NYC Events,”Only the Best” (09/05) + US Tennis Open (Day 10)

“We search the internet everyday looking for the very best of What’s Happening, primarily on Manhattan’s WestSide, so that you don’t have to.” We make it as easy as 1-2-3.

For future NYC Events, check the tab above: 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 superb resource that will help you plan your NYC visit all over town, all through the month.

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

THE COOKERS (Sept. 4-8)
at Birdland / 8:30 and 11 p.m., $30-$40
“The Cookers are a true all-star squad of hard-bop notables from across the past few decades. But the group’s music — mostly original compositions from its members — pushes ever onward. The band includes Eddie Henderson and David Weiss on trumpet, Billy Harper on tenor saxophone, Donald Harrison on alto saxophone, George Cables on piano, Cecil McBee on bass and Billy Hart on drums.” (NYT-GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO)

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5 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)
>> Christian McBride
>> Bill Charlap Trio
>> STEEL HOUSE
>> The U.S. Supreme Court with Linda Greenhouse and David Cole
>> Revolting New York: evolution in revolution, and the geography of ever-simmering uprising
Continuing Events
>> Today’s Top Event –  U.S. TENNIS OPEN

>> FESTIVAL OF NEW TRUMPET MUSIC
>> Oktoberfest NYC
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Music, Dance, Performing Arts

Christian McBride (Sept. 4-9)
Blue Note, 131 W. 3rd St./ 8PM, +10:30PM, $20-$35
“In the past decade, McBride has adapted his outsized talents on the bass and his capacious abilities as a bandleader to the shape and the sound of a wide variety of ensembles; he’s equally comfortable powering a piano trio and a barking big band. His New Jawn quartet consists of two horns—the saxophonist Marcus Strickland and the trumpeter Josh Evans—and the snapping rhythm team of McBride and the drummer Nasheet Waits.” (Steve Futterman, NewYorker

STEEL HOUSE (Sept. 4-5)
at Jazz Standard / 7:30 and 9:30 p.m., $30
“Edward Simon, a Venezuelan pianist and longstanding member of the SFJazz Collective, recently released “Sorrows and Triumphs,” an impressive album of adventurous orchestrations and smooth propulsion. It features the Imani Winds ensemble and a jazz quartet, but at its core is a standout rhythm section: the sturdy bassist Scott Colley and the stealthy, instigative drummer Brian Blade. In Steel House, Mr. Colley, Mr. Blade and Mr. Simon perform as a trio.” (NYT-GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO)

Bill Charlap Trio (Sept. 4-9; Sept. 11-16)
Village Vanguard, 178 Seventh Ave. S., at 11th St./ 8:30Pm, +10:30PM, $35
“Melding spit-and-polish precision with low-simmering passion, this long-standing unit has evolved into the premier mainstream piano trio of its time. Charlap, who prizes interpretation above original composition, buffs up the ensemble’s songbook and jazz standards with an airborne momentum provided by two non-relative Washingtons: the bassist Peter and the drummer Kenny.” (Steve Futterman, NewYorker)

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

Short Talks on Big Subjects: The U.S. Supreme Court with Linda Greenhouse and David Cole
Center for Jewish History, 15 W. 16th St./ 6:30PM, $20
“Pulitzer Prize winner Linda Greenhouse draws on her 30-year career covering the Supreme Court in her book The U.S. Supreme Court: A Very Short Introduction. She’ll discuss her work and a busy news cycle with ACLU National Legal Director David Cole.” (ThoughtGallery.org)

Author Reading | Revolting New York: evolution in revolution, and the geography of ever-simmering uprising
Mid-Manhattan Library at 42nd St. 476 Fifth Ave.
42nd Street Entrance / 6:30 pm, FREE, reservation required
“From the earliest uprisings of the Munsee against the Dutch occupation of Manhattan all the way to Occupy Wall Street, the Black Lives Matter movement, and the unrest of the Trump era, New York has been an epicenter of activism and public demonstration. In Revolting New York, editors Neil Smith and Don Mitchell explore the history of rebellion in New York, providing a strong analogue to the standard histories of the politics, planning, economic growth, and restructuring that largely define the narrative of New York City. Illustrated with more than ninety historical and contemporary images and maps Revolting New York is a comprehensive account of the historical geography of revolt in the city.”

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Continuing Events

Today’s Top Event

U.S. TENNIS OPEN (Day 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) and runs through Sept.09. This tournament, which serves up the world’s best tennis players right in our backyard,    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 backpack.

The most comprehensive review of the tournament and the current state of tennis can be found at the NYTimes/Sports. OR for another useful guide to the U.S. Open, try TimeOutNewYork’s guide.

Rafa needed to play a classic 5 hour match last night against one of the young guns (Thiem) to advance to the semi-finals. Too bad it did not end until 2AM. Come on USTA, let’s schedule these matches at a time when we all can see it.

If you always wondered how much money is at stake in this tournament, here are the numbers: (the total purse for the 2018 US Open is $53 million.)

In the men’s and women’s singles tournaments this year, players will earn $54,000 for playing in the main draw. Reaching the final is worth $1.85M, and the winner gets $3.8M, which means that final match is worth $2M for winning. Don’t make any unforced errors!

Both the men’s and women’s doubles champion teams will earn $700,000, the highest in US Open history.

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FESTIVAL OF NEW TRUMPET MUSIC (Sept. 5-12)
“Kick off the first night of the 16th annual Festival of New Trumpet Music at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola. This year’s festival will feature more than 80 musicians performing across sixteen concerts in five different locations.”

“The trumpeter (and, at this festival, organizer) Dave Douglas has assembled a stylistically ambitious lineup for this year’s Festival of New Trumpet Music, welcoming some of the best-known trumpeters in improvised music as well as fresher faces. Things begin on Wednesday and Thursday with consecutive shows at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola featuring the rising trumpeters Linda Briceño, Michael Rodriguez and Rachel Therrien. That weekend, Sept. 7-9, a smorgasbord of top talent is at the New School, including Jeremy Pelt, Jaimie Branch and Tom Harrell, the recipient of the festival’s 2018 Award of Recognition. On Sept. 10, the Jazz Gallery hosts a double bill, with three rising trumpeters — David Adewumi, Adam O’Farrill and Davy Lazar — in one band, followed by Nabaté Isles’s group.( NYT-GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO)

“Tooting its own horn for the sixteenth year, this enduring paean to the trumpet spreads out over more than six venues, in an omnivorous overview of contemporary brass music. Hard-blowing stylists including Ingrid Jensen, Jeremy Pelt, and Rachel Therrien are featured, along with an evening of music by the late, neglected composer Julius Eastman, whose politically informed works have taken on unexpected new life in the past few years.” (Steve Futterman, NewYorker)

Oktoberfest NYC: Where to grab a beer and celebrate (Sept.22-Oct.15)
“Oktoberfest may seem far off, but it’s less than a month away. The Bavarian festival is kicking off Sept. 22 in Munich and the city’s festivities will begin in earnest.
So, if you’re looking for some lederhosen-laden action closer to home, here are beer-and-sausage-fueled affairs in New York City.” (amNY)
Check here for a full description of each of 11 events.

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♦ Before making final plans, we suggest you call the venue to confirm ticket availability, plus dates and times, as schedules are subject to change.
♦ NYCity, with a population of  8.6 million, had a record 63 million visitors last year and was TripAdvisor’s Traveler’s Choice Top U.S. Destination for 2018 – awesome! BUT quality shows draw crowds. Try to reserve seats for these top NYC events in advance, even if just earlier on the day of performance.

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Bonus NYC events– Jazz Clubs:
Many consider NYCity the Jazz capital of the world. My favorite Jazz Clubs, all on Manhattan’s WestSide, feature top talent every night of the week.
Hit the Hot Link and 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. So., villagevanguard.com, 212-255-4037 (1st 8:30)
Blue Note – 131 W3rd St. nr 6th ave. bluenotejazz.com, 212-475-8592 (1st set 8pm)
55 Bar – basement @55 Christopher St. nr 7th ave.S. 55bar.com, 212-929-9883 (1st 7pm)
Mezzrow – basement @ 163 W10th St. nr 7th Ave. mezzrow.com,646-476-4346 (1st 8)
Smalls – basement @ 183 W10th St. smallslive.com, 646-476-4346 (1st set 7:30pm)
Cornelia Street Cafe – UG, 29 Cornelia St. corneliastreetcafe.com, 212-989-9319 (6pm)

Outside Greenwich Village:
Dizzy’s Club – Broadway @ 60th St. — jazz.org/dizzys / 212-258-9595 (1st set 7:30pm)
Birdland – 315 W44th St.(btw 8/9ave) — birdlandjazz.com / 212-581-3080 (1st 8:30pm)
Smoke Jazz Club – 2751 Broadway nr.106th St. — smokejazz.com/ 212-864-6662 (7pm)

Special Mention:
Caffe Vivaldi – 32 Jones St. nr Bleecker St. — caffevivaldi.com / 212-691-7538 (1st 7pm)
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.

Alas, Caffe V is no more, another victim of a rapacious NYC landlord. Owner Ishrat fought the good fight and Caffe V will be sorely missed.

 

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