Today’s Elite 8 NYC Events > WEDNESDAY/ MAY 22, 2019
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JOE LOVANO’S TRIO TAPESTRY (May 21-26)
at the Village Vanguard /8:30 and 10:30 p.m.; $35
“There’s a quiet bravado to Lovano’s playing — on both tenor and soprano saxophones — that allows him to make a home in almost any jazz style, from the freely improvised to the rigorously composed. The music of this new trio, featuring the pianist Marilyn Crispell and the drummer Carmen Castaldi, lands somewhere in the middle, but it leans toward the open-ended. Melodies glide and taper, textures rise and shudder and dissipate. At the Vanguard, the trio will draw selections from a fine debut album, “Trio Tapestry,” recently out on ECM.” (NYT-GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO)
7 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)
>> John Lloyd Young: Jukebox Hero
>> American Ballet Theatre
>> Brandee Younger and Friends
>> EDDIE IZZARD
>> ‘Bill Charlap Trio
>> Miles Davis Listening Party: Birth of the Cool at 70
>> Code Name: Lise—The True Story of the Woman Who Became WWII’s Most Highly Decorated Spy
You may want to look at previous days posts for events that continue through today.
Music, Dance, Performing Art
John Lloyd Young: Jukebox Hero (May 22-25)
Feinstein’s/54 Below / 7PM, $75+
The Tony-winning star of Jersey Boys, both the Broadway musical and the Clint Eastwood film, brings his musical highs and puppyish eyes back to Feinstein’s/54 Below in a set of hit tunes from the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s—including, surely, at least one by the Four Seasons.” (TONY)
American Ballet Theatre (through July 6)
Metropolitan Opera House / 2PM, 7:30PM, $25+
“What hasn’t Alexei Ratmansky choreographed? For the time being, his ballets monopolize the repertory — and that’s not a bad thing. Friday and Saturday feature the final presentations of his staging of “Harlequinade,” a comic ballet in the commedia dell’arte tradition, inspired by the archival notes of Marius Petipa. On Monday, the company’s spring gala, which celebrates his 10th anniversary as the artist in residence, offers his “Serenade After Plato’s Symposium” and the premiere of “The Seasons.” The following day showcases a Ratmansky triple bill with “Seasons” and more new works: “Songs of Bukovina” and “On the Dnieper.” (NYT-Gia Kourlas)
Today: Ratmansky Trio
Brandee Younger and Friends (May 21-22)
manifests her own starry vision of the harp’s potential.
at the Blue Note / 8 and 10:30 p.m.; $15-$25
“The radiant performer, who comes to Blue Note this month, is as cogent a player on hip-hop and R. & B. albums as she is against classical and jazz backdrops.
The majestic beauty of a harp evokes a visual and sonic mysticism that makes it at once inviting and intimidating. With Brandee Younger at the helm, the instrument gains a bit of soul, as she tends to the legacies of such harpists as Dorothy Ashby and Alice Coltrane while breathing fresh life into its repertoire with her own compositions. Her radiant playing is as cogent on hip-hop and R. & B. albums as it is set against classical and jazz backdrops.” (NewYorker)
EDDIE IZZARD (May 21-25)
at Beacon Theater / 8 p.m.; $51+
“Five years after this actor and comedian’s most recent global comedy tour, and one year before he begins his political career in England in 2020, he’s taking one last trip through the United States with his new tour, “Wunderbar.” “My new show is about everything from humans over the last 100,000 years to talking dogs and animal superheroes,” Izzard said in a statement announcing the tour, which includes this five-night run on the Upper West Side.” (NYT-Sean L. McCarthy)
Bill Charlap Trio (May 14-26)
Dizzy’s Club, Jazz at Lincoln Center/ 7:30PM, +9:30PM, $40-$45
“Charlap approaches a song the way a lover approaches his beloved…when he sits down to play, the result is an embrace, an act of possession. The tune rises, falls, disappears, and resurfaces in new forms as Charlap ranges over the keyboard with nimble, crisply swinging lines, subtly layered textures, dense chords, and spiky interjections.” TIME Magazine
One of the world’s premier jazz pianists, Bill Charlap has performed and recorded with modern masters ranging from Phil Woods and Wynton Marsalis to Tony Bennett and Barbra Streisand. Since 1997 he has led the Grammy Award-nominated Bill Charlap Trio with bassist Peter Washington and drummer Kenny Washington, long recognized as a leading group in jazz. Veterans of all the top jazz venues, including, this trio is exemplary for its jaw-dropping level of chemistry and on-the-fly interactivity, made possible by both technical chops and hard-earned experience.”
Smart Stuff / Other NYC EventS
Miles Davis Listening Party: Birth of the Cool at 70
Jazz at Lincoln Center, Frederick P. Rose Hall/Time Warner Center, 5th Fl. The Agnes Varis and Karl Leichtman Studio / 7PM, FREE
“Host Ashley Kahn and a panel of special guests explore the legacy of Miles Davis’ landmark Birth of the Cool sessions, which celebrate their 70th anniversary this year.”
Code Name: Lise—The True Story of the Woman Who Became WWII’s Most Highly Decorated Spy
SPYSCAPE, 928 Eighth Ave./ 7PM, FREE
“Explore the real life story of one of World War II’s most decorated spies, Odette Sansom, at New York’s interactive spy museum.
Larry Loftis presents his thrilling new book Code Name: Lise! Recently featured on “The Today Show”, Code Name: Lise chronicles the adventures of Sansom, who after five failed attempts to enter occupied France and a plane crash, would go on to be one of the most successful agents of the SOE.”
AND The Statue of Liberty Museum opened just last week!
NYCxDESIGN (LAST DAY)
“New York City’s annual celebration of design, attracts hundreds of thousands of attendees and designers from across the globe. Taking place each May, the event celebrates a world of design and showcases over a dozen design disciplines through events taking place across the city’s five boroughs.”
What to See – Times Square transforms into a design paradise for NYCxDESIGN
“Here’s a reason for New Yorkers to head to Times Square: there are sixteen installations to check out at DESIGN PAVILION, the hub of NYCxDESIGN, the annual city-wide celebration of design. Stretching from 42nd Street to 47th Street across five plazas (kiosks will show maps to aid your journey), there is everything from an “ecocapsule,”, a tiny house, a carousel of creative chairs, to an iconic Eastern European bloc kiosk shown in the United States for the first time.” (untapped cities)
Design Pavilion in Times Square. Explore the future at this free annual public design happening. Design Pavilion serves as the public hub for NYCxDESIGN, New York City’s annual celebration of international design. Open daily 11am-9pm between West 42nd and West 47th, bounded by Broadway and Seventh Avenue, highlights of the Design Pavilion include a 50,000 pound yacht, an interactive tiny house sculpture, FutureHAUS (the world’s best solar home), and a sound and vision exhibition. (cityguideny)
COMING SOON (WFUV)
5/22 St. Lucia, Irving Plaza
5/22 Positively Bob Dylan 78th Birthday Tribute, City Winery