Jazz at Lincoln Center unveils a 2021 Spring Virtual Concert Season designed to illuminate the artistic, social, and historic liberties that were made possible by the pioneering efforts of jazz musicians throughout history.
Since temporarily closing Jazz at Lincoln Center’s performing arts facility, Frederick P. Rose Hall, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the organization has made available a robust, curated daily program of offerings to reach people all over the world and bring the healing power of jazz music into homes and communities.
Jazz at Lincoln Center continues this effort with four unique livestream and pre-recorded concert events from February 20—June 10, 2021. Three of these new virtual concerts will feature the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis and a cohort of master singers, and rising stars representing a broad generational timeline of this unique music.
Tickets for each virtual event and more information are available on jazz.org/spring2021.
JAZZ AT LINCOLN CENTER’S 2021 SPRING VIRTUAL CONCERT SEASON
- Family Concert: Legacies of Excellence
Featuring host Catherine Russell
February 20, 2021
Following live premiere, program will be available on demand through February 24.
Vocalist Catherine Russell hosts an extraordinary ensemble of jazz musicians in this concert for families and student audiences. The contributions of iconic jazz artists such as Duke Ellington and Ella Fitzgerald will be explored in a performance demonstrating the icons’ lasting legacies.
- Voices of Freedom: Betty Carter, Billie Holiday, Abbey Lincoln, and Nina Simone
Featuring the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis with Melanie Charles, Shenel Johns, and Ashley Pezzotti
March 26, 2021
Following live premiere, program will be available on demand through March 31.
The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis and a roster of special guest vocalists will perform songs by some of the most powerful singers and songwriters of the 20th century. Under the music direction of Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra trombonist and vocalist Chris Crenshaw, this brand-new program looks back at four great singers whose unapologetically honest art has stood the test of time in its meaning and musicality. Melanie Charles, Shenel Johns, and Ashley Pezzotti —rising star vocalists adept in jazz, blues, folk, and beyond—will lend their unique voices to impassioned new big band charts arranged by Chris Crenshaw and members of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. The repertoire will span decades of songs written or made famous by Betty Carter, Billie Holiday, Abbey Lincoln, and Nina Simone.
- Freedom, Justice, and Hope
Featuring the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, Endea Owens, and Special Guest Bryan Stevenson
May 21, 2021
Following premiere, program will be available on demand through May 26.
Witness the world premiere of new music by bassist Endea Owens (Jon Batiste’s Stay Human band) —who will be performing with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis on this evening—and emerging composer/trumpeter Josh Evans. Music Director Wynton Marsalis and Bryan Stevenson—a globally acclaimed activist, public interest lawyer, and founder of the Equal Justice Initiative—will create an evening featuring readings, and new and familiar jazz works that consider large, international questions of freedom, social justice, and hope.
- Coltrane: A Love Supreme
Featuring the Jazz at Lincoln Center with Wynton Marsalis and Camille Thurman
June 10, 2021
Following live premiere, program will be available on demand through June 16.
In the final Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis concert of the season, the JLCO will perform a big-band rendition of John Coltrane’s immortal A Love Supreme, as well as a number of Coltrane classics related to freedom. With special guest Camille Thurman, the band will re-introduce listeners to one of the most powerful pieces of music ever created. Universally hailed as a masterpiece, A Love Supreme is a perfectly paced suite of music and a musical embodiment of Coltrane’s complex spirituality. Beyond this most-famous example, Coltrane’s songbook is a rich and diverse body of work. The band will reinterpret a number of his timeless pieces, with an emphasis on the concept of “freedom,” for this rare all-Coltrane Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra performance.