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PROGRAM #:  JAL 13-15
RELEASE:  January 2, 2014

Re-Imagined: The Music Of Herbie Hancock
Herbie Hancock's timeless innovations are brought to life in the voices of a big band.  Bobby Hutcherson guests with the Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra in this brilliant outing from the House of Swing. Wendell Pierce hosts.

PROGRAM #:  JAL 13-16
RELEASE:  January 9, 2014

Nuevo Tango: The Music of Astor Piazzolla with Pablo Aslan and Paquito D'Rivera
Astor Piazzolla's impact on tango heralded a stunning new incarnation of the art form: Nuevo Tango. His native Argentina - and the rest of the world - was never the same.  Pablo Aslan and Paquito D'Rivera are no lightweights either, and they present an hour of hot Latin tango. Wendell Pierce Hosts.

PROGRAM #:  JAL 13-17
RELEASE:  January 16, 2014

Bird With Strings
In 1949, Charlie Parker envisioned an album that would link jazz to pop and influence artists to come.  His legendary venture with strings has done just that.  Parker with Strings set his searching solos against a lush string quartet. And onstage Bird lives - as we feature saxophonists Wess Anderson and Charles McPherson and the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas. Wendell Pierce hosts.

PROGRAM #:  JAL 13-18
RELEASE:  January 23, 2014

Catherine Russell / Nancy Wilson
Two vocalists defy category - Catherine Russell, who nurtured a career as a backup singer with Al Green, Michael Feinstein and David Bowie, and has cultivated her own strong solo voice. Nancy Wilson, the perennial song stylist whose five-decade career started with Cannonball Adderley, seamlessly crosses the jazz-blues-pop divide. Wendell Pierce hosts.

PROGRAM #:  JAL 13-19
RELEASE:  January 30, 2014

Bu's Babies: Graduates Of The Jazz Messengers
In the second half of the 20th Century a cadre of stars emerged from Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers. "Do you teach them what to play?" Blakey was asked. "Hell no!  I teach them what NOT to play." From the House of Swing we'll hear from Blakey's son, Takashi Blakey, along with appearances from graduates of "Blakey University" from over three decades: Bobby Watson, Javon Jackson, John Hicks, and Wynton Marsalis.  Wendell Pierce hosts.

PROGRAM #:  JAL 13-20
RELEASE:  February 6, 2014

Frank Foster and Songs of Romance
The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, led by musical director Vincent Gardner and joined by vocalists Dennis Rowland and Marlena Shaw, collaborates with the late, legendary Count Basie composer and arranger Frank Foster. The works are composed in an ode to romance. Wendell Pierce hosts.

PROGRAM #:  JAL 13-21
RELEASE:  February 13, 2014

A Tribute To Bobby Short
The phrase "Living Legend" is often bandied about - but there aren't many who get that designation from the Library of Congress.  The late Bobby Short was but one of his many accomplishments. A staple of Manhattan's nightlife behind the piano of the Carlyle Club for over 35 years, he used to celebrate the "Great American Song".  This show from Michael Feinstein's Jazz and Popular Song series features performances from Barbara Carroll, Paula West, T. Oliver Reid, and more. Wendell Pierce hosts.

PROGRAM #:  JAL 13-22
RELEASE:  February 20, 2014

Journey To Brazil - Moacir Santos
Moacir Santos' career didn't invite casual listeners - he composed largely for radio, film, and television, rarely touring and never leading a band.  But his ingenious combination of traditional Brazilian jazz tropes with futurist leanings is celebrated at Jazz At Lincoln Center with guitarist Mario Adnet, saxophonist Zé Nogueira, and an orchestra of Brazilian talent. Wendell Pierce hosts.

PROGRAM #:  JAL 13-23
RELEASE:  February 27, 2014

New Kings of the Crescent City
Louis Armstrong. Sidney Bechet. Jelly Roll Morton. King Oliver.  Immortals who directed and defined the development of jazz into the body of work that's celebrated across the globe. Victor Goines, a son of the Crescent City, leads a stellar line up of musicians in celebration of the names that made New Orleans a latter day Atlantis of music. With Marcus Printup, Kenny Rampton, Chris Crenshaw, Don Vappie, Dan Nimmer, and more. Wendell Pierce hosts.

PROGRAM #:  JAL 13-24
RELEASE:  March 6, 2014

Afro-Cuban Fiesta
Danzones and "sons montunos" spill into the streets as maestro Paquito D'Rivera leads a journey through the music of his native Cuba.  Sonero and guitarist David Oquendo, Las Hermanas Marquez and percussionist Candido Camero join in this Afro-Cuban Fiesta. Wendell Pierce hosts.

PROGRAM #:  JAL 13-25
RELEASE:  March 13, 2014

Luciana Souza Trio
Toast of the Brazilian jazz scene Luciana Souza offers up her trademark style of gentle but adventurous vocal explorations. With four Grammy nominations for Best Jazz Vocal under her belt, Souza lights up the Allen Room with a panache reserved for veterans twice her age. Wendell Pierce hosts.

PROGRAM #:  JAL 13-26
RELEASE:  March 20, 2014

Abyssinian Mass
Wynton Marsalis was commissioned in 2008 to write a piece for the bicentennial of the Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem. This incarnation of the opus that emerged embraces a celebration of life, humanity, and love, uniting musical traditions from across centuries and continents. Performed with the 70 piece Chorale de Chateau and the Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra, the Abyssinian Mass must be experienced to be believed. Wendell Pierce hosts.

PROGRAM #:  JAL 13-27
RELEASE:  March 27, 2014

Ethel Waters: Blues, Broadway, and Jazz
Michael Feinstein leads a trio of vocals in tribute to the woman who marked her career defying cultural boundaries - black and white, jazz and Broadway, secular and gospel.  Ethel Waters' legacy lives on in this hour of show stopping numbers. Adriane Lenox, Catherine Russell, and Tracie Thoms light up the Allen Room with song. Wendell Pierce hosts.

PROGRAM #:  JAL 13-28
RELEASE:  April 3, 2014

Bill Frisell: Gershwin & Beyond
After decades at the forefront of jazz and new music, guitarist-composer Bill Frisell steps back to explore the roots of American songwriting. Accompanied by a trio of vocalists and multi-instrumentalists, Frisell brings the music of Gershwin, Billings, Foster, and Ives to the stage of the Allen Room.  Wendell Pierce hosts.

PROGRAM #:  JAL 13-29
RELEASE:  April 10, 2014

The Music of Gillespie & Puente
The vibrant sound of Latin jazz is rooted in the musical heritage of Dizzy Gillespie and 'Mambo King' Tito Puente.  Bassist Carlos Henriquez leads the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with conguero Giovanni Hidalgo and drummer Ignacio Berroa.  Selections include Manteca, Ran Kan Kan, Oye Como Va and more.  Wendell Pierce hosts.

PROGRAM #:  JAL 13-30
RELEASE:  April 17, 2014

A Joe Henderson Birthday Celebration
Joe Henderson's distinctive lyrical tenor sax could embellish bop, blues, bossa nova and his own big band sound.  His friends and musical collaborators celebrate the man's lifetime of invention. We feature pianist Renee Rosnes, vibraphonist Bobby Hutcherson and Chris Potter to mark the late Joe Henderson's birthday. Wendell Pierce hosts.

PROGRAM #:  JAL 13-31
RELEASE:  April 24, 2014

Dianne Reeves
Singer Dianne Reeves turns every note into an alluring story.  In Jazz at Lincoln Center's Allen Room, she's joined by guitarist Peter Sprague, pianist Peter Martin, bassist Reuben Rogers and drummer Terreon Gully. Wendell Pierce hosts.

PROGRAM #:  JAL 13-32
RELEASE:  May 1, 2014

Ahmad Jamal & Wynton Marsalis
How sweet it is when two of jazz's great minds get together!  Pianist and composer Ahmad Jamal unites with JALC director Wynton Marsalis to play tunes from Jamal's rich and innovative catalogue - backed by his own quartet and the Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra.  Wendell Pierce hosts.

PROGRAM #:  JAL 13-33
RELEASE:  May 8, 2014

NEA Jazz Masters: Jack DeJohnette, Von Freeman, and More!
The NEA Jazz Masters honors crystallize the spirit of jazz - veterans sharing the stage with keepers of the flame: stories in words and once-in-a-lifetime performances.  Join us to honor these Jazz Masters: Jack DeJohnette, Von Freeman, Charlie Haden, Sheila Jordan and Jimmy Owens.  Wendell Pierce hosts.

PROGRAM #:  JAL 13-34
RELEASE:  May 15, 2014

Chick Corea
The boundless creative spirit and pianist Chick Corea spins from jazz to classical to the avant garde.  Musicians of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra expand the Corea songbook with their own arrangements. Chick Corea joins them on acoustic piano for Matrix, Crystal Silence and Tones for Joan's Bones.  Wendell Pierce hosts.

PROGRAM #:  JAL 13-35
RELEASE:  May 22, 2014

God's Trombones
"The trombone comes the closest to the human voice with its bent pitches, scoops, and smears, and that very human quality is evident in everything that [James Weldon] Johnson wrote," says Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra  trombonist Chris Crenshaw.  Crenshaw draws on his gospel roots to connect secular music to poetry in this sprawling suite based on the James Weldon Johnson poem.  Wendell Pierce hosts.

PROGRAM #:  JAL 13-36
RELEASE:  May 29, 2014

Vijay Iyer
MacArthur Grant recipient and master pianist Vijay Iyer makes his debut at the House of Swing. Bassist Stephan Crump and drummer Marcus Gilmore round out Iyer's critically acclaimed trio. Wendell Pierce Hosts.

PROGRAM #:  JAL 13-37
RELEASE:  June 5, 2014

Eddie Palmieri Retrospective
'La Perfecta' - pianist and composer Eddie Palmieri's first band - aptly describes his perfect mix of driving Afro-Cuban grooves and jazz rhythms.  Palmieri takes the helm with two of his ensembles - the Eddie Palmieri Orchestra and Afro-Caribbean Jazz Octet, in this high-octane retrospective, honoring his half century of music.

PROGRAM #:  JAL 13-38
RELEASE:  June 12, 2014

Fresh Sounds: Ted Nash & Victor Goines 
JALC Orchestra members Ted Nash and Victor Goines present two newly commissioned works. Nash's The Presidential Suite reflects on leadership and oratory with help from "The Wire" and "Treme" star Wendell Pierce.  Goines presents Crescent City, a musical journey through his hometown, New Orleans - joined by lifelong friend Branford Marsalis. Wendell Pierce hosts.

PROGRAM #:  JAL 13-39
RELEASE:  June 19, 2014

Re-imagined: The Music of Herbie Hancock and Chick Corea
Pianists Herbie Hancock and Chick Corea are kindred spirits - imaginative composers who have fused and redefined the sound of jazz.  And we re-imagine works from both of their songbooks - The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with guest Bobby Hutcherson plays the music of Herbie Hancock.  The Manhattan Transfer with Jon Hendricks interprets Chick Corea. Wendell Pierce hosts.

PROGRAM #:  JAL 13-40
RELEASE:  June 26, 2014

SFJazz Collective: The Music of Stevie Wonder
Stevie Wonder's colorful palette and unforgettable melodies have inspired artists of all genres and generations.  The innovating, energizing SF Jazz Collective takes the challenge of the Wonder songbook.  Miguel Zenon (alto), Mark Turner (tenor), Avishai Cohen (trumpet), Robin Eubanks (trombone), Stefon Harris (vibes), Edward Simon (piano), Matt Penman (bass), Eric Harland (drums) tackle Mon Cherie, Superstition and Sir Duke.  Hosted by Wendell Pierce.