NYC Events,”Only the Best” (09/02) + US Tennis Open (Day 6)

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For future NYC Events better check the tab above: “Notable NYC Events-September”
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:

George Cables Trio
Jazz at Kitano, 66 Park Ave., at 38th St./
“Never a star but always a guy you needed on your team, the pianist Cables provided sleek yet earthy playing for Freddie Hubbard, Art Pepper, Dexter Gordon, and other eminent jazz performers starting in the late nineteen-sixties, all the while producing substantial sessions of his own. If his ubiquity caused many to take Cables for granted, his present mastery is not to be overlooked. An ace rhythm team with the bassist Ed Howard and the drummer Victor Lewis will provide textbook support.” (NewYorker)


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

>>Met Summer HD Festival — Eugene Onegin
>>Kurt Rosenwinkel
>>Peter Bernstein Quartet
>>Cyrus Chestnut 
>>Charlie Parker Birthday Celebration

Music, Dance, Performing Arts

Met Summer HD Festival — Eugene Onegin
The Metropolitan Opera / 8PM
FREE Opera Screenings on Lincoln Center Plaza
“Anna Netrebko and Peter Mattei deliver gripping performances in Tchaikovsky’s moving opera about unrequited love. Robin Ticciati conducts one of the composer’s most popular scores. ”

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)

Peter Bernstein Quartet (Sept. 1-3.)
Smoke, 2751 Broadway, between 105th and 106th Sts./
“In 1994, the guitarist Bernstein roped together a pretty decent band for the recording of his album “Signs of Life.” These same former up-and-comers—Brad Mehldau, Christian McBride, and Gregory Hutchinson—rejoined Bernstein for his latest album, “Signs Live!,” proving that potential can reap dividends. His supporting crew here may not be quite as illustrious, but the pianist Sullivan Fortner, the bassist Doug Weiss, and the drummer Leon Parker will surely do the fret-board marvel proud.” (NewYorker)

Cyrus Chestnut (LAST DAY)
Jazz Standard, 116 E. 27th St./
“There’s a tactile feeling that emanates from Chestnut’s piano, a welcoming embrace that assures you that you’ve picked the right spot for the night. Since he arrived on the scene, in the late nineteen-eighties, Chestnut has gained renown as a trusted stylist who judiciously balances mainstream and modernist leanings, mixing high spirits and soulful, deeply satisfying improvisation touched by gospel music and the blues. Here he brings the same partners that make his new album, “There’s a Sweet, Sweet Spirit,” a treat: the bassist Buster Williams and the drummer Lenny White.” (NewYorker)

at the Iridium / 8 and 10PM, $35-$45
“Each of these four saxophonists is a master of straight-ahead jazz, though most have dipped into other styles, too. Mr. Heath, 90, wears the hard-bop mantle: In the 1950s and ’60s, he was one of the style’s notable composer-practitioners. Mr. Bartz played in some of Miles Davis’s best jazz-rock ensembles, and honed a personal brand of frisky soul jazz. Mr. Jackson is known as a deft exponent of John Coltrane’s clear and untempered sound on the tenor saxophone. Mr. Harrison, a guiding light in the world of New Orleans culture, has a slippery and groove-soaked approach to the alto saxophone.” (NYT-GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO)

Charlie Parker Birthday Celebration (LAST DAY)
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.”


U.S. TENNIS OPEN Day 6 (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 serves up the world’s best tennis players right in our backyard. Celebrating its 20th year at Arthur Ashe Stadium, it 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.

PLUS, head over to Sports Illustrated for their comprehensive list of insider tips for attending the U.S. Open.

For the full schedule of play today, click here.

========================================= Day 6 picks
By Ashley Marshall

(6) Dominic Thiem vs. (30) Adrian Mannarino
Thiem sports a perfect 5-0 record against Mannarino, including four hard-court wins over the past two years. He’s won the past seven sets they’ve played but comes into New York without a hard-court semifinal run in 2017. Mannarino, meanwhile, has been solid since Wimbledon, with quarterfinal appearances in Los Cabos and Montreal and a round-of-16 showing in Cincinnati, where he pushed Thiem to two tiebreak sets in defeat
Thiem has won six of the seven sets he’s played so far, and a second-round victory over American Taylor Fritz gave him a great test in the first week that should serve him well moving forward. There’s no reason to think Mannarino can win three sets against Thiem, so the Austrian advances in four.

(1) Rafael Nadal vs. Leonardo Mayer
World No. 1 Nadal was unhappy with the amount of errors he made against Taro Daniel Thursday evening, despite a four-set win which saw him lose just seven games after dropping the first set. The Spaniard is moving well and always has the option of cranking up the energy when he needs it the most.
For Mayer, he’s already played six matches over the past nine days when you take into account three qualifying matches last week in addition to a men’s doubles match on Friday. Even if Mayer was perfectly fresh, he’d need to play the match of his life to upset the title favorite. He’s lost all seven sets against Nadal in his career, a streak that runs to 10 in the final day match inside Arthur Ashe Stadium.

(4) Elina Svitolina vs. Shelby Rogers
Svitolina has typically saved her best performances for clay, reaching the quarterfinals of the French Open twice on either side of a run to the fourth round at Roland Garros in 2016. New York has rarely been kind to her, but she’s playing arguably the best tennis of her career this season and she’s primed for a long stay in the Big Apple this time around.
Rogers is coming off a pair of three-set battles, the latter of which against No. 25 seed Daria Gavrilova went a US Open record three hours, 31 minutes. She has a solid game, but nothing that should trouble someone who both moves smoothly and strikes the ball well from the baseline. Svitolina’s game can occasionally run cold in patches, and that alone could see the American win a set, but Svitolina ultimately wins in three.

(15) Madison Keys vs. (17) Elena Vesnina
Following Roger Federer in the night session is no enviable task, but that’s what Keys and Vesnina will be asked to do to close out Saturday in New York.
On paper, this is one of the most evenly matched third-round contests with just two seeds and two spots in the rankings separating the combatants. Keys won the only two previous matches, including 6-4, 6-0 when they met in Montreal last July, but Vesnina has looked impressive in wins over Anna Blinkova and Kirsten Flipkens. Vesnina has only been past the quarterfinals of one major in 11 years and is unlikely to have her US Open breakthrough here against the American. Make it three fourth-round appearances in a row for Keys, who powers through in straight sets.


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.
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