Upcoming Gigs

Monday, December 4th, 10:30 pm

BUSHWICK IMPROVISED MUSIC SERIES – Bushwick Public House, 1288 Myrtle Avenue, Brooklyn

Godfather Don Chapman and The Open Mind Quartet – featuring William Parker – bass, me, and Jeremy Carlstedt – drums.  First time I ever play a show with the legendary Mr. Parker!

Monday, December 11th, 7 pm

BUSHWICK IMPROVISED MUSIC SERIES – Bushwick Public House, 1288 Myrtle Avenue, Brooklyn

The Aron Namenwirth Quartet – Me, Aron Namenwirth – guitar/banjo, Sean Conly – bass, Jon Panikkar – drums

Monday, December 18th, 7 pm

BUSHWICK IMPROVISED MUSIC SERIES – Bushwick Public House, 1288 Myrtle Avenue, Brooklyn

Godfather Don Chapman and the Open Mind Quartet – featuring Me, Zach Swanson – bass, and Jeremy Carlstedt – drums.

Tuesday, December 19th, 10:30 pm – 12 am

PETE’S CANDY STORE – 709 Lorimer Street, Williamsburg.   Me, Aron Namenwirth – guitar/banjo/bass, Kevin Shea – drums

Wednesday, December 20th, 6 pm

**SPECIAL CD RELEASE SHOW**

Join us in celebrating the release of Plaks – Navarro, Windows to the World Beyond, on No Frills Music

CORNELIA STREET CAFE, 29 Cornelia Street, The Village.  Me on piano, Aquiles Navarro on trumpet and vocoder and imagination.

2018

Sunday, January 7th, 8 – 11 pm

The Shrine Big Band – The Shrine (2271 Adam Clayton Powell Blvd between 133rd and 134th)

Monday, January 15th, 7 pm

BUSHWICK IMPROVISED MUSIC SERIES – Bushwick Public House, 1288 Myrtle Avenue, Brooklyn

Jorge Sylvester – alto sax, me, and Tcheser Holmes – drums

Tuesday, January 30th, 10:30 pm – 12 am

PETE’S CANDY STORE – 709 Lorimer Street, Williamsburg.   Me, Aron Namenwirth – guitar/banjo/bass, Sandy Ewen – guitar

Thursday, February 22nd, 8pm

BOGOTA, COLOMBIA at the renewed Matik Matik, South America’s premier free jazz club

Tuesday, February 27th, 8 pm

The Baha’i Center – Jorge Sylvester presents the music of Eric Dolphy

 

PAST PERFORMANCES:

Sunday, November 5th, 8 – 11 pm

The Shrine Big Band – The Shrine (2271 Adam Clayton Powell Blvd between 133rd and 134th)

Monday, November 6th, 7 pm

BUSHWICK IMPROVISED MUSIC SERIES – Bushwick Public House, 1288 Myrtle Avenue, Brooklyn

The Aron Namenwirth Quartet – Me, Aron Namenwirth – guitar/banjo, Sean Conly – bass, Jon Panikkar – drums

Monday, November 20th, 7 pm

BUSHWICK IMPROVISED MUSIC SERIES – Bushwick Public House, 1288 Myrtle Avenue, Brooklyn

Tuesday, November 21st, 10:30 pm – 12 am

PETE’S CANDY STORE – 709 Lorimer Street, Williamsburg.   Me, Aron Namenwirth – guitar/banjo/bass, Blaise Siwula  – alto sax, John Loggia, drums.

Tuesday, November 28th, 10:30 pm – 1 am

LITTLE BRANCH – 22 7th Avenue South, corner of Leroy Street (The Village).  I’ll be playing piano with a combo led by drummer Will Terrill – and we’ll be swinging till the cows come home!

Sunday, December 3rd, 8 – 11 pm

The Shrine Big Band – The Shrine (2271 Adam Clayton Powell Blvd between 133rd and 134th)

Sunday, October 1st – (3 shows see below)

4-6 pm –

Jitegemee School Fundraiser – Greenwich House Music School, 46 Barrow Street – Come support a great cause and hear great music with me, Godfather Don Chapman – tenor sax, Aquiles Navarro – trumpet, Zach Swanson – bass, Jon Panikkar – drums

8 pm – SPECIAL CD RELEASE SHOW

Join us in celebrating the release of Plaks – Navarro, Windows to the World Beyond, on No Frills Music

The Shrine (2271 Adam Clayton Powell Blvd between 133rd and 134th) – me on piano, Aquiles Navarro on trumpet and vocoder and imagination.

9- 11 pm

The Shrine Big Band – The Shrine (2271 Adam Clayton Powell Blvd between 133rd and 134th)

Monday, October 2nd, 7 pm

BUSHWICK IMPROVISED MUSIC SERIES – Bushwick Public House, 1288 Myrtle Avenue, Brooklyn

** SPECIAL CD RELASE SHOW **

Join me, Leonid Galaganov – drums, and John Murchison – bass, as we celebrate the release of our 2016 recording for Cadence Records, an album entitled Sun and Shadow!.  This will be our first CD release event for this album – don’t miss it!

Monday, October 9th, 7 pm

BUSHWICK IMPROVISED MUSIC SERIES – Bushwick Public House, 1288 Myrtle Avenue, Brooklyn

with me, Aron Namenwirth – banjo/guitar, Sean Conly – bass, and Jeremy Carlstedt – drums

Monday, October 16th, 7 pm

BUSHWICK IMPROVISED MUSIC SERIES – Bushwick Public House, 1288 Myrtle Avenue, Brooklyn

Come check us out before we go into the studio – an amazing, free, soulful quartet – me, Don Chapman – tenor sax, Zach Swanson – bass, Jon Panikkar – drums.

Tuesday, October 17th, 10:30 pm – 12 am

PETE’S CANDY STORE – 709 Lorimer Street, Williamsburg.   Me, Aron Namenwirth – guitar/banjo/bass, Blaise Siwula  – alto sax, John Loggia, drums.

Thursday, October 19th, 10:30 pm – 1 am

LITTLE BRANCH – 22 7th Avenue South (corner of Leroy Street), in The Village.  me, Leco Reis – bass, Jon Panikkar – drums.  We return to the place where we played every Tuesday from 2006 – 2010!  Truly a home base, and a place where we cut our teeth.  It also just happens to be one of the best, if not absolutely, the best speakeasy in New York City.

Tuesday, October 24th, 8 pm

TAKE IT OUT TUESDAY – The Medicine Show Theatre, 549 West 52nd Street – Hey check it out, I’ll be playing on 52nd Street!  A great lineup with Blaise Siwula – sax and clarinet, Stan Nishimura – trombone, Anthony DiGregorio – guitar, Aron Namenwirth – guitar/banjo/bass, me, John Loggia – drums, Grady Gerbacht – drums/percussion.

Monday, October 30th, 9 pm

BUSHWICK IMPROVISED MUSIC SERIES – Bushwick Public House, 1288 Myrtle Avenue, Brooklyn

me, Aquiles Navarro – trumpet and vocoder, Tcheser Holmes – drums – pure Fiyah.

And at 10 pm…

The Shrine Big Band – Brooklyn Express – me, Yutaka Takahashi – guitar, Sean Conly – bass, Jon Panikkar – drums, Aquiles Navarro, Danny Gouker, and Evan Honse – trumpets, Matt McDonald and James Rogers – trombones, Andrew Hadro, Ethan Helm, Thomas Hutchings, and Stephen Gauci – saxes

 

Monday, September 18th, 7 pm

BUSHWICK IMPROVISED MUSIC SERIES – Bushwick Public House, 1288 Myrtle Avenue, Brooklyn

A sizzling quintet with me; Godfather Don Chapman on tenor sax, Aquiles Navarro – trumpet, Adam Lane – bass, and Vijay Anderson – drums

Monday, September 11th, 7 pm

BUSHWICK IMPROVISED MUSIC SERIES – Bushwick Public House, 1288 Myrtle Avenue, Brooklyn
Aron Namenwirth – banjo/guitar, me, Sean Conly – bass; Jon Panikkar drums – improvised quartet Maximust – Mini Mint

Sunday, September 3rd, 8 – 11 pm

The Shrine Big Band – The Shrine (2271 Adam Clayton Powell Blvd between 133rd and 134th)

Sunday, August 6th, 8 – 11 pm

The Shrine Big Band – The Shrine (2271 Adam Clayton Powell Blvd between 133rd and 134th)

Monday, August 7th, 7 pm

PRIVATE BALCONY EVENT – Brooklyn

Monday, August 14th, 7 pm

BUSHWICK IMPROVISORS COLLECTIVE

A reunion of musicians from across the Atlantic Ocean, as we welcome guitarist Carsten Radtke from Germany, together with Blaise Siwula on reeds, Aron Namenwirth on banjo and bass, and John Loggia on drums.

Monday, August 28th, 7 pm

Eric Plaks Trio – I’ll be playing with Evan Crane – bass and Leonid Galaganov – drums – my crew from my recent recording, soon to come out under the title (I think) of…well, I guess you’ll have to wait and see :-).

Sunday, July 2nd, 8 – 11 pm

8 pm – Plaks-Galaganov-Hadro Trio – check out the incredibly intuitive and creative group that I recorded my latest album with, called Introducing Eric Plaks, Pianist.

9 pm – The Shrine Big Band – The Shrine (2271 Adam Clayton Powell Blvd between 133rd and 134th)

Thursday, July 13, 6-8 pm

Silvana (300 West 116th, corner of Frederick Douglass) – We’re going to be playing Matt McDonald’s McBone series once again – with a classic group – Matt McDonald – trombone; Andrew Hadro – bari sax; Eric Plaks – piano; François Grillot – bass; Jon Panikkar – drums.  Rare Monk tunes and other delicacies.

Monday, July 17th, 7 pm

BUSHWICK IMPROVISORS COLLECTIVE

Bushwick Public House (1288 Myrtle Avenue, Brooklyn) – I’m honored to continue to play in Stephen Gauci’s amazing series, featuring some of the best folks in the worldwide and NYC improvising scene – with a great trio on this night – Eric Plaks – piano; Adam Lane – bass; Leonid Galaganov – drums

Monday, July 24th, 7 pm

BUSHWICK IMPROVISORS COLLECTIVE

Bushwick Public House (1288 Myrtle Avenue, Brooklyn) – We continue with one of my long-time running mates, the legendary Godfather, Don Chapman – tenor sax;  Eric Plaks – piano; TBD – bass; Jon Panikkar – drums

Monday, July 31st, 7 pm

BUSHWICK IMPROVISORS COLLECTIVE

**SPECIAL CD RELEASE PARTY! **

Bushwick Public House (1288 Myrtle Avenue, Brooklyn)

Join me and Aquiles Navarro as we welcome our new album, Windows To The World Beyond, and stick around for the majesty of the Shrine Big Band

7 pm – Eric Plaks – piano; Aquiles Navarro – trumpet and vocoder

9 pm – The Shrine Big Band featuring – Aquiles Navarro and Danny Gouker – trumpets; James Rogers and Matt McDonald – trombones; Elijah Shiffer, Andrew Hadro and Thomas Hutchings – sax; Eric Plaks – piano; Yutaka Takahashi – guitar; Sean Conly – bass; Jon Panikkar – drums

Monday, May 22nd, 6:30 – 7:45 pm

BUSHWICK IMPROVISORS CONCERT SERIES
 

PLAKS – NAMENWIRTH – DYM – LOGGIA QUARTET at Artichoke Pizza & Bar (downstairs), 18 Wyckoff Avenue, Bushwick, Brooklyn.  Same group as May 8th.

Sunday, June 4th, 8 – 11 pm

The Shrine Big Band – The Shrine (2271 Adam Clayton Powell Blvd between 133rd and 134th)

Saturday, January 7th, 2017, 6-8 pm

Eric Plaks Trio featuring Leco Reis (b) and Jon Panikkar (d) – The Shrine (2271 Adam Clayton Powell Blvd between 133rd and 134th)

Sunday, January 1st, 2017, 8 – 11pm

The Shrine Big Band – The Shrine (2271 Adam Clayton Powell Blvd between 133rd and 134th)

2016 – 

Friday, December 30th, 9 pm – 1 am

Tomi Jazz – 239 East 53rd, lower level.  Listen to some jazz standards (experimentally done, of course) in the friendly, intimate confines of this Japanese restaurant/bar/speakeasy.  Enjoy some rice balls and sake while you savor our sounds!

Monday, December 19th, 8-11 pm

The Shrine Big Band – Sir D’s (837 Union Street, Park Slope, Brooklyn) – in the former (but I’m told way-better-now) Tea Lounge space.

Friday, December 9th, 9 pm

Far Out Sounds Presents: Far Out #4 – Richmond Hill Queens.  Please email for exact address (ooo – mysterious!) – faroutqueens@gmail.com – Join Blaise Siwula (reeds), Stan Nishimura (trombone), Anthony DiGregorio (guitar), Aron Namenwirth (banjo and electric bass), John Loggia (drums) and me (back on piano) for a mesmerizing and far-out sequence of solos, duos, trios, and whole group ensemble improvisations.

Thursday, December 8th, 6:30 pm

Marcus Garvey Park Recreation Center – 122nd and Mount Morris – I’ll be playing Hanukkah songs on guitar!  Come and see what I usually only do in front of my early childhood students, and you can say “I say him play guitar”.

Sunday, December 4th, 8-11 pm

The Shrine Big Band – The Shrine (2271 Adam Clayton Powell Blvd between 133rd and 134th)

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