NYC Events,”Only the Best” (08/11) + Today’s Featured Pub (Tribeca)

Today’s Super 7  NYC Events > FRIDAY/ AUGUST 11, 2017

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For future NYC Events be sure to check the tab above: “Notable NYC Events-August”
It’s the most comprehensive list of top events this month that you’ll find anywhere.

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

AFRO YAQUI HONORS FRED HO
at Ginny’s Supper Club / 7:30 and 9:30PM, $15
“The baritone saxophonist and composer Fred Ho had an unbounded approach to making music, which he treated as a necessarily revolutionary act. Mr. Ho, who died in 2014, learned at the elbow of the arranger Gil Evans and the saxophonist Archie Shepp, and possessed his own fearsome authority as an improviser. The music he wrote drew on mainstream jazz, the avant-garde, and traditional forms from both Africa and East Asia; it was aggressive and caustic, but also deeply engaging. Afro Yaqui is a group of nine musicians — including a few alumni of Mr. Ho’s ensembles — dedicated to furthering his musical legacy; at Ginny’s it will play pieces from his repertoire.” (NYT-GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO)

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6 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)
>>MANUEL VALERA
>>ZESHAN B
>>John Pizzarelli
>>A Tribute to Geri Allen
>>Kendra Foster
>>Natalia Lafourcade + Vagabon
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Music, Dance, Performing Arts

MANUEL VALERA
at the Jazz Gallery / 7:30 and 9:30PM, $
“A Cuban-American pianist with plenty to say — and a full schedule of sideman gigs — Mr. Valera is often relentless and blistering at the keyboard, but a shape-shifting melodicism is embedded in everything he plays. Here he debuts a newly commissioned work, “The Planets,” accompanied by a powerful trio: Hans Glawischnig on bass and E. J. Strickland on drums.” (NYT-GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO)

ZESHAN B
at Mercury Lounge / 11PM, $
“The Chicago-born singer Zeshan B has a fine tenor voice that recalls Sam Cooke, and a taste for refined retro arrangements akin to those favored by Leon Bridges. His debut album, “Vetted,” seeks out commonalities between classic soul covers (William Bell’s “You Don’t Miss Your Water”) and the Indian and Pakistani music he learned from his immigrant parents. It’s a rewarding blend of sounds and sensibilities, which Zeshan B will explore further at this late-night show.” (NYT – SIMON VOZICK-LEVINSON)

John Pizzarelli (Aug. 8-12.)
Birdland, 315 W. 44th St./ 8:30PM, +11PM, $50
“In early 1967, two musical geniuses met to collaborate on an album; half a century later, “Francis Albert Sinatra & Antônio Carlos Jobim” has lost none of its seductive sheen. The guitarist and singer Pizzarelli reveres both the Chairman of the Board and the master bossa-nova composer. With his vocalist wife, Jessica Molaskey, and Antônio’s grandson Daniel Jobim in tow, Pizzarelli presents an elegant and heartfelt tribute to the achievements of these international cultural heroes.” (NewYorker)

A Tribute to Geri Allen (Aug. 8-13)
Village Vanguard, 178 Seventh Ave. S., at 11th St./ 8:30 and 10:30PM, $30
“The recent death of the extravagantly gifted pianist and composer Geri Allen at the age of sixty continues to hover over the jazz community like a dark cloud. An attempt to honor this great musician and to dispel the gloom finds the bassist Esperanza Spalding and the drummer Terri Lyne Carrington welcoming distinguished guests throughout the week, including Joe Lovano, Nicholas Payton, Cassandra Wilson, and Ravi Coltrane.” (NewYorker)

Let’s not forget this wonderful continuing event:

Lincoln Center Out of Doors 2017
“Lincoln Center Out of Doors, one of the country’s longest-running free outdoor summer festivals, opens this year on July 26 and runs through August 13. The 47th edition of the popular festival will fill the Lincoln Center campus with a diverse range of music, dance, spoken word, and family events, featuring dozens of artists from across the city, country, and world-all completely free and open to the public.

“We are thrilled about this year’s festival,” says Jill Sternheimer, Director of Public Programming at Lincoln Center. “It’s a profound reminder of what is truly great about this city-the opportunity to come together on a beautiful summer night and experience totally free world-class concerts and performances from such a wide array of incredible artists, and to be able to share in the sense of community that goes along with that. It’s what Lincoln Center Out of Doors is all about”
Tonight’s Special Doubleheader:
Kendra Foster
Hearst Plaza / 7PM, FREE
“A longtime member of the P-funk family and an integral 21st-century voice of its legacy, Kendra Foster also co-wrote eight songs on D’Angelo’s Grammy Award–winning album Black Messiah. In the past few years she’s stepped into the spotlight as a solo artist of magnetic power. With smoky vocals, jazz-cut melodies, and high-end, neo-soul production, Foster wields a vast musical vocabulary, spanning jazz, funk, soul, R&B, hip-hop, rock, and electronica, with singular sophistication.”

Natalia Lafourcade + Vagabon
Damrosch Park / 7:30PM, FREE
“Two very different women will take the stage at Lincoln Center’s outdoor summer music series this Friday, bringing with them a staggering array of influences in their musical visions. Natalia Lafourcade is a Mexican singer-songwriter whose gently enchanting songs and featherlight vocals are based in the musical heritage of Latin America, yet still manage to feel brand-new. Vagabon is the stage name for local indie rocker Lætitia Tamko, whose dramatic, emotionally intense music continually reveals the singer’s astonishing talent. These artists are ready to rise.” (Sophie Weiner,VillageVoice)

For more info on this terrific festival, Time Out NY has it all covered.

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

Too much good music today. More Smart Stuff coming tomorrow.

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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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