With in-person live shows unlikely to return this spring, Jazz at Lincoln Center on Tuesday announced a full season of video shows, all centered on jazz’s position within the struggle for social justice.
The spring programming will function 4 exhibits, each streaming on the middle’s web site for $20 a ticket. (Prices are decrease for members and subscribers.) Each present will stay obtainable for streaming over a interval of days.
The first live performance, “Legacies of Excellence,” will premiere on Feb. 20. Featuring the vocalist Catherine Russell, it explores the contributions of jazz legends via an academic lens, and is introduced as a part of an initiative referred to as Let Freedom Swing.
For the remaining three exhibits, company will be a part of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, led by Wynton Marsalis. On March 26, the ensemble will current “Voices of Freedom,” a celebration of 4 eminent 20th-century jazz singers: Betty Carter, Billie Holiday, Abbey Lincoln and Nina Simone. A lineup of latest vocalists, together with Melanie Charles and Shenel Johns, will supply renditions of those figures’ well-known works.
The orchestra returns on May 21 with “Freedom, Justice, and Hope,” a program that includes new compositions by two rising musicians: the bassist Endea Owens, who will debut a collection honoring the pioneering Black journalist Ida B. Wells; and the trumpeter Josh Evans, who will current a piece in response to the 1919 Elaine massacre in Arkansas. The compositions have been written in collaboration with the racial-justice activist Bryan Stevenson, who will take part within the live performance.
The season concludes with a present on June 10 dedicated to the music of John Coltrane, together with a big-band rendition of his landmark “A Love Supreme.”