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Mingus Amungus & Trane Keeps A-Rollin’ at [email protected]

Through concerts, films, lectures and education events, Jazz at Lincoln Center ([email protected]) will both study and celebrate two jazz titans in February: Charles Mingus (pictured left) and John Coltrane.

Stanley Crouch, joined by drummer Rashied Ali and saxophonist Antoine Roney, will host “Jazz Talk: Speaking of Trane” on Feb. 12 at 8 p.m. The panel will discuss Trane’s life and overreaching influence on modern musicians. On Feb. 14 and 16, the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra (LCJO) with Wynton Marsalis will perform “A Love Supreme: The Music of John Coltrane” at 8 p.m. in Alice Tully Hall. The LCJO will be joined by tenor saxophonist Pharoah Sanders and will perform small ensemble and big band arrangements of Coltrane’s “A Love Supreme” and “Africa/Brass.” Then, on Feb. 16 at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. in Alice Tully Hall, [email protected] artistic director Wynton Marsalis and the LCJO will present “Jazz for Young People: Who Is John Coltrane?,” using musical examples and audience participation to fill the kiddies in on the life of Trane.

The Mingus events begin a week later when the LCJO performs “Scenes in the City – The Music of Charles Mingus” on Feb. 22 and 23, 2002 at 8 p.m. at Alice Tully Hall. LCJO trombonist Ron Westray has arranged several Mingus compositions for the ensemble, and longtime Mingus bandmate alto saxophonist Charles McPherson guest throughout the evening, which will include several of Mingus’ extended works, with narration by actor and Ken Burns’ Jazz narrator Keith David. On Wed. Feb. 27 at 8 p.m., bassist Rufus Reid hosts “Mingus on Film.” Through performance and documentary footage, film cameos and films soundtracks that he wrote, Mingus’ huge musical talent and demonstrative personality will be shown.

Tickets to the LCJO mainstage concerts ($50), to the Jazz for Young People ($10 ages 18 & under; $15 adults), to the Coltrane talk ($12) and the Mingus film ($15), are all available at the Alice Tully Hall box office, by calling CenterCharge at (212) 721-6500, or via www.jazzatlincolncenter.org.

Photograph courtesy Frank Driggs Collection.

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