Jazzing Things Up with 'Broadway at Birdland'

January 6, 2015 9:50 PM

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Times change. Tastes change. But look closely and you'll find proponents who keep tradition alive for the faithful, and with the foresight of knowing that what's old will someday be new once again. Gianni Valenti and Jim Caruso are living this daily at cabaret club, Birdland. There they appeal to the flocks with a fusion of jazz and Broadway that keeps the tables full and the spirit of legendary musician Charlie "Yardbird" Parker alive, who founded the club 65 years ago.

Ask a jazz aficionado or cabaret regular and they'll tell you that Birdland is a true New York landmark. But what's lesser known is that landmark, in fact, took flight a couple of times, planting roots in several locations and even laying dormant for awhile as the popularity and demand for jazz chan...

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