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Varis Leichtman Studio

Jazz 101: Week Two

New Orleans and The Great Migration

We say that Jazz was born in New Orleans, but why? What was special about that city, and the people in it? During this class, we will explore the cultural make-up, the unique diversity, and the interplay of cultures you find in New Orleans.


Dizzy's Club

Manhattan School of Music Jazz Orchestra: Art Blakey Tribute

Conducted by Jon Faddis

Manhattan School of Music’s programs of study for Jazz Arts majors are designed to develop skilled performers, composers, arrangers, and jazz educators in preparation for careers in jazz music. These talented young musicians prove that the spirit of swing is alive and well, and that the future of jazz is in extremely capable hands.


Visiting Presenter - Rose Theater

Lincoln Center White Light Festival presents: Sugimoto Bunraku

The Love Suicides at Sonezaki (U.S. production premiere)

Sugimoto Bunraku Sonezaki Shinju

The Love Suicides at Sonezaki (U.S. production premiere)

Original text by Chikamatsu Monzaemon
 Hiroshi Sugimoto, artistic director
 Seiji Tsurusawa, composer and director

Tomogoro Yamamura, choreography
 Tabaimo and Hiroshi Sugimoto, video

Cast: Rodayu Toyotake, Seiji Tsurusawa, Tamasuke Yoshida, and others


Varis Leichtman Studio

Chick Corea: Week Two

Classic Works

In Week Two, we look at the rise of Chick Corea as one of the most remarkable new voices in Jazz. Pianist Adam Birnbaum will explore Chick’s classic early works like Now He Sings, Now He Sobs, as well as his work with Miles Davis.


Dizzy's Club

Trevor Watkis Quintet: The Music of Dizzy Reece

A new super-group swings by Dizzy’s Club as part of a cross-continental tour. Expect hard-swinging, time-tested jazz performed with fresh arrangements and some of the top improvisers and rhythm players in modern jazz. Catch them tonight in the jazz capital of the world and the city that the great Mr. Reece now calls home.


Visiting Presenter - Rose Theater

Lincoln Center White Light Festival presents: Sugimoto Bunraku

The Love Suicides at Sonezaki (U.S. production premiere)

Sugimoto Bunraku Sonezaki Shinju

The Love Suicides at Sonezaki (U.S. production premiere)

Original text by Chikamatsu Monzaemon
 Hiroshi Sugimoto, artistic director
 Seiji Tsurusawa, composer and director

Tomogoro Yamamura, choreography
 Tabaimo and Hiroshi Sugimoto, video

Cast: Rodayu Toyotake, Seiji Tsurusawa, Tamasuke Yoshida, and others


Dizzy's Club

Late Night Session: Joe Block

With pianist Joe Block.


Varis Leichtman Studio

Jazz in Europe: Week Two

We Can Do It Ourselves

Week Two covers explores the rise of a European Jazz scene, as artists throughout a number of countries adopt the style and achieve excellence in it. Join Ben Young as he explores the lives and music of a tremendous range of European innovators in Jazz.


Dizzy's Club

Andy Farber & his Orchestra

A longtime member of the extended Jazz at Lincoln Center family, Andy Farber is a dedicated saxophonist, composer, arranger, bandleader, and conductor who has performed all of these roles with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, not to mention dozens of other leading names throughout the jazz, pop, and symphonic orchestra worlds. Tonight, he leads his own orchestra, a 17-piece swinging big band stacked with top ensemble players and soloists.


Varis Leichtman Studio

The Great American Songbook: Week Three

Harold Arlen

Harold Arlen (born Hyman Arluck, 1905-1986) started as a pianist who doubled as singer in early jazz and dance bands in his native Buffalo. Arlen began his career writing for African American singers, dancers, and musicians at the Cotton Club in Harlem, and went on to write some of the greatest Afro-centric Broadway shows ever produced, including St. Louis Woman, House of Flowers, and Jamaica.


Rose Theater 2019-2020 season

A Swingin’ Sesame Street Celebration: 50 Years and Counting

See some of your favorite feathered and furry friends sing classic Sesame Street songs alongside the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis in this swinging celebration of the show’s 50th anniversary.


Dizzy's Club

Eric Reed Quartet: Mainly Monk

Help us welcome back the great Eric Reed—in a rare Dizzy’s club appearance with him as the headliner—and enjoy the incomparable music of Thelonious Monk performed by one of the best.


Visiting Presenter - Rose Theater

The Mabel Mercer Foundation’s 30th New York Cabaret Convention

THE SUNNY SIDE OF THE STREET: CELEBRATING DOROTHY FIELDS & GREAT WOMEN SONGWRITERS

THE SUNNY SIDE OF THE STREET: CELEBRATING DOROTHY FIELDS & GREAT WOMEN SONGWRITERS, hosted by Deborah Grace Winer; music director Mark Hummel. Featuring Karrin Allyson, Christine Andreas, Debby Boone, Darius de Haas, La Tanya Hall, Nicolas King, Jay Leonhart, Kenita Miller, James Naughton, Linda Purl, Margo Seibert, Emily Skinner, Stacy Sullivan, Tom Wopat. 


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!


Dizzy's Club

Monday Nights with WBGO: Damien Sneed Presents A Tribute to Aretha Franklin: The Queen of Soul

In Tribute to Aretha Franklin: The Queen of Soul, Damien Sneed pays homage to the monarch herself, with fresh renditions of her most cherished hits including “Respect,” “Knew You Were Waiting,” “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” “Precious Memories,” “Think,” “Until You Come Back To Me,” “Daydreaming,” “Freeway,” “Natural Woman,” and others.


Varis Leichtman Studio

Chick Corea: Week Three

Chick Corea in 2019

Chick Corea’s incredible music continues to this very day. In the final week of class, Adam Birnbaum will look at the extraordinarily diverse projects Chick Corea has taken on over the years, and looks at his most recent works.


Dizzy's Club

Samuel Torres “Alegria” Album Release

Samuel Torres has toured the world with an incredible list of artists, including Arturo Sandoval, Tito Puente, Paquito D’Rivera, Chick Corea, Alejandro Sanz, Ricky Martin, Don Byron, Richard Bona, Lila Downs, Jeff "Tain" Watts, Angelique Kidjo, Marc Anthony, Rubén Blades, Fonseca, Andrés Cepeda, Thalía, and Shakira, not to mention some of the world’s top symphonic orchestras. Tonight he will bring his electrifying energy to Dizzy’s Club in an album release celebration for his anticipated Alegria (which, in English, means “Joy”). Join us at the club, and be the first to hear his latest contributions to a vast lineage of Latin jazz and beyond.


Dizzy's Club

Late Night Session: Immanuel Wilkins

With alto saxophonist Immanuel Wilkins.


Varis Leichtman Studio

Jazz in Europe: Week Three

Is There a European Flavor in Jazz?

In Week Three, Ben Young explores the cabaret scene, the emergence of composers like Kurt Weill, and discusses where uniquely European takes on Jazz tradition emerge.


Dizzy's Club

Edmar Castaneda Quartet

Edmar Castañeda is an unparalleled virtuoso on the harp, recognized internationally for his stunning blend of jazz and foreign folk music, particularly from Colombia, Venezuela, and Argentina. Don’t miss this chance to see them in our most intimate setting!


Varis Leichtman Studio

The Great American Songbook: Week Four

Johnny Mercer

John Herndon Mercer (1909 – 1976) originally wanted to be the next Bing Crosby – he even followed in Crosby’s footsteps in the Paul Whiteman Orchestra and landed a movie role early on – but by the time he got to Hollywood, it was clear that his big chance was as a lyricist.


Dizzy's Club

Stefon Harris & Blackout

Vibraphone superstar Stefon Harris is a multi-Grammy Award nominee and a frequent recipient of the Jazz Journalist Association’s Best Mallet Player award. Tonight he returns with his long-running Blackout band, which in its current iteration features bassist Ben Williams and alto saxophonist Jaleel Shaw—Dizzy’s Club favorites—and two star musicians who will be making rare appearances at the club: pianist Marc Cary and drummer Terreon Gully.


Rose Theater 2019-2020 season

ECM Records at 50

With Jack DeJohnette, Vijay Iyer, and more

Join us as we celebrate 50 years of ECM Records, called "one of the defining sound-worlds of the past half-century of recorded music" by the New Yorker. While some of the artists performing tonight are no strangers to Jazz at Lincoln Center, this is a rare opportunity to hear them all on one stage as they pay tribute to a label that has contributed so uniquely and extensively to contemporary music. Featuring performances by Jack DeJohnette, Vijay Iyer, Meredith Monk, Bill Frisell, Ethan Iverson, Matthew Garrison, Ravi Coltrane, and more.


Varis Leichtman Studio

Jazz 101: Week Four

The Swing Era

In this class, we’ll explore the greatest artists of the day and listen to how they changed the music.


Dizzy's Club

Lew Tabackin: Zoot, Coleman and Tabackin

Award-winning saxophonist, flutist, and bandleader Lew Tabackin is an extraordinary musician dedicated to showing the full range of possibilities on his instrument—melodically, rhythmically, and dynamically. This performance will be a masterclass for fans of classic, swinging, instrumental jazz.