• WBGO Presents Pairings at Porter House Series

    February 14, 2013. Posted by Brandy Wood.

    WBGO is pleased to present Pairings at Porter House – a three course dinner at Porter House New York followed by a great seat at Jazz at Lincoln Center for a special performance.

    Call 973.624.8880 ext 283 or email events@wbgo.org to purchase this special package offering.

    Pairings at Porter House

    Elegant Ellington

    Thursday, April 25, 7:00pm dinner, 9:00pm performance

    Cost per person: WBGO Members: $210, Non-Members: $240 - all inclusive, three course meal and choice seating at Jazz at Lincoln Center's Allen Room.

    Throughout his orchestra’s half-century, Duke Ellington deployed the individuality of his players to infinitely creative ends, sustaining the operation on the proceeds of a series of hits that remain touchstones of the Great American Songbook. Singer-pianist-impresario Michael Feinstein and a cohort of New York’s most talented singing stars will interpret these works on a show that explores both Ellington’s musical roots and the full flowering of his genius.

    Celebrating Duke Ellington

    Saturday, April 27, 12pm brunch, 2pm performance

    Cost per person: WBGO Members $180, Non-Members $210, all inclusive, three course meal and choice seating at Jazz at Lincoln Center's Rose Theater. For guests under 12, $110, all inclusive meal and choice seating.

    Since 1988, when Wynton Marsalis coalesced his septet with Duke Ellington alumni Jimmy Hamilton, Willie Cook, Jimmy Woode, Norris Turney, Britt Woodman, and Joe Temperley (still an active member of the JLCO) to form the first edition of the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, Ellington’s oeuvre has been fundamental to JALC's mission and conception. Continuing in this vein, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis will draw from its deep well of Ellingtonia, rendering the maestro’s essence and his centrality to American music with a forceful, idiomatic clarity that reflects the JLCO’s abiding immersion in his language.

    Chick Corea

    Thursday, May 16, 6:00pm dinner, 8:00pm performance*

    Cost per person: WBGO Members: $210, Non-Members: $240 - all inclusive, three course meal and choice seating at Jazz at Lincoln Center's Rose Theater.

    Now in his seventies, the pianist-composer Chick Corea will be celebrated during JALC's 25th Anniversary Season with a multi-venue “festival.” On the Rose Theater portion, Corea will reconnect with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis in a reprise of their highly acclaimed collaborations in 2011, performing deeply original arrangements by JLCO members of Corea's masterful songbook. This interplay showcases Corea's singular abilities as a musical storyteller, with vocabulary that contain a global range of reference—Bach and bebop, Bartok and the blues, Mozart and montunos, Ravel and rumba, Stravinsky and samba, all tempered with the language of swing and the Spanish Tinge.

    *Eat dinner early and attend the pre-concert discussion at 7pm.

    Swinging with the Big Band

    Thursday, June 13, 7:00pm dinner, 9:00pm performance

    Cost per person: WBGO Members: $210, Non-Members: $240 - all inclusive, three course meal and choice seating at Jazz at Lincoln Center'sAllen Room .

    During the 1930s, when times were tough, big bands criss-crossed the U.S. by road and rail, their tunes ballyhooed via radio. Their stars were household names. Their beat—which was swing—was the default groove for dancers. Band singers like Frank Sinatra, Billy Eckstine, Ivie Anderson, Dan Grissom, and Dick Powell inflamed hearts around the globe. Their music was the soundtrack of the age, and it will be celebrated over two nights as Michael Feinstein and Wynton Marsalis highlight the history and the music of one of the most exciting and crucial crossover movements in the mix of jazz and American popular song.

    A portion of the sale of each package is a contribution to WBGO, Newark Public Radio, Inc.

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