The World Premieres of Ted Nash’s Portrait In Seven Shades

Posted on February 8th, 2007 in Concerts | Tags: album, jazz at lincoln center, jazz at lincoln center orchestra, portrait in seven shades, premiere, ted nash

The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis will premiere saxophonist Ted Nash‘s musical composition Portrait in Seven Shades in a concert entitled Jazz and Art on February 22, 23, 24 at Rose Theater in Frederick P. Rose Hall in New York City, depicting the influence of one art form on another.
Jazz and Art will feature the world renowned Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra performing Portrait in Seven Shades, inspired by works from the permanent collection at The Museum of Modern Art, as well as other music from the history of jazz inspired by great works of art including Duke Ellington’s Degas Suite, Coleman Hawkins’ Picasso, Jim McNeeley’s Cockiness and Maria Schneiders’ Some Circles.

Ted Nash’s Portrait in Seven Shades is in seven movements, inspired by modern artists Marc Chagall, Salvador Dali, Henri Matisse, Claude Monet, Pablo Picasso, Jackson Pollock, Vincent Van Gogh. As part of the performance, audience members will hear the new piece while gazing upon selected projections of works from the MoMA collection, displayed on stage. Very special guest violinist Mark O’Connor will perform on the premiere composition, as well as Wycliffe Gordon on trombone, Bill Schimmel on accordion and vocalist Yola Nash.

In collaboration with Parsons The New School for Design and The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music, Jazz at Lincoln Center will also produce a live pre-performance and intermission event featuring student artists painting to jazz music on each night. These events will be held in the Atrium of Frederick P. Rose Hall.

Jazz at Lincoln Center and MoMA have been collaborating on MoMA’s Summergarden program, a series of summer concerts in The Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Sculpture Garden at the museum featuring progressive, original music.

The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra personnel for Jazz and Art includes: Music Director and Saxophones, Ted Nash; Trumpets: Wynton Marsalis, Ryan Kisor, Sean Jones, Marcus Printup; Trombones: Chris Crenshaw, Vincent Gardner, Elliot Mason; Reeds: Walter Blanding, Victor Goines, Sherman Irby, Ted Nash, Joe Temperley; Piano: Dan Nimmer; Bass: Carlos Henriquez; Drums: Ali Jackson.

More info about tickets on Jazz at Lincoln Center web site.
Read an interview-article by Ted about the new composition on All About Jazz