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Music of Joe Henderson, Nikki M. James at ShowBiz After Hours & More Coming Up at Birdland


Birdland Jazz Club has announced its lineup for August 15-21, including Music of Joe Henderson With The Phantom Band, ShowBiz After Hours with Frank DiLella, Rolando Morales-Matos Jazz' Y Mambo Band, and more!

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

August 15 (Monday) at 7:00PM

ShowBiz After Hours with Frank DiLella

With Special Guests Nikki M. James, Max von Essen, Laura Michelle Kelly and Michael Longoria

The Broadway at Birdland concert series is proud to announce that NY1 theater journalist Frank DiLella will return to the Birdland stage with the sixth episode of his new talk show, "Show Biz After Hours With Frank DiLella." Frank's very special guests will be Nikki M. James ("Braindead," Book of Mormon), Max von Essen (An American in Paris), Laura Michele Kelly (Finding Neverland) & Michael Longoria (Jersey Boys). The event will be taped in front of a live audience on Monday, August 15 at 7pm. "Show Biz After Hours With Frank DiLella" is a regular theater-based live talk show featuring Broadway movers-and-shakers, impromptu musical performances, audience interaction, and a cocktail or two! Musical director for the show will be performer and composer Randy Redd. The show will be filmed and aired on Time Warner Cable's Video On Demand System.

All tickets $30, $10 food/drink minimum

August 15 (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

August 16-20 (Tuesday-Saturday) at 8:30PM & 11PM

Music of Joe Henderson

The Phantom Band featuring: Renee Rosnes (piano), Randy Brecker (trumpet), Al Foster (drums), Jimmy Greene (saxophones) and George Mraz (bass). For several years, all-star veterans of the late, pantheonic tenor saxophonist and composer Joe Henderson's bands have convened at Birdland to celebrate his enduring legacy as a composer and influential improviser. That legacy includes now standard jazz compositions such as "Black Narcissus," "Caribbean Fire Dance," "Inner Urge," "In'n Out," "Isotope," "The Kicker," "Our Thing," "Record Me," "Serenity," "A Shade of Jade" and many more. Back this year by popular demand, "The Phantom Band" (a tribute to Henderson's nickname, "The Phantom"), is convened and led by pianist, Renee Rosnes.

All tickets $40, $10 food/drink minimum

August 17 (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 $25, $10 food/drink minimum

August 18 (Thursday) at 6:00PM

Beat Kaestli "Live in Europe" CD Release

After a decade presenting his music on 5 continents as an internationally established recording artist, Swiss/American vocalist Beat Kaestli is now celebrating a ten year touring anniversary with the release of his first live CD "Live in Europe". Recorded on tour in Austria, Germany, Czech Republic and Slovakia in spring 2015, "Live in Europe" is a look back at Kaestli's accomplished recording career, spanning 5 studio albums to date and a preview of new arrangements and compositions. His unique interpretations of international standards, French chansons, Swiss folksongs and stunning original compositions have thrilled audiences across the globe and Kaestli's creative way of blending various styles, from R&B, Latin Rhythms to World Music, in Jazz, presents this uniquely American art form in his own, completely new and unforgettable fashion.
All tickets $25, $10 food/drink minimum

August 19 (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

August 20 (Saturday) at 6:00PM

Eric Comstock and Jay Leonhardt

Pianist/singer, Eric Comstock, returns to Birdland with star bassist/songwriter, Jay Leonhart, for songs by everyone from George Gershwin to George Harrison. Their collaboration began with a recording several years ago, and Eric and Jay's CD "All Hart" went on to win an A+ in Entertainment Weekly. Since then, these two masters have played separately and together around the country and around the world. Join them at Birdland for a party where the music and the stories are equally great. Escape the August heat with some cool tunes at Birdland!

All tickets $30, $10 food/drink minimum

August 21 (Sunday) at 6:00PM

Birthday Celebration of Borislav Strulev with Friends!

From classical to jazz and all with cello. World-renowned cellist Borislav Strulev has been fascinating audiences on some of the world's most prestigious stages since his U.S. debut at the Kennedy Center in 1993 arranged on initiative of Isaac Stern, Former World Bank President James Wolfensohn, and Byron Janis.

All tickets $30, $10 food/drink minimum

August 21 (Sunday) at 9:00PM & 11:00PM

Dominick Farinacci

Dominick Farinacci is set to release his Mack Avenue Records debut, Short Stories--a compelling suite of music with a repertoire that spans genres and generations united by the trumpeter/composer's soulful conception. Bringing together songs from Tom Waits, Horace Silver, Dianne Reeves and The Gipsy Kings as well as original compositions, Farinacci has managed to create his own musical universe, aided by musicians of the highest caliber. A short glance at the artists he and producer Tommy LiPuma involved speaks for itself: Christian McBride, Steve Gadd, Larry Goldings, Jacob Collier, Jamey Haddad and Gil Goldstein, for starters. Dominick (trumpet) will be joined by Adam Birnbaum (piano), Jonathan Michael (bass), Jerome Jennings (drums), Mathias Kunzli (percussion).

All tickets $30, $10 food/drink 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 "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 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.

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