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The Life and Music of Duke Ellington: Week Three

Dramatis personæ- The Ellingtonians

It has often been written that Duke Ellington’s primary instrument was the orchestra itself, and his ensemble is famed for highly skilled, unique, and long-serving musicians. Tonight we’ll learn more about them and their incalculable contributions to the orchestra.

Dizzy's Club

Elio Villafranca & The Jass Syncopators: Life Stories

Cuban-born pianist Elio Villafranca is known for his inventive and ambitious projects that fuse Western jazz with a cross-continental array of influences, including an extensive breadth of percussion and Latin rhythms. Villafranca is often featured in The Appel Room, and tonight’s performance is a great opportunity to catch him while he’s back in our most intimate venue.

Dizzy's Club

Late Night Session: Julian Lee

With saxophonist Julian Lee.

Varis Leichtman Studio

The Past and Present of South African Jazz: Week Three

South Africa’s Exiles

In South Africa, the 1960s opened with one of its most horrifying moments: the Sharpeville Massacre, in which a demonstration against pass laws resulted in police opening fire on unarmed protestors, killing many. As the decade progressed, controls and restrictions on musicians tightened further, leading many artists to leave South Africa for Europe and America.

Varis Leichtman Studio

Jazz 101: Week Three

The Jazz Age

In its earliest days, one of the most crucial cities for Jazz’s development was Chicago, as masters like King Oliver and Louis Armstrong set up shop in the Windy City and set the world alight with their music. At the same time, Jazz musicians see the rising ballroom dance craze, and get on the bandwagon by form dance orchestras heralding the birth of the big bands!

The Appel Room

Herlin Riley Presents: Sounds of Cuba and New Orleans

NewOrleans drummer extraordinaire Herlin Riley has crafted an evening that explores the ways in which Latin jazz intersects with the sounds of his hometown. Featuring drummer Joel Dyson, Cuban percussion genius Pedrito Martinez, prolific trumpeter (and fellow New Orleanian) Nicholas Payton, New York's lively, go-to bassist Russell Hall, and special guests Yusa on vocals, Oscar Rossignoli on piano, and spoken word artists Chuck Perkins and Indio Melendez, the event will showcase classic New Orleans repertoire reimagined and spiced up with Cuban music traditions.

Dizzy's Club

Marilyn Maye

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.  She now returns to Dizzy’s Club for a run that’s likely to sell out in advance.

Varis Leichtman Studio

Jelly Roll Morton and New Orleans Jazz: Week Four

Jelly Roll’s Later Years

While the 1920s gave rise to a new format for Jazz—the big band—we can still trace the influence that New Orleans Jazz had on Swing bands and even into later bands. We’ll do that as we follow Jelly Roll Morton’s career from 1927 into his final years.

Dizzy's Club

Juilliard Jazz Ensembles: Buddy Bolden, Jazz Pioneer

With the Juilliard Jazz Ensembles.

Varis Leichtman Studio

The Life and Music of Duke Ellington: Week Four

Keeping the Score

On Week 4, we do a deeper dive into Ellington the composer, looking at some of his writing, examining his style, and exploring his music.

Dizzy's Club

Jeffery Miller’s Mardi Gras Party

Not yet 25 years old, trombonist Jeffery Miller is a multi-Grammy Award nominee with a huge sound, incredible chops, and an infectious energy. Tonight, the New Orleans native, who used to live right off Mardi Gras Boulevard, leads the Dizzy’s Club Mardi Gras Party for the first time. With special Mardi Gras drinks on the menu, the club is always in good spirits for this special occasion, so come join us for one of the Manhattan’s most uplifting and authentic Mardi Gras celebrations!

Dizzy's Club

Late Night Session: Micah Thomas

With pianist Micah Tomas.

Dizzy's Club

Cyro Baptista’s Glosso Lalia

Brazilian percussionist Cyro Baptista makes his long-awaited return to Jazz at Lincoln Center. Over the past few decades, this superstar percussionist has performed, toured, and recorded Grammy Award-winning albums with an enormous range of musicians, including the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, Yo-Yo Ma, Paul Simon, Phish, John Zorn, Milton Nascimento, Kathleen Battle, James Taylor, and dozens more. Tonight he will perform a new program entitled Glosso Lalia (a likely reference to “glossolalia,” or “speaking a language one does not know—also known as “speaking in tongues”).

Visiting Presenter - The Appel Room

Lincoln Center's American Songbook

An Evening with Natalie Merchant

An Evening with Natalie Merchant on Wednesday, February 26 has been cancelled.

We deeply regret that due to unforeseen circumstances, An Evening with Natalie Merchant has been canceled.  We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience.  

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Jazz 101: Week Four

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.

Visiting Presenter - The Appel Room

Lincoln Center's American Songbook

Kalani Pe‘a

Hawaiian folk-music hero Kalani Pe’a makes a rare East Coast appearance, mixing Hawaiian classics, R&B and new numbers for a brand-new audience.

Dizzy's Club

Dave Liebman Expansions

Album Release Party

NEA Jazz Master saxophonist Dave Liebman is a living legend who has recorded on over 500 albums, including more than 70 as a leader. After over two decades’ worth of Dave Liebman Group performances across the world (and nearly twenty albums), the saxophonist titan put together this exciting new band, called Expansions.

Rose Theater

Branford Marsalis Quartet

with Citizens of the Blues

The premise of tonight’s show is simple: one of jazz’s longest-running bands playing extraordinary music like no one else. The multi-Grammy Award–winning Branford Marsalis Quartet will play music from the brand-new record, The Secrets Between the Shadow and the Soul, with a bonus opening set by Citizens of the Blues, a quartet featuring some of the finest young musicians on the scene.

Visiting Presenter - The Appel Room

Lincoln Center's American Songbook

Ali Stroker

The Tony-winning star of Broadway’s Oklahoma! lights up The Appel Room with an exuberant and inspirational evening of song.

Visiting Presenter - The Appel Room

Lincoln Center's American Songbook

Martin Sexton

With bluesy guitar and soulful grooves, the famed singer-songwriter with “a soul-marinated voice” (Rolling Stone) shares his honest lyrics and vocal prowess.

Dizzy's Club

Helen Sung Quintet Presents PUSH

Women in Jazz Celebration

Helen Sung is a mighty force on piano—an adept soloist who combines her classical background with a passionate dedication to jazz and the feel of swing. For two nights, she returns by high demand to lead the Helen Sung Quartet. She kicks off our month-long celebration of Women in Jazz.

Varis Leichtman Studio

The Birth and Rise of Jazz: Week One

Beginnings of Jazz

-Topics covered: The Roots of Jazz, New Orleans Jazz, Hearing the Blues and Understanding Its Form

-Featured artists: King Oliver, Jelly Roll Morton

Dizzy's Club

Jazz at Lincoln Center Youth Orchestra

With the Jazz at Lincoln Center Youth Orchestra.

Varis Leichtman Studio

The Life and Music of Duke Ellington: Week Five

Piano in the Foreground

While we often say that Ellington’s main instrument was the orchestra, we can never forget that he was a magnificent and influential pianist with a deeply unique sense of style. On Week 5, we’ll explore the world of Ellington the pianist.

Dizzy's Club

Ray Vega Quintet with special guest Sherman Irby: Music of Dizzy Gillespie & Chano Pozo

Clave Con Jazz: A Celebration of Latin Jazz

Curated by Ron McGugins, Clave Con Jazz is a three-night celebration of Latin jazz highlighting important connections between American jazz and Latin American rhythms.