Today’s “Fab 5″ / Selected NYCity Events – MONDAY, FEB. 16, 2015
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Terry Waldo Gotham City Band, ‘From Ragtime to Jazz’ — Jazz (7:30pm)
Melissa van der Schyff in “The Summer In Winter” — Jazz (7pm)
ASSSSCAT 3000 — Comedy (7:30pm) (9:30pm)
Vanguard Jazz Orchestra — Jazz (8:30pm) (10:30pm)
Big Quiz Thing — SmartStuff/ Trivia (6:30pm)
For other useful and curated NYCity event info for Manhattan’s WestSide:
♦ “9 Notable Events-Feb.”, and “Top10 Free” in the header above.
♦ For NYCity trip planning see links in “Resources” and “Smart Stuff” in the header above.
♦ For NYCity Sights, Sounds and Stories visit out our sister site: nyc123blog.wordpress.com
Terry Waldo Gotham City Band, ‘From Ragtime to Jazz’
“Terry Waldo, who turned 70 a few months ago knows more about the transition from the Ragtime Era into the birth of jazz keyboard than virtually anybody. As a bandleader, he’s also admirably professorial in assembling ensembles; his current lineup that mixes young upstarts with old pros, like the well-balanced two trumpet team of Jon Erik-Kelso and Mike Davis, trombonist Jim Fryer, clarinetist Evan Arntzen, Howard Alden on guitar and banjo, Brian Nalepka on bass and tuba, and drummer Rob Garcia.” (WSJ)
Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola, Broadway at 60th Street, Fifth Floor,
Melissa van der Schyff in “The Summer In Winter”
The Broadway at Birdland concert series is proud to announce that Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle nominee Melissa van der Schyff will perform “The Summer in Winter,” an intimate concert of lush jazz standards, a few country classics and some engaging originals.
Birdland, 315 West 44th St., (btw 8th/9th ave.)
7 pm / $25
212-581-3080 / birdlandjazz.com.
“This wildly popular show, hosted by Leo Allen, is known for always featuring the city’s best up-and-coming comedians. But it’s the surprise special guests—Chris Rock, Louis C.K. and David Cross have appeared—who keep audiences hooked.”
“One of the city’s most popular comedy nights sees NYC’s long-form improv royalty (think folks from Saturday Night Live and some adored Upright Citizens Brigade regulars) play pickup-game–style in this famous long-running show.” (TONY)
Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, 307 W 26th St. (btw 8/9 ave)
7:30pm/ $10; 9:30/ FREE – limited number of tickets are distributed at 8:15pm
Vanguard Jazz Orchestra
There’s a tradition in many New York City jazz clubs – Monday nights are reserved for big bands. The Village Vanguard, the most storied of clubs, has observed this practice since 1966. The Grammy-winning Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, established by Thad Jones and Mel Lewis, is definitely a big band with 4 trumpets, and 4 trombones to accompany 6 reed players. Why not make it your tradition, too.
The band features music with complex yet warm harmonies and memorable melodies mostly written by Thad Jones. We play various styles, from relaxing swing, 70’s-style jazz-funk, ballads with complex harmonic structures, avant-garde tunes with modern rhythms. In addition to the classic Thad Jones charts our library includes music of Bob Brookmeyer, Jim McNeely, Slide Hampton, Bob Minzter, Kenny Werner and others. The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra has gained world-wide respect for their wide-ranging repertoire and rich sound.
Village Vanguard, 178 7th Avenue South, just below West 11th St.
At 8:30 and 10:30 pm / $25
212-255-4037 / villagevanguard.com
The Big Quiz Thing are presenting a multimedia live trivia game show for history buffs, in celebration of Presidents Day, at the New-York Historical Society this evening. From 6:30 p.m. at 170 Central Park West at Richard Gilder Way, 77th St, / $25.
♦ 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 a record 56 million visitors last year and quality shows draw crowds. Try to reserve seats in advance, even if just on day of performance.
Chelsea is the heart of the NYCity contemporary art scene. Home to more than 300 art galleries, the Rubin Museum, the Joyce Theater and The Kitchen performance spaces, there is no place like it anywhere in the world. Come here to browse free exhibitions by world-renowned artists and those unknowns waiting to be discovered in an art district that is concentrated between West 18th and West 27th Streets, and 10th and 11th Avenues. Afterwards stop in the Chelsea Market, stroll on the High Line, or rest up at one of the many cafes and bars and discuss the fine art.
Here are a few current exhibition that TimeOutNY recommends:
Claudia Comte, No Melon No Lemon (until March 21, 2015)
This Swiss artist installs her elegant neomodernist sculptures within equally elegant environments consisting of neomodern paintings and wallpaper patterns. Her work visually name-checks the greats—Brancusi, Noguchi, Moore, Stella, Noland—unapologetically while bringing an added dose of rich, optically buzzy formalism to the proceedings.
Gladstone Gallery, 530 W 21st St.
Katy Moran (until February 28, 2015)
This British artist has made a specialty of using modestly scaled canvases to recapture the muscular expressionism of midcentury abstraction.
Andrea Rosen Gallery,
“Vis-à-vis” (until February 28, 2015)
Oakland’s Creative Growth Art Center—which “serves adult artists with developmental, mental and physical disabilities”—has become something like Yale’s MFA program for outsider artists, grooming talents whose works are art-world–ready (the most famous example being Judith Scott, currently the subject of a Brooklyn Museum retrospective). This group show mixes CGAC contributors with insider artists, putting them on an equal footing with the likes of Huma Bhabha and Willem de Kooning (!). The results are as inside-out as they are outside-in.
Andrew Edlin Gallery
Mike Nelson: ‘Gang of Seven’ (through Feb. 21) [this one is liked by the NYT}
This British artist has filled the gallery with a lively crowd of lyrical assemblages made of detritus collected from the beaches and coastal waters of British Columbia. They are cobbled from bottles, driftwood, chunks of plastic foam, lengths of frayed rope, bald tires, pieces of rusted iron and animal skulls. Several pieces consist of weathered, partly charred lengths of wood screwed together to resemble bonfire remains with pieces of orange plastic added to represent low-burning flames. (Johnson)
303 Gallery, 507 West 24th Street, 212-255-1121, 303gallery.com.
For a listing of 25 essential galleries in the Chelsea Art Gallery District, organized by street, which enables you to create your own Chelsea Art Gallery crawl, see the Chelsea Gallery Guide (nycgo.com) Or check out TONY magazine’s list of the “Best Chelsea Galleries” and click through to see what’s on view. Now plan your own gallery crawl.
TIP: After your gallery tour, stop in Ovest at 513W27th St. for Aperitivo Italiano (Happy Hour on steroids). Discuss all the great art you have viewed over a drink and a tasty selection of FREE appetizers (M-F, 5-8pm).
For other selected Museum and Gallery Special Exhibitions see Recent Posts in right Sidebar dated 02/14 and 02/12.