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Jazz at Lincoln Center
Program Website: http://www.jalc.org/jazzcast/j_radio.asp
The Peabody Award-winning series of concerts is broadcastfrom the Frederick
P. Rose Hall, the new jazz performance space at Lincoln Center in New
The boundless creative spirit and pianist Chick Corea spins from jazz to classical to the avant garde. Musicians of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra expand the Corea songbook with their own arrangements. Chick Corea joins them on acoustic piano for Matrix, Crystal Silence and Tones for Joan’s Bones. Wendell Pierce hosts.
Each year, the Essentially Ellington festival brings the best high school bands to Rose Hall for three days of competition and camaraderie. Step behind the stage to experience the anxiety and exhilaration of this three-day festival, and then sit out front for the heat of the band battle. Wendell Pierce hosts.
Eddie Palmieri Retrospective
‘La Perfecta’ – pianist and composer Eddie Palmieri’s first band – aptly describes his perfect mix of driving Afro-Cuban grooves and jazz rhythms. Palmieri takes the helm with two of his ensembles – the Eddie Palmieri Orchestra and Afro-Caribbean Jazz Octet – in this high-octane retrospective, honoring his half century of music.
Prohibition and the Jazz Age
Prohibition was intended to stifle vice – but instead, it nourished clubs run by organized crime and created a hot bed for jazz – where “The parties were bigger…the pace was faster…and the morals were looser” (F. Scott Fitzgerald). Ken burns joins host Wendell Pierce to bring us the sound of the speakeasies. Bix Beiderbecke, Louis Armstrong, Jelly Roll Morton and James P. Johnson are on the menu as Doug Wamble and Vince Giordano join the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. Wendell Pierce hosts.
Soul Jazz of the 60s
In the nineteen sixties – as rock music was changing the pop world, saxophonist Cannonball Adderley, pianist Horace Silver and drummer Art Blakey drew bebop, rhythm and blues and gospel into a powerful small-group sound. Alto saxophonist Wess ‘Warmdaddy’ Anderson and drummer Kenny Washington lead inspired sets in tribute to their soulful predecessors. Wendell Pierce hosts.
Gillespie and Puente
The vibrant sound of Latin jazz is rooted in the musical heritage of Dizzy Gillespie and ‘The Mambo King’ Tito Puente. Bassist Carlos Henriquez leads the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with conguero Giovanni Hidalgo and drummer Ignacio Berroa. Selections include Manteca, Ran Kan Kan, Oye Como Va and more. Wendell Pierce hosts.
“The trombone comes the closest to the human voice with its bent pitches, scoops and smears, and that very human quality is evident in everything that (James Weldon) Johnson wrote,” says Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra trombonist Chris Crenshaw. Crenshaw draws on his gospel roots to connect secular music to poetry in this sprawling suite based on the James Weldon Johnson poem.
Monty Alexander: Nat King Cole and Frank Sinatra
At first blush, this Jamaican pianist seems an unlikely leader to honor a “king” and a “chairman of the board.” But Monty Alexander discovered jazz at a Nat King Cole concert and played his first New York gig at Sinatra’s old haunt called ‘Jilly’s’. Alexander offers fresh, inventive readings on Sweet Lorraine, Come Fly with Me and more – with vocalists James DeFrances and Allan Harris. Wendell Pierce hosts.
An Evening with Roy Haynes
At the age of 85, drummer Roy Haynes hasn’t lost any of his percussive force. He made his marks ---playing with Charlie Parker, Pat Metheny, the Allman Brothers and even as DJ on the video game Grand Theft Auto IV. Now, Haynes brings his vibrant Fountain of Youth Band to Rose Theater. Wendell Pierce hosts.
Ali Jackson with Yes! Trio and Warren Wolf Group
Drummer Ali Jackson and vibraphonist Warren Wolf -- each born into a musical family – absorbed jazz from their childhoods. Jackson occupies the hot seat with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and his own Yes! Trio; multi-instrumentalist Wolf studied with John Locke and became an in-demand sideman and leader. They each bring small groups to the House of Swing for a contemporary percussive double bill. Wendell Pierce hosts.