Rhythm and Blues NYC or (R&B) is a form of Urban Blues that developed in the 1940s during the Great Migration of African Americans from the rural South to the urban Northeast.
The “Blue Note” or diminished 7th, call and response, the twangy steel guitar sound, and warbling on one note originate in Mother Africa.
Blues is the root of American popular music. From the Blues, we get Jazz, Country, Swing, R&B, Rock, Rap and Trap.
The WaterWorks Emerging Artists Showcase presents singer Tariq Al-Sabir, performance artist Jennifer Cendaña Armas, poet Shenny De Los Angeles, dancer Vinson Fraley and choreographer Edisa Weeks at Harlem Stage in Manhattanville, West Harlem on Saturday, December 10, 2022 at 7:30pm. From $15. 🇺🇸
Multi-Grammy winner, Aymée Nuviola, “La Sonera del Mundo,” celebrates the birthday of Celia Cruz “The Queen of Salsa” with Jazz, Timba, Son, Salsa and R&B at the David Rubenstein Atrium in Lincoln Center on Friday, October 21, 2022 at 7:30pm. Free. 🇨🇺
Mike Zito Band and Albert Castiglia play Blues guitar at the Iridium in the Times Square Theater District on Tue, Apr 12 at 8pm (6:30pm doors). $35. 🇨🇺🇮🇹
Nona Hendryx, Linda Diaz, Martha Redbone, Lama El Homaïssi & J. Hoard sing for celebrated author Howard Zinn (“The People’s History of the United States”) at the David Rubenstein Atrium in Lincoln Center on Thu, Mar 10 at 7:30pm. FREE. 🇺🇸
Juanialys sings R&B at Drom in the East Village on Wed, Dec 15 at 7:30pm (7pm doors). $20. 🇵🇷
T.E.N.S. Black Sound of Brazil plays Brazilian R&B at Drom in the East Village on Wed, Dec 8 at 7pm. $20. 🇧🇷