March 22nd, 2012
Birdland is Please to Present Two Celebratory Weeks for Important New CD Releases:

April 3-7 @ 8:30pm & 11pm
“All Our Reasons” CD Release Celebration
Billy Hart Quartet
Billy Hart (drums) Ethan Iverson (piano)
Mark Turner (saxophone) Ben Street (bass)

Legendary drummer Billy Hart has been a fixture on the jazz scene for over fifty years, performing and recording along the way with jazz legends Wayne Shorter, Joe Zawinul, Herbie Hancock, Stan Getz and Miles Davis. At Birdland — along with iconoclastic pianist Ethan Iverson (The Bad Plus), saxophonist Mark Turner and bassist Ben Street (both members of Kurt Rosenwinkel’s Quartet among other acclaimed groups) — Hart celebrates the release of the first ECM recording of the quartet formed in 2003. Since the group’s 2005 CD for hard-bop label High Note landed on many critics’ best-of-the year lists, the ensemble’s music has gotten more free and spacious. All of the members contribute material including a modern blues, a Coltrane tribute and an Iverson-penned homage to Paul Bley, the wonderfully-titled “Nostalgia for the Impossible.”

April 10-14 @ 8:30pm & 11pm
“Accelerando” CD Release Celebration
Vijay Iyer Trio
Stephan Crump (bass) Marcus Gilmore (drums)

“By now, there can be no doubt that pianist-composer Vijay Iyer stands among the most daringly original jazz artists of the under-40 generation.” (Chicago Tribune) Vijay Iyer (pronounced: “VID-jay EYE-er”) has been described by the The Village Voice as, “the most commanding pianist and composer to emerge in recent years,” by The Boston Globe as, “one of the most challenging and satisfying talents in jazz today” and by L.A. Weekly as, “a boundless and deeply important young star.” Iyer’s discography includes some of the most acclaimed recordings of the past decade including 2009′s, “Historicity,” widely considered to be a modern classic. Now, the trio return to Birdland to celebrate the release of their fourth CD for the ACT label, “Accelerando,” which the New York Times has already greeted as, “…an early front-runner for jazz album of the year, [which] encapsulates his knack for making prickly experimentalism feel approachable, intuitive, even stylish.”

And it’s already gotten a ton of press here: