Ray Barretto at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola


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Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola Performance Schedule for August 22-28

August 23-28 – Ray Barretto & New World Sextet


(New York, NY) August 22, 2005 - Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola -- located in The House of Swing, Jazz at Lincoln Center's Frederick P. Rose Hall – presents conguero, bandleader and GRAMMY Award-winner, Ray Barretto, one of the most influential musicians performing Latin-jazz. Barretto is a groundbreaker and was the first U.S.-born percussionist to integrate the African-based conga drum into jazz. On his new CD, Time Was, Time Is (in stores September 13), Barretto takes Latin-jazz back to its roots while reflecting on how his past has brought him to where he is musically today. Showcased on more recording sessions than probably any other conguero of his era, Barretto continues delighting the world with his music! Holding down the After Hours spot is guitarist Ed Cherry, a first call musician, who was also the last full-time guitarist in the band of Dizzy Gillespie.

August 22 – UPSTARTS! student showcase 7:30pm Next Generation Jazz 9:30pm Ali Jackson Trio – Jammin’ with Jackson

August 23--28 7:30pm & 9:30pm w/additional 11:30pm set on Fri-Sat Ray Barretto & New World Sextet Ray Barretto (congas), Joe Magnarelli (trumpet and flugelhorn), Myron Walden (alto and soprano saxophones), Robert Rodriguez (piano), Ricky Rodriguez (bass), Ernesto Simpson (drums)

For nearly 40 years, conguero, bandleader and GRAMMY Award-winner Ray Barretto has been one of the most influential musicians performing jazz with a Latin flair. His hard, compelling bebop style is classic jazz, yet he dresses it up with strong Latin and African rhythms. The first U.S.-born percussionist to integrate the African-based conga drum into jazz, Barretto was one of the early “crossover” artists in the genre and has performed and recorded with Gene Ammons, Lou Donaldson, Sonny Stitt, Wes Montgomery, Kenny Burrell, Tito Puente, Red Garland, Freddie Hubbard, Cal Tjader, Cannonball Adderley, Art Blakey and even Charlie Parker for a short but crucial period.

On his new CD, Time Was, Time Is (in stores September 13), Barretto is joined on this vibrant recording by Joe Magnarelli, trumpet/flugelhorn; Myron Walden, alto saxophone; Robert Rodriguez, piano; Sean Conly, bass; Vince Cherico, drums; and fellow percussionist Bobby Sanabria. To round out the classic tunes Barretto selected, he features one composition each from Rodriguez, Conly and Magnarelli, who co-wrote “A Caper for Chris” with Barretto. Two originals by Walden also are included.

The striking musical fact about Barretto is that he came to Latin music through jazz despite his Puerto Rican heritage. Born in Brooklyn, New York, he grew up in Harlem and the Bronx, entertaining himself by listening to jazz on the radio. Somewhat restless, he joined the army at age seventeen and was sent to Europe, where he first came across the recordings of Chano Pozo and Dizzy Gillespie, the early pioneers of the marriage between be-bop and the rhythms of the Caribbean. The music and his time in the army (as told in his liner notes to Time Was, Time Is) affected him strongly.

After Barretto built up a solid reputation as a top rate studio percussionist he formed his first ensemble, Charanga La Moderna, in 1962, when legendary producer Orrin Keepnews of Riverside Records asked him to form a charanga for a recording. Barretto’s long recording career had begun.

By 1963 Barretto had been awarded a gold record for his huge hit, “El Watusi,” which was influenced by the boogaloo. Known to be experimental, usually with great results, he released the psychedelic Acid, in 1968. Over the next decade, he became a member and eventually the music director of the famed Fania All-Stars, which included trombonist Willie Colon, vocalists Hector Lavoe and Ruben Blades, and pianist Larry Harlow. One of his albums with Blades, Barretto, was nominated for a Grammy. He won a Grammy in 1990 for a recording he made with Celia Cruz.

In 1992 he formed his current ensemble, New World Spirit, which places a heavier emphasis on bebop jazz and has recorded frequently for the Concord label. The group released its third album, Portraits in Jazz and Clave, in early 2000. Barretto’s most recent CDs include Fuerza Gigante: Live In Puerto Rico (2004), and Homage To Art Blakey (2003). During this period, he performed with Eddie Gomez, Joe Lovano and Steve Turre among others. With the success of New World Spirit and his induction into the International Latin Music Hall of Fame in 1999, Barretto continues to refine improvisational jazz with the vitality of Afro-Caribbean rhythms, creating his own distinctive sound in the process.

August 23-27 - After Hours 11pm/12:30am Fri-Sat Ed Cherry Quartet Ed Cherry, born October 12, 1954 in New Haven, CT, was the last fulltime guitarist in the band of Dizzy Gillespie. For the last three decades, the New York-based guitarist has performed and recorded with the most acclaimed musicians in jazz and blues, including Gillespie, Henry Threadgill, Kenny Burrell, Ruth Brown, Steve Coleman, Paquito D’Rivera, Freddie Hubbard, Carmen McRae, James Moody, David Murray, Claudio Roditi, Jimmy Smith, Sarah Vaughan, Roy Hargrove, and others. Cherry has also been an exceptional bandleader in his own right.

“My concept of the guitar is derived from the blues," he says. “I always enjoyed blues players like Muddy Waters, Albert King and B.B. King, who I saw when I was 16 years old. That stayed with me throughout my evolution as a player. I also enjoyed the jazz players who had that blues-based thing in their playing- I loved Charlie Parker, Wes Montgomery, Grant Green. I enjoyed the look to the future too, with other guitarists like Jimi Hendrix, Sonny Sharrock, John McLaughlin --forward thinking players. So I try to mix the two approaches and keep the blues and the church in my playing as much as possible."

After moving to New York Cherry, played with Dizzy Gillespie, from 1978 to 1992. Cherry accompanied Gillespie on a State Department tour of West Africa in 1987. Cherry was an integral part of the trumpeter’s quartet, big band and The United Nation Orchestra, which recorded the Grammy Award-winning Live at Royal Festival Hall (Enja). “I learned so much from being in Dizzy's band," Cherry cheerfully recalls- “I learned how he dealt with fans, friends, band members and how he dealt with the audience. It was like the University of DG - Dizzy Gillespie," In 1993, after Gillespie’s passing, Cherry released his first recording as a leader, First Take (Groovin' High).

In 1995, Cherry released his second project as a solo artist, entitled A Second Look (Groovin' High). From 1997 to 1998, Cherry worked in Roy Hargrove's “Crisol" Latin jazz band, which performed in Havana, Cuba. In 2001, Cherry toured Europe for the first time with his own group. He also released his latest CD, The Spirit Speaks on the Canadian label, Justin Time. Inspired by organist Jimmy Smith, whom he worked with, and by the sound of the organ trio, The Spirit Speaks features alto saxophonist Joe Ford, drummer Nasheet Waits and organist Dr. Lonnie Smith, who Cherry gigged with in the late '70s.


August 29 UPSTARTS! student showcase 7:30pm Next Generation Jazz 9:30pm Ali Jackson Trio – Jammin’ with Jackson

August 30-September 4 7:30pm & 9:30pm w/additional 11:30pm set on Fri-Sat Wess “Warmdaddy” Anderson Quartet Wess “Warmdaddy” Anderson (alto sax), Marc Carey (piano), Kengo Nakamura (bass), Joe Blax (drums)

Wess “Warmdaddy" Anderson (alto & sopranino saxophones) began playing the saxophone at age 14. He attended Jazzmobile workshops in Harlem, studied with Frank Wess, Frank Foster, and Charles Davis, and frequented jam sessions led by saxophonist Sonny Stitt at the Blue Coronet. Before entering Southern University, where he studied with clarinetist Alvin Batiste, Mr. Anderson met Wynton and Branford Marsalis. In 1988, he became a member of Wynton Marsalis’ Septet, with which he toured and recorded for seven years, and has been a member of the LCJO since it began touring in 1992. As a leader, Mr. Anderson has recorded and released three solo albums entitled Warmdaddy in the Garden of Swing (1994), The Ways of Warmdaddy (1996), and Live at the Village Vanguard. Mr. Anderson is a frequent participant in [email protected] educational events, and is on the faculty of the Juilliard Institute for Jazz Studies that opened in fall 2001.

August 30-September 3: After Hours at 11pm / 12:30am Fri-Sat Greg Bandy & the Bandits

You never know who’s going to show up at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola.

Coming Up At Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola: September 6 – October 2: The first-ever Diet Coke Women in Jazz Festival at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, a celebration of the great contributions women performers have made to jazz music.

September 6-11: Angela Bofill! September 13: Marian McPartland – special solo piano concerts September 14, 15: Rita Coolidge September 16, 17: Toshiko Akiyoshi Trio with special guests September 18: Tessa Souter / Cynthia Scott September 20, 21: Acuña Quartet September 22: Basie, Blues & Beyond: Karrin Allyson, Nancy King & Friends September 23, 24: Sherrie Maricle & DIVA Jazz Orchestra w/ Ann Hampton Callaway September 25: Lynne Arriale Trio / Nnenna Freelon September 27: Helen Merrill Quartet September 28: Jane Ira Bloom / Cindy Blackman Trio September 29: Joanne Brackeen / Bertha Hope Quartet September 30: Barbara Carroll Trio with special guests October 1: Barbara Carroll Trio with special guests October 2: Karen Briggs Band / Lee Ann Ledgerwood Trio

High-resolution, downloadable photos available at: http://www.jalc.org/dccc/c_calendar.asp

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, President & CEO Derek E. Gordon, Executive Director Katherine E. Brown, Chairman of the Board Lisa Schiff and Jazz at Lincoln Center Board and staff, Jazz at Lincoln Center will produce hundreds of events during its 2004-05 season. This is the inaugural season in Jazz at Lincoln Center’s new home - Frederick P. Rose Hall - the first-ever performance, education, and broadcast facility devoted to jazz.

For more information, please visit www.jalc.org


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