Program to air at 1:00pm December 25th.
Omaha, Nebraska – If Saint Nicholas played trumpet in New Orleans, it might sound like this.
Jazz at Lincoln Center's artistic director, trumpeter Wynton Marsalis, hosts an evening of joyous music. Wynton Marsalis (trumpet),
his dad Ellis Marsalis (piano), singer Roberta Gumbel, newcomer Dan Nimmer (piano), and old
friends and bandmates Herlin Riley (drums), Wycliffe Gordon (trombone), Wes Anderson (alto) and friends rattle the rafters with holiday classics swung with Crescent City style.
Jazz at Lincoln Center's Rose Hall.
Since it began in 1987 as a small concert series, Jazz at Lincoln Center has developed an international audience over the past two decades. The organization is dedicated to inspiring and growing audiences for jazz; under the artistic direction of Wynton Marsalis, Jazz at Lincoln Center produces 1,000 performance and education events annually in addition to its internationally acclaimed Peabody Award-winning radio broadcasts "Jazz at Lincoln Center Radio with Wynton Marsalis" and XM Satellite Radio broadcasts. In 2004, Jazz at Lincoln Center opened the first-ever performing arts and education venues designed for the sound of jazz, which accommodates all art forms. Frederick P. Rose Hall extends the Lincoln Center campus to Columbus Circle in New York City.
Jazz musician, trumpeter, composer, bandleader, advocate for the arts and educator Wynton Marsalis has helped propel jazz to the forefront of American culture. His prominent position in American culture was solidified in April 1997, when he became the first jazz artist to be awarded the Pulitzer Prize in music for his work Blood on the Fields, which was commissioned by Jazz at Lincoln Center. He has served as the renowned arts organization's artistic director, as well as music director of the resident big band, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, since its inception.