"Dubbed the "The Jazz Corner of the World", by its namesake, the late Charlie "Bird" Parker, Birdland is a modern nightclub in Midtown Manhattan in the tradition of classic New York elegance, and one of the town's most iconic venues. In recent years, Birdland has presented memorable sets by such music legends as Oscar Peterson, Pat Metheny and Diana Krall, as well as the big bands of Chico O'Farrill and Maria Schneider. Birdland remains New York's premier destination for jazz aficionados the world over."
In 2018, Birdland opened the Birdland Theater. Programmed by Ryan Paternite and Jim Caruso, the variety of entertainment expands upon Birdland’s signature jazz shows, and presents everything from cabaret to dance, comedy, drag, and burlesque, and a recurrent Jim Caruso's Cast Party featuring stars from the Great White Way and Off-Broadway productions.
"Sasha Dobson sweats, cries, moves, bleeds, breathes, blinks, wakes, walks, and sleeps art." Read review here.
LONDON JAZZ NEWS
"The club only recently reopened at the start of the month, but it seems to be running as if it never closed. The mood is buoyant, and Marsalis is relaxed and confident, revelling in the crowd response and the background chatter." Read the full review of the Delfeayo Marsalis Quintet's performance at Birdland here.
"With hard proof that jazz is still loved, still fought for, still wanted and need, Birdland re-opened its doors this month. One of the first people to perform, was none other than, Allan Harris, who New York Times said was the best thing to see that weekend." Read more here.
WOMEN AROUND TOWN
Birdland, in association with BroadwayWorld.com, is proud to present “Radio Free Birdland,” a pay-per-view concert series featuring a slew of exciting Broadway, jazz and cabaret performers. Full article here.
"To mark the grand reopening, Birdland is bringing back 1949 prices as a thank you to returning patrons." Read more here.
It has been said that Connie Han is 'edgy' and perhaps that is true. This writer suspects it is less a case of Connie Han being edgy and more a matter of Connie Han being young. I don't say that in that patronizing way that some comment on the youth of the world, as if their chronological years and their experience in any chosen field were not commensurate - it is more than clear that Ms. Han has a wealth of experience and talent, and it was all on display Saturday night when she played the Birdland Theater. Read this review here.
"Since its renovation and reopening at its current location in 1996, Birdland has continued to cement itself as the place for New York jazz and blues entertainment, beckoning stars of stage, screen, and soul for up to three different sets per night. Post-revival performers have included Pat Metheny, Michel Legrand, John Pizzarelli, and Diana Krall, to name a few." Full feature here.
The August 2021 lineup at Birdland Jazz Club will be continuing 1949 prices as a thank you to returning patrons. Performances by Birdland favorites Arturo O’Farrill & The Afro Latin Jazz Ensemble, Jim Caruso’s Cast Party, The Lineup with Susie Mosher, and David Ostwald’s Louis Armstrong Eternity Band are only .99 cents when booked in advance. Read more here.
"It would have been easy to stay for a fourth show (there are five shows every day starting at 5:30pm), but I’d already done a jazz triathlon and was ready to call it a night. The good news is, the club is open 365 days a year so I can come back any time I want and feel my pulse race or let the tears drip down my cheeks as I cry over a ballad. Birdland really is the jazz corner of the world." Full feature here.
July 1st came and New York saw a miracle: the re-opening of Birdland. The decades-old jazz club has been a home to jazz artists and lovers of jazz music (and other genres in recent years) for so long that this time spent without Birdland has been almost unimaginable, especially when there was a genuine threat that the club might not survive the pandemic. Full article here.
ALL THAT'S JAZZ
This week’s VERY SPECIAL All That’s Jazz Podcast conversation is with Birdland Jazz Club owner, Gianni Valenti, manager Ryan Paternite, and booking agent Jim Caruso to talk about the club’s rich past, how they are changing course in today’s world and what they envision for the future. Full article here.
Feature on Susie Mosher's regular engagement "The Lineup With Susie Mosher". Read it here.
"Jim Caruso's Cast Party lights up the stage at Birdland Jazz Club every Monday night. So even though most of Broadway has Monday night off, that doesn't mean you have to miss out on Broadway-caliber entertainment." Feature on Jim Caruso's Cast Party here.
While it may be true that most birds fly south for the winter (and who can blame them?), there are still plenty of songbirds chirping on stage at Birdland in cold Manhattan. Like our actual fine-feathered friends, music fans flock where the atmosphere is welcoming." Feature here.
"I'm taking advantage of the time. When we finally get the go-ahead to reopen, the place will shine like the top of the Chrysler Building! Whenever it happens, that first night of music will do everyone's heart good!" Full feature here.