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Wednesday, October 31st, 2018

Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola's December 2018 Lineup Announced

New York, NY (October 31, 2018) – Jazz at Lincoln Center fills its halls with the sounds of the holidays every December. In addition to the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra’s decades-long Big Band Holidays tradition in Rose Theater, Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola’s holiday lineup will include Riley’s Red Hot Holidays (December 13), Barry Harris Trio (December 21–24), and Carlos Henriquez Octet (December 26–31 ); after ringing in 2018 with sold-out sets, Henriquez and his group return to usher in 2019 with special New Year’s Eve  sets, complete with a prix fixe menu and party favors.

Additional highlights include Alexis Cuadrado Presents Shoes (December 5), as Cuadrado plays the original film score alongside the projection of the 1916 silent film, Shoes; Once in a Lifetime: Obba Babatundé and Friends (December 6); and Dick Hyman: Standards & Strides (December 17–18).

Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola is located in Frederick P. Rose Hall, home of Jazz at Lincoln Center, on Broadway at 60th Street, New York City. Additional information and the full lineup is available at jazz.org/dizzys.

 

DIZZY’S CLUB COCA-COLA DECEMBER 2018 LINEUP:

MARY STALLINGS WITH THE EMMET COHEN TRIO
December 1–2   | 7:30pm & 9:30pm

Hailed as “perhaps the best jazz singer singing today” by The New York Times, Mary Stallings is one of jazz’s most accomplished vocalists. Over the course of a nearly 60-year career, she has worked with the likes of Dizzy Gillespie, Count Basie, Harry “Sweets” Edison, Geri Allen, and more. We’ve been honored to present her at Jazz at Lincoln Center on a few special occasions before; Don’t Look Back, her album recorded live right here at Dizzy’s Club, was described as “mature, modern jazz singing for lovers and those looking for love, by a vocal artist great enough to help you find and keep it.” (New York Daily News) Tonight, Stallings will perform with the Emmet Cohen Trio, comprised of three of jazz’s biggest rising stars and emerging leaders: pianist Emmet Cohen, drummer Kyle Poole, and bassist Russell Hall.
Cover: Sat $45 / Sun $30
Student: $25

MANHATTAN SCHOOL OF MUSIC AFRO-CUBAN JAZZ ORCHESTRA WITH SPECIAL GUEST PAQUITO D’RIVERA
December 3 | 7:30pm & 9:30pm

The Manhattan School of Music has long been a fixture of the New York music scene and was one of the first United States conservatories to acknowledge the prime importance of jazz as an art form. The Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra, led by multi-GRAMMY® Award nominee Bobby Sanabria, boasts two separate Latin GRAMMY® Award nominations, an exceptional accomplishment for a student ensemble. Every time they come to Dizzy’s it’s a wild new experience; their most recent performances featured innovative Latin jazz makeovers of West Side Story and classic cartoon and television music. Tonight’s concert features a very special guest performer: 14-time GRAMMY® Award winner Paquito D’Rivera. Not only is he one of the world’s foremost saxophone and clarinet virtuosos, D'Rivera is also a composer whose contributions to classical music and Latin jazz have earned him a Carnegie Hall Lifetime Achievement Award and the status of NEA Jazz Master. D’Rivera regularly sells out top concert halls in New York City, but he also knows how to work crowds into a frenzy with deceptive ease in club settings. Come check out the next generation of stars playing alongside one of the all-time greats.
Cover: $40
Student: $25

NEW YORK YOUTH SYMPHONY JAZZ: TENOR TITANS WITH ROXY COSS
December 4 | 7:30pm & 9:30pm

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. While celebrating the heritage of jazz, the group also values a progressive, emerging new sound. Tonight, the NYYS Jazz Band will present Tenor Titans with rising star saxophonist and multi-instrumentalist Roxy Coss, a formidable performer, composer, and bandleader whose latest record received a 4.5 star review in DownBeat. The program will feature the world premiere of Zachary Rich’s Old News, commissioned by First Music. Enjoy this latest addition to a lineage of great big band jazz music championed by this gifted young band.
Cover: $35
Student: $25

ALEXIS CUADRADO PRESENTS SHOES
December 5 | 7:30pm & 9:30pm
Barcelona-born bassist Alexis Cuadrado is one of the most sought after musicians in New York. Though he has long been a distinguished sideman, Cuadrado’s output as a composer has also been significant in recent years, showcasing a distinctive voice that combines improvisation with through-composed music that draws on jazz, experimental, and flamenco influences. Tonight’s performance will be the world premiere of Cuadrado’s ambitious new project, a live score to Lois Weber’s iconic 1916 silent film, Shoes. The music will be performed alongside a large display of the silent film, adding a powerful new dimension to a 102-year-old cinematic classic. Joining Cuadrado will be vocalist Kavita Shah, trumpeter Linda Briceño, cellist Amy Kang, pianist Luis Perdomo, vibraphonist Christos Rafalides, and drummer Shirazette Tinnin. 
Cover: $35
Student: $20

ONCE IN A LIFETIME: OBBA BABATUNDÉ AND FRIENDS
A CELEBRATION OF SAMMY DAVIS, JR. AND THE GREAT AMERICAN SONGBOOK
December 6 | 7:30pm & 9:30pm

Emmy and Tony Award winner Obba Babatundé transports us to a time when clubs were dominated by iconic jazz singers and the sounds of the Great American Songbook. As part of this special evening, Babatundé will celebrate the birthday of his personal friend and mentor, Sammy Davis, Jr. Babatundé won “Best Lead Male” at the 2010 NAACP Theatre Awards for his portrayal of Sammy Davis, Jr. in the musical Sammy, and he’s bringing that magic touch to this unique Once in a Lifetime program. With inside stories to share from his expansive career and surprise special guests, Babatundé will give audiences an unforgettable evening and demonstrate why he’s considered a master of entertainment.
Cover: $40
Student: $25

BEN ALLISON & THINK FREE
December 7–9 | 7:30pm & 9:30pm

Bassist Ben Allison is an adventurous and versatile composer known for his inspired arrangements, inventive grooves, and hummable melodies. Allison draws from jazz, rock, folk, 20th century classical, and various world music traditions, blending them into a cinematic, cohesive whole while also leaving plenty of room for spontaneous improvisation. His Think Free Quartet – with trumpeter Jeremy Pelt, guitarist Steve Cardenas, pianist Frank Kimbrough, and drummer Allan Mednard – focuses on melody, groove, and texture in equal measure, engaging in the kind of group interplay that has become one of Allison’s stylistic hallmarks. Each of their first three albums topped the jazz radio charts in the United States (often remaining in the top ten for months), and their latest, Layers of the City, has been met with overwhelming critical acclaim. Music fans looking for something totally unique yet readily accessible will find these sets particularly rewarding.
Cover: Fri $40 / Sat $45 / Sun $35
Student: $25

JUILLIARD JAZZ ENSEMBLES: THE MUSIC OF LENNIE TRISTANO AND CHARLIE PARKER
December 10 | 7:30pm & 9:30pm
The Juilliard School has been a destination for world-class music education since it was founded, and these incredible young musicians will exemplify that legacy in this performance. The Juilliard School Jazz Ensemble features some of the world’s most talented emerging jazz artists, many of whom are already professional musicians. No stranger to Dizzy’s Club, the ensemble has also performed at noted venues such as the Blue Note and Alice Tully Hall. These gifted young musicians are proof of jazz’s bright future. Tonight they will dig into the seminal songbooks of jazz legends Lennie Tristano and Charlie Parker, two of the mid-20th century’s boldest musical minds.
Cover: $30
Student: $15

SULLIVAN FORTNER TRIO
December 11–12 | 7:30pm & 9:30pm

New Orleans’ Sullivan Fortner is one of the most promising young voices on piano. In 2015, the American Pianist Association named him its Cole Porter Fellow in Jazz, and he has worked extensively with Stefon Harris, Christian Scott, Roy Hargrove, John Scofield, members of the Marsalis family, and in duet with audience and critic favorite Cécile McLorin Salvant. Of Fortner and Salvant’s 2018 duet album, The Window, Variety says, “If there were such a thing as a Grammy for best jazz piano album, The Window should rightfully be up for that, too, because keyboardist Sullivan Fortner is an equal—and equally spectacular—partner through all 17 tracks, regardless of whether he gets cover billing.” Fortner is a regular on Jazz at Lincoln Center’s larger stages, and tonight’s performance will be his anticipated return to Dizzy’s Club as a bandleader, with bassist Ameen Saleem and drummer Jeremy “Bean” Clemons. This is top-notch piano jazz, and Fortner is an exceptional talent that any jazz fan should experience in person.
Cover: $35
Student: $20

RILEY’S RED HOT HOLIDAYS
December 13 | 7:30pm & 9:30pm

This swinging holiday show features a collective of New York’s finest rising stars. These musicians have all worked together extensively, their musicianship is impeccable, and their camaraderie and deep love for this music bring a real fire to the stage. Tonight’s music director is trumpeter Riley Mulherkar, who has directed several outstanding events at Jazz at Lincoln Center, including a Dizzy Gillespie career retrospective, a headlining performance by vocalist Dee Dee Bridgewater, some swinging Mardi Gras celebrations, and Diane Schuur’s November 2018 concerts in The Appel Room. Join us at Dizzy’s Club for one of the season’s most upbeat and sincere holiday celebrations.
Cover: $40
Student: $25

JOE FARNSWORTH QUARTET
December 14–16 | 7:30pm & 9:30pm

Joe Farnsworth is regarded as one of the top jazz drummers in the world, but as far as he is concerned, he is just getting started. Farnsworth is dedicated to the great tradition of jazz drumming as conceived by artists like Max Roach, Roy Haynes, Elvin Jones, Billy Higgins, and Arthur Taylor, with whom he studied. A true jazz mainstay, Farnsworth has left his indelible mark on more than 70 albums with such diverse musicians as Wynton Marsalis, Cedar Walton, McCoy Tyner, Pharoah Sanders, Horace Silver, Diana Krall, and Benny Golson. Tonight’s performance features Farnsworth’s regular group of elite musicians, a prestigious band including Harold Mabern, Gerald Cannon, and Eric Alexander.
Cover: Fri $40 / Sat $45 / Sun $30
Student: $20

DICK HYMAN: STANDARDS & STRIDES
December 17–18 | 7:30pm & 9:30pm
Dick Hyman
is a national treasure whose career includes a nearly encyclopedic output of more than 100 albums, ranging from original piano and orchestral works to interpretations of classic American music, ragtime, and variants of stride piano. Despite the physically demanding nature of his repertoire, the 91-year-old pianist is rumored to never miss a note—and though that in no way defines his art, the rumor’s mere existence speaks volumes of his technical mastery. Hyman’s December performances at Dizzy’s Club have become a beloved tradition in recent years, and these intimate solo shows are a perfect opportunity to see the master perform some of America’s greatest music up close and in person.
Cover: $40
Student: $25

JASON MARSALIS & THE 21ST CENTURY TRAD BAND
December 19–20 | 7:30pm & 9:30pm

NEA Jazz Master Jason Marsalis returns to Dizzy’s Club with the 21st Century Trad Band. Well known for his work as a drummer with artists like Marcus Roberts and the Marsalis Family, he has increasingly explored the vibraphone with virtuosity and creativity in recent years. With the 21st Century Trad Band, featuring Austin Johnson, Will Goble, and David Potter, Marsalis truly shines on the instrument. The group’s repertoire is fun, unpredictable, and widely appealing, offering a mix of straight-ahead jazz with a bit of funky New Orleans swagger.
Cover: Wed $35 / Thurs $40
Student: $25

BARRY HARRIS TRIO
December 21–23 | 7:30pm & 9:30pm
December 24 | 7pm only

89-year-old pianist Barry Harris is a living institution in jazz. An exemplary musician since the 1950s, he’s worked with the likes of Miles Davis, Max Roach, Coleman Hawkins, Dizzy Gillespie, Dexter Gordon, and Yusef Lateef. In addition to recording over 30 albums of his own across six decades, he has played on classic recordings like The Magnificent Thad Jones and Lee Morgan’s The Sidewinder. As vital as ever, Harris is an example of what makes New York City the jazz capital of the world; his live performances are widely celebrated yet down-to-earth affairs, and his weekly jazz workshops have made him an invaluable educational resource for musicians.
Cover: Fri, Sat $45 / Sun $40 / Mon $50
Student: $25

DIZZY’S CLUB COCA-COLA CLOSED FOR CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY
December 25

CARLOS HENRIQUEZ OCTET
December 26–30 | 7:30pm & 9:30pm
Carlos Henriquez
is the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra’s bassist and “an emerging master in the Latin jazz idiom.” (DownBeat) This week at Dizzy’s, Henriquez and his all-star octet will ring in the New Year with a series of energetic concerts. Hailing from the Bronx, Henriquez is a rare virtuoso in both jazz and Afro-Cuban traditions and a vital voice in the infectious cultural fusion of Latin jazz. He has performed with greats like Tito Puente, Eddie Palmieri, and Celia Cruz since the age of 14, and he is a fan favorite both with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and as the leader of his own small groups. Henriquez regularly headlines concerts in The Appel Room and music directs shows in Rose Theater (including Rubén Blades’ historic performances with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra), so these shows at Dizzy’s are an exciting opportunity to experience his talents from right up close.
Cover: Wed, Thurs, Fri $45 / Sat $55 / Sun $45

CARLOS HENRIQUEZ OCTET WITH SPECIAL GUEST TBD
December 31 | 7:30pm & 11:00pm

Cover: TBD


DECEMBER 2018 LATE NIGHT SESSIONS LINEUP:
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, December 4–8
LATE NIGHT SESSION: Alexander Claffy Trio

Tuesday-Saturday, December 11–15
LATE NIGHT SESSION: Alphonso Horne
LATE NIGHT DANCE SESSION: Alphonso Horne (12/15)

Tuesday-Saturday, December 18–22  
LATE NIGHT SESSION: Isaiah J. Thompson

Wednesday-Saturday, December 26–29
LATE NIGHT SESSION: Russell Hall

 

WHERE:
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.

HOW:
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.

WHEN:
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

 

Additional information may be found at jazz.org |
Facebook: facebook.com/dizzysclubcocacola | Twitter: @jazzdotorg | Instagram: @jazzdotorg |
YouTube: youtube.com/jalc | Livestream: jazz.org/live
 

Jazz at Lincoln Center proudly acknowledges
its major corporate partners:
Bloomberg Philanthropies, Brooks Brothers, The Coca-Cola Company, Con Edison, Entergy,
SiriusXM, Steinway & Sons, and United Airlines.

 

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Press Inquiries:
Rebecca Kim
Assistant Director, Public Relations & External Communications
Jazz at Lincoln Center
rkim@jazz.org
212-258-9807