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TV: Take a Tour of Birdland's New 100-Seat Theatre!TV: Take a Tour of Birdland's New 100-Seat Theatre!
by BWW News Desk - Aug 28, 2015

As BroadwayWorld previously reported, Birdland Jazz Club recently announced the opening of The Birdland Theater. The new convertible 100-seat venue will occupy the lower level of Birdland Jazz Club at 315 West 44th Street and open in the spring of 2016. CLICK HERE to take a tour of the new space with Jim Caruso! (more...)

Photo Flash: Klea Blackhurst Tributes Ethel Merman in EVERYTHING THE TRAFFIC WILL ALLOW at BirdlandPhoto Flash: Klea Blackhurst Tributes Ethel Merman in EVERYTHING THE TRAFFIC WILL ALLOW at Birdland
by BWW News Desk - Aug 26, 2015

The Broadway at Birdland concert series was proud to present Klea Blackhurst in her return to the Birdland stage with EVERYTHING THE TRAFFIC WILL ALLOW, on Monday, August 24. BroadwayWorld has photos from the concert below! (more...)

Photo Coverage: Klea Blackhurst Brings ALL THE TRAFFIC WILL ALLOW to Broadway at BirdlandPhoto Coverage: Klea Blackhurst Brings ALL THE TRAFFIC WILL ALLOW to Broadway at Birdland
by Stephen Sorokoff - Aug 26, 2015

Jim Caruso's Broadway at Birdland concert series had all the traffic Monday night as Klea Blackhurst brought her hit concert, 'Everything the Traffic Will Allow' to the Birdland stage.This is Blackhurst's loving tribute to the songs made famous by the quintessential stage personality Ethel Merman. Not an impersonator and not an impressionist, Blackhurst offered a paean to the great Broadway legend that serves as a potent and happy reminder of Merman's sheer, undeniable importance to both the history of twentieth century entertainment and the iconic composers like Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, George Gershwin and Jerry Herman, who wrote songs just for her. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Ann Hampton Callaway's Live Radio Taping Features Steve Tyrell in the Inaugural ShowPhoto Coverage: Ann Hampton Callaway's Live Radio Taping Features Steve Tyrell in the Inaugural Show
by Stephen Sorokoff - Aug 17, 2015

Some more music history was made on the Birdland stage last night and Broadwayworld's Stephen Sorokoff was there. Two entertainers who have never performed together were on the Birdland stage last night.  For those of us who were in the audience for this under the radar/radio event, it turned out to be a not to be forgotten evening that added to the long list of Birdland historic musical moments.  Ann Hampton Callaway taped the first segment of her new radio program "This Is Cabaret" and had as her guest at the inaugural show none other than Steve Tyrell, a legend in the world of male pop/jazz singers.  His unique sensual voice is unmistakable and loved by millions via his recordings, movie soundtracks, and live appearances.  Steve is also a walking Wikipedia of the recording industry because of his career as a recording executive and producer.  He was there for many momentous musical creations as head of A&R for Scepter Records. Tyrell's singing "The Way You Look Tonight" in the Father of the Bride movie starring Steve Martin made him a household name.  (more...)

Photo Flash: Laura Osnes Spends an Evening at BirdlandPhoto Flash: Laura Osnes Spends an Evening at Birdland
by BWW News Desk - Aug 4, 2015

The Broadway at Birdland concert series was proud to present Laura Osnes in concert on Monday, August 3. Osnes made her Birdland solo concert debut with an intimate show accompanied by pianist/musical director Fred Lassen in 'An Evening With Laura Osnes.' Her husband, Nathan Johnson, joined in on the musical fun on cajon. Scroll down for photos! (more...)

Birdland Jazz Club Forms New Artist Management CompanyBirdland Jazz Club Forms New Artist Management Company
by BWW News Desk - Aug 3, 2015

Birdland Jazz Club has announced the formation of AB Artists, Artist Management and Booking. The new venture will operate out of Birdland's offices at 315 West 44th Street in NYC and will provide artist services ranging from personal management and domestic booking to royalty administration, recording production and administration, and career development. (more...)

Photo Flash: ON THE TOWN's Clyde Alves Plays BirdlandPhoto Flash: ON THE TOWN's Clyde Alves Plays Birdland
by BWW News Desk - Jul 22, 2015

The Broadway at Birdland concert series welcomed Broadway leading man Clyde Alves in concert on Monday, July 20. BroadwayWorld has photos from the concert below! (more...)

Photo Coverage:  Ann Hampton Callaway & Kari Strand Celebrate Their Marriage at BirdlandPhoto Coverage: Ann Hampton Callaway & Kari Strand Celebrate Their Marriage at Birdland
by Stephen Sorokoff - Jun 30, 2015

Birdland was the scene of a very special show last night as friends and family gathered for the Wedding Celebration of Ann Hampton Callaway and Kari Strand. Broadway at Birdland and Jim Caruso's Cast Party have seen many famous and talented people on that legendary stage but it will be hard to top last night's list of guests. Broadwayworld was there and here are some of the friends and relatives of Ann and Kari. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Tony Yazbeck Brings THE FLOOR ABOVE ME to BirdlandPhoto Coverage: Tony Yazbeck Brings THE FLOOR ABOVE ME to Birdland
by Stephen Sorokoff - Jun 29, 2015

The Broadway at Birdland concert series presented Tony Yazbeck, the star of this season's On The Town revival in his Birdland solo debut on last night and BroadwayWorld was there. Yazbeck  heated up the Birdland stage in The Floor Above Me, a thrilling evening of tenor melodies and tenacious tap dancing, and will be joined by On The Town co-star Clyde Alves and tap dance sensation Melinda Sullivan ('So You Think You Can Dance,' 'Glee'). Musical direction and arrangements will be by Jerome Korman, and the evening is co-written and co-directed by Howard Emanuel & Tony Yazbeck. Jerome Korman/piano, Thomas Hubbard/bass, Tony Lewis/drums, Mark McGowan/trumpet. (more...)

Photo Flash: Steve Ross Salutes Long Career and Legendary Songwriters at BirdlandPhoto Flash: Steve Ross Salutes Long Career and Legendary Songwriters at Birdland
by BWW News Desk - May 26, 2015

The Broadway at Birdland concert series was proud to host the return of pianist/singer Steve Ross in "An Evening With Steve Ross" on Monday, May 25 at 7pm. Scroll down for photos from the concert! (more...)

Photo Coverage: Jamie deRoy Brings Her Friends to Broadway at BirdlandPhoto Coverage: Jamie deRoy Brings Her Friends to Broadway at Birdland
by Stephen Sorokoff - May 18, 2015

Jamie deRoy came to Jim Caruso's Broadway at Birdland last night and Broadwayworld was there. In the world of show business everyone is always everyones friend. After 25 years of having enormously talented friends perform on her stages and loyal friends fill the seats at her shows, the consistency of participation points to the fact that most are real friends. Jamie's friends stick together. The hugs are real, the laughter is genuine, and the happy feeling everyone has after an episode of Jamie deRoy & friends always seems to linger in the air for many days after the show is over.  Such was the case of her latest entry in the series which always at this time of year features everything "TONY". (more...)

Photo Flash: Laura Osnes Joins Daniel Reichard in Concert at BirdlandPhoto Flash: Laura Osnes Joins Daniel Reichard in Concert at Birdland
by BWW News Desk - May 12, 2015

The Broadway at Birdland concert series was proud to host the return of Broadway and concert star Daniel Reichard, who returned to Birdland on Sunday, May 10 at 6pm, with a show celebrating the music and lyrics of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II. The evening featured selections from the celebrated songwriting team's catalogue, including rarely-heard jewels and treasured classics alike. Scroll down for photos! (more...)

Photo Coverage: The Legendary Count Basie Orchestra Plays BirdlandPhoto Coverage: The Legendary Count Basie Orchestra Plays Birdland
by Stephen Sorokoff - May 8, 2015

 Birdland is 63, The Legendary Count Basie Orchestra is 80, and  Frank Sinatra is 100.  Gianni Valenti, Birdland owner announced the orchestra and the swinging engine of the Basie Band blasted off with "Come Fly With Me" at the "Jazz Corner of the World" last night. Regardless of how good the fidelity is on your Beats Headphones and McIntosh Amplifier, it doesn't come close to the sound being heard on 44th Street. The original charts might have some wear and tear from page turning by Basie musicians over the years, but the music was clear, precise, and  exciting as when the band made their home at Birdland in the 1950's. Scotty Barnhart is now the Director of The Count Basie Orchestra which has won 18 Grammy Awards and 20 Downbeat and Jazz Times polls. He follows in a long line of Jazz greats that have led the orchestra since Basie's passing in 1984. Thad Jones, Frank Foster, Brover Mitchell, Bill Hughes, and Dennis Mackrel have been prior directors.  Scotty pointed out that the band might have been formed in 1935, but they are very current and are on Facebook, and have a great website. Carmen Bradford, a Basie choice supplied the vocals.  (more...)

Photo Flash: Brian Gallagher and Megan Hilty Celebrate ALL THAT'S AHEAD at BirdlandPhoto Flash: Brian Gallagher and Megan Hilty Celebrate ALL THAT'S AHEAD at Birdland
by BWW News Desk - Apr 29, 2015

The Broadway at Birdland concert series was thrilled to present singer/songwriter Brian Gallagher in a concert celebrating the release of his new CD, 'All That's Ahead.' Brian's special guest was Broadway and television star Megan Hilty, who happens to be his wife! Scroll down for photos! (more...)

Photo Flash: BEAUTIFUL's Anika Larsen, Jessie Mueller and Jarrod Spector Celebrate SING YOU TO SLEEP at BirdlandPhoto Flash: BEAUTIFUL's Anika Larsen, Jessie Mueller and Jarrod Spector Celebrate SING YOU TO SLEEP at Birdland
by BWW News Desk - Mar 24, 2015

On Monday, March 23, Anika Larsen, the 2014 Tony Award nominee and Drama Desk Award winner currently starring on Broadway in BEAUTIFUL: THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL, introduced her debut solo CD SING YOU TO SLEEP with a special concert as part of the 'Broadway at Birdland' series. Scroll down for photos from the concert! (more...)

Photo Flash: Amy Spanger, Elizabeth Stanley and More in Concert at BirdlandPhoto Flash: Amy Spanger, Elizabeth Stanley and More in Concert at Birdland
by BWW News Desk - Mar 18, 2015

On Monday, March 16, the Broadway at Birdland concert series was proud to present the debut of Broadway star and television actress Amy Spanger. Scroll down for photos from the concert! (more...)

Photo Flash: Billy Stritch Celebrates Birthday at Birdland with Marilyn MayePhoto Flash: Billy Stritch Celebrates Birthday at Birdland with Marilyn Maye
by BWW News Desk - Feb 17, 2015

On Thursday, February 12, Birdland was the place to celebrate! Not only were Marilyn Maye and Billy Stritch halfway through their wildly successful week-long engagement at the historic music room, but Stritch celebrated a birthday. Scroll down for photos from the evening! (more...)

Kings Theatre, MoMA PS1, FIDDLER ON THE ROOF and More Set for CUNY TV's ARTS IN THE CITY This WeekKings Theatre, MoMA PS1, FIDDLER ON THE ROOF and More Set for CUNY TV's ARTS IN THE CITY This Week
by TV News Desk - Feb 10, 2015

The February 2015 edition of CUNY TV's ARTS IN THE CITY, hosted by Magalie Laguerre-Wilkinson from The Studio Museum in Harlem, begins Friday, Feb. 13 (2015) at 10am, 3pm and 8:30pm on CUNY TV*. The Studio Museum is featuring the new exhibitions Harlem Postcards, Speaking of People: Ebony, Jet and Contemporary Art, and solo shows by artists Kianja Strobert and Titus Kaphar. (more...)

Photo Coverage: John Pizzarelli Quartet & Jessica Molaskey Play BirdlandPhoto Coverage: John Pizzarelli Quartet & Jessica Molaskey Play Birdland
by Stephen Sorokoff - Feb 7, 2015

Jazz guitarist/vocalist John Pizzarelli, the technically proficient fretman with a soft voice, charming stage presence, and knack for uptempo swing, took the stage of Birdland last night, February 6, with his quartet and special guest Jessica Molasky. BroadwayWorld was there and brings you photos from the concert below! (more...)

Photo Coverage: Erich Bergen Brings An Early New Year's Party to BirdlandPhoto Coverage: Erich Bergen Brings An Early New Year's Party to Birdland
by Stephen Sorokoff - Dec 30, 2014

By popular demand, the Broadway at Birdland concert series just featured singer/actor Erich Bergen, who made his solo Birdland debut last night, December 29. BroadwayWorld was there for the special night and you can check out more coverage below! (more...)

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