December 17th, 2011

Pat Metheny showed up to sit in with Roy Haynes Quartet for the 11pm show, Thursday December 15th, 2011. And it was Birdland’s 62nd Anniversary!

Photo by Ryan Paternite

December 15th, 2011

Celebrate Birdland’s 62nd Birthday with legendary drummer Roy Haynes “Fountain of Youth” Quartet: Jaleel Shaw (sax) Martin Bejerano (piano) David Wong (bass).

Photo by Ryan Paternite

Billboard Magazine called legendary drummer Roy Haynes, “one of the seven wonders of modern jazz,” while Thelonious Monk called him, “an eight ball in the side pocket” and guitarist Pat Metheny dubbed him, “the father of modern drumming.” In any light, Haynes has been the pulse of jazz percussion for more than sixty years and has lent his unflagging energy and marvelous invention to literally thousands of performances and recordings by the likes of Louis Armstrong, Lester Young, Thelonious Monk, Sarah Vaughan, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Dizzy Gillespie, Bud Powell, Ella Fitzgerald and Charlie Parker. In fact, Haynes was the drummer in Parker’s group on Birdland’s opening night, December 15th 1949, a distinction celebrated during his annual Birdland engagement.

December 9th, 2011

December 1st, 2011

Congratulations Arturo O’Farrill, Monty Alexander, Karrin Allyson, Tierney Sutton, Joe Lovano, Kurt Elling, Christian McBride, Randy Brecker, Yellowjackets, Ron Carter and all the 2011 Jazz Grammy nominees!

Birdland is proud to have presented many of the nominees, both in 2011 and coming up in 2012:

One of our very own resident bands, Arturo O’Farrill & The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra, were nominated in the Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album for their Zoho Records CD “40 Acres And A Burro.” Arturo happens to be performing this week with his Risa Negra Septet and the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra performs every Sunday night.

Coming up in January Tierney Sutton Band received multiple nominations for her BFM Jazz CD “American Road.”

Returning to Birdland in May, saxophonist Joe Lovano and his band Us Five were nominated for Best Jazz Instrumental Album for their Blue Note Records CD “Bird Songs.”

Yellowjackets, scheduled in June, were also nominated for Best Jazz Instrumental Album.

Vocalist Karrin Allyson, nominated in the Best Jazz Vocal Album category also performs in June.

Trumpeter Randy Brecker (multiple nominations) and bassist Christian McBride were also nominated for Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album. Randy will return to Birdland in August and Christian in March.

Jazz vocalist Kurt Elling was also nominated in the Best Jazz Vocal Album category for his Concord Jazz release “The Gate.” Kurt performed in October (pictured) with the Kluuvers Big Band.

Pianist Monty Alexander was nominated in the Best Reggae Album category for his Motema Music release “Harlem Kingston Express Live.” Monty brought the HK Express to Birdland in 2011.

Photo by Ryan Paternite

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