Selected Events + Today’s Featured Neighborhood: Tribeca (11/23)

Today’s “TOP 3″/ Selected NYCity Events – SUNDAY, NOV. 23, 2014
“We search the internet everyday looking for the very best of What’s Happening on Manhattan’s WestSide, so that you don’t have to. We make it as easy as 1-2-3.”

Eric Reed Trio & Special Guests, “A Celebration of Coleman Hawkins”
“Beginning roughly 90 years ago, the high and mighty Hawk—Coleman Hawkins—established himself as the body and soul of the tenor saxophone. On the 110th anniversary of his birth, it takes no fewer than five of the leading tenors of our time to do justice to both his memory, as well as that all-encompassing tenor tone, still the biggest in all of jazz. The festivities began earlier this week with Lew Tabackin and Tivon Pennicott and continue through the weekend with the big-toned Grant Stewart (Friday), that formidable competitor Eric Alexander (Saturday), and Seamus Blake (Sunday). They’re all teaming up with the spiritually jubilant piano of Eric Reed and his trio with bassist Dezron Douglas and drummer Gregory Hutchinson, in a salute that promises to be Hawkish but never mawkish.” (WSJ)
Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola
Broadway at 60th St.,
(212) 258-9595

VINCENT HERRING
“Cedar Walton was never a huge star, but as a pianist and composer he was an integral figure on the hard-bop landscape throughout the sixties. He continued performing steadily until his death, in 2013, and Herring, a fearsome saxophonist and longtime Walton associate, leads a quintet that includes the trombonist Steve Turre in tribute to the invaluable stylist.” (NewYorker)
Smoke Jazz Club, 2751 Broadway, between 105th and 106th Sts.
212-864-6662.

DIZZY GILLESPIE ALL-STARS – FALL SUNDAY BRUNCH RESIDENCY
“History has produced its share of great artists and great people – legendary jazz trumpeter John Birks “Dizzy” Gillespie was both. As a performer, he left behind an incredible record of innovation and inspiration; as a composer, a broad repository of musical masterpieces; and as a man, a legion of friends, colleagues and compatriots who remember him with the same degree of love and esteem they reserve for his work. Officially authorized by Lorraine Gillespie, and under the leadership of Dizzy’s long-time bassist John Lee, a selection of ensembles of varying sizes were formed, featuring many of the wide variety of musicians who worked with Dizzy plus some newer talents from the jazz scene. Together they are working to continue the legacy of both the music and the personality of this great jazz master who had such a profound impact on twentieth century music.”(cabarethotlineonline)
THE BLUE NOTE (131 West 3rd Street, NYC – 212-475-8592) presents the Dizzy Gillespie All Stars for a special Fall Sunday Brunch Residency.
The band will perform brunch shows every Sunday with performances at 11:30 am & 1:30 pm, through December 28th.
There is a $35 cover. **Price includes brunch, music and a drink.**

editor’s note: a 2nd hard drive failure in 7 months (what’s going on here Apple!) requires a reduction in daily event info on this site until the hardware issues have been resolved. while we use borrowed equipment and until further notice, the daily “Fab 5” is now the “Top 3”. we look forward to restoring full service this week.

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♦ Before making final plans, we suggest you call the venue to confirm ticket availability, dates and times, as schedules are subject to change.
♦ NYCity (pop. 8.4 million) had 54 million visitors last year and quality shows draw crowds. Try to reserve seats in advance, even if just on day of performance.
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A PremierPub – Tribeca

B-Flat / 277 Church St. (btw Franklin/White St)

There are some places that are tough to find, then add a layer of mystery when you do find them. B-Flat has a nondescript, almost unmarked door at street level – today’s speakeasy vibe. Open this door and you face a dimly lit stairway down to their basement location. It almost takes a leap of faith to follow the stairs down to their interior door. But open that door and a pleasant surprise awaits you.

It’s a basement jazz spot all right, but not like any traditional jazz joint you may have been to before. This place looks as fresh as today, probably because it’s only been open for 6 years. Even though it hasn’t had a chance to age gracefully, the cherry wood accents and low lighting make this small space very inviting.

There is always jazz, often progressive jazz, playing over their very discrete, stylish bose speakers, setting just the right tone as you find a seat at the bar, or one of the small tables. There is wine and beer available, but this place has some expert mixologists making some very creative cocktails, which I’m told change seasonally, a nice touch.

Come at happy hour and tasty cocktails like the el Diablo or the lychee martini are $8 – not bad. I am a sucker for any drink made with lychee and how can you not try a tequila drink named el Diablo. There is also nice selection of small bites available at happy hour and a food menu that is as innovative as the cocktail menu, so this does not have to be a happy hour only stop.

It wasn’t surprising to find a tasty prosciutto and arugula salad with yuzu dressing, but I did not expect to find such a good version of fried chicken breast on the apps menu. Here it’s called “Tatsuta.” Best bet is to sample happy hour, then dinner on a Monday or Wednesday night, when you can finish with no cover live jazz that starts around 8.

This place is tough to find (look for a small slate sandwich board on the sidewalk out front advertising happy hour) and on some nights when there is no live music it may be a little too quiet for some. But I think it’s worth searching out if you want a place with good music, food, and especially drinks, away from the maddening crowd.

Website: http://http://www.bflat.info/index.html
Phone #: 212-219-2970
Hours: Mo-Wed 5pm-2am; Th-Sat 5pm-3am; no Sun
Happy Hour: 5-7pm every day; $8 cocktails + special prices on apps
Music: Mon/Wed 8pm
Subway: #1 to Franklin; walk E 1 blk to Church; N 1 blk to bFlat

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“Pub” is used in it’s broadest sense – bars, bar/restaurants, jazz clubs, wine bars, tapas bars, craft beer bars, dive bars, cocktail lounges, and of course, pubs – just about anyplace you can get a drink without a cover charge (except for certain jazz clubs).
If you have a fave premier pub or good eating place on Manhattan’s WestSide let us all know about it – leave a comment.
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