Molly Ryan, Ralph Alessi Baida Quartet, Barbara Carroll & More Set for Birdlan, 9/1-7

Birdland Jazz Club has announced its schedule for September 1 - September 7, featuring Ralph Alessi Baida Quartet, Barbara Carroll, Jane Monheit's Jazz Party, Molly Ryan, and more!

Sept 1 (Monday) at 7:00PM
Broadway at Birdland Presents Molly Ryan
"Come Up and See Me Sometime" A Cheeky Tribute to Mae West

Since moving to New York City from Roseville, CA in August of 2003, she has become one of the most sought-after vocalists on the New York jazz scene. She has performed at such prestigious Manhattan venues as the Café Carlyle, The Waldorf Astoria, Birdland, Iridium, The New York Historical Society Museum and The Player's Club. She has performed alongside such prominent jazz artists as Randy Reinhart, Jon-Erik Kellso, Bria Skonberg, Dan Barrett, Mark Shane, Rossano Sportiello, as well as with the preeminent 1920s-style orchestra, Vince Giordano's Nighthawks. She is a member of Gordon Au's Grand Street Stompers, and appears on the band's Christmas album, released in November 2012. Molly also performs periodically with the gypsy jazz group Fête Manouche and with James Langton's New York All-Star Big Band, both of which spotlight her as rhythm guitarist as well as vocalist. Featuring Dan Levinson on clarinet and sax, Dalton Ridenhour on piano, Rob Adkins on bass and Kevin Dorn on drums.
All seats $25, $10 food/drink minimum

Sept 1 (Monday) at 9:30PM
Jim Caruso's Cast Party

"No one can call themselves a true New Yorker until they've been to the 'Cast Party,' which is to Broadway what the Conde Nast cafeteria is to publishing. Divas and dapper-dans insouciantly sip cocktails while watching each other sing and perform at the open-mic event during Broadway's dark night." (Next Magazine) Broadway impresario Jim Caruso hosts a combination open-mic, networking event and party in which the biggest stars on Broadway relax on their night off by performing their favorite songs in an informal setting.
All tickets $25, $10 food/drink minimum

Sept 2-6 (Tuesday-Saturday) at 8:30 & 11:00PM
Ralph Alessi Baida Quartet
With Jason Moran, Drew Gress, Nasheet Waits

The New York Times hails trumpeter Ralph Alessi as a "...fascinating presence on New York bandstands over the last two decades... he balances elegant precision and power." Born in San Francisco, the son of classical trumpeter Joe Alessi and opera singer Maria Leone, Alessi studied under the legendary Charlie Haden at CalArts before moving to NYC where he became a ubiquitous presence on the downtown scene. A frequent collaborator with such notables as Steve Coleman, Don Byron, Ravi Coltrane and Fred Hersch, Alessi has also recorded seven albums as a leader including the critically acclaimed "Baida" (Quartet) on ECM Records. As an educator, Alessi has been a member of the faculty of the Eastman School of Music and is currently the founder and director of the School for Improvisational Music ( Since 2002, he has been on the jazz faculty at New York University.
All seats $40, $10 food/drink minimum

Sept 4 (Thursday) at 6:00PM
Nancy Kelly CD Release Party

Starting at age four in her hometown of Rochester, New York, Nancy studied piano, clarinet, drama and dance with private instructors, and voice at the Eastman School of Music. During her thirty-plus year career she has honed her trademark swing/bop take no prisoner's back-to-the-roots swinging style in front of audiences across the U.S. and abroad--from Singapore to Switzerland, France, and Turkey to her 3 tours of Japan. Nancy appears regularly in New York City including performances at The Blue Note, Birdland and The Rainbow Room and Dizzy's Jazz club, Lincoln Center. She works frequently in Los Angeles and Miami, as well as countless jazz clubs, festivals, and symphony orchestra engagements across the country. Nancy was twice named "Best Female Jazz Vocalist" in the Down Beat Readers' Poll. She has recorded four critically acclaimed CDs, Her first cd "Live Jazz" reached #11 on the Billboard charts. "Born to Swing" and her latest cd "Well Alright" feature guest tenor saxophonist Houston Person.
All seats $25, $10 food/drink minimum

Sept 5 (Friday) at 5:15PM
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 food/drink minimum

Sept 6 (Saturday) 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 seats $30, $10 food/drink minimum

Sept 7 (Sunday) at 6:00PM
Jane Monheit's Jazz Party

With Michael Kanan, Neal Miner, Rick Montalbano?In just over fifteen years, critically acclaimed jazz vocalist Jane Monheit's honey-smooth vocals, silky phrasing and natural knack for storytelling have earned her two Grammy nominations and established her as one of her generation's most beloved and accomplished vocalists. Jane's sincere and romantic interpretations of exceptional songs has made her a favorite in both the jazz and cabaret worlds. Jane will debut her forthcoming project, "Hello Bluebird: Celebrating the Jazz of Judy Garland," in NYC during a weeklong engagement in January 2015.
All seats $30, $10 food/drink minimum

Sept 7 (Sunday) at 9:00PM & 11:00PM
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 food/drink minimum

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