In honor of bassist and composer Charles Mingus, whose 100th birthday would have been on April 22, 2022, Jazz at Lincoln Center will present a Charles Mingus Centennial Celebration to commemorate his legacy as a trailblazing composer, performer, and bandleader, and as a staunch advocate for social justice and education. The celebration, which will take place from April 19–26, will explore the many styles he experimented with, from swinging hard bop to Afro-Latin grooves, blues, and classical structures. The week-long celebration will trace the jazz luminary’s impact on generations of musicians with a series of performances spanning two stages and six ensembles, including the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis and appearances by the namesake bands established by Sue Mingus following her husband’s death to carry on his musical legacy: the Mingus Big Band, Mingus Dynasty, and Mingus Orchestra. These performances are presented in association with the Charles Mingus Institute and Jazz Workshop, Inc.
Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Dizzy’s Club continues its season of in-person performances in January and February 2022, presenting a diverse lineup that pays tribute to jazz greats, showcases rising stars on the scene, and welcomes award-winning artists whose work runs the gamut of jazz styles and traditions.
The year begins with the return of Dizzy’s Club mainstays like pianistsEmmet Cohen and Cyrus Chestnut, as well as celebrations honoring the legacy of late jazz luminaries Ralph Peterson, Frank Wess,and Chick Corea. Powerhouse vocalists Vuyo Sotashe, Brianna Thomas, and Shenel Johns join forces for an evening of iconic early jazz and blues songs under the music direction of Riley Mulherkar, and Charles Turner invites audiences to put their dancing shoes on with his band Uptown Swing. In a feature double-billed program, genre-bending songwriter and keyboard player BIGYUKIperforms back-to-back with hard-swinging bassist Yasushi Nakamura. January at Dizzy’s also features a diverse range of artists performing works from recent albums that have won critical acclaim from TheNew York Times, DownBeat, Jazziz, NPR, and others, including a breakout debut album by young virtuoso Micah Thomas, a collection of favorite tunes by pianist and vocalist Diane Schuur, and the debut collaboration between up-and-coming vocalists Vanisha Gould and Lucy Yeghiazaryan.