In celebration of Ro’s (my roommate from undergrad) birthday, a group of us went out for a tasty dinner at La Silhouette (great food, service so-so) and afterwards walked over to Dizzy’s Coca Cola for some late night Jazz at the Lincoln Center. The venue is gorgeous – intimate without the feeling of being packed in, with a wonderful panoramic view of Central Park. The jazz music was also really quite wonderful – not terribly modern, just the way I like it.
Back in SF, my husband and I would often drive up to Oakland to catch some jazz at Yoshi’s, also a great venue if not a bit out of the way. Dizzy’s reminds me a little of Yoshi’s although the audience wasn’t quite as energetic. We stayed for the after hours trio as well and they were surprisingly good. We would have stayed ’til closing, but we weren’t a fan of the pianist’s singing, so we left about three songs into after hours and called it a very successful night of low key celebration.
Here’s a blurb from the Jazz at Lincoln Center about the performance:
Renee Rosnes: Music of the Piano Masters
w/Steve Nelson, Peter Washington & Lewis Nash
Tue-Sun, Oct 11-16
7:30pm & 9:30pm
plus 11:30pm on Fri & Sat
Students: $15 select sets with valid student ID
A modern piano master, Rosnes takes on the classics of her forbearers in performances that also feature one of the best living jazz vibraphonist in Steve Nelson. Frequent collaborators, Rosnes and Nelson may echo sounds of John Lewis and Milt Jackson, McCoy Tyner and Bobby Hutcherson, or Gary Burton and George Shearing, but through their distinctive individual styles they create quite an original voice. Renee Rosnes, piano; Steve Nelson, vibes; Peter Washington, bass; Lewis Nash, drums
Join us every night this week for After Hours with the Johnny O’Neal Trio & Special Guests: Jazz Party, featuring The Hot Fives Special: $5 Cover, $5 Menu, and $5 Drink Specials every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.