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Wynton Marsalis Septet: United We Swing: Best of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Galas (Blue Engine)

People pay big bucks to see Wynton Marsalis and his combos perform with the likes of Jimmy Buffett, Lenny Kravitz and John Mayer. The concept is as gimmicky as it sounds, the lure for Jazz at Lincoln Center’s annual fundraising galas for its educational programs. United We Swing offers a highlight reel from the 2003-2007 … Read More “Wynton Marsalis Septet: United We Swing: Best of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Galas (Blue Engine)”

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Live Review: The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra Featuring Chick Corea

Subscribe to JazzTimes magazine and receive reviews, news, profiles and more! Shortly after arriving in New York, in the early 1960s, Chick Corea had the opportunity to attend “Thelonious Monk University” for three weeks, as he explained to a packed house at Philadelphia’s Academy of Music on Sunday night. Actually, it was a three-week stint at … Read More “Live Review: The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra Featuring Chick Corea”

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Live Review: Dave Douglas Presents “Dizzy Atmosphere” at JALC

For Dave Douglas, the art of the tribute has never been about the act of strict repertory theatre. In saluting undersung trumpeter Booker Little, honoring trailblazing pianist-composer Mary Lou Williams, nodding toward Lester Bowie’s Brass Fantasy (with his own Brass Ecstasy) and highlighting the importance of any number of horn heavies through his role as … Read More “Live Review: Dave Douglas Presents “Dizzy Atmosphere” at JALC”

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Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis: Handful of Keys (Blue Engine)

An unlimited number of possibilities rest within the piano’s 88 keys, and this survey of a century’s worth of jazz piano offers proof of that fact. Six pianists of various vintage, background and taste rotate on and off the bench here, joining Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra in an engaging program … Read More “Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis: Handful of Keys (Blue Engine)”

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Concert Review: John Scofield’s Quiet and Loud Jazz at JALC

Canons are useful constructs when looking at the history of the arts, and organizations like Jazz at Lincoln Center are synonymous with the virtues and vices of honoring such a hall-of-fame concept. Holding up a curated list of masters and epochs is important, but there are snares to consider, like repetition and the exclusion of … Read More “Concert Review: John Scofield’s Quiet and Loud Jazz at JALC”

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JALC Orchestra w/Wynton Marsalis feat. Jon Batiste: The Music of John Lewis (Blue Engine)

When this live album was recorded at New York’s Frederick P. Rose Hall in 2013, Jon Batiste was a respected young pianist from New Orleans. Four years later, he’s that and the leader of a late-night talk-show band on a major network. His name recognition may have gone up, but it’s doubtful you’ll find him … Read More “JALC Orchestra w/Wynton Marsalis feat. Jon Batiste: The Music of John Lewis (Blue Engine)”

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Jazz at Lincoln Center with Wynton Marsalis: The Abyssinian Mass

You can’t accuse Wynton Marsalis of thinking small. Commissioned to compose a piece for the 200th anniversary of Harlem’s Abyssinian Baptist Church in 2008, the artistic director of Jazz at Lincoln Center responded with a two-hour suite for 15-piece big band and 70-voice choir. Taking the traditional structure of an African-American Baptist service as its … Read More “Jazz at Lincoln Center with Wynton Marsalis: The Abyssinian Mass”

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