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NYC (And U.S.) Concert Recommendations for 9/7-9/13

Fellowship plays all week at the Vanguard

NYC (And Nationwide) Concert Recommendations for the week of 9/7-9/13
For the next few weeks I’ve decided to highlight a few concerts around the nation I’m either attending thanks to AYCJ or at least seriously considered attending.

NYC Concert Recommendations

Tuesday-Sunday
Brian Blade Fellowship @ Village Vanguard (West Village)
(Jazz/Rock) One of my all time favorite bands of any genre. I’m really genuiinely upset that I am leaving New York and missing this. Brian Blade is one of the highest regarded drummers in the world and this band is simply incredible. Blade composes many of the songs on guitar, then orchestrating them for the all-star sextet featuring Myron Waldon on also sax and John Cowerd on keys. Please Please don’t miss this. Sets at 9pm and 11pm nightly. $35 (includes `1 drink)/$25 students

Thursday-Friday Ambrose Akinmusire @ The Jazz Gallery (SW Village)
(Jazz) My favorite jazz trumpet player. Does things that have never been done on the trumpet before. Jagged Dolphy-esque lines contrast beautifully lyrical smooth playing. With an amazing band featuring Gerald Clayton on piano. 9pm and 10:30pm $20 General/$10 Members


Friday
Vijay Iyer Solo Piano @ Le Poisson Rouge (Village)
(Jazz) Undead Jazz (Search & Restore + BoomBoom Productions) Presents their first show since the famed Undead Jazz Fest. Without even taking a breath, coming off the success of last years trio effort (NPR’s jazz album of the year) Vijay Iyer has dived into project, this one on solo piano. Expect mind-bending multi-meter compositions that flow as smoothly as pop tunes, and some pop tune covers with interesting twists. 7:30pm $20 Adv/$25 dos/$15 Students

Saturday
Mike & Ruthy
@ Madison Square Park
(Folk/Rock) This husband/wife duo has folk roots but their latest album is decided more rocking, yet maintains the core folk influence, claw-hammer banjo, fiddle, and insanely beautiful vocal harmonies. 3PM FREE

Saturday
Joe Sanders Infinity @ Jazz Gallery (SW Village)
(jazz) Joe Sanders is a great bass player but not a great leader. Fortunately he’s friends with a bunch of great musicians. (alto player Logan Richardson for one). Expect a casual, thrown together, but amazing set. 9pm and 10:30pm $20 General/$10 Members

Highlights Around the US

Denver, Colorado
Thursday
Charlie Hunter
@ The Fox
(Jazz/Funk) Pioneer and virtuoso of the 7 string guitar, Hunter plays funky bass lines with a huge pocket, chords, and solo/melody lines simultaneously. Even more amazing is that they’re often extremely tasteful and musical. 8pm $15 adv/$20 dos

Pavement @ Ogden Theatre
(Alt Rock) Cult favorites from the 90’s reunited last summer and lit the music blogosphere on fire, and are back at it this summer. Neilistic lyrics and staccato distored guitars make you wish you were cooler than you are. 8pm $30

Austin, TX
Friday
Punch Brothers w/ Loudon Wainwright III
@ Texas Center for the Performing Arts
(Meta-grass) My favorite band plays UT this Friday. Unfortunately I can’t make it just because of the way the scheduling worked out, but if you’re in Austin you should go! Five of the best at their instruments (which happen to comprise a traditional bluegrass instrumentation) play music that runs the gambit from Radiohead inspired rock to Bach to Thile’s own 45 minute 4 movement suite that is as beautiful as it is groundbreaking. 8pm $46/$36/$26

Seattle, WA
Saturday-Sunday
Ambrose Akinmusire
@ Tula’s
(Jazz) My favorite jazz trumpet player. Does things that have never been done on the trumpet before. Jagged Dolphy-esque lines contrast beautifully lyrical smooth playing. With an amazing band featuring Gerald Clayton on piano. 7:30pm $15 General/$7 Students

Sunday
Bruce Molsky
@ Phinney Neighborhood Center
(Old Time/Appalachian) My favorite banjo/fiddle/guitar/singer in this style. The man is an encyclopedia of traditional folk music from cultures around the world. He absorbs tunes, and recalls them instantaneously yet plays with so much heart it shakes you to your core. 7pm $13-$15

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