The new January-February calendar is here.
There’s a comprehensive list of places where these shows are happening at NY Music Daily’s sister blog Lucid Culture.
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. Always best to check with the venue for the latest information on set times and door charges, since that information is often posted here weeks in advance. Weekly events first followed by the daily calendar.
John Zorn turned 60 this year. There are dozens of celebrations of the defiantly nonconformist Tzadik maven’s music going on around town: the full calendar is here.
Four nights in December: 12/1, 12/16, 12/23 and 12/31 intense literate piano-based chamber pop band Elizabeth & the Catapult at the big room at the Rockwood
Starting January 29 at 7:30 PM and continuing on Wednesday and Sunday nights through the end of February, clarinet virtuoso David Krakauer leads a killer ensemble playing live themes to accompany a series of NYC-centric films from across the decades at the Museum of Jewish History, 36 Battery Place just north of Battery Park
On select Mondays and Thursdays, an intimate, growing piano music scene on the Upper West Side featuring iconoclastically insightful, lyrical pianist Nancy Garniez playing Mozart, Bach and more recent composers who draw on their work, email for info/location.
Mondays in December, 7 PM the Grand Street Stompers play hot oldtimey swing and dixieland at Arthur’s Tavern on Grove St. just west of 7th Ave. South.
Mondays starting a little after 7 PM Howard Williams leads his Jazz Orchestra from the piano at the Garage, 99 7th Ave. S at Grove St. There are also big bands here most every Tuesday at 7.
Mondays at the Jazz Standard it’s all Mingus, whether with the Mingus Orchestra, Big Band or Mingus Dynasty: as jazz goes, it’s arguably the most exhilarating show of the week, every week. The first-rate players always rise to the level of the material. Sets 7:30/9:30 PM, $25 and worth it.
Also Monday and Tuesday nights Vince Giordano’s Nighthawks, a boisterous horn-driven 11-piece 1920s/early 30’s band play Iguana, 240 W. 54th St ( Broadway/8th Ave) , 3 sets from 8 to 11, surprisingly cheap $15 cover plus $15 minimum considering what you’re getting. Even before the Flying Neutrinos or the Moonlighters, multi-instrumentalist Giordano was pioneering the oldtimey sound in New York; his long-running residency at the old Cajun on lower 8th Ave. is legendary. He also gets a ton of film work (Giordano wrote the satirical number that Willie Nelson famously sang in Wag the Dog).
Mondays at Tea Lounge in Park Slope at 9:15 PM trombonist/composer JC Sanford books big band jazz, an exciting, global mix of some of the edgiest large-ensemble sounds around. If you’re anybody in the world of big band jazz and you make it to New York, you end up playing here: what CBGB was to punk, this unlikely spot promises to be to the jazz world. No cover.
Mondays in December (check the Barbes website for updates), 9:30ish Chicha Libre plays their home turf at Barbes. The world’s most vital, entertaining oldschool chicha band, they blend twangy, often noir Peruvian surf sounds with cumbia and other south-of-the-border styles along with swirling psychedelic jams and deep dub interludes. Show up early because they are insanely popular.
Also Mondays in December Rev. Vince Anderson and his band play Union Pool in Williamsburg, two sets starting around 11:30 PM. The Rev. is one of the great keyboardists around, equally thrilling on organ or electric piano, an expert at Billy Preston style funk, honkytonk, gospel and blues. He writes very funny, very politically astute, sexy original songs and is one of the most charismatic, intense live performers of our time. It’s a crazy dance party til past three in the morning. Paula Henderson from Burnt Sugar is the lead soloist on baritone sax, with Dave Smith from Smoota on trombone, with frequent special guests.
Tuesdays in December clever, fiery, eclectic ten-piece Balkan/hip-hop/funk brass maniacs Slavic Soul Party at 9 PM at Barbes. Get there as soon as you can as they’re very popular. $10 cover.
Tuesdays at around 10 Julia Haltigan and her band play 11th St. Bar. A torchy, charismatic force of nature, equally at home with fiery southwestern gothic rock, oldschool soul and steamy retro jazz ballads, and her band is just as good as she is.
Three Tuesdays in December the exhilarating NY Gypsy All-Stars – with ferociously intense clarinetist Ismail Lumanovski – play Drom, 10 PM, $10
Wednesdays at 1 PM there are free organ concerts at St. Paul’s Chapel downtown, a mix of NYC-area and international talent.
Every Wednesday, 8:30 PM Jazz with Attitude featuring Wayne Holmes on keys, Jeff Sheloff on sax, Shinya Miyomoto on drums, Dave Jones on bass and Stephanay JNote on vocals at the Proper Café, at 21701 Linden Blvd in Cambria Heights, Queens, free
Wednesdays in December, 8:30 PM guitarist Jonathan Kreisberg (of Dr. Lonnie Smith’s band) leads a trio at the Bar Next Door, $12.
Wednesdays at 9 PM Feral Foster’s Roots & Ruckus takes over the Jalopy, a reliably excellent weekly mix of oldtimey acts: blues, bluegrass, country and swing.
Thursdays and Fridays in December Bulgarian alto sax star Yuri Yunakov and band play Mehanata starting around 10. One of the most intense and gripping improvisers in gypsy music.
Thursdays in December, 10ish irreverent oldschool Williamsburg vocal jazz crew the Old Rugged Sauce at Brooklyn Rod & Gun Club.
The first Friday of the month, anytime between midnight and midnight you can download four songs from Kiam Records artists – like Jennifer O’Connor, Mascott and Tim Foljahn – for free. Each month’s theme is different (previously they have tackled covers, colors and money) December’s the fourth edition and a holiday theme. Available to download only on Friday and then archived and streaming at Soundcloud.
Fridays at 5 PM in December, adventurous indie classical string quartet Ethel (Ralph Farris, viola; Dorothy Lawson, cello; Kip Jones, violin; and Tema Watstein, violin) plays the balcony bar at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, free w/museum adm. When they’re not there, they’ll have someone from from their wide circle of like-minded avant ensembles. Although the sound wafts across the balcony, you actually have to be in the bar itself in order to really appreciate what they’re doing.
Fridays in December at 9 Naomi Shelton and the Gospel Queens play oldschool 1960s style gospel at the Fat Cat.
Saturdays in January, 6 PM oudist Brandon Terzic and singer Pyeng Threadgill lead an acoustic band with Matt Kilmer – percussion; Tim Keiper – percussion; Rufus Cappadocia – cello; Matt Darriau – reeds, kaval; Alsarah – vocals, that collectively “explore blues classics with a paradoxically new vision using old lenses” at Barbes
Two Saturdays in December, 12/7 and 12/14 at 3 PM at Bargemusic there are impromptu free classical concerts, 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. Next year’s free concert dates are January 4, 11 and 18, February 22, then weekly in March.
Saturdays eclectic compelling Brazilian jazz chanteuse Marianni and her excellent band at Zinc Bar, three sets starting at 10 PM.
Sundays there’s a klezmer brunch at City Winery, show starts around 11:30 AM – 2 PM, $10 cover, no minimum, lots of good bands.
Sundays in December at 2:30 PM at Joe’s Pub help perennially relevant, satirical Reverend Billy & the Church of Stop Shopping Gospel Choir pay his legal bills for defending himself after being busted protesting big banks’ criminal activity, $15
Every Sunday the Ear-Regulars, led by trumpeter Jon Kellso and (frequently) guitarist Matt Munisteri play NYC’s only weekly hot jazz session starting around 8 PM at the Ear Inn on Spring St. Hard to believe, in the city that springboarded the careers of thousands of jazz legends, but true. This is by far the best value in town for marquee-caliber jazz: for the price of a drink and a tip for the band, you can see world-famous players (and brilliant obscure ones) you’d usually have to drop $100 for at some big-ticket room. The material is mostly old-time stuff from the 30s and 40s, but the players (especially Kellso and Munisteri, who have a chemistry that goes back several years) push it into some deliciously unexpected places.
Sundays in December, 9 PM legendary LES drummer Dee Pop’s Private World – who run the gamut from new wave to downtempo grooves to flat-out jazz improvisation – at Otto’s
Sundays in December the mighty Arturo O’Farrill Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra ,9/11 PM at Birdland, $30 seats avail
Sundays in December at 9 Romany guitar genius Stephane Wrembel plays Barbes. He’s holding on to the edgy, danceable spirit of Django Reinhardt while taking the style to new and unexpected places. He’s also very popular: get there early.
12/1, 8 PM fiery, hyperliterate punk/powerpop alienation anthems with Hannah vs. the Many at the Mercury, $10
12/1, 10 PM darkly lyrical chamber pop songwriter Elizabeth & the Catapult at the big room at the Rockwood.
12/2 four chances to see exhilarating klezmer jamband Metropolitan Klezmer for free this week if you work/play in midtown or in the financial district – the full schedule is here
12/2, 7 PM a new sultry spin on classic 60s latin soul grooves: Spanglish Fly at the Lincoln Center Atrium.
12/2, 10 PM intense shredding improv with Tanks (Seabrook/Driver/Ches Smith) and then guitarist Yoshie Fruchter‘s Middle Eastern surf-metal instrumental unit Pitom at Grand Victory, $8
12/3, 7 PM the Ljuba Davis Ladino Ensemble play rich, haunting Andalucian and Jewish sounds at CUNY’s Elebash Hall, 5th Ave just north of 34th St, $20
12/3, 7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard: intense cutting edge sometimes eerie vibraphone jazz with the Joe Locke/Geoffrey Keezer Group featuring Terreon Gully and Mike Pope, $20.
12/3, 7:30 PM a klezmer dance party led by an all-star band led by clarinetist Michael Winograd, bassist Benjy Fox-Rosen and tsimblist Pete Rushefsky at the Stephen Wise Free Synagaogue, 30 W 68th St (between Columbus & Central Park West), $10.
12/3, 8 PM wry, darkly lyrical Nashville gothic rockers Maynard & the Musties at Rock Shop.
12/3, 8 PM powerhouse bandoneonist/composer JP Jofre & Leonardo Suarez Paz’s Cuartetango SQ at the Cutting Room, $10
12/3, 9 PM harmony-driven bluegrass band the NYCity Slickers play the album release show for their new one at the Bitter End, $10 incl. a copy of the cd.
12/3, 9:30 PM bassist Ben Allison and band play the album release show for their new one The Stars Look Very Different Today at Joe’s Pub, $15 adv tix rec.
12/3, 10:30 PM ferocious violin-driven klezmer circus punks Golem at Glasslands, $10
12/4, 7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard: intense pianist Marc Cary‘s playful but often haunting Focus Trio, $20.
12/4, 8 PM Charlotte Cornfield– solid janglerock/indie tunesmith, rare drummer-frontwoman – at the Rockwood
12/4, 8:30 PM state-of-the-art lyrical piano improviser Jean-Michel Pilc leads a quartet with Sam Minaie, bass; Ross Pederson, drums; Rhys Tivey, trumpet at Cornelia St. Cafe, $!0 + $10 min.
12/4-5, 9:30 PM eclectic, paradigm-shifting B3 jazz organist Brian Charette leads his tuneful “sextette” at Smalls
12/4, 10 PM atmospheric third-stream trombonist/chanteuse Natalie Cressman with her band at the big room at the Rockwood.
12/4, 11 PM fiery tuneful powerpop rockers New Atlantic Youth at St. Vitus,$8
12/5, 1 PM Decoda – Owen Dalby, violin; Anna Elashvili, violin; Meena Bhasin, viola; Claire Bryant, cello play Britten: Quartet No. 3 for Strings, Op. 94; Berg: Lyric Suite at Trinity Church, free.
12/5, 7:30 PM pianists Ursula Oppens and Robert Levin perform a selection of Bernard Rands’ piano music from 1960- 2010 including his Twelve Preludes at Symphony Space, $
12/5-8, 7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard ageless saxophonist Benny Golson with Mike LeDonne – piano; Buster Williams – bass; Carl Allen – drums, $30.
12/5, 8 PM dark, charismatic, deviously witty literate keyboardist/chanteuse Rachelle Garniez at Barbes
12/5, 8 PM harpist Zeena Parkins and a chamber ensemble play a “composer portrait” of the enchantingly haunting, atmospheric Icelandic Anna Thorvaldsdottir at the Miller Theatre, $25
12/5, 8 PM edgy, politically savvy singer-songwriter Erin McKeown‘s Anti-Holiday Spectacular at Littlefield, $20.
12/5, 8 PM roaring post Jesus & Mary Chain stomp with the False Alarms at Cake Shop, $5 .
12/5, 8 PM tuba player Ben Stapp‘s Large Ensemble at the Firehouse Space, $10
12/5, 8:30 PM excellent Americana-flavored melodic jazz with Old Time Musketry at Caffe Vivaldi.
12/5, 8:30 PM reedman Paul Shapiro’s Ribs & Brisket Revue spans from lowdown blues to sizzling klezmer-style vamps at Cornelia St. Cafe, $!0 + $10 min.
12/5, 9 PM the Delorean Sisters– who play oldtimey versions of 80s cheeseball pop songs – at Freddy’s
12/5, midnight-ish, ageless Bow Wow Wow frontwoman Annabella Lwin at Bowery Electric,$20.
12/6, 5:30 PM haunting Russian klezmer band Litvakus at the American Folk Art Museum.
12/6, 7 PM Meg Okura & the Pan Asian Chamber Jazz Ensemble at the Rubin Museum of Art 150 W 17th St, $20
12/6, 8 PM Ayodele Maakheru & the Windsong String Ensemble play ragtime, stride and boogie woogie at Flushing Town Hall, $15/$10 stud.
12/6, 8 PM sharp a screening of the documentary film Muscle Shoals at City Winery, first come first served, $5 cover goes to Philippine typhoon relief
12/6-8, 8:30/10:30 PM this era’s preeminent alto saxophonist Kenny Garrett leading his latest combo at Iridium, $35
12/6, 9 PM the massive, ten-piece, eclectic M Shanghai String Band – who play everything from classic country to seafaring ballads to noirish acoustic rock – at their home base, the Jalopy, $10
12/6, 9 PM intense, cutting-edge jazz/third-stream chanteuse Sara Serpa leads a quintet playing her new Breathing Suite, inspired by controversial poststructuralist philosopher Luce Iragaray followed at 10:30 by her guitar mainman André Matos leading his quartet at Cornelia St. Cafe, $!0 + $10 min.
12/6, 9 PM psychedelic salsa with la Mecanica Popular at Lit
12/6, 9:30 PM wild Canadian guitar/viol ensemble the Sultans of String – gypsy jazz, Middle Eastern and rock – at Joe’s Pub, $20.
12/6, 10 PM phenomenally fun, intense, noir-tinged oldschool soul siren Clairy Browne & the Bangin’ Rackettes at the Knitting Factory, $15 adv tix a must, this will sell out. 12/7, 11 PMshe’s at the Mercury for the same price.
12/6, 11ish the sometimes droll, sometimes boisterous, increasingly noir classic country sounds of the Jack Grace Band at Rodeo Bar
12/7-8, 3 PM Drama in Beethoven with pianist Emir Gamsizoglu, pianist and actress Ege Maltepe makes the missing link between Beethoven and Shakespeare at Caffe Vivaldi .”Once upon a time there was a short German guy with a bad temper and a huge spirit and passion for music. His name was Ludwig. Drama in Beethoven is a fun experiment to connect stories with Beethoven Sonatas. Developed as a classical-for-all project, the show aims to create a direct and unique connection between listener and the classical music. “Music is just music! We are the ones who are labeling it with fancy halls and dress codes” says Ege Maltepe, an actress, playwright and a former student of Mike Nichols, right before diving into a bloody scenario along with the 2nd movement Sonata No.7.
12/7, 6 PM charming, historically-informed oldtimey chanteuse/bandleader Robin Aigner & Parlour Game followed at 8 by acoustic Mexican folk-punk band Radio Jarocho and then at 10 by high-voltage Mexican polka crew Banda Sinaloense De Los Muertos.at Barbes
12/7, 7 PM great guitarist Bill Frisell‘s Big Sur Quintet at le Poisson Rouge, $35 adv tix req.
12/7, 7 PM Piedmont fingerstyle guitar blues legend Larry Johnson at Terra Blues
12/7, 7 PM Swedish improvisers: Hanna Hartman, Mats Lindström & Marina Rosenfeld, Henrik Rylander & MV Carbon, The Space In Between (Alba G. Corral & Nikka) and Mats Gustafsson at Issue Project Room, 22 Boerum Pl, $10 sugg don
12/7, 8 PM new music from Iran and Syria with Saeid Shanbezadeh plus eclectic Syrian saxophonist Basel Rajoub, percussionist Naguib Shanbehzadeh, clarinetist Kinan Azmeh; trumpet player Basel Rajoub; and Tunisian violinist Jasser Haj Youssef at the Asia Society, 725 Park Ave (at 70th St), $35/$30 stud/srs.
12/7, 9 PM Unsteady Freddie’s typically excellent monthly surf rock show at Otto’s kicks off with Plato Zorba, Mod As Hell at 10, macabre surf legends the Coffin Daggers at 11 and then haunting, ethereal female-fronted noir soundtrack rockers the Lost Patrol sometime atter midnight
12/7, 9 PM the JD Allen Trio followed at midnight by the Sun Ra Arkestra at Nublu -how they’re all going to fit into this tiny space is a mystery, $20.
12/7, 9 PM eclectic western swing baritone crooner Sean Kershaw & the New Jack Ramblers play the album release show for their new one at the Way Station.
12/8, 3 PM haunting seven-piece Sephardic ensemble David’s Harp plays the Center for Jewish History, 15 W 16th St., $18/$9 stud/srs is SOLD OUT
12/8, 3 PM the Greenwich Village Orchestra’s annual family-friendly holiday concert: GVO’s Gary Dranch will be on hand to play Rossini’s Variations for Clarinet and Orchestra, and everyone can try an instrument at the post-concert Instrument Petting Zoo, at Washington Irving HS Auditorium, Irving Pl/17th St., $15 sugg don, reception to follow.
12/8, 4 PM pianist Irina Nuzova perform works by Schubert, Liszt, Rachmaninov, Scriabin and three pieces of Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliette at the Dreck Center at the Brooklyn Public Library, free.
12/8, 6 PM noir guitar mastermind Jim Campilongo with his trio at 55 Bar followed at 8 by edgy tenor saxophonist Stan Killian and his quintet, free. Killian and band are also here a couple of days later at 7 PM on the 10th.
12/8, 6 PM bassist Francois Grilllot leads an unusual, improvising string quartet with Tomas Ulrich, Ken Filiano and Gwen Laster at Downtown Music Galley.
12/8, 7 PM artist/videographer Alan Rand’s birthday bash starting at 7 with dark female-fronted new wave/punk band Ingrid & the Defectors , the Cynz at 8, drummer Dee Pop’s Private World at 9 and Plastic Beef spinoff the Hipp Pipps at 10 at Otto’s
12/8, 7 PM up-and-coming violinist Michi Wiancko playing indie classical works, joined by her chamber-pop project Kono Michi at Barbes
12/8, 7 PM, True Love Ain’t Too Hard to See, “an alt-cabaret reimagining of Neil Young & Crazy Horse’s 1975 album Zuma” feat. members of Daniel Stampfel’s killer janglerock band at the Duplex, free w/2-drink min.
12/8, 7 PM German a cappella ensemble Calmus sing Xmas music from pre-Renaissance to modern times at the Rogers Auditorium at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
12/8, 8 PM jazz-tinged Persian/Syrian trio Sound: The Encounter with Saeid Shanbehzadeh on neyanban (Iranian bagpipe), neyjoti (flute), boogh horns, dance, and vocals; Basel Rajoub on saxophones, duclar; Naguib Shanbehzadeh on dammam, percussion at Alwan for the Arts, $20.
12/9, 7 PM Howe Gelb of Giant Sand at the big room at the Rockwood, $15 plus $10 drink min
12/9, 10 PM noir guitar monster Jim Campilongo leads his trio at the small room at the Rockwood.
12/9, 11 PM intense folk noir songstress Larkin Grimm at Death by Audio, $7. She’s also at Sidewalk at 10 on 12/28 for free
12/9, midnight oldschool 60s C&W and brooding southwestern gothic with the Jack Grace Band at the Ear Inn
12/10, 6 PM Yarn/Wire play works by Eric Wubbels, Alex Mincek, Mei-Fang Lin and others at the Miller Theatre, free, free drinks at 5:30.
12/10, 7 PM author Mark Cohen discusses and reads from Cohen’s book Overweight Sensation: The Life and Comedy of Allan Sherman, bio of novelty song legend Allan Sherman. Plus Cohen spins rare Sherman recordings plus the hits at the Dreck Center at the Brooklyn Public Library, free
12/10, 7:30 PM psychedelic south seas tropical jazz ensemble Mr. Ho’s Orchestrotica opens for the Balanescu Quartet, playing a homage to Maria Tanase, the “Romanian Edith Piaf” at the Schimmel Auditorium at Pace University on Spruce St. downtown, expensive, $36.50, but could be amazing
12/10, 7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard trumpeter Alex Sipiagin leads a quintet with a bunch of his Mingus Band mates, $20
12/10, 8 PM wry lyrical rock genius Marcellus Hall (ex-Railroad Jerk and White Hassle) plays the album release show for his new one at the big room at the Rockwood.
12/10, 8 PM eclectic Balkan jazz trumpeter Ben Holmes leads a quartet at Barbes.
12/10, 8 PM Ensemble Pamplemousse plays works by Alvin Lucier & Klaus Lang at Issue Project Room, $15.
12/10-14, 8:30/11 PM oldschool postbop night; a quartet with Eddie Gomez, Kenny Barron, Al Foster, Wallace Roney at Birdland, $30 seats avail.
12/11, 6:30 PM dark female-fronted Americana/paisley underground rockers Mesiko at the Mercury, $10.
12/11, 7 PM edgy oldtimey swing and C&W band Miss Tess & the Talkbacks play the album release show for their new one at Joe’s Pub, $15
12/11, 7 PM well-known gems of the 17th century Baroque by Bilber, Bertali, and Muffat as well as recently discovered anonymous works that reside at Kromeriz in the Czech Republic, performed by Tatiana Daubek, Leon Schelhase and Beiliang Zhu at the Czech Center 321 E 73rd St, free.
12/11, 7 PM Ensemble Mise-en plays works of noted 20th century Italian composer Franco Donatoni, free but early arrival (i.e. 6:30 PM) a must, at the Italian Academy at Columbia University, 1161 Amsterdam Ave.
12/11-15, 7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard veteran tenorist George Coleman Sr leads an octet, $25/$30 Fri-Sat.
12/11, 9ish early 50s/rockabilly parodists Susquehanna Industrial Tool & Die Co. at Rodeo Bar.
12/11-14, 9 PM drummer Ted Poor leads a bluesy trio with Cuong Vu – trumpet and Pete Rende – Fender Rhodes at Seeds
12/11, 9:30 PM tuneful third-strean pianist/composer Mara Rosenbloom with her Quartet at I-Beam
12/11, 10 PM the Rebel Factory with Certain General’s Phil Gammage on guitar at Spike Hill
12/11, 10ish heavy violin shredding with Stratospheerius at Bowery Electric.
12/12-14 the Uncaged Toy Piano festival at the DiMenna Center, 450 W 37th St., put together by intense, playful virtuoso Phyllis Chen. Too many good performers to list: the full schedule is here.
12/12, 6:30 PM torchy, compelling, up-and-coming jazz chanteuse Shoshana Bush plays the release of her debut live CD at Birdland with Isamu McGregor (piano) and Brian Holtz (bass), Carmen Intorre (drums) and Nir Felder (guitar)
12/12, 7 PM Indian traditional instrumentalist Shafat Khan performing on the sitar, surbahar and tabla at the Dreck Center at the Brooklyn Public Library, free
12/12, 7:30 PM 10³²K featuring trombone genius Ku-umba Frank Lacy with Andrew Drury, percussion / Kevin Ray, bass reinventing obscure classics at Lincoln Center Atrium.
12/12, 8 PM Reinier Van Houdt plays solo piano followed by bassist James Ilgenfritz playing material from his recent CD, Compositions with solo performances of works by Pauline Oliveros, Anthony Braxton and Annie Gosfield at Roulette, $15.
12/12, 8:30 PM eclectic jazz guitarist Assaf Kehati leads his trio at the Bar Next Door.
12/12, 10 PM biting electric alt-country band (and Neko Case collaborators) the Sadies at Union Hall, $15.
12/12, 10:30 PM haunting, growly, noisy 90s guitar cult legend Thalia Zedek at the Mercury, $10 adv tix rec
12/13, 5:30 PM no-nonsense, torchy contralto chanteuse/pianist Jeanne Marie Boes’, Kira Velella, and the Wilhelm Brothers at the American Folk Art Museum
12/13, 7:30 PM cool, enigmatic, eclectic jazz chanteuse Gretchen Parlato leads her quartet at the big room at the Rockwood where she made her new live album/dvd.
12/13-14, 8 PM, repeating on 12/15 at 2 PM Maggie Surovell and Russ Kaplan play their versions of Comedy Central’s Jonathan Katz’s amusing tunes at T. Schreiber Studio and Theatre, 151 W 26 St, 7th Fl (6/7th Aves), $15/$12 low income
12/13, 8 PM cross-generational, tuneful cross-pollination: guitarist Mike Baggetta with Jerome Harris on bass and Billy Mintz on drums at Branded Saloon in Ft. Greene. 12/21 they’re at the Bar Next Door at 7:30
12/13, 8 PM adventurous chamber ensemble ACME plays Lutoslawski’s Sacher Variation for solo cello, Bukoliki for viola and cello, and his String Quartet, as well as Steven Stucky’s Dialoghi for solo cello and his Nell’ombra, nella luce for string quartet at Symphony Space, $32.
12/13, 8:30 PM droll country covers with Puss & Boots – Sasha Dobson, Norah Jones and bass monster Catherine Popper – at the Bell House, $15
12/13, 9 PM powerhouse country chanteuse Jeanne Jolly and her phenonemal oldschool band at Drom.
12/13, 9 PM “filthy song night” at the Jalopy, $10 with a diverse cast of characters: Savon Fifth (Cozy Shack), Kristen Andreassen (Uncle Earl), Bascomb Ferd (The Raunch Bothers), Sam Duffy (The Piledrivers), Elio Schiavo (Five Deadly Venoms), Bug (The Defibulators), Cassie Jenkins, Becca Stevens (The Bjorkestra), Little Ho Peep, Rob Hecht, Brad Einhorn (Kings County Strings), Karen Duffy, Jumping Through Poops, Bluff Channahon (The Barbara F*cking Walters), and “secret special guests.”
12/13, 11 PM Canadian gothic siren Lorraine Leckie and her explosive band at Sidewalk
12/13, 9ish dark noisy Tzadikian dub-tinged noise-jazz with Jamie Saft‘s Slobberpup at Shapshifter Lab
12/13 punk/rockabilly/surf legends Simon & the Bar Sinisters at Rodeo Bar, 11 PM.
12/14-16 Yo La Tengo at the Bell House is SOLD OUT.
12/14, 6 PM all-star Middle Eastern group the Alwan Ensemble performs music of iconic Lebanese tunesmiths the Rahbani Brothers – early, more traditional works as well as their later, paradigm-shifting Middle Eastern/European art-rock songs – at Alwan for the Arts.
12/14, 6:45 PM it’s the 20th anniversary of Phil Kline’s shimmery, gamelanesque participatory antiwar composition Unsilent Night, a yearly event that has become a global phenomenon. Gather at the arch at Washington Square, march to Tompkins Square Park starting at 7; bring a boombox or your pod/phone and speakers: downloads are available here, cassettes will be handed out at the start of the procession, first come first served. Those outside New York can participate in the many Unsilent Night processions happening around the world starting 12/2 in Oxford, UK, check the site for times/dates/contact info
12/14, 7 PM gayakeum (Korean lute) virtuoso and composer Gye Ok Kim and ensemble play traditional Korean sounds at Flushing Town Hall, $15/$10 stud.
12/14, 7 PM the torchy oldtime Jessy Carolina & the Hot Mess at Terra Blues
12/14, 7 PM, repeating on 12/15 at 2 PM the Brooklyn Brandenburgers play chamber music by Bach, Brahms, Chevalier de St. George, Purcell, Salieri and Telemann at the Old Stone House in Park Slope, $10, early arrival a must
12/14, 8 PM eclectic classically-trained adventurous and always surprising a-cappella quartet NY Polyphony sings at St. Paul’s Chapel at Columbia, 116th/Amsterdam, $30 tix avail
12/14, 8 PM the Canticum Novum Singers perform While by my Sheep, arranged by Hugo Jungst, O Magnum Mysterium by Tomas Luis de Victoria, Hodie Christus Natus Est by Jan Pieters Sweelinck, Ave Maria by Johannes Brahms, Ave Maria by Anton Bruckner, A Christmas Cantata by Arthur Honegger and Friede auf Erden by Arnold Schoenberg, repeating 12/15 at 3 PM at St. Ignatius of Antioch Church, 552 West End Ave. (at 87th St.), $25/$20 srs.
12/14, 8/9:30 PM Michael Lytle (bass clarinet), Nick Didkovsky (guitar), Andrew Drury (drums), Andrea Parkins (electronics), Steve Swell (trombone) and Weasel Walter (drums and bass). at the Firehouse Space, $10
12/14, 9 PM brilliantly lyrical psychedelic new wavers the Larch play the single release show for their new one at Freddy’s.
12/14, 9:30 PM mesmerizing, soaring, intense art-rock pianist/songwriter Kristin Hoffmann at Caffe Vivaldi.
12/14, 10 PM creepy, weird, jazz/cinematic faux-operatic agitators Thrillington at Rock Shop, $10.
12/14, 10ish Jamaican rocksteady legends Keith & Tex – who first recorded the classic Stop That Train – backed by the Crazy Baldhead reggae band at Littlefield, $20 adv tix rec
12/14, 10 PM the rambunctious oldime Baby Soda Jazz Band at Barbes.
12/15, 10:30 AM (this is a morning show) Alessio Bax, piano; Lucille Chung, piano playing four-handed versions of Stravinsky: Petrushka; Piazzolla (arr. Bax and Chung): Three Tangos at Walter Reade Theater (165 W. 65th St.), $22 tix avail.
12/15, 3 PM up-and-coming pianist Mackenzie Melemed plays works by Scarlatti, Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Liszt, Rachmaninoff at Temple Emanu-El, 1 E 65th St. at 5th Ave,
12/15, 7 PM western swing with Smokey Hormel‘s Roundup followed by Mexican cumbia band La Sabrosa Sabrosura (a spinoff of Mexican reggae stars Los Yerberos, i.e. the Weedheads) at Pioneer Works, 159 Pioneer St (between Imlay & Conover), Red Hook.
12/15, 7:30 PM Chico Hamilton’s longtime band Euphoria – with Paul Ramsey, Evan Schwam, Jeremy Carlstedt, Mayu Saeki & Nick Demopolous – celebrates the music of the late percussion/drum legend and bandleader at Drom, $12 adv tix rec
12/15, 8 PM bass clarinet star Ken Thomson plays the album release show for his new one with the Jack Quartet at Subculture.
12/15, 9 PM Wet Ink Ensemble plays the album release show for their new one featuring works by Kate Soper, Katharina Rosenberger, Jacob Sacks at Spectrum, $15 cover includes a copy of the album
12/15, 9:30 PM subversive comedienne/chanteuse Tammy Faye Starlite’s latest sick cover night: Chelsea Madchen – Ein Deutscher Evening Mit Nico, at Joe’s Pub, $15.
12/15, 11 PM snarling paisley underground rockers Girl to Gorilla at Otto’s
12/16, 8 PM chanteuse Abby Payne – whose new western-themed album is due out – at the small room at the Rockwood
12/16, 9 PM Cuban percussionist Pedrito Martinez and his blazing salsa jazz group at Brooklyn Bowl, $10.
12/16, 9:15ish trombonist Andy Clausen leads his Split Stream Big Band at Tea Lounge in Park Slope
12/16, 11 PM quirky torchy cabaret-pop and chamber rock with Grace McLean & Them Apples at the big room at the Rockwood
12/17, 7:30 PM the Joel Rubin All-Stars – one of the great klezmer clarinetists – with his band at Stephen Wise Free Synagogue, 30 W. 68th St. (Columbus/CPW), $15
12/17-22, 7:30/9:30 PM tuneful pianist Geri Allen leads a quintet with Ravi Coltrane and Tain Watts at the Jazz Standard.
12/17, 8 PM the Antara Ensemble performs works for strings and high winds by Roussel, Handel-Halvorsen, Kay, Chausson and Piazzolla at Saint Peter’s Church, 619 Lexington Ave at 54th St., $25/$20 stud/srs.
12/17, 9 PM Wendy Grifffiths’ dark, edgy, brilliantly lyrical harmony-driven, new wave-influenced rockers Changing Modes at Otto’s
12/17, 9 PM catchy, sometimes shattering acoustic rock tunesmith Sharon Goldman plays a “pre-release pyjama party show” on Concert Window. She’ll be taking requests and answering your questions. It’s a pay-what-you-want deal.
12/17, 11 PM deliciously abrasive noiserockers the Sediment Club at Death by Audio, $7.
12/18, 8 PM the exhilarating One World Symphony with Sung Jin Hong on the podium play the Sibelius Violin Concerto plus selections from Sibelius’ Symphony No. 2 and Grieg’s Peer Gynt Suite, plus surprises (this orchestra really likes to have fun with their audiences) at Holy Apostles Church, 296 9th Avenue at W 28th St, $30/$20 stud/srs, proceeds to benefit the Holy Apostles soup kitchen.
12/18, 8 PM the reliably exciting Quartet San Francisco plays new string jazz works at Symphony Space, $18 adv tix rec.
12/18, 8 PM the Bushwick Book Club plays a greatest-hits show featuring quirky lit-rock by Arden Rogow-Bales, Charlie Nieland, Jessie Kilguss, Jonathan Wood Vincent, Julie DeLano, Leslie Graves, Peter Dizozza, Phil Andrews, Susan Hwang, and Sweet Soubrette at the Slipper Room, $7
12/18, 9 PM the Reformed Whores: Marie Cecile Anderson on ukulele and Katy Frame on accordion, like Sarah Silverman meets June Carter, and Doll Parts– who mix straight-up rock versions of Dolly Parton’s schlockiest 80s crap with acoustic covers of her country classics – at Grand Victory.
12/18, 10ish sardonic female-fronted Japanese postpunk band the Hard Nips at Bowery Electric, $8
12/19, 7 PM up-and-coming avant-garde ensemble Face the Music followed at 9 by trombonist Curtis Hasselbring‘s wry, tuneful, punk-influenced New Mellow Edwards and then the psychedelic salsa of La Mecanica Popular at Barbes
12/19, 8 PM indie classical stars the Mivos Quartet play the album release show for their debut including the world premiere of Scott Wollschleger’s String Quartet No. 2, White Wall along with Felipe Lara’s Corde Vocale, Dai Fujikura’s Flare and Mark Barden’s Nocturne at the DiMenna Center, 450 W 37th St., reception to follow, $20 includes a hard copy of the album.
12/19, 8 PM the lively, eclectic Dances of the World Chamber Orchestra with composer Diana Wayburn (flute, piano), Jeff Newell (flute), Adam Matthes (viola), Dara Hankins (cello), John Murchison (bass), Bert Hill (french horn), Spencer Hale (trombone), Yonatan Avi Oleiski (percussion). at the Gershwin Hotel, $10.
12/19, 8 PM cellist Theresa Wong plays works from her suite The Unlearning, inspired by Goya’s haunting Disasters of War etchings at Roulette, $15.
12/19, 8 PM indie classical group Yarn/Wire play works by Marianthi Papalexandri Alexandri & Thomas Meadowcroft at Issue Project Room, $10 sugg don.
12/19, 8:30 PM alto sax powerhouse Ellery Eskelin leads a quartet with Kris Davis, piano; Chris Tordini, bass; Devin Gray, drums, comp. at Cornelia St. Cafe, $!0 + $10 min
12/19, 9 PM a rare reunion of hellraising, politically astute Americana rockers the Hangdogs (who were sort of the Dead Kennedys of highway rock) with frontman Matthew Grimm doing some tunes off his insightful and hilarious new powerpop/Americana rock album Songs in the Key of Your Face at Rodeo Bar.
12/20, 9 PM haunting, lyrical Southwestern gothic songwriter Tom Shaner and band – NYC’s answer to Giant Sand – at Spike Hill
12/19, 9 PM Dervisi play “exotic Greek gangsta blues” at Espresso 77, 35-57 77th St (just off of 37th Ave), Jackson Heights, free.
12/19, 9 PM fiery, lyrical anthemic rockers Wormburner at the Mercury, $12 adv tix rec. If Springsteen was still writing the great songs he used to write 30 years ago, he’d sound like Wormburner.
12/19, 9/10:30 PM saxophonist Mike McGinnis +9 CD release concert for their new Road*Trio album at the Jazz Gallery, $20.
12/19, 10 PM one of the great remaining Chicago blues guitarists, Joe Louis Walker at Terra Blues
12/20, 8 PM indie classical ensemble Cadillac Moon Ensemble plays a program titled Den of Death featuring world premieres pushing political and stylistic lines by Matt Marks, Alex Temple, Melody Loveless, and Viet Cuong at the Cell Theatre, 338 W 23rd St, $15/$10 stud.
12/20, 8:30 PM tuneful, pensive Colorado acoustic rock songwriter Lara Ruggles – whose edgy intensity sets her apart from the usual self-absorbed folkies – at Caffe Vivaldi
12/20, 9:30 PM Brooklyn desert blues mavens Sway Machinery at BAM Cafe.
12/20, 10 PM catchy, anthemic post-REM janglerockers Electric Engine followed by a rare reunion show by ferocious, politically aware Americana rockers American Ambulance – one of NYC’s best zeros bands -at Lit
12/20, 10 PM massive ten-piece Balkan brass groove monsters Veveritse at the Jalopy, $10.
12/20, 10ish good third-wave ska triplebill: Uzimon, Shivering Brigade and the Slackers at the Bell House, $18 adv tix rec.
12/20, 10 PM hypnotic, psychedelic dulcimer/bass/drums instrumentalists House of Waters at the small room at the Rockwood
12/20, 11ish timeless, satirical, politically fueled faux-French garage rockers les Sans Culottes at Hank’s.
12/21, 7 PM latin jazz piano legend Eddie Palmieri and his mighty band at SRB in Gowanus, $25 adv tix avail.
12/21, 8 PM beguiling Middle Eastern ensemble East of the River debut their new suite Darkness Is Your Candle at the Kasser Theatre at Montclair State University in New Jersey. Tix $20; $10 roundtrip transportation from NYC is available via charter bus which leaves at 6 PM from 41st St. betw. 8th/9th Aves., res. highly suggested to 973-655-5112 or http://www.peakperfs.org.
12/21 8 PM the Pookestra (Carolin Pook, Fung Chern Hwei, Jen Herman et al) and the Rise of the Downtown Avengers(Fung Chern Hwei, Carolin Pook, Pauline Kim Harris, Conrad Harris, Min Xiao-Fen, Gina Izzo, Shoko Nagai, Vasko Dukovski, Gregor Huebner, Satoshi Takeishi and co.) are doing a very worthwhile Christmas fundraiser to help victims of Typhoon Haiyan at ShapeShifter Lab. Tickets are $20 and all proceeds will be donated via Mercy Corps.
12/21, 9 PM eclectic, monster mandolinist Andy Statman – whose latest album is especially kick-ass – with his band at the Jalopy
12/21, 9 PM anthemic Radiohead-influenced art-rockers My Pet Dragon at the small room at the Rockwood
12/21, 9 PM quirky fun jazzy female-fronted French pop/jazz with Banda Magda at Drom, $12 adv tix rec.
12/21, 9/10:30 PM esteemed, eclectic bassist Mark Dresser with Rudresh Mahanthappa, alto sax; Michael Dessen, trombone; Denman Maroney, hyper piano; Michael Sarin, drums at Cornelia St. Cafe, $!5 + $10 min.
12/21, 10 PM hypnotic, high-energy Mozambican dance band Kina Zoré at Shrine.
12/21, 11 PM snarling, energetic post-Sabbath riffrock/stoner/arena-rockers Easy Company at Arlene’s
12/22, 4 (four) PM dark Americana songwriter Jessie Kilguss at the small room at the Rockwood.
12/22, 8 PM eclectic, dark-tinged Serbian jazz pianist Dimitrije Vasiljevic at the third stage at the Rockwood
12/22, 9 PM the ever-funkier, bottom-heavy vintage New Orleans jazz/funkmeisters Preservation Hall Jazz Band at Brooklyn Bowl, $20
12/22, 11ish fiery bluegrass fiddler Melody Allegra and band at Rodeo Bar.
12/24, 7:30 PM St. Louis first-wave punk legend Wolf Roxon (ex-Mold Dogs, Metros and Walkie Talkie) at Caffe Vivaldi.
12/26, 8 PM 9ish early 50s/rockabilly parodists Susquehanna Industrial Tool & Die Co. at Otto’s
12/26-29, 8 PM a rare four-night John Zorn stand at the Stone with a predictably excellent, rotating cast of characters, $25, get there early
12/26, 9 PM the perennially intense, tuneful godfather of edgy, lyrical, anthemic downtown NYC rock, Willie Nile at Highline Ballroom, $20 adv tix rec.
12/26, 10 PM increasingly boisterous, lush, menacingly intense circus rock band Kotorino at Barbes. 12/27, 9 PM they’re at the Gutter in Williamsburg
12/27, 9/10:30 PM bassist Petros Klampanis with a wild Middle Eastern-inspired improvisational crew: Jean-Michel Pilc, piano; Mavrothi Kontanis, oud; Megan Gould, violin; Maria Manousaki, violin; Matt Sinno, viola; Yoed Nir, cello; at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min.
12/27, 10 PM wild grasscore band the Infamous Stringdusters at the Music Hall of Williamsburg, $18 adv tix rec.
12/28, 8:30 PM intense, darkly lyrical 90s style alt-country band Butchers Blind at the Mercury, $10
12/28, 10 PM charming female-fronted oldschool soul/swing combo Lake Street Dive at the Bell House $15 adv tix rec.
12/29, 11 PM rustic oldtime upbeat swing/country blues bandleader Woody Pines at Rodeo Bar.
12/30, 8:30 PM drummer Tom Rainey leads a trio with Mary Halvorson, guitar; Ingrid Laubrock, tenor saxophone; at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min
12/30, 9 PM the Felice Bros. – the thinking/breathing person’s alternative to the Mumfords, et al. – at Brooklyn Bowl, $15 adv tix rec.
12/30, 9ish second-wave Afrobeat icons Antibalas – still one of NYC’s funnest live acts – at SOB’s, $22 adv tix rec
12/30-31 9ish Gogol Bordello at Terminal 5, $35 adv tix avail or $60 2-night tix avail.
12/31-1/6, 8 PM Thurston Moore plays the Stone. Smallest venue he’s played since SY were a hardcore band back in the early 80s, probably. You have been warned: there will be a line to get in, get there early.
12/31, 11 PM ghoulabilly New Year’s Eve with the Tombstone Brawlers at Otto’s .
12/31 perennially vital, politically savvy, anthemic Irish rockers Black 47 at Connolly’s.
1/1-9 New Orleans pianist Henry Butler with downtown luminaries Steven Bernstein & the Hot 9, 7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard, $30/$35 on the weekend
1/2 and 1/7 at 7:30 PM plus 1/3 at 8 PM the NY Philharmonic with Yefim Bronfman on piano play works by Rouse and Lindberg plus Tschaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5 at Avery Fisher Hall, $30 tix avail.
12/, 8 PM dark, charismatic, deviously witty literate keyboardist/chanteuse Rachelle Garniez at Barbes
1/2, 8 PM St. Louis first-wave punk legend Wolf Roxon (ex-Mold Dogs, Metros and Walkie Talkie) at at Sidewalk.
1/5, 5 PM pianist Roger Peltzman plays Chopin works from his new album Dedication: Roger Peltzman Plays Chopin, in memory of his uncle Norbert Stern, a fellow pianist and Chopin devotee murdered in the Holocaust. At le Poisson Rouge, $17 adv tix rec
1/6, 8 PM lyrical cutting-edge jazz pianist Kris Davis debuts her Infrasound octet at Roulette, $15.
1/7-12 the Christian McBride Big Band at the Vanguard, 8:30/10:30 PM, $25, then 1/14-19 the esteemed bassist leads a trio there. To think that Lorraine Gordon once told him, “It’s ok if you come back, but don’t you dare bring that rock band back here!”
1/8-12 tuneful guitar combo the Kurt Rosenwinkel New Quartet, 7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard, $25/$30 on the weekend
1/8, 10 PM fun, anthemic Spector-esque retro girl-group band Pep at Rock Shop, $10.
1/8, 11 PM psychedelic jazz vibraphonist Tyler Blanton leads a new electro-acoustic venture with bassist Sam Minaie and drumming powerhouse Ari Hoenig at the small room at the Rockwood; 1/21 Blanton leads a trio at the Bar Next Door at 8:30, $12
1/9 and 1/14, 7:30 PM plus 1/10 and 1/11 at 8 the NY Philharmonic play Beethoven’s First Symphony, Gershwin’s An American in Paris, and Shostakovich featuring violinist Lisa Batiashvili at Avery Fisher Hall, $30 tix avail.
1/9, 8 PM the reliably ferocious, fun Balkan madness of Raya Brass Band followed by eclectic, funky, edgy lyrical rocker Avi Fox-Rosen – who keeps putting out amazing albums EVERY MONTH as name-your-price (.i.e. free) downloads – celebrating his yearlong marathon at Rock Shop, $10.
1/9 8 PM hard-rocking Balkan band Tipsy Oxcart at Arlene’s
1/9, 8 PM up-and-coming pianists Matthew Graybil and Igor Lovchinsky perform music of Walter Piston including two New York premieres: Piston’s Sonata for Piano, composed in 1926, and Concerto for Two Pianos Soli, as part of the 3-day retrospective at Subculture.
1/9, 8:30 PM and 1/10 at 9/10:30 PM the chamber jazz group that started it all, the Claudia Quintet at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min; 1/11 at 8:30 bandleader John Hollenbeck’s group is joined by Theo Bleckmann for some vocal covers.
1/9, 9 PM Alaska fiddler Ken Waldman puts on a 3+hour “variety show” featuring oldtime acoustic Americana jams and cameos from a coast-to-coast cast including Wild Carrot (Cincinnati duo of Pam Temple and Spencer Funk), Brian Vollmer & Old-Time Music Party, Dovetail Ensemble, Irish fiddler Caitlin Warbelow and her band, 4TET (the twin fiddling of Brittany Haas and Cleek Schrey), fiddler Tom Bailey and others at the Jalopy, $10
1/10-11 Winter Jazzfest is just around the corner – your chance to see hundreds of dollars worth of big-name and big-talent jazz acts in two marathon nights from one end of Bleecker to the other, the complete lineup is here.
1/10-12 and 1/14-18, 7 PM and 1/4 at 4 PM riveting singer/composer Kamala Sankaram‘s incendiary new opera, Thumbprint: “An illiterate woman is gang-raped as retribution for an ‘honor crime’ her brother allegedly committed. She doesn’t surrender. She becomes the first woman in Pakistan to bring her attackers to justice. Her name is Mukhtar. With a score influenced by traditional Hindustani and Western classical music, Thumbprint, the contemporary opera-theatre work by composer Kamala Sankaram and librettist Susan Yankowitz, follows Mukhtar’s human rights crusade along a road she must walk and pave at the same time.” at the Baruch Performing Arts Center, 55 Lexington Ave, $25.
1/10, 8 PM Ryan Truesdell’s explosive archive-plundering Gil Evans Project big band at Subculture.
1/10 8 PM Sandra Lilia Velasquez’s torchy, sultry downtempo/trip-hop/neosoul band SLV at Barbes
1/10 10 PM dark, guitarishly intense punk blues band Penrose at Arlene’s, $10
1/10, 11 PM alt-country violin star and strong songwriter Amanda Shires at Hill Country, free.
1/11, 6 PM cellist Maya Beiser plays Michael Harrison’s hypnotic Just Ancient Loops with film by Bill Morrison at the Rubin Museum, 150 17th St, $25.
1/11, 8 PM a wild night at Drom: Afrobeat funk band Elikeh followed at 8:45 by Malian griot Cheick Hamala Diabate, psychedelic salseros La Mecanica Popular at 9:30, Ethiopian groovemeisters Feedel at 10:15, Ethiopian keyboard legend and Mulatu Astatke collaborator Hailu Mergia at 11, wild Mexican surf/chicha/reggae band La Sabrosa Sabrosura at 11:45, ten-piece Balkan brass monsters Slavic Soul Party at half past midnight and if you’re still conscious at 1:30, hip-hop brass grooves with PitchBlack Brass Band. All this for a measly ten bucks.
1/11, 8:30 PM “Satirical songster Dave Lippman brings along the Bard of the Bankers, Wild Bill Bailout, in a Fairly Unbalanced program of rhyming commentary” at the People’s Voice Cafe, $18 sugg.don, “no one turned away”
1/11, 11 PM Thunda Vida play roots reggae and dub at Shrine
1/12, 7 PM melodic jazz pianist Jorn Swart plays the album release for his pensive, noirish new one with a quartet at Spectrum.
1/12, 7 PM Igor Butman & the Moscow Jazz Orchestra with special guest pianist Allan Harris at le Poisson Rouge, $25 standing room avail.
1/12, 8 PM Friction Quartet plays two world premieres of newly commissioned works by Ian Dicke and Brendon Randall-Myers at the Firehouse Space, $10.
1/12, 10 PM marching brass band Asphalt Orchestra plays the Pixies’ Surfer Rosa at le Poisson Rouge, $15 adv tix rec
1/13, 7 PM Yefim Bronfman plus a NY Philharmonic Ensemble plays new chamber works by Marc-André Dalbavie and Marc Neikrug at Subculture, $25 tix avail.
1/14 an octet with Greg Osby, Jaleel Shaw, Donny McCaslin, Jeremy Pelt, Marty Ehrlich and others plays the music of Andrew Hill, 7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard, $20.
1/15, 7:30/9:30 PM third-stream pianist Darrell Grant leads a quintet with Steve Wilson, Joe Locke and many special guests at the Jazz Standard, $20.
1/15-18, 8:30 PM and 1/19 at 4 PM the provocative new opera Have a Good Day, by opera by Lithuanian composer Lina Lapelyte and librettist Vaiva Grainyte. is set around the inner lives of cashiers in a shopping center and looks at everything that lies behind the mechanical ‘Good afternoon. Thank you. Have a good day!’, followed by a smile. The faceless, robot-like shop workers found in everyday life are transformed into striking opera characters; their secret thoughts and biographies are turned into short, personal dramas. At Here, 165 6th Ave., west side of the street past the park, $25
1/16-19 Cyrus Chestnut leads his piano trio, 7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard, $25/$30 on the weekend
1/16, 7:30 PM repeating 1/18 at 8 PM, Andrey Boreyko conducts the NY Philharmonic playing Stravinsky’s Song of the Nightingale, Zemlinsky’s The Mermaid, and Mozart’s Bassoon Concerto at Avery Fisher Hall, $30 tix avail.
1/16, 7:30 PM up-and-coming chamber ensemble Face the Music plays This Is Not Spartacus, a “10-minute musical discourse on mob mentality for 20 guitar-picking, shouting musicians written by 12-year-old group member Paris Lavidis; and Steve Martland’s breakneck Horses of Instruction, originally written for Bang on a Can,” at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised.
1/16, 8 PM so these amazing Balkan/Middle Eastern bands are gonna be in town for Golden Festival and figured they might as well do a show beforehand: hard-rocking Tipsy Oxcart, wild jamband Raya Brass Band, psychedelically rocking Choban Elektrik, funkily intense Ornamatik and Jenny Luna‘s haunting, traditional Turkish band Dolunay all on the bill at Littlefield, probably in reverse order, absurdly cheap at $8.
1/16, 9ish wry, tuneful, eclectic Nashville gothic band Maynard & the Musties at Hank’s
1/17, 8ish Brooklyn’s amazing annual Balkan music explosion: Golden Festival at Grand Prospect Hall, 263 Prospect Ave in Ditmas Park, Brooklyn, bands TBA, it’s always an amazing international cast of characters, $35/$30 stud.
1/17, 8 PM snarling, Bowie-esque neo-glamrock band Libel at Radio Bushwick, 22 Wyckoff Ave, Brooklyn
1/18, 7 PM evocative third-stream chamber-jazz trumpeter Douglas Detrick’s AnyWhen Ensemble plays the album release show for their new one The Bright and Rushing World at the Rubin Museum of Art, 150 W. 17th St, $20
1/18, 8 PM the Bright Smoke (the French Exit’s Mia Wilson’s haunting, angst-ridden, atmospherically bluesy new project) at Lit
1/18, 8 PM the world premiere performance of Rex Isenberg’s An Angel At Dachau for piano, clarinet, violin, and cello, tells the story of a Jewish prisoner at Dachau concentration camp and his encounter with the angel of death at the Firehouse Space, $10.
1/18, 8 PM eclectic bassist/loopmusic composer Florent Ghys followed by Ensemble Et Al playing the album release show for their new one at Spectrum, $15.
1/18, 11 PM second-wave punk cult favorites the New Bomb Turks – whose album titles are unsurpassed – at the Bell House, $15 gen adm.
1/18, midnight psychedelic funk madness with the MK Groove Orchestra at the Cutting Room , $5.
1/19, 2 PM the Distinguished Concerts Orchestra & Distinguished Concerts Singers perform the New York premiere of Requiem for the Living, by Dan Forrest plus the patriotic The Testament of Freedom by Randall Thompson and The Gettysburg Address by Mark Hayes, at Stern Auditorium, Carnegie Hall, $20 tix avail.
1/19, 3 PM up-and-coming pianist Hannah Sun (a Rachmaninoff devotee) at Central Synagogue, 1 E 65th St. off 5th Ave., free.
1/19, 4 PM Fire Pink Trio – Jacquelyn Bartlett, harpist, Sheila Browne, violist and Debra Reuter-Pivetta, flutist- perform Debussy’s Sonate plus contemporary works: Doppler Effect by Adrienne Albert, Dan Locklair’s Dream Steps, Manuel Moreno-Buendia’s Suite Popular Espanol and Sonny Burnette’s Cruisin’ with the Top Down, free, at Christ & St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 120 W 69th St
1/20, 7:30 PM the Distinguished Concerts Orchestra & Distinguished Concerts Singers International play music of UK composer Karl Jenkins at Stern Auditorium, Carnegie Hall, $20 tix avail
1/21, 7:30 PM up-and-coming pianist Jenny Q Chai plays music of Bach, Gibbons, Schumann, Debussy, Stockhausen, Stroppa, and Kurtág at le Poisson Rouge, $15 adv tix rec
1/21 virtuoso downtown reedman/mandolinist Doug Wieselman plays the album release show for his his first-ever solo clarinet record From Water at le Poisson Rouge
1/21-22, 8/10:30 PM lyrical Jamaican jazz piano legend Monty Alexander leads his Harlem-Kingston Express at the Blue Note, $20 standing room avail; he’s there 1/23-26 with his classic trio with Jeff Hamilton and John Clayton.
1/22 Rolling Stones saxophonist Tim Ries & the East Gipsy Band play the album release show for their new one- wow – 7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard, $20
1/23, 7 PM trombonist Clifton Anderson leads his Quartet at the Dreck Center at the Brooklyn Public Library, free.
1/23, 7:30 PM repeating 1/25 at 8 PM Andrey Boreyko conducts the NY Philharmonic playing Tcherepnin’s The Enchanted Kingdom plus Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto No.1 and Tchaikovsky’s Suite No.3 at Avery Fisher Hall, $30 tix avail.
1/23, 8 PM pianist Simone Dinnerstein plays music of Bach, Beethoven and George Crumb at the Miller Theatre, $20 tix avail.
1/25, 8 PM the lively, eclectic Dances of the World Chamber Orchestra with composer Diana Wayburn (flute, piano), Jeff Newell (flute), Adam Matthes (viola), Dara Hankins (cello), John Murchison (bass), Bert Hill (french horn), Spencer Hale (trombone), Yonatan Avi Oleiski (percussion) at the Firehouse Space, $10.
1/26, 10:30 AM (this is a morning concert) the Calefax Reed Quintet play their inventive arrangement of Bach’s Goldberg Variations at the Walter Reade Theater, 165 W. 65th St, $22 tix avail.
1/26, 4 PM the choir of Corpus Christi Church, Louise Basbas, director, sings late 16thcentury Magnificats, antiphons, and feast-day music by Byrd, Andrea Gabrieli, Guerrero, Hassler, Lassus on their home turf, Corpus Christi Church, 529 W 121st St $10 tix avail.
1/23-26 hall of fame drummer/impresario/personality Jeff “Tain” Watts leads his big band 7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard, $30/$35 on the weekend.
1/24, 11 PM Their Planes Will Block Out the Sun – the rare Smiths-influenced 80s-ish band that doesn’t suck – at Spike Hill.
1/25, 9 PM Spanish band Dientes de Caramelo play flamenco rock and 80s sounds at Shrine.
1/29, 7:30 PM Ukrainian bandura virtuoso Julian Kytasty with singer Colleen Cleveland at Symphony Space, $30
1/29, 7:30 PM Third Coast Percussion plays David T. Little’s “Haunt of Last Nightfall” plus Transit playing Daniel Wohl’s “Corps Exquis” at le Poisson Rouge, $15 adv tix rec
1/29 Laura Cantrell – arguably this era’s most compelling, luminous female oldschool country artist – plays the album release for her long-awaited new one at Joe’s Pub.
1/30, 7:30 PM torchy oldtimey rock/swing siren Eleni Mandell at the Mercury, $15 gen adm.
2/6 gently edgy, intense acoustic tunesmith Sharon Goldman with lead guitar genius Thad DeBrock at Caffe Vivaldi
2/7, 9 PM noisy intense lead guitar genius/powerpop maven Pete Galub and band at Littlefield, $15
2/7, midnight haunting, harmony-driven art-rock/chamber pop/circus rock orchestra Knife Throwers’ Assistance at the Cutting Room, $20 adv tix rec
2/8, 9 PM NYC’s original circus rockers, rockers World Inferno at Bowery Ballroom, $20.
2/9, 3 PM the Greenwich Village Orchestra with Pierre Vallet, guest conductor play Berlioz — excerpts from The Damnation of Faust; Ravel — Shéhérazade (a GVO fave – they always slay with this); Brahms — Symphony No. 4 at Washington Irving HS Auditorium, 16th St./Irving Place, $15 sugg don., reception to follow.
2/9, 4 PM Quicksilver, an exciting new septet plays music of 17th-century German and Italian composers Castello, Fontana, Bertali, and Weckmann at Corpus Christi Church, 529 W 121st St., $10 tix avail
2/12 Swedish cellist/chamber pop chanteuse Linnea Olsson at Highline Ballroom.
2/13 Nashville gothic chanteuse Nicole Atkins with her band at Bowery Ballroom.
2/22, 8 PM, repeating 2/23 at 2 PM, a rare US appearance by Okinawan music preservationists/ensemble the Ryukyuans playing both traditional material plus American-influenced psychedelic folk-rock at Baruch College Auditorium, 25th St/Lexington Ave., $TBA. This in the wake of a performance in Fukushima on 2/8. Yikes!
3/21, noon Veit Hertenstein, viola and Pei-Yao Wang, piano play Miakovsky, Sonata No. 2 in A minor, Op. 81; Shostakovich, From Preludes, Op. 34; Brahms, Sonata No. 1 in E minor, Op. 38 at the Morgan Library, $15/$10 stud/srs