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Feeling the funk in Union Square with Milo Z

Feeling  the funk in Union Square with Milo Z

As part of the Union Square Partnership’s Summer in the Square series of free entertainment and activities, Milo Z and his band put on quite a show on Thurs., July 2. They play an infectious brew of music called “Razzamofunk,” a blend of rock, rap, jazz, blues and funk, that Milo Z says suits the […]

Win a pair of tickets to Villager Jazz Alive

Win a pair of tickets to Villager Jazz Alive

Two hands would be more than enough in most towns, but it won’t get the job done if you want to count the number of Village jazz venues offering classic, contemporary and cutting-edge music until the wee small hours of the morning. A half-decade ago, the Greenwich Village-Chelsea Chamber of Commerce began to recognize iconic […]

Village jazz remains red hot and blue

Village jazz remains red hot and blue

BY MICHAEL LYDON  |  A decade or four ago I was a jazz-mad college kid, and anytime I had an extra dime in my pocket I’d bus down to the Big Apple to hear my heroes live in smoky hole-in-the-wall Village clubs: Dave Brubeck and Paul Desmond rocking the nearly empty Jazz Gallery on St. Mark’s […]

Just Do Art, Week of Sept. 18, 2014

Just Do Art, Week of Sept. 18, 2014

JUSTIN VIVIAN BOND’S “LOVE IS CRAZY” and “THE DRIFT” From that gloriously damaged, ad-libbing, self-medicating songstress of Kiki and Herb fame to author of the remarkably randy memoir “TANGO: My Childhood, Backwards and in High Heels” to a nuanced cover artist (the “Silver Wells” CD) to the dead-on turn as the title character in Scott […]

A natural connection between words and music

A natural connection between words and music

BY PUMA PERL  |  Anyone remember the song, “Poetry In Motion,” recorded by a guy named Johnny Tillotson? The opening lines are Poetry in motion, walking by my side Her lovely locomotion keeps my eyes open wide Motion and locomotion — a natural connection between words and music. Any good songwriter feels it, and the […]

Gender Role Rebels Become Comic Book Heroes

Gender Role Rebels Become Comic Book Heroes

BY SCOTT STIFFLER    |  Well-rounded vigilantes don costumes, embrace their true identities, and risk their lives patrolling the mean streets of a square city unable to embrace their unconventional lifestyle — while twisted villains lurk in the shadows, hiding behind masks. That’s just one of the thrilling, action-packed aspects of this sassy, daffy, heartfelt, […]

A story as American as his music

A story as American as his music

BY MICHAEL LYDON  (michaellydon.com)  |  My ambition is to reach the heart of the average American, not the highbrow nor the lowbrow but that vast intermediate crew which is the real soul of the country. My public is the real people. —Irving Berlin Through the 20th century’s first decades, George Gershwin, Jerome Kern, and Irving […]

Music borne of Sandy’s blackout and Hopper’s ‘Nighthawks’

Music borne of Sandy’s blackout and Hopper’s ‘Nighthawks’

Cellist Erik Friedlander’s Bonebridge band will release “Nighthawks” on May 20. From left: Drummer Michael Sarin, Friedlander, bassist Trevor Dunn and guitarist Doug Wamble. Photo by Katie Kline BY SAM SPOKONY   |  When Hurricane Sandy struck New York City on October 29, 2012, the cellist Erik Friedlander, now 53, was in the middle of […]

Your Local Drop

Your Local Drop

March 7: Moon Boots (Pete Dougherty) headlines the Girls & Boys dance-party, bringing throwback nu-disco to Webster Hall. COURTESY OF THE ARTIST BY M. VAUGHAN   |  facebook.com/mvaughanmusicsoundcloud.com/mikawvawn GIRLS & BOYS: MOON BOOTS  & TREASURE FINGERS This is Webster Hall’s personal flavor of dance-party. Girls & Boys has been a mainstay in the all-ages club scene […]

The ‘African Clapton’ brings voices of Mali to Varick St.

The ‘African Clapton’ brings voices of Mali to Varick St.

Passionate polyglot vocalist Habib Koité brings his band to City Winery, on March 6. PHOTO BY DIRK LEUNIS BY SAM SPOKONY  |  Guitar virtuoso Habib Koité’s new album tells a very personal story of his home in Mali — and now he’s brought his band halfway around the world to share it with American listeners. […]

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