by Andrew Frisicano

Nellie McKay playing piano (more by Chris La Putt)
Nellie McKay

Highline Piano Series, eight nights of piano-centric pop and jazz at Highline Ballroom, kicks off Wednesday night (8/18, tonight) with a performances by Vienna Teng & Alex Wong and songwriter Joey Ryan. Tickets are still on sale. One highlight of this year's series will be Nellie McKay on August 29th (tickets are on sale). Nellie's only other upcoming NYC performance comes October 15th as part of Broadway Melody Makers (multiple performers doing Broadway tunes) at Town Hall. Tickets are on sale.

Last year, Highline Piano series hosted jazz legends like McCoy Tyner and Cecil Taylor. This year, Tyner will play his second free outdoor show of the summer (the first was June 23rd at Central Park SummerStage) on Saturday, August 28th at Marcus Garvey Park in Harlem. That's the first day of the Charlie Parker Jazz Fest, which features Jason Moran and the Bandwagon, JD Allen Trio, and Revive Da Live, who'll be performing a special Charlie Parker tribute set. The next day (8/29), Jimmy Scott, Vijay Iyer, The Cookers and Catherine Russell continue the fest at Tompkins Square Park. Both shows are free and start at 3pm.

The full Highline Piano Series schedule and Nellie McKay's tour dates are posted below...

Highline Piano Series 2010 schedule
Aug 18 Vienna Teng & Alex Wong, Joey Ryan
Aug 19 Paula Valstein, Jonah Smith, Casey Shea
Aug 21 Leon Russell
Aug 23 Dylan Different: Ben Sidran with Amy Helm, Will Bernard, Tim Luntzel, Leo Sidran
Aug 27 Benevento Russo Duo
Aug 29 Nellie McKay, Spencer Reed
Aug 30 Jon Batiste Band, Eldar
Aug 31 ELEW

Nellie McKay - 2010 Tour Dates
8/29/2010 New York, NY Highline Ballroom
9/12/2010 Delaware Water Gap, PA COTA Festival
9/17/2010 Monterey, CA Monterey Jazz Festival
10/15/2010 New York, NY Town Hall Theatre
10/15/2010 Delaware Water Gap, PA Deerhead Inn
10/29/2010 Eugene, OR John G. Shedd Institute for the Arts
10/30/2010 San Francisco, CA SFJAZZ
11/1/2010 Santa Cruz, CA Kuumbwa Jazz Center
/12/2011 Brookville, NY Tilles Center for the Performing Arts

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