Steve Ross and Klea Blackhurst, NOW THIS, The Puppeteers and More Set for Birdland, 3/17-23
Birdland Jazz Club has announced their excellent line-up of talent for March 17-23, including Steve Ross in "Ridin' High: Cole Porter on Broadway," "Now This" with Gary Peacock, Marc Copland & Joey Baron, The Puppeteers, Jim Caruso's Cast Party, and more.
Birdland will kick-off their outstanding week of programming with the following acts:
March 17 (Monday) at 7:00PM
Broadway at Birdland
With Klea Blackhurst
Steve Ross will take his listeners on a magical journey into the world of one of the most literate and sophisticated of all the popular theatrical composers. List songs like "You're The Top" and "Can-Can," saucy numbers like "Let's Do It" and "Give Him The Ooh-La-La," and passionate ballads such as "Night And Day," "Begin The Beguine," and "Every Time We Say Goodbye" are among the many that Steve will include in his program. Add some delightful bits of Porter bio-data to the mix and a delightful and heartfelt musical portrait emerges. Steve's very special guest will be theater and cabaret favorite Klea Blackhurst.
All seats are $30-40 with a $10 food/drink minimum
March 17 (Monday) at 9:30PM
Jim Caruso's Cast Party
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
March 18 - 22 (Tuesday-Saturday) at 8:30pm & 11:00pm
With Gary Peacock, Marc Copland, Joey Baron
Over the span of five decades, Gary Peacock has established himself as one of the most versatile and talented bass players in jazz. One of his earliest influences was avant-garde saxophonist Albert Ayler, with whom Peacock performed and recorded in the 1960s. His music has also been greatly affected by his studies of Eastern music and philosophy. Since the 1980s, Peacock has been adding contemporary twists to old standards with pianist Keith Jarrett's trio including drummer Jack DeJohnette. Peacock's current group is a leaderless, cooperative and exploratory trio that The Boston Globe describes as, "transcendent... jazz the way it was meant to be - improvised." Pianist Marc Copland, who the New York Times calls, "a pianist drawn to dark harmonic shading," was early considered an heir to Bill Evans but has gone on to, "quietly redefine jazz piano and the art of the trio on the cutting edge." (Allaboutjazz.com) 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.
All seats are $40 with a $10 food/drink minimum
March 19 (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. Now in its 14th year of residency at Birdland, the weekly post-workday engagement is the city's best musical bargain! Tuba player David Ostwald leads a rotating lineup that features talents such as clarinetist Anat Cohen, trombonist/vocalist Wycliffe Gordon, pianist Ehud Asherie, drummer Marion Felder and more!
All seats $25, $10 food/drink minimum
March 20 (Thursday) at 6:00PM
The Puppeteers CD Release
The Puppeteers, as author Howard Mandel aptly states in his liner notes, deal in "fresh-jazz," music that: "sounds like it just happened - not as "look-at-the-past" but as "here's what-we-play-now." It's a group sound that assimilates the diverse influences that each of the band members willingly brings to the table; if the heady fragrance of hard bop, Latin, Afro-Caribbean and funk idioms can be detected, then the Puppeteers have done their job. The formative music that made each of these players who they are is honored before it is transformed into the new. Make no mistake; although the instrumentation of the two ensembles may be similar, this is not your father's Modern Jazz Quartet. Drawing nourishment from the roots, yet grounding their sound firmly in the present, is the credo of The Puppeteers.