Birdland Jazz Club announced to the press and New York the official opening of the Birdland Theater. This new convertible 100-seat venue occupies the lower level of the existing Birdland Jazz Club at 315 West 44th Street.
Birdland Theater opened its new space with a special evening featuring performances by
Hear Billy play a fabulous arrangement of “Come Fly With Me” into “Up Up and Away.”
Below is a list of upcoming headliners at the Birdland Theater, with additional performances to follow. Photos of the new space can be downloaded here.
September 19-22 September 21-22 September 23 September 23 September 24 September 25 September 26-29 October 1 October 2 October 2 October 3-6 October 8-9 October 10-13 October 14 October 16 October 16 October 19-20 October 22 October 25-27 October 29 November 1-3
Amanda Green “In the House”
Legion of Peace: Songs inspired by Nobel Laureates
Allyson Briggs & Fleur Seule
Miss Coco Peru
The Lineup with Susie Mosher
Benny Benack III Italian Quartet
Randy Roberts LIVE!
Alan Broadbent Trio
Jamie deRoy & Friends
Jeffry Denman Hosts “UKE NIGHT!”
Tale of Two Cities Reunion Concert
Renee Rosnes & Bill Charlap – Duo Piano
Capathia Jenkins & Louis Rosen “PHENOMENAL WOMAN: The Maya Angelou Songs” Max von Essen in Concert with Billy Stritch
Christina Bianco Life of the Party
Birdland owner Gianni Valenti: “We’re so excited to bring a beautiful new performance space to thecenter of the theater district. Creating the Birdland Theater below the club ensures we provide the same quality services our loyal customers have come to expect, while introducing them to a new galaxy of music and performers under our banner. With construction complete, the Birdland Theater will be avenue where any type of entertainment can, and will, happen.”
The venue is programmed by Ryan Paternite and Jim Caruso featuring cabaret, jazz, dance, burlesque, comedy and more. The Birdland Theater also allows for an extension of the current Broadway at Birdland programming with more performances by Broadway stars and limited-run off-Broadway productions.
“Birdland is a cultural treasure and has a rich tradition that we continue to build and expand upon,” saidJim Caruso. “This new space will allow us to showcase the best talent, and will also be a breedingground for up-and-coming projects and creative endeavors.”
Birdland Theater provides the full restaurant and bar services of the jazz club. The space includes a new dressing room, bathrooms, kitchen and backstage area.
The architect for this project is: Michael Rait, BR Design Associates. Birdland Theater logo by Todd Alan Johnson.
Photography of Manhattan cityscapes by Bill Westmoreland. Dressing room murals painted by Justin “Squigs” Robertson.
Sound and Lighting Installation by Matt Berman and Rocky Noel. Technical Director for Birdland Theater is Robert Polanco.
Named for alto saxophonist and jazz pioneer Charlie “Bird” Parker who dubbed it “The Jazz Corner of the World,” Birdland opened on December 15th 1949. For 60 years it has been home to jazz legends, from Parker, John Coltrane Duke Ellington and Count Basie to Oscar Peterson, Hank Jones, Diana Krall and everyone in between. The original 52nd street location was a cultural barometer and meeting place, inspiring the songs “Birdland” and “Lullaby of Birdland,” and serving as a regular haunt for celebrities and cultural figures. The modern incarnation is a state of the art nightclub featuring award winning Southern and Cajun cuisine, first rate sound and lighting and a who’s who of contemporary musical artists, 7 nights a week.
315 West 44th Street (between 8th & 9th Avenues) New York, NY 10036
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