award winning – Jazz Fin http://jazzfin.com/ Mon, 18 Apr 2022 14:12:28 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://jazzfin.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/icon-14-150x150.png award winning – Jazz Fin http://jazzfin.com/ 32 32 Down South Jazz Club presents James Morrison Scholarship winner Matt Sweeney | Bega District News https://jazzfin.com/down-south-jazz-club-presents-james-morrison-scholarship-winner-matt-sweeney-bega-district-news/ Thu, 17 Mar 2022 03:30:00 +0000 https://jazzfin.com/down-south-jazz-club-presents-james-morrison-scholarship-winner-matt-sweeney-bega-district-news/ news, local news, Award-winning trumpeter and composer Matthew (Matt) Sweeney will be the featured guest artist for the Down South Jazz Club on Thursday March 24 at Club Sapphire. Matt, who is based in Canberra, won the coveted James Morrison Instrumental Scholarship in 2016, which included recording an album at ABC Studios in Sydney. His […]]]>

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Award-winning trumpeter and composer Matthew (Matt) Sweeney will be the featured guest artist for the Down South Jazz Club on Thursday March 24 at Club Sapphire. Matt, who is based in Canberra, won the coveted James Morrison Instrumental Scholarship in 2016, which included recording an album at ABC Studios in Sydney. His touring experience with James Morrison in Australia and the United States gave him a wealth of jazz knowledge and musicianship. He has performed with Wycliff Gordon, Sarah McKenzie, Kate Ceberano and the One O’clock Lab Band. Mattt will be backed by three local musicians, Paul Dion on keyboard, Sam Martin on bass and Ken Vatcher on drums who need no introduction as they have played for the Down South Jazz Club on several occasions. This entertaining evening will cost $15 for members and $25 for visitors with music starting at 7:30 p.m. Bookings can be made by emailing bookings@downsouthjazzclub.org.au or using the form on the WhatsOn page of the club website. You can also call Aileen or Kevin Walsh on 02 6495 9853, or just show up in the evening and pay at the door. The Club Sapphire bistro opens at 5:30 p.m. for those who wish to have a meal first.

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Listen to jazz music this fall in the Edison district of Kalamazoo https://jazzfin.com/listen-to-jazz-music-this-fall-in-the-edison-district-of-kalamazoo/ Thu, 03 Mar 2022 07:58:19 +0000 https://jazzfin.com/listen-to-jazz-music-this-fall-in-the-edison-district-of-kalamazoo/ Editor’s Note: This story is part of Southwest Michigan Second Wave’s On the Edison field series. The Edison district will become jazzy. Kalamazoo’s most populous neighborhood is looking to kick off a one-of-a-kind jazz festival in September featuring local artists as well as talented jazz artists from beyond. “It’s about providing a quality of life […]]]>
Editor’s Note: This story is part of Southwest Michigan Second Wave’s On the Edison field series.

The Edison district will become jazzy.

Kalamazoo’s most populous neighborhood is looking to kick off a one-of-a-kind jazz festival in September featuring local artists as well as talented jazz artists from beyond.

“It’s about providing a quality of life in the neighborhood,” says Stephen Dupuie, executive director of the Edison Neighborhood Association. “When I think of quality of life, I think of arts and culture and the environment that people grow up in. So by doing this festival, we’re literally putting it on the streets and making it accessible to everyone for free. .”

Singer, songwriter and lyricist Fay Victor at home. She’ll be at the Edison Jazz Festival this fall.Dupuie says the festival will be a three-day event that will take place at three locations in Edison. There will be performances at City of Jerico, the recovered part of the factory district of the district. Located in the 1500 block of Fulford Street, it is now home to contractors, artisans and tradespeople. Another day, plans call for a block party with music, food trucks and a musical parade down Egleston Avenue (one section is to be closed for the day).

“Anyone who wishes can participate with their own instruments,” Dupuis says of the parade.

And a third day will feature rooftop performances atop the Creamery Building, the neighborhood’s new residential and commercial development. The $14.7 million affordable housing project opened last year at 1101 Portage Street. Rooftop performances must be followed by an event at the Theater of the Loir.

“We lined up the venues and we lined up the performers when it came to people coming from out of town,” Dupuie says. “They are confirmed.”

The neighborhood association is now looking to raise approximately $25,000 which it needs to organize the festival. He hopes to find multiple donors. Those interested in making a contribution can do so by contacting the association at 269-382-0916 and visit his website. Individuals can click on any donation button and add a note that their contribution should be used for the Jazz Festival.

ASCAP Award-winning singer, songwriter, bandleader and producer Estar Cohen is also an improv comedy musician. She’ll be at the Edison Jazz Festival this fall.Among the recognized artists, the festival will feature internationally acclaimed bassist, bandleader and recording artist John Hebert; singer, songwriter and lyricist Fay Victor; and Estar Cohen, ASCAP Award-winning singer, songwriter, bandleader and producer. ASCAP – the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers – is an association of more than 850,000 American songwriters, composers and music publishers.

The event will also focus on showcasing the work of unsung black artists and honor the music of late jazz artist Herbie Nichols, a 1950s African-American improvisational artist who wanted to be a concert composer. but was denied access to Industry.

“These are the people who are sort of the big names lined up,” and he says, “There will be a lot of local artists as well.”

With over 9,000 residents and located just south and east of downtown Kalamazoo along Portage Street, Edison is Kalamazoo’s most populous neighborhood and considered its most diverse neighborhood. According to the 2016 census, it is 49% Caucasian, 28% African American and 19% Hispanic. This has made it a place with a lot of interest in culture and music.

The jazz festival is an outgrowth of what has become a popular Tuesday night jazz jam at the Dormouse Theater, a 200-seat theater at 1030 Portage St. at Washington Square in Edison. The theater will be a jazz festival venue.The Jazz Festival is one of them, an outgrowth of what has become a popular Tuesday night jazz jam at the Dormouse Theater, a 200-seat theater at 1030 Portage St. in Edison’s Washington Square neighborhood that serves as a venue for live entertainment and features performers and musicians. It opened last summer.

Dupuis was named chief executive of the neighborhood association earlier this year after serving on the board for about five years. He is the artistic director of the Dormouse Theater Group.

Speaking of jazz music, Dupuie says, “It naturally moved to the Loir.”

Jazz mavens and music students at Western Michigan University began hosting Tuesday night jazz jam sessions at the Dormouse Theater last year after the Union Cabaret & Grill closed. There were live music nights featuring jazz artists.

A concert on the roof of the Creamery will be part of the jazz festival.What should we think of this new event?

“First of all, it’s going to be a lot of fun,” says Dupuis. “Everything will happen at Edison. …People are going to see parts of the neighborhood that they may not have seen before because if they’re not from the neighborhood why would they go into that little pocket.

Speaking of Jerico Town as an example, he says, “This little pocket has a cafe, makerspaces, and stuff that’s off the beaten path. And so I really want people to think about how fun the event is going to be and all the different new places that they might not have been to because it’s not necessarily in their trajectory of places they are going.

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A BIT OF NEW MUSIC returns to the Catalina Jazz Club in March https://jazzfin.com/a-bit-of-new-music-returns-to-the-catalina-jazz-club-in-march/ Wed, 23 Feb 2022 11:00:43 +0000 https://jazzfin.com/a-bit-of-new-music-returns-to-the-catalina-jazz-club-in-march/ After a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, A Little New Music returns to Hollywood’s historic Catalina Jazz Club with a fresh look at new musical theater material. Audiences at A Little New Music’s concert series will once again experience a variety of distinguished artists and a diverse assortment of songs destined to become […]]]>

After a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, A Little New Music returns to Hollywood’s historic Catalina Jazz Club with a fresh look at new musical theater material. Audiences at A Little New Music’s concert series will once again experience a variety of distinguished artists and a diverse assortment of songs destined to become future classics of American musical theatre.

broadway star Michael Leon Wooley (B’way: LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, Disney’S PRINCESS AND THE FROG, Netflix’s AJ AND THE QUEEN) will host the exciting evening. Back at the grand piano, award-winning musical director, Gregory Nabours (MARILYN, THE NEW MUSICAL), accompanied by the group A Little New Music.

Guest writers scheduled to appear include Brett Ryback & Jeff Luppino-Esposito (PASSING THROUGH, IN STRANGE WOODS), Justin Anthony Long (COOKIE EVENING), and Amanda Yesnowitz & Doug Katsaros (SOMEWHERE IN TIME). Many more composers and lyricists to come.

Showcasing their vocal talents will be Michael Thomas Grant (NBC’s ZOEY’S EXTRAORDINARY PLAYLIST), Tony Abatemarco (PETER AND THE STAR-ATTACHER), Yara Nemirovsky (National tour: SCHOOL OF ROCK), Donell James Foreman (B’way: BOOK OF MORMON), Kyra Selman (UMPO: STRANGER THINGS), Miatta Lebile (Tyler Perry‘s ALL THE QUEEN’S MEN), Sarah Wolter (Greenway Court’s A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC), and more.

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A local chef turns a jazz club into a dining haven https://jazzfin.com/a-local-chef-turns-a-jazz-club-into-a-dining-haven/ Mon, 21 Feb 2022 16:55:34 +0000 https://jazzfin.com/a-local-chef-turns-a-jazz-club-into-a-dining-haven/ John Chambal prepares all that jazz – and excellent Bolognese. Photo: Thomas Stauder. The old adage that you don’t eat in a jazz club is regularly denied by Jean Chambal to a lair in Tarryville devoted to the great American musical idiom. Here, the recipe for success includes a chef with a local clientele and […]]]>
John Chambal prepares all that jazz – and excellent Bolognese. Photo: Thomas Stauder.

The old adage that you don’t eat in a jazz club is regularly denied by Jean Chambal to a lair in Tarryville devoted to the great American musical idiom. Here, the recipe for success includes a chef with a local clientele and fond memories of growing up in Rivertown.

Chambal, a seasoned caterer who ran the restaurant and ready meals emporium Good food in Briarcliff Manor for nearly a decade, was in charge of the food operation at Jazz Forum since 2020, and judging by the steady stream of dinners, salads and desserts leaving the small kitchen on a recent visit, music fans have been on to great food at the club.

Essentially, Chambal’s job as chef at the Jazz Forum encompasses the three days the club is open, Friday through Sunday, as well as preparations for Thursday, when he simmers bolognese sauce for fusilli or rolls all-beef. small plates of meatballs, two of the club’s signature dishes. Also, on Sunday nights when the club presents Brazilian jazz, Chambal is ahead to make feijoada (pronounced fay-jwah-dah), a stew of smoked sausage, pork, and beans that is Brazil’s national dish and served as a one-night special.

The rest of the limited menu of Jazz Forum focuses on the best of classic Italian favorite cuisine of the club’s owners, trumpet / flugelhorn Marc Morganelli and his wife and business partner, Ellen Prior—antipasti, burrata on salad, seasonal soups and charcuterie and cheese platters, as well as portions of vegetable farro, free-range chicken and roast salmon. Complementing the flavors for the sweet tooth are, of course, cannoli and ice cream, and Chambal’s unique versions on apple crisps and fudge brownies.

Asked what customers of the Jazz Forum seemed to like most about his cuisine, Chambal quickly exclaims: “They love everything! »

John Chambal in the kitchen (Doug Schneider Photography)

The real trick, notes Chambal, is getting all the orders in on a tight deadline. The club features music in two sets, at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., and because each set typically lasts 75 to 90 minutes, drink and food service can’t drag on. On evenings when the house is full, nearly 100 people can be served at each set.

“Mark and Ellen have a real passion for food, so we bring in great produce, prepare it well, and deliver it as quickly as possible,” Chambal says. “It’s a challenge every weekend, but also very satisfying for me professionally. We know people don’t go to jazz clubs for the food. OK, but why not? The idea was to create a situation where people know they’ll have a great meal when they come here and judging by the reviews, that’s what we’ve achieved.

Chambal grew up in Elmsford, attended schools in Tarrytown and was friends with Charlie Breitenbachwhose family owned a bakery Dixon Street which is now the Jazz Forum site. After school, he visited Charlie at the bakery – “the smell of cakes and breads was amazing,” he said. At the age of 11, Chambal earned two dollars an hour washing dishes at the Washington Irving Boat Club. He graduated from Sleepy Hollow High School and moved to Austin, Texas, where he worked in different restaurants for 10 years, and followed the cooking management program Hyatt before returning to Tarrytown and work as a baker for a caterer. Abigail Kirsch for two years before opening a catering business, Custom Cuisine. Beginning in the early 1990s, Morganelli was a regular client of Chambal’s restaurant business for backstage broadcasts of the Music Hall concerts he presented through his non-profit organization Jazz Forum Arts.

Now 58, Chambal lives in Elmsford and spends hours running an organic farm in Congregation Sons of Israel at Briarcliff Manor, the seasonal source of much of the produce used at the Jazz Forum. He also runs an award-winning winery there. In his spare time, he races sailboats and also kayaks on the Hudson. Any evening at the Jazz Forum, Chambal can poke his head out of the kitchen and see former Good Food customers still hungry for his meals and familiar faces from Tarrytowns.

The Jazz Forum opened its doors in June 2017 and three former chefs had bitten the biscotti before Chambal signed on.

“John is so easy going and he cooks really well,” Prior said. “At first we weren’t there to be a restaurant, but now we want to celebrate what he does. The food he prepares is delicious. Prior added that it was Chambal’s idea to prepare dinners with the club’s unused inventory and donating them to the local food pantry during the Covid-19 pandemic lockdown.”We are so proud of John, we never want to lose him! And did you know he like to sing when he cooks?

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Celebrate Valentine’s Day in Style at the Blue LLama Jazz Club in Ann Arbor, Michigan with Dinner and a Show Featuring: Veronica Swift https://jazzfin.com/celebrate-valentines-day-in-style-at-the-blue-llama-jazz-club-in-ann-arbor-michigan-with-dinner-and-a-show-featuring-veronica-swift/ Mon, 07 Feb 2022 08:00:00 +0000 https://jazzfin.com/celebrate-valentines-day-in-style-at-the-blue-llama-jazz-club-in-ann-arbor-michigan-with-dinner-and-a-show-featuring-veronica-swift/ About Blue LLama Jazz Club— Opened in March 2019, the Blue LLama Jazz Club is making its way as a destination venue in the Midwest showcasing live, local and national jazz and world music. This Valentine’s Day (2/14/22), Blue LLama Jazz Club will be offering an extravagant evening with Veronica Swift and her New York […]]]>

About Blue LLama Jazz Club—

Opened in March 2019, the Blue LLama Jazz Club is making its way as a destination venue in the Midwest showcasing live, local and national jazz and world music. This Valentine’s Day (2/14/22), Blue LLama Jazz Club will be offering an extravagant evening with Veronica Swift and her New York Octet for a rare “Dinner and Show” performance. A delicious three-course tasting menu is included with every ticket purchase. Blue LLama Jazz Club’s mission is to unite “the love of food” with the “love of music”, with a jazz-inspired menu of American shared plates. The club features an award-winning curated wine list (Wine Spectator 2020-2021), handcrafted cocktails and stellar hospitality to deliver a unique and unparalleled dining and listening experience.

Get your tickets here: https://www.bluellamaclub.com/event/veronica-swift

About Veronica Swift–

With a repertoire ranging from swing to bebop via the Great American Songbook, Veronica Swift is a young but full-fledged star of the international jazz scene. Boasting a clear, lilting tone and a radiant stage presence, she also masters rigorous vocal techniques like vocalse and scat. Veronica performs regularly at Blue Note, Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola and Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City, and many other high caliber clubs around the world. Reserve your tickets to see this incredible artist at this unique show in downtown Ann Arbor, Michigan.


The Blue Lama Jazz Club
314 S. Main Street, Ann Arbor, Michigan

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Birdland Jazz Club Announces New Performance of Ann Kittredge’s MOVIE NITE https://jazzfin.com/birdland-jazz-club-announces-new-performance-of-ann-kittredges-movie-nite/ Wed, 26 Jan 2022 18:00:03 +0000 https://jazzfin.com/birdland-jazz-club-announces-new-performance-of-ann-kittredges-movie-nite/ Birdland Jazz Club will feature a cabaret veteran, award-winning singer and theater favorite Ann Kittredge for a revival of his widely acclaimed show Movie Nite, backed by his musical director Alex Rybeck on the piano and Sean Harness on guitar, at the Birdland Theater (315 West 44th Street) on Sunday, February 27, 2022 at 7 […]]]>

Birdland Jazz Club will feature a cabaret veteran, award-winning singer and theater favorite Ann Kittredge for a revival of his widely acclaimed show Movie Nite, backed by his musical director Alex Rybeck on the piano and Sean Harness on guitar, at the Birdland Theater (315 West 44th Street) on Sunday, February 27, 2022 at 7 p.m. This performance was scheduled to take place on January 10 as previously announced. However, due to a positive Covid case in her family a few days before, Ms Kittredge was forced to cancel.

At the show’s highly anticipated 2021 premiere at the Birdland Theatre, “people turned out in droves, delivering one of the biggest opening night audiences club-goers have seen in a long time, and Movie Nite was everything Mrs. Kittredge promised her fans: glamorous, humorous, sophisticated, sweet and… packed with great music, singing and camaraderie.” (BroadwayWorld)

Ann Kittredge showcases his tremendous vocal talent and innate connection with his audience, singing an eclectic program of film music. From the greatest songwriters of the golden age of cinema to today, Ann brings passion, energy and her unique storytelling while sharing her journey from the heart with songs introduced by luminaries such as carly simon, Barbra Streisand, Frank Sinatra, Judy Garlandand dory day, among others. The show includes a stunning folk-opera rendition of the classic “Ah, Sweet Mystery of Life,” as well as a lively reimagining of the opening number from the 2016 film, La La Land. Alex Rybeck the music masterfully directs the show. Penelope Thomas of Bistro Awards said, “Everything was pure, unhurried, classy.” Alex and Ann welcome a multi-award winning guitarist Sean Harness to join them. Spend an evening celebrating movies with one of cabaret’s most “sparkling” performers.

The award-winning MAC singer has appeared in numerous Broadway and off-Broadway productions, including King David (New Amsterdam), Dessa Rose (Lincoln Center), several seasons of A Christmas Carol (Paramount), City Center Encores!, and is a regular on the cabaret circuit. His previous shows, Fancy Meeting You Here: An Evening of Ahrens & Flaherty, and One Night Only have garnered rave reviews, with Brady Schwind from BroadwayWorld calling her the “story singer supreme!”

Ann Kittredge Movie Nite plays at the Birdland Theater (315 West 44th Street) on Sunday, February 27 at 7 p.m. There is a $30 entry fee ($20 at the bar) and a $20 minimum for food and drink. Tickets and information are available at www.birdlandjazz.com or by calling (212) 381-5080.

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Billy Stritch Returns to the Birdland Jazz Club Birthday Party! Just in time for an early Valentine’s Day – Times Square Chronicles https://jazzfin.com/billy-stritch-returns-to-the-birdland-jazz-club-birthday-party-just-in-time-for-an-early-valentines-day-times-square-chronicles/ Sat, 15 Jan 2022 05:45:09 +0000 https://jazzfin.com/billy-stritch-returns-to-the-birdland-jazz-club-birthday-party-just-in-time-for-an-early-valentines-day-times-square-chronicles/ The Birdland Jazz Club will once again host Grammy-nominated pianist, singer and songwriter Billy Stritch for an exclusive five-show concert celebrating “Billy Stritch’s Big Birdland Birthday Bash!” from Thursday February 10 to Saturday February 12. This new show highlights Billy’s unique blend of songs from the jazz canon and the Great American Songbook, plus personal […]]]>

The Birdland Jazz Club will once again host Grammy-nominated pianist, singer and songwriter Billy Stritch for an exclusive five-show concert celebrating “Billy Stritch’s Big Birdland Birthday Bash!” from Thursday February 10 to Saturday February 12. This new show highlights Billy’s unique blend of songs from the jazz canon and the Great American Songbook, plus personal favorites from his award-winning “Billy’s Place” livestream series and special guests to join the fun. birthday. In addition to Stritch on piano and vocals, Birdland’s shows will feature Tom Hubbard on bass and Eric Halvorson on drums. For tickets, please visit BirdlandJazz.com.

The concert series also celebrates Jthe sunday set, the new album with Jim Caruso that features a fresh selection of urban standards, jazz favorites and sly comedy numbers. The Club44 Records recording, captured live at the Birdland Theatre, will be released on Friday, January 21.

Other upcoming national tour dates include The Kravis Center with Gabrielle Stravelli in West Palm Beach, FL (January 14-15) and Feinstein/54 below with Linda Eder (February 3-5). Other tour dates will be announced at BillyStritch.com.

His last album At Billy’s hailed as “causal, cool and charming” by Weekly Jazz – is the first piano and vocal album of her career, offering a deeper level of intimacy and connection than her previous releases. “The song selection grew out of my weekly live show ‘Billy’s Place’ which I started during the pandemic,” comments Billy. “I was able to learn and showcase music from a diverse group of composers, and the songs on the album are some of my favorites from those shows. I was able to include many special songwriters, including Richard Rodgers & Lorenz Hart (“Falling in Love with Love”) and Hoagy Carmichael (“Skylark”), as well as more contemporary songwriters like Peter Allen (“Planes”) and my friend Barry Manilow (“Meet Me, Midnight”).

The final single from the album – a lush symphonic version of the song from the album “Ordinary Miracles, the standard by Marvin Hamlisch and Alan & Marilyn Bergman also performed by Barbra Streisand and Nancy LaMott – features a 46-piece orchestra.

Billy Stritch will celebrate “Billy Stritch’s Big Birdland Birthday Bash!” at the Birdland Jazz Club on Thursday February 10 at 8:30 p.m.; Friday February 11 at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.; and Saturday February 12 at 7:00 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. The cover charge is $30. Land of the Birds Jazz Club is located at 315 West 44th Street (between 8and and 9and Avenues) in Manhattan. For reservations, please call (212) 581-3080 or visit www.BirdlandJazz.com

Billy Stritch is one of the finest singer-pianists on the New York and national jazz and cabaret scenes. He began his career in Houston, Texas, where he formed the vocal trio Montgomery, Plant and Stritch. The trio performed worldwide from 1983 until their disbandment in 1990. A chance encounter with Liza Minnelli in 1991 led her to be asked to create vocal arrangements for Liza’s record-breaking extravaganza. Exit at Radio City. In addition to his 25 year collaboration with as Liza’s accompanist and opening act, Billy recently toured with the legendary Tony Bennett as Tony’s pianist and musical director.

A solo artist in his own right, he has performed his own shows (including tributes to Mel Tormé and Cy Coleman) in concert halls and nightclubs across the country. Billy is also musical director for top singers such as Marilyn Maye, Linda Lavin, Linda Eder, Christine Ebersole and Paulo Szot. He is the co-writer of the Grammy-winning song “Does He Love You”, recorded by Reba McEntire and Linda Davis. The single reached number one on the Billboard Country music chart, winning a Grammy Award and selling over five million copies along the way. A new version was released in 2021 by Reba and the legendary Dolly Parton.

Billy has arranged music for many top artists and created the arrangements for Minnelli on Minnelli and Liza is at the Palace, both at the famed Palace Theater on Broadway. He was also seen on stage playing the role of “Oscar” in the Tony Award-winning Broadway revival of 42n/a Street in 2001. During Covid-19, he created his own weekly Facebook live show “Billy’s Place”, celebrating the Great American Songbook with songs and stories from his varied career.

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Latin music icon Eddie Palmieri celebrates his 85th birthday at the Birdland Jazz Club, January 11-15 https://jazzfin.com/latin-music-icon-eddie-palmieri-celebrates-his-85th-birthday-at-the-birdland-jazz-club-january-11-15/ Wed, 05 Jan 2022 04:08:47 +0000 https://jazzfin.com/latin-music-icon-eddie-palmieri-celebrates-his-85th-birthday-at-the-birdland-jazz-club-january-11-15/ Latin music legend Eddie Palmieri will celebrate his 85th birthday at Bird Country Jazz Club next week! Known as one of the best pianists of the past 60 years, the 8x GRAMMY prize award-winning conductor, arranger and composer is one of the most respected artists of his generation. A NEA Jazz Master, his playing skillfully […]]]>


Latin music legend Eddie Palmieri will celebrate his 85th birthday at Bird Country Jazz Club next week! Known as one of the best pianists of the past 60 years, the 8x GRAMMY prize award-winning conductor, arranger and composer is one of the most respected artists of his generation. A NEA Jazz Master, his playing skillfully merges the rhythm of his Puerto Rican heritage with the complexity of his jazz influences: Thelonious Monk, Herbie Hancock, McCoy Tyner as well as his older brother, Charlie Palmieri. Palmieri will celebrate its 85th anniversary at Bird Country Jazz Club to Tuesday, January 11 through Saturday January 15th.

Palmieri’s parents emigrated from Ponce, Puerto Rico to New York City in 1926. Born in Spanish Harlem and raised in the Bronx, Palmieri learned to play the piano at an early age, and at age 13 he joined the his uncle’s orchestra, playing timpani. His professional career as a pianist took off with various groups in the early 1950s. In 1961, Palmieri formed his own group, La Perfecta, which featured an unconventional front line of trombones rather than the usual trumpets in Latin orchestras. This created an innovative sound that mixed American jazz with Afro-Caribbean beats, surprising critics and fans alike.

His unconventional style would surprise critics and fans alike with the 1970 release titled Harlem River Drive. This recording was the first to merge what was classified as “black” and “Latin” music into a free-form sound that encompassed elements of salsa, funk, soul and jazz. In 1975, Palmieri won the first of eight GRAMMYS for Best Latin Recording for The sun of Latin music.

Palmieri has received numerous honors including the Eubie Blake Prize (1991); Most Exciting Latin Performance, presented by the BBC in London (2002); the Yale University Chubb Fellowship, usually reserved for international heads of state, but awarded to Palmieri in recognition of his work in building communities through music (2002); Harlem Renaissance Prize (2005); Jay McShann Lifetime Achievement Award (2008). In 2009, the Library of Congress added Palmieri’s composition “Azucar Pa ‘Ti” to the National Recording Registry, which at the time included only 300 compositions documenting the history of all recorded music history in the United States. United. 1988 by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History in Washington, DC, as they recorded two of Palmieri’s performances for its archives.

In 2013, Eddie Palmieri received the coveted Jazz Master Award from the National Arts Foundation (NEA). The NEA Jazz Master Award is the highest honor an American jazz artist can receive. He also received an Lifetime Achievement Award from the Latin Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences.

In 2017, Palmieri recorded a big band album titled Mayor of Mi Luz, which stars Carlos Santana and Gilberto Santa Rosa. In the spring of that year he published Sabiduria / Wisdom, followed by Full circle.

$ 40 tables / $ 30 bar + $ 20 food / drink minimum.
Fixed hours: 7:00 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. (Tuesday-Thursday); 8:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. (Friday-Saturday)

Birdland is located at 315 W 44th St # 5402, New York, NY 10036. Birdland is a fully vaccinated location and per New York City rules for indoor activities requires proof of vaccination from all guests. , staff and artists.


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John Lloyd Young returns to Catalina Jazz Club next month https://jazzfin.com/john-lloyd-young-returns-to-catalina-jazz-club-next-month/ Fri, 17 Dec 2021 10:37:57 +0000 https://jazzfin.com/john-lloyd-young-returns-to-catalina-jazz-club-next-month/ Tony and Grammy Award winner John Lloyd Young is set to return to the Catalina Jazz Club in Hollywood with his new show Mostly Soul for just two nights on Friday January 7 and Saturday January 8, 2022 at 8:30 p.m., he has was announced today by Chris Isaacson Presents and Catalina. John Lloyd Young, […]]]>


Tony and Grammy Award winner John Lloyd Young is set to return to the Catalina Jazz Club in Hollywood with his new show Mostly Soul for just two nights on Friday January 7 and Saturday January 8, 2022 at 8:30 p.m., he has was announced today by Chris Isaacson Presents and Catalina.

John Lloyd Young, 2006 Tony Award winner for Best Actor in a Musical for Jersey Boys, along with musical director Tommy Faragher (Glee), will perform beloved hits from the Motown catalog as well as audience favorites of his career. Young delivers songs with an immediacy and originality that make even longtime hits feel like they are playing in front of you for the very first time.

Young is the originator of Frankie Valli’s role in Jersey Boys, Broadway’s Best International Tony Award-winning musical and international hit, garnering enthusiastic praise from New York and national media. He won lead actor Tony, the Drama Desk, the Outer Critics Circle, and the Theater World Awards, becoming the only American actor in history to win all four for his Broadway debut. He sings the lead vocals on the original Grammy-winning Jersey Boys Platinum cast album. He made his West End debut playing Valli at the Piccadilly Theater in London and recreated the on-screen role in the film adaptation of Warner Brothers directed by Clint Eastwood. He played Marius in Les Misérables at the Hollywood Bowl. He has performed at Café Carlyle in New York, Carnegie Hall, White House, Lincoln Center, Radio City Music Hall, Feinstein’s at Nikko in San Francisco, Yankee Stadium, Dodger Stadium, McCarter Theater Center, at New York City Hall and with the National Symphony Orchestra conducted by Marvin Hamlisch.

Entrance prices range from $ 25 to $ 50 with VIP seating available at $ 65. Tickets can be obtained online at www.ticketweb.com or by phone at (866) 468-3399. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. for cocktail and dinner service (minimum applies) and show time is 8:30 p.m. The Catalina Jazz Club is located at 6725 W. Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood.


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Jamie DeRoy and his friends at the Birdland Jazz Club https://jazzfin.com/jamie-deroy-and-his-friends-at-the-birdland-jazz-club/ Tue, 07 Dec 2021 12:37:27 +0000 https://jazzfin.com/jamie-deroy-and-his-friends-at-the-birdland-jazz-club/ Last night an audience of friends gathered at Birdland to spend an evening with everyone’s favorite friend … Jamie deRoy. Jamie introduced a group of his famous Broadway friends to chat and perform at what always turns out to be an exciting evening of world-class entertainment. These variety shows organized, hosted (and also performed) by […]]]>


Last night an audience of friends gathered at Birdland to spend an evening with everyone’s favorite friend … Jamie deRoy. Jamie introduced a group of his famous Broadway friends to chat and perform at what always turns out to be an exciting evening of world-class entertainment. These variety shows organized, hosted (and also performed) by Ms. deRoy are produced 3 or 4 times a year. The highly anticipated events have been on show for the past 30 years (ahead of 7-year-old Ed Sullivan’s Variety Show) and Jamie thankfully shows no signs of slowing down. This was her first live show since the pandemic and it was quite a Broadway party.

As Sullvan would say, “It was really a great show” as Jamie presented it: Tony Award-winning songwriter Stephen Flaherty, Jelani Alladin (Frozen, Hercules), Christy Altomare (Anastasia, Mamma Mia!), Ali Ewoldt (Phantom, Les Misérables), Cassondra James (Once On This Island), Cory Kahaney (Colbert, Letterman, Conan), Mauricio Martinez (On Your Feet) and Tony Award Winner (A Chorus Line) Donna McKechnie .

All of the performances were special, and Donna McKechnie singing Pleasant Little Kingdom and Stephen Sondheim’s Too Many Mornings was to be one of the most touching segments of the Jamie deRoy & Friends show.

There might be a reason Jamie deRoy’s shows lasted longer than Sullivan’s. Unlike Ed, she’s a pro at presenting and interviewing artists, and I don’t think Ed could’ve sung “Jews Don’t Camp”.

The evening was a profit for The Actors Fund, but all of Jamie’s friends also benefited from being in this audience.

Barry Kleinbort directed and Ron Abel was musical director with Ritt Henn on bass and Ray Marchica on drums.

Photo credit: Stephen Sorokoff


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