13 pop, rock and jazz concerts to discover in New York this weekend
NUBYE GARCIA at Nublu 151 (June 26, 8 p.m.). Poised but insistent, young but astute, this tenor saxophonist is at the forefront of a major musical movement in London, where a herd of young improvisers define a rhythm and heartbeat driven style that draws inspiration from the electronic music and Caribbean influences, as much as by the classical jazz lineage. This summer will see the release of a beautiful first album by NÃ©rija, a collective featuring Garcia and six other young talents from across the London scene. But in Nublu, she will be the head of her own little ensemble.
THE TOMBS OF MILFORD at Gavin Brown’s Enterprise (June 27, 8 p.m.). The bottom line about Graves is that he played in some of the most influential free-jazz groups of the 1960s, revolutionizing the role of the drummer by mixing Afro-Caribbean influences with a general aversion to any previously established idea. But there’s more to his story: He’s also a martial artist, herbalist, and cardiovascular health researcher who designed his own treatment systems. In this show, presented by Blank Forms, Graves, 77, will debut âMusic Meets Medicine and Science,â a new piece using sound samples taken from patients’ heartbeats; the melodies that Graves extrapolated from these rhythms; and his own improvised live percussion. The performance will be followed by a discussion and workshop, featuring Graves with some of his students: musicians Akash Mittal, Dor Ben-Amotz, Shahzad Ismaily and Jake Meginsky.
HOR JAZZMEIA at the Jazz Standard (until June 23, 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.). Horn is one of the most exciting young female singers in jazz, with a proud traditionalism that keeps her closely linked to the sound of classical figures like Nancy wilson and Betty carter, but a quickness of mind and conviction that places her firmly in the present. In August, she will release a new album, “Love and Liberation”, which maintains the classic sound that guided her debut album (“A Social Call”, 2017), but places more emphasis on the original compositions of Horn. She will build on this new material at Standard, where she is joined by Irwin Hall on tenor saxophone, Josh Evans on trumpet, Keith Brown on piano, Ben Williams on bass and Anwar Marshall on drums. (Thursday, Stacy Dillard will be on saxophone instead of Hall, and Ralph Peterson will be in the drum chair.)
QUINTET BRAD MEHLDAU at Village Vanguard (until June 23, 8:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.). At the heart of Mehldau’s music has always rested a balance between absolute command and urgent, unstable momentum. Sometimes he uses a strange time signature to communicate a feeling of restless propulsion; elsewhere, it just adds a hint of swing to a seemingly straight beat. On “Finding Gabriel”, a new album that mixes electronic and acoustic instruments, he searches for answers to the most daunting questions of the Trump era and ends up playing some of his most emphatic and captivating music of recent years. . He is likely to draw from this album at Vanguard, where he is joined by trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire, tenor saxophonist Joel Frahm, bassist Joe Sanders and drummer Leon Parker. Shows are sold out, but a line-up will form outside the club 30 to 40 minutes before each set.
‘MONK AT THE GUITAR’ at Greenwich House Music School (June 25, 7 p.m.). Although frustratingly unrecognized, the Sound It Out concert series regularly brings some of New York’s most daring and brilliant improvisers to a welcoming little room in the heart of the West Village. This show marks the series’ seventh anniversary, and it features an astonishing appeal from guitarists, all of whom will be playing music from the Thelonious Monk songbook: Andy summers (better known as a Police Third Party), Miles Okazaki (who released “Work” last year, a historical collection of six discs featuring all of Monk’s known compositions), Steve Cardenas (who compiled a lead sheet book of all Monk’s tunes), David Gilmore and others.
KASSA AS A WHOLE at the Jazz Gallery (June 21-22, 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.). Since December, this drummer, producer and sometimes rapper has performed once a month at the Jazz Gallery, each time with a different high-level jazz pianist. Visual artist Nate Lewis has been present for most of these shows, collecting photographs and sound inspiration. This weekend, Overall presents the finale of his seven-month residency, titled “Time Capsule”. Accompanied by a few surprise guests, he will use live recordings of previous performances to create new music on location. And Lewis will be there to exhibit new works that draw on his listening experiences from previous concerts.
Beard at Joe’s Pub (June 23, 9:30 p.m.). Roughly two years have passed since this predominantly New York-based group cast their spell of musical drunkenness, in the form of live performances or recorded material (although they are at work on new songs on the state. Middle East following 9/11 for an album they hope to release next year). Since their Theramine player now lives in Vienna, a follow-up gig to this show at Joe’s won’t be in sight anytime soon, so now would be a good time to grab their spellbinding brew in which the Instrumentation of Civilizations – Orient and West, old and modern, Old World and New – clash and dance and merge into works by stunning beauty.