Last night I saw the Philadelphia Orchestra and Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC). It was my first time in Saratoga, and my second hearing the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra.
Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra started with a masala of Duke Ellington pieces before the intermission, then came back with the Philadelphia Orchestra to perform Marsalis’s own Swing Symphony. Although the latter had some highlights, I would have been happy to hear more Duke Ellington instead. Wynton Marsalis’s and Victor Goines’s solos were particularly good. The encore after the Swing Symphony, where members of the jazz band as well as the symphony took solos, was a great way to end the evening.
The venue was just right, too: open air under a roof on a summer evening, crickets competing with the orchestra.