NYC Events,”Only the Best” (9/03) + U.S. Tennis Open (Day 9)

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For future NYC Events, check the tab above:  “September NYC Events
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.
OR to make your own after dinner plans TONIGHT, see the tab above;  “LiveMusic.”


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

Liebman, Copland, Alessi Quintet (Sept. 3-7)
Birdland, 315 W. 44th St./ 8PM, +11PM, $30-$40
“In the early seventies, the saxophonist Dave Liebman cut recordings with Miles Davis and Elvin Jones that today’s musicians still scrutinize for inspiration. In the decades since, Liebman has cemented his role as both a profound improviser and a trusted mentor. Here, he joins forces with a cadre of exceptional players, all thoroughly conversant with post-bop procedures—the pianist Marc Copland, the trumpeter Ralph Alessi, the bassist Drew Gress, and the drummer Joey Baron—to form a unit that radiates promise.” (Steve Futterman, NewYorker)


6 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)
>> The Lineup with Susie Mosher
Monty Alexander
Natalia Lafourcade
>> Shoshana Bean
>> Inland: A Novel by Téa Obreht

Today’s Top Event: US Tennis Open Day 9

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


Music, Dance, Performing Art

Monty Alexander (Sept.3-8)
Blue Note / 8PM, +10:30PM, $20-$35
“Nearly sixty years after he moved to the United States from Kingston, Jamaica, his hometown, Grammy nominated pianist Monty Alexander is an American classic, touring the world relentlessly with various projects, delighting a global audience drawn to his vibrant personality and soulful message.

A perennial favorite at Jazz festivals and venues worldwide and at the Montreux Jazz Festival where he has appeared 23 times since 1976, his spirited conception is one informed by the timeless verities: endless melody-making, effervescent grooves, sophisticated voicings, a romantic spirit, and a consistent predisposition, as Alexander accurately states, “to build up the heat and kick up a storm.”

The Lineup with Susie Mosher
Birdland / 9:30PM, $25
“Mosher is one of those talents you need to see to believe: warm, funny, biting, ferociously committed. In her weekly series at the downstairs Birdland Theater, she invites a gaggle of performers from Broadway and beyond to show their talents. Guests at the September 3 edition include Catherine Porter and Jim Vallance, Andrew Poretz, Hyuna Park and Amadis Dunkel, Kevin Taylor, Amy Toporek, Roderick Ferguson, Bryan Hunt and Kelly Sheehan, Barrie Kreinik, Those Girls, Theresa Sareo and musical director Brad Simmons.”

Natalia Lafourcade
The Rooftop at Pier 17, 89 South St./ 7:30PM, $ may be a tough ticket
Natalia Lafourcade has shed her skin repeatedly as a performer, moving from peppy girl bands to indie alt-rock before settling into what seems like her most fitting incarnation: a tender revivalist of Latin America’s folk traditions. Her latest albums, “Musas Vol. 1” and “Musas Vol. 2,” celebrate classic composers of past generations, among them Agustín Lara and María Grever. Each of Lafourcade’s graceful interpretations trembles with emotion, her voice conveying a timeless yearning.” (Julyssa Lopez, NewYorker)

at Dizzy’s Club / 7:30 and 9:30 p.m.; $40
“Nash, a saxophonist, has won two Grammys for his compositions and arrangements with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, but on his new album, “Somewhere Else: West Side Story Songs,” he dials down to a more intimate scale. Joined only by the guitarist Steve Cardenas and the bassist Ben Allison, Nash recasts the melodrama of Leonard Bernstein’s most famous musical, turning these songs into dusky internal monologues, quiet ruminations, and slow, simmering showcases for his dusted tenor sax sound. He will appear with Cardenas and Allison at Dizzy’s, playing versions of the tunes from the album.” (NYT-GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO)

Shoshana Bean (Sept.3-5)
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

Elsewhere, but this looks worth the detour:

Inland: A Novel by Téa Obreht
An epic journey.
Greenlight Bookstore, 686 Fulton Street, Fort Greene / 7:30PM, FREE
“The lyricism of Inland is familiar to anyone who read Téa Obreht’s acclaimed first novel, The Tiger’s Wife, but in other ways her follow-up is a brave and (successfully) ambitious departure. Two guilt-ridden people wander the Arizona desert in 1893, on parallel tracks that appear to meet in the distance. One is an outlaw, the other a wife and mother laden with grief.” (Boris Kachka, NYMagazine)


Today’s Top Event

US Tennis Open Day 9 (thru Sept.8)

The U.S. Open begins play today @ 12PM 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: A fine comprehensive review of the tournament and the current state of tennis can be found at the NYTimes/Sports.

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. At this stage in the tournament there will be a lot of high-quality junior matches on the outer courts. These are courts where you can get a real sense of the pace of the game.

Today’s Featured Match: R. Federer (SUI) [3] vs.G. Dimitrov (BUL)

“Four quarters add up to one whole lot of excitement on Day 9 of the 2019 US Open, as eight of the remaining title contenders take to the courts today, each hoping to remain as title contenders tomorrow. Today, Elina Svitlolina battles Johanna Konta, before Stan Wawrinka squares off with Daniil Medvedev. Under the lights of Arthur Ashe Stadium tonight, Serena Williams faces Wang Qiang, and Roger Federer takes on Grigor Dimitrov. In a tournament that has seen plenty of upsets and surprising twists, today’s lineup features a few surprising participants. But whether the names are familiar or less-so, every one of these players now share a common bond—they’re all just three wins away from a US Open title.”

If you always wondered how much money is at stake in this tournament, here were the numbers for 2018:

In the men’s and women’s singles tournaments, players earned $54,000 for playing in the main draw, $93,000 for reaching the second round and $156,000 for advancing to the Round of 32. They took home $266,000 for reaching the fourth round, $475,000 for contesting the quarterfinals and $925,000 for making the semifinals. Reaching the final was worth $1.85M, and the winner got $3.8M, which means that final match was worth $2M for winning. Don’t make any unforced errors!

Both the men’s and women’s doubles champion teams earned $700,000, the highest in US Open history. First- and second-round losing teams earned $16,500 and $27,875, respectively. Teams reaching the Round of 16 received $46,500, quarterfinalists won $85,275 and semifinal teams took home $166,400. Finalists collected $350,000.

(the total purse for the US Open: 2018 $53M; 2019 $57M)


Continuing Events

FESTIVAL OF NEW TRUMPET MUSIC at various locations (Sept. 3-12).

“This annual expo of rising and established talent serves as a good indication of how diverse New York City’s improvised-music scene has become. This year’s festival (the 17th over all) kicks off on Tuesday at Threes Brewing Gowanus with a tribute to the trumpeter and educator Laurie Frink, who played at the first festival, and who died in 2013. On Wednesday, the esteemed trumpeter Charles Tolliver is the featured guest for an evening paying homage to Booker Little. Over the following week, highlights will include the experimental trumpeter Hugh Ragin’s workshop and performance at the New School on Sept. 6, and a two-night run by Philadelphia’s Fresh Cut Orchestra, co-led by the trumpeter Josh Lawrence, at Dizzy’s Club on Sept. 10 and 11.” (NYT-GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO)



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 Live Music  – NYC Jazz Clubs:
Many consider NYCity the Jazz capital of the world. My favorite Jazz Clubs, all on Manhattan’s WestSide, feature top talent every night of the week.
Hit the Hot Link and check out who is playing tonight:

Greenwich Village:
(4 are underground, classic jazz joints. all 6 are within walking distance of each other):
Village Vanguard – UG, 178 7th Ave. So.,, 212-255-4037 (1st 8:30)
Blue Note – 131 W3rd St. nr 6th ave., 212-475-8592 (1st set 8pm)
55 Bar – basement @55 Christopher St. nr 7th ave.S., 212-929-9883 (1st 7pm)
Mezzrow – basement @ 163 W10th St. nr 7th Ave.,646-476-4346 (1st 8)
Smalls – basement @ 183 W10th St., 646-476-4346 (1st set 7:30pm)
The Stone at The New School – 55 w13 St. (btw 6/5 ave) – (8:30PM)

Outside Greenwich Village:
Dizzy’s Club – Broadway @ 60th St. — / 212-258-9595 (1st set 7:30pm)
Birdland – 315 W44th St.(btw 8/9ave) — / 212-581-3080 (1st 8:30pm)
Smoke Jazz Club – 2751 Broadway nr.106th St. — 212-864-6662 (7pm)
Jazz Standard – 116 E27 St. (btw Park/Lex) – – (1st set 7:30)

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

In Memoriam:
Caffe Vivaldi – 32 Jones St. nr Bleecker St. — / 212-691-7538 (1st 7pm)
a classic, old jazz club in the Village, Caffe V often surprised with a wonderfully eclectic lineup. It was my favorite spot for an evening of listening enjoyment and discovery.
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.
Cornelia Street Cafe
UG, 29 Cornelia St., 212-989-9319
And more recently we have lost Cornelia Street Cafe. After 41 years, it too became another victim of an unreasonable rent increase.


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