New York, NY (September 1, 2004) On October 21, 2004, Jazz at Lincoln Center (JALC) proudly opens the doors of its new jazz club, Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola. The club, located in JALC’s new home at Frederick P. Rose Hall (FPRH), offers spectacular views and serves a jazz inspired menu seven days a week. Subscribers may call for reservations as of today at 212-258-9595 or via www.jalc.org. The general public may call for reservations beginning September 13. The club featured artist sets are 7:30pm and 9:30pm every day of the week, plus 11pm Friday and Saturday. There will be an 11pm late-night hang set jam session Tuesday through Thursday plus after the last artist set on Friday and Saturday. On Monday nights both up-and-coming and veteran musicians will integrate seamlessly on the bandstand for the Jazz Stars of Tomorrow sets, providing performance opportunities for jazz bands from area colleges, including The Juilliard School, Manhattan School of Music, New School and Queens College.
Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, one of the three main performance spaces inside FPRH, is an intimate, 140-seat jazz club that provides a space for ensemble performances, education, and other events. The clubs views of the Manhattan skyline and Central Park are breathtaking. Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola will be a place where JALC produces world-class jazz performances, throws parties for visiting musicians and welcomes people to hang out, have a drink and listen to great music. Musicians performing in the club will be given the time and artistic space to address their musical aims through extended bookings and artistic exploration.
Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola also includes a fine dinner menu by New York culinary creators Great Performances and Spoonbread Inc. The menu reflects the diversity of jazz and the regions that epitomize it, and provides a warm and inviting experience for guests in the club, which is named in honor of jazz legend John Birks "Dizzy" Gillespie and made possible by a leadership gift from The Coca-Cola Company. Great Performances is the exclusive caterer of FPRH and collaborated with Spoonbread Inc. to create recipes for the menu and cocktail selections, offering down-home flavors with New York flair. Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola grand opening menu selections include Rosemary Baby Lamb Chops, Southern Fried Chicken, North Carolina BBQ Ribs, Candied Yams, Black Eye Pea Fritters, and Cabbage and Collard Greens.
As part of JALC’s Grand Opening Festival, from October 21 through November 7, Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola opens with a celebration of the music of jazz legend and bebop architect Dizzy Gillespie. For three weeks, the music written by, performed by, or made popular by Mr. Gillespie will be spotlighted. The Dizzy Gillespie Festival begins on October 21, which would’ve been Dizzy’s 87th birthday. Following the three-week festival, the regular season at the club kicks into full gear with a variety of great musicians.
"Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola is designed to entertain people in the spirit that Dizzy had very welcoming," Mr. Marsalis explains. "We just want people to have a good time. We want the musicians to feel comfortable to play. We want people to come in and have a memorable experience. This whole facility is designed for international participation. This is a hall of integration to bring everything together."
"We’re bringing the hottest jazz bands in the business to our new club," says JALC Executive Director Derek Gordon. "You can expect a spicy variety of musicians to grace the stage. As Jazz at Lincoln Center continues to perpetuate the art form, Monday nights are dedicated to young, upcoming musicians who will showcase their talent. On the other nights, you never know who will show up for a surprise appearance at one of our late-night hang sets. We welcome all to come, enjoy the great music, the great view and the great food."
Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola Schedule October through January 2005
Monday, October 18 Bill Charlap Trio Featuring Bill Charlap (piano) with Peter Washington (bass), and Kenny Washington (drums) plus other guests (tba). Reservations not available for this performance only. Live television broadcast by Live From Lincoln Center as part of JALC’s Grand Opening on PBS (check local listings).
Thursday-Sunday, October 21-24 Dizzy Gillespie Festival Small Band Dizzy Bill Charlap (piano) Trio - Peter Washington (bass), Kenny Washington (drums) with Charles McPherson (alto saxophone) and Nicholas Payton (trumpet).
Tuesday-Sunday, October 26-31 Dizzy Gillespie Festival - Latin Dizzy Paquito D'Rivera (alto saxophone, clarinet) Sextet - Diego Urcola (trumpet), Alon Yavnai (piano), Mark Walker (drums), Pernel Saturnino (percussion), Oscar Stagnaro (bass) plus special guests.
Tuesday-Sunday, November 2-7 Dizzy Gillespie Festival - Big Band Dizzy Julliard Jazz Orchestra conducted by Victor Goines (reeds) with Carla Cook (vocalist) and other special guests.
Tuesday-Sunday, November 9-14 The Jazz Party Monty Alexander (piano) Jazz Party with Red Holloway (tenor saxophone), Hassan Shakur (bass), Clark Terry (trumpet) scheduled for a couple of evenings tbd, and others - Herlin Riley (drums), Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Sunday only.
Tuesday-Sunday, November 16-21 Mexico Now Dynamic Double Bill *Diego Maroto Sextet with Diego Maroto (tenor saxophone/soprano saxophone) all week Rey David "Osito" Alejandre (trombone), Francisco Lelo de la Rea (guitar), Mark Aanderud (piano), Agustin Bernal (bass), Gabriel Puentes (drums). *Antonio Sanchez Group with Antonio Sanchez (drums) all week, Luis Perdomo (piano) 11/16-17 only, Miguel Zenon (alto saxophone) 11/16-17 only, Hans Glawischnig (bass) 11/16-17 only, David Sanchez (tenor saxophone) 11/18-19 only, Reuben Rogers (bass) 11/18-19 only, Adam Rogers (guitar) 11/20-21, only, Ben Street (bass) 11/20-21, only.
Tuesday-Sunday, November 23-28 Celebration of Coleman Hawkins - The Body and the Soul George Coleman (tenor saxophone), Eric Alexander (tenor saxophone), Harold Mabern (piano), Joe Farnsworth (drums) and other special guests.
Tuesday-Sunday, November 30-December 5 Soul Jazz Joey DeFrancesco (organ) Trio with David "Fathead" Newman (tenor saxophone) and other guests.
Tuesday-Sunday, December 7-12 Gonzalo Rubalcaba Quartet Featuring Gonzalo Rubalcaba (piano), Felipe Lamoglia (saxophones), Armando Gola (bass), Ignacio Berroa (drums).
Tuesday-Sunday, December 14-19 Marcus Roberts Trio Featuring Marcus Roberts (piano), Roland Guerin (bass), Jason Marsalis (drums).
Tuesday-Sunday, December 21-26 Holiday Jazz Cyrus Chestnut (piano) Trio with special guest Donald Harrison (alto saxophone).
Tuesday-Sunday, December 28-January 2 New Year's Celebration Cyrus Chestnut (piano) Trio with Frank Morgan (alto saxophone) and others. New Year’s Eve reservation price tba.
Tuesday-Sunday, January 4-9 Eric Reed Trio Featuring Eric Reed (piano), Al Foster (drums), Buster Williams (bass).
Tuesday-Sunday, January 11-16 Eric Reed Happiness Sextet Featuring Eric Reed (piano), Jeremy Pelt (trumpet), Myron Walden (alto saxophone), Seamus Blake (tenor saxophone), Dwayne Burno (bass) and Billy Drummond (drums).
Tuesday-Sunday, Jan 18-23 Mulgrew Miller Trio Featuring Mulgrew Miller (piano), Gary Bartz (alto saxophone).
Tuesday-Sunday, Jan 25-30 Stefon Harris and Blackout Featuring Stefon Harris (vibraphone).
(Schedule subject to change.) -- -- --
Jazz at Lincoln Center is a not-for-profit arts organization dedicated to jazz. With the world-renowned Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, the Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra, and a comprehensive array of guest artists, Jazz at Lincoln Center advances a unique vision for the continued development of the art of jazz by producing a year-round schedule of performance, education, and broadcast events for audiences of all ages. These productions include concerts, national and international tours, residencies, weekly national radio and television programs, recordings, publications, an annual high school jazz band competition and festival, a band director academy, a jazz appreciation curriculum for children, advanced training through the Julliard Institute for Jazz Studies, music publishing, children’s concerts, lectures, adult education courses, film programs, and student and educator workshops. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Wynton Marsalis, President & CEO Hughlyn F. Fierce, Executive Director Derek E. Gordon, Chairman of the Board Lisa Schiff and Jazz at Lincoln Center Board and staff, Jazz at Lincoln Center will produce hundreds of events during its 2004-05 season. This is the inaugural season in JALC’s new home Frederick P. Rose Hall the first-ever performance, education, and broadcast facility devoted to jazz.