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Bill O’Connell Quartet featuring Craig Handy in the Theater

May 26 @ 8:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Join us for the Bill O’Connell Trio at the Birdland Theater on May 26th at 8:30pm!

After a 40-year long career that has seen him excel as a leader, soloist, arranger, musical director, and accompanist for some of the most celebrated names in jazz and Latin music, Bill O’Connell can lay claim to a track record of challenging and artistic-diverse triumphs that few of his peers can match. As a recording artist, his 13 dates as a leader have drawn universal critical acclaim while his talents as a pianist and arranger have been tapped by a diverse range of noted soloists to elevate their sessions. Today, as both a respected educator and leader of The Latin Jazz All-Stars,O’Connell’s professional life brims with new opportunities to express and fulfill his singular music vision.

Although he was well established as an in-demand keyboardist and arranger on the Latin music circuit, O’Connell didn’t forsake his interest in straight-ahead jazz, landing engagements with such hallowed improvisers as Sonny Rollins, Chet Baker, Gato Barbieri and Emily Remler. As a sideman, he recorded four albums with bassist Charles Fambrough and others with singers Jon Lucien, JanetLawson and Nnenna Freelon. Other rewarding engagements included working with vocalists KennyRankin and Astrud Gilberto, The Fort Apache Band, and trombonist Papo Vázquez.

A four-time recipient of the “Jazz Writer of the Year” award from SESAC, the performing rights organization, and a member of the jazz faculty of Rutgers University, O’Connell’s illustrious career vividly demonstrates that he is a master of myriad music idioms and an endless range of sophisticated keyboard and arranging skills.

Details

Date:
May 26
Time:
8:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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Organizer

Birdland Jazz Club
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Venue

Birdland Theater
315 West 44th St, New York, NY 10036
New York, NY 10036 US
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