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Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra Award Ceremony Performance

Dive into this performance of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra from the 2019 Essentially Ellington Competition & Festival. Selections include classics by Duke Ellington as well as “Open Windows,” the winning piece in the Student Composition/Arranging Contest by composer Miles Lennox.

AIRED: June 24, 2019 | 0:29:44
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Man: Please welcome the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra

with Wynton Marsalis.

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Thank you all very, very much.

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Tonight we're gonna be led by a gentleman

who is one of our transcribers.

He has perfect pitch, and he's a human metronome.

We check every tempo with him, and he's always right.

He's an unbelievable soloist, original arranger, and composer.

He's gonna take us through the program

and just talk to us and be nice in general.

Mr. Chris Crenshaw.

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Thank you. Thank you very much.

We're gonna start off with an old classic of ours,

"C Jam Blues."

And to help us out with this is gonna be our judges

that judged the competition these past couple of days.

So put your hands together for Ms. Lauren Sevian

on baritone saxophone.

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On piano, the real deal, Aaron Diehl.

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On tenor saxophone, Mr. Walter Blanding.

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And on the drums, "The Hammer," Jeff Hamilton.

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"The Hammer," Jeff Hamilton.

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Lauren Sevian.

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Aaron Diehl.

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Walter Blanding.

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Wynton Marsalis.

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Victor Goines.

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Next tune that we're gonna do

is a tune that comes from the 1967 "Far East Suite"

with Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn.

And it's a beautiful ballad that was a feature for,

depending on the financials of it all,

alto saxophone is Johnny Hodges,

but tonight we're gonna be blessed

to hear the wonderful sounds of Mr. Sherman Irby.

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This is a Mark Lopeman transcription of "Isfahan."

Hope you enjoy it.

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Sherman Irby.

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Sherman...Irby.

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To present the J. Douglas White Award,

we'd like to bring to the stage Mr. Matt Wong,

Ms. Summer Camargo, and Joseph Block,

joined by Ted Nash.

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Hey, everyone.

So, Duke Ellington, as we all know,

he spent his entire life creating music.

And I think a really important part of honoring Duke Ellington

and the depth and creativity and really the honesty of his music

is we, as arrangers and composers, use our pen

to celebrate the world that we perceive around us.

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We are in a lineage of arrangers and composers

that date back to times long before jazz itself.

But we use our contemporary jazz language

to entertain and enlighten people,

to lift people's minds and spirits.

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Without composition and arranging,

there is no large ensemble.

It is our honor to be together here tonight

to recognize the importance of this craft

and to highlight the never-ending need

for new compositions and new insights.

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I'm supposed to read something.

Before I do, I just want to say what an honor and a privilege

to have these young musicians up here with us.

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And we also have the pleasure of watching them grow up

and become adults and be part of this music that we love so much.

So I'm just so happy to have them there.

Thank you very much, man.

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The 7th-annual Essentially Ellington J. Douglas White

Student Composition Arranging Contest goes to Miles Lennox...

[ Cheers and applause ]

...from Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

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I get the privilege of judging these composition contests.

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And we have watched him from age 14 or 15

play a little bit of piano

in ensemble we had at Summer Jazz Academy.

And, man, this guy's playing so much piano now,

and he's so talented,

so we're so honored to have him come up here.

Man, thank you. This is...

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We're gonna play his composition right now.

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Crenshaw: It's entitled "Open Windows."

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Lennox: One, two. Unh, two.

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Miles Lennox.

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Solo in composition.

One more time for Miles Lennox.

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Sherman Irby.

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Elliot Mason.

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James Chirillo.

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Once again for Miles Lennox.

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We're gonna conclude with...

another classic of Duke Ellington's

and Harry Carney.

Gonna close with "Rockin' in Rhythm."

I had the pleasure of transcribing this one,

but before we do "Rockin' in Rhythm,"

we also have to get in "Kinda Dukish."

And Mr. Dan Nimmer, Carlos Henriquez,

Paul Wells, and James Chirillo are gonna set us up.

So enjoy.

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We are the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra.

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Thank y'all very much.

We hope you enjoyed yourselves.

Stick around for the awards ceremony.

Thank y'all very much. Take care.

Have a good night.

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