Photo and video from “Stand up for Jazz” featuring Bill Cosby
On Thursday October 21, in Frederick P. Rose Theater, the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra with Wynton played a short opening set of jazz tunes that deal with humor.
Some were directly representational (Wynton’s Ellingtonian “Back to Basics,” which portrays laughter through a trumpet), some just sounded happy-go-lucky (Thelonious Monk’s singsong “Green Chimneys”) and some were jazz’s best novelty songs (’‘Salt Peanuts’‘ and ‘‘Open the Door, Richard’‘).
Then Mr. Cosby performed stand-up comedy for 90 minutes, using a reduced version of the orchestra behind him to cue incidental music to his routines.
(Click the link below to open the Quicktime video directly or right-click to save the video on your hard disk)
Wynton soloing on Back to Basics (Quicktime Video 3.0 mb)
Bill Cosby duets with the LCJO – part 1 (Quicktime Video 680 kb)
Bill Cosby duets with the LCJO – part 2 (Quicktime Video 3.7 mb)
Bill Cosby on stage with Wynton, Eric Lewis, Wes Anderson and Herlin Riley