Dizzy and Bird Festival Coming to Jazz at Lincoln Center

Jon Faddis, Paquito D’Rivera, Wycliffe Gordon are headliners

Paquito D'Rivera
Wycliffe Gordon, Standard Bank Joy of Jazz Festival, Johannesburg 2012
From Ken Burns' Jazz: Charlie "Bird" Parker and Dizzy Gillespie on stage at Birdland with a young John Coltrane (with sax) and Tommy Potter on Bass from Episode 7 ("Dedicated to Chaos," 1940-1945)
Jon Faddis at CareFusion Newport Jazz Festival
Paquito D'Rivera

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Jazz at Lincoln Center will present the Dizzy and Bird Festival, highlighting the music of Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie “Bird” Parker, from Feb. 28-March 10. The festival, one of six presented during this season to celebrate JALC’s 25th anniversary, will include several simultaneous performances in Rose Theater, the Allen Room and Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola. The concerts comprising the Dizzy and Bird Festival are as follows:

• Celebrating Dizzy Gillespie

The Jon Faddis Jazz Orchestra of New York & Quintet

March 8-9, 2013, 8 p.m., Rose Theater

The Jon Faddis Jazz Orchestra includes: Faddis (trumpet, conductor and leader), Lew Soloff, Greg Gisbert, Michael Philip Mossman, Max Darche (trumpets), Mark Vinci, Steve Wilson, Walt Weiskopf, Ralph Lalama, Frank Basile (saxophones), Ted Rosenthal (piano), Todd Coolman (bass), with special guests Ignacio Berroa (drums), NEA Jazz Master Jimmy Heath (tenor saxophone), Pedrito Martinez (congas) and Steve Turre (trombone and conch shells – Friday only).

Ticket prices for Rose Theater are $10, $30, $50, $75, $95 or $120 dependent upon seating section.

• Paquito D’Rivera’s “Charlie Parker with Strings”

March 8-9, 2013, 7:30 p.m. & 9:30 p.m., the Allen Room

Cuban reedist, arranger, composer Paquito D’Rivera will delve into the musical compositions of the 1950 session of Charlie Parker with strings. Performers include D’Rivera (alto saxophone, clarinet, conductor), Charles Pillow (oboe, alto saxophone), Riza Printup (harp), Alex Brown (piano), Ben Williams (bass), and Vince Cherico (drums). The core ensemble will be augmented by six violins, two violas and two cellos.

Ticket prices for the Allen Room are $65 for the 7:30 p.m. sets and $10 or $55 for the 9:30 p.m. sets.

• Wycliffe Gordon and Friends-The Dizzy Birds: Bebop Then & Now

March 7-10, 2013, sets at 7:30 p.m. & 9:30 p.m., Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola

Trombonist Wycliffe Gordon will explore the music of Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker with his ensemble in Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola. Performers include Gordon (trombone, trumpet, vocals), Adrian Cunningham (saxophones), Michael Dease (brass and saxophones), Aaron Diehl (piano), Yasushi Nakamura (bass), Dion Parson (drums), plus special guests.

Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola cover charge: $35-40

• Listening Party – Dizzy and Bird Festival

February 28, 7pm-Frederick P. Rose Hall

This interview series invites audiences to listen to new jazz albums, while meeting and hearing from the artists who recorded them. Free and open to the public.

The remaining 2012-13 season festivals include the Duke Ellington Festival, and the Chick Corea Festival.

Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall is located at Broadway at 60th Street, 5th floor, New York City.


Tickets for Rose Theater and the Allen Room can be purchased through JALC or CenterCharge at 212-721-6500, open daily from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tickets can also be purchased at the Jazz at Lincoln Center Box Office, located on Broadway at 60th Street, ground floor. Box Office hours: Monday-Saturday from 10am to 6pm (or 30 minutes past curtain) and Sunday from noon to 6pm (or 30 minutes past curtain).

Reservations for Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola can be made by calling 212-258-9595 or 212-258-9795 and via Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola.