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2013 Tony Nominees and More Set for Birdland Jazz Club, Now thru 5/26

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Birdland Jazz Club has announced their exciting line-up of extraordinary talent for today, May 20 - May 26, 2013. Birdland will kick-off their exciting week of programming with the following acts:

May 20 (Monday) at 7PM

Broadway at Birdland - Hosted by Jim Caruso

"Frank & Friends"

With Special Guests: Capathia Jenkins and Clint Holmes

The Broadway at Birdland partnership with multi-Grammy and Tony nominated composer Frank Wildhorn continues with another "Frank & Friends" concert. The series of very special one-night-only concerts celebrates the songs and favorite performers from the composer's wide range of work in popular, theatrical and classical music. The night will feature Broadway performer Capathia Jenkins and supperclub star Clint Holmes, with Wildhorn at the piano. Jason Howland will act as musical director. All profits will go to The Actors Fund, a nationwide human services organization that helps all professionals in the performing arts and entertainment.

$35 All Seats, $10 minimum

May 20 (Monday) at 9:30PM

Jim Caruso's Cast Party Celebrates 2013 Tony Nominees

The Mystery of Edwin Drood Tony nominee Stephanie J. Block (Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical), along with Robert Creighton, Andy Karl andJessie Mueller from the Best Revival of a Musical nominee, A Christmas Story composers Benj Pasek and Justin Paul who received a Tony nomination for Best Original Score, in addition to the show's Best Musical and Best Book nominations & Lesli Margherita from Best Musical nominee Matilda which received a total of 12 nominations. Included in this evening will be additional giveaways from The Mystery of Edwin Drood, fun trivia and surprise Drood guests. Jim Caruso's Cast Party, celebrating ten years,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 hit the stage alongside up-and-comers, serving up jaw-dropping music and general razzle-dazzle.

$20 all seats, $10 minimum

May 21-25 (Tuesday - Saturday) at 8:30 & 11PM

Jane Monheit

In just over thirteen years, critically acclaimed jazz vocalist Jane Monheit's honey-smooth vocals, silky phrasing and natural knack for storytelling have earned her two Grammy nominations and established her as one of her generation's most beloved and accomplished vocalists. Jane returns to Birdland to celebrate the release of her 11th CD, "The Heart Of The Matter." (Emarcy/Decca/Universal) In an homage to great songwriters and voices from across a variety of musical genres, Monheit has crafted a carefully chosen and eclectic selection of twelve tunes ranging from "Golden Slumbers/The Long And Winding Road" by The Beatles to Buffy St. Marie's "Until It's Time For You To Go" to "Depende de Nos" by Ivan Lins; finishing it off with her take on the Sesame Street classic, "Sing," a song she often sings for her young son Jack. In addition, The Heart Of The Matter contains the first song recorded by Jane on which she has written both the words and the music, "Night Night Stars."

$40 All Seats, $10 minimum

May 22 (Wednesday) at 5:30-7:00PM

David Ostwald's Louis Armstrong Centennial Band

$20 all seats, $10 minimum

May 23 (Thursday) at 6PM

Jazz Vocalist - Sally Knight

$25 All Seats, $10 minimum

May 24 (Friday) at 5:15-7PM

The Birdland Big Band

Guest Conductor Rob Middleton

Every Friday the "BBB" roars into action playing a thrilling and original mix of jazz, funk, Brazilian, Latin and world music for sold-out audiences. Featured weekly guest artists drop-in from television bands (David Letterman, Saturday Night Live) and pop music touring bands (Rob Thomas, Rod Stewart). Come see for yourself why Time Out New York called the BBB, "a completely unique experience... there isn't another band like this anywhere," and yelp.com proclaims, "if you hear one band in NYC make sure this is it... and prepare to be blown away!"

$25 all seats, $10 minimum

May 25 (Saturday) at 6PM

Jazz Pianist - Barbara Carroll

Duo with Jay Leonhart

$30 all seats, $10 minimum

May 26 (Sunday) at 6PM

The Birdland Jazz Party

Featuring the Birdland Quartet

Plus Guest Vocalists

$25 all seats, $10 minimum

May 26 (Sunday) at 9PM & 11PM

Arturo O'Farrill Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra

Featuring Cyrille Aimee

Grammy Award winning pianist, composer and educator Arturo O'Farrill -- leader of the "first family of Afro-Cuban Jazz" (NY Times) -- was born in Mexico and grew up in New York City. Son of the late, great composer Chico O'Farrill, Arturo was Educated at Manhattan School of Music, Brooklyn College Conservatory and the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College. He played piano in Carla Bley's Big Band from 1979 through 1983 and earned a reputation as a soloist in groups led by Dizzy Gillespie, Steve Turre, Freddy Cole, Lester Bowie, Wynton Marsalis and Harry Belafonte. After leading his late father's orchestra for many years, Arturo formed his own groups, from trio through orchestra, in order to explore his and other compositions in the panoply of Afro Latin music.

$30 all seats, $10 minimum

TICKET INFORMATION: Purchase tickets at: www.BirdlandJazz.com. For more information and reservations call 212-581-3080. Ticket prices will vary by performer. At the tables, there is a $10 food/drink minimum per person in addition to the music charge. At the bar, the music charge will include one complimentary drink with no additional minimum.

Named for alto saxophonist and jazz pioneer Charlie "Bird" Parker who dubbed it "The Jazz Corner of the World," Birdland opened on December 15th 1949. For 60 years it has been home to jazz legends, from Parker, John Coltrane Duke Ellington and Count Basie to Oscar Peterson, Hank Jones, Diana Krall and everyone in between. The original 52nd street location was a cultural barometer and meeting place, inspiring the songs "Birdland" and "Lullabye of Birdland," and serving as a regular haunt for celebrities and cultural figures. The modern incarnation is a state of the art nightclub featuring award winning Southern and Cajun cuisine, first rate sound and lighting and a who's who of contemporary musical artists, 7 nights a week.

Birdland is located at 315 West 44th Street (between 8th & 9th Avenues), New York, NY.

DISCOUNTS AND SPECIALS: Students (with current ID) & Broadway Theatre-Goers (with Broadway ticket stub from same day of performance): 50% off music charge at 11PM shows only.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Birdland serves American Fare with a Cajun Flair nightly from 5PM until Midnight and until 1AM on Friday and Saturdays. Parking is available across the street at 332 West 44th Street.

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