Entries tagged with: Norah Jones
by Andrew Frisicano
Speaking of Nico Muhly, he just played a Wordless Music show at Columbia's Miller Theatre on September 9th. There he performed with '802 Tour,' a round-robin style stage show with frequent collaborators Sam Amidon and Thomas Bartlett...
Mr. Bartlett's piano-driven ballads, including some from a forthcoming CD, "The Conformist," had a shadowy, confessional intimacy that was accentuated by his tremulous, nearly whispered crooning. In sharp contrast, Mr. Amidon affected a ragged backwoods yelp for traditional shape-note songs and other folksy material.Barlett's new Doveman CD, The Conformist, which features Muhly and Sam Amidon prominently, will be out October 20th on the Brassland label. Also featured on the disc are the National's Matt Berninger, Aaron and Bryce Dessner and Bryan Devendorf, a string section, and additional guest spots by Martha Wainwright and Norah Jones.
Mr. Muhly's appealing instrumental compositions drew on Philip Glass's harmonic stasis and the rhythmic vitality of Stravinsky and Ligeti, mixed with a flair for electronic counterpoint that was all Mr. Muhly's own. Yuki Numata, a terrific violinist from the ACME group, brought out an ardent romanticism in "Honest Music," for violin and electronics....
Where genres had been gently mixed during the concert, in an encore medley they were mangled outright. Mr. Muhly waxed rhapsodic at the piano in Mariah Carey's "My All"; Mr. Bartlett offered a limpid rendition of Neil Young's "Only Love Can Break Your Heart"; and Mr. Amidon turned R. Kelly's "Relief" into a suitably crooked hootenanny singalong. [NY Times]
Doveman will be playing fall-winter dates (not announced yet), and unless they are solo shows, those will probably come after the Sam Amidon/Nico Muhly European tour (also with Ben Frost and Valgeir Sigurðsson) that runs October 24th to November 12th. The Eurotrip is less than a week after Muhly appears at the New Yorker Festival to discuss "Radical Opera" with Rufus Wainwright in a talk moderated by Alex Ross.
Martha & Rufus Wainwright recently played with their father at Highline Ballroom, and will both appear in an upcoming show at Carnegie Hall. Rufus also has another benefit show coming up in NYC soon.
The new Doveman track that National frontman Matt Berninger sings on, is streaming at Pitchfork.
Doveman album art above. Tracklist and some interesting videos, below...
Radio Happy Hour [at (Le) Poisson Rouge] is a live variety show featuring an old-time radio comedy/drama and your favorite guest stars from the worlds of film, music, and letters. Hosted by Sam Osterhout, the show engages its guests in a wildly right-angled conversation that careens between interviews, performances, and trivia. And at the center of it all is a short, old time radio comedy in which the guest stars as him or herself or, in some cases, as Nancy Drew. Audiences will see all of this--the interviews, the corny jokes, the guest performances, and the behind-the-scenes making of a radio drama--from 2 to 3 pm on the second Saturdays of June, July, and August. Radio Happy Hour is an updated, New York version of Hee Haw. With more drinking. And sound effects. Trust us, it'll make sense when you see it.The guests for the three scheduled Radio Happy Hours are Norah Jones, Michael Showalter, and Andrew W.K.. Tickets (only $5) are on sale now.
This summer, Norah Jones, who recently appeared on 30 Rock, is appearing in her second movie, Wah Do Dem, with Sean Bones. She also has a high profile gig with Rufus and Martha Wainwright scheduled for late August on the tip of Long Island, and probably some smaller ones scattered around too.
Andrew W.K. has a number of shows and projects coming up, including a Canadian tour, a gig at Santos Party House on Thursday, June 11th, and Cake Shop show June 12th.
Michael Showalter appears at Bonnaroo with Michael Ian Black this weekend (June 11-14). The pair will celebrate their new Comedy Central show, Michael and Michael Have Issues, at The Bell House with a comedy set and a screening of its premiere on July 15th. Tickets are on sale. Showalter will also be at All Points West on August 2nd.
More Radio Happy Hour info below...
Martha Wainwright singing Edith Piaf @ Spiegeltent (more by Chris La Putt)
Martha Wainwright has sung the songs of Edith Piaf in the past, and she'll do it again for three shows on Sunday, June 14th and Monday, June 15th at Dixon Place Theater (161 Chrystie St). Tickets are still on sale for the Monday 10pm show.
She'll be recording the sets with producer Hal Willner for a live record; her band will include electric guitarist and multi-instrumentalist Doug Wieselman, bassist Brad Albetta and pianist Thomas Bartlett (aka Doveman - who's got his own show Thurday, June 18th at Le Poisson Rouge with Sam Amidon and members of the National).
Just a few days later, on Wednesday, June 17th, some other Wainwrights (Loudon Wainwright III, Sloan Wainwright and Lucy Wainwright Roche) will perform a free "Wainwright Family Concert" at the Madison Square Park Oval. Martha and Rufus are not on that bill, but they are playing the "Not So Silent Night" show set for December at London's Royal Albert Hall with the McGarrigle side of their family (Martha + Rufus = children of Louden + Kate McGarrigle). Tickets are on sale. Poster below.
Martha will also play two free outdoor NYC shows of her own this summer. She's appearing at part of the Tribute to Sly and the Family Stone at Castle Clinton on Thursday, July 16th. Then on August 14th and 15th, she'll play Central Park Summerstage with Morphoses and the Wheeldon Company. That night is billed as...
A very special evening of dance and music that will feature a world premiere by choreographer Christopher Wheeldon, set to new music by Martha Wainwright, both commissioned by City Parks Foundation.Finally, out in Long Island near the end of the summer Martha will play the The Watermill Center in Watermill, NY on August 29th with brother Rufus and Norah Jones, who'll sing together for the first time. Martha will play songs from her Edith Piaf project. Tickets are on sale.
Videos of Martha doing her Edith Piaf thing, with all tour dates and "A Not So Silent Night" poster, below...
After meeting his biological father for the first time, GE powerhouse Jack Donaghy discovered his dad, professor Milton Greene, needed a kidney. Not being a potential organ donor himself, Mr. Donaghy turned to some very affluent friends in the entertainment world. This partnership created the phenomenon, "Kidney Now!' -- a benefit concert featuring some of the most recognizable names in the music industry. With the help of this song, Milton Green just might find the kidney match he needs and Jack Donaghy may be granted the gift of a father he never knew.Video from last night's episode of 30 Rock below...
photos by Tim Griffin
"Wheeler has been hired to write the "Shrek" spinoff "Puss in Boots" for DreamWorks Animation, a stand-alone feature foray for the feline assassin/swordsman voiced by Antonio Banderas in the two most recent "Shrek" films. The "Shrek" franchise has ballooned into a multibillion-dollar property, with three feature films grossing more than $2 billion worldwide in theaters, tens of millions of DVDs sold and merchandising in every toy store. A fourth feature film, "Shrek Goes Fourth," is due in theaters May 21, 2010." [The Hollywood Reporter]"Puss in Boots" the movie actually has nothing to do with Puss n Boots the band who played Rockwood Music Hall on Saturday night (5/9). More pictures from that show below...
by Andrew Frisicano
Harlem Shakes @ Highline Ballroom (more by Ryan Muir)
The lineup at Pianos tonight (5/6) at has had some changes since we last wrote about it.
Harlem Shakes are still playing a free early show with The Cringe and Sean Bones, but Japandroids, who were originally scheduled to play the show's late set, had to reschedule all of their dates because of illness. They'll be in town instead on July 10th and 11th. Heavenly States canceled as well. Instead, we have the Octagon, Electric Owls, and Stars Like Nesseth for the post-Shakes late show (10pm start).
The Shakes have been busy since the release of Technicolor Health on Gigantic Music in March. I caught their show at the Starr Space on Thursday, April 23rd, where the band closed the night. The late Harlem Shakes set was persuasive enough to convince most of the crowd to stick around and sacrifice a totally alert work/school day. Accordingly, the front of the room was packed with people dancing to the band's new album songs, which they played as A Christmas Story rolled on the projector. The hardwood surface of the Starr Space were less than ideal acoustically (the PA speakers mounted behind the crowd didn't help either), but no one seemed to notice -- most were more interested in the party anthem choruses of songs like "Strictly Game" and "Sunlight."
At the end of May, the band heads out on tour with Passion Pit and Cale Parks across North America. After that, the Harlem Shakes will headline a July 1st show at the Bowery Ballroom. Tickets are still on sale.
Max & Willow (Sean Bones & Norah Jones in Wah Do Dem)
Also playing the free show tonight (7pm, you better hurry) is Sean Bones, "solo project of Sean Sullivan aka the guitarist of Sam Champion." He's set to release his debut LP (a reggae album), Rings, July 21st on Frenchkiss Records. Coming up, Bones will also play the Delancey on May 20th, open for the 1990s at the Mercury Lounge on May 28th, and perform at the Frenchkiss Records Northside Fest showcase at Bruar Falls on June 12th.
Sean Bones stars with Norah Jones in the indie flick Wah Do Dem, premiering at the LA Film Festival in June. Jones also sings on "Turn Them," the closing track on Bones' new disc.
You might recognize the other band on tonight's bill, The Cringe, as the group that features Rachael Ray's husband, guitarist/singer John Cusimano. The group has performed at Ray's pre-SXSW Santos show and SXSW BBQ in March of this year, her 2008 SXSW party, and other Ray-sponsored gigs. She's also hosting tonight at Pianos (Watch Entertainment = her production company) (flyer posted again below).
Two new clips from the Harlem Shakes' record release party at MHOW on March 26th, and the Sean Bones record track list and and IFC interview, and the trailer for Wah Do Dem, below...
Rumor has it that LES spot Rockwood Music Hall (196 Allen Street, NY, NY) will be expanding its current, limited-capacity venue. Have you heard that?
The intimate venue, is known for being a great place to see a live show and for hosting surprise/secret performances by well-known artists like Ryan Adams and Norah Jones (under the guise of side-bands like The Sloppy Joannes and Puss n Boots). In fact, Puss n Boots ("P n B") is scheduled to perform at Rockwood on Saturday, May 9th. They played Mercury Lounge earlier this year.
The next night, Sunday, May 10th, the venue's Second Sundays series will host its "closing concert" from 6-8pm with special guests. The series organizer Danielle writes that the event is transitioning "from a monthly event to special event format. For now, let's just say...it's less, 'all good things come to an end' and more, 'good things come to those who wait.'" Performers for the event include Jonathan Spottiswoode, Elizabeth Ziman, Paul Brill, Jamie Leonhart, Casey Shea, Sasha Dobson (who is 1/3 of Puss n Boots) and Becky and Nathan Bliss of Barnaby Bright.
Casey Shea, in addition to playing Sunday the 10th, is also playing Rockwood tonight (5/6). He goes on long after Jeremiah Lockwood of The Sway Machinery, and right before a mysterious "Archibald Hext" (Ari Hest?). Check Rockwood's site for their latest full schedule.
Last night (May 5th), Corn Mo played the Bushwick Book Club (not at Rockwood), a first Tuesdays event in Brooklyn where songwriters compose and perform original tunes inspired a selected book. This month's subject was Milan Kundera's The Unbearable Lightness of Being. Other performers included event organizer Susan Hwang, Natti Vogel, Josh Deeter, Lady Blanche, Anna Leuchtenberger, Duck and Swallow, Joe Crow Ryan, Sara Lautman, Andrea Larose, Dan Costello, and Rachel Devlin. Franz Nicolay of the Hold Steady performed at the series' March edition, which focused on the novella Flatland. He's on the schedule again for June 2nd, when the collective inspiration will come from Watchmen by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons.
Flyers, videos & Corn Mo clips, below...
Puss n Boots @ Rodeo Bar on Halloween (by Jonathan Troll / Headstrong Pictures)
Pronto features Mikael Jorgensen of Wilco. Puss 'N Boots is the name of one of Norah Jones's many side projects. This band also features Sasha Dobson and Catherine Popper (who all backed Wilco for a song at MSG). Both bands are playing Mercury Lounge in NYC on March 19th. Tickets are on sale.
Puss n Boots are also playing Rockwood Music Hall one day earlier, and a show with Levon Helm.
New Ramble DatesLevon Helm also has two shows coming up at the Beacon Theatre.
March 14 and 21, 2009
and for your sweethearts...
A Valentines Day Ramble ~ February 14, 2009
With guests, Puss N Boots featuring Grammy-winning singer and songwriter Norah Jones
Pronto have no other shows scheduled.
Willie Nelson has a full tour schedule for the first three months of 2009. That includes two "Two Men With the Blues" shows at Rose Theater at Lincoln Center with Wynton Marsalis. The NYC shows are part of 'Jazz at Lincoln Center' and are advertising a "special guest appearance by Norah Jones" who we know also showed up when Willie recently played Radio City Music Hall. Tickets for the February 9th and 10th shows may still be on sale (call CenterCharge at 212-721-6500). All dates below...
photos by Fresh Bread
Willie Nelson headlined Radio City Music Hall in NYC last night (Sept 25, 2008). FB said, "Willie played for almost 2 hours, must have been 20 - 25 songs total....all the classics, some covers, a special guest (norah jones). Really was very good and definitely special." Jakob Dylan opened the show. More pictures below...
Brit band Coldplay is the preferred music choice to send us off to sleep at night, a survey has found.
The clean cut rock band fronted by Chris Martin topped a poll of artists lulling Britons into slumber.
The dulcet tones of James Blunt, Snow Patrol, Take That and Norah Jones completed the "kip parade" top five according to a study undertaken by Travelodge. [UK press association]
"Born of social ineptitude and an ageless belief in trick-or-treatery, EL MADMO offers escape, justice, karmic postulation, and that feeling you get when you know something that no one else does. Starting out as a garage band trapped in the basements of various hockey arenas, theirs is a powerfully raw sound that could only be inspired by the smell of Zamboni fuel and sweaty skates.To be more specific, the record will be released on Team Love Records (a New York City-based independent record label founded by Conor Oberst and Nate Krenkel in 2003"), home of Tilly & The Wall, Jenny Lewis, Gruff Rhys, David Dondero, and Craig Wedren. You'll notice the press release doesn't actually say anything about Norah Jones, but you can see that that's her if you look close at the picture. Okay, I wouldn't have noticed either, but when I heard the news, I thought, "El Madmo....that sounds familiar....". Cover art and tracklist below.....
The band consists of guitarist/singer, Maddie, bassist/singer, El, and majestically afroed drummer, Mo. Their self-titled debut album is a solid piece of body rocking ear-munition revealing a musical labyrinth that challenges you to, "Choose your own adventure." From the Aeolian darkness of "Vampire Guy", to the sassy cha-cha of "Fantasy Guy", to a song that simply asks, "What good is a smile when your head's in a vise?", EL MADMO serves up a hot and tasty meal that'll fill you up and also "Rock Yer Balls Off."
EL MADMO's Debut record will be released on 5/20."
photos & video by Chris La Putt
As you know, The Living Room has been celebrating their 10th Anniversary with some special shows night after night since March 19th. And as promised, Norah Jones showed up. It happened last night (March 31) around midnight which was right around the time John Vanderslice and St Vincent were finishing up right next door at Pianos......
photos by Bao Nguyen
"We wanted to make some statement from New York City -- the center of the universe," said Lou Reed in a hallway press conference for Speak Up!, an anti-war benefit held last night (March 18) at intimate Brooklyn theater St. Ann's Warehouse. While the 65-year-old NYC icon isn't in any shape to be chaining himself to a recruiting station, he certainly can gather a who's who of the lefty art-rocker geekerati: David Byrne, Moby, Blonde Redhead, Scissor Sisters, Damien Rice, Norah Jones and co-organizers Laurie Anderson and Antony, who helped conceive the event in Anderson's living room. It was a night where every song felt like a protest anthem -- even when the Scissor Sisters sang "I ain't got nothing but your seed on my face/You'll put them babies to waste." That could be about sending kids to war, right? [Rolling Stone]
Reed, Anderson, Antony and Moby opened the show with a broken version of "The Star Spangled Banner." Lou's feedback never quite nailed the notes and he mangled the words a little bit ("home of the free and the home of the brave"), but it all made perfect sense. On the fifth anniversary of a war that has been pushed off the headlines in favor of an election, our national anthem was given an appropriate luster of unease and trepidation. Norah Jones performed slinky versions of her "My Dear Country" and Randy Newman's "I Think It's Going To Rain Today." David Byrne, armed with a four-person choir, led an art-gospel sermon full of huge choruses. Damien Rice was on hand to add harmonies (and the shittiest tambourine playing since Tracy Partridge), but Byrne's mesmerizing presence kept his pair of originals spiraling heavenward. The perenially chilly Laurie Anderson pulled out the snarky electrofunk of her recent "Only An Expert," vivisecting corporations and Oprah and weapons of mass destruction and global warming in that arch, scientific, matter-of-fact Laurie Anderson way. [Rolling Stone]More below.....
8pmRunning through April 4th, the anniversary schedule also features one more tribute night on April 3rd...
Elvis Costello Tribute Night featuring Jim Boggia, Leah Siegel, Jim Campilongo, Milton, Julia Darling, Brian Seymour, Genie Morrow, Rachel Loshak, Adam Levy, Jon Dryden, Teddy Goldstein, Joy Askew, Jim Allen, Ben Carroll, Tom Freund, Julia Greenberg and Ken Webb
Elliot Smith Tribute Night featuring Anne Heaton, Michelle Casillas, Kevin Johnston, Cat Martino, Julia Greenberg, Amanda Thorpe, Pal Shazar, Jules Shear, Anne Heaton, Greta Gertler, Sasha Dobson, Julia Darling, The Selfsame, Leah Siegel, Jimi Zhivago, Mamie Minch, Jesse Harris, Daru Oda, Lianne Smith, Leif ArntzenThe full schedule at the Living Room's site, though it appears that some bigger names have purposely been left off of it in the name of crowd control. Which nights do you recommend?
The celebration will include a talented cross-section of Living Room artists featuring David Poe, Vienna Teng, Ron Sexsmith, Norah Jones, Peter Salett, Joan as Police Woman, and many more. Each evening will be a $10 suggested donation to the musicians tip jar, and a 1-drink minimum per set.March 19-29, 2008. Check out The Living Room's website for an approximate schedule. No advanced tickets.
Concert Joe reports....
I went to the Living Room last night to see my favorite Resident band there Crescent & Frost. I saw on the Blackboard outside > StinkBug Willies, and thought how the Little Willies ( Norah Jones, Jim Campilongo + Richard Julian ) played there sort of secretly, last year when I saw them. I asked the people who worked there if it was them, and they said Yes. They did 2 fantastic sets from 11:26 > 1:39.Alberta Cross played between Crescent & Frost and Stinkbug Willies. Norah Jones is known for playing shows under fake names.
Jenny Scheinman, band & Nels Cline in Chicago - Feb 2007 (CRED)
Drawing from a deep reservoir of musicians, violinist Jenny Scheinman has experimented with innumerable permutations at her regular Tuesday night Barbès gigs. This past April she found something special when combining upright bassist Todd Sickafoose, guitarist Nels Cline and drummer Jim Black (the first meeting of Cline and Black), so she brought them back together for a mini-tour, stopping at Joe’s Pub for two sets (Aug. 6th). Her music’s inherent lyricism, with folk and traditional influences, tamped the wilder impulses of Cline and Black, who both creatively served the songs. [NYC review @ All About Jazz]Check out a video from that show on YouTube. As many already know, one of Nels Cline's other jobs (since 2004) is playing guitar with Wilco.
"Jenny Scheinman, violinist/composer, was voted the #1 Rising Star Violinist in the 2005, 2004 and 2003 Downbeat Critics' Polls, has performed and recorded extensively with Bill Frisell as well as Norah Jones, Madeleine Peyroux, Nels Cline, Vinicius Cantuaria, Marc Ribot and Myra Melford." [Jenny's biography]
"Her carny blend of jazz, Americana and rock finds its closest kin in the music of Tom Waits, former Bay Area neighbors Tin Hat and fellow roots-jazz hybridizer Bill Frisell, who has collaborated often with her." [Philly.com]
"Busy downtown violinist Jenny Scheinman’s records tend to get filed in the jazz bin, and she works out her more pop-oriented inclinations at the Living Room. In her semiregular hang at Barbès, anything goes." [Time Out]
It's that 'everything goes' attitude by a talented musician that makes Jenny's regular Tuesday night shows at the intimate Barbes in Park Slope so special - not to mention the regular cast of super-talented musicians that regularly play with her at the shows while she sings and plays violin.
One of those special collaborators is jazz guitarist Tony Scherr, and that's exactly who will be joining Jenny at her next very special appearance at the free BrooklynVegan party upstairs at Pianos, NYC - on Wednesday October 17, 2007 (4:45 pm - right before Bon Iver). Stay tuned for more details.
Thanks to Araneo for the above picture of Jenny and Norah at The Living Room in 2005.
“It’s weird,” she says, finding a surreal humor in it. “Probably George Bush has heard me, come to think of it. He’s probably heard me on Norah Jones’ record. If 20 million records are sold, they’ve got to get to people’s ears you’d never imagine.” [All About Jazz]Among countless other things, Jenny also plays violin on the new Lucinda Williams album. The MP3s above are clips from her own 2005 album entitled 12 Songs
Norah & M - June 18, 2007 (CRED)
Remember last year Cat Power, Jeff Tweedy, Ryan Adams and some other folks played some free shows in NYC? Well, it looks like this year they're doing it again - so far with M. Ward, Victoria Williams, and McCarthy Trenching on September 18th.
In other M. Ward news, he had to postpone his his Boston Pops gig which was supposed to happen in just a few days, he's reissuing his first record Duet For Guitars #2 on Merge (out July 10), and he's still on tour with Norah Jones....
Last night (May 30) Ben Gibbard came out and performed his own three song set at the Bright Eyes show that Maria Taylor and Nick Zinner were also guests at. People got a mini-set by Norah Jones' side-project The Little Willies the night before.
Bright Eyes & Norah Jones @ Town Hall, NYC - May 29, 2007 (CRED)
The following short-free-televised shows take place at 7am in Bryant Park in NYC....