Our guide to pop and rock shows and the best of live jazz happening this weekend and in the week ahead.
Pop & Rock
JOAN BAEZ at the Beacon Theater (Sept. 21-22, 8 p.m.). After performing for about 60 years, the folk singer and counterculture figure is hanging up her guitar and mic. As she said about her voice in a recent interview with WBUR, “It doesn’t hurt, but a whole lot of the time, the sounds I want to hear are not coming out.” Part of her aptly titled Fare Thee Well tour, these two shows at the Beacon will be followed by one more at the theater in the spring. The show on Friday is sold out, but tickets are available through the resale market.
ANGELIQUE KIDJO at Rumsey Playfield (Sept. 27, 7 p.m.). The seemingly ageless 58-year-old singer closes the 2018 SummerStage season performing selections from the Talking Heads’ seminal 1980 album “Remain in Light,” which she covered in full this year. Produced by Jeff Bhasker, who has collaborated with Kanye West and Mark Ronson, Ms. Kidjo’s version draws out the original’s Afrobeat influences with arrangements rooted in the musical traditions of her native Benin. West African percussion and lyric guitar riffs star in her lush takes on the familiar songs, making them even more impossible not to dance to. The activist Resistance Revival Chorus opens.
OZUNA at Madison Square Garden (Sept. 22, 8 p.m.). Since first attaining stateside success in 2016, the Puerto Rican tenor has become one of the most explosive acts in Latin music. His songs blend reggaeton and what’s become known as Latin trap, the Spanish-language equivalent of the Atlanta-bred hip-hop subgenre. The result is surprisingly understated, relying on Ozuna’s sugary-sweet crooning over airy synths that together are grounded by classic dembow beats. That formula has proved successful: The singer broke his own record two weeks ago by simultaneously placing 20 tracks on the Hot Latin Songs chart thanks to the release of his sophomore album, “Aura.” Now, he’s close to selling out his first headlining show at Madison Square Garden.
PATTI SMITH: WORDS AND MUSIC at the Minetta Lane Theater (Sept. 22-24, 8 p.m.). A chance to see this punk icon at the intimate Minetta Lane Theater is worth what might be the headache of purchasing tickets from resellers. She’ll be performing selections from her vast catalog and sharing stories about her life and work — perhaps even some outtakes from her National Book Award-winning memoir, “Just Kids.” The series of shows will be a stone’s throw from where Ms. Smith once lived on MacDougal Street and around the corner from the Bitter End, the home to some of her earliest concerts, providing the perfect conditions under which one could travel in time to a downtown music scene a few decades past.
‘SWEETHEART OF THE RODEO’: 50TH ANNIVERSARY at the Town Hall (Sept. 23-24, 7:30 p.m.). When the Byrds released their country-rock experiment “Sweetheart of the Rodeo” in 1968, it appeared to be a flop both commercially and around Nashville, where hippies were viewed with considerable suspicion. In the 50 years since, though, the album has been embraced as a milestone in country and rock — especially by those who make the kind of country music that exists on Music City’s fringes. To celebrate its golden anniversary, the Byrds’ founding members Roger McGuinn and Chris Hillman are touring together for the first time in over two decades, performing the album in its entirety with the country star Marty Stuart and his band. Monday’s show is sold out, but tickets are available through the resale market.
WORD*ROCK*SWORD: A MUSICAL CELEBRATION OF WOMEN’S LIVES VIII at Le Poisson Rouge (Sept. 22, 7 p.m.). Founded by the guitarist and singer Toshi Reagon in 2011, the Word*Rock*Sword Festival was initially intended as a multimedia rebuttal to political discourse around women’s rights during the 2010 midterm elections; since, its mission has grown all the more urgent. Its eighth annual flagship event is an all-female concert curated and led by Ms. Reagon, who will be joined for an extended jam by the jazz and new music drummer Allison Miller; the poet and singer Roya Marsh; Nona Hendryx, formerly of Labelle; the gospel singer Marcelle Davies Lashley; and many others. Men are welcome to join, as audience members.
CHICK COREA TRIO at Blue Note (Sept. 25-29, 8 and 10:30 p.m.). Mr. Corea, a National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master, is equally well known as a pianist, composer and pioneer of jazz-rock fusion. His wakeful touch and crystal-clear harmonic style make him one of the music’s most recognizable and distinguished improvisers. His landmark, multidisc album “The Musician,” released last year, was captured at the Blue Note during a long string of shows in 2011, when he played with different ensembles over the course of a month. He appears this time in a simple trio, playing with two frequent collaborators: Carlitos del Puerto on bass and Marcus Gilmore on drums.
FIFTH ANNIVERSARY FESTIVAL at Fridman Gallery (through Sept. 25, 8 p.m.). This Soho art gallery has a history of working with experimental musicians and sound artists, and to celebrate its fifth year, it is hosting a festival that features a range of improvisers, composers and multimedia artists. Performers include the saxophonist and loops artist Lea Bertucci on Friday, the instrument builder and composer Michael Schumacher on Saturday and the drone-oriented composer and filmmaker Phill Niblock on Sunday.
ROMAN FILIÚ AND THE FIFTH COLUMN at Greater Calvary Baptist Church (Sept. 21, 7 p.m.). A Cuban-born alto saxophonist with a thoughtful and poetic style of improvising, Mr. Filiú is known in avant-garde circles for his work with Henry Threadgill. But earlier this year Mr. Filiú put out his own standout album, “Quarteria,” a collection of original music with a playful elasticity and an enchanting lightness of motion. He appears at Greater Calvary Baptist accompanied by three younger musicians: Kalia Vandever on trombone, Martin Nevin on bass and Lesley Mok on drums. The concert is part of the Harlem Jazz Boxx series.
SIGURD HOLE at ShapeShifter Lab (Sept. 24, 7 p.m.). Sigurd Hole, a Norwegian bassist, is the kind of player whose big and understated sound can subtly deepen any group he joins; he’s among the most popular side musicians on his home country’s thriving jazz scene. Mr. Hole recently released a pair of debut albums under his own name. One is an atmospheric solo bass recording. The other contains original music influenced by Indian and Middle Eastern classical modes, which he plays in a trio. At this show, his first in New York, he will play two sets: first solo and then in a trio featuring Mark Feldman on violin and Jarle Vespestad on drums.
JOEL ROSS at the Jazz Gallery (Sept. 21-22, 7:30 and 9:30 p.m.). Mr. Ross, a vibraphonist still in his early 20s, seems to be everywhere these days. In just a few years, he has become one of New York’s most relied-upon side musicians, known for his ability to shake up and subtly redefine a band with his urgent, crisscrossing style — as influenced by the spaciousness of Thelonious Monk and the rugged flow of a hip-hop M.C. as it is by, say, the vibraphone playing of Bobby Hutcherson. Here he leads a quartet featuring María Grand on tenor saxophone, Kanoa Mendenhall on bass and Jeremy Dutton on drums.
SONS OF KEMET at Elsewhere (Sept. 26, 8 p.m.). With two drummers, a tuba and one powerhouse tenor saxophonist — Shabaka Hutchings, London jazz’s current cause célèbre — Sons of Kemet have gone from British upstarts to breakout international success. On “Your Queen Is a Reptile,” an album released earlier this year, the group commingles Caribbean rhythms, throbbing rock energy and the influence of grime (M.C.s and poets guest on the album). As strong as the record is, nothing else measures up to the band’s cathartic, dance-demanding live shows.
FAY VICTOR AND MYRA MELFORD at Greenwich House Music School (Sept. 21, 8 p.m.). Ms. Victor makes her voice into an expressive bomb, cycling through birdlike coos and tumbling laughter and urgent cries. Together with her quartet, SoundNoiseFUNK, she released an impressive, uncompromising album this summer, “Wet Robots.” At this concert she appears in duet with Myra Melford, a redoubtable pianist whose long career as a bandleader has consistently reflected the influence of avant-garde pioneers like Cecil Taylor and Don Pullen, even as she cuts her own path. The cellist Marika Hughes will join Ms. Victor and Ms. Melford on some songs. This show is part of Greenwich House’s continuing Sound It Out music series.
Arts & Entertainment Guide
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