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Cortes Alexander, BossaBrasil Festival and More Set for Birdland Jazz Club, 5/13-19


Birdland Jazz Club has announced their exciting line-up of exceptional talent for May 13 - May 19. Birdland will kick-off their exciting week of programming with the following acts:

May 13 (Monday) at 7PM

Broadway at Birdland - Hosted by Jim Caruso

Cortés Alexander Brings "The Swell Show" To Birdland

Featuring Melissa Bailey and Julie Garnyé

Alexander last appeared on Broadway as one-fourth of The Williams Brothers in the Tony Award-winning, Liza's At the Palace. For the past several years, he has been performing "The Swell Show" across the country, mixing pop, jazz, lesser-known Broadway tunes, and original compositions combined with amusing biographical anecdotes. Alexander is supported by two spirited "Swell Girls," including Melissa Bailey (with whom he appeared in Broadway's Marilyn: An American Fable) and Julie Garnyé (Les Miserables). Musical direction for the evening will be Billy Stritch.

$25 All Seats, $10 Minimum

May 13 (Monday) 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 hit the stage alongside up-and-comers, serving up jaw-dropping music and general razzle-dazzle

$20 all seats, $10 minimum

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

Delta Airlines Presents - BossaBrasil Festival

With Composer / Guitarist / Vocalist - Dori Caymmi

Plus Special Guest - Composer / Guitarist / Vocalist - Joyce

Featuring Tutty Moreno (Drums), Rodolfo Stroeter (Bass), Dario Eskenazi (Piano)

In its 8th year BossaBrasil Festival returns to Birdland with multi Grammy-winning composer, guitarist and vocalist Dori Caymmi and special guest vocalist, guitarist Joyce. Following the path laid by his late father legendary Brazilian musician, Dorival Caymmi, Dori Caymmi has written for and performed with Antonio Carlos Jobim, Quincy Jones, Dionne Warwick, Gilberto Gil and Sarah Vaughan. Dori's special guest and frequent collaborator Joyce became an instant sensation for her sultry, subtle 1980 album "Feminina" which established her as one of the few Brazilian women recognized for composing as well as vocals and guitar. Produced by Pat Philips & Ettore Stratta. Sponsored by Verizon.

$40 All Seats, $10 minimum

May 15 (Wednesday) at 5:30-7:00PM

David Ostwald's Louis Armstrong Centennial Band

"Tubaist David Ostwald's fabulous early-swing band is about as good as it gets. Known for their energetic treatment of Louis Armstrong's repertoire, these cats like to entertain as much as they like to swing." (Time Out NY)

$20 all seats, $10 minimum

May 17 (Friday) at 5:15-7PM

The Birdland Big Band

Guest Conductor - Rob Middleton

Every Friday the "BBB" roars into action playing a thrilling and original mix of jazz, funk, Brazilian, Latin and world music for sold-out audiences. Featured weekly guest artists drop-in from television bands (David Letterman, Saturday Night Live) and pop music touring bands (Rob Thomas, Rod Stewart). Come see for yourself why Time Out New York called the BBB, "a completely unique experience... there isn't another band like this anywhere," and proclaims, "if you hear one band in NYC make sure this is it... and prepare to be blown away!"

$25 all seats, $10 minimum

May 18 (Saturday) at 6PM

Jazz Pianist - Barbara Carroll

$30 all seats, $10 minimum

May 19 (Sunday) at 6PM

The Birdland Jazz Party

Featuring the Birdland Quartet

Plus Guest Vocalists

$25 all seats, $10 minimum

May 19 (Sunday) 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. After leading his late father's orchestra for many years, Arturo formed his own groups, from trio through orchestra, in order to explore his and other compositions in the panoply of Afro Latin music.

$30 all seats, $10 minimum

Purchase tickets at: 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 "Lullabye 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.

DISCOUNTS AND SPECIALS: 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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