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This Week at Dizzy's: Ernestine Anderson/Frank Wess

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This Week at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola: The Music of Billie Holiday: Ernestine Anderson, Frank Wess, David Hazeltine, Dwayne Burno and Willie Jones III

After Hours with Lage Lund, Robert Glasper, Vicente Archer, Jonathan Blake (New York, NY) March 28, 2005 - Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola -- located in The House of Swing, Jazz at Lincoln Center's Frederick P. Rose Hall – presents “The Music of Billie Holiday” with vocalist Ernestine Anderson and the Frank Wess Quartet, featuring pianist Dave Hazeltine, bassist Dwayne Burno and drummer Willie Jones III. In anticipation of what would have been her 90th birthday, April 7, 2005, Anderson and Wess celebrate and pay tribute to Lady Day!



Tuesday, March 29 through Sunday, April 3: The Music of Billie Holiday: Ernestine Anderson, Frank Wess, David Hazeltine, Dwayne Burno and Willie Jones III: Ernestine Anderson (vocals), Frank Wess (tenor saxophone, flute), Dave Hazeltine (piano), Dwayne Burno (bass), Willie Jones III (drums). Note: On Sunday, April 3rd only, Frank Wess will be replaced by fellow saxophonist Bill Easley for both the 7:30pm and 9:30pm sets.

Two full artist sets at 7:30pm & 9:30pm. Additional set on Friday & Saturday at 11:30pm.

In anticipation of what would have been her 90th birthday (April 7, 2005), Ernestine Anderson and Frank Wess present The Music of Billie Holiday to pay tribute to the legendary Billie Holiday, or “Lady Day,” as she was nicknamed by Lester Young. Ms. Anderson has recorded more than 30 albums, performed at major jazz festivals, and has received four Grammy nominations. From intimate trio formats to big band, she does it all with seductive sophistication. Few musicians have the experience that Frank Wess can boast about. He has shared the bandstand with Billy Eckstine, Count Basie, “Sweets” Edison, Benny Carter, Dizzy Gillespie and many others.

Ernestine Anderson on Dizzy Gillespie:

“Dizzy Gillespie was such a giant. But he didn't carry himself in that way, he was approachable. The early '50s--with Miles Davis, Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughn--was the time that I like to refer to as when the 'prophets were among us,' and Dizzy was one of them."

“Dizzy was a caring person, a comedian, just a complete person. I loved being around him. And I think everyone felt that way. I know all of the musicians did."

Monday, March 28 UPSTARTS!: Manhattan School of Music Afro-Cuban Jazz Band and Jam Session with Bobby Sanabria Y Quarteto Aché 7:30pm / 9:30pm sets

AFTER HOURS SETS Tuesday-Saturday, March 29-April 2 After Hours: Lage Lund (guitar), Robert Glasper (piano), Vicente Archer (bass), Jonathan Blake (drums)

Tuesday-Thursday set starts at 11pm; Friday & Saturday set starts at 12:30am Norwegian guitarist Lage Lund holds down the After Hours spot with pianist Robert Glasper, in demand bassist Vicente Archer and drummer Jonathan Blake. Glasper, 26, was recently signed to Blue Notes Records, marking the label’s first new jazz signing in five years. “I feel that Robert Glasper has an emerging originality as both a pianist and a composer," says Blue Note's CEO & President, Bruce Lundvall. The pianist was raised in Houston, Texas. His mother, who played piano and sang gospel and blues, imparted her musical influence early on, and Glasper was soon accompanying her on piano in church, as well as in the jazz and blues clubs around town. After attending the Houston High School for the Performing Arts, he moved to New York City to study at the New School University. Since moving to New York, Glasper has become an important member of the jazz, R&B and hip-hop communities, working with such musicians as Terence Blanchard, Roy Hargrove, Nicholas Payton, Carmen Lundy, Q-Tip, Bilal, Mos Def and Meshell Ndegeocello. In a July 2005 concert review in The New York Times, Ben Ratliff wrote that, “[Glasper's] trio deserves comparison with the best of the newer piano trios, those led by Jason Moran, Bill Charlap and Brad Mehldau...his group has its own crisp, skittering cooperation, with hip-hop in its bounce. There was a daredevil aspect to the set as well, giving it urgency. He stretched each piece of music from the start, without losing the audience's concentration."

****NEXT WEEK AT DIZZY'S CLUB COCA-COLA****

Tuesday, April 5 through Sunday, April 10: The Kenny Barron Jazz Festival – April 5-24 In conjunction with Jazz Appreciation Month Kenny Barron Special Ensembles Kenny Barron (piano) and Mino Cinelu (percussion), with John Patitucci (bass-April 5-6), George Mraz (bass-April 7-10), Abdou M’boup (kora), Romero Lubambo (guitar)

Two full artist sets at 7:30pm & 9:30pm. Additional set on Friday & Saturday at 11:30pm.

Kenny Barron's unmatched ability to mesmerize audiences with his elegant playing, sensitive melodies and infectious rhythms is what inspired The Los Angles Times to name him “one of the top jazz pianists in the world" and Jazz Weekly to call him “The most lyrical piano player of our time." By 1959 Kenny had worked with drummer Philly Joe Jones while still in high school. At age 19, Kenny moved to New York City and freelanced with Roy Haynes, Lee Morgan and James Moody after the tenor saxophonist heard him play at the Five Spot. Upon Moody's recommendation, Dizzy Gillespie hired Barron in 1962 without even hearing him play a note. Barron went on to play with Freddie Hubbard, Stanley Turrentine, Milt Jackson, Buddy Rich, Yusef Lateef and many others, too numerous to list here. In 1974 Kenny recorded his first album as a leader for the Muse label, entitled Sunset To Dawn. This was to be the first in over forty recordings (and still counting!) as a leader. Barron's own recordings for Verve have earned him six Grammy nominations. Throughout his career, Barron has been the pianist of choice for some of jazz's greatest musicians. Now at age 58, whether he is playing solo, with his Trio, his sextet, or his newest ensemble, “Canta Brasil" (a quintet featuring some of Brazil's greatest musicians), Kenny Barron is recognized the world over as a master of improvisation and composition.

Monday, April 4 UPSTARTS!: Temple University Jazz Band featuring Frank Wess (tenor saxophone, flute) (Conducted by Terell Stafford) 7:30pm / 9:30pm sets

AFTER HOURS SETS Tuesday-Saturday, April 5-9 After Hours: Ed Cherry (guitar), Brian Charrette (keyboards), Andres Boyarski (saxophones), Diego Voglino (drums) Ed Cherry was the last fulltime guitarist in the band of Dizzy Gillespie.

Tuesday-Thursday set starts at 11pm; Friday & Saturday set starts at 12:30am.

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

Coming Up At Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola:

The Kenny Barron Jazz Festival Continues – April 12-24! In conjunction with Jazz Appreciation Month Kenny Barron Sextet Kenny Barron (piano), Vincent Herring (alto saxophone), Dayna Stephens (tenor saxophone), Eddie Henderson (trumpet, April 12-13 only), Jeremy Pelt (trumpet, April 14-17 only) Kiyoshi Kitigawa (bass), Victor Lewis (drums) April 12-17

Kenny Barron Classic Trio with Ray Drummond and Grady Tate Kenny Barron (piano), Ray Drummond (bass), Grady Tate (drums) April 19-24

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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LISTING INFORMATION Venue: Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola at Jazz at Lincoln Center Event: The Music of Billie Holiday: Ernestine Anderson, Frank Wess, David Hazeltine, Dwayne Burno and Willie Jones III March 29-April 3, 2005 Address: Frederick P. Rose Hall - Broadway at 60th Street, 5th Floor Artist Sets: 7:30pm & 9:30pm every day / 11:30pm Friday-Saturday After Hours Sets: 11pm Tuesday-Thursday / 12:30am Friday-Saturday Monday: March 28: UPSTARTS! with Manhattan School of Music Afro-Cuban Jazz Band and Jam Session with Bobby Sanabria Y Quarteto Aché Doors Open: 6pm for 7:30pm set / 9pm for 9:30pm set / 11pm for 11:30pm set Admission: $30 cover charge regular sets / $10 After Hours sets / $15 UPSTARTS! sets Student Prices: Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday 9:30pm set $15 with valid student ID / After Hours $5 with valid student ID / UPSTARTS! $10 for students with valid ID Minimum: $10 tables / $5 bar all shows

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