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Jazz 101, Week 5


Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Bud Powell, and more built up a new style called BeBop, bringing a new rhythmic vitality and virtuosity to the music. As the big band wave was just beginning to break, BeBop arrived on the scene as an exciting and controversial new approach to Jazz.

Dizzy's Club

Bobby Broom Organi-Sation: Soul Fingers

Chicago-based guitar legend Bobby Broom returns to his hometown of New York City with his latest organ trio, called Organi-Sation. They’ll be playing selections from Soul Fingers, a soulful reimagining of hits from the 1960s and ‘70s. The record features tunes by groups like The Beatles, The Temptations, Bobbie Gentry, and Steely Dan (with whom Organi-Sation has toured as an opening act).

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Late Night Session: Mike Troy

With alto saxophonist Mike Troy.

Varis Leichtman Studio

88 Keys: A History of Jazz Piano, Week One

What Is Jazz Piano?

In our opening class, Helen Sung takes you into her own experience of journeying from Classical piano studies into Jazz piano studies, breaking down what was similar, what was different, and what skills she had to develop.

Dizzy's Club

David Binney’s Angelino Quartet

Prolific saxophonist David Binney is an unmissable creative force in contemporary jazz, and we’re excited to have him here in our club. A favorite bandmate among those lucky enough to have him (including David Bowie’s Blackstar band), Binney is a prolific sideman who has also produced more than 20 records as a leader.

The Appel Room 2018-19 Season

Piano Master: The Oscar Peterson Story

Six extraordinary pianists with deep connections to the legendary Oscar Peterson perform a collection of his compositions—some of which have never before been heard—plus a few new originals written in his honor. The lineup features NEA Jazz Master Kenny Barron, Afro-Cuban jazz legend Gonzalo Rubalcaba, rising stars Gerald Clayton and Ben Paterson, and Peterson’s protégés Robi Botos and Benny Green. In addition to solo pieces, they will perform small group numbers with a rhythm section featuring drummer Jeff Hamilton, guitarist Ulf Wakenius, and bassist John Clayton. Vocalist Paul Marinaro joins for a couple of tunes, and Oscar’s daughter Céline Peterson will host.

Dizzy's Club

Warren Wolf Quartet featuring Joe Locke

Warren Wolf is a leading voice on the vibraphone and a protégé of all-time great vibraphonist Bobby Hutcherson. Not only has he recently been a member of the elite SFJazz Collective and bands led by Christian McBride and Ted Nash, but he’s also an excellent small group leader himself, widely recognized for original new music steeped in the traditions of straight-ahead jazz and bop.

Varis Leichtman Studio

The Best Jazz Albums You’ve Never Heard, Week Three

Ornette Coleman "Live at the Hillcrest Club"

Ornette Coleman’s now-classic quartet (Coleman, Don Cherry, Charlie Haden, and Billy Higgins) as well as the incomparable pianist Paul Bley (who led the date) performing live in 1958 provides an extraordinary window into the mind and creativity of this legendary artist.

Dizzy's Club

Matthew Shipp Trio

“Signature” Album Release

Singular pianist Matthew Shipp returns with his trio to celebrate the release of the group’s anticipated new album, Signature. Shipp is a daring composer and improviser who is well-versed in jazz tradition and theory but also draws from the world of contemporary classical music, leaning towards a modern dissonance that ranges from playful to aggressive. Tonight’s trio, featuring his regular bandmates Michael Bisio and Newman Taylor Baker, promises a powerful and unpredictable journey through sound that must be heard—and felt—to be understood.

Varis Leichtman Studio

The Great Jazz Drummers, Week Four

Art Blakey

Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers were an institution in Jazz, a training ground for young artists to hone their chops and learn from the master.

Dizzy's Club

Allison Miller’s Boom Tic Boom

Drummer, composer, and bandleader Allison Miller returns to Dizzy’s Club with her band Boom Tic Boom. Tonight’s concert is an album release party for the band’s latest album, Glitter Wolf, and celebrating the ten year anniversary of the band.

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Late Night Session: Jeffery Miller

With trombonist Jeffery Miller.

Varis Leichtman Studio

Jazz 101, Week 6

Cool Jazz, Hard Bop, Modal Jazz, Free Jazz

As the 1940s gave way to the 1950s, Jazz developed many new offshoot styles. Cool Jazz arrived, seeking a marriage of BeBop and Swing Era music. Hard Bop sought to infuse bop with Blues and Gospel roots. Modal Jazz wanted to rebuild the music’s harmonic system completely, while Free Jazz sought to uproot many (and sometimes all!) of our preconceptions of what this music should sound like!

Dizzy's Club

Black Art Jazz Collective

Black Art Jazz Collective (BAJC) is a collaborative ensemble comprised of top-caliber instrumentalists. Each member is a leader in his own right and has also been an integral part of groups led by pioneers including Wayne Shorter, Tom Harrell, Bobby Hutcherson, Ron Carter, Louis Hayes, Freddie Hubbard, and many more. Their first-ever performance was at Dizzy’s Club back in 2013, and we’re very excited to have them back for another highly anticipated performance

Visiting Presenter - The Appel Room

Lincoln Center's American Songbook: Gaby Moreno

With a mesmerizing mix of Americana, soul, blues, and folk—what she has called “Spanglish folk-soul”— Guatemalan-born singer-songwriter Gaby Moreno navigates troubled waters with “hauntingly beautiful” (NPR) anthems about love, loss, and the immigrant experience.

Varis Leichtman Studio

88 Keys: A History of Jazz Piano

Week 2: The Virtuosos: Stride Pianists

What is the role of the piano in a Jazz ensemble? The answers varies by which era of Jazz you’re listening to! In tonight’s class, Loren Schoenberg will explore the evolution of the piano’s role in a Jazz ensemble throughout the music’s history.

Visiting Presenter - The Appel Room

Lincoln Center's American Songbook: Son Lux

Son Lux’s deeply personal reflections on love and loss, fear and optimism.

Dizzy's Club

The Azar Lawrence Experience

Over the course of saxophonist Azar Lawrence’s career, he has performed with such groundbreaking icons as McCoy Tyner, Elvin Jones, Frank Zappa, Miles Davis, and Earth, Wind & Fire. He always sells out Dizzy’s Club when he’s in town, and tonight he is bringing a group new to the club: his West Coast band of trumpeter Brian Swartz, guitarist Dale Williams, pianist Theo Saunders, bassist Trevor Ware, percussionist Babatunde Lea, drummer Yayo Morales, and vocalist Windy Barnes Farrell.

Rose Theater 2018-19 Season

Kurt Elling's "The Big Blind"

A Jazz Radio Drama

Experience the world premiere of Kurt Elling’s The Big Blind, a radio-style musical drama in which a young jazz singer faces the ultimate test. This noir-inspired tale features Kurt Elling, NEA Jazz Master vocalist Dee Dee Bridgewater, Broadway legend Ben Vereen, and Ulysses Owens Jr.'s New Century Jazz Orchestra, arranged and conducted by Guy Barker. The show features new original compositions and lyrical adaptations of songs by Wayne Shorter, Duke Ellington, Joe Zawinul, Jimmie Van Heusen, Joe Jackson, and Bix Beiderbecke, all re-imagined to tell a rollercoaster of a tale.

Visiting Presenter - The Appel Room

Lincoln Center's American Songbook: Oscar Isaac

Take a personal musical journey with an incredibly versatile star of indie cult classics and Hollywood blockbusters.

Visiting Presenter - The Appel Room

Lincoln Center's American Songbook: Martha Plimpton: All The Presidents Mann

The award-winning Martha Plimpton’s unique tribute to the genius of singer-songwriter Aimee Mann, as seen through the lens of a hilariously heartbreaking triptych through the landscape of love and loss and electoral misjudgment.

Varis Leichtman Studio

The Best Jazz Albums You’ve Never Heard, Week Four

Paul Desmond and the Modern Jazz Quartet

One of Jazz’s greatest bands teamed up with one of Jazz’s greatest saxophonists in this Christmas Day concert of 1971.

Dizzy's Club

Monday Nights with WBGO: Gwilym Simcock

With pianist Gwilym Simcock.

Gwilym Simcock is a brilliant young pianist and composer from Wales. Tonight’s show is the only New York stop on Simcock’s solo tour of the United States, United Kingdom, and Europe in promotion of his upcoming release, Near and Now. Join us at Dizzy’s Club for an evening of impeccable jazz-meets-classical piano music.

Visiting Presenter - The Appel Room

Lincoln Center's American Songbook: Joyce DiDonato

American opera star Joyce DiDonato unites extraordinary musicians from different worlds to play with the classics, transforming timeless melodies and universal stories in English and Italian.

Dizzy's Club

Takeshi Ohbayashi Trio

Tonight’s performance is the Dizzy’s Club headlining debut of pianist and composer Takeshi Ohbayashi—although our audiences might also recognize him as co-leader of the sublime New Century Jazz Quintet. A rising jazz star in his current home of New York City and in his native Japan, Ohbayashi is a hard-swinging pianist with great chops, taste, and improvisational prowess.

Dizzy's Club

A Gotham Kings Mardi Gras Celebration

The Gotham Kings Mardi Gras Celebration returns to Dizzy’s for another night of festivities. Led by trumpeter Alphonso Horne, this fun-loving group of musicians and dancers will treat audiences to the infectious traditions of Creole jazz.

Varis Leichtman Studio

Jazz 101, Week 7

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.

Dizzy's Club

Chuck Israels Nextet featuring Aaron Diehl

Best known for his essential role in the standard-setting Bill Evans Trio of the 1960s, bassist Chuck Israels has also worked with such legends as Billie Holiday, Benny Goodman, John Coltrane, Coleman Hawkins, Herbie Hancock, and others. Israels is also a remarkable composer and bandleader, and his newest group highlights the variety and originality of his original compositions and arrangements.