Steve Kuhn Trio, Joey DeFrancesco Organ Quartet & More Set for Birdland Next Month

Steve Kuhn Trio, Joey DeFrancesco Organ Quartet & More Set for Birdland Next Month

Birdland Jazz Club has announced its May 2014 schedule, featuring Steve Kuhn Trio, Joey DeFrancesco Organ Quartet, Karrin Allyson, BOSSABRASIL Festival, and more.

April 29-May 3 (Tuesday - Saturday) at 8:30PM & 11PM
Steve Kuhn Trio
Steve Swallow (bass) Joey Baron (drums)

After making his mark as a sideman with John Coltrane, Stan Getz, Chet Baker, Art Farmer and others, pianist Steve Kuhn moved beyond the powerful influence of Bill Evans to become a unique stylist with incredible technique, sense of dynamics and lyricism. Over the last fifteen years Steve has released critically acclaimed CDs marking a well-deserved career renaissance. Bass guitar master and composer Steve Swallow joined the Paul Bley Trio in 1960, subsequently playing in groups led by Jimmy Giuffre, George Russell, Art Farmer, Stan Getz and Gary Burton. Since the late 1970s, Swallow has been closely associated with his wife Carla Bley's groups while also touring and recording with other top jazz artists including John Scofield and Lee Konitz. Rounding out the trio, drummer Joey Baron combines technical acuity with a deep sense of groove. Best known for his work with Bill Frisell, Stan Getz, John Zorn and guitarists John Scofield, John Abercrombie and Jim Hall, Joey has also performed with musicians outside of jazz including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, David Bowie, Tony Bennett, Laurie Anderson and Al Jarreau. The trio's recent ECM CD, "Wisteria," takes a fresh look at several pieces heard on Kuhn's orchestral, "Promises Kept," alongside the driving hard bop of "A Likely Story," Swallow's "Dark Glasses," Carla Bley's gospel-tinged "Permanent Wave" and the Brazilian flavored "Romance," by Dori Caymmi.
All seats $40, $10 food/drink minimum

May 1 (Thursday) at 6:00PM
T.K. Blue "A Warm Embrace"
Blujazz Records CD Release Celebration

T.K. Blue (sax/flute)
James Weidman (piano)
Essiet Essiet (bass)
Sylvia Cuenca (drums)
Ron Jackson (guitar)
Roland Guerrero (percussion)
All seats $30, $10 food/drink minimum

May 5 & 12 (Mondays) at 7:00PM
Jazon Graae in "49½ Shades of Graae"

"49½ Shade of Graae" is an evening with ex-Broadway-juvenile-turned-Hollywood-misfit Jason Graae (pronounced Grah, which means Grey in Danish) as he explores the many "shades" of his life and career...from hilarity to tragedy all rolled into one madcap, yet heartfelt romp. Jason features old and new songs that explore his life of sex, drugs and musical comedy. This show is directed by Heather Lee with John Boswell as musical director. Jason Graae is currently featured in the York Theatre Company's production of Inventing Mary Martin, and has starred on Broadway in A Grand Night For Singing, Falsettos, Stardust, Snoopy, and Do Black Patent Leather Shows Really Reflect Up? His Off- Broadway shows include Forever Plaid, Olympus on My Mind, All in the Timing, Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh (Drama Desk Nomination-Best Actor in a Musical) and many more. Jason made his Metropolitan Opera House debut as the male vocalist in Twyla Tharp's Everlast with American Ballet Theatre. He has performed his one man show all over the country from Rainbow and Stars and Birdland in NYC to Feinstein's and the Plush Room in L.A. and San Francisco, winning 4 Bistro Awards and a N.Y Nightlife Award, also making TimeOut NY's Top Cabaret shows of the year. His critically acclaimed show with Faith Prince, "The Prince and the Showboy" won a 2nd Nightlife Award for Best Duo.
All seats $30, $10 food/drink minimum

May 6-7 (Tuesday - Wednesday) at 8:30PM & 11:00PM
Sheila Jordan

All seats $40, $10 food/drink minimum

May 8-10 (Thursday - Saturday) at 8:30 & 11:00PM
Maria Schneider Orchestra

All seats $45, $10 food/drink minimum

May 11 (Sunday) at 6:00PM
Eric Comstock & Barbara Fasano Quartet
"Sunday in New York"
With Sean Smith (bass) and With Vito Lesczak (drums)

Married musical partners Eric & Barbara ("Exhilarating" -- The New York Times) are as entertaining as they are musically savvy. These award-winning artists celebrate their 10th wedding anniversary later this year, so expect LOTS of love songs. On this New York Sunday at Birdland, they'll celebrate Mother's Day and swing into spring with songs of the season by Cole Porter, Joni Mitchell, Benny Carter, Paul Simon and more. Bring your Mama! ERIC COMSTOCK & BARBARA FASANO, whose electrifying combination of warmth, wit, swing and sensuality have made them the nightclub world's most celebrated team, are every bit as entertaining as they are musically savvy. The multiple MAC, Bistro and New York Nightlife Award winners - they were honored with the 2013 MAC award for Major Duo Artists of the Year - are regular performers at New York's most prestigious clubs and concert halls. They were among the last performers to headline at the Algonquin Hotel's legendary Oak Room Supper Club. Their fast-paced and swinging exploration of the Big Apple "HELLUVA TOWN: A NEW YORK SOUNDTRACK" ("Exhilarating" - The New York Times) has had audiences standing and cheering from coast to coast. Although they've been compared to Nick and Nora, Fred and Ginger, and Lunt and Fontanne, the "golden couple's" style is all their own, with a wide choice of material that brings the generations together. Whether the song is by Cole Porter or Paul Simon, Duke Ellington or Joni Mitchell, Comstock and Fasano make it fresh and new, and their audiences feel they've been to a terrific party where the music and the stories have been equally great.
All seats $30, food/drink minimum $10

May 12 (Monday) at 9:15PM
Miss Coco Peru: Have You Heard?

Coco loves to reminisce. In fact, she's very good at it. In Have You Heard? Coco performs some of her favorite monologues and songs spanning her long career, as well as some new stuff too. Whether you've heard all of these stories, or if you're a Coco virgin, come see why Lily Tomlin called Coco "one of the last great storytellers." Experience the trailblazing Queen who elevated drag whilst still wearing sensible heels. Storyteller/monologist Miss Coco Peru aka Clinton Leupp got her/his start as a downtown favorite in the cabaret world of NY after he wrote, produced, directed, and starred in his first show "Miss Coco Peru in My Goddamn Cabaret" over 20 years ago. On screen, Miss Coco is best known for her roles in Jim Fall's feature film, "trick" (Sundance 1999) and Richard Day's "Girls Will Be Girls." (Sundance 2002) For this film Coco shared the Best Actress Award with his two co-stars at the HBO Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen as well as the Best Actor Award at LA's Outfest Film Festival. Other film appearances include "To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar," "Nick and Jane," and "Straight-Jacket." Coco can be heard in the Disney animated feature, "The Wild as Mamma Hippo!" She also appears in the highly-ish anticipated sequel of "Girls Will Be Girls," which will be released someday, hopefully. Coco has appeared on TV in two stand-up comedy specials on LOGO: "Wisecrack" and "Dragtastic," "How I Met Your Mother," "Arrested Development," "Twins," "Will and Grace," "New York Undercover," "Detroit 187," several Bravo reality and clip shows, and in an Orbitz commercial that was nominated for a GLAAD Media Award.
All seats $25, food/drink minimum $10

May 13-17 (Tuesday-Saturday) at 8:30 & 11PM
Joey DeFrancesco Organ Quartet
With Special Guest George Coleman

Credited with repopularizing the instrument in the late-1980s, Hammond B3 Organist Joey DeFrancesco got an early career start in a musical family. Following his saxophonist grandfather Joseph and his jazz organist father "Papa" John DeFrancesco, Joey began playing at age four. By age ten he played in a Philadelphia band legendary tenor saxophonist Hank Mobley and "Philly" Joe Jones on drums. At sixteen Joey signed with Columbia Records and released his first record at seventeen. Soon after, he went on tour and/or recorded with Miles Davis, John Mclaughlin, Ray Charles, Bette Midler, David Sanborn, George Benson and many more. He has gone to win numerous Down Beat Critics and Readers polls and has been nominated for two Grammies. Joey currently splits his time between his own quartet and David Sanborn's band.
All seats $40, food/drink minimum $10

May 15 (Thursday) at 6:00PM
Lorin Cohen Quartet

A thrill to watch and sublime to hear, Lorin Cohen is best known for locking down the groove with Monty Alexander, Joe Locke, Guggenheim Fellow Ryan Cohan, and the acclaimed hip-hop-meets-jazz ensemble, Vertikal. While he possesses an expansive palate of expressive devices and techniques, the focus of his playing is always on generating a deep and propulsive groove. This has taken him around the world, allowing him to share his talents with audiences throughout North and South America, Europe, Asia, Africa, the Middle East and the Caribbean. In addition to those mentioned above, he has collaborated with such jazz luminaries as Lew Tabakin, Victor Lewis, Geoffrey Keezer, Von Freeman and Roni Ben-Hur.
All seats $25, food/drink minimum $10

May 17 (Saturday) at 6:00PM
Jay Leonhart Duo

Combining the skills of an old school entertainer and virtuoso jazz man, bassist, vocalist and composer Jay Leonhart has been a fixture of the New York scene for over forty years. When Jay was fourteen he started playing the bass in The Pier Five Dixieland Jazz Band in Baltimore and never looked back. After studying at The Peabody Institute, Jay attended The Berklee School of Music and The Advanced School of Contemporary Music in Toronto, before leaving school to start touring with the traveling big bands of the late 50's and early 60's. Upon moving to New York, Jay eventually began playing for many of the great jazz musicians, big bands, and singers who were to be found in New York - artists like Thad Jones and Mel Lewis, Tony Bennett, Marian McPartland, and Jim Hall. Jay became a very busy studio musician in New York City, visiting every musical genre from James Taylor to Ozzy Osbourne and Queen Latifah. Between 1975 and 1995 he was named The Most Valuable Bassist in the recording industry three times by the National Association of Recording Arts and Sciences. Jay has now recorded 15 solo albums. His first one-man show "The Bass Lesson" is being received warmly by critics and audiences. Jay's next show "Nukular Tulips" is in the works.
All seats $30, $10 food/drink minimum

Broadway at Birdland
May 19 (Monday) at 7:00PM
Michael McCorry Rose and Tiffany Haas in
Cheek to Cheek: A Broadway Romance

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