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Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra Presents 'Birth of the American Orchestra' with Wynton Marsalis: Includes Music by Duke Ellington, Fletcher Henderson, Don Redman and More

By Jaime Prisco j.prisco@classicalite.com on Jan 05, 2015 01:09 PM EST

Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra will present a pair of concerts exploring the "Birth of the American Orchestra" Jan. 9 and 10 at the Frederick P. Rose Hall, home of Jazz at Lincoln Center, in New York City.

Bebop pioneer Dizzy Gillespie once told JALC’s managing and artistic director Marsalis something that would forever change his perception of big bands: "One should not consider it an achievement to lose one's orchestral tradition.”

According to the Lincoln Center website, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis delves into this American phenomenon through the syncopated dance beats of New Orleans, innovative ensemble virtuosity and the monumentality of swing and the blues. They will also explore the roles of orchestral instrumentation and the expansion of harmonic prospects, the evolution of the rhythm section and the distinctiveness of the master composers and arrangers involved.

This show is partly inspired by Marsalis’s September 2013 Harvard University lecture "Setting the Communal Table: The Evolution of the Jazz Orchestra.”

The JLCO is expected to perform the music of Don Redman, Fletcher Henderson, Bill Challis, Duke Ellington, Benny Carter, Eddie Durham, Chico O’Farrill and Gil Fuller. These jazz architects, along with Gillespie’s mantra, are the foundation of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra — an orchestra with an astonishing concentration of talented musicians and a collective regarded as the “finest big band in the world today,” said the website.

Tickets for both shows, which start at 8 p.m., can be purchased here. A free, pre-concert discussion will occur both nights at 7 p.m. The concerts will also stream live in high-definition audio and video for free to a global audience via jazz.org/live.

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TagsJazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, JCLO, Birth of the American Orchestra, Wynton Marsalis, Duke Ellington, Fletcher, Henderson, Don Redman, Bill Challis, Benny Carter, Dizzy Gillespie

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