With Michael Mwenso and Brianna Thomas, vocals; Chris Pattishall, piano; Josh Holcomb and Matt Musclemann, trombone; Bria Skonberg, trumpet; Riley Mulharkar, trumpet; Tivon Pennicott Julian Lee, saxophone/clarinet; Godwin Louis, alto saxophone; Gabe Schnider, guitar; Joe Saylor, drums; and Russell Hall, bass
Michael Mwenso, host of Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola’s Late Night Sessions, returns as a headlining artist to great demand, right on time to celebrate the mighty Fats Waller. The sly, animated singer performs sets of freshly arranged classics, with at least a wink and a nod towards jazz’s long tradition of innuendo. In addition to his takes on Fats Waller tunes, tonight’s main feature, the show will also include selections from Michael Mwenso’s Downtown Speakeasy: The Prohibited Jazz Age, his recent smash success at Joe’s Pub, featuring choice songs of the 1920s in which, to this day, “innuendo” is an understatement. With arrangements full of smart surprises, a young band comprised of New York’s most impressive rising stars, and special guest vocalist Brianna Thomas, these sets will leave audiences – once again – begging for more.
A multi-generational meeting of legendary masters and up-and-coming musicians, the fifth annual Coca-Cola Generations in Jazz Festival offers unique celebrations in swing, featuring a variety of artists from around the globe.