Selected NYC Events (09/09) + US Tennis Open (Day 12)

Today’s Sweet6 NYC Events > FRIDAY / SEPT 09, 2016

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Have time for only one NYC Event today? Do this:

John Pizzarelli (LAST DAY)
Birdland, 315 W44th St./ 8:30PM, +11PM, $50
John Pizzarelli charms audiences with his warmth, sense of humor and musical chops. Through his multi-faceted career as a jazz guitarist, vocalist and bandleader, the son of the legendary guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli and New Jersey native, has become one of the most recognizable faces and voices in contemporary jazz for his interpretations of classic standards, romantic ballads and the cool jazz flavor he brings to his performances and recordings. While maintaining a busy touring schedule, John also founded “Radio Deluxe with John Pizzarelli” a nationally syndicated radio program co-hosted with his wife, Broadway star Jessica Molaskey. On his recent CD, Pizzarelli put his signature spin on songs by Paul McCartney.” (WFUV.org)

Music, Dance, Performing Arts

54 Sings Broadway’s Greatest Hits!
54 Below, 254 W54th St./ 9:30PM, $35+
“Volumes 1-5 of this Scott Siegel Concert Event hit Feinstein’s/54 Below like rolling thunder. Though the first show in this wildly popular series took place on a night a hurricane was supposed to close down New York City, it sold out anyway because this was the show that every musical theater-lover had been waiting for. And after three more packed shows, we’re going to do it again, with a brand new line-up of Broadway’s Greatest Hits!

If you skip through cast albums just to hear the very best songs in each show, this is the nightclub concert event for you . If you love the classics of the Great White Way, come and hear the songs that made Broadway great, that made your heart soar, that you used to sing (maybe still do) in the shower! But at Feinstein’s/54 Below, you will hear the greatest Broadway songs of all time performed by today’s greatest stars, singing them straight up, the way you want to hear them!”

MULATU ASTATKE
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Ave. @82nd St./ 7PM, $maybe a tough tcket
“This seventy-two-year-old master’s musical education began in the nineteen-fifties, when he came to North Wales from the small city of Jimma, Ethiopia, as a promising sixteen-year-old engineering student. Astatke began studying trumpet, clarinet, and piano, and continued his musical pursuits at Trinity College and in London jazz clubs. He became the first African student to enroll at the Berklee College of Music, before settling in New York, in the early sixties, where he formed the Ethiopian Quintet, a Latin-jazz band that played club dates and Puerto Rican weddings. That quintet contained the first traces of “Ethio-jazz,” a moody fusion of dark, evocative melodies, rooted in five-note Ethiopian scales and underpinned by jazz harmony. In the late sixties, Astatke returned to Ethiopia, where he fully developed his sound and continued fostering the connection between American jazz and African music. Despite his long career, it was only after Astatke’s sublime music was featured in the Jim Jarmusch film “Broken Flowers” that he began to gain the worldwide recognition he deserves.’ (NewYorker)

STEVE TURRE QUINTET
Smoke Jazz Club, 2751 Broadway, between 105th and 106th Sts./7, 9, 10:30PM, $40
“When it comes to stylists who double on dissimilar instruments, Turre is assuredly in a class by himself. A trombone virtuoso, he also can blow the stuffings out of seashells. He leads a no-nonsense neobop outfit with the saxophonist Eric Alexander and the living legend drummer Jimmy Cobb, who powers Turre’s new album, “Colors for the Masters.” (NewYorker)

CÉCILE MCLORIN SALVANT & AARON DIEHL TRIO (thru Sept.11)
Village Vanguard, 178 Seventh Ave. S., at 11th St./ 8:30PM, +10:30PM, $35
“It’s inevitable that Salvant and Diehl will eventually go their separate ways, but no one looks forward to their split. In a case of singular talents who bring out their respective bests, Salvant and Diehl (at the helm of his polished trio) read each other like twins, accelerating together when bolting swing is called for and ruminating in tandem when balladry beckons.” (NewYorker)

Rebirth Brass Band (Sep 08-11)
Blue Note, 131 W3rd St./ 8PM, +10:30PM, $20-$35
“Whether seen on HBO’s Treme or at their legendary Tuesday night gig at The Maple Leaf, Grammy-winning Rebirth Brass Band is a true New Orleans institution. Formed in 1983 by the Frazier brothers, the band has evolved from playing the streets of the French Quarter to playing festivals and stages all over the world. While committed to upholding the tradition of brass bands, they have also extended themselves into the realms of funk and hip-hop to create their signature sound.

“Rebirth can be precise whenever it wants to,” says The New York Times, “but it’s more like a party than a machine. It’s a working model of the New Orleans musical ethos: as long as everybody knows what they’re doing, anyone can cut loose.” In the wake of the sometimes-stringent competition among New Orleans brass bands, Rebirth is the undisputed leader of the pack, and they show no signs of slowing down.”

TODAY’S TOP NYC EVENT

U.S. TENNIS OPEN (Day 12)
The U.S. Open starts play today at 12 noon at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park in Queens (about 45 min. from Times Square). The tournament runs through Sept. 11 and is the fourth and final Grand Slam tennis tournament of the year.
subway: #1-2-3 to Times Square; transfer to #7 to Willets Point.

Today’s tip:
The best, most comprehensive review of the tournament and the current state of tennis can be found at the NYTimes/Sports.

Today’s Top Matches:
MEN’S SEMIFINALS
(1) Novak Djokovic vs. (10) Gael Monfils
Novak Djokovic has accomplished virtually everything the game has to offer, but one New York feat has eluded him: defending his championship in the Big Apple.

The world No. 1 has been a permanent fixture in the men’s semifinals for a decade now, having reached at least the final four for 10 consecutive years. He’s been in the final six times in the past nine years, including victories in 2011 and 2015, and he boasts Final Four triumphs over Roger Federer, David Ferrer, Marin Cilic and Stan Wawrinka.

Djokovic and Monfils have never met at this stage of the US Open before, but the Serb has scored a pair of US Open victories against the electric Frenchman, including in 2005 in a five-set thriller and in straight sets in 2015. Those are just two of the 12 wins Djokovic has over Monfils, who has never beaten the 12-time Grand Slam champion and has taken just seven of 35 sets in their career head-to-head.

But this is a different Monfils, a more mature Monfils, who has been equal mix business and pleasure. The 30-year-old is a perfect 15-for-15 in sets played thus far, including a two-hour quarterfinal victory over No. 24 seed Lucas Pouille, the only seed he has had to face so far.

This is Monfils’ first US Open semifinal and just his second time this deep at a major following a 2008 run at Roland Garros. Unfortunately for No. 10 seed, he has rarely played the big matches well. He’s lost 19 of 22 matches against Top 5 opponents over the past six years, and his only ever win against the No. 1 player in the world came more than seven-and-a-half years ago, when he beat Rafa Nadal in Doha.

Since turning pro in 2004, the Frenchman has six titles. Djokovic has seven since the calendar flipped to 2016.

A fresh Djokovic is incredibly difficult to beat, and with Federer, Murray and Nadal all out of the tournament, he knows how close he is to another title. Monfils’ raw athleticism and showmanship will earn him a large portion of fans inside Arthur Ashe Stadium, but this match likely won’t be close. Djokovic advances to the final in straight sets.

(3) Stan Wawrinka vs. (6) Kei Nishikori
Both Stan Wawrinka and Kei Nishikori have had near misses on their roads to the Final Four. Wawrinka saved match points against unseeded Brit Daniel Evans in Louis Armstrong in the third round, while Nishikori needed four sets to get past a trio of unseeded players in Week 1.

In the quarterfinals, Wawrinka played under the lights against Juan Martin del Potro and the Japanese prevailed in a five-set thriller with 2012 champion Andy Murray that pushed the four-hour mark. Now they will go head-to-head for a spot in the final. Wawrinka has won three of their five career meetings, with Nishikori winning their most recent contest, in the semifinals of the Roger’s Cup last month, and the Swiss prevailing in the quarterfinals of the 2015 Australian Open.

Wawrinka is 51-17 this season, Nishikori 59-19, so splitting the duo is no easy task. Stan the Man has the singular best tool with his fluid one-handed backhand, but Nishikori loves the hard courts, hits flat from both wings and is comfortable hugging the baseline like he did against Murray.

A four-set match is almost a guarantee, and Nishikori prevails in another three-hour classic.
 (USOpen.org)

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Bonus NYC Events – Jazz Clubs:
Many consider NYCity the Jazz capital of the world. Here are my favorite Jazz clubs, all on Manhattan’s WestSide. Check out who is playing tonight:

Greenwich Village (all six are within walking distance of each other):
Village Vanguard – 178 7th Ave. South, villagevanguard.com, 212-255-4037
Blue Note – 131 W3rd St. nr 6th ave. bluenotejazz.com, 212-475-8592
55 Bar – 55 Christopher St. nr 7th ave.S. 55bar.com, 212-929-9883
Mezzrow – basement @ 163 W10th St. nr 7th Ave. mezzrow.com,646-476-4346
Smalls – basement @ 183 W10th St. smallslive.com, 646-476-4346
Cornelia Street Cafe – 29 Cornelia St. corneliastreetcafe.com, 212-989-9319

Outside Greenwich Village:
Dizzy’s Club – Broadway @ 60th St. — jazz.org/dizzys / 212-258-9595
Birdland – 315 W44th St.(btw 8/9ave) — birdlandjazz.com / 212-581-3080
Smoke Jazz Club – 2751 Broadway nr.106th St. — smokejazz.com / 212-864-6662

Special Mention:
Caffe Vivaldi – 32 Jones St. nr Bleecker St. — caffevivaldi.com / 212-691-7538
a classic, old jazz club in the Village, Caffe V often surprises with a wonderfully eclectic lineup. It’s my favorite spot for an evening of listening enjoyment and discovery.

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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, with a population of  8.5 million, had a record 58 million visitors last year and was TripAdvisor’s Traveler’s Choice Top U.S. Destination for 2016.  Quality shows draw crowds.
Try to reserve seats in advance at these top NYC events, even if just on day of performance.
NYCity Vacation Travel Guide Video (Expedia):
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This week’s fave and FREE NYCity AppS: 
Trip Advisor
An enormous base of NYCity user reviews (2.1 million) provides the widest coverage of hotels (468), restaurants (12,645) and things to do (yes, 3,246). Have a specific question? Then try one of Trip Advisor’s forums. Just remember that with all those reviews you have to try to find the consistency among the comments, and ignore the outliers.

OpenTable
Instantly locate restaurants near you with open reservations and then place a reservation right from your iOS device. A great interface and the ability to see a menu from the restaurant you’re interested in makes this my go to restaurant reservation app.

Subway Time 
Need to catch your #1,2,3 subway to attend an event? Use the Subway Time app from the MTA to find out when the next train arrives at your station. The MTA also has Train and Bus Time info available on their mobile website.
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