TOMMY IGOE AND THE BIRDLAND BIG BAND
TOMMY IGOE Leads THE BIRDLAND BIG BAND on First US Tour
NYC'S Most Popular Weekly Jazz Show Heads to East Coast Venues
Young Drumming Phenomenon Trades Big Band Standards for music of
Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, Michael Brecker and others
Igoe's Dad was Drummer for Benny Goodman and Tommy Dorsey
LIVE VIDEO "NEW GROUND"
Jan 25 Fairfax, VA George Mason University / Hylton Center
Jan 26 Stony Brook, NY SUNY Stony Brook, Staller Center
Jan 27 Cranston, RI RICPA / Park Theatre
Jan 29 Utica, NY Stanley Theatre
Jan 30 Allentown, PA Allentown Symphony Hall
Jan 30 Storrs, CT U Conn Jorgenson Auditorium
Feb 1 Morristown, NJ Mayo Perf Arts Center
Feb 2 Rockville, MD Montgomery College / Parilla Perf Arts Center
Feb 4 Pomona, NJ Stockton College / Perf Arts Center
Feb 5 Harrisonburg, VA James Madison U / Wilson Auditorium
Feb 6 Richmond, VA Univ of Richmond / Camp Concert Hall
Feb 7 Lenoir, NC Caldell Comm College / Broyhill Civic Ctr
Feb 8 Aiken, SC U of South Carolina / Etherridge Center
Feb 9 High Point, NC High Point Theatre
Feb 11 Supply, NC Brunswick Comm College / Williamson Aud
Feb 12 Clemson, SC Clemson Univ / Brooks Center
Feb 14 Wilmington, NC U of North Carolina Wilmington / Kenan Aud
Feb 16 Gainesville, FL U of Florida / Center for Perf Arts
Feb 17 Miami, FL Miami Dade College / Main Stage
Feb 20 University Park, PA Penn State / Eisenhower Aud
Feb 21 York, PA Penn State York / Pullo Arts Center
Feb 22 New York, NY Birdland Jazz Club
The Birdland Big Band was created by Tommy Igoe in 2006 and has become the most popular weekly musical residency in New York City. The BBB is a world-class ensemble whose home base is one of New York City's top destinations for jazz, and whose lineup features the country's finest top-shelf talent, including musicians from every jazz/pop tour and Broadway show imaginable. The bands newest recording, Eleven, has been glowingly received, and Igoe will grace the cover of Aprilís Modern Drummer Magazine, in recognition of his stature.
In 2012 and 2013, the BBB will be launching their debut tour of the United States, taking the Birdland experience to performing arts centers across the country. The tour includes performances in venues up and down the East Coast, from Utica, New York to Miami, Florida.
But this is not your father's big band music. Under Igoe's direction, the Birdland Big Band is dedicated to performing unique music from all over the world. As Igoe boldly states, "The world doesn't need another good big band, it needs something unforgettable, something spectacular -- something to bring a brand-new audience to this incredible art form." And Igoe knows a few things about how BBB is different from the classic big band sounds of the 1940s and 50s -- his father, Sonny Igoe, was a drummer for Benny Goodman and Tommy Dorsey. So it's with special confidence that Tommy Igoe builds upon that big band foundation and defines a new era for big band music with the Birdland ensemble.
About Tommy Igoe:
Tommy Igoe is one of the world's most prominent drummers and bandleaders. He began drumming at the age of 2 and has gone on to craft a unique and diverse career, traveling the world with Art Garfunkel, Blood Sweat and Tears, Dave Grusin, Stanley Jordan, and the New York Voices among many others.
For the last six years, his Birdland Big Band has been the most popular weekly music event in New York City, maintaining its Friday residency at the iconic Birdland Jazz Club. In 1997, he created the drumset book for The Lion King on Broadway and also served as principal drummer and conductor.
Igoe is dedicated to world-class music education, writing some of the world's best-selling books and DVD's and is a globally in-demand clinician. Born and raised in northern New Jersey, he has taught drum classes at William Paterson College and at Rutgers University's main campus in New Brunswick, NJ.
Igoe recently moved to San Francisco where his new band, The Tommy Igoe Big Band, enjoys a weekly residency at the Rrazz Room. But Igoe also returns each month to New York City to keep the reins (and repertoire) on the Birdland Big Band firmly in check.
ARTIST WEBSITE www.tommyigoe.com
TOMMY IGOE AND THE BIRDLAND BIG BAND ARE:
Glenn Drewes/Brandon Lee
(Note: Glen Drewes replacing Brandon Lee from Feb 8th onward)