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Rose Theater 2018-19 Season

The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra Plays Miles Davis

While availability is limited for this performance, secure your seats now to see the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis at their next Rose Theater performances, Big Band Holidays, Dec 19-23 and The JLCO with Wynton Marsalis and the National Symphony Orchestra of Romania, Jan 11-12.

The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis performs Miles Davis’ groundbreaking music from the 1940s–60s. Davis’ work during these years is unparalleled in its stylistic range, impact, and enduring popularity, and this show will explore the pivotal musical moments on his quest towards innovation.

After demonstrating Davis’ early bebop stylings, as heard in songs like “Little Willie Leaps,” the JLCO will move on to the rich, textured arrangements of Birth of the Cool, showcasing the unconventional brass instrumentation that gave it its unique sound. You will hear landmark pieces from Davis’ “first great quintet,” including his initial experiment with modal jazz in 1958’s “Milestones”—a style fleshed out further in Davis’ 1959 landmark, Kind of Blue.

Davis stayed ahead of the curve throughout the 1960s, offering a preview of the sounds that would gain popularity in years to come. The JLCO will show you this progression, revisiting the “second great quintet’s” brand of swinging, avant-garde eclecticism as well as the earliest traces of Davis’ transition into electric jazz. For this last component, the JLCO will perform an expansive arrangement of “Toute de Suite”. This was one of the last recordings of the 2nd great Miles Davis Quintet featuring Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter, Wayne Shorter and Tony Williams.

This timeless music remains enormously popular among both hardcore jazz fans and casual listeners, and this concert will provide you with new perspective on each composition and creative breakthrough.

Free pre-concert discussion on Friday 11/9 and Saturday 11/10 at 7pm. Please note there will be no pre-concert discussion on Thursday 11/8.​

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