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JLCO with Wynton Marsalis and guest artists reprise “Blood on the Fields”


The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, Pianist Eric Reed and Vocalists Gregory Porter, 
Kenny Washington and Paula West Perform Pulitzer Prize-Winning Work in its Entirety for the First Time Since 1994 Premiere

Jazz at Lincoln Center continues its 25th anniversary celebration with a special performance of Blood On The Fields, Wynton Marsalis’ Pulitzer prize-winning jazz oratorio.  Eighteen years after its premiere at Alice Tully Hall, the jazz oratorio on slavery and freedom will be performed by the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis.  Eric Reed, featured pianist on the premiere and original Blood On The Fields recording, joins the JLCO for this special concert event.  Blood on the Fields remains one of Marsalis’ greatest works and reinforces his dictum that “all jazz is modern.“  Rising star baritone Gregory Porter, scat-master Kenny Washington, and the great contralto Paula West reprise the vocal roles. 

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February 21-23, 2013, 8pm


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  1. any notion of whether will play in Atlanta again?

    Pcallens on Mar 1st, 2013 at 7:58pm

  2. I am so very pleased that I was able to witness the Blood on the Fields performance I have been waiting 18 years since missing the Chicago premiere at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Any time I’ve had access to Wyton Marsalis, I always asked when he was going to perform Blood on the Fields live again. Last January, he said 2013 would be the year! I made it to New York. It was worth the wait…the work itself illicits very strong emotion within me and to see and hear it performed live, often brought me to tears. Thank you Wynton and JLCO.

    Stasi Bobo-Ligon on Feb 27th, 2013 at 9:47am

  3. The concert was amazing! The drums, bass, violin-Porter—Marsalis of course and just the vocals and musicians in general are too wonderful for words!

    Lorettahenke on Feb 24th, 2013 at 2:06pm

  4. Enjoyed the concert!

    Bonita on Feb 23rd, 2013 at 10:58pm

  5. Kenny Washington was amazing!

    Dr. Chris Williams on Feb 23rd, 2013 at 10:56pm


    MTSCR on Feb 23rd, 2013 at 10:53pm

  7. Simply amazing !

    CV on Feb 23rd, 2013 at 10:48pm

  8. . BRAVISIMO! Soulful and beautiful, beautiful and soulful. Thank you for your ultragenerous webcasts. MTSCR

    MTSCR on Feb 21st, 2013 at 11:13pm

  9. I had the pleasure to see Blood On The Fields performed in Atlanta. Simply terrific!

    Jeffrey on Feb 21st, 2013 at 1:09pm