Loston Harris Quartet, Jane Monheit and More Come to Birdland, 7/7-13
Birdland Jazz Club has announced their amazing line-up of talent for July 7 - July 13, including the Loston Harris Quartet with Special Guest Monica Behan, Jane Monheit, Arturo O'Farrill, David DeJesus, and more!
Birdland will kick-off their great week of programming with the following acts:
July 7 (Monday) at 7:00PM
A Sophisticated Reunion:
The Broadway at Birdland concert series is excited to announce that there will be A Sophisticated Reunion on Monday, July 7 at 7pm. Broadway's 1981 Sophisticated Ladies co-stars Valarie Pettiford, Terri Klausner, and Ty Stephens will bring swinging tunes, unmatched style and elements of their individual acts to the evening of music celebrating Duke Ellington. Songs like "Take The A Train," "Hit Me With A Hot Note," and "I Love You Madly" will be included in the concert, which will be under the musical direction of Ron Abel.
All seats $40, $10 food/drink minimum
July 7 (Monday) at 9:30PM
Jim Caruso's Cast Party
"No one can call themselves a true New Yorker until they've been to the 'Cast Party,' which is to Broadway what the Conde Nast cafeteria is to publishing. Divas and dapper-dans insouciantly sip cocktails while watching each other sing and perform at the open-mic event during Broadway's dark night." (Next Magazine) Broadway impresario Jim Caruso hosts a combination open-mic, networking event and party in which the biggest stars on Broadway relax on their night off by performing their favorite songs in an informal setting.
All tickets $25, $10 food/drink minimum
July 8-12 (Tuesday-Saturday) at 8:30PM & 11PM
Loston Harris Quartet
With Special Guest Monica Behan
Loston Harris' piano playing has been described as percussive but incredibly fluid, his vocals, suave and contemporary. For more than a decade Loston has headlined the legendary Bemelmans Bar in the Carlyle Hotel, a spot previously held by Bobby Short, Eartha Kitt, Elaine Stritch, John Pizzarelli and the Modern Jazz Quartet (MJQ). One of Loston's mentors, Michael Feinstein, calls him an "innate and dazzling talent... a beacon of quality," while John Pizzarelli calls Loston "a singular sensation of what music is in NY." Loston and his quartet, along with very special guest vocalist Monica Behan, perform swinging arrangements of timeless standards from the Great American Songbook, selections from his recent CD "Swingfully Yours" (Magenta Label Group).
$40 cover, $10 food/drink minimum
July 9 (Wednesday) at 5:30PM
Inspired by the noble jazz pioneers Louis Armstrong, Bix Beiderbecke, Duke Ellington, Jelly Roll Morton and their colleagues, David Ostwald's Louis Armstrong Eternity Band breathes life and passion into America's own great art form. Legendary record producer George Avakian describes the band in this way:
"There has never been a band quite like this one. Most groups, past and present, stick to one style. Some current groups attempt to recreate early recordings in their entirety. These guys do neither. Inspired by divergent bands of the 1920s and 30s, you'll hear them swing a variety of styles in music by a wide range of composers, always true to the joy and heart of the music."
All seats $25, $10 food/drink minimum
July 10 (Thursday) at 6:00PM
Saxophonist David DeJesus is a versatile player who is very actively involved in the New York City Jazz scene. He is a regular member of the GRAMMY Award winning Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra, directed by Arturo O'Farrill, and the GRAMMY nominated Bobby Sanabria Big Band and has performed with such legends as Jimmy Heath, Ray Barretto, Dave Valentin, Candido, Paquito D'Rivera, Larry Harlow, the Chico O'Farrill Afro Cuban Jazz Orchestra, the Fort Apache Band, the Village Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, and the Mingus Big Band. In 2008 David was honored in being selected as a Semi-Finalist in the 2008 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Saxophone Competition in Los Angeles, CA and in 2009 was selected to participate in the Betty Carter Jazz Ahead program in Washington, D.C. David is currently on faculty at Purchase College as the Director of the Purchase Latin Jazz Orchestra.