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• Featuring the Wynton Marsalis Quartet with a String Orchestra Premiering New Arrangements of Music From The Midnight Blues and Hot House Flowers

New York, NY (October 18, 2005) Jazz at Lincoln Center commemorates Artistic Director Wynton Marsalis' 25 years of musical achievement with Wynton with Strings on November 17, 18 and 19 at 8pm at Rose Theater at Frederick P. Rose Hall on Broadway at 60th St. This special series of concert performances feature a retrospect of jazz by the musician, educator and author.

The Wynton Marsalis Quartet will perform a repertoire of Mr. Marsalis' music from the past 25 years, including new arrangements of music from his celebrated albums The Midnight Blues and Hot House Flowers. A string orchestra and Robert Sadin, conductor, will accompany the band for the celebration.

Jazz at Lincoln Center proudly acknowledges Bloomberg as the lead corporate sponsor of this performance and the leadership commissioning support of Agnes Varis, which has made this new artistic collaboration possible.

Tickets for Wynton with Strings are $30, $50, $75, $100, $130 and available at the Jazz at Lincoln Center box office on Broadway at 60th St., by calling CenterCharge at (212) 721-6500 or via

Wynton Marsalis (Music Director, Trumpet) is the Artistic Director of Jazz at Lincoln Center. Born in New Orleans, Louisiana in 1961, Mr. Marsalis began his classical training on trumpet at age 12 and soon began playing in local bands of diverse genres. He entered The Juilliard School at age 17 and joined Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers. Mr. Marsalis made his recording debut as a leader in 1982, and since he has recorded more than 30 jazz and classical recordings, which have won him nine Grammy Awards. In 1983, he became the first and only artist to win both classical and jazz Grammys in the same year and repeated this feat in 1984. Mr. Marsalis's rich body of compositions includes Sweet Release, Jazz: Six Syncopated Movements, Jump Start, Citi Movement/Griot New York, At the Octoroon Balls, and In This House, On This Morning and Big Train. In 1997, Mr. Marsalis became the first jazz artist to be awarded the prestigious Pulitzer Prize in music, for his oratorio Blood on the Fields, which was commissioned by Jazz at Lincoln Center. In 1999, he released eight new recordings in his unprecedented "Swinging into the 21stÓ series, and premiered several new compositions, including the ballet Them Twos, for a June 1999 collaboration with the New York City Ballet. That same year he premiered the monumental work All Rise, commissioned and performed by the New York Philharmonic along with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra and the Morgan State University Choir in December 1999. Sony Classical released All Rise on CD October 1, 2002. Recorded on September 14 and 15, 2001 in Los Angeles in those tense days following 9/11, All Rise features the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra along with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Morgan State University Choir, the Paul Smith Singers and the Northridge Singers. On March 9, 2004, he released The Magic Hour, his first album on Blue Note records. On November 30, he followed up his Blue Note debut with Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson, the companion soundtrack recording to Ken Burns' PBS documentary of the great African-American boxer. His next album, Wynton Marsalis: Live at The House Of Tribes is due to be released on August 30, 2005. Mr. Marsalis is also an internationally respected teacher and spokesman for music education, and has received honorary doctorates from dozens of universities and colleges throughout the U.S. He conducts educational programs for students of all ages and hosts the popular Jazz for Young People(SM) concerts produced by Jazz at Lincoln Center. Mr. Marsalis has also been featured in the video series Marsalis on Music and the radio series Making the Music. He has also written three books: Sweet Swing Blues on the Road in collaboration with photographer Frank Stewart, Jazz in the Bittersweet Blues of Life with Carl Vigeland and recently released To a Young Musician: Letters from the Road with Selwyn Seyfu Hinds, published by Random House in 2004. In October 2005, Candlewick Press will release Marsalis's Jazz ABZ, an A to Z collection of 26 poems celebrating jazz greats, illustrated by poster artist Paul Rogers. In 2001, Mr. Marsalis was appointed Messenger of Peace by Mr. Kofi Annan, Secretary-General of the United Nations, and he has also been designated cultural ambassador to the United States of America by the U.S. State Department through their CultureConnect program. He helped lead the effort to construct Jazz at Lincoln Center's new home Ð Frederick P. Rose Hall Ð the first education, performance, and broadcast facility devoted to jazz, which opened in October 2004.

Robert Sadin has distinguished himself in a remarkably wide range of musical idioms as conductor, arranger and record producer. Mr. Sadin has guest-conducted orchestras worldwide including the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the London Symphony Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the New York City Ballet Orchestra and the Verdi Orchestra of Milan. The New York Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Cleveland Orchestra and the Boston Symphony Orchestra are among the orchestras that have performed Mr. Sadin's works. He produced and arranged Gershwin's World featuring Herbie Hancock with guest artists Stevie Wonder, Joni Mitchell, Kathleen Battle and the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. This widely acclaimed album won three Grammy awards. Mr. Sadin produced and conducted Wayne Shorter's Alegria, which won this year's Grammy award for best instrumental jazz album. Wynton with Strings continues Mr. Sadin's long association Wynton Marsalis and Jazz at Lincoln Center. In 1993 Mr. Sadin was invited by Wynton Marsalis and Peter Martins to conduct and record the premiere of the ballet "Jazz" at the New York City Ballet. He also conducted the Marsalis contribution to the Grammy winning album Listen to the Story Teller. Mr. Sadin's activities as a record producer include many innovative and influential recordings including So Many Stars featuring Kathleen Battle with guest artists Grover Washington, Cyrus Chestnut and Christian McBride. This album was considered a landmark in melding classical vocalism with jazz and Brazilian artists. Mr. Sadin also produced Glory to God featuring Busta Rhymes, and the Boys Choir of Harlem on the Grammy winning album Handel's Messiah, a Soulful Celebration and Conquerors, a Grammy-nominated gospel album featuring the legendary Clark Sisters. Mr. Sadin was a member of the Princeton University Music Department for six years and was previously Music Director and Conductor of the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music Orchestra, where he received international acclaim for his conducting of Schoenberg's Moses and Aaron. Mr. Sadin has served as musical consultant to the New York Philharmonic, the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Philips Classics, Deutsche Grammophon, and Sony Classical Records among others.

Jazz at Lincoln Center is a not-for-profit arts organization dedicated to jazz. With the world-renowned Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, the Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra and a comprehensive array of guest artists, Jazz at Lincoln Center advances a unique vision for the continued development of the art of jazz by producing a year-round schedule of performance, education, and broadcast events for audiences of all ages. These productions include concerts, national and international tours, residencies, weekly national radio and television programs, recordings, publications, an annual high school jazz band competition and festival, a band director academy, a jazz appreciation curriculum for children, advanced training through the Juilliard Institute for Jazz Studies, music publishing, children's concerts, lectures, adult education courses and student and educator workshops. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Wynton Marsalis, Chairman of the Board Lisa Schiff, President & CEO Derek E. Gordon, Executive Director Katherine E. Brown and Jazz at Lincoln Center board and staff, Jazz at Lincoln Center will produce hundreds of events during its 2005-06 season. In October 2004, Jazz at Lincoln Center opened Frederick P. Rose Hall - the first-ever performance, education, and broadcast facility devoted to jazz. For more information, visit

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