The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis closes the concert season with an audience favorite: an all-Ellington evening of musical masterpieces. Over the course of six decades, Duke Ellington wrote well over 1,000 compositions, some of the richest and most enduring music of the past century.
The possibilities are endless in a show like this. From his early days at the Cotton Club, when Duke first took the world by storm with hits like “Creole Love Call” and “Black and Tan Fantasy,” to his next wave of classics like “It Don’t Mean a Thing (If it Ain’t Got That Swing),” “Mood Indigo,” “Sophisticated Lady,” and “In a Sentimental Mood,” Duke set the standard for concise songs in which every moment makes an impact.
Duke’s songbook goes even deeper, with his “Sacred Concerts” series and extended suites like Black, Brown & Beige, The Far East Suite, New Orleans Suite, and Latin American Suite. This music is a premier showcase of a big band’s range, nuance, and cohesion, and nobody plays it quite like the JLCO.