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The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis play essential big band music by Duke Ellington and Count Basie. The first set finds the JLCO swinging through a number of classic Basie standards, including "April in Paris," "Swinging the Blues," and "Jumpin' at the Woodside." The second half of the concert will be a full performance of Ellington's groundbreaking masterpiece Black, Brown & Beige. Originally composed for his 1943 debut at Carnegie Hall, it was advertised as "Duke Ellington's first symphony," and Ellington described the powerful three-movement suite as a "tonal parallel to the history of the American Negro."
Originally performed April 27th, 2018.
Sherman Irby - alto saxophone
Ted Nash - alto saxophone
Victor Goines - tenor saxophone
Julian Lee - tenor saxophone
Paul Nedzela - baritone saxophone
James Chirillo - guitar
Dan Nimmer - piano
Carlos Henriquez - bass
Marion Felder - drums
Pianist McCoy Tyner and saxophonist Charles McPherson, both 80 years old the night of this concert in 2019, were honored by the JLCO with Wynton Marsalis with a bevy of new arrangements featuring their compositions. McPherson, a singular bebop saxophonist, even joined the JLCO onstage for the per...
The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis explores the innovative musical concepts that emerged during the 1950s – a whirlwind decade of unprecedented growth and staggering creativity. Jazz's limitless potential was on full display during these years, as exemplified by the cool ja...
Legend has it that Billy Strayhorn (1915-1967) wrote the American songbook icon, “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 ...