'After the premiere concert of Piano Men in 2015, three of New York’s finest Piano Men take the stage together solo piano, each in their own charismatic and inimitable style!'
A concert of solo contemporary piano presented by Matt Baker, Eric Yves Garcia & Brad Simmons - Live at Birdland Jazz Club.
Brad’s flair for popular music and incredible voice interpretations inform modern music in a dazzling style. Eric’s beautiful crooning voice wows audiences and hearts all around the world, taking the American songbook into 2016 with a vintage interpretation by a modern New York artist. Matt presents both a firing and beautiful contemporary jazz piano recital of some great classics; his touch, sound and command of the instrument taking the piano to a whole new place. Don’t miss this opportunity to see and hear these three incomparable artists in one special evening!
With a varied career in the film, stage and recording industries, Brad Simmons' film projects include Camp, The Last Five Years, Whiskey Neat and Hello Again. Stage projects include Broadway's Lysistrata Jones, Mr & Mrs Fitch with John Lithgow, and the late night Backstage at 54 Below, where NPR named him "The Man". Brad has made music with Broadway's Leading Ladies Donna McKechnie, Leslie Uggams, Tonya Pinkins, Audra McDonald, Rebecca Luker, Alice Ripley, Carolee Carmello and recording artists Sandi Patty and The B-52's Kate Pierson. www.thebradsimmons.com
Eric Yves Garcia (2014 Margaret Whiting Award; 2014 Bistro Award for Outstanding Singer / Instrumentalist.) Honored to appear at NYC landmarks such as Carnegie Hall, Town Hall, Symphony Space, The St Regis, 54Below, and multiple engagements at Bemelmans Bar and headlining the Valentine's Day Show at the Cafe Carlyle. His solo show, “One Night Standards”, and follow-up "Pour Spirits" received raves in the NY Times and Wall Street Journal. Internationally, he enjoyed two weeklong runs at Club Raye in Paris, and a highly lauded debut in London at The Crazy Coqs, and returned to Club Raye to perform their New Year's Eve show this year. This spring Eric will visit Ten Chimneys in Wisconsin and return to the Kravis Center in Palm Beach. He is a graduate of Fordham University at Lincoln Center's theatre department, an audiobook narrator and provides music for Ronald McDonald House charity events. "The evening's brightest new discovery, Eric Yves Garcia, is a handsome young singer and pianist with a genuine star quality." (Stephen Holden, NY Times) www.ericyvesgarcia.com
Australian born New York based Jazz Pianist Matt Baker was a three-time semi finalist of the Montreux International Solo Jazz Piano Competition. He is fresh out of the studio having recorded a new album due for release early 2016, produced by Matt Pierson. His last album "Underground" garnered rave reviews in Downbeat & Jazz Times and reached #26 on the Jazz Week charts. Matt has toured with Judy Collins, played several times at Birdland and regularly plays New Yorks top Jazz clubs, as well as theatres and concert halls in Australia, the US and abroad. He’s looking forward to his debut at Carnegie Hall this year as well. The New York Times called Matt: “The Australian Piano Whiz”(Stephen Holden, Oct 2014). A student of Taylor Eigsti’s since moving to New York, Matt was mentored by piano legend Oscar Peterson, and as well has studied with Fred Hersch, Mulgrew Miller, Benny Green, Aaron Goldberg, Jacky Terrasson, James Williams and Ella Fitzgerald’s life-long accompanist Paul Smith. www.mattbaker.com.au
Monday March 28th 2016, 7pm @ Birdland Jazz Club.
315 West 44th St, between 8th and 9th Avenues.
Reservations a must. Call (212) 581-3080.
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