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Wednesday, March 21st, 2018

Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola April 2018 Lineup Announced

Rising artists and university big bands featured
every Monday night in celebration of
National Jazz Appreciation Month

The annual Monk Festival returns with Helen Sung
and special guests Catherine Russell, Michaela Marino Lerman, and Dr. Eddie Henderson

Christian McBride returns for two-week run

New York, NY (March 21, 2017) – In celebration of National Jazz Appreciation Month, Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola showcases rising stars and veteran artists in the jazz world, celebrating the extraordinary heritage and history of jazz throughout April. The Monday lineups feature university big bands and rising stars coupled with heavy hitters of the jazz world – Brubeck Institute Jazz Quintet with drummer Carl Allen (April 2); Manhattan School of Music Jazz Orchestra with saxophonist Joe Lovano (April 9); Emmet Cohen Trio with drummer Albert “Tootie” Heath (April 16); Purchase Jazz Orchestra with organist Mike LeDonne under the direction of trumpeter Jon Faddis (April 23); and Temple University Big Band with vocalist Ann Hampton Callaway under the direction of trumpeter Terell Stafford (April 30).

April marks the return of the annual Monk Festival (April 5-8), with the sounds of Thelonious Monk filling Frederick P. Rose Hall in all its performance venues. Jazz pianist and composer Helen Sung will lead the three-night celebration in Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola. Each night will feature a unique program, starting with Monk/Sung: Helen Sung Quartet with special guest Catherine Russell (April 6); Monk on Tap (April 7) featuring the “Monk Mob” with special guest tap dancer Michela Marino Lerman; and Monk: High Priest of BeBop (April 8) featuring the Helen Sung Quartet with special guest Dr. Eddie Henderson.

Christian McBride also returns for two weeks with New Jawn featuring Josh Evans, Marcus Strickland and Nasheet Waits (April 10-15); and the 2018 GRAMMY® award-winning Christian McBride Big Band (April 19-22).

Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola is located in Frederick P. Rose Hall, home of Jazz at Lincoln Center, located at 60th Street and Broadway. For additional information, visit jazz.org/dizzys.


April 2 | 7:30pm & 9:30pm

Winners of eight DownBeat Student Music Awards for Best Collegiate Jazz Group, the Brubeck Institute Jazz Quintet has performed all over the world, from top jazz clubs and festivals to an appearance at the United Nations as part of the Dave Brubeck forum, Jazz: A Language for Peace. Recent graduates of the group have played at Jazz at Lincoln Center multiple times and are now highly active jazz professionals. The 2017–2018 members of this prestigious ensemble are Evan Abounassar on trumpet, Isaiah Collier on saxophone, Xach Wagner on guitar, Gabe Rupe on bass, and Maya Stepansky on drums. Special guest drummer Carl Allen is a world-class jazz veteran who has worked with such musicians as Freddie Hubbard, Christian McBride, and Benny Green. This performance will highlight the incredible talent being fostered through educational outreach within the jazz community.
Cover: $35
Student: $20

April 3–4 | 7:30pm & 9:30pm

“A garrulous tenor saxophonist and a highly lyrical flutist…” — The New York Times on Lew Tabackin
Award-winning saxophonist, flutist, and bandleader Lew Tabackin is an extraordinary musician dedicated to showing the full range of possibilities on his instrument—melodically, rhythmically, and dynamically. His huge sound and melodic approach to harmony have drawn comparisons to the late, great Coleman Hawkins, an icon to whom Tabackin has paid tribute at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola and The Kennedy Center. Tonight’s trio performances feature Randy Brecker, a fellow jazz giant, as special guest. In an esteemed career that has earned him six Grammy Awards, Brecker has worked with everyone from Charles Mingus and Horace Silver to Frank Zappa and Parliament-Funkadelic.
Cover: $35
Student: $20

April 5 | 7:30pm & 9:30pm

A 2010 graduate of Berklee College of Music, Charles Turner has played in New York City’s premier jazz clubs and at international festivals and competitions. Having performed alongside Dee Dee Bridgewater, Michael Feinstein, Patrice Rushen, Terri Lyne Carrington, and more, Turner’s experience and maturity as a performer reach far beyond his years. His silky tone, high-energy delivery, smart song selection, and exceptional ability as a scat soloist always make for a standout performance. Tonight, Turner makes an anticipated return to Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola as a headliner.
Cover: $40
Student: $25

Helen Sung Quartet with special guest Catherine Russell
April 6 | 7:30pm & 9:30pm

The spirit of Thelonious Monk fills the House of Swing this weekend, as all three Jazz at Lincoln Center venues celebrate the 2018 Monk Festival. Pianist and composer Helen Sung leads the Dizzy’s Club shows, and she has crafted an extraordinary series that celebrates Monk in song, dance, and as a singular jazz icon, with a different band and unique theme for each evening. “The genius of modern music,” Thelonious Monk was an enormous influence on Sung and her musical evolution from classical to jazz piano. She was a member of the inaugural class of the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance, was a semifinalist in the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Piano Competition. For night one of the Monk Festival, Sung draws from vocalist Carmen McRae’s legendary Carmen Sings Monk album, one of the best examples of “vocal Monk.” Sung’s band tonight features saxophonist John Ellis, bassist George DeLancey, and drummer Donald Edwards, with special guest vocalist Catherine Russell interpreting Monk’s iconic melodies.
Cover: $45
Student: $25

The “Monk Mob” with special guest Michela Marino Lerman
April 7 | 7:30pm & 9:30pm

For night two of the Monk Festival, Sung brings her “Monk Mob” octet, featuring some of New York City’s finest jazz artists: saxophonists John Ellis, Jordan Pettay, and Claire Daly; trumpeter Bruce Harris; trombonist Coleman Hughes; bassist George DeLancey; and drummer Donald Edwards. They will perform new arrangements of classic Monk tunes, featuring dynamic rhythmic interplay with special guest tap dancer Michela Marino Lerman.
Cover: $45
Student: $25

Helen Sung Quartet with special guest Dr. Eddie Henderson
April 8 | 7:30pm & 9:30pm

For the final night of the Monk Festival, Sung takes inspiration from the 1952 album Bird and Diz, which was one of Monk’s few sideman appearances. The band is a classic bebop jazz format, featuring saxophonist John Ellis, bassist George DeLancey, drummer Donald Edwards, and special guest trumpeter Dr. Eddie Henderson. They’ll be performing a combination of Monk originals and selections from the jazz repertory that Monk covered and recorded.
Cover: $35
Student: $25

April 9 | 7:30pm & 9:30pm

Manhattan School of Music’s programs of study for Jazz Arts majors are designed to develop skilled performers, composers, arrangers, and jazz educators in preparation for careers in jazz music. Systematic and rigorous conservatory training, combined with a myriad of performance and networking opportunities in New York City, make this program one of the richest of its kind for young jazz musicians. These talented young musicians prove that the spirit of swing is alive and well, and that the future of jazz is in extremely capable hands. Tonight they will treat audiences to a big band arrangement of John Coltrane’s beloved A Love Supreme, featuring Grammy Award–winning saxophone titan Joe Lovano as special guest.
Cover: $35
Student: $25

April 10-15 | 7:30pm & 9:30pm

Bassist Christian McBride is a master musician who has appeared on over 300 records. He is easily one of the most accomplished bass players alive, and his resume as a bandleader is also quite impressive. Join us at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola to experience New Jawn, which, translated from Philadelphian, could be described as McBride’s “new joint.” The quartet includes Josh Evans, Nasheet Waits, and Marcus Strickland, musicians that are regularly featured at Jazz at Lincoln Center and all over the city both as bandleaders and as sidemen with some of jazz’s biggest names. Fans of McBride’s small groups will love this ensemble, and its unusual two-horns, no-piano lineup gives it a unique flavor. With just bass and drums holding down the rhythm section, McBride and Waits provide as rich and driving a foundation as any group could hope for. The group’s sold-out run at Dizzy’s Club in 2017 featured drastically different material and highlights across various sets, so first-timers and returning fans alike should not hesitate to see what they’re up to this time.
Cover: Tues, Wed $35 / Thurs, Sat, Sun $45 / Sun $30
Student: $25

April 16 | 7:30pm & 9:30pm

Pianist/bandleader Emmet Cohen and bassist Russell Hall are two of jazz’s finest young players. They’re first-call players not only among their peers, but also with master musicians of multiple generations. Tonight’s trio performance features drummer Albert “Tootie” Heath, a living legend whose recording career began in 1957 with John Coltrane. He’s since played with all of the greats, including a long run with his siblings in the Heath Brothers, and it’s inspiring to now see him working with these rising jazz stars. Swing by Dizzy’s for some of the best straight-ahead jazz in town.
Cover: $30
Student: $15

Live webcast and artist interview with WBGO host Rhonda Hamilton will begin at 7:15pm EST on jazz.org/live. WBGO is proud to partner once again with Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola on Monday Nights with WBGO. The series features talented new artists as well as groups from some of the area's great college jazz programs. Each performance is hosted by WBGO announcer Rhonda Hamilton.

April 17 | 7:30pm & 9:30pm

Australian trumpeter James Morrison is a world-renowned artist who has played with legends including Ray Brown, Dave Brubeck, Ray Charles, Dizzy Gillespie, Quincy Jones, and Wynton Marsalis. He has also performed and/or recorded with the London Symphony and Philharmonic Orchestras, and he has performed for two United States Presidents and Queen Elizabeth II. This level of popularity and demand started early for Morrison, who made his United States debut at the Monterey Jazz Festival when he was only 16 years old. Morrison has performed some excellent sets of swinging jazz at Dizzy’s Club, and we’re excited to bring him back for more.
Cover: $30
Student: $15

April 18

April 19- 22 | 7:30pm & 9:30pm

Grammy Award–winning bassist Christian McBride first composed for big band in 1995 as a commission for the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. The master musician has since appeared on over 300 recordings and is easily one of the most accomplished bassists alive. Now a leader of his own Grammy Award–winning Big Band, featuring a staggering and diverse lineup of top musicians, McBride simultaneously shows off his compositional talent and unmatched ability to drive a band from behind the bass. This hip group combines the classic big band sounds of the Swing Era with more than half a century of post-bop influences. You simply can’t go wrong when McBride is in charge.
Cover: Thurs, Fri, Sat $45 / Sun $35

April 23 | 7:30pm & 9:30pm

The 17-piece SUNY Purchase Jazz Orchestra (PJO), under the direction of Todd Coolman, is comprised of exceedingly talented students from the Conservatory of Music’s jazz studies program. Performing jazz from every era, from staples like Ellington and Basie to leading contemporary composers like McNeely, Clayton, Abene, and Schneider, the PJO always swings. The PJO and its many special guests have a long history with Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, and tonight the group features special guest pianist and organist Mike LeDonne, a modern master who in the past few decades has worked with Benny Goodman, Sonny Rollins, Milt Jackson, Dizzy Gillespie, and more. LeDonne’s portions of the performance will be a rousing tribute to legendary B-3 Hammond organist Jimmy Smith and guitarist Wes Montgomery.
Cover: $35
Student: $20

Jazz Quartet Meets String Quartet
April 24 | 9:30pm only

Dan “Chimy” Chmielinski is only in his mid-20s, but he’s become one of the most dependable bassists on the scene, having worked with everyone from Sammy Miller and the Congregation, Joey Alexander, and Bryan Carter to Wynton Marsalis, Eric Harland, and Jeff “Tain” Watts. Tonight he leads his jazz quartet alongside a string quartet in a “four by four” configuration. His superb jazz band is a guaranteed good show by itself, but the strings will really make it something unique and memorable. We don’t yet know what repertoire they have in mind, but it’s a group whose music is always thoughtful, fun, and performed with conviction.
Cover: $30
Student: $15

April 25

with special guests Paul Jost (4/27 & 4/28), Adam Rogers (4/27) and Jonathan Kreisberg (4/28)

April 26–29 | 7:30pm & 9:30pm
“Not only has he mastered an instrument that has catapulted only a handful of players to the forefront of modern jazz—but [Locke] has done so in a way that transcends mere technique and establishes him as a unique and adventurous musical voice.” - San Francisco Bay Guardian
Vibraphonist Joe Locke is widely considered to be one of the lead voices on his instrument, winning numerous awards and polls, including multiple “Mallet Player of the Year” awards from the Jazz Journalists Association. Long known as a soloist capable of stunning physical power and broad emotional range, Locke has performed and recorded with many notable musicians, including Grover Washington Jr., Kenny Barron, Eddie Henderson, Cecil Taylor, Dianne Reeves, and Ron Carter. Tonight he presents his latest project, “Subtle Disguise,” featuring the outstanding core band of pianist Jim Ridl, bassist Lorin Cohen, and drummer Samvel Sarkisyan, with vocalist Paul Jost on April 27 and 28 and guitarist Adam Rogers on April 27 and guitaristJonathan Kreisberg on April 28.
Cover: Thurs, Fri $40 / Sat $45 / Sun $35
Student: $20

April 30 | 7:30pm & 9:30pm

The Temple University Jazz Band – an exemplary student group led by Grammy Award-winning trumpeter Terell Stafford—returns to Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola. Tonight’s performance, featuring iconic vocalist and entertainer Ann Hampton Callaway, will be a special display of up-and-coming talent under the leadership of extraordinarily experienced players. Stafford’s band credits include McCoy Tyner, Benny Golson, Jimmy Heath, and the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, and his experience as an educator is equally extensive. The Temple University Jazz Band has shared the stage with such legends as Dizzy Gillespie, Max Roach, Benny Golson, Dr. Billy Taylor, and Wynton Marsalis, and Ann Hampton Callaway now adds her own legend to the band’s ongoing history.
Cover: $40
Student: $25

Doors open at 11:15pm every Tuesday through Saturday for the Late Night Sessions featuring some of the most talented up and coming jazz artists, with jam sessions on Thursdays and Saturdays hosted by Julian Lee.

Tuesday-Saturday, April 3-7     

Tuesday-Saturday, April 10-14

Tuesday-Saturday, April 17-21 (no LNS 4/18)
LATE NIGHT SESSION: Evan Sherman (4/17)
LATE NIGHT SESSION: Evan Sherman Big Band (4/19, 4/20)
LATE NIGHT DANCE SESSION: Evan Sherman Big Band (4/21)

Tuesday-Saturday, April 24-31
LATE NIGHT SESSION: Noah Halpern: Booker Little Project (no LNS 4/25)

Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, 5th floor, Frederick P. Rose Hall, Home of Jazz at Lincoln Center, on Broadway at 60th Street, New York City.

Call 212-258-9595 or visit www.jazz.org/dizzys.
Dinner and drinks served nightly. Minimum of $10 applies to all.

General Admission: $20-$45 (unless noted otherwise).
Students: $5-$30 with valid student ID (selected sets only).
Late Night Session: $5-$20.

Headliner sets are 7:30pm, 9:30pm (unless noted otherwise).

Many of Jazz at Lincoln Center’s concerts stream live in high-definition audio and video for free to a global audience. The concerts will also be available on Livestream’s mobile and connected TV applications with real-time DVR, chat, photos and other materials available to fans worldwide at www.jazz.org/live

For more information about Jazz at Lincoln Center’s 30th anniversary season, go to jazz.org.

Additional information may be found at jazz.org |
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YouTube: youtube.com/jalc | Livestream: jazz.org/live

Jazz at Lincoln Center proudly acknowledges
its major corporate partners:
Bloomberg, Brooks Brothers, Centene Charitable Foundation, The Coca-Cola Company, Con Edison, Entergy, SiriusXM, Steinway & Sons, The Shops at Columbus Circle at Time Warner Center, and United Airlines.


Press Inquiries:
Rebecca Kim
Assistant Director of Public Relations
Jazz at Lincoln Center