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Take 3,4,5 - Create Your Own (Full Season)

Rags, Strides & Habaneras

The Appel Room • 7:00PM, 9:30PM

Fri, Mar 2 • Sat, Mar 3

Rags, Strides & Habaneras is a visually dazzling showcase of musical traditions at the core of jazz, Latin jazz, and popular styles from throughout the Americas. Four brilliant pianists and threeof New York City’s most captivating dancers will bring to life a virtuosic repertoire rooted in Africa and developed through New Orleans, Harlem, Argentina, Cuba, and Spain. Pianists include 90-year-old national treasure Dick Hyman; 14-year-old international sensation Joey Alexander; flamenco jazz genius Chano Dominguez; and rising star Sullivan Fortner, the American Pianists Association’s 2015 Cole Porter Fellow. Tearing up the stage will be tap dancer Jared Grimes, young phenomenon Eddie Torres, Jr., and flamenco dancer Jesús Carmona.

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.

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.

The Swing Collective

The Appel Room • 7:00PM, 9:30PM

Fri, Mar 23 • Sat, Mar 24

The Swing Collective is a new quintet of enormously talented young musicians representing five countries of origin: Chilean tenor saxophonist and Thelonious Monk Competition winner Melissa Aldana, Trinidadian trumpeter Etienne Charles, Cuban pianist Elio Villafranca, Japanese bassist Yasushi Nakamura, and Ulysses Owens, Jr. of Jacksonville, Florida. To witness these artists on a single stage is an exciting prospect, but tonight’s performance will be particularly special as they each debut new works composed specifically for this occasion.

Family Concert: Who is Mary Lou Williams?

Rose Theater • 1:00PM, 3:00PM

Sat, Mar 24

Our Jazz for Young People series continues with an hour-long, interactive celebration of composer, arranger, and pianist Mary Lou Williams (1910–1981). Families will learn the inspiring tale of a young woman who realized her dreams through determination, imagination, incredible talent, and a famously big heart. Her music was truly as adventurous as her personality, and you will be fascinated to discover her influence on several generations of creative jazz musicians. Hosting this event is vocalist Catherine Russell.

Michael Feinstein: Celebrating Frank, Dean & Sammy

The Appel Room • 7:00PM, 9:00PM

Wed, Mar 28 • Thu, Mar 29

Michael Feinstein launches his eighth consecutive year of the Jazz & Popular Song series by celebrating the best of the Rat Pack: Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and Sammy Davis, Jr. With unbelievable true stories and hits like "That's Life," "I've Got You Under my Skin," and "Birth of the Blues," Feinstein will transport us to a time when the nation was swept away by the Pack's effortless cool.

Corea Plays Monk

Rose Theater • 8:00PM

Thu, Apr 5 • Fri, Apr 6 • Sat, Apr 7

On a few unforgettable occasions, Chick Corea has joined the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis – a group he calls "the greatest big band on the planet" – to perform transformative new iterations of his music. Now, for the first time, they're joining forces to explore the work of another master pianist and composer: Thelonious Monk, the high priest of modern music.

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.

Michael Feinstein: The Enchanting Lena Horne

Multiple Venues • 7:00PM, 9:00PM

Wed, May 2 • Thu, May 3

Michael Feinstein continues the Jazz & Popular Song series with a glamorous tribute to an American national treasure: the enchanting Lena Horne (1917–2010). Horne was an iconic singer, dancer, actress, and activist who began her career at age 16 in the Cotton Club choir line, appeared in such musical films as Stormy Weather and Cabin in the Sky, and lit up Broadway stages in the Tony and Grammy Award-winning Lena Horne: The Lady and Her Music.

Zakir Hussain and Dave Holland: Crosscurrents

Rose Theater • 8:00PM

Fri, May 4 • Sat, May 5

Crosscurrents is an international super-group led by 2017 NEA Jazz Master bassist Dave Holland and the world's foremost tabla virtuoso, Zakir Hussain. Holland is a famously versatile bassist who has led numerous Grammy Award-winning bands and anchored groundbreaking groups led by Miles Davis, Chick Corea, Joe Henderson, and Jack DeJohnette. Hussain is a living master of the 3,000-year-old tabla percussion tradition and "one of the architects of modern world music." (NPR) Crosscurrents' extraordinary lineup also features American saxophonist Chris Potter, called "the most compelling saxophonist of his generation" (Detroit Free Press), plus four of India's most progressive musicians: guitarist Sanjay Divecha, pianist Louiz Banks, drummer Gino Banks, and the worldwide-celebrated vocalist Shankar Mahadevan

Miriam Makeba & Nina Simone: Singing Protest & Memory with Somi

The Appel Room • 7:00PM, 9:30PM

Fri, May 18 • Sat, May 19

Miriam Makeba and Nina Simone were two of the most uncompromising vocalists and activists of the 20th century. In Singing Protest & Memory, fiery rising star vocalist and composer Somi will channel their irrepressible spirits and iconic music. Somi has been described as "a new high priestess of soul" by the Huffington Post and as "the quintessential artist citizen of the world" by NPR. To help celebrate the relatively unknown but very close sisterhood between Makeba and Simone, Somi has invited British superstar Laura Mvula as a special guest for the evening. 

Celebrating Ornette Coleman

Rose Theater • 8:00PM

Fri, May 18 • Sat, May 19

The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis celebrates one of jazz's great original geniuses: composer, Pulitzer Prize winner, and alto saxophonist Ornette Coleman (1930–2015). One of the all-time best melodists – regardless of musical tradition – this groundbreaking visionary left us with a profound body of work that demands ongoing exploration. With virtuosic big band arrangements of seminal works like "Una Muy Bonita," "Lonely Woman," and "Peace," the Orchestra will foray deep into Coleman's incomparable musical world.

Michael Feinstein: Swinging with the Count

The Appel Room, Multiple Venues • 7:00PM, 9:00PM

Wed, May 30 • Thu, May 31

The 2017–18 Jazz & Popular Song series closes with a swinging celebration of Count Basie. Singer, historian, host, director, and all-around entertainer Michael Feinstein provides a glamorous evening of timeless vocal stylings, entertaining anecdotes, and the Tedd Firth Big Band's irresistible swing.

Eddie Daniels, Harlem String Quartet and Ted Nash

The Appel Room • 7:00PM, 9:30PM

Fri, Jun 1 • Sat, Jun 2

Eddie Daniels is the preeminent jazz and classical clarinet virtuoso, described by Benny Goodman as his "successor" and by Leonard Bernstein as a "thoroughly well-bred demon" who "combines elegance with virtuosity." He'll be playing alongside composer, fellow woodwind master, and two-time 2017 Grammy Award winner Ted Nash of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. Joining this formidable pair is a swinging jazz rhythm section and the Harlem Quartet. The string group will add extra color to Nash’s brand new composition and to his arrangements of pieces by Vivaldi, Bach, and Ravel.

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.