Jazz at Lincoln Center Presents: A Swingin’ Sesame Street Celebration

Jazz at Lincoln Center Presents: A Swingin’ Sesame Street Celebration

Sun, 11/01/2020 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Bert and Ernie performing at Lincoln Center

Credit: PBS

Wynton Marsalis welcomes beloved Sesame Street characters to sing classic Sesame Street songs for fans of all ages.

In this hour-long special—filmed in front of a sold-out audience at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Rose Theater— the world-renowned Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis welcomes beloved Sesame Street characters Elmo, Bert & Ernie, Big Bird, Herry Monster, Grover, Oscar the Grouch, The Count, Abby, Hoots the Owl, and Rosita to sing classic Sesame Street songs for fans of all ages. Jazz at Lincoln Center Presents: A Swingin’ Sesame Street Celebration airs Sunday, November 1 at 7 p.m. on WXXI-TV.

Exclusively for Jazz at Lincoln Center Presents: A Swingin’ Sesame Street Celebration, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra reimagines favorite Sesame Street songs as big band bonanzas with brand-new arrangements. Those classics include “Rubber Duckie,” “I Don’t Want to Live on the Moon,” and “People in Your Neighborhood.”
 

For fifty years and counting, Sesame Street has enriched children’s lives with music they might not hear anywhere else. Jazz legends like Dizzy Gillespie, Herbie Hancock, and Mary Lou Williams performed on the show. Sesame Street’s house band — which includes trumpeter Kenny Rampton, longtime member of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra — has performed countless jazz classics over the years. Wynton Marsalis, Jazz at Lincoln Center ’s Managing and Artistic Director, visited Sesame Street to play “Take the A Train” with the “Duck" Ellington Orchestra in 1991 and “No Matter What Your Language (Our Music Can Be The Same)”alongside Hoots the Owl in 1998. These memorable performances continue to be enjoyed by families around the world.

To ensure jazz will be performed and appreciated, both now and in future generations, Jazz at Lincoln Center has developed a continuum of education programs and diverse array of live performances that help audiences, from childhood onward, learn about jazz’s distinct American heritage, its great works and musicians, and relationships to other artistic disciplines. All of these programs including Swing University, WeBop, Essentially Ellington, and Middle School Jazz Academy and more are available online via jazz.org.

Jazz at Lincoln Center Presents: A Swingin’ Sesame Street Celebration is proudly presented in collaboration with Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit organization behind Sesame Street

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