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Jazz at Lincoln Center Presents:
Tap Meets Flamenco
Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra
With Wynton Marsalis
Rose Theater
Frederick P. Rose Hall

Wynton Marsalis:
Music Director, Trumpet, Composer
(Wynton Marsalis Website)
Sean Jones, Trumpet
Ryan Kisor, Trumpet
Marcus Printup, Trumpet
Vincent Gardner, Trombone
Chris Crenshaw, Trombone
Elliot Mason, Trombone
Max Siegel, Bass Trombone
Sherman Irby, Alto and Soprano Saxes, Clarinet, Flute
Ted Nash, Alto and Soprano Saxes, Clarinet, Flute
Walter Blanding, Tenor and Soprano Saxes, Clarinet
Victor Goines, Tenor and Soprano Saxes, Bass Clarinet
Joe Temperley, Baritone and Soprano Saxes, Bass Clarinet
Carl Maraghi, Baritone Sax
Dan Nimmer, Piano
Carlos Henriquez, Bass
Ali Jackson, Drums

Special Guests:
Chano Domínguez Flamenco Jazz Ensemble
(Chano Dominguez Music)
Chano Dominguez, Piano, Composer
Mario Rossy, Bass
Marc Miralta, Drums
Tomas Moreno “Tomasito”, Dancer
Israel Suarez “El Piraña”, Percussion
Blas Cordoba Kejio, Singer
Herlin Riley, Drums, Composer
Jared Grimes, Dancer
Dewitt Fleming, Jr., Dancer

Scott Thompson and Zooey Tidal, Press

Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower
April 24, 2008

Tonight’s program began with a commissioned piece by Wynton Marsalis and Herlin Riley, “Evolution of the Groove”. Victor Goines was featured on a smooth sax solo with just as smooth percussion. A big band fullness exuded with blasts of muted brass, steady drums, and esoteric melodies. The diverse tones were a catalyst for some contrasting rhythms and visuals, with Jared Grimes and Dewitt Fleming, Jr., two exceptional tap dancers, sliding, jumping, and kicking in kinetic syncopation.

“De Cadi á New Orleans”, composed by Chano Domínguez and arranged by Luis Vidal, brought out the Chano Domínguez Flamenco Jazz Ensemble, with Chano Dominguez on piano, Mario Rossy on bass, Marc Miralta on drums, Tomas Moreno “Tomasito”, a spirited, intense male flamenco dancer, Israel Suarez “El Piraña” on percussion, and Blas Cordoba Kejio, a singer. They had the requisite cajón, a flamenco percussive instrument, palmeras (clapping to establish the rhythms), and Chano Domínguez on clavé piano, racing through the Latin instrumental fusions. The flamenco singer had a throaty, mesmerizing chant, and Wynton Marsalis added a generous trumpet solo, by total surprise. “Tomasito” pounded his feet and twisted and spun with sharp magnetism. At this point I was hoping a sultry female flamenco dancer, in a long ruffled dress, would appear, but maybe next time.

The third and most complex work of the program was Wynton Marsalis’ “Selections from ‘Victoria Suite’”. This piece was commissioned by Festival de Jazz de Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain, in 2001, premiering in entirety in 2006. Several movements of this commissioned work were performed, opening with dizzying energy and driven dynamics, and ornamented with an exotic, clavé flute. Brazilian motifs were revealed, and Marsalis’ solo flew up and down the scale, followed by whispering passages. Showcased musicians here were Ryan Kisor, Ted Nash, Carlos Henriquez, and Dan Nimmer. The next movement introduced the baritone sax, with deep richness. A swirling, surreal melody followed, with Marcus Printup, Sherman Irby, and Joe Temperley.

“Jason and Jason”, dedicated to Jason Marsalis and a Marsalis friend, named Jason, included an upbeat trombone solo and skipping rhythm, swinging and seamless. The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra always presented that big band sound for which they are renowned, giving the event class and charisma. Victor Goines closed the program on a busy clarinet, with three trombones matching his momentum. Jared Grimes and Dewitt Fleming, Jr. returned for another round of tap dervish. Kudos to Jazz at Lincoln Center for this jazz concert, infused with tap and flamenco. Check for their current and upcoming jazz calendars.

Chano Dominguez at the Piano
Courtesy of Ernie Gregory

The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis
Courtesy of Ernie Gregory

Jared Grimes and Dewitt Fleming, Jr, Tap Dancers
Courtesy of Ernie Gregory

Tomasito, Flamenco Dancer
Courtesy of Ernie Gregory

The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis
And Tap and Flamenco Dancers
Courtesy of Ernie Gregory

For more information, contact Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower at