The New Yorker announces Klapa Sinj and Nenad Bach
Musicians and night-club proprietors live complicated lives; itâ€™s advisable to call ahead to confirm engagements.
B. B. KING BLUES CLUB & GRILL
237 W. 42nd St. (212-997-4144)â€”Nov. 30: The Led-Zeppelin-lite guitarist and singer Billy Squier. Dec. 1: Yngwie Malmsteen is a genius to some and a punch line to others. He was perhaps the swiftest-fingered soloist of the eighties, and his technical chops remain impressive. Just donâ€™t expect anything new. Dec. 3: The Max Weinberg 7, the house band for â€śLate Night with Conan Oâ€™Brien,â€? provides a shot of rockinâ€™ boogie and jump blues.
Broadway at 74th St. (212-307-7171)â€”Dec. 2-4: The â€śAmerican Idolâ€? crooner Clay Aiken swings by with his highly theatrical holiday show, â€śJoyful Noise.â€?
WORLD MUSIC INSTITUTE
Wadada Leo Smith is a free-thinking trumpeter. Alan Kushan is an avant-garde composer who plays a custom-built santir, a type of Persian zither. Together they have written â€śTabligh,â€? a piece that incorporates jazz, classical Persian music, and music from the zikr, a Sufi ceremony of remembrance. (Merkin Concert Hall, 129 W. 67th St. Dec. 1.) The vocal ensemble Klapa Sinj, which comes from the Dalmatian coast of Croatia, makes its New York City dĂ©but, in the company of the Croatian singer-songwriter Nenad Bach. (New York Society for Ethical Culture, 2 W. 64th St. Dec. 2.) The young Israeli singer Yasmin Levy performs Sephardic Jewish songs from fifteenth-century Andalusia, Morocco, and Turkey. (Zankel Hall, Carnegie Hall. Dec. 3.) â€śSongs of the Spiritâ€? unites Meshell NdegĂ©ocello, Odetta, DJ Spooky, the Klezmatics, Sekou Sundiata, the Tibetan Monks of the Drepung Loseling Monastery, and others. (Cathedral of St. John the Divine, Amsterdam Ave. at 112th St. Dec. 6. For more information about all the shows, call 212-545-7536.)
6 Delancey St. (212-533-2111)â€”Dec. 1: Prefuse 73 (one of the many aliases used by the experimental hip-hop producer Guillermo Scott Herren) crafts wide-ranging electronic music. Dec. 2: The shimmering indie pop of the Bay Area outfit Rogue Wave. With Shelby, a local group with the power and grace of its namesake iconic sixties muscle-car designer.
BROOKLYN ACADEMY OF MUSIC
30 Lafayette Ave., Brooklyn (718-636-4100)â€”Nov. 30-Dec. 1: Patti Smith celebrates the thirtieth anniversary of her dĂ©but album, â€śHorses,â€? by playing songs from the influential disk, from the unforgettable opening lines (â€śJesus died for somebodyâ€™s sins but not mineâ€?) straight through to the end. Sheâ€™ll be backed by the original band members Lenny Kaye, on guitar, and Jay Dee Daugherty, on drums, along with the bassist Tony Shanahan and the guitarist Tom Verlaine, who played on the original album as a guest artist during his days with Television. Flea, of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, will also be on hand. Smith has yet to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but she was recently named a Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters by the French Minister of Culture and Communications, perhaps for the good work she did introducing legions of alienated souls to the poetry of Arthur Rimbaud.
17 Irving Pl., at 15th St. (212-777-6800)â€”Dec. 2-3: Anchored by the singer and guitarist J Mascis, who has a lethargic drawl and a caterwauling approach to his instrument (think of a punky Neil Young), Dinosaur Jr. inspired countless alternative bands in the wake of its eighties heyday. There was an acrimonious breakup at the end of the decade, but the original lineup got back together earlier this year for a reunion tour that shows no sign of slowing down. Dec. 5: The brooding California ensemble As I Lay Dying. Dec. 6: Funeral for a Friend shares its name with a plangent Elton John tune, but this Welsh band is all loud guitars and frayed vocal chords. The bandâ€™s third album, â€śHours,â€? is an amalgam of emo histrionics and metal-guitar heroics.
425 Lafayette St. (212-539-8777)â€”Dec. 1-3: The Loserâ€™s Lounge, an ad-hoc collection of fun-loving musicians led by the keyboardist and cultural archeologist Joe McGinty, turns to the coolly sophisticated music of Roxy Music and Brian Eno.
74 Leonard St., between Broadway and Church St. (212-219-3055)â€”Nov. 30: The nineteen-year-old British m.c. Lady Sovereign, a key member of the U.K. grime scene, is a pint-sized white girl who deals in high-energy and highly danceable material. Sov, as she likes to be called, returns to the scene of a triumphant show earlier this year in which she overcame technical glitches and other problems. The d.j. Ghislain Poirier, who remixed one of Sovereignâ€™s songs for her just-released U.S. dĂ©but album, â€śVertically Challenged,â€? will also perform. Dec. 2: Beatallica dissolves the lines between parody and tribute as it conflates the songs of its musical heroes, the Beatles and Metallica. Jaymz Lennfield Krk Hammettson, Kliff McBurtney, and Ringo Larz are their pseudonyms. Studious vocal mimicry, inventive musicianship, and crunching metal arrangements are their stock in trade. They are so adept, apparently, that they have stirred speculation that they are actually Metallica in disguise. Dec. 5: Pretty Girls Make Graves (see Warsaw).
The roving concert series dedicated to the indigenous dance music of Louisiana presents a holiday show with the Bruce Daigrepont Cajun Band, from New Orleans. With Liâ€™l Anne & Hot Cayenne. (Hungarian House, 213 E. 82nd St. For more information, call 212-685-7597 or visit www.letszydeco.com. Dec. 4.)
35 W. 67th St. (212-601-1000)â€”Dec. 5: The acerbic young singer-songwriter Nellie McKay.
NOKIA THEATRE TIMES SQUARE
Broadway at 44th St. (212-307-7171)â€”Dec. 1: The British trio Morcheeba set the standard for trip-hop in the mid-nineties with its downbeat grooves and the smoky cooing of its vocalist, Skye Edwards. But that was then. The band, which is the property of the two other membersâ€”brothers Paul and Ross Godfreyâ€”is back with a lively new album, â€śThe Antidote,â€? that features the earthy vocals of a new singer, Daisy Martey. Now, however, they are touring with yet another vocalist, Jody Sternberg. Dec. 3: Damian Marley, the youngest of Bob Marleyâ€™s seven sons.
66 N. 6th St., Williamsburg, Brooklyn (718-599-5103)â€”Dec. 3: Bob Mouldâ€™s first band, the post-punk trio HĂĽsker DĂĽ, had a sizable influence on groups like Nirvana and Green Day. After it broke up, in 1987, Mould had a solo career, briefly fronted another band, Sugar, and then spent much of the nineties writing scripts for professional wrestling. His more recent musical enterprises reveal a fixation with electronic music, although his latest album, â€śBody of Song,â€? has the rock edge that got him started.
261 Driggs Ave., Brooklyn (718-387-0505)â€”Dec. 6: Seattleâ€™s Pretty Girls Make Graves have charmed critics with their second album, â€śThe New Romance,â€? by capturing the spirit of vintage punk rock without sounding derivative or retro.
315 W. 44th St. (212-581-3080)â€”Nov. 30-Dec. 3: Two of jazzâ€™s most incisive mainstream pianists, Bill Charlap and Bill Mays, perform duets.
131 W. 3rd St., near Sixth Ave. (212-475-8592)â€”Nov. 29-Dec. 4: The Cuban Ă©migrĂ© Arturo Sandoval is an athletic trumpeter who regularly transforms excess into a virtue.
DIZZYâ€™S CLUB COCA-COLA
Broadway at 60th St. (212-258-9595)â€”Nov. 29-Dec. 4: There are few musicians in a better position to pay tribute to Ray Charles than the saxophonist David (Fathead) Newman, who was one of the chief soloists in the glory days of the late, lamented soul genius. His guests include the singer Cynthia Scott.
FEINSTEINâ€™S AT THE REGENCY
540 Park Ave., at 61st St. (212-339-4095)â€”The high-spirited entertainer Michael Feinstein is a true mensch. He delivers his annual holiday program with ecumenical evenhandedness. Through Dec. 31.
1650 Broadway, at 51st St. (212-582-2121)â€”Nov. 30-Dec. 4: The union of jazz and the music of the celebrated indie-rock band Pavement was hardly inevitable but it is certainly intriguing. On their new album, â€śGold Sounds,â€? the saxophonist James Carter, the pianist Cyrus Chestnut, the bassist Reginald Veal, and the drummer Ali Jackson take on the work of Stephen Malkmus and company. Mondays belong to the electric-guitar innovator Les Paul. The Mingus Big Band takes over on Tuesdays.
116 E. 27th St. (212-576-2232)â€”Dec. 1-4: The pianist Pablo Ziegler keeps the spirit of his former boss, Astor Piazzolla, alive through his vibrant tango band.
88 Seventh Ave. S., at Bleecker St. (212-255-3626)â€”Dec. 1: When Lewis Nash, the most elegant drummer of his generation, and Steve Wilson, an inventive alto saxophonist who first found acclaim in Chick Coreaâ€™s Origin band, get together and engage in searching duets, the results are always unpredictable and satisfying.
178 Seventh Ave. S., at 11th St. (212-255-4037)â€”Nov. 29-Dec. 4: The Jim Hall trio. Some guitarists are bent on cramming together as many notes as possible. Hall plays the instrument with a jewellerâ€™s touch: a gorgeous chord here, a lyrical phrase there. The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra holds sway on Mondays.
Carnegie Hall, 57th St. at Seventh Ave. (212-247-7800)â€”If the musical â€śCabaretâ€? gives you the chills, Max Raabe and the Palasat Orchester is right up your strasse, er, alley. The twelve-piece Berlin ensemble has been re-creating the sounds of Weimar days (and reimagining the work of such decadent but more contemporary performers as Queen, Prince, and Labelle) for nearly twenty years. It makes its New York dĂ©but on Nov. 30, with a program of dance and film music from the twenties and thirties by Cole Porter, George Gershwin, Allie Wrubel, and Franz Lehar.