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Monday, December 10th, 2018

Dizzy’s Club January 2019 Lineup Announced

New York, NY (December 10, 2018) – Dizzy’s Club kicks off the new year with a stellar lineup showcasing the next generation of jazz stars as well as the music’s most respected artists. Featured performers for the month include trumpeter/vocalist Jumaane Smith (January 3) sharing reimagined renditions of classics by Louis Armstrong, Louis Prima, and Louis Jordan; alto saxophonist Patrick Bartley (January 4) celebrating the music of Cannonball Adderley; Christian Sands (January 5–6) presenting two original programs, first with the Christian Sands Quartet and then with the High Wire Trio showcasing the music of Erroll Garner; Ben Paterson, Rina Yamazaki, and Isaiah J. Thompson (January 14)–the winners of the 2018 Ellis Marsalis International Jazz Piano Competition; the Oberlin Sonny Rollins Jazz Ensemble with guest pianist Sullivan Fortner (January 16); vocalist Tatiana Eva-Marie (January 22) celebrating the iconic Django Reinhardt and his brand of hot jazz; and Shenel Johns (January 30) honoring American icons Dianne Reeves, Diana Ross, and Dinah Shore, conducted and arranged by David Gibson for  17-piece orchestra.

In addition, Jazz at Lincoln Center welcomes two artists making their Dizzy’s Club debuts – Brazilian pianist and composer André Mehmari with the André Mehmari Trio with special guest Rogerio Boccato (January 15), and Washington, D.C.-based vocalist Sharón Clark with the Sharón Clark Quartet (January 23). 

Dizzy’s Club 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 JANUARY 2019 LINEUP:

DIZZY’S CLUB IS CLOSED FOR NEW YEAR’S DAY
January 1

QUEEN ESTHER SINGS BILLIE HOLIDAY: THE LOST CLASSICS
January 2 | 7:30pm & 9:30pm

After making her Jazz at Lincoln Center debut during the 2016 Hot Jazz Festival, vocalist Queen Esther returns for her first time as a headliner at Dizzy’s Club. Known for her wild versatility and originality, Queen Esther approaches each of her projects with a fresh new perspective. She’s received serious acclaim for her unique reinterpretations of Billie Holiday, and tonight she will present Billie Holiday: The Lost Classics. With numbers carefully selected from Queen Esther’s original musical, The Billie Holiday Project, the program spans Billie Holiday’s entire career, providing insight into Lady Day’s body of work as well as her personal life. Guitarist Jeff McLaughlin, pianist Sharp Radway, bassist Hilliard Greene, and drummer Darrell Green will join Queen Esther for her Dizzy’s Club debut.
Cover: $35
Student: $20

JUMAANE SMITH PRESENTS LOUIS! LOUIS! LOUIS!
January 3 | 7:30pm & 9:30pm

He’s only 30 years old, but trumpeter Jumaane Smith has already performed at The White House for two sitting presidents; recorded and toured the world with Michael Bublé; worked with the likes of Stevie Wonder, Quincy Jones, Alicia Keys, and Wynton Marsalis; and recorded on albums that have won five Grammy Awards and sold more than 40 million copies. This Essentially Ellington and Juilliard Jazz alumnus’ career is just getting started, and tonight he returns for another headlining performance at Dizzy’s Club, joined by bassist Neal Caine, guitarist Cosimo Fabrizio, drummer Jerome Jennings, vocalist Shenel Johns, pianist Dan Kaufman, trombonist Dion Tucker, and tenor saxophonist Jerry Weldon. Through reimagined renditions of classics by Louis Armstrong, Louis Prima, and Louis Jordan, plus new original music composed exclusively for tonight’s program, Louis! Louis! Louis! is a swinging celebration of the origins of jump blues and jazz.
Cover: $40
Student: $20

PATRICK BARTLEY: THE MIGHTY CANNONBALL ADDERLEY
January 4 | 7:30pm & 9:30pm

Rising star saxophonist Patrick Bartley is still in his early 20s, but he’s already a favorite here at Jazz at Lincoln Center and a first-call player with all sorts of veteran bandleaders, including The Late Show with Stephen Colbert’s Jon Batiste and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Steve Miller. He brings every concert to the next level, from Brianna Thomas’ Ella Sang the Blues and Steve Miller’s annual blues concerts, to his own The Timeless John Coltrane. Tonight he will treat audiences to a celebration of another legendary saxophonist in The Mighty Cannonball Adderley, an outstanding show originally presented as a Late Night Session and at the Caramoor Jazz Festival. In addition to leading essential groups of his own, Cannonball Adderley was best known for his work with Miles Davis, having recorded on Davis’ landmark albums Milestones and Kind of Blue. For one night only at Dizzy’s Club, Bartley will bring this music to life with authenticity and a hint of modern flair, leading a group of the next generation of jazz stars – Bruce Harris on trumpet, Julian Lee on tenor saxophone/flute, Chris Pattishall on piano, Alexander Claffy on bass, and Kyle Poole on drums.
Cover: $40
Student: $25

CHRISTIAN SANDS QUARTET
January 5 | 7:30pm & 9:30pm

Wynton Marsalis once called pianist Christian Sands a “jazz star of the future,” and that future has arrived. The 29-year-old pianist and composer has five Grammy Award nominations, years of experience in bands led by masters like Christian McBride, and several outstanding albums under his name. Tonight he returns to Dizzy’s with his band – guitarist Caio Afiune, drummer Jerome Jennings, and bassist Yasushi Nakamura –  to play music from latest album, Facing Dragons, which DownBeat calls “a promise that tomorrow’s jazz is in good hands.” Like his previous releases, the record showcases Sands’ broad stylistic range, technical prowess, and mature musical instincts. Sands gave Dizzy’s audiences a tantalizing preview of this material during his most recent concerts here, and we are excited to dig in deeper now that the record is finally complete. Expect a diverse set performed by one of jazz’s most versatile and respected young pianists.
Cover: $45
Student: $25

HIGH WIRE TRIO FEATURING CHRISTIAN SANDS
CELEBRATING ERROLL GARNER
January 6 | 7:30pm & 9:30pm

Wynton Marsalis once called pianist Christian Sands a “jazz star of the future,” and that future has arrived. The 29-year-old pianist and composer has five Grammy Award nominations, years of experience in bands led by masters like Christian McBride, and several outstanding albums under his name. Sands was recently named Creative Ambassador and Co-Producer of the Erroll Garner Jazz Project, which returns to Dizzy’s Club tonight for a special performance. Featuring bassist Luques Curtis and drummer Terreon Gulleythis ongoing project helps to illuminate Garner’s indelible cultural legacy and bring his music to a new generation of fans. It’s an exciting tribute project that ties together generations of top-notch jazz piano.
Cover: $30
Student: $20

CLOSED FOR A PRIVATE EVENT
January 7 | 7:30pm

MICHELA MARINO LERMAN’S LOVE MOVEMENT
January 7 | 9:30pm

Michela Marino Lerman is one of the city’s foremost tap dancers and a young star of the ever-evolving artform. She studied with the likes of Gregory Hines and Buster Brown, and now the city’s dancers and jazz musicians look to her for inspiration. For this single-set performance, she’s joined by a group of our favorite young jazz players who all regularly perform in—and even headline—our larger venues. Nothing compares to the energy of when this tight-knit musical family all comes together for a show led by one of their own. Come to Dizzy’s Club for an up-close look at Lerman’s exhilarating tap dancing as she welcomes vocalist Vuyo Sotashe, saxophonists Ruben Fox and Julian Lee, guitarist Gabe Schnider, pianist Mathis Picard, bassist Russell Hall, and drummer Kyle Poole to our most intimate performance space.
Cover: $30
Student: $15

TBD
January 8 | 7:30pm & 9:30pm

CORCORAN HOLT QUINTET
January 9 | 7:30pm & 9:30pm
Corcoron Holt
is a rising star bassist and percussionist who has performed with a long list of greats and released his debut album this past year. At Dizzy’s Club he recently appeared in the bands of Tia Fuller, Josh Evans, Wycliffe Gordon, Bria Skonberg, Kenny Garrett, and Russell Gunn with NEA Jazz Master Jimmy Cobb. Such elite company speaks volumes of the caliber of Holt’s musicianship, and we’re excited to bring back his superb working quintet, featuring jazz mainstays Stacy Dillard, Josh Evans, Benito Gonzalez, and McClenty Hunter. The Corcoran Holt Quintet is here for one night only, so make sure to stop by for some high-quality New York jazz.
Cover: $35
Student: $20

RALPH PETERSON’S AGGREGATE PRIME
January 10 | 7:30pm & 9:30pm

Powerhouse drummer Ralph Peterson was the last drummer selected for Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, and he has since worked with dozens of top jazz musicians throughout his consistently excellent career. Aggregate Prime is his exciting new group featuring some of the finest musicians in contemporary music: Mark Whitfield, Kenny Davis, Gary Thomas, and Davis Whitfield. Each band member has contributed new compositions and arrangements for this project (as has recent member Vijay Iyer), resulting in a mixed repertoire of fast-burning swing numbers and odd-metered surprises designed to challenge the musicians and reward listeners. The musicians are all longtime cohorts, and this music expertly showcases their joint experience.
Cover: $40
Student $25

HAMILTON DE HOLANDA AND FRIENDS
January 11 | 7:30pm & 9:30pm

Widely considered the top instrumentalist in Brazil (or in the U.S., the “Jimi Hendrix of bandolim”), Latin Grammy Award nominee Hamilton de Holanda has spent a career reinventing his instrument of choice, the 10-string bandolin. By masterfully interweaving choro, jazz, samba, and much more, de Holanda synthesizes traditional styles into an open framework that highlights his virtuosic abilities. He leaves audiences stunned at every performance, so don’t miss his anticipated return to our smallest venue.
Cover: $40
Student: $25

IGOR BUTMAN AND THE MOSCOW JAZZ ORCHESTRA
January 12–13 | 7:30pm & 9:30pm

Described by DownBeat magazine as "an outfit of virtuosos," the 16-piece Moscow Jazz Orchestra is led by Russia’s most popular and esteemed jazzman, saxophonist Igor Butman. Butman is a firm proponent of cross-border and cross-genre collaborations with top artists, including Wynton Marsalis, Mike Stern, and Bill Evans. He has also successfully collaborated with the Grammy Award–winning conductor, violinist, and violist Yuri Bashmet’s Moscow Soloists chamber orchestra. The Moscow Jazz Orchestra’s intensive schedule includes regular tours in the United States and prestigious jazz festivals in Europe and Asia.
Cover: Sat $45 / Sun $35
Student: $25

ELLIS MARSALIS PRESENTS: BEN PATERSON, RINA YAMAZAKI, & ISAIAH J. THOMPSON -
THE WINNERS OF THE 2018 ELLIS MARSALIS INTERNATIONAL JAZZ PIANO COMPETITION
January 14 | 7:30pm & 9:30pm

The Ellis Marsalis international Jazz Piano Competition is designed to be one of the most comprehensive and challenging jazz piano competitions in the world. The competition tests and evaluates each competitor against well-established traits that differentiate good piano players from those destined for greatness. Tonight’s showcase features the top three winners of the 2018 competition: Ben Paterson, Rina Yamazaki, and a brilliant musician whom Jazz at Lincoln Center regulars will surely recognize: Isaiah J. Thompson. These musicians represent the best in modern jazz piano playing, each of them an emerging artist without major or independent recording recognition, so it’s essential to catch them in concert. NEA Jazz Master Ellis Marsalis has been instrumental in launching the careers not only of his sons Wynton, Branford, Jason, and Delfeayo, but also of stars like Harry Connick Jr., Brian Blade, Nicholas Payton, Donald Harrison, Terrence Blanchard, Neal Cline, and many more. Hear the next generation of star pianists right here at Dizzy’s tonight.
Cover: $35
Student: $25

ANDRÉ MEHMARI TRIO WITH SPECIAL GUEST ROGERIO BOCCATO
January 15 | 7:30pm & 9:30pm

Making his first-ever appearance at Jazz at Lincoln Center is pianist and composer André Mehmari, one of Brazil’s most exciting and prolific musicians. Through his mastery of Popular Brazilian Music (“MBP”), jazz, and European classical music, Mehmari possesses a uniquely captivating musical voice that fans of any of these genres will love. Though he has dazzled U.S. audiences on occasion, primarily in a major festival appearance, this is an extremely rare opportunity to see him in the U.S. Mehmari’s guest tonight will be Brazilian percussionist Rogerio Boccato, well known for his work not only with top Brazilian artists, but with such jazz musicians as Maria Schneider, John Patitucci, Fred Hersch, Brian Blade, Danilo Pérez, Jimmy Greene, Billy Childs, and more.
Cover: $30
Student: $20

THE OBERLIN SONNY ROLLINS JAZZ ENSEMBLE
WITH GUEST PIANIST SULLIVAN FORTNER, 2008 OBERLIN CONSERVATORY ALUMNUS
January 16 | 7:30pm & 9:30pm

The Oberlin Conservatory Jazz Department celebrates 25 years in 2019. This year also sees the debut of the Oberlin Sonny Rollins Jazz Ensemble. Membership in “The Sonny Ensemble” is awarded through audition to outstanding Oberlin student musicians who, in the tradition of Rollins himself, exhibit exemplary commitment to serving humanity. Tonight’s performance will be the band’s New York debut, featuring original works and arrangements by members of the band. Oberlin alumnus Sullivan Fortner— one of our favorite young musicians and a regular headliner here at Jazz at Lincoln Center—joins as special guest pianist, reminding us of the incredible promise of this next wave of hardworking jazz musicians.
Cover: $35
Student: $20

ROMERO LUBAMBO & RAFAEL PICCOLOTTO DE LIMA CHAMBER ORCHESTRA PROJECT
January 17–20 | 7:30pm & 9:30pm
Romero Lubambo
is a Brazilian guitar virtuoso and one-third of the unstoppable Trio da Paz—a group that sells out Dizzy’s Club every summer for two weeks straight—and a longtime member of Dianne Reeves’s band. Tonight he joins the Rafael Piccolotto de Lima Chamber Project, an elite 12-piece orchestra that “explores the musical possibilities between jazz, classical, and Brazilian music.” The group’s unusual instrumentation—a string section, a jazz wind section, and a Brazilian rhythm section—allows the award-winning composer and conductor to present a truly unique musical soundscape. Tonight’s repertoire is a real crowd-pleaser, featuring works by Antônio Carlos Jobim, Pixinguinha, João Bosco, and Romero’s own acclaimed originals.
Cover: Thurs, Fri $40 / Sat $45 / Sun $35
Student: $20

JAZZ AT LINCOLN CENTER YOUTH ORCHESTRA
January 21 | 7:30pm & 9:30pm

The Jazz at Lincoln Center Youth Orchestra (JLCYO) consists of 20 exceedingly talented and dedicated high school students in the tri-state area (NY, NJ, and CT). Members have the opportunity to enhance their musical education with the finest professional training and performance opportunities. The JLCYO rehearses weekly in Frederick P. Rose Hall, the state-of-the-art home of Jazz at Lincoln Center. During these rehearsals, students learn big band repertoire and performance techniques from JLCYO Directors Ted Nash and Tatum Greenblatt, as well as members of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Managing and Artistic Director, Wynton Marsalis. Join us to support young musicians and hear some of the most dedicated up-and-comers in jazz.
Cover: $35
Student: $20

TATIANA EVA-MARIE: DJANGO BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION
January 22 | 7:30pm & 9:30pm

Tatiana Eva-Marie, recently acclaimed as a "rising jazz vocalist" by Vanity Fair and "one of the best  young singers around" by the Wall Street Journal, leads the Avalon Jazz Band—worldwide ambassadors of Parisian-style hot and Gypsy jazz reminiscent of Django & Grappelli's Hot Club De France. The Avalon Jazz Band continues the tradition with new compositions, original arrangements, and a fresh take on classic jazz repertoire, exploring the intermingling of American swing and Eastern European influences through the essential French je ne sais quoi. Tonight’s performance is a birthday celebration of the iconic Django Reinhardt and his utterly irresistible brand of hot jazz.
Cover: $35
Student: $20

SHARÓN CLARK QUARTET
TAKE TWO: FROM PORTER TO HENDRIX AND BEYOND
January 23 | 7:30pm & 9:30pm

Vocalist Sharón Clark has spent a decade spreading the gospel of American jazz across the globe, making her mark on the New York scene by bringing a whole new repertoire into the tradition. Clark will showcase her full range in her Dizzy’s Club debut performance, re-imagining songs from such divergent sources as Irving Berlin, the Bee Gees, Cole Porter, and Jimi Hendrix. Far beyond typical covers or tributes, her treatment of this popular material is a true reinvention, the likes of which you won’t hear anywhere else. Clark has performed as a featured soloist with the Duke Ellington Orchestra, Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra, the Richmond Symphony, and the Baltimore Symphony, and she won first place in the Billie Holiday Vocal Competition and the Savannah Music Festival’s American Traditions Competition. Tonight, we welcome her to our intimate jazz club with music direction by her longtime pianist and music director Chris Grasso, along with bassist Zack Pride and drummer Lenny Robinson. Live and in concert is the only way to fully experience the might of Clark’s instrument, and to do so in such a small venue is an opportunity not to be missed.
Cover: $35
Student: $20

THE COOKERS
January 24–27 | 7:30pm & 9:30pm

Jazz veterans, colleagues, and kindred spirits Billy Harper, Eddie Henderson, George Cables, Cecil McBee, Billy Hart, and David Weiss forge a world-class union. Taking their group name from a 1965 Freddie Hubbard album, The Night of the Cookers: Live at Club La Marchal, this exciting all-star sextet summons an aggressive mid-1960s spirit. Their repertoire includes a potent collection of expansive post-bop originals, marked by the requisite killer instincts and pyrotechnic playing expected of the scene’s heaviest hitters. Trumpeter and bandleader Weiss says of the group: “They came up at a time when this music was at its most vital and exciting and was part of something epic and historic, yet they are still going strong, playing with the same freedom, passion, and intensity that encompassed this great music." The depth and power of their music speaks of the seasoned track record of its members, who, combined, have over 250 years of experience in the jazz world and have been a part of over 1,000 recordings.
Cover: Thurs, Fri $40 / Sat $45 / Sun $35
Student: $20

MONDAY NIGHTS WITH WBGO: VALERY PONOMAREV JAZZ BIG BAND
OUR FATHER WHO ART BLAKEY
January 28 | 7:30pm & 9:30pm

World-renowned Russian trumpeter Valery Ponomarev leads Our Father Who Art Blakey, a big band tribute to his own former bandleader, Art Blakey. Blakey was best known for his ability to find and hone the sharpest young talent in jazz, from Lee Morgan to Wynton Marsalis, and Ponomarev, who held the trumpet spot right before Marsalis, is no exception. He now leads his own band in the same spirit, highlighting some of the most talented young jazz musicians. Join us at the club for some expertly arranged hard bop, featuring an entire big band of supreme instrumentalists.
Cover: $35
Student: $20

WBGO is proud to partner once again with Dizzy’s Club on Monday Nights with WBGO. The series features talented new artists as well as groups from some of the areas great college jazz programs. Each performance is hosted by WBGO announcer Rhonda Hamilton.

ANDY MILNE & UNISON FEATURING LA TANYA HALL
January 29 | 7:30pm & 9:30pm

Pianist and composer Andy Milne is known for his boundless versatility across genres and artistic mediums. He has led a series of highly distinctive groups and worked with artists including Fred Hersch, Ravi Coltrane, Dianne Reeves, Bruce Cockburn, and Steve Coleman. With his latest group, Unity, Milne returns to his “first love”—the classic piano trio format. Vocalist La Tanya Hall will take the stage alongside regular band members John Hébert and Clarence Penn for this performance, adding another soulful dimension to the tried-and-true beauty of the piano trio.
Cover: $30
Student: $20

SHENEL JOHNS SINGS DIANNE REEVES, DIANA ROSS, AND DINAH SHORE
CONDUCTED AND ARRANGED BY DAVID GIBSON FOR 17-PIECE ORCHESTRA
January 30 | 7:30pm & 9:30pm

With support from David Gibson’s 17-piece orchestra, powerhouse vocalist Shenel Johns honors three American music icons: Dianne Reeves, Diana Ross, and Dinah Shore. A commanding vocalist in any setting, Johns is a long-time favorite at Dizzy’s Club who has come up through our spirited Late Night Sessions. Tonight will be her first time headlining a full evening at Dizzy’s, and it’s a program that perfectly suits her range across jazz, R&B, gospel, and Great American Songbook traditions. She’s one of the finest young vocalists on the scene, and this concert is a chance to hear her celebrate the music of three beloved divas.
Cover: $35
Student: $20

SONGS OF FREEDOM WITH MUSIC DIRECTION BY ULYSSES OWENS, JR. FEATURING RENÉ MARIE, THEO BLECKMANN, & ALICIA OLATUJA
January 31–February 3 | 7:30pm & 9:30pm

Grammy Award–winning drummer Ulysses Owens, Jr. revamps an extraordinary show originally premiered to sold-out audiences in The Appel Room. Initially developed by Jazz at Lincoln Center, Songs of Freedom has since become a critically acclaimed album and nationally touring project. The powerful program explores the 1960s’ quest for freedom and civil rights through the work of three prolific and uncompromising artists: Joni Mitchel, Abbey Lincoln, and Nina Simone. Each of these indelible musicians expressed freedom in her own way; Mitchell sang about the freedom of love, Lincoln’s lyrics expressed the freedom of her individuality and race, and Simone demanded freedom through political song. Three singular voices of contemporary music will help Owens explore the depth of those legacies: the thoughtfully eclectic Theo Bleckmann, who exemplifies the notion of “voice as instrument;” Brooklyn’s own internationally rising star Alicia Olatuja, known for navigating jazz traditions with a taste of gospel and R&B; and René Marie. Experience the full power of Songs of Freedom in the unmatched intimacy of Dizzy’s Club.
Cover: Thurs, Fri $40 / Sat $45 / Sun $30
Student: $25

JANUARY 2019 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.

Wednesday-Saturday, January 2–5 (Dizzy’s Club is closed for New Year’s Day, January 1)
LATE NIGHT SESSION: Mariel Bildsten

Tuesday, January 8
LATE NIGHT SESSION: TBD

Wednesday-Saturday, January 9–12
LATE NIGHT SESSION: Marty Jaffe

Tuesday-Wednesday, January 15–16
LATE NIGHT SESSION: Jason Curry

Thursday-Saturday, January 17–19
LATE NIGHT SESSION: Nate Sparks Big Band

LATE NIGHT DANCE SESSION: Nate Sparks Big Band (1/19)

Tuesday-Saturday, January 22–26  
LATE NIGHT SESSION: Immanuel Wilkins

Tuesday-Saturday, January 29–February 2
LATE NIGHT SESSION: Curtis Nowosad

WHERE:
Dizzy’s Club, 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 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 jazz.org/live

Additional information may be found at jazz.org |
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Bloomberg Philanthropies, Brooks Brothers, The Coca-Cola Company, Con Edison, Entergy,
SiriusXM, Steinway & Sons, and United Airlines.

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rkim@jazz.org
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