Music Listings – 11/9 through 11/15/2015

1. Brian Charette’s Mighty Grinders

Date: Monday, November 9, 2015
Time: 8pm
Venue: Quinn’s (330 Main Street, Beacon, New York 12508)
Tickets: donation
Genre: jazz

Brian Charette – organ
Will Bernard – guitar
Diego Voglino – drums

New York City organist/pianist Brian Charette has established himself as a leading voice in modern jazz. Charette is a Grammy-nominated, Hammond-endorsed artist who was the winner of the 2014 Downbeat Critics’ Poll in the “Rising Star: Organ” category and has climbed to 4th place in The 2015 Critic’s Poll in the main Organ category. This year Brian also won The Hot House Magazine Fan’s Decision Jazz Award for Best Organist in New York and had three releases on the Jazz Week Top 20.


Date: Tuesday, November 10, 2015
Time: 7:30pm – 10:30pm
Venue: 647 Columbus Ave near W 92nd st (Goddard Riverside)
Ticket: $10
Genre: oriental/African music

Tomchess’s Worldwide Tuning Society with:
Saliue Suso – kora
Mbuyiselo Mngwandi – upright bass
Dan Kurfirst – percussion
Tomchess – Oud, Ney, Morsing

Concert Review: TomChess Bandit Hat… a band of virtuosos whose music must be experienced!

3. J ZEE SUSHI CAR// ANGELO SPAGNOLO // REAL ADULT // ROBOT DEATH…..Makeshift Human & The Freedom Garden presents

Date: Tuesday, November 10, 2015
Time: 9pm
Venue: The Living Gallery BK (1094 Broadway, Brooklyn, New York 11221)
Ticket: $7
Genre: indie rock/noise/experimental/alternative folk

The 2nd Makeshift Human Presents co-curated with The Freedom Garden





DJ Lord Gator


Date: Wednesday, November 11, 2015
Time: 9:30pm
Venue: Mercury Lounge (217 East Houston St., New York, NY 10002)
Ticket: $12
Genre: Sonic Youth meets Bjork meets Sufi trance

TONGUES IN TREES. Inspired by ragas, mantras and forces of nature, Tongues in Trees is the project of vocalist Samita Sinha, drummer SunnyJain (Red Baraat), and guitarist Grey McMurray (itsnotyouitsme). Drawing from North Indian classical and folk music, sonic texturing, propulsive beats and multiple languages, the trio blurs the line between East and West, traditional and experimental, acoustic and electronic. Each a lauded composer in their own right, longtime collaborators Sinha and Jain bring their distinctive musical voices as Indian-Americans alongside McMurray’s avant new music textures.

5. Blake Morgan

Date: Wednesday, November 11, 2015
Time: 7pm – 8pm
Venue: Rockwood Music Hall (196 Allen St, New York, New York 10002)
Ticket: $10
Genre: singer-song writer/indie rock

 With special guest – Chris Riffle

Native New Yorker Blake Morgan is a recording artist, record producer, and the founder and owner of ECR Music Group, a global music company which operates under an elemental principle unprecedented in the music world: all of its artists and labels own one-hundred percent of their master recordings.

He also started the #IRespectMusic movement which continues to grow at an unprecedented pace ( Music makers, music lovers, music organizations, luminaries like Patrick Stewart, Gavin DeGraw, Gloria Steinem, Aerosmith’s Joe Perry, Jane Fonda, Jean Michele Jarre, Garth Richardson, Marisa Tomei, Roseanne Cash, numerous members of the United States Congress, the NMPA, the RIAA, the US Copyright Office, SoundExchange, and countless others have voiced their support by both signing the petition and posting or tweeting a selfie with the hashtag: #IRespectMusic.

The #IRespectMusic campaign follows his whistle-blowing victory over Internet radio giant Pandora, which led to the multi-billion dollar company abandoning its own signature Congressional legislation proposal which would have reduced artists’ pay by up to 85%.

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Event Review: #IRespectMusic – Music Activism Event at the Legendary Bitter End Club

6. CHUCHO VALDES: IRAKERE 40th Anniversary

Date: Wednesday, November 11, 2015
Time: 8pm
Venue: The Town Hall (123 W 43rd St, New York, New York 10036)
Ticket: $80
Genre: Afro-Cuban jazz

Winner of five Grammy and three Latin Grammy Awards, the Cuban pianist, composer and arranger Chucho Valdés is one of the most influential figures in modern Afro-Cuban jazz. For this unique performance at Town Hall, Valdés celebrates the 40th anniversary of his original groundbreaking ensemble Irakere. One of the most important bands in the history of Latin jazz, Irakere’s members included artists such as Arturo Sandoval and Paquito D’Rivera, who eventually became solo stars in their own right. For the first time in decades, Valdés and a band of young musicians will revisit and reinterpret the music of his trailblazing group Irakere, keeping this dynamic music alive.

7. veRmulsCHt (Berlin) / Ashcan Orchestra / Red Metal

Date: Wednesday, November 11, 2015
Time: 8pm
Venue: The Silent Barn (603 Bushwick Ave., Brooklyn, New York 11206)
Ticket: $10
Genre: audio-visual music/improv

An evening of sounds extracted from objects, uncanny instruments, and recordings transformed into performance.

veRmulsCHt presents a living performance diary with sounds and sights. This haphazard trio from Berlin improvises with video projections, field recordings, laptops, objects, saxophones, and spoken texts—most of which are collected during the group’s trips through the universe.

Ashcan Orchestra is the audio/visual work of composer Pat Spadine; a large collection of toy, re-appropriated, and “real” instruments; and a revolving performance ensemble based in Bushwick, Brooklyn. Since 2007 the ensemble has been employing everything from children’s handbells, prepared tape recorders, stacks of discarded televisions, homemade circuitry, colored lightbulbs, and mirrors, to more widely accepted noisemakers, creating new music to both celebrate and emulate the physics that bind the known universe.

Red Metal is the newest music / performance / ritual project from Brooklyn reed weirdo Patrick Breiner. They sure look cute on paper, don’t they? Look closely. These cuties draw blood. Featuring: Patrick Breiner – tenor saxophone and clarinet, Emilie Lesbros – voice, Anais Maviel – voice, Sana Nagano – violin, Chris Hoffman – cello.

8. Kane Mathis & Julia Patinella!

Date: Wednesday, November 11, 2015
Time: 9pm
Venue: Muchmore’s (2 Havemeyer St, Brooklyn, NY, Phone: 917-515-5444)
Ticket: donation
Genre: kora music/Fado

Back once again with our monthly music series, this month’s featured guest will be Julia Patinella!

Julia Patinella with Dan Whitener

Kane Mathis

9. Dervisi

Date: Wednesday, November 11, 2015
Time: 9pm
Venue: TROOST (1011 Manhattan Ave, Brooklyn, New York 11222)
Ticket: donation
Genre: Greek Blues/Rembetika music

DERVISI performing exotic Greek Gangsta Blues called Rembetika. Rembetika originally the songs of hashish clans and outlaws; and Smyrnaika, the elaborate oriental cafe music of the refugees from Greek Asia minor.

CHECK them out on SoundCloud:


Date: Thursday, November 12, 2015
Time: 9pm
Venue: Spectrum (121 Ludlow, Second Floor, New York, NY, 650-400-5100)
Ticket: $t.b.a.
Genre: experimental jazz


11. Stone Mason Projects presents Fury

Date: Thursday, November 12, 2015
Time: 7:30pm
Venue: The National Opera Center (330 7th Ave, Fl 7th, New York, New York 10001)
Ticket: free
Genre: music of contemporary women composers

Stone Mason Projects presents Fury: the music of contemporary women composers who will not be made silent. Their music will haunt you, entrance you, mystify you, and thrill you. It’s not about being pretty. It’s about being heard.

With music by Lesley Flanigan, Jessica Meyer, Jenny Beck, Lauren Buchter, Niloufar Nourbhaksh, Pamela Stein Lynde, Molly Thompson and more, Fury will fire up your own inner ardor.

Pamela Stein Lynde, soprano
Lesley Flanigan, soprano
Sarah Hawkey soprano
Megan Ihnen, mezzo soprano
Kate Maroney, mezzo soprano
Kaya Katarzyna Bryla, violin
Jessica Meyer, viola
Sugar Vendil, piano
Owen Weaver, percussion

FREE ADMISSION but email to reserve seats, as space is limited.

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12. Marc Cary’s Weekly “Harlem Sessions”

Date: Thursday, November 12, 2015
Time: 10pm
Venue: Gin Fizz (308 Lenox Avenue (125th Street), New York, NY 10027)
Ticket: $t.b.a.
Genre: jazz/r&b/soul

Marc Cary’s “Harlem Sessions,” which takes place every Thursday night at the New York City speakeasy Gin Fizz, continues to gain ground in the community that the keyboardist-composer-bandleader calls home, and where he’s emerging as a leader committed to the values of the Harlem Renaissance pioneers such as Langston Hughes and Duke Ellington, in the spirit of providing fresh lifeblood to Harlem’s unique and vibrant cultural scene.

Cary began hosting the late night jam session in May, opening it to musicians, poets, rappers, dancers and comedians, and announcing the song menu in advance via social media, to develop an organic and crucial cutting ground for artists. It’s a celebration of local artists, groups and composers who truly brought a melting pot of influences together; take a song like “Harlem River Drive” (by pianist Eddie Palmieri‘s super group), cultivate it, and that typifies what this session is about and how deeply its local roots grow.

Cary’s longtime rhythm section features Rashaan Carter on bass and Sameer Gupta on drums/tabla.

I welcome all my musician, poet, artist, philosopher, and dancer friends to our late night Harlem Hang.

This is not your ordinary jam session. Each week, we aim to build and explore a new common repertoire with original arrangements in the live arena through ensemble work.

We will cover a wide span of music, from the performers and composers who developed this music, to our modern day peers. This will be a celebration of some of the greatest Black and American composers of our time and of our heritage.

In the spirit of all the creativity that came before us here in Harlem, we want to create new standards as community.


13. Raya Brass Band Album Release Party with West Philadelphia Orchestra and DJ Joro Boro

Date: Friday, November 13, 2015
Time: 9pm
Venue: Littlefield (622 Degraw St, Brooklyn, New York 11217)
Ticket: $12 – $15
Genre: brass band music/Gypsy

RAYA BRASS BAND. Soul Shaking, Border Defying Brass from NYC – Since 2008 Raya Brass Band has energized clubs, international festivals, rooftop parties, and subway cars with its hard-driving, original brass band music. The six members of the band bring their unique voices to the group, creating a sound informed as much by their love for the fierce and seductive music of the Balkans as it is by New Orleans brass bands, punk rock, and global music. Featuring trumpet, sax, accordion, tuba, and percussion, the group wails, sweats, stomps and shouts with its enthusiastic crowds.

WEST PHILADELPHIA ORCHESTRA – With a diverse line-up of professional Philadelphia musicians whose influences range from Sun Ra to Bulgarian brass bands, West Philadelphia Orchestra is a unique live ensemble in today’s auto-tuned musical world. They began playing Romanian ballads, Macedonian folk-dance songs, Bulgarian wedding music, and Klezmer in late 2006, and have continued expanding their repertoire of Eastern European music. The band also plays original tunes which blend other sounds, like jazz and classical, together with traditional Balkan sounds. As much a community as a band, WPO’s performances are celebratory events. With blistering beats and walls of brass, they inspire audiences to hold hands, gyrate, howl, and otherwise slip the yoke of their inhibitions.

14. Dan Exactly Private Listening Event

Date: Friday, November 13, 2015
Time: 8pm
Venue: UMPC Studios (67 Trinity Pl, Hackensack, New Jersey 07601)
Ticket: $t.b.a.
Genre: singer-song writer

The album is finally completed and it is time to bring it to the masses. This is a private event but there will be a public event very soon. Dress code: Dress to impress/ Business Casual – Dan Exactly

15. God’s Unruly Friends

Date: Friday, November 13, 2015
Time: 10pm
Venue: Bam Cafe (30 Lafayette, Brooklyn, NY11217)
Ticket: free (sponsored show)
Genre: ethno-electyric-jazz

God’s Unruly Friends (GUF) is an ethno-jazz, / harmolodic raga / electronica adventure into psychoactive music.

Led by Dawoud (sitar, dilruba, laptop, and whatever else he can get his hands on) and joined by Jimmy Lopez (a.k.a. Mongo”s Ghost), Tom Chess (a.k.a. The Quiet One) and Chenana Manno (a.k.a. The Mysterious Lady), their unique voices evoke a rare music.

16. ENCUENTRO NYC Colombian Music Festival

Date: Saturday, November 14, 2015
Time: 4pm
Venue: Le Poisson Rouge (158 Bleecker Street, New York, NY 10012, Phone: 212- 505-3474)
Ticket: $25
Genre: all kinds of Columbian music

ENCUENTRO NYC Colombian Music festival, founded by musicians Pablo Mayor and Anna Povich de Mayor, celebrates its 12th anniversary with a six hours of back-to-back performances at Le Poisson Rouge. More than 50 musicians will be on stage performing for six hours the variety of rhythms and genres of Colombian music.


Gregorio Uribe Big Band closing the festival with a full set of music from his new CD release “Cumbia Universal”

Pablo Mayor-Folklore Urbano Orchestra‘s latest “El Barrio” project, a cross-cultural meeting of cumbia and salsa

Ricardo Gallo‘s new project Los Aliens – fiery, electronic grooves propelled by M.A.K.U. SoundSystem’s drummer Andres Jimenez”

ever popular Martin Vejarano and his new project of cumbia standards Cumbia River Band

Encuentro veteran and brainchild, composer and guitarist Sebastián Cruz and his Cheap Landscape Trio

Singer/songwriter Veronica Tierra with her quintet

Guitarist and composer Alejandro Flórez and the Tin Throat Project, melodic Colombian jazz and improvisatory explorations driven by the rhythms of renowned Satoshi Takeishi on drums

Cali-born keyboardist and singer for Gilberto Santa Rosa Olga Dominguéz and her Colombian-pop inspired sextet

renowned concert guitarist Nilko Andreas Guarín presents a cello and guitar

Festival review: the 9th Annual Encuentro NYC Colombian Music Festival 2012

17. Zack Glass Band w. other bands

Date: Saturday, November 14, 2015
Time: 11pm
Venue: Lovecraft Bar NYC (50 Avenue B, New York, New York 10009)
Ticket: $10
Genre: singer-song writer

Growing up in New York’s Lower East Side and coming from an artistic family, Zack Glass was exposed to a wide variety of music from an early age.  After high school Zack had the opportunity to travel to West Africa and Latin America several times which greatly influenced his music and led him to play guitar for Reggae and African bands as well as accompanying a steel pan player from time to time. He started his own reggae band and was writing and singing his own songs, but by the end of the 90’s he started to see the limitations of Reggae and began to explore world music. Soon after, he took a leap of faith and began a solo career.

Zack’s first album, Days of Innocence, was recorded in Brazil where he lived for three years. He currently spends half his time in Brazil, where he performs and records and half his time in New York where he does the same. Zack has already had the honor to share the stage with some of this century’s greatest musicians; Steve Earle, Keb’ Mo’, Patti Smith, Suzanne Vega, Al MacDowell, Andrew Sterman and Eddie Bobe. Zack has also had the pleasure to perform with some of todays up and coming stars; Vampire Weekend, The National, and Jazz Trumpeter Mark Rapp. He is in the process of recording his 2nd album, Southern Skies, an eclectic album infusing many different styles.

18. The Wizard of Roz – Roswell Rudd’s 80th Birthday Celebration w/ Roswell Rudd, Heather Masse, Rolf Stur, Ian Riggs, Beau Soleil avec Michael Doucet, Steven Bernstein, Ethan Lipton Orchestra & his orchestra, and more

Date: Sunday, November 15, 2015
Time: 4pm
Venue: Le Poisson Rouge (158 Bleecker Street, New York, NY 10012, Phone: 212- 505-3474)
Ticket: $35
Genre: jazz

Roswell Rudd, 1935, aka THE INCREDIBLE HONK, is a musical wiz if ever a wiz there waz.

His musical range has expresssed itself in extraordinary musical collaborations and subsequent recordings with musicians from Mali (Toumani Diabate), Mongolia (Buryat Band), the great Puerto Rican cuatrista Yomo Toro, and the brilliant Cuban guitarist/singer David Oquendo. He has performed and recorded with all of the bands performing at this unique musical event.
In 2000 he was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in composition.

In August 2010 he was voted #1 in the Downbeat Critics Poll

In 2003, 2004, 2005, 2009 and 2010 he was voted Trombonist of the Year by the Jazz Journalists Association.