The past and future of Jazz

by Charlotte Brouard-Tartarin
Wynton Marsalis playing the trompet

Artist in residence
Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis


The idea of creating a place in New York dedicated entirely to jazz became reality in 1987, when Jazz at Lincoln Center was founded, an institution taking up residence in a location central to culture and education in the USA. The fact that jazz literally has a home next door to institutions such as the New York Philharmonic and the Juilliard School, is mainly thanks to the unrelenting efforts of Wynton Marsalis. As the charismatic bandleader of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, the trumpet player has established the 15-piece band as a force to be reckoned with in New York’s musical life. Building on decades of experience, the members of the ensemble present season after season in artistic selfadministration. Their return to the Philharmonie for two concerts during the 2022/23 season will demonstrate what passionate and continuous artistic work can create.

The first performance of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra takes place in the Grand Auditorium: a breath-taking evening of swing. The programme consists of jazz standards and works written by Wynton Marsalis. Virtuoso solo passages highlight each individual member of this high-carat big band, yet the formation is sure to impress with its collective brilliance as well The latter will be the focus of attention when the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra works for the first time with the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg. The occasion is a performance of Wynton Marsalis’ great musical fresco, The Jungle, in which the composer paints a musical portrait of New York – the city which Marsalis considers «the most fluid, pressure-packed, and cosmopolitan metropolis the modern world has ever seen.» Music lovers who cannot or will not cross the «pond» at the moment can take the easy route: just head for the Place de l’Europe!

We’ve got something similar coming up soon at the Philharmonie: