NYC Events,”Only the Best” (9/04) + U.S. Tennis Open (Day 10)

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It’s the most comprehensive list of top events this month that you will find anywhere.
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Have time for only one NYC Event today? Do This:

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.”


6 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)
>> Tash Sultana
Lessons from our Masters: Frank Lacy’s Tromboniverse
DANCE NOW Festival 2019
>> Shoshana Bean
>> Liebman, Copland, Alessi Quintet
>> Taste of the Dining Concourse – Dine for $5

Today’s Top Event: US Tennis Open Day 10

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


Music, Dance, Performing Art

Tash Sultana
SummerStage, Rumsey Playfield, Mid-Park / 6PM, $45
“The live artist Tash Sultana, who uses they/them pronouns, is even-keeled until they pick up a guitar, unleashing a sudden torrent of energy: eyes closed, they hop up and down on one foot and swerve side to side as if possessed by their own music, which they create on the spot through the clever use of loop pedals. The spectacle is expressive and intense, and Sultana’s gripping commitment to their performance helps explain their trajectory from a kid busking in Melbourne to a jolting stage act.”
(Julyssa Lopez, NewYorker)

Lessons from our Masters: Frank Lacy’s Tromboniverse
Dizzy’s Club / 7:30PM, 9:30PM, $35
“The Lessons from our Masters series features a master of jazz alongside a multigenerational band. Tonight’s master is trombonist Frank Lacy, an utterly distinctive musician who has worked extensively with such greats as McCoy Tyner, Henry Threadgill, Dizzy Gillespie, and Oliver Lake. Lacy has been in the Mingus Big Band for more than 20 years, and he served as music director for Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers.

As a master who exemplifies jazz as an ever-evolving, multigenerational music, he’s a perfect fit for our annual Generations in Jazz Festival. Tonight’s performance will be a true lesson from a master.”

DANCE NOW Festival 2019 (Sept.4-7)
Joe’s Pub / 7PM, $20
“Acclaimed for its signature short-takes format, the DANCE NOW Festival presents a diverse range of works from some of today’s most innovative and dynamic dance makers. The 24th season of this lively fall festival features 40 emerging and established choreographers, including DANCE NOW veterans and festival newcomers. Every show features Emcee TruDee (aka Deborah Lohse).” (

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)

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)


Smart Stuff / Other NYC EventS

Taste of the Dining Concourse – Dine for $5
Grand Central Terminal, Lower Level Dining Concourse merchants.
“Grand Central Terminal food vendors are offering items for just $5 on Wednesdays from 2:30-4:30 p.m. They are all listed HERE.”


Today’s Top Event

US Tennis Open Day 10 (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: M. Berrettini (ITA) [24] vs.G. Monfils (FRA) [13]

“Quarterfinal action once again headlines play here at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, as the 2019 US Open rolls into Day 10. We knew at the beginning of this event that we were in for a healthy dose of fascinating plot twists and riveting drama, but it would have been impossible to predict the vast variety of storylines that have unfolded to this point. Today’s quarterfinal contests figure to continue that trend, as Rafael Nadal faces off with Diego Schwartzman, Bianca Andreescu goes against Elise Mertens, Gael Monfils takes on Matteo Berrettini, and Belinda Bencic battles Donna Vekic. Eight players, each three wins removed from one prestigious title. Any way you add it up, that’s the equation for a perfect Day 10.”


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 +7.5%)


Continuing Events

2-for-1 Broadway Week (Sept.3-16)

“Broadway is home to some of the highest quality productions in the world — and, unfortunately, also some of the highest ticket prices. Thankfully, there are plenty of ways to save money on tickets to the Great White Way. Theatergoers who want to kick off their fall with a Broadway show can take advantage of Broadway Week, which will offer 2-for-1 tickets to top musicals and plays.

Broadway Week, a promotion offered through NYC & Company, will take place this fall from Tuesday, September 3rd through Friday, September 16th. Ticket buyers can purchase 2-for-1 tickets using the code BWAYWK through the promotion, as well as upgrade their tickets for just $30 using code BWAYUP (subject to availability).

Twenty-four Broadway shows will be participating in Broadway Week this September, including both beloved favorites and new tenants on the Great White Way. New Yorkers and visitors alike can take advantage of the promotion to see some of the hottest new Broadway musicals, including recent Tony Award nominees Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations, Beetlejuice, and Tootsie. Discover a beloved classic musical in a whole new way with Daniel Fish’s stripped-down revival of Oklahoma!, which took home the Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical earlier this year.” (

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 NYC Music Venues:
So much fine live music every night in this town. These are my favorite non jazz music venues on Manhattan’s WestSide. Check out who’s playing tonight:

Joe’s Pub @ Public Theater – 425 Lafayette St.,, 212-967-7555
Beacon Theatre – 2124 Broadway @ 74th St.,, 212-465-6500
Town Hall – 123 W43rd St.,, 212-997-6661
Le Poisson Rouge – 158 Bleecker St.,, 212-505-3474
and one more, not quite WestSide
Bowery Ballroom – 6 Delancey St.

City Winery – WAS 155 Varick St., WILL BE Pier 57 in the spring – Blame Disney.

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
a classic, old jazz club in the Village, Caffe V often surprises with a wonderfully eclectic lineup. It’s my favorite spot for an evening of listening discovery and enjoyment.
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.



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