JAZZ AT LINCOLN CENTER ANNOUNCES
2021 GALA CONCERT: INNOVATION + SOUL
Featuring the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra
with Wynton Marsalis, gala concert includes performance by Carlos Henriquez, Pedrito Martinez, Michael Rodriguez
April 15 at 7:30p.m. EDT
and on-demand through April 25
New York, NY (April 1, 2021) On the occasion of National Jazz Appreciation Month, and to honor the music, as well as the artists and figures who have made outstanding contributions to jazz, Jazz at Lincoln Center will celebrate the organization’s 2021 gala, Innovation + Soul, with a virtual concert on Thursday, April 15, at 7:30p.m. ET.
The Innovation + Soul concert will feature the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, the heartbeat of the organization, in a new performance pre-recorded at Rose Theater in Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall in New York, New York.
Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra bassist Carlos Henriquez, percussionist and vocalist Pedrito Martinez, and trumpeter Michael Rodriguez are among the performers featured alongside the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis on this celebratory evening.
The group will perform Henriquez’ composition, “2/3’s Adventure,” a piece that travels between mambo, swing, and guajira, and demonstrates Henriquez’ absolute mastery in orchestration and grooves. “2/3’s Adventure” has been featured in the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra’s songbook in shows around the world for more than a decade, and the band’s recording of it remains one of Blue Engine Records’ most popular downloads.
Rooted in the soil of the Bronx, New York, “2/3’s Adventure” achieves a perfect fusion of singable melodies and danceable grooves with the sophistication of improvisation and advanced orchestration.
Innovation + Soul performance-only passes are $30.00. Following the premiere on April 15, ticket holders will have on-demand access to the performance portion of the event through April 25. For virtual gala tickets and packages, and information on ways to contribute to Jazz at Lincoln Center in a meaningful way, please visit jazz.org/gala2021.
Hosted by Dee Dee Bridgewater, the Innovation + Soul gala will honor Jazz at Lincoln Center Board Member Charles Phillips and his wife Karen with the Ed Bradley Award for Leadership in Jazz. Pianist Jon Batiste will be honored with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Award for Artistic Excellence.
The Innovation + Soul gala will also feature appearances by President Bill Clinton, actor Anna Deavere Smith, jook dancer Lil Buck, vocalist Veronica Swift, and pianist Sean Mason throughout the evening.
On this special gala concert, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis will perform some of the best compositions from the band’s vast, innovative body of original work over the past decade. Selections including “Crazy,” composed by Willie Nelson, and arranged by JLCO trombonist Chris Crenshaw; “2/3’s Adventure,” composed and arranged by JLCO bassist Carlos Henriquez; “Bougie Rag,” composed by Sean Mason and arranged by JLCO saxophonist Victor Goines; and “Yes, Sir! That’s My Baby,” composed Lou Donaldson and Gus Kahn and arranged by JLCO saxophonist Sherman Irby demonstrate the orchestra composers’ and arrangers’ thematic ambitions, distinctive musical personalities, and unprecedented range.
Compositions and arrangements by members of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis are some of the finest and most stylistically diverse big band music in history. Such variety and uniformly high quality is a rare achievement for any band, but no other group has ever had 11 composers and arrangers of this level in its ranks.
Like all public-facing arts, Jazz at Lincoln Center’s ecosystem has sustained devastating losses during the pandemic, but we remain dedicated to our mission of supporting the global jazz community. The hundreds of artists who perform in Rose Theater, The Appel Room, and Dizzy’s Club and our staff humbly thank you for your generosity during this trying time for us all.
The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra is presented by the Arnhold Family.
Leadership support for Jazz at Lincoln Center is provided by
Jody and John Arnhold, Helen and Robert Appel, Diana and Joe DiMenna,
and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
Major support made possible through America’s Cultural Treasures,
a sponsored project of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors.
Support for Jazz at Lincoln Center’s webcasting is provided by
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
and Louise and Leonard Riggio.
Additional support provided by WorldStage and Gibson Entertainment Services.
2021 Gala Committee:
Diane Mulcahy Coffey, Chair
Ian Carleton Schaefer
Robin and Peter Berger
Kathryn and Kenneth I. Chenault
Helen and David Jaffe
Sharon Sullivan and Jeff Kindler
Amelia and Bayo Ogunlesi
Gala Vice Chairs:
Advent Capital Management, LLC
Jessica and Natan Bibliowicz
Robyn and N. Anthony Coles
Nancy and David Denton
Gail and Alfred Engelberg
Dr. Donna Astion and Michael Fricklas
Lauren and Derek Goodman
Drs. Mary and Sidney Harris
Perry and Donna Golkin Family Foundation
Diana and Jonathan F.P. Rose
Lisa Roumell and Mark Rosenthal
Ian Carleton Schaefer
Barry F. Schwartz
Jonelle Procope and Frederick O. Terrell
Helen and Robert J. Appel
Jody and John Arnhold
Lisa and Dick Cashin
Jacqueline L. Bradley and Clarence Otis
Burwell and Chip Schorr
Gordon J. Davis and Peggy Cooper Davis
Grain Management, LLC
Gregory Annenberg Weingarten, GRoW @ Annenberg
Marcus Mitchell and Courtney Lee-Mitchell
Gayle and Stephen R. Bernstein
Diane M. Coffey
Taylor L. Goodridge
John and Patricia Klingenstein Fund
Judith and Sheldon Kaufman
Elaine and Mark Kessel
Jill and Barry Lafer
Beth and Jim Lewis
Loeb & Loeb LLP
Janice and Steve Miller