Jimmy Owens and the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Musics Improvisation Ensemble to Perform at Dizzy's Club Coca Cola

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Jimmy Owens
December 15, 2008, Sets at 7:30 and 9:30 p.m.

NEW YORK, NY - The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Musics Improvisation Ensemble presents a tribute to Dizzzy Gillespie and Tom McIntosh under the direction of Jimmy Owen with special guest Wycliffe Gordon on trombone on Monday, December 15, at Dizzys Club Coca Cola at Lincoln Center, with sets at 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. A Jazz faculty member, Jimmy Owens has over 45 years of experience as a jazz trumpeter, composer, arranger, and music education consultant. He has performed with Count Basie, Hank Crawford, Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie, Lionel Hampton, Max Roach, Herbie Mann, Charles Mingus, Billy Taylor and many others. The New Schools Improvisation Ensemble features students Ari Karason on trumpet; Faiz Lamouri, tenor; Drew Brown, guitar; Axel Laugart, piano; Chris Smith, bass; and Marc Beland, drums.

Jazz at Lincoln Center is located at Broadway at 60th Street. General admission is $15 with a $10 food minimum; students: $10 with $10 food minimum. For phone reservations please call: 212.258.9595. Reservations for Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola can also be made through OpenTable.com.

The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music is the musical manifestation of The New School. While a major presence during the formation of the jazz movement in New York City in the early twentieth century, The New School was the first university to offer a course in jazz in 1948. Following this was a half-century of dynamic public programming featuring outstanding jazz artists from Art Tatum and Louis Armstrong to Jon Hendricks and Pat Metheny. The School was formally founded in 1986 by David Levy and jazz saxophonist and iconoclast Arnie Lawrence, and remains at the forefront of music education by combining the teaching model of the community-based, mentor-student style of jazzs early years with the academic rigor and curricular depth of a modern conservatory. In its 20-year history, the program has produced some of the brightest stars in jazz as of late, including Miri Ben-Ari, Peter Bernstein, Walter Blanding Jr., Avishai Cohen, Robert Glasper, Larry Goldings, Roy Hargrove, Susie Ibarra, Ali M. Jackson, Virginia Mayhew, Brad Mehldau, EJ Strickland and more.

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