Tag: Birdland

  • Chita Rivera

    She’s just back from Williamstown, where she once again paraded as Claire Zachanassian in the never-quite-gets-to-Manhattan musical, The Visit. In recognition of the classy gig, she’ll tribute its tunesmiths John Kander and Fred Ebb, who’ve written for her several times now. She’s heralding the return as “Chita’s Back,” and, although she may not dance as […]

  • Dave Douglas Quintet

    They mess with polyphony now and again, and those sections of their hard-swinging book are some of the joyous in modern jazz. Douglas does a superb job of giving everyone the green light for personal expression while maintaining the architecture of his wily tunes, and from Jon Irabagon to Rudy Royston they’re always ready to […]

  • Ben Allison Group

    One of the most intriguing bandleaders in town, the bassist is always recalibrating his ensembles to fit whatever he’s hearing in his head. Often it’s swirl of crosshatched ideas articulated with precision and elan – even at their most agitated, there’s a streak of grace running through Allison’s intricate tunes. This particular band is a […]

  • SWEET JANE

    Jazz’s need to create on the spot never really goes away—testing moves in front of an audience is always a consideration for performers who truly want to know how an arrangement or an approach will play to a crowd. Jane Monheit is an intrepid soul; starting tonight she’ll green-light this notion for the next three […]

  • Karrin Allyson

    Karrin Allyson is widely considered one of the eminent jazz vocalists on the scene today, imbuing the American songbook with a Midwestern breeziness and a mellow alto range, as comfortable rendering Sondheim’s “Send In the Clowns” as she is on Thelonious Monk’s sultry “‘Round Midnight.” Her recent Christmas album Yuletide HIdeaway recasts familiar carols with […]

  • Regina Carter

    How down home is the virtuoso violinist’s new Southern Comfort? By the time the dust settles, she and her crack squad have moved through barndance tunes, graveyard laments, and Gram Parsons’ “Hickory Wind” – not exactly a jazz standard. Best part is that the band’s folkish inflections are all nuanced enough to be truly seductive, […]

  • Barbara Carroll

    Hope springs eternal, and so does this fixture on the jazz piano map. The classiest woman in town, she’s played in local clubs and around the continents for about 70 years. The miracle is that with every passing set she gets better than she’s ever been. Classically trained, she also has the knack of turning […]

  • Steve Ross

    Is he our best Cole Porter interpreter? You betcha. Ross has been singing the foremost songwriting sophisticate’s phenomenal output for some time now, and the result is still as fresh and tangy as the day the Waldorf Towers resident penned them. This show’s dubbed “Ridin’ High: Cole Porter on Broadway,” and that means many of […]

  • Billy Stritch

    Long a passionate believer in Cy Coleman’s passionate belief in jazz, Stritch jumps into the artist’s repertoire with “I’ve Got Your Number: the Jazz of Cy Coleman.” Yes, many theatergoers know him from his musicals (usually with Carolyn Leigh, Dorothy Fields, or Michael Stewart), but that’s not how he started out. Let’s hope he covers […]

  • ‘Reflections of Monk’

    Monk may be everywhere at this late date, but he can still be a tough nut to crack. The members of this tribute quartet — Harrell, Osby, Wilson, Allison, Goldberg — each have their own idiosyncrasies to inject into those of the master, and from ballads to burners, there’s sure to be enough wrinkles in […]

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