Maucha Adnet / the Brazilian Trio
December 5. This night of warm tropical jazz should take the December chill out of your bones. Vocalist Teri Roiger and bassist John Menegon have reactivated their monthly Jazzstock series at the Woodstock Community Center, beginning a new run of events with this date by singer Maucha Adnet and the New York-based Brazilian Trio. Adnet comes from a highly musical family in Rio de Janeiro and has sang with such greats as Antonio Carlos Jobim and Caetano Veloso. She has recorded with the Brazilian Trio's pianist Helio Alves (Oscar Castro-Neves, Paquito D'Rivera), whose group is filled out by bassist Nilson Matta and Adnet's husband, drummer Duduka Da Fonseca (Don Pullen's Afro-Brazilian Connection). 7:30pm. $30 ($20 seniors and students). Woodstock. (845) 901-8846;
Mary Halvorson / Colin Marston
December 3. The outermost edges of Brooklyn's experimental jazz and metal underground scenes collide at this enticing evening at EMPAC. Guitarist Mary Halvorson is perhaps the most distinctively adventurous New York jazz guitarist to come along since her mentor Marc Ribot. Called "NYC's least-predictable improviser" and "the future of jazz guitar" by DownBeat, she studied and worked with saxophonist and educator Anthony Braxton. Bassist Marston is known for his tenure with the death metal bands Behold...The Arctopus, Dysrhythmia, Krallice, and Gorguts and his challenging work in the extreme metal, progressive/experimental rock, avant-garde improvisation, free jazz, new music/modern classical, and ambient genres. (EMPAC's On Screen/Sound series presents Cally Spooner and Meryn Le Roy December 2.) 8pm. $18. Troy. (518) 276-3921; Empac.rpi.edu.
HR and Dubb Agents
December 5, 19. Last month was a close call for beloved Bad Brains guitarist and local resident Dr. Know, who was hospitalized in critical condition for several weeks; thankfully, as of this writing he's on the mend. Doc's legendary longtime collaborator, Bad Brains front man HR, brings his reggae/soul/rock project Dubb Agents to the Hudson Valley for two shows this month. On December 5, the group visits Cabaloosa's with openers Kobie Ali and PapaShake and DJ Queen Tubby spinning ska, punk, and dub reggae. 7pm. Call for ticket prices. New Paltz. (845) 255-3400. Cabaloosa.com. On December 19, HR and crew and special guests TBA serve up a "punky reggae ska dub party" slice at My Place Pizza. 5pm. Call for ticket prices. Poughkeepsie. (845) 473-2815; Myplaceny.org.
December 10. Six years after his critically lauded sophomore disc, Elvis Perkins in Dearland, Columbia County singer-songwriter Elvis Perkins has at last released his long-awaited third album, I Aubade. Just back from a European tour, the enigmatic indie auteur will herald the record's unveiling with this engagement at his home venue Club Helsinki. "My previous releases had for the most part been made with steady players in studios and overheard by engineers and producers," he explains about I Aubade. "So this was for me both a novel approach and a return to the four-tracking, solitary self of my early 20s." Perkins's performances are reliably rousing affairs, so be prepared to celebrate. (Jackie Greene sings December 4 and 5; Club d'Elf with John Medeski jams December 20.) 8pm. $15, $18; Hudson. (518) 828-4800. Helsinkihudson.com.
Queen of the Hudson Series
December 12. Held in the historic brick Atlas Industries building, the classical and contemporary music series Queen of the Hudson has been up and running since 2010. Focusing on chamber music, early music, and new compositions, the concerts star some of the best musicians performing today and many works that are not often performed. This month's installment is being touted as Queen of the Hudson's largest production yet, featuring the sextet of violinists David Marks and Regi Papa, violists Luke Flemming and Andy Lin, and cellists Jing Li and Nan-Cheng Chen performing Schoenberg's Verklärte Nacht (Transfigured Night) and Tchaikovsky's Souvenir de Florence. 6:30pm. $20, $25. Newburgh. (917) 482-3691; Queenofthehudson.com.