Sneak peek of Jazz at Lincoln Center’s ‘World on A String: Swinging Songs of Broadway’

‘The House of Swing’ is paying homage to Broadway composers this weekend with original arrangements of stage classics. At the helm of Jazz at Lincoln Center, Artistic Director Wynton Marsalis.

“These are the swinging songs of Broadway, we have a lot of great music from great musicals,” Marsalis said.

We got an exclusive sneak peek of the orchestra rehearsing for ‘World on A String: Swinging Songs of Broadway.’

“The musicians that I work in the orchestra are phenomenal,” Marsalis said. “We can say, in our lives at one period of time, that we were all looking the same way, we were all playing each others music , it was really a golden period for us.”

You would think this legendary trumpeter would be front and center, but we found him playing his horn in the back row. Marsalis describes himself as just one of 11 arrangers in this band.

“That’s never existed in the history of our music and they are all just so fantastic, so serious and so real and at this age I can say this it fills me with pride and happiness,” he smiled.

Ted Nash and Sherman Irby, both saxophone players, were selected as this show’s musical directors.

“This is something that we can swing to, this is music you all recognize,” Irby said. “We just try to find stuff that’s relevant today.”

All three of these musicians come form very different roots, but all three and their whole orchestra have one thing in common, Jazz.

“And it always comes out right because everyone has the same goal in mind playing some swinging music and getting the music out to the people,” Irby said.

“I’m about the music, it’s such a blessing to play it,” Marsalis added. “I’m a fan of music and there is nothing wrong with it.”

Tickets for ‘World on a String: Swinging Songs of Broadway’ can be purchased through 24 hours a day or via CenterCharge at 212-721-6500, open daily from 10am to 9pm. Tickets can also be purchased at the Jazz at Lincoln Center Box Office

by James Ford and Rebecca Millman
Source: Pix11 TV

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