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.
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.
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.
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.
August 7, 2014
The Music of Mulgrew Miller & 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. Wendell Pierce hosts.
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.
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.
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.
September 4, 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. Wendell Pierce hosts
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.
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.
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.