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Wynton Marsalis, Jon Batiste and members of the JLCO release Spotify Singles

Wynton Marsalis, Jon Batiste and members of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra released two tracks exclusively for the Spotify Singles series today. The tracks “2 Degrees East, 3 Degrees West” and “Django” are streaming now and are available to all users. To stream the Spotify Singles, go to http://bit.ly/2o3kRYh

Both songs were recorded live on March 6, 2017 at Spotify Studio in New York City. Marsalis and Batiste originally recorded takes of both songs with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra for The Music of John Lewis, the newly released album on Blue Engine Records.

The Spotify Singles “2 Degrees East, 3 Degrees West” and “Django” collectively feature Wynton Marsalis (trumpet), Ted Nash (alto saxophone), Victor Goines (clarinet), Elliot Mason (trombone), Jon Batiste (piano), Carlos Henriquez (bass), Willie Jones III (drums) and James Chirillo (guitar).

Launched in 2016, Spotify Singles provide artists the opportunity and space to create and perform content in the state-of-the-art Spotify Studio.

Check out a behind-scenes-look at the Spotify Singles recording session:

The Music of John Lewis, released on March 24, 2017, marks the first recording featuring Wynton Marsalis and Jon Batiste, two longtime collaborators and New Orleans natives. The album was recorded in 2013, when the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis set out to celebrate the esteemed pianist and composer, and teamed up with Batiste. The bandleader of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and a prodigious pianist in his own right, Batiste joined the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra to tackle some of Lewis’s most iconic tunes during a sold-out concert in Rose Theater, the House of Swing.

The Music of John Lewis debuted at #3 on the Billboard Current Traditional Jazz Albums chart on week of release and is currently at #7 on the JazzWeek radio chart.

Few musicians captured the sleek, swinging sophistication of jazz better than pianist, composer, and bandleader John Lewis, who had a long, deep, personal relationship with Jazz at Lincoln Center. “He used to always call our program a miracle,” says Wynton Marsalis. “He used to always say, ‘Keep that miracle going.’”

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