Wednesday, July 8
Showtime: 9:00 PM
$55.00 - $85.00 ($52.00 - $82.00 Concert Member)
The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra (JLCO), comprising 15 of the finest jazz soloists and ensemble players today, has been the Jazz at Lincoln Center resident orchestra since 1988. Featured in all aspects of Jazz at Lincoln Center’s programming, this remarkably versatile orchestra performs and leads educational events in New York, across the U.S. and around the globe, in concert halls, dance venues, jazz clubs, public parks, and with symphony orchestras, ballet troupes, local students and an ever-expanding roster of guest artists. The JLCO has been described as “not just a band on tour, but a religious congregation, spreading the word of jazz.” (Downbeat)
Under Managing and Artistic Director Wynton Marsalis, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra spends over a third of the year on tour. The big band performs a vast repertoire, from rare historic compositions to Jazz at Lincoln Center-commissioned works, including compositions and arrangements by Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Fletcher Henderson, Thelonious Monk, Mary Lou Williams, Billy Strayhorn, Dizzy Gillespie, Benny Goodman, Charles Mingus, Chick Corea, Oliver Nelson, and many others. Guest conductions have included Benny Carter, John Lewis, Jimmy Heath, Chico O’Farrill, Ray Santos, Paquito D’Rivera, Jon Faddis, Robert Sadin, David Berger, Gerald Wilson, and Loren Schoenberg.
In 1987, Wynton Marsalis co-founded and became Artistic Director for Jazz at Lincoln Center and Music Director for the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. In July 1996, due to its significant success, Jazz at Lincoln Center was installed as a new constituent of Lincoln Center, equal in stature with the New York Philharmonic, Metropolitan Opera, and New York City Ballet – a historic moment for jazz as an art form and for Lincoln Center as a cultural institution. In October 2004, with the assistance of a dedicated Board and staff, Marsalis opened Frederick P. Rose Hall, the world’s first institution for jazz. Under Wynton’s leadership, Jazz at Lincoln Center has developed an international agenda presenting rich and diverse programming that includes concerts, debates, film forums, dances, television and radio broadcasts, and educational activities.
Marsalis, an internationally acclaimed musician, composer, bandleader, educator and leading advocate of American culture, was born in New Orleans, Louisiana. At age 14 he performed with the New Orleans Philharmonic, New Orleans Symphony Brass Quintet, New Orleans Community Concert Band, New Orleans Youth Orchestra, New Orleans Symphony and various other jazz bands. At 17, Marsalis became the youngest musician ever to be admitted to Tanglewood’s Berkshire Music Center. He was awarded the school’s prestigious Harvey Shapiro Award for Outstanding Brass Student, despite his age. He moved to New York City to attend Juilliard in 1979 and in 1980, seized the opportunity to join the Jazz Messengers and study under master drummer and bandleader Art Blakey.
Marsalis made his recording debut in 1982 and has since recorded more than 70 jazz and classical albums which have garnered him nine Grammy Awards. In 1983, he became the only artist ever to win Grammy Awards for both jazz and classical records. He repeated the distinction by winning both awards again in 1984. Today, Marsalis is the only artist ever to win Grammy Awards in five consecutive years (1983 – 1987). In 1997, he became the first jazz musician ever to win the Pulitzer Price for Music for his epic oratorio “Blood on the Fields.”
Marsalis has also devoted his life to giving back and uplifting populations worldwide with the egalitarian spirit of jazz. Immediately following Hurricane Katrina, Marsalis organized the Higher Ground Hurricane Relief Concert and raised over $3 million for musicians and cultural organizations impacted by the hurricane. At the same time, he assumed a leadership role on the Bring Back New Orleans Cultural Commission where he was instrumental in shaping a master plan that would revitalize the city’s cultural base.