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FirstWorks Presents Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis


Get into the swing of the season with Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis’ Big Band Holidays Jazz, presented as Part of the FirstWorks Artistic Icons Series. With special guests Denzal Sinclaire and Audrey Shakir on December 4, 2015, 7:30 PM at The Vets in Providence, Rhode island.

“One rarely hears this music played with such technical brilliance, stylistic authenticity and tonal sheen… the greatest large jazz ensemble working today.” –The Chicago Tribune

No one throws a holiday party like Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra! Under the direction of Pulitzer Prize-winning composer/trumpeter Wynton Marsalis, America’s preeminent jazz orchestra features 15 of the finest musicians working today. They’ll ring in the season with Big Band Holidays, a night of swinging holiday favorites, New Orleans inflections and jazzy good cheer featuring the vocal stylings of special guests Denzal Sinclaire and Audrey Shakir.

Here is an interview where Eric Jackson and Wynton Marsalis talked about Jazz at Lincoln Center’s mission, their connection to education, plus Coltrane’s music and Big Band Holidays Jazz.

This season marks FirstWorks’ 4th year of partnership with Wynton Marsalis’ Jazz at Lincoln Center and a collaboration to bring extraordinary programs for young people to Rhode Island. FirstWorks has built deep, ongoing relationships with over 30 public and charter schools across Rhode Island to provide access to artists and help fill the gap left from severe public spending cuts. The program features workshops taught by leading artists who provide rich experiential learning in a classroom setting, allows students and their families to attend world-class performances, and provides professional development and lesson plans for teachers.

FirstWorks’ managing director, Peter Bramante sitting down with Eric Jackson about FirstWorks and the season Preview.

Here are some photos from our past seasons showcasing the Jazz at Lincoln Center’s partnership with FirstWorks to educate young musicians across Rhode Island.

This is Jazz at Lincoln Center’s fourth year in partnership with FirstWorks to educate young musicians across Rhode Island and keep America’s great big band tradition alive and swinging. Together we’ve developed curricula to teach students subjects like civics, social studies and math through jazz. This year’s Big Band Holidays performance will feature student ensembles playing in the VETS lobby and gallery as FIRSTWORKS JUMPSTART, 6:30 PM. Enjoy complimentary cookies, swing dance demonstrations by Boston Lindy Bomb Squad, and FirstWorks Rising Stars performances in the lobbies and gallery.





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