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Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra
with Wynton Marsalis
and special guest Jon Batiste
Celebrating Duke Ellington

As summer turns to fall, celebrate under the stars in the stunning Greek Theatre, with one of the greatest jazz orchestras in the world! International jazz ambassador, nine-time Grammy winner, and Pulitzer Prize recipient Wynton Marsalis and his legendary Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra transform the magnificent outdoor theater into the biggest—and swinging-est—party in town. The orchestra is joined by charismatic pianist and music director of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert's house band, Jon Batiste, for a program celebrating the legacy of Duke Ellington. Expect the full panorama of Ellingtonia, from early Cotton Club "jump" classics, to dreamy big-band ballads, to selections from the Duke's lushly orchestrated suites.

Wynton Marsalis, trumpet
Kenny Rampton, trumpet
Marcus Printup, trumpet
Ryan Kisor, trumpet
Chris Crenshaw, trombone
Vincent Gardner, trombone
Elliot Mason, trombone
Victor Goines, saxophone, clarinet
Ted Nash, saxophone, clarinet, flute
Greg Tardy, saxophone, clarinet
Sherman Irby, saxophone, clarinet
Paul Nedzela, saxophone, clarinet
Carlos Henriquez, bass
Charles Goold, drums
Dan Nimmer, piano

Approximate run time: 90 minutes without intermission

Gala at the Greek

3:30pm Cocktail Reception
5:30pm Performance
7pm Backstage Dinner with the Artists

Built around these remarkable musicians performing Duke Ellington classics at the historic Greek Theater, the Gala at the Greek raises vital funds in support of Cal Performances' Education and Community Programs which build future audiences for the arts. The cocktail reception returns to the glorious University Club with panoramic views, and dinner will be backstage with the artists under the twinkly lights of the iconic lanterns.

More information about tickets >

To purchase tickets, please contact Special Events Manager Amanda Wu at awu@calperformances.org or 510.642.7837.

Major support for public programs provided by Bank of America.


Related Events

Jazz at Lincoln Center with Wynton Marsalis
and special guest Jon Batiste
Celebrating Duke Ellington
Sun, Sep 23

Jazz Exploration
Sun, Sep 23, 2018, 10am
Zellerbach Hall
Young musicians gather to inspire each other, share, and collaborate through jazz while celebrating the music of Duke Ellington. Based on a model created by the acclaimed international El Sistema music education program. Middle and high school students, by invitation only. Contact eduprograms@calperformances.org for more information.

Public Forum
Sun, Sep 23, 2018, 2pm
Hertz Hall
So You Think Jazz Isn't For You. A conversation for jazz-curious students and community members, led by KCSM Jazz91's Alisa Clancy and UC Jazz Ensemble students. Free and open to the public.

Public Forum
Sun, Sep 23, 2018, 3pm
Hertz Hall
Duke Ellington for the New Millennium. With KCSM Jazz91 music director Jesse "Chuy" Varela and bass player Marcus Shelby. Free and open to the public.

Major support for public programs provided by Bank of America.

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Program Notes

Program notes are available online. [PDF]