NYC Events,”Only the Best” (06/28) + Today’s Featured Pub (Tribeca)

Today’s Elite 8 NYC Events > WEDNESDAY/JUNE 28, 2017

“We search the internet everyday looking for the very best of What’s Happening, primarily on Manhattan’s WestSide, so that you don’t have to.” We make it as easy as 1-2-3.
For future NYC Events be sure to check the tab above: “Notable NYC Events-June”

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

Dr. Lonnie Smith (June 27-July 2.)
Jazz Standard, 116 E. 27th St./ 7:30PM, +9:30PM, $30
“He can get old-school funky and he can get in-the-moment weird, and that’s why we love Dr. Smith, one of the official masters of the jazz electric organ. The turbaned one celebrates his seventy-fifth birthday in a trio setting for the first three nights, then concludes the engagement in charge of an octet complete with horns and a singer.” (NewYorker)

“Jazz is American Classical,” declares Dr. Lonnie Smith, “and this music is a reflection of what’s hap­pening at the time. The organ is like the sunlight, rain and thunder – it’s all the worldly sounds to me!” An authentic master and guru of the Hammond B–3 for over five decades, the Doctor has been featured on over 70 albums, and has recorded and performed with a virtual “Who’s Who” of jazz, blues and R&B giants. He’s performed on our stage with a trio, quartet, octet, and big band – so where better to celebrate his 75th birthday but right back here at Jazz Standard? This gala six–night stand promises to be a highlight of New York’s jazz summer season, with two all-star bands made up of old and new collaborators alike. “Lonnie Smith is still at the top of his game,” wrote Greg Boraman for the website of the BBC. “His blues are powerful without being mawkish, his jazz adept and tasteful, his funk chops always an example to others.” (JazzStandard)

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7 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)
>>Jody Oberfelder Dance Projects: The Brain Piece
>>BLACK ART JAZZ COLLECTIVE
>>Barb Jungr: Float Like a Butterfly—The Sting Project
>>Whipped Cream
>>Accordion Picnics
>>Free as Gods: How the Jazz Age Reinvented Modernism
>>The Big Heist: The Real Story of the Lufthansa Heist, the Mafia, and Murder
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Music, Dance, Performing Arts

Jody Oberfelder Dance Projects: The Brain Piece
NEW YORK LIVE ARTS / 7:30PM, $25+
“Seventy-two spectators at a time will experience Jody Oberfelder’s The Brain Piece, second in a series that began in 2013 with 4Chambers, a study of the human heart. A cast of fifteen performers and collaborators leads attendees through backstage labyrinths and confronts them one-on-one in the lobby and the theater; a clever film by Oberfelder and Eric Siegel, Dance of the Neurons, demonstrates the ways nuggets of information travel around in our craniums. Set designers Juergen Riehm, Penelope Phy, and Tina Kindermann, and lighting designer Kate Bashore, create the frame for the work, which also has a scent consultant; six composers and two sound designers contribute to the mix, along with a bevy of neuroscientists. Be ready to climb stairs, wander hallways, and have “a heightened subjective experience of the brain.” (Elizabeth Zimmer, VillageVoice)

BLACK ART JAZZ COLLECTIVE
at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola / 7:30 and 9:30PM, $
“This sextet of straight-ahead adepts builds upon the postbop language of the 1960s — what you might recognize from Miles Davis’s second great quintet or Joe Henderson’s first few Milestone albums. There is a sense of shared pursuit here; the group often rearranges its component parts, cycling through grooves and trading lead roles. The band features Jeremy Pelt on trumpet, Wayne Escoffery on tenor saxophone, James Burton on trombone, Xavier Davis on piano, Vicente Archer on bass and Johnathan Blake on drums.” (GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO-NYT)

Barb Jungr: Float Like a Butterfly—The Sting Project
Joe’s Pub at the Public Theater / 7PM, $25
“One of the world’s great cabaret singers, England’s Barb Jungr is a genuine original, deploying warmth, high drama and sensitive musicality to reinvent everything she sings. Her supple and versatile voice glows like a hearth on a winter’s day, and her emotional intelligence is faultless: She knows just how a song should feel. In her latest set, she teams up with musical director John McDaniel (The Rosie O’Donnell Show) to explore the oeuvre of Police man turned solo superstar Sting.” (TONY)

Whipped Cream (June 26 – July 1)
Metropolitan Opera House / 7:30PM, $22+
“A dollop of delightful whimsy, this thoroughly inventive full-length premiere springs from the imagination of Artist-in-Residence Alexei Ratmansky and pop surrealist visionary Mark Ryden. In this fantastical confection, a young boy overindulges at a Viennese pastry shop and falls into a delirium. To help him escape from his attending physician, the boy dreams of his triumphant rescue by Princess Praline and her court, including Princess Tea Flower and Prince Coffee, as well as marching Marzipan, with a festive celebration in conclusion. As light as meringue, Richard Strauss’s score is the perfect inspiration for this all-new production destined to delight ballet fans of all ages.”

Accordion Picnics
Bryant Park / 6PM, FREE
“Every Wednesday, Bryant Park welcomes masters of the accordion to show off their best on the lawn. Check out sets from father-daughter duo Lena and Charlie Giordano, Brazilian bluegrass performer Rob Curto and more.”

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

The Big Heist: The Real Story of the Lufthansa Heist, the Mafia, and Murder
Bryant Park / 12:30PM, FREE
Between 40th & 42nd Sts. and Fifth and Sixth Aves.
Anthony M. DeStefano, Pulitzer-Prize Winning Journalist
Hosted by Gary Goldstein, Executive Editor at Kensington Books

Free as Gods: How the Jazz Age Reinvented Modernism
Mid-Manhattan Library, 455 Fifth Ave./ 6:30PM, FREE
With Charles A. Riley II, curator, critic, professor of English, and author of more than twenty books on the arts.
“For artistic cross-pollination, Jazz Age Paris is hard to beat. Cultural critic Charles A. Riley II gives an illustrated lecture on the era, taking in some overlooked artists, and some amazing experiments in form, as revealed by his just-released book Free as Gods: How the Jazz Age Reinvented Modernism.” (ThoughtGallery.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:
(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.
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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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