Birdland Jazz Club and Birdland Theater are proudly open this November with a full slate of nightly performances!

At Birdland Jazz Club, catch Mingus Big Band, Hyeseon Hong Jazz Orchestra, George Abud and Katrina Lenk, Jane Monheit, Marcello Pellitteri: Benefit for The Veronica Pellitteri Memorial Fund, Underworld Orchestra: The Hadestown Band, Django Reinhardt NY Festival, The Purchase Latin Jazz Orchestra Directed by David DeJesus, Karen Akers, Ken Peplowski Quartet “Hidden Treasures: Ken’s American Songbook,” Bryan Carter and Charlie Rosen’s CarTOONestra!, Joe Alterman Trio: NY Album Release Celebration, and Eliane Elias.

Birdland Theater will present Sam Dillon Quartet, Peter Bernstein Trio with Guest Frank Senior, Caity Gyorgy, Suede, Lakecia Benjamin & Phoenix, AC Lincoln, Duduka DeFonseca and Quarteto Universal, Robin McKelle, Sheila Jordan Trio, Naama Trio, Jin Joo Trio, David Ostwald’s Louis Armstrong Eternity Band, Anaïs Reno: “Growing Through Music” Album Release Celebration, and Bria Skonberg.

Repeat engagements include Vince Giordano & The Nighthawks, Jim Caruso’s Cast Party with Billy Stritch at the piano, The Lineup with Susie Mosher, David Ostwald’s Louis Armstrong Eternity Band, Frank Vignola’s Guitar Night, The Birdland Big Band, Loston Harris Duo, and Arturo O’Farrill & The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra.

See below for the full schedule! More information can be found at 

October 31 – November 4 (Tuesday-Sunday) 7:00 & 9:30 PM (10/31-11/2); 8:30 & 10:30 PM (11/3-4) – Birdland Jazz Club
Mingus Big Band
Celebrating the music of its founder Sue Mingus’s late husband, this Grammy-winning and 4-time Grammy-nominated ensemble plays with fire and imagination. The Mingus Big Band and its two sister ensembles, Mingus Dynasty and Mingus Orchestra, held a famed weekly residency in New York City for decades until the COVID-19 pandemic put them on pause. But they are still swinging as hard as ever, and with this 6-night run at the jazz club, they are bound to knock the socks off of their audience. Charles Mingus was known for powerful bass playing, his groundbreaking compositions of visionary genius, and his openness to the individual personalities of the members of his groups. The Mingus Big Band continues this legacy with a cast of New York’s most inventive, accomplished jazz musicians.
$40 tables / $30 bar + $20 food/drink minimum

November 2 (Thursday) 8:30 PM – Birdland Theater
Sam Dillon Quartet
The ever-exciting Sam Dillon is a saxophonist, woodwind player, composer and teacher based in New York. In 2013, Sam was selected as a semifinalist in the Thelonious Monk International Saxophone Competition; as a semifinalist, he performed at The Smithsonian Institute in Washington D.C. for legends Wayne Shorter, Jimmy Heath, Branford Marsalis, Bobby Watson and Jane Ira Bloom. Performances at Carnegie Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Symphony Space, Smoke Jazz Club, The Iridium, Yoshi’s Jazz Club, Smalls Jazz Club, The 55 Bar, The Zinc Bar, The Kitano Hotel, Cornelia Street Cafe and live on WBGO 88.3 FM have marked this musician as one of New York’s finest practitioners.
$30 tables / $20 bar + $20 food/drink minimum

November 3-4 (Friday-Saturday) 7:00 & 9:30 PM – Birdland Theater
Peter Bernstein Trio with Guest Vocalist Frank Senior
A guitarist’s guitarist, the inimitable Peter Bernstein has been a force on the modern jazz scene in New York (and around the world) since breaking onto the scene in 1989. His 9 albums as a leader and over 200 as a sideman—with such legends as George Coleman, Sonny Rollins, Lou Donaldson, Joshua Redman, Brad Mehldau, Brian Blade, Jimmy Cobb, and Jim Hall—have cemented him as one of jazz’s foremost practitioners, beloved for his warm, round tone and lyrically swinging melodicism. Bernstein’s trio with drummer extraordinaire Bill Stewart and organ master Larry Goldings is one of contemporary jazz’s iconic bands. For this two night engagement at Birdland, we see Bernstein performing with Jason Brown (drums), Neal Miner (bass), and Frank Senior (vocals).
$30 tables / $20 bar + $20 food/drink minimum

November 5 (Sunday) 5:30 PM – Birdland Jazz Club
Hyeseon Hong Jazz Orchestra
The Korean jazz composer/arranger Hyeseon Hong (hay-son · hong)  splits her time between New York City and Seoul. Mixing classical music, contemporary jazz, Korean traditional music, and the big band sound, Hong has created a unique corner wherein lush harmonies and impressionistic backgrounds set the scene for Korean rhythms and clear melodies, painting rich sonic portraits of the natural world. Her most recent release, EE-YA-GI (Summit, 2017) was met with critical acclaim, and to Birdland she brings a 17-person band full of New York heavy-hitters including Rich Perry, Jonathan Saraga, Andrew Hadro and Jeremy Powell.
$30 tables / $30 bar + $20 food/drink minimum

November 5 (Sunday) 7:00 & 9:30 PM – Birdland Theater
Caity Gyorgy
Caity Gyorgy (pronounced George) is a rising Canadian vocalist who has delivered bebop and swing stylings around the world. The 2-time JUNO award winner has performed and recorded with Christine Jensen, Pat LaBarbera, Jocelyn Gould, Ira Coleman, Bryn Roberts, Joe LaBarbera and others at jazz clubs and festivals across Canada, Mexico, Japan and the USA. Where many vocalists are content to explore the Songbook for its timeless depth, Gyorgy’s skill as a writer brings her personal voice even further to the front: like Downbeat’s Scott Yanow has noted, fans will love that her “originals sound as if they are from the 1950s with more modern lyrics.” In fact, these lyrics were awarded the Grand Prize in the jazz category of the 2021 John Lennon Songwriting Contest. Currently signed to Brooklyn label La Reserve Records, Gyorgy albums “Now Pronouncing” and “Featuring” both received JUNO awards. Her latest recording, “You’re Alike, You Two,” was released in late July 2023.
$30 tables / $20 bar + $20 food/drink minimum

November 6 (Monday) 7:00 PM – Birdland Jazz Club
George Abud and Katrina Lenk – “Swung”
The duo – who starred together in the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical The Band’s Visit – return in an encore performance of their sold-out show. The evening features a sizzling selection of songs from Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Jordan, Marlene Dietrich, Kay Thompson, Umm Kulthum, and many more. Together with a swinging five-piece band featuring music director Jake Landau on piano, Dan Berkery on drums, Sam Sadigursky on reeds, Yuka Tadano on bass, and Harvey Valdes on guitar, this will be a dreamy, madcap soirée of talk and tunes. Katrina Lenk has had the good fortune to be in several Broadway shows: The Miracle Worker, Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, Once the Musical, Indecent, Company, and The Band’s Visit, for which she won Tony and Grammy Awards. Her TV and film work includes a stint on the final season of “Ozark,” “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” “Tommy,” and “The Good Fight.” George Abud is a proud Arab-American artist, fresh off the new musical Cornelia Street at the Atlantic Theater, starring Norbert Leo Butz. His Broadway credits include The Band’s Visit (Daytime Emmy Award, OBC Recording) and The Visit (OBC Recording).
$40 tables / $30 bar + $20 food/drink minimum

November 7-11 (Tuesday-Saturday) 7:00 & 9:30 PM (11/7-9); 8:30 & 10:30 PM (11/10-11) – Birdland Jazz Club
Jane Monheit
With a robust, sultry tone and an uplifting stage presence, Jane Monheit has become a household name among contemporary jazz fans over the last 15 years, who have come to identify her with the living tradition of swinging vocalists. Performing standards from the Great American Songbook in a way that is both all her own and yet deeply dedicated to the great achievements of the master singers, Monheit has been the vocalist of choice on recordings by the great Terence Blanchard (Let’s Get Lost), Tom Harrell (Wise Children), Harold Mabern (Afro Blue), David Benoit (Two in Love and Believe) and others. As a leader, she has released 13 full-length albums; at a recent engagement at Birdland Jazz Club, she celebrated the release of her latest album on Club44 records, Come What May (2021). Her first recording in five years, Come What May captures Monheit at her peak. Her group features Michael Kanan on piano and Neal Miner on bass, and Joe Strasser on drums. Monheit will bring audiences into her world for this surely captivating week.
$40 tables / $30 bar + $20 food/drink minimum

November 9 (Thursday) 8:30 PM – Birdland Jazz Club
The pop, jazz, and blues vocalist and instrumentalist Suede returns with her longtime pianist Freddie Boyle and Bill Moring on bass. Suede tours nationally and internationally, filling the best rooms – from Feinstein’s in San Francisco to Blues Alley and The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. and beyond. Her PBS special “Live at Scullers Jazz Club” aired nationally on PBS. Her recording of the great Shirley Eikhard’s “Emily Remembers” was the number one song of the year on WJZW radio, Washington, D.C. and has helped raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for Alzheimer’s research. According to The New York Times, “voices like hers come along maybe once in a generation.”
$35 tables / $25 bar + $20 food/drink minimum

November 10-12 (Friday-Sunday) 7:00 & 9:30 PM – Birdland Theater
Lakecia Benjamin & Phoenix
New York native Lakecia Benjamin is one of the electric new voices in contemporary jazz. Long influenced by jazz, R&B, and hip-hop, Benjamin and her distinctive sound gained both inner clarity and public attention through work with music icons Stevie Wonder, Alicia Keys, Macy Gray, and The Roots. Her mission to blend genres and dismantle musical boundaries developed on her critically-acclaimed solo albums “Retox” (2012), “Rise Up” (2018), and “Pursuance: The Coltranes” (2020), and she was voted 2020 Rising Star Alto Saxophonist in the Downbeat Critics Poll, as well as Up and Coming Artist of the Year by the Jazz Journalists Association. When a near-fatal car accident in 2021 threatened her ability to perform, Benjamin persevered, recording and releasing her album “Phoenix” to rave reviews. Featuring special guests Dianne Reeves, Georgia Anne Muldrow, Patrice Rushen, Sonia Sanchez, Angela Davis and Wayne Shorter, it solidifies Benjamin’s artistic presence as an indispensable voice in contemporary music culture. Benjamin performs for three nights at Birdland Theater.
$30 tables / $20 bar + $20 food/drink minimum

November 12 (Sunday) 5:30 PM – Birdland Jazz Club
Marcello Pellitteri: Benefit for The Veronica Pellitteri Memorial Fund
Drummer Marcello Pellitteri’s long tenure in music has seen him perform on over 100 recordings; in concert at venues such as Radio City Music Hall, The White House, and Boston Symphony Hall; and with music luminaries Joe Henderson, Jon Hendricks, Miroslav Vitous, and Paquito D’Rivera. A teacher at the iconic Berklee College of Music for nearly 35 years, Pellitteri’s record of service in music is vast. In this special engagement at Birdland, he plays in honor of his daughter, Veronica, who passed unexpectedly in October 2014. A Memorial Fund has been named in her honor at LaGuardia High School of Music and her Art in New York City—where she trained as a vocalist—to benefit young musicians in their studies. This benefit concert, from which proceeds are given to that fund, is dedicated to her.
$30 tables / $30 bar + $20 food/drink minimum

November 13 (Monday) 7:00 PM – Birdland Jazz Club
Underworld Orchestra: The Hadestown Band with special guests from the Cast
Drummer Ben Perowsky leads the Hadestown band, “Underworld Orchestra,” with special guest vocalist “Gods and Goddesses” from the cast of the hit Broadway show, through a program of their favorite Broadway songs, jazz standards, and more. Vocalists include Eva Noblezada, Amber Gray, Reeve Carney, and Jewelle Blackman.. The band features Ben Perowsky on drums, Brian Drye on trombone, Marika Hughes on cello, Dana Lyn on violin, Ilusha Tsinadze on guitar, Fima Ephron on bass, Nathan Koci on accordion and piano, and Cody Owen-Stine on accordion and piano.
$40 tables / $30 bar + $20 food/drink minimum

November 14-19 (Tuesday-Sunday) 7:00 & 9:30 PM (11/14-16); 8:30 & 10:30 PM (11/17-19) – Birdland Jazz Club
Django Reinhardt NY Festival
Gypsy Jazz guitar legend Django Reinhardt’s unmistakable sound has made him an icon for an unlikely range of luminaries from Carlos Santana to Eric Clapton to Jimi Hendrix to Willie Nelson. What began as a tribute performance at Birdland in 1999 has developed into the annual Django Reinhardt NY Festival, now in its 25th year. For this year’s festival, legendary violinist/guitarist Dorado Schmitt brings his two sons—the virtuosos Samson and Amati Schmitt—to perform with him in what is sure to be a series of show-stopping performances. Joined by Francko Mehrstein on rhythm guitar and Gino Roman on bass, the group have performed across the world at the San Francisco Jazz Festival, Newport Jazz Festival, Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, and 24 years at Birdland. They will be joined by an all-star list of special guests, including Anat Cohen (clarinet, 11/14), Edmar Castaneda (harp, 11/15), Madeleine Peyroux (vocals, 11/17 — 8:30pm), Ken Peplowski (clarinet, 11/17 — 10:30pm), Randy Brecker (trumpet, 11/18),  and Houston Person (saxophone, 11/19). This is a week not to miss!
$40 tables / $30 bar + $20 food/drink minimum

November 14 (Tuesday) 5:30 PM – Birdland Theater
AC Lincoln
Singer and tap dancer AC Lincoln is a modern day song and dance man, and this outing will find he and his swoon-worthy quintet delighting the audience with swinging renditions of jazz standards and sultry ballads.The native New Yorker was born to jazz singing duo parents Kim and Marion Lincoln. Landing on the scene in NYC, AC soon shared the stage with tap dance greats including Buster Brown, Jimmy Slyde, and Savion Glover. He has shared the family stage with his sister, widely-acclaimed singer and songwriter Emily King, and has been writing, producing, arranging, and singing his own original music.  Lincoln has been both a sideman (The Hot Sardines, Mercedes Ellington, Brian Newman) and band leader, singing and tap dancing throughout NYC and abroad.
$30 tables / $20 bar + $20 food/drink minimum

November 16 (Thursday) 8:30 PM – Birdland Theater
Duduka Da Fonseca and Quarteto Universal
Beloved for his work as a co-founder of the iconic Trio de Paz, which brought Brazilian music and jazz together in unprecedented ways, Duduka Da Fonseca is a legend of the international music scene. In his nearly six decades behind the drums, he has recorded and performed with Nancy Wilson, Phil Woods, Joe Henderson, Wayne Shorter, John Scofield, Paquito D’Rivera, Bill Charlap, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Astrud Gilberto, Toninho Horta, and Milton Nascimento, among countless other masters. Da Fonseca continues to make waves in the international music scene: in 2022, he enlisted a top-tier group of Vinicius Gomes (g), Helio Alves (p) and Gili Lopes (b) to record Quarteto Universal’s “Yes!!!”, a record that met much critical acclaim. It is this group that performs at Birdland Theater for a one night engagement. Don’t miss!
$30 tables / $20 bar + $20 food/drink minimum

November 17-18 (Friday-Saturday) 7:00 & 9:30 PM – Birdland Theater
Robin McKelle
Acclaimed vocalist Robin McKelle brings a wealth of experience to her latest project, a tribute to her greatest influence, Ella Fitzgerald. “My voice has matured,” muses the singer, “and I have grown so much as a woman. I felt like I was really at a point in my life where…I could sing these stories because I had lived them.” And so, to record “Impressions of Ella,” Robin McKelle decided to enlist the best of the best: Kenny Washington on drums, the pinnacle of straight-ahead swinging; Peter Washington on bass, renowned as one of jazz’s most important low-end men; and the legend Kenny Barron, whose work with Stan Getz, Dizzy Gillespie, and Freddie Hubbard is beloved. From “How High the Moon” to “I Won’t Dance,” to Gershwin’s “My One and Only,” to “April in Paris” and “Lush Life,” McKelle’s new recording brings audiences both into the stylistic world of her idol Fitzgerald and into the idiosyncratic world of McKelle’s contemporary voice, one which has traveled the world performing everything from R&B to country to jazz. She will deliver a performance of this new material and more at Birdland for two nights.
$30 tables / $20 bar + $20 food/drink minimum

November 19 (Sunday) 5:30 PM – Birdland Jazz Club
The Purchase Latin Jazz Orchestra Directed by David DeJesus
Comprised of the top student musicians in SUNY Purchase’s Conservatory of Music, this exciting large ensemble performs styles from all across Latin America, rendering the worlds of mambo, cha-cha, danzon, festejo, porro, and more with youthful verve. Director David DeJesus, a fixture on both jazz and Latin music scenes, will guide the orchestra as they bring to life the many flavors of Latin Jazz on the Birdland stage.
$30 tables / $30 bar + $20 food/drink minimum

November 19 (Sunday) 7:00 & 9:30 PM – Birdland Theater
Sheila Jordan Trio
Sheila Jordan stands as one of America’s last living great jazz vocalists. After moving to New York in 1951, she befriended Charlie Parker; married Parker’s pianist, Duke Jordan; studied with Lennie Tristano and Charles Mingus; and performed regularly with jazz royalty. Jordan was raised in poverty in Pennsylvania’s coal-mining country, and she faced threats and violence as a white woman for working predominantly with black musicians. But her talent and love for the music allowed her to work with the top proponents of bebop and beyond. The 1970s saw Jordan venturing into innovative, adventurous musical forms with the likes of Carla Bley, Steve Swallow, and Bob Moses; in subsequent decades, she put forth 15 more records as a leader. Amazingly, in 2021, after a brilliant life in music, a lost album—which is now known to be her true first venture as a leader—was unearthed and finally released. The record, Come Love, precedes what was long considered Jordan’s debut, Portrait of Sheila. Now—at 94 years young—Jordan continues to appear on major stages. This November, she brings her dazzling energy to Birdland, gracing us for one night only with her trio.
$30 tables / $20 bar + $20 food/drink minimum

November 20 (Monday) 7:00 PM – Birdland Jazz Club
Karen Akers – “Water Under the Bridge”
Singer and actress Karen Akers will return with her concert featuring musical director Alex Rybeck. Akers takes a look back at some of the songs that first brought her acclaim in cabaret as well as on Broadway, television, and recordings — works by Craig Carnelia, Maury Yeston, Edith Piaf, and Stephen Sondheim, among other treasures. Akers is one of America’s more arresting and successful concert stars. She is the recipient of the 2005 New York Nightlife Award for Outstanding Female Cabaret Vocalist, as well as the 2009 Nightlife Legend Award. Ms. Akers has appeared in many prestigious venues worldwide, including Carnegie Hall and The Hollywood Bowl, as well as the Cafe Carlyle and The Oak Room at The Algonquin Hotel.  She has taken her music to the south of France, Russia, and Barcelona’s Liceu Opera House. She appeared on Broadway as one of the original stars of the Tony Award-winning musical Grand Hotel. She made her debut on the Great White Way in the original production of Nine, receiving a Tony nomination and a Theatre World Award.
$40 tables / $30 bar + $20 food/drink minimum

November 21 (Tuesday) 5:30 PM – Birdland Theater
Naama Trio
Vocalist Naama Gheber is a self-assured, easygoing talent whose deft melodic sense and pleasing swing feel have brought her to the front lines of the New York jazz scene. Gheber’s debut album, 2020’s Dearly Beloved, and her 2nd recording, 2022’s If I Knew Then, earned her acknowledgement in All About Jazz and Downbeat Magazine, and her forthcoming effort, Where Flamingos Fly, featuring vibraphone legend Steve Nelson, is set to release in 2023. Gheber’s love for joyously bouncing rhythms and the power of song has led to frequent performances at leading New York jazz institutions Smalls, Mezzrow, the Django at the Roxy Hotel, and Birdland. For this one-set-only engagement, she brings her trio of Dave Baron (bass) and Jeb Patton (piano), a very swinging team.
$30 tables / $20 bar + $20 food/drink minimum

November 21-25 (Tuesday-Saturday) 7:00 & 9:30 PM (11/21-23); 8:30 & 10:30 PM (11/24-25) – Birdland Jazz Club
Ken Peplowski Quartet “Hidden Treasures: Ken’s American Songbook”
Named by the BBC as “arguably the greatest living jazz clarinetist,” the masterful Ken Peplowski presents “Hidden Treasures,” a celebration of oft-forgotten gems in the Great American Songbook. With a stellar band that has featured Glenn Zaleski (piano), Peter Washington (bass), and Willie Jones III (drums), Peplowski vows there will be “No repeats! Every set will feature a completely different song list!” In the dexterous hands of Peplowski and his friends, such diverse and obscure material is sure to turn into masterpieces of collective swinging exploration.
$40 tables / $30 bar + $20 food/drink minimum

November 23 (Thursday) 8:30 PM – Birdland Theater
Jinjoo Yoo Trio
The late, great jazz drummer Jimmy Wormworth exclaimed of pianist Jin Joo: “I LOVE her playing and compositions!!! I hear Thelonious, Bud, John Lewis from her,” he stated. “Jinjoo does not show off. She tells a lot of big story with fewer notes than most young artists of her age.” An internationally-regarded performer, she has played across the United States, United Kingdom, Italy, Greece, Spain, Poland, Hungary, and South Korea, and in 2017, the famed Baku Jazz Competition selected her as a Finalist. On her debut album, 2018’s I’m Curious (Gut Strings Records), Joo is backed by the great Wormworth and revered bassist Neal Miner. She brings a swinging trio to Birdland playing songbook standards and inspired originals.
$30 tables / $20 bar + $20 food/drink minimum

November 24-26 (Friday-Sunday) 7:00 & 9:30 PM – Birdland Theater
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 18th year of residency at Birdland, their weekly post-workday Wednesday engagement is the city’s best musical bargain—but for this special engagement, the Eternity Band headlines a three-night weekend at the Theater. 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!
$30 tables; $20 bar + $20 food/drink minimum

November 26 (Sunday) 5:30 PM – Birdland Jazz Club
Bryan Carter and Charlie Rosen’s CarTOONestra!
This special engagement sees the dynamic duo of orchestrators Bryan Carter and Charlie Rosen collaborating on an unlikely new project: the CarTOONestra, which brings to life (in 18-piece jazz big band fashion) the most iconic themes from Saturday morning TV and the silver screen! Each is a seasoned professional in their own right: Bryan, an internationally-acclaimed jazz drummer and Charlie, a Grammy-winning bandleader. The pair is fresh off their joint win at the 2023 Tony Awards for the musical “Some Like It Hot.” As the first orchestrators to sweep all three major awards in a single season—76th Annual Tony Awards (Best Orchestrations), Outer Critics Circle Awards (Outstanding Orchestrations) and the Drama Desk Awards (Outstanding Orchestrations)—Carter and Rosen’s momentum is huge, and with this passion project, they dive into the wacky world of our favorite animated characters.
$30 tables / $30 bar + $20 food/drink minimum

November 26 (Sunday) 8:30 & 10:30 PM Birdland Jazz Club
The Yardbird Big Band directed by David DeJesus
The Yardbird Big Band, directed by David DeJesus, pays tribute to Birdland’s namesake, Charlie Parker. This band brings together some of the best musicians in New York City to play Bird’s songs, and DeJesus—an expert on the life of Charlie Parker—will guide audiences through this evening of iconic music. The songs may be classic, but the arrangements are fresh.
$30 tables / $30 bar + $20 food/drink minimum

November 27 (Monday) 7:00 PM – Birdland Jazz Club
Joe Alterman Trio: NY Album Release Celebration
Enjoy a night with Birdland favorite Joe Alterman as he celebrates the release of his new recording! Alterman is the pianist who Ramsey Lewis calls “a joy to behold”; who Les McCann calls “a giant”; and whose warm, upbeat pianism calls forth the exuberant wit of Ahmad Jamal, the blues of Red Garland, and the reflections of Bill Evans. An Atlanta native who has been performing in New York City for over ten years, his latest release is Joe Alterman Plays Les McCann: Big Mo & Little Joe (August 2023); he also released Solo Joe: Songs You Know in the same month. His prior recording, The Upside of Down, captured the power of two sets he played at Birdland in 2019 and 2020 in the months just preceding the pandemic. Alterman’s expertise lies in his ability to bring the heat on keys, conjuring up the down-home good feelings which we so badly need right about now. Perhaps this is why famed jazz critic Nat Hentoff says that the young pianist “would have been able to hold his own jamming with…Lester Young, Count Basie, Oscar Peterson, and Duke Ellington.” Let Alterman and company swing you out of your seats. Really—don’t be surprised if you start dancing!
$30 tables / $20 bar + $20 food/drink minimum

November 28 (Tuesday) 5:30 PM – Birdland Theater
Anaïs Reno: “Growing Through Music” Album Release Celebration
Catch the young phenom as she celebrates the release of her latest recording! At 19 years old, Anaïs Reno bears the marks of great success: already the winner of the Forté International Competition, Michael Feinstein Competition, Mabel Mercer Competition, the Julie Wilson Award, and a Finalist in NFAA’s YoungArts competition, Reno’s awards are matched by her performance credits: at Birdland, Carnegie Hall, David Geffen Hall, The Django, Chris’ Jazz Café in Philadelphia, and many others. Her last album, “Lovesome Thing: Anaïs Reno Sings Ellington & Strayhorn,” which she recorded with the Emmet Cohen Trio (when Anaïs was 16), received critical acclaim and rose to number 6 on the jazz charts. In 2021, Reno was featured in the acclaimed video, “New York State of Mind,” featuring Idina Menzel and Stephen Colbert; and, in 2022, she was featured on national television singing “America the Beautiful” for the Mets/Yankees 9/11 game. Clearly a singer to watch, Reno performs with pianist Adam Birnbaum to commemorate the release of “Growing Through Music,” which sees the promising young vocalist coming even more deeply into her own.
$30 tables / $20 bar + $20 food/drink minimum

November 28 – December 2 (Tuesday-Saturday) 7:00 & 9:30 PM (11/28-30); 8:30 & 10:30 PM (12/1-2) – Birdland Jazz Club
Eliane Elias
With over 2.2 million albums sold to date, Eliane Elias’ singular sound is one of the most unique and immediately recognizable in jazz. Elias blends her Brazilian roots and alluring voice with her instrumental jazz, classical and contemporary skills as a vocalist and pianist. The New York Times has described Elias’ live concert as “a celebration of the vitality of a culture overflowing with life and natural beauty” and JAZZIZ has called her “a citizen of the world” and “an artist beyond category.”  Her 2021 recording, MIRROR MIRROR (Candid) – a set of duets with Eliane and the late Chick Corea, and Eliane and Chucho Valdez – won the 2022 GRAMMY® Award for Best Latin Jazz Album. Her latest album, 2022’s Quietude (Candid), was similarly awarded: it received the 2023 Latin Grammy nomination for Best Engineered Album, taking #1 spots on the Billboard Magazine Traditional Jazz Chart, the iTunes Latin and Jazz Charts, and received the 2023 LIBERA Award nomination for Best Latin Jazz Record. With her trio of bass master Marc Johnson (Bill Evans Trio) and drummer Rafael Barata (Ivan Lins), plus special guests, this powerhouse artist will deliver her trademark brilliance for Birdland audiences.
$40 tables / $30 bar + $20 food/drink minimum

November 30 – December 3 (Thursday-Sunday) 8:30 PM (11/30); 7:00 & 9:30 PM (12/1-3) – Birdland Theater
Bria Skonberg
When The Wall Street Journal called Bria Skonberg “one of the most versatile and imposing musicians of her generation,” they were only stating facts. The Canadian trumpeter and vocalist can write, play, and sing, and as she’s proven through performances with Jon Batiste, Wycliffe Gordon, Stephane Wrembel, U2, Sun Ra Arkestra and countless others, Skonberg’s talent is not slowing down. A 3-time JUNO Award Nominee, the winner of Best Vocal Album for her Sony Masterworks debut, and the leader of 6 studio recordings, Skonberg’s talent has earned her over 13 million streams, 85,000 followers, and 6 Downbeat Rising Star nominations. Her music revives the “hot jazz” style, marrying its original verve, exuberance, and virtuosity with a variety of modern influences.
$30 tables / $20 bar + $20 food/drink minimum


Monthly Engagements:

 November 6, 7, 13, 20, 27 (Every Monday, and Tuesday 11/7) 5:30 & 8:30 PM – Birdland Theater
Vince Giordano & The Nighthawks
Catch Vince Giordano & The Nighthawks every Monday evening in November at Birdland Theater! Giordano, the recipient of a GRAMMY Award for his work scoring the HBO show Boardwalk Empire, is a master composer and arranger whose 11-piece band, The Nighthawks, recreate the jubilant 1920s jazz sound with amazing definition, using violins, tubas, banjos, and collector’s item drum sets. The band has provided soundtracks for film and television productions including The Cotton Club, The Aviator, Finding Forrester, Revolutionary Road, Cafe Society, Boardwalk Empire, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, and many more. Not to be missed!
$40 tables / $30 bar + $20 food/drink minimum

November 6, 13, 20, 27 (Mondays) 9:30 PM – Birdland Jazz Club
Jim Caruso’s Cast Party
“Jim Caruso’s Cast Party,” a New York institution for two decades, is a wildly popular weekly open mic night/variety show that has brought a sprinkling of Broadway glitz and urbane wit to Birdland since 2003. Called “show-business heaven” by The New York Times and “the gold-standard of open mic nights” by The Wall Street Journal, “Cast Party” presents a potent mix of Broadway stars, jazz swingers and cabaret legends, in addition to new faces and rising talent from every genre. The buoyant, sharp and charming Caruso guides the entire affair, while musical genius Billy Stritch (Liza Minnelli, Tony Bennett) holds court at the ivories and leads the Cast Party Symphony Orchestra (Steve Doyle on bass and Daniel Glass on drums). Eric Adams, the Mayor of the City of New York, recently proclaimed, “Whereas, I am enormously proud to lead a city renowned as a global capital of the arts, ‘Jim Caruso’s Cast Party’ has enriched our dynamic cultural landscape since 2003, and on the occasion of its 20th anniversary, I am pleased to recognize the weekly show’s tremendous contributions to our performing arts and nightlife sectors.”
$30 + $20 food/drink minimum

November 14, 21, 28 (Tuesdays except 11/7) 8:30 PM – Birdland Theater
The Lineup with Susie Mosher
“The Lineup with Susie Mosher” is a wild, anything-goes variety show featuring entertainers from the Broadway, cabaret and comedy scenes, ranging from today’s hottest headliners to the best up-and-coming stars of tomorrow. Mosher – the noted actress and singer from Broadway and beyond, called “one of those talents you need to see to believe” by Time Out New York – hosts the spontaneous extravaganza every Tuesday, and each Lineup is unique and promises to deliver an unforgettable night of quintessential New York City entertainment.
$20 + $20 food/drink minimum

November 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 (Wednesdays) 5:30 PM – Birdland Theater
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 18th 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!
$30 tables; $20 bar + $20 food/drink minimum

November 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 (Wednesdays) 8:30 PM – Birdland Theater
Frank Vignola’s Guitar Night
It’s the best jazz guitar lover’s show in the world. Frank Vignola’s virtuosity has made him the guitarist of choice for many of the world’s top musicians, including Ringo Starr, Madonna, Donald Fagen, Les Paul, the Boston and New York Pops, and more. Every Wednesday at 8:30pm in the Birdland Theater, Frank leads “Frank Vignola’s Guitar Night at Birdland.” Inspired by journeyman jazz guitarist John Pisano’s now famous Los Angeles Guitar Night, the Frank Vignola Quartet, featuring pianist Ted Rosenthal, bassist Gary Mazzaroppi,Bri and drummer Vince Cherico, will perform tunes from the standard repertoire, bringing in special guests: Henry Acker and Pasquale Grasso (guitars, 11/1), Nicole Zuraits (vocals, 11/8), Bria Skonberg (trumpet/vocals, 11/15), and Jimmy Bruno & Pasquale Grasso (guitars, 11/29). *Guitar night streams live every week at
$30 tables; $20 bar + $20 food/drink minimum

November 3, 10, 17, 24 (Fridays) 5:30 PM – Birdland Jazz Club
The Birdland Big Band
Every Friday, and for two headlining weeks a year, the “BBB” roars into action playing a thrilling and original mix of jazz, funk, Brazilian, Latin and world music for sold-out audiences. Featured weekly guest artists drop in from television bands (David Letterman, Saturday Night Live) and pop music touring bands (Rob Thomas, Rod Stewart). Come see for yourself why Time Out New York called the BBB “A completely unique experience… there isn’t another band like this anywhere,” and why proclaims, “If you hear one band in NYC make sure this is it… and prepare to be blown away!”
$30 + $20 food/drink minimum

November 4, 11, 18, 25 (Saturdays) 5:30 PM – Birdland Jazz Club
Loston Harris Duo with Gianluca Renzi
Loston Harris possesses a voice like the great big band singers and the consummate pianism of a Wynton Kelly or a Tommy Flanagan. This combination of outgoing performance and exuberant technical mastery is rare, but Harris has it in spades—and at Birdland, accompanied by the brilliant Gianluca Renzi on bass, Loston will bring his one-two punch to the stage for two swinging sets. His life in jazz has included tutelage with some of the music’s greatest masters. He studied with Marsalis family patriarch, the pianist Ellis, on recommendation by the great Harry Connick Jr. after participating in the first Thelonious Monk Jazz Competition in Washington, D.C. Since then, Harris has wowed many a special audience: besides tours with the legendary Wynton Marsalis, or an appearance with piano genius Marcus Roberts on the PBS special “Portraits in Blue,” he was also the featured singer at George Clooney’s Birthday with John Mayer; Sarah Jessica Parker’s private Sex and the City movie after-party; Tom Cruise’s ICON Award Ceremony; and the Friar’s Club Gala honoring Don Rickles. Harris performs for four consecutive Saturdays.
$30 + $20 food/drink minimum

November 5,12 (Sundays except 11/19,26) 8:30 & 10:30 PM Birdland Jazz Club
Arturo O’Farrill & The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra
Pianist, composer and educator Arturo O’Farrill—leader of the “first family of Afro-Cuban Jazz” (The New York Times)—leads the GRAMMY® award winning Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra (ALJO), who bring together the drama of big band jazz, the culture of Latin music, and the virtuosity of eighteen of the world’s most accomplished solo musicians. Twelve years of critically-acclaimed performances internationally have firmly established the ALJO as the standard-bearer for creative interpretation of Latin jazz greats such as Tito Puente, Frank “Machito” Grillo, and Chico O’Farrill, as well as the driving force behind new commissions from Latin music’s most talented composers and arrangers.
$30 + $20 food/drink minimum

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