14 pop, rock and jazz concerts to discover in New York this weekend
FESTIVAL OF THE TEMPLE OF FAME OF ERTEGUN at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola (July 17-19, 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.). In this series of concerts, Jazz at Lincoln Center celebrates the three new inductees in its Ertegun Hall of Fame. Things kick off on Tuesday, when bassist Ben Wolfe pays tribute to Jimmy Blanton, who expanded bass’s role in major ensemble jazz during his time with Duke Ellington. On Wednesday, singers Shenel Johns and Vuyo Sotashe perform pieces from Nina Simone’s repertoire, and on Thursday, pianist and singer Freddy Cole performs in honor of his brother Nat King Cole.
THE ‘VENUS’ OF SAMORA PINDERHUGHES at Poisson Rouge (July 19, 8 p.m.). Pianist and singer Mr Pinderhughes grabbed attention in 2016 with his politically incisive speech “Continuation of the transformations”. At the Poisson Rouge, he returns with a new set of materials, âVenusâ, which, like âTransformationsâ, speaks in personal and open tones while emphasizing global social change. The new music he teased in april on WBGO’s âThe Checkout,â has the dark interiority of a singer-songwriter confessional and the foamy abundance of improvised music. He will perform “Venus” with Elena Pinderhughes on flute, Maya Kronfeld on keyboards, Andrew Renfroe on guitar, Josh Hari on electric bass and Jack DeBoe on drums and electronics. The concert, presented by “The Checkout”, will also feature DJ sets by J.Period.
DR. LONNIE SMITH TRIO at the Jazz Standard (until July 15, 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.). In January, this organist and pioneer of jazz-funk releases “Everything in my mind” a mystical, immersing document filled with earthly gravity and explosive cosmic investigation. Here he performs with his loyal trio, consisting of guitarist Jonathan Kreisberg and drummer Johnathan Blake. On Friday and Saturday, Dr. Smith, a National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master, is also joined by Alicia Olatuja, who was featured on the album and whose expansive voice can radiate and brood at the same time.
THREAD SCREWS at Village Vanguard (July 17-22, 8:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.). Thumbscrew is Mary Halvorson on guitar, Michael Formanek on bass, and Tomas Fujiwara on drums – not colloquial names, exactly, but three of the most daring vocals in improvised music today. Together, they make disjointed and dissolute music with more action than density; the melodies quickly crumble, but the band hardly ever loses its conviction or cohesion. The trio recently released two new records: “Ours,” a collection of originals, and “Theirs,” comprising 10 covers, rendered in an abstract way, drawn from all the history of music of the 20th century. This race is Thumbscrew’s first appearance at Village Vanguard.
MAREIKE WIENING at the Cell (July 14, 8 p.m.). Mrs. Wiening, a young drummer, plays original music with a planar, modulating harmonic language and a propulsive drift. Its language is partly chamber jazz, partly muscular rock percussion, partly free improvisation. Here she plays with a quintet consisting of Rich Perry on tenor saxophone, Fabian Almazan on piano, Alex Goodman on guitar and Johannes Felscher on bass.