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by Greg Cristman

McCoy Tyner Trio with Special guest Gary Bartz

The Blue Note Jazz Club was the host to jazz legend McCoy Tyner and his trio on Monday.

McCoy, as you may know, was the pianist in John Coltrane's classic quartet from 1960-1965 and has had an long and brilliant solo career since. The Trio was comprised of Gerald Cannon on bass, Francisco Mela on drums and special guest Gary Bartz, a grammy winning alto and soprano saxophonist. Bartz has also been on the jazz scene since the 60's and has played with Miles Davis, Charles Mingus and Max Roach.

While McCoy is now 77 years old and Bartz 75, they proved on Monday that both still have all the skills that made them such important parts of the history of jazz. They opened their short, one hour set with a favorite of mine, the title track of the 1977 classic Fly With The Wind, one of McCoy's many classics on Milestone Records. The track was delivered perfectly and immediately drew the crowded Blue Note audience under their spell.

Bartz was playing a brand new alto and his tone was sweet, well rounded and lyrical and meshed perfectly with McCoy's gorgeous piano work. They continued their set with an even earlier classic, the wonderful "Blues On The Corner" from McCoy's seventh studio album The Real McCoy released on Blue Note Records. The next track was the muscular, driving "Walk Spirit, Talk Spirit" from 1973's live album Enlightenment, also on Milestone. This is a powerful song that is one of McCoy's greatest and to see him deliver it with nearly the same intensity he had when he was a young man was very impressive.

The band really stretched out on this track with everyone delivering wonderful solos. Francisco Mela and Gerald Cannon made the whole thing really swing and they both seemed to be having a great time, smiling broadly throughout. The band then left the stage to put the limelight on McCoy for a solo piece from his 1991 Blue Note album Soliloquoy called "I Should Care." This track is a wonderful and dynamic piece that really highlighted the range and incredible dynamics of McCoy's unique and distinctive style of block chording and use of pentatonic scales. The set concluded with the Duke Ellington composition "In A Mellow Tone" that you may also recognize as the opening theme to The Howard Stern Show from 1987-1994.

While the set was a bit shorter than I anticipated, it did concentrate on the older classics which was a very pleasant surprise and made the evening especially enjoyable. If you missed this you can still see McCoy at The Blue Note on February 1 and 15 and again on March 1. He does two shows each night. Tickets are on sale.

More pictures from Monday night's show, below...

Continue reading "McCoy Tyner trio ft. Gary Bartz played the Blue Note (pics and review); more shows coming up"

photo: A$AP Ferg in Chicago last week (more by James Richards IV)
A$AP Ferg

You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...

Lamb of God, Anthrax, Deafheaven, Power Trip @ Hammerstein Ballroom
NWOAHM giants Lamb of God headline this show, but we're especially excited about the openers: thrash legends Anthrax, atmospheric black metallers Deafheaven, and crossover revival greats Power Trip.

G-Eazy, A$AP Ferg, Marc E. Bassy, Nef The Pharaoh @ Terminal 5
A$AP Ferg's new album is supposed to come next month, and the singles we've heard from it so far are making it seem very promising. This is his second to last of three T5 shows with G-Eazy, Marc E. Bassy, and Nef The Pharaoh. (The run now ends tomorrow, since 1/23 was cancelled.)

Julien Baker, Eskimeaux @ Rough Trade
Young singer/songwriter Julien Baker's bare-bones debut album Sprained Ankle was one of our favorites of last year, and the command she has as a live performer is maybe even more impressive. This is her second of two NYC shows on this tour. Local DIY-pop artist Eskimeaux opens.

Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals @ SOB's
After getting a serious profile rise due to singing on six tracks on Dr. Dre's new album, singer/rapper Anderson .Paak just put out his own newest LP, Malibu, and it more than lives up to the hype. Tonight's show is sold out. UPDATE: Postponed to a TBD date.

McCoy Tyner Trio w/ special guest Gary Bartz @ Blue Note (two shows)
Legendary jazz pianist McCoy Tyner, who was a longtime member of John Coltrane's band (among many other projects), plays two shows at the Blue Note today. He'll be joined by past collaborator and fellow jazz veteran Gary Bartz.

Night Train with Guest Host Aparna Nancherla, Sean Patton, Chris Lamberth, Mo Mandel, Megan Gailey @ Littlefield
Aparna Nancherla takes over for regular host Wyatt Cenac at the weekly Night Train comedy show tonight, and other guests include Sean Patton, Chris Lamberth, Mo Mandel, Megan Gailey and more.

For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.

For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.


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Blue Note Jazz

The now-annual Blue Note Jazz Festival will sprinkle over 50 shows at venues across the city during its twenty day reign (June 10th - 30th).

"After the success of the inaugural Blue Note Jazz Festival, we decided to make this a yearly event as a way to continue expanding audiences, cultivate young talent and promote this wonderful music throughout New York City," Blue Note President Steven Bensusan said. "This year's performances go beyond jazz to include everything from flamenco, soul, and Latin to tap, blues and R&B, all with the common thread of improvisation. But the heart of the festival is and will always remain the type of jazz that we present night after night at the Blue Note club."
Highline Ballroom, B.B. King's, Central Park Summerstage, The Apollo, Henry Street Playhouse, Brooklyn Bowl and Sullivan Hall are all on board to host parts of the festival, which will feature everyone from Béla Fleck to Stephanie Mills, Bootsy Collins to Yasiin Bey (formerly Mos Def) and many, many other notables. Full list of shows, below...

Continue reading "Blue Note Jazz Festival announces 2012 lineup"

Sufjan at Bowery Ballroom in 2009 (more by Vincent Cornelli)

today in NYC
* Chris Cochrane @ Barbes
* Yellow Tears @ The Stone
* The Moon Show @ Union Pool
* Slavic Soul Party @ Barbes
* Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra
* The Sugarhill Gang @ Tappen Park
* Morning After Girls @ Pete's Candy Store
* Don Dietrich, C. Spencer Yeh @ The Stone
* Tell Your Friends w/ Sean Bones @ Lolita Bar
* Aphonia, Kids At Risk, Cassette Kids, Honduras @ Pianos
* Typhoon, Lady Lamb The Beekeeper @ Mercury Lounge
* The Ettes, Heavy Cream, Hans Condor @ Mercury Lounge
* Tinie Tempah, Action Bronson, Hezekiah, STS, Los @ S.O.B.'s
* Widowspeak, Hoop Dreams, Crinkles, Ex Cops @ Glasslands
* Intuitions, Ohnomoon, The Fear and Trembling @ Bruar Falls
* Sufjan Stevens, My Brightest Diamond @ Prospect Park Bandshell
* Todd Barry, Brent Weinbach, and more at Sweet @ Ella Lounge
* The Atomic Bitchwax, Cycle of Pain, Rob Cantrell @ The Delancey
* Death Cab For Cutie, Frightened Rabbit @ Williamsburg Waterfront
* Alison Krauss & Union Station, Jerry Douglas, Dawes @ Beacon Theatre
* Hannis Brown, Spectre Folk, Sands, Sleeping Bag @ Cameo Gallery
* McCoy Tyner Quintet featuring Ravi Coltrane & Gary Bartz @ Blue Note
* The CCB Reggae All-Stars (Hudson Square Music & Wine Festival) @ City Winery
* Matana Roberts, Ryan Sawyer, Peter Evans, Nate Wooley, Ramble Tamble @ Zebulon
* Bird Call, Johanna &The Dusty Floor, Former Belle, HolidayHoliday @ Knitting Factory
* Britney Spears, Nicki Minaj, Jessie & the Toy Boys, and Nervo @ Nassau Coliseum
* Weingarten/Bieber Duo, Run-On Sunshine, Moonmen On The Moon, Man, Dave Neff @ Cake Shop
* The Sway Machinery, Awesome Tapes from Africa, Flight Simulation with John Bollinger @ 92YTribeca
* Co La, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Emily Reo, Birthdays, Radiator Girls, Bananas Symphony @ Shea Stadium

The Sway Machinery, who have an album out on the now defunct JDub Records and who play 92YTribeca tonight, have a fan in Henry Rollins via Ian Mackaye. Check out Henry playing The Sway Machinery on his radio show on KCRW below.

My Morning Jacket have a new video for "Holdin on to Black Metal." Check it out below

The McCoy Tyner Quintet play their first of three nights at the Blue Note tonight. They play two sets each night at 8 PM and 10:30 PM.

Widowspeak play their record release show at Glasslands tonight for their self titled debut, which comes out next week on Captured Tracks.

Mostly Mozart Festival begins tonight and continues through August 27. The festival features the music of Mozart (believe it or not).

Lady Lamb the Beekeeper and Typhoon, who play Mercury tonight, also play Littlefield tomorow (8/3) with Diamond Doves.

Sufjan Stevens plays his first of two Celebrate Brooklyn shows tonight in Prospect Park. My Brightest Diamond opens the show tonight and Diamond Rings will do so tomorrow. These are the last two shows on his neon infested Age of Adz tour, so don't forget to bring your neon. Watch the concert trailer for the Prospect Park shows below.

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Central Park Summerstage (more by Chris La Putt)
Central Park Summerstage

The schedule for the 2010 SummerStage series, which has music not just at Central Park, is out, and there are some great looking shows to highlight.

At Central Park, the first "rock" show happens on Saturday, June 5th with Living Colour, Ebony Bones!, Pillow Theory and CX KiDTRONiK. Baaba Maal, who just played Irving Plaza, will be at Central Park too on Monday, June 14th The Tinariwen show on Saturday, June 26th also features Syrian beat & mikeman Omar Souleyman. Gil Scott-Heron plays Central Park in June and Marcus Garvey Park in August.

There's also El Guincho, Bostich and Fussible and others in Central Park on July 7th. Reggae legend Jimmy Cliff plays Central Park on Sunday, July 11th. Raphael Saadiq performs there Saturday, July 17 at 3pm. The Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba/Fool's Gold show on Sunday, July 25th will also feature "West African electronica" band Burkina Electric.

On Wednesday, July 21st, there'll be a Comedy Central's The Daily Show and Friends Central Park gig hosted by Lewis Black with John Oliver, Rob Riggle, Wyatt Cenac, Adam Lowitt and Rory Albanese.

There's also music from St. Vincent, Tune-Yards and Basia Bulat on August 1st at Central Park. The xx play with Jack Penate and Chairlift there on August 8th. At the same spot, Public Enemy play an August 15th day show to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Fear of A Black Planet, and the Specials play on August 22nd with Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears and $mall ¢hange.

The borough-wide shows kick off with Jay Electronica in Red Hook Park on June 1st. Also at that park is Dan Deacon on Tuesday, June 15th. White Rabbits play East River Park on August 12th.

There's lots of great jazz too: McCoy Tyner plays with Ravi Coltrane, Esperanza Spalding and Francisco Mela as part of the CareFusion Jazz Festival on June 23rd. He also plays in the Charlie Parker Jazz Fest, which comes at the end of the summer with an incredible lineup. McCoy Tyner, Jimmy Scott, Jason Moran and the Bandwagon and Revive da Live play during the day at Marcus Garvey on Saturday, August 28th. Then the next day, James Moody, Catherine Russell, Vijay Iyer and The JD Allen Trio play at Tompkins Square Park.

The park benefit shows include John Butler Trio and State Radio on June 15th (tickets on sale), The Flaming Lips on July 26th, The Black Keys with the Morning Benders on July 27th and 28th, Hot Chip/Hercules & Love Affair/Holy Ghost on August 4th, Govt' Mule on August 11th (tickets), and one of the four Pavement shows September 21-24. Plus there's a "songbook of Simon & Garfunkel" benefit on June 8th.

Not all "Summerstage" shows are in Central Park anymore which drives home the point even further that the name of the venue in Central Park is actually "Rumsey Playfield" which hosts non-"Summerstage" shows too. Those so far include Coheed/Torche, CAKE, Ween, and Broken Social Scene.

The full Summerstage free show schedule is below...

Continue reading "Summerstage (Central Park & elsewhere) - full 2010 lineup "

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...

Continue reading "NY Guitar Fest, Winter Jazz Fest & a bunch of great piano shows kick off Friday - updated schedules, venues & dates"

I Slept With Joey Ramone

The Mountain Goats @ Webster Hall in November 2008 (more by Faith-Ann Young)
The Mountain Goats

tonight in NYC
* The Loom, Kath Bloom @ Bruar Falls
* McCoy Tyner Trio w/ Gary Bartz @ Blue Note
* Mickey Leigh & Legs McNeil @ Barnes & Noble
* The Mountain Goats, Final Fantasy @ Webster Hall
* Kurt Vile, Small Black, DJ Rezound @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Over the Rhine, Lucy Wainwright Roche @ Highline Ballroom
* Dynasties, Darlings, Video Daughters, Equestrian @ Glasslands
* Russian Circles, Young Widows, The Phantom Family Halo @ Bowery Ballroom

I'm making an effort to post "What's Going "On" first thing each day. As it scrolls down the page, you can always find it by clicking the "What's Going on Today?" button in the homepage sidebar. If things come up throughout the day, they'll be added to the post or the comments (which of course everyone is always encouraged to do as well).

Kurt Vile plays a free set at tonight's Fader Bowl at Brooklyn Bowl, along with Small Black and DJ Rezound. Vile will be back in February as part of his tour with Fucked Up.

The Mountain Goats and Final Fantasy play Webster Hall tonight. Tomorrow it's the Bell House. Both are sold out. Tickets are still available for the Webster Hall show.

Final Fantasy also appears on Dinner With The Band tonight. Video of a new song played on the episode, below...

I Slept With Joey Ramone is a new book by Joey Ramone's brother Mickey Leigh and Legs McNeil who are both appearing at Barnes & Noble Tribeca (97 Warren St.) at 7pm today ("The evening will feature a Q&A, book signing and an intimate discussion with the authors. Plus: Witness a candid one-on-one interview between authors Mickey Leigh and Legs McNeil.").

The Loom appear at Bruar Falls tonight. If you miss them, you can also try and see them when they open the late Rural Alberta Advantage show at Mercury Lounge on January 9th.

Legendary pianist McCoy Tyner, who got his start in John Coltrane's band, bring his trio for three nights at Blue Note with alto saxist Gary Bartz.

What else?

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by Andrew Frisicano

Cecil Taylor & McCoy Tyner...
McCoy Tyner and Cecil Taylor

Born Dec. 11, 1938, [McCoy] Tyner made his name as a member of the legendary John Coltrane Quartet in the 1960s. Since then, he has brought his distinctive playing style, and his compositions, to dozens of records on which he leads his own bands.

[What's his secret?]

Tyner says the secret is simple: Drink carrot juice.

"Well, I like carrot juice," he says. "I have a juice machine at home that helps. Carrot juice is real good for you. Carrot and celery. Don't forget celery." [NPR]

You can buy him a glass at the Highline Ballroom on Sunday, August 23rd, where he'll perform as part of the venue's Piano Series, an 11-night lineup of piano-driven acts that runs from August 17th through August 28th.

We previously reported that Tyner's Lincoln Center shows in May would be his last NYC gigs for a while, and though according to his website that's still true, Tyner will bring his Trio (bassist Gerald Cannon and drummer Eric Kamau Gravatt plus guest saxist Gary Bartz) to the Highline for one two-set night.

Another Hall-of-Fame level jazz great, Cecil Taylor, will play as part of the series too. He'll perform solo on Tuesday, August 25th (two sets also).

The series mixes those legends with a slew of younger but equally impressive acts like the The Bad Plus, Matthew Shipp, and the Benevento/Russo Duo, who are all playing the series.

Tickets to all the shows are on sale now.

The Piano Series' full schedule, which includes non-jazz pianists too, is posted below...

Continue reading "Highline Ballroom Piano Series - 11 shows @ the NYC venue"

by Andrew Frisicano

McCoy Tyner

In the early '60s, McCoy Tyner cut his teeth as 1/4th of the John Coltrane Quartet. Since then, the pianist hasn't slowed much. This weekend, Tyner plays two nights at the Lincoln Center's Allen Room with his trio and guest Ravi Coltrane. Tickets for the Friday, May 15th and Saturday, May 16th shows are on sale. According to his posted schedule, it'll be Tyner's only visit to the NYC area this year.

Tyner's most recent album, 2008's Guitars, featured collaborations with Marc Ribot, John Scofield, Béla Fleck, Derek Trucks, Bill Frisell, Ron Carter and Jack DeJohnette.

From those players, Marc Ribot, who giged with Tyner last fall to celebrate the disc's release, is one that's currently in NYC. He's finishing up his birthday week retrospective with Friday and Saturday shows at (Le) Poisson Rouge. The Friday show features Ribot in three combos, Los Cubanos Postizos, Cotito Trio, and Cumbiamba eNeYe. Tickets are on sale. The Saturday gig sees Ribot with Ceramic Dog and Young Philadelphians. Tickets are still on sale for that,

Bill Frisell is also in NYC. He finishes his Tuesday, May 12th to Sunday, May 17th run at the Village Vanguard, performing in a trio with Tony Scherr and Kenny Wollesen.

Other players from the Guitars album are coming through NYC later in the summer. John Scofield plays a free August 5th show at NYC's Madison Square Park oval. Béla Fleck performs the Central Park Summerstage twice: on July 5th behind Malian singer Oumou Sangare and again on August 3rd with Toumani Diabate. Derek Trucks plays the Lincoln Center Out of Doors Festival on August 13th at the Damrosch Park Bandshell.

Most of the above guitarists are featured in the making-of trailer for the Guitars album, with tour dates, below...

Continue reading "McCoy Tyner in NYC this weekend, Bill Frisell too & Marc Ribot birthday week continues (all dates)"