Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis to Perform During Savannah Music Festival

Wynton Marsalis
Wynton Marsalis

The Savannah Music Festival (SMF) is Georgia’s largest musical arts festival and one of the most distinctive cross-genre music festivals in the world.

SMF is building a robust history on its devotion to living, vibrant musical traditions, regularly presenting commissioned works, unique and imaginative productions and rare regional appearances by renowned artists in jazz, classical, blues, bluegrass, gospel and other styles of American and international roots music.

The festival will run March 18-April 3. Among the performers will be the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis.

The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra (JLCO), comprising 15 of the finest jazz soloists and ensemble players today, has been evolving for nearly 20 years. This remarkably versatile jazz orchestra, under the direction of Wynton Marsalis, returns to Savannah for a special matinee performance.

Their program features masterworks from the history of jazz as well as original works and arrangements by JLCO members.

Portrait in Seven Shades, the JLCO’s first CD of original music in nearly four years.

Composed by reed virtuoso Ted Nash, this suite consists of seven movements, each inspired by a master of modern art: Chagall, Dali, Matisse, Monet, Picasso, Pollack and Van Gogh.

The band will perform selections from the suite as well as a repertoire to include tunes by Count Basie, Mary Lou Williams and others. The performance will take place on March 28th, 2010 at 3 p.m. at the Johnny Mercer Theater. For other acts and performances please visit www.savannahmusicfestival. org.

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