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Wednesday, March 20th, 2019

Dizzy's Club May 2019 Lineup Announced

New York, NY (March 20, 2019)– Performances at Dizzy’s Club in May showcase the burgeoning talent of up-and-coming artists as well as exemplary jazz veterans — young, New Orleans-bred trombonist and vocalist Jeffery Miller (May 28) makes his Jazz at Lincoln Center headlining debut, while tenor saxophone master Houston Person (May 3—4) leads his own group in Jazz at Lincoln Center’s most intimate venue; he has performed in both The Appel Room and Dizzy’s Club to sold-out audiences. Additional highlights include JLCO trombonist Chris Crenshaw and trumpeter Marcus Printup’s performance with the Georgia Horns sextet (May 31–June 2); master of jazz guitar fundamentals Bruce Forman’s return to New York City featuring bassist Rufus Reid and drummer Matt Wilson (May 2); Grammy-nominated jazz pianist Bill Charlap with his trio featuring bassist Peter Washington and drummer Kenny Washington (May 14—19; May 21—26); and vocalist Nicole Henry (May 29—30). Following a memorable run at Dizzy’s Club Late Night sessions, alto saxophonist and composer Alexa Tarantino returns to the club for her debut album release party with her quartet (May 28); joining her is pianist Christian Sands, bassist Joe Martin, and drummer Ulysses Owens, Jr. The Terraza Big Band (May 13), based at Terraza 7 in Queens, makes their way to Manhattan to celebrate their debut album at Dizzy’s.

May also marks the return of Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Essentially Ellington Competition & Festival, when budding young artists pay tribute to jazz legend Duke Ellington. Notable alumnae Noah Halpern, Anthony Hervey, Sam Chess, Roxy Coss, and Alexa Tarantino take the Dizzy’s stage for one night only (May 8), followed by Julliard Jazz Orchestra’s four-day musical celebration of Duke Ellington (May 9—12). Additionally, 18-year-old Matthew Whitaker,an Essentially Ellington alumnus and the youngest artist ever endorsed by Hammond for his skill on the Hammond B-3 organ, makes his Jazz at Lincoln Center headlining debut (May 27).

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.


May 1 | 7:30 p.m. & 9:30 p.m.
Pianist, organist, and composer Willerm Delisfort is a versatile musician and a go-to bandmate across jazz, gospel, R&B, hip hop, soul, and all sorts of fusions. In addition to leading the Willerm Delisfort Project, Delisfort’s stylistic breadth has led him to work with artists such as Fareed Haque, T-Pain, Lauryn Hill, Kirk Whalum, Louis Bellson, Lew Soloff, Calvin Newborne, Corey Wilkes, Curtis Fuller, Jimmy Heath, David Sanchez, Jennifer Holiday, George Freeman, Red Holloway, and many more. His band features a group of similarly openminded musicians: Alexa Barchini, Philip Dizack, Brent Birckhead, Luke Carlos O’Reilly, Jonathan Michel, Jonathan Barber, and Cedric Easton. They will perform new arrangements of modern standards and a vast array of original repertoire.
Cover: $30
Student: $20

May 2 | 7:30 p.m. & 9:30 p.m.
Dizzy’s Club recently presented guitarist Bruce Forman in his first New York City appearance in over 20 years, and now he returns to the Dizzy’s stage. Forman is a master of jazz guitar fundamentals who honed his skills with the likes of Ray Brown, Freddie Hubbard, and Joe Henderson before embarking on a decades-long career as a leader. He’s making his New York City return in perfect style, with a trio gig featuring two of the city’s top musicians, bassist Rufus Reid and drummer Matt Wilson.
Cover: $40
Student: $25

May 3—4 | 7:30 p.m. & 9:30 p.m.
Tenor saxophone master Houston Person is widely considered the “soul jazz” standard-bearer. Person’s prolificacy is astounding; on top of being a celebrated and active sideman, he has released more than 75 albums as a leader over the past five decades. Of his 2017 album, Rain or Shine, JazzTimes wrote that “It is the sensual, slightly sweaty, blues-based groove they used to call soul-jazz. It was central to the jazz art form (and to its commercial viability in the 1960s). When you hear an authentic voice of the genre like Person you remember how easy it is to like this music.” At Jazz at Lincoln Center he’s also recently performed in sold-out in The Appel Room, Dizzy’s Club, and in Ben Webster’s Ertegun Jazz Hall of Fame inauguration.
Cover: $45
Student: $25

May 5—6 | 7:30 p.m. & 9:30 p.m.
Akiko/Hamilton/Dechter is one of the best organ trios performing today. Organist Akiko Tsuruga has been a New York mainstay since her arrival in 2001, working with icons like Jimmy Cobb, Frank Hess, and Lou Donaldson and earning her own significant acclaim, radio play, and touring opportunities as a bandleader and composer. Jeff Hamilton is a regular favorite at Jazz at Lincoln Center, widely regarded as a master drummer who lights a spark under every group, including his own trios, his co-led Clayton Hamilton Orchestra, and the bands of artists such as Ray Brown, Ella Fitzgerald, Monty Alexander, and Diana Krall. Rounding out the group is guitarist Graham Dechter, who is making his name by proudly extending the lineage of essential guitarists like Wes Montgomery, Grant Green, and Herb Ellis.
Cover: $35
Student: $25

May 7 | 10:00 p.m.
Sax & Taps brings two top artists together for an unexpected musical journey full of rhythm, soul, humor, and improvisation. The show spotlights a thrilling musical connection between DeWitt Fleming, Jr. and Erica von Kleist as they perform repertoire spanning from the Jazz Age to today’s most popular songs. Tap dancer, actor, singer, and drummer DeWitt Fleming, Jr. is a top talent in jazz, Broadway, and on screen, having worked with jazz luminaries like Wynton Marsalis, Bobby McFerrin, and Wycliffe Gordon, appearing in Boardwalk Empire, Smash, and How to be Single, and performing frequently off-Broadway and in the current Riverdance tour. Saxophonist, flutist, and piccoloist Erica von Kleist is one of the most versatile multi-instrumentalists around, and she has toured and recorded with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, the Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra, Chris Potter, and Rufus Reid. Backed by a rhythm section, these two musical veterans offer audiences something brand new and hugely entertaining with Sax & Taps. The duo’s forthcoming debut record is eagerly anticipated by those in-the-know.
Cover: $35
Student $25

May 8 | 7:30 p.m. & 9:30 p.m.
The Essentially Ellington Alumni Band is a big band comprised of top alumni of Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Essentially Ellington program. It features some of the most outstanding young artists in the greater New York City area, from seasoned pros who have toured the world to current students at renowned schools like The Juilliard School and the Manhattan School of Music.
Cover: $35
Student: $25

May 9—12 | 7:30 p.m. & 9:30 p.m.
The Juilliard School has been a destination for world-class music education since its founding, and these incredible young musicians will exemplify that legacy at Dizzy’s. The Juilliard Jazz Orchestra features some of the world’s most talented emerging jazz artists, many of whom are already professional musicians, and they are taught by some of today’s most active, innovative, and respected jazz musicians. No stranger to Dizzy’s Club, which they regularly sell out, the Orchestra has also performed at noted venues such as the Blue Note and Alice Tully Hall.
Cover: Thurs $40 / Fri, Sat  $45 / Sun $40
Student: $30

May 13 | 7:30 p.m. & 9:30 p.m.
The Terraza Big Band is an 18-piece big band that plays an ever-expanding repertoire of jazz and Latin jazz. Normally based in Queens, the band is venturing into the heart of the city tonight to celebrate the release of its debut album, One Day Wonder. The record primarily features original works penned over the past four years by co-leaders Michael Thomas and Edward Perez, and the Terraza Big Band band— packed with many of the city’s finest musicians—is here to bring them to life on the Dizzy’s Club stage.
Cover: $35
Student: $25

 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.

May 14—19 | 7:30 p.m. & 9:30 p.m.
May 21—26 | 7:30 p.m. & 9:30 p.m.

One of the world’s premier jazz pianists, Bill Charlap has performed and recorded with modern masters ranging from Phil Woods and Wynton Marsalis to Tony Bennett and Barbra Streisand. Since 1997 he has led the Grammy Award–nominated Bill Charlap Trio with bassist Peter Washington and drummer Kenny Washington, long recognized as a leading group in jazz. Veterans of all the top jazz venues, including, this trio is exemplary for its jaw-dropping level of chemistry and on-the-fly interactivity, made possible by both technical chops and hard-earned experience.
Cover: Tue, Wed, Thurs $40 / Fri, Sat $45 / Sun $40
Student: $30


May 20 | 7:30 p.m. & 9:30 p.m.
The Berklee Global Jazz Institute (BGJI) is a program designed to foster creativity and musicianship through interconnected teaching and thinking, with the inimitable Danilo Pérez as its artistic director. The BGJI students produce original music and social projects in the pursuit of peace, intercultural dialogue, social change, and democracy. This specially selected group of young musicians travels and performs internationally, representing the core values and teachings of the BGJI. The current edition of the band will perform tonight with special guest saxophonist Melissa Aldana, a renowned bandleader and fierce soloist who’s in constant demand among today’s top musicians.
Cover: $35
Student: $25

May 27 | 7:30 p.m. & 9:30 p.m.
Teenage phenomenon Matthew Whitaker is a stunning talent on the piano and organ, and he brings an infectious air of positivity and joy with him to the stage. Recognized as a prodigy since he was a child, Whitaker won Amateur Night at the Apollo at age nine and became the youngest artist ever endorsed by Hammond for his skill on the Hammond B-3 organ. The following year, at age ten, he performed at Stevie Wonder’s induction to the Apollo Legends Hall of Fame. He has since toured the world and performed at hundreds of major events and jazz festivals, appeared on shows including The Today Show, Ellen, andCBS Sunday Morning, and he has won countless student and professional awards, including Outstanding Soloist at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Competition & Festival. This is his Jazz at Lincoln Center headlining debut.
Cover: $35
Student: $25


May 28 | 7:30 p.m.
Saxophonist and composer Alexa Tarantino brings a killer quartet, including pianist Christian Sands, bassist Joe Martin and drummer Ulysses Owens, Jr., to Dizzy’s Club for a one-set celebration of her debut album. Every member of the band is an accomplished leader and first-call sideman, and they come together with great enthusiasm to play Tarantino’s original compositions and modern takes on jazz classics. Following a memorable run at Dizzy’s Club Late Night Sessions, Tarantino’s group is back to the club for a proper album release party.
Cover: $35
Student: $25

May 28 | 9:30 p.m.
Young, New Orleans-bred trombonist and vocalist Jeffery Miller has been mentored by artists including Wyclffe Gordon, the Marsalis family (Ellis, Wynton, and Delfeayo), Reggie Young, Curtis Fuller, and Steve Turre, and he’s now making a major name for himself in music. In addition to high-profile projects like playing with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Delfeayo Marsalis’ Uptown Jazz Orchestra, the Wynton Marsalis Septet, and the Louisian Philharmonic Orchestra, Miller is also building his bandleading resume. This is his debut performance as a Jazz at Lincoln Center headliner.
Cover: $30
Student: $20

May 29—30 | 7:30 p.m. & 9:30 p.m.
Since her debut in 2004, Nicole Henry has established herself as one of the jazz world’s most acclaimed vocalists and has captivated audiences in over 15 countries. Her soulful voice and genuine charisma earned her a 2013 Soul Train Award for “Best Traditional Jazz Performance,” three top-10 U.S. Billboard and HMV Japan jazz albums, and rave reviews both domestically and internationally from The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Japan Times, El Pais, Essence, and more. Recent albums and performances have featured original arrangements of songs by artists including Percy Mayfield, Anthony Newly, Ramsey Lewis, George and Ira Gershwin, Aretha Franklin, Gladys Knight, Joni Mitchell, and more.
Cover: Wed $35 / Thurs $40
Student: $25

May 31—June 2 | 7:30 p.m. & 9:30 p.m.
The Georgia Horns is an enormously talented sextet made up of artists born and raised in Georgia. The group features two members of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra—trombonist Chris Crenshaw and trumpeter Marcus Printup—alongside saxophonist Stantawn Kendrick, pianist Kenny Banks, Jr., bassist Kevin Smith, and drummer Brandon McCrae.
Cover: Fri, Sat $45 / Sun $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.

Tuesday-Saturday, April 30—May 4

Tuesday-Saturday, May 7—11
LATE NIGHT SESSION:Nate Sparks Big Band (May 710)
LATE NIGHT DANCE SESSION:Nate Sparks Big Band(May 11)

Tuesday-Saturday, May 14—19

Tuesday-Saturday, May 21—25

Tuesday-Saturday, May 28—June 1

Dizzy’s Club, 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–$25 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.

Additional information may be found at jazz.org |
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Jazz at Lincoln Center proudly acknowledges its major corporate partners:
 Bloomberg Philanthropies, Brooks Brothers, The Coca-Cola Company, Con Edison, Entergy,
 SiriusXM, and Steinway & Sons.


Press Inquiries:
Anika Hossain
Public Relations & External Communications Assistant
Jazz at Lincoln Center