Jazz at Lincoln Center
10pm - 11pm
Artistic Director Wynton Marsalis hosts this popular weekly music series with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra.
“We don’t just play jazz—we teach it, we write it, we dance it, we sing it, we present it, we photograph it, we film it, we produce it, we archive it, we record it, we broadcast it, we commission it, we celebrate it, we love it, we share it.”
– Wynton Marsalis, Artistic Director, Jazz at Lincoln Center
Comprised of 15 of the finest jazz soloists and ensemble players, the world-renowned Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra has been JALC’s resident orchestra for more than 10 years.
About the host:
Wynton Marsalis is an internationally acclaimed musician, composer, bandleader, educator and a leading advocate of American culture. He is the world’s first jazz artist to perform and compose across the full jazz spectrum from its New Orleans roots to bebop to modern jazz. By creating and performing an expansive range of brilliant new music for quartets to big bands, chamber music ensembles to symphony orchestras, tap dance to ballet, Wynton has expanded the vocabulary for jazz and created a vital body of work that places him among the world’s finest musicians and composers.
March 6, 2014
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.
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.
March 20, 2014
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
April 24, 2014
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.
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.
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.
May 15, 2014
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.
May 22, 2014
"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.
May 29, 2014
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.