Swing On By Dizzy’s for the reopening of live and in-person jazz performances
UPPER WEST SIDE, NY – A beloved location for world-class jazz artists with a lavish Manhattan skyline as a backdrop is about to open.
“The reopening of Dizzy’s Club is the kick-off to bring live music and an in-person audience to every performance space at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall during the fall months,” said Zooey Jones, spokesperson for Jazz at Lincoln Center.
Now that Dizzy’s reopens, the question is not to be or not to bop, but to be or to bop?
Drummer Herlin Riley will not only break the opening act of the season, but be the first performer since the coronavirus pandemic cut live music at the club.
Jazz at Lincoln Center – or “House of Swing” as some call it – canceled concerts, classes and events on March 12, 2020. It was the longest closure since the center – the first venue in world created exclusively for jazz – opened in 2004.
“I’m so excited to be returning to the Dizzy to perform for an in-person audience,” jazz singer and New York native Catherine Russell wrote to Patch. “The venue always feels like partying and the audience is all my guests! The staff and sound team at Jazz at Lincoln Center treat us like family. The privacy of the venue, the exceptional sound and spectacular views of Manhattan make Dizzy’s unique and special to me. “
Dizzy’s will reopen completely with its 140-seat capacity, guest spacing, improved cleaning procedures and HVAC filtration, according to Jazz at Lincoln Center.
Proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test may be required upon entering the venue, depending on national, state and municipal guidelines at the time of performance. For contact tracing purposes, contact information may also be required.
Dizzy’s and Jazz at Lincoln Center have found a way to beat the blues during the pandemic through its engaging and educational virtual programming. (To quote trumpeter Wynton Marsalis from a Dizzy performance in 2019: “It’s not over until it’s over.”)
Swing University, which debuted on August 1, offers a virtual journey through the history of jazz, saxophone greats and listening techniques that “will enhance your concert experience”.
Since last March, Jazz at Lincoln Center has hosted more than 1,000 original live concerts, educational programs and live conversations with artists and industry figures. These events included the “Dizzy’s Club Jazz From Home” series featuring the wide range of artists who were expected to perform on the Dizzy stage before the pandemic. As if jazz couldn’t be more intimate, these performances were recorded live from the artists’ homes.
From October 2020 through the end of May 2021, Jazz at Lincoln Center brought performers back to Dizzy’s for performances – without a live audience – for a weekly live-air series called “Live From Dizzy’s.”
A Live Q&A with Wynton Marsalis, who is also the general and artistic director of Jazz at Lincoln Center, last June compelling questions were raised about social unrest and civil participation – and how jazz is currently integrating into these issues .
“I believe that the role of music, especially jazz music, is a vector of self-expression, of connection for every woman, man and child, regardless of race, religion, color, of belief or sexual orientation, ”said Tate Satterlee, a student in Essentially, Ellington High School’s jazz program.
“I encourage you to get involved, to make your voice heard, to be sincere about your point of view and the research,” Marsalis replied. “You find that in jazz the level of involvement in civil rights has declined over the years. It becomes more difficult to find figures with the type of fire in the language like [Charles] Mingus, like Max Roach, like [John] Coltrane. You don’t find a lot of numbers in the 70s, 80s, 90s, until today. I encourage you to be real and address this. “
“We forget that we are on a mission,” added saxophonist Ted Nash. “As jazz musicians, we have the opportunity to express, speak and interact with people. That’s what is so beautiful about jazz.”
Continuing its tradition of making jazz more accessible to all, Jazz at Lincoln Center also recently concluded its free six-day virtual program. Summer Jazz Academy, open to jazz fans, musicians and students of all ages and levels.
In-person performances of Jazz at Lincoln Center have already started with Swing in the streets, a series of free concerts across New York City – Jazz in Times Square, Restart Stages, NYBG Music Series, Picnic Performances and the 28th Annual Charlie Parker Jazz Festival, scheduled for August 29.
Programming published for Dizzy’s Club:
Herlin Riley (August 19-22), Trio Da Paz (August 24-29), Isaiah J. Thompson Quartet (September 2-3), Dave Liebman’s Expansions: 75th Birthday Celebration (September 4-5), John Hendricks Centennial Celebration ( Sep 9-12), Catherine Russell (Sep 16-19), William Parker Celestial Lighthouse (Sep 23-24), Endea Owens & The Cookout (Sep 25-26), Brandon Goldberg Quintet (Sep 30) , Joey Alexander Trio (Oct 1-3), Joey Defrancesco Album Release Celebration (Oct 7-10), Edmar Castaneda Album Release Celebration (Oct 14), Mike LeDonne Trio with Ron Carter and Joe Farnsworth (Oct 15-16 .), Samara Joy (Oct. 17), Christian Sands Group (Oct. 21-23), Ashley Pezzotti and Her Trio (Oct. 24), Jeremy Pelt Quintet (Oct. 28-31), The Trio with Ted Nash, Steve Cardenas and Ben Allison (November 3) and “Django New Orleans” by Stephane Wrembel (November 4-7).
To purchase tickets for Dizzy’s Club in-person performances, all guests are required to acknowledge and accept Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Liability COVID-19 Wavier.
All guests must purchase tickets in advance for in-person performances at Dizzy’s Club. There will be a limited number of walk-in tickets available on the night of each performance.
Visit Jazz at Lincoln Center website to see more performances to come.