November 21, 2011The Yaz Band - Performing at various venues throughout the New York Metro Area, including MTA’s “Music Under New York” series and Lincoln Center Out of Doors, the four-piece Yaz Band was formed by Yasuyiki Takagi in 1992. A native of Osaka, Japan, “Yaz” and his band play classic R&B songs (including works by Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, and Earth Wind & Fire), as well as original instrumental tunes. Based in Brooklyn, Yaz has amassed a collection of original, buzz-worthy smooth jazz tunes. Location: Gracious Home, 1992 Broadway at 67th Street, 6:00pm, 7:00pm, and 8:00pm
Lorenzo Laroc – A native New Yorker who began playing the violin at age eight, Lorenzo Laroc’s signature trademark – a custom made, five string plexi-glass electric violin/viola – and the passion with which he plays expresses both his musical versatility and his deep love for music. Along with the electric violin, Laroc plays, composes, and arranges jazz, rock and Latin music and other styles. He has formed a group of New York City musicians, Masterpiece, and seeks to bring the electric violin to popular audiences everywhere. Location: Century 21 Department Store, 1972 Broadway at 66th Street, 6:15pm and 7:15pm
Bach Vespers - From the Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Bach Vespers offers audiences the unique historic experience of hearing full Bach cantatas steeped in the German Baroque tradition. Catch them on Winter’s Eve, and if you’d like to attend Bach Vespers in their original setting at Holy Trinity, please note that they are free and open to the public every Sunday at 5:00pm through April 29. These lovely candlelit vespers feature organ music, choral motets, chamber music and hymn singing, all under the direction of Cantor Rick Erickson. Location: Bed Bath and Beyond, 1934 Broadway between 64th and 65th Streets, 7:00pm- 8:30pm
Stephane Wrembel Trio - Josh Baron of Relix Magazine calls French- born jazz guitarist Stephane Wrembel “One of the greatest guitar players I’ve ever seen…,” David Fricke of Rolling Stone Magazine raves “A REVELATION,” and All About Jazz urges, “Don’t miss [the] opportunity to see a truly astonishing
talent in action…” Wrembel, who performs solo and under the name The Stephane Wrembel Trio, has issued several albums, and his works have been included on the soundtrack for numerous Woody Allen films. Heavily influenced by world music, Wrembel is perhaps best known as a composer and performer of gypsy jazz. Location: The Empire Hotel Rooftop, 44 West 63rd Street between Broadway and Columbus Avenue, 6:30pm – 9:30pm - To access the rooftop, enter the Hotel Lobby and take the elevator to the 12th Floor. The views will be beautiful and the music promises to be spectacular!
69th Street Band - Bringing some local talent to Winter’s Eve, the 69th Street Band will play at Ollie’s Atrium throughout the evening. A self-proclaimed “American roots and African rhythm” band, these Upper West Siders are not to be missed! Location: Ollie’s Atrium, 1991 Broadway between 67th & 68th Streets, 6:00pm, 7:00pm & 8:15pm
Caleb Dolister Jazz Trio - Warm up from the cold at First Republic Bank at Time Warner Center, where you can enjoy live jazz musical styling while munching on holiday treats. Location: First Republic Bank, Time Warner Center, Ground Floor, 6:30pm – 8:30pm