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Matt Baker “The All New A Rhapsody of Gershwin”

February 28 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Join pianist Matt Baker & vocalist Nicole Zuraitis as they celebrate the music of Gershwin at Birdland on February 28th at 7pm!

New York/Australian jazz pianist Matt Baker returns to the Birdland stage with a brand new version of his project, “A Rhapsody of Gershwin.”

Presenting a whole new spin on the music of one of America’s most celebrated composers, this is all Gershwin interpreted like never before, with an all-star line-up from the heart of New York’s jazz scene including Grammy nominated vocalist Nicole Zuraitis, trumpeter/vocalist extraordinaire Benny Benack III, Mike Bono on guitar, Kevin Hailey on bass, and Curtis Nowosad on drums.

The project brings Rhapsody in Blue to the jazz stage, featuring excerpts of the original piano score arranged and accompanied by the trio, with voice singing some of the classic orchestral themes throughout. The performance still opens with the Rhapsody’s true classical-esque beginning and closes with its grand, majestic ending.

The show comprises music from Crazy for You, Porgy and Bess, Shall We Dance, An American in Paris and Concerto in F, plus other exciting gems from the classical and popular worlds of George Gershwin.

Some of the program includes specifically: A Foggy Day, The Man I love, But Not For Me, Prelude II, They Can’t Take That Away From Me, Summertime, I’ve Got A Crush On You, an I Got Rhythm/Fascinating Rhythm medley, plus a selection of themes from the Concerto in F and Rhapsody, all together in an exciting, swinging and entertaining program.

Matt Baker’s sideman credits include touring and performing with vocalists Ann Hampton Callaway, Jennifer Holliday, Patti LaBelle, Veronica Swift (2015 Monk competition winner), Tierney Sutton, Arianna Neikrug (2015 Sarah Vaughan competition winner) and Judy Collins, as well as guitar icon Bucky Pizzarelli and tenor saxophonist Joel Frahm.

Matt Baker was an award winner in the 2003 Montreux International Solo Jazz Piano competition and a semi-finalist in 2004 and 2005. Originally from Australia, Matt has called New York City home since 2010, performs at jazz venues throughout the city and abroad and in 2017 released his latest DVD album “Live at Birdland”.




February 28
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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315 W 44th St., New York, NY 10036
New York, NY 10036 US
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