by Angela Jones, Marshall Artists Series

HUNTINGTON, WV – The nine-time Grammy Award winner Wynton Marsalis will be making a stop at the Keith-Albee during the holiday season Thursday, Dec. 8 @ 7:30 pm for a Big Band Holidays performance with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra! This is sure to be an evening filled with festive music with that “Big Band sound,” including many holiday favorites.

In 1988, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra was formed as Lincoln Center’s resident orchestra. Comprised of 15 of today’s finest jazz soloists and ensemble players, the orchestra spends over a third of the year on tour and can be heard through its weekly national radio programs, global television broadcasts and numerous recordings.

While under the direction of Wynton Marsalis, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra is known for its stylistic authenticity and outstanding performances from iconic swing era groups such as Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Benny Goodman, and Tommy Dorsey.

The Orchestra will be performing brand new arrangements of songs both sacred and secular from Billie Holiday’s “I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm” to seasonal favorites like “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.”

It is of no surprise that Wynton Marsalis is a Pulitzer Prize-winning composer and trumpeter, coming from a talent-filled family himself. Wynton is the son of jazz pianist Ellis Marsalis, Jr., grandson of Ellis Marsalis, Sr., and brother of saxophonist Branford, trombonist Delfeayo, and drummer Jason.

Along with being a nine-time Grammy Award winner, Wynton is the only artist to ever receive Grammy Awards for both classical and jazz records.

Guest vocalist Catherine Russell will also be performing in the holiday show. Russell comes from a family of jazz royalty herself, and always dazzles audiences with her transcendent voice. Her uplifting spirit has landed her a spot as an audience favorite at Jazz at Lincoln Center.

Russell will choose from some of her favorite festive holiday tunes, so good cheer is sure to be shared throughout the audience when she joins the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and Wynton Marsalis in celebration of “the most wonderful time of the year.”

Tickets for Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra are $84.25/$73.55/$62.85/$52.15. To see this up-lifting holiday show contact the Marshall Artists Series Box Office at 304-696-6656 or order tickets online at You may also visit our box office located in the Joan C. Edwards Playhouse on the Marshall University campus. Box office hours are Monday through Friday 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.

The Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Big Band Holidays show is sponsored by The Earleen Heiner Agee and Robert W. Agee Fund of the Foundation For The Tri-State Community, Inc., Marshall Health, Reger Funeral Home, The Chirico Family, WTCR, B97, WSAZ, The Herald Dispatch, Marshall University and The Marshall Artists Series.