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"SETTING THE COMMUNAL TABLE: The Evolution of the Jazz Orchestra" with Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra

Office of the President and Provost

Location: Sanders Theatre, Memorial Hall, 45 Quincy Street, Cambridge
Parking: Broadway Garage, 7 Felton Street

On Sale Date: 9/19/2013
How to get tickets: The Harvard Box Office 617-496-2222


Using the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, we will illustrate aspects of the history and showcase significant musical breakthroughs in the evolution of the Jazz Orchestra. From its inception as an ensemble of 10, to a vastly different ensemble of 14 to 17 which emerged in The Swing Era (1935-1950), the Jazz Orchestra was brought to an enduring pinnacle by the Duke Ellington and Count Basie Orchestras. We will discuss its social significance, demonstrate various functions of its 4 sections and individual chairs, illustrate the relationship of written to improvised music and solo to ensemble playing, show important and unique musical techniques, and provide philosophical and communal insights. Above all else, swinging music will be played.