Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Brazilian Festival

The Brazilian Duke Ellington
Featuring Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis and special guest Cyro Baptista
October 24 – 25, 2014
Rose Theater, 8pm

The late Moacir Santos’ work illuminated the soul of Brazil, creating a truly national music, which has been recorded extensively by hundreds of artists. Melding Afro-Latin influences with improvisation and jazz harmony helped make Santos a genuinely original voice in Brazilian music. Santos was orphaned at an early age, and taken in by a family who helped him take music lessons. He continued to learn the music of Brazil throughout his formative years, garnering an encyclopedic musical knowledge. Though late to receive proper international acclaim, his 2004 album Ouro Negro helped Santos to reach newfound celebrity among generations of Brazilian musicians and music fans worldwide.

Wynton Marsalis also played on Santos’s final album Choros & Alegria (2005). For these two concerts, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis are joined by acclaimed Brazilian percussionist Cyro Baptista to explore the music of the “Brazilian Duke Ellington”. Featured tunes that evening will include new arrangements by Marsalis and JLCO members Ted Nash, Victor Goines, Vincent Gardner, Ali Jackson, Christopher Crenshaw, and Marcus Printup of classic Santos’ tunes such as ‘Coisa No. 8 (Navegação)”, “Coisa No. 5 (Nanã)”, “Lemurianos”, “Bluishmen”, and more.
Free pre-concert discussion at 7pm with special guests on both nights.

The concerts will also stream live in high-definition audio and video for free to a global audience via

Due to unforeseen circumstances, composer-arranger-guitarist Mario Adnet, originally scheduled to appear on this concert, will be unable to perform.

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