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My View: The Birdland Big Band…More Musicians Than In a Broadway Pit

 There are few places where you can see and hear (up close) a big band comprised of full horn sections, a 7ft Grand Piano, and world class musicians all crammed onto one stage.  It happens at Birdland every Friday as the Birdland Big Band blows the roof off the the building on 44th street playing some of the best jazz, funk, Brazilian and Latin music on the planet at the “Jazz Corner of The World”

David DeJesus controls the super charged engine and like at a ball game the always sold out crowd cheers each player as they solo during the swinging Big Band arrangements.  If you want to hear the real deal, no synthesizers or tracks and experience the sound of trumpets, trombones, saxophones playing music the way it was meant to be heard, proprietor Gianni Valenti is keeping it alive and well at Birdland.

The Birdland Big Band
David DeJesus
The Birdland Big Band
The Birdland Big Band
Kenny Asher


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, 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

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