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My View: A Theme Park Of Music On 44th Street

My View: A Theme Park Of Music On 44th Street

There’s a Theme Park of music happening on 44th street and no matter what gate you choose to enter at Birdland great music is playing behind every door.  You can spend a good portion of your night shuttling between the historic Birdland Stage and the new Birdland Theater with their line up of shows.

Last night it was an early start with Eric Comstock and Barbara Fasano, fresh from the stage of the Cabaret Convention at Lincoln Center.   Next, Kevin Eubanks guitarist, who for nearly two decades was music director for NBC’s Tonight Show with Jay Leno played to an overflow crowd with his quartet for the night’s main event.

Meanwhile in the Birdland Theater, it was Jazz Pianist/Composer/Arranger Alan Broadbent with his trio keeping music lovers spellbound with his trio.  Alan was in the studio scene in L.A. as a pianist for Nelson Riddle,David Rose, and Johnny Mandel.  He was a part of Natalie Cole’s “Unforgettable” CD and toured as her pianist.  He also wrote an orchestral arrangement for her second video with her dad, “When I Fall in Love”, which won him his first Grammy Award.

Birdland had many Grammy Award winning musicians on it’s stages last night and Gianni Valenti might just have to figure out how to add more based upon the traffic at the Jazz Corner of the World.

For complete photos go to Broadwayworld.com)

Gianni Valenti, Terri Lyne Carrington, Ben Williams, Keven Eubanks

Alan Broadbent

Alan Broadbent

Gianni Valenti & Eda Sorokoff

Eric Comstock & Barbara Fasano

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Stephen studied at the Manhattan School of Music. Besides being a pianist, Stephen’s business career was in the Fashion Industry. He was CEO of a textile manufacturing facility and President of an international textile machinery company. Stephen was on the Board of Directors of the “First All Children’s Theatre” which brought the Stephen Schwartz musical The Trip and Captain Louie to the Kennedy Center in Wash DC. His wife Eda, an interior space designer and classical pianist was on the Board of Barrington Stage Company and is still active at BSC. Stephen’s photographs, videos and articles appear on Broadwayworld.com, T2Conline.com and The New York Observer. He is active in the entertainment events at the Friars Club, where he is a member. Stephen is also an Honorary Board Member of The Society For The Preservation of The Great American Songbook. Stephen Sorokoff@gmail.com

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