From Billie Holiday and Benny Goodman, to the soulful singers and sizzling instrumentalists of today, Carnegie Hall has always been home to the finest jazz. Whether it’s a sultry ballad or breathless up-tempo cooker, jazz sounds best at legendary Carnegie Hall.
Cuban-born drummer, composer, bandleader, and 2011 MacArthur “Genius” Fellow Dafnis Prieto honors his musical heroes and mentors—such as Eddie Palmieri, Chico O’Farrill, Michel Camilo, Henry Threadgill, and Steve Coleman—with his 17-piece orchestra. Showcasing some of the world’s best Latin jazz musicians, Prieto’s compositions mix lush and jubilant melodies with polyrhythms that display a range of musical vocabularies from Latin jazz to classical chamber music.
Prolific clarinetist, composer, and bandleader Anat Cohen—along with musical director, arranger, and composer Oded Lev-Ari—presents an intercontinental mix of songs that celebrate the clarinet’s beauty, versatility, and stylistic adaptability. Featuring a world premiere for solo clarinet and ensemble by Lev-Ari, co-commissioned by Carnegie Hall, and music from their acclaimed album Happy Song, the Anat Cohen Tentet engages audiences with thrilling musical excursions that draw on Cohen’s diverse sonic loves, from Brazilian music to African grooves, from vintage swing to touching ballads.
Anat Cohen Tentet ·· Anat Cohen, Clarinet ·· Rubin Kodheli, Cello ·· Nadje Noordhuis, Trumpet and Flügelhorn ·· Nick Finzer, Trombone ·· Owen Broder, Baritone Saxophone and Bass Clarinet ·· James Shipp, Vibraphone and Percussion ·· Vitor Gonçalves, Piano and Accordion ·· Sheryl Bailey, Guitar ·· Tal Mashiach, Bass ·· Anthony Pinciotti, Drums Oded Lev-Ari, Musical Director
Trumpeter Nicholas Payton traces the path of African rhythms from their arrival in the Caribbean through their journey to New Orleans and on to Kansas City, St. Louis, Chicago, and New York. He explores how the music of New Orleans became, in a sense, the world’s first popular music and how its greatest practitioner—Louis Armstrong—became one of the first pop stars. You’ll hear how swing, bebop, R&B, hip-hop, and more share a DNA that connects people around the world.
Nicholas Payton, Trumpet Additional artists to be announced
Two Wings: The Music of Black America in Migration
Jason Moran and Alicia Hall Moran draw upon their own family lore and the historical record of the Great Migration to compose tableaux that explore a continuum of music from rhythm and blues to gospel, classical to Broadway, work songs to rock ‘n’ roll. Experience the ingenuity of these artists as they take a journey from the American South after emancipation to all points North, West, and beyond—shining a light on the epic event that changed the sound of America forever.
Jason Moran and Alicia Hall Moran, Producers Jason Moran, Piano Alicia Hall Moran, Mezzo-Soprano Lawrence Brownlee, Tenor Pastor Smokie Norful, Piano and Vocals Crystal Dickinson, Actor Brandon J. Dirden, Actor Harriet Tubman: The Band ·· Brandon Ross, Guitar ·· Melvin Gibbs, Bass ·· JT Lewis, Drums Toshi Reagon, Guitar and Vocals Ava DuVernay, Filmmaker
with Imani Winds ·· Valerie Coleman, Flute ·· Toyin Spellman-Diaz, Oboe ·· Mark Dover, Clarinet ·· Jeff Scott, French Horn ·· Monica Ellis, Bassoon The Harlem Chamber Players Joseph Joubert, Music Director Additional artists to be announced