Jazz Turns features musical theatre songs that have been given a jazz spin. Cabaretgoers can expect to hear such tunes as David Yazbek's "Nothing is too Wonderful to be True," Sondheim's "Not While I'm Around," Jason Robert Brown's "Moving Too Fast," Kander & Ebb's "My Own Space," Harnick & Bock's "Tonight at Eight" and Andrew Lippa's "Life of the Party." The 7 PM performance will also feature special guests Brian d'Arcy James, Nancy Anderson and Dennis Stowe. The performers will be backed by the Ross Patterson Trio.
Jeffry Denman has appeared on Broadway in The Producers, Cats, Dream and How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. He is the author of "A Year with The Producers: One Actor's Exhausting But Worth It Journey from Cats to Mel Brooks' Mega Hit." He was also the author and star of Change Partners: A Fred Astaire Tale and recently appeared in White Christmas at the Ordway Theatre in St. Paul.
In a statement Denman said, "Jazz greats like Louis Armstrong, Oscar Peterson, Chet Baker and Ella Fitzgerald often added their own jazzy take on classic musical theatre songs, letting us hear them in a fresh new light. Many of today's composers are creating songs just as exciting to interpret or re-interpret."
Birdland is located in Manhattan at 315 West 44th Street. There is a $25 cover charge and $10 food/drink minimum. Call (212) 581-3080 for reservations or visit www.birdlandjazz.com.