Continuing Jazz at Lincoln Center’s 30th anniversary celebration, this special evening was dedicated to the brilliant composers of New York City’s house band: the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis. The JLCO has put forth a vast, innovative body of original work over the past decade, and for one night in Rose Theater they treated audiences to a collection of their best compositions. Featuring the compositions of current JLCO members like Victor Goines, Ted Nash, Sherman Irby, Marcus Printup, Vincent Gardner, and Wynton Marsalis, the JLCO songbook includes some of the finest and most stylistically diverse big band music in history. Such variety and uniformly high quality is a rare achievement for any band, but no other group has ever had 11 composers and arrangers of this level in its ranks. The JLCO composers’ thematic ambitions, distinctive musical personalities, and unprecedented range make their repertoire a particularly potent demonstration of big band jazz’s limitless potential.
This concert was chosen as one of our 30th anniversary landmark performances because of the remarkable compositional abilities of many of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra’s current and past members. Since 1992, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra has been our institution’s flagship ensemble, representing Jazz at Lincoln Center across the globe. Recognized as one of the preeminent jazz ensembles in existence, this two-night only performance is an opportunity to celebrate the writing and arranging that have shaped the band.
Originally performed on October 20th, 2017.
Sherman Irby - alto & soprano saxophones, flute, piccolo, Bb clarinet
Ted Nash - alto & tenor saxophones, flute, alto flute, piccolo, Bb clarinet
Victor Goines - tenor saxophone, Bb & Eb clarinets
Walter Blanding - tenor & soprano saxophones, Bb clarinet
Paul Nedzela - baritone & alto saxophones, bass clarinet
Dan Nimmer - piano
Carlos Henriquez - bass
Marion Felder - drums
Sofija Knezevic - Vocals