WYNTON MARSALIS & JAZZ AT LINCOLN CENTER ORCHESTRA
Jazz at Lincoln Center is one of the most prestigious American cultural institutions. Its mission is to promote jazz at all levels and with a variety of initiatives, from concerts to seminars, from conferences to radio and television programmes. With this vision: “We believe jazz is a metaphor for Democracy. Because jazz is improvisational, it celebrates personal freedom and encourages individual expression “. The project took shape in the mid-eighties, and Wynton Marsalis was among the promoters and is now the Artistic Director.
The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra is the main instrument and the heart of this vocation with thirty years of work behind it, a staff of fifteen among the most brilliant American jazzmen and a repertoire which, over the years, has celebrated some of the key figures of twentieth century music, from Duke Ellington to Charles Mingus, from John Coltrane to John Lewis. The Orchestra’s record production is intense and, among the various releases, it should be remembered that Blood on the Fields, a jazz oratorio composed by the New Orleans trumpeter, won the Pulitzer Prize for music.
Wynton’s return to Umbria Jazz, where he has been present from the first steps of his extraordinary career, is always an event, especially with an absolutely out of the ordinary formation like the JALCO.