Will's New York Nite Life

Will's New York Nite Life

Valentine's Day Weekend Upcoming Events, Jazz at Lincoln Center

Valentine's Day Weekend Upcoming Events, Jazz at Lincoln Center

Posted Feb 8, 2017

This weekend, the most romantic place in town is Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Rose Hall, where events include outstanding jazz vocalists from three distinct generations and styles offering just the right blend of swing and seduction to get you in the musical mood for Valentine’s Day. The headliner in Jazz at Lincoln Center's big Rose Theater is the sumptuously-voiced Dianne Reeves – one of the gold standard of contemporary jazz singers - whose current album, “Beautiful Life,” contains what might be my single favorite song by her, a lavishly-re-imagined and de-reggae’d version of Bob Marley’s “Waiting in Vain.” (Friday, February 10, and Saturday, February 11) Meanwhile in the more intimate space of Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola, the man of the moment is the veteran Freddy Cole, who is the torchbearer for a dynasty of musicians (including his late brother Nat and niece Natalie) that has been serenading lovers for over 75 years. (Thursday, February 9, through Sunday, February 12) On V-Day itself, the exceptional young singer Brianna Thomas takes the stage at Dizzy’s. Like Ms. Reeves and Mr. Cole, her music is rife with rhythm, romance, and constant invention – not to mention a formidable sense of humor. (Tuesday, February 14) The only thing left for JALC to do is install a flowers and candy concession somewhere on the fifth floor of the Time-Warner Center – maybe it’s not a coincidence that they call it “rose” hall.

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Roger Miller's "Big River"

Roger Miller's "Big River"

Posted Feb 5, 2017

City Center

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Monty Alexander "Looking Back"

Monty Alexander "Looking Back"

Posted Feb 2, 2017

Jazz Standard

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Dizzy Gillespie Festival

Dizzy Gillespie Festival

Posted Jan 26, 2017

Jazz at Lincoln Center

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Jill Kargman, "Stairway to Cabaret"

Jill Kargman, "Stairway to Cabaret"

Posted Jan 18, 2017

This is the first of what we predict will be many runs at the Carlyle for Jill Kargman; after all, East 76th St is ground zero for shallow, rich upper East siders - her peeps. She’s spent her whole career thus far milking for laughs, as in both her hit Bravo TV series “Odd Mom Out” and her comedic memoir “Sometimes I Feel Like a Nut.” In a certain way, it makes perfect sense that Jill Kargman compares her parents to the Addams Family - after all, she comes out looking like Morticia, with her straight black hair, funereal pallor, and widow’s weeds-type black dress. Her show constantly finds the hysterical humor in the bleakest situations imaginable - one of the most cheerful anecdotes, comparatively, is the tale of going shopping with her parents for a cemetery plot. The majority of her stories, perhaps coincidentally, are about the worst possible things happening to women: rape, beatings, infidelity, which she somehow makes seem both hilarious and poignant, especially when she leavens them with thoughtful interpretations of what she describes as some of the “rape-iest” songs of the 1980s, the early MTV era - like Bon Jovi’s, “Wanted Dead or Alive.”

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Branford Marsalis Quartet with Special Guest Kurt Elling

Branford Marsalis Quartet with Special Guest Kurt Elling

Posted Jan 17, 2017

Rose Theater (Rose Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center)

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Lyrics & Lyricists: Get Happy - Harold Arlen's Early Years

Lyrics & Lyricists: Get Happy - Harold Arlen's Early Years

Posted Jan 17, 2017

92nd Street Y (92Y)

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Bill Charlap Week at the Jazz Standard

Bill Charlap Week at the Jazz Standard

Posted Jan 16, 2017

Jazz Standard

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The Zlatne Uste Golden Festival 2017

The Zlatne Uste Golden Festival 2017

Posted Jan 11, 2017

Even if you don’t think Balkan band music is your cup of borscht, this annual extravaganza will have you dancing on tables and shouting “opa!” within minutes of your arrival. This is the world’s ultimate party music, and it’s seductive charms are impossible to resist, especially with no less than 50 bands - and dozens of attendant artisans dancers, singers, craftsmen, chefs on hand. This annual festival, hosted by the New York-based 12-piece brass band Zlatne Uste (which means “Golden Lips”) is the superbowl of Balkan debauchery and good clean fun. There’s so much music - you’ll hear everything from Mozart to Duke Ellington’s “Caravan” so much revelry, so much vodka, so many joyful and attractive people from all over the world, that the major thing you have to worry about is waking up a few days later and finding that you’ve gone and gotten married to a belly dancer named Victoria from Sofia, or maybe Sophia from Victoria.

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