Today’s “Fab 5″ / Selected NYCity Events – MONDAY, FEB. 09, 2015
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Jon Davis Trio — Jazz (7:30pm)
Muldoon’s Picnic — Music & Literature (7:30pm)
Allan Harris: ‘Black Bar Jukebox’ — Jazz (7:30pm) (9:30pm)
Showgasm — Variety Show (8pm)
Lyrics and Lyricists, ‘Here’s to the Girls: Hollywood’s Leading Ladies’ —
Musical Theater / Burlesque (2pm) (7:30pm)
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Jon Davis Trio
“Moving Right Along,” the new album by the pianist Jon Davis, sadly has nothing to do with the Muppets, who once recorded a song by that name (give or take). But it’s a document of postbop precision, as delivered by Mr. Davis & partners who rejoin him here: the bassist Yasushi Nakamura and the drummer Shinnousuke Takahashi.” (Chinen-NYT)
Smalls Jazz Club, 183 West 10th Street, West Village,
7:30 p.m. / $20
“Okay, it’s not actually a picnic but a music-and-literature extravaganza, and you can hardly complain when the guests are Pulitzer Prize winner Paul Muldoon (and his band, the Wayside Shrines), authors Robert Sullivan and Colm Toibin, and musicians Aoife O’Donovan and Sam and Louise Sullivan.” (TONY)
Irish Arts Center, 553 W 51st St. (btw Tenth and Eleven Aves)
7:30PM / $20
Allan Harris: ‘Black Bar Jukebox’
“Allan Harris is a jazz-cabaret singer of smooth but earthy projection, and on his new album, “Black Bar Jukebox,” he applies it to a hearty celebration of songbook populism. As on the recording, he works with expert accompaniment that includes the pianist Pascal Le Boeuf, the guitarist Yotam Silberstein and the bassist Leon Boykins.”
Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, Rose Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center, 60th Street and Broadway,
At 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. /
212-258-9595 / jazz.org.
“Ars Nova’s eclectic (and super cheap!) neovaudevillian variety show features a lively mix of music, comedy and burlesque acts hosted by the very funny John Early.” (TONY)
Ars Nova, 511 W 54th St. (btw Tenth and Eleventh Aves)
8PM / $5
Elsewhere, but looks worth the detour:
Lyrics and Lyricists, ‘Here’s to the Girls: Hollywood’s Leading Ladies’
“To those who think of the 92nd Street Y as one the city’s more conservative arts presenting organizations, this show is surprisingly cutting edge, in that it’s being created and hosted by the pre-eminent drag artist, alt-cabaret headliner and Tony-nominated playwright Charles Busch, and yet “retro” at the same time.
It’s a salute to those iconic divas of the Hollywood movie musical, headliners so Olympian that they can easily be identified with only one name, such as Ginger, Jeanette, Betty, and Judy. In case Mr. Busch (whose webisodes on the exploits of Miriam Passman are much funnier than anything on current live action TV) isn’t woman enough for you, the cast is filled out with a multitude of pulchritude that includes five formidable Broadway babies, Andréa Burns, Erin Maguire, Zakiya Young, singing sweetheart Nancy Anderson and the main reason straight guys kept going to see “The Producers” over and over, the original “Ulla,” Cady Huffman.” (WSJ)
92nd Street Y, 1395 Lexington Ave.
2pm and 7:30pm / $55 – $60
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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.
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