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Jazz at Lincoln Center to stream ‘The Democracy! Suite’ Nov. 11–18

Jazz at Lincoln Center will offer a themed virtual performance featuring some of the finest soloists in the jazz world. “The Democracy! Suite,” featuring the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra Septet with Wynton Marsalis, will be streamed free of charge from 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 11, through 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 18.

Visit the Center for the Performing Arts at cpa.psu.edu/events/jalc2020 to access the concert.

The program will be announced from the stage and will feature Marsalis’ composition “The Democracy! Suite,” a piece written during the pandemic quarantine in the face of the country’s political, economic and social struggles. The concert, filmed in September in New York City, includes commentary by Marsalis.

The program is part of the Center for the Performing Arts “Up Close and Virtual” fall season. Contributions from the members of the center and a grant from the University Park Student Fee Board help make the program free of charge.

The program’s themes of freedom and democracy are close to Marsalis.

“Being from the 1960s, and my father being a jazz musician, he was always talking about our way of life and how the music is related to that way of life,” Marsalis said on the Nov. 2 episode of the “Democracy Works” podcast. “I would read books that were always talking about jazz musicians, and what they knew about the music and how the music was connected to our way of life and the pursuit of equality and justice. … I was aware of the connection between the music and the arts, and the struggle for equality and freedom.”

-Wynton Marsalis

Including Marsalis (trumpet), the septet features Elliot Mason (trombone), Ted Nash (alto saxophone), Walter Blanding (tenor saxophone), Dan Nimmer (piano), Carlos Henriquez (bass) and Obed Calvaire (drums).


A group of seven musicians perform on a stage in front of a large picture window.
Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra Septet with Wynton Marsalis


Listen to Marsalis discussing the link between democracy and jazz on the “Democracy Works” podcast at tinyurl.com/y2d46z58.

Geisinger and Northwest provide support for virtual presentations by the Center for the Performing Arts.

For more information about forthcoming “Up Close and Virtual” season events, visit cpa.psu.edu/allevents.

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