Jessica Molaskey “Portraits of Joni”

Jessica Molaskey “Portraits of Joni”

Monday, June 12, 2017

Doors: 5:00 pm / Show: 7:00 pm

$30.00

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

Jessica Molaskey
Jessica Molaskey
Jessica Molaskey
Celebrates CD
“Portraits of Joni”
Monday, June 12 at 7pm


The Broadway at Birdland concert series is proud to announce that singer/actress Jessica Molaskey will be celebrating her new recording, “Portrait of Joni” with a concert at Birdland on Monday, June 12 at 7pm.


Ms. Molaskey says, “I was lucky enough to assemble a troupe of amazing American Jazz and Brazilian musicians to help me to interpret these remarkable songs in my own vernacular. This evening at Birdland is a celebration of the launching of this cd. As someone who has made a living as an actor for decades. these songs have always called out to me. These portraits are like musical one act plays. I wanted to attempt to step into these character's shoes and try to tell their stories. I do believe, as Joni says that “songs are like tattoos.” These songs have been indelibly etched in my heart and soul forever! I can't wait to share what we have created...and I am bringing some very special guests!”


Jessica Molaskey is a veteran of a dozen Broadway shows including the revival of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s Sunday in the Park with George. She has appeared in A Man of No Importance at Lincoln Center, Parade, Dream, Tommy, Crazy for You, Les Misérables, City of Angels, Chess, Cats, and Oklahoma!. She played the role of Marie in The Encores critically acclaimed production of The Most Happy Fella at City Center, and performed off-Broadway in Songs For A New World, Dream True, Wise Guys and Weird Romance.


Ms. Molaskey has five, critically acclaimed, solo c.d.s and has performed in concert from Lincoln Center to Carnegie and Disney Hall to the Montreal and Monterey Jazz festivals. She performed her critically acclaimed “Portraits of Joni Mitchell,” as part of Lincoln Centers American Songbook series. For more than a decade, she and her husband John Pizzarelli have enjoyed a sold-out engagement at the Café Carlyle in New York to which Stephen Holden wrote in the New York Times, “They are as good as it gets in any entertainment medium. They are caviar in a world of canned tuna. Once you’ve acquired the taste, there is no substitute.”

Ms. Molaskey has written songs for a dozen recordings, including the critically acclaimed “Greed,” part of a commission for Audra McDonald’s Seven Deadly Sins at Carnegie Hall and “Cradle and All” with Ricky Ian Gordon for PBS “American Songbook.” Jessica recently played opposite Ms. McDonald, as Sister Bertha in the NBC live version of “The Sound Of Music.” She and her husband have a weekly radio show called “Radio Deluxe” which airs in forty cities around the United States and in Canada.


Jessica Molaskey
“Portraits of Joni”
Monday, June 12 at 7pm
Birdland, 315 West 44 Street, NYC
BirdlandJazz.com
$30, $10 food/drink minimum per person