Big Band Mondays: A Nod to Tradition at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola


The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis

News | Aug, 1st 2017

Monday nights in New York have a, well, bigsignificance for jazz fans. It's a tradition that the Coca-ColaGenerations in Jazz Festival is reimagining this September at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola.

This particular custom was inaugurated at the Village Vanguard in 1966. Monday nights were normally dark at the Vanguard, but its owner Max Gordon decided to open the club for trumpeter Thad Jones, drummer Mel Lewis, and an orchestra full of New York's best studio musicians. The band crammed itself into the tight confines of the Vanguard's stage and played its first gig on February 7, proceeding to perform for the next several Mondays. And thus, Big Band Mondays—a long-standing custom and the name of a series of performances happening this September at Dizzy's—were born.

That 1966 gig was the beginning of a fifty-year-long (and running) residency for the Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Orchestra, now known asthe Vanguard Jazz Orchestra and forthe virtuosity of its musicians and the harmonic density and propulsive swing that characterize its voluminous book of big band charts (many of which were authored by the inimitable Jones). The band is a New York institution, having nurtured a long list of all-star musicians including Joe Lovano, Roland Hanna, Jerry Dodgion, and Bob Brookmeyer, not to mention late Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra member Joe Temperley.

Over the years, several other New York clubs have found their own Monday night big bands. The Maria Schneider Orchestra performed every Monday night at the now-defunct Visiones in the Village for a five-year stretch in the 1990s. The Toshiko Akiyoshi Jazz Orchestra had a similar gig at Birdland for nearly seven years starting in the late 1990s. And now, every Monday night, the Mingus Big Band takes over the Jazz Standard for two sets.

For its part, Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola is hosting a different big band most Mondays during September. On September 4, Ryan Keberle’s Big Band Living Legacy Project will take the stage to celebrate baritone saxophonist Gerry Mulligan; on September 18, the Dave Liebman Big Band conducted by Gunnar Mossblad will perform music by John Coltrane; and on September 25, the Mambo Legends Orchestra, which consists of musicians who formerly played with the legendary Tito Puente Orchestra, will perform music from the 1950s and 60s Palladium Era.

It's this kind of nod toward tradition that's come to define the Generations In Jazz Festival's history-spanning approach. This September in Dizzy's, as in New York, Monday nights are synonymous with big band jazz.

Reserve a table for Ryan Keberle's Big Band Living Legacy Project's performances on Monday, September 4.

Reserve a table for the Dave Liebman Big Band's performances on Monday, September 18.

Reserve a table for the Palladium Era featuring The Mambo Legends Orchestra on Monday, September 25.


read more

Before his passing in May, Joe Temperley spent 29 unforgettable years as the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra's baritone saxophonist and its beloved elder statesman. Between performances on their recent mini-tour of Canada, several JLCO members shared their memories of Temperley, who left behind an indelible legacy and a whole lot of stories.

read more

In an episode of Jazz Stories on Jazz at Lincoln Center Radio, Bobby McFerrin recounts the time he serendipitously saw Miles Davis live and how it changed his whole perspective on music.


popular


Study up on jazz piano history!

Playlist: Get Ready for Handful of Keys with the Evolution of Jazz Piano!

Study up for the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis's new album Handful of Keys, featuring special guests Joey Alexander, Dick Hyman, Myra Melford, and more!

read more
Listen to a playlist featuring some of John Lewis's greatest music!

Playlist: Get to Know

Enrich your listening experience of "The Music of John Lewis," the new album from the JLCO with Wynton Marsalis ft. Jon Batiste, with an excerpt from its liner notes and a playlist exploring Lewis's oeuvre!

read more
Ingrid Jensen in RECOLLECT

Crate-dig with Jimmy Cobb, Sheila Jordan & more in RECOLLECT

Our new original video series RECOLLECT takes you record shopping with some of the world's greatest jazz artists, including Jimmy Cobb, Ron Carter, Sheila Jordan, and many more!

read more
Chick Corea - photo by Frank Stewart for Jazz at Lincoln Center

Chick Corea: Five Essential Albums

Chick Corea is one of the most influential figures in jazz and one of the greatest living jazz pianists. In advance of his trio’s July 4 performance in Highland Park, IL, at the Ravinia Festival alongside the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, here are five essential albums from his discography.

read more
Wynton Marsalis performs on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

Celebrating Spaces and The Abyssinian Mass with Colbert on The Late Show

Wynton Marsalis appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert to perform with Jon Batiste, Stay Human, and acclaimed dancer Lil Buck. Check out video and behind-the-scenes content from their performance.

read more

10 Essential Jazz Albums

New to jazz and don't know where to start? With many artists and extensive catalogues of music, a new jazz listener can feel intimidated. We're here to help! Check out our list of 10 albums to get you started on your jazz journey and introduce yourself to some of jazz's great artists.

read more

A Visit to Clark Terry

On December 7, 2014 the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra drove 8 hours on an off day to play for Clark Terry on his 94th birthday. Victor Goines, James Chirillo, Ted Nash, Vincent Gardner, and Walter Blanding recall the day and the impact that Clark had on jazz.

read more

recommended


Watch Helen Sung and Isaiah J. Thompson perform Handful of Keys live!

To celebrate the latest release from Blue Engine records, two world-class jazz pianists showed off their chops live from Paste Magazine's NYC studios.

read more
Grassella Oliphant

Lessons from Our Masters: Grassella Oliphant on Keeping Jazz's Legacy Alive

Grassella Oliphant kicks off the Lessons from Our Masters series on his 88th birthday, opening our Coca-Cola Generations in Jazz Festival. Oliphant played with Ahmad Jamal in 1952, Sarah Vaughan through the late 1950s, and released acclaimed albums featuring heavyweights like Bobby Hutcherson, Clark Terry, and Grant Green. It’ll be a festive evening of music as we celebrate Oliphant’s birthday and launch our 2017 Coca-Cola Generations in Jazz Festival!

read more
Buddy Rich

So the Story Goes: Buddy Rich on Music and Magic

In the latest installment of So the Story Goes, Buddy Rich—sometimes regarded as "the world's greatest drummer"—gets rhapsodic about the power of music and recounts that one time he played for the Queen of England.

read more
Joe Temperley, by Frank Stewart for Jazz at Lincoln Center

Notes from the Road: Remembering Joe Temperley

Before his passing in May, Joe Temperley spent 29 unforgettable years as the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra's baritone saxophonist and its beloved elder statesman. Between performances on their recent mini-tour of Canada, several JLCO members shared their memories of Temperley, who left behind an indelible legacy and a whole lot of stories.

read more

6 Underappreciated Jazz Artists You Should Check Out

April is Jazz Appreciation Month, so we thought we'd celebrate by delving into the careers of a handful of underappreciated jazz artists. Explore the careers of six musicians who deserve more accolades and learn the best places to start with their discographies.

read more