Here's Your Full Lineup for 2016's Coca-Cola Generations in Jazz Festival

Join us in September for Generations in Jazz!

News | Aug, 5th 2016

It's back! This September, Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola will once again host the Coca-Cola Generations in Jazz festival, showcasing living legends and highlighting the music's up-and-coming talents—sometimes all in the same show. This year's festival boasts several show formats: Lessons from our Masters performances, which feature a master of jazz alongside a multigenerational band; Flip Side Sessions, which feature different up-and-coming acts in the 7:30 and 9:30 set slots; Album Release Parties; and Big Band Mondays.

Below, you can listen to a playlist featuring Generations artists as well as check out the full line-up and make your reservations today!


September 1: Bruce Harris and the Big Sax Section

Sets at 7:30 and 9:30: Rising star trumpeter Bruce Harris returns to kick off our month-long Coca-Cola Generations in Jazz Festival, featuring living jazz legends and rising stars ready to define the next generation of jazz. Harris always brings together some of New York’s most in-demand musicians, and we can’t wait to hear them kick the festival off in style.

September 2: Joanne Brackeen

Sets at 7:30 and 9:30: Pianist and composer Joanne Brackeen has been called the “Picasso of jazz piano” and is the only female alumna of Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers. True to the “Picasso” nickname, her compositional style has defied definition and evolved throughout her career. The constant elements have been her virtuosic chops and unpredictable approach to piano composition and execution. With saxophonist Javon Jackson, bassist Ugonna Okegwo, and drummer Rudy Royston.

September 3: Dayna Stephens Quintet featuring Tom Harrell and Al Foster

Sets at 7:30 and 9:30: Dayna Stephens is a respected bandleader and regular collaborator of contemporary heavy-hitters like Brad Mehldau, Julian Lage, and Ambrose Akinmusire. Tonight, he is joined by Al Foster and Tom Harrell (who in June sold out seven consecutive shows at Dizzy’s), both renowned veterans who have played invaluable roles in jazz for decades. With trumpeter Tom Harrell, pianist Aaron Parks, bassist Ben Street, and drummer Al Foster.

September 4: Nate Smith Trio featuring Dave Holland and Jaleel Shaw

Sets at 7:30 and 9:30: This Lessons from our Masters show finds Dave Holland, bassist and NEA Jazz Master, uniting with saxophonist Jaleel Shaw and powerhouse drummer Nate Smith, who organized the dynamic new trio. With bassist Dave Holland and saxophonist Jaleel Shaw.

September 5: Robin Eubanks & the Mass Line Big Band

Sets at 7:30 and 9:30: Robin Eubanks, a top trombonist of his generation and a highly regarded composer, leads the Mass Line Big Band, which boasts a serious lineup of musicians including alumni of Oberlin (where he teaches) and a number of his first-call New York City friends. They play smart, swinging big band music that achieves interesting textures with the intermittent use of electric bass and trombone effects in an otherwise acoustic setting.

September 6: Flip Side Sessions: Abraham Burton/Eric McPherson/Jonathan Barber /// Theo Croker Acoustic Quintet

Abraham Burton/Eric McPherson/Jonathan Barber // Set at 7:30: Saxophonist Abraham Burton and Eric McPherson have played together for decades, recording and touring the world to great acclaim, and Jonathan Barber is a rapidly rising star who has performed with Burton as part of the Steve Davis Quintet. Burton’s driving musical chemistry with both of these drummers is immediately apparent—don't miss them all together!

Theo Croker Acoustic Quintet // Set at 9:30: Theo Croker is a young trumpeter, singer, and bandleader who has earned the attention of top musicians since his teen years. His most recent record is the Dee Dee Bridgewater-produced Escape Velocity, a sprawling, genre-bending journey through bop, soul, funk, R&B, and beyond. With drummer Kassa Overall, pianist Michael King, bassist Eric Wheeler, tenor saxophonist Anthony Ware.

September 7: Sharel Cassity's Elektra

Sets at 7:30 and 9:30: Saxophonist Sharel Cassity was voted Rising Star Alto Saxophonist in the DownBeat Critics’ Poll for five years running. Now, she brings her new funk-infused band Elektra to the Generations in Jazz Festival.

September 8: Salute to Orrin Keepnews

Sets at 7 and 9:30: Friends, family, and colleagues gather to celebrate the memory of the great record producer Orrin Keepnews, who died in 2015. A founder of Riverside, Milestone, and Landmark Records, Keepnews worked with Thelonious Monk, Cannonball Adderley, and numerous other jazz greats, and the highly prestigious band onstage tonight features four of the many notable musicians produced by Keepnews. With saxophonists Jimmy Heath and Gary Bartz, drummers Akira Tana and Jack DeJohnette, pianists Larry Willis and Randy Weston, bassists Ray Drummond, Rufus Reid and Sam Gill.

September 9-11: Dave Liebman’s 70th Birthday Celebration featuring EXPANSIONS

Friday sets at 7:30 and 9:30 // Saturday sets at 7:30 and 9:30 // Sunday sets at 7:30 and 9:30: After over two decades’ worth of Dave Liebman Group performances across the world (and nearly 20 albums), the poll-topping NEA Jazz Master saxophonist Liebman put together this exciting new band to celebrate his 70th birthday. Fitting in with jazz traditionand honoring Miles Davis and Elvin Jones, who mentored Liebman in the 1970sthis group extends across generations and allows every member to both teach and learn from one another. With pianist/keyboardist Bobby Avey, reeds player Matt Vashlishan, acoustic/electric bassist Tony Marino, drummer/percussionist Alex Ritz.

September 12: Jimmy Greene Big Band

Sets at 7:30 and 9:30: Saxophone giant Jimmy Greene is assembling what will undoubtedly be a top-notch big band. Though he’s played in big bands led by artists like Harry Connick, Jr., leading a group this size is a relatively new frontier for Greene. As with all of his work, we know this performance will be soulful and swinging, expertly arranged, and full of thoughtful improvisation.

September 13: Flip Side Sessions: Veronica Swift /// Charles Turner

Veronica Swift // Set at 7:30: 22-year-old Veronica Swift is one of jazz’s top upcoming vocalists. She recently won 2nd place in the 2015 Thelonious Monk International Vocal Competition, performed in The Appel Room with Michael Feinstein in April 2016, and though she’s been featured at Dizzy’s before (starting at age 11), tonight will be her first appearance as a leader.

Charles Turner // Set at 9:30: A 2010 graduate of Berklee College of Music, vocalist Charles Turner III has played in New York City’s premier jazz clubs and at international festivals and competitions. Tonight, he makes an anticipated return to Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola after last year’s outstanding Coca-Cola Generations in Jazz set.

September 14: Ben Wendel

Sets at 7:30 and 9:30: Reedist Ben Wendel is a versatile performer, composer, and producer widely recognized as the co-leader of the longstanding, Grammy Award-nominated group Kneebop. This album release party celebrates Wendel’s What We Bring, a direct follow up to The Season, one of The New York Times’ top 10 albums of 2015. With saxophonist Ben Wendel, pianist Aaron Parks, bassist Joe Sanders, and drummer Eric Harland.

September 15: Entre Colegas: Celebrating Andy Gonzalez

Sets at 7:30 and 9:30: Entre Colegas, or “Among Colleagues,” is the latest record from Bronz-born legend Andy Gonzalez. In this new project, he assembled a group of elite musicians and longtime friends to explore music that he describes as “Cuban and Puerto Rican music with the focus on guitars and strings…” or in his other words, “Django Reinhardt goes to Cuba and Puerto Rico.” With bassists Andy Gonzalez and Luques Curtis, Tres guitarist Nelson Gonzalez, conga player and percussionist Roland Guerrero, trumpeter Carlos Abadie, quarto guitarist Orlando Santiago, guitarist Ben Lapidus, vocalists and percussionists Manuel Carro and Ricky Sala, guitarist and vocalist David Oquendo, timbales player Nicky Marrero, and pianist Zaccai Curtis.

September 16-18: Marilyn Maye

Friday sets at 7:30 and 9:30 // Saturday sets at 7:30 and 9:30 // Sunday sets at 7:30 and 9:30: Marilyn Maye has shared the stage with artists like Count Basie and Charlie Parker and appeared on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson an unprecedented 76 times. Now, for the first time, audiences can enjoy the living legend in our most intimate venue.

September 19: Josh Evans Big Band

Sets at 7:30 and 9:30: Trumpeter Josh Evans has performed 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. With trumpeters Tony Sisson, Bryan Davis, Vitaly Golovnev, and Marquis Hill; trombonists Frank Lacy, Stafford Hunter, Corey Wilcox, and Max Seigel; saxophonists Bruce Williams, Yunie Mojica, Stacy Dillard, Mike Lee, and Lauren Sevian; pianist Theo Hill, bassist Rashaan Carter, drummer Kush Abadey, and vocalist Shenel Johns.

September 20: Flip Side Sessions: E.J. Strickland Quintet /// E.J. Strickland Transient Beings

E.J. Strickland Quintet // Set at 7:30: Drummer E.J. Strickland treats audiences to a stacked lineup of first-call musicians that features identical twin brother Marcus on tenor and soprano saxophones. The quintet plays a dynamic range of straight-ahead jazz and stirring post-bop that is sophisticated and exciting in its execution. With alto saxophonist Godwin Louis, tenor and soprano saxophonist Marcus Strickland, pianist Victor Gould, and bassist Linda Oh.

E.J. Strickland Transient Beings // Set at 9:30: Transient Beings employs the unique instrumentation of electric bass, two guitars, and effects-treated vocals. Together, these voices effortlessly weave through Strickland’s original blend of jazz, Afrobeat, funk, fusion, hip-hop, and rock. With vocalist Sarah Elizabeth Charles, guitarists Mark Whitfield and Tom Guarna, and electric bassist Richie Goods.

September 21-22: Marquis Hill and Signatures in Brass

Wednesday sets at 7:30 and 9:30 // Thursday sets at 7:30 and 9:30: This collaboration with Dave Douglas's Festival of New Trumpet Music (FONT Music) finds Marquis Hill, the winner of the 2015 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Trumpet Competition, bringing together his own supergroup of today's finest trumpet talent. With trumpeters Marquis Hill, Maurice Brown, Jason Palmer, Darren Barrett, Theo Croker, and Ingrid Jensen; pianist Theo Hill, bassist Eric Wheeler, and drummer John Davis.

September 23-25: Stefon Harris and Sonic Creed

Friday sets at 7:30 and 9:30 // Saturday sets at 7:30 and 9:30 // Sunday sets at 7:30 and 9:30: Vibraphone superstar Stefon Harris is a multi-Grammy Award nominee and six-time recipient of the Jazz Journalist Association’s Best Mallet Player award. He is also known for assembling new bands of top rising star musicians, and tonight he brings his new group Sonic Creed to Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola. With flutist Elena Pinderhughes (9/23 and 9/24), guitarist Mike Moreno, pianist James Francies, bassist Joshua Crumbly, and drummer Obed Calvaire.

September 26: Ryan Keberle's Big Band Living Legacy Project

Sets at 7:30 and 9:30: At 35 years old, Ryan Keberle is already an astoundingly versatile musician, having worked with artists ranging from Wynton Marsalis to Beyoncé and even Sufjan Stevens. With his big band, he celebrates and carries on the musical heritage of big band jazz, performed by original members of such classic big bands as those of Count Basie, Duke Ellington, and Buddy Rich.

September 27-28: The New Charles Tolliver/MUSIC INC.

Tuesday sets at 7:30 and 9:30 // Wednesday sets at 7:30 and 9:30: Since his 1964 recording debut with Jackie McLean, trumpeter Charles Tolliver has worked with such icons as Roy Haynes, Hank Mobley, Horace Silver, Sonny Rollins, Oliver Nelson, and Max Roach. His famed MUSIC INC. group unites multiple generations of jazz under his unique vision and leadership. With guitarist Bruce Edwards, pianist Theo Hill, bassist Essiet Essiet, and drummer Lawrence Leathers.

September 29: Catherine Russell: Harlem on My Mind

Sets at 7:30 and 9:30: Grammy Award-winner Catherine Russell has been one of the most widely recognized jazz vocalists since the release of her debut CD in 2006. This winter, Russell will be on tour with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, but in the meantime you can catch her for this one-night-only album release party. 

September 30-October 2: Joey Alexander Trio

Friday sets at 7 and 9 // Saturday sets at 7 and 9 // Sunday sets at 7 and 9: After jaw-dropping performances at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s 2014 Gala and Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, gigs at festivals around the world, and a feature spotlight on 60 Minutes, 13-year-old piano prodigy Joey Alexander returns to overwhelming demand. Tonight’s performance is an album release party for Alexander’s sophomore album on Motema Records, Countdown. With bassists Larry Grenadier (9/30 and 10/1) and Dan Chmielinski (10/2), and drummer Ulysses Owens, Jr.

Late Night Sessions 

August 30-September 3: Julian Lee

Sets begin at 11:15

September 6-10: Jonathan Pinson

Sets begin at 11:15

September 13-17: Alphonso Horne

Sets begin at 11:15

September 20-24: Shenel Johns

Sets begin at 11:15

September 27-October 1: Emmet Cohen

Sets begin at 11:15

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