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Birdland to Present Billy Stritch in Five-Show Run of his BIG BIRDLAND BIRTHDAY BASH

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This new show highlights Billy’s unique mix of songs from the jazz canon and the Great American Songbook, in addition to personal favorites.

Birdland to Present Billy Stritch in Five-Show Run of his BIG BIRDLAND BIRTHDAY BASH

Birdland Jazz Club will welcome back Grammy Award-nominated pianist, vocalist and songwriter Billy Stritch for an exclusive five-show concert engagement celebrating "Billy Stritch's Big Birdland Birthday Bash!" from Thursday, February 10 through Saturday, February 12. This new show highlights Billy's unique mix of songs from the jazz canon and the Great American Songbook, in addition to personal favorites from his award-winning livestream series "Billy's Place" and special guests to join the birthday fun. In addition to Stritch on piano and vocals, the Birdland shows will feature Tom Hubbard on bass and Eric Halvorson on drums. For tickets, please visit BirdlandJazz.com.

The run of concerts also helps celebrate The Sunday Set, the new album with Jim Caruso which boasts a new selection of urbane standards, jazz favorites and sly comedy numbers. The recording from Club44 Records, captured live at The Birdland Theater, will be released on Friday, January 21.

Other upcoming national tour dates include The Kravis Center with Gabrielle Stravelli in West Palm Beach, FL (January 14-15) and Feinstein's/54 Below with Linda Eder (February 3-5). Additional tour dates will be announced at BillyStritch.com.

His recent album Billy's Place - hailed as "causal, cool and charming" by Jazz Weekly - is the first piano-and-vocals album of his career, delivering a deeper level of intimacy and connection than his previous releases. "The song selection was born out of my weekly livestream show 'Billy's Place' that I started during the pandemic," comments Billy. "I've been able to learn and present music by a diverse group of composers, and the songs on the album are many of my favorites from these shows. I was able to include many special songwriters, including Richard Rodgers & Lorenz Hart ('Falling in Love with Love') and Hoagy Carmichael ('Skylark'), as well as more contemporary writers like Peter Allen ('Planes') and my friend Barry Manilow ('Meet Me, Midnight')."

The album's latest single - a lush symphonic version of the album's song "Ordinary Miracles," the Marvin Hamlisch and Alan & Marilyn Bergman standard also performed by Barbra Streisand and Nancy LaMott - boasts a 46-piece orchestra.

"He not only does it all but he makes it look easy," raved Stephen Holden in The New York Times. "To be given a full hour of non-stop Billy Stritch song stylings seems like an embarrassment of riches, with his smooth, mellifluous vocal cords wrapped around interpretive storytelling," wrote Stephen Mosher from BroadwayWorld.com. According to Judi Mann of KDHX-FM in St. Louis, "This seasoned veteran plays and sings masterfully with versatility and absolute certainty. He owns the room, and he knows it!"

Billy Stritch will celebrate "Billy Stritch's Big Birdland Birthday Bash!" at Birdland Jazz Club on Thursday, February 10 at 8:30 PM; Friday, February 11 at 7:00 PM and 9:30 PM; and Saturday, February 12 at 7:00 PM and 9:30 PM. The cover charge is $30. Birdland Jazz Club is located at 315 West 44th Street (between 8th and 9th Avenues) in Manhattan. For reservations, please call (212) 581-3080 or visit www.BirdlandJazz.com


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