Season 28, Episode 2 Marsalis at the Penthouse

First Aired: May 29, 2003

Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra salute New Orleans drummer-composer James Black (1940-88), whose music Marsalis calls at once “accessible” and “complicated.” Black may have been obscure nationally, but he was a jazz-club giant in the Big Easy, where he played everything from funk to ballads. Joining the LCJO for an intimate concert at Lincoln Center's Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse is Marsalis's pianist-father, Ellis, who collaborated often with Black. Indeed, Black wrote much of the senior Marsalis's acclaimed 1963 album “Monkey Puzzle.” Selections from that album are performed. Ed Bradley and Beverly Sills host.

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  • Premiered: January 30, 1976
  • Rating: TV-G
  • Premise: Classical selections, dance, opera, jazz and other music from New York's Lincoln Center. Winner of numerous Emmys and two Peabody Awards, it's one of TV's most durable cultural showcases. In 1976, the year of its debut, it featured the first live telecasts… (more)

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