Photo Coverage: Nick Ziobro Celebrates Album Release at Birdland
Michael Feinstein joined Nick Ziobro, the 17 year-old pop/jazz vocal sensation, as a special guest for his CD release concert at Birdland Jazz Club (315 West 44th Street in Manhattan) last night, May 22 at 6:00 PM. The CD's all-star band - led by Tedd Firth and featuring music Jay Leonhart on bass, Ray Marchica on drums, Brian Pareschi on trumpet and flugelhorn, and Marc Phaneuf on saxophone and clarinet - also joined the concert. Nick's debut album A Lot of Livin' to Do is produced by Michael Feinstein, the two-time Emmy and five-time Grammy Award-nominated vocalist, pianist and musicologist. Tickets - which include a complimentary CD - are $20 with an additional $10 minimum. VisitBirdlandJazz.com for more information.
A Lot of Livin' to Do will be available in stores and digital outlets such as iTunes and Amazon.com on Tuesday, May 20 through Titanium Entertainment. The dynamic new collection of classic standards from the Great American Songbook and beyond features Nick's sensitive interpretations and invigorating arrangements by Tedd Firth. Nick has been hailed as "a budding young talent" by LA Weekly and praised for his "dreamy phrasing and perfect pitch" by Rex Reed in the New York Observer. The album's debut single "This Guy's In Love with You" is now available on iTunes.
"It's a joy to present the formidable talent of Nick Ziobro," says Michael Feinstein. "He has charisma, freshness and charm, plus skill, taste and musical intelligence. In addition, Nick possesses an amazing maturity beyond his young years. I'm impressed with the way he has taken these timeless songs and made them his own, and that is no small feat! When he toured with me last summer, the audiences were clearly as taken with him as I was. Nick is a stellar vocalist and superb artist. It's evident that we're going to hear much more from him in the coming years."
NICK ZIOBRO first launched his burgeoning career as the winner of the 2012 Great American Songbook High School Vocal Academy and Competition at age 15. The native of upstate New York spent a year serving as the Youth Ambassador of the Great American Songbook.
He made his New York debut at Feinstein's at the Regency onstage with Michael Feinstein, Barbara Cook and Marilyn Maye. Nick's national tour with Feinstein included performances at the Pasadena Pops (sharing the stage with Marvin Hamlisch in the conductor/composer's final performances), Benaroya Hall in Seattle, Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco, The Nugget in Reno, the Napa Valley Opera House and the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra. He was called "a radiant presence" from Edge Los Angeles, "absolutely breathtaking" by the Carmel Current and "stunning" by the Napa Valley Register.
Photo Credit: Stephen Sorokoff
Nick Ziobro & Michael Fienstien