Escape the Family: Five Shows To See on Thanksgiving Night
French-Dominican jazz chanteuse Cyrille Aimee's smoke-curl voice--feathery, magnetic, and transportive--is truly a wonder. Which makes it far from a surprise that the Brooklyn-dwelling Aimee (whose first name is pronounced "surreal") is one of the most talked-about modern jazz singers of the moment. An improvisational ace, she got tongues wagging a couple of years ago when she placed third in the prestigious Thelonious Monk International Jazz Vocalist Competition at the Kennedy Center in D.C., then cemented her rising-star status last month when she won the inaugural Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition, held in Newark. Along with her five-piece "Surreal Band," Aimee's in residency at Birdland all this week to deliver her French gypsy jazz and bossa nova stylings; she's got two shows tonight, in case your turkey feast runs late.
Birdland, 8:30 p.m. and 11 p.m., $30-$40.
A charter member of NYC's Houston-style A$AP Mob collective, A$AP Twelvy--so named for the 212--has been playing second fiddle and hypeman to leader A$AP Rocky for the past few years, though he got a choice verse on "Trilla" from last year's highly-regarded, syrup-soaked LiveLoveA$AP mixtape. "A$AP we the last hope/Fuck it this is my fast flow," Twelvy rhymed, slow and woozy. He's been tapped to follow Rocky as the Mob's next breakout solo star, ergo this headlining "Twelvy & Friends" gig (so clearly he won't be alone; expect a Mob presence for sure). Get there early because L.A.-via-New Orleans rapper/producer Chase N. Ca$he is opening.
Highline Ballroom, 9 p.m., $20-$25.
Normally, we'd be about as hesitant to recommend something as touristy as the note-for-note Beatles reproductions of lookalike tribute band Strawberry Fields--which is about to begin its 14th year on Broadway over at B.B. King Blues Club--as we would to suggest you go see the Radio City Christmas Spectacular tonight (UGH). But hell, it's Thanksgiving, and you'll probably have crotchety old people and hyper little children running around your house looking for something to do after dinner, and if there's one thing everyone can agree on, it's Ol' Dirty Bastard...err, the Beatles. As always, Strawberry Fields--which features one-time members of Beatlemania--takes you through every Beatles era, along with the requisite costume/hairstyle changes, and at least it's more entertaining than a Ringo All-Starr Band show.
B.B. King's Blues Club, 7 p.m., $20-$25.