Birth of the American Orchestra
Bebop pioneer Dizzy Gillespie once told JALC’s Managing & Artistic Director Wynton Marsalis something that would forever change his perception of big bands: "One should not consider it an achievement to lose one's orchestral tradition." Even as the structure of jazz ensembles continues to evolve, the American jazz orchestra still thrives today, and its development is the substructure of all jazz incarnations to follow. 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. At the forefront of this celebration are 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 profound mantra, are the foundation of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra - an orchestra with an astonishing concentration of immensely talented musicians and a collective regarded as the “finest big band in the world today.”
Free pre-concert discussion nightly, 7pm.
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