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Matt Baker, Natalie Douglas, Jamie deRoy and More Set for Birdland Jazz Club, Jan 2014

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Birdland Jazz Club has announced their line-up of impressive talent for the month of January 2014. Featuring: The Birdland Big Band, Lauren Kinhan, Diane Schuur, Regina Carter, Nicholas Payton & Action Affirmative, Joey DeFrancesco, Cyrille Aimee, Matt Baker, Jim Caruso's Cast Party, Birdland Jazz Party, and more!

Birdland will kick-off the new year with an exciting month of programming:

December 31 - January 4 (Tuesday-Saturday) at 8:30 & 11:00PM

January 5 (Sunday) at 9:00 & 11:00PM

The Birdland Big Band directed by Tommy Igoe

Founded by drummer and musical director Tommy Igoe, the Birdland Big Band features the finest musicians in New York! The BBB roars into action every Friday, playing the finest Jazz, Latin and Brazilian music from the world's best arrangers. After work or before a show, drinks or a great dinner, come hear one of the world's best drummers driving the hardest swinging band in New York. Experience why the BBB is fast becoming the must-see weekly jazz event in New York and kick off your weekend with what critics are calling "the best live music bargain in all of NYC!"

All seats $40, $10 minimum

January 6 (Monday) at 7:00PM

Matt Baker "A Tribute to Oscar Peterson"

Australian jazz pianist Matt Baker will perform "An Oscar Moment: A Celebration of the Life and Music of Jazz Legend Oscar Peterson." The concert will showcase Baker's interpretations of Peterson's greatest work, celebrating his life, greatest hits, and some of his beautiful original works. The two met in 2002 at the Blue Note in NYC, which was the start of a friendship and mentorship that lasted until Peterson's death in 2007. Jim Cammack will perform on bass, Jerome Jennings on drums, and Special Guest Vocalist will be BriAnna Thomas.

All seats $25, $10 minimum

January 7 (Tuesday) at 8:30 & 11:00PM

Lauren Kinhan "Circle in a Square" CD Release Celebration

Jazz Times says, "Sweet surprises lurk around every corner... shaping a pastiche that is hip, intelligent and vibrant." Her third solo CD, tentatively titled Circle in a Square, is in production following a successful campaign she ran with the aid of Kickstarter's fan funded business model. She has partnered with Elliot Scheiner (Steely Dan, Fleetwood Mac) to produce the recording featuring the amazing talents of Ben Wittman (drums), Andy Ezrin (piano), Dave Finck (bass), and Will Lee (bass) for the underbelly. Lauren Kinhan will be joined at Birdland by Andy Ezrin (piano), David Finck (bass), Ben Wittman (drums), and Donny McCaslin (sax).

All seats $30, $10 minimum

January 8 (Wednesday) at 8:30PM & 11:00PM

The Beegie Adair Trio with Special Guest Monica Ramey

The legendary Beegie Adair Trio will be playing the historic Birdland Jazz Club on January 8, 2014. Joining the trio will be special guest, vocalist Monica Ramey. Their performances, as a trio and with Ms. Ramey, have consistently energized sold out audiences. Adair's albums have dominated the jazz charts and album sales while Ramey's sophomore album, produced by Adair and bassist Roger Spencer, are creating a reinvigorated excitement among the jazz world. Ms. Adair and Ms. Ramey are thrilled to return to Birdland and to bring their musical mates, Roger Spencer and Chris Brown, to NYC for a special "One Night Only" performance.

All seats $30, $10 minimum

January 9 (Thursday) at 8:30PM & 11:00PM

Sara Gazarek

Amongst a community teaming with startlingly gifted young singers, Sara Gazarek stands out as a particularly extravagant artist. Her first two albums introduced her singular sound and vision, steeped in the tradition of jazz but deeply informed by contemporary songwriters and performers. With Blossom & Bee, her highly anticipated debut release on the respected indie label Palmetto, Gazarek turns over an exciting, glistening new leaf.

All seats $30, $10 minimum

January 10 & 11 (Friday & Saturday) at 8:30PM & 11:00PM

Kurt Elling

During his show on Friday, Kurt will be joined by Gary Versace (keys), John McLean (guitar), Clark Sommers (bass), Bryan Carter (drums). On Saturday, the band will be joined by Special Guest Regina Carter.

2010 Grammy winner Kurt Elling is a rarity among jazz vocalists. While planning an academic career, Elling discovered jazz and took to it naturally. Deeply influenced by singer and poet, Mark Murphy, Elling began to develop his idiosyncratic scat style in the smaller clubs of Chicago. As the natural heir to jazz pioneers Eddie Jefferson, King Pleasure, and Jon Hendricks, Elling is the contemporary voice in vocalese. Whether it be Wayne Shorter, Keith Jarrett, or Dexter Gordon, Elling's vocalized interpretation is flawless, and upon Blue Note's reception of Elling's demo, Close Your Eyes was released in 1995. He began to get attention from jazz press, not only for his talent and original style, but also his choice in sidemen, which include Laurence Hobgood and Paul Wertico for a time. Elling has won over jazz critics and fans alike, and The New York Times calls his shows at Birdland, "...good, battering entertainment."

All seats $45, $10 minimum

January 11 (Saturday) at 6:30PM

Cyrille Aimee

Jazz vocalist Cyrille Aimée (pronounced: "Surreal Emmay") has a culturally rich background -- Dominican and French Gypsy -- and conservatory training (SUNY Purchase) that help to form the rhythmic and expressive foundation by which a jury of legendary vocalists including Al Jarreau, Kurt Elling, Dianne Reeves and Dee Dee Bridgewater judged her to be a finalist in the prestigious Thelonious Monk Vocal Competition in 2010. At the young age of twenty-six, Cyrille has since become one of the hottest young artists on the New York scene. She has already released four CDs with a variety of ensembles and performed at the top venues around the world. The New York Times dubs her, "one of those singers whom non-singing musicians call 'a musician.'"

All seats $30, $10 minimum

January 12 (Sunday) at 6:30PM

Sean Jones

Despite the multifarious views of amour represented on "No Need For Words," an entirely different type of chemistry runs throughout the album - that between Jones and his bandmates, the core of whom are together for their fourth CD in five years. Jones assembled the rhythm section for his 2006 album Roots, after observing the fact that MiLes Davis' groups were comprised not of the legendary trumpeter's friends but from the strongest available talent.

All seats $30, $10 minimum

January 13 (Monday) at 7:00PM

January 14-18 (Tuesday-Saturday) at 8:30 & 11:00PM

Diane Schuur

Vocalist/pianist Diane Schuur is as eclectic as she is brilliant. A longtime disciple of Dinah Washington and other legendary jazz singers of the '40s and '50s, Schuur has built a stellar career by embracing not only the jazz of her parents' generation, but also the pop music of her own youth during the late 1950s and '60s. In a recording career that spans nearly three decades - and includes two Grammy Awards and three Grammy nominations - Schuur's music has explored nearly every corner of the 20th century American musical landscape.

All seats $30, $10 minimum

January 16 (Thursday) at 6:00PM

Marianne Solivan

Hailed again and again as "the real thing" by Small's Jazz Club owner, Spike Wilner and pianist Rick Germanson, Solivan is one of the most buzzed about jazz singers in New York. The 2009 + 2010 Jazzmobile Vocal Competition finalist has graced recital halls, jam sessions and club stages with luminaries Roy Hargrove, Steve Lacy, Jeremy Pelt, Peter Bernstein, Ray Gallon, Ugonna Ukegwo, Neal Minor and Michael Kanan. Armed with degrees from Berklee College of Music and a Master's degree from the New England Conservatory, Solivan does not remember an "ah-ha" moment that brought her to the music she has devoted herself to: "I don't recall having a big moment that made me like jazz. I just dug it."

All seats $25, $10 minimum

January 20 (Monday) at 7:00PM

Natalie Douglas in "The Birthday Show"

The critically acclaimed Nightlife, Bistro & seven-time MAC Award winner Natalie Douglas returns to her favorite perch at Birdland as part of the Broadway at Birdland series with an all new concert, "The Birthday Show," celebrating her birthday with longtime musical director, Mark Hartman (Sondheim on Sondheim, Avenue Q) and her band of Broadway All-Stars. After the success of her first Birthday Show last year, Natalie can't wait to bring a new version of the program to life. The Birthday Show springs from all of Natalie's influences; from the eclectic tastes of her late parents to the music of her native Southern California, her ancestral East Texas roots and her adulthood in New York City.

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