Tag: Birdland

  • Kurt Elling

    The eminent male jazz vocalist turns his impressionistic style of phrasing on Passion World, a long-gestating compendium of love songs that transcend borders and linguistic barriers. Elling enlists guest violinist Regina Carter for a requisite tug on the heart-strings as he navigates the Romance languages, Esperanto, and beyond with rhapsodic flair on classics running the […]

  • Michael Feinstein

    Homeless since his Loews Regency room on Park Avenue shuttered and now operating out of new San Francisco base, Feinstein has here found a temporary perch for the yearly warbling of seasonal standards including Tom Lehrer’s “Chanukah in Santa Monica.” For those wondering whether he’ll put down permanent roots here, rumor has it there’ll be […]

  • Stacey Kent

    She’s breezy in several languages, but tonight she may keep it to one or two. The occasion for this visit back across the pond? Her new CD The Changing Lights,” which she worked on with saxophonist hubby Jim Tomlinson. The rapport between the hip spouses is one of the delights of contemporary pop/jazz internationally. Wed., […]

  • Cheyenne Jackson

    Birdland is billing Jackson as a “Broadway, film, and television leading man,” only omitting that he’s a recording artist too. For this gig, he’ll sing songs from his new I’m Blue, Skies as well as reprise numbers from Music of the Mad Men Era, the sell-out Carnegie Hall concert. OK, how many out there might […]

  • Peter Eldridge & Jane Monheit

    Here’s an unusual case of Svengali and Trilby live in person: Monheit studied with Eldridge before launching her hotshot vocal career, and he’s continued his work with New York Voices. He also writes songs, which makes it likely that in this reunion they’ll do a ditty or two of his, along with whatever else they […]

  • ‘Bud Powell Birthday Tribute’

    The unsullied bop of Powell’s “Wail” and “Dance of the Infidels” is always afforded the glory it earned over half-century ago, but it still retains an unusual power as well. These middle-aged moderns are pros when it comes to trusting in the past while acting in the present. It’s going to fun to hear how […]

  • Regina Carter

    The reigning queen of jazz violin has carved a niche for herself by blending the traditionalist style of Stephane Grappelli with the avant-garde bravado of Billy Bang and the dazzling technique of Itzhak Perlman. She studied with the latter at one point as a young classical violin student at the New England Conservatory before catching […]

  • ‘Lorna’s Pink Party’

    Sisters Joan Fontaine and Olivia de Havilland may not speak, but sisters Lorna Luft and Liza Minnelli do. Tonight, they’re speaking and singing together on behalf of the Phyllis Newman Women’s Health Initiative and the Dr. Philomena McAndrew For Tower Cancer Research Foundation. Appearing with them are Nick Adams, Ann Hampton Callaway, Liz Callaway, Jim […]

  • Billy Hart Quartet

    After several years of playing with younger improvisers, the drummer Hart has come up with a signature sound : Austerity and poise simmer with passion, and introversion takes on some kind of measured gregariousness. It has a lot to do with the grace that he brings to his unusual percussion choices, and the Iverson/Street/Turner squad […]

  • Ravi Coltrane Quartet

    There was a big buzz when the saxophonist’s Spirit Fiction dropped last year, and rightfully so. Coltrane had always been an impressive bandleader, but this was a breakthrough disc, artistically: A bit more gumption, a bit more adventure, a bit more lyricism—it all added up to some next level eloquence. This week he’s chosen guitarist […]