Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis

Photo Credit Piper Ferguson

Wynton Marsalis' first Columbia appearance dates to 1987. Then a 26-year-old, having been thrust into the limelight a few years earlier, he led a quartet, with his time at Juliard followed by a stint as a member of Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers still not that far in the rear-view mirror.
   Since then, the trumpet-playing Marsalis, some 15 months younger than his saxophonist brother, Branford Marsalis, and, likewise, a member of what's affectionately referred to as "The First Family of Jazz," has won a Pulitzer Prize, a passel of GRAMMYs and earned a plethora of other awards. Certainly the most well-known present-day jazz artist, Marsalis would become the artistic director and the face of Jazz at Lincoln Center, a position he continues to hold today, overseeing the world's most famous jazz operation, which sits, as it has for many years now, on the corner of Broadway and West 60tth St. at the entry to Manhattan's Upper West Side.
  Since his inaugural visit more than 30 years ago, Marsalis has graced various Columbia and Jazz Series stages intermittently, leading either small- or mid-sized-ensembles or as he will again on this occasion, holding forth in the back row, part of the famed Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra's trumpet section.
  Speaking of the orchestra, the personnel - from multi-reed players Ted Nash, Victor Goines and Sherman Irby to both the trombone and trumpet section as well as rhythm mates pianist Dan Nimmer and bassist Carlos Henriquez - represents some of the best players around, many who, when the orchestra is on hiatus, lead their own successful projects.
   It will be nearly six years since Marsalis' and the orchestra's most recent visit, which took place around the holidays 2016. And so the Jazz Series is extremely pleased to welcome Mr. Marsalis and the Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra back to Columbia as part of the 2021/2022 season's Black History Month celebration. Usually, the orchestra sets its repertoire thematically - and well ahead of time. That doesn't seem to be the case this go-round, which is just fine with us. This way, we’ll all hear new music together.

Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2022

"Jazz in the District"

Missouri Theatre

Doors: 6 | Start: 7
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Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra With Wynton Marsalis

Wynton Marsalis: Music Director / Trumpet
Ryan Kisor: Trumpet
Kenny Rampton: Trumpet
Marcus Printup: Trumpet
Chris Crenshaw: Trombone
Vincent Gardner: Trombone
Elliot Mason: Trombone
Walter Blanding: Tenor and Soprano Saxophones, Clarinet
Sherman Irby: Alto and Soprano Saxophones, Flute, Clarinet
Ted Nash: Alto and Soprano Saxophones, Flute, Clarinet
Victor Goines: Tenor and Soprano Saxophones, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet
Paul Nedzela: Baritone and Soprano Saxophones, Bass Clarinet
Dan Nimmer: Piano
Carlos Henriquez: Bass

“Led with a fierce dedication by trumpeter and former "Young Lion" Wynton Marsalis, the Lincoln Center jazz orchestra is a sort of roving, 15-headed family of finely tuned ambassadors dedicated to advancing the cause of jazz around the world.”

- Los Angeles Times

“In the [35] years since his dramatic leap into the spotlight, he has achieved the cultural celebrity of Duke Ellington. Or, perhaps more accurately, Leonard Bernstein, since Mr. Marsalis, too, is a lovingly adopted New Yorker who serves as global emissary for the music he loves and the institution he leads.”

- New York Times



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