NYC Events,”Only the Best” (09/08) + US Tennis Open (Day 12)

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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 will find anywhere.
Carefully curated from “Only the Best” NYC event info on the the web it’s a simply spectacular resource.


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

Bill Charlap Trio
Village Vanguard / 8:30PM, 10:30PM, $30
“This year marks the twentieth anniversary of pianist Bill Charlap’s acclaimed trio, rounded out by Peter Washington on bass and Kenny Washington on drums, who since 1997 have been keeping the flame of Ellingtonian elegance eternally lit on the New York City jazz scene. The combo’s excellent new album, Uptown Downtown, is a continued love letter to Charlap’s hometown metropolis, following up on last year’s Notes From New York with another collection of quaint and compelling versions of favorite compositions from both Broadway’s theater district and Lower Manhattan’s nightclub circuit. For the first two weeks of September, the Charlap Trio will be celebrating the record’s release at the hallowed Village Vanguard, giving these classic tunes from the likes of Gerry Mulligan, Richard Rodgers, Jim Hall, Ella Fitzgerald, and the Duke himself a fresh breath of 21st-century air. As the Director of Jazz Studies at William Paterson University, Charlap certainly knows the importance of jazz music on young minds, and this lengthy residence is a perfect opportunity for students to experience an education on the art in real-time.” (Ron Hart, Village Voice)


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

>>Sierra Boggess
>>Steve Wilson and Wilsonian’s Grain
>>Guilty Pleasures Cabaret
>>Outside (In)dia: Amir ElSaffar
>>Jeff (Tain) Watts 

Music, Dance, Performing Arts

Sierra Boggess (Sept 6-9)
Feinstein’s/54 Below, 254 W 54th St./ 7PM, $55+
“Olivier Award nominated actress and Broadway favorite Sierra Boggess returns to Feinstein’s/54 Below with her new solo show. Since first appearing here with Awakening, she has toured a new concert evening all over the world: Australia, Japan, Paris, and London. She now returns “home” to bring New York audiences this new evening of song and storytelling. Backed by a 6 piece orchestra, Sierra will share songs from stage and screen that she has never sung before along with songs associated with her career, but with new twists.”

at Radio City Music Hall / 7PM, $46+
“When the Kentucky-raised singer Bryson Tiller headlined Radio City Music Hall for the first time, in the spring of 2016, it felt like a coronation for one of R&B’s new royals. His return to that ornate stage in Midtown Manhattan this week is more like a victory lap: Mr. Tiller’s second album, “True to Self,” debuted atop the Billboard chart in June, and there is little debate over whether he’s a big enough star to fill the room. The omnipresent rap producer Metro Boomin and the rising singer H.E.R. will open the show.” (NYT-SIMON VOZICK-LEVINSON)

Steve Wilson and Wilsonian’s Grain (Sept. 8-10)
Smoke, 2751 Broadway, between 105th and 106th Sts./ 7, 9, 10:30PM, $38
“A trusted A-list sideman (Maria Schneider’s orchestra, Chick Corea’s Origin band) who knows just what to do when he takes command of the spotlight, the expressive alto and soprano saxophonist and flutist Wilson’s own quartet is bolstered by such stalwarts as the pianist Orrin Evans (soon to be a member of the Bad Plus) and the bassist Ugonna Okegwo.” (NewYorker)

Guilty Pleasures Cabaret
Feinstein’s/54 Below, 254 W 54th St./ 11:30PM, $20 – $45 Cellar
“Guilty Pleasures Cabaret’s sultry charm and feminine energy bring refreshing talent and artistry to the cabaret theater experience.

With a speak-easy feel, a hint of the roaring twenties, and a sprinkle of the swinging sixties, the show remains modern and sexy. Through music, steamy choreography, and dazzling costumes, the girls of the Guilty Pleasures Cabaret give their audience members sex appeal, spectacle, and variety – truly living up to the expectation of what a cabaret should entail.”

Outside (In)dia: Amir ElSaffar
Atrium at Lincoln Center / 7:30PM, FREE
“For centuries, both Indian raga and Iraqi maqam have been the traditional music forms of expression for people from the Middle East to India. The two improvisational forms evolved along their own lines yet share musical commonalities, both rich in resonance and devotion. In this new collaboration and inaugural event in the Outside (In)dia series, Amir ElSaffar and Brooklyn Raga Massive explore and uncover new intersections between these ancient, profound musical traditions.

American trumpeter, santur player, vocalist, and composer Amir ElSaffar has distinguished himself with a mastery of diverse musical traditions, including Iraqi maqam. A recipient of the 2013 Doris Duke Performing Artist Award, ElSaffar has been described as “uniquely poised to reconcile jazz and Arabic music without doing either harm,” (The Wire) and “one of the most promising figures in jazz today” (Chicago Tribune).”

Jeff (Tain) Watts (Sept. 5-10)
Jazz Standard, 116 E. 27th St./ 7:30PM, +9:30PM, $30
“Paying tribute to Elvin Jones, the late genius of modern-jazz drumming whose name is indelibly linked with that of John Coltrane, the relentlessly propulsive drummer brings together veterans of Jones’s bands, including the saxophonists Sonny Fortune, Dave Liebman, and Ravi Coltrane. He concludes the engagement with a trio featuring the guitarist Kevin Eubanks that will also honor Jones.” (NewYorker)


U.S. TENNIS OPEN Day 12 (thru Sept. 10)

The U.S. Open Men’s SemiFinals begins play today @ 4PM at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park in Queens (about 45 min. from Times Square.)  But get there @ noon for the Men’s Finals in Doubles. It will only slightly resemble the doubles you are used to playing – these guys are big and hit with great pace.

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: The best, most comprehensive review of the tournament and the current state of tennis can be found at the NYTimes/Sports.

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.


Men’s semis top Day 12 slate
By Mark Preston – Friday, September 08, 2017



September 6, 2017 – Juan Martin del Potro in action against Roger Federer in a men’s singles quarterfinal match at the 2017 US Open.

Two men’s semifinals headline Day 12 of the 2017 US Open, as the four men who’ve risen above the rest take to the big stage of Arthur Ashe Stadium in an effort to continue ascending. Two of Friday’s headliners figured to be factors on this day at the start of this event, both having been here before. The other two are more than a bit of a surprise, unexpected visitors who’ve elbowed their way into the penultimate round here for the first time in their respective careers.

For Mark Preston’s full analysis see THIS, but it looks like most experts think Nadal will make the final, while the Busta – Anderson match is a toss up. Of course, the experts thought that the Keys – Vandeweghe match last night would be close, when in fact, it turned out to be a slaughter by Keys. Busta has been solid, but hasn’t faced Anderson’s serve. Both of these matches should be fascinating, wonderful contests; can’t wait.


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 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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