NYC Events,”Only the Best” (09/10) + US Tennis Open (Day 14)

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

Bill Charlap Trio  (LAST DAY)
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)


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

>>Seaport Music Festival
>>Steve Wilson and Wilsonian’s Grain
>>Jeff (Tain) Watts 

Music, Dance, Performing Arts

at the Iridium / 8 and 10PM, $27.50
“A group with a funky disposition and a deep, rustling power, Band of Other Brothers features several high-powered session musicians who are used to generating sparks from behind the curtain. The ensemble includes the bassist Will Lee, a veteran of David Letterman’s band; the drummer Keith Carlock, who has backed acts like Sting and Steely Dan; the saxophonist Jeff Coffin, a driving force in the Dave Matthews Band; the keyboardist Jeff Babko, who performs and composes music for the “Jimmy Kimmel Live” ensemble; and Nir Felder, a jazz guitarist who has supported Esperanza Spalding and Meshell Ndegeocello. This concert celebrates the release of a winsome debut album, “City of Cranes.” (NYT-GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO)

at the Metropolitan Opera / 8PM, $
“With the Who on a break between legs of its latest world tour, Mr. Townshend, the group’s guitarist and principal songwriter, is spending September on a passion project: a five-date run of shows at which he performs the Who’s landmark 1970s rock opera “Quadrophenia” with symphonic accompaniment. After passing through Lenox, Mass., earlier in the month for a Tanglewood appearance, the Classic Quadrophenia tour visits the home of the Metropolitan Opera on Saturday and Sunday.” (NYT-SIMON VOZICK-LEVINSON)

Seaport Music Festival (LAST DAY)
South Street Seaport / various times, FREE
“Since 2002, the Seaport Music Festival — which the Voice is putting on this year in partnership with the South Street Seaport Museum — has continued to showcase indie artists and bands with a series of free outdoor concerts right on the water. This year’s edition marks the event’s fifteenth anniversary with a special lineup of appearances from Ted Leo and the Pharmacists, the Make-Up, the Wolfmanhattan Project, Jean Grae, the Dance Cartel, and more. In addition to the performances, there will also be screenings, comedy, and dance throughout the weekend; check the website for more programming details.” (Sharell Jeffrey, Village Voice)

Steve Wilson and Wilsonian’s Grain (LAST DAY)
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)

Jeff (Tain) Watts (LAST DAY)
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)

Smart Stuff / Other NYC Events
(Lectures, Discussions, Book Talks, Literary Readings, Classes, Food & Drink, Other)

Too much good music today. Smart Stuff events coming back tomorrow.



The U.S. Open Men’s Finals 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 @ 1PM for the Women’s Doubles Finals to see the ageless Martina Hingis show you how to play the game of doubles.

This tournament has served 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 Final:


September 8, 2017 – Rafael Nadal in action against Juan Martin del Potro in a men’s singles semifinal match at the 2017 US Open.

“The US Open officially draws the curtain on the 2017 Grand Slam season Sunday afternoon with the men’s singles final pitting top seed, two-time US Open winner and 15-time Grand Slam winner Rafael Nadal against No. 28 seed Kevin Anderson, appearing in his first major final.

The two 31-year-olds have enjoyed relatively smooth rides into the title match. Both have lost just three sets through six matches and neither has yet been stretched past four sets in any one encounter.”

For an in-depth analysis of today’s Men’s Final see USTA’s Mark Preston’s piece here.

But let’s be honest, the real men’s match to determine the champion was yesterday when Nadal played Del Potro. Today’s match is a mere formality to crown Nadal.

What I want to know is who is the knucklehead who created the draw for the men’s tournament. How did Nadal, Federer and Del Potro all end up on one side of the bracket while nobody of note was on the other half of the bracket.


“Be sure to come to the US Open early to see championship matches around the grounds. Sunday will feature the women’s doubles final followed by the men’s singles final in Arthur Ashe Stadium. Other finals include junior girls’ singles and doubles, junior boys’ singles, wheelchair men’s and women’s singles and quad singles. Matches begin at 12 p.m.”


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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