10:30PM Bassist Conner Duke plays a solo bass set at the mystical Postcrypt Coffeehouse on the campus of Columbia University. Conner is a unique cat who has quite the ear for the unknown and a super strong sense of musical awareness that can be appreciated for so many reasons. The venue also has excellent cookies.
Damn four years went by fast!! Celebrating my graduation from Juilliard by playing some music very near and dear to me.
I will joined by some great musicians and friends in various combinations:
Immanuel Wilkins- alto saxophone
Gideon Tazelaar- tenor saxophone
Abdias Armenteros- baritone saxophone
Joel Wenhardt- piano
Micah Thomas- piano
Phillip Norris- bass
Kyle Benford- drums
Joanie Hofmeyr- voice
Nate Sparks- conga
Music by Tadd Dameron, Cole Porter, Robert Schumann, Eric Dolphy, and yours truly
10:30PM Colin Hinton has a series at the Branded Saloon that he will be performing at with Eivind Opsvik and other potential guests. Colin plays a ton around town in various configurations and with his group called Glassbath. He’s a unique character with a lot to contribute to the NYC creative music scene.
Earth Day April 22nd, 7pm-8:15pm!
Original music and poetry as well as set design and sounds natural and unnatural will be used to portray the narrative of environmental destruction to audience members in a direct and stimulating manner. 1/4th of the proceeds will be donated to the Fund for Wild Nature, an organization which helps fund small grassroots organizations that work to protect the environment and sustain biodiversity.
Also being presented will be a shorter composition about submarine disasters that will blend film, an arranged sea shanty, and quotes from survivors into the musical landscape.
6PM Two of my favorite musicians are playing duo at the Downtown Music Gallery. Noah Becker who is both an amazing saxophonist and clarinetist will be joined by none other than Colin “Deeps” Hinton on drums! I’m super excited that this is happening and I’d highly recommend being there!
11:59PM JKXCM is playing at Rockwood Stage 1 at midnight. The duo project featuring Chris McCarthy and JK Kim is something that will peak any creative person’s interest. I saw these guys play live at the Shrine the other night and was simply blown away. This dynamic duo brings the fire 11/10 times.
10:30PM Bassist and composer Kenneth Jimenez brings his trio to the Bushwick Improvised Music Series featuring Hery Paz on Sax and Satoshi Takeishi on drums. Kenneth writes some exciting music that will make your head turn in the best way! He makes sure to keep both the listeners and the performers on their toes at all times.
“Wit And Daniel” is the title of a new duo project featuring atmospheric jazz guitarist, Prawit Siriwat, and the improvising bassist, Daniel Durst. The project reflects on their musical collaboration over many years of playing together. Through completely improvised explorations based on their collective experience of music making, they strive to forge new creative paths.
Brooklyn based guitarist and composer, Prawit “Wit” Siriwat, is endlessly dedicated to creating soundscapes that reflect the emotional momentum of our times. Whether it is through the simple yet natural beauty of acoustic strings or the bloopy-bloop filled electro-sonic worlds, Wit has a meditative approach to creating his musical pallet.
Daniel Durst, an improvising bassist and composer hailing from San Francisco, moved to New York in 2011 to attend the School of Jazz where he studied with Ben Street, Reuben Rogers, Bob Cranshaw, and Jane Ira Bloom. He has played at the Bern Jazz Festival in Switzerland and has worked as a sideman in various clubs throughout New York. Daniel has co-led the experimental improvisation laboratory, Three Bananas, and is a member some of New York’s most creative rock and punk bands.
4/13 – 11PM Whaliens! I had the pleasure of seeing one of this group’s first concerts live and it’s really something special. The roster of influences for this group is vast. Ranging from Jazz and Funk to actual extraterrestrial creatures “the universe and beyond” they do not fail to live up to that standard at all! They will be playing at Greenpoint Gallery! Band members include Emily Sgouros on vibraphone, Jonathan Milberger on saxophone, Daniel Kim on guitar, Nico Sleator on keys, Dominic LaMorte on bass and Daniel Venz on drums.
Ba Akhu will be performing and recording a live set at the ShapeShifter Lab. Come heal with us. Music will be all original by our band members. Come share this special moment with us, we need all the energy you are willing to share!
Tickets will be 10$ at the door.
Abdulrahman Amer - Trombone
Brandon Woody - Trumpet
Matthew Malanowski - Piano
Hwansu Kang - bass
Savannah Harris - Drums
6PM Cole Davis Group plays at Cornelia Street Café featuring JK Kim, Vaughn Stoffey, and Lex Korten! This lineup is pretty incredible and I put it in my personal calendar as a must see. You should come hang out with me at this show so I have someone to cheer and woo with.
$10 Minimum, No Cover
4/11 – 9:30PM Remy LeBoeuf forces Cornelia Street Café to yet again take from my wallet and hopefully yours by bringing a fantastic group of musicians to the venue. I try to keep my fanboying to a minimum with these “newsletters” but I can’t resist giving this a shoutout. Joining Remy will be Shai Maistro(Piano), Charles Altura(Guitar), Peter Kronreif (Drums) and Rick Rosato (Bass).
$10 minimum $10 cover
4/9 – 7:30 & 9:30PM Minton’s Playhouse, Chris McCarthy with Eivind Opsvik and JK Kim. I’ve had the distinct pleasure but not quite enough of music making with Chris but I hope that changes soon because he sounds amazing! This trio is going to be truly special at Minton’s Playhouse.
4/8 – 9PM Eyehear and Glassbath at Williamsburg Music Center. After releasing their album less than 2 months ago, Glassbath is already storming NYC with their great sounds. I highly recommend checking the album out on Bandcamp. Eyehear is a project led by David Acevedo featuring a good friend of mine Conner Duke, Sean Kim, Joe Freund and Daniel Mesko! WMC is a really great space to hang and hear music and I highly recommend checking this show out!
Who wants to hear two insane saxophone bands in one night at the same place? YOU DO!!!!! That's right, Mughal Muesli is back with our monthly-ish musical ritual series, this time joined by the fearsome Anna Webber Quartet:
Anna Webber - tenor sax
Jonathan Goldberger - guitar
Michael Bates - bass
Jeff Davis - drums
Music from 10-midnightish, $10 donation
Song Yi Jeon presents her album release show at the Jazz Gallery! Song Yi is one of the most mind-blowing singers I’ve heard and her writing is just as amazing. I’ve been looking forward to seeing her play again, this time at my favorite venue in the city!
April 5th 7:30 / 9:30
Song Yi Jeon <Movement of Lives>
voice - Song Yi Jeon
piano - Vitor Goncalves
guitar - Kenji Herbert
bass - Peter Slavov
drums - Ronen Itzik
special feat. Rogerio Boccato
Entrance $15/Free for members
Please come! Let's party!!!!
Vaughn Stoffey Trio featuring Evan Gregor on bass and Alex Ritz on drums! They are also playing Bar Next Door. Vaughn is a recent friend of mine who has already blown me away with his passion for jazz, metal, and so much more! No Cover 1 Drink Minimum
Immanuel Wilkins quartet brings a maxed blast, once again, to the jazz gallery. Immanuel is one of the most postive forces in any communtiy he is a part of, not to mention a phenomenal saxophonist. Adding to his warmth and virtuosity, will be pianist Micah Thomas, bassist (and everyone's little cousin) Daryl Johns, and Drummer Kweku Sumbry. I can't think of a better end to this month of music and I will most definitely be there straight after I climb out of the pit that afternoon.
Highly innovative improvisers Stephan Crump, Ingrid Laubrock and Cory Smythe released their acclaimed album Planktonic Finales on Intakt in 2017, a series of recordings that demonstrate the trio’s finesse and sensitivity in collective playing. As Christoph Wagner wrote in the liner notes: “Over long periods, the music seemed to play itself…When listening back to the recordings, at times even the musicians were no longer sure if what they were hearing came from sax or from bowed bass.”
mazing big band composer and phenomenal vocalist Jihye Lee brings her big band to the Jazz Gallery. This will be one of the most crushing shows I've ever had to miss (due ye old yeomen boys). I first played Jihye's music on her MSM Master's recital almost a year ago and have yet to recover from the experience in the best way possible. Anyone who has checked out their fair share of big band music and even those who haven't should check this out. If your mind isn't blown I'll buy you a coffee.
Unquestionably among the best young improvising vocalists today, and arguably of all time, Michael Mayo brings his group to the intimate Rockwood Stage 3. He's seriously someone folks must see live because it will actually blow your mind.
Andrew Freedman (P) Kyle Myles (B) Robin Baytas (D)