SFJAZZ Collective Tackles Stevie Wonder at Jazz at Lincoln Center
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Pulitzer-winning trumpeter and Jazz at Lincoln Center artistic director Wynton Marsalis has called Marcus Roberts "the genius of the modern piano," and there's no question that he's one of the greatest jazz pianists and composers working today. Since his Jazz at Lincoln Center debut in 1987, Roberts' deeply significant recorded and commissioned works have honored some of his most revered predecessors of the piano. Roberts has a long history of treasuring the tenets of jazz through his work, which, for the last quarter century, has epitomized preservation through innovation. Joining him for this musical exploration of the Piano Masters of Melody is his new ensemble The Modern Jazz Generation, a large ensemble that features nearly a dozen top musicians spanning three generations, including bassists Thaddeus Expose and Raviv Markovitz, drummer Jason Marsalis and sax man Ricardo Pascale. Learn More
Most of the seats at this venue are plastic director's chair height style with built in arms and a footrest. Not a problem for me, but in observing the audience as I waited for the performance to begin, noticed that for some patrons, it was difficult for them to comfortably fit in the chairs since they are not adjustable in terms of width. Be forewarned and potentially spring the extra bucks for the select café style table seats down in the orchestra level if this is a concern for you or ask the staff at Lincoln Center to help find you a more comfortable location if possible.Marty Stuart & Connie Smith info • Feb 20 2014 star this tip starred
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Overall, I enjoyed it. The camaderie and respect that each band member had for the others was evident and created a very postive vibe - was impressed with the way that songs were introduced by different members rather than one MC. The musicianship and skill was faultless. I do agree with other reviewers with being disappointed that there wasn't more emphasis on the work of Stevie Wonder in the show - not intended as a criticism of the original work that was presented but as a indication that the show did not match its billing.
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Performers: Antonio Hart – Alto Saxophone; Mark Turner – Tenor Saxophone; Avishai Cohen – Trumpet; Robin Eubanks – Trombone; Stefon Harris – Vibraphone; Edward Simon – Piano; Matt Penman – Bass; Eric Harland – Drums
The SFJAZZ Collective is an all-star eight-piece ensemble that highlights the original compositions of its annually-rotating members as well as revisits and re-arranges famous compositions from past jazz masters. Having taken on jazz titans like John Coltrane, Ornette Coleman, Horace Silver, and Thelonious Monk in the past, the group will now explore the material of music icon Stevie Wonder, an artist outside of the jazz tradition, but one whose sophisticated song craft and timeless melodies are more than worthy of exploration. The Collective is comprised of saxophonists Mark Turner, Antonio Hart and Miguel Zenón, pianist Edward Simon, vibraphonist Stefon Harris, trumpeter Avishai Cohen, bassist Matt Penman, trombonist Robin Eubanks, and drummer Eric Harland.
About the Ticket Supplier: Jazz at Lincoln Center
Their mission is to enrich the artistic substance and perpetuate the democratic spirit of America’s music. From down home and elegant concert performances by the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra to entertaining educational programs that bring the sound and feeling of jazz into the lives of thousands of kids and grownups to innovative collaborative programs with artists in diverse idioms: they offer top quality musicianship and universal friendship. By taking the feeling of jazz on tour and by inviting artists and audiences from all over the world into their new home in New York City, Frederick P. Rose Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center brings people together for a simple purpose: To Have a Profoundly Good Time. Welcome is their motto.