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BIRDLAND presents BILLY STRITCH in FIVE-SHOW run of his "BIG BIRDLAND BIRTHDAY BASH," 2/10-12
Posted by: Official_Press_Release 02:18 pm EST 01/14/22

BIRDLAND JAZZ CLUB

PRESENTS THE RETURN OF
GRAMMY AWARD-NOMINATED PIANIST, VOCALIST AND SONGWRITER

BILLY STRITCH

A FIVE-SHOW ENGAGEMENT CELEBRATING
"BILLY STRITCH'S BIG BIRDLAND BIRTHDAY BASH!"

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 10 THROUGH SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 12

NEW DUET ALBUM "THE SUNDAY SET" OUT JANUARY 21


Birdland Jazz Club will welcome back Grammy Award-nominated pianist, vocalist and songwriter Billy Stritch for an exclusive five-show concert engagement celebrating "Billy Stritch's Big Birdland Birthday Bash!" from Thursday, February 10 through Saturday, February 12. This new show highlights Billy's unique mix of songs from the jazz canon and the Great American Songbook, in addition to personal favorites from his award-winning livestream series "Billy's Place" and special guests to join the birthday fun. In addition to Stritch on piano and vocals, the Birdland shows will feature Tom Hubbard on bass and Eric Halvorson on drums. For tickets, please visit BirdlandJazz.com .

The run of concerts also helps celebrate The Sunday Set, the new album with Jim Caruso which boasts a new selection of urbane standards, jazz favorites and sly comedy numbers. The recording from Club44 Records, captured live at The Birdland Theater, will be released on Friday, January 21.

Other upcoming national tour dates include The Kravis Center with Gabrielle Stravelli in West Palm Beach, FL (January 14-15) and Feinstein's/54 Below with Linda Eder (February 3-5). Additional tour dates will be announced at BillyStritch.com.

His recent album Billy's Place - hailed as "causal, cool and charming" by Jazz Weekly - is the first piano-and-vocals album of his career, delivering a deeper level of intimacy and connection than his previous releases. "The song selection was born out of my weekly livestream show 'Billy's Place' that I started during the pandemic," comments Billy. "I've been able to learn and present music by a diverse group of composers, and the songs on the album are many of my favorites from these shows. I was able to include many special songwriters, including Richard Rodgers & Lorenz Hart ('Falling in Love with Love') and Hoagy Carmichael ('Skylark'), as well as more contemporary writers like Peter Allen ('Planes') and my friend Barry Manilow ('Meet Me, Midnight')."

The album's latest single - a lush symphonic version of the album's song "Ordinary Miracles, " the Marvin Hamlisch and Alan & Marilyn Bergman standard also performed by Barbra Streisand and Nancy LaMott - boasts a 46-piece orchestra.

"He not only does it all but he makes it look easy," raved Stephen Holden in The New York Times. "To be given a full hour of non-stop Billy Stritch song stylings seems like an embarrassment of riches, with his smooth, mellifluous vocal cords wrapped around interpretive storytelling," wrote Stephen Mosher from BroadwayWorld.com. According to Judi Mann of KDHX-FM in St. Louis, "This seasoned veteran plays and sings masterfully with versatility and absolute certainty. He owns the room, and he knows it!"

Billy Stritch will celebrate "Billy Stritch's Big Birdland Birthday Bash!" at Birdland Jazz Club on Thursday, February 10 at 8:30 PM; Friday, February 11 at 7:00 PM and 9:30 PM; and Saturday, February 12 at 7:00 PM and 9:30 PM. The cover charge is $30. Birdland Jazz Club is located at 315 West 44th Street (between 8th and 9th Avenues) in Manhattan. For reservations, please call (212) 581-3080 or visit www.BirdlandJazz.com

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BILLY STRITCH is one of the premier singer-pianists on the New York and national jazz and cabaret scenes. He began his career in Houston, Texas, where he formed the vocal trio Montgomery, Plant and Stritch. The trio performed all over the world from 1983 until they disbanded in 1990. A chance meeting with Liza Minnelli in 1991 resulted in her asking him to create vocal arrangements for Liza's record-breaking extravaganza Stepping Out at Radio City. In addition to his 25-year collaboration with as accompanist and opening act for Liza, Billy recently toured with the legendary Tony Bennett as Tony's pianist and musical director.

A solo entertainer in his own right, he has performed his own shows (including tributes to Mel Tormé and Cy Coleman) in concert halls and nightclubs across the country. Billy also serves as music director for such leading vocalists as Marilyn Maye, Linda Lavin, Linda Eder, Christine Ebersole and Paulo Szot. He is the co-writer of the Grammy Award-winning song "Does He Love You," recorded by Reba McEntire and Linda Davis. The single reached the number one spot on the Billboard Country music chart, winning a Grammy Award and selling in excess of five million copies along the way. A new version was released in 2021 by Reba and the legendary Dolly Parton.

Billy has arranged music for many top performers and created the arrangements for Minnelli on Minnelli and Liza's at the Palace, both at Broadway's famed Palace Theatre. He was also seen on stage playing the role of "Oscar" in the Tony Award-winning Broadway revival of 42nd Street in 2001. During Covid-19, he created his own weekly Facebook live-stream show "Billy's Place," celebrating the Great American Songbook with songs and stories from his varied career.

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UPCOMING HIGHLIGHTS AT
BIRDLAND THEATER AND BIRDLAND JAZZ CLUB

Every Monday at 9:30 PM - Birdland Jazz Club
Jim Caruso's Cast Party
"Jim Caruso's Cast Party," a New York institution for almost two decades, is a wildly popular weekly open mic night/variety show that has brought a sprinkling of Broadway glitz and urbane wit to Birdland since 2004. Called "show-business heaven" by The New York Times and "the gold-standard of open mic nights" by The Wall Street Journal, "Cast Party" will take advantage of the city's post-pandemic nightlife renaissance to keep presenting a potent mix of Broadway stars, jazz swingers and cabaret legends, in addition to new faces and rising talent from every genre. The buoyant, sharp and charming Caruso guides the entire affair, while musical genius Billy Stritch (Liza Minnelli, Tony Bennett) holds court at the ivories and leads the Cast Party Symphony Orchestra (Steve Doyle on bass and Daniel Glass on drums).
$30 + $20 food/drink minimum

Every Tuesday at 8:30 PM - Birdland Theater
The Lineup with Susie Mosher
"The Lineup with Susie Mosher" is a wild, anything-goes variety show featuring entertainers from the Broadway, cabaret and comedy scenes, ranging from today's hottest headliners to the best up-and-coming stars of tomorrow. Mosher - the noted actress and singer from Broadway and beyond, called "one of those talents you need to see to believe" by Time Out New York - hosts the spontaneous extravaganza every Tuesday, and each Lineup is unique and promises to deliver an unforgettable night of quintessential New York City entertainment.
$20 + $20 food/drink minimum

January 15, 22 and 29 at 5:30 PM (Saturdays) - Birdland Jazz Club
Eric Comstock & Barbara Fasano
Hailed as "the truest heir to Bobby Short" in The New York Times , pianist/singer Eric Comstock returns to Birdland with star bassist/composer Sean Smith with songs by everyone from George Gershwin to George Harrison. These two masters met on the Off-Broadway hit Our Sinatra (which Eric co-wrote) and have since worked separately and together around the world. Vocalist Barbara Fasano joins them at Birdland for a swinging Saturday supper where the music and stories are equally great. Sean Smith has been an integral part of the international jazz scene for over 25 years, and has performed with Gerry Mulligan, Phil Woods, Benny Carter, Art Farmer, Flip Phillips, Clark Terry and many others. Barbara Fasano has been praised as "a gorgeous, soulful singer who has an actor's intensity in whatever she sings" by The New York Post and "a lyrically sensitive interpreter" by The New York Times. Her latest album Busy Being Free is the recipient of the MAC Award for "Major Recording of the Year."
$30 + $20 food/drink minimum

January 24 (Monday) 7:00 PM - Birdland Jazz Club
Natalie Douglas
Twelve-time Manhattan Association of Cabarets and Clubs winner Natalie Douglas has been called "a true force of nature" by Clive Davis of The Times (UK). She has performed at Carnegie Hall, Cafe Carlyle, The Town Hall, Rose Hall at Jazz at Lincoln Center, The Pheasantry in London, and at her NYC home club, Birdland where her award-winning "Tributes" monthly residency (Nina Simone, Stevie Wonder, Elvis Presley, Dolly Parton, Nat "King" Cole, Dame Shirley Bassey, Ella Fitzgerald, Roberta Flack, Joni Mitchell, Sammy Davis, Jr., Lena Horne, Barbra Streisand and more) ran from Summer 2017 thru January 2020. Natalie has released three albums, including the MAC Award-winning Human Heart. Having also made her mark as a much sought-after educator and actor, she is a Master Teacher for the Mabel Mercer Foundation, the St. Louis Cabaret Conference, and the Eugene O'Neill Cabaret & Performance Conference.
$35 tables / $25 bar seating + $20 food/drink minimum

January 31 (Monday) 7:00 PM - Birdland Jazz Club
Jeff Harnar Sings Cy Coleman
Harnar salutes Emmy, Grammy, Tony winning songwriter Cy Coleman in his award-winning, critically acclaimed show "A Collective Cy." Expect to hear familiar standards like "The Best is Yet To Come," "Witchcraft," "Hey Look Me Over," "When in Rome," as well as surprises from Coleman's six decade career that included Broadway hits like Sweet Charity. Alex Rybeck conducts The Rhythm of Life Quartet and the show is directed by Sara Louise Lazarus. Jeff Harnar is an award-winning cabaret, concert and recording artist. His Carnegie Hall appearances include both the Cole Porter and Noel Coward Centennial Galas. Jeff's televised PBS concerts include "The 1959 Broadway Songbook" and "American Songbook: Stephen Sondheim" co-starring KT Sullivan. Most recently Jeff debuted his own Sondheim show "I Know Things Now." Jeff toured with Broadway's Shauna Hicks in their Symphony Pops Concert "I Got Rhythm: Mickey & Judy's Hollywood." He has won multiple MAC, Bistro and BroadwayWorld Cabaret Awards and The Noel Coward Foundation Cabaret Award. Together with Music Director Alex Rybeck he has released four solo albums. Their musical partnership has taken them across the country, across the high seas and to London, Paris, Oslo. Most recently they won the 2020 BroadwayWorld Cabaret Award for Best Show for the 30th Anniversary encore engagement at Birdland Theater of "Carried Away," their tribute to Betty Comden & Adolph Green.
$40 cover / $20 bar + $20 food/drink minimum

February 13 (Sunday) 7:00 PM - Birdland Theater
T. Oliver Reid
T. Oliver Reid - a multiple award-winning Broadway and cabaret artist returns - is the winner of the 2013 Bistro Award for Outstanding Theme Show, the 2013 MAC Award for Male Vocalist, the 2012 MAC Award for Male-debut Artist, and the 2011 Julie Wilson Award Winner from the Mabel Mercer Foundation. He's currently in the critically-acclaimed, eight-time Tony Award winning Best Musical Hadestown. His other Broadway credits include Once On This Island, Chicago, Kiss Me Kate, After Midnight, Follies, Sister Act, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Never Gonna Dance, La Cage Aux Folles, The Wedding Singer, Sunset Boulevard, Mary Poppins, Damn Yankees and the 25th Anniversary concert of Dreamgirls. He has created several critically lauded nightclub acts, including "Drop Me Off In Harlem" and "Distingué…The Saloon Singer and His Songs: A Tribute to Bobby Short."
$30 Table/$30 Bar + $20 food/beverage minimum

February 21 (Monday) 7:00 PM - Birdland Jazz Club
Klea Blackhurst: "One of the Girls: the Words and Music of Jerry Herman"
Blackhurst turns her long association with Broadway's Jerry Herman into a new show, "One of the Girls." One of Herman's premier interpreters, Klea became one of "Jerry's Girls" when she starred in the 50th Anniversary Production of Hello, Dolly! When Jerry heard Klea sing one of the cut Hello, Dolly! songs, he invited Klea to sing with the London Philharmonic and she's been singing his songs ever since. "One of the Girls" focuses on the memorable women in Jerry's life. Both real, like his mother Ruth, who taught him that you could throw a party simply because "It's Today" and characters like Mame, who encouraged us to "Open a New Window", Dolly Levi, who decided to rejoin the human race "Before The Parade Passes By" and Zaza, who bravely declared, "I Am What I Am." Jerry has lifted wonderful women off the page and into our hearts for almost six decades. The show is directed by Mark Waldrop, with musical direction by Michael Rice, who leads the Pocket Change Trio.
$40 + $20 food/drink minimum
Link http://BirdlandJazz.com
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