NYC Events,”Only the Best” (09/06) + US Tennis Open (Day 11)

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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.


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

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)

7 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)
>> Christian McBride
>> Be Steadwell
>> Lives of Emily Dickinson:
>> Every Day Is Extra: John Kerry in Conversation with Richard Stengel
>> From Revolution to Nation: Creating a Sovereign People
Continuing Events
>> Today’s Top Event –  U.S. TENNIS OPEN

>> Oktoberfest NYC

Music, Dance, Performing Arts

Be Steadwell
Atrium at Lincoln Center / 7:30PM, FREE
“Hailing from Washington D.C., Be Steadwell is a singer-songwriter whose unique blend of soul, acapella, and folk comes together to create “Queer Pop.” In her live performances, she utilizes looping, vocal layering, and beatboxing to compose songs on stage, featuring earnest lyricism and affirming LGBTQ content.

Shooting and editing her own music videos, Be combined her love of music with narrative film. Her film Vow of Silence received awards at film festivals around the world, including BlackStar, QWOCMAP, and Fringe Fest U.K., and was featured on Issa Rae’s Short Film Sundays series.”

Elsewhere, but this looks worth the detour:
at First Unitarian Congregational Society / 8 p.m., $25
“At 77, Mr. Graves — an influential drummer and experimentalist with a billowing, shadowy style — is enjoying a kind of personal renaissance. Just this year, there’s been a documentary (“Full Mantis,” directed by Jake Meginsky), fresh attention from the visual-art world and a few standout performances, particularly at the Big Ears Festival this past spring. He appears here with Mr. Ismaily, a flexible but rock-solid bassist and multi-instrumentalist. The sound artist and composer Marina Rosenfeld and the experimental vocalist Charmaine Lee will also perform. This event is presented by Issue Project Room.” (NYT – GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO)

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

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)


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

The Lives of Emily Dickinson: Poetry, Philosophy, Sexuality
Graduate Center, CUNY, 365 Fifth Ave./ 5:30PM, FREE
“Legendary author Jerome Charyn leads a seminar revising our understanding of Emily Dickinson (1830-1886). His talk The Lives of Emily Dickinson: Poetry, Philosophy, Sexuality will pay particular attention to the role of music in Dickinson’s work.”

Every Day Is Extra: John Kerry in Conversation with Richard Stengel
92nd Street Y, 1395 Lexington Ave./ 7PM, $50
“Senator and almost-president John Kerry appears at the 92nd Street Y in support of his new memoir, which looks back to Vietnam and forward towards ways out of our current hyper-partisan state.”
Premium seats available with book purchase only. A book signing follows the event.

From Revolution to Nation: Creating a Sovereign People
Fraunces Tavern Museum, 54 Pearl St./ 6:30PM, $10
“Carol Berkin takes a look at the challenges faced in the first decade of the federal government and the national identity forged during these extraordinary years of crisis.”


Continuing Events

Today’s Top Event


The U.S. Open begins play today at 7PM at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park in Queens (about 45 min. from Times Square). 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.

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.

Tonight is the women’s Final Four at Arthur Ashe Stadium

7:00 PM ET
USA(17) Serena Williams
Latvia(19) Anastasija Sevastova

9:00 PM ET
USA(14) Madison Keys
Japan(20) Naomi Osaka

Let’s Go USA!

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.


“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.

♦ 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.


Bonus: Nifty 9 – Best Cabarets / Piano Bars NYCity
These are my favorite places for an after dinner night on the town – music and drinks.
Hit the Hot Link and check out what’s happening tonight:

Feinstein’s/54 Below – 254 W 54th St.

The Green Room 42 – 570 Tenth Ave.

Don’t Tell Mama – 343 W 46th St.

The Rum House, in the Hotel Edison – 228 W. 47th St.

Laurie Beechman Theatre – 407 W 42nd St.

Marie’s Crisis – 59 Grove St.

The Duplex – 61 Christopher St.

Sid Gold’s Request Room – 165 W 26th St.

Cafe Carlyle, in the Carlyle Hotel – 35 E. 76th St.
This is the only one not located on Manhattan’s WestSide, and it ain’t cheap, but it has some of the finest singers.


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