Performing music that links today’s improvisers with the rich history of traditional and contemporary big-band composition, Wynton Marsalis’s Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra brings an expansive range of music to the most treasured international stages.
The program will will include a range of repertoire including Duke Ellington compositions, historic Detroit Jazz, and historic New Orleans Jazz.
At this concert, Wynton Marsalis and Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra will be recognized as recipients of the 2014 UMS Distinguished Artist Awards, presented as part of the Ford Honors Program. Learn more about the gala dinner to benefit UMS education and community engagement programs.
Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra website
The Ford Honors Program recognizes the longtime generous support of UMS’s education programs by Ford Motor Company Fund.
DTE Energy Foundation School & Educator of the Year Awards are made possible by DTE Energy Foundation.
Wynton Marsalis stands in a league all his own. A creative genius, compassionate humanitarian, legendary trumpeter, masterful composer, arts advocate, tireless educator, and cultural leader, he inspires and uplifts people through superb music-making. His first trumpet came from Al Hirt at age 6, though it took a few years for interest in the instrument to stick. Now, more than 40 years later, he is best known as the leader of the 15-member Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. Despite one of the most aggressive touring schedules in the business, JLCO makes each concert fresh, drawing in audiences who are continually energized and amazed by the group’s depth of outrageous talent.
This concert marks Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra’s 15th UMS appearance since the Orchestra’s UMS debut in February 1994. Wynton Marsalis makes his 17th appearance, both with the Orchestra and in other ensemble configurations, including a February 1997 presentation of his Pulitzer Prize-winning oratorio, Blood on the Fields, at Hill Auditorium. Mr. Marsalis made his UMS debut in January 1996 with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra Octet. The Orchestra and Mr. Marsalis last appeared at Hill Auditorium in January 2013.
Tom Cat Blues - Wynton Marsalis at Jazz in Marciac 2011