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What’s Coming Up at JALC’s Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola This Month

By Dan Ouellette, Senior Editor ZEALnyc, February 9, 2018

Jazz at Lincoln Center’s ideological goals could not be more evident from merely perusing the upcoming event listings for the most intimate space in its arsenal, Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola. The nightspot runs on a daily basis with bookings that figure prominently into artistic director, trumpeter and jazz statesman Wynton Marsalis’ mission: to showcase emerging musicians, established artists and serve as a platform for the legends. This month features the whole spectrum of possibilities by featuring Juilliard Jazz Ensembles all the way to cabaret legend Marilyn Maye. See what’s coming up and make your plans.

• February 12: The Juilliard Jazz Ensembles—JALC artistic director Wynton Marsalis has also been the director of Juilliard Jazz since 2014. He’s had his ear to the ground when it comes to up-and-coming jazz talent so you know his ensembles will put on top-notch performances.


Marilyn Maye; photo: Frank Stewart.

• February 15-18: Marilyn Maye—The Kansas City-based Queen of Cabaret shines as a force of nature, thrilled at the prospects of what’s coming next. She’s in more intimate environs at Dizzy’s after her resoundingly successful two-evening showcase at The Appel Room on October 27 and 28 (read ZEALnyc‘s interview with Marilyn Maye). In regards to a previous setup at Dizzy’s, she says, “People loved what we did there. It’s jazz even though it shouldn’t have to be about scatting. It’s all about the lyrics and the improvising. I love Dizzy’s because it reminds me of the early days when I played the club The Colony for eight years in Kansas City. When I refer to that, some people in the audience applaud. And I say to them, ‘Oh, you must be very old.’” As for her repertoire on her four-night stay, she says, “I never tell anybody what I’m going to sing. You’ll just have to come to find out.”

• February 22-25: Nicholas Payton—The veteran New Orleans-born trumpeter extraordinaire is both outspoken on his instrument as well as with social issues. From his website he writes, “OK, you can stay at home and Spotify or YouTube, or you can get off your ass and come listen to what real musicians making real music sound like. And, hey, it doesn’t have to be me, but if I’m in town, then yeah, you should definitely check me out.”


Scott Tixier; photo: Shervin Lainez.

• February 26: Scott Tixier Quintet—The remarkable French jazz violinist makes his first appearance at Dizzy’s thanks to Georgina Javor’s fascination with him. She says, “I listen to Simon Rentner’s in-depth podcast The Checkout on WBGO regularly, and that’s how I found out about Scott Tixier. I’m so excited to have him come.” This is the February “Monday Nights With WBGO” show hosted by Rhonda Hamilton

• February 27-28: Edmar Castañada Quartet—Jazz on a harp? Most definitely courtesy of Columbia-born harpist Castañada who performs his own fascinating otherworldly compositions as well as introducing vital native music of his country and Venezuela. His quartet’s guest will be Jorge Glem, the master of the cuatro, the short-scale Pan-American four-stringed instrument.


Edmar Castañeda; photo: Frank Stewart.

For more information on these and other performances at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola click here.


Cover: Nicholas Payton; photo: Lawrence Sumulong.


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