Today’s Super 7 NYC Events > SUNDAY/ AUGUST 27, 2017
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Weather should be superb for this annual festival and party.
Jazz Age Lawn Party
GOVERNORS ISLAND /11AM, $45–$325
“Now in its twelfth year, the Jazz Age Lawn Party has been going on for about as long as the Jazz Age itself did. If you’ve never set sail for the Roaring Twenties via Governors Island, it’s time to get your act together. Don your best Gatsby-inspired getup for a weekend of Prohibition-era music, flappers, fancy cocktails, and rampant picnicking. This year’s performances include the swinging Dreamland Follies, Philadelphia’s Drew Nugent and the Midnight Society, and of course the man himself — Michael Arenella and his Dreamland Orchestra. Pick up a picnic tote with a pre-packed spread and bottle of rosé, or grab a bite at one of the gourmet food trucks. Stay all day for dance lessons, croquet, the Bathing Beauties and Beaus Promenade, and a Twenties-themed motorcar exhibition. On Sunday only, savor the High Court of Pie Contest, offering prizes for most creative and most booze-infused pie.” (Heather Baysa, VillageVoice)
6 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)
>>DAFNIS PRIETO BIG BAND
>>CHARLIE PARKER JAZZ FESTIVAL
>>TRIO DA PAZ AND FRIENDS
>>Exploring the Secret Eats & Gritty Past of Chinatown
Music, Dance, Performing Arts
Village Vanguard, 178 Seventh Ave. S., at 11th St./ 8:30, 10:30PM, $30
“With its Brazilian and rock flavoring, “Caipi,” Rosenwinkel’s latest recording, is a bit of a left turn for the imaginative guitarist, who has taken his place among the most gifted players in the generation that followed such visionary six-string giants as Pat Metheny and Bill Frisell. A trim trio setting, with the drummer Greg Hutchinson and the bassist Dario Fromit, will effectively showcase Rosenwinkel’s fretboard wizardry.” (NewYorker)
DAFNIS PRIETO BIG BAND (LAST DAY)
at Jazz Standard / 7:30 and 9:30PM, $30
“Mr. Prieto, a buoyant drummer, writes music that lends an illusion of constant expansion to even the smallest ensembles. Whether he’s playing with a trio, a quartet or a slightly bigger band, he’s always assembling and realigning his components, pushing into new directions and adding layers without bogging things down. Until now, he’s never led a big band, but it’s easy to see why the challenge would appeal to him. These shows will be the first for this 17-piece band, which includes the remarkable saxophonists Roman Filiu and Chris Cheek, the pianist Manuel Valera, and the percussionist Roberto Quintero.” (NYT-GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO)
CHARLIE PARKER JAZZ FESTIVAL
“This yearly festival, celebrating its 25th anniversary through Sunday, is free, outdoors and judiciously programmed, with an emphasis on both blues tradition and diffuse innovation: basically, something close to the Platonic ideal of jazz festivals. It culminates this weekend, with concerts on Friday night and Saturday afternoon in Marcus Garvey Park, in Harlem, then an afternoon program on Sunday,downtown in Tompkins Square Park. Friday’s headliner is the Anat Cohen Tentet. On Saturday, the alto saxophonist Lee Konitz, the drummers Terri Lyne Carrington and Louis Hayes, and the vocalist Charenee Wade all lead groups. Sunday’s show features the saxophonists Joshua Redman, Lou Donaldson and Tia Fuller, as well as the vocalist Alicia Olatuja.” (NYT-GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO)
TRIO DA PAZ AND FRIENDS (LAST DAY)
Dizzy’s Club / 7:30PM, +9:30PM, $40
“Trio Da Paz has been around for 31 years, and it’s held down a summer residency at Dizzy’s for the last 10. With Romero Lubambo on guitar, Nilson Matta on bass and Duduka Da Fonseca on drums, the group calls its music “samba jazz.” It’s not false advertising; the triumvirate is given to up-tempo excursions, high on friction — not the lilting bossa nova that you might expect from a Brazilian guitar trio. These comrades will find new angles of engagement over their two-week run, during which they will welcome various special guests on different nights, including the vocalist Maucha Adnet and the trumpeter Claudio Roditi.” (NYT-GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO)
Songbook Summit (LAST DAY)
59E59 Theaters,/ 7PM, $35
“It’s delightful, it’s delicious, it’s de-lovely.
Will Anderson and Peter Anderson are identical twins who play the saxophone and clarinet. They will perform in a six-piece ensemble throughout August highlighting four great American composers: Cole Porter, Harold Arlen, George Gershwin, and Richard Rodgers. The first week is Porter, so anything goes!
“Virtuosos on clarinet and saxophone,” (The New York Times) identical twins Peter & Will Anderson return to 59E59 Theaters by popular demand for a celebration of the great American Songbook. Shining the spotlight on the work of four of its most distinguished composers (one composer each week), a 6-piece ensemble featuring vocalist Molly Ryan will perform hits such as ‘Summertime’, ‘My Favorite Things’, ‘Night & Day’,’Somewhere Over the Rainbow’, and ‘Rhapsody in Blue’.
August 22 – 27: Richard Rodgers
Featuring ‘My Favorite Things’, ‘Blue Moon’, ‘My Funny Valentine’, ‘Bewitched Bothered and Bewildered’, ‘Blue Moon’, and more!
Smart Stuff / Other NYC Events
(Lectures, Discussions, Book Talks, Literary Readings, Classes, Food & Drink, Other)
Exploring the Secret Eats & Gritty Past of Chinatown
4:00 pm – 6:00 pm / $35-$39
“Join New York Adventure Club as we journey through the twisted back streets of Chinatown to eat at some of the neighborhood’s best culinary destinations, while learning about its gritty past filled with gangs and violence.”
Led by prominent neighborhood expert Mike Morgenthal, our experience will include:
A custom-made NY Adventure Club route to showcase the best Chinatown eateries hiding in plain sight.
The story of Chinatown throughout New York’s history, from the infamous Tong Gangs to the first Chinese language theater in New York City.
A bite at several different off-the-beaten-path Chinatown eateries, from scallion pancakes and dumplings, to beef jerky and steamed buns.
Come hungry!” (ThoughtGallery.org)
*Your ticket includes tastings at every eatery on the tour.
**There are no bathroom breaks on the tour
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:
(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
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.
♦ 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))
There 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.
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
“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.