Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Summer Jazz Academy in Annandale-on-Hudson is a rigorous training institute for 42 of the world’s most advanced and dedicated high school jazz students. It produces, among other things, a heck of a good summer of jazz at Bard. This two-week program is taught by Wynton Marsalis and a select faculty of musical heavyweights.
Here’s a rundown of this year’s special concerts. On Saturday, July 22 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, July 23 at 2 p.m., the Wynton Marsalis Octet performs at Olin Hall. Tickets cost $60 for Saturday and $45 for Sunday.
On Saturday, July 29 at 7 p.m., the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis (JLCO) performs in Olin Hall. This ensemble comprises 15 of the finest jazz soloists and ensemble players today, and has been the Jazz at Lincoln Center resident orchestra since 1988. Tickets cost $65.
Finally, on Sunday, July 30 at 1 p.m., the summer program concludes with a performance by students and faculty: the Clark Terry Big Band, directed by Marsalis, and the Milt Hinton Big Band, directed by internationally renowned bassist and educator Rodney Whitaker. Tickets cost $15.
For tickets and additional information, visit http://fishercenter.bard.edu/jazzatlincolncenter. The Fisher Center is located on the campus of Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson.