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“The Crosby, Stills & Nash Songbook” at JALC

Another successful fundraising collaboration for Wynton and orchestra

Stephen Stills, Graham Nash and David Crosby (from left) with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra; JALC’s Rose Theater, May 3, 2013
Stephen Stills, Graham Nash and David Crosby (from left) with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra; JALC’s Rose Theater, May 3, 2013
Wynton Marsalis performing at the 2011 Newport Jazz Festival
Graham Nash, Wynton Marsalis, David Crosby at the JALC Gala, May 2013
Crosby Stills & Nash, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis perform at JALC Gala, May 2013

David Crosby, Stephen Stills and Graham Nash jazzed up their look with dark gray Brooks Brothers suits for their appearance Friday with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and Wynton Marsalis. “This is my first pair of grown-up shoes,” said Crosby, who at 71 still hasn’t shed his rocker’s mane or mustache. “If you laugh at our suits, you’re thrown out of here.”

The eternally youthful flower children rehearsed extensively at JALC to prepare for “The Crosby, Stills & Nash Songbook,” two concerts featuring 12 new arrangements of the trio’s classic songs by Marsalis and members of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. (The May 1 show acted as JALC’s 2013 gala concert; Friday was open to the public. Both shows took place at JALC’s Rose Theater.) Though the high notes were more elusive than they might have been 45 years ago, the veteran folk-rock singers played with an exuberance that belied their age.

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