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Thursday, April 25th, 2019

New Orleans All-Stars Celebrate Life and Legacy of Danny Barker

Danny Barker: A New Orleans Life in Jazz, May 31–June 1

New York, NY (April 25, 2019) –  New Orleans jazz all-stars bring the Big Easy to the Big Apple  in Jazz at Lincoln Center’s The Appel Room, May 31–June 1, to celebrate the legacy of their mentor Danny Barker. Music director Dr. Michael White, a virtuoso on clarinet and an essential voice in New Orleans jazz, leads a band featuring vocalist Catherine Russell, master trombonist Lucien Barbarin, trumpet legend Gregg Stafford, drummer Shannon Powell (also known as the “King of Treme”), original Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra drummer Herlin Riley, and trumpeter Leroy Jones, who Wynton says “was the best of all of us.” Guitarist and banjoist Don Vappie plays the role of “Mr. Barker,” as the musicians still call him. The show also features bassist/tuba player Philip Norris, a talented young musician from The Juilliard School who has already performed with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra.

Jazz raconteur Danny Barker was born in New Orleans in 1909, but he spent most of his career in New York, playing with Louis Armstrong, Jelly Roll Morton, Charlie Parker, Billie Holiday, and countless others. When he finally returned home as a local legend, Barker made it his mission to remind New Orleanians that jazz was their sacred birthright. “He made us believe in the music,” says Wynton Marsalis. Barker founded a youth group that turned reluctant children into the jazz leaders we know today.

Danny Barker: A New Orleans Life in Jazz takes place in The Appel Room, located in Frederick P. Rose Hall, home of Jazz at Lincoln Center, on Broadway at 60th Street in New York City. For additional information, visit jazz.org.

Ticket Information
All single tickets for The Appel Room and Rose Theater can be purchased through jazz.org 24 hours a day or through CenterCharge at 212-721-6500, open daily from 10am to 9pm. Tickets can also be purchased at the Jazz at Lincoln Center Box Office, located on Broadway at 60th Street, ground floor.  Note: Hot Seats—$10 seats for each Rose Theater performance (excluding Jazz for Young People® concerts and other performances as specified) and select performances in The Appel Room (excluding Jazz & Popular Song concerts)—are available for purchase by the general public on the Wednesday prior to each performance. Tickets are subject to availability; please call 212-258-9800 for available Hot Seats performance dates.

Many of Jazz at Lincoln Center’s concerts stream live in high-definition audio and video for free to a global audience. The concerts will also be available on Livestream’s mobile and TV-connected applications with real-time DVR, chat, photos and other materials available to fans worldwide at jazz.org/live.

Additional information may be found at jazz.org |
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YouTube: youtube.com/jalc | Livestream: jazz.org/live

Jazz at Lincoln Center proudly acknowledges its major corporate partners:
Bloomberg Philanthropies, Brooks Brothers, The Coca-Cola Company, Con Edison, Entergy, SiriusXM, and Steinway & Sons.


Press Inquiries:
Rebecca Kim
Assistant Director, Public Relations & External Communications
Jazz at Lincoln Center