The Music of Gerry Mulligan & John Lewis
The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, and special guest Jonathan Batiste
January 18, 2013, 8pm, Rose Theater
January 19, 2013, 2pm & 8pm, Rose Theater
The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis addresses the stylish compositions and arrangements of saxophonist Gerry Mulligan and pianist John Lewis, whose recorded paths first intersected with Miles Davis’ legendary Birth of the Cool nonet. Neither jazz master was a stranger to the organization – both developed close relationships with JALC during the 90s. Mulligan performed in two JALC concerts in 1994. The then-named Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra also performed a posthumous concert for Mulligan in 1996. Lewis had 10 concert dates at JALC from 1997-2001. The Mulligan and Lewis styles are melody-rich, harmonically astute, and brimming with blues connotation, ideally suited for the JLCO sound. This performance features the charismatic and high-energy modern pianist Jonathan Batiste. Batiste says, "Jazz at Lincoln Center has made the case for why jazz is a supreme art form. During the last 25 years they've archived and curated the music, while honoring its masters and educating all the rest of us. I love the ‘Birth of the Cool’ era because it’s sophisticated, yet accessible. A wide spectrum of listeners can easily enjoy this music.” Free pre-concert discussion nightly at 7pm....