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As a multifaceted organization, Jazz at Lincoln Center is dedicated to inspiring and growing audiences for jazz. With the world-renowned Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and guest artists, Jazz at Lincoln Center advances a unique vision for the continued development of the art of jazz by producing a year-round schedule of performance, education, and broadcast events for audiences of all ages. Under the leadership of Managing and Artistic Director Wynton Marsalis, Jazz at Lincoln Center produces thousands of events each season at its home in New York City, Frederick P. Rose Hall, nicknamed “The House of Swing,” and around the world.
Program Schedule | Summer 2014
July 25, 2014
Monty Alexander: Nat King Cole and Frank Sinatra
Monty Alexander discovered jazz at a Nat King Cole concert and played his first New York gig at Sinatra’s old haunt called Jilly’s. Alexander offers fresh, inventive readings on Sweet Lorrain,e Come Fly with Me, and more – with vocalists James DeFrances and Allan Harris.
August 1, 2014
Jazz at Lincoln Center will not air due to a special presentation of Music of Baroque’s Israel in Egypt by Handel.
August 8, 2014
The Music of Mulgrew Miller and Kenny Garrett
The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis celebrates the “soulful erudition” of the late pianist Mulgrew Miller and the “taut, molten” music of saxophonist Kenny Garrett. Miller’s untimely passing in May 2013 turned this concert partially into a tribute, with the JLCO premiering new arrangements of both his and Garrett’s compositions. Garrett performs, with arrangements by Chris Crenshaw and Vincent Gardner.
August 15, 2014
Joe Lovano Us 5 (Plus Two!)
One of the foremost improvisers in jazz today, saxophonist Joe Lovano propels his double-drummer quintet, Us Five, into a polyrhythmic conversation – and weaves inspired solos in. Us Five features Joe Lovano (saxophone), Grammy Award winner Esperanza Spalding (bass), James Weldon (piano), Peter Slavov (bass), Otis Brown III (drums), and Francisco Mela (drums), plus special guests Lionel Loueke (guitar) and Judi Silvano (vocals).
August 22, 2014
Sounds New: Ali Jackson with Yes! Trio and Warren Wolf Group
Drummer Ali Jackson and vibraphonist Warren Wolf each absorbed jazz from their childhoods. Now they are making their own marks. Jackson, the regular drummer of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, is now leading his own trio called Yes. Multi-instrumentalist Wolf (who learned jazz from with his father, Warren Wolf Sr) has gone from in-demand sideman to leader. Percussion leads in this double bill from the House of Swing.
August 29, 2014
Gerry Mulligan and John Lewis
Postwar America saw the hard edges of bebop segue to the cool. The music bewitched baritone sax man Gerry Mulligan, and it enchanted classically-trained pianist John Lewis; both became pioneers of this sophisticated style. Pianist Jonathan Batiste and baritone saxophone master Joe Temperly join the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra to make the cool all new. The set includes Django, Delawny’s Dilemma, and Animal Dance.
September 5, 2014
Ladies Sing the Blues
The rowdy, romantic jazz of the foremothers – Bessie Smith, Ma Rainey, Mamie Smith, and Ethel Waters – raises the roof on the House of Swing. Catherine Russell, Brianna Thomas, and Charenee Wade continue a legacy of strong female voices through songs that helped shape a century of American music. Musical director Mark Shane leads a powerhouse band.
September 12, 2014
The musicians of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra pay tribute to the late bassist Charlie Haden.
September 19, 2014
New Orleans Piano Kings
Drummer Herlin Riley brings the beat of the bayou to Jazz at Lincoln Center with three generations of New Orleans piano masters: elder statesman and NEA Jazz Master Ellis Marsalis, seasoned veteran Henry Butler, and young lion Jonathan Batiste. Blues, ragtime, and New Orleans inspiration on modern classics set this Crescent City celebration into full swing.
September 26, 2014
Great American Songwriters: Vernon Duke
Get whisked away to Autumn in New York, April in Paris, or even A Cabin in the Sky. Pianist Bill Charlap, with Houston Person (saxophone), Ethel Ennis (vocals), Peter Washington (bass), and Kenny Washington (drums), performs the book of composer Vernon Duke. The perfect fall getaway.