The finest musicians in Jazz will join Billy Crystal and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis in a special night of improvisatory brilliance on the timeless themes of love and loss, addressed through laughter, dance and the indomitable spirit of swing. *Jazz at Lincoln Center’s 2014 Gala* concert, titled “Love, Loss and Laughter: The Story of Jazz” is a one night benefit on *May 1, 2014 at 7:00pm*, hosted by Emmy and Tony award winning actor Billy Crystal.Keep reading »
On Thursday October 21, at Rose Theater, the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra with Wynton played a short opening set of jazz tunes that deal with humor.Keep reading »
Some were directly representational (Wynton’s Ellingtonian “Back to Basics,” which portrays laughter through a trumpet), some just sounded happy-go-lucky (Thelonious Monk’s singsong “Green Chimneys”) and some were jazz’s best novelty songs (’‘Salt Peanuts’’ and ‘‘Open the Door, Richard’‘).
One thing Lincoln Center’s benefit for its jazz program at Avery Fisher Hall on Wednesday night proved was that Bill Cosby, the night’s M. C., wasn’t to be challenged. Keep reading »