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The Appel Room 2019-2020 Season

The Artistry Of Jazzmeia Horn

Love and Liberation

Jazzmeia Horn has confidently taken the jazz world by storm since winning the 2015 International Thelonious Monk Vocal Competition, and with her Love and Liberation tour, she truly comes into her own. In her Appel Room feature debut, the soulful and energetic Horn will perform songs from the album—her first collection of almost-entirely original material—with a first-class group of instrumentalists.

Dizzy's Club

The Kenny Rampton Sextet: Grand Street Reunion

Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra trumpeter Kenny Rampton showcases his own original compositions alongside tenor saxophonist Camille Thurman, trombonist Steve Davis, pianist Geoffrey Keezer, bassist Gerald Cannon, and drummer Willie Jones III.

Dizzy's Club

New York Youth Symphony: Celebrating Charlie Parker @100 with Steve Wilson

The New York Youth Symphony Jazz Band is one of the best ensembles of its kind. The members of this group range in age from early teens to early 20s, making the quality of their performance even more astonishing. This program will honor the music of Charlie Parker and feature a music commission and world premiere of a new work by Devin Reilly, entitled In the Shadow of Tall Giants.

Visiting Presenter - Rose Theater

Young People's Chorus of NYC

Annual Benefit Concert

The Young People’s Chorus of New York City, under the baton of Artistic Director/Founder Francisco J. Núñez, is set to hit the stage for their annual Gala Benefit Concert hosted by Grammy Award-winning superstar Jason Mraz. Over 400 young artists will also be joined by soprano Lisa Delan and Aneesa Folds from Broadway's Freestyle Love Supreme. Get ready for show-stopping performances full of extraordinary music and dazzling choreography!

Dizzy's Club

Pacific Jazz Ambassadors with special guest Joel Ross

Nine-time winners of the prestigious DownBeat Student Music Award for Best Collegiate Jazz Group, the Pacific Jazz Ambassadors are always a huge hit with audiences and fellow musicians alike. This performance will highlight the incredible talent being fostered through educational outreach within the jazz community.

Varis Leichtman Studio

The Past and Present of South African Jazz: Week Five

Jazz and the New Resistance

With the 1976 Soweto Uprisings, a new generation of South Africans amplified the resistance against apartheid, ultimately driving South Africa towards an end to apartheid. Throughout the 1970s and 1980s, new styles of Jazz and popular music emerged as artists challenged cultural impositions of apartheid.

Dizzy's Club

Lakecia Benjamin: Pursuance—The Music of the Coltranes

Rising star saxophonist and Essentially Ellington alumna Lakecia Benjamin returns to the Dizzy’s Club stage as a headliner. Come check out one of the instrument’s freshest new voices perform her own take on this timeless music.

Varis Leichtman Studio

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.

Dizzy's Club

Camille Thurman and the Darrell Green Trio

The multitalented Camille Thurman is a formidable saxophonist and has performed extensively with artists ranging from the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, Dr. Billy Taylor, George Coleman, Lew Tabackin, and George Benson to Chaka Khan, Alicia Keys, and Missy Elliot. The best way to experience the full scope of Thurman’s artistry is to catch one of her performances as bandleader, such as tonight’s showcase with her regular working band, the outstanding Darrell Green Trio.

Varis Leichtman Studio

The Birth and Rise of Jazz: Week Two

The Young Music Is Radically Overhauled and Its Domain Expanded

-Topics covered: Birth of the Solo, Embracing of the Dance Orchestra, Jazz Travels and Audience Growth

-Featured artists: Louis Armstrong, Sidney Bechet, Bix Beiderbecke, Fletcher Henderson, Don Redman

Dizzy's Club

Flamenco Meets Jazz: Dani de Morón, Yotam Silberstein and Agustín Diassera

Alongside Spanish percussionist Agustín Diassera and Tel Aviv-born, New York-based guitarist Yotam Silberstein, Dani de Morón will showcase the deep connection between two internationally beloved music styles. Expect an imaginative performance that explores new musical horizons while celebrating the heritage and overlapping traditions of flamenco and jazz.

Varis Leichtman Studio

The Life and Music of Duke Ellington: Week Six

Black, Brown and Beige/extended works

Duke Ellington challenged America’s perceptions of what the big band could and should do musically, and works like his monumental opus Black, Brown, and Beige showed off an incredible expressive range for the ensemble. In our final night, we’ll dive into the extended works of America’s greatest composer.

Dizzy's Club

Judy Carmichael Quartet with special guest Ken Peplowski

Judy Carmichael is a Grammy Award-nominated pianist, vocalist, and songwriter who has hosted Judy Carmichael’s Jazz Inspired on NPR for 20 years and counting.

Varis Leichtman Studio

The Life and Music of Wayne Shorter with Ted Nash: Class 1

Wayne Shorter the Sideman

From his earliest years, Wayne Shorter was one of Jazz’s most in-demand sidemen in the business! Artists like Wynton Kelly and Art Blakey noticed his genius early on, inspiring Miles Davis to ultimately tempt him to join one of Jazz’s most ground-breaking quintets of all time.

Varis Leichtman Studio

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.

Dizzy's Club

DIVA Jazz Orchestra Swings Broadway

The all-female DIVA Jazz Orchestra exudes the excitement and force found in the historic big band tradition. Audiences can expect super-charged and swinging takes on favorite Broadway standards packed with stunning improvisation, spontaneity, and an emphasis on fun.

Varis Leichtman Studio

The Life and Music of Wayne Shorter with Ted Nash: Class 2

Wayne Shorter the Bandleader

From his highly influential albums for Blue Note, to his pioneering work with Weather Report, to his genre-defying quartet, Wayne Shorter has demonstrated himself to be one of Jazz’s most astounding bandleaders for six decades. Tonight we’ll delve into some of his most treasured moments as a bandleader.

Rose Theater 2019-2020 Season JFYP Only

Family Concert: Who is Dave Brubeck?

Budding music enthusiasts and their families will learn about the life and art of the great jazz composer and pianist Dave Brubeck in this hour-long educational concert. Brubeck’s timeless music and principled leadership changed the world for the better, and this youth-oriented Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra concert is going to be a big, swinging celebration of an inspiring jazz ambassador.

Visiting Presenter - Rose Theater

Leonard Slatkin conducts The Orchestra Now

Grammy winner Leonard Slatkin, Music Director Laureate of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, conducts an elegy to his late parents, along with Rachmaninoff’s hauntingly beautiful second symphony.

Varis Leichtman Studio

The Birth and Rise of Jazz: Week Three

The Swing Era

-Topics covered: The Evolution of the Jazz Orchestra, Emergence of the Swing Era Big Band, Rhythm Revolution of the Swing Era, Emergence of the Jazz Industry

-Featured Artists: Count Basie, Benny Carter, Charlie Christian, Roy Eldridge, Benny Goodman, Billie Holiday, Jo Jones, Teddy Wilson, Lester Young

Dizzy's Club

Ball State University Jazz Ensemble with special guest Ingrid Jensen

The Ball State University Jazz Lab Ensemble is the flagship of the the Ball State University jazz program.

Dizzy's Club

Rachel Therrien Quartet

Flip Side Sessions

French-Canadian trumpeter, composer, and producer Rachel Therrien makes her Dizzy’s Club debut with an album-release party for Vena, her fifth studio recording.

Dizzy's Club

Yoko Miwa Trio

Flip Side Sessions

Boston’s 2019 Jazz Artist of the Year (Boston Music Awards) brings her acclaimed, long-running trio to Dizzy’s Club for a one-set-only showcase.

Varis Leichtman Studio

The Past and Present of South African Jazz: Week Six

Jazz of the New South Africa

With the country’s first democratic elections taking place in April 1994, South Africa’s apartheid era ultimately ended. In Jazz, many new developments took place, almost all at once. Many exiles began to return home, many artists at home began to tour abroad, and a wave of new recordings come out in the 1990s that reflect a fascinating new global vision for the music.

Dizzy's Club

Melanie Charles: Thank You Abbey Lincoln

Vocalist and flutist Melanie Charles is taking New York’s music scenes by storm, earning serious respect and attention both within traditional jazz circles and far beyond them—appearing in the city’s jazz clubs or on Saturday Night Live and The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, depending on the gig. For anyone unfamiliar, don’t miss what is guaranteed to be a powerful performance by a true musical seeker and powerhouse vocalist.

Varis Leichtman Studio

Jazz 101: Week Eight

Jazz Today: How the Music Reached the 21st Century

As the 1970s gave way to the 1980s and beyond, many styles recycled and re-emerged, while other styles sprung onto the scene in new and exciting ways. In our final Jazz 101 session, we’ll examine how styles continued to develop and evolve in the decades leading up to the 2000s.

Dizzy's Club

Duduka Da Fonseca and Helio Alves featuring Maucha Adnet: Samba Jazz & Jobim

Tonight’s samba jazz showcase features three of Brazil’s most in-demand musicians, two of whom worked closely with the iconic Antonio Carlos Jobim. Come enjoy samba jazz performed by those who know it best.

The Appel Room 2019-2020 Season

Ambrose Akinmusire’s Large Ensemble presents BANYAN

Featuring Jack DeJohnette, Gary Bartz and Tom Harrell

One of the most exciting musicians to emerge in the 21st century, trumpeter and composer Ambrose Akinmusire creates distinctive and transportive original music. This performance is a rare opportunity to experience his banyan suite live in The Appel Room, featuring living legends Jack DeJohnette, Gary Bartz, and Tom Harrell.

Ertegun Atrium

WeBop Family Jazz Party

Iconic Women in Jazz

You and your family will dance and sing along to an all-female jazz band as you learn about Billie Holiday, Nina Simone, Ella Fitzgerald, and the many other courageous ladies who paved the way for women in jazz.

Varis Leichtman Studio

The Birth and Rise of Jazz: Week Four


-Topics covered: Emergence of a New Style, Rhythmic Revolution in BeBop, Hearing BeBop

-Featured Artists: Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker

Dizzy's Club

Monday Nights with WBGO: The Ellen Rowe Octet

Momentum: Portraits of Women in Motion

Utilizing the great versatility and variety afforded by these world-class musicians, multiple band formats, and diversity of women being paid tribute, Ellen Rowe has crafted an expansive and highly expressive new jazz experience.