Kids of all ages can get a closer look at the history of jazz at Chicago’s Symphony Center next weekend, with the performance “Jazz For Young People: Who is Duke Ellington?”
The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis will inspire children of all ages with their incredible dedication, infectious energy and enthusiasm for jazz. “Who is Duke Ellington?” explores the life and music of one of the greatest composers in jazz history. Bring the young people in your life for a foot-tapping, swinging good time!
Join Wynton Marsalis immediately following the concert for a live Q&A held in Orchestra Hall. This performance will be held on Saturday, January 23, at 1 p.m. Ticket prices start at $25.
Through performance, education and preservation, Jazz at Lincoln Center envisions and encourages a world in which musicians, composers, lifelong enthusiasts, and grade-school children alike are invited to come together to appreciate the down-home soul and sophistication of the sound of American democracy: Jazz.
The October 18, 2004 opening of Frederick P. Rose Hall, the new home of Jazz at Lincoln Center and the cultural centerpiece of the new development at Columbus Circle, is the culmination of the spectacular rise in less than 20 years of Jazz at Lincoln Center from a three-concert series to a full, year-round program of more than 450 performance, educational and broadcast events for audiences of all ages. It represents the bricks and mortar confirmation of jazz as a uniquely American art form, on par with the most magnificent works of western classical music, dance, theater and film.
From down-home and elegant concert performances, to educational programs that bring the sound and feeling of jazz into the lives of audiences of all ages, to innovative collaborative programs with artists in diverse idioms, Jazz at Lincoln Center’s mission is to enrich people’s lives with jazz and perpetuate the democratic spirit of America’s music.
Wynton Marsalis has been described as the most outstanding jazz musician and trumpeter of his generation, as one of the world’s top classical trumpeters, as a big band leader in the tradition of Duke Ellington, a brilliant composer, a devoted advocate for the Arts and a tireless and inspiring educator. He carries these distinctions well. His life is a portrait of discipline, dedication, sacrifice, and creative accomplishment.
The sound of Wynton Marsalis’ band is inspired by the basic principals of democracy. According to Marsalis, what you hear in a great jazz band is the sound of democracy. “The jazz band works best when participation is shaped by intelligent communication.” This intelligent, hard swinging interplay has made Marsalis’ bands the favorite among jazz musicians and audiences worldwide. In the smallest of towns Wynton is received warmly and enthusiastically. The connection is the music, which mimics our valued way of life. Through jazz music Wynton Marsalis represents America all over the world. In such disparate locations from Prague to Warsaw, Seoul to Wellington, Paris to Istanbul, Santiago to Mexico City, Toronto to Calgary, Amarillo to Portland -you will find Wynton Marsalis sharing his vision of the union of jazz and democracy.