On The Corner of Bourbon, Malecón & Broadway - A Musical Intersection of New Orleans, Havana & NYC
This show brings together three cities that have been focal points in the evolution of the music known as Jazz: New Orleans, Havana and New York. Hosted by multi Grammy winners Arturo O'Farrill & The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra, the show features the great New Orleans pianist, NEA Jazz Master Ellis Marsalis, patriarch of New Orlean's great musical family. At the same time it is also a meeting of two of New York City's most creative, accomplished and mischievous arrangers - O'Farrill and slide-trumpet virtuoso Steven Bernstein, along with two of the city's most exciting and innovative large ensembles, the Hot 9's and the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra. The Cuba & New Orleans spirit is filtered and seasoned by the New York style of experimentation both O'Farrill & Bernstein bring to the table. Expect "Upside Down and Turned Around" takes and various traditional themes and non-traditional excursions.
There will be a pre show discussion on January 26 starting at 7pm.
ALJA's annual live performance season features quarterly concerts with Arturo O'Farrill and the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra appearing with a rotating cast of renowned guest artists. With more than 30 special programs presented at Symphony Space and select venues such as The Apollo Theater, ALJA has partnered with the biggest names in jazz and beyond over the past decade. At its core, the ALJA performance series serves as a platform for O'Farrill to workshop and debut awe-inspiring arrangements, many of which later appear on award-winning recordings.
On The Corner of Bourbon, Malecón & Broadway stands as O'Farrill's most ambitious Symphony Space show to date with compositions stretching to the cultural corners of these three imperative musical cities. O'Farrill delves deep into the music of Havana with his distinctive NYC sensibility. O'Farrill notes, "Ellis, Steve and myself are cooking up a batch of red beans and rice, hummus and pita, and frijoles negros y arroz. We got's plenty, but come hungry for the sounds of New Orleans, Cuba and The Upper West Side cause things might get heated and there may not be enough for leftovers. Mambo meets Second Line by way of the #1 train! It's gonna be a throw down."
NEA Jazz Master and patriarch of New Orleans' great musical family, Ellis Marsalis brings to the stage his inimitable take on modern jazz influenced by the Crescent City. Marsalis' storied career has established him as one of the most respected jazz pianists with his solo work and collaborations with fellow contemporaries Cannonball Adderley and Al Hirt. With upwards of 20 of his own albums, he's frequently appeared on many distinguished artists' recordings. As a leading educator, he's influenced the careers of countless musicians, including Terence Blanchard, Harry Connick Jr., Nicholas Payton; as well as his four musician sons: Wynton, Branford, Delfeayo and Jason.
"Arturo O'Farrill's Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra is one of the premier Jazz Orchestra's in the world," says Ellis Marsalis. "The O'Farrill family's legacy to the Afro Latin Jazz idiom is legendary and I am deeply honored to represent the New Orleans heritage in this program which is curated to showcase the sisterhood of Jazz idioms."
Three-time GRAMMY® Award-winning trumpeter/arranger Steven Bernstein is a NYC staple for jazz and experimental music. Bernstein's three-decade imprint on the scene continues to push the standards of what makes NYC such a thriving and leading-edge music mecca. Ranging in his work with the Lounge Lizards, Levon Helm and Lou Reed, his arranger credits effortlessly cross genres and arts disciplines from music to film, theatre, and dance. The New Yorker touts, "The trumpeter Steven Bernstein is a left-of-center provocateur..." while NPR says, "...Bernstein has been stretching music in new directions...a musical detective who's always on the hunt for music that's been overlooked by classic jazz." He brings his powerhouse The Hot 9 to Symphony Space for a uniquely metropolitan spin on jazz.
Bernstein comments, "I see this event as a meeting between two distinct ensembles, two distinct arrangers, two distinct rhythm sections, two distinct pianists... a chance to do some cross-pollinating, make some new connections and have some fun. It's Allen Toussaint meets Mario Bauza!"
Don't miss one of winter's most anticipated shows in New York City featuring three acclaimed artists with two stalwart big bands!
This performance series was made possible with the generous support from: (Foundations) Arnhold Foundation, Aaron Copland for Music, Inc., Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, The Ford Foundation, The Fund for the City of New York, The Howard Gilman Foundation, NYC & Company Foundation; (Public Funding) New York State Council on the Arts, New York State Senator Jeffery Klein, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, New York City Council, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs; (Corporate) Beacon Hotel NYC (Official Hotel of the ALJA Performance Series), Bridgehampton National Bank, Steinway and Sons; (Media) WBGO Radio.