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  • Rolling Stone: Crosby, Stills and Nash Work Out With Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra

    Posted on May 6th, 2013 in Review | 0

    On January 27th, 1970, Miles Davis recorded a version of the medieval whisper “Guinevere” from Crosby, Stills and Nash’s 1969 debut album, Crosby, Stills & Nash. Davis’ take was in the manner of his recently-cut, not-yet-released album, Bitches Brew – 18 minutes of electric turmoil with a buzzing current of sitar and only passing references to David Crosby’s original melody. It was a rare instance of Davis losing his way in an astutely chosen song. His “Guinevere” stayed in the can until 1979, when it appeared on the anthology Circle in the Round.   Keep reading »

  • Essentially Ellington 2013 live webcasts schedule

    Posted on May 2nd, 2013 in Streaming | 1

    On May 10/11/12, the entire weekend of Essentially Ellington events, will be webcast live on: http://wyntonmarsalis.org/live Check out the full schedule (all times EDT)   Keep reading »

  • Celebrating Duke Ellington featuring the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis

    Posted on April 23rd, 2013 in Concerts, Streaming | 2

    Since 1988, when Wynton Marsalis coalesced his septet with Duke Ellington alumni Jimmy Hamilton, Willie Cook, Jimmy Woode, Norris Turney, Britt Woodman, and Joe Temperley (still an active member of the JLCO and performer at this event) to form the first edition of the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, Ellington’s oeuvre has been fundamental to Marsalis’ mission and conception. Continuing in this vein, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis will draw from its deep well of Ellingtonia, rendering the maestro’s essence with a forceful, idiomatic clarity that reflects the JLCO’s abiding immersion in his language.   Keep reading »

  • Jazz at Lincoln Center Announces 2013-14 Season

    Posted on February 27th, 2013 in Concerts | 0

    New York, NY (February 27, 2013)  Today Jazz at Lincoln Center announced its 2013-14 Concert and Education Season which boasts a diverse range of artistry and embodies the concept “all jazz is modern” (see attached chronology).  Compelling new programs, concerts, and series feature some of today’s finest musicians performing in Rose Theater, The Allen Room and Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall, which the Wall Street Journal called a “crowning achievement of Jazz at Lincoln Center’s remarkable rise from a three-concert 1987 series dubbed ‘Classical Jazz’ to a full constituent within Lincoln Center.   Keep reading »

  • An Oratorio of History With History of Its Own

    Posted on February 25th, 2013 in Review | 0

    By the time of Wynton Marsalis’s 1994 oratorio, “Blood on the Fields,” written for three singers and a 15-piece band, his scale for musical structure and organizational planning was big and getting bigger. He was 32 then. Jazz at Lincoln Center hadn’t yet become a constituent part of the larger Lincoln Center organization, and the idea of a dedicated theater for jazz hadn’t even been proposed. But he had already written extended works and had developed a framework for identifying and explaining jazz’s standards of excellence, and for linking the music to the history of black Americans and the notion of cultural survival. Never before had such power resided within one jazz musician, and those who doubted him wanted to be impressed on every possible level — especially after “Blood” won the 1997 Pulitzer Prize for music.   Keep reading »

  • Jazz at Lincoln Center announces 2013 Essentially Ellington Finalists

    Posted on February 24th, 2013 in News | 1

    Jazz at Lincoln Center proudly announces the 15 finalist bands that will compete in the prestigious 18th Annual Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Competition & Festival (EE) at Frederick P. Rose Hall on May 10 - 12, 2013.  The following finalists are among nearly 100 high school jazz bands across the country that entered the competition.  Each school submitted recordings of three tunes performed from charts from Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Essentially Ellington library.   Keep reading »

  • Wynton Marsalis’ Pulitzer-winning ‘Blood on the Fields’ returns

    Posted on February 12th, 2013 in Profiles & Interviews | 0

    Sixteen years ago, newspapers across America riffed on an unexpected theme: For the first time, a jazz composition had won the country’s highest musical honor. “Marsalis swings a Pulitzer” trumpeted USA Today, its message echoing wherever cultural news was reported. Not since Duke Ellington had been snubbed by the Pulitzers in 1965 — prompting two jury members who recommended him for the award to quit — had jazz become so dramatically linked to the award.   Keep reading »

  • The Crosby, Stills & Nash Songbook at Jazz at Lincoln Center

    Posted on January 30th, 2013 in Concerts | 0

    In a unique and historic collaboration, iconic rock trio Crosby, Stills & Nash and the world renowned Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis will perform together for the first time in Rose Theater at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall in two concert events entitled “The Crosby, Stills & Nash Songbook.” The premiere on May 1, 2013 will be Jazz at Lincoln Center’s 2013 Gala Concert followed by a public concert on May 3, 2013.   Keep reading »

  • Webcast: The JLCO playing the Music of Gerry Mulligan & John Lewis

    Posted on January 19th, 2013 in Streaming | 5

    The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis addresses the compositions and arrangements of baritone saxophonist Gerry Mulligan and pianist John Lewis, whose recorded paths first intersected with Miles Davis’ legendary Birth of the Cool nonet. Neither jazz master was a stranger to JALC—both developed close relationships with the organization during the 90s. Their respective oeuvres, melody-rich, harmonically astute, and brimming with blues connotation, ideally suit the JLCO sound. Featuring the charismatic and high-energy modern pianist Jonathan Batiste.   Keep reading »

  • Wall Street Journal: Jazzy Wynton Marsalis

    Posted on January 12th, 2013 in Profiles & Interviews | 0

    ACCORDING TO WYNTON Marsalis, jazz “places a premium on originality and individuality.” Personal style has always has been a key element to the genre, to the music itself and beyond. “When people dress well, they play well,” said Mr. Marsalis, 51, in an interview at the gleaming new offices of Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York (JALC). He added with a laugh, “My thing is if we don’t sound good, at least we look good.” To ensure the latter, he’s got a wardrobe of natty suits, and wore a Brooks Brothers gray pinstripe three-piece to our interview (Brooks is the official clothier of JALC).   Keep reading »