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February 2019



Varis Leichtman Studio

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).

Dizzy's Club

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.

Dizzy's Club

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.

February 2019