NYC Events,”Only the Best” (08/30) + U.S. Tennis Open (Day 5)

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

at the Village Vanguard / 8:30 and 10:30 p.m.; $35
“In the mid- to late 2000s, Potter — one of the most talented (and unfairly taken-for-granted) tenor saxophonists alive — released three albums with a fusion-minded quartet called Underground. The group seemed to unite the kind of joyful, geyser-of-energy grooves that a jam band might play with the daring, taut-wire ethic of contemporary jazz. The band hasn’t played much in recent years, though Potter’s newest trio, Circuits, can be heard as a reworking of some of the same ideas. But this week he has brought an altered form of Underground back to the Vanguard, where they used to play regularly. The current lineup features Adam Rogers, the only other longtime member, on guitar, plus Fima Ephron on bass and Dan Weiss on drums.” (NYT-GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO)


6 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)
>> Orrin Evans Trio

>> Charlie Parker’s Birthday

>> Alice Ripley: The @RipleyTheBand Show
>> Pangea Jazz Festival
>> Shoshana Bean
>> NYC Unicycle Festival

Today’s Top Event: US Tennis Open Day 5

You may want to look at previous days posts for events that continue through today.


Music, Dance, Performing Art

Orrin Evans Trio (Aug.29-Sep.01)
Jazz Standard / 7;30PM, 9:30PM, $30
“One of the leading pianists of his generation, Evans regularly blurs the lines between bluesiness and abstraction, muscularity and tenderness. He’s been busy as of late replacing the masterful Ethan Iverson in jazz-pop crossover trio the Bad Plus, but here he’s heading his own combo. Over this four-night engagement, expect him to play from his most recent release, The Evolution of Oneself.” (TONY)

Charlie Parker’s Birthday (Aug. 29-Sept. 1)
Smoke, 2751 Broadway / 7, 9, 10:30PM, $40
“Charlie Parker, the once and future sovereign of bebop, would have turned ninety-nine on Aug. 29. Gary Bartz, Vincent Herring, and Bobby Watson—three biting Parker acolytes who, like the Master did, focus on alto saxophone—fête this still towering figure at Smoke. Farther downtown and days before, Aug. 27-31, the fellow-altoist Greg Osby joins the trumpeter Jeremy Pelt in another deserved celebration of Parker, at Birdland, the club named in his honor.” (Steve Futterman, NewYorker)

Alice Ripley: The @RipleyTheBand Show (Aug.29-30)
Feinstein’s/54 Below / 9:30PM, $40+
“Alice Ripley’s edgy presence and rough-edged rock-musical voice found their perfect match in the lead role of the Broadway musical Next to Normal, for which she won a richly deserved 2009 Tony Award. In her latest return to F/54, she gets the band back together with pianist Christopher Schelling and guitarist Kevin Kuhn, plus her Next to Normal castmate Jennifer Damiano.” (TONY)

Pangea Jazz Festival (Aug. 27-31)
Pangea, 178 Second Ave. /
“The eclectic nature of the current jazz scene renders attempts at strictly defining it a fool’s errand, and the loopy lineup of this downtown festival only makes its borders that much fuzzier. The event’s final days feature such between-the-cracks artists as the Brazilian tap dancer Felipe Galganni, the off-center piano trio the Theory Conspiracy, and the Jazz Bastards, a cheeky sextet whose members haven’t forgotten that jazz and levity aren’t mutually exclusive.” (Steve Futterman, NewYorker)

Shoshana Bean (Aug.29-31)
Feinstein’s/54 Below / 7PM, $75+
“Best known to theater audiences for replacing Idina Menzel as Elpheba in Wicked and, more recently, starring as Jenna in Waitress the big-voiced Bean dips into the Broadway catalog in her Feinstein’s/54 Below debut. Although she has diversified into pop in her four studio albums, this concert is devoted exclusively to musical-theater songs from roles she has played onstage, would like to play onstage or knows she will never play onstage.” (TONY)


Smart Stuff / Other NYC EventS

NYC Unicycle Festival
Multiple venues
“For far too long people have looked down upon the unicycle, ridiculing riders for how silly they look perched up high above a single wheel. It’s time that one-wheel lovers unite and take over the streets of New York! That’s just what the NYC Unicycle Festival is planning to do. There’s going to be a ride from Battery Park up to Central Park on Thursday, a parade through Brooklyn on Friday (from Brooklyn Bridge to Coney Island) and an entire weekend of celebration on Governors Island. Witness some unicycle sumo, unicycle basketball and top riders performing tricks as DJ Sky King provides a soundtrack.” (TONY)


Today’s Top Event

US Tennis Open Day 5 (thru Sept.8)

The U.S. Open begins play today @ 11AM 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 celebrating its 21st year at Arthur Ashe Stadium and is the fourth and final Grand Slam tennis tournament of the year.
subway: @ Times Square take #7 to Willets Point.

Today’s tips: Arrive Early. Security screening may cause delays to enter. Best not to bring a bag. A fine comprehensive review of the tournament and the current state of tennis can be found at the NYTimes/Sports.

Early in the tournament forget the Big House (Arthur Ashe Stadium), which is a pretty poor place to watch tennis unless you have a ton of money for courtside seats. Get a grounds pass and once inside check out one of the electronic scoreboards listing matches in progress. Find a match or players that interest you. Head over to their court for some great tennis, because in this tournament even the qualifiers are great players.There is no other major sporting event where you can get so close to world class athletes as at the U.S. Open – especially on the outer field courts and the Grandstand court. These are courts where you can get a real sense of the pace of the game.

Today’s Featured Match: Serena Williams v Karolina Muchova

“While the majority of the American populace will be sliding out of their jobs early today, hitting the road for the long Labor Day weekend, the world’s greatest tennis players will be reporting to work at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, each looking to extend their employment into the weekend—with an eye toward a possible two-week gig. Today’s workforce is led by Serena Williams, Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Ashleigh Barty, Karolina Pliskova, Daniil Medvedev, and Madison Keys—all looking to add the title “2019 US Open champion” to their respective resumes.”


Continuing Events

Trio da Paz & Friends with Maucha Adnet, Harry Allen, and Claudio Roditi (Aug.21-Sep.01)
Dizzy’s Club / 7:30PM, +9:30PM, $40
“Keeping an unprecedented streak alive for the 12th consecutive year, Trio da Paz comes to Dizzy’s Club for a two-week summer residency. Formed in 1990 by three of Brazil’s most in-demand master musicians, Romero Lubambo, Nilson Matta, and Duduka da Fonseca, Trio da Paz updates the infectious spirit of jazz-oriented Brazilian music. With their harmonically adventurous interactions, daring improvisations, and dazzling rhythms, this group redefines Brazilian jazz. Reserve your seats quickly to make sure you don’t miss out on this high-demand annual tradition!”

GD: I made sure to catch their first set on Wednesday night. An evening with this group, especially with Maucha, is like a trip to Rio. Trust me on this.

2019 Summer HD Festival

The 11th Summer HD Festival features ten thrilling performances from the Met’s Live in HD series of cinema transmissions—plus a special pre-festival screening of Stanley Donen’s enchanting Funny Face, featuring songs by George and Ira Gershwin, a co-presentation with Film at Lincoln Center. The free showings run from August 23 through September 2, with approximately 3,000 seats set up in front of the opera house each night, as well as additional standing room around Lincoln Center Plaza.

for tonight’s screening go here.



8/29 Brandy & The Alexanders, Mercury Lounge
8/30 The Alarm, St. George Theatre
9/1 The Who, MSG
9/3-4 Hot Chip, Holy F*ck, Brooklyn Steel
9/4 Tash Sultana, SummerStage Central Park
9/4 Hatchie, Rough Trade

♦ 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 65 million visitors last year and was TripAdvisor’s Traveler’s Choice Top U.S. Destination for 2019 – the ninth consecutive year. 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.

For a comprehensive list of the best places to hear All Types of Live Music in Manhattan see the tab above “LiveMusic.”


NYT Theater Reviews – Our theater critics on the plays and musicals currently open in New York City.


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