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Big Band Holidays

Rose Theater 2018-19 Season • 8:00PM

Fri, Dec 21 • Sat, Dec 22

With soulful big band arrangements of songs both sacred and secular, Big Band Holidays is an uplifting tradition enjoyed by audiences of all ages and backgrounds. In addition to some swinging Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis instrumentals, special guest vocalists Vuyo Sotashe and Veronica Swift join the band on classics like “Merry Christmas, Baby.” Join them in the House of Swing for some yuletide cheer sure to brighten up your season.


Kurt Elling's "The Big Blind"

Rose Theater 2018-19 Season • 8:00PM

Fri, Mar 1 • Sat, Mar 2

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.


Ellington Through the Ages

Rose Theater 2018-19 Season • 8:00PM

Fri, May 3 • Sat, May 4

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.