Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis

Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis

Jazz at Lincoln Center
with Wynton Marsalis

Sunday, June 19, 8:00pm
at Davies Symphony Hall

Wynton Marsalis
Big, Bold & Beautiful Series: Power Shift  

Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis

A 2011 NEA Jazz Master and arguably the most famous jazz musician alive, trumpeter Wynton Marsalis is an iconic figure in the evolution of the art form and a tireless advocate for jazz as America’s classical music. From his New Orleans beginnings and fiery debut with legendary drummer Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers to his string of acclaimed albums and current role as Artistic Director of Jazz at Lincoln Center, he has amassed an unrivaled number of awards and accolades, including nine Grammys and the Pulitzer Prize for Music, the first ever awarded to a jazz artist. Since 1988, Marsalis has led the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, a 15-piece assemblage of virtuosos which has contemporized the notion of a "big band," simultaneously honoring the rich heritage of Duke Ellington and Louis Armstrong while debuting a stunning variety of commissions from illustrious names including Joe Henderson, Christian McBride, Freddie Hubbard, Joe Lovano and of course, Wynton himself. Their latest EmArcy release, Vitoria Suite, is a large-scale work exploring the common ground between the blues and the flamenco tradition of Spain, featuring guitar great Paco de Lucia. This rare San Francisco appearance is a major jazz event, as our smashing Spring Season draws to a close.

Artist Personnel

Wynton Marsalis trumpet,
music director
Walter Blanding reeds
Victor Goines reeds
Sherman Irby reeds
Ted Nash reeds
Joe Temperley
Ryan Kisor trumpet
Sean Jones trumpet
Marcus Printup
Chris Crenshaw
Vincent Gardner trombone
Elito Mason trombone
Dan Nimmer
Carlos Henriquez bass
Ali Jackson drums

Artist Website

"As a composer, Mr. Marsalis has taken up both challenges, of precise tone poetry and of capturing a broader American experience. " — The New York Times
"One rarely hears this music played with such technical brilliance, stylistic authenticity and tonal sheen... the greatest large jazz ensemble working today. " — Chicago Tribune