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Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis

When: Sat., Dec. 9, 8 p.m. 2017

Anyone who spends decades immersed in jazz rightfully ascends to the status of jazz emissary to the world at large. Wynton Marsalis wears that title gladly, but when he presides over the nimble Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra in a lighthearted program of holiday favorites, he's more like a storytelling uncle who plays a mean trumpet. Marsalis's skills as a raconteur became known to the wider world from his cogent analysis, spiced with occasional scat singing, in Ken Burns's celebrated jazz documentary. Returning to Memorial Hall, Marsalis, his elite crew, and a few top-notch guest vocalists bring dazzling skills and palpable playfulness to holiday mainstays ranging from the sacred to the secular, and even to the occasionally banal (last year's repertoire included Paul McCartney's execrable "Wonderful Christmastime"). But mostly you'll hear soulful renditions of chestnuts like Count Basie's silky take on "Jingle Bells" and other tasteful fare, interspersed with Marsalis's New Orleans-inflected patter and yarn spinning. —David Klein

Price: $10-$159

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