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Varis Leichtman Studio

Jazz 201: A Fan's Guide to Jazz, Week Six

BeBop’s Aftermaths: Hard Bop, Cool Jazz, Free Jazz, Modal Jazz

Topics covered: How the Descendents of BeBop Emerged, Stylistic Changes with the Music’s Development


Dizzy's Club

Evan Christopher: The Kings of New Orleans Clarinet

Evan Christopher is a Dizzy’s Club favorite who has brought the club to standing ovation on more than one occasion. An authentic and passionate purveyor of classic New Orleans jazz clarinet, Christopher is also an innovator, exploring new corners within a timeless tradition. This is irresistibly enjoyable music performed by one of New Orleans’ top virtuosos.



Dizzy's Club

Late Night Session: The Eddie Barbash String Band

With fiddlers Mike Barnett, mandolinist Dominick Leslie, guitarist Roy Williams, and bassist Dave Speranza.


Dizzy's Club

“New York, Old Friend”: Songs of Kenneth D. Laub with Clint Holmes, Veronica Swift and Nicolas King

New York, Old Friend is a unique cabaret program with music and lyrics written by famed New Yorker Kenneth D. Laub. Featuring vocalists Clint Holmes, Veronica Swift, and Nicolas King, the DIVA Jazz Orchestra, and pianist/music director Tedd Firth, New York, Old Friend is a romantic series of stories that address the relationships New Yorkers have with the city and with each other.


Rose Theater 2018-19 Season

Wynton Marsalis and Ken Burns: Country Music

Iconic documentarian Ken Burns and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis explore the shared roots found throughout American music. With never-before-seen clips from Burns’ upcoming Country Music series, audiences will learn the fascinating and often intertwined histories of songs made famous by artists such as Ray Charles, Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, Dolly Parton, and others—and then hear brand new arrangements of those songs written and performed by the JLCO.


Dizzy's Club

Kenny Barron Quartet

NEA Jazz Master and nine-time Grammy Award–nominated pianist Kenny Barron is one of the most important pianists of the last several decades, known both for his solo work and for his projects with Ella Fitzgerald, Joe Henderson, Stan Getz, Dizzy Gillespie, Yusef Lateef, and many more. Praised endlessly for both his sensitivity and his virtuosity, Barron is undisputedly one of the top jazz pianists in the world, and we are thrilled to welcome him back to Dizzy’s Club.


Varis Leichtman Studio

Miles Davis, Week 4

Taught by Marcus Printup

One of Jazz’s most extraordinary figures, and one of music’s most endlessly innovative musicians, Miles Davis all-but invented multiple genres of the music.


Dizzy's Club

Temple University Jazz Band with Terell Stafford and special guest Marshall Gilkes

The Temple University Jazz Band – an exemplary student group led by Grammy Award-winning trumpeter Terell Stafford—returns to Dizzy’s Club. Tonight’s performance will be an impressive display of up-and-coming talent under the extraordinary leadership of Terell Stafford, whose band credits include McCoy Tyner, Benny Golson, Jimmy Heath, and the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra. Special guest trombonist Marshall Gilkes will join the band.


Varis Leichtman Studio

Jazz 101, Week 4

The Swing Era

The Swing Era heralded Jazz’s place as the pop music of the day, and some of its finest artists—Benny Goodman, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Woody Herman, and more—were also its megastars. In this class, we’ll explore the greatest artists of the day and listen to how they changed the music.


Dizzy's Club

Camille Thurman with the Darrell Green Trio

The multitalented Camille Thurman is a formidable saxophonist and a recent second-place winner of the prestigious Sarah Vaughan Vocal Competition. Tonight, on International Jazz Day, she returns to Dizzy’s Club with the Darrell Green Trio to play music from her outstanding new album, Waiting for the Sunrise, featuring repertoire by Jimmy McHugh, Milton Nascimento, Hoagy Carmichael, Cole Porter, and Angela Bofill—as well as a few deep cuts that Thurman proves are just as timeless as the standards.


Dizzy's Club

Late Night Session: Ruben Fox: The Vocal Works of Duke

With tenor saxophonist/clarinetist Ruben Fox, trumpeter James Zollar, trombonist Brendan Lanighan, pianist Joel Wenhardt, bassist Russell Hall, drummers Evan Sherman/Kyle Poole, and vocalists Joy Brown, Vuyo Sotashe, and Samara Joy.


Varis Leichtman Studio

Jazz 201: A Fan's Guide to Jazz, Week Seven

Fusions: Latin Jazz, Third Stream, Fusion

Topics covered: Understanding How Jazz Fused with Other Styles, Exploring the Stylistic Changes that Accompany Fusions


Dizzy's Club

Willerm Delisfort Project

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. His band tonight features a group of similarly openminded musicians: Alexa Barchini, Philip Dizack, Brent Birckhead, Luke Carlos O’Reilly, Jonathan Michel, Jonathan Barber, and Cedric Easton. Enjoy new arrangements of modern standards and a vast array of original repertoire with the Willerm Delisfort Project.


Varis Leichtman Studio

The Art & Science of Improvisation, Week 4

Grand Masters in Conversation: Barry Harris and Hal Galper

Come and hear two of Jazz’s most masterful pianists—Barry Harris and Hal Galper—in dialogue about their approach to improvisation in art.


Dizzy's Club

Bruce Forman Trio

Dizzy’s Club recently presented guitarist Bruce Forman in his first New York City appearance in over 20 years, and we couldn’t wait to have him back. He’s making his New York City return in perfect style, with a trio gig featuring two of the city’s top musicians. Stop by Dizzy’s to enjoy the exquisite sound of a straight-ahead jazz and bop expert on a classic hollow-body guitar.


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Houston Person Quartet

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. We’re thrilled to have him back as he leads his own group in our smallest intimate venue.


Rose Theater 2018-19 Season

Ellington Through the Ages

Wynton Marsalis, bassist Rodney Whitaker, trombonist Wycliffe Gordon, and saxophonist Dan Block lead an all-Ellington showcase with a group of young rising jazz stars. The band includes 14 of the best young professionals on the scene, many of whom came up through our Essentially EllingtonHigh School Jazz Band program and love this music as much as our audiences. This concert explores decades of Duke’s music, including his earliest hits, Hollywood charts, swinging blues numbers, pieces inspired by his international travels, and portions of his later suites.


Dizzy's Club

Akiko/Hamilton/Dechter

Akiki/Hamilton/Dechter is one of the best organ trios performing today. Together they play hard-swinging, straight-ahead jazz that’s simply hard to not enjoy.


The Appel Room

NYYS Jazz with Arturo O'Farrill

Afro-Latin Jazz: Past, Present and Future

Pianist and composer Arturo O’Farrill joins the NYYS Jazz for a program that features repertoire by Machito, Chico O’Farrill, Dizzy Gillespie, Stan Kenton, Duke Ellington, and more. The program also includes the world premiere of First Music commission The Great Hill by Dave Meder.


Dizzy's Club

Sax & Taps with DeWitt Fleming, Jr. & Erica von Kleist

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 a repertoire spanning from the Jazz Age to today’s most popular songs. The duo’s forthcoming debut record is eagerly anticipated by those in-the-know, but you can catch them at Dizzy’s Club now.


Dizzy's Club

Late Night Session: Nate Sparks Big Band

With pianist Nate Sparks.


Varis Leichtman Studio

Jazz 201: A Fan's Guide to Jazz, Week Eight

Class’ Choice: From the Millions Left Out

Class will vote and choose to focus on one artist.


Dizzy's Club

Essentially Ellington Alumni Band

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. Join us at the club for this swinging part of our Essentially Ellington festivities.