Each year for the past few years, Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra have collaborated with a legendary rocker to raise money for programming. In 2011 the group paired with Eric Clapton, while last year found them teaming up with Paul Simon. This time around, the large ensemble will perform two shows with “visiting presenters” Crosby, Stills and Nash.
The first performance will take place on May 1 and will be the institute’s annual fund-raising event, while a May 3 performance will be open to the public. Marsalis and members of his band will arrange the trio’s tunes for what’s being billed as “The Crosby, Stills & Nash Songbook.” In a statement Wynton weighed in on the shows, “Individually and collectively, David Crosby, Stephen Stills and Graham Nash are influential and important figures in American music. Their music is rooted in American folk, pop and blues traditions and their experiments with form, harmony and orchestration will make for a natural collaboration.” Ticketing information can be found at the Jazz at Lincoln Center website.