Straight from the jazz mecca of New York City and the famous jazz club bearing its name, the Birdland Big Band, directed by the acclaimed drummer Tommy Igoe, presents “Live at Birdland” at South Miami- Dade Cultural Arts Center on Sunday, Feb. 17, at 7 p.m.
Tickets are $45-$25, but a select number of $5 Cultureshockmiami.com tickets are available for ages 13-22. Buy tickets online at www.smdcac.org or call the box office at 786-573-5300. Culture Shock tickets are available at www.cultureshockmiami.com
The center is located at 10950 SW 211 St. in Cutler Bay. Free parking is available.
Named after famed alto saxophone player Charlie Parker, nicknamed “Bird,” Birdland was founded in New York City in 1949. The list of performers who were regulars at Birdland throughout its illustrious history reads like a who’s who of jazz: Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonius Monk, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Stan Getz, and Lester Young are just a few of the many jazz greats who made Birdland their New York home.
“Live At Birdland” features the Birdland Big Band directed by Tommy Igoe in a setting designed to recreate the ambience and experience of a night at Birdland. This dynamic new ensemble provides an unforgettable musical event that goes beyond the traditional and sets the standard for the 21st Century jazz orchestra.
World music is explored from every corner of the globe to surprise and delight audiences of all ages while infusing the best of American jazz with excitement that hasn’t been seen in decades. Featuring New York’s finest musicians and directed by one of the world’s greatest drummers, the Birdland Big Band has become New York City’s most popular weekly musical attraction.
“Live At Birdland” will feature fresh treatments of iconic Charlie Parker compositions as well as innovative arrangements from contemporary composers such as Chick Corea, Arturo Sandoval, Sting, Herbie Hancock, Lennon/McCartney and Leonard Bernstein. The band also maintains a rare selection of renowned pieces from the Buddy Rich, Count Basie, Stan Kenton and Woody Herman Orchestras.