Music listings – 11/29 through 12/5

1. Adam Rudolph’s Go Organic Orchestra

Date: Monday, November 29, 2010
Time:  8:30pm
Venue: The Roulette (20 Greene St., NY)
Ticket: $15
Genre: Jazz/contemporary

Composer Adam Rudolph returns with another series of Go: Organic Orchestraat Roulette. In concert he will conduct between 20 – 35 musicians in a spontaneous way, using a newly created score of music/letter grids, language themes, tone rows, traditional and synthetic scales, diadic and intervalic harmonies, The compositions will also utilize Rudolph’s rhythm concept of “Cyclic Verticalism” to generate form and weave what he calls an “audio syncretic music fabric”. The music is “organic” in the sense that the compositions and conducting exist as an inspiration and context for the musicians to express themselves by using their instruments as an amplifier for their inner voice.

2. Chicha Libre

Date: Monday, November 29, 2010
Time: 9;30pm
Venue: Barbes (376 9th Street, Brooklyn, NY)
Ticket: $10
Genre: a mixture of latin rhythms, surf music and psychedelic pop

Chicha Libre plays a mixture of latin rhythms, surf music and psychedelic pop inspired by 1970’s Peruvian music from the Amazon. The Brooklyn-based band mixes up covers of forgotten Chicha classics with French-tinged originals, re-interpretation of 70’s pop classics as well as cumbia versions of pieces by Satie and Ravel. With Greg Burrows – percussion; Joshua Camp – Hohner Electravox; Olivier Conan – Cuatro & Vocals – Nicholas Cudahy – bass; Vincent Douglas – Guitar – Neil Ochoa – percussion.

3. Zim Ngqawana

Date: Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Time: 8pm & 10pm
Venue: The Stone (is located at the corner of avenue C and 2nd street)
Tickets: $20 (each set)
Genre: contemporary/improve/African music

Zim Ngqawana was born in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, and first made his mark at the historic inauguration of President Nelson Mandela in 1994, where he directed the 1OO-member Drums for Peace Orchestra, led an elite group of 12 presidential drummers, and was featured as solo saxophonist. This recognition came after a late start and some tough struggles. Zim was the youngest of five children and started playing flute at the age of 21; although he was forced to drop out of school before completing university entrance requirements, his prowess won him a place at Rhodes University. He later went on to study for a diploma in Jazz Studies at the University of Natal. Working with the University’s ensemble, he attended the International Association of Jazz Educators convention in the U.S. and was offered scholarships to the Max Roach/Wynton Marsalis jazz workshop and subsequently a Max Roach scholarship to the University of Massachusetts, where he studied with jazz legends Archie Shepp and Yusef Lateef. Since his return to South Africa in the ‘9Os, he has worked in the bands of veteran greats Abdullah Ibrahim and Hugh Masekela and has also devoted much time and effort into building up a number of his own small and large groups. Zim is committed to developing and creating an audience for new South African jazz. His music draws on influences ranging from South Africa’s folk and rural traditions to Indian and Western classical music, world music, and the avant-garde. He is open to everything and in search of spirituality. He refuses to limit his music to being specifically South African. He doesn’t play jazz; he plays music. He isn’t African; he’s universal.

Zim Ngqawana (saxophones, flute), Henry Grimes (bass, violin) and Andrew Cyrille (drums)


Date: Tuesday, December 1, 2010
Time: 11pm
Venue: Nublu (62 Ave C)
Ticket: $10
Genre: Funk/jazz

NY Jazz-Rock band a la Miles: Anthony Pinciotti – drums, Kenny Brooks – sax, Bennett Paster – keyboards, Guilherme Monteiro – guitar, John Cabán – guitar, Jeff Hill – bass, Samuel Torres – percussion

5. Malika Zarra

Date: Wednesday, December 1, 2010
Time: 7pm
Venue: 55 Bar (55 Christopher Street just east of Seventh Avenue. West Village, 212-929-9883)                            Ticket: $10
Genre: Morocan singer-song writer/world

Moroccan world singer/composer/producer, Malika Zarra is a multi-cultural shape-shifter, an enchantress who leaps effortlessly between seemingly unconnected languages and traditions, uniting them while utilizing each to further enrich the others. The exotically beautiful artist with the velvety, sinuous mezzo-soprano voice has demonstrated a rare ability to communicate both powerful and subtle ideas and feelings in French, English and Moroccan Arabic.   

6. Architext Demolition

Date: Wednesday, December 1, 2010
Time: 9:30pm
Venue: Bubble Lounge (228 W Broadway, NY)                                                                                                                                 Ticket: free
Genre: Jazz Funk

The Brooklyn band was formed in 2007, by long time friends: Tony Cortes (MC), D Prophit (MC), Mike Gamble (Guitar), Jamal Monteilh (Trumpet), Matthew Vorizmer (Drums), Surya Botofasina (Keys), and Justin Haffner (Bass). Their sound reflects the diverse tastes and backgrounds of its band members, ranging from hip-hop to jazz, Latin bossa nova to punk rock coupled with their socially conscious and politically charged lyrics.

Architext Demolition w. (DEEJAY) starts at 8 pm, Rena plays from 8:45 and ADM plays from 9:30

7. Muhal Richard Abrams’ 80th Birthday Celebration

Date: Thursday, December 2, 2010
Time:  8pm
Venue: The Roulette (20 Greene St., NY)
Ticket: $15
Genre: Jazz/contemporary

World-renowned pianist and composer Muhal Richard Abrams has been in the forefront of the contemporary music scene for half a century. A co-founder of The Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM), Abrams celebrates his 80th birthday this year. This concert will feature Abrams in two ensembles: with the percussion of Adam Rudolph and electronics of Tom Hamilton, and with vocalist Jay Clayton, bass clarinetist Marty Ehrlich, and bassist Brad Jones.

8. Fula Flute

Date: Thursday, December 2, 2010
Time: 8pm & 10pm
Venue: Le Grand Dakar (285 Grand Ave (between Clifton Pl & Lafayette Ave) 
Ticket: t.b.a.
Genre:  traditional Fulani flute music of the Fouta Djalon highlands of Guinea/West Africa traditional music

Fula Flute integrates the tambin, traditional Fulani flute of the Fouta Djalon highlands of Guinea. A little-known instrument outside West Africa where it is revered for the profound effect it has on listeners, often bringing them to tears with its haunting sounds and melodies that reach deep inside one’s soul. It can be encountered sometimes as one travels through the back country, emanating from the forests, fields and mountains as if the song of a spirit. The key members are: BAILO BAH AND SYLVAIN LEROUX.


Date: Friday, December 3, 2010
Time: 7pm
Venue: TERRA BLUES (149 Bleecker Street, NY, 212-777-7776)
Ticket: t.b.a.
Genre: nu blues/ New Orleans brass

One of New York’s original bands, HAZMAT MODINE delivers a rustic, deliriously Dionysian blend of whorehouse Blues, Reggae, Klezmer, Country and Gypsy-tinged music.

10. ANDY LASTER: Yiash + Recent Music for Strings

Date: Friday, December 3, 2010
Time:  8:30pm
Venue: The Roulette (20 Greene St., NY)
Ticket: $15
Genre:  early 20th-Century Egyptian pop/contemporary

Andy Laster’s Yiash will perform arrangements of early 20th-Century Egyptian pop by Jewish composers Zaki Murad and Dawud Husni, among others, and Laster’s chamber jazz compositions utilizing the group’s unusual instrumentation and rhizomic approach to improvisation. (Andy Laster – alto and baritone saxophone, clarinet, Curtis Hasselbring – trombone, Erik Friedlander – cello, Kermit Driscoll – bass).  In part two of the evening, Laster’s recent compositions for strings will be performed, including the world premiere of a trio written for cellist Erik Friedlander, violist Stephanie Griffin and violinist Jennifer Choi. Territories, for string quartet, will also be performed, along with the New York City premiere of Concrete Floor and Sailfish for quintet, to be conducted by Jonathan Yates. 

11. George Clinton & THE P-FUNK ALL-STARS

Date: Friday, December 3, 2010
Time: 8pm
Venue: B.B.KING (237 West 42 St., New York, NY 10036)
Ticket: $37.50 (advance), $42 (door)
Genre: funk

George Clinton is the single most influential figure in the history of funk, the mastermind behind both Parliament & Funkadelic. He revolutionized R&B during the ’70s, twisting soul music into funk by adding influences from several late-’60s acid heroes: Jimi Hendrix, Frank Zappa, and Sly Stone. The Parliament/Funkadelic machine ruled black music during the ’70s, capturing over 40 R&B hit singles (including three number ones) and recording three platinum albums.

George Clinton & THE P-FUNK ALL-STARS back at the Blue Note.


Date: Friday, December 3, 2010
Time: 8pm
Venue: ZINC BAR (82 West 3rd Street, NY)
Ticket: $10
Genre: Afro-Jazz

SOURCE was founded by Quebecois flutist Sylvain Leroux as an improvisational group with a standard formation of bass, drums, keyboards and wind but was soon transformed into an explorative African Jazz unit with the advent of singer Abdoulaye Diabate.  Featuring: 

Abdoulaye Diabate, voice, guitar, percussion
Sylvain Leroux, flute, sax
Bailo Bah, Fula flute
Mamadou Ba, bass
Emi Yabuno, keyboards
Sean Dixon, drums

13. Red Hot + New Orleans

Date: Friday & Saturday, December 3 & 4, 2010
Time: 8pm
Venue: BAM Howard Gilman Opera House (30 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11217, 718-636-4100)      
Tickets: $25, 45, 55, 65
Genre: Jazz/New Orleans/Blues/Funk

Musical director Trombone Shorty

Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue
Dr. John
Irma Thomas
Kermit Ruffins
Marc Broussard
Ivan Neville
Mannie Fresh
Roger Lewis (Dirty Dozen Brass Band)
Phil and Keith Frazier (Rebirth Brass Band)
Video Design – Yuki Nakajima
Stage Design – Alex Delaunay

The Red Hot series returns to the Next Wave Festival (Red Hot + Riot, 2006; Red Hot + Rio 2, 2008) with Red Hot + New Orleans, saluting the music of the Crescent City.

From its deep traditions of jazz, blues, funk, and “second line” sounds to the more raucous “bounce” music scene, an exceptional group of emerging artists and established legends assembles to celebrate the resurgent and resilient sound of New Orleans, a city whose spirit has influenced countless artists and styles. Join music director Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews (one of the many NO musicians featured in the new HBO series Treme), as he brings a little piece of The Big Easy to Brooklyn.

This program is produced by BAM in association with The Red Hot Organization in recognition of World AIDS Day (Dec 1). Part of the proceeds will benefit New Orleans’ NO/AIDS Task Force.

14.Big Sam’s Funky Nation

Date: Saturday, December 4, 2010
Time: 10pm
Venue: BAM Cafe (30 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11217)
Tickets: free
Genre: Funk

Winning ‘Best Funk Group’ at the Big Easy Music Awards is itself big—big like Big Sam’s Funky Nation, which took home that honor in 2008. Led by Sam Williams—New Orleans’ “top man on the slide trombone” (San Francisco Chronicle)—Big Sam’s Funky Nation appears at BAMcafé Live in conjunction with BAM’s Red Hot + New Orleans, featuring Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews, Dr. John, and more.

15. Jim Staley w/ Ikue Mori, Kyoko Kitamura & Nate Wooley

Date: Saturday, December 4, 2010
Time:  8pm
Venue: The Roulette (20 Greene St., NY)
Ticket: $15
Genre: improve/contemporary

Trombonist, composer, and founder of Roulette Jim Staley has been shaking up the downtown experimental music scene for over 30 years. Working primarily with improvisation, crossing genres freely between post-modern classical music and avant-garde jazz, Staley has collaborated for many years with other highly experienced improvisers, both dancers and musicians. Tonight Jim will be joined by special guests Ikue Mori (laptop), Kyoko Kitamura, and Nate Wooley (trumpet) for an evening of explosive improvisation!

What Kind of Love Is This: The Music of BOB DYLAN & THE BAND w/ An All-Star Tribute featuring: , Larry Campbell , Steven Bernstein , John Medeski , Rob Burger , Tony Scherr ,Kenny Wollesen , Jolie Holland , Laura Cantrell , Nicole Atkins , John Wesley Harding , The Fiery Furnaces and more! and Presented by the 14th Street Y

16. Antibalas 

 Date: Saturday, December 4, 2010
Time: 11pm
Venue: Le Poisson Rouge (158 Bleecker Street, New York, NY 10012, ph: 212- 505-3474)  
Ticket: $20
Genre: Afro-Beat
Formed in 1998, the Brooklyn-based music collective, Antibalas, has shared its dynamic afrobeat and funk sound with thirty-five countries during more than 1,000 performances. From humble beginnings at Brooklyn block parties and community benefits, Antibalas has since been featured at prestigious festivals including Coachella, Glastonbury, Montreux, Newport Jazz, and at venues from Rikers Island to Carnegie Hall. Drawing on musical lineages steeped in jazz, funk, Afro-Caribbean, and West African music, Antibalas is widely recognized for its mastery of and innovation in the afrobeat musical form created in the early 1970’s by Nigerian composer/activist Fela Anikulapo-Kuti. In July 2010, Antibalas toured the US west coast, coinciding with the re-release of their Who Is This America on Ropeadope Records. 

17. Hazaya

Date: Saturday, December 4, 2010
Time: 9pm
Venue: The Freedom Garden (294 Troutman Street, 1L, Brooklyn NY)  
Ticket: t.b.a
Genre: experimental rock
 Eyal Maoz, guitar, Elad Muskatel, electric bass, and Lukas Ligeti, drums. 

18. Warren Benbow Trio

Date: Saturday, December 4, 2010
Time: 8pm
Venue: Zora Art Space (315 4th Avenue between 3rd and 2nd Streets in Park Slope, Brooklyn)
Ticket: t.b.a.

World Class” drummer Warren Benbow brings an acoustic jazz trio into Zora Space. On December 4th he will have with him good friends, pianist Alva Nelson, And bassist Leon Lee Dorsey. This performance will include special guests, percussionist Chris Theberge, and saxophonist, Jay Rodriguez. 

19. What Kind of Love Is This: The Music of BOB DYLAN & THE BAND. An All-Star Tribute featuring: Larry Campbell, Steven Bernstein, John Medeski, Rob Burger, Tony Scherr, Kenny Wollesen, Jolie Holland, Laura Cantrell, Nicole Atkins, John Wesley Harding, The Fiery Furnaces, & more – presented by the 14th Street Y

 Date: Sunday, December 5, 2010
Time: 8:30pm
Venue: Le Poisson Rouge (158 Bleecker Street, New York, NY 10012, ph: 212- 505-3474)  
Ticket: $40
Genre: folk/Jazz/singer-song writer/indie rock
What Kind of Love Is This: The Music of Bob Dylan and The Band will take place on December 5 beginning at 8:30pm at Le Poisson Rouge, an intimate performance space in Greenwich Village. An array of celebrity vocalists will join our all-star band in an exploration of Dylan’s catalog with The Band, one of rock’s most enduring combos. From their revolutionary tours with Dylan as The Hawks in the 60’s, through the legendary Basement Tapes recordings, to their mammoth 1974 reunion tour, echoes of Dylan and The Band’s collaboration has reverberated throughout rock and roll history. LPR’s house band for the evening features John Medeski on keys/organ, Larry Campbell on guitar, Steven Bernstein on trumpet, Kenny Wolleson on percussion, Rob Burger on keys/accordion and Tony Scherr on bass.

Le Poisson Rouge is the site of the former The Village Gate, a stop on the Greenwich Village Walking Tour, in part because Bob Dylan wrote A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall in September 1962 in a basement apartment occupied by Chip Monck, the Village Gate lighting engineer and future compere and lighting designer of the Woodstock Festival. 

Special guests include: Jolie Holland, Laura Cantrell, Nicole Atkins, John Wesley Harding and The Fiery Furnaces.

20. Lonnie Harrington and Ruben Gonzales

Date: Sunday Dec 5, 2010
Time: 4pm
Venue: Yippie Museum Cafe (9 Bleecker Street, NY) 
Ticket: t.b.a.
Genre: Argentinian singer-song writer

Lonnie Harrington (vocal & percussin) and Ruben Gonzales (vocal & guitar) performing GROOVES OF THE HEMISPHERE.  They’ll have plenty of guest friends playing with them!