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

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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:

at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola / 7:30 and 9:30 p.m., $35
“The pianist Mr. Cables, 73, upholds a history of 20th-century piano playing that includes Walter Davis Jr.’s sturdy soul-jazz, the understated erudition of Mulgrew Miller and Herbie Hancock’s kaleidoscopic harmonies. He established himself on the New York scene in the early 1970s, playing with Art Blakey, Bobby Hutcherson and Joe Henderson, among others. These days he’s often heard in the Cookers, a hard-bop supergroup, or his own trio. That band, which has recorded some gently arresting recent albums for the High Note label and features Essiet Okon Essiet on bass and Victor Lewis on drums, will appear at Dizzy’s.” (NYT-GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO)

7 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)
>> The Music of Fats Waller
>> Bill Charlap Trio
>> Christian McBride
>>  See/Saw
>> NYC World Ramen Contest
>> Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit
Continuing Events
>> Today’s Top Event –  U.S. TENNIS OPEN

>> Oktoberfest NYC

Music, Dance, Performing Arts

54 Sings Ain’t Misbehavin’: The Music of Fats Waller
54 Below / 7PM, +9:30PM, $35+
“The 54 Sings series chews the Fats Waller with a reunion salute to the Tony-winning 1978 revue of Waller’s exuberant catalog, including “Honeysuckle Rose,” “Black and Blue” and “The Joint Is Jumping.” On the lineup are original cast members Andre DeShields, Ken Page and Charlayne Woodard, along with Johmaalya Adelekan, Rheaume Crenshaw, Tyrone Davis, Jr., Zurin Villanueva, Cynthia Thomas and American Idol alum Frenchie Davis, guided by the show’s original director, Richard Maltby Jr.” (TONY)

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)

at City Winery / 8 p.m., $
“Thanks to her rich, earthy voice and the fact that she’s rarely seen without an acoustic guitar in hand, Ms. Foster is often presented as a blues singer. She is, but over her 21-year career Ms. Foster has mixed enough country, R&B and gospel into her sound to prove that this label was always wholly inadequate. On her most recent album, “Joy Comes Back,” she places covers from artists as diverse as Black Sabbath, Chris Stapleton and the Four Tops alongside lesser-known cuts like the rousing “Working Woman” and draws out the common threads that bind the seemingly disparate songs together.” (NYT-NATALIE WEINER)

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)

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)


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

NYC World Ramen Contest
An intercontinental ramen showdown
Third Ave. btw 75th & 76th St.,/ 10AM-6PM, entry is free, ramen is $10 per bowl.
“Four of our local ramen shops face off against four direct from Japan at this weekend’s NYC World Ramen Contest for a two-day battle for noodle supremacy where you pick the winner. Just a few of the varieties include lobster ramen, wagyu brisket ramen and duck truffle ramen. The event is part of Japan Fes., a street fair with vendors and performances, a biannual affair where you’re sure to eat, hear and see something new.” (Metro)

Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit (Sept.08-09)
University Place at East 13th Street to the east side of Washington Square Park at West Third Street./ 12-6PM, FREE
This city tradition feels fresh every fall when artists following in the footsteps of Jackson Pollock and Willem de Kooning set up shop in the park. The Fall Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit will feature fine arts, mixed media, jewelry, ceramics and more.


Continuing Events

Today’s Top Event


The U.S. Open begins play today at 1PM 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 last day of what has been a wonderful 2 weeks of tennis. Or it was until that dumb ass umpire ruined the Women’s Final yesterday. Congrats to Naomi Osaka.

Today is the Women’s Doubles Final and the Men’s Singles Final at Arthur Ashe Stadium:

1:00 PM ET
Australia(13) Ashleigh Barty
USA Coco Vandeweghe
Hungary(2) Timea Babos
France Kristina Mladenovic

4:00 PM ET
Argentina(3) Juan Martin del Potro
Serbia(6) Novak Djokovic

The betting favorite is the Joker, but most of us are rooting for Delpo, who has fought his way back to contention after 3 wrist surgeries, and 9 years after winning the U.S.Open.
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!

The payout is a bit higher than in 1968, the start of tennis’ professional era. The first US Open awarded a total of $100,000 in prize money. Only 6 percent of that, $6,000, went to the women’s champion, Virginia Wade. The men’s champion was slated to earn $14,000 but, because of his amateur status, Arthur Ashe brought home just a $20 per diem.

BTW, 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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