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Address: 131 W Third Street
City: New York
State: NY
Date Time Event Description
Jun-24-17 12:30 AM LINUS HABLOT Linus Hablot is a New York-based musical outfit that combines an adoration for genres such as neo-soul, blues and indie folk. Linus writes, records, and performs live with bandmates Austin and John Brown. Bringing an interesting blend of vastly contrasting genres, the band borrows from diverse musical backgrounds and influences such as Nick Hakim and Tom Misch to create their own unique sound that is difficult not to fall in love with.

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Jun-24-17 04:00 PM BLUE NOTE JAZZ FESTIVAL & JILL NEWMAN PRODUCTIONS PRESENT: NTOZAKE SHANGE Ntozake Shange is one of America's greatest living writers-an acknowledged master in the genres of drama, fiction, memoir, and poetry, she came under the influence of a wide variety of radical movements, including the antiwar Vietnam protests, feminism, the Black arts and Black liberation movements, the Puerto Rican liberation movement and became a voice for all these social justice movements, embodying the ongoing struggle of Black women for equality, dignity, and respect for their enormous contribution to human culture.

Her theatre piece For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/ When the Rainbow Is Enuf (dubbed a "choreopoem" for its highly original combination of music, poetry, and dance) was a stunning success on Broadway in 1976-1977---remaining in print since 1974 and basis for the movie by Tyler Perry in 2010. In a hugely prolific career, Shange has written 15 plays, 19 poetry collections, 6 novels, 5 children's books, 3 collections of essays, and a partial memoir called Lost in Language & Sound. Among her more notable novels are Sassafrass, Cypress & Indigo---licensed just this year for translation and publication in German---Betsey Brown, and Liliane: Resurrection of the Daughter.

Perhaps more than any other contemporary writer, Shange's work is part and parcel of modern jazz, especially what is called "free jazz" or "new black music." She has performed with Sun Ra, Ornette Coleman, Archie Shepp, David Murray, Hamiet Bluiett, and many more. Her Blue Note engagement will feature William "Spaceman" Patterson--- consummate musical virtuoso who has performed and/or recorded with such artists as: Miles Davis, Mariah Carey Luther Vandross, Sun Ra, LL Cool J, Stevie Wonder, Alicia Keys, Ornette Coleman, Roberta Flack and many others, and Michael Raye-veteran music director and accompanist of Gloria Gaynor, Suzette Charles, Keith David and Little Anthony and the Imperials.

Ntozake was named to the 2016 Langston Hughes Medal for Literature. The Disney-Hyperion Books reissue of her picture book "Float Like a Butterfly," on the life of Muhammad Ali, is to be featured at the National Book Fair in New Orleans for release this September.

Her first new book of poetry in 10 years, "Wild Beauty," will be published in English and Spanish by Simon and Schuster this coming November.

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Showtime: 8:00PM
Doors Open at 6:00PM


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Jun-25-17 12:30 AM TANK AND THE BANGAS ft. SPECIAL GUESTS Tank and The Bangas were formed in 2011 at an open mic set in New Orleans, centered at a shot gun house, Jerk Chicken Sam'iches. As the crowd cried out with love for their music, wanting to hear new original material, this group instantly knew they had something that stirred people. If you're from New Orleans, you know all the ingredients to make a good gumbo. Your seasonings have to mix well, your roux has to be thick, and your meat has to be cut to perfection. Tank and The Bangas are what you call a great gumbo!

They have all of the qualities that relate them to their city of origin, but a flair that separates them as well. Their performances are "one of the most energetic shows you'll ever see", and they've performed everywhere from a gospel tent in Mississippi to major national venues. Rummaging through their sound like a thrift store hippie, you'll find that the Bangas draw out musical references of rhythmic soul and spoken word, among other genres such as rock, gospel, funk, and folk.

Combining the various musical techniques amongst the Bangas with the powerful play on lyrics from their lead vocalist, Tank and The Bangas have quilted a unique sound that makes them one of the most distinctive groups to come out of New Orleans.

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Jun-25-17 03:00 PM ROBERT GLASPER EXPERIMENT / PHONY PPL / TANK AND THE BANGAS @ SUMMERSTAGE Grammy winning jazz and R&B icon meets rising Brooklyn soul collective and NPR Music's 2016 Tiny Desk Concerts winner

Robert Glasper Experiment

Growing up in Houston, Texas, Robert Glasper's mother, a professional singer, used to take him with her to her jazz and blues gigs. Suffice it to say, these musical styles rubbed off. Glasper's first public performance took place in a church gospel, where his mother was the music director. Soon he began experimenting, meshing gospel and jazz harmonies. He moved to NYC to attend the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music, and here he linked up with neo-soul singer Bilal Oliver, and the two forged a performing/recording partnership. After playing in various jazz bands, Glasper released his first solo album in 2004, named Mood, which featured original compositions and his take on several jazz classics (notably one of Herbie Hancock's, a favorite artist of Glasper's). His next release, 2005's Canvas, saw Glasper flexing his skills on the Fender Rhodes electric piano, creating an undeniably bold new sound. Of his next eight full length albums, there would come In My Element in 2006, which contained the touching track "Tribute" that honored his greatest influence (his mother), 2009's funk-induced Double Booked, where Glasper displayed his newfound mastery of the vocoder, and 2012's Black Radio, a refreshing compilation of cross-over hip hop and soul songs with Lupe Fiasco, Lalah Hathaway and Yasiin Bey. This album would receive a sequel, followed by The Robert Glasper Trio band issuing a collection of timeless covers on 2015's Covered. Glasper has performed at jazz festivals throughout the world, and his trio continues to please crowds with their exceptional m*lange of jazz/hip hop.

Phony Ppl

Phony Ppl either crash-landed from the past or the future: critics and fans can't decide. Since throwing warehouse shows around New York in 2011, the five Brooklyn natives have tossed together vintage astral funk, soulful complex R&B, and dusted-out hip-hop to evoke a newfound, genre-less music. Their sound originated in the basement of a Bedford-Stuyvesant home studio, where the band began making music together in high school. Co-founded by lead vocalist Elbee Thrie and keyboardist Aja Grant, with Aja's brother Bari on bass, the band self-released hits like "Why iii Love the Moon," which is featured in EA Sports' NBA Live 16, and "End of the Night," which was praised by none other than Tyler. the Creator as one of his favorite songs of 2016. The dynamic quintet also features Elijah Rawk on guitar and Matthew Byas on drums. Together, they have toured as direct support with like-minded experimental performers Theophilus London, Erykah Badu, and The Roots.

Tank and The Bangas

Tank and The Bangas have all of the qualities that root them in New Orleans, their city of origin, but they are also gifted with a special artistic flair. Their performances have been described as "one of the most energetic shows you'll ever see," and they've performed everywhere from top national concert venues to a gospel tent in Mississippi. Rummaging through their sound like a thrift store enthusiast, you'll find that the Bangas evoke rhythmic soul, spoken word, rock, gospel, funk, and folk. In combining their various musical skills, especially the creative play on lyrics from their lead vocalist, Tank and The Bangas have quilted a unique sound that singles them out as one of the most distinctive groups to come out of New Orleans. The group has graced the cover of one of New Orleans' most recognized magazines, OffBeat, and they recently won the Band of the Year award at the New Orleans Big Easy Awards. The group has opened for acts such as LiAnne LaHavas, PJ Morton, Galactic, Big Freedia, The Revivalists, and The Soul Rebels. Tank and The Bangas are sure to give you an experience you won't forget!

Showtime: 8:00PM
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Jun-25-17 08:00 PM BLUE NOTE JAZZ FESTIVAL PRESENTS: JEAN-LUC PONTY - THE ATLANTIC YEARS @ B.B. KING BLUES CLUB Bobby Caldwell's live performances are always electrifying! Drawing from his vast repertoire of rousing R&B, intimate smooth jazz stylings, and big band songs, Bobby has the ability to entertain at any venue, for fans of all ages. In Japan and throughout Asia, he enjoys a feverish popularity, selling out shows and achieving gold and platinum status for his releases in those countries. In addition to heavy touring, Bobby starred as Frank Sinatra in the David Cassidy/Don Reo theatrical production "The Rat Pack Is Back" in Las Vegas, Nevada. Bobby received rave reviews for his performance, both from industry critics and from his loyal fans. Bobby has been featured on The CBS Second Cup Cafe, The Tonight Show starring Jay Leno, BET Jazz Central, and has made numerous national and local network appearances.

As a singer, he has a successful career with numerous solo releases, which have earned accolades far and wide. His songwriting skills have earned hits not only for himself, but also for well-known artists like Chicago, Boz Scaggs, Peter Cetera and Amy Grant, Neil Diamond and Al Jarreau.

Bobby's timeless classic, "What You Won't Do For Love" has been recorded and sampled by more than 100 artists, including rendition by Boys II Men. A sample of Bobby's song "Open Your Eyes" appeared in the Grammy nominated platinum rap hit "The Light" by Common. All combined, Bobby's songs and samples have contributed to over 40 million sales, while artists as diverse as Tupac Shakur, Michael Bolton, Roberta Flack, Go West, Vanessa Williams and Notorious B.I.G. have all paid tribute to the blue-eyed singer in the slouch hat. Bobby's classic song was sung by Elliot Yamin during the final 3 round of American Idol 2006.

Major motion picture and television credits have brought Bobby's music to even broader audiences. His original composition, "The Girl I Dream About" was included in Hillary Duff's film, "The Perfect Man", and in Charlie Matthau's film, "Her Minor Thing" and in "Simone", starring Al Pacino. Previously, his rendition of "Beyond The Sea" was selected by actor/director Joe Mantegna as the opening theme for his directorial debut "Lakeboat." The song fit so well with the movie that Mantegna commissioned Bobby to compose an original piece, "(Oh Boy!) You've Got It Made," as the closing theme. "Beyond The Sea," along with "All The Way" and "The Girl I Dream About" are also featured in the motion picture "My First Mister" starring Albert Brooks and directed by Christine Lahti. "I've Got The World On A String" was used in "Hearts In Atlantis" starring Anthony Hopkins. "Luck Be A Lady" is the featured track in the movie "The Cooler," starring William H. Macy, Alec Baldwin, and Paul Sorvino.

Bobby's songs and albums have been released in the USA, Japan and throughout the globe, and have been enjoyed by millions of fans.

Born in Manhattan and raised in Miami, Bobby came from a show business family. His mother and father both sang and were the hosts of one of the first musical variety programs on television, "Suppertime." Bobby grew up listening to show tunes, the music of Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Tony Bennett, as well as The Beatles. These early influences are prevalent in Bobby's singing and songwriting.

Bobby chose a career in music at the tender age of 17. He has devoted his entire life to song writing, recording, performing and most of all making people happy. Bobby has toured the USA and the globe for 40 years, bringing his music to fans of all ages and backgrounds, and he continues to do so.

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Jun-26-17 07:00 PM EDDIE PALMIERI QUARTET w/ SPECIAL GUEST ROY HAYNES (ROOTS OF RHYTHM) @ SUBROSA Eddie Palmieri, a restless, yet instinctive artist, embraces the future of his music by unapologetically blazing a distinctive musical path to the delight of fans across the globe. With a musical career that spans over 50 years as a pianist, bandleader and composer of Salsa and Latin jazz, the ten-time Grammy® Award winner was honored in 2013 with the NEA Jazz Masters Award, the nation's highest honor in jazz, recognizing him as a true American musical icon. Palmieri's new album, "Sabiduria" (Wisdom), will be released in April 2017. "Sabiduria" is a fusion of Jazz, funk and Latin, fused with Afroworld rhythms. Palmieri continues to innovate, and new music will be released in successive volumes commemorating his 80th year along with a tour entitled "EP @ 80."

Palmieri has mentored and toured with countless musicians, many of whom have become leaders in their own right. This celebratory performance will be a mini-reunion for Palmieri's school of music, featuring over a dozen esteemed vocalists and instumentalists - with an extensive Latin rhythm section including congas, timbales, bongos and maracas. A true powerhouse of brilliance, known for his astute arranging skills and historic compositions, Eddie Palmieri has shown that time is infinite with respect to his repertoire as he continues to thrill audiences throughout the world with his legendary style.

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