Highly Recommended NYC Cabaret: JULIE BENKO AND HER BAND EUPHONIC GUMBO (Birdland)

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by Tony Frankel on February 1, 2023

in Concerts / Events,Theater-New York


BIRDLAND JAZZ CLUB brings back Julie Benko – direct from Broadway’s smash hit revival of Funny Girl – with her band “Euphonic Gumbo” on Monday, February 6 at 7pm (4pm PST). Benko will march her band out to celebrate Mardi Gras with six instrumentalists, including her jazz-pianist spouse Jason Yeager, in addition to Michael O’Brien on bass, Jay Sawyer on drums, Andy Warren on trumpet, Evan Christopher on clarinet, and Ron Wilkins on trombone. The show is now sold out, but a livestream option is available HERE for $25.

Performing in the classic New Orleans jazz style, Julie lets the good times roll with a delightful potpourri of tunes inspired by her love of the Crescent City. Songs include selections from Hand in Hand, Benko and Yeager’s recent album from Club44 Records (“Louisiana Fairy Tale,” “Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans?”), Benko’s debut album (“Love for Sale,” her original song “Tomorrow Is a Day for You”) and other classics (“Basin St. Blues,” “When the Saints Go Marching In”). Grab your beads and join the parade – nobody’s gonna rain on this one!

Jason Yeager and Julie Benko

Julie Benko, who currently performs every Thursday as the alternate for Fanny Brice in Funny Girl on Broadway, was hailed by The New York Times as “the bright-eyed, dulcet soprano who went from standby to star.” She has performed on stages on and off-Broadway and across the country, including Broadway turns in Fiddler on the Roof and Les Misérables. Instagram/TikTok @JujujulieBee

Jason Yeager is a pianist and composer who has performed across five continents at such noteworthy venues as Carnegie Hall, the Blue Note, Panama Jazz Festival, Qintai Concert Hall, and more. A 2nd place winner at the Ravenscroft Jazz Piano Competition and two-time finalist at the Jacksonville Jazz Piano Competition, Yeager has released seven albums as a bandleader, including his latest, Unstuck in Time: The Kurt Vonnegut Suite (Sunnyside Records).

Julie Benko and her Euphonic Gumbo
Monday, February 6 at 7:00 PM
Birdland Jazz Club, 315 West 44th St (Between 8th and 9th)
for tickets ($45 {club}, $20 {livestream}), call (212) 581-3080
or visit Birdland Jazz
$20 food and beverage minimum

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