It's swing time.

The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra (JLCO) with Wynton Marsalis are the gold standard of the genre — 15 of the finest jazz soloists and ensemble players in the world. And for this Festival residency Wellington gets them all to itself.

Together, they're on a mission to entertain, enrich and expand a global community for jazz through performance, education and advocacy.

“Jazz is not merely music, jazz is America,” JLCO leader Wynton Marsalis has said. At the centre of this concert of orchestral pieces is his third symphony, which takes you on a journey through American jazz history.

Commissioned by the Berliner Philharmoniker, the New York Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Philharmonic and London’s Barbican Centre, Swing Symphony is a “stunning achievement” (The Arts Desk) that traverses the first half of the 20th century from ragtime, through the big band era, to bebop and beyond.

With the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra conducted by Matthew Coorey, the other pieces in this all-American programme are Aaron Copland's Appalachian Spring and Leonard Bernstein's West Side Story Dances

Feel the force when these world-class orchestras come together for two nights of glorious music.

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“I can’t say enough good things about the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, what an astonishing ensemble … their unanimous playing is unlike anything I’ve heard” – Norman Meehan review on RNZ Concert's Upbeat.

"A real treat" Simon Sweetman review at Off the Tracks.

"The Lord blessed me with these musicians" – Wynton Marsalis interviewed in The Dominion Post.

Interviews with Wynton Marsalis on RNZ National's Sunday Morning with Wallace Chapman and the Sinfini Music website,.

A Wynton Marsalis playlist compiled for ARTicle by Financial Times jazz critic Mike Hobart and for Stuff by Simon Sweetman.

Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra saxophonist Victor Goines and trumpeter Marcus Printup interviewed on RNZ Concert's Upbeat.

Dave Lisik in ARTicle Magazine on the long tradition of combining jazz and classical music.

Thursday 10 Mar
Friday 11 Mar

Michael Fowler Centre

2hrs 10mins (inc interval)