Wynton to play Red Hot Holiday Stomp at JALC

Posted on December 3rd, 2007 in Concerts | Tags: christmas music, dizzy's club, jazz at lincoln center

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