I'm a jazz drummer and bandleader (see my site New York Jazz Bands (https://www.newyorkjazzbands.com)) with a deep knowledge of the New York jazz scene who would like to share both my music and the music that I go to hear for inspiration with the Meetup community. I'll be organizing two kinds of events: (1) Free events featuring my own bands at venues that don't charge a cover. Each of these bands have been playing together for years and include some of the best musicians in town, so you can be assured of world-class music. (2) Events at New York's top jazz venues featuring music and musicians that I turn to for inspiration. Most of these will have a cover charge. All of these events will be preceded by a dinner where everyone can have an opportunity to meet each other and discuss the music and musicians at the evening's event. In some instances the venues themselves have restaurant, and we can simply arrive early; in others, I'll select an interesting restaurant nearby. On my gigs, don't be surprised if we are joined by some of the other musicians in the band!