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Address: Broadway and 60th Street
City: New York
State: NY
Date Time Event Description
Sep-16-19 07:30 PM Oliver Lake Big Band

With alto saxophonists Oliver Lake, Bruce Williams, and Darius Jones; tenor saxophonist Sean Berry and Julian Lee; trumpeter Freddie Hendrix, Josh Evans, Duane Eubanks, and Nabate Ilses; trombonists Terry Greene, Alfred Patterson, Andrae Murchison, and Aaron Johnson; pianist Yoichi Uzeki, drummer Chris Beck, and acoustic bassist Robert Sabin.

Composer, arranger, poet, bandleader, and saxophonist Oliver Lake is a true renaissance man, most widely recognized as a composer and as an explosive, piercing saxophonist. For the first time since 2013 at Dizzy’s Club, he will present his highly acclaimed Oliver Lake Big Band. The ensemble packs in an unusually wide range of music, shifting effortlessly from a traditional, heavily arranged big band sound, to the avant-garde, to Outkast’s “The Whole World,” which DownBeat called “the best-ever jazz cover of a hip-hop track” upon its release. While definitely on the wild, modern side of big band jazz, Lake mostly keeps his music accessible enough for fans of the traditional big band sound as well as those with an affinity for jazz’s more experimental possibilities. It’s a captivating blend, one that reinforces the notion that “all jazz is modern.”

Sep-17-19 07:30 PM Rick Germanson Trio

With pianist Rick Germanson.

Pianist Rick Germanson returns to Dizzy’s Club for this 7:30pm set. It will be his first time headlining the early show, although regulars will likely recognize him from performances with Sherman Irby, Gerald Cannon, Papo Vazquez, Steve Nelson, or Russell Malone. A mainstay of the modern jazz scene, Germanson has led a series of superb small groups and worked as a sideman with dozens of the world’s top jazz musicians. From this trio set, featuring Gerald Cannon on bass and Willie Jones III on drums, expect hard-swinging straight-ahead jazz and bop that showcases Germanson’s deep repertoire and serious technical chops. It’s an easy show to recommend to anyone interested in seeing a superior band within the piano trio tradition. Tonight will be the NYC album release celebration for Turquoise Twice, out on WJ3 Records.

Sep-17-19 09:30 PM Citizens of the Blues

With trumpeter Anthony Hervey, pianist Isaiah J. Thompson, bassist Philip Norris, and drummer Domo Branch.

Citizens of the Blues is a quartet featuring some of the finest young musicians on the scene. Already a favorite at Dizzy’s Club Late Night Sessions, the band now takes the stage for its first 9:30pm set. Featuring trumpeter Anthony Hervey, pianist Isaiah J. Thompson, bassist Philip Norris, and a to-be-announced drummer, it’s a band of distinctive players who share an admirable passion for the core tenets of jazz: blues, swing, and improvisation. The group returns in February 2020 as openers for the Branford Marsalis Quartet in Rose Theater, but this single-set showcase is your chance to catch them for a full performance in our most intimate venue. Don’t miss it!

Sep-17-19 11:30 PM Late Night Session: Julian Lee

With tenor saxophonist Julian Lee, pianist Sean Mason, bassist Marty Jaffe, and drummer TJ Reddick.

Sep-18-19 07:30 PM Pasquale Grasso Trio featuring Peter Washington and Kenny Washington

With guitarist Pasquale Grasso, bassist Peter Washington, and drummer Kenny Washington.

Guitarist Pasquale Grasso performs at Dizzy’s Club with the dream-team rhythm section of Peter Washington and Kenny Washington, who are also well known for supporting Bill Charlap and Renee Rosnes. As for Grasso, we’ll let NEA Jazz Master and 20-time Grammy Award–winning guitar icon Pat Metheny convince you to come check him out:

“The best guitar player I’ve heard in maybe my entire life is floating around now, Pasquale Grasso. This guy is doing something so amazingly musical and so difficult. Mostly what I hear now are guitar players who sound a little bit like me mixed with a little bit of [John Scofield] and a little bit of [Bill Frisell]. What’s interesting about Pasquale is that he doesn’t sound anything like that at all. In a way, it is a little bit of a throwback, because his model—which is an incredible model to have—is Bud Powell. He has somehow captured the essence of that language from piano onto guitar in a way that almost nobody has ever addressed. He’s the most significant new guy I’ve heard in many, many years.” – Pat Metheny, 2016, Vintage Guitar magazine

Sep-19-19 07:30 PM René Marie

With vocalist René Marie, pianist John Chin, bassist Elias Bailey, and drummer Quentin Baxter.

Blessed with a crystal clear voice, fierce originality, and a commanding stage presence, René Marie is a musical force of nature and a provocative risk-taker. Marie’s repertoire is nicely varied, with a welcome emphasis on her incisive original compositions. For her return to Dizzy’s Club, Marie will bring her regular, Grammy Award-nominated rhythm section of pianist John Chin, bassist Elias Bailey, and drummer Quentin Baxter. Check them out on NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert for a small taste of what the group has to offer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XnNCJI_LUhg

Sep-21-19 08:00 PM Nick Cave
Sep-23-19 07:30 PM Monday Nights with WBGO: Theo Croker Big Brother Big Band with special guest Jazzmeia Horn

With trumpeter/bandleader Theo Croker, vocalist Jazzmeia Horn, alto saxophonists Irwin Hall and Lakecia Benjamin, tenor saxophonists Stacy Dillard and Anthony Ware, baritone saxophonist Jason Marshall, trombonists Frank Lacy, Corey Wilcox, Corey Wallace, and Andrae Murchison; trumpeters Frank Greene, Bruce Harris, Marquis Hill, and Giveton Gelin; pianist Michael King, bassist Eric Wheeler, and drummer Shekwoaga Ode.

“There are good, great, and nice musical players, but then there are phenomenal instrumentalists such as Theo. I would place Theo in a class of musicians who will redirect the flow, change and alter the current of today’s New Jazz.” – Donald Byrd

Theo Croker is a trumpeter and composer who has thoroughly captivated audiences, critics, and fellow musicians since the very beginning of his career. He’s worked consistently with stars like Dee Dee Bridgewater, leads acclaimed groups of his own, and works as a trumpeter and producer with some of his hippest contemporaries when he has the time. Croker is well-versed in authentic jazz traditions, but as he’s recently demonstrated in his original work, he also knows how to mix in some unexpected musical twists, exploring how seemingly simple rhythm section variations can change the fundamental feel of a song, and repositioning quick, spitfire melodies into hooks and foundations for improvisation. Across bebop, hip-hop, soul, funk, R&B, and beyond, Croker plays by his own rules and has established a strong musical identity. Tonight he will bring his big band to Dizzy’s Club for the first time. They’ll be joined by a very special guest, Grammy Award–nominated vocalist Jazzmeia Horn, a favorite at Jazz at Lincoln Center and a featured headliner later this concert season in The Appel Room.

Sep-24-19 07:30 PM Sean Mason Trio

With pianist Sean Mason, bassist Butler Knowles, and drummer Malcolm Charles.

For one set only, you can enjoy the Dizzy’s Club headlining debut of pianist Sean Mason. Originally from Charlotte, North Carolina, Mason now resides in New York City and is studying music at The Juilliard School. He’s a fantastic young musician who was recently featured in Jazz at Lincoln Center’s larger venues, Rose Theater and The Appel Room, as a part of Ellington Through the Ages with Wynton Marsalis and Danny Barker: A New Orleans Life in Jazz alongside a collective of elite New Orleans musicians. Tonight he will perform with his regular working trio of bassist Butler Knowles and drummer Malcolm Charles. The group has cut its chops during Late Night Sessions at Dizzy’s Club and After-Hours sessions at Smalls, and we’re looking forward to new audiences getting a chance to hear the Sean Mason Trio during this 7:30pm showcase set.

Sep-24-19 09:30 PM Immanuel Wilkins

With saxophonist Immanuel Wilkins.

Alto saxophonist Immanuel Wilkins makes his headlining debut at Dizzy’s Club in this single-set showcase. Already a hit at Late Night Sessions, new audiences will now get a chance to hear this young talent lead a band. A student of The Juilliard School, Immanuel has already performed throughout the United States and overseas, and he was worked with artists including Jason Moran, the Count Basie Orchestra, Delfeayo Marsalis, Aaron Parks, Gerald Clayton, Gretchen Parlato, Lalah Hathaway, Solange, Bob Dylan, and Wynton Marsalis. We’re lucky to have him in the neighborhood! Any jazz lover should come by and support this exciting young musician.