The Kentucky Center Presents
Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis
Wednesday, October 1, 8 PM
The Kentucky Center, Whitney Hall
501 W. Main Street, Louisville, 40202
In the moment when a jazz musician steps forward to captivate us all with his first swinging note of the night, work schedules and everyday concerns are forgotten. As riffs fill the air, the audience – rhythmically pulled between waves of excitement and enchantment – cannot help but respond to the irresistible foot tapping, hand clapping, and finger snapping fun.
This fall, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, led by trumpeter Wynton Marsalis, returns to Whitney Hall to share "the Spirit of Swing."
Jazz at Lincoln Center , a performing arts institution structured as a non-profit organization, was founded in 1988. The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, an all-American ensemble, first performed together at Lincoln Center’s summer concert series, "Classical Jazz." By the early 2000's, the professional big band added their own commissioned work to their repertoire of music from 60 iconic composers. Through performance, education, and advocacy, JALCO seeks to create a world-wide community for jazz. Wynton Marsalis serves as the artistic director for Jazz at Lincoln Center, Inc.
Wynton Marsalis was always an outstanding brass student, performing traditional New Orleans music at the Fairview Baptist Church at age 8 and later with the New Orleans Philharmonic at 14. His high school years were a blur as he performed with the New Orleans Symphony Brass Quintet, the Community Concert Band, New Orleans Youth Orchestra, New Orleans Symphony, various jazz bands, and even a local funk band, the Creators.
After moving to New York City to attend Juilliard in 1979, Marsalis picked up gigs around town and eventually received a grant from the National Endowment of the Arts to study with trumpet innovator Woody Shaw. In addition to acclaim for his classical performances on the trumpet, as a jazz musician, Marsalis has performed with trailblazers including the incomparable Sarah Vaughan, Dizzy Gillespie, Sweets Edison, Clark Terry, Tony Williams and many more.
In June, Mr. Marsalis spoke to The Cambridge News about the place jazz occupies in his life and the affect that performances by the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra has on audiences around the world.
“I hope people will feel exhilarated when they hear people improvising, introducing an element of the unknown. I hope they feel engaged by the way the ensemble makes its decisions, about who plays when and how we play together. I also hope they’ll pick up a down-home feeling of soul that’s in the music. It gives you the feeling of an informal conversation. And the feeling of joy and pain that’s in the blues is always a part of our music, as is the joyous uplift of swing which is our principal rhythm.”
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