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

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Spaces by Wynton Marsalis

Rose Theater 2018-19 Season • 8:00PM

Thu, Sep 13 • Fri, Sep 14 • Sat, Sep 15

Wynton Marsalis’Spaces combines modern dance with big band jazz in a playful and wildly entertaining exploration of the animal kingdom. Performed for the first time (to sold-out crowds) in 2016, this visually captivating Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis production returns to kick off our 31st season. The same two singular dance geniuses from the Spaces premiere—Lil Buck and Jared Grimes—reprise their roles, leaping, sliding, flipping, and tap dancing across the stage.

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Ella Sang the Blues with Brianna Thomas

The Appel Room 2018-19 Season • 7:00PM, 9:30PM

Fri, Sep 14 • Sat, Sep 15

Soulful vocalist Brianna Thomas recreates Ella Fitzgerald’s These are the Blues, the only all-blues album Fitzgerald ever released. Thomas is a versatile and commanding young singer oozing with personality, and when it comes to the blues she is the definition of a “showstopper.” For one of the most powerful current examples of the blues, don’t miss Brianna Thomas and her A-list band performing tunes like “St. Louis Blues” and “Hear Me Talkin’ to Ya” in Ella Sang the Blues.

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American Roots: Mark O’Connor Band & Friends

The Appel Room 2018-19 Season • 7:00PM, 9:30PM

Fri, Oct 5 • Sat, Oct 6

Fiddle virtuoso Mark O’Connor leads a rousing exploration of early American music and its relationship to jazz, highlighting connections between the blues, bluegrass, Cajun, gospel, folk, spirituals, western swing, contemporary jazz, and more. He will be leading the Grammy Award-winning Mark O’Connor Family Band, whose debut album won the 2017 Grammy Award for Best Bluegrass Album. Blues numbers will be performed alongside veteran blues guitarist and vocalist Alvin Youngblood Hart, and the inimitable Lizz Wright will elevate the spirituals with her soul-stirring voice.

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Joey Alexander with Strings

Rose Theater 2018-19 Season • 8:00PM

Fri, Oct 19 • Sat, Oct 20

15-year-old pianist Joey Alexander performs original compositions and his favorite Coltrane and Monk songs in solo, duo, and trio settings—as well as with a string section. The string parts will be written and conducted by Grammy Award-winning composer and arranger Richard DeRosa, who has arranged for Stephen Sondheim, the New York Pops, Glenn Miller, and dozens more, and who recently co-wrote arrangements for the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra’s Leonard Bernstein at 100 concerts. Experience the next evolution of Joey Alexander.

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The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra Plays Monk

Rose Theater 2018-19 Season • 8:00PM

Thu, Oct 25 • Fri, Oct 26 • Sat, Oct 27

Thelonious Monk’s music is a playful, profound, and universally loved jazz canon that brings together musicians of all backgrounds and ages. As part of this season’s annual Monk Festival, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis will debut new Monk arrangements written by members of the JLCO and by some of jazz’s most promising young musicians, including Joe Block and Matt Wong, who both won Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Essentially Ellington Composition/Arrangement competition when they were in high school. This performance is a chance to hear the JLCO’s top composers and the next generation’s brightest minds reinterpret the music of Monk for a band that can play anything.

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Monk's Dream

The Appel Room 2018-19 Season • 7:00PM, 9:30PM

Fri, Oct 26 • Sat, Oct 27

In this one-of-a-kind Thelonious Monk celebration, bassist Russell Hall leads a supremely talented and diverse band as eclectic and full of life as Monk’s music. These performances will be particularly special, as living legend and Monk’s close personal friend Barry Harris joins on piano alongside Mathis Picard, and one of the best drummers of our time, jazz veteran Jeff “Tain” Watts, shares the stage with rising star drummer Kyle Poole. The core ensemble also includes vibraphonist Joel Ross, vocalist Vuyo Sotashe, trumpeter Bruce Harris, saxophonists Ruben Fox and Julian Lee, guitarist Gabe Schnider, and tap dancer Michela Marino Lerman.

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Diane Schuur Sings Basie

The Appel Room 2018-19 Season • 7:00PM, 9:30PM

Fri, Nov 2 • Sat, Nov 3

Diane Schuur is a singer, pianist, and all-around entertainer with a big voice and an even bigger personality. Tonight she’ll be performing tunes from Diane Schuur & The Count Basie Orchestra, which earned Schuur her second Grammy Award for Best Jazz Vocal Performance. Schuur will be joined by the Riley Mulherkar Big Band, playing authentic, original Count Basie charts. With songs such as “Everyday (I Have the Blues),” “Them There Eyes,” and “Deedles’ Blues,” Basie’s unstoppable swing is coming to The Appel Room.

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Family Concert: Who is Joe Williams?

Rose Theater 2018-19 Season • 1:00PM, 3:00PM

Sat, Nov 3

The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra celebrates the life and music of Joe Williams, the dynamic baritone whose legendary voice and powerful sense of swing helped define the sound of the Count Basie Orchestra. Come stomp the blues away with a rollicking program of well-loved hits.

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The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra Plays Miles Davis

Rose Theater 2018-19 Season • 8:00PM

Thu, Nov 8 • Fri, Nov 9 • Sat, Nov 10

The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis performs Miles Davis’ groundbreaking music from the 1940s–60s, showcasing pivotal musical moments from his long quest toward innovation. Song selections will highlight Davis’ popular experiments in bebop, cool jazz, modal jazz, and the avant-garde, as well as the earliest traces of his transition into electric jazz. This music remains enormously popular among both hardcore jazz fans and casual listeners, and this concert will provide new perspective on each creative breakthrough.

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The Carlos Henriquez Project

The Appel Room 2018-19 Season • 7:00PM, 9:30PM

Fri, Nov 16 • Sat, Nov 17

Bassist and composer Carlos Henriquez is a virtuoso in both jazz and Afro-Latin traditions. Henriquez has been a member of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra since he was 19 years old, and New York Latin Culture calls him “the most important Latin jazz artist in New York City today, the heir to the legacy of Tito Puente.” Tonight’s show is the debut of his newest project, an insightful and technically marvelous marriage of established traditions and cutting-edge possibilities in Latin jazz.

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Steve Miller with Marty Stuart

Rose Theater 2018-19 Season • 8:00PM

Fri, Dec 7 • Sat, Dec 8

Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Steve Miller continues his annual exploration of the blues at Jazz at Lincoln Center. This season, he will dig deep into classic Appalachian blues and bluegrass traditions. Guitarist, mandolinist, vocalist, and American music icon Marty Stuart joins as co-star for the first time in this series. They will play alongside Stuart’s regular band, Marty Stuart and his Fabulous Superlatives, named 2017 Group of the Year by the Americana Music Honors and Awards. With additional special guests yet to be announced, this show will introduce you to a whole new side of the blues.

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Nat King Cole 100 with Sachal Vasandani

The Appel Room 2018-19 Season • 7:00PM, 9:30PM

Fri, Dec 14 • Sat, Dec 15

Vocalist Sachal Vasandani is one of the great crooners of our time. Though a distinctive artist in his own right, his “beautiful, velvety voice” and “remarkable stage presence” (NPR) have drawn multiple comparisons to Nat “King” Cole himself. Vasandani is particularly well known for his Cole tribute project, which has featured classics like “Unforgettable,” “Mona Lisa,” and “Straighten Up and Fly Right.” In addition to his vocal abilities and cool, charismatic showmanship, Vasandani also honors Cole’s legacy as a masterful pianist by sharing the spotlight with top instrumentalists—including bass legend John Clayton, who will contribute new arrangements for this centennial event.

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Charles Lloyd & The Marvels: 80th Birthday Celebration

Rose Theater 2018-19 Season • 8:00PM

Fri, Dec 14 • Sat, Dec 15

“Though modern jazz normally goes over with teens like a 9pm curfew,” TIME wrote in 1967, “Lloyd’s passionate attack holds them spellbound.” Charles Lloyd—now celebrating his 80th birthday with us—is an NEA Jazz Master, saxophone titan, bandleader, and composer with a rare crossover appeal. His current band, The Marvels, features bassist Reuben Rogers, drummer Eric Harland, steel pedal guitar master Greg Leisz, and singular six-stringer Bill Frisell. Iconic singer and songwriter Lucinda Williams joins the band tonight for this special birthday celebration.

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Big Band Holidays

Rose Theater 2018-19 Season • 7:00PM, 8:00PM, 2:00PM

Wed, Dec 19 • Thu, Dec 20 • Fri, Dec 21 • Sat, Dec 22 • Sun, Dec 23

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.

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The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis and the National Symphony Orchestra of Romania

Rose Theater 2018-19 Season • 8:00PM

Fri, Jan 11 • Sat, Jan 12

The National Symphony Orchestra of Romania, conducted by Cristian Măcelaru, joins forces with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis as part of its first-ever United States tour. The JLCO and NSOR will perform the world premiere of Wynton Marsalis’ newly completed work, The Jungle. Commissioned in 2017 for the 175th Anniversary of the New York Philharmonic, an early version of The Jungle was performed to sold-out crowds for five nights straight. Marsalis will now present the final version of this extraordinary suite in Rose Theater.

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Life of a Legend: Carmen de Lavallade

The Appel Room 2018-19 Season • 7:00PM

Thu, Jan 24 • Fri, Jan 25

Dancer, actor, and choreographer Carmen de Lavallade is a singular icon with a unique gift for movement. Tonight we celebrate this 2017 Kennedy Center Honors recipient and her love of both dance and jazz, revisiting iconic works de Lavallade performed with the likes of Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, and Bill Evans. Appel Room audiences will witness her greatness up close and in person alongside special guests from the worlds of dance, music, film, and theater.

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Wadada Leo Smith: America's National Parks

The Appel Room 2018-19 Season • 7:00PM, 9:30PM

Sat, Jan 26

Witness the live New York debut of Wadada Leo Smith’s America’s National Parks. When Smith recorded this visionary suite in 2016, it was voted Album of the Year by DownBeat magazine, and it was selected as a top-ten album of the year by the New York Times, The Wire, and NPR. Though the music alone is worthy of its critical acclaim, nothing compares to the live, multimedia concert experience of America’s National Parks, which blends iconic imagery with real-time projections of the musicians. Smith is a prolific artist, always working on his next creation, so don’t miss the rare chance to see him revisit this project.

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Dianne Reeves

Rose Theater 2018-19 Season • 8:00PM

Fri, Feb 15 • Sat, Feb 16

2018 NEA Jazz Master Dianne Reeves sets the mood for Valentine’s Day weekend, continuing a beloved Jazz at Lincoln Center tradition (now in its eighth year!). With her powerful voice, bold dramatic flair, and masterful control of dynamics, Reeves is a gifted and often hypnotizing storyteller—perfect for Valentine’s Day. The five-time Grammy Award winner’s broad spectrum of love songs and sensual repertoire comes to life beautifully and with a personal touch in the warm and elegant Rose Theater.

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Piano Master: The Oscar Peterson Story

The Appel Room 2018-19 Season • 7:00PM, 9:30PM

Fri, Feb 22 • Sat, Feb 23

Six extraordinary pianists with deep connections to the legendary Oscar Peterson perform a collection of his compositions—some of which have never before been heard—plus a few new originals written in his honor. The lineup features NEA Jazz Master Kenny Barron, Afro-Cuban jazz legend Gonzalo Rubalcaba, rising stars Gerald Clayton and Ben Paterson, and Peterson’s protégés Robi Botos and Benny Green. In addition to solo pieces, they will perform small group numbers with a rhythm section featuring drummer Jeff Hamilton, guitarist Ulf Wakenius, and bassist John Clayton. Vocalist Paul Marinaro joins for a couple of tunes, and Oscar’s daughter Céline Peterson will host.

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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.

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Monterey Jazz Festival on Tour starring Cécile McLorin Salvant

The Appel Room 2018-19 Season • 7:00PM, 9:30PM

Fri, Mar 15 • Sat, Mar 16

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.

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Family Concert: Who is Miles Davis?

Rose Theater 2018-19 Season • 1:00PM, 3:00PM

Sat, Mar 23

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.

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Marcus Miller: Electric Miles

Rose Theater 2018-19 Season • 8:00PM

Fri, Mar 29 • Sat, Mar 30

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.

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McCoy Tyner and Charles McPherson at 80

Rose Theater 2018-19 Season • 8:00PM

Fri, Apr 5 • Sat, Apr 6

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.

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Michael Feinstein: Caught Between the Moon and New York City

The Appel Room 2018-19 Season • 7:00PM, 9:00PM

Wed, Apr 10 • Thu, Apr 11

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.”

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Wynton Marsalis and Ken Burns: Country Music

Rose Theater 2018-19 Season • 8:00PM

Thu, Apr 25 • Fri, Apr 26 • Sat, Apr 27

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.

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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.

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Michael Feinstein: Great American Crooners

The Appel Room 2018-19 Season • 7:00PM, 9:00PM

Wed, May 15 • Thu, May 16

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.

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

Rose Theater 2018-19 Season • 8:00PM

Fri, May 17 • Sat, May 18

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.

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Danny Barker: A New Orleans Life in Jazz

The Appel Room 2018-19 Season • 7:00PM, 9:30PM

Fri, May 31 • Sat, Jun 1

“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.

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Michael Feinstein: I Could Have Danced All Night

The Appel Room 2018-19 Season • 7:00PM, 9:00PM

Wed, Jun 5 • Thu, Jun 6

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.

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Portraits of America: A Jazz Story

Rose Theater 2018-19 Season • 8:00PM

Fri, Jun 7 • Sat, Jun 8

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.