Here’s what’s on the slate, subject to change if there’s train trouble:

  • Tuneful, edgy Spanish-born jazz pianist with a hot quintet who should be better known than they are
  • Legendary/obscure Venezuelan salsa-jazz bandleader gets a career retrospective decades in the making…
  • The only Indian carnatic choir – that’s right, a choir, with harmonies! – in this hemisphere, reinventing magical centuries-old themes
  • Two of the greatest songwriters not named Elvis Costello. Both live in LA. The first hails from Connecticut via New York; the second represents an earlier generation of powerpop and comes from Chicago. If lyrics and tunesmithing mean something to you, keep an eye on this blog in the next week or so…
  • The jazz pianist with the most distinctively Irish name in music
  • It’s 1995 again! British accents, guys with guitars and their boots up on the monitors on a big stage in a haze of machine-made smoke!
  • Time to catch up on some of the best summer concerts that haven’t been covered here yet: Middle Eastern music, a big jazz festival and a lot more. Hint: revisiting an old publicity stunt might be involved!
  • New live music calendar for NYC and Brooklyn for November coming 11/1
  • Catching up 0n some of the best recent albums by artists not likely to play NYC anytime soon. Some possibilities: Malian desert rock; haunting Armenian music; Turkish psychedelia; Greenpoint goth and much more. Time to clean up the hard drive!
  • In-demand NYC bassist puts a new album with a band who might have the funniest name in all of jazz. How funny is the music?