Posted on April 25, 2011 at 6:34 am

Production meetings, band rehearsals, sound checks, publicity shots, camera runthroughs; I just hit the ground in New York and I’m already running.

Thursday night, I begin a three-night stand at the gorgeous Abrons Arts Center at Henry Street Settlement on the Lower East Side, with the incredible Anika Noni Rose as my guest! April 28, 29 & 30 (Thursday through Saturday) at 8 pm.

Add in my ENORMOUS eight-piece Caucasian Brass Band and you might think it couldn’t get better. But you’re wrong! Because the whole show only costs $35 a ticket. That is correct, one-quarter of the price of an orchestra ticket for a Broadway musical, and you get two Tony Award winners and a big band and several extremely complicated chords, not to mention a generous helping of mixed meters and high belting.

But that’s still not all! The really cool part? You might get to be on television! These concerts are being taped for PBS, and we need audiences packed full of raucous, joyful JRB freaks so that when the camera pans the house, it doesn’t look like a Yizkor service in Wyoming.

This is what it looked like last year when Anika and I played a sold-out run at Birdland:

Also, this:

And this:

See what I mean?

Look, all of the above silliness notwithstanding, I’m very excited about these shows because they’re going to be very special. I get to do a lot of new and old material with one of the best singing actresses on the planet Earth and a sensational bunch of musicians, including my best friends in the world. Will you come along and join the party? I’d love to have you there.

Click right here to buy tickets, and don’t wait too long – Anika and I sold out our Birdland run last year, and sold out our run in London’s West End in September.

Also while I’m town, I have several very exciting meetings about Honeymoon In Vegas. And then, once this is done, I run back to LA to finish mixing the CD of The Trumpet of the Swan, which we hope to have in stores in June.

Come out to the shows this week! See you there!