Marsalis-led orchestra to close out Jazz Aspen June festival
December 29, 2010
ASPEN – The Jazz @ Lincoln Center Orchestra, the resident jazz band of New York’s Lincoln Center led by trumpeter and composer Wynton Marsalis, will close Jazz Aspen Snowmass’ 2011 June Festival. The concert, set for July 2 in the Benedict Music Tent, will be presented in collaboration with the Aspen Music Festival and School.The 21st annual June Festival will open with three additional nights of music, June 24-26, in the Benedict Music Tent, as well as free performances and several shows in small venues. Artists have yet to be announced.Marsalis has made several previous appearances at the June Festival, performing with the Jazz @ Lincoln Center Orchestra in 1998 and 2000, and in a quintet in 2004. His last appearance, in 2006, was with the orchestra, which played side-by-side with the African group Yacub Addy & Odadda, performing Marsalis’ suite, “Congo Square.” Lincoln Center recently opened its season with a performance of Marsalis’ Swing Symphony.Jazz Aspen will continue its JAS Downstairs @ The Little Nell series with performances Jan. 28-29, Feb. 25-26 and March 25-26. Acts have not been announced. Jazz Aspen’s Labor Day Festival is set for Sept. 2-4 in Snowmass Village. Last month, Jazz Aspen announced that it had contracted with national concert promoter AEG to assist in booking acts for the Labor Day Festival.Jazz Aspen also made several personnel announcements. Joe Lang, who previously worked as the festivals and education programs director, was named executive director of the organization. Marianne Buchholtz, a past treasurer of the board of directors, has been appointed as chairperson. Jazz Aspen’s new executive committee comprises Bill Powers, Alec Merriam, David Chazen, Tim LaRose and Marc Goldstein.For further information on Jazz Aspen, go to jazzaspen.org.