Wynton starts the Ellington Love Songs tour with JLCO

Today, January 16, Wynton and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra (JLCO) are in Ann Arbour (MI) for the first performance of “Ellington Love Songs Tour” across North America (from January through Februry 12).
Please check the full tour schedule with more info about venues and tickets. The tour will end in New York City, with 3 dates at Rose Hall (JALC). We also added new tour dates for March and April.

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  1. Wynton Marsalis made a surprise appearance last weekend at Jazz at the Bistro — in St. Louis’ Grand Center arts district — to the delight of the audience. Marsalis and eight members of the acclaimed Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra performed an impromptu jazz session at the club, which Marsalis was quoted in USA Today as saying is one of the 10 greatest places in the country to see and hear live jazz. Marsalis started out by sitting in with husband and wife team Reggie and Mardra Thomas and their band, including Nick Jost on bass and Marty Morrison on drums. Reggie Thomas, a Lincoln Center clinician and friend of many of the musicians in the orchestra, invited them onstage to perform. They all played Thomas’ arrangement of the jazz standard “At Last.” Then the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra took over the stage and coaxed their remaining colleagues up to the stage to play “I’ll Remember April.” Marsalis and crew were in town for an earlier performance at the Sheldon Concert Hall’s annual gala.

    Zac on Feb 15th, 2008 at 9:13am

  2. Seeing/Hearing Wynton Marsalis and the JLCO on 1-31-08 at Segarstram Concert Hall in Costa Mesa, CA was one of the highlights of my life. I’ll never forget that night of supreme talent playing exquisite music. Is it possible to obtain a copy or facsimile of that performance on CD? PLEASE come back soon!

    Mary Lippold on Feb 11th, 2008 at 5:46pm

  3. Thank you for a night of wonderful music on Jan 31st in Costa Mesa, CA. I’ll remember it for a long time, and I will wait for you all to come back.

    Judy on Feb 2nd, 2008 at 3:42pm

  4. I had the great good fortune to see and hear Mr. Marsalis and the JLCO at the Disney Center in Los Angeles on February 1. It was an incredible performance by incredibly talented and accomplished musicians; undoubtedly the best musical performance I have ever attended (jazz, classical, chamber, choral…it doesn’t matter). I can only hope to see these guys in person again someday.

    Aaron on Feb 2nd, 2008 at 6:39am

  5. You’re right – somehow J@LCO keeps getting better and better every year, and the band was already unparalleled during its tenure at Tully!

    We look forward to attending this festival of Duke’s works and are interested in hearing the more obscure selections (Moon Over Cuba, Perfume Suite, Such Sweet Thunder). Hope more clips will be added to this site.

    Look forward also to the upcoming world premiere, Abyssinian 200! Congratulations! Glo.

    gloria on Jan 31st, 2008 at 9:00pm

  6. My husband and I saw Wynton and the JLCO last night in Berkeley, CA. What a treat!!! This is one of the classiest, most sophisticated groups of musicians we have seen on a stage together. And the musicianship is unparalled. The highlight of the show was “Creole Love Call”, where Wynton blew that horn like no one I’ve ever heard before. And Mike Dwyer (see above) is right about Mr. Temperley’s performance on “The Single Petal of a Rose”. It stopped the show. If you don’t have tix yet…beg, borrow or steal to get them! You will not be disappointed!

    Wendy Haecker on Jan 27th, 2008 at 1:27pm

  7. In The Swing Seat – I have listened to this show on my XM radio and I think it is amazing. My 17 yr old son is the lead alto in his schoold jazz band and I think that he (and the entire jazz band would learn so much from the show. IS there a way to purchase the show on CD or download so the kids in the school Jazz band could expand their knowledge? The more they know about the roots of Jazz, the better they would understand what they are playing and the more emotion they would put in to it.

    Thanks in advance.

    John Bantz on Jan 26th, 2008 at 9:44pm

  8. Kust saw the concert in Santa Rosa, CA. Fantastic beyond words! I truly appreciate the love and dedication this band has for jazz and for music education.

    Sarah Luders on Jan 26th, 2008 at 3:34am

  9. Mike,I don’t think that it has been recorded thus far.However the beauty of it all is that you heard it first hand.It will always be in your heart and mind…..enjoy!

    Jacques A.Mullins on Jan 26th, 2008 at 1:14am

  10. I just saw JLCO this evening in Minneapolis. Jacques is right – Mr. Temperly’s playing of The Single Petal of a Rose was perhaps the most moving piece of music I’ve ever experienced.

    Please, someone. Tell me where I can find this piece perfomred by JLCO on a CD or vinyl record.

    Don’t miss this concert – it’s outstanding.


    Mike Dwyer on Jan 22nd, 2008 at 1:38am

  11. I am a student at the University of Michigan Ann Arbor and I’d like to say that Wynton and the JCLO were truly outstanding. What a brilliantly and wonderfully arranged performance.

    Ryan Norman on Jan 18th, 2008 at 12:37pm

  12. As the classic said….
    “..mine is the religion of love..”.


    ZS on Jan 18th, 2008 at 8:34am

  13. I attended the concert in Ann Arbor last night.What a great way to start the New Year by listening to Duke’s music being played by LCJO.The concert swung from beginning to end.The highlight for me was hearing Mr Temperly play “Single Petal of a Rose”.After he finished his solo their was not a dry eye in the house.
    This is a must see concert by a group of seasoned musicians.

    Jacques A.Mullins on Jan 17th, 2008 at 8:58am