NYC Events,”Only the Best” (08/30) + US Tennis Open (Day 3)

Today’s Sweet 6 NYC Events > WEDNESDAY/ AUGUST 30, 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:

Ann Hampton Callaway: Jazz Goes to the Movies  (also Thur)
at Dizzy’s Club / 7:30 and 9:30PM, $40
With pianist and vocalist Ann Hampton Callaway, pianist Ted Rosenthal, bassist Martin Wind, and drummer Tim Horner

“Ann Hampton Callaway is one of the preeminent voices of the American Songbook, a tireless performer who has reached acclaim on Broadway, in theaters, on television, and in a variety of concert halls and jazz clubs around the country. Her last performance at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola was an album release party celebrating Callaway’s tribute to the virtuosic Sarah Vaughan, also known as “Sassy” and “The Divine One.” A full concert dedicated to this legendary vocalist was a bold and formidable task, but Callaway regularly proves her ability to cover diverse and challenging material with taste, humor, and technical strength. We’re looking forward to hearing what she does next!”


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

>>Charlie Parker Birthday Celebration
>>Kurt Rosenwinkel
>>Met Summer HD Festival — Roberto Devereux
>>Roy Hargrove
>>The Juice

Music, Dance, Performing Arts

Charlie Parker Birthday Celebration (Aug 30 – Sep 02)
Featuring Vincent Herring, Greg Osby, Jeremy Pelt, Helen Sung, Lonnie Plaxico, and Billy Drummond
Birdland, / 8:30PM, +11PM, $40
“Born August 29th, 1920, Charlie “Bird” Parker was one of the most influential and iconic artists in jazz history. As the central figure in the development of bebop in the 1940s Bird was a legendary figure in his own lifetime and was idolized by those who worked with him including Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonious Monk, Charles Mingus, Bud Powell and Miles Davis. He was the inspiration for Birdland and practically defined its mission as the home for modern jazz in New York City. Since his death in 1955 at age 34 Bird has inspired every subsequent generation of jazz artist and left a rich legacy of distinctive compositions and signature melodic vocabulary that still informs every style of jazz. For his celebration Birdland presents a group of jazz all-stars who can move seamlessly between classic and contemporary Bird-inspired material.”

Kurt Rosenwinkel (Aug 30-Sep 03)
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)

Met Summer HD Festival — Roberto Devereux
The Metropolitan Opera / 8PM
FREE Opera Screenings on Lincoln Center Plaza
“Soprano Sondra Radvanovsky delivers a tour-de-force performance as Queen Elizabeth, the third of Donizetti’s perilous “Three Queens,” alongside Elīna Garanča, Matthew Polenzani, and Mariusz Kwiecien.”

Roy Hargrove (Aug. 29-Sept. 3.)
Blue Note, 131 W. 3rd St./ 8PM, +10:30PM, $30-$45
“The bebop bug that got the teen-age trumpeter Hargrove, back in Texas in the nineteen-eighties left its stinger in. This vigorous improviser has since investigated other byways, including fruitful forays into Cuban music and funk, but he always returns to draw from his initial inspiration. He leads a steaming quintet that offers plenty of room for his charging and lyrical brass ventures.” (NewYorker)

Elsewhere, but this variety show of uniform quality looks worth the detour:

The Juice
at Union Pool, 484 Union Ave. Bklyn/ 7:30PM, $5
“This installment of the Juice, a recurring variety show hosted by Carmen Christopher and Conner O’Malley, is like an all-pink pack of Starburst. At 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sasheer Zamata, formerly of “Saturday Night Live”; Michelle Wolf (“The Daily Show With Trevor Noah”); Comedy Central’s Joe Pera; and Jaboukie Young-White, who recently appeared in “Rough Night,” will descend on Union Pool. With any luck, Mr. O’Malley will interrupt his duties as host to trot out one of his own hilariously over-the-top farces.” (KASIA PILAT-NYT)


U.S. TENNIS OPEN Day 3 (thru Sept. 10)

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.) This tournament, which serves up the world’s best tennis players right in our backyard, is celebrating its 20th year at Arthur Ashe Stadium and 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.

Day 3 is teeming with talent
By Mark Preston

“With rain putting a damper on yesterday’s schedule of play, Day 3 of the 2017 US Open will see the courts of the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center teeming with talent, as the conclusion of the first round shares the bill with the start of the second. A total of 87 matches are scheduled for the day, featuring seven players who’ve know Grand Slam glory, including Marin Cilic, Juan Martin del Potro, Venus Williams, Petra Kvitova, Maria Sharapova, Garbiñe Muguruza and Svetlana Kuznetsova. Also featured in today’s loaded lineup are John Isner, Sam Querrey, Alexander Zverev, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Denis Shapovalov, Caroline Wozniacki, Sloane Stephens and Dominika Cibulkova. Whether they’re taking their first or second steps toward their ultimate goal of a US Open crown, each share a similar aim – just keep stepping.”

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:

Greenwich Village:
(5 are underground, classic jazz joints. all 6 are within walking distance of each other):
Village Vanguard – UG, 178 7th Ave. South,, 212-255-4037
Blue Note – 131 W3rd St. nr 6th ave., 212-475-8592
55 Bar – basement @55 Christopher St. nr 7th ave.S., 212-929-9883
Mezzrow – basement @ 163 W10th St. nr 7th Ave.,646-476-4346
Smalls – basement @ 183 W10th St., 646-476-4346
Cornelia Street Cafe – UG, 29 Cornelia St., 212-989-9319

Outside Greenwich Village:
Dizzy’s Club – Broadway @ 60th St. — / 212-258-9595
Birdland – 315 W44th St.(btw 8/9ave) — / 212-581-3080
Smoke Jazz Club – 2751 Broadway nr.106th St. — / 212-864-6662

Special Mention:
Caffe Vivaldi – 32 Jones St. nr Bleecker St. — / 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):



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