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Stanford Report, April 12, 2000

Wynton Marsalis and Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra to perform on April 14

Stanford Lively Arts will celebrate its 30th anniversary with a gala concert and swing dance featuring the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis at 8 p.m. Friday, April 14, at the Lively Arts Gala Pavilion. The specially constructed pavilion is in front of Frost Amphitheater, at the corner of Galvez Street and Campus Drive.

Tickets for the gala are $45 general admission, $95 reserved seating and $225 table seating, and are available at the Stanford Ticket Office. They also can be charged by phone at 725-ARTS.

Hors d'oeuvres, desserts and beverages are complimentary with table seating. Concessions will offer food and beverages for purchase for general admission and reserved seating.

The concert and swing dance program, "For Dancers Only," will include works by Duke Ellington, Count Basie and Benny Goodman, in addition to new swing works by the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra.

All ticket holders are invited to a complimentary swing-dance class with tour dancers of the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra at 6:30 p.m.

When they toured Russia last summer, the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra musicians were designated Cultural Ambassadors of the United States under the White House Millennium Council Program. The resident orchestra at Lincoln Center has appeared on television broadcasts in North and South America, Europe, Asia and Australia during the past 10 years. On its winter 2000 tour, the orchestra will perform in mainland China, Taiwan, New Zealand, Hawaii, Australia and Japan.

Wynton Marsalis, artistic director of jazz at Lincoln Center, is widely regarded as one of the most accomplished jazz artists and composers of his generation. Born in New Orleans, he began playing the trumpet at age 12 and entered the Juilliard School at 17. He made his recording debut in 1982, and has recorded more than 30 jazz and classical recordings, which have won eight Grammy Awards. In 1997 Marsalis became the first jazz artist to win the Pulitzer Prize for music.

"Throughout the last 100 years, jazz and dancing have been connected," Marsalis says. "There is nothing more stylish than the sensuous movements of bodies on a dance floor, and no sound more soulful than the joyous motion of swing with the bittersweet cry of the blues." SR