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Irabagon Festival

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A saxophonist who quietly refuses to conform to jazz orthodoxy, of either the mainstream or avant-garde variety, Jon Irabagon presents the latest in a series of multinight fests at the Café. He's booked three killer lineups: a new quartet with pianist Luis Perdomo, bassist Yasushi Nakamura and

  1. Cornelia Street Café 29 Cornelia St, between Bleecker and W 4th Sts, 10014
  2. Sat Aug 30
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Ron Carter Big Band

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Everybody knows how fantastic a bassist Ron Carter is, not to mention the fact that we all own at least one recording with him on it (Miles Davis! A Tribe Called Quest!). Typically known for his small-group prowess, Carter heads a large ensemble here, as heard on 2011's brassy, vintage-style

  1. Jazz Standard 116 E 27th St, between Park Ave South and Lexington Ave
  2. Sat Aug 30 - Sun Aug 31
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Charlie Parker Birthday Celebration

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Keen alto player Vincent Herring takes the stage at Birdland's annual birthday celebration for bebop sax legend Charlie Parker, fronting a superb all-star ensemble with trumpeter Jeremy Pelt, pianist Don Friedman, bassist Lonnie Plaxico and drummer Victor Lewis.

  1. Birdland 315 W 44th St, between Eighth and Ninth Aves
  2. Sat Aug 30
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The Heath Brothers

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Brothers Jimmy Heath and Albert “Tootie” Heath show no signs of putting their swinging family institution to rest—and why should they? On saxophone and drums, respectively, their powers are undiminished, and they surround themselves with unfailingly good company. Pianist Jeb Patton and

  1. Village Vanguard 178 Seventh Ave South, at 11th St
  2. Sat Aug 30 - Sun Aug 31
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Back to the '80s Show with Jessie's Girl

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Leg warmers live on with Reagan-era fixated combo Jessie’s Girl playing vintage hits like “We Built This City” and “Don’t Stop Believin’,” bookended by period-apropos DJ sets. Kelly Ripa apparently endorses this party—and since she’s a graduate of the seminal ’80s teen dance

  1. Le Poisson Rouge 158 Bleecker St, at Thompson St
  2. Sat Aug 30
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The Handsome Family + Richard Buckner

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The Handsome Family's Brett and Rennie Sparks write stark country ballads that mingle old-fashioned acoustic guitar and Autoharp (Brett) with creepy, highly literate lyrics (Rennie). It's delicious stuff; you may have heard their song "Far From Any Road" as the theme song to HBO's True Detective.

  1. Mercury Lounge 217 E Houston St, between Essex and Ludlow Sts, 10002
  2. Sat Aug 30
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Hal Willner Residency

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You might not recognize Hal Willner's name, but if you're an open-eared NYC music fan, chances are you've savored one of his brilliantly offbeat tribute shows and/or albums. Here, Willner—a walking music lexicon with unerring taste and one of the starriest Rolodexes in the city—invites a

  1. The Stone Ave C, at 2nd St
  2. Sat Aug 30 - Sun Aug 31
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Dee Dee Bridgewater

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Dee Dee Bridgewater is jazz-vocal royalty, a consummate old-school crooner/belter with a career that stretches back more than 40 years. Her latest studio set, 2010's Grammy-winning Eleanora Fagan (1915-1959): To Billie with Love from Dee Dee, honored Billie Holiday, so there's a good chance you'll

  1. Blue Note 131 W 3rd St, at Sixth Ave
  2. Sat Aug 30 - Sun Aug 31
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Jackie Beat: The Beat Goes On

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Fierce drag bitch and former New Yorker Jackie Beat celebrates 25 years of hostility at this show packed with brilliantly cruel comedy and addictively un-PC song parodies.

  1. Laurie Beechman Theatre at the West Bank Café 407 W 42nd St, between Ninth and Tenth Aves, downstairs, 10036
  2. Sat Aug 30 - Sun Aug 31
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Paulo Szot

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The vocally and physically superb Brazilian baritone Paulo Szot, who made Lincoln Center audiences swoon as Emile De Becque in South Pacific, performs tunes from his native country, along with standards from the Great American Songbook.

  1. 54 Below 254 W 54th St, between Broadway and Eighth Ave, 10019
  2. Sat Aug 30
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