Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra kills at the Bushnell

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Wynton Marsalis

Scribe: N. Tru Bass

Email; ntb@thethinkering.com


Hartford was ablaze Saturday night as Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis offered a high quality show with many outburst of laughter along with some of the world's best performed holiday tunes.

Denzal Sinclair's clear and controlled vocal delivery served as topping on atop an audible delicacy. “Jingle Bells”, “White Christmas”, “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus” along with a bevy of traditional holiday music filled the Bushnell auditorium. To add sugar to ice cream vocalist Audrey Shakir brought 'scat' to the party providing an old-school feel to a modern performance.

During the show it felt as if the whole world was celebrating with the thousands in attendance for the show themed, “the most wonderful time of the year”.

Marsalis comes from a long line of New Orleans jazz men. The trumpet virtuoso offers a stellar performance with sharp clean long notes and artistic stylizing. He offered a caveat in the second part of the show, “if we don't smile like some of the musicians on TV, its because some of the music is hard. And if you are of a certain age the music starts to look like hieroglyphics,” the Pulitzer prize winning musician said to laughter and applause.

The show entitled 'Big Band Holidays' proved to be a one and forty-five minute-clinic on music origins featuring unique composition and exert mute work. Canada born Sinclair is a Juno award nominee and a National Jazz Award recipient. Magic was in the air as even the trumpeter playing outside the William H. Mortensen Hall sounded especially nice on the clear December night. According to locals the downtown area was alive and had a throw-back to yesteryear feel as the polite, well-dressed crowd traversed the area. The much anticipated annual show was a 'hit'.

When Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis comes to your area do yourself a favor and treat yourself to a wonderful event.   

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