Fans of live jazz can find everything they want at Birdland, one of New York’s premiere jazz venues. The club first opened in December of 1949 and has since been the go-to destination for fans of the genre and performers alike to attend. Fans can enjoy great music in a relaxed atmosphere, with appetizing food and delicious drinks.
Birdland was inspired by infamous jazz musician Charlie “Yardbird” Parker, who also served as the club’s first headlining act. Eventually, musical performances grew to feature double and even triple bills, with the evening getting underway around nine and wrapping up close to dawn. In its first five years alone, over 1,400,000 people attended, including celebrities like Marilyn Monroe and Frank Sinatra. Acts like John Coltrane, Count Basie, and Symphony Sid Torin started their careers playing on Birdland’s stage.
Throughout the 1950s and early 1960s, guests could regularly see acts like Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, and Thelonious Monk grace the stage, while rubbing elbows with a “who’s who” of the time. Though the original Birdland closed in 1965, a new location opened in 1986 and has been going strong ever since.
Fans of jazz can expect the same great music in the same relaxed and entertaining atmosphere. There are shows every night of the week, featuring today’s best in jazz. Staying true to Birdland history, the club still features both well-known names and rising stars, so there is sure to be something to suit your tastes. Take a look at their calendar and lineup to learn more.
Enjoy jazz shows in an atmosphere unlike any other by including Birdland in your night out. Thanks to their dinner and a jazz show feature, you can turn any night from bland to exciting and entertaining. The menu is inspired by Southern American cooking, which translates to incredible dishes you can enjoy while catching an incredible performance. Some of the featured dishes include crispy pork belly, Creole meatloaf, and baby back ribs with collard greens. The club features many all-ages events and is wheelchair accessible, ensuring that everyone can come in and enjoy a delightful evening of music.