Perhaps the No. 1 classic jazz joke involves a man asking another man on the street, “How do you get to Birdland?” The other man, obviously a player, says “Practice man, practice.” The interesting element here is not the punch line, but that, out of all the jazz clubs in the world, this iconic story was about Birdland. That’s inescapable testimony to what a very special and hallowed venue Birdland has been, is and will be. In the very heart of Manhattan, right in Times Square, Birdland is a universal mecca of jazz music. The Jazz Cruise is sponsoring the Friday afternoon/evening Tommy Igoe Birdland Big Band shows at Birdland, and we are very proud to consider Birdland a “partner” in our programs.
For those of you who live in New York or plan to visit there, Birdland has extended a very special offer to friends of Jazz Cruises: Two tickets for the price of one for any 11 p.m. show Tuesday through Friday, or 5 percent off the ticket price for any Tommy Igoe Birdland Big Band Show. Phone reservations are required. Call 212.581.3080 and use the promo code "JazzCruises".