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  • Palmetto Records is new label for LCJO with Wynton Marsalis

    Posted on December 10th, 2004 in Jazz at Lincoln Center, Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra | 0

    On January 11, 2005, Palmetto Records will release A Love Supreme, the label debut of Jazz at Lincoln Center’s renowned big band The Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra with Wynton (LCJO). The LCJO will tour the United States, commencing on December 10th in Lincoln Theater in Washington, D.C. and culminating with shows at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s new home, Frederick P. Rose Hall, in New York City on May 21, 2005 (dates attached). Under Music Director Wynton Marsalis, the LCJO performs a vast repertoire, from rare historic compositions to works commissioned by Jazz at Lincoln Center, including compositions and arrangements by Duke…   Keep reading »

  • Wynton Marsalis and Ken Burns honor the life of Jack Johnson

    Posted on November 9th, 2004 in CD, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Septet, Tribute | 1

    Jazz at Lincoln Center proudly commemorates the Jack Johnson Festival in its new home, Frederick P. Rose Hall, for two special evenings of jazz and film on Friday, November 12 and Saturday, November 13 at 8:00pm. During the first half of the program, acclaimed filmmaker Ken Burns, along with Wynton, will provide commentary and present clips from Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson, Mr. Burns’ upcoming documentary on the heavyweight-boxing champion, author, patent-holding inventor and aspiring bass player. Wynton composed the original score and, with the Wynton Marsalis Septet, will perform this extraordinary music during the second half of…   Keep reading »

  • Photo and video from “Stand up for Jazz” featuring Bill Cosby

    Posted on November 4th, 2004 in Concerts, iTunes, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, Photo, Podcast, Special report, Video | 0

    On Thursday October 21, in Frederick P. Rose Theater, the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra with Wynton played a short opening set of jazz tunes that deal with humor. Some were directly representational (Wynton’s Ellingtonian “Back to Basics,” which portrays laughter through a trumpet), some just sounded happy-go-lucky (Thelonious Monk’s singsong “Green Chimneys”) and some were jazz’s best novelty songs (’‘Salt Peanuts’‘ and ‘‘Open the Door, Richard’‘). Then Mr. Cosby performed stand-up comedy for 90 minutes, using a reduced version of the orchestra behind him to cue incidental music to his routines. (Click the link below to open the Quicktime…   Keep reading »

  • Photo and video from the JALC Grand Opening Inaugural Gala

    Posted on November 3rd, 2004 in Concerts, iTunes, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, Photo, Podcast, Special report, Video | 0

    On October 20 at 8pm, the Frederick P. Rose Theater played host to the inaugural gala, with celebrities such as former Vice President Al Gore and actor Robert Redford in the house, and a buffet of artists on stage. Wynton was alternately emotive and brazen on “Just a Closer Walk with Thee.” Saxophonists Joe Lovano and Branford Marsalis swung abstractedly through “Tenor Madness.” Patti Austin mimicked Ella Fitzgerald on “How High the Moon,” and Liza Minnelli broke it up with a rousing “New York, New York.” (Click the link below to open the Quicktime video directly or right-click to save the…   Keep reading »

  • Jazz In Motion: World Premieres by Wynton Marsalis

    Posted on November 2nd, 2004 in Ballet, Concerts, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra | 1

    Guaranteed kinetic energy takes place on the stage of the Rose Theater on November 3, 4, 5 at 8pm with Jazz In Motion. Welcome, composed by Wynton Marsalis and choreographed by Peter Martins, is performed by Charles McPherson and a New York City Ballet dancer. Visionary Elizabeth Streb and her dance company STREB debut Gauntlet, with new music by Joe Chambers and his percussion ensemble. Tap genius Savion Glover and his ensemble ignite the stage in the evening’s final world premiere to new music composed by Wynton. Reprises include past Wynton collaborations with Tony Award-winner Garth Fagan and New York City Ballet’…   Keep reading »

  • Photo and video from the Grand Opening Concert

    Posted on October 30th, 2004 in iTunes, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, Photo, Podcast, Special report, Video | 2

    On October 18 at 8 pm, the Grand Opening Concert was held in the 1,200-seat Rose Theater. It featured the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, led by Wynton, and an array of special guests. Other shows taking place simultaneously featured the Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra, with Arturo O’Farrill, in the 550-seat Allen Room, and the Bill Charlap Trio in the 140-seat Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola. Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who proudly proclaimed that he had “taken the A train” to the hall, welcomed the audience. Beginning with a solemn original number, “Call to Prayer,” they played selections by the likes of Coltrane, Basie, Mingus,…   Keep reading »

  • Photo and video from the Grand Opening press conference

    Posted on October 29th, 2004 in iTunes, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Photo, Podcast, Special report, Video | 0

    On October 18, at 11 am, New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, accompanied by Department of Cultural Affairs Commissioner Kate Levin, joined Wynton Marsalis and all the JALC staff in the new Allen Room for an official dedication ceremony, which included a fanfare entitled “The Gift”, composed by “Slide” Hampton. Mayor Michael Bloomberg presented Wynton with a “Jazz at Lincoln Center Month” proclamation in honor of the grand opening of the organization’s new home, Frederick P. Rose Hall. (Click the link below to open the Quicktime video directly or right-click to save the video on your hard disk) The parade…   Keep reading »

  • Video and photo from the New Orleans-style second-line parade

    Posted on October 28th, 2004 in iTunes, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Quartet, Special report, Video | 3

    On October 18 2004, at 10 am Wynton led a swinging group of musicians down the Broadway, on their way to the new Home of Jazz at Lincoln Center. Those in the New Orleans-style parade, as well as citizens of Manhattan and tourists belted out “When the Saints Go Marching In.” Office workers clapped from open windows. Some even started to jitterbug on the street as the musicians paraded from Lincoln Center’s Josie Robertson Plaza to the new Jazz at Lincoln Center marquee located on Broadway at 60th Street. (Quicktime 7 required – Click the link below to open the video directly or right-click…   Keep reading »

  • Photo from the reharsal of JALC Grand Opening Concert

    Posted on October 28th, 2004 in Concerts, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, Photo, Special report | 0

    On Sunday afternoon, October 17 2004 we attended the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra rehearsal for the Frederick P.Rose Hall Grand Opening Concert. Here you have some photos of our special presence there. (thanks Isobel !) The new JALC building entrance on Columbus Circle The Frederick P.Rose Theater The LCJO rehearsing for the October 18 Concert The saxophone section of the LCJO (from the left: Joe Temperley, Ealter Balding Jr. and Wes Warmdaddy Anderson) The rhythm, trumpet and trombone section of the LCJO Wynton checkin’ if all is going well   Keep reading »

  • Let Freedom Swing: A Celebration of Human Rights & Social Justice

    Posted on October 27th, 2004 in Concerts, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, Tribute | 0

    Thursday 28, Friday 29 and Saturday 30, October 2004, at 8pm in the Rose Theater, The Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis celebrates the charismatic leaders who gave voice to the struggle, and whose words and deeds continue to be invoked as new struggles emerge. Six extraordinary world premiere musical commissions will paint a backdrop for inspirational oratory on liberty and triumph by Vaclav Havel, Lyndon Johnson, Robert Kennedy, Martin Luther King, Jr., Nelson Mandela, and Eleanor Roosevelt. Performed by celebrity readers and set to music by an international array of composers including Darin Atwater, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Darius Brubeck, and Zim Ngqawana, Jimmy…   Keep reading »