Photo Focus: Victoria Shaw and Jim Brickman at Birdland
By Louise Uznanski for OnTapBlog.
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Songwriters Jim Brickman and Victoria Shaw at Birdland Jazz Club, NYC, 4/22/13. Photo by Louise Uznanski.
Birdland is a small, refined and intimate club near Times Square and on select Monday nights during the year the club hosts Nashville songwriter Victoria Shaw and other guests and friends of the headliner. Earlier in the year, Victoria shared the stage with country music songwriters Chely Wright and Gary Burr. If that was not memorable enough, a Cast Party was held after the show where singers unite from Broadway, jazz and rock clubs all over the city to entertain the ‘after the show’ crowd. In attendance that night was Bette Midler who is collaborating with Victoria on new music for a CD Ms. Midler is recording. Gary Burr was his usual extraordinarily wonderful self, singing and playing guitar on songs co-penned with Victoria in Nashville.
Last Monday night, Victoria again graced the Birdland stage bringing her original music written for the likes of Garth Brooks (The River),and John Michael Montgomery (I Love The Way You Love Me) and many tunes co-written and produced for numerous artists in Nashville and for her own CDs.
This Monday night became even more of a specialty when Jim Brickman, Victoria’s writing partner, was welcomed to the stage. The music produced by these two ‘dream team writers’ is a list too long to reproduce here. Suffice it to say, when these two writers and singers get together on stage it is a history lesson in pop country music and a labor of love presenting those songs they were instrumental in producing wrapped into a songfest of the friendliest kind.
Also brought to the stage was Broadway star Michael Eldred whose voice bounded to the back walls of the venue and then returned from behind our heads and caressed our ears with his bountiful joy in singing a special song.