Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra

Blue Engine Records

Few captured the sleek, swinging sophistication of jazz better than pianist, composer, and bandleader John Lewis, who had a long, deep, personal relationship with Jazz at Lincoln Center. “He used to always call our program a miracle,” says Wynton Marsalis. “He used to always say, ‘Keep that miracle going.’”

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Ring in the holidays with Jazz Night In America from NPR on WCLK Sunday evening at 7pm after Jazz Tones with Jay Edwards. This week's program features all holiday music from the Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra, featuring special guests Audrey Shakir and Denzal Sinclaire. The JLCO will debut new arrangements of familiar songs sacred and secular, from Count Basie’s “Jingle Bells” to classics like “White Christmas” and “Sleigh Ride.” Wynton Marsalis will be your guide.

Frank Stewart/Jazz At Lincoln Center

Grammy-nominated, multi-instrumentalist, Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra Member, Ted Nash joins me Sunday, September 18  on Jazz Tones beginning at 3:00 p.m.   Nash comes from a musical family.   He is a composer, performer, arranger and educator.   A Los Angeles native, his father  Dick Nash and Uncle Ted Nash were both well known studio Jazz  musicians. Ted started playing piano at age seven. By the time he turned 12 he had started playing clarinet, and a year later he picked up the alto sax.  He moved to New York City at 18 and is best known for performing with The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis.

Jazz Night In America with Christian McBride airs Sundays at 7:00 p.m. on Jazz 91.9 WCLK.  During the September 11 edition, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra takes us to Latin America and Spain, through the work of Duke Ellington, Charles Mingus and John Coltrane.  Excerpts from Tijuana Moods, Latin American Suite and Ole Coltrane take us to a Tijuana gift shop; and, a Spanish bullfight.   We will also get a look inside the heads of these three Jazz greats and learn what makes them some of the best storytellers Jazz has ever known.

The holidays are a special time on 91.9 WCLK, Atlanta's Jazz Station. We play old favorites and new takes of the Christmas music beloved by Jazz heads everywhere. I'll be featuring cuts off of the new release Big Band Holidays, featuring Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra, which features guests including Rene Marie and Gregory Porter. Hear it throughout the day on Jazz 91.9 and especially with me on Serenade To The City, Monday through Friday, 10:00 p.m. until 2:00 a.m.

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