dizzy’s – where the music matters most - 2000
So my epiphany led me back to where I began, so many stops ago on the journey. I discovered intuitively that, if I could stay around the music, immerse myself in a close knit creative community, keep my head in the zone & away from the bullshit/competition/demands of the business, then I could continue to grow & keep learning – my principal self-proclaimed goal in life. The rest of it is meaningless to me.
So, in April of 2000, I set up a performance space called dizzy’s – where the music matters most. It’s an artist-driven collective, whose focus is to provide a bridge between creative performers & an ever growing all ages audience thirsting for that creative energy. I schedule, promote, & operate the space single-handedly, hosting over 230 events a year. Anything creative is fair game: jazz musicians, acoustic singer/songwriters, bluegrass groups, 17 piece big bands, poets & writers, mambo orchestras – they’ve all held events @ dizzy’s.
Tho I set the space up primarily to benefit the amazing array of local San Diego talent, word of the space’s magic vibe has brought performers from all over the world to it’s stage: the legendary Mose Allison, Cuban pianist Omar Sosa, The Krueger Brothers from Switzerland, Hadda Brooks, Boston’s Either/Orchestra, transcendent vocalists from Sheila Jordan to Tierney Sutton, the Tin Hat Trio, Japan’s Society For Modern Music, influential Seattle guitarist Bill Frisell, Philly drum wizard Winard Harper, Italy’s Beppe Gambetta, France’s Philipe LeJeune, Flamenco dance master Antonio Vargas, Nashville guitar virtuoso John Jorgenson, NYC’s Leni Stern, Benian guitarist Lionel Loueke, the gypsy jazz of Toronto’s Beyond The Pale, Hammond B3 organ king Joey DeFrancesco, singer songwriter Noel Paul Stookey, French-born composer/guitarist Stéphane Wrembel & the list goes on & on . . .
Even though it is sometimes overwhelming, my dedication of time & energy @ dizzy’s is a selfish act. I am immersed in a swirling sea of creative energy & positive, appreciative vibes. What more could anyone want?
For complete information on dizzy’s, including a calendar of events, photo archives, & more, click here to visit: dizzysjazz.com.