Wynton Marsalis leads talented jazz ensemble at Stephens Auditorium

The world’s finest jazz big band will bring down the house at Stephens when the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra (JLCO) comes to Ames, led by trumpeter Wynton Marsalis.

Marsalis is likely the most famous jazz musician alive, an iconic figure in the evolution of the art form and a tireless advocate for jazz as America’s classical music. A nine-time Grammy Award winner, National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master and a brilliant composer, the band Marsalis leads is equally worthy of major acclaim.

Marsalis has been described as the foremost trumpeter of his generation. Noted for his talent as a musician, composer, bandleader and educator, he will lead the JLCO in celebrating music composed by legends of the genre, including Duke Ellington, Chick Corea, Thelonious Monk, John Coltrane, Kings of the Crescent City (Armstrong, Jelly Roll, Bechet, King Oliver), Gerry Mulligan, and more. The program will be announced from the stage.

The JLCO is comprised of 15 of the finest jazz soloists and ensemble players today, and has been the Jazz at Lincoln Center resident orchestra since 1988. It was formed with members of Wynton Marsalis’s septet and surviving members of the Duke Ellington Orchestra. For local audiences, it is great to welcome back Iowa’s own Ryan Kisor, who has played with the JLCO since 1994. The Sioux City native started playing trumpet at age four.

In 1990 he won first prize at the Thelonious Monk Institute’s first annual Louis Armstrong Trumpet Competition. Kisor has performed and/or recorded with the Mingus Big Band, the Gil Evans Orchestra, Horace Silver, Gerry Mulligan, and Charlie Haden’s Liberation Music Orchestra, the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band, the Philip Morris Jazz All-Stars, and others.

Jazz at Lincoln Center is dedicated to inspiring and building audiences for jazz. Their unique vision includes year-round performances, as well as education and broadcast events for audiences of all ages. They produce far-reaching activities such as national and international tours, residencies, weekly national radio programs, recordings, publications and much more.

Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis will be at 7:30 p.m. March 26 at Stephens Auditorium. Tickets are $60, $50 Adults; $30 Youth 18 & under; $25 ISU Students. They are available online at www.ticketmaster.com or by phone 800-745-3000.

For information on this performance, visit www.center.iastate.edu or www.jalc.org. The performace is sponsored by WebFilings.

Beyond the Stage Event:

The Celebrity Caf Preview, which is free and open to all ticket holders, begins 30 minutes prior to the show. Michael Golemo, professor and chair of the Music Department and Director of Bands at ISU will present. The preview is hosted in the north ground floor lobby.