Jazz at Lincoln Center has announced the lineup for its 2019-2020 season, which begins on Sept. 12 with The South African Songbook: Celebrating 25 Years of Democracy, featuring a number of South African guests, such as trumpeter Feya Faku, saxophonist McCoy Mrubata, and pianist Nduduzo Makhathini. The orchestra will also travel to South Africa for the first time in its history.
Other shows will include a musical tribute to Sesame Street as part of the series’ 50th anniversary; Abyssinian Mass, by Wynton Marsalis, Jazz at Lincoln Center’s artistic director; a celebration of ECM Records; and Cécile McLorin Salvant’s Ogresse.
Orchestra members Victor Goines and Chris Crenshaw, Ted Nash, Vincent Gardner, and Sherman Irby are this season’s music directors. They will curate performances inspired by such topics as the solar system and architecture.
“The 2019-20 concert season features, as always, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra,” Marsalis says in a press release. “The Orchestra consists of 15 virtuosos, composers, arrangers, educators, and unique soloists in an unprecedented variety of styles–this might be the most flexible and all-encompassing ensemble in the history of our music.”
The season will conclude in mid-June with Ellington’s Masterpieces, a celebration of Duke Ellington’s work.
For more information and to view the complete season lineup, visit jazz.org.