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Wynton performs Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue

On November 16, 17, 18 at Rose Theater, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, the American Composers Orchestra with special guest conductor Steven Sloane and pianist Marcus Roberts perform Gershwin’s groundbreaking Rhapsody in Blue, and then underscore vocal performances of Nelson Riddle’s finest arrangements from the Gershwin songbook.
The evening includes music by Charles Mingus and John Lewis and closes as the ACO’s Music Alive Composer in Residence Derek Bermel brings his innovative vision to an exciting new work.

More info about tickets on JALC web site

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  1. Hi S! How’ve you been? Quiet around here.
    You’d really enjoy Marcus Roberts’ interpretation of Rhapsody in Blue for jazz ensemble and orchestra. His recording is entitled Portraits in Blue (Sony SK 68488).
    Marcus expands the Rhapsody with cadenzas, improvisations based on ragtime and blues, and new ideas based on the original scoring, which flowed seamlessly into the strings.
    The Bermel work was thick with modern harmonies, themes and riffs, much drama and some humor. J@LC Orchestra combined with the American Composers Orchestra produced strikingly rich, full, contemporary sounds.
    Great musicians…
    Have a Happy Thanksgiving! Glo.

    gloria on Nov 20th, 2006 at 8:17pm

  2. Hello Gloria! It must have been a joy to hear the expanded arrangement with the Lincoln Center Orchestra and Marcus Roberts. Sounds like you enjoyed yourself Gloria. Would like to hear more.

    Sonalii on Nov 20th, 2006 at 5:03pm

  3. Lots of great music! Marcus Roberts was terrific! Derek Bermel’s imagery of migration covered a vast musical landscape and Patti Austin’s vocals were sublime. Paquita d’Rivera’s Allen concert was wonderful as well. The halls were packed, so nice to see! Glo.

    gloria on Nov 20th, 2006 at 4:07pm