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Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola: November 2005 Lineup :: : The Number One Jazz News Resource On The Net :: Jazz News Daily Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola: November 2005 Lineup
Posted by: editoron Friday, October 07, 2005 - 09:43 AM
Jazz News Jazz at Lincoln Center Announces The November 2005 Lineup For Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola
The Juilliard Jazz Orchestra - The Music of Tommy Dorsey, Bobby Hutcherson featuring Kenny Garrett, Marcus Roberts Trio and Eric Alexander featuring Von Freeman

New York, NY (October 6) - Jazz at Lincoln Center proudly announces the November 2005 lineup of performances at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola, continuing a Fall/Winter season full of must-see players. Opening the month with a shout is The Juilliard Jazz Orchestra performing the music of Tommy Dorsey, in celebration of what would have been the famous bandleader's 86th birthday, November 19. Dorsey passed away on November 26, 1956. Following the Orchestra will be legendary vibraphonist Bobby Hutcherson, featuring one of the most revered alto saxophonists on the scene today, Kenny Garrett. Holding down the After Hours spot during Hutcherson's week is the incomparable guitarist / composer Roni Ben-Hur. A Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola favorite and regular performer holds down the third week, pianist Marcus Roberts, leading his trio featuring Jas! on Marsalis on drums. From November 22-27, it's “Blowin' In From Chicago” - The Eric Alexander Quintet featuring the legendary Von Freeman.

Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola offers spectacular views and serves a jazz inspired menu seven days a week through the collaboration between Great Performances and Spoonbread culinary creators. Reservations can be made at 212-258-9595 or via the Jazz at Lincoln Center web site at

Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola Schedule November 2005

UPSTARTS! Mondays at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola
Every Monday night, Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola, 7:30 & 9:30pm
Every Monday, Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola will host a program entitled UPSTARTS! providing performance opportunities for students from area high schools and colleges, including Juilliard Jazz.
$15 cover charge plus $10 minimum at tables/ $5 minimum at bar

November 1 - 6
7:30 & 9:30pm Tuesday - Sunday, 11:30pm show Friday and Saturday
The Music of Tommy Dorsey: Juilliard Jazz Ensemble & Special Guests Conducted by Victor Goines In September 2001, the Juilliard Institute for Jazz Studies opened its doors welcoming 18 advanced jazz musicians into the School's newest program. The Juilliard Jazz Orchestra presents some of brightest stars on the jazz horizon and represents Juilliard's commitment and dedication to jazz, its pioneers, its traditions and its future. This week, The Juiilliard Jazz Orchestra celebrates the music of the great Tommy Dorsey, one of jazz's most famous trombonists and bandleaders. Dorsey would have turned 86 on November 19, 2005.

November 1 - 5
After Hours with Julius Tolentino & Full Circle
Julius Tolentino (saxophones), Avi Rothbard (guitar), Jared Gold (organ), Pete VanNorstrand (drums)

November 7 & 8 ***Sold Out***

November 9 - 13
7:30 & 9:30pm Wednesday-Sunday, 11:30pm show Friday and Saturday
Bobby Hutcherson Quartet - (featuring Kenny Garrett November 9 & 10 only)
Bobby Hutcherson (vibes), Renee Rosnes, Wayne Burno (bass), Willie Jones III (drums) Bobby Hutcherson, one of a handful of vibraphonists to enjoy successful careers both as a jazz instrumentalist and a composer, inherited the musical legacy built by Lionel Hampton and Red Norvo and extended the virtuoso innovations developed by Milt Jackson. Credited, along with Gary Burton, with ushering what was essentially a novelty instrument into the modern era, Hutcherson in turn influenced the few musicians who chose to follow in his footsteps, including the current keeper of the flame, Stefon Harris. A native of L.A., Hutcherson performed locally with Curtis Amy and Charles Lloyd as well as with a quintet co-led by Al Grey and Billy Mitchell which brought him to N.Y. in 1961 when he was 20 years old.

He began performing with a visionary group of artists including Jackie McLean, Grachan Moncur III, Charles Tolliver, Archie Shepp, Eric Dolphy, Hank Mobley and Herbie Hancock. As a result of these associations, in 1963 Hutcherson began appearing as a sideman on several Blue Note albums that would become classics including McLean's One Step Beyond, Moncur's Evolution, Hill's Judgment and Dolphy's Out To Lunch.

It would be easy - based on his work on these recordings and on Dialogue, his 1965 Blue Note debut as a leader featuring Sam Rivers and Freddie Hubbard - to pigeon hole Hutcherson as a member of the avant-garde. Yet he was equally at home playing the blues, as he does with authority on Grant Green's Idle Moments and his own album The Kicker, a soulful, swinging session from 1963 which was actually the vibraphonist's first as a leader, even though it was not released until the fall of 1999. Hutcherson appeared on several other Blue Note titles as a leader and sideman during the course of an association with the label that lasted until 1977. Stick-Up from 1966, which, like The Kicker! features tenor saxophonist Joe Henderson, is also notable for the dynamic playing of the irrepressible drummer Billy Higgins. It is also Hutcherson's first recording with pianist McCoy Tyner with whom he would make the duo album Manhattan Moods in 1993.

November 8 - 12
After Hours with Roni Ben-Hur
Roni Ben-Hur (guitar), John Hicks (piano), Rufus Reid (bass), Leroy Williams (drums), Steve Kroon (percussion)
“ . . .a talented guitarist and composer . . .” - Nate Chinen, The New York Times. “His belief in jazz as a beacon of enlightenment comes beaming through in varicolored moods ranging from his sparkling showpiece, 'Mama Bee,' to his deeply felt prayer for peace for his homeland in a composition called, 'Eretz' (Hebrew for 'land').” - Owen McNally, The Hartford Courant. Critically acclaimed guitarist and composer Roni Ben-Hur will be appearing in support and celebration of his fourth CD as a leader, Signature.

In June of this year, Reservoir Music released Signature, the fourth recording from guitarist, composer, arranger, educator and author, Roni Ben-Hur. Winner of the JAZZIZ 2000 Reader's Poll for “Best New Talent” and a favorite of jazz critics since his emergence on the scene in the 1990s, Ben-Hur reveals on Signature his evolution and accomplishments as a composer, arranger and leader of strength and substance, whose synthesis of styles and cultural influences defy category. Signature is also Ben-Hur's most personal statement on record yet, featuring music that is near and dear to the guitarist's heart. Throughout the recording, Ben-Hur, with John Hicks on piano, Rufus Reid on bass, Leroy Williams on drums and Steve Kroon on percussion, delivers melodically and rhythmically rich versions of originals, and compositions by Jobim, Porter, Hicks, Arlen and Heitor Villa-Lobos. With the release of Signature Roni Ben-Hur offers the world a piece of himself, a glimpse into his life, his mind and his heart, and therefore his most meaningful musical statement to date.

November 14 *** Closed for Jazz at Lincoln Center Fall Gala ***

November 15 - 20
7:30 & 9:30pm Tuesday - Sunday, 11:30pm show Friday and Saturday
Marcus Roberts
Marcus Roberts (piano), Roland Guerin (bass), Jason Marsalis (drums)
The Marcus Roberts Trio was founded in 1993 when Roberts began to study the lineage of great jazz trios, including those of Nat Cole, Oscar Peterson, Errol Garner, and Ahmad Jamal. Roberts first met young drummer Jason Marsalis in the mid-to-late 1980s, during his days in the Wynton Marsalis Septet. Jason was just 10 years old at that time. With the founding of the Marcus Roberts Trio, Roberts had the goal of creating a whole new style of jazz trio playing. After trying a series of drummers and bassists over a two-year period, in 1994 Roberts asked the 17-year-old Jason Marsalis to join his band. In early 1995, Roland Guerin played with Roberts for the first time and from the beginning, he made the trio sound complete. The philosophy and style of Marcus Roberts Trio has steadily evolved from that point.

November 22 - 27
7:30 & 9:30pm Tuesday - Sunday, 11:30pm show Friday and Saturday
“Blowin' In From Chicago” featuring The Eric Alexander Quintet with Special Guest Von Freeman Boasting a warm, finely burnished tone and a robust melodic and harmonic imagination, tenor saxophonist Eric Alexander brings a seasoned veteran's proficiency and poise to his latest recording, Nightlife in Tokyo. As on his four previous Milestone albums as a leader, the 34-year-old colossus-on-the-rise approached this new project with an assured and mature musical vision, gracefully sidestepping the novelties and trends that have come to the fore in so much contemporary jazz marketing.

“I'm not consciously trying to do things differently from record date to record date,” explains the Galesburg, Illinois native. “I'm just really adhering to formula of assembling good musicians that I'm comfortable playing with, getting quality material - a combination of originals and standards and perhaps some new arrangements on standard tunes - and trying to make the kind of recording that a jazz fan or musician can put on and enjoy listening to from start to finish.”

At age 16, Von Freeman played tenor in Horace Henderson's big band for a year. He was drafted into the Navy during WWII, and after his return to Chicago he played with his brothers George on guitar and Bruz (Eldrige) on drums at the Pershing Hotel Ballroom. Various leading jazzmen such as Charlie Parker, Roy Eldridge and Dizzy Gillespie played there with the Freemans as the backing band. In the early '50s, Von played in Sun Ra's band. Von's first venture into the recording studio was for Andrew Hill's second single on the Ping label. He did some recording for Vee Jay with Jimmy Witherspoon and Al Smith in the late '50s and appeared and was recorded at a Charlie Parker tribute concert in 1970. It was not until 1972 that Von first recorded under his own name with the support of Roland Kirk. His next effort was a marathon session in 1975 that was released on two albums by Nessa. Since then his recordings have included three albums with his son, tenor saxophonist Chico Freeman. Von Freeman is considered a founder of the Chicago school of tenor saxophonists along with Gene Ammons, Johnny Griffin and Clifford Jordan.
(Schedule subject to change.)

About Jazz at Lincoln Center's Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola
Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola, one of the three main performance venues located in Jazz at Lincoln Center's new home at Frederick P. Rose Hall, is an intimate 140-seat jazz club, set against a glittering backdrop with spectacular views of Central Park that provides a hip environment for performance, education and other special events. The club also includes fine dinner, dessert and late night menus by New York culinary creators Great Performances and Spoonbread Inc. Jazz at Lincoln Center is a not-for-profit arts organization dedicated to jazz and advances a unique vision for the continued development of the art of jazz by producing a year-round schedule of performance, education, and broadcast events for audiences of all ages.

Jazz at Lincoln Center is a not-for-profit arts organization dedicated to jazz. With the world-renowned Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, the Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra, and a comprehensive array of guest artists, Jazz at Lincoln Center advances a unique vision for the continued development of the art of jazz by producing a year-round schedule of performance, education, and broadcast events for audiences of all ages. These productions include concerts, national and international tours, residencies, weekly national radio and television programs, recordings, publications, an annual high school jazz band competition and festival, a band director academy, a jazz appreciation curriculum for children, advanced training through the Juilliard Institute for Jazz Studies, music publishing, children's concerts, lectures, adult education courses, film programs, and student and educator workshops. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Wynton Marsalis, Chairman of the Board Lisa Schiff, President & CEO Derek E. Gordon, Executive Director Katherine E. Brown and Jazz at Lincoln Center board and staff, Jazz at Lincoln Center will produce hundreds of events during its 2005-06 season. In October 2004, Jazz at Lincoln Center opened Frederick P. Rose Hall - the first-ever performance, education, and broadcast facility devoted to jazz.

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