Wynton Marsalis is no stranger to ambitious concepts. His latest major work presents a particularly bold task: getting orchestras to swing. He joins us to discuss his “Swing Symphony,” which gets its US premiere at the New York Philharmonic this month, and to talk about the melding of classical and jazz idioms.
Plus, we ask him about his score to the silent film Louis, the new season at Jazz at Lincoln Center – and the trip to Cuba he is leading in October.
The New York Philharmonic opens its season with the U.S. premiere of Wynton Marsalis' "Swing Symphony," in a collaboration between the Philharmonic and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, on Sept. 22 at Avery Fisher Hall at 7:30 p.m.. He will also perform with bandleader and drummer Roy Haynes as part of Jazz at Lincoln Center's opening night on Sept 25 in Rose Theater at 8 p.m.
1. "Swing Symphony" (Symphony No.3)
2. Chucho Valdes and the Afro-Cuban Messengers "New Orleans" - Chucho's Steps