30 July 2012
47 years ago today jazz legend Duke Ellington made his New York Philharmonic conducting debut, as part of the Orchestra’s French-American Festival. For this special occasion, he led several of his own works, including New World a’Coming and Golden Broom, and narrated Copland’s Preamble for a Solemn Occasion.
Jazz still plays a significant role at the Philharmonic. Next May Ellington’s heir, the eminent Wynton Marsalis, reprises his Swing Symphony (Symphony No. 3) with his Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, the Philharmonic, and Alan Gilbert — the forces that gave its U.S. Premiere in September 2010.