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30th Anniversary Landmark Concerts - Create Your Own

Benny Goodman: King of Swing

Rose Theater • 8:00PM

Thu, Jan 11 • Fri, Jan 12 • Sat, Jan 13

Tonight, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis celebrates a single landmark performance: Benny Goodman’s legendary 1938 debut at Carnegie Hall. The concert will consist entirely of pieces from the historic performance, including those made famous by Benny Goodman, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, George Gershwin, Fats Waller, and Louis Prima. JLCO reedman Victor Goines serves as music director and performer, and featured clarinetists Anat Cohen, Janelle Reichman, Ken Peplowski, and Ted Nash will add their virtuosic flair.

Paquito D’Rivera: To Bird with Strings

Rose Theater • 8:00PM

Fri, Mar 16 • Sat, Mar 17

NEA Jazz Master, Carnegie Hall Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, and 14-time Grammy Award winner Paquito D'Rivera is one of the greatest musicians alive. This program explores one of his favorite albums: Charlie Parker’s Bird with Strings. D’Rivera and his ensemble will perform selections from the original recording, arrangements of unrecorded tunes from the project, and new takes on Parker’s work with Latin jazz legends like Machito and Chico O’Farrill.

Crescent City Monk with Herlin Riley & Friends

The Appel Room • 7:00PM, 9:30PM

Fri, Apr 6 • Sat, Apr 7

Drummer Herlin Riley, called "a shining exemplar of New Orleans rhythm" by the New York Times, is a prolific bandleader and irreplaceable stone in the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra's foundation. As part of our annual Monk Festival, he's bringing together a group of friends to add some extra Crescent City flavor to Thelonious Monk's music. Joining him will be pianists Eric "ELEW" Lewis and NEA Jazz Master Ellis Marsalis, tenor saxophonist Todd Williams, bassist Reginald Veal, Cuban percussion genius Pedrito Martinez, and a special guest tap dancer.

Black, Brown & Beige & The Best of Basie

Rose Theater • 8:00PM

Thu, Apr 26 • Fri, Apr 27 • Sat, Apr 28

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." For the second half of the concert, the JLCO will swing through a number of classic Basie standards, channeling the unstoppable swing and iconic blues riffs that always brought the house down.

Wynton Marsalis

Rose Theater • 8:00PM

Thu, Jun 7 • Fri, Jun 8 • Sat, Jun 9

The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra presents a rare concert devoted entirely to Wynton Marsalis' original music. In addition to a broad selection of favorites drawn from Marsalis' legendary career, the centerpiece of the evening will be the world premiere of Marsalis' new extended work: (The Ever-Funky Lowdown). This JALC-commissioned piece is the latest entry to Marsalis' renowned canon of music exploring America's relationship to racial matters, a topic he revisits once per decade. This subject has yielded some of his best work: the 1986 Grammy Award-winning Black Codes (From the Underground), 2007's From the Plantation to the Penitentiary, and 1994's Blood on the Fields – the first jazz composition ever to win a Pulitzer Prize.