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Jazz at Lincoln Center
Program Website: http://www.jalc.org/jazzcast/j_radio.asp
The Peabody Award-winning series of concerts is broadcastfrom the Frederick
P. Rose Hall, the new jazz performance space at Lincoln Center in New
Chucho Valdes and The Afro Cuban Jazz Messengers
Cuban pianist Chucho Valdes is today’s ultimate jazz ambassador – from deep Afro-Cuban roots and improvisational jazz mastery, he creates a sophisticated style all his own. For their first stateside performance in seven years, Valdes brings his Afro Cuban Messengers to the Allen Room. Wendell Pierce hosts.
Kurt Elling and Richard Galliano
Vocalist Kurt Elling and French accordionist Richard Galliano transport us from the New York vista of the Allen Room to the cafes of Paris and the plazas of Buenos Aires. Don't miss this heartfelt collaboration exploring the art of the ballad. We’ll hear classics like Nicht Wandle, Mein Licht, an arrangement of the Beatles’ Norwegian Wood, and La Vie en Rose. Wendell Pierce hosts.
Maceo Parker: Funky Stuff
Funk’s living legend Maceo Parker brings red-blooded soul to the Allen Room. He’s played alongside James Brown, George Clinton, and Prince – but on his own, he’s a force to be reckoned with. Maceo Parker’s compositions burst with energy as he leads “the Tightest Little Funk Orchestra On Earth” through a set including Off The Hook, Georgia on My Mind, and Make It Funky. Wendell Pierce Hosts.
Toshiko Akiyoshi Jazz Orchestra
Pianist, composer, and arranger Toshiko Akiyoshi mixes intricate bebop sensibilities and Japanese influences in a big band sound. Joined by long-time partner, saxophonist Lew Tabackin and Japanese taiko drummer Eitetsu Hayashi, Akiyoshi leads a dazzling performance of her own compositions including Remembering Bud and Pollination, alongside classics like Ellington’s Black and Tan Fantasy. Wendell Pierce hosts.
Prohibition and the Jazz Age
“The parties were bigger…the pace was faster…and the morals were looser" (F. Scott
Fitzgerald). Prohibition was intended to stifle vice – but instead, it nourished crime and the clubs that would become a hot bed for jazz. Ken Burns joins Wendell Pierce to bring us the sound of the speakeasies in the work of Beiderbecke, Armstrong, Jelly Roll Morton and James P. Johnson. Songs like Snake Dance, New Orleans Bump, and Variety Stomp will doubtless provoke merrymaking on par with the era of bathtub gin and backroom carousing. Special guests Doug Wamble and Vince Giordano join the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. Wendell Pierce hosts.
Brazilian Nights: Leny Andrade with Paquito D'Rivera
New York Times writer Stephen Holden calls her “both the Sarah Vaughan and Ella Fitzgerald of bossa nova.” Vocalist Leny Andrade embodies the spirit of jazz with the soul of her native Brazil. Andrade is inspired and accompanied by reedman and friend Paquito D’Rivera through bossa nova, sambas and choros including Manha de Carnival, Batida Diferente and Ceu e Mar. Wendell Pierce hosts.
Big Band Holidays
No one throws a holiday party like Jazz At Lincoln Center! Wynton Marsalis leads an all-star lineup through a Yuletide romp. The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra is joined by vocalists René Marie and Gregory Porter for a New Orleans style holiday treatment of I'll Be Home for Christmas, Winter Wonderland and We Three Kings. Wendell Pierce hosts.
Kansas City: K.C. and The Count
The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis romp through the Kansas City songbook of the Count Basie Band. Basie alum and saxophonist Frank Wess joins pianist Eldar Djangirov to perform "One O'clock Jump," "The Golden Bullet" and "Moten Swing." Wendell Pierce hosts.