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Ryan Adams + Butch Walker

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“It was slow, adult shit,” said Ryan Adams of the album’s worth of recordings he tossed out before producing his new self-titled effort, his 14th full-length since 2000. “I’m just over that.” For someone who’s best known for earnest alt-country—first with Whiskeytown and then as a

  1. Hammerstein Ballroom (at the Manhattan Center) 311 W 34th St, between Eighth and Ninth Aves, 10001
  2. Sun Nov 23
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Harlem Gospel Choir Brunch

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Brunch and gospel music is the best combination since chicken and waffles, so get thee to Harlem and watch a gospel choir sing about the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost as you tuck into a brunch so good it can only be the work of the Lord himself. Praise bacon, folks.

  1. B.B. King Blues Club & Grill 237 W 42nd St, between Seventh and Eighth Aves, 10036
  2. Sun Nov 23 - Sun Dec 14
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Hessismore + Lorna Dune

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Hessismore, the brainy pop vehicle of Danish oddball Mikkel Hess, returns to Nublu in support of Myheadisaballroom/Whoneedsapalaceanyway, a recent LP featuring weaving guitar lines, dubstep-like synth bass, strange but touching lyrics (“I love to sleep with you/But what I love even more is to be

  1. Nublu 62 Ave C, between 4th and 5th Sts
  2. Sun Nov 23
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Miguel Zenón Quartet

  • Price band: 2/4
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Impassioned Puerto Rican sax phenom Miguel Zenón gigs with his outstanding working band, featuring pianist Luis Perdomo, bassist Hans Glawischnig and drummer Henry Cole. Expect to hear from Zenón's lush, enveloping new LP, Identities Are Changeable, which centers on the Puerto Rican experience in

  1. Village Vanguard 178 Seventh Ave South, at 11th St
  2. Sun Nov 23
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Seth Sikes

  • Price band: 2/4
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Theater elf Sikes, best known as an assistant director, takes the stage himself for a nervy evening of Judy Garland stories and songs (including some in the original keys), backed by a terrific band.

  1. 54 Below 254 W 54th St, between Broadway and Eighth Ave, 10019
  2. Sun Nov 23
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Larry Willis and Buster Williams

  • Price band: 2/4
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Larry Willis may be the greatest jazz pianist you've never heard of, and he's got the résumé (Blood, Sweat and Tears; Jerry Gonzalez's Fort Apache Band; Roy Hargove) to prove it. This weekend, he duets with the equally accomplished bassist Buster Williams.

  1. Mezzrow 163 W 10th St, between Waverly Pl and Seventh Ave South, 10014
  2. Sun Nov 23
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Eric Reed

  • Price band: 2/4
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The field of pianists is mighty crowded these days, but for some time now, Eric Reed has been distancing himself from the pack; his aptly titled new release, Groovewise, shows off his refined, hard-swinging approach to straight-ahead fare. Here, Reed and a cast of heavyweight saxmen—Tivon

  1. Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola (at Frederick P. Rose Hall) Broadway, at 60th St, 10019
  2. Sun Nov 23
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Huun Huur Tu with James Carson

  • Price band: 2/4
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In what sounds like a promising team-up, Huun Huur Tu, a Mongolian-folk crew known for otherworldly throat-singing and rustic clip-clop rhythms, gigs with meditative Canadian piano texturalist James Carson.

  1. SubCulture 45 Bleecker St, between Bowery and Lafayette St, 10012
  2. Sun Nov 23
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Vincent Herring Quintet

  • Price band: 2/4
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Vincent Herring, a soulful, incisive alto saxophonist with a passion for Cannonball Adderley, heads a tribute to a former collaborator, late piano great Cedar Walton.

  1. Smoke Jazz Club and Lounge 2751 Broadway, between 105th and 106th Sts
  2. Sun Nov 23
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Vinicius Cantuária

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Guitarist-composer Vinicius Cantuária is as unassuming in demeanor as his songs are bodaciously beautiful, and when he needs assistance onstage, you can usually expect the finest bossa nova internationalists to be on hand to help out. Here, he shows off his vocal talents in a tribute to Antonio

  1. Jazz Standard 116 E 27th St, between Park Ave South and Lexington Ave
  2. Sun Nov 23
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