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Rose Theater 2018-19 Season

Kurt Elling's "The Big Blind"

A Jazz Radio Drama

Experience the world premiere of Kurt Elling’s The Big Blind, a radio-style musical drama in which a young jazz singer faces the ultimate test. This noir-inspired tale features Kurt Elling, NEA Jazz Master vocalist Dee Dee Bridgewater, renowned theater and screen actor Clarke Peters, and a swinging big band with strings led by Guy Barker. The show features new original compositions and lyrical adaptations of songs by Wayne Shorter, Duke Ellington, Joe Zawinul, Jimmie Van Heusen, Joe Jackson, and Bix Beiderbecke, all re-imagined to tell a rollercoaster of a tale.


The Appel Room 2018-19 Season

Monterey Jazz Festival on Tour starring CĂ©cile McLorin Salvant

This Appel Room performance kicks off the Monterey Jazz Festival’s 60th Anniversary Tour, and it features six of today’s most remarkable young jazz talents: vocalist Cécile McLorin Salvant, trumpeter Bria Skonberg, saxophonist Melissa Aldana, drummer Jamison Ross, bassist Yasushi Nakamura, and music director and pianist Christian Sands. The stars of tomorrow are here tonight.


Rose Theater 2018-19 Season

Family Concert: Who is Miles Davis?

Jazz for Young People returns with an hour-long narrated concert that will teach you all about Miles Davis. With an engaging script, live musical performances, and crowd participation, your family will learn about Davis’ trials and triumphs and hear examples of what made his music so special. Trumpet master Sean Jones serves as host and bandleader, bringing both the story and the music to life in a most impressive manner.


Rose Theater 2018-19 Season

Marcus Miller: Electric Miles

Miles Davis’ “electric period” is one of the most influential and passionately debated eras in all of modern music. In this exclusive new program, one of Davis’ crucial collaborators—bassist Marcus Miller—will take audiences through an eclectic body of work, starting with the moment Davis first discovered electric piano in 1969. Not only did Miller play bass on six of Davis’ studio albums, he also produced and composed almost every song on three of them, including the Grammy Award-winning Tutu. Miller and his band will lead a wide-ranging exploration of Davis’ bold experiments with jazz, rock, funk, hip-hop, and electronic fusions that continue to resonate and inform music today.


Rose Theater 2018-19 Season

McCoy Tyner and Charles McPherson at 80

Featuring the JLCO with Wynton Marsalis

Pianist McCoy Tyner and saxophonist Charles McPherson are both true living legends, each of them 80 years old, and they’re here to prove that jazz keeps you young. Tonight they join the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis to play brand-new big band arrangements of their iconic compositions—all written exclusively for this concert by members of the JLCO. The Orchestra members are longtime fans of these jazz giants, and the excitement will be palpable as they share the stage to perform inspired new versions of their favorite songs.


The Appel Room 2018-19 Season

Michael Feinstein: Caught Between the Moon and New York City

The Songs of Peter Allen Presented by Liza Minnelli

Michael Feinstein’s Jazz & Popular Song series kicks off with a celebration of the original “Boy from Oz,” Australian song-and-dance man Peter Allen, whose hit songs were the soundtrack of a generation. Under the direction of Executive Producer Liza MinnelliFeinstein and a glittering roster of special guests will revisit such classics as “I Go To Rio,” “I Honestly Love You,” “Don’t Cry Out Loud,” and the Academy Award-winning theme song from Arthur, “Best That You Can Do.”


Rose Theater 2018-19 Season

Wynton Marsalis and Ken Burns: Country Music

Iconic documentarian Ken Burns and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis explore the shared roots found throughout American music. With never-before-seen clips from Burns’ upcoming Country Music series, audiences will learn the fascinating and often intertwined histories of songs made famous by artists such as Ray Charles, Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, Dolly Parton, and others—and then hear brand new arrangements of those songs written and performed by the JLCO.


Rose Theater 2018-19 Season

Ellington Through the Ages

Wynton Marsalis and renowned bassist Rodney Whitaker lead an all-Ellington showcase with a group of rising jazz stars. The band includes 16 of the best young professionals on the scene, many of whom came up through our Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band program and love this music as much as our audiences. This concert explores decades of Duke’s music, including his earliest hits, Hollywood charts, swinging blues numbers, pieces inspired by his international travels, and portions of his later suites.


The Appel Room 2018-19 Season

Michael Feinstein: Great American Crooners

With effortless charm, a swinging band, and a roster of special guest vocalists, Michael Feinstein and the Tedd Firth Big Band set a glamorous scene in The Appel Room. Tonight’s performance focuses on quintessential crooners Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, and Bobby Darin, whose velvety voices and sentimental serenades made them superstars on stage and on screen. Relive classics like “I’ve Got You Under my Skin” and “Moon River,” and enjoy incredible true stories about these legends.


Rose Theater 2018-19 Season

Big Band B-3: Joey DeFrancesco with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra

Joey DeFrancesco—arguably the greatest B-3 Hammond organ player alive—joins the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra for the first time. The expansive Hammond organ is rarely paired with a big band, but it adds a soulful new dimension when the musicians are up to the challenge. DeFrancesco and the JLCO will explore and expand upon two prime examples: Duke Ellington’s New Orleans Suite and Oliver Nelson’s unique take on Peter & The Wolf.


The Appel Room 2018-19 Season

Danny Barker: A New Orleans Life in Jazz

“He made us believe in the music,” says Wynton Marsalis. Jazz raconteur Danny Barker spent most of his career here in New York, but when he finally returned home to New Orleans as a local legend, he gave the world a gift that you will see on stage tonight. The youth band that Barker founded nurtured a new generation of jazz leaders, and a group of those musicians now reunites in The Appel Room as a tribute to their mentor. The band includes music director and clarinetist Dr. Michael White, trombonist Lucien Barbarin, trumpeters Gregg Stafford and Leroy Jones, pianist Sullivan Fortner, bassist/tuba player Philip Norris, drummers Shannon Powell and Herlin Riley, and guitarist/banjoist Don Vappie in the role of Danny Barker. Wendell Pierce will narrate an original script. Enjoy authentic New Orleans jazz at its finest.


The Appel Room 2018-19 Season

Michael Feinstein: I Could Have Danced All Night

The Lerner & Loewe Songbook

Michael Feinstein and the Tedd Firth Trio wrap up the 2018–19 Jazz & Popular Song series with a tribute to Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe, a duo “virtually synonymous with the blockbuster Broadway musical.” (PBS) With smash hits such as My Fair LadyCamelotPaint Your Wagon, and Gigi, Lerner and Loewe defined a glamorous era of Broadway and Hollywood musicals enjoyed by all ages. This timeless entertainment will come to life in The Appel Room as audiences gaze over a warm summer evening in Columbus Circle.


Rose Theater 2018-19 Season

Portraits of America: A Jazz Story

Featuring the JLCO with Wynton Marsalis

The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis closes the season with a new collaboration bridging visual art and jazz composition. In partnership with Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, JLCO members have selected individual pieces of art to serve as inspiration for new compositions. These new songs will be premiered alongside large projections of the artwork that inspired them, turning Rose Theater into a unique musical art gallery.