Press photo of Wynton Marsalis by Frank Stewart
It is a rare treat to hear brilliant music performed live by the geniuses who composed it. Young jazz aficionados must rely on old recordings, books and documentaries to transport themselves into the music halls of yesteryear if they want to experience performances by the legendary jazz orchestras of Count Basie and Duke Ellington. However, on the evening of March 14, the audience at Segerstrom Center for the Arts got the next best thing.
Nine-time Grammy Award winner Wynton Marsalis is not only a brilliant musician and composer but he is also an educator and a champion of the arts. Last Friday, he and his Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra raised awareness about a cross-section of songs while providing renditions of them that were so beautiful, words simply cannot do them justice. Segerstrom's senior music programming director, Aaron Egigian, was responsible for the program, and pursuant to his request, the orchestra performed the songs of Count Basie and Duke Ellington in their original arrangements.More »