Music listings – 1/3 through 1/9/2011

1. William Parker/Rob Brown/Gerald Cleaver

Date:  Monday, Januar 3, 2011
Time: 7pm
Venue: Local 269 (269 E. Houston, NY)
Ticket: $20
Genre: contemporary Jazz/improve

 William Parker (bass), Rob Brown (sax) and Gerald Cleaver (percussion).

2. Johnny Winter

Date:  Tuesday, Januar 4, 2011
Time: 8pm
Venue: B.B.KING (237 West 42 St., New York, NY 10036)
Ticket: $35
Genre: Blues

The Texas guitar tradition runs deep. It’s a gutsy school of blues playing, marked by thick tones, aggressive attack and tons of technique, all delivered in a flamboyant, swaggering style that is endemic to the Lone Star State. From T-Bone Walker and Clarence Gatemouth Brown on through Albert Collins and Freddie King, Billy Gibbons and the late Stevie Ray Vaughan, the tradition of the Texas guitar slinger has lived on. One name that ranks atop that exclusive list is Johnny Winter, the international ambassador for rocking Texas blues for the last thirty years.

3. Pan American Music Night presented by Marc Ribot with La Cumbiamba eNeYe and Cotito

Date: Wednesday, January 5, 2011
Time: 10pm
Venue: Le Poisson Rouge (158 Bleecker Street, New York, NY 10012, ph: 212- 505-3474)
Ticket: $18
Genre: Cumbia/experimental Jazz

Marc Ribot presents two of the hottest acts from the Americas: the hard-groove of roots-rock cumbia outfit La Cumbiamba eNeYe, Peruvian master cajón player Cotito who Ribot met while touring with Susana Baca.

After meeting the group La Cumbiamba eNeYe at a recording session for a children’s album, Ribot became an instant fan. “They knocked my socks off,” he says. “They’re one of the hardest rocking groups in New York. It’s not the corny pop cumbia you hear on the radio. They’ve done something with roots-rock cumbia that’s really funky.” Ribot will sit in with the band, and also join the master cajón player Cotito. “He gets the full range of a drum kit out of banging this wooden box,” he says. “His sense of rhythm has something in common with metal [music]. When he really digs into a groove it slows down ever so slightly instead of speeding up. Or maybe I imagine that it slows down because my blood speeds up.”

4. Melvin Van Peebles & Laxative

Date: Thursday, Januar 6, 2011
Time: 7pm
Venue: Joe’s Pub (425 Lafayette St, NY)
Ticket: $17
Genre: musical/blues/jazz

Melvin Van Peebles had such a good time working with Burnt Sugar the Arkestra Chamber bringing “Sweet Sweetback’s Badasssss Song:The Hood Opera” to life on the Paris stage, that he decided to continue the collaboration. After enlisting Jared Michael Nickerson, Burnt Sugar’s bassist & business manager, and members Paula Henderson, Bruce Mack, Mikel Banks, Will Martina, Andre Lassalle and Chris Eddleton, M.V.P. titled his new band ‘Laxative.’  When asked why the title, Melvin replied, “Why? …’cause they’re a crew of musicians who make sh.. happen and get sh.. done.  That’s why!” The new show,”Yeah unhunH Sure … The Rubber, ie. Your Behind, Meeting The Road, Do Jesus, Hand To Heaven Street Songs,” will feature tunes taken from Melvin’s Broadway shows, movies and recordings.
Line  up:  Melvin Van Peebles – vocals and Laxative:
Mikel Banks – vocals/flute/harmonica/freak-a-phone
Paula Henderson – bari-sax
Will Martina – cello
Andre Lassalle – guitar
Bruce Mack – vocals/keys
Jared Michael Nickerson – vocals/electric bass
Chris Eddleton – drums

5. A showcase of globally-minded female vocalists & songwriters Somi, tamar-kali, Meklit Hadero & Pyeng Threadgill

Date: Thursday, January 6, 2011
Time:  7pm
Venue: Drom (85 Avenue A, N, NY 10009, 212- 777-1157)
Ticket: $10
Genre: Jazz/blues/R&B

A showcase of globally-minded female vocalists & songwriters: Somi, tamar-kali, Meklit Hadero and Pyeng Threadgill. Read more about all singers.

6. Peter Gordon’s Love of Life Orchestra and Friends

Date: Thursday, January 6, 2011
Time: 8pm
Venue: Le Poisson Rouge (158 Bleecker Street, New York, NY 10012, ph: 212- 505-3474)
Ticket: $12
Genre: Jazz/contemporary/eclectronics

PETER GORDON is known for the clarity and wit of his compositions. Gordon first gained attention with his Love of Life Orchestra (LOLO), which he founded in New York in 1977. Working with LOLO-which has ranged in size from a trio to over a dozen of New York’s top musicians-Gordon has performed hundreds of concerts internationally at venues as diverse as concert halls (Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, Merkin Hall), opera houses (Brooklyn Academy of Music, Amsterdam’s Het Musiktheater), festivals, nightclubs (Bottom Line, Knitting Factory, CBGB) and theaters (DTW, La Mama). The friends are: Ben Neill (a composer, performer, producer, and inventor of the mutantrumpet, a hybrid electro-acoustic instrument. Neill’s music blends electronica, jazz and ambient, blurring the lines between DJ culture and acoustic instrument performance), Midnight Magic and Justin Miller (DFA Records).

7. Underground Horns

Date: Thursday, January 6, 2011
Time: 11pm
Venue: Nublu (62 Ave C, NY)
Ticket: $10
Genre: brass/ Balkan/Jazz/Funk

The Underground Horns are cooking audio gumbo… our special recipe includes some funk, jazz, hip hop mixed with brass band traditions, spiced up with african and other world rhythms…music for the people!

8. Winter Jazzfest 2011

Date:  Friday & Saturday, January 7 & 8, 2011
Time: all night s until 4am
Venue: at five West Village venues
Ticket: $25-$35
Genre:  from jazz and experimental music.

New York, November 3, 2011 – Brice Rosenbloom of BOOM Collective (formerly boomBOOM Presents) is proud to announce the 2011 NYC WINTER JAZZFEST lineup.  The festival is to be held on January 7th & 8th, 2011 in New York City.  The NYC Winter Jazzfest will take over threeWest Village venues, (le) Poisson Rouge, Kenny’s Castaways and Zinc Bar on Friday January 7th, and five venues, (le) Poisson Rouge, Kenny’s Castaways, Zinc Bar, Sullivan Hall, and Bitter End on Saturday January 8th.  This marks the seventh year of the annual NYC WINTER JAZZFEST. Read more about artists, schedules, tickets, etc: 

9. The Tehran-Dakar Brothers

Date: Saturday, December 8, 2011
Time: 8pm
Venue: Zora Art Space (315 4th Avenue between 3rd and 2nd Streets in Park Slope, Brooklyn)
Ticket: $10
Genre: nu world trash/middle eastern/dub/desert bues   

The Tehran-Dakar Brothers (TT-DB) is the brainchild of Iranian sax player Sohrab Saadat Ladjevardi. Fueled by improvisation, Sohrab blends original melancholic melodies, and those of his native Iran, with Persian, African, African-American and dub rhythms. Sohrab’s shouting expresses the deep passion for freedom.  Altogether, Sohrab calls his music new world trash. His music molded by his international background. Line up: Sohrab (sax and vocal), Doron Lev (drums), Alejandro Castellano (guitar), Satish (electric trumpet), Thierno Camara (bass).   

10. Hogaku

Date: Saturday, January 8, 2010
Time: 8pm
Venue: Asia Society and Museum (725 Park Ave.,at 70th Street, NY)
Tickets: $25
Genre: Japanese traditional music   

Free pre-performance lecture by Ralph Samuelson at 7:00 pm.   

Combining “the best of traditional and contemporary styles, gliding between genres with the power and grace of an elegant figure skater,”* Yumi Kurosawa’s ethereal music gives koto (Japanese zither) a dynamic new voice. *Mar Creation . Akiko Sakurai captivates listeners with the satsuma biwa (short-necked fretted lute), creating delicate yet surprisingly energetic, haunting and percussive music. Joined by Yutaka Ota playing yoko bue (transverse flute) and Umeya Kizaburo playing tsuzumi (Japanese drum). Sanshi, the duo Yukino Yamamoto and Junnosuke Uehara, gifted hosozao shamisen (long-necked lute) players, meld folk songs and new original compositions. Joined by Kei Matsuo playing yokobue (transverse flute).   

11. Barbes Records takes Manhattan – Part 2. 

Date: Saturday, January 8, 2011
Time:  7pm – 11pm
Venue: Drom (85 Avenue A, N, NY 10009, 212- 777-1157)
Ticket: $15
Genre: various   

An annual rite which brings musician from around the world to New York  – Barbès  takes part of its roster across the chilly waters of the East River to showcase some of its best talent. For the past eight years, the Brooklyn club and related  label have become synonymous with adventurous eclecticism. On any typical night Barbès’ back room  will showcase a classical string quartet, Carpathian singers,  an avant-garde theremin player, Brazilian Forro, Balkan Brass, a mandingo guitarist or Peruvian surf music.  This year, Barbès will attempt to take Manhattan with a couple of Americans singing French swing classics, followed by the work of a French chanson icon sung in English, American Blues filtered through a giant global prism, Peruvian Chicha played a Franco-Venezuelan- American crew and a tribute to Qawwali great Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan by a typical Brooklyn collective. Global music made local.   


12. Baye Kouyate and The Tougarake 

Date: Saturday, January 8, 2011
Time: 9pm
Venue: Zebulon (258 Wythe Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211)
Ticket: donation
Genre: Malian tradiional music

The Malian Empire, at its height in the middle of the fourteenth century, was founded by Sundiata Keita, whose exploits remain celebrated in Mali even today. In the Epic of Sundiata, King Naré Maghann Konaté offered his son Sundiata a griot, Balla Fasséké, to advise him in his reign. Balla Fasséké is thus considered the first griot and the founder of the Kouyaté line of griots that exists to this day.

Talking drum and calabash player Baye Kouyaté is a direct descendant of that lineage. He is one of those old souls: wise and blessed with a culturally diverse perspective, bubbling over with natural enthusiasm and creative energies that strongly suggest he’s been this way before; someone deeply in touch with the spiritual essences. His performances are a journey through a world of highly complex polyrhythms fusing traditional sounds of Mali with influences such as jazz, reggae, and Latin grooves, all delivered by a high spirited crew of musicians. Talking drum, calabash, kora, balafon, percussion, guitar, bass, drums.


13. The English Beat w. Brooklyn Rundfunk Orkestrata, Toubab Krewe, The Lost Fingers

Date: Sunday, January 9, 2011
Time: 8pm
Venue: Highline Ballroom (431 W 16th St, New York, NY 10011, 212-414-5994 )
Ticket: $30
Genre: Ska/Reggae/Soul

The Beat (known in North America as The English Beat) are a 2 Tone ska revival band founded in England in 1978. Their songs fuse ska, pop, soul, reggae and punk rock, and their lyrics deal with themes of love, unity and sociopolitical topics. The Beat released three albums: I Just Can’t Stop It (1980), Wha’ppen? (1981) and Special Beat Service (1982), and a string of singles, including &q… (read more).

14. globalFEST

Date: Sunday, January 9, 2011
Time: 7pm
Venue: Webster Hall (125 E. 11th St., New York, NY, Ph: 212.545.7536) – 3 stages
Tickets: $35/$40
Genre: all kinds of world music

Unexpected Trends, Emerging Hybrids, and Edgy Roots:
globalFEST Returns to NYC with 13 Artists on Three Stages, January 9, 2011

globalFEST 2011 has just announced that traditional Egyptian music ensemble Zikrayat will be rounding out the 13-artist lineup for this year’s festival.

With a mission to highlight the diversity of Arabic culture for mainstream Western audiences, Zikrayat alternates between vocal and instrumental pieces in an authentic, educational and entertaining manner. You can listen to streaming tracks and download mp3s from Zikrayat and the rest of the globalFEST 2011 artists at

Full globalFEST 2011 artist lineup:

Chamber Music: Ballaké Sissoko & Vincent Ségal (U.S. debut)
Creole Choir of Cuba
Diblo Dibala
Kaumakaiwa Kanaka’ole (NY solo debut)
Orquestra Contemporânea de Olinda
Pedrito Martinez Group
Red Baraat
Rhythm of Rajasthan
Yoro Ndiaye (U.S. debut)

Event details:

Here with another round of streaming audio, mp3s, and videos for 3 more featured artists atglobalFEST 2011:

Mustafa Özarslan – virtuosic Turkish vocalist makes his US debut with Sufi-inspired sounds, while breaking ethnic and generational boundaries performing a Kurdish and Armenian repertoire

Rhythm of Rajasthan – music and dance from the Great Thar Desert weaving together Roma roots, India’s diversity, and the rich journey of the Gypsies

Red Baraat – NYC-based funky brass band uses improvisation to unite Northern India and Pakistan’s favorite drum with some serious Sousaphone and Bollywood classics

For streaming tracks and mp3 samplers (as well as press release and full artist lineup), check out theonline press kit…

And to get videos for this week’s featured artists, go to the official globalFEST 2011 YouTube channel…