Evan Sherman, Dizzy's Jazz Club: New York City
Dizzy’s Jazz Club – my favourite place in NYC! I came to this bar for the first time last year where I saw the ‘Evan Sherman Entourage’ perform, and I was amazed, and I’m so glad I caught him again this year. That too, during Jazz Appreciation Month, and there’s no better place to be than New York City for that!
Sherman does Dizzy’s ‘Late Night Sessions’ every night from 11:15pm Tuesday- Saturday night, with the background of Columbus Circle and NYC’s skyline of lights. I am addicted to this jazz bar, which just meant I didn’t sleep at all whilst in New York. This year I saw his ‘Big Bang’ performances, where there was 16-piece jazz band on stage, part of which were some greats, from Saxophonist Jerry Dodgion (Billie Holiday, Herbie Hancock), Trombonist and vocalist Frank Lacy, to some newer faces such as 18 year old piano player Isaiah Thompson, and of course Sherman’s fantastic drums themselves – they’re more than just a beat, but also very melodic in themselves.
Frank Lacy’s (above) vocal performance was my favourite part of the night, and actually my highlight of NYC. I felt so lucky to be able to see him live and so up-close, and the music so brilliant!
These guys made me fall in love with live jazz music last year and still never fail to impress! The night ended with a huge jam session with New York’s up and coming jazz musicians, including a performance from Jonathan Barber, the Late Night Sessions’ host.
New York City’s Jazz is the reason I love to go there – I also checked out Small’s Jazz Club where I saw The Harold Mabern trio – quite different to Sherman’s 16-piece Big Band obviously, but also great!
We feature an interview with the King of Dizzy’s Late Night Sessions Evan Sherman in our New York City special radio show this week, as well as some clips from the live performances, including Frank Lacey’s – so tune in, you don’t want to miss this week's radio!