Birdland Jazz Club and Birdland Theater: May 1 – May 31 Schedule

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

At Birdland Jazz Club, catch Take 6, Hyeseon Hong Jazz Orchestra, The Gabrielle Stravelli Trio, Bill Charlap Trio, Grace Fox Big Band, Ari Axelrod, John Koozin and the Neighborhood, Steve Ross, Gil Evans Project, Christian Wiggs Big Band, Karen Akers, and Monty Alexander 80th Birthday Celebration.

Birdland Theater will present Shai Maestro Quartet, Lauren Kinhan Band, Bacha Mdzinarashvili Trio, Michael Wolff Trio, Ann Kittredge, Miss Maybell and the Jazz Age Artistes, Gil Gutierrez Trio, Vana Gierig, Matt Wilson’s GOOD TROUBLE with Tia Fuller, Dawn Clement, Jeff Lederer, and Ben Allison, Scott Robinson Quartet, Billy Stritch.

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 High Society New Orleans Jazz Band, The Birdland Big Band, Caelan Cardello Trio, Bill Charlap Solo Piano, and The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra.

See below for the full schedule! More information can be found at www.birdlandjazz.com 

May 1-4 (Wednesday-Saturday) 7:00 & 9:30 PM (5/1-2); 8:30 & 10:30 PM (5/3-4) – Birdland Jazz Club
Take 6
Take 6, the world’s premier vocal group, make their Birdland debut! After ten GRAMMY® Awards and countless accolades, Claude McKnight, Mark Kibble, Joel Kibble, Dave Thomas, Alvin Chea, and Khristian Dentley, continue to delight audiences with their extraordinary a cappella arrangements of repertoire from straight-ahead jazz to pop to adult R&B, doo-wop and blues.  Take 6 — who Quincy Jones called, the “Baddest vocal cats on the planet!” — will show why Quincy Jones raved as they perform material from “RHAPSODY,” their forthcoming new recording project with a slate of exciting guests: Manhattan Transfer alums Janis Siegel and Yaron Gershovsky (vocal and piano, May 2); Daniel Witherspoon (piano, May 3); and Til Bronner (trumpet, May 4, 10:30 pm show only).
$50 tables / $40 bar + $20 food/drink minimum

May 3-4 (Friday-Saturday) 7:00 & 9:30 PM – Birdland Theater
Shai Maestro Quartet
One of the most talented pianists of his generation, Shai Maestro is a wizard on his instrument whose decidedly modern aesthetic combines lush harmonic invention, challenging rhythmic exploration, and heartbreakingly direct melodicism. After 5 years touring with internationally renowned bassist Avishai Cohen’s trio (featuring Maestro and drum icon Mark Guilliana), Maestro started his own project and began releasing what would, over the course of 13 years, become 6 albums of original music. His latest two recordings, Human (2020) and The Dream Thief (2018), were both released on ECM. Maestro’s work with Gilad Hekselman, Chris Potter, Ari Hoenig, the Tokyo Philharmonic, and the Orquestra de Camara Portuguesa, as well as his composition and arranging for movies, pop musicians, and electronic musicians, have all led to a secure reputation as one of the best keys artists in the contemporary music landscape.
$35 tables / $25 bar + $20 food/drink minimum

May 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

May 5 (Sunday) 7:00 & 9:30 PM – Birdland Theater
Lauren Kinhan Band
Join Lauren Kinhan and her trio for an evening rich with her original music.  Known for her cinematic lyrics and adventuresome musical imagination, Lauren doesn’t wait for inspiration to hit, she serves her muse what she likes with a healthy portion of permission to play.  With three solo albums full of her original music and one standard album paying tribute to Nancy Wilson, Lauren’s preparing for a new recording project and this is your chance to hear the buds as they blossom.  Says Brent Black at Bop-n-Jazz of Lauren’s critically acclaimed Circle in a Square that was ripe with her inventions, “There are layers of texture, organic bits of lyrical wonder that magically fuse together to make a contemporary mosaic of harmonic wonder that sets a new standard for improvisational vocalists everywhere.” Expect nothing less from her next work of art.  Featuring Sean Fitzpatrick, Dean Johnson and Marcello Pellitteri. For those of you not hip to her pedigree, she’s been a stalwart member of New York Voices for over 32 years, a collaborator in bands such as Moss and JaLaLa,  and a curator/producer of a vocal-centric live event, Vocal Mania, with Janis Siegel.
$30 tables / $20 bar + $20 food/drink minimum

May 6 (Monday) 7:00 PM – Birdland Jazz Club
The Gabrielle Stravelli Trio – “Beautiful Moons Ago” Album Release Concert
The Gabrielle Stravelli Trio will perform a release concert for their new album Beautiful Moons Ago. Stravelli, the acclaimed vocalist and songwriter, blends musical traditions with a modern, genre-bending sensibility. Beautiful Moons Ago, her fifth release, is the first to feature her trio with pianist Michael Kanan and bassist Pat O’Leary. Over twelve years of collaborating, the trio has developed a deep musical connection that allows for great spontaneity in their performances. Recorded at the legendary Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Beautiful Moons Ago mines the jazz and American Songbook repertoire to bring you rarely-heard gems and one original, all performed with the trio’s joyously hard-swinging style. Stravelli’s pairing of a jazz artist’s musicianship with an ability to interpret lyrics and connect with an audience has led to a richly varied career. She regularly leads her quartet in performances at the country’s finest jazz clubs and performing arts centers and has headlined domestic and international jazz festivals including the 2021 and 2018 WBGO Jazz on the Mountain Festival in New Paltz, NY, the 2019 Providencia Jazz Festival in Santiago, Chile, the 2016 All That Jazz Festival in Eleuthera, Bahamas and the 2014 Maree Sonore Festival in Venice, Italy.
$30 tables / $20 bar + $20 food/drink minimum

May 7-11 (Tuesday-Saturday) 7:00 & 9:30 PM (5/7-9); 8:30 & 10:30 PM (5/10-11) – Birdland Jazz Club
Bill Charlap Trio (Week 1)
One of the world’s leading pianists for the past thirty years, Bill Charlap served for many years as Tony Bennett’s primary pianist, all the while leading his working trio with legendary drum/bass team Kenny Washington and Peter Washington to the heights of jazz honor. Nominated for a Grammy for the records Somewhere: The Songs of Leonard Bernstein and Live at the Village Vanguard, this trio’s communication is finely tuned, its energy boundless, its taste immaculate, and its repertoire expansive. Working together, these three gentlemen of jazz are known for their telepathic connection, admirable restraint, and tight arrangements of standard material. They perform at Birdland for two consecutive weeks. Jazz fans will regret missing this band!
$45 tables / $35 bar + $20 food/drink minimum

May 9 (Thursday) 8:30 PM – Birdland Theater
Bacha Mdzinarashvili Quintet
A prodigious young pianist from Tbilisi, Georgia, Bacha Mdzinarashvili combines elements of bebop, funk, soul, R&B, and modern jazz to create a powerful musical experience in the tradition of improvising giants Herbie Hancock, Keith Jarrett, Charlie Parker, and Clifford Brown. His first recording, “The Smile,” featured all-stars Darren Barrett (trumpet), Corey Fonville (drums), and Myron Walden (sax); and with a record of performances at some of the music’s most illustrious halls and events—including Birdland Jazz Club, Rose Theater in Jazz at Lincoln Center, and the Black Sea Jazz Festival—Mdzinarashvili’s artistry has continued to blossom and develop. He leads a quintet at the Theater for one evening.
$30 tables / $20 bar + $20 food/drink minimum

May 10-12 (Friday-Sunday) 7:00 & 9:30 PM – Birdland Theater
Billy Stritch Trio
Birdland favorite Billy Stritch is one of the premier singer-pianists on the New York and national jazz and cabaret scenes. He began his career in Houston, Texas, where he formed the vocal trio Montgomery, Plant, and Stritch. The trio performed all over New York and Europe from 1983 until they disbanded in 1990. A chance meeting with Liza Minnelli in March of 1991 resulted in her asking him to create vocal arrangements for the record-breaking extravaganza Liza Stepping Out at Radio City Music Hall. In addition to his 25-year collaboration as accompanist and opening act for Liza, Billy recently toured with the legendary Tony Bennett as Tony’s pianist and musical director. A solo entertainer in his own right, he has performed his own shows (including tributes to Mel Tormé and Cy Coleman) in concert halls and nightclubs across the country. Billy also serves as musical director for such leading vocalists as Linda Eder, Christine Ebersole, and Linda Lavin. With Eric Halvorson (drums) and Michael O’Brien (bass)
$35 tables / $25 bar + $20 food/drink minimum

May 12 (Sunday) 5:30 PM – Birdland Jazz Club
Grace Fox Big Band
In March of 2022, Grace Fox—a precocious talent then only 19 years old—celebrated the release of her debut album, and premiered her compositions at Birdland with her 17-piece all-female jazz ensemble. On the recording, Eleven O’ Seven (Next Level), Fox assembled a brilliant, multiethnic, and multigenerational cast of jazzwomen from across the country that deftly represented her originals and arrangements—like “Sterile,” which Fox penned to illustrate the deadening effects of early pandemic quarantine, or “Strasbourg St. Denis,” the Roy Hargrove anthem which Fox orchestrated for large ensemble. “I had the opportunity to get this band together and I couldn’t say no,” the trumpeter stated in an interview with Jazz Philadelphia. Since then her career has taken off: performances with the band at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola and in last year’s Times Square live music series—as well as trumpet work with Jon Batiste at both Carnegie Hall and Newport Jazz Fest—have shown the young talent that she is on the right path. The Big Band delivered another stunning second performance on the Birdland stage late last year; this May, come see what’s in store for Round 3!
$30 tables / $30 bar + $20 food/drink minimum

May 13 (Monday) 7:00 PM – Birdland Jazz Club
Ari Axelrod – “A Place for Us: A Celebration of Jewish Broadway”
Celebrated artist Ari Axelrod returns with this internationally acclaimed evening. Hailed by BroadwayWorld as “genuinely one of the finest shows this writer has ever seen,” the multi-award-winning event celebrates Jewish vitality and Jewish culture by honoring the songs and stories of Jewish composers and their contributions to the American musical. The Jewish Week named Ari one of the 36 most influential Jews under the age of 36 in The United States. He received the 2022 Bistro Award for Best Theatrical Artistry in Song. His debut solo show, “Taking the Wheel,” directed by Tony Award winner Faith Prince, has been performed in numerous cities around the country. Ari’s work as a director has been seen at the Tony Award-winning Paper Mill Playhouse, Birdland Jazz Club, 54 Below, and The Green Room 42. Ari’s debut album, Live at Birdland is now available on all streaming platforms.
$30 tables / $20 bar + $20 food/drink minimum

May 14 (Tuesday) 8:30 PM – Birdland Theater
Michael Wolff Trio
The Birdland Theater is pleased to welcome back the Michael Wolff Trio! The award-winning pianist—known for an impressive and eclectic career that has spanned five decades and included stints with Cannonball Adderly, Nancy Wilson, Sonny Rollins, Cal Tjader, and Tom Harrell, as well as recordings with Tony Williams, Christian McBride, Freddie Hubbard, and Sheila E—released his latest recording Live at Vitellos on March 19th, 2021 with Sunnyside Records. Surfacing a decade after its recording at the iconic Los Angeles jazz club in 2011, Live at Vitellos captures a stirring snapshot of a stunning live performance that instantly transports listeners to a night of musical magic and intrigue over the course of seven spellbinding tracks.
$30 tables / $20 bar + $20 food/drink minimum

May 14-18 (Tuesday-Saturday) 7:00 & 9:30 PM (5/14-16); 8:30 & 10:30 PM (5/17-18) – Birdland Jazz Club
Bill Charlap Trio (Week 2)
One of the world’s leading pianists for the past thirty years, Bill Charlap served for many years as Tony Bennett’s primary pianist, all the while leading his working trio with legendary drum/bass team Kenny Washington and Peter Washington to the heights of jazz honor. Nominated for a Grammy for the records Somewhere: The Songs of Leonard Bernstein and Live at the Village Vanguard, this trio’s communication is finely tuned, its energy boundless, its taste immaculate, and its repertoire expansive. Working together, these three gentlemen of jazz are known for their telepathic connection, admirable restraint, and tight arrangements of standard material. They perform at Birdland for two consecutive weeks. Jazz fans will regret missing this band!
$45 tables / $35 bar + $20 food/drink minimum

May 14 (Tuesday) 5:30 PM – Birdland Theater
Ann Kittredge – “Romantic Notions” Album Release
Singer Ann Kittredge will celebrate the release of her new album, Romantic Notions, which features fresh, creative arrangements of classics by Jimmy Webb, Bob Dylan, Stevie Wonder, Billy Joel, Burt Bacharach, and others. The show will feature Christopher Denny on piano, Rex Benincasa on drums and percussion, Sean Harkness on guitar, and Mary Ann McSweeney on bass. The special guest will be Aaron Heick on saxophone and evening is directed by Barry Kleinbort. Kittredge is a lifelong performing artist and multi-award-winning vocalist. She has performed on Broadway, Off-Broadway (including King David, Dessa Rose, Nunsense, multiple seasons of A Christmas Carol, and multiple NY City Center Encores!) and at major venues across the country (Arena Stage, Goodspeed Opera House, Huntington Theatre, among others). She is a regular on the cabaret circuit and her previous small venue shows, Movie Nite, Fancy Meeting You Here: An Evening of Ahrens & Flaherty, and One Night Only, garnered rave reviews. Her debut album, reIMAGINE, earned the prestigious LaMott-Friedman Award, and received glowing critical acclaim.
$30 tables / $20 bar + $20 food/drink minimum

May 16 (Thursday) 8:30 PM – Birdland Theater
Miss Maybell and the Jazz Age Artistes
Miss Maybell and the Jazz Age artists play “old music for the young at heart,” and it’s a sight to behold. Offering an exuberant mix of ragtime, early jazz, blues, and country classics, Maybell (the talented Lauren Sansaricq) and crew transport audiences to a different time, but in their expert hands, the music feels as fresh as ever. Vocalist/washboardist Sansaricq’s lovely connection with pianist Charlie Judkins—called a “genius piano player” by the Syncopated Times—radiates an infectious energy. Their toe-tapping romps will leave audiences smiling. Brian Nalepka (bass and tuba) and Andy Stein (saxophone) round out the group, which was recently featured on The NPR Show “Person Place Thing” with Randy Cohen. Don’t miss this delightful one-nighter!
$30 tables / $20 bar + $20 food/drink minimum

May 17-19 (Friday-Sunday) 7:00 & 9:30 PM – Birdland Theater
Gil Gutierrez Trio
Mexican guitar virtuoso Gil Gutiérrez is an icon of his instrument, performing around the world with some of music’s greatest names. A master of nylon string guitar and tres, he has performed at the Kennedy Center, the Mexican Cultural Institute of the Mexican Embassy in Washington D.C., and at Carnegie Hall accompanied by the New York Pops with Doc Severinsen; toured internationally with Arturo Sandoval, Ana Gabriel, Ricardo Arjona, Francisco Céspedes and Pedro Guerrail; and was featured with Severinson in 2022 on PBS American Masters series. Join him at the Birdland Theater for a weekend with his group, featuring violinist Bob Stern (Jerry Miller, Charlie Prichard, Laura Branigan) and bassist Dave Rodriguez (Max Roach, Tito Puente). Alternatively soothing, rhythmic, pyrotechnic, and tender, this band will refresh and uplift its audiences.
$35 tables / $25 bar + $20 food/drink minimum

May 19 (Sunday) 5:30 PM – Birdland Jazz Club
John Koozin and the Neighborhood
Houston-born bassist John Koozin is a young veteran of jazz music who aims to invoke thoughts, ideas, and unity through his narrative-based compositions and playing. With performances at top national and international venues—including 55 Bar, The Jazz Gallery, Blue Whale, Berne Jazz Festival, Japan’s Star Eyes, Zinc Bar, Minton’s Playhouse, at the Lincoln Center Library and The United Nations—and with jazz masters Matt Wilson, Vic Juris, Nir Felder, Steve Cardenas, James Francies, Joel Ross, Sebastian Whittaker, and Adam O’Farrill, as well as the Houston Symphony, Metropole Orchestra, and Joffrey School of Ballet—Koozin has moved securely toward his musical goals. He quotes as his inspiration visual artists, books, faith, video games, and his friends. His new album, John Koozin and the Neighborhood is out this year.
$30 tables / $30 bar + $20 food/drink minimum

May 20 (Monday) 7:00 PM – Birdland Jazz Club
Steve Ross – “Finding Words for Spring”
Vocalist and pianist Steve Ross – widely heralded as “The Crown Prince of New York Cabaret” – returns in a special new show. He will celebrate the optimism of the season as well as the more mellow and reflective moods it evokes. Featured will be a salute to Michel Legrand and the Bergmans (“You Must Believe in Spring”), in addition to songs like “Some Other Spring,” “It Might as Well Be Spring,” and “Spring Isn’t Everything.” Ross has been a fixture of the cabaret community in Manhattan for over forty years. In 1981 he re-opened the legendary Oak Room at Manhattan’s famed Hotel Algonquin where he held forth for over 15 years. He has appeared on Broadway in Noël Coward’s Present Laughter and Off-Broadway in his Fred Astaire tribute I Won’t Dance. Internationally, he has performed in London, Paris, Tokyo, Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Melbourne and Sydney as well as cabarets and theaters across America and on the high seas. 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.
$40 tables / $30 bar + $20 food/drink minimum

May 21-25 (Tuesday-Saturday) 7:00 & 9:30 PM (5/21-23); 8:30 & 10:30 PM (5/24-25) – Birdland Jazz Club
Gil Evans Project
The critically acclaimed and Grammy Award-nominated Gil Evans Project returns to Birdland celebrating the music of legendary composer/arranger, Gil Evans. Led by Grammy Award-winning producer Ryan Truesdell, this outstanding ensemble of New York City’s finest musicians will present rarely performed music written by Evans during the 1940s-1960s. This week, the band will celebrate three of Gil’s historic recordings: New Bottle Old Wine (5/21), The Individualism of Gil Evans (5/22-23), Music for Astrud Gilberto – Look To The Rainbow (5/24-25). With: Ryan Truesdell (conductor); Ethan Helm, Dave Pietro, Tom Christiansen, Alden Banta (woodwinds); Adam Unsworth, David Peel (French Horns); Augie Haas, Scott Wendholt, Riley Mulherkar (trumpets); Ryan Keberle, Nick Finzer, George Flynn (trombones); Marcus Rojas (tuba); Wendy Gilles (vocals); Gary Versace (piano); Nate Radley (guitar 5/21-23) and Chico Pinheiro (guitar 5/24-25); Jay Anderson (bass); Lewis Nash (drums); Mike Truesdell (percussion 5/24-25).
$45 tables / $35 bar + $20 food/drink minimum

May 23 (Thursday) 8:30 PM – Birdland Theater
Vana Gierig
Called a “piano phenom” by Keyboard Magazine, Vana Gierig heard the Oscar Peterson Trio live at age 12, triggering a recurring dream in which he himself sat in Oscar’s piano chair. Since then, the masterful pianist’s exploits with his instrument have taken him across the globe with some of the music’s greatest practitioners: Regina Carter, Wynton Marsalis’s Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, the Boston Pops, Paquito d’Rivera, Eddie Gomez, Lena Horne, and many other giants have enlisted Vana’s talents for their projects. His work has been reached Number 1 on the Billboard charts and been featured CBS’ 60 Minutes II, NPR’s All Things Considered, The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Oprah Winfrey’s O Magazine, Downbeat, JazzTimes, and countless other media. He has had work commissioned by HBO’s “Sex and the City,” Marian McPartland, and other TV programs; and he continues to perform with his trio, which he brings to Birdland Theater for one Thursday night in May.
$30 tables / $20 bar + $20 food/drink minimum

May 24-26 (Friday-Sunday) 7:00 & 9:30 PM – Birdland Theater
Matt Wilson and GOOD TROUBLE with Tia Fuller, Dawn Clement, Jeff Lederer, and Ben Allison
In 2024, beloved jazz drummer Matt Wilson will celebrate the 60th anniversary of his birth with a vibrant new recording, Good Trouble. The recording, to be released in June of 2024, marks his 14th as a leader for Palmetto Records, a label he has been associated with for 28 years. Among compositions by Wilson, Ornette Coleman, Gary Bartz and John Denver is a three movement suite co-composed by Wilson and Jeff Lederer, Good Trouble, which is dedicated to the legacy of the late United States congressman, Representative John Lewis, the heralded activist for civil rights in America. For this recording, Wilson has gathered together a team of stellar sonic purveyors he is also calling Good Trouble. Their Birdland performance will be the NYC debut of this incredible new jazz super group: Tia Fuller – alto saxophone, Dawn Clement – piano & vocals, Jeff Lederer – tenor saxophone & clarinet, Ben Allison – bass and Matt Wilson – drums.
$35 tables / $25 bar + $20 food/drink minimum

May 26 (Sunday) 5:30 PM – Birdland Jazz Club
Christian Wiggs Big Band
One of the emergent male vocalists singing jazz today, Christian Wiggs possesses a striking technique reminiscent of superstar and Birdland favorite, Kurt Elling. Wiggs has released three recordings under his own name: 2015’s Wonderful You Came By; 2017’s From Dusk Till Dawn; and 2020’s Between Love and Fascination. His work with top swingsters Benny Benack III, Chad LB, Steven Feifke, and Bryan Carter places him amongst a young jazz in-crowd, devoted to the old swing feeling and committed to developing a new generation of listenership. Sharp-suited and with clean delivery, the powerful Wiggs brings his Christian Wiggs Big Band to the Birdland stage.
$30 tables / $30 bar + $20 food/drink minimum

May 27 (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

May 28 – June 1 (Tuesday-Saturday) 7:00 & 9:30 PM (5/28-30); 8:30 & 10:30 PM (5/31-6/1) – Birdland Jazz Club
Monty Alexander 80th Birthday Celebration
A master pianist with 70 years in music, Monty Alexander is a jazz legend. Named the 5th greatest jazz pianist in history in Hal Leonard’s Fifty Greatest Jazz Piano Players of All Time, Alexander’s achievements have earned him the highest honors: native Jamaica granted him the title of Commander in the Order of Distinction; Institute of Jamaica awarded him the Musgrave Medal; and the University of the West Indies bestowed upon him an honorary doctorate. What makes this 23-time guest of the Montreux Jazz Festival such a beloved figure? According to him, it is his insatiable capacity “to build up the heat and kick up a storm”—a joyful skill that has been recorded on over 75 discs as a leader and in an upcoming documentary, The Monty Alexander Movie (directed by Oscar-winner Jefferson Miller). Alexander is sure to uplift his listeners this week at Birdland as we celebrate another milestone: his 80th birthday. Don’t miss it!
$45 tables / $35 bar + $20 food/drink minimum

May 31 – June 2 (Friday-Sunday) 7:00 & 9:30 PM – Birdland Theater
Scott Robinson Quartet
Virtuoso multi-instrumentalist Scott Robinson is widely hailed for his unique, eccentric approach and his powerful improvisations. The top call man for baritone saxophone, Robinson has worked with orchestras led by Maria Schneider, Frank Mantooth, Bob Mintzer and John Fedchock, but his skills on tenor sax, trumpet, clarinets, and even the mysterious sarrusophone are well-known. Having appeared on over 275 recordings to date—20 as a leader—Robinson’s music draws from a wide range of traditions. His playing at once wry, humorous, magnetic, and profound, this is the rare musician from whom you don’t know what to expect—and it’s precisely that joy of surprise which makes Robinson so assuredly a wonder to watch perform. He brings a quartet to Birdland for this engagement.
$35 tables / $25 bar + $20 food/drink minimum

Monthly Engagements:

May 6, 13, 20, 27 (Mondays) 5:30 & 8:30 PM – Birdland Theater
Vince Giordano & The Nighthawks
Catch Vince Giordano & The Nighthawks every Monday evening in January 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

May 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

May 7, 21, 28 (Tuesdays except 5/14) 5:30 PM – Birdland Theater
Caelan Cardello Trio
A talented young pianist with a sensitive touch, a love for swinging, and a robust technical facility, Caelan Cardello started playing piano at the age of 5. Since his early training in both jazz and classical styles, the young artist has been recognized by the music community many times over, including as the recipient of the New Jersey Governor’s Award, the James Moody College Scholarship Award for “Outstanding Musicianship,” the 2021 BMI Foundation’s Future Jazz Master Award, and selection as a Semifinalist in the prestigious Herbie Hancock 2023 International Piano Competition and as a Finalist in the American Pianist Awards. He has performed at some of New York City’s most famed halls of music, including Dizzy’s Club, Minton’s Playhouse, Smalls Jazz Club and the Jazz Standard. Currently pursuing a Master’s degree at The Juilliard School, Caelan is active in and out of New York City, and brings his sparkling trio to Birdland Theater for three Tuesdays and two Saturdays in May.
$30 + $20 food/drink minimum

May 7, 21  (Tuesdays) 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.
$30 + $20 food/drink minimum

May 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

May 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 8:30 pm 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, and drummers Vince Cherico or Alex Raderman, will perform tunes from the standard repertoire, bringing in special guests weekly: Karryn Allison (vocals, 5/1); Bria Skonberg (trumpet, 5/8); Peter Bernstein and Pasquale Grasso (guitars, 5/15); Guest Host Peter Bernstein/Ed Cherry Quartet (5/22); James Chirillo (5/29). *Guitar night streams live every week at YouTube.com/RadioFreeBirdland.
$30 tables; $20 bar + $20 food/drink minimum

May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 (Thursdays) 5:30 PM – Birdland Theater
The High Society New Orleans Jazz Band
Led by veteran trumpeter Simon Wettenhall and Grammy-winning pianist Conal Fowkes, The High Society New Orleans Jazz Band is a New Orleans-style Jazz band that for decades has been Woody Allen’s band of choice for his movies, concert tours, and weekly performances. The band has appeared on all the premiere concert stages of Europe and the United States. Band members have appeared in and provided music for Woody Allen movies including Wild Man Blues, Sweet and Lowdown, Midnight in Paris, Blue Jasmine, Cafe Society, Magic In The Moonlight, and A Rainy Day In New York. With Conal Fowkes (piano/vocals co-leader), Simon Wettenhall (trumpet/vocals co-leader), Tom Abbott (clarinet), Harvey Tibbs (trombone), Josh Dunn (banjo), Brian Nalepka (bass/vocals), Kevin Dorn (drums).
$40 tables / $30 bar + $20 food/drink minimum

May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 (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 yelp.com proclaims, “If you hear one band in NYC make sure this is it… and prepare to be blown away!”
$35 + $25 food/drink minimum

May 4 & 25 (Saturdays) 5:30 PM – Birdland Jazz Club
Caelan Cardello Trio
A talented young pianist with a sensitive touch, a love for swinging and a robust technical facility, Caelan Cardello started playing piano at the age of 5. Since his early training in both jazz and classical styles, the young artist has been recognized by the music community many times over, including as the recipient of the New Jersey Governor’s Award, the James Moody College Scholarship Award for “Outstanding Musicianship,” the 2021 BMI Foundation’s Future Jazz Master Award, and selection as a Semifinalist in the prestigious Herbie Hancock 2023 International Piano Competition and as a Finalist in the American Pianist Awards. He has performed at some of New York City’s most famed halls of music, including Dizzy’s Club, Minton’s Playhouse, Smalls Jazz Club and the Jazz Standard. Currently pursuing a Master’s degree at The Juilliard School, Caelan is active in and out of New York City, and brings his sparkling trio to Birdland Theater for three Tuesdays and two Saturdays in May.
$30 + $20 food/drink minimum

May 11 & 18 (Saturdays) 5:30 PM – Birdland Jazz Club
Bill Charlap Solo
Bill Charlap has proven himself time and time again as a sensitive interpreter of popular song, a prolific artist whose collaborations with jazz legends—be it Dee Dee Bridgewater, Ron Carter, Houston Person, or his own trio of Kenny Washington and Peter Washington—are always highly satisfying. As a solo performer, he delivers similarly heartwarming renditions of classics from the Great American songbook, with deft fingers, flights of the imagination, and a passionate commitment to the tradition of piano. Twice Grammy-nominated, Charlap is an adored figure in jazz. His trio performs for two full weeks at Birdland this month, and on each Saturday, he will perform solo for one early evening set before joining his trio for another two sets.
$40 + $30 food/drink minimum

May 5, 12, 19, 26 (Sundays) 8:30 & 10:30 PM Birdland Jazz Club
The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra
The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra (ALJO) brings 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. Thirteen 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.
$40 + $30 food/drink minimum

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