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LIVE: Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra @ Proctors, 10/6/15

Monday, October 19th, 2015
The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra

The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra

Review by J Hunter
Photographs by Rudy Lu

It’s a legitimate event when the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra plays your city. In many ways, it recalls Duke Ellington or Cab Calloway coming into town on a train pulling personal Pullman cars for the musicians, their instruments and (in Calloway’s case) their modes of transportation. Thanks to the publicity machine that is trumpeter/bandleader Wynton Marsalis, JALCO is the best-known big band in the world today – and their two-set performance at Proctors proved what gets proven in popular music every single day: Just because you’re the best-known band doesn’t mean you’re the best.

Mind you, this 15-piece unit certainly looks the part, thanks to the impeccably tailored suits provided by Brooks Brothers (the official clothier of Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra – and no, that’s not a joke). And it’s not like Marsalis has surrounded himself with wannabes and posers; any big band that can boast trumpeters like Ryan Kisor and Marcus Printup, multi-instrumentalists like Ted Nash, Victor Goines and Walter Blanding, and a rhythm section as potentially badass as Ali Jackson and Carlos Henriquez packs some serious heat coming into any situation. That said, it is both deliciously ironic and sadly indicative that all the suit jackets worn by the Orchestra were beige, because almost every number played was entirely colorless and incessantly bland.

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LIVE: The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis @ Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, 3/19/12

Monday, March 26th, 2012
Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis @ Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, 3/19/12

Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis

Review by J Hunter

This is the year of Wynton Marsalis… or the 50th year of Wynton Marsalis, to be precise. As a result, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra is celebrating what was described in Monday night’s introduction as “the longest-running 50th birthday party EVER!” There’s no word on whether they’ll try to break the record set by Jack Benny’s 39th birthday party, but I digress. Marsalis spent this chapter of the party doing what he loves: Playing jazz from his favorite period, in the way he feels it should be played, and doing it with some big-time monsters from the New York scene.

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