Music listings – 5/6 through 5/12

1. Craig Taborn Trio

Date:  Monday, May 6, 2013
Time:  8pm
Venue: The Roulette (509 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217)
Ticket: $20
Genre: jazz

Craig Taborn, piano
Thomas Morgan, double bass
Gerald Cleaver, drums

“[Taborn’s Chants]… confirms his standing as an inspired bandleader-composer, one of the smartest and slipperiest in his peer group” –The New York Times

Just as 2011’s Avenging Angel subverted expectations of solo improvised piano, so does Taborn‘s Chants (ECM Records) find its own response to the vast tradition of the piano trios. The pieces that Taborn has been writing for the band in the eight years of its existence are set up to generate a new group music by channelling the special skills of drummer Gerald Cleaver and bassist Thomas Morgan.

2. Leni Stern

Date: Monday, May 6, 2013
Time: 10pm
Venue: The 55 Bar (55 Christopher St., (Sixth/Seventh Avenue), New York, ( 212 ) 929-9883)
Ticket: $10
Genre: desert blues

LENI STERN. Acclaimed guitarist and vocalist Leni Stern brings her African music ensemble to the 55 Bar. The music juxtaposes Stern’s trademark inventive guitar and vocal explorations with the indigenous sounds of accomplished African instrumentalists. The result is at once haunting, exuberant, cinematic, personal and resoundingly assured. Featuring Leni Stern (n’goni, electric guitar, vocals) with Mamadou Ba (electric bass) and Alioune Faye (djembe, sabar).

3. Wang Li

Date: Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Time: 7pm
Venue: The Graduate Center The Graduate Center Elebash Hall  (365 Fifth Ave., NY, NY 10016, Ph: 212.817.8215)
Ticket: $25
Genre: Chinese jaw harp music

Chinese-born, Paris-based Wang Li is a master of the Chinese jaw harp, sheng reed wind, and calabash flute, creating atmospheric sounds with infinite nuances, using breath techniques and mouth, tongue, and throat vibrations. Contemplative and eloquent, Li’s playing on these ancient instruments produces surprisingly modern melodies—dark and dreamy, with almost an electronic dance music sound. Following a strict upbringing in China, Li travelled to France where he joined a monastery, discovering patience and silence, and an understanding that his musical expression comes from his roots. After studying jazz at the Paris Conservatory, he returned to his native region in China, learning from the few local musicians who play the jaw harp.

4. Leverage Models / Cuddle Magic / Father Figures

Date: Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Time: 8:30pm
Venue: Death By Audio (49 S. 2nd St @ Kent Ave, Brooklyn, New York 11211)
Ticket: t.b.a.
Genre: electro pop/experimental folk/nu jazz

Three differnet bands…3 different sounds…music for people who love to listen to different things and dig diversity.

9pm – Leverage Models
10pm – Cuddle Magic
11pm – Father Figures

Leverage Models:
Cuddle Magic:
Father FIgures: ,

5. Jeremy Danneman – William Parker – Tim Keiper Trio

Date: Thursday, May 9, 2013
Time:  7pm
Venue: Zirzamin  (90 West Houston Street New York, NY 10012)
Ticket: $10
Genre: jazz/improv

Line up:  Jeremy Danneman woodwinds & founder and president Parade of One, William Parker bass and highly esteemed bandleader and educator and Tim Keiper – percussion, seen with Dirty Projectors, Vieux Farka Toure, John Zorn, etc.

A Parade of One Event which is a nonprofit organization that engages the international community with a unique blend of street performance, recording, and educational programming. We are currently active in Rwanda, Cambodia, and Vietnam.

6. Brooklyn Raga Massive feat. Brandon Terzic Trio

Date: Thursday, May 9, 2013
Time: 8pm
Venue: Tea Lounge (837 Union St., bet. 6th & 7th Aves., Park Slope, Brooklyn)
Ticket: $5
Genre: arabic music/improv

The members are: Brandon Terzic (oud,  ngoni), Rufus Cappadocia (cello) and Matt Kilmer (percussion). There is an open jam session after the trio’s performance.

7. Craig Harris and The Harlem Night Songs Big Band

Date: Thursday, May 9, 2013
Time: 9 & 10:30pm
Venue: MIST Harlem (46 West 116th Street, between Malcolm X Blvd. and Fifth Avenue, 646-688-5886)
Ticket: $15
Genre: jazz/big band jazz

Trombonist/composer Craig Harris and The Harlem Night Songs Big Band playing lush, tight arrangements with room for expressive solos, creating that special sound where composition and improvisation intersect and become one.
The line up:
Craig Harris—Trombone
Richard Fairfax—Reeds
Jay Rodriguez—Reeds
James Stewart—Reeds
Eddie Allen—Trumpet
Franz Hackl—Trumpet
Pete Drungle—Keyboards
Fred Cash—Bass
Tony Lewis—Drums
Milton Suggs—Vocals

8.  Food Will Win The War w/ The City and Horses

Date: Saturday, May 11, 2013
Time:  7pm
Venue: 20 Bayard Street on the rooftop, Brooklyn, NY
Ticket: $15
Genre: indie folk rock

Saturday, May 11th on the rooftop of 20 Bayard Street in Brooklyn Food Will Win The War and The City and Horses  are celebrating the release of their slit single. Space on the roof is very limited, so advance arrangements are required. It’s a B.Y.O.B. event that will start with a “happy hour” at 7:00pm. After enjoying some beverages and watching the sunset, concertgoers will be treated to extended sets from Food Will Win the War + The City and Horses. The $15 price tag includes a physical copy of the record, digital download information, a one-inch food will win the war button, and admission to the aforementioned festivities. If you plan to join, please email right away! to

9. Lost In The Stacks

Date: Saturday, May 11, 2013
Time: 12pm – 2pm
Venue: Brooklyn Public Library (10 Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn, New York 11238)
Ticket: $15
Genre: pop/jazz/rock

Lost In The Stacks plays their first gig in far too long on Saturday, May 11, at Brooklyn Public Library’s Central Branch (note the location change), as part of the Bike the Branches program being put on by BPL.

Born in 2004 as a 7-piece with a different rhythm section, Brooklyn Public Library’s own Lost In The Stacks now plays all over Brooklyn and beyond as a dynamic 10-piece unit. In addition to an expanding number of originals, LITS plays many rock, pop, and jazz standards in their own unique style.

LITS has played at numerous library functions, including the Coney Island Blues Festival, Service for the Aging (at the Saratoga, Dyker, New Utrecht, and Brooklyn Heights neighborhood libraries), the annual Book Drive, and has made several appearances at the Literacy Banquet at the Central Branch at Grand Army Plaza. Additionally, LITS has played a pair of gigs at Coney Island’s KeySpan Park, as part of a pre-game show before the Cyclones’ crowd and also at the annual art fair there. Other recent live shows include a gig as the featured band for the Senior Senior Prom at the Midwood Senior Center and a very well-received performance at 2011’s National Library Week rally at New York’s City Hall Park; this was their fourth straight year performing at said event.

In September of 2007, LITS was featured live on Brooklyn’s Channel 12 as part of the gala opening of the new Dr. S. Stevan Dweck Center for Contemporary Culture at the Central Branch of BPL.

Over the past couple of years, LITS has been recording a full-length CD of originals and covers at Royal Blue Studios in Brooklyn; and the CD is now OUT!!! You can get a copy either at one of our shows, or from one of the band members (if you can’t get to either, contact one of us and we can make arrangements to mail you one); and you can hear some of the tracks on our myspace page:

Rita Meade: vocals
Clyde Kerlew: vocals, bass, tenor sax, harmonica, random instruments
Richie Araldi: vocals, drums, percussion
Jack McCleland: guitar, backing vocals
Sharon Tidwell: flute, percussion
Matt Cole: alto and bari sax, percussion
Harold Stern: trombone, percussion
Kid Java: bass, blues harp
Larry Videlago: keyboards

10. Oran Etkin’s Wake Up, Clarinet! at Tribeca Performing Arts Center! NYC

Date: Saturday, May 11, 2013
Time: 1:30pm until 2:30pm
Venue: BMCC Tribeca Performing Art Center (199 Chambers Street, New York, New York 10007)
Ticket: $25
Genre: jazzy-worldy kid’s music

Tribeca family music guru Oran Etkin presents a lively jazz and world music show created just for kids and parents, featuring Clara the Clarinet, Big Mama Tuba, and all their musical friends on a journey to Harlem, Cuba, France, New Orleans, and beyond. Etkin’s method of tapping into the musicality of young children has been praised by parents throughout the city.


“We’re also expanding the Timbalooloo music classes, which take place in schools or people’s homes (parents just get a group of kids together and the class meets once a week for a semester in someone’s home). There are now several teachers that I’ve trained in the method, so if you want to form a group or bring Timbalooloo to your child’s school, let us know!”