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Kurt Elling to Celebrate New Album PASSION WORLD at Birdland, 6/10-13Kurt Elling to Celebrate New Album PASSION WORLD at Birdland, 6/10-13
by BWW News Desk - Apr 27, 2015

Kurt Elling, the preeminent male vocalist in jazz, will release Passion World - his fifth album from Concord Records - on June 9. For his most ambitious project yet, Elling casts his net far and wide around the globe, using songs rooted in Iceland (Bjork's 'Who Is It') to Ireland (U2's 'Where The Streets Have No Name'), France (Edith Piaf's 'La Vie En Rose') to Brazil (Dorival Caymmi's 'Voce Ja Foi a Bahia?') and beyond, to explore the passionate forces that shake our souls. Elling - a Grammy Award winner and 10-time Grammy Award nominee - will launch Passion World with a weeklong engagement at Birdland Jazz Club (315 West 44th Street in Manhattan) from June 10-13. (more...)

World Premiere of GORDY CRASHES Begins in June at IRT TheaterWorld Premiere of GORDY CRASHES Begins in June at IRT Theater
by BWW News Desk - Apr 27, 2015

IRT and Ricochet Collective present the World Premiere of GORDY CRASHES, by Sam Byron. Directed by Sherri Eden Barber, previews begin June 5 at IRT Theater with opening night slated for Friday, June 12. (more...)

Chan Centre's 2015-16 Season to Feature Legends, Legacies & MoreChan Centre's 2015-16 Season to Feature Legends, Legacies & More
by BWW News Desk - Apr 27, 2015

The Chan Centre for the Performing Arts at the University of British Columbia (UBC) announces its spectacular 2015/16 concert series, bringing a staggering array of virtuosic musicians, spirited vocal wonders, thrilling débuts, and anticipated returns to the acoustically exquisite Chan Shun Concert Hall. From passionate flamenco to cherished American folk, from energized West African pop to stirring Indian sitar music, the season's performances defy standards and transcend genres, promising to inspire and amaze. (more...)

Barbara Morrison to Perform at CdM's Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club, 5/3Barbara Morrison to Perform at CdM's Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club, 5/3
by BWW News Desk - Apr 27, 2015

Grammy-nominated jazz singer Barbara Morrison will perform Sunday (May 3) with accomplished musicians Llew Matthews, Luther Hughes and Peter Buck at the Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club. The show begins at 6 p.m. (more...)

Count Basie Orchestra, Daniel Reichard and More Headed to Birdland, Week of 5/4Count Basie Orchestra, Daniel Reichard and More Headed to Birdland, Week of 5/4
by BWW News Desk - Apr 24, 2015

Birdland Jazz Club has announced its lineup for May 4 - May 10, featuring The Legendary Count Basie Orchestra with guest vocalist Carmen Bradford, Daniel Reichard in a special Mother's Day concert, Barbara Carroll, and more. Scroll down for details! (more...)

Palm Beach Dramaworks to Close Season with LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR & GRILL, 5/15-6/7Palm Beach Dramaworks to Close Season with LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR & GRILL, 5/15-6/7
by BWW News Desk - Apr 24, 2015

Palm Beach Dramaworks concludes its fifteenth anniversary season with Lanie Robertson's Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill, a moving and surprisingly joyous look back at the too-short, turbulent life of the legendary Billie Holiday. Lady Day opens at  the Don & Ann Brown Theatre on May 15 and continues through June 7, with specially priced previews on May 13 and 14. (more...)

Kimmel Center to Host Free Public Workshops from 2014-15 Jazz Residency Program, 6/19-20Kimmel Center to Host Free Public Workshops from 2014-15 Jazz Residency Program, 6/19-20
by BWW News Desk - Apr 24, 2015

Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts announces series of FREE public workshops featuring the artists from the 2014-15 Jazz Residency program.  The Philadelphia community is invited to engage in the creative process of two world premieres, scheduled to be performed June 19-20 in SEI Innovation Studio. (more...)

Ensemble Studio Theatre to Launch 35th Marathon of One-Act Plays Next MonthEnsemble Studio Theatre to Launch 35th Marathon of One-Act Plays Next Month
by BWW News Desk - Apr 23, 2015

The Ensemble Studio Theatre Marathon of One-Act Plays, the original festival of its kind, returns for its 35th incarnation Wednesday, May 13, at 7:00pm at the Ensemble Studio Theatre, 549 West 52nd Street.  (more...)

VERONIC VOICES Returning to the Jubilee Theater at Bally's Las VegasVERONIC VOICES Returning to the Jubilee Theater at Bally's Las Vegas
by BWW News Desk - Apr 23, 2015

Singing sensation Veronic DiCaire will make her highly anticipated return to Bally's Las Vegas for performances from May 14 - June 13, 2015. The vocal impressionist, who just completed a tour in Europe, will take the stage in VERONIC Voices for 14 performances that go on sale Friday, April 24 at 10 a.m. PT. (more...)

Landau Eugene Murphy Jr. to Headline Salute to Sinatra and Billie HolidayLandau Eugene Murphy Jr. to Headline Salute to Sinatra and Billie Holiday
by BWW News Desk - Apr 23, 2015

Landau Eugene Murphy Jr. will co-headline a very special "Centennial Salute To Sinatra and Billie Holiday" Friday night May 1st at the Scottish Rite Auditorium in Collingswood, NJ, in suburban Philadelphia. (more...)

THE RISE AND FALL OF LITTLE VOICE to Play Birmingham RepTHE RISE AND FALL OF LITTLE VOICE to Play Birmingham Rep
by BWW News Desk - Apr 21, 2015

A thrilling new production of Jim Cartwright's much-loved The Rise And Fall Of Little Voice opens at Birmingham Repertory Theatre and West Yorkshire Playhouse this spring. The Olivier award-winning play about the painfully shy but hugely talented Little Voice and her faultless impersonations of the greatest divas will be directed by James Brining, artistic director of West Yorkshire Playhouse and stars Vicky Entwistle, Chris Gascoyne and Nancy Sullivan. (more...)

Mercedes Ellington to Celebrate Duke Ellington's 116th Birthday at Ellington Statue, 4/25Mercedes Ellington to Celebrate Duke Ellington's 116th Birthday at Ellington Statue, 4/25
by BWW News Desk - Apr 20, 2015

The Duke Ellington Center for the Arts (DECFA), headed by renowned dancer/choreographer Mercedes Ellington, the Duke's granddaughter, will celebrate Ellington's 116th birthday this year on Saturday, April 25, with a musical tribute to five other legendary jazz performers from 1 to 3 PM in front of the towering Duke Ellington Statue in the Plaza at the intersection of Fifth Avenue and 110th Street. (more...)

Vocalist Keith Dames Presents A Billie Holiday Tribute HOMAGE TO ELEANORA at Manna House In ManhattanVocalist Keith Dames Presents A Billie Holiday Tribute HOMAGE TO ELEANORA at Manna House In Manhattan
by BWW News Desk - Apr 18, 2015

Entertainer, vocalist and jazz aficionado Keith A. Dames presents a centennial celebration of Billie Holiday at 'Homage To Eleanora' on Friday, April 24th at Manna House (338 E. 106th Street) in East Harlem at 7:00pm. (more...)

The Colony Theatre Presents "The Color Purple" Choir Soloist Maria HowellThe Colony Theatre Presents "The Color Purple" Choir Soloist Maria Howell
by BWW News Desk - Apr 16, 2015

Recognized worldwide for her soul-stirring solo performance of "God is Trying to Tell You Something" in the classic film The Color Purple, actress and vocalist Maria Howell - also known for recent recurring roles on NBC's "Revolution" and Lifetime's "Devious Maids" - is making her Los Angeles singing debut on Sunday, April 26 at 7:00pm at The Colony Theatre at 555 North Third Street in Burbank. (more...)

Count Basie Orchestra, Diane Schuur and More Among Birdland's May 2015 LineupCount Basie Orchestra, Diane Schuur and More Among Birdland's May 2015 Lineup
by BWW News Desk - Apr 15, 2015

Birdland Jazz Club has announced its May 2015 schedule, featuring The Legendary Count Basie Orchestra, BossaBrasil, Diane Schuur, Freddy Cole Quartet, Barbara Carroll, Jim Caruso's Cast Party and more! Scroll down for details. (more...)

HBO to Debut BESSIE, Starring Queen Latifah, 5/16HBO to Debut BESSIE, Starring Queen Latifah, 5/16
by TV News Desk - Apr 15, 2015

?Oscar® nominee Queen Latifah (“Chicago”) stars as legendary blues singer Bessie Smith in the HBO Films drama BESSIE, directed by acclaimed filmmaker Dee Rees (“Pariah”) from a screenplay by Dee Rees and Christopher Cleveland & Bettina Gilois. (more...)

Audra McDonald Performance at Pittsburgh's Byham Theater Rescheduled for 5/11Audra McDonald Performance at Pittsburgh's Byham Theater Rescheduled for 5/11
by BWW News Desk - Apr 15, 2015

Due to an unexpected development in Audra McDonald's schedule, the date for her performance in Pittsburgh has been changed. The concert will now take place at 8 p.m. on Monday, May 11th at the landmark Byham Theater. (more...)

MIGHTY REAL: A FABULOUS SYLVESTER MUSICAL Coming to Washington, D.C.MIGHTY REAL: A FABULOUS SYLVESTER MUSICAL Coming to Washington, D.C.
by BWW News Desk - Apr 13, 2015

MIGHTY REAL: A FABULOUS SYLVESTER MUSICAL, the hit musical celebration of the life and music of the original 1970s "Queen of Disco," Sylvester, returns to Washington, D.C. for one special performance at The Howard Theatre (620 T Street, NW; Washington, D.C. 20001) on Monday, May 25th, 2015 (doors open at 6:00pm; 7:00pm curtain). Tickets are priced from $69.50 - $89.50 and are now on sale online at www.FabulousSylvester.com. (more...)

Barbara Morrison to Perform at Hollywood's Catalina Jazz Club, 4/18Barbara Morrison to Perform at Hollywood's Catalina Jazz Club, 4/18
by BWW News Desk - Apr 8, 2015

Grammy-nominated jazz singer Barbara Morrison will perform at the Catalina Bar & Grill on April 18. The show begins at 8:30 p.m. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Will Friedwald's Latest 'Clip Joint' Celebrates BILLIE HOLIDAY With a Unique Take On the Icon's CentennialBWW Reviews: Will Friedwald's Latest 'Clip Joint' Celebrates BILLIE HOLIDAY With a Unique Take On the Icon's Centennial
by Alix Cohen - Apr 8, 2015

Monday night found me back at Zeb's on the West Side for another of Will Friedwald's iconoclastic 'Clip Joints'--this one in honor of the Billie Holiday Centennial. During a year that is already producing a glut of celebratory events (given that it's also the Frank Sinatra Centennial year), leave it to the intriguing and obsessive writer/journalist/producer to come up with something different. Instead of a roster of vocalists live or on film, performing material we now think of reflexively as belonging to Lady Day, we were offered the singular piano interpretations of Lara Downes, recollections by alto saxophonist Jerry Dodgion (who at age 22 played with Holiday), and eclectic clips from television and film appearances of the artist herself. (more...)

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