Music listings – 1/31 through 2/6

1. Jemeel Moondoc & The ‘Jus Grew’ Orchestra 

Date: Monday, January 31, 2011
Time: 8pm
Venue: the University of the Streets (130 east 7th street. 2nd floor. NY)
Ticket: $15
Genre: Jazz/improve

A night of challanging Jazz: Jemeel Moondoc – alto saxophone, compositions, Sabir Mateen – tenor saxophone, flute, clairnet, alto clarinet, Roy Campbell – , Ted Daniel – trumpet, Steve Swell – trombone, Bern Nix – guitar, Hill Greene – bass, Chad Taylor – drums


Date: Tuesday, February 1, 2011
Time: 10pm
Venue: Barbes (376 9th Street, Brooklyn, NY)
Ticket: $10
Genre: Jazz

Steve Swell (trombone) has toured and recorded with Lionel Hampton and Buddy Rich as well as with Anthony Braxton, Bill Dixon, Cecil Taylor and William Parker. He has over 25 CDs as a leader or co-leader and is a featured artists on more than 90 other releases.
Perry Robinson (clarinet) has been the sui generis master of the clarinet in jazz, folk and avant-garde music. Early in his career he was a sideman with Tete Montoliu, and he has since worked with some of the world’s best musicians, including the Brubeck Family, Gunter Hampel, Henry Grimes, Bill Dixon, Naná Vasconcelos, Carla Bley, Archie Shepp, Charlie Haden, Badal Roy, John Carter, Anthony Braxton, Mark Whitecage, Pete Seeger and George Clinton.
Max Johnson (bass) is a rising star in the experimental jazz and bluegrass communities as one of New York’s busiest bassists. He started playing professionally while still in High School with artists such as Jon Anderson, The Butthole Surfers and Vernon Reid. As a student of legendary bassist Henry Grimes, Johnson carries on a flame of creating singular textures and ideas to build a world of new sounds.

3. Dock Sud Nuevo & Traditional Tango

Date: Wednesday, February 2, 2011
Time:  10pm
Venue: Drom (85 Avenue A, NY, NY 10009, 212- 777-1157)
Ticket: $10
Genre: nu and traditional Tango

Don’t miss this legengary tango band with maestros: Raul Jaurena, bandoneon – Pablo Aslan, bass and Octavio Brunetti, piano.

10:45pm – Dance Exhibition by LESLIE WHITESELL & MUSA SONMEZ

11:00pm – DOCK SUDElectro Tango
Ivan Barenboim, Clarinets – David Hodges, Bandoneon – Juan Cruz Masotta, Bass & Electronics, Pablo Pereyra, Voice – Emilio Teubal, Keyboards

4. Dubbidet

Date: Wednesday, February 2, 2011
Time: 8pm
Venue: Barbes (376 9th Street, Brooklyn, NY)
Ticket: $10
Genre: Jazz/improve

Dubbidet dreams of recreating by accident the famous late-90s spy-satellite recording of a pair of Altaic cantors and their entourages arguing an abuse-of-easement issue in verse, or of at least lucking into what might pass as an homage to the hacked and scrambled version that posed as a soap commercial on WCBS for three weeks in December of ’06. Also, of making dance music for the morbidly sedentary. Twelve fingers, two mouths, the cooks sing, it’s over in an hour. Jason Candler – Alto Clarinet, Alto Sax, vox, fx and Quince Marcum – Alto Horn, vox, fx

5. Francesco Tristano and Bruce Brubaker, pianos: “Simultaneo” 
w/ music of Buxtehude, Gibbons, Schumann, Messiaen, Glass, Cage, Earle Brown, and Francesco Tristano

Date: Thursday, February 3, 2011
Time: 7:30pm
Venue: Le Poisson Rouge (158 Bleecker Street, New York, NY 10012, ph: 212- 505-3474)
Ticket: $18
Genre:  contemporary classical

[ SIMULTANEO ] with Francesco Tristano Schlimé and Bruce Brubaker 

Francesco Tristano’s new album “Idiosynkrasia” is released in the U.S. in January. This show includes selections from the new album and overlapping live piano performances by Bruce Brubaker. [Two concerts at the same time!] Simultaneously played music by Philip Glass, Orlando Gibbons, Earle Brown, Olivier Messiaen, Dietrich, Buxtehude, John Cage, Robert Schumann, and Carl Craig, with real-time processing. 

Music by:
Dietrich Buxtehude and Orlando Gibbons
Earle Brown: 25 Pages Tristano: Mambo, Nach Wasser Noch Erde
Glass: Etudes, Wichita Vortex Sutra
Messiaen: Regard du Pere
R. Schumann: selected Fantasy Pieces, Op. 12 and Op. 111
Cage: Dream, In a Landscape

6. Ryan Sawyer and Shahzad Ismaily

Date: Friday, February 4, 2011
Time: 8pm & 10pm
Venue: The Stone (is located at the corner of Avenue C and 2nd Street)
Ticket: $10 each set
Genre: improve

Ryan Sawyer (drums) and Shahzad Ismaily (bass) – duo project. Nobody knows what is going to happen?!

7. Aster Aweke

Date: Friday, February 6, 2011
Time: 11pm
Venue: SOB’s (204 Varick St., 212-243-4940)
Ticket: $35
Genre: Ethopian pops

Aweke was born in 1961 in Gondar, Ethiopia, and was raised in the capital city of Addis Ababa. Her father was a senior civil servant in the Imperial government. By the age of 13 she was determined to become a musician, and started her career at Hager Fikir Theatre in Addis Ababa. By her late teens, she was singing in Addis Ababa clubs and hotels with such bands as the Continental Band, Hotel D’Afrique Band, Shebele Band, and the Ibex Band before they became the internationally known Roha Band. Aweke’s distinct style has been influenced by other Ethiopian singers such as Bizunesh Bekele. Launching a solo career, she was encouraged by musical entrepreneur Ali Tango, who financed and released five cassettes and two singles of her music. By 1981, she had become disillusioned by Ethiopia’s oppressive political climate following the death of iconic leader Haile Selassie and relocated to the United States. Temporarily settling in the Bay Area of California with plans to pursue an education; within two years, she settled in Washington, D.C., one of the largest Ethiopian expat communities in the country. Here she became increasingly popular within the Ethiopian community, performing in restaurants and clubs. She also remains popular in Ethiopia; in 1997 she performed in Addis Ababa for a crowd of over 50,000 people. More recently, on the 9th of May 2009, Aster performed in front of a crowd of 10,000 during the Peace through Unity, Unity through Music concert in Addis Ababa at the Millenium Hall, alongside other Ethiopian artists Gossaye and Pras (of the Fugees). She is sometimes referred to as Ethiopia’s Aretha Franklin. Those are extremely big shoes to fill, but she is quickly on her way to doing so.



8. Turkish Fasil Night

Date: Friday, February 4, 2011
Time:  10pm
Venue: Drom (85 Avenue A, NY, NY 10009, 212- 777-1157)
Ticket: $15
Genre: Turkish traditional music

The traditional music and eating ritual of the taverns and meyhane of old Istanbul comes to life in New York! 
Line up: Ismail Lumanovski on clarinet, Tamer Pinarbasi on kanun, Ara Dinkciyan on oud, Engin Gunaydin on darbouka and Yucel Ustundag on vocals 

9. Hahn Bin

Date: Friday, February 4 , 2011
Time: 8pm
Venue: The Stone (is located at the corner of Avenue C and 2nd Street)
Ticket: $10 
Genre: classical music fusing with pop music?

A special protégé of the legendary Itzhak Perlman, the dynamic 22-year-old violin virtuoso Hahn-Bin embodies the renaissance of classical music, fusing his highly evocative repertoire with pop performance art. Born in Seoul, Hahn-Bin made his international debut at age twelve at the 42nd Grammy Awards in a performance honoring Isaac Stern. Following a decade under the tutelage of Itzhak Perlman at The Juilliard School, Hahn-Bin made his critically-acclaimed debut in 2009 at Carnegie’s Zankel Hall as the recipient of the Peter Marino Concert Prize, following his First Prize win at the prestigious Young Concert Artists International Auditions. This season, Hahn-Bin returns to Carnegie Hall, performing the world premiere of “Still Life” for Violin and Orchestra, written by Christopher Cerrone and commissioned for Hahn-Bin by the New York Youth Symphony. The tour of his new recital project “The Five Poisons” will include performances in New York at the Rubin Museum of Art, in Los Angeles at the Hammer Museum, and in Berlin at the Konzerthaus. Hahn-Bin’s recent engagements include Auditorium du Louvre in Paris, The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, as well as appearances with the Queensland Orchestra in Australia, and all the major Korean orchestras including the Seoul, Bucheon, and Daejeon Philharmonics, both in Korea and on tour in Japan.

10. Taksim

Date: Friday, February 4, 2011
Time: 8pm
Venue: Zora Art Space (315 4th Avenue between 3rd and 2nd Streets in Park Slope, Brooklyn)
Ticket: $10
Genre: Middle Eastern music

Souren Baronian grew up in Spanish Harlem riding two powerful currents of his creativity: his ethnic Armenian heritage, and jazz. His own music is an authentic organic hybrid of those two idioms. The sound of his band is truly unique, applying a jazz vocabulary and the bebop sensibility of Charlie Parker and Lester Young to Middle Eastern rhythms on traditional instruments such as the oud, kaval, dubek, G-clarinet and dumbek. “Taksim” is a Middle Eastern term meaning improvisation, and inspired imprvisation is the home territory of Souren Baronian and his band.

Line up: Souren Baronian ( Sax, Clarinet, Duduk & Kaval), Haig Manoukian ( Oud ), Sprocket Royer ( Acoustic Bass), Lee Baronian ( Darbuka/Percussion) and Mal Stein ( Drums/Percussion).

11. “One Month To Mardi Gras” w/Big Sam’s Funky Nation and Eric Krasno & Chapter 2 
w/ Yellowcake and DJ Cochon de Lait

Date: Saturday, February 5, 2011
Time: 7pm
Venue: Le Poisson Rouge (158 Bleecker Street, New York, NY 10012, ph: 212- 505-3474)
Ticket: $25
Genre: big band/funk/soul/latin pop

Big Sam’s Funky Nation have established their presence on the forefront of the New Orleans music scene. Trombone powerhouse and band leader “Big Sam” Williams, formerly of the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, has been celebrated as “the top man on the slide trombone in the birthplace of jazz” by the San Francisco Chronicle and the band has been touted for consistently “bringing a straight raw party” by Jambase.
 Eric Krasno is a founding member of Soulive and hip-hop production team Fyre Dept. He has worked also with countless musicians, from jazz icons Joshua Redman, Dr. Lonnie Smith and Chaka Khan to hip hop visionaries like 50-Cent, GZA and Talib Kweli. He is known throughout jazz, funk, and hip-hop circles for his virtuosic playing and production talents. Chapter 2 is the next phase in the story of Eric and his longtime collaborator, drummer Adam Deitch, alongside vocalist and keyboardist Nigel Hall and bassist Louis Cato. 
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12. Thierno Camara

Date: Saturday, February 5, 2011
Time:  9pm
Venue: Drom (85 Avenue A, NY, NY 10009, 212- 777-1157)
Ticket: $15
Genre:  Afro-beat / Experimental / Jazz

Thierno Camara was born in Senegal in 1969. As a child he studied classical piano and flute. At the age of fourteen he started to play bass in the rock group, Laser. They played a repertoire of Rock cover songs and they performed in high schools. At the age of sixteen he joined Copa’s (saxophonist of the Golden Baobab) group and he learned jazz along side this great musician. His first foray into African music came with his participation in the group Sora, which included many griots, traditional musicians, such as Fanta Sissoko, Toumani Kouyate, Dibi Sissoko, etc… Thierno was getting noticed, he became acompanist to some of Senegal’s greatest stars: Thione Seck, Cheick Lô, and Kine Lam among others. in 1998 he came to the United States and has since accompanied such great artists as Ornette Coleman, Black Mouth Sound, Greg Osby, Memphis Blake and Cornelius Kreush.



13. Martha Redbone

Date: Saturday, February 5 , 2011
Time: 9pm
Venue: BAM Cafe (30 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11217)
Tickets: free
Genre: R&B

Martha Redbone is the best kept secret in R&B, or so say her critics. Her “stunning” (Billboard) songwriting range—a courageous blend of sensitively produced funk, throwback shuffles, and addictive melody—confirms every bit of the hype, as does her nuanced voice, which sways effortlessly between Tina Turner edge and Etta James earthiness.

14. Stone Groove! featuring Meta & The Cornerstones / Goldenchild & The Chosen

Date: Saturday, February 5, 2011
Time: 9pm
Venue: 92YTribeca (200 Hudson Street, ground floor, NY, NY 10013, 212-601-1000)
Ticket: $15
Genre: soul reggae

Fresh off their SOLD OUT New Year’s Eve Soul Shakedown Party at 92YTribeca, soul-reggae sensations Meta & The Cornerstones shipped out for Jamaica to record their second album, which is being co-produced by Sidney Mills of Steel Pulse. This special edition of Meta’s Stone Groove show is their first performance back in the States.

Joining Meta and Co. Sat, Feb 5 will be Goldenchild & The Chosen, who combine their love of hip-hop, classic soul/funk and reggae to create a sound undeniably their own. Imagine Bob Marley and Stevie Wonder blending with Marvin Gaye stylized like Mos Def and you start to get the picture

15. La Traviata from the Royal Opera House, London

Date: Sunday, February 6, 2011
Time: 3pm
Venue: Peter Jay Sharp Theatre/Symphony Space (2537 Broadway at 95th Street, New York, NY 10025-6990)
Ticket: $22
Genre: opera

Running time: 3H20, by Giuseppe Verdi
From the Royal Opera House, London Verdi’s tragic tale of courtesan Violetty Valery is brought to life on the stage of London’s Royal Opera House – and on a movie screen near you. La Traviata (or, “the Fallen Woman,”) stars beloved American soprano Renée Fleming in the title role, with tenor Joseph Calleja as her lover Alfredo and bass Thomas Hampson as Germont.

Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
Director: Richard Eyre
Designer: Bob Crowley
Director of Movement: Jane Gibson
Lighting: Jean Kalman

Conductor: Antonio Pappano
Violetta Valéry: Renée Fleming
Alfredo Germont: Joseph Calleja

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16. Allen Toussaint

Date: Sunday, February 6, 2011
Time: 12am
Venue: Joe’s Pub (425 Lafayette St, NY)
Ticket: $30
Genre: New Orleans

Allen Toussaint, one of America’s greatest musical treasures, returns for a monthly New Orleans brunch series. Singer, pianist, songwriter, arranger and producer – the New Orleans native and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee has been making hit records for over forty years. His massive influence on American music reaches deep into the idioms of rhythm and blues, pop, country, musical theater, blues and jazz.

Some of the best known hits penned by Toussaint include: Ernie K-Doe’s Mother-in-Law; Fortune Teller, recorded by both Benny Spellman and The Rolling Stones; the Lee Dorsey hit Working in the Coal Mine, also recorded by Devo and The Judds; and the Grammy-nominated Southern Nights, recorded by Glen Campbell.

The master has produced such artists as Etta James, Albert King, Chocolate Milk, The Meters, LaBelle, Ramsey Lewis, John Mayall and Dr. John, and has been covered by and/or performed with the Pointer Sisters, Bonnie Raitt, The Judds, Robert Palmer, Otis Redding, The O’Jays, Boz Scaggs, Johnny Winter, Ringo Starr, Paul Simon, Chet Atkins, Lenny Kravitz and Elvis Costello, among others. In 1996, he co-founded NYNO Records with Joshua Feigenbaum, devoted to presenting the indidgenous music of New Orleans, and releasing his first solo album in 17 years, “Connected.”

In New Orleans, Toussaint is revered for his distinguished record in public service, consistently devoting his talents to a variety of community and charity programs.