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John Hollenbeck’s Claudia Quintet at the Earshot Jazz Festival

Elvis Costello

After making his mark as a scrappy English pop-rocker, Elvis Costello has transitioned to middle age with a series of what might be called “adult music” collaborations. He has worked with Bill Frisell, Burt Bacharach, the Mingus Orchestra and, most recently, his new wife, Diana Krall. “Il Sogno,” a full-scale orchestral work that premiered July 17 at Lincoln Center, signaled Costello’s entrance into the club of aging rockers-turned-classical composers, where he joins the likes of Paul McCartney and Billy Joel. (Judging from the free sampler handed out by Deutsche Grammophon several nights in advance, Costello’s compositional and scoring chops aren’t easy to dismiss.)

But Costello hasn’t thrown in the rock ‘n’-roll towel. He spent the second of his three nights at Avery Fisher Hall cavorting with his four-piece pop combo, the Imposters. And he spent opening night belting out jazz, rock and swing with the Netherlands Metropole Orkest, a 50-piece ensemble (big band plus strings and a few other bells and whistles), conducted by the esteemed jazz pianist, composer and arranger Jim McNeely.

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