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Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra II

Big Band Holidays

Rose Theater • 8:00PM

Fri, Dec 15 • Sat, Dec 16

Continuing a beloved New York tradition, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis warms up the House of Swing with soulful renditions of holiday classics. With fresh arrangements, playful improvisation, and entertaining storytelling, they bring out the magic in such classics as Count Basie’s “Jingle Bells,” “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” and Billie Holiday’s “I’ve Got my Love to Keep me Warm.” Jazz royalty Catherine Russell joins as special guest vocalist for the second year, continuing a spirited partnership that has spread Yuletide cheer in dozens of cities across the country. This year she’ll be joined by another JALC favorite, fellow vocalist Kenny Washington.

Nursery Song Swing

Rose Theater • 8:00PM

Fri, Mar 9 • Sat, Mar 10

In Nursery Song Swing, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis playfully utilizes songs you know and love to showcase the Orchestra's greatest strengths: unprecedented stylistic versatility, masterful soloists, and creative roster of expert arrangers. In this group's hands, the simplicity and familiarity of childhood favorites like "Old MacDonald," "Wheels on the Bus," and "It's Not Easy Being Green" afford a world of musical possibilities. Come witness how jazz can transform even the most familiar songs and take listeners on an unforgettable ride.

Black, Brown & Beige & The Best of Basie

Rose Theater • 8:00PM

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.