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Rose Theater

Black, Brown & Beige & The Best of Basie

30th Anniversary Landmark Concert

The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis plays essential big band music by Duke Ellington and Count Basie. The first part of the evening will be a full performance of Ellington's groundbreaking masterpiece Black, Brown & Beige. Originally composed for his 1943 debut at Carnegie Hall, it was advertised as "Duke Ellington's first symphony," and Ellington described the powerful three-movement suite as a "tonal parallel to the history of the American Negro." Stung by the criticism of so ambitious and unexpected a work, he spent the rest of his life revising and updating it, leaving us with a distinctive suite of music that continues to inspire. For the second half of the concert, the JLCO will swing through a number of classic Basie standards, including "April in Paris," "Swinging the Blues," and "Jumpin' at the Woodside." Count Basie's band always brought a party with them when they came to town, and this performance will channel the unstoppable swing and iconic blues riffs that brought down the house wherever they went. It's going to be an invigorating night of absolute jazz in Rose Theater. 

Free pre-concert discussion nightly at 7pm.

This program is presented as part of the Ertegun Jazz Concert Series.

This performance has been chosen as a 30th anniversary landmark event because the music of Duke Ellington and Count Basie are core parts of Jazz at Lincoln Center’s history, both in our concert halls and in our education programs, including the Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Competition & Festival. This event will be an entertaining and joyful celebration of 30 years of Jazz at Lincoln Center, as the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis pays tribute to these two titans of jazz.

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