Remembering Barbara Carroll

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Remembering Barbara Carroll

Jay Leonhart, Bill Charlap, Renee Rosnes, Ken Peplowski, Eric Comstock, Bucky Pizzarelli, Sandy Stewart, Marilyn Maye

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Doors: 5:00 pm / Show: 5:30 pm

$30.00

Off Sale

There is a $10.00 food or beverage minimum per person, per show. Dinner is served between 5:00pm-1:00am.

Barbara Carroll
Barbara Carroll
Saturday, April 15th, 2017 @ 5pm
$30

Remembering Barbara Carroll @ Birdland
with Bill Charlap (piano) Jay Leonhart (bass/vocals) + Special Invited Guests include Ken Peplowski (sax/clarinet) Sandy Stewart (vocals) Renee Rosnes (piano) Eric Comstock (piano/vocals) and more to be announced.

Join Birdland in celebrating the life and music of Barbara Carroll (January 25, 1925 - February 12, 2017) with her longtime acolyte Bill Charlap and longtime bandmate Jay Leonhart, as well invited guest from Barbara’s extensive musical community.

There was little risk of cliché in calling the late pianist, vocalist, and urbane raconteur Barbara Carroll a national jazz treasure. She debuted in New York in 1947 — two years before Birdland opened, and many many years before women would be widely accepted as star instrumental performers in jazz. But her obvious talent, taste, and ample technique earned her a spot on many club stages opposite Dizzy Gillespie, Art Tatum, and others, as well as work on Broadway, and in television (where she accompanied Billie Holiday!). Later, twenty-five years in residence at the Cafe Carlyle made her a true New York City institution.

Birdland’s time with Barbara was shorter but no less interesting. Barbara visited sporadically for many years before moving in and holding court more permanently at Birdland every Saturday night at 6pm from January 2013 until her passing in February 2017.

In addition to being, “the first girl to play bebop piano,” (Leonard Feather) Barbara slowly established herself as one of the most engaging vocalists in jazz. Whether breathing life into a classic ballad or swinging a piano solo like it was 1947 again, we were honored to be part of Barbara’s epic resumé and even more honored that Barbara became a vital part of our own long history.
Jay Leonhart
Jay Leonhart
Combining the skills of an old school entertainer and virtuoso jazz man, bassist, vocalist and composer Jay Leonhart has been a fixture of the New York scene for over forty years. When Jay was fourteen he started playing the bass in The Pier Five Dixieland Jazz Band in Baltimore and never looked back. After studying at The Peabody Institute, Jay attended The Berklee School of Music and The Advanced School of Contemporary Music in Toronto, before leaving school to start touring with the traveling big bands of the late 50's and early 60's. Upon moving to New York, Jay eventually began playing for many of the great jazz musicians, big bands, and singers who were to be found in New York - artists like Thad Jones and Mel Lewis, Tony Bennett, Marian McPartland, and Jim Hall. Jay became a very busy studio musician in New York City, visiting every musical genre from James Taylor to Ozzy Osbourne and Queen Latifah. Between 1975 and 1995 he was named The Most Valuable Bassist in the recording industry three times by the National Association of Recording Arts and Sciences. Jay has now recorded 15 solo albums. His first one-man show "The Bass Lesson" is being received warmly by critics and audiences. Jay's next show "Nukular Tulips" is in the works.
Bill Charlap
Bill Charlap
One of the world’s premier jazz pianists, BILL CHARLAP has performed and recorded with many leading artists of our time, ranging from jazz masters Phil Woods and Wynton Marsalis to singers Tony Bennett and Barbra Streisand. Since 1997, he has led the Bill Charlap Trio with bassist Peter Washington and drummer Kenny Washington, now recognized as one of the leading groups in jazz. Charlap is the artistic director of New York City’s Jazz in July Festival at the 92nd Street Y, and he has produced concerts for Jazz at Lincoln Center, the JVC Jazz Festival and the Hollywood Bowl. A two-time Grammy nominee, Charlap is married to renowned jazz pianist Renee Rosnes, and the two often collaborate in a duo piano setting. In the spring of 2010, Charlap and Rosnes released "Double Portrait", their acclaimed duo piano recording on the Blue Note label.

"Charlap approaches a song the way a lover approaches his beloved...when he sits down to play, the result is an embrace, an act of possession. The tune rises, falls, disappears and resurfaces in new forms as Charlap ranges over the keyboard with nimble, crisply swinging lines, subtly layered textures, dense chords and spiky interjections.” TIME Magazine
Renee Rosnes
Renee Rosnes
Ken Peplowski
Ken Peplowski
Eric Comstock
Eric Comstock
ERIC COMSTOCK & SEAN SMITH

“Smart, suave & utterly delightful … an ingenious musical wit … a dispenser of cabaret caviar.” – The New York Times

“Erudite … an icon in the making.” – The New Yorker

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. Join them at Birdland for a cool spring party where the music and stories are equally great.

Eric Comstock is as entertaining as he is musically savvy, and an acknowledged champion of the pop, jazz & saloon songbooks. He has performed and recorded with some of the world’s finest musicians, including Andy Bey, Frank Wess, Peter Washington, Wycliffe Gordon, Matt Wilson, Ken Peplowski and Harry Allen. His most recent CD is “bitter/sweet”, on which he appears with star guitarist Randy Napoleon. As a performer/commentator, he has appeared on PBS, CNN, BBC and Radio France.

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. Also, a prolific composer, his works have been played and recorded by Phil Woods, Mark Murphy, Bill Charlap, Gene Bertoncini, Leon Parker and Bill Mays. His music has also been featured in several films.
Marilyn Maye
Marilyn Maye
Join Birdland favorite Marilyn Maye as she explores the jazzier side of her repertoire with a trio led by pianist Tedd Firth.

From a humble beginning as an amateur contest singing sensation in her native Topeka, Kansas, to 76 appearances on "The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson," a Grammy Award for Best New Artist in the mid 1960's and inclusion in the Smithsonian permanent collection of 20th century recordings, vocalist Marilyn has done it all. But despite endless kudos -- the late Ella Fitzgerald dubbed her “The greatest white female singer in the world” -- Marilyn was performing infrequently when a 2006 appearance at Lincoln Center sparked a career renaissance. Rex Reed said, "The second coming of Marilyn Maye continues full steam ahead… miss her at your own peril," while the Wall Street Journal said, "she has the rhythm and musicianship of a great jazz singer, the projection and personality of a heavyweight Broadway diva." The New York Times' Stephen Holden summed it up, saying Marilyn's "…relationship with her fans has the emotional depth and complexity of a solid, rewarding marriage. She has the inexhaustible stamina and vocal heft of a woman half her age, and her spirited optimism is irresistibly contagious."