Birdland Announces 'OUR SINATRA: A Musical Celebration' and More, 6/30-7/6
Birdland Jazz Club has announced their amazing line-up of talent for June 30 through July 6, featuring: Our Sinatra "A Musical Celebration" with Eric Comstock, Christopher Gines, Harmony Keeney, Jane Monheit, Arturo O'Farrill, Frank Wildhorn, and Introducing A New Segment: Mentor Mondays!
Birdland will kick-off their great week of programming with the following acts:
June 30 (Monday) at 7:00PM
"Frank & Friends: Girls Night Out!"
Broadway at Birdland is proud to present multi-Grammy and Tony nominated composer Frank Wildhorn in his regular series called "Frank & Friends." This particular show, "Girls Night Out!" will find Frank onstage with Broadway leading ladies Jackie Burns (If/Then), Bianca Marroquin (Chicago), Adrienne Warren (Bring It On) and jazz vocalist Jane Monheit.
These very special one-night-only concerts celebrate the songs and favorite performers from the composer's wide range of work in popular, jazz, theatrical and classical music. All profits will go to The Actors Fund, a nationwide human services organization that helps all professionals in the performing arts and entertainment. Jason Howland will act as musical director.
All seats $35, $10 food/drink minimum
June 30 (Monday) at 9:30PM
Jim Caruso's Cast Party
Featuring a New Segment: Mentor Mondays!
"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. The Mentor Mondays segment will take place at 10pm, during the first hour of Cast Party. Jazz vocal superstar Jane Monheit will be paired with composer/lyricist Angelo Di Loreto. The event is presented by Trevor McQueen.
All tickets $25, $10 food/drink minimum
July 1-5 (Tuesday - Saturday) at 6:00PM
Our Sinatra "A Musical Celebration"
Pianist vocalist Eric Comstock along with vocalists Christopher Gines and Harmony Keeney and bassist Boots Maleson celebrate the songs popularized by Frank Sinatra in the award-winning musical revue "Our Sinatra." NY Times' Stephen Holden calls it "an Utterly winning tribute to Ol' Blue Eyes." WNYC's Jonathan Schwartz calls it a "movingly presented, affectionate, musically satisfying tip of the hat." Produced by Jack Lewin.
All seats $40, $10 food/drink minimum
July 1-5 (Tuesday-Saturday) at 8:30PM & 11PM
Arturo O'Farrill with Auction Project
Featuring David Bixler and Victor Prieto
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 band, The Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra and the Risa Negra Sextet in order to explore his and other compositions in the panoply of Afro-Latin music.
$40 cover, $10 food/drink minimum
July 6 (Sunday) at 6:00PM
*Opening Night of the New Special Summer Series!*
Jane Monheit's Jazz Party
With Michael Kanan, Neal Miner, Rick Montalbano
In just over fifteen 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's sincere and romantic interpretations of exceptional songs has made her a favorite in both the jazz and cabaret worlds. Jane will debut her forthcoming project, "Hello Bluebird: Celebrating the Jazz of Judy Garland," in NYC during a weeklong engagement in January 2015.
All seats $30, $10 food/drink minimum
July 6 (Sunday) at 9:00PM & 11PM
Arturo O'Farrill Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra
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.
All seats $30, $10 food/drink minimum
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 "Lullaby 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 10036. Students (with current ID) & Broadway Theatre-Goers (with Broadway ticket stub from same day of performance): 50% off music charge at 11PM shows only. 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. Concert Grand Piano by: Yamaha.