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My View: Birdland Celebrates 32 Years with Ann Hampton Callaway’s “Jazz Meets Broadway”

My View: Birdland Celebrates 32 Years with Ann Hampton Callaway’s “Jazz Meets Broadway”

 The “Jazz Corner of the World” has been guided by Gianni Valenti for the past 32 years. Birdland, the most well known jazz music venue on the planet has been successfully chaperoned by his masterly artistic, restaurant, and business skills for over three decades. That is exactly double the amount of time the original Birdland on 52nd street existed.  Entertainment and menu trends have metamorphosed many times over the last 32 years, but Birdland has consistently been the destination point for New Yorkers and world travelers seeking great music, performed by exceptional artists.  For the past decade,the club has also integrated the stars of  the adjacent Broadway Theatre community into it’s performance schedule under the guidance of Jim Caruso.                                                                                                                                                          

Ann Hampton Callaway was the perfect selection to headline at this significant milestone in Birdland’s history. Her artistry represents the highest skills of a performer totally comfortable in both music worlds and her current show is appropriately titled “Jazz Meets Broadway”. Ann is one of the leading champions of the great American Songbook, having made her mark as a singer, pianist, composer, lyricist, arranger, actress, educator, TV host and producer. Voted recently by Broadwayworld.com as “Performer of the Year” Ann is a born entertainer. Her unique singing style blends jazz and traditional pop, making her a mainstay in concert halls, theaters and jazz clubs as well as in the recording studio, on television, and in film. She is best known for Tony-nominated performance in the hit Broadway musical Swing! and for writing and singing the theme song to the hit TV series The Nanny. Callaway is a platinum award winning writer whose songs are featured on seven of Barbra Streisand’s recent CD’s. 

The end is nowhere in sight for Birdland, and it will remain the “Jazz Corner of The World” right next to Broadway for many years to come.

Ann Hampton Callaway    November 1-5 at 8:30 & 11    Birdland

(For another article by Stephen & complete photos of “Jazz Meets Broadway” at Birdland go to Broadwayworld.com)

Ann Hampton Callaway

Ann Hampton Callaway

Gianni Valenti

Gianni Valenti

Ann Hampton Callaway

Ann Hampton Callaway

Bill Mays

Bill Mays

Liz Callaway & Eda Sorokoff

Liz Callaway & Eda Sorokoff

Kari Strand, Stephen Sorokoff, Ann Hampton Callaway

Kari Strand, Stephen Sorokoff, Ann Hampton Callaway

Birdland

Birdland

(More photos of Ann’s show at Birdland at Broadwayworld.com)

 

                                                                                                                                                                           

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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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