The 2017 lineup of this festival, meant to pass jazz to younger performers and audiences, includes performances by Grassella Oliphant, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Bruce Williams, Yasushi Nakamura and the Mambo Legends Orchestra. Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan and John Coltrane are among the legends who will be celebrated in song.
Eighth Annual Festival to take place
Curated programs Lessons From Our Masters, Big Band Mondays, and Flip Side Sessions will feature Grassella Oliphant, Johnny O’Neal, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Bruce Williams, Allyn Johnson, Dave Liebman, Yasushi Nakamura, Corcoran Holt, the Mambo Legends Orchestra, and more
New York, NY (July 27, 2017) – Jazz at Lincoln Center will host its eighth annual Coca-Cola Generations in Jazz Festival at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, September 1 – October 1. The Festival will showcase the diverse talents of artists across generations with 22 unique programs over 31 days.
“For the last eight years, the Coca-Cola Generations in Jazz Festival has unofficially marked the opening of Jazz at Lincoln Center’s concert season, as we celebrate the great diversity that makes our art form so vibrant,” says Jason Olaine, Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Director of Programming and Touring. “During the month of September, Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola will present living legends like Mary Stallings, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Harold Mabern and Paquito D’Rivera, as well as up-and-coming phenoms including Camille Thurman, Keyon Harrold, Brianna Thomas, Marquis Hill and Miki Yamanaka. You can experience the roaring energy of big band jazz with groups led by NEA Jazz Master Dave Liebman, Ryan Keberle and the Mambo Legends Orchestra, and also take in the small group interplay led by veterans Andrew Cyrille, Seamus Blake, and Steven Bernstein. This is the best month to truly experience how ‘all jazz is modern.’”
The Festival opens with the Lessons From Our Masters series. This year, it will highlight jazz veterans who deserve greater recognition, alongside multigenerational bands. Grassella Oliphant opens the Festival with a celebration of his 88th birthday on Friday, September 1. The Lessons From Our Masters series continues with pianist and vocalist Johnny O’Neal (September 2), followed by Toshiko Akiyoshi’s Trio (September 3) featuring NEA Jazz Master and pianist Toshiko Akiyoshi, bassist Steve Whipple, and drummer Tim Horner.
Big Band Mondays returns for a second year, following its successful launch during the 2016 Coca-Cola Generations in Jazz Festival. This year will feature three big bands – Ryan Keberle’s Big Band Living Legacy Project Celebrates Gerry Mulligan (September 4), The Dave Liebman Big Band conducted by Gunnar Mossblad Celebrates John Coltrane (September 18), and The Palladium Era featuring The Mambo Legends Orchestra (September 25).
Flip Side Sessions offer a unique opportunity to experience two completely different sets of music in one night during Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola’s 7:30pm and 9:30pm nightly sets. This year’s Flip Side Sessions pairs Bruce Williams Sextet (7:30pm) with the Allyn Johnson Quartet (9:30pm) on September 5; and the Yasushi Nakamura Trio (7:30pm) with Corcoran Holt (9:30pm) on September 19.
Additional highlights include the Harold Mabern Trio (September 8-10) featuring critically acclaimed 81-year-old pianist Harold Mabern with bassist Nat Reeves and drummer Joe Farnsworth; the Herlin Riley Quintet (September 15-17; Jazz at Lincoln Center’s season opening weekend) with drummer Herlin Riley, pianist Emmet Cohen, bassist Russell Hall, trumpeter Bruce Harris, and saxophonist Godwin Louis; San Francisco-based vocalist Mary Stallings (September 21-24); and two memorable nights of music in partnership with the Festival of New Trumpet Music (September 11-12) with trumpeters Keyon Harrold, Marquis Hill, Igmar Thomas, and Leron Thomas. NEA Jazz Master Paquito D’Rivera will close the Festival with Paquito D’Rivera Ensemble: The Latin Jazz Chronicles (September 29-October 1) – this is a rare opportunity to see the legend at work in the intimate setting of Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola.
Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola is located in Frederick P. Rose Hall, home of Jazz at Lincoln Center, on Broadway at 60th Street, New York City.