Jazz @ Lincoln Centre Live
‘The mission of Jazz at Lincoln Center,’ we read, ‘is to entertain, enrich and expand a global community for jazz through performance, education, and advocacy. We believe jazz is a metaphor for Democracy. Because jazz is improvisational, it celebrates personal freedom and encourages individual expression. Because jazz is swinging, it dedicates that freedom to finding and maintaining common ground with others. Because jazz is rooted in the blues, it inspires us to face adversity with persistent optimism.’
To help achieve this mission – and led by Managing and Artistic Director Wynton Marsalis – the JALC has long offered free livestreams of their concerts on Vimeo. On March 11th, you could have seen up-and-coming saxophonist Lakecia Benjamin playing ‘The Music of the Coltranes.’
Next up? Come April 17th, you can see Mary Stallings – ‘perhaps the best jazz singer singing today’ according to the New York Times – performing with the Emmet Cohen Trio.
Meanwhile, here’s a little history of the Hammond B3 organ from JALC:
Cécile McLorin Salvant singing Poor Butterfly
And here’s the Jazz at Lincoln Centre Orchestra, Wynton Marsalis and bassist Christian McBride swinging through McBride’s composition: Bluesin’ in Alphabet City.
Written by Elizabeth Newton
Header: Stuart Davis. Swing Landscape. 1938