Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Late Night Session @ Dizzy’s Club

The quintessetial late night pleasure in Manhattan is listening to cool jazz in an elegant space with a spectacular view of the city preferably with a lethal drink and tasty nibbles. What may be the city best kept secret is the Late Night Session at Dizzy's Club at the top of Time Warner Center. Not only because the spot is bumping with the hottest jazz acts around town but after 11:30 PM from Thursday till Saturday nights the cover, New Orleans influenced menu bites  and cocktails are a song. Dizzy’s Club is named after famed trumpeter and jazz legend Dizzy Gillespie. Curated by the Sierra Leone born English bred jazz impresario and singer Michael Mswenso the room swings till he shuts it down with his signature, “That’s all folks”.  Michael was lured from London where he established the late night jazz set at Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club. Multitasking his performing career with host and curator Michael modestly says," It can be difficult at times but life is all about balance. My job as curator is to remain selfless and bring forth those who I believe love the music and understand it holistically and are able to play it an engaging  manner. As a performer the only difference is that you must ask yourself those questions." He's adapted to the Big Apple, "Differences are of course you are in the Mecca of Jazz. You have the opportunity to surround yourself with the masters of the music and those who believe in it. In London there are many great musicians but the support  system to be able to play it is hard." Simply put by  Jason Olaine, Director of Programming and Touring for Jazz at Lincoln Center, "Michael has 'big ears' -- he knows when guys and gals can really PLAY. He can speak to them as equals, since he can relate to what it takes to be a working musician. He's incredibly knowledgeable about jazz history and has a love and passion for teaching as well as for discovering and nurturing younger, developing artists that are truly into swinging. He's also the most positive, energetic spirit I know, so he's a lift in the office and on the bandstand."  One Saturday a month the chairs and tables are pushed back for a dance party.  That's all folks.


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