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Concert Recommendations 4/19-4/25

Jazz Standard Tuesday-Wednesday 7:30 and 9:30pm sets

Monday My Name Is John Michael @ Mercury Lounge (Lower East Side)
(indie) Great NOLA based indie rock with a definitive New Orleans flavor. 7:30PM $10

Monday ELM Featuring Esperanza Spalding, and the Joe Lovano Quartet (Also feat. Esperanza Spalding) @ Rosie O’Grady’s (Times Square)
(jazz) Two great groups for a good price (although more than the usual Monday Night Series cover). Esperanza Spalding is a prodigy of the bass and continues to mature with each performance. $20 for both sets includes one drink 8PM

Monday Melissa Jean Group @ Perks (Harlem)
(jazz/funk) This group has had a Tuesday residency for months and starting this week is moving to every Monday. 8pm Free.

Tuesday Doug Wamble CD Released! (Everywhere)
(Singer/Songwriter/Soul) Doug Wamble’s new album goes on sale everywhere Tuesday. Its an amazing record that I’m extremely proud to have been a small part of. Download it on iTunes, Amazon, etc, etc. CD Release show will be May 15th @ Joe’s Pub!

Tuesday-Wednesday APEX: Bunky Green and Rudresh Mahanthappa @ Jazz Standard (Gramercy)
(Jazz) BUNKY GREEN never comes to New York. Please please please, do not miss this. Featuring – Rudresh Mahanthappa – alto saxophone Bunky Green – alto saxophone Jason Moran – piano Francois Moutin – bass Damion Reid – drums. Free download of a live track at http://rudreshm.bandcamp.com 7:30pm and 9:30pm both nights. $25 $5 off with student ID.

Friday Chris Miller Explosion @ Puppet’s Jazz Bar (Park Slope)
(jazz) I rarely plug my own gigs but this one is going to be really good. Featuring graduate from SUNY Purchase under the direction of Arturo O’Farril. A wide mix of jazz arrangements and original tunes. Tune completely different sets for $6. Happy hour drink specials. 6-8:30pm

Friday-Saturday Donny McCaslin Group @ Smalls (West Village)
(Jazz) One of the giants of the tenor saxophone. Featuring the great Adam Cruz on drums. 9:30 Friday 10:30 Saturday. $20 for all night includes one drink.

Friday Elvis Costello and the Sugarcanes @ United Palace Theatre (Washington Heights)
(folk/bluegrass) With Elvis Costello I guess you either love him or hate him, but I love his recent bluegrass-ish album. Every song stands alone with thought provoking lyrics and the band at this show will be great (featuring Jim Lauderdale!) 8PM $49-$89

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