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Dizzy Gillespie Festival


This January, Jazz at Lincoln Center celebrates the centennial of Dizzy Gillespie, the visionary architect of bebop. Throughout our three venues, you’ll hear diverse interpretations of Gillespie’s music performed by the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, Carlos Henriquez, Pedrito Martinez, Terell Stafford, Melissa Aldana and more.

Arrive early on Friday, January 27 and Saturday, January 28 to participate in the Dizzy Gillespie Festival in the Ertegun Atrium beginning at 6pm. Enjoy live music by Jazz at Lincoln Center's education programs, and experience tastings from Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola and partners Lotus Scoop Ice Cream and Spoonbread (1/28 only).

Rose Theater

Celebrating Dizzy Gillespie

Dizzy Gillespie was a visionary architect of bebop, a peerless trumpet virtuoso, and a gifted educator, dancer, and raconteur. Tonight the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis and music director Vincent Gardner digs deep into the musical world of Dizzy. As much a revolution as it was a movement, bebop ushered in the modern era of jazz and marked a decisive line between old and new.

The Appel Room

The Latin Side of Dizzy with Carlos Henriquez

Carlos Henriquez is the bassist of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and “an emerging master in the Latin Jazz idiom.” He has assembled a truly extraordinary band for the occasion, featuring Pedrito Martinez, Terell Stafford, Mike Rodriguez, Melissa Aldana, Marshall Gilkes, Larry Willis, and Obed Calvaire.”

Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola

Riley Mulherkar: In the Land of Oo-Bla-Dee

Rising star trumpeter Riley Mulherkar and his group will take audiences through the musical story of Dizzy Gillespie, from his Swing Era upbringing, through his quintessential innovations in bebop, and to his powerful integration of jazz and Afro-Cuban music.

Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola

Have Trumpet, Will Excite! with Bruce Harris

Dizzy at 100

Bruce Harris is an immensely talented rising star trumpeter seen regularly at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, and always brings together some of New York’s most in-demand musicians. We can’t wait to hear their take on Harris’ chosen Dizzy tunes.

Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola

Kush to Cool: A Tribute to Diz featuring Theo Croker and ELEW

As part of our Dizzy Gillespie Festival, Theo Croker will perform a set entirely comprised of Gillespie tunes in a program he calls Kush to Cool.