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Jay Armstrong Johnson, BOSSABRASIL and More Coming Up at Birdland in February

Birdland Jazz Club has announced its schedule for February 6-12, featuring BOSSABRASIL with Marcos Valle with Special Guest Celso Fonseca, Jay Armstrong Johnson, Bennie Benack III, and more. Scroll down for details!


Birdland will kick-off their great week of programming with the following acts:

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's wowed Broadway audiences as one if the Three Sailors in On The Town (Chip), Greg in Hands on Hardbody, and Claude in Hair. After creating the role of Will Olsen on ABC's "Quantico", Jay comes back to Birdland to revisit some of his favorite tunes in an intimate evening celebrating his love of music and theater. Backed by a three piece band with new arrangements and musical direction by Rodney Bush, Jay will take us through some of his favorite career moments with some very special guests.

All tickets $30, $10 food/drink minimum

February 6 (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, 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 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 8 (Wednesday) 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 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 10 (Friday) at 5:15PM

The Birdland Big Band

With Guest Conductor Rob Middleton

Founded by drummer and musical director Tommy Igoe, the Birdland Big Band features the finest musicians in New York! Celebrating 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 11 (Saturday) at 6:00PM

Jay Leonhart and Tomoko Ohno

Virtuoso bassist and master storyteller, Jay Leonhart, leads "Duo" with pianist, Tomok Ohono.

All tickets $30, $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 12 (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.

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. Concert Grand Piano By: Yamaha.

For more information, visit www.BirdlandJazz.com, or follow BIRDLAND JAZZ CLUB on Twitter: @birdlandjazz, Facebook, Instagram, and on Pinterest.

Photo Credit: Stephen Sorokoff


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