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

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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. For the first part of the evening,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. The second half of the concert  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." 

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Michael Feinstein: The Enchanting Lena Horne

The Appel Room • 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.

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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

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.