Gianni Valenti News

Photo Flash: Billy Stritch and Jim Caruso Perform in Concert at Birdland
by BWW News Desk - Aug 13, 2014

On Monday, August 11, Billy Stritch and Jim Caruso took to the Birdland stage for the first time. OK, not exactly. They've been hosting Cast Party in the historic music room every week for eleven years - but this was the swinging duo's first time to be booked in concert! Thanks to their faithful Cast Party following, and the fact that Jim has been booking the Broadway at Birdland concert series for a decade, the room was packed with friends, fans and fellow performers. Caruso and Stritch were joined by Steve Doyle on bass, and jazz vocalist superstar Jane Monheit made a surprise musical cameo. Scroll down for photos! (more...)

Photo Flash: Ramin Karimloo and More in VICTORIA SHAW: UNDER THE COVERS at Birdland
by BWW News Desk - Jul 23, 2014

This past Monday marked the fifteenth edition of 'Victoria Shaw: Under The Covers' in the past ten years of the Broadway at Birdland concert series That's a lot of really great music and insider stories told by some of country music's top hit-makers, superstars and up-and-comers. Scroll down for photos! (more...)

Photo Flash: Terri Klausner, Valarie Pettiford and Ty Stephens in A SOPHISTICATED REUNION at Birdland
by BWW News Desk - Jul 11, 2014

On Monday, July 7, the Broadway at Birdland concert series was delighted to present 'A Sophisticated Reunion,' starring Terri Klausner, Valarie Pettiford and Ty Stephens. Scroll down for photos from the concert! (more...)

Photo Flash: Marilyn Maye, Jim Caruso and More at Jane Monheit's Jazz Party Kick-Off at Birdland
by BWW News Desk - Jul 07, 2014

On Sunday night, Birdland was proud to launch a new summer series, "Jane Monheit's Jazz Party," which will continue through September. The series provides Jane the opportunity to develop new material, and to collaborate with invited musical guests in a relaxed environment that is part concert, part jam session, part workshop and all fun. Scroll down for photos from the kick-off concert! (more...)

Photo Flash: Tiffany Haas and Michael McCorry Rose at Broadway at Birdland
by BWW News Desk - May 25, 2014

On Monday, May 19, the Broadway at Birdland concert series was proud to present Michael McCorry Rose and Tiffany Haas in Cheek to Cheek: A Broadway Romance. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Nick Ziobro Celebrates Album Release at Birdland
by Stephen Sorokoff - May 23, 2014

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. (more...)

Photo Flash: Coco Peru Brings HAVE YOU HEARD? to Birdland
by BWW News Desk - May 14, 2014

The Broadway at Birdland concert series presented the Birdland debut of Miss Coco Peru in Have You Heard? for two sold-out shows on Monday, May 12. (more...)

Photo Flash: Jason Graae Brings 49 AND A HALF SHADES OF GRAAE to Birdland
by BWW News Desk - May 08, 2014

The Broadway at Birdland concert series was proud to present the return of Broadway/cabaret star Jason Graae to the historic stage in '49 Shades of Graae.' This show is directed by Heather Lee, and John Boswell is musical director. Scroll down for photos from the concert! (more...)

Photo Flash: Jim Caruso's Cast Party with Liza Minnelli, Daisy Egan & More
by BWW News Desk - May 02, 2014

For the past ten years, Jim Caruso's Cast Party has been the ultimate place for Broadway, jazz and cabaret folks to entertain each other and the people who love them. This past week was no exception, as show business royalty poured through the doors of Birdland. Liza Minnelli, Art Garfunkle, Michael Feinstein, Daisy Egan, celebrated bassist Freebo, and Jane Monheit were all seen singing and/or cheering dozens of impromptu performances. Klea Blackhurst was hostess-with-the-mostess (as Caruso was helming the "Fiddler at 50" event at another venue) and as always, the Cast Party Symphony Orchestra (Billy Stritch, Steve Doyle and Rick Montalbano) accompanied everyone with style and musical panache. (more...)

Photo Flash: Amanda Green's SPRING TRUNK SHOW at Birdland
by BWW News Desk - Apr 17, 2014

On Monday, April 14, the Broadway at Birdland concert series was proud to present Tony and Drama Desk Award nominated songwriter Amanda Green and her Broadway friends in 'Amanda Green's Spring Trunk Show'. Scroll down for photos from the concert! (more...)

Photo Flash: Alan Cumming, Alice Ripley, Lea DeLaria & More Join Lance Horne for Broadway at Birdland Debut!
by BWW News Desk - Apr 01, 2014

On Monday, March 31, The Broadway at Birdland concert series welcomed composer Lance Horne, along with a bevy of Broadway performers singing his praises and songs. On the heels of his premier with the SF Gay Men's Chorus and appearance at Sydney's Mardis Gras, Lance Horne made his Broadway at Birdland debut with guests including long-time collaborators Alan Cumming, Alice Ripley, Rachel Dratch, Stephen Wallem, Michael Rose, Lea DeLaria, Pamela Bob, and Sarah Shenkkan. The band included Matt Aronoff on bass, John Bollinger on drums and Yair Evnine on cello. This very special concert included highlights from Horne's debut album 'First Things Last,' and several world premiers, including a sneak peak into The Night Before My Wedding, Mr. Horne's collaboration with Neil Gaiman. Check out a look back at the evening below! (more...)

Photo Coverage: Barbara Carroll Duo Play Birdland
by Stephen Sorokoff - Mar 02, 2014


Photo Flash: Christina Bianco Visits BROADWAY AT BIRDLAND
by BWW News Desk - Feb 14, 2014

Christina Bianco is truly the girl with a thousand voices! She proved it on Monday night during her Birthday Bash at Birdland - which was a jam-packed, super-fun extravaganza! Divas like Celine, Idina, Bernadette, Adele, even Drew Barrymore were represented by the Big Voice of Bianco - and happily, her own sound was an important part of the evening! Accompanied by Brad Simmons, there were songs by John Bucchino and Bobby & Kristen Anderson Lopez, special guests (Michael West, Tamara Paulino, Jessica Vosk, J.P. Hartmann, Jim Caruso and hubby Billy Ernst), and hilarious rants about being 'too cute.' (more...)

Photo Flash: Inside Jim Caruso's Cast Party at Birdland with Lillias White, Ethan Pakchar, Douglas Lyons & More
by BWW News Desk - Jan 29, 2014

On Monday, January 27, Broadway, jazz and pop performers jammed Jim Caruso's Cast Party at Birdland, as they have every Monday for the past ten years! The evening was made especially meaningful with the 5th 'Mentor Monday,' a monthly musical segment that pairs up and coming composers with established artists. Presenter Trevor McQueen combined Broadway's Lillias White with writers Ethan Pakchar and Douglas Lyons, a young songwriting team who began collaborating while touring with The Book of Mormon. The resulting performance was the song, 'Not Meant To Be in Love,' accompanied by Matt Aument, which gave Lillias ample opportunity to be vampy and campy and otherwise leave the audience helpless with laughter. It was a perfect way to introduce the community to Lyons & Pakchar's clever wordplay and catchy melodies! (more...)

Photo Flash: Jazz Pianist Matt Baker Brings AN OSCAR MOMENT to Birdland
by BWW News Desk - Jan 08, 2014

The Broadway at Birdland concert series welcomed Australian jazz pianist Matt Baker in a sold-out concert, 'An Oscar Moment: A Celebration of the Life and Music of Jazz Legend Oscar Peterson' on Monday, January 6. Scroll down for photos from the concert! (more...)

Photo Coverage: Michael Feinstein's Holiday Show Continues at Birdland
by Stephen Sorokoff - Dec 26, 2013

Now through December 28, Michael Feinstein will be bringing his 'Holiday @ Birdland' to Birdland Jazz Club. Performances run December 24-26 (Tuesday-Thursday) at 9:00PM and December 27-28 (Saturday-Sunday) at 8:30PM & 11PM. Scroll down for photos from one of the concerts! (more...)

Photo Flash: Michael Feinstein Brings the Holidays to Birdland
by BWW News Desk - Dec 23, 2013

Now through December 28, Michael Feinstein will be bringing his 'Holiday @ Birdland' to Birdland Jazz Club. Performances run December 24-26 (Tuesday-Thursday) at 9:00PM and December 27-28 (Saturday-Sunday) at 8:30PM & 11PM. Scroll down for photos from one of the concerts! (more...)

Michael Feinstein to Open New NYC Nightclub in 2014
by BWW News Desk - Dec 23, 2013

New York City night club and cabaret venue Feinstein's at Loews Regency closed almost a year ago on December 31, 2012, and according to the New York Times, music legend Michael Feinstein is currently working on opening a new venue. Feinstein has teamed with Birdland owner Gianni Valenti to open 'Feinstein's on Broadway' in midtown Manhattan. (more...)

Photo Flash: A SWINGING BIRDLAND CHRISTMAS with Klea Blackhurst, Jim Caruso, Billy Stritch & More
by BWW News Desk - Dec 23, 2013

'A Swinging Birdland Christmas' opened with a bang on December 21! For the fourth year in a row, Jim Caruso, Billy Stritch, Klea Blackhurst, and the band (Steve Doyle on bass and Carmen Intorre on drums) kick of Christmas week with their swinging holiday standards, and a few pieces of special material that are impossible to define! Opening night saw Broadway folk like Christine Ebersole, Colleen Zenk, Daniel Rowan and Andrea Prestonario leading the applause. Check out a look back below! (more...)

A SWINGING BIRDLAND CHRISTMAS Album Now Available
by BWW News Desk - Dec 04, 2013

BIRDLAND RECORDS has announced the release of "A Swinging Birdland Christmas" CD. The CD was recorded live in winter 2012 during a performance of this annual holiday show at historic Birdland Jazz Club in Midtown Manhattan. "A Swinging Birdland Christmas," stars Birdland regulars Klea Blackhurst, Jim Caruso and Billy Stritch with special guest jazz violinist Aaron Weinstein. In the tradition of beloved seasonal specials, Blackhurst, Caruso and Stritch perform swinging arrangements by Billy Stritch of Kay Thompson's classics "It's The Holiday Season," "Sleigh Ride," and "I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm," among other favorites. The record also features Billy Stritch on piano, John Hart on guitar, Paul Gill on bass, Carmen Intorre on drums. The album is executive produced by Birdland's Gianni Valenti. (more...)

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