The fourth annual Coca-Cola Generations in Jazz Festival at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola in New York begins tonight, Sept. 10. The festival showcases up-and-coming musicians alongside established jazz artists. The lineup for the festival, which runs through Oct. 8, follows. The program descriptions in each listing were supplied by the venue.
Dizzy’s is part of the Jazz at Lincoln Center complex in Manhattan.
BRYAN CARTER-JOE SAYLOR JAZZ BAND
Bryan Carter and Joe Saylor, both leading players in Dizzy’s Late Night Session, join forces to present Drum Fest!, a tribute to great jazz drummers like Elvin Jones, Art Blakey, and Philly Joe Jones.
CHARLES TURNER & HIS TRIO
A 2010 graduate of Berklee College of Music, Charles Turner III has played in New York City’s premier jazz clubs and at international festivals and competitions. Tonight, for one set only, he will make his long-awaited headline set debut at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, paying tribute to great male vocalists like Joe Williams and Oscar Brown Jr.
MILTON SUGGS & HIS TRIO
Milton Suggs makes his Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola debut with a tribute to some of his favorite male vocalists, including Oscar Brown Jr. and Joe Williams, with a single set entitled “Looking Back, Moving Forward-Our Past, Our Future; The Music.”
LEGENDARY DRUMMER LOUIS HAYES AND THE JAZZ COMMUNICATORS
Thursday 9/12-Sunday 9/15
While still in his teens in 1956, Louis Hayes moved to New York and joined the Horace Silver Quintet, spending the following couple of years working with greats like John Coltrane and Curtis Fuller, before joining Cannonball Adderley’s quintet in 1959. This week, he honors Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola with his worldwide-touring band, the Jazz Communicators, featuring Abraham Burton, Steve Nelson, Anthony Wonsey, and Dezron Douglas.
BERKLEE GLOBAL JAZZ AMBASSADORS
The Berklee Global Jazz Ambassadors, under the artistic direction of GRAMMY® Award winner Danilo Pérez, is the premier music ensemble of the Berklee Global Jazz Institute. With the help of saxophone virtuoso Joe Lovano, another GRAMMY® Award recipient, the ensemble will perform John Coltrane’s incredibly challenging Interstellar Space, originally recorded right before Coltrane’s death in 1967 and released posthumously in 1974.
OLIVER LAKE BIG BAND: BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION
For his birthday celebration at Dizzy’s, composer, arranger, poet, bandleader, and saxophonist Oliver Lake brings one of his world-renowned ensembles, the Oliver Lake Big Band, with whom he recently released the critically-acclaimed Wheels.
In addition to playing the role of Art Tatum in Ray (2004), Johnny O’Neal is a seasoned pianist who has played regularly with musicians and groups such as Clark Terry, Ray Brown, Sonny Stitt, Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, and Milt Jackson’s quartet.
MARCUS ROBERTS TRIO
Thursday 9/19-Sunday 9/22
A leading and, in some ways, unparalleled piano trio, the Marcus Roberts Trio is one of the easiest recommendations in jazz. Featuring Marcus Roberts, Rodney Jordan, and Jason Marsalis, the group plays originals and versions of standards that are full of surprises, yet somehow always accessible.
COLTRANE TRIBUTE: MY FAVORITE THINGS FEATURING MARCUS STRICKLAND QUARTET
To celebrate Coltrane’s birthday, Marcus Strickland and his Quartet will be performing his favorite Coltrane tunes and arrangements, highlighting some of the saxophone master’s invaluable contributions to our music.
YOSVANY TERRY QUINTET
Tuesday 9/24-Wednesday 9/25
Blending a dense mix of influences from West Africa, Cuba, and American jazz, Yosvanny Terry has created an ambitious and unique vision, now recognized as one of the most important cross-cultural integrations in modern jazz.
JOE SANDERS QUARTET FEATURING GERALD CLAYTON & GREG HUTCHINSON
A perfect thematic fit for the Coca-Cola Generations in Jazz Festival, young, in-demand bassist Joe Sanders will pay tribute to the life and music of bassist Oscar Pettiford.
HELEN SUNG: ANTHEM FOR A NEW DAY
Friday 9/27-Sunday 9/29
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. Featuring an equally accomplished band, this will be a sizzling set of straight-ahead jazz and post-bop.
MICHELE ROSEWOMAN’S NEW YOR-UBA
Monday 9/30-Tuesday 10/1
In 1983, Rosewoman received a National Endowment for the Arts grant to form the pioneering 14-piece ensemble, New Yor-Uba: A Musical Celebration of Cuba in America. Time and time again, this original group has been praised as a rare, seamless combination of jazz, Cuban folk music, and centuries-old African musical traditions.
MONDAY NIGHTS WITH WBGO: MICHELE ROSEWOMAN’S NEW YOR-UBA
Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola
FREDDIE REDD: SHADES OF REDD
Featuring jazz students Uri Zelig, drums, and Alex Claffy, bass
With Freddie Redd, leader; Brad Linde, musical director, tenor saxophone; Stacy Dillard, alto sax
HER. (IN HONOR OF)
With Kim Thompson, Drums; Mimi Jones, Bass; Sarah Elizabeth Charles, Vocals; Brandee Younger, Harp; Courtney Bryan, Piano
ORRIN EVANS AND THE CAPTAIN BLACK BIG BAND
Friday 10/4-Sunday 10/6
THE WHITFIELD FAMILY BAND
Mark Whitfield Sr., guitar; Mark Whitfield Jr., drums; Davis Whitfield, piano; James Genus, bass
With Pete Van Nostrand, drums; Russell Hall, bass; and Michael Weiss, piano