03/13/06

JALC Announes 2006-07 Season

Jazz at Lincoln Center announced its 2006-07 season last week, which will kick off Sept. 14 with the three-day Coltrane Festival. JALC’s 20th year of programming will also see world premiere compositions, international tours by the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra and the Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra, festivals including the Gospel Festival and the Second Annual Women in Jazz Festival, a series of guest artists and expanded educational programs.

Following the season’s inaugural Coltrane Festival featuring the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis is the Second Annual Women in Jazz Festival, set to take place Sept. 4-Oct. 1 with performers including Rene Marie, Ann Hampton Callaway (pictured), Claire Martin and Marian McPartland.

October will also see the Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra with Arturo O’Farrill performing with Grammy Award-winner Bebo Valdes Oct. 13-14. The Joe Zawinul Syndicate will also perform Oct. 27-28.

In addition to the annual Fall Gala Nov. 13, November will also host the first-time collaboration between conductor Steven Sloane and the LCJO, as the conductor leads the orchestra in George Gershwin's “Rhapsody in Blue” and other 1950s-era works. Paquito D’Rivera will also perform that month, on Nov. 17 and Nov. 18, presenting works by Ravel, Bartok and Stravinsky.

December’s Red Hot Holiday Stomp will present holiday tunes with guests including Wycliffe Gordon, Wess “Warmdaddy” Anderson, Victor Goines, Reginald Veal and Marsalis in four performances, Dec. 14-16.

Willie Nelson will bring in the new year with two performances, Jan. 12 and Jan. 13, and the month will later see James Moody and Charles McPhersonJan. 26-27 in “Bebop Lives!” The following month, the LCJO will premiere “Jazz and Art,” a multimedia presentation in which the first half of the show will feature small and big band pieces inspired by visual arts and the second half will feature the premiere of a composition inspired by 20th century art by LCJO saxophonist Ted Nash. Throughout both sections of the performance, the visual images will be projected on a screen above the stage. “Jazz and Art” will be performed Feb. 22-24.

March’s installment of Jazz Talk, a program that focuses on panel discussions, will see the First Lady of Jazz Piano Marian McPartland in an interview moderated by Lewis Porter March 9 and March 10. Bill Charlap and Trio will perform later that month, March 30-31, for “The Birth of Cool.”

Come May, high schools across the nation will participate in the annual Essentially Ellington Competition, and Terence Blanchard, Nicholas Payton, the Marcus Miller Sextet and Ryan Kisor will perform the concert “The Many Moods of Miles” May 11 and May 12. May also host the hosts the annual Spring Gala, to be held May 14 this year.

A full schedule and more information on performers and tickets can be found online at the JALC’s website.

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