Jay Armstrong Johnson, Love Songs for V-Day and More Coming Up This February at Birdland

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Birdland Jazz Club has announced its February 2017 lineup - scroll down for details!


Birdland will kick-off their exciting month of programming with the following acts:

January 31-February 4 (Tuesday-Saturday) at 8:30PM & 11:00PM

Carmen Lundy

Vocalist/Composer, Carmen Lundy, celebrates the release of her new CD, "Code Noir", a song cycle for these turbulent times. Victor Gould (piano), Darryl Hall (bass), Andrew Renfroe (guitar), Kassa Overall (drums).

All tickets $40, $10 food/drink minimum

February 5 (Thursday) at 8:30PM

Melanie Marod

Melanie sang on the sound track and appeared as a wedding singer in the movie "God's Behaving Badly," directed by Marc Turtletaub and starring Christopher Walken and Sharon Stone. Since moving to New York she has performed at Birdland, The Blue Note, The Oak Room at The Plaza Hotel, and The Carlton Hotel. Melanie enjoys song writing and her influences are Stacey Kent, Billie Holiday, Aretha Franklin, and Nat King Cole to name a few.

All tickets $15-30, $10 food/drink minimum

February 6 (Monday) at 7:00PM

Jay Armstrong Johnson

The Broadway at Birdland concert series is proud to announce that Jay Armstrong Johnson, currently starring in the titular role in Candide in the New York City Opera production, will be in concert at the historic room on Monday, February 6 at 7pm. After making his solo debut at Birdland in 2010, Jay Armstrong Johnson has been a busy boy. He is currently playing the titular role of Candide in the New York City Opera production directed by Hal Prince. He's wowed Broadway audiences as one if the Three Sailors in On The Town (Chip), Greg in Hands on Hardbody, and Claude Hair.

All tickets $30, $10 food/drink minimum

February 7-11 (Tuesday-Saturday) at 8:30PM & 11:00PM

BOSSABRASIL: Featuring Marcos Valle with Special Guest Celso Fonseca

While many of its architects - the creators of the sound, style and form of Bossa Nova and Samba - are no longer with us, two talents who shortly followed in their footsteps are coming to Birdland in an exciting collaboration. This magical collaboration of Marco Valle and Celso Fonseca, direct from Rio in Brazil, holds up the tradition of the era of Bossa Nova and Samba, bringing melodic genius and fabulous infectious swinging Brazilian rhythms along with their wonderful Band, consisting of the beautiful/talented Vocalist Patricia Alvi, famed Brazilian drummer Renato Massa, the very talented Itaiguara Brandao on bass, and exciting Trumpeter Jesse Sadoc, also from Brazil.

All tickets $40, $10 food/drink minimum

February 9 (Thursday) at 6:00PM

Noah Haidu Quartet: Infinite Distances DC Release Concert!

Pianist and composer Noah Haidu is evidence that 21st century jazz can be adventurous, fresh and swing hard, that an exciting, modern pianist can play memorable melodies and soulful grooves. His powerful Posi-Tone Records debut "Slipstream" garnered rave reviews and 8 weeks in the top 50 national jazz radio charts. Now, even as tracks from "Slipstream" remain in heavy rotation, Noah has released his acclaimed follow-up "Infinite Distances" on the Cellar Live Label.

All tickets $25, $10 food/drink minimum

February 12 (Sunday) at 6:00PM

Benny Benack III

Benny Benack III makes his Birdland debut as a bandleader, bringing his trademark charm & jazz chops to center stage. Already an accomplished jazz crooner & trumpeter adding to the legacies of his heroes like Sinatra & Louis Armstrong, he's ready to step out into the spotlight as a rare multi-faceted talent, singing & playing his way into audiences' hearts seemingly everywhere he goes. In his show "One of a Kind", Benack shows off his composer chops as well, introducing a number of "New Standards", seemingly taken from the pages of the Great American Songbook, yet completely new and fresh.

All tickets $30, $10 food/drink minimum

February 13 (Monday) at 7:00PM

Love Songs for V-Day w/ Loni Ackerman, Tatiana Lofton, Ariana Sepulveda, Caroline Bowman and More!

The Broadway at Birdland concert series is proud to present "Love Songs for V-Day," starring many Broadway performers as a benefit VDAY, a global movement to end violence against women and girls. This one night only evening features an all female cast and creative team singing songs from across the musical theatre spectrum about, well, love. The love we make, the love we take, the love we find, and the love we hold onto - this evening will see and sing us through it all.

All tickets $30, $10 food/drink minimum

February 14-18 (Tuesday-Saturday) at 8:30PM & 11:00PM

Catherine Russell

The daughter of pioneering jazz musician Carline Ray and long-time Louis Armstrong band leader and arranger Luis Russell, Catherine Russell has "a voice that wails like a horn and whispers like a snake in the Garden of Eden." (NPR) In addition to her own acclaimed recordings, Russell has been prominently featured providing authentic period music on the soundtracks to HBO's "Boardwalk Empire" and other film and teleVision Productions.

All tickets $40, $10 food/drink minimum

February 16 (Thursday) at 6:00PM

Veronica Swift

Veronica Swift, age 22, is now being recognized around the country as one of the top young jazz singers on the scene.
All tickets $25, $10 food/drink minimum

February 19 (Sunday) at 6:00PM

Laila Biali

The Broadway at Birdland concert series is proud to announce that singer Natalie Douglas will return to her musical home on Monday, January16 at 7pm in "Stevie Songs: The Music of Stevie Nicks & Stevie Wonder," in honor of Martin Luther King Day.

All tickets $30, $10 food/drink minimum

February 20 (Monday) at 7:00PM

ShowBiz After Hours with Frank DiLella

The Broadway at Birdland concert series is proud to announce that NY1 theater journalist, Frank DiLella, will return to the Birdland stage with the ninth episode of his talk show, "Show Biz After Hours With Frank DiLella." Frank's special guests will be announced at a later date. The event will be taped in front of a live audience on Monday, February 20 at 7pm.

All tickets $30, $10 food/drink minimum

February 21-25 (Tuesday-Saturday) at 8:30PM & 11:00PM

Cyrus Chestnut Quartet with Steve Nelson, Buster Williams, Lenny White

The New York Daily News heralded pianist Cyrus Chestnut as the rightful heir to Bud Powell, Art Tatum, and Erroll Garner. The Baltimore native, "a highly intelligent improviser with one of the surest senses of swing in jazz," (New York Times) grew up in a home filled with the sounds of gospel music along with jazz records by Thelonious Monk and Jimmy Smith. He continues to tour with his trio, playing at jazz festivals, clubs, and concert halls around the world.

All tickets $40, $10 food/drink minimum

February 23 (Thursday) at 6:00PM

The Empathia Jazz Duo with Mafalda Minozzi and Paul Ricci

After many years on Italian stages and TV followed by a lasting career in Brazil that includes numerous CD`s and tours in major cities and theaters, singer Mafalda Minnozzi can fully exploit her versatile voiceand draw from her many collaborations with, among others, MiltonNascimento, Guinga, Leny Andrade, Paulo Moura, and Martinho Da Vila. The duo will be presenting their second CD ""Inside" (2016) recorded and produced by noted Grammy winner Jeff Jones in a rare New York appearance.

All tickets $25, $10 food/drink minimum

February 26 (Sunday) at 6:00PM

Carrie Jackson & All Stars

Carrie Jackson is a vocalist who rekindles thoughts of America's great jazz history, attributes her vocal style of singing to her mentors, the Great Ladies of Jazz, Sarah "Sassy" Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald, Nancy Wilson, Billie Holiday, Dinah Washington, and Carmen Mc Rae.

All tickets $30, $10 food/drink minimum

February 27 (Monday) at 7:00PM

Michael Mott & Friends

The Broadway at Birdland concert series is thrilled to announce that critically acclaimed songwriter, Michael Mott will be making his Birdland debut for a one night only concert of his original music. Turkish pop star Seran Bilgi and Phantom of the Opera star Jeremy Stolle will perform, as well as other special guests, who will be announced within the coming weeks. Joined by some of the best voices from the Broadway community, Mott will debut several new selections as well as a handful of fan favorites from his debut album, "Where The Sky Ends" and his original musicals, "In The Light," "The Don" and "Lucifer." In addition to the stellar cast singing his work, Mott will be backed by a five piece band.

All tickets $30, $10 food/drink minimum

February 28- March 4 (Tuesday-Saturday) at 8:30PM & 11:00PM

John Pizzarelli

John Pizzarelli charms audiences with his warmth, sense of humor and musical chops. Through his multi-faceted career as a jazz guitarist, vocalist and bandleader, the son of the legendary guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli and New Jersey native, has become one of the most recognizable faces and voices in contemporary jazz for his interpretations of classic standards, romantic ballads and the cool jazz flavor he brings to his performances and recordings. While maintaining a busy touring schedule, John also founded "Radio Deluxe with John Pizzarelli" a nationally syndicated radio program co-hosted with his wife, Broadway star Jessica Molaskey. On his recent CD, Pizzarelli put his signature spin on songs by Paul McCartney.

All tickets $50, $10 food/drink minimum

Birdland will also feature the following recurring monthly engagements:

February 6, 13, 30, 27 (Mondays) at 9:30PM

Jim Caruso's Cast Party

Jim Caruso's Cast Party is a wildly popular weekly soiree that brings a sprinkling of Broadway glitz and urbane wit to the legendary Birdland in New York City every Monday night. It's a cool cabaret night-out enlivened by a hilariously impromptu variety show. Showbiz superstars, backed by Steve Doyle on bass, Billy Stritch on piano and Daniel Glass on drums, hit the stage alongside up-and-comers, serving up jaw-dropping music and general razzle-dazzle.

All tickets $25, $10 food/drink minimum

February 1, 8, 15, 22 (Wednesdays) at 5:30PM

David Ostwald's Louis Armstrong Eternity Band

Inspired by the noble jazz pioneers Louis Armstrong, Bix Beiderbecke, Duke Ellington, Jelly Roll Morton and their colleagues, David Ostwald's Louis Armstrong Eternity Band breathes life and passion into America's own great art form. Now in its 14th year of residency at Birdland, the weekly post-workday engagement is the city's best musical bargain! Tuba player David Ostwald leads a rotating lineup that features talents such as clarinetist Anat Cohen, trombonist/vocalist Wycliffe Gordon, pianist Ehud Asherie, drummer Marion Felder and more!

All tickets $30, $10 food/drink minimum

February 3, 10, 17, 24 (Fridays) at 5:15PM

The Birdland Big Band

With Guest Conductor Rob Middleton and Glenn Drewes

Founded by drummer and musical director Tommy Igoe, the Birdland Big Band features the finest musicians in New York! Having recently celebrated 10 years at the club, the BBB roars into action every Friday, playing the finest Jazz, Latin and Brazilian music from the world's best arrangers. After work or before a show, drinks or a great dinner, come hear one of the world's best drummers driving the hardest swinging band in New York. Experience why the BBB is the must-see weekly jazz event in New York and kick off your weekend with what critics are calling "the best live music bargain in all of NYC!"

All tickets $30, $10 food/drink minimum

February 4, 11, 18, 25 (Saturdays) at 6:00PM

Barbara Carroll

Barbara is an elegant jazz pianist, composer and vocalist, long recognized as one of the premier players of swinging jazz piano and expressive vocals.

All tickets $30, $10 food/drink minimum

February 5, 12, 19, 26 (Sundays) at 9PM & 11PM

Arturo O'Farrill Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra

Grammy Award winning pianist, composer and educator Arturo O'Farrill -- leader of the "first family of Afro-Cuban Jazz" (NY Times) -- was born in Mexico and grew up in New York City. Son of the late, great composer Chico O'Farrill, Arturo was Educated at Manhattan School of Music, Brooklyn College Conservatory and the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College. He played piano in Carla Bley's Big Band from 1979 through 1983 and earned a reputation as a soloist in groups led by Dizzy Gillespie, Steve Turre, Freddy Cole, Lester Bowie, Wynton Marsalis and Harry Belafonte.

All tickets $30, $10 food/drink minimum


Purchase tickets at www.BirdlandJazz.com, and for more information and reservations call 212-581-3080. Ticket prices will vary by performer. At the tables, there is a $10 food/drink minimum per person in addition to the music charge. At the bar, the music charge will include one complimentary drink with no additional minimum.

Named for alto saxophonist and jazz pioneer Charlie "Bird" Parker who dubbed it "The Jazz Corner of the World," Birdland opened on December 15th 1949. For 60 years it has been home to jazz legends, from Parker, John Coltrane Duke Ellington and Count Basie to Oscar Peterson, Hank Jones, Diana Krall and everyone in between. The original 52nd street location was a cultural barometer and meeting place, inspiring the songs "Birdland" and "Lullaby of Birdland," and serving as a regular haunt for celebrities and cultural figures. The modern incarnation is a state of the art nightclub featuring award winning Southern and Cajun cuisine, first rate sound and lighting and a who's who of contemporary musical artists, 7 nights a week.

Birdland is located at 315 West 44th Street (between 8th & 9th Avenues), New York, NY 10036. Students (with current ID) & Broadway Theatre-Goers (with Broadway ticket stub from same day of performance): 50% off music charge at 11PM shows only. Birdland serves American Fare with a Cajun Flair nightly from 5PM until Midnight and until 1AM on Friday and Saturdays. Parking is available across the street at 332 West 44th Street.



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