14 pop, rock and jazz concerts to discover in New York this weekend
NEW YORK HOT JAZZ FESTIVAL at the McKittrick Hotel (Sep 30, 2 p.m.). This annual celebration of traditional jazz forms – from early New Orleans jazz to big band music and gypsy jazz – is now in its fifth year. This time around, the festival, which is more of a party than a concert, takes place at the McKittrick Hotel, a dimly lit event space with its own Prohibition Age theme. The lineup includes over a dozen acts performing throughout the afternoon and evening, including Evan Christopher’s Clarinet Road, Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks and Hot Sardines.
ONYX COLLECTIVE PRESENTS NYXO ROUND ROBIN at the Abrons Arts Center (September 28, 7:30 p.m.). The Onyx Collective is a gathering of improvisers, beatmakers, amateur filmmakers and artists operating in the Lower East Side, exchanging inspirations and seeking to maintain a spirit of cohesion and consistency amid the rapid demographic changes of the center. -city. His shows have become defined by fluidity: The performers of the circle of musicians drift on stage, the spectators are invited to participate and the event space sometimes becomes part of the performance. This show marks the first in a new series round-robin duets led by the collective, with musicians from various artistic backgrounds entering and leaving the conversation.
CHRIS POTTER TRIO at Village Vanguard (until September 30, 8:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.). One of jazz’s benchmark tenor saxophonists since the 1990s, Mr. Potter revels in an unwavering mastery of nearly every part of his instrument. He’s also measured and pushy, and never gets too talkative, even when moving quickly through a range of hops. As if to shake his own strength – or to emphasize it – Mr. Potter often experiments with new groups and configurations. Until Sunday, he is in the Vanguard with a mind-blowing trio that he brought together recently: James Francies on keyboards and Eric Harland on drums.
Time for talks
JOAN JETT at the Florence Gould room (Oct. 1 at 7 p.m.). This groundbreaking guitarist and singer-songwriter will talk about her upcoming biopic, “Bad Reputation,” which traces the arc of her career from the 1970s, when she joined the Runaways, until now. Jodi Rudoren, Associate Editor of The New York Times, will host a discussion that will address the patriarchal nature of the music industry, recovering from derogatory criticism and how not to compromise ethics or creative integrity.
MIA at the Merkin Concert Hall at the Kaufman Music Center (September 27, 7 p.m.). This truly speaking singer is decidedly feminine, artistically motivated and daringly different. On Thursday, she will discuss her next film, “Matangi / Maya / MIA”, with Melena Ryzik, cultural journalist at The Times. Taken from a cache of personal tapes shot by the singer and her closest friends over the past 22 years, the film captures her remarkable journey from an immigrant teenager to a pop sensation. Don’t miss the opportunity to hear MIA talk about the fight against the establishment, the plight of Sri Lankans and the ability of pop stars to become effective political activists.