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* Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at  Lincoln Center Orchestra Perform  at EMPAC
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Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at  Lincoln Center Orchestra Perform  at EMPAC
Renowned jazz performer Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra performed for a full house during a sold-out concert held in the EMPAC Concert Hall on Oct.11 as part of the Oct. 3-19 Grand Opening celebrations. The concert featured a special performance by Ghanaian drum master, Troy resident, and Rensselaer music professor Yacub Addy.

This is not the first time that the two have performed together. In April 2006, Marsalis and Addy traveled to New Orleans for the world premiere of their musical collaboration “Congo Square.” The 80-minute composition was co-written by Addy and Marsalis in an attempt to fuse together traditional African music, rhythms, and chants with American jazz music. Addy and his band, Odadaa!, also performed two concerts with Marsalis as part of the Jazz at Lincoln Center concert series in 2003.

The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, composed of 15 of today’s finest jazz soloists and ensemble players, has been the Jazz at Lincoln Center resident orchestra since 1992. Featured in all aspects of Jazz at Lincoln Center’s programming, the group performs and leads educational events in New York, across the U.S., and around the world.
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Volume 2, Number 18, October 31, 2008
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