Wynton and Louis Armstrong’s Hot Fives

Wynton and guest musicians will perform in Wynton and Louis Armstrong’s Hot Fives on September 28, 29 & 30 at 8pm in Frederick P. Rose Hall to present the groundbreaking and historic works by the Hot Five, Louis Armstrong’s first jazz recording band with him as a leader.

Wynton Marsalis, Jonathan Batiste, Carlos Henriquez, Vincent Gardner, Victor Goines, Wycliffe Gordon, Ali Jackson, Don Vappie and others will perform these recordings that pioneered a new era of jazz, bringing the concept of the soloist into the spotlight.
Wynton will world-premiere new compositions and perform Louis Armstrong’s Hot Five masterpieces including “West End Blues” and “Cornet Chop Suey.”
Tickets for Wynton and Louis Armstrong’s Hot Fives are $30, $50, $75, $100, $120 and can be purchased at the Jazz at Lincoln Center box office on Broadway at 60th Street, by calling CenterCharge at (212) 721-6500 or via

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  1. Sounds like a wonderful concert with the Hot Fives in sync! In the big band concerts, we can’t always “hear” Victor’s elegant clarinet parts meshing with the trumpet, but in this music the symbiotic relationship comes through in special ways. Thanks again, J.

    gloria on Sep 29th, 2006 at 7:18am

  2. Thank you gloria, i’ll publish the link to the mp3

    Luigi Beverelli on Sep 29th, 2006 at 3:02am

  3. Well my all my teeth are dry from so much smiling.

    This concert was so energetic, so tightly woven and yet so diverse in individual expressions in sound that I am as pleased as I have ever been from having attended a formal concert. In fact, this concert did not seem formal at all. Despite being held in such an illustrious setting, the sound in Rose Theatre was intimate and the band members were playful in their playing; cheering each other on, shaking their heads in recognition of each other’s virtuosity, and grimacing in sheer delight by the very sounds they created.

    Each musician took the mic and sang! I expected this from Wycliffe Gordon and have come to understand Wynton, too, might play his voice. I was, however, pleasantly surprised when Vincent Gardner began to scat and by the time the mic made its rounds, Victor Goines, Walter Blanding, and Don Vappie had all made their vocal statements. Don Vappie, fresh as he is, held his banjp in a most curious position as he moaned, sighed and plucked at those strings causing the most melodic/erotic vibrations with his eyes closed as if he knew that instrument as Adam knew Eve…and right on stage in front of a full house. The nerve!

    What a delight!

    Jonathan Batiste, a 19 year old prodigy from New Orleans who is now at Juilliard, played the piano masterfully as if he had always known Armstrong’s music; and, hailing from a musical family, it could not be otherwise.

    Victor Goines took us back in time, playing only his clarinet tonight. I have never heard a clarinet played more beautifully, more masterfully or with more passion. I never knew the range of that instrument was so expansive. Victor hit notes so far above the staff the notation must not exist (perhaps this explains the stray canines gathered round the exit door?) Victor played energetically, complementing most often and most beautifully Wynton’s sonic movement. Indeed clarinet and trumpet were siamese twins this evening and we were all enriched.

    Walter Blanding, of course, played beautifully and had a lovely solo on his soprano saxophone but the period music featured tonight was for brass, clarinet and strings.Ali Jackson, whose playing I always enjoy, was busy as could be sampling various devices attached to his drum kit tonight but, alas, clarinet and trumpet were the glue tonight.

    Well, there is so much more to say but for now…


    Jurzy Girl on Sep 28th, 2006 at 11:31pm

  4. This will be a doosy!

    CJD on Sep 27th, 2006 at 1:40pm

  5. This is must see! The musicians included are unbelievable. I have seen Jonathan Batiste many times in New Orleans and love Wycliffe on the bone. I have also seen Vincent Gardner and Victor Goines a number of times. Unfortunately, I am on the west coast. Any chance of this being recorded for later viewing?


    Kevin Vandever on Sep 26th, 2006 at 6:17pm