Music Listings – 5/26 through 6/1/2014

1. Evolving Music: Avram Fefer Trio / Alex Harding Trio / Henry-Greene Duo

Date: Monday, May 26, 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 – Avram Fefer Quartet
Aruan Ortiz – piano
Avram Fefer – tenor & alto sax
Michael Bisio – double bass
Michael Wimberly – drums

8:45 – Alex Harding Trio
Alex Harding – bari sax
Hill Greene – bass
Reggie Nicholson – drums

10:00 – Henry/Greene Duo
Hill Greene – bass
Jake Henry – trumpet

2. Iva Bittová

Date: Monday, May 26, 2014
Time: 8pm
Venue: Quinn’s (330 Main Street, Beacon, New York 12508)
Tickets: donation
Genre: jazz/improv

Iva Bittová is a world-renowned violinist and vocalist performing at the peak of her powers. She has performed on many of the most important stages in the world including Le Botanique in Brussels; Concertgebouw in Amersterdam, Le Cigale in Paris; at the Purcell Room and Wigmore Hall in London, and at Carnegie Hall.

The great Czech novelist Milan Kundera, author of The Unbearable Lightness of Being, among many other novels, wrote of Iva Bittová, saying that her “musical worldview and visionary creativity acknowledge no borders. Her powers of spontaneous creativity are more bountiful than it is fair to confer on one person. Witness and marvel.”

Here’s a recent article about her from Chronogram:

Here is her website:

3. Kavita Shah

Date: Tuesday, May 27, 2014
Time: 7:30pm
Venue: Joe’s Pub (425 Lafayette Street, New York, NY 10003, 212-967-7555)
Tickets: $20
Genre: music combining the Indian tablas and West African kora with a traditional jazz quintet

Kavita Shah, a singer and composer from New York, celebrates the release of her album “Visions“. Co-produced by renowned African guitarist Lionel Loueke, Visions (available May 27 on Inner Circle Music) heralds the arrival of a strinkingly original, globally minded new voice. A self-portrait in mosaic form, Visions interweaves Shah’s multicultural background with her wide-ranging musical influences, combining the Indian tablas and West African kora with a traditional jazz quintet.

Shah will be joined by co-producer Loueke, saxophonist Greg Osby, guitarist Michael Valeanu, pianist Guy Mintus, bassist Linda Oh, drummer Guilhem Flouzat, tabla player Stephen Cellucci, kora master Yacouba Sissoko, and percussionist Rogerio Boccato.

4. MAKU SoundSystem, Underground Horns, Bajah+The Dry Eye Crew

Date: Tuesday, May 27, 2014
Time: 8pm
Venue: BROOKLYN BOWL (61 Wythe Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11211, 718-963-3369)
Ticket: $10
Genre: Columbian electronica/Afro Beat/New Orleans brass band

M.A.K.U. Soundsystem comprised of 8 members, hailing mostly from Colombia, M.A.K.U. SoundSystem makes big music that begins in traditional Afro-Colombian rhythms and ends somewhere in the punk-jazz stratosphere. Clarinet, trombone, sax, guitarra, and Latin percussion supplement a rambunctious, driving rock core, creating a sound familiar enough to be danceable but always surprising.

Underground Horns is a Brooklyn based brass band playing Afro Funk Bhangra

New Orleans grooves and beyond. AllAboutJazz called their 2009 debut record
FUNK MONK “kick-ass dance music.that brushes up against psychedelia.with
shots of funky brass juice.”

After packing the national stadium for performances in their home country of Sierra Leone and contributing music to the Academy Award–nominated film Blood Diamond, African superstars Bajah + the Dry Eye Crew are poised to conquer the global airwaves with their international debut album (due out in fall 2009) and their unique sound, which blends the swagger and funk of hip-hop, the passion and energy of dancehall, and the socially conscious vibe of reggae. The group has generated so much buzz in the hip-hop world that major stars including ?uestlove and Black Thought of The Roots, Talib Kweli, K’Naan, Res, and El-P have contributed their vocal and/or production talents to the upcoming release, helmed by the production team Fyre Department (whose credits include 50 Cent, Snoop Dogg, GZA, Talib Kweli, Justin Timberlake). With this great collection of creatives, Bajah’s own star is rising as the Sean Paul of West Africa with the social conscience of Bob Marley and Fela Kuti.


Date: Wednesday, May 28, 2014
Time: 6pm
Venue: The Cornelia Street Cafe (29 Cornelia St., NY, NY 10014)
Ticket: $10
Genre: jazz/classical and experimental music

Combining elements of rock, pop, jazz, classical and experimental music, Marta Sanchez‘s tunes are rhythmically complex but strongly melodic. Music that tell stories by integrating folk elements with the harmonic sophistication and spontaneity of jazz.

She’ll be performing with a quintet that features a number of top-flight New York-based musicians, including Roman Filiu on alto saxophone, Jerome Sabbagh on tenor saxophone, Sam Anning on bass, and Jason Burger on drums.


Date: Thursday, May 29, 2014
Time: 7:30pm
Venue: Barbes (376 9th Street, Brooklyn, NY)
Ticket: $10
Genre: performing music & sounds on invented instruments

Terry Dame presents an ongoing monthly music series dedicated to instrument inventors and players of found objects and other musical oddities. Dame is a composer, multi-instrumentalist and instrument builder and leader of the invented instrument ensemble Electric Junkyard Gamelan. Terry Dame’s Weird Wednesdays did start on a Wednesday, but to make it weirder, it will be now happen every last Thursday of the month…because Thursday is the weirdest Wednesday of all.

This month’s episode of Weird Wednesday is dedicated to weird winds and features guest artists Stefan Zeniuk and Jessica Lurie. Stefan is, you know, the guy with the flaming baritone. He’ll be debuting his newly minted weird wind contraption the “Claribox”, a one-of-a-kind electro-acoustic sound machine, incorporating finger-percussion, various wind-resonators, a tiny synthesizer, and of course a souped-up super-clarinet. All performed within a single small box of wonders.

In addition we will be featuring wind wizard woman Jessica Lurie. Jessica will be joining me for some weird wind duets on all sorts of wind powered things manipulated with electronics, weirdness and whatnot.

7. JC Sanford Orchestra Manhattan CD Release Show

Date: Friday, May 30, 2014
Time: 8pm
Venue: Greenwich House Music School (46 Barrow Street, New York, New York 10014, 212-242-4770)
Ticket: $20
Genre: big band jazz/jazz

Trombonist-composer JC Sanford celebrates the release of his first big-band album on Whirlwind Recordings, “Views from the Inside,” with a performance by his 16-piece ensemble.

JC Sanford, trombone/conductor; Dan Willis, soprano sax, piccolo, flute, oboe; Ben Kono, alto sax, flute, clarinet, bass clarinet, English horn; Chris Bacas tenor & soprano sax, clarinet; Kenny Berger, contra-alto clarinet, bassoon, alto flute; David Spier, trumpet; Matt Holman, trumpet; Nathan Koci, F horn; Mark Patterson, trombone; Jeff Nelson, tuba, bass trombone; Meg Okura, violin; Christopher Hoffman, cello; Aidan Carroll, double-bass; Jacob Garchik, accordion; Tom Beckham, vibraphone; Satoshi Takeishi, percussion

8. Sweetcane

Date: Friday, May 30, 2014
Time: 10pm – 11pm
Venue: The Shrine (2271 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd, NY)
Ticket: donation
Genre: reggae

Sweetcane delivers REGGAE & AFROBEAT rhythms in innovative MODERN BLENDS. Masterfully crafted songs come charged in a highly dynamic performance, from REGGAE SOUL BALLADS to UPTEMPO AFROBEAT JAMS with melodies that keep you humming days after!
Fronted by lead guitar playing singer-songwriter MARKO PANKOVICH, Sweetcane features NYC premier afro jazz drummer HARVEY WIRHT (from Angelique Kidjo, Hassan Hakmoun etc…) & deep Reggae bass from Rochester’s rootsy jam band scene, the incomparable ANCELMO JAMES (quickly quietlySoSaLa), with ADO COKER‘s sultry female presence doubling on vintage keyboards and melodica while singing harmonies – quite a feat!

Sweetcane BandPage on Facebook

9. A Tribute to “New York Eye and Ear Control”

Date:  Sunday, June 1, 2014
Time: 3pm
VenueThe Firehouse Space (246 Frost St., East Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY 11211)
Ticket: $10
Genre: jazz/free jazz

The summer jazz concert season kicks off to an early start with a rousing tribute to the celebrated recording ‘New York Eye and Ear Control’ as it hits its golden anniversary. This seminal album of the Free Jazz canon was conceived by Albert Ayler and realized with an all-star ensemble of improvisers who defined the movement. Some fifty years hence, a wide swath of New York Jazz underground instrumentalists fete it with four sets of contemporary fire music. The headliners are a one-time only assemblage dubbed here as The Veterans of Free, a combo of artists who were vital parts of the scene during Free Jazz’s development and still stand now as leading figures. And the opening attraction is celebrated downtown poet Steve Dalachinsky whose mix of spoken word and improv crosses the decades. The other artists performing represent the improvisational new music sounds of the past thirty+ years heard in Manhattan and Brooklyn performance spaces right into today.

Dissident Arts and the Firehouse Space present

A TRIBUTE TO “NEW YORK EYE AND EAR CONTROL” The 50th Anniversary of the Free Jazz Classic!

In summer, 1964, Albert Ayler gathered Don Cherry, John Tchicai, Roswell Rudd, Gary Peacock and Sunny Murray in a studio to record the legendary album ‘NEW YORK EYE AND EAR CONTROL’ (ESP-Disk), the free score to the film of the same name by Michael Snow, creating a hallmark of the New Thing in a revolutionary time. Fifty years hence it is celebrated by…

3pm – Steve Dalachinsky
Steve Dalachinsky: Poetry
Rocco John Iacovone: Alto Saxophone
Plus Guests..

3:30pm – The Ras Moshe Unit
Ras Moshe: Reeds, Flute, Bells
John Pietaro: Vibes, Percussion
Dave Ross: Electric Guitar
Andrew Drury: Drums, Percussion

4:30pm – Veterans of Free All Star Ensemble
Daniel Carter: Reeds, Trumpet
Karl Berger: Vibes, Piano
Warren Smith: Drumkit, Percussion
Will Connell: Saxophone, Flute, Bass Clarinet
Ingrid Sertso: Voice
Ken Filiano: Bass

5:30pm – Matt Lavelle’s 12 Houses Orchestra
Matt Lavelle: Trumpet, Alto Clarinet, Musical direction
Anais: Voice
Mary Cherney: Flute, Alto Flute
Claire de Brunner: Bassoon
Lee Odom: Clarinet, Soprano Saxophone, Bass Clarinet
Charles Waters Alto Saxophone, Clarinet
Ras Moshe: Tenor & Soprano Saxophones, Flute
Tim Stocker: Baritone Saxophone
Gil Selinger: Cello
Chris Forbes: Piano
John Pietaro: Vibraphone, Percussion
Anders Nilsson: Guitar
Francois Grillot: Bass
Reggie Sylvester: Drums

This event will be comprised of three 50-minute set with each of the three bands performing a piece inspired by one of the three improvisations heard on the classic album. They will complete their sets with music which illustrates the legacy of the New Thing.