Music Listings – 4/21 through 4/27/2014

1. Evolving Music feat. Lou Grassi & Friends / Jon Irabagon Quartet / William Hooker Trio

Date: Monday, April 21, 2014
Time: 7:30pm to 11pm
Venue: Clemente Soto Velez Center (107 Suffolk St, New York, NY 10002)
Tickets: $11 per set
Genre: jazz/improv

7:30 Lou Grassi & Friends
Cecile Broche – violin
Kenny Wessel – guitar
Joe Fonda – bass
Lou Grassi – drums

8:45 Jon Irabagon Quartet
Jon Irabagon – sax
Luis Perdomo – piano
Yasushi Nakamura – bass
Rudy Royston – drums

10:00 William Hooker Trio
Mark Hennen – piano
Matt Lavelle – trumpet
William Hooker – drums

2. Accortet

Date: Monday, April 7, 2014
Time: 8pm
Venue: Quinn’s (330 Main Street, Beacon, New York 12508)
Tickets: donation
Genre: jazz/improv

The Monday night jazz session @ Quinn’s featuring one of the most eclectic ensembles yet to be heard in the series, the quartet Accortet. Led by one of the finest bassists playing today, Michael Bisio, Accortet also features the equally superb Kirk Knuffke on cornet, Art Bailey on accordion and Michael Wimberly on drums. Accortet’s performers have been heard in a remarkable variety of contexts, ranging from Henry Rollins to the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, the Joffrey Ballet to Parliament-Funkadelic, John Zorn to past Quinn’s sessions performers like William Parker, Karl Berger and many others. Their unique instrumentation and distinctive talents promise to make this a memorable Monday jazz session @ Quinn’s.

3. Landlady Presents: Landlady / Relatives / The Westerlies

Date: Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Time: 9pm
Venue: Shea Stadium BK (20 Meadow St., Brooklyn, NY, 11206)
Tickets: $8
Genre: avant – pop/noise/electronics

9pm – The Westerlies

10pm – Relatives

11pm – Landlady

4. The Friends of Steve Cannon: A Evening of Poetry and Jazz In Celebration of A Gathering of the Tribes & An Incredible Man

Date: Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Time: 6pm – 9pm
Venue: Nuyorican Poet’s Cafe (236 East 3rd Street Between Ave B & C)
Ticket: $20
Genre: jazz & poetry

The Friends of Steve Cannon Present: An Evening of Poetry and Jazz in Celebration of A Gathering of the Tribes & An Incredible Man.
A National Poetry / Jazz Appreciation Month
Benefit for A Gathering of the Tribes
Hosted by Mariposa, Frank Perez & Sheila Maldonado
& Melanie M. Goodreaux-Fielder

Featuring: music by Dj K. Wah! & the poetry of Jesus-Papoleto Melendez, Stephanie Agosto,, Ron Kolm, Danny Shot, Tsaurah Litzky, Bonafide Rojas, LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs, Patricia Spears Jones, Paul Beatty, Eve Packer, David Henderson, Bob Holman, Sophie Malleret, Bonny Finberg, Howard Pflanzer, John Farris, Willie Perdomo, Anyssa Kim, Jill Rapaport,Thaddeus Rutkowski, live accompaniment by sax player Dusty Rhodes & other surprises!

5. Tribute to Roy Campbell and Amiri Baraka

Date: Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Time: 6pm – 9pm
Venue: The Brecht Forum (388 Atlantic Ave., NY,  Brooklyn.)
Ticket: $11
Genre: jazz/protest music/improv

6pmNgoma Hill– Poetry,Violin,Didgeridoo

David Henderson-Poetry

7pm – Tribute Music with:
William Parker-Bass
Warren Smith-Drums
Ras Moshe-Reeds

8pm – open Mic poetry for Amiri Baraka!

6. The Eco-Music Big Band

Date: Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Time: 7:30pm
Venue: Red Rooster Harlem (310 Lenox Ave., at West 125th, New York, New 10027, 212-792-9001)
Tickets: $ 25
Genre: jazz/big band jazz

Join the Eco-Music Big Band in a tribute to its founder, Fred Ho (August 10, 1957 – April 12, 2014)
– one of a kind revolutionary composer, writer, producer, political activist, and the “best baritone saxophonist of all time” (The New Yorker). This tribute program will honor Fred’s legacy, including his last big band work, The Grace of the Guerilla, My Love, the music of Cal Massey, and new works by Fred Ho’s students, Ben Barson and Marie Incontrera.

The Eco-Music Big Band is a 16-piece professional free jazz political big band that spans many generations and includes some of the nation’s most acclaimed jazz musicians. Hailed as “talented… inspiring” (The Vermont Standard), The Eco-Music Big Band is committed to presenting the music of the legendary jazz composers of the 20th century that were overlooked (such as Cal Massey), to continuing the legacy of the prodigious composer Fred Ho, and to providing a platform for the next generation of big band composers.

Fred Ho passed away on the morning of Saturday, April 12, 2014 in his home in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, ending an eight year battle with stage 4B metastatic colorectal cancer. He is survived by his mother and two sisters, Florence Houn and Flora Hoffman. He leaves behind a legendary body of musical work; a revolutionary political movement, Scientific Soul Sessions; two big bands; and a distinct Afro-Asian aesthetic.

There will be no funeral; Fred will be cremated and his ashes will be spread over the sea of Kauai, where he will swim forever with the coral reefs. A memorial is being organized for a later date.

Jay Rodriguez, alto saxophone
Marty Ehrlich, tenor saxophone
Livio Almeida, tenor saxophone
Ben Barson, baritone saxophone

Winston Byrd, trumpet
Mark McGowan, trumpet
Nabaté Isles, trumpet
Adam O’Farrill, trumpet

Richard Harper, trombone
David Taylor, bass trombone

Ernesto Villalobos, violin
Andrew Janss, cello

Amanda Ruzza, bass
Albert Marquès, piano
Zack O’Farrill, drums

Marie Incontrera, conductor

7. Eidetic Seeing, Mountain God, Jovian Drifts & We Are All Savages

Date: Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Time: 8pm & 9pm
Venue: The Grand Victory (245 Grand St, Brooklyn, NY)
Ticket: $8
Genre: psychedelic rock/metal doom sludge stoner

Eidetic Seeing

Mountain God

Jovian Drifts

We Are All Savages

8. Mumia Abu-Jamal 60TH Birthday Party

Date: Thursday, April 24, 2014
Time: 6:30pm
Venue: The Riverside Church (490 Riverside Drive, New York, New York 10027)
Tickets: free
Genre: jazz/HIP HOP

On 4/24 through 4/26 people around the globe will celebrate the 60th birthday of political prisoner MUMIA ABU-JAMAL while demanding his freedom. In NYC at Riverside Church on Thursday the 24th from 6:30 – 9:30 pm, many celebrated speakers and artists will make some very revolutionary statements in the face of this ongoing struggle for justice. The list of speakers has not yet been finalized but the live music will include the Liberation Jazz of THE RED MICROPHONE 8PM, and several noted radical Hip Hop artists SQUALA ORPHAN the LC POET at 8:15. INTIKANA at 8:45, and of course REBEL DIAZ at 9pm. And the show ends with a big jam session of all performers. Mumia himself is expected to call in to speak to us all at 7:30. Please join us to make a statement about this activist who has been wrongly imprisoned for decades.

Mumia Abu-Jamal is a renowned journalist, author, activist, husband, father and grandfather from Philadelphia who has been in prison since 1981 for allegedly shooting Philadelphia police officer Daniel Faulkner. Despite overwhelming evidence of his innocence, prosecutorial misconduct, constitutional violations in his trial, police coercion of witnesses and documented racism, he remains on death row in Waynesburg, Pennsylvania. He is known as the “Voice of the Voiceless” for his award- winning reporting on police brutality and other social and racial epidemics that plague communities of color in Philadelphia and throughout the world. Mumia has received international support over the years in his efforts to overturn his unjust conviction and continues to fight from death row.

9. The Get Down feat. Natasha Blank, Sascha Lewis, The Haiku Guys, a.o.

Date: Thursday, April 24, 2014
Time: 7pm -10pm
Venue: Cielo (18 Little West 12th Street, New York NY 10014, 212-645-5700)
Ticket: $10
Genre: electronics/dance

:: Music by Natasha Blank, Sascha Lewis, and Tim Grae

:: Dance floor haiku by The Haiku Guys

:: Musical massage by the minute with Tim Grae

:: Hosted by the Sister of Sparkle herself, Michelle Joni

:: Dance Floor Meditation with Michelle Joni – arrive at 6:30pm sharp!

:: Live performance TBA courtesy of BEAT NYC

Natasha Blank is a movement catalyst, beat curator and the founder of Get Your Dance On. She provides sonics for everything from underground warehouse parties to Fashion Week. Known for her high energy dance antics behind the DJ booth, she infuses all her work with the desire to fill up this world with more truth and beauty than there was just a second ago.

Culture vulture/co-founder of Flavorpill Sascha Lewis is also secretly a DJ. He specializes in old school hip hop and funky classics, but isn’t afraid of some good minimal tech house.

10. The Future Scares Me/Verdigrls & Eric Biondo

Date: Thursday, April 24, 2014
Time: 8pm
Venue: The Rock Shop (249 4th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY, 11215)
Ticket: $8
Genre: rock, electronic music, and jazz

The Future Scares Me is the brainchild of singer and composer Sonia Szajnberg (Shine-berg) and keyboardist and composer Eli Sundelson. They founded the band in 2012 based on their mutual love for rock, electronic music, and jazz and their mutual fear of all things yet to come. Together, with drummer David Christian (Hospitality, Opsvik and Jennings) they make music that draws from a wide palette of textures, harmonies and influences.

Making loneliness an art since the summer of 2012, Connecticut’s Verdigrls (formerly known as Velveteens) are a young and deeply unconventional band who set out to form their musical identities. Sisters Anna and Catherine Wolk are both classically trained in violin and cello respectively. Catherine’s obsessions with 60’s girl groups and Morrissey with sprinkled elements of The Raincoats, along with Anna’s strong background in classical theory and both their fascination with electronic music have come together to make something slightly odd and idiosyncratic. Along with their poetic lyricism, haunting harmonies and unusual instrumentation, they form a captivating sound.

Eric Biondo (of Antibalas)

8pm – Eric Biondo
9pm – Verdigrls
10pm – The Future Scares Me

11.  Aural Dystopia

Date: Thursday, April 24, 2014
Time: 8pm
Venue:  JACK ( 505 ½ Waverly Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11238 Between Fulton – Atlantic in Clinton Hill, C or G train to Clinton-Washington)
Ticket: $10
Genre: jazz/improv

Electronic mayhem meets improvised music.




12. [INTERPRETATIONS] Tom Hamilton // Ned Rothenberg’s Inner Diaspora

Date: Thursday through Saturday, April 10 through April 12, 2014
Time:  8pm d
Venue: The Roulette (509 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217)
Ticket: $15
Genre: contemporary music/modern music

Composer Tom Hamilton’s new work presents layers of electronic sound that gradually shift through kaleidoscopic rearrangement, serving as the foundation for a group of improvising performers including Nate Wooley, trumpet; Al Margolis, objects, violin; Peter Zummo, trombone; Meaghan Burke, cello, voice; and Alan Zimmerman, percussion. Ned Rothenberg’s Inner Diaspora features Mark Feldman, violin; Erik Friedlander, cello; Jerome Harris, acoustic bass guitar & guitar; Samir Chatterjee, tabla; & Rothenberg on clarinet, bass clarinet, alto sax & shakuhachi.

13. Ilhan Erşahin’s Wonderland featuring Hüsnü Şenlendirici + Mercan Dede DJ Set

Date: Sunday, November 24, 2013
Time: midnight
Venue: Drom (85 Avenue A, NY, NY 10009, 212- 777-1157)
Ticket: $20
Genre: jazz/Turkish jazz/nu jazz

This spring, Nublu Records is proud to announce the release of Ilhan Ersahin’s WONDERLAND The Other Side adding to the canon of Nublu  experiments, Ersahin salutes Turkish traditional gypsy sounds via his eclectic modern touch to “the music of now”. Wonderland’s sensuous chill-out sound is infused with a languorous arabesque essence and tinged with opiated dub effects.

The story behind this very special record involves sessions held over a span of a number of years between friends, collaborators and acquaintances. Spearheaded by Ilhan Ersahin on saxophone and Wurlitzer electric piano and clarinet master Husnu Senlendirici, the project coalesces behind the vocals of three famous vocalists: Gilberto Gil, Jane Birkin and Seyyal Taner (often described as the Tina Turner of Turkey). Along with those legendary figures, the project also features an impressive array of players exploring a gypsy/arabesque musical strain.

14. Roby Lakatos Ensemble

Date: Saturday, April 26, 2014
Time: 7;30 pm
Venue: Le Poisson Rouge (158 Bleecker Street & Thompson, NY, 212-505-3474)
Ticket: seated: $35,  standing: $25 (Special offer: two pairs of give away tickets. Please mail the names to by Thursday 12 noon!)
Genre: gypsy music

Roby Lakatos Ensemble

Born into the legendary family of gypsy violinists descended from Janos Bihari in 1965, Roby Lakatos was introduced to music as a child and made his public debut as first violinist in a gypsy band at the age of nine. He learned his craft not only within the bosom of his own family but also at the Béla Bartók Conservatory of Budapest, where he won first prize for classical violin in 1984. Since then, his career has evolved with an ever increasing number of international concerts and engagements. He has performed at all the major international festivals in Europe, the USA, Japan, South-Korea, Australia, and China. Roby Lakatos is a violinist who defies classification: his work together with his ensemble, with its unique vision of gypsy music, its talent for improvisation and its musical curiosity (across all genres) and his skill as a composer make him one of the most intriguing and accomplished musical talents in the world today.

15. Marbin

Date: Sunday, April 27, 2014
Time: 7pm workshop (public welcome to observe), 8:00pm performance
Venue: ShapeShifter Lab (18 Whitwell Pl, between Carroll St & 1st St, Brooklyn, NY 11215, 646-820-9452)
Ticket: $8
Genre: jazz-rock

Marbin first started in 2007 as an improvised music duo consisting of Israeli-American guitarist Dani Rabin and Israeli saxophonist Danny Markovitch. Markovitch and Rabin met shortly after Markovitch had completed his military service as an infantry sergeant and Rabin had graduated from Berklee College of Music. Since 2008, Marbin has been living in Chicago and performing all over the United States, playing over 250 shows a year with the accompaniment of drummer Justyn Lawrence and Bassist Jae Gentile . They have released four albums: Impressions of a City (2009),as part of Paul Wertico’s Mideast-Midwest Alliance, and three under the name Marbin (2009), Marbin as a duo,Breaking the Cycle (2011) with drummer Paul Wertico, bassist Steve Rodby (Pat Metheny Group), and Jamey Haddad (Paul Simon), and  Last Chapter of Dreaming (2013) with its touring band and an array of thirteen guests. Marbin is currently signed to Moonjune Records and Management.

In addition to their regular schedule, Marbin toured with fusion super group Scott Henderson, Mike Clark, and Jeff Berlin in a series of venues on the east coast and the midwest. In March 2012, Marbin toured with Allan Holdsworth’s new trio that consists of Yellow Jackets’ bassist Jimmy Haslip, and drummer Virgil Donati.

CD review: Marbin’s “Last Chapter of Dreaming”…is an interesting and thought provoking collection of excellent music!