Wynton Marsalis to perform in jazz festival at Schwarzman Center

Wynton Marsalis and other jazz greats will perform in a two-day festival, “Jazz: A Celebration of America’s Sound,” Friday and Saturday, March 10 and 11, at Yale’s Schwarzman Center, 168 Grove St.

An internationally renowned musician, composer and educator, Marsalis will be the featured performer at a concert on Saturday. Clarinetist-saxophonist Anat Cohen will be the featured performer on Friday, and the festival will also include a concert by the Maria Schneider Orchestra on Saturday.

Wynton Marsalis will perform on Saturday, March 11. (Photo by Rob Waymen)
Wynton Marsalis will perform on Saturday, March 11. (Photo by Rob Waymen)

Other events taking place as part of the festival include a jazz master class presented by Marsalis, a performance by the Yale Jazz Ensemble, movie screenings, a spoken-word event, and an improvisation clinic by saxophonist Wayne Escoffery.

All of the festival events are free and open to the public. Tickets are required for the following:

March 10 at 8:30 p.m. Anat Cohen Quartet Concert
March 11 at 2 p.m. Maria Schneider Orchestra Concert
March 11 at 8:30 p.m. Wynton Marsalis Concert

For additional festival information, email [email protected] or visit schwarzman.yale.edu/jazz-celebration-americas-sound.

“This festival is bringing today’s top jazz artists to New Haven — the birthplace of Artie Shaw, and the stomping grounds of Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman, Wayne Escoffery, Dwike Mitchell, and Yale’s own Willie Ruff,” says Thomas C. Duffy, co-organizer of the festival and director of Yale Bands. “Students and community members will have the chance to work with and hear the women and men who are defining the sound of contemporary jazz.”

Clarinetist-saxophonist Anat Cohen will perform on Friday, March 10. (Photo courtesy of the artist)
Clarinetist-saxophonist Anat Cohen will perform on Friday, March 10. (Photo courtesy of the artist)

Marsalis is the artistic director of Jazz at Lincoln Center. He is the winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Music and nine Grammy Awards in both jazz and classical music.

The Maria Schneider Orchestra has received five Grammy Awards in both the jazz and classical music categories, and Schneider has received commissions from groups as varied as Jazz at Lincoln Center and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra.

The Maria Schneider Orchestra wil perform at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 11. (Photo by Jimmy and Dena Katz)
The Maria Schneider Orchestra wil perform at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 11. (Photo by Jimmy and Dena Katz)

Woodwind virtuoso Anat Cohen is critics’ perennial pick of “Clarinetist of the Year.”

“Jazz: A Celebration of America’s Sound” is the third in a series of events intended to demonstrate the potent mix of programming that is expected to fill the Schwarzman Center when it re-opens in 2020 after an extensive renovation. The first two events were “Food Conversations,” a dining and discussion event featuring four world-renowned chefs, and “Blackstar Rising & The Purple Reign,” a four-day event celebrating the legacies of David Bowie and Prince.

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