In late July, Dizzy’s Club at Jazz at Lincoln Center will be hosting a series of concerts in honor of the 2020 and 2022 inductees into the Ertegun Hall of Fame. Honorees include Freddie Green, Lee Konitz, John Lewis and Teddy Wilson for 2020, as well as Freddie Hubbard and Paul Chambers for 2022. Separate concerts celebrating the legacy of Hubbard and Wilson kick off the series on July 26, with the performers still to be named. Aaron Diehl and Warren Wolf, who both have a strong affinity for the Modern Jazz Quartet, will perform a tribute to John Lewis on July 27, with a second concert later that night honoring Green, Count Basie’s longtime guitarist. The series closes on July 28 with Dan Tepfer leading a group in tribute to Konitz, with whom Tepfer collaborated for several years, as well as the final concert led by Rodney Whitaker honoring the influential bassist Chambers. Learn more at jazz.org.
Named after jazz aficionado, record producer, and longtime Atlantic Records executive Nesuhi Ertegun, JALC’s Ertegun Hall of Fame honors jazz artists who 1) have achieved innovation in a style or a concept of playing; 2) have created an original concept with a body of music or body of arrangements; 3) speak across generations, unbound to their generation’s concept of style; 4) originated a definitive style; 5) popularized a style without compromising the aesthetic quality of the music; 5) occupy a significant position within the jazz lineage; 6) have influenced musicians across time.
Read Dan Tepfer’s Farewell tribute to Lee Konitz from the March 2021 In Memoriam issue of JazzTimes here.