Listening Parties

Join us for free Listening Parties, as musicians and scholars play for you legendary records that shaped the course of Jazz history. Hear from some of today’s greatest artists as they share with you the albums and artists that inspired them. All Listening Parties are free and open to the public. Unless otherwise indicated, seating is available on a first come/first served basis.


The Irene Diamond Education Center (IDEC)
Time Warner Center, 60th Street and Broadway
5th Floor

January 23 at 7 pm

Dizzy Gillespie Film Clip Party

Host Will Friedwald has assembled clips of some of the greatest musical and performance moments of Dizzy Gillespie, one of the greatest geniuses and most beloved entertainers of Jazz. This evening, we’ll see and hear what made him such a legend, and watch some of the performances that turned him into an American legend and cultural icon.

January 24 at 7 pm

Gypsy Swing and Beyond

Guitarist Justin Poindexter, accordionist/keyboardist Sam Reider, and saxophonist Eddie Barbash are known for putting their own infectious stamp on every kind of music from jazz to folk to bluegrass . For this event, they will expand their ensemble to explore gypsy swing, musette, and the music of Belgian Jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt.