Kings Of The Crescent City at Jazz At Lincoln Center on April 19-20

Jazz at Lincoln Center continues the 25th anniversary season with a celebration of the four founding fathers of jazz Louis Armstrong, Sidney Bechet, Jelly Roll Morton, and King Oliver in a special concert event entitled Kings of the Crescent City in Rose Theater at 8pm on April 19-20. New Orleans-born Victor Goines, the superlative clarinetist-saxophonist with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra for the last two decades, leads an all-star ensemble including Marcus Printup and Kenny Rampton (trumpet), Chris Crenshaw (trombone), Don Vappie (banjo), Dan Nimmer (piano), Reginald Veal (bass), and Adonis Rose (drums), whose early immersion in the musical culture of the Crescent City directly informed their musical production throughout their brilliant careers. Free pre-concert discussion, nightly, 7pm.

Goines says, "We will take the music of Armstrong, Bechet, Morton and Oliver and all these capable musicians and give the people a program that reflects the history of the New Orleans tradition with the wisdom of our collective studies, learned over the course of our careers. Part of the Jazz at Lincoln Center philosophy and Wynton [Marsalis]'s philosophy as Managing and Artistic Director, is that all jazz is modern. We play it not only for the tradition but because it is a body of our work that needs to be played on a regular basis. It's just part of the entirety of jazz music that exists."

JALC Curator Phil Schaap adds, "New Orleans is the birthplace of jazz. What happened there is the core foundation and essential to what happens now. Our mission is jazz. The core ingredients of jazz emerged from New Orleans: swing, improvisation, a wide range of repertoire, and, lastly, the advent of the solo."

Jazz at Lincoln Center's Frederick P. Rose Hall, Broadway at 60th Street, 5th floor, New York, New York.

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