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Gianni Valenti

 
Bio:
Gianni Valenti had a vision of recreating the musical magic with an update Birdland in 1986. Since then, the room has been host to some of the best jazz on earth (some might argue THE best), welcome to its' legendary room musicians like Oscar Peterson, Pat Metheny, Diana Krall, Michel Legrand, Dave ... (read complete bio)
 

Bio:
Gianni Valenti had a vision of recreating the musical magic with an update Birdland in 1986. Since then, the room has been host to some of the best jazz on earth (some might argue THE best), welcome to its' legendary room musicians like Oscar Peterson, Pat Metheny, Diana Krall, Michel Legrand, Dave ... (read complete bio)

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Gianni Valenti Biography

Gianni Valenti had a vision of recreating the musical magic with an update Birdland in 1986. Since then, the room has been host to some of the best jazz on earth (some might argue THE best), welcome to its' legendary room musicians like Oscar Peterson, Pat Metheny, Diana Krall, Michel Legrand, Dave Brubeck, John Pizzarelli, Kurt Elling, Jon Hendricks, and George Shearing, as well as the most successful big bands in the business. For the past 18 years, Birdland has been also been home to the "Broadway at Birdland" concert series, shining a spotlight on superstars, creators, and the most prominent up-and-comers from the theatrical and cabaret scenes. Among the entertainers who have graced the stages of Birdland under Mr. Valenti's regime are Liza Minnelli, Chita Rivera, Jason Robert Brown, Stephanie J. Block, Santino Fontana, Gavin Creel, Barbara Cook, Pasek & Paul, Laura Osnes, and Cheyenne Jackson, and that's before one even stops to consider all of the performers that have passed across the stage during the 17-year tenure of "Jim Caruso's Cast Party," a weekly open mic night where can be found jaw-dropping talent, some who have gone on to become big stars, like Erich Bergen, and those who are emerging as the stars of tomorrow, like The Drinkwater Brothers and Joseph C. Townsend. Not content to rest on their laurels, Valenti & co. constantly seek new ways to make Birdland a greater cultural center of Manhattan, leading to the creation of The Birdland Theater, beneath the main room of Birdland, where one can find the popular weekly series "The Lineup with Susie Mosher," as well as venerated nightclub stars like Linda Lavin and Marilyn Maye, or new talents like Hannah Jane Peterson and Ari Axelrod.




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Photos: Susan Mack 'Yesterdays' at Birdland Jazz Club Photo Photos: Susan Mack 'Yesterdays' at Birdland Jazz Club
by Kevin Alvey - Nov 18, 2022

Susan Mack debuted her new show at Birdland Jazz Club. Susan brought her jazz vocals to American Songbook and Popular songs from the 1930's to the 1990's. Directed by Lina Koutrakos and backed by Susan's trio of musicians including Tedd Firth (Piano), David Finck (Bass), Eric Halvorson (Drums), with guest appearance by Trumpeter Benny Benack III.

Photos: Julie Halston Storms Birdland With DE-CLASSIFIED Photo Photos: Julie Halston Storms Birdland With DE-CLASSIFIED
by Stephi Wild - Oct 19, 2022

On Monday, October 17, Julie Halston returned to the Birdland stage after two-and-a-half years of global pandemic Zoom Meetings and Green Screens. The Tony-winning actress/comedienne brought her new show “De-Classified,” in which she assesses the state of the world, the state of her life and the state of her hair.

Photos: Santino Fontana, Jason Kravits, and More Perform at JAMIE DEROY & FRIENDS at  Photo Photos: Santino Fontana, Jason Kravits, and More Perform at JAMIE DEROY & FRIENDS at Birdland
by Blair Ingenthron - Oct 5, 2022

Show business tour de force and 10-time Tony Award-winning producer Jamie deRoy brought her acclaimed Jamie deRoy & friends cabaret show back to New York's famed Birdland, Monday, October 3rd, at 7:00 p.m. Check out the photos here.

Photos: September 20th Episode of THE LINEUP WITH SUSIE MOSHER at Birdland Theater Is Photo Photos: September 20th Episode of THE LINEUP WITH SUSIE MOSHER at Birdland Theater Is Especially Starry
by Stephen Mosher - Sep 24, 2022

Photographer Matt Baker has a field day with the latest episode of The Lineup With Susie Mosher, and with good reason.

Photos: Julie Benko & Jason Yeager Celebrate HAND IN HAND At Birdland Photo Photos: Julie Benko & Jason Yeager Celebrate HAND IN HAND At Birdland
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Aug 31, 2022

Birdland presentED singer/actress Julie Benko (Broadway’s Fanny Brice) and jazz pianist Jason Yeager in a celebration of their new recording, “Hand in Hand” (Club44 Records) on Monday, August 29. Check out photos below!

Photos: Sam Gravitte Returns To Birdland With Broadway Standards & More Photo Photos: Sam Gravitte Returns To Birdland With Broadway Standards & More
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Aug 3, 2022

Once again, Sam Gravitte, recently seen as Fiyero in Wicked on Broadway, teamed up with a quartet of some of New York City’s most dynamic young musicians at Birdland on Monday evening. Sam performed standards like 'Why Try to Change Me Now,” Sondheim’s 'Finishing the Hat,' and duetted with Solea Pfeiffer (Evita, West Side Story). See photos here!

Photos:  Matt Baker Captures The Electricity Of THE LINEUP WITH SUSIE MOSHER at Birdl Photo Photos: Matt Baker Captures The Electricity Of THE LINEUP WITH SUSIE MOSHER at Birdland Theater With His Camera
by Stephen Mosher - Jul 17, 2022

Photographer Matt Baker returns to Birdland Theater after two weeks of traveling, and just in the nick of time: it looks like Susie Mosher's show was in rare form.

Review: ANAÏS RENO at Birdland by Guest Reviewer Andrew Poretz Photo Review: ANAÏS RENO at Birdland by Guest Reviewer Andrew Poretz
by Stephen Mosher - Jul 11, 2022

Guest Reviewer Andrew Poretz has praise for the phenom that is taking the jazz scene by storm.

Photos: Dominick Farinnaci & Triad Make Triad Make New York Debut at Birdland Theater Photo Photos: Dominick Farinnaci & Triad Make Triad Make New York Debut at Birdland Theater
by Stephen Sorokoff - Jul 9, 2022

A unique pairing of instruments played up a storm this week at Birdland Theater.

Photos: Marilyn Maye Can Still Slay & That's What She Did When THE MARILYN MAYE TRIO  Photo Photos: Marilyn Maye Can Still Slay & That's What She Did When THE MARILYN MAYE TRIO played Birdland
by Bobby Patrick - Jun 25, 2022

Thursday night’s near-capacity house got a musical experience to remember forever from the lady and THE MARILYN MAYE TRIO - Ted Furth, Tom Hubbard, & Mark Mclean. 

Gianni Valenti Videos

BWW TV Exclusive: Liza Minnelli, Nick Adams, Brian Stokes Mitchell & More Perform at Lorna Luft's PINK PARTY!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Oct 23, 2013

For the second week in a row, Lorna Luft brought her fund-raising 'Pink Party' to the Broadway at Birdland stage with thrilling results. After a recent bout with breast cancer, the award-winning performer decided to 'give back' with two sold-to-the-walls events benefitting The Actors Fund's Phyllis Newman Womens Health Initiative and the Tower Cancer Research Foundation's Dr. Philomena McAndrew Fund. BroadwayWorld brings you exclusive highlights from the evening below, including performances from Liza Minnelli, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Nick Adams, and more!