01/25/11

Wynton Marsalis and Eric Clapton to Perform Together in April

Jazz trumpeter and blues guitarist set dates for collaboration at Jazz at Lincoln Center

Wynton Marsalis, who in 1988 released an album called The Majesty of the Blues, is set to perform a series of shows at Jazz at Lincoln Center with blues-rock guitar legend Eric Clapton. The two will come together for three concerts, with the first performance as part of that esteemed organization’s Annual Gala event on April 7. For those who can’t afford the four-figure Gala prices, set for fundraising purposes, the subsequent performances on April 8 and April 9 are open to the general public, though tickets won’t go on sale for the general public until February 12. Jazz at Lincoln Center subscribers and members can purchase tickets by advance sale on January 24. The concerts are sponsored by MasterCard, who will run an exclusive advance ticket sale beginning January 28.

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Melissa Mergner

Wynton Marsalis performing with Dave Brubeck at CareFusion Newport Jazz Festival 2010

In a press release received at JT, it was written that the two “will perform blues classics which may include tunes by Louis Armstrong, Fats Waller, Ma Rainey, Bessie Smith and Howlin’ Wolf.” For these concerts, Clapton and Marsalis will be joined by Marcus Printup (trumpet), Chris Crenshaw (trombone), Victor Goines (clarinet), Jonathan Batiste (piano), Carlos Henriquez (bass), Ali Jackson (drums) and Don Vappie (banjo). The concerts will also include a solo performance by another blues legend Taj Mahal.

Although the pairing of these two musical titans may seem somewhat unlikely to many jazz and blues fans, in fact this is not the first time they’ve played together. Clapton and Marsalis first collaborated for Jazz at Lincoln Center's 2003 gala, and most recently, Marsalis appeared on Clapton's 2010 CD, Clapton. So there.

For more information about this show and others at Jazz at Lincoln Center, you can go to their website.

1 Comment

  • Jan 26, 2011 at 12:45PM Joseph Zamberlin

    Is this the same guy who criticized Brandon Marsalis for working with Sting? Maybe he has grown past the jazz curator stage. I like Wynton. I don't like the idea that jazz artists are sometimes asked to comment upon their own relevance in the bigger picture of music, their own historical importance. Set up for these kinds of gaffes. Of course a lot of what I am suggesting happened when Wynton was relatively green, not musically but otherwise. I don't know if I would call EC a titan. Commercially, maybe. Musically, not so sure.

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