Vice President, Media & Public Relations
June 11, 2008
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
(PORTLAND, Ore.) – The renowned Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, under the direction of music director and trumpeter Wynton Marsalis, travels from its usual New York City confines on July 2 for a rare Portland concert presented by the Oregon Symphony.
Marsalis is a triple threat whose success as a performer, composer and educator has made him one of the best-known names in jazz today. But he’s equally accomplished in the genre that started his career: classical music. He has made more than 30 jazz and classical recordings, in fact, and won nine Grammy Awards. On two occasions, in 1983 and 1984, Marsalis won both classical and jazz Grammy Awards in the same year, the only artist ever to do so.
When he takes the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall stage at 7:30 pm on July 2, he’ll be the front man for an orchestra made up of 15 of the best jazz soloists and ensemble players in the business. The group, resident orchestra for Jazz at Lincoln Center since 1992, performs a vast repertoire that ranges from rare historic compositions to pieces it has commissioned, including works by Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Thelonious Monk and others in the jazz pantheon. Marsalis and the orchestra will announce their program from the stage. Note: The Oregon Symphony does not perform at this concert.
Tickets are available for $25 to $130 at the Oregon Symphony Ticket Office, 923 SW Washington St., in downtown Portland. Ticket office hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. Tickets may also be purchased by phone at (503) 228-1353 or (800) 228-7343 during the same hours, or online at any time from the orchestra’s web site, www.orsymphony.org.