Birdland Jazz Club In Manhatten: The jazz corner of the world
The original Birdland opened fifty nine years ago on Broadway, near 52nd street. At the time,Charlie Parker (a.k.a “Bird”) was the headliner, and the club was a hotbed of jazz in the 1930s and 40s. Many say that Charlie Parker was, in fact, the inspiration for the name in the first place.
Over the years, the club has had a few different locations, from Broadway uptown to midtown Manhattan. Despite the moving, it has always been referred to as the “jazz corner of the world,” highlighting some of the biggest names in jazz and staying true the all-American style of music.
History Of Birdland:
The club first opened its doors in December of 1949 and was host to many regulars (later to be named jazz legends), including Count Basie and his Smokin’ Big Band, John Coltrane and his quartet, Symphony Sid Torin along with Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonious Monk, Miles Davis, Bud Powell, Stan Getz, Lester Young, Erroll Garner, and many, many others. Due to the emergence of new popular styles of music like Rock & Roll, the club closed its doors in 1965.
Birdland came alive again in 1986, this time at 2745 Broadway, on the corner 105th Street. Due to triangular design, no musicians would deny the unique acoustics this setup produced. In ten years, more than 2,000 emerging artists performed at the club. On many occasions, artists who performed at the original club on 52nd street graced the stage of the second version of Birdland as well.
After a decade of neighborhood success on the Upper West Side, owner John Valenti decided to move the club back to Midtown. The new Birdland offers top-flight jazz in a world class setting, good sight lines and acoustics, elbow room, and a menu ripe with award winning Southern Cuisine.
No matter where the club moved, it was always at the center of actions, and it continues this way still today. Some of the great names to grace its presence include Oscar Peterson, Pat Metheny, Diana Krall, Roy Haynes, Michel Legrand, Pat Martino, Tony Williams, Hank Jones, Michel Petrucciani, John Pizzarelli, John Scofield, Phoebe Snow, Dave Holland, and Tito Puente, as well as the big bands of Chico O’Farrill, Toshiko Akiyoshi, and Maria Schneider.
For a list of their upcoming events, visit their site
and click on “Schedule” (upper-left corner)
8:30 pm & 11:00 pm (unless noted)
$20-$50 depending on performer.
-There is a $10 food/drink minimum per person.
-At the bar, you will receive a complimentary drink when you pay the music charge, no additional minimum.
By phone at (212) 581-3080 or by visiting their
site and clicking on “Reservations.”
For Information regarding Banquets, Tour Groups and Corporate Events,
please contact them contact them by phone: (212) 581-3080
Birdland Jazz Club
315 W. 44th Street
New York, NY