Music Listings – 12/22 through 12/28/2014

1. WILL CONNELL MEMORIAL WEEK: Celebrating the Life & Music of the Heart & Soul of Downtown

Date: December 23, 26, 27, 28, 2014
Venue: The Stone (Ave C @ 2nd Street, New York, NY 10009, (212) 473-0043)
Ticket: $15
Genre: jazz/free jazz/improv

Will Connell‘s daughter, Safiya Martinez, and the musicians of WILL CONNELL MEMORIAL WEEK at the Stone would like to extend a warm invitation to all for this powerful event. Christmas week, DEC 23, 26, 27 & 28, downtown will celebrate the much-loved Connell, a force in creative music on both coasts over five decades. Will stood as an invaluable part of the original Horace Tapscott organization, a close comrade of the Black Arts Movement, groundbreaking voice of downtown Free Jazz and contemporary composition, and an elder statesman of the sounds of social change…Read more here:

2. SoSaLa’s Enough Is Enough Music Video Shoot

Date: Friday, December 26, 2014
Time: 12:45pm – 6pm
Venue: Nublu (62 Ave C, NY)
Genre: music video shoot

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3. Ras-Kitamura-Gallant-Conly-Radding

Date: Sunday, December 28, 2014
Time: 7pm
Venue: Whynot Jazz Room (14 Christopher Street, New York, New York 10014, 646- 756-4145)
Ticket: $15
Genre: jazz/improv

One sax player, one vocalist and 3 bassists. What formation? What can you expect? Just go there and check it out!

Line up: Ras Moshe-Reeds & Flute
Kyoko Kitamura-Voice
Joe Gallant-Bass
Reuben Radding-Bass
Sean Conly-Bass

4. God’s Unruly Friends

Date: Sunday, December 28, 2014
Time: 8pm
Venue: the University of the Streets (130 east 7th street. 2nd floor. NY)
Ticket: $10
Genre: jazz/improv/experimental/Harmolodic Raga

The University of the Streets will present the premier performance of Dawoud‘s new project God’s Unruly Friends. The lineup: Dawoud  (dilruba, laptop, Ashbury bass, and whatever else he can get away with), Latif Kurfirst (percussion), Dano Behroozii (saxophone, flute, electronic wind), Chenana Manno (vocals, chromatic bowls, dance). The performance will present, among other things, the introduction of Dawoud’s Harmolodic Raga Cycle. It is World Music from Another World.

5. Saadet Türköz And Friends

Date: Saturday, December 27, 2014
Time: 9pm – 10:30pm
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: improv/free jazz/world?

Kazakhstani vocalist Saadet Türköz is a unique vocalist. She brings a storyteller’s sensibility to free  improvisations…combined with the occasional Kazakh folk song.

She presents one of the most striking distillations of an age-old idiom. Her roots lie in the musical traditions of her forbearers, bred in the windswept steppe lands of what is now Eastern China. As a longtime resident of Zurich, European cultures have also flavored her perspective, but the music on Urumchi closely limns her ethnic heritage to create music that is both ancient sounding and bracingly immediate.

She will be joined by some of the most innovative musicians in New York: Satoshi Takeishi, Shahzad Ismaily, Avram Fefer and Raul Rothblatt.

6. VinScialla/ EricSchugren/ BrianCharette/ AlexSipiagin /JeffFairbanks

Date: Sunday, December 28, 2014
Time: 8pm
Venue: Rockwood Music Hall (196 Allen St, New York, New York 10002)
Ticket: free
Genre: organ jazz

Eric Schugren- Tenor Sax
Vin Scialla -Drums/percussion
Brian Charette – Hammond B3
Jeff Fairbanks – trombone
& special guest Alex Sipiagin – Trumpet !

These musicians are carrying on the tradition of classic Blue Note albums. The compositions run the gamut from swing to adept use of Middle Eastern grooves, with Scialla providing a perfect rhythmic bed for the horns to soar, and Charette’s super cool B3 adding a nice texture throughout. All the musicians are tasteful soloists too, and complement each other the way all the great jazz combos were known for.