Fri, June 27th

Emil Bizga Quartet


Doors 6:30PM
Show 7:15PM
Advance Price $10 (SAVE 30% on dinner when you include a FULL DINNER for only $20 – details below)
Door Price $10
Table Reservation (212) 777-1157

Advanced online ticket sales stop at 5pm on day of show
If available, more tickets are available at door

Proudly presented by the Romanian Cultural Institute in New York

Emil Bizga

Emil Bizga’s style has been shaped by a broad array of experience spanning classical orchestra, big band and the jazz combo. In addition to receiving Masters Degrees in classical trumpet in Malmo, Sweden and jazz trumpet in Hanover, Germany, he has worked closely with greats such as Hakan Hardenberger and Wynton Marsalis to further refine his style.

Early performance experience included solo engagements with the Niedersachen Jazz Orchestra, Hanover Opera and Bucharest Radio Big Band. Rich experience and technical mastery have converged to create Emil Bizga’s unmistakable sound.

Recorded in Tony Bennett’s studio in January 2011, “Acacia Flower” was born out of Bizga’s desire to intertwine his favorite melodies with jazz, the international musical language. The arrangements in this album interlace jazz with the sensitive textures of Romanian composer Ciprian Porumbescu, the dynamic sounds of American composer George Gershwin, the jazzy Brazilian rhythms of Bossa Nova composer A.C. Jobim, and the romanticism of Italian film composer Nino Rota.

In this album, the sounds of different places and times complement one another, each speaking to us in its own unique musical language, pulling us back to our roots. The song that gave birth to the title of the album, “Acacia Flower”, is a Romanian romance from the interwar period that Bizga interpolated with rumba rhythms. 

Daniela Tocari

Daniela Tocari, guest actress, studied first piano and ballet as a student at the School of Arts "Alexei Stircea" from Chisinau, and then the art of acting at the National College of Arts "Octav Bancila" in Iaşi, with Prof. Doina Deleanu, and at the University of Arts "George Enescu" in Iaşi, with Prof. Octavian Jighirgiu.

She has a Master in the art of acting from the National University of Theatre and Film "I. L. Caragiale" in Bucharest, being coordinated by Prof. Gelu Colceag. Her professional experience includes the following roles: Elena – in "Pinalti", Apropo Theatre, Bucharest; Angel  - in "The Florentine Hat", directed by Silviu Purcărete, National Theatre "Vasile Alecsandri" Iasi; The Girl in " Mr. Swedenborg Wants to Dream", directed by Mihai Măniuţiu, National Theatre "Vasile Alecsandri", Iaşi; A Woman of Troy – in "Women of Troy", directed by Andrei Șerban, National Opera of Iași. She was also a radio producer at Hit Radio Iași. She won second place at the International Standard and Latin Dance Masters (Bucharest, 2009).

Within the show, she will recite poems by Nichita Stănescu, Mihai Eminescu, Carl Sandberg, Lucien Quincy, Bob Kaufman, Ted Jones, and Keneth Rexroth.

Emmet Cohen

With an astonishing technique and an innovative harmonic palate, Emmet Cohen engenders a deep musical bond with his audience. He has shared the bandstand with a plethora of jazz luminaries, including Christian McBride, Joshua Redman, Patti Austin, Maceo Parker, Carmen Bradford, Billy Hart, and many others.

He won a Downbeat Award as an Outstanding Jazz Soloist, and was later chosen to be the pianist to play in the 2008 Gibson/Baldwin GRAMMY Jazz Combo. In September of 2011 Emmet won third prize in the Thelonious Monk International Piano Competition. Backed by Carl Allen and Rodney Whitaker, he performed a set at the Kennedy Center in front of 2,000 people.

 Corcoran Holt


Currently Corcoran Holt is the bassist in the Kenny Garrett Quintet, which received a Grammy nomination in 2013 for “Pushing the World Away”, recorded at Mack Avenue Records.

He began his study of classical acoustic bass at age 10 with the renowned DC Youth Orchestra (DCYOP).

He received his Masters degree in Jazz Studies from Queens College in New York City in 2006, under the tutelage of Buster Williams, Michael Phillip Mossman, and Antonio Hart.

Corcoran feels blessed and gives thanks to the many jazz legends and greats he has worked with, including: Wycliffe Gordon, Kenny Garrett, Antonio Hart, Roy Hargrove, Randy Brecker, John Hicks, Eric Reed, Jimmy Cobb, Al Foster, Vanessa Rubin and others.

Mark Whitfield Jr

Mark Whitfield Jr. is a drummer from Brooklyn. He made his first concert appearance at age two as a guest drummer with his father, guitarist Mark Whitfield, and clarinet legend Alvin Batiste, at the Varsity Theater at Louisiana State University. He was enrolled on full scholarship at Berklee, where he has studied with Hal Crook, Joe Lovano, Terri Lyne Carrington, and Ralph Peterson. He has worked with Kenny Garrett, among many others.

**Dinner Special Details**


Click on the ticket link above and select the General Admission ticket PLUS $20 Dinner special to save 30% on your dinner (does not include TIP). Select your dinner option on the page during checking-out when you review your online order and BEFORE finishing the check process.** 

Dinner options include:


None: I purchased a General Admission Ticket

Option 1: Mediterranean Plate, Salad and a Soda

Option 2: Hamburger, Salad, Humus and a Soda

Option 3: Marinated Grilled Chicken Cubes, Salad, Humus and a Soda

Option 4: Kale Salad, Humus and a Soda