Most do not head to Columbus Circle for after-hours let alone the Time Warner Center. The magnificent city views from Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola after-dark are reason enough to visit this venue and the late night jazz session makes it a must visit destination that ought to be on everyone’s list – jazz aficionados or not.
New York Events attended Saturday’s session where John Raymond did an Art Farmer/Jim Hall Tribute. The set took us through various periods of time and evoked various emotions along the way. John Raymond was on the flugelhorn alongside Alex Wintz on guitar, Russell Hall on bass, and Francesco Ciniglio who did an outstanding job on drums. Everyone shined past midnight and had their moment on stage. As a lover of the drums, I thought that Ciniglio had the room rocking on his solos. That’s not to say that the rest of the band did not shine. Michael Mwenso, the curator of the event, is also a vocalist who made the night more fun with sound effects, narratives and vocals. Mwenso was an excellent host who could convince anyone to love jazz.
After John Raymond’s band finished, they opened up the stage to friends who also exposed the audience to interesting sounds and captured different eras of jazz.
The session is a great introduction to jazz for anyone and a place for jazz lovers to get their fix in a unique venue with spectacular views. The staff was beyond friendly and welcoming. The drinks were delicious and the ambiance stayed true to the old school jazz club feel while adding the sophisticated touch and central park views.
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