Acclaimed trumpeter, composer, bandleader, educator and Jazz at Lincoln Center managing and artistic director Wynton Marsalis is known for wearing a lot of hats, and you could probably add PR maven to the list. Looking back over my notes of a recent interview, I realized his side of the phone conversation was largely a succession of shout-outs to the people involved in one of his biggest undertakings yet, “Abyssinian: A Gospel Celebration.” This touring version of his Abyssinian Mass, first performed in 2008 to commemorate the bicentennial of Harlem’s landmark Abyssinian Baptist Church, takes the 15-piece Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and 70-member Chorale Le Chateau to venues in 16 cities, including the Long Center for the Performing Arts on Oct. 15.
Speaking from a car as he headed home to New York from Boston, Marsalis first singled out entrepreneur and philanthropist David L. Steward for his generous support of the ambitious enterprise.
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Wynton Marsalis and Jazz at Lincoln Center
When: 7:30 p.m. Oct. 15
Where: The Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive
Cost: $29 to $79; $20 students