The club has accumulated noble notations through the years including several Zagat's Nightlife In The Spotlight awards and consecutive mentions in the DownBeat International Jazz Club Guide: 100 Great Jazz Clubs, and Playboy's A-List of America's Best Jazz Clubs.
Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola, one of the three main performance venues located in Jazz at Lincoln Center's home, Frederick P. Rose Hall, produces world-class jazz performances nightly and welcomes locals and visitors alike to enjoy the city's best music, food, and libations. Set against a glittering backdrop with spectacular, jaw-dropping views of Central Park, the intimate 140-seat jazz supper club provides a hip environment for the hottest jazz bands in the land.
Not only are patrons given the true New York experience at the club, but the performers love the sound and setting. Acclaimed pianist Marcus Roberts claims, "Some of my trio's best work happens at Dizzy's. You can hear so clearly in there, and the people feel so close to us. This provides the environment we need to explore, interact, and be free playing jazz the way we like to. Oh, and the food's good, too."
The performers' praise continues with drummer Duduka Da Fonseca of the band Trio da Paz and the Music of Jobim/Getz group. "I've been playing at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola a few times a year with different projects since 2005," says Da Fonseca. "The sound at Dizzy's is fantastic, all the staff is so great and genuinely friendly, the fans are the best, the food is wonderful, and the place is gorgeous. You really couldn't ask for a better working environment."
Seasoned veterans appreciate the vibe of the club, and newer artists are excited to bring their talents to the stage, as with vocalist Roseanna Vitro, who will celebrate the launch of her new CD, The Music of Randy Newman (Motema Music), at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola on June 13 as part of the Monday Nights with WBGO series.
"It's a great honor to perform at Dizzy's, to match the world-class writing of Randy Newman with this most prestigious of jazz rooms," says Vitro. "Dizzy's sits atop a musical universe, unmatched by others. Randy does, too. A perfect fit. The RNP Band brings a high level of musicianship, improvisation, and creativity to Newman's inspired narratives. His lyrics highlight the thoughts and actions of characters within real life situations and, as we're reminded daily, life is complicated."
Vitro continues, "Randy's music provides me with a rare opportunity to delve deep into my roots. We're both from the South: he's from New Orleans, I'm from Arkansas. Randy endows his music with wry commentary, which adds to his charm and standing as one of our great songwriters. Those stories have touched me for a long time, and I look to uncover their fundamental truths. Hopefully, as I sing these songs, my listeners will find something that touches them." Joining Vitro on the June 13 concert will be pianist/arranger Mark Soskin, violinist Sara Caswell, bassist Dean Johnson, and drummer Tim Horner.
Another Dizzy's regular, Jamaican jazz pianist Monty Alexander says the club has "an uplifting vibration" and is "the perfect match for his ensemble of the kings of Jamaican rhythm." He adds: "This is the perfect place."
As Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola Manager Roland Chassagne sums up, "Dizzy's is a success. Not only do we support the mission of Jazz at Lincoln Center, but we contribute to the incredible and exciting nightlife of New York. We are a jazz supper club that's hip and fun and folks from all walks of life come swing with us."
You never know who's going to show up at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola on any given night. Past visitors have included everyone from Eric Clapton to Tony Bennett. Stick around for our great After Hours performances too! For the complete lineup, visit jalc.org/dccc.
Scott H. Thompson is Assistant Director for Public Relations for Jazz at Lincoln Center.