Today’s Sweet 6 NYC Events > MONDAY/ AUGUST 28, 2017
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Blue Note, 131 W. 3rd St./ 8, 10:30PM, $30-$45
“Leading a compact, percussion-powered outfit, Palmieri transforms his club performances into highly personal musical affairs, spinning out extended and idiosyncratic solo piano pieces and retrieving favored older works from his storied past. He’s not just a living link to a glorious tradition of Afro-Caribbean jazz—he’s a still thriving master of the genre.” (NewYorker)
5 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)
>>Natalie Douglas: Tributes—Ronstadt
>>Julia Mattison: Ruby Manger Live! A Farewell Engagement
>>SHABAKA HUTCHINGS, MOSES BOYD EXODUS AND NATIVE DANCER
>>Bill O’Connell and The Latin Jazz All-Stars
>>Met Summer HD Festival — L’Amour de Loin
Music, Dance, Performing Arts
Natalie Douglas: Tributes—Ronstadt
Birdland, 315 W44th St. / 7PM, $30
“Octuple MAC Award winner Douglas has previously plumbed the catalogs of Nina Simone, Lena Horne, Abbey Lincoln and Billie Holiday, among many others. Now she applies her formidable voice to songs by the golden-throated 1970s pop icon Linda Ronstadt, backed by a snappy six-piece band led by Mark Hartman at the piano.” (TONY)
Julia Mattison: Ruby Manger Live! A Farewell Engagement
54 Below, 254 W54th St./ 7PM, $25
“Mattison plays fictional Tony Award winner, failed indie-film actress and ertswhile Rod Stewart paramour Ruby Manger in this much-buzzed-about evening of original show tunes and demented Broadway satire. Taylor Trensch (Hello, Dolly!), Andrew Kober (Hair), Sara Chase (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt) and Noel Carey (Brooklyn Sound) join the shenanigans.” (TONY)
Elsewhere, but this one looks worth the detour:
SHABAKA HUTCHINGS, MOSES BOYD EXODUS AND NATIVE DANCER
Nublu, 151 Ave C / 8PM, $
“London’s jazz scene is on a hard upswing, experiencing a renaissance similar to the one underway in Los Angeles: Young musicians of diverse backgrounds are swimming in all sorts of new directions, drawing on the music of the Caribbean, Indian classical, halcyon jazz, house music and grime. A lot of this artistic growth has been fostered by Jazz Re:freshed, an organization based in West London that has presented concerts since 2003. It’s responsible for this showcase, featuring three leading names in British jazz’s new wave: the saxophonist Shabaka Hutchings, leading a trio; the drummer Moses Boyd’s band, Exodus; and Native Dancer, fronted by the vocalist Frida Mariama Toura. Saturday’s show, at Baby’s All Right, is an after party for the Afropunk music festival.” (NYT-GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO)
Bill O’Connell and The Latin Jazz All-Stars
Dizzy’s Club / 7:30, 9:30PM, $30
With saxophonist and flutist Steve Slagle, trombonist Conrad Herwig, pianist Bill O’Connell, bassist Yunior Terry, drummer Robby Ameen, and conga player Roman Diaz
“From its surging beginning to its aspirational finale, pianist Bill O’Connell’s [and The Latin Jazz All-Stars’] Heart Beat delivers rich, layered work… it starts hot and gets hotter.” – DownBeat
Bill O’Connell is an award-winning pianist, keyboardist, composer, and arranger celebrated in both Latin and contemporary jazz. Since becoming Mongo Santamaría’s keyboardist in 1977, O’Connell has performed with, led, and arranged for such heavyweights as Astrud Gilberto, Sonny Rollins, Papo Vázquez, Paquito D’Rivera, and Chet Baker, and he recorded over a dozen albums with the Grammy Award-winning flutist Dave Valentín. O’Connell is one of the modern greats as both a player and writer, and The Latin Jazz All-Stars, his primary band, truly lives up to its name. What better way to spend a hot Monday night?”
Met Summer HD Festival — L’Amour de Loin
The Metropolitan Opera / 8PM
Free Opera Screenings on Lincoln Center Plaza
“Susanna Phillips, Tamara Mumford, and Eric Owens star in the Met premiere production of Kaija Saariaho’s 21st-century masterpiece, brought to life in a spellbinding staging by Robert Lepage. Maestro Susanna Mälkki conducts this mesmerizing score.”
TODAY’S TOP EVENT
U.S. TENNIS OPEN (Day 1)
The U.S. Open begins play today (11AM) at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park in Queens (about 45 min. from Times Square) and runs through Sept. 11.This is the fourth and final Grand Slam tennis tournament of the year.
subway: @ Times Square take #7 to Willets Point.
Today’s tips: Arrive Early. Security screening seems to have been ratcheted up which may cause delays to enter. Best not to bring a bag. The best, most comprehensive review of the tournament and the current state of tennis can be found at the NYTimes/Sports.
Early in the tournament forget the Big House (Arthur Ashe Stadium). Get a grounds pass and once inside check out one of the electronic scoreboards listing matches in progress. Find a match or players that interest you. Head over to their court for some great tennis, because in this tournament even the qualifiers are great players.There is no other major sporting event where you can get so close to world class athletes as at the U.S. Open – on the outer field courts, the Grandstand court, and the new Armstrong stadium, temporary for just this year. These are courts where you can get a real sense of the pace of the game.
Bonus NYC events– Jazz Venues:
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 are underground, classic jazz joints. all 6 are 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.
NYCity Vacation Travel Guide Video (Expedia):
Chelsea Art Gallery District*
Chelsea is the heart of the NYCity contemporary art scene. Home to more than 300 art galleries, the Rubin Museum, the Joyce Theater and The Kitchen performance spaces, there is no place like it anywhere in the world. Come here to browse free exhibitions by world-renowned artists and those unknowns waiting to be discovered in an art district that is concentrated between West 18th and West 27th Streets, and 10th and 11th Avenues. Afterwards stop in the Chelsea Market, stroll on the High Line, or rest up at one of the many cafes and bars and discuss the fine art.
Here is one exhibition the New Yorker really likes:
For a listing of 25 essential galleries in the Chelsea Art Gallery District, organized by street, which enables you to create your own Chelsea Art Gallery crawl, see the Chelsea Gallery Guide (nycgo.com) Or check out TONY magazine’s list of the “Best Chelsea Galleries” and click through to see what’s on view.
*Now plan your own gallery crawl, but better to plan your visits for Tuesday through Saturday; most galleries are closed Sunday and Monday.
TIP: After your gallery tour, stop in Ovest at 513W27th St. for Aperitivo Italiano (Happy Hour on steroids). Discuss all the great art you have viewed over a drink and a very tasty selection of FREE appetizers (M-F, 5-8pm). OR try the NYT recommendation: “When you’re done, adjourn to the newly renovated Bottino , the Chelsea art world’s unofficial canteen on 10th Avenue (btw 24/25 St.) “
For other selected Museum and Gallery Special Exhibitions see recent posts in right sidebar dated 08/26 and 08/18.