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Saturday Afternoon Jazz

February 1 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

The Provincetown Public Library, in affiliation with Jazz at Lincoln Center, New York is excited to offer a new program that will bring the spirit of swing to the community one Saturday afternoon a month throughout the winter.

The Provincetown Public Library will dive into a three month line up of concerts streamed from the Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Digital Concert Network.  All concerts are performed by the incomparable Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra (JLCO), led by Wynton Marsalis.  This is music to energize your spirit!  Your host, Mary DeRocco, will facilitate discussion specific to each concert.

On Saturday, February 1, the Saturday Afternoon Jazz concerts will kick off with The Best of Count Basie and Duke Ellington’s Black, Brown and Beige.  In this show, we will highlight the extraordinary repertoire of two of jazz music’s most legendary names: the bandleaders Duke Ellington and Count Basie.  We delve into the beloved swinging classics of Count Basie’s bands, and then move into Duke Ellington’s magnum opus: Black, Brown, and Beige, a concert work that challenged America’s notions of what jazz composition could be and what it could represent.

The remainder of our Saturday Afternoon Jazz concerts will take place on the following dates from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm:

Saturday, March 21: The Music of John Lewis

Jon Batiste and Doug Wamble join the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra to celebrate two iconic Jazz musicians and composers: John Lewis and Gerry Mulligan.

Saturday April 4: Jazz in the 50’s Overflowing with Style

The 1950s marked an incredible explosion in Jazz’s styles, and saw the rise of some of its most legendary artists. Music director Chris Crenshaw curates an amazing array of material from the decade, and also premieres a new suite of his inspired by the 1950s.

Jazz at Lincoln Center, New York has developed The Digital Concert Network as an opportunity to serve local communities. In the Spirit of Swing, the mission of Jazz at Lincoln Center is to entertain, enrich and expand a global community for jazz through performance, education and advocacy. For more information visit: Jazz at Lincoln Center New York (https://www.jazz.org) and meet the Orchestra at https://www.jazz.org/JLCO.

Mary DeRocco, a long time Provincetown year rounder who was introduced to Jazz music in 1964at age 15, by the 20-something saxophone player who held a day job at the local JJ Newberry’s Record Department in Hartford CT.


February 1
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm


Provincetown Public Library: Marc Jacobs Reading Room
356 Commercial St
Provincetown, MA 02657 United States
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