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  • Wed Sep 3

    Location: Brooklyn Bowl, 61 Wythe Ave, Brooklyn, NY, United States (Google Maps)

    Time: 8:00 pm to 12:00 am

  • Wed Sep 3

    Location: Barbes (Google Maps)

    Time: 10:00 pm to 11:00 pm

    THE MANDINGO AMBASSADORS. Every Wednesday
    In the 1960's and 1970's, the government of Guinea engaged in a campaign known as Authenticité. It was a drive to create a new musical movement that would be specifically Guinean, but would include the modern wonders that were the electric guitar, the electric bass and the drumset. Musicians were given instruments and orchestras were formed. Surprisingly, the results proved mesmerizing and a myriad new bands were born. Many of them would go on to have a profound and lasting impact on African music. Mamady Kouyate was one of those pioneers. He played in various bands - his own band, Les Ambassadeurs du Mandingue, being one of them - but is probably best known as the guitarist in the the classic Bembeya Jazz National. Kouyate, who now lives in NY, has reformed the Mandingo Ambassadors, updating the sound of his youth, but keeping it very close to the standard of Authenticité. The new All-Star band includ es Ismael Kouyate - vocals; Mamady Kourouma - guitar; Oran Etkin - tenor sax & clarinets; Sylvain Leroux - flute, tambin and alto sax; Andy Algire - drums; Nick Cudahy - bass and Mamady Kouyate - guitar. “dazzling vocal and guitar patterns over a rhythm section that is like a perfect system” Ben Ratliff, NY Times.

  • Thu Sep 4

    Location: Zinc Bar, West 3rd Street, New York, NY, United States (Google Maps)

    Time: 9:00 pm to 11:30 pm

    Sets at 9:00 and 10:30PM

    The first Thursday each month, this 16-piece big band brings together musicians from different countries around the world that, under Gregorio Uribe’s leadership and vision, create a masterpiece of Latin rhythms. With a remarkable compliance of trumpets, trombones and saxes soaring over an amazing percussion section and the leader of the group dancing to the beat while playing the accordion, this band brings new and modern flavor to Latin music that, simply, cannot go unnoticed.

    The band has performed at renown venues on the East Coast such as Iridium, Highline Ballroom, Fat Cat, Theater For The New City, Regattabar and the Rhode Island State House.

    Uribe brought to life his vision to create a show that blends different genres such as funk and jazz with the intriguing folkloric rhythms of his native Colombia. This energetic and intelligent approach to the music of his country has led him to share the stage with such renowned artists as the six-time Grammy-winner Rubén Blades and Latin Grammy Award-winners Aterciopelados

  • Thu Sep 4

    Location: Zinc Bar, West 3rd Street, New York, NY, United States (Google Maps)

    Time: 11:59 pm to 2:00 am

    The essence of AfroCuban music is expressed in the Rumba: intoxicating polyrhythmic percussion, played on multiple drums, accompanied by call and response singing. Master percussionist Roman Diaz, the leader of the Abakuá society brought to Cuba from Calabar, West Africa, is regarded as a “living repository” of Cuba's folkoric music. As a member of the seminal Cuban rumba ensemble Yoruba Andabo, he continued the work of the legendary percussionist Pancho Quinto in creating a new definition of traditional Cuban rumba.

    Román Díaz left Cuba in 1999 to come to New York City. Since then he has been featured alongside Orlando “Puntilla” Rios in the critically acclaimed documentary Calle 54, and in ‘Dame La Mano’ the film that documents the life and times of Union City’s Esquina Habanera, the Grammy-nominated rumba ensemble Raíces Habanera and their followers.

    His mastery of the batá drum is present on countless recordings along with his rock solid groove on congas. He has always been sought after for his artistic sensibility, charisma and signature sound. As a producer, he has brought together some of the finest interpreters of Rumba from the island as documented on the CD, Wemilere. In the U.S., Diaz has collaborated with many musicians including the New Orleans jazz great Donald Harrison, Horacio “El Negro” Hernandez, Paquito D’Rivera, Juan-Carlos Formell, Oriando “Puntilla” Rios and AfroHORN.

  • Fri Sep 5

    Location: Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker St, New York, NY, United States (Google Maps)

    Time: 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm

    Saul Williams
    Who I am and what I do seems to vary by mod, mood, and mode of expression. I write. I act. I perform. Most of the labels that are projected onto me are seldom how I would choose to refer to myself. Yet, regardless of how much I might dodge classification, the one label that I tote freely is that of being an artist. And it is the art of self expression that has heightened my experience on this planet and fueled my understanding of love, compassion, and humanity.
    I write poetry because it is the clearest and most direct expression of how I think. I take pride in being called a poet mostly because it feels like an ordination. I did not grow up thinking of myself as a poet, so it is an honor to be considered one. So far, I’ve written four books that fall under the category of poetry. For me, they chronicle my growth as an artist, friend, lover, father, son, and individual. My goal has never truly been to become an amazing poet, rather I have worked at becoming more expressive, thoughtful, and harmoniously balanced, and courageous enough to live my life as a poem. My writings simply chronicle my journey and vision. They are the residue of the work that I’m doing on myself.

    Osekre and The Lucky Bastards
    Where They’re From: Brooklyn, New York (by way of Accra, Ghana)
    When They Started: 2010
    For Fans of: K’naan, Keziah Jones, Jupiter & Okwess International, Throes + The Shine
    Genre: Afropop meets ska/punk
    Sounds Like: Making something out of nothing and getting hyped off of life

    Patrice
    “I always believed that my days were numbered, so I was in a big rush to get things done. My early encounter with death triggered something. An appreciation for life, the subject that became the main theme of my early work, up until now.”
    Skipping from the school bench to the world stage, Patrice released his first EP and before graduation, walked across the stage to open for Lauryn Hill’s Miseducation Tour. He brought soul on tours with the original Black Eyed Peas, and once his album dropped, his career soared. His portfolio of music weaves aching blues, stirring soul, rebel punk and righteous reggae, leaving no room for labels.

    Koku Gonza
    Koku Gonza, the daughter of a native Tanzanian folk singer, has shared the stage with soulful heavy weight artists. Artist ranging from the living Jazz-Funk Fusion legend Roy Ayers, the Millennium Bluesman Anthony David the elegant Soulful-Siren Yahzarah, Songstress Maimouna Youssef and soul savvy songwriter Eric Roberson. Her mother from South Carolina, is also a musician. Her parents noticed her talents at an early age and immersed her in piano, vocal and dance activities.

  • Fri Sep 5

    Location: Zinc Bar, West 3rd Street, New York, NY, United States (Google Maps)

    Time: 8:00 pm to 9:00 pm

    “The Afro-Peruvian Sextet is writing a new chapter in the history of Latin Jazz” --Rifftides
    “Trumpeter Gabriel Alegria stands poised to introduce Afro-Peruvian Jazz to the world.” –All About Jazz
    “deeply funky 12/8 rhythm!” –Hartford Advocate

  • Fri Sep 5

    Location: SOB's, 204 Varick St, New York, NY, United States (Google Maps)

    Time: 8:00 pm to 11:00 pm

    5:00PM doors / 8:00PM & 10:00PM show
    $10.00 in advance - $15.00 day of show (age 21+)
    Salsa

  • Fri Sep 5

    Location: Zinc Bar, West 3rd Street, New York, NY, United States (Google Maps)

    Time: 9:30 pm to 1:00 am

    Sets at 9:30, 11:00 and Midnight

    Every Friday night is African Jazz Night. Experience some of the greatest artists of this captivating genre! Depending on the weekend, you might find Source with Abdoulaye Diabaté, an interracial New York-based African group, or the African jazz and funk of the African Blue Notes, led by the Cameroonian singer and guitarist Martino Atagana. This is a night not to be missed!

  • Fri Sep 5

    Location: (Google Maps)

    Time: 9:30 pm to 10:30 pm

    New York City band Radio Jarocho plays son jarocho music fashioned after the towns, musicians and swampy countryside of Veracruz, Mexico. They also write their own songs inspired by this popular genre and tailor them with assorted influences creating a contemporary repertoire that albeit captures the spirit of the traditional style.

    The band championed son jarocho, (a mix of Afro-Caribbean, Spanish, and Mexican Indigenous dance and music,) in the East Coast by performing in dozens of concerts and fandangos over the past ten years in New York City, Washington DC, and Boston. In the summer of 2011 they successfully toured Chicago and in the fall completed an acclaimed tour in New York with son jarocho legend Patricio Hidalgo. After spending a year writing and performing their first collection of songs, Radio Jarocho teamed up with Grammy Award winner Alex Venguer to record and produce the band’s first full-length album “Café, Café”. The album, due on early spring of 2012, will surely take Radio Jarocho to explore new places in the U.S. and bring son jarocho and the band’s original songs to more people.

    Performing:
    Gabriel Guzmán: jarana, vocals
    Julia del Palacio: bailadora, vocals
    Juan Carlos Marín: requinto, vocals
    Emmanuel Huitzil: marimbol
    Carlos Cuestas: leona, vocals

    $7 Cover for Mezzanine

  • Fri Sep 5

    Location: Barbès, 376 9th St, New York, NY, United States (Google Maps)

    Time: 10:00 pm to 11:00 pm

    Named after a flower used in Mexico as a love potion, Mariachi Flor de Toloache is the only established all female mariachi band, founded by Mireya Ramos in New York City in 2008. All women in the band wear the muy macho traditional black charro outfits, and come from Puerto Rico, Mexico, Germany, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, and the United States. Their musical backgrounds range from Indie rock, to classical and Hip Hop, but are all are steeped in all aspects of Mexican music. They play traditional Mariachi instruments such as guitarron (bass) and vihuela (5 string guitar) as well as violins, trumpets and guitar. They have toured Spain, India and the US and have been featured in the NY Times, NBC and Univision.

  • Sat Sep 6

    Location: Barbès, 376 9th St, New York, NY, United States (Google Maps)

    Time: 8:00 am to 9:00 am

    Music from Zimbabwe and Mozambique featuring mbira, timbila, guitar, violin, and tables. Guitarist Banning Eyre and Nora Balabam (Mbira, Timbila) have put together a band with deep background in Shona mbira (thumb piano) and Chopitimbila (xylophone) folklore, but they adapt these styles with the freedom of American rockers

  • Sat Sep 6

    Location: SOB's, 204 Varick St, New York, NY, United States (Google Maps)

    Time: 7:00 pm to 11:30 pm

    Two shows, 8pm and 10pm
    $30 General ADMISSION (age 21+)


    Born December 15, 1936 in New York, NY

    Known as one of the finest pianists of the past 50 years, Eddie Palmieri is a bandleader, arranger and composer of salsa and Latin jazz. His playing skillfully fuses the rhythm of his Puerto Rican heritage with the complexity of his jazz influences: Thelonious Monk, Herbie Hancock, McCoy Tyner as well as his older brother, Charlie Palmieri.

    Palmieri’s parents emigrated from Ponce, Puerto Rico to New York City in 1926. Born in Spanish Harlem and RAISED in the Bronx, Palmieri learned to play the piano at an early age, and at 13, he joined his uncle’s orchestra, playing timbales.

    Palmieri’s professional career as a pianist took off with various bands in the early 1950s including Eddie Forrester, Johnny Segui’s, and the popular Tito Rodriguez Orchestra. In 1961, Palmieri formed his own band, La Perfecta, which featured an unconventional front line of trombones rather than the trumpets customary in Latin orchestras. This created an innovative sound that mixed American jazz into Afro-Caribbean rhythms, surprising critics and fans alike. Palmieri disbanded La Perfecta in 1968 to pursue different musical endeavors, though he would return to the band’s music in the 2000s.

    Palmieri perfected his arranging skills in the 1970′s releasing several impressive recordings that reflected his unorthodox approach to music. His unconventional style would once again surprise critics and fans with the 1970 release entitled “Harlem River Drive.” This recording was the first to merge what were categorized as “Black” and “Latin” music into a free-form sound that encompassed elements of salsa, funk, soul and jazz. In 1975, Palmieri won the first-ever Grammy for Best Latin Recording for The Sun of Latin Music (he’s won ten Grammys altogether to date), including two for his influential recording with Tito Puente, Obra Maestra/Masterpiece.

    Recognizing Palmieri as an American icon, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History in Washington, DC, recorded two of Palmieri’s performances for its archives in 1988. Because of Palmieri’s proclivity for creating music in funk Latin style, Little Louie Vega invited him to record on Nuyorican Soul (1997), a release that became very popular in the HOUSE ANDunderground music scenes.

    In addition to the Grammys, Palmieri has received numerous honors: Eubie Blake Award (1991); Most Exciting Latin Performance, presented by the BBC in London (2002); Yale University’s Chubb Fellowship, usually reserved for international heads of state, but given to Palmieri in recognition of his work building communities through music (2002); Harlem Renaissance Award (2005); Jay McShann Lifetime Achievement Award (2008), induction into the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame (2008). A year later, the Library of Congress added Palmieri’s composition “Azucar Pa’ Ti” to the National Recording REGISTRY, which at the time only included 300 compositions documenting the history of all of recorded music history in the U.S. With his widely popular eight-and-a-half minute “Azucar Pa’ Ti” Palmieri changed the format of the recording industry, breaking the three-and-a-half minute barrier imposed by the recording industry.

    In 2012, Palmieri CONTINUED to innovate, celebrating 75 years with new music included in the original score for a documentary co-directed by Bobbito Garcia called “Doin it in the Park” that explores the cultural influence of playground basketball on sports and music.

    Palmieri’s music recorded for the documentary will be released as a soundtrack in November of 2013. This was Eddie’s first time recording his own new music since winning back-to-back Grammys in 2005 and 2006. The songs featured in the documentary are part of Eddie’s next full-length album, Sabiduria, which will be released in 2014. Sabiduria is a fusion of Jazz, funk and Latin fused with Afro-world rhythms.

    In 2013, Eddie Palmieri was awarded the coveted Jazz Master award by the National Endowment of the Arts (NEA). The NEA Jazz Master award is the highest honor an American Jazz artist can receive. For more about the NEA recognition, please visit: http://www.nea.gov/honors/jazz/index.html.

    In 2013, Palmieri was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Latin Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences. For more information:http://www.latingrammy.com/en/news/2013-latin-recording-academy-special-awards.

    Palmieri will release his newest compositions on “Sabiduria/Wisdom” in the summer of 2014.
    Websites:

    For more biographical information: http://www.eddiepalmierimusic.com

  • Sat Sep 6

    Location: Shrine, 2271 Adam Clayton Powell Jr Blvd, New York, NY, United States (Google Maps)

    Time: 10:00 pm to 12:00 am

    The balafon (xylophone) has electrified popular music in West Africa since the court of Emperor Sundiata Keita back in 1235. Lush vocals, flutes, sinewy guitars, cellos .

  • Sat Sep 6

    Location: Barbès, 376 9th St, New York, NY, United States (Google Maps)

    Time: 10:00 pm to 11:00 pm

    In the Mexican state of Sinaloa, brass bands (bandas) are part of every public celebration. In the 1940's, the pioneering Banda El Recodo started mixing up traditional brass band tunes with contemporary Mexican music - mostly ranchera - and soon transformed the idiom into a powerful new popular genre. In the 1990's, banda music experienced a renewal, especially among young Californian Mexicans, many of whom have family roots in Sinaloa. Banda music's popularity exploded in Mexico as well and has become the new urban music of choice. $10

  • Sun Sep 7

    Location: Brooklyn Bowl, 61 Wythe Ave, Brooklyn, NY, United States (Google Maps)

    Time: 8:00 pm to 9:00 pm

    Opening Acts: Mamarazzi, Underground Horns
    Doors: 6:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm
    $12.00

  • Mon Sep 8

    Location: Barbès (Google Maps)

    Time: 9:30 pm to 11:30 pm

  • Wed Sep 10

    Location: SOB's, 204 Varick St, New York, NY, United States (Google Maps)

    Time: 9:00 pm to 10:00 pm

  • Wed Sep 10

    Location: Barbes (Google Maps)

    Time: 10:00 pm to 11:00 pm

    THE MANDINGO AMBASSADORS. Every Wednesday
    In the 1960's and 1970's, the government of Guinea engaged in a campaign known as Authenticité. It was a drive to create a new musical movement that would be specifically Guinean, but would include the modern wonders that were the electric guitar, the electric bass and the drumset. Musicians were given instruments and orchestras were formed. Surprisingly, the results proved mesmerizing and a myriad new bands were born. Many of them would go on to have a profound and lasting impact on African music. Mamady Kouyate was one of those pioneers. He played in various bands - his own band, Les Ambassadeurs du Mandingue, being one of them - but is probably best known as the guitarist in the the classic Bembeya Jazz National. Kouyate, who now lives in NY, has reformed the Mandingo Ambassadors, updating the sound of his youth, but keeping it very close to the standard of Authenticité. The new All-Star band includ es Ismael Kouyate - vocals; Mamady Kourouma - guitar; Oran Etkin - tenor sax & clarinets; Sylvain Leroux - flute, tambin and alto sax; Andy Algire - drums; Nick Cudahy - bass and Mamady Kouyate - guitar. “dazzling vocal and guitar patterns over a rhythm section that is like a perfect system” Ben Ratliff, NY Times.

  • Thu Sep 11

    Location: Zinc Bar, West 3rd Street, New York, NY, United States (Google Maps)

    Time: 9:00 pm to 1:00 am

    Sets at 9PM, 10:30PM, and Midnight Until Close

    The essence of AfroCuban music is expressed in the Rumba: intoxicating polyrhythmic percussion, played on multiple drums, accompanied by call and response singing. Master percussionist Roman Diaz, the leader of the Abakuá society brought to Cuba from Calabar, West Africa, is regarded as a “living repository” of Cuba's folkoric music. As a member of the seminal Cuban rumba ensemble Yoruba Andabo, he continued the work of the legendary percussionist Pancho Quinto in creating a new definition of traditional Cuban rumba.

    Román Díaz left Cuba in 1999 to come to New York City. Since then he has been featured alongside Orlando “Puntilla” Rios in the critically acclaimed documentary Calle 54, and in ‘Dame La Mano’ the film that documents the life and times of Union City’s Esquina Habanera, the Grammy-nominated rumba ensemble Raíces Habanera and their followers.

    His mastery of the batá drum is present on countless recordings along with his rock solid groove on congas. He has always been sought after for his artistic sensibility, charisma and signature sound. As a producer, he has brought together some of the finest interpreters of Rumba from the island as documented on the CD, Wemilere. In the U.S., Diaz has collaborated with many musicians including the New Orleans jazz great Donald Harrison, Horacio “El Negro” Hernandez, Paquito D’Rivera, Juan-Carlos Formell, Oriando “Puntilla” Rios and AfroHORN.

  • Fri Sep 12

    Location: DROM, 85 Avenue A, New York, NY, United States (Google Maps)

    Time: 6:00 pm to 9:30 pm

    Doors 6PM
    Show 6PM/8:30PM
    Advance Price $69

    Back by popular demand! We are excited to present Jose "Pepito" Gomez at Drom. Get up and dance or just relax and listen to gorgeous traditional Cuban music by Pepito Gomez, called one of Cuba's best singers of all time by Omara Portuondo of the Buena Vista Social Club. His sextet will perform a true homage to this beautiful style of music!

  • Fri Sep 12

    Location: Zinc Bar, West 3rd Street, New York, NY, United States (Google Maps)

    Time: 8:00 pm to 9:00 pm

    “The Afro-Peruvian Sextet is writing a new chapter in the history of Latin Jazz” --Rifftides
    “Trumpeter Gabriel Alegria stands poised to introduce Afro-Peruvian Jazz to the world.” –All About Jazz
    “deeply funky 12/8 rhythm!” –Hartford Advocate

  • Fri Sep 12

    Location: BAM Peter Jay Sharp Building, 30 Lafayette Ave, New York, NY, United States (Google Maps)

    Time: 8:00 pm to 10:30 pm

    TICKETS START AT $35

    Part of 2014 Next Wave Festival and Nonesuch Records at BAM

    With a soaring tenor that brims with passion and nuance, singer-songwriter Youssou NDOUR is a global music icon. An early emissary of the mbalax style—a blend of bubbling Senegalese griot percussion, Wolof lyrics, and Afro-Cuban influences—he has gone on to become a tireless cultural ambassador and one of the most revered figures on the world stage. Last at BAM in 2009, NDOUR returns for a rare stateside appearance, performing with his band, the Super Étoile, for two nights only.

  • Fri Sep 12

    Location: Zinc Bar, West 3rd Street, New York, NY, United States (Google Maps)

    Time: 9:30 pm to 1:00 am

    Sets at 9:30, 11:00 and Midnight

    Every Friday night is African Jazz Night. Experience some of the greatest artists of this captivating genre! Depending on the weekend, you might find Source with Abdoulaye Diabaté, an interracial New York-based African group, or the African jazz and funk of the African Blue Notes, led by the Cameroonian singer and guitarist Martino Atagana. This is a night not to be missed!

  • Sat Sep 13

    Location: BAM Peter Jay Sharp Building, 30 Lafayette Ave, New York, NY, United States (Google Maps)

    Time: 8:00 pm to 10:30 pm

    TICKETS START AT $35

    Part of 2014 Next Wave Festival and Nonesuch Records at BAM

    With a soaring tenor that brims with passion and nuance, singer-songwriter Youssou NDOUR is a global music icon. An early emissary of the mbalax style—a blend of bubbling Senegalese griot percussion, Wolof lyrics, and Afro-Cuban influences—he has gone on to become a tireless cultural ambassador and one of the most revered figures on the world stage. Last at BAM in 2009, NDOUR returns for a rare stateside appearance, performing with his band, the Super Étoile, for two nights only.

  • Sat Sep 13

    Location: SOB's, 204 Varick St, New York, NY, United States (Google Maps)

    Time: 8:30 pm to 12:00 am

    6:30PM doors / 8:30PM & 10:00PM show
    $10 in advance - $15.00 day of show (age 21+)
    Brazil

  • Sat Sep 13

    Location: Shrine, 2271 Adam Clayton Powell Jr Blvd, New York, NY, United States (Google Maps)

    Time: 10:00 pm to 12:00 am

    Kitoko Groove's member have developed a strong connection both as friends and musicians that is conveyed in their music.. and it's contagious !! Come experience the best music, direct from Kinshasa!

  • Sun Sep 14

    Location: Shrine, 2271 Adam Clayton Powell Jr Blvd, New York, NY, United States (Google Maps)

    Time: 8:00 pm to 9:00 pm

    Bachata, Musica de Amargue
    Singer and songwriter Andre Veloz is an interesting hybrid resulted from the cross between a bird and a fish. She has the nice habit of putting her body and soul into every song she sings.

  • Thu Sep 18

    Location: SOB's, 204 Varick St, New York, NY, United States (Google Maps)

    Time: 8:00 pm to 11:00 pm

    http://sobs.com/2014/3867/salif-keita

    Salif Keita’s career as a musician will always be colored by the fact that he is a member of the Royal Family of Mali. In 1970 he was invited to play in Rail Band, an orchestra supported in part by public money that played in the restaurant of the railway hotel in Bamako. In Rail Band he came into contact with Kante Manfila who had many of the same ideas as Keita concerning the blending of disparate styles. After three years Keita and Manfila moved on to the (then) second most prolific group in Mali, Les Ambassadeurs, that had a more modern repertoire. The group’s popularity soared and in 1978 Salif Keita was created “Minister for Music and Culture” by the president of neighboring Guinea. In gratitude, Salif Keita composed the song ‘Mandjou’, which was an enormous success. Keita and Manfila continued to develop their fusion music and create hypnotic sounds, one after the other, but in the 1980s Keita dissolved Les Ambassadeurs and set out on his solo career. Since then his meaningful influence has cropped up in many areas – from western pop and rock to Pink Floyd, among others.

    Salif Keita with Dj Henri
    7:00 PM doors / 8:00 PM show $50 General ADMISSION (age 21+)

  • Thu Sep 18

    Location: Barbès, 376 9th St, New York, NY, United States (Google Maps)

    Time: 10:00 pm to 11:00 pm

    For the past few years, the colombian pianist hasexplored ways of translating the Vallenato accordion repertoire to the piano. The result is an exciting journey into Colombian folklore, in the spirit of a true Parranda. Alejandro was born in Bogotá, heir to a long line of celebrated Colombian Vallenato musicians and son of Emiro Zuleta one of the most prolific vallenato songwriters of his generation.

  • Thu Sep 18

    Location: Zinc Bar, West 3rd Street, New York, NY, United States (Google Maps)

    Time: 11:59 pm to 2:00 am

    The essence of AfroCuban music is expressed in the Rumba: intoxicating polyrhythmic percussion, played on multiple drums, accompanied by call and response singing. Master percussionist Roman Diaz, the leader of the Abakuá society brought to Cuba from Calabar, West Africa, is regarded as a “living repository” of Cuba's folkoric music. As a member of the seminal Cuban rumba ensemble Yoruba Andabo, he continued the work of the legendary percussionist Pancho Quinto in creating a new definition of traditional Cuban rumba.

    Román Díaz left Cuba in 1999 to come to New York City. Since then he has been featured alongside Orlando “Puntilla” Rios in the critically acclaimed documentary Calle 54, and in ‘Dame La Mano’ the film that documents the life and times of Union City’s Esquina Habanera, the Grammy-nominated rumba ensemble Raíces Habanera and their followers.

    His mastery of the batá drum is present on countless recordings along with his rock solid groove on congas. He has always been sought after for his artistic sensibility, charisma and signature sound. As a producer, he has brought together some of the finest interpreters of Rumba from the island as documented on the CD, Wemilere. In the U.S., Diaz has collaborated with many musicians including the New Orleans jazz great Donald Harrison, Horacio “El Negro” Hernandez, Paquito D’Rivera, Juan-Carlos Formell, Oriando “Puntilla” Rios and AfroHORN.

  • Fri Sep 19

    Location: Zinc Bar, West 3rd Street, New York, NY, United States (Google Maps)

    Time: 8:00 pm to 9:00 pm

    “The Afro-Peruvian Sextet is writing a new chapter in the history of Latin Jazz” --Rifftides
    “Trumpeter Gabriel Alegria stands poised to introduce Afro-Peruvian Jazz to the world.” –All About Jazz
    “deeply funky 12/8 rhythm!” –Hartford Advocate

  • Fri Sep 19

    Location: DROM, 85 Avenue A, New York, NY, United States (Google Maps)

    Time: 9:00 pm to 12:00 am

    In 2009, Big Mean Sound Machine formed in Ithaca, New York with one goal: to create music that stimulates both the Body AND Mind. The result has become a fiery exhibition of artfully conceived dance music that truly is Big and Mean. Today, BMSM comprises a collective of over 15 analog artists spread out over the Northeastern United States, who strive day in and day out to reanimate and reinterpret a fusion of Afrobeat, Funk, Jazz, Latin and many other styles, all through a postmodern lens. Anyone who has witnessed The Machine live in action knows that their performances are among the heaviest and the sweatiest. Anyone who has heard their studio releases also knows that they can REFINE this complex sonic force with maturity and clarity that allows each composition to blossom to its fullest. As of January 2013, their performative efforts have extended to the big screen as well. With the release of DR. IGUANA: LIVE IN THE STUDIO, a live DVD shot at Grammy Award-winning studio Electric Wilburland, the Big Mean Sound Machine adds more critical acclaim to that received from their CD releases Marauders (2012), and Ouroboros (2011). In addition, in 2012 Big Mean released Warrior, a joint effort with vocalist Jay Spaker a.k.a. J-SAN (John Brown's Body, JATAS), and in 2013, BMSM released an album with Ghana's Yao Foli "CHA CHA" Augustine (Mosaic Foundation, The Ndor Band) supporting the Ndor Eco Village project in Foli's home village. BMSM's next studio album is due to be released in the spring of 2014. The Big Mean Sound Machine maintains a busy performance schedule, captivating cities all over the Northeast United States and beyond spreading further each day. For those like us who are tired of the status quo, there is good news: THE BIG MEAN SOUND MACHINE HAS OFFICIALLY ARRIVED.

  • Fri Sep 19

    Location: Zinc Bar, West 3rd Street, New York, NY, United States (Google Maps)

    Time: 9:30 pm to 1:00 am

    Sets at 9:30, 11:00 and Midnight

    Every Friday night is African Jazz Night. Experience some of the greatest artists of this captivating genre! Depending on the weekend, you might find Source with Abdoulaye Diabaté, an interracial New York-based African group, or the African jazz and funk of the African Blue Notes, led by the Cameroonian singer and guitarist Martino Atagana. This is a night not to be missed!

  • Sat Sep 20

    Location: SOB's, 204 Varick St, New York, NY, United States (Google Maps)

    Time: 8:30 pm to 12:00 am

    6:30PM doors / 8:30PM & 10:00PM show
    $10.00 in advance - $15.00 day of show (age 21+)

    Marcos Lessa is a semifinalist of The Voice Brazil 2013. This 22 year old from Ceará had Carlinhos Brown as his coach throughout the season. Marcos began his trajectory in music playing tribute shows in his native Fortaleza. “I started my career honoring the music of Ceará, singing Belchior, Fagner, Ednardo. Now, I want to the representative of Brazilian music everywhere around the globe.” Marcos Lessa’s passion for Brazilian music, especially Samba, is evident in his performances; “Practicing my profession brings me extreme joy. Music is what I love most in my life. I live to sing and I sing for a living.”

    Marcos Lessa performs his debut NYC show at SOB’s on Saturday August 30th 2014. He will be joined on stage by a group of first call New York based Brazilian music session players: Marcos Vigio, Itaiguara Brandão, Eliano Braz and guests. Not to be missed.