Jazz and the Philharmonic

Jazz and the Philharmonic premiered February 28, 2014.

About the Program 

Jazz and the Philharmonic is a unique, generational and wholly American concert experience that highlights two of the greatest musical art forms the world has ever seen — classical and jazz. With performances by artists such as Chick Corea, Bobby McFerrin, Terence Blanchard and Elizabeth Joy Roe, this special emphasizes the works of legendary past composers such as Bach and Mozart with these contemporary artists.

A Closer Look at Jazz and the Philharmonic

More About the Program

This one-of-a-kind concert project conceived by music producer and impresario Larry Rosen featuring a star-studded roster of award-winning jazz and classical artists performing iconic compositions by legendary composers. This historic event is a collaboration of four major national arts organizations — the National YoungArts Foundation, which identifies and mentors the nation’s most outstanding young artists; the University of Miami’s Phillip and Patricia Frost School of Music, home of the Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra; the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County, one of the country’s leading performing arts presenters; and JAZZ ROOTS: A Larry Rosen Jazz Series. 

Songs are performed with the Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra from the University of Miami Frost School of Music and National YoungArts Foundation alumni.

Two years in the making from concept to broadcast, the project harkens back to seventy years ago when producer and impresario Norman Granz expanded the scope of the jazz audience from clubs to classical concert halls, staging an all-star jazz concert at the Philharmonic Auditorium in Los Angeles. The July 1944 show marked the first Jazz at the Philharmonic concert that grew into an institution with Granz assembling internationally touring ensembles for the next four decades. 


Jazz and the Philharmonic was produced by National YoungArts Foundation.


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