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The weather was pleasant. I wore sport shirt.
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Come in advance if you want to have ample time to enjoy food (for earlier performances)
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The Birdland Jazz Party, Featuring Hilary Kole
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4.2 average rating
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3 reviews
5 stars
attended Aug 09 2009

Hillary and her band were terrific. Must spend additional minimum of $10 apiece. The food and service were lovely but nothing on the menu was lass than $14.

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attended Aug 23 2009

The music and venue were both phenomenal. We will definitely come back to hear this band. Classic jazz and a very fun set. Hilary opened up the last hour of the show to take audience requests, and she performed beautifully.

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15 reviews
1 stars
attended Aug 16 2009

Hillary Cole and the band were terrific (well, not the drummer, but the rest anyway). With the show priced at just $10 plus a $10 minimum it is a very elegant and romantic way to spend a Sunday evening at a very reasonable cost.

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Quotes & Highlights

“Hip and lovely, a musical marvel.” —New York Observer
“Swinging… sultry… sexy with a sharp-edged hint of brass in her voice.” —New York Times


Hilary Kole co- created and originated the lead female roles in the critically acclaimed, award winning Off-Broadway musicals, “Our Sinatra.” (2000 MAC Award) and “Singing Astaire.”

Ms. Kole has been hailed by critics as a “musical marvel!” (Rex Reed, New York Observer. )  In reviewing Kole’s performance in the New York Times, Stephen Holden wrote,“swinging…sultry….sexy with a sharp-edged hint of brass in her voice…Kole locates the desperation and impatience lurking in Cole Porter’s besotted lyrics.”  And Robert Daniels from Daily Variety said “Kole is quite the prettiest young thrush on the club circuit…it’s torch singing at its apex.”

Ms. Kole began her professional career at the legendary Rainbow Room as the youngest singer ever to grace the stage.  From there, she appeared in a sold-out run at the famed Oak Room at the Algonquin Hotel, made her concert hall debut at Lincoln Center as part of the “American Songbook Series” with Jonathan Schwartz, and in June of 2007, appeared at Carnegie Hall during a  Tribute to Oscar Peterson, and in January, 2008, at the Canadian Tribute to Dr. Peterson at Roy Thompson Hall alongside Quincy Jones, Herbie Hancock, and Nancy Wilson.  Hilary has appeared as a headliner in New York City at  Town Hall (Nightlife Awards), Birdland, The Blue Note, Iridium, the Jazz Standard, and at Carnegie Hall with Michael Feinstein.  Apart from appearing throughout the country with her two shows, “Our Sinatra” and “Singing Astaire,” Hilary is also a favorite at the Continental Airlines Arena, singing the National Anthem for sporting events,as well as been featured  at the 92nd Street YMHA concert series “Lyrics and Lyricists” and “Jazz in July” with pianist Dick Hyman.  In 2005, Hilary debuted in Perugia, Italy, at the famed Umbria Jazz Festival, as well as the Nairn Jazz Festival in Narin, Scotland, and throughout Spain.

In the past year, Hilary had the honor of recording with Jazz legands Oscar Peterson and Hank Jones, as well as master composer, Michel LeGrand.  Ms. Kole has also appeared alongside Alan Broadbent, Lee Musiker, Dave Frishberg, Roger Kellaway, Tedd Firth, Houston Person, Harry Allen, Joel Frahm, Russell Malone, John Pizzarelli, Paul Meyers, Gene Bertoncini, Lewis Nash, Mark McLean, and Paul Gill among others.

Kole’s television appearances include CNN’s Showbiz Today, Fox’s Good Day New York, PBS, NBC’s Today in New York, as well as a half hour feature on CN8’s ‘One on One with Steve Adubato’.

Hilary began singing and playing the piano at age five.  At twelve, she received a scholarship to attend the Walden School for music composition, where she spent her next 6 summers.   Her compositions garndered three National Federation of Music Awards.  She is also the recipient of the prestigious Delius Award for her work “Piano Trio No.1” which received its world premiere with the Jacksonville Symphony.  Upon graduating high school, she was granted a scholarship by the Oakley Foundation to study composition at Manhattan School of Music.  Hilary’s compositions have been performed by the New England Brass Quintet, the Peabody Trio, and the Manhattan School of Music Jazz Vocal Ensemble, among others.

Hilary has entertained at some of Manhattan’s most prestigious events, including a Democratic Fundraiser for President Bill Clinton; an Emmy party in honor of Oprah Winfrey’s Lifetime Achievement Award; the Helen Hays Awards, and as the featured entertainer at the movie premier parties for Maid in Manhattan starring Jennifer Lopez, and Mona Lisa Smile and Stepmom starring Julia Roberts.  Hilary also appeared at the 2004 Super Bowl at the Houston Astrodome.