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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.

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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.


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Program Notes

Program notes are available online. [PDF]