Selected NYC Events (05/13) + Today’s Featured Pub (Tribeca)

Today’s Super 7 NYC Events > SATURDAY/MAY 13, 2017

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For future NYC Events be sure to check the tab above: “Notable NYC Events-May”

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

WARREN WOLF QUARTET (also Sunday)
at Smoke Jazz Club, / 7, 9 and 10:30 p.m.; $38
“Mr. Wolf, a multi-instrumentalist who focuses on the vibraphone, strikes a comfortable balance between stately precision and trenchant swing. He’s best known for his work with the bassist Christian McBride and the SFJazz Collective, but don’t miss his own formidable catalog, including last year’s “Convergence,” on Mack Avenue. Mr. Wolf appears here with Russell Hall on bass and Rodney Green on drums. Alex Brown will be at the piano on Friday and Sunday; Emmet Cohen takes his place on Saturday.” (GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO-NYT)

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6 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)

>>Chucho Valdés Quartet 75th Birthday Celebration
>>THE BAD PLUS
>>Juilliard Jazz Orchestra: Music of Duke Ellington
>>COFFEECON 
>>Mad. Sq. Eats
>>Food Book Fair

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Music, Dance, Performing Arts

Chucho Valdés Quartet 75th Birthday Celebration (May 9-14)
Blue Note, 131 W. 3rd St./ 8PM,+10:30PM, $40-$55
“A powerhouse virtuoso, the Cuban pianist Valdés remains a force of nature, both lushly romantic and bitingly percussive in his sweeping improvisations. Celebrating his seventy-fifth birthday at the helm of a galvanic quartet, Valdés will demonstrate an undiminished ability to fuse Afro-Caribbean rhythms and Stateside hard bop with joyous abandon.” (NewYorker)

THE BAD PLUS (May 9-14)
at Jazz Standard, / 7:30, + 9:30PM, $35
“Thanks to its group chemistry (slyly combustible) and repertoire (dissected pop tunes; slap-happy original compositions), the Bad Plus has for nearly two decades been one of improvised music’s most reliable entities. But last month the band announced that Ethan Iverson, its pianist and de facto figurehead, would leave the group in January, to be replaced by Orrin Evans. These shows are the band’s first in New York since the news broke. (GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO-NYT)

Juilliard Jazz Orchestra: Music of Duke Ellington (May 11-14)
Dizzy’s Club, Jazz at Lincoln Center / 7:30PM, +9:30PM, $35
“The Juilliard School has been a destination for world-class music education since its founding, and these incredible young musicians will exemplify that legacy at Dizzy’s. The Juilliard Jazz Orchestra features some of the world’s most talented emerging jazz artists, many of whom are already professional musicians, and they are taught by some of today’s most active, innovative, and respected jazz musicians. No stranger to Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola (which they regularly sell out), the Orchestra has also performed at noted venues such as the Blue Note and Alice Tully Hall. These gifted young musicians are proof of jazz’s bright future, and they honor an essential part of its living legacy in this celebration of Duke Ellington.”

Smart Stuff / Other NYC Events
(Lectures, Discussions, Book Talks, Literary Readings, Classes, Food & Drink, Other)

COFFEECON 
Watch the caffeine intake this weekend while learning the basics of home espresso making, what cupping is, how to taste like an expert, or how to grind, roast or brew in a variety of ways.
This celebration of coffee features exhibitors such as Birch, Illy, Oren’s Daily Roast,
Cafe Grumpy, Joe, Blue Bottle, Butter Lane Bakery, Oxo and Brewista.” (STAV ZIV- Newsday)
WHEN | WHERE Saturday, May 13, 9 a.m.­- 4 p.m., at the
Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 W. 18th St.
INFO $15 – ­$45; coffee­con.com/newyork ­­

Mad. Sq. Eats (thru Jun 03)
General Worth Square; 11am; free access
“Twice a year, this outdoor food fest brings buzzworthy bites from the city’s best restaurants to Worth Square in the Flatiron District. Best eats include Roberta’s sensational pizza, MeltKraft grilled cheese sandwiches and cheesesteaks by the Truffleist. The one-stop shop for the tastiest grub in town will be available every day until June 3, so make sure to wear your stretchy pants.” (TONY)

Food Book Fair 
If you’re excited about all things food – eating talking about it reading books and magazines about it – then this annual event is for you. They will be workshops, panels, so launch, signage, cocktail hours, tastings, screenings, readings, meals and more. Participants include Mario Batali April Bloomfield Frank Bruni, Emma Staub.” (STAV ZIV-Newsday)
WHEN | WHERE Thursday, May 11, to Sunday, May 14,
the Ace Hotel, New York, 20 W. 29th St.
INFO $5­$150; foodbookfair.com.

And don’t forget this annual outer borough event:
Day 3 of Bronx Week 2017, which celebrates the citizens of the borough with events through May 21. Times and prices vary.
And while you are in the Bronx you won’t want to miss this:
CHIHULY (thru Oct.29)
New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Blvd./ $20 to $25
“Step into the sublimely colorful mind of multimedia artist Dale Chihuly at this larger-than-life exhibition, where over twenty of the celebrated creators’ gigantic pieces will take over the 250-acre grounds of the New York Botanical Garden, with installations created especially for the exhibit. Don’t miss special after-dark hours to experience the glassworks illuminated.”

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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
(5 underground, classic jazz joints. all 6 within walking distance of each other):
Village Vanguard – UG, 178 7th Ave. South, villagevanguard.com, 212-255-4037
Blue Note – 131 W3rd St. nr 6th ave. bluenotejazz.com, 212-475-8592
55 Bar – basement @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 – UG, 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 60 million visitors last year and was TripAdvisor’s Traveler’s Choice Top U.S. Destination for 2017.  Quality shows draw crowds.
Try to reserve seats for these top NYC events in advance, even if just on day of performance.
NYCity Vacation Travel Guide Video (Expedia):

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A PremierPub / Tribeca

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

b_flat4There 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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