Mondays at 7 PM multi-instrumentalist Dennis Lichtman’s popular western swing band Brain Cloud at Barbes followed at 9:30 PM by a variety of south-of-the-border-style bands playing cumbias, boogaloo, salsa, maybe all of the above.
Mondays at the Jazz Standard it’s all Mingus, whether with the Mingus Orchestra, Big Band or Mingus Dynasty: as jazz goes, it’s arguably the most exhilarating show of the week, every week. The first-rate players always rise to the level of the material. Sets 7:30/9:30 PM, $25 and worth it.
Also Monday and Tuesday nights Vince Giordano’s Nighthawks, a boisterous horn-driven 11-piece 1920s/early 30’s band play Iguana, 240 W. 54th St ( Broadway/8th Ave) , 3 sets from 8 to 11, surprisingly cheap $15 cover plus $15 minimum considering what you’re getting. Even before the Flying Neutrinos or the Moonlighters, multi-instrumentalist Giordano was pioneering the oldtimey sound in New York; his long-running residency at the old Cajun on lower 8th Ave. is legendary. He also gets a ton of film work (Giordano wrote the satirical number that Willie Nelson famously sang in Wag the Dog).
Three Mondays in October: 10/9, 10/16 and 10/23 at 8 PM charismatic,cutting-edge purist jazz chanteuse Champian Fulton – who’s equally captivating as a pianist – leads her trio at Radegast Hall
Mondays in October, 8 PM erudite, fascinating jazz guitar maven,Matt Munisteri plays “guitar for lovers” at the Jalopy Tavern, free
Mondays in October, 8:30 PM powerful, dynamic blue-eyed soul belter Sarah Wise at Pete’s
Mondays at the Vanguard the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra – composer Jim McNeely’s reliably good big band vehicle – plays 9/11 PM, $30 per set plus drink minimum.
Mondays at 10 noir guitar legend Jim Campilongo leads his trio at the big room at the Rockwood
Also Mondays in October, Rev. Vince Anderson and his band play Union Pool in Williamsburg, two sets starting at 10:30 PM. The Rev. is one of the great keyboardists around, equally thrilling on organ or electric piano, an expert at Billy Preston style funk, honkytonk, gospel and blues. He writes very funny, very politically astute, sexy original songs and is one of the most charismatic, intense live performers of our time. It’s a crazy dance party. Paula Henderson from Burnt Sugar is the lead soloist on baritone sax, with frequent special guests.
Mondays at midnight in October gonzo postbop pianist Dred Scott leads his trio at the small room at the Rockwood
Tuesdays in October, 8:30 PM the George Gee Swing Orchestra play surprising new arrangements of old big band standards at Swing 46, 349 W 46th St, $15
Tuesdays in September, 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.
Wednesdays at 6 PM, irrepressible pianist/singer Champian Fulton – as entertaining a postbop improviser as torch singer – plays at Talde, 8 Erie St. (Bay/1st) in Jersey City, a block and a half from the Grove St. Path station
Wednesdays at 8 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 Art Cafe, 884 Pacific St.(at Washington Ave) in Brooklyn, $15; closest train is the 2 to Bergen St. Tons of special guests followed by a wild raga jam!
Wednesdays in October, 8 PM the Binky Griptite Orchestra (formerly Sharon Jones’ brilliant oldschool soul backing band) at Threes Brewing Outpost, 113 Franklin St (Greenpoint/Kent Aves) in Greenpoint, free
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.
Three Wednesdays in October: 10/11, 1018 and 10/25 ,9 PM enigmatic female-fronted psychedelic pop/new wave band the New Tarot at Bowery Electric, $10
Thursdays in October, 8 PM drummer Francisco Mora-Catlett’s AfroHORN mashes up Sun Ra and Afro-Cuban jazz at Zinc Bar
Fridays and Saturdays at 5 PM adventurous indie classical string quartet Ethel plus frequent special guests playing a mix of classical and more contemporary material at the balcony bar at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, free w/museum adm
Fridays at around 9:30 PM Bulgarian Romany sax legend Yuri Yunakov with his wild but haunting band at Mehanata
Saturdays at 4 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.
Saturdays in November, 6 PM eclectic, edgy soul/art-rock/funk/chamber-pop cellist/singer Marika Hughes & Bottom Heavy at Barbes
Saturdays in October, 10 PM oldschool ffemale-fronted psychedelic soul/groove band Empire Beats at the Way Station
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 September, at sometime past noon at Hank’s, Nashville gothic crooner Sean Kershaw‘s legendary honkytonk brunch is back! It’s just like 1999 again!
10/1, 11:30AM ish eclectic mostly-female klezmer/cumbia/tango jamband Isle of Klezbos at City Winery, $10, no minimum, kids under 12 free
10/1, 2 PM popular indie classical orchestra the Knights play Mendelssohn’s Italian symphony; special guest tenor Nicholas Phan joins them for Benjamin Britten’s Les Illuminations at Bric Arts, $12 adv tix rec. There’s also a 10/5, 8 PM show there for six bucks more in advance.
10/1, 3 PM the New York Classical Players plus pianist HaeSun Paik play Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4, a premiere of Eric Nathan’s “Omaggio a Gesualdo” plus works by Shostakovich and Saint-Saens at Flushing Town Hall, free w/rsvp
10/1, 4 PM badass harpist Bridget Kibbey and violinist Siwoo Kim reinvent works by Bach at National Sawdust, $30 adv tix rec. You have to hear Kibbey’s version of the Toccata in D – it’s not what you would expect at all!
10/1, 5 PM forward-looking indie classical piano trio Longleash play the album release show for their new one at the Poisson Rouge
10/1. 6 PM drummer Jeremy Carlstedt and haunting electroacoustic trombonist Rick Parker – of horror surf band Behinghove’s Hangmen – at Downtown Music Gallery
10/1, 7 PM eclectic, lyrical jazz bassist/composer Pedro Giraudo leads his Tango Quartet followed at 9:30 by Romany jazz/psychedelic rock guitar mastermind Stephane Wrembel at Barbes
10/1, 7 PM the fantastic and irrepressible Momenta Quartet with Elizabeth Brown, theremin play works by Biber, Schoenberg, Kee Yong Chong, Michael Small, Elizabeth Brown at Dixon Place, free
10/1, 7 PM eclectic Americana crooner Charley Crockett – sort of the Texas version of Hayes Carll – at the Knitting Factory, $12 adv tix rec
10/1, 7 PM charming continental swing harmony band the New York Nightingales at Caffe Vivaldi.
10/1, 7:30 PM wild, theatrical, ancient Punjabi dance band Rajasthani Caravan at Drom, $15. Followed at 9:15 by innovative, energetic all-male a-cappella jazz sextet M-Pact, separate $15 adv tix adm.
10/1, 7:30 PM wryly playful, hauntingly atmospheric, otherworldly Tuvan throat-singing group Alash at Merkin Concert Hall, $25
10/1, 8 PM guitarslinger Mallory Feuer’s fiery power trio the Grasping Straws – sort of a mashup of Patti Smith and Hole’s first album –at Pine Box Rock Shop. They slayed with a surprising amount of new material at a low-key East Village show last month.
10/1, 8:30ish the uneasily cinematic art-rock Pi PowerTrio – film composer and former Raybeat Pat Irwin (guitar, electronics), Sasha Dobson (drums, vocals) and Daria Grace (bass, vocals) at the Treehouse at 2A
10/1, 9 PM darkly jangly, catchy, new wave-ish rockers Melissa & the Mannequins at Bowery Electric, $10. They’re also at LIC Bar on 10/25 at 9.
10/1, 10:30 PM the great unsung hero of darkly purposeful, noir-tinged jazz guitar, Saul Rubin leads his quartet at Smalls. 10/5 and 10/10, 7 PM his Zebtet are at the Fat Cat.
10/2, 6 PM the improvisationally-inclined Osso String Quartet at the Fat Cat
10/2, 7 PM the Momenta Quartet with Vicky Chow, piano, and Hilliard Greene,bass play a liberation-themed program of works by Schoenberg, Alvin Singleton, Agustín Fernández and a violin/bass improvisation at the Americas Society, 680 Park Ave, free
10/2, 7 PM feral psychedelic guitarslinger Debra Devi at the small room at the Rockwood
10/2. 7:30 PM Luke Doucet and Melissa McClelland’s intense folk noir band Whitehorse at Baby’s All Right, $15
10/2, 8 PM the NYU01 Ensemble play Berlioz: Roman Carnival Overture, Op. 9; Grieg: Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16; Elgar: Variations on an Original Theme, Op. 36, “Enigma” at the NYU Loewe Theatre, 35 W 4th St, free
10/2, 9:30 PM a screening of newly digitized, restored footage filmed by Metropolis Video comprising the world premiere of several rare, rediscovered songs from summer and fall 1975 CBGB performances by the Talking Heads, at the Kitchen, free
10/3, 7 PM the Momenta Quartet with Samuel Rhodes, viola, and Marcy Rosen, cello play works by Britten, Tschaikovsky and Claude Baker at the Italian Academy at Columbia University, 1161 Amsterdam Ave north of 116th St., free
10/3, 7:30 PM harpist Hae Joo Hahn plays works by Bach, Gounod, Handel, Vivaldi, Faure, Debussy and more at Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall, $30 tix avail
10/3, 7:30 PM the New Juilliard Ensemble play North American premieres by John Woolrich, Gerald Barry, Akira Nishimura and Raminta Serksnyte at the Sharp Theatre at Juilliard, free
10/3, 7:30 PM charismatic, adventurous postbop/avant garde trombonist/crooner Frank Lacy leads his group at Smalls
10/3-4, 7:30/9:30 PM drummer Adam Rudolph’s strikingly tuneful, rumblingly improvisational Moving Pictures at the Jazz Gallery, $15
10/3, 7:30/9:30 PM guitarist Steve Cardenas leads his quartet playing Monk tunes at the Jazz Standard, $25
10/3, 8 PM in reverse order at the Silent Barn: eclectic drummer/vibraphonist Kate Gentile‘s Friends of Reason, math-y duo Bangladeafy, wildfire guitarist Brandon Seabrook‘s Needle Driver playing the album release show for their new one, and noisy art=rock/indie guitar legend Martin Bisi, $8
10/3-8, 8:30 PM the world’s most captivatingly assaultive extended technique trumpeter, Peter Evans plays with a series of ensembles at the Stone, $20. Choice pick: opening night, with strings: Mazz Swift (violin) Tomeka Reid (cello) Brandon Lopez (bass) Dan Lippel (guitar) Craig Taborn (piano) Miya Masaoka (koto)
10/3, 10 PM Duckie Simpson’s version of what’s left of 80s roots reggae legends Black Uhuru at B.B. King’s, $25 adv tix rec
10/4, 6 PM enigmatically intense, sometimes assaultive jazz/postrock group Desert Foxx with eclectic special guest Levon Henry at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 includes a drink!
10/4, 7 PM wildly eclectic, theatrical one-man band the Lonesome Organist followed by intense minor-key klezmer/groove/psychedelic art-rock instrumentalists Barbez playing the album release show for their new one For Those Who Came After: Songs of Resistance from the Spanish Civil War at Joe’s Pub, $15. Followed at 9:30 (separate $20 adm) by high-voltage sarod duo Amaan Ali Bangash and Ayaan Ali Bangash with Karsh Kale on percussion.
10/4, 7 PM the Momenta Quartet with Nana Shi, pianist play works by Milhaud, Per Norgard’s awesome String Quartet No. 8, Hiroya Miura and João Pedro Oliveira at West Park Presbyterian Church, 165 W 86th St at Amsterdam
10/4, 7 PM Skip LaPlante’s wild, gamelesque kitchen-sink percussion piece Symphony of Chimes performed by the composer, Laurie Bennett, David Demnitz, Skip La Plante, Andrea Skurr, Omar Zubair and others at Shapeshifter Lab, $10
10/4, 7:30 PM indie powerpop cult hero Walter Salas-Humara of the Silos at Hifi Bar
10/4, 7:30/9:30 PM guitarist Mike Moreno leads his quartet playing Monk tunes at the Jazz Standard, $25
10/4, 8 PM fearlessly political LES soul-rock songwriter/chanteuse Dina Regine at Sidewalk
10/4, 8 PM pianist Steven Masi plays Beeethoven sonatas at the Dreck Center at the Brooklyn Public Library, free, no under-sixes.
10/4, 8:30 PM magically luminescent pastoral jazz/space-jazz group Bryan and the Aardvarks at Nublu 151, $10
10/4, 9 PM Dervisi feat. guitar god Steve Antonakos play “exotic Greek gangsta blues” at Troost
10/4 Zola Jesus at Rough Trade is sold out. Good for her.
10/5, 6:30 PM not a music event but an important one: a panel discussion on the criminalization of poverty with Brooklyn Law School professor Jocelyn Simonson plus Josmar Trujillo of the Coalition to End Broken Windows, Alyssa Aguilera of VOCAL-NY, Imani Henry of Equality for Flatbush: E4F, and Ben Ndugga-Kabuye of the Black Alliance for Just Immigration (BAJI) at the Brooklyn Historical Society, 128 Pierrepont St. in downtown Brooklyn, free
10/5, 7 PM percussionist Alessandra Belloni‘s rustically witchy tarantella band at the Italian American Museum, 155 Mulberry St. near Grand, $25
10/5-6, 7 PM Tanya Kalmanovitch’s ominously polyphonic, improvisational eco-disaster suite The Tar Sands Songbook, focusing on the Ft. McMurrray oil sands debacle, at the New School 4th Floor Theatre at 55 W 13th St., free
10/5, 7/8:30 PM, repeating on 10/6, the Momenta Quartet play an all-Ursula Mamlok program alongside Miro Magloire’s new chamber ballet, Stray Bird, in tribute to the composer at German Academy New York, 1014 5h Aven (bet. 82 & 83 Sts), free, rsvp req
10/5, 7:30 PM popular bachata crooner Joan Soriano “El Duque de la Bachata,” at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised
10/5. 8 PM Eva Zollner plays accordion music by women composers followed by trombone-fueled improvisational alchemy with the Steve Swell Ensemble at Roueltte, $20
10/5, 8/9:30 PM violinist Sam Bardfeld plays the album release show for his excellent, eclectic new one, The Great Enthusiasms with Kris Davis, piano; Michael Sarin, drums at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min
10/5, 8:30 PM the irrepressible, cinematic, comedic Broken Reed Saxophone Quartet play new material at Shapeshifter Lab, $15
10/5, 10 PM high-energy female-fronted honkytonk/hard country band American Aquarium at the Knitting Factory, $15
10/6, 5:30 PM oldtimey toe-tapping tunes with Washboard Slim and the Bluelights at the American Folk Art Museum
10/6, 7 PM the Jentsch Group No Net play work from guitarist Chris Jentsch’s ongoing acerbic, relevant Topics in American History suite for large jazz emsemble – referencing pre-Colombian North America, the Lincoln/Douglass Debates, Manifest Destiny, and the Domino Theory – at Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, $15
10/6, 7 PM the Art Ensemble of Chicago, legends of avant garde jazz, make their first NYC stop in decades. Lineup this time out is Roscoe Mitchell, flutes, saxophones; Famoudou Don Moye, drums, percussion; Hugh Ragin, trumpet; Tomeka Reid, cello; Junius Paul, double bass; Joseph Jarman, spoken word, at Columbia’s Lenfest Center for the Arts , 615 W 129th St, $25/$15 stud
10/6. 7 PM the US premiere of The Strange Library of Babel – a largescale improvisational work drawing on both Murakami’s “The strange library” and Borges’ “The library of Babel”, with music by the Mivos Quartet, saxophonist Anna Webber, trumpeter Nate Wooley and others at Spectrum, $15
10/6, 7 PM Jog Blues – who reinvent classical Indian themes much as Brooklyn Raga Massive does – at National Sawdust, $30 adv tix rec
10/6, 7 PM postrock octet Threefifty at Shapeshifter Lab, $15
10/6, 7 PM pianists Brent Funderburk and Miori Sugiyama back the Brooklyn Art Song Society in works by Ravel and Debussy at the Brooklyn Historical Society, 128 Pierrepont St. in downtown Brooklyn, $25
10/6-7, 7:30/9:30 PM the Alan Ferber Big Band play the album release show for their typically lush, diverse new one at the Jazz Gallery, $25
10/6, 8 PM cinematic, psychedelic, dynamic Chinese folk/postrock/shoegaze band Zhaoze make their US debut at American Beauty, $15
10/6. 8ish LA psychedelic latin soul stars Chicano Batman preceded by Thai-inspired heavy psych trio Khruangbin at Warsaw, $26 tix avail. at the Knitting Factory ticket window. Don’t buy online unless you want to get really screwed.
10/6, 8 PM Belarus classical and folk multi-instrumental wizard Siarhei Douhushau – who plays kolavaia lira (hurdy-gurdy), parnaia dudka (double bagpipe), Belarusian dudka (fife), akaryna (okarina), zhaleika, and sapilka – at the Jalopy, $15
10/6, 8 PM 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 Terry Riley’s In C at the Poisson Rouge, $20 adv tix rec. You want psychedelic?
10/6, 8 PM high-voltage rustic Belize coastal dance tunes with the Garifuna Collective featuring Umalali at Flushing Town Hall, $16/$10 srs/, ages 13-19 free w/ID
10/6, 8 PM percussion and piano quartet Yarn/Wire play the world premiere of Enno Poppe’s Feld, “filtered through microtonal organs or paired with dense, perpetually moving piano complexity” at the Kitchen, $20/$15 stud/srs
10/6. 8:30 PM reliably unpredictable, assaultively tuneful guitarist Brandon Seabrook leads a trio with Daniel Levin on cello and Henry Feaser on bass at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min – yikes!
10/6. 9 PM moodily lyrical, politically savvy Irish folk-rocker Niall Connolly plays the album release show for his new one Dream Your Way Out of This One at Union Hall, $12
10/6, 9ish trumpeter Darren Johnston’s Wind Over Walls with the amazing Carmen Staaf – piano; the equally amazing Alison Miller – drums; Noah Garabedian – upright bass at I-Beam, $15
10/6, 9:15 PM Miss Velvet & the Blue Wolf play quirky, torchy blue-eyed soul with incisively edgy, purist blues guitar at the big room at the Rockwood, $10
10/6, 9:30 PM upbeat oldschool C&W and more rustic sounds with Woody Pines at Hill Country
10/6, 10 PM the world’s creepiest and most subtly amusing crime jazz/film noir band, Big Lazy at Barbes
10/6, 10:30 PM catchy Booker T-esque soul jazz with the David Gibson/Jared Gold, Hammond B3 organ band at the Fat Cat
10/6, 11 PM theatrical female-fronted circus rock/Romany folk-inspired rock band Varya at Sidewalk
10/7. 6 PMquirkily cinematic, psychedelic, family-friendly instrumentalists Songs for Unusual Creatures, followed eventually at 10 by eclectic, electric C&W/blues band the Jug Addicts at Barbes
10/7, 7 PM Du Yun and Novus NY play excerpts from her creepy, cynical work in progress Angel’s Bone – about a couple who ostensibly find a couple of battered and bruised angels, but under the pretext of repairing their wings, cannibalize their bodies – at National Sawdust, $30 adv tix rec
10/7, 7 PM dark psychedelic acoustic blues/klezmer/reggae/soca jamband Hazmat Modine at Terra Blues. They’re also here on 10/21
10/7, 7:30 PM the Israeli Chamber Project play Stravinsky’s Soldier’s Tale plus works by Mozart, Schumann and Leef at Merkin Concert Hall, $30
10/7, 8ish Mary Lorson – whose eclectic catalog comprises everything from uneasy parlor pop to trip-hop to swing – at the Owl, $10
10/7, 8 PM B3 organ cult fave Dr. Lonnie Smith leads his trio at the Miller Theatre, $20 seats avail
10/7, 8:30 PM Jason Stein – bass clarinet; Jacob Sacks – piano; Tomas Fujiwara – drums collaborate at I-Beam. $15
10/7, 9 PM Unsteady Freddie‘s monthly surf rock extravaganza at Otto’s begins at 9 with the percussive Bongo Surf, at 10 jangly New York original surf rock cult heroes the Supertones, at 11 menacing horror surf legends the Coffin Daggers and then Brooklyn cover trio the Band of Others sometime around midnight
10/7, 9 PM baritone crooner Sean Kershaw‘s Serpentones play “hi octane Brooklyn honkytonk”at Bar Chord
10/7, 9 PM haphazardly careening, occasionally theatrical dreampop/noiserockers Gold Dime at Alphaville, $10
10/7, 10:30 PM kinetic jazz vibraphonista Yuhan Su leads her quartet at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 cover plus $10 minimum
10/7, 11 PM explosive electric blues guitarist/songwriter Jackie Venson – arguably the best thing happening in Texas blues right now – at the third stage at the Rockwood, $10
10/8, noon jangly New York original surf rock cult heroes the Supertones at the Dropout, 16702 Rockaway Beach Blvd at Bay 9 in the Rockaways, free
10/8, 3 PM Brigid Coleridge, violin; Julia Yang, cello; Lee Dionne, piano play works by Beethoven, Schubert and Shostakovich at Concerts on the Slope, St. John’s Episcopal Church, 139 St. John’s Place downhill from 7th Ave, sugg don
10/8, 4 PM pianist Steven Masi plays Beeethoven sonatas at the Dreck Center at the Brooklyn Public Library, free, no under-sixes.
10/8, 5 PM flutist Joseph Piscitelli, cellist Michael Finckel and pianist Helene Jeanney play; music by Haydn, Weber and Damase at the Lounge at Hudson View Gardens, 128 Pinehurst Ave at W183rd St, $12, reception to follow
10/8, 6 PM dueling violins from Venezuela and New York: Leonor Falcon with Sana Nagano at Downtown Music Gallery
10/8, 6 PM lustrously dark jazz pianist Guy Mintus at Caffe Vivaldi
10/8, 7 PM witty Microscopic Septet pianist Joel Forrester followed at 9:30isy byRomany guitar legend Stephane Wrembel at Barbes
10/8, 7:30 PM sitar virtuoso Nishat Khan at Merkin Concert Hall, $25 tix avail
10/8, 7:30/9:30 PM cool improvisational stuff: tenor saxophonist Ingrid Laubrock leads an electroacoustic septet with Kris Davis on piano and Miya Masaoka on koto at the Jazz Gallery, $15
10/8, 7:30 PM the intrepid Queensboro Symphony Orchestra plays Fabrizio Ferraro’s guitar concerto Hachiko with the composer as soloist; also on the program iare Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 3 featuring Hanako Miyajima and Brahms’ Symphony No. 1 at Mary’s Nativity Church, 46-02 Parsons Blvd. (at Holly Ave.), Flushing, sugg don, 7 to Flushing/Main St. and a comfortable 10-minute walk, or take the Q27 or Q65 bus
10/8, 8 PM a very rare NYC appearance by Macedonian brass band Prilepski Zvezdi and Zlatne Uste, NYC’s first and arguably most deeply authentic, explosive Balkan brass unit, with special guest clarinet monster Bilhan Macev at Drom, $15 adv tix rec
10/8, 8 PM dark late 70s CB’s style punk-pop/powerpop band Ingrid & the Defectors at Otto’s
10/8, 9 PM smart, original oldtimey guitar/banjo instrumentals with Breadfoot at Sidewalk
10/9, 7 PM tuneful pianist Jim Ridl leads his trio from behind the Fender Rhodes at 55 Bar
10/9, 8 PM darkly cinematic Israeli Middle Eastern jazz trio Kadawa at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min
10/10, 6:30 PM a killer triplebill: snotty lo-fi accordion-driven oldschool cumbia band Ratas En Zelo, fiery singer Carolina Oliveros’ trippy tropicalia band Combo Chimbita and then Thee Commons – the missing link between Tom Waits, Los Destellos, Industrial Tepee and the Ventures – at the Mercury, $10
10/10, 9 PM oldschool Texas fingerstyle acoustic blues, Romany swing and all sorts of fiery antique styles with fantastic guitarist Noe Socha at Freddy’s
10/9, 9:30 PM cumbia band Los Cumpleanos – with new wave synths & retro organ sounds with effect-laden trombone and trumpet as well as a three piece percussion section – at Barbes
10/10-15, 8/10:30 PM ageless salsa jazz piano powerhouse Eddie Palmieri celebrates his 80th birthday with a week at the Blue Note, $30 standing room avail
10/10, 8 PM the perennially intense, tuneful godfather of edgy, lyrical, anthemic downtown NYC rock, Willie Nile sings Dylan at City Winery, $30 standing room avail.
10/10, 8 PM opening night of this year’s Honk festival of Balkan brass music with New Orleans’ New Creation Brass Band and the L Train Brass Band (which never goes where it’s supposed to, stops abruptly and then doesn’t do anything?) at City Reliquary, 370 Metropolitan Ave cattycorner from the Knitting Factory, free
10/10-15, 8:30 PMnoir-inspired low-register reedman Ben Goldberg plays with a variety of ensembles at the Stone, $20. Choice pick: opening night with Orphic Machine: Carla Kihlstedt (violin) Ches Smith, Kenny Wollesen (vibes) Myra Melford (piano) Ron Miles (trumpet) Nate Radley (guitar), Trevor Dunn (bass)
10/10, 9:30 PM the Bronx Conexion play their mighty salsa big band jazz at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, $10
10/11, 5 PM free, eclectic brass band triplebill: Brazil’s all-female, canavalesque Damas de Ferro, New Orleans’ New Creation Brass Band and drummer Kenny Wollesen‘s Sonic Massage at Everything Goes Book Cafe, 208 Bay Street, Staten Island
10/11, 6 PM Middle Eastern oudist Tom Chess at the Rubin Museu of Art, free w/museum adm
10/11, 7:30/9:30 PM piano icon Kenny Barron leads his trio playing Monk tunes at the Jazz Standard, $25
10/11-12, 7:30 PM purposeful, subtl guitarist Lage Lund leads his quartet at Smalls. 10/12 he’s followed at 10:30 PM by trumpet powerhouse Wayne Tucker – of Anbessa Orchestra – leading a sextet
10/11, 8 PM dynamic, subtle new female-fronted klezmer band Tsibele play the album release show for their new one at Barbes
10/11 8 PM deviously theatrical oldschool C&W/rockabilly parodists Susquehanna Industrial Tool & Die Co followed by hard honkytonk guitarslinger Wayne “The Train” Hancock at the Bell House, $15 adv tix rec
10/11, 8 PM drummer Ches Smith “debuts 3 new pieces that explore orchestrational commonalities and incongruences among acoustic and electronic sounds”with Jennifer Choi (violin), Anna Webber (flute), Nate Wooley (trumpet), Oscar Noriega (clarinet), Michael Nicolas (cello), at Roulette, $20 adv tix rec
10/11-12, 10 PM high-energy retro soul/Americana band the California Honeydrops at Bowery Balroom, $15 adv tix rec. On 10/11 Cumbiagra – whose take on psychedelic cumbias is more rustic and purist than most bands who play that stuff – open the show at 9.
10/12, 7 PM Brazil’s all-female, canavalesque Damas de Ferro, New Orleans’ New Creation Brass Band,by Brooklyn’s original punk Balkan horn group Hungry March Band, amusing trip-hop brass group Pussy Grabs Back: The Band and careening ten-piece Balkan brass crew Veveritse at WFMU’s Monty Hall, 43 Montgomery Street, Jersey City
10/12, 7 PM innovative art-rock/postrock string chamber ensemble Founders play their new Edgar Allen Poe song cycle and new arrangement of Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time at National Sawdust, $30 adv tix rec. This could be awesome.
10/12, 7 PM hypnotic, intricate, eclectically virtuosic fingerstyle guitar instrumentalist RD King – Fahey meets Kottke meets Dave Miller? – at Shrine
10/12, 7 PM irrepressible slide trumpeter Steven Bernstein leads the New School Studio Orchestra at the New School U100 auditorium, 63 5th Ave., free. 10/13-14 at 8:30 PM he and his band are at the New School’s Glass Box Performance Space, 55 W 13th St, $20
10/12, 7:30 PM Leif Ove Andsnes plays Rachaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 4 with the NY Philharmonic. Also on the bill: an Esa-Pekka Salonen premiere, and Sibelius’ Symphony No. 5 at Avery Fisher Hall, $31 tix avail. The program repeats on 10/14 at 8 and 10/17 at 7:30.
10/12, 7:30/9:30 PM the John Beasley Monkestra play big band versions of Monk tunes at the Jazz Standard, $30
10/12, 7:30 PM eclectic new versions of classical Indian themes – Akshara play the album release show for their excellent new one at Drom, $20 adv tix req
10/12. 8 PM plush, balmy, oldtimey uke swing band Daria Grace & the Pre-War Ponies followed at 10 by Jina Brass Band at Barbes
10/12, 8 PM bassist Lisa Mezzacappa “presents Glorious Ravage, an evening-length song cycle inspired by female explorers” at Roulette, $20 adv tix rec
10/12, 8.9:30 PM the Jazz Samaritan Alliance – Nadje Noordhuis, trumpet; Kris Allen, alto sax; Chris Dingman, vibraphone; Noah Baerman, piano; Ike Sturm, bass – play protest jazz at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min
10/12, 8 PM rockabilly/honkytonk guitar maven Monica Passin a.k.a. L’il Mo and her trio followed by a rare solo set byDemolition String Band’s Elena Skye at Sidewalk
10/12, 9 PM smart, cleverly lyrical original swing chanteuse/songwriter/trombonist Emily Asher’s Garden Party at Radegast Hall.
10/12, 9ish noir-inclined, bluesy guitarslinger Phil Gammage and band at 11th St. Bar
10/12, 10 PM the massive 18-piece NYC Ska Orchestra at the Fat Cat
10/13, 5:30 PM cinematic pastoral chamber-folk instrumentals from Dougmore at the American Folk Art Museum
10/13, 7 PM intense, politically fearless, frequently hilarious gothic Americana songwriter Rachael Kilgour at Caffe Vivaldi
10/13. 7 PM pianist Jerome Lowenthal performs works by Mozart, Chopin, Debussy and Poulenc at Greenwich House Music School, $15/$10 stud/srs
10/13, 7 PM edgy postbop guitarist Mike Baggetta leads his trio at Spectrum, $15
10/13, 7 PM pianist Monica Verona plays fugues by Bach, Beethoven and Barber – who knew? – at Bloomingdale School of Music, 323 W108th St, free
10/13, 7;30 PM whirlwind bass sax god Colin Stetson plays his new suite Sorrow: A Re-imagining of Górecki’s Third Symphony at the World Financial Center, free
10/13, 8 PM mesmerizing, haunting Middle Eastern singer Shelley Thomas and oudist Brian Prunka play Fairouziyat, Wahabiyat, Muwashahat followed by Kane Mathis (kora) & Roshni Samlal (tabla) and their hypnotic duo Orakel at the Owl, $15
10/13, 8 PM singer Jenny Luna’s haunting, oud-and-clarinet-driven Turkish band Dolunay followed by irrepressibly slinky, accordion-driven multi-instrumentalists Cumbiagra – whose take on classic Colombian cumbia has gone in a more psychedelic direction lately – at Barbes
10/13, 8 PM the George Gee Swing Orchestraat Flushing Town Hall, free w/rsvp
10/13, 9 PM darkly lyrical Americana rock bandleader Nora Jane Struthers plays the album release show for her new one at American Beauty, $12
10/13, 9 PM guitar genius Lenny Molotov’s torchy, lyrically smashing original female-fronted oldtimey swing crew the Fascinators at Sidewalk
10/13, 9 PM guitarist Alyse Lamb’s fiery, subtly witty tightly psychedelic jazz-inspired postpunk band Parlor Walls followed by swirly, hypnotic, totally 80s 4AD dreampop/shoegazers Dead Leaf Echo – who if they let their frontwoman sing fulltime would be one of NYC’s best bands – at the Knitting Factory, $10 adv tix rec
10/13, 9 PM enigmatic, darkly cinematic downtempo/art-rock band Seasonal Beast play the album release show for their new one at the big room at the Rockwood
10/13, 10 PM quirky, smartly lyrical avant chamber pop with the Icebergs – Jane LeCroy – vox; Tom Abbs – cello; David Rogers-Berry – drums – at Pete’s
10/13, 10 PM a fiery brass band twinbill with Brazil’s all-female, canavalesque Damas de Ferro followed by New Orleans’ New Creation Brass Band at Shrine. Damas De Ferro are also at the NYC Transit Museum at 1 PM the following day, 10/14 with the L Train Brass Band – unless that group goes out of service at Myrtle-Wyckoff.
10/14, 4 PM the Me Oh My Oh’s play oldschool C&W at Pete’s
10/14, 5 PM a cheap, high-quality brass street band triplebill in anticipation of this year’s NY Gypsy Festival: trumpet icon Frank London and his group headline, preceded by Artists for a Free World and the 3 Million Majority Band at Drom, $10
10/14, 6 PM the Erik Satie Quartet – Ron Hay (trombone), Max Seigel (bass trombone), Ben Holmes (trumpet), and Andrew Hadro (bari sax) –reinvent classic and obscure Satie chamber pieces as well as rare compositions by his obscure contemporaries, followed at 8 by accordionist/sitarist Kamala Sankaram’s hot surfy Bollywood/cumbia/psychedelic rock project Bombay Rickey – a launching pad for her spellbinding four-octave voice – at Barbes
10/14, 7 PM eclectic, hard-hitting, lyrical composer/tenor saxophonist Stan Killian and group at 55 Bar
10/14, 7 PM Juilliard415 and the Yale Schola Cantorum play Bach cantatas at St. Michael’s Church, 225 W. 99th, free
10/14, 7ish Bobby Radcliff – the rare blues guitarist who plays a ton of notes but doesn’t waste them, sort of a funkier Stevie Ray Vaughan – with his trio at Terra Blues
10/14, 7:30 PM elegantly intense Cuban jazz pianist Elio Villafranca with a woodwind quintet play his new Caribbean Suite at Hostos College Repertory Theatre, 450 Grand Concourse, Bronx, 2 to Grand Concourse, $15.
10/14, 7:30 PM pianist Shai Wosner plays works by Schubert, Chopin, Gershwin and Ives at Irving HS Auditorium, Irving Place betw 17th/18th, $14
10/14, 8 PM high-voltage psychedelic cumbia band MAKU Soundsystem – whose latest album takes a detour toward Caribbean and African sounds at C’Mon Everybody, $12
10/14, 8ish newgrass string duo Tessa Lark & Michael Thurber followed by pastoral gothic accordion art-rock with Sam Reider & the Human Hands at the Owl, $10
10/14. 8 PM stoner 70s Murder City style rockers Sun Voyager at the Knitting Factory, $20 adv tix rec
10/14, 8 PM Rohab Ensemble featuring members of legendary Iranian group Dastan Ensemble – Hossein Behroozinia (barbat – lute), Said Farajpoori (kamancheh – spike fiddle) and Behnam Samani (tombak – goblet drum) – with Hamid Behrouzinia (tar – lute) and entrancing vocalist Sepideh Raissad at at Roulette, $32
10/14. 10 PM hilarious, smartly political faux-French retro 60s psych-pop band les Sans Culottes followed by dark oldschool soul/garage band Mighty Fine at Hank’s, $8
10/14, 10 PM innovative electroacoustic/postbop saxophonist Wayne Escoffery leads his quintet at the Fat Cat
10/15, 5 PM pianist Eleanor Bindman and violinist Robert Chausow play an all-Bach program, including Sonatas #2 and #4 for Violin and Piano, and Partita #3 for solo piano at the Old Stone House in Park Slope, $20/$10 srs.
10/15, 5 PM Hypercube with Erin Rogers on saxophones, Chris Graham on percussion,Jay Sorce on classical and electric guitar, and Andrea Lodge on piano play high energy works ncluding Louis Andriessen’s Hout, Philippe Hurel’s spectral Localized Corrosion, Chris Cerrone’s Variations on a Still Point, Mikel Kuehn’s Color Fields and Philip Schuessler’s Liminal Bridges at the Poisson Rouge
10/15, 7 PM clarinetist Andy Biskin‘s wryly but aptly titled Reed Basket followed at 9:30ish by Romany jazz/psychedelic rock guitar mastermind Stephane Wrembel at Barbes
10/15, 7 PM the reliably dynamic, intense Saeunn Thorsteinsdottir plays solo cello works at Spectrum, $15
10/15, 7:30/9:30 PMnoir jazz piano mastermind Frank Kimbrough and his Quartet play Monk at the Jazz Standard, $25
10/15, 7:30 PM Andrew Smith, cello and Alfredo Oyaguez Montero, piano play Spanish works by Granados, Turina, Cassado, Falla, Montsalvatge, and Casalsat Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, $25
10/15, 7:30/9:30 PM intense postbop pianist Gerald Clayton leads his trio at the Jazz Gallery, $25
10/15, 8 PM purist, guitarishly excellent oldschool soul band Miss Tess & the Talkbacks and bewitching noir Americana chanteuse Eilen Jewell and her amazing band at City Winery, $20 standing room avail
10/16, 8 PM “rising experimental pianist Kelly Moran presents Hallucinations, influenced by states of altered consciousness and their effect on musical processes. The program will feature prepared piano, synthesizers, and recorded electronics in front of video projections,” at Roulette, $20 adv tix rec
10/16, 9 PM Carolina Oliveros’ trippy tropicalia band Combo Chimbita – who mash up cumbia, salsa, champeta and a whole bunch of other south of the border styles open for a very rare US appearance by wild, legendary 1960s/70s Peruvian psychedelic cumbia jamband Los Wemblers at Pioneer Works, $25
10/16, 9:30 PM Chicha Libre spinoff Locobeach play trippy electro-cumbia at Barbes
10/17, 7 PM violinist Eleonore Biezunski and Ukrainian tsimbl (hammered dulciimer) player Pete Rushefsky’s darkly rustic klezmer band the Klezmographers with special guest, haunting chanteuse Zhenya Lopatnik, followed at 9 by ten-piece funky Balkan brass jazz monsters Slavic Soul Party at Barbes
10/17, 7 PM Canadian ensemble L’Harmonie des Saisons “presents a program of rarely heard eighteenth-century French music for the pardessus de viole, the crowning glory of the viola da gamba family” at the Americas Society, 680 Park Ave., $20/$10 stud
10/17, 8 PM the new quartet of charming front-porch folk duo Anna & Elizabeth, fiddler/composer Cleek Schrey & viola da gamba player Liam Byrne unveil quietly lush new compositions and reimagine ancient melodies in the rich sonics at the San Damiano Mission, 85 N 15th St, Williamsburg, $15
10/17, 8/10:30 PM ageless, perennially hard-hitting jazz piano sage and ex-Coltrane bandmate McCoy Tyner at the Blue Note, $30 standing room avail
10/17, 8 PM darkly tuneful, intensely focused, noir-tinged guitarist Andre Matos leads his quartet at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min
10/17, 8:30 PM Red Molly’s dobro sorceress Abbie Gardner at Pete’s
10/17, 8:30 PM intense, smartly lyrical newgrass/janglerock/parlor pop bandleader Missy Raines and the New Hip at the third stage at the Rockwood, $15
10/17-22, 8:30 PM cellis Okkyung Lee plays with a variety of ensembles at the Stone, $20.Choice pick: opening night, a duo with Nels Cline
10/17, 9 PM popular newschool Americana/southern soul singer Jessica Lea Mayfield at Baby’s All Right, $15
10/17, 10:30 PM brilliant drummer/percussionist Willie Martinez & La Familia Sextet play classic salsa grooves at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, $10
10/18, 6 PM magically intertwining kotos played by Masayo Ishigure + Kyoko Morishima at the Rubin Museu of Art, free w/museum adm
10/18, 7:30 PM trumpeter Brian Lynch and his quintet play Monk at the Jazz Standard, $25
10/18, 7:30/9:30 PM pianist Marta Sanchez leads her quintet playing the album release show for her new one Danza Imposible at the Jazz Gallery, $15
10/18, 8/10:30 PM saxophonist Marcus Strickland’s Twi-Life at the Blue Note, $15 standing room avail
10/18, 9 PM wild sax-and-drum dancefloor madness with Moon Hooch at Bowery Ballroom, $20 adv tix rec. If the club calendar is accurate, they’re here the following night, 10/19 at 8. Avoid the wanky synth player also on the bill, who’s ostensibly opening on the 18th and headlining on the 19th
10/18, 9:30 PM intense, piano-based, Aimee Mann-style literate chamber pop group Elizabeth & the Catapult play the album release show for their new one at the Poisson Rouge, $12 adv tix rec
10/19, 7 PM Changing Modes – NYC’s funnest, most unpredictable, sharply lyrical new wave art-rock band – at Drom, $10 adv tix rec
10/19, 7:30 PM hypnotic, kinetic female-fronted Mexican downtempo-trip-hop/folk-pop band Ampersan at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised
10/19, 7:30 PM the MSM Brass Ensemble play an all-Bartok program at Ades Performance Space at Manhattan School of Music, free
10/19, 7:30 PM night one of the Bric Jazzfest with – in reverse order: the Sun Ra Arkestra under the direction of nonagenarian EWI player Marshall Allen, hip-hop string ensemble Miles Mosley & the West Coast Get Down, drummer Terri Lyne Carrington and Social Science, awesome, purist, guitar-driven oldschool soul/blues crew the Binky Griptite Orchestra, a tuneless mathrock band, a noodly guitarist struggling to find his own style, the funky postbop Mike Casey Trio, a singer who’s halfheartedly trying to blend Indian music and jazz, and purposeful, smart, tuneful saxophonist Sharel Cassity & Elektra – at Bric Arts, $25 adv tix rec
10/19, 7:30/9:30 PM feral, wildly improvisational, tuneful pianist Mara Rosenbloom leads her trio at the Jazz Gallery, $15
10/19-21, 7:30/9:30 PM the Charles Tolliver Tentet plays Monk at the Town Hall 1959 in its entirety at the Jazz Standard, $30
0/19, 8 PM Sephardic band Alhambra followed by Red Baraa spinoff Jina Brass Band playing live bhangra at Barbes
10/19, 8 PM state-of-the-art indie classical string quartet Brooklyn Rider play five new works influenced by Bach, Cage, Zorn, Xenakis, Minor White, and others at Roulette, $20 adv tix rec
10/19, 8 PM the Jack Quartet playworks by American composers Natacha Diels, John Zorn, Gloria Coates and Ruth Crawford Seeger at the Miller Theatre, $20 seats avail
10/19, 8:15 PM popular retro C&W/bluegrass/soul singer Dori Freeman at the big room at the Rockwood, $12
10/19, 8:30 PM Binyomin Ginzberg’s boisterous, intense Breslov Bar Band at the Jalopy, $15
10/19. 8:30 PM saxophonist Jeremy Udden’s Plainville – one of NYC’s first and best pastoral jazz outfits – at the Owl, $10
10/19, 9 PM Haakon’s Fault – who mash up stoner boogie, ornate keyboard-driven art-rock and a litle psych-funk – at Arlene’s, $8
10/20, 8 PM Lusterlit play their ominous, noirish literary chamber pop at Communitea, 11-18 46th Rd., Long Island City, G to 21st/Van Alst
10/20, 5:30 PM charming, thoughtful classic front-porch folk songstress Cordelia Stephens at the American Folk Art Museum
10/20, 7 PM fearlessly relevant latin rock songwriter and protest song connoisseur Ani Cordero leads her band at the CUNY Grad Center auditorium, 365 5th Ave north of 34th St., $25
10/20, 7:30 PM the Mannes Orchestra play Rimsky-Korsakov: Capriccio Espagnol; Daugherty: Raise the Roof for Timpani and Orchestra (Jeffrey Kautz, soloist), Grieg: Piano Concerto (Ivan Gusev, soloist) at the Room U100 auditorium, 63 Fifth Ave, free
10/20, 7:30 PM Avenida B play classic LES salsa dura at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised
10/20, 7:30 PM the American String Quartet play Zhou Tian: Viaje (Journey), Beethoven’s String Quartet No. 1 and Shostakovich’s harrowing String Quartet No. 7 at Greenfield Hall at Manhattan School of Music, $15/$10 stud/srs
10/20, 7:30 PM night two of the Bric Jazzfest is a mixed bag: some allstars and some real duds. The allstars, in reverse order: violinist Regina Carter reinventing Ella Fitzgerald tunes, the Vijay Iyer Sextet, trumpeter Dave Douglas “Meets the Westerlies,” latin jazz trombonist Papo Vazquez‘s Mighty Pirate Troubadours, haunting Puerto Rican bolero revivalists and Sylvia Rexach reinventors Miramar, and drummer LaFrae Sci + the Groove at Bric Arts, $25 adv tix rec
10/20, 8 PM three scions of important flamenco legacies: Kiki Morente and Alba Molina on vocals accompanied by Juan ‘Habichuela’ on guitar at Drom, $20 adv tix rec
10/20, 8 PM playfully lyrical, fearlessly political superduo Kill Henry Sugar – guitar/banjo mastermind Erik Della Penna and drummer Dean Sharenow –followed at 10 by the intoxicatingly clattering, sintir bass lute fueled Moroccan trance grooves of Innov Gnawa at Barbes
10/20, 8/9:30 PM drummer Dan Weiss leads his trio with Jacob Sacks on piano and Ben Street on bass at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min
10/20, 8 PM Hollywood’s Dan Finnerty leads his savagely hilarious top 40 parody group the Dan Band at Highline Ballroom, $25 adv tix rec
10/20, 8 PM chamber ensemble Repast Baroque play music of Couperin and his baroque contemporaries at First Unitarian Church, 119 Pierrepont Street, Brooklyn Heights, $30/$20 stud/srs. The program repeats on 10/21 at Advent Lutheran Church, 2504 Broadway at 93rd St
10/20-21, 8:30 PM hauntingly innovative cellist Erik Friedlander at the New School’s Glass Box Performance Space, 55 W 13th St, $20
10/20, 9:30 PM intense, charismatic singer Sami Stevens’ oldschool soul group at the Parkside (the Brooklyn boite at 705 Flatbush Ave between Winthrop and Parkside), free
10/20-21, 8 PM ex-Moody Blues synth player Patrick Moraz plays solo piano at Iridium, $27.50 tix avail. Go figure.
10/20, 8 PM electroacoustic works by Laetitia Radigue performed by clarinetist Carol Robinson and harpist Rhodri Davies, plus a performance of Radigue’s 2013 piece OCCAM IX by Laetitia Sonami at Issue Project Room, $20
10/20, 8:30 PM intriguing improvisational triangulations: Scott R. Looney – piano; Sarah Bernstein – violin; Reuben Radding – bass at I-Beam, $15
10/20, 10 PM high-voltage steampunk duo Frenchy & the Punk followed by charismatic folk noir chanteuse Lorraine Leckie at Sidewalk
10/21, 10 AM (in the morning) til 10 AM 10/22 the 24-hour raga festival at the Rubin Museum of Art streaming live at NYC Radio Live
10/21, 3:30 PM sitar virtuoso Shafaat Khan at the Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main St, 7 to Flushing/Main St., $6
10/21, 4 PM trumpeter Ben Holmes and accordionist Patrick Farrell – two thirds of the fiery Yiddish Art Trio – play new compositions by Patrick Farrell & Ben Holmes followed eventually at 8 by the reputedly amazing Night Kitchen -Gene Yelin – guitar & vocals Trip Henderson – harmonica; Joanna Sternberg – bass and vocals – playing “Hank Williams, old timey and country” and then at 10 by haunting Puerto Rican bolero revivalists – and Sylvia Rexach reinventors – Miramar a at Barbes
10/21, 7 PM the Cita Rodriguez Orchestra, led by legendary singer El Conde Rodriguez’s daughter/singer and featuring a ton of big names from the golden age of salsa dura, at Hostos Center for the Arts and Culture, 450 Grand Concourse, Bronx, 2 to Grand Concourse, $25. They played Lincoln Center a couple of years back and are amazing live.
10/21, 7 PM legendary, often haunting Hungarian folk group Kaláka Ensemble at Hungarian House, 213 E 82nd St, free
10/21, 7:30 PM the Rosamunde String Quartet with guest cellist Peter Wiley play works by Haydn, Barber and Schubert at Irving HS Auditorium, Irving Place betw 17th/18th, $14
10/21, 7:30 PM night three of the Bric Jazzfest is a mixed bag: some allstars and some real duds. In reverse order: the JBs’ Maceo Parker, a fussy British electro band, postbop trumpeter Theo Croker‘s Escape Velocity, visionary Indian-American saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa‘s Indo-Pak Coalition, guitarist Brandon Ross’ hazy trio Harriet Tubman, soul-funkstress Imani Uzuri‘sWild Cotton, and some peeps who call themselves Butcher (awesome branding, btw) at Bric Arts, $25 adv tix rec
10/21, 7:30 PM the Greenwich Village Orchestra play with soloist Tosca Opdam, violin play Berlioz – Roman Carnival Overture; Sibelius – Violin Concerto; Beethoven – Symphony No. 3, “Eroica” at Good Shepherd-Faith Presbyterian Church, 152 W 66th St., $15 sug don, reception to follow
10/21, 7:30 PM, repeating on 10/22 at 5 Lissa Moira directs Paul Kirby’s new song cycle about UN Secretary-General and peace crusader Dag Hammarskjold’s struggles, Night of the Secretary General, at Our Saviour’s Atonement, 178 Bennett Ave (one block west of Broadway at 189th St), free
10/21, 8 PM haunting, slinky Middle Easten compositions by Mohammed Abdel-Wahab, Wadi ElSafi, Zakariyya Ahmed, Sayyed Makkawi, and Farid Alatrash performed by allstars George Ziadeh on oud, Tareq Abboushi on buzuq and Firas Zriek on kanun at Alwan for the Arts, $20/$15 stud
10/21, 8 PM multi-generational Afro-Venezuelan soul, traditional rhythms and dances with Betsayda Machado and La Parranda El Clavo at Flushing Town Hall, $16/$10 srs/, ages 13-19 free w/ID
10/21, 8 PM eclectic Americana/C&W rock band Spuyten Duyvil and newgrass jamband Man About a Horse at the Jalopy, $10
10/21, 8:30 PM Afrobeat dancefloor jammers Ikebe Shakedown play the album release show for their new one at Union Pool, $12
10/21, 9ish deviously lyrical, historically spot-on, cleverly sultry oldtimey/Americana songwriter/bandleader Robin Aigner followed by high-voltage oldtimey barrelhouse swing group the 4th St. Nite Owls at Freddy’s
10/22, 2 PM fearless, badass, lyrically brilliant janglerock songwriter Linda Draper at Sunnyvale, $8
10/22, 2 PM pianist Ádám György plays works by Chopin and Liszt at Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall, $12 seats avail
10/22, 3 PM cinematic music by violinist Carlo Nicolau along with post-industrial projections by video artist Vanessa Garcia Lembo at the Queens Museum in Crotona Park, free
10/22, 3 PM irrepressible trumpeter Steven Bernstein leads an allstar 14-piece band with Marc Cary on piano, Luis Bonilla on trombone, Marika Hughes on cello and more at the Town Hall, “revisiting Coretta Scott King’s Freedom Concerts, a milestone collaboration between Dizzy Gillespie and Chano Pozo, and cantor Moishe Oysher’s anti-Nazi fundraising rally,” $27 tix avail. at the box office
10/22, 3 PM the Circe Trio: Isabel Fairbanks (cellist), Laura Kay (soprano) and Zach Mo (pianist) play works by Andre Previn, Mozart, Amy Beach and others at the art gallery at the 92nd St. Y, free
10/22, 4 PM violinist Rolf Schulte and pianist Nicolas Namoradze perform works by Medtner, Debussy, and Schumann.at the Dreck Center at the Brooklyn Public Library, free, no under-sixes.
10/22, 7 PM spine-tingling, darkly mystical art-rock/avant-garde/chamber pop songwriter Carol Lipnik – pretty much everybody’s choice for best singer in all of NYC – at Pangea
10/22, 7 PM Jane Lecroy’s edgy, intensely lyrical punkish cello-rock band Ohmslice at 389 Melrose St., Bushwick
10/22, 8/9:30 PM ethereal, raptly haunting singer Sara Serpa leads a trio with Kris Davis on piano and Chris Tordini on bass at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min
10/23, 7 PM Kacy & Clayton – who sound like a 60s Laurel Canyon psychedelic version of Jenifer Jackson at the Mercury, $15
10/23, 7 PM a benefit for Puerto Rico with the Bobby Sanabria Multiverse Big Band with many special guests: trumpeter Jimmy Owens, pianist Larry Harlow, Fania All Star Eddie Montalvo and more at the Poisson Rouge, $25 gen adm
10/23, 7:30 PM the Shanghai Quartet play works by Bridge, Zhou Long and Dvořák / String Quartet in E-flat Major, op. 51 at Music Mondays, Advent Church, northwest corner of 93rd and Broadway, free
10/24, drinks at 5:30 PM, show at 6 clarinetist Vasko Dukovski and bass clarinetist Joshua Rubin play works by John Zorn, Peter Eotvos and more at the Miller Theatre, free
10/24-25, 7:30/9:30 PM fearlessly intense postbop saxophonist Azar Lawrence leads his quintet with Steve Turre on trombone and shells at the Jazz Standard, $30
10/24, 7:30 PM pianist Sara Davis Buechner plays works by Mozart, Chopin, and her arrangement of Gershwin’s Rhapsody No.2. at the Baruch Performing Arts Cente, 25th St. btw Lex/3rd Ave, free
10/24, 7:30 PM allstar wind ensemble Windscape with special guest Margaret Kampmeier, piano play works by Shostakovich, Prokofiev, Rimsky-Korsakov and Borodin at Greenfield Hall at Manhattan School of Music, free
10/24, 8 PM violinist Elmira Darvarova and French harpist Melanie Genin play French works for violin and harp by by Saint-Saëns, Massenet, Ibert, Messiaen, Marais, Berthomieu, and others at Christ & St. Stephen’s Church, 120 W 69th St., free
10/24, 9ish trippy, hypnotically enveloping EWI and ambient electronics from baritone sax mastermind Moist Paula Henderson at Troost
10/24. 9 PM cinematic Quincy Jones-style B3 gutbucket organ jazz with Underground System’s Colin Brown and his band at Freddy’s
10/25, 7 PM improvisational cinematic duo the Flushing Remonstrance – Catherine Cramer (percussion) and Robert Kennedy (keyboards, electronics, voice) play their original live score to F.W. Murnau’s classic 1922 film Nosferatu at Shapeshifter Lab, $10
10/25, 7 PM pianist Taka Kigawa plays works by Berio, Galuppi and Marco Stroppa at the Italian Academy at Columbia University, 1161 Amsterdam Ave north of 116th St., free
10/25, 8 PM Brooklyn’s funnest band, psychedelic organ-driven Middle Eastern-tinged surf rock trio Hearing Things at Barbes
10/25, 8 PM percussionist James Shipp and trumpeter Nadje Noordhuis jam out at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min
10/25, 9 PM oldschool-style high plains C&W singer Hope Debates & North 40 at Bar Chord
10/25, 10 PM sardonically catchy indie jangler Pujol (say it in Spanish, haha) at Alphaville, $10
10/25, 10:30 PM purist oldtimey acoustic folk revivialist Willie Watson at Rough Trade, $20. His show the following night at the Mercury is sold out
10/26, 7:30 PM this era’s most spellbinding oldschool country singer, Laura Cantrell at Sid Gold’s Request Room, 165 W 26th St (6/7th Aves), $10
10/26, 8 PM the annual oud summit at Barbes, watch this space!
10/26, 8ish the intoxicatingly clattering, sintir bass lute fueled Moroccan trance grooves of Innov Gnawa at the Owl, $10
10/26, 8 PM irrepressible bass saxophonist/compose Stefan Zeniuk of low register-loving psycho mambo band Gato Loco play mambos with his new outfit Green Mambo at Threes Brewing, 113 Franklin St. off Kent in Greenpoint, free
10/26, 8 PM singers Ka Baird and Byron Westbrook lead their respective new-music ensembles at Fridman Gallery, 287 Spring St., $15
10/26, 8:30 PM singers Eleonore Biezunski & Lauren Brody’s Yerushe Yiddish women’s folksong project at the Jalopy, $15
10/26, 9 PM darkly lyrical Americana songwriting great James McMurtry at Hill Country, $25, could be kinda intimate and cool or pure hell
10/26, 9 PM Carolina Oliveros’ trippy tropicalia band Combo Chimbita, who mash up cumbia, salsa, champeta and a whole bunch of other south of the border styles followed by psychedelic funk and Afrobeat with the People’s Champs at C’Mon Everybody, $12
10/26, 9 PM hot 20s swing with trumpeter Jason Prover and his Sneak Thievery Orchestra at Radegast Hall
10/26, 10ish west village reggae legend Chukka Riddim at the Bitter End. He’s been around forever, you are destined to see him
10/26, 10:30 PM cleverly lyrical, murderously witty murder ballad/chamber pop allstars Charming Disaster. at Pete’s
10/26, 11 PM lyrically brilliant lit-rocker Tris McCall – hard at work on his fifty-state Almanac song cycle – at the small room at the Rockwood
10/27, 3 PM the Mannes Orchestra play Mendelssohn’s Scottish Symphony at the New School U100 auditorium, 63 5th Ave., free
10/27, 5:30 PM interesting original delta blues guitarist Rust Dust followed eventually at 6:30 by darkly theatrical cello rocker Meaghan Burke at the American Folk Art Museum
10/27, 7 PM rippling Indian santoor star Sandip Chatterjee with percussionist Subhajyoti Guha at the Rubin Museum of Art, $25
10/27, 7:30 PM, repeating on 10/28 at 8:30 PM the reliably entertaining, adventurous Chelsea Symphony perform Beethoven’s “Pastoral” Symphony. Friday’s concert features soloist Alicia Furey performing Saint-Saëns’ Cello Concerto No. 1; Saturday’s concert features Jessica Lightfoot on Beethoven’s Romance No. 2 for Violin and Anna Keelin Fitzgerald performing Weber’s Concerto for Bassoon. Both concerts open with a world premiere by composer Aaron Dai, at St. Paul’s Church, 315 W 22nd St., $20 sugg don
10/27, 8 PM rustic Brazilian jungle guitar-and-accordion sounds with Regional de NY followed at 10 by psychedelic salsa bandleader Zemog El Galle Bueno at Barbes
10/27, 8 PM cinematic, plaintively sardonic composer/violinist and one-man band Christopher Tignor at Alphaville, $10
10/27, 8 PM indie classical ensemble Either/Or play a memorial concert for Romanian composer Ana-Maria Avram at Issue Project Room, $15/$12 stud/srs
10/27-28, 8:30 MPM haunting pan-Asian avant-jazz songstress/composer Jen Shyu at the New School’s Glass Box Performance Space, 55 W 13th St, $20
10/27, 8:30 PM solo electroacoustic sets by drummer/sound artist Angus Tarnawsky, Kamron Saniee and multimedia artist Rose Kallal, then at around quarter to 11 they join forces and jam at Fridman Gallery, 287 Spring St.
10/27, 9ish bouncily menacing French noir surf/new wave band La Femme at Warsaw, $20 tix avail. at the Knitting Factory ticket window, don’t buy em online because you’ll get ripped off.
10/27, 9 PM eclectic, electric C&W/blues band the Jug Addicts at Bar Chord
10/27, 10:30 PM funky, lyrically intense dark folk jamband the Sometime Boys– with the riveting Sarah Mucho on vocals – at Freddy’s
10/28, 6 PM incomparable country/jazz/janglerock icon Amy Allison with pianist Lee Feldman at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min
10/28, 6 PM a good Halloween weekend act: menacing female-fronted art-rock/doom metal band Ruby the Hatchet at the Poisson Rouge, $20 adv tix rec
10/28, 7 PM ska and punk in reverse order at Bowery Electric: Mephiskapheles, the Hub City Stompers and 45 Adapters, $20
10/28, 7 PM Long Gone West play brooding Lynchian Americana and Orbisonian rock at Branded Saloon
10/28, 7:30 PM celebrated musical artists from South Korea, including Lee Tae-Baek (ajaeng), Yun Jin-Chul (pansori singer), Yi Ji-Young (gayageum), You Kyung-Hwa (janngu/cheolhyeongeum), Kwak Soo-Eun (25-String gayageum) and Lee Young-Sub (daegeum flute) at Merkin Concert Hall, $30 tix avail
10/28, 7:30 PM pianist Vladimir Feltsman plays Moussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition plus works by Brahms at Irving HS Auditorium, Irving Place betw 17th/18th, $14
10/28, 8 PM wryly funny, psychedelic covers of 60s Russian pop with the Eastern Blokhedz – who specialize in the catalog of legendary Polish singer Edita Piaha – at Barbes
10/28, 8 PM early music chorale the Orlando Consort sing the “Loire Valley in Song” at Church of St. Mary the Virgin, 145 West 46th St, $30 tix avail
10/28, 8:30 PM massive shapeshifting improvisational big band jazz – the CMS Improvisers Orchestra led by Karl Berger play their 99th concert, with special guest, the charismatic Min Xiao-Fen on pipa and vocals at El Taller Cultural Community Center, 215 E 99th St, $20./$15 stud
10/28, 10 PM unpredictably fun, funny psychedelic art-rock band the Academy Blues Project play songs from the Big Lebowski soundtrack at the big room at the Rockwood, $10
10/28, 10 PM ferociously dynamic, tuneful, female-fronted power trio Castle Black at Lantern Hall, 52 Harrison Pl., Bushwick, free, L to Morgan Ave
10/28, 10 PM funny, growly oldschool soul/Americana band the Hooten Hollers at Hill Country. They’re also at the downtown Brooklyn branch on 11/30 at 9.
10/28, 11 PM Zuli – a one -man Badfinger – at Murmur Ballroom, 17 Eastern Pkwy, Ft. Greene, $12. There’s no 2/3 train between Manhattan and Brooklyn this weekend so it’s a bit of a hike to the closest train, the C at Clinton-Washington, $12
10/29, 3 PM Sheng-Ching Hsu, violin; Maren Ro Rothfritz, viola; Ben Larson,cello Daniel Epstein, piano play works by Tania Leon, Robert Sirota and Brahms at Concerts on the Slope, St. John’s Episcopal Church, 139 St. John’s Place downhill from 7th Ave, sugg don
10/29, 4 PM the American Brass Quintet perform an eclectic program of consort music of Elizabethan and Jacobean England, canons of the 16th century, and contemporary works by Steven Franklin at the Dreck Center at the Brooklyn Public Library, free, no under-sixes.
10/29, 7 PM this year’s best Halloween show is at Barbes where darkly careening guitarist Tom Csatari‘s large-ensemble Americana jazz project Uncivilized plays Twin Peaks themes, followed at 9:30 by Romany jazz/psychedelic rock guitar mastermind Stephane Wrembel at Barbes
10/29, 7:30 PM the New York Symphony Orchestra play Beethoven’s Emperor Piano Concerto and Eroica Symphony at Merkin Concert Hall, $30 tix avail
10/29, 8 PM wry Swedish garage rock vets Stupidity, trash-garage guitar maven Palmyra Delran, and powerpop supergroup the Split Squad at Bowery Electric, $15
10/29. 8 PM careeningly intense gutter blues bandleader Breanna Barbara followed by hypnotic psychedelic/spacerock band the Heaters at Baby’s All Right, $12
10/29, 9 PM creepy Americana hellraiser duo the Tall Pines at at Muchmore’s
10/30, 6 PM Oscar Wilde’s kid sister was the “pet of the house;” she died at nine of a brain aneurysm. Kari Swenson Riely stars in Isola, with text by Oscar and his mom and a live score by pensive, atmospheric soprano saxophonist David Aaron. Followed by a brief set with his quartet Flip City at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min
10/30, 7 PM intense, cinematic lapsteel virtuoso Raphael McGregor and probably some of his Brain Cloud western swing bandmates, followed at 9:30ish by haunting, powerful Afro-Colombian trance choir Bulla en El Barrio at Barbes
10/30. 7 PM Juilliard’s new music ensemble Axium play an all-Jacob Druckman program at Alice Tully Hall, free
10/30, 7:30 PM Alpine klezmer band the Niftys at the Austrian Cultural Forum, 11 E 52nd St., free, rsvp req
10/30, 10 PM fiery jazz violinist/composer Zach Brock at the small room at the Rockwood
10/31, 6-9 PM trumpeter Pam Fleming’s colorful Halloween project, the Dead Zombie Band play a free show on Waverly Ave., between Willoughby and DeKalb Ave. in Ft. Greene
10/31, 6 PM New Aires Tango play a Halloween show with classic Argentine tango, boleros and Cuban tunes at Cornelia St. Cafe, $15 + $10 min
10/31, 7:30/9:30 PM Scott Robinson’s sextet the Hellotones with drummer Matt Wilson,trombonist Frank Lacy and Gary Versace on piano and organ play a Halloween show at the Jazz Standard, $25
10/31, 8 PM a very rare performance of Philip Glass’ minimalist masterpiece Music With Changing Parts by Slovakia’s Cluster Ensemble at Roulette, $20 adv tix rec
10/31, 8:30 PM this year’s ultimate Halloween show: spine-tingling art-rock/avant-garde/chamber pop songwriter Carol Lipnik – pretty much everybody’s choice for best singer in all of NYC – unveils her creepy, mystical new suite Songs From a Stone Tower at Bar Lunatico
10/31, 9ish the original creepy circus punks, World Inferno at Warsaw, $25 tix avail. at the Knitting Factory ticket window, don’t buy online unless you want to get screwed
10/31, 9:30 PM careening, charismatic, lyrically-fueled soul-rockers No Ice – arguably Brooklyn’s best band at the Mercury, $10
10/31, 10 PM wild string metal faves Stratospheerius at Shrine
11/1, 1 PM clarinetist Sam Boutris and ensemble play a program tba at the Greene Space, free, rsvp req
11/1, 9 PM catchy Connecticut newgrass/Americana band Plywood Cowboy at the Bitter End
11/2, 8 PM a rare US show by eerie Japanese freak-folk pioneer Kazuki Tomokawa, the “screaming philosopher” of the 1970s Tokyo avant garde underground at Greene Naftali, 508 W 26th St, $20
11/3, 8 PM Xander Naylor plays from his creepily squirrelly new guitar-and-efx album at Greenpoint Gallery, 390 McGuinness Blvd., G to Greenpoint Ave.
11/5, 4 PM the release show for rising indie designer Mary Symczak’s classy Fall women’s collection with live jazz from bassist Jeon Lim Yang‘s group and a performance by the Mari Meade Dance Company at Barbes, free. Followed at 7 by state-of-the-art postbop guitarist Will Bernard leading a Billy Strayhorn tribute and then at 9:30ish by Romany jazz/psychedelic rock guitar mastermind Stephane Wrembel
11/7, 8 PM the incomparable, lush, eclectic Jenifer Jackson – a connoisseur of Americana, Beatlesque janglerock, bossa nova and Texas noir – at the Owl
11/8, 7 PM pianist Javor Bracic plays Chopin waltxes, mazurkas and more at the Bulgarian Consulate, 221 E 62nd St, free
11/9, 7:30 PM torchy singer Jennifer Charles’ and guitar mastermind Oren Bloedow’s long-running art-rock/noir band Elysian Fields in their similarly haunting psychedelic Sephardic folk disguise, La Mar Enfortunada at the Jewish Museum,1109 5th Ave at 92nd St, $18/$15 stud/srs
11/10, 8 PM elegant, sharply lyrical parlor pop stylist Heather Eatman, crystalline-voiced noir Americana songwriter Jessie Kilguss and dark Americana guy/girl harmony duo the Tall Pines at Red Hook Bait & Tackle
11/18, 8 PM haunting minimalist/cinematic multi-keyboardist Dominique Lawalrée at the San Damiano Mission, 85 N 15th St, Williamsburg, $20
11/18, 8 PM Athens’ #1 gangster hash-smoking 1920s/30s style rebetiko music band, Rebetiki Istoria at Roulette, $25
11/20, 7:30 PM Trident Ensemble with Miranda Cuckson, violin and Raman Ramakrishnan, cello play Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time. Also on the bill: vocal works by Pérotin, Francis Poulenc, Arvo Pärt, Mariano Garau at Music Mondays, Advent Church, northwest corner of 93rd and Broadway, free
12/2, 8 PM Gamelan Kusuma Laras with Javanese gamelan luminaries Darsono Hadiraharjo, “the best young Javanese gamelan player of his generation;” master musician Midiyanto; and rising star singer Heni Savitri; at Roulette, $25