Music listings – 1/24 through 1/30

1. Arts For Arts Rucma Evolving Voice and Music Presents: 4 SETS OF MUSIC EVERY MONDAY NIGHT! A MINI JAZZ FESTIVAL EVERY WEEK!

Date:  Monday, January 24, 2011
Time: 7pm
Venue: Local 269 (269 E. Houston, NY)
Ticket: $10 per set/$15 for 2 sets/$20 for the night
Genre: Jazz/improve

Perfroming bands: Yoni Kretzmer Trio, Nora McCarthy-Dom Minasi-Ras Moshe, Avram Fefer & Charles Downs’ Centipede.

2. Jameel Moondoc, Jus Grew Orchestra w. Sabir Mateen, Roy Campbell, Ted Daniel, Steve Swell, Bern Nix & Chad Taylor

Date: Monday, January 24, 2011
Time: 8pm & 10pm
Venue: the University of the Streets (130 east 7th street. 2nd floor. NY)
Ticket: $15
Genre: Jazz/improve

A night of challanging Jazz.

3. Randy Weston & African Rhythms w/Lewis Nash (Jan 25-28) & Billy Harper (Jan 29-30)

Date: Tuesday through Sunday, January 25 through January 30, 2011
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: $30-35
Genre: Jazz

Randy Weston’s magnificent, pulsating music has always been about celebration. But in this new year when he marks his 85th birthday, the restless spirit is celebrating his well received autobiography African Rhythms, and his new album, The Storyteller, which was recorded in 2010 at Dizzy’s. His fiery group, featuring the has-to-be-seen bassist Alex Blake is augmented by the powerful sax of Billy Harper. Randy Weston, piano; Alex Blake, bass; Neil Clarke, percussion; TK Blue, alto saxophone, flute; Lewis Nash, drums(Jan 25-28 only); Billy Harper, tenor saxophone (Jan 29-30 only)

Read more about Randy Weston.

4. Brahim Fribgane & Ben Tyree

Date: Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Time: 10pm
Venue: Watty & Meg’s  (back room (248 Court Street at Kane Street, Cobble Hill, Brooklyn)
Ticket: $15 cover includes performance & glass of wine or draft beer
Genre: Blues/Desert Blues/improve/Jazz

Marc Ribot presents TUESDAY NIGHT UNPLUGGED! Each Tuesday evening from 10PM – 12PM in Watty & Megs intimate backroom salon.  Find out what NYC’s best guitarist play in their living rooms.  Curarted by Marc Ribot and Marco Cappelli, this acoustic series features two guitarists each week, each playing solo, then trading songs and stories with a possible jam session in store. This week  features performances from Brahim Fribgane & Ben Tyree.

5. Johnny Winter

Date:  Tuesday, Januar 25, 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

6. Marc Ribot w/Marc Ribot’s Ceramic Dog

Date: Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Time: 10pm
Venue: Le Poisson Rouge (158 Bleecker Street, New York, NY 10012, ph: 212- 505-3474)
Ticket: $18
Genre: experimental/nu funk/electronics

Marc Ribot was born in Newark, New Jersey in 1954. As a teen, he played guitar in various garage bands while studying with his mentor, Haitian classical guitarist and composer Frantz Casseus. After moving to New York City in 1978, Ribot was a member of the soul/punk Realtones, and from 1984 – 1989, of John Lurie’s Lounge Lizards. Between 1979 and 1985, Ribot also worked as a sidemusician with Brother Jack McDuff, Wilson Pickett, Carla Thomas, Rufus Thomas, Chuck Berry, and many others.

A free/punk/funk/experimental/psychedelic/post electronica collective, featuring Marc Ribot plus two young players on the New York/California underground improv/experimental rock scene, Shahzad Ismaily – bass/electronics (Will Oldham, Secret Chiefs 3, Jolie Holland, 2 Foot Yard) and Ches Smith – drums (Xiu Xiu, Good for Cows, Secret Chiefs 3).

7. Arturo O’Farrill

Date: Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Time: 7pm-8pm
Venue: Puppet’s Jazz Bar (481 5th Avenue, NY 11215, 718-499-2622)
Ticket: $1o
Genre: Latin Jazz/piano solo

Arturo O’Farrill,  pianist, composer, educator and winner of the Latin Jazz USA Outstanding Achievement Award for 2003, was born in Mexico and grew up in New York City.  In 2002, Mr. O’Farrill created the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra for Jazz at Lincoln Center due in part to a large and very demanding body of substantial music in the genre of Latin and Afro Cuban Jazz that deserves to be much more widely appreciated and experienced by the general jazz audience.  His debut album with the Orchestra “Una Noche Inolvidable” earned a GRAMMY award nomination in 2006.

8. LSG: Eric Gales, TM Stevens & Keith LeBlanc

Date:  Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Time: 7pm
Venue: Local 269 (269 E. Houston, NY)
Ticket: $10 per set/$15 for 2 sets/$20 for the night
Genre: Blues/nu blues
As part of Local 269’s monthly music series “GUITAR!” Local 269 is featuring LSG which is Eric Gales (guitar), TM Stevens (bass) and Keith LeBlanc (drums). In the winter of 2010 LSG toured in Europe with TM Stevens on bass guitar and Keith LeBlanc on drums. The tour was billed as VooDoo Chile and featured works of Jimi Hendrix as well as original material from both Gales and Stevens.
Special guests: The Tzvi Skolnik Trio and Ladell McLin with Swiss Chris and Dave Pastorius (Jaco Pastorius nephew)



9. Karsh Kale & Midival Punditz

Date: Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Time: 8pm
Venue: Highline Ballroom (431 W 16th St, New York, NY 10011, 212-414-5994)
Ticket: $17
Genre: Indian electronics/tabla

Electronic fusion great and tabla beat master Karsh Kale (on guitar, drums and keyboards as well on electric tabla) brings together a star cast of musicians including fellow Indian fusionists Midival Punditz to perform music from his upcoming release Cinema (Six Degrees Records/MightyJunn Records). Guitar maverick Chris Buono, Ghazal maestro Vishal Vaid join Kale and his frequent collaborators Midival Punditz, made up of leading Indian/electronic DJs Gaurav Raina and Tapan Raj for a unique concert experience with Cinema Live. 
Kale fuses classical Indian music, progressive electronica, rock aesthetics and orchestral arrangements in tracks inspired by film music from both East and West.

10. Punk Jews presents “On the Edge”

Date: Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Time:  8:45pm
Venue: Drom (85 Avenue A, NY, NY 10009, 212- 777-1157)
Ticket: $15
Genre: music &  movie screening

Punk Jews presents “On the Edge,” a celebration of the upcoming Punk Jews documentary series.  Four breakthrough Jewish artists take the stage who exemplify this new movement of smashing stereotypes and breaking boundaries. Be our guest for dancing, screenings, and raffles to help us kick off the project with an evening you won’t soon forget.

Set Times:
8:45pm: DeLeon
9:45pm: Y-Love (guest performance from Kosha Dillz)
10:35pm: The Amazing Amy Yoga Yenta
10:45pm: Punk Jews promo screening
11:00pm: Diwon DJ set



11. Tony Williams Lifetime Tribute: Jack Bruce, Vernon Reid & John Medeski

Date: Thursday through Sunday, January 27 til 30, 2011
Times: 8pm
Venue: Blue Note (131 West 3rd St., New York, NY 10012, 212-475-8592)
Tickets: $30 & $45
Genre: Rock-Jazz

Jack Bruce, bass & vocals
Vernon Reid, guitar
John Medeski, keyboards/organ
Cindy Blackman, drums

In December, 2008, an all-star cast of musicians, all deeply influenced by the music of the late great revolutionary drummer Tony Williams and his band Lifetime, came together for a series of concerts in Japan. They now call themselves The Tony Williams Lifetime Tribute Band, featuring legendary bassist of Cream and one-time Lifetime member Jack Bruce, guitarist from Living Colour Vernon Reid, organ player John Medeski of Medeski Martin & Wood, and top drummer Cindy Blackman, the long-time drummer for Lenny Kravitz. The Tony Williams Lifetime Tribute Band now brings their unique take on Williams’ revolutionary music to New York in their Blue Note debut.




Date: Thursday, January 27, 2011
Time: 10pm
Venue: Barbes (376 9th Street, Brooklyn, NY)
Ticket: $10
Genre:  dhol ‘n’ brass band/Bhangra with brass funk

RED BARAAT. Led by drummer Sunny Jain, Red Baraat is the first and only dhol ‘n’ brass band of its kind in the States, melding the infectious North Indian rhythm Bhangra with brass funk and expressing the human spirit through improvisation and a powerful live sound. Comprised of dhol (double-sided, barrel-shaped North Indian drum slung over one shoulder), drumset, percussion, sousaphone, horns, and various vocalese, this NYC-based group plays fresh originals and Bollywood classics with an explosive stage performance and presence. In the short time since their inception, the group has delivered blistering performances at such varied places as the Montreal Jazz Festival, Chicago World Music Festival, Lincoln Center, the Pori Jazz Festival (Finland) and India Independence Day Parade.

13. Mephista/Angelica Sanchez Trio

Date: Friday, January 28, 2011
Time: 8pm & 10pm
Venue: The Stone (is located at the corner of Avenue C and 2nd Street)
Ticket: $10 each set
Genre: improve

Mephista are: Sylvie Courvoisier (piano), Ikue Mori (electronics) and  Susie Ibarra (drums)
Angelica Sanchez Trio are: Angelica Sanchez (piano), Johannes Weidenmueller (bass) and  Tyshawn Sorey (drums)

14. SYNOLON: Greek Music Launch Event

Date: Friday, January 28, 2011
Time:  10:30pm
Venue: Drom (85 Avenue A, NY, NY 10009, 212- 777-1157)
Ticket: $20
Genre: vocal Greek music

Synolon* is a “Greek Song State of Mind”, as its motto suggests. It’s an ensemble dedicated to vocal Greek music within and beyond the geographical borders of its origin. It draws its repertoire from an immensely rich tradition of songs that celebrate life from its most meaningful contemplation to its most frivolous pleasure. The “synolon” of the human experience. Synolon performs under the aegis of the Hellenic Ministry of Culture.

* Synolon:
(nn) total, entirety, whole, summation, (math) set
(Fr.) ensemble, mass.

Pericles Kanaris – Director (Voice, Piano & Percussion)
Elena Vassiliadi (Voice)
Takis Mihail (Bouzouki)
Apostolos Sideris (Bass)
Megan Gould (Violin & Baglama)
Kostas Tsoukalas (Guitars)
Manos Papayannakis (Drums)



15. Macroscopia Quartet

Date: Friday, Januar 28, 2011
Time: 8pm
Venue: Zora Art Space (315 4th Avenue between 3rd and 2nd Streets in Park Slope, Brooklyn)
Ticket: $10
Genre: Jazz/improve

Featuring the legendary Daniel Carter, this fine Quartet explores deep chamber sound free improvisation. The Quartet released a CD entitled “Macroscopia” (Metier) in 2010, which has been critically acclaimed. Their music has been hailed as “Overflowing with ideas and often dream-like with consistently tight interaction between all four members (Bruce Lee Gallanter, Downtown Music Gallery).

16. World Invasion

Date: Friday, January 28, 2010
Time: 10pm-11pm
Venue:  The Shrine (2271 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd, NY)
Ticket: donation
Genre: Funk Jazz



17. Charles Lloyd New Quartet

Date: Saturday, January 29, 2011
Times: 7:30pm & 9:30pm
VenueRose Theatre – Jazz at Lincoln Center (Broadway at 60th Street, 5th Floor New York, New York 10023)
Ticket: $30, $50, $70, $80, and $95
Genre: Jazz

A key figure in the 1960s transformation and cross-pollination of jazz with the emerging rock and world music movements, saxophonist Charles Lloyd was one of the most engaging and intriguing figures to come out of the post-bop era. His distinctive tone has been defined by technical brilliance informed by a lifetime of spiritual questing and creative collaborations with artists and musical philosophies from around the world. Now, after a brilliant five-decade plus career, Lloyd will be making his JALC debut with his New Quartet, featuring pianist Jason Moran, bassist Reuben Rogers, and drummer Eric Harland.

18. Dave Fiuczynski’s KiF

Date: Saturday, January 29, 2011
Time: 9pm
Venue: BAM Cafe (30 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11217)
Tickets: free
Genre:  jazz-funk-rock

Perhaps best known as the guitarist of the madly exuberant jazz-funk-rock group Screaming Headless Torsos, Dave Fiuczynski was also the original guitarist of Meshell N’degeocello’s formidable band. These days, Dave and his double-necked guitar are looking eastward, partnering with five-stringed electric cellist Rufus Cappadocia and others for a hard-edged experiment in—to use Dave’s phrase—“eastern-exotica-western-exstatica.”

19. Promised Land Featuring Myra Melford, Brandon Ross, Stomu Takeishi  

Date: Saturday, January 29, 2011
Time: 9pm
Venue: 92YTribeca (200 Hudson Street, ground floor, NY, NY 10013, 212-601-1000)
Ticket: $15
Genre: modern chamber music for improvisers

An evening of transcendent acoustic jazz, world folk, chamber music and blues with three world class improvisers.

The seeds of Promised Land, the trio of pianist Myra Melford (Leroy Jenkins, Marty Erlich), acoustic guitarist Brandon Ross (Cassandra Wilson, Meshell Ndegeocello, Harriet Tubman) and acoustic bass guitarist Stomu Takeishi (Henry Threadgill, Paul Motian), were sown in the early spring of 2006, during a European tour of southern Spain. It was an unexpected configuration that proved to be flexible, dynamic, fluid and fun—inspiring a second tour and now, four years later, the inception of a new ensemble called Promised Land.

The music the trio creates represents a kind of modern chamber music for improvisers. Informed by world folk music, jazz, chamber music, blues and the pure elegance of song, it is American music hatched from the spirit of our times. Pastoral, restless, poignant and multidimensional—when listening to the interaction of the trio, a sound, both original and personal, is clearly heard. Promised Land is an open musical experience, a place where dreams manifest reality.

20. Ruben Gonzalez

Date: Saturday, January 29, 2011
Time: 8pm – 9pm
Venue: The Shrine (2271 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd, NY)
Ticket: donation
Argentinian singer-song writer/Guajira Blues, Latin Rock and Bossa Jazz

Rubén “Flaco” González is a composer and guitarist from San Juan, Argentina, where he studied classical guitar and was also part of the Rock en Español movement in the ’80′s as a guitar player and a songwriter. With songs about Mother Earth, alcoholism, and pixilated love on the Internet, among others, Rubén’s performances are an excellent opportunity to taste original music with Spanish words in an intimate and rhythmic environment

Ruben Gonzalez: guitar, voice, songs
Don Babatunde Eaton: conga, surdo, percussion
Michael Wimberly: djembe, percussion, voice
Michael J. Campbell: electric guitar

21. Alphabet Lounge Big Band

Date: Saturday, Januar 29, 2011
Time: 8pm
Venue: Zora Art Space (315 4th Avenue between 3rd and 2nd Streets in Park Slope, Brooklyn)
Ticket: $10
Genre: Jazz/improve

The Alphabet Lounge Band was co-founded in 1999 by Roy Nathanson and Deidre Rodman. It started out as a small group playing jazz at venerated downtown venue The Knitting Factory every Monday night, trying out new material weekly. Gradually friends started joining the ranks, and by 2001 the band had grown in size. It moved from The Knitting Factory to the Alphabet Lounge in the East Village, finally settling at Barbes a few years later.
The band is unique for its mix of free improv and charted material, originals and standards, lively banter and poignant moments.

22. Huun-Huur-Tu

Date: Saturday, January 29, 2011
Time: 7pm
Venue: Joe’s Pub (425 Lafayette St, NY)
Ticket: $25
Genre: Tuvan music, throat singing

Huun-Huur-Tu come from the former Soviet Autonomous Republic of Tuva, a sparsely settled region of grasslands, boreal forests, and mountain ridges that lies 2,500 miles east of Moscow Russia, situated at the center of Asia, north of Mongolia. This indigenous music highlights rare instruments and preserves what is arguably some of the world’s oldest form of music making. The best known genre of Tuvan music, xöömei (throat-singing), comprises what one might call a lexicon of musical onomatopoeia in which natural sounds are mimetically transformed into musical representations. Their past collaborations range from Ry Cooder to The Kronos Quartet. The current album “Eternal” is a collaboration with electronic musician & record producer Carmen Rizzo (Niyaz, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Oakenfold, Seal) to form a unique blend of ambient electronic and sonic textures compared to a Brian Eno style album. The album takes you through a lush cinematic journey of almost dream like sequences of deep happiness. Forty minutes of a thrilling ride from start to finish.

23. Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars

Date: Saturday, January 29, 2011
Time:  9pm
Venue: Zebulon  (258 Wythe Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211)
Ticket: $15
Genre: Sierra Leone pop music

Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars are a group of musicians who escaped the horrific violence of Sierra Leone’s civil war, landed in a West African refugee camp and formed a band to keep their spirits up and their hopes alive. From these humble beginnings the band has now grown to be an international musical sensation. Their can’t help but dance live shows and their musical message have earned them devoted fans around the world. They’ve known the horrors of war firsthand and have become ambassadors of peace. An unbelievable testament to the human spirit, the journey of Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars exemplifies the universal healing power of music.

24. Composers Play Composers Marathon

Date: Sunday, January 30, 2011
Time:  7pm
Venue: Drom (85 Avenue A, NY, NY 10009, 212- 777-1157)
Ticket: $20 (including one drink)
Genre: modern classic/mixed genres and instrumentation

The 2nd Annual  ‘Composers Play Composers’ marathon concert! Composers include Gene Pritsker, Dan Cooper, Joseph Pehrson, David Morneau, Patrick Ippolito, Robert Voisey, Kevin James, Peter Jarvis, Dave Taylor, John Clark, Jay Rozen, Richard Carrick, Patrick Grant, Hayes Greenfield, Valerie Coleman, Lynn Bechtold, Robert Dick, Franz Hackl, Milica Paranosic, Arthur Kampela, David Claman.
The event is produced by Composers Concordance, which has been in operation for twenty-six years and given exposure to hundreds of NY composers. Recently Gene Pritsker and composer colleague Dan Cooper, have taken over the direction of its concerts and are focusing on taking chamber music out of the concert hall and into club venues. The event will be broken into sets, each of which will start off with a trio composed by John Clark on horn, Gene Pritsker on electric guitar and Dan Cooper on 7 string electric bass.

The program will mix genres and instrumentation over the sets but there are some patterns that emerge across the twenty-one works. Some are based on non-western traditions: A Jewish prayer (Dave Taylor) and a Serbian folk song (Milica Paranosic). Electronic works by Lynn Bechtold, Richard Carrick and David Morneau (whose work is inspired by Shakespeare’s sonnets). Some are solo works with the composer performing on guitar, snare drum or keyboards.

Featured artists are Robert Dick (modern flute master), John Clark (horn), Valerie Coleman (of Imani winds), Arthur Kampela (recent work commissioned with the NY Philharmonic), bass trombone extraordinaire Dave Taylor and Franz Hackl’s B3+ Brass Trio.