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Broadcast Schedule - Spring/Summer 2014 

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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***rev 6/3
RELEASE:  June 12, 2014

George Wein: The Life of a Legend
Newport All Stars Lew Tabackin, Randy Brecker, Anat Cohen, Howard Alden, Peter Washington, and Lewis Nash join George Wein, pianist and founder of the Newport Jazz Festival, to celebrate his 88th birthday with stories and songs. Between tunes, Wein talks onstage with biographer Nate Chinen. 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.

PROGRAM #:  JAL 13-41***rev 6/3
RELEASE:  July 3, 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 13-42
RELEASE:  July 10, 2014

Dizzy's Atmospheres
An acoustic cocktail mixed by the masters: saxophonist Phil Woods, pianist Cedar Walton, and trombonist Steve Turre.  Real club jazz -- shaken, stirred, and captured live at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola. Wendell Pierce hosts.

PROGRAM #:  JAL 13-43
RELEASE:  July 17, 2014

Music Of The Modern Jazz Quartet
From its start in 1952, The Modern Jazz Quartet had a cool, understated style that belied its complexity. Pianist John Lewis, vibraphonist Milt Jackson, bassist Ray Brown, and drummer Kenny Clarke combined classical music structures with the deep swing of jazz. Our quartet - drummer Lewis Nash, pianist Kenny Barron, bassist Peter Washington, and vibraphonist Steve Nelson - honors the late modern masters. Wendell Pierce hosts.

PROGRAM #:  JAL 13-44
RELEASE:  July 24, 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 Lorraine," "Come Fly with Me," and more - with vocalists James DeFrances and Allan Harris.  Wendell Pierce hosts.

PROGRAM #:  JAL 13-45
RELEASE:  July 31, 2014

Father of the Mambo: The Music of Cachao Lopez
"Mambo," translated from Kikongo (the Creole language of Cuba), means "conversation with the gods." With Afro-Cuban rhythms and other notes from this divine conversation, Cuban bassist "Cachao" Lopez (and his brother) enlightened the jazz world and brought forth the mambo. Led by bassist Carlos Henriquez, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra  rocks Rose Theater with the ultimate "discarga"  jam session, in honor of the late "Cachao." Wendell Pierce hosts.

PROGRAM #:  JAL 13-46
RELEASE:  August 7, 2014

The Music of Mulgrew Miller & Kenny Garrett (NEW)
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. Wendell Pierce hosts.

PROGRAM #:  JAL 13-47
RELEASE:  August 14, 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). Wendell Pierce hosts.

PROGRAM #:  JAL 13-48
RELEASE:  August 21, 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.  Wendell Pierce hosts.

PROGRAM #:  JAL 13-49
RELEASE:  August 28, 2014

Gerry Mulligan & John Lewis
Post-war 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."  Wendell Pierce hosts.

PROGRAM #:  JAL 13-50 (A)
RELEASE:  September 4, 2014

Ladies Sing the Blues (NORMAL BROADCAST)
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. Wendell Pierce hosts

PROGRAM #:  JAL 13-50 (B)
RELEASE:  September 4, 2014

Ladies Sing the Blues (FUNDRAISER BROADCAST)
The vivacious work of jazz foremothers - Bessie Smith, Ma Rainey, Mamie Smith, and Ethel Waters - bursts from the House of Swing in this special fundraiser. Several features of this fundraising program include: Structured with self-contained segments for use in pledge drives; Segments may be omitted to increase pitch time; Contains fundraising pitches from the featured vocalists: Catherine Russell, Brianna Thomas, and Charenee Wade; Additional pitches from host Wendell Pierce and JALC Managing and Artistic Director Wynton Marsalis.
(Available for use until September 2015)

PROGRAM #:  JAL 13-51
RELEASE:  September 11, 2014

Maceo Parker: Funky Stuff
Funk's living legend Maceo Parker brings red-blooded soul to Jazz at Lincoln Center. He's played alongside James Brown, George Clinton, and Prince - and on his own, he's a force to be reckoned with. Parker's compositions burst with energy as he leads "the Tightest Little Funk Orchestra on Earth" through a set including "Off The Hook," "Georgia on my Mind," and "Make It Funky." Wendell Pierce Hosts.

PROGRAM #:  JAL 13-52
RELEASE:  September 18, 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. Wendell Pierce hosts.

PROGRAM #:  JAL 13-53
RELEASE:  September 25, 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.