Celebrating Spaces and The Abyssinian Mass with Colbert on The Late Show


Wynton Marsalis performs on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

News | Mar, 31st 2016

Wynton Marsalis appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert to perform with Jon Batiste, Stay Human, and acclaimed dancers Lil Buck and Jared Grimes. Scroll down for behind-the-scenes content from their performance, which gives a taste of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra's Friday and Saturday debut performances of Wynton Marsalis's Spaces—an "animal ballet" featuring Lil Buck and Grimes.

Wynton also celebrated the release of THE ABYSSINIAN MASS. The newest release from Blue Engine Records, THE ABYSSINIAN MASS is the first new recorded composition from Wynton in nearly six years. The double-disc album comes with a bonus concert film DVD and can be bought from our webstore, iTunes, Amazon, or a store near you.

Watch Spaces live at 8pm EDT on Friday, April 1 andSaturday, April 2.

Spaces is almost entirely sold out, but you can catch the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis at one of their upcoming shows in our hall:

UPDATE (8AM, 4/1):

Watch a video of Wynton's performance on The Late Show!:

UPDATE (10PM, 3/31):

Check out these behind-the-scenes photos from the episode's taping.

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Jeffrey R. Staab/CBS ©2016 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Jeffrey R. Staab/CBS ©2016 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved.

UPDATE (6pm, 3/31):

Spike Lee is in the house!

UPDATE (2pm, 3/31):

Here are behind-the-scenes photos of Wynton warming up with the ensemble, which included Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra members Walter Blanding and Elliot Mason.

The full personnel for the performance consists of:

Jazz at Lincoln Center:

Wynton Marsalis – musical director and trumpet 

Jared Grimes – dancer

Lil Buck – dancer

Walter Blanding – reeds

Elliot Mason – trombone

Zoe Obadia – soprano sax

Stay Human Band:

Jon Batiste – piano, keys & melodica 

Joe Saylor – drums and tambourine

Russell Hall – acoustic bass

Eddie Barbash – alto saxophone 


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