NYC Events,”Only the Best” (09/07) + US Tennis Open (Day 12)

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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:

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

6 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)
>> 44 Charlton: A Variety Show
>> See/Saw
>> Bill Charlap Trio
>> Reflecting Absence: A Morning at the 9/11 Memorial
>> They All Dressed for Bill
Continuing Events
>> Today’s Top Event –  U.S. TENNIS OPEN

>> Oktoberfest NYC

Music, Dance, Performing Arts

44 Charlton: A Variety Show | Season 3 Premiere: Nellie McKay, LubDub Theatre, Witness Relocation, and More!
The Greene Space, 44 Charlton St./ 7PM, $15
“Broadway star and singer-songwriter Nellie McKay brings her unique blend of jazz, pop, and a bit of rap to The Greene Space stage for this month’s variety jam at 44 Charlton. She’s joined by hybrid physical theater company LubDub Theater, dance theater company Witness Relocation, and comedian/writer Rebecca O’Neal. Come for the cheap drinks. Stay to become a part of spontaneous genius with host Julian Fleisher!” (

Elsewhere, but this looks unique and worth the detour:
An Immersion into a Magician’s Mind.
122 Franklin St., Bklyn / 7PM, +9:30PM, $74 (complimentary prosecco)
“Ever wanted to get into L.A.’s exclusive Magic Castle? Now there’s no need, because for the price of admission through Sunday you can see magician Siegfried Tieber from the Castle this weekend in Greenpoint. In his show See/Saw, presented by Atlas Obscura, the illusionist and close-up card manipulator (who stumped Penn & Teller on their show “Fool Us”) will baffle. And that’s all we’ll say for now.” (grubstreet)

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)

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)

Tour | Reflecting Absence: A Morning at the 9/11 Memorial
The Municipal Art Society of New York / 10AM, $30
“Before the crowds and heat arrive, explore the massive memorial pools honoring the nearly 3,000 who died, with Judith Pucci, MAS guide and moderator of a weekly public program presented by the 9/11 Tribute Museum. This is a deep dive into the design concepts of the memorial and what it was like to be at the trade center that morning, along with insights into construction of the office towers, transit hub (The Oculus), and performing arts center of the new WTC. Learn, for example, how the memorial’s design “makes tangible the experience of loss.” Why the names on the memorial pools are not alphabetically arranged. And why a protective fence surrounds only one of the 400+ trees. This tour is based on conversations with the memorial’s designer, first responders, survivors, family members, Lower Manhattan residents, news coverage, and the 9/11 Commission Report. The tour is not about politics. But it is as much a story of resilience and rebirth as it is of loss.”

They All Dressed for Bill (Cunningham)
New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West / 6:30PM, $15
John Kurdewan and Joanna Nikas in conversation with Valerie Paley
‘Dress up for this conversation on the late fashion photographer Bill Cunningham with New York Times style editor Joanna Nikas and Cunningham’s longtime collaborator John Kurdewan, in conjunction with the New-York Historical Society exhibition Celebrating Bill Cunningham, on view through Sunday.” (


Continuing Events

Today’s Top Event


The U.S. Open begins play today at 4PM 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.

Today is the Men’s Final Four at Arthur Ashe Stadium:

4:00 PM ET
Spain(1) Rafael Nadal
Argentina(3) Juan Martin del Potro

7:00 PM ET
Japan(21) Kei Nishikori
Serbia(6) Novak Djokovic

That first match between Rafa and delpo should be awesome.

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 NYC Events – Music Venues:
So much fine live music every night in this town. These are my favorite non jazz music venues on Manhattan’s WestSide. Hit the Hot Link and check out who’s playing tonight:

City Winery – 155 Varick St.,, 212-608-0555
Joe’s Pub @ Public Theater – 425 Lafayette St.,, 212-967-7555
Beacon Theatre – 2124 Broadway @ 74th St.,, 212-465-6500
Town Hall – 123 W43rd St. (btw 6/7),, 212-997-6661
Le Poisson Rouge – 158 Bleecker St.,, 212-505-3474
Sony Hall – 235 W 46th St. (btw 7/8),, 212-997-5123
and one more, not exactly WestSide:
Bowery Ballroom – 6 Delancey St.,

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 discovery and enjoyment.

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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