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  • Ahmad Jamal & Wynton Marsalis Open Jazz At Lincoln Center’s 2013–14 Season

    Posted on August 23rd, 2013 in Concerts | 0

    Jazz at Lincoln Center proudly opens the 2013–14 season with Ahmad Jamal & Wynton Marsalis on September 19–21 at 8pm in Rose Theater at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall, Broadway at 60th Street, New York, New York.   Keep reading »

  • Video: Ahmad Jamal performing with Wynton at JALC

    Posted on September 26th, 2008 in Video | 1

    On September 18-20, 2008, Jazz at Lincoln Center opened its 2008-09 season, with master of jazz piano, Ahmad Jamal, and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis performing in Rose Theater.   Keep reading »

  • Ahmad Jamal at JALC’s season opening concert

    Posted on September 25th, 2008 in Review | 0

    When Ahmad Jamal mentioned that it’s been 50 years since “that” recording in Chicago—the renowned At the Pershing: But Not For Me which he recorded as a member of the Pershing Hotel’s house trio in 1958—his longevity and scope as a pianist quickly came into perspective and overwhelmed me. Few pianists, let alone jazz musicians, can claim such an expansive career. That the majority of this setlist came only from the latter 20 years of his repertoire was an additional testament to his continuing presence as one of jazz’s great pianists and innovators. But at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s season opening concert series in Rose Hall Jamal humbly eschewed his celebrated stature, opting to cherish the Hall’s demure acoustics, his quartet’s deft phrasing, and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra’s superb arrangements and soloing.   Keep reading »

  • Review: ‘Ahmad Jamal, Wynton Marsalis’

    Posted on September 25th, 2008 in Review | 0

    Celebrating the 50th anniversary of his landmark recording of “Poinciana,” Ahmad Jamal encored the piece in a politely designed and refined performance. The vet pianist played with his trademark feathery grace that’s often accented by boldly explosive chords. Jamal’s opening set found him in the company of a rhythmic trio governed by percussionist Manolo Badrena, whose dancing fingers provided a relentlessly pulsating tempo for the entire repertoire.   Keep reading »

  • Ahmad Jamal Strikes up the Orchestra

    Posted on September 22nd, 2008 in Review | 0

    Can this really be the fifth season of Jazz at Lincoln Center at Rose Hall? Already there are young people filling seats at the Rose Theater who probably feel that JaLC has been around forever, and even take it for granted. They’d probably be amazed to hear that listeners in the 1940s thought it was a big deal whenever jazz made it to one of the major concert halls, like Carnegie or Town Hall, and probably couldn’t imagine a world in which American music was accorded the same respect as symphonies and chamber works. (It had only been a few generations since ragtime was condemned by the pope and jazz itself was officially denounced by the city of New Orleans, where it was created.) So if young fans want to act as though Rose Hall — the only jazz-specific multiplex in the country, if not the world — is no big deal, then that’s a good thing, an illustration of how far we’ve come.   Keep reading »

  • A Pianist Fully in Charge of Everything He Surveys

    Posted on September 19th, 2008 in Review | 0

    Ahmad Jamal stood up repeatedly from the piano at the Rose Theater on Thursday night, almost always during a song. His reasons had to do with the act of management, which plays an important role in his music. Sometimes he turned to face the rest of his rhythm section, as if to observe its progress or pass silent judgment. Sometimes he was making an announcement, or cuing the big band onstage. It was the kickoff for Jazz at Lincoln Center’s new season, but the timing felt almost incidental. Mr. Jamal had the floor, unequivocally, and he wasn’t interested in behaving like a guest.   Keep reading »