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  • Mar. 15, 2004

    Sponsored by Brooks Brothers;
    additional media support provided by KKJZ

    The Los Angeles Philharmonic presents New York's acclaimed Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra at Walt Disney Concert Hall on Monday, March 15, at 8 p.m. Comprised of many of the finest jazz soloists and ensemble players today, the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra is led by celebrated jazz artist Wynton Marsalis, the Music Director of Jazz at Lincoln Center. The evening's program will be announced from the stage.

    The LCJO's concerts are always lively and entertaining and the evening's program draws from an extensive repertoire that includes original compositions by Marsalis, Ted Nash, Ron Westray and other members of the orchestra, as well as the masterworks of Ellington, Mingus, Coltrane, and other great jazz composers. "Jazz is a serious, thoughtful music, but it's a lot of fun too-and that's the message Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra are carrying out to the world," said the Ft. Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel.

    Upbeat Live pre-concert events take place one hour prior to each concert in BP Hall at Walt Disney Concert Hall, and are free to all ticket holders. Phil Gallo of Daily Variety hosts the March 15 Upbeat Live.

    The Los Angeles Philharmonic's presentation of the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra is the third of four concerts in the Philharmonic's jazz series. The series concludes on May 1 with Hancock Meets Gershwin, a program featuring the Herbie Hancock Quartet with the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

    WYNTON MARSALIS is one of the most accomplished and acclaimed jazz artists and composers of his generation, in addition to being a distinguished classical musician. Marsalis has helped propel jazz to the forefront of American culture through his brilliant performances, recordings, compositions, educational efforts, and his vision as Artistic Director Jazz at Lincoln Center (J@LC). Marsalis became the first jazz artist to be awarded the prestigious Pulitzer Prize in music for his work Blood on the Fields, in April 1997. Born near New Orleans, Louisiana, in 1961, Marsalis began his classical training on trumpet at age 12 and gained invaluable experience as a young musician in local marching bands, jazz and funk bands, and classical youth orchestras. He entered The Juilliard School in and made his recording debut as a leader in 1982. Over the past 17 years has produced an incomparable catalogue of close to 40 outstanding jazz and classical recordings for Columbia Jazz and Sony Classical, for which he has won nine Grammy Awards. In 1983 he became the first and only artist to win both classical and jazz Grammy Awards in one year, repeating this feat in 1984. In 1999, he released eight new recordings in his unprecedented "Swinging into the 21st" series, which included a seven-CD boxed set of live performances from the Village Vanguard. Marsalis is the Music Director of the world-renowned Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra (LCJO), which spends over half the year on tour. He also devotes a significant amount of time to composing new works, many of which are commissioned from and premiered by J@LC. Marsalis' rich body of work includes Them Twos, from the second collaboration between J@LC and the New York City Ballet in 1999; Big Train; Sweet Release, a score for ballet written in 1996 for the LCJO and choreographed by Judith Jamison for the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater; At the Octoroon Balls, a 1995 piece performed by the Orion String Quartet with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center; Jazz: Six Syncopated Movements, from the 1993 J@LC collaboration with the New York City Ballet; Jump Start, a score written for the noted dancer and choreographer Twyla Tharp; Citi Movement/Griot New York, a three-movement composition scored for jazz septet created in collaboration with choreographer Garth Fagan; and In This House, On This Morning, an extended piece based on the form of a traditional gospel service. His latest work, All Rise, is an evening-length twelve-part composition that was commissioned and premiered by the New York Philharmonic with the LCJO and the Morgan State University Choir in December 1999. Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra joined Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Los Angeles Philharmonic to perform the work at the Hollywood Bowl in September 2001, subsequently recording it for Sony Classical. Marsalis was named one of America's 25 Most Influential People by Time magazine and one of The 50 Most Influential Boomers by Life magazine in recognition of his critical role in stimulating an increased awareness of jazz in the consciousness of an entire generation of fans and artists.

    The LINCOLN CENTER JAZZ ORCHESTRA, composed of many of the finest jazz soloists and ensemble players today, has been Jazz at Lincoln Center's resident orchestra for more than 10 years. The LCJO performs and leads educational events in New York, across the U.S., and around the globe with an ever-expanding roster of guest artists. Under the leadership of Music Director Wynton Marsalis, the LCJO performs a vast repertory ranging from works by composers such as Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Fletcher Henderson, Thelonious Monk, and Charles Mingus, to newly commissioned works by Benny Carter, Joe Henderson, Jimmy Heath, Chico O'Farrill, members of the LCJO, and others. The LCJO currently spends over half of the year on tour and frequently performs with many of the world's leading symphony orchestras, including the New York and Czech Philharmonics, the Boston, Chicago, and London Symphony Orchestras, and others.



    Walt Disney Concert Hall

    111 S. Grand Avenue, Los Angeles


    Wynton Marsalis, director

    Upbeat Live pre-concert events take place one hour prior to each concert in BP Hall at Walt Disney Concert Hall, and are free to all ticket holders. Phil Gallo of Daily Variety hosts.

    Sponsored by Brooks Brothers; additional media support provided by KKJZ.

    Tickets ($25 - $80) are on sale now at the Walt Disney Concert Hall Box Office, online at, or via credit card phone order at 323.850.2000. Groups of 12 or more may be eligible for special discounts for selected concerts and seating areas. For more information, please call 323.850.2000.

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    Ryan Jimenez, 213.972.3405; for photos: Beth Norber, 213.972.3409