"America's pre-eminent large jazz ensemble."

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Special Events
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.

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.


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Donor Parking
As a service to our donors at the $750 level and above, we offer the opportunity to reserve parking for our performances. Reserve parking online 5 business days or more in advance of the performance, or by contacting Cal Performances' Development Department at 510.642.8653 or email donate@calperformances.org.

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Program Notes

Program notes will be available approximately one week before the performance.