Music listings – 9/6 through 9/12

1. The O’Farrill Family Band w/Arturo O’Farrill, Adam O’Farrill, Zack O’Farrill, Ivan Renta & Shawn Conley

Date: Monday, September 6, 2010
Times: 7:30pm & 9:30pm
Venue: Dizzy’s Club – Jazz at Lincoln Center (Broadway at 60th Street, 5th Floor New York, New York 10023)
Ticket: $20
Latin Jazz

Arturo O’Farrill who is the son of  Arturo “Chico” O’Farrill is the leader and pianist of the Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra. Under his direction the group recorded the Grammy-nominated album Noche Involvidable in 2005, and Song for Chico in 2008. He was also a professor of jazz at The University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Arturo O’Farrill won a Grammy for “Best Latin Jazz Album” at the 2009 Grammy Awards.

2. Jessica Lurie Ensemble

Date: Tuesday, September 7, 2010
Time: 7:30pm
Venue: Joe’s Pub (425 Lafayette Street, New York, NY 10003)
Price: $14
Genre: Jazz/folk/rock/contemporary

Seattle-bred and Brooklyn-based instrumentalist Jessica Lurie brings her individual sound to diverse types of music while preserving their stylistic authenticity. She performs on alto sax, flute, accordion and sings. Supported by a band that includes keyboards, guitar, acoustic bass, drums with a bit of banjo and “tape recorder” thrown in,  the music is often “jazz” for lack of a better description. Lurie liberally mixes in folk, rock, avant garde, Eastern European and New Orleans stylings. It makes for a coherent, compelling and expansive sound, held together by an adventurous  attitude that serves as the catalyst for music that’s loose but never pointless.

Jessica Lurie – saxophone, flute, songs
Erik Deutsch – piano, electric piano
Brandon Seabrook – banjo, guitar
Allison Miller – drums
Marika Hughes – cello

3. A Benefit For Ira Cohen

Date: Wednesday, September 8, 2010
Time: 7pm – 9:45pm
Venue: the Bowery Poetry Club (
308 Bowery, New York, NY 10012-2802, 212-614-0505)
Price: suggested Donation $20 or more if feeling generous:)
Genre: various

Ira Cohen (born February 3, 1935) is an American poet, publisher, photographer and filmmaker. He was born in the Bronx, New York City, to deaf parents. Cohen has lived in Morocco and in New York City in the 1960s, he was in Kathmandu in the 1970s and traveled the world in the 1980s, but has since returned to New York, where he now resides.

Apparently Ira Cohen  is sick and has many financial problems. So all the money from this benefit event goes to him to help him out from his misery. Ira Cohen himself may appear and there will be a 9:30 showing of Invasion of Thunderbolt Pagaoda. Readings by poets and music of magicians, friends and peers of Ira Cohen:

IRA COHEN (we hope he will be up for it, he will be there)
Al GIORDANO (virtually)
& others

4. Steve Swell – Nation Of We presents: Continuum

Date: Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, September 8, 9 & 10, 2010
Time: 8:30pm
Venue: The Roulette (20 Greene St., NY)
Ticket: $15

Steve Swell (born in Newark, NJ, December 6, 1954) is an American free jazz trombonist and composer. Swell moved to New York City in 1975 where he began his musical life, playing in top 40 bands, salsa bands, big bands (most notably those of Buddy Rich and Lionel Hampton) and performed on Broadway in Bob Fosse’s “Dancin””. He then became a member of Makanda Ken McIntyre’s band.

Swell has a number of projects including Slammin’ The Infinte (w/Sabir Mateen, Matthew Heyner, Klaus Kugel), Fire Into Music (w/William Parker, Jemeel Moondoc, Hamid Drake), Unified Theory Of Sound (w/Cooper-Moore, Matt Lavelle) and his large ensemble Nation Of We (aka NOW Ensemble).

5. Thirsty Girl & Melody Sweets Present: Melody Sweets & The Ladies of La Rouge Coquette 
w/ Angie Pontani , MsTickle , theMaineAttraction and DJ Momotaro

Date: Thursday, September 9, 2010
Time: 8pm
Venue: Le Poisson Rouge (158 Bleecker Street, New York, NY 10012, Phone: 212- 505-3474)
Ticket: $20
Genre: burlesque

Exploding from the city that never sleeps comes Rouge Coquette, a sexy sophisticated new show brought to you by the hottest names in Burlesque!

Rouge Coquette is burlesque nouveau starring The Shimmering Chanteuse of Burlesque Melody Sweets, and featuring The World Famous Pontani Sisters!, Miss Exotic World 2008 Angie Pontani, The Tappin Tornado Helen Pontani, The Mystical Mistress of Tease MsTickle,  The Bendable Beauty Harvest Moon, The Nubian Lucille Ball of Burlesque theMAINEattraction, and The Neked Girl Stormy Leather. 

Melody Sweets is the first burlesque performer in history to write, produce and star in her own music video, and, is the first burlesque performer to sing in & appear in one of the biggest selling video-games of all time, Grand Theft Auto 4.

6. HAZMAT MODINE at the Take Me to the River Music & Art Festival

Date: Saturday, September 11th,
Time: 8:30-9:30pm
Venue: Take Me to the River Music & Art Festival
Genre: Blues/New Orleans/Brass

Hazmat Modine is playing at Take Me to the River Music & Art Festival. This is a blues and roots musical group from New York. ‘Hazmat’ is a portmanteau of ‘hazardous material and ‘Modine’ is the name of a company that manufactures commercial heaters but may be used to refer to the heater itself. According to lead singer, Wade Schuman this is appropriate since the band ‘blows a lot of hot air’ including harmonicas, tubas and saxophones.

7. Diane Wolkstein and Jeff Greene (of TriBeCaStan)  loft performance of Journey to the West

Date: Sunday, September 12th, 2010
Time: 3:30pm – 6:00pm
Venue: Jeff Greene’s Loft (450 W 31st St., 6th Floor, New York, NY 10001) (Google map)
Ticket: $12 Online Tickets (click to purchase) / $15 at the Door
Genre: storyteller and music

Diane Wolkstein and Jeff Greene (of TriBeCaStan) will be hosting a special 2-hour performance of the entire epic Journey to the West in Jeff Greene’s Manhattan loft. Journey to the West, one of the three great Chinese epics, tells the story of how Buddhism came to China. Written by Wu Cheng’En in the sixteenth century and based on the historical Xuanzang, the epic recounts the many poignant and humorous adventures of the impetuous, all powerful Monkey King, whose concerns are himself, and the pure-hearted determined Tang Priest, who wants to help others. Together they struggle not only with demons and ogres, but also with one another as they travel from China to India to bring back the Buddhist scriptures.

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8. S.W.I.S.S. presents the Dreamteam One feat. DJ KING JAMES & Swiss Chris777 Vol.2

Date: Sunday, September 12, 2010
Time: 9pm – 4am
Venue: The Shrine (2271 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd, NY)
Ticket: $5
hip hop/funk/turntablism/drum and percussion music, jam

Special music event created by Swiss Chriss (ex John Legend music director). He and DJ KING JAMES are the main acts. It all began in Africa…with special guests!