As one of the most prolific composers of his generation, Edward Kennedy Duke Ellington wrote, throughout his long career, movie soundtracks (Otto Preminger's 1959 Anatomy of a Murder is a great example), classical scores, and many individual tunes that are now considered American standards. More than thirty years after his passing, Ellingtons music is still alive and present in today's music scene. In celebration of Ellington's legacy, Jazz At Lincoln Center's winter tour is showcasing many of the romantic tunes he wrote that ultimately became hits through the likes of Nat King Cole (I'm Beginning to See The Light, also recorded by Natalie Cole), Billie Holiday (Sophisticated Lady), and Ella Fitgerald, among many others. In the Orchestra's typical fashion, their set list will also feature original material written by their current members, who are always keen on challenging each other. When Im writing music for the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, I keep in mind the high level of talent of the guys in our band, Marsalis wrote in a recent e-mail interview. And when the cats in the band write for the band, they keep that in mind, too. Ill write some real hard part for Ted Nash to play, and when he writes, hell get me with something real special!
Mon., Feb. 4, 8 p.m., 2008