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Jazz at Lincoln Center Celebrates Ornette Coleman

Wynton Marsalis’ orchestra pays tribute to avant-garde pioneer for two nights in May

Ted Nash
Ted Nash will serve as music director of “Celebrating Ornette Coleman”

On May 18 and 19, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis will venture into exploratory musical territory with a program called “Celebrating Ornette Coleman.” The two concerts at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Rose Theater will feature big-band arrangements of compositions by the late Pulitzer Prize-winning saxophonist and free-jazz innovator, including “Lonely Woman,” “Ramblin’,” “Una Muy Bonita” and “Peace.”

Although Marsalis will perform with the orchestra, JLCO saxophonist Ted Nash will serve as music director for these evenings, which aim to emphasize Coleman’s gifts as a writer of melodies.

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