Music listings – 2/7 through 2/13

1. Hillard Greene IN & OUT ENSEMBLE

Date: Monday, February 7, 2011
Time: 9pm
Venue: the University of the Streets (130 east 7th street. 2nd floor. NY)
Ticket: $10
Genre: Jazz/improve

A night of challanging Jazz: Robert Picket – piano, Newman Taylor Baker – drums, Hilliard “Hill” Greene – bass who is the bassist and music director for Jimmy Scott and The Jazz Expressions; and former bassist and concert master for Cecil Taylor.

2. Gregory Porter: Grammy Celebration Performance

Date: Monday, February 7, 2011
Time:  8pm
Venue: Drom (85 Avenue A, NY, NY 10009, 212- 777-1157)
Ticket: $15
Genre: vocal Jazz/soul

With a voice that can caress or confront, embrace or exhort, Gregory Porter exhibits such an incredible degree of vocal mastery, that no less a jazz luminary than Wynton Marsalis has gone on record to call him “a fantastic young singer.” Born in Los Angeles, raised in Bakersfield, and now residing in Bedstuy, Brooklyn, Gregory Porter has made the world his musical home. A frequent guest performer with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, Porter also maintains a long-standing residency at Harlem’s venerable St. Nick’s Pub and performs internationally. In November of last year  Gregory was nominated for a Grammy for Best Jazz Vocalist.  The results will be forthcoming on February 15.

Read about Gregory guesting in Randy Weston’s orchestra.


Date: Tuesday, February 8, 2011
Time: 10pm
Venue: Barbes (376 9th Street, Brooklyn, NY)
Ticket: $10
Genre: Balkan Beat/Gypsy Brass

SLAVIC SOUL PARTY. Fiery Gypsy brass, soulful Balkan anthems, and hip-grinding American funk: Slavic Soul Party! is just what it says. Brash and strong as slivovitz, these nine musicians have forged a virtuosic new brass band music in the heart of New York City; their half-decade bacchanal is a destination for locals as well as brass and Balkan fans from around the globe. SSP!’s last four cds (Taketron, Teknochek Collision, Remixed, and Bigger) are all available from Barbès Records. John Carlson & Kenny Warren (trumpet), Peter Hess (sax/clarinet), Peter Stan (accordion), Tim Vaughn & Matt Musselman (trombone), Ron Caswell (tuba), Matt Moran and Chris Stromquist (snare/bubanj/Darabouka).

4. Pete Drungle Trio

Date: Tuesday, February 8, 2011
Time: 7:30pm
Venue: Zora Art Space (315 4th Avenue between 3rd and 2nd Streets in Park Slope, Brooklyn)
Ticket: $10
Genre: Jazz

Pete Drungle is an acclaimed composer, pianist and sound designer who lives and works in NYC; Pete has made music with Ornette Coleman, The Kronos Quartet, Yoko Ono, Ronald Shannon Jackson, The Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Sean Lennon, Craig Harris, Daniel Carter and many others. Drungle has created scores for theater, film, TV, and several works for dance – including Sarah Michelson’s DOVER BEACH (cited as Best of 2009 by Art Forum, TimeOut NY, and The New York Times). He has collaborated with visual and performance artists Marianne Vitale, Michael Portnoy, Agathe Snow, and many others. As a pianist, Drungle is an intrepid, adventurous improviser – possibly best exemplified by his 24-HOUR CONTINUOUS SOLO PIANO IMPROVISATION (2007).

5. Gang of Four

Date: Tuesday, February 8, 2011
Time: 7pm
Venue: Webster Hall (125 E 11th St, New York, NY 10003-5301)
Ticket: $37
Genre: punk

Gang of Four are an English post-punk group from Leeds. Original personnel were singer Jon King, guitarist Andy Gill, bass guitarist Dave Allen and drummer Hugo Burnham. They were fully active from 1977 to 1984, and then re-emerged twice in the 1990s with King and Gill. In 2004, the original line-up reunited but in November 2006 Allen was replaced on bass by Thomas McNeice and Burnham on drums by Mark Heaney. They play a stripped-down mix of punk rock, with strong elements of funk music, minimalism and dub reggae and an emphasis on the social and political ills in society. 

6. Ten and Change presents A Benefit Concert and Valentine’s Day Date Auction for Women’s Voices Now

Date: Tuesday, February 8, 2011
Time: 7pm
Venue: The Parlour (250 West 86th Street)
Ticket: $10
Genre: a capella
New York’s finest all-male a capella group, Ten and Change, will be serenading the crowd! This romantically kitschy evening will support Women’s Voices Now’s first major project: Women’s Voices from the Muslim World: A Short-Film Festival.

To learn more about the organization and watch the Festival’s 98 selected films, please visit WVN on-line.

7. UNDEAD JAZZ: Tigran Hamasyan

Date: Wednesday, February 9, 2011
Time: 6:30pm
Venue: Le Poisson Rouge (158 Bleecker Street, New York, NY 10012, ph: 212- 505-3474)
Ticket: $18
Genre: Armenian Jazz/improve

Young Armenian piano monster Tigran will be performing solo and with his quintet. And he recently performed a solo piece on WBGO’s The Checkout, which you can watch here!



8. Rhys Chatham’s Brass Trio w/ Tony Conrad and Face the Music (performing Steve Reich’s “Tehillim”)

Date: Wednesday, February 9, 2011
Time: 7:30pm
Venue: Le Poisson Rouge (158 Bleecker Street, New York, NY 10012, ph: 212- 505-3474)
Ticket: $18
Genre: experimental

Avant-garde composer and multi-instrumentalist Rhys Chatham has reached legendary status in experimental music circles. The Paris-based, New York-born composer began as a classically-trained prodigy, but by 1975, Chatham was fusing the overtone-drenched minimalism of John Cale and Tony Conrad with the relentless, elemental intensity of the Ramones. He is perhaps best known most recently for high-profile productions of his resplendent symphonies for hundreds of electric guitars, works which certify Chatham’s position on the front lines of post-minimalist and contemporary music.

For this concert, Chatham takes up the trumpet and joins forces with guitarist David Daniell and drummer Ryan Sawyer. Chatham deploys extended playing techniques inherited from bastions of free jazz – Don Cherry, Bill Dixon – as well as leaders of the minimalist movement – Tony Conrad, Jon Hassell, La Monte Young. Live processing of the instrument through a host of electronic devices gives rise to an ebullient cascade of sound and a truly unique and personal voice, carrying forward Chatham’s life-long pursuit of fusing the textural intricacies of the avant-garde with the visceral punch of punk rock

About Tony Conrad and Face the Music.



9. CONSORTIUM MUSICUM w. Sean Lennon & Greg Saunier

Date: Wednesday, February 9, 2011
Time: 10pm
Venue: The Stone (is located at the corner of Avenue C and 2nd Street)
Ticket: $10
Genre: experimental music

Sean Lennon of The Ghost Of A Saber Tooth Tiger on various instruments and Greg Saunier of Deerhof on drums performing something special for your ears.

10. Rufus Cappadocia

Date: Wednesday, February 9, 2011
Time: 5pm – 7pm
Venue: Rubin Museum (150 W. 17 St., NY, NY 10011,  212-620-5000)
Ticket: free
Genre: devotional modal music/ cello solo

Rufus Cappadocia performs secular and devotional modal music on the five-string cello. Cappadocia has performed In Asia, Europe , Africa, and throughout North America and is one of the leading voices of improvisational cello. Cappadocia’s solo cello work draws on the rich tapestry of music that he has developed through his cross-cultural collaborations with music and dance spanning West Africa, the Balkans, and North America.

11. Wayne Shorter Quartet

Date: Wednesday, February 9, 2011
Time: 8pm
Venue: Town Hall (123 West 43rd Street. 212-840-2824 
Ticket: $75, 60 & 40
Genre: Jazz

Regarded as one of the most significant and prolific performers and composers in jazz and modern music, National Endowment for the Arts’ “American Jazz Master” Wayne Shorter has an outstanding record of professional achievement in his historic career as a musician and composer. He has received substantial recognition from his peers, including 9 Grammy® Awards and 13 Grammy® nominations to date.



12. Mika Yoshida and Richard Stoltzman: music of Bach, Ravel, Reich, and more

Date: Thursday, February 10, 2011
Time: 7:30pm
Venue: Le Poisson Rouge (158 Bleecker Street, New York, NY 10012, ph: 212- 505-3474)
Ticket: $15
Genre: contemporary classical music

Mika Yoshida, marimba and Richard Stoltzman, clarinet performing music of Bach, Ravel, Reich, and more. Program:
Bill Douglas: Dance Suite for marimba and clarinet
Bach: Two-Part Inventions Nos. 1, 4, 6, 8, 10 arr. for marimba and clarinet
Bach: Chromatic Fantasy arr. for solo clarinet
Thomas McKinley: Mostly Blues Steve Reich (arr. Mika Yoshida): Tokyo/Vermont Counterpoint for mallets
Steve Reich: New York Counterpoint Michiru Oshima: Crazy Marimba for marimba, percussion, and clarinet (with Thad Wheeler, percussion)
Maurice Ravel (arr. Mika Yoshida): Pavane pour une infante defunte for marimba and clarinet.

13. Gato Barbieri

Date: Thursday through Sunday, Frebruary 10 through Sunday 10, 2011
Times: 8pm & 10:30 pm
Venue: Blue Note (131 West 3rd St., New York, NY 10012, 212-475-8592)
Tickets: $30 & $45
Genre: Latin Jazz

Leandro Barbieri (born on November 28, 1932 in Rosario, Santa Fe Province, Argentina) better known as Gato Barbieri (Spanish for “Barbieri the Cat”) is an Argentine jazz tenor saxophonist and composer who rose to fame during the free jazz movement in the 1960s and from his latin jazz recordings in the 1970s.

Though he continued to record and perform into the 1980s, the death of his wife Michelle led him to withdraw from the public arena. He returned to recording and performing in the late 1990s, playing music that would fall into the arena of smooth jazz. his music of the sound track for the film Seven Servants by Daryush Shokof earned him great ratings in Billboard magazine as the top Jazz sound tracks and Jazz music in 1997



14. Martin Bisi w. Quiet Lights, Noveller and Psychic Reality

Date: Friday, February 11, 2011
Time: 8:00pm – 11:30pm
Venue: Bruar Falls (245 Grand Street, Brooklyn, NY)
Ticket: t.b.a.
Genre: indie rock/ambient/electronica

Please join us for a fantastic lineup. producer Martin Bisi (Sonic Youth, Dresden Dolls) with Brian Viglione ( The Dresden Doll), Quiet LightsNoveller and Psychic Reality. Order of performance: 1. Quiet Lights, 2. Noveller, 3. Psychic Reality and 4. Martin Bisi.

Martin Bisi, a New York indie rock performer and record producer has been at a crossroads of indie/punk, avant garde, noire/cabaret rock, and electronic music since the early 80’s. In his live performances he combines indie rock songs with theatrical story-telling and unique sound layering that can be ambient and spacious, as well as beautifully chaotic – an ’80’s New York art-rock original.  In the last 2 years he has released a full-length album, Sirens Of The Apocalypse, and a digital-only EP, Son Of A Gun, which features guests Bill Laswell, Brian Viglione of The Dresden Dolls, and Bob D’Amico (Fiery Furnaces, Sebadoh)
Martin Bisi’s regular collaborators are DJ Butterface, Shawn Setaro, Billy Atwell, Brian Viglione, Ajda Snyder, John Keith and Sohrab Saadat Ladjevardi.

Besides Martin Bisi check out: NOVELLER is the solo project of Brooklyn-based guitarist and filmmaker Sarah Lipstate. She has performed in Rhys Chatham’s Guitar Army, and as a member of Glenn Branca’s 100 guitar ensemble. Noveller has toured the U.S. and internationally, at times supporting acts such as Xiu Xiu, the Jesus Lizard, Man Forever, and Emeralds.



15. SYNOLON: Greek Music Special

Date: Friday, February 11, 2011
Time:  10:30pm
Venue: Drom (85 Avenue A, NY, NY 10009, 212- 777-1157)
Ticket: $20
Genre: vocal Greek music

Synolon* is a “Greek Song State of Mind”, as its motto suggests. It’s an ensemble dedicated to vocal Greek music within and beyond the geographical borders of its origin. It draws its repertoire from an immensely rich tradition of songs that celebrate life from its most meaningful contemplation to its most frivolous pleasure. The “synolon” of the human experience. Synolon performs under the aegis of the Hellenic Ministry of Culture.

Pericles Kanaris – Director (Voice, Piano & Percussion)
Elena Vassiliadi (Voice)
Takis Mihail (Bouzouki)
Apostolos Sideris (Bass)
Megan Gould (Violin & Baglama)
Kostas Tsoukalas (Guitars)
Manos Papayannakis (Drums)

16. The Pendulum Swings!

Date: Friday, February 11, 2011
Time: 8pm
Venue: Zora Art Space (315 4th Avenue between 3rd and 2nd Streets in Park Slope, Brooklyn)
Ticket: t.b.a.
Genre: swing Jazz

The Pendulum Swings “A Warped Sinatra…Highly Recommended.”
-Time Out New York

“The Greatest Thing Ever.”
-Pitchfork Media

New York’s Newest Indie-Lounge Jazz Swing Big Band are swinging out the new standards and lounging around the originals. Instant classic jazz/pop composed by acclaimed vocalist Jason Trachtenburg (Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players). Featuring Guest Musician Albert Goold.
The Pendulum Swings
Jason Trachtenburg – Vocals
Harlan Muir – Accordian
Gabriel Holl – Drums
James Telfer – Upright Bass
Chris Bullock – Tenor Sax
Gregory Hammontree – Trumpet
Welf Dorr – Alto Sax
Mike Irwin – Trumpet
Eric Ambrose – Trombone
Mark Morgan – Trumpet
Joey Johnson – Tenor Sax
Alec Cumming – Bass
Thomas White – Upright Bass

17. Bernie Worrell & SociaLybrium

Date: Friday, February 11, 2011
Time: 11:30pm
Venue: Joe’s Pub (425 Lafayette St, NY)
Ticket: $20
Genre: funk

One of the original Atomic Dogs, keyboardist Bernie Worrell is a founding member of George Clinton’s juggernaut band Parliament/Funkadelic as well as a Talking Heads alum. Best known for his swaggering analog synth lines, which defined the sound of the 70s and have been sampled by Snoop Dogg and countless others, Worrell appears at MetroTech leading his four-man funk-rock supergroup SociaLybrium.



18. Al Kooper

Date: Friday, February 11, 2011
Time: 7pm
Venue: B.B.KING (237 West 42 St., New York, NY 10036)
Ticket: $30
Genre: blues

A legendary keyboardist Al Kooper appeared on Dylan’s peak albums, “Highway 61 Revisted” (Like A Rolling Stone) and “Blonde on Blonde”, as well as producing “New Morning” for Dylan in 1970. He toured as a member of Dylan’s band off and on over the years. He was a member of the influential group, The Blues Project 1965-1967 and formed Blood Sweat & Tears in 1967 remaining for their debut album,”Child Is Father To The Man.” Kooper was the principal songwriter for both bands. He appeared on and produced the platinum “Super Session” album with legendary guitarists Mike Bloomfield and Stephen Stills.

19. Bassam Saba and his New York Arabic Orchestra

Date: Saturday, February 12, 2011
Time: 8 pm
Venue: Peter Jay Sharp Theatre /Symphony Space (2537 Broadway at 95th Street, New York, NY 10025-6990)
Tickets: $25; Members, Students, Seniors, Children $20; Day of Show $30 – buy tickets
Genre: Arabic tradtional music

The internationally acclaimed New York Arabic Orchestra returns to Symphony Space for its annual winter event, presenting an all new repertoire of classical, contemporary and popular Arabic vocal music. Bassam Saba leads the thirty-member ensemble, comprised of ouds (Arabic lutes), nays (Arabic reed flutes), the qanun (Arabic zither), Arabic percussion, strings, woodwinds and chorus. Read more about this show.



20.  Ratboy Junior

Date: Sunday, February 13, 2011
Time: 11am
Venue:  92YTribeca  (200 Hudson Street, ground floor, NY, NY 10013, 212-601-1000)
Ticket: $15
Genre: funky folk/indie

Ratboy Jr. is comprised of singer and guitarist Timmy and multitasker extraordinaire Matty (he plays drums and keyboards at the same time!). Together they are a rocking duo for all ages performing wild and wooly funky folk. They perform energetic, catchy and sometimes improvised tunes with hooks and stories that will get stuck in your head—songs about robots, emus and garbage men. They seemed to have found the formula for a super fun show: a perfect mix of audience participation, hilarious onstage banter and a slide whistle!

21. Allen Toussaint

Date: Sunday, February 13, 2011
Time: 12am
Venue: Joe’s Pub (425 Lafayette St, NY)
Ticket: $30
Genre: New Orleans

Allen Toussaint, one of America’s greatest musical treasures, returns for a monthly New Orleans brunch series. Singer, pianist, songwriter, arranger and producer – the New Orleans native and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee has been making hit records for over forty years. His massive influence on American music reaches deep into the idioms of rhythm and blues, pop, country, musical theater, blues and jazz.

22. Max Johnson Solo Bass Concer

Date: Sunday, February 13, 2011
Time: 6-9pm
Venue: Downtown Music Gallery (13 Monroe St.Manhattan, NY) 
Ticket: free
Genre: Jazz/improve

Max Johnson is performing a set of unaccompanied acoustic bass. He’ll be playing a set of improvisations, compositions, and a slew of my favorite songs.