In 1939, pianists Albert Ammons and Meade “Lux” Lewis came together to cut an album for Blue Note Records. 75 years later, modern innovators Robert Glasper and Jason Moran are coming together at New York City’s Town Hall on Wednesday, Jan. 8 to pay tribute to that seminal album for Blue Note Records.
Helping them out is an extremely accomplished group of guests including saxaphonist Ravi Coltrane, singer Bilal, drummer Eric Harland and singer-songwriter Alan Hampton. This event is one of the dozens of concerts being put on by the Winter Jazz Festival, which takes place over the course of the whole week from Jan. 7 through 11 across more than a dozen venues.
Over the course of the festival, on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, the festival is putting on a series of stand-alone concerts at venues such as (Le) Poisson Rouge and Town Hall. Over the weekend on Friday and Saturday, the festival is putting on its annual marathon, featuring over 80 bands across eight different venues.
Tickets are available for the 75th anniversary concert between $27 and $47 through Ticketmaster here. If you want to attend the whole festival, they are offering a discounted rate for the whole run including all three concerts on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday as well as the full marathon for just $95, a $30 savings off buying each piece individually. Full festival passes can be found here. Overall, this show will not be something you want to miss as these collaborations between these phenomenal musicians are truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience.