Birdland was a legendary nightclub in New York City and, from 1949 to 1965, was the scene for the greatest jazz music and musicians in the world. This illustrated book offers a history of this legendary jazz club and presents the greats who played its stage, in capsule biographies, vintage photos, and rare memorabilia. Named after legendary jazz saxophonist Charlie “Yardbird” Parker, the club showcased memorable double and triple bills lasting until dawn. Many classic live recordings were made at “the Jazz Corner of the World,” such as “A Night at Birdland” by the Art Blakey Quintet, “Basie at Birdland,” and “Coltrane, Live at Birdland.” Birdland established itself as the one place that every jazz musician had to play. Greats such as Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Bud Powell, Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk, Count Basie, John Coltrane, Art Tatum, Art Blakey, Horace Silver, Clifford Brown, Ella Fitzgerald, Stan Getz, Lester Young, Billie Holiday, Oscar Peterson, and Sonny Rollins, to name only a few, graced its stage.
Leo T. Sullivan has been working professionally for over 40 years as a saxophonist, flutist, composer, and webmaster and has played on many CDs with various artists, having also recorded numerous soundtracks for major television shows.