Today makes the start of Wynton Marsalis' 2016 Blue Engine International Tour with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra -- its longest in almost 15-years. For their fans not on the tour schedule, however, Blue Engine Records release of The Abyssinian Mass by the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis featuring Damien Sneed, Chorale Le Chateau and Special Guest Reverend Dr. Calvin O. Butts, III this spring. Marsalis's first original recorded composition in 6-years the double album with bonus documentary DVD, out March 18, celebrates a unique collaboration between jazz, gospel, instrumentation and vocals that should hit the spot.
Jazz at Lincoln Center's 2015-16 season has a different emphasis this time around. With the theme "Jazz and American Song," the season will feature a sustained emphasis on vocal music in the blues, jazz and pop traditions.
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.
The 2015 season will showcase Castleton’s rising stars alongside world-renowned artists in new productions of Gounod’s 'Roméo et Juliette,' Ravel’s 'L’heure espagnole' (The Spanish Hour), and a world premiere of Derrick Wang’s comic opera 'Scalia/Ginsburg.' Jazz at Lincoln Center, in conjunction with Wynton Marsalis, will host a summer Jazz Academy residency for high school musicians at Castleton.
This weekend, the 2014 Newport Jazz Festival celebrates 60 years with a roster of jazz luminaries including Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Bobby McFerrin spirityouall, Gary Burton, Gregory Porter, Vijay Iyer and many more.
Billy Crystal has quite the hosting resume. And to add to his various accolades, he will take on Jazz at Lincoln Center's latest Love, Loss & Laughter: The Story of Jazz. Even better? The event will receive a live (and free) simulcast from JALC, happening Thursday, May 1 at 7 p.m. EST.
Yes, the late Dave Brubeck will receive an honorable and familial tribute with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra featuring Wynton Marsalis. This will be the first event kicking off a festival celebrating the various contributions Brubeck made to the jazz idiom and jazz's overall culture.