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JLCO with Wynton Marsalis in New York

JLCO with Wynton Marsalis
Event Lush Life: Celebrating Billy Strayhorn
Ensemble JLCO with Wynton Marsalis
Date Friday, June 10th, 2016 – Saturday, June 11th, 2016
Time 8:00pm – 9:30pm
Venue Rose Theater
Address Broadway at 60th
Location New York, NY, United States

Legend has it that Billy Strayhorn (1915-1967) wrote one of the icons of the American songbook, “Lush Life,” at the tender age of 16. Though this early date has been disputed by some scholars, what isn’t in question is that Duke Ellington’s first recordings of Strayhorn’s work were published when Strayhorn was only 23 years old. In this centenary year of Billy Strayhorn’s birth, it’s fitting that the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis concludes our 2015-16 season by celebrating his life and career. As Duke Ellington’s key collaborator — and in his own right — Strayhorn is one of jazz music’s seminal yet often under-recognized composers, author of bellwethers like “Take the A Train.” For this celebratory tribute, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis will be joined by renowned pianist (and vocalist) Johnny O’Neal, who fulfills a long-held desire to perform with us. Throughout his career, O’Neal worked regularly with Clark Terry, Ray Brown, Art Blakey, and many others. Of O’Neal, piano legend Barry Harris, who mentored him in the ‘70’s and ‘80’s once said: “He’s a very special cat. If ever somebody sounded like Art Tatum, it’s him. He’s got it all.”

Personnel

Setlist

SET I:

  1. U.M.M.G.
  2. Lady Mac
  3. Isfahan
  4. Raincheck (w/Johnny O’Neal, piano)
  5. Lush Life (Johnny O’Neal & rhythm section)
  6. Johnny Come Lately (w/Johnny O’Neal, piano)
  7. Ready, Go!

SET II:

  1. Tapioca (septet)
  2. Charpoy
  3. Lotus Blossom (rhythm section)
  4. Smada
  5. Day Dream (sextet & Johnny O’Neal, vocals)
  6. The Intimacy of the Blues (w/Johnny O’Neal)
  7. Take the ‘A’ Train