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Wynton to play Red Hot Holiday Stomp at JALC

Tune in to PBS on Monday, December 10 at 8:00 p.m.* for Live From Lincoln Center’s telecast of Jazz at Lincoln Center’s (JALC) annual holiday concert, Red Hot Holiday Stomp, from Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola in Frederick P. Rose Hall. The broadcast will be hosted by five-time Academy Award-nominated film and stage actress Glenn Close, and feature Wynton Marsalis leading an evening of joyous music and storytelling. Joining him for Red Hot Holiday Stomp are Wycliffe “Pinecone” Gordon, Wess “Warmdaddy” Anderson, Victor Goines, Joe Temperley, “Papa” Don Vappie, Reginald Veal, Dan Nimmer and Herlin Riley, who will bring Big Easy-style holiday cheer to the Big Apple…

In the first part of the program the musicians will devote themselves to Christmas Carols, other Holiday favorites and New Orleans standards. The entire second half will consist of a nearly hour-long recent work by Wynton titled “Music, Deep Rivers in My Soul.” (Watch to the Quintet rehearsing this poem in Marciac 2007).

Its point of departure is a poetic text by Maya Angelou and it is set for a jazz quintet with a speaker and a dancer. The format echoes Stravinsky’s “L’Histoire du Soldat,” but unlike the Stravinsky/Ramuz story of a soldier who makes a pact with the devil, the Marsalis/Angelou work is a portrait of black music, those who create it and those who listen to it. Wynton’s score embodies a kaleidoscopic amalgam of blues, Gospel, funeral marches, spirituals, swing and bebop.

Speaking the lines of the Angelou poem will be S. Epatha Merkerson, the actress who will instantly be recognized as the precinct police lieutenant in the extraordinary television series Law and Order. The dancer, who created a sensation at a performance of the piece last April, will be tap dancer Jared Grimes.

Red Hot Holiday Stomp with Wynton Marsalis and Friends airs Monday, December 10, 2007. Check Local Listings to see when it is airing on your local PBS station. The show will also be rebroadcast on Saturday December 15 at 3pm and 8pm.

On December 6-7-8, the Red Hot Holiday Stomp will take place at Rose Hall. More info about tickets on JALC web site

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  1. I absolutely loved the red hot holiday stomp it was not only entertaining but a history lesson on the relationship between african americans and the sounds of our music’s background. PBS in my area aired it at 3am and I have 4 children who I wish could have seen it and I hope it becomes available for sale some day (hint)!! We need more programs like this to uplift our people and our society as a whole. Thank you

    Kishara Hannah on Dec 20th, 2007 at 1:07am

  2. i.aurahan,
    the CD is not availabe for now…

    We’ll let you know here when available.

    Luigi Beverelli on Dec 18th, 2007 at 1:45pm

  3. s ensational

    i.aurahan on Dec 17th, 2007 at 9:59pm

  4. how can i buy the december 10 cd of the concert by w.marsalis and company—based on marya angelou writin on pbs channel 13? i.aurahan

    i.aurahan on Dec 17th, 2007 at 9:58pm

  5. My tape recorder failed. If anyone taped it, please let met know. I would love to get a copy of the show.

    Mel Greenberg on Dec 17th, 2007 at 10:55am

  6. Having “Beginner’s Mind” keeps us fresh, Whitney, even with the best of them. Thanks for the props!

    Sheik of Araby, was he a king of the three kings kind?
    Rudolph the Red Nosed not-so-cute Reindeer
    Carol of the Bells, that Ukrainian chick
    Mary Had a Baby
    Santa is coming to town, naughty or nice
    Blue Christmas, my Grandma loves Papa Don’s voice
    & ‘Lil Liza Jane, with some fine Marsalis-style steppin’

    Karen on Dec 16th, 2007 at 3:53pm

  7. Speaking of the show I can’t to see the whole show! We are having 12 inches of snow Sunday and it will be great seeing the entire performance which is always never the same even though I have personally seen them perform as a group before! And it is always Great.

    I said to one person in the Marsalis family’“Man you have mastered your instrument!” and he said, “if I master it then what is there left for me to learn?” I will never fully master my instrument! What do you guys think of this statement?

    whitney marchelle on Dec 14th, 2007 at 4:13pm

  8. I stumbled across the Holiday Stomp on TBS last night and, having not heard anything about it, decided to watch… Absolutely amazing. And the tap? Oh man… Just the whole deal… Excellent gig, Wynton. I was completely captivated… Watched the entire show wire to wire, and all I kept thinking was, “Man, I wish I was there…”

    Merry Christmas!

    PS- During the last song of the first set, I could almost taste the Crawfish Etouffee and the Red Beans and Rice! Thanks for bringing me back to the Crescent…

    ShaneDCJazz on Dec 14th, 2007 at 2:50pm

  9. Wynton,

    On behalf of Jared Grimes family, we thank you for being such a class act and for including my cousin Jared in on such a classy, memorable performance. His mother requested that I relay her utmost thanks and gratitude to you and to PLEASE make a visit to North Carolina real soon!

    I’ll see you at your next show!

    Love and Blessings-NS

    Nadine Stewart on Dec 12th, 2007 at 4:46pm

  10. WNET (NY) will re-broadcast Sunday, December 16th at 12 p.m. Luigi, I was unable to additional times because the PBS stations are independently scheduled, and published two weeks in advance.

    Kathleen, keep us informed about the polyphonic Nutcracker! I’m listening to Such Sweet Thunder, impressed by Duke’s take on literary themes, from Shakespeare to programmatic ballets! Music, Deep Rivers in My Soul combines syncopated, lyric poetry with a contemporary edge. Glo.

    gloria on Dec 12th, 2007 at 12:01pm

  11. Don Vappie was in the hospital. Wynton and the rest of them were keeping vigil on his behalf.

    Karen on Dec 12th, 2007 at 11:19am

  12. CJD,

    Who had been in the hospital, Wynton or Don Vappie? Good to hear Wess is well and playing again. The broadcast did not air here in Atlanta and looks like it won’t in the next coming weeks. I’m thoroughly disappointed I did not get to see what sounds like a great show. Keep the details coming guys.

    Sonalii on Dec 12th, 2007 at 6:55am

  13. Wonderful show! Thanks PBS and thanks Mr. Marsalis and Friends. I am a lifelong sustaining member, and shows like this are part of the reason I keep myself as a member. I do hope the Red Hot Holiday Stomp is released on CD soon.

    Manzur on Dec 12th, 2007 at 12:13am

  14. What a treat! I’m glad I opened that gift early! And I get another one on the 15th; I’m attending Ellington’s Nutcracker in Waterbury, CT. It’s too good, too good.

    Kathleen Zuris on Dec 11th, 2007 at 10:12pm

  15. NOt for a great show like this ;)

    Thank you Wynton for this concert !!!!

    Colin Mark on Dec 11th, 2007 at 8:01pm

  16. Rebroadcasts are rare!!

    Karen on Dec 11th, 2007 at 7:50pm

  17. The Red Hot Holiday Stomp was awesome! Can someone please post the set list of songs played?

    Vince on Dec 11th, 2007 at 7:14pm

  18. The show will be rebroadcast on Saturday December 15 at 3pm and 8pm.

    Luigi on Dec 11th, 2007 at 1:02pm

  19. After rehearsing with Howard Potters Eastman University Big band I thought I had missed the jazz@Linocln Center’s Red Hot Stomp at Dizzy’s on PBS. I finished rehearsal arrived home and the show was on! What a festive Jazzy treat! Thanks family! with teaching and performing myself I thought I would not be able to see the show. What was even better the way it was aired made you feel you were right there at the venue! what a classy music stand!

    whitney marchelle on Dec 11th, 2007 at 12:45pm

  20. outstanding performances by all—-sachmo,duke,basie,sarah,ella,dinah,sinatra, and all of the greats would surely agree—-BRAVO. I can’t wait to purchase it.

    dominic spada on Dec 11th, 2007 at 12:13pm

  21. Saw the broadcast of Red Hot Holiday Stomp…The BEST thing I have ever seen/heard. I was lucky to tivo and am sharing with friends, but am anxious to know…has it or will it be released on DVD? I hope so. Please let me know.

    charles googe on Dec 11th, 2007 at 11:40am

  22. This will be a Christmas classic! Two bands in one show. A great gift to public television. And what a fine tap dancer Jared is! An interesting concept of arts integration; his ‘stage’ was so small for a dancer, yet the choreography was so versatile and unhindered… syncopated feet adding a new element to the percussion section. The score and poem combined to make a perfect fit, beautifully performed.

    Really enjoyed all Christmas arrangements. Music students often tend to swing Carol of the Bells (to the teacher’s chagrin), but it does sound good that way!

    Both Angelou’s commentary and lyrical poetry were thought provoking. ‘Adding to’ a musical creation is definitely the sign of a higher level of artistry. Best, Glo.

    gloria on Dec 11th, 2007 at 11:00am

  23. I learned of a dear friend’s Dad passing away last night, and I just wanted you to know how soothing it was to listen to that beautiful music and dancing. I lit candles in my home and listened and prayed. God Bless You.

    patti raine on Dec 11th, 2007 at 10:34am

  24. The banjo player is Don Vappie as listed above. I heard Wynton say last night that he had been in the hospital the last couple of days. It was wonderful to see him on the bandstand swingin’! It was also good to see Wess looking quite healthy as well.

    CJD on Dec 11th, 2007 at 10:10am

  25. Saw the program on UNC TV. Loved it!

    Can I have the name of the guitar/banjo player who also sang , during the first half of the show. I beleive I saw him once before in a special about New Orleans afte Katrina.

    Thank you so much for answering my question since I would like to order soem of the music,

    max van voorst on Dec 11th, 2007 at 9:58am

  26. I got to know a little about you about 15 years ago before my divorce. I’m watching you on KSPS at The Lincoln Center on ch.7 in Spokane and I can see you are still on top! THE BEST!! Thank you, A. M.

    ann mathieson on Dec 11th, 2007 at 12:18am

  27. I just finished watching the concert and last week i watched your iconoclast episode.

    Time has stood the test that Mr. Marsalis is the ultimate Blues and Jazz master.

    ms jean on Dec 11th, 2007 at 12:07am

  28. Please make a CD of these great concerts! Happy Holidays.

    R Spina on Dec 10th, 2007 at 8:12pm

  29. I just returned from my first trip to NY and on Friday night had the pleasure of seeing, and hearing, Wynton and friends perform at the Red Hot Holiday Stomp.

    It was a wonderful concert in an incredible setting, and it topped off a week of New York experiences. What a great town!

    Patrick Kitchin on Dec 9th, 2007 at 4:10pm

  30. Yesss!!! Finally another live PBS telecast of Wynton and the boys! Are there any plans to release any of the music from this show on CD? I still wish they would release the James Black special Wynton did several years ago.

    CJD on Dec 4th, 2007 at 11:59am

  31. I just watched “Accent on the Off Beat”. Herlin Riley says in there that he likes to play for dancers. Let’s check him out with Jared Grimes on Tap! This is first for that team.

    Karen on Dec 3rd, 2007 at 10:25pm