Birdland Jazz Club and Birdland Theater: June 1 – June 30 Schedule

 

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

At Birdland Jazz Club, catch Monty Alexander 80th Birthday Celebration, Sam Dillon Quartet, Billy Stritch and Gabrielle Stravelli, Joao Bosco, Susan Mack, Emmet Cohen Trio with Ron Carter, Svetlana Big Band, Natalie Douglas, Stacey Kent, Eyal Vilner Big Band, Clint Holmes, Ravi Coltrane Quartet, Junko Yagami Duo, and Yardbird Big Band directed by David DeJesus.

Birdland Theater will present Scott Robinson Quartet, Dave Pietro, Jumaane Smith Quintet, Janis Seigel and Yaron Gershovsky: “The Colors of My Life” Album Release, Richard Cortez and Esteban Castro: Standards In Orbit, Emilie Claire Barlow, Woongsan Quartet with Special Guest Greg Osby, Evan Palazzo and Friends, CASHINO, and Jocelyn Gould Quartet.

Repeat engagements include Vince Giordano & The Nighthawks, Jim Caruso’s Cast Party with Billy Stritch at the piano, The Lineup with Susie Mosher, Eric Comstock & Barbara Fasano, David Ostwald’s Louis Armstrong Eternity Band, Frank Vignola’s Guitar Night, The High Society New Orleans Jazz Band, The Birdland Big Band, Gabrielle Stravelli Trio, and The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra.

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

 

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

June 2 (Sunday) 5:30 PM – Birdland Jazz Club
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 / $30 bar + $20 food/drink minimum

June 3 (Monday) 7:00 PM – Birdland Jazz Club
Billy Stritch and Gabrielle Stravelli – “Frequently Secretly Fond of Each Other”
Singer/pianist Billy Stritch and vocalist Gabrielle Stravelli team up for “Frequently Secretly Fond of Each Other,” a new show of pop music from the 1950s to the present. Though they are best known for their interpretations of jazz repertoire and deep knowledge of the American songbook, the duo share a love of great melodies and universal stories from all genres, including pop, country and R&B. This show will feature music from a wide range of artists and writers including The Everly Brothers, Joni Mitchell, John Fogerty, Stevie Wonder, Orville Peck, Willie Nelson, and more. Through 11 years of collaborating, Billy and Gabrielle have developed a deep musical connection that allows for great spontaneity and joy in their performances. They will be joined by bassist Pat O’Leary and drummer Mark McLean. Gabrielle 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.  Billy Stritch, the celebrated pianist and singer, has been a presence on the New York and national nightclub scene for nearly four decades. He is perhaps best known for his 25-year position as music director and pianist for Liza Minnelli, and has also toured with Tony Bennett, Christine Ebersole, Linda Eder, Melissa Manchester, Linda Lavin, and many other top singers. His composition “Does He Love You” won the Grammy Award in 1993 and was recorded 30 years later by Reba McEntire and Dolly Parton, garnering another Grammy nomination in 2023.
$30 tables / $30 bar + $20 food/drink minimum

June 4-8 (Tuesday-Saturday) 7:00 & 9:30 PM (6/4-6); 8:30 & 10:30 PM (6/7-8) – Birdland Jazz Club
João Bosco
The master of Brazilian music João Bosco appears at Birdland for one special week in June. With 31 records as a leader, 2 Latin Grammy wins and 10 nominations, and universal recognition as one of Brazilian song’s greatest practitioners, Bosco has carved a beautiful life of sound over the past fifty years. Notable compositions like “O Bêbado e a Equilibrista,” “Papel Mache,” “Kid Cavaquinho”, “Incompatibilidade de Gênios,” and “A Nível De” have been shining jewels in his career, which began in the early 1970s with beloved vocalist Elis Reginas singing many of his compositions; and when his music reached wide American audiences in the late 1980s, he continued an upward climb toward greater and greater notoriety as one of the world’s most captivating composer-performers. Do not miss this amazing opportunity to hear Bosco live!
$50 tables / $40 bar + $20 food/drink minimum

June 6 (Thursday) 8:30 PM – Birdland Theater
Dave Pietro
One of the foremost saxophonists in the jazz world for the past several decades, Dave Pietro is renowned for his writing, arranging, bandleading, soloing, and large ensemble work. His membership over the years in the Maria Schneider Jazz Orchestra, Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society, and Toshiko Akiyoshi’s Orchestra belies his affinity for imaginative, fulfilling composition and robust improvisation. Pietro’s own projects have included a who’s who of contemporary jazz stardom since his recording career began in 1994 with Forgotten Dreams, an album featuring Dave Holland, Bill Stewart, Kenny Werner and Ben Monder. Over the next nearly three decades on the international jazz scene, Pietro established himself with scores of recording credits on projects by artists such as David Bowie, Maynard Ferguson, and Chaka Khan. He continues to write and record original work, his latest effort being 2020’s HyperSphere, released on Artist Share.  

$30 tables / $20 bar + $20 food/drink minimum

June 7-9 (Friday-Sunday) 7:00 & 9:30 PM – Birdland Theater
Jumaane Smith Quintet
Seventeen years the trumpeter of choice for crooner icon Michael Buble, Jumaane Smith has debonair presence, authentic spirit, and a whole lot of experience to boot. Smith’s combination of elegant trumpet playing and charming vocals makes his performances engaging and fun, with an emphasis on singability, the beauty of a note, and the joy of jazz rhythm. Smith has performed on 5 GRAMMY Award-winning records (selling more than 60 million copies), two Emmy Award-nominated TV performances, the GRAMMY Awards with Stevie Wonder, in Steven Spielberg’s West Side Story (as a trumpet solo actor), at the White House, on the Today Show, Tonight Show, Oprah, Good Morning America, and American Idol—as well as his 17 years with Buble—and in his own work, he stays close to this tradition of classic showmanship.
$35 tables / $25 bar + $20 food/drink minimum

June 9 (Sunday) 5:30 PM – Birdland Jazz Club
Susan Wagner High School Jazz Band
Meet the most hardworking, virtuosic, swingingest young big band in New York City—and maybe even around the country. The Susan Wagner High School Jazz Band—yes, high school—plays with a remarkable sense of both discipline and personality. Finalists in the Essentially Ellington Competition in both 2023 and 2024 (taking 2nd place in 2023) and 1st place winners in the Heritage Festival Compeitions in Williamsburg, Boston, and Washington D.C., as well as at the Festival Disney in Orlando, the ensemble has collaborated with Birdland mainstay Arturo O’Farrill’s Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra and performed at Carnegie Hall, Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola and at Birdland itself in just the past four years. Director Paul Corn has led this special ensemble to great heights—including, later this year, a concert with Eddie Palmieri. The kids are full of heart and soul, dance and swing. A wonderful and refreshing evening of music in store!
$30 tables / $30 bar + $20 food/drink minimum

June 10 (Monday) 7:00 PM – Birdland Jazz Club
Susan Mack – “No More Blues”
Singer Susan Mack will returns with her new show, “No More Blues.” Renowned for having “a voice as full-bodied as honey with impeccable pitch and delicious taste in music,” Susan breathes new life into beloved jazz standards, timeless classics from the Great American Songbook and a sprinkling of contemporary surprises. She’ll be singing iconic compositions by legends such as Duke Ellington, Harold Arlen, Billy Strayhorn, Antonio Carlos Jobim, and The Beatles. Pianist Tedd Firth will act as Music Director, with David Finck on bass, Eric Halvorson on drums, with direction by Lina Koutrakos. A native New Yorker with a lifelong passion for music, Susan’s journey from the world of finance to the stage has been nothing short of extraordinary. The unique combination of Susan’s jazz and cabaret singing along with her ability to infuse each performance with warmth, wit and a passion for storytelling, has earned her numerous accolades including Best Vocalist in the 2024 Broadway World NYC Cabaret Awards. Her debut show in 2018, “Nobody Else But Me,” directed by the legendary Marilyn Maye, was also nominated for a MAC Award for Best Female Debut. Susan’s talent has taken her to some of the most prestigious venues in New York including Carnegie Hall and Avery Fisher Hall as well as Chelsea Table & Stage, Jazz on Main, and Mezzrow.
$30 tables / $30 bar + $20 food/drink minimum

June 11 (Tuesday) 8:30 PM – Birdland Theater
Janis Siegel and Yaron Gershovsky: “The Colors of My Life” Album Release
In the hands of the sensational Janis Siegel, every song is an exploration. And with her forthcoming recording, “The Colors of My Life,” Siegel explores a collection of classics from legendary composer Cy Coleman, accompanied by her long-time musical compatriot, the great Yaron Gershovsky, and an all-star rhythm section. Siegel, a nine-time Grammy winner and a seventeen-time Grammy nominee, has sustained a powerful solo career as well as continuing to perform with the legendary Manhattan Transfer. Gershovsky, the Musical Director for Manhattan Transfer, shares a deep musical bond with Siegel. The two also share a love of Coleman’s music, and both worked with him on major projects: Gershovsky was the vocal arranger for Coleman’s Tony-winning musical “City Of Angels,” and Siegel sang on “Songs for the New Millennium,” which Coleman wrote as a Kennedy Center commission. Together, Gershovsky and Siegel will honor Coleman’s life and music, delivering a variety of his classics including  “I’ve Got Your Number,” “With Every Breath I Take,” “The Playboy Theme,” “Why Try To Change Me Now?” “Witchcraft,” “The Best Is Yet To Come,” “The Colors Of My Life,” and “I’m Gonna Laugh You Right Out Of My Life.”
$35 tables / $25 bar + $20 food/drink minimum

June 11-15 (Tuesday-Saturday) 7:00 & 9:30 PM (6/11-13); 8:30 & 10:30 PM (6/14-15) – Birdland Jazz Club
Emmet Cohen Trio with Ron Carter
Virtuoso pianist Emmet Cohen has taken the jazz world by storm. When the pandemic caused a lockdown in March 2020, the pianist—Cole Porter Fellow of the American Pianists Association, 1st prize winner of the 2019 American Pianists Awards, and Finalist in the 2011 Thelonious Monk International Piano Competition—decided to begin filming concerts from his Harlem apartment, calling them “Live From Emmet’s Place” and featuring his trio of bassist Russell Hall and drummer Kyle Poole with special guest friends. The series became an instant hit; his Youtube channel now boasts nearly 900 videos with an accumulated 37 million views, and Emmet’s Place is a (literal) household name in jazz. For this week at Birdland, he features the indomitably brilliant Ron Carter—one of the most recorded bassists in history and a true legend of the art form.
$50 tables / $40 bar + $20 food/drink minimum

June 13 (Thursday) 8:30 PM – Birdland Theater
Richard Cortez and Esteban Castro: Standards In Orbit
A leader in the new crop of vocal talents emerging from the New York City jazz scene, Richard Cortez’s golden voice handles the Great American Songbook with a deep emotional intelligence, an unbridled passion for song, and—rare and moving—an activist’s relationship to both his material and his audience. Cortez’s openly gay renderings of timeless treasures by Cole Porter, Billie Holiday, Jerome Kern, and so many others deliver sweetness, self-assuredness and disarming vulnerability with a well-timed wit. Splitting his time between a number of weekly residencies at iconic gay venues across the city—among them Club Cumming, Metropolitan Bar, and Rebar—Cortez has focused and refined his artistry while growing his wide fan-base. Recent performances in distinguished productions such as Live at Emmet’s Place with the Emmet Cohen Trio, or Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Jazz at Pride with drummer/bandleader Bryan Carter, have marked the vocalist’s career for success. For this one-night engagement at Birdland, he will perform standards with 20 year-old prodigy Esteban Castro, whose imaginative adventures on piano leave audiences’ and fellow musicians’ jaws on the floor. Don’t miss these two already legendary new voices in intimate conversation.
$30 tables / $20 bar + $20 food/drink minimum

June 14-16 (Friday-Sunday) 7:00 & 9:30 PM – Birdland Theater
Emilie Claire Barlow
A total performer, the Canadian-born Emilie-Claire Barlow is an award-winning vocalist hailing from a musical family. Barlow is the recipient of 7 Juno Award nominations, winning the Best Jazz Vocal award in 2013 and 2016 for her albums Seule ce soir and Clear Day, and Female Vocalist of the Year at the 2008 National Jazz Awards. Her work—a fusion of popular song and the alluring musical textures of Brazil and France, all delivered with her smooth and sultry voice—has received nearly 150 million streams on Spotify and nearly 170 million on Pandora. In addition to her musical success, the brilliant and multitalented Barlow has kept a long career as a television actor, starring on hundreds of TV show episodes playing long-running characters on such beloved series as Sailor Moon, Almost Naked Animals, Numb Chucks, and Fugget About It. She released her 13th full-length album, Spark Bird, on March 31st, celebrating the recording’s premiere and her NYC debut at the Birdland Theater, to which she returns this June for a full weekend of performances.
$35 tables / $25 bar + $20 food/drink minimum

June 16 (Sunday) 5:30 PM – Birdland Jazz Club
Svetlana Big Band
“Lush” (NY Music Daily) and “energetic” (Wall Street Journal), Svetlana’s Big Band delivers that unmistakable vintage sound you know and love, animated by thrilling arrangements from the best NYC big band arrangers—all while highlighting Svetlana’s own captivating frontwoman stage presence and vocals. The band reflects the idealism of the classic swing band sound while offering an exhilarating experience for jazz lovers and 21st century modern audiences alike. The band is co-directed by Emily Fredrickson (Dee Dee Bridgewater Big Band) and consistently features NYC’s top talent: the likes of Jason Marshall, Nicole Glover, Willerm Delisfort, Curtis Nowosad, Wayne Tucker, Anthony Hervey, and other city veterans. So experience the “sweet and naughty” (JazzLives) magic of this special show, and “prepare to swing and be moved!” (JazzLives). For this special performance on Father’s Day, Svetlana has prepared a heartwarming set of her favorite songs, celebrating the things that bring us together.
$30 tables / $30 bar + $20 food/drink minimum

June 17 (Monday) 7:00 PM – Birdland Jazz Club
Natalie Douglas – “A Juneteenth Jubilee – The Women”
Thirteen-time MAC Award, two-time Backstage Bistro Award and Nightlife Award Winner Natalie Douglas returns to Birdland in her third annual Juneteenth concert “A Juneteenth Jubilee – The Women.” She is thrilled to collaborate with her longtime music director, Mark Hartman as they perform songs of equality and excellence, exploring the musical catalogs of brilliant Black women artists including, Roberta Flack, Ella Fitzgerald, Dionne Warwick, Lena Horne, Tracy Chapman, Gladys Knight, Tina Turner, Nancy Wilson, Nina Simone, and many others. Join Natalie, Mark and the band as they celebrate this federal holiday with music, friendship, laughter, healing, and hope. Douglas has been called “a true force of nature” by Clive Davis of The Times (UK). She has performed at Carnegie Hall, Cafe Carlyle, The Town Hall, Rose Hall at Jazz at Lincoln Center, The Pheasantry in London, and at her NYC home club, Birdland where her award-winning “Tributes” monthly residency (Nina Simone, Stevie Wonder, Elvis Presley, Dolly Parton, Nat “King” Cole, Dame Shirley Bassey, Ella Fitzgerald, Barbra Streisand and more) ran from 2017 through 2020. Natalie has released four albums, including the new release Back to the Garden.
$35 tables / $35 bar seating + $20 food/drink minimum

June 18-22 (Tuesday-Saturday) 7:00 & 9:30 PM (6/18-20); 8:30 & 10:30 PM (6/21-22) – Birdland Jazz Club
Stacey Kent
A singer of marvelous talent, Stacey Kent’s beautiful voice and natural musicality have been the feature of 12 studio albums, including Platinum, Double-Gold and Gold records that have garnered her a much-deserved worldwide audience. With performances in over 55 countries during her stellar career, Kent’s global fandom makes perfect sense because of her miraculous fluency singing in French, Italian, German, Portuguese and English. Over the course of two decades as a recording artist, Kent’s vision has broadened beyond the Great American Songbook: French and Brazilian classics also feature prominently in her contemporary work. Her September 2021 album, Songs From Other Places, was released to critical acclaim; she released her newest studio album, Summer Me, Winter Me, in November of last year. For this special show premiering her latest batch of songs, Kent is backed by her working group of veteran collaborators.
$50 tables / $40 bar + $20 food/drink minimum

June 20 (Thursday) 5:30 & 8:30 PM – Birdland Theater
Woongsan Quartet
One of the premiere vocalists performing in Japan and South Korea, Woongsan has been regarded internationally for three decades for her raw, personal voice and fearless stage presence. The double award winner for “Best Jazz Album” and “Best Jazz Song” by the Korean Music Awards, as well as the winner of Best Vocalist, Reader’s Poll, for the Korean Jazz Festival, she has collaborated with Lee Ritenour, Nathan East, John Beasly, and Melvin Davis. Often crossing between genres, her music owes as much to jazz as it does to Korean folk music and classical music. Woongsan is the first Korean jazz artist selected for a Golden Disc by Swing Journal (for her album Close Your Eyes); her album Tomorrow earned her the Runner-Up Prize from the 19th Japanese Professional Music Recording Awards, and Once I Loved earned her the Grand Prize from the 5th Jazz Audio Disc Awards. Her work has appeared on over 10 motion picture soundtracks and she received the Prime Minister’s Commendation in South Korea in 2021. Enjoy Woongsan’s sultry delivery in her signature no-holds-barred style.
$50 tables / $40 bar + $20 food/drink minimum

June 21-23 (Friday-Sunday) 7:00 & 9:30 PM – Birdland Theater
Evan Palazzo and Friends
Evan Palazzo is the pianist and co-founder of The Hot Sardines, a Birdland favorite whose five albums and “delightfully energetic” (Downbeat) performances have made them stars of the trad-jazz world. The Hot Sardines have brought audiences across the globe to their feet, selling out Joe’s Pub, performing at Lincoln Center’s Midsummer Night Swing, and opening for the Bad Plus, Lulu Gainsbourg and French gypsy-jazz artist Zaz. In this weekend at Birdland Theater, pianist Palazzo takes main stage, bringing his trio in for a romp through the Great American Songbook, where vintage jazz gets a modern makeover as classic jazz for the 21st century. Watch out for special guests!
$35 tables / $25 bar + $20 food/drink minimum

June 23 (Sunday) 5:30 PM – Birdland Jazz Club
Eyal Vilner Big Band
Raised in the thriving jazz community in Tel Aviv and long a supporter of contemporary swing revival, Eyal Vilner has carved a name for himself over the past fifteen years in New York City, bringing his joyful big band sound to top clubs such as Jazz at Lincoln Center, Midsummer Night Swing, Birdland, Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, Smalls Jazz Club, Minton’s Playhouse, The Django, Battle of the Big Bands on the Intrepid, Swing ReMix, Swing 46 and Central Park SummerStage, as well as the Joyce Theater, Jacob’s Pillow and the LA Music Center. ​The big band’s first four albums: Introducing the Eyal Vilner Big Band, Almost Sunrise, Hanukkah and Swing Out! were widely played on US and Canadian radio. With his fifth release, The Jam!, Vilner documented a warm day in quarantine-era 2020 when his band convened in Washington Square Park to bring much-needed joy to local New Yorkers. The band is as swinging as ever. Don’t miss this release celebration at Birdland!
$30 tables / $30 bar + $20 food/drink minimum

June 24 (Monday) 7:00 PM – Birdland Jazz Club
Clint Holmes – “Icons: Celebrating 100 Years of Greatness Through Music”
Grammy nominated singer/songwriter Clint Holmes and music director Christian Tamburr will celebrate the great music icons of the past century. The show will feature songs and stories about Nat King Cole, Sammy Davis, Jr., Roberta Flack, Bill Withers, Peter Allen, and Stevie Wonder. Although his career spans four decades, Holmes is in the midst of a significant breakthrough. Having spent the last twenty years as one of Vegas’s most successful entertainers, he has, over the last several years, achieved tremendous acclaim with solo shows at Café Carlyle and Birdland in New York City. Holmes burst onto the pop landscape nearly 45 years ago with the million-selling smash “Playground in My Mind.” His enduring career as a recording artist, showman and entertainer includes tenure as Joan Rivers’ sidekick on her late-night television program, a stint as musical feature and event correspondent on “Entertainment Tonight,” and his own Emmy-winning talk/variety show. Along with appearing in marquee musicals across the country, he has written the book, music and lyrics to original shows and cabaret acts.
$40 tables / $40 bar + $20 food/drink minimum

June 25 (Tuesday) 8:30 PM – Birdland Theater
CASHINO
The LA and NYC cult hit returns to its roots at Birdland – don’t miss the chance to see this installment of the four Cashino shows in their original form. Susie Mosher (Hairspray and host of Birdland’s “The Lineup”) and recording artist John Boswell star as Johnny Niagra and Pepper Cole in a special run of the critically acclaimed multimedia musical show that started April 30. Each Cashino starts with a different short film about the lives of the two legendary singers as they embark on a quest to become internet entrepreneurs in the early 2000’s, followed by a high energy and emotionally charged live set. Known for seamlessly blending 80’s pop/rock with classic show tunes, Cashino medleys include: “The Queen & I,” “Midler on the Roof,” “Chicago” and “The Prince & The Poppins.” Film cameos include: Kaye Ballard, Dan Bucatinsky, Mo Gaffney, Kathy Najimy, Peter Facinelli, Will Ferrell, Dan Finnerty, Jenny McCarthy, Michael Orland, Tiffani Thiessen, and more. Whether you’re a longtime fan or first timer, get ready for a multimedia musical experience that will rock your world.
$35 tables / $25 bar + $20 food/drink minimum

June 25-29 (Tuesday-Saturday) 7:00 & 9:30 PM (6/25-27); 8:30 & 10:30 PM (6/28-29) – Birdland Jazz Club
Ravi Coltrane Quartet
The son of jazz’s greatest trailblazers, beloved saxophonist Ravi Coltrane honors the legacy of his parents John and Alice Coltrane with his powerful, free-thinking musical projects. With six albums as a leader, seven as a co-leader, and over 100 more as a sideman with jazz music’s greatest innovators—including Elvin Jones, McCoy Tyner, Jack DeJohnette, Geri Allen, Terence Blanchard, Kenny Barron, Steve Coleman, Joanne Brackeen, and others—the GRAMMY-nominated saxophonist has made a powerful mark on contemporary jazz. His recent quartet has featured David Virelles (piano), Dezron Douglas (bass), and Johnathan Blake (drums).
$45 tables / $35 bar + $20 food/drink minimum

June 27 (Thursday) 8:30 PM – Birdland Theater
Jocelyn Gould Quartet
JUNO award-winning guitarist Jocelyn Gould is a straight-ahead swinging practitioner whose work with her own quartet, as well with artists like Freddy Cole, Etienne Charles and Michael Dease, has led to international acclaim. Gould has spent the last several years touring extensively: as recently as this year, she completed a 10 week, 45 city tour produced by Jazz At Lincoln Center and IMG artists as part of a show called “Sing and Swing,” where she performed as a leader at iconic venues Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola, Birdland and London’s Pizza Express; and in late 2023 she toured her latest release, Sonic Bouquet (nominated for another JUNO award) across the US, Canada, and Europe. Gould endorses Benedetto Guitars, whose CEO Howard Paul has called Gould “a leader in the next generation of great mainstream jazz guitarists.” Her debut release as a leader, Elegant Traveler, won a 2021 JUNO for Jazz Album of the Year. Enjoy her quartet, where she delivers feel-good music with a fresh, bluesy sensibility.
$30 tables / $20 bar + $20 food/drink minimum

June 28-30 (Friday-Sunday) 7:00 & 9:30 PM – Birdland Theater
Carole J. Bufford – “Songs for a Summer Night”
Carole J. Bufford returns to Birdland Theater with her new show, “Songs for a Summer Night,” a musical escape celebrating those sultry, starlit evenings of summertime. Carole will put her unique spin on timeless classics made famous by Frank Sinatra, Peggy Lee, Bonnie Raitt, Ray Charles, Nat King Cole, Judy Garland, Wilson Pickett, Patsy Cline, Randy Newman, Mae West, and more. Join Carole and her trio at for an unforgettable evening of music and storytelling to ignite your senses and leave you longing for endless summer nights.
$35 tables / $25 bar + $20 food/drink minimum

June 29 & 30 (Saturday-Sunday) 5:30 PM – Birdland Jazz Club
Junko Yagami Duo
A mega-sensation of Japanese pop since her teenage years in the late 1970s, singer-songwriter Junko Yagami is a household name whose nearly 30 albums (including 6 live concert albums) have made her one of the most prolific singers in modern Japanese music. Yagami’s fame rose early with her participation, at age 16, in Yamaha’s Popular Song Contest and the World Popular Song Festival, but it wasn’t until 1980, when she turned 20, that she released her first major recording and debuted fully as a professional singer. Since then, she released consistently chart-topping recordings which led to an induction, in 2022, to the Women Songwriters Hall of Fame. At Birdland she performs in a stripped-down setting for New York audiences, teaming up with long-time collaborator Takana Miyamoto, known for her work with Kirk Whalum, Nnenna Freelon, and Grammy winner Irene Cara, as well as Japanese pop stars Chikuzen Sato and Lisa Ono. In this special performance, Junko will make the overseas debut of her latest song, “Terra,” an 11-minute epic that contends with the singer’s relationship to our planet Earth. NOT to be missed!
$50 tables / $40 bar + $20 food/drink minimum

June 30 (Sunday) 8:30 & 10:30 PM – Birdland Jazz Club
Yardbird Big Band directed by David DeJesus
Join the Yardbird Big Band, directed by David DeJesus, on June 30th for a tribute to the great master saxophonist Charlie “Yardbird” Parker, whose name and legacy form the backbone of Birdland Jazz Club. 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. Enjoy the Yardbird Big Band!
$30 tables / $30 bar + $20 food/drink minimum

Monthly Engagements:
June 3, 10, 17, 24 (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

June 3, 10, 17, 24 (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

June 4, 11, 18, 25 (Tuesdays) 5:30 PM – Birdland Theater
Eric Comstock & Barbara Fasano
Hailed as “the truest heir to Bobby Short” in The New York Times, pianist/singer Eric Comstock returns to Birdland with star bassist/composer Sean Smith with songs by everyone from George Gershwin to George Harrison. These two masters met on the Off-Broadway hit Our Sinatra (which Eric co-wrote) and have since worked separately and together around the world. Vocalist Barbara Fasano joins them at Birdland for a swinging Saturday supper where the music and stories are equally great. Sean Smith has been an integral part of the international jazz scene for over 25 years, and has performed with Gerry Mulligan, Phil Woods, Benny Carter, Art Farmer, Flip Phillips, Clark Terry and many others. Barbara Fasano has been praised as “a gorgeous, soulful singer who has an actor’s intensity in whatever she sings” by The New York Post and “a lyrically sensitive interpreter” by The New York Times. Her latest album Busy Being Free is the recipient of the MAC Award for “Major Recording of the Year.”
$30 + $20 food/drink minimum

June 4, 18  (Tuesdays except 4/11 & 4/25) 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

June 5, 12, 19, 26 (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

June 5, 12, 19, 26 (Wednesdays) 8:30 PM – Birdland Theater
Frank Vignola’s Guitar Night (with Mike Stern)
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, and drummers Vince Cherico or Alex Raderman, performs tunes from the standard repertoire, bringing in special guests weekly. During June, the legend Mike Stern (guitarist for both Blood, Sweat, and Tears and Miles Davis) joins Vignola for three consecutive Wednesday evenings, June 5,12,19. June 26 is a tribute to The Ruby Braff/George Barnes Quartet with guests Jon-Erik Kellso (trumpet), and Chris Flory (guitar). *Guitar night streams live every week at: YouTube.com/RadioFreeBirdland
$30 tables; $20 bar + $20 food/drink minimum

June 6, 13, 27 (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 are a New Orleans style Jazz band which for decades have been Woody Allen’s band of choice for his movies, concert tours and weekly performances. The band have 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

June 7, 14, 21, 28 (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

June 1, 8, 15, 22 (Saturdays) 5:30 PM – Birdland Jazz Club
Gabrielle Stravelli Trio
On the heels of May’s Birdland release concert for their new album Beautiful Moons Ago, the Gabrielle Stravelli Trio kicks off a month’s-worth of Saturday shows at the jazz club. Acclaimed vocalist and songwriter Stravelli, 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 + $20 food/drink minimum

June 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 (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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