AFTER MIDNIGHT's 'Jazz at Lincoln Center All-Stars' Musician Roster Announed
Producers Scott Sanders and Wynton Marsalis have announced the roster of musicians who will form the Jazz at Lincoln Center All-Stars and play nightly on Broadway in the new musical After Midnight. Hand-picked by Marsalis, Jazz at Lincoln Center's nine-time Grammy and Pulitzer Prize Award-winning Artistic Director, the band includes 17 of the finest soloists and ensemble players in the music world today. Directed and choreographed by Warren Carlyle, After Midnight begins preview performances at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre (256 West 47th Street) on Friday, October 18, 2013 with an official opening night set for Sunday, November 3, 2013.
Steeped in the tradition of The Duke Ellington Orchestra, The Jazz at Lincoln Center All-Stars include 17 world-class soloists, ensemble players and composers ranging in age from 25 to 57. Individually, they have performed alongside music's greatest artists of past and present including Count Basie, Cab Calloway, Ella Fitzgerald, BB King, Tony Bennett, Aretha Franklin, Alicia Keys, Jay-Z and the legendary Ellington, himself. All career jazz artists, many have composed for television, feature films and fine arts and lead award-winning orchestras of their own, performing at prestigious International Jazz Festivals in Japan, London, Germany, Canada, Italy, and beyond.
The Jazz at Lincoln Center All-Stars will include Mark Gross, Godwin Louis, Daniel Block, Andrew Farber and Kurt Bacher on woodwinds; Gregory Gisbert, Bruce Harris, Alfonso Horne and James Zollar on trumpets; Wayne Goodman, Arthur Baron and James Burton III on trombones; Adam Birnbaum on piano; James Chirillo on guitar; Jennifer Vincent on bass and Alvester Garnett on drums.
The Jazz at Lincoln Center All-Stars will celebrate jazz's large-ensemble tradition in a way never-before-heard on Broadway as they perform a vast repertoire of Duke Ellington's original arrangements. After Midnight will explode with masterpieces by the greatest jazz composers of the time, including Jimmy McHugh and Dorothy Fields ("I Can't Give You Anything But Love" and "Digga Digga Doo"), a young Harold Arlen ("Stormy Weather," "I've Got the World on a String," "Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea,"), and of course, the legendary Duke Ellington ("Rockin' in Rhythm," "Cotton Club Stomp," "Black and Tan Fantasy," and "Creole Love Call").
The evocative After Midnight will take the sexy, smoky glamour of the original Jazz Age and catapult it into a whole new era of heart-pounding, mind-blowing entertainment for modern Broadway audiences. Refracted through a contemporary lens, After Midnight will celebrate Duke Ellington'syears at the Cotton Club using his original arrangements and performed by a world-class big band of 17 musicians hand-picked by living jazz legend,Wynton Marsalis. The timeless tunes set against a narrative of Langston Hughes poetry will provide an authentic backdrop for an array of cutting-edge performances by 25 sensational vocalists and dancers, including special guest stars, whose interpretations will shatter everything you think you know about music, nightlife and Broadway.