DIZZY’S CLUB’S 10TH ANNUAL
GENERATIONS IN JAZZ FESTIVAL
New York, NY (July 25, 2019) – September marks the tenth anniversary of Dizzy’s Club’s Generations in Jazz Festival, featuring exemplary artists across generations in 29 unique programs over 30 nights. The festival kicks off on September 2 with Ruben Fox presents Ellingtonia featuring Joy Brown, Samara Joy and Vuyo Sotashe, and closes out with two Flip Side Sessions – Mathis Sound Orchestra (7:30 p.m.) and Endea Owens and the Cookout (9:30 p.m.).
The Lessons from our Masters series returns for three nights, led by three jazz icons – Frank Lacy and his Tromboniverse (September 4); Sheila Jordan and Steve Kuhn (September 5); and Victor Lewis with the Josh Evans Quartet (September 6). The Big Band Mondays series features Miggy Augmented Orchestra (September 9), Oliver Lake Big Band (September 16), Theo Croker Big Brother Big Band with special guest Jazzmeia Horn (September 23), and Juan Andres Ospina Big Band (September 30). Additional highlights include Ted Nash Trio featuring Steve Cardenas and Ben Allison (September 3), Josh Lawrence & Fresh Cut Orchestra present “Philly Twisted” as part of the Festival of New Trumpet Music (September 10–11), Citizens of the Blues (September 17), René Marie (September 19–22), and Buster Williams & Something More (September 26–28).
Dizzy’s Club is located in Frederick P. Rose Hall, home of Jazz at Lincoln Center, on Broadway at 60th Street, New York City. Additional information and the full lineup is available at jazz.org/dizzys.
GENERATIONS IN JAZZ FESTIVAL SEPTEMBER 2019 LINEUP:
RUBEN FOX PRESENTS ELLINGTONIA
FEATURING JOY BROWN, SAMARA JOY AND VUYO SOTASHE
September 2 | 7:30 p.m. & 9:30 p.m.
The month-long Generations in Jazz Festival at Dizzy’s Club kicks off with some top young talent performing works written and inspired by the timeless Duke Ellington. Under the music direction of pianist Chris Pattishall and saxophonist/bandleader Ruben Fox, a phenomenal trio of vocalists- Joy Brown, Samara Joy and Vuyo Sotashe, perform a wide range of Duke’s famous vocal compositions. The instrumentalists are some of the city’s finest young players, each of them increasingly recognized for adding their own spirited brands to the tradition of swinging jazz. A version of this show originally debuted as a huge hit during Dizzy’s Club Late Night Sessions, and now they are back for these regular sets.
TED NASH TRIO FEATURING STEVE CARDENAS AND BEN ALLISON
SOMEWHERE ELSE: WEST SIDE STORY SONGS ALBUM RELEASE
September 3 | 7:30 p.m. & 9:30 p.m.
Saxophonist and composer Ted Nash is a vital part of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, a celebrated bandleader, and a visionary composer at the top of his game. Whether playing with Wynton Marsalis, his own Grammy Award–winning big band, or as a sideman in various small groups, Nash expertly pushes artistic boundaries while staying true to the fundamentals of jazz. Nash’s most recent creation for the JLCO, The Presidential Suite, earned him Grammy Awards for Best Large Ensemble Jazz Album and Best Instrumental Composition in 2017. He returns to Dizzy’s Club to celebrate the release of his latest album, Somewhere Else: West Side Story Songs. The Ted Nash Trio features two of his longtime collaborators: Steve Cardenas, a prolific and progressive New York City guitarist; and Ben Allison, with whom Nash first played as a fellow member of the Jazz Composers Collective.
FRANK LACY’S TROMBONIVERSE
LESSONS FROM OUR MASTERS
September 4 | 7:30 p.m. & 9:30 p.m.
The Lessons from our Masters series features a master of jazz alongside a multigenerational band. This show’s master is trombonist Frank Lacy, an utterly distinctive musician who has worked extensively with such greats as McCoy Tyner, Henry Threadgill, Dizzy Gillespie, and Oliver Lake. Lacy has been in the Mingus Big Band for more than 20 years, and he served as music director for Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers. Equally admirable, however, is how frequently he plays with today’s young, rising star musicians. At Dizzy’s Club alone, he has been seen over the past few years in groups led by Theo Hill, Jazzmeia Horn, Josh Evans, John Beasley’s MONK’estra, Allen Lowe, Kush Abadey, Evan Sherman, and more.
SHEILA JORDAN/STEVE KUHN DUO
LESSONS FROM OUR MASTERS
September 5 | 7:30 p.m. & 9:30 p.m.
The Lessons from our Masters series typically features a veteran master of jazz alongside a multigenerational band. In this show, however, two living legends take the stage together. Vocalist Sheila Jordan, called “the singer with the million dollar ears” by her friend and teacher Charlie Parker, has long been famous for specializing in the duo format. She and master pianist Steve Kuhn have been playing together since the early 1960s, starting shortly after Kuhn’s stint in the John Coltrane Quartet, and around the time of Jordan’s debut album—the first record Blue Note Records ever produced for a vocalist. Through all of their countless individual accomplishments over the past six decades, time and time again they’ve returned to one another to perform and record in duo, and their connection is a special one.
VICTOR LEWIS WITH THE JOSH EVANS QUARTET
LESSONS FROM OUR MASTERS
September 6 | 7:30 p.m. & 9:30 p.m.
The Lessons from our Masters series features a master of jazz alongside a multigenerational band. Dizzy’s Club welcomes legendary drummer and composer Victor Lewis. His story starts with a cliché: at age 24, he arrived in New York City with $200, a suitcase, and a drum set. Yet his first gig was with renowned bassist Buster Williams (a featured headliner at Dizzy’s Club later this month), and at that gig he met trumpeter and composer Woody Shaw. He quickly joined Shaw’s band, recording, touring, and even composing for Shaw’s group, while also playing with and writing for musicians such as David Sanborn and Carla Bley. Since those early years, his career has been split between leading his own acclaimed groups and working with a who’s who list of greats: Dexter Gordon, Stan Getz, Kenny Barron, Sonny Rollins, Art Farmer, J.J. Johnson, Mike Stern, John Stubblefield, Grover Washington Jr., The Manhattan Jazz Quintet, Ann Hampton Callaway, Bobby Hutcherson, Bobby Watson, Gary Bartz, Eddie Henderson, Johnny Griffin, Janis Siegel, Larry Willis, John Hicks, and Abbey Lincoln. Lewis performs alongside a group led by trumpeter Josh Evans, a rising star in the jazz scene who, despite his relatively young age, has also consistently been called on by modern icons like Christian McBride, Jackie McLean, Cedar Walton, and Gregory Porter. A sharp, exciting, and tastefully boundary-pushing player, Evans is in top demand from veterans and contemporaries alike. His band was even featured in another recent Lessons from our Masters program with saxophone master Billy Harper.
ETIENNE CHARLES BIG BAND
September 7–8 | 7:30 p.m. & 9:30 p.m.
Etienne Charles is a world-renowned trumpeter, percussionist, composer, bandleader, member of the SFJAZZ Collective, and a recent Guggenheim Fellow. This show marks his long-awaited return to Dizzy’s Club and his first appearance with his own big band. Charles’ music incorporates international musical influences in a fluid blend of American jazz, rhythms and traditions from the Caribbean, and inspired sonic discoveries from his exploration of their relationships. Across original compositions and new arrangements of classics, Charles’ repertoire is always diverse, carefully selected, and handled with care and originality. Audiences will be able to experience Etienne Charles in Jazz at Lincoln Center’s smallest venue before he returns in June 2020 to headline our 2019–20 season-closing concerts in The Appel Room.
Cover: Sat $45 / Sun $35
MIGGY AUGMENTED ORCHESTRA
BIG BAND MONDAYS
September 9 | 7:30 p.m. & 9:30 p.m.
The 17-piece Miggy Augmented Orchestra, under the leadership of Japan-born, New York-based composer and pianist Migiwa “Miggy” Miyajima, brings together rising stars and accomplished veterans in a radiant ensemble devoted to Miggy’s complex, melodic, and urgently swinging original music. Drawing inspiration from role models like Thad Jones and Jim McNelly, the Orchestra harnesses the excitement of jazz to express Miyajima’s experience as an artist shaped by life both in the U.S. and Japan. A gifted composer, Miyajima was a recent finalist in the BMI Charlie Parker Jazz Composition Prize. The Japan Foundation of New York has recommended this performance as “Profound art to discover the depth of Japanese and/or Japanese artists’ work.”
JOSH LAWRENCE & FRESH CUT ORCHESTRA PRESENT “PHILLY TWISTED”
FESTIVAL OF NEW TRUMPET MUSIC
September 10–11 | 7:30 p.m. & 9:30 p.m.
The Fresh Cut Orchestra (FCO) is a hip, mid-sized band whose slogan reads “The best in electronic jazz music from Philadelphia.” Led by trumpeter Josh Lawrence, the FCO fuses a wide range of jazz influences into an eclectic but distinctive blend that honors much of jazz’s history while also incorporating contemporary influences from numerous genres. Though extended solos appear regularly—allowing different members to significantly steer the energy of each piece—the diverse compositions are what give the group its unique character. This performance celebrates the history and future sounds of the trumpet in Phildelphia—and it features a powerhouse group of special guest trumpeters, including Terell Stafford, Duane Eubanks, John Swana, Arnette Johnson, and Leon Jordan Jr. The personnel also includes Brian Marsella on piano, Jason Fraticelli on bass, Anwar Marshall on drums, and Arturo Stable on percussion.
September 12 | 7:30 p.m. & 9:30 p.m.
HILTON SCHILDER AND BOKANI DYER
AN EVENING IN SOUTH AFRICA
September 13–14 | 7:30 p.m. & 9:30 p.m.
Hilton Schilder, born in 1959, has long been a particularly important figure in the genre known as “Cape jazz,” which takes popular music from Cape Town and adds jazz elements and improvisation. His talents extend far beyond a single style, however. Across a variety of band formats and in solo concerts performed around the world, Schilder demonstrates a keen ear for multiple jazz styles of South Africa and the United States as well as the more overtly classically infused jazz meditations often associated with Europe. Schilder has performed globally to great acclaim, and audiences need not be familiar with any of the original songs or sounds to enjoy his music. 34-year-old Bokani Dyer writes an impressive variety of expansive instrumental compositions that range from slow, contemplative ballads to hard-grooving modern fusions. His is a global sound that draws from multiple eras and regions from throughout jazz history, and as such, it sounds right at home here in New York City. Seton Hawkins of AllAboutJazz.com and Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Swing University calls Dyer “one of the most formidable and creative keyboard talents in South Africa today [with] an extraordinary musical vision and identity of his own.” Both musicians have extensive experience performing abroad, but it’s a rare treat to have them here in New York. In Rose Theater, right down the hall from Dizzy’s Club, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis will be performing its final New York concert alongside a group of South African musicians before embarking on a highly anticipated concert tour of South Africa.
Cover: Fri $40 / Sat $45
September 15 | 7:30 p.m. & 9:30 p.m.
OLIVER LAKE BIG BAND
BIG BAND MONDAYS
September 16 | 7:30 p.m. & 9:30 p.m.
Composer, arranger, poet, bandleader, and saxophonist Oliver Lake is a true renaissance man, most widely recognized as a composer and as an explosive, piercing saxophonist. For the first time since 2013 at Dizzy’s Club, he will present his highly acclaimed Oliver Lake Big Band. The ensemble packs in an unusually wide range of music, shifting effortlessly from a traditional, heavily arranged big band sound, to the avant-garde, to Outkast’s “The Whole World,” which DownBeat called “the best-ever jazz cover of a hip-hop track” upon its release. While definitely on the wild, modern side of big band jazz, Lake mostly keeps his music accessible enough for fans of the traditional big band sound as well as those with an affinity for jazz’s more experimental possibilities.
RICK GERMANSON TRIO
FLIP SIDE SESSIONS
September 17 | 7:30 p.m.
Pianist Rick Germanson returns to Dizzy’s Club to celebrate the NYC album release for Turquoise Twice, out on WJ3 Records, with Gerald Cannon on bass and Willie Jones III on drums. It is Germanson’s first time headlining the 7:30 p.m. show, although regulars will likely recognize him from performances with Sherman Irby, Gerald Cannon, Papo Vazquez, Steve Nelson, or Russell Malone. A mainstay of the modern jazz scene, Germanson has led a series of superb small groups and worked as a sideman with dozens of the world’s top jazz musicians. From this trio set, expect hard-swinging straight-ahead jazz and bop that showcases Germanson’s deep repertoire and serious technical chops.
CITIZENS OF THE BLUES
FLIP SIDE SESSIONS
September 17 | 9:30 p.m.
Citizens of the Blues is a quartet featuring some of the finest young musicians on the scene. Already a favorite at DIzzy’s CLub Late Night Sessions, the band now takes the stage for its first 9:30pm set. Featuring trumpeter Anthony Hervey, pianist Isaiah J. Thompson, bassist Philip Norris, and a to-be-announced drummer, it’s a band of distinctive players who share an admirable passion for the core tenets of jazz: blues, swing, and improvisation. The group returns in February 2020 as openers for the Branford Marsalis Quartet in Rose Theater.
PASQUALE GRASSO TRIO
FEATURING PETER WASHINGTON AND KENNY WASHINGTON
September 18 | 7:30 p.m. & 9:30 p.m.
Guitarist Pasquale Grasso performs at Dizzy’s Club with the dream-team rhythm section of Peter Washington and Kenny Washington, who are also well known for supporting Bill Charlap and Renee Rosnes.
September 19–22 | 7:30 p.m. & 9:30 p.m.
Blessed with a crystal clear voice, fierce originality, and a commanding stage presence, René Marie is a musical force of nature and a provocative risk-taker. Marie’s repertoire is nicely varied, with a welcome emphasis on her incisive original compositions. For her return to Dizzy’s Club, Marie will bring her regular, Grammy Award-nominated rhythm section of pianist John Chin, bassist Elias Bailey, and drummer Quentin Baxter.
Cover: Thurs $40 / Fri, Sat $45 / Sun $35
THEO CROKER BIG BROTHER BIG BAND WITH SPECIAL GUEST JAZZMEIA HORN
BIG BAND MONDAYS
September 23 | 7:30 p.m. & 9:30 p.m.
Theo Croker is a trumpeter and composer who has thoroughly captivated audiences, critics, and fellow musicians since the very beginning of his career. He’s worked consistently with stars like Dee Dee Bridgewater, leads acclaimed groups of his own, and works as a trumpeter and producer with some of his hippest contemporaries when he has the time. Croker is well-versed in authentic jazz traditions, but as he’s recently demonstrated in his original work, he also knows how to mix in some unexpected musical twists, exploring how seemingly simple rhythm section variations can change the fundamental feel of a song, and repositioning quick, spitfire melodies into hooks and foundations for improvisation. Across bebop, hip-hop, soul, funk, R&B, and beyond, Croker plays by his own rules and has established a strong musical identity. He brings his big band to Dizzy’s Club for the first time. They’ll be joined by a very special guest, Grammy Award-nominated vocalist Jazzmeia Horn, a favorite at Jazz at Lincoln Center and a featured headliner later this concert season in The Appel Room.
SEAN MASON TRIO
FLIP SIDE SESSIONS
September 24 | 7:30 p.m.
For one set only, you can enjoy the Dizzy’s Club headlining debut of pianist Sean Mason. Originally from Charlotte, North Carolina, Mason now resides in New York City and is studying music at The Juilliard School. He’s a fantastic young musician who was recently featured in Jazz at Lincoln Center’s larger venues, Rose Theater and The Appel Room, as a part of Ellington Through the Ages with Wynton Marsalis and Danny Barker: A New Orleans Life in Jazz alongside a collective of elite New Orleans musicians. Joining him is his regular working trio with bassist Butler Knowles and drummer Malcolm Charles. The group has cut its chops during Late Night Sessions at Dizzy’s Club and After-Hours sessions at Smalls.
FLIP SIDE SESSIONS
September 24 | 9:30 p.m.
Alto saxophonist Immanuel Wilkins makes his headlining debut at Dizzy’s Club in this single-set showcase. Already a hit at Late Night Sessions, new audiences now get a chance to hear this young talent lead a band. A student of The Juilliard School, Immanuel has already performed throughout the United States and overseas, and he was worked with artists including Jason Moran, the Count Basie Orchestra, Delfeayo Marsalis, Aaron Parks, Gerald Clayton, Gretchen Parlato, Lalah Hathaway, Solange, Bob Dylan, and Wynton Marsalis.
JAZZTOPAD FESTIVAL: AGA DERLAK QUINTET
September 25 | 7:30 p.m. & 9:30 p.m.
The annual Jazztopad Festival at Dizzy’s Club is a must-see showcase for anyone interested in the world of jazz and improvised music. This year, in partnership with Polish Cultural Institute New York, Dizzy’s Club presents the Aga Derlak Quintet. Created earlier this year, the band gathers experienced musicians from all around the world under the leadership of pianist and composer Aga Derlak. As Derlak tells it, “the music of the quintet is the result of the unique experience of merging two cultures, Polish and American, which sometimes complement and sometimes contradict each other. There is courage, insanity, and passion combined with Polish lyricism and nostalgia. There is a chaos and peace, questions and statements, and most of all, the in-depth search for the bigger meaning and truth.” Derlak’s trio has earned international acclaim over the past few years, and her brand-new quintet is sure to turn some heads as well.
The fifth Jazztopad Festival New York is organized by National Forum of Music in Wrocław in cooperation with the Adam Mickiewicz Institute and the Polish Cultural Institute in New York.
BUSTER WILLIAMS & SOMETHING MORE
September 26–28 | 7:30 p.m. & 9:30 p.m.
The master bassist Buster Williams, once a sideman renowned for his work with Herbie Hancock, Miles Davis, Jimmy Heath, Betty Carter, and others, now leads his own groups under the name “Something More.” Of this title, Williams says: “Music should be an experience. It shouldn’t be something that’s understood by mathematics or by categories. The objective is to always give the audience something more.” While the members of Something More rotate from project to project, their individual and collective standards of performance—as well as their long, diverse lists of musical accomplishments and collaborations—never falter.
Cover: Thurs, Fri $40 / Sat $45
September 29 | 7:30 p.m. & 9:30 p.m.
Clarice Assad is a virtuosic pianist and vocalist, and she is also a prolific composer whose works have been performed by Yo-Yo Ma, the Philadelphia Orchestra, and Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, to name just a few highlights. A brilliant arranger as well, many of her compositions have been written or rearranged for ensembles of multiple sizes, from solo performers to chamber groups and full orchestras. She performs as part of a trio, giving audiences an intimate look at her internationally renowned music. Born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Assad hails from a revered musical family, and she has carved out her own identity by blending the musical idioms of Brazil, the United States, and far beyond.
JUAN ANDRES OSPINA BIG BAND
BIG BAND MONDAYS
September 30 | 7:30 p.m. & 9:30 p.m.
Composer and bandleader Juan Andrés Ospina brings his Big Band back to Dizzy’s almost one year after blowing audiences away with his debut album release show. For this globally influenced project, Ospina has assembled a dream team of 26 New York City-based musicians hailing from 10 different countries.
MATHIS SOUND ORCHESTRA
FLIP SLIDE SESSIONS
October 1 | 7:30 p.m.
The final night of the 2019 Generations in Jazz Festival begins on a high note with the Mathis Sound Orchestra led by pianist, keyboardist, and composer Mathis Picard. The band is a mid-sized ensemble featuring a rotating cast of today’s top young musicians, each of them amongst the most in-demand players shaping the identity of the modern jazz scene in New York City. “Devoted to playing dance music from all stages and ages,” it’s an extremely fun and accessible group that grooves hard and has a good time doing it. The tunes are great—whether originals or a reimagined Earth, Wind & Fire classic—and each musician is giving ample opportunity to really stretch out and impress the audience and one another with their solos. This band was a big hit during Late Night Sessions, and this is their 7:30pm debut at DIzzy’s Club. They’re also the perfect segue into the 9:30pm set, featuring Endea Owens and the Cookout.
ENDEA OWENS AND THE COOKOUT
FLIP SLIDE SESSIONS
October 1 | 9:30 p.m.
The final set of the 2019 Generations in Jazz Festival is going to be a party—it always is when Endea Owens and the Cookout are playing. Led by bassist Endea Owens, named Lincoln Center’s Emerging Artist of 2019, the Cookout is a high-energy, good vibes band comprising six of New York’s finest young jazz instrumentalists and a rotating cast of powerful vocalists. The Cookout performs original tunes and a refreshing assortment of jazz, blues, R&B, and dance hits from across the decades.
JUNE 2019 LATE NIGHT SESSIONS LINEUP:
Doors open at 11:15pm every Tuesday through Saturday for the Late Night Sessions featuring some of the most talented up-and-coming jazz artists, with jam sessions on Thursdays and Saturdays, hosted by Ruben Fox.
Tuesday-Saturday, September 3–7
LATE NIGHT SESSION: TBD
LATE NIGHT DANCE SESSION: TBD
Tuesday-Saturday, September 10–14
LATE NIGHT SESSION: TBD
Tuesday-Saturday, September 17–21
LATE NIGHT SESSION: Julian Lee
Tuesday-Saturday, September 24–28
LATE NIGHT SESSION: Abdias Armenteros
Dizzy’s Club, 5th floor, Frederick P. Rose Hall, Home of Jazz at Lincoln Center, on Broadway at 60th Street, New York City.
Call 212-258-9595 or visit jazz.org/dizzys.
Dinner and drinks served nightly. Minimum of $10 applies to all.
General Admission: $20–$45 (unless noted otherwise).
Students: $5–$25 with valid student ID (selected sets only).
Late Night Session: $5–$20.
Headliner sets are 7:30 p.m.& 9:30 p.m. (unless noted otherwise).
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