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My View: New Year’s Eve Came Early To Birdland Last Night – Gunhild Carling

My View: New Year’s Eve Came Early To Birdland Last Night – Gunhild Carling

New Years Eve came early to Birdland last night as the Broadway at Birdland series presented Swedish jazz musician and multi-instrumentalist Gunhild Carling on it’s stage and she almost blew the roof off of the “Jazz Corner of The World”

I guess Sweden is not only known for the unique and contemporary exports of IKEA.  Gunhild Carling is one of the most unique performers you will experience.  She’s the real deal, an expert jazz musician/singer who presents herself in a wacky but charming way.  At times it was like the Ed Sullivan show as she played three trumpets, (at the same time) trombone, and flute until you realize she is really a virtuoso who is an authentic jazz musician.  When she then did the same on the bag pipes….well, she just blew me away!  Jim Caruso discovered her at his Cast Party, and in his intro last night told the audience they were in for a special evening.  No fake news at Birdland last night.  Gunhild, with music director Ron Abel was something really special.

Jim Caruso

Gunhild Carling

Gunhild Carling

Gunhild Carling

Gunhild Carling

Birdland

Stephen Sorokoff & Sunny Sessa

Gianni Valenti & Sunny Sessa

Ron Abel

Linda Lavin, Billy Stritch, Steve Bakunas

Ron Abel & Eda Sorokoff

Standing Ovation

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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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