Lauren Kinhan, Sara Gazarek, Cyrille Aimee & More to Perform at Birdland 1/6-12

Birdland Jazz Club has announced its schedule for January 6-12, featuring Regina Carter, Lauren Kinhan, Cyrille Aimee, The Beegie Adair Trio, The Birdland Big Band, Jim Caruso's Cast Party, and more.

January 6 (Monday) at 7:00PM
Matt Baker "A Tribute to Oscar Peterson"
Australian jazz pianist Matt Baker will perform "An Oscar Moment: A Celebration of the Life and Music of Jazz Legend Oscar Peterson." The concert will showcase Baker's interpretations of Peterson's greatest work, celebrating his life, greatest hits, and some of his beautiful original works. The two met in 2002 at the Blue Note in NYC, which was the start of a friendship and mentorship that lasted until Peterson's death in 2007. Jim Cammack will perform on bass, Jerome Jennings on drums, and Special Guest Vocalist will be BriAnna Thomas.
All seats $25, $10 minimum

January 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, Tedd Firth on piano and Daniel Glass on drums, hit the stage alongside up-and-comers, serving up jaw-dropping music and general razzle-dazzle.
All seats $25, $10 minimum

January 7 (Tuesday) at 8:30 & 11:00PM
Lauren Kinhan "Circle in a Square" CD Release Celebration
Jazz Times says, "Sweet surprises lurk around every corner... shaping a pastiche that is hip, intelligent and vibrant." Her third solo CD, tentatively titled Circle in a Square, is in production following a successful campaign she ran with the aid of Kickstarter's fan funded business model. She has partnered with Elliot Scheiner (Steely Dan, Fleetwood Mac) to produce the recording featuring the amazing talents of Ben Wittman (drums), Andy Ezrin (piano), Dave Finck (bass), and Will Lee (bass) for the underbelly. Lauren Kinhan will be joined at Birdland by Andy Ezrin (piano), David Finck (bass), Ben Wittman (drums), and Donny McCaslin (sax).
All seats $30, $10 minimum

January 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 seats $25, $10 minimum

January 8 (Wednesday) at 8:30PM & 11:00PM
The Beegie Adair Trio with Special Guest Monica Ramey
The legendary Beegie Adair Trio will be playing the historic Birdland Jazz Club on January 8, 2014. Joining the trio will be special guest, vocalist Monica Ramey. Their performances, as a trio and with Ms. Ramey, have consistently energized sold out audiences. Adair's albums have dominated the jazz charts and album sales while Ramey's sophomore album, produced by Adair and bassist Roger Spencer, are creating a reinvigorated excitement among the jazz world. Ms. Adair and Ms. Ramey are thrilled to return to Birdland and to bring their musical mates, Roger Spencer and Chris Brown, to NYC for a special "One Night Only" performance.
All seats $30, $10 minimum

January 9 (Thursday) at 8:30PM & 11:00PM
Sara Gazarek
Amongst a community teaming with startlingly gifted young singers, Sara Gazarek stands out as a particularly extravagant artist. Her first two albums introduced her singular sound and vision, steeped in the tradition of jazz but deeply informed by contemporary songwriters and performers. With Blossom & Bee, her highly anticipated debut release on the respected indie label Palmetto, Gazarek turns over an exciting, glistening new leaf.
All seats $30, $10 minimum

January 10 (Friday) at 5:00PM
The Birdland Big Band
Founded by drummer and musical director Tommy Igoe, the Birdland Big Band features the finest musicians in New York! 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 fast becoming 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 seats $30, $10 minimum

January 10 & 11 (Friday & Saturday) at 8:30PM & 11:00PM
Kurt Elling
During his show on Friday, Kurt will be joined by Gary Versace (keys), John McLean (guitar), Clark Sommers (bass), Bryan Carter (drums). On Saturday, the band will be joined by Special Guest Regina Carter. 2010 Grammy winner Kurt Elling is a rarity among jazz vocalists. While planning an academic career, Elling discovered jazz and took to it naturally. As the natural heir to jazz pioneers Eddie Jefferson, King Pleasure, and Jon Hendricks, Elling is the contemporary voice in vocalese. Whether it be Wayne Shorter, Keith Jarrett, or Dexter Gordon, Elling's vocalized interpretation is flawless, and upon Blue Note's reception of Elling's demo, Close Your Eyes was released in 1995. He began to get attention from jazz press, not only for his talent and original style, but also his choice in sidemen, which include Laurence Hobgood and Paul Wertico for a time. The New York Times calls his shows at Birdland, "...good, battering entertainment."
All seats $45, $10 minimum

January 11 (Saturday) at 6:30PM
Cyrille Aimee
Jazz vocalist Cyrille Aimée (pronounced: "Surreal Emmay") has a culturally rich background -- Dominican and French Gypsy -- and conservatory training (SUNY Purchase) that help to form the rhythmic and expressive foundation by which a jury of legendary vocalists including Al Jarreau, Kurt Elling, Dianne Reeves and Dee Dee Bridgewater judged her to be a finalist in the prestigious Thelonious Monk Vocal Competition in 2010. At the young age of twenty-six, Cyrille has since become one of the hottest young artists on the New York scene. She has already released four CDs with a variety of ensembles and performed at the top venues around the world. The New York Times dubs her, "one of those singers whom non-singing musicians call 'a musician.'"
All seats $30, $10 minimum

January 12 (Sunday) at 6:30PM
Sean Jones
Despite the multifarious views of amour represented on "No Need For Words," an entirely different type of chemistry runs throughout the album - that between Jones and his bandmates, the core of whom are together for their fourth CD in five years. Jones assembled the rhythm section for his 2006 album Roots, after observing the fact that MiLes Davis' groups were comprised not of the legendary trumpeter's friends but from the strongest available talent.
All seats $30, $10 minimum

January 12 (Sunday) at 7:30PM
Regina Carter
Time Magazine calls violinist Regina Carter "wonderfully listenable, probingly intelligent, and at times breathtakingly daring". As the most recent in a long line of important and eclectic Jazz artists from Detroit (including Tommy Flanagan, Kenny Burrell, Barry Harris, cousin James Carter and others) Regina Carter is as likely to explore that city's rich musical history through the music of Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye as she is through Tin Pan Alley and Classical music where she first garnered attention as a member of the Detroit Civic Symphony Orchestra.
All seats $30, $10 minimum

January 12 (Sundays) at 9:00PM & 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 seats $30, $10 minimum

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