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Leonard Bernstein at 100

Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra & Wynton Marsalis

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Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra dedicate a concert to one of the great musical minds of the 20th Century – Leonard Bernstein.

Composer, conductor, showman, educator, activist: Bernstein electrified every aspect of American music. And his charm, elegance and unerring gift for melody continue to enthral audiences the world over. In what would have been his 100th year, one of the finest Jazz bands on the planet present a series of new arrangements – by the Grammy Award nominated Richard DeRosa and JLCO trombonist Vincent Gardner – showcasing classics like West Side Story and Candide, but also uncovering gems from Bernstein's vast repertoire.

Bernstein had a long association with the Barbican – in 1986 he conducted the LSO here in front of the Queen and a year later became our resident orchestra’s President – and this concert forms one part of a year-long celebration of his music. Tonight the JLCO will pay testament not just to his music, but also to his legacy as an educator – providing insightful background about the musical selections and recreating the informative approach pioneered by Bernstein himself. 


From 6pm

Before the concert there will be the chance to hear the stars of the future, as members of three stellar youth jazz orchestras collaborate in an all-star jam session. Players from Jazz at Lincoln Center Youth OrchestraNYOS Jazz Orchestra  and Guildhall Jazz Orchestra will combine forces to make up jazz combos. Expect to hear music from the Great American songbook and jazz standards presented by the next generation, alongside Guildhall faculty members and some very special guests. Guildhall Head of Jazz Malcolm Edmonstone and Edinburgh/New York drummer Andrew Bain will oversee proceedings, ensuring that audiences get an extra hit of swing in advance of this landmark show.


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