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09
Wynton Marsalis
Saturday, June 9th, 2018
8:00 PM
The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra presents a rare concert devoted entirely to Wynton Marsalis' original music. In addition to a broad selection of favorites drawn from Marsalis' legendary career, the centerpiece of the evening will be the world premiere of Marsalis' new extended work: (The Ever-Funky Lowdown). This Jazz at Linoln Center-commissioned piece is the latest entry in Marsalis' renowned canon of music exploring America's relationship to racial matters, a topic he revisits once per decade. This subject has yielded some of his best work: the 1986 Grammy Award-winning Black Codes (From the Underground), 2007's From the Plantation to the Penitentiary, and 1994's Blood on the Fields — the first jazz composition ever to win a Pulitzer Prize. Composed specifically for the JLCO's current lineup, (The Ever-Funky Lowdown) will masterfully utilize the group's virtuosic soloists, stylistic versatility, and unparalleled ensemble cohesion. It will also serve as a sophisticated musical platform for Marsalis to convey his hopes, concerns, and historically informed insights about our culture and society. On this momentous final weekend of our 30th concert season, we're proud to pair this timely new commission with other treasured works by our Managing & Artistic Director. This performance is one of our 30th anniversary landmark events because Wynton Marsalis has been the driving creative force behind Jazz at Lincoln Center’s founding and success. His work and music have been a core part of Jazz at Lincoln Center since our earliest beginnings, and the 2018 world premiere of (The Ever-Funky Lowdown) continues to highlight this close connection. Join our family! Subscribe today by purchasing three or more concerts to our 2017–18 season and receive priority seating, free ticket exchanges and discounts. Or become a member to receive benefits, invitations, and more throughout the season, starting at $75.