Led by Music Director and Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra lead trombonist Vincent Gardner, the JLCO with Wynton Marsalis will perform the most skillfully crafted and sophisticated songs in popular music from the ‘60’s to today, debuting new jazz arrangements for our orchestra. Among others, they will revisit the hits of Stevie Wonder (“Another Star,” “Smile Please”) and Donny Hathaway (“Sugar Lee,” “For All We Know”), as well as timeless classics including “Eleanor Rigby” by The Beatles and “Your Song” by Elton John. The multitalented Gardner has experience in pretty much every arena: we know him for his considerable jazz experience with our own orchestra, The Count Basie Orchestra, The Duke Ellington Orchestra, Harry Connick, Jr., and more – but he’s also performed with a diverse array of artists, including Lauryn Hill, Matchbox 20, Chaka Khan, and A Tribe Called Quest. If we’re lucky, we might hear a sampling of why Gardner was the 2014 DownBeat “Rising Star” Critic’s Poll Nominee for Male Vocalist. For music fans new to jazz, this concert is an opportunity to hear familiar melodies with fresh ears, and fans of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra already know that they can arrange any material for big band, make it swing hard, and lace it with mind-blowing improvisation.
Jan 15–16, 2016, 8 pm
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Lincoln Center, Frederick P. Rose Hall, Broadway at 60th Street, NY, 212-721-6500, http://www.jazz.org