We're pleased to announce our 2018-19 concert season that highlights jazz’s diverse, adaptable, and inclusive nature and reveal both the music’s history and its continuing evolution.
The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis (JLCO) anchors the 31st season with performances including the annual Monk Festival (October 25-27), a salute to Miles Davis (November 8-10), with special guests McCoy Tyner and Charles McPherson (April 5-6) and Joey DeFrancesco (May 17-18), as well as a first-ever collaboration with the National Symphony Orchestra of Romania (January 11-12). The season concludes with a multimedia concert event in partnership with the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art (June 7-8).
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Highlights of the season include:
An exploration of early American music, connecting jazz, bluegrass and folk in
American Roots: Mark O’Connor & Friends (October 5-6), with special guests Alvin Youngblood Hart and Lizz Wright;
American music icon Marty Stuart’s Jazz at Lincoln Center debut in Steve Miller with Marty Stuart: Music from Appalachia (December 7-8), exploring classic Appalachian blues and bluegrass styles;
Dance and jazz as an act of storytelling in Life of a Legend: Carmen de Lavallade (January 24-25), celebrating the living legend and 2017 Kennedy Center Honors recipient;
Wadada Leo Smith: America’s National Parks (January 26) in a multimedia concert experience with visual projections of natural and cultural national parks;
Kurt Elling’s The Big Blind: A Jazz Radio Drama (March 1-2), a one-of-a-kind “radio-style jazz thriller” written for an all-star cast including NEA Jazz Master vocalist Dee Dee Bridgewater, renowned theater and screen actor Clarke Peters (The Wire, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri”), and a Tony Award-winning special guest to be announced, accompanied by a swinging big band;
The world’s longest-running jazz festival comes to New York City to kick off its 60th anniversary tour in Monterey Jazz Festival on Tour Starring Cécile McLorin Salvant (March 15-16), also featuring Bria Skonberg, Melissa Aldana, Jamison Ross, Yasushi Nakamura, and Christian Sands;
In Wynton Marsalis and Ken Burns: Country Music (April 25-27), iconic documentarian Ken Burns shares never-before-seen clips of his upcoming Country Music series. The films showcase the intertwined histories of songs made famous by Ray Charles, Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton, Stephen Foster, and more.
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