Jazz at Lincoln Center has announced its 2014-15 season-its 27th-and has further announced that the Allen Room, one of JALC’s primary venues, will be renamed the Appel Room in honor of Robert J. Appel. Appel, JALC’s Chairman of the Board of Directors, recently presented the organization with a $20 million gift.
The 2014-15 season of the New York City jazz complex will feature what is being described in a press release as “a season-long journey through the Americas [and] will explore how jazz has both integrated and influenced the rich musical traditions of the Caribbean and North, South, and Central America.” The season opens on September 18-20 with the debut of a collaborative new work by JALC’s Managing and Artistic Director Wynton Marsalis and pianist-composer-arranger Chucho Valdés, percussionist Pedrito Martinez, and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra.
Other highlights include a Wayne Shorter Festival, at which the saxophone great will join the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis for three nights in Rose Theater; a Brazilian Festival, including a debut concert by the SpokFrevo Orquestra; and guitarist-composer-arranger Mario Adnet, joining the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis to perform the music of Moacir Santos. Other programs include a Billie Holiday Festival, celebrating the centennial of the singer’s birth, featuring vocalists Cécile McLorin Salvant, Andy Bey, Molly Johnson and Sarah Elizabeth Charles.
Also planned: Bill Frisell will return as curator of the Roots of Americana series, and JALC will also inaugurate the Live in the Appel Room series with a concert by pianist Marcus Roberts. Paquito D’Rivera will delve into South American music styles and their influence on contemporary jazz, for two nights in Rose Theater. A host of artists will pay homage to the work of Count Basie, Betty Carter, Max Roach, Tito Puente and Machito. Among these tributes, guitarist John Scofield and vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Taj Mahal will collaborate for the first time in a centennial celebration of blues giant Muddy Waters. Several artists and ensembles will also make their Jazz at Lincoln Center debuts, including Panama’s Rubén Blades and Mexican chanteuse Lila Downs.
The A Side/B Side series will spotlight contemporary artists over the course of three weekends in the Appel Room, this year featuring ensembles led by Anat Cohen, Victor Goines, Sherman Irby and Elio Villafranca. The series will also feature first-time collaborations by instrumentalists-composers, including “New Jazz Standards” with Anthony Wilson, Jonathan Ragonese, Amina Figarova, Ben Wolfe and Clarence Penn; and “New Jazz Frontiers” with Orlando “Maraca” Valle, Edmar Castaneda, Edward Simon, Luques Curtis, and Daniel Freedman.
The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis has also announced new tours throughout North and South America as well as Europe, beginning with a first-time appearance in Reykjavík, Iceland on July 4. United States tour dates include stops in the Midwest and South in September and October, and the Big Band Holidays U.S. Tour with special guest Cécile McLorin Salvant in December. For a four-day residency in Chicago, in February 2015, the orchestra will perform in concerts and education programs. The Spring 2015 Jazz in the Americas Tour includes dates in Brazil, Venezuela, and Mexico.
Jazz at Lincoln Center has also announced expanded Education initiatives. Jazz Academy, the organization’s recently launched online education portal, will expand its media library, which by June will house nearly 500 freely available instructional videos covering a wide range of musical and historical topics. The early childhood education program WeBop, which celebrates its 10th anniversary, launches its first series of summer classes. The public education program Swing University will expand its course offerings and feature nightly classes taught by Evan Christopher, Vincent Gardner, Phil Schaap and many more.
Full Highlights of the 2014-15 Season
• OPENING NIGHT: Chucho Valdés, Pedrito Martinez, and Wynton Marsalis with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra in Rose Theater
• NEW: Live in The Appel Room series, featuring Marcus Roberts: Piano Masters of Melody; the SpokFrevo Orquestra with special guests Melissa Aldana and Wycliffe Gordon; and Sound Prints Quintet featuring Joe Lovano, Dave Douglas, Lawrence Fields, Linda Oh, and Joey Baron
• Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra’s first time collaborations with Mario Adnet and Rubén Blades; premieres of new works and arrangements by Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra members in Birth of the American Orchestra; Duke, Dizzy, Trane, and Mingus: Jazz Titans; and Celebrating Joe Temperley: From Duke to the JLCO
• Bill Frisell curates the Roots of Americana series, which includes This Land: Woody Guthrie’s Better World, When You Wish Upon a Star, and Up and Down the Mississippi in The Appel Room
• Wayne Shorter Festival with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis joined by Wayne Shorter in Rose Theater and the Sound Prints Quintet in The Appel Room
• A Side/B Side series features Anat Cohen’s Roots of Rio; Victor Goines’ Roots of Ragtime; New Jazz Frontiers; New Jazz Standards; Sherman Irby’s Journey Through Swing; and Elio Villafranco’s Music of the Caribbean in The Appel Room
• Billie Holiday Festival includes Celebrating Lady Day with Andy Bey, Molly Johnson, and Sarah Elizabeth Charles; and Family Concert: Who is Billie Holiday? with Aaron Diehl and Charenee Wade in Rose Theater; plus Cécile McLorin Salvant Sings Billie Holiday in The Appel Room
• Bobby Hutcherson: Life of a Legend; New Orleans Songbook with Aaron Diehl, Cyrille Aimée, and Milton Suggs; and Paquito D’Rivera: Around the Americas in The Appel Room
• John Scofield and Taj Mahal celebrate Muddy Waters; Ali Jackson explores the artistry of Max Roach; and Carlos Henriquez premieres a new work while also leading the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra in Music of Puente, Machito and Henriquez in Rose Theater
• Holiday Concerts: Big Band Holidays with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis and Cécile McLorin Salvant in Rose Theater; and Ring in the Swing: A New Year’s Eve Dance Party in The Appel Room
• Valentine’s Day concerts feature Dianne Reeves
• Singers Over Manhattan series features Lila Downs; Basie and the Blues with Brianna Thomas and Kenny Washington; and Salute to Betty Carter with Charenee Wade and music director Benny Green
• Michael Feinstein curates the Jazz & Popular Song series with an eye towards the centennial of Frank Sinatra’s birth, featuring All or Nothing At All: Origins of a Legend, Blue Eyed Saloon Songs, and Swinging Songs for Lovers in The Appel Room
• Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola hosts the fifth annual Generations In Jazz Festival in September and October 2014. Specialty programming in the club complements the season’s Wayne Shorter, Billie Holiday, and Brazilian festivals. Other noteworthy events include special celebrations of Bobby Hutcherson (coinciding with Bobby Hutcherson: Life of a Legend in the Appel Room), Bud Powell, Coleman Hawkins and the 65th Anniversary of Prestige Records. In addition to live sets nightly, Late Night Sessions take place on Tuesday-Saturday. Vocalist Michael Mwenso hosts Late Night Sessions on Thursday and Saturday. Access live webcasts of select Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola performances at 7:30pm and 9:30pm EST
• Jazz at Lincoln Center Doha continues to host world class jazz artists on its stage in Doha, Qatar
• Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis Tours: debut appearance in Reykjavík, Iceland on July 4, 2014; Midwest and South U.S. in September and October 2014; Big Band Holidays U.S. Tour with special guest Cécile McLorin Salvant in December 2014;residency in Chicago, Illinois in February 2015; Jazz in the Americas Tour includes dates in Brazil, Venezuela, and Mexico in April and May 2015
• Jazz For Young People® family concerts: Who is Tito Puente? hosted by Carlos
Henriquez and Who is Billie Holiday? with Charenee Wade and Aaron Diehl
• Jazz Academy’s online learning library offers lessons by top jazz educators and musicians, a variety of family activities, and a series of oral history videos with luminaries of the music, all freely available to the public
• Jazz at Lincoln Center Youth Orchestra
• Middle School Jazz Academy, currently at Frederick P. Rose Hall and at the Philippa Schuyler Middle School in Brooklyn, will add a third location in the Bronx
• Expanded WeBop class offerings at Frederick P. Rose Hall to include a summer session
• Jazz for Young People® on Tour in New York City schools
• Pre-concert lectures increased to now precede most JALC-produced events in Rose Theater and The Appel Room
• Listening Parties and Master Classes increased to provide attendees with new depths of insight into major jazz artists’ aesthetics and inspirations
• Jazz and Business Workshops, developed in collaboration with the Fordham Graduate School of Business, will continue to provide unique executive training opportunities through jazz performance practice
For tickets and other information, visit JALC.org.