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Old Soul New Projects – A Brief Interview with Loston Harris

Old Soul New Projects

Afro Celtic? Questions for Arturo O’Farrill

Questions for Arturo O’Farrill

Summer Jazz and Judy: Questions for Jane Monheit

Summer Jazz and Judy

Sco & Stern at Birdland!

This Week, March 12-16, Vocalist Kevin Mahogany Celebrates his 20th Anniversary as a Recording Artist!

This Week: Vocalist Kevin Mahogany Celebrates his 20th Anniversary as a Recording Artist! Tuesday-Wednesday, March 12-13: Kevin Mahogany All Stars with Cyrus Chestnut (piano) Melissa Slocum (bass) Victor Lewis (drums) + Special Guests Don Braden (sax, 3/12) Steve Wilson (sax, 3/13) Thursday, March 14: Kevin Mahogany Band Reunion with Dave Stryker (guitar) James Weidman (piano) […]

John Abercrombie celebrates the ECM CD release “Within A Song” with special guest Joe Lovano

John Abercrombie celebrates the ECM CD release “Within A Song” with special guest Joe Lovano. Tuesday, August 14th, 2012.

Check out the Tablet Magazine podcast feature about Alon Yavnai

Check out the Tablet Magazine podcast feature about Alon Yavnai here. Alon Yavnai Big Band appears Sunday March 25th @ 6pm. Tix here. Israel-born, Brooklyn-based pianist/composer Alon Yavnai has teamed up with Germany’s NDR Bigband for Shir Ahava (Hebrew for “A Love Poem”), his first album of music for a large ensemble and the initial […]

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 […]

About Last Night… Pat Metheny Sits In with Roy Haynes Quartet

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!

Happy 62nd Birthday – Birdland!

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

Celebrate 90-years-young with Sax/Flute Legend Frank Wess through Saturday 12/10

Congratulations Grammy Nominees!

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 & […]

Drummer Paul Motian 1931-2011

Stephen “Paul” Motian, one of the most influential modern jazz drummers and friend to many at Birdland, passed away November 22nd at the age of 80. After distinguishing himself as the drummer in pianist Bill Evans’ groundbreaking trio in the 1950s, Motian went on to create an innovative style of jazz drumming emphasizing color and […]

Don’t Miss Legendary Guitarist Jim Hall

Jim Hall Quartet Greg Osby (alto sax) Joey Baron (drums) Steve Laspina (bass) November 15-19 @ 8:30 & 11pm 80-year-old guitar legend Jim Hall has been a major figure in the jazz world since the 1950s. His signature hollow-body jazz guitar sound, rhythmic subtlety and empathetic accompaniment style have made instant classics of his recordings […]

It’s Here! “Eleven” The New CD from Tommy Igoe & The Birdland Big Band

Join us on 11/11, 11/18, 12/9 & 12/16 to celebrate the release of the new CD “Eleven” by Tommy Igoe and The Birdland Big Band. Featuring 11 signature arrangements!

It’s Time for The 12th Annual Django Reinhardt NY Festival at Birdland!

Don’t Miss the Final Performance by the Chico O’Farrill Afro Cuban Jazz Orchestra on Sunday June 26th @ 9pm & 11pm

The Chico O’Farrill Afro Cuban Jazz Orchestra will conclude its residency at Birdland, where it has performed almost every Sunday evening for over 15 years. Legendary Cuban composer and arranger Chico O’Farrill founded the orchestra in 1995 and his son, pianist Arturo O’Farrill, has directed the ensemble since his father’s passing in 2001. Arturo O’Farrill […]

CD Release: Konitz/Mehldau/Haden/Motian “Live at Birdland”

“Lee Konitz/Brad Mehldau/Charlie Haden/Paul Motian Live at Birdland” was released this week on ECM Records, song samples here, Jazz Times review here. The recording is a compelling document of the once-in-a-lifetime meeting that happened during Birdland’s 60th Anniversary celebration in December, 2009. Alto saxophonist Lee Konitz (pictured with drummer Paul Motian) is one of four […]

RIP Phoebe Snow

Vocalist, songwriter and friend Phoebe Snow passed away this morning of complications from a brain hemorrhage she suffered in January 2010. New York Times obituary here. The fact that so many at Birdland knew and loved Phoebe first hand, from her frequent performances at Monday nights’ “Cast Party” and as a headliner, is testament to […]

Norah Jones Sits-In with Charlie Haden, 3/24/11

On Thursday March 24th, Vocalist Norah Jones joined Charlie Haden and Quartet West to sing “Ill Wind,” the song she contributed to their new CD “Sophisticated Ladies.”Photo by Ryan Paternite

RIP: Joe Morello

Drummer Joe Morello has died at 82. Best known for his work with the Dave Brubeck Quartet, Morello was also a member of Marian McPartland’s trio and a beloved teacher to many in the jazz community, not to mention one of the best ever with his own signature version of brushes-on-snare technique. New York Times […]

Join Us for a Jazz Photo Exhibit @ NYCPMI

Join us for the opening reception, Friday, March 18th, from 7–10 pm at The New York Center of Photography and The Moving Image (NYCPMI) located at 580 Eighth Avenue (38th St.) 7th Floor. A selection of wines will be served. Proper attire required (no jeans, sneakers, baseball caps, etc.). RSVP to: The New York […]

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