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SPEND THE HOLIDAYS WITH
MAMADY KOUYATE
Xmas' eve and New Year's Eve belong to
THE MANDINGO AMBASSADORS


 

Every Friday, 5:00pm to 7:00pm, our special cocktail hour set.
THE CROOKED TRIO
plays straight and skewed standards with Oscar Noriega - drums; Brian Drye - piano; Matt Pavolka - bass and a rotating cast of special guests.

5:00pm
November


Sat 11/01

SONGS FOR UNUSUAL CREATURES. Every First Saturday Of the Month!
Quirky author and composer Michael Hearst, along with his five-piece band, presents Songs For Unusual Creatures: a highly-geeky A/V presentation of some of the most bizarre animals that roam the planet. From the Australian bilby to the deep-sea magnapinna squid, to the microscopic tardegrade, the creatures are brought to life with such odd-ball instruments as theremin, claviola, daxophone, and stylophone. Fun for the whole family! Featuring: Michael Hearst, Ben Holmes, Allyssa Lamb, Kristin Mueller, and Jonti Siman

4:00pm

Sat 11/01

THE UNIVERSAL THUMP & FRIENDS. Every Saturday in November. This week with special guest PETE GALUB.
The Universal Thump is a duo (at times expanding into orchestral proportions) featuring Australian singer-songwriter-pianist, Greta Gertler Gold & drummer-producer, Adam Gold. Their debut eponymous album (2012) was met with great critical acclaim - “A psychedelic journey of multiple identities as told by Gertler in her transporting, angelic soprano, backed by layers of organs, girl-group harmonies, strings, brass, percussion and what can only be described as futuristic whale noises.” – NPR ‘Song of the Day’ - and they went on to win Best Music Producers (Vox Pop) in the Independent Music Awards. They have toured the US, Australia and Europe, organized a Benefit Concert performance of George Harrison's 'All Things Must Pass' at The Bell House. Later this year, they will be releasing a new EP, 'Walking the Cat', which they recorded at Abbey Road Studios in London earlier this yea. They will be performing a brand new set of music. They will be joined by a special guest collaborator each week, who will perform their own set first. Expect a lot of harmony singing

6:00pm

Sat 11/01 XALAM . Brandon Terzic and Pyeng Threadgill trace the roots of American Blues to Africa, playing the music of the great Robert Johnson through the lens of traditional African music. With Brandon Terzic on oud and ngoni, Matt Kilmer on percussion andMatt Darriau on saxophone and kaval.

8:00pm

Sat 11/01

BANDA DE LOS MUERTOS - New York's best Mexican Banda.
In the Mexican state of Sinaloa, brass bands (bandas) are part of every public celebration. In the 1940's, the pioneering Banda El Recodo started mixing up traditional brass band tunes with contemporary Mexican music - mostly ranchera - and soon transformed the idiom into a powerful new popular genre. In the 1990's, banda music experienced a renewal, especially among young Californian Mexicans, many of whom have family roots in Sinaloa. Banda music's popularity exploded in Mexico as well and has become the new urban music of choice. $10

10:00pm

Sat 11/01

DJ OXALA spins vintage Merengue, Salsa, Cumbia and other mostly tropical offerings.

Midnight

Sun 11/02

LJOVA. In residence every Sunday at 5:00pm . This week:
Ljova (fadolín, viola and loops), with Miki-Sophia Cloud (violin) and Juan Pablo Jofre Romarion (bandoneon).. :)
Hailed by the New York Times as “dizzyingly versatile.… strikingly original and soulful”, Ljova (Lev Zhurbin) was born in Moscow and moved to New York at the age of 12. He divides his time between composing for the concert stage, contemporary dance & film, leading his own ensemble Ljova and the Kontraband, as well as a busy career as a freelance violist, violinist & arranger. Among recent projects is a string quartet for Brooklyn Rider, a commission for Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Project, arrangements for the Brooklyn Philharmonic, and the Mexican songwriter Natalia Lafourcade,.

5:00pm

Sun 11/02

BOB JONES/JON SHOLLE DUO. Bob Jones started his career as singer in his father's church choir. He was Andy Statman's guitarist in his legendary klezmer quartet and currently plays with Boo Reiners in the Plunk Brothers, with the Danny Kalb Trio and with many Old Timey and Bluegrass musicians in the city.
Jon Sholle is a guitarist who has worked with such musicians as Vassar Clements, Larry Campbell, Keith Carradine, Allen Ginsberg, and Bela Fleck. He was a member of the David Grisman Quintet and has also released two solo albums on Rounder Records

7:00pm

Sun 11/02

STEPHANE WREMBEL. The French virtuoso guitarist first learned his craft with the manouche (the French Gypsies) but he has also gotten deep into American vernacular musical styles. He scored the theme song to Woody Allen's "Midnight in Paris" which he also performed live dng the 2012 Academy Awards and he has been called “a revelation” by Rolling Stone. While his playing falls into the general umbrella of Gypsy Swing his weekly sets showcase his own compositions which owe as much to Django Reinhardt as they do Pink Floyd or middle eastern modes.

9:00pm

Mon 11/03

BRAIN CLOUD. Every Monday. "My brain is cloudy, my soul is upside-down... When I get that low-down feeling, I know the blues must be someplace around." (Bob Wills)The Brain Cloud’s brand of western swing draws from the New Orleans-meets-Texas, strings-meet-horns, jazz-meets-country sound that Bob Wills perfected on his mid-1940’s Tiffany Transcriptions radio broadcasts. The Brain Cloud includes Dennis Lichtman (mandolin/fiddle/clarinet), Tamar Korn - of the Cangelosi Cards (vocals), Raphael McGregor (lap steel guitar), Skip Krevens (guitar), Andrew Hall (bass), and Kevin Dorn (drums), plus frequent guest appearances by Matt Munisteri (guitar) and Rob Hecht (fiddle).

7:00pm

Mon 11/03

TROPICAL VORTEX MONDAYS!
Fighitng the upcoming Polar Vortex with tropical rhythms - Introducing Tropical Vortex Mondays which will showcase a variety of bands and DJ playing dancing variations on trop[ical rhythms from Latinolandia and elsewhere.

9:30pm

Tue 11/04

LITVAKUS. Founded in 2010 by Belarus musicians and scholar Dmitri Zisl Slepovitch Litvakus focuses on the lost and found Belarusian Jewish repertoire discovered by Zisl over his years scholarly research. Litvakus works against expectations and stereotypes, avoiding standard Klezmer repertoire and performing at clubs, theaters, JCCs, and festivals.

7:00pm

Tue 11/04

SLAVIC SOUL PARTY. Fiery Balkan brass, throbbing funk grooves, Gypsy accordion wizardry, and virtuoso jazz chops: 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 Tuesday bacchanal is a destination for locals and brass band fans from around the globe. SSP!'s last five albums (NY Underground Tapes, 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 (tapan/snare/darabouka).

9:00pm

Wed 11/05

75 DOLLAR BILL. Rick Brown and Che Chen play an idiosyncratic take on Mauritanian music using homemade percussion and electric guitar. Their music doesn't strive to any sort of authenticity, yet conjures up the best of African desert music. It is both beautiful and hypnotic Read what Ben Ratliff had to say about them in the NY Times, including the fact that Rick Brown's "equipment looked as if it cost no more than a pretty good sandwich."

8:00pm

Wed 11/05

THE MANDINGO AMBASSADORS. Every Wednesday
In the 1960's and 1970's, the government of Guinea engaged in a campaign known as Authenticité. It was a drive to create a new musical movement that would be specifically Guinean, but would include the modern wonders that were the electric guitar, the electric bass and the drumset. Musicians were given instruments and orchestras were formed. Surprisingly, the results proved mesmerizing and a myriad new bands were born. Many of them would go on to have a profound and lasting impact on African music. Mamady Kouyate was one of those pioneers. He played in various bands - his own band, Les Ambassadeurs du Mandingue, being one of them - but is probably best known as the guitarist in the classic Bembeya Jazz National. Kouyate, who now lives in NY, has reformed the Mandingo Ambassadors, updating the sound of his youth, but keeping it very close to the standard of Authenticité. The new All-Star band includes Mamady "Djelike" Kouyate, guitar, leader; Bebe Camara, vocal; Eudy Fernandez, trumpet; Oran Etkin, tenor sax, clarinet; Sylvain Leroux, flute, Fula flute, alto sax; Sam Dickey, guitar; Nick Cudahy, bass; Andy Algire, drums; Foluso Mimy, percussion.  “dazzling vocal and guitar patterns over a rhythm section that is like a perfect system” Ben Ratliff, NY Times.

10:00pm
Thu 11/06 RACHELLE GARNIEZ. Dubbed a"Master of Surprise" by Entertainment Weekly, Rachelle writes and performs darkly optimistic story-songs and accompanies herself on a variety of instruments including accordion, piano, claviola, guitar and plastic bells, "...leaving nothing behind but sweet wreckage." (The New Yorker)

8:00pm

Thu 11/06 ANDY STATMAN. A truly extraordinary artist, Andy Statman began his career in the 70’s as a virtuoso Mandolinist who studied and performed David Grisman, went on to study clarinet the legendary Dave Tarras and became one of the main architect of a Klezmer revival which started out 30 years ago and has since informed and influenced folk, Jazz and improvised music forms. Andy draws equally from hassidic melodies, folk tunes from new and old worlds alike and Albert Ayler-influenced free-improv. The result reads like a very personal search for the sacred based both on traditions and introspection. $10

10:00pm

Fri 11/07 PERCY JONES AND MJ-12. An improvisational trio that takes various starting points of jazz/rock fusion, psychedelia and ambient noise and develop them in unpredictable directions. With Percy Jones (Brand X, Eno) fretless bass, Stephen Moses (Alice Donut) drums; Chris Bacas - sax and David Phelps - guitar.

8:00pm

Fri 11/07

OLA FRESCA. The swinging, fearless, post Fania, original tropical Latin dance music of Ola Fresca bridges Cuban son, salsa, timba, & funk with a tight trombone driven sound led by Jose Conde with music that NY Times says is good for “Dancing and thinking".

10:00pm

Sat 11/08

THE ERIK SATIE QUARTET. The Erik Satie Quartet is a wind group whose focus of repertoire starts with ErikSatie, his times, and beyond. The four lithe and muscular voices present music that is unique and strange for the uninitiated, yet with warmth and humanity at its core. With Ron Hay (trombone), Max Seigel (bass trombone), Ben Holmes (trumpet), and Andrew Hadro (bari sax).

4:00pm

Sat 11/08

THE UNIVERSAL THUMP & FRIENDS. Every Saturday in November.
The Universal Thump is a duo (at times expanding into orchestral proportions) featuring Australian singer-songwriter-pianist, Greta Gertler Gold & drummer-producer, Adam Gold. Their debut eponymous album (2012) was met with great critical acclaim - “A psychedelic journey of multiple identities as told by Gertler in her transporting, angelic soprano, backed by layers of organs, girl-group harmonies, strings, brass, percussion and what can only be described as futuristic whale noises.” – NPR ‘Song of the Day’ - and they went on to win Best Music Producers (Vox Pop) in the Independent Music Awards. They have toured the US, Australia and Europe, organized a Benefit Concert performance of George Harrison's 'All Things Must Pass' at The Bell House. Later this year, they will be releasing a new EP, 'Walking the Cat', which they recorded at Abbey Road Studios in London earlier this yea. They will be performing a brand new set of music. They will be joined by a special guest collaborator each week, who will perform their own set first. Expect a lot of harmony singing

6:00pm

Sat 11/08

LES CHAUDS LAPINS. Kurt Hoffman and Meg Reichardt cover Charles Trenet songs and other jewels from the French 30's and 40's musical traditions accompanying themselves on banjo-ukes. Prior to their re-incarnation as French entertainers, Meg was better known as one third of the Roulette sisters and Kurt as a reed player and composer who co-led cult instrumental band the Ordinaires and recorded with such luminaries as They Might be Giants, Frank Black, Firewater, and Drink Me. They are backed by a string section composed of Karen Waltuch - violin; Andy Cot- bass and Garo Yellin.

8:00pm

Sat 11/08

CHIA'S DANCE PARTY. Martin Vejarano, leader of La Cumbiamba EneYe, has concocted a new project based on the sounds of traditional Colombian marching bands, but with enough of urban bastardazition and personal idiosyncracies to please a squadron of ethnomusicologists. The music is fun, driven and adventurous. It's very deeply rooted in Colombian music but not quaint, folkloric or exotic in anyway. With Ben Stapp - tuba; Alex Terrier - soprano saxophone; Justin Wood - alto sax and flute; Rafi Malkiel - Bombardino and Martín Vejarano - drums & compositions.

10:00pm

Sat 11/08

DJ K CONAN spins vintage psychedelic cumbia, Salsa, guaracha and other tropical bonbons.

Midnight

Sun 11/09

LJOVA. In residence every Sunday at 5:00pm . This week:
INNA BARMASH/ Yiddish Lullabies and Love Songs. With Inna Barmash(vocal) Shoko Nagai (accordion), Ljova (viola & fadolín), Dmitry Ishenko (bass), and special guest Sam Sadigursky (clarinet).
Hailed by the New York Times as “dizzyingly versatile.… strikingly original and soulful”, Ljova (Lev Zhurbin) was born in Moscow and moved to New York at the age of 12. He divides his time between composing for the concert stage, contemporary dance & film, leading his own ensemble Ljova and the Kontraband, as well as a busy career as a freelance violist, violinist & arranger. Among recent projects is a string quartet for Brooklyn Rider, a commission for Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Project, arrangements for the Brooklyn Philharmonic, and the Mexican songwriter Natalia Lafourcade,.

5:00pm

Sun 11/09

BARBES CLASSICAL
Barbès and the Concert Artist Guild present some of the best new talent in the classical music world. This month:

ALEXI KENNEY withYannick Rafalimanana. The young violinist has been praised for his “beautiful, aching tone” by Strings magazine for his performance of the Sibelius Violin Concerto with the China Philharmonic Orchestra in Beijing. Alexi has given recitals at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., Napa’s Festival del Sole, and the Mondavi Center, and he has been featured on NPR’s “From the Top.” He will be joined by French pianist Yannick Rafalimanana. They will perform Janacek Sonata and Beethoven Sonata, Op. 96..

7:00pm

Sun 11/09

STEPHANE WREMBEL. The French virtuoso guitarist first learned his craft with the manouche (the French Gypsies) but he has also gotten deep into American vernacular musical styles. He scored the theme song to Woody Allen's "Midnight in Paris" which he also performed live dng the 2012 Academy Awards and he has been called “a revelation” by Rolling Stone. While his playing falls into the general umbrella of Gypsy Swing his weekly sets showcase his own compositions which owe as much to Django Reinhardt as they do Pink Floyd or middle eastern modes.

9:00pm

Mon 11/10

BRAIN CLOUD. Every Monday. "My brain is cloudy, my soul is upside-down... When I get that low-down feeling, I know the blues must be someplace around." (Bob Wills)The Brain Cloud’s brand of western swing draws from the New Orleans-meets-Texas, strings-meet-horns, jazz-meets-country sound that Bob Wills perfected on his mid-1940’s Tiffany Transcriptions radio broadcasts. The Brain Cloud includes Dennis Lichtman (mandolin/fiddle/clarinet), Tamar Korn - of the Cangelosi Cards (vocals), Raphael McGregor (lap steel guitar), Skip Krevens (guitar), Andrew Hall (bass), and Kevin Dorn (drums), plus frequent guest appearances by Matt Munisteri (guitar) and Rob Hecht (fiddle).

7:00pm

Mon 11/10

TROPICAL VORTEX MONDAYS!
Fighting the upcoming Polar Vortex with tropical rhythms – Each week, we will showcase various bands and DJs playing dancing variations on tropical rhythms from Latinolandia and elsewhere.
SUPERMAMBO! A Vibes Tribute to TITO PUENTE . Tito Puente is probably the world's most recognizable timbales player. Puente was also an very accomplished vibrobphone player. The instrument was prominently featured on his early mambo recordings. Felipe Fournier is a percussionist and vibes player from Costa Rica who navigates between jazz and salsa. He has recently moved to New York and plays with classic Salsa outfit Our Latin Thing and Ruben Blades. His tribute to Tito Puente emphasizes the King of the Timbales’ Mambo years and vibes performance.

9:30pm

Tue 11/11

BEN HOLMES & PATRICK FARRELL. Trumpeter Ben Holmes and accordionist Patrick Farrell share a love of Klezmer and other folk musics from around the world; classical composers including Satie, Shostakovich, Scriabin, and Chopin; modernist improvisation; the Beach Boys; the soundtracks to Spaghetti Westerns; early 20th Century cornet showpieces; and a general love of a solid melody. Their performances combine serious musicianship with humor, wit and pathos on a great variety of music, leading to their self-applied billing as “New York City’s Premier Klezmer/Folk/Spaghetti Western/Improv/Pop/Waltz/Balkan/Freak-Out Trumpet and Accordion Duo.

7:00pm

Tue 11/11

SLAVIC SOUL PARTY. Fiery Balkan brass, throbbing funk grooves, Gypsy accordion wizardry, and virtuoso jazz chops: 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 Tuesday bacchanal is a destination for locals and brass band fans from around the globe. SSP!'s last five albums (NY Underground Tapes, 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 (tapan/snare/darabouka).

9:00pm

Wed 11/12

ZEKE HEALY & KAREN WALTUCH. Zeke and Karen play resonator guitar and viola to support vocal duets. They create a refined exuberance reminiscent of tabletop fireworks, extracting from and recalibrating your new favorite songs.

8:00pm

Wed 11/12

THE MANDINGO AMBASSADORS. Every Wednesday
In the 1960's and 1970's, the government of Guinea engaged in a campaign known as Authenticité. It was a drive to create a new musical movement that would be specifically Guinean, but would include the modern wonders that were the electric guitar, the electric bass and the drumset. Musicians were given instruments and orchestras were formed. Surprisingly, the results proved mesmerizing and a myriad new bands were born. Many of them would go on to have a profound and lasting impact on African music. Mamady Kouyate was one of those pioneers. He played in various bands - his own band, Les Ambassadeurs du Mandingue, being one of them - but is probably best known as the guitarist in the classic Bembeya Jazz National. Kouyate, who now lives in NY, has reformed the Mandingo Ambassadors, updating the sound of his youth, but keeping it very close to the standard of Authenticité. The new All-Star band includes Mamady "Djelike" Kouyate, guitar, leader; Bebe Camara, vocal; Eudy Fernandez, trumpet; Oran Etkin, tenor sax, clarinet; Sylvain Leroux, flute, Fula flute, alto sax; Sam Dickey, guitar; Nick Cudahy, bass; Andy Algire, drums; Foluso Mimy, percussion.  “dazzling vocal and guitar patterns over a rhythm section that is like a perfect system” Ben Ratliff, NY Times.

10:00pm

Thu 11/13

SANDA WEIGL. Romanian-born Sanda Weigl has had a tumultuous career, first as a singer for the popular east-german rock band Team 4, then as an imprisoned dissident and finally as a New York -based musician who has collaborated with such luminaries as Robert Wilson and (the late) Pina Baush. Her latest album, Gypsy in a Tree, was dedicated to the Romanian Gypsy songs of her childhood. With Peter Stan-accordion; Jake Shulman-Ment - fiddle; Eleonore Weill - gluier and Branco Brinarsky - bass 8:00pm

Thu 11/13

THE PRE-WAR PONIES. 20s, 30s and 40s forgotten gems by the likes of Irving Berlin, Cole Porter, the Gershwins, Hoagy Carmichael and Johnny Mercer. With Daria Grace - vocals & baritone ukulele, J. Walter Hawkes - trombone, ukulele & vocals, Jim Whitney - bass, and Russ Meissner - drums. 10:00pm

Fri 11/14

REGIONAL DE NY. Lyrical melodies, contrapuntal harmonies, and a swinging rhythm section: choro is Brazil's answer to early American jazz. TheRegional de NY performs classic and original arrangements of Brazil's oldest popular music with deep groove and a love for improvisation. Personnel: Hadar Noiberg - flute; Vitor Gonçalves - accordion; Kahil Nayton - cavquinho; Cesar Garabini - 7 string guitar and Ranjan Ramchandani - pandeiro. 8:00pm

Fri 11/14

ETHAN LIPTON & HIS ORCHESTRA. A soulful singer of wry, original songs, Ethan Lipton delivers tales of misfortunate everymen in deft, lyrical packages. His songs are steeped in American traditions of yore (jazz, blues, country), but his subjects are thoroughly modern (thrift stores, office crushes, renaissance faires). It all adds up to a hilariously cockeyed view of an odd, disjointed age. 10:00pm
Sat 11/15

THE UNIVERSAL THUMP & FRIENDS. Every Saturday in November. This week with RACHEL TAYLOR BROWN (Portland)
The Universal Thump is a duo (at times expanding into orchestral proportions) featuring Australian singer-songwriter-pianist, Greta Gertler Gold & drummer-producer, Adam Gold. Their debut eponymous album (2012) was met with great critical acclaim - “A psychedelic journey of multiple identities as told by Gertler in her transporting, angelic soprano, backed by layers of organs, girl-group harmonies, strings, brass, percussion and what can only be described as futuristic whale noises.” – NPR ‘Song of the Day’ - and they went on to win Best Music Producers (Vox Pop) in the Independent Music Awards. They have toured the US, Australia and Europe, organized a Benefit Concert performance of George Harrison's 'All Things Must Pass' at The Bell House. Later this year, they will be releasing a new EP, 'Walking the Cat', which they recorded at Abbey Road Studios in London earlier this yea. They will be performing a brand new set of music. They will be joined by a special guest collaborator each week, who will perform their own set first. Expect a lot of harmony singing

6:00pm

Sat 11/15

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. File as: Sonic Youth meets Bjork meets Sufi trance

8:00pm

Sat 11/15

LAS RUBIAS DEL NORTE. Their sound is a re-invention, a nostalgic throwback to a time and place mostly imagined where Peruvian waltzes, Andean huaynos and Cuban Guajiras mix with French opera, Cowboy tunes and Bollywood classics. The result plays like a dreamy soundtrack with classical harmonies set to a Latin beat. Their last album, Ziguala was an attempt to imagine what a pop record would sound like had the global Latin influence which was so prevalent until the early 60's had continued its course without interruption -with forays into Bollywood, Sicilian songs, Bertolt Brecht and Yéyé.

10:00pm

Sat 11/15

DJ K CONAN spins vintage psychedelic cumbia, Salsa, guaracha and other tropical bonbons.

Midnight

Sun 11/15

LJOVA. In residence every Sunday at 5:00pm . This week:
LJOVA with SANDA WEIGL— Romanian songs — Sanda Weigl (vocal), Ljova (viola / fadolín and loops)
Hailed by the New York Times as “dizzyingly versatile.… strikingly original and soulful”, LJOVA (Lev Zhurbin) was born in Moscow and moved to New York at the age of 12. He divides his time between composing for the concert stage, contemporary dance & film, leading his own ensemble Ljova and the Kontraband, as well as a busy career as a freelance violist, violinist & arranger. Among recent projects is a string quartet for Brooklyn Rider, a commission for Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Project, arrangements for the Brooklyn Philharmonic, and the Mexican songwriter Natalia Lafourcade,.

5:00pm

Sun 11/16

JASON LOUGHLIN & THE STRING GLIDERS. Jason Loughlin’s guitar playing has been defining the Brooklyn country scene. Downbeat Magazine calls him “an instrumentalist of great range, taste and joy”. His debut record Peach Crate was received with high praise and went to number one in both the western swing and rockabilly charts. Vintage Guitar Magazine called it “A great “guitar” record that can easily sit alongside those of his inspirations”. His band The String Gliders will be performing all original country jazz with twin guitars and steel.

7:00pm

Sun 11/16

STEPHANE WREMBEL. The French virtuoso guitarist first learned his craft with the manouche (the French Gypsies) but he has also gotten deep into American vernacular musical styles. He scored the theme song to Woody Allen's "Midnight in Paris" which he also performed live dng the 2012 Academy Awards and he has been called “a revelation” by Rolling Stone. While his playing falls into the general umbrella of Gypsy Swing his weekly sets showcase his own compositions which owe as much to Django Reinhardt as they do Pink Floyd or middle eastern modes.

9:00pm

Mon 11/17

BRAIN CLOUD. Every Monday. "My brain is cloudy, my soul is upside-down... When I get that low-down feeling, I know the blues must be someplace around." (Bob Wills)The Brain Cloud’s brand of western swing draws from the New Orleans-meets-Texas, strings-meet-horns, jazz-meets-country sound that Bob Wills perfected on his mid-1940’s Tiffany Transcriptions radio broadcasts. The Brain Cloud includes Dennis Lichtman (mandolin/fiddle/clarinet), Tamar Korn - of the Cangelosi Cards (vocals), Raphael McGregor (lap steel guitar), Skip Krevens (guitar), Andrew Hall (bass), and Kevin Dorn (drums), plus frequent guest appearances by Matt Munisteri (guitar) and Rob Hecht (fiddle).

7:00pm

Mon 11/17

TROPICAL VORTEX MONDAYS!
Fighitng the upcoming Polar Vortex with tropical rhythms - This week:
Names You Can Trust presents MICRO TROPICAL!
An evening of Vintage Tropical music from around the globe featuring record selectors
Greenwood Rhythm Coalition (NYCT) plus Live Percussion / Jam Session from El Combo Chimbita (NYCT / MAKU)

9:30pm

Tue 11/18

Album release party for:
MICHAEL HEARST'S SONGS FOR FEARFUL FLYERS. It’s estimated that one in five people have a fear of flying. Michael Hearst is one of those people. His new album tries to allay those fears with songs such as It’s Only A Sound, Alprazolam and Like Bumps In The Road. Narration courtesy of fellow fearful flyer Whoopi Goldberg. A stewardess will serve mini cocktails, leg room will be limited and our uncomfortable seats will be outfitted with vomit bags. Some music will be played.

7:00pm

Tue 11/18

SLAVIC SOUL PARTY. Fiery Balkan brass, throbbing funk grooves, Gypsy accordion wizardry, and virtuoso jazz chops: 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 Tuesday bacchanal is a destination for locals and brass band fans from around the globe. SSP!'s last five albums (NY Underground Tapes, 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 (tapan/snare/darabouka).

9:00pm

Wed 11/19

SUPERETTE. Chris Lightcap (best known for his work with Craig Taborn, Matt Wilson, Regina Carter and his critically acclaimed supergroup Bigmouth) conceived the group to be a new spin on the the often-neglected classic instrumental rock outfit. Each member is a fearless improvisor with vast experience across the entire spectrum of contemporary music. Together they explore the nexus of surf, west african music, garage and beyond. Performing original music as well as covers of Skip Spence, Tom Verlaine, Link Wray and others. With Chris Lightcap, bass; Curtis Hasselbring, guitar; Jonathan Goldbrger, guitar; Dan Rieser, drums.

7;30:00pm

Wed 11/19

THE MANDINGO AMBASSADORS. Every Wednesday
In the 1960's and 1970's, the government of Guinea engaged in a campaign known as Authenticité. It was a drive to create a new musical movement that would be specifically Guinean, but would include the modern wonders that were the electric guitar, the electric bass and the drumset. Musicians were given instruments and orchestras were formed. Surprisingly, the results proved mesmerizing and a myriad new bands were born. Many of them would go on to have a profound and lasting impact on African music. Mamady Kouyate was one of those pioneers. He played in various bands - his own band, Les Ambassadeurs du Mandingue, being one of them - but is probably best known as the guitarist in the classic Bembeya Jazz National. Kouyate, who now lives in NY, has reformed the Mandingo Ambassadors, updating the sound of his youth, but keeping it very close to the standard of Authenticité. The new All-Star band includes Mamady "Djelike" Kouyate, guitar, leader; Bebe Camara, vocal; Eudy Fernandez, trumpet; Oran Etkin, tenor sax, clarinet; Sylvain Leroux, flute, Fula flute, alto sax; Sam Dickey, guitar; Nick Cudahy, bass; Andy Algire, drums; Foluso Mimy, percussion.  “dazzling vocal and guitar patterns over a rhythm section that is like a perfect system” Ben Ratliff, NY Times.

10:00pm

Thu 11/20
&
Fri 11/21

SLAVIC SOUL PARTY Plays DUKE ELLINGTON'S FAR EAST SUITE.
Four special Performances. $12 per set.
Get your tickets in advance through BrownPaperTickets.
Slavic Soul Party! re-imagines Duke Ellington's iconic Far East Suite through the filter of East European brass bands discovering an exotic American sound, playing with the idea of "the east" and "the exotic tinge". Inspired by Duke Ellington's world tour in 1963 (which was cut short upon the assasination of JFK), the Far East Suite is full of sounds from the Mediterranean and beyond, amazing compositions, and ecstatic playing – which make it an alluring jumping off point for SSP! Matt Moran & Chris Stromquist (percussion), Peter Stan (accordion), John Carlson & Kenny Warren (trumpets), Peter Hess (alto sax/clarinet), Matt Musselman & Tim Vaughn (trombones), Ron Caswell (tuba).
Watch Duke playing Isfahan live.
"Parts of SSP's reinterpretation sounds like a Bulgarian wedding, others like a gypsy jazz funeral in New Orleans [...] it all sounds like Duke Ellington." Will Friedwald. WSJ.

8:00pm & 10:00pm
Sat 11/22

THE UNIVERSAL THUMP & FRIENDS. Every Saturday in November. This week with OREN BLOEDOW (Elysian Fields).
The Universal Thump is a duo (at times expanding into orchestral proportions) featuring Australian singer-songwriter-pianist, Greta Gertler Gold & drummer-producer, Adam Gold. Their debut eponymous album (2012) was met with great critical acclaim - “A psychedelic journey of multiple identities as told by Gertler in her transporting, angelic soprano, backed by layers of organs, girl-group harmonies, strings, brass, percussion and what can only be described as futuristic whale noises.” – NPR ‘Song of the Day’ - and they went on to win Best Music Producers (Vox Pop) in the Independent Music Awards. They have toured the US, Australia and Europe, organized a Benefit Concert performance of George Harrison's 'All Things Must Pass' at The Bell House. Later this year, they will be releasing a new EP, 'Walking the Cat', which they recorded at Abbey Road Studios in London earlier this yea. They will be performing a brand new set of music. They will be joined by a special guest collaborator each week, who will perform their own set first. Expect a lot of harmony singing

6:00pm

Sat 11/22

MAMIE MINCH. Raised on the music of John Hurt, Rev. Davis and Memphis Minnie, Mamie can sometimes sound like her deceased mentors, but don't mistake her for a revivalist. She keeps it fresh with a definite gritty, contemporary edge. Mamie will be in residence every Saturday in October, in a variety of configurations including solo, with special guests, and with Mamie and Her business.

8:00pm

Sat 11/22

FORRO DANCE PARTY with Rob Curto, Clay Ross, Zé Mauricio, Mike Lavalle, and Special Guests. Rob Curto and friends play Northeastern Brazil's traditional "forro de serra" performed with a style born out of New York City's diverse and dynamic musical culture. Forro is the accordion-based party music of the serto, the dry interior of the Brazilian Northeast. Featuring accordionist Rob Curto - widely considered the foremost ambassador of Forro in the US, the band creates a sound that deeply respects the great masters of forro. Curto's virtuoso accordion playing and the band's diverse musical influences bring a fresh perspective to forro with improvisation, original compositions and innovations in rhythm and harmony. ."

10:00pm

Sat 11/22

MIDNIGHT DJs play all manner of vintage tropical grooves.

Midnight

Sun 11/23

LJOVA. In residence every Sunday at 5:00pm .
Hailed by the New York Times as “dizzyingly versatile.… strikingly original and soulful”, LJOVA (Lev Zhurbin) was born in Moscow and moved to New York at the age of 12. He divides his time between composing for the concert stage, contemporary dance & film, leading his own ensemble Ljova and the Kontraband, as well as a busy career as a freelance violist, violinist & arranger. Among recent projects is a string quartet for Brooklyn Rider, a commission for Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Project, arrangements for the Brooklyn Philharmonic, and the Mexican songwriter Natalia Lafourcade,.

5:00pm

Sun 11/23

ZEPHANIAH AND THE 18 WHEELERS. Featuring Jim Campilongo, Gerald Menke, Roy Williams ,Scott Colberg, Nick Anderson and Zephaniah O'Hara. Zephaniah and the 18 Wheelers dig into a specific chapter in the American songbook with appreciation and virtuosity that "Truck Drivers" everywhere could appreciate.
Drawing material and inspiration from Red Simpson, Del Reeves, Red Sovine, Ernest Tubb, and long lost hidden gems discovered by enthused detective work, Zephaniah and the 18 Wheelers run the gamut from "tear jerkers" to "gear jammers" that create a great musical experience for all music fans.
Zephaniah O'Hora, aside from being a world-class singer/storyteller, is an accomplished songwriter who has written classic "Truck" songs for the new millenium that feature guitar virtuoso Jim Campilongo. The end result is always exciting, mostly serious and often fun.

7:00pm

Sun 11/23

STEPHANE WREMBEL. The French virtuoso guitarist first learned his craft with the manouche (the French Gypsies) but he has also gotten deep into American vernacular musical styles. He scored the theme song to Woody Allen's "Midnight in Paris" which he also performed live dng the 2012 Academy Awards and he has been called “a revelation” by Rolling Stone. While his playing falls into the general umbrella of Gypsy Swing his weekly sets showcase his own compositions which owe as much to Django Reinhardt as they do Pink Floyd or middle eastern modes.

9:00pm

Mon 11/24

BRAIN CLOUD. Every Monday. "My brain is cloudy, my soul is upside-down... When I get that low-down feeling, I know the blues must be someplace around." (Bob Wills)The Brain Cloud’s brand of western swing draws from the New Orleans-meets-Texas, strings-meet-horns, jazz-meets-country sound that Bob Wills perfected on his mid-1940’s Tiffany Transcriptions radio broadcasts. The Brain Cloud includes Dennis Lichtman (mandolin/fiddle/clarinet), Tamar Korn - of the Cangelosi Cards (vocals), Raphael McGregor (lap steel guitar), Skip Krevens (guitar), Andrew Hall (bass), and Kevin Dorn (drums), plus frequent guest appearances by Matt Munisteri (guitar) and Rob Hecht (fiddle).

7:00pm

Mon 11/24

TROPICAL VORTEX MONDAYS! Fighting the Polar Vortex with tropical rhythms. – Every Monday, a variety of bands and DJ play variations on tropical rhythms from Latinolandia and elsewhere. This week:
SUPERMAMBO! A Vibes Tribute to TITO PUENTE . Tito Puente is probably the world's most recognizable timbales player. Puente was also an very accomplished vibrobphone player. The instrument was prominently featured on his early mambo recordings. Felipe Fournier is a percussionist and vibes player from Costa Rica who navigates between jazz and salsa. He has recently moved to New York and plays with classic Salsa outfit Our Latin Thing and Ruben Blades. His tribute to Tito Puente emphasizes the King of the Timbales’ Mambo years and vibes performance.

9:30pm

Tue 11/25

MAX JOHNSON, MICHAEL ATTIAS, TOM RAINEY.
Three of New York's top improvisers bring their unique sound to Barbes. There will twists, turns, suspense and a smattering of good music! Michael Attias - saxophones; Max Johnson - bass and Tom Rainey - drums.

7:00pm

Tue 11/25

SLAVIC SOUL PARTY. Fiery Balkan brass, throbbing funk grooves, Gypsy accordion wizardry, and virtuoso jazz chops: 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 Tuesday bacchanal is a destination for locals and brass band fans from around the globe. SSP!'s last five albums (NY Underground Tapes, 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 (tapan/snare/darabouka).

9:00pm

Wed 11/26

QUE VLO-VE?. Que Vlo-Ve? plays songs of heartbreak, addiction and sketchy career choices from the Rebetika songbook, the urban blues of 1920s Greece. With Quince Marcum - vocals; Wade Ripka - guitar; Maya Shanker - violin and Izaak Mills - guitar.

8:00pm

Wed 11/26

THE MANDINGO AMBASSADORS. Every Wednesday
In the 1960's and 1970's, the government of Guinea engaged in a campaign known as Authenticité. It was a drive to create a new musical movement that would be specifically Guinean, but would include the modern wonders that were the electric guitar, the electric bass and the drumset. Musicians were given instruments and orchestras were formed. Surprisingly, the results proved mesmerizing and a myriad new bands were born. Many of them would go on to have a profound and lasting impact on African music. Mamady Kouyate was one of those pioneers. He played in various bands - his own band, Les Ambassadeurs du Mandingue, being one of them - but is probably best known as the guitarist in the classic Bembeya Jazz National. Kouyate, who now lives in NY, has reformed the Mandingo Ambassadors, updating the sound of his youth, but keeping it very close to the standard of Authenticité. The new All-Star band includes Mamady "Djelike" Kouyate, guitar, leader; Bebe Camara, vocal; Eudy Fernandez, trumpet; Oran Etkin, tenor sax, clarinet; Sylvain Leroux, flute, Fula flute, alto sax; Sam Dickey, guitar; Nick Cudahy, bass; Andy Algire, drums; Foluso Mimy, percussion.  “dazzling vocal and guitar patterns over a rhythm section that is like a perfect system” Ben Ratliff, NY Times.

10:00pm

Thu 11/27

yes, it is THANKSGIVING and we are OPEN.
Come thank your bartender. Watch movies. Maybe catch some music. And enjoy the therapeutical benefits of drinking on this sometimes thankless day.

 

Fri 11/28

THE JOEL FORRESTER QUINTET. Joel Forrester is the composer of more than 1600 tunes, a versatile and accomplished jazz pianist, leader of his own quintet and prolific recording artist. He has performed in an extraordinary diversity of settings – from large ensembles to a duet setting with a tap dancer! His playing draws from stride, boogie-woogie, bebop, trance and what he likes to call ‘salon pieces’ but each composition bears the stamp of this most individual artist. With Christina Clare - vocals; Vito Dieterle - tenor; David Hofstra - bass and Matthew Garrity - drums.

8:00pm

Fri 11/28

BILL CARNEY'S JUG ADDICTS. Sans-Culottes founder and frontman Bill Carney has been leading various jugbands for over 25 years. His latest incarnation, the Brooklyn-based JugAddicts, has earned a reputation for exciting live shows. Often a large formation, the JugAddicts are characterized by their powerful, raucous approach to itsjug band, old time, tin pan alley, early jazz and blues repertoire

10:00pm
Sat 11/29

BOMBAY RICKEY. Fronted by vocalist and composer Kamala Sankarama, Bombay Rickey could be the soundtrack to a Bollywood noir film from the 1960s, or perhaps to an imaginary spaghetti western. Bombay Rickey counts Ennio Morricone and Yma Sumac as influences. Exotic dance rhythms, coloratura soprano, surf guitar.

8:00pm

Sat 11/29

JAMES FEARNLEY. In 1977, at the beginning of the punk explosion, James Fearnley became the last guitarist for the Nipple Erectors, the London-based punk band fronted by Shane MacGowan.
In August 1982, MacGowan invited Fearnley to be the accordion-player for his latest project: a group to play Irish traditional songs fueled by the punk ethos, called Pogue Mahone. In their tumultuous, twelve-year career, the Pogues released six studio albums and gained international renown. As the Pogues’ only ‘musician’, earning him the sobriquet ‘Maestro Jimmy’, Fearnley helped anchor the Pogues’ careening folk-punk with his metronomic guitar-playing and to widen its scope by the inclusion of piano, cello, hammered dulcimer and percussion, and by string arrangements such as that in the perennial Christmas anthem, ‘Fairytale of New York’.
2012 saw the publication of ‘Here Comes Everybody’ - James’s memoir of the first twelve years of the Pogues’ career. The book has recently been published in the US and in support of the book’s US publication, James enlisted a group of NY musicians to perform songs at readings across New York. James will re-assemble accordionist Nathan Koci, bouzouki- and banjo-player, Sean Condron, guitarist Mark McAdam, bassist George Rush and drummer Aaron Latos for his engagement at Barbès.

10:00pm

Sun 11/30

LJOVA. In residence every Sunday at 5:00pm . This week:
TANGO BLUES — Ljova (viola / fadolín), Charlie Burnham (violin) and Pablo Aslan (bass)
Hailed by the New York Times as “dizzyingly versatile.… strikingly original and soulful”, LJOVA (Lev Zhurbin) was born in Moscow and moved to New York at the age of 12. He divides his time between composing for the concert stage, contemporary dance & film, leading his own ensemble Ljova and the Kontraband, as well as a busy career as a freelance violist, violinist & arranger. Among recent projects is a string quartet for Brooklyn Rider, a commission for Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Project, arrangements for the Brooklyn Philharmonic, and the Mexican songwriter Natalia Lafourcade,.

5:00pm

Sun 11/30

MICHAEL SHERIDAN TRIO. Classical guitarist Michael Sheridan isa student of French master guitarist Roland Dyens and feels as comfortable playing work by Villa Lobos and Bach as he does playing Django or Hungarian gypsy music. His trio allows him to explore all side of his musical personality.

7:00pm

Sun 11/30

STEPHANE WREMBEL. The French virtuoso guitarist first learned his craft with the manouche (the French Gypsies) but he has also gotten deep into American vernacular musical styles. He scored the theme song to Woody Allen's "Midnight in Paris" which he also performed live dng the 2012 Academy Awards and he has been called “a revelation” by Rolling Stone. While his playing falls into the general umbrella of Gypsy Swing his weekly sets showcase his own compositions which owe as much to Django Reinhardt as they do Pink Floyd or middle eastern modes.

9:00pm

December


Mon 12/01

BRAIN CLOUD. Every Monday. "My brain is cloudy, my soul is upside-down... When I get that low-down feeling, I know the blues must be someplace around." (Bob Wills)The Brain Cloud’s brand of western swing draws from the New Orleans-meets-Texas, strings-meet-horns, jazz-meets-country sound that Bob Wills perfected on his mid-1940’s Tiffany Transcriptions radio broadcasts. The Brain Cloud includes Dennis Lichtman (mandolin/fiddle/clarinet), Tamar Korn - of the Cangelosi Cards (vocals), Raphael McGregor (lap steel guitar), Skip Krevens (guitar), Andrew Hall (bass), and Kevin Dorn (drums), plus frequent guest appearances by Matt Munisteri (guitar) and Rob Hecht (fiddle).

7:00pm

Mon 12/01

TROPICAL VORTEX MONDAYS!
Fighting the Polar Vortex with tropical rhythms. – Every Monday, a variety of bands and DJ play variations on tropical rhythms from Latinolandia and elsewhere. This week:
SUPERMAMBO! A Vibes Tribute to TITO PUENTE. Mambo King and timbalero extraordinaire Tito Puente was also an accomplished vibraphone player. The instrument was prominently featured on his early mambo recordings. Felipe Fournier is a percussionist and vibes player from Costa Rica who plays with classic Salsa outfit Our Latin Thing and Ruben Blades. His tribute to Tito Puente emphasizes the King of the Timbales’ Mambo years and vibes performance

9:30pm

Tue 12/02

PARADOX TRIO. Matt Darriau's decade-llong exploration of Balkan music has had a tremendous impact on an entire generation of musicians. For the first time in a years, he has assembled the original cast , featuring Rufus Cappadocia - cello, Brad Shepik- guitar, Seido Salifoski dumbeks/percussion and Matt Darriau - Reeds, Kaval and Gaida.

7:00pm

Tue 12/02

SLAVIC SOUL PARTY. Fiery Balkan brass, throbbing funk grooves, Gypsy accordion wizardry, and virtuoso jazz chops: 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 Tuesday bacchanal is a destination for locals and brass band fans from around the globe. SSP!'s last five albums (NY Underground Tapes, 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 (tapan/snare/darabouka).

9:00pm

Wed 12/03

JUDITH BERKSON. New songs for voice, wurlitzer, synthesizer and piano. Judith has performed with City Opera Vox Festival, Kronos Quartet and has recorded with ECM Records. She's played at Joe's Pub and Roulette both as a soloist and with works for large ensemble. "Ms. Berkson has an imperious talent, but she's a calm curious performer, devising brave ways to accompany herself" (New York Times).

8:00pm

Wed 12/03

THE MANDINGO AMBASSADORS. Every Wednesday
In the 1960's and 1970's, the government of Guinea engaged in a campaign known as Authenticité. It was a drive to create a new musical movement that would be specifically Guinean, but would include the modern wonders that were the electric guitar, the electric bass and the drumset. Musicians were given instruments and orchestras were formed. Surprisingly, the results proved mesmerizing and a myriad new bands were born. Many of them would go on to have a profound and lasting impact on African music. Mamady Kouyate was one of those pioneers. He played in various bands - his own band, Les Ambassadeurs du Mandingue, being one of them - but is probably best known as the guitarist in the classic Bembeya Jazz National. Kouyate, who now lives in NY, has reformed the Mandingo Ambassadors, updating the sound of his youth, but keeping it very close to the standard of Authenticité. The new All-Star band includes Mamady "Djelike" Kouyate, guitar, leader; Bebe Camara, vocal; Eudy Fernandez, trumpet; Oran Etkin, tenor sax, clarinet; Sylvain Leroux, flute, Fula flute, alto sax; Sam Dickey, guitar; Nick Cudahy, bass; Andy Algire, drums; Foluso Mimy, percussion.  “dazzling vocal and guitar patterns over a rhythm section that is like a perfect system” Ben Ratliff, NY Times.

10:00pm

Thu 12/04

RACHELLE GARNIEZ. Dubbed a"Master of Surprise" by Entertainment Weekly, Rachelle writes and performs darkly optimistic story-songs and accompanies herself on a variety of instruments including accordion, piano, claviola, guitar and plastic bells, "...leaving nothing behind but sweet wreckage." (The New Yorker)

8:00pm

Thu 12/04

CUMBIA RIVER BAND. Martin Vejarano's (Chia's Dance Party, Cumbiamba Eneye) new project draws from a festive repertoire of Colombian Cumbia standards. These all time favorite Cumbia hits will take you back to the golden years of the genre as well as inspire you to dance and contemplate the joy and energy that this Cumbia River brings along. Featuring tuba, accordion, clarinet, percussion and voice, the band delivers a captivating fresh sound. With Sonia de los Santos, Martin Vejarano, Erika Mancini, Juan Montoya and Sofia Tabak.

10:00pm

Thu 12/04

BULLA EN EL BARRIO is an effort to explore the traditions of los Bailes Cantados. Born in Barranquilla, Colombia, Carolina ( main singer) belongs to a younger generation of cantadoras who are deeply connected to their traditions and at the same time have being strongly influenced by classical music, jazz and rock. Bulla en el barrio will be paying homage to the less known cantadoras and cantadores from Uraba. A region of Colombia located between Antioquia, Choco and Cordoba. Songs by Eustiquia Amaranto (Turbo), Darlina Saenz (Necocli), Ana Garces (Necocli), Eloisa Garces (Necocli), Eulalia Gonzales (Maria La Baja), Pabla Florez (Maria La Baja), and Sabina Escudero (Unguia) are part of the soulful repertoire that will be presented by this ensemble.

11:00pm

Fri 12/05

LEO SIDRAN. Multi instrumentalist, producer, composer Sidran got his start writing songs professionally as a teenager when the Steve Miller Band recorded four of his tunes. Years later, Sidran would co-produce the Academy Award winning song "Al Otro Lado Del Rio" from the film The Motorcycle Diaries. As a drummer and record maker, he has worked with artists ranging from Mark Murphy to Massive Attack. Here he presents his new solo album "Mucho Leo" - the material unites his jazz, latin, soul and songwriter influences into one unusual blend. Leo Sidran (guitar, vocal), Tim Luntzel (bass), Brian Wolfe (drums), Randy Ingram (piano). "Michael Franks and Manu Chao play twister while Jorge Drexler observes." - Geets Romo

8:00pm

Fri 12/05

JACK GRACE. The Martini Cowboy brings us his urban take on Country music. "One of the city's most personable and skilled country stars" Time Out NY. “He’s like that Cash kid, but good.” — Jerry Lee Lewis on hearing Jack live

10:00pm
Sat 12/06

SONGS FOR UNUSUAL CREATURES. Every First Saturday Of the Month!
Quirky author and composer Michael Hearst, along with his five-piece band, presents Songs For Unusual Creatures: a highly-geeky A/V presentation of some of the most bizarre animals that roam the planet. From the Australian bilby to the deep-sea magnapinna squid, to the microscopic tardegrade, the creatures are brought to life with such odd-ball instruments as theremin, claviola, daxophone, and stylophone. Fun for the whole family! Featuring: Michael Hearst, Ben Holmes, Allyssa Lamb, Kristin Mueller, and Jonti Siman

4:00pm

Sat 12/06

MARCO CAPPELLI. Every Saturday in December.
The Italian guitarist and composer navigates between rigorous written music and free improvisation. He has collaborated with the likes of Anthony Coleman, Marc Ribot, Elliott Sharp and Markus Stockhausen and regularly appears in classical and contemporary music series around the world. He will be in residence with various guests every Saturday in December. This Week:
ADAM RUDOLPH (percussion) and Marco Cappelli (guitar) met each other during a John Zorn’s Improv Night at The Stone back in 2004. Since then Marco has been part of GO ORGANIC ORCHESTRA, which Adam conducts. They have toured as duo since 2009 and recorded a cd of original compositions that will be released in 2015.

6:00pm

Sat 12/06

ALEJANDRO ZULETA VALLENATO COLLECTIVE. For the past few years, the colombian pianist has explored ways of translating the Vallenato accordion repertoire to the piano. The result is an exciting journey into Colombian folklore, in the spirit of a true Parranda. Alejandro was born in Bogotá, heir to a long line of celebrated Colombian Vallenato musicians and son of Emiro Zuleta one of the most prolific vallenato songwriters of his generation.

8:00pm

Sat 12/06

BANDA DE LOS MUERTOS - New York's best Mexican Banda.
New York's best Mexican Banda. In the Mexican state of Sinaloa, brass bands (bandas) are part of every public celebration. In the 1940's, the pioneering Banda El Recodo started mixing up traditional brass band tunes with contemporary Mexican music - mostly ranchera - and soon transformed the idiom into a powerful new popular genre. Oscar Noriega, Jacob Garchik and Los Muertos bring it all it back to Brooklyn $10

10:00pm

Sun 12/07

LJOVA. In residence every Sunday at 5:00pm . This week:
Ljova and the Kontraband expanded with special guests Kinan Azmeh (clarinet) and Johnny Gandelsman (violin). New works. with Ljova (viola / fadolín), Inna Barmash (vocal), Patrick Farrell (accordion), Jordan Morton (bass), and Mathias Künzli (percussion)
Hailed by the New York Times as “dizzyingly versatile.… strikingly original and soulful”, Ljova (Lev Zhurbin) was born in Moscow and moved to New York at the age of 12. He divides his time between composing for the concert stage, contemporary dance & film, leading his own ensemble Ljova and the Kontraband, as well as a busy career as a freelance violist, violinist & arranger. Among recent projects is a string quartet for Brooklyn Rider, a commission for Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Project, arrangements for the Brooklyn Philharmonic, and the Mexican songwriter Natalia Lafourcade.

5:00pm

Sun 12/07

The Balagan Companie presents: ARPA. A set of poems by Occitan poet Max Rouquette set to music by Miquèu Montanaro.
The Balagan Cie, based in the heart of Occitan country, in southwestern France, was created in 1999 to develop projects that combine “new traditional music” with other art forms (circus, sculpture, writing, dance) under the artistic direction of François Heim (accordionist and composer). Featuring Miquèu Montanaro, flutes and galoubet-tambourin; Roxane Martin, harp; Special guests: Jake Shulman, violin and Eleonore Weill, flutes.

7:00pm

Sun 12/07

STEPHANE WREMBEL. The French virtuoso guitarist first learned his craft with the manouche (the French Gypsies) but he has also gotten deep into American vernacular musical styles. He scored the theme song to Woody Allen's "Midnight in Paris" which he also performed live dng the 2012 Academy Awards and he has been called “a revelation” by Rolling Stone. While his playing falls into the general umbrella of Gypsy Swing his weekly sets showcase his own compositions which owe as much to Django Reinhardt as they do Pink Floyd or middle eastern modes.

9:00pm

Mon 12/08

BRAIN CLOUD. Every Monday. "My brain is cloudy, my soul is upside-down... When I get that low-down feeling, I know the blues must be someplace around." (Bob Wills)The Brain Cloud’s brand of western swing draws from the New Orleans-meets-Texas, strings-meet-horns, jazz-meets-country sound that Bob Wills perfected on his mid-1940’s Tiffany Transcriptions radio broadcasts. The Brain Cloud includes Dennis Lichtman (mandolin/fiddle/clarinet), Tamar Korn - of the Cangelosi Cards (vocals), Raphael McGregor (lap steel guitar), Skip Krevens (guitar), Andrew Hall (bass), and Kevin Dorn (drums), plus frequent guest appearances by Matt Munisteri (guitar) and Rob Hecht (fiddle).

7:00pm

Mon 12/08

TROPICAL VORTEX MONDAYS!! Fighitng the upcoming Polar Vortex with tropical rhythms - Introducing Tropical Vortex Mondays which will showcase a variety of bands and DJ playing dancing variations on trop[ical rhythms from Latinolandia and elsewhere. This week:
SPANGLISH FLY. The group is dedicated to reviving and renewing boogaloo, the sound that sprang from the street of 1960s Spanish Harlem. Featuring 11 members with origins in Puerto Rico, Cuba, Mexico, the UK., Canada, “Loisaida” and Upper Manhattan, SpanglishFlycomes together to play the mixture of soul, r & b, and Latin rhythms that was born in El Barrio.
"What Sharon Jones did for oldschool soul, what Antibalas did for Afrobeat and what Chicha Libre is doing for chicha,Spanglish Flyis doing for bugalu. As dance music, it’s irresistible." -- Lucid Culture

9:30pm

Tue 12/09

KARINA COLIS. Mexican drummer percussionist and vocalist Karina Colis (Chicha Libre, Gregorio Uribe) will perform her own arrangements of traditional songs from Mexico, Colombia and Venezuela as well as some of her original compositions Her musical work is characterized by a diversity of rhythms and styles, combining the roots of various Latin/South American tradition with jazz and Pop.
With Karina Colis-drums; Vocals; Felipe Fournier-Vibraphone; Eric Kurimski-guitar and Luis Guzman-Bass.

7:00pm

Tue 12/09

SLAVIC SOUL PARTY. Fiery Balkan brass, throbbing funk grooves, Gypsy accordion wizardry, and virtuoso jazz chops: 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 Tuesday bacchanal is a destination for locals and brass band fans from around the globe. SSP!'s last five albums (NY Underground Tapes, 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 (tapan/snare/darabouka).

9:00pm

Wed 12/10

ANDY STATMAN. A truly extraordinary artist, Andy Statman began his career in the 70’s as a virtuoso Mandolinist who studied and performed David Grisman, went on to study clarinet the legendary Dave Tarras and became one of the main architect of a Klezmer revival which started out 30 years ago and has since informed and influenced folk, Jazz and improvised music forms. Andy draws equally from hassidic melodies, folk tunes from new and old worlds alike and Albert Ayler-influenced free-improv. The result reads like a very personal search for the sacred based both on traditions and introspection. $10

8:00pm

Wed 12/10

THE MANDINGO AMBASSADORS. Every Wednesday
In the 1960's and 1970's, the government of Guinea engaged in a campaign known as Authenticité. It was a drive to create a new musical movement that would be specifically Guinean, but would include the modern wonders that were the electric guitar, the electric bass and the drumset. Musicians were given instruments and orchestras were formed. Surprisingly, the results proved mesmerizing and a myriad new bands were born. Many of them would go on to have a profound and lasting impact on African music. Mamady Kouyate was one of those pioneers. He played in various bands - his own band, Les Ambassadeurs du Mandingue, being one of them - but is probably best known as the guitarist in the classic Bembeya Jazz National. Kouyate, who now lives in NY, has reformed the Mandingo Ambassadors, updating the sound of his youth, but keeping it very close to the standard of Authenticité. The new All-Star band includes Mamady "Djelike" Kouyate, guitar, leader; Bebe Camara, vocal; Eudy Fernandez, trumpet; Oran Etkin, tenor sax, clarinet; Sylvain Leroux, flute, Fula flute, alto sax; Sam Dickey, guitar; Nick Cudahy, bass; Andy Algire, drums; Foluso Mimy, percussion.  “dazzling vocal and guitar patterns over a rhythm section that is like a perfect system” Ben Ratliff, NY Times.

10:00pm

Thu 12/11

PEDRO GIRAUDO SEXTET. The Argentinean bassist has received much praise for his Jazz Orchestra - his last album got numerous awards and downbeat magazine wrote about it that it was “An opulent listening experience of modern, orchestral jazz, brimming with passionate improvisions, deliberate contrapuntal melodies and plush harmonies.” His sextet is a pared down version of the orchestra.

8:00pm

Thu 12/11

THE PRE-WAR PONIES. 20s, 30s and 40s forgotten gems by the likes of Irving Berlin, Cole Porter, the Gershwins, Hoagy Carmichael and Johnny Mercer. With Daria Grace - vocals & baritone ukulele, J. Walter Hawkes - trombone, ukulele & vocals, Jim Whitney - bass, and Russ Meissner - drums.

10:00pm

Fri 12/12

OPERA ON TAP. Opera is fun. Most people don't seem to realize how much fun it really is. In order to prove it, Opera on Taphas taken its act to barrooms where they found out that beer on tap enhances the operatic experience. The company is made up of young singers and instrumentalists who relish the direct contact with audiences not inhibited in their reactions by the looming menace of giant chandeliers

8:00pm

Fri 12/12

VEVERITSE. Veveritse Brass Band finds its inspiration in the drama of the Romany(Gypsy) music of the Balkans. With an eye to the powerful exactitude of these melodies,Veveritse makes room for play. With two trumpets, a saxophone, four mid-horns, a tuba and two drummers, they are ten deep, creating not a wall of sound, but a loud tapestry.

10:00pm

Sat 12/13

LARD DOG & THE BAND OF SHY. This family shows features The Human Lard Dog - a cartoon-like character come to life. Or possibly a real-life character who crossed over into the realms of your imagination. Lard and his large backup band sing songs like “Yum Yum Head Gear,” about a blue-tongued fellow named “Ploop,” and a smash hit dance craze called “The Pooky Do”. Lard Dog sings his catchy original songs with a voice hailed by critics as a cross between Chet Baker, Hank Williams, and a wood chipper

2:00pm

Sat 12/13

THE ERIK SATIE QUARTET. The Erik Satie Quartet is a wind group whose focus of repertoire starts with ErikSatie, his times, and beyond. The four lithe and muscular voices present music that is unique and strange for the uninitiated, yet with warmth and humanity at its core. With Ron Hay (trombone), Max Seigel (bass trombone), Ben Holmes (trumpet), and Andrew Hadro (bari sax).

4:00pm
Sat 12/13

MARCO CAPPELLI. Every Saturday in December.
The Italian guitarist and composer navigates between rigorous written music and free improvisation. He has collaborated with the likes of Anthony Coleman, Marc Ribot, Elliott Sharp and Markus Stockhausen and regularly appears in classical and contemporary music series around the world. He will be in residence with various guests every Saturday in December. This week:
UNPLUGGED DUO with Marco Cappelli (classical guitar) and James Ilgenfritz (double bass)
Marco Cappelli and James Ilgenfritz explore a repertoire of song-forms from different folk traditions, with a simply and deep commitment:
1. every deviance through improvisation is possible
2. no electronic device is admitted.

6:00pm

Sat 12/13

MIKE BLOCK & CLAY ROSS DUO. Hailed by Yo-Yo Ma as the "ideal musician of the 21st Century", Mike Block is a pioneering multi-style cellist, composer, and educator living in Boston, acclaimed by the NY Times for his "vital rich-hued solo playing". While still studying at the Juilliard School, Mike joined Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble, and shortly thereafter also joined Mark O’Connor’s Appalachia Waltz Trio, which he played in for over three years. Mike has also toured extensively with Darol Anger’s Republic of Strings and The Knights orchestra. After becoming one of the first wave of cellists to adopt a strap in order to stand while playing, Mike was the first standing cellist to perform at Carnegie Hall, which the NY Times called "Breathless ... Half dance, half dare." In 2012, Mike was appointed Associate Professor at the Berklee College of Music.

8:00pm

Sat 12/13

SMOKEY'S SECRET FAMILY. Smokey Hormel’s résumé reads like a history of American popular music over the decades. He has worked closely with Beck, Tom Waits, Johnny Cash, and Neil Diamond. His projects have included the Brazilian-influenced Smokey and Miho, as well as an ongoing tribute to Western swing. His latest endeavor is an idiosyncratic take on early Congolese rumba. In the late 1950s and early 1960s, African musicians looked to Cuba for inspiration. They recognized African roots in the music but were also captivated by its cosmopolitan aspect, which mirrored the evolution of their own culture. Using the electric guitar—fast becoming the symbol of urban culture—they forged a new hybrid that became an early soundtrack of decolonization. Hormel has hybridized the music further and taken it to the Americas for the second time. Keeping its pre-rock roots intact, he relies on a core sound of “wild guitars bursting through small amps afloat on a sea of hand drums and shakers.

10:00pm

Sun 12/14

SONIDO MARTINES. Originally from La Paz Argentina, the wandering DJ, collector and Secret Musical Investigator is now based in La Paz, Bolivia but, spends a good part of his time hunting for records and musical histories across the Americas. Sonido Martines will be in NY for a week. Catch him if you can. Expect an all vinyl set of the kind of Pan-Latin Tropical music you’ve probably never heard before.

Midnight

Sun 12/14

A special Screening of
PETER BOLTE selected shorts. Join Brooklyn-based artist Peter Bolte and various collaborators for an afternoon screening of selected short films produced over the last decade of his career. Works include V.O. (2005), Veneer (2007), The Greims (2009) and Never A Shade of Gray (2012). His films have been described as "almost musical counterpoint, smartly performed witty dialogue" - Paste Magazine and "poignant and engaging work that defies categorization" - St. Louis Magazine

3:00pm

Sun 12/14

ROB CURTO & SERGIO KRAKOWSKI. Sergio Karkowski started his professional career at 18, playing choro in clubs in Rio de Janeiro. He has shared the stage with Maria Bethânia, Lenine, Zélia Duncan, and Beth Carvalho. He appeared on TV programs such as: Jô Soares, Altas Horas, e Sem Censura and performed at events such as the TIM Festival.
Rob Curto, an early devotee of North American swing music, bebop piano, funk, rock and blues; Curto combines these influences with his mastery of their South American counterparts forró, chorinho, samba, maracatu, frevo and the many other styles that belong the Brazilian accordion tradition. The result is completely original, authentic and stimulating to fans of all kinds, and has earned the accordion many a convert, who profess to having discovered a love for the instrument at one of his shows.

7:00pm

Sun 12/14

ILA CANTOR. The Oakland-based guitarist, composer and singer’s music is a mixture High and low Brow, West and East, rock and jazz, inside and out. Ila will play her own material as well as work by by Kenny Warren (Slavic Soul Party) and Jeff Ratner (Langhorne Slim) who will both be joining her.

9:00pm
Sun 12/14

MICHAEL SHERIDAN TRIO. Classical guitarist Michael Sheridan isa student of French master guitarist Roland Dyens and feels as comfortable playing work by Villa Lobos and Bach as he does playing Django or Hungarian gypsy music. His trio allows him to explore all side of his musical personality.

10:00pm

Mon 12/15

BRAIN CLOUD. Every Monday. "My brain is cloudy, my soul is upside-down... When I get that low-down feeling, I know the blues must be someplace around." (Bob Wills)The Brain Cloud’s brand of western swing draws from the New Orleans-meets-Texas, strings-meet-horns, jazz-meets-country sound that Bob Wills perfected on his mid-1940’s Tiffany Transcriptions radio broadcasts. The Brain Cloud includes Dennis Lichtman (mandolin/fiddle/clarinet), Tamar Korn - of the Cangelosi Cards (vocals), Raphael McGregor (lap steel guitar), Skip Krevens (guitar), Andrew Hall (bass), and Kevin Dorn (drums), plus frequent guest appearances by Matt Munisteri (guitar) and Rob Hecht (fiddle).

7:00pm

Mon 12/15

TROPICAL VORTEX MONDAYS!
Fighitng the upcoming Polar Vortex with tropical rhythms - Introducing Tropical Vortex Mondays which will showcase a variety of bands and DJ playing dancing variations on trop[ical rhythms from Latinolandia and elsewhere. This Week:
SPANGLISH FLY. The group is dedicated to reviving and renewing boogaloo, the sound that sprang from the street of 1960s Spanish Harlem. Featuring 11 members with origins in Puerto Rico, Cuba, Mexico, the UK., Canada, “Loisaida” and Upper Manhattan, SpanglishFlycomes together to play the mixture of soul, r & b, and Latin rhythms that was born in El Barrio.
"What Sharon Jones did for oldschool soul, what Antibalas did for Afrobeat and what Chicha Libre is doing for chicha,Spanglish Flyis doing for bugalu. As dance music, it’s irresistible." -- Lucid Culture

9:30pm

Tue 12/16

ZEKE HEALY & KAREN WALTUCH. Zeke and Karen play resonator guitar and viola to support vocal duets. They create a refined exuberance reminiscent of tabletop fireworks, extracting from and recalibrating your new favorite songs.

7:00pm

Tue 12/16

SLAVIC SOUL PARTY. Fiery Balkan brass, throbbing funk grooves, Gypsy accordion wizardry, and virtuoso jazz chops: 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 Tuesday bacchanal is a destination for locals and brass band fans from around the globe. SSP!'s last five albums (NY Underground Tapes, 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 (tapan/snare/darabouka).

9:00pm

Wed 12/17

ROB REICH QUINTET. Oakland based accordionist / pianist / composer Rob Reich (best known for his work with Tin Hat, Gaucho) presents a quintet featuring his original music, which finds inspiration in bebop, pop, traditional jazz, and circus music; grounded in a dark moody melodic sense; quietly pulsing with texture and color, with a strong dose of free play / group improvisation."Whatever context he's in, Reich transforms it into a creative hothouse where thousands of musical flowers bloom." -Andrew Gilbert, East Bay Express
With Rob Reich – accordion & piano; Ila Cantor – guitar;Ben Goldberg - clarinet; Matt Pavolka – bass and Brian Chase – drums

8:00pm

Wed 12/17

THE MANDINGO AMBASSADORS. Every Wednesday
In the 1960's and 1970's, the government of Guinea engaged in a campaign known as Authenticité. It was a drive to create a new musical movement that would be specifically Guinean, but would include the modern wonders that were the electric guitar, the electric bass and the drumset. Musicians were given instruments and orchestras were formed. Surprisingly, the results proved mesmerizing and a myriad new bands were born. Many of them would go on to have a profound and lasting impact on African music. Mamady Kouyate was one of those pioneers. He played in various bands - his own band, Les Ambassadeurs du Mandingue, being one of them - but is probably best known as the guitarist in the classic Bembeya Jazz National. Kouyate, who now lives in NY, has reformed the Mandingo Ambassadors, updating the sound of his youth, but keeping it very close to the standard of Authenticité. The new All-Star band includes Mamady "Djelike" Kouyate, guitar, leader; Bebe Camara, vocal; Eudy Fernandez, trumpet; Oran Etkin, tenor sax, clarinet; Sylvain Leroux, flute, Fula flute, alto sax; Sam Dickey, guitar; Nick Cudahy, bass; Andy Algire, drums; Foluso Mimy, percussion.  “dazzling vocal and guitar patterns over a rhythm section that is like a perfect system” Ben Ratliff, NY Times.

10:00pm
Thu 12/18

THE OUT LOUDS. . A one of a kind power trio with Tomas Fujiwara - drums; Ben Goldberg - clarinet and Mary Halvorson - guitar

8:00pm

Thu 12/18

SWEET SOUBRETTE. Sweet Soubrette features the songwriting, vocals and ukulele of Ellia Bisker, whose dark, edgy love songs have won fans' hearts and critical praise since the release of debut album Siren Song. She is joined by a talented backing band, featuring as many as 8 musicians onstage.

10:00pm

Fri 12/19

Petr Cancura's DOWN HOME. Celebrating their brand new release Down Home, Petr Cancura leads this roots inspired jazz group. Wordless stories of the deep south, gut wrenching cry of the old times, Petr Cancura & Down Home turns old black & white photographs into music. Known for bringing together roots music and jazz, his critically acclaimed group from Brooklyn tackles old-time acoustic blues and country and combines it with a touch of New Orleans and a whole lot of New York jazz vibe... Down Home sounds like you're on the porch, off the beaten path somewhere in Mississippi... Petr Cancura - sax, clarinet, banjo; Richie Barshay – drums; Garth Stevenson – bass;Brian Drye - trombone, piano; Jeremy Udden – alto & C Melody sax

8:00pm

Fri 12/19

BILL CARNEY'S JUG ADDICTS. Sans-Culottes founder and frontman Bill Carney has been leading various jugbands for over 25 years. His latest incarnation, the Brooklyn-based JugAddicts, has earned a reputation for exciting live shows. Often a large formation, the JugAddicts are characterized by their powerful, raucous approach to itsjug band, old time, tin pan alley, early jazz and blues repertoire.

10:00pm

Sat 12/20

ONCE UPON A TALE. Has been postponed. New date TBA. Check Brooklyn Beanstalk for more info.

3:30pm

Sat 12/20

MARCO CAPPELLI. Every Saturday in December.
The Italian guitarist and composer navigates between rigorous written music and free improvisation. He has collaborated with the likes of Anthony Coleman, Marc Ribot, Elliott Sharp and Markus Stockhausen and regularly appears in classical and contemporary music series around the world. He will be in residence with various guests every Saturday in December. This Week:
ITALIAN SURF ACADEMY.
Marco Cappelli (guitar) - Damon Banks (bass) - Mathias Küntzli (drums)
Introducing the Italian 60's sound when - while trying to imitate the American 50's sound (but no chance to leave spaghetti, mamma and mandolins behind) - it turned into the best sound for western, noir and horror B-movies! Welcome to Mario Bava and Sergio Corbucci soundtracks: here's to you the "baddest" bad Morricone you have ever heard!

6:00pm

Sat 12/20

MAMIE MINCH. Raised on the music of John Hurt, Rev. Davis and Memphis Minnie, Mamie can sometimes sound like her deceased mentors, but don't mistake her for a revivalist. She keeps it fresh with a definite gritty, contemporary edge. Mamie will be in residence every Saturday in October, in a variety of configurations including solo, with special guests, and with Mamie and Her business.

8:00pm

Sat 12/20

CUMBIA RIVER BAND. Martin Vejarano's (Chia's Dance Party, Cumbiamba Eneye) new project draws from a festive repertoire of Colombian Cumbia standards. These all time favorite Cumbia hits will take you back to the golden years of the genre as well as inspire you to dance and contemplate the joy and energy that this Cumbia River brings along. Featuring tuba, accordion, clarinet, percussion and voice, the band delivers a captivating fresh sound. With Sonia de los Santos, Martin Vejarano, Erika Mancini, Juan Montoya and Sofia Tabak.

10:00pm

Sun 12/21

NADAV LEV: New Strings Attached. With speical guest Jamie Jordan. Equally at home with classical and electric guitar, the award-winning Israeli virtuoso brings forth an expressive and utterly personal musical voice. Lev presents a program that explores the diversity of contemporary guitar music - from classical to electric, from written to improvised music, and with some of the most definitive contemporary guitar repertoire. The project was recently recorded for Nadav Lev's new album, to be released by Delos this coming spring."
Lev will also be joined tonight by brilliant new music soprano Jamie Jordan as a special guest performer.

7:00pm

Sun 12/21

PASATONO ORQUESTA. From Oaxaca, Mexico, Pasatono has been playing music based on traditional mixteca tradition for over 15 years. Their latest album, Maroma, is named after a hundred year old traveling circus and the music they might have written, had they been a traveling band. Using strings, brass, woodwinds and percussion, Pasatono's music is at once passionate, informed and raw -and Maroma is one our favorite record of the year. They will be in town for just one day. Do not miss them.... $10

9:00pm

Mon 12/22

BRAIN CLOUD. Every Monday. "My brain is cloudy, my soul is upside-down... When I get that low-down feeling, I know the blues must be someplace around." (Bob Wills)The Brain Cloud’s brand of western swing draws from the New Orleans-meets-Texas, strings-meet-horns, jazz-meets-country sound that Bob Wills perfected on his mid-1940’s Tiffany Transcriptions radio broadcasts. spanglThe Brain Cloud includes Dennis Lichtman (mandolin/fiddle/clarinet), Tamar Korn - of the Cangelosi Cards (vocals), Raphael McGregor (lap steel guitar), Skip Krevens (guitar), Andrew Hall (bass), and Kevin Dorn (drums), plus frequent guest appearances by Matt Munisteri (guitar) and Rob Hecht (fiddle).

7:00pm

Mon 12/22

TROPICAL VORTEX MONDAYS!! Fighitng the upcoming Polar Vortex with tropical rhythms - Introducing Tropical Vortex Mondays which will showcase a variety of bands and DJ playing dancing variations on trop[ical rhythms from Latinolandia and elsewhere. This week:
SPANGLISH FLY. The group is dedicated to reviving and renewing boogaloo, the sound that sprang from the street of 1960s Spanish Harlem. Featuring 11 members with origins in Puerto Rico, Cuba, Mexico, the UK., Canada, “Loisaida” and Upper Manhattan, SpanglishFlycomes together to play the mixture of soul, r & b, and Latin rhythms that was born in El Barrio.
"What Sharon Jones did for oldschool soul, what Antibalas did for Afrobeat and what Chicha Libre is doing for chicha,Spanglish Flyis doing for bugalu. As dance music, it’s irresistible." -- Lucid Culture

9:30pm

Tue 12/23

VINNIE SPERRAZZA'S HOLIDAY BAND. Drummer Vinnie Sperrazza's first album as a bandleader and composer, Apocryphal , was released earlier this fall and was called "among the year's most auspicious debut recordings"- by All About Jazz. For this special holiday show, VInnie will re-interpret holiday tunes with the help of some his friends.

7:00pm

Tue 12/23

SLAVIC SOUL PARTY. Fiery Balkan brass, throbbing funk grooves, Gypsy accordion wizardry, and virtuoso jazz chops: 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 Tuesday bacchanal is a destination for locals and brass band fans from around the globe. SSP!'s last five albums (NY Underground Tapes, 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 (tapan/snare/darabouka).

9:00pm

Wed 12/24

CHRISTMAS EVE, WITH THE MANDINGO AMBASSADORS.
In the 1960's and 1970's, the government of Guinea engaged in a campaign known as Authenticité. It was a drive to create a new musical movement that would be specifically Guinean, but would include the modern wonders that were the electric guitar, the electric bass and the drumset. Musicians were given instruments and orchestras were formed. Surprisingly, the results proved mesmerizing and a myriad new bands were born. Many of them would go on to have a profound and lasting impact on African music. Mamady Kouyate was one of those pioneers. He played in various bands - his own band, Les Ambassadeurs du Mandingue, being one of them - but is probably best known as the guitarist in the classic Bembeya Jazz National. Kouyate, who now lives in NY, has reformed the Mandingo Ambassadors, updating the sound of his youth, but keeping it very close to the standard of Authenticité. The new All-Star band includes Mamady "Djelike" Kouyate, guitar, leader; Bebe Camara, vocal; Eudy Fernandez, trumpet; Oran Etkin, tenor sax, clarinet; Sylvain Leroux, flute, Fula flute, alto sax; Sam Dickey, guitar; Nick Cudahy, bass; Andy Algire, drums; Foluso Mimy, percussion.  “dazzling vocal and guitar patterns over a rhythm section that is like a perfect system” Ben Ratliff, NY Times.

10:00pm

Thu 12/25

Closed.  

Fri 12/26

QUE VLO-VE?. Que Vlo-Ve? plays songs of heartbreak, addiction and sketchy career choices from the Rebetika songbook, the urban blues of 1920s Greece. With Quince Marcum - vocals; Wade Ripka - guitar; Maya Shanker - violin and Izaak Mills - guitar.

10:00pm

Fri 12/26

GRUPO CHONTA. Diego Obregón, from Guapi, Colombia, leads grupo Chonta, a group dedicated to the Afro-Colombian marimba music of the pacific coast. Diego started playing drums and cununo with Silvino Mina, one of the best known marimba player in Colombia. He later joined the traditional group Guapi. At age 24 he traveled to La Tola, Nariño where he learned to build and play marimbas and then went on to manage his own Marimba workshop in Cali. Diego currently resides in New York where Grupo Chonta is based.

10:00pm
Fri 12/26

MIDNIGHT DJ SET.
VIK SOHONIE of Ostinato Records spins rare records of Cuban Son, Cape Verdean Coladiera, Senegalese Mbalax, Jamaican Dub, Dominican Merengue, Haitian Kompa, Antillean Biguine, Guinea-Bissau Gumbe, and Afro-Latin fare.
VIk is a DJ, Journalist, researcher and collector. He has worked as a researcher for label Analog Africa and his knowledge of Afro Tropical music from both sides of the Atlantic is unmatched. And, he will make you dance.

Midnight

Sat 12/27

MARCO CAPPELLI. Every Saturday in December.
The Italian guitarist and composer navigates between rigorous written music and free improvisation. He has collaborated with the likes of Anthony Coleman, Marc Ribot, Elliott Sharp and Markus Stockhausen and regularly appears in classical and contemporary music series around the world. He will be in residence with various guests every Saturday in December. This Week:
MARCO CAPPELLI ACOUSTIC TRIO + special guest: OSCAR NORIEGA
Marco Cappelli (guitar) - Ken Filiano (bass) - Satoshi Takeishi (percussion) - Oscar Noriega (clarinets)
The Trio was formed back in August 2009 during a Barbes residency with the goal to explore the "chamber music" sound of Marco's classical prepared guitar in group format.
Cappelli’s original music for the trio is inspired by mystery literature. Their first CD, Les Nuages en France (Mode Records, 2011) is dedicated to French writer Fred Vargas. The second cd release, titled Le Stagioni del Commissario Ricciardi, (Tzadik, 2013), is dedicated to Italian writer Maurizio De Giovanni and his fictitious character Commissario Ricciardi, whose action takes place in the in 1930's Naples . The band toured Europe last Fall with a new program dedicated to Norwegian writer Jo Nesbø, featuring Oscar Noriega on clarinets as special guest .

6:00pm

Sat 12/27

REGIONAL DE NY. Lyrical melodies, contrapuntal harmonies, and a swinging rhythm section: choro is Brazil's answer to early American jazz. TheRegional de NY performs classic and original arrangements of Brazil's oldest popular music with deep groove and a love for improvisation. Personnel: Hadar Noiberg - flute; Vitor Gonçalves - accordion; Kahil Nayton - cavquinho; Cesar Garabini - 7 string guitar and Ranjan Ramchandani - pandeiro.

8:00pm

Sat 12/27

SUPERMAMBO! A Vibes Tribute to TITO PUENTE . Mambo King and timbalero extraordinaire Tito Puente was also an accomplished vibraphone player. The instrument was prominently featured on his early mambo recordings. Felipe Fournier is a percussionist and vibes player from Costa Rica who plays with classic Salsa outfit Our Latin Thing and Ruben Blades. His tribute to Tito Puente emphasizes the King of the Timbales’ Mambo years and vibes performance

10:00pm

Sun 12/28

BOB JONES/JON SHOLLE DUO. Bob Jones started his career as singer in his father's church choir. He was Andy Statman's guitarist in his legendary klezmer quartet and currently plays with Boo Reiners in the Plunk Brothers, with the Danny Kalb Trio and with many Old Timey and Bluegrass musicians in the city.
Jon Sholle is a guitarist who has worked with such musicians as Vassar Clements, Larry Campbell, Keith Carradine, Allen Ginsberg, and Bela Fleck. He was a member of the David Grisman Quintet and has also released two solo albums on Rounder Records

7:00pm

Sun 12/28

ROY WILLIAMS & THE BOG SWING GROUP. Stephane Wrembel’s guitarist draws mostly from Western swing, gypsy swing, and classic Americana.

9:00pm

Mon 12/29

BRAIN CLOUD. Every Monday. "My brain is cloudy, my soul is upside-down... When I get that low-down feeling, I know the blues must be someplace around." (Bob Wills)The Brain Cloud’s brand of western swing draws from the New Orleans-meets-Texas, strings-meet-horns, jazz-meets-country sound that Bob Wills perfected on his mid-1940’s Tiffany Transcriptions radio broadcasts. The Brain Cloud includes Dennis Lichtman (mandolin/fiddle/clarinet), Tamar Korn - of the Cangelosi Cards (vocals), Raphael McGregor (lap steel guitar), Skip Krevens (guitar), Andrew Hall (bass), and Kevin Dorn (drums), plus frequent guest appearances by Matt Munisteri (guitar) and Rob Hecht (fiddle).

7:00pm

Mon 12/29

TROPICAL VORTEX MONDAYS!
Fighitng the upcoming Polar Vortex with tropical rhythms - Introducing Tropical Vortex Mondays which will showcase a variety of bands and DJ playing dancing variations on trop[ical rhythms from Latinolandia and elsewhere. This Week:
SPANGLISH FLY. The group is dedicated to reviving and renewing boogaloo, the sound that sprang from the street of 1960s Spanish Harlem. Featuring 11 members with origins in Puerto Rico, Cuba, Mexico, the UK., Canada, “Loisaida” and Upper Manhattan, SpanglishFlycomes together to play the mixture of soul, r & b, and Latin rhythms that was born in El Barrio.
"What Sharon Jones did for oldschool soul, what Antibalas did for Afrobeat and what Chicha Libre is doing for chicha,Spanglish Flyis doing for bugalu. As dance music, it’s irresistible." -- Lucid Culture

9:30pm

Tue 12/30

SLAVIC SOUL PARTY. Fiery Balkan brass, throbbing funk grooves, Gypsy accordion wizardry, and virtuoso jazz chops: 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 Tuesday bacchanal is a destination for locals and brass band fans from around the globe. SSP!'s last five albums (NY Underground Tapes, 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 (tapan/snare/darabouka).

9:00pm

Tue 12/30

STRUGGLE This re-interpretation of Woody Guthrie’s repertoire was first staged in Paris by a French guitarist and a Rwandan vocalist.

7:00pm

Wed 12/31

NEW YEAR'S EVE
with THE MANDINGO AMBASSADORS.

In the 1960's and 1970's, the government of Guinea engaged in a campaign known as Authenticité. It was a drive to create a new musical movement that would be specifically Guinean, but would include the modern wonders that were the electric guitar, the electric bass and the drumset. Musicians were given instruments and orchestras were formed. Surprisingly, the results proved mesmerizing and a myriad new bands were born. Many of them would go on to have a profound and lasting impact on African music. Mamady Kouyate was one of those pioneers. He played in various bands - his own band, Les Ambassadeurs du Mandingue, being one of them - but is probably best known as the guitarist in the classic Bembeya Jazz National. Kouyate, who now lives in NY, has reformed the Mandingo Ambassadors, updating the sound of his youth, but keeping it very close to the standard of Authenticité. The new All-Star band includes Mamady "Djelike" Kouyate, guitar, leader; Bebe Camara, vocal; Eudy Fernandez, trumpet; Oran Etkin, tenor sax, clarinet; Sylvain Leroux, flute, Fula flute, alto sax; Sam Dickey, guitar; Nick Cudahy, bass; Andy Algire, drums; Foluso Mimy, percussion.  “dazzling vocal and guitar patterns over a rhythm section that is like a perfect system” Ben Ratliff, NY Times.

10:00pm
until
2am

$20

January


Thu 01/01 RACHELLE GARNIEZ. Dubbed a"Master of Surprise" by Entertainment Weekly, Rachelle writes and performs darkly optimistic story-songs and accompanies herself on a variety of instruments including accordion, piano, claviola, guitar and plastic bells, "...leaving nothing behind but sweet wreckage." (The New Yorker)

8:00pm

Thu 01/01 BOSS TENOR. Featuring Oscar noriega (drums), Chris Speed (tenor sax, clarinet) and Matt Pavolka (bass). The Multi-instrumentalist, composer is a member of Endangered Blood and co-leads, with Jacob Garchik, the Banda De Los Muertos. His trio Boss Tenor features him as a drummer.

10:00pm

Fri 01/02 PERCY JONES AND MJ-12. An improvisational trio that takes various starting points of jazz/rock fusion, psychedelia and ambient noise and develop them in unpredictable directions. With Percy Jones (Brand X, Eno) fretless bass, Stephen Moses (Alice Donut) drums; Chris Bacas - sax and David Phelps - guitar.

8:00pm

Fri 01/02 BILL CARNEY'S JUG ADDICTS. Sans-Culottes founder and frontman Bill Carney has been leading various jugbands for over 25 years. His latest incarnation, the Brooklyn-based JugAddicts, has earned a reputation for exciting live shows. Often a large formation, the JugAddicts are characterized by their powerful, raucous approach to itsjug band, old time, tin pan alley, early jazz and blues repertoire

10:00pm

Sat 01/03 SANDA WEIGL. Romanian-born Sanda Weigl has had a tumultuous career, first as a singer for the popular east-german rock band Team 4, then as an imprisoned dissident and finally as a New York -based musician who has collaborated with such luminaries as Robert Wilson and (the late) Pina Baush. Her latest album, Gypsy in a Tree, was dedicated to the Romanian Gypsy songs of her childhood. With Peter Stan-accordion; Jake Shulman-Ment - fiddle; Eleonore Weill - gluier and Branco Brinarsky - bass

8:00pm

Sat 01/03 BANDA DE LOS MUERTOS - New York's best Mexican Banda.
In the Mexican state of Sinaloa, brass bands (bandas) are part of every public celebration. In the 1940's, the pioneering Banda El Recodo started mixing up traditional brass band tunes with contemporary Mexican music - mostly ranchera - and soon transformed the idiom into a powerful new popular genre. In the 1990's, banda music experienced a renewal, especially among young Californian Mexicans, many of whom have family roots in Sinaloa. Banda music's popularity exploded in Mexico as well and has become the new urban music of choice. $10

10:00pm

Sun 01/04 BEN MONDER - Solo. Most Saturdays at 5.
Guitarist Ben Monder has performed with a wide variety of artists, including Jack McDuff, Marc Johnson, Lee Konitz, George Garzone, Paul Motian, and Maria Schneider. He has conducted clinics and workshops around the world, and served on the faculty of the New England Conservatory.Monder continues to perform original music internationally with his own quartet, trio, and in a duo project with vocalist Theo Bleckmann. He has appeared on over 120 CDs as a sideman, and has released five as a leader including his latest: Hydra (Sunnyside, 2013). This will be part of a series of solo performances at Barbès.

5:00pm

Sun 01/04

MOTHER OCTOPUS. Brooklyn-based violinist-composer Dana Lyn's quintet "Mother Octopus" inhabits a musical world somewhere in the Venn diagram of 70's art rock, classical, traditional Irish and improvised music. Dana is also very fond of cephalopods. Joining her this evening are Mike McGinnis (clarinet), Clara Kennedy (cello), Jonathan Goldberger (guitar) and Vinnie Sperrazza (drums)."
“Stunning in its beauty, yet remarkable in that it includes the dark colors of the mosaic chips as well.” George Harris, Jazz Weekly
“The subtlest eco-disaster album ever written” -Lucid Culture

7:00pm

Sun 01/04

ROY WILLIAMS & THE BOG SWING GROUP. Stephane Wrembel’s guitarist draws mostly from Western swing, gypsy swing, and classic Americana.

9:00pm

Mon 01/05

BRAIN CLOUD. Every Monday. "My brain is cloudy, my soul is upside-down... When I get that low-down feeling, I know the blues must be someplace around." (Bob Wills)The Brain Cloud’s brand of western swing draws from the New Orleans-meets-Texas, strings-meet-horns, jazz-meets-country sound that Bob Wills perfected on his mid-1940’s Tiffany Transcriptions radio broadcasts. The Brain Cloud includes Dennis Lichtman (mandolin/fiddle/clarinet), Tamar Korn - of the Cangelosi Cards (vocals), Raphael McGregor (lap steel guitar), Skip Krevens (guitar), Andrew Hall (bass), and Kevin Dorn (drums), plus frequent guest appearances by Matt Munisteri (guitar) and Rob Hecht (fiddle).

7:00pm

Mon 01/05

TROPICAL VORTEX MONDAYS!! Fighitng the upcoming Polar Vortex with tropical rhythms - Introducing Tropical Vortex Mondays which will showcase a variety of bands and DJ playing dancing variations on trop[ical rhythms from Latinolandia and elsewhere.

9:30pm

Tue 01/06

QUE VLO-VE?. Que Vlo-Ve? plays songs of heartbreak, addiction and sketchy career choices from the Rebetika songbook, the urban blues of 1920s Greece. With Quince Marcum - vocals; Wade Ripka - guitar; Maya Shanker - violin and Izaak Mills - guitar.

9:00pm

Tue 01/06

SLAVIC SOUL PARTY. Fiery Balkan brass, throbbing funk grooves, Gypsy accordion wizardry, and virtuoso jazz chops: 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 Tuesday bacchanal is a destination for locals and brass band fans from around the globe. SSP!'s last five albums (NY Underground Tapes, 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 (tapan/snare/darabouka).

9:00pm

Wed 01/07

ANDY STATMAN. A truly extraordinary artist, Andy Statman began his career in the 70’s as a virtuoso Mandolinist who studied and performed David Grisman, went on to study clarinet the legendary Dave Tarras and became one of the main architect of a Klezmer revival which started out 30 years ago and has since informed and influenced folk, Jazz and improvised music forms. Andy draws equally from hassidic melodies, folk tunes from new and old worlds alike and Albert Ayler-influenced free-improv. The result reads like a very personal search for the sacred based both on traditions and introspection. $10

8:00pm

Wed 01/07

THE MANDINGO AMBASSADORS. Every Wednesday
In the 1960's and 1970's, the government of Guinea engaged in a campaign known as Authenticité. It was a drive to create a new musical movement that would be specifically Guinean, but would include the modern wonders that were the electric guitar, the electric bass and the drumset. Musicians were given instruments and orchestras were formed. Surprisingly, the results proved mesmerizing and a myriad new bands were born. Many of them would go on to have a profound and lasting impact on African music. Mamady Kouyate was one of those pioneers. He played in various bands - his own band, Les Ambassadeurs du Mandingue, being one of them - but is probably best known as the guitarist in the classic Bembeya Jazz National. Kouyate, who now lives in NY, has reformed the Mandingo Ambassadors, updating the sound of his youth, but keeping it very close to the standard of Authenticité. The new All-Star band includes Mamady "Djelike" Kouyate, guitar, leader; Bebe Camara, vocal; Eudy Fernandez, trumpet; Oran Etkin, tenor sax, clarinet; Sylvain Leroux, flute, Fula flute, alto sax; Sam Dickey, guitar; Nick Cudahy, bass; Andy Algire, drums; Foluso Mimy, percussion.  “dazzling vocal and guitar patterns over a rhythm section that is like a perfect system” Ben Ratliff, NY Times. ;

10:00pm
Thu 01/08 THE UKULADIES. The Ukuladies are a perpetually-touring ukulele family act from Regina, Canada with a lust for life and its idle curiosities. The ladies perform a host of original hits, faves from the 40s, cowgirl love songs, and mellifluous melodies from days or yore. Ukes of all shapes and sizes, fiddle, saw, flute, penny whistle, toy trombones, flying kazoos, cookies, scratch off tix, bacon, prizes, show and tell, tap dancing, balloon animals, and even some good ol' fashioned sing alongs to boot!

8:00pm

Thu 01/08 THE PRE-WAR PONIES. 20s, 30s and 40s forgotten gems by the likes of Irving Berlin, Cole Porter, the Gershwins, Hoagy Carmichael and Johnny Mercer. With Daria Grace - vocals & baritone ukulele, J. Walter Hawkes - trombone, ukulele & vocals, Jim Whitney - bass, and Russ Meissner - drums.

10:00pm

Fri 01/09 Petr Cancura's DOWN HOME. Celebrating their brand new release Down Home, Petr Cancura leads this roots inspired jazz group. Wordless stories of the deep south, gut wrenching cry of the old times, Petr Cancura & Down Hometurns old black & white photographs into music. Known for bringing together roots music and jazz, his critically acclaimed group from Brooklyn tackles old-time acoustic blues and country and combines it with a touch of New Orleans and a whole lot of New York jazz vibe... Down Home sounds like you're on the porch, off the beaten path somewhere in Mississippi... Petr Cancura - sax, clarinet, banjo; Richie Barshay – drums; Garth Stevenson – bass;Brian Drye - trombone, piano; Jeremy Udden – alto & C Melody sax.

8:00pm

Fri 01/09

GHOST TRAIN ORCHESTRA. Brian Carpenter's Ghost Train Orchestra returns to Barbes with exciting new arrangements of music from late 1920s Chicago and Harlem bandleaders Charlie Johnson, Tiny Parham, Fess Williams, and Cecil Scott. Brian Carpenter (trumpet, harmonica), Andy Laster (alto saxophone), Michael McGinnis (clarinet), Petr Cancura (clarinet, tenor saxophone), Mazz Swift (violin), Curtis Hasselbring (trombone), Ron Caswell (tuba), Rob Garcia (drums).

9:30pm

Fri 01/09

SMOKEY'S SECRET COMBO. Smokey Hormel’s résumé reads like a history of American popular music over the decades. He has worked closely with Beck, Tom Waits and Johnny Cash. His projects have included the Brazilian-influenced Smokey and Miho, as well as an ongoing tribute to Western swing. His secret combo - a pared down version of the Secret Family - an idiosyncratic take on early Congolese rumba. In the late 1950s and early 1960s, African musicians looked to Cuba for inspiratioUn. They recognized African roots in the music but were also captivated by its cosmopolitan aspect, which mirrored the evolution of their own culture. Using the electric guitar—fast becoming the symbol of urban culture—they forged a new hybrid that became an early soundtrack of decolonization. Hormel has hybridized the music further and taken it to the Americas for the second time. Keeping its pre-rock roots intact, he relies on a core sound of “wild guitars bursting through small amps afloat on a sea of hand drums and shakers.

11:00pm

Fri 01/09

DJ SIR RAMASES and the Afro Ritmo Records Sound System. Spinning all vinyl sets of Merengue - Cumbia - Calypso - Baiao - Biguine - Afrobeat - Salsa - Boogaloo - Funk - Soul - Jazz and other African and Latino based genres.
Sir Ramases is an ethnomusicologist, audio engineer, archivist and deejay. He is the founder of the Afro Ritmo Records collective, which specializes in Record Sales, Research, Archiving, Preservation, Promotion, and Releases of Vintage and Revival Sounds from Africa, India, Latin American, Caribbean, and Brazil. Afro Ritmo is currently holding cultural events in Guyana, Panama, Venezuela, Suriname, and North Brazil.

MIDNIGHT SET

Sat 01/10

Uri Sharlin's DOGCAT. Led by accordion virtuoso Uri Sharlin, the DogCat Ensemble takes the audience on a narrated musical journey through dream-like images and landscapes in a sizzling presentation of new and original compositions blending jazz and classical influences with Balkan rhythms, Arabic modes and Brazilian harmonies. After performing on the world's most prestigious stages with the San Francisco Symphony, Natalie Merchant, Flight of the Conchords and others, Sharlin, together with an all-star ensemble, brings forth an innovative vision which features classical instruments, rock guitars and unique homemade percussion. Uri Sharlin will also be in residence every Saturday in January.

6:00pm

Sat 01/10

RADIO JARORCHO. Radio Jarocho plays son jarocho music fashioned after the towns, musicians, and swampy countryside that created it in Veracruz, Mexico. They also write their own tailor them with assorted influences, creating a contemporary repertoire that captures the spirit of the traditional style.

8:00pm

Sat 01/10 RANA SANTACRUZ. A former member of Mexico's La Catrina, Rana Santacruz's music has been called "Mexican Bluegrass" or "Irish Mariachi" with a dose of rock and alternative. His sound starts in Ireland, runs through Appalachia, swings through New Orleans, and careens across most of Mexico. The acoustic instrumentation includes cajón, upright bass, accordion, guitar, banjo, jarana, violin and trumpet. He cites his main influences as The Pogues, Tom Waits, Chavela Vargas, Agustín Lara, son jarocho, tambora, and folk music in general. Lyrically, his songs tell short tales about broken hearts, sailors, dogs, turkeys, and farewells. His new album, Chicavasco, was picked by popmatters as one of 2010's ten best world music album

9:30pm

Sat 01/10

PISTOLERA. Pistolera sings - en español - danceable yet socially conscious songs about immigrants' rights, war, racism, feminism, and life on the border. Pistolera's three albums, Siempre Hay Salida (2006), En Este Camino (2008), El Desierto Y La Ciudad (2011), were produced by Grammy-winner Charlie Dos Santos. The band has toured in the U.S., Canada, Belgium, Holland, Portugal, and Mexico, and has shared the stage with Los Lobos, Lila Downs, Ely Guerra, and Vieux Farka Toure, among others. NPR called their latest release, "modern...inventive...daring

11:00pm

Sun 01/11 BEN MONDER - Solo. Most Saturdays at 5.
Guitarist Ben Monder has performed with a wide variety of artists, including Jack McDuff, Marc Johnson, Lee Konitz, George Garzone, Paul Motian, and Maria Schneider. He has conducted clinics and workshops around the world, and served on the faculty of the New England Conservatory.Monder continues to perform original music internationally with his own quartet, trio, and in a duo project with vocalist Theo Bleckmann. He has appeared on over 120 CDs as a sideman, and has released five as a leader including his latest: Hydra (Sunnyside, 2013). This will be part of a series of solo performances at Barbès.

5:00pm

Sun 01/11

 

 

Sun 01/11

STEPHANE WREMBEL. The French virtuoso guitarist first learned his craft with the manouche (the French Gypsies) but he has also gotten deep into American vernacular musical styles. He scored the theme song to Woody Allen's "Midnight in Paris" which he also performed live dng the 2012 Academy Awards and he has been called “a revelation” by Rolling Stone. While his playing falls into the general umbrella of Gypsy Swing his weekly sets showcase his own compositions which owe as much to Django Reinhardt as they do Pink Floyd or middle eastern modes.

9:00pm

Mon 01/12

BRAIN CLOUD. Every Monday. "My brain is cloudy, my soul is upside-down... When I get that low-down feeling, I know the blues must be someplace around." (Bob Wills)The Brain Cloud’s brand of western swing draws from the New Orleans-meets-Texas, strings-meet-horns, jazz-meets-country sound that Bob Wills perfected on his mid-1940’s Tiffany Transcriptions radio broadcasts. The Brain Cloud includes Dennis Lichtman (mandolin/fiddle/clarinet), Tamar Korn - of the Cangelosi Cards (vocals), Raphael McGregor (lap steel guitar), Skip Krevens (guitar), Andrew Hall (bass), and Kevin Dorn (drums), plus frequent guest appearances by Matt Munisteri (guitar) and Rob Hecht (fiddle).

7:00pm

Mon 01/12

TROPICAL VORTEX MONDAYS!! Fighitng the upcoming Polar Vortex with tropical rhythms - Introducing Tropical Vortex Mondays which will showcase a variety of bands and DJ playing dancing variations on trop[ical rhythms from Latinolandia and elsewhere. This week:
CUMBIA RIVER BAND. Martin Vejarano's (Chia's Dance Party, Cumbiamba Eneye) new project draws from a festive repertoire of Colombian Cumbia standards. These all time favorite Cumbia hits will take you back to the golden years of the genre as well as inspire you to dance and contemplate the joy and energy that this Cumbia River brings along. Featuring tuba, accordion, clarinet, percussion and voice, the band delivers a captivating fresh sound. With Sonia de los Santos, Martin Vejarano, Erika Mancini, Juan Montoya and Sofia Tabak.
Followed by a DJ at 11:00pm

9:30pm

Tue 01/13

THE G STRING ORCHESTRA. The G String Orchestra is a traditional and original eastern European folk, gypsy and klezmer band based out of New Orleans, LA. The Orchestra has been known to play weddings, birthday parties, bar/bat mitzvahs, funerals, divorce parties, bachelor/bachelorette parties, graduation parties, and dinner parties.

7:00pm

Tue 01/13

SLAVIC SOUL PARTY. Fiery Balkan brass, throbbing funk grooves, Gypsy accordion wizardry, and virtuoso jazz chops: 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 Tuesday bacchanal is a destination for locals and brass band fans from around the globe. SSP!'s last five albums (NY Underground Tapes, 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 (tapan/snare/darabouka).

9:00pm

Wed 01/14

SURFACE TO AIR. "A quiet intensity pervades a fine new album of originals tinged by too many worldly sounds to mention” - Richard Gehr, The Village Voice. With jonti siman - upright bass ; rohin khemani - tabla + percussion; jonathan goldberger - acoustic guitar

8:00pm

Wed 01/14

THE MANDINGO AMBASSADORS. Every Wednesday
In the 1960's and 1970's, the government of Guinea engaged in a campaign known as Authenticité. It was a drive to create a new musical movement that would be specifically Guinean, but would include the modern wonders that were the electric guitar, the electric bass and the drumset. Musicians were given instruments and orchestras were formed. Surprisingly, the results proved mesmerizing and a myriad new bands were born. Many of them would go on to have a profound and lasting impact on African music. Mamady Kouyate was one of those pioneers. He played in various bands - his own band, Les Ambassadeurs du Mandingue, being one of them - but is probably best known as the guitarist in the classic Bembeya Jazz National. Kouyate, who now lives in NY, has reformed the Mandingo Ambassadors, updating the sound of his youth, but keeping it very close to the standard of Authenticité. The new All-Star band includes Mamady "Djelike" Kouyate, guitar, leader; Bebe Camara, vocal; Eudy Fernandez, trumpet; Oran Etkin, tenor sax, clarinet; Sylvain Leroux, flute, Fula flute, alto sax; Sam Dickey, guitar; Nick Cudahy, bass; Andy Algire, drums; Foluso Mimy, percussion.  “dazzling vocal and guitar patterns over a rhythm section that is like a perfect system” Ben Ratliff, NY Times. ;

10:00pm

Thu 01/15

MALABY/SANCHEZ/RAINEY. Tony Malaby: tenor saxophone, Angelica Sanchez: wurlitzer, Tom Rainey: drums "Malaby's embracing sound is reminiscent of the more lyrical sax players from both American as well as European traditions; he is thus quite unique in the American landscape these days. With Rainey's highly intelligent and intuitive rhythmic play/counter play, Sanchez'colorful and imaginative harmonic musings; this trio has enough musical intelligence and heart to capture anyone out there with half an ear for any kind of music" Gaute Solaas. The trio has recorded two albums at Barbès. $10

8:00pm

Thu 01/15

TIPSY OXCART & ORNAMATIK. Both bands will be fresh off the Golden Fest festival. Ornamatik, from Ann Arbor, Michigan, plays all sort of Eastern European inspired music with a strong funk flavor.
Tipsy Oxcart plays electric, sweaty, bumpin' Balkan music from New York City. This 5-piece band serves up both original compositions and new arrangements of upbeat urban dance music from South Eastern Europe. violin, accordion, clarinet, and the baddest rhythm section on this side of the Mediterranean keeps the party flowing.

10:00pm

Fri 01/16

COUNTY KINGS. County Kings refer to the Irish county of Brooklyn. Guitarist Marc Montgomery and vocalists, Gil Holohan and Jayme Elterman write most of the material, which draws from both Irish and American roots. With Biben Allagan - guitar; Brian Gorenstein - drums and Cihan Komar - bass.

8:00pm

Fri 01/16

GRUPO CHONTA. Diego Obregón, from Guapi, Colombia, leads grupo Chonta, a group dedicated to the Afro-Colombian marimba music of the pacific coast. Diego started playing drums and cununo with Silvino Mina, one of the best known marimba player in Colombia. He later joined the traditional group Guapi. At age 24 he traveled to La Tola, Nariño where he learned to build and play marimbas and then went on to manage his own Marimba workshop in Cali. Diego currently resides in New York where Grupo Chonta is based.

10:00pm
Sat 01/17

URI SHARLIN - Every Saturday in January. Uri Sharlin is an accordionist and composer who has performed with the San Francisco Symphony, Natalie Merchant, Flight of the Conchords and others, Every Saturday in January Sharlin will bring different collaborators to showcase different aspects of his rich musical personality.

6:00pm

Sat 01/17

BAD REPUTATION. Pierre de Gaillande sings George Brassens. From the 50’s through the late 70’s, George Brassensredefined French Chanson. He was an anarchist bard whose songs were sometimes raunchy, sometimes polemic, often poignant, and always steeped in classic French poetry. He went on to become one the most emblematic French singer of the 20th century. His songs, unlike those of his friend Jacque Brel, never became known outside of France, mostly because of the literary aspect of his lyrics.
Franco-American singer and composer Pierre de Gaillande has translated a number of Brassenssongs. He has stuck to the rhyming scheme and verse length of the original songs, thus matching the melodies perfectly. He has re-arranged the music with a cinematic sensibility, using a combination of guitars, clarinets, lapsteel and Charango. Best way to describe the record would be to compare it to a perfect movie adaptation of a book classic. Think Stanley Kubrick or Raoul Ruiz.

8:00pm

Sat 01/17

BROOKLYN QAWWALI PARTY. Inspired by recordings of the late great Sufi singer Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Brook Martinez foundedBrooklyn Qawwali Party in 2004 as an experiment. What would happen if New York jazz musicians were to play and improvise around the melodies of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan? From this idea, Brook'sQawwali Party was born. BQP consists of fourteen musicians: five horns, three percussionists, guitar, acoustic bass, harmonium and three designated clappers. The exuberant sound of BQP has been enthusiastically welcomed in New York City and across the globe.

10:00pm

Sat 01/17

 

6:00pm

Sun 01/18 BEN MONDER - Solo. Most Saturdays at 5.
Guitarist Ben Monder has performed with a wide variety of artists, including Jack McDuff, Marc Johnson, Lee Konitz, George Garzone, Paul Motian, and Maria Schneider. He has conducted clinics and workshops around the world, and served on the faculty of the New England Conservatory.Monder continues to perform original music internationally with his own quartet, trio, and in a duo project with vocalist Theo Bleckmann. He has appeared on over 120 CDs as a sideman, and has released five as a leader including his latest: Hydra (Sunnyside, 2013). This will be part of a series of solo performances at Barbès.

5:00pm

Sun 01/18

STEPHANE WREMBEL. The French virtuoso guitarist first learned his craft with the manouche (the French Gypsies) but he has also gotten deep into American vernacular musical styles. He scored the theme song to Woody Allen's "Midnight in Paris" which he also performed live dng the 2012 Academy Awards and he has been called “a revelation” by Rolling Stone. While his playing falls into the general umbrella of Gypsy Swing his weekly sets showcase his own compositions which owe as much to Django Reinhardt as they do Pink Floyd or middle eastern modes.

9:00pm

Mon 01/19

BRAIN CLOUD. Every Monday. "My brain is cloudy, my soul is upside-down... When I get that low-down feeling, I know the blues must be someplace around." (Bob Wills)The Brain Cloud’s brand of western swing draws from the New Orleans-meets-Texas, strings-meet-horns, jazz-meets-country sound that Bob Wills perfected on his mid-1940’s Tiffany Transcriptions radio broadcasts. The Brain Cloud includes Dennis Lichtman (mandolin/fiddle/clarinet), Tamar Korn - of the Cangelosi Cards (vocals), Raphael McGregor (lap steel guitar), Skip Krevens (guitar), Andrew Hall (bass), and Kevin Dorn (drums), plus frequent guest appearances by Matt Munisteri (guitar) and Rob Hecht (fiddle).

7:00pm

Mon 01/19

TROPICAL VORTEX MONDAYS!! Fighitng the upcoming Polar Vortex with tropical rhythms - Introducing Tropical Vortex Mondays which will showcase a variety of bands and DJ playing dancing variations on trop[ical rhythms from Latinolandia and elsewhere.

9:30pm

Tue 01/20

AKIKO PAVOLKA & HOUSE OF ILLUSIONS. Japanese-born and New York-based singer/pianist Akiko Pavolka has conjured up a culture-stitching sound. With her understated vocals, she wraps her timbre around distinctive melodies off to the side of pop and jazz structures and harmonies. Her Japanese Lyrics…convey strong emotive moods" - Downbeat
With Akiko Pavolka: vox, piano; Loren Stillman: alto saxophone; ; Nate Radley: guitar; Matt Pavolka: bass and Nate Wood: drums

7:00pm

Tue 01/20

SLAVIC SOUL PARTY. Fiery Balkan brass, throbbing funk grooves, Gypsy accordion wizardry, and virtuoso jazz chops: 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 Tuesday bacchanal is a destination for locals and brass band fans from around the globe. SSP!'s last five albums (NY Underground Tapes, 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 (tapan/snare/darabouka).

9:00pm

Wed 01/21

CHORO BASTARDO. Choro Bastardo combines the traditional Choro style with each of the band members' different musical and cultural backgrounds to create a sonority that is different from the original, yet loyal to the playful spirit of that music. Using Baroque, early Jazz, and Contemporary Classical music as springboard, Choro Bastardo explores the different streams of music that can somehow share elements with the Choro tradition, recreating the atmosphere of cabarets and vaudeville in Rio de Janeiro. Mixing Jelly Roll Morton and Pixinguinha, Darius Milhaud and Ernesto Nazareth, John Cage and Jacob do Bandolim, Choro Bastardo represents a groundbreaking transformation in the realm of Contemporary Improvisation associated with neo-folklorist practices. Featuring Henrique Eisenmann - piano; Ben Andrews - violin, mandolin; Ilya Portnov - harmonica and Cristian Budu/Adam Bahrami - pandeiro.

8:00pm

Wed 01/21

THE MANDINGO AMBASSADORS. Every Wednesday
In the 1960's and 1970's, the government of Guinea engaged in a campaign known as Authenticité. It was a drive to create a new musical movement that would be specifically Guinean, but would include the modern wonders that were the electric guitar, the electric bass and the drumset. Musicians were given instruments and orchestras were formed. Surprisingly, the results proved mesmerizing and a myriad new bands were born. Many of them would go on to have a profound and lasting impact on African music. Mamady Kouyate was one of those pioneers. He played in various bands - his own band, Les Ambassadeurs du Mandingue, being one of them - but is probably best known as the guitarist in the classic Bembeya Jazz National. Kouyate, who now lives in NY, has reformed the Mandingo Ambassadors, updating the sound of his youth, but keeping it very close to the standard of Authenticité. The new All-Star band includes Mamady "Djelike" Kouyate, guitar, leader; Bebe Camara, vocal; Eudy Fernandez, trumpet; Oran Etkin, tenor sax, clarinet; Sylvain Leroux, flute, Fula flute, alto sax; Sam Dickey, guitar; Nick Cudahy, bass; Andy Algire, drums; Foluso Mimy, percussion.  “dazzling vocal and guitar patterns over a rhythm section that is like a perfect system” Ben Ratliff, NY Times. ;

10:00pm
Thu 01/22

OUDFEST - Stay tune for our first Oud Festival, featuring some of the best American oud players in the city. Brandon Terzic,
Brian Prunka, Mavrothi Kontani, Kane Mathis, Adam Good and Tom chess.

7:00pm to midnigh

Fri 01/23 BOMBAY RICKEY. Fronted by vocalist and composer Kamala Sankarama, Bombay Rickey could be the soundtrack to a Bollywood noir film from the 1960s, or perhaps to an imaginary spaghetti western. Bombay Rickey counts Ennio Morricone and Yma Sumac as influences. Exotic dance rhythms, coloratura soprano, surf guitar.

8:00pm

Fri 01/23

BABY SODA. They play an eclectic mix influenced by New Orleans brass bands, jug music, southern gospel and hot jazz and feel at home at the Village Vanguard or playing on the street. The band features members New Orleans band the Loo

10:00pm

Sat 01/24

URI SHARLIN - Every Saturday in January. Uri Sharlin is an accordionist and composer who has performed with the San Francisco Symphony, Natalie Merchant, Flight of the Conchords and others, Every Saturday in January Sharlin will bring different collaborators to showcase different aspects of his rich musical personality.

6:00pm

Sat 01/24

REGIONAL DE NY. Lyrical melodies, contrapuntal harmonies, and a swinging rhythm section: choro is Brazil's answer to early American jazz. TheRegional de NY performs classic and original arrangements of Brazil's oldest popular music with deep groove and a love for improvisation. Personnel: Hadar Noiberg - flute; Vitor Gonçalves - accordion; Kahil Nayton - cavquinho; Cesar Garabini - 7 string guitar and Ranjan Ramchandani - pandeiro.

8:00pm

Sat 01/24

BIG LAZY. Big Lazy is an instrumental trio from New York City. 'The Big Apple's Creme de la Creme' according to the Village Voice. "The elegantly gritty trio plays stunningly beautiful music that evokes everything from trucker's romps to the haunting film scores of Bernard Hermann", says the New Yorker. References have been made to noir, spaghetti western, Lynch and Tarentino soundtracks, crime jazz and burlesque but Big Lazy's organic and uncontrived music remains beyond category. "Dont Cross Myrtle", their first album in over six years, just came out. If you remember how, go buy it.

10:00pm

Sun 01/25

JIM CAMPILONGO AND HONEYFINGERS. Jim is a virtuoso country-jazz guitarist who has been called "An American treasure" by Billboard Magazine. He has teamed up with pedal steel player Jonny Lam and his group Honeyfingers, and together they have taken on a repertoire of country-jazz inspired by the likes of Jimmy Bryant.

7:00pm

Sun 01/25

STEPHANE WREMBEL. The French virtuoso guitarist first learned his craft with the manouche (the French Gypsies) but he has also gotten deep into American vernacular musical styles. He scored the theme song to Woody Allen's "Midnight in Paris" which he also performed live dng the 2012 Academy Awards and he has been called “a revelation” by Rolling Stone. While his playing falls into the general umbrella of Gypsy Swing his weekly sets showcase his own compositions which owe as much to Django Reinhardt as they do Pink Floyd or middle eastern modes.

9:00pm

Mon 01/26

BRAIN CLOUD. Every Monday. "My brain is cloudy, my soul is upside-down... When I get that low-down feeling, I know the blues must be someplace around." (Bob Wills)The Brain Cloud’s brand of western swing draws from the New Orleans-meets-Texas, strings-meet-horns, jazz-meets-country sound that Bob Wills perfected on his mid-1940’s Tiffany Transcriptions radio broadcasts. The Brain Cloud includes Dennis Lichtman (mandolin/fiddle/clarinet), Tamar Korn - of the Cangelosi Cards (vocals), Raphael McGregor (lap steel guitar), Skip Krevens (guitar), Andrew Hall (bass), and Kevin Dorn (drums), plus frequent guest appearances by Matt Munisteri (guitar) and Rob Hecht (fiddle).

7:00pm

Mon 01/26

TROPICAL VORTEX MONDAYS!! Fighitng the upcoming Polar Vortex with tropical rhythms - Introducing Tropical Vortex Mondays which will showcase a variety of bands and DJ playing dancing variations on trop[ical rhythms from Latinolandia and elsewhere.
CUMBIA RIVER BAND. Martin Vejarano's (Chia's Dance Party, Cumbiamba Eneye) new project draws from a festive repertoire of Colombian Cumbia standards. These all time favorite Cumbia hits will take you back to the golden years of the genre as well as inspire you to dance and contemplate the joy and energy that this Cumbia River brings along. Featuring tuba, accordion, clarinet, percussion and voice, the band delivers a captivating fresh sound. With Sonia de los Santos, Martin Vejarano, Erika Mancini, Juan Montoya and Sofia Tabak.
Followed by a DJ at 11:00pm

9:30pm

Tue 01/27

THE BUSHWICK BOOK CLUB. Musical nerdery reaches new heights when Bushwick Book Club presents their show of new original music inspired by a work of literature. In keeping with Book Club ritual, the first show of the year uses a work of Kurt Vonnegut for inspiration. This year, new songs will be in response to Vonnegut’s Blubbeard. Susan Hwang hosts and curates. Songwriters/performers will include Susan, Don Rauf (Life in a Blender, Pierre de Gaillande and Hilary Downes (The Snow) and puppeteer Dana Morgan among other local songwriting talent of all genres. It’s songwriting dare-devilry at its literary best.

7:00pm

Tue 01/27

SLAVIC SOUL PARTY. Fiery Balkan brass, throbbing funk grooves, Gypsy accordion wizardry, and virtuoso jazz chops: 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 Tuesday bacchanal is a destination for locals and brass band fans from around the globe. SSP!'s last five albums (NY Underground Tapes, 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 (tapan/snare/darabouka).

9:00pm

Wed 01/28

BIG EYED RABBIT. Big Eyed Rabbit combines traditional appalachian fiddle tunes and original compositions with electrified free improvisation to create a new sound blurring the lines between free-jazz, bluegrass, and whatever else you want to call it. Ross Martin - Electric Guitar, Max Johnson - Bass, Jeff Davis - Drums.
"...could easily be a formula for catastrophe but .... Big Eyed Rabbit is a brilliant achievement on many levels with its outstanding use of history, raw musical talent and a uniquely creative approach." - Karl Ackermann, All About Jazz.

8:00pm

Wed 01/28

THE MANDINGO AMBASSADORS. Every Wednesday
In the 1960's and 1970's, the government of Guinea engaged in a campaign known as Authenticité. It was a drive to create a new musical movement that would be specifically Guinean, but would include the modern wonders that were the electric guitar, the electric bass and the drumset. Musicians were given instruments and orchestras were formed. Surprisingly, the results proved mesmerizing and a myriad new bands were born. Many of them would go on to have a profound and lasting impact on African music. Mamady Kouyate was one of those pioneers. He played in various bands - his own band, Les Ambassadeurs du Mandingue, being one of them - but is probably best known as the guitarist in the classic Bembeya Jazz National. Kouyate, who now lives in NY, has reformed the Mandingo Ambassadors, updating the sound of his youth, but keeping it very close to the standard of Authenticité. The new All-Star band includes Mamady "Djelike" Kouyate, guitar, leader; Bebe Camara, vocal; Eudy Fernandez, trumpet; Oran Etkin, tenor sax, clarinet; Sylvain Leroux, flute, Fula flute, alto sax; Sam Dickey, guitar; Nick Cudahy, bass; Andy Algire, drums; Foluso Mimy, percussion.  “dazzling vocal and guitar patterns over a rhythm section that is like a perfect system” Ben Ratliff, NY Times. ;

10:00pm
Thu 01/29

WEIRD WEDNESDAYS (on Thursdays).
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 WeirdWednesdays 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.
Episode 19

7:30pm

Thu 01/29

LOS CREMA PARAISO. Los Crema Paraiso, named after a beloved Caracas' ice cream parlor, is a Venezuelan power trio made up of drummer Neil Ochoa (Si Se), Guitarist José Luis Pardo (DJ Afro, Los Amigos Invisibles) and bassist Alvaro Benavides(Pedrito Martinez). The trio brings Venezuelan traditional music into jazz, rock, funk, latin grooves, Exotica and Electronica. They takes their cues from the likes of Aldemaro Romero, Noel Petro, Tom Jobim, Medeski, Martin and Wood, Pink Floyd, Freddy Reyna, Ali Aguero and The Police and tackle a repertoire of classic Venezuelan songs, Rock anthems and original pieces

10:00pm

Fri 01/30

LUCIAN BAN & MAT MANERI TRANSYLVIANIAN CONCERT
When Romanian-born pianist Lucian Ban and Grammy-nominated violinist Mat Maneri joined up for a concert in an opera house in Lucian's hometown of Targu Mures in the middle of Romania’s Transylvania region, the music was, as Jazz Times puts it, “as close as it gets to Goth jazz.” Released in 2013 as a live album by ECM Records, the Transylvanian Concert has won critical acclaim on both sides of the Atlantic and has spawned several tours.
The music includes self-penned ballads, blues, hymns and abstract improvisations, plus Mat’s chilling solo performance of the spiritual “Nobody Knows The Trouble I’ve Seen”, the whole informed by the twin traditions of jazz and European chamber music. “A lovely and restive new album on ECM – recorded in Mr. Ban’s native land – that reveals their shared interest in enfolding mystery” New York Times - All About Jazz, Robert Bush “BEST of 2013. $10

8:00pm

Fri 01/30

LIFE IN A BLENDER. For over 25 years, Life in a Blender has been the canvas for singer and songwriter Don Ralph's blackly comic landscapes. The group has released seven albums ranging from screaming punk to orchestrated chamber pop, and has brought the high theatrics of its live act to stages from Berlin to Austin to Toronto to Brooklyn and Seattle. Life in a Blender's songs have appeared in at least two films: "Friend from Quebec" was featured in the Michael Moore's Canadian Bacon, and "Mobile Wash Unit" appeared in Sara Lamm's documentary, Dr. Bronner's Magic Soapbox.
They have just released their 8th album: "We Already Have Birds That Sing"

10:00pm

Sat 01/31

URI SHARLIN - Every Saturday in January. Uri Sharlin is an accordionist and composer who has performed with the San Francisco Symphony, Natalie Merchant, Flight of the Conchords and others, Every Saturday in January Sharlin will bring different collaborators to showcase different aspects of his rich musical personality.

6:00pm

Sat 01/31

LIONS. Lions is a seven piece group based in NYC that plays arrangements of Ethiopian funk tunes from the 60's-70's as well as original music with Ethiopian influence. Featuring Wayne Tucker- Trumpet; Eyal Vilner- Alto Sax; Eden Bareket- Baritone Sax; Nadav Peled- Guitar, compositions, arrangements; Dor Heled- Keyboards; Tamir Shmerling- Bass and Eran Fink- Drums.

6:00pm

Sat 01/31

VIK SOHONIE of Ostinato Records spins rare records of Cuban Son, Cape Verdean Coladiera, Senegalese Mbalax, Jamaican Dub, Dominican Merengue, Haitian Kompa, Antillean Biguine, Guinea-Bissau Gumbe, and Afro-Latin fare.
VIk is a DJ, Journalist, researcher and collector. He has worked as a researcher for label Analog Africa and his knowledge of Afro Tropical music from both sides of the Atlantic is unmatched. And, he will make you dance.

MIDNIGHT

Sun 02/01 BEN MONDER - Solo. Most Saturdays at 5.
Guitarist Ben Monder has performed with a wide variety of artists, including Jack McDuff, Marc Johnson, Lee Konitz, George Garzone, Paul Motian, and Maria Schneider. He has conducted clinics and workshops around the world, and served on the faculty of the New England Conservatory.Monder continues to perform original music internationally with his own quartet, trio, and in a duo project with vocalist Theo Bleckmann. He has appeared on over 120 CDs as a sideman, and has released five as a leader including his latest: Hydra (Sunnyside, 2013). This will be part of a series of solo performances at Barbès.

5:00pm

Sun 02/01

STEPHANE WREMBEL. The French virtuoso guitarist first learned his craft with the manouche (the French Gypsies) but he has also gotten deep into American vernacular musical styles. He scored the theme song to Woody Allen's "Midnight in Paris" which he also performed live dng the 2012 Academy Awards and he has been called “a revelation” by Rolling Stone. While his playing falls into the general umbrella of Gypsy Swing his weekly sets showcase his own compositions which owe as much to Django Reinhardt as they do Pink Floyd or middle eastern modes.

9:00pm

Mon 02/02

BRAIN CLOUD. Every Monday. "My brain is cloudy, my soul is upside-down... When I get that low-down feeling, I know the blues must be someplace around." (Bob Wills)The Brain Cloud’s brand of western swing draws from the New Orleans-meets-Texas, strings-meet-horns, jazz-meets-country sound that Bob Wills perfected on his mid-1940’s Tiffany Transcriptions radio broadcasts. The Brain Cloud includes Dennis Lichtman (mandolin/fiddle/clarinet), Tamar Korn - of the Cangelosi Cards (vocals), Raphael McGregor (lap steel guitar), Skip Krevens (guitar), Andrew Hall (bass), and Kevin Dorn (drums), plus frequent guest appearances by Matt Munisteri (guitar) and Rob Hecht (fiddle).

7:00pm

Mon 02/02

TROPICAL VORTEX MONDAYS!! Fighitng the upcoming Polar Vortex with tropical rhythms - Introducing Tropical Vortex Mondays which will showcase a variety of bands and DJ playing dancing variations on trop[ical rhythms from Latinolandia and elsewhere.

9:30pm

Tue 02/03

LEV-YULZARI DUO. Nadav Lev, guitar; Remy Yulzari, Double Bass.
Lev-Yulzari duo present a program that brings forth their cross-genre virtuosity and versatility, combining Classical, Ethnic and Jewish music traditions to create their distinct, personal sound. The program includes music from the duo's recent album AZFEA, as well as new materials that combine Klezmer with latin influences. The Jewish week wrote about Lev-Yulzari duo: "The guitar rings like chimes, sounding almost celestial. The bowed lines of the double-bass sigh like a human voice, yearning. The textures and timbres that come out of the instruments are as rich and full as those of a much larger ensemble. It is, quite simply, an enchantingly beautiful sound."

7:00pm

Tue 02/03

SLAVIC SOUL PARTY. Fiery Balkan brass, throbbing funk grooves, Gypsy accordion wizardry, and virtuoso jazz chops: 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 Tuesday bacchanal is a destination for locals and brass band fans from around the globe. SSP!'s last five albums (NY Underground Tapes, 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 (tapan/snare/darabouka).

9:00pm

Wed 02/04

 

8:00pm

Wed 02/04

THE MANDINGO AMBASSADORS. Every Wednesday
In the 1960's and 1970's, the government of Guinea engaged in a campaign known as Authenticité. It was a drive to create a new musical movement that would be specifically Guinean, but would include the modern wonders that were the electric guitar, the electric bass and the drumset. Musicians were given instruments and orchestras were formed. Surprisingly, the results proved mesmerizing and a myriad new bands were born. Many of them would go on to have a profound and lasting impact on African music. Mamady Kouyate was one of those pioneers. He played in various bands - his own band, Les Ambassadeurs du Mandingue, being one of them - but is probably best known as the guitarist in the classic Bembeya Jazz National. Kouyate, who now lives in NY, has reformed the Mandingo Ambassadors, updating the sound of his youth, but keeping it very close to the standard of Authenticité. The new All-Star band includes Mamady "Djelike" Kouyate, guitar, leader; Bebe Camara, vocal; Eudy Fernandez, trumpet; Oran Etkin, tenor sax, clarinet; Sylvain Leroux, flute, Fula flute, alto sax; Sam Dickey, guitar; Nick Cudahy, bass; Andy Algire, drums; Foluso Mimy, percussion.  “dazzling vocal and guitar patterns over a rhythm section that is like a perfect system” Ben Ratliff, NY Times. ;

10:00pm
Sun 02/08 BEN MONDER - Solo. Most Saturdays at 5.
Guitarist Ben Monder has performed with a wide variety of artists, including Jack McDuff, Marc Johnson, Lee Konitz, George Garzone, Paul Motian, and Maria Schneider. He has conducted clinics and workshops around the world, and served on the faculty of the New England Conservatory.Monder continues to perform original music internationally with his own quartet, trio, and in a duo project with vocalist Theo Bleckmann. He has appeared on over 120 CDs as a sideman, and has released five as a leader including his latest: Hydra (Sunnyside, 2013). This will be part of a series of solo performances at Barbès.

5:00pm

Sun 02/08

STEPHANE WREMBEL. The French virtuoso guitarist first learned his craft with the manouche (the French Gypsies) but he has also gotten deep into American vernacular musical styles. He scored the theme song to Woody Allen's "Midnight in Paris" which he also performed live dng the 2012 Academy Awards and he has been called “a revelation” by Rolling Stone. While his playing falls into the general umbrella of Gypsy Swing his weekly sets showcase his own compositions which owe as much to Django Reinhardt as they do Pink Floyd or middle eastern modes.

9:00pm

Mon 02/09

BRAIN CLOUD. Every Monday. "My brain is cloudy, my soul is upside-down... When I get that low-down feeling, I know the blues must be someplace around." (Bob Wills)The Brain Cloud’s brand of western swing draws from the New Orleans-meets-Texas, strings-meet-horns, jazz-meets-country sound that Bob Wills perfected on his mid-1940’s Tiffany Transcriptions radio broadcasts. The Brain Cloud includes Dennis Lichtman (mandolin/fiddle/clarinet), Tamar Korn - of the Cangelosi Cards (vocals), Raphael McGregor (lap steel guitar), Skip Krevens (guitar), Andrew Hall (bass), and Kevin Dorn (drums), plus frequent guest appearances by Matt Munisteri (guitar) and Rob Hecht (fiddle).

7:00pm

Mon 02/09

TROPICAL VORTEX MONDAYS!! Fighitng the upcoming Polar Vortex with tropical rhythms - Introducing Tropical Vortex Mondays which will showcase a variety of bands and DJ playing dancing variations on trop[ical rhythms from Latinolandia and elsewhere.

9:30pm

Tue 02/10

SLAVIC SOUL PARTY. Fiery Balkan brass, throbbing funk grooves, Gypsy accordion wizardry, and virtuoso jazz chops: 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 Tuesday bacchanal is a destination for locals and brass band fans from around the globe. SSP!'s last five albums (NY Underground Tapes, 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 (tapan/snare/darabouka).

9:00pm

Wed 02/11

THE MANDINGO AMBASSADORS. Every Wednesday
In the 1960's and 1970's, the government of Guinea engaged in a campaign known as Authenticité. It was a drive to create a new musical movement that would be specifically Guinean, but would include the modern wonders that were the electric guitar, the electric bass and the drumset. Musicians were given instruments and orchestras were formed. Surprisingly, the results proved mesmerizing and a myriad new bands were born. Many of them would go on to have a profound and lasting impact on African music. Mamady Kouyate was one of those pioneers. He played in various bands - his own band, Les Ambassadeurs du Mandingue, being one of them - but is probably best known as the guitarist in the classic Bembeya Jazz National. Kouyate, who now lives in NY, has reformed the Mandingo Ambassadors, updating the sound of his youth, but keeping it very close to the standard of Authenticité. The new All-Star band includes Mamady "Djelike" Kouyate, guitar, leader; Bebe Camara, vocal; Eudy Fernandez, trumpet; Oran Etkin, tenor sax, clarinet; Sylvain Leroux, flute, Fula flute, alto sax; Sam Dickey, guitar; Nick Cudahy, bass; Andy Algire, drums; Foluso Mimy, percussion.  “dazzling vocal and guitar patterns over a rhythm section that is like a perfect system” Ben Ratliff, NY Times. ;

10:00pm
Sun 01/15 BEN MONDER - Solo. Most Saturdays at 5.
Guitarist Ben Monder has performed with a wide variety of artists, including Jack McDuff, Marc Johnson, Lee Konitz, George Garzone, Paul Motian, and Maria Schneider. He has conducted clinics and workshops around the world, and served on the faculty of the New England Conservatory.Monder continues to perform original music internationally with his own quartet, trio, and in a duo project with vocalist Theo Bleckmann. He has appeared on over 120 CDs as a sideman, and has released five as a leader including his latest: Hydra (Sunnyside, 2013). This will be part of a series of solo performances at Barbès.

5:00pm

Sun 02/15

STEPHANE WREMBEL. The French virtuoso guitarist first learned his craft with the manouche (the French Gypsies) but he has also gotten deep into American vernacular musical styles. He scored the theme song to Woody Allen's "Midnight in Paris" which he also performed live dng the 2012 Academy Awards and he has been called “a revelation” by Rolling Stone. While his playing falls into the general umbrella of Gypsy Swing his weekly sets showcase his own compositions which owe as much to Django Reinhardt as they do Pink Floyd or middle eastern modes.

9:00pm

Mon 02/15

BRAIN CLOUD. Every Monday. "My brain is cloudy, my soul is upside-down... When I get that low-down feeling, I know the blues must be someplace around." (Bob Wills)The Brain Cloud’s brand of western swing draws from the New Orleans-meets-Texas, strings-meet-horns, jazz-meets-country sound that Bob Wills perfected on his mid-1940’s Tiffany Transcriptions radio broadcasts. The Brain Cloud includes Dennis Lichtman (mandolin/fiddle/clarinet), Tamar Korn - of the Cangelosi Cards (vocals), Raphael McGregor (lap steel guitar), Skip Krevens (guitar), Andrew Hall (bass), and Kevin Dorn (drums), plus frequent guest appearances by Matt Munisteri (guitar) and Rob Hecht (fiddle).

7:00pm

Mon 02/15

TROPICAL VORTEX MONDAYS!! Fighitng the upcoming Polar Vortex with tropical rhythms - Introducing Tropical Vortex Mondays which will showcase a variety of bands and DJ playing dancing variations on trop[ical rhythms from Latinolandia and elsewhere.

9:30pm

Tue 02/16

SLAVIC SOUL PARTY. Fiery Balkan brass, throbbing funk grooves, Gypsy accordion wizardry, and virtuoso jazz chops: 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 Tuesday bacchanal is a destination for locals and brass band fans from around the globe. SSP!'s last five albums (NY Underground Tapes, 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 (tapan/snare/darabouka).

9:00pm

Wed 02/17

THE MANDINGO AMBASSADORS. Every Wednesday
In the 1960's and 1970's, the government of Guinea engaged in a campaign known as Authenticité. It was a drive to create a new musical movement that would be specifically Guinean, but would include the modern wonders that were the electric guitar, the electric bass and the drumset. Musicians were given instruments and orchestras were formed. Surprisingly, the results proved mesmerizing and a myriad new bands were born. Many of them would go on to have a profound and lasting impact on African music. Mamady Kouyate was one of those pioneers. He played in various bands - his own band, Les Ambassadeurs du Mandingue, being one of them - but is probably best known as the guitarist in the classic Bembeya Jazz National. Kouyate, who now lives in NY, has reformed the Mandingo Ambassadors, updating the sound of his youth, but keeping it very close to the standard of Authenticité. The new All-Star band includes Mamady "Djelike" Kouyate, guitar, leader; Bebe Camara, vocal; Eudy Fernandez, trumpet; Oran Etkin, tenor sax, clarinet; Sylvain Leroux, flute, Fula flute, alto sax; Sam Dickey, guitar; Nick Cudahy, bass; Andy Algire, drums; Foluso Mimy, percussion.  “dazzling vocal and guitar patterns over a rhythm section that is like a perfect system” Ben Ratliff, NY Times. ;

10:00pm
Fri 02/20

BAD REPUTATION. Pierre de Gaillande sings George Brassens. From the 50’s through the late 70’s, George Brassensredefined French Chanson. He was an anarchist bard whose songs were sometimes raunchy, sometimes polemic, often poignant, and always steeped in classic French poetry. He went on to become one the most emblematic French singer of the 20th century. His songs, unlike those of his friend Jacque Brel, never became known outside of France, mostly because of the literary aspect of his lyrics.
Franco-American singer and composer Pierre de Gaillande has translated a number of Brassenssongs. He has stuck to the rhyming scheme and verse length of the original songs, thus matching the melodies perfectly. He has re-arranged the music with a cinematic sensibility, using a combination of guitars, clarinets, lapsteel and Charango. Best way to describe the record would be to compare it to a perfect movie adaptation of a book classic. Think Stanley Kubrick or Raoul Ruiz.

8:00pm

Sun 02/22

STEPHANE WREMBEL. The French virtuoso guitarist first learned his craft with the manouche (the French Gypsies) but he has also gotten deep into American vernacular musical styles. He scored the theme song to Woody Allen's "Midnight in Paris" which he also performed live dng the 2012 Academy Awards and he has been called “a revelation” by Rolling Stone. While his playing falls into the general umbrella of Gypsy Swing his weekly sets showcase his own compositions which owe as much to Django Reinhardt as they do Pink Floyd or middle eastern modes.

9:00pm

Mon 02/23

BRAIN CLOUD. Every Monday. "My brain is cloudy, my soul is upside-down... When I get that low-down feeling, I know the blues must be someplace around." (Bob Wills)The Brain Cloud’s brand of western swing draws from the New Orleans-meets-Texas, strings-meet-horns, jazz-meets-country sound that Bob Wills perfected on his mid-1940’s Tiffany Transcriptions radio broadcasts. The Brain Cloud includes Dennis Lichtman (mandolin/fiddle/clarinet), Tamar Korn - of the Cangelosi Cards (vocals), Raphael McGregor (lap steel guitar), Skip Krevens (guitar), Andrew Hall (bass), and Kevin Dorn (drums), plus frequent guest appearances by Matt Munisteri (guitar) and Rob Hecht (fiddle).

7:00pm

Mon 02/23

TROPICAL VORTEX MONDAYS!! Fighitng the upcoming Polar Vortex with tropical rhythms - Introducing Tropical Vortex Mondays which will showcase a variety of bands and DJ playing dancing variations on trop[ical rhythms from Latinolandia and elsewhere.

9:30pm

Tue 02/24

SLAVIC SOUL PARTY. Fiery Balkan brass, throbbing funk grooves, Gypsy accordion wizardry, and virtuoso jazz chops: 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 Tuesday bacchanal is a destination for locals and brass band fans from around the globe. SSP!'s last five albums (NY Underground Tapes, 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 (tapan/snare/darabouka).

9:00pm

Wed 02/25

THE MANDINGO AMBASSADORS. Every Wednesday
In the 1960's and 1970's, the government of Guinea engaged in a campaign known as Authenticité. It was a drive to create a new musical movement that would be specifically Guinean, but would include the modern wonders that were the electric guitar, the electric bass and the drumset. Musicians were given instruments and orchestras were formed. Surprisingly, the results proved mesmerizing and a myriad new bands were born. Many of them would go on to have a profound and lasting impact on African music. Mamady Kouyate was one of those pioneers. He played in various bands - his own band, Les Ambassadeurs du Mandingue, being one of them - but is probably best known as the guitarist in the classic Bembeya Jazz National. Kouyate, who now lives in NY, has reformed the Mandingo Ambassadors, updating the sound of his youth, but keeping it very close to the standard of Authenticité. The new All-Star band includes Mamady "Djelike" Kouyate, guitar, leader; Bebe Camara, vocal; Eudy Fernandez, trumpet; Oran Etkin, tenor sax, clarinet; Sylvain Leroux, flute, Fula flute, alto sax; Sam Dickey, guitar; Nick Cudahy, bass; Andy Algire, drums; Foluso Mimy, percussion.  “dazzling vocal and guitar patterns over a rhythm section that is like a perfect system” Ben Ratliff, NY Times. ;

10:00pm
Sun 03/01

STEPHANE WREMBEL. The French virtuoso guitarist first learned his craft with the manouche (the French Gypsies) but he has also gotten deep into American vernacular musical styles. He scored the theme song to Woody Allen's "Midnight in Paris" which he also performed live dng the 2012 Academy Awards and he has been called “a revelation” by Rolling Stone. While his playing falls into the general umbrella of Gypsy Swing his weekly sets showcase his own compositions which owe as much to Django Reinhardt as they do Pink Floyd or middle eastern modes.

9:00pm

Mon 03/02

BRAIN CLOUD. Every Monday. "My brain is cloudy, my soul is upside-down... When I get that low-down feeling, I know the blues must be someplace around." (Bob Wills)The Brain Cloud’s brand of western swing draws from the New Orleans-meets-Texas, strings-meet-horns, jazz-meets-country sound that Bob Wills perfected on his mid-1940’s Tiffany Transcriptions radio broadcasts. The Brain Cloud includes Dennis Lichtman (mandolin/fiddle/clarinet), Tamar Korn - of the Cangelosi Cards (vocals), Raphael McGregor (lap steel guitar), Skip Krevens (guitar), Andrew Hall (bass), and Kevin Dorn (drums), plus frequent guest appearances by Matt Munisteri (guitar) and Rob Hecht (fiddle).

7:00pm

Mon 03/02

TROPICAL VORTEX MONDAYS!! Fighitng the upcoming Polar Vortex with tropical rhythms - Introducing Tropical Vortex Mondays which will showcase a variety of bands and DJ playing dancing variations on trop[ical rhythms from Latinolandia and elsewhere.

9:30pm

Tue 03/03

SLAVIC SOUL PARTY. Fiery Balkan brass, throbbing funk grooves, Gypsy accordion wizardry, and virtuoso jazz chops: 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 Tuesday bacchanal is a destination for locals and brass band fans from around the globe. SSP!'s last five albums (NY Underground Tapes, 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 (tapan/snare/darabouka).

9:00pm

Wed 03/04

THE MANDINGO AMBASSADORS. Every Wednesday
In the 1960's and 1970's, the government of Guinea engaged in a campaign known as Authenticité. It was a drive to create a new musical movement that would be specifically Guinean, but would include the modern wonders that were the electric guitar, the electric bass and the drumset. Musicians were given instruments and orchestras were formed. Surprisingly, the results proved mesmerizing and a myriad new bands were born. Many of them would go on to have a profound and lasting impact on African music. Mamady Kouyate was one of those pioneers. He played in various bands - his own band, Les Ambassadeurs du Mandingue, being one of them - but is probably best known as the guitarist in the classic Bembeya Jazz National. Kouyate, who now lives in NY, has reformed the Mandingo Ambassadors, updating the sound of his youth, but keeping it very close to the standard of Authenticité. The new All-Star band includes Mamady "Djelike" Kouyate, guitar, leader; Bebe Camara, vocal; Eudy Fernandez, trumpet; Oran Etkin, tenor sax, clarinet; Sylvain Leroux, flute, Fula flute, alto sax; Sam Dickey, guitar; Nick Cudahy, bass; Andy Algire, drums; Foluso Mimy, percussion.  “dazzling vocal and guitar patterns over a rhythm section that is like a perfect system” Ben Ratliff, NY Times. ;

10:00pm
Sun 03/08

STEPHANE WREMBEL. The French virtuoso guitarist first learned his craft with the manouche (the French Gypsies) but he has also gotten deep into American vernacular musical styles. He scored the theme song to Woody Allen's "Midnight in Paris" which he also performed live dng the 2012 Academy Awards and he has been called “a revelation” by Rolling Stone. While his playing falls into the general umbrella of Gypsy Swing his weekly sets showcase his own compositions which owe as much to Django Reinhardt as they do Pink Floyd or middle eastern modes.

9:00pm

Mon 03/09

BRAIN CLOUD. Every Monday. "My brain is cloudy, my soul is upside-down... When I get that low-down feeling, I know the blues must be someplace around." (Bob Wills)The Brain Cloud’s brand of western swing draws from the New Orleans-meets-Texas, strings-meet-horns, jazz-meets-country sound that Bob Wills perfected on his mid-1940’s Tiffany Transcriptions radio broadcasts. The Brain Cloud includes Dennis Lichtman (mandolin/fiddle/clarinet), Tamar Korn - of the Cangelosi Cards (vocals), Raphael McGregor (lap steel guitar), Skip Krevens (guitar), Andrew Hall (bass), and Kevin Dorn (drums), plus frequent guest appearances by Matt Munisteri (guitar) and Rob Hecht (fiddle).

7:00pm

Mon 03/09

TROPICAL VORTEX MONDAYS!! Fighitng the upcoming Polar Vortex with tropical rhythms - Introducing Tropical Vortex Mondays which will showcase a variety of bands and DJ playing dancing variations on trop[ical rhythms from Latinolandia and elsewhere.

9:30pm

Tue 03/10

SLAVIC SOUL PARTY. Fiery Balkan brass, throbbing funk grooves, Gypsy accordion wizardry, and virtuoso jazz chops: 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 Tuesday bacchanal is a destination for locals and brass band fans from around the globe. SSP!'s last five albums (NY Underground Tapes, 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 (tapan/snare/darabouka).

9:00pm

Wed 03/11

THE MANDINGO AMBASSADORS. Every Wednesday
In the 1960's and 1970's, the government of Guinea engaged in a campaign known as Authenticité. It was a drive to create a new musical movement that would be specifically Guinean, but would include the modern wonders that were the electric guitar, the electric bass and the drumset. Musicians were given instruments and orchestras were formed. Surprisingly, the results proved mesmerizing and a myriad new bands were born. Many of them would go on to have a profound and lasting impact on African music. Mamady Kouyate was one of those pioneers. He played in various bands - his own band, Les Ambassadeurs du Mandingue, being one of them - but is probably best known as the guitarist in the classic Bembeya Jazz National. Kouyate, who now lives in NY, has reformed the Mandingo Ambassadors, updating the sound of his youth, but keeping it very close to the standard of Authenticité. The new All-Star band includes Mamady "Djelike" Kouyate, guitar, leader; Bebe Camara, vocal; Eudy Fernandez, trumpet; Oran Etkin, tenor sax, clarinet; Sylvain Leroux, flute, Fula flute, alto sax; Sam Dickey, guitar; Nick Cudahy, bass; Andy Algire, drums; Foluso Mimy, percussion.  “dazzling vocal and guitar patterns over a rhythm section that is like a perfect system” Ben Ratliff, NY Times. ;

10:00pm
Sun 03/15

STEPHANE WREMBEL. The French virtuoso guitarist first learned his craft with the manouche (the French Gypsies) but he has also gotten deep into American vernacular musical styles. He scored the theme song to Woody Allen's "Midnight in Paris" which he also performed live dng the 2012 Academy Awards and he has been called “a revelation” by Rolling Stone. While his playing falls into the general umbrella of Gypsy Swing his weekly sets showcase his own compositions which owe as much to Django Reinhardt as they do Pink Floyd or middle eastern modes.

9:00pm

Mon 03/16

BRAIN CLOUD. Every Monday. "My brain is cloudy, my soul is upside-down... When I get that low-down feeling, I know the blues must be someplace around." (Bob Wills)The Brain Cloud’s brand of western swing draws from the New Orleans-meets-Texas, strings-meet-horns, jazz-meets-country sound that Bob Wills perfected on his mid-1940’s Tiffany Transcriptions radio broadcasts. The Brain Cloud includes Dennis Lichtman (mandolin/fiddle/clarinet), Tamar Korn - of the Cangelosi Cards (vocals), Raphael McGregor (lap steel guitar), Skip Krevens (guitar), Andrew Hall (bass), and Kevin Dorn (drums), plus frequent guest appearances by Matt Munisteri (guitar) and Rob Hecht (fiddle).

7:00pm

Mon 03/16

TROPICAL VORTEX MONDAYS!! Fighitng the upcoming Polar Vortex with tropical rhythms - Introducing Tropical Vortex Mondays which will showcase a variety of bands and DJ playing dancing variations on trop[ical rhythms from Latinolandia and elsewhere.

9:30pm

Tue 03/17

SLAVIC SOUL PARTY. Fiery Balkan brass, throbbing funk grooves, Gypsy accordion wizardry, and virtuoso jazz chops: 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 Tuesday bacchanal is a destination for locals and brass band fans from around the globe. SSP!'s last five albums (NY Underground Tapes, 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 (tapan/snare/darabouka).

9:00pm

Wed 03/18

THE MANDINGO AMBASSADORS. Every Wednesday
In the 1960's and 1970's, the government of Guinea engaged in a campaign known as Authenticité. It was a drive to create a new musical movement that would be specifically Guinean, but would include the modern wonders that were the electric guitar, the electric bass and the drumset. Musicians were given instruments and orchestras were formed. Surprisingly, the results proved mesmerizing and a myriad new bands were born. Many of them would go on to have a profound and lasting impact on African music. Mamady Kouyate was one of those pioneers. He played in various bands - his own band, Les Ambassadeurs du Mandingue, being one of them - but is probably best known as the guitarist in the classic Bembeya Jazz National. Kouyate, who now lives in NY, has reformed the Mandingo Ambassadors, updating the sound of his youth, but keeping it very close to the standard of Authenticité. The new All-Star band includes Mamady "Djelike" Kouyate, guitar, leader; Bebe Camara, vocal; Eudy Fernandez, trumpet; Oran Etkin, tenor sax, clarinet; Sylvain Leroux, flute, Fula flute, alto sax; Sam Dickey, guitar; Nick Cudahy, bass; Andy Algire, drums; Foluso Mimy, percussion.  “dazzling vocal and guitar patterns over a rhythm section that is like a perfect system” Ben Ratliff, NY Times. ;

10:00pm
Sun 03/22

STEPHANE WREMBEL. The French virtuoso guitarist first learned his craft with the manouche (the French Gypsies) but he has also gotten deep into American vernacular musical styles. He scored the theme song to Woody Allen's "Midnight in Paris" which he also performed live dng the 2012 Academy Awards and he has been called “a revelation” by Rolling Stone. While his playing falls into the general umbrella of Gypsy Swing his weekly sets showcase his own compositions which owe as much to Django Reinhardt as they do Pink Floyd or middle eastern modes.

9:00pm

Mon 03/23

BRAIN CLOUD. Every Monday. "My brain is cloudy, my soul is upside-down... When I get that low-down feeling, I know the blues must be someplace around." (Bob Wills)The Brain Cloud’s brand of western swing draws from the New Orleans-meets-Texas, strings-meet-horns, jazz-meets-country sound that Bob Wills perfected on his mid-1940’s Tiffany Transcriptions radio broadcasts. The Brain Cloud includes Dennis Lichtman (mandolin/fiddle/clarinet), Tamar Korn - of the Cangelosi Cards (vocals), Raphael McGregor (lap steel guitar), Skip Krevens (guitar), Andrew Hall (bass), and Kevin Dorn (drums), plus frequent guest appearances by Matt Munisteri (guitar) and Rob Hecht (fiddle).

7:00pm

Mon 03/23

TROPICAL VORTEX MONDAYS!! Fighitng the upcoming Polar Vortex with tropical rhythms - Introducing Tropical Vortex Mondays which will showcase a variety of bands and DJ playing dancing variations on trop[ical rhythms from Latinolandia and elsewhere.

9:30pm

Tue 03/24

SLAVIC SOUL PARTY. Fiery Balkan brass, throbbing funk grooves, Gypsy accordion wizardry, and virtuoso jazz chops: 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 Tuesday bacchanal is a destination for locals and brass band fans from around the globe. SSP!'s last five albums (NY Underground Tapes, 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 (tapan/snare/darabouka).

9:00pm

Wed 03/25

THE MANDINGO AMBASSADORS. Every Wednesday
In the 1960's and 1970's, the government of Guinea engaged in a campaign known as Authenticité. It was a drive to create a new musical movement that would be specifically Guinean, but would include the modern wonders that were the electric guitar, the electric bass and the drumset. Musicians were given instruments and orchestras were formed. Surprisingly, the results proved mesmerizing and a myriad new bands were born. Many of them would go on to have a profound and lasting impact on African music. Mamady Kouyate was one of those pioneers. He played in various bands - his own band, Les Ambassadeurs du Mandingue, being one of them - but is probably best known as the guitarist in the classic Bembeya Jazz National. Kouyate, who now lives in NY, has reformed the Mandingo Ambassadors, updating the sound of his youth, but keeping it very close to the standard of Authenticité. The new All-Star band includes Mamady "Djelike" Kouyate, guitar, leader; Bebe Camara, vocal; Eudy Fernandez, trumpet; Oran Etkin, tenor sax, clarinet; Sylvain Leroux, flute, Fula flute, alto sax; Sam Dickey, guitar; Nick Cudahy, bass; Andy Algire, drums; Foluso Mimy, percussion.  “dazzling vocal and guitar patterns over a rhythm section that is like a perfect system” Ben Ratliff, NY Times. ;

10:00pm
Sun 03/29

STEPHANE WREMBEL. The French virtuoso guitarist first learned his craft with the manouche (the French Gypsies) but he has also gotten deep into American vernacular musical styles. He scored the theme song to Woody Allen's "Midnight in Paris" which he also performed live dng the 2012 Academy Awards and he has been called “a revelation” by Rolling Stone. While his playing falls into the general umbrella of Gypsy Swing his weekly sets showcase his own compositions which owe as much to Django Reinhardt as they do Pink Floyd or middle eastern modes.

9:00pm

Mon 03/30

BRAIN CLOUD. Every Monday. "My brain is cloudy, my soul is upside-down... When I get that low-down feeling, I know the blues must be someplace around." (Bob Wills)The Brain Cloud’s brand of western swing draws from the New Orleans-meets-Texas, strings-meet-horns, jazz-meets-country sound that Bob Wills perfected on his mid-1940’s Tiffany Transcriptions radio broadcasts. The Brain Cloud includes Dennis Lichtman (mandolin/fiddle/clarinet), Tamar Korn - of the Cangelosi Cards (vocals), Raphael McGregor (lap steel guitar), Skip Krevens (guitar), Andrew Hall (bass), and Kevin Dorn (drums), plus frequent guest appearances by Matt Munisteri (guitar) and Rob Hecht (fiddle).

7:00pm

Mon 03/30

TROPICAL VORTEX MONDAYS!! Fighitng the upcoming Polar Vortex with tropical rhythms - Introducing Tropical Vortex Mondays which will showcase a variety of bands and DJ playing dancing variations on trop[ical rhythms from Latinolandia and elsewhere.

9:30pm

Tue 03/31

SLAVIC SOUL PARTY. Fiery Balkan brass, throbbing funk grooves, Gypsy accordion wizardry, and virtuoso jazz chops: 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 Tuesday bacchanal is a destination for locals and brass band fans from around the globe. SSP!'s last five albums (NY Underground Tapes, 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 (tapan/snare/darabouka).

9:00pm

Wed 04/01

THE MANDINGO AMBASSADORS. Every Wednesday
In the 1960's and 1970's, the government of Guinea engaged in a campaign known as Authenticité. It was a drive to create a new musical movement that would be specifically Guinean, but would include the modern wonders that were the electric guitar, the electric bass and the drumset. Musicians were given instruments and orchestras were formed. Surprisingly, the results proved mesmerizing and a myriad new bands were born. Many of them would go on to have a profound and lasting impact on African music. Mamady Kouyate was one of those pioneers. He played in various bands - his own band, Les Ambassadeurs du Mandingue, being one of them - but is probably best known as the guitarist in the classic Bembeya Jazz National. Kouyate, who now lives in NY, has reformed the Mandingo Ambassadors, updating the sound of his youth, but keeping it very close to the standard of Authenticité. The new All-Star band includes Mamady "Djelike" Kouyate, guitar, leader; Bebe Camara, vocal; Eudy Fernandez, trumpet; Oran Etkin, tenor sax, clarinet; Sylvain Leroux, flute, Fula flute, alto sax; Sam Dickey, guitar; Nick Cudahy, bass; Andy Algire, drums; Foluso Mimy, percussion.  “dazzling vocal and guitar patterns over a rhythm section that is like a perfect system” Ben Ratliff, NY Times. ;

10:00pm
 


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