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Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra – Create Your Own

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The JLCO with Wynton Marsalis plays Charlie Parker

Rose Theater 2020-2021 • 8:00PM

Fri, Sep 25 • Sat, Sep 26

Jazz at Lincoln Center’s 33rd concert season kicks off with a centennial celebration of the great Charlie Parker. Under the music direction of Wynton Marsalis, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and special guest saxophonists Patrick Bartley, Immanuel Wilkins, and Zoe Obadia will pay a fitting tribute to the iconic pioneer of bebop.

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The JLCO with Wynton Marsalis: United in Swing

Rose Theater 2020-2021 • 8:00PM

Fri, Oct 23 • Sat, Oct 24

Joe Block, Endea Owens, Thandi Ntuli, and Josh Evans are some of the most promising young jazz composers to emerge in recent years, while Emil Viklicky has been an internationally renowned composer for decades. Each of them has been commissioned to write and arrange new music inspired by speeches on the topic of freedom, and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis will bring it to life like no other band can. Don’t miss this thought-provoking and uplifting body of new work!

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The JLCO with Wynton Marsalis Plays Brubeck

Rose Theater 2020-2021 • 8:00PM

Thu, Nov 19 • Fri, Nov 20 • Sat, Nov 21

This centennial celebration of composer, pianist, and bandleader Dave Brubeck will showcase fresh arrangements of Brubeck’s greatest works. Performed by the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with rising-star pianists Sean Mason and Thandi Ntuli, the concert will feature brilliantly crafted versions of favorites like “Take Five,” “Blue Rondo a la Turk,” “Unsquare Dance,” “The Duke,” “Strange Meadowlark,” and many others.

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Big Band Holidays con Rubén Blades

Rose Theater 2020-2021 • 7:00PM, 8:00PM, 2:00PM

Wed, Dec 16 • Thu, Dec 17 • Fri, Dec 18 • Sat, Dec 19 • Sun, Dec 20

Salsa giant and international icon Rubén Blades joins the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis to present a lively new take on the Grammy Award–nominated, annually sold-out Big Band Holidays program. With swinging, big-band versions of holiday classics, it’s an uplifting seasonal event perfect for the whole family.

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Voices of Freedom: Betty Carter, Billie Holiday, Abbey Lincoln, and Nina Simone

Rose Theater 2020-2021 • 8:00PM

Fri, Jan 8 • Sat, Jan 9

Experience the essential works of some of the 20th century’s most powerful singers and songwriters, performed by the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis and vocalists Melanie Charles, Shenel Johns, and Ashley Pezzotti. Under the music direction of JLCO trombonist and vocalist Chris Crenshaw, this brand-new program looks back at four great singers whose unapologetically honest art has stood the test of time in its meaning and musicality.

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The Music of Charles Mingus, Ornette Coleman, and Charlie Haden

Rose Theater 2020-2021 • 8:00PM

Fri, Feb 26 • Sat, Feb 27

The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis performs music by three original geniuses of jazz: Charles Mingus, Ornette Coleman, and Charlie Haden. With brilliantly unconventional approaches to composition, improvisation, and band-leading, each of these giants of jazz helped usher in a profound new era of musical freedom. Multi-Grammy Award–winning composer, arranger, saxophonist, and bandleader Ted Nash will serve as music director for the concert, utilizing the JLCO’s enormous stylistic range to reimagine their compositions in big-band form.

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The JLCO with Wynton Marsalis and Special Guest Bryan Stevenson

Rose Theater 2020-2021 • 8:00PM

Fri, Apr 2 • Sat, Apr 3

Witness the world premiere of new music by Wynton Marsalis and members of the world-renowned Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. In collaboration with high-profile speakers and thinkers like Bryan Stevenson—a globally acclaimed activist, public interest lawyer, and founder of the Equal Justice Initiative—the band will perform new works considering large, international questions of freedom, justice, and hope. Additional special guests from multiple artistic disciplines will join the show to help the JLCO bring this important new body of work to life.

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Wynton Marsalis Small Group

Rose Theater 2020-2021 • 8:00PM

Thu, Apr 22 • Fri, Apr 23 • Sat, Apr 24

The first half of this two-part concert features Walter Blanding’s The Happiness of Being, a musical reflection on the meaning of freedom, plus a selection of thought-provoking jazz classics on the subject of freedom. In the second half, Wynton Marsalis will perform new music with his small group—an extremely rare experience in Rose Theater!

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God Bless America

Rose Theater 2020-2021 • 8:00PM

Thu, May 20 • Fri, May 21 • Sat, May 22

The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis dedicates an evening to Irving Berlin, the immensely popular composer who was once called “the greatest songwriter that has ever lived” by George Gershwin. With classics like “God Bless America,” “I’ll Be Loving you Always,” and “Count Your Blessings,” the concert will feature one hit after another as the JLCO performs a series of Great American Songbook, Broadway, and Hollywood classics.

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Coltrane: A Love Supreme

Rose Theater 2020-2021 • 8:00PM

Fri, Jun 11 • Sat, Jun 12

In the final Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis concert of the season, the JLCO will perform John Coltrane’s immortal A Love Supreme, followed by a number of Coltrane classics related to freedom. With music direction by saxophonist Camille Thurman, the band will re-introduce listeners to one of the most powerful pieces of music ever created.