Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra
Led by nine-time Grammy-winner Wynton Marsalis, the inimitable Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra visits Long Island for an evening of great jazz. Made up of 15 of the finest soloists, ensemble players and arrangers in jazz music today, the versatile orchestra’s singular takes on jazz classics celebrate the best of American jazz history, along with original compositions that showcase JLCO’s talented ensemble.Under the direction of Managing and Artistic Director Marsalis, JLCO performs a vast repertoire — ranging from original tunes and Jazz at Lincoln Center-commissioned works to rare historic compositions and masterworks by some of music’s greats including Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Fletcher Henderson, Thelonious Monk, Dizzy Gillespie, and more.
Saturday, Feb. 9, 8 p.m. $83 $68, $53. Tilles Center for the Performing Arts, LIU Post, Route 25A, Brookville. (800) 745-3000 or www.ticketmaster.com or www.tillescenter.org.
Swingtime Big Band
Get into the swing of things with your sweetie when the always-entertaining Swingtime Big Band returns to the Madison Theatre with “Easy to Love.” Artistic Director Steve Shaiman and his acclaimed 20-piece jazz ensemble celebrate Valentine’s Day with a new program of classic hits from the Great American Songbook. Swingtime bring to life those Big Band sounds of Glenn Miller, Artie Shaw, Count Basie, Les Brown, Gene Krupa and Duke Ellington. Vocalists Zack Alexander and Bobbie Ruth will pay tribute to legendary singers Nat King Cole and Anita O’Day, who both would have marked their 100th birthdays in 2019. Guided by Shaiman, on alto sax and clarinet, the band embodies both ther panache and spirit of the swing era, interpreting these classic sounds for 21st century audiences.
Sunday, Feb. 10, 3 p.m. $35-$40. Madison Theatre, Molloy College, 1000 Hempstead Ave., Rockville Centre. (516) 323-4444 or www.madisontheatreny.org.