Jim Caruso's Cast Party Celebrates the Tonys, Frank Wildhorn and More Set for Birdland, June 2014
Birdland Jazz Club has announced its great line-up of amazing talent for the month of June 2014, featuring Freddy Cole, Stacey Kent, Ravi Coltrane Quartet, Tierney Sutton Quartet, Native Soul, Lorna Luft, Jane Monheit, Jim Caruso's Cast Party Celebrates the Tony Awards, and more!
Birdland will kick-off their exciting month of programming with the following acts:
June 2 (Monday) at 7:00PM
JANE MONHEIT SINGS IRVING BERLIN
ARRANGEMENTS BY MARY ANN McSWEENEY
The Broadway at Birdland concert series is proud to announce that jazz vocalist Jane Monheit will be performing a concert of Irving Berlin material with an extraordinary trio, led by arranger/bass player Mary Ann McSweeney. Teaming up for a third time with a dynamic band and vocal accompanists, gifted jazz vocalist Jane Monheit will sing an upbeat portfolio of Irving Berlin classics to new arrangements by bassist Mary Ann McSweeney. After two successful gigs performing the swinging version of Cole Porter's "Anything Goes" this is just another opportunity to delve into the amazing compositions of Irving Berlin with a twist. Monheit's stellar backup band for the evening will be Mary Ann McSweeney (bassist, arranger), Jim Ridl (pianist), and Alvester Garnett (drums). Grammy Award-nominated Jane Monheit has been a leading light in both the jazz and cabaret worlds since emerging as a finalist in the Thelonious Monk Institute's 1998 vocal competition. In addition to her own recordings, she has worked alongside the likes of Terence Blanchard, Tom Harrell, and Ivan Lins. Monheit is touring in support of her album The Heart of the Matter, which she says is an especially satisfying collaboration with Grammy Award-winning producer Gil Goldstein, who has previously worked with such giants as Wayne Shorter, Gil Evans, and Pat Metheny. The pair first joined forces for part of Monheit's 2009 album The Lovers, The Dreamers, and Me.
$40 cover, $10 food/drink minimum
June 2 (Monday) at 9:30PM
Jim Caruso's Cast Party Celebrates Tony Awards!
Jim Caruso's Cast Party will be hosting a special celebration in honor of the 2014 Tony Awards. Come hear your favorite Tony nominees sing their beloved tunes along with Cast Party's fabulous regulars. Jim Caruso's Cast Party is a wildly popular weekly soiree that brings a sprinkling of Broadway glitz and urbane wit to the legendary Birdland in New York City every Monday night. It's a cool cabaret night-out enlivened by a hilariously impromptu variety show. Showbiz superstars, backed by Steve Doyle on bass, Tedd Firth on piano and Daniel Glass on drums, hit the stage alongside up-and-comers, serving up jaw-dropping music and general razzle-dazzle.
All tickets $25, $10 food/drink minimum
June 3-7 (Tuesday - Saturday) at 8:30PM & 11PM
"Freddy has an impeccable sense of swing... he is, overall, the most maturely expressive male jazz singer of his generation, if not the best alive." (The New York Times) Freddy Cole doesn't apologize for sounding like his brother, Nat "King" Cole. There are certain unmistakable similarities. He plays piano, sings and performs live with guitar and upright bass, just like Nat. Yet his voice is raspier, smokier, jazzier even. But he has emerged from the great shadow cast by his elder brother. In truth, his phrasing is far closer to that of Frank Sinatra or Billie Holiday than that of his brother and his timing swings a little more. His vocals - suave, elegant, formidable, and articulate - are among the most respected in jazz. Cole's career continues to ascend as he has moved into the front ranks of America's homegrown art form with a style and musical sophistication all his own.
All seats $40, $10 food/drink minimum
June 5 (Thursday) at 6:00PM
Rob Silverman Quartet
Pianist, trumpeter, and composer Robert Silverman has been a fixture on the New York jazz scene since 1985. After playing with Albert King, Jimmy Heath, George Russell, Cecil McBee, and the Ron Levy Bluesman band, he went on to form his own ensemble featuring original compositions, the blues, and standards. Silverman has been featured in New York on NBC TV, WKCR, WBAI, and WNYC Radio's Around New York. He is the recipient of two Meet the Composer grants and has written music for Thomas Stacy, principal English Horn of the New York Philharmonic.
All seats $25, $10 food/drink minimum
June 7 (Saturday) at 5:00PM
LOVE MAKES THE WORLD GO 'ROUND
A Benefit Concert for ZANI'S FURRY FRIENDS
All seats $15-30
June 9 (Monday) at 7:00PM and 10:30PM
Lorna Luft in "Accentuate the Positive"
The Broadway at Birdland concert series is proud to announce the return of Lorna Luft to the stage. In October 2013, Lorna hosted a record breaking two-night benefit concert for the Actors Fund, "Lorna's Pink Party," which raised over $150,000 for Breast Cancer Awareness Month and cancer research charities. Lorna was diagnosed with Stage 2 breast cancer in Dec 2012. After treatment she is cancer-free and ecstatic to be bringing "Accentuate the Positive" to Birdland! "Accentuate the Positive" will include many beloved standards, and in a special section, will pay tribute to Johnny Mercer, who has been called "America's poet," and was a close family friend. Mercer, who won 4 Academy Awards, also wrote the lyrics to Judy Garland's television theme song. The song became "Lorna," which Judy Garland sang to her daughter on her television show.
$30/$40 cover, $10 food/drink minimum
June 10-14 (Tuesday - Saturday) at 8:30PM & 11PM
It is not easy to account for Stacey's success and she herself remains characteristically coy. What is sure is that Stacey has a voice that grabs you. It demands to be listened to and yet never draws attention to itself. As her collaborator, Ishiguro put it in his liner notes to her 2002 album, IN LOVE AGAIN, "In song after song, we find a route to the emotional heart of the music without first having to admire her technique." Stacey's natural and unaffected delivery allows the craft of the songwriters, whose work she performs, to shine through. She has an appeal that transcends category.
All seats $40-45, $10 food/drink minimum
June 16 (Monday) at 7:00PM
"The Ensemblist" Live
The Ensemblist, the only podcast that shows you Broadway from the inside out, comes to the legendary Birdland Jazz Club to celebrate its first anniversary with a special live show! Hosts Mo Brady and Nikka Graff Lanzarone have invited some of their favorite Broadway performers to the stage to celebrate their ensemblist experiences. Not only will each guest be interviewed live, they'll strut their stuff with special performances as well!
$25 cover, $10 food/drink minimum
June 17-21 (Tuesday - Saturday) at 8:30 & 11:00PM
Ravi Coltrane Quartet
He may bear the name of jazz royalty, but saxophonist Ravi Coltrane, the son of the legendary John Coltrane and pianist Alice Coltrane, "blows an original and distinctly modern strain of jazz, distilling but never seeking to imitate his family's adventurous improvising spirits." (NPR) His latest Blue Note Records CD, "Spirit Fiction," produced by label mate and fellow saxophonist Joe Lovano featured, "...an abundance of emotion and sensual detail, most of it expressed gently, with the confidence -- and authority -- of a veteran bandleader."
All seats $40, $10 food/drink minimum
June 23 (Monday) at 7:00PM
AMANDA GREEN'S TRUNK SHOW
Returns to Birdland
Songwriter Amanda Green and her friends, Ariana Debose (Motown, Bring it On), Jenn Colella (If/Then), Jay Armstrong Johnson (Hands On A Hardbody, Hair), Janet Krupin (If/Then, Bring It On), Kathleen Monteleone (Hands On A Hardbody, Tales of the City) and singer/songwriter Greg Naughton return to Birdland to perform a hilarious and heartfelt evening of undiscovered 'trunk songs' cut from Green's Broadway shows High Fidelity, Hands On A Hardbody, and Bring It On. Matt Gallagher will lead the band.
All seats $25/35, $10 food/drink minimum