Fri, January 12, 2018
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2018-01-12 8:00 pm
Benny Goodman: King Of Swing at The Appel Room
The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis often honors the iconic artists, albums, movements, and events that left distinctive marks on the jazz continuum. Tonight, the JLCO celebrates a single landmark performance: Benny Goodman’s legendary 1938 debut at Carnegie Hall. In the country’s most hallowed classical concert hall, the moment was about much more than Benny Goodman; it was, in many ways, a “debut” of jazz itself, an unprecedented presentation of authentic jazz and racial integration on a stage of unparalleled prestige. True to form, the “King of Swing” celebrated the music on its own terms, introducing the public to real jazz elements and extensive improvisation during an era fixated on dance music – and by the end of the evening, the response was ecstatic. Tonight’s concert will consist entirely of pieces from the historic performance, including those made famous by Benny Goodman, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, George Gershwin, Fats Waller, Louis Prima, and more. JLCO reedman Victor Goines serves as music director and performer, and special guests like Anat Cohen, Janelle Reichman, and Ken Peplowski will add their virtuosic flair to the mix. Audiences can expect new and classic arrangements, burning solos, and a new take on the mid-concert jam session that went down in history.
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The Appel Room, Broadway At 60th St.