The Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis will embark on a 46-city U.S. United in Swing Tour beginning September 13, 2001, drawing on a vast repertoire from the history of jazz to the delight of audiences around the country, with an emphasis on Coltrane and Mingus, and original works.
Speaking as a designated UN Messenger of Peace, Mr. Marsalis said, "Wherever the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra plays throughout the world, audiences have the same joyous reaction to the pulse of swing and the sweet sound of a singing horn. We are going to bring this same feeling all over the country where jazz was born. Our goal is to see America truly United in Swing." This is an important concept as many fail to embrace jazz as one of the most significant cultural contributions this country ever made.
The tour is a perfect opportunity, not only for those who already embrace jazz, but also for introducing a new, undecided and younger generation to this legendary art form. It is for this reason members of the LCJO will also lead a variety of educational events in several cities, including master classes, lectures, clinics and Jazz for Young People (SM) concerts.
The United in Swing 2001-2002 Tour is sponsored by Philip Morris Companies Inc.who has been supporting jazz for more than two decades. This expansive 3 segment, 9-month tour begins at the Hollywood Bowl with the West Coast premier (and recording) of Wynton Marsalis's epic evening-length work "All Rise," with the Los Angeles Philharmonic under Esa-Pekka Salonen, and a 100-voice choir. The tour continues throughout the West Coast and Midwest states, January and February 2002 in the Mid-West and Southern States, finishing up April and May in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast.
This is a most impressive itinerary. "We always play selections from the entire history of jazz and have over 1,100 pieces of music in the LCJO library-everything from Jelly Roll Morton and Duke Ellington to Count Basie and Thelonious Monk, to new compositions by LCJO members. We generally take out about 100 scores on a given tour. Of those we play about 16 a night. We'll be playing a lot of music by Charles Mingus and John Coltrane, but the program will be different every single night. You'll see me sitting in the trumpet section, calling the tunes." said Marsalis.
Starting tours in 1992, the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra has gone on 20 tours, which have reached more than 250 cities in 30 countries on 5 continents. Also of interest, Jazz at Lincoln Center is building its new home, the "Frederick P. Rose Hall," the first-ever education, performance, and broadcast facility devoted to jazz, slated to open in fall 2004.
Don't miss the opportunity to see Wynton Marsalis and the world-renowned resident Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra in a city near you during the "United in Swing Tour" 2001-2002 season. For tour dates and information, link to: http://www.jazzatlincolncenter.org/prod/tour/
Jazz at Lincoln Center, Cyber Press Conference, Tuesday August 28, 2001