumentalist Dennis Lichtman’s popular western swing band Brain Cloud at Barbes followed at 9:30 PM by a variety of tropical bands playing cumbias, boogaloo, salsa, maybe all of the above.. Brain Cloud are also playing their 10th anniversary show on Nov 22 at 9 PM at the Jalopy for $20

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

Mondays at the Vanguard the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra – composer Jim McNeely’s reliably good big band vehicle – plays 9/11 PM, $35 per set plus drink minimum.

Mondays in November, 9 PM eclectic, cinematic, funky jazz pianist Henry Hey leads a series of ensembles at the small room at the Rockwood

Mondays starting at 9:30 PM Rev. Vince Anderson and his band play two sets at Union Pool. The Rev. is one of the great keyboardists around, equally thrilling on organ or electric piano, an expert at Billy Preston style funk, honkytonk, gospel and blues. He writes very funny, very politically woke, sexy original songs and is one of the most charismatic, intense live performers of our time. It’s a crazy dance party. Paula Henderson from Burnt Sugar is the usual lead soloist on baritone sax, with frequent special guests. Sizzling guitarist Binky Griptite – Sharon Jones’ lead player – is also often there.

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

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

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

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

Fridays at 7:30 PM tenor saxophonist Ken Fowser leads his band at the Django. Jukebox jazz in a JD Allen vein but not as dark and more straight-ahead/groove-oriented: as postbop party music goes, nobody’s writing better than this guy right now.

Saturdays in November at 4 PM free concerts at Bargemusic;  usually solo piano or small chamber ensembles. If you get lucky, you’ll catch pyrotechnic violinist/music director Mark Peskanov and/or the many members of his circle. Early arrival advised.

Sundays in November, 5 PM hypnotic, whirlwind oudist and ngoni player Brandon Terzic  leads a series of Middle Eastern and West African ensembles at Barbes

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

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

Sundays at 8:30/11 PM the epic, intense, politically fearless Arturo O’Farrill & the Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra at Birdland, $30 bar seating avail

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

11/1, 7 PM pianist Domenika Robe & violinist Simon Popovski play works by Franck, Kreisler, Ravel and Manuel Ponce at Gallery MC

11/1, 7 PM pianist Daniel Tendler and a chamber ensemble plays works by American composers Benjamin Lees, Margaret Mills, Charles Ives, Meredith Monk, Cheri Lee and others at Third St Music School Setttlement, free

11/1, 7:30/9:30 PM Erica Seguine conducts saxophonist Remy LeBoeuf’s big band Asssembly of Shadows playing the album release show for their new concept album – sort of the jazz equivalent of Stephen king’s The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon – at the Jazz Galley, $20

11/1, 9 PM hauntingly noisy/ambient cellist Leila Bordreuil with Sonic Youth’s Lee Ranaldo debuting an improvised duet, then joined by sound artist Stephan Moore at Issue Project Room, $15/$12 stud/srs

11/1, 8 PM the Sarah Weaver Ensemble with a phenomenal lineup including jane Ira Bloom on soprano sax, Min Xiao-Fen on pipa and Ned Rothenberg on reeds play the album releasr show for their lavlishly improvisational new one at the DiMenna Center,$20,$15 stud

11/1, busker legends the Xylopholks in their furry suits followed by the irrepressible, erudite, deviously funny Wade Ripka’s horn band Quatre Vingt Neuf (French for 89, a revolutionary date in case you missed it) playing Little Rascals theme music at Barbes

11/1-2, 8 PM avant violin star Pauline Kim Harris of String Noise at Happy Lucky No. 1 Gallery, $20

11/1, 9 PM dark lyrical soul jamband the Woes at Sunny’s

11/1, 10 PM Hollywood’s Dan Finnerty leads his savagely hilarious top 40 parody group the Dan Band at Joe’s Pub,, $25

11/1. 10:30 PM tuneful oldschool soul/jazz trombonist Dave Gibson leads a nonet at the Fat Cat

11/1-2, 10:30PM hard-hitting postbop tenor saxophonist Ralph Bowen leads his quartet at Smalls

11/2, 4 PM cinematic, psychedelic quirk-pop keyboardist Michael Hearst presents “Curious, Unusual and Extraordinary” songs from his many bands followed at 8  by pyrotechnic singer Kamala Sankaram’s slinky, surfy, cinematic cumbia/Bollywood band Bombay Rickey and at 10 by epic ranchera/bolero brass crew Banda de los Muertos at Barbes

11/2, 4 PM pianist Per Tengstrand plays Bach’s Goldberg Variations at Scandinavia house, $25

11/2, 7 PM the Adelphi Orchestra play works by Borodin, Prokofiev and Dvorak at Good Faith-Sheperd Church,152 West 66th St, $30

11/2, 7:30 PM Elliott Smith-esque chamber-pop band the Morning Sea play the album release show for their new one at the basement room at the Rockwood, $12. At 9 PM ubiquitous, moodily lyrical, politically savvy Irish folk-rocker Niall Connolly is at the small room and edgy, uneasy female-fronted retro new wavers the New Tarot play next door at the big room an hour later for $10. If you can’t get enough of the Rockwood,  haunting flamenco/Sicilian folk chanteuse Julia Patinella. is at the basement room at 10 for separate adm $tba

11/2, 7:30 PM latin soul guitarslingerDamian Quinones and his electric power trio at Silvana followed eventually at 10 by Argentinian dub reggae band Sessiones. 11/13 at 9 PM Quinones is at Bar Chord

11/2, 7:30 PM carnatic singer Namami Karmakar and ensemble at the Chhandayan Center For Indian Music, $20

11/2, 8 PM trippy, dubby roots reggae and ska sounds with Avo & Skalopy at the Jalopy Tavern

11/2, 8:30 PM allstar violinis Jenny Scheinman and drummer Allison Miller’s Parlour Game trio with formidable pianist Carmen Staaf at Birdland, $30 seats avail

11/2, 9 PM Greg Lewis’ brilliant, fearlessly political Organ Monk Trio – who do a lot more than just B3 reinventions of Thelonoius Monk – at Bar Lunatico. He’s also there for brunch at 1 PM on 11/10 and 11/24

11/2, 9 PM pastoral guitarist duo Charlie Rauh & Cameron Mizell at Bar Thalia adjacent to Symphony Spae

11/2, 9:30 PM comedic, legenday SoCal first-wave punks the Dickies  at Coney Island Baby, $20. Smallest venue they’ve ever played in NYC, maybe ever, anywhere

11/2, 10 PM ten-piece country/carnivalesque/acoustic rock powerhouse M Shanghai String Band at the Jalopy, $!0

11/2, midnight ferocious mariachi violinist Mireya Ramos leads her band playing a Day of the Dead celebration at Joe’s Pub, $20 av tix rec

11/3, 1 PM low-key deep-Brooklyn sounds with Naomi Shelton & the Gospel Queens playing a gospel brunch show at Bar Lunatico. They’re also here on 11/17

11/3, 3 PM the NJ Symphony Orchestra play the Grieg Piano Concerto wit pianist Juho Pohjonen plus Brahms Symphony No 2 at NJPAC in Newark, $20 tix avail

11/3, 3 PM haunting, politically fearless, soaring Great Plains Gothic/psychedelic songwriter Rose Thomas Bannister at Bill’s Studio, 100 Observer Hwy in Hoboken, free

11/3, 4 PM fiery, deviously fun oldtimey swing guitarist/crooner Seth Kessel & the Two Cent Band followed eventually at 9 PM b y intense noir Americana/honkytonk bandleader Karen Jonas at Skinny Dennis /

11/3, 4 PM a rare performance of subversive mid-20th century Zimbabwean chimurenga protest songs with Tanyaradzwa A. Tawengwa and ensemble, plus readings from Zimbabwean novels at the Dreck Center at the Brooklyn Public Library, free, no under-sixes.

11/3, 5 PM intense, pyrotechnic oudist and ngoni virtuoso Brandon Terzic plays Middle Eastern and west African sounds followed at 9:30 by Romany jazz/psychedelic rock guitar mastermind Stephane Wrembel at Barbes

11/3, 5 PM, repeating 11/6 at 7 irrepressible classical pianist and impresario Yelena Grinberg and Momenta Quartet violinist Emilie-Anne Gendron celebrate Clara Schumann and her contemporaries with a program including works by Cecile Chaminade, Lili Boulanger, Fanny Mendelssohn, Pauline Vardot, Amy Beach and Dame Ethel Smith at Grinberg’s upper westside piano salon, reception to follow, $35, close to the 1/2/3 train at 96th St., deets here 

11/3, 6 PM energetic delta blues/Romany swing guitaris Felix Slim followed by darkly torchy southwestern gothic/Europolitan songwriter/guitarist Miwa Gemini at LIC Bar

11/3, 7 PM Middle Eastern-inflected guitar improviser Ayman Fanous plays two sets: with Jason Hwang on violin and Ken Filiano on bass, the second at 8:30 with Ned Rothenberg on reeds at Scholes St. Studio

11/3, 7 PM dynamic, sizzling new jazz quartet Landline (Chet Doxas, Jacob Sacks, Vinnie Sperrazza and Zack Lober) play the release show for their debut album at Brooklyn Conservatory of Music $20

11/3, 7:30 PM  sweeping, swinging vibraphonist Behn Gillece and group at Smalls. 11/5 at 9 they’re at the Fat Cat

11/3. 8 PM haunting, multisylistic psychedelic soul/Americana bandleader Jenifer Jackson at the Owl. 11/4 same time she’s at the small room at the Rockwood

11/3, 8 PM lush, snidely lyrical parlor pop/new wave band Office Culture at Union Pool $12

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

11/3, 9 PM cleverly lyrical, edgily funny, soaring-voiced powerpop/acoustic rock singer Tamara Hey  at the small room at the Rockwood

11/4, 7 PM Greg Connors-  sharply lyrical janglerocker and first-class lead guitarist – at LIC Bar

11/4, 7 PM the Mercantillers sing sea chanteys at Cowgirl Seahorse – an apt choice at the South St. Seaport

11/4,, 7:30 PM riveting, charismatic, intuitive pianist Karine Poghosyan plays works by Rachmaninoff and Stravinsky at Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall, $20 tix avail. She’s a force of nature, larger than life, the real deal.

11/4, 8 PM Dervisi Dervisi feat. guitar god Steve Antonakos play “exotic Greek gangsta blues” and Middle Eastern flavored hash smoking anthems with special pyrotechnic guests singer Jenny Luna and reedman George Stathos at Sisters Brooklyn, 900 Washington St at Fulton, C to Clinton-Washington. 11/6 at 8:30 Dervisi are at Troost

11/4, 8 PM popular classical violinist MIdori plays works by Vivian Fung, Sofia Gubaidulina, Olga Neuwirth and Tamar Diesendruck: at the Poisson Rouge, $25 adv tix rec

11/4, 9 PM edgy Russian minor-key stadium rock with Swanky Tiger at the Mercury, $10

11/4, 9:30ish Gato Loco bass saxophone monster Stefan Zeniuk’s new slightly less crazy band Green Mambo – a sly Perez Prado tribute – at Barbes

11/4, 9:30 PM new classical works for saxophones from the Mana Sax Quartet at Pete’s

11/5, 6 PM Carrie Bean Stute, cello and Domenic Salerni, violin play Bach cello suites plus works by Theofanidis and Schulhoff’s brilliant/obscure Duo for violin and cello at Elebash Hall , 365 5th Ave, free

11/5, 7 PM new string quartet Invoke play originals and new music by American composers including Takuma Itoh, Paul Wiancko, and Jessie Montgomery at Joe’s Pub, $20 adv tix rec

11/5, 8 PM explosive, theatrical, phantasmagorical indie/metal band A Deer A Horse plus the Art Gray Noizz Quartet feat Lydia Lunch plus members of Live Skull and Twin Guns at Brooklyn Bazaar, $12

11/5, 8 PM”sound artists Tania Caroline Chen and Ikue Mori “present an astro-electronic acoustic dream dialogue with special guest trombonst Jim Staley.” at Roulette, $18 adv tix rec

11/5-8, 8:30 PM wildly virtuosic jazz improv trumpeter Peter Evans leads a series of ensembles at the Stone at the New School, $20. Choice pick: opening night with Joel Ross (vibraphone) Nick Jozwiak (bass) Savannah Harris (drums)

11/5-10, 8:30/10:30 PM lyrical jazz piano icon Fred Hersch leads a different trio (for him) with Drew Gress and Joey Baron at the Vanguard

11/5, 9:30 PM charismatic, sultry, torchy Americana songwriter/chanteuse Julia Haltigan and her fiery band at 11th St. Bar

11/6, 7 PM psychedelic klezmer/bluegrass mandolin and clarinet legend Andy Statman at Barbes, $10

11/6, 8 PM epic jazz guitarist Joel Harrison joins forces with Talujon Percussion Quartet for rapturous Indian sounds at Roulette, $18 adv tix rec

11/6, 9 PM psychedelic soul band Frankie Sunswept and the Sunwrays at the Jalopy Tavern

11/6, 10:30 PM elegantly serpentine postbop jazz protest songs with drummer Rob Garcia‘s quintet with Leo Genovese on piano and Christopher McBride on sax at Smalls

11/6, 9 PM oldschool-style high plains C&W singer Hope Debates & North 40 at Bar Chord. They’re also at 55 Bar on 11/23 at 7

11/6 10 PM Mingus Big Band drummer Clarence Penn leads a quintet with Donny McCaslin on tenor, sweet, at 55 Bar

11/7 7 PM actress Cécile Nordegg & Band “combine Edith Piaf and Frank Zappa in celebration of French jazz with a rock’n roll-twist” hmmm at the Austrian Cultural Center, free, rsvp req

11/7, 7 PM the High Low Duo – guitarists Cameron Greider and Jack Petruzzelli play “original surf and western swing instrumentals, but also venture into classical music. Tonight they team up with violinist Joel Lambdin for a set of haunting French music—Danse Macabre by Camille Saint-Saens, Ravel’s Mother Goose Suite,” followed at 10 by slinky, hypnotic percussive Moroccan trance band Innov Gnawa at Barbes

11/7, 7:30 PM All-female Korean band The Tune combines shamanistic traditional music with art-rock at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

11/7, 7:30 PM string quartet Decoda play works by Mozart, Johann Christian Bach, Thomas Ades and Webern’s arrangement of Schoenberg’s Chamber Symphony at Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, $32

11/7, 7:30 PM sizzling all-instrumental soul with the Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio at Symphony space, $20 for 30 and  under, $30 otherwise\

11/7, 7:30 PM brilliant dark postbop piano jazz with the Arco Sandoval Asylum septet at Smalls

11/7, 8 PM pianist Ramin Amir Arjomand plays works by Bach, Giacinto Scelsi and an improvisation at the Italian Academy at Columbia, 1161 Amsterdam Ave just south of 118th, free

11/7, 8 PM oldschool latin soul and upbeat Americana with Nikki and the Human Element at Otto’s

11/7, 8 PM long-running 90s alt-country favorites Rusty Truck at Hill Country, free

11/7, 8:30 ish psychedelic supergroup the Elgin Marbles feat. members of Love Camp 7, Dervisi and Peter Stampfel’s jug band at Troost

11/7, 8:30 PM eclectic Italian folk group Ensemble Lucidarium with recorder player Avery Gosfield at Town & Village Social Hall, 334 E 14th St.(between 1st & 2nd Ave.), $15

11/7, 9 PM ferociously catchy. fearlessly populist ska-punk/latin rock band Outernational at Bar Chord

11/7, 10 PM the great unsung NYC hero of darkly purposeful, noir-tinged jazz guitar, Saul Rubin at the Fat Cat. He’s also here at here on 11/12 and 11/19 at 7

11/7, 11:30 PM vicious noiserock jamband the the Skull Practitioners– led by Steve Wynn sparring partner/genius guitarist Jason Victor at the Gutter, $7

11/8, 5:30 PM brooding cello slowcore songs with Meaner Pencil , skronky jazz guitarist Katy the Kyng, and  irrepressible multi-instrumentalist Joanna Sternberg wearing her front-porch folk guitarist hat at the American Folk Art Museum

11/8, 7 PM unusually adventurous indie classical ensembles Hotel Elefant playt play a Kamala Sankaram portrait concert, plus Sankaram’s slinky, surfy, cinematic cumbia/Bollywood band Bombay Rickey at Shapeshifter Lab, sug don

11/8, 7 PM psychedelic ambient Hungarian postfolk band Bajdázó make their US debut at Hungarian House, 213 E 82nd St, free

11/8, 7:30 PM hilarious, ageless hair metal parody band Satanicide at the Mercury, $10

11/8-9, 7:30 PM explosive vibraphonist Mark Sherman leads his quartet at Smalls

11/8, 7:30 PM Mexican folk-punk band Jenni & the Mexicats at the Posson Rouge, $15 adv tix red

11/8, 7 PM cellist Emily Brausa leads an emsemble playing works tba at Third St. Music School Settlement, free

11/8, 9 PM in reverse order at Footlight Bar: the irrepressible Ellia Bisker’s explosive Balkan/New Orleans flavored Funkrust Brass Band playing the album release show for their new one, psychedelic funksters the MK Groove Orchestra, and the Plaster Cramp – a darkly lyrical mashup of post-Velvets jangle and Talking Heads- $10

11/8 8 PM less of a bizarre twinbill than you might think: the Toomai String Quintet play works by Milton Nascimento, Gilberto Gil, and Hermeto Pascoal, plus new string renditions of piano works by Heitor Villa Lobos. Followed at 10 by  Los Cumpleanos – with Nestor Gomez – vox/percussion; Lautaro Burgos – drums; Eric Lane – keyboards; Alex Asher – trombone and others playing trippy, dubwise tropical psychedelia at Barbes

11/8. 8:30 PM trumpeter Aaron Shragge leads a sextet playing brass versions of Tom Waits songs at Bar Lunatico

11/8, 10 PM hard-hitting bassist Dawn Drake & Zapote‘play  the album release show for her wildly psychedelic Afrobeat-flavored new one at Club Bonafide $15

11/8, 10 PM slashing lo-fi guttar blues songwriter/guitarist Breanna Barbara at the sultan Room, $10

11/8, 10:30 PM darkly cinematic, ornate surf instrumentalists the TarantinosNYC. at the Gutter, $7

11/9, 5 PM Persian sufi music with percussionist/vocalist Kamyar Arsani at the Center for Remembering and Sharing, $20

11/9, 6 PM the all-female Quartetto Tomassini, play string arrangements of Astor Piazzolla classics at Club Bonafide, $15

11/9, starting at 6 PM “a Celebration of the Moldvai Csángó ethnic group: dance, music, songs, gastronomy, and the most archaic Hungarian dialect (Csángó dialect )” at Hungarian House, 213 E 82nd St, free

11/9, 6 PM  latin drum maven and West Side Story soundtrack reinventor Bobby Sanabria and band at Bethany Baptist Church,  275 W Market St, Newark, free

11/9, 7 PM brilliantly lyrical janglerock songwriter Florence Dore – who had a great run in NYC in the late 90s and early zeros before she became a fulltime unviversity professor and Faulkner specialist –  at Pete’s

11/9, 8 PM the world’s darkest, slinkiest, most blackly funny crime jazz/film noir band, Big Lazy play the album release show for their danceably creepy new one Dear Trouble at the Old American Can Factory, 232 3rd St. in Gowanus with special guests Steven Bernstein on trumpet, Slavic Soul Party’s Peter Hess on saxes and Miramar’s Farfisa sorceress Marlysse Rose Simmons, $20. Be aware that the 11/8 show is sold out

11/9, 8 PM atmospheric, psychedelic violinist/singer Concetta Abbate with the even more ambient Kris Wettstein at the People’s Voice Cafe, sugg don, $20, “more if you choose; less if you can’t; no one turned away.”

11/9 8 PM Snehesh Nag – sitar with Naren Budhakar – tabla at the Chhandayan Center For Indian Music, $20

11/9, 8 PM NY Polyphony sing works by England’s first great composer, John Dunstable and other early Albionic composers at the Church of St. Mary the Virgin, 145 W 46th St,  $30 tix avail

11/9, 8 PM wildly diverse pastoral jazz/Americana violinist Skye Steele‘s Glorious Sunshine Band followed at 10 by psychedelic salsa bandleader Zemog El Gallo Bueno at Barbes

11/9 8 PM famous Indian carnatic violinist L Shankar at Roulette, $30

11/9 ,9 PM cellist/violinist Shana Tucker at the Apollo Music Cafe just east of the Apollo, upstairs, $22 tix avail at the Apollo box ofc (don’t buy thru ticketbastard because they datamine you online and rip you off especially if you;ve bought from them before)

11/9, 9:30 PM  catchy, slinky psychedelic funk/punk band Eliza & the Organix followed eventually at 11:30 by the similar but more sardonic and punky Hard Nips at the Gutter, $7

11/9, midnight brooding cello slowcore songs with Meaner Pencil aka Lenna M. Pierce at Muchmore’s

11/10, 11 AM the Neave Trio play material from their new album of works by 19th century women composers at Subcultrue. $20

11/10, 11 AM pianist Kit Armstrong plays Bach’s Goldberg Variations at the Walter Reade Theatre at Lincoln Center, $25, breakfast snacks/coffee after included

11/10,1 PM the perennially pioneering  Momenta Quartet play music by Mozart, Ligeti and Christopher Stark at the Andrew Freedman Home, 1125 Grand Concourse, between McClellan and E166th St in the Bronx,, 4/B/Dto 167th St

11/10,, 3 PM Monica Davis, viola; Benjamin Larsen, cello; David Oei, piano play George Antheil: Sonatina for Violin and Cello; Herbert Howells: Piano Quartet in a minor, op 21; Beethoven: Serenade, opus 8  at Concerts on the Slope, St. John’s Episcopal Church, 139 St. John’s Place downhill from 7th Ave, sugg don

11/10, 4 PM An Die Musik play chamber works works by Mozart, Beethoven, Handel/Halvorsen and Schubert for oboe and strings at Merkin Concet rt Hall, $16

11/10. 4 PM pianist Eleonor Bindman plays Suites by J. S. Bach and Isaac Albeniz. at the Old Stone House in Park Slope, $20/$10 stud srs

11/10, 4:30 PM Sounds of America play works by Carlos Gardel, Astor Piazzolla, Luis Laguna, Henry Martínez, and Rafael Hernández with violinist Eddy Marcano and guitarist/cuatro player Jorge Polanco at Greenwich House Music School, 415

11/10. 5 PM hypnotic, whirlwind oudist and ngoni player Brandon Terzic followed at 7 by tuneful avant gatde guitarist Gyan Riley and then at 9:30 by Romany jazz/psychedelic rock guitar mastermind Stephane Wrembel at Barbes

11/10, 5 PM trumpeter Matt Lavelle’s improvisational outfit 7 Houses followed at 8 PM ($15 separate adm) by new string music by Georgia Rae with Rose Kow Xiu Yi and Karl Henry at Arete Gallery

11/10, 5 PM Ensemble Connect play works by Poulenc, Mozart, & Beach at Out Savior’s Atonement, 178 Bennett Avenue (one block west of Broadway at 189th Street), free

11/11, 6 PM the Greenpoint Songwriters Exchange – a diverse bunch playing everything from folk noir to Costelloesque, literatry rock to Indian ragas and oldschool soul  –  followed at 10:30 by pastoral guitarist duo Charlie Rauh & Cameron Mizell at Pete’s

11/11, 7 PM tuneful postbop pianist Jim Ridl leads his group from behind the Rhodes at 55 Bar

11/11. 7 PM classy, cinematic, purist NZ jazz pianist Alan Broadbent  leads a trio at Mezzrows

11/11, 7 PM Toot Sweet play twisted theatrical accordion glam rock at the small room at the Rockwood.

11/11, 7:30 PM Terra Nostra Ensemble play their Suite Terra Nostra – original arrangements of traditional songs from Spain and different countries in Latin America, as well as the Piano Quintet Op. 49 by Enrique Granados at Greenwich House Music School, $15

11/11, 9:30 PM “the Slippery Fish “pay tribute to the Mexican pedal steel master Tõno Quirazco, who in the 1960’s combined the new sound of ska music out of Jamaica with country twang to invent a twist on the Caribbean sound. With Ari Folman-Cohen – bass and John Echelay – pedal steel,” at Barbes

11/11, midnight boisterously funny oldschool 60s C&W and brooding southwestern gothic with the Jack Grace Band at the Ear Inn

11/12, 6:30 PM Catalan composer Josep Prohens and pianist Andreu Riera team up for a retrospective celebration of Prohens’ piano works. at Elebash Hall, 365 5th Ave, free

11/12, 7 PM eclectic, hard-hitting, lyrical composer/tenor saxophonist Stan Killian at 55 Bar

11/12, 7 PM one of the year’s most haunting, relevant classical bills: the Daedalus Quartet play music by Viktor Ullman, Gabriel Bolaños and Mieczyslaw Weinberg at the Baruch Colllege Auditorium, pricy, $36/$16 stud but could be worth it

11/12, 7 PM pianist Giorgi Gigashvili plays works by Chopin, Ginastera, Prokofiev and others at the Americas Society, free, rsvp sug 

11/12, 7:30/9:30 PM the haunting, smokily atmospheric Michael Leonhart Orchestra at the Jazz Standard, $30

11/12, 7:30 PM whirlwind accordionist Matti Pulkki plays Finnish music for solo accordion by Einojuhani Rautavaara, Cecilia Damström and Magnus Lindberg with a premiere by Reiko Füting.at Scandinavia house, $15

11/12, 7;30 PM violinist Grace Park and ensemble play a program tba at Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, $20

11/12, 7 PM the Bushwick Book Club – a lit-rock collective including both some of NY’s smartest songwriting talent along with some dorky open mic lifers – followed at 9:30 by clever, fiery, eclectic ten-piece Balkan/hip-hop/funk brass maniacs and Ellington reinventors Slavic Soul Party

11/12, 7 PM the Vera Quartet and pianist Meng-Chieh Liu play a program tba at the Dreck Center at the Brooklyn Public Library, free, no under-sixes.

11/12, 7:30 PM Rogers & Butler – powerpop aces Ed Rogers and Steven Butler’s new duo project – and  perennially sharp;, wickedly tuneful, jangly Americana band Mary Lee’s Corvette at City Vineyard, $18

11/12, 8 PM rising star Middle Eastern singer Jennifer Grout with an allstar cast: Sami Abu Shumays – violin John Murchison – qanun Brian Prunka – oud Johnny Farraj – Riq Gilbert Mansour – darbuka play classic Egytian vocal tunes by including Oum Kalthoum, Asmahan, Souad Mohammed, and others at Siterss Brooklyn, 900 Fulton St. at Washington, C to Clinton/Washington

11/12-16, 8:30 PM lyrical latin jazz pianist Aruan Ortiz leads a series of ensembles at the Stone at the New School, $20. Choice pick:: 11/14 his Pygmalion Project with Melanie Dyer (viola) Michaël Attias (sax) Arooj Aftab (voice)

11/12, 9:30 PM satirical German new wave/funk-punk band Die Goldenen Zitronen at the Mercury, $15 adv tix rec

11/13, 7 PM one of this era’s most vividly bustling, entertaining big bands, Miho Hazama & M-Unit at at National Sawdust, $25 adv tix rc

11/13, 8ish brand new Brookliyn honkytonk band Lissy & The Jacks at the Jalopy Tavern

11/I3, 8 PM ish Iron Kingdom – British Columbia’s female-fronted answer to Iron Maiden – at Blackthorn 51, $12

11/13, 8 PM intuitive, lyrical pianist  Melody Fader with Sophie Ackerman and cellist Nicolas Delataille play works by Mendelssohn, Debussy, Ravel and Dalit Warshaw at Greenwich House Music School, $20/$15 stud/sra

11/13, 8 PM the Nouveau Classical Project play works by Paul Pinto, Bethany Younge and Mieko Shiomi at Arete Gallery, $15

11/13. 9 PM unpredictably fun, funny  art-rock/psychedelic soul band the Academy Blues Project at LIC Bar

\11/13, 9 PM dark, new wave-ish lit-rock bandleader Dalton Deschain  at Arlene’s, $10

11/13, 10 PM wildfire neo-klezmer violinist/composer Ben Sutin leads his quartet at Pete’s

11/13, 10 PM psychedelic funk/Afrobeat jammers the People’s Champs at the Sultan Room, $12

11/14, 7 PM the Orchestra Now play the first NYC performances in over 50 years of rarely-heard pieces by Arthur Honegger and Dimitri Mitropoulos, along with the Divertimentosuite from Stravinsky’s ballet score The Fairy’s Kiss at Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall, $25

11/14. 7 PM  soaringly explosive jazz composer/torch singer Nicole Zuraitis at 55 Bar at 55 Bar

11/14-15, 7:30/9:30 PM reliably tuneful postbop piano vet George Cabless leads a trio at Mezzrow

11/14, 7:30 PM, repeating 11/15-16 at 8 the NY Philharmonic play Sibelius’ Symphony No. 1 and Prokofiev’s Romeo & Juliet Overture, $34. Be aware that there’s also a modern work by a precious wannabe goth-rock boy on the bill which you will want to avoid

11/14, 730 PM clever, fiery, eclectic ten-piece Balkan/hip-hop/funk brass maniacs and Ellington reinventors Slavic Soul Party at Symphony Space, $20 for under 30, $30 otherwise

11/14, 7:30 PM the Attacca Quartet with Caroline Shaw (prexumably on vocals and violin) at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

11/14, 8 PM plush, balmy, oldtimey uke swing band Daria Grace & the Pre-War Ponies at Barbes

11/14, 8 PM perennially interesting piano/percussion ensemble Yarn/Wire  lead an ensemble playing an all Annea Lockwood program at the Miller Theatre, $20 tix avaial

11/14,8:30 PM ferocious klezmer violinst Jake Shulman-Ment’s Fidl Kapelye town &

11/14, 9 PM  quirky, jangly psych-pop band Rancho Cowabunga  at Pete’s

11/14, 9 PM fiery 19th century style oldtimey string band the Four O’Clock Flowers  at Sunny’s

11/14, 9 PM newschool honkytonk band Sarah Shook & the Disarmers at the Knitting Factory, $15

11/15, 6:30 PM haunting, fearsomely powerful soul belter and noir Americana songstress Karen Dahlstrom at the American Folk Art Museum

11/15, 7 PM magical Balkan accordionist Merima Ključo and contralto vocalist Jelena Milusic at Elebash Hall, $25

11/15, 7 PM violinist Chiu-Chen Liu plays a program tba at Third St. Music School Settlement, free

11/15, 7:30 PM conguero Edwin Bonilla leads his salsa dura band at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

11/15, 8 PM avant garde trumpeter Nate Wooley leads an ensemble works by Eva-Maria Houben, Katherine Young: and Ryoko Akama at Issue Project Room, $15/$12 stud/srs

11/15-16, 8 PM fearlessly relevant, genuinely riveting, populist tenor sax visionary/improviser Matana Roberts at Happy Lucky No. 1 Gallery, $20

11/15, 8 PM rustic Brazilian jungle guitar-and-accordion sounds with Regional de NY followed at 10 by ferocious, creepily enveloping, kinetic psychedelic tropicalia band Yotoco at Barbes

11/15, 8 PM at  Our Savior’s Atonement Lutheran (178 Bennett Ave.), repeating 11/16 at 3 at Fort Washington Collegiate Church (729 W. 181st St.) the Washington Heights Chamber Orchestra play Valerie Coleman: Afro-Cuban Concerto; Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Clarinet Quintet in A, K. 581; Arnold Schoenberg: Chamber Symphony No. 1 in E major, Op. 9, $7

11/15, 8:30 PM brilliant retro blues/New Orleans soul/Americana songwriter Pokey LaFarge solo at the Bell House, $20 gen adm

11/15, 10ish popular fuzztone psychedelic rock road warriors the Mystery Lights at the Market Hotel, $15

11/15, 11:30 PM ferociously dynamic, tuneful, female-fronted power trio Castle Black at the Gutter

11/16, 8 PM West Virginia musicologists/musicians Carrie & Michael Kline and oldtime front porch folk band Triboro at the People’s Voice Cafe, sugg don, $20, “more if you choose; less if you can’t; no one turned away”

11/16, 8 PM  poignant, eclectic, lyrical jazz bassist/composer Pedro Giraudo’s tango quartet followed at 10 by  feral singer Carolina Oliveros’ mighty 13-piece Afro-Colombian trance/dance choir Bulla en el Barrio at Barbes, who are also here on 11/25 at around the same time. Giraudo is also at Bar Lunatico on 11/20 at 8:30

11/16 ,8 PM bassoonist Sara Schoenbeck joined by an ensemble playing new works by iconoclast composers Eva-Maria Houben, Sarah Hennies, Katherine Young, and Ryoko Akama at Issue Project Room, $15/$12 stud/srs

11/16, 8 PM  the new generation’s most eclectic jazz harpist, Brandee Younger leads a quintet with Chelsea Baratz on sax at the Miller Theatre, $20 tix avail

11/17, 11 AM brass chamber ensemble the Westerlies at Subculture. $20

11/17. noon jazz violinist Majid Khaliq leads a quartet plus choir in a tribute to Grover Washington Jr.’s violinist John Blake Jr. at Joe’s Pub, $15

11/17, 4 PM the Catalyst Quartet play music of African-American composers Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, Florence Price, and Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson at the Dreck Center at the Brooklyn Public Library, free, no under-sixes.

11/17, 5 PM hypnotic, whirlwind oudist and ngoni player Brandon Terzic  followed at 7 by brilliant steel guitarist Mike Neer’s Steelonious – who do Monk covers in the same vein as Buddy Emmons –  followed at 9:30 by Romany jazz/psychedelic rock guitar mastermind Stephane Wrembel at Barbes

11/17, 5 PM, releating 11/20 at 7 irrepressible classical pianist and impresario Yelena Grinberg  and pianist Elena Kuschnerova celebrate Clara Schumann and her contemporaries plus works by Schubert, Brahms and Robert Schumann at Grinberg’s upper westside piano salon, reception to follow, $35, close to the 1/2/3 train at 96th St., deets here 

11/17, 6 PM first-class indie classical pianist Zosha DiCastri plays the album release show for her new one at the Tenri Institute, $15/$10 stud/rs lncludes copy of the album

11/17, 7 PM New York’s most charismatic, darkly compelling lyrical songwriter/storyteller/keyboard genius Rachelle Garniez and guitar wizard Erik Della Penna of Kill Henry Sugar play NY-centric songs at Pangea, $25

11/17, 7:30 PM sharpy lyrical pianist Kelly Green leads a trio at Mezzrow

11/17, 8 PM fearlessly relevant, genuinely riveting, populist tenor sax visionary/improviser Matana Roberts airs out “the fourth chapter of her innovative and profoundly iconoclastic COIN COIN project” at Roulette, $18 adv tix rec

11/18, 7:30 PM new wave era nostalgia: Runaways frontwoman and solo artist Cherie Currie and Fanny drummer and singer Brie Darling at the Poisson Rouge, $20 ad tix rec. Where’s Marie Currie when we need her?

11/18, 9 PM surreal, amusingly bombastic heavy psych band Howling Giant at the Kinitting Factory, $10; avoid the lame 8 PM and 10 PM acts

11/18, 9:30ish ex-Chicha Libre keyboard sorcerer Josh Camp’s wryly psychedelic cumbia/tropicalia/dub band Locobeach at Barbes

11/18, 9:30 PM legendary dual-reedman George Braith – who can play two saxes at once better than most guys can play one – leads his quartet at the Fat Cat

11/19, 7 PM ish  allstar Americana jammers the Honky-Tonk Heroes,, featuring Springsteen pianist Charlie Giordano, Gene Yellin, Trip Henderson, Tim Kiah and some surprise guests  at the Jalopy Tavern

11/19, 7 PM Brooklyn Brassens: “Georges Brassens, anarchist, provocateur and French poet, gets his repertoire re-arranged for a Nigerian-influenced quartet. With Francis Jacob – guitar, Vocals; Bennett Paster – keyboard; Derek Nievergelt – bass and AJ Olusegun – conga followed at 9:30 by clever, fiery, eclectic ten-piece Balkan/hip-hop/funk brass maniacs and Ellington reinventors Slavic Soul Party at Barbes

11/19, 7:30 PM the best singing pianist (and the best piano-playing singer) in jazz, Champian Fulton in a rare duo wih bassist Hide Tanaka at Mezzrow

11/19, 7:30 PM the Irish Chamber Orchestra play works by Mozart, Mendelsssohn and Weber at Zankel Hall at Carnegie Halll, $30

11/19, 7:30 PM a wildly good acoustic blues twinbill:  Jontavious Willis & guitar/banjo/piano genius Jerron Blind Boy Paxton at City Vineyard, $20

11/19-24, 7:30/9:30 PM  guitar icon Bill Frisell at the Jazz Standard, $35. 11/19 with his long-running trio with Tony Scherr and Kenny Wollesen; 11/21-22 solo; 11/23-24 leading a chamber jazz quartet with Hank Roberts on cello

11/19, 8 PM crystalline-voiced noir Americana songwriter Jessie Kilguss with her excellent band  at 11th St. Bar

11/19 ,8:30 PM quirky, smartly lyrical avant cello-rock band the Icebergs at Pete’s

11/19, 9 PM all-female pan-latin jazz jamband Cocomama at the Fat Cat

11/19, 9 PM intense, multistylistic blues guitarist/singer Will Scott  at Sunny’s

11/20, 630 PM Chinese pipa virtuoso Zhou Yi at the China Institute, 100 Washington Str $20

11/20, 7 PM the irrepressible, cinematic, comedic Broken Reed Saxophone Quartet at the National Jazz Museum in Harlem, $10

11/20, 7:30 PM the Alexander String Quartet play Mozart Quartet, KV 465, “Dissonant”; Shostakovich Quartet No. 12, Op. 133; Mendelssohn Quartet, Op. 13, at the Baruch Colllege Auditorium, pricy, $36/$16 stud but could be worth it. They’re also playing a free show featuring Beethoven: String Quartet in D Major, Op. 18, No. 3; Beethoven: String Quartet in C Major, Op. 59. No. 3 the following day, 11/21 at 2:45 PM, free tix req 

11/20, 8 PM singer Dida Pelled salutes obscure and cult favorite women songwriters including Connie Converse, Elizabeth Cotten, Molly Drake, Vashti Bunyan and Norma Tanega at Barbes

11/20, 8 PM Nick Podgurski and his ensemble Feast of the Epiphany play keyboard-driven punk art-rock at Roulette, $18 adv tix rec

11/20, 8 PM postbop saxophonist Michael Blake and his quartet the Digging at Erv’s, 2122 Beekman Place, Crown Heights, sug don

11/20, 10 PM smartly tuneful oldschool soul/psych-pop songwriter Mimi Oz  at the small room at the Rockwood

11/20, 10:30 PM trippy downtempo keys/trumpet/drums improvisation with Covered in Peanut Butter at the basement room at the Rockwood, free

11/21. 7 PM fhe Geenwich Vilage Chamber Music Society play works by Rachmaninoff & Brahms at te Tenri institute, free

11/21, 730 PM, repeating 11/23 at 8 the NY Philharmonicl with solist Alisa Weilerstein play Saint-Saëns’s First Cello Concerto, Borodin’s Symphony No. 2 and Dvorak’s Symphony No 4, $32 tix avail

11/21, 7:30 PM soca hall of famer Mighty Sparrow in a relatively intimate show, omg, at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

11/21. 7:30 PM pianist Per Tengstrand and ensemble Opus 21 play a chamber version of Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 plus Brahms’ Piano Quartet in G Minor at Scandinavia House, $25

11/21, 8 PM Rena Anakwe “presents the third and final work of her 2019 residency with the premiere of Ogwu (the healing), an immersive purification ritual sculpted through a visual, sound, and scent bath inspired by the element of fire” at Issue Project Room, free

11/21 ,8 PM kinetic improvisational rapture: bassist Luke Stewart with dancer Miriam Parker followed by bracing singer Amirtha Kidambi and sound artist Lea Bertucci at Fridman Gallery, 169 Bowery, $15

11/21. 8:30 PM spirited Yiddish songs wih Susan Leviton and Lauren Brody at Town & Village Social Hall, 334 E 14th St.(between 1st & 2nd Ave.), $15

11/21, 9 PM satirical punk rocker and Freddys’ legend Paranoid Larry in a now-rare live gig on his old/new home turf

11/22, 7 PM pianist Mira Gill plays a program tba at Third St. Music School Settlement, free

11/22, 7:30 PM the Mannes Chamber Orchestra play Penderecki’s Threnody To The Victims of Hiroshima plus 20th century works by George Rochberg, Henry Cowell and Johanna Beyer’s Music of the Spheres at the first-floor New School auditorium at 63 5th Ave, free

11/22, 7:30 PM flute/violin/cello trio Eight Strings and a Whistle play works by CPE Bach, Siegfried Thiele, 8SW Featured Composers Pamela Sklar and Douglas Anderson, at te tenri institute, $tba

11/22-23, 7:30 PM the perennially intense, tuneful godfather of edgy, lyrical, anthemic downtown NYC rock, Willie Nile at the Mercury where he made that sizzling live album all those years ago, $25

11/22,  8 PM intense Balkan chanteuse Jenny Luna‘s haunting, traditional Turkish band Dolunay followed at 10 by followed at 10 by the world’s darkest, slinkiest, most blackly funny crime jazz/film noir band, Big Lazy at Barbes

11/22, 8 PM pianist Matthew McCright performs piano works from a diverse set of living composers: Kirsten Broberg, Kyong Mee Choi, Christopher Coleman, Sean Friar, Dorothy Hindman, Mike McFerron, Ingrid Stölzel, and Robert Voisey. at Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, $20

11/22. 8 PM the Kyle Simpson Chamber Orchestra and Red Line String Quartet play a live score to Georges Méliès’ most famous French silent films A Trip to The Moon (1902) and The Kingdom of the Fairies (1903). at the DiMenna Center, $10

11/22, 8 PM pianist and composer Gustavo Casenave plays with his eclectic quartet including bassist Pedro Giraudo,  saxophonist Alejandro Aviles and drummer guru Franco Pinna, playing Casenave’s original jazz, tango, and classical works at Flushing Town Hall, $16/$10 srs/under 18 free w/ID

11/22, midnight  bass sax monster Stefen Zeniuk’s punk mambo crew the NY Fowl Harmonic at  at Branded Saloon

11/22, midnight black metal spoof band Witch Taint at the Mercury, $12

11/23, 5 PM cellist Paul Brantley plays works by Anonymous, 14th Century plus his own compositions and pieces by Buxtehude, Tina Davidson, Shemaria, and Joseph Zawinul, Brantley will perform the beloved Suite in D minor for solo cello by J.S. Bach. At Out Savior’s Atonement, 178 Bennett Avenue (one block west of Broadway at 189th Street), sug don

11/23. 8 PM gritty Iraqi maqam music icon Hamid Al-Saadi with trumpeter Amir ElSaffar’s hypnotic, incisive classical Iraqi music ensemble Safaafir  at P at Roulette, $30

11/23, 7 PM soprano Lucy Dhegrae sings a program in solidarity with women who’ve survived violent sexual assault;, works include a  world premiere of Osnat Netzer’s Philomelos, plus pieces by Jason Eckardt, Bethany Younge, Maria Stankova, Vinko Globokar, and Caleb Burhans at National Sawdust, $25 adv tix rec

11/23, 8 PM the Attacca Quartet   play the album release for Nathan Schram’s latest electroacoustic release, Oak and the Ghost at 1 Rivington St, 2nd fl, $20/$10 stud/srs

11/23. 8 PM edgy oldschool and newer soul styles with singer Maya Sharpe at the small room at the Rockwood

11/22, 8:30 PM eclectic stoner folk with Odetta Hartman followed by enigmatic psychedelic funk guitarist/singer Aubrey Haddard and her band at C’mon Everyody $12

11/22-23, 7:30/9:30 PM vibraphonist Joel Ross’ genuinely Good Vibes band at the Jazz Gallery, $25

11/22. 9 PM oldschool 80s downtown postpunk legends Disturbed Furniture at the Way Station

11/22, 9:30 PM rambunctious newgrass band Goodnight Texas at the Knitting Factory, $10

11/23, 4 PM a rare NYC concert by Japanese koto and shamisen player Yoko Reikano Kimura at the Center for Remembering and Sharing, $30

11/23, 7 PM works by Schoenfield, Piazzolla, and Haydn performed by  Yu Jeong Lee on violin, Min Park on flute, Na-Young Baek on cello, and Edwin Sungpil Kim on piano.at Flushing Town Hall $16/$10 srs/free for students 19-under w/ID

11/23, 7 PM new music for string quartet by Pan, Swidler, Selin, Grosshandler and Vigneau-Britt performed by the Xanthoria Quartet at Scholes St Studios

11/23, 8 PM choral folk traditions in concert: Wyndborne and the even more globally-inspired Asaran Earth Trio at the People’s Voice Cafe, sugg don, $20, “more if you choose; less if you can’t; no one turned away.”

11/23. 8 PM pioneering French musique concrete composer/performers Beatriz Ferreyra & Christine Groult at Issue Project Room, $15/$12 stud/srs

11/23, 8 PM the Manhattan Wind Ensemble play works by Vaughan Williams Viet Cuong, mark camphouse and others at Sypohnny Space, $12 adv tixavail

11/23. 8 PM 80s goth icons Clan of Xymox at the Poisson Rouge, $25 adv tix rec. Watery chorus-box bass! Synthesized strings!

11/23, 9 PM multi-instrumentalist Brian Carpenter’s noir, cinematic, epic Ghost Train Orchestra at the Jalopy, $12 adv tix avail at the venue

11/23. 9 PM searing, fearlessly political gutter blues songwriter/guitarist Molly Ruth at Bar Chord. If she’s solo, she’s a force of nature; if she’s with the band. be aware that the Bleecker Street hacks in it can’t figure out how to do her stuff smooth and hippie-friendly

11/23, 10 PM awesomely slinky, psychedelic Israeli Ethiopiques groove instrumentalists Anbessa Orchestra at Barbes

11/23, midnight anthemic Iron Maiden-style metal band the Blackfires at the Mercury, $12

11/24, 11 AM pensive, eclectic, tuneful jazz songwriter/chanteuse Becca Stevens at Subculture. $20

11/24, 2 PM fiery ecological activist/bandleader Rev. Billy and his massive original gospel-style choi at Joe’s Pub, $15, Followed eventually at 9:30 by choreographer Miguel Gutierrez’s Sadonna project – sad versions of Madonna songs – for $20 separate adm

11/24, starting at 2 PM the annual Mannes Chamber Bash featuring classical ensembles of various sizes playing a program tba in various spaces throughout the building at 55 W 13th St., free

11/24, 3 PM the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine with Olga Kern on piano play Berezovsky: Symphony in C; Tchaikovsky: Polonaise (Eugene Onegin); Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 2; Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5 at NJPAC in Newark, $30 tix avail

11/24, 3 PM  the Greenwich Village Orchestra play Beethoven Symphony No. 6, Pastoral and the Dvořák Cello Concerto Prokofiev Selections from The Love for Three Oranges*; Mussorgsky Songs and Dances of Death; Rimsky-Korsakov Scheherazade at All Saints Church, 230 E 60th St (2/3rd Aves) $25 sug don

11/24, 4 PM genre-busting, pioneering string ensemble the Turtle Island Quartet at the Dreck Center at the Brooklyn Public Library, free, no under-sixes.

11/24, 4 PM early music ensemble Alkemie jam out medieval British themes at Arete Gallery, $15. Followed at 8 ($15 separate adm) by Ghost Ensemble playing works by Pauline Oliveros, Ben Richter, Kevin Kay and others ghostensemble.org

11/24, 5 PM violist Jessica Thompson (Daedalus Quartet) and pianist Andrea Lam (Claremont Trio),team up for works by Bach, Britten, Kurt Rohde, and Schumann at the Lounge at Hudson View Gardens, 128 Pinehurst Ave @ W 183rd St, A train or #1 train (to 181st St) or the M4 bus (to 183rd St), $15/$12 stud/sr

11/24, 6 PM guitarslinger Mallory Feuer’s fiery band the Grasping Straws – sort of a mashup of Patti Smith and Hole’s first album – followed by the similarly dark, more eclectic, psychedelic  enigmatic Lorraine Leckie and her killer band at the Mercury, $10

11/24, 7 PM Jimbo Mathus’ Incinerator (ex-Squirrel Nut Zippers guitar monster) at the big room at the Rockwood, $15

11/25, 10 PM tuneful drummer/composer Ben Perowsky, leads his group at 55 Bar

11/26, 7 PM  ex-Chicha Libre keyboard sorcerer Josh Camp’s new psychedelic tropicalia project CAMPOS  followed by clever, fiery, eclectic ten-piece Balkan/hip-hop/funk brass maniacs Slavic Soul Party at Barbes

11/26, 7:30 PM hauntingly psychedelic folk noir/art-rock multi-instrumentalist songwriter  Holly Miranda at City Vineyard, $15

11/26, 7:30/9:30 PM hard-charging postbop tenor saxophonist Immanuel Wilkins leads a quartet at the Jazz Galery, $20

11/26, 7:30 PM salsa jazz grooves with Cuban pianist Dayramir González & Habana enTRANCé at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

11/26, 6 PM TAK ensemble play works by Taylor Brook, Erin Gee, Tyshawn Sorey and others at the Miller Theatre, free

11/26, 8 PM accordion genius Shoko Nagai and trumpeter Ron Horton’s improvisational Fido Quartet at Arete Gallery, $15

11/26-30, 8:30/10:30 PM the reliably electrifying Jason Moran & the Bandwagon at the Vanguard, this is gonna sell out, get there early

11/26, 9 PM drummer Kate Gentile‘s Batterie with Jon Irabagon on sax and Matt Mitchell on pianoi at the Sultan Room, $!2

11/26, 10:30 PM charismatic, adventurous postbop/avant garde trombonist/crooner Frank Lacy and band at Smalls

11/27, 7 PM  perennially entertaning Irish party band Shilelagh Law at Connollly’s, $tba

11/27, 10 PM high-voltage psychedelic cumbia/Afrobeat jamband MAKU Soundsystem play the album release show for their new one at the Sultan Room, $12

11/29-30, 7:30/9:30 PM darkly colorful, perennially interesting bassist Linda May Han Oh leads her band at the Jazz Gallery, $25

11/29, 7:30 PM Glass Farm Ensemble plays duos for violin (Pauline Kim Harris) and piano/toy piano (Yvonne Troxler), with music by Louis Andriessen, Willy Burkhard, Stefano Gervasoni, Elizabeth Hoffman, Denis Schuler and Yvonne Troxler at Symphony Space, $20 adv tix rec

11/29-30, 8 PM lyrical, cerebral pianist Matt Mitchell at Happy Lucky No. 1 Gallery, $20

11/29, 10 PM Terapia & Verbena play oldschool and newschool champeta at Barbes

11/24, 5:30 PM Albanian Romany guitarist Taulant Mehmeti‘s Gypsy Quartet at Birdland, $30

11/30, 2 PM Jaap Van Zweden conducts he NY Philharmonic in the Mozart Wind Serenade and Tschaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5, $34 tix avail

11/30, 9 PM Amayo’s Fu-Arkist-Ra mash up Afrobeat and ancient Chinese grooves at Bar Lunatico

12/2, starting at 6ish the annual Winters Eve festival at and around the triangla where Broadway meets Columbus Ave, some surprisingly good acts show up and play in the cold. Klezmer under the xmas tree, maybe?

12/2, 7 PM Colombian-Haitian roots dance band Strings & Skins at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, note early showtime

12/2, 7:30 PM percussionist/composer Qasim Naqvi, violinist Jennifer Koh and singer Davóne Tines perform Naqvi’s compositions plus works by J. S. Bach, Hildegard of Bingen, Isang Yun, and traditional African-American spirituals at Music Mondays, Advent Church, northwest corner of 93rd and Broadway, free

12/3 7 PM Venice-themed “madrigals for cello, choir, and city” by Andrea Liberovici performed by Aaron Wolff, cello with the Fractio Modi vocal quartet at the Italian Academy at Columbia, 1161 Amsterdam Ave just south of 118th, free

12/3 7 PM soprano Lucy Dhegrae and the Talea Ensemble play David Adamcyk’s new composition, Father, My Father, a reflection on the #MeToo movement at the Americas Society, free, rsvp sugg

12/10, drinks at 5:30 PM, show at 6, badass harp virtuoso Bridget Kibbey plays works by Bach, Gershwin, Albeniz and Tschaikovsky at the Miller Theatre, free

12/12, 7:30 PM Indian and latin-tinged jazz improvisation with the Karuna Trio featuring Hamid Drake, Adam Rudolph, and Alexis Marcelo at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free

12/14, 7:30 PM ruthlessly funny, politically satirical faux-folk duo Friends Who Folk (Rachel Wenitsky and Ned Riseley) at Union Hall, Union St. north of 7th Ave in Park Slope, $10

12/19 730 PM Los Rumberos del Callejón bring their salsa out of the alley at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, get there early

A Dynamic, Intimate Live Album and a Birdland Gig From Jazz Piano and Vocal Siren Champian Fulton

At this point in jazz history,  Champian Fulton is the best piano-playing singer and the best pianist who happens to be a singer. With her blend of precision and flair on the keys and her nuanced approach to the mic, she’s been unstoppable lately. Her career validates the old proverb that you get good at what you do: somehow, in between gigs, she manages to find the time to make albums. And she likes to flip the script: she’s done everything from reinventing Dinah Washington – a major influence – to a devious all-instrumental piano trio record, and now her latest release, Dream a Little, an intimate but often fiery live set with saxophonist Cory Weeds. The new record, a mix of standards, a couple of rarities and an original is streaming at Bandcamp. Fulton’s next New York gig is a two-night stand at Birdland on Oct 30-31, with sets at 7 and 10 PM; you can get in for $20.

Weeds opens the first track, Dream a Little Dream, with a balmy solo before Fulton’s piano brings in some James P. Johnson gravitas, a contrast that lingers through an unexpectedly restrained, even suspenseful take of a song that Mama Cass Elliott made epic drama out of.

Weeds does the flying – gently – in Fly Me to the Moon, the two folllowing the same dynamic, both Fulton’s piano and voice infused with calm take-charge attitude. Strap on that seat belt, buster!

By contrast, Lullaby For Art  is a starkly pulsing, latin-tinged instrumental theme with bitingly bluesy solos from both musicians. Fulton’s clenched-teeth intensity before the third verse is one of the album’s most stunning moments.

The duo’s take of Darn That Dream has a wistful, expansive solo first verse from Fulton, Weeds fluttering among the clouds, a dynamic they mirror with a steady, subtly stride-influenced version of Pennies From Heaven. Then they pick up the pace with Once I Had a Secret Love, Weeds’ precise chromatic volleys setting the tone.

Fulton’s slowly swaying interpretation of I Thought About You leaves no doubt that it’s about being haunted by a memory. As he does throughout the record, Weeds plays tersely, developing melodic themes rather than blowing endless, too-cool-for-school practice patterns like too many other reed players do.

The two make low-key, striding swing out of Tangerine: Fulton likes to use her low lefthand a lot, and that device works particularly well here, grounding Weeds’ cheery lines. I’d Give a Dollar For a Dime – Joe Williams’ 1930 shout-out to what seemed already had become jukebox nostalgia – dips and weaves with a dreamy charm. They close the record with a coy jump blues take based on Eddie Lockjaw Davis’ version of Save Your Love For Me

While this is first and foremost a collection of bittersweet love ballads, it’s also uproariously funny when least expected: Fulton has a subtle and often sly sense of humor, particularly on the keys. As if we need yet more proof that more artists should be making live records, this is it.

Magically Haunting Creative Jazz on the Lower East Side

Over the past couple of months, there’s been an intriguing series of concerts, simply called Art in Gardens., featuring some of New York’s best creative jazz artists rotating through three community gardens on the Lower East Side. Saturday afternoon’s concluding concert at the Children’s Magical Garden, a leafy little Stanton Street oasis, was rapturously fun. Although guitarist Ava Mendoza seemed to be the ringleader, this was definitely a democratic performance, bassist Shayna Dulberger, tenor saxophonist James Brandon Lewis and Daniel Carter, who began the set on trumpet but then switched to tenor as well, exchanged ideas and musical banter and frequently sizzling riffage with a remarkably singleminded commitment to keeping a garden full of jazz fans entertained.

Free jazz gets a bad rap for being self-indulgent because it so often is: this was anything but. How did this crew keep it so focused? By sticking close to a central note, maintaining a lot of resonant, sustained lines rather than disembodied, herky-jerky notes, and keeping solos terse and thoughtful.

When she wasn’t punching out catchy, looping basslines, including one deviously extended interlude that finally veered away from 7/8 time, Dulberger used her bow for pitchblende washes that drew the music into deep, dark terrain. And the one time she hit a bubbly phrase and the rest of the crew resisted, she backed away, letting the music find its own natural flow.

Carter alternated between airy, sustained notes, methodical rises and falls and one particularly sage, saturnine, deep blues interlude where the band pulled back to let that majesty stand out. Lewis played what might have been the afternoon’s most gorgeous solo – such that there there were any solos at all – with a biting, Middle Eastern-tinged poignancy. Alternating between trebly distortion and lingering, sunbaked, bluesy minimalism, Mendoza managed to make her menacing chromatics and macabre tritones work seamlessly within this unsettled but less overtly dark context.

Finally, she cut loose with a nonchalantly savage series of tremolo-picked upper-register chords, then looped them with a pedal and added even more ominous low harmonies. That was the signal to the rest of the band to cut loose, but even there, the steady lattice of notes between the saxes along with Dulberger’s snaky, circular phrasing didn’t go completely nuts: this storm was headed in a very specific direction, straight to the endorphin center of the brain.

The Art in Gardens series may be over, but the organizers are still booking shows all over town, including an excellent “un-Columbus Day” three-day festival opening on Oct 11 at El Taller Latinoamericano at 215 E 99th St.

Live Music Calendar for New York City and Brooklyn for October and November 2019

Daily updates – if you go out a lot, you might want to bookmark this page and check back regularly.

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

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

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

Showtimes listed here are set times, not the time doors open – if a listing says something like “9ish,” that means it’ll probably start later than advertised. If you see a show listed without the start time, that’s because either the artist, their publicist or the venue in question sent incomplete info – those acts are usually listed last on a particular date.  Always best to check with the venue for the latest information on set times and door charges, since that information is often published here weeks in advance.

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

Weekly events first followed by the daily calendar:

On select Wednesdays and Sundays, an intimate, growing piano music salon on the Upper West Side featuring iconoclastically insightful, lyrical pianist Nancy Garniez – a cult favorite with an extraordinarily fluid, singing, legato style – exploring the delicious minutiae of works from across the centuries, beverages and lively conversation included! sug don, email for details/address

Mondays at 7 PM multi-instrumentalist Dennis Lichtman’s popular western swing band Brain Cloud at Barbes followed at 9:30 PM by a variety of tropical bands playing cumbias, boogaloo, salsa, maybe all of the above.. Brain Cloud are also playing their 10th anniversary show on Nov 22 at 9 PM at the Jalopy for $20

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

Mondays at the Vanguard the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra – composer Jim McNeely’s reliably good big band vehicle – plays 9/11 PM, $35 per set plus drink minimum.

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

Mondays starting at around 10:45 PM Rev. Vince Anderson and his band play two sets at Union Pool. The Rev. is one of the great keyboardists around, equally thrilling on organ or electric piano, an expert at Billy Preston style funk, honkytonk, gospel and blues. He writes very funny, very politically woke, sexy original songs and is one of the most charismatic, intense live performers of our time. It’s a crazy dance party. Paula Henderson from Burnt Sugar is the usual lead soloist on baritone sax, with frequent special guests. Sizzling guitarist Binky Griptite – Sharon Jones’ lead player – is also often there.

Tuesdays at 7:30 PM the chamelonic, playful, sometimes irresistibly cartoonish Daniel Bennett Group play jazz outside the box at the third floor bar at the Residence Inn, 1033 6th Ave at 39th St, free

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

Three Wednesdays in October: 10/16, 10/23 and 10/30 stark southwestern gothic jangle and clang with And the Wiremen at Troost

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

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

Thursdays in October, 7 PM fearless, insurgent, amazingly spot-on comedienne/vocal impersonator Tammy Faye Starlite plays Marianne Faithfull’s Broken English at Pangea, $25

Thursdays in October, 8 PM psychedelic latin soul tinged band Garcia Peoples at Nublu 151, $12

Fridays at 7:30 PM tenor saxophonist Ken Fowser leads his band at the Django. Jukebox jazz in a JD Allen vein but not as dark and more straight-ahead/groove-oriented: as postbop party music goes, nobody’s writing better than this guy right now.

Saturdays in October at 6 PM ferociously funny, literate, historically informed oldtimey songwriter Robin Aigner and bassist Michael Brownell’s Hello Bittersweet at Barbes

Saturdays in October at 4 PM free concerts 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.

Three Sundays in September: 9/1, 9/15 and 9/29 Greg Lewis’ brilliant, fearlessly political Organ Monk Trio at Bar Lunatico at 1 PM for brunch.

Sundays in November, 5 PM hypnotic, whirlwind oudist and ngoni player Brandon Terzic  leads a series of Middle Eastern and West African ensembles at Barbes

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

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

Sundays at 8:30/11 PM the epic, intense, politically fearless Arturo O’Farrill & the Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra at Birdland, $30 bar seating avail

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

10/1, 7:30 PM indie classical ensemble  Desdemona and Adam Holmes “team up for an evening of string trio and percussion, featuring video projections, a world premiere, and disturbing questions about capitalism and climate change. The concert will include a new work by Adam Holmes, David Bird’s Thresholds, and Sofia Gubaidulina’s String Trio” at 1 Rivington t., $20/$10 stud

10/1. PM rapturousy subtle tropicalia drummer/bandleader (and former Chicha Libre timbalera) Karina Colis leads one of her groups followed at 9 by clever, fiery, eclectic ten-piece Balkan/hip-hop/funk brass maniacs Slavic Soul Party at Barbes

10/1. 8:30 PM psychedelic supergroup the Elgin Marbles feat. members of Love Camp 7, Dervisi and Peter Stampfel’s jug band at Troost

10/1, 8 PM quirky, smartly lyrical avant cello-rock band the Icebergs at Threes Brewing, 333 Douglass St. in Gowanus, $tba

10/1-5, 8:30/11PM iconic bassist Ron Carter  leads his big band at Birdland, $30 tix avail. 10/8-12 he leads a trio, 10.15-19 he leads a quartet with Renee Rosnes on piano, then he’s with his Nonet 10/22-26

10/2, 1 PM pianist Kate Liu plays a program tba at the Greene Space, free w/rsvp

10/2,  6:30 PM veteran Japanese free jazz saxophonist Akira Sakata w/ Darin Gray at the James Cohan Gallery, 48 Walker St in Chinatown, free

10/2, 7 PM theremin virtuoso Pamelia Stickney followed at 8 by sychedelic klezmer/bluegrass mandolin and clarinet legend Andy Statman at Barbes, $10. She’s also at the Owl on 10/3 at 9 with her Transcendental Dissonance Quartet

10/2, 730/9:30 PM  alto saxophonist Caroline Davis and pianist Rob Clearfield’s Persona quartet at the Jazz Gallery, $15. 10/3 she leads a quintet at 7:30 PM at Smalls

10/2, 8 PM Dervisi feat. guitar god Steve Antonakos play “exotic Greek gangsta blues” and Middle Eastern flavored hash smoking anthems at Troost

10/2. 9 PM terse, brilliant jazz violinist Charlie Burnham & Kings County at Sunny’s

10/2. 9 PM bassist Jeon Lin Yang leads a quartet with Oscar Noriega on clarinet at Bar Lunatico

10/2, 9 PM psychedelic soul band  Frankie Sunswept and the Sunwrays at the Jalopy Tavern

10/2, 10 PM the king of indie shred guitar, Ty Segall at Bowery Ballroom, $30 gen adm. They’re also here on 10/3 at half past midnight and then 10/4 at 10 again

10/2-3 midnight ferocious art-rock jamband Planta at Terraza 7, $10

10/3, 6 PM improvisers in reverse order at Holo, free: Retrouvaile, Robert Edge, Bonnie Kane, Greg Gondek, Calytrix, Sandy Ewen, free

10/3-5, 7 PM ,Monica Bill Barnes & Company‘s hilarious new site-specific dance performance By at the World Financial Center, free.  The challenge is to figure out who the dancers are and who are just randos walking by (it’s harder than you think!). Headphones with a soundtrack of similarly wryly funny, cheesy top 40 hits from across the decades are part of the performance. Not to be missed.

10/3, 7:30 PM wild Palestinian hip-hop/dancehall reggae/habibi pop band 47soul at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

10/3-6, 730/9:30 PM shapeshifting pianist Sullivan Fortner leads his trio with John Pattituci on bass and Nasheet Waits on drums at the Jazz Standard, $30

10/3. 7:30 PM Quartet 131 play Schubert’s Quartetsatz plus works by Dutilleux, Beethoven and Bloch at mekin Concert Hall, $25 tix avail

10/3. 8 PM Ethiopian croone Habte Awalom at Silvana

10/3 8 PM New York’s most charismatic, darkly compelling lyrical songwriter/storyteller/keyboard genius Rachelle Garniez followed by intense Balkan chanteuse Jenny Luna‘s haunting, traditional Turkish band Dolunay at Barbes

10/3, 8 PM a screening of Errol Morris’ The Fog of War with live orchestra playing Philip Glass’ score at the New School Tishman Auditorium – U100 University Center – 63 Fifth Avenue, free

10/3, 830 PM  Wormburner – who were once Hoboken’s answer to the Jam – at 11th St Bar

10/3, 830 PM a klezmer dance party Ternovka Ensemble featuring gruff-voiced singer Zhenya Lopatnick at Town & Village Social Hall, 334 E 14th St.(between 1st & 2nd Ave.), $15

10/3. 8:30 PM Se-Hee Jin, Yuanyuan Zhou and Chen Li play works by Tan Dun, Zhangzhao, Huanghuwei, Qiqi Liu, Gershwin and Harbison.at Spectrum, $15

10/3, 9 PM uneasily eclectic tropically-influenced singer Renata Zeigeur and band and lush, snidely lyrical parlor pop/new wave band Office Culture playing the album release for their new one at Union Pool, $12

10/3. 9 PM smartly tuneful oldschool soul/psych-pop songwriter Mimi Oz at Bar Chord

10/3, 10 PM ethereal Indian soulstress Shilpa Ananth at C’mon Everybody, $10

10/3, 10 PM punchy noiserockers Big Bliss  at Trans-Pecos, $10

10/3. 10 PM catchy post-Velvets psychedelic band Quicksilver Daydream  at Footlight, $tba

10/3, 10 PM the great unsung NYC hero of darkly purposeful, noir-tinged jazz guitar, Saul Rubin at the Fat CatHes also here on 10/15 and 10/22 at 7

10/4, 5:30 PM eclectic pan-latin and Middle Eastern-inflected acoustic songwriter Miriam Elhajli  at the American Folk Art Museum

10/4, 6 PM intense, soaring harmonium player/singer Elana Low plays the album release party for her new one at Muchmore’s

10/4, 7 PM Belarusian folk-punk band Midevil playing works of Belarusian renaissance composers, and more! at Nublu 151,$30

10/4, 7:30 PM  ambitious, smart, noir-inclined tenor saxophonist Patrick Cornelius  with Pablo Menares on bass and EJ Strickland on drums at the Bar Next Door, $12

10/4, 7:30 PM classical guitarist Laura Snowden plays works by Villa-Lobos and others at the Tenri Institute, $25/$20 stud/rs

10/4, 7:30 PM multimedia group Ensemble Parralax presents an all-Italian program with mezzo-soprano Kathleen Roland, featuring music by Salvatore Sciarrino and Patricia Alessandrini at National Sawdust, $25 adv tix rec

10/4, 7:30 PM a chamber orchestra concert with theme music by Kohei Tanaka, Shiro Hamaguchi, and Shouko Fujibayashi. from the Japanese cartoon series One Piece at the DiMenna Center, $20

10/4. 7:30/9:30 PM avant jazz viola titan Mat Maneri’s Dust Quartet at the Jazz Gallery, $25

10/4, 9 PM third-wave Stooges style rockers Acid Dad, the swirly post-Velvets Meatbodies and Aussie heavy psych band the Psychedelic Porn Crumpets at the Music Hall of Williamsburg, $16 gen adm

10/4. 9ish exotic vibraphone-driven surf band the Vibro-jets at Troost

10/4, 9 PM brilliantly bluesy Certain General guitarslinger Phil Gammage leads his other rock project, the Rebel Factory at Otto’s

10/4, 10 PM Los Cumpleanos – with Nestor Gomez – vox/percussion; Lautaro Burgos – drums; Eric Lane – keyboards; Alex Asher – trombone and others playing trippy, dubwise tropical psychedelia at Barbes

10/4, 10:30 PM  tuneful oldschool soul/jazz trombonist Dave Gibson leads his quintet at the Fat Cat

10/5, 1:30 the Rasslers- Mark Ehrhardt – drums / Chet Mazur – vocals / Tim Mullins – guitar; Nick Romanenko – bass; 3:30 Ava Mendoza – guitar / James Brandon Lewis – tenor sax; Shayna Dulberger – bass / Daniel Carter – woodwinds; 4:30 Welf Dorr Unit – Welf Dorr – alto sax / Keisuke Matsuno – guitar / Dmitry Ishenko – bass at Children’s Magical Garden, 129 Stanton St, just east of Essex

10/5, 4 PM cinematic, psychedelic quirk-pop keyboardist Michael Hearst presents “Curious, Unusual and Extraordinary” songs from his many bands followed at  6 by ferociously funny, literate, historically informed oldtimey songwriter Robin Aigner  and bassist Michael Brownell’s Hello Bittersweet and at 10 by epic ranchera/bolero brass crew Banda de los Muertos at Barbes

10/5 4:30ish Asphalt Orchestra, “Bang on a Can’s radical street band,” performs music by the Pixies, Thomas Mapfumo, Charles Mingus, Frank Zappa, and more” on the plaza at 300 Ashland Place, down the block from BAM,

10/.5, 6 PM charmingly inscrutable Parisienne jazz chanteuse Chloe & the French Heart Jazz Band at Club Bonafide,$20. She’s also here on 10/19 and at the Cutting Room on 1022 at 7:30

10/5, 7:30/9:30 PM epically brilliant, Shostakovich-inspired jazz pianist/composer Fabian Almazan leads his trio at the Jazz Gallery, $25

10/5, 7:15 ish dark psychedelic acoustic blues/klezmer/reggae/soca jamband Hazmat Modine at Terra Blues.

10/5, 7:30 PM ethereal yet powerful parlor pop/goth singer/composer Kristin Hoffmann at the Center for Remembering and Sharing, $20

10/5. 7:30 PM Juana Zayas, piano performs works of Debussy and Ravel at the Tenri Institute, $20

10/5, 8 PM saxophonist Antonio Hart leads a quintet with Duane Eubanks, trumpet; Miki Yamanaka, piano; Alex Ayala, bass at Flushing Town Hall $16/$10 srs/free for students 19-under w/ID

10/5, 8 PM maritime music night with the Johnson Girls and Quarterdeck at the People’s Voice Cafe, sugg don, $20, “more if you choose; less if you can’t; no one turned away”

10/5, 8 PM darkly lyrical psychedelic pop songwriter Jennifer Hall at the Parkside

10/5, 8 PM rrepressibly lyrical multi-reedman Ned Rothenberg with Sylvia Courvoisier on piano, Mark Feldman on violin and Mat Maneri on viola at Happy Lucky No. 1 Galley, $20. Rothenberg is also there on 10/6 leading a quartet with Anthony Coleman on piano

10/5, 8 PM trippy, dubby roots reggae and ska sounds with Avo & Skalopy at the Jalopy Tavern

10/5, 9 PM the Jaded Babies play their theatrical, quirky, comedic mashups of punk and art-rock at LP n Harmony, 638 Grand St in Williamsburg, free, take the G to Lorimer

10/5, 9 PM eclectic, electric, guitarishly excellent C&W/blues band the Jug Addicts at Bar Chord

10/5, 9 PM ubiquitous, moodily lyrical, politically savvy Irish folk-rocker Niall Connolly followed eventually at 11 by psychedelic Brazilian band Os Clavelitos at the small room at the Rockwood

10/5; 9:30 PM a rare NYC appearance by dynamic, visionary, dystopic Humanwine frontwoman Holly Brewer at 66 Greenpoint Ave, $10, G to Nassau

10/5 10 PM Unsteady Freddie‘s monthly surf rock extravaganza at Otto’s begins at 10 PM with the percussive Bongo Surf, at 11 guitar mastermind Mike Rosado’s volcanic, pounding Dick Dale-influenced surf band 9th Wave and then at midnight Brooklyn cover crew Band of Others

10/5. 10 PM Certain General guitarslinger Phil Gammage plays his dark Americana and blues at the Way Station

10/5. 10 PM organist: Cory Henry & the Funk Apostles at the Music Hall of Williamsburg, $25 gen adm

10/5, 10:30 PM intense, fearlessly relevant Middle Eastern clarinetist Kinan Azmeh with similarly haunting violinist Layale Chaker at Drom, $15 adv tix rec

10/5, 10:30 PM Stoogoid stoner boogie band Sun Voyager and awesomely unhinged horror surf/hotrod instrumentalists the Mad Doctors at the Gutter, $7

10/5, 10:30 PM purist CBs style female-fronted powerpopsters the Carvels NYC – a rare rock band with sax that’s actually good – at the Cobra Club, $10

10/5, 11 PM ferocious, twin guitar-fueled, Radio Birdman-esque psychedelic punks the Electric Mess  at Desmond’s

10/6, 11 AM violinist Grace Park performs a program tba with pianist Joseph Liccardo at Subculture, $20, snacks/coffee included

10/6, 1 PM low-key deep-Brooklyn sounds with Naomi Shelton & the Gospel Queens playing a gospel brunch show at Bar Lunatico. They’re also here on 10/20

10/6. 1 PM two sets by hard-hitting, brass-fueled newschool latin soul/boogaloo dance band Spanglish Fly  with dance performances at Playground 52 LII, 681 Kelly St, the Bronx , 2/5 to Jackson Ave, (rain location is Bronx Music Heritage Center at 1303 Louis Nine Blvd,

10/6, 3 PM violinist Audrey Hayes leads a trio playing Beethoven’s Archduke Trio plus the Rachamninoff Cello Sonata and works by Natalie Dieterich and Michael Laurello at Concerts on the Slope, St. John’s Episcopal Church, 139 St. John’s Place downhill from 7th Ave, sugg don

10/6, 3 PM John Zorn with Laurie Anderson followed by Zorn’s Cobra at the New School auditorium at 66 W 12th Stl, free registration reqd 

10/6, 3 PM the Greenwich Village Orchestra play Beethoven Symphony No. 6, Pastoral and the Dvořák Cello Concerto at All Saints Church, 230 E 60th St (2/3rd Aves) $25 sug don

10/6, 5 PM, repeating 10/7 at 7 Valeria Sholokhova, cello; Yelena Grinberg, piano play works by Fanny Mendelssohn, her bro Felix, Chopin, Kirchner and Schumann at Grinberg’s upper westside piano salon, reception to follow, $35, close to the 1/2/3 train at 96th St., deets here 

10/6, 7 PM singer Christiane Karam leads her Balkan/Middle Eastern jazz band at Drom, $15 adv tix rec

10/6, 7 PM dark cinematic klezmer art-rockers Barbez‘s Dan Kaufman in a rare duo with percussionist/vibraphonist John Bollinger followed at 9:30 by paradigm-shifting Romany jazz/psychedelic rock guitar mastermind Stephane Wrembel at Barbes

10/6, 7:15 crystalline-voiced acoustic songwriter/storyteller Lara Ewen‘and ubiquitous, moodily lyrical, politically savvy Irish folk-rocker Niall Connolly at Scratcher Bar, 209 E 5th St

10/6, 7:30 PM a rare NYC appearance by virtuoso classical guitarist Hakob Jaghatspanyan – who excels at both Armenian, flamenco and Romany sounds – at Merkin Concert Hall, $35

10/6, 7:30 PM hypnotically rippling Balinese bell orchestra Cudamani Gamelan at Symphony Space, $30 seatsa avail

10/6, 8 PM perennially tuneful, pensively lyrical Americana janglerocker Mike Ferrio of Tandy and Good Luck Mountain at 11th St. Bar. On 10/10 at 9 PM at Pete’s he’s pulling Good Luck Mountain together for a rare reunion show

10/7, 3 PM the Mannes Orchestra  play Johanna Beyer – Three Movements for Percussion; Ruth Crawford Seeger – Music for Small Orchestra and a Haeyun Kim work at the first-floor auditorium at 63 5th Ave, free

10/7. 6 PM not music-related but scary/important: the opening of photographer Alice Miceli’s Projeto Chernobyl at the Americas Society. “The artist developed a method of image making to document the enduring effects of the Soviet nuclear plant explosion of April 26, 1986. Though gamma radiation continues to be present and to cause health problems and deaths in the area, it is invisible to the naked eye and to traditional methods of photography that have been used to document the region’s ruins. Miceli made this contamination visible via direct contact between the radiation and film, which was exposed in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone for months at a time.”

10/7, 7:30 PM the Aizuri Quartet play works by Hildegad Von Binghen, Caroline Shaw, Haydn and others at Music Mondays, Advent Church, northwest corner of 93rd and Broadway, free

10/7, 8 PM improvisational  viola sorceress Jessica Pavone‘s string quartet play the album release show for their magical new one at Roulette, $18 adv tix rec

10/7, 9 PM  sweeping, swinging vibraphonist Behn Gillece and group at the Fat Cat

10/7, 9 PM baritone saaxophonist Alex Harding with Transylvanian pianist Lucian Ban at Bar Lunatico. 10/10 at 7:30/9:30 they’re playing the album release show for their new one at the Jazz Gallery, $15

10/7, 9 PM sharply surrealistic folk noir/outlaw country band Maynard & the Musties at Pete’s

10/7, 9:30ish Gato Loco bass saxophone monster Stefan Zeniuk’s new slightly less crazy band Green Mambo – a Perez Prado tribute – at Barbes

10/8, 11 AM (in the morning) catchy, eclectic ska-pop/latin/reggae sounds from the Brown Rice Family at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

10/8, 7ish low-key, purposeful, pastoraally-inclined saxophonist Peyton Pleninger and his band play the album release show for his new one on the Ubuntu Rooftop. 977 Jefferson Ave in Bushwick, $10 includes munchies, J to Halsey St., walk back toward Williamsburg

10/8-9, 7:30/9:30 PM drummer Ralph Peterson leads a monster band playing an Art Blakey tribute with Bill Pierce & Donald Harrison – saxophones; Brian Lynch – trumpet ; Zaccai Curtis – piano; Essiet Essiet – bass at the Jazz Standard, $30

10/8, 8 PM bass quartet Large Furniture play works by Julia Wolfe, Robert Honstein, Veronika Krauss and Larry Polansky at Arete Gallery, $tba

10/8-13, 8:30/11PM hard-charging saxophonist Mark Turner leads a chordless trio at the Vanguard

10/8. 9 PM the rambunctious, historically rich 19th century style East River String Band at the Jalopy Tavern

10/8, 9 PM otherworldly French-Algerian singer Ourida with her combo at Bar Lunatico

10/8, 10 PM the Alabama Clash: Lee Bains & the Glory Fires at the Knitting Factory, $12

10/9, 1 PM elegant bop-era guitar legend Gene Bertoncini at St. Peter’s Church, 54th/Lex

10/9, 6:30 PM adventurous cellist Okkyung Lee at the James Cohan Gallery, 48 Walker St in Chinatown,free

10/9, 7:30 PM dark glam/powerpop band Zombie Sundae, sardonically catchy powerpop/janglerockers the Hell Yeah Babies, nd colorful, Bowie-esque female-fronted glamrockers the Manimals at Our Wicked Lady, $10

10/9, 7:30 PM a fun, purposeful improvisational twinbill:  Peach and Tomato – Sana Nagano -violin and Leonor Falcón -viola and Sferos Plus – Juanma Trulillo, Hery Paz, Dayeon Seok + Santiago Leibson – at Scholes St. Studios

10/9, 8:30 PM haunting Middle Eastern jazz bassist Petros Klampanis leads his trio playing the album release show for his killer new one at Symphony Space, $27 adv tix rec

10/9, 9 PM irrepressible improvisational violinist  Pauline Kim Harris plays the album release show for her hypnotically atmospheric, electroacoustic new one at the DiMenna Center, $25

10/9, 10 PM art-rock night at Shrine with Joe Deninzon’s wickedly fun string metal band Stratospheerius

10/9, 10 PM uneasy female-fronted psychedelic abstract rock band Gold Dime at Alphaville, $17

10/9, 10:30 PM sizzling postbop tenor saxophonist Carl Bartlett Jr leads a quartet at Smalls

10/10, 7 PM bassist Lisa Hoppe’s chamber jazz trio Third Reality (Charlotte Greve, Lisa Hoppe, Tal Yahalom), Pascal’s Triangle (Pascal Le Boeuf, Martin Nevin, Peter Kronreif ) and accordion genius Shoko Nagai  & Satoshi Takeishi’s Vortex at Greenwich House Music School, $25/$20 stud/srs

10/10-13, 7:30/9:30 PM intense pianist Gerald Clayton leads a trio at the Jazz Standard, $30

10/10, 7:30 PM 7:30 PM  Sharon Goldman – one of the great tunesmiths to come out of the NYC acoustic scene since the turn of the century – and Americana rock siren and ex-Red Molly multi-instrumentalist Carolann Solebello at the vault downstairs at Putnam Pub & Cooker,  419 Myrtle Avo, Ft. Greene, G to Clinton-Washington

10/10, 7:30 PM “Everything is ridiculous if one thinks of death” – a literary-musical collage combining the works of Thomas Bernhard with music by Austrian baroque composers at the Austrian Cultural Center, free w/vsvp 

10/10, 7:30 PM pianist Laura Farré Rozada plays works by contemporary French composers tba at Spectrum, $15

10/10, 7:30 PM Cuban chanteuse Melvis Santa at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

10/10 8 PM plush, balmy, oldtimey uke swing band Daria Grace & the Pre-War Ponies at Barbes

10/10. 8 PM edgy postbop guitar improviser Liberty Ellman’s Supercell quintet wih Jonathan Finlayson on trumpet at Roulette, $18 adv tix rec

10/10, 8 PM “an evening in celebration of Issue Project Room’s beloved late founder Suzanne Fiol. The event is an open showcase of Suzanne Fiol: Ten Years Alive, an exhibition of Suzanne’s mixed media work organized in collaboration with Suzanne’s daughter, Sarah Fiol, who gives an introduction to the work. The evening presents a conversation with Suzanne’s close friends: artists Kathy Brew, Michelle Handelman, and Kimiko Hahn centered around themes from Suzanne’s unfinished book/film proposal The Mothers of Creation / The Matriarch Project,” at Issue Project Room, free

10/10, 8 PM Scottish Gaelic singer Julie Fowlis at Merkin Concert Hall, $30 tix avail

10/10, 8:30 PM Dan Blacksberg‘s klezmer dance band at Town & Village Social Hall, 334 E 14th St.(between 1st & 2nd Ave.), $15

10/10 9 PM the world’s creepiest, slinkiest, most psychedelic crime jazz/film noir band, Big Lazy at Bar Lunatico

10/17, 9 PM jangly Beatlesque band Coastal Clouds at Arlene’s, $10

10/10, midnight unpredictably fun, funny psychedelic art-rock band the Academy Blues Project a the small room at the Rockwood

10/11. 7 PM, intense, microtonal string ensemble the Sirius Quartet  For Living Lovers (guitarist Brandon Ross & bassist Stomu Takeishi) and Theremin Noir (Rob Schwimmer, Mark Feldman, Uri Caine) who reinvent Bernard Herrmann film noir scores, at Greenwich House Music School, $25/$20 stud/srs

10/11, 7:30 PM original works by original pianists: Luiz Simas, Armen Donelian and Steve Sandberg plus special guests at Metro Baptist Church, 410 W 40th St, $20/$15 stud/sr

10/11. 7:30 PM composer Molly Herron and the Argus Quartet celebrate the release of their album with music and poetry that explore history and transformation, at 1 Rivington St., $20/$10 stud

10/11, 8 PM Romany-flavored punk night: Uncle Djuzeppe & the Mob and creepy, psychedelic circus rock/Russian folk band Mad Meg at Drom, $15 adv ix rec

10/11, 8 PM Syrian chanteuse Nano Raies at Brooklyn Lutherie, 232 3rd St. in Gowanus, R/F to 4th Ave, $20

10/11, 8 PM poignant, eclectic, lyrical jazz bassist/composer Pedro Giraudo’s tango quartet at Barbess

10/11, 8:30 PM ambitious, perennially tuneful saxophonist Mike McGinnis leads his pastoral jazz Roadtrip nonet at I-Beam, $15

10/11 9 PM ES punk guitar legend Simon Chardiet’s harder-swinging band the Rooftoppers at Sunny’s

10/11. 10 PM Malian duskcore grooves with Danaya Band at Silvana

10/12, noon lustrous singer and badass cello-rock bandleader Serena Jost at Maker Park Radio, 450 Front St. Unit A in Staten Island

10/12, 2 PM free jazz brass and reed legend Joe McPhee at the James Cohan Gallery, 48 Walker St in Chinatown,free

10/12. 4 PM lyrical indie pop cult hero Franklin Bruno followed by the even more vivid Lianne Smith at Pete’s. Irrepressibly sardonic janglerock/folk-punk songwriter, New Yorker illustrator and White Hassle alum Marcellus Hall plays after at 10

10/12, 6 PM ferociously funny, literate, historically informed oldtimey songwriter Robin Aigner  and bassist Michael Brownell’s Hello Bittersweet followed at 10 by singer Carolina Oliveros’ mighty 13-piece Afro-Colombian trance/dance choir Bulla en el Barrio at Barbes

10/12, 7 PM purposeful Chicago-style blues guitarslinger Bobby Radcliff at Terra Blues

10/12. 7:30 PM Vidushi Rajyasree Ghosh – vocals; Samir Chatterjee – tabla’ Anirban Chakraborty – harmonium at the Chhandayan Center For Indian Music, $20

10/12-13, 8 PM adventurous cellist Okkyung Lee leads an ensemble at Happy Lucky No 1 Gallery – 10/13 with atmospheric guitarist/soundscaper Rafiq Bhatia,

10/12, 730/9:30 PM saxophonist Tivon Pennicott leads a big band with a seven-sax frontline at the Jazz Gallery, $15

10/12, 9ish PM socially aware folk vets Dave Lippman at the People’s Voice Cafe, sugg don, $20, “more if you choose; less if you can’t; no one turned away”

10/12. 9 PM dark, new wave-ish lit-rock bandleader Dalton Deschain at Footight Bar, $10

10/12, 9 PM Super Yamba play their undulating psychedelic Afrobeat jams at Nublu 151, $15

10/12, 9:30 PM sardonically relevant guitar-fueled female-fronted Americana punks Spanking Charlene at Hill Country, free

10/12, 10 PM a rare uptown appearance by brilliantly lyrical, conscious roots reggae band Taj Weekes & Adowa at Silvana

10/13, 11 AM colorful, irrepressible, imaginative classical pianist Jenny Lin plays her Etudes Project at Subculture, $20, snacks/coffee included

10/13, 1 PM Greg Lewis’ brilliant, fearlessly political Organ Monk Trio at Bar Lunatico. He’s also there on 10/27 and at the Fat Cat at 10 on 10/24

10/13, 2 PM indie classical ensemble Ymusic play a 70th bday Robert Sirota composer portrait concert at Merkin Concert Hall, $30

10/13, 4 PM the Sometime Boys’ riveting, powerful, theatrical frontwoman Sarah Mucho sings dark cabaret and rock tunes at Freddy’s

10/13, 4 PM Post Moves (solo pedal steel guitar) / Sandy Ewen (solo guitar) / Emilie Weibel (improv vocals) at Arete Gallery, $tba

10/13, 5 PM Frank Donaruma plays a rare program of solo french horn works by Stradella, Poulenc and Alec Wilder at Flushing Town Hall, free

10/13, 6 PM imaginative, tersely atmospheric jazz guitarist Ross Hammond plays solo resonator guitar at Downtown Music Gallery

10/13, 7 PM Bobtown – NYC’s most alluringly lurid folk noir harmony band – play the album release show for their slightly less creepy new one at the big room at the Rockwood. $10

10/13, 7 PM brilliant steel guitarist Mike Neer’s Steelonious – who do Monk covers in the same vein as Buddy Emmons –   followed at 9:30  by Romany jazz/psychedelic rock guitar mastermind Stephane Wrembel at Barbes

1013, 9 PM dark blues/folk noir/oldschool soul songwriter Kelley Swindall  at 11th St Bar

10/13, 9:30 PM atmospheric, cinematic drummer/composer Tim Kuhl and band at Pete’s

10/14, 6 PM the Greenpoint Songwriters Exchange – a diverse bunch playing everything from folk noir to Costelloesque, literatry rock to Indian ragas and oldschool soul – at Pete’s

10/14, 9 PM charismatic, smolderingly intense, politically fearless Tunisian-American art-rock singer Emel Mathlouthi at the Poisson Rouge, $15 adv tix rec

10/14, 8 PM Toot Sweet play twisted theatrical accordion glam rock at the small room at the Rockwood. Cinematic violinist Christina Courtin plays the basement room at 8:30 for $12

10/14, 10ish the NYC Gaita Club – a Bulla en el Barrio spinoff – play rustically pounding Afro-Colombian trance-dance music at Barbes

10/15, half past noon organist Esteban Elizondo Iriarte plays a program TBA at Central Synagogue, 54th/Lex, free

10/15, 7 PM his year’s annual Momenta Festival opens with the Monenta Quartet playing works by Julian Carrillo, Alvin Singleton, Mario Davidovsky:, Matthew Locke and Matthew Greenbaum at the Americas Society, free, rsvp sugg.

10/15, 8 PM intense Balkan chanteuse Jenny Luna‘s haunting, traditional Turkish band Dolunay at Sisters Brooklyn, 900 Washington Ave at Fulton, C to Clinton-Washington, sug don

10/15, 8 PM allstar Americana jammers the Honky-Tonk Heroes,, featuring Springsteen pianist Charlie Giordano, Gene Yellin, Trip Henderson, Tim Kiah and some surprise guests at the Jalopy Tavern

10/15, 8 PM brilliant bassist Dana Schechter’s haunting slowcore project Insect Ark and Finnish black metal/postrockl band Oranssi Pazuzu at the Poisson rouge, $18 adv tix rec

10/15-20, 8:30/11 PM state of the art tenor saxophonist Donny McCaslin leads a quintet at the Vanguard

10/16 7 PM this year’s annual Momenta Festival continues with the Monenta Quartet playing works by Evwin Schulhoff, Robert Sierra, Mario Lavista, LIgeti and Harry Partch at the Americas Society, free

10/16-19, 8:30 PM tuneful, state-of-the-art postbop jazz guitarist Will Bernard  plays with a series of ensembles at the Stone at the New School. Choice pick closing night jam with Brian Chase (drums) Charlie Burnham (violin) Kirk Knufke (trumpet) Mike McGinnis (clarinet, sax), remixed live by Ikue Mori

10/16, 1 PM singer Hilary Gardner and stride pianist Ehud Asherie at St. Peter’s Church, 54th/Lex

10/16, 3 PM street brass band Seed & Feed Marching Abominable at Maker Park Radio in Staten Island

10/16, 5 PM street band the Extra Syrup Horns outside the Apollo Theatre

10/16, 7 PM Ryan Truesdell conducts the New School Studio Orchestra playing Bob Brookmeyer compositions at the New School first floor auditorium at 63 5th Ave, free

10/16, 7 PM fiery newschool honkytonk/janglerock bandleader Michaela Anne at the Mercury, $12 av tix rec

10/16, 8 PM energetic retro soul band the California Honeydrops at the Music Hall of Williamsburg, $25 gen adm

10/16. 8 PM famenco guitarist/singer Anna Garano at Barbes. 10/23 at 9 she’s at Bar Lunatico

10/16, 9 PM sharply lyrical janglerock/Americana/soul songwriter Matt Keating and guitarist Steve Mayone’s catchy project the Bastards of Fine Arts at 11th St. Bar

10/16, 9 PM intense, charismatic oldschool soul belter Sami Stevens and unpredictably fun, funny  art-rock/psychedelic soul band the Academy Blues Project  at Threes Brewing, 333 Douglass St. in Gowanus, $10

10/16, 9 PM snidely amusing oldschool CBs style punk band the Live Ones at Footlight Bar, $10

10/16, 10 PM energetic delta blues/Romany swing guitaris Felix Slim at LIC Bar

10/17, 7 PM the pretty self-explanatory, deliriously fun Fanfarra Feminina Sagrada Profana, hard-hitting funk/latin bassist Dawn Drake & ZapOte and Dingonek Street Band playing second line, Afrobeat, Ethio-jazz, at Barbes

10/17, 7 PM trombonist Kalia Vandever and her Group followed by cinematic, lyrical postbop jazz with the Mark Wade Trio at the National Jazz Museum in Harlem, $10 sug don

10/17, 7:30 PM eclectic soul-jazz alto saxophonist Lakecia Benjami & Soul Squad at Symphony Space, $20 for 30 and under, $30 otherwise

10/17, 7;30 PM violist Jung-Yun Lee plays works by American composers Jack Delano, John Stafford Smith , Alan Hovaness, Daniel Troob at the National Opera Center, 333 7th Ave, free

10/17, 7:30 PM the annual celebration of A People’s History of the United States, performers tba, at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

10/17, 8 PM deviously funny, clever retro honkytonk crooner Dale Watson at Hill Country, $17

10/17 8:30ish in reverse order at the Bell House : retro rock and blue-eyed woul with Shannon and the Clams, jangly garage-psychedelic band Las Rosas, weird circusy oldschool soul with Champagne Superchillin, ‘$25 adv tix rec/

10/17 830 PM klezmer trumpet icon Frank London & Eleanor Reissa at Town & Village Social Hall, 334 E 14th St.(between 1st & 2nd Ave.), $15

10/17, 10 PM ageless, unstoppable third-wave garage rockers the Fleshtones at Bowery Electric, $18

10/17, 7:30 PM pianist Per Tengstrand and Opus 21 play Gersnwin’s Rhasody in Blue plus works by Schumann at Scandinavia House, $25

10/18. 6ish Sharon Goldman – one of the great tunesmiths to come out of the NYC acoustic scene since the turn of the century and brilliantly lyrical dark oldtimey songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Pete Lanctot at the American Folk Art Museum

10/18 7 PM this year’s annual Momenta Festival continues with the Monenta Quartet playing works by works by Manena Contreras, Alyssa Weinberg: Jason Kao Hwang; Christopher Stark at the Tenri Institute, free

10/18. 7 PM Balkan and other string band madness: Fanfarra Feminina,, theatrical street band Seed & Feed Marching Abominable and Demolition Brass Band at Headroom Bar & Social, 150 Bay St, Jersey City, $12, Path train to Grove St

10/18, 7:30 PM Tito Rodriguez Jr. leads his salsa dura band at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

10/18. 7:30 PM the Sora Quartet, with Emile Blondel and Shawn Barnett play works by Gorecki, Ravel and Faure at Arete Gallery, $tba

10/18, 8 PM surviving improvisers of 60s creative jazz legends the AACM reunite at Symphony Space, $30

10/18-19, 8 PM, repeating 10/22 at 7:30 PM Susanna Mälkki conducts the NY Philharmonic in Strauss’s Also sprach Zarathustra and Haydn’s Philosopher Symphony, $35 tix avail

10/18. 8:30 PM nimble, pensive acoustic guitarist songwriter Genessa James‘ Onliest,the upbeat, oldtimey Ebony Hillbillies – NYC’s only oldschool African-American string band – and Nashville gothic/janglerock/oldschool C&W band Karen & the Sorrows playing the album release show for their new one at Littlefield, $10

10/18, 9 PM noir guitar legend Jim Campilongo leads his trio at Bar Lunatico

10/18 and 10/20, 9ish psychedelic dark garage legends Thee Oh Sees at Warsaw, $25; the 10/19 show is sold out

10/18,7 PM ambient guitarist and Bowie collaborator Gerry Leonard a.k.a. Spooky Ghost at the basement room at the Rockwood $15. At 10 PM New England Americana songstress Heather Maloney is at the big room at for five bucks more

10/19 3 PM perennially edgy soul survivor Bettye LaVette outdoors on the plaza at 300 Ashland Place up the block from BAM

10/19, 5′:30 PM pianist Isabelle O’Connell pairs works by Chopin and Schubert with more recent pieces b George Crumb and Missy Mazzoli, at Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, $15/$10 stud/srs

10/19 6/8 PM the Pablo Ziegler Chamber Quartet play the album release show for their lush new nuevo tango release at Bargemusic, $35/$30 srs/$15 stud

10/19, 7 PM rudite jazz drummer Winard Harper & Jeli Posse with special guests Jimmy Owens on trumpet, Vanessa Rubin and Charenee Wade on vocals at Flushing Town Hall ,$20/$10 srs/free for students 19-under w/ID

10/19, 7PM this year’s annual Momenta Festival winds up with the Monenta Quartet playing works by Phyllis Chen, Stephanie Griffin, Mozart and Stefano Gervaso at the Tenri Institute, free

10/19, 7 PM the annual, marathon Ragas Live Festival of Indian music at Pioneer Works, nonstop ragas on every instrument imaginable, runs til 7 PM on 10/20, variable pricing depending on how long you’re planning on staying

10/19, 7:30 PM the Juilliard String Quartet play works by Mozart, Britten and others at Washington Irving High School, 40 Irving Pl, $unknown

10/19, 7:30 PM rare slide guitar-ish Indian ragas:  Barun Kumar Pal – hansaveena; Steve Gorn – bansuri flute; Aditya Phatak – tabla at the Chhandayan Center For Indian Music, $20

10/19, 8 PM Vox Luminis sing Scarlatti’s Stabat Mater and works by Monteverdi and his contemporaries at the Church of St. Mary the Virgin, 145 W 46th St,  $30 seats agail

10/19, 8 PM legendary percussionist Pejman Hadadi leads a spellbinding Iranian trio with Saeed Kamjo on kamancheh and Kourosh Taghavi on setar at Roulette, $30 gen adm

10/19, 8 PM fiddler and Carolina Chocolate Drops collaborator Jake Blount and acoustic blues dude Bob Malenky at the People’s Voice Cafe, sugg don, $20, “more if you choose; less if you can’t; no one turned away”

10/19 8 PM legendary Argentine metal band Horcas at Blacktorn 51, $25

10/19, 10:30 PM diverse, smartly playful viola virtuoso/film composer Ljova at the Postcrypt Coffeehouse

10/20, 11 AM Molly Carr, viola, & Anna Petrova, piano play material from their Refugee Project, inspired by their visits to refugee camps around the world at Subculture, $20, snacks/coffee included

10/20, 4 PM sitarist Shafaat Khan at the Queens Botanic Garden, 43-50 Main Street, Flushing, $6, kids free, 7 to Main St./Flushing

10/20, 5 PM pianist Evelyne Luest‘s Contrasts Ensemble play trio works of Brahms, Stravinsky, Clara Schumann and Khachaturian at the Lounge at Hudson View Gardens, 128 Pinehurst Ave @ W 183rd St, A train or #1 train (to 181st St) or the M4 bus (to 183rd St), $15/$12 stud/sr

10/20, 5 PM Emilie-Anne Gendron, violin; Yelena Grinberg, piano play works by Clara and Robert Schumann plus Brahms, Kirchner, Reinecke, Dietrich and Joachim at Grinberg’s upper westside piano salon, reception to follow, $35, close to the 1/2/3 train at 96th St., deets here 

10/20, 5:30 PM the mighty, stunningly eclectic, Middle Eastern-tinged Eyal Vilner Big Band at Birdland,$30

10/20, 9 PM thoughtful, original, uncluttered jazz singer/composer Gracie Terzian and violinist, Audrey Hayes.at the small room at the Rockwood

10/21, 8 PM dark intense lyrical southwestern gothic/paisley underground rockers Shanghai Love Motel at Arlene’s, $10

10/21. 8:30 PM  elegant, sharply lyrical parlor pop stylist Heather Eatman at the basement room at the Rockwood $10

10/21. 9 PM ubiquitously purposeful tango bassist Pablo Aslan leads a killer quartet with Frank London on trumpet and Rob Curto on accordion at Bar Lunatico

10/22, 7:30 PM the ferociously edgy all-female Rhythm Method String Quartet play works by Kristin Bolstad and Ole-Henrik Moe (Norway); 19th-century Swedish composer Amanda Erika Maier-Röntgen; and their own violinist Leah Asher at Scandinavia House, $15

10/22, 8 PM Brooklyn Iranian expat janglerock band Habibi followed by legendary Zambian fuzztone garage-psych band WI.T.C.H. (We Intend to Cause Havoc) at the Bell House, $20

10/22, 8 PM first-wave punk legends Stiff Little Fingers – with iconic Jam bassist Bruce Foxton – at Warsaw, $33

10/22, 8 PM bracing avant garde vocal superduo Lea Bertucci and Amirtha Kidambi followed by Japanese band Asa-Chang & Junray in their US debut at Issue Project Room, $15/$12 stud/srs

10/22 9 PM legendary dual-reedman George Braith – who can play two saxes at once better than most guys can play one – leads his quartet at the Fat Cat

10/22 10:30 PM charismatic, adventurous postbop/avant garde trombonist/crooner Frank Lacy leads his group at Smalls

10/23, 8 PM brilliant Middle Eastern multi-instrumentalist Rami Khalife at Drom, $15adv tix rc

10/23. 8 PM composer Nick Hallett and ensemble “return to perform the grand finale of his newest dark comedic opera project, To Music; and composer Emily Manzo presents the world premiere of her new multimedia song cycle, How to Rescue” at Roulette, $18 gen adm

10/23. 8PM Stoogoid stoner boogie band Sun Voyager heavy psych band Heavy Temple and ornate, epic metal crew The Well at St. Vitus, $10

10/23, midnight boisterously funny oldschool 60s C&W and brooding southwestern gothic with the Jack Grace Band at the Ear Inn

10/24, 6:30 PM (early) mesmerizing, dynamic, psychedelic Malian duskcore band Songhoy Blues at Baby’s All Right, $15

add 10/24, 10ish PM hip-hop legend Wyclef Jean at Chelsea Music Hall

10/24, 7 PM string players/composers Jessica Meyer and Jessie Montgomery premiere their new Lower East Side-themed art-songs at 1 Rivington St., $20/10 stud

10/24, 7:30 PM, repeating 10/26 at 8 Emmanuel Ax & the NY Philharmonic play Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 1 plus works by Roussel, Ravel, Jennifer Higdon, $32 tix avail

10/24, 730/9:30 PM this era’s most cutting-edge, politically relevant large jazz ensemble, Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society  at the Jazz Standard, $30

10/24 7:30 PM cellist Saeunn Thorsteinsdottir and ensemble play new Icelandic works by Hafliði Hallgrímsson, Páll Ragnar Pálsson, Halldór Smárason and others at Scandinavia House, $25

1024, 7:30 PM in reverse order at Bric Arts: alto powerhouse Ravi Coltrane;s tribute to his mom Alice Coltrane, Cuban pianist Dayramir González & Habana enTRANCé, drummer-composer Makaya McCraven, funky keyboardist  Aaron Whitby‘s Cousin from Another Planet project, vibraphonist Sasha Berliner‘s Azalea, intense, lyrical, politically fearless tenor saxophonist Roxy Coss’ Quintet, and some weirdass lame electronic act to open the show. $30 adv tix rec

10/24, 8 PM a composr portrait of this era’s arguably best jazz pianist, Vijay Iyer including performances by the man himself with violinist Jennifer Koh and eclectic, edgy orchestra the Knights at the Miller Theatre, $20 tix avail

10/24, 8 PM oldschool and newschool folk with eclectic, tuneful accordionist/songwriter Ali Dineen at the Owl

10/24 8 PM sax quartet Nois play darkly pensive works by each of the group’s members at Roulette, $18 gen adm

10/24, 8 PM the Eurasian Symphony Orchestra play works by Saint-Saens, Glnnka, Kreisler, Kazhgaliyev, Sarasate and R.Abdyssagin at Symphony Space, $28 adv ti avail

10/24, 8:30 PM hot klezmer string band music with Hankus Netsky & Eden MacAdam-Somer at Town & Village Social Hall, 334 E 14th St.(between 1st & 2nd Ave.), $15

10/24, 9 PM lyrical latin jazz pianist Aruan Ortiz leads a trio at Bar Lunatico

10/24 11 PM wickedly torchy noir songwriter Julia Haltigan and her killer band play the album release show for her long-awaited new one at the Sultan Room, $10

10/25, 7 PM clarinet wizard Thomas Piercy with Lish Lindsey, ryuteki, flute; Xiao Li, soprano; Chen Yihan, piano play a rare performance of many contemporary Japanese composers plus works by Teubal, Auerbach and Serebrier at Bargemusic, $35/$30srs/$2o sud

10/25, 7:30 PM in reverse order at Bric Arts: Georgia Anne Muldrow, iconic, rapturous AACM pianist/organist Amina Claudine Myers: Generations 4, everybody’s favorite postrock/jazz mashup band Kneebody, vibraphonist Joel Ross’ genuinely Good Vibes, incisive, latin-inspired sax improviser Maria Grand, drummer Tosin Aribisala’s Trio, and QNA (Q&A after maybe???). $30 adv tix rec

10/25, 7 PM legendary horror punk band the Undead at Blackthorn 51, $15

10/25, 7 PM cellist Carolyn Jeselsohn leads an ensemble playing a program tba at Third St. Music School Settlement

10/25, 7:30 PM the two-guitar Alhambra Band with Brahim Fribgane, oud play flamenco jazz at Terraza 7, $15

10/25-27, 7:30/9:30 PM brisk postbop pianist Christian Sands leads his Highwire Trio with Luques Curtis on bass and Ulysses Owens on drums at the jazz Standard, $30

10/25, 8 PM haunting organ-driven bolero band Miramar followed at, 10 PM by  the world’s creepiest, slinkiest, most psychedelic crime jazz/film noir band, Big Lazy  at Barbes

10/25, 8 PM  careeningly explosive ten-piece Balkan brass crew Veveritse at Silvana

10/25-26, 8 PM the reliably entertaining, adventurous Chelsea Symphony play Mozart’s Jupiter Symhony plus works by Jessie Montgomery, Haydn, Weber, Jennifer Higdon and Aaron Dai at St. Paul’s Church, 315 W 22nd St., $20 sugg don

10/25, 8:30 PM low-key Americana/country blues songwriter Jon LaDeau plays the album release show for his new one at 11th St Bar

10/25, 8 PM classical avant-punk violin duo String Noise play works by Ki Young Kim at the Center for Remembering and Sharing, $25 adv tix rec

10/25, 8:15 PM Eichard Nelson’s cinematically improvisational Makrokosmos Orchestra at Shapeshifter Lab, $10

10/25, 9ish wirly fuzz/dreampop band Mantismass, haunting slowcore/art-rock band Cortége , and intense, menacing stoner/doom band Sleeping Village at Gussy’s Bar in Queens

10/25, 9 PM saxophonist Anant Prahan leads a sextet playing a tribute to Jamaican jazz legend Cedric Brooks at Bar Lunatico

10/26, 6 PM ferociously funny, literate, historically informed oldtimey songwriter Robin Aigner and bassist Michael Brownell’s Hello Bittersweet followed at 8 by art-rocker Pierre de Gaillande’s Bad Reputation playing witty chamber pop English translations of Georges Brassens classics followed at 10 by Dolunay frontwoman Jenny Luna and violinist Skye Steele’s crazy Selena cover band Amor Prohibido at Barbes

10/26, 7 PM Indian odissi dancer Kaberi Sen followed by sitarist Anjan Saha at the Chhandayan Center For Indian Music, $20

10/26, 7:30 PM Music From China play premieres by Zhong Lu, Chen Yi’ and others at Symphony Space, $18 adv tix rec

10/26, 730 PM in reverse order at Bric Arts: drummer/composer Ben Perowsky, Josh Kaufman & Stuart Bogie of Antibalas; stoner percussion-scaper Kassa Overall, drummer Antonio Sanchez vivid, intense, lyrical jazz pianist Myra Melford ’s Snowy Egret, luminous, soulful pan-Latin jazz chanteuse Claudia Acuña  and high-voltage alto saxophonist Tia Fuller and her band $30 adv tix rec

10/26, 8:30 PM soprano sax star Sam Newsome‘s Imaginary Kraken chamber jazz sextet at I-Beam, 415

10/26, 8 PM crazy segue, great twinbill: ferocious, creepily enveloping, kinetic psychedelic tropicalia band Yotoco and lustrous singer and badass cello-rock bandleader Serena Jost at the Owl

10/26, 9 PM baritone honkytonk crooner Jack Grace resurrects his legendary 90s jamband Steak at Bar Chord

10/26, 9 PM the Delorean Sisters – who do funny oldtimey acoustic covers of cheesy 80s pop songs – at the Delancey, $10

10/26, 9 PM honkytonk guitarslinger Danny Weiss and charming singer Mary Olive Smith’s oldschool C&W band Stillhouse Serenade at the Jalopy Tavern

10/26, 9ish growly, darkly cinematic postrockers Russian Circles at Warsaw, $25

10/27, 11 AM Laura Metcalf (cello) and Rupert Boyd (guitar),play a program tba at Subculture, $20, snacks/coffee included

10/27, starting at 2 PM, going til 9, electric guitar quartet Dither play a marathon show, opening with the world premiere of JG Thirlwell’s Feather Mask for prepared guitar plus selections from their new album, Potential Differences, plus performances by a long list of talent including Alicia Hall Moran and the Mivos Quartet at Frost Theater of the Arts, 17 Frost St. in Williamsburg,, G to Lorimer

10/27 ,2 PM pianist Marika Bournaki plays Beethoven Sonatas Nos. 11, 24 and 31 at Bargemusic, $35/$30 srs/$20 studs

10/27, 2 PM cellist Camille Thomas and pianist Julien Brocal play works by Messiaen, Franck, Brahms and Beethoven at the Town Hall, $tba

10/27. 3 PM classical guitarist Roberto Sánchez performing works by Luys de Narváez, J.S. Bach, G. Regondi, C. Chávez, H. Villa-Lobos, and M.M. Ponce. at St/ Paul’s Chapel downtown, free, reception to follow

10/27, 3 PM Valery Gergiev conducts the Munich Philharmonic playingMendelssohn: Scherzo from Midsummer Night’s Dream; Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1 and Shostakovich: Symphony No.5 at NJPAC in Newark, $30 tix avail

10/27, 4 PM fiery and elegant dance and music from Georgia and India: Dancing Crane plus Jiva Dance with dancers: Sonali Skandan, Maya Kappil, Amrita Doshi, -plus a band wih attuvangam – Kiran Rajagopalan; vocals: Vignesh Ravichandran; mridangam: Bala Skandan; violin: Neha Krishnamachary at Manhattan Movement Arts Center, 248 West 60th St, $25/$20 stud/srs

10/2, 7 PM surreali art-song chanteuse Leila Adu leads her trio followed at 9:30 by paradigm-shifting Romany jazz/psychedelic rock guitar mastermind Stephane Wrembel at Barbes

10/27, 7:30 PM an allstar postpunk/CBGB royalty lineup pay tribute to Band of Outsiders’ David Lee: Deerfrance – 7:30pm; Dee Pop/Neon Babies – 8:10pm; Faith NYC – 8:30p; Band of Outsiders – 8:50p; Thomas Simon Vortex – 9:10pm; Phil Gammage Quartet – 9:30pm; Parker Dulany – 9:50pm; Jesse Bates – 10:10pm; Bubble – 10:30 pm; Rebecca Turner – 10:50pm at Berlin, free

10/28, 8 PM astonishingly prolific and acerbic guitarist Mary​ ​Halvorson & John Dieterich of Deerhoof play the album release show for their new duo record A Tangle of Stars at Roulette, $18 gen adm

10/28. 9:30 PM irrepressible storyteller/psychedelic guitarist/new wave cult hero Wreckless Eric and psychedelic janglerock legends the Flamin Groovies at the Cutting Room, $27 adv tix rec. The Groovies are back on the 29th at 10:30 for the same price

10/28. 10 PM colorful,  eclectic, paradigm-shifting B3 jazz organist Brian Charette  leads his organ trio at 55 Bar

10/28, 10 PM ish feral singer Carolina Oliveros’ mighty 13-piece Afro-Colombian trance/dance choir Bulla en el Barrio at Barbes

10/29, drinks at 5:30 PM, show at 6, indie classical allstar quintet Counterinduction –  (Miranda Cuckson, violin; Jessica Meyer, viola; Karen Ouzounian, cello; Benjamin Fingland, clarinet; Ning Yu, piano) play music of Jessica Meyer at the Miller Theatre, free

10/29-30, 7:30/9:30 PM intense, darkly lyrical Israeli jazz pianist Shai Maestro leads his trio with Philip Dizack on trumpet at the Jazz Standard, $30

10/29, 7:30/9:30 PM fearlessly political, tuneful trombonist/composer Ryan Keberle‘s Catharsis Trio with Camila Meza on guitar and vocals and Pedro Giraudo on bass at the Jazz Gallery, $15

10/29, 7:30 PM Unheard-Of Ensemble play a program tba at 1 Rivington St., $20/$10 stud

10/29 ,8 PM rising star Omani oudist Amal Waqar with her Quartet, featuring Panagiotis Aivazidis (kanun), Manos Stratis (bass), and Kan Yanabe (percussion), at Sisters Brooklyn, 900 Washington Ave at Fulton, C to Clinton-Washington, sug don

10/29, 8 PM saxophonist Aaron Burnett’s Big Machine “reflects on society’s urgency for freedom and peace in a world ruled by corporations and overwhelming technology” at Roulette, $18 gen adm

10/29 ,8 PM Ontario newgrass singer/bandleader Christine Smith at Bowery Electric, $10

10/29 8 PM Sephardic dance jamband Yemen Blues at Symphony Space, under 30 $26 adv tix avail, otherwise $30 in advance

10/29-11/3, 8:3/11 PM John Zorn leads a quartet with Julian Lage (guitar); Jorge Roeder (bass); Kenny Wollesen (drums) at the Vanguard

10/29, 9 PM edgy lead guitarist Damian Quinones and his psychedelic latin soul band at Bar Chord

10/29, 10:30 PM this era’s most intensely powerful tenor saxophonist/composer, JD Allen leads his smoking, intense new quartet at Smalls

10/30 1 PM the Ron Aprea Big Band featuring Angela DeNiro play a Basie tribute at St. Peter’s Church, 54th/Lex

10/30-31 ,7/10 PM the best singing pianist (and the best piano-playing singer) in jazz, Champian Fulton at Birdland, $20 seats avail

10/30, 7:30 PM Raymond Erickson, piano plays Debussy water-themed works plus pieces by Bach, Ravel, Rebikov, Busoni and others at Elebash Hall, 365 5th Ave, free

10/30, 7:30 PM the Mannes Orchestra play works by Brian Ferneyhough, Michael Finnissy, Bahar Royaee and Unsuk Chin at the New School first floor auditorium at 63 5th Ave, free

10/30, 8 PM pyrotechnic clarinetist Ismail Lumanovski’s ferociously kinetic NY Gypsy All-Stars with Ara Dinkjian on oud at Drom, $15

10/30, 8 PM intense, wickedly tuneful jazz oudist/guitarist Gordon Grdina does double duty, first on the north African lute with pianist Russ Lossing and then leading his sizzling Marrow oud jazz quartet at I-Beam, $15

10/30, 8 PM the DaCapo Chamber Players perform works by Jonathan Dawe, Vasiliki Krimitza,Cynthia Folio, Louis Karchin, Jihyun Kim, Bruce Adolphe at Merkin Concert Hall, $20

10/30-31, 8PM the Red Room Orchestra  at Symphony Space, under 30 $26 adv tix avail, otherwise $30 in advance. The 10/30 show features music from The Big Lebowski; 10/31 they’re playing horror film soundtrack material

10/30, 8 PM bump bump, bump-bump, bump: oldschool garage rock with the Schizophonics at Union Pool, $10

10/30, 8 PM guitar goddess Barbara Endes’ exhilarating psychedelic janglerock band Girls on Grass followed by wild Irish band the Narrowbacks and raucous New Orleans psychedelic soul band the Hooten Hollers at Gold Sounds, $10

10/30, 9:30 PM everybody’s favorite zeros-era Led Zep-ish stoner boogie band: Wolf Eyes at Brooklyn Bazaar, $15 adv tix avail at the Poisson Rouge box office

10/30, 10 PM the Plaster Cramp – a darkly lyrical mashup of Velvets and the Talking Heads – at Alphaville, $11

10/31, starting at 3:30 PM a family-friendly Halloween party at Brooklyn Conservatory of Music with “scary sounds, terrifying tempos, insane instruments, and frightening faculty!” free

10/31, 6 PM ish trumpeter Pam Fleming’s wickedly cinematic, sinisterly amusing jazz/reggae/soul crew the Dead Zombie Band at the outdoor Waverly Ave block party in Ft. Greene west of DeKalb, follow the noise and the trick-or-treaters

10/31, 7:30 PM a Mexican Coney Island Halloween with pine-tingling, darkly mystical art-rock/avant-garde/chamber pop songwriter Carol Lipnik and cabaret pianist Tareke Ortiz with Matt Kanelos on piano at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

10/31 7:30/o9:30 PM iconic low register reedman Scott Robinson ‘s Heliotones play their annual Halloween show at the Jazz Standard, $30

10/31, 7;30/9:30 PM ferocious, colorful, cinematic big band Big Heart Machine record a live album at the Jazz Gallery, $15

10/31, 8 PM ish the Coffin Daggers -NYC’s ultimate Halloween horror surf band – at Gold Sounds, $tba

10/31, 8 ish a heavyweight Halloween extravgaza with postrock stoners Dead Satellites, the stampeding Reign of Zanus, ornately intense Goat Reaper,psychedelic doom metal band Clouds Taste Satanic and tight doom metal band Eternal Black, $tba

1031. 8 PM Soundwalk Collective play a live score to the horror classic Cabinet of Dr. Caligari at National Sawdust, $25 adv tix rec

10/31 8:30/11 PM allstar violinis Jenny Scheinman and drummer Allison Miller’s Parlour Game trio with formidable pianist Carmen Staaf at Birdland, $30 seats avail

10/31, 8:30 PM pyrotechnic clarinetist and Dave Tarras protege Michael Winograd and band at Town & Village Social Hall, 334 E 14th St.(between 1st & 2nd Ave.), $15

10/31 9 PM one of NY’s most versatile, ferocious guitarists, ex-Sharon Jones lead player Binky Griptite and band at Bar Lunatico

10/31, 9ish the circus rock band that started the whole thing – World Inferno at Warsaw, $25

10/31, 9 PM uneful, cinematic jazz trombonist John Yao‘s Tricieratops play the album release show for their new one at the old Nublu

10/31 ,9ish edgy, Romany and latin-spiced dance band Paprika at Branded Saloon

10/31, 9:30 PM purist CBs style female-fronted powerpopsters the Carvels NYC – a rare rock band with sax that’s actually good – and comedic, legenday SoCal first-wave punks the Dickies at Bowery Electric, $206

10/31, 9:30 PM torchy singer Jennifer Charles’ haunting, atmospheric, cinematic art-rock band Elysian Fields at the Sultan Room, $16

10/31, 10 PM best Halloween show of the year is at Starr Bar, 214 Starr St. in Bushwick where ex-Chicha Libre keyboard sorcerer Josh Camp’s wryly psychedelic cumbia/tropicalia/dub band Locobeach are playing the album release show for their new one, $10

10/31, 11 PM  brilliantly bluesy Certain General guitarslinger Phil Gammage at the  small room at the Rockwood

11/4,, 7:30 PM riveting, charismatic, intuitive pianist Karine Poghosyan plays works by Rachmaninoff and Stravinsky at Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall, $20 tix avail

11/6, drinks at 5:30 PM, show at 6, TAK Ensemble play works by Ashkan Behzadi ,Erin Gee, Taylor Brook , Tyshawn Sorey and David Bird at the Miller Theatre, free

11/7 7:30 PM All-female Korean band The Tune combines shamanistic traditional music with art-rock at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

11/8, 8 PM the world’s darkest, slinkiest, most blackly funny crime jazz/film noir band, Big Lazy play the album release show for their danceably creepy new one Dear Trouble at the Old American Can Factory, 232 3rd St. in Gowanus with special guests Steven Bernstein on trumpet, Slavic Soul Party’s Peter Hess on saxes and Miramar’s Farfisa sorceress Marlysse Rose Simmons, $20

11/14, 7:30 PM the Attacca Quartet with Caroline Shaw (prexumably on vocals and violin) at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

11/15 7:30 PM conguero Edwin Bonilla leads his salsa dura band at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

11/21, 7:30 PM soca hall of famer Mighty Sparrow in a relatively intimate show, omg, at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

11/21, 8 PM Rena Anakwe “presents the third and final work of her 2019 residency with the premiere of Ogwu (the healing), an immersive purification ritual sculpted through a visual, sound, and scent bath inspired by the element of fire” at Issue Project Room, free

11/24, 5 PM violist Jessica Thompson (Daedalus Quartet) and pianist Andrea Lam (Claremont Trio),team up for works by Bach, Britten, Kurt Rohde, and Schumann at the Lounge at Hudson View Gardens, 128 Pinehurst Ave @ W 183rd St, A train or #1 train (to 181st St) or the M4 bus (to 183rd St), $15/$12 stud/sr

11/26, 7:30 PM Cuban pianist Dayramir González & Habana enTRANCé at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

12/10, drinks at 5:30 PM, show at 6, badass harp virtuoso Bridget Kibbey plays works by Bach, Gershwin, Albeniz and Tschaikovsky at the Miller Theatre, free

Middle Eastern-Tinged Jazz Intensity and an Upper West Side Album Release Show From Brilliant Bassist Petros Klampanis

Petros Klampanis is a highly sought after bassist in the New York jazz, Middle Eastern and Greek music scenes. He’s also a fantastic composer, combining elements of all those styles and more. His darkly intense latest album Irrationalities, a trio recording with pianist Kristjan Randalu and drummer Bodek Janke, is streaming at Spotify. He’s playing the release show on Oct 9 at 8:30 PM at Symphony Space; advance tix are $27.

The opening track, Easy Come Easy Go, has a sprightly, shuffling groove, Randalu’s glittering lines over fluttery percussion that subtly shifts toward clave as the piano grows more wary and modal: this mix of moody Middle Eastern and salsa-jazz is more than a little bittersweet. Klampanis’ use of eerie close harmonies and allusively levantine melody throughout the record raises the intensity several notches.

Seeing You Behind My Eyes follows the rises and falls between a similarly brooding tone poem and lithely dancing, judiciously spacious variations that finally peak out with Randalu’s spiraling, tumbling solo before coming full circle. The album’s title track makes gritttily majestic jazz out of a tricky Indian carnatic vocal theme, artfully melding uneasy chromatics with warmer hints of trad balladry and a masterfully intertwining piano solo. The false ending is a cool trick as well.

LIkewise, the polyrhythms between bass and piano as Thalassia Platia gets underway: what seems to be a wistful waltz turns out to be far more conflicted, with its aching lushness and a biting, upper-register bass solo. No Becomes Yes goes in the opposite direction, a rather stern, sometimes eerie melody expanding as the group let some sun burst through the clouds, although that’s not as simple as that might seem. Lots of persuasion going on here, apparently.

Klampanis winds up the album with its most epic number, the Nat Cole ballad Blame It On My Youth, cleverly triangulating the rhythm and adding a delicious surprise at the end. There are also a couple of coy miniatures, Temporary Secrets 2 and 3, blending urban found sounds with glockenspiel and a catchy bass riff. Purposeful, relentlessly tuneful and distinctively original, this is a stealth contender for one of the best jazz albums of the year

Amir ElSaffar Brings Middle Eastern, Slavic and Jazz Sounds to Otherworldly New Places at Lincoln Center

The annual Jazztopad Festival in Poland is one of Europe’s major jazz events. They advocate fiercely for Polish artists worldwide and commission scores of new works, focusing on blending jazz and contemporary classical sounds. They’ve also been staging events here in New York for the past several years, ostensibly to entice Americans to make the trip over. It’s smart marketing

To open this year’s Manhattan edition at Lincoln Center last night, multi-instrumentalist Amir ElSaffar led a group including Wacław Zimpel on bass clarinet, Ksawery Wójciński on bass and the strings of the Lutosławski Quartet through the Amerrican premiere of his raptly enveloping Awhaal for String Quartet. Seated at the santoor, ElSaffar opened the piece with a bright, enticing riff and slowly unwinding, rippling variations, much like a muezzin’s call or a phrase on his primary instrument, the trumpet.

ElSaffar – one of the most distinctive and unselfconsciously brilliant composers in jazz or anywhere else these days – has made a career blending maqam music from across the Arabic-speaking world with both large and smallscale improvisation, and this performance was typically celestial. Slowly and majestically, the music rose, fluttering violins over portentous, low modalities from the cello and bass: the work of Kurdish compoer Kayhan Kalhor came strongly to mind.

Zimpel added a simple, emphatic fanfare; the strings descended uneasily, micrtonally, ElSaffar singing soulful vocalese in his resonant, melismatic baritone. With the santoor just a hair off, tonally, from the strings, this was where the otherworldly magic really started to kick in. The strings fueled a lilting dance that grew more somber as the volume rose and Wójciński’s off-kilter yet hypnotic rhythm dug in, Zimpel wailing on his clarinet.

The second movement was much more kinetic, with ElSaffar on trumpet, spiky, circular pizzicato from the violins blending with an austere, Egyptian-tinged phrase which became more lush and enveloping over a swaying 6/8 groove. Together the group developed a series of lively echo phrases, part Afrobeat, part Philip Glass.

Using his mute, the bandleader drew the music into a deliciously suspenseful, hypnotically pulsing snakecharmer theme, capped off by a shivery, spine-tingling microtonal cadenza. The group opened the third movement with a bubbling, Appalachian-tinged theme and shifted toward acidic, insistent, blustery Moroccan jajouka, drawing a raucous round of applause from what had been a silent, rapt crowd.

The tension grew toward breaking point as the fourth movement and its overlays from the strings gathered steam, the drifting tonalities taking on more of an Indian edge. A hazy pastoral recede and rise evoked the tone poems of Rachmaninoff as much as Hindustani ghazals, ending hushed and prayerful. Obviously, with the amount of improvisation going on, one can only wonder what the piece will sound like next time out.

ElSaffar’s next gig playing this material is a free performance tomorrow, Saturday, Sept 28 at 11 PM at the Hyde Park Jazz Festival in his hometown Chicago. In Poland, festivities begin at the Jazztopad Festival on Nov 15. And the next free show at the Lincoln Center atrium space on Broadway just north of 62nd St. is Thurs, Oct 3 at 7:30 PM with Chadian electronic group Afrotronix and electrifying Palestinian hip-hop/reggae/habibi pop band 47soul. If you’re going, get there as early as you can becuuse this one will sell out fast

A Starry, Starry Night with Svetlana at Joe’s Pub

Saturday night at the sold-out album release show for her latest cd Night at the Movies at Joe’s Pub, singer Svetlana further crystallized the lush sound she’s been gravitating further and further toward with each successive record. The erstwhile leader of longtime New York swing jazz favorites the Delancey 5 has never sounded more lustrous, or more dynamic than with this particular project. Working with producer Matt Pierson, she took a deep bucket list of well over a hundred songs associated with movies and whittled them down to a somewhat less epic fourteen. She played most of them at this show. What was most striking, at this show, was how serpentine and latin-inflected they’d become.

Drummer Henry Conerway was having a great time with the clave, whether implied or straight ahead, further enhanced by the variety of percussion textures and polyrhythms from Rogerio Boccato. It’s a new groove for Svetlana, and it serves her well. Likewise, there was more interplay among band members than ever before. Svetlana is a connoisseur of charts, and she likes to hand out assignments. Bassist Endea Owens, who’s sometimes the princess of darkness in this band, was appointed Secretary of Entertainment for this gig, spinning out boisterously chugging lows.

Likewise, alto saxophonist Christopher McBride got plenty of coy exchanges early on with trumpeter Noah Galpern and trombonist Corey Wilcox: echo effects and triplets were playfully recurrent tropes. Pianist Willerm Delisfort took charge of trick endings and what were almost false starts, while guitarist Jocelyn Gould played her cards close to the vest with expansive postbop chords and terse bluesiness.

In front of the band, Svetlana celebrated the great contributions that immigrants bring to this country. As a kid, she’d escape the repressive atmosphere around her by going to the movies, and eventually made it out for real at age 18. Dreams, literal and otherwise are another of the album’s major themes, She celebrated them with a starry arrangement of In the Moonlight – from the 1995 movie Sabrina – along with a crescedoing, shapeshifting version of Pure Imagination, a druggy ballad from the Willy Wonka movie. And Moon River, which began as a bittersweet, bucolic duet for guitar and voice, was arguably the most unexpectedly poignant of all of them: huckleberriness be damned!

The most epic number was the elegaic Remember Me – from the 2017 animated film Coco. The group marched defiantly, second-line style through Almost There – from the 2009 Princess and the Frog soundtrack – and an unannounced considerably more enigmatic ballad. Svetlana returns from US tour to a show at the Django on Oct 18; it’s reasonable to expect her to keep this new direction going.