LCJO with Wynton Marsalis Take ‘The Jungle’ on European Tour


Recorded live in Australia, ​The Jungle features the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis (above) alongside the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.

(Photo: Frank Stewart)

Blue Engine Records has released The Jungle, the fourth symphony by Wynton Marsalis, on all major streaming platforms.

Featuring the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra (JLCO) alongside the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra (MSO) conducted by Nicholas Buc, The Jungle was recorded live at Hamer Hall in Melbourne, Australia, in 2019. The piece itself consists of six movements, and the album closes with a bonus track of the concert’s curtain-call romp through the Duke Ellington standard “C Jam Blues.”

The Jungle will be part of the JLCO with Wynton Marsalis’ repertoire throughout the ensemble’s 2023 European tour (June 7–July 9), which includes 23 shows in 16 cities and eight countries.

“New York City is the most fluid, pressure-packed and cosmopolitan metropolis the modern world has ever seen,” says Marsalis, whose masterwork highlights the paradoxes that define life in the Big Apple, where wealth and poverty, grit and romance, and unlimited growth and stagnation all coexist. But it’s also a meditation on what being human means today — a wide-scale attempt to understand the maelstrom of modern life and remind us what brings us together.

The JLCO with Wynton Marsalis will reunite with MSO at Melbourne’s Hamer Hall on Aug. 25–26.

For The Jungle performances, refer to the concert schedule below. For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.

For more information on Blue Engine Records, click here. DB

2023 Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra European Tour

(*indicates JLCO with Wynton Marsalis performance of The Jungle)

June 7 | Luxembourg City, Luxembourg – Philharmonie Luxembourg

*June 9 | Luxembourg City, Luxembourg – Philharmonie Luxembourg; Luxembourg Philharmonic Orchestra; Cristian Măcelaru, conductor

June 10 | Paris, France – Philharmonie de Paris

*June 13 | Paris, France – Philharmonie de Paris; Orchestre de Paris; James Gaffigan, conductor

*June 14 | Paris, France – Philharmonie de Paris; Orchestre de Paris; James Gaffigan, conductor

June 15 | Chalon-sur-Saône, France – Espace des Arts

June 16 | Roubaix, France – Le Colisée Roubaix

June 18 | Dresden, Germany – Junge Garde

June 19 | Munich, Germany – Gasteig HP8

June 20 | Vienna, Austria – Wiener Konzerthaus

*June 23 | Timișoara, Romania – Sala Capitol; Filarmonica Banatul Timișoara; Cristian Măcelaru, conductor

June 24 | Timișoara, Romania – Sala Capitol

June 25 | Bucharest, Romania – Romanian Athenaeum (JLCO only)

June 26 | Bucharest, Romania – Romanian Athenaeum (JLCO only)

June 29 | Katowice, Poland – Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra Concert Hall

June 30 | Wrocław, Poland – National Forum of Music

July 2 | Szczecin, Poland – Teatr Letni

July 3 | Hamburg, Germany – Elbphilharmonie

July 4 | Neuhardenburg, Germany – Schloss Neuhardenburg

July 7 | Rotterdam, Netherlands – Rotterdam Ahoy

July 9 | London England – Barbican Centre

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