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Jazz 101: Week Five


As the big band wave was just beginning to break, BeBop arrived on the scene as an exciting and controversial new approach to Jazz. Its performance style would radically alter the face of the music, and would fundamentally change the way we play it, hear it, and think about it.

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Berklee Institute of Jazz and Gender Justice featuring Kris Davis

Berklee College of Music returns to Dizzy’s Club for a performance that will highlight its new Berklee Institute of Jazz and Gender Justice, founded by artistic director Terri Lyne Carrington. As with any touring program from Berklee College, expect to hear some of the next generation’s finest musicians as they take full advantage of the opportunity to acquire live, professional performance experience.

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Gospel Music: Week Two

Gospel Music Psalm Tones (Schools and Sounds)

The second week in this three-part series will deal with the various psalm tones (schools/sounds) of gospel music around America that have shaped what Gospel Music is today, such as James Cleveland, Mattie Moss Clark, COGIC, and the Clark Sisters.

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Jerome Jennings CD release: SOLIDARITY

Drummer Jerome Jennings has worked with jazz royalty like Hank Jones, Sonny Rollins, Ray Charles, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Christian McBride, and dozens more. He’s also been a recent favorite at Jazz at Lincoln Center. Tonight’s performance is the album release celebration of his anticipated sophomore record, Solidarity. Come check out this next step in this special musician’s career.

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Late Night Session: Charles Turner & Uptown Swing

With vocalist Charles Turner.

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Jonathan Barber & Vision Ahead

Vision Ahead is an ascendant New York jazz quintet led by Modern Drummer’s “#1 Best Up-and-Coming Drummer of 2018,” Jonathan Barber. Still in his 20s, Barber has already worked with artists such as Kenny Barron, Jeremy Pelt, Jimmy Greene, Nicholas Payton, J.D. Allen, Terrace Martin, the Brooklyn Philharmonic, and Erykah Badu. Now he’s now stepping out in full force as a bandleader. Featuring Godwin Louis on saxophone, Andrew Renfroe on guitar, Matt Dwonszyk on bass, and Taber Gable on keys and piano, Vision Ahead offers a fresh blend of classic jazz with elements of gospel, rock, soul, and fusion that’s already attracting listeners across generations.

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The Great American Songbook: Week Six

Singing The Blues

In this final session, we look at the other great source of inspiration for the great jazz singers and musicians – beyond what is usually defined as the Great American Songbook – to what might be described as “The OTHER Great American Songbook”: namely, the blues. This two-hour session will be a crash course on the blues as a musical form, and will illustrate how the parameters of the blues are much wider and more all-inclusive than is generally believed.

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Willie Jones III: Our Man Higgins

Ornette Coleman’s “Lonely Woman,” Lee Morgan’s “The Sidewinder,” Eddie Harris’ “Love for Sale,” Cedar Walton’s “Bolivia” are a few selections from the jazz canon on which Billy Higgins served as a masterful drummer. On these special evenings, drummer Willie Jones III, Higgins’ most noted protégé, will lead Our Man Higgins to honor the spirit and music of the legendary drummer featured on these most important records.

Rose Theater 2019-2020 Season Chucho Only

Chucho Valdés

With special guest Chick Corea

Multi-Grammy Award–winning pianist Chucho Valdés will play a broad spectrum of Cuban, Afro-Latin, and jazz styles. World-renowned for his solo performances, Valdés brings fleet-fingered, cross-cultural brilliance to every phrase. Pianist Chick Corea will join Valdés for the second half of the concert in the pair’s first-ever collaboration.

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Late Night Dance Session: Charles Turner & Uptown Swing

With vocalist Charles Turner.

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Jazz 101: Week Six

Cool Jazz, Hard Bop, Modal Jazz, Free Jazz

As the 1940s gave way to the 1950s, Jazz developed many new offshoot styles. Join us as we explore these many styles, and the innovators who created them.

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Alex Sipiagin Sextet with special guest Alina Engibaryan

Born and raised in Russia, Alex Sipiagin is an expert instrumentalist and a renowned composer and group leader. Sipiagin’s bands never fail to impress, and tonight’s line-up, which includes Will Vinson, Seamus Blake, John Escreet, Matt Brewer, Donald Edwards, and special guest vocalist Alina Engibaryan, will perform works from his latest album, NoFo Skies.

Armstrong Classroom

WeBop: Jazz Basics

Hipsters (8-15 months/non-walkers)

Families will explore scat, call & response, and form with a live jazz quartet in our award-winning childhood music education class lead by Mr. Tim and Ms. Mika.

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Gospel Music: Week Three

Gospel Music Styles: Traditional to Contemporary

Closing out our Gospel Music course, Damien Sneed will compare the differences in various Gospel Music styles by highlighting the various theory techniques used in each varying style.

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Late Night Session: Sean Mason

With pianist Sean Mason.

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The RodBros

A working unit since 2002, The Rodriguez Brothers Band is co-led by pianist/composer Rob and trumpeter/composer Michael. Individually they have worked with icons such as Roy Haynes, Wynton Marsalis, Eddie Palmieri, Quincy Jones, and Harry Connick Jr.— and together they have released a series of well-received records rooted in, but not limited to, Afro-Cuban music and jazz. We look forward to hearing what comes next from the RodBros, and tonight’s performance at Dizzy’s Club could offer a tantalizing taste!

Rose Theater 2019-2020 season

The Abyssinian Mass by Wynton Marsalis

Presented in Collaboration with Lincoln Center's White Light Festival

Wynton Marsalis’ epic The Abyssinian Mass comes to the House of Swing for an exclusive three-night run. Featuring the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis and 70-person gospel choir Chorale Le Chateau directed by Damien L. Sneed, The Abyssinian Mass is a sweeping blend of big band bravado, impassioned solos, hand claps, tambourine slaps, and some of the mightiest voices you’ll hear outside of church.

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Paula West

Known for her mighty voice and unusually eclectic repertoire, Paula West is one of the top vocalists from the West Coast. In West’s own concerts, her diverse arrangements guarantee fun surprises around every corner and something to suit all tastes; from Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie, Cole Porter, and George Gershwin to Leonard Bernstein, David Bowie, Bob Dylan, and The Beatles, she honors a variety of classics while confidently taking them in her own direction.

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Jazz 101: Week Seven

Fusions: Latin Jazz, Third Stream, and Jazz-Rock Fusion

From its very beginnings, Jazz was always a fusion of musical styles. However, as the century progressed, Jazz began to work even more closely with other genres, giving birth to many new and exciting styles. In this class, we’ll cover how these styles emerged, and how they came to reshape Jazz.

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Monday Nights with WBGO: Jimmy Cobb Trio

Album Release Celebration

Every jazz fan has a favorite record with NEA Jazz Master Jimmy Cobb on drums, from Miles Davis’ Kind of Blue to John Coltrane’s Giant Steps. The living legend himself returns to Dizzy’s Club to celebrate the latest album, Remembering U. Cobb’s latest stands as a tribute to the people who have been part of his long journey in jazz and are no longer with us.