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Date Time Event Description
Jun-24-17 06:00 PM Veronica Swift
At just 22 years of age Veronica Swift is being recognized as one of the top young singers in jazz.The child of jazz vocalist Stephanie Nakasian and the late bebop pianist Hod OBrien, Veronica has already appeared at Lincoln Center, Telluride Jazz Festival, Blues Alley, The Jazz Cruise, and Birdland, performing with Jon Hendricks, Annie Ross, Esperanza Spalding, Joe Lovano, Bob Dorough, Paquito dRivera, and other established jazz artists.Veronicas recent CD, Lonely Woman, features some of the hottest young jazz players on the scene including Emmet Cohen and Benny Benack III.
Jun-24-17 06:00 PM Beegie Adair featuring Monica Ramey at Birdland Beegie Adair featuring Monica Ramey Saturday, June 24, 6:00 p.m. Music Charge: $30 "The pairing of Beegie and Monica is a master class on how to interpret timeless songs with style, taste and a swinging contemporary sensibility.” – Michael Feinstein The legendary Beegie Adair will be returning to Birdland Jazz Club with vocalist Monica Ramey. Their performances, as a duo and with the renowned Beegie Adair Trio, have consistently energized sold out audiences. Adair's albums have dominated the jazz charts and album sales while their new duo album, SOME ENCHANTED EVENING" is creating a reinvigorated excitement among the jazz & broadway world. Ms. Adair and Ms. Ramey are thrilled to return to Birdland for a special “One Night Only” duo performance. Jazz great Helen Merrill salutes Adair’s “inventive jazz sense, her wonderful sense of time and improvised melody.” Michael Feinstein calls Adair “a marvelously understated player whose interpretations of standards are just brilliant," Christopher Loudon of JazzTimes magazine says she is “an accomplished artist with a delicate touch.” The Los Angeles Times calls her music “Elegant.” Entertainment News writes, “Beegie Adair is one of the finest piano players in the world.” Jazz fans around the world agree with critics about Adair’s sophisticated and listenable jazz performances, and have made her recordings among the biggest sellers in the jazz world. Under the guidance of her esteemed mentor and friend, Ramey is quickly catching the attention of jazz fans, critics and musicians. Guitarist Anthony Wilson declares Ramey “sings with grace and elegance” and “uses these abilities to deliver the world of the song first to your ears (sometimes it’s like she’s singing directly to you), then to a much deeper place where you can really feel it.” The Nashville Scene calls her “a first-rate interpreter of the jazz canon.” Pianist Chris Walters finds Ramey’s music “a miracle – at times controlled and concise, at others, fervent and daring, all the while abundant with wisdom” all while drummer Marcus Finnie states "Monica is truly an "Artist." Her interpretation and phrasing of these works are moving and beautiful." Doors open at 5pm. For reservations and more information, please visit www.birdlandjazz.com.
Jun-24-17 08:30 PM Stacey Kent
Jun-24-17 11:00 PM Stacey Kent
Jun-25-17 06:00 PM The Interplay Jazz Orchestra
The Interplay Jazz Orchestra
THE INTERPLAY JAZZ ORCHESTRA

“Is there any sound as glorious as that of a big band in full swing? While that question is somewhat rhetorical, there's no question about the fact that the big band was once synonymous with all that was right, good and adventurous in jazz.

While it's true that these large ensembles haven't ruled the roost for quite some time, and the days of Basie, Ellington, Herman, Kenton and the like are long gone, the rumors of the big band's demise have been greatly exaggerated. Europe is full of state sponsored large ensembles, New York seems to birth a new big band every week, and bands built by cutting edge colorists like Maria Schneider continue to get their hard-earned and well-deserved share of the ink. That's where the story often ends when discussions of big bands begin, but that's not the whole story. To get the full picture one has to look beyond the big names and outside the borders of the bustling jazz centers. Plenty of wonderful music is being made in these outlying areas by upstart ensembles like The Interplay Jazz Orchestra. This big band, coming out of Long Island, NY, isn't exactly new, but it's starting to receive more notice these days." - All About Jazz

Some of the finest jazz artists in New York City grew up just a few miles east on Long Island. Some became pros, some became educators. With a history of great music education programs and top jazz educators, Long Island has a unique jazz scene. Enter, The Interplay Jazz Orchestra.

The IJO was formed in 2003 as The Hofstra University Alumni Big Band. The group borrowed some big band charts from jazz professor Dave Lalama and found a steady gig at a local jazz club. The consistent work produced some great music, better memories, and even deeper friendships.

As the line-up changed and solidified into it’s current form, The Interplay Jazz Orchestra was born. Co-directed by trumpeter Gary Henderson and trombonist Joey Devassy, the band has the distinction of being the only active big band on Long Island that performs original music. All of the compositions and arrangements are written by members of the band. The band has been performing bi-monthly at the jazz club TREME (Islip, NY) for the past three years and will begin a monthly residency this summer at The Jazz Loft in Stony Brook. The group has been guest artists at Hofstra University, St. Joseph’s College, and the Three Village School District. They have performed at The Town of Islip Jazz Festival (JazzFest), the Oyster Bay-East Norwich School District’s Annual Jazz Festival, and in 2015 played at The Garage in Greenwich Village. Some of the band’s members can also be seen playing with some of the most famous big bands in the world including The Birdland Big Band and The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra.

The IJO’s debut album “My Love You’re Free” was released in 2013. All About Jazz wrote the band “delivers a debut album with plenty of flash, fanfare and, yes, swing.” It cites John Marshall and Damien Pacheco as improvisational “standouts”. It also adds “[Joey] Devassy’s burly trombone on "Fender Bender" and [Jonathan] Holford’s impassioned work on "Softly, As In A Morning Sunrise" are merely two examples plucked from a long list of fine solo spots.”

The album features arrangements and compositions by seven different members of the band. Previously undiscovered melodies by Billy Strayhorn (“It Is Written in the Stars”) and Duke Pearson (“My Love You’re Free”) were arranged for big band by Chris Scarnato through a commission from local jazz museum (The Jazz Loft) curator Tommy Manuel. These are the only known recordings of these melodies from the two jazz masters.

Interplay’s newest release, “Detour”, was recorded in the summer of 2015 at The Bunker Studios in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Although several members of the band contributed to the writing on this album, a large sum of it is composed or arranged by baritone sax player Chris Scarnato. Scarnato’s “compositions highlight his mastery of writing for winds, ranging from silken sax section runs to more boisterous conversational episodes.” - All About Jazz The album also features new works by Joey Devassy, Chris Doherty, Brent Chiarello (along with his wife Andrea), Gary Henderson, as well as an original piece written for the band by Dave Lalama called “Reunion@Hofstra”. The band is proud to release, what it considers to be the culmination of years of playing, musical chemistry, friendship, and hard work. Dan Bilawsky at All About Jazz penned "The Interplay Jazz Orchestra...completely outdoes itself with Detour."

“[The Interplay Jazz Orchestra] serves as a fine example of the fact that impressive big band music is being created in all sorts of places. Interested parties just have to know where to look.” -All About Jazz (Dan Bilawsky)
Jun-25-17 09:00 PM The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra
The 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.

The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra is the resident large format ensemble of the nonprofit Afro Latin Jazz Alliance (ALJA) founded by Arturo O'Farrill in 2007 and dedicated to preserving the music and heritage of big band Latin jazz, supporting its performance for new audiences, and educating young people in the understanding and performance of this important cultural treasure. For more information about the orchestra and other ALJA initiatives, please visit us at www.afrolatinjazz.org

http://www.npr.org/2015/08/12/431549038/first-listen-arturo-o-farrill-cuba-the-conversation-continues

https://youtu.be/znsww02yN6o
Jun-25-17 11:00 PM The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra
The 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.

The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra is the resident large format ensemble of the nonprofit Afro Latin Jazz Alliance (ALJA) founded by Arturo O'Farrill in 2007 and dedicated to preserving the music and heritage of big band Latin jazz, supporting its performance for new audiences, and educating young people in the understanding and performance of this important cultural treasure. For more information about the orchestra and other ALJA initiatives, please visit us at www.afrolatinjazz.org

http://www.npr.org/2015/08/12/431549038/first-listen-arturo-o-farrill-cuba-the-conversation-continues

https://youtu.be/znsww02yN6o
Jun-26-17 07:00 PM Steve Ross in “Come On And Hear,” An Irving Berlin Celebration
Steve Ross

Steve Ross
“Come On And Hear”
An Irving Berlin Celebration
Monday, June 26 at 7pm
Birdland

The Broadway at Birdland concert series is proud to announce the return of pianist/singer Steve Ross in “Come On And Hear,” An Irving Berlin Celebration, on Monday, June 26 at 7pm.

When Jerome Kern was asked about what place Irving Berlin held in American music his reply was “He has no place in American music, he IS American music.” What better way to celebrate America than a program of this prolific composer’s wonderful songs – ranging from the lively vaudeville numbers like his first great hit “Alexander’s Ragtime Band” through the beautiful, heartbreaking ballads like “How Deep Is the Ocean” to the dazzling rhythmic dancing songs written for Fred Astaire “Puttin’ On the Ritz.” There will be many stops on Broadway and Hollywood in-between, including ragtime and visits to that Yankee Doodle Dandy himself, George M. Cohan.

Steve Ross was raised in Washington, DC, and heard a lot of music at home, some from his mother who played piano. In due course, he studied piano himself and by the time he had attended Georgetown University, spent a little time in a seminary, and served in the US Army, he had become an accomplished pianist, drawing his repertoire not from contemporary pop but from the Great American Songbook. In the early 70s he settled in New York City where he soon became well known on the city’s cabaret scene. At first a background pianist, he was urged by club owners to sing and gradually began to do this, eventually training as a singer. As his personal style developed, so his reputation spread. Ted Hook, owner of Backstage, a piano bar in the midtown theatre district, hired him. The association was hugely successful and in 1979 Hook opened a new club, Onstage, especially to showcase Ross’ talents. In 1981, Ross was booked into the Oak Room at the Algonquin Hotel where he played a considerable part in establishing the room as a perennial favorite of artists and customers. At some venues he would find himself accompanying leading entertainers who happened to be in the audience, among them Liza Minnelli and Ginger Rogers. Ross toured Australia in 1986, one of his shows there being recorded at Don Burrows’ Supper Club, and he returned to that country in the late 90s. He has played many festivals, including Perth in Australia, Spoleto in Italy, and Hong Kong. Other international venues include seasons at London’s Ritz Hotel and Pizza On The Park. In 1989, he hosted a live cabaret series for BBC Television, and back in America was host of New York Cabaret Nights, a series for National Public Radio.

Ross maintained his popularity and high standards through the 90s and into the early 00s. In the winter of 1996/7, he appeared in a revival of Noël Coward’s Present Laughter at the Walter Kerr Theatre; the show, which starred Frank Langella, ran for 175 performances. At New York’s Stanhope Park Hyatt Hotel in the winter of 2003/4 he presented a new cabaret show, My Manhattan, an elegant portrait of a hundred years of the city’s life seen through song. Ross’ repertoire draws from the work of songwriters past and present, such as George Gershwin, Cole Porter, with whose work he has a special affinity, Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart, and Stephen Sondheim. He has appeared with stride pianist Judy Carmichael, performing a show entitled Style Meets Stride that featured the music of Porter and Fats Waller. Ross sings in a light baritone voice, playing the piano with verve. For several years, he has been referred to as ‘the Crown Prince of New York Cabaret,” an unofficial but merited title.



Steve Ross in “Come On And Hear,” An Irving Berlin Celebration
Monday, June 26 at 7pm
Birdland (315 West 44 Street, NYC)
www.BirdlandJazz.com
$30/$40 cover, $10 food/drink minimum
Jun-26-17 09:30 PM Jim Caruso's Cast Party
Hosted by Jim Caruso, with the Cast Party "Symphony Orchestra""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.
Jun-27-17 08:30 PM Joe Lovano
Saxophone Summit with Joe Lovano, Dave Liebman, Greg Osby (saxes) Phil Markowitz (piano) Cecil McBee (bass) Billy Hart (drums)NEA Jazz Master DaveLiebman, one of the most important saxophonists in contemporary music, (Downbeat) states that Saxophone Summits focus on late Coltrane is a corrective celebration of music that has been largely under appreciated andunexplored. In his final years, Coltrane's music included amazinglybeautiful, lyrical melodies offset by intense, abstract and dissonantfree group improvisation. Along with saxophonist Joe Lovano, one of the most creative saxophonists going, (Boston Globe) and newest addition, alto saxophonist and St. Louis native Greg Osby, Saxophone Summit is more than a cuttingcontest or saxophone battle. It has become a multi-faceted musical equation greaterthan the sum of its parts.