JAZZ AND THE PHILHARMONIC is a one-of-a-kind concert project conceived by music producer Larry Rosen that merges Jazz and Classical Music featuring a star-studded roster of award-winning jazz and classical artists performing iconic compositions by legendary composers.
The project involves GRAMMY® Award-winning artists: vocalist Bobby McFerrin, virtuoso pianist Chick Corea, pianist/composer Dave Grusin and trumpeter Terence Blanchard, who is also the artistic director for the Henry Mancini Institute. In addition the project features violinist Mark O’Connor, whose career has been based on the intersection of classical music and American folk music, Met opera star and YoungArts alumnus Eric Owens, classical pianist and YoungArts alumna Elizabeth Joy Roe, choreographer, dancer and YoungArts alumnus Desmond Richardson, YoungArts Master Teacher Shelly Berg and the Frost School of Music‘s acclaimed Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra, conducted by Scott Flavin.
The historic event is a collaboration of the National YoungArts Foundation, the Frost School of Music, the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, and JAZZ ROOTS: A Larry Rosen Jazz Series.
The all-star concert event was presented and filmed at the 2,000-seat John S. and James L. Knight Concert Hall at the Adrienne Arsht Center on January 11, 2013.
Two years in the making from concept to broadcast, the project harkens back to seventy years ago when producer and impresario Norman Granz expanded the scope of the jazz audience from clubs to classical concert halls, staging an all-star jazz concert at the Philharmonic Auditorium in Los Angeles. The July 1944 show marked the first Jazz at the Philharmonic concert that grew into an institution with Granz assembling internationally touring ensembles for the next four decades. In February 2014 this project will expand on the concept by bringing together world-class artists, composers, arrangers, and a full size philharmonic orchestra to audiences around the planet.
John Richard – CEO Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts – states: “Jazz and the Philharmonic was a truly historic moment in American music history that was only possible with the incredibly enthusiastic cooperation of four musical institutions. The concert represents Miami’s growing status as a music destination and is a testament to the power of music to unite us all.”
The recording is going to be available on a CD+DVD package on February 25, 2014, in the United States and Canada, internationally on March 24, 2014. There is also going to be a broadcast nationally on PBS TV stations in the United States that premieres on February 28, 2014.
Get a first impression of the recording here: