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Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Coca-Cola Generations In Jazz Festival 2016 Lineup Announced 

Jazzed Magazine • News • August 11, 2016

JazzatlincolncenterFrom September 1-October 2, Dizzy’s ClubCoca–Cola will host the seventh annual Coca–Cola Generations in Jazz Festival featuring nearly 200 musicians. In keeping with tradition, the festival will feature extraordinary artists spanning three generations with programming honoring iconic musicians and composers as well as emerging artists and bandleaders.

This year’s festival features a plethora of jazz masters that span the styles of jazz while showcasing some of our music’s finest rising stars,” said Jason Olaine, Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Director of Programming and Touring. “For 32 days, we’ll salute legendary figures and showcase some classic, classy singers. We’re also starting a new series Big Band Mondays that will highlight some great large ensembles here in New York City. If you love jazz, you’ll want to be here many, many times in September.”

The festival kicks off September 1 with trumpeter Bruce Harris and the Big Sax Section paying homage to cornetist Nat Adderly. Opening week continues with the Lessons from Our Masters series (Sep 2), featuring pianist Joann Brackeen. TheDayna Stephens Quintet (Sep 3) performs alongside veteran jazz masters Tom Harrell and Al Foster. The week concludes with the Nate Smith Trio featuringJaleel Shaw and NEA Jazz Master Dave Holland in his Dizzy’s debut (Sep 4).

Flip Side Sessions kicks off the second week with a unique trio featuring two drummers Abraham Burton and Jonathan Barber and tenor saxophonist Eric McPherson at the 7:30 pm set (Sep 6).
Theo Croker brings an outstanding acoustic quintet to the 9:30pm set and acclaimed saxophonist Sharel Cassity will offer a multi-genre performance (Sep 6). 

Vibraphonist Stefon Harris presents his new group Sonic Creed with Elena Pinderhughes, Mike Moreno, James Francies, Joshua Crumbly, and Obed Calvaire for a genre-bending, groove heavy performance (Sep 23-25). Veteran trumpeter Charles Tolliver headlines two evenings uniting multiple generations of jazz musicians.

For one night only, Grammy Award-winning vocalist Catherine Russell celebrates the release of her new project Harlem on My Mind (Sep 29). 13-year-old jazz prodigy,Joey Alexander closes the 2016 Generations in Jazz Festival with an album release party for his sophomore record, Countdown (Sep 30 – Oct 2).

Salute to Orrin Keepnews on September 8 honors the memory of the great record producer. The celebratory evening will feature notable musicians Jimmy Heath,Gary Bartz, Akira Tana, Jack DeJohnette, Larry Willis, Randy Weston, Ray Drummond, Rufus Reid, Sam Gill, Junior Mance, and Lee Konitz. This performance will mark the first time Weston and Gill have performed together in nearly 50 years since their seminal recording produced by Keepnews. The festive week wraps up with the 70th birthday of NEA Jazz Master saxophonist Dave Liebman (Sep 9-11).

Two rising star vocalists Veronica Swift and Charles Turner are paired for the Flip Side Sessions on September 13. Swift makes her Dizzy’s Club debut as leader for the 7:30 pm set and Turner will bring his vocal stylings to the 9:30 pm set. Versatile performer Ben Wendel will celebrate the release of his new album What We Bringon September 14 followed by an evening of latin jazz on September 15 with veteran bassist Andy Gonzalez and a stellar multi-generational lineup. Living legend, singer and actress Marilyn Maye makes her Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola debut on September 16.

During the third week of Flip Side Sessions drummer E.J. Strickland demonstrates his versatility with a talented quintet featuring Godwin Louis, Victor Gould, Marcus Strickland and Linda Oh for the early set and an eclectic late set featuring Sarah Elizabeth Charles, Mark Whitfield, Tom Guarna and Richie Goods (Sep 20). Jazz at Lincoln Center’s collaboration with Dave Douglas’ Festival of New Trumpet Music (FONT) brings two days of performances featuring rising trumpet player Marquis Hill and Signatures in Brass (Sep 21).

This year’s festival includes a new series, Big Band Mondays, Each Monday in September will feature some of today’s best big bands. Top trombonist Robin Eubanks and his big band The Mass Line inaugurates the series on September 5. The Jimmy Greene Big Band makes its Dizzy’s Club debut on September 12 followed by the Josh Evans Big Band on September 19. Ryan Keberle’s Big Band Living Legacy Project will wrap up Big Band Mondays on September 26.

Tuesday through Saturday during the festival, the popular Late Night Sessions will also feature some of the most talented up-and-coming jazz artists, including ensembles led by Julian Lee, Jonathan Pinson, Alphonso Horne, Shenel Johns, and Emmet Cohen. Julian Lee will host Late Night Sessions every Thursday and Saturday through December. Select Dizzy’s Club Coca–Cola performances will be available via live web stream.

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