Friday, February 24th, 2017
New York, New York (February 24, 2017) - The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra will showcase the virtuosity of big band drums and rhythm during the Buddy Rich Centennial: Celebrating the Jazz Drum, April 7-8. The drums are the engine of a jazz band, setting the pace and energy for any piece of music. The program will be led by drummer Ali Jackson, and include the world premiere of his Living Grooves: A World in Jazz Rhythm, an extended piece written in the spirit of jazz drum greats like Buddy Rich. Jackson will also arrange the music of Buddy Rich with his knowledge of jazz styles that range from American drum cadences to ragtime, marching bands, West African traditions, Brazilian music, Detroit jazz tradition, and Afro-Cuban styles.
Thursday, February 16th, 2017
New York, New York (February 16, 2017) - Michael Feinstein, Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Director of the Jazz & Popular Song series, brings back American Songbook classics for the sixth consecutive year with three unique programs in The Appel Room this spring - The Unforgettable Nat “King Cole (April 5-6), The Music of Mel Tormé (May 3-4), and Ella On My Mind (June 7-8). Joining Feinstein on stage will be the Tedd Firth Big Band and a star-studded guest roster of talent from the Great White Way and beyond, including Denzal Sinclaire, who joined the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis’ 2015 Big Band Holidays tour; frequent Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola headliner Loston Harris; Grammy Award winner Billy Stritch; 2016 Broadway World New York Cabaret Award nominee Ann Hampton Callaway; and 2013 Soul Train Award winner Nicole Henry. Tony Award winning actress Jessie Mueller will join Feinstein as a guest vocalist for Ella On My Mind, marking one of the few New York City appearances the vocalist will make after her departure from the musical Waitress in March.
Wednesday, February 15th, 2017
Jazz at Lincoln Center proudly announces the 15 finalist bands that will compete in the 22nd Annual Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Competition & Festival, one of the most innovative jazz education events in the world at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s home, Frederick P. Rose Hall, on May 11 - 13, 2017.
Tuesday, February 14th, 2017
Honoring the legacy of the Modern Jazz Quartet’s maestro, John Lewis, Blue Engine Records announces its newest release: The Music of John Lewis by the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis featuring Jon Batiste, available March 24.
Tuesday, February 7th, 2017
New York, New York (February 3, 2017) - Joshua Redman and his newly formed Still Dreaming quartet will make their Jazz at Lincoln Center debut with four performances, March 31 “ April 1, in Jazz at Lincoln Center’s The Appel Room. Redman, one of the best know saxophonists in the world, convenes trumpeter-cornetist Ron Miles, bassist Scott Colley, and drummer Brian Blade - three notable voices in contemporary jazz “ for these special engagements. The Still Dreaming quartet will interpret works by Old and New Dreams, the quartet of the 1970s and ‘80s, which featured Ornette Coleman alumni including Joshua Redman’s father, Dewey Redman. Still Dreaming Quartet will also perform new works by members of the band.