Two world-class bands take the stage in New York City to explore the relationship between jazz and American popular song. The Rose Theater double-bill is headlined by five-time Grammy Award-winning bassist Christian McBride, who first composed for a big band in 1995 as a commission for the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. The master musician has since appeared on over 300 recordings and is considered one of the most accomplished bassists in the business, working with the likes of Herbie Hancock, Wynton Marsalis and Cécile McLorin Salvant, as well as Sting, Paul McCartney and The Roots. Sharing the evening with McBride's big band is New Orleans piano virtuoso Henry Butler with Steven Bernstein & The Hot 9. Described by The New York Times as "both historically aware and fully prepared to cut loose," this exhilarating group introduces the hot jazz of years past to the endless possibilities of the modern jazz landscape.
There will be an included, optional pre-performance discussion starting one hour before show time.