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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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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.