Monday, March 2, 2009

Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra at Walker Theatre, Indianapolis

Detail of exterior
One of the sphinx statues that flanks the stage

Elephant detail from inside the theatre

The stage

If you like jazz at all, we certainly hope that you were at Walker Theatre last night to hear the Jazz at Lincoln Center musicians. We felt really lucky that these musicians played a show in Indy and particularly at the historic Walker Theatre. Wynton Marsalis was just as charismatic as ever while he acted as host for the evening by introducing us to the band members and telling us the pieces that they were going to play. The show started off whimsically with arrangements such as Itsy Bitsy Spider, La Cucaracha, I Like to Take My Time (a song written by Fred Rogers of Mr. Rogers Neighborhood), and It Ain't Easy Being Green made famous by Kermit the Frog. Then they started covering the masters like Ellington and Monk. It was a wonderful evening. We aren't even especially knowledgeable about jazz, we just enjoy it. Mrs. WYA! doesn't really have much of a musical education, she just knows what she likes and something about jazz is in her soul.

Walker Theatre continues to tempt us; on March 20th they are presenting In The Mood: A 1940's Musical Revue with big band music and dancing. It looks like we might be back "on the Avenue" soon.

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