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December 21, 2017

Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola February 2018 Lineup Announced

Highlights include the return of the
Gotham Kings Mardi Gras Celebration;
a Valentine’s Day performance of Songs We Love featuring Vuyo Sotashe and Brianna Thomas; and four nights with the “Queen of Cabaret” Marilyn Maye

New York, NY
(December 21, 2017) —  

In Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola this February, the Gotham Kings will return for their annual Mardi Gras Celebration (February 13), followed by a night filled with Songs We Love featuring Vuyo Sotashe and Brianna Thomas (February 14). Marilyn Maye, also known as the “Queen of Cabaret,” will return to the intimate stage of Dizzy’s for four nights (February 15-18), after headlining four sets in The Appel Room earlier this season. Highlights the third week of February include artists paying tribute to jazz greats, such as Julian Bliss Septet: A Tribute to Benny Goodman (February 19); and A Love Supine: A Dixieland Love Supreme (February 20), a show influenced by Coltrane’s classic A Love Supreme, Eddie Condon, Boyce Brown, Pee Wee Russell, and Jelly Roll Morton, with compositions arranged by Allen Lowe.

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



February 1 | 7:30pm & 9:30pm

“Drummer Franklin Kiermyer is that rare jazzman – blessed with the ecstatic quality of his free-bop attack.” – Rolling Stone
Drummer Frank Kiermyer offers a sense of shared catharsis through music that is at once majestic, ferocious, and relatable. When music writers are tasked with describing Kiermyer, the words “ecstasy” and “ecstatic” appear almost predictably, but sometimes a word is just right. Kiermyer’s “Scatter The Atoms That Remain” quartet channels the kind of beautiful, disciplined intensity exemplified by late John Coltrane and explosive hard boppers like Billy Harper. This type of universal, non-denominational spirituality simply feels good.
Cover: $35
Students: $20

February 2–4 | 7:30pm & 9:30pm

Over the course of saxophonist Azar Lawrence’s career, he has performed with such groundbreaking icons as McCoy Tyner, Elvin Jones, Frank Zappa, Miles Davis, and Earth, Wind & Fire. With the Quintet performing tonight, Lawrence focuses on powerful original music composed by himself and several of his long-term bandmates. This is a rock-solid jazz unit whose group chemistry is hard-earned, and they sell out Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola when they’re in town. Check out his recent interview with Jazz at Lincoln Center about his time with McCoy Tyner!
Cover: Fri $40 / Sat $45 / Sun $30
Students: $20

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

“A voice that is to jazz what Adele’s is to pop:  rich, powerful, soul-baring!” – London Evening Standard
Polly Gibbons is a British vocalist with great love for American jazz, soul, blues, and gospel traditions. This soulful vocalist’s profile is quickly rising, as evidenced by her recent sold-out tour opening for George Benson and Gladys Knight, which included two nights at the Royal Albert Hall. She’ll be gracing Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola for a “New York moment,” so catch these intimate appearances while you can. Joining Gibbons is her regular band, an outstanding quintet that serves her well whether she’s swinging fast or belting the blues. Expect to hear a nice mix of originals—co-written with pianist James Pearson, her regular bandmate and the house pianist at the famed Ronnie Scott’s jazz club—and covers of hits by Aretha Franklin, Duke Ellington, Bill Cunliffe, Bessie Smith, and others.
Cover: $30
Students: $20

February 6 | 7:30pm & 9:30pm

“An eloquent dispatch from the heart of the contemporary piano trio tradition” – The New York Times
Adam Birnbaum is a classically trained pianist and a mainstay on the New York club scene. Though he’s performed some high-profile sideman gigs at Dizzy’s over the past few years, it’s a treat to have him back as a headliner, especially with this trio. Bassist Doug Weiss is a leading voice on his instrument and one of New York’s first-call players, and drummer Al Foster is a living legend and prolific bandleader who played with Miles Davis throughout the 1970s and 1980s. These guys have worked together as a unit for many years, and they have a polished group sound that provides a swinging foundation for tasteful and expressive improvisation.
Cover: $30
Students: $15

February 7 | 7:30pm & 9:30pm

A true one-of-a-kind, NEA Jazz Master Mose Allison was a pianist, singer, and sharp musical storyteller known for his incisive lyrics and smooth blend of jazz and Delta blues. Though widely respected in pure jazz and blues crowds, Allison’s wry songwriting was also immensely influential to decades of rock and folk artists; his songs have been recorded by The Yardbirds, John Mayall, The Clash, The Kinks, Diana Krall, Paul Butterfield, Bobbie Gentry, Elvis Costello, Bonnie Rait, and others. Though he never reached the same heights of mainstream stardom as some of these famous fans, the diversity, integrity, and huge popularity of the artists who loved him is telling. This performance is part of an ongoing tribute project led by vocalist and guitarist Richard Julian, whom NPR calls “a true soul singer and an astonishing storyteller in the vein of Randy Newman or Paul Simon.” He’s supported by a quintet led by John Chin, a versatile pianist who plays with many of the best jazz artists in town. Both Julian and the John Chin Quartet approach this music with great respect to the song-craft and attitude of the original music without attempting to imitate it, giving audiences a thoughtful and contemporary take on Allison’s profound yet broadly enjoyable source material.
Cover: $35
Students: $20

February 8 | 7:30pm & 9:30pm

Christian Sands is only 28 years old, but he has been playing piano for the past 26 years and has five Grammy Award nominations under his belt, including Best Latin Jazz Piano Solo. His new album, REACH, has received great reviews, including this one from All About Jazz: “It simply has quality material performed at an extremely high level that can appeal to a wide variety of listeners.”  Wynton Marsalis named Sands a “jazz star of the future,” and he spent years as the pianist in Christian McBride’s trio. His stylistic range includes stride piano, swing, bebop, progressive jazz, fusion, Brazilian, and Afro-Cuban. He recently returned from Jazz at Lincoln Center Shanghai where he inaugurated the club with special guests including Romero Lubambo, Cyrille Aimee, Walter Blanding and Tatum Greenblatt.
Cover: $40
Students: $20

February 9–11 | 7:30pm & 9:30pm

Composer, arranger, producer, and guitarist Mario Adnet is a Grammy Award-winning musician and frequent contender at major events like the Latin Grammy Awards, Brazilian Music Awards, and more. While music speaks more loudly than awards, the diversity of his wins and nominations—including Best Classical Album, Best Crossover Album, Best Latin Jazz Album, and Best Arranger—sheds light on the depth of his talent. Adnet is acclaimed for his loving reinventions of Antonio Carlos Jobim’s compositions, and Jobim actually recorded one of Adnet’s arrangements on his final (Grammy Award-winning) album. The Jobim songbook is one of modern music’s most beloved repertoires, and Adnet is one of the most creative and heartfelt artists currently engaging with this special music.
Cover: Fri $40 / Sat $45 / Sun $30
Students: $20

February 12 | 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 Coca-Cola, 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.
Cover: $30
Students: $15

February 13 | 7:30pm & 9:30pm

The Gotham Kings Mardi Gras Celebration returns to Dizzy’s for another night of festivities. Led by rising star trumpeter Alphonso Horne, this fun-loving group of musicians and dancers will treat audiences to the infectious traditions of Creole jazz. The concert showcases the virtuosity of a young Louis Armstrong and the innovative genius of King Oliver, weaving the sounds of New Orleans into a rich musical fabric that uplifts and warms the soul. With special Mardi Gras drinks on the menu, the club will be in good spirits for the occasion.
Cover: $35
Students: $20

February 14 | 7pm & 9:30pm

Soulful vocalist Brianna Thomas returns to Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola for another seductive Valentine’s Day performance. Thomas is a versatile young performer oozing with personality, and she’s particularly adept when it comes to the blues and ballads, promising a perfect soundtrack for romance. Joining her this year is fellow vocalist Vuyo Sotashe, a recent finalist in the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Vocal Competition, a rising star in New York City, and an in-demand special guest at Jazz at Lincoln Center. Music directing the show is trumpeter and bandleader Riley Mulherkar, who recently directed a version of this Songs We Love program with NEA Jazz Master vocalist Dee Dee Bridgewater in The Appel Room. For this more intimate performance, he’s bringing a stellar nine-piece band that will keep things swinging. Join Riley, Brianna, Vuyo, and the band in our candlelit jazz club overlooking Columbus Circle for some unforgettable New York City romance.
Advance Payment Required: $155 per person plus applicable fees (price includes 20% gratuity). Jazz at Lincoln Center members have pre-sale access beginning Tuesday, January 9. Reservations will be available to the general public on Tuesday, January 16, subject to availability.

February 15–18 | 7:30pm & 9:30pm

Singer, actress, and living legend Marilyn Maye is the “Queen of Cabaret,” an iconic entertainer whom Ella Fitzgerald famously praised as one of her favorite singers. She’s shared the stage with artists like Count Basie and Charlie Parker, and she appeared on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson an unprecedented 76 times. Maye has been a recent audience favorite at Dizzy’s Club and Jazz at Lincoln Center’s annual galas, and in October 2017, she headlined four sets in The Appel Room. She now returns to our most intimate venue for a run that’s likely to sell out in advance. Join us at Dizzy’s and enjoy a true entertainer, one of the remaining geniuses from the “golden age of show business” who remains as sharp and effective as ever.
Cover: Thurs, Fri $40 / Sat $45 / Sun $30
Students: $25

February 19 | 7:30pm & 9:30pm

English clarinetist Julian Bliss is first and foremost a classical musician, one of the finest of his generation. He’s always loved the music of Benny Goodman, however, and he formed the Julian Bliss Septet as a way to explore the King of Swing’s timeless tunes. The group’s long-running Tribute to Benny Goodman is a joyful, humorous, and authentically swinging affair—and the jazz world has taken notice; the show has packed clubs and concert halls over the past several years, and an 84-year-old Wayne Shorter recently composed his first-ever classical concerto to be performed by Bliss. This concert is an easy recommendation for fans of classic swing music, and it’s also a great opportunity to see an internationally recognized virtuoso in our intimate jazz club. As London’s The Times once wrote, “The Queen did hear one top-class performance: Mozart’s clarinet concerto, played on the authentic basset clarinet by the 17-year-old Julian Bliss. Sinuous, immaculate, and unfussy, he reserved his subtlest powers for the end of the sublime adagio, delivered so quietly that 6,000 people held their breath.”
Cover: $30
Students: $15

February 20 | 7:30pm & 9:30pm

This concert is the world premiere of a new project led by saxophonist, composer, and arranger Allen Lowe. It’s a unique show with enormous potential, and Lowe put together the perfect group to make it a reality—an incredible lineup of musicians known not only for their revivalist tendencies, but also for their adventurous approaches to re-examining traditions. The show is generally influenced by Coltrane’s classic A Love Supreme, Eddie Condon, Boyce Brown, Pee Wee Russell, and Jelly Roll Morton, but that hardly summarizes the music planned for the occasion. A few examples of what to expect: the eponymous “A Love Supine,” described by Lowe as a “Dixieland version of John Coltrane’s A Love Supreme, a map of early jazz modernism and the hidden history of the mainstream avant-garde;” a Dixieland one-step composed on the notorious chord changes of Coltrane’s “Giant Steps;” a ragtime piece dedicated to Joseph Lamb; a New Orleans-style funeral march; some “Ellington-esque” ballads; a piece of “Southern Dixie whimsy” celebrating the Monroe Incident; and a sequel to Lowe’s “March of the Vipers,” originally recorded 25 years ago at The Knitting Factory. Not many musicians could bring a musical vision like this to life, but Lowe’s reputation is well earned and expectations are high. Make sure to catch Lowe and company while they’re here for one night only!
Cover: $35
Students: $25

February 21 | 7:30pm & 9:30pm

The George Burton Quintet performs a heady brand of post-bop that JazzTimes has aptly described as “straight-but-not-straight.” This music boldly demands attention, yet it’s readily accessible for anyone willing to provide it. Each tune hits hard, with melodic and groove-oriented underpinnings that are thoroughly explored and expanded, usually across a series of distinctive solos. Burton’s compositions and leadership reflect his multifaceted experiences as a musician: from his early classical training, to his years on the Philly jazz scene (with the shades of R&B and hip-hop influences for which it’s known), to his current gig as pianist in the Sun Ra Arkestra. With this group he has crafted a sound of his own, a beautiful yet hard-edged mix of traditions and contemporary influences.
Cover: $30
Students: $15

February 22–25 | 7:30pm & 9:30pm

“Payton’s clarion trumpet, as well as his genre-defying solos, stood at the center of the music making… Payton bent notes beyond recognition… No descriptive label or category could be affixed to Payton’s solos, which were as brashly original as they were technically imposing.” – Chicago Tribune
Grammy Award-winning trumpeter, pianist, vocalist, and composer Nicholas Payton is considered one of the top voices of our time. In addition to his work as a sideman with artists ranging from Herbie Hancock and Wynton Marsalis to Ray Brown and Trey Anastasio, he has also been a successful bandleader since his early 20s. Proficient in settings from solo performances and duos all the way to a 21-piece big band and his own full orchestral work, Payton always gives his full attention and respect to the task at hand.
Cover: Thurs, Fri $40 / Sat $45 / Sun $30
Students: $25

February 26 | 7:30pm & 9:30pm

Scott Tixier is a France-born, New York-based rising star called “the future of jazz violin” by DownBeat magazine. He has performed and recorded with an astonishing list of artists over the past decade, including Stevie Wonder, Kenny Barron, Cassandra Wilson, John Legend, Gladys Knight, Natalie Cole, Pedrito Martinez, and many others. Classically trained but recognized for his broad stylistic range, improvisational prowess, and original compositions, Tixier is a rare artist that will wow all types of music lovers. Check him out at Dizzy’s while he’s here for one night only; artists like this make it worth being in New York City on a Monday night.
Cover: $30
Students: $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.

February 27–28 | 7:30pm & 9:30pm

Edmar Castañeda is an unparalleled virtuoso on the harp, recognized internationally for his stunning blend of jazz and foreign folk music, particularly from Colombia, Venezuela, and Argentina. His incredible dexterity and rhythmic independence beg for the cliché that he “must be seen to be believed,” as audio alone gives the illusion of—at minimum—a bass and harp duo. This is a great opportunity to experience his artistry up-close and in-person in Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, as he is often found in large concert halls around the world, in Jazz at Lincoln Center’s The Appel Room, or at Carnegie Hall. Tonight, his group is joined by a very special guest: Latin Grammy Award-winning cuatro player Jorge Glem. Glem is renowned for his mastery of the cuatro, including the use of unconventional techniques to draw a seemingly limitless array of sounds from the four-stringed instrument. It’s hard to properly describe the effectiveness and sheer entertainment value of their combined virtuosity and musicality, so we recommend bringing a friend along for this one.
Cover: $35
Students: $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, February 6–10     

Tuesday-Saturday, February 13–17
LATE NIGHT SESSION: Alphonso Horne (2/13-2/16)
LATE NIGHT DANCE SESSION: Alphonso Horne (2/17)

Tuesday-Saturday, February 20–24

Tuesday-Saturday, February 27–March 3
LATE NIGHT SESSION: Barry Stephenson

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.

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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.