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Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis

  • Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis
  • Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis
  • Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis

  • C Jam Blues Live by the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis

    ℗ 1999 Sony Music Entertainment Inc. From the Live in Swing City: Swingin’ with Duke Album, released March 4, 1999. (Length - 3:33)
  • The Christmas Song by Wynton Marsalis

    ℗ 2009 Somerset Entertainment From Wynton Marsalis’ Christmas Jazz Jam Album, released October 9, 2009. (Length - 5:30)
  • Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas by Wynton Marsalis

    ℗ 2009 Somerset Entertainment From Wynton Marsalis’ Christmas Jazz Jam Album, released October 9, 2009. (Length - 7:08)
  • Wynton Marsalis

    Wynton Marsalis

    Music Director, Trumpet

  • Cécile McLorin Salvant

    Cécile McLorin Salvant


 "An extraordinarily versatile orchestra!" 
-The Los Angeles Times
"The finest big band in the world today!"
-Daily Telegraph
Salvant is "funny and dire and idiosyncratic, and never cutesy-flirty or mannered-hip...As she sang her less-than-obvious set choices...she stamped out the lines with authority and power and a bit of outrageousness, as if they were home truths, not history assignments. She zeroed in on notes, sang at crawling tempos more than once, made her voice into a creaking door, a fog...then a laser. She seemed fresh, but also as if she had decided long ago that she was an artist."
–The New York Times
"True and remarkable jazz singer...a young jazz prodigy!"
– Paris Hot Club Magazine


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Sustaining a tradition that launched almost a quarter century ago, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra observes the winter holidays with a concert of songs, religious and secular, associated with the season. The specific contents of the 2013 edition will include iconic Swing Era arrangements from the orchestras of Duke Ellington and Count Basie, as well as holiday classics newly arranged by members of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. The ambiance is certain to be celebratory, and it is likely that much of the repertoire will trigger deep emotions in the audience, the uncovering of long-buried scenes and senses that novelist Marcel Proust described as “involuntary memory.”

“These holiday songs translate for me to a feeling of comfort and home and family,” says Cécile McLorin Salvant, an increasingly frequent presence in Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra projects, who will fulfill the band singer function. “They played a big part for us in celebrating Christmas and wintertime, everyone coming together, and vacation. We would enjoy singing those songs, and playing different versions of ‘Silent Night’ or ‘O, Holy Night.’ I remember listening to Nat King Cole’s ‘Christmas Song.’ Mariah Carey’s Christmas album was a big one, too. So I attach a lot of great memories to those songs, and I’m excited to be able to sing them.”

The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra is equally excited to have Salvant on board for yet another encounter. A wondrously talented, creative vocalist-storyteller, she possesses a fluid, supple instrument that allows her to traverse octaves or transition between tonalities in a nanosecond. Her time feel is exemplary, she phrases like an instrumentalist, and she has an uncanny ability to find a point of view on a lyric and cut to its emotional core. At 24, she’s already internalized the idiosyncrasies of a broad timeline of stylists (in public interviews she’s cited, among others, Betty Carter, Carmen McRae, Shirley Horn, Sarah Vaughan, Billie Holiday, Abbey Lincoln, Bessie Smith, Ethel Waters, Nina Simone, Blossom Dearie, Helen Humes, Babs Gonzalez, Valaida Snow, Ivie Anderson, Peggy Lee, Ella Fitzgerald, Bing Crosby, and Louis Armstrong), any of whom she seems able to access—in her own manner, with unfailing taste—according to the dictates of the moment. In all circumstances, she imparts the sound of now.

“I love songs from earlier eras, and I like to keep elements of these traditions of jazz in what I do while interpreting and doing my own thing with them,” she says. “There’s a quality of freshness in the music from the ‘20s and ‘30s that I love. If you think about it, the people who were performing then were teens and twenty-year-olds. It was party music; they were doing all sorts of crazy stuff.”

In this regard, Salvant adds that, after her first performance with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, also a show of big band era hits, Artistic and Musical Director Wynton Marsalis offered sage advice. “I was trying to play it safe, and Wynton told me I should try to improvise more with the songs, to do what I want, to mix things up when it’s my time to solo,” she recalls. “I can apply that to everything. I shouldn’t come into a situation and know exactly what I’m going to do and then sing it the exact same way every time. That’s not jazz, and that’s fundamentally not what I want to do.

“It’s a great band, and I admire all the musicians in it. They have a unique sound—an amazing acoustic sound—which comes from touring, and that allows amazing things to happen. I’ve learned so much from playing with them, and I’m sure this tour is going to be enriching for me.”

Ted Panken

  • Run Time: Approx. 120 min.
  • Intermissions: 1
  • Parental Guide: Ages 2+

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Monday, January 1


Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis and Special Guest, Cécile Mclorin Salvant

The world-renowned Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and its esteemed Artistic Director Wynton Marsalis will perform a glorious program of holiday big band favorites, with special guest vocalist Cécile McLorin Salvant – the sensational 23-year-old Miami native who won the 2010 Thelonious Monk Competition. Salvant's ability to refract the styles of such iconic performers as Bessie Smith, Billie Holiday and Valaida Snow with 21st century freshness, expressivity, and soulfulness gives new meaning to Marsalis' mantra “all jazz is modern.”

The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra is known for its stylistic authenticity and its stellar performances of choice instrumental arrangements from the books of such key swing era units as Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Benny Goodman and Tommy Dorsey. The remarkably versatile orchestra, comprising 15 of today’s finest jazz soloists and ensemble players, was formed as Lincoln Center’s resident orchestra in 1988. Featured in all aspects of Jazz at Lincoln Center’s programming, the orchestra performs and leads educational events in New York, across the U.S. and around the world; in concert halls; dance venues; jazz clubs; public parks; and with symphony orchestras, ballet troupes and local students.

Under the direction of Pulitzer Prize-winning composer/trumpeter Wynton Marsalis, the orchestra spends over a third of the year on tour, and can also be heard through its weekly national radio programs, global television broadcasts and numerous recordings.

This performance is being underwritten by
Adam R. Rose and Peter R. McQuillan.

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