Birdland Big Band, Jenna Esposito, Jim Van Slyke and More to Play Birdland, 12/30-1/5

Jenna Esposito. Photo by Seth Walters.

Birdland Jazz Club has announced their thrilling line-up of impressive talent for December 30-January 5, including Jenna Esposito & Jim Van Slyke, Jay Leonhart Duo, The Birdland Big Band, Mentor Monday at Jim Caruso's Cast Party, and more.

Birdland will kick-off their fabulous week of programming with the following acts:

December 30 (Monday) at 7:00PM

Jenna Esposito & Jim Van Slyke:

"Where The Hits Are: A Tribute to the Songs of Connie Francis & Neil Sedaka"
Singer Jenna Esposito made her New York nightclub debut in 2004, and has been delighting audiences across the country ever since. She is best known for her tribute to Connie Francis, which has been a smash hit among critics and audiences, alike. Connie herself has praised Jenna's work, raving, "I've known and loved Jenna for years and love the way she sings. I'm ever so grateful for the love and respect she shows to the catalog of songs that has been so good to me through the years." Award winning singer, songwriter and recording artist, Jim Van Slyke has headlined on concert stages around the globe. The critically acclaimed success of Jim's latest showcase, The Sedaka Show, has taken him to a new plateau. Neil Sedaka himself has not only joined Jim on stage for a duet in Hollywood, San Francisco and New York but has also highly endorsed the tribute.

All seats $25, $10 minimum

December 30 (Monday) at 9:30PM

Mentor Monday at Jim Caruso's Cast Party

With Award Winning Composer John Bucchino

Featuring recent Elon University Grads Kennedy Caughell & Adam Kaplan

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. The upcoming "Mentor Mondays" segment will take place at 10pm, during the first hour of Cast Party on Monday, December 30. John Bucchino, the award-winning composer of Broadway's A Catered Affair will be paired with Kennedy Caughell and Adam Kaplan, both of whom recently graduated from Elon University.

All seats $25, $10 minimum

December 31 (Tuesday) at 8:00PM & 11:00PM

January 1-4 (Wednesday-Saturday) at 8:30 & 11:00PM

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

The Birdland Big Band

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!" Celebrate New Years Eve with The Birdland Big Band and Special Guest Darmon Meader.

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