Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis
17 & 18 August
About The Concert
“The finest big band in the world today” – London Daily Telegraph.
Straight off the plane from New York Wynton Marsalis, our modern day Louis Armstrong and the world’s greatest musicians from The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra make their appearance for a 6-day residency at the Snow Concert Hall.
This exhilarating ensemble has been making audiences feel good since 1988, performing music from the greatest composers and performers of the genre, including Duke Ellington and Count Basie. Every Jazz at Lincoln Center performance is an incredible event full of energy and bristling with life – the music woven deep in the fabric of this phenomenal ensemble.
Hear the classics the way they were meant to be enjoyed with jazz happening in the moment. Led by the extraordinary trumpeter Wynton Marsalis, you’ll hear musicians so perfectly unified they play as one, with plenty of opportunity for individual members’ talents to shine.
About Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra
The world-renowned Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra (JLCO) is composed of 15 of the finest jazz soloists and ensemble players today. It has been the Jazz at Lincoln Center resident orchestra since 1988 and produces thousands of performances, education, and broadcast events each season in both its home in New York, across the U.S. and around the globe.This remarkably versatile orchestra performs and leads educational events in concert halls; dance venues; jazz clubs; public parks; and with symphony orchestras; ballet troupes; local students; and an ever-expanding roster of guest artists.
This remarkably versatile orchestra performs and leads educational events in concert halls; dance venues; jazz clubs; public parks; and with symphony orchestras; ballet troupes; local students; and an ever-expanding roster of guest artists.
Under Music Director Wynton Marsalis, the JLCO performs a vast repertoire – from rare historic compositions to Jazz at Lincoln Center-commissioned works, including compositions and arrangements by Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Fletcher Henderson, Thelonious Monk, Mary Lou Williams, Dizzy Gillespie, Benny Goodman, Charles Mingus, and current and former JLCO members.
Throughout the last decade, the JLCO has performed with many of the world’s leading symphony orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic; Czech Philharmonic; Berlin Philharmonic; Boston Symphony Orchestra; Chicago Symphony Orchestra; London Symphony Orchestra; Sydney Symphony Orchestra; Melbourne Symphony Orchestra; St. Louis Symphony Orchestra; Los Angeles Philharmonic and many others.
Marsalis’ three major works for full symphony orchestra and jazz orchestra, All Rise – Symphony No. 1 (1999), Swing Symphony – Symphony No. 3 (2010), and The Jungle – Symphony No. 4 (2016), continue to be the focal point of JLCO’s symphonic collaborations.
Education is a major part of Jazz at Lincoln Center’s mission with educational activities reaching over 110,000 students, teachers and general audience members annually.
These programs include the celebrated Jazz for Young People™ family concert series; the Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Competition & Festival, educational residencies; workshops; and a multitude of concerts for students and adults worldwide.
In 2015, Jazz at Lincoln Center launched Blue Engine Records (www. jazz.org/blueengine), a new platform to make its vast archive of recorded concerts available to jazz audiences everywhere. The label is dedicated to releasing new studio and live recordings as well as archival recordings from past Jazz at Lincoln Center performances.
Jazz at Lincoln Center is led by Chairman Clarence Otis, Managing and Artistic Director Wynton Marsalis, and Executive Director Greg Scholl.
About Wynton Marsalis
Wynton Marsalis (Music Director, Trumpet) is the Managing and Artistic Director of Jazz at Lincoln Center.
Born in New Orleans, Louisiana in 1961 to a musical family, Marsalis was gifted his first trumpet at age 6 by Al Hirt. By 8, he began playing in the famed Fairview Baptist Church Band led by Danny Barker. Yet it was not until he turned 12 that Marsalis began his formal training on the trumpet. Subsequently he began performing in bands all over the city, from the New Orleans Philharmonic and New Orleans Youth Orchestra to a funk band called The Creators. In 1979, as a young teenager fresh out of high school, Marsalis moved to New York City to study classical music at The Juilliard School. Once there, however, he found that it was jazz music that called. His career quickly launched when he traded Juilliard for Art Blakey’s band, The Jazz Messengers. By 19, Marsalis hit the road with his own band and has been touring the world ever since.
From 1981 to date, Marsalis has performed 4,777 concerts in 849 distinct cities and 64 countries around the world.
Marsalis has recorded 110 jazz and classical albums, four alternative records, and released five DVDs. In total, he has recorded 1,539 songs. Marsalis is the winner of 9 GRAMMY Awards, and his oratorio Blood on the Fields was the first jazz composition to win the Pulitzer Prize for Music. He’s the only musician to win a GRAMMY Award in two categories, jazz and classical, during the same year (1983 / 1984).
Marsalis has solidified himself as an internationally acclaimed musician, composer and bandleader, educator and advocate of American culture. As a composer, his body of work includes over 600 original songs, 11 ballets, four symphonies, eight suites, two chamber pieces, one string quartet, two masses, one violin concerto, and in 2021, a tuba concerto
Included in this rich body of compositions is Sweet Release; Jazz: Six Syncopated Movements; Jump Start and Jazz; Citi Movement/Griot New York; At the Octoroon Balls; In This House, On This Morning; and Big Train.
As part of his work at Jazz at Lincoln Center, Marsalis has produced and performed countless new collaborative compositions, including the ballet Them Twos, for a 1999 collaboration with the New York City Ballet. That same year, he premiered the monumental work All Rise, commissioned and performed by the New York Philharmonic along with the JLCO. In 2021 All Rise was performed with the Tulsa Symphony Orchestra in remembrance of the centennial anniversary of the Tulsa Race Massacre.
Marsalis is a globally respected teacher and spokesman for music education. He led the effort to construct Jazz at Lincoln Center’s new home – Frederick P. Rose Hall – the first education, performance, and broadcast facility devoted to jazz.
Marsalis conducts educational programs for students of all ages and hosts the popular Jazz for Young People™ concerts produced by Jazz at Lincoln Center. He is also the Founding Director of Jazz Studies at the Juilliard School, has written and is the host of the video series “Marsalis on Music,” the radio series “Making the Music,” and a weekly conversation series titled “Skain’s Domain.”
Wynton Marsalis has received such accolades as having been appointed Messenger of Peace by United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan (2001). In December 2021, Marsalis and Jazz at Lincoln Center were awarded the Key to New York City by Mayor Bill de Blasio – a beloved symbol of civic recognition and gratitude reserved for individuals whose service to the public and the common good rises to the highest level of achievement.
Wynton Marsalis’ core beliefs and foundations for living are based on the principles of jazz. He promotes individual creativity (improvisation), collective cooperation (swing), gratitude and good manners (sophistication), and faces adversity with persistent optimism (the blues).
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