DIZZY'S CLUB COCA-COLA MARCH 2017 LINEUP ANNOUNCED

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Appearances by Renowned Jazz Musicians including 

Houston Person, Bobby Watson, Leon Parker, DIVA Jazz Orchestra, Donald Brown, Ray Drummond, Myra Melford, Stanley Cowell, 

Michele Rosewoman, Ted Nash, and Marvin “Smitty” Smith

New York, NY (January 31, 2017) – Jazz at Lincoln Center's Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola continues to showcase veterans as well as up-and-coming talent, celebrate jazz pioneers and encourage new collaborations. Performance highlights in March include appearances by DIVA Jazz Orchestra; saxophonist Claire Daly; vocalist Tynan Davis; the Ted Nash Quintet featuring Warren Wolf, Gary Versace, Rufus Reid, and Matt Wilson; pianist Myra Melford; the appropriately named MVP Jazz Quartet including Donald Brown, Ray Drummond, Marvin Smith, and Bobby Watson; Person2Person featuring Houston Person and Eric Person; and pianist and composer Michele Rosewoman.

Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola is located in Frederick P. Rose Hall, Home of Jazz at Lincoln Center, on Broadway at 60th Street, New York City.

MARCH 2017 DIZZY'S CLUB COCA-COLA LINEUP:

NICOLE HENRY: A TIME FOR LOVE

March 1–2, 7:30pm & 9:30pm

Featuring pianist David Cook, bassist Ben Williams, drummer Jonathan Barber, and guitarist Avi Rothbard

Since her debut in 2004, Nicole Henry has established herself as one of the jazz world's most acclaimed vocalists and has captivated audiences in over 15 countries. Her soulful voice and genuine charisma earned her a 2013 Soul Train Award for “Best Traditional Jazz Performance,” three top-10 U.S. Billboard and HMV Japan jazz albums, and rave reviews both domestically and internationally from The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Japan Times, El Pais, Essence, and more. Her 2015 performance at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola featured original arrangements of songs by Percy Mayfield, Anthony Newly, Ramsey Lewis, George and Ira Gershwin, and more.

Cover: $40

Student: $25

MVP JAZZ QUARTET: REMEMBERING JAMES WILLIAMS AND MULGREW MILLER

March 3–5, 7:30pm & 9:30pm

Featuring pianist Donald Brown, bassist Ray Drummond, drummer Marvin “Smitty” Smith and alto saxophonist Bobby Watson

The aptly-named MVP Jazz Quartet features Donald Brown, Ray Drummond, Marvin “Smitty” Smith, and Bobby Watson. These renowned musicians have a lot of shared history, including having worked with legendary bandleader, mentor, and drummer Art Blakey (with the exception of Smith, himself a drummer). They have reunited as the powerhouse MVP Jazz Quartet to pay tribute to two of their favorite peers and Art Blakey cohorts: the late, great pianists and composers Mulgrew Miller and James Williams. The Quartet's far-reaching repertoire includes original tunes by the band members, select pieces that Williams and Miller both played at different times in their respective careers, and some of Williams and Miller's celebrated original compositions.

Cover: Friday, $40 / Saturday, $45 / Sunday, $35

Student: $20

MONDAY NIGHTS WITH WBGO: LOSTON HARRIS

March 6, 7:30 & 9:30pm

With pianist/vocalist Loston Harris, bassist Gianluca Renzi, and saxophonist Mike Lee

Loston Harris is a talented vocalist and pianist. In addition to original tunes, much of his group's repertoire comes from the Great American Songbook, but the musicians treat this material with the nuanced sensibility of a swinging jazz trio. In addition to his rich vocals, he is also an aggressive, exciting soloist on the piano, and leaves ample room for instrumental improvisation. Even without the propulsion of a drummer, this trio burns with an unassailable drive. Loston has previously performed in The Appel Room multiple times, and this performance will be the opportunity to connect with him in Jazz at Lincoln Center's most intimate venue.

Cover: $30

Student: $15

Live webcast and artist interview with WBGO host Rhonda Hamilton will begin at 7:15pm EST on jazz.org/live. WBGO is proud to partner once again with Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola on Monday Nights with WBGO. The series features talented new artists as well as groups from some of the area's great college jazz programs. Each performance is hosted by WBGO announcer Rhonda Hamilton.

TESSA SOUTER

March 7, 7:30pm & 9:30pm

Tessa Souter is a London-born, Harlem-based Anglo-Trinidadian vocalist and composer named “Rising Star” for two consecutive years in the DownBeat Critics' Poll. She performs transformative arrangements of a delightfully eclectic repertoire, a list of music so far-reaching that, on paper, one might mistakenly assume is part of a novelty act. That is quite far from the truth. Whether Souter is interpreting songs by The Beatles, Kenny Barron, Chopin, Benny Carter, Cream, Debussy, or original numbers with cross-continental influences, she has a distinctive voice and a mature, emotionally resonant dedication to melody. This will be her first performance at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola since 2013.

Cover: $35

Student: $15

PERSON2PERSON FEATURING HOUSTON PERSON & ERIC PERSON

March 8–9, 7:30pm & 9:30pm

With saxophonists Houston Person and Eric Person, pianist Zaccai Curtis, bassist Corcoran Holt, and drummer McClenty Hunter

Two generations of saxophone titans come together in Person2Person. Tenor saxophonist Houston Person is the “soul jazz” standard-bearer. At Jazz at Lincoln Center, he recently performed in sold-out shows in Rose Theater and took on saxophone duties for Ben Webster's Ertegun Jazz Hall of Fame inauguration. Alto and soprano saxophonist Eric Person is well-known for working in the bands of legends like Dave Holland, McCoy Tyner, Chico Hamilton, David Murray, and John Hicks. He is also a prominent bandleader who has formed some excellent groups that showcase not only his playing, but his skills as a composer and arranger.

Cover: Wednesday, $35 / Thursday, $40

Student: $20

TED NASH QUINTET

March 10–12, 7:30pm & 9:30pm

With saxophonist Ted Nash, vibraphonist Warren Wolf, pianist Gary Versace, bassist Rufus Reid, and drummer Matt Wilson

Saxophonist and composer Ted Nash is a vital part of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and a celebrated bandleader in his own right. 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. His ensemble features Warren Wolf, a young protégé of Bobby Hutcherson widely regarded as a leading force on the vibraphone; Gary Versace, a prolific and versatile pianist; the legendary Rufus Reid on bass; and Matt Wilson, an endlessly creative and joyous drummer who recently sold out eight consecutive sets at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola. Individually and collectively, this group is intensely creative, highly experienced, and easy to recommend for a wide variety of music fans.

Cover: Friday, $40 / Saturday, $45 / Sunday, $35

Student: $20

NEW YORK YOUTH SYMPHONY JAZZ: THE GREAT TRUMPETERS

Featuring special guest Sean Jones

March 13, 7:30pm & 9:30pm

The New York Youth Symphony's Jazz Band is considered one of the best ensembles of its kind. The ages within this group range from early teens to early 20s, making the quality of their sound even more astonishing. With the help of special guest Sean Jones, one of jazz's great contemporary trumpeters, they will pay tribute to Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, and Louis Armstrong. The band's new director, Andy Clausen, will also present the world premiere of “The Golden Years.”

Cover: $35

Student: $20

DIEGO SCHISSI QUINTETO

March 14, 7:30pm & 9:30pm

With pianist/composer Diego Schissi, bandoneón player Santiago Segret, violinist Guillermo Rubino, guitarist Ismael Grossman, and bassist Juan Pablo Navarro

Pianist and composer Diego Schissi leads an outstanding ensemble at the forefront of Argentina's Nuevo Tango movement. His Quinteto, whose musicians comes primarily from a jazz background, aims to “keep the energy rather than the gesture” of traditional tango. So while the core elements and instrumentation of tango keep things grounded, Schissi greatly expands the music's boundaries with improvisation and 20th century classical embellishments. The Quinteto's debut album, Tongo, received significant international attention and praise for its uniquely interwoven mix of what were once disparate concepts. This appearance will be Schissi's debut at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola.

Cover: $30

Student: $15

AARON GOLDBERG TRIO FEATURING LEON PARKER

March 15–16, 7:30pm & 9:30pm

With pianist Aaron Goldberg, bassist Yasushi Nakamura, and drummer Leon Parker

Pianist Aaron Goldberg is a mainstay of the New York jazz scene who has worked with such diverse and forward-thinking musicians as Joshua Redman, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Wynton Marsalis, Omer Avital, and Guillermo Klein. He has also been a prominent bandleader and composer, particularly as a trio leader. This performance is an exciting collaboration between Goldberg, first-call bassist Yasushi Nakamura, and legendary drummer and percussionist Leon Parker. Made possible by the French-American Jazz Exchange, this partnership aims to “expand the sonic, communicative, and expressive possibilities of the piano trio setting, emphasizing a primary role for ‘body percussion' and ‘body rhythm' techniques, both in place of and in addition to the traditional drum set.”

Cover: Wednesday, $30 / Thursday, $35

Student: $20

MICHELE ROSEWOMAN: NEW YOR-UBA

March 17–19, 7:30pm & 9:30pm

With trumpeter Alex Norris, alto/soprano saxophonist Roman Filiu, tenor saxophonist Stacy Dillard, trombonist/tuba player Chris Washburne, pianist/vocalist Michele Rosewoman, bassist Gregg August, drummer Robby Ameen, bata players/conga players/vocalists Mauricio Herrera and Nicky Laboy, bata player/conga player Rafael Monteagudo, and lead vocalist Nina Rodriguez

In 1983, Rosewoman received a National Endowment for the Arts grant to form the pioneering 14-piece ensemble New Yor-Uba: A Musical Celebration of Cuba in America. Time and time again, this original group has been praised as a rare, seamless combination of jazz, Cuban folk music, and centuries-old African musical traditions. The ensemble features masters from multiple musical worlds, particularly jazz and Latin music, and the unique qualities of Rosewoman's vision are immediately apparent on first listen. Her goal: “To conceive a thoroughly uncompromised synthesis of spiritually-based Cuban Folkloric music and contemporary jazz concept.”

Cover: Friday, $40 / Saturday, $45 / Sunday, $35

Student: $20

MICHAEL BISIO: ACCORTET

March 20, 7:30pm & 9:30pm

With bassist Michael Bisio, cornetist Kirk Knuffke, accordionist Art Bailey, drummer/percussionist Michael Wimberly

Veteran bassist Michael Bisio is an extremely versatile musician who plays an essential role in every project in which he takes part. His new “Accortet” group, featuring cornetist Kirk Knuffke, pianist and accordionist Art Bailey, and percussionist Michael Wimberly, is a fresh new take on the jazz quartet. Bisio's thoughtful writing and bold bass statements shine as bright as ever, and the compositional and improvisational use of accordion give the group a distinct feel. Jazz accordion is a rare beast. The instrument's unique sound and capabilities are crucial components of this music, but it is expertly integrated to keep the listener's focus on the full picture: Bisio's wonderful compositions and the captivating improvisations of all four musicians.

Cover: $30

Student: $15

CLAIRE DALY QUINTET

March 21, 7:30pm & 9:30pm

Claire Daly is a respected baritone saxophonist. She has won the Jazz Journalist Association's and Hot House's Baritone Saxophonist of the Year awards and worked with artists like the DIVA Jazz Orchestra, Aretha Franklin, Sahib Shihab, and Taj Mahal. She has also released several strong albums as a leader, including her debut, Swing Low, which remains in the Clinton Presidential Library as an album significant to President Clinton while he was in office. This show marks the release of her latest album, produced by Doug Moody: 2648 West Grand Blvd, named for the Detroit address of the original Motown Records studio. The album will feature jazz interpretations of classic Motown 45s. Daly's previous album produced by Moody, Baritone Monk, was on the jazz charts for 24 weeks in 2013. It was released by the North Coast Brewing Company in promotion of their Brother Thelonious Ale. The ale is available at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola and the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz receives a donation with every sale, making it particularly tempting to help support jazz education.

Cover: $35

Student: $25

TYNAN DAVIS

March 22, 7:30pm & 9:30pm

With vocalist Tynan Davis, trumpeter/flugelhorn player Kenny Rampton, trombonist Clark Gayton, alto saxophonist/flautist/clarinetist/alto flautist Ted Nash, tenor saxophonist/flautist/clarinetist Dan Block, baritone saxophonist/bass clarinetist Paul Nedzela, pianist Ray Gallon, bassist Jeff Carney, and drummer Jerome Jennings

Tynan Davis is a young vocalist on a phenomenal career path, having performed numerous operas around the United States, sung with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra in The Abyssinian Mass, premiered a new piece by composer Matthew Aucoin, performed with the Grammy Award-winning vocal octet Roomful of Teeth, and joined the national Phantom of the Opera tour. Her appearance with Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola will be her official album release celebration for her first album ever. The record was produced by Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra trumpeter Kenny Rampton, and Rampton will be performing along with several other members of the JLCO and a group of first-call jazz musicians, seven of whom contributed arrangements to this project.

Cover: $35

Student: $20

STANLEY COWELL QUARTET

March 23, 7:30pm & 9:30pm

With pianist Stanley Cowell, bassist Jay Anderson, drummer Billy Drummond, saxophonist/flautist Bruce Williams

Eminent pianist Stanley Cowell started his jazz career in the 1960s, working with artists like Max Roach, Charles Tolliver, Bobby Hutcherson, and Stan Getz. Of that period of jazz – and of Cowell's role in it – the New York Times noted an important balance that has always been a constant in Cowell's art: “music both of reinvention and repertory... original, independent-minded work, comfortable with jazz tradition and common practice but not beholden to it.” The same can be said about every member of his A-list quartet. They perform a combination of originals and well-known tunes, but even the standards are often unique interpretations, broken down and reassembled anew to answer unasked questions like “what if Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie's breakneck bebop burner ‘Anthropology' was performed as a loosely timed ballad?” The answers are always worth hearing.

Cover: $40

Student: $20

VICTOR GOINES QUARTET WITH SPECIAL GUEST DON VAPPIE

The Crescent City, Caribbean, and Swing

March 24–26, 7:30pm & 9:30pm

With saxophonist Victor Goines, vocalist/guitarist/banjo player Don Vappie, pianist Jo Ann Daugherty, bassist Emma Dayhuff, and drummer Greg Artry

Clarinetist, saxophonist, and composer Victor Goines is a protégé of Ellis Marsalis and one of the most respected musicians in jazz today. A member of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and the Wynton Marsalis Septet since 1993, Goines is also a gifted composer and an acclaimed bandleader with nine recordings to his name. His stylistic expertise covers practically the entire history of jazz, and his musical roots in New Orleans add a distinct flavor to everything he touches. His recent Rose Theater and Appel Room shows have been some of Jazz at Lincoln Center's most popular, making Goines' return to Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola a highly anticipated event.

Cover: Friday, $40 / Saturday, $45 / Sunday, $35

Student: $20

MANHATTAN SCHOOL OF MUSIC

March 27, 7:30pm & 9:30pm

The Manhattan School of Music has long been a fixture of the New York music scene and prides itself as one of the first conservatories in the United States to acknowledge the prime importance of jazz as an art form. Its programs of study for Jazz Arts majors are designed to develop skilled performers, composers, arrangers, and jazz educators in preparation for careers in jazz music. Systematic and rigorous conservatory training, combined with a myriad of performance and networking opportunities in New York City make this program one of the richest of its kind for young jazz musicians. These musicians represent the next generation of jazz talent.

Cover: $35

Student: $20

BRUBECK INSTITUTE JAZZ QUINTET

March 28, 7:30pm & 9:30pm

With trumpeter Brandon Woody, saxophonist Isaiah Collier, pianist Jamael Dean, bassist Zane DeBord, and drummer Timothy Angulo

Winners of eight DownBeat Student Music Awards for Best Collegiate Jazz Group in the country, the Brubeck Institute Jazz Quintet has performed around the world, most recently at the United Nations as part of the first Dave Brubeck forum, Jazz: A Language for Peace. Recent graduates of the group have performed at Jazz at Lincoln Center multiple times and are now highly active jazz professionals. The evening will highlight the incredible talent being fostered through educational outreach within the jazz community.

Cover: $35

Student: $20

EMILIO SOLLA & BIEN SUR!

March 29, 7:30pm & 9:30pm

With pianist and composer Emilio Solla, saxophonist Chris Cheek, bandoneón & accordion player Julien Labro, bassist Jorge Roeder, and drummer Ferenc Nemeth

Multi-talented pianist Emilio Solla is a prolific composer and bandleader, also well known as an orchestrator and arranger for acclaimed artists like Paquito D'Rivera and Arturo O'Farrill. He returns to Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola with Bien Sur!, his New York-based quintet of the past decade. Bien Sur! highlights his inventiveness as a composer, bringing together a progressive group of musicians well-versed in both jazz and tango traditions – and with the maturity to blend them with grace.

Cover: $35

Student: $20

TRIO M: MYRA MELFORD, MARK DRESSER, AND MATT WILSON

March 30, 7:30pm & 9:30pm

With pianist Myra Melford, bassist Mark Dresser, and drummer Matt Wilson

Trio M is an all-star collective featuring pianist Myra Melford, bassist Mark Dresser, and drummer Matt Wilson. Each member is a prolific bandleader, significant composer, and first-call sideman. In this leaderless project, everyone contributes compositions that, in their performance, are directed equally by all three improvising musicians. This classic piano trio moves far beyond the genre's conventional structures, and the group is known for fun, unpredictable sets that cover a wide range of ideas.

Cover: $40

Student: $20

DIVA JAZZ ORCHESTRA CELEBRATES THE DIVAS 

with Brianna Thomas, vocals

March 31, 7:30pm & 9:30pm

The all-female DIVA Jazz Orchestra exudes the excitement and force found in the historic big band tradition. With Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola as its “New York City home,” DIVA performs all over the world, playing contemporary, mainstream big band jazz composed and arranged to fit the individual personalities and styles of the musicians. This performance celebrates the group's 24th anniversary and pays tribute to the many stars they have worked with, including Joe Williams, Nancy Wilson, Diane Schuur, Maurice Hines, and more.

Cover: Friday, $40 / Saturday, $45 / Sunday, $30

Student: $20

MARCH 2017 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 special-invite jam sessions on Thursdays and Saturdays. Julian Lee hosts the jam sessions.

Tuesday - Saturday, March 1-4

LATE NIGHT SESSION: Barry Stephenson

Tuesday - Saturday, March 7-11

LATE NIGHT SESSION: Adam Moezinia

Tuesday - Friday, March 14-18

LATE NIGHT SESSION: Bruce Harris

Saturday, March 19

LATE NIGHT DANCE SESSION: Bruce Harris

Tuesday - Saturday, March 21-25

LATE NIGHT SESSION: Patrick Bartley

Tuesday-Saturday, March 28-April 1

LATE NIGHT SESSION: Steven Feifke

WHERE:

Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola, 5th floor, Frederick P. Rose Hall, Home of Jazz at Lincoln Center, on Broadway at 60th Street, New York City.

HOW:

Call 212-258-9595 or visit www.jazz.org/dizzys.

Dinner and drinks served nightly. Minimum of $10 applies to all.

General Admission: $20-$45 (unless noted otherwise).

Students: $5-$30 with valid student ID (selected sets only).

Late Night Session: $5-$20.

WHEN:

Headliner sets are 7:30pm, 9:30pm (unless noted otherwise).

Many of Jazz at Lincoln Center's concerts stream live in high-definition audio and video for free to a global audience. The concerts will also be available on Livestream's mobile and connected TV applications with real-time DVR, chat, photos and other materials available to fans worldwide at www.jazz.org/live.

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FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT DIZZY'S CLUB COCA-COLA:

Rebecca Kim

Assistant Director, Public Relations

Jazz at Lincoln Center

212.258.9807

rkim@jazz.org