You may have noticed that this blog has been going off script A LOT lately. But surprises are fun…unless it’s because the trains aren’t running, and that means it’s time to go to plan B. Here’s what’s on the slate, subject to change if the MTA throws a wrench in the works:

  • Enigmatic, cinematic, distantly menacing instrumentals from one of the New York area’s most distinctive bands – think Big Lazy, but a little jazzier…
  • More Indian-flavored jazz from one of the best in that booming business!
  • New York Music Daily visits a crypt and returns alive with a full report
  • This summer concert – with Ethiopian, Egyptian and Tunisian sounds – should have been the best one of the season in New York last year. It wasn’t, thanks to sonic snafus. Two-thirds of it is being reprised at a sonically pristine art-world landmark…
  • An ambitious young string quartet tackle a landmark project
  • Wild, rustic Dominican beach party sounds to drive the cold away
  • The most lavish big band jazz album in decades
  • Does a nonet qualify as big band jazz? This drummer makes it happen…
  • Ever wish you could sneak out of work for a concert? If you work or go to school in the right Manhattan or Brooklyn neighborhood, you can! This blog’s owner did exactly that more than once recently. Don’t tell anyone, especially the boss!
  • The first violinist of one of the world’s most entertaining string quartets puts out an epic album of solo J.S. Bach works