Wynton explains: What is Swing ?

Posted on October 23rd, 2007 in Jazz at Lincoln Center, Jazz for young people | Tags: jazz at lincoln center, jazz for young people

Hosted by Wynton, the Jazz for Young People® concert entitled “What is Swing” is the first family event of Jazz at Lincoln Center’s 2007-08 season. The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra (JLCO) and Wynton demonstrate the importance of swing rhythms through performance and storytelling.
You get the drums started right with a spang-spang-a-lang. You call in the bass for a walking refrain. You make feet tap, hands clap, and bring everyone together for a good, good time. Duke said, “It don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that swing.” Now, host Wynton and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra joyously demonstrate just why this mysterious rhythm means so much.
On Friday November 2, at Apollo Theater and on Saturday November 3, 2007, 12 noon and 2 p.m. at Frederick P. Rose Hall, on Broadway at 60th Street, New York City.
Tickets are $12, $17, $32 and are available at the Jazz at Lincoln Center Box Office on Broadway at 60th Street, by calling CenterCharge at (212) 721-6500 or via JALC. Recommended for ages 6 and up.

Video-clip from “What is Swing” at JALC