BIRDLAND JAZZ CLUB PRESENTS
CELEBRATING SPRING WITH A NEW SHOW FEATURING MUSIC BY STEPHEN SONDHEIM, KANDER & EBB, FRANK LOESSER AND MORE
MONDAY, APRIL 18
BIRDLAND JAZZ CLUB will present vocalist and pianist Steve Ross – widely heralded as “The Crown Prince of New York Cabaret” – in a special show celebrating spring on Monday, April 18 at 7:00 PM. Ross will offer seasonal songs (“Finding Words For Spring,” “Hurry, It’s Lovely Up Here”), as well as tributes to New York City (“New York Coloring Book,” “Penthouse Serenade”). Steve will also celebrate the great Stephen Sondheim (“Buddy’s Blues,” “We’re Gonna Be All Right,” “Take the Moment”), in addition to Kander & Ebb, Frank Loesser, and Brian Gari.
Steve Ross appeared in a Broadway revival of Noël Coward’s Present Laughter, starring Frank Langella. He has appeared with stride pianist Judy Carmichael, performing the show “Style Meets Stride,” featuring the music of Porter and Fats Waller.
In 1981, Ross was booked into the Oak Room at the Algonquin Hotel where he played a considerable part in establishing the room as a perennial favorite of artists and customers. At some venues he would find himself accompanying leading entertainers who happened to be in the audience, among them Liza Minnelli and Ginger Rogers. He has played many festivals, including Perth in Australia, Spoleto in Italy, and Hong Kong. Other international venues include seasons at London’s Ritz Hotel and Pizza on the Park. He hosted a live cabaret series for BBC Television, and in America he hosted “New York Cabaret Nights,” a series for National Public Radio.
Ross was raised in Washington, DC, and heard a lot of music at home, some from his mother who played piano. In due course, he studied piano himself and by the time he had attended Georgetown University, spent a little time in a seminary, and served in the US Army, he had become an accomplished pianist, drawing his repertoire not from contemporary pop but from the Great American Songbook. In the early ‘70s he settled in New York City where he soon became well known on the city’s cabaret scene. At first a background pianist, he was urged by club owners to sing and gradually began to do this, eventually training as a singer. As his personal style developed, so his reputation spread. Ted Hook, owner of Backstage, a piano bar in the midtown theatre district, hired him.
Steve Ross is featured in a chapter of “So You Want to Sing Cabaret,” the first and only accredited text book on the art and craft of Cabaret, and small venue performance.
BIRDLAND JAZZ CLUB
Monday, April 18 at 7:00 PM.
There is a $40 music charge and a $20 food and beverage minimum.
315 West 44th Street (between 8th and 9th Avenues) in Manhattan.
For reservations, please call (212) 581-3080 or visit www.BirdlandJazz.com.
In compliance with New York City rules for indoor activities, Birdland requires proof of vaccination or a verified medical exemption from all customers, staff, and performers.