With Helen Sung, piano; Seamus Blake, saxophone; Ingrid Jensen, trumpet; Ben Williams (9/27-9/28) and Doug Weiss (9/29), bass; Obed Calvaire, drums; Samuel Torres, percussion
Helen Sung is a mighty force on piano, an adept soloist who combines her classical background with a passionate dedication to jazz and the feel of swing. Winner of the Mary Lou Williams Jazz Piano Competition and featured in 2011 on Wynton Marsalis’ “Who’s Got Next: Jazz Musicians to Watch” list, Sung’s career has exploded since she entered the scene in the last decade. Though she currently works with top-shelf bands such as the Mingus Big Band and T.S. Monk Band, she has received the highest praise for her own albums, and we are thrilled to have her preview the upcoming Anthem for a New Day here at Dizzy’s. Her past releases have included originals and inspired interpretations of compositions from Duke Ellington, Bud Powell, Fiddler on the Roof, and Thelonious Monk (the latter of which, not surprisingly, seems to be a favorite source of material). Featuring an equally accomplished band, this will be a sizzling set of straight-ahead jazz and post-bop.
The Coca-Cola Generations in Jazz Festival showcases an array of up-and-coming musicians alongside some of today’s most established jazz masters.