Remembering Barbara Carroll

Remembering Barbara Carroll

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

Saturday, April 15, 2017

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

$30.00

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
“Suave, smart, funny and utterly delightful ... ingenious musical wit” -- The New York Times

“Erudite … an icon in the making … seems to have been born and raised in a cabaret” – The New Yorker

An acknowledged champion of the Great American Songbook and one of the top performers of classic pop working today, pianist/singer ERIC COMSTOCK returns home to Birdland with the best of the pop and jazz songwriters from Ellington & Strayhorn and Rodgers & Hart to Paul Simon and Oscar Brown, Jr. Recently hailed as "a dispenser of cabaret caviar" by Stephen Holden in The New York Times, Eric is as entertaining as he is musically savvy, and has appeared on PBS, CNN, National Public Radio and Sirius/XM. Join Eric at Birdland for a party where the music and the stories are equally great! www.ericcomstock.net