Gianni Valenti News

Vanessa Racci to Redefine Italian American Classics at BirdlandVanessa Racci to Redefine Italian American Classics at Birdland
by BWW News Desk - Apr 21, 2017

On her debut recording Italiana Fresca, scheduled for release on May 19, 2017, sultry songstress VANESSA RACCI takes a fresh approach to classic pop, reviving Italian-American standards associated with the likes of Dean Martin ('Return to Me'), Al Martino ('Al di la'), Louis Prima ('Buona Sera'), and Connie Francis ('O sole mio'). (more...)

Photo Coverage: Marilyn Maye Celebrates Birthday at Feinstein's/54 Below & Ann Hampton Callaway Celebrates Ella's 100th at BirdlandPhoto Coverage: Marilyn Maye Celebrates Birthday at Feinstein's/54 Below & Ann Hampton Callaway Celebrates Ella's 100th at Birdland
by Stephen Sorokoff - Apr 19, 2017

It might require a bit of stamina but if you can move fast you can hear Marilyn Maye at a 7PM show at Feinstein's/54 Below… only stay for one standing ovation and then scoot down to Birdland at 44th street just in time for Ann Hampton Callaway's taking the stage to another standing ovation at 'The Jazz Corner of The World'.  Is there another place on the planet where 2 of the greatest female jazz/pop vocalists are appearing within 1/2 mile?  Marilyn's show is called 'Carrying The Torch' and as the world knows she is capable of running with that torch and lighting the flame at the Olympics but in this case she is keeping the flame of the American Songbook burning. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Clint Holmes Celebrates New CD With Birdland PerformancePhoto Coverage: Clint Holmes Celebrates New CD With Birdland Performance
by Stephen Sorokoff - Apr 18, 2017

The word Artist is never more accurately applied to an entertainer then when it is used to describe Clint Holmes.  Clint starts with a familiar song title on a blank music  page, and then goes on to create something you never thought that tune could become.   His vocal, jazz, acting ability, combined with his creativity cross every music red, blue, black and white music line you ever laid down.  Most of the audience at Jim Caruso's Broadway at Birdland Series were already 'educated consumers' at his performance celebrating the CD Release of 'Rendezvous'  last night.  However, for all, it was a reminder of what a truly great performer can brilliantly accomplish with the same 12 notes and combination of beats that all vocalists have at their disposal.   (more...)

Photo Flash: Christina Bianco Brings ME, MYSELF & EVERYONE ELSE to BirdlandPhoto Flash: Christina Bianco Brings ME, MYSELF & EVERYONE ELSE to Birdland
by BWW News Desk - Apr 4, 2017

The Broadway at Birdland concert series welcomed the return of singer/actress Christina Bianco on Monday, April 3. Christina returned to the historic stage with her all new show, "Me, Myself & Everyone Else," with musical direction by Brian Nash, and a band that included Mary Ann McSweeney, Chris Biesterfeldt, and Joe Choroszewski. Scroll down for photos! (more...)

Photo Flash: SHOW BIZ AFTER HOURS WITH FRANK DILELLA Welcomes Kelli O' Hara, Claybourne Elder, and MorePhoto Flash: SHOW BIZ AFTER HOURS WITH FRANK DILELLA Welcomes Kelli O' Hara, Claybourne Elder, and More
by BWW News Desk - Mar 29, 2017

The Broadway at Birdland concert series was proud to present NY1 theater journalist Frank DiLella, who returned to the Birdland stage with the twelfth episode of his talk show, "Show Biz After Hours With Frank DiLella.' (more...)

Special Feature: Checking in on JIM CARUSO'S CAST PARTYSpecial Feature: Checking in on JIM CARUSO'S CAST PARTY
by BWW Special Coverage - Mar 8, 2017

And so the happy Party continues. Because of some international press, Cast Party is high on the To-Do List for people from across the globe. Caruso explains, "Cast Party is like the Ellis Island of showbiz. (more...)

Photo Flash: Victoria Shaw Returns to Birdland with UNDER THE COVERSPhoto Flash: Victoria Shaw Returns to Birdland with UNDER THE COVERS
by BWW News Desk - Jan 26, 2017

For the nineteenth time, the Broadway at Birdland concert series presented singer/songwriter Victoria Shaw in 'Under The Covers.' The round-robin musical event took place on Monday, January 23 at 7pm. BroadwayWorld has photos from the concert below! (more...)

Photo Flash: Randy Rainbow Brings Outrageous Political Humor to BirdlandPhoto Flash: Randy Rainbow Brings Outrageous Political Humor to Birdland
by BWW News Desk - Jan 10, 2017

For the second time, the Broadway at Birdland concert series welcomed internet sensation Randy Rainbow on the historic stage, this time with his Pre-Inaugural Situation. The show was awash in political parodies, news updates, outrageous humor, non-partisan insults and special guests, including Ryan Raftery, Molly Pope and Brian Nash, Gerard Salvador, and Hannah Rose DeFlumeri. Scroll down for photos! (more...)

Photo Coverage: Randy Rainbow Hosts Pre-Inaugural Situation at BirdlandPhoto Coverage: Randy Rainbow Hosts Pre-Inaugural Situation at Birdland
by Stephen Sorokoff - Jan 3, 2017

The Broadway at Birdland concert series presented internet sensation Randy Rainbow hosting a Pre-Inaugural Situation at the historic music room last night and BroadwayWorld was there. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Santa Swings Into Birdland With A Early Present - Blackhurst, Caruso and StritchPhoto Coverage: Santa Swings Into Birdland With A Early Present - Blackhurst, Caruso and Stritch
by Stephen Sorokoff - Dec 24, 2016

You might think of Bing, Andy or Perry when you think Christmas Music Specials, but for the past seven years it's been BIlly, Jim, and Klea with an an extraordinary presentation of swinging Holiday music.  This year it's only on the Birdland schedule for 3 nights because the the trios sleigh took them to folks on the other side of the country too.  You can still get this present  on Sat. 12/24 and Sunday 12/25 at Birdland.  (more...)

Photo Flash: Broadway at Birdland Presents Aisha de Haas and Capathia Jenkins with Billy StritchPhoto Flash: Broadway at Birdland Presents Aisha de Haas and Capathia Jenkins with Billy Stritch
by BWW News Desk - Nov 16, 2016

The Broadway at Birdland concert series was proud to present Broadway performers Aisha de Haas and Capathia Jenkins, who joined forces with pianist/singer/musical director Billy Stritch in 'Stritch, Trouble & More Trouble.'  The very special one-night-only event took place on the stage of the historic music room on Monday, November 14. (more...)

Photo Flash: Randy Rainbow Welcomes Slew of Stars for Election Eve Party at BirdlandPhoto Flash: Randy Rainbow Welcomes Slew of Stars for Election Eve Party at Birdland
by BWW News Desk - Nov 8, 2016

The Broadway at Birdland concert series was over the moon to present internet sensation Randy Rainbow with his Election Eve Party at the historic music room on Monday night. The extravaganza was directed by Victor Wisehart, with musical direction by Tedd Firth. BroadwayWorld has photos from the concert below! (more...)

Photo Coverage: Gianni Valenti & Birdland Celebrate 32 Years with Ann Hampton Callaway's JAZZ MEETS BROADWAYPhoto Coverage: Gianni Valenti & Birdland Celebrate 32 Years with Ann Hampton Callaway's JAZZ MEETS BROADWAY
by Stephen Sorokoff - Nov 2, 2016

Gianni Valenti has guided the 'Jazz Corner of the World' for the past 32 years.  Birdland, the most well known jazz music venue on the planet has been successfully chaperoned by his masterly artistic, restaurant, and business skills for over three decades. That is exactly double the amount of time the original Birdland on 52nd street existed.  Entertainment and menu trends have metamorphosed many times over the last 32 years, but Birdland has consistently been the destination point for New Yorkers and world travelers seeking great music, performed by exceptional artists.  For the past decade, the club has integrated the stars of  the adjacent Broadway Theatre into it's performance schedule under the guidance of Jim Caruso.  (more...)

Photo Coverage: Jamie deRoy Brings Jamie deRoy & Friends to BirdlandPhoto Coverage: Jamie deRoy Brings Jamie deRoy & Friends to Birdland
by Stephen Sorokoff - Oct 17, 2016

Show business tour de force Jamie deRoy brings her star-packed Jamie deRoy & friends cabaret show to New York's famed Birdland, Sunday, October 16, at 6 p.m. (more...)

Photo Coverage: John Pizzarelli Concludes Birdland EngagementPhoto Coverage: John Pizzarelli Concludes Birdland Engagement
by Stephen Sorokoff - Sep 11, 2016

John Pizzarelli, the world-renowned jazz guitarist and singer, who has been called 'hip with a wink' by Town & Country, 'madly creative' by the Los Angeles Times and 'the genial genius of the guitar' by The Toronto Star brought his Swing Seven to Birdland this past week and Broadwayworld was there for his closing night.  Son of the legendary guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli, New Jersey native John Pizzarelli has become one of the most recognizable faces and voices in contemporary jazz. John Pizzarelli has had a multi-faceted career as a jazz guitarist, vocalist and bandleader, known around the world for the cool jazz flavor he brings to classic standards, late-night ballads, and each of his hugely entertaining live performances and masterful recordings. His most recent CD release, Rockin' In Rhythm, combines the enduring work of Duke Ellington with Pizzarelli's incredible ability to reinterpret the Great American Songbook. Rockin' In Rhythm is the follow up to Pizzarelli's critically-acclaimed 2008 release, With A Song In My Heart - John Pizzarelli Sings the Music of Richard Rodgers, which featured Don Sebesky's Grammy-nominated arrangement of 'Johnny One Note.' With his active touring schedule, Pizzarelli continues to charm audiences with his warmth, conversational humor, and musical moxie. (more...)

Photo Flash: Trent Armand Kendall and Brass Illusion Bring THIS CRAZY LOVE to BirdlandPhoto Flash: Trent Armand Kendall and Brass Illusion Bring THIS CRAZY LOVE to Birdland
by BWW News Desk - Aug 31, 2016

The Broadway at Birdland concert series presented Trent Armand Kendall and the band, Brass Illusion (under the direction of Marty Ash), in 'This Crazy Love' on the historic stage on August 29. BroadwayWorld has photos from the concert below! (more...)

Photo Coverage: Stars Turn Out for Keala Settle and Frank Wildhorn at Broadway at Birdland!Photo Coverage: Stars Turn Out for Keala Settle and Frank Wildhorn at Broadway at Birdland!
by BWW News Desk - Aug 23, 2016

The Broadway at Birdland concert series was thrilled to present multi-Grammy and Tony Award-nominated composer/producer Frank Wildhorn and Tony Award-nominated singer/actress Keala Settle (currently starring in Waitress) in 'Keala Settle & Frank Wildhorn: For The First Time LIVE' on Monday night. (more...)

Photo Flash: PHANTOM OF THE OPERA's James Barbour and More Sing Sondheim for BC/EFAPhoto Flash: PHANTOM OF THE OPERA's James Barbour and More Sing Sondheim for BC/EFA
by BWW News Desk - Jul 29, 2016

The Broadway at Birdland concert series was proud to present the extraordinary cast of Broadway's The Phantom of the Opera, which collaborated and sang the music of Stephen Sondheim on Sunday, July 24. The one-night-only event was the fourth in a series of benefit concerts for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. Scroll down for photos! (more...)

Photo Flash: Lesli Margherita Reprises BROAD at BirdlandPhoto Flash: Lesli Margherita Reprises BROAD at Birdland
by BWW News Desk - Jul 20, 2016

The Broadway at Birdland concert series is thrilled to present Lesli Margherita in a reprisal of her sold-out show, BROAD, at the historic music room on Mondays, July 18 and 25 at 7pm. Scroll down for photos from the concert! (more...)

Photo Flash: Tony Yazbeck Celebrates THE FLOOR ABOVE ME Solo Album at BirdlandPhoto Flash: Tony Yazbeck Celebrates THE FLOOR ABOVE ME Solo Album at Birdland
by BWW News Desk - Jul 14, 2016

The Broadway at Birdland concert series was thrilled to present Tony Award-nominee Tony Yazbeck in concert, celebrating the release of his first studio solo CD, 'The Floor Above Me' (PS Classics). Scroll down for photos from the concert! (more...)

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