The Birdland Jazz Club in New York City has partnered with Flymachine, a virtual streaming platform, in order to stream selected performances from that venue. The Thursday-night shows on the club’s main stage at 9:30 p.m. ET will be streamed each week, along with Frank Vignola’s weekly guitar night on Wednesdays, which takes place downstairs in the Birdland Theater. Ticket options for the livestream events start at $5.
“After 18 months exploring and testing different possibilities, Birdland is thrilled to partner with Flymachine for our streaming shows,” said Ryan Paternite, Birdland managing partner, in a press release received at JazzTimes. “Their unique hybrid social-streaming platform enables us to deliver the live music experience our fans expect. Flymachine also puts prompt, equitable, and transparent artist and composer royalty payments front and center—which has become a key issue as we work together with artists to refashion our live music experience in a changing world.”
Buoyed by a successful GoFundMe campaign to keep it afloat through the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic, Birdland reopened its doors to the public in July of last year. Among the artists appearing on the storied Times Square club’s main stage in the coming weeks are the Bill Charlap Trio, Mingus Big Band, Jane Monheit, Eliane Elias, and Tierney Sutton. Learn more here.