Birdland in Hell’s Kitchen is one of NYC’s grand old Jazz clubs. It’s original location on Broadway and 52nd was one of the places where Latin and Jazz mixed together.

Birdland and Yardbird

The club takes its name from Charlie “Yardbird” Parker. The original club opened in 1949 when Jazz was still king. It was a place where all the top Jazz artists played and celebrities came to see them.

The club was just down the street from the Palladium Ballroom which was the home of Machito, Tito Puente, and Tito Rodriguez. Jazz musicians would go to the Palladium to hear the Latin players. Latin artists would go to the Jazz clubs on 52nd Street. It’s part of how Latin Jazz was born.

Latin Artists at Birdland 2017 – 2018

Brazilian Jazz pianist Eliane Elias plays Bossa Nova Tuesday – Saturday, December 5 – 9 with shows at 8:30 & 11 pm. $40

Brazilian Jazz pianist Luiz Simas plays Thursday, February 8, 2018 at 6 pm. $30

Multi-Grammy winning, Brazilian Jazz pianist Eliane Elias plays music from Man of La Mancha, Tuesday – Saturday, April 10 – 14, 2018 at 8:30 pm & 11 pm. $40

Latin Artists at Birdland 2016 – 2017

The Cuban-American Arturo O’Farrill Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra plays most Sunday nights. That gig was started by Chico O’Farrill in 1997.

Cuban Jazz-Timba-Funk pianist Axel Tosca Laugart plays March 9, 2017 at 6 pm.

Visit Birdland

315 West 44th St, New York, NY 10036
(between Ninth & Eighth Ave)
(212) 581-3080

(1) (2) (3) to Times Sq – 42nd St
(N) (Q) (R) (W) to 49th St
(C) (E) to 50th St

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