JLCO with Wynton Marsalis Performs the Music of Charles Mingus and Thelonious Monk, Plus the World Premiere of Andy Farber’s Usonian Structures in Masters of Form: From Mingus To Monk
In the concert event Masters of Form: From Mingus to Monk, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis performs some of the most masterfully structured pieces of the jazz canon, written by musical architects such as Jelly Roll Morton, Charles Mingus, Thelonious Monk, and George Russell.
On this special evening, the orchestra along with composer, arranger and saxophonist Andy Farber, will expand upon the architectural concept with the three-night world premiere of Andy Farber’s Usonian Structures, inspired by the work of architect Frank Lloyd Wright, in Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Rose Theater on April 3 – 4 at 8:00 p.m.The first concert takes place at the Eisenhower Auditorium at Penn State on April 2 at 7:30 p.m. as part of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra residency at the university.
Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Rose Theater at Frederick P. Rose Hall is located at Broadway at 60th Street in New York, New York.
The evening’s program is a musical mashup with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis creating an atmosphere of great composition combined with and compared to great architecture. With music direction by Jazz at Lincoln Center trombonist Vincent Gardner, the band will start the show by playing some of the most intricately designed and influential pieces in jazz history. They will emphasize the brilliant layering and attention to form that allowed composers like Morton, Mingus, Monk, and Russell to construct such distinctly expressive and enduring music.
The second half of the show will expand upon this concept with the world premiere of Usonian Structures, a new suite created by longtime member of the Jazz at Lincoln Center family, Andy Farber. One of today’s finest big band composers and arrangers, Farber’s credits include work with jazz greats such as Shirley Horn, B.B. King, Jon Hendricks and more.
The piece is inspired by the work of architect Frank Lloyd Wright,and each movement is an interpretation or impression of one of Wright’s iconic designs.