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Dizzy’s Club "Coca-Cola" Celebrates Ilene Glick Barkan’s Birthday

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Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola Celebrates
Ilene Glick Barkan’s Birthday

Music of Lucky Thompson
(Lucky Thompson Bio)

With:
Eric Reed on Piano
www.ericreed.net
Victor Goines on Tenor Sax
www.victorgoines.com
Reuben Rogers on Bass
www.reubenrogers.com
Rodney Green on Drums
www.rodneygreenmusic.com

After Hours Set:
Denise King Quartet
(Denise King Website)

Denise King on Vocals
John di Martino on Piano
Marco Panascia on Bass
Alvester Garnett on 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
December 17, 2009


Every December at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, Ilene Glick Barkan, wife of Artistic Administrator and renowned record producer, Todd Barkan, celebrates her birthday with friends, relatives, and the Club’s jazz fans. This year, Ilene and friends were serenaded by the spirited music of Lucky Thompson, a renowned tenor and soprano sax performer and composer. Victor Goines became our Lucky Thompson, and he could not have done a more splendid job. I had the honor of sitting at Ilene’s head party table, next to the infamous Paquito D’Rivera, the incredible sax performer, composer, author, professor, arranger, and raconteur, who performs at Dizzy’s with his own band on New Year’s Eve. Paquito’s wife, Brenda Feliciano, was at the table, too, and numerous jazz greats, friends of Paquito, and friends of Ilene stopped by. Todd Barkan, Dizzy’s Programming Director, was ebullient and charismatic, as he greeted the sold-out crowd.

Victor Goines opened on swinging soprano sax, accompanied by Eric Reed on piano, Reuben Rogers on bass, and Rodney Green on drums, all accomplished artists, well known at Jazz at Lincoln Center. The first piece of this second set, Lucky Thompson’s “Soul Lullaby”, was melodic and transporting, with danceable, vivacious rhythms. The mood at Dizzy’s was immediately joyful and jumping. Be bop jive abounded through the Club. Eric Reed has a professional ease that drew my eye, even with the piano at the far end of the stage. His riffs were hot and lively. Reuben Rogers’ bass accompaniment enhanced this piece with mellow passages, while Rodney Green’s drums were blended, yet playful. After all, this was a party. Victor swapped soprano for tenor sax throughout this set, resulting in nuanced differences in music and tone.

“Reminiscent”, also a Thompson composition, was played along with “Lucky Strikes”, and we first heard a slower, meandering swing, boldly building in piano intensity. Soon Eric took off on rapid solo sequences, repeating the theme with urgent harmonies, before Victor, once again, brought the theme back home. Reuben Rogers’ solos were next, digging deep into the musicality and enriching its soulful quality. Victor soon added his own tenor solo, backing up the beat with more danceable fervor. The audience whistled and hooted in enjoyment. By the end of the set, it was time for Rodney Green’s showcased riff, and his drums were on a fast ride back in time. This Birthday Set ended in a blaze of brilliance.

The Denise King Quartet took the final “After Hours” set, with Ilene’s birthday cake served and Todd Barkan in a rare serenade, “The Good Life”, recorded by Tony Bennett in 1963. The set began with Ms. King’s velvety vocals, tranquil and seamless. “Polka Dots and Moonbeams” became sultry and sensual, as Alvester Garnett used feathery light brushes, John di Martino played stylishly on piano, and Marco Panascia provided delicate bass detail to the mellifluous moment. Duke Ellington’s “Take the “A” Train” included Marco’s a sumptuous riff and Alvester’s steady tempo, while “My Favorite Things” was a perfect choice for a festive evening. Todd’s solo song was hopefully the start of something big, as they say. His artistry is seasoned and suave. Happy Birthday, Ilene, who left the club with bouquets and kisses. On the way out the door of the Time-Warner Center, I bumped into dancers from New York City Ballet, whom I also review; what a night! Check the Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola Website for future dates and artists.



Paquito D'Rivera and Wife,
Brenda Feliciano at
Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola
Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower


Eric Reed on piano,
Victor Goines on tenor sax,
Reuben Rogers on bass,
Rodney Green on drums
Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower


Reuben Rogers, Rodney Green,
Victor Goines
Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower


Reuben Rogers on bass
Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower


Reuben Rogers, Rodney Green
Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower


Rodney Green on drums
Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower


Eric Reed on piano
Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower


Ilene Glick Birthday Guest
Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower


Paquito D'Rivera, Brenda Feliciano,
and a Dizzy's Party Guest
Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower


John di Martino on piano,
Denise King on vocals,
Alvester Garnett on drums,
Marco Panascia on bass
Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower


Lupe O'Farrill, Todd Barkan,
Ilene Glick, Irwin Keyes
Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower


Denise King on vocals,
Alvester Garnett on drums
Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower


Todd Barkan Serenades Ilene
and Dizzy's Club Guests
Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower


Todd Barkan Serenades Ilene
and Dizzy's Club Guests
Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower


Denise King Quartet
Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower


Victor Goines Joins in
on tenor sax
Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower


Ask la Cour, Tyler Angle,
Amar Ramasar, and Guest Composer
of New York City Ballet,
in the Time-Warner Center, Columbus Circle
Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower




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