Tonight's "Live from Kennedy Center" on PBS features the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra performing a range of fresh arrangements of tunes from Duke Ellington (who you might expect from Wynton Marsalis' group) to Thelonius Monk and Oliver Nelson (who you may not).
This incarnation of the group appears every bit as solid musically as the previous versions -- I'm looking forward to hearing them after reading so many praising reviews.
Among the group are several New Jersey based or born players: saxophonist Sherman Irby lives in Vauxhall, while West Orange residents Carlos Henriquez (on bass) and Ali Jackson Jr. (drums) hold down the bottom. Bonesman Vincent Gardner calls Roselle Park home and trumpeter Marcus Printup lives in Maplewood.
Check them all out - check your local listings, too, for when the show is on...