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Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola
Presents:
Sing Into Spring Festival
Wonderful World of Armstrong
(Louis Armstrong Bio)
Featuring Victor Goines and Wycliffe Gordon
(Victor Goines Website)
(Wycliffe Gordon Website)
Victor Goines, tenor saxophone, clarinet
Wycliffe Gordon, trombone, vocals
James Andrews, trumpet, vocals
Aaron Diehl, piano
Herman Burney, bass
Marion Felder, drums

At
Frederick P. Rose Hall
Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola
Broadway at 60th Street
NY, NY
212.258.9595
(Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola Website)
Todd Barkan, Programming Director
Scott Thompson, Press


Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower
April 2, 2009


An ensemble of six first rate artists, associated with Jazz at Lincoln Center and Juilliard, joined forces during a popular April series at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, called “Swing into Spring”. This tribute was presented on several nights, in honor of Louis Armstrong. It was called “Wonderful World of Armstrong”, and fittingly several of the musicians doubled on vocals, with a marching finale. A few guest artists joined the musical parade through the audience, for “When the Saints Go Marching In”. The audience for tonight’s second set was enthused and in a clapping and dancing mood. In fact, Wynton Marsalis, Artistic Director of Jazz at Lincoln Center, sat on the sidelines, but found himself twirling and clapping with everyone else. If you’re in the mood for jazz and in the mood for a party, Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola is the venue for you.

This swinging and singing Louis Armstrong jazz party opened with James Andrews on trumpet for a perfectly toned “Sleepy Time Blues”. Light drums backed up several solos in this New Orleans motif, and Aaron Diehl took a long riff that showcased his extraordinary mastery of this genre. The full brass contingent chimed in, and “Honeysuckle Rose” was a huge hit. Wycliffe Gordon added melodic meaning to this song with his engaging personality, and, with a mute on his trombone, he made it warble wonderfully. Victor Goines took his clarinet, backed by Aaron Diehl’s keyboard, for some soaring treble, while Wycliffe sang scat, before grabbing his trombone for the brassy finale. “Tin Roof Blues” was fully in a New Orleans moment, and “Hello Dolly” was added with playful vivacity. During Herman Burney’s bass solo, Victor Goines, James Andrews, and Burney all sang scat; then Aaron Diehl, Burney, and Marion Felder all sang scat, to their pulsating piano, bass, and drums.

“What a Wonderful World” featured James Andrews in a vocal solo, with Victor Goines and Wycliffe Gordon on soft, improvisational clarinet and trombone. For the rousing, marching finale, special guests - Matt Rybicki and Carlos Henriquez on bass, Tatum Greenblatt on trumpet, and Roland Barber on trombone - all appeared onstage and then in the musical “Saints” parade through the audience. This was a Dizzy’s Club Mardi Gras, with Todd Barkan as the Grandmaster. Even the food and drinks at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola are festive and fancy. Check the Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola Website for future dates and artists.



Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola Fans
Sing Into Spring Festival
Wonderful World of Armstrong
Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower



Sing Into Spring Festival
Wonderful World of Armstrong
Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower



Sing Into Spring Festival
Wonderful World of Armstrong
Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower



Sing Into Spring Festival
Wonderful World of Armstrong
Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower



Sing Into Spring Festival
Wonderful World of Armstrong
Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower



Sing Into Spring Festival
Wonderful World of Armstrong
Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower





For more information, contact Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower at zlokower@bestweb.net