Generations in Jazz coming to Dizzy's


Photo by Lawrence Sumulong for Jazz at Lincoln Center

News | Aug, 13th 2015

Beginning September 1, Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola presents the sixth annual Coca-Cola Generations in Jazz Festival. The festival kicks off on September 1 with dynamic vocalists Michael Mwenso and Brianna Thomas and runs through September 30, featuring performances by Charenee Wade, Tootie Heath, Bryan Carter, and many more. 

In keeping with tradition, this year’s Generations in Jazz Festival highlights extraordinary artists spanning three generations with programming that honors both the iconic musicians and composers alongside emerging artists of today. 

Check out the full lineup below: 

September 1: 

Michael Mwenso, Brianna Thomas and the All-Stars
Sets at 7:30, 9:30, & 11:30PM

Vocalists Michael Mwenso and Brianna Thomas return to kick off the Generations in Jazz Festival, and after a series of phenomenal performances, this duo has earned its reputation as a must-see part of the Festival.

September 2:

Charenee Wade
Offering: Music of Gil Scott-Heron and Brian Jackson
Sets at 7:30 & 9:30PM 

“Gil Scott-Heron makes me think about the responsibility and power of the artist to raise social consciousness. Imagine if more artists used their platforms to positively shift consciousness like he and artists of his day did. He inspires me to do my own thing, to not be afraid to say what I want to say.”

September 3: 

Louis Hayes
Lessons From Our Masters
Sets at 7:30 & 9:30PM

While still in his teens in 1956, Louis Hayes moved to New York and joined the Horace Silver Quintet, spending the following couple of years working with greats like John Coltrane and Curtis Fuller, and then joining Cannonball Adderley’s quintet in 1959. He has since become one of the most recorded drummers in jazz history.

September 4:

Jimmy Cobb Quartet
Lessons From Our Masters
Sets at 7:30 & 9:30PM

Every jazz fan has his or her own favorite record with Cobb on drums. From Miles Davis’ Kind of Blue to John Coltrane’s Giant Steps, this drum master hasn’t slowed down a bit. 

September 5:

Tootie Heath: The Whole Drum Truth
Lessons From Our Masters
Sets at 7:30 & 9:30PM 

Tootie Heath, who first recorded in the 1950s with John Coltrane, recorded as a leader for over 50 years, and performed alongside such artists as Dexter Gordon, Nina Simone, and Wes Montgomery. Joining Heath will be multiple generations of top drummers, including rising star Joe Saylor and established leader Willie Jones III.

September 6:

Kenny Barron Quartet
Lessons From Our Masters
Sets at 7:30 & 9:30PM 

Kenny Barron, one of the most important pianists of the last several decades, is known both for his solo work and for his projects with Ella Fitzgerald, Joe Henderson, Stan Getz, Dizzy Gillespie, Yusef Lateef, and many more. Praised endlessly for both his sensitivity and his virtuosity, Barron is undisputedly one of the top jazz pianists in the world.

September 7:

An Evening with Brandon Bain
Flip Side Sessions
Set at 7:30PM

Bain offers heartfelt interpretations of jazz standards, showtunes, the Great American Songbook, popular music, and Calypso music.

September 7:

Camille Thurman Quartet
Flip Side Sessions
Set at 9:30PM

The multitalented Camille Thurman is an award-winning composer, a formidable saxophonist, and a second-place winner of the prestigious Sarah Vaughan Vocal Competition.

September 8

Revive Big Band Led By Igmar Thomas
Sets at 7:30 & 9:30PM 

Bridging together genres and artists of multiple generations–in a perfect match for our Generations in Jazz Festival–Igmar Thomas’ Revive Big Band brings a high-energy big band approach to music by Oliver Nelson, Wayne Shorter, A Tribe Called Quest, J. Dilla, Freddie Hubbard, Bilal, and more. 

September 9:

Dan Tepfer, Gary Peacock, Billy Hart
Sets at 7:30 & 9:30PM

Three astoundingly creative musicians of different backgrounds join for one unforgettable evening.

September 10-13:

The Cookers
Sets at 7:30 & 9:30PM

Jazz veterans, colleagues, and kindred spirits Billy Harper, Eddie Henderson, George Cables, Cecil McBee, Billy Hart, and David Weiss forge a world-class union. Taking their group name from a 1965 Freddie Hubbard album, The Night of the Cookers: Live at Club La Marchal, this exciting all-star sextet summons an aggressive mid-1960s spirit.

September 14:

Nasar Abadey & SUPERNOVA
Flip Side Sessions
Set at 7:30PM

Drummer Nasar Abadey is a versatile, yet distinctive musician who has performed with Pharoah Sanders, Dizzy Gillespie, Hank Jones, Ella Fitzgerald, Sun Ra, and many more. His SUPERNOVA group, featuring stars of the D.C. jazz scene, was recently selected by the U.S. State Department and Jazz at Lincoln Center as an Ambassador for the American Music Abroad Rhythm Road program.

September 14:

Kush Abadey Quartet
Flip Side Sessions
Set at 9:30PM

Still in his early 20s, drummer Kush Abadey has been enjoying a fast-paced and eclectic career for years. At age 16, he joined the quintet led by Grammy Award-winning trumpeter Wallace Roney, and he has since worked with artists including Frank Lacy, JD Allen, Terence Blanchard, and David Weiss, contributing to original projects ranging from jazz to rock and electronica.

September 15:

A Beautiful Friendship: Alexis Cole & Bucky Pizarelli
Sets at 7:30 & 9:30PM

A natural entertainer and a relentless humorist, 89-year-old guitarist and banjoist Bucky Pizzarelli is a living legend and an American treasure. Joining him is vocalist Alexis Cole, called “exquisite” by The New York Times.

September 16:

Ryan Cohan Sextet
Sets at 7:30 & 9:30PM 

A powerfully expressive pianist and composer of keen intellect, Ryan Cohan has released five critically acclaimed albums of original music and performed with a wide range of jazz luminaries and stellar ensembles, including Freddie Hubbard, Joe Locke, and Gregory Porter.

September 17:

The Curtis Brothers Featuring Ray Vega
Sets at 7:30 & 9:30PM

With trumpeter Ray Vega, pianist Zaccai Curtis, bassist Luques Curtis, drummer Richie Barshay, and conga player Renaldo DeJesus. In this one-night-only event, the generations of Latin jazz come together at Dizzy's. 

September 18-20:

Carmen Lundy
Sets at 7:30 & 9:30PM

In a true bridging of generations, Lundy, Patrice Rushen, and Kenny Davis – all esteemed industry veterans – host Jamison Ross and Andrew Renfroe, two of tomorrow’s brightest stars. 

September 21:

Victor Gould Trio featuring Ralph Peterson & Ben Wolfe
Set at 7:30PM

No stranger to being one of the younger musicians onstage, Gould is notable for his lyrical melodicism as both a composer and an improviser. His playing has the sound and feel of a musician with a clear and purposeful vision. 

September 21:

Theo Hill Trio with Special Guest Myron Walden
Set at 9:30PM

As a pianist, keyboardist, and composer, Theo Hill has emerged as a fresh voice on the New York scene. Known for his versatility, originality, and sensitivity, Hill’s extensive study of diverse styles has led to a prolific career 

September 22:

Steve Wilson Generations Band
Sets at 7:30 & 9:30PM

“Mr. Wilson is essential to this city’s jazz landscape. – The Wall Street Journal

September 23-24:

Gary Bartz at 75
Sets at 7:30 & 9:30PM

Gary Bartz is a GRAMMY Award-winning saxophonist and educator who has played with legends like Miles Davis, Charles Mingus, Max Roach, and McCoy Tyner. At 75, Bartz continues to be a lithe soloist, and in his playing is the experienced sound of having learned from, worked with, and inspired many of jazz’s greatest players.

September 25-27:

Bryan Carter Plays The Music of Ray Charles
with Special Guests Danielle Brooks (9/26 & 9/27 only) and Wycliffe Gordon
Sets at 7:30 & 9:30PM

Rising star drummer Bryan Carter brings his hit program “The Music of Ray Charles” to Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, featuring new arrangements of Ray Charles’ early Atlantic years, through to his soulful, crooning country classics. 

September 28:

Andy Milne & Dapp Theory
Sets at 7:30 & 9:30PM

Andy Milne is a versatile artist recognized for his prowess as a composer and performer. Milne is perhaps best known for his indefinable, but highly recognizable group Dapp Theory, a constantly evolving fusion of lyrical jazz piano, funky polyrhythmic exploration, and spoken word poetry.

September 29:

Josh Evans Big Band
with Special Guest Billy Harper
Sets at 7:30 & 9:30PM

Trumpeter Josh Evans has performed in the bands of and/or recorded with an extraordinary list of artists, including Jackie McLean, Cedar Walton, Rashied Ali, and Gregory Porter. For one night at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, Evans returns with his Big Band to perform his arrangements of standards and originals. 

September 30: 

Evan Sherman Septet
Set at 11:30PM

With trombonist Frank Lacy, pianist Chris Pattishall, saxophonist Patrick Bartley, guitarist Gabe Schnider, trumpeter Bruce Harris, bassist Russell Hall, and drummer Evan Sherman

Late Night Sessions

September 2-5:
Joel Ross
Set at 11:15PM

September 8-12:

Eddie Barbash
Set at 11:15PM 

September 15-19:

Sammy Miller and the Congregation
Set at 11:15PM 

September 22-26:
Yunie Mojica Quintet
Set at 11:15PM


For reservations to the sixth annual Generations in Jazz Festival visit Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola online, call 212-258-9595, or visit us in person after 6pm daily at the club.


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