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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...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Klea Blackhurst & Jim Caruso in 'A Swinging Birdland Christmas'Photo Flash: First Look at Klea Blackhurst & Jim Caruso in 'A Swinging Birdland Christmas'
by BWW News Desk - Dec 24, 2014

In the fifth year of 'A Swinging Birdland Christmas,' singers Klea Blackhurst, Jim Caruso, and pianist/singer Billy Stritch have been knocking 'em dead on the stage of the historic jazz club every night. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Michael Feinstein Brings HAPPY HOLIDAYS to BirdlandPhoto Coverage: Michael Feinstein Brings HAPPY HOLIDAYS to Birdland
by Stephen Sorokoff - Dec 20, 2014

This holiday season, Birdland Jazz Club presents a special two-week engagement with beloved performer Michael Feinstein through December 27, 2014. A long-time friend of the club and frequent special guest at Cast Party, this NYC holiday tradition kicks off a year-long, global, centennial celebration of Frank Sinatra with a program of Ol' Blue Eyes favorite standards from the great American songbook. Below, BroadwayWorld brings you photos of the show! (more...)

Photo Coverage: Marcos Valle & Stacey Kent Play BirdlandPhoto Coverage: Marcos Valle & Stacey Kent Play Birdland
by Stephen Sorokoff - Dec 15, 2014

In a world of ever more powerful Broadway voices dominating the local Cabarets it was musically intoxicating to hear the opposite, as Birdland presented some smooth Brazilian jazz offerings this month. (more...)

Photo Flash: Julie Halston and Julie Gold Reunite at Birdland!Photo Flash: Julie Halston and Julie Gold Reunite at Birdland!
by BWW News Desk - Dec 2, 2014

On Monday, December 1, the Broadway at Birdland concert series hosted the return of Julie Halston and Julie Gold in JulieJulie: Then & Now. Reunited on stage for the first time in 15 years, Ms. Halston (currently starring in Broadway's You Can't Take It With You) and Ms. Gold (the Grammy-winning composer of 'From A Distance') combined comedy and songs about all the major topics: mothers, show biz, love, death and facelifts! (more...)

Photo Flash: Clinton Kelly, Margo Siebert, Scott Coulter and More Join Marcy Heisler and Zina Goldrich at BirdlandPhoto Flash: Clinton Kelly, Margo Siebert, Scott Coulter and More Join Marcy Heisler and Zina Goldrich at Birdland
by BWW News Desk - Nov 19, 2014

On Monday, November 17, the Broadway at Birdland concert series was proud to present the return of award-winning songwriting team Marcy Heisler and Zina Goldrich to the historic stage. Scroll down for photos from the concert! (more...)

Photo Flash: Anita Gillette Premieres New Show at BirdlandPhoto Flash: Anita Gillette Premieres New Show at Birdland
by BWW News Desk - Nov 5, 2014

On Monday, November 3, the Broadway at Birdland concert series was thrilled to host Tony Award Nominated actress & singer Anita Gillette on the historic stage in a wonderful evening of music and memories, and a hilarious look behind the scenes from Broadway to Hollywood in 'After All...and furthermore...' (more...)

Photo Flash: Trevor McQueen Makes Birdland Debut with 17-Piece Big BandPhoto Flash: Trevor McQueen Makes Birdland Debut with 17-Piece Big Band
by BWW News Desk - Oct 29, 2014

On Monday, October 27, the Broadway at Birdland series was proud to present singer Trevor McQueen, who made his Birdland concert debut with a 17-piece big band. The concert featured Trevor's original tunes, and an epic salute to his musical inspiration, Sammy Davis, Jr. Musical direction and arrangements were by Angelo Di Loreto and Bryan Carter. Scroll down for photos! (more...)

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