NYC Events -“Only the Best” (11/15) + Today’s Featured Pub (Tribeca)

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For future NYC Events, check the tab above:  “November 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.”

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

GEORGE CABLES TRIO (Nov. 14-16)
at Mezzrow / 7:30 and 9 p.m.; $25
“Cables, who just turned 75, stands as one of the last standard-bearers of the classic post-bop piano tradition. As sensitive as he is dynamic, he plays in a gently articulated but deeply rhythmic style, unifying the influences of his two main idols, Herbie Hancock and Thelonious Monk. At Mezzrow he will be joined on Thursday and Friday by the bassist Essiet Okon Essiet and the drummer Victor Lewis, and on Saturday by Lewis and the bassist Ed Howard.” (NYT-GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO)

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6 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)
>> DOUGLAS R. EWART/ADEGOKE STEVE COLSON DUO AND OLIVER LAKE ORGAN QUARTET
>> Paul Taylor American Modern Dance
>> Chucho Valdés / Chick Corea
>> COLIN DUNNE
>> Vinicius Cantuaria Sings Jobim & Joao
>> TEI SHI

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

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Music, Dance, Performing Arts

DOUGLAS R. EWART/ADEGOKE STEVE COLSON DUO AND OLIVER LAKE ORGAN QUARTET
at Symphony Space / 8 p.m.; $30
“The Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians, among the most influential musician-run organizations in American history, is now in its 54th year. Its New York chapter, which has been around since 1983, presents a series of concerts each fall, and this year’s season comes to a close with this show: a double bill featuring one set from Ewart, a multi-instrumentalist and global musical explorer, in duet with Colson, a pianist; and one from the organ quartet led by Lake, an avant-garde alto saxophone luminary. That band includes Jared Gold on organ, Freddie Hendrix on trumpet and Pheeroan akLaff on drums.” (NYT-GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO)

Paul Taylor American Modern Dance
NYS Theater @ Lincoln Center / 7PM, $58+
“Paul Taylor American Modern Dance returns to Lincoln Center with Paul Taylor: Celebrate the Dancemaker, featuring the Paul Taylor Dance Company in a tribute to its founder, who died in 2018.

The engagement marks PTAMD’s first Lincoln Center Season under Artistic Director Michael Novak. Highlights include 19 Taylor masterworks and commissioned works created on PTDC by Mr. Abraham (World Premiere) and Guest Resident Choreographers Ms. Gillis and Ms. Tanowitz (Lincoln Center Premieres).”

Chucho Valdés / Chick Corea (Nov. 15-16)
Rose Theatre, Broadway at 60th St./ 8PM, $
The piano virtuoso Chucho Valdés first came to international attention in the early eighties, with the Cuban fusion band Irakere, and his roots in both his island’s indigenous music and straight-ahead jazz remain central to his musical identity. For this engagement, after displaying his extravagant skills in a solo set, Valdés welcomes Chick Corea, an equally gifted pianist whose own infatuation with Latin music dates to the beginning of his decades-long career.” (Steve Futterman, NewYorker)

COLIN DUNNE (Nov.14-16)
at Baryshnikov Arts Center / 7:30 p.m.; $25
Traditional Irish music has often been an accompaniment to traditional Irish dance, but the innovative musician Tommie Potts, who died in 1988, approached it as an independent art form. His idiosyncratic perspective made his music difficult to dance to, but in “Concert,” a 2017 solo work, Dunne, an acclaimed contemporary Irish dancer, shows that an equally experimental performer can do it justice. Dunne performs barefoot on a small, amplified platform so his steps sound like whispers in a quiet dialogue with Potts’s wistful songs.” (NYT-Brian Schaefer)

Vinicius Cantuaria Sings Jobim & Joao (Nov.14-17)
Jazz Standard / 7:30PM, +9:30PM, $30
“Brazilian singer, songwriter and guitarist Vinicius Cantuária, now in the fifth decade of his professional career, is revered for his deeply personal adaptation of the bossa nova, integrating this classically Brazilian form with jazz, avant–garde and pop. This week, Vinicius Cantuária revisits the songs of two Brazilian masters, Jobim and João Gilberto – don’t miss him!

“Vinicius Cantuária is the doyen of Brazilian singer–songwriters – more melodic than Caetano Veloso, more consistent than Gilberto Gil, and with more talent than Max de Castro, Otto and Patricia Marx put together. If more people covered his songs, we’d be talk­ing about him as the new Tom Jobim.” (John L. Walters, The Guardian)

TEI SHI
at the Dance / 8 p.m.; $
“In a voice sample tucked between songs on the first album from Valerie Teicher, a Colombian-Canadian who performs as Tei Shi, her younger self is heard professing her desire to be like Britney Spears. Years later, Teicher has stayed true to her childhood fascination with pop — though her instincts skew more experimental than her former role model’s. Tei Shi’s performance at the Dance, a new bar and live music space in NoHo, coincides with the release of her sophomore album, “La Linda.” The record is sweet and hooky, but dynamic enough to contain both ethereal pop in the vein of FKA twigs (“Twilight”) and belted, bluesy numbers (“When He’s Done”).” (NYT-OLIVIA HORN)

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Smart Stuff / Other NYC EventS

More Smart Stuff coming soon.


Continuing Events

Richard III (Nov.7–23)
Lincoln Center’s White Light Festival
Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College / 7PM, $40+
“Conscience is but a word that cowards use, devised at first to keep the strong in awe.” Shakespeare’s Richard III is a chilling story of power and ambition. His ruthless monarch resonates through the ages in DruidShakespeare: Richard III, a darkly comic production from Ireland’s Druid theater company and Tony Award–winning director Garry Hynes.”

Canstruction New York (Nov.7-21)
Brookfield Place, 230 Vesey St./ 10AM-8PM, FREE
“New York’s top architects, engineers and students have created sculptures out of unopened cans of food, which will be donated later to City Harvest, for Canstruction New York. You’ll see sculptures based on the Women’s FIFA trophy, “The Little Mermaid,” Yankee Stadium and Apollo’s 50th anniversary, among others. Feel free to bring cans of food for donation.” (amNY)

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COMING SOON (WFUV)

11/15 Lalah Hathaway, Sony Hall
11/15-16 Joe Bonamassa, Beacon Theatre
11/16 Live From Here with Chris Thile, They Might Be Giants, Big Thief and more,, Town Hall
11/17 Guitar Mash/Urban Campfire, (le) Poisson Rouge
11/17-18 Sylvan Esso, Beacon Theatre
11/18 Prince “Beautiful Ones” Tribute, Town Hall
11/20 Alice Merton, Music Hall of Williamsburg
11/20 FKA Twigs, Kings Theatre

Fall Concerts (nycgo.com)

David Byrne’s American Utopia on Broadway
October 4­, 2019–January 19, 2020
Hudson Theatre
The Talking Heads frontman hits Broadway with a show based on his latest album—but you can expect some old favorites as well.

The Ergs
November 15
Brooklyn Bazaar
New Jersey pop punks the Ergs—fronted by a singing drummer—play their loud, fast, catchy songs live.

Taking Back Sunday
November 15–16
Terminal 5
These Long Island screamo practitioners are still at it.

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♦ 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.
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A PremierPub / Tribeca

B-Flat / 277 Church St. (btw Franklin/White St)

b_flat4There are some places that are tough to find, then add a layer of mystery when you do find them. B-Flat has a nondescript, almost unmarked door at street level – today’s speakeasy vibe. Open this door and you face a dimly lit stairway down to their basement location. It almost takes a leap of faith to follow the stairs down to their interior door.
But open that door and a pleasant surprise awaits you.

It’s a basement jazz spot all right, but not like any traditional jazz joint you may have been to before. This place looks as fresh as today, probably because it’s only been open for 6 years. Even though it hasn’t had a chance to age gracefully, the cherry wood accents and low lighting make this small space very inviting.

There is always jazz, often progressive jazz, playing over their very discrete, stylish bose speakers, setting just the right tone as you find a seat at the bar, or one of the small tables. There is wine and beer available, but this place has some expert mixologists making some very creative cocktails, which I’m told change seasonally, a nice touch.

Come at happy hour and tasty cocktails like the el Diablo or the lychee martini are $8 – not bad. I am a sucker for any drink made with lychee and how can you not try a tequila drink named el Diablo. There is also nice selection of small bites available at happy hour and a food menu that is as innovative as the cocktail menu, so this does not have to be a happy hour only stop.

It wasn’t surprising to find a tasty prosciutto and arugula salad with yuzu dressing, but I did not expect to find such a good version of fried chicken breast on the apps menu. Here it’s called “Tatsuta.” Best bet is to sample happy hour, then dinner on a Monday or Wednesday night, when you can finish with no cover live jazz that starts around 8.

This place is tough to find (look for a small slate sandwich board on the sidewalk out front advertising happy hour) and on some nights when there is no live music it may be a little too quiet for some. But I think it’s worth searching out if you want a place with good music, food, and especially drinks, away from the maddening crowd.

Website: http://http://www.bflat.info/index.html
Phone #: 212-219-2970
Hours: Mo-Wed 5pm-2am; Th-Sat 5pm-3am; no Sun
Happy Hour: 5-7pm every day; $8 cocktails + special prices on apps
Music: Mon/Wed 8pm
Subway: #1 to Franklin; walk E 1 blk to Church; N 1 blk to bFlat

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“Pub” is used in it’s broadest sense – bars, bar/restaurants, jazz clubs, wine bars, tapas bars, craft beer bars, dive bars, cocktail lounges, and of course, pubs – just about anyplace you can get a drink without a cover charge (except for certain jazz clubs).

If you have a fave premier pub or good eating place on Manhattan’s WestSide let us all know about it – leave a comment.

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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 Triad – 158 W72nd Street (btw Amsterdam/Columbus Ave.)

Laurie Beechman Theatre – 407 W 42nd St.

Marie’s Crisis – 59 Grove St.

The Rum House, in the Hotel Edison – 228 W. 47th St.

The Duplex – 61 Christopher 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.”

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