Posted in music | tour dates on January 7, 2010

by Andrew Frisicano

William Parker Quartet
William Parker Quartet

guitarsNew York Guitar Festival, with shows between January 8th and February 4th, has already been mentioned here in a few different contexts. The "Silent Film/Live Guitars" portion is certainly a big highlight, with one-off performances by Bon Iver's Justin Vernon and Steve Kimock, David Bromberg and Marc Ribot, Alex de Grassi and James Blackshaw, and the fest closers Chicha Libre and Gyan Riley. Tickets are still available for all but the Vernon/Kimock show.

There's more on the schedule too. World Financial Center Winter Garden hosts a free opening show on Friday, January 8th with Hindustani slide guitarist Debashish Bhattacharya. There are also theme nights, with Barbes holding Django [Reinhardt] A Go Go (1/24) and 92nd Street Y hosting a Bach Guitar Marathon (1/31).

And LPR has two shows for the fest as well - a night headlined by James Blackshaw (with Max Ochs, Ben Hall, and Nick Jonah Davis too) on January 26th (tickets) and a previously mentioned show with the stellar pairing of Marc Ribot's Ceramic Dog and Skeleton$ (possibly in Big Band form). A video of the Skeletons Big band from their December show at the Stone is below. Tickets for Marc Ribot/Skeletons show are on sale.

Jazz FEst(Le) Poisson Rouge is also one of the main spots for the NYC Winter Jazz Festival this Friday and Saturday, when it hosts Jenny Scheinman & Jason Moran, Vijay Iyer Trio, Darcy James Argue's Secret Society and others. Other Village venues are well-stocked with talent too (and getting better - Saturday's Sullivan Hall lineup just added William Parker Quartet). Tickets to day one and two (or a two-day pass to both) are still on sale.

Iyer is also at the Stone this weekend, on Sunday (1/10), as is Tyshawn Sorey, who plays there Friday (1/8) (and plays the Winter Jazz Fest on Saturday).

pianosWhile on the topic of Iyer, a few other excellent, top-of-their-game, consistently original pianists have shows in the same week (could be called the 'inadvertent piano fest'). McCoy Tyner Trio with special guest Gary Bartz are at Highline Ballroom on Friday, January 8th on a latin-tinged bill with Francisco Mela's Cuban Safari, Jon Batiste Band and Alfredo Rodriguez. Tickets are still on sale.

Ethan Iverson of the Bad Plus has a show at LPR, where he'll open with a solo "cocktail" piano set, with The Respect Sextet on Tuesday, January 12th. Tickets are on sale.

Pianist Brad Mehldau, whose new Jon Brion-produced album is due February 23rd, plays two solo sets at Highline Ballroom on January 14th, as a benefit for JazzReach. Tickets are on sale.

The full schedule for the NY Guitar Fest and videos are below...

Skeletons Big Band | NYC @ The Stone | 06 Dec 2009

Debashish Bhattacharya Grammy Nominated 2009

NY Guitar Fest Schedule:

Friday, January 8, 8:00pm
World Financial Center's Winter Garden
Battery Park City, bordered by West Street, the Hudson River, Vesey and Liberty Streets. Tickets and information: (212) 417-7000 /
Slide guitarist Debashish Bhattacharya, and his tabla-playing brother Subashish will present an evening of Hindustani guitar music. This Grammy-nominated artist is one of India's most esteemed musicians and has performed with musicians such as Derek Trucks, Jerry Douglas and John McLaughlin. Debashish's music, spirit, and generosity have won him new admirers and devotees around the world and we are thrilled to have him open our tenth anniversary festival.

Thursday, January 14, 8 p.m.
Merkin Concert Hall
Goodman House, 129 West 67th Street
Tickets and information: 212-501-3330 •
Silent Films/Live Guitars
Charlie Chaplin's The Immigrant + The Kid
Music by David Bromberg and Marc Ribot
2008 Grammy nominee David Bromberg is known for his eclectic combination of blues, bluegrass, jazz, folk, country, and rock. He's recorded and performed with Reverend Gary Davis, Jorma Kaukonen, Jerry Garcia, Bob Dylan and George Harrison among others and is presenting the premiere of newly commissioned music for Charlie Chaplin's 1917 The Immigrant. Style-morphing icon Marc Ribot has lent his mercurial guitar sounds to collaborations including Robert Plant and Alison Kraus, Tom Waits, Elvis Costello and John Zorn, and will improvise a score for Chaplin's 1921 classic, The Kid.

Thursday, January 21, 8 p.m.
Merkin Concert Hall
Goodman House, 129 West 67th Street
Tickets and information: 212-501-3330 •
Silent Films/Live Guitars
Charlie Chaplin's One A.M. and Easy Street + Buster Keaton's Cops
Music by Bon Iver's Justin Vernon and Steve Kimock
Bon Iver is the nom-de-guerre of musician Justin Vernon. His album For Emma, Forever Ago was a critical and commercial hit, making him one of the most talked-about indie artists of 2008. For his scores to One A.M. & Easy Street, he's joined by Chris Rosenau, of Collection of Colonies of Bees, whom Justin calls his "guitar mentor." Steve Kimock is best known as co-founder and guitarist for the San Francisco band Zero. He's recorded and performed with Bruce Hornsby and members of the Grateful Dead--Jerry Garcia once hailed him as his favorite guitarist. He performs music for Buster Keaton's Cops.

Sunday, January 24, 7pm - Midnight
376 9th St. (corner of 6th Ave.) Park Slope, Brooklyn
$10, (347) 422 0248
Django a Go Go 2010
Celebrating One Hundred Years of Django Rheinhardt
The great Gypsy Swing guitar player would have been 100 years on January 23rd of this year. To celebrate, some of the best gypsy swing guitar player in the world are throwing a massive jam session at Barbès. Featuring Maie Bittel, Biel Ballester, John Intrator, Babik and Stephane Wrembel. Concerts will be preceded by workshops; 1:30 pm : Maie Bittel, 3:15 pm: Babik, 5 pm: Biel Ballester. To register for the workshops (cost $50), simply show up at Barbès.

Tuesday, January 26, 6:30PM
158 Bleecker Street $15, (212) 505-FISH
The New Possibility
featuring James Blackshaw, Max Ochs, Ben Hall, and Nick Jonah Davis.
An evening of exquisite solo finger-style guitar, assembled by New York City's Tompkins Square label, a leading purveyor of acoustic guitar music. The Village Voice called the label's three-volume 'Imaginational Anthem' series "the gold standard for guitar nerds." Ben Hall and Nick Jonah Davis will be making their first-ever New York performances.

Thursday, January 28, 8 p.m.
Merkin Concert Hall
Goodman House, 129 West 67th Street
Tickets and information: 212-501-3330 •
Silent Films/Live Guitars
Charlie Chaplin's Shoulder Arms and The Fall of the House of Usher (directed by James Sibley Watson and Melville Webber)
Music by Alex de Grassi + James Blackshaw
One of the top fingerstyle, steel-string guitarists, Grammy nominee Alex de Grassi is renowned for his impeccable technique and compelling compositions. He's explored a variety of world music influences and drawn acclaim for his 14 recordings on Windham Hill and other labels. He presents his original score for Chaplin's 1918 masterpiece Shoulder Arms. James Blackshaw is a London-based prodigy who's released seven albums of mesmerizing 12-string compositions. His style is often described as "American primitive" and incorporates elements of Indian raga, improvisation, and psychedelia.

Sunday, January 31, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., with a break at 5 p.m.
92nd Street Y
Lexington Avenue at 92nd Street
Tickets and information: 212-415-5500 /
The Guitar Marathon: Bach
Music by Paul O'Dette, Brazilian Guitar Quartet, Eliot Fisk, Paul Galbraith, David Leisner, Nigel North, Gyan Riley, Benjamin Verdery, Ana Vidovic, Jason Vieaux, and additional artists to be announced.
Our 5th biannual Guitar Marathon at the 92nd Street Y's Kaufman Auditorium is co-curated by Paul O'Dette and the NYGF's David Spelman. Some of today's finest classical guitarists and lutenists will reveal the different facets of the music of J.S. Bach and his contemporaries. The event runs from 2--10pm, with a break at 5pm. "An epic event" is how the The Wall Street Journal classified our first Marathon, and Jazz Times called it "a veritable guitar orgy." Half and full-day tickets will be available in August. Presented in association with WNYC Radio and broadcast on 93.9 FM.

Tuesday, February 2, 6:30PM
LE POISSON ROUGE 158 Bleecker Street $15, (212) 505-FIS
Marc Ribot's Ceramic Dog and Skeleton$
featuring Marc Ribot's Ceramic Dog: Marc Ribot (guitar), Shahzad Ismaily (bass, Moog, electronics), and Ches Smith (drums, electronics). Skeletons: also known as Skeletons and the Girl-Faced Boys and Skeletons and the Kings of All Cities.
Ceramic Dog is a post-everything band combining the energies of two masters of downtown New York City mayhem: guitarist/vocalist Marc Ribot (Tom Waits, John Zorn, Robert Plant, T-Bone Burnett, Elvis Costello) and bassist Shahzad Ismaily (Laurie Anderson, Will Oldham), with West Coast indie/experimental genius drummer Ches Smith. Ribot is a widely recognized original on the guitar, with influence across multiple genres of music, including rock, jazz, punk, Latin, soul, 80s No-Wave, avant-garde and noise. Opening the show will be Matt Mehlan's revolving ensemble musical project Skeleton$.

Thursday, February 4th, 8 p.m.
Merkin Concert Hall
Goodman House, 129 West 67th Street
Tickets and information: 212-501-3330 •
Silent Films/Live Guitars
Charlie Chaplin's The Pilgrim and shorts by Harry Smith
Music by Chicha Libre + Gyan Riley
The Peruvian-influenced psychedelic pop of Chicha Libre mixes Colombian cumbia, dreamy surf guitar, and Andean melodies. They present their score to Chaplin's 1923 The Pilgrim. Gyan Riley is an equally strong presence in the worlds of classical guitar and contemporary music. He's performed throughout Europe and the U.S., both as a soloist and in ensembles with Zakir Hussain, the San Francisco Symphony, the Falla Guitar Trio, and his father, the composer/pianist/vocalist Terry Riley.



Comments (7)

Brad MEHldau

Posted by Anonymous | January 7, 2010 12:32 PM

quality music overload

Posted by Anonymous | January 7, 2010 12:35 PM

I live on Sullivan Street and will be hosting a Coke Party at my crack den in-between jazz sets.

Email me @ if you wanna rail.

Posted by What the jazz is all about | January 7, 2010 2:23 PM

good job, BV !!
we all know january in new york is not about rock.
it used to be such a dead month, now you have all those interesting events.

Posted by anon | January 7, 2010 3:33 PM

6:20 P.M. DARCY JAMES ARGUE’S SECRET SOCIETY “Infernal Machines” (New Amsterdam), this big band’s studio debut, was one of last year’s strongest jazz releases, stamped by resolute logic as well as brazen conviction. (Le Poisson Rouge)
7 P.M. BEN WILLIAMS AND SOUND EFFECT Mr. Williams, the bassist who won last year’sThelonious Monk International Jazz Competition, squares his own groups on a solid core, with a willingness to swing against any groove. (Zinc Bar)
8:20 P.M. ELEW Eric Lewis, formerly the pianist with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, now spends his time covering Coldplay and Linkin Park. This should be no one’s idea of progress, but it holds the tireless allure of camp. (Le Poisson Rouge)
9 P.M. JALEEL SHAW An alto saxophonist long apprenticed to the immortal Roy Haynes, Mr. Shaw pursues a smart and streamlined ideal, with partners like the bassist Ben Williams (also found above) and the pianist Aaron Goldberg. (Zinc Bar)
9:40 P.M. MATT WILSON QUARTET The drummer Matt Wilson is an ambassador of good feeling, and with “That’s Gonna Leave a Mark” (Palmetto), he doubled down on this band’s commitment to rugged post-bop populism. (Kenny’s Castaways)
12:40 A.M. JAMIE SAFT’S WHOOPIE PIE You’ve heard it said that jazz is metal. This band, led by Mr. Saft, a keyboardist, takes that claim seriously. Or half-seriously. Either way, this set will be wicked enough to dispel all doubt. (Kenny’s Castaways)
7 P.M. BEN ALLISON Mr. Allison leads his bands from the bass, with an ear toward sturdy groove. Here as on his most recent album, “Think Free” (Palmetto), he enlists partners like the trumpeter Shane Endsley and the violinist Jenny Scheinman. (Le Poisson Rouge)
8:15 P.M. LINDA OH Another bassist, this one newly established: Ms. Oh, now in her mid-20s, made her debut last year with “Entry,” a pared-down, self-released album. Here she leads a thicker quartet with saxophone, keyboards, drums and electronic samples. (Kenny’s Castaways)
9 P.M. JENNY SCHEINMAN AND JASON MORAN Ms. Scheinman, a violinist, and Mr. Moran, a pianist, both favor a direct but slightly warped sense of melody, balancing the rustic and the urbane. Their duo rapport should be a genuine conversation. (Le Poisson Rouge)
9:45 P.M. THE CLAUDIA QUINTET The drummer-composer John Hollenbeck has led this ensemble for nearly a decade, and its chemistry has only deepened. Its output suggests an enlightened chamber-jazz, with accordion and vibraphone in the mix. (Bitter End)
10:15 P.M. MIKE REED’S PEOPLE, PLACES & THINGS Mr. Reed, a Chicago drummer, has firm footing in indie-rock — he produces the Pitchfork Music Festival — but in this band, which had a terrific album last year, he riffs on jazz of the mid-century Midwest. (Kenny’s Castaways)
11 P.M. VIJAY IYER TRIO “Historicity” (ACT) deserves its accolades: the new album from this standout piano trio lays out a coolly visionary take on material by Leonard Bernstein, the rapper M.I.A. and the jazz composer Julius Hemphill. (Le Poisson Rouge)
12:15 A.M. MARY HALVORSON (KC) By turns spasmodic or serene, the music of Ms. Halvorson, an intensely focused guitarist, suggests a cross between experimental jazz and underground rock, with neither side buckling to compromise.
1:15 A.M. RUDRESH MAHANTHAPPA’S INDO-PAK COALITION Mr. Mahanthappa, an alto saxophonist, and Rez Abbasi, a guitarist, form the crux of this dazzling enterprise; but its center of gravity increasingly rests with Dan Weiss, on tabla and drums. (Kenny’s Castaways)
2:15 A.M. TYSHAWN SOREY For those intrepid enough to make it this far, Mr. Sorey offers an intricate, unclassifiable brand of micro-composition, for percussion and nylon stringed guitars. It’s music for waking dreams, or for sending you home in a cloud. (Kenny’s Castaways)

Posted by NY Times | January 8, 2010 10:07 AM

Great photo!

Posted by Anonymous | October 19, 2010 1:22 PM

Oh, and what about those question marks on Sunday's text in the concert poster below? No, that isn't saving a spot for a Smiths reunion or U2 debut on the Coachella stage, it's the way that Yorke presents himself as a solo star, the marquee at his Orpheum concert had the same punctuational flourish.

Posted by منتديات | January 12, 2011 3:30 PM

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