NYC Events,”Only the Best” (11/25) + Today’s Featured Pub (Tribeca)

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For future NYC Events better check the tab above: “NYC Events-November
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 superb resource that will help you plan your NYC visit all over town, all through the month.
The curated list of events you will find in the “This WEEK” tab ain’t bad, either.

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

Dee Dee Bridgewate(Nov.21-26)
@ Blue Note / 8PM, +10:30PM, $30, $45
“Grammy and Tony Award-winning performer Dee Dee Bridgewater has demonstrated her talents in jazz clubs, in the recording studio, and on the Broadway stage. Now she’s bringing her career to where it all started, by dedicating her next album to her hometown of Memphis, Tennessee. Titled Memphis… Yes I’m Ready, the album will feature the Blues, R&B, and Soul classics that came out of “Bluff City.” This week Bridgewater is celebrating the album’s release at the Blue Note.” (The Jonathan Channel)

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7 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)
>>Billy Stritch “Lucky To Be Me”
>>Arlo Guthrie’s Annual Thanksgiving Concert
>>Electric Miles
>>The New Drum Battle: Kenny Washington vs. Joe Farnsworth
>>Ben Vereen: Steppin’ Out with Ben Vereen
>>JASON MORAN AND THE BANDWAGON
>>Maria Schneider Orchestra
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Music, Dance, Performing Arts

Billy Stritch “Lucky To Be Me” (also Dec. 2 & 9)
Birdland / 6:00PM, $30
“Acclaimed pianist/singer Billy Stritch brings his new solo show “Lucky To Be Me” to the Birdland stage for three shows only (November 25, December 2 and 9 – Saturdays at 6:00 pm). This show will include Billy’s arrangements of songs by Gershwin, Kern, Hoagy Carmichael, Cy Coleman and other giants of American popular music and stories of his career thus far. These shows also commemorate the 20th anniversary of Billy’s first appearance at Birdland in 1997 when he premiered his Brazilian CD “Waters Of March” and will include selections from that recording as well. Billy will be joined by bassist Neal Miner (November 25, December 9) and Tom Hubbard (December 2).”

“He not only does it all but also makes it look easy!” – Stephen Holden, The New York Times

“Billy Stritch is one of the finest, most entertaining piano players and singers on the planet!” – London Jazz Times

Arlo Guthrie’s Annual Thanksgiving Concert
@ Carnegie Hall / 8PM, $25+
“Like years past, legendary songwriter and activist Arlo Guthrie will be making his way to NYC’s Carnegie Hall to celebrate Thanksgiving. This particular performance marks 50 years since his first appearance at the venue. During the show, Arlo will be joined by his children, Abe & Sarah Lee.”

Electric Miles (Nov.24-26.)
Iridium, 1650 Broadway, at 51st St./ 8:30PM, $40
“Once Miles Davis plugged in, at the close of the nineteen-sixties, he basically never looked back, so any ensemble dealing with his electric period has a good twenty-plus years of material to draw on. The trumpeter Randy Brecker and the saxophonist Greg Osby take care of the horns, but three guitarists, including Steve Cardenas, will provide the necessary whomp.” (NewYorker)

The New Drum Battle: Kenny Washington vs. Joe Farnsworth (Nov. 24-26.)
Smoke, 2751 Broadway, (btw105th/106th Sts.) / 7, 9, 10:30PM, $38
“There’s always been a gladiatorial aspect to jazz. For a taste of this blood sport, head uptown for this mano-a-mano fight to the finish between two supremely accomplished drummers with a mutual taste for hard-bop intensity. Stoking the contestants will be such familiar cohorts as Gary Smulyan on baritone saxophone and Brian Lynch on trumpet.” (NewYorker)

Ben Vereen: Steppin’ Out with Ben Vereen (Nov.21-25)
Feinstein’s/54 Below / 7PM, $65+
“Fosse muse, jazz cat and showbiz-blooded triple-threat entertainer Ben Vereen—of Pippin, Jesus Christ Superstar and All That Jazz fame—struts his still-slick stuff. His show is a potent mixture of sweat and veneer; the man has a firm place in Broadway legend.” (TONY)

JASON MORAN AND THE BANDWAGON (Nov. 21-26)
at the Village Vanguard / 8:30PM, +10:30PM, $30
“As Mr. Moran has grown into his identity as a conceptualist and curator and boundary-crossing collaborator, his piano style has grown only richer, more heartfelt and more engaging. Should we find that remarkable, or entirely unsurprising? Either way, it’s partly due to his commitment to a few core practices and creature comforts. Chief among them is this trio — featuring the bassist Tarus Mateen and the drummer Nasheet Waits — which has been together since the turn of the millennium, and has played a weeklong run around Thanksgiving at the Village Vanguard for the past five years. The band, one of jazz’s most durable institutions, features the bassist Tarus Mateen and the drummer Nasheet Waits.” (NYT-GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO)

Maria Schneider Orchestra (also No.24-26)
Jazz Standard / 7:30PM, +9:30PM, $40
“Maria Schneider has a handsome collection of Grammys, and the accolades are well deserved: This protégée of the late bandleading/arranging genius Gil Evans fronts the most polished modern jazz orchestra on the planet, a vehicle for her lush, intricate and refreshingly accessible works. Catch her at this annual Thanksgiving engagement.” (TONY)

Continuing Events

Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park (6th Ave. & 42nd St.)
Midtown Manhattan’s winter wonderland.
Enjoy Bryant Park through the winter with the Holiday Shops food and gift boutiques (thru Jan.02), Danny Meyer’s pop-up rinkside eatery Public Fare (thru Mar.04), and The Rink, the centerpiece of Winter Village and New York City’s only free admission ice skating rink.
The Rink
This 17,000 square foot rink features free admission ice skating, high quality rental skates, and free skating shows, special events, and activities.
​October 28, 2017 – March 4, 2018
Daily, 8am-10pm (Rink hours are weather permitting)
Tree Lighting
As one of the most popular holiday markets in NYC, the Winter Village has big plans to make their tree-lighting ceremony (held 6PM, Friday, December 1) a smash. When you go, you’ll be dazzled by a theatrical ice-skating show starring World Champions and Olympian skaters Kimmie Meissner, Meryl Davis and Charlie White as well as Jeff Buttle. The legendary Johnny Weir will also hit the 17,000-square-foot rink.

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New York City Ballet / “The Nutcracker” (Through Dec. 31)
NYS/DHK Theater, Lincoln Center / various times and prices
“As a young dancer in St. Petersburg in the nineteen-tens, George Balanchine performed the lead in the Harlequins’ “Hoop Dance” in the Mariinsky Ballet’s “Nutcracker.” By all accounts, he was rather proud of his performance, and in 1954, when he created his own “Nutcracker” for the New York City Ballet, he included the dance verbatim in the second act, and renamed it “Candy Cane.” With its double hoop jumps, it is still one of the most beloved sections of the ballet, performed by one adult dancer and eight children from the school. This merging of past and present, adult prowess and youthful flair, has helped insure this production’s enduring appeal for more than sixty years. It returns for a monthlong run.” (NewYorker)

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(11/10/17-1/1/18) The NYC perennial holiday favorite Christmas Spectacular Starring The Radio City Rockettes® returns. Fan favorites include “New York at Christmas,” where the Rockettes® board a real double-decker bus, and the high-energy tap number “Twelve Days of Christmas.” Of course, beloved classics like “The Parade of the Wooden Soldiers” and “The Living Nativity” will also be back. rockettes.com/christmas

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Erwin Redl’s Whiteout, a newly commissioned public art project, will light up in Madison Square Park tonight. It consists of hundreds of transparent white spheres, each embedded with a white LED light, and suspended from a square grid of steel poles. The swaying sequence of light will be on display until April 2018.

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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 underground, classic jazz joints. all 6 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

Special Mention:
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.

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♦ 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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A PremierPub / Tribeca

B-Flat / 277 Church St. (btw Franklin/White St))

b_flat4There are some places that are tough to find, then add a layer of mystery when you do find them. B-Flat has a nondescript, almost unmarked door at street level – today’s speakeasy vibe. Open this door and you face a dimly lit stairway down to their basement location. It almost takes a leap of faith to follow the stairs down to their interior door.
But open that door and a pleasant surprise awaits you.

It’s a basement jazz spot all right, but not like any traditional jazz joint you may have been to before. This place looks as fresh as today, probably because it’s only been open for 6 years. Even though it hasn’t had a chance to age gracefully, the cherry wood accents and low lighting make this small space very inviting.

There is always jazz, often progressive jazz, playing over their very discrete, stylish bose speakers, setting just the right tone as you find a seat at the bar, or one of the small tables. There is wine and beer available, but this place has some expert mixologists making some very creative cocktails, which I’m told change seasonally, a nice touch.

Come at happy hour and tasty cocktails like the el Diablo or the lychee martini are $8 – not bad. I am a sucker for any drink made with lychee and how can you not try a tequila drink named el Diablo. There is also nice selection of small bites available at happy hour and a food menu that is as innovative as the cocktail menu, so this does not have to be a happy hour only stop.

It wasn’t surprising to find a tasty prosciutto and arugula salad with yuzu dressing, but I did not expect to find such a good version of fried chicken breast on the apps menu. Here it’s called “Tatsuta.” Best bet is to sample happy hour, then dinner on a Monday or Wednesday night, when you can finish with no cover live jazz that starts around 8.

This place is tough to find (look for a small slate sandwich board on the sidewalk out front advertising happy hour) and on some nights when there is no live music it may be a little too quiet for some. But I think it’s worth searching out if you want a place with good music, food, and especially drinks, away from the maddening crowd.

Website: http://http://www.bflat.info/index.html
Phone #: 212-219-2970
Hours: Mo-Wed 5pm-2am; Th-Sat 5pm-3am; no Sun
Happy Hour: 5-7pm every day; $8 cocktails + special prices on apps
Music: Mon/Wed 8pm
Subway: #1 to Franklin; walk E 1 blk to Church; N 1 blk to bFlat

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“Pub” is used in it’s broadest sense – bars, bar/restaurants, jazz clubs, wine bars, tapas bars, craft beer bars, dive bars, cocktail lounges, and of course, pubs – just about anyplace you can get a drink without a cover charge (except for certain jazz clubs).

If you have a fave premier pub or good eating place on Manhattan’s WestSide let us all know about it – leave a comment.
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