Today’s Elite 8 NYC Events > THURSDAY/ JUNE 27, 2019
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Sean Jones: Dizzy Spellz (June 27–29)
Dizzy’s Club / 7:30PM, +9:30PM, $40
“Tonight we welcome modern trumpet icon and former Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra member Sean Jones back to Dizzy’s Club! In the unique program called Dizzy Spellz, the music and life story of Dizzy Gillespie are used as a lens to explore an intersection of cultural and spiritual dilemmas within the African Diaspora. Created with choreographer, tap dancer, and vocalist Brinae Ali, Dizzy Spells offers an innovative, Afro–futuristic fusion of jazz, tap, and bebop.
From Dizzy’s coming of age through the racial and social dynamics in the Deep South, to his creating and curating the bebop movement in New York, to his spiritual journey to Africa, and, finally, his delving into Afro-Cuban music and the Baha’i Faith, Dizzy was a complex man well ahead of his time and with plenty of stories to tell. Don’t miss the debut performance of Dizzy Spellz at Jazz at Lincoln Center, also featuring Wendell Patrick, Obed Calvaire, and the Curtis Brothers.”
7 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)
>> France Rocks Festival: KOKI NAKANO + ¿QUE VOLA?
>> Ethan Iverson
>> Django Reinhardt Festival
>> Above and Beyond: Ceiling Painting in the History of Art
>> How to Stay Human in a F*cked-Up World: Mindfulness Practices for Real Life
>> Charles Ebbetts The Man Behind the Dodgers
>> Whose Streets? Reclaiming NYC for Cyclists
You may want to look at previous days posts for events that continue through today.
Music, Dance, Performing Art
France Rocks Festival: KOKI NAKANO + ¿QUE VOLA?
Nø Førmat! 15th Anniversary
Atrium @ Lincoln Center / 7:30PM, FREE
“¿Que Vola?, or “What’s Up?” in the argot of La Havana, is a unique musical project that brings together seven of France’s best young jazz musicians with a trio of highly skilled Cuban percussionists. The brainchild of trombonist Fidel Fourneyron, ¿Que Vola? takes the magnetic power of sacred Afro-Cuban rhythms, with their invocations to African gods, and envelopes them in the poesy of John Coltrane. Brass and wind take the place of chants and voices in a trance-inducing dialogue with the deep rhythms of the bata drums. Experience their unique, raw, and captivating sound at this 15th anniversary celebration of the Nø Førmat record label.”
Ethan Iverson (June 25-29)
Village Vanguard, 178 Seventh Ave. S./ 8:30PM, +10:30PM, $35
“Ethan Iverson, the former pianist of the Bad Plus—which, in a new incarnation, is playing at Jazz Standard this week—goes minimal for the first three nights of this engagement, pairing up with the tenor saxophonist Mark Turner, with whom he cut the engrossing duo recording “Temporary Kings” last year. For the remainder of the residency, Iverson fronts a quartet and delves into standards with another challenging soloist, the trumpeter Tom Harrell.” (Steve Futterman, NewYorker)
Django Reinhardt Festival (June 25-29)
Birdland, 315 W. 44th St./ 8:30PM, $40-$50
“Django Reinhardt, the original guitar hero, was a Belgian-born Romany who, despite a seriously damaged fretting hand, set a template for virtuosic jazz guitar that still casts an expansive shadow over the European musical community. This annual lovefest features the French guitarist Samson Schmitt and includes such improvisers as the saxophonist Grace Kelly and the trombonist Chris Washburne.” (Steve Futterman, NewYorker)
Smart Stuff / Other NYC EventS
Above and Beyond: Ceiling Painting in the History of Art
The Frick Collection, 1 E. 70th St./ 2-6PM, FREE, registration required
“Inspired by the special exhibition Tiepolo in Milan: The Lost Frescoes of Palazzo Archinto, this symposium examines the practice of ceiling painting across time and place. Speakers include early-career university and museum professionals, as well as doctoral candidates.” (ThoughtGallery)
How to Stay Human in a F*cked-Up World: Mindfulness Practices for Real Life
Bryant Park/Bryant Park Reading Room
Between 40th & 42nd Sts. and Fifth and Sixth Aves./ 12;30PM, FREE
“Buddhist philosopher and psychology lecturer Tim Desmond talks about his new book, How to Stay Human in a F*cked-Up World: Mindfulness Practices for Real Life. Join him for a lunchtime presentation that offers practical paths to self-growth and connection.” (ThoughtGallery)
“Despite an absent father, childhood homelessness, and losing a wife to cancer, Desmond has emerged with not only inner strength and joyful resilience, but also a deep understanding of human suffering necessary to advocate for those hurting all over the world. Through his work, Desmond realized the truth: we don’t need a mindfulness practice for productivity or sleep, and it shouldn’t come from religion, philosophy, or hypothetical situations. Instead, mindfulness should be rooted in the pain, sadness, loneliness, and trauma of the here and now, because it is the only true antidote for this sometimes-miserable world we call home.”
Author Talk: Charles Ebbetts The Man Behind the Dodgers
New York Public Library—Grand Central Library, 135 E. 46th St./ 6PM, FREE
“Society for American Baseball Research Ron Gabriel Award-winning author John Zinn talks about his new biography spotlighting Charles Ebbets. Ebbets was as vital a figure as there was in Major League Baseball’s Deadball Era, organizing four pennant-winning clubs and developing one of the most profitable franchises in the game—while building two state-of-the-art ballparks in Brooklyn.”
Whose Streets? Reclaiming NYC for Cyclists
Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Ave./ 7PM, $12
“Over 800,000 New Yorkers are now riding a bicycle regularly (NYC DOT). As the subways falter, transit fares increase and the streets grow ever more congested, cycling offers a more efficient way to get around the city, becoming a key part of the city’s commuting network. However, cyclists’ attempts to share the streets with cars and pedestrians continue to stir intense community debates around issues of safety and regulation.
How can we rethink the relationship between cycling and the city for the benefit of all? Join us for a conversation with urban planners, biking advocates and experts about how New York City could achieve a shared “right to the road” for everyone, on two wheels or otherwise.”
RIVER TO RIVER FESTIVAL at various locations (through June 29).
“Hurricane Sandy hit South Street Seaport hard in 2012. Now that event is part subject and that site is part performance space for Jennifer Monson’s new work, “Ditch,” which also explores gentrification and income inequality. One performance takes place at sunrise on Sunday at Pier 35 on the East River Esplanade; two more occur at the South Street Seaport Museum on Wednesday and June 28 at 7 p.m. Also this week, the witty, rigorous Sarah Michelson presents the New York premiere of “june2019:/\” for three performances on Monday and two on Wednesday, the location of which will be divulged only to those who R.S.V.P.” (NYT-Brian Schaeffer)
COMING SOON (WFUV)
6/27-29 Drive-By Truckers, Brooklyn Bowl
6/28 Jackson Browne w/Lucius, Beacon Theatre
6/28, Gov’t Mule, Stone Pony Summerstage
6/29 Liz Phair w/Ted Leo and the Pharmacists, BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival
6/29 Garland Jeffreys, City Winery
7/2 Midsummer Night Swing w/ Joe McGinty & Loser’s Lounge and Silent Disco w/FUV’s Rita Houston, Damrosch Park Lincoln Center
7/2 Matisyahu, City Winery
7/3 Bedouine, Brooklyn Mirage