Wynton to play with Gerald Wilson and Plas Johnson next week
Jazz at Lincoln Center continues to celebrate the jazz cities of America with a special concert series entitled Los Angeles: Central Avenue Breakdown featuring the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis on February 23-25 at 8pm at Frederick P. Rose Hall on Broadway at 60th St. in New York City.
Gerald Wilson, who arranged music for Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie and Count Basie, leads the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra in this celebration, joined by fellow Los Angeles natives Plas Johnson, the sultry tenor sax voice of Mancini’s “Pink Panther” theme.
Tickets are $30, $50, $75, $100, $130 and available at the Jazz at Lincoln Center box office on Broadway at 60th St., by calling CenterCharge at (212) 721-6500 or via www.jalc.org
Known for being exceptionally light and relaxed in feeling, thoughtful and uncluttered in conception, a style of Los Angeles jazz that emerged in the 1940s was called “cool.” The music gained popularity in the ‘50s, and was made famous by composers such as Charles Mingus, Chet Baker, and Gerry Mulligan.
Together, the LCJO and guest artists Gerald Wilson and Plas Johnson will explore the lyrical style of Los Angeles jazz.