Remembering Barbara Carroll

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Remembering Barbara Carroll

Jay Leonhart, Bill Charlap Trio, Ice on the Hudson featuring: Rene Marie, Janis Siegel, Darius de Haas, Karen Oberlin, Ken Peplowski, Eric Comstock, Bucky Pizzarelli, Sandy Stewart, Marilyn Maye

Saturday, April 15, 2017

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

Birdland NYC


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

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.

Jay Leonhart - Bass
Kenny Ascher - Piano
Vito Lesczak - Drums
Bill Charlap Trio
Bill Charlap Trio
Grammy Award winning pianist Bill Charlap has performed with many leading artists of our time, from Phil Woods and Gerry Mulligan to Wynton Marsalis. Bill is acclaimed for his interpretations of American popular songs, and has recorded albums featuring the music of Hoagy Carmichael, Leonard Bernstein, George Gershwin, Irving Berlin, Cole Porter, Richard Rodgers, and Duke Ellington. The Bill Charlap Trio, with bassist Peter Washington and drummer Kenny Washington, marks its 20th year together and is recognized as one of the leading ensembles in jazz. The Trio received GRAMMY® Award nominations for Somewhere: The Songs of Leonard Bernstein and The Bill Charlap Trio: Live at the Village Vanguard, both on the Blue Note label. Now on the Impulse!/Verve label, the Trio’s 2017 recording, Uptown Downtown earned them a third GRAMMY® nomination for Best Instrumental Jazz Album. 2016’s Notes from New York (Impulse!/Verve) earned a five-star review in Downbeat, which hailed it as “a master class in class.”
Ice on the Hudson featuring: Rene Marie, Janis Siegel, Darius de Haas, Karen Oberlin
Ice on the Hudson featuring: Rene Marie, Janis Siegel, Darius de Haas, Karen Oberlin
Ice on the Hudson: Songs by Renee Rosnes and David Hajdu

Featuring Special Guests: Rene Marie, Janis Siegel, Darius de Haas, Karen Oberlin

Piano: Renee Rosnes
Saxophones: Steve Wilson
Cello: Rubin Kodheli
Bass: Sean Smith
Drums: Carl Allen
Ken Peplowski
Ken Peplowski
Ken Peplowski has recorded approximately 50 CDs as a soloist, and close to 400 as a sideman – some of the artists he’s performed/recorded with include Charlie Byrd, Mel Torme, Rosemary Clooney, Erich Kunzel and the Cincinnati Pops, Hank Jones, Peggy Lee, Bill Charlap, Woody Allen, Benny Goodman, and Madonna. He travels at least half of every year, playing clubs, concert halls, colleges, and pops concerts. He has headlined the Hollywood Bowl, Carnegie Hall, the Blue Note, and Dizzy’s Club amongst many other venues. Ken’s CDs on the Capri label, “Noir Blue”, “In Search Of”, and “Maybe September” were released to great critical acclaim and massive airplay. He has recorded music as diverse as Italian and French folk songs, avant-garde jazz, pop, and classical music; he recorded the Darius Milhaud Clarinet Concerto with an orchestra in Sofia, Bulgaria, and was a featured soloist (playing Mozart) in 2015 at the Siletz Bay Music Festival in Oregon, where he will be premiering a new concerto in 2016, written for him by Dick Hyman. Ken was the musical director of the Oregon Festival Of American Music (OFAM) for eight years, and is a longtime performer/consultant to The Jazz Cruise, where he was elected into the Jazz Cruise Hall Of Fame in 2013. He resides in New York City with his wife, dog, and whatever children happen to be passing through.
Eric Comstock
Eric Comstock
with special guest BARBARA FASANO

“Smart, suave & utterly delightful …
an ingenious musical wit … a dispenser of cabaret caviar.” – The New York Times
“Erudite … Expert musicianship & joie de vivre in equal measure.” – 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. Vocalist Barbara Fasano joins them at Birdland for a swinging Saturday supper 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.

Vocalist Barbara Fasano has been praised as “a gorgeous, soulful singer who has an actor’s intensity in whatever she sings” (New York Post) and “a lyrically sensitive interpreter” (The New York Times). Her latest CD BUSY BEING FREE was awarded the MAC Award for Major Recording of the Year.
Marilyn Maye
Marilyn Maye
The Birdland Theater is proud to announce that legendary, Grammy-nominated songstress Marilyn Maye will be headlining in the brand new performance space for two weeks. Ms. Maye will be accompanied by the Tedd Firth Trio from July 24 – 28, and the Billy Stritch Trio from July 31 – August 4, with shows at 7pm each night.

Marvelous Ms. Maye, who just celebrated her 90th birthday with a string of concerts and a featured interview on CBS Sunday Morning, has been crisscrossing the country playing hundreds of clubs, concert halls and joints for over seven decades.

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."

Marilyn Maye
Tuesday – Saturday, July 24 – August 4, 7pm
Birdland Theater, 315 West 44 Street, NYC
$50 cover, $10 food/drink minimum per person