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Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra w/ Wynton Marsalis A Handful of Keys

A Handful of Keys
Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra w/ Wynton Marsalis
Blue Engine Records

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New York, NY – Friday, August 18, 2017 – Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Blue Engine Records today announced the release of Handful of Keys on September 15, 2017, a liverecording of performances that captured 100 years of jazz piano in one night in Frederick P. Rose Hall at Jazz at Lincoln Center.

Today, the first single from Handful of Keys, “The Strawberry,” is available for streaming anddownload on all mass-market digital platforms. The album is also available to preorder on Jazzat Lincoln Center’s newly relaunched webstore, both as a standalone CD and as a deluxe bundle featuring limited-edition Jazz at Lincoln Center gear and a ticket discount for Jazz at Lincoln Center’s 30th Anniversary Season-opening concerts. The preorder bundle can be accessed via www.jazz.org/handful.

From rising stars to living legends, pianists Joey Alexander, Dick Hyman, Myra Melford, Helen Sung, Isaiah J. Thompson, and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra’s own Dan Nimmer grab hold of all 88 keys and reveal the full breadth of the piano’s evolution over the 20th century. With guests ranging in age from 13-year-old prodigy Alexander to 89-year-old American treasure Hyman, Wynton Marsalis and the JLCO survey jazz piano’s past and give the stage to several prodigies who are taking the instrument in bold new directions.

Handful of Keys captures the sold-out 2016-17 season opening concerts featuring the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis and six virtuoso pianists representing the many styles of jazz and both the music’s past and its future. The title, Handful of Keys, references an efflorescent 1929 Fats Waller composition that is a signpost of early jazz piano. This release showcases a band in full “stride,” burning through electric arrangements of beloved compositions from James P. Johnson, Bill Evans, McCoy Tyner, and more.

“This concert demonstrates our ongoing commitment to the continuum and the belief in the non-segregation of generations,” says Wynton Marsalis, artistic and managing director of Jazz at Lincoln Center.

Handful of Keys Track Listing:

1. Jingles (3:46)
Composed by James P. Johnson
Arranged by Dick Hyman
Soloist: Dick Hyman – piano

2. Lulu’s Back in Town (12:04)
Composed by Al Dubin & Harry
Arranged by Vincent Gardner
Soloists: Isaiah J. Thompson – piano,
Sherman Irby – alto saxophone

3. Four by Five (8:41)
Composed by McCoy Tyner
Arranged by Helen Sung
Soloists: Victor Goines - tenor
saxophone, Helen Sung – piano, Ali
Jackson – drums

4. Very Early (8:06)
Composed by Bill Evans
Arranged by Walter Blanding
Soloists: Joey Alexander – piano,
Walter Blanding – tenor saxophone

5. The Strawberry (9:17)
Composed by Myra Melford
Arranged by Ted Nash
Soloists: Myra Melford – piano,
Wynton Marsalis – trumpet

6. Hymn to Freedom (5:50)
Composed by Oscar Peterson
Soloists: Isaiah J. Thompson – piano

7. All of Me (7:23)
Composed by Gerald Marks &
Seymour Simons
Arranged by Benny Carter
Soloists: Dick Hyman – Piano, Chris
Crenshaw – trombone

8. Temperance (5:50)
Composed by Wynton Kelly
Arranged by Marcus Printup
Soloist: Dan Nimmer – piano

Fall JLCO Tour Dates:

Wed, Sep 20 2017: Toronto, ON – Massey Hall
Thu, Sep 21 2017: Flint, MI – The Capitol Theatre
Fri, Sep 22 2017: Iowa City, IA – Hancher Auditorium
Sat, Sep 23 2017: Madison, WI – Overture Hall, Overture Center for the Arts
Sun, Sep 24 2017: Minneapolis, MN – Orchestra Hall
Tue, Sep 26 2017: Louisville, KY – The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts
Wed, Sep 27 2017: Cincinnati, OH – Taft Theatre
Thu, Sep 28 2017: Akron, OH – EJ Thomas Performing Arts Hall
Fri, Sep 29 2017: Buffalo, NY – University of Buffalo Center for the Arts
Sat, Sep 30 2017: Williamsport, PA – Community Arts Center
Sun, Oct 01 2017: Morristown, NJ – Mayo Performing Arts Center
Tue, Oct 03 2017: Hanover, NH – Spaulding Auditorium
Wed, Oct 04 2017: Worcester, MA – Mechanics Hall
Thu, Oct 05 2017: Portsmouth, NH – The Music Hall
Fri, Oct 06 2017: Burlington, VT – Flynn Center for the Performing Arts
Sat, Oct 07 2017: Troy, NY – Troy Savings Bank Music Hall
Sun, Oct 08 2017: Cranston, RI – Park Theatre
Wed, Oct 11 2017: Milwaukee, WI – Marcus Center for the Performing Arts
Fri, Oct 13 2017: Chicago, IL – Orchestra Hall
Sat, Oct 14 2017: Chicago, IL – Orchestra Hall
Sun, Oct 15 2017: Springfield, IL – Sangamon Auditorium


Sherman Irby – alto
saxophone, flute, clarinet
Ted Nash – alto & soprano
saxophones, flute, clarinet
Victor Goines – tenor and
soprano saxophones, clarinet
Walter Blanding – tenor
saxophone, clarinet
Paul Nedzela – baritone
saxophone, bass clarinet

Ryan Kisor
Kenny Rampton
Marcus Printup
Wynton Marsalis
Greg Gisbert (substitute for
Ryan Kisor)

Vincent Gardner
Chris Crenshaw
Elliot Mason

Dan Nimmer – piano
Carlos Henriquez – bass
Ali Jackson – drums

Joey Alexander – piano
Dick Hyman – piano
Myra Melford – piano
Helen Sung – piano
Isaiah J. Thompson – piano

About Blue Engine Records

Blue Engine Records, Jazz at Lincoln Center’s platform that makes its vast archive of recorded concerts available to jazz audiences everywhere, launched on June 30, 2015. Blue Engine Records releases new studio and live recordings as well as archival recordings from Jazz at Lincoln Center’s performance history that date back to 1987 and are part of the R.
Theodore Ammon Archives and Music Library. Since the institution’s founding in 1987, each year’s programming is conceived and developed by Managing and Artistic Director Wynton Marsalis with a vision toward building a comprehensive library of iconic and wide-ranging compositions that, taken together, make up a canon of music. These archives include accurate, complete charts for the compositions – both old and new – performed each season. Coupled with consistently well-executed and recorded music performed by Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, this archive has grown to include thousands of songs from hundreds of concert dates. The launch of Blue Engine is aligned with Jazz at Lincoln Center’s efforts to cultivate existing jazz fans worldwide and turn new audiences onto jazz. For more information on Blue Engine Records, visit blueenginerecords.org.

About Jazz at Lincoln Center’s 30th Anniversary
The 2017-18 season celebrates Jazz at Lincoln Center’s 30th anniversary. Since the first downbeat of its summer concert series in 1987, Jazz at Lincoln Center has been a vital part of the global cultural landscape. Jazz at Lincoln Center was established as an independent non-profit organization in 1996; opened Frederick P. Rose Hall, the “House of Swing”, in 2004, making it the world’s first venue designed specifically for jazz; and launched Blue Engine Records to share its vast archive of recordings in 2014. Over the past three decades, Jazz at Lincoln Center has become an important advocate for jazz, culture, and arts education globally, with a global audience of nearly 2 million people of all ages and experiences through concerts, webcasting, musical instruction, and distribution of music scores, the vast majority of which is free of change. To date, Jazz at Lincoln Center has produced more than 1,200 original concerts in the New York City area, with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra having performed in over 446 cities in 41 countries on five continents. This milestone season reflects on 30 years of celebrating the universal language of music and the influence of jazz in present day.

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