Three nights at the Rose Theater, Jazz At Lincoln Center, NYC
Jazz at Lincoln Center continues to honor the iconic artists, albums, movements, and events that left distinctive indelible marks in jazz history throughout the organization’s 30th anniversary season. Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis will pay tribute to Benny Goodman’s legendary 1938 debut at Carnegie Hall, one of the first major public performances featuring a racially-integrated group and considered a milestone in the acceptance of jazz as America’s classical music.
For three nights only in Rose Theater, January 11-13, the Orchestra will be led by Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra reedman Victor Goines serving as music director and performer, along with featured clarinetists Anat Cohen, Janelle Reichman, Ken Peplowski, and Jazz at Lincoln Center’s own Ted Nash. This program will consist entirely of pieces played during that historic event composed by artists including Benny Goodman, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, George Gershwin, Fats Waller, Louis Prima, and more.
Benny Goodman: King of Swing was selected as one of Jazz at Lincoln Center’s landmark 30th anniversary performances due to Goodman played a significant role in jazz history, both musically and socially. The virtuoso clarinetist and visionary bandleader’s efforts and innovations helped reshape the big band sound in the 1930s and he fought for racial equality by integrating his bands decades before other public institutions took that step. In the country’s most hallowed classical music concert hall, the 1938 Carnegie Hall concert was about much more than entertainment; it was, in many ways, a “debut” of jazz itself, an unprecedented presentation of authentic jazz and racial integration on a stage of unparalleled prestige. True to form, the “King of Swing” celebrated the music on his own terms, introducing the public to real jazz elements and extensive improvisation during an era fixated on dance music — and by the end of the evening, the response was ecstatic.
Benny Goodman: King of Swing will take place in Rose Theater at Jazz at Lincoln Center, Frederick P. Rose Hall, located at Broadway at 60th Street, New York, New York. For additional information and to purchase tickets, visit jazz.org.
In addition, Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Swing University will offer a six-week course on The Life and Legacy of Benny Goodman, led by Loren Schoenberg - master musician and teacher, as well as longtime associate and friend to Goodman.. The course begins January 31 and will be held in the Irene Diamond Education Center, located in Frederick P. Rose Hall, home of Jazz at Lincoln Center. For more information and to register, go to academy.jazz.org/swing-university.