Simon and Marsalis in Rare Collaboration
By JAMES C. MCKINLEY JR.
The New York Times, January 24, 2012.
Paul Simon and Wynton Marsalis will give three concerts together in April, performing Mr. Simon’s songs in a rare collaboration between one of the leading pop song writers of the last 50 years and the virtuoso jazz trumpet player, Jazz at Lincoln Center announced Tuesday. The concerts will be staged at the Rose Theater at the organization’s headquarters on Columbus Circle.
The first will be at a gala on April 18 to honor Lisa Schiff for her leadership as chairwoman of the Jazz at Lincoln Center board. Two more concerts will be given for the general public on April 19 and 20. Entitled “The Paul Simon Songbook,” the performances will cover songs from Mr. Simon’s entire career, arranged by Mr. Marsalis and other members of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. Mr. Simon and Mr. Marsalis have worked together twice, but they have never performed a full-length concert with each other. Mr. Simon will bring his own sidemen, and Aaron Neville will join the ensemble on some songs.