ABOUT BIRDLAND BIG BAND
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.
“A completely unique NYC experience. There isn’t another band like this anywhere... a music experience you simply must witness”- Time Out New York
“Tommy Igoe's drumming defies the laws of physics and his band sets the new standard for what a big band can be in the 21st-century” -The International Jazz Herald
“Totally Blown Away!”- Jazz Improv Magazine
ABOUT TOMMY IGOE
Tommy Igoe is one of today's most successful and diverse drummers.
Born in New Jersey, Igoe comes from a musical family. Ever since he began drumming as a 2-year-old, it was clear that music would be Tommy's passion. "He had to be dragged away from the drums," said his father, Sonny. During his early years, Igoe spent 15 years studying classical and jazz piano. He credits this experience as having a huge role in crafting his unique career.
Igoe captured just about every junior and senior high school drumming award on the East coast and went on to tour with the Glenn Miller Band when he was just 18. In 1986, his career took off when he became active in the New York recording scene, and simultaneously joined the band Blood, Sweat and Tears as their touring drummer.
Through the years that followed, Igoe quickly moved on to other great bands and artists including: New York Voices, Stanley Jordan, Art Garfunkel and Dave Grusin. This continued until 1997, when he was asked to help create the drumset book for what would become a legendary production: The Lion King on Broadway.
His book, which integrated the modern drumset with traditional African percussion, established a new benchmark for the drumset voice within musical theatre. It is currently being performed worldwide by many official companies. Igoe is an associate conductor of the Broadway production.
Igoe's latest and most exciting project, The Birdland Big Band, is currently the hottest weekly music event in New York. The band plays every week at the legendary Birdland Jazz Club and every show sells out.