Jazzy Performance with the Lincoln Center Orchestra

Written by Danielle Herrera

Trumpeter Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Orchestra serenade the audience at
Krannert Center of Performing Arts.

This past Friday night I attended a jazz performance starring Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Orchestra at Foellinger Great Hall. Entering the Krannert Center, I was slightly shocked to see the amount of people waiting in line to watch the concert. The lobby was completely filled with jazz enthusiasts both young and old; by far, this performance had the largest and most diverse audience age-wise compared to the previous shows I have attended for this class.

Lobby of Krannert Center, front of Foellinger

Throughout the performance, there were a number of instances where solo showcases were incorporated within the ensemble playing. For example, during the first half of the show drummer Jason Marsalis and trumpeter Wynton Marsalis were given lengthy solos as a transition to the next song. Personally, I think the incorporation of solo playing elevated the entire performance by exhibiting the individual talents of the instrumentalists. The solo showcases provided a contrast to the majority of concert by giving it a refreshing sound as opposed to continuous songs being played in unison with other instruments. Overall, I think the individual solos were beneficial to this performance by providing a healthy balance of group vs. individual song.

Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis (far right, back row)

One moment for me that stood out during this performance was the drummer’s solo during the second song of the concert. The drummer is actually Jason Marsalis, Wynton Marsalis’s youngest brother. I was captivated by his solo not only because he was able to keep a steady tempo throughout the entire performance, but he simultaneously created new patterns and rhythms that were offbeat as well. Jason’s ability to detach himself from a singular beat and maintain a multitude of tempos in rhythms with just his two hands is something that can only be learned through years and years of experience. For this reason, I recall Jason Marsalis’s solo as a notable moment from the Lincoln Center Orchestra.

Overall, the performance by Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Orchestra was a great opportunity to experience the all time classic music genre, jazz. Although I am not a jazz connoisseur, I can definitely say that the show was entertaining and I would gladly attend a similar show again.

For more information, go to https://krannertcenter.com/events/jazz-lincoln-center-orchestra-wynton-marsalis

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